Conference is divided into two days. On the first day, there will be a conference and evening networking programme prepared for you. On the day two, we will continue with the conference program in two separate conference rooms.

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

 

How it will run

After opening the conference on Tuesday morning, we will start the first 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.

*conference program is subject to change

March, 24th (Tuesday)

9:00 Registration

Registration and badge collection

Registration and badge collection

Registration will start od the day one of the conference at 9:00 AM at the hotel Partizan lobby and will continue until the lunch. After lunch of the first day, the registration of participants will be possible at the info booth in the conference foy

9:45 - 10:00 Conference opening

Alexander Matušek

Alexander Matušek
President, Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak republic

Ivan Hodáč

Ivan Hodáč
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).

10:00 - 10:30 Getting fit for the future

Dr. Oliver Grünberg

Dr. Oliver Grünberg
Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Slovakia

Since January 2019 Dr. Oliver Grünberg is CEO of Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. During his 25-years at Volkswagen AG, Dr. Grünberg oversaw many strategic positions, such as Managing Director and Director Technical Affairs at Škoda Auto India or head of Brandplanning at Škoda Auto. Before his assignment in Slovakia, he was technical director and deputy general director of Volkswagen Group Russia. Dr. Grünberg holds a doctor’s degree in engineering from University in Braunschweig. In his spare time he enjoys time with his wife and two kids.

The first steps into the electromobility were already successfully taken. Now we are standing at the point, where we have to shift from innovation to day-to-day reality.

10:30 - 11:00 The Future of Mobility Through the Eyes of Matador

Štefan Rosina

Štefan Rosina
President, MATADOR HOLDING

Štefan Rosina is currently the President of MATADOR Group and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Matador Holding, a. s. In 1984 he started his career in Matador working at various positions in production. Since 1985 he held number of positions as a research employee, technical engineer at Investment Department and Director at Technical Development Department. Since 1997 he served as a Vice-President for Development of Science and Technology, Vice-President for Strategy and Chairman of Supervisory Board. In these days, he presents a major leader in the whole MATADOR Group. He tries to prepare all key aspects in the company for the significant technology decade.

11:00 - 11:30 Mobility – the day after tomorrow

Jan Burdinski

Jan Burdinski
Executive Director, Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Company Brussels Office

Jan Burdinski is Head of Government Relations for the Hyundai Motor Group in Europe. Having joined the company in 2017, he is a seasoned government relations professional, who has had senior roles in the automotive sector.

11:30 - 12:00 Lecture (TBA)

Gwenole Cozigou

Gwenole Cozigou
Director Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission

An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations.

First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG), he joined the service in charge of relations with Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR in 1989, and became Assistant to the responsible Deputy Director-General in 1990 until 1996 when he came back to Enterprise and Industry DG.

A former Deputy-Head of Office of Commissioner Liikanen in charge of enterprise and industrial policy, he has occupied several management positions:
– Food Industry and Biotechnology;
– Coordination of the internal market legislation for goods;
– Enterprise and Industrial policy;
– Defence, Aerospace and Maritime Industries.

Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROWTH (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors, including REACH, engineering industries, medical devices, raw materials, etc..

His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering industries.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (served until 14:00)

Hotel Partizan Restaurant

Hotel Partizan Restaurant

13:30 - 14:50 Panel discussion: EUCAR, clusters, consortia (working title)

Stefan Deix

Stefan Deix
Director, European Council for Automotive R&D - EUCAR

Stefan Deix graduated as physicist at the University of Vienna. Since 2015 he has been Director of EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, the research association of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Stefan Deix was Director for Research & Innovation at CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) facilitating the Research and Innovation Working Group activities. Before that he was working at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in the Department Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). He was member of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) WG on Road Safety, iMobility WG on Automated Driving and Member of the EARPA task force safety.

Ladislav Glogar

Ladislav Glogar
Executive Director, Moravian-Silesian Automotive Cluster

In 1971 he finished his studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology. Then worked at the state-owned company Autopal. From 1989 to 1993 as CEO of AUTOPAL. After the acquisition of Autopal by Ford Motor Company in 1993, he became the Managing Director of Autopal-Ford. From 1995 to 1996, he worked at Ford Motor Company in the United States as Head of Business Planning in Lighting Technology and later as Production Manager at Ford Sheldon Road Plant. From 1997 to 2007, he was the CEO of Visteon-Autopal. He was also the Executive Director of Visteon Slovakia and Executive Director of Japan-USA JV, Visteon Nichirin Czech.
Since 2007 he has has been working as Executive Director of the Moravian-Silesian Automobile Cluster, and as a university teacher at the Ostrava Private Business School.
He graduated from Strategic Management and Leadership courses at Michigan State University and Duke University in the US.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech automotive industry for many years and in 2003 he won the prestigious Dale Carnegie Leadership Award for Central Europe.

