Summit´s Program and Description of Conferences and Panels
Conferences and Panels Descriptions
CONFERENCE: Transition to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels in Mexico
Currently, the automotive industry is set for major disruption. Electric power options, alternative fuels, new lightweight materials and components and innovative technology are transforming the manufacturing process as well as the cars we drive. Autonomous and electric vehicles are no longer futuristic and their manufacturing needs will reshape and stimulate capital and plant investments through the coming decade.
PANEL: Vehicle Segments, Current Changes in the Consumer Preferences
Market forces are changing the mobility landscape providing consumers more choices than ever before in meeting their transportation needs. For automotive companies, these shifting consumer demands result in a number of complex questions ultimately impact their production platforms and locations as well as the products and how they engage with their customers.
PANEL: Automotive Industry Competitiveness in Mexico
The auto industry is the main engine of economic growth and international trade in Mexico. This panel will review and compare the factors with high impact to the auto and auto-parts manufacturing competitiveness such as production costs, quality, product innovation, process technology, human resources, auto clusters, utilities, markets and logistics.
CONFERENCE: The Impact of Industry 4.0 on the Automotive Industry in Mexico
Thanks to the concept of Industry 4.0, the automotive industry is escalating yet another notch in manufacturing technology. In this presentation you will learn the basic concepts of Industry 4.0 and how they are applied on the production floor.
CONFERENCE: Mexico's Automotive Industry Challenges under New NAFTA or No-NAFTA
NAFTA’s tariff elimination changed how the automobile industry in North America manufactures its products; the industry is aware that governments will continue to pressure the North American auto value chain in terms of investment, regional content and jobs. Dr. Solis, a veteran negotiator and participant in the original NAFTA deal, will recap the progress and potential results of the new NAFTA talks.
Speaker: Eduardo Solis, MEXICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (AMIA), Executive President
CONFERENCE: Innovation in Mexico
Learn how innovation is developing in Mexico and in its auto industry and review how an innovation ecosystem may be implemented in your company.
Speaker: Sergio Ornelas, MEXICONOW, Editor
PANEL: Development and Integration of Mexico's Automotive Industry Supply Chain
OEMs have invested significantly in Mexico in recent years creating plenty of opportunities for auto parts suppliers to participate and strengthen the supply chain. This panel will discuss what products/services are needed, how OEM´s may help develop more Tier-2 and Tier-3 suppliers and what are the best venues for suppliers to be part of the OEMs’ value chain.
PANEL: Facilitating Manufacturing Operations in Mexico
Shelter services in Mexico have become the most efficient way for foreign companies to locate their manufacturing in Mexico. This panel will explain how shelter services work and how much they cost. Shelter operators offer an ample range of turnkey solutions designed to help companies get into Mexico and set up operations quickly and taking care of administrative functions while the clients focus on their core manufacturing capabilities.
PANEL: Logistics Challenges for the Automotive Industry in Mexico
The growth of Mexico’s auto industry has boosted logistics providers, who have kept costs low for manufacturers and streamlined their supply chain. But there are still significant logistics challenges; this panel will review current infrastructure conditions, export times, 3PL outsourcing, inventory management, customs and deliveries for both incoming materials as well as outgoing finished goods.
PANEL: Heavy Vehicles Industry Operations in Mexico
This panel will give a general overview of the heavy-duty vehicles industry and then provide an in-depth look at the internal market, sharing also an insight into the future of this important industry in Mexico, as well as the opportunities that exist for foreign and domestic suppliers.
CONFERENCE: Road Map of the Auto Industry in Mexico
Mexico is now the sixth largest light vehicle auto producer in the world. IHS will share their view and forecast of production, exports and the domestic market in Mexico as well as an analysis of the main plans the OEMs may be contemplating for their operations in Mexico.
Speaker: Guido Vildozo, IHS, Manager, Latin America Light Vehicle Sales Forecasts
PANEL: Human Capital Challenges for the Automotive Industry in Mexico
HR is a major challenge to run an efficient and profitable operation. This panel will analyze the availability of managerial, engineering, technical and direct labor skills in Mexico and the challenges to hire, train and keep a proficient and competent labor force.
CONFERENCE: Coming Attractions: The Challenges of Introducing Future Auto Technology in North America
The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of major changes in technology and company strategy that will play out over the next 10-20 years. This presentation will review future trajectories for powertrains, connected and autonomous vehicles, and new mobility with an eye on how these changes will affect Mexico in the long and short term.
Speaker: Bruce Belzowski, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE (UMTRI), Managing Director
PANEL: Advantages and Disadvantages of Locating in Mexico
Conducting business overseas presents its own set of challenges and risks, but with a proactive plan a company can decrease the risks and build valuable resources that can lead to a successful foreign production plant. This panel will review the practical experiences and recommendations of those that have already been through the process of locating in Mexico.