Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

20 - 21 November 2019

New York Palace Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum 2019 brings together all the leading players in CEE automotive industry. OEMs, T1 and T2 suppliers, as well as solutions providers all gather in Hungary for 2 days of news and networking.

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CEE Automotive Forum Flashback 2018

The Forum has been taking place in the Czech Republic for 5 years, bringing decision makers from lots of international companies to the country. Now it’s moving to Budapest with new speakers and topics, B2B meetings, site visits to the most innovative projects, CEE Automotive Awards and much more. 

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Covering the entire region:
Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine

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- CEO Debates
- Keynote Presentations
- Investment Rountables
- Questions & Answers
- Informal Networking

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- Series of 10-min meetings hosted by OEM & supplier purchasing managers
- Discuss contracts and real business informally
- Create personal connections
- Scheduled, private, and time-effective
- Reserve your time-slots to meet buyers face-to-face

Associate Sponsors

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APTIV Connected Services
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item Industrietechnik GmbH
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Bird & Bird
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Supporting Organisations

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Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
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Automotive Cluster of Slovenia

Media Partners

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Amazing Media Group

Aptiv Connected Services helps its customers unlock the power of data by uniting rich, high-fidelity vehicle data acquisition with configurable, intelligent analytics to deliver value throughout the vehicle lifecycle. Whether you’re a manufacturer, a fleet operator, or a supplier, our family of Aptiv Connect solutions uncover actionable insights that can help lower costs, fix problems more quickly, and build new revenue streams. You don’t need the haystack uploaded to the cloud, just the needles.

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item Industrietechnik GmbH is a leading specialist in lean production applications and work benches. As supplier of aluminum profiles to the Automotive Industry item has nearly 40 years of experience in developing and distributing single components as well as complex solutions – a single system offers endless solutions. This way customers can flexibly and cost-effectively build up their equipment for any production requirement and provide their employees with ergonomic work stations to increase productivity and decrease the rate of sick leave. item is headquartered in Solingen, Germany, but operates worldwide and provides local support to its customers.

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Kinstellar is Emerging Europe and Central Asia’s leading independent law firm. With offices in ten countries and over 250 local and international lawyers, we deliver consistent, joined-up legal advice and assistance across diverse regional markets. We have sound track record assisting both automobile manufacturers, as well as major automotive suppliers establish their operations across Central & Eastern Europe and expand internationally, guiding them through multi-jurisdictional transactions, state aid and regulatory issues. This combination of our deep understanding of the current automotive industry developments as well as our specific local market knowledge, allows us to help our clients anticipate and effectively deal with any regulatory, operational, project or transactional issue.

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KRAIBURG TPE is a global manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers. From its beginning, KRAIBURG TPE has pioneered in TPE compounds, today being the competence leader in this industry. With production sites in Germany, the US and Malaysia the company offers a broad range of compounds for applications in the automotive, industrial, consumer and for the medical sectors. The established product lines are processed by injection molding or extrusion and provide numerous processing and product design advantages to manufacturers. KRAIBURG TPE features innovative capabilities as well as true global customer orientation, customized product solutions and reliable service. The company is certified to ISO 50001 at its headquarters in Germany and holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications at all global sites.

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Bird & Bird is a truly international firm, organised around our clients.

With more than 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners across a worldwide network of 30 offices, Bird & Bird specialises in delivering expertise across a full range of legal services. Our specialisms include advising on commercial, corporate, EU and competition, IP, dispute resolution, employment, finance and real estate matters.


The key to our success is our constantly evolving sector-focused approach. To better meet their needs we have developed deep industry understanding of key sectors, including automotive, aviation & defence, energy & utilities, financial services, life sciences & healthcare, retail & consumer, media, entertainment & sport and tech & comms.


The Hungarian office of Bird & Bird is operated by Siegler Bird & Bird Law Office, which is a law firm registered at the Budapest Bar Association, and Bird & Bird International LLP, a limited liability partnership, registered in England and Wales, having a Permanent Establishment registered with the Hungarian tax authorities.


Headcount: 45 persons, of which there are 21 qualified lawyers and 7 trainee lawyers

Founded in: 2008

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CLEPA is the voice of European automotive suppliers, representing over 3.000 companies which employ 5.000.000 employees, invest over €20 billion yearly in R&I and provide solutions for safe, smart and sustainable mobility.

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The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) is a governmental investment and trade promotion agency of the Slovak Republic. The agency was established in 2001 and it operates under the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. SARIO aims to attract investment to the Slovak Republic and support export activities of Slovak companies on the global market. Our success stories include companies — Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, PSA, Amazon, Volkswagen, Johnson Controls, Embraco, Samsung, Honeywell, and others. All our services are free of charge!


SARIO – your bridge to business in Slovakia!

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Established in 1978, TAYSAD is the sole and most competent representative of the Turkish automotive supplier industry. TAYSAD represents the interests of Turkish automotive parts and components manufacturers in the political system and in public. Among other activities the association supports relations between its members. It coordinates international cooperation, offers trainings, supports CSR projects and more. TAYSAD’s members account for 80 % of the automotive supplier industry production and exports. TAYSAD holds ESCA Silver Label and ISO 9001 Certificates. Its misson is; to create the environment and conditions for developing the Turkish Automotive industry as a whole. Developing industry as a leading supply hub for the world automotive market by supporting its members with the power of the Turkish automotive suppliers unity.

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Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (ACB), founded in July 2012, is a non-profit organization which represents the interests of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and organizations providing services for the automotive industry. It fosters synergies between the cluster members and supports their business growth and competitiveness through participation in international projects, case studies and professional automotive qualification programs.

ACB works in close co-operation with the Bulgarian authorities, educational institutions and universities, professional organizations, financial consultants, funds, European programs and other specialists and organizations.

The mission of the organization is to work to support the development of automotive industry in the country as well as to create new business opportunities through cross-border, cross-industry and international cooperation with OEMs.

With the support and activities of ACB, the interest toward Bulgaria as a destination for investments in the automotive industry is increasing.

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The British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic (BCCSR) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating and developing business relationships between the United Kingdom and the Slovak Republic. The BCCSR works diligently to forge new opportunities both foreign and domestic for its members while delivering events, building connections, and offering marketing solutions.

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The Association for Foreign Investment is a non-governmental non-profit organization focused on support for foreign direct investment, development of the Czech business environment, export of investments and investment services, and cooperation between companies and the research sphere. Since its establishment in 1996, the AFI has comprised a group of renowned Czech and multinational firms providing services for investors on the Czech market as well as services focused on the export of investments abroad. The AFI closely cooperates with the national investment and business development agency CzechInvest, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and various other public and private institutions.

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