The Digital Factory: Pain or Gain?

October 10, 2018, Vienna House Easy Pilsen, CZ
19th Trends in Automotive Logistics Conference

The Digital Factory: Pain or Gain?

  • The digitalisation of industry has become a reality.
  • Will it bring benefits for all, or just for the strongest?
  • How can small and medium industrial enterprises maximise their profits, and how can our regions avoid potential losses?

The second year of the Czech-German automotive conference is here!

With the participation of lecturers from across Europe – visionaries, economists and representatives of manufacturing companies – we will be seeking answers to the question of how to profit from digitalisation. We will be focusing on specific technologies that bring fundamental cost savings. We will be presenting a digital model of tomorrow’s factory, where capable people prepared to make projects – often very complex ones – a reality will play a key role.

We perceive digitalisation as a road to competitiveness and profitability. Inspiration will come both from the successful German “mittelstand” and from Czech automotive enterprises.

This year we are once again cooperating with IHK Regensburg für Oberpfalz / Kelheim – Regensburg’s chamber of commerce and industry.

The TAL 2018 Program



Keynote section

Keynote Section Part I

Keynote Section Part II

Social Evening

TAL’s lectures and presentations will be followed by an enticing social evening at the BEER FACTORY restaurant and brewery. This event will include a beer tasting with ten of the establishment’s own beers and special batches of Czech-Bavarian beer brewed just for the conference participants. We’ll also be welcoming a musical guest: the superb songstress Tonya Graves.

Paul Norford Solutions Evangelist | EMEA & APAC, Zebra Technologies

Changing the way work gets done

Digital this and data analytics that… Blah blah blah! This is great for the Millennials but this has no place in my operation… Umm… Are you sure? As a Solutions Evangelist at Zebra Technologies, Paul Norford will breathe life into why the digital revolution will fundamentally change your business and why data is the super-fuel of the Now Economy.

Besides being one of the key evangelists at Zebra Technologies, Paul is also one of the company’s Global Solution Sales Trainers, super-keen on helping customers and partners change the way they do business. As well as copious amount of energy, Paul brings a wealth of insight, thought leadership, creativity and passion in driving innovative solutions to enterprise customers.

Jan Urválek IT Manager, IAC Group

Behind every car door lies smoothly running manufacturing

Fifteen thousand finished door panels roll off of the IAC assembly lines in Přeštice, Czech Republic each day. At IAC’s new plant, these are primarily panels for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and they have to arrive at Daimler in a precisely set sequence. Jan Urválek from IAC Group shows us precisely what to look out for when deploying new software for manufacturing and warehouse management.

Jan works as an IT Manager at IAC Group and is responsible for the implementation of new IT strategies, and their standardization, audits, adjustments and improvements in reaction to new customer requests. He’s been working at the company since 2008, and he works on global projects in addition to Přeštice. The new project at IAC Přeštice II was one of the largest that IAC has ever deployed, and Jan Urválek is now passing on his experience in working with such a comprehensive solution.

Videos from previous years


We have been organising the Trends in Automotive Logistics (TAL) conference since 1999, and each year we cover the latest trends in logistics, manufacturing, integration and the use of new technologies, methods and resources in digitalisation.

During its existence our conference has built up a strong market position, and it is a popular opportunity for meeting experts from inside and outside of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

professionals, primarily from the automotive industry, participate in TAL each year.

What we’ve learned in previous years

TAL is always a great gathering of true professionals

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