The automotive industry in the Estado de Mexico contributes with 9.2 % of the value generated in the state economy; it concentrates 283 economical units of transportation equipment and employs about 50,000 people.

From 2007 to 2016, exports from the Estado de Mexico in transportation equipment registered an average annual growth of 11.4 %.  From 1999 to the second trimester of 2018, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the manufacture of transportation equipment represented 11.7 % of the total collected in the Estado de Mexico.

It is worth mentioning that there are about 30 plants in Mexico owed by assembly companies; however, not necessarily fulfill the activity of automobile, buses, trucks or tractor trucks assembly, since some of them are only in charge of producing auto-parts or are Center of Technological Development and of Auto-parts Distribution, as well as automotive test tracks.

Gunther Barajas, president of the Automotive Cluster of Estado de Mexico (CLAUTEDOMEX,) said that there are seven assembler plants in the Estado de Mexico and that the medium term plan is to become a reference State of the automotive industry again.

“The new trend in the automotive sector is having lighter vehicles full of technology, we are going through the path of autonomy which will be more attractive for buyers,” he said.

He added that the three axis they work for are “talent development, human capital and innovation,” which are closely linked.

“If we want to develop parts and pieces we need to develop the people that will produce them with innovation,” he noted.

Regarding this, he said that during the Business Automotive Meeting 2018, an agreement was signed with Alfredo Barrera, dean of the Universidad del Estado de Mexico, to support the talent of students and the capability of engineering to continue developing the industry in the entity.

This based on that a convergence has been given of lighter auto-parts, more system issues in vehicles, among others.  “We can use our skills in industry to bring those parts also needed by the aerospace industry.”

Elisa Crespo, vice-president and general director of CLAUTEDOMEX, said during the fulfillment of the Business Automotive Meeting 2018 that this year the group has focused on linkage with subjects such as productivity, competitiveness, education, human development, employability, life quality, innovation and investment attraction.

Meanwhile, Alberto Curi Naime, head of the Ministry of Economic Development (SEDECO, by its Spanish initials) recognized that this cluster groups successful companies that supply vehicles assemblies, as they have the capability of design, components delivery and of complete systems, what confirms that the automotive industry in the country has extraordinary developed.

He said that figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI, by its Spanish initials) said that from March this year was registered in Mexico the operation of 3 thousand 156 economic units dedicated to the automotive activity.

The Estado de Mexico, Curi Naime said, has the first national place in economic units dedicated to the manufacturing of transportation equipment, subsector that only in the first eight months of the year grew 23.2 %, regarding the same period of 2017.

Curi Naime underlined that at the moment is of particular significance the meeting of the different links of the automotive productive chain, due to that the commercial agreement among the three countries that form North America will bring opportunities, but also will generate challenges that must be attended in a smart manner, strategy planning and quality work.

The Business Automotive Meeting 2018 was fulfilled by the Automotive Cluster Estado de Mexico, focused on leaders from the Mexican automotive industry.  Here gathered 1,500 business meetings in which Nissan and Ford Mexico led the list of meetings by requiring stampings, plastic injection and a wide range of products and indirect services.

Maria de Lourdes Medina, president of the Council of Chambers and Business Associations of the entity (CONCAEM, by its Spanish initials) said that the importance these events have are transcendental in virtue that it is the only way of directly link suppliers with buyers.  “The most important issue is that we have more than 700 thousand economic units in services as well as automotive, industry and commerce.  The Estado de Mexico is one of the most important suppliers in the automotive sector, as it is born here and here is shaped and promoted.  For some time we were the number one and we will be it again.”

In the BAM 2018 were exhibited issues such as Human Capital, Foreign Trade, new Operation Rules from the Technological Innovation Treaty, Industry 4.0, Opportunities of Development for the Automotive Industry.

At the event, Xavier Hurtado, director of Suppliers’ Development of FEMIA, presented the conference “what being world-class means for the automotive and aeronautical industry,” in which he underlined that one of the main key points to take into account is the progress or interest towards Industry 4.0.

“We are currently working with 45 buying companies, we have visited suppliers, and there are development plans for suppliers already, where we join the buying company with tractor company and seeks the inclusion of industry 4.0, to start measuring these indicators and that the tractor from its different points of view outside the country and have access to this series of indicators.”

Finally, he underlined that OEMs and Tier1 already begin to adapt regarding industry 4.0, even there are the first signs of sensors connected to mobile applications, where they are monitoring the production part, but it is considered as a very low level, including Tier 2 or Tier 3.  To date at supply level there are less than three operations in the country that have installed industry 4.0.

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