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.
Katcon Global chooses to innovate in its offering, helping automakers meet stringent environmental regulations around the globe.
What should be the priorities while building Mexico’s supplier base?
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Levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and hydrocarbons are regulated in most countries in Europe as well as in the US and Japan.