CEE Automotive Forum - 1st day press release
to Central and Eastern Europe’s largest auto conference, which brings together 200+ leading OEMs, suppliers, purchasing directors, solution providers and governments for two days of networking and news.
The automotive industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and neighbouring countries continues to grow in size, complexity and
expertise. Organised by Adam Smith Conferences, the Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum is the only strategic meeting place for senior automotive managers from all CEE countries. Taking place over the course of the next two days, ( 11-12 October) in Prague, the forum is attended by more than 200 participants drawn from the region’s leading OEMs, suppliers, dealers and government officials who will discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities!
Official support is provided by the Auto Associations & Investment Authorities and includes the Automotive Industry Association, Czech Republic, ZAPSR
Auto Manufacturers, Slovakia, MAJOSZ Hungarian Components
Manufacturers, Czech Invest, SARIO Slovak Investment & Trade
Development, UKTI Trade & Investment Promotion, PZPM Polish Auto
Association, Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Spirit Slovenia
Participants here have the chance to discuss contracts and real business informally and create personal connections with auto executives, suppliers, purchasing
directors, analysts and officials:
Network with 200+ senior industry representatives from all 12 CEE countries
Hear from 45+ speakers and meet with 20+ regional Purchasing Directors
A. Korpak, MD, Manufacturing Poland, GM OPEL, P. Widel,
Governmental Relations Director, Poland, GM OPEL, M. Ognjanovic,
Purchasing Director, FCA Fiat Chrysler, L. Urban, Deputy
Managing Director, Hungary, SUZUKI, J. Barvinek ,
General Manager - Quality control, Kolin, TOYOTA TPCA, U. Karaca,
Purchasing Director, Turkey, MERCEDES-BENZ, A. Onur, Purchasing
Director – Central Europe, PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN, P. Matyus,
Head of Purchasing SEE, BMW, P. Silha, Managing Director, GM
OPEL, CR & SR, M. Gunel, General Director – Engines
& Transmission, FORD OTOSAN and others.
M. Frenzel, Associate Director Purchasing – Europe, VISTEON, F. Toenniges, Executive Director – Engineering, Burscheid, JOHNSON CONTROLS, H. Miorini, VP Operations – Austria & SEE, BOSCH, T. Morgan, VP – Global Product Development, Varroc Lighting, R. Snijder, Group Sourcing Director, BOSAL, O. Benes, Head of Purchasing, FAURECIA, O. Becker, Executive Director – Process Innovation Advanced Product Development, YANFENG Automotive, C. Makos, CEO – Hungary, APOLLO TYRES, J. Kaizr, Business Director, CTP, S. Clauss, Area Sales Manager, item Industrietechnik,
A. Kovac, Powertrain Director, CIMOS, P. Ghione, General Manager –
Serbia, GRAMMER, B. Faulconnier, Operations Director – Central
Europe, PLASTIC OMNIUM and others.
The Programme of the first day of the conference was as follows:
5 sessions, hot discussions among key experts of the industry, new
global and micro auto trends, production,
expansion and investment plans, full session dedicated to leading
automakers and suppliers and a great opportunity to hear a
professional opinion on subject, being a part of a discussion process
among industry leaders while One-to-One Meetings and many
and global auto trends, forecasts and policy initiatives
Henry Foy, Financial Times
Series of 10-min Presentations
- New factory investment: Choosing a country for new production
Second wave of R&D: support for innovation and establishment of new R&D
and engineering centres
outlook: How can the CEE region attract further OEM investment?
