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Automotive Industry, Essential or Not?

By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:53

Lobbyist on both sides of the border have urged the Mexican government to consider automotive value chains as an essential business so companies can keep operating despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even the Pentagon has raised its voice claiming “Mexico right now is somehow problematical,” while announcing officials will speak to the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs.

At the same time, the only activity within the automotive industry value chain that is still operating is the aftermarket. ARIDRA’s president, Antonio López, has highlighted the sector’s ongoing commitment to provide service to all the vehicles that need it while helping more than 45,000 spare shops to keep operating under the strictest health conditions.

While suppliers are still not operating, there has been an ongoing discussion on what the role of OEMs and Tier 1 companies should be to protect the smaller players in the supply chain.

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Automotive as an Essential Activity

COVID-19’s Effects

  • Truck production diminished 24 percent in February and exports decreased by 23 percent, according to ANPACT.
  • Ford announced it will produce more than 100,000 facial shields at its Chihuahua’s facilities, under the “Proyecto México” initiative to help the country produce medical equipment.
The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Mexico Business News, El Economista, El Financiero
Photo by:   Bosch México
Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst