2022 Conference Programme


Partnering to drive recovery: How logistics can unlock Mexico’s automotive resurgence

Efficient, reliable, safe and high-speed logistics networks will be key to Mexico’s recovery and competitiveness. As the premier industry event for strategic supply and freight management, ALSC Mexico is where manufacturers, suppliers, logistics providers and officials meet to ensure the country meets its potential in North America and beyond.

PRE-CONFERENCE

DAY 1

DAY 2

PRE-CONFERENCE: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15TH

18:00 – 21:00 CDT

Welcome Cocktail

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in automotive logistics.

Dress code – Business Casual

Sponsored by
RPM - web

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH

08:00 - 09:00 CDT

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Grab your badge and a bite to eat and then start making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends.


09:00 - 09:10 CDT

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics team


09:10 - 09:40 CDT

Session 1: Stronger supply chains to accelerate Mexico’s recovery

Hit hard by the global pandemic, Mexico’s economy is now rebounding from its steepest recession in decades, and the resurgence of the automotive sector is crucial to the recovery and future growth. But that rebound also depends on reliable, flexible and efficient supply chain, smooth trade and logistics. Supply chain resiliency will also be essential to the Mexican automotive sector’s ability to adapt as the industry strives to deliver a sustainable future of mobility.

Join this session to understand the policies, plans and strategies underpinning the Mexican automotive sector’s recovery and transformation to remain a major competitive force in the North American and global industry. It will explore the key logistics strategies to optimise automotive supply chain and production across Mexico, including digitalisation strategies, cross-border trade with the US, finished vehicle exports and distribution, rail links and short sea shipping opportunities.


09:40 - 10:30 CDT

Session 2: From global to local - reimagining automotive supply chains and logistics

Continuous disruption to global supply chain networks, rising logistics costs, geopolitical uncertainties and new rules and regulations within the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) are forcing the sector to redesign supply chain models and rethink sourcing and manufacturing strategies. As manufacturers in North America look to regional opportunities in the supply chain, Mexico has immense potential to significantly capture production of key components and vehicles. However, those localisation opportunities will depend on developing and maintaining world-class logistics and supply chains.

In this session a panel of experts explore the supply chain management and logistics opportunities and challenges ahead as manufacturers in North America look to increase localised production and become less reliant on overseas suppliers. They will discuss the tools and processes to maintain efficiency, logistics mode and packaging optimisation, inventory management and data analytics needed to ensure stable, predictable and competitive supply chains in Mexico.


10:30 - 11:00 CDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition


11:00 - 11:45 CDT

Session 3: North America production and sales outlook

Disruption across global supply chains and an industry wide transition to alternatively fuelled vehicles has led to carmakers pursuing value over volume strategies, a wave of new players entering the market and re-designed product portfolios, creating opportunities and challenges for North America’s supply base and supply chains. Improve your planning and strategy development by joining this session and understand the latest global trends and drivers shaping carmaker strategies and volume targets, and how this will impact on Mexican automotive production and exports. It will explore the global and regional powertrain production mix and vehicle sales outlooks in North America and get insight and analysis on Mexico’s roadmap for EV battery production and the implications for the supply chain. It will also explore the role that government support and regulations support as automotive enters the next phase of the USMCA.


11:45 - 12:30 CDT

Session 4: Call security! Protecting the supply chain from damage, vandalism and theft

Long-standing security issues in Mexico continue to impact logistics flows and finished vehicle distribution, costing the automotive sector millions of dollars each year. With critical parts and vehicle inventories low, reliable supply and speed to market will be critical to the Mexican automotive industry’s recovery and resurgence.

Join this session to get up to speed on the latest tracking technology for parts, containers and vehicles, trade routes and security strategies addressing vandalism and theft across the supply chain. Hear how carmakers are collaborating with logistics providers and government authorities to improve supply chain security and mitigate disruption.


12:30 - 14:00 CDT

Lunch, networking, and exhibitions



Sponsored by
Ryder v2

14:00 - 14:45/15:00 CDT

Ideas Labs: Workshop phase

The Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are small, solutions-orientated working groups that provide an invaluable opportunity to interact and work directly with key industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most to you. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that addresses challenges head on.

Ideas Lab 1: Improving supply chain resiliency

Automotive supply chains have proven their resiliency over the past two years, but continuous disruption and rising uncertainty require flexibility and innovation to remain robust. Join this session to discuss which strategies, processes and tools are providing supply chain leaders and teams greater control despite the chaos.

Ideas Lab 2: Achieving visibility in real time

Gaps in tracking parts and vehicles remain, even though the industry has so much technology at its disposal to capture information. This roundtable will discuss the key advantages and drawbacks of solutions – automated scanning, RFID, GPS, telematics and more–and determine where manufacturers and logistics providers should focus their investments.

