“CEE Automotive Supply Chain 2017” event was organized by six organizers, the main purpose of whose was to connect its members from Slovakia as well as from abroad to support the development of automotive business. This was more than done, the Holiday Inn hotel in Žilina was fully occupied and the organizers confirmed that the interest exceeded the capacity of at least by 100 potential event attendants. Nearly 400 company representatives from 12 different countries, including Tier 1, Tier 2 suppliers, as well as new companies looking for business connections to this sector, were present.
Denisa Brighton, CEO, British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic: “This event has been great. All the key players in automotive and associative industries together under one roof created an opportunity for a dialog, for sharing a common issues and finding solutions to these problems.”
Guido Glania, executive board member, Slovak German Chamber of Industry and Commerce: “This event is really important because it brings together established OEMs and many companies from supply chain both in Slovakia but also in neighbouring countries. It offers new business opportunities because it makes people meet, sharing information and expectations of the partners. And I think specially in this time when we have lots of challenges in automotive sector, new development, new engines, new business model, it is really important to have this kind of partnerships being established and have really profound conversation about challenges and opportunities.”
On the first day, the participants learned a lot about the new trends in the automotive industry which we are facing at the moment.One of the most valued was Abel Carrillo's lecture from Impulse Logistics, which explored the theme of industry 4.0. He gave a more detailed view of how this megatrend will hit the development of cars. Frank Schlehuber of CLEPA, the European Association of Car Suppliers, also spoke about the latest trends, not only in the development of automotive production but also in changes in the spare parts market.
Róbert Šimončič, SARIO: “For SARIO is important to build supply chain as one of our key tasks. We care not only about the extent of this chain; also we care about profundity and quality. Therefore such eventsare in the main focus, because communication between manufacturers and suppliers is very practical and intensive. It is important for suppliers to pick up the next trends to be prepared for future.”
Three car maker representatives - Kia, VW and PSA - allowed the participants to look into their kitchen and talk about their own procurement processes.
Kyuchul Choi, director, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, Bratislava(KOTRA): “The automotive industry is undergoing a very big change from traditional combustion engines to electric motors, autonomous cars, robotic vehicles and so on. This means that lower suppliers are getting more important than they have ever been. Through this event can meet car producers and large TIER 1 and 2 suppliers who know each other and they satisfied the new demand of customers. I would like to emphasize that the communication between OEM and TIER 1 and TIER 2 should shift from the vertical to the horizontal. This means that the supplier is no longer just a supplier but should be more a partner rather than a supplier”
The number of participants considered the most important part of the event to meet new partners and look for new contacts not only during the networking evening, but also on the second day of the event, when they had scheduled business meetings with other participantsin advance.A total of 669 meetings were arranged at 15 minute intervals at 50 negotiating tables.
Juraj Sinay, president, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic: “We created the platform for about 400 people to meet. They could meet and explain each other theirpotentials, which they as small and medium enterprises have and can offer to bigger companies especially to group of biggest suppliers TIER 1. So they can become effective part of the supply chain.”
Martina Le Gall Maláková, president, French-Slovak chamber of commerce: „On my opinion the very important message of this event is that we joined together. I hope we will also join in the future and will positively influence the business environment in Slovakia and in the region as well.“
Key organizations of the Slovak automotive industry invited their members and all European players of the automotive industry to join the CEE Automotive Supply Chain 2017, conference and b2b brokerage event organized in Slovakia.
This event combines a conference and networking evening on the first day and b2b meetings on the second day, offering a contract oportunities for automotive professionals looking for partners in CEE region.
„A critical factor for the automotive industry is the labor market and the ability of companies to attract or replace people with technologies. The ability and willingness of companies to apply new technologies into production processes are also important factors. This is an indicator of the suppliers´ quality and its ability to stay ahead in a strong competitive environment. Such business partner is required and trustworthy for every customer."
Head of Parts Development
Kia Motors Slovakia
"The market of automotive suppliers in Central Europe is saturated. But, in my opininon, only the combustion engine vehicle market is saturated. Hence the new trend of the market - EV, PIHV, Hydrogen powered vehicles - which is expanding faster and faster, it is not saturated. I believe CEE will take a critical role in this future, where there will be many trials, experiments and new way of competitions. This future market can, and shall accomodate many small companies and start-ups."
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, Bratislava
Created to provide a great scope of leading experts and stakeholders of CEE automotive region with focus on the V4 countries (Czech republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and Austria, the event is offering an unique opportunity to strengthen your position in the region.
We provide you a big scale of networking opportunities such as networking evening, lunches, coffee breaks and scheduled b2b meetings.
Meet up with the most influental industry experts at one spot
Use scheduled b2b meetings and achieve your business goals
Make it informal, it is the best way to establish long term relationships
Who should participate?
Companies active in the automotive sector or companies interested in becoming part of the supply chain. Especially from the following sectors:
Why to participate?
How does it work?
|Registration||25 Oct – 25 Oct|
|Meeting Selection||16 Oct – 9 Nov|
|Event||14 Nov – 15 Nov|
|Language||EN/SK with simultaneous interpretation|
|Venue||Holiday Inn, Žilina|