CONFERENCE PROGRAM: (will be added later for download)

Day one

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Hotel Partizan Lobby

Registration and badge collection

Registration and badge collection

Vitajte

9:20 AM Conference opening

Juraj Sinay

Juraj Sinay
President, ZAP SR

President of Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic and head of the Department of Safety and Quality, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University in Košice.
In 1995, he earned the degree DrSc. with a doctoral dissertation thesis titled „Identification, control and predictability of technical risks of transportation machines and facilities“, and in 1990 he had successfully defended his inaugural dissertation thesis on University in Wuppertal, Germany, titled „Beitrag zur Qualifizierung und Quantifizierung von Risiko-Faktorenin der Fördertechnik – dargestellt am Beispiel von Hebezeugen“ in the field of Transportation and Handling technologies, which he had carried out during a long-term scholarship programme within the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

In 1991, he had been named a professor. In 2000, he was named the rector of Technical University in Košice and was the president of the Slovak Rectors Conference from 2002 to 2006.

From 2003 to 2004, he acted as a counsellor for science and research in the office of the President of Slovak Republic. In 2004, he was awarded a first degree Cross of the President of Federal Republic of Germany for his merits to develop cooperation with FRG. In December of 2006, he was named a permanent expert of the Government Council for Science and Research in the field of science and technology of engineering sciences. From 2006 to 2008, he was the project leader for Institutional Evaluation of Slovak colleges by the Association of European Universities. From 2008 to 2010, he was an advisor for the vice-president of the National Government and for the Minister of Education for science and research. Prior to 2000, he had performed as a guest professor on Technical University in Miškolc,Hungary, and on University of Ljublana, Slovenia. Nowadays, he acts as a guest professor on the Univeristy of Wuppertal and on Wismar College in Germany within the Erasmus programme. In 2007, he became a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg.

In the field of science and research, he has been dealing with mechanical dynamics as a source of technical risks, optimisation of risk management systems for technical systems and occupational health and safety, problems of control integrated systems, issues of safety and security, and with processes of quality assessment mainly in the field of college education as well. He tutored 15 doctorate students. He is also an honourary doctor of the University in Wuppertal, Germany, University of Miskolc, Hungary, University of Uzhgorod, Ukraine and of the College of Mining on Technical University in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

He is currently the president of the Association of Technical Diagnosticians in the SR, a member in the group of experts of the section Maschinen- und Systemsicherheit IVSS in Mannheim, Germany, a member of Gesellschaft für Sicherheitswissenschaften VDI in Wuppertal, Germany, and a member of German-speaking conference of professors of Traffic Engineering in Europe residing in Hannover, Germany.

Throughout his scientific work during an almost 30 years long period, he had published together as an author and co-author 10 monographs (5 of those in the SR and 5 abroad), 2 chapters in encyclopedias from publisher CRC Press in USA, 23 articles in scholarly journals abroad and 19 articles in the SR. He actively performed on 73 international conferences. He is the author and co-author of 47 lectures and publications with topics in the field of Quality of Scientific and Educational Activities within the European High Education Area, control of science and engineering within the European Research Area, as well as in the field of technology transfer.

He was the responsible executor of 6 scientific projects within the VEGA scientific agency, a responsible executor of the EU project TEMPUS, as well as a project manager and executor of 4 projects within the Sectoral Operational Programme for Science and Research. He was the leader of 25 projects for industrial practice. He is the co-author of 3 patents.

Vojtech Ferencz

Vojtech Ferencz
Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Date of birth: August 20, 1970

EDUCATION:
2007 – 2010 University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Business Economy, Košice, dissertation defense /PhD title/
1991 – 1995 University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Business Economy, Košice, Department of Management, Marketing and Accounting /Ing title/
1989 – 1991 University of Economics in Prague, Department of International Trade
1985 – 1989 Secondary Grammar School Kráľovský Chlmec

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

06/2012 – 03/2016 State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
04/2012 – 06/2012 Advisor to Minister, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
09/2010 – 04/2012 Deputy Director for Economy, Slovak Water Management Enterprise, s.p.- plant in Košice
07/2010 – 09/2010 CEO, Advanz, s.r.o. Košice
04/2007 – 06/2010 Director General of Strategy Section, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
11/2005 – 03/2007 Accountant and Financial Manager in private companies in Košice
08/1995 – 11/2005 Assistent GR, Plant Manager, Financial Director, Východoslovenské strojárne a.s.,

Foreign Languages
Hungarian – advanced (spoken and written)
English – advanced (spoken and written)
German – intermediate (spoken and written)
Russian – intermediate (spoken and written)
Spanish – beginner

9:45 AM How can the challenges of the automotive industry in Slovakia be handled?

Alexander Matusek

Alexander Matusek
President, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak republic

Automotive production, and not only in Slovakia, brings many challenges in the form of acquiring competent specialists in an exceptionally competitive environment, the fast pace of product innovations and production processes, the development of supply structures and the growing demands for environmental protection. How does one of the largest car producers in Slovakia deal with these changes?

