Executives from carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics service providers from across Europe will gather in Montreux, Switzerland next week to discuss the impact of the economic slowdown for the automotive logistics industry in Europe. Speakers will cover topics such as analyses of what today’s tough economic pressures mean for the future of global trade movements in and outside Europe, what can be done by LSPs and manufacturers to cut cost out of the supply chain, as well as why an environmentally-friendly supply chain must not take a backseat during the recession.
The conference, held between 3-5 March, will feature speakers and representatives from manufacturers including Ford Europe, Renault, Volkswagen Russia, Audi, Magna Steyr, Honeywell and JCB. There will also be many global 3PLs and finished vehicle providers including Ceva, DB Schenker, NYK and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. 
The conference will feature key speakers from government and international organisations, such as the European Commission, the World Economic Forum and the European Association of Vehicle Logistics.
It will run dual stream sessions that focus on both inbound and outbound logistics, as well as a new session of roundtable discussions, which give suppliers and manufacturers the chance to sit down face-to-face on topics ranging from automotive packaging, rail freight, capacity and inventory management.