Automotive Manufacturing Solutions

Tuesday 25 September, 2007

Plaza B
Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
One of the many great networking opportunities to meet fellow logistics professionals and exchange business contacts in a relaxed setting.

Wednesday 26 September, 2007
The Presidential Ballroom


Session 1 – State of the industry

This session examines the financial side of the business, and how standards in automotive logistics compares to those in other industries. Delegates will also hear how the automotive and logistics industries are likely to develop in the future.

  • Jeff Schuster, Executive Director, JD Power and Associates
  • Peter Klein, Senior Vice President, Europe, CarbonView

Coffee break 

1100 Session 2 – The Logistics CEO forum
A very popular session of the Automotive Logistics conferences. Delegates will hear about developments in the logistics industry from the executives' perspective.

  • Christopher Connor, President, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines Americas
  • Jon Langenfeld, Vice President, Senior Research Analyst, Robert W. Baird
  • Vicki O'Meara, President, US Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder
  • Joe Bento, President, Global Freight Management, CEVA Logistics

1230 Lunch  

1400 Session 3 – New markets
What impact do new markets have on the supply chain? Has the approach changed? Concerns about total landed costs mean it is no longer a given that companies will source from China. We discuss the lessons learned about supplying to, and sourcing from, these emerging markets.

  • Beth Whited, President, Union Pacific Distribution Services
  • Jeff Hurley, Senior Vice President Global Automotive Sector, CEVA Logistics
  • David Dudek, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Director, Intercontinental Logistics, General Motors

1530 Coffee break 

1600 Session 4 – Supply Chain Management
SCM was the poor cousin of transportation, freight movement and logistics. With the rise in globalisation and increasingly complex supply chains however, managing and controlling the supply chain has become a priority. What supply chain strategies are being implemented by the automotive?

  • Robert Brescia, Chief Logistics Officer, Volkswagen of America
  • George Appling, Chief Operating Officer, President of Global Solutions, Brightstar Corporation
  • John Begg, Director, Global Logistics, Key Safety Systems
  • Jeff Kosloski, Group Director, Logistics Operations, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

1745 Pre-dinner drinks reception
Enjoy fresh cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. This is the perfect opening for the gala dinner.

1830 Automotive Logistics Magazine 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner Plaza Ballroom  

Special Guest Speaker Bo Andersson, Group Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors

This prestigious event is the ideal networking opportunity.  
Meet fellow delegates and existing or potential customers in a non-pressured environment. This is the perfect way to form those all-important long-term business relationships.

Thursday 27 September, 2007
The Presidential Ballroom

0830 Registration: Day 2 (Foyer)

0900 Session 5a – Packaging
The importance of packaging and container management is often underestimated in the automotive industry. Panellists discuss strategies to improve processes and avoid future problems in emerging markets.
Moderator: Brad Scroggin, Group Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder System
Wendell Smith, VP International, Orbis Corporation
Jennifer Schleicher, Specialist, PC Logistics, Toyota
Harry Chase, Director, Materials, Amanda Division, Whirlpool
Arun Modgil, President, CKDPack

0900 Session 5b – Port terminal operation
How do we improve throughput? We know the problems, what are the solutions?

  • Moderator: William Kerrigan, Director, KGI Global Logistics Consulting
  • James Terry, Senior Manager, Vehicle Logistics, Chrysler
  • Scott Jeffe, General Manager, Vehicle Logistics, Volkswagen of America
  • Svein Steimler, President, NYK Logistics (Europe) RoRo

1030 Coffee break

1100 Session 6a – Developing global logistics strategies for suppliers
To remain competitive, automotive suppliers have to follow their customers to locations around the world. What are the challenges of doing this? Leading suppliers will share the strategies they implement in a global market.

  • Faith A Wandrie, Director of Materials and Logistics, Benteler Automotive
  • Mike Silvio, Director of Supply Chain Management, Cooper-Standard Automotive
  • Kevin Thornberry, Assistant Manager, Logistics Planning, Toyota
  • Engineering and Manufacturing, North America

1100 Session 6b – Finished vehicle supply chain
How do we improve coordination and reduce lead times from plant to dealer?

  • Moderator: William Kerrigan, Director, KGI Global Logistics Consulting
  • Vicki Streukens, Director, North America Vehicle Logistics, General Motors
  • Michael Nelson, National Manager, Highway Transportation Logistics, Toyota
  • Martin Colbeck, East / Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Auto Warehousing
  • Chris Styles, Regional Supplier Account Manager – Americas, Logistics, Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation

1230 Lunch

1400 Session 7a – Global visibility: no longer a myth
Everybody wants visibility. Does really exist? The panel will discuss new trends and best practices used to address this critical issue.

  • Moderator: James O’Farrell, VP Automotive Dept, GT Nexus
  • Richard O'Meara, Manager, Global Transportation Purchasing, Goodyear
  • Eric Lindstrom, Director, Supply Chain & Materials Management, Light Vehicle Systems, ArvinMeritor
  • Frank Sokol, 6 Sigma Black Belt, Transportation, Cat Logistics

1400 Session 7b – Future strategies
Prominent issues are discussed

  • Moderator: William Kerrigan, Director, KGI Global Logistics Consulting
  • Roger Huff, Manager, North America Vehicle Logistics, Ford
  • Pat Donahoe, President, ICL
  • Julie Krehbiel, VP and General Manager, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Øyvind Ervik, Senior Vice President, Höegh Autoliners AS

Coffee break

Session 8 – Collaboration

Was collaboration merely an idea or has the industry actually started collaborating? Top executives reveal whether their companies have collaborated with others to bring logistics costs down.

  • Tom McMillen, Director Global Logistics, General Motors Corporation
  • Frederiek Toney, Executive Director, MP & L, Ford Motor Company
  • Peter Weiss, Director Worldwide Transportation & Customs, Chrysler
  • Robert Brescia, Chief Logistics Officer, Volkswagen of America
  • John Martin, Vice President, SCM – The Americas, Nissan North America