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...

      Mexico Automotive 2016

      Country: Mexico • Industry: Automotive • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: September 2016 • Authors: Meredith Veit & Jose Pablo Buerba Executive Summary: International media outlets have failed to fully portray the pulsing investment opportunities that lie within Mexico’s borders. While the news has been harping on the country’s age-old archetypal issues, Mexico has attracted new investment from Honda, Mazda, Audi, Toyota and Kia, accompanying their colleagues Chrysler, General Motors, Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen. Surpassing tourism and oil, the automot...

      Marcelo González, General Manager, American Trim de Mexico, Limex

      Established in Mexico in 2005, American Trim are enjoying rapid growth. Can you provide a brief history of American Trim’s activities in Mexico’s automotive industry? American Trim started in Mexico in 2005, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Trim USA. We have two major segments, the appliances and transportation industries (which encompasses automotive, heavy duty trucks, and marine). At present, we are 95% focused on automotive, especially heavy trucks. We have nine facilities (including our corporate headquarters in Lima, Ohio) in the US and two in Monterrey. The heavy truck se...

      Lic. Eugenio Madero, President, Rassini

      Rassini has added high tech brakes to its product offering. Could you give a brief history of your operations and role in Mexico’s automotive industry? Rassini started its career in 1979, when our current chairman of the board, Antonio Madero, bought Minas de Sanluis, whose strong cash flow in subsequent years was used for the acquisition of Rassini. In 1985, Mexico joined the GATT, and Mr. Madero began to prepare for future opportunities as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was being negotiated. This included the acquisition of Grupo Rassini in 1989 to help ensure that SANLU...

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