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States Take Proactive Steps to Strengthen Auto Sector

By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 08/26/2021 - 16:48

The automotive clusters of Guanajuato, State of Mexico and Puebla are being proactive in supporting the industry’s needs; Guanajuato will held an automotive congress, State of Mexico focused on carbon neutrality and Puebla aims to speed up automation manufacturing.

Do not miss or exclusive interview with Juan José Zaragoza, President Latin America at DuPont, one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Zaragoza details the role of material technology in advancing the future of mobility.

On international roads, Continental continues to advance its autonomous vehicles capabilities, while Faurecia acquired a majority stake in HELLA, creating the seventh largest automotive supplier in the world.

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Sustainable Materials, Technology: Keys to Future Mobility

Juan José Zaragoza, President Latin America at DuPont, explained the role of material technology in advancing the future of mobility. "Accelerating Hybrid, Electric and Autonomous Driving (AHEAD) continues to be an important strategy for us. About 40-45 percent of our sales in the mobility and materials segment come from advanced mobility products, namely electric and autonomous vehicles."

CLAUGTO's Automotive Congress and Supplier Forum is Ready!

Guanajuato’s automotive cluster is ready to strengthen the industry through CLAUGTO Automotive Congress (CAC) and its Automotive Supplier Forum (FPA), which will be held in August and September, respectively. Guanajuato is the crown jewel of the Mexican automotive industry and home to GM, Volkswagen, Mazda, Honda and Toyota plants, plus many Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturing sites.

CLAUT Edomex Promoting Decarbonization, Labor Standards

The automotive cluster of the State of Mexico continues to foster initiatives toward industry decarbonization and the application of the new labor standards set by the USMCA and the most recent Mexican labor reform.

Puebla to Automate Manufacturing; Reduce Personnel for 2022

The automotive industry is going through uncertain times, following the COVID-19 pandemic and the supplies shortage. If the situation continues until 2022, the sector should consider saving strategies such as the reduction of personnel through automation of the manufacturing process, according to the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA).

Car Rentals Support Tourism Recovery: AMAVe

With the support of AVIS, National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Alamo, AMAVe presented a report on how car rentals are contributing to the recovery of the tourism sector. "A good sign of recovery is the high demand rental car companies are having, which has surpassed the 'defleet' made a few months ago," stated the association.

Continental Expands its Autonomous Vehicles Capabilities

In October 2020, Continental expanded its LiDAR technology portfolio by investing in AEye, a startup that specializes in robotic vision applications and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Less than a year later, Continental is integrating AEye's long-range LiDAR technology into a 'full stack automated and autonomous solution."

Faurecia To Acquire Majority Stake in HELLA

Faurecia signed an agreement with HELLA to acquire the latter’s 60 percent stake held by its pool shareholders. Faurecia also announced a voluntary public tender offer to acquire the remaining HELLA shares. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in early 2022.

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Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst