After 1989, the Polish economy faced the challenge of transforming from a centrally controlled model to a free market model. This involved many reforms, sometimes extremely painful ones. Moreover, in order to compete in the global market, young Polish companies had to simultaneously cope with global trends.
After more than 30 years, Poland has undoubtedly approached the level of development of the world's largest economies. From the position of one of the poorest countries in Europe, a modest representative of the Eastern Bloc, we have become a major producer, exporter of goods, a country with the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union with a GDP at a level that today does not place us the last in Europe. One of the main drivers of this economic growth is the automotive industry,which accounts for 8% of GDP and about 13.5% of the value of exports. The industry's driving force are parts producers. Poland ranks 7th on the list of the world's largest spare parts exporters with an export value of $15.1 billion, which has been increasing year after year. We should also not forget about parts distributors, who are rapidly developing their distribution models placing Poland in the forefront of Europe in terms of parts distribution.
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The automotive market is facing many challenges. We are in the midst of a tranformation which will undoubtedly significantly impact the automotive sector. A sector, which is very diversified – a lot of actors play important roles up and down the value chain, each of them having different needs, having to face different problems and challenges and very often – with opposing views as to the direction in which the changes should head to.
This session is to show us how various actors in the value chain deal with the ongoing tranformation and what are the perspectives of the sector for the near future seen by the representatives of European umbrella associations representing the whole range of market players.
Consumers' preference for repair parts is influenced by many factors. In addition to the most obvious ones like price, quality and availability, ecological and worldview considerations also play an extremely large role. Ecology and zero-waste culture promote extending the life cycle of products through reuse, repair or remanufacturing. This approach also reduces the price of these products and ultimately reduces the cost of vehicle maintenance.
Drivers have many alternatives on the market - from premium brand parts, to parts of comparable quality, remanufactured parts and even used parts, which can also be a kind of alternative for some vehicles.
We will try to answer the question how the assumptions of the circular economy promoted in the EU, implicitly the increase in significance of remanufactured parts and a shy turn towards used parts will relate to the market conditions and the opinion of the industry thereof.
Discussions about the future of vehicle inspection stations and the system of technical inspections have been a topic of discussion for several years, both in the industry, during meetings with the Ministry of Infrastructure, but are also widely reported in the media.
The lack of valorization of technical inspection fees and the quality of technical inspections carried out has a direct impact on road safety, but also on the entire industry and all participants in the value chain, from distributors through parts manufacturers to automotive repair shops.
What measures should be taken to improve the situation? Are the demands of PTI station owners regarding increases in technical inspection fees justified, and what is the reasoning behind them? Representatives of PTI station owners, representatives of suppliers of specialized equipment to garages and inspection stations, and independent training experts will discuss the prospects for the industry's development in the area of vehicle technical inspections.
Together they will try to answer the question of what future awaits the sector.
The continuation on discussions started last year at the congress. Seeking ways of attracting people to the IAM labour market with the consideration of various factors impacting the situation e.g. how the IAM is perceived in the eyes of prospective employees, the impact of history, habits and mindset of pervious generations, all this in combination with individual initiatives taken up domestically but also progress made by the Talents 4AA initiative in order to make the independent aftermarket an attractive place to work in.
Roland Berger presentation will give an updated overview of the European Automotive aftermarket in terms of market drivers, sizing, and short- to mid-/ long-term trends. The presentation will also give a view on the competitive landscape and potential scenarios evolution towards 2030.
Deglobalization is becoming a reality, with rival states betting more and more heavily on interventionism. Moreover, the military conflicts that have erupted in recent years have prompted many countries to increase military spending and expand their armies. Automotive is also becoming a field of superpower rivalry. China has been strongly supporting the industry for years, which has resulted in a leading position in car production, especially EVs. The U.S. has also set its sights firmly on electromobility development, in which it will invest billions thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. Admittedly, the European Union, too, has announced its plans for investment (including the Net-Zero Industry Act), but their scale is not on a par with Chinese and US efforts. A key issue for the industry is becoming access to raw materials. Unfortunately, the largest deposits of raw materials used in new technologies lie outside Europe.
What does the future hold for the European economy and automotive industry? Will Europe manage to maintain its automotive leadership despite subsidized competition from China and the US? Will military supplies save internal combustion engine technology? Can the European automotive industry look for new markets?
The session will use the TechTIR App, an intuitive quiz-style program for those interested in improving engine performance.
The app will allow session participants to learn about the issues of popular "chip tuning" in trucks. Everyone will have the opportunity to individually modify the car's software to reduce combustion, increase power and torque, and reduce the level of exploitation of correlating components in the vehicle, to ultimately see how the modifications made will affect the vehicle's performance.
The participants will be guided through the "maze" of technical nuances by the Head of the Technical Department and Owner of TechTir - Bartosz Woźnikowski.
At the moment in Europe there are works ongoing on agreeing on one common definition of remanufacturing (within the works on the ELV Regulation dossier), which would in large ease the operation of remanufacturing businesses Europe-wide.
Remanufacturing is a significant contributor to a circular economy, where as much material as possible is given new life, and as little as possible goes to waste. When speaking of other aspects of remanufacturing, apart from environmental benefits, one should also take into consideration the cost savings aspect, but also the quality and reliability issues, as well as the notwithstanding consumer aspect.Remanufacturing shall take a significant space in the conscience of the consumers. The aspect of the understanding of the remanufacturing importance, not only from the economic perspective, but also taking into consideration the quality of the part that undergoes the reman process shall also be highlighted. All this, in combination with unfavourable legal surroundings poses a big challenge to reman companies, which should not be the case while considering the stress of the EU legislator on the sustainability issues and the idea of circular economy.The discussion under this panel shall be a first step of further joint activities of the companies and organisations involved in remanufacturing process in order to set up some common goals as to adapt the economic, social and legislative conditions to the benefit of the whole remanufacturing industry.
Closed session without audience participation. Continuation of discussions of representatives of repair garage networks with the participation of representatives of schools and the Katowice Special Economic Zone. Discussion on the development of common ground in further cooperation between institutions-educational entities-repair garages.
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