Mexico Aerospace Forum 2019 Preliminary Program
- SpeakerLuis LizcanoManaging Director of FEMIA
Mexico’s strong manufacturing base is reaping the benefits of a booming global aerospace industry and is increasingly becoming an attractive investment destination. With 350 aerospace companies, the local industry is still small but it is growing at an accelerated rate thanks to its ideal location close to the US and a young but highly qualified labor force. Mexico’s trade agreements with over 45 countries and low manufacturing costs also make it an attractive option.
- ModeratorCarlos RoblesVice President of Bombardier Queretaro
- PanelistAntonio VelázquezManaging Director of Aeroclúster Querétaro
- PanelistClaire BarnouinExecutive Director of Monterrey Aerocluster
- PanelistRené EspinosaPresident of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster
While Mexico touts its hosting of some of the largest aerospace companies in the world, including Airbus, Honeywell, Safran, Fokker, Zodiac Aerospace and GKN Aerospace, the country still lacks a strong supplier base. This has generated many gaps in the local supply chain, from raw materials to final processes, that reduce the country’s competitiveness. While tackling this gap has been among the industry’s main goals for several years, there is still much to be done to improve Mexico’s competitiveness.
- SpeakerMarco Antonio del PreteMinister of Sustainable Development at SEDESU Queretaro
While Queretaro’s aerospace sector is among the youngest in the country, the state has quickly positioned itself among the strongest aerospace clusters in Mexico. Bombardier’s arrival to the state in 2006 kickstarted the sector’s accelerated growth and the state now hosts many more major players, such as Safran, Aernnova, ITP and Airbus Helicopters. Moreover, Queretaro has the only university in Mexico specialized in the aerospace industry and the largest MRO center in Latin America. The state will also welcome the third edition of FAMEX in 2021.
- ModeratorLuis MuñozInternational TAX Partner at PwC
- PanelistGunther BarajasVice President of Dassault Systèmes de México
- PanelistBenjamin MejíaDeputy Director General of Aerocharter
Every day, there are between 8,000 and 20,000 airplanes in midflight across the globe. The large number of flying aircraft at any given time is a constant challenge for pilots, airports, airlines, regulators, MROs and many other players in the aviation industry. While the sector is relentless in its pursuit of safety, the industry’s rapid growth will only bring more challenges.
- SpeakerMajor Gen. Rodolfo RodríguezPresident of FAMEX
Mexico’s Aerospace Fair has grown to become the largest event for the sector in Latin America even though it is only in its third edition. FAMEX is key for the progress of Mexico’s aerospace industry as a space for collaboration, innovation and business development.
- ModeratorCuitlahuac GutierrezCountry Manager Mexico of IATA
- PanelistRicardo DueñasDirector General of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA)
- PanelistFelipe BonifattiDirector General of Mexico Central America, Caribbean of Lufthansa Group
- PanelistGuilhem MalletGeneral Manager of Air France-KLM México
- SpeakerJosé Alejandro OchoaMayor of Colon, Queretaro
- ModeratorJorge GutiérrezDean of UNAQ
- PanelistAlberto RoblesLATAM Strategic Supply Chain Leader at General Electric Infrastructure Querétaro (GEIQ)
- PanelistJuan Alberto PorrasDirector General of CONCAMIN
- PanelistDaniel ParfaitPresident of Safran México
- PanelistSergio SilvaHead of the Economic Intelligence Unit at the Ministry of Economy
Mexico’s goal is to become one of the Top 10 global suppliers for the aerospace sector. Thanks to efforts from the country’s academia, government and industry, the local aerospace sector has made great strides toward achieving this goal. Mexico has over 350 aerospace companies and the industry generates 160,000 direct and indirect jobs. However, there are still opportunities to seize and challenges to overcome.
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