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Bulletin 469 - Friday, May 15, 2010

AHMSA will invest US$21 million

Essen, Germany,- Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) will invest US$21 million in 2010 for the automation of their Sirol HM platform, developed for hot rolling trains, which will be ready in 2011. According to information by Siemens, suppliers for this project, automation will allow AHMSA cut to the minimum stoppages in the plant's processes and avoid initial waste. "The purpose of modernizing AHMSA hot rolling train is increasing its reliability and yield", the company explained.
Source: El Norte

Ford will keep plants at maximum production in Mexico

Mexico,- Ford de Mexico will keep its plants in Mexico assembling vehicles at full capacity, Eduardo Serrano, President and CEO, pointed-out. In a press conference Mr. Serrano said that Fusion, Milan and MKZ models produced in Mexico have been very well received in the North American market. Serrano made emphasis on the fact that, in spite of the world economic crisis in 2009, Hermosillo Plant was operating three shifts all the time. "We are speaking about 300,000 units produced in that plant only". He further said that the recently reinaugurated Cuautitlan Plant will produce 90,000 new Ford Fiesta vehicles this year; while Chihuahua Engines Plant will manufacture 200,000 units.
Source: Semanario

Maquilas will be asked to reimburse subsidies

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.- The Ministry of the Economy will ask 10 maquiladora companies to reimburse close to MXP$70 million they received as aid due to technical stoppages in 2009, because they failed to comply with the condition of not laying off personnel, Martha Mesinas, Sub-delegate in the Ministry of the Economy informed. Ms. Mesinas reminded that in January 2009 the Federal Government created an aid program for companies that were forced to implement technical stoppages. In this Program, the Federal Government gave companies a portion of the salaries of employees under technical stoppage, under the condition that those employees were not laid off. Mesinas also reminded that the Program was active between January and October 2010 and that it was Ciudad Juarez the city where the largest amount was used. She said that things have been cleared out with two companies, which turned out they had observed the conditions set in the Program and that they expect that most maquiladoras will be released from this request by the Ministry of the Economy.
Source: El Diario

Maquila materializes improvement in the United States

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.- Maquiladora industry in Ciudad Juarez is under expansion. Encouraged by growth in the United States, this industry generated 4 thousand 392 jobs in this city last April, accruing 12 thousand 328 new jobs in the first four months of the year. In addition to jobs already created, this month a new company in the textile filed will start working with 4 thousand jobs, and in September another company in the electronics sector will open with 2 thousand more jobs. Soledad Maynez Bibriescas, Chairwoman of Ciudad Juarez Maquiladoras Association, said that economic recovery in the United States is bringing more production to this city and therefore more jobs as well. "We have held meetings with two plants which will start operations within a few months, one of them in the textile branch will generate 4 thousand jobs in the next three weeks", she added. The other company, in the electric-electronics field, will move operations here, generating around two thousand jobs as of September.
Source: El Diario

PAACE Automechanika Mexico will dictate 47 technical seminars

Mexico.- 12th PAACE Automechanika Mexico, the most important tradeshow in Mexico and Central America for automotive post-sale market, is coming back to Centro Banamex in Mexico City next July 14 to 16 with a record-breaking event. More than 527 companies from 19 countries have already confirmed their participation to exhibit their most innovating products and services next July. PAACE Automechanika Mexico Seminars Program consists of chats on technical training and business administration, sponsored by PAACE Automechanika Mexico exhibitors and by leading associations in this industry. "There is growing interest in PAACE Automechanika Mexico's education offer," said Kristen Woodburn, Events Director for Messe Frankfurt, Inc., "and we are pleased to present this July the largest seminar program we ever had, in order to fulfill our visitors' training needs". As novelties, there will be seminars about automotive service and collision repair sponsored by the Mexican Automotive Service Association (Asociacion de Servicio Automotriz - ASA) and a wide number of chats about the most current subjects and trends in the industry. Visitors may benefit from the wide assortment of free education chats, which will increase efficiency, understanding and service in their businesses, supporting post-sales sector in Mexico.
Source: PAACE

Nissan will expand production in Cuernavaca Plant

MEXICO DF.- Nissan Mexicana announced through a press release that they will increase production in their Cuernavaca Plant and will create 400 new direct jobs. This is in addition to the growth this Japanese company expects to achieve by the end of 2010, because they are planning to manufacture 500 thousand vehicle every year in their plants installed in Mexico and reach a 23% share of the domestic market. Nissan Plant in Cuernavaca was Nissan's first plant outside Japan. It started operations in 1966, manufacturing Datsun Bluebird and assembled close to 3 thousand units in the first year. "After almost 44 years, the Plant has assembled more than 3 million 600 thousand units. There are more than 1 thousand 700 people working there and, in addition to producing for the domestic market, it also exports to 53 countries".
Source: El Financiero

Cesantoni will create 500 new jobs

Coahuila, Mexico,- It is Cesantoni, the floors and ceramic tiles factory, the investment Governor Humberto Moreira Valdes was talking about last Monday. Cesantoni will be installed in Derramadero, generating 500 new jobs for Saltillo and Coahuila Southeastern Region. A source close to the Governor disclosed the name of the company, which will transfer to Saltillo their plant located in Calero, Zacatecas. This will reinforce ceramics sector in the region, which already has Vitromex and Villeroy & Boch in Saltillo and Ramos Arizpe. Floors and wall covering industrial category also includes manufacturers of clay floors and brick, which are traditional in Saltillo, such as Pisos del Charro, Pisos Coloniales, Saltillo Tile, Hermanos Garcia and Hermanos Rodarte.
Source: Vanguardia


  • -- Ford to sell cheaper cars in Mexico
  • -- Moderate but steady growth in the automotive sector in Mexico
  • -- Sinaloa promotes creation and development of Pymes with innovative program
  • -- DeAcero build new plant in Ramos Arizpe
  • -- Investment in aerospace sector grows

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