Now we go to Mexico…
The 2017 Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference is upon us. The conference titled “Keeping Mexico on Track” eludes to Mexico’s rapidly growing automotive industry, its increasing output forecasts, concerns around straining it’s developing logistics infrastructure and the evolving dynamics of the U.S. president-elects pressure and warning of policy changes that would impose new costs on cross-border trade.
NAFTA, The Trump Administration, Economics, and Increasing production demands are all volatile factors that are impacting automotive strategies across the globe. As these companies look to their Logistics and Supply Chain management partners to support their business planning, mobile asset visibility, advanced data analytics, and digitization will be key in achieving efficiency and maximizing cost savings opportunities through such a dynamic automotive era.
Happily supporting the mantra of the Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference, we will be presenting some of our ‘learnings’ during the event programming and will be making ourselves available as an onsite resource for questions and exploring attendee challenges.
The Automotive Logistics Mexico Conference is taking place January 31-February 2 at the Marquis Reforma Hotel in Mexico City. Learn more Here!
This year at the AL Mexico Conference we’ve managed to pull off the coveted conference Hat-Trick!
If Mexico’s fast-growing automotive industry achieves the kind of output boost that has been forecast in the next few years, its logistics networks will need to be well prepared. Surgere President and CEO, William Wappler will present on the importance of Industry 4.0 and innovation in the automotive logistics and supply chain.
Ensuring world-class manufacturing and logistics in Mexico
This session will explore how the growing use of automation and data will assist and accelerate the growth and efficiency of Mexican manufacturing and logistics. William Wappler, President and CEO of Surgere will be presenting a new topic titled “Information Overcomes Adversity” – offering insights into new supply chain innovation and the role technology will play in overcoming adversity in Mexico’s automotive supply chain. With vehicle output expected to exceed 5m units by 2020, the Mexican automotive sector has never looked in better shape, or in greater turmoil. The country’s logistics networks will need some substantial upgrades in terms of roads, railways and ports if they are to handle all the extra traffic such growth will inevitably bring.
Vehicle production in Mexico is certainly booming, with numerous OEMs opening or planning new plants. BMW, for example, is planning a $1 billion earlier this year in a new site in San Luis Potosi that will begin producing vehicles in 2019. Elsewhere, Audi has just begun production at a new factory in San José Chiapa, Kia recently started serial production at a site near Monterrey, and Toyota is currently setting up a new manufacturing site in the state of Guanajuato.
The conference titled “Keeping Mexico on Track” eludes to Mexico’s rapidly growing automotive industry, its increasing output forecasts, concerns around straining it’s developing logistics infrastructure and the evolving dynamics of the U.S. president-elects pressure and warning of policy changes that would impose new costs on cross-border trade.
Wappler will be presenting on Wednesday, February, 1st, 2017 as part of the “Ensuring world-class manufacturing and logistics in Mexico” track. His session will explore how the growing use of automation and data will assist and accelerate the growth and efficiency of Mexican manufacturing and logistics. Wappler will be presenting a talk titled “Information Overcomes Adversity” – Offering insights into new supply chain innovation and the role technology will play in overcoming adversity in Mexico’s automotive supply chain.
“At Surgere we believe we have to solve the debilitating problems resulting from the lack of visibility and information over mobile assets, such as reusable containers and trucks, in order to achieve supply chain control and understanding.”
Wappler will focus on the latest tracking technology innovations and related challenges facing automotive logistics supply chains. Presenting use case examples around returnable container management, yard management, over-the-road management, and part motion and disposition. Surgere offers advanced data acquisition technologies like RFID, GPS other device-layering combinations and applies them to real-world models. Accurate sensor-level data collection is critical in achieving the best possible decision-making environments. As the automotive industry presses into Industry 4.0 and the Digital-Physical realm of interconnection, autonomy, real-time capability and virtual entities, the role of asset data-on-location, condition, and use will bring forth new control and optimization opportunities to the Mexican Automotive supply chain.
Along with Wappler presenting on innovation and technology, Surgere’s Philip Biga will be leading a Think Tank session titled, “Digital v. Analog Asset Management”. The Think Tank sessions are amongst the most popular parts of Automotive Logistics conferences, providing honest discussions between participants. Biga will facilitate the conversation between a small group of individuals who will be able to speak directly to important concerns and questions about the subject matter, and participants will be given an opportunity to brainstorm together to create real solutions.
In addition to all the industry insight and intelligence on offer, the conference will also provide an excellent opportunity for some high-level networking as all the top players in the sector rub shoulders throughout the event, including at the pre-conference drinks reception, the coffee and lunch breaks during the conference itself, the glittering gala dinner, then as a conclusion to the evening, an After Glow Party, hosted by Surgere.
Coffee Break Sponsor
As you’ve probably noticed, Surgere is a highly energetic group of technology lovers. Our secret you ask? We’re fueled almost exclusively by coffee. We wanted to share our passion for the brown stuff and sponsor coffee breaks throughout the conference.
Guaranteed to keep you charged and caffeinated, the coffee stations will be available between each session. Unique to this event we will be providing an elevated coffee experience, including Mexican coffee accents like chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and yes, even marshmallows.
Torre Mayor, Club Piso 51
The After Glow party, hosted by Surgere, will be held at Club Piso 51, poised atop the famous Torre Mayor Building. With the most privileged views of the city and of the magnificent Forest of Chapultepec, the evening promises to deliver in all its dimensions.
The party starts at 9:00pm at the end of the first full conference day, and runs until midnight! Relax and unwind with your fellow attendees whilst listening to Viri Roots & The Rootskers + Kanela Sonika perform an eclectic mix of Blues, Ragtime, Dixieland, County and more.
Keeping Mexico’s explosive growth on the rails and ensuring the automotive sector and its suppliers there have the road network, rail freight services and port capacity they really need will be the central theme of the Automotive Logistics Mexico conference, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will come together to find the best way forward in ensuring long-term investment and efficiency in the supply chain.
Taking place from January 31st to February 2nd at the Marquis Reforma in Mexico City, the event will also provide insight and analysis from some of the Mexican automotive sector’s leading figures, as they consider the state of today’s industry and outline how they would like to see the industry position itself for the challenging times ahead.
With services performing at companies like Adient, Cooper Standard, Detroit Thermal Systems, Lear Corporation, MTD Products, The Timken Company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Whirlpool, Yanfeng Automotive, and many others, Surgere continues to lead the industry in providing asset location technologies, robotic-assisted acquisition and advanced analytic techniques.
Surgere is the industry leader in automotive packaging visibility and control. Providing optimization through innovation, technology, engineering and financial solutions, Surgere is able to present a truly unique toolset to its clients, leading them to new opportunities in operational and financial business transformation through advanced analytics and business intelligence throughout all aspects of the packaging lifecycle and supply chain.
Surgere serves clients in the automotive, retail, consumer products and general manufacturing industries. Including companies such as Johnson Controls, Yanfeng, Cooper Standard, Grupo Antolin, Dana, Magna, Whirlpool, as well as Alcoa, Best Buy, IB-Tech, Polaris, The Timken Company, Tyco Electronics, and many others.