Katarína Ikrényiová

Katarína Ikrényiová
Member of the Board, Slovak Plastic Cluster

She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Prešov, specializing in adult education, specializing in personnel management. She passed the state examination in psychology, pedagogy, sociology, economics, marketing, management and human resources. For more than 20 years, as a consultant, but also as a consultancy team leader, she has been involved in comprehensive personnel and organizational consulting for small and medium-sized companies. She also works as a lecturer in human resources and project management, designer of educational programs, designer and project manager of innovative international projects. In 2009, the company she owns became a co-founder of the Slovak Plastic Cluster. Since that year she has been a member of the SPK presidium where he is responsible for education, strategy and projects. From 2014 to 2020, she also served as the Executive Director of the SPK, where she prepared the SPK Strategy and other conceptual materials.

Raquel Piñan

Raquel Piñan
Internationalization Manager, Automotive Intelligence Center (AIC)

Graduated in Business Administration at the University of the Basque Country (UPV) both in Financial and Marketing management, Ms. Piñan has collected over fifteen years’ experience in international industrial fields working for different automotive companies. Ms. Piñaan is responsible for the international network of both ACICAE the Basque Country Automotive Cluster and AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center, defining their international strategy and executing the implementation.
Ms. Piñan takes an active part in programs with several international universities and training institutions sharing her knowledge and passion about the auto sector with other professionals and students.

14:50 - 15:05 Groupe PSA (lecture)

Martin Dzama

Martin Dzama
Production Manager, Groupe PSA (Trnava)

15:05 - 15:35 Future of Mobility

Milan Šlachta

Milan Šlachta
Representative of Bosch Group in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Managing Director of Robert Bosch (Slovakia)

Milan Šlachta has been working for Bosch in various functions since 1994, mainly in the automotive field. For eight years he worked as Sales Director and Managing Director at the Bosch branch in České Budějovice, which deals with the production and development of automotive technology. Since 2017 he has become a Bosch Group Representative in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Bosch envisions an emission-free, accident-free and exciting mobility in order to combat the challenge of climate change, to reduce road casualties and to adapt to individual mobility needs resulting from urbanization. Following our pledge invented for life, Bosch develops innovative technologies, software and services in order to realize this vision. To foster the development and deployment of these solutions, we recommend the policy activities for the new term of the EU institutions (2019 – 2024) in the realm of de-fossilizing the mobility sector, promoting automated driving and enabling personalized connected mobility.

15:35 - 16:05 FIA (lecture)

Thierry Willemarck

Thierry Willemarck
Deputy President Mobility, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

Thierry Willemarck joined the Royal Touring Club of Belgium (TCB) in 2001. He put a professional team in place which, under his leadership, turned around a situation that was close to collapse. Today the TCB enjoys consistent revenue growth thanks to innovation and diversification. The focus is no longer just on motorists, but on road users in general. Digitalisation is taken seriously as a means to serve members more effectively in their mobility needs. As such, ‘Mobility as a Service’ has become a reality, offering a combination of transportation means.

Lobbying for sustainable mobility in a safe environment is the leitmotiv of TCB. In a small country such as Belgium, the TCB realises the importance of sharing and working together with other organisations from around the world, particularly with Automobile Clubs. That is the reason the TCB is strongly committed to the FIA.

Thierry Willemarck was Vice President of the FIA’s Region I Mobility for eight years under the presidency of Werner Kraus, and succeeded him as Region I President in 2013. In late 2017, he was invited by Jean Todt to join his team as FIA Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism. He headed the Audit Committee of Region I and later the Audit Committee of the FIA, and as a member of the Statutes Review Commission, he has strived for more transparency and a better governance structure for the FIA.

Before joining TCB, Thierry Willemarck worked for the Continental Oil Company and held several positions in the USA and Sweden. As CEO of the Belgian subsidiary, he was involved in retail, and pushed the company into sponsoring car racing. The team sponsored won the Belgian Touring Car Championship Category 2 with a Honda CRX three times in a row. His first job was with Castrol, and as a young engineer he was involved in research to improve the Castrol RS lubricant used in racing cars.