Ideas Lab 3: Electrifying packaging

Electric vehicles and battery cells present new opportunities in packaging, from having fewer modules, to using specialised equipment in battery cell packaging and transport, to automation for large battery packs. This roundtable will explore the technology, lightweight equipment and solutions for maximising packaging fill rates for batteries and EV production.

Ideas Lab 4: Seamless border crossings

Flee flowing trade lanes between the US and Mexico are essential for North America’s automotive sector to thrive. Join this session to get up to speed on the latest Mexico-US border crossing protocols and the new processes and solutions enabling frictionless movement of parts and finished vehicles across the border.


15:00 - 15:30 CDT

Networking, meetings and on demand catch up


15:30 - 16:20 CDT

Session 5: Future-proofing Mexico’s logistics network

The digital age is here with new tools and technology enabling greater supply chain visibility, asset tracking and frictionless cross-border logistics at the touch of button. Understanding who the right partners are and which systems and platforms to invest in is critical for seamless integration into existing operations, securing a faster return on investment and future-proofing business models and strategies.

In this session, hear how logistics leaders in Mexico are prioritising, implementing and scaling digitalisation strategies to streamline customs transactions, enable decision making in real-time, harness data and automate logistics processes. Understand how manufacturers and logistics providers are working with IT and technology experts to understand the true potential of a more connected and digitised supply chain network.


16:20 - 17:10 CDT

Session 6: Logistics lessons from another world – inspiration and innovations from beyond the automotive industry

Logistics and supply chains from every industry have been pushed to the limits in recent years, with retailers, food and beverage and ecommerce players accelerating the implementation of digital strategies and new business models. Join this session to hear how non-automotive supply chain and logistics leaders are finding new routes to market, working in new partnerships, automating operations and using advanced data and AI to overcomee increasing supply chain complexities and risk. Be inspired by new ideas, tools and best practices in logistics that can also be applied to the automotive industry.


17:10 - 17:20 CDT

Reflections on day one and wrap up


18:00 - 21:00 CDT

Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Mexico Gala Reception

The reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the automotive logistics sector. Enjoy a relaxing evening with delicious food and great company.

Dress code – Business Casual




DAY 2: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH

08:30 - 09:00 CDT

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Grab your badge and a bite to eat, and start making up for lost time making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends.


09:00 - 09:05 CDT

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics team


09:05 - 10:15 CDT

Session 7: Electrifying Mexico – becoming an electric vehicle and battery leader

For years Mexico has supported North American carmakers with cost effective labour and parts supply as well as competitive lead times and streamlined logistics flows of parts to plants and finished vehicles to market. However, as the electric vehicle revolution charges ahead in North America and beyond, is Mexico’s automotive sector keeping pace or being left behind? With billions of dollars’ worth of investment in EV and battery plants at stake, the Mexican industry needs to invest in and prepare its logistics networks, systems, infrastructure and partnerships to meet the new requirements and expectations.

Hear from OEMs, suppliers and officials on the country’s plans and the steps needed to ensure Mexico’s automotive sector develops the necessary EV supply chain and logistics capabilities, from charging infrastructure, packaging, transport equipment and understanding regulatory requirements.


10:15 - 11:00 CDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition


11:00 - 11:40 CDT

Session 8: Maximising the potential of Mexico’s workforce

Mexico benefits from a rich pool of talent and labour but the automotive sector isn’t the only industry in need of skilled workers. As manufacturing, supply chain and logistics roles adapt and advance in automotive sector, recruiting and retaining the top talent is crucial for fostering innovation, improving operational performance and developing successful strategies. The automotive logistics industry needs to adapt to ensure it nurtures and empowers talent with the right skills, digital tools and motivation, from warehouses to trucking to management teams.

Join this session to understand how manufacturers and logistics providers are attracting, upskilling and developing the next generation of leaders, while understanding how recent labour reforms, new technology and trade rules the requirements of logistics and supply chain professionals in Mexico.


11:40 - 12:20 CDT

Session 9: Student Forum – inspiring the next generation of automotive leaders

The students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, but the transition won’t happen overnight. In this open forum, we encourage our audience of leaders and experts to connect with the university students in the room, to develop networks and share ideas on the future. Don’t miss this unique chance to inspire and highlight the opportunities that a career in sector can bring, and learn what the next generation of talent are seeking from employers when they graduate. Be nice to the young people – they might be your boss one day!


12:20 - 13:45 CDT

Lunch, networking and exhibitions


13:45 - 14:45 CDT

Session 10: Raising the bar: Making Mexico’s automotive logistics and supply chains world class

The North American automotive industry is heavily dependent on Mexico’s supplier base and supply chain network. Ensuring timely and reliable production and delivery of parts and vehicles will be vital to growth and success, not just for Mexico but for North America and the other regions it serves, too. In this final session, our panel of logistics leaders discuss the strategies that will raise the performance level of Mexico’s supply chain and logistics networks and the investments in infrastructure, people, technology and partnerships required to become world class.


14.45 - 14.55 CDT

Reflections on day two and wrap up