Programme 2018

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08:30 - 11:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour

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During the exclusive guided tour, three groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: Tickets are now sold out. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list.

11:50 - 12:50

Registration & Lunch

13:00 - 13:35 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Where Is My Stuff?

Marion Matthewman, Head of Global Logistics, Syngenta

  • Why did we need to transform the logistics operating model?
  • Leveraging The Golden Circle methodology to enable change (Start with Why Simon Sinek)
  • How and What was achieved and what did we learn along the way.

13:35 - 14:10 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Redesigning and Recreating the Whole End-to-End Supply Chain

Jan Casteels, EIMEA Customer Service & Logistics Director, Duracell EIMEA

  • Duracell became a stand alone company under Berkshire Hathaway group’s patronage 2 years ago, after splitting off from Procter & Gamble
  • Over the past 2 years, they have created what they call a “billion dollar startup”
  • Duracell have redesigned and recreated their whole end-to-end supply chain starting from the plants, packing centres and going down to the individual customer supply chains in each country across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

14:15 - 14:50 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Bro: A New Digital Approach for In-store Logistics Practices.

Beser Turkeli, Supply Chain & Operations Director, Br Magazacilik – Boyner Group

Bro is an innovative new android application which allows the user to manage all supply chain related issues in retail sales spaces and stores. It manages, stock, logistics operations, working schedules and environmental conditions.

Security & Risk Management

Digital Supply Chain Twins to Improve Resilience

Dr Dmitry Ivanov, Professor , Berlin School of Economics and Law

  • Practical principles to manage Supply Chain Resilience and Disruption Ripple Effects
  • Decision-making support in designing the Resilient Supply Chain by simulation and optimization
  • From offline modelling to online, data-driven Supply Chain Digital Twins: computerized supply chain models in real-time
  • Current technologies and future vision of using Digital Supply Chain Twins to improve resilience

14:50 - 15:50

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

15:50 - 16:25 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

From Digital Transformation to Data Driven Leadership

Erik Tieleman, Managing Partner, R&G Global Consultants

Many companies are in the midst of a digital transformation journey. These journeys often start from a strategic corporate initiative driven by the boardroom, typically with a pilot site or area and a roll out plan of some kind. By why wait for the roll out to come to you? Why not start developing your data-driven leadership capability right here and now? Whatever happens, it’s something you’ll need anyway to accelerate performance in your Operations and Supply Chain. At R&G Global Consultants, we all too often see leaders struggling to drive digital transformation effectively. The reason being that they’re focussing on the wrong thing. Because digital transformation isn’t about the technology, it’s about establishing a 4.0 operating system.

This is not a story showcasing what the latest technology can do, but a story about how leaders in our client base strive for day-to day supply chain excellence and try to close data capability gaps. Things that aren’t achieved through technology. The solution lies in Data Driven Leadership, which is what we believe defines the future of digitised Supply Chains.

Strategic Operations

End to End Concurrent Synchronization: How to Eliminate Losses Hidden in between Functions

Eitel Monaco, Former Procter & Gamble North America Supply Chain Vice President and Current Senior Vice President, Head of Value Chain Practice, EFESO Consulting

A significant proportion of performance loss in the E2E value chain occurs in the connection, or lack of connection, across functional silos, hidden between different unsynchronised operations. Traditional corporations work on functional programs, leading to sub-optimization at the expense of the overall company benefit. Eitel Monaco will reveal in this presentation, from his experience as Procter & Gamble North America Supply Chain Vice President, what the best companies do with respect to:

  • Identifing E2E losses in between functional silos, both internally and externally.
  • Synchronising E2E the whole Supply Chain concurrently
  • Leveraging all the 3 dimensions of the end to end chain: E2E Processes, Digitisation and Human Dynamics.

16:30 - 17:05 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Blockchain Controlled Supply Chain Management - Utopia or Near Future?

Dr Sebastian Kummer, Professor, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • Roadmap 2030 Digital Supply Chain
  • Best practise of Blockchains for SCM
  • How to evaluate if Blockchains are good solution for your Supply Chain
  • How to start Blockchain Pilots

17:05 - 17:40 - Keynote

Supply Chain Integration

How to Integrate Different Businesses in a Global Supply Chain?

Benedicte Crosnier, Director Global Supply Chain Operations, Alstom

Medhy Laiseau, Procurement & Supplier Relationship Director, Alstom

  • Introduction to Alstom different businesses: Rolling Stock, Component, Services, Signalling, System and infrastructures
  • Approach to Supply Chain integration based on process analysis
  • Supply Chain design to integrate all businesses
  • From Supply Chain design to execution, which governance and performance management? How can new technologies support?

