Parts suppliers are being tested in the European marketplace like never before.
Sales have fallen dramatically and the industry is under enormous macroeconomic pressure. How is the relationship changing between carmakers and their original equipment suppliers? And how are EU regulations changing the game for suppliers?
The 16th Automotive News Europe Congress will explore answers to those questions on June 12 in Paris.
The event previously had been scheduled for Istanbul, Turkey.
The theme of the congress is "Moving toward a new Europe -- new boundaries, new opportunities in a radically changing landscape." The exclusive lead sponsor is Ernst & Young.
Among the speakers are two key supplier executives -- Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, and Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. Both speakers will address the issues facing suppliers in a panel session that will examine supplier challenges and changing European regulations.
Also joining the panel are Greg Archer, a member of the European Federation for Transport & Environment who manages vehicles activities; Philippe Jean, head of the automotive industry unit of the European Commission's Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General; and Peter Fuss, senior advisory partner for the automotive sector at Ernst & Young.
The congress, established in 1997, provides broad perspective on the industry's biggest issues. It is attended by top industry executives and key decision makers from automakers, suppliers and service providers.