Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

16 - 17 October 2017

Speakers, panellists & meetings hosts - October 2017

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Dr. Martin Koers

Head of Department Economic Policy and Climate Protection

German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)


Dr. Martin Koers studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany and UK (Edinburgh). After working at the Department of Marketing at Muenster University (Germany) he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois (USA) before moving forward to Ford Motor Company in Europe located in Cologne. At Ford he held different management positions before starting his profession at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie - VDA) in Frankfurt and Berlin as Head of Economic Policy and Climate Protection.

Present positions:
since 12.2007 Deputy CEO of Magyar Suzuki Corporation
since 10.2002 Member of the Supervisory Board of the National Bank of Hungary
since late 1999 Member of the Board of Directors of
- DECOMA Hungary Ltd.
- GEAC Hungary Ltd.

Earlier work record:

2000 – 2007 General Manager of AssistConsult Business Advisory Ltd., Bp.
1998 – 2000 Société Générale Hungária Bank Ltd. and Konzumbank Ltd.,
1977-1998 National Bank of Hungary

1972-1977 B.A. in Economics
1984-1987 Postgraduate Diploma: M.Phil. in International Economics
1993 Ph.D.in Economics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Languages: Fluent in English, French, German and Russian. Mother-tongue: Hungarian

Plakor Czech s.r.o.

PLAKOR CZECH s.r.o. offers a complete solution to plastic automotive applications. Located in the Moravian region, Plakor is ideally situated to deliver value to our OEM customers. Our products include bumpers, spoilers, dashboards, and other interior and exterior automotive applications.


Prumyslova 367
742 51 Mošnov
Česká republika
(+420) 552 303 805
(+420) 552 303 809



With the Movimento acquisition Delphi has strengthened its position as a leading end-to-end systems and software provider to the industry as vehicle connectivity becomes increasingly ubiquitous. 

Movimento’s over-the-air capability and product life-cycle approach allows Delphi to leverage big data to offer comprehensive product enhancements and service cost savings to customers.

Kolektor is a multinational corporation with headquarters in Slovenia, and a wide network of companies and subsidiaries in Europe, America and Asia, operating in a highly specialized industrial production. As one of the leading players of the digital industrial revolution in the global niche of components and systems for the automotive, power engineering and engineering and technology systems, we wish to become the leading global provider of solutions for the smart factory. We pursue opportunities for rapid growth, also in cooperation with startups, mostly in the field of industrial IoT - IIoT.

Robert Šimončič has over 30 years of professional experience in the U.S. and Slovakia. He headed the Slovak branch of Microsoft and in April 2004 he was awarded the prestigious award the IT Personality of the Year 2004 in Slovakia. Prior to joining Microsoft Slovakia he worked in the field of management consulting, first with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Principal Consultant and later with the IBM as the Senior Manager of Business Innovation Services Division in the U.S. His primary field in the business consultancy was development of company strategies and government organizations. He was the President of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovakia and also the Chairman of the Board for the American Chambers of Commerce (European Council of American Chambers of Commerce – ECACC). From December 2010 he is the CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO).

He also serves on the board of two leading Universities in Slovakia. He is a board member of the University of Economics in Bratislava. Since May 2013 he has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

He is married and with his wife Lucia he is raising their rapidly growing twins, Esther and Goran.

Mr. Niclas Pfueller is General Manager of Brose CZ. With approximately 3,500 employees in production, product development and administration, Brose CZ is currently the largest production facility of the Brose Group.

Brose is a partner to the international automobile industry and supplies around 80 car brands and over 40 suppliers with electric motors and mechatronic systems for vehicle doors, liftgates and seat structures. The family-owned company employs over 25,000 at 60 locations in 23 countries.

Niclas Pfueller has been working in the automotive industry for almost 20 years. He joined Brose as Operations Director for the Ostrava plant in 2009. Since then Mr. Pfueller has helped to triple the size of the factory and to increase the performance of both Czech plants, as well as introduce Brose Group Service Functions there. Before joining Brose, Mr. Pfueller worked for Dura Automotive Systems first as Plant Manager in the Czech Republic, later as Operations Director Control Systems Europe. He started his career as a plant and business unit controller.

Mr. Pfueller received Masters’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from Private University of Applied Sciences in Vechta, Germany.

Lawrence Davies has had a 35 year career in the automotive industry. He started at General Motors (GM) in the UK within purchasing and supply chain after which he spent 4 years at Opel in Germany and spells in France and the USA. He became Director of GM UK Purchasing and Supply Chain in 2006. In 2013 Lawrence joined UK Trade & Investment’s Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) as Deputy CEO and plays a lead role in the AIO’s programme of engagement with automotive companies worldwide to promote the UK. He was made a fellow of the Institute of Purchasing in 2015. This year Lawrence was appointed CEO. The AIO is now part of the Department for International Trade.

Lawrence was awarded the MBE in the Queens 2016 New Year’s honours list

Simon has had many years as a business reporter, starting on a local newspaper in the West Midlands and subsequently working in the aviation and drinks industry sectors.

His experience in the aviation field was latterly with Reed Business Information division Air Transport Intelligence, while he was also Paris correspondent for Flight International.

Simon joined just-auto from RBI at the beginning of 2010 and talks on a daily basis to many of the major industry players, particularly on the supplier side and has developed close links with generic component manufacturer bodies. 

These include the European supplier organisation, CLEPA, which, representing five million supply industry workers, is one of the Continent's most significant employers, while its US equivalent, OESA, is of equal importance. 