Alexander Matušek from Volkswagen Slovakia, responsible for General Services and the environment, answers this question.

Since 1991 Volkswagen Slovakia has produced more than 4.5 million cars in Slovakia. It is one of the largest employers, exporters and investors in the country, employing more than 10 800 people. The company produces Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Volkswagen up!, Volkswagen e-up!, SEAT Mii and ŠKODA Citigo passenger vehicles and Porsche Cayenne bodies. Apart from vehicles it produces transmissions, components for transmissions, chassis and engines and equipment used in the production of vehicles.

10:10 AM PSA Groupe is taking root in Slovakia

Stéphane Bonhommeau

Stéphane Bonhommeau
Managing director, PSA Groupe plant in Trnava

1st of March 2017 General Director
PSA Groupe Slovakia Production centre in Trnava

2015 Plant Director light commercial vehicules
Plant PSA Groupe in Hordain, France

2014 Assembly Shop General Manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France

2011 Industrial General Manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France

2007 Industrialization project manager of the 508 car
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France

2004 Production, Quality and Assembly line manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France

1994 Head of production unit and group, then Head of technical group and Quality Assurance ; Assembly Shop, Paint Shop, Quality Shop
Plant PSA Groupe in Aulnay-sous-bois, France

EDUCATION

2004 Engineer diploma of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
2004 MAS in « Organization and management of production systems »

PSA Groupe is taking root in Slovakia:

  • in 2016, after ten years of production, the company registers record volume of its production
  • at the beginning of 2017 launeches the fourth work shift
  • is actively searching for new suppliers localised in proximity of the car factory
  • expands their activities in the area of purchasing and accounting services for the graoup
  • starts the project of engine produciton

10:35 AM Kia Motors Slovakia – Actual status and future challenges

Dusan Dvorak

Dusan Dvorak
Head of Communications and Public Relations

Dusan Dvorak graduated from the Faculty of Business Management at University of Economics in Bratislava in 1998. He joined Kia Motors Slovakia in 2005 when he created and led the Public Relations department. For three years, he acted as head of General Affairs, which provides operational services at the plant. He currently holds the position of head of Public Relations and administrator of the Kia Motors Slovakia Foundation at the same time. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Zilina branch of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Executive Committee member at Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic.

First 10 years of making KIA cars in Slovakia will be written in the history as a period of continuous growth and development. During the past decade more than 2,5 million of vehicles and 3.8 million of engines has left the plant’s gates. The production capacity of  the plant was extended to 350 000 vehicles and 550 000 engines per year.  What is necessary to do for the sustainable development of the automotive industry? What challenges are facing car manufacturers in Slovakia? How are the European market and the expectactations of our customers the evolving?

10:50 AM


11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Networking break

Networking break

11:20 AM Live and let drive… or “The freedom to move”

Andreas Maashoff

Andreas Maashoff
Director Industrial Design & Research, Adient

Aspects of Autonomous Driving, addressing the following four chapters:
1. Human benefits
2. Relationship to other trends
3. The Downside
4. “So what?”

11:40 PM Embraco success story – evolution from production towards development

Norbert Brath

Norbert Brath
R&D Global Product Engineering Director, Embraco

He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanization at Slovak University of Agriculture. He joined the Embraco Slovakia, as a fresh graduate from high school in September 2000, on the Department of logistics and production planning. Subsequently he transferred to the the quality department, where he was responsible for quality management system according to ISO 9001 and resolving customer complaints and demands. In 2003 he started to work as a leader for internal quality and in the years 2005 to 2007 as a manager was responsible for the overall quality assurance. In the next period, he worked in research and development, half of the year in Brazilian headquarters of Embraco and until 2010 he led the development department of the local factory. In 2010, he became its CEO. In this position he served until January 2016 when he took over the position of director of global research and development.

 

Since January 2016, he acts as global head of research and development on products (R&D Product Engineering) for the Embraco company with headquarters in Brazil and the plant and R&D center in Slovakia, in Spisska Nova Ves.

 

 

 

Foreign investment in Slovakia gaining stability if development is added. In recent years, such a transformation succeeded in Embraco from Spišská Nová Ves. How to convince a corporation to invest in development in Slovakia? How to create an innovative environment in the manufacturing factory? How to choose the right people? … And many other interesting topics will be part of the Embraco Slovak strategy presentation.

12:00 PM What works for us today, will not be sufficient tomorrow

Martin Morhac

Martin Morhac
Chariman of AIA SR Research and Development Committee

He completed studies at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, in 1982. In the same year he started working at the same faculty as a research worker. His focus was on Management Information System, with a specialization on preproduction processes. Since 1989 he was a leader of the division of Automatization of Engineering Work in the company called Inorga Praha, Bratislava branch. In 1991 he was a co-founder of SOVA Ltd. enterprise. Since then he has been the director of the company named SOVA Digital a.s. today.