17:45 - 18:45

Evening Drinks Reception

19:00 - 22:00 - Awards Dinner

5th Annual European Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2018

Join us for the 5th Annual European Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards Dinner. Attendees will enjoy a unique panorama and unforgettable view of the entire city from the top of the iconic TV Tower in Berlin, with the revolving restaurant 207m above the city, and taking one hour to revolve a full 360°. The Berliner Fernsehturm is the tallest structure in Germany and one of the largest buildings in Europe.

Our host for the evening is Professor Darek Ceglarek, Professor & EPSRC Star Recruit Research Chair WMG, University of Warwick.

The following awards will be presented at the dinner:

  • European Supply Chain Leadership Award 2018: Gordon Knox, Director of Supply Chain, Superdry
  • European Manufacturing Leadership Award 2018: Mario Naldini, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Director, Prometeon
  • European Manufacturing Rising Star Award 2018: Jose Miguel Dominguez Gonzalez, World Class Manufacturing Support Manager, IVECO

We have a limited number of tickets left, if you are interested in attending, please contact

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08:00 - 08:35

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 09:15 - Keynote

Security & Risk Management

End-to-End Supply Chain Security

Michael Ahner, Head of Logistics Europe, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

  • Supply Chain Planning in a New Release driven sales and marketing company
  • High value, commercial risk, security and risk management
  • Network planning and carrier selection strategy
  • The transition from security management to SC risk management. 

09:15 - 09:50 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Global Efficiency Transformation - Strategic Sourcing

Axel Bjornsson, Vice President of Sourcing and Procurement, Össur Americas

  • Support profitable growth and leverage size through strategic sourcing. How does the Strategic Sourcing Initiative support and play a key role in an aggressive growth strategy at Ossur? 
  • Successful sourcing initiative must be built on solid foundation where processes, systems and people across all functions must align. What have we learned? What would we do differently?

09:55 - 10:30 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Envisioning a Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Strategy

Stefan Reidy, CEO and Founder, Arviem

  • Providing interactive data analysis to improve supply chain performance and make effective decisions
  • Squeezing your data: creating value from analytics and improving supply chain processes
  • Supply chain transformation using real-time big data and predictive analytics

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital Supply Chain: Connect Digitally, to Perfect Reality

Andrea Ricciarelli, Digital Supply Chain Solution Director, SAP

In today’s fast-moving environment, you need to deliver at your best today, delighting customers, while you adapt and continuously improve to reshape how you deliver to satisfy the customer of tomorrow.  This requires a digital mirror of your end to end supply chain—from design, planning and manufacturing to logistics and ongoing maintenance—ensuring your customers are central to each and every phase of your business.

10:30 - 11:30

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

In House Logistics vs Outsourced Logistics

Maurizio Stroppa, Group IT & Logistics Director, Oberalp – Salewa

There are several reasons why both In-house or Outsourced logistics can work, and it is important to know which option works best for your company’s strategy.

How they relate to these three primary areas; Technology, People, and Vendors.

It does not necessarily matter which option your company take, but here are several tips and considerations that may help in the decision of what is the right move for your company.

 Discussing our experience on the main KPI’s and our findings

Industry 4.0 & Technology

A Tool for Assessing the Readiness of your Supply Chain

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

This session discusses the supply chain challenges of up-scaling in the manufacturing sector. Attend this session to:

» Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels

» Gain knowledge on how to assess the maturity of your supply chain

» Learn about the above in the context of a case study from the UK electric vehicle sector

12:10 - 12:45 - Solution Spotlights

Strategic Operations

Orchestration: on Algorithms, Secrets, and Humans

Dean Ocampo, Head of Solutions Strategy, Elementum

How do we deal with accelerating technology shifts, messy data systems, and a fundamental reexamination of what it means to be a human in an AI world? In this session we’re going to pick one advanced technology in operation and look at it in a real, human context by:
  • An application of deep learning convolutional neural network for unstructured supply chain sensing
  • What new information it gives supply chain operators and impacts business value streams
  • The dirty secret that prevents everyone from using it. Everyone.
  • The human nature that prevents organizations from even fixing it
Sound scary? No. Turns out if we follow the same methodology that gave us Beethoven 9, an orchestration approach gives us a very prescriptive methodology to solving our problems.

