December 7-8, 2021 | Online


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Welcome to the first Automotive Manufacturing EVolution virtual summit, brought to you by AMS!

As manufacturers ramp up development and output of electrified vehicles, batteries and powertrains, they are rethinking production processes and technology. OEMs and tier suppliers of all sizes are investing in new platforms and tooling, increased automation, flexible assembly lines and new materials.

Meanwhile, greater connectivity and digitalisation are enabling new efficiencies, helping automotive manufacturers to harness the power of shared data, software and artificial intelligence across production networks.

These changes, happening at a time of extreme disruption and volatility, are increasing the urgency for manufacturers to accelerate the development of smart manufacturing ecosystems for future competitiveness, accelerating digital transformation to drive productivity and performance.

The Automotive Manufacturing EVolution Summit will feature global automotive production experts, decision makers and suppliers sharing solutions, best practice, data, insights and technology. These will be presented via our digital event platform, featuring interactive virtual panels discussions, one-to-one interviews and expert demonstrations from leaders at the forefront of driving innovative change and reimagining the future of manufacturing.

Register your interest now to explore the changes in automotive manufacturing and discover how best to drive the industry through a challenging but rewarding transformation over the next decade.

Previous Livestream Speakers

Informed and Inspired by Leaders and Innovators


Danny Auerswald

Plant Manager – Transparent Factory Dresden



Danny Auerswald is a graduate industrial engineer (TU Dresden) and started his career in 2013 - after five years at Volkswagen Consulting - in various functions in production and logistics at Volkswagen. For three and a half years he was an executive assistant to Volkswagen Group and brand board members. In August 2016, Auerswald took over as plant manager at the Pekan site in Malaysia. In parallel, he was Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia. After four years in Pekan, he took over responsibility for the Transparent Factory in Dresden on August 1, 2020. The Dresden factory manufactured the e-Golf and is now producing the all-electric ID.3, sharing technology, data and processes with other group plants using the Volkswagen’s electric MEB platform.


Matthias Schindler

Head of Artificial Intelligence in Production

BMW Group


Matthias Schindler leads on AI innovations in production across global BMW plants, helping to implement algorithms and new processes, including the recent publication of AI algorithms for production on Github. Since 2017 he has also lead BMW’s cluster for data and analytics in its department for Innovation and Digitalisation in production. He regular publishes research and guest lectures on topics including AI, deep learning, machine learning and factory planning. He has a Bachelor and Master of Science in engineering from the Technical University of Munich.


Paula Carsi

Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor and Technology Specialist in Emerging Technologies Valencia Engine Plant

Ford Motor Company


Paula Carsi de la Conception is responsible for overseeing a key department at the Valencia Engine Plant dedicated to developing and implementing emerging technologies in automotive manufacturing, including artificial vision, machine learning, collaborative robots and AGV products. She has worked at Ford nearly five years with focus on new technologies, robotics and Industry 4.0 systems. Paula has an MsC in aerospace engineering, aircraft and aeromotor systems from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and is pursuing an MBA from the EAE Business School.


Scott Anderson

Interior Design Manager

Ford Motor Company


Scott Anderson is the lead interior designer for Ford SUVs and trucks. Most recently, he was the interior design manager for the Ford Maverick and the Bronco Sport rugged CUV. Scott worked previously as a designer for Chrysler, Lotus, GM, Rivian and AMG Mercedes. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech University, as well as a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering, aerodynamics from Oakland University. He received his transportation design degree from the College of Creative Studies. While designing vehicles, Scott and his team focus on sustainability in design, customer design research and human-centred design, but more specifically, look at customer insights and future trend research to drive product innovation.


Henning Loeser

Senior Manager Audi Production Innovation Management and P-Lab

Audi AG


Dr. Henning Loeser has studied physics as a fellow of the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ at the Philipps Universität Marburg and the UIUC in Urbana-Champaign in Illinois, USA and made his PhD on the topic of high temperature diffusion on single crystal surfaces at the university of Marburg. In 2004 he joined AUDI AG, starting in the area of car development superstructure and changed later on into the production development. He is member of the senior management since 2012. Since November 2014 Henning is working on Audis future vision of the Smart Factory and is the head of the Audi Production-Lab as of January 2016. In the P-Lab he and his team work on the smart factory, developing new technologies and production concepts by trying them out and thus evaluating them in a real production environment. Henning is member of the Audi production strategy field of action “smart production” and therefore at the center of the definition and development of the future factory. He has given several Keynotes on the subject of the Audi Smart Factory. Henning was born in Germany, lived 5 years during his childhood in Chile and 2 years in the USA. He speaks German, English and Spanish.