Republic: AIA AutoSAP: European and global auto trends, forecasts,
and Hungary: update on domestic trends and plans for FDI and R&D
Case Study: Slovakia: Business friendly Slovakia
Case Study: Slovenia as investment platform for automotive industry
are the low labour cost players maximising their advantages in
attracting investment and access to EU markets?
| IHS Markit: macro trends – what is behind the growth; CEE
countries with highest potential, the background to this growth,
Investments & CEE as production hub
Speakers shared the opinion:
Foy, Central Europe Correspondent, Financial Times; Jakub Farys,
President, Polish Automotive Industry Association; Martin Krejci,
Director of Investment Division, CzechInvest; Robert Simoncic, CEO,
SARIO Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency;
Esik, President, HIPA Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Tatjana
Mohoric, Director ACS - Automotive Cluster of Slovenia; Zdenek Petzl,
Secretary General ,Czech Automotive Industry Association; Sarah
Kingsbury, Senior Analyst,| European Vehicle Sales Forecast,
OEMs: Production, expansion and investment plans
Kingsbury, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit
| Volkswagen EE: How to become a VW Group Supplier
automakers: Near-term plans
vs. sales – how to maintain market share and profitability and
capitalise on the market upswing?
output: With capacity already nearly full, how are the leading OEMs
dealing with this challenge?
leaders will debate questions critical for the sector
Ivan Hodac, Former Secretary General, ACEA
manufacturing increase in Latin America and China, how can the CEE
region remain globally competitive?
macro-economic drivers of strong dollar and yen and recovering
Eurozone sufficient safeguards for CEE's heavily export-focused auto
new capacity both for OEMs and suppliers, what production and
exports volumes can we expect?
several key university-manufacturer collaborations, the region is
still experiencing shortages of qualified engineers.
should be done? R&D: as global automotive players invest into
driverless, connected and electric technologies - how can CEE
suppliers stay in the game?
– Strategies, efficiencies, costs, supply chain, facilities
MODERATOR: Aleksandar Medjedovic, Turkish Serbian
Business Council at DEIK (Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board)
| Johnson Controls: Trencin Tech Centre, JCI’s biggest plant
Europe: Setting up, running and further developing a high-end
in CEE; Frank Toenniges, Executive Director Engineering, JCI
| Robert Bosch: Reducing fixed costs, new
connectivity and time-to-market; Hanno Miorini,
VP Sales Central
Europe, Robert Bosch
Are production volumes adequate and quality control
Volumes & Costs: what are the investment
priorities of key global suppliers?
- Low construction cost – how to get it?
and brownfield investments:
with recent OEM announcements, suppliers need to be ready to deliver-
which clusters will win new business?
| FAURECIA: Interiors leadership
| AFI: Competition -How can CEE suppliers remain globally
| SGP Group: Quality outsourcing role in the assurance of the
production lines operational continuity
Engineering, Design and Telematics
Presentations followed by
| Yanfeng Automotive - Autonomous Driving:
How will AD change the automotive interiors in future?
Outlook: Yanfeng's Interiors Vision 2025/2030
Trends that influence the interior
| Dual Education Model:
jobs. Governments and universities working with OEMs
secure high-value-added jobs
| ROBERT BOSCH:
trends and drivers in automation
5. R&D, Engineering, Design and Telematics
Director Process Innovation
Product Development & Sales,
VP – Global Product Development,
Challenges of becoming innovative automotive
adapting to individual markets and
integrating speed, complexity and
private engineering SMEs and technical
CLEPA Green Innovation Award Winner 2016:
- Optymus Pressure Sensing System
| Autonomous Driving: Squire Patton Boggs
future developments and the likely impact forthe CEE region
Becker, Executive Director Process Innovation Advanced Product
Development & Sales, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Todd Morgan,
Senior VP – Global Product Development, VARROC Lighting,
Jaroslav Kaizr, Business Director, CTP, Sebastian Clauss, Area Sales
Manager, item Industrietechnik, Paul Poirel, Chief Engineer Europe,
Nexteer Automotive, Frank Fickel, Future Trends & Technology
TransferMeetings, IAV Engineering, Bostjan Bratus, Vice
President, Hidria Automotive, Simon Garbett, Partner, Head of
Automotive, EMEA, Squire Patton Boggs.