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 2016. 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
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.
- ModeratorJuan Carlos MeadeAutomotive Sector Executive Director at ProMéxico
- PanelistMario RodríguezCEO of Arbomex
- PanelistJorge MartínezDirector General of Zacua
- 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
- PanelistJuan José ZaragozaMexico Country Leader of Transportation and Advanced Polymers at DowDuPont
- PanelistEnrique EnrichManaging Director of Scania México
- PanelistMarcos PérezDirector of Product Development at Ford de México
- PanelistLuis Geraldo EboliDirector General of CIMATIC
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?
- ModeratorDaniel HernándezDirector General of the Queretaro Automotive Cluster
- PanelistAlejandro VerazaManaging Country Director of TI Automotive
- PanelistArgenis BauzaHead of Supply Chain LatAm Hub, KPMG in Mexico
- PanelistManuel GuevaraGeneral Manager of Brose
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.
- ModeratorManuel NieblasPartner and Manufacturing Industry Leader at Deloitte Mexico
- PanelistJaime GonzálezDirector of the Automotive Cluster of the Central Region Puebla Tlaxcala
- PanelistAlexandro BurgueñoDirector of the Jalisco Automotive Cluster
- PanelistHéctor SotoDirector General of the Automotive Cluster of San Luis Potosi
- PanelistManuel MontoyaPresident of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon
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?
- SpeakerCarlos López de NavaDirector General of Grupo Alden
Domestic market growth is decelerating, threatening company revenues and market share, especially as competition becomes fiercer and more brands enter. Following a high for sales of 1.6 million units in 2016, automakers must find new strategies to captivate clients and reactivate potentially stagnating sales or face contracting numbers in their yearly statements.
- 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?
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