General Information

History of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry Congresses

The Mexican Iron and Steel Industry has held five congresses, the first from September 6th through 8th, 2011 in the Museo de Acero Horno 3 at Monterrey, Nuevo León, with the participation of 360 people related to the national and international iron and steel industry production chain, legislators, government officials, academics, and the media.
The main objective of the 1st Congress was to debate domestic industry manufacturers’ competitiveness issues and the challenges and opportunities faced by the steel production chain, as well as to position CANACERO´S standpoint regarding government policies affecting the steel sector. Our participants and top-level guests all felt we had more than fulfilled these objectives.
Keynote speakers: Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute, lectured on “Why Globalization is Dead – Long Live Globalization”; Dani Rodrik, Professor of Economic Policy at Harvard, spoke of “Good growth, bad growth and manufacturing”; and Hajime Bada, Chairman of the World Steel Association.
We appreciated outstanding presentations by the Governor of the State of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz; Dr. Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy; and the former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1988-1994).
The 1st Congress also featured panel discussions amongst executives of the iron and steel industry, business leaders, government officials, academics, and legislators.
The 2nd Congress was held on September 25th -27 th, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel at Cancun, Quintana Roo, hosting around 300 national and international participants from the iron and steel sector, legislators, government officials, academics and the media.
The 2nd Congress focused on continuing to act as the acknowledged voice of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry and establishing the agenda to promote competitiveness with the involvement all stakeholders in the productive chain.
Keynote speakers joining us for this 2nd Congress included Peter F. Marcus, founder of World Steel Dynamics and consultant for the steel industry; Joon Yang Chung, CEO of the South Korean firm, POSCO; and Jesús A. Cano-Vélez, President of Mexico’s National Economists Association.
This 2nd Congress featured outstanding presentations by the Governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo and Dr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, Mexico’s current Secretary of Economy.
The 3rd Congress was held on September 10th-12th, 2012, at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel and, as in prior congresses, we featured various panel discussions by key stakeholders in the sector. We addressed Challenges and Opportunities to Increase Mexico’s Competitiveness; Perspectives of the Mexican Economy; the World’s Steel Market; the Mexican Iron and Steel Market; Steel and Globalization; Statistical Overview of the Steel Industry; Steel Users and Transformers; Green Taxes and Climate Change; Infrastructure as Driving Force of the Internal Market; the Oil Industry and Energy Reform. In addition, the “PEMEX-CANACERO National Content Collaboration Agreement” was signed within the framework of the 3rd Congress.
Our Keynote speakers during the 3rd Congress were Phillip Englin, Managing Director of World Steel Dynamics; Nicholas Walters, Director of Communications at the World Steel Association and Enrique de Alba-Guerra, Vice President of Mexico’s National Institute of Geography and Statistics [INEGI].
We enjoyed excellent presentations by the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal; Juan José Guerra-Abud, Secretary of Environment; José San Martín-Romero, Managing Director of the Mexican Institute of Transportation; and Emilio Lozoya-Austin, Managing Director of PEMEX.
The 4th Congress saw us once again in Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel on September 28th-30 th, 2015. The focus was Global Economy and Mexico’s Economy; Trends, Risks and Opportunities; China and Its Impact on the World Economy and the Iron and Steel Sector; Mexico’s Commitments on CO2 Emissions for COP 21; The Energy Reform—Where are we and Perspectives; and Vision, Challenges, and Perspectives of the CEO’s of Mexican Industry.
We enjoyed outstanding presentations delivered by Jeremy Leonard, Director of Industrial Services, Oxford Economics; Paul Brooks, Chairman, World Steel’s Environment Committee; Héctor Márquez, Head of the National Content Unit of the Ministry of Economy; Duncan Wood, Wilson Center; Guillermo García, Head of the Unit of Oil and Gas Exploration and Extraction Policies of the Ministry of Energy; and Jorge Luis Lavalle, Member of the Senate’s Energy Commission.
Once again in 2016, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel was our host for the 5th Congress from September 5th through 7th. The main focuses of this congress were the Global Economy, China and the Iron and Steel Industry, Mexico’s Environmental Commitments, Competitiveness and Sustainable Development, Energy Reform, and Challenges and Vision of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry.
Excellent presentations were delivered by Juan Pablo Castañón, Chairman of the Business Coordinating Council [CCE]; Manuel Herrera, Chairman of CONCAMIN [Confederation of Industrial Chambers]; Enrique Guillén, Chairman of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry [CANACINTRA]; Guillermo Vogel, Chairman of CANACERO; Todd Bucholz, Director of the White House Economic Policy; Cheng Li, Director of the National Committee on US-China Relations; Rodolfo Lacy, Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy; Sam Phillips, NUCOR’s Corporate Sustainability Manager; Leo Zuckerman, host of the “Es la Hora de Opinar” talk show; Luis Eduardo Lara, Foreign Trade Audit Managing Director; Salvador Quesada, Chairman of CANACERO; Alonso Ancira, CEO of AHMSA; Victor Martínez-Cairo, CEO of ArcelorMittal México; José Antonio Rivero, CEO of Autlán; Raúl Gutiérrez-Muguerza, CEO of Deacero; Fabricio Mirelles, CEO of Gerdau Corsa; Guillermo F. Vogel, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Tenaris Tamsa; and Máximo Vedoya, CEO of Ternium México.

