- Asime has held the AutoMob Summit, an international congress that has brought together the main players in the automotive and mobility industry: companies, organizations and institutions that have reflected on the current state of the sector and the challenges it faces.
AutoMob Summit is the new international congress of reference on automotive and mobility of the future.
The event has been held in a mixed way with more than 250 online attendees and 30 face-to-face participants in Vigo, according to the current regulations, reduced under invitation to the highest institutional and business representation.
With this initiative, the Galician metal cluster aims to create a meeting space for the automotive industry and discuss the mobility of the future at an international level: “AutoMob is a unique event with continuity that will put Galicia on the international map”.
“The automotive industry has been one of the best at weathering the Covid-19 crisis because it has a very consolidated fabric and capacity to adapt. Let us remember that last year more than 90 million vehicles were sold worldwide, and that Spain exports 82% of its production to more than 100 countries. It is an industry with international muscle as has been shown during this congress, in which we have also analyzed the challenges we face. We have focused above all on those linked to the mobility of the future, which will undoubtedly transform the way we move around and will make us move increasingly towards a more sustainable model linked to the green economy promoted by Europe, key challenges that we will promote from Asime with the companies in the sector to attract European recovery funds from the Next Generation EU”, said Enrique Mallón, Secretary General of Asime.
“Today we have brought together an exceptional list of speakers and participants from all over the world at the AutoMob Summit, we have projected the potential of our automotive and mobility industry at an international level, which in Spain represents 19% of exports and employs more than 70,000 people. This industry is a fundamental pillar of our economy and we must work together to overcome the challenges we face and make it a driving force in the post-covid economic recovery19 ,” said Justo Sierra, President of Asime, during the opening of the Congress.
AutoMob is a collaborative event of the Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy 2030 of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, and will contribute to the open dialogue to guide the actions in mobility, logistics, infrastructure and transport that will be adopted for the next 10 years in Spain. It also has the support of the Igape within its program of aid to promote Galician companies abroad through the implementation of international digital sector events.
The official opening of the event was carried out by the following institutional authorities:
David Regades, State Delegate in CZFV: “The car of the future will be autonomous, shared and electric, that is why we are promoting a battery factory for Vigo, because here we have access to a fundamental component such as lithium and a powerful port infrastructure network. To emerge stronger from the covid-19, we need projects like these and to fight jointly with companies and public administrations, which is why I want to congratulate Asime for promoting this joint drive through initiatives like this AutoMob Summit congress”.
Fernando Guldrís, General Director of Igape: “The automotive sector is very important for Spain, representing 10% of the GDP, and accumulating even higher figures in Galicia. The EU recovery funds will undoubtedly be new springboards to continue promoting this industry within the green and circular economy, where digitalization and industry 4.0 will play an important role, as Asime has shown in this congress”.
Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo: “With events like AutoMob, we are jointly advancing in the way we understand our cities, the way we interrelate our spaces and promote the mobility of the future. This is where the great ideas of how we shape the great projects that will be promoted in Europe have to come from, and we want this to happen in Vigo, because our automobile culture has more than half a century of experience and we have the human and technological capacity and talent to do so”.
María José Rallo, Secretary General of Transport and Mobility, stated: “From the Ministry of Transport we want to promote a real public policy in transport and mobility, with a global and long-term vision and an integrating approach to an increasingly broad ecosystem, both public and private. In Asime we have found an excellent interlocutor, giving voice to a sector of such importance especially in Galicia, and we want to thank him for his participation organizing this collaborative event, whose conclusions will be incorporated and taken into account to develop the strategy of sustainable and connected safe mobility that we are implementing”.
5 thematic sessions
During 5 thematic sessions, the AutoMob Summit hosted debates on highly topical issues such as the mobility of the future, the connected, autonomous and electric car, the challenge of decarbonization, the digital irruption, the factories of the future and new business models.
To this end, speakers included experts from all key areas of the automotive and mobility industry at international level: Multinationals from manufacturers, components and related industries such as Mercedes-Benz, Gestamp, CIE-Automotive, Telefónica and Iberdrola, Suardiaz, and Marsan-VMS Automotive; sector associations at the international level such as the European Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the Moroccan Association of Automobile Industry and Manufacturing (Amica) and the Municipality of Celaya in Mexico, and at the national level the employers’ association of official Faconauto dealerships and the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC); technology centers such as Tecnalia, CTAG and INSIA (UPM), and institutional representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, CEOE, Permanent Representation of Spain in the EU, Xunta de Galicia, CZFV and Concello de Vigo.
Some of the key messages highlighted were on the following aspects:
- In the session on international vision, the Municipality of Celaya and Amica showed the potential of the automotive industry in Mexico and Morocco, two poles with which there is already an important commercial exchange being explored by companies such as the Suardiaz Group, the driving force behind the Atlantic corridor.
- Manufacturers and Tier 1 discussed digital challenges: Emilio Titos, from Mercedes-Benz Spain, highlighted training, adaptation of regulations and the need to adapt to customer needs. Íñigo Loizaga, from CIE Atuomotive, emphasized the need to diversify clients and have geographical multilocation in order to be competitive against countries with cheaper labor; and René González, from Gestamp, stressed that the key is to understand what technologies such as 5G offer, which will boost autonomous mobility, intelligent factories, mass communications, edge computing and IoT. We have an opportunity to do things differently.
- The technological challenge linked to the evolution of mobility was also addressed. The technology centers (CTAG, Tecnalia and Insia) commented on the latest advances, VMS-Automotive presented its success story in vehicle electrification, and the sector associations (ACEA at European level and ANFAC at national level) highlighted the challenges facing manufacturers.
In addition to the automotive industry, AutoMob also discussed in detail the mobility and city of the future, which will interconnect not only vehicles but also the entire logistics network of people, objects and public entities, as indicated by Alfredo Serret, of Telefónica’s IoT Division, and Carlos Bergera of Iberdrola, who emphasized the emergence of electric vehicles within this new panorama.
- Finally, organizations representing automotive sales (Faconauto and Sumauto) explained the impact that the covid-19 has had, not only in the drop in purchase and registration, but also in the transformation of the car sales model itself, which is now in many cases 100% online, and in the type of sales, since, as in other crises, second-hand vehicles or cars over 15 years old are on the rise, with the impact that this has on a fleet of vehicles that must be increasingly sustainable in accordance with international agreements and regulations.
The event was closed by various institutional authorities:
Antonio Garamendi: President of the CEOE, declared: “It is fundamental to put in value the industry, that is why they are as important as AutoMob. The industrial employment is stable and well paid, and the proof is that in those territories where the 20% of the industrial GDP is surpassed, they resist better to the crisis like the covid-19. Likewise, digitalization is not something of the future, it is the present, and the challenge of innovation and training is linked to it. From CEOE we are promoting these aspects in the face of EU recovery funds, where the automotive industry must undoubtedly be a key player.
Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Galician Regional Government, stated: “One of the sectors that will set the pace for Galicia’s economic recovery is undoubtedly the automotive industry. Galicia has sent the Government more than 100 projects with the capacity to mobilize more than 9,400 million euros and transform the productive sector, in which the automotive sector cannot be absent, which we want to be a driving force with an investment of 1,300 million euros and 900 new jobs. We want to boost tomorrow’s mobility through innovation, technology, digitalization, sustainability, training and talent, as highlighted at this congress.