The arrival of German companies to the State has contributed not only to the industrial growth, but also to the adoption of new manufacturing and labor culture new processes

 

During the first semester of 2018 six investment projects from Germany have been announced in Nuevo Leon, with an investment of about 57 million dollars and the creation of 300 jobs.


According to data from the National Registry of Foreign Investments from the Federal Ministry of Economy, there are 70 Mexican partnerships with German investment in their capitals in Nuevo Leon and the investment flow during the period 1999-2017 has been of 886.8 million dollars.


“Nuevo Leon has always been within the first places in the German investment destinations ranking arriving to the country.  This is due to Nuevo Leon as well as Germany in Europe, is the industrial capital of Mexico,” said Hector Tijerina, Foreign Investment director of the Ministry of Economy and Labor (SEDET, by its Spanish initials.)


Another reason why many German companies tend to be interested in Nuevo Leon is due to its technological development and highly prepared human capital.


As it is known, Germany is leader in Industry 4.0 and its companies usually have processes that demand trained personnel to operate it.  “For some time an excellent relation has existed with the German Chamber of Commerce in Monterrey (CAMEXA, by its Spanish initials,) the German Consulate in Nuevo Leon, and even with the German Embassy, who are key piece in promoting the state in Germany,” Tijerina said.


Some of the most important German companies operating in the State are Siemens, Liebherr, Daimler, PREH, Putzmeister, Raven Group, Dematic, DHL, Günter Group and Primetals Technologies, among others.


The sectors to which these companies belong are the automotive, logistics, commerce and services, home appliances and energy.


In foreign investment issues, during the first semester of the current year there have announced a total of six investment projects of German origin.  It is estimated that these projects represent an investment of about 57 million dollars and contribute to the creation of 300 jobs.

 

New Investments


Likewise, there are 12 German investment projects in portfolio, which are in process of deciding if they will settle their plant in the State or in any other place in Mexico.


About the future of the Nuevo Leon – Germany relationship, Tijerina said that it will continue being fundamental for the State, not only because of the investment arriving but because the European country has served as a model in technology and educational issues.


A clear example is the initiative Nuevo Leon 4.0, which bases are in the German model and that will enable the local industry to continue developing by adopting new technologies, he noted.


“The dual formation model is a German model that has been strongly promoted inside the public and private universities; this will allow to continue having a higher amount of technicians and to have more availability of qualified workforce.  We are looking at a positive future between the relation Nuevo Leon – Germany and we believe it is important to continue strengthening the State promotion in that country,” he noted.

 

MEXICAN – GERMAN RELATIONSHIP


Fritz M. Eisele Thurau, honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, underlined the factors that have strengthen the commercial relation of both countries, as he mentioned that both cultures know each other and have developed a close friendship throughout the years, thanks to the excellent workforce of the Mexican workers and that they easily adapt to the rigor, structure and quality demands of the German industrial labor culture.


“The arrival of German companies to Nuevo Leon and to Mexico in general, has encourage the industrial development thanks to the spearhead in machinery technology, its industrial processes and labor culture, without forgetting the development of industry 4.0, a thematic originated in Germany,” he explained.


According to statistics from CAMEXA, the German investment in Mexico exceeds the 35 billion dollars, generating 130 thousand jobs, where companies as Continental highlight with 22 thousand; Bosch, with 16 thousand; and Volkswagen, with 15 thousand 500 workers.


In the first seven months of 2017, the bilateral commerce between Mexico and Germany grew, increasing in 43 % the exports from Mexico to that country and 22 % from Germany to the national territory.


Among the main products exported by Germany to our country are machinery, automobiles, auto-parts and chemical products.  While Mexico is sending computers, mobile phones, auto-parts, automobiles, electric machinery and honey.


The consul added that currently the historically positive relationship is getting stronger, with actions such as the Hannover Messe 2018 Fair and the Dual Year recently finished.


“It is important to understand and apply a strict and continuous quality labor culture.  German products are of high quality due to the German culture values structure, planning and execution, not only efficient and effective but also consistent and, mainly, value the probity in all senses.   The existing synergies have to be potentiated with industry 4.0 and the dual formation,” he noted.


About the growth expectations German investors have in Mexico, Fritz said that in 2016, 64% reported a good performance of their businesses, as in 2017, and assured that up to the moment there are no indications of decrease, therefore similar results are expected.


“CAMEXA will continue working to promote the relation and growth of both countries.  It currently works as qualified organization of professors and presence in final exams in the dual formation model.  At the same time, the Chamber advises Mexico’s government in the process of establishing the Mexican model which incorporates some characteristics of the German model,” he concluded.