This year's Automotive Logistics Europe conference, being held in Bonn, Germany, is now live streaming debate and offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.
Once again the conference has filled the stylish and spacious Kameha Grand Hotel on the banks of the Rhine, just outside Bonn, with 300 executives present. Carmakers and tier suppliers, 3PLs, multimodal transport providers, IT companies, and ports and terminal operators, are already in discussion.
The new Automotive Logistics Europe Live service will extend the conference to reach a global audience. It is brought to you free of charge.
The conference sessions begin on Wednesday 12 March and video streaming of the principal presentations and discussions are at the following times:
09:00-17:30 (CET) Wednesday 12 March
09:00-16:30 (CET) Thursday 13 March
So if you cannot be in Bonn this year, you are able to view them live, as well as participate online with comments and questions via the social stream.
Those attending in Bonn will also be able to send messages to fellow delegates before, during and after the conference.
All will also be able to take part in the polls held during the conference. And of course the videos will be available online after the event.
Speakers this year include: Andrea Eck, general manager from VW Group Logistics; Matthias Schulz, director of material, planning and logistics at Ford Europe; Marzell Bandur, director of supply chain planning at Opel/Vauxhall; Patrick Meulders, general manager of supply and distribution at Toyota Europe; and Simon Stacey, head of logistics for Honda Europe.
Helge Wöbke, head of logistics for EMEA and Asia Pacific at TRW will be among those talking in sessions dedicated to the inbound supply chain. Discussions centred on the ‘high and heavy’ sector will include Kay Biebler of Solaris Bus & Coach and Joannes Van Osta of JCB.
External analysis for delegates on current market trends and future predictions will come from PwC’s Michael Gartside of the consultancy’s Autofacts Centre.
And this year, it won’t just be about automotive. Speakers include the senior manager for EMEA logistics at Starbucks, Jan Huijgens. He will join a special session that looks for lessons for the automotive industry from sectors such as food, beverage and fashion.
Automotive Logistics Europe 2014 is the 12th consecutive event in the annual series. It is supported by gold sponsors Agility, the Association of British Ports/GBA group, CHEP, DSV, Evolution Time Critical, Gefco, Geodis Wilson, Priority Freight, Sovereign Business Integration and TNT. The global sponsor of all Automotive Logistics conferences is Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. The silver sponsors of the Europe event are Ball System, BLG Logistics, CTM Worldwide/Lohr, Ewals Cargo Care, FedEx, Flexis, Goodpack, Inform, Kinaxis, LeverTouch, Neovia, Orbis, Swiss Post and UTI.
All these significant providers of logistics services will be present at the event.
Automotive Logistics also organises annual conferences in Russia, North America, South America India and China. See the details on each of them here