ECG Conference 2021

The Annual Finished Vehicle Logistics ECG Conference in Brussels 14-15 October 2021

About the ECG Event in Brussels

The European Vehicle Logistics Association (ECG) has announced that registration is now open for the first major physical event in two years at the Hotel Tangla in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of October this year. The ECG has been the platform for the vehicle logistics industry in Europe since 1997, and ICL Systems, a provider of finished vehicle supply chain software and logistics solutions, has worked with ECG for several years is proud to partner as a Silver Sponsor at this year's event. ECG has been a leading platform for the vehicle logistics industry in Europe since 1997. It represents the interests of more than 130 member companies and partners across all modes of transport at the EU level and distribution, warehousing, manufacturers, importers, car rental and vehicle leasing companies throughout the EU. The ECG also represents companies within Norway, Switzerland, UK, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and beyond. The conference's theme this year is: Beyond Covid – A Green New World: Scenarios, Strategies & Funding.

Collaboration between ECG and ICL Systems across Finished Vehicles Industry

Recently, ICL Systems worked with the ECG, Odette International, and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) on a catalogue of recommended standardized EDIFACT and XML messages covering the digital exchange of all outbound logistics flows, the distribution logistics from the manufacturer. The jointly developed recommended changes to standard messages in EDIFACT and XML ensure more efficient communication between vehicle manufacturers (OEMs), transport and other logistics service providers for new vehicles (Finished Vehicle Logistics Service Providers, LSPs). The developed document specifies a process description and an information model, whereby the entire new vehicle logistics is replicated in digital form.
The set messages cover the following business processes:

  • Transport preview
  • Transport order
  • Order
  • News of the transport status
  • Vehicle status message
  • Inventory report
  • Damage report
  • Definition and demarcation of functional areas in the distribution centres (geofence mapping)

The combined changes by all three for digitalization in finished vehicle logistics is now available for free use by all interested companies.

About ICL Systems and Our Finished Vehicle Logistics Software

ICL enables vehicle manufacturers to connect with all logistics providers through a centralized, fully managed FVL software system. Instead of collecting data from multiple providers, ICL's comprehensive services make it the single point of contact, dramatically reducing complexity and administrative costs and ensuring a clean and seamless flow of data. The modular design of VLMS (vehicle logistics management system) allows ICL customers to configure a solution tailored to their exact requirements. All modules are designed to integrate seamlessly. They are tailored to the specific requirements and support all the company's needs to measure, whether APIs, web services, or traditional EDI communication. ICL's Vehicle Logistics Management System provides visibility across all parts of the vehicle delivery process.

ICL believes the time is now to drive vehicle logistics processes through digitalization; transparency is essential for any shipper or trader. The use and adoption of industry-wide APIs and messaging standards ensure this. While the latter has recently been agreed upon, standards are still to be drafted for future adoption and accepted across Europe. Still, our EU team can rely on the support of The ICL teams across North America and their extensive knowledge of the process and technology. You can learn more about our vision in the recent Automotive Logistics article.

Don't miss this networking opportunity and chance to showcase your company to key industry players. Presentations from industry-leading speakers, interactive discussions, gala dinners, and an engaging social program await you at the conference. You can find more information about this event and speaker line-up on their website. Visit us at the booth and learn more about Finished Vehicle Logistics and new Digital Solutions in the Automotive Industry, and you can meet our team.

In line with the Conference: Find out more about CO2 emissions in FVL in our blog articles:

If you need assistance managing your finished vehicle network, email us to arrange for a no-obligation demonstration.

Connect with Rudolf Luttmann on LinkedIn

Rudolf Luttmann has extensive experience in transport and logistics, both in Europe and internationally. Originally coming from ocean shipping, and having studied Logistics and Economics in Bremen, Germany. He started his career at Volkswagen Transport and has held several management positions in Germany, Brazil and North America. Luttmann returned to Wolfsburg, Germany and was responsible for planning and purchasing for global outbound logistics of VW Group. During this period, he successfully initiated several IT-projects with MIT in Boston. In 2002, Luttmann left VW and joined Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Tokyo as General Manager Sales & Marketing for Europe and Africa. Three years later he took over the responsibility for all car carrier activities in Europe and Africa as Director of MOL London. Since June 2021, Rudolf Luttmann has been Managing Director of ICL Systems Europe and is responsible for developing ICL’s product portfolio for Europe.

Connect with Johannes Koch on LinkedIn

Johannes Koch is an expert in the field of finished vehicle logistics. Building on his extensive knowledge of the outbound supply chain, from both a manufacturer and a service provider perspective, Johannes is currently growing the European business of ICL Systems, a pioneer for SaaS solutions in automotive logistics. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for setting up and managing the European logistics operations of Sino-German automobile manufacturer Borgward. In addition to his Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Warwick, Johannes holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Forwarding, Transport and Logistics). He is enthusiastic about startups and solutions for a digitized and sustainable supply chain. 

Connect with Sándor Gacsó on LinkedIn

Sándor Gacsó has extensive experience in automotive and finished vehicle logistics, spent couple of years in General Motors being responsible for finished vehicle logistics network planning and outbound services procurement in Europe, worked at GEODIS Supply Chain Optimization, then was 8 years Director Business Support & Development at ARS Altmann AG, a leading multimodal vehicle logistics provider in Europe. Sándor has joined ICL in September 2020 developing the European business and industry presence. Holds master’s degree in engineering management with production management specialization, bachelor’s degree in business studies with logistics specialization and has a certification of finished vehicle logistics management by ECG (The Association of European Vehicle Logistics). Since December 2016, Sándor is a member of ECG EAAG (ECG Academy Advisory Group) Board.