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In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we take a look at the journeys of the brave and bold new automotive OEMs and the unique challenges and opportunities that their supply chain and logistics teams face in developing and implementing operations from scratch – with a case study of INEOS Automotive and its much-anticipated launch of the Grenadier 4x4.
While start-up OEMs may not have had to face plant and dealer shutdowns over the past several months, they have had no time to lose in developing international production and logistics networks and building new teams and relationships – remotely in the age of social distancing, of course. Such companies have the chance to develop their logistics with a blank canvas, whether in deciding which competencies to insource or outsource, or to introduce new software and digital processes right from the start rather than rely on legacy IT systems. However, they also often lack the economies of scale and long-standing partners that are so essential to success in automotive logistics and supply chain.
So how can start-up OEM supply chain leaders plan to maximise agility and dynamism while still achieving efficiency and stability in operations – not least during a time of such disruption? Join the conversation and learn more about how upstarts are bringing these exciting products and supply chains to life.
Gain valuable insights on:
- Building new supply chain organisations
- The ‘make’ or ‘buy’ decisions facing start-up logistics and supply chain management
- Balancing agile approaches and economies of scale
- Choosing strategic logistics partnerships
- Implementing new technology and digital tools
- Lessons on launching new products in a crisis
Head of Supply Chain Management
Marko Weisshaar, based in Boeblingen, Germany, is a senior logistics executive with extensive experience leading and developing supply chains in both the automotive and non-automotive sectors across EMEA. Marko joined OEM start-up INEOS Automotive in 2019, responsible for building the supply chain team and establishing the supply chain management (SCM) of the forthcoming Grenadier 4x4 vehicle from the ground up.
Marko’s experience includes almost 10 years working for Siemens AG, holding various logistics leaderships roles and 7 years with automotive tier 1 supplier Grammer AG. He graduated with a diploma in economics from the University of Bamberg and believes that “fun and adaptability is mandatory for successful work”.
Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief
Christopher is responsible for editorial production and strategy across Ultima Media’s global automotive media platforms, including Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Car Design News and its business intelligence unit, Automotive from Ultima Media. He’s covered the automotive industry and supply chain for 15 years and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the media and publishing business. He has an MsC from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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