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12 November 2019 - 13 November 2019
Olomouc, Czech Republic
CEE Automotive Supply Chain 2019

Speakers & Special Guests

Head of Economic Intelligence & Statistics, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)

Future Challenges of the Automotive Industry

The entire Automotive industry finds itsels in a process of transformation. New technologies and busniess models demand unprecedented investments. After the first nine months of 2019, the markets in Europe, the United States and China are below the previous year's level. At present, there are only a few growth markets. As a result, the global passenger car market will decline in 2019. This has an impact on the production locations of automobile manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Brexit and the trade conflicts continue to weigh on the outlook for this and the coming year. In this area of tension, the challenges are clearly discernible for many companies.

Studied economics at the Universities of Würzburg and Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra), doctorate at the University of Wuerzburg; 2007 to 2011: research assistant at the Chair of Public Finance at the University of Wuerzburg. 2011 to 2015: member of the scientific staff for business cycle analysis and forecasting at the German Council of Economic Experts. Since 2015 head of the department "Economic Intelligence & Statistics" at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).

Founder, 6D Academy
Ex-governor of The Czech National Bank

Pavel is an economist, a former acting governor of the Czech National Bank and Chairman and CEO of Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank), currently Founder and Chairman of 6D Academy and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ceske drahy (Czech Railways).

Deputy Minister, Section of European Union and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech republic

Born 14th July 1965 in Liberec, is married and has three sons and daughter. He completed his secondary schooling at the College of Civil Engineering in 1983. In 1988 he graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague with specialization in Geodesy and Cartography. In the period from Mr Vladimír Bärtl 1989 to 1993 Mr Bärtl worked in Geodézie ČS, a.s. and gained professional experience in geographic information systems in Paris. He co—founded the firm HOUDEK s.r.o., focused on metrology and transfer of technologies. Mr Bärtl joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999 and he worked at Czech Embassy in Ottawa from 2000 to 2004. After that he was adviser to the Vice Minister of Industry and Trade from 2004 to 2006 as co—author of Export Strategy 2006—2010 and of the project: "The new System of State Commercial and Economic Services Abroad". He absolved a study focused on "Negotiation techniques in EU" in 2005. Mr Bärtl worked at Czech Embassy in Paris from 2006 to 2010. He co—organized the "Czech and French Economic Year" during the successive French and Czech Presidency in EU. He was a team member for the localization of the Galileo Managing Centre to Prague. After that in 2010 he was involved in commercial projects of the company BCM Control s.r.o., and successively in 2011 he acted as representative of the Minister of Industry and Trade for international commercial competitiveness and for promotion of Czech commercial interests abroad. Mr Vladimír Bärtl was named Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade as of 15th March 2014. He manages the Section of European Union and Foreign Trade. Mr Bärtl also likes to promote traditional Czech engineering products in an unconventional way – sometimes he flies Czech airplanes or drives Czech motorcycles during his official journeys.

Senior General Manager, Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Czech

Long Term Development of Supplier and Customer Relations at TPCA

Experienced Production and Administration General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Automotive Engineering, Quality Management, Root Cause Analysis, Manufacturing and HR.

Founder & President, Aspen Institute Central Europe
Former ACEA Secretary-General

Special Guest & Event Host

Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).

Vice President OE Sales,
Robert Bosch AG, Austria

Supplier Strategies for the Mobility Transformation

Many drivers are currently influencing the future of human mobility and the industry is in a challenging transformation.
How is Bosch acting in this situation?

After serving Bosch in Germany and the USA Hanno Miorini is currently leading B2B Automotive Sales in Central Eastern Europe. His multi-national and multi-functional team includes professionals supporting many Czech customers out of Prague. As a mechanical engineer with a diploma on business administration he is also active in shaping the transformation in mobility in the region.

Head of Quality CEEMEA, Schaeffler Slovakia

Fit for Quality Mindset

Based on motto: „We live our Quality mindset“ we created unique Fit for Quality program accepted by VDA and presented on annual VDA meeting in Berlin as a best awareness Quality project. Fit for Quality program is conected with Six Sigma, but focused on mindset and behavior of each person on workplace.

