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Tuesday 23rd January, 2018

Cocktail reception at Zanaya, The Four Seasons

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the summit starts. Our cocktail reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the Mexican automotive logistics sector. Bring lots of business cards…

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Wednesday 24th January, 2018

Registration & welcome

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

Session 1: A vision for Mexico

One way and the other, Mexico looks likely to be facing a huge amount of change in the near future. Between uncertainties over future levels of demand for vehicles in the region and ongoing negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – the outcome of which could turn current automotive production and logistics patterns right across North America on their head – devising the right strategy for tomorrow’s trading environment isn’t easy.

    Come to this opening session to discover:

  • What the main issues are that will affect the Mexican automotive industry in coming years
  • How soon and how widely their effects could be felt
  • What organisations involved in the automotive sector can start doing to prepare

This flagship conference session will see a number of high-profile industry influencers from government, associations and analysts share their vision of how Mexico’s automotive sector is likely to develop.

Networking & coffee

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

Session 2: Premium car manufacturing

With more premium carmakers setting up in Mexico, there is a clear need to reach for ever more impressive standards in terms of manufacturing capabilities. But just how can carmakers and logistics service providers ensure they really achieve this?

    Find out here:

  • What improvements need to be made to current production operations, inbound and outbound logistics networks to allow Mexico’s vehicle manufacturing operations to become truly world-class
  • Where the biggest gains are to be made – and which supply chain partners are in the best position to make them

Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of how far Mexico’s vehicle manufacturing sector has come, where it is looking to go next, and the role it expects the automotive supply chain that supports it to play in its plans.

Networking & lunch
Session 3: Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

Our popular Automotive Logistics Think Tanks are back! This series of practical, interactive group discussions will provide an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

This year’s Think Tanks will cover topics of special interest to the Mexican automotive industry, based on input in advance from the delegates themselves.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of leading thinkers in this field and share your own valuable insights about a variety of topics in these vibrant, round-table exchanges.

Networking & coffee

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

Session 4: Digitisation and innovation – The Mexico factor

The automotive and logistics industries are changing right around the world. As elsewhere, new approaches and new technology are revolutionising both inbound and outbound supply chains in Mexico, as well as the core manufacturing process itself.

    This session will consider:

  • What new supply chain approaches are being implemented
  • Where the biggest disruptions are taking place
  • How far digitisation of the supply chain currently goes – and how far it will go in the future
  • What those involved in Mexico’s automotive supply chains need to do to ensure they stay ahead of the game

Come and discover just how far your supply chain operation will need to go to keep up with all the latest trends and technology.

Gala dinner
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Thursday 25th January, 2018

08.30 – 09.00
Registration & welcome
Session 5: Logística Mexicana en la futuro

Mexico’s transport and logistics infrastructure remains under massive strain, with urgent improvements still needed on its roads and railways and in its ports to help reduce congestion, raise throughput, ensure cargo security and provide the kind of support the automotive sector really needs.

Listen in as leading lights in the Mexican logistics sector outline:

  • Where the biggest improvements are currently needed
  • What hurdles need to be crossed to allow them to take place
  • How quickly Mexico can realistically get its transport infrastructure up to speed
  • What the automotive logistics sector can do in the meantime

Find out in this session what Mexico is doing to upgrade its transport networks in future and what those in the automotive logistics sector should be doing to make the most of the infrastructure that is already in place.

Networking & coffee

Chew over the infrastructure developments discussed in today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

Session 6: Linking Mexico to the rest of the world

Mexico has some very high-profile links to the US and Canada, but important as its NAFTA relationships are, it is also an increasingly relevant automotive region in terms of imports from and exports to other markets such as Asia, South America and Europe.

This session will consider:

• Which other markets are likely to be the most important for Mexico in the future

  • How well set up Mexico currently is for non-NAFTA international trade
  • What needs to happen next to enhance Mexico’s role in the wider global automotive sector
  • How the logistics industry can better support Mexico’s growing global trade
    Networking & lunch

    Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.

    Session 7: Sharing the vision for Mexican automotive logistics

    Bringing the conference to a close, top logistics executives from vehicle makers, parts suppliers and logistics providers take part in a final question-and-answer session, revealing how they expect automotive logistics in Mexico to change and what they – and others – need to do about it.

    Don’t miss this chance to contribute to the debate as the conference draws up its action plan for the future.

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