Virtual Roundtable Event: A Vision for US-Mexico Partnership in the Automotive Industry

Virtual Roundtable

A Vision for a Stronger
U.S.-Mexico Partnership:

Emerging Opportunities
in the Automotive Industry

Date

Nov. 5, 2021

Time

2 PM–4 PM EST

Place

Virtual/Zoom

Sponsors

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Michigan Ross School of Business
U.S.-Mexico Foundation logo

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Overview

The United States and Mexico are the second- and the sixth-largest car manufacturing countries in the world, respectively. Taken together, these two global powerhouses in 2020 manufactured roughly 20 percent of the world’s passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and their automotive industries have been linked for decades. At the same time, the global automotive industry is undergoing a massive shift in how it produces and powers vehicles. Supply chain concerns have risen to the front of the agenda with recent microchip shortages, while pressure is increasing for a more sustainably powered automotive industry. And at the heart of many of these production disruptions, challenges and opportunities is the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship.

On November 5, the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) will convene a virtual roundtable focused on the dynamic U.S. and Mexico collaboration in the auto industry. This discussion is in partnership with U-M’s Ross School of Business and the US-Mexico Foundation (USMF), a binational non-profit organization dedicated to fostering bilateral cooperation and understanding between the U.S. and Mexico. This discussion will feature valuable perspectives and insights from diplomats, executives, analysts and academics.

Background

In 2020, USMF and the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute brought together six former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico and six former Mexican ambassadors to the U.S. to discuss the bilateral relationship. The conversation explored the future of U.S.-Mexico relations in critical areas, including economic competitiveness. This discussion is reflected in the report titled “Convocation: A Vision for a Stronger U.S.-Mexico Partnership.”

Virtual Roundtable

Building on this ongoing dialogue and leveraging the State of Michigan’s rich auto manufacturing heritage and expertise, this event will bring together two former ambassadors who will host industry leaders to discuss emerging opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico partnership with a focus on the auto industry. This event will feature two interrelated, consecutive discussions:

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Panel 1

U.S.-Mexico Automotive Supply Chain Resilience: Trends and Opportunities

The auto industry is undergoing a profound transformation and companies on both sides of the border can leverage new opportunities in the context of an enhanced U.S.–Mexico partnership. This panel will discuss emerging opportunities in this sector, which has the potential to catalyze further economic growth in the U.S. and Mexico. Topics will include:

  • Recent global and regional trends impacting the auto industry
  • The U.S. and Mexico’s competitive advantages and how they can be leveraged
  • Opportunities for co-production and manufacturing of products, services, and technologies
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Panel 2

Powering Mobility: Implications of the Energy Transition

Power generation from renewable sources will be key to achieving climate goals and meeting growing demand in a sustainable way. It is increasingly important for the auto industry given the energy used for vehicle manufacturing and the transition to vehicle electrification. In the context of the U.S.-Mexico partnership, this trend will have significant ramifications. Panelists will discuss:

  • Implications for the auto industry and strategies to support greater collaboration and integration across the border
  • Trends and opportunities to facilitate adaptation and innovation across the value chain
  • The need for innovative partnerships within and beyond the automotive ecosystem

Panelists

Geronimo Gutierrez

Geronimo Gutierrez

Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

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Anthony Earl Wayne

Anthony Earl Wayne

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

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Sarah Cartmell

Sarah Cartmell

Manager of Global Government Relations, Ford Motor Company

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Scott Adams

Scott Adams

President eMobility, Eaton

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Mike Ramsey

Mike Ramsey

Vice President, Analyst at Gartner

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Oscar Dominguez

Oscar Dominguez

President of Lear Mexico Operations

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Moderators

Francine Lafontaine

Francine Lafontaine

Interim Dean,
Michigan Ross School of Business

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Diana E. Páez

Diana E. Páez

Senior Director, Grants & Partnerships, Grants Management,
William Davidson Institute

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A Vision for a Stronger U.S.-Mexico Partnership:
Emerging Opportunities in the Automotive Industry

Date

Nov. 5, 2021

Time

2 PM–4 PM EST

Place

Virtual/Zoom

Contact

Diana E. Páez

Diana E. Páez

Senior Director, Grants & Partnerships, Grants Management,
William Davidson Institute

dianapc@umich.edu
Diana E. Páez

Diana E. Páez

Senior Director, Grants & Partnerships, Grants Management,
William Davidson Institute

dianapc@umich.edu
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