09:00 Log On & Virtual Networking

An opportunity to introduce yourself to the virtual platform and other delegates before the start of the morning sessions.

09:20 Chair's Opening Remarks


09:30  Best Practices & Key Lessons Learned On Responding To The COVID-19 Pandemic, Handling Physical Distancing & Re-Starting Commercially Viable Production - What Are The Key Takeaways On Preparing For A Potential Second Wave Of COVID-19?

The purpose of the opening panel is to present global success stories and best practices on re-starting manufacturing, focusing on how key challenges were solved during the initial 16 weeks of the lockdown to find more efficient methods of production with more built-in resilience for the future.

  • Discuss lessons learned and responses from OEMs during the first 16 weeks of the pandemic
  • Examine factors global OEMs are considering when reopening their plants and how they are minimizing impact on manufacturing operations
  • Assess strategies for restarting manufacturing to achieve 100% production capacity while implementing stringent safety measures and controls across facilities
  • Learn how OEMs planned for and executed a gradual ramp up of manufacturing operations across their plants, keeping consumer demand and market conditions in mind

Fei Xiong, GM Product Engineering EVs, Qiantu Motor

Robert Post, Manufacturing Operations Manager, Mahindra Automotive 

10:00  Audience Q&A

10:10  Evaluate The Effectiveness Of New Technologies & Process Innovations For Social Distancing, Temperature Monitoring & Ensuring A Clean, Safe Environment 

This extended session will focus on three presentations on particular technology types designed to evaluate the potential benefits vs costs of the latest technology innovations for:

  • New Work Sequencing For Assembly Lines 
  • Wearable Technologies & Monitors For Social Distancing
  • UV Robots For Disinfection & Clean Environment   

10:50  Audience Q&A

11:00  Virtual Networking Session


11:30  Strategies For Accelerating Digital Innovation In Manufacturing Operations To Increase Profits & Production Rates During A Sustained Period Of Uncertainty 

This panel is designed at Facilities Design Leads, Operations Managers and Production Leaders, and will look at the most optimal strategy to restart efficient production at full capacity. How do you achieve this while maintaining social distancing across the production line?

  • Assess future strategies from an OEM perspective to improve resilience, implement robust safety standards and survive a second wave of the pandemic 
  • Learn how OEMs are retrofitting production lines with robots to reduce dependence on humans across the factory floor and achieve social distancing without losing output capacity  
  • Evaluate the latest Industry 4.0 technologies and understand how to integrate them into your manufacturing processes
  • Understand how manufacturing strategies and processes are going to change for the foreseeable future with new safety norms and social distancing measures in place for assembly workers

Claudio Di Biase, Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, FCA Group

11:50  Audience Q&A


This session will look at the impacts to automotive supply chain from covid-19 and accordingly the need for OEMs and suppliers from all tiers to rethink the supply chain model, from the sourcing of raw material to the production of finished products and everything in between

12:00  Strategies For Supply Chain Risk Management To Ensure Business Continuity Post Covid

  • Understand how OEMs are diversifying supply chain to limit risk from any one region where possible
  • Examine the cost implications of implementing inventory systems to mitigate against supply chain disruption 
  • Learn how OEMs are enhancing communications with key suppliers to reduce declines in delivery performance 

Cesar A. Anzola, Purchasing Business Unit DirectorFord South America 

12:30  Audience Q&A

12:40  Lunch Break

13:40  Optimizing Supply Chain Visibility To Increase The Efficiency of The Supply Chain 

The rising complexities raised by covid-19 and concerns for achieving the competitive advantage now make it essential for OEM's to achieve the required supply chain optimization, what are the technologies available to manufactures to achieve end-to-end visibility of supply chain processes?

  • Assess the latest IoT enabled, wireless sensors technologies for monitoring the movement of goods along the supply chain
  • Learn how IoT enabled supply chains can help automotive manufacturers reduce the number of recalls by supporting quality control processes
  • Find out how OEMs are staying on the same page with all their suppliers to make sure they can source critical parts before ramping up their own production 

Stefano Cortiglioni, Director & Manager,Toyota Lean Manufacturing

14:10  Audience Q&A


14:20  Success Stories On Managing & Mitigating Risk Across The Vehicle Parts & Raw Materials Supply Chain During Different Phases Of Lockdown  

This session is designed for Supply Chain Managers, Logistics Managers and Procurement Directors in charge of managing large scale supply chain networks across multiple regions. How are they setting up communication channels to enable daily interaction? 

  • Understand how supply chain executives are managing & mitigating safety risks across their material sourcing networks to enable continuous manufacturing
  • Assess how to manage the impact of the pandemic on vendors from various location where different regulations and restrictions might be applicable 
  • Find out how OEMs are ensuring safe and timely delivery of critical components from their vendors to guarantee constant in house production

Cesar A. Anzola, Purchasing Business Unit DirectorFord South America 

Murat SenirAssistant General Manager Purchasing, Ford Otosan

15:00  Audience Q&A

15:10  Virtual Networking Session


15:40  Optimizing Efficient Communications & Interaction Between Manufacturing Teams, Engineers, Home Workers & Suppliers

Clear and concise collaboration in between vendors, suppliers and OEMs is now more important than ever before to help meet monthly production targets. Setting up open and honest communication channels with all associated stakeholders will allow OEMs to remain on track and ramp production up gradually. 

  • Find out which platforms and digital technologies OEMs are using to ensure they are on the same page with suppliers situated across multiple locations and time zones
  • Developing and communicating best practices and building resources and policies for your employees
  • Understand how engineers and designers working remotely from home are effectively communicate with their team members on the production line

16:00  Audience Q&A


16:10  Re-Thinking & Adapting Manufacturing Process To Be Efficient And Safe For "The New Normal"

Social distancing and stringent safety protocols will be part of a post pandemic world for the foreseeable future. How are OEMs across the globe re-shaping their production strategies and processes to adapt to this new reality? What steps are they taking to create a safe working environment while ensuring peak capacity is achieved?

  • Find out how to build a strong and resilient manufacturing process and implement strong safety standards to ensure survival in a post pandemic business world 
  • Examine which parameters and criteria's OEMs are using to predict and track customer behaviour, buying patterns and expectation once lockdowns are lifted 
  • Understand the associated benefits and capital costs involved with integrating robotics into existing manufacturing processes and how it can lead to improved efficiency and cost savings in the long term 

Claudio Di Biase, Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, FCA Group

Murat Senir, Assistant General Manager Purchasing, Ford Otosan

16:40  Audience Q&A

16:50  Closing Remarks & End Of Virtual Conference


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