GMIS Connect Mexico


Oct 2019

Poliforum León, Mexico

León, Guanajuato, Mexico


Presentations and panel discussions

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  • 12:00 12:10

    Welcome Address

    Introducing GMIS; Vision, objectives and initiatives
    Namir Hourani, Managing Director and Member of the Organising Committee, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

  • 12:10 12:30


    Carlos Zegarra, Partner – Management Consulting Leader, PwC Mexico

  • 12:30 13:15

    Panel Discussion

    Increasing the adoption of 4IR technologies; best international practice adopted to local conditions

    Global manufacturing giants are in the process of adopting 4IR technologies, such as IoT, Robotics and AI across their various operations. This process requires an uphaul of education and skills development for existing and future workforce, as well as the machines and factories where this workforce will apply their new skills. This session will give insight into international best practice on:

    Factories of the future and how work will look like 10 years from now
    What is the ROI of adopting 4IR technologies? Will the Mexican manufacturing industry benefit from the cost of 4IR? Or do labour costs still offer a better ROI?
    Strategies applied by private sector now to assure successful implementation of technology for future production
    Impact of 4IR on labour and employment strategies; how can government and private sector assure the sustainability of employment levels, given the evolution of technology and its effect on required skills?
    What are the policies required to ensure the continuous training of the current workforce to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing?
    Assessing programmes and initiatives aimed at increasing the skilled talent pool to meet 4IR future requirements


    Prof. David Romero, Advanced Manufacturing Research Group, Center for Innovation in Design and Technology, School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey

    Felipe Sandoval, General Manager, SAFRAN Aerosystems Operations, President, FEMIA-Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry

    Manuel Sandoval-Ríos, CEO, ProMx, and Founding Partner, iKnoware

    Dr. Cecilio López, ISC Senior Director, Honeywell Aerospace Mexico

    Alejandro Preinfalk, Senior Vice President Digital Industries for México, Central America, and the Caribbean, Siemens


    Carlos Zegarra, Partner – Management Consulting Leader, PwC Mexico

  • 13:15 13:30


  • 13:30 13:40

    Welcome Address

    Introducing UNIDO; Vision, objectives and initiatives
    UNIDO Representative, Mexico

  • 13:40 14:55

    Panel Discussion

    Industry; Agenda 2030 development driver
    Industry is the most dynamic driver of prosperity and collective wellbeing. No country has ever reached a high level of economic and social development without having developed an advanced industrial sector. However, too often in the past these transformative structural changes have also been accompanied by environmental degradation and increased social inequalities.

    In order to ensure equitable distribution of the economic benefits of industrialisation, a robust environmental and social framework must therefore be established. UNIDO’s concept of Inclusive Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) aims to address the multidimensional causes of poverty, through creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness, and safeguarding the environment.

    UNIDO’s extensive and widely recognised knowledge and expertise in supporting countries in their sustainable industrialisation efforts make the Organization a reference institution for the implementation of all these industry-related aspects in the SDGs, as well as the follow-up and review of progress towards the related achievements.

    This session will dive deeper into industrial development as a driver for shared prosperity, highlighting how government, NGOs and private sector can come together to ensure shared prosperity for all.

    Lourdes Aduna, Vice-President, Natural and Energy Resources Committee, National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA)
    Vanessa Veintimilla, Director General, National Banking and Securities Commission
    Bro. Marco Aurelio González Cervantes, De La Salle Bajío Dean, De La Salle Bajío University

  • 14:55 15:10


  • 15:10 16:25

    Presentation and Panel Discussion

    Industry 4.0 is expected to influence four long-term relationship paradigm shifts that are going to change the landscape of the global manufacturing industry: (i) Factory and nature: improvements in resource efficiency and sustainability of manufacturing systems; (ii) Factory and local communities: increased geographical proximity and acceptance, integration of customers in design and manufacturing processes; (iii) Factory and value chains: distributed and responsive manufacturing through collaborative processes, enabling mass customisation of products and services; and (iv) Factory and humans: human oriented interfaces and improved work conditions.
    Divided in two sub panels

    Keeping the world green through Industry 4.0
    The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings new opportunities to achieve the goals of green economy. Innovation and new technologies are leading to improved processes in biotechnologies, creative industries and circular material. Furthermore, digitalization is being a major enabler of the circular economy, i.e. via mass customization, smart logistics, smart cities and smart homes. Also, technologies are leading to bio-based materials, biodegradable products are leading to a circular economy. 3D printing can bring advantages in relation to waste from manufacture, energy efficiency in manufacture and material recovery in circular economy.

    The generation of new business models, emerging markets and science and technology are key elements, as well, to achieve a circular economy; for example, in the textile sector, new materials biodegradables, new designs, logistics to second hand stores, and material banks are becoming innovative drivers that are changing consumption patterns. In addition, smart markets, by creating networks and applications, facilitate the trade of products and sub products.

    On the other hand, the imperative of climate change and pollution mitigation, at times where we expect population and individual demand to grow, rapidly dictates the optimized use of any available resource. The “circular economy” concept, in contrast to the concept of linear economy (take, make, use, dispose), requires that any resource is optimized in terms of renewability, reusability, and recyclability. Circular economy is achievable only by interconnecting the key stakeholders, requiring integrated information about demand and resource, and optimizing the balance between both.

    Cristina Cortinas, General Director, Cristina Cortinas A.C.
    Miguel Aké, Technical Director, Nopalimex
    Enrique Ku, General Director, National College of Technical Professional Education (CONALEP)
    Federico Arce, Expert

  • 16:25 16:35


  • 16:35 17:50

    Presentation and Panel Discussion

    Enabling market access and quality infrastructure

    Industry 4.0 is affecting trade, reshaping the ways value chains stakeholders interact, as well as how companies move goods, services and information internally and externally. This imposes a need for a change in quality infrastructure systems aiming to improve trade and access to markets, moving from traditional approaches to the development and application of new standards associated to the use of digital technologies, industrial safety and cybersecurity, as well as ensuring interoperability among them. The development of new materials and technologies within the smart manufacturing processes also require better measurements of systems’ methodologies and instruments. New approaches for sustainability will demand innovative accreditation systems.


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