Programme 2019

4-6 November 2019; Berlin, Germany

For the full agenda, growing speaker faculty, exclusive tours & how to get involved, download the brochure!

08:30 - 11:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin - Factory Tour

During the exclusive guided tour, two 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.

Swissbit - Factory Tour

This exclusive tour will take 50 people around Swissbit’s new state of the art factory. Attendees will get a tour through the new ramping memory factory, and insight and explanation of the whole production flow, presentation of the shop floor and a detailed view of their chip-on-board production in their clean room environment. The tour will last approximately two hours.

Please note: There are only 50 places on this factory tour and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

12:00 - 13:00

Registration & Networking Lunch

13:10 - 13:45 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Management in a Changing Environment: Technologies and Innovations at Mercedes-Benz Cars

Christian Seith, Senior Manager for Transportation Planning and Network Management, Daimler

  • The Supply Chain Management @ Mercedes Benz Cars meets the current challenges with a clear strategy and with a flexible and efficient production network. This makes an important contribution to the digital transformation for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
  • The Supply Chain Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars is geared towards growth and globalization. The change to the mobility company of the future creates new requirements and furthermore the electric model offensive leads to a further increase in the variety of variants and complexity in the network.
  • In order to be able to manage the entire logistics chain efficiently and in high quality, the use of big data technologies is a key success factor. Networked simulation and forecasting capabilities ensure fast and flexible planning processes. In addition, the digitization and automation of material flow creates a high level of transparency along the entire supply chain.

13:45 - 14:20 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Driving Value with Digital Transformation

Dr. Dirk Holbach, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Henkel

Company and business unit digitalization strategy. Insights how a consumer products company is transforming its supply chain driven by technology opportunities. Showcasing how high potential technologies are identified, piloted, evaluated and scaled-up enabling profitable growth. Introducing key capabilities and competencies required to successfully transform a large scale supply chain organization towards a digital future

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Premier A.I. Platform for Integrated Planning and Operations Management

Max Vliegenthart, Sales Director, o9 Solutions

  • The Premier A.I. Platform for Integrated Planning and Operations Management driving digital transformation, implementing next-generation planning technology, and eliminating siloed business processes
  • One cloud-native solution covering demand, supply, and integrated business planning
  • Spanning all manufacturing, distribution and retail companies across the value chain.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Quick Response Organization – A Building Block of SCM 4.0

Olle Arfors, Senior Advisor, Pöyry Management Consulting

Allan Flink, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting

  • Does IT tear down silos in organisations? Technologies for inter-departmental connectivity have existed for 25 years, why aren’t they working?
  • What’s the #1 enemy of the SCM? The uncertainty which creates costs and risks because we are lacking information quality about the touch points in the supply chain.
  • For the quick response organization the data and technology is not enough- you need to change the organizational functions in order to achieve agility and improve performance.
  • A real life case study of improving supply chain planning in a pharma company by using real time information for supply chain decision making 

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Global Supply Chain for Spare Parts in the Maritime Industry

Dr. Reinhard Schiebeler, Chief Transformation Officer & Deputy CEO, Evac Group

  • Evac Group is the leading cleantech solution provider in the maritime industry operating in more than 70 countries of the world
  • We are providing innovative energy-efficient waste and water management systems, as well as corrosion protection system, that reduce the environmental footprint and extend the lifespan of their vessels, buildings and other installations
  • Company has been growing rapidly - organically and through acquisitions and will continue to do so
  • Many companies needed to be integrated and a company-wide supply chain had to be built
  • Most spare parts are today handled through our centres in Espoo/Finland and Miami/USA
  • Spare parts can be ordered from any part of the world and can be shipped within a day

Collaboration & Transparency

How to Establish a Mature Relationship with your Partners in the E2E Supply Chain

Amelie Stoverock, Head of Strategic Supply Chain Partner Management, Vifor Pharma

  • Specifics of Pharma supply chain
  • Overview mature vs immature relationship
  • What works well in co-operations and where there are challenges
  • Lessons learned how to establish a good collaboration with a partner