 

Automotive industry is heading towards biggest changes in its history. It is an opportunity and a threat at the same time. The lecture describes possible solution of upcoming changes in automotive industry in Slovakia. It indicates, where companies can move forward in the area of R&D, digitalisation, change of professions, technologies…

12:15 PM


12:25 AM - 13:30 PM Hotel Partizan Restaurant

Lunch

Lunch

01:30 PM Future challenges of reducing CO2 emissions in the car industry post 2020

Martin Koers

Martin Koers
Head of Economic Policy and Climate Protection Department, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)

Dr. Martin Koers studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany and UK (Edinburgh). After working at the Department of Marketing at Muenster University (Germany) he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois (USA) before moving forward to Ford Motor Company in Europe located in Cologne. At Ford he held different management positions before starting his profession at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie – VDA) in Frankfurt and Berlin as Head of Economic Policy and Climate Protection. At the same time he holds a university teaching position at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles have been subject to a CO2 Regulation in the EU since 2009. Initially an average target of 130 g CO2/km was set for new passenger cars for 2015, which was tightened up to 95 g CO2/km for 2020. The European Commission is currently working on a draft Regulation for the period after 2020. The continuation of the present political course would involve serious climate policy weaknesses and economic risks. Therefore the German automotive industry is working to enhance climate protection with an improved Regulation taking a holistic approach.

1:50 PM


2:00 PM Live video lecture: European Commision plans in favour of European mobility modernisation, incl. Q&A section

Maroš Šefčovič

Maroš Šefčovič
Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union

Maroš Šefčovič (born in 1966) is a Slovak career diplomat and since 1 November 2014 Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. In this capacity, he leads the “Energy Union” Project Team within the Commission which comprises of 14 commissioners.
In 2014 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament. From 2010 – 2014 he was Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2009-2010, he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 -2009, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union. As diplomat by profession he served between 1992 and 2004 in Zimbabwe and Canada and as Ambassador to Israel.
He graduated from the University of Economy in Bratislava and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations. He holds a degree as Doctor of Law and a PhD of European Law from the Comenius University, Faculty of Law, Bratislava. He also studied at Stanford University, USA.
He has recently published a book on his first mandate as Vice-President entitled “Driving the EU forward – straight talks with Maroš Šefčovič” (John Harper Publishing, London 2014).

Energy Union project is closely linked to transport and modernization of this rapidly growing sector of the economy. The European Commission therefore in 2017 preparing new legislative proposals in favor of a European low-carbon mobility. The proposal focuses on the greatest number of cars with a clean drive on European roads, completion of the necessary infrastructure, including charging stations for electric car, as well as clarification of the legal framework for tolling systems and the Eurovignette.The main objective of the European strategy for low-emission mobility is a situation where CO2 emissions from transport by 2050 were at least 60% lower than in 1990. It also aims at eliminating them, taking into account the necessity to assure all needs of the transport of people, goods and global connectivity.

 

3:00 PM Panel: Future Industry Powered by Smart Logistics

Abiel Carrillo

Abiel Carrillo
President, Impulse Group

Industrial Engineer from Nuevo Leon University in Monterrey, Mexico

 

7 Years experience in Commercial & International Banking

 

10 Years experience in Industrial Banking, Venture Capital & Project Management at Nacional Financiera, Mexico Industry Development Bank, the last 5 years being the Director in Charge of the Duty/Tax Free Maquila Industry

 

23 Years experience as President of Impulse Group, involved in Supply Chain Management, Supplier Development and Industrie 4.0 in USA, Mexico and Europe

 

Firm believer in the linkage and connectivity of supply chains, involved in RFID, POS, JIS programs, early developer of Finance Options linked to Supply Chains and keen follower of blockchain applications to materials flows

Connected factories will stretch the production logistics deep inside the supply chain. Automated manufactuing of the growingly diversified products would only work with the supplies fluently delivered. Logistics solutions may enable even the cross-border supplies work under consistent information coverage and machine-precisely processed in handling, warehouses and line feeding.

David Labardin

David Labardin
CEO and chairman, LinkCity

David Labardin – deputy CEO of VCES a.s. and CEO and chairman of linkcity, both subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

With more than 15-year experience in construction of any kind of projects (from residential to large infrastructure projects), as well as in real estate with the development of turnkey projects (residential and commercial), David has gained wide knowhow in managing large and complex projects.

Thanks to local / regional strengths in construction and property development, and with the inspiration from Bouygues’ international experiences VCES is delivering global offers to investors, supporting the development of Smart Cities and providing one-stop-shop approach for industry / manufacturing & logistics companies.

Bouygues, through VCES and other subsidiaries in Poland and Romania, is able to provide the services of a worldwide leader in the construction and property development with the proximity of local teams.

David was the Vice-Chairman of Czech Green Building Council and is member of the Bouygues Sustainable Development network with the aim to promote and develop sustainable construction.

