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  • BMW opens Mexican training centre

    November 8th 2017

    Mexico – Located at the OEM’s San Lui Potosí plant which is due to open in 2019, the new training centre covers 6,000 sq.m and has 11 workshops for employees plus apprentices from three educational institutions. The centre was built at a cost of $9m…

  • The Trump factor

    January 12th 2017

    Donald Trump has arguably had more impact on manufacturing strategy than any US president in a very long time; and that is even before he has taken office. During his election campaign he lambasted US vehicle-makers, especially Ford, for building cars in Mexico, threatening to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to impose “a big border tax” on Mexican-made vehicles being sold in the US. At the time, he was dismissed as not understanding the industry and the car companies continued expanding in Mexico. Although there was parallel investment in the US, this did not detract from the Trump narrative that American jobs were being lost to Mexico…

  • Audi Mexico opens supplier park

    October 4th 2016

    Mexico – Following the inauguration of its new San José Chiapa production plant, Audi has established a new, 26 hectare JIS (Just-in-Sequence) park next to the facility. So far Faurecia ET, HBPO, Thyssen Krupp Automotive, Truck and Wheel, TI Automotive, Kuehne+Nagel and Syncreon have set up operations there. They will supply components just in sequence to the Q5 assembly line…