Marriott Hotel, Bucharest
13 November 2018


About the Event

Automotive Today powered by The Diplomat – Bucharest organize Automotive Forum & Awards for Excellence Gala 2018 on November 13 at JW Marriott Hotel in Bucharest – Constanta Ballroom, starting at 15.00.
Automotive Forum & Awards will bring together delegates from the Romanian automotive sector and Government representatives, in a half-day event, with engaging keynote sessions by industry leaders, interactive panel discussions, networking opportunities and gala awards dinner.
The Forum aims at becoming an arena where key players in the field can discuss the impact of market dynamics and new technologies on the current state of the manufacturing, operational and supply chain scenes, as well as future opportunities in the field.
With 3D Printing, blockchain or connected cars becoming buzz words in the automotive world, experts bring forward the main trends that are to revolutionise the industry in years to come. These trends are set to transform the way industry players respond to the changing consumer behavior, develop partnerships and drive transformational changes. At the same time, as digitization, increased automation and new business models are leaving a mark on the development of other industries, all signs point to automotive being no exception.
The event will also see the launch of the annual Automotive Today print publication, which analyses the trends that are driving the transformation in the automotive industry and how companies should fall in line for future success.
Automotive Today offer a communication platform for the leaders and experts of our progressively evolving industry, to share information, ideas and initiatives, to speak openly and to make new connections and build new collaborative relationship.


November 13, 2018
15:00 - 15:30
Event Registration & Networking Lunch
15:30 - 15:45
Opening Address
15:45 - 17:30

PAULA PIRVANESCU, State Secretary, Ministry for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship
ADRIAN SANDU, Secretary General - Member of the Board, ACAROM
CHRISTIAN VON ALBRICHSFELD, Country Head, Continental Romania
ATTILA SZABO, Managing Director, Ford Romania
CODRIN T. SCUTARU, Managing Director, McGuireWoods Romania (Event moderator)
CATALIN STRATULAT, Delivery Head Europe Product Engineering Services, Wipro
LAURA CIOCAN, Oracle Consultant, Supply Chain Management, Oracle Romania
GABRIEL POPA, Associated Partner, Noerr

• Romania’s Automotive landscape
• Trends for the Automotive Industry: Evolution of IoT for the Automotive Industry, Connected cars, Blockchain, Predictive Analysis, 3 D Printing, Overcoming supply chain complexities with big data analytics and complete visibility.
• Tax incentives, financial support, and fiscal facilities, or how can one manufacturer thrive on a rather volatile market, taxation-wise?
• Infrastructure – wishful thinking? When and how will the ailing sector catch up to industry demands?
• Legislative framework for professional and dual education; workforce trends
17:30 - 17:45
Questions and Answers
17:45 - 18:00
Networking Cocktail
18:00 - 20:00
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE GALA (Dinner & Awards ceremony)

• Individuals and companies across ten categories are to be honored at this prestigious award ceremony.
• These awards reflect the enthusiasm for development and innovation within the industry.
• Development of individuals is encouraged through creativity of ideas, adaptation and flexibility, planning and pioneering new ways, new thoughts and new ideas.
• It provides the opportunity to connect, debate and share the hot topics within the specific landscape, and, to celebrate the achievements of the best projects and results



Paula Pirvanescu
State Secretary, Ministry for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Dan Nechita
Co-founder and President, Smart Everything Everywhere

Colin C. Lovering
Vice-Chairman - British Romanian Chamber of Commerce

Carmen Adamescu
Partner Advisory, EY

Codrin T. Scutaru
Managing Director, McGuireWoods Romania

Daniel Anghel
Tax and Legal Services Leader, PwC Romania

Catalin Stratulat
Delivery Head Europe Product Engineering Services, Wipro

Adriana Record
Executive Director CCIFER

Ciprian Gavriliu
Partner Tax & Legal, Deloitte

Andrei Mihai Craciun
Head of office for Innovation, Technological Transfer and Intellectual Property Office at West University of Timisoara


INNOVATION AWARD - This award is to be offered for technical innovation and is related to either a product or a process.

