The Automotive Logistics Group, which publishes the highly respected Automotive Logistics magazine as well as organising a series of global logistics conferences, has today announced the launch of an exciting new awards scheme for the automotive supply chain management sector.

The Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2018 will recognise and reward excellence and innovation, celebrating high performance and best practice in a wide range of automotive supply chain disciplines including inbound logistics, packaging, materials handling, finished vehicle logistics and service parts logistics – as well as individuals’ achievements.

The winners of the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2018 will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner to be held at the elegant Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn, Germany, on June 12th 2018 – the night before next year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference.

The awards have already been hailed by the industry as a welcome move to help support and encourage excellence in the automotive logistics sector.

“At Volvo Cars, we fully support this initiative and our aim is to become a competitor in a number of categories in the coming years. Innovation, inspiration and an understanding of what best-in-class looks like are key ingredients in our efforts to build a more competitive global logistics system. Personally, I look forward to contributing to a high-quality evaluation process but also to learn from the best in what is hopefully becoming an annual event across the automotive logistics industry,” commented Magnus Ödling, Senior Director for Global Core and Car Program, Volvo Car Group.

“Thriving companies around the world have realised the importance of logistics as a core process. Therefore, sharing innovative solutions among logistics professionals around the world is a great opportunity to continuously improve our flows, and excel in this dynamic and fast-moving world. Scania, with the world’s widest range of sustainable transport solutions, is naturally interested in being part of the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe initiative,” added Fabio Castello, Head of Corporate Unit Logistics, Scania Group.

Magnus and Fabio are just two of an already impressive list of distinguished experts at the very top of the automotive logistics industry who will be selecting the eventual awards winners.

Judges confirmed so far include:

  •  Ralf Bechmann
Partner, Advisory Services

Ernst & Young

  • Jörg Blechinger
Director of Magna Logistics and Global Lead Logistics

Magna International

  • Matthias Braun
Head of Network Planning and Location Projects

Volkswagen Group Logistics

  • Juergen Braunstetter
Head of Supply Chain Management Automotive


  •  Stefan Crets
Executive Director

CSR Europe

  • Fabio Castello
Head of Corporate Unit Logistics

Scania Group

  • Francesca Gamboni
Vice-President of Supply Chain

Groupe PSA

  • Buelent Ileri
Director Transportation & Logistics, Europe & Middle East


  • Daniel Kal
Director Corporate Logistics, EMEA


  • Wolfgang Lehmacher
Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries

World Economic Forum

  • Antonio Marcelo
Vice President – Global Supply Chain


  • Bob Mountain
EU CIS Region Head of Supply Chain and Logistics

Honda Europe

  • Magnus Ödling
Senior Director for Global Core and Car Program

 Volvo Car Group

  • Frank Schlehuber
Director Aftermarket


  • Peter Weiss
Head of EMEA Supply Chain Management and Global Coordination

Fiat Chrysler Automobile

  • Dirk Willmann
Director of Material Planning and Logistics

Ford of Europe

  • Anita Pieper
Vice-President of Vehicle Distribution and Vehicle Distribution Centres

BMW Group

Christopher Ludwig, Editor of Automotive Logistics, added: “The automotive supply chain is experiencing an exciting but disruptive era of transformation. Digitalisation, alternative propulsion, connectivity and other new vehicle technology are impacting on everything from sourcing locations and part numbers to investments and supplier relationships. The need for excellence and innovation in automotive supply chains has never been greater and the incredible line-up of judges already confirmed for the awards is testament to the importance being placed on this initiative, which will recognise and reward all of the exemplary work taking place across the industry.”

Entries are invited from all those involved in the automotive logistics sector, whether vehicle maker, tier supplier, logistics service provider, infrastructure operator, vehicle processor, dealership or logistics consultancy.

Entries may be submitted for individuals, teams, projects or companies between November 30th 2017 and the closing date of January 22nd 2018 and will be rigorously judged by the distinguished awards panel.

The organisers ask that all those interested in entering the awards complete a short ‘Intention to Enter’ registration form now, which can be accessed via the awards website up until November 30th.

A total of 16 awards will be made, comprising:

  • The greener supply chain award
  • The better visibility award
  • The big award for big data
  • Collaboration in logistics award
  • Inbound network optimisation award
  • Supply chain resilience award
  • Inbound global supply chain award
  • Packaging & materials handling innovation award
  • Packaging & materials handling automation award
  • FVL top quality award
  • FVL high performance award
  • FVL global supply chain award
  • Lean logistics for service parts award
  • Aftermarket customer service award
  • Rising star in automotive logistics
  • Innovation leader
For more information, please see the awards website at

Notes for editors

Entries may be made up to the close of business on January 22nd 2018. Those shortlisted for an award will be notified in March 2018 and the winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Kameha Grand Hotel, Bonn, Germany on June 12th 2018.

Press contacts:

  • Marketing and press enquiries: Chris Mott +44 208 987 0938
  • Sponsorship enquiries: Matt Allard +44 208 987 0981
  • Judging panel enquiries: Catherine Hanou
catherine.hanou@ +44 208 987 0945
  • General enquiries:

Automotive Logistics is a global provider of premium business-to-business content and intelligence in print, online and in person -