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Mexico Automotive Summit 2018 Preliminary Program

07:30
Registration
08:30
Protectionism in a Global Supply Chain
  1. Speaker
    Yasushi Takase
    Ambassador 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.

09:15
Elevating the “Made in Mexico” Brand
  1. Moderator
    Juan Carlos Meade
    Automotive Industry Director of ProMexico
  2. Panelist
    Mario Rodríguez
    CEO of Arbomex
  3. Panelist
    Jorge Martínez
    Director General of Zacua
  4. Panelist
    Elías Massri
    General Director and Chairman of the Administration Board at Giant Motors Latinoamérica
  5. Panelist
    Óscar Albin
    Executive 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.

10:15
Networking Coffee Break
10:45
Technology Trends Impacting Vehicle Development
  1. Moderator
    Ricardo Haneine
    Partner at A.T. Kearney
  2. Panelist
    Marcos Pérez
    Director of Product Development at Ford de México
  3. Panelist
    Luis Geraldo Eboli
    Director General of CIMATIC de México
  4. Panelist
    Mónica Aceves
    Strategy and Innovation Manager, R&D Center Mexico of Continental Automotive
  5. Panelist
    Enrique Enrich
    Managing 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?

11:45
Mexico's Economic Outlook
  1. Speaker
    Alexis Milo
    Chief Economist for Mexico at HSBC
12:15
Networking Coffee Break
12:45
Introducing New Members to the Local Supply Chain
  1. Moderator
    Daniel Hernández
    Director General of the Queretaro Automotive Cluster
  2. Panelist
    Heberto Moreno
    Business Director of BASF’s Performance Materials Division in Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
  3. Panelist
    Luis Fernando Mendoza
    Regional Product Head of Latin America Global Trade & Receivables Finance (GTRF) at HSBC Mexico
  4. Panelist
    Argenis Bauza
    Head of Supply ChainLatin America Hub, KPMG in Mexico
  5. Panelist
    Manuel Guevara
    General Manager Queretaro - El Marqués Plant at Brose México
  6. Panelist
    Alejandro Veraza
    Managing 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.

13:30
Networking Lunch
15:00
Growth of Clusters and Investment Attraction
  1. Moderator
    Manuel Nieblas
    Partner and Manufacturing Industry Leader at Deloitte Mexico
  2. Panelist
    Manuel Montoya
    Director of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon
  3. Panelist
    Alexandro Burgueño
    Director General of the Jalisco Automotive Cluster
  4. Panelist
    Héctor Soto
    Managing Director of the Automotive Cluster of San Luis Potosi
  5. Panelist
    Jaime González
    Director 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?

16:00
Digital Transformation and the B2G Concept (Industry 4.0)
  1. Speaker
    Luis Geraldo Eboli
    Director General of CIMATIC de México
16:15
Is Mexico’s Auto Industry Ready To Face Changes in Supply and Demand?
  1. Speaker
    Eduardo Solís
    Executive 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?

16:45
Networking Cocktail

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 2019. 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.

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