Automotive Manufacturing Solutions

Tuesday 12 September

18.00 – 21.00
Pre Conference Cocktail reception at -The Gallery

Wednesday 13 September
Presidential Ballroom


Session 1 – Influences on automotive logistics A state of the industry session examining the factors that will have an impact on delegates, from design to finances and manufacturing processes.

  • George Wilkinson, Vice President Global Logistics, Dana Corporation
  • Jon Langenfeld, CFA, Director, Robert W Baird & Co
  • Scott Mower, Managing Director, Global Trade Finance and Business Solutions, UPS Capital

Coffee break
Session 2 – Special logistics CEO forum The CEOs of leading logistics companies put forward their strategies for logistics, beyond automotive, for the future.Peter Merath, Regional CEO, North America, Panalpina

  • Vicki O'Meara, President, US Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder System
  • Joe Bento, President, EGL Eagle Global Logistics
  • Philip Abraham, President, Abraham and Stella Groups
  • Greg Humes, President, National Logisitics Management/Artisan Associates
  • Anu Goel, Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics, FCSD, Ford Motor Company 

Session 3 – Will logistics considerations limit globalisation? In the past we have discussed how logistics was the enabler for globalisation – without good logistics, can one source parts from competitive markets or export cars to developing countries? Because of poor infrastructure, overcapacity of trade lanes, security issues, cost of transportation, logistics can become the limitation to logistics.

  • Frederiek Toney, Executive Director, MP&L, Ford Motor Company
  • Peter A Weiss, Director, Worldwide Transportation & Customs, Produrement & Supply, Daimler, Chrysler
  • John Lacny, Director Global Transportation and Logistics, Lear Corporation
  • David Conrad, Vice President – Logistics, Yazaki North America
  • Moderator: Tom Jones, Senior VP, Supply Chain Solutions, Automotive, Aerospace and Transportation Management, Ryder Supply Chain Services

Coffee break
Session 4 – Logistics is not only about transportation This session looks at materials management – warehousing, inventory management and systems. Leading carmakers will present their perspective on both inbound and service parts logistics.

  • Charlie Hyndman, General Director, Warehousing and Distribution, GM SPO
  • Harry Chase, Senior Manager Production Control, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
  • Anu Goel, Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics, FCSD, Ford Motor Company 

Drinks reception and gala dinner at Plaza Ballroom
Thursday 14 September 2006
Presidential Ballroom

Session 5a – Managing the supply chain
As more responsibility is passed to Tier One suppliers, a lively debate is assured from senior logistics executives from global suppliers, who will discuss their challenges and strategies.

  • Victor Giardini, Director, Supply Chain and Materials Management, Light Vehicle Systems, ArvinMeritor
  • Michael Silvio, Director Supply Chain Management, Cooper-Standard Automotive
  • Brien Bell, Group Director – Supply Chain Solutions, Automotive, Aerospace & Transport Management, Ryder Integrated Logistics
  • Patrick Bauer, Material Planning and Logistics, Global Director, Visteon Corporation
  • Michael J Meier, Division Leader, Midwest Express Group
  • Julie Krehbiel, Vice President and General Manager Automotive, Union Pacific Railroad Forum
  • Moderator: Bill Kerrigan, Principal, KGI LLC

To ensure Automotive Logistics covers the important topics, a list of burning issues has been drawn up by the carmakers for discussion. The heads of vehicle logistics from the carmakers, and senior directors from logistics companies – representing road, rail, sea, IT, ports and associations – will give their views.

Session 5b – International Vehicle Logistics

  • Scott Jeffe, Vehicle Logistics Leader, Volkswagen of America
  • Barry Long, Manager, Vehicle Logistics, Porsche Cars North America
  • Rob Adams, President and CEO, General Port Services
  • Richard Powers, Director of Marketing, Maryland Port Administration 

Coffee break
Session 6 – Service parts supply and logistics
In a recent opinion piece in Automotive Logistics magazine, the importance of service parts supply to retain customers was highlighted. The global and regional service parts supply sectors are examined in this sessional.

  • Tony Minyon, National Logistics Manager, Toyota Motor Sales USA
  • Ron Huston, Distribution Operations Senior Manager, Aftermarket/OE Service Supply Chain, Visteon Corporation
  • Bob Edge, Head of Logistics, ZF North AmericaSession 6 – North American Vehicle LogisticsMichael D Nelson, National Manager, Highway Transportation Logistics, Toyota Logistics Services
  • Jim Terry, Senior Manager Vehicle Logistics, DaimlerChrysler
  • Ken Fletcher, Executive Director, Automotive Industry Logistics Steering Committee (AILSC)
  • Julie Krehbiel, Vice President and General Manager Automotive, Union Pacific Railroad

Session 7a – How to package your cost-down programme
Our ever-popular packaging and container management session examines how to effectively manage a packaging programme and how it can be a part of a company's supply and cost-cutting initiative.

  • Deb Schroeder, Manager – Production Control Logistics, Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, North America
  • Diana Twede, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Moderator: Jim Moore, Vice President, Ryder Supply Chain Services

Session 7b – Expectations and concerns for vehicle logistics for 2007

  • Tom McMillen, Director Global Logistics, General Motors
  • Ricky Coley, Manager, North American Vehicle Logistics, Ford
  • David Peterson, Regional Supplier Account Manager, Logistics, Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation