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U.S.–Mexico Manufacturing: Back in the Race

October 09, 2015 El Paso

North America’s manufacturing competitiveness has been boosted in recent years by productivity gains, rising wages in Asia and falling energy costs, factors that have kept U.S. and Mexico in the manufacturing race. Despite expectations a decade ago that China’s industrial prowess was expected to rule global manufacturing, China’s labor costs increased tremendously and made it less competitive.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Oscar R. Albin, National Industry of Automotive Parts
  • Daniel Chiquiar, Banco de México
  • Julio Chiu, Seisa Group Companies
  • Hector Gutiérrez, Delphi México
  • Lance Kearbey, Electrolux México
  • Timothy J. Kehoe, University of Minnesota
  • Thomas H. Klier, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Evan F. Koenig, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Marc Levinson, Congressional Research Service
  • Luis G. Lizcano, Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial
  • Pia M. Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Alan Russell, Tecma Group of Companies
  • Alejandrina Salcedo Cisneros, Banco de México
  • Emma Wollschlager Schwartz, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
  • Eduardo Solís, Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotríz (AMIA)

When

  • Friday, Oct. 9
    8 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Where

  • El Paso Marriott Hotel
    1600 Airway Blvd.
    El Paso, TX 79925

Agenda

7:30 a.m.

Registration/Breakfast

8 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Roberto A. Coronado
Assistant vice president in charge and senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Renard U. Johnson
Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch Board
President and CEO, METI Inc.

8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Pia M. Orrenius
Vice president and senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

8:45 a.m.

Panel 1—Economic Landscape
Moderator:
Roberto A. Coronado

Speakers
Daniel Chiquiar, director of Macrofinancial Risk Analysis, Banco de México | Presentation
Evan F. Koenig, senior vice president and principal policy advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas | Presentation
Marc Levinson, section research manager, Congressional Research Service | Presentation
Alejandrina Salcedo Cisneros, director of economic measurement, Banco de México | Presentation

10:15 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m.

Panel 2—Automotive Manufacturing
Moderator:
Jesus Cañas, business economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas | Presentation

Speakers
Oscar R. Albin, executive president, National Industry of Automotive Parts | Presentation
Thomas H. Klier, senior economist and research advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago | Presentation
Eduardo Solis, executive president, Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotríz (AMIA) | Presentation

11:45 a.m.

Lunch/Keynote Speaker
Timothy J. Kehoe, professor of economics–University of Minnesota | Presentation

1:15 p.m.

Panel 3—Emerging Industries
Moderator:
Carlos E.J.M. Zarazaga, senior economist and policy advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Speakers
Julio Chiu, president and CEO, Seisa Group Companies | Presentation
Luis G. Lizcano, director, Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial (FEMIA) | Presentation
Emma Wollschlager Schwartz, president, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation | Presentation

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Panel 4—The Border Region
Moderator:
Jerry Pacheco, president, Global Perspectives Integrated Inc.

Speakers
Hector Gutierrez, executive director, Delphi Mexico
Lance Kearbey, director of operations, Refrigeration & Fabric Care Electrolux North America
Alan Russell, president and CEO, Tecma Group of Companies

3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Roberto A. Coronado