Aptiv Will Construct New Plant in CoahuilaBy Sofía Garduño | Wed, 06/08/2022 - 17:17
Global technology leader Aptiv will open a new plant in Coahuila to produce electric harnesses for the automotive industry of the state. The project represents an investment of US$14.7 million and will generate 3,200 jobs.
“It is certain that there will be success as the company arrived in Coahuila in 1995. It has knowledge of the state and we will have the qualified workforce needed for the production of the quality harnesses that the automotive industry is demanding,” said Arturo Álvarez, Latin America President, Aptiv, as reported by the Government of Coahuila.
The state’s education institutions, such as COBAC, CONALEP and CECyTECT, will prepare the future plant’s workforce. The facility will be located in the region of Monclova and Frontera at the center of the state, simplifying logistics for the company. The automotive cluster of Coahuila is consolidating at the center of the state, said Miguel Riquelme, Governor of Coahuila. The company will find in the state the security, labor and infrastructure it needs for its production, said Riquelme.
Aptiv has over 190,000 employees and is present in 46 countries. It has 12 technical centers and 127 manufacturing facilities. The company aims to be a leader in innovation in the mobility industry by making vehicles safer, greener and more connected through technology. Aptiv has several manufacturing plants in Mexico.
Since the beginning of Riquelme’s administration, about 3.2 new companies have started operations in the state per month, positioning Coahuila as one of the most attractive states for private investment and job generation in the country, said the governor. LG Magna e-Powertrain is also building a plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, which is expected to be finished by 2023, as reported by MBN.
Owing to the supply chain disruptions caused by the Ukraine war, automakers are suffering a shortage of harnesses. Skoda, for example, had to produce them in its home factory, as reported by Automotive News Europe. Meanwhile, Bentley expected its car production to contract by 30-40 percent in 2022 due to the shortage, according to Reuters. For this reason, OEMs have moved their production of harnesses to countries that do not represent high costs such as Mexico, which is one of the main producers of harnesses. Automakers like Mercedes-Benz have recently increased their supply of harnesses from Mexico to cover the supply shortage, as reported by Cluster Industrial.