Alberto Piñones, General Operations Director, Hitachi

Hitachi explains its strategy for its Mexican automotive divisions. Can you give a brief overview if Hitachi in Mexico and elaborate on some milestones the company has achieved? In 2015, Hitachi merged all our different facilities in Mexico. This was a primary integration between Hitachi Automotive Systems of Queretaro, which is mainly dedicated to the manufacturing of caliper brakes and suspension systems, and Hitachi Automotive Systems of Mexico. The merger resulted in all facilities being under one umbrella and the company now being Hitachi Automotive Systems of Mexico. The purpose of the...

Local R&D Investment and the Use of Partnerships as a Means to Progress

In an effort to expand beyond automotive manufacturing, Mexico is developing research and development capabilities. Meredith Veit IMAGE: COURTESY OF Nissan Over the years, quality and customer requirements have become increasingly significant to the automotive industry. Engines and machines are presently being manufactured differently to comply with industry requirements to be more fuel efficient and deliver more power, and companies must strive to keep up with new demands and trends or be left behind. There is the constant need to continuously upgrade labs and acquire new equipment to meet ...

    Sergio Gutiérrez Adame, Managing Director, Estampados Monterrey S.A. de C.V.

    The MD of Estampados Monterrey explains the essentials needed to survive in the extremely competitive stamping industry in Mexico. What were some of the determining factors that made Estampados Monterrey decide to begin production in Nuevo Leon? One of the main challenges we faced before even starting the company was defining where to set up our facility. The idea was to be in northeast Mexico—considering the proximity to our potential customers as a defining factor. In the end, Estampados Monterrey chose to settle strategically in Santa Catarina, NL, specifically besides the highway ...

    Luis Arredondo, General Director, Nava Hermanos S.A. de C.V.

    Nava Hermanos has found its place within Mexico’s automotive supply chain. Its challenge is to expand it and resist pressure from foreign competition. Nava Hermanos has existed since 1950. Can you provide a brief history of your activities in the automotive industry? Nava Hermanos established itself in Nuevo León in 1950, when we built our Monterrey facility and began by manufacturing equipment for the telecommunications industry. Within the following decades, Nava Hermanos designed and built around 4,500 presses. We subsequently diversified to become a Mexico representative of internati...

      Molding and Casting Mexican Suppliers – The Northeast as an Entrepreneurial Hub

      Meredith Veit IMAGE: COURTESY OF GM The Northeast serves as the headquarters for some of the most critical Mexican owned industrial and financial groups in the country—including Cemex, Grupo Alfa, Banorte and FEMSA. Despite the regions achievements and long industrial tradition, the first official automotive cluster of Mexico did not take form until 2007—the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León (CLAUT). (more…) ...

      From a Foundry Foundation Arises an Industrial Stronghold

      Meredith Veit IMAGE: COURTESY OF FCA The highest concentration of plants and supporting process companies for the automotive industry lies in Mexico’s Northeast, specifically in Coahuila and Nuevo León. Saltillo and Monterrey, the two state capitals, are home to 14% and 25% respectively of all auto part companies in Mexico. The region’s industrial aptitude has a laborious and calloused-handed past, as steel and glass factories were the single-celled organizations that eventually evolved into the full-bodied metropolitan city of Monterrey. (more…) ...

      Enrique Dorantes, Executive Director, MD Manufacturing

      MD Manufacturing is growing with the automotive industry in Guanajuato. Could you please give a brief introduction and history about MD Manufacturing? MD Manufacturing has its origins since 1989, though it became officially founded on May 2nd, 2012. It is the result of the fusion of various companies in the plastics industry who agreed to bring their operations together and multiply their strengths. Right now the company tends to different markets aside from the automotive industry. We are a Tier 2 company who makes blown and injected components for interiors and non-visible exteriors. We a...

      Francisco J. Godinez, General Manager, Plus Integral Consultores

      Plus Integral Consultores implements new standards and processes for lean manufacturing and optimization in Mexico. Can you please provide us with a brief introduction into Plus Integral Consultores? With more than twenty-five years of experience, Plus Integral Consultores was formed in 1990 with the goal of helping companies implement new standards and processes that could benefit them through leaner manufacturing and process optimizations that will, in the end, result in more profitable operations. We are the only company in Mexico certified in ISO 9001-2008 in our range of six different ...

      The Bajío: Location, Location, Location

      The Bajío region, comprised of the neighboring states of Queretaro, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato, is currently the fastest growing region for the automotive sector in Mexico, experiencing 20% annual growth. Meredith Veit IMAGE: COURTESY OF WOLKSWAGEN The Bajío region, comprised of the neighboring states of Queretaro, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato, represents the “Golden Diamond” of Mexico – a very industrial region with excellent logistics and, without any doubt, it is the region that has had greater dynamism in the last five years, experienci...

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