Roundtable discussions on two vital e-business topics are planned for the Automotive News Europe e-Business Conference that begins later this month in Strasbourg, France.
Meanwhile, the head of a new web-based aftermarket exchange created by top European suppliers has joined the roster of industry leaders who will speak at the conference.
The conference runs from Wednesday, November 29, through Friday, December 1 at the Hilton Hotel in Strasbourg.
The Internet is helping transform automakers from traditional 'build-to-stock' companies into 'build-to-order' companies. A discussion panel on November 30 will address how the web is accelerating the trend.
Panelists include Ranier Feurer, head of vehicle process at BMW, and Flip de Jager, process manager, order to delivery, at Volvo.
A second panel discussion - on December 1 - will address concerns about data confidentiality on the web.
Many suppliers are worried that online marketplaces will lead to proprietary information being exposed to rivals. Such fears could reduce the ability of exchanges to get suppliers of all sizes involved in their ventures. Among the panelists are Siegfried Wolf, president of Magna Europe.
Meanwhile, Josef Besting, CEO of TecCom, has joined the list of plenary speakers. TecCom is an e-business purchasing network for the European aftermarket formed recently by several leading suppliers.
Founding launch partners of TecCom include Bosch, Siemens, Continental, Delphi, Hella, Magneti Marelli, Mahle, Mann & Hummel, TRW, Valeo, ZF and other suppliers
Among other speakers: Eckhard Cordes, DaimlerChrysler management board; David Thursfield, president of Ford of Europe; Jean-Baptiste Duran, head of purchasing, Renault; Jens Neumann, Volkswagen management board; Michael Bergmann, head of eGM Europe; Andr Navarri, CEO of Valeo; Richard Radecki, corporate director e-Business, Delphi Automotive.
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