Logistics Leaders Forum Prepares Automotive Logistics Sector for the Return of Vehicle Production Volumes

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Challenges for supply chain sustainability, from the start of the product cycle until finished vehicle delivery, are slated for discussion.

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On a going forward basis, the ability to deliver the right product mix, to the right place, at the right time, will have a significant impact on both bottom-line performance and customer satisfaction

AIAG and autoMOTIVE Logistics Leaders Magazine will host a panel driven forum to discuss the new challenges in the aftermath of the financial crisis and what it will take to manage the recovery for the automotive logistics sector.

Even with the variety of challenges currently facing the industry, OEMs and their supply chain are placing logistics at the top of their priority lists. The global supply chain is demanding more accurate forecasting; longer-lead visibility and more stable requirements to ensure capacity and logistics are aligned with vehicle production schedules.

“On a going forward basis, the ability to deliver the right product mix, to the right place, at the right time, will have a significant impact on both bottom-line performance and customer satisfaction,” points out J. Scot Sharland, executive director, AIAG.

At the Automotive Logistics Leaders Forum, OEM senior logistics directors and logistics service provider senior management will take center stage in interactive panel sessions for a frank discussion on the short-to-mid term future forecast. Featured topics on the agenda include global production forecasts, how the downturn has affected high and heavy logistics operators, how IT solutions can be applied to optimize visibility, the new role of Class One railroads, the challenges and issues facing OEMs and transportation companies, reducing port congestion and more.

“AIAG helps the industry address emerging threats to its financial recovery and the sustainability of the supply chain,” Sharland explains. “Logistics is one of the many areas in which AIAG members are collaborating to streamline processes and improve efficiencies.”

The Logistics Leaders Forum will take place April 28 – 29, 2010 at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Mich. The conference agenda and list of confirmed panelists are available online at http://www.logisticsleaders.org/forum/index.shtml.

About AIAG
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government and academia have worked collaboratively to drive cost and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota and many of their part suppliers and service providers. For more information, please visit the organization’s Web site at http://www.aiag.org.
About autoMOTIVE Logistics Leaders

autoMOTIVE Logistics Leaders is the only global, monthly magazine covering both inbound and outbound automotive logistics. Published in the UK, but with a global remit, the magazine features in-depth interviews with some of the industry's leading players on a wide range of topical issues. Logistics Leaders also organizes and hosts automotive logistics conferences around the world where influential industry leaders meet to discuss the challenges and the potential solutions. For more information please visit http://www.logisticsleaders.org

AIAG Contact: Lorrie Kinney


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