Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

9 - 10 October 2018

Cubex Centre Prague

Conference Agenda - European Outlook - Day 1

European Outlook - Day 1


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Session 1. EUROPEAN TRENDS & CEE REGION - forecasts, policies and investments

MODERATOR: Sarah Kingsbury, IHS Markit

Series of 10-min Presentations

followed by short Q&A


  • New investment: Attracting global OEMs when choosing a country for  production

  • Strategic outlook: How can CEE attract  OEM investment?

  • Czech Republic: Czech and regional auto trends and new supply-chain and training initiatives

  • Slovakia: with €17bn exports and 200,000 workers employed in automotive, are plans for more high-end R&D on track?

  • Hungary: updates on wage growth, education trends, industry plans, as well as FDI and R&D
  • UK DIT: Britain's Automotive industry and links with CEE post-Brexit. Consequences for supply-chains and new direction of industrial policy?
  • Slovenia: New investments and new initiatives in high-tech
  • Risks: Will weak export demand in Western Europe affect Central Europe?

  • Invest Lithuania: Transition from best kept secret to destination of choice
Morning Coffee

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Session 2. CARMAKERS & European Trends: Production, investments and economic outlook


Presentations, followed by short

Q&A Discussion

MODERATOR: Sarah Kingsbury, IHS Markit



FOCUS Presentation: IHS Markit: World and CEE Economic Outlook – Trends and forecasts

  • Leading carmakers: plans and strategies

  • KIA MOTORS Slovakia: Become a Supplier: How to become a certified supplier – concrete case studies
  • Industry 4.0: OEMs’ Expectations vs. Supplier reality

  • Mastering supply process: from scouting, to quotation, to readiness

  • Rising output: With capacity already nearly full, how are the leading OEMs dealing with this challenge?


FOCUS Presentation: Turkey as a growing partner in CEE's and SEE's supply chain


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Session 3. LEADERS DEBATE – Carmakers and suppliers in discussion: Industry leaders discuss questions critical for the sector

MODERATOR: Aleksandar Medjedovic, DEIK Business Council

Keynote Presentation: M. Koers, VDA: Future challenges of the German car industry

Followed by Debate

Debate Topics include:

  • Manufacturing fundamentals remain strong in EU - how can CEE keep its position in Western European sales whilst also going global?
  • Volumes: With new capacity for OEMs and suppliers, what production and exports volumes can we expect?
  • Central and Western Europe: Are strong euro and dollar and recovering Eurozone enough to protect CEE's heavily export-dependent auto sector?
  • Labour force: How can we reduce the shortage of engineers?
  • R&D: as global automotive players invest into driverless, connected and electric technologies - how can CEE suppliers compete?
Laszlo Urban*
Deputy Managing Director
Magyar Suzuki Corp *
Coffee & Networking Break

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Session 4. SUPPLIER STRATEGIES: purchasing, product management, R&D, costs, quality & tooling

Followed by Short Q&A Debate

MODERATOR: Simon Warburton, Just-Auto


  • Global Tier1 Suppliers: How to reduce fixed costs, new electrification, improve connectivity and time-to-market
  • Production readiness: industrialisation, sub-suppliers, tooling, sampling, prototyping and mass production

  • Regional Competition: How can CEE markets attract investment? CEE vs SEE vs Latin America vs MENA

  • YANFENG: YFAI Autonomous driving solutions 
  • Commonisation of Supplier Quality: how to standardise processes and tools?

  • Gestamp: CEE growth story: new model of partnership between carmakers and Tier1s: process of internationalisation accompanying top OEMs worldwide, Addressing challenges of work force, technology and R&D


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English Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

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Session 5. R&D regional hubs: Components Innovation, engineering & efficiency



MODERATOR: Sebastian Wundisch, Noerr

Followed by Informal Q&A Discussion with audience

  • Supply chain & Logistics: challenges in connecting 12 countries and over 2,000 tier1&2 suppliers
  • CEE Supplier Network: can the region take advantage of strong growth, Brexit and arrival of JLR?
  • Sourcing & delivery Optimisation: balancing just-in-time and zero missing parts with quality
  • Nearby logistics: costs, reliability and deliverability
  • Supplier Global engineering centres: focusing on low-cost countries and regions while working with OEMs



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Cocktail & Networking Reception - Until late

In parallel with One-to-One Meetings


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Session: Monday One-to-One OEM Meetings
  • Series of short timed meetings. Hosted by OEM & Supplier purchasing directors
  • Pre-scheduled, private and time-effective
  • Meet Buyers face-to-face

RESERVING your 1-to-1 Meetings
Reserve in advance via-Email or at event
In advance: Send us an email. You can reserve meetings with up to 4 Hosts
Send Email to: E.Batischeva@adamsmithconferences.com
You can book additional meetings at conference

Meetings available on first-come first-serve basis

Adrienn Sziraki
Purchasing - Eastern Europe Regional Office