Programme 2021

8-10 November 2021; Berlin (Germany) & Online [All Timings in Central European Time]

11:00 - 12:05

Networking Brunch & 1-2-1 Meetings

12:05 - 12:15

12:15 - 13:30

Industry 4.0 & Technology

MESA Workshop: Achieving the Payback from your Digital Transformation

Uwe Küppers, Chairman, EMEA, MESA

Christoph Wust, Manager, Global Distributed Hosting Planning & Implementation, Ford of Europe ITO Operations

David Streit, Chairman, MESA Germany

Damodar Hegde, Director Supply Chain Learning, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Uwe Hoffmann, Program Manager, Industry 4.0, Philips

Join us in this interactive session where through a structured approach we will work through 5 sub sessions to share and gain from your peers where to focus on in your digital transformation through defining the issues, solutions and key takeaways of new capabilities, team empowerment, ways of doing business, reducing cost and measuring payback.

13:35 - 14:05 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Overcoming the Current Challenges when Creating a Successful Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Approach

Andreas Streubig, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs, HUGO BOSS

  • Why sustainability for the fashion industry is an imperative, not a ‘nice-to-have’
  • Stakeholders and their expectations towards companies
  • The HUGO BOSS strategic approach towards a more sustainable business
  • Where we are at: Today. Tomorrow. Always

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Flexibility and Multi-Make Readiness due to Connected IPN

Dr. Markus Junk, Head of International Production Network – Residential Heating, Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH

  • During COVID, we had several shortages in our plants but we were always able to deliver the products to our customers. This was possible, due to the ability to shift our volume easily between the plants (if one plant was closed, we could deliver from another plant). We have started the initiative of enabling multi-make readiness of our products in several production locations a few years ago and are further increasing the contingency plan.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Digitalisation of External Manufacturing Supply Chains

Dr. Stefan Kluge, Senior Director, Supplier Portfolio Management & Operations Enabling, Intel

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:45 - 15:15 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How to Best Manage Supply Chain Disruptions

David Hogg, Supply Chain Sales Leader, EMEA, IBM

Mats Hälldahl, Blockchain Lead, ATEA Sverige AB

  • In this session, David Hogg, Supply Chain Business Leader at IBM with more than 25 years of experience in this field, discusses how organizations effectively use technology and insights to shape more robust, resilient and sustainable supply chains.
  • AI, blockchain and environmental as well as supply chain intelligence offer unprecedented options to address and overcome challenges.
  • It's time to reduce the impact of Supply Chain Disruptions.

15:15 - 16:05

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

16:05 - 16:35 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Customer Centric Inventory Management with Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP)

Bjoern Neal Kirchner, Corp Director Supply Chain, Henkel Global Supply Chain B.V.

  • Henkel strives to maximize the return on the asset inventory by deploying materials effective throughout the full supply chain
  • Inaccuracy of sales forecast is making this a challenge and increasingly pressures the supply chain functions and their performances
  • Reducing forecast reliance with DDMRP by applying pull replenishment planning tactic with stock buffers
  • Increasing end customer service level as well as reducing material inventory while bringing the nervousness in the supply chain down

Logistics & Inventory Management

Manufacture of the AZ / University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine – an OXB perspective

Simon Simpkins, PhD, VP, Head of Operational Strategy, Oxford Biomedica

  • Introducing a new supply chain, recruiting the workforce, purchasing new equipment, installing the equipment and releasing the facility by the health authorities
  • A journey which embodies how inspirational manufacturing can be

16:40 - 17:10 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Managing Transformation

Alexander Lundin, Head of Strategy – Supply Chain Management, Volvo Cars

  • The automotive industry is facing big transformations through electrification, new technology, vertical integration and completely new business models. At the heart of this sits supply chain management, who now more then ever will be the true end-to-end function managing change.

17:15 - 18:00 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

What are the Long-Term Lessons to be Learnt from Managing Supply Chain Strategies During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

Jonathan Jackman, Vice President, EMEA , Logility

Mikkel Sondergaard Rasmussen, Europe Regional Head of Logistics & Supply Chain Services, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Nick Vyas, Executive Director, Founder, ASQ Fellow, USC Marshall Center for Global SCM

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

  • Supply chains have had to react and adapt their processes in the short-term to the changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what are the long-term lessons that the industry can take moving forward?
  • What are the most successful strategies & approaches that businesses have been able to efficiently implement in response to the pandemic and how can these be transitioned into long-term strategies?
  • How have relationships across the supply chain changed in terms of communication, collaboration and transparency?
  • What aspects of using data, automation, reporting faults and the use of digitalisation practices irrevocably changed for the future?

