Kern-Liebers Expands Operations in Nuevo Leon
German precision technology company Kern-Liebers invested US$10 million to expand its production plant in Nuevo Leon. This newly-inaugurated factory can manufacture 50 million high-precision parts for the automotive, health and consumer goods industries.
This investment is accompanied by the creation of 300 new jobs. The plant aims to cover the demand for safety belts, lifelines, hose retractors, tape measures and window springs, among others. “We are convinced that Nuevo Leon is the ideal location to be in this region, due to its geographic location, excellent connectivity and favorable conditions for industry, in addition to the good quality of life it offers to our employees,” says Timm Jenisch, Senior Vice President for North America, Kern-Liebers, according to El Economista.
Kern-Liebers came to Mexico in 1988 and has since expanded its operations in the country, becoming a key player in the region’s precision manufacturing sector. Iván Rivas Rodríguez, Minister of Economy of Nuevo Leon, explains that German companies are among Nuevo Leon top investors, having invested over US$469 million in the region over the past two years. Rodriguéz also highlighted that the current state administration will continue to announce a new investment every week, due to the high interest in the region.
"Germany is one of the largest foreign investors in Nuevo Leon, with over US$469 million invested in the last two years. We welcome Kern-Liebers and we are sure that here they will find the best human capital, infrastructure and facilities to further expand their production," says Rivas.
Nearshoring is becoming an increasingly attractive option for companies that wish to be closer to their North America clients and minimize supply chain disruptions, writes Manuel Montoya, Director, Cluster Automotriz de Nuevo León. However, to keep attracting investment, Mexico must be able to provide certainty to automakers, he adds. Public policies also play a key role in developing Mexico’s talent pool for the automotive industry.
“In Mexico, we must have public policies that encourage collaboration as occurs among the clusters in an effort to develop young talent at all levels of the organization. Let us hope that 2023 will be a key year in which we can consolidate the great opportunities that the USMCA and nearshoring are bringing to Mexico,” writes Montoya.