Europe’s vehicle logistics sector meets to tackle difficult times.


Delegates are heading to next week’s ECG Conference in Germany in search of positive signs for European vehicle logistics. ECG is the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and its 2013 conference takes place at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin on Friday 11 October. The annual meeting brings together the region’s OEMs and LSPs, along with suppliers to the outbound sector, for networking, presentations and knowledge-sharing. This year’s theme is ‘Staying ahead in difficult times’.

Key speakers at the event include Egon Christ, senior manager for worldwide transportation at Daimler. Christ chairs the joint working group on vehicle logistics set up between providers and ACEA, the European automakers group.

They also include Lutz Quietmeyer, manager of distribution schemes in Europe for the Renault Nissan Alliance; Manuel Medina, finished vehicle distribution manager of SEAT; and Magnus Ödling, head of strategy for vehicle logistics at Volvo Cars.

Providing the crucial EU perspective at the conference will be Christos Economou from the European Commission’s Land Transport unit.

Writing in a recent issue of Finished Vehicle Logistics, Costantino Baldissara, ECG president, noted the significance of the automotive sector and its vehicle logistics.

“We can all agree that supporting Greece is important,” he said, “but the combined revenue of automotive manufacturing and vehicle logistics contributed much more to Europe’s economy than did Greece. We are actually, as an industry, on a par with the EU’s biggest member states in terms of our contribution.”

Specific issues to discuss at the conference include the continuing campaign to harmonize road trailer lengths. The ECG has also been lobbying for a relaxation of the impending sulphur emission regulations for European coastal waters and for a consumer stimulus for new car purchases.

The one-day ECG conference has its business dinner on Thursday evening prior to the event and features a popular partner and social programme which covers Friday, a Friday evening social dinner and the Saturday after the event.

The 2013 conference features displays by sponsors CTM (Convertible Trailer Manufacturing), IT provider Inform, parking specialist Serva and claims expert TES.

There are discounts on the delegate fee for ECG members and for multiple attendees from the same company.

It was held in Prague last year and in Paris in 2011, and is organised on behalf of the ECG by Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine.

More information and registration visit: www.ecgconference.org