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Bulletin 730 - Friday, October 2, 2015

Yongsan Company, to generate 900 jobs in Coahuila

Jeon Hak Soo, President of Yongsan Automotive inaugurated Yongsan's new plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila. According to the Company, US$23 million were invested in this project, which will generate up to 900 jobs. The President of the South Korean firm reaffirmed its commitment with Ramos Arizpe and the State of Coahuila. He added that they are ready to start production by May 2016 with a permanent training plan to ensure the quality they currently have. Yongsan Automotive supplies Hyundai and Kia Motors in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico, with an annual capacity of 1.5 million pieces of garments. The Governor of Coahuila, Ruben Moreira Valdez said that the arrival of Yongsan to Ramos Arizpe confirms the confidence of investors to bring resources to the State, thanks to all its competitive advantages.

Source: Zocalo Saltillo

Gobar Systems invests in Guanajuato

Gobar Sistems Inc. is a new automotive company located at the Buena Opcion Industrial Park in Celaya, Guanajuato. The plant will start operations this month with an investment of US$2.5 million and a generation of 25 direct jobs. This is a company specialized in metal stampings, injection molding and automated assembly. Fernando Vera, Director of Economic Development, expressed that a ship of 3,000 square meters in the Buena Opcion Industrial Park will be used in a first stage. In addition, the company will purchase a 4-hectare land at the Cuadritos Industrial Park for a future growth.

Source: Cluster Industrial

Audi hires 3,800 employees

The Audi plant, located in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla, hired 3,800 people during the first operation phase, said Andre Richter, Audi's Planning Director in Mexico. The Director explained that the hiring process of Audi is long, complex and expensive; it includes computer tests, medical examinations, personal interviews and mounting tests, among others. He commented that there are many people with capacity to work in Audi Mexico, but many applicants were turned away for lack of space in the company, so these people were channeled to Audi's Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers.

Source: Vanguardia Industrial

Amistad Aeropuerto Industrial Park receives new investment

The land for the installation of more plants in the Amistad Aeropuerto Industrial Park is being prepared. This new investment joins to those plants that already have advanced construction works as Vuteq, which represents an investment of US$20 million and a creation of 400 new jobs. In these facilities, activities such as precision machining, processing of glass and plastics for the automotive industry and thermoforming will be conducted. Furthermore, another industrial building is under construction in this park, but the name of the company has not being released officially. The private sector´s representatives have commented that it could be for the Android Industries´ plant that produces tires and it is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Mitsui.

Source: Vanguardia

360 Industrial Park, ready to operate

The 360 Industrial Park will be urbanized and ready to begin the occupation of its more than 34 hectares this month, in a first phase of a project that includes 100 hectares, in order to join the manufacturing growth registered at the Southeast Region of Coahuila. The complex is strategically located at the area where the Saltillo-Monterrey-Monclova-Mexico-Piedras Negras roads converge. The investment amount and the name of the companies interested in investing are still unknown. However, it was reported that the establishment works for a first 10,000 square meters plant has already started.

Source: Zocalo Saltillo

Kia concludes construction of its plant in Nuevo Leon

Kia Motors informed about the completion of its welding plant, located in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, surpassing the 90% of progress. The ship will occupy a 37,200 square meters surface and it is expected that it starts with production tests by mid-October. The plant's main activity will be focused on the welding and assembling of car bodies, which should have the precise and safety dimensions that every automobile requires. The welding equipment has 15 production lines where near of 138 different pieces will be assembled for the car body. Kia has invested in more than 300 robots to develop a 100% automated process, in order to guarantee the quality of the cars. The Company invested a US$1 billion to build its Pesqueria's plant that will reach an annual production of up to 300,000 vehicles, 20% out of which will supply the Mexican market and the 80% remaining to supply North and South America.

Source: Mundo Ejecutivo Express

Automotive supplier generates 1,200 jobs in Chihuahua

The South Korean textile company Hansuh generated 1,200 jobs at its plant in Ciudad Juarez, additional to the current 1,300 positions. At this plant, the company will manufacture seat fabric for the Elantra and Sonata models of Hyundai, Sorrento and Optima model of Kia, the Trax of GM and the Santa Fe truck of Hyundai. The Minister of Economy, Manuel Russek Valles, expressed that the State of Chihuahua represents a US$1.16 billion investment in this industry and more than 160 companies design, manufacture, assemble and commercialize their world-quality products for the automotive industry, which together employ more than 100,000 people.


Nuevo Leon exceeds FDI of 2014

The State of Nuevo Leon expects to exceed the FDI per US$5.7 billion received in 2014. With the start of operations of the Asian company Hamaden Mexico, the State has positioned itself as a good place to invest, by accumulating US$4.5 billion of FDI during 2015. Hamaden Mexico require a US$35.8 million investment and it is expected to start production at the Interpuerto Monterrey Logistics Centre by 2016, in its first plant in Mexico, which will supply Kia Motors. Mauricio Garza Kalifa, Director of Interpuerto Monterrey, said that by the end of 2015 they expect the arrival of two Asian companies of the automotive industry, which will invest US$120 million. Celina Villarreal Cardenas, Minister of Economic Development, said that the investments that Interpuerto Monterrey has received have enabled the arrival of more than seven companies of energy and advanced manufacturing, representing an investment of US$1.2 billion and a generation of more than 3,000 jobs. The project has a capacity of 1,300 hectares and could accommodate up to 50,000 people.

Source: El Horizonte