Tuesday 23rd September 2008
Insourcing vs outsourcing component manufacturing
With recent events showing the vulnerability of carmakers to single-source part supply, speakers will debate the case for bringing more production back in-house.
Automation – global, common and lean
Experts discuss the drive towards global common plant systems, with emphasis on lean and green principles, streamlining automation and new networks and production planning systems.
'Greengineering' – advanced vehicle making
Meeting the challenges of manufacturing the new breed of cars and trucks; hybrid drivelines, lightweight architectures and compact vehicles.
Green production – energy, efficiency and the environment
From using brownfield sites to new plant power resources, paintshop emissions, water treatment and MQL machining; we discuss cutting carmaking's impact on the world around us.
Digital manufacturing – virtual expertise means real efficiencies
Modelling manufacturing in components, systems and production facilities. Experts present case studies of software application implementations.
Manufacturing strategies 1
Senior manufacturing executives discuss their regional and global plans for carmaking; alliances, location plans and more.
[Gala dinner] Gala dinner
The ideal networking opportunity
This is your chance to get further acquainted with fellow delegates and existing or potential customers in a non-pressured environment. It's the perfect way to form those all-important long-term business relationships.
Wednesday 24th September 2008
Safety – the human-machine interface
What are the current issues with combining automation with operators? This session examines ergonomics and safety in plants and how increased efficiency and a better working environment can combine to raise quality.
Testing and measurement
Experts examine how increasingly sophisticated material testing and in-line measurement systems can speed production and reduce re-work and warranty issues.
Stamping and body-in-white
Manufacturing engineers talk on using new techniques in hot and cold forming, conventional and laser welding and other joining technologies to meet the challenges of building tomorrow's lightweight vehicles.
Manufacturing strategies 2 – the transplant experience and beyond
Manufacturing executives from European, Japanese and Korean carmakers and Tier suppliers discuss their experiences in North America and the implementation of their production system philosophies.