Chris White

Electrification Manager, Manufacturing Engineering – Europe

Ford Motor Company


Chris White has nearly three decades of experience in powertrain manufacturing at Ford Motor Company. He is now responsible for a team working on manufacturing processes for electrified powertrains. He also works with Ford’s global manufacturing engineering team for alignment on powertrain manufacturing in Europe. He leads on several consortium projects, including E-Prime, a project with machine tool supply chain partners to develop process and equipment for production of next generation electrified powertrain systems. He also leads the 5GEM UK consortium of companies, including Vodafone, to add a 5G network to a pilot facility for E-drives and battery arrays

Key Themes Discussed by Industry Leaders

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EV and battery manufacturing

As electric vehicles gain momentum, OEMs and suppliers are orientating production plants and networks around EVs, batteries and related components. Manufacturers are adapting tooling, equipment and layouts to build battery arrays and packs. Many are introducing dedicated EV platforms as well as multi-powertrain assembly lines. In the wider supply chain, sourcing and production of EV batteries will be critical to success, while many OEMs are working in new ways with suppliers. This transformation is driving changes across automation, cycle times and digitalisation.

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Agility and Flexibility

Automotive manufacturing has always needed to react quickly to changes in demand and in the supply chain. But in today’s pandemic-disrupted supply chains, and fast-changing consumer requirements, OEMs and suppliers are facing a new ‘never normal’. They need to be more agile and flexible in manufacturing, whether in prioritising vehicles or adapting to engineering changes. Manufacturers also need to meet growing demand for EVs at the same time as producing a multitude of powertrains. Innovations in connected manufacturing, big data and automation, along with new ways of working will support greater flexibility.

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Digital production

OEMs and suppliers have accelerated adoption of digital manufacturing tools and systems, partly in the wake of the pandemic, and in parallel to growing electrification. The ‘smart factory’ is no longer the factory of the future, as manufacturers make use of IoT devices, connected equipment and cloud systems to link production equipment and locations. The rollout of 5G will allow even greater levels of data and information exchange. Digital twin simulations, AR/VR and digital prototyping are also allowing more focus on optimising manufacturing layouts, flows and processes in vehicle engineering and development phases.

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New partnerships

Automotive Evolution will depend on revolutions in partnerships across the value chain, from internal departments working closely together in design, engineering and production, to new relationships with suppliers and equipment specialists. Tier-1 suppliers, for example, are taking on new responsibilities in module development and production for battery packs and electric vehicles. Manufacturers are looking to equipment and systems specialists for digital innovation and efficiency, while startup OEMs are working with contract manufacturers to build niche models. Successful companies in automotive production will depend on deep and dynamic partners.

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Quality Control

Even as automotive manufacturing transforms, the importance of high quality and standards remains more important than ever. But here, too, new products are changing requirements, while technology and processes provide new opportunities. EVs and battery packs, for example, demand higher levels of testing for safety and materials. Meanwhile, plant managers are turning more to AR/VR in training and preparation, and to a range of vision systems for high-accuracy metrology and 3D measurement. OEMs and suppliers are investing carefully in the right tools and equipment to meet increasingly complex quality requirements.

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OEMs have mandates to increase sales of zero-emission vehicles. But most are now also striving for ambitious net carbon zero targets across manufacturing and supply chains, with major implications for production. Automotive manufacturers are integrating new material combinations, focusing on lightweighting and reducing pollution and waste from process like paintshop. They are furthermore investing in decarbonised manufacturing, the use of renewable energy and the use of closed loop, circular economy materials in production.

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President & Chief Executive Officer

Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Engineer

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Quality Officer

Chief Scientist

Chief Technician

Chief Information Officer

Chief Technology officer

Senior Vice Manufacturing

Vice President, Supply Chain

Director, Production North America

Director, Purchasing

Director, Global Customs & Trade Compliance

Advanced Manufacturing Manager

Plant Director

Plant Head

Quality And Innovation Director

R&D Chief

Technical Director