$90 Million Hella Facility in Mexico is World-Class
Commentary by John Paul McDaris
Hella, a Germany-based but truly global automotive supplier, recently opened its fifth production plant in Mexico. The new, $90 million plant based in Irapuato will be one of the company’s most advanced worldwide, in terms of infrastructure, technology, design and sustainability, according to the company. The location also further strengthens Mexico’s status as a strategic production hub for the Western hemisphere. Hella will produce headlamps and rear lamps for both the North and South American markets in Irapuato.
What makes the facility special? The state-of-the-art plant features a low-power consumption LED lighting system that Hella developed. The new plant’s industrial processes don’t require water and the production system is emission free.
Facilities like this from Hella, the impressive training center from German transmission manufacturer GETRAG or even Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli’s facility in Silao, are tangible evidence that Mexico is attractive for foreign investment and that Mexican manufacturing is ready for prime time, able to compete comfortably with manufacturing facilities and processes found anywhere else in the world. Mexico has moved well past the early days of simple assembly work. Here in Central Mexico where I am based, the facilities being built are cutting-edge, and the willingness of overseas-based companies to construct them this way testifies not only to the commitment manufacturers are making to Mexico, but also to the availability of materials and expertise.
Global manufacturers from Japan, Germany and the US are seeing a Mexican presence as essential to their growth, with the country a crucial strategic hub for many markets.
Source: Sacramento Bee