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Tuesday 29th January, 2019

Automotive Logistics Mexico welcome drinks reception at the Zanaya Terrace at
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…


Wednesday 30th October, 2019

Registration and breakfast

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

SESSION 1: The Mexican market – how Mexico can retain its position as a world-class manufacturing and export hub

With NAFTA giving way to the newly created USMCA, there is considerable uncertainty over future automotive production, exports and logistics patterns in Mexico – but at the same time, optimism over the opportunities it will bring in terms of the regional supply chain and global markets.

Come to this opening session to discover:

  • Which issues will have the greatest influence on Mexico’s automotive industry and supply chains in coming years
  • How North American automotive production and logistics are likely to evolve
  • What the automotive and logistics sectors can start doing to ensure they are ready to make the most of it

In this flagship conference session, high-profile industry influencers from government, trade associations and analysts will share their vision of where Mexico’s automotive sector is heading and how soon it will get there.

Networking and coffee

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

SESSION 2: Mexican supply chain strategies – how to reduce risk, increase efficiency and stay competitive

Mexico’s automotive supply chain needs to remain globally competitive, from cross-border parts shipments to finished vehicle deliveries. This session will explore the key technologies, processes and standards that manufacturers and providers are using to ensure visibility, multimodal connectivity and optimal transport networks.

This part of the conference will feature:

  • Case studies demonstrating how best to optimise production, inbound and outbound logistics networks
  • Insights into where the biggest gains are to be made – and which supply chain partners will help the most
  • An overview of the advanced but practical technologies that can improve logistics operations

Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of how far Mexico’s manufacturing sector has raised its game – and what this really means for the supply chain and logistics providers that support it.

Networking and lunch

An extended networking lunch, giving delegates plenty of time and space in which to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of OEMs, tier suppliers, infrastructure operators, logistics service providers and technology companies.

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SESSION 3: Security issues – what Mexico can do to protect its supply chains and cargo from theft and vandalism

Longstanding problems with vandalism and cargo security have blighted Mexico’s otherwise enviable record as an attractive location for the manufacture and distribution of parts and vehicles. Finding new ways to protect key trading routes and ensure greater security for valuable automotive consignments will be vital to the industry’s future.

Come and discover:

  • Why some stakeholders are now collaborating to address the problem of vandalism
  • Where the biggest problems are taking place
  • What the best strategies are for dealing with these hotspots
  • How technology can support better security
  • How much difference all this is really likely to make
Networking and coffee

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

SESSION 4: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

The Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are a series of practical, interactive discussion groups designed to stimulate ideas and solutions. Held in individual breakout rooms and led by industry practitioners, these sessions allow for more collaborative and lateral thinking.

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions are expected to cover a wide range of topics. 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…

Ideas Lab 1: Multimodal vehicle logistics
The Mexican automotive industry depends upon efficient and reliable multimodal networks to move vehicles across the country and the North American continent. Challenges in capacity and infrastructure remain, but this workshop will bring together road, rail, ports, shipping lines and others to work out solutions for real collaboration.

Ideas Lab 2: Service parts
The aftermarket is set to change radically, driven by consumer behaviour, connected cars and the sharing economy. This Ideas Lab will consider:

  • How service parts deliveries will change in this new environment
  • What the optimum trade-off is between centralised and decentralised warehousing
  • The technology advances that will help the aftermarket meet increasing consumer reliance on next-day service

Ideas Lab 3: World class manufacturing and logistics
How are the latest technologies and systems being used in Mexico to ensure manufacturing there remains lean, efficient and world class?

Ideas Lab 4: Transport infrastructure
Vehicle trade remains vibrant in the region, with growing global links. So how can processes be improved across its transport modes inland, at its ports and at sea to overcome current capacity deficits and border constraints?

Ideas Lab 5: Cross-border trade and customs
Drilling into the complexity of the supplier’s supply chain, this Ideas Lab will discuss cross-border operations, security trends, the impact of trade regulations, infrastructure and investment.

Ideas Lab 6: The impact of electric vehicles
As vehicle electrification continues worldwide, this Ideas Lab will consider its implementation in the Mexican market, including its implications in terms of supply and demand, production patterns, the aftermarket and battery recycling.

Drinks reception and Automotive Logistics Mexico gala dinner at El Lago, Bosque de Chapultepec

Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the Mexican automotive logistics scene…

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Thursday 31st January, 2019

Registration and breakfast

Another chance for a bite to eat and an early conversation with fellow delegates before the second day’s formalities begin.

SESSION 5: Optimising talent

People remain at the heart of the automotive logistics sector and as technology changes, the need to continuously engage, inspire, develop and grow human resources is becoming more important, from the shopfloor to warehouses to boardrooms. Finding the best people and keeping them motivated will be fundamental to the ability of Mexico’s automotive logistics sector to stay competitive and thrive.

This session will put resource talent at the centre of discussions to outline:

  • The education and training programmes available for logistics
  • How employees can be more comprehensively engaged
  • How the USMCA could affect the recruitment landscape
  • The technologies that will change the way the automotive sector works
  • Where the next generation of talent is coming from

Technology is nothing without the right people in place to make the most of it. Find out here how to make sure your team is properly equipped for the job.

Networking and coffee

Enjoy some light refreshments, as you discuss your thoughts about the opening session of the day with your peers and check out some of the leading suppliers showcasing their solutions in the exhibition area.

SESSION 6: Infrastructure and investment

Mexico’s transport and logistics infrastructure has evolved fast in recent years. But critical pinch points remain in a number of key places, creating congestion, inefficiency and cost. These need to be ironed out, if the nation is to compete more effectively on the global automotive market.

Join this session as it identifies:

  • Where the biggest pinch points are
  • How quickly they might realistically be resolved
  • What it’s likely to cost
  • Where that investment is going to come from
Networking and lunch

Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates a further 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: Trade policy and regulation

Mexico’s position as a manufacturing hub is dependent on its ability to trade with other global markets. That means not just maintaining efficient import and export flows with its North American partners, but also other markets such as Asia, South America and Europe. So what are the opportunities for logistics?

This session will delve into the trade policies and regulations that will dictate Mexico’s global trading relationships, including:

  • How the UMSCA will affect the automotive industry
  • Which other markets are likely to be the most important for Mexico in the future
  • What needs to happen next to enhance Mexico’s role on the wider global automotive scene
  • How the logistics industry can better support Mexico’s growing global trade

Join us at this final session as it outlines the main challenges and opportunities ahead.

Guest speaker and closing remarks

A guest speaker and final remarks will bring proceedings to a close.

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