Automotive leaders discuss the past, present and future in Vienna

A range of top tier executives met in the iconic Ritz-Carlton hotel in Vienna, Austria to discuss a range of important subjects in the automotive industry - from supply chain innovation and OEM-tier supplier relations to new mobility and smart infrastructures. The successful event established a range of common interests and themes throughout each panel, illustrating the importance of bringing the European automotive industry together at such an important time.

Europe continues to thrive through collaborative efforts and innovation, however the region must continue to grow and develop in order to flourish. As panels reflected on 2016 and looked beyond 2017, discussions involved emerging challenges such as preparation for the United Kingdom’s departure of the European Union, border control and environmental regulations. An insight into the current state of Europe illustrated the ever changing automotive market, this year making the transition from economically-driven industry into a politically-focused market. This truly echoes the need for events like this that bring together industry-wide experts to overcome the challenges that we all face today and predict tomorrow.

The summit saw two very different sides of the automotive industry come together, which surprised, interested and - above all - motivated attendees to create new relationships to revolutionise out of date processes and ideologies. Government bodies, tier suppliers, LSPs and automakers searched for new solutions that would create mutual benefits for the region, as well as highlighting issues that need to be addressed, such as visibility, communication and, of course, collaboration. The industry is in great need of partnerships and joint ventures; we are finally seeing this become a reality.

As a region, Europe is unlike anywhere else in the world, full of countries with different regulations, processes and competitive markets. This was certainly evident at the summit, with players from countries all over the region giving their own personal insights into what they think needs to be addressed in the present and what is possible in the future. Respected figures took to the stage to address road, rail and sea transportation, analysing what can be done to improve day-to-day operations, delays and long term issues. Together with participation from the audience, all panels agreed, once again, that communication, visibility and collaboration would lead the drive into modern automotive logistics.

Flowing into the afternoon, panels transitioned into the new era of mobility, highlighting what needs to be done to protect, create and sustain a new world of automation and connectivity. Now, more than ever, technology is taking over our lives and the automotive industry is in a period of extreme change and development. Over the next ten years we will see more change than we have in the last 100 years, so it is vital that the industry comes together like it did in Vienna this year and discuss a plan for everyone involved. From smart cities to supply chain technology, attendees were in awe of the innovations on display that will completely change the way automotive businesses will operate in the near future. From autonomous cars and trucks to drone delivery and wireless vehicle charging networks, it is truly astonishing what is just around the corner for us.

Ultimately, I believe that through each in depth and distinguished panel, attendees left in a new state of mind, whether it was opening their eyes to modern innovations or hearing influential insights on effective solutions to the automotive supply chain.

From all of us at Three6Zero, we thank you for making the first European Automotive Leaders Summit an exceptional event and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Great Panel, Amazing speakers, fantastic how you got all these guys, I mean they’re the future of mobility right now and one of the drivers of the entire industry, these are all very significant speakers, absolutely excellent! I like the way this family is building in the logistics industry, that’s really going well and I like the fact that it offers a fresh perspective, but also a certain amount of scepticism because that clearly shows where the inside people are in their thinking, compared to the outsiders, visionaries and analysts, it is for certain very interesting for the industry.

Christoph Stürmer

Global Lead Analyst, PwC Autofacts

I found the event extremely valuable because of the current theme of digitisation, which was the session I moderated, but you could see nearly every other session was talking about the same thing, autonomous driving, electric vehicles, digitisation and that it is coming at a very high speed and it will turn around the logistics industry in the next few years dramatically. For the evolution we have seen in the past 10, 15, 20 years – I think there is a revolution coming and here are the right people to discuss it and drive it forward. The next few years will be extremely exciting!

Dr. Hans - Bert Bong

Independent Business Consultant, Dr. Bong Business Consulting

In particular Lukas Neckermann did an awesome job on his 'new vs. old automotive industry' session and opened a new perspective on things in the agenda of the day. It was an interesting panel discussion from the various angles on the automotive future. I general, it was a very comprehensive agenda. You brought together a wide spectrum of experts from various fields which I think is unique in terms of covering a broad range of expertise in a room. All with a certain core element which you are focusing on, but you are also broadening the spectrum to other areas as well - all in all a good job.

Dr. Bernd Schmaul

CMO, Moovel Group GmbH

The event was an excellent opportunity to network and exchange opinions on actual business topics in the field of automotive supply chain and logistics. The panel discussion themselves offer a great opportunity for an open dialogue on subjects that are on all our minds and of today’s industry challenges as well as opportunities for the future.

Andreas Graffe

Director for Logistics OPEL/VauxhallGeneral Motors Europe

I think it was a really good event, some might say it was a lot to do in one day, but it really made people think and concentrate. Great list of speakers, and great presentations, there were no dull moments and I think some interesting points came out around infrastructure, shortage of trained skills and aging population, the battery/electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles – Good stuff and a great advert for the next event.

Bernard Molloy

Global Industrial Logistics Director, UNIPART Logistics

I think it was a great occasion, with many very interesting presentations and panel discussions, I think it really touched the sense of the market and the right topics were addressed, I found it a very interesting event.

Paul Steininger

Director International Sales & Business Development, Hödlmayr International AG

A really great event, a good location and I have to say high quality people on the panel sessions, so that really made a big difference from my perspective.

Vanessa Stark

Senior Manager, Global Automotive Marketing, CHEP

Digitisation, development of cities, how we can improve on infrastructure etc, that was very, very good and the panel discussions were also very interesting - all together a great event and I look forward to next year!

John Willems

Industry Marketing Director Automotive, TNT International Express Europe

I found the event very interesting, very good quality of attendance. I got many, many questions during and after the event which were really to the point. I think the panels were well selected and well balanced and the content was well measured.

Gilles Normand

Senior Vice President Electric Vehicle Business, Renault Group

A very clear and well organized event and platform to exchange with colleagues from the inbound and outbound business, next time I will participate again.

Frank Lehner

Member of the Board, ARS Altmann AG

It was a very interesting event as it covered a lot of different topics and perspectives on mobility and logistics and I think everybody got some new insights today.

Bernd Datler

Managing Director, ASFINAG Maut Services GmbH

I can fully second Bernd (Datler), for me it was some nice perspectives from new angles, or angles that are not regularly discussed.

Martin Russ

Managing Director, AustriaTech GmbH

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After an enjoyable evening reception and gala dinner packed with guests, the networking continued at the Summit. Throughout the event, the importance of industry collaboration and discussion was reinforced by exceptional networking, meeting opportunities and the sharing of ideas.


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