It is the only strategic meeting place for senior automotive managers from all CEE countries. The forum 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 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 had 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 conference was as follows:
European and global auto trends, forecasts and policy initiatives
MODERATOR: Henry Foy, Financial Times
Series of 10-min Presentations
Followed by Discussion
Overview - New investment: Choosing a country for new production
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
IHS Markit: Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe – Macro trends
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
PRESENTATIONS followed by short Q&A DISCUSSION
Volkswagen EE: How to become a VW Group Supplier
SUZUKI: OEMs’ Expectations vs. Suppliers & Industry 4.0
Leading automakers: Near-term plans Costs vs. sales – maintaining market share and profitability and capitalise on the market upswing
Rising output: With capacity already nearly full, how are the leading OEMs dealing with this challenge?
European OEMs: what are the growth strategies in CEE?
R&D: are OEMs investing in local CEE research and advanced engineering?
Among speakers: Carsten Peters, Head of Purchasing, Regional Office Eastern Europe, Andrzej Korpak, Managing Director, General Motors Manufacturing Poland, Volkswagen, 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, Sarah Kingsbury, Senior Analyst | European Vehicle Sales Forecast , IHS Markit.
Leaders Debate – carmakers and suppliers in discussion
MODERATOR: Ivan Hodac, Former Secretary General, ACEA
Ideas for discussion:
Among Speakers: Andrzej Korpak, Managing Director, General Motors Manufacturing Poland, Laszlo Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki Corp, Laszlo Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki, Miodrag Ognjanovic, Purchasing Director, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobile Serbia, 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
Followed by Short Q&A Debate
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
Robert Bosch: Reducing fixed costs, new electrification,
connectivity and time-to-market
TEBODIN - Low construction cost – how to get it?
FAURECIA: Interiors leadership
AFI: Competition -How can CEE markets compete as investment destination? With SEE and other geographies?
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, 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, Emrah Duman, International Markets Director - Trucks Business, Ford Otosan Turkey,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
Followed by Informal Q&A Discussion with audience
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
Hidria Automotive - CLEPA Green Innovation Award Winner 2016 - Optymus Pressure Sensing System
Squire Patton Boggs - Autonomous Driving: - significant trends, future developments and the likely impact for the CEE region
Challenges of becoming an innovative automotive supplier / Strategic technology mix: adapting to individual markets and customers / Connected tech: integrating speed, complexity and connectivity / Leveraging engineering SMEs and technical university tradition
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.
Suppliers - Operations, Automation & Innovation Excellence Moderator: Jaroslav Kaizr, CTP
PRESENTATIONS, followed by short Q&A DISCUSSION
Exporting: how can CEE suppliers export globally: is the ‘EU’ brand an advantage?
Recycling & Raw Materials: local procurement and solutions – pros and cons
TRIGO case-study: Extended Quality Scope along the supply chain
New contracts: challenges faced by CEE suppliers in winning contracts with global OEMs
Among speakers: Pierluigi Ghione, General Manager – Serbia, Grammer Aljosa Kovac, Powertrain Director, CIMOS Group Attila Vass, Expert Quality (TreQ) Manager, TRIGO Group Mehmet Buldurgan, Chairman, MBCO Strategy Jaroslav Kaizr, Business Director, CTP Hana Kajnarova, Commercial Director, BRISK Tabor
Purchasing Directors – Insights, Cases, Logistics, Presentations & Discussion Moderator: Aleksandar Medjedovic, Turkish Serbian Business Council at DEIK
PRESENTATIONS, followed by short Q& A Discussion
Gebruder Weiss: Logistics & Supply Chain management in automotive industry
