Logistics and freight forwarding provider Norbert Dentressangle held its first Automotive Innovation Day at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon in the UK last week. 

The gathering of major buyers and suppliers was also attended by the company’s own experts and was used as a platform to discuss emerging trends and forecast future patterns in the automotive spare parts supply chain. 

Those attending the ideas and networking event included representatives from Ford, Mazda, Jaguar Land Rover, Saab, Vauxhall, Renault and Nissan.  

Presentations were given by Kratzer Automation, Isotrak and Renault Trucks, and featured new methods of tracking and transport management. Current environmental regulation was also discussed. This was followed by a panel debate that centered on the question of how make logistics more accessible and universal, even across competing manufacturers.

Norbert Dentressangle’s managing director for transport services, Mike Bridges, said that the positive feedback from the delegates meant that the company hoped to host more such events in the years to come. He cited the highly competitive nature of the automotive industry and referenced the importance of “developing best practices” across the board. 

Chris Wells, the company’s director of night distribution transport services, said: “The aim of our first Automotive Innovation Day was to highlight the advances in technology along with the challenges and opportunities ahead in the automotive sector. It also looked at collaboration and how to work with customers and suppliers to jointly develop and implement plans to deliver improved supply chain operations in the aftermarket sector.”