7th Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

The only event dedicated to CEE region bringing together
leading OEMs and suppliers from 20+ countries
20-21 October, 2021
Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
Offline + Online

Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum 2021 will bring together all the leading players of the automotive industry from 20+ CEE countries. OEMs, Tier suppliers, as well as solution providers and start-ups will all gather in Hungary for 2 days of news and networking.

AUTOMOTIVE TRENDS
Covering the entire region: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Macedonia and other countries.
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INTERACTIVE & INFORMATIVE FORMATS
• CEO Debates • Keynote Presentations • Investment Rountables • Questions & Answers • Informal Networking • B2B meetings with Purchasing Directors
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B2B-MEETINGS
• Series of 10-min meetings hosted by OEM & supplier Purchasing Managers • Discuss contracts and real business informally • Create personal connections • Scheduled, private, and time-effective • Reserve your time-slots to meet buyers face-to-face
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Important COVID regulations for attendance - must read here.

In order to participate in the event, you will need to present the EU COVID-19 Certificate, which you can request from your local health authority if you have:

* received a negative COVID test

* OR recovered from a recent infection

* OR received a full vaccination within the EU territory

Please note that COVID test results alone will NOT be accepted by the venue, they have to be converted into the EU COVID-19 Certificate.

Among confirmed speakers, panellists, hosts 2021
László György
State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation
Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary
Arturo Achard
Head of Project House Eastern Europe
VW Group
Laszlo Urban
Deputy Managing Director
Magyar Suzuki Corp
Jenő Csanaki
Production Manager, Managing Director
Opel
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Senior Purchasing Manager Spain and Emerging Markets Sourcing
Ford Motor Company
Viorel Nuta
Snr Purchasing Manager Romania Ford of Europe Prototypes and Emerging Markets
Ford Motor Company
Hemdat Sagi
Head of Strategy & Business Development
Konnect with the Volkswagen Group, Israel
Ivan Kebisek
Engineering Director, Engineering Europe & South Africa
Yanfeng
Robert Esik
CEO
HIPA
Robert Keszte
General Manager and Plant Manager
Continental Automotive Hungary
Sasha Cioringa
General Manager
Continental Automotive Serbia
László Thierry
Managing Director
ElringKlinger Hungary Kft.
Charles Wassen
General Manager, Country Operations Lead
Dana Hungary
Zoltán Szőke
Vice President Engineering Hungary
Robert Bosch Kft.
Attila Szincsak
Vice President
DENSO Manufacturing Hungary
Szabolcs Karaszek
HR Director
BorgWarner Inc.
Axel Mallener
Managing Director
Brose Prievidza
Igor Francek
Head of HR
Jaguar Land Rover SK
Pierluigi Ghione
Managing Director and Head of Headplant
LEONI Wiring Systems
Viktor Mizo
Managing Director
Kostal Group Macedonia
Tatiana Hristova
Associate Director, EMEA Vehicle Demand Forecast
IHS Markit
Simon Waechter
Senior Consultant, Corp. Strategy & Development
Chervon Holdings Limited
Manuel Kallweit
Head of Department Economic Intelligence & Statistics
German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
Marius Poppe
Sales Director Automotive & Customised Solutions
CABKA_IPS
Péter Szilágyi
Chief Executive Officer
breuckmann eMobility GmbH
Zoltan Becsi
International Purchasing Office Manager
Dana Hungary
Csaba Kilian
CEO
MAGE Hungarian Automotive Industry Association
Aleksandar Medjedovic
Board Member
Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce, Germany
Zoran Stamatovski
Ph.D., MBA, Secretary
SPIRIT Slovenia - Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology
Lubomir Stanislavov
CEO
Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
Robert Dobay
Chairman of HR Committee
AmCham Hungary
Tomáš Fördős
Sales Manager
GQsystems
Johannes Gerardus Sanders
Director Business Development
Engia Group Europe
Peter Mikula
Consultant / Investment Projects Department
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency
Matthias Bertling
Senior Manager Supply Chain Management
e.Go Mobile
Viktória Vita Griessmüller
Buyer, Regional Office Eastern Europe
Audi Hungaria
Mario Limpert
Manager, Supplier Management, Regional Office Eastern Europe
Audi Hungaria
Nikolett Niederhoffer
Buyer, Regional Office Eastern Europe
Audi Hungaria
Andrea Toreki
Coordinator, Quality Supplier Management, Eastern Europe
Audi Hungaria
ALL SPEAKERS ›››
AGENDA

