The resilience of the European automotive sector has been put to one of the biggest and most sustained tests in its history over the last 12 months. The pervasive disruption caused to the supply chain by the coronavirus pandemic continues to test the ingenuity of logistics and supply chain experts.


Inbound supply chains continue to be choked by bottlenecks and border closures, and there remain capacity constraints because of the misalignment in supply and demand stemming from the Covid crisis. The lack of visibility at the sub-tier level, as seen the ongoing semiconductor shortage, is also a problem that is going to take some major reorganisation to solve.

At the same time, the regular round of adverse seasonal weather events, ongoing trade disputes and even earthquakes, continue to challenge the smooth running of a global supply network. 

However, the lessons learned through the pandemic and the acceleration in the adoption of digital tools to help solve problems now stands the sector in good stead to embrace a more sustainable future, as mobility is redefined by electric and connected priorities. Recent commitments by Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in Europe to electrify their vehicles over the next decade and put in the logistics to support it testify to the shift in priorities. That demand for lithium batteries is going to lead to a totally new sort of supply chain.


At this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe Live conference, which takes place between April 20-21, discussions will focus on solving the current logistics challenges but also renewing the vitality of the European automotive sector through better informed strategies, more sustainable products, and more efficient and resilient operations.

As the switch to EVs radically transforms parts and material sourcing, and how they are supplied, the industry will need to show greater innovation. Advancing digital tools are creating exciting new opportunities for carmakers and logistics providers to improve network efficiency, both in the inbound and outbound parts of the business. At the same time automotive companies are investing billions to transform themselves into the leading technology companies of tomorrow, developing and utilising more technology both in and out of the vehicle

Behind this fast-paced transformation is the need to forge the right business partnerships and develop the right skills required to redefine the nuts and bolts of the traditional automotive sector into the digital age. ALSC Europe Live is designed to facilitate these partnerships and foster the dialogue required for the future of the automotive industry.

ALSC Europe Live will feature 50+ speakers over two days of interactive panels, think tanks and business intelligence analysis. Participate in live Q&A with confirmed speakers, including: Lars Bäuman, executive advisor at VW Group; Matthias Braun, head of digitalization and concept development at Volkswagen Group Logistics; Marko Weisshaar, head of supply chain management at Ineos Automotive; Jana Wignell, vice-president quality & sustainability at Volvo Group Trucks Operations; Tobias Rydin, director of supply networks at Scania; Jian Huang, global head of corporate supply chain risk management at Hella; Rodney Salmon, vice-president of automotive EMEA at Macro Plastics and Ron Glowinsky, vice-president of global sales at CNW; and Per Olaf Arnäs, strategic logistics expert, Einride. View the full agenda.