EXCHAiNGE – The Supply Chainers’ Convention

New international business conference

Leamington Spa, 20th May 2013 – A brand-new international business conference is taking place at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany on 18th and 19th June 2013: EXCHAiNGE – The Supply Chainers’ Convention offers a networking platform for logistics professionals, buyers, and supply chain managers. A conference highlight will be the presentation of the Supply Chain Management Award 2013 on the evening of 18th June. EXCHAiNGE – the name captures the spirit of this new business conference, which is based on the same blueprint as successful supply chains: bringing together the world’s best to exchange experiences and to network. EXCHAiNGE was initiated by PwC Management Consulting, German trade magazine LOGISTIK HEUTE, the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISCM), Stuttgart-based software developer AEB, and the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM). It seeks to expand from focusing on specific disciplines such as logistics, purchasing, procurement, distribution, and production to encompassing the entire supply chain. Keynote speakers at EXCHAiNGE will be Professor Christopher Tang from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a pioneering researcher in global supply chain management, retail operations, and social business operations; and Professor David Simchi-Levi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who will unveil a new worldwide study on supply chain risk management. The conference emphasises the implementation of business strategies and is aimed at decision makers in the supply chain industry who are looking for innovative, effective solutions for developing comprehensive value chain networks. The conference is of particular relevance to senior management from large and medium-sized enterprises, and the programme is designed to facilitate dialogue and networking.

Conference topics will include :

  • Tailored Supply Chain
  • Financial Supply Chain
  • Service Supply Chain
  • Tax-Optimised Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Innovation Management

Other highlights include presentations on supply chain solutions in Formula 1 racing in collaboration with intralogistics specialist Interroll, and ideas and solutions for intelligent supply chains in collaboration with EffizienzCluster Logistik Ruhr.

Distinguished speakers will include :

  • Klaus Allisat, CEO, Husqvarna Motorcycles (IT)
  • Jürgen Braunstetter, Director of Supply Chain Management Automotive, Continental
  • Jörg Cwojdzinski, Managing Director, ASM Assembly Systems
  • Frank Debus, Senior Vice President for Customer Service Material Logistics, Siemens Healthcare
  • Hans Ehm, Head of Supply Chain Innovations, Infineon Technologies
  • Dr. Dirk Holbach, Corporate Vice President for International Production, Henkel
  • Axel Kruse, Director of Operations, Sauber Motorsport
  • Axel-Peter Ohse, Director of Global Transaction Banking, UniCredit Bank
  • Thilo Schäfer, Director of Global Handling Management, Lufthansa Cargo
  • Mike Schimke, Managing Director, Simon Hegele Supply Chain Services
  • Wolfgang Schindler, Director of Corporate Tax Department, KUKA
  • Prof. David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Christopher Tang, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Prof. Michael ten Hompel, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
  • Jo Thys, Supply Chain Director, Barry Callebaut (BE)
  • Patrick Wiedemann, CEO, Reverse Logistics Group
  • Prof. Hans-Michael Wolffgang, University of Münster
  • Prof. Detlef Zühlke, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)


Supply Chain Management Award 2013 (www.beste-supply-chain.de)

The prestigious Supply Chain Management Award will be presented on Tuesday evening, 18th June 2013. Now in its eighth year, the award honours the best value chain in the manufacturing industry. It is open to powerful end-to-end supply chain solutions and outstanding implementations in specific areas of the value chain that bring about significant competitive gains and serve as an example in the industry. EXCHAiNGE – the Supply Chainers’ Convention will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18th and 19th June 2013, at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the HOLM Forum at Frankfurt Airport. For detailed information about the conference programme and speakers, or to register, please visit www.exchainge.de.