Connected? Smart? Flexible?

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, those involved in automotive logistics need to work even more closely together to raise efficiency, stay smart and keep flexible. Automotive Logistics Europe sponsors include ORBIS, CHEP, GEFCO, CABKA-IPS and DS Smith.

BONN, GERMANY – MARCH 14th 2017: Refining the efficiency of your internal operations is a prerequisite for firms in the cut and thrust of today’s highly competitive automotive logistics environment. But there are limits to what can be achieved on your own. And while the notion of working in collaboration with others in the supply chain isn’t new, it is beginning to take on vital new significance in today’s automotive supply chains, as firms of all kinds increasingly recognize that sharing information, resources, standards and technologies now represents the next great area of opportunity.

Whether it’s reorganizing your production flows to shorten lead times, tweaking inbound component deliveries to reduce stock-holding, introducing more intelligent packaging to shave a few more seconds of waste from your network, or sharing plans to adopt new technologies with your partners and competitors to ensure you all meet the same standard, the need to work together for the common good has never been greater.

As Marco Prüglmeier, project manager for innovation and industry 4.0 at BMW, said recently about the OEM’s approach to developing its ‘Connected Supply Chain’: “One reason why we are sharing these projects openly is to address standardization. We cannot solve these issues alone… If every manufacturer were to use its own closed system for autonomous transport, then logistics providers would not be able to handle the processes effectively when delivering to different companies.”

Dealing with this need to work together is at the heart of today’s automotive supply chains in Europe, where despite an apparent appetite in some regions for political break-up, automotive supply chains continue to stretch in a highly interdependent fashion across different borders, cultures and creeds.

And that’s why the issue of working together is also at the heart of this year’s Automotive Logistics Europe conference, based as it is around the theme:

Connected? Smart? Flexible?
They won’t come from working alone

Taking place from June 6th to 8th at the Kameha Grand Bonn, Germany, the event will bring OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers together to find the best ways forward.

With a top line-up of industry experts providing their insight and analysis on the way the European automotive logistics market is heading and how supply chains should best position themselves for the challenges ahead, this promises to be an unmissable event.

In addition to all the discussion and debate on stage, there will be plenty of opportunities at the conference to rub shoulders with senior figures in the European automotive logistics sector – whether at the pre-conference drinks reception, during the coffee and lunch breaks between the conference sessions, or at the glittering gala dinner.

Delegates in previous years have found Automotive Logistics Europe a hugely valuable event:

  • “A real mind-opener – gives a vision of the future to share in our organisation,” was how Hervé Moulin, Manager of Vehicle Operations and Methods at Renault Nissan, put it after the 2016 conference.
  • “A good networking opportunity [with] good insight into the industry future,” agreed Rob Vincenten, Aftersales Logistics Manager at GM Netherlands.
  • “A great place to meet people and listen to great minds,” added Amy Xiong, Logistics Manager at BYD Europe.
  • “It’s the place to be to connect or reconnect with all the major players in automotive logistics,” said Nina Krause, Sales Executive at Quartet FS.

Supported by global sponsors Changjiu Logistics/CDC, CHEP, and GEFCO; gold sponsors CEIT, Evolution Time Critical, FedEx, Priority Freight, and UECC; and silver sponsors 4flow, BLG Logistics, CABKA_IPS, DS Smith, Ewals Cargo Care, INFORM, ORBIS, ProAct International, and Royale International,Automotive Logistics Europe is expected to attract hundreds of delegates this June from right across the European automotive logistics sector.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Source: Automotive Logistics