Given the breakneck speed at which major industry OEMs have invested in plants for the manufacture of new passenger vehicle in recent years, opportunities for automotive suppliers in Mexico continue to grow at a relative pace.
According to comments made by the general director of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (FEMIA), Fausto Cuevas, while attending a recent Mexico Site Selection Summit in Mexico City,”given the strong demand created by increased activity, there is still new opportunities for automotive suppliers in Mexico. More suppliers are needed to keep up with industry generated by newly arrived assemblers.” Cuevas went further to note that “many suppliers to the OEMs are studying the possibility of locating plants here (in Mexico). We the second largest supplier of passenger and light vehicles to the United States.”
Delphi Mexico’s executive director that overseas forty-six production plants in the country, Hector Guitierrez, went on to observe that “Mexico’s automotive production lines are comprised of modern technology that is that basis for the national industry’s future.” Gutierrez, speaking as a top ranking official at one of the foremost automotive suppliers in Mexico, as well as the world over, went on to stress that Mexican national suppliers are highly competitive, and that further efforts must be made to integrate them into the country’s automotive industry supply chain. Gutierrez further added that Mexico is not only a premiere supplier of vehicles to the US, but also is a “platform from which units can be exported across the Americas, and is not only a center for large production but is becoming
Also, in attendance at the Mexico Site Selection Summit was Alan Russell of the Tecma Group of Companies, a provider of what are known as “shelter services” in Mexico. In addition to opportunities for automotive suppliers in Mexico, Russell asserted that, despite criticisms leveled against and doubts expressed toward the country, “in additon to the automotive industry, the quality aerospace industry products manufactured in Mexico has demonstrated the legitimacy of the quality of the country’s labor force.”
He also went on to observe that despite the security issues that have improved in Mexico in recent years, concerns related to them have not negatively affected foreign direct investment, as well as plant and individual worker productivity in a discernible way.
Read the primary source for this post in its original Spanish at Periodico AM.