16:30 - 17:05 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Self-Driving Supply Chain

Christophe Revirron, Chief of Staff & Portfolio Management Healthcare | Information Technology, Merck

  • The dream scenario of “self-driving” supply chains where demand signal flows upstream in the chain seamlessly synchronized with product flow - from raw material supplier to factory to warehouse to customer- without human involvement is not far from reality.
  • New data, better processing power, and more sophisticated analytical algorithms are starting to create seismic shifts in how the supply chain will operate in the future.
  • This is the new source of competitive advantage in supply chain and manufacturing and the first who will successfully develop and implement these digital solutions will be the winner before it will become an industry commodity.

17:05 - 17:40 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Sustainability and Arla Logistics

Richard Wilson, Inbound and Central Services Logistics Director, Arla Foods

  • Who are Arla Foods?
  • Dairy and its impact on the environment.
  • Arla Foods reducing our impact on the environment.
  • Logistics solutions to reduce environmental impact.

17:40 - 17:45

17:45 - 18:45

Evening Drinks Reception

07:45 - 08:45

Registration & Refreshments

08:00 - 08:30 - Breakfast Briefing

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Changing the Future of Manufacturing

Luke Mullins, CEO, Volta

  • How Volta was born from the needs of the manufacturing industry globally
  • People are the most important driving force towards the factory of the future
  • How will you stand out when technology is now more accessible to everyone?  
  • What is means to create lasting change

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Consumer-Driven Quality

Sabina Krzystolik, Chief Quality Officer, Unilever

From product quality to quality of consumer experience: How to create and lead a consumer driven quality mindset across the business

09:25 - 10:00 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Logistics Subcontracting in The Aeronautics Environment

Lutz Quietmeyer, Head of Transport and Logistics Operations, Airbus

  • Airbus' way of subcontracting logistics and transport
  • The Industry environment
  • Exploring the key elements to create a successful collaboration
  • The overall outlook

10:05 - 10:40 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

RPA (Robotic Process Automation) adoption in Supply Chain

Ovidiu Hampau, Head of Supply Chain Development and Customer Service - Europe, BIC

  • What is RPA? What RPA can bring?
  • RPA implementation guidelines
  • RPA journey at BIC
  • Our learning

Security & Risk Management

End-to-End Supply Chain Risk Management Approach at HELLA

Jian Huang, Global Head of Corporate Supply Chain Risk Management, HELLA

  • HELLA and corporate organization unit Critical Parts and Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Stakeholder management and collaboration with Enterprise Risk Management
  • HELLA corporate SCRM process
  • HELLA Early Warning System (Escalation Management Process in case of supply shortages)
  • Predictive data analytics in the risk identification process for operational risks (machine learning)

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve & Networking Break

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Developing an Agile Workforce within Datwyler

Jimmy Kesters, Vice President Global Operations Services, Datwyler Sealing Solutions

How to create a continuous improvement mind-set and live it in order to achieve true operational excellence and business transformation? How do we see behavioural change which is almost the new change management? Practical examples will be given of setting-up an agile self-learning organization. Insight will be shared how Datwyler works with a network of experts to overcome the challenges of a VUCA world.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

From a Traditional Enterprise to a Modern Enterprise with Tradition

Andreas Gendo, Director Supply Chain Management, Kotányi

  • A quick overview on Kotányi business and its Supply Chain setup
  • 1999 to 2019 Evolution of operations through technology and stability - roadmap with 35 projects
  • How business intelligence, ERP, Warehouse Management System and Manufacturing Execution System and Supply Chain Management added to operational excellence
  • Insight: daily inventory management
  • Insight: flexible safety stocks
  • Insight: production capacity shaping
  • Insight: paperless production
  • Insight: production machine online status

12:10 - 12:45 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Architecting for Success: Your path to an Intelligent, Self-correcting Supply Chain