Memoirs, photos, speeches, media follow-up and presentations of this important event are available to the public at www.canacero.org.mx



History of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry Congresses

The Mexican Iron and Steel Industry has held five congresses, the first from September 6th through 8th, 2011 in the Museo de Acero Horno 3 at Monterrey, Nuevo León, with the participation of 360 people related to the national and international iron and steel industry production chain, legislators, government officials, academics, and the media. The main objective of the 1st Congress was to debate domestic industry manufacturers’ competitiveness issues and the challenges and opportunities faced by the steel production chain, as well as to position CANACERO´S standpoint regarding government policies affecting the steel sector. Our participants and top-level guests all felt we had more than fulfilled these objectives. Keynote speakers: Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute, lectured on “Why Globalization is Dead – Long Live Globalization”; Dani Rodrik, Professor of Economic Policy at Harvard, spoke of “Good growth, bad growth and manufacturing”; and Hajime Bada, Chairman of the World Steel Association. We appreciated outstanding presentations by the Governor of the State of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz; Dr. Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy; and the former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1988-1994). The 1st Congress also featured panel discussions amongst executives of the iron and steel industry, business leaders, government officials, academics, and legislators. The 2nd Congress was held on September 25th -27 th, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel at Cancun, Quintana Roo, hosting around 300 national and international participants from the iron and steel sector, legislators, government officials, academics and the media. The 2nd Congress focused on continuing to act as the acknowledged voice of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry and establishing the agenda to promote competitiveness with the involvement all stakeholders in the productive chain. Keynote speakers joining us for this 2nd Congress included Peter F. Marcus, founder of World Steel Dynamics and consultant for the steel industry; Joon Yang Chung, CEO of the South Korean firm, POSCO; and Jesús A. Cano-Vélez, President of Mexico’s National Economists Association. This 2nd Congress featured outstanding presentations by the Governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo and Dr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, Mexico’s current Secretary of Economy. The 3rd Congress was held on September 10th-12th, 2012, at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel and, as in prior congresses, we featured various panel discussions by key stakeholders in the sector. We addressed Challenges and Opportunities to Increase Mexico’s Competitiveness; Perspectives of the Mexican Economy; the World’s Steel Market; the Mexican Iron and Steel Market; Steel and Globalization; Statistical Overview of the Steel Industry; Steel Users and Transformers; Green Taxes and Climate Change; Infrastructure as Driving Force of the Internal Market; the Oil Industry and Energy Reform. In addition, the “PEMEX-CANACERO National Content Collaboration Agreement” was signed within the framework of the 3rd Congress. Our Keynote speakers during the 3rd Congress were Phillip Englin, Managing Director of World Steel Dynamics; Nicholas Walters, Director of Communications at the World Steel Association and Enrique de Alba-Guerra, Vice President of Mexico’s National Institute of Geography and Statistics [INEGI]. We enjoyed excellent presentations by the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal; Juan José Guerra-Abud, Secretary of Environment; José San Martín-Romero, Managing Director of the Mexican Institute of Transportation; and Emilio Lozoya-Austin, Managing Director of PEMEX. The 4th Congress saw us once again in Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel on September 28th-30 th, 2015. The focus was Global Economy and Mexico’s Economy; Trends, Risks and Opportunities; China and Its Impact on the World Economy and the Iron and Steel Sector; Mexico’s Commitments on CO2 Emissions for COP 21; The Energy Reform—Where are we and Perspectives; and Vision, Challenges, and Perspectives of the CEO’s of Mexican Industry. We enjoyed outstanding presentations delivered by Jeremy Leonard, Director of Industrial Services, Oxford Economics; Paul Brooks, Chairman, World Steel’s Environment Committee; Héctor Márquez, Head of the National Content Unit of the Ministry of Economy; Duncan Wood, Wilson Center; Guillermo García, Head of the Unit of Oil and Gas Exploration and Extraction Policies of the Ministry of Energy; and Jorge Luis Lavalle, Member of the Senate’s Energy Commission. Once again in 2016, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel was our host for the 5th Congress from September 5th through 7th. The main focuses of this congress were the Global Economy, China and the Iron and Steel Industry, Mexico’s Environmental Commitments, Competitiveness and Sustainable Development, Energy Reform, and Challenges and Vision of the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry. Excellent presentations were delivered by Juan Pablo Castañón, Chairman of the Business Coordinating Council [CCE]; Manuel Herrera, Chairman of CONCAMIN [Confederation of Industrial Chambers]; Enrique Guillén, Chairman of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry [CANACINTRA]; Guillermo Vogel, Chairman of CANACERO; Todd Bucholz, Director of the White House Economic Policy; Cheng Li, Director of the National Committee on US-China Relations; Rodolfo Lacy, Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy; Sam Phillips, NUCOR’s Corporate Sustainability Manager; Leo Zuckerman, host of the “Es la Hora de Opinar” talk show; Luis Eduardo Lara, Foreign Trade Audit Managing Director; Salvador Quesada, Chairman of CANACERO; Alonso Ancira, CEO of AHMSA; Victor Martínez-Cairo, CEO of ArcelorMittal México; José Antonio Rivero, CEO of Autlán; Raúl Gutiérrez-Muguerza, CEO of Deacero; Fabricio Mirelles, CEO of Gerdau Corsa; Guillermo F. Vogol, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Tenaris Tamsa; and Máximo Vedoya, CEO of Ternium México.