A fluent French speaker, Simon regularly talks to global actors such as Renault, whose alleged industrial espionage scandal in 2011, rocked both its home country and the company. France is home to myriad suppliers - and industrial disputes - with Simon closely following both as Europe enters a period of major economic turbulence.

Component producers in Thailand were devasted by floods in 2011 and Simon regularly talked to both government representatives and suppliers in a bid to gauge the impact. The ongoing epic saga at Saab has left suppliers owed hundreds of millions of Euros and is a business tale Simon has been following on a daily basis.

Born in Southampton, Simon is stuck with the football team of the same name, having gone through thick and thin, mainly thin, during many years of support.



just-auto.com is the online news, insight and research portal for the automotive industry.

Editorial mission: just-auto exists to provide news, analysis and market intelligence to support the automotive industry. We are driven by a passion for an industry with a global turnover of €3 trillion that directly and indirectly supports 60 million jobs. We offer an independent voice with a global remit, championing automotive best practice wherever we find it.

Brose Group

Brose is the world’s fifth-largest family-owned automotive supplier. The company develops and produces mechatronic systems for vehicle doors and seats as well as electric motors, drives and electronics, among others for steering, brakes, transmissions and engine cooling. The company employs more than 25,000 employees at 60 locations in 23 countries. Every second new vehicle worldwide is equipped with at least one Brose product.


Axel Mallener is General Manager of both Brose plants in Slovakia. 

Axel Mallener works in automotive industry almost 17 years. He started his career as a Process Engineer. During his career in automotive industry he has worked as Logistics&Purchasing Manager, Production Manager and he was also responsible for Kaizen implementation. By the age of 32 years he started to work as a Plant Manager at Metzeler Automotive Profile System GmbH in Poland. He joined Brose in 2008 as a General Manager of Brose Bratislava.

Group Sourcing Director and Member of the Extended Group Board of the Bosal Group. Bosal is a leading first-tier and aftermarket supplier of emission control systems, automotive carrier and protection systems, energy conversion systems, jacks, vehicle cabins and precision tubing. Established in 1923 in Alkmaar, the Bosal Group is Dutch registered, headquartered in Lummen, Belgium. The annual turnover in 2013 was in excess of € 800 million. The Bosal Group employs over 5,500 people in 34 manufacturing plants and 18 distribution centres. Bosal´s customer base includes all major car manufacturers worldwide as well as a variety of leading industrial conglomerates.

Before joining Bosal Robert Snijder was CEO and co-founder of DonQi Quandary Innovations, a producer of small windmills. This windmill was co-developed with the Dutch Aerospace Lab and the Technical University Delft. Production was done with the help of social welfare labor in Rotterdam and over 250 windmills were sold to 10 countries worldwide.

Earlier Robert was Managing Director of Carrier Holland Heating, an United Technologies Company, that designs, manufactures and sells air handling units. The company employed 300 people with a turn-over of € 39 mio and full P&L responsibility.

Robert started his carreer at Arvin Industries, later ArvinMeritor, in the automotive industry. Robert joined Arvin Industries as Management Trainee Corporate Purchasing in 1995 and until 2005 he occupied several positions in sourcing, continuous improvement and operations management in Netherlands, USA and France and his last position was Director of Procurement at ArvinMeritor’s European Procurement Headquarter in Amsterdam. He was part of the European management teams of the Light Vehicle Aftermarket and the Light Vehicle Systems division.

Robert graduated in 1995 as Bachelor of Business Administration at The Netherlands School of Business, Nijenrode, and Master of Business Administration at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Besides several other assignments he completed a research fellowship in the Dutch Automotive Supply Industry for the Foundation for Industrial Economic Research and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Robert also completed the Indiana University Executive Education and the UTC Emerging Leadership Program at Darden University and speaks four languages fluently.

Robert is married and has four children, three girls of fourteen, thirteen and five years and a boy of ten years old. He is an avid rower, runner and skier, loves reading and practices fly-fishing from time-to-time.

Automotive Chemistry and Textile engineer as formation, spent the last 23 years of career in 9 countries, working at 4 major Tier 1 Companies.

Director of a key site footprint sited in Serbia of the Tier 1 German Company Grammer, major supplier worldwide of Interior parts.

President of the Investor Club at Regional Chamber of Commerce Nis
Member of Automotive Associations and Clusters in CEE.

Specialist in turnaround plan, manufacturing excellence, business plans, grants management, brown and greenfield set up.

Selvi Sok. Sipahioğlu Apt.
A Blok 3/13 2.Ulus İstanbul
Tel : + 90 212 264 55 37

Federal Mogul Global Purchasing 2010 - Present
Regional Purchasing Manager ( Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey)

· In charge of 2-4 people
· Responsible for all sourcing KPI’s in the region (Savings, new product implementation, DPO, PPM, OTD, Global sourcing growth).
· Has accomplished a business volume increase of more than 250% and savings increase of 300% in 4 years – (was in the headteam of the 2nd best resourcing project in FM Global Purchasing for GA EMEA)
· Scope include Direct (Ferrous, non Ferrous, Chemicals, Raw material components for OEM, Aftermarket products) and Indirect materials for all FM plants (particularly EMEA)
· Reporting to International Purchasing Office/Commodity Director

Mercedes-Benz Türk (MBT) 2008 -2010
Logistics Strategy & Localization / Supplier Development Team

· Has created app. M 1.35 € savings in different commodities like tubes, PUR parts, windshield
· Completed 6 supplier development projects in order to improve part quality, delivery performance and organizational capability (total AVOB : M 12 €)
· Performed 6 logistics audits and capacity analysis activities at local suppliers

Mercedes-Benz Türk (MBT) 2004 -2008
Procurement Truck and Buses / Supplier Development Team

· Lead 32 supplier assessments. Supplier assessment coordinator from January 2006 to June 2008.
· Was responsible in 3 product projects for supplier integration and development activities
· Completed 12 projects for sourcing and supplier development activities for Daimler plants in Turkey Germany and US.
· Participated as coauditor in 5 supplier quality audits

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart - Leinfelden 2003 - 2004
Internship at Marketing Blue Europe, Country Management Dept.

