7th Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

The only event dedicated to CEE region bringing together leading OEMs and suppliers from 20+ countries

10-11 November 2020

Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

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APTIV Connected Services
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item Industrietechnik GmbH
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Bilfinger Tebodin
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Mitsubishi Electric
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HBM Prenscia
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Spinto Hungária Ltd.
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Vector Austria GmbH
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DS Smith
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Bird & Bird
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Design Terminal
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H4 Customized Software
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Macro Plastics

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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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.

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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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Bilfinger Tebodin is a European company, providing consultancy, engineering and management services for investors worldwide. Over 800 experts in the region of Central & Eastern Europe have a precise focus to various markets – from industrial and chemical to food, pharma or oil & gas. During 75 years the company established long-term relationships with automotive market leaders, delivering high-quality projects in time and within the budget, following the client’s business needs.

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Mitsubishi Electric has for many years been a leading manufacturer of the most advanced products and solutions in the industrial automation and robotics industries, thanks to which our clients increase the efficiency and quality of their production.

Mitsubishi Electric Group is continuing to improve its technologies and services by applying creativity to all aspects of its business. By doing so, we enhance the quality of the life in our society.

To this end, all members of the Group will pursue the following Seven Guiding Principles. Which are trusty, quality, technology, citizenship, ethics, environment and growth.


The origin of Mitsubishi goes back to 1870, when the founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping company with three aging steamships. Yataro’s brother, son and nephew expanded the business into various fields during their respective terms as president and set the foundation of Mitsubishi companies.

After World War II, the original Mitsubishi organization was disbanded to become the independent companies which as they are today.

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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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HBM Prenscia offers a range of solutions for engineers to efficiently transform data into decisions. HBM Prenscia is a global leader in providing technology and engineering software products and services for reliability, durability, and performance. We offer a broad range of engineering solutions that deliver compelling value to our customers for the design and development of reliable, robust products, and reducing life cycle costs. By offering a range of industry leading software (nCode and ReliaSoft) and services (HBM nCode Federal LLC), we enable companies to enhance returns on investment and operational success through design and certification, optimized processes, data management and processing, and CAE simulation.

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The automotive industry is one of the main economic sectors in Central Europe.  The process of localization is strengthening. Hungary has a unique opportunity to build up its high added value machine industry export for the long term from this process.

The plant was established in Miskolc in September 2018, with support from the Hungarian state and as part of its new industrial investment strategy, by Hungarian founders and financial investors, with the involvement of 100% Hungarian intellectual and financial capital. The Company implemented more than 70 projects in the space of a year, and its employee headcount currently exceeds 80.

Spinto Hungária manufactures large-size high-pressure aluminium, plastic injection moulding and cold sheet metal forming tools (up to 70 tons in weight) for OEM and Tier 1 clients in the international market.

The unique nature of the project is that the Company is able to manufacture complex, large-size tools in three tool segments. The investment has been long awaited in the region, and provides a new opportunity for the Western European companies expanding in the region to provide their tool supply, which is key in terms of professional know-how, from within Europe.

With the creation of a manufacturing capacity able to fulfil both domestic and regional demand, the Company is able to act as an integrator amongst tool manufacturers in the country.

It also contributes to retaining technical experts and preventing their emigration, producing a significant multiplier effect for attracting additional potential investors to Hungary.


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For 30 years, Vector has been your competent partner for the development of automotive electronics. Driven by our passion for technology, we develop solutions that help engineers to manage their demanding tasks. At 26 locations around the world, more than 2,500 Vectorians support manufacturers and suppliers of the automotive industry and related industries with professional solutions. Vector tools, software components and services help to develop the mobility of tomorrow: for example, in electromobility, safety and security, ADAS and autonomous driving, AUTOSAR Adaptive and many other topics.

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Connectivity, active safety, electromobility, reduction of air pollution – these are some of the major trends in the automotive industry. Therefore more and more high tech electronic devices have to be connected inside cars.  This is then a real challenge to connect all the devices in reduced space environments. Reliability, weight and space saving are requirements that the Axon’ Group takes into account to design interconnect solutions including:

  • Flat flexible cables for infotainment systems,  for steering wheel heating systems or for airbag switch rotary connector
  • Heating wires for Selective Catalytic Reduction
  • Composite cables resistant to oils and fluids
  • Overmoulded connectors for power invertors or wiper systems
  • Connectors with pressfit terminals , mechatronics parts, leadframes,
  • Custom designed interconnect solutions

Axon’s integrated manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia and America can handle all orders from small and medium size volumes right up to mass production. Ranging from the manufacture of wires and cables to overmoulded connectors, the Axon’ group offers the connection you need for your automotive applications.

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HSBC is one of the leading international banks in the Czech Republic in supporting top tier local corporate customers and international subsidiaries of foreign investors. HSBC aims to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, helping businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. With our global experience, local knowledge, connection to CEE countries and our specialized teams, HSBC in the Czech Republic can help you achieve your ambitions.

  •  HSBC commenced its operations in the Czech Republic in 1997. Registered as a foreign bank regulated by the regulators of the France, under oversight of the Czech National Bank.
  • HSBC Czech Republic operates as a branch of HSBC FRANCE, benefiting from its financial strength - for example HSBC is the only AA rated bank in the Czech market.
  • HSBC has office in Prague and employs 100 people.

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DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and a specialist in plastic packaging worldwide. Company operates across 36 countries and employs more than 26,000 people. DS Smith’s Packaging Strategists focus on helping our customers to transform the complexities of the Automotive industry into competitive advantages with the right packaging solution that is optimised for every step in the supply chain. 