18:00 - 18:05

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

18:05 - 19:05

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:40 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

Damodar Hegde, Director Supply Chain Learning, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Alexander Lundin, Head of Strategy – Supply Chain Management, Volvo Cars

Victoria Bryazgina, Independent SCM Consultant | Former Head of SCM Development, OMK Steel (Formerly)

  • What are the emerging demands in terms of your workforce in the coming years?
  • How can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Do recruitment, training and workforce development strategies need to be updated for Millennials & Gen Z to match their expectations?
  • How can supply chain leaders attract and train their workforce to avoid the skills gap?
  • What issues have you faced in hiring suitable, potential leaders of the future?

09:35 - 10:05 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Supply Chain Resilience

Leon van der Merwe, Vice President, Logistics, Toyota Motor Europe

  • The growing demands on Supply Chain
  • Toyota Production System in times of crisis
  • Suppliers as partners
  • Once-in-a-Century Transformational Period
  • Covid-19 - a potential rehearsal toward a much bigger crisis if no actions are taken towards Climate Change

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Leveraging Technology to Counter Supply Chain Disruption

Dario Fishli, VP Sales D/A/CH , Logility

  • Today’s supply chain disruptions are coming more frequently, narrowing the window of opportunity for business leaders to respond.
  • In this session, Dario Fischli will highlight how companies can rise to the challenge and respond to change. He will cover the critical capabilities to address demand and supply variability and counter supply chain disruptions.

Logistics & Inventory Management

Delivering Growth Through Your Supply Chain

Mikkel Sondergaard Rasmussen, Europe Regional Head of Logistics & Supply Chain Services, A.P. Moller - Maersk

  • Moving from input mindset to output management
  • Understanding your business customer needs
  • Driving customer needs and growth though choice and end to end thinking
  • Rethink the actual approach and partner for success

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Management in Heavily Fluctuating Raw Materials Markets: The Challenges in the Canned Seafood Business

Dr. Sven Massen, Operations Director, Thai Union Europe

  • Context of global seafood market
  • Exposure to fluctuating raw material market
  • Related supply risks for markets
  • S&OP process development in capricious environment
  • Measures along value chain to avoid out-of-stock in markets
  • Agile product sourcing in the production network

Integrated Systems to Connect R&D with Production and Suppliers Located in Different Places during COVID-19

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:05 - 12:35 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Supply Chain Resiliency and the Need for Stress-Tests

David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT

Michelle Campbell, VP Global Solutions Consulting, Tracelink

  • As hospitalizations decrease and vaccinations increase, some see the end of the COVID-19 pandemic somewhere on the horizon.
  • With that, many of us in the data science community are analyzing “lessons learned” from the pandemic to better prepare and more efficiently and effectively respond to the next disaster.
  • At the center of this discussion must be how to fix our supply chains to prevent disruptions where possible and to identify – before a disaster occurs – where vulnerabilities exist.

Strategic Operations

I Wished I Knew then What I Know now. Evergreen Errors that Companies Continually Make.

John Harhen, Director, Orbsen Consulting

There are many behavioural errors that supply chain and operations directors continue to make.
  • These include measuring the irrelevant and not measuring the critical.
  • Getting blinded by forecast accuracy and not focussing on bias.
  • Thinking too much about inventory theory and not diagnosing inventory outcomes.
  • Letting the customer schedule the factory.
  • Making poor modal choices.
  • This session highlights what should be obvious but is missed too many times.

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch & Roundtables

Lunch & Learn Roundtables:

Roundtable led by Buck Consultants International

Solutions for Supply Chain & Manufacturing Footprint Optimisation

Moderated by:
René Buck, Chief Executive Officer, Buck Consultants International



Roundtable led by Logility 

Managing Demand & Supply Variability

Moderated by:
Dario Fishli, VP Sales D/A/CH, Logility
Jonathan Jackman, Vice President, EMEA, Logility



Roundtable led by FPT Deutschland GmbH

The Hidden Value of Data in Manufacturing

Moderated by:
Pitt Sebens, Director Customer Relations, FPT Deutschland
Anna Pham, Customer Relations Manager, FPT Deutschland
Chloe Duong, Customer Relations Manager, FPT Deutschland

