AMS Europe 2006 Programme Outline

DAY 1 Monday 3 April 2006
10.30 Registration at Leipzig Marriott Hotel
11.00 Brunch at Leipzig Marriott Hotel
Plant visits to VW Dresden / BMW Leipzig plants
Delegates have the option to view the VW plant in nearby Dresden or the BMW plant in Leipzig. These visits are included in the delegate fee. Buses will transport delegates to the plants.
VW Dresden plant
Visit to the 'transparent' VW factory in Dresden, which has been designed specifically to produce the Phaeton. An opportunity to see the production concept which combines classical industrial automobile production processes and craftsmanship, and production and assembly processes close up.

BMW Leipzig Plant
Examine how the "BMW Formula for Work" operates. Using this formula, the plant can be used – depending on production volume and customer demand – for between 60 and 140 hours a week. The plant will satisfy demand for new capacities, started with production of the BMW 3-Series.

Leipzig Old Town Hall guided tourEnglish and German
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, it was built in 1556. It is a German Renaissance masterpiece. After some damage in 1945, during the Second World War, it was restored to its former glory.
Cocktail reception at the Old Town Hall
The Mayor of Leipzig will welcome delegates and there will also be a performance by the famous brass quintet Rundfunkblasorchester Leipzig

DAY 2 Tuesday 4 April 2006
8.00 Buses depart from Leipzig Marriott Hotel to the Porsche plant
8.30 Registration and coffee
Global business strategies reviewed

  • Vehicle making has never been in such sharp focus as there are faster model ramp-ups, shorter single model lifespans and constantly shifting segments.
  • Speakers will discuss differing production strategies and systems from a global perspective, highlighting among others the importance of the right location, high operator skill levels in increasingly automated production facilities and flexibility in the workforce and the production plant.
Introduction by

  • Siegfried Bülow, Managing Director, Porsche Plant, Leipzig
  • Michel Gornet, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing and Logistics, Renault
  • Didier Leroy, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France
10.30 Coffee break
Paint, coatings and the environment

  • Customers increasingly expect exemplary standards of fit and finish in new automobiles. Combined with this are the increasing demands of environmental protection and cost control. Alternatives such as film coatings and self-coloured composites offer new challenges in themselves. Our panel will debate how one of the most difficult areas of vehicle production can be effectively managed to contribute to overall plant efficiency, reducing cost and speeding the lines.
  • New spray technologies, cartridge systems and rapid colour changes
  • Water-based versus the new high-efficiency solvent systems
  • UV curing – still a long way off for the carmaker?
  • Dr Wolfgang Zitz, General Manager, Paintshop, Magna Steyr (Austria)
  • Dipl. Ing (FH) Klaus Huber, Project leader, Improvement of Flexibility for Paintshop for Add-on-Parts, AUDI
12.30 Lunch
Stamping and joining technologies

  • Hot forming and stamping technologies are attracting keen interest from automakers and Tier suppliers. We will discuss these developments and raw materials, laser welding in steel and aluminium, and alternative joining methods such as hemming, clinching and adhesives.
  • Hot stamping – enabling radical savings in body componentry
  • Laser welding, brazing and soldering – faster, cleaner but too expensive?
  • Dissimilar metals – together at last through new welding technology?
  • Roland Luethen, Department Head, Frame Production, BMW-Motorrad
  • Reiner Tunger, Cost Center and Planning Leader, Plant Technology, Volkswagen Mosel
  • Prof. Dr Ing. Ralf Kolleck, Professor for Tools & Forming Technical, University Graz
14.45 Coffee break
Material handling and conveyors

  • Examining the rise of automation in all areas of production, with AGVs, new conveyor technology and increasingly complex robotics interfaces. Discussing the challenges these developments have brought to safety and labour management.
  • AGVs – the end of the forklift?
  • Flexible and customisable conveyor systems
  • Man and machine working together for greater efficiency and safety
  • Dr Lambis Tassakos, President and Founder INOS Automationssoftware
16.15 Coffee break
Production development

  • Reviewing the rise of virtual modelling for plant layout and manufacturing cell design plus developments in visualising programs for products and production engineering of components and systems.
  • The role of the consultant in product and process design
  • Harnessing the power of the latest CAD and virtual modelling programs
  • Visualising the man-machine interface for enhanced safety and productivity
  • Günter Walz, Vice President and Head of Production Planning, Mercedes-Benz
  • Rick Johnson, Vice President, IT, Europe, South Africa and South America Johnson Controls
  • David Jenkinson, Manager, Body Assembly Systems, Lotus Engineering
  • Yves Coze, Vice President Europe, Delmia Corp.
New Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts – venue for the drinks reception and gala dinner

More than 60 years ago, during the second world war, the original building housing the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts (Haus der Bildenden Kunste), was bombed. A new museum was built and many of the museum's 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and more than 60,000 drawings, watercolours and photographs are being seen for the first time since 1943. These were removed for safe-keeping shortly before the Leipzig was bombed.
18.30 Drinks reception and guided tour
19.30 Gala dinner

DAY 3 Wednesday 5 April 2006
8.00 Buses depart from Leipzig Marriott Hotel for the Porsche plant
8.30 Registration and coffee
Europe versus the world

  • The new Europe is emerging as a hotbed of innovation and efficiency, with very competitive labour costs and a highly motivated and well-educated workforce. Our experts talk about how this burgeoning region fits into the greater European area of car manufacture and how it must meet the challenges of fierce global competition from the increasingly sophisticated automaking activities of China and other regions eastwards.
  • The 'technology triangle' in Saxony and Eastern Germany
  • Labour mobility and relations in the new Europe
  • The real costs of doing business in and with China
  • Eberhard Weiblen, Managing Director, Porsche Consulting
  • Felix Bozsar, Purchasing Manager, Delphi-Calsonic
  • Dr Siegfried Krüger, CEO & Shareholder, HQM
  • Marcus Lötzsch, President & CEO, Saxony Development Corporation
10.30 Coffee break
Integrators and process designers

  • With production technologies growing in sophistication and complexity, speakers discuss the balance of outsourcing plant and process design to integrator companies versus maintaining the knowledge base in-house.
  • Plant design from the 'ground-up'
  • Body-in-white 'cell' design and layout
  • Meshing assembly line configuration with logistics demands
  • Nicholas Bauer, Director of Logistics, IT, BMW Plant, Leipzig
  • Dirk Gorges, Senior Vice President, Dürr Systems GmbH
  • Dr. Olaf Sauer, Director Production Monitoring and Control Frauenhofer Institute
  • Reiner Manger, Schneider Electric
FREE passes to the AMI

Free passes will be handed out for the Porsche Experience and the AMI Motor Show

12.45 Lunch
The Porsche Experience
Experiencing Porsche means getting to the heart of it. Experience the power, speed, emotion and technical brilliance of these cars. Four modules of approximately 45 minutes each.
Tour of Leipzig Porsche plant
The Porsche plant in Leipzig is a particularly interesting facility; with its state-of-the-art construction on a new site; it illustrates the most modern aspects of vehicle-making and plant design.

Test track and off-road driving
Get the adrenalin pumping with on- and off-road test driving in a Porsche

17.00 AMS Europe 2006 conference ends

3 days of manufacturing lasting relationships