Connected factories will stretch the production logistics deep inside the supply chain. Automated manufactuing of the growingly diversified products would only work with the supplies fluently delivered. Logistics solutions may enable even the cross-border supplies work under consistent information coverage and machine-precisely processed in handling, warehouses and line feeding.

Martin Urban

Martin Urban
Managing director, Jungheinrich

Martin Urban works at Jungheinrich concern since 2003 as a managing director and CEO of subsidiary in Slovak Repulic.

Before, he held various management positions in companies such as Siemens Building Technologies and Landis & Gyr, where he was dealing mainly with sales management and sales teams. M. Urban is a graduate of Faculty of mechanical engineering, Slovak university of Technology in Bratislava, he also holds MBA from the prestigious Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburg.

Connected factories will stretch the production logistics deep inside the supply chain. Automated manufactuing of the growingly diversified products would only work with the supplies fluently delivered. Logistics solutions may enable even the cross-border supplies work under consistent information coverage and machine-precisely processed in handling, warehouses and line feeding.

Martin Jesny

Martin Jesny
Founder, Analyst, Slovak Automotive Institute

Martin Jesný is an industrial analyst and Founder of the Slovak Automotive Institute, an independent think-tank. He spent major part of his previous career as business journalist and analyst at Trend Holding and short period as project manager at Neulogy. Currently he is building up a industry sustainable competitiveness platform using the think-tank industrial expertise and various communication channels at the SON Media publishing house with the B2B magazine Revue priemyslu (Industrial Review).

Connected factories will stretch the production logistics deep inside the supply chain. Automated manufactuing of the growingly diversified products would only work with the supplies fluently delivered. Logistics solutions may enable even the cross-border supplies work under consistent information coverage and machine-precisely processed in handling, warehouses and line feeding.

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Networking break

Networking break

4:30 PM Keynote Video Lecture – Live with Q&A section

Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel
American management expert, London Business School

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”

Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.

Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.

Hamel’s work inside of organizations has been equally pioneering.  Highlights include:

  • Building one of the world’s first “idea markets” inside a global energy leader.
  • Using crowdsourcing to help a European high tech company build a game-changing strategy.
  • Orchestrating a comprehensive effort to turn a venerable durable goods manufacturer into one of the world’s most innovative companies.
  • Helping a leading Korean company re-engineer its management practices around the principles of openness, community and meritocracy.
  • Designing and deploying an online platform that allowed the employees of a top fashion house to share and develop ideas for strengthening their company’s core values.
  • Developing innovation tools and platforms that have helped companies around the world de-commoditize mature industries and accelerate growth.
  • Running an online “hackathon” in which more than 1,700 senior executives collaborated to reinvent the HR function.

In his work, Hamel has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies and has helped to create billions of dollars in shareholder value.

Hamel is one of the world’s most sought-after management speakers on the topics of strategy, leadership, innovation and change.

Nastáva informačný vek, zmeny sa zrýchľujú a hlavnou úlohou pre každú firmu v automobilovom priemysle je, aby v týchto zložitých podmienkach sa stala buď architektom revolúcie vo svojom odvetví, alebo aby aspoň dokázala udržať krok s dynamicky sa meniacimi trendmi a požiadavkami trhu. K tomu sú potrebné tri hlavné smery zamerania manažmentu firiem:

  • Rozvoj inovácií smerom k procesom, technológiám, výrobkom i biznis modelom
  • Rozvoj flexibility firiem, schopnosť pohotovo a správne reagovať na prichádzajúce zmeny
  • Rozvoj a vedenie pracovnej sily smerom k zabezpečeniu predchádzajúcich dvoch bodov

Gary Hamel využíva na objasnenie svojej prednášky viacero príkladov praktických aplikácií dosiahnutých v podnikoch z celého sveta. V závere prednášky bude vytvorený pomerne veľký priestor na diskusiu s týmto významným svetovým odborníkom.

5:20 PM


7:00 PM Tálska bašta

Evening Networking Programme

Evening Networking Programme

Day Two

8:00 AM The application of the methodology “Design for Six Sigma” in the design and development of car parts

Frantisek Horecny

Frantisek Horecny
Continuous Improvement Manager, YFAI

Mr. Horecny devotes to the Six Sigma methodology and Lean for 12 years. He gained a big part of his knowledge and experience in this area working for the manufacturing sector of automotive industry abroad. In Slovakia, he worked in engineering and electrical industry as a project manager and Continuous Improvement Manager. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and his current mission is to implemetn the methodology of Robust engineering (Design for Six Sigma) in the development of car interiors in technical centers Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems Slovakia in Trencin.

The application of the methodology “Design for Six Sigma” in the design and development of car interiors

– Introduction to the methodology of Design for Six Sigma (robust engineering) using a statistical method Design of Experiments by Dr. Taguchi
– Typical fields of application of the  Robust Engineering methodology
– Example of project solution
– Benefits of Robust Engineering

8:20 AM The automotive industry: looking to the future

Ivan Hodač

Ivan Hodač
Event moderator

Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).

