THE HAGUE - Carmakers are struggling to bring out new models faster than ever with leaner development teams. The competition is intense, as all companies set ambitious cost and quality targets.
Suppliers are taking a bigger role. Automakers are asking them to do more engineering of systems and modules.
Some of Europe's most senior product development executives will join a round-table discussion on the subject at the Automotive News Europe Congress in the Hague on 22 June. Among the panelists are:
Nick Stephenson, design and engineering director, Rover Group
Wilfried Bockelmann, director of development, Skoda
sourcing at Volvo
Daniel Dewavrin, chairman and chief executive officer of Bertrand Faure and ECIA.
The panel discussion on Monday afternoon, 22 June, will open the two-day event.
Other congress speakers include: Paolo Cantarella, managing director of Fiat SpA; Louis Schweitzer, president of Renault; Noel Goutard, chairman of Valeo; Dieter Zetsche, member of the Daimler-Benz management board; Charles Szuluk, president of Visteon; and Frederic Saint-Geours, managing director of Automobiles Peugeot.
A full day of speakers is scheduled for Tuesday, 23 June. Gala dinners with keynote speakers are planned for both 22 June and 23 June at the Netherlands Congress Centre in the Hague.
AT Kearney, the management consultant, is a partner in the event.
To receive registration details, call Network Events at (44) 1705-631-331 or fax your name and address to (44) 1705-631-797.