Conference Room No. 8
101-8301 Tokyo-to Chiyoda-ku Kanda Surugadai 1-1
DIJ – German Institute for Japanese Studies, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the IIC – Industrial Investment Council
The symposium will be held with similtaneous translation in English and Japanese.
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Recent Developments in the Automotive Supplier Industry in Japan and the EU
December 10 - January 20, 2019
Globalization in the automotive industry has led to consolidation and changes in the value chain, leaving only two independent carmakers left in Japan and three in Germany. OEMs now focus on a limited number of key suppliers, reflecting consolidation in the supplier sector. Relocation of production to low-cost countries is on the agenda as firms restructure their business model – but can this guarantee future success?
Product characteristics and production processes must be considered when evaluating a move to a low-cost location that may lack the specialized knowledge needed for today’s highly automated production. Automotive clusters in highly developed countries may still be the better choice for establishing new production facilities.
The symposium will examine recent developments in the automotive supplier industry in Japan and Europe – mainly Germany – comparing strategies and policies, and commonalities and differences to challenges the industry faces in both regions.
12:45 - 13:20
Welcome and Keynote Speech
Organizers + Sponsors
Mr. Tetsuo Kitani, McKinsey&Company
13:25 - 15:05
Session 1 - "Changes in OEM Purchase Policy"
Dr. Jochen Legewie, CNC – Communications & Network Consulting Japan KK
Prof. Dr. Katsuki Aoki, Kantogakuin University
Dr. Jürgen Bischoff, Fraunhofer IPA
Mr. Richard KRACKLAUER, Sachs Automotive Japan
15:10 - 16:50
Session 2 - "Hollowing-Out: Threats for the Local Suppliers?"
Dr. Fabrizio Mura, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Prof. Dr. Shoichiro Sei, Kantogakuin University
Mr. Hideaki Kawamura, Ernst & Young, Ltd.
Prof. Dr. Sumiaki FURUKAWA, Yamaguchi University
16:50 - 17:10
Coffee break and Networking
17:10 - 18:50
Session 3 - "Industry Clusters – A New Productivity Model?"
Prof. Dr. Masaaki Tsuji, Osaka University
Prof. Dr. Heinz Jürgen Klepzig, Augsburg University of Applied Science
Mr. Gert Herrmann, formerly Takata-Petri AG
18:50 - 20:00
Wrap-up and Reception