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Inside Mexico: Understanding Mexico's Current and Future Automotive Industry

May 6, 2015 - 8:00am
Sponsor: UMTRI Automotive Futures

UMTRI Automotive Futures, in cooperation with MexicoNow, will host Inside Mexico: Understanding Mexico's Current and Future Automotive Industry as part of its Focus on the Future automotive research conference series. To register, see Inside Mexico conference.

May 6, 2015
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoba Hotel (formerly the Hyatt), Dearborn, MI
600 Town Center Dr, Dearborn, MI 48126


May 8, 2015
Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel

The Mexican automotive industry is in another growth stage. Following on its earlier Maquiladora and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) growth, the Mexican auto industry is seeing an influx of German, Japanese, and Korean manufacturers and their suppliers. Companies are dispersed across the country with many of them using the supplier park model they use for their emerging market strategies.

As with our other conferences that focus on the automotive industries of particular countries, for the Inside Mexico conference, we will hear from experts from Mexico who know Mexico’s national policies, market, economy, and its role in the global automotive economy.

The main questions we will address include:  Why are eight assembly plants coming to Mexico in this decade?  How does the Mexican auto industry compare to other emerging market economies?  What have other auto manufacturers and suppliers that are already established learned about operating in Mexico?  Where are the automotive clusters located?  What is unique about the Mexican market?  What is the state of Mexico’s overall economy as well as its automotive economy?  What are the import and export opportunities?  What are the labor productivity and competitiveness benchmarks?  What are the security risks?  What are the costs of logistics, real estate, taxes?