Resilient Supply Chains : Practical Recommendations to Implement Responsible and Flexible Supply Chains for the Chemical Industry

On 14 and 15 May 2012, EPCA will organize its third interactive workshop dedicated to Building Resilient Supply Chains.

The workshop will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. It will start with a networking lunch from 12h00 to 14h00 on Monday 14 May and will finish at approximately 12h00 on Tuesday 15 May 2012, followed by a networking lunch.

The workshop will build on the conclusions from the 2011 workshop in Brussels and on the results from the EPCA Supply Chain breakfast during the Annual Meeting 2011 in Berlin. It allows participants to :
– learn from leading experts with global reach and in-depth knowledge of supply chains, also from other sectors;
– collect practical recommendations to implement responsive and flexible supply chains their in companies;
– learn how to cope in practice with turbulence, uncertainty and volatility and how to overcome problems in the supply chains through collaboration, both vertical and horizontal;
– actively participate in the debate via contribution in small discussion groups and formulate suggestions and action items that bridge the gap between current practice and future needs;
– optimize networking opportunities with industry peers.

This workshop is meant for heads of procurement, transport and logistics as well as supply/demand chains in chemical companies – traders – distributors – leaders / owners of transport and logistics companies – 3PL and 4PL service providers – ship-owners and operators – terminal owners and operators – port authorities – operations managers of companies involved in the production, handling or movement of chemical goods and international sales managers.

The Monday 14 May 2012 afternoon session will focus on how to react to turbulence, uncertainty and volatility in supply chains. The platform will be shared by :

– A leading Professor from Vlerick Management School, Leuven-Gent Belgium, one of the top 100 Business Schools in the world, expert in resilient supply chains;
– a global supply chain experts who will give practical examples, also from other sectors, on how to deal with volatility in supply chains.

The networking dinner on the evening of 14 May will feature a keynote speaker with financial background who will address the current geo-economic situation and likely evolution, with a focus on the Euro and business in Europe.

On Tuesday 15 May in the morning, workshop participants will hear from the Dean of Vlerick Management School and from an expert with in-depth knowledge from other sectors on how to build resilience through collaboration both vertical and horizontal, substantiated with practical examples.

After the speeches, concomitant round table discussions in groups of 10 delegates will follow, where participants will have the opportunity to challenge the keynote ideas and propose solutions based on their knowledge, experience and strategic focus. These discussions will be moderated by a chairperson at each table who will collect the findings and recommendations of his or her group. The chairpersons of the tables will report back to a supply chain opinion leader in the chemical industry, who will give feedback to the plenary session with his/her recommendations. The speakers of the sessions will respond and allow delegates to take back home with them some very concrete suggestions on how to implement responsive and flexible supply chains in their sectors of activity.

Full program and registration info : – tel. 32.2.741.86.60

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