Hope and promise
Logistics must respond to local reform and the global opportunity
Few individuals or companies get the opportunity to start over, let alone a country of more than 1.2 billion people. But, at least for the automotive supply chain, it’s no exaggeration to say that economic reforms and infrastructure investments, combined with global vehicle platforms and rising exports are leading to a ‘re-set’ for the industry in India.
The fundamentals of the country’s economic opportunity are not in doubt. There is a huge population – expected to surpass China as early as next decade – with growing affluence and a tiny penetration of new car sales. More recent is the arrival of global platforms to compete with domestic models, bringing with them the requirement for global logistics processes. And then there is significant new OEM investment – by Maruti Suzuki, Honda, VW and Hyundai to name just three – with plant expansions as well as the capacity to export both finished vehicles and engines.
On the logistics side, recent rail reforms specific to automotive are already bringing in new investments. Also the Goods and Service Tax – the real big bang for logistics that has been so long anticipated – has been fast tracked by the new government and could be implemented much sooner than expected.
These developments, combined with an appetite for change across the whole of India, make the 2014 Automotive Logistics India conference the most exciting for years. This unique gathering of supply chain and logistics executives from government bodies, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics service providers is the premier annual forum for sharing information and making vital personal contacts.
Now in its 8th successive year, the two-day conference is carefully structured to provide significant value for delegates. It begins with a cocktail reception on the evening prior to the first day, and contains presentation sessions, Q&A panels, round-table discussions and a mid-conference gala dinner. There is proper time for networking at coffee and lunch breaks. All these benefits are contained within a single delegate fee.
Attendees are also able to access the conference online – Automotive Logistics India Live – to message each other before, during and after the event, to ask questions or make a comment, and to take part in audience polls.
There is global video streaming of the principal sessions, with recordings available to view after the event, and soft copies of the speaker presentations are also provided afterwards.
The opportunity is clear. This year’s conference is the place where automotive supply chain professionals will tackle how to respond to the changes at home and new prospects abroad. Book your place and join your peers, customers, suppliers and competitors who will be there.
In summary, delegates at Automotive Logistics India can:
- Hear great presentations from OEMs, tier 1 suppliers and LSPs
- Ask questions in person, joined discussions
- Network with the senior executives across the industry
- Make new contacts, gained new introductions and developed new business opportunities
- Benefit from the interaction at social occasions, including the main conference dinner and introductory cocktail reception (all included in the delegate fee)
- Receive soft copies of the speaker presentations to download and circulate within their organisations