AMS Europe 2008 Programme Outline

Wednesday 7 May 2008

Visit either:

Option 1 – Visit the engine factory Chemnitz (part of Volkswagen Saxony) for a two-hour tour. Chemnitz is an hour-and-a half bus ride from Leipzig.

Option 2 – Two plants in Leipzig: Porsche Leipzig (one-hour tour) and BMW Plant Leipzig (two-hour tour).

Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so reserve your place early by selecting one of the options on your online registration form.




Session 1: Digital Manufacturing, virtual product and plant, PLM management
Systems users from vehicle makers and suppliers speak on the use of the latest virtual tools; from product design through process simulation, facility management and total production pipeline control

  • Maileen Zander, Ergonomics, Volkswagen
  • Shaibal Giri, Practice Head – Manufacturing Solutions, EIS Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
    Presentation topic: The Next Generation MES – An Architecture above Product Approach


Session 2: Integration, plant planning, location
Experts debate the changing balance of responsibility for integrating production cells and processes, differing strategies in brown- and greenfield locations and comparative location benefits

  • Anton Hirschmann, Director – Strategy and Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Magna Steyr
  • Josef Dietrich, President, Advanced Production Systems




Session 3: Paintshop
Finishing department leaders outline their strategies; from new surface coating materials to spraying and curing application technologies, environmental concerns and facilities management

  • Sven Veit, Head of Planning, Paintshop and Surface Treatment, AUDI Neckarsulm
  • Bodo Mayer, Key Account Manager, Eisenmann


Session 4: Manufacturing strategy 1: driving lean in the new Europe
OEM production executives discuss the new European carmaking landscape; leveraging low cost labor, balancing automation, changing pay scales and labour mobility issues

  • Shaun McNeil, Senior Production Systems Development Manager, Bentley Motors
  • Jean Agulhon, Human Resources Director – Renault France


 Pre-dinner drinks and gala dinner at Porsche Plant
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

Thursday 8 May 2008


– Registration, Marriott Hotel Leipzig


Session 5: Welding, lasers and joining, material solutions
Body-in-white managers and engineers present new solutions and debate the challenges of lightweight construction and materials in future vehicle architectures

  • Dr Torsten Jäckel, Department Leader –Joining Technology, Volkswagen
  • Geoff Scamans, Chief Scientific Officer, Innoval Technology

Session 6: Design for sustainability
Discussing design and manufacturing processes to meet the need for technical innovation, weight reduction, lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency

  • Andrew Haggie, Materials Engineering Manager, Jaguar and Land Rover



Session 7: Manufacturing strategy 2
The view from the East – Russia and beyond. Lean and Six-Sigma manufacturing in the new Europe

  • Dr Albrecht Bochow, Managing Director, MAGNA–GAZ (MGJSO)
  • Achim Agostini, Senior Vice-President, Duerr Consulting
  • Rudolf Burkhard, Founder, Common Sense Solutions

Session 8: Powertrain and machining
Customers and legislators demand ever more efficient and ‘green’ powertrains; how does this impact on the manufacturing process and drive the machining equipment makers?

  • Andrew Fulbrook, Senior Manager, European Powertrain Forecasts, CSM Worldwide



Session 9: Manufacturing strategy 3
Japanese and Korean carmakers continue to locate in Europe. Some of their manufacturing experts speak on their experiences of adapting to European locations and talk of their plans for the future.

  • Dr László Urbán, Deputy CEO, Magyar Suzuki Corporation
  • Angela Weiss, Account Engineer, FM Global
  • Günter Scholz, Business Development Executive, FM Global


Conference ends