Frank Hezel
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Frank Hezel
Vice President of BASF’s Coatings Division in Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
BASF’s Coatings Division
BASF is a chemistry company founded in Germany in 1865. It has operations in over 80 countries and has been present in Mexico for over 50 years…
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…
Armando Cortés
Roundtable
Armando Cortés
Armando Cortés
Executive Director for Industrial Development
ProMéxico

Building a national supplier base is an institutional priority for ProMéxico. We cater to advanced-manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive and electronics, which usually share a supplier base. Mexican suppliers are evolving. Rather than catering to a single industry, they are supplying several and diversifying their portfolio. This is a positive step in the development of the country’s advanced-manufacturing industries. ProMéxico focuses on identifying the productive capacities of SMEs so they can join these industries’ supply chains and on raising Mexican content in these industries through business meetings focused on strategic industrial processes. Tooling is perhaps the area that offers the most opportunities. All industries need tooling solutions such as molds and dies but Mexico imports around US$2.6 billion in tooling annually and is the second-largest importer of molds worldwide.

The challenge for Mexican companies is to find ways to stand out and be recognized as reliable partners in automotive production.
Frank Hezel
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Frank Hezel
Business Vice President
BASF's Coatings Division in Mexico and Central America
BASF has 17,500 employees in North America and 2,000 in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
MAS 2015
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Mexico Automotive Summit 2015: Impact of Technological Advancement of Supply Chain Cooperation panel highlights
FRANK HEZEL Vice President of BASF’s Coatings Division in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
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FRANK HEZEL
Vice President
BASF’s Coatings Division in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Firstly, the weight saving trend in the automotive industry is not only relatively unchartered territory, but is becoming increasingly important,
Michael Stumpp
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Michael Stumpp
President
BASF Group Mexico, CA, and Caribbean
One of the biggest trends right now is lightweight component development to reduce fuel consumption.
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