2023 Conference Programme

Resilient today, fit for the future

Europe’s most important automotive logistics platform explores 20 years of rising efficiency, mitigating constant disruption and investing in the technology and skills to match industry transformation. Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe will cover the most important topics challenging and transforming the sector.





18:00 – 21:00 CET

Welcome Cocktail Reception

The Automotive Logistics team invites to join the celebratory evening with a twist. The 20th anniversary of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe kicks off with a bang, with a special audience with one of Europe’s top supply chain executives, Audi’s Dieter Braun, along with the opportunity to connect with international logistics leaders and experts in a relaxed environment. Kick-start your event experience with a bang with this not-to-missed event.

Dress code – Business Casual

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18:45 – 19:45 CET

Sustainable supply chains – staying the course: An audience with Audi’s Dieter Braun

Dieter Braun, Head of Supply Chain, Audi

Automotive manufacturers in Europe have set aggressive decarbonisation objectives for automotive logistics and supply chain processes, all of which requires long-term strategies and commitment across stakeholders. However, as constraints in the supply of natural gas drive up energy costs and reduce the availability of alternative fuels, OEMs and their partners must also take temporary measures that may emit more emissions. In this unique session, hear how Audi are balancing these short-term requirements, keeping on track for sustainability goals and working with partners to stay the course on the path to net zero carbon supply chains during a time of crises and industry upheaval. Insights include:

- Balancing short-term requirements with medium- and long-term emission targets

- Ways the current crisis may accelerate sustainable logistics and supply chain

- Innovations in sustainable transport, materials and packaging

- Partnership and investment in zero-emission logistics technology


08:00 - 09:00 CET

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Grab your badge and a bite to eat and then start making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends.

09:00 - 09:05 CET

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics Editor-in-Chief

09:05 - 09:30 CET

Session 1:The differentiator – logistics as a competitive advantage for BMW

Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, BMW Group

In 20 years of Automotive Logistics’ conferences in Europe, supply chain management has never played such a decisive role in the operational and financial stability of major companies as it does today. Manufacturers and providers have adapted to non-stop crises following the pandemic, chip shortages and Russia-Ukraine war, whilst accelerating transformation in electrification, digitalisation and sustainability. With no immediate return to ‘normal’ in sight, supply chain and logistics leaders must continue to invest in the right tools and partners to stay resilient – as well as to help key stakeholders make the best possible decisions for the future.

Join our opening session to learn more about this strategic evolution in action, including a keynote and panel discussion with BMW Group. The carmaker’s top logistics executive, Dr Michael Nikolaides, will share more about his department’s vision, including advances in visibility, predictive analytics and emission reduction, innovation with logistics providers, and how supply chain management can influence supply, production and even product decisions.

09:30 - 10:20 CET

Session 2: Resilient today, fit for the future

Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, BMW Group
Rainer Kiefer, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Sales, DB Schenker
Christian Schindler, Head of Marketing & Sales, time:matters

Logistics experts from multiple stakeholders join BMW’s Michael Nikolaides in a panel to discuss strategies for resilience and innovation in European automotive logistics, including in transport planning, digitalisation, capacity investment and closer partnership. The panel will also discuss how OEMs, suppliers and logistics providers can better work together to ensure that total supply chain costs, risks and efficiencies are factored into production and supply network design and critical business decisions.

Speaker: Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, BMW Group

10:30 - 11:00 CET

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:00 - 11:45 CET

Session 3:The next logistics leaders

Leon Van Der Merwe, Vice President Supply Chain, Toyota Motor Europe
Ken Allen, Chairman of the Board, CNW

To survive and prosper, the European automotive logistics industry needs to better attract, recruit and retrain employees across a fast-changing supply chain, including in areas of logistics operations, network engineering, data analysis, management and decision-making positions. Manufacturers and logistics providers alike face challenges in finding and retaining this talent amidst labour shortages and strong competition – however, the growing importance of supply chain management to automotive organisations gives the industry a huge opportunity to inspire and develop the next generation of automotive logistics leaders.

Learn more about how Europe’s most important manufacturers, such as Toyota Motor Europe, and logistics providers are prioritising investment in people, developing diversity and upskilling staff, while adapting training and work practices for the digital age. Hear about how these companies are collaborating with universities and partners to source and maintain the right skills to lead a changing automotive supply chain.

11:45 - 12:45 CET

Session 4: Essential Intelligence: Europe’s changing vehicle production and sales

Henner Lehne, Vice President – Global Vehicle Forecasting, Automotive, S&P Global

Gain valuable insight to projected European and worldwide production and sales volumes in the short, medium and long-term, and understand the key trends, disruptors and opportunities influencing the market, including electric vehicle and battery production, and regional supply patterns.

12:45 - 14:00 CET

Lunch & networking

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14:00 - 15:00 CET

Session 5A: Europe’s EV battery race: With great power comes great responsibility

Matthias Braun, Head of Logistics, Powerco
Francisco Carranza, CEO, Basquevolt

As Europe’s electric journey gathers pace, logistics and supply chain competence, scalability and competitiveness will be critical to the success of the newly formed value chain, especially in ramping up battery manufacturing and supply in the region. In this session, learn more about the complexity and new requirements for ramping up lithium-ion battery production in Europe, including transport and storage, packaging, clean dry room processes, production and in-plant logistics, as well as managing upstream suppliers.