· Analysis and definition of the price positioning of new and existing products to the competition, in coordination with sales organizations in UK, Italy, Poland, Scandinavia and Baltic states
· Complete conversion of intercompany billing pricing for UK

2001- 2003 Koç University, Graduate School of Business, MBA
1997 -2001 Istanbul Technical University, Mechanical Engineering, B.Sc. (Major Automotive Engineering) ; Cum laude
1989-1997 Istanbul Lisesi

German (very good), English (very good)
MS Office, SAP/R3, Nedwork, DVS, AutoCAD, FORTRAN, I-DEAS,

Member of TMMOB (Union Of Chambers Of Turkish Engineers and Architects),
Istanbul Lisesi and Koc University Alumni Club, Kuzeyege diving

Basketball (played for Istanbul Lisesi and ITU Mech. Faculty team), tennis, drama,
Reached ‰1 in university entrance exam

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Patrick Hessel

Patrick Hessel is the founder and CEO of c2i, a leading carbon-fibre components company for automotive and aerospace markets. He sold half of c2i to the LG Group and together they aim to develop unique technology to mass-market carbon-fibre in the automotive industry. Patrick is a technology investor and the lead investor in AeroMobil, a Slovak technology company aiming to launch the first flying car in 2020 and by 2025 aiming to bring to market a flying taxi aimed at the mass-market with full flight autonomy, a 500 miles range powered by a “Flying-Uber” software and app for ordering the vehicle in front of your house. Patrick is the 2015 EY entrepreneur of the year of Slovakia and holds engineering and business degrees from Cambridge, LSE and NYU Stern.

Videoton Holding

The more than 75-year old Videoton is the largest Hungarian industrial group in local private ownership that offers manufacturing and manufacturing related services to industrial companies. The Székesfehérvár-based, both financially and market-wise stable company has 9 locations in Hungary, while it also has one location in Bulgaria (Stara Zagora) and Ukraine (Mukachevo).

Videoton is a privately owned Hungarian company, Contract Manufacturer, the largest Electronic Manufacturing Services provider in the CEE region, TOP 40 worldwide, TOP 10 in EU according to the latest ranking of MMI Wikipedia

Headquarters: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Revenue: 500.7 million EUR (2015)
Founded: 1938, Hungary
Total assets: 454.1 million EUR (2015)
Operating income: 41.75 million EUR (2015)
Total equity: 295.7 million EUR (2015)

MATADOR Group established a key position in the Central European market as a system supplier of automotive and non-automotive solutions. The company was founded more than 112 years ago and significantly influenced the history of the Slovak industry. For global customers we provide services that help shaping the mobility universe. Whether it is engineering and design of vehicles or serial production of structural parts we are ready to go the extra mile. To support this, we offer a broad range of industrial services including factory automation, stamping tools production or mechanical engineering.  Our more than 2 600 employees are located at our premises in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia. This global orientation enables us to provide our customers best services in time and quality which we see as a precondition to be the first choice for them.

The Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Through its extensive network of contacts in the public and private sectors, HIPA provides foreign investors with high-quality support for critical investment decisions, and a wealth of supplementary services. HIPA is here to help you through the whole investment process, from start to finish, through a free of charge, one-stop shop service approach.

Upon request HIPA helps to identify and find suppliers and offers to put together a list of experts. It handles its own project portfolio, the (Hungarian Investment Projects – HIP), that contains projects certified by experts that are awaiting foreign capital input. It promotes the re-investment by companies already present in Hungary.




Denes KLUJBER is the CEO of VINCOTTE International Hungary, which is the branch office of the biggest Brussels based independent third party inspection and certification body VINCOTTE, possessing solid links to the automotive industry.

As President of MAJOSZ his goal is promoting the professional, financial and social
interests of Hungarian automotive component manufacturers. Currently MAJOSZ has a membership of 310 companies, it is the largest professional automotive organization in Hungary.

He is also playing a role Vice President at the Automotive Section of Hungarian National Committee for EOQ (European Organization for Quality).
He learned mechanical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and at the Technical University of Karlsruhe while studying economics and management (MBA) at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wündisch is a partner in Noerr’s intellectual property practice and a member of the law firm’s automotive industry group. He specializes in licensing, R&D and technology transfer issues and represents clients in the automotive industry. His practice also includes litigation, including arbitration, related to license and R&D agreements. In 2012 he was appointed to become an honorary professor by Dresden University of Technology and is heading a research centre for technology transfer at the law faculty. Since 2012 he has been listed among Best Lawyer for intellectual property law.

