Global political, financial, environmental and health related challenges, and the consumers´ constantly changing purchasing patterns demand companies to prepare their processes to maintain resilient and profitable businesses. Thus our theme for the SFAEM2020, which takes place in Autumn 2020 in Helsinki at the Hotel Kämp is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain."
One of the Keynote Speakers will be Mr Mike Sturgeon, who has been the Executive Director of ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics – since March 2010. Representing nearly 130 European companies from almost 30 countries who move finished vehicles by road, river, rail and sea. For over 20 years ECG has provided a platform for the Finished Vehicle Logistics sector through a Secretariat based in Brussels.
Mr Sturgeon has more than 25 years experience in the automotive logistics sector which has included a wide variety of roles working both for an OEM (16 years with Toyota) and also for logistics suppliers (LSPs). This extensive experience in all aspects of managing the finished vehicle supply chain has provided the ideal background to effectively represent this specialised industry at European level in all respects.
Prior to joining the motor industry Mr Sturgeon had a varied career which included 8 years in the military (unusually he served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force) and a short spell as a stockbroker.
ECG - the Association of European Vehicle Logistics
Finished vehicle logistics refers to all activities taking place after a new vehicle leaves the factory until the point when it reaches the customer. The main activities involved in this process include the storage, post-production modifications and/or pre-delivery inspections and the delivery of the vehicle to the dealer.
Finished vehicle logistics is a highly specialized sector of the transportation industry with meticulous and dedicated storage, workshops, and transportation required. Skilled drivers are also necessary to ensure smooth delivery without damages to the product.
ECG Members represent 80-85% of the finished vehicle sector in Europe. ECG also has numerous partner organisations that are suppliers to the industry and include trailer manufacturers, IT companies and inspection companies.
As a major employer, the finished vehicle logistics sector plays an important role in contributing to the economic success of the European Union. ECG members have an aggregate turnover of around €23bn and their economic impact on companies associated with the sector is estimated at €60bn. More than 145,000 Europeans are employed directly by the vehicle logistics industry and an additional 300,000 are indirectly employed in this sector.