20-21 October, 2021

October, 20 ›››
09:30
Welcoming address and opening remarks from the Forum Director Olga Andreevskikh, Adam Smith Conferences
09:40
SESSION 1. REWRITING OUR FUTURE - Automotive market in the new post COVID-19 reality. Forecasts and strategies for the recovery of the CEE automotive industry
This year’s first strategic session will showcase thought leadership from key industry players from across the CEE region to share insights on the main challenges we are and will be facing in the future due to the COVID-19 pandemic outcome. We will speak about priorities and set strategies for the recovery of the industry exchanging insights with representatives at the highest level from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova and others.

  • Welcoming address from the government of the hosting country – Hungary
  • IHS Markit: Global Vehicle Manufacturing Demand Overview and COVID-19 Crisis Implication on it
  • VDA: Current Situation of the German Automotive Industry: Unequaled Crisis meets unequaled Transformation
  • Hyundai Motor Europe: Enabling conditions for the uptake of EVs in CEE
  • Plans and strategies of the CEE countries’ governments regarding the recovery of the industry in the region
  • Shaping the future of automotive industry – how do companies see new major trends of the industry and what strategies do they set in order to beat the crisis
  • Change of priorities – does effective collaboration come before competition element now?
  • Investment opportunities in the CEE countries and possible supply chain shift from China to CEE Region


László György, State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary
Aleksandar Medjedovic, Board Member Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce, Germany Show full profile
Manuel Kallweit, Head of Department Economic Intelligence & Statistics, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
Tatiana Hristova, Associate Director, EMEA Vehicle Demand Forecast, IHS Markit
Jan Burdinski, Executive Director, Head of European Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Europe

11:00
THE OEM STRATEGIC PANEL DEBATE: "Never let a good crisis go to waste" - Rebuilding the industry after COVID-19 pandemic
This year the panel will welcome leaders from across the region sharing their responses to the new market reality and setting major steps and strategies to be prioritised now in order to succeed in the long run.
  • What does our new future bring? Where do we see ourselves in 5 years?
  • Current crisis management models used by OEMs
  • How do we rebuild the markets and what tools remain the most effective – innovations, finance, communications, marketing, etc?
  • How will COVID 19 Pandemics affect future mobility trends? Will there be any lasting effect?
  • HOW DO WE COME OUT STRONGER?

Arturo Achard, Head of Project House Eastern Europe, VW Group
Laszlo Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki Corp

Paul Goff, Global STA Director - Body Engineering, Special Vehicle Operations & European Operations PS-8, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Viorel Nuta, Snr Purchasing Manager Romania Ford of Europe Prototypes and Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company
Jan Burdinski, Executive Director, Head of European Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Europe
12:00
Coffee & Networking Break
12:30
SESSION 2. Manufacturing efficiency – what will the ‘new normal’ be?
  • Continental: AI for manufacturing competitiveness
  • Engia Group Europe: The power of Interim Management in Automotive
  • JLR: Post COVID-19 leadership in manufacturing
  • Agile manufacturing – how to react to changing market conditions quickly and efficiently?
  • Can manufacturing be even leaner and meaner: cutting costs without compromising quality
  • Biosecurity practices in manufacturing – how do plants transform into new safer environment
  • Necessary IT solutions for plants operating in crisis mode

Csaba Kilian, CEO, MAGE Hungarian Automotive Industry Association

Robert Keszte, General Manager and Plant Manager, Continental Automotive Hungary
Margaret Beever, Head of Purchasing Central and Eastern Europe, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Johannes Gerardus Sanders, Director Business Development, Engia Group Europe
13:30
Lunch
14:30
SESSION 3. The next era of transportation. New opportunities for connecting auto markets of Europe and Asia. New post-pandemic balance
SUPPORTED BY HIPA HUNGARY