Thanks to extensive network on a global scale, company remains responsive, manages complexity and provides innovative 100% cardboard, plastic or multi-material products for either single or multiple use designed to meet the specific needs of the automotive industry.

DS Smith wide range of materials and expertise in industrial packaging design and component creation stems from globally connected and diversified footprint and enables to provide solutions that meet the needs of the automotive sector.

DS Smith offers a wide range of automotive services that can help adjust rapidly to volatility and increase supply chain flexibility and complexity, streamline your warehousing, improve product protection and maximize component performance – all within the tolerances of the world’s fastest and most competitive industry. 


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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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Design Terminal is Central Europe’s leading innovation agency, which builds ‘Innovation Champions’ through corporate partnerships and talent acceleration. We believe entrepreneurial culture is based on optimism, which drives meaningful innovation.  We give corporate leaders and startup founders the knowledge and access they need to catalyze innovation across any organization. Incubation programs are up and running in seven countries, and since 2014 the organization has worked with more than 1000 startups and several leading corporations.



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UkraineInvest is Ukraine Government Investment Promotion Agency aimed to attract and support foreign direct investment into Ukraine.

Ukraine is already home to thousands of foreign companies operating across the country, in particular in automotive sector. The industry unites Ukrainian vehicle producers and leading international players: Leoni, Nexans, Bader, Yazaki, Sumitomo, Tyco and many others. Total investment in the sector exceeds €500 million with 60 thousand employees. Ukraine has success stories not only in labor-intensive automotive parts manufacturing, but also in providing unique platform to unite its IT specialists talent with automotive sector innovative needs  - about 100 companies headquartered in USA, EU, Israel have located their R&D centers in Ukraine.

Our team work with potential investors is 360-guide through the process of getting started or expanding in Ukraine.

Your investment matters – to you, to us and to Ukraine.

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Igopak comes from Poland and is one of the leading companies specialized in designing and manufacturing reusable packaging for automotive industry. The company is  located in the middle of Europe near German and Czech boarders.

We have been present on the European market for over 10 years. Our young, experienced and creative team develops our company in order to fit into very modern and exacting world of packaging for heavy industries, mainly Automotive. Our packaging are made of  steel, textile, plastic and foam.

We are the only company in Europe, which has five different departments producing industrial returnable packaging, such possibility we call: One-Hand-Source.

Therefore we are able to design, develop, produce, assemble and deliver complex products with a full control on each production process.

 What makes us special? Open mind and awareness of customer’s needs.

We don’t pack – WE PROTECT:

  • We design and manufacture reusable packaging for the automotive industry
  • We protect our customers’ products by limiting losses and creating savings - thereby increasing their profits
  • We measure and minimize the impact of our business on the environment



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CABKA_IPS offers one of the worldʼs most comprehensive portfolios of plastic pallets and large-volume pallet boxes. The CABKA Group can look back on several decades of recycling, development, and production expertise for plastics. More than 700 employees work at our eight locations in Europe and the United States to ensure that our products reach customers in more than 80 countries.

We offer ideas and solutions: In addition to lightweight export pallets and durable logistics pallets, we offer customers bespoke solutions that are specifically tailored to their unique logistics supply chain.

Our plastic pallets are available with different material qualities, ranging from low-cost, recycled mixed plastic through to pure and food grade virgin material. We use recycled plastic as a more economically and ecologically sustainable option whenever the intended use allows for it.

We have taken on the recycling process ourselves at our production locations. We have been working in this very demanding field since our inception, and we have grown into Europe’s largest recyclers of household packaging waste with our own product development.

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H4 Customized Software is a software development and marketing company, part of a holding group based in Germany, offering solutions and support for manufacturing and maintenance in different sectors from automotives to pharmaceuticals. Our Hungarian development team works by SCRUM and Lean principles using IoT, BI and IA to build the factory of the future.

With flexibly customized Audit, Task, KPI, Quality and Knowledge Management modules our software is a unique tool to help save time, effort and money by standardizing processes, optimizing performance and preparing for the challenges of digitalization.

Our goal is to support manufacturers with their sight on the future to replace paper, flipchart and excel with digital solutions of the 21st century. Our SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) approach avoids high one-time cost and offers the ability to grow with the demands of our customers.

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The KURZ Group is a global leader in thin film technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foil for a wide range of industries, from the packaging and printing industry through to the automotive, electronics, card and textile sectors.

KURZ offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for surface finishing, decoration, labeling, and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. The company is also continuously investing in new technologies and developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces.

The KURZ Group has more than 5,000 employees at over 30 sites worldwide and produces under standardized quality and environmental standards in Europe, Asia, and the USA. A global network of subsidiaries, representatives, and sales offices ensures short paths and individual, on-site consulting.


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Macro Plastics has over three decades of experience manufacturing bulk plastic containers that provide ideal solutions for worldwide supply chain needs. Macro Plastics’ state of the art collapsible automotive containers optimize shipping efficiencies and dramatically reduce shipping costs. The high capacity, yet light tare weight containers maximize auto parts volume in each shipment. The patented triple wall base is durable and impact-resistant offering superior part protection. Advanced dunnage fasteners allow for the connection of custom dunnage that can further protect your product during transit. Macro Plastics has teamed up with the world’s top 3PL providers to offer seamless integration of our automotive bins into your global supply chain.

Macro Plastics is the world’s largest manufacturer of bulk plastic containers, providing innovative business solutions for the agricultural, food processing, retail, industrial and portable flooring markets. All products are reusable and recyclable. Macro Plastics is a returnable packing solutions division of IPL Plastics Inc. For additional information, please visit

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