Manufacturing companies looking to get a hold of the latest manufacturing solutions gathered last week in Monterrey at Expo Manufactura 2018. Over 320 companies presented their latest products for the Mexican manufacturing industry, including collaborative robots, automated machining solutions and additive manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Mexican-based automakers seem to be starting the year on the right foot. Automotive production reached a historic high, exports to the US also grew and global suppliers continue setting up shop in the country.

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National

Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Minister of Economy, asked NAFTA member countries to be realistic on rules of origin.

General Motors, Ford, Honda, FCA and Kia are among the automakers most heavily affected by railway blockages in Michoacan. The Mexican automotive industry has already lost over MX$350 million (US$18 million) due to these problems.

Exports of made-in-Mexico vehicles grew 9.2 percent in January, while automotive production rose at a year-on-year rate of 19.8 percent.

Automotive financing in Mexico falls 2.6 percent during 2017 after growing for six years in a row.

The Mexican automotive industry is the main driver behind automation in the country.

Eurotranciatura opens new plant for automotive manufacturing in Queretaro.

Mexican automotive exports to the US grew 27 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

CLAUZ will support 15 auto parts companies in Puebla and Tlaxcala in their bids to become Tier 1 suppliers.

International

The global automotive industry employs 1,200 robots for every 10,000 workers.

Tesla maintains its production targets for the Model 3 and warns about rising spending in 2018.

GM to counter rising commodity costs by introducing more SUVs and trucks to its North America portfolio.

German prosecutors raid Audi’s headquarters and a plant as part of diesel emissions inquiry.

Nissan to invest US$9.5 billion in its China business unit as part of its strategy to become a top player in that market. The automaker’s JV with Dongfeng Group is expected to boost yearly output to 2.6 million vehicles by 2022.

 

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