THE HAGUE, Netherlands - European carmakers struggle to bring out new models faster with leaner development teams. Suppliers take a bigger role in the process. Automakers ask suppliers to do more engineering and assembly of systems and modules.
Some of Europe's most senior engineering executives and a top supplier executive will join a panel discussion on product development at the Automotive News Europe Congress June 22 in The Hague. Among the panelists:
Nick Stephenson, design and engineering director, Rover Group
Yves Dubreil, platform manager, large cars, Renault SA
Phil Martens, chief engineer, vehicle and chassis engineering, small-medium car center, Ford Motor Co.
Hans Gustavsson, senior vice president for research, development and sourcing, Volvo Car Corp.
Wilfried Bockelmann, director of product development, Skoda Auto
Daniel Dewavrin, chairman and CEO of Bertrand Faure/ECIA.
The panel discussion on Monday afternoon, June 22, will open the two-day event. Other panelists will be announced.
The congress will be held June 22-23 at the Netherlands Congress Centre in The Hague. About 500 industry executives are expected to attend.
Keynote speakers at a gala dinner on June 22 are Renault President Louis Schweitzer, and Noel Goutard, president of Valeo SA, Europe's second-largest supplier.
Keynoters at the June 23 dinner are Paolo Cantarella, CEO of Fiat S.p.A., and Klaus Bleyer, chairman of ZF Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest independent supplier of transmissions.
Other June 23 daytime speakers include: David Herman, chairman of Adam Opel AG; Dieter Zetsche, head of sales and marketing, Daimler-Benz AG; Martin Winterkorn, head of product development, Volkswagen AG; Chung Mong-Gyu, chairman, Hyundai Motor Corp.; Frederic Saint-Geours, managing director of Automobiles Peugeot; Charles Szuluk, president of Visteon Automotive Systems; Chris Bangle, director of design at BMW AG; Juan-Jose Diaz Ruiz, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Europe.
A.T. Kearney Inc., the management consultant, is a partner in the event.