Bombardier supports domestic contents in trains assembly
The trains manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in Mexico supports an increase in domestic contents in an alliance with suppliers through the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) with the purpose of offering up to 50% of domestic contents in their products.
Jean-François Cloutier, Vice-president, Operations, Mexico Business Unit, explained that with the increase in trains production and demand, several suppliers have been developed through UNPD, which in Mexico carries out interventions to promote productivity and competitiveness integration, and Corporacion Internacional Hidalgo (COINHI), which facilitates training for suppliers through ProMexico and the State of Hidalgo Training fro Labor Institute, Instituto de Capacitacion para el Trabajo del Estado de Hidalgo (ICATHI).
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Flextronics is ready to innovate
Zapopan, Jalisco.- Flextronics will take one more step in Mexico in the Research and Development area.
With an investment for US$9 million, the company inaugurated yesterday the Product Innovation Center at their plant located in Zapopan Air Base zone, to work on solutions for several sectors, such as automotive, telecommunications, health-medical equipment-, and aerospace.
Flextronic started recruiting engineers two years ago for this project and therefore, upon opening there are 80 jobs at the center, but the idea is increasing the labor force as more products arrive.
The new facilities, built over one thousand square meters (10,763 sq. ft.) will allow the company to supplement its chain of service, since they previously were just manufacturing and now they can innovate in products.
During the inauguration of the building, the State Governor Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval acknowledged that this type of projects provide impulse to the already consolidated electronics industry in Jalisco.
Flextronics arrived in Jalisco in 1997 and they currently have two plants there, at Zapopan and Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.
DHL's driving force
Mexico.- The boom being experienced by manufacturing industry in Mexico – mainly in the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors – gives certainty to DHL, the logistics firm, to continue with their investment plans in Mexico.
The three business units of the German company: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain are planning to invest around US$319 million to expand their networks and operations in Mexico within the next four years.
"We think that the investments that have been made by the automotive, pharmaceutical and aerospace sectors in the last two year will have a beneficial effect on the country's economy, which will be perceived in the medium and long terms", Bill Meahl, Chief Commercial Officer for DHL, said.
First investment in Logistics Center made
Guadalajara, Jalisco.- The industrial park Jalisco Logistics Center got its first investment, to be made by Tresmontes Lucchetti, a company in the food sector, which will invest US$40 million in the construction of their plant in Jalisco, Salomon Yasky, the company’s Chief Administration and Financial Officer, announced today.
After an event where economic supports were delivered to entrepreneurs from Jalisco, Mr. Yasky said that the company’s establishment here will generate 241 direct jobs, which they expect to multiply.
One of the reasons to choose Jalisco was its proximity to Manzanillo Port, which provides for easier international connection. Also because, according to Yasky, Jalisco has high education standards, which will provide qualified labor for their production project.
New Golf will generate 5,000 jobs
Puebla.- Production of the new Golf A7, which Volkswagen de Mexico is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014, will generate around 5,000 additional jobs among the 30 auto parts manufacturers that will be directly involved in the chain of supply.
Erwin Polo Feldmann, Chairman of Auto Parts Manufacturers Members of the Mexican Chamber of Processing Industry (Canacintra) in Puebla, said that the creation of these new jobs will help attenuate the stagnation that prevailed in the sector this year.
He considers that with the assembly of Golf automobiles to be made in Cuautlancingo Plant and supplies to other brands such as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, also established in Mexico, the number of jobs could reach 40,000 next year.
He said that the companies involved had to make investments for a total amount of US$200 million this year to expand their factories, in order to be ready to supply auto parts.
Some of these firms are Faurecia, Lupini Targhe, TWO and Gestamp.