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Day 1 Tuesday, 8 October 2013
8:30 AM Registration and welcome reception
9:00 AM Opening by the President of the ACB, Dr. Till W. Truckenmüller
9:05 AM Key note by the Patron of the IACB, H.E. Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
9:30 AM Dr. Roland Wenger, Strategic Supplier & Commodity Management - Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG
Requirements to suppliers in East Europe
9:55AM Jean-Marie Bussière, General Manager Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor Europe
Strategies for leadership
10:20 AM Coffee break, exhibits open
10:50 AM Frederic Flory, Vice President PMS Seat Covers and Metals, Grammer AG; BoD, Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
Hiring in Bulgaria - the most important success factor
11:15 AM Hanno Miorini, Vice President OE Sales Austria and South East Europe, Robert Bosch AG
Automotives - one of the world's leading engines of innovation
11:40 AM Ph.D. Eng. Tadeusz Ziarko, Regional Board CEE Head of Automotive Operations, Festo AG; M.Sc. Eng. Stefan Ivanov, General Manager, Festo EOOD
Festo: a global partner in automation and training for the automotive industry
12:05 PM Lunch
1:05 PM Dr. Jutta Schiffers, Executive Director Global Engineering Software Automotive Experience & Interiors, Johnson Controls; Vice President, ACB
Global Engineering Footprint – made in Bulgaria
1:30 PM Dr. Till W. Truckenmüller, CEO, IMACOS Truckenmüller & Company, President of ACB, Honorary Consul of Bulgaria for Baden-Württemberg
Improvement of competitiveness employing internationally educated and experienced Bulgarian professionals
1:55 PM Ivo Todorov, Executive Director, Prista Oil
A turnaround success story in Bulgaria
2:20 PM Coffee break, exhibits open
2:50 PM Pavel Vesely, Director of Group Purchasing Eastern Europe, Volkswagen AG
VW Group Purchasing Activities in Eastern Europe
3:15 PM Dr. Herbert Fisch,Vice President, BASF Hungaria Kft & Southeast Europe
Innovative Materials in Automotive
3:40 PM Ralf Barten, Director of Sales for Aluminium semi-finished products central Europe ETEM SA.
Aluminium-based technology to reduce vehicle weight
4:05 PM Coffee break, exhibits open
4:35 PM Panel Discussion: The future of the automotive industry in Bulgaria: Project Auto Park Bulgaria - lessons learned from auto parks in Europe

Key note: Jerome Chevrolet, Managing Director, GEFCO Bulgaria; Area Manager of Balkan region
Panel:Karlheinz Bechtle, Consultant, Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg; Prof. Dr. Daniela Bobeva, Deputy Prime Minister for Ecomonic Development, Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria; Ing. Dr. Günter Hörcher, Head of Research Strategy, Fraunhofer Institute; Peter Statev, President of ICT and Chairman of Bulgarian Association of Business Clusters; arch. Lubomir Stanislavov, General Manager, S Media Team; Vice President ACB; Desislava Terzieva (requested), Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Bulgaria
5:35 PM Closing of Day 1, transfer to hotels
7:30 PM Grand Evening Event
Opening by Dragomir Stoynev, Minister of Economy and Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Day 2 Wednesday, 9 October 2013
9:30 AM Anton Dontchev, International Director, Litex Motors / Great Wall
The first automotive assembly line in Bulgaria - the door to West Europe
9:55 AM Thorsten Jordan, Managing Director, Würth Elektronik IBE Group; Zlatan Kitanov, General Manager, Würth Elektronik IBE BG
A story of success in a chaging business environment
10:20 AM Panel Discussion:Why invest in Bulgaria?

Key Note: Svetoslav Mladenov, Executive Director, InvestBulgaria Agency

Panel: Stefan Reiber, CEO, KEMMLER Electronic Group; Marcel Schwab, Country Tax Leader Bulgaria, EY; Dr. Mitko Vassilev, Executive Director, German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Alexander Usunow, Key Project Lead, BHTC
11:00 AM Coffee break, exhibits open
11:30 AM Savina Konstantinova, CEO, Industrial Commerce Group
The Hyundai story in Bulgaria - Benchmark for Europe
11:55 AM Plamen Mitev, General Representative for Bulgaria, Willi Betz Group; General Manager, Management Services Corporation AD, General Manager Vienna Real Estate AD
Single-source services provider for international automotive investors
12:20 PM Thibaut de Vaureix, Director Sales Europe, Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc.
How to serve the automotive electronic business from Bulgaria : example of IMI BG
12:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Dr. Andrea Castronovo, President BMW Group Central and Southeastern Europe, BMW Group
BMW i - the beginning of a new world of visionary mobility
2:10 PM Dr.-Ing. Vladimir Popov, Team Leader Engineering Energy Management Panamera,Porsche AG, Weissach
E-mobility in sporty luxury class – the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
2:35PM Panel Discussion: E-Mobility in Bulgaria

Panel: Danail Papazov (requested), Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria; Ilia Levkov, President E-Mobility Cluster (EVIC); Kostadin Kostadinov, Scientific Director of Discrete Mechanics Department, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Dr. Andrea Castronovo, BMW Group; Dr. Vladimir Popov, Porsche AG, Weissach
3:05 PM Prof. Harald Leschke, Leschke Design; Prof. Sasho Draganov, Technical University Sofia
Modular e-city car
3:30 PM Conclusions, Dr. Till Truckenmüller, President of the ACB and/or Member of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria
3:35 PM Coffee break, exhibits open
4:05 PM Sofia tour - the best of Bulgaria's capital
8:00 PM Dinner for participants in Day 3
Day 3 Thursday, 10 October 2013 - Plant Visits
Tour 1: Visit of Litex Motors/Great Wall and Grammer
Tour 2: Visit of IMI and Litex Motors/Great Wall

This agenda may be subject to change.


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