Almost 250 participants gathered for the 12th edition of the Moto Idea Conference, which took place on September 27-28 in Łódź. The autumn weather did not cool down the temperature of the discussion between the speakers, interlocutors of the panels, participants, and exhibitors. The guests were greeted by the organizer of the conference, the president of the board of Exact Systems, Paweł Gos, and the president of Częstochowa, Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, who took honorary patronage over Moto Idea.
The conference began with an extensive speech by the President of the Polish Development Fund, Paweł Borys, in which he devoted a lot of attention to the energy crisis, indicating short-term stabilization measures taken by Poland and emphasizing the need to develop common solutions at the level of the entire European Union in the long term.
When arranging the substantive program of the meeting, the organizers reached not only for well-known and respected experts in the automotive industry. The invitation to speeches was also addressed to business personalities who present a broad view of development and the future. In less than an hour speech, Dr. Maciej Kawecki presented a number of modern technological solutions, successfully used in many industries.
Brad Templeton, on the other hand, using his great knowledge of global trends, presented the changes taking place in the automotive industry, the reasons behind these changes and their importance for society.
Jarosław Wolski’s speech was of an unusual character. In the “fireside chat” formula, he talked with the president of Exact Systems, Paweł Gos, about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the role of Poland in this conflict. The civilian military expert emphasized that there is no chance that the Russians will be able to carry out an effective, full-scale conventional aggression on the territory of Poland or any NATO country.
During the two-day meeting, there was no lack of the latest data on the prospects of the automotive industry. Jacek Opala, member of the board of Exact Systems, presented the results of the 6th edition of MotoBarometer (https://motobarometer.com/) – a report examining the mood among representatives of the automotive industry in Europe. This year, almost 1,000 respondents from Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary shared their opinion on automotive production, employment in the industry, and the geopolitical situation. Robert Herzberg referred to the analysis of the Boston Consulting Group. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of new technologies for the production of cars over the next decade, and pointed out potentially profitable areas. The Vice-President of Antal Poland, Artur Migoń, presented the most important trends in the employment market, referring to the results of the reports “Activity of specialists and managers on the labor market”, “Antal Salary Report, 11th edition, 2022”. This topic was continued in the discussion panel with the participation of experts: Agnieszka Zielińska, director of the Polish HR Forum, Anna Tymoshenko from Invest in Częstochowa, Kinga Marczak from Personnel Service, Piotr Blachura, human resources director, LG Energy Solution, Magdalena Tyrańska, AAS Recruitment and Michał Południok, chairman of the board of Brad Consulting.
Andrzej Korpak, the long-term president of the management board and general director of Stellantis, made the goal of his speech to encourage the representatives of the motor industry. Other speakers, talking about the realities of functioning in this currently difficult economic environment, also looked for the advantages of the situation. This was achieved by the participants of the first discussion panel composed of Tomasz Gębka, Plant Director, FCA Poland, Rafał Rudziński, President of the Management Board, Robert Bosch, Ewa Łabno – Falęcka, Communication and External Relations Director, Mercedes-Benz Polska, Janusz Puzoń, Plant Director , Stellantis Gliwice. The conversation about the impact of the pandemic, shortages of components, rising interest rates and the war in Ukraine was led by the president of the Association of Automotive and Industrial Articles Employers, Paweł Wideł.
The captains of the companies told how the pandemic, shortages of components and the war in Ukraine affected the production in their plants. There was also good news about launched investments and taking over new competences. On the other hand, words about the volatility of the markets and the shortening of the production planning period were repeated.
There are many questions that the automotive industry needs to answer. During the two-day conference, the panelists tried to find an answer to a few of them: How much do companies lose without an implemented sustainable development strategy? Are new models of employment and work in the automotive industry the answer to staff shortages and competence deficits? What do we need to do to be ready for the end of production of combustion vehicles by the end of 2035?
In the era of dynamic changes that are sweeping over the Polish economy, the discussions took on a heated tone. The approach to the guidelines related to the near end of the production of combustion cars and the new regulations regarding ESG reporting was the most divided among the interviewees. Speakers on the matter included: Paweł Kowalczyk, director of market development and strategy, and Irena Dul, sustainability manager at E.ON edis energia, as well as Andrzej Marcinek, member of the board at Gedia, Wojciech Konecki, president of APPLIA, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, vice-president of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Ewa Łabno- Falęcka, Communication and External Relations Director, Mercedes-Benz Polska, Bogusław Zawisza, Quality Director, BWI Krosno and Roman Zabłocki, Business Unit Director, Antal Poland.
The Motoide discussion took place not only on stage. A week before the conference, participants had the opportunity to take part in the Moto Idea Launch – an online meeting that allowed them to get to know each other a week before the meeting in Łódź. Participants had the opportunity to join the conversation by asking questions during discussion panels. Making the exhibition space available to exhibitors was a novelty during this year’s edition. The stands presenting machines, robots, and companies offering business solutions aroused great interest. Mateusz Amroziński not only talked about FANUC implementations during his speech but also presented robots in the Expo hall.
During two days, we learned the opinion of 35 representatives related to the automotive industry. The speakers tried to find optimistic information about the near future. And despite the many difficulties that we learned about with each subsequent speech, the words of the host of the event are still valid:
How will the industry cope with the transformation we are all witnessing today? Will manufacturers and suppliers find themselves in the new reality? We will check it in a year, during the next edition of the conference.
We would like to thank the main sponsors for their help in organizing the 12th edition of the conference: Antal Polska, E.ON edis energia; sponsor of the Personnel Service gala; supporting sponsors: AAS Recruitment, Fanuc Polska, VIA surface treatment technique, WinWin Balance; partners: Polish Development Fund, Association of Automotive Industry and Industrial Goods Employers, Polish HR Forum, Invest in Częstochowa, President of Częstochowa Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk; media patrons: WP autokult, superauto.pl, staleo.pl, zrobotowany.pl, 3don.pl, Motofaktor.