El Paso Times – Ciudad Juarez has become the largest producer of solar panels in Mexico and Latin America. The panels are exported to the United States and other countries in South America and Europe for residential, utility and commercial photovoltaic projects.
Reuters – Mexico’s factory-made exports rose in June, bouncing back from a sharp drop a month earlier, while more consumer imports pointed to improving demand in Latin America’s No. 2 economy.
Tire Business – Pirelli Neumaticos. has passed a production milestone — the 5 millionth unit produced ahead of schedule at its plant in Silao, Mexico, just three years after production began.
Reuters – Mexico unveiled news measures to protect its struggling steel industry on Wednesday as slack global demand, oversupply from China and cheap imports from Russia have hammered steelmakers in Latin America’s second largest economy.
JOC – With an increasingly skilled Mexican workforce and a rapidly growing middle class, many international companies are investing in facilities that manufacture higher-value products for the U.S. and Mexico’s domestic market, and still more are planning to invest there.
El Dario – Seventy percent of the manufactured goods that Mexico exports to the United States are at risk of being replaced by Chinese products due to declining competitiveness in the country, warned CONCAMIN.
Reuters – Mexico’s factory exports suffered their biggest fall in over two years in May, pointing to weaker demand from its main trade partner, the United States, though a jump in non-oil consumer imports pointed to more robust spending at home.
El Dario – A serious problem in production plants in the Southeast Region, centered around Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, is constant staff turnover. In some companies, the turnover rate is 20 percent, although the average is 5 percent.
El Economista – So far in 2015, Mexico recorded finished steel products of 23.1 million tons, up 2.6 percent; while Brazil’s corresponding volume was 22.7 million tons, down 7.8 percent at annual rates.
Reuters – Mexican industrial output unexpectedly slipped in April, hit by the sharpest drop in crude oil production in nearly seven years even as factories posted their strongest growth since late 2009.
Reuters – Mexican industrial output unexpectedly stagnated in March compared with February, dampening growth hopes and putting pressure on the government’s forecast for a third year running.
Sentido Comun – Bancomext will soon launch a program to finance the needs of the aerospace industry located in Mexico to almost double the current amount of exports and generate 67,000 jobs over the next five years.
Sentido Comun – Ball Corp. said it plans to build a new factory with two production lines of aluminum cans in Monterrey to meet the growing demand for this type of packaging.
El Siglo de Torreon – Manufacturers of Mexican autoparts will take up to three years to become suppliers of the new plant KIA in Pesquería, Nuevo León, said Oscar Albin, president of the Industria Nacional de Autopartes.
Forbes – Mexico’s economy has performed well relative to other major Latin American economies in recent years, largely because of its thriving manufacturing sector. Unlike Brazil and Argentina, whose manufacturing sectors are slumping, Mexico has continued to see solid growth because of its integration with and dependence on the U.S. market.
Reuters – General Motors Co will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze small car in Mexico. GM will invest $350 million to produce the Cruze at its plant in Coahuila, as part of the $5 billion investment in its Mexican plants announced last year.
WSJ – Caterpillar Inc. plans to eliminate 230 jobs at a plant in Joliet, Ill., where workers went on strike in 2012 for more than three months, and move production of oil pumps and valves to one of its plants in Monterrey.
By Dudley Althaus and William Boston / Wall Street Journal
A barren patch in the rugged hills along the Tennessee River is a sign of how Mexico has accelerated past the U.S. South in the global competition for auto investment.
The tract of cleared woodland lies alongside a factory Volkswagen set out to build in 2008. But four years later, when Audi decided to move global production of its Q5 SUV to North America, the prize went to Mexico.
“Mexico had more than 40 different free-trade agreements,” said Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive. The pacts give exporters from Mexico duty-free access to markets that contain 60% of the world’s economic output.
While the bulk of Mexico’s auto exports go to the U.S. and Canada, its partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement, auto makers increasingly are turning to Mexico as a platform for selling world-wide.
Sentido Comun – Audi has trained more than 600 Mexican employees in the company’s German plants in various key roles in the new plant that the company will build in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla.
Sentido Comun – Heineken said it will invest 7,350 million pesos ($475 million) in the country to build its seventh brewery. it will be in the town of Meoqui in Chihuahua and have a production capacity of five million hectoliters a year, with the possibility to produce up to 10 million.