Robert Esik, CEO, HIPA
Simon Waechter, Senior Consultant, Corp. Strategy & Development, Chervon Holdings Limited
Attila Szincsak, Vice President, DENSO Manufacturing Hungary
16:00
Networking break
16:30
SESSION 4. Key innovations for a smoother recovery. What practices and solutions does the industry require today?
  • How innovations can help automotive companies affected by COVID-19?
  • Opel: Business intelligence in production
  • Dana: How will production agility accelerate the recovery process?
  • breuckmann eMobility GmbH: Cast Zero Porosity Rotors (ZPR®) for induction motors - The New Industry Standard
  • Robots and cobots – ways to improve safety and quality
  • The present and new future of automation and electrification trends – will they remain a priority?
  • The new power of Industry 4.0 – Will current crisis give a boost to the development of digital technologies in manufacturing, or will these trends be stalled until better times?
  • PROJECT UPDATES – EVs, robotization and other innovation projects that will drive companies through the crisis

Charles Wassen, General Manager, Country Operations Lead, Dana Hungary
Marius Poppe, Sales Director Automotive & Customised Solutions, CABKA_IPS
Péter Szilágyi, Chief Executive Officer, breuckmann eMobility GmbH
Tomáš Fördős, Sales Manager, GQsystems
Olívia Mesics, Plant Manager, Managing Director, Opel
Jenő Csanaki, Production Manager, Managing Director, Opel
17:45
B2B MEETINGS SESSIONS - PART 1
B2B MEETINGS:
Series of short organised meetings hosted by OEMs and suppliers
Pre-scheduled, private and time-effective
Available on first-come first-served basis

Zoltan Becsi, International Purchasing Office Manager, Dana Hungary
Arturo Achard, Head of Project House Eastern Europe, VW Group
Laszlo Urba, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki Corp

Paul Goff, Global STA Director - Body Engineering, Special Vehicle Operations & European Operations PS-8, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Margaret Beever, Head of Purchasing Central and Eastern Europe, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Purchasing Manager Spain and Emerging Markets Sourcing, Ford Motor Company
Viorel Nuta, Snr Purchasing Manager Romania Ford of Europe Prototypes and Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company
Ivan Kebisek, Engineering Director, Engineering Europe & South Africa, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Viktor Mizo, Managing Director, Kostal Group Macedonia

László Thierry, Managing Director, ElringKlinger Hungary Kft.

Jan Burdinski, Executive Director, Head of European Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Europe
19:15
Cocktail reception & Networking
October, 21 ›››
09:00
Registration and morning coffee
09:30
SESSION 5. Suppliers’ strategies in response to the COVID-19 impact. Current competitiveness and quality standards.
  • ElringKlinger: Challenges of TIER 1 at COVID-19 Pandemia: From Reactiveness to Proactiveness - How to Take Advantage - Agile Transformation
  • Brose: Change of trends in transportation
  • Supply disruption with China. What advantages does it bring to CEE suppliers?
  • Challenges of suppliers - how to provide needed level of operational safety without compromising performance efficiency?
  • Future mobility within new reality – how different do we see the future?
  • Strengthening cooperation between OEMs and suppliers – what would be major expectations? Finding a reliable partner now to get through past pandemic times.
  • HR management within current past pandemic period – how to retain and motivate your qualified workforce in times of crisis?

