Mexico Automotive Summit brings together the most influential business and political leaders in the Mexican automotive industry, including the interviewees featured in Mexico Automotive Review 2021. Register now or risk missing this opportunity to get the inside perspective and network with the industry’s main stakeholders at this high-profile conference and networking event.
Mexico Automotive Summit 2018 Preliminary Program
- SpeakerYasushi TakaseAmbassador of Japan in Mexico
Automotive production has evolved to become a true global effort. While Mexico, the US and Canada have built a trade block in North America, other countries have done the same in Europe and Asia. Though most regions strive to boost regional competitiveness, rhetoric from certain countries has threatened the evolution of free trade for the industry. This presentation offers an insight on what protectionist practices can mean for the future of the automotive sector and what Mexico could do to boost its position as a true manufacturing hub.
- ModeratorJuan Carlos MeadeAutomotive Industry Director of ProMexico
- PanelistMario RodríguezCEO of Arbomex
- PanelistJorge MartínezDirector General of Zacua
- PanelistElías MassriGeneral Director and Chairman of the Administration Board at Giant Motors Latinoamérica
- PanelistÓscar AlbinExecutive President of INA
Traditionally, Mexico has been a manufacturing-only country. After Mastretta’s failed attempt to produce a mass-market vehicle, the only successful venture in Mexican vehicle design has been VUHL’s plant in Queretaro, which is reserved for the luxury market. Now, Zacua, among others, is venturing into the competitive automotive industry as an OEM and betting on the electric vehicle market.
- ModeratorRicardo HaneinePartner at A.T. Kearney
- PanelistMarcos PérezDirector of Product Development at Ford de México
- PanelistLuis Geraldo EboliDirector General of CIMATIC de México
- PanelistMónica AcevesStrategy and Innovation Manager, R&D Center Mexico of Continental Automotive
- PanelistEnrique EnrichManaging Director of Scania Mexico
Industry 4.0, electrification, connectivity and self-driving technologies are all trends permeating the automotive sector. Companies are already investing in one or more of these concepts but what remains to be seen is how much they will change vehicles in terms of production and interior. What will be the role of OEMs and suppliers in the design of the car of the future and how long will it take to get from the current state to a fully connected and automated future?
- SpeakerAlexis MiloChief Economist for Mexico at HSBC
- ModeratorDaniel HernándezDirector General of the Queretaro Automotive Cluster
- PanelistHeberto MorenoBusiness Director of BASF’s Performance Materials Division in Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
- PanelistLuis Fernando MendozaRegional Product Head of Latin America Global Trade & Receivables Finance (GTRF) at HSBC Mexico
- PanelistArgenis BauzaHead of Supply ChainLatin America Hub, KPMG in Mexico
- PanelistManuel GuevaraGeneral Manager Queretaro - El Marqués Plant at Brose México
- PanelistAlejandro VerazaManaging Country Director of TI Automotive
The main advantage NAFTA brought to the automotive industry was to boost North America’s competitiveness as a manufacturing region. Mexico played a significant role in attracting investment from all over the world to build a strong supply chain. Participation from local companies is equally important to reach cost-competitive results. Yet, there are still holes in the production chain that could be filled by Mexican companies. In this panel, OEMs and suppliers from around the world showcase their needs and what they look for in local companies wanting to participate.
- ModeratorManuel NieblasPartner and Manufacturing Industry Leader at Deloitte Mexico
- PanelistManuel MontoyaDirector of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon
- PanelistAlexandro BurgueñoDirector General of the Jalisco Automotive Cluster
- PanelistHéctor SotoManaging Director of the Automotive Cluster of San Luis Potosi
- PanelistJaime GonzálezDirector of the Automotive Cluster of the Central Region Puebla Tlaxcala
Ongoing investment has spurred the creation of new automotive clusters in regions that see the industry as an important contributor to the state and federal GDPs. With three recently created clusters and more projects to come, how is investment promotion being handled? Is there clear competition between regions or could a national development project be created to ensure the industry’ growth as a nation? How are real-estate and financing partners participating in this debate? And finally, what are the differentiators from one cluster to another?
- SpeakerLuis Geraldo EboliDirector General of CIMATIC de México
- SpeakerEduardo SolísExecutive President of AMIA
Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts that electric cars will overtake combustion-engine-based vehicles by 2038. Meanwhile, the US market keeps showing its preference for larger vehicles with light trucks and SUVs representing over 60 percent of the total domestic sales. Considering Mexico’s focus on compact, combustion-engine cars, how prepared is the country for what appears to be a radical shift in demand? What is the country doing to adapt its manufacturing capabilities and what could happen if it fails to move quickly enough?
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