MAS 2018
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Mexico Automotive Summit 2018: Clusters Play Key Role in Automotive Economics panel highlights
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Daniel Hernández
Director General
Queretaro Automotive Cluster

Queretaro has evolved to offer more than just manufacturing operations thanks to engineering centers like GE’s or Continental’s and the network of public R&D centers that exists in the state. Queretaro can now offer design and engineering operations to the automotive industry. With over 50 years of automotive history, the state has created specific academic programs and a strong supplier base with around 200 Tier 2 companies that support the industry’s evolution. The state’s support industry also includes companies that automate production lines, produce tooling solutions and check fixtures. Moreover, several companies have chosen to establish their operations in Queretaro because of the calmness and security conditions that exist here, coupled with a solid infrastructure of industrial parks.

As the automotive industry developed, clusters started forming in specific areas of the country that later had an impact on investment...
Alexandro Burgueño
Insight
Alexandro Burgueño
Director General of the Jalisco Automotive Cluster
Jalisco Automotive Cluster
“The endgame is to first have a clear perspective of what we have so we can set clear goals in terms of investment attraction and export growth,”
Some companies have already brought R&D and engineering centers but, how can Mexico become more attractive to investors as an engineering…
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Víctor Fuentes
Víctor Fuentes
Director General
Mitsubishi Electric

Mexico is not a country that guarantees conditions that promote R&D investment. Even the Mexican government reduces budget for these activities. These conditions must be driven by private companies as part of their corporate social responsibility activities and commitment with Mexico. Mitsubishi Electric Automation has Mitsubishi University, a program that provides training for customers around the world. The content learned by Mexican workers certifies them according to Mexican regulations. It is also the same content that a worker in Japan or the US learns. Due to the extension and diversity in Mexico, we decided to create training centers where Mitsubishi Electric’s business partners provide training and knowledge to customers on behalf of Mitsubishi Electric. By the end of 2018, we will also be launching a scholarship program for public university students where they can receive training at our facilities.

Mexico’s success as an automotive manufacturing hub is undeniable. The country is already the seventh-largest light-vehicle producer in the world
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