According to him, the future is full of opportunities, but we must carefully choose the ones that make the most sense for our members and their economic and social environment.

New technologies will make leap-frog progress possible in lesser-developed areas of the world. As a Federation, we have to help this occur. A key focus alongside road safety is sustainable mobility, where car and ride sharing will increasingly occupy the Mobility space, next to public transportation.

Thierry Willemarck is an Industrial Engineer. He has a degree in Business and Administration, a PMD from Harvard Business School, and an MIT diploma in Strategy. He has been married for forty years, has three children, and five grandchildren.

16:05 -16:35 Networking break

Congress foyer

Congress foyer

16:35 - 17:35 Panel discussion: Are we driving into electric future?

Petr Knap

Petr Knap
Lead Partner for the Automotive Sector in CEE & Head of Advisory Services in CZ, EY

Petr Knap is the Head of the Consulting Division for the Czech Republic. After having worked at Procter & Gamble, he worked in consulting since 1996, and joined EY in 2002. His professional experience is based mainly on work in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, in the past he also worked for clients in the telecommunications and public sectors. Over the years, he has led management consulting projects focused on strategy development, organizational change, process improvement and cost optimization. Petr is actively involved in initiatives addressing innovative trends of the manufacturing future such as digitization, Industry 4.0, autonomous cars, e-mobility, etc.

Ondřej Kovařík

Ondřej Kovařík
Member of the European Parliament

Ondřej Kovařík (* 21 August 1980 in Kyjov) was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in May 2019 as an independent candidate for the ANO movement.

He studied international trade, international studies and diplomacy and at the University of Economics in Prague and later completed an international program in public administration, regional development and EU programmes at the prestigious school for civil servants, the École nationale d’administration (ENA), in Strasbourg and Paris.
Between 2003 and 2010 Mr Kovařík worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague in the Economic Relations section and at the Embassy in Ottawa, where he was the Head of the Economic Diplomacy department.
In the years 2007 – 2009 he worked in the Office of the Government where he dealt with security, transport and coordination with the ministries during the Czech Presidency to the EU.
Since 2010 Mr Kovařík was the head of Cabinet of the First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic. After he was representing the Czech Republic at the European Defense Agency.
From October 2015 until April 2019 he has served as Senior Adviser to the ANO delegation in the European Parliament and as (Senior) Assistant to MEP Dita Charanzová.

He is a member of the following parliamentary committees:
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) – as a substitute
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) – as a substitute

and in the following inter-parliamentary delegations:
Delegation for relations with Canada (D-CA);
Delegation for Northern cooperation and for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee – as a substitute

Jan Macek

Jan Macek
Professor, Center of Vehicles for Sustainable Mobility at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

After studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague (1972) he worked for 20 years in industrial research of highly turbocharged diesel and gas engines and obtained his Ph.D. in the National Institute for Machine Research in 1980. He entered the Czech Technical University as a lecturer in 1982, obtained his DrSc. in 1990 and full professorship in 1993. Since 1994 till 2016 he headed the Department of Automotive Technology, having been the dean of Mechanical Engineering Faculty (1997-2000) and vice-dean for R&D (2006-2017). He is focused on powertrain and engine design and thermodynamic optimizations based on combination experiments and simulation methods. He is an author of more than 20 patents and more than 100 papers (recently published especially in SAE Papers and Journals).

Jan Burdinski

Jan Burdinski
Executive Director, Government Relations, Hyundai Motor Company Brussels Office

Jan Burdinski is Head of Government Relations for the Hyundai Motor Group in Europe. Having joined the company in 2017, he is a seasoned government relations professional, who has had senior roles in the automotive sector.

17:35 - 18:05 Technology transformation – Keeping user experience at the heart of innovation

Ivan Kebísek

Ivan Kebísek
Engineering Director, Site Lead of Technical Center in Slovakia, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Ivan Kebísek is Director Engineering of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), located in Trenčín, Slovakia. He is responsible for the YFAI Technical Center as Site Leader and for FCA (Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati), Hyundai-KIA and Suzuki Engineering of Customer Business Units in Europe. His responsibility covers research and development activities for YFAI products – Instrument Panels, Cockpits, Floor Consoles and Door Panels.

