Mexico hopes to grow its role in vehicle design and development

A worker in the Magna plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