The automotive industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and neighbouring countries continues to grow in size, complexity and expertise. Organised by Adam Smith Conferences, the Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum is the only strategic meeting place for senior automotive managers from all CEE countries. Taking place over the course of the next two days, ( 11-12 October) in Prague, the forum is attended by more than 200 participants drawn from the region’s leading OEMs, suppliers, dealers and government officials who will discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities!
Official support is provided by the Auto Associations & Investment Authorities and includes the Automotive Industry Association, Czech Republic, ZAPSR Auto Manufacturers, Slovakia, MAJOSZ Hungarian Components Manufacturers, Czech Invest, SARIO Slovak Investment & Trade Development, UKTI Trade & Investment Promotion, PZPM Polish Auto Association, Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Spirit Slovenia and others.
Participants here have the chance to discuss contracts and real business informally and create personal connections with auto executives, suppliers, purchasing directors, analysts and officials:
A. Korpak, MD, Manufacturing Poland, GM OPEL, P. Widel, Governmental Relations Director, Poland, GM OPEL, M. Ognjanovic, Purchasing Director, FCA Fiat Chrysler, L. Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Hungary, SUZUKI, J. Barvinek [observer], General Manager - Quality control, Kolin, TOYOTA TPCA, U. Karaca, Purchasing Director, Turkey, MERCEDES-BENZ, A. Onur, Purchasing Director – Central Europe, PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN, P. Matyus, Head of Purchasing SEE, BMW, P. Silha, Managing Director, GM OPEL, CR & SR, M. Gunel, General Director – Engines & Transmission, FORD OTOSAN and others.
M. Frenzel, Associate Director Purchasing – Europe, VISTEON, F. Toenniges, Executive Director – Engineering, Burscheid, JOHNSON CONTROLS, H. Miorini, VP Operations – Austria & SEE, BOSCH, T. Morgan, VP – Global Product Development, Varroc Lighting, R. Snijder, Group Sourcing Director, BOSAL, O. Benes, Head of Purchasing, FAURECIA, O. Becker, Executive Director – Process Innovation Advanced Product Development, YANFENG Automotive, C. Makos, CEO – Hungary, APOLLO TYRES, J. Kaizr, Business Director, CTP, S. Clauss, Area Sales Manager, item Industrietechnik, A. Kovac, Powertrain Director, CIMOS, P. Ghione, General Manager – Serbia, GRAMMER, B. Faulconnier, Operations Director – Central Europe, PLASTIC OMNIUM and others.
The Programme of the first day of the conference was as follows: (include day 1 programme)
5 sessions, hot discussions among key experts of the industry, new global and micro auto trends, production, expansion and investment plans, full session dedicated to leading automakers and suppliers and a great opportunity to hear a professional opinion on subject, being a part of a discussion process among industry leaders while One-to-One Meetings and many other.
European and global auto trends, forecasts and policy initiatives
MODERATOR: Henry Foy, Financial Times
Series of 10-min Presentations
Followed by Discussion
Overview - New factory investment: Choosing a country for new production
Second wave of R&D: support for innovation and establishment of new R&D and engineering centres
Strategic outlook: How can the CEE region attract further OEM investment?
Czech Republic: AIA AutoSAP: European and global auto trends, forecasts, policy initiatives
Poland and Hungary: update on domestic trends and plans for FDI and R&D
10-min Case Study: Slovakia: Business friendly Slovakia
10-min Case Study: Slovenia as investment platform for automotive industry
Romania: are the low labour cost players maximising their advantages in attracting investment and access to EU markets?
FOCUS | IHS Markit: macro trends – what is behind the growth; CEE countries with highest potential, the background to this growth, Investments & CEE as production hub
Among Speakers shared the opinion: Henry Foy, Central Europe Correspondent, Financial Times; Jakub Farys, President, Polish Automotive Industry Association; Martin Krejci, Director of Investment Division, CzechInvest; Robert Simoncic, CEO, SARIO Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency; Robert Esik, President, HIPA Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Tatjana Mohoric, Director ACS - Automotive Cluster of Slovenia; Zdenek Petzl, Secretary General ,Czech Automotive Industry Association; Sarah Kingsbury, Senior Analyst,| European Vehicle Sales Forecast, IHS Markit
Automotive OEMs: Production, expansion and investment plans
MODERATOR: Sarah Kingsbury, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
FOCUS | Volkswagen EE: How to become a VW Group Supplier
Among speakers: Carsten Peters, Head of Purchasing, Regional Office Eastern Europe, Volkswagen, Michal Kadera *tbc, External Affairs Director, Škoda Auto, Alev Onur, Director of Purchasing, PSA Group Slovakia, Miodrag Ognjanovic, Purchasing Manager, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobile Serbia, Jiri Vanek, General Manager, IVECO Czech Republic.