You will hear directly how new and emerging players – including Volkswagen Group’s new battery subsidiary, PowerCo – are managing this transition, and better understand the opportunities in digitalisation, equipment and partners across this fast-growing value chain.

Session 5B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Capacity management: when demand outstrips supply

Jean-Christophe Deville, Head of Production and Vehicle Logistics, Toyota Motor Europe
Peter Reinshagen, Managing Director, Ermewa

The outbound sector is at risk of becoming the weak link in the automotive supply chain, and could stall Europe’s recovery in vehicle production and even the pace of it EV transformation. Europe is facing a particular shortage of vehicle logistics capacity on road, rail and ocean, along with congested vehicle-handling ports, worsening driver and labour shortages and rising costs. With long lead time for new vehicle logistics equipment and infrastructure, there is no quick fix, and the industry requires long-term investment and collaboration across OEMs and providers.

In this session, hear from Toyota Motor Europe and others on how better aligning production and vehicle logistics can improve planning and ease bottlenecks, and how digital tools and stronger partnerships are key to more resilient networks and meeting changing consumer demand. Understand as well how today’s challenges and industry’s responses are transforming future vehicle logistics strategies and distribution models for established and new-entry vehicle makers and providers.

15:00 - 15:45 CET

Networking & refreshments

15:45 - 16:50 CET

Session 6A: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

The Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are small, solutions-orientated working groups that provide an invaluable opportunity to interact and work directly with key industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most to you. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that addresses challenges head on.

Wrapping up the future: Packaging solutions must be more complete than ever to meet the changing requirements of automotive supply chains: equipment should be reusable and circular; durable and yet light weight; improve efficiency and supply chain visibility; and be ready to meet standards to support battery and EV supply chains. That is why manufacturers and packaging suppliers are putting more focus on optimising equipment across the supply chain and exploring digital tracking solutions.

Join this roundtable to discuss innovations in packaging materials and design, tracking technology and optimisation to container and pallet fleets.

Richard Campbell, Senior Director Global Packaging Engineering, Volvo Cars

Session 6B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Precision Delivery

Giulia Gherardi, Global Head of Outbound Logistics, Volvo Cars
Dennis Feddern, INFORM

At a time when vehicle logistics capacity and drivers are in short supply, vehicle distribution suffers even more from misaligned scheduling and vehicle releases from plants, and inaccuracy in shipping and processing times at ports and compounds. However, supply chain disruption has accelerated the push for OEMs and logistics providers to improve ETA accuracy and planning at every delivery milestone, while shifts to online delivery, distribution and agency models put even more emphasis on new paradigms in vehicle logistics.

Join this session to hear more about opportunities and innovations in improving milestone accuracy, from assembly plant to truck and rail, from vessel to port processing, from distribution centres to dealers and customers. OEMs including Volvo Cars and logistics providers will discuss improving visibility of the vehicle delivery process and creating timely and accurate ETA notifications for logistics partners and final customers. They will discuss how visibility, communication and partnership in outbound logistics will develop to meet the needs of new and changing distribution models.

16:50 - 18:00 CET

Session 7: Digital ecosystems – transforming supply chains for the next 20 years

Jean-François Salles, Global Vice President of Supply Chain, Renault Group
Wiebe Helder, Chief Executive Officer, Cargobase

Component shortages and logistics disruptions have accelerated investment from automotive leaders in improving visibility, connectivity and planning to protect their supply chains. But where does this technology and focus fit into a wider roadmap of fully digitalised, highly predictive automotive logistics? What are the key priorities and goals for leaders looking to the future, as they introduce new systems and still maintain a human-centred approach?

In this session, hear more about the tools, processes, organisational and cultural changes needed to future proof supply chains for the changes and crises of the future from pioneers in automotive logistics. In a keynote from Renault Group’s top supply chain executive, Jean-François Salles, discusses the OEM’s digital strategy, and how seamless data links across customers, suppliers and logistics providers can help create more efficient and sustainable digital ecosystems.

A panel of experts will join the discussion to explore the technology, challenges and priorities in achieving connected, predictable supply chains, from real-time tracking, control towers, artificial intelligence to the potential of the metaverse for supply chain. Don’t miss this chance to learn and debate the future of automotive logistics.

18:00 - 21:00 CET

ALSC Europe Gala Reception

In partnership with Automotive Logistics and DB Schenker, come and join us for an exceptional evening of networking and entertainment, along with fine beverages and cuisine. It is sure to be a fantastic 20th Anniversary dinner!


Steigenberger Grand Hotel Petersberg

Dress code - Business Casual

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08:30 - 09:00 CET

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:00 - 09:05 CET

Welcome to Day 2

09:05 - 09:50 CET

Session 8: Integrated logistics planning & operations – aligning capacity and partners

Christopher Godfrey, Head of Operations Planning and Logistics, Volvo Cars

In the face of volatile supply and transport capacity shortages, any mismatches between production forecasts, supplier call-offs, or releases to logistics providers can quickly lead to production slowdowns, distribution delays or wasted resources. That is one reason why OEMs and suppliers are more focused on the systems, communication and processes that allow them to better align their manufacturing, supply chain network and partners to changing demands, and in line with key customer and business targets.