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Rapidly Developing an Omnichannel Business Model to Adapt to the New Normal

Sebastian Sołtys, Logistics Director, LPP SA

  • Radical change across supply chain and logistic strategies worldwide after COVID 19.
  • How did LPP use a VUCA approach to rapidly evolve their business model into full omnichannel and accelerate their ecommerce operations.
  • How LPP's strength was based on the pillars and ecosystem of the European logistics fulfilment centres network and European store chain that is working hand in hand with the common stock approach.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

5 Myths About Scaling Software: A Manufacturing Company Case

Victoria Bryazgina, Independent SCM Consultant | Former Head of SCM Development, OMK Steel (Formerly)

In this session, Victoria is going to highlight 5 Myths About Scaling Software. She will cover the main differences between replication compared to the first successful projects in terms of:
  • Organization
  • Human
  • Model
  • Technology
  • Value

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Supply Chain Transformation

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

  • From a siloed operational business to a collaborative demand driven network with a transformation strategy deployed with the people by the people facing into constant change and crisis management - all at a time when Covid, Brexit and Global Shipping tried to stop us.
  • How these challenges helped to accelerate change and develop our teams, streamline our processes, reporting and metrics and helped transform the way we optimised our ERP system?
  • How did this result in double digit growth year on year with the same team that started 18 months ago producing data that drives collaborative decision making and behaviours internally and externally with our partners and customers?

Leadership & Workforce Development

Emotional Intelligence in Operations as Driver for a High-Performing Workplace

Hervé Doan, Emotional Intelligence Expert in Operations | Former Head of Quality Transport & Logistics, Airbus (Formerly)

The recent global pandemic showed us that change is the only constant. But with change comes a great need for emotional agility, especially at work. Digitalization and technical transformations can be highly supported by higher emotional intelligence at the workplace. This talk will look into the company-wide initiative in the leading aerospace company known as ‘+ emotional energy@work initiative’ with >3700 followers that has fuelled the organization with new power, way beyond the borders of supply chain, quality and manufacturing. A practical business case of successful Emotional Intelligence (EI) application in manufacturing in Quality Logistics and Transport to overcome the crisis will be presented.

  • How can Emotional Intelligence (EI) be successfully applied within a highly technical and operational environment to foster employee resilience, collective performance, and innovation?
  • What are the main prejudices we have related towards EI in Operations?
  • Which have been the top operational risks we had to mitigate during the COVID crisis in Quality Transport & Logistics ?
  • Which are the practical EI methods and tools we use?
  • Which are the top leadership skills that helped us overcome the crisis?

Please note: This session will be 50 minutes long and it will be followed by a group discussion and Q&A.

14:40 - 15:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

15:30 - 16:00 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Achieving Sustainable Supply Chain Growth with End-To-End Digital Innovations

Raimund Wind, Vice President Corporate Supply Chain Management & Procurement, Jenoptik

  • Applying digital innovations in an end-to-end supply chain for sustainable growth
  • A strategic framework for a world class supply chain organisation

Strategic Operations

Lean Administration: A Strategic Approach to Lean Management in Supply Chain Admin Processes

Dr. Eleonore Steinert, Head of Corporate Order Management Box & Corporate Transportation Logistics, Rohde & Schwarz

  • Looking at factors such as order management and transport logistics and referring to best practice experiences.
  • How can businesses extend the great progress made in supply chain operations in lean management in their production lines beyond the boundaries of the shop floor?

16:05 - 16:35 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

A Journey for Inventory Control

Bülent Erbaş, Global Supply Chain Director, Hayat Holding

  • Hayat Holding's inventory control journey with inbound material management
  • How can S&OP help to support an inventory control journey? How to get management support?
  • How has digitalisation supported the inventory control journey?
  • What are next steps for further optimised inventory (control tower).

16:40 - 17:25 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

Corporate Social Responsibility in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Sydney Badger, CEO & Co-Founder, Public Habit

Simon Hardiman, Head of Human Resources for Engine Control Systems, Collins Aerospace

Hervé Doan, Emotional Intelligence Expert in Operations | Former Head of Quality Transport & Logistics, Airbus (Formerly)

David Cortes, Vice President – Operations, EMEIA, Berry Global, Inc.

