7:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks
- Rüdiger Stern Vice President of Professional Services, FACTON
8:00 am Keynote: Cost Validation in Aftersales: What Happens to Costs and Prices after Series Run-Out?
- John Baker Head of Spare Parts Cost Management, BMW
Protecting the end customer: who wants to pay 10 times more for parts once the
vehicle has gone out of production?
• Validating suppliers’ costs after series run-out: do the benefits justify the
• Effective cost validation: what are the key success factors for validating costs
after series run-out?
The Global Market
8:40 am Panel: Assessing International Suppliers & the Benefits of a Global Network
Hearing from global representatives on their ways of working: what are the
similarities and differences in working with local and international suppliers?
• Discussing how to assess the right partnership options for you: benchmarking
metrics to consider between suppliers
• Investigating experiences across the market: audience Q&A and lessons learned
9:20 am Morning Refreshments
10:00 am Exploring the Impact of Geopolitics on Automotive Cost Engineering: Brexit, NAFTA, Trade Sanctions & More
- Eric Frappier Purchasing Director, Sogefi Suspensions
Summarising the changing international playing field for trade: what are the key
current challenges that are impacting the automotive industry?
• Outlining the cost implications of situations such as Brexit, and new tariffs and
• Debating how the automotive industry can prepare to mitigate such impacts – is
Digitalisation: Exploring Opportunity in Data & Software
10:40 am Cultivating an Effective Data Collection Process to Enhance Estimating Efficiency
- Matthew Carson Engineering Group Manager for Body Structures - PCCO, General Motors
Exploring master data for industry costing: to what extent is the data that is
available to cost engineers reliable and/or quality assured?
• Discussing methods for collecting data from internal and external sources to
create a more comprehensive cost database: what are the advantages of such a
• Investigating company-level systems for data organisation, responsibility and
maintenance for more accurate and efficient costing
11:20 am Audience Discussion: How to Analyse Historical Data & Apply Lessons from the Past for Improved Future Results
• Assessing the increasing digitalisation of automotive cost data: what value does
historical data present to the modern cost engineer?
• Benchmarking industry-wide process for applying past lessons learned to current
practice: what gains are being made?
• Hearing where the application of historical data has resulted in a measurably
enhanced costing process: a case study
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm Tombola hosted by FACTON in Conference Room – Ballsaal
1:10 pm Comparing Approaches: Optimising Cost Engineering Calculation Approaches Along the Product Lifecycle
- Hauke Pflueger Senior Manager – Cost Engineering, BorgWarner Turbo Systems
- Christian Becker Team Lead Cost Engineering, BorgWarner Turbo Systems
• Outlining different approaches to cost calculation: what are the most common
methods currently utilised, and how can they be applied across various phases of
the product lifecycle?
• Evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, and selection criteria for an optimized
• Case study: hearing about the calculation methodology at BorgWarner Turbo
1:50 pm Dissecting Design to Cost: Outlining the Importance of Setting Costs at the Earliest Phase for Improved Efficiency
- Georg von Falck Manager – Product Quality and Production Engineering, AVL List GmbH
• Case study: delineating the method and benefits of Design to Cost in automotive
• Explaining the benefits of considering cost as a design parameter from the
earliest stage: design, negotiation, and more
• Illustrating how best to work with the design team to promote the inclusion of
cost considerations at the beginning of product development for more efficient
2:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments
3:10 pm Effectively Managing Product Cost Alongside Design Changes to Minimise Disruption
- Thomas Stompe Finance Manager, EMEA Product Costing, Tenneco
• Reflecting on the product design process: how to set a realistic target cost whilst
considering the potential for design changes
• Exploring the process of change management, and how as a cost engineer you
can minimise disruption
• Hearing best practices in the change management process: tips and tricks for a
more efficient workflow
3:50 pm Audience Discussion: Key Takeaways & Action Points
Considering the lessons learned over the 2 days, the audience will separate into
discussion groups to summarise key learnings and how they can be implemented
in their workplaces moving forwards. Feedback will then be shared with the wider
room, to benchmark current cost engineering practices, and where the room for
most innovation lies.