Mahmut Galijasevic, General Manager, Mann+Hummel BA
Axel Mallener, Managing Director, Brose Prievidza
Pierluigi Ghione, Managing Director and Head of Headplant, LEONI Wiring Systems
Viktor Mizo, Managing Director, Kostal Group Macedonia
Ivan Kebisek, Engineering Director, Engineering Europe & South Africa, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
László Thierry, Managing Director, ElringKlinger Hungary Kft.
11:00
The OEMs / SUPPLIERs PANEL DEBATE
This year the panel will welcome Tier suppliers across the region to respond to the crisis challenges and share insights on the new vision of competitive advantages. OEMs will join the discussion in order to maintain an effective dialogue setting up right ways of collaboration
  • New ways of cooperation and communication between OEMs and suppliers in order to increase business efficiency
  • What do OEMs expect from their suppliers in the period of crisis?
  • Finding a reliable partner now to get through tough times.
  • Suppliers’ needs and strategies in order to meet OEMs’ expectations
  • New model of supply chain in CEE as it’s seen by Tier suppliers and OEMs

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Purchasing Manager Spain and Emerging Markets Sourcing, Ford Motor Company
Margaret Beever, Head of Purchasing Central and Eastern Europe, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Viktor Mizo, Managing Director, Kostal Group Macedonia
Sasha Cioringa, General Manager, Continental Automotive Serbia
Charles Wassen, General Manager, Country Operations Lead, Dana Hungary
Pierluigi Ghione, Managing Director and Head of Headplant, LEONI Wiring Systems
Mahmut Galijasevic, General Manager, Mann+Hummel BA
11:45
Coffee & Networking Break
12:15
SESSION 6. Automotive SOFTWARE driven innovations and solutions. Transformation of the industry into software-defined platforms. Discussing a path forward within the crisis
  • New way of thinking. Moving from car business to mobility solutions.
  • Robert Bosch: Modern software development as an innovation driver for Automotive Industry
  • Where do we stand now with the new mobility and autonomous driving? What future brings..
  • Current quality standards for connected and automated vehicles
  • EVs – adopting supply chain for the increasing future demand in electronics, power applications
  • 5G integration – major effects of 5G and IoT on the auto industry and best ways to get the infrastructure ready

Sasha Cioringa, General Manager, Continental Automotive Serbia
Zoltán Szőke, Vice President Engineering Hungary, Robert Bosch Kft.
13:15
Lunch
14:15
SESSION 7. The role of START-UPS in the automotive industry today. How can they help rebuild the industry and drive it forward?
  • Start-ups input and their role in rebuilding the markets
  • SHOW CASES – solutions for safety in work environment, protection in automotive manufacturing and production optimization
  • Current market requirements for the input from start-ups – where’s the demand?
  • Have start-ups become counter-cyclical investments?
15:15
HR PANEL DEBATE. Human Resources challenges in automotive industry
This panel will welcome HR Directors of OEMs and Tier suppliers from the region to discuss current challenges and respond to the main question – what opportunities this crisis brings to the HR sector of the industry.

Szabolcs Karaszek, HR Director, BorgWarner Inc.
Igor Francek, Head of HR, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Ildikó Fejesné Gyurján, Executive General Manager, MAGYAR SUZUKI Zrt../Corp.
Robert Dobay, Chairman of HR Committee, AmCham Hungary
16:00
Closing discussion of the Forum
16:30
B2B MEETINGS SESSIONS - PART 2 and closing networking reception
B2B MEETINGS:
  • Series of short meetings hosted by OEMs and suppliers
  • Pre-scheduled, private and time-effective
  • Available on first-come first-served basis

Zoltan Becsi, International Purchasing Office Manager, Dana Hungary
Arturo Achard, Head of Project House Eastern Europe, VW Group
Laszlo Urban, Deputy Managing Director, Magyar Suzuki Corp
Paul Goff, Global STA Director - Body Engineering, Special Vehicle Operations & European Operations PS-8, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Margaret Beever, Head of Purchasing Central and Eastern Europe, Jaguar Land Rover SK
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Purchasing Manager Spain and Emerging Markets Sourcing, Ford Motor Company
Viorel Nuta, Snr Purchasing Manager Romania Ford of Europe Prototypes and Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company
Ivan Kebisek, Engineering Director, Engineering Europe & South Africa, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Viktor Mizo, Managing Director, Kostal Group Macedonia
László Thierry, Managing Director, ElringKlinger Hungary Kft.
Jan Burdinski, Executive Director, Head of European Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Europe

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