  • As consumers have grown more accustomed to the impact of companies around the globe, demand for the better integration of CSR has come to the forefront.
  • Will corporate responsibility become the key to success?
  • How to properly integrate CSR into your manufacturing and supply chain strategies?
  • How to bring your systems and goals into strategic alignment with the right supply chain & manufacturing partners?

17:25 - 17:30

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

17:30 - 18:30

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:40 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How has the Role of Industry 4.0 Changed in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Industries since the Pandemic?

Josef Kriegmair, Project Management, Production, MTU Aero Engines

Jesper Toubøl, VP Moulding, LEGO

Uwe Küppers, Chairman, EMEA, MESA

Dr. Stefan Kluge, Senior Director, Supplier Portfolio Management & Operations Enabling, Intel

  • The global pandemic has revolutionised the way in which businesses operate, and the manufacturing and supply chain industries are no different
  • Has the pandemic accelerated the role of Industry 4.0 in your processes, and if so, how?
  • How have your cross-site communications been impacted in the last 18 months?
  • What has been the biggest challenge to your Industry 4.0 implementation, process or expansion?
  • Are there any long-lasting lessons or changes that you will take forward in your smart manufacturing or supply chain processes?

09:35 - 10:05 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How Control Tower Development Drives Leadership and Workforce Development

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

  • Development of the control tower environment in Dormakaba UK - update
  • Using out the box applications like MS teams, Planner and Power Bi
  • Develop digital awareness and understanding with leadership group in SC functions
  • Changing culture to one of contextual conversations, turning data into information into decisions
  • Fostering self-learning and development alongside company assisted learning and development to fully optimise SC functions
  • Increasing levels of engagement and digitising the continuous improvement methodologies
  • All started pre pandemic and how this has served us well during the pandemic and beyond

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Shock of the New: Why Digital Threads are Just a Matter of Time, Not a Utopian Dream

Martin Kelman, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, ATS Global

  • The dream of frictionless digital threads has been theorised for many a year and horizontal integration is a key tenant of Industry 4.0, so why hasn’t it happened?
  • What are the legacy issues that prevent change from occurring? Is technology ready to scale? Are companies ready to adopt new business models? What needs to change to make this happen? These and other points will be discussed when manufacturing steps into the world of the supply chain.

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Capitalising on New Market Trends: Big vs. Small Companies.

Philip Birch, Head of Supply Chain, Emmac

  • Comparing involvement in market trends from the perspective of a 100+ year old company with huge resources and an established network, versus being involved in market trends from the perspective of a 1-year-old company with little resources or existing network.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Empty Packaging Flow & Cost Optimisation Using Digital

Daniel Enache, Global Access Range Supply Chain Manager, DACIA

  • What are the main difficulties and challenges for automotive empty packaging activity?
  • How digital can help to monitor and improve packaging flow
  • The way from proof of concept to serial life implementation
  • Empty packaging flow and cost optimization

12:05 - 12:35 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Working Capital Improvements in Supply Chain Management

Jorin Preuß, Corporate Unit Supply Chain Management, ElringKlinger

  • Working Capital
  • Inventory Targets
  • Slow mover materials
  • SAP Master Data
  • Capacity Planning

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

The Importance of Collaboration: How Suppliers & Customers can Work Together to Mitigate Risks

Thiemo Gorath, Head of Supply Chain Management, Bharat Forge Global Holding

  • What happens when collaboration does not occur?
  • What are the actions that suppliers and customers can take to mitigate risks and improve upon this scenario?
  • Exploring this in reference to the volatile US commercial vehicle market.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Security & Risk Management

Risks and Opportunities Across the Supply Market: New Ways of Operating post-Covid

Keyvan Diamondo, Deputy Regional Supply Chain Director & Global Sourcing and Procurement Director , Metso Outotec

  • Full session abstract TBC

Enhancing Productivity by Enabling a Value Chain Orientation

Dr Rajesh Shankar Priya, Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Teesside University

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:45 - 15:15 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Sales & Operations Planning: The Key Enabler to Managing a Crisis like Covid-19

Jose Everaldo Morelli, Measuring Tools Global Logistic Director, Bosch Power Tools

  • In the Measuring Tools environment, we deal with more than 70T customers around the world, where the biggest detain only 8% of global sales.
  • In an unstable environment such as the COVID time, the S&OP support the organization to take decision in time to cope with customer requirements and supply constraints.
  • In this Session, we will be explore how S&OP helped to balance supply and demand during COVID times.

15:15 - 15:25

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group