Memoirs, photos, speeches, media follow-up and presentations of this important event are available to the public at www.canacero.org.mx

Reminicences of our 5° Congress

Introduction to the congress in Mexico City

The National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry (CANACERO) will hold its 6th Congress from October 22nd to 24th, 2018. This is the 6th Congress of great magnitude since 1949 when CANACERO was established. It hosts the leaders of Mexico’s and the world’s iron and steel industry, as well as representatives of the current and incoming government, legislators and academics, who will address the new government’s vision, Mexico’s economy in the global context, and the sustainable development policy of the incoming Administration. The legislative agenda priorities of the new Congress will also be analyzed. Around 400 participants are expected, including regional and industrial delegates from the iron and steel sector, the construction industry, public works builders, users, and stakeholders in the steel value chain, as well as legislators, government officials, academics, and the national and international press.

Origin, Mission and Objectives Origin

Mexico’s National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry (CANACERO) is an independent institution founded in September 1949 to help iron and steel companies to be better prepared to meet the needs of national and international markets and the specific demands of the Mexican society in terms of developing ethical and responsible trade practices, contributing to Mexico’s industrial and socioeconomic growth.

Mission

Today, CANACERO brings together steel producers, transformers, and distributors established in Mexico. Our Congress seeks to strengthen ties within the production chain and debate issues that impact the sector, and in this way create a competitiveness agenda where all voices are heard.

The Congress targets:
▪National and international stakeholders in the iron and steel sector production chain.
▪Steel producers, transformers, and distributors.
▪The construction industry and public works builders.
▪Steel users of all kinds.
▪Legislators, government officials, and academics.
▪The media.
▪Public. Objectives

The main objective of the Congress is to continue to act as the acknowledged voice of Mexico’s Iron and Steel Industry and to establish an agenda promoting competitiveness involving all stakeholders in the production chain.

General Information on Mexico City
Mexico City is the country’s largest urban area and the main political, academic, economic, financial, business and cultural center, and home for the three branches of the federal government of the Mexican United States. Geography
Mexico City stretches over 1,495 km2 (around 930 square miles) in the central-south portion of the country. Weather
Mexico City’s climate is mild to cold and rainy, with an average temperature of 61 °F (16 °C), and maximum temperatures above 82 °F (28 °C) at the end of Spring. Winter temperatures tend to drop as low as 43 °F (6 °C).
Average weather in Mexico City in October is mild and rainy, with daily temperatures of about 64 °F (17°C), humidity at 74% and about 5” (127.8 mm) of rain during the month. History

The Mexica indigenous group founded their city, Tenochtitlan, in 1325 in the center of the Valley of Mexico. which would become what is known today as Mexico City, the capital of the Mexican Republic. In the 16th century, the Mexica were defeated, and the city captured by the emerging Spanish Empire in 1521, an historical event known as the Conquista. In 1535, the Viceroyalty of New Spain was officially created, and Mexico City was re-built and established on top of the ancient Tenochtitlan. It was declared the capital of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and became the political, financial and administrative center of the Spanish Empire’s territories in North and Central Americ. Spain’s colonial rule ended with the War of Independence in 1821, with the triumphant entry of the rebel army—known as the Army of the Three Guarantees—into Mexico City. In 1823, with the Proclamation of the First Federal Republic, the First Mexican Empire officially ended (1821-1823) and on November 18, 1824 Mexico City was declared a Federal District and the country’s official capital city. In 1997, after years of demanding political autonomy, the city’s residents earned the right to choose a mayor (a position sharing the duties of a mayor and a governor) and a legislature by popular vote.

Economy
Mexico City’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 represented 17.2% of the national total, with variations as compared with prior years of 0.58% in constant values. Tourism

Tourism is a major economic activity for Mexico City, which enjoys the greatest number of domestic and foreign tourists each year—around 29 million visitors in 2017. It is the most popular tourist destination of Latin America for foreign travelers, with 3.5 million persons arriving every year; In 2017 the city received tourism revenues for 113,721,000 Mexican pesos —9.4% more than the prior year. Based on studies of arrivals at the International Airport, the majority of tourists visiting Mexico City come from the United States.