Judging criteria:
  • • Product or process development approach, significance/usefulness
  • • Potential to improve the user’s experience
  • • Technical difficulty overcome. Did the solution address the challenge?
  • • Cost efficiency

SUPPLIER EXCELLENCE AWARD - This award is for a manufacturing company that has made progress towards operating an integrated and collaborative relationship with its customers, both internally, across functions and with its own supply chain partners.

Judging criteria:
  • • Quality of product or service
  • • Cost performance, affordability of the product or service
  • • Customer service, availability, continuity and comprehensiveness of the service
  • • Technical performance, sustainability, value to business

CSR AWARD - This award recognizes the unique and outside-the-box initiative and strategy, that demonstrates a commitment to corporate socially responsible principles.)

Judging criteria:
  • • Impact of an environmental, community or educational project or programme successfully implemented
  • • The extent of workplace practices - dependent care, health provisions and employee training

COMPANY OF THE YEAR - This award is for businesses that can demonstrate success, based upon general business performance, the launch of a new product, or development of a new process.

Judging criteria:
  • • Turnover, number of employees, investments, R&D projects
  • • Overall excellence in supply, performance, customer service and environmental awareness
  • • Drive, vision and ability to overcome challenges
  • • Commitment to the automotive industry

LOGISTICS EXCELLENCE AWARD - This award will put a spotlight on the heroes of the sector who have risen despite challenges; will shortlist and bring to the forefront individuals, organizations and projects that have created excellence in the field of logistics.

Judging criteria:
  • • Level of achievement in the provision of cost-effective and innovative supply chain solutions
  • • Innovation, efficiency or investment in supply chain operations
  • • Valuable partnerships between OEM and service provider

AFTERMARKET PARTS COMPANY AWARD - This award is for companies that have proven excellence in using the infrastructure and industry expertise to transform the distribution of aftermarket parts.

Judging criteria:
  • • Professional approach to the practice of logistics and transport
  • • Customer satisfaction while maintaining profitability
  • • Innovative supply chain techniques, capabilities and initiatives
  • • Client retention

CEO OF THE YEAR - This award recognizes the activity of a head of operations - Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, general manager or company president, that demonstrated commitment to the Romanian automotive sector by creating a positive impact with the business they work in.

Judging criteria:
  • • Attributes of leadership, vision
  • • Impact on company, industry and business in general
  • • Customer and shareholder value created
  • • Employee engagement and leadership development

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - This award recognizes the lifetime achievements of an individual that demonstrates innovative, visionary leadership and commitment to the automotive industry landscape creating a positive impact within the business he/she works in.

JURY SPECIAL AWARD - This award recognizes a unique and outstanding initiative / performance of a professional or company in automotive industry.


For each award, the Jury is in charge of assessing the final nominees. The Jury members are chosen among acknowledged representatives of the business community. The Jury is independent from the Organizer, namely Diplomat Media Group.
The final nominees list constitutes the basis for choosing the winners for each category. Any information provided by the final nominees will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose of designating the Award Winners.
Members of the Jury will be asked to vote for nominees in each category. The award is given at the majority of the votes. In case of equal votes, there will be a second round of votes. Members of the Jury are independent from the nominees for which they will have to vote. If otherwise they will withdraw from that specific vote.
The names of the Award Winners are announced during a gala evening held at JW Marriott Hotel - Constanta Ballroom, in Bucharest on 13 November, 2018, starting 6:30 pm.

Please note that 25 October is the deadline to submit your nominations for Automotive Awards for Excellence 2018 Edition!
Make Your Nomination


For each award, the Jury is in charge of assessing the final nominees. The Jury members are chosen among acknowledged representatives of the business community. The Jury is independent from the Organizer, namely Diplomat Media Group.
The panel of jury members will consider and score the nominations that are submitted by the due date and meet all eligibility requirements for the Romanian Automotive Awards for Excellence.



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    • €229

    • Forum & Gala Dinner

    • €89

    • Forum

    • €169

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    • €850

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    • €320

    • Forum

    • €608

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    • Corporate tabel (8pax)

    • €1,490

    • Forum & Gala Dinner

    • €576

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    • €1,090

    • Gala Dinner

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