In the coming years the automotive industry will be facing challenges as probably never before: automated and connected driving, smart cities, introduction of new technologies that will meet future emission and CO2 standards, multilateral and bilateral trade arrangements, questioning of globalization and existing regional groupings. Do the young people of today still consider ownership of cars a necessity? Who will build the infrastructure that will be needed to meet most of these challenges? What technologies will emerge as winners – and based on what considerations? Is the European industry equipped to meet all these challenges?

8:40 AM Optimising road transport through autonomous vehicles

Biagio Ciuffo

Biagio Ciuffo
Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Biagio Ciuffo received the Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering from the University of Napoli Federico II in 2008. Then he held a three-year Post-Doctoral position at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), working at the sustainability assessment of traffic and transport related measures and policies. He is now a Scientific Officer of the JRC, where he leads different projects concerning the reduction of CO2 emissions from road transport and the effect of introducing autonomous vehicles.

Biagio Ciuffo has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and acts as reviewer for several international journals.

For his research activities on the calibration of traffic simulation models he was awarded with the 2012 Greenshields Prize and with the 2013 SimSub Committee Prize from the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academy of Science.

Automated and connected vehicles hold significant promise in the reduction of road accidents, traffic congestion and energy use. However, the road transport system is complex and the potential impacts of automated and connected vehicles, which could contribute to totally reshape the vehicle use paradigm, are mostly uncertain and could have undesirable consequences. In this picture, the role Governments will decide to play will be very important. In this initial phase public authorities are mainly acting as enabler, providing the framework in which industry and operators can deploy new technologies and systems and can position themselves in the new market, as well as trying to avoid creating obstacles to them. At a certain point, however, in order to ensure that the potential benefits of vehicle automation are actually delivered, a totally different role can be played, with the automated vehicles integrated in the management of the whole transportation system. The presentation will highlight possible scenarios connected with the deployment of automated and connected vehicles focusing also on the potential impact on the automotive sector.

9:00 AM Modern production technologies: Car production in the factory of the future

Tomas Polascin

Tomas Polascin
Head of the Manufacturing Technology dept. and member of the Group's strategic project "Production of the Future", Volkswagen Slovakia

Tomáš Polaščin (37) is responsible for Production Technologies and a team of technology experts in the company. Last year he became a member of the strategic project of the Volkswagen Group for “Production of the Future“, focused on the preparation of production processes for electromobility, digitalization of products and production technologies.

„Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.“ – Henry Ford
Even though the world of automobiles has changed considerably since Henry Ford made important innovations in car production many years ago, it is even more true today that we have to make timely preparations for the changing demands of our customers. This applies to the cars themselves, as well as to production technologies and factories. What changes do product innovations bring to production processes? Will we be producing cars in factories without people? Will a new production system for large scale mass production replace Ford’s production line?
Tomáš Polaščin from Volkswagen Slovakia, responsible for Production Technology and a team of technology experts, provides professional insight into these questions.
Since 1991 Volkswagen Slovakia has produced more than 4.5 million cars in Slovakia. It is one of the largest employers, exporters and investors in the country, employing more than 10 800 people. The conpany produces Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Volkswagen up!, Volkswagen e-up!, SEAT Mii and ŠKODA Citigo passenger vehicles and Porsche Cayenne bodywork. Apart from vehicles it produces transmissions, components for transmissions, chassis and engines and equipment used in the manufacture of vehicles.

9:20 AM


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking break

Networking break

10:00 AM Materials for cars of future

Frantisek Simancik

Frantisek Simancik
Slovak academy of sciences, director of department of materials

2004 – present, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Director
1994 – 2004, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Deputy Director

The most important results:
• The development of continuous carbon fibers copper plating technology
• The developmnet of an original aluminium foaming technology

Membership in scientific organizations:
• Society for New Materials and Technologies Slovakia, Committee Member
• Materials Research Society
• Society for the Doctrine of metals

Specialization:

Composites metal matrix:
• Materials: Aluminum – Al2O3 and carbon fiber, aluminum-graphite, copper-carbon fiber
• Technology: rheocasting, compocasting, coating the fibers, diffuse hot pressing in vacuum, powder metallurgy

Cellular metallic materials:
• development of a foam aluminum and zinc powder metallurgy
• evaluation of properties of metallic foams
• Development of aluminum foam prototype components and their testing.

Magnesium alloys
• recycling of magnesium alloys,
• development of new thixotropic magnesium alloys,

Nanostructures materials:
• materials based on ultrafine aluminum powders,
• quasicrystalline aluminum alloy,
• dispersion strengthened aluminum alloys

The global challenges such as reduction of CO2 emissions, limited and exhausting material resources, growing population and associated space and mobility problems set strong requirements also on the construction of future cars. New materials are urgently needed to increase efficiency of primary resources (green energy, raw materials) and simultaneously reduce global pollution, while assuring a required safety and passenger comfort.
In the paper some of the perspective development approaches including novel lightweight materials and technologies for car body structures, materials for efficient thermal management, materials for energy conversion and its temporary storage will be briefly discussed. The current development be assessed with respect to availability of resources, possibility of tailoring the properties, existence of recycling concepts and also associated costs. Some prototype studies will be presented to demonstrate promising research results.

