AMS Europe 2007 Programme Outline

DAY 1 – 6 February 2007
Optional technology focused plant tours!
07.00 Registration
07.30 VW/Bentley,
Mosel plant tour

Boasting a highly skilled workforce and superior level of automotive technology expertise, VW Mosel is a true example of automotive flexibility and agility, producing the Golf, Passat and body manufacture of the Bentley Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur
08.30 Registration


BMW, Leipzig plant tour
Examine how the "BMW Formula for Work" operates. With 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, starting with production of the BMW 3-Series.
11.45 Coach departs from Marriott Leipzig to Porsche Leipzig

(for those not going on the plant tours)
12.00 Registration, Porsche Leipzig
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Welcome by AMS team and Porsche
Udo Cervellini, Managing Director and CFO, Porsche Leipzig
14.00 Conference session 1: Location and labour
Manufacturing executives, plant managers and location experts debate:

  • Low cost regions versus the rise of automation
  • The human touch – finding and training the right people
  • Incentives and regional development agencies

Frank Löschmann, Presdent and CEO, Volkswagen Sachsen
Peter Claussen, Plant Director, BMW Leipzig, Automotive Cluster Eastern Europe
Hans-Juergen Poege, Director, euro engineering

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Conference session 2: – Resources
– from labour to the environment

How manufacturers meet the challenges of 'greener' vehicle making:

  • The human touch – finding and training the right people
  • Site selection and protection – brownfield and beyond
  • Heat and power – cutting costs and waste

Conference session 3: Virtual manufacturing design
Developing and validating vehicles without physical prototypes. Visualising and designing production cells and complete plants in virtual space. Modelling production chains with the latest IT systems

17.30 Coaches depart for dinner at Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts
16.00 Three-course networking dinner
The perfect opportunity to get acquainted with fellow delegates and existing or potential customers in a non-pressured environment.

Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts guided tour An elegant museum which is home to 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and more than 60,000 drawings, watercolours and photographs.

DAY 2 – 7 February 2007
08.15 Coach departs from Marriott Leipzig to Porsche Leipzig
09.00 Conference session 4: – Global challenges, local solutions Heads of manufacturing at Europe's major OEMs discuss:

  • China, India, Russia and beyond – beating and joining the new competitor countries
  • Managing workers and machines – new team structures and how they really work
  • New production technologies – do these add to efficiency or to cost?

_ Andor Paizer, Plant manager, General Motors Powertrain-Hungary _ Dmitri J Svatkovsky, Minister for Investment Policy, Nishnij Novgorod District, Russia _ Dermot Sterne, Director, Stadco

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Conference session 5: Philosophies of production

  • OEM and tier supplier manufacturing methods – the lessons learned from both sides
  • Lean moves on – streamlining the carmaking process

_ Julian Hetherington, Director, Manufacturing Business Office, Jaguar Cars & Land Rover
_ Michael Marx, Lean Management Consultant , Supervisor, Ford of Europe

Conference session 6: Material handling and robotics
Fully automated plants meshed with advanced supply systems – are these the factories of the future?
_ Dr Frederic de Molière, Global Customer Director, Dürr Systems

12.30 Lunch
13.30 Conference session 7: Body-in-white

  • From steel, aluminium and other materials to stamping and welding.
  • Experts talk about technological advances and applications in the bodyshop

_ Philippe Perrier, VP Body in White and Painting Engineering, Renault
_ Christer Svensson, President and CEO, Camito
_ Jon King, Director, Corus Automotive

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 Conference session 8: Powertrain – from casting to machining
The implications of electric, hybrid and other alternative powertrains on niche vehicle manufacturing
_ Steven Woolley, Product Manager: Niche Vehicles, Lotus Engineering
_ Professor Reimund Neugebauer, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology

Conference session 9: Lasers in carmaking – joining and measurement
Examining how laser technology can replace existing methods and inspire new designs and systems in vehicles and components
_ Niclas Palmquist, Laser Processing Engineer, Volvo Cars
_ Klaus Löffler, Director: Laser Systems, Trumpf Laser Technik

Drinks reception at Porsche Leipzig
The AMS Europe drinks reception is a great opportunity to get acquainted with fellow delegates. It is a relaxed event during Europe's leading automotive manufacturing business meeting of the year

DAY 3 – 8 February 2007
15.30 The Porsche experience
Experiencing Porsche means getting to the heart of it. Experience the power, speed, emotion and technical brilliance of these cars. Three modules lasting approximately 60 minutes each.

Technology-focused tour of Porsche Leipzig plant
The Porsche plant in Leipzig is a particularly interesting facility: with its state-of-the art construction, it illustrates the most modern aspects of vehicle-making and plant design.

Test track driving:
Get the adrenalin pumping with off-road and on-road fast track driving in a Porsche. Experience the technical brilliance of these cars.

3 days of manufacturing lasting relationships
15.00 AMS Europe ends