Identify and seize the potential of global networks – that is the central idea of this year’s Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg on 30 November 2022.
“The supply chains and value-adding structures in the German automotive industry are currently undergoing massive changes. Both disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic or the war in Ukraine and long-term developments such as the change in mobility brought about by electrification, digitalisation and connectivity have a significant impact on Baden-Württemberg's automotive suppliers”, said the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourisim of the State of Baden-Württemberg Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut at the opening of the 24th Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg. It is all the more important to strengthen regional structures and develop the existing know-how.
On 30 November experts from Germany, Finland, Sweden and France came together in Esslingen to discuss the challenges and opportunities automotive suppliers in Baden-Württemberg are currently facing. The focus was on supply chains and the hydrogen economy. Fuel cells and in particular stack production, electrolysers and hydrogen combustion open up new business opportunities to suppliers. Once again, this year's Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg provided a platform for exchange and networking.
Relevant companies of the sector, like for example Robert Bosch GmbH, EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH und Cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG, provided insights into the increasing requirements of supply chains and new market opportunities. “The fuel cell technology has potential for the automotive sector in Baden-Württemberg”, says Franz Loogen, President of the State Agency e-mobil BW GmbH. ”Fuel cells and in particular stack production, electrolysers and hydrogen combustion open up new business opportunities to suppliers.”
The challenges and opportunities were later discussed in a panel discussion. Andreas Rade, Managing Director for Government & Society at VDA - Association of the Automotive Industry, emphasises the courage and innovation that is necessary and appeals to strong partnerships between manufacturers and suppliers.
In the afternoon international lighthouse projects in the regions Gothenburg (Sweden) and Oulu (Finland) showed the level of innovation at which northern Europe is tackling the challenges of transformation. Dr. Anne Piegsa, Business Region Gothenburg, states: “The difficulty with the transition to an electrified transport system is not only a question of technology, but rather one of integrating the new technology in our society as it shifts traditional roles and responsibilities and broadens the transport sector. And we need to control this shift.”
This year’s Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg was once again a hybrid event. About 300 people participated on-site in Esslingen, another 150 watched the livestream. Highlight was the matching-fair, where the participants could meet and discuss with interesting suppliers from Baden-Württemberg and Europe. The Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg is part of the Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg and is jointly organised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism of the State of Baden-Württemberg and e-mobil BW - the State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg. The next Automotive Suppliers' Day will take place on 16 November 2023.
The livestream has been recorded and is available on our YouTube channel.
The supply chains and value-adding structures in the German automotive industry are currently undergoing massive changes. For that reason in 2022 the Automotive Suppliers’ Day Baden-Württemberg provided insights into the challenges and opportunities automotive suppliers in Baden-Württemberg are currently facing. The focus was on supplychains and the hydrogen economy.