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  • Commentary by JP McDaris Much has been written of late about reshoring, and how US manufacturing has become a viable alternative to China. But it doesn’t make sense for all production environments, such as high-volume- and/or high-labor-content products. Thus, in many cases, Mexico offers an attractive alternative, as this IndustryWeek blog post illustrates. At the […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris In the 2014 World Cup, Mexico and Brazil played to a draw. But when it comes to the race for Latin America’s top automotive producer, Mexico may soon be in the pole position. At the end of 2013, Brazil stood at seventh in the world for total automotive production, having churned […]


  • Interview with JP McDaris Please check out the first episode in our new Soundbytes series – Mexico manufacturing in action. We recently caught up with Entrada’s JP McDaris after a wire harness conference. JP details the benefits that wire harness makers are seeing in Central Mexico. Although many wire harness manufacturers may be familiar with […]


  • Commentary by Doug Donahue At Entrada Group, we meet often with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers that are contemplating a Mexican presence, and they often express familiar motivation. First, they feel pressure to be in Mexico from a customer or prospect. Second, they know that once they establish operations, it will expose them to […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris BNSF Railway and Ferromex, Mexico’s largest railroad, recently announced the launch of a new intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Mexico, according to Bloomberg News. The train will connect automakers and manufacturers in the US and Mexico with service weekdays. Trains will be interchanged at El Paso and offer a lower-cost […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris Much has been written about Audi recently breaking ground on a new “Supplier’s Park” in Puebla that will be part of the German OEM’s $1.3 Billion manufacturing site, on which they broke ground just over a year ago. The new facility will produce the Audi Q5, with about 35% of production […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris Orbis, a US-based manufacturer of reusable packaging products, recently broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Silao, Mexico, where they will produce reusable plastic packaging, according to Plastics News. Although the company already has three service centers in Mexico, where they manage and clean reusable plastic packaging, the new Silao […]


  • Commentary by Doug Donahue A recent feature in the New York Times declares that US companies are heading to Mexico as ties with China unravel. The headline may be a bit sensational, but overall the article is balanced and does a good job of representing the situation on the ground in Mexico, both the good […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris In order to meet the growing level of auto manufacturing in Mexico, a group of (mostly) Japanese companies are contemplating the creation of a steel processing facility in the country, to launch as soon as the middle of next year. According to a recent piece in American Machinist, Tokyo-based Kobe Steel […]


  • Commentary by Doug Donahue From its signing some 20+ years ago, NAFTA has been a divisive issue. Ross Perot famously predicted we would hear a massive sucking sound from south of the border, as Mexico vacuumed American jobs away for good. While the pact still has vocal advocates and detractors two decades later, it’s worth […]