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Autonomy and electric mobility are only two of the latest trends shaping the automotive industry. As the world moves into a predominately digital age, manufacturers and distributors change their perspective, impacting the landscape for all industry participants. To understand the new business opportunities and potential challenges, the IPADE Business School along with the IESE Business School organized their first Auto Summit at Mexico City on October 12, focusing on a central topic: The Mexican industry and the road towards 2030.

Rafael Gómez Nava, Director General of IPADE and Arturo Orozco, Academic Director of the Summit kicked off the event highlighting Mexico’s success as an automotive manufacturer and the opportunities of creating a dialogue space among industry leaders as we approach 2030. “The automotive sector has in good measure been part of the Mexican history as a key industry, projecting modernity and competitiveness,” stated Gómez.

Directed to the main industry players including OEMs, suppliers, distributors and service providers, the summit touched upon several topics regarding the transformation of the automotive industry toward a disruptive future.

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Alberto Torrijos, Leader of the Automotive Sector at Deloitte México, made emphasis on the way users are changing their perspective toward new mobility alternatives like ride and car sharing. Meanwhile, Jaime Puente and Jesús Beas from Grupo Bocar and Johnson Controls showcased the way manufacturing processes are changing to embrace electric mobility and sustainable processes.

Alexander Wehr, Director General of BMW and Horacio Chávez, Director General of KIA focused on the possibility of driving autonomy and the way consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious. Mónica Flores from Manpower added more information on the customer base, presenting data regarding the millennial generation and its impact in the digital scenario.

After almost 50 years of its foundation, IPADE brings together more than 300 representatives in the automotive sector to analyze and discuss their perspective on the development of the industry. At the moment, automotive represents six percent of the national GDP and 18 percent of the manufacturing GDP. As production moves to a goal of 5 million vehicles by 2020, these numbers are sure to keep growing.

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