Industry leaders will debate questions critical for the sector
MODERATOR: Ivan Hodac, Former Secretary General, ACEA
Among Speakers: Andrzej Korpak, Managing Director, General Motors Manufacturing Poland, Alev Onur, Director of Purchasing, PSA Group Slovakia, Laszlo Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki Corp, Frank Toenniges, Executive Director- Engineering, Johnson Controls, Ivan Hodac, Former Secretary General, Member of the Board of Directors, ACEA; Aspen Institute Prague.
Suppliers – Strategies, efficiencies, costs, supply chain, facilities construction
MODERATOR: Aleksandar Medjedovic, Turkish Serbian Business Council at DEIK (Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board)
FOCUS | Johnson Controls: Trencin Tech Centre, JCI’s biggest plant
in Europe: Setting up, running and further developing a high-end
plant in CEE; Frank Toenniges, Executive Director Engineering, JCI
FOCUS | Robert Bosch: Reducing fixed costs, new electrification,
connectivity and time-to-market; Hanno Miorini, VP Sales Central
Europe, Robert Bosch
Challenges: Are production volumes adequate and quality control sufficient?
Volumes & Costs: what are the investment priorities of key global suppliers?
TEBODIN - Low construction cost – how to get it?
Greenfield and brownfield investments: with recent OEM announcements, suppliers need to be ready to deliver- which clusters will win new business?
FOCUS | FAURECIA: Interiors leadership
FOCUS | AFI: Competition -How can CEE suppliers remain globally competitive?
FOCUS | SGP Group: Quality outsourcing role in the assurance of the production lines operational continuity
Among Speakers: Frank Toenniges, Executive Director- Engineering, Johnson Controls, Corneliu Antonovici, Senior Sales Manager, Robert Bosch EE, Jaromir Kriz, CEE Director, Tebodin, Thorsten Bohnenberger, Product Line Marketing Director, Faurecia, David Schnaider, Business Development Director, Videoton Holding, Kamil Blazek, Chairman, Czech Association for Foreign Investment, Sebastian Wilk, Planning and Development Director, SGP Group, Aleksandar Medjedovic, Chairman, Turkish Serbian Business Council at DEIK (Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board).
R&D, Engineering, Design and Telematics
Presentations followed by Informal Discussion
FOCUS | Yanfeng Automotive - Autonomous Driving: How will AD change the automotive interiors in future?
»» Outlook: Yanfeng's Interiors Vision 2025/2030
»» Trends that influence the interior
FOCUS | Dual Education Model: Workforce availability and engineering jobs. Governments and universities working with OEMs to secure high-value-added jobs
FOCUS | ROBERT BOSCH: Market trends and drivers in automation Session 5. R&D, Engineering, Design and Telematics Oliver Becker, Executive Director Process Innovation Advanced Product Development & Sales, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Todd Morgan, Senior VP – Global Product Development, VARROC Lighting Jaroslav Kaizr, Business Director, CTP technology
Case study: Challenges of becoming innovative automotive supplier
Strategic technology mix: adapting to individual markets and customers
Connected tech: integrating speed, complexity and connectivity
Leveraging private engineering SMEs and technical university tradition
CLEPA Green Innovation Award Winner 2016: Hidria
Automotive - Optymus Pressure Sensing System
FOCUS | Autonomous Driving: Squire Patton Boggs – significant trends, future developments and the likely impact forthe CEE region
Among speakers: Oliver Becker, Executive Director Process Innovation Advanced Product Development & Sales, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Todd Morgan, Senior VP – Global Product Development, VARROC Lighting, Jaroslav Kaizr, Business Director, CTP, Sebastian Clauss, Area Sales Manager, item Industrietechnik, Paul Poirel, Chief Engineer Europe, Nexteer Automotive, Frank Fickel, Future Trends & Technology Transfer[1-to-1 Meetings], IAV Engineering, Bostjan Bratus, Vice President, Hidria Automotive, Simon Garbett, Partner, Head of Automotive, EMEA, Squire Patton Boggs.
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