Rusandra Sandu, Partner at the Bucharest office, heads our Corporate/M&A and Competition department in Bucharest. She has over 18 years of experience in structuring major foreign investments in Romania, ranging from M&A transactions, joint ventures and complex regulatory procedures, restructurings up to the structuring of Greenfield investments, state aid projects, especially in the automotive industry. Rusandra Sandu is also an expert in competition law, including merger control, cartel and infringement proceedings and competition compliance. Her broad experience in the field of regulatory & governmental affairs, especially automotive, retail, pharma & healthcare has been well proven in many advisory projects and completes her full spectrum advisory profile

After having his Bachelor Degree on Machine Engineering in Bogazici University,  Suheyl Baybali earned a Masters Degree in the same field and started his career in TOFAS. Then he served to Nursanlar Group as Vice General Manager, General Manager and Executive Committee Board Member between 1989-2007.Between 2007 and 2009 he served to Dentas Ambalaj as the General Manager. In 2010 he became the CEO and shareholder of Komsan A.S. 


Between 2006 and 2013 Suheyl Baybali had active duties in TAYSAD Auditing Committee and between 2010 and 2013 he acted as the President of TAYSAD Auditing Committee. Since 2013 he is acting as the Executive Officer of TAYSAD.

Mr. Gediminas Koryzna is the Director of Business Development Department at Invest Lithuania. While leading the team of investment advisors, Mr. Koryzna is responsible for advancing the investment promotion strategy and service quality standards.
Coming form the academic background of International Business and having expertise in leading manufacturing investment projects, Mr. Koryzna is convinced that the future of Lithuania lies in the focused value-added markets like the automotive industry.


Invest Lithuania

  • Invest Lithuania is a Lithuanian government agency under the Ministry of Economy that provides free advice and introductions to on the ground experts to global companies interested in doing business in Lithuania.
  • The agency serves as a point of contact for foreign companies and guides international businesses through every step of the process of setting up operations in Lithuania.

Gebrüder Weiss (GW) is a family-run company of world stature. GW company looks back on a history of more than half a millennium. The employees understand this heritage as an obligation to operate farsighted, observantly and to continue to develop with the changing world. Starting from its home markets in the region from the Alps to the Danube as well as Eastern Europe GW nowadays transports all types of freight by land, sea or air, from to and on every continent. 

GW experts develop branch and customer specific transport and logistics solutions, which enable the seamless connection of the production, business and transport processes. GW solutions increase efficiency, lower customers’ costs and provide them with real advantages on the market – made possible by GW strategy, years of experience and a strong team.


Founded in 1997, TRIGO is a multinational company providing operational quality management solutions for the manufacturing sector, especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. With a team of several thousands of professionals present in 20+ countries across 4 continents, TRIGO offers a comprehensive portfolio of quality assurance services ranging from inspection to expert audit, consulting and training.​ TREQ (TRIGO Experts for Quality) Business Unit is delivering Quality Expert Consulting (Consulting, Auditing, and Training), Resident Engineering and Metrology services in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North Africa, as an integrated third party quality service provider.


Aleksandar Medjedovic, a native of Hannover, Germany, holds university degrees in Economics and Political Science. His professional experience includes sales, regional development and management positions in the field of export promotion, publishing and trade fair organization in Switzerland, France, Germany, the USA, Singapore and Turkey. Aleksandar Medjedovic serves on the Executive Board of the Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Berlin/Germany. He is the Chairman of the Turkish-Serbian Business Council at DEIK, the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, where he also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the European Group, as well as in various other councils (Croatia, Montenegro, Mexico and Peru), shaping economic relations between Turkey and those countries.  


Medjedovic resides in Istanbul, Turkey and in Berlin, Germany and speaks German, Serbian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Turkish.


The automotive sector, one of the biggest and most competitive markets in the world, relies on in-depth analysis. Thanks to the globe’s largest team of automotive analysts located in 15 key markets around the world, IHS Markit’s Automotive Solutions supplies the depth of information and level of comprehension needed for a competitive edge. Our solutions span the entire automotive value chain, from product inception to sales and marketing. We scale our insights to address virtually any domain or enterprise, improving the speed, accuracy and impact of business strategy and tactics.


We have the deepest source of information, analytics and solutions for the major industries, financial markets, and government actions that drive the global economy. Our analytics and experts reveal interdependencies across complex industries to truly understand why things happen. By seeing the big picture and all the connections, we provide our customers with insights and perspective on what really matters

IHS Markit
European Vehicle Sales Forecast
133 Houndsditch | London | EC3A 7BX
P: + 44 (0)20 3159 3468

FORI GROUP companies are world famous producers of products for car interior, which offers surprising comfort and relaxed driving pleasure. Technical Textile Division offers the CAR LA laminates of technical textiles, high air-permeable foams, clima spacer materials, low emission multi laminates, nonwovens and fillers of various materials, selfadhesive bi-laminates, thermoadhesive tri-laminates, webs, foils, membranes, humidity off laminates, smart textiles and eco-friendly recycled materials. Our products offering a high comfort seat covers, headrests, armrests which mean the driving with minimum effort. The portfolio of products also includes the services of dry and wet laminating, cutting and sewing. Plastic and Metal Division offer the plastic and metal parts for the car interior and also body car, roof, sunshades, etc.Our motto is "COMFORTABLE RIDE". You stepped out of the car with a smile. 



The Voice of Slovak Business

The Voice of Automotive Business brings together experts from Central and Eastern Europe in a bid to help educate the automotive supply chain and to discuss and understand increasing opportunities in the CEE. To meet and hear from specialist innovative companies that are located within the CEE with a connection to Western Europe. In an effort to network with experts in the field of automotive innovation, management, development and production we bring the supply chain network together to promote opportunities within Automotive and to develop business and create a complete European Automotive network.