In this session, learn more about how manufacturers, logistics and technology partners are gaining greater control and efficiency of the end-to-end supply chain, including closing siloes between functions such as operations planning, inbound logistics and vehicle distribution. Experts from supply chain organisations at major automotive manufacturers will discuss their strategies to better front-loading logistics, implement supply and operations planning (S&OP) in decision making, and ensure that production and transport schedules are synced with key partners across road, rail and sea.

09:50 - 10:20 CET

Session 9: Start-up Forum

Hear from the latest logistics disruptors and innovators. A select group of start-ups will pitch their business plans in a 4-slide/4-questions format that gives attendees the chance to discover the next automotive logistics unicorn…

10:20 - 11:00 CET

Networking & refreshments

11:00 - 11:45 CET

Session 10A: Smart factory, smarter logistics

Étienne Jacob, Global Supply Chain Director, Plastic Omnium

Automotive OEMs and suppliers in Europe are striving for greater connectivity, predictability and automation in their transport and internal logistics processes to remain competitive and more resilient. Achieving this efficiency depends not only on selecting the right technology and tools, but close planning with manufacturing plants, better visibility of upstream suppliers and the right logistics partners.

In this session, experts will discuss practical ways to achieve smarter logistics at both OEM and tier-1 levels, including affordable technology to improve visibility, control tower solutions and opportunities for increased automation in logistics and material flow in warehouses and plants. The session will also highlight how stakeholders can better work together to understand and plan operations, whether between OEM and tier-1 suppliers, or manufacturers and logistics providers. Learn how to plan smart, streamlined logistics to help keep European manufacturing and exports stay competitive.

Session 10B: Essential Intelligence: Container Shipping and ro-ro market update

The latest insights, analysis and outlook on the global container and ro-ro market. Understand how global capacity, port labour, emissions regulation and weather patterns are impacting lead times, rates and service across deep sea, short-sea and inland shipping.

11:45 - 12:30 CET

Session 11A: Maximum utilisation: planning for every part, packaging and advantage

Sean Bricknell, Global Head of Inbound and Packaging, Volvo Cars
Dr. Ahmed Abdelhalim, BU Manager – Industrial IoT, ALPS ALPINE

Rising costs and pressure in the supply chain have underlined the importance of increasing efficiency in logistics, especially packaging and network fill rates. In many cases, the difference between planned utilisation and the actual level is the equivalent of many more containers and trucks. That is why manufacturers and logistics providers are putting more focus on engineering and allocating the right packaging assets early in programme planning, and in tracking freight consolidation across the supply chain.

In this session, logistics and packaging experts will discuss objectives and innovations for improving overall packaging and network utilisation, including in container and rack management, tracking and visibility, early logistics planning and partnership opportunities.

Session 11B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Vehicle supply chains fit for a digital world

Marjorie Vanhoucke, Corporate General Manager, Services and Vehicle Logistics Renault Group
Marcin Koziak, Head of Prilo Marketplace, ADAMPOL S.A.

In the face of transport capacity shortage, visibility is becoming the most important currency in European vehicle logistics, with data at the heart of a transparent network and critical to utilising full capacity and avoiding wasteful backhauls and improving ETAs.

In this session, learn more about the tools and innovations that OEMs and logistics providers are implementing to improve real-time tracking, from vehicle telematics to better planning and communication systems across the supply chain and with LSPs, so that they can better meet customer expectations. Understand how digital planning and capacity systems are also helping OEMs and mobility players to make a seamless transition to new business and distribution models, including online sales, direct deliveries and subscription services.

12:30 - 13:45 CET

Lunch & networking

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13:45 - 14:45 CET

Session 12: Flexing Europe’s supply chain, building long-term resilience

Tony Byrne, Global Parts Logistics Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Volatile markets and supply continue to make production, logistics and distribution planning more challenging than ever. To meet the expectations of all stakeholders – from plants to dealerships and vehicle owners – manufacturers, suppliers and logistics providers have had to adapt transport and inventory strategies faster than ever, and prioritise key material and capacity.

However, logistics leaders are increasingly focused on the tools, processes and organisation that they need to create supply chains that are as resilient and integrated as they are flexible. In this session, learn about the technology and partnerships that are helping the European automotive industry go with the flow, and understand how carmakers such as Jaguar Land Rover are undergoing cultural transformations to better align and improve visibility between supply chain divisions, enable efficient prioritisation of parts across production and service parts, maximise capacity across trade lanes and create more agile operations to meet enterprise and customer needs.

14:45 CET

Session 13: 20/20 Supply Chain Vision

To close the 20th Automotive Logistics Europe conference, our panel of automotive leaders, including veteran and up-and-coming innovators, assess two decades of transformation and progress in logistics and supply chain, and outline their visions and plans to drive their organisations forward, and identify the key trends, issues and opportunities that will shape the sector over the next 20 years.