Jeanette Barlow, Vice President Strategy & Offering Management, IBM Sterling

First-generation supply chains have automated and optimized processes in functional silos, improving productivity, efficiency and the customer experience. But the next chapter of digital transformation will require supply chains that are dynamic, responsive and interconnected with ecosystems and processes. To succeed, supply chain leaders need to take bold strides forward in driving efficiencies and being resilient to disruptions. Join us to learn how the IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite can give you the end-to-end visibility, real-time insights and recommended actions to turn disruptions into opportunities for customer engagement, growth and profit. You’ll get an inside look at how our open, integrated platform easily connects to your supplier ecosystem, while leveraging advanced technologies like AI and blockchain to drive new value for your business.

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

Lunch and Learn round table:

Roundtable led by BCI Global

Manufacturing Footprint and Supply Chain Optimisation in Uncertain Times

Moderated by:
René Buck, Chief Executive Officer, BCI Global

Roundtable led by Develop Consulting

Beyond world class? Do manufacturers need to now be disruptive?
Continuous Improvement – are your team connected or on the outside looking in?

Moderated by:
Steve Boam, CEO, Develop Consulting
Max Pardo Roques, Commercial Director, Develop Consulting

Roundtable led by IBM

Exploring the AI and blockchain opportunities for supply chain

Moderated by: 
Jeanette Barlow,
Vice President Strategy & Offering Management, IBM Sterling
Matthias Graefe,
Director of Supply Chain Transformation, Supply Chain Data Officer, IBM Transformation & Operations, IBM Germany

13:45 - 14:20 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Supply Chain Collaboration, Transparency, Leadership and Workforce Development Through Control Tower Implementation

Angelo Dalporto, Deputy Vice President Supply Chain UK/Ire + Benelux, Dormakaba

Robert Venn, Supply Chain Coordination Manager, Dormakaba

  • The presentation charts the next step in the supply chain optimisation evolution at Dormakaba UK by showing how the previous strategy of optimisation through employee engagement has now transformed.
  • The presentation will focus on the development and implementation of a supply chain control system designed with the core focus on transparency of performance, structures and systems to collaborate on improvements and ideas, tying in the supply chain engagement methodology of managers and supervisors working as one leadership team, ensuring total visibility on step change and continuous improvement projects, momentum and successes and last but not ensuring workforce engagement and development is front and centre
  • The underlying goal of this project has been to develop this with everyday business tools to give the supply chain teams the confidence to be able to develop the control themselves and protect its long-term adaptability while ensuring they focus on key areas of the business to gain profitable growth in ever increasingly busy businesses and departments

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Maximise Customer Satisfaction and Profitability during Peak Seasons by Optimising Omni-Channel Fulfilment

David Hogg, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Logistyx Technologies

Omni-channel fulfilment requires synchronisation across e-commerce, order management, warehouse, and in-store processes – and peak seasons can stress these to the breaking point. To strengthen operations and avoid peak season stress, shippers can augment their order fulfilment with Artificial Intelligence and a Transportation Management System for parcel shipping – continuously meeting customer service levels and maximising profits regardless of order volumes.

Join David Hogg, VP Business Development of Logistyx and learn how to:
  • Identify the common breaking points in fulfilment during peak seasons
  • Hear examples of what best in class companies do to optimise performance
  • Learn how to better leverage omni-channel systems to make fulfilment profitable without compromising customer satisfaction.

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Reducing Inventories Together with Delivery Performance – Example Coatings

Karsten Eller, Chief Operating Officer, Beckers Group

  • Industrial coatings are complex systems, but inventories can still be minimised
  • Setting up inventory KPIs and targets is key for improving days of inventory
  • Internal and external benchmarks can be used to compare the performance
  • Demand planning and lean manufacturing allow to do so while improving lead times

Collaboration & Transparency

Infineon Technologies and its Visibility and Collaboration Platform

Peter Dressler, Senior Director of Logistics, Infineon Technologies

  • Home-made or which way to go
  • What do we get
  • What are the obstacles on the way
  • Was it worth the effort

16:30 - 17:05 - Case Studies

Supply Chain Integration

How to Apply Top-Class FMCG Supply Chain Excellence to a Different Industry

Annika Tibbe, Supply Chain Director - Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers, Cargill

  • Can you apply supply chain practices from one industry to the other?
  • This session will answer that

Leadership & Workforce Development

17:10 - 17:55 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

Training and Retaining – What is The Future Workforce of the Supply Chain?