10:20 AM Current achievements and future outlook for advanced materials in automotive industry

Laurentzi Aretxabaleta Ramos

Laurentzi Aretxabaleta Ramos
Coordinator of the research group of Polymer and Composites Technology, University of Mondragon

Dr. Laurentzi Aretxabaleta is Industrial Engineer, he obtained his degree from the universities of Mondragon, Université Bordeaux I (France) and Université du Havre (France). He obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Mondragón University (2009). Since 2016 he is in charge of the Plastic and Composite Technologies Group at Mondragon Unibertsitatea. His research is focused on cost-effective LCM processes (RTM, infusion and pultrusion), with special emphasis on energy-absorbing and damage tolerant fibre reinforced composites components. Dr. Aretxabaleta is co-author of 18 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as several oral communications in international conferences. His industrial research partners are primarily in the automotive, civil engineering and capital goods sectors.

There is a broad consensus that lightweight materials are the way forward to reduce vehicle mass and improve crashworthiness. New aluminium alloys, carbon fibre reinforced plastics and multimaterials show the highest growth rates of all lightweight materials by now and in the upcoming decades. However, in order to get their best in the automotive industry, a holistic approach must be adopted, integrating the materials-process-design trinomial from the sketch of a new development. The scope of the presentation is to show the current achievements and future outlook of lightweight materials for the automotive industry. New materials, design approaches and advanced manufacturing technologies will be presented.

10:40 AM Complex solutions for Smart Logistics

Jan Labaj

Jan Labaj
CEIT Technical Innovation, director

Ing. John Lábaj, PhD. studied at the Department of Design and Machine Components of University of Zilina. He has been working for CEIT since 2011 where he significantly contributed to the research, development and deployment of mobile robotic systems into industrial practice. Since December 2015, he is the director of CEIT Technical Innovation, which is part of CEIT.

Successful industrial companies in an effort to respond the challenges of Industry 4.0 innovate their manufacturing and logistics processes by using intelligent mobile robotic systems. CEIT is a specialist in complex solutions for smart logistics, including planning, optimization, development and implementation of their own mobile robotic systems. What is their specific contribution? How they´ve changed course in industrial halls? Why are they essential for the future Smart factories?

11:10 AM - 11:40AM

Networking break

Networking break

11:40 AM The panel discussion: How to ensure sufficient amount of skilled labour force

Jaroslav Holeček

Jaroslav Holeček
Vice president, Automotive Industry Association of SR

Mr. Holeček is active in the automotive industry his entire professional career. He was director of machining vocational school near automobile factory in Trnava for eight years. Almost 20 years HR Director at VW Slovakia in Bratislava, VW Autoeuropa in Portugal and the VW Group Rus in Kaluga. Executive Vice President of the Automotive Industry Association of Slovak Republic.

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

Branislav Ondrus

Branislav Ondrus
Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic

Branislav Ondruš has held the position of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic since 2012.

He was born in 1973 in Levoča.

Education

Branislav Ondruš graduated from a secondary grammar school in Bratislava. In 1996 he received a master´s degree in Political Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1994 he studied European Political Systems at the Thames Valley University.

Political career

In 1990 he became a member of the KSS (the Communist Party of Slovakia) (later known SDĽ – the Democratic Left Party). He held several positions within these political parties. In 1999 he became its spokesman and on October 21, 2000, he was elected its first vice-president.

In 2010 Branislav Ondruš was elected as an MP in the Slovak National Council. He worked as a deputy chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of the Slovak National Council and as a member of the European Affairs Committee of the Slovak National Council.

Out of politics career

After graduating from the university in 1996 Branislav Ondruš worked as a news presenter, economic editor and commentator in TV Markíza. In February 2002 he started working as a news presenter in TV JOJ. He also worked in the Slovo weekly magazine.

Responsibilities of Branislav Ondruš as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic

Branislav Ondruš is responsible for:

  • Section of Labour,
  • Section of Legislation.

Priorities of Branislav Ondruš as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic

  • to reduce the high unemployment of young people,
  • to systematically solve the problem of long-term unemployment, especially regional unemployment,
  • to eliminate illegal work,
  • to create legislation aimed at supporting safe work environment and fair labour law relations.

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

Jaroslav Kouril

Jaroslav Kouril
Group Country HR Director Slovakia, Faurecia

Mr. Jaroslav Kouril is working nearly 30 years in the human resources sector. His actual position is HR Director for Slovakia in multinational company Faurecia. Faurecia as an important world player in the field of subcontractors in automotive industry and currently employs approximately 2,500 employees in Slovakia. He has large professional experience in multinational corporations in the automotive, industrial and energy sectors, but also in the public sector. He completed his postgraduate degree in financial law at Comenius University and international management studies in Netherlands and Czech Republic.

