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Flexibilisation of complex networks – international, intelligent, innovative

Berlin, 22 January 2014

Automotive Logistics Forum in Frankfurt am Main on 4 and 5 February 2014

The “Automotive Logistics Forum” will take place under the slogan “Flexibilisation of complex networks – international, intelligent, innovative” in Frankfurt am Main on 4 and 5 February 2014, organised by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Logistics Association (BVL). The venue will be the Forum on the Frankfurt trade show grounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, D-60327 Frankfurt am Main. The keynote speakers will be VDA President Matthias Wissmann and Prof. Raimund Klinkner, Chairman of the Board at BVL. This will be the VDA and BVL’s second such summit for the automotive industry and the logistics sector, following the successful initial event in 2013.

The automotive industry is a pioneer in the internationalisation of production and the associated value-added chain. Today “identical” series, their systems and components are produced on four continents. The staggered beginning and end of production, varying local background conditions, volatile markets and global supplier relations present considerable challenges to the companies involved, because the supply chain should be made as efficient, synchronous, secure and flexible as possible. And how that can be ensured will be a topic for the speakers and top-level managers who will present their experiences and findings, and discuss them with the participants at the congress.

On the first day of the forum, the programme will focus on co-operation between human beings and machines in the automotive industry, controlling international networks, managing supply risks and “green logistics.” On the second day, the forum will offer lectures and discussions on opportunities, risks and innovations in the supply chain, shifts in the markets, developments in the aftermarket, and the impacts the fourth industrial revolution is having on the automotive industry. In the accompanying exhibition, top service providers and companies will present their products and services in the field of automotive logistics.

A special highlight will be the presentation of the VDA’s Logistics Award 2014 at the evening event on 4 February 2014. The prize-winning concept will be presented at the forum on 5 February. The evening event is included in the attendance package for all congress participants.

In addition to the lectures and discussions, participants may join various site visits. In Rüsselsheim, Opel will show us the fully automatic production concept for its chassis plant and the distribution centre for spare parts, which keeps stocks of over 35,000 individual items. The Continental facility in Frankfurt-Rödelheim will offer participants insights into the highly automated production and assembly processes for electronic brake systems. And the Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCC), the largest air freight centre in Europe, will also open its doors to our visitors. Please note that the number of places is limited on all these guided tours.


Note for editorial offices:

Attendance at the Automotive Logistics Forum is free of charge for representatives of the media. The detailed programme and further information are available on the Internet, at:

Media representatives should register for the Automotive Logistics Forum with Ms Ute Botterschulte in the VDA’s Press Office (email:

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