2020 Conference Programme





19:00 – 22:00

Automotive Logistics Mexico welcome drinks reception

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 the Mexican automotive logistics sector. Don't forget to bring your business cards.

This year, the reception will be taking place at the Marquis Reforma. Simply turn-up in the evening and our team will be on-hand to show you to the venue.


08:00 - 09:00

Registration and breakfast

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

09:25 - 09:45

Maintaining Mexico's competitiveness

Over the past decade, Mexico grew to become the 6th largest global vehicle producer and 4th largest exporter. But slowdowns in its major export markets, changing trade terms in North America and new technology are set to challenge and transform the automotive sector in the 2020s.

Our opening session identifies the key disruptions and developments, from digitalisation to impacts from the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA formerly NAFTA), that logistics and supply chain managers need to tackle to ensure Mexico remains competitive and that its supply chain continues to thrive.


Javier Quijano, Senior Manager - Global Trade, EY

MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

09:45 – 10:45

Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs – workshop phase

Our popular 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 address challenges head on.

In our first phase, each group will workshop the topic with the goal of determining no more than three action points.

Ideas Lab 1: Real time supply visibility

Customers expect to see the status, location and progress of orders and stock in real time. What technology and processes will enable the Mexican supply chain to improve visibility?


Roberto Zavala, VP Mexico Operations, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions

Ideas Lab 2: Making the most of data

Data collection and data ownership are fast becoming key priorities for automotive companies – but how can they be used in the supply chain to improve flows and manufacturing processes and make real cost savings?


Alfonso Gutierrez, Sub Director Purchasing, Nissan Mexicana

Ideas Lab 3: Container and packaging management

Managing returnable containers, packaging and racks is complex, and long-distance supply chains make it even more challenging – not to mention dealing with cross-border and customs changes. What equipment, digital tools and processes will help the industry improve?


Keila Sarai Aguilar Varela, Director de Mexico – Industrial VS, Orbis RPM

Ideas Lab 4: Developing world-class logistics

To stay competitive, Mexican plants, warehouses and logistics networks need to be designed with top efficiency in mind and make the most out of innovative technology and equipment. How can the industry become best in class?


Rafael López Márquez, Logistics and Plant Management Expert, (ex-Ford)

Ideas Lab 5: Electrifying the supply chain

Electric vehicle production is coming to Mexico. How should OEMs, suppliers and providers invest and prepare to handle, produce, transport and service EV and battery supply chains?


Frank Bateman Group Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder Mexico

Ideas Lab 6: Raising standards in vehicle logistics

Vehicle logistics in Mexico is key to customer service and export success, but operators struggle with delivery and quality issues. How can the sector adapt its processes to reduce damage, lead times and claims processes?


Tomasz Lis, VP Commercial & CCO, Horizon Auto Logistics

10:45 – 11:15

Networking and coffee / Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs – pitch phase

Leaders from each Ideas Lab present the key findings on the main conference stage in a series of short, quickfire pitches that outline their key action points. These actions will inform further conference discussion, as well as follow up after the event.

11:15 - 11:45

Keynote Presentation: BMW San Luis Potosi Plant and the 3-series launch


Karl-Friedrich Koch, VP Production Control, Logistics BMW Group Mexico

Moderator: Richard Logan, Event and Content Producer, Automotive Logistics Group

11:45 - 12:15

Case study: The Importance of Developing Adaptive Logistics Partnerships

Selecting partners that can navigate uncertainty and change is crucial when establishing a new network or launching a new plant. The right level of open and trusting communication sets the stage for success through start up. Learn how Toyota and Penske Logistics employed the required success factors for optimal collaboration.


Eliel Cole, Production Control General Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato

Stacy Schlachter, Vice President, Enterprise Accounts, Penske Logistics

Moderator: Richard Logan, Event and Content Producer, Automotive Logistics Group

12:15 - 14:00

Networking and lunch

13:15 - 13:45

Learning lunch – Impact of the automotive industry of heavy vehicles on Logistics, Mobility and Environment

A bonus track session. If you’re hungry for more knowledge over lunch, head to the main stage where we are holding a special workshop on Impact of the automotive industry of heavy vehicles on Logistics, Mobility and Environment in Mexican automotive logistics.


Miguel Elizande, Executive President, ANPACT

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

14:00 - 15:15

Smooth customs and frictionless trade: best practice at the border

Mexico’s role as a trade hub with North America and beyond is essential to its automotive success. But with new rules around the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, border challenges and bottlenecks in customs clearance, manufacturers and logistics providers risk delays if they don’t keep on top of changes.

This session explores the key rules and regulations for moving parts and finished vehicles, as well as systems and processes that automotive supply chain managers need to consider and concludes with a Q&A on how to best optimise international trade to and from Mexico, including within North America and beyond.