Since 2015 a Head of Quality CEEMEA at Schaeffler, where he works more than 20 years on quality architecture of high precisions processes. In 9 plants, 2 of them in Czech Republic and 2 in Slovak Republic, with more than 20.000 employees in Subregions CEE and MEA, we produce super precision bearings and components.

Senior Data Analyst, Logio

Data monetization: Increase the suppliers reliability

The lecture will show real case study how precise monitoring of suppliers reliability brings financial benefits. The presentation will include live and interactive demo how this issue might be solved.

Filip Vondruška is data analyst and Business Intelligence expert at consulting company Logio s.r.o. He helps the customers to become real data-driven companies but never forgets that any data-project has to bring real financial benefit. Filip Vondruška has implemented tens of projects in automotive industry including cooperation with the biggest players in Region – Škoda Auto a.s. and Volkswagen Slovakia a.s.

Project Manager, Executive, ZLKL

ZLKL’s Success Story
ZLKL started 26 years ago as a small company manufacturing furniture components. Today it belongs to TIER 1 suppliers for the automotive industry and owns a wide and advanced technological park within machining and sheet metal processing divisions. It drew experience from company’s own 10-year development and launch of a worldwide unique vehicle for the wheelchair users.

Ladislav Brázdil Jr. is the older son of the founder of the ZLKL company. He studied economics and then joined the family company by managing a project for the development and production of a vehicle for disabled persons (the Elbee vehicle). He now manages all company investment projects.

Managing Director for Robotics and Discrete Automation, ABB

Robotics trends responding to dynamic changes in Automotive

We are all part of the largest revolution within the automotive industry in many decades. Rapid shift to E-mobility is putting a lot of pressure both on OEMs and Tiers with a large scale of new technologies requiring different skills and  investments. ABB is committed to walk this journey with you, being active in progressive technologies while building on strong competence gained over the last 40 years. Offering robots, a large portfolio of manufacturing cells and complete production lines, all with strong and locally accessible service in many countries we can serve you well wherever you plan your further projects.

Vitezslav Lukas is a highly experienced executive leader with wide outlook in industrial business. He graduated in Power Electronics and Electrical Drives at the Technical University of Ostrava. Vitezslav joined ABB 21 years ago and since then he has held several management positions in different divisions. For several years, he also worked in the Southeast Asia region, where he participated in projects within Marine and Oil&Gas industry. For the last 15 years he is connected to ABB Robotics in Czech Republic where he now serves as Managing director for Robotics and Discrete Automation.

Transport and Logistics Manager, GEFCO

Managing supply chain solutions of batteries for electric vehicles
Electric vehicles will reshape the future of the automotive industry. The lecture will present a case study about the transportation, warehousing and pre-assembly of electric batteries and the subsequent just-in-time and just-in-sequence deliveries right onto the assembly line.

Bogdan Ionita is Cluster Overland and Warehousing Manager for the geo-region Czech Republic and Slovakia at GEFCO. Bogdan has a longtime management experience with emphasis on transportation and supply chain. He studied trade and marketing in Bucharest and gained first experience in logistics as Airfreight Manager. Prior to coming to the Czech Republic, Bogdan has also worked as Overseas Manager and Country Operations Manager at GEFCO Romania.

Cost saving analyst, GQ systems

DRIVING TO THE FUTURE Cost reduction is driving force to improve efficiency, increase profits and innovate in the future.

In today's turbulent economic climate, manufacturers face major challenges in the automotive sector. Manufacturers must clearly distinguish themselves from their competitors, while they are still active, efficient, cost-saving and looking for new markets and extra growth. They have to do this while being burdened with complex systems, rigid legacy infrastructure and increasing compliance requirements. Innovate to reduce costs and impact on the environment. Because customers demand more efficient vehicles, car manufacturers have to often work in advanced research together. Most of them, if not all brands implement the environment programs and countries are very strict in forcing companies to innovate more sustainability throughout the life cycle of vehicles, from production to disposal and recycling. The development of cleaner and more efficient vehicles and engines is essential. We at GQ systems believe, that the key to achieving these goals is to start with implementation of cost reduction, so that maximum money is made available to innovate. Car manufacturers, Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers can achieve significant cost savings and improve efficiency productivity in their company when they implement cost savings as a business process, and more importantly consider it, as a habit throughout the organization.

