Hitachi Cable Queretaro (HCQ) is a company dedicated to the manufacturing and supply of automotive products. It emerged in 1994 as a result of the signing of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and initially as a Nissan requirement.
HCQ belongs to the division called Hitachi Metals Automotive, from the companies conglomerate of Hitachi LTD, which has important plants in Japan, China, Thailand, the Czech Republic, the United States, and Mexico, which manufacturing supplies automotive markets in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the countries of NAFTA.
Antonio Vazquez, director of HCQ, explained that the company is working in two big areas: hydraulic and electric. In hydraulics, they made brake hoses as well as its connections. In electrics, they produce Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) sensors and Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) harnesses.
ABS is an anti-lock braking system whose function is to avoid vehicle wheels that are blocked when stopping the car and that way, the driver can maintain a certain direction and avoid potential obstacles in the road. On the other hand, EPB is a parking electric brake system that has substituted the traditional hand brake and can facilitate the startup in pendant and the dynamic emergency brake.
For brake hoses, HCQ has a crimping process, brackets assembly processes, plastic injection, and overmolding; while in quality control they perform leakage testing and constriction tests. On the other hand, in brake hoses connection production, the process begins by washing all steel components, pipe cutting, and continue through a process of brazing welding, as well as bending and pipe formation. Finally in the electric part, during the elaboration of sensors, they work from received cable cutting to continue with brackets assembly processes, Ice Top Cheap welding, performance tests, and final assembly.
Since the added values of this industry are safety, quality, and pricing, HCQ seeks to innovate its products, such as the most recent one they call Combo and that consists of an EPB Harness that additionally has an ABS sensor, another for vehicle suspension. Likewise, they work on a Project where the hydraulic part can be joined to the electric one, this is, for brake hoses to include the sensors manufactured here.
“With this, we are seeking to amalgamate our products at a more competitive cost for our customers. This is one of our competitive advantages,” said Antonio Vazquez.
These products are mainly exported to the United States and Canada, in the north; to Brazil, in the South; to the Czech Republic, in Europe; and to Thailand and China, in Asia. That aimed to “reinforce our presence in these countries given the dynamism they have shown in the last years,” explained the director.
INDUSTRY OF EXCELLENCE
Under the mission, it declares: “We create safety, we want people,” HCQ is based on safety, harmony, pioneer spirit and enthusiasm. That is why, it seems to potentiate its collaborators' skills through training plans, development plans, and career plans.
Today it has IATF 16949:2016 quality management certifications, ISO 14001:2015 environmental management, as well as a certification of Family Responsible Company from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS, by its Spanish initials) of the state of Queretaro.
Additionally, it has won an excellence award from General Motors for five consecutive years and was named as the best operative and financial performance plant in North America.
Antonio Vazques added that “people in Queretaro are committed with quality, at least ours have shown great loyalty to the company,” by pointing out that the State distinguishes by its privileged geographic location and labor peace.
In Hitachi Cable Queretaro, a Japanese industry, work 900 collaborators, from which 750 are direct operators and 150 are indirect personnel. It currently has 25,000 square meters in total from which 14,000 are intended to production and offices.