Based in Bratislava, Slovakia for 12 years, following on from 15 years in Munich, Germany. Christopher has worked professionally across Central Europe and is renowned for delivering consistent first-class results. He designs and drives corporate strategy and business development while manages company brand and reputation. Branding initiatives, internal communications and external media relations are commonplace and determining communications strategy and executing programs to deliver communications objectives are part of his day to day routine.


Christopher Plant

He has undertaken many specialised projects and given professional advice and services to companies of every size in multiple industries.

In the last years he led the British Chamber in the Slovak Republic to become an award winning Chamber of Commerce and helped many businesses across Europe and the United Kingdom.


Czech Association for Foreign Investment 

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.


Association for Foreign Investment
Štěpánská 11
120 00 Praha 2
tel: +420 224 911 750-1

Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (ACB), founded in July 2012, is a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of car manufacturers, suppliers and providers of services for the automotive industry. It promotes synergies between cluster members and strives to maintain business growth and competitiveness through participation in international collaborative projects, case studies and professional automotive training programs. ACB is an active partner of the international automotive network. Its "backbone" are leading international OEM and Tier 1 suppliers.



Currently, 35 national and international companies are members of the cluster representing more than 20,000 employees in Bulgaria and more than 650,000 people worldwide. These are companies producing components, modules and systems engineering, facility management, logistics, consulting and other services.


Our services

• Information seminars, campaigns and trainings for funding programs aimed at businesses

• Organizing round tables, Days of suppliers and other forums in the interest of members

• Conducting conferences with representatives of leading companies in the industry with different topics - human resources development, trends in the automotive area, research and innovations

• Collaborative case studies with public administration and central government

• Training of employees of companies in different directions - soft and technical skills, REFA, lean management and others

• Incentives for joint activities among members to improve products and operations in R&D, production, quality assurance and meet international requirements and standards

• Assistance in organizing events - opening of offices and production bases, celebrating anniversaries and special events of the companies



• Networking with all automotive clusters in Europe and organizations from other sectors

• Development and management of projects under various EU programs (national, cross-border, cross-industries, etc.)

• Initiatives for legislative changes

• Representing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers from the automotive industry in Bulgaria at national and international forums, especially for carmakers

• Cooperation in developing research and new products and services with high added value



tel./fax: +359 2 476 05 10


webpage: www.automotive.bg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Automotive.bg/?fref=ts

Prevent Group

a leading Tier1 and Tier2 automotive supplier of seat covers, iron casting, plastic components, material (leather, fabrics) and assembling. With vertical integration model in Prevent we produce automotive parts for major OEM and Tier1 companies. Today Prevent Group employees 14.000 people, half of them in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we have 15 manufacturing sites, supporting European compnies from BCC. We are looking for suppliers in trim division for automotive components.


Bul. Mese Selimovica 16. 71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


e-mail: michael.markov@prevent-sourcing.com






Strategic Sourcing Eastern Europe, Magna International Europe

Mr. Zsolt SZALAY, Ph.D. graduated as M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and M.Sc. in Business Administration, obtained Ph.D. degree in 2002. Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering since 2009. Main fields of research include cyber security of in-vehicle communication systems and highly automated vehicles, especially the testing and validation processes of CAV technologies. Gaining extensive automotive industrial experience in product development, he joined the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2005. Head of the Department of Automotive Technologies since 2015.

Currently representing Hungary in the EU GEAR2030 initiative for connected and automated vehicle technology deployment.

Speakers and Panellists in previous years

since 04/14

Responsible to lead a team of process engineers in the regions North America, Europe and China to define, conduct and implement relevant process innovation for automotive interior applications. In order to be the most relevant Interior supplier we define with the support of our customers, suppliers and end consumers the need for further innovations, develop those and strive to quickly implement those successfully into products. We focus on all relevant materials and processes for our five product lines instrument panels, door panels, center consoles, overhead systems and decorative trim.

03/98 - 03/14
Several management positions at Johnson Controls from leading the Thermoplastic Department over leading the Interior Prototyping Department to leading the Advanced Manufacturing Departments in Europe and North America ensuring successful launches of Interior products in all Interior plants.


09/94 – 02/98

Remote doctoral dissertation conducted at The Ohio State University in
Columbus, Ohio and at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen)
advised by the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV), Degree: Ph. D. (Dr.-Ing.),
topic: Gas assisted injection molding

10/86 - 06/94

Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen),
Germany advised by the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV), Degree: Master of
Science (Dipl.-Ing.)


HIDRIA, the most innovative company in Europe in 2013 by EBA, is one of the leading global corporations for automotive and industrial technologies. We are developing and producing high-tech green mobility solutions for OEMs assuring radical improvements of internal combustion, hybrid and electrical powertrains and accurate and reliable steering.


World's first diesel hybrid e-powertrain Peugeot 3008, e-hybrid powertrain of Porsche 918 Spyder, e-powertrain of Mercedes E–SLS and high-tech diesel cold start system Hidria Optymus PSG, this year awarded as the best green innovation in Europe by CLEPA, all count to Hidria’s achievements.


With Intensive investments in R&D with constant flow of innovation Hidria will contribute decisively to green sustainable mobility of the future.



