7th November 2019

The 3rd annual Ukrainian Automotive Forum

Premier Palace Hotel, Kyiv


Aivaras Abromavicius, newly-appointed CEO of UkrOboronProm, will outline the ongoing modernisation of the state defence giant and will pay particularly attention to the plans for its group companies cooperating with leading international OEMS and Tier 1 suppliers in the auto industry.

Dmytro Natalukha, the new Head of the parliamentary Economic Development Committee, will highlight the committee’s initiatives to stimulate investment in manufacturing, engineering and particularly the automotive sector.

Taras Kachka, Deputy Economy Minister and Ukraine’s Trade Representative, will discuss initiatives to increase levels of export of automotive components to the EU and beyond.

Maksym Nefyodov, Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine, will discuss how the service cooperates with major industrial exporters to ensure they serve their international customers in a timely fashion.



Alexander Markus

Chairman of the Board,
German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tariel Vasadze

Honorary President,
UkrAVTO Corporation

Dmytro Natalukha

Head, Committee for Economic Development,
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Aivaras Abromavicius

Chief Executive Officer,

Maksym Nefyodov

State Customs Service of Ukraine

Taras Kachka

Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Agriculture of Ukraine
– Trade Representative of Ukraine

Oleg Boyaryn

Chairman of the Supervisory Board,

Mykhailo Bechkalo

Executive Director,

Mykhailo Reznik


Volodymyr Butko

Etalon Corporation

Mykola Evdokimenko

Chairman of the Board,

Florian Daniel

Principal, Automotive,
Roland Berger

Olena Chepizhko

Head of Government & External Relations,

Oleg Kozhevnikov

Operations Director,
Yazaki Europe

Yulia Aglichanova

Country Manager,
CAT Cargo Logistics Ukraine

Oleksandr Schlamp

Chief Operational Officer,
SE Bordnetze-Ukraine

Anatoliy Kinakh

Ukrainian League of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs

Natalia Shulyar

Deputy CEO, Quality,

Illya Gamaliy

Principal Banker,

Olga Trofimova

Quality Centre

Sergiy Ratnikov

Product Manager,
BIBUS Ukraine

Sebastian Clauss

Area Sales Manager,

Volodymyr Dembitskyi

Head of Analytics,


Official Partner
Information partners and supporting organisations



Ukraine is quickly emerging as an important player in the European vehicle production supply chain. In recent years dozens of automotive component production plants have opened up, primarily in Western Ukraine, to take advantage of the proximity to their OEM customers in the EU, as well as Ukraine’s competitive wage levels and skilled workforce.


It is estimated that €500 million has been invested to date in 38 factories, which together employ more than 60,000 workers.


In the era of digitalisation and Industry 4.0, Ukraine is also growing a reputation as an important centre of innovation and Research & Development, with a number of its renowned IT companies serving the leading global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.


As new vehicle sales increase, domestic vehicle manufacturers are increasing production figures and new investment opportunities are being explored, such as electric vehicles and batteries, with Ukraine possessing the world’s largest reserves in lithium.

The Forum

The Ukrainian Automotive Forum has quickly and firmly established itself as the key meeting-place for all key current and potential players in the growing automotive industry of Ukraine.


In both 2017 and 2018, over 130 senior automotive executives from 14 different countries gathered in Lviv for an intensive and productive day of discussion and networking. They heard from:


  • Senior officials, including Regional Governor Sinyutka, Lviv Mayor Sadovyy, the Rada Industrial Policy Committee and Ministry of Infrastructure, who pledged their ongoing practical support for the further development of the sector;
  • Leading international and domestic component producers, such as Gentherm, Prettl Kabelkonfektion, TE Connectivity, SE Bordnetze, Ukroboronprom and BASF, who discussed their operations in Ukraine and why the country is emerging as a hub for parts producers;
  • Domestic vehicle manufacturers, including Eurocar, ZAZ, Etalon-Auto and UkrAvto, who outlined their development strategies and production plans.


Who you will meet!

Attendees of the Forum in 2017 and 2018 included senior executives from such companies as:


Advantage Austria * Agiplan * AHK Ukraine * Astra Group * Aton Group * Bader Automotive * BASF * BIBUS * Bila Tserkva Industrial Park * BMTS Technology * Bogdan Motors * BYD Europe * Citibank * Commercial Vehicle Group * Credit Agricole * CTP * Delta Ukraine * Drogobych Truck Crane Plant * EAC Consulting * EBRD * EFTEC * Electric Systems SE * Electron Concern * Electron Kamyanets-Podilskyi * Etalon Corporation * Eurocar * E. van Wijk Group * Falcon-Auto * Federation of Automotive Employers of Ukraine * Fujikura Automotive * Galtrans-Logistics * Galychyna-Auto * GEFCO * Gentherm * Germany Trade & Invest * GI Group * GIZ * Groupe CAT * Holger Christiansen Production * IFC * INGO * Intellias * Item Industrietechnik * JVIS USA * Karpaty State Enterprise * KESZ Holding * KOTRA * KPMG * KrAZ * Kromberg & Schubert * Lanxess Deutschland * Leoni Wiring Systems * Lohmann * MA Polska * Millhouse Logistics * MIM * Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine * ODW-Elektrik * O.L.T. Consult * PBN Hill & Knowlton Strategies * Prettl Kabelkonfektion * Raiffeisen Bank * Renault * Robert Bosch * Rokada Group * Rutronik * SE Bordnetze * SKF * SOAG Group * SophSys * Spetztekhosnastka * Spheros-Electron * Sumitomo * Takata * TE Connectivity * Telko * Tesla Club Ukraine * Tisza Cipo * TNT * Tochmash * Tochprilad * UkrAutoprom * UkrAVTO * Ukroboronprom * Upromex * Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine * ZAZ *


Even more expected in 2019!


Here’s what previous attendees had to say:


“I am grateful for the possibility to attend the Forum. The event contributed greatly to the development of the automotive industry in Ukraine”

Vitaliy Yermolenko, Head of New Products, ZAZ


“It was great to participate in the event”

Sebastian Clauss, Area Sales Manager, Item Industrietechnik


“Thank you for the well-organised forum”

Myhajlo Kanafozkyj, Quality Manager, Bader Ukraine


“Thank you for the very interesting event”

Laszlo-Adorjani-Klosz, Business Process Excellence Manager, Gentherm Ukraine


“A brilliant event and organisation”

Anna Prydybailo, Head of MCC Department, Raiffeisen Bank Aval


“Thank you for the high level of organisation of the forum. It was a really interesting and informative event”

Vasyl Ploskina, Director of Marketing, Tochprilad


  • 08:30   Registration and morning refreshments

  • 09:30   Session 1: Establishing Ukraine As An integral Player Within The European Automotive Supply Chain

  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Charting The Development And Evolution Of The Automotive Component Cluster In Ukraine. What Have Been The Achievements To Date And What Are The Priorities?

  • 13:00   Luncheon

  • 14:15   Session 3: Spotlight On Vehicle Production In Ukraine. What Innovations Are Being Put In Place To Ensure The Sustainability Of The Sector?

  • 15:45   Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:15   Session 4: The Industry 4.0 journey – how far along is the auto sector in Ukraine?

  • 17:30   Evening reception