Technology transformation – Keeping user experience at the heart of innovation

1. YFAI (Yanfeng Automotive Interiors in Slovakia, YF Technology)
2. Current MegaTrends – Mobility Trends, Technology Trends, Societal Trends
3. Smart Cabin Vision XiM20 – Innovative answer to those Trends

18:05 - 18:35 Which powertrain is really green?

František Simančík

František Simančík
Director, Department of Materials, Slovak Academy of Sciences,

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

19:30 Evening raut & networking

Tálska bastion

Tálska bastion

March, 25th (Wednesday)

09:00 - 09:30 Lecture (TBC)

Branislav Maukš

Branislav Maukš
Design Director, Aufeer Design

09:30 - 10:00 Cybersecurity and data sharing. How to combine? Perspectives from the automotive sector in a digital age

Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme
Smart Mobility Director, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

Joost Vantomme is Smart Mobility Director at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents the Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers.

Joost has over 25 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs. He served as legal and regulatory affairs director in the telecommunications, postal, logistics and automotive sector. He had leading policy making roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA, as well as at the UN level (UPU). Joost has also been member of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economy and director at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, an EU consultancy firm.

Since 1 September 2016, Joost holds the position of Smart Mobility Director at ACEA, bringing his vast experience together to address the challenges of the new ecosystem ‘cooperative, connected and automated mobility’.

As a frequent speaker at conferences and author of papers, he engages with stakeholders on European and international policy issues in a digital agenda context. Joost holds a Master in Economic Business Law, a Master in Law and a Diploma in Teaching Law (Universities of Leuven, Poitiers and Louvain). He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.

Vehicles become increasingly connected and automated as part of the internet of things. What use cases are relevant? What are the regulatory policies, risks and challenges? How does the industry respond to this new Data Economy?

10:00 - 10:30 Cyber Security and its Place in Industry 4.0

Rastislav Janota

Rastislav Janota
Director of National Cyber Security Centre (SK-CERT), National Security Authority

10:30 - 11:00 Activities and structures of the Platform Industry 4.0 Austria

Roland Sommer

Roland Sommer
Managing Director, Platform Industry 4.0 Austria

Roland Sommer serves as Managing Director of the Austrian Platform Industry 4.0 since October 2015. The platform is a public private partnership that aims at improving framework conditions for the introduction of digitalization (‘Industry 4.0’) bringing together relevant stakeholders in Austria. The focus of the work is based on innovation in production technologies and business models on the one hand and high-quality working conditions on the other hand. Moreover Mr. Sommer is lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Wieselburg. Prior to this function he worked as Director of Public-Private Affairs for AVL List GmbH. AVL List is the
world's largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems.

The activities, structure and processes of the Austria Platform on Industry 4.0 will be presented. Austria addresses Industry 4.0 broadly focusing on technological, organizational and people-centric aspects of the digital transformation.

11:00 - 11:30 Networking break

Congress foyer

Congress foyer

11:30 - 12:00 Industry 4.0 Changes the Business Model

Martin Morháč

Martin Morháč
founder, Industry 4UM

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.

12:00 - 12:30 Industry 4.0 Model Plant, Our Story

Jana Michelová

Jana Michelová
Innovations Manager, Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia

Jana Michelová has joined Continental Zvolen in 2017, taking position of Innovations manager after 10 years of professional experience in the automotive industry. In 2018 production plant in Zvolen has been named as one of two Industry 4.0 Model plants for the Automotive divisions in Continental. Model plant projects are covered under the lead of the Innovations department and include activities such as automated material flow, big data, digitalization and automation, HMI and many others. Jana Michelova has international academic background with major in Quality management and Master´s degree in Project management from University L´ENSAM in France.

Share lessons learned from our experience as I4.0 Model plant in corporate environment. Which are main enablers for Industry 4.0 projects and what is behind the buzzwords. How did we create our journey towards I4.0.

12:30 - 13:00 Industry 4.0 Lecture (TBA)

Marek Minda

Marek Minda
Lean Management, Maintenance, Planning, Logistic, Nemak Slovakia

13:00 - 13:30 Industry 4.0 Lecture (TBA)

Marcel Dubec

Marcel Dubec
Lean Manager, Danfoss Power Solutions

Jozef Hamar

Jozef Hamar
Director Operational Services, Danfoss Power Solutions

13:30 - 14:00 Where can your innovations grow? Testbed 4.0

Milan Lokšík

Milan Lokšík
Application Engineer, SOVA Digital

14:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Hotel Partizan Restaurant

Hotel Partizan Restaurant

15:00 - 16:00 Workshops (TBA)