Fori Group: Excellence in automotive interior, You step out of the car with a smile
Growth: challenges to growth and exports
Partnerships: OEMs and local suppliers: product and process innovation
Costs: controlling costs whilst ensuring delivery
Among speakers: Robert Snijder, Group Sourcing Director - Member of Extended Board, Bosal Matthew Harrison, Key Account Manager, Gebruder Weiss Tae Yun Yee, Director, PLAKOR Czech Polona Krpac Gornjak, Director - Technical Textile Division, FORI Group Murat Ozkam, Purchasing Manager - EE, Turkey, India, Federal-Mogul Motorparts Aleksandar Medjedovic, Chairman, Turkish Serbian Business Council at DEIK (Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board)
LUNCHTIME SESSION: Country Investment Round-tables
Discussed opportunities with Country FDI Officers
8 Roundtables reserved during lunch, one per each Country represented
Delegates were free to join lunch at any Country Table
Round Tables Hosted by Country Investment Representatives
Network with Investment Authorities of all CEE countries
Czech Invest, AutoSAP, AFI Czech Republic
SARIO and Western Slovakia Auto cluster
olish Foreign Investment Agency
MAJOSZ and Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency and MAGE Hungarian Automotive Industry Association
Automotive Cluster Slovenia and Spirit Slovenia
Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
UKTI United Kingdom Trade & Invest
Among speakers: Denes Klujber, President, MAJOSZ Hungarian Association of Vehicle Component Manufacturers Kilian Csaba, CEO, MAGE Hungarian Automotive Industry Association Jakub Farys, President, Polish Automotive Industry Association, Robert Simoncic, CEO, SARIO Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Matej Skocir, Head of FDI and Exports, SPIRIT Slovenija Tatjana Mohoric, Director, Automotive Cluster Slovenia Robert Esik, President, HIPA Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Lyubomir Stanislavov, President, Automotive Cluster Bulgaria Kamil Blazek, Chairman, Czech Association for Foreign Investment Svetoslav Gatev, Expert, InvestBulgaria Agency
Analytics, Auto Retail and aftermarket
Moderator: Ewa Root, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
Presentations, followed by short Q&A Discussion
AAA Auto: Current situation on the used car market in the CEE region
AUTOSTAT: Russian Automotive Export: Projects and Prospects
Overview: sales figures, segments, and dealership case studies /
Used-cars: CEE trends, expectations and leading players /
Financing: high discounts/ financing costs and pricing /
Services: expanding services and touch points /
Spare parts: optimising parts sales and distribution by going online
PARTICIPANTS: Karolina Topolova, CEO, AAA Auto, Pavel Silha, Managing Director, OPEL Czech Republic & Slovakia Maria Vola, Partner - Export Development, AUTOSTAT Ewa Root, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
One-to-One meetings with Purchasing Directors
Series of 10-min meetings
Hosted by OEM & Supplier Purchasing Directors
Pre-scheduled, private and time-effective
Participants: Miodrag Ognjanovic, Purchasing Director, FCA Serbia Paul Poirel, Chief Engineer Europe, Nexteer Automotive Peter Matyus, International Purchasing, Eastern Europe, BMW Group – VIA SKYPE Antoine de Cagny, Global Sourcing Officer, PSA Peugeot Citroen CE Andrej Cikel, Manager - Strategic Sourcing Eastern Europe, MAGNA International Europe Corneliu Antonovici, Senior Sales Manager, Robert Bosch Martin Klofanda, Purchasing Director, IVECO Czech Robert Snijder, Group Sourcing Director - Member of Extended Board, Bosal Dusan Brazda, Senior Manager – Procurement Europe & South Africa , YANFENG Automotive Bertrand Faulconnier *TBC, Operations, Plastic Omnium Pierluigi Ghione, General Manager - Serbia, Grammer, Murat Ozkam, Purchasing Manager - EE, Turkey, India, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Aljosa Kovac, Powertrain Director, CIMOS Group Jan Opolka, Development Senior Specialist, SEJONG Czech Michal Tyrlik, Quality Specialist, SEJONG Czech Markus Horst, Senior Manager - Strategic Purchasing, Magna GETRAG FORD Slovakia Bostjan Bratus, Vice President, Hidria Automotive Hana Kajnarova, Commercial Director, BRISK Tabor Hiroyuki Nakai, Company President, Futaba Czech Yuichiro Kugo, Team Head, Futaba Czech
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