As a cost saving analyst, he manages and monitors for GQ systems all cost saving projects in Europe in automotive and non-automotive industry. He has built up his experience in the field of quality management and plant management over the past 25 years from west till the east Europe. He started his career in an American company in the Netherlands, where cost savings was very common and central process in the organization. Over the years he specialized himself in lean manufacturing, process improvement, quality management and cost savings processes. His customer were VW group, BMW, Scania and DAF truck, companies which are specialized from acoustic and plastic parts till high temperature sensor and headlights. Since 2016, he has been working as a consulting & interim and cost-saving manager for GQ systems.

Logistics Planning Manager, ŠKODA AUTO

Smart warehouse AKL 4.0

Operating principle of the latest fully automated small parts warehouse with

smart controls and operating elements.

She has been active in the automotive industry for 13 years. After completing her engineering studies at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, she worked as a start-up manager at Continental AG. In 2011, she accepted a work call in the form of joining ŠKODA AUTO a.s. as a Coordinator for International Project Management at the Production Planning Department. Since 2016, he has been the Head of Logistics Planning at ŠKODA AUTO a.s

Logistics Planning Coordinator at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. (region India), ŠKODA AUTO

Smart warehouse AKL 4.0
Operating principle of the latest fully automated small parts warehouse with smart controls and operating elements.


He works for ŠKODA AUTO since 2011, when he started as a trainee. Prior to joining the company, he graduated in business economics at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague and spent two years working in the USA and Ireland. At ŠKODA AUTO, he gains experience in the field of Logistics, where he worked as an assistant manager and subsequently as a specialist in Pre-series Logistics in China. Since 2018 he works as coordinator of logistics planning for the region of India.

Jaguar Land Rover



Leading Partner for automotive sector in CEE Europe,
EY Czech republic

Petr Knap is the Head of the Consulting Division for the Czech Republic. After having worked at Procter & Gamble, he worked in consulting since 1996, and joined EY in 2002. His professional experience is based mainly on work in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, in the past he also worked for clients in the telecommunications and public sectors. Over the years, he has led management consulting projects focused on strategy development, organizational change, process improvement and cost optimization. Petr is actively involved in initiatives addressing innovative trends of the manufacturing future such as digitization, Industry 4.0, autonomous cars, e-mobility, etc.

President, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak republic

Special Guest & Main Organizer

Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic

Special Guest & Main Organizer

Executive Board Member, German-Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Special Guest & Main Organizer

Director General, Korea Trade-Inestment Promotion Agency, Bratislava

Special Guest & Main Organizer

He is from Seoul, Korea. He joined KOTRA in 1995 and had been active in promoting trade between Korean and Japanese companies for a long time. He also actively participated in attracting Japanese companies to Korea. Since 2016, he had been promoting and supporting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Korean companies in the international community. He has been working for
trade and investment cooperation between and Slovakia companies in KOTRA, BRATISLAVA since
August 2018.

Industrial Purchasing Manager, PSA Groupe, plant Trnava

Special Guest & Main Organizer

Member of the Board, Automotive Industry Association of the Czech Republic

Special Guest & Event Host


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Participants 266
Meetings 650


Austria 14
Belgium 1
Bulgaria 1
China 1
Czech Republic 207
Finland 2
France 2
Germany 16
Hungary 8
Italy 2
Korea, Republic Of 1
Poland 12
Russia 10
Slovakia 172
Slovenia 1
United Kingdom 2
United States 1
Total 453


Automotive parts / Car manufacturer 155
Services / Non-productive supplier 160
Other 135
Total 450