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Bulletin 707 - Friday, April 2, 2015


Philippine firm builds power plant in Nuevo Leon

The Wartsila Power Plants Company will develop a power plant, with 139-megawatt capacity, which will be fueled with natural gas. This plant will operate with fast-response technology, improving the entire network performance. "The flexible power generation is specially needed to meet the peak demand and balance the contribution of wind and solar power. This way, fuel is saved, the electricity prices for consumers is reduced and carbon dioxide emissions are decreased", pointed out Markus Pietikainen, Wartsila Power Plants Vice President in America. This installation is type Smart Power Generation and it will have seven Wartsila 50SG units, the largest gas engine in the world. These engines are started up and providing full power output in less than five minutes. With the objective of increasing even more its efficiency, the plant in Monterrey, will also include a combined cycle with a steam turbine. Wartsila has 58-gigawatts power, and it is installed in 175 countries around the world. The firm's owner is Energia del Caribe S. A.

"The flexible power generation is specially needed to meet the peak demand and balance the contribution of wind and solar power. This way, fuel is saved, the electricity prices for consumers is reduced and carbon dioxide emissions are decreased", pointed out Markus Pietikainen, Wartsila Power Plants Vice President in America. This installation is type Smart Power Generation and it will have seven Wartsila 50SG units, the largest gas engine in the world. These engines are started up and providing full power output in less than five minutes. With the objective of increasing even more its efficiency, the plant in Monterrey, will also include a combined cycle with a steam turbine. Wartsila has 58-gigawatts power, and it is installed in 175 countries around the world. The firm's owner is Energia del Caribe S. A.

Source: Manufactura

Monroe to produce 30% more

Tenneco expanded its Monroe plant, located in Celaya, Guanajuato, with a US$9.1 million investment, which will increase by 30% the shock absorber production (almost 2 million pieces per year). The company is the leading manufacturer of shock absorbers and struts in North America. The expansion will create up to 150 new jobs, adding them to a payroll of 807 employees. Mike Seurynck, Vice President and General Manager of Tenneco said that their expansion in Celaya is part of the global leadership strategy to improve costs and competitiveness. Efren Gutierrez Torres, Celaya plant's Manager remarked: "We had a total expansion of 8,000 square meters in our warehouse of components, finished product warehouse, new offices, new metrology lab, tool shop, maintenance area, mainly."

Source: AM.com

Nissan will manufacture a new mini SUV in Aguascalientes

Nissan modified its Aguascalientes 1 plant to start the assembly of a mini SUV, named the P02F project. Efrain Hernandez, Director of Car Production in Aguascalientes 1, said the company is upgrading some equipment, preparing for this new model, besides its Brazil project to produce 1000 special units for the Olympics to be held next year in Rio de Janeiro. Herman Morfin, Director of Communications at Nissan, said the company has invested US$1 billion to adequate the production lines in both Aguascalientes 1 and Civac (its Morelos factory). Armando Avila, VP Manufacturing Nissan Mexicana, said the Nissan production base still has the potential to continue growing in Mexico, within its spacious automotive complex. Nissan announced their US$1.3 billion investment in 2014, to produce luxury models in conjunction with Daimler. The same 120 Mexican base suppliers, including Posco and PPG, will prevail.

Source: Cluster Industrial

Rassini will invest US$62 million in factories

This year, the Mexican automaker Rassini, will invest US$62 million in plant maintenance, expansion and product innovation, to cope with the boom in automobile demand. Juan Pablo Sanchez Kanter, the Company's CFO, said the estimated investment in Capex (investment in capital goods) will be US$35.8 million. US$4.8 million will be targeted to the expansion of a machining line to meet requirements of new contracts, including Audi, and the rest will be for maintenance. Rassini designs and manufactures suspensions and brakes for some OEMs including Audi, General Motors, Ford Motor Co, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. In 2014, it reported US$827 million sales. Mr. Sanchez Kanter, explained that the US$24 million invested over the last two years will be evident by the second half of 2015, with the Puebla smelting plant expansion. He said that, with the rise of the automobile industry in Mexico, the main challenge for suppliers lies in the development of technology and engineering to produce with higher quality and better performance at a lower cost.

Source: Diario.mx

The Tecma Group of Companies among Mexico's top 100 employers

The El Paso, Texas-based Tecma Group of Companies is one of the leading providers of manufacturing support, commonly known as "shelter services", in Mexico. The company was recognized on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City by the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Mexico organization at a ceremony held at Expo Bancomer for the quality of the environment that it has developed for its more than 4000 employees. Beyond being recognized as one of the most favorable places in Mexico to be employed, the Tecma Group received further accolades from GTPW by being named as one of the Top 100 places to work in Mexico in the category of businesses that employ between 500-1000 individuals. Other companies included on the prestigious list include: Plantronics, Microsoft, JW Marriott, Walmart de Mexico and Alcoa. Great Place to Work evaluates the companies that apply for its recognition by examining overall corporate culture through the implementation of in-depth employee surveys and interviews. According to Tecma’s president and CEO, Alan Russell, "Recognition from the Great Place to Work organization is a testament to the quality of the people that Tecma employs. From top management down, trust, respect and honesty govern working relations between all the members of the Tecma Group family. We take great pains, and place a high level of importance on creating an environment that is conducive to employee satisfaction and retention."

Source: TECMA

New investment for the automotive sector in San Luis Potosi has been announced

With an investment outranking BMW's US$1 billion, a new automotive company will be installed soon in San Luis Potosi. The Chairman of Street Lighting and Public Works in the state, Oliver Meade Hervert reported that, the new company will create many jobs and added that the construction site covers 30 hectares. Finally, he noted that, as soon as the authorities issue the necessary permits, the opening date and company's name will be announced.

Source: Cluster Industrial