Daniel Romero, Prettl Coil Components
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Daniel Romero
CEO
Prettl Coils & Components
Diversification is key to stay afloat. The pandemic and a sustained crisis in the automotive sector is what some have called a perfect storm
Daniel Romero
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Daniel Romero
Americas Automotive Division Manager of Schunk Carbon Technology
Schunk Carbon Technology
“Only 150,000 vehicles of the 15 million produced in North America are electric and it will take around 15-20 years for electric mobility
But Mexico is capable of much more than just manufacturing components, which is why several German automotive players are bringing their R&D…
Analysis
In 1964, Volkswagen opened its first assembly facility in the State of Mexico that would later be moved to Puebla. Since then, Mexico and Germany…
Daniel Romero
Insight
Daniel Romero
Americas Automotive Division Manager
Schunk
Schunk Electro Carbón produces carbon brushes for all electric motors in the vehicle.
Mario Rodríguez
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Mario Rodríguez
CEO
Arbomex

Mexico has developed complete production lines from Tier 1 to Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, moving away from its original maquila idea. Engines, seats, control panels and many other components can be completely manufactured in the country from the tiniest wire to its connectivity features. Most OEMs have based their strategies on quality, costs and logistic advantages. Quality has to be the main driver for the local supply chain, along with the possibility of being a benchmark in terms of costs. Communication and integration are also vital for any client throughout all levels of the production, design and logistics process. Advanced manufacturing operations must also be a priority. Software and basic engineering processes are still carried in the companies’ headquarters. However, each day more and more universities collaborate with companies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among students.

What should be the priorities while building Mexico’s supplier base?
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