SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING WEEK.

In July, we’re inviting you to join us as we explore why and how the BMW Group is focusing on sustainable, value-driven manufacturing and how sustainability consciousness is rooted within the company. Join us as we travel the globe for „Sustainable Manufacturing Week“ and discuss with our experts the meaning to create ecologically sustainable value in manufacturing and social responsibility, green energy and the goal of a circular economy. 

SESSION 1: SOCIAL responsibility- A CONSISTENT
FACTOR NOW AND IN THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING.

Social Responsibility Live Stream Session 1
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In session 1 we invite you to join the conversation about why sustainable strategy means to take on social responsibility. The BMW Group’s aim to become the most sustainable car manufacturer does not only apply to produce a vehicle with little or none CO2 emissions, but to care for every person working in the company and for society. In this session, BMW Group managers responsible for CSR at the Headquarters and at the plants in South Africa and Mexico will introduce two projects that are driving social impact in their regions. Why do they do this? Because People is a company’s most valuable resource.

If you want to get to know more about the Sustainable Manufacturing Week, watch the recording of the sessions here.

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Martin Kloss.

Martin Kloss is an actor, moderator, storytelling coach & speaker trainer. Technology, mobility, and sustainability are the topics that get him excited. As a bi-lingual trained professional actor, his home is on the stage or in front of the camera. And even with more than 25 years of experience in front of the camera, working internationally with global clients, he is still infinitely curious, and passionate about learning new things and meeting new people.

Carlos Gutiérrez.

Mechanical Engineer with more than 26 years of experience within companies of the Automotive Industry in areas as Government Affairs, Logistics, International Trades, Purchasing, Customs, and Regulations related to the automotive Industry. Joined to BMW in 1996 as Foreign trade manager. Part of Project team for site selection and implementation of BMW production plant in México in 2012.

Mbasa Kepe.

Mbasa Kepe joined BMW SA in 1998 as a graduate trainee in the Aftersales technical department after completion of his Mechanical Engineering studies. 

After a number of years in the aftersales department, he joined the marketing department were he was responsible for pricing and competitor analysis. Then he joined the Sales Department as a Market Analyst, responsible for sales reporting and sales incentives administration. After a few years in Sales, he moved to the Corporate planning department where we responsible corporate strategy to ensure the sustainability of the business in South Africa. From corporate strategy, he moved to The Government and External Affairs as a manager of the department. His role consist primarily of the following topics, CSR activities, monitoring of regulatory and trade changes and lobbying activities.

Milena Pighi.

Milena Pighi joined the BMW Group in 1998 as a spokesperson for corporate communications in Italy. In 2004, she moved to Munich to take care of steering and managing corporate communications of BMW Group subsidiaries around the globe. In January 2013, Milena Pighi was appointed Head of social responsibility for the BMW Group.

 

 

SESSION 2: SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING - A DISCUSSION ABOUT FUTURE-ORIENTED PRODUCTION.

Sustainable Manufacturing Live Stream Session 2
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In session 2 we will discuss with Armin Ebner, BMW Group’s Head of Production System & Digitalization Planning, Kristina Frank, Councillor of the City of Munich, i.a. CEO of the Municipal Waste Company (AWM) and Dr. Ariane Reinhart, Board Member Continental AG how manufacturers can produce more sustainably. We will dive-deeper into topics like waste reduction, energy and water management, re-using materials and circular economy that are key factors to sustainable manufacturing. In this conversation, we will share visions and future-oriented concepts, but also methods that are being used today to inspire others on how to move towards sustainable manufacturing. 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Martin Kloss.

Martin Kloss is an actor, moderator, storytelling coach & speaker trainer. Technology, mobility, and sustainability are the topics that get him excited. As a bi-lingual trained professional actor, his home is on the stage or in front of the camera. And even with more than 25 years of experience in front of the camera, working internationally with global clients, he is still infinitely curious, and passionate about learning new things and meeting new people.

Armin Ebner.

After studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Erlangen, Armin Ebner joined the BMW Group in 1997 as a development engineer. After various management positions at the BMW Group plants in Dingolfing, Rosslyn (South Africa) and Regensburg, he took over the management of the assembly technology at the headquarter. Since May 2021, he is responsible for the production system, digitalization planning and operational excellence of the BMW Group.

Kristina Frank

2006 - 2009: Lawyer at Dechert LLP, Munich.

Practice Areas: Private Equity, Corporate & Securities, Finance & Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital

2009 - 2013 State Attorney at Staatsanwaltschaft II in Munich

Departement: capital offence, general criminal cases and unauthorized gambling

2013 - 2018 Judge at Landgericht München I, Munich. 

Departement: general civil law and capital markets law 

2014 - 2018

Honorary member of the Munich city council since 2018

Kommunalreferentin (Councillor of the City of Munich), professional member of the city council.Head of three municipal companies: Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb München (the waste management corporation of munich), Markthallen München (MHM), Stadtgüter München (SgM). 

René Krahn

René Krahn (45) was born in Heidelberg, holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on production technology, and has worked in the automotive industry since completing his studies at RWTH Aachen University.

He started his career in 2001 as a trainee at Audi AG in Ingolstadt before joining Continental's predecessor Siemens VDO Automotive in Regensburg in 2003 as a project manager in the Body Electronics Division.

After a stopover as a process consultant at Porsche Consulting, René Krahn took on various management positions at Continental in Roding from 2007, in the plant environment for diesel and gasoline high-pressure injection pumps in the "Engine Systems" Business Unit, where his last position was Head of Industrial Engineering.

In 2014, he moved to Pisa in Italy within this Business Unit and managed a product segment for fuel injection components with locations in Germany, Italy, the U.S. and China. Since 2017, Krahn then managed a global development area for comfort electronics in the "Body & Security" Business Unit from Regensburg and Ingolstadt.

Since December 2019, René Krahn has now been site and plant manager at Continental in Regensburg and thus responsible for 7,600 employees.