Berenice Egure, International Trade and Customs Partner, KPMG Mexico

Guillermo Rosales, Director General Ajunto, AMDA

Oscar Albin,Executive President,National Industry of Automotive Parts

Enrique De La Pena, Senior Manager, Mex-US Operations, Hyundai Glovis

Todd Skiles, SVP Sales, Supply Chain Solutions and Dedicated Transportation Solutions, Ryder

MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

15:15 - 16:00

Coffee and networking

16:00 - 16:30

Insights on Logistics: Viewpoints from the non-automotive industry

Join us for an insightful presentation on the logistics challenges in a non-automotive world, where companies can share best practice with other industries. Explore the world of Anheuser Busch InBev and learn more about Supply Chain complexity, operating better-world-logistics and safety on a daily basis, enabled by Technology.


Adriano Polcaro Negrao, Logistics Vice-President, Anheuser Busch InBeV Middle Americas Zone

Moderator: Richard Logan, Event and Content Producer, Automotive Logistics Group

16:30 - 17:30

Inspiration for Innovation

Close out the first full day of sessions with some fun and inspiration to bring back to work. Through audience polls and interactive Q&A, compare how your company is managing innovation and transformation in logistics with a panel of leading automotive supply chain decision makers and disruptors. You’ll also hear a series of real-world case studies demonstrating Mexican logistics innovation in action.


Christine Krathwohl, VP Global Business Development, FreightVerify

Susanne Lehmann, Senior Director Production NAR, Volkswagen de México, S.A

Lars Bäumann, Director of Information Management and Digitalisation,Volkswagen Group

MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group


Gala Dinner

This year's gala dinner will take place at Polyforum Siqueiros, which hosts the largest mural work in the world called La Marcha de la Humanidad.


08:30 - 09:00


Another chance to mingle with your fellow delegates before the second day’s formalities begin.

09:00 - 10:15

Investing in the future: Working with government, suppliers and providers to build sustainable networks

Mexico could not become a major global exporter without a solid logistics infrastructure. And yet, the country has deficiencies in port, rail and air, as well as modern facilities for handling parts and finished vehicles. If it is to keep up with customer needs, as well as with changing technology like EVs, industry and government will have to work together on the right investment in infrastructure, connectivity and facilities.

This session will include presentations on key needs, case studies on optimising current infrastructure and Q&A on where resources should be focused.


Arturo Chávez, Managing Director, Trust for the Development of Parks and Industrial Zones, Secretariat for Economic Development of the State of Mexico

Antonio Zepeda Torres, Director Commercial, Grupo CSI

Kevin Reed, VP Supply Chain, Royal Power Solutions

Flavio Batista, VP Head of North America Sales, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

10:15 - 11:00

Networking and coffee

11:00 - 11:40

Case study: Evolution strategy for Nissan SCM

Rising costs and pressure on margins mean that the Mexican automotive logistics industry needs to make the best use of technology to stay efficient and competitive. In this case study, we look at real world examples of facilities and networks where manufacturers and logistics providers have made progress in digitalising logistics processes and operations.

In this session, Nissan Mexicana’s inbound logistics team will share detailed insights into improving inbound and supply chain efficiency, including for packaging across its network.


Francisco Guillermo Huerta Álvarez, General Supervisor for Packaging Local Production, Nissan Mexicana

Irma Patricia Franco Posado, Supervisor for Packaging Local Production, Nissan Mexicana

Jorge Reynoso, General Supervisor for Inbound Logistics, Nissan Mexicana

Maria Teresa Pasillas, General Supervisor for Rack control & export packaging, Nissan Mexicana

Moderator: Richard Logan, Event and Content Producer, Automotive Logistics Group

11:40 - 12:20

Student forum: Learning from the next generation

Today’s logistics and supply chain benefit from skills that include data science, mathematics and engineering – plus a whole lot of emotional intelligence.

That is why we have opened up the conference to university students interested in the automotive supply chain, and we invite you to network and share ideas on the future and to find out what would entice them to join the automotive industry.

A selection of senior executives will be available in this networking session.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

12:20 - 14:00

Networking and lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Panel: Mexico’s Got Talent

The automotive industry is changing rapidly across manufacturing, production, supply chain and logistics. How does the industry ensure that it has the right talent, in the right place, at the right time, from warehouse labour to truck drivers to experts in artificial intelligence? Our panel of leaders and decision makers discuss strategies for attracting, developing and retaining talent across the Mexican supply chain.


Hector Martinez, Division Manager Export Sales & CBU Logistics, Honda de México, SA de CV

Jan Cerdeira, Aftersales & Logistics Director, Mitsubishi Motors de Mexico

María Esther Delgadillo, Human Resources Director, Scania de Mexico S.A. de CV

MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group

15:00 - 15:30

Best logistics practices for Mexico

Our closing session will share insight into logistics both from within the automotive sector and outside of the industry, discussing the comparisons and what could be adopted. An opportunity to discuss and challenge the status quo.


Chris Styles, Senior Director Supply Chain Management Logistics, Nissan North America


Christopher Ludwig, Group Content Director, Automotive Logistics Group


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