Delivering in a time of disruption


Wednesday 4th December
08.30 - 9:30
Registration and breakfast
Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.
09:30 - 10:15
SESSION 1: Dealing with disruption

The UK automotive sector is no stranger to disruption with political and economic uncertainty over Brexit, new technology and a rise in social awareness impacting industry and consumer demands. This comes at a time when the global automotive industry is experiencing arguably the biggest shift in its 130-year history with alternatively fuelled vehicles and mass electrification dominating the strategies of traditional players and giving rise to new players.

Our opening session examines the current state of the market, identifies the key disruptions on the horizon and kicks off the days’ discussions on how the industry can remain competitive and continue to thrive in a new automotive era.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group
10:15 - 11:15
SESSION 2: Think Tanks

Our popular Think Tanks are practical, interactive group discussions providing an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions will cover a wide range of topics and result in actionable insights…
Think Tank 1 – Finished Vehicles: Raising standards

An interactive workshop to identify where overlaps occur and processes differ – what processes and procedures of FVL can be standardised across industry to ease pressure on providers and reduce costs? Take a collaborative approach and work with fellow specialists and experts for industry wide gains.

Think Tank 2 – Gateways to the future: UK ports & processing

British ports handle huge volumes of automotive parts and vehicles for import and export. What investments, technology and services are required to ensure ports remain the backbone and not a bottleneck for moving and processing freight and vehicles?

Think Tank 3 – Help! I need somebody: Emergency freight

Britain’s lean production, global supply chains and island geography mean that emergency and expedited freight plays an important role in avoiding supply disruption. In the context of Brexit, new technology and markets, what strategies should manufacturers consider to use these services most efficiently?

Think Tank 4 – Making the most of Data

Data collection and data ownership are fast becoming key priorities for automotive companies – but how can they be used in the supply chain to improve flows and manufacturing processes and make real cost savings?

Think Tank 5 – Finished vehicles: Testing times

The introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in 2017 caused disruptions, bottlenecks and delays in getting finished vehicles to market. With the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test regime now in force, can the industry expect the same level of disruption and what plans and processes are in place to mitigate them? Join this session to identify solutions and share ideas with fellow FVL specialists.

Think Tank 6 – Many happy returns: Container and packaging management

Managing returnable containers, packaging and racks is complex, and the UK’s long-distance supply chains make it even more challenging – not to mention dealing with rules post-Brexit. What equipment, digital tools and processes will help the industry improve?

Think Tank 7 – Britain’s Got Talent

How can traditional automotive businesses adapt to compete for the next generation of talent with the emerging power players in the tech industry? The needs of the new generation differ to those offered by existing players – how can automotive companies ensure they recruit the best talent?

Think Tank 8 – Aftermarket, not an afterthought

Customer expectations are increasing with next-day and same-day parts delivery increasingly the norm. How can OEMs maintain high service and visibility, while maintaining competitive costs with independent distributors?
11:15 – 11.45
Networking and coffee
11:45 – 12.45
SESSION 3: Think Tanks

Round two of the practical, interactive group discussions lead by industry leaders and experts…

Think Tank 1 – Finished Vehicles: Damage limitation

Join this session to discuss and share ideas on the best practices and new technology solutions that will improve finished vehicle transport by reducing damage, lead times and claims processes.

Think Tank 2 – 3...2..1…Go! Product launch

OEMs are unveiling new models and variants at record pace with the electrification of fleets adding a new layer of complexity to model launches. Identifying improved methods for product launches adds real value and leads to greater efficiencies for manufacturing and distribution. Join this session to discuss new processes, technology and best practice.

Think Tank 3 – Unaccustomed: Customs clearance post-Brexit

The UK automotive sector depends on just-in-time supply chains to maintain high productivity. What will be the new strategies both for trade with the EU and beyond, whether through technology, inventory management, Authorised Economic Operator status, free trade zones or more?

Think Tank 4 – To the Nth degree: Tier supplier logistics

The UK’s supply chain depends on tier supplier strategies that include onsite line feeding, local assembly, regional warehouse and international imports. How can logistics providers and OEMs better support suppliers in optimising their inbound and outbound material flows?

Think Tank 5 – The EV supply chain

As vehicle electrification continues worldwide, this Ideas Lab will consider its implementation in the market and the implications for demand, production cycles, the aftermarket and battery recycling.

Think Tank 6 – Going off the rails: Increasing multimodal freight

The UK has a dense motorway network, but congestion is common, expensive and polluting. Projects like HS2 promise more freight capacity on the rail, but remain in doubt. What can the automotive logistics do today to increase the freight and vehicles moving via rail, sea or barge?

Think Tank 7 – #LogisticsForFuture: Cutting pollution in the supply chain

Reducing emissions is increasingly a social imperative, as well as a regulatory one. The UK has made long-term commitments that will impact the automotive and logistics sector. What can the industry do today to cut pollution – and what must change drastically in future?

Think Tank 8 – I can see for miles and miles: Real time visibility

Customers expect to see location and order status in real time. What technology and processes will enable the automotive supply chain to see parts and vehicles at any stage, and how can tools like AI transform the way this information is tracked, interpreted and anticipated?

Think Tank 9 - Warehouse and handling automation

High-bay shelving, AGVs, picking and guidance systems – come discuss which areas of warehouse and parts distribution centres have the greatest opportunity for automation
12.45 – 14.00
Networking and lunch

A networking lunch with standing buffet, giving delegates plenty of time and space in which to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of OEMs, tier suppliers, infrastructure operators and logistics service providers, as well as the suppliers in our exhibition area.
14:00 – 15:00
SESSION 4a: Jaguar Plant Tour

An exclusive tour of the Jaguar plant will be included during the day and will enable you to see first-hand the entire manufacturing process for the high performance F-Type, as well as gain insight into how the plant is preparing to building the new, all-electric XJ starting next year.
14:00 – 15.00
SESSION 4b: Bonus session: The innovation game

Logistics is a continuous process of refinement, improvement and optimisation. Whether it be drones, automated warehousing or wearable technology, be prepared to share your logistics innovations and hear what others are doing to improve their logistics flows and processes.
15.00 – 15.30
Networking and afternoon tea

Your opportunity to debate the key issues of the day with fellow delegates and work out what issues you want to put to our panel of experts in the closing session; also a final chance to visit the suppliers in our exhibition area.
15:30 - 17:00
SESSION 5: The road ahead for UK automotive

Join this final session as our panel of industry leaders and experts looks back on the day’s discussions and share their visions, priorities and challenges for the road ahead. Understand how partners, new and old can support and collaborate to ensure that UK automotive thrives and remains a true global player no matter what happens with Brexit.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group
17:00 – 19:00
Drinks & Canapés

Cap off the day in style with drinks and canapés as you compare notes on the day’s proceedings with colleagues and the leading players of the UK automotive logistics sector.