Changes associated to mobility concepts, environmental care and connectivity have resulted in a technological transformation of the automotive industry.

Manuel Garcia Garza, director of Bright Finishing, explained that it is fundamental for the Mexican supply chain to technologically develop to face this evolution. In an interview, the directive announced that it will be difficult for the traditional metal-mechanic industry to be at the forefront of components for electric vehicles supply, for this at least three categories are integrated: metals’ technology, resins’ theory, and development of technology to produce carbon fiber parts.

“It is a radical change, although the vehicle continues to be seen as we saw it, everything inside is different; everything has to do with mobility and being connected,” he underlined.

Bright Finishing is a company dedicated to metallic and organic covers, and metallic surface treatment.  It has more than 27 years of experience in serving the automotive and home appliances industry.

“During the last years we have concentrated, according to our strategic plan, in airbags commodities, safety belts, door lock, and brake calipers, among others,” he noted.

Garcia Garza said that it is anticipated for the Mexican automotive industry to have a steady growth until 2024-2024.

“We see there is a future, what we are looking for is to engage with the new generation of products for this great urban mobility project through very low combustion systems.  We are sure that the electrification of vehicles will reach us before what is projected; we believe low-cost manufacturing of electric vehicles revolution will arrive in Mexico,” he referred.

He explained that the automotive industry works, through different mechanisms, to achieve higher efficiencies in kilometers in fuel use: through hybrid vehicles and of completely electric automobiles.

“Urban mobility has to do with being efficient and be technically connected in all devices.  When requiring increasing efficiency in fuel performance, vehicles have to be lighter and that specifically affects steel parts that today are used in vehicle assembly,” he said.

Therefore, when changing the substrates with which components are manufactured, superficial covers required to protect them from corrosion or appearance deterioration, technology has to be changed. 

Bright Finishing director explained that after the visit to different research centers allowed members of the Mexican delegation see the type of alloys being proposed because they are more resistant, ductile and more malleable.

“In that sense, we have to study these new specifications to search for the best covers for the new components,” he noted.

For the executive, companies have to diversify an area or specific department that has to do with connected vehicles: “it is about comprehensive systems, it is not an isolated component anymore or that simply supports another one.   Today, components of an electric vehicle have to do with sending signs or having the capability of connecting with the entire system and send data.  That is the challenge we have to defeat.”