Do you have the right logistics network?

Plant closures and the varying success of different OEMs/vehicle types are making for new patterns of demand for Europe’s automotive industry. The executives who make supply chain decisions will meet in Bonn at Automotive Logistics Europe.
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Jan. 29, 2013 - PRLog -- Kameha Grand Hotel, Bonn, Germany  12-14 March 2013

Do you have the right logistics network?

Changing demand across Europe brings auto executives together

BONN   29 JANUARY 2013:   Plant closures and the varying success of different OEMs and vehicle types are making for new patterns of demand across Europe’s automotive industry. Just one example: the rapidly-evolving plans of GM and PSA Peugeot Citroen to share model platforms and production across their facilities in France and Germany.

All this means that engineering the right logistics network - and executing against it -are critical for profitability. The executives who make those crucial supply chain decisions will be meeting in Bonn between 12-14 March at the annual Automotive Logistics Europe conference. The intense discussions and networking will seek to provide answers to the blunt question which is this year’s theme: 'Do you have the right network?'

Key OEM figures who will be speaking include: Matthias Schulz, director of materials planning and logistics at Ford Europe; the heads of vehicle distribution for BMW and Daimler, Mathias Wellbrock and Egon Christ respectively; and Bo Andersson, president of Russia’s GAZ Group.

Their counterparts at the Tier 1 suppliers who will be present include: Jörg Blechinger, director of Magna Logistics Europe; Helge Wöbke, head of logistics for Europe and Asia Pacific for TRW Automotive; and Hubert-Paul Mas, European supply chain director at Inergy.

The highly-profitable service parts sector also needs to respond to market changes. Speakers at the conference in this sector will include Francesca Gamboni, director of parts supply logistics for Renault, and Greg Magee, director of supply chain aftersales at Adam Opel.

There is much to address. In an exclusive interview with Automotive Logistics, Toyota's European head of logistics, Levent Yuksel, revealed that he works with seven inbound logistics providers and no fewer than 65 transport providers and distribution centres to deliver new cars. Yet Toyota is only 9th in the league table of sales within Europe.

“A good level of senior executives attend the event,” commented Andrew Austin, chief executive of rapid-delivery company Priority Freight, after the 2012 conference. Honda UK’s head of external logistics, Richard Marlow confirmed it: “An excellent opportunity to meet…and to understand the real life issues that we all face,” he said  

For the operational specialists, there is also huge value. “(Attendance) gives a great insight,” confirmed Nicole Bodendiek, transport logistics specialist at Audi, speaking after the 2012 conference.

“Very informative to share thoughts of other OEMs,” noted Corinna Erth, a senior logistics engineer at Ford in Germany.  Without attending “you see only your own business,” added her colleague, Simon Scheit.

The 2013 conference will again be held at the stylish and spacious Kameha Grand Hotel on the banks of the Rhine, just outside Bonn. It will see more than 300 executives present as carmakers and tier suppliers meet 3PLs, transport providers by road, rail, river, sea and air, IT companies, ports & terminal operators, inspection and damage repair services, and the many other service providers which ensure that inbound and outbound logistics can function effectively.

Automotive Logistics Europe 2013 is supported by gold sponsors, the Association of British Ports, CHEP, DSV, Evolution Time Critical, Gefco, Priority Freight and Sovereign Business Integration. The global sponsor of all Automotive Logistics conferences is Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. The silver sponsors of the Europe event are Amports, Ball System, BLG Logistics, Brian Thomas, FedEx, Goodpack, Gruppo Argol Villanova, Inform, Kinaxis, LeverTouch, Neovia, Oracle, Orbis, Raben and UTI.

The Europe conference is one of a series organised around the world by Automotive Logistics magazine, the leading global publication in the field. The series also includes events in Russia, North America, South America, China and India.

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Marketing & Press attendance: Vicky Aitken  +44 208 987 0953  

Automotive Logistics Europe conference chairman: Louis Yiakoumi:  +44 208 987 0944  

Automotive Logistics Editor: Christopher Ludwig   +44 208 987 0968

Automotive Logistics magazine is published by Ultima Media Ltd, a provider of information in print, online and at events dedicated to the global business-to-business automotive industry.
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