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  • By Doug Donahue Kia announced in late August they had reached an investment agreement with the Mexican government to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monterrey. The $1 Billion investment is Kia’s first manufacturing plant in Mexico, with construction scheduled to begin later this month. When the plant is completed in the first half of […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris Global analyst firm Boston Consulting again released a worldwide study in which Mexico manufacturing stood out from the pack, being identified as a “Rising Global Star,” on the strength of high productivity, low operating costs and currency stability. It echoes findings from a similar report earlier this year. “Many companies are […]


  • Commentary by Doug Donahue As reported in Cluster Industrial in Spanish, Zacatecas will soon have a chapter of the Nuevo Leon Automotive Cluster, due to the quality and number of supplier companies in the State, according to Manuel Fernando Sescosse Varela, Chairman of the State Council for Economic Development. Sescosse mentioned that there are currently […]


  • Commentary by Doug Donahue A recent Automotive News article made the point, accurately, that Mexico needs more Tier Two suppliers in order for auto manufacturing there to continue to grow. As the author points out in the piece, the large, global Tier One suppliers that ship parts directly to automakers are well represented here in […]


  • Commentary by JP McDaris Finally concluding seemingly endless speculation, BMW announced they would situate their second North American plant in the Altiplano region of central Mexico, specifically in San Luis Potosi, some 250 miles northwest of Mexico City. The $1 Billion facility is expected to employ 1,500 people and produce some 150,000 cars annually when […]


  • Interview with Paul Pilkauskas The latest episode in our Soundbytes series – Mexico Manufacturing in Practice. Entrada’s Paul Pilkauskas (who manages Business Development in Europe) recently attended an event in Barcelona for European automotive manufacturers and their suppliers (XV Congreso Hispano-Alemán del Automóvil). The intended focus of the conference was on growth prospects in South […]


  • 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 […]