We are pleased to present the seventh edition of our quarterly "BME Newsletter International". The main topic in this edition is Pharma Supply Chain. Enjoy the read!
Olaf Holzgrefe
Head of International & Affairs
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Interview Main Topic Pharma Supply Chain
Pharma Supply Chain and its impact on Global Health 2020 and beyond
Forward-thinking health systems, governments, and other stakeholders are taking a critical look at ways to improve healthcare. Governments have been joined by a long list of private donors (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc…) thanks to whom funds have been made available for health spending, and many organizations (NGOs, public & private organizations, humanitarian groups…) are willing... More
Interview with Maeve Magner, Supply chain professional with over 30 years experience largely in High Tech Global Health

Main Topic Pharma Supply Chain
The Intelligent Supply Chain: A Use Case For Artificial Intelligence
The term artificial intelligence (AI) invokes images of robot uprisings, space missions to galaxies far, far away, and lab-created clones that make humans immortal. For years, thought-provoking talks by professors have entertained the notion of whether AI is—or ever will be—self-aware. The more adventurous among us may be drawn toward theosophical discussions on creationism or debates about the realities... More
Dr. Ravi Prakash Mathur, Senior Director - Head of Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
German trade with Eastern countries is increasing strongly
The exchange of goods with the 29 OAOEV countries increased at an above-average rate again in the first half of 2018. Southeastern Europe in particular recorded significant growth. German trade in the east continues at high speed... More
Ambassadors Conference: "multilateralists" are in demand
Representatives of German industry and the German diplomats met at the Business Day of the Ambassadors Conference in the Federal Foreign Ministry* after a one-year break. Trump and Brexit governed the conversations... More
2nd Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit with record participation
Around 250 German / European buyers, logistics and supply chain managers, as well as 150 Chinese company representatives attended the 2nd Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit in Chengdu, ensuring a record attendance. More. . . 
Deal or no deal: the Brexit showdown is getting closer
The United Kingdom is leaving the EU at the end of March 2019, that much is fixed. The only question is how tough the consequences will be of a post-EU era. The crucial phase of the exit negotiations has begun. More. . . 
4th BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress 2019

12 - 14 Febr 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

The years ahead will be increasingly shaped by ongoing digitization, a battle for real talent, and disruption of the existing ways and formats of pharma supply chain collaboration.
Working jointly on innovative supply chain models makes a difference for patients worldwide.
Let us bridge the gap together…join the journey!
Supply chain global leaders from international pharmaceutical and medical device companies have already committed to joining the 4th BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress! Disruptors will be there as well, giving insights into how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform the health and life science industry. We invite you to join us and become part of the journey!
The host of the 4th Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress is BME (Europe’s leading non-profit association for supply chain management, procurement and logistics), a neutral non-profit association that provides an unbiased platform to dive into the hot topics of today’s supply chain leaders. More. . . 
For more information, please contact: Mirjam Zeller
53rd Symposium Purchasing and Logistics

14 - 16 Nov 2018, Berlin, Germany

The 53rd Symposium Purchasing and Logistics is your platform to share and gain actionable insights and to discuss success strategies with your peers about procurement and supply chain management.
This year we offer an interactive breakout session focusing on global sourcing markets.
On Thursday, 15 November, Gregor Eder (Senior Economist and Associate Director, Allianz SE) and Sophia Krietenbrink (Director Business Cycle and Growth, Business Services, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry) will give you an idea of what to expect with regard to economic and political developments for 2019 and beyond. After their two initial keynotes, delegates will engage in a business speed-dating and later in round tables which focus on different markets as well as strategic topics, such as:
• Future Markets in Africa – Characteristics, Opportunities, Challenges
• Seizing Opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe
• Russia – Hidden Opportunities for Global Sourcing?
• Opportunities of the New Silk Road
• Global Sourcing in the Automotive and Electronics Industry
• Global Sourcing in small and medium sized companies
Seize the opportunity to better understand market developments and adjust your own strategies!
For more information, please contact: Jacqueline Berger
YPs meet successful CPOS at the 53rd Symposium Purchasing and Logistics
True to the motto “Learning from the Best”, the business breakfast offers a unique chance for young professionals to meet experienced CPOs in an informal setting. Seize the opportunity to talk with Dr. Michael Nießen, CPO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Christian Staab, VP Global Purchasing & Global Supply Chain, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, about their career paths and to discuss professional issues. For more information, please visit: here. . . 
3rd Lake Constance Supplier Dialogue 2018

26 - 27 Nov 2018 (pre-event dinner 26th Nov), Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance), Germany

The 3rd Lake Constance Supplier Dialogue will take place from 26 to 27 November 2018 in Friedrichshafen. It will be hosted by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG and OC Oerlikon Management AG – all of them based in the region of Lake Constance. Our exclusive Supplier Dialogue provides the ideal platform to engage in networking and in cross-industry sharing of ideas with suppliers, customers and experts from the worlds of business, academia and politics.
This year the conference will focus primarily on the following key topics:
• Digitalisation – Radical Economic Transformation?
• Robotics, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence – Fuel or Explosive?
• Working World and Society – Digital Leadership, a Formula for Success?
Among the high-level speakers from renowned companies will be AUDI, DHL, Festo, Huawei and KUKA Deutschland. The program will be accompanied by an exhibition with an exclusive Start-up area.
For further information and registration please check here . . . 
If you are interested in joining the conference as exhibitor please contact: Eva-Maria Winteroll

12 – 13 March 2019 Düsseldorf, Germany

The 10th BME-eLÖSUNGSTAGE conference offers a variety of expert presentations, workshops and roundtables which focus on the importance of e-solutions and IT systems for increased organisational effectiveness. With more than 1,300 delegates and more than 70 exhibitors in 2018, this congress is the biggest platform for e-solutions in procurement and supply management.
Main topics:
• Digital Disruption: Strategies for Procurement
• eTools: Increasing Spend Control and Risk Transparency
• Supplier Relationship Management
• Integrated Purchase-to-Pay Solutions: Enabling Automation
• Change Management: How to Achieve Digital Transformation
• Decision Criteria for Choosing Suitable Solutions and Provider Models
For more information, please contact: Jacqueline Berger
The 3rd Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit will take place in September 2019 in Chengdu.
For more information, please contact: Riccardo Kurto
BME-JobSource – your partner for your career in procurement and supply chain management
The shortage of skilled workers has arrived in purchasing, too. It is especially difficult to find qualified employees. The BME-JobSource is as a specialized job portal for purchasing, SCM and logistics and offers to bring candidates and companies together. At the upcoming Symposium in Berlin you have the chance to place your job ad and show it to around 2,000 supply chain manager and procurement leaders.
For more information, please contact: Manuel Steckermayr
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