Angelo Dalporto, Deputy Vice President Supply Chain UK/Ire + Benelux, Dormakaba

Andreas Gendo, Director Supply Chain Management, Kotányi

Karsten Jaeger, Senior Director, Global Planning & Logistics, Danfoss

Jeroen Dekkers, Head of Supply Chain, The Netherlands & Belgium, McDonald's

Ovidiu Hampau, Head of Supply Chain Development and Customer Service - Europe, BIC

  • The advances in technology that are enabling automation means the skills of the past will not deliver the needs of the future
  • As technology and demands evolve so must the workforce
  • Supply chain roles are becoming increasingly higher skilled. How can we achieve the balance between digital competency and the soft skills needed to lead?
  • How to attract and retain the talent of tomorrow to avoid the skills gap

17:55 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:00

Evening Drinks Reception

19:00 - 22:15 - Awards Dinner

6th Annual European Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2019


Join us for the 6th Annual European Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards Dinner. Attendees will enjoy a unique and unforgettable evening as we celebrate the achievements of some of the people within the Manufacturing and Supply Chain industries. You’ll enjoy a three-course meal in the luxury of Berlin’s most famous variety theatre, the Wintergarten, where four awards will be presented.

The relaxed environment is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen relationships and network with those you’ve met during the first two days of the summit.

The following awards will be presented at the dinner:
  • European Supply Chain Leadership Award 2019: Gökşen Töre Sancak, Vice President Material Planning and Logistics, Ford Otosan
  • European Supply Chain Rising Star Award 2019: Sarah Hayman, Supply Chain Manager, Warner Music Group
  • European Manufacturing Leadership Award 2019: Christian Haupt, Head of Business Development Technology, Staedtler Mars
  • European Manufacturing Rising Star Award 2019: Ludvig Hjorth, Lean Manufacturing Manager Central & Eastern Europe, Prysmian Group

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

Please click here for more information on the Awards.

08:30 - 08:55

Registration & Refreshments

09:00 - 09:35 - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Trust Partnerships with your Suppliers through Collaboration and Transparency

Christian Voland, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Bunge

  • Select a cross functional team
  • Select TOP strategic suppliers (5-6)
  • Seek for feedback (voice of suppliers)                                                 
  • Meet suppliers and set-up mutual improvement program
  • Assess suppliers and measure performance
  • Follow-up and recognise best performers

09:35 - 10:10 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Beyond Zero Accidents: From Theory to Practice

Dr Urbain Bruyere, Vice President EHS Pharma Supply Chain, GSK

There is extensive literature on ‘beyond zero accidents’, Safety-II, and Safety Differently. However, there is a limited number of studies on the application of these concepts on a large scale. In the last few years, GSK has delivered a strong safety performance and, more recently, strived to go beyond Safety-I towards Safety-II.

Today in GSK, the safety conversations have shifted. The organisation is focused on learning deeper lessons from high-potential severity incidents, improving operational risk management, strengthening accountability for high-severity risks and measuring associated high-severity risk management maturity. GSK is committed to not only reducing the number of safety accidents but also to improving safety defences. The focus is on ensuring that things go right rather than preventing things from going wrong.

This session will outline the practical steps that GSK has taken to evolve its safety approach and present the key lessons learned from this shift.

