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Advanced networking and know-how

Hands on global automotive challenges





Chairman 2016
Armando Tamez
Chief Executive Officer
The Organizer

The global automotive industry is entering an unprecedented period of transformation. Environmental regulations, connectivity, and safety are key drivers of innovations that are reshaping the future of human mobility. The entire supply chain is being challenged to reinvent its products and processes to match the needs of a fast-evolving market.

In this 2nd edition of the MAINFORUM, you will get the latest updates on emissions, fuel economy, and cybersecurity regulations around the globe, including in Europe, Asia, and North America. You will also get the perspectives of industry leaders and experts on lightweighting, powertrains, autonomous driving, and more looking ahead to 2025.


The program features a variety of keynotes, discussion panels, networking sessions, and workshops that you´ll find worthwhile.


On behalf of Mexico's Automotive Innovation Network, we look forward to welcoming you to MAINFORUM in March 2016 in Monterrey, Mexico.

The Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon (CLAUT) is a non-for-profit, private organization, that integrates the triple helix in order to boost the competitiveness of the automotive industry in the northeast region of Mexico. 

Founded in 2007, the membership is +100 organizations from the industrial, academic and public sector. Among the industrial members there are 5 OEMs, 25 Global Tier 1 suppliers, 60 Tier 2 and 2 Tier 3. The UNAM, Monterrey Tech, UdeM, UANL, UR and 3 R+D centers represent the academic sector, whereas the government of Nuevo Leon represents the public sector.


Innovation as one of its strategic fields of opperation has driven the organization to sponsor the most important automotive technology frontiers conference in Mexico.








The event

The research, technology development and innovation capabilities in Mexico are emerging and they need of an intense collaboration within the national and global R+D+i leaders.


The MAINFORUM intends to be a platform of collaboration and networking between researchers, technologists, consultants, government authorities and industry leaders that are interested in discussing and sharing ideas of what the automotive technologies will be in the year 2025 and the evolution of Mexico as a global source of manufacturing and R&D.


MAINFORUM is the occasion to stablish immediate and effective profesional contacts with government authorities in charge of the public policies and fundings for R+D+i, universities, R+D centers and other automotive companies.


The Industry

In recent years, Mexico has increased its global position as an emerging hub of automotive excellence in manufacturing, quality, just in time deliveries and low costs. Local and global companies have seen a great opportunity to grow their market share in North and South America through manufacturing their products in this nation. 10 different light duty OEMs with 16 manufacturing complexes are part of the ecosystem + more than 1,000 suppliers from all around the globe. 

After the global economic crisis in 2009, the growth rate for this industry in Mexico has maintained an average of 10%. This has driven Mexico to be the 7th largest car manufacturer in the world and 4th exporter. In 2016, it reached a production of  3.6 million units and during the following 4 years, will achieve the capacity to manufacture 5 million yearly. 

The importance of this industry to the country’s economy is beyond question. It accounts for 3.8% of the GDP and 21.6% of the manufacturing GDP. Aside, is the main source of income for the country with a business size of more than $35 billion dollars per year and it employs 600,000 people approx. 

Although there arent any high volume mexican OEMs yet, there are already two niche vehicles developed, the Mastretta MXT and the Vuhl 05, plus at least a group of 10 global Tier 1s including CLAUT members Nemak, Metalsa, Rassini, Gonher, Sisamex, Vitro, Katcon and Cifunsa. 

Parallel to the continuous arrival of new manufacturing facilities, there is also growth of public and private engineering and technology centers. Now is the moment to get coordinated and stablish national and international research and development alliances.

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