Bendix, North American company, has found in Ciudad Acuna, its second home, as they recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in Coahuila, where they have opened three plants and a high technology center, settling in the border.
The American company develops and provides innovative technologies of active security, energy and systems management solutions, freight and air brakes control components of the Bendix brand for medium and heavy trucks, tractors, trailers, busses and other commercial vehicles in the entire North America.
Jackie Perez, Plant Manager of Bendix Acuna, declared for MEXICO INDUSTRY the pride that represents being established in territory of Coahuila and the importance of having the support of the people of the area.
“The company is very proud of what we have achieved in the 30 years and the most important is the stability of the company and we are thinking to remain here and continue growing for many more years,” she said.
About the company’s grow since 1988; the directive mentioned that it has been exponential in the last decade.
“Bendix has grown a lot, much investment has arrived in manufacturing, technology, training of people in order to have well trained workforce. I can say that the growth in the last 10 years has been more than 200 % in sales and products,” she detailed.
About the company’s growth since 1988, the directive mentioned that it has been exponential in the last decade.
More than 2,000 employees are currently in Ciudad Acuna among the three plants and the distribution center and as years passed by, Bendix has had important transformations, expanding the diversification of its product and developing new projects.
First Plant I, in May 1988. Its function? The assembly and OEM production for the business unit of Controls. Then the Plant II, in 2000, for remanufacturing and OEM services as part of the Loading unit. In 2010, the Plant III was opened to manufacture actuator products. The fourth plant, an active logistics center, joined the operation last fall.
“We have three plants, in the 1 we focused in electronic valves; in plant 2 we are dedicated to compressors, dryers and modules; while in plant 3 we have the actuators.”
“Here we started with only one plant and a product, pure assembly and as years passed by products have been added and today we do not only do assembly, we also machine plant 1 and 2,” she added.
Bendix exports 100 % of its products and the countries to which are addressed are the United States, Germany, Japan, among other Asian and European countries. About the workforce in Coahuila, Jackie Perez underlined the will to overcome themselves of the workers.
“What we see in people is that they came seeking for an opportunity to improve their economic situation and at the same time to continue studying and training. People comes willing to work, her in Acuna we are supported by the association of maquilas that provide us the help we need for what is needed, in addition of having the technological facility, this last thing thanks to the proximity with the United States in the border,” she assured.
SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY
Bendix is concern about leaving a mark in Acuna, since they have collaborated with the border society in an altruist and inclusive manner, supporting institutions and organizations that help to the development of citizens.
“Throughout 30 years, Bendix Acuna has accumulated a noticeable amount of achievements: from growth initiatives and expansion of its high technology production capabilities to deeply significant community support efforts,” said Carlos Hungria, operations director in Bendix. “Likely important, men and women of the Acuna operation have turned in a valuable corporate citizen on its local communities in Mexico and Del Rio, Texas, the sister city of Acuna on the other side of the border with the United States,” he added.
“Bendix is very focused in the education of Coahuila youngsters, we have students working together with mentors to see what the manufacture industry is in fact and they realize how to apply in daily situations what they see in school,” said Jackie Perez about the recent opening of the Bendix CECyTEC Center.
“We receive different requests from institutions and organizations, we try to support as much as we can the society, we are currently working with a children’s’ home we built and are the commitments we have. We were helping people that lost their homes because of the Acuna twister, among other things,” she ended.