- Employees: 1800

- income 2015: 216 mio. €

- Hidria’s solutions for steering systems are installed in every fifth new vehicle in Europe

- Hidria ignites each sixths new diesel powered car globally  

- Hidria Optymus Pressure Sensor System will be present in at least every third diesel powered car in Europe after 2018

- Hidria’s stator & rotor lamination for e-motors are installed in new hybrid vehicles, such as Volvo XC 90

- Hidria’s frames for motorcycles are a core part of the best European brands, such as BMW and Ducati.

Volkswagen AG, Coordinator - Purchasing Team Regional Office Eastern Europe
Coordinator - Purchasing Team

Volkswagen AG - Regional Office Eastern Europe
January 2016 – Present (5 months)Budapest

Purchasing Specialist - Commodity Interior
Volkswagen AG - Regional Office Osteuropa
January 2011 – January 2016 (5 years 1 month)Budapest

Senior Purchaser
Tesco Global Aruhazak Zrt.
June 2010 – December 2010 (7 months)

Brand Manager
Mary-Ker Pasta Kft.
November 2009 – June 2010 (8 months)

Penny Market
August 2007 – November 2009 (2 years 4 months)Alsónémedi, Ungarn

Front Office Manager
Hotel Aranyhíd*** - United Program Service Kft.
2006 – 2007 (1 year) Siófok, Ungarn

Assistent im Kundendienst
Tesco Global Aruhazak Zrt.
2004 – 2006 (2 years)


2004 - current: Manager Sourcing Office Eastern Europe MAGNA Europe, Nové Mesto nad Váhom

2002-2004 Chief of Purchasing Department LEONI Autokabel Slowakia s. r. o. Trenčín

2000-2004 Advanced Purchasing LEONI Bordnetzsysteme GmbH Co. & KG Kitzingen, Germany

1997-2000 Chief of Sales Department, TATRA SIPOX j. s. c. Bánovce nad Bebravou

1995-1997 Chief of Spare parts sales department, TATRA SIPOX j. s. c. Bánovce nad Bebravou

1995 Assistant to the Commercial Director, TATRA SIPOX j. s. c. Bánovce nad Bebravou


2012 - 2016 PhD Doctoral Study University of Economics in Bratislva

2008 - 2010 MBA-Course Alexander Dubcek University in Trencin

1987 - 1991 Technical University in Zvolen, Diploma of Engineer, rewarded by dean



Magna, a publicly listed company since 1962, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world, designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 306 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. We have over 147,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. At its heart Magna is an engineering and manufacturing company with deep expertise across many areas of the vehicle. Our wide-ranging product capabilities include body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Magna remains focused on technological innovation in our products and processes to enhance and differentiate our customers’ vehicles.  Our commitment and innovative spirit leads to new market opportunities and strengthened customer relationships.  Over the years we have been first to market with numerous products, spanning our deep capabilities. We value our customers and are committed to delivering them innovative, high-quality products. We work closely with our customers to solve problems, identify new materials and processes, and provide unique solutions to industry challenges. We aim to be our customers' preferred global supplier partner for the automotive industry, by delivering the best value built on innovative products and processes and World Class Manufacturing. We strive to be the employer of choice, an ethical and responsible corporate citizen and a superior long-term investment for our shareholders.


Association of the Hungarian Automotive Industry MAGE
Magyar Gépjárműipari Egyesület 

Founded: 1998


  • Effective representation in legal, economic and social issues
  • Improve competitiveness
  • Promote national suppliers
  • Support strong and productive R&D
  • Foster further automotive investments
  • Enhancing international partnership  


Major activities

- MAGE provides a common forum to the members to exchange ideas and experience;

- regularly organize workshops and networking events;

- advocate the common interest, monitor and reflects to those activities and regulations, both national and global, affecting the automotive industry;

- participates in programs of European institutions (ACEA, EU) in order to represent national interests of the industry;

- focuses on frequent communication in press and other medias about the importance of the industry and promotion of national producers, suppliers.


MAGE is the most significant industry specific organization


Members: 4 OEMs: Audi, Mercedes. Opel, Suzuki

+ the 40 major Tier 1-2 international automotive suppliers


MAGE members’ contribution:

to the total output of the Hungarian Automotive Industry: 80%

to the total automotive export: 93%

to the total automotive investments: 90%

to the total automotive R&D investments: 90%

MAGE members employ more than: 80 000 people          



Csaba Kilián  -  CEO

H-1119 Budapest

Thán Károly utca 3-5.

T +36 1 371 5874



Jakub Faryś - President of the Polish Automotive Industry Association. Entire professional life tied with the automotive industry. He started his career at Renault, then he was the director of sales and marketing at the exclusive importer of SAAB. Continuation of his work in the automotive industry was managing the marketing department at Scania Polska SA. In 2002 he became director of the Association of Official Car Importers, the organization of the NGO sector, that since then has become the largest Polish automotive industry employers' organization associating currently 49 companies: manufacturers of motor vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds and motorized four-wheelers, as well as manufacturers of vehicle bodies, trailers, semi-trailers, parts or components of motor vehicles  for original assembly in Poland.

Since 2008, as a president of the organization transformed into Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM), he supports activities for the development and promotion of Polish automotive sector. As the head of PZPM, Jakub Faryś is involved in the work of the governmental and the parliamentary committees; provides the most relevant opinions on draft legal acts concerning the automotive industry. Representing the interests of member companies in the organs the European Union - including the European Parliament and the European Commission - he has been nominated by the Ministry of Economy as one of the governmental expert of automotive sector to participate in the work of the High Level Group - CARS 21 and CARS 2020. Regularly participates in the meetings of European industry organizations - ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) and ACEM (European Motorcycle Manufacturers Association), where represents the voice of Polish automotive industry. Jakub Faryś, continuously present in the media is the author of many publications in economic and automotive industry; commentator of industry’s issues and its environment.

