2022 Conference Programme

Summit: Wednesday 7 December 2022

08:00 – 9:00 CET

Roundtable breakfast

Key leaders by invitation to join pre-event breakfast and networking. Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start making up for lost time making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends.

09:00 – 9:30 CET

The need for speed in EV production

How European automotive manufacturers are managing compressed timelines for product development and factory development and redevelopment

09:30 – 10:15 CET

Engineering the future of manufacturing

Manufacturing engineers discuss how to ensure the fast rollout of new battery and EV production in Europe will be lean, digital and green

10:15 – 11:00 CET

Chemical changes: keeping up with battery cell technology

What the huge rollout of gigafactories in Europe and fast evolution in battery cell chemistry and design means for manufacturing processes, materials and planning for OEMs and battery producers

11:00 – 11:30 CET


Connect with old and new acquaintances to talk about all things manufacturing.

11:30 – 12:00 CET

A tipping point: European automotive manufacturing outlook

Analyst/forecast of vehicle manufacturing in Europe including volume, regulations and OEM strategies in the face of disruption and changing business models.

12:00 – 12:30 CET

Managing an uncertain future in manufacturing

Panellists discuss the forecast and trends in automotive manufacturing and unpack what they will mean across plant assembly lines and shopfloors.

12:30 – 13:00 CET

Material matters: body and forming transformation

How manufacturers are adapting joining, forming and welding processes as EVs usher in a changing material mix – steel, aluminium, composites – and innovations like gigacasting.

13:00 – 14:00 CET


Enjoy our buffet style lunch.

14:00 – 14:45 CET

Tier-1 transformation: fast-changing production for automotive suppliers

What transitioning plants for electrification means for tier-1 suppliers in areas like powertrain.

14:45 – 15:30 CET

Painting a brighter day: increasing speed, reducing errors in paintshop

How OEMs are increasing efficiency and speed through digitalisation and data analytics, and making key steps to reduce emissions and pollution in painting and coating

15:30 – 16:00 CET

Shared data is shared progress in battery and EV production

Explore how manufacturers are storing and processing data in the cloud and on the edge is critical for automotive manufacturers to ensure speed and quality, from monitoring battery thermal management to predictive maintenance for tooling and equipment across plants.

16:00 – 16:30 CET


Connect with old and new acquaintances to talk about all things manufacturing.

16:30 – 17:15 CET

Assembly in motion: optimising production for flexibility

How OEMs are changing assembly processes, technology and layouts to enable more flexible, modular manufacturing for EVs and batteries

17:15 – 18:00 CET

Blossoming brownfields: rejuvenating the future of Europe’s car plants

Carmakers and battery producers are scaling up EV production by reindustrialising existing or former production plants in most cases rather than only building new greenfield plants. This session explores the key strategies in revamping production plants and ensuring the most optimal processes, comparing differences to greenfield approaches

18:00 CET

Drinks Reception and networking

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere after the conference. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the automotive manufacturing sector in the Exhibition Hall at the SV Tower.