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28 Nov 17

See you in Estoril next week, to learn, share and party at the 2017 Fleet Europe Summit

Next Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 7 December, are red letter days in the diary of European fleet professionals. It's when they gather at Estoril in Portugal for the Fleet Europe Summit: to learn, share and network – and to party. Next to a number of additions and innovations, the event this year also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Fleet Europe magazine itself.

The Fleet Europe Summit (#FleetEuropeSummit) is the umbrella for a number of separate events, all of interest to the European fleet community, each with a different angle on the industry.

Remarketing Forum & Car Remarketing Award
The Summit kicks off on 5 December with the Remarketing Forum. Already in its 4th edition and now well-established in the specialised but crucial European remarketing industry, the Remarketing Forum this year will for the first time present its very first Fleet Europe Car Remarketing Award, sponsored by IWS.

The Forum itself will focus, among other things, on two major themes, both within and outside of the vehicle remarketing industry itself:
→ To Diesel or Not to Diesel:
* Erwin Boumans (Tax Partner, BDO) will give insight into the legislative framework for powertrains in Europe.
* Andrew Fellows (CEO, DAT Consulting GmbH) will discuss whether and when there will be a dramatic drop in diesel residual values.
* Dave Cussell (General Manager Fleet and Leasing, Toyota Motor Europe) will zoom in on powertrain tech development in the light of future car remarketing efficiency.

→ New Business Models in Remarketing:
* Sebastian Fuchs (Senior Director Sales and Marketing Europe, RMS Automotive) will paint a picture of the shifting business models and their impact on the Remarketing industry.
* Ib Kimose (Sales Director, Autorola Solutions) will discuss how these new business models can be seized upon as new business opportunities.
* Frederic van Heems (Remarketing Director, ALD) will detail the opportunities of both the digital and retail channels in Remarketing, and Upstream Remarketing in particular.
* Johan Meyssen (CEO, CarsOnTheWeb) will explain why – and how – the B2B channel will remain crucial to the Remarketing industry in the future.
* Marcel De Rycker (Managing Director, IWS) will explain why the new B2C/B2E business models require new types of business relations and services, including warranty schemes.

 IFMI Training Session
Also on 5 December: a training session by the International Fleet Managers Institute (IFMI). Titled ‘Creating Fleet Management Efficiency in an International Context: Missions, Responsibilities, Challenges and Trends' and aimed specifically at Fleet and Mobility customers, this IFMI session focuses on creating fleet management efficiency within a global framework.

The full-day session will feature a presentation of best practices by fleet managers of Siemens, Unilever, MSD, Accenture, ISS, SAP, Philip Morris and the 2016 international fleet manager of the year (large fleets), Andy Leeden of AstraZeneca.

Fleet Europe Forum & Village
The Fleet Europe Forum proper will kick off at 6 December, and while it will have the festive glow of a 20th anniversary celebration of Fleet Europe magazine, it will decidedly look forward to the big themes of the future for the fleet industry.

Sessions will include:
→ A Case Study by Vattenfall Tomas Björnsson, Vice President Business Unit E-Mobility Europe of energy multinational Vattenfall will present a case study regarding the electrification of the corporate fleet, and other means to achieve zero-emission mobility.

→ The Position of OEMs in the Fleet and Mobility landscape
* An exciting and forward-looking face to face industry session with Sebastian Peck, Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, and Grégoire Olivier, Executive Vice-President Mobility Services of PSA Group.
* Topics will include the changing business model of OEMs in Europe, monetizing on mobility services, embracing start-ups, the road to electrification, and more.

→ A Panel Discussion on Innovation
* Executives from the Automotive and Fleet industries exchange views on 'thinking outside the box', on the need to embrace disruption, stimulate innovation and meet the changing needs of the Fleet and Mobility customer.
* Panelists: Carsten Kwirandt (Head of Marketing and Business Development, Alphabet International), Alessandra Manca (Vice President Business Development and Sales, Continental), Olivier Reppert (CEO, car2go) and John Saffrett (COO, ALD International)

→ An Executive Debate on Internationalisation in Fleet and Mobility Management
* Globalisation in fleet and mobility management is set to increase, but is not without its pitfalls in the light of new mobility development, but the potential benefits.
* Panelists: Peter Derks, CCO of Athlon International, Tim Albertsen, Group Deputy CEO of ALD International, Richard Schooling, CCO of Alphabet International, Berno Kleinherenbrink, SVP Commercial of LeasePlan Corporation, Bart Beckers, CCO of Arval.

Networking in Fleet Europe Village
Following long-established tradition, the Fleet Europe Forum will be flanked by the Fleet Europe Village, an exhibition space for partners and suppliers to showcase new products and services for the Fleet and Mobility industry. With 43 partners and 60 booths, the Village is bigger and better than it has ever been.

Focus on start-ups
On 6 December, the Summit will also extend its attention to start-ups, a phenomenon of growing importanc for the Fleet and Mobility industry.
At a Smart Mobility Start-up Lab before noon, start-ups and Fleet and Mobility players will share their experiences and learn from each other, with an eye to even better integration of both ecosystems. There will also be a dedicated Start-up Café, giving all start-up companies the opportunity to communicate, meet and promote their new business development via a cluster of booths, information desks and a networking area.

Up to and including 6 December, the Fleet community can vote online for any of the 11 nominees for the Start-up of the Year Award later that evening.

Fleet Europe Awards and... Party!
The Start-up Award is just one of many accolades accorded at a gala event later that evening. The Fleet Europe Awards ceremony will reprise well-known prizes such as the Mobility Award, Safety Award and Innovation Award. There will be a new inductee in the International Fleet Hall of Fame, and an International Fleet Industry Award. All eyes will be on two major categories. As before, the European Fleet Manager of the Year Award, honouring excellence in what remains the main continent for the fleet business; and for the first time, the Global Fleet Manager of the Year Award, acknowledging the growing importance of the worldwide dimension of fleet management.

Following the Awards ceremony, all attendees to the Fleet Europe Summit are kindly requested to join the 20th-anniversary party of Fleet Europe magazine. You are invited to party like it's 1997!

And finally… let’s go LATAM
But the fun's not over yet. On 7 December, Estoril will be the scene for the first ever Global Fleet Expert Meeting Latin America where international and local experts will meet and exchange information to educate global and regional fleet decision makers about the increasingly important Latin American market. From 5 to 7 December, Estoril will be the capital of the European fleet industry. We hope to see you there!

The hashtag to follow the Fleet Europe Summit 2017 is #FleetEuropeSummit

Authored by: Steven Schoefs