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

Julius Hron

Julius Hron
Chairman of the Education committee under AIA SR

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

Lucia Ditetova

Lucia Ditetova
Manager of the labor market and human resources section, TREXIMA

Professionaly, she manages projets in the field of lifelong learning, development and implementation of avisory tools and information systems, withinin active labor market measures. The main topic of the current professional focus is mainly monitoring and forecasting of labor market needs, where she considers strategic partherships of social partners, the Slovak Government, employers, local governments and other importatnt actors in the labor market as a crucial element. She managed the creation of the National System of Vocations in Slovakia, where together with interested professionals creates a system of sector councils, which in all sectors of the national economy define the standard requirements for technical knowledge and skills of a skilled workforce.

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

Olga Nachtmannova

Olga Nachtmannova
Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Oľga Nachtmannová, PhD.
Born in 1963, Považská Bystrica, Slovak Republic

Education:
1987 Belarus state university, Minsk
2006 PhD. – Economic University in Bratislava

Occupation: University teacher in area of human resources management, Economic universtiy in Bratislava

Political activity:

2006 – 2010

Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic for the party Smer – Social Democracy
Member of the Committee on European Affairs
Member of the Committee for Education, Youth, Science and Sports

2012 – 2016

Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic for the party Smer – Social Democracy
Member of the Committee on European Affairs
Member of the Committee for Education, Youth, Science and Sports

marec 2016 – november 2016

Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic for the party Smer – Social Democracy
Member of the Committee on European Affairs
Member of the Constitutional Committee

Od 18. novembra 2016
Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Rodinný stav: divorced, two sons

In recent years, despite still relatively high unemployment rate, Slovak competitiveness has been hindered by the shortage of qualified labor force. How OEMs and suppliers want to handle this issue and how the government will intervene.

11:40 AM Industry4UM: How to start Industry 4.0 in a company

Martin Fabry

Martin Fabry
senior conzultant, Deloitte

Martin has more than 15 years of experience in ICT and IT security in various industries such as Telco, banking and finance, gaming, healthcare, energy and toll systems. He currently focuses on critical infrastructure security and SCADA industrial systems in refineries and the automotive industry. Martin has participated in projects in both the private and public sectors. In addition to knowledge gained in the local ICT environment, he worked abroad for three years and delivered large-scale turnkey projects for Belarus, Gibraltar, Israel, and Kyrgyzstan. As a project manager and coordinator, he was responsible for building data centres and telecommunication networks. He has gained extensive technical and project knowledge from designing solutions for data centres and telecommunication infrastructure.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

Industry 4UM: How to start Industry 4.0 in a company
Industry 4UM is a new format of an open discussion forum, which aims to clarify the issue of Industry 4.0 by experts on selected topics. Today we will discuss the following topics: Introduction of Industry 4.0 in Slovak companies begins. What approach we should choose, What should be the first steps and how to manage the process of implementation; Experience of the company which is successful in implementing the Industry 4.0; Cyber Security in Industry 4.0.
Industry4UM is a joint project of SOVA Digital and REVUE Priemyslu. In 2017, several Industry4UM discussion forums are being prepared. They will be focused on various current topics of Industry 4.0.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

 

Martin Jesny

Martin Jesny
Founder, Analyst, Slovak Automotive Institute

Martin Jesný is an industrial analyst and Founder of the Slovak Automotive Institute, an independent think-tank. He spent major part of his previous career as business journalist and analyst at Trend Holding and short period as project manager at Neulogy. Currently he is building up a industry sustainable competitiveness platform using the think-tank industrial expertise and various communication channels at the SON Media publishing house with the B2B magazine Revue priemyslu (Industrial Review).

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

Industry 4UM: How to start Industry 4.0 in a company
Industry 4UM is a new format of an open discussion forum, which aims to clarify the issue of Industry 4.0 by experts on selected topics. Today we will discuss the following topics: Introduction of Industry 4.0 in Slovak companies begins. What approach we should choose, What should be the first steps and how to manage the process of implementation; Experience of the company which is successful in implementing the Industry 4.0; Cyber Security in Industry 4.0.
Industry4UM is a joint project of SOVA Digital and REVUE Priemyslu. In 2017, several Industry4UM discussion forums are being prepared. They will be focused on various current topics of Industry 4.0.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

 

Martin Morhac

Martin Morhac
Chief executive officer, Sova Digital

He completed studies at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, in 1982. In the same year he started working at the same faculty as a research worker. His focus was on Management Information System, with a specialization on preproduction processes. Since 1989 he was a leader of the division of Automatization of Engineering Work in the company called Inorga Praha, Bratislava branch. In 1991 he was a co-founder of SOVA Ltd. enterprise. Since then he has been the director of the company named SOVA Digital a.s. today.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

