As pressure increases to deliver innovative and customized products to market faster, manufacturers are struggling to maintain product profits and accelerate design to delivery schedules. At the 2018 European Cost Insight conference, join attendees from leading product manufacturers across Europe who will gather to share insights and discover new strategies and tactics in product design, sourcing and quoting to address this complex problem.

Check out some of the highlights of this year's event

Networking with Advanced PCM Practitioners

The Cost Insight conference will draw in some of the leading practitioners of product cost management from across Europe. Many of these individuals decades of experience in defining and implementing best practices for creating a cost conscious culture across a global manufacturing enterprise. There’s no better teacher than experience!

Compelling Case Study Presentations

Some of aPriori’s customers have driven exceptional financial value from their deployments. We are still nailing down the speakers for this years event, but check out this video as an example of the type of presentation you can expect to see at the conference.

Drive More Leverage from Your aPriori Investment

Through case studies and technical workshops, learn new tips and techniques for leveraging the aPriori PCM platform to drive even more value for your company. Many of aPriori’s top subject matter experts will fly in to present at this conference and answer any and all questions about our technology.

Supplier Negotiation Workshop

In this workshop, we will discuss specific steps to use when negotiating with suppliers using aPriori manufacturing data. This session will be followed by a customer case study from a customer that is implementing these best practices, and saving millions of dollars by doing it.

Recent Announcements

Nov 13 - 2 NEW Case Studies have been added to the agenda!!. Join us at the EU Cost Insight conference and hear case studies by Rafael Defense Group from Israel and Alstom from France. See agenda below for more details
Nov 5 - aPriori will be holding a User Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov 28 from 8:30am to 2pm. This is an invitation only event.
Nov 1 - New CASE STUDY Announcement! Joining us on Nov 27 will be Mr. Michael Wildt, President of Global Supply Innovation, former VP of Sourcing & Procurement at both Ingersoll Rand & Commscope during their implementations of aPriori.
October 12 - Hotel room reservations for the conference hotel - the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - are now available. For reservations: CLICK HERE
October 9 - Danfoss Case Study added to the Agenda. Mr. S. P. Kalaivanan – Lead Cost Modeler of Danfoss will present an overview of how they embarked on their PCM Journey with aPriori, their success and lessons learned to date, and plans for the future.

Conference Agenda

Monday, November 26, 2018

7:00pm to 9:00pm, Welcome Reception – Peers & Beers – will be held in the Axis Bar at the Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol airport conference hotel.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Please note that the agenda below is subject to change as new information becomes available and presenters are confirmed.

Time Session Description
Start End
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Coffee & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM 8:50 AM Agenda Review & Kickoff Address
Presenters: Rick Burke, VP Marketing & Guy Langley VP Sales EMEA, aPriori
8:50 AM 9:15 AM The Changing Role of Product Engineering
Product Teams are being asked to do more in less time and it keeps getting more challenging with each year. Learn how aPriori’s physics-based, mechanistic Product Cost Management platform has evolved to meet the needs of product teams with capabilities such as Design for Manufacturability, Design to Cost, Product Design Optimization and costing of new manufacturing processes like Additive Manufacturing.
Presenter: Stephanie Feraday, aPriori, President & CEO
9:15 AM 9:45 AM Danfoss Case Study

A privately-owned Danish company with a global presence, Danfoss operates 69 factories and 50 sales companies in every region of the world.  Hear how they are deploying aPriori to reduce product cost through Value Engineering programs and negotiating more effectively with their suppliers.

Presenter:  S. P. Kalaivanan – Lead Cost Modeler

9:45 AM 10:15 AM aPriori Product Strategy & Roadmap Presentation
Presenter: Julie Driscoll, VP Strategic Marketing & Product Management
10:15 AM 11:00 AM 45″ Networking Break / Technology Showcase

Featuring 5 different product exhibition workstations highlighting the features and benefits of the latest and greatest aPriori technology such as our new Cost Insight Design web-based application, learn about new Stretch & Hyrdro Forming cost models for aerospace companies, or new collaboration features that let Cost Engineering teams work closely with Product Designers to achieve target cost on New Product Initiatives.

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Supply Chain Negotiation Case Study
This presentation will concentrate on best practices related to using aPriori manufacturing data to enable more effective negotiations with supply chain partners.Presenter: Mr. Michael Wildt, President, Global Supply Innovations (deployed aPriori at both Ingersoll Rand & Commscope)
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Alstom Case Study: Zero RFP Project

Alstom is a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, with products including the AGV, TGV, Eurostar, and Pendolino high-speed trains, in addition to suburban, regional and metro trains, and Citadis trams.  Hear how Alstom have leveraged aPriori to improve transparency and speed of collaboration with suppliers.

Presenters: Zeeshan Mohammad & Jeremy Birge, Alstom

12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch Break
Track Description Track 1:
Design for Manufacturability & Cost
Room:  TBD
Track 2:
Supplier Negotiation
Room:  TBD
1:00 PM 1:45 PM Design It Out
Learn how the latest developments in DTC & DFM Help Identify & Eliminate Cost Drivers
Presenter: Thomas Hazely, aPriori
Leveraging aPriori Data, Part 1:  Supplier Negotiation

You’ve generated a should cost estimate, now how can you best leverage mfg data to secure fair pricing?
Presenter: Steve Millar, aPriori

1:45 PM 2:30 PM Rolling on Up
Streamlining the costing process for engineers and using component insights for product costing
Presenter: Mark Dignum, aPriori
Leveraging aPriori Data, Part 2:  Gaining New Insight Through Reporting
Whether you are using Cost Insight Report or your own BI tool, aPriori offers a wealth of options for gaining new insights on your product design & sourcing system.
Presenter: Mark McClarty
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Networking Break / Technology Showcase
3:00 PM 3:45 PM Tracking Your PCM Progress
How to most effectively monitor Projects, Value Tracking and Costing Activity
Presenter: Tobias Tauber, aPriori
Fact-Based Negotiation Workshop
Learn more about how to conduct fact-based negotiations with your suppliers. Mike Wildt of Global Supply Innovations will answer questions about his presentation, and how he has effectively implemented aPriori at two global manufacturers and driven significant savings for this company.
3:55 PM 4:30 PM Additive Manufacturing: Costing Additive Parts and Comparing to Traditional Processes
Learn how to cost additive manufacturing components in aPriori, highlighting the key cost drivers to consider and compare additive mfg to traditional subtractive manufacturing processes.
Presenter:  Mark Dignum, aPriori
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Rafael Case Study: 0 to 100 in 10
Rafael is one of the leading defense contractors in Israel. In this presentation, Mr. Siryon will discuss how they built an effective on-boarding program for aPriori, how they secured buy in for cross-organizational collaboration, and how this approach allowed them to deliver strong return on investment in their first year of deployment.
Presenter: Eyal Siryon, MCAD IT Manager


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

User Council Meeting
(by Invitation Only)

Are you part of the aPriori User Council? Stay overnight Tuesday, join us for a dinner in Amsterdam, and on Wednesday we will meet to discuss recent projects initiated by the User Council, and have time to meet with your peers to discuss future product requirements. For more information, please send an email to Julie Driscoll, our Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Product Management at

Conference Registration Fees

aPriori Customers – €299

General Public – €399

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schipol – Hotel Registration

€189/night for Nov 26 & 27

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