With 70 per cent market growth in 2003
China has become the world's third largest automotive market. Continued
foreign investment in the country has resulted in a dramatic change within
the capital Shanghai's infrastructure, especially in the automotive industry,
making it a dynamic hub for major business communication and transportation
on an international scale. Meanwhile, Chinese car ownership is still quite
limited meaning the market demonstrates considerable long-term potential.
With demand expected to reach 6 million by 2010, China presents an exciting
opportunity for automotive growth and development when compared with the
stagnant markets in western Europe and North America.
However, with this growth have come many challenges.
China experienced difficulty in 2004 with the introduction of new legislation, a lack of
significant competition and modernisation, and with the continued complexity
of the region's logistics environment. These factors have all contributed to
a slowdown in market growth. In order to turn China's underlying economic
potential into a reality, the complexity of its infrastructure and business
processes need to be resolved.
Carmakers have recognised the challenge. They have been unlearning
western preconceptions and overcoming the difficulties associated with the
region, developing and implementing adaptation strategies to become more
flexible in their approach to logistics.
Last year Autologistics Asia presented an open forum for topical debate
with international speakers discussing the logistical challenges that face
the Asia Pacific automotive region. Jacky Wang, MP&L director of Ford in
China, expressed a need for OEMs to work closely with logistics companies to
achieve "quality, cost and speed... a challenge for the whole industry".
Meanwhile, Ken McCall, CEO, TNT, described the Chinese market as
In response to industry demand and the continued hunt for low-cost
manufacturing and cheaper parts, Autologistics Asia is back in China on 18
and 19 May 2005 at the Shangri-la Hotel in Shanghai, once again presenting an
unique networking opportunity.
Building on last year's success, high-ranking speakers and panellists,
comprising senior automotive professionals, all operating in the Asia Pacific
region, will contribute to this year's informative, exciting and inspiring
programme. Focusing on Procurement & Supply, Customs, Trade, Efficiency and
Compliance within the Asia Pacific, sessions will also include Supply Chains,
Transportation Infrastructure and Logistics Service Providers in China, along
with issues concerning Packaging.
Supported by Automotive Logistics magazine, Autologistics conferences
underline the need for active discussion and facilitate this between all
groups involved in the field. Autologistics Asia 2005 is set to bring you to
the forefront of the Asian automotive network, tackling the latest issues
facing logistics companies operating within this growing market. So whether
you are a carmaker, parts supplier or supply chain solutions provider, this
is the place to hear what others in the industry need and want from you.
Autologistics Asia 2005 is sponsored by Panalpina as Gold Sponsor, Linpac
as Silver Sponsor and has the special support of the China Supply Chain