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Ulrich Thoma Kiwus, representative of the automotive sector in The National Chamber of Industry (CANACINTRA) in Puebla, commented that they will submit a project, by 2016, in which at least 20 out of the 120 supplier companies located in Puebla and 10 in Tlaxcala could be included. All this, aiming to strengthen this industry's workforce and to boost training, in order to be at the same level of the clusters of Guanajuato, Monterrey and Queretaro. On the other hand, Thoma Kiwus foresees that Audi attracts 60 suppliers within the next four years, 20 of which will be located at its own industrial park and the rest of them will be set at the Finsa II, in the Municipality of Nopalucan.
Source: El Economista
Cummins, engines manufacturer, plans to invest US$18 million for the construction of a logistic center to be located at the industrial zone of San Luis Potosi. It is expected that the work concludes by June 2016. This center, that occupies a 900,000 square-feet area, will help to enhance the materials organization, to improve the coordination between the entries and exits of the operation materials and also to improve the response time for the parts delivery to its customers and the availability of these components, commented Ignacio Garcia, Vice President of Cummins to Mexico. On the other hand, Cummins will invest US$9.5 million for a new technical center and US$13.5 million for a new engines assembling line.
Government of Yucatan pretends to attract more investments for the automotive sector in the State. For this reason, works are being done on the railway network and Puerto Progreso, said Rolando Zapata Bello, State of Yucatan's Governor. For the enhancement of the railway network, US$90.9 million have been invested in the Chiapas Mayab Railroad between 2014 and 2015 and US$72.72 million will be invested by 2016. On the other hand, it is expected to increase the displacement capacity of finished products, by the modernization of Puerto Progreso. Governor Zapata highlighted that the State has a strategic geographic location to export to the South of the U.S. and Central America. Besides, it has a 4,000-student population in 17 private and public academic institutions related to the automotive industry.
Source: El Universal
The Nuevo Leon's Automotive Cluster (Claut) will inaugurate an automotive simulation center in Monterrey. Automotive companies will access to 25 software programs, specialized in design and mesh processes; simulation and optimization process. US$1.81 million were invested in this project, of which US$1.45 million were allocated for the software purchase and US$363,600 to buy computers. The half of this investment came from the Ministry of Economy (SE) and the other half came from five companies of the Claut: Nemak, Metalsa, Quimmco, Caterpillar and John Deere. At the very start, while investors conclude the construction of the new building at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), the center will be temporarily located in a building of the Technologic Research and Innovation Park (PIIT) in the UANL. This center will start operations by January 2016 and will have software programs such as Catia, Pro Engineer, Abaqus, Adams, Ansys, Delmia, Autoform, Pro Cast, Deform and Optistruct.
The VestaPark Real Estate firm started the construction of the complex named VestaPark Puebla I, to be located in Huejotzingo, Puebla, with an investment per US$50 million, during the next three years. This park will have six buildings for rent, in a 23-hectare surface, in order to serve the automotive sector suppliers that may need to be located near the Audi plant in the municipality of San Jose de Chiapa. It is expected that the works start by 2016 and the buildings be ready to be rented within the next three years. The first buildings will be available by late June 2016. About 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction stage, mainly for the citizens of this location.
Authorities of the Czech Republic and the Ministries of Economic Development of Tijuana (SEDETI) and the State's (SEDECO) expressed that 10 Czech firms are interested in establishing in Baja California. Vit Korselt, Director of the Czech Republic's American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mentioned that they selected Baja California because of the benefits offered by the State. On the other hand, Embassador Lubomir Hladik assured that Tijuana's conditions are ideal for businesses. It's easier to establish a company in Mexico than in Brazil, expressed the Official.
Suncall Technologies Mexico inaugurated its new plant in Aguascalientes. The ceremony was headed by Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of the State, who assured that the State's local and international leadership in supplying and automotive hi-tech manufacturing has strengthened this way, especially the close friendship relation with Japan. Governor Lozano said that "just as Japan and its firms, Aguascalientes has created the most competitive conditions of Mexico for investments, especially for Japanese companies, which continue growing with us thanks to the talent and capability of professionals, engineers, technicians and workers of the State".
Source: El Sol del Centro
Automotive Lighting, an Italian manufacturer of automotive lights, will inaugurate its fourth plant located in Ciudad Juarez at the Omega Industrial Park, with a 14,000 square feet surface. Between 800 and 1,000 new employees will be hired. All the bulbs for BMW will be manufactured at this plant and will be supplied to the U.S market. It is expected for the plant to be ready to operate by February-March 2016. This facility has huge plastic injection machineries that feed the production lines, helped by robots. In these production lines, hundreds of workers assemble, test and pack every lamp and then send them to the U.S. market.
Nissin Kakou, Japanese company specialized in plastic injection and molding belonging to the automotive sector, laid the foundation stone of its main facility at the Colinas de Lagos Industrial Park, located at Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. Hiromichi Natake, Nissin Kikou's Director, explained that they chose Jalisco due to its location, because its main customers are set in Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí and Silao. The Company will invest US$3 million and will generate 30 high level jobs (engineers and administrative personnel). It is expected to reach the 500 jobs generated for the second stage. Hiromichi Natake expects growth of the firm in Mexico in 10 years.
Source: El Informador
Topy MW Manufacturing Mexico inaugurated a new plant in Silao, Guanajuato, in which US$13 million were invested and where steel wheels for cars will be produced. This plant will generate 130 new jobs and will have a production capacity of 260,000 pieces monthly. Due to the strategic location of Silao, Topy MW Manufacturing Mexico will be able to supply these steel wheels to Nissan in Aguascalientes, Mazda and Honda in Guanajuato, Nissan in Cuernavaca and VW in Puebla. Yasuo Fujii, President of Topy Japan, highlighted that they decided to invest in Guanajuato because of the Santa Fe Park's location, at the Silao's Puerto Interior, which is near to several automaker plants, in addition to its excellent infrastructure.
Source: Somos Industria