Henry Foy is the Central Europe Correspondent of the Financial Times.


Based in Warsaw, he covers Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the wider CEE region for the world's most trusted financial newspaper, providing a global perspective on the region's unfolding political, economic and business stories.

His regular interviews with influential political and business leaders make him one of the most prominent international correspondents in the region. Previously the FT's award-winning Motor Industry Correspondent, Foy joined the paper after three years as a reporter for Reuters in New Delhi and Mumbai, India.

Ivan Hodač is the Founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Aspen Institute Prague. He has been Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) since 2001 until October 2013, where he represented the interests of Europe’s foremost automobile manufacturers. He is a member of the EU Commission’s Special Advisory Group on the TTIP negotiations with the US. Financial Times recently listed him among the most influential personalities in the Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, Ivan Hodač was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Ivan Hodač was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Iveco Bus

Iveco Bus is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a global leader in capital goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on the Borsa Italiana in Milan.

A major player in the field of public transport, and among the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Europe, Iveco Bus designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of vehicles that meets all the needs of public and private operators:

- school, intercity and tourism coaches (Crossway, Evadys and Magelys)

- standard and articulated city buses, including BRT dedicated versions, with a strong leadership in clean technologies such as CNG and Hybrids (Urbanway and Crealis)

- minibuses for all passenger transport missions (Daily)

- different chassis for bodybuilders.

Iveco Bus employs over 5.000 people across two production units, in Annonay, France and in Vysoké Myto, Czech Republic. Both factories were awarded the bronze medal in 2013 following their WCM (World Class Manufacturing) audits, an international methodology for managing manufacturing processes according to best standards worldwide.

The extensive Iveco Bus and Iveco service network guarantees assistance around the world wherever an Iveco Bus vehicle is at work.


Iveco Bus in the Czech Republic

The plant in Vysoké Mýto is the largest production plant of Iveco Bus. Iveco Czech Republic, a. s., has contined the 87-year long tradition of bus manufacturing in this town. The company, known as Karosa from 1948, focused on bus production as early as in the second half of the 1940s and has been connected with a whole range of successful and legendary vehicles. They include examples such as the 706 RTO model and also ranges such as ŠM, ŠL, ŠD, 700 and 900. These successful models were followed by the Crossway vehicles – the most successful intercity bus of the present time. The plant has produced over 24,000 Crossway vehicles up to now. The production also includes the Crossway Low Entry, Line, POP, PRO and Evadys vehicles with various engines in many vehicle options. The company celebrated an important anniversary in 2015 – 120 years from its foundation by Josef Sodomka.

General Motors Manufacturing Poland

The Gliwice plant has been operating since 1998. Now it is one of the most modern General Motors facilities in the world. Four main stations (the press shop, the body shop, the paint shop and the assembly line) are spread over the area of 1,5 million square feet. Currently 3 900 employees accompanied by 271 modern robots work in the plant on a three-shift basis. The production capacity amounts to 207 000 vehicles annually and 281 vehicles per shift. The vast majority (98%) of manufactured vehicles is exported to Western and Central Europe.

The Tychy plant employs 550 workers and manufactures 1.7 diesel engines at an annual capacity of 330 000 units. No less than 90% of the production is exported to Western Europe and Korea. In 2014 General Motors announced a major investment in the plant to be modernised to produce the latest generation 1.6 diesel engines starting from 2017. The plant’s capacity is expected to increase up to 200 000 engines per year.

The Gliwice plant is recognised for two Opel models: the Astra and the Cascada. The latter has been produced under Opel/Vauxhall brand since 2013. Now it is also manufactured for American and Australian brands (Buick and Holden respectively). However, the brand’s bestseller Opel Astra comprises the vast majority of production. The plant is the leading manufacturer of this model in Europe and as such it is responsible for Opel/Vauxhall quality standards. Cutting-edge technology, well trained employees and the superior quality all help deliver the products that meet our customers’ requirements.


General Motors Manufacturing

Poland Sp. z o.o.
ul. Adama Opla 1
44-121 Gliwice

Tel.: +48 32 270 90 00
Fax: +48 32 270 91 00

Miroslav Murin

Finance Director for Europe

Varroc Lighting Systems s.r.o.

Suvorovova 195, Šenov u Nového Jičína 742 42 

Czech Republic

T +420 556 623 330

Futaba Czech, s.r.o.

A Tier-1 automotive supplier producing the automotive components and assemblies ranging from exhaust system, chassis components, BiW parts.  Futaba Global Sales Promotion Team, located in Futaba Czech, plays a key role for the marketing and research as well as the engineering window for European automotive OEMs.



Futaba Czech, s.r.o.

Futaba Global Sales Promotion Team in Europe

Tel: +420 569 496 490

Web: www.fcz.cz

PSA Peugeot Citroen Slovakia, Trnava

The plant has a designed capacity to produce 300,000 cars annually, originally intended to employ 3,000 people organised into three shifts, equating to an hourly output of 55 vehicles. The Trnava plant was built to produce the company’s “Platform 1” cars, i.e. small cars. The first car to be produced in volume was the Peugeot 207 produced initially in October 2006 at a daily rate of 450, with an increase to 800 scheduled in time for Q2, 2007.

