SMMT e-Business Seminar will be by suppliers, for suppliers

07 September 2004 #SMMT News

The automotive components sector will take centre stage at the next SMMT e-Business Seminar, which takes place on 20 October 2004 at Warwick University. While previous events have focused on manufacturers’ plans, next month’s seminar will turn the e-Business spotlight to the experience of companies operating in the supply chain.

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan, who will chair the seminar, explained, ‘We have added a second e-Business seminar to the calendar to satisfy the demand from all forward thinking companies in the supply chain. e-Business plays a vital role in the plans of all companies wishing to operate on the global stage and its development in key areas of automotive business cannot be underestimated.

‘This will be an opportunity for suppliers to share their experience of using e-Business tools and techniques. Presentations and practical case studies will look at how companies have achieved success through the use of e-Business technologies, standards and applications, as well as helping to identify priorities for the future.’

Tod Evans, chairman of Peugeot Citroën Automobiles UK and SMMT president, will give the event’s keynote address. This will be followed by Thomas Neubauer, director of sales for SupplyOn, a company with a track record for success in exploiting the online trade exchange. His presentation promises a unique insight into the current and future potential of electronic trading.

Also bringing their experience to the seminar are speakers from Avon, GKN Driveline, NSK and Remploy. Delegates will learn how cost benefits can be gained in areas like co-ordinated IT strategies, the importance of developing e-Business initiatives on the supply-side, and the gains that can be made by bringing EDI technologies and standards into the business.

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