More than three years ago the South Korean company Yongsan Automotive Mexico established its first plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, which is dedicated exclusively to the manufacturing of fabric, vinyl and leather seat covers.

Cesar Ruiz, Human Resources manager of the plant, shared that Yongsan is an automotive company and that within the group are also manufactured bottom automobile parts such as armrests, headboards, board components, doors, boot, among others.

“Most of our production is fabric finished, practically an 80 %, the rest is vinyl and leather,” said the manager in an interview for Mexico Industry.  Besides, he explained that globally, the firm has nine plants: four in South Korea, three in China, one in India and the ninth located in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, in which more than 400 employees work.

Regarding the product, he said the manufactured seats serve as Tier 2 supply of the Korean assembler KIA Motors, located in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, and that the annual production of this factory exceeds the 420,000 units.

“At the moment our main customer will be KIA Mexico, however, in the second development stage we will go with the KIA United States for then expand to Brazil; the main idea is to become KIA’s supplier in America,” he detailed.

He explained that most of its suppliers are from South Korea, however, Yongsan Automotive is in the localization process of national supply, since about 10 % of the current supplies are from Mexico.

On the other hand, he detailed the manufacturing process, within which different techniques are used which go from manual to technological:

“First we have the arrival of the material and its inspection, from there it goes to a first warehouse, then to the cutting area.” Once the three types of material are located in the cutting area, they are entering into computer design, where the cut pattern is obtained and sewing lines are supplied. The sewing lines differ according to the material being worked: textile, vinyl or leather; together with other accessories such as retainers or pieces attached to the material, and that in turn go under a first stage called sub-assemblies. In this first stage, combined pieces are manufactured to then enter into the final line; assembly, which is the sewing line, where the entire process is worked to obtain a final result.

Due to the work done in such a factory is manual, it is fundamental to have workers specialized in the area, characteristic in which the State stands out, as Ruiz Leza said: “one of the main characteristics of the area is the strong labor experience it has.”

Likewise, he noted that in the medium term it is projected that the plant in Ramos Arizpe expands its production catalog, and which will include visors, armrests, and headboards.

Regarding sustainability terms, Ruiz Leza informed that at the moment Yongsan is strictly attached to federal, state and municipal regulation, as to enforce such rules, which is part of the commitment the company has.

“We are working together with the institutions, not only with those environmental, but we are also in contact with civil protection and the Ministry of Labor.”

Finally, he assured that, although Youngsan Automotive is on its development stage, pillars they are cementing will be the base to create a strong relationship with the State and with the automotive industry in Mexico.