10:15 - 10:50 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Setup to Differentiate Customer Requirements

Karsten Jaeger, Senior Director, Global Planning & Logistics, Danfoss

  • Challenges & Strategies to reflect customer requirements
  • Differentiate End to End Supply Chain setup & execution
  • Optimising Supply Chain a fast-changing technological, political and market environment
  • Ensuring strong SIOP setup to support watertight Business Continuity plans for disruption to your supply chain
  • Using new digitalization technologies – quantitative vs qualitative  

Collaboration & Transparency

Setting a Market Driven, Integral Supply Chain Strategy to Drive your Customer Experience

Maarten Cornelissen, Global Supply Chain Leader, Teijin Aramid

  • To execute your company’s strategy
  • Go digital or not!
  • Balancing customer experience versus supply chain optimisation

10:50 - 11:40

iSolve & Networking Break

11:40 - 12:15 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Boosting Sales through Efficiency: Oberalp's Experience with Drop Shipping

Maurizio Stroppa, Group Director, IT and Logistics, Oberalp

  • A case study focusing on Oberalp's experience with drop shipping; our new way of serving the final customers
  • With this project we have moved from 5 days to 72 hours shipping time directly to our end customers
  • Our performance in serving end customers of our partners for special sales on the WEB.
  • Results: +15% sales

Leadership & Workforce Development

Evolution of Sales and Operations Planning – Success and Failure Factors

Maciej Plamieniak, Chief Operating Officer, Cedo

  • From demand and supply planning, through S&OP to IBP (lots of acronyms to start with)
  • KPIs  - be creative and adjust what and how you measure (otherwise “the system” will start to be complacent)
  • How do you link long term financial performance to S&OP (overlays – grey zone)
  • On softer side: audience, team dynamic, “will they get offended”? (yes, they probably will)
  • Decisions. Good or bad, but make a decision!
  • Successes and mistakes to share

12:20 - 12:55 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Strategy and Vision; Supply Chain as Most Important Enabler for Achieving the Business Strategy

Jeroen Dekkers, Head of Supply Chain, The Netherlands & Belgium, McDonald's

How to ensure the right seat at the table
  • Reshaping the internal SC promise
  • Rethinking the required SC skill set
  • Resource utilisation

Leadership & Workforce Development

You want to Significantly Improve your Supply Chain? Don’t forget the basics

Olivier Jonard, Supply Chain and Logistics Director, Agromousquetaires – Groupe Intermarché

New technologies as promoted by consulting firms and software editors can make us feel guilty and late when improving our Supply Chain. APS, IOT, Blockchains, Drones, 3D Printing, Big Data, and now Deep Learning and IA… we are bombarded by new approaches.

The good news is: no need to stress and no need to request massive investments to your CFO. Making sure the basics of Supply Chain are properly applied in your company can already deliver substantial savings and service improvement.

12:55 - 13:55

Networking Lunch

13:55 - 14:30 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Empowering Supply Chain Transformation Through Change Leadership

Julia von Massow, Head of Global Inventory Management, thyssenkrupp Aerospace

  • Changing processes and getting people on board
  • Digitalising your supply chain with the right leadership mindset
  • Why people matter when it's about data
  • A supply chain accelerator story from the aerospace industry

Collaboration & Transparency

Collaboration and Transparency – To Create THE Opportunity: A Fashion House Moving the Whole Supply Chain into Plastic Free Model

Angelica Sergi, Director, Supply Chain & Production, Temperley London

  • Supply chain is a network of systems, of organisations, people, information, activities and materials etc.
  • This is nothing but a complex system involving lots of different process chained to each others. If we can influence any of the processes. the whole system varies, right?
  • Collaboration and transparencies can highly support to achieve our goals, can allow us to make the variance.
  • What does transparency mean applied to an actual contest such a niche fashion house? 
  • Does collaboration play a part on your everyday learning?
  • Does this mean we grow? Does this mean our company grows?

14:35 - 15:10 - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Manufacturing Transformation at Beiersdorf

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy and Engineering, Beiersdorf AG

  • Factory and supply network transformation
  • Investment program
  • Improvement targets
  • Design principles

15:10 - 15:20

16:30 - 19:30

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour

During the exclusive guided tour, two 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: There are only 50 places on this factory tour and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.