With the 2013 production the factory was close to its planned capacity with daily production of 1200 cars and 3500 emploees. In 2014 with 3500 emploees and 255,176 cars was a capacity used to 85% including 30 days when it was not producing.

General director of the plant Rémi Girardon confirmed in March 2015 a plan to produce third car model (Citroën) with a goal of 360.000 cars in 2017 and therefore from May 2015 hourly output will be increased to 57 to 60 vehicles with new employees. In 2016 there will be introduced the fourth (weekend) shift, so the number of emploee should rise in 2018 to around 4200.

About Nexteer Automotive

Nexteer Automotive is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business solely dedicated to electric and hydraulic steering systems, steering columns and driveline products for original equipment manufacturers. Its 6,200 employees serve more than 60 customers in every major region of the world with 15 manufacturing sites, six engineering and 14 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive’s customers include GM, Fiat, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and PSA Peugeot Citroen, as well as automakers in India, China and South America


Iztok Seljak started his career at Rotomatika, Hidria’s daughter company, in 1989. Between 1989 and 2002 he was responsible for purchasing, sales & marketing and since 1996 for leading Rotomatika as a CEO. He has been corporate Vice President of Hidria since 2002. In 2004, he took over the responsibility for Hidria Automotive, one of the core two divisions in Hidria. Since January, 2008, he acts as a President of Management Board of Hidria.

He graduated with BSc in Economics, University of Ljubljana/Faculty of Economics, followed by an MBA and at IEDC, Bled School of Management, where he is currently finalizing his PhD.

He is a member of the Board of Slovenian Association “Manager”, a Member of Presidency of Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Samit 100 Business Leaders South Eastern Europe and Co-President of Feniks, International Construction Consortium. As a Rotarian he is dedicated to help all those in need of help, seeking to change the world for better.  

He has been in 2002 awarded with the title of the “Young Manager of the Year” in Slovenia by Association “Manager” and in 2012 with the title “Best Manager of South-East and Central Europe« by an international jury in Sarajevo. With Hidria, he gained the title of the Most Innovative Company in Europe in 2012/13.

Iveco Bus

Iveco Bus is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a global leader in capital goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on the Borsa Italiana in Milan.

A major player in the field of public transport, and among the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Europe, Iveco Bus designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of vehicles that meets all the needs of public and private operators:

- school, intercity and tourism coaches (Crossway, Evadys and Magelys)

- standard and articulated city buses, including BRT dedicated versions, with a strong leadership in clean technologies such as CNG and Hybrids (Urbanway and Crealis)

- minibuses for all passenger transport missions (Daily)

- different chassis for bodybuilders.

Iveco Bus employs over 5.000 people across two production units, in Annonay, France and in Vysoké Myto, Czech Republic. Both factories were awarded the bronze medal in 2013 following their WCM (World Class Manufacturing) audits, an international methodology for managing manufacturing processes according to best standards worldwide.

The extensive Iveco Bus and Iveco service network guarantees assistance around the world wherever an Iveco Bus vehicle is at work


Iveco Bus in the Czech Republic

The plant in Vysoké Mýto is the largest production plant of Iveco Bus. Iveco Czech Republic, a. s., has contined the 87-year long tradition of bus manufacturing in this town. The company, known as Karosa from 1948, focused on bus production as early as in the second half of the 1940s and has been connected with a whole range of successful and legendary vehicles. They include examples such as the 706 RTO model and also ranges such as ŠM, ŠL, ŠD, 700 and 900. These successful models were followed by the Crossway vehicles – the most successful intercity bus of the present time. The plant has produced over 24,000 Crossway vehicles up to now. The production also includes the Crossway Low Entry, Line, POP, PRO and Evadys vehicles with various engines in many vehicle options. The company celebrated an important anniversary in 2015 – 120 years from its foundation by Josef Sodomka

SGP-Sorting Group Poland

The year 2016 is an exceptional time for SGP company as 10 years have passed since the opening of the first office and headquarters in Poland. A decade was sufficient for the international group of SGP Outsourcing Company to be established, which currently functions on 11 foreign markets. The subsidiaries may be found in Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and Spain. In such a manner, SGP has gained the leading position on the market of quality outsourcing in Europe.

SGP’s principal task is to ensure efficient, reliable and well-organized aid to companies. It operates on a wide scale and the experience gained by SGP Group has borne fruit in terms of cooperation with the largest representatives in the automotive, audio-visual and household goods, glass, FMCG industries and many others. An entrepreneur only needs to carry out the appropriate application for the provision of services. The company has a base of nearly 3,000 qualified controllers ready to react almost immediately. The company ensures the appropriate number of fully trained people. Their work shall be supervised by SGP and thanks to such tools as e- reporting, the client may monitor the progress on an ongoing basis and receive detailed information based on his/her stipulations.

Every company may be supported by SGP Group in the following spheres:

§  Sorting, selection and repair of components or finished goods,

§  Production and control on the production lines,

§  Simple actions of assembly and sub-assembly,

§  Resident service - resident can be described as a person, who, in cooperation with SGP GROUP, is delegated on behalf of the Customer to secure their interests and reputation on the premises of the recipient within the Quality/ Rework issues.


§  Logistics,

§  Training,

§  Warehousing and storage solutions including: pallet storage, stock inventory control, re-working, re-labelling, palletisation, distribution services, reverse logistics with suppliers .

Its clients may also count on comprehensive support in the sphere of maintaining the quality of production. This is favoured by the non-invasive testing of the structure of materials by X-Ray.