Mexico Aerospace Forum 2017 Program
- SpeakerFrancisco MendietaDirector 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.
- ModeratorYuri SalinasSecond Vice President of CANAERO
- PanelistRoberto CorralVice President and General Manager of Innocentro
- PanelistRodrigo VásquezDirector General of TAR Aerolíneas
- PanelistMarcos RosalesDirector General of Mexicana MRO
- PanelistMiguel CardonaCommercial Director Mexico of Avianca
- SpeakerCarlos RoblesPresident 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.
- ModeratorCarlos RoblesPresident of the Mexican Federation for the Aerospace Industry (FEMIA) and Vice President of Bombardier Queretaro
- PanelistCarlos RamírezPresident of Monterrey Aerospace Cluster
- PanelistRené EspinosaPresident of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster
- PanelistJuan Carlos CorralPresident of Aerocluster Queretaro
- PanelistLuis AzúaGeneral Manager of Textron International Mexico/Bell Helicopter México
- PanelistRoberto CorralVice 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.
- ModeratorFrancisco BautistaLeading Partner of Aerospace Industry at EY
- PanelistCésar MorenoDirector General of EnTEC
- PanelistMaricruz Hernández García,Airport Director at DGAC
- PanelistErnesto NiembroSubdirector of Operations and Services for ASA
- PanelistYousefh PinedaDirector General of CRAMEX Aviation
- PanelistCarlos AguilarAirport 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.
- SpeakerFrancisco NavarroDirector 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.
- ModeratorCésar FragozoHead of Sectorial Development Unit for ProMéxico
- PanelistDaniel ParfaitPresident of Safran Mexico
- PanelistJorge GutiérrezDean of Queretaro Aeronautic University (UNAQ)
- PanelistRicardo IñurriaDirector of Operations and Projects for Out Helping
- PanelistEsau MagallanesPresident 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.
- SpeakerDr. Rodolfo Neri VelaFirst Astronaut of Mexico
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