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Automotive cluster, the strongest in Mexico

Admin | 28.08.2012

Coahuila’s Southeast Region remains by far the strongest automotive cluster in Mexico, Mario Alberto Ramon, President, Amistad Industrial Parks, pointed-out, though he did acknowledge that central Mexico is doing very well. He further said that Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe industrial corridor is firmly consolidated as an automotive cluster.

Coahuila’s Southeast Region remains by far the strongest automotive cluster in Mexico, Mario Alberto Ramon, President, Amistad Industrial Parks, pointed-out, though he did acknowledge that central Mexico is doing very well. He further said that Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe industrial corridor is firmly consolidated as an automotive cluster.

Even if a couple assemblers have been established in central Mexico, he added that there are four in this Region, in addition to infrastructure and suppliers and that by far southeastern Coahuila remains as the strongest automotive cluster in Mexico.

When asked why the new assemblers have decided to establish in central Mexico, he answered that it may be a matter of competition, and regarding states such as Guanajuato he said: “I do not know if their hunger to have the assembler establish there made them offer much aggressive incentives; my guess is that had something to do. But I think that assemblers such as Honda do not come establish near General Motors and Chrysler for simple common sense; they say ‘I will not compete for labor, suppliers, everything’, so they look for virgin areas such as central Mexico, which as a matter of fact did not have companies of that kind”.

Regarding the incentives offered by Coahuila to companies, he said that they offer grants for employees training, and even infrastructure, a little of everything. He added that Coahuila has also been very aggressive, as an example he mentioned that they fought for companies such as La-Z-Boy y Lenoxx against Nuevo Leon and they won thanks to the incentives offered.

Last, he considered that maybe Guanajuato saw they were losing many investments and that they had to be more aggressive with their incentives packages.

Source: http://www.maquilaportal.com

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