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The 80% of the companies established at the Alianza Industrial Park concluded their expansions and some of them are even planning a third expansion. As a result of this growth, the complex has reached over one million square feet of industrial buildings. With this, the automotive industry reaffirms itself as the main driver for growth in the Southeast region of Coahuila. This booming is boosted by the production increase of Daimler Trucks (Freightliner), which will raise from 200 to 260 produced units daily. For this reason, the suppliers need to keep the pace of this tractors assembler. On the other hand, the fourth plant of the Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) started operations, generating 100 new job positions. In this way, the supplier companies established at the Alianza Industrial Park increased their work force from 1,100 to 1,600 employees, approximately.
Source: Zocalo Saltillo
POSCO, wire rod processing factory and supplier of the automotive sector, inaugurated its second plant in Guanajuato, joining to the plants in San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Celaya and the municipality of Villagran. The investment of the Korean company amounted US$44 million and 150 jobs were generated to supply assemblers such as: Honda, Mazda and General Motors, and the auto-parts makers: Pemsa and CIE Automotive, in addition to customers of the electrical appliances sector such as Samsung, Mabe, Whirlpool and Daewoo.
Juan Pablo Vega Arriaga, General Director of Naviera Integral, announced that they will invest US$30 million in the Frontera Port, in the municipality of Centla, Tabasco, and will generate 200 jobs to begin the construction of this project. Vega Arriaga explained that the projects are not only focused on the energy sector but also on agricultural and agro-industrial products exports and imports. Moreover, the purchase and sale commitment contract between the Trust for the Industrial Development of Tabasco (Fintab) and Naviera Integral was signed and it will mean the entrance of new investment to the Frontera Port. Governor Arturo Nunez Jimenez, said that this approach represents an important step in this port to become one of the most important, as a result of the second phase of Round 1, as part of the Energy Reform.
Bosch Mexico announced a US$30 million investment for the construction of its first plant outside Germany to produce the iBooster, a last generation braking system for vehicles, with 65% of Mexican content. It will be an extension of the Bosch plant in Aguascalientes. The plant will occupy about 10,000 square meters, where the latest generation of anti-lock braking system, better known as ABS and electronic stability system (ESP) will be produced. Pedro Tapia, Director of the plant, said that the manufacturing of one million units annually is expected to supply domestic and foreign markets. It is expected that the new plant starts operations by May 2016.
Source: El Economista
Emilio Cadena, President of Index, assured that the main benefits that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will bring to the manufacturing and maquiladora sectors are: legal certainty, the strategic alliance reinforcement and more competitive local products. The legal certainty will be reflected in clearer rules in favour of the Mexican value chain and its complement with first-world supplies, with which the Mexican products will turn more competitive. The pact seeks to open a comprehensive trade agreement that reduces tariff barriers and establish common standards for member countries. If it is ratified by the Senate of the Republic, Mexico will have an exportable supply of more than US$150 billion in the automotive, electrical, electronics, agribusiness, chemical, steelmaking, perfumery and cosmetic sectors.
Kia Motors Mexico invested US$1.5 million in a training center to prepare staff in various areas, such as sales and after sales services. Tae Jin Park, Sales Manager of Kia Motors Mexico, said that from this year on, more than 1,000 people will receive training in all areas for the consumer attention. The coaches are Mexican and were trained in South Korea. It is expected that more than 400 sales employees will be trained by 2016, said Horacio Chavez, Kia Motors Mexico's CEO.
Source: El Economista
The Ministry of Economy evaluates the possibility of creating an industrial cluster focused on the automotive sector in the State of Veracruz. The municipalities of Tuxpan, Perote or Veracruz could be selected for the cluster establishment. Experts think that the creation of this cluster in the State of Veracruz could boost the auto assembly and auto parts sectors. The Tuxpan Port has the advantage of being the nearest to the Bajio region, meanwhile the Veracruz Port can be the one that offers more fiscal benefits, as it is about to become a duty-free zone. The 300 hectares of foreign trade zone could be a good location for companies of the automotive industry and even for the aerospace industry.
The GKN Driveline Company, the worlds largest transmission technology provider, is expanding its operations with a new manufacturing plant in the municipality of Villagran, Guanajuato, to start production of high quality propshafts. GKN Driveline has invested US$17.5 million in the development of the new facility that will be operating by April 2016. This plant will be installed within the growing automotive sector as a result of the demand of the technology AWD of vehicles in Latin America. The new plant measures 12,000 square meters, where up to one million of propshafts will be produced per year and will supply customers of GKN including: Audi, BMW, FCA, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen. The production forecast of AWD technology will increase by 21% in North America by 2020, reaching the 3 million units produced.