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Euro fleets under the spotlight


THE pan-European fleet industry will go under the spotlight at the Fleet News Europe Conference 2004.

Taking place at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in London on February 17, 2004, it will cover a range of issues that attempt to separate fact from fiction, under the heading 'Revolution or Evolution? Separating fact from fiction in the pan-European fleet sector'

Experts from across the sector will provide a valuable insight into the latest boardroom thinking – stimulating debate and encouraging interaction with senior delegates from across the European fleet industry. Session topics will include European pricing and residual values, fleet legislation and transport and traffic policy.


Five easy ways to book

To receive an early discount, book your place before January 9, 2004, for £249 + VAT (price includes cocktail reception on the evening of February 16). Normal ticket price £299 + VAT. To register, or for further information, contact Sandra Evitt on 01733 468123 or email luke.clements@emap.com

Registration/Cocktail reception 16th February

Revolution or Evolution? Separating fact from fiction in the pan-European fleet sector

Conference Timetable (Provisional)

8.30: Registration and networking opportunities

9.15 Welcome from John Maslen, editor, Fleet News Europe

Introduction from conference chairman Professor Garel Rhys OBE


Analysis from fleet operators, leasing companies and car manufacturers. How big is the market in reality? Who is best placed to grab market share in coming years? How was the hype or recent years distorted expectations?

09.45-10.05 View from the leasing sector
Nick Brownrigg, CEO, European full service leasing, GMAC

  • Who is winning contracts and why?
  • Major leasing players' strategies for growth and the future for smaller companies

    10.05-10.25 View from the fleet operator
    Peter O'Brien, senior vice president, corporate procurement, Deutsche Post World Net/DHL

  • How to think in a pan-European way
  • Vehicle acquisition and pan-European fleet

    10.25-10.45 View from the car manufacturer
    Major European car manufacturer fleet director (invited)

  • Supplying the European market
  • Setting up a support network
  • Innovations for the future

    10.45-11.00 Q&A

    11.00-11.30 Coffee and networking opportunities


    How have new car prices shifted over the last 12 months? How crucial are values across Europe and how much do we know about residual movements in the near future? How are disposal trends affecting the profitability of the sector?

    11.30-11.50 New car pricing across Europe
    Mario Monti, European Competition Commissioner (invited)

  • How close are we to seeing level prices across major European markets?
  • How will this affect the fleet sector?
  • Price predictions

    11.50-12.10 Residuals across Europe
    Martin Verelli, head of market intelligence, EurotaxGlass's

  • Trends and predictions
  • Residual measurement and accuracy of data
  • Major markets compared

    12.10-12.30 Remarketing and disposals across Europe
    Lars-Erik Aaroy, sales director, mainland Europe, BCA Europe

  • Strategies for profitable vehicle disposal in a pan-European environment

    12.30-12.45 Q&A

    12.45-14.00 LUNCH


    How are taxation changes and block exemption rulings affecting fleet experience across the continent? Are you well informed about upcoming legislation changes?

    14.00-14.20pm Block Exemption and the fleet industry
    Steve Simpson, head of European development, HSBC Vehicle Finance

  • Dealer and retail changes and the future of fleet servicing/repair
  • Effect on leasing industry

    14.20-14.40 Taxation issues across Europe
    Bart Vanham, PricewaterhouseCoopers tax consultants

  • Focus on key taxation issues
  • Outlook for future

    14.40-14.55 Q&A

    14.55-15.10 Coffee and networking opportunities


    Trends and issues in the highly competitive European daily rental market

    15.10-15.30 Leading daily rental executive (invited)

  • Profitability in European rental market
  • Acquisition and disposal of rental vehicles
  • Winners and losers in 2003 and 2004

    15.30-15.35 Q&A


    How are traffic patterns and policies changing the way we drive in Europe – and how do they affect fleets? How are fuel supplies and pricing hitting the market - and what do environmentalists make of transport policies in Europe.

    15.35-15.55 Fuel supply and pricing
    Ann Cormack, European fleet manager, Shell International

  • Current issues in fuel supply and impact on fleet industry
  • Outlook for 2004 and 2005
  • Influence of Iraq and political uncertainties in Middle East

    15.55-16.15 Effects of environmental issues on future European transport policy
    Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, co-ordinator of the Centre for Automotive Industry, Cardiff Business School

  • The green fleet
  • Balancing environmental concerns with fleet efficiency in the future

    16.15-16.30 Q&A

    16.30 Thanks from Emap Automotive and departure

    The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and speakers.

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