Mexico Automotive Summit 2018 Preliminary Program - Mexico Business Events (mbe)

Mexico Automotive Summit 2018 Preliminary Program

Protectionism in a Global Supply Chain

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.

Elevating the “Made in Mexico” Brand
  1. Moderator
    Juan Carlos Meade
    Automotive Sector Executive Director at ProMéxico
  2. Panelist
    Mario Rodríguez
    CEO of Arbomex
  3. Panelist
    Jorge Martínez
    Director General of Zacua
  4. 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.

Networking Coffee Break
Technology Trends Impacting Vehicle Development
  1. Moderator
    Ricardo Haneine
    Partner at A.T. Kearney
  2. Panelist
    Juan José Zaragoza
    Mexico Country Leader of Transportation and Advanced Polymers at DowDuPont
  3. Panelist
    Enrique Enrich
    Managing Director of Scania México
  4. Panelist
    Marcos Pérez
    Director of Product Development at Ford de México
  5. Panelist
    Luis Geraldo Eboli
    Director 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?

HSBC Presentation
Networking Coffee Break
Introducing New Members to the Local Supply Chain
  1. Moderator
    Daniel Hernández
    Director General of the Queretaro Automotive Cluster
  2. Panelist
    Alejandro Veraza
    Managing Country Director of TI Automotive
  3. Panelist
    Argenis Bauza
    Head of Supply Chain LatAm Hub, KPMG in Mexico
  4. Panelist
    Manuel Guevara
    General 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.

Networking Lunch
Growth of Clusters and Investment Attraction
  1. Moderator
    Manuel Nieblas
    Partner and Manufacturing Industry Leader at Deloitte Mexico
  2. Panelist
    Jaime González
    Director of the Automotive Cluster of the Central Region Puebla Tlaxcala
  3. Panelist
    Alexandro Burgueño
    Director of the Jalisco Automotive Cluster
  4. Panelist
    Héctor Soto
    Director General of the Automotive Cluster of San Luis Potosi
  5. Panelist
    Manuel Montoya
    President 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?

Battling Stagnation in the Domestic Market
  1. Speaker
    Carlos López de Nava
    Director 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.

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?

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 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.

Register today and join us on September 12, 2018

Our Networking Cocktails are a must for C-level professionals who want to expand their business, improve their contacts or who simply want to gain insights from other key stakeholders in their industry. By invitation only, these exclusive events provide enhanced networking and put you in front of the people and businesses that matter to you. Organized around specific topics and themes, our intimate Networking Cocktails are a value-added opportunity to discuss the latest trends and strategies impacting your sector.

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