Mexico Aerospace Forum 2017 Program - Mexico Business Events (mbe)

Mexico Aerospace Forum 2017 Program

Translating Industry Ambitions into Business Opportunities
  1. Speaker
    Francisco Mendieta
    Director General of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

The Mexican aerospace sector has grown 16 percent annually in 12 years and now includes over 330 aerospace companies spread across the country. While last year predictions for the sector seemed overtly positive, with high expectation for foreign direct investment, new companies and larger exports, the sector is facing new challenges in the shape of a renegotiation of NAFTA and a climate of uncertainty brought about by the US president.

Revolutionizing Commercial Aviation and MRO Services
  1. Moderator
    Yuri Salinas
    Second Vice President of CANAERO
  2. Panelist
    Roberto Corral
    Vice President and General Manager of Innocentro
  3. Panelist
    Rodrigo Vásquez
    Director General of TAR Aerolíneas
  4. Panelist
    Marcos Rosales
    Director General of Mexicana MRO
  5. Panelist
    Miguel Cardona
    Commercial Director Mexico of Avianca
Networking Coffee Break
Growth and Opportunity Areas in the Mexican Aerospace Sector
  1. Speaker
    Carlos Robles
    President of the Mexican Federation for the Aerospace Industry (FEMIA) and Vice President of Bombardier Queretaro

OEMs are increasingly prioritizing the reduction of manufacturing costs and production times, leading the entire supply chain to increase its efficiency and competitiveness. Furthermore, the aerospace sector invests heavily in R&D and innovative practices to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, noise and contamination through the use of new materials, engines and designs.

Creating a Unified industry and integrated supply chain
  1. Moderator
    Carlos Robles
    President of the Mexican Federation for the Aerospace Industry (FEMIA) and Vice President of Bombardier Queretaro
  2. Panelist
    Carlos Ramírez
    President of Monterrey Aerospace Cluster
  3. Panelist
    René Espinosa
    President of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster
  4. Panelist
    Juan Carlos Corral
    President of Aerocluster Queretaro
  5. Panelist
    Luis Azúa
    General Manager of Textron International Mexico/Bell Helicopter México
  6. Panelist
    Roberto Corral
    Vice President and General Manager of Innocentro in representation of Aerospace Alliance

A common challenge for most aerospace companies operating in Mexico is finding the required suppliers, be they for raw materials of for final processes. This phenomenon forces local companies to import raw materials and to transport parts back and forth to other countries for specific processes. This challenge has led to many efforts from both clusters, FEMIA and local manufacturers, large and small, to create a stronger supplier base. During this panel, speakers will address how to improve to consolidate the local supply chain.

Networking Coffee Break
Airport & Heliport Ecosystem Development
  1. Moderator
    Francisco Bautista
    Leading Partner of Aerospace Industry at EY
  2. Panelist
    César Moreno
    Director General of EnTEC
  3. Panelist
    Maricruz Hernández García,
    Airport Director at DGAC
  4. Panelist
    Ernesto Niembro
    Subdirector of Operations and Services for ASA
  5. Panelist
    Yousefh Pineda
    Director General of CRAMEX Aviation
  6. Panelist
    Carlos Aguilar
    Airport Administrator of AIQ

The number of air operations in Mexico keeps growing year by year, with current expectations to surpass 91 million passengers in 2017 according to CANAERO.  As more people travel, airports will need to renovate and expand to address demand, however currently Mexico ranks 61st out of 138 countries in quality airport infrastructure, according to the Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017.

Networking Lunch
Mexico's Aerospace Future: How do we get there?
  1. Speaker
    Francisco Navarro
    Director General of Airbus Helicopters in Mexico

The Mexican aerospace industry is taking off. With the country being an attractive destination for foreign investment and new companies and projects thanks to its strategic location and a supportive government and business environment. The challenge ahead for Mexico will be to continue its strong manufacturing practices in the face of a shifting sociopolitical environment and local concerns such as a lack of human capital and a consolidated supply chain.

Generating Aerospace human capital
  1. Moderator
    César Fragozo
    Head of Sectorial Development Unit for ProMéxico
  2. Panelist
    Daniel Parfait
    President of Safran Mexico
  3. Panelist
    Jorge Gutiérrez
    Dean of Queretaro Aeronautic University (UNAQ)
  4. Panelist
    Ricardo Iñurria
    Director of Operations and Projects for Out Helping
  5. Panelist
    Esau Magallanes
    President of CANACINTRA Queretaro

As the aerospace sector keeps growing, it is finding a lack of sufficient human capital to support this growth, which leads companies to strongly compete to attract the best workers. Furthermore, this lack of capital can also influence the final decision whether a company comes or not to Mexico. Many efforts have been done by several entities to train and supply it, but as the sector keeps growing, the need for qualified technicians and engineers will only increase.

New Technology for Space Exploration
  1. Speaker
    Dr. Rodolfo Neri Vela
    First Astronaut of Mexico
Networking Cocktail

Our Networking Cocktails are a must for C-level professionals who want to expand their business, improve their contacts or who simply want to gain insights from other key stakeholders in their industry. By invitation only, these exclusive events provide enhanced networking and put you in front of the people and businesses that matter to you. Organized around specific topics and themes, our intimate Networking Cocktails are a value-added opportunity to discuss the latest trends and strategies impacting your sector.

Let us help you open doors to fresh opportunities.