Industry 4UM: How to start Industry 4.0 in a company
Industry 4UM is a new format of an open discussion forum, which aims to clarify the issue of Industry 4.0 by experts on selected topics. Today we will discuss the following topics: Introduction of Industry 4.0 in Slovak companies begins. What approach we should choose, What should be the first steps and how to manage the process of implementation; Experience of the company which is successful in implementing the Industry 4.0; Cyber Security in Industry 4.0.
Industry4UM is a joint project of SOVA Digital and REVUE Priemyslu. In 2017, several Industry4UM discussion forums are being prepared. They will be focused on various current topics of Industry 4.0.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

 

Tomas Korchan

Tomas Korchan
Head of Industrial Engineering –Methods department, Schaeffler

Ing. Tomáš Korchán (32) je súčasťou spoločnosti Schaeffler Kysuce od roku 2012, kde nastúpil ako projektový manažér pre Six Sigma. Je certifikovaný TÜV Six Sigma+Lean Black Belt. Úspešne viedol a riešil projekty optimalizácií v závodoch Schaeffler v Nemecku, Českej republike a na Slovensku.

Na útvare Industrial Engineering v závode v Kysuckom Novom Meste sa snaží spolu so svojim tímom o presadzovanie vízie Industry 4.0 prostredníctvom budovania kompetenčného centra Digitálneho podniku pre Schaeffler región Európa, a to za plnej podpory manažmentu spoločnosti (Ing. Jaroslav Patka COO Schaeffler Europe, Ing. Milan Jurky, PhD. – riaditeľ závodu, Ing. Marián Stárek – vedúci Industrial Engineering).a

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

Industry 4UM: How to start Industry 4.0 in a company
Industry 4UM is a new format of an open discussion forum, which aims to clarify the issue of Industry 4.0 by experts on selected topics. Today we will discuss the following topics: Introduction of Industry 4.0 in Slovak companies begins. What approach we should choose, What should be the first steps and how to manage the process of implementation; Experience of the company which is successful in implementing the Industry 4.0; Cyber Security in Industry 4.0.
Industry4UM is a joint project of SOVA Digital and REVUE Priemyslu. In 2017, several Industry4UM discussion forums are being prepared. They will be focused on various current topics of Industry 4.0.

Note: Industry 4UM is only in Slovak language with no interpretation

 

11:40 AM Workshop: Searching innovative solutions using creative methods for industrial companies

Vladimír Švač

Vladimír Švač
Head of Innovation Advisory Services, KPMG Slovakia

Vladimir in his professional carrier is oriented on development of business structured innovation management, innovative workshops with focus on generation of specific actionable ideas and developing innovators. He leads a series of KPMG innovation seminars for clients in the frame of Enjoy & Innovate initiative.
His previous carrier started at the Technical University of Kosice as a university teacher, than worked at SARIO and Automotive Cluster Trnava. He co-operated on innovation projects for EDSCHA Company (Research and development of car hinge systems), EU IS EQUAL educational innovation project at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering TU of Kosice, International project AutoClusters at Automotive Cluster Trnava and others.
In 2013-2016, Vladimir organized 15 innovation seminars, 3 discussion forums, 2 inspirational days that were attended by more than 300 people from 90 companies. He prepares e-magazine Automotive Innovation Slovakia, cooperates with Automotive Industry Association of the SR and manages innovation project called “Development of innovation in SOVA Digital Company”.
One of his great initiative is innovation platform to connect and network R&D and innovation managers from different industrial sectors in Slovakia.

Note: Innovation Workshop is in Slovak language without interpretation

The key objective of the innovation workshop will be idea generation on a selected interesting topic, that participants have never been in contact before. During the workshop participants will be encouraged to find creative ways and become a part of the idea generation process using a method which is different than a well known brainstorming. This special creative method of finding innovative solutions is very suitable for industrial companies, as well. Are you curious about what kind of method we will use during the workshop? You will see right there…

Note: Innovation Workshop is in Slovak language without interpretation

1:00 PM - 2:40 PM Hotel Partizan Restaurant

Lunch

Lunch

 

Conference is divided into two days. Two day layout was prepared with intention to create conditions for high quality networking program which is planned on the first day evening.

What you can expect:
  • Specialists sharing their experience
  • Inspiration from automotive industry experts
  • New contacts and networking
  • Evening raut

 

 


CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Conference Program (.PDF)
Conference Program (.JPG)
Orientation Map

 

How it will run

After opening the conference on Tuesday morning, we will start the first block of lectures. Then, lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant. After the lunch break, we will continue with the next set of lectures. If you find it difficult to concentrate you may welcome regular coffee breaks for your refreshment. After the last lecture, you will have some time to rest. An evening raut will take place in the nearby restaurant Talska bastion with the opportunity for informal networking.

Second day, after breakfast, the conference will continue with interesting lectures and panel discussions. Lunch will be served at the restaurant of Hotel Partizan.