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

Roundtable led by: 

Business Transformation in a Data-Driven World  

Roundtable led by: 

Manufacturing Footprint and Supply Chain Optimisation 

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Supply Chain Optimisation through Engagement

Angelo Dalporto, Deputy Vice President Supply Chain, UK/Ire & BeNeLux, Dormakaba

Robert Venn, Supply Chain Coordination Manager, Dormakaba

Insight into a supply chain optimisation strategy with people at its core and how this drives a climate of continuous optimisation

Leadership & Workforce Development

Inspiring Action through Inspirational Leadership

Ariane Roos, Partner, Synergie

  • Examples of inspiring companies
  • Why do certain companies inspire us
  • What motivates us
  • The customer is the boss
  • How to motivate your teams to take the extra mile

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Roadmapping for Digital Transformation – Creating a Next Generation Supply Chain

Dr Clemens Chaskel, Senior Industrial Fellow, IfM

Nick Sherwen, Senior Industrial Fellow, IfM

Find out how to combine Strategic Roadmapping with the IfM’s Digital Supply Chains Transformation to create a deeper insight into opportunities and challenges for your organisation as you apply digital technologies to your end-to-end supply chain. The approach, developed at the Institute for Manufacturing (part of the University of Cambridge), helps organisations look forward at how new technologies will address existing business needs and develop new business possibilities.  The process prioritises the technologies that have most impact on your supply chain transformation, bringing together expertise from across the organisation and winning the ownership of stakeholders responsible for implementing change.

How the unique approach could help you:

Strategic Roadmapping acts as a platform to bring together the brightest minds from across your organisation to consider the development of your supply chain, creating a vision that accounts for key factors including market and business drivers, product and service drivers and anticipated technology developments.

The Digital Supply Chains Transformation will help you consider your capabilities across a range of digital scenarios including e-commerce, e-procurement, factory design, digital automation and end-to-end supply chain monitoring. The framework helps you assess current and required capabilities in terms of both technology and skills, so that you can prioritise efforts on areas that are most important to your business.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Why Behaviour Determines Supply Chain Outcomes, More than Theory or Tools.

John Harhen, Director, Orbsen Consulting

We all have the best tools. We all have strong theories.

Ultimately, it is behaviours that determine supply chain and operations outcomes. This session shares experiences drawing on analytics in many sectors (including Premium Drink, Pharmaceutical, (Rx, Gx, OTC), Medical Device, Food, Chemical). If we can master behaviours, we can change outcomes, whether we are talking about customer service, inventory, cost to serve, or indeed operations costs in the plants.

15:00 - 16:00

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

16:00 - 16:35 - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

L'Oréal's Customer-Centric Supply Chain Transformation in Germany

Dr Sandrine Torandell, Supply Chain Director, L'Oréal

Thomas Strobel, Head of Customer Relationship, L'Oréal

Within changing consumer behaviours and volatile markets: how the L’Oréal Supply Chain together with its partners, got a German business enabler to drive efficiency along the complete chain and now contributes to sell-out growth through real end-to-end collaborations

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digitalisation of Supply Chains – Example Applications in Pharmaceuticals

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head of Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), will present some of his latest work on the digitalisation of manufacturing supply chains. The talk will draw on several active engagements related to the digital supply chain theme, drawing on findings from:

The development and application of digital supply chain transformation frameworks
The development of digital network design tools through several major research projects led by the Centre across food/fast-moving consumer goods, and pharmaceutical sectors
Contributions to international policy forums on the implications of the digitalisation of supply chains on producers, consumers and society;the World Economic Forum Council on The Future of Production: - WEF Weekly Agenda Blog link: The digital supply chain revolution: A mountain worth climbing?
the annual UNCTAD Industrial Investment report, on Investment in the Digital Economy
Jag will wrap up by discussing the challenges and opportunities for global companies, ways of overcoming barriers to implementation and some of the potential social and economic consequences resulting from the digitalisation of supply chains in terms on projected impact on jobs and national economies.  There will be the opportunity to ask questions.

16:40 - 17:25 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

Developing a Robust Supply Chain: How to Withstand the Ever-changing Risks and Demands

Stefano Ragni, Supply Chain Planning Global Process Director, GSK

Michael Ahner, Head of Logistics Europe, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Kerstin Gliniorz, VP Supply Chain EMEAI, Archer Daniels Midland Company

  • How to improve internal processes and continuity in order to create, and adapt, a robust supply chain to the evolving corporate strategy
  • The market needs are constantly shifting, and leveraging the IBP business process to embrace uncertainty and anticipate decision making is increasingly a competitive advantage
  • Ensuring optimal costs whilst meeting demands in quality, quantity and delivery is becoming more challenging

17:25 - 17:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day 2

17:30 - 18:30

Evening Drinks Reception

08:00 - 08:50

Registration & Refreshments

08:55 - 09:30 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Becoming the Operations Industry Benchmark

Johannes Giloth, Senior Vice President Global Operations and Chief Procurement Officer, Nokia

  • Operations as a key enabler of company’s excellence and growth
  • Reinventing the future of digital Operations leveraging digitisation towards Industry 4.0
  • On the way to a sustainable and customer centric value network

09:30 - 10:05 - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Horizontal Collaboration – an Innovative Approach in Logistics Operations

Dr Oliver Philipp, Director Supply Chain Strategy & Solutions, Panasonic Europe Ltd.

Horizontal collaboration is a tool which is looking beyond the borders of your individual transport set-up. For realization of this approach, many different aspects need to be managed such as legal, planning, contracts, service providers selection and finally the physical operation within different networks, capacities and frequencies.

NexTrust is a consortium of more than 30 companies, supported by the European Commission within their Horizon 2020 program. Aim of this consortium is to work out beneficial ways for horizontal collaboration by optimizing the use of supply chain assets across different industries by always respecting legal aspects.

A reduction of empty vehicle kilometres is resulting in less CO2 emmission and reduction of cost. The project pilots were tested and verified in real-market conditions. As Panasonic is one of the partners within the consortium, the project itself will be explained and the current status presented from Panasonic’s perspective.

10:10 - 10:45 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Demand Planning - A sustainable approach to getting it right the first time

Bjoern Neal Kirchner, Vice President Supply Chain Management, Hartmann Group

Sharing the experience and identified best practices of how Hartmann Group has improved its demand planning process over the last years. Focusing on the organisational aspects Hartmann has managed in its transformation journey to get the buy-in of the market and controlling functions, a key to sustainable long-lasting results.

Supply Chain Integration

Informational Systems Integration between the Nodes of a Multi Echelon Supply Chain Network (including Manufacturing Plants)

Axouristos Theodoros, Corporate Supply Chain Director, ALUMIL Group

  • Delivering to 65 countries around the globe
  • How this integration helps us in our quest to transform our Supply Chain to a Value Chain for all the Stakeholders

10:45 - 11:45

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:45 - 12:20 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

3-D Printing and the Supply Transformation

Phil Boyd, Director of Operations, HP

3D Transformation:

  • How the products of the future will be created and manufactured
  • It’s not about more technology for technologies sake, but It’s about how technology can make our lives better
  • Helping us to be more productive, more creative and more imaginative than ever before
  • Our physical and digital worlds are becoming more and more intertwined and the lines between the two are blurring

Strategic Operations

Driving Supply Chain Emissions Reductions

Grace Hamer, Project Officer Supply Chain, CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)

Emissions located in the supply chain are on average four times as high as those from direct operations and can present significant risks to companies. CDP, a not-for-profit charity that runs the only global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, will present insights gathered from 10 years’ experience in the Supply Chain Programme. The focus of this session will be to share insights on supply chain optimisation strategies, which are helping companies to:
  • Lower emissions and thereby also lower costs
  • Set and achieve the Scope 3 element of Science Based Targets
  • Manage and mitigate supply chain environmental risks
  • Foster collaboration between suppliers and their customers to improve environmental management, and in particular to drive emissions reductions.

12:25 - 13:00 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Setting up a Totally New Distribution Logistics Network in CY18

Rainer Barthel, Vice President Supply Chain & Procurement, Osram

  • Integrating a Demand Planning tool as a core element of our newly set up S&OP process
  • Driving major IT changes to integrate plants and suppliers into our IT landscape
  • Integrating a new reporting landscape to track and monitor our SC performance

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:35 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Industry 4.0 - How to Develop your Digital Culture?

Paul Mairl, Chief Digital Officer, GKN Powder Metallurgy

The capability to build a strong digital culture will be key to harvest the benefits of Industry 4.0 and all the technologies linked to this like IoT.
  • How has GKN Powder Metallurgy defined their digital culture?
  • How to engage your leadership?
  • Bringing technology and culture together to drive behaviour

14:35 - 15:10 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Supply Chain Management as a Competitive Advantage

Kerstin Gliniorz, VP Supply Chain EMEAI, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Victoria Oppenheim, Supply Chain Manager, Archer Daniels Midland Company

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In our business unit we have a central supply chain management team with local supply chain managers at each production site. This approach creates strong alignment across sites and a one face to the customer philosophy which we believe is key to success.

15:10 - 15:20

16:30 - 19:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour

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During the exclusive guided tour, three groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: Tickets are now sold out. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list.

08:00 - 11:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour (Newly Added)


During the exclusive guided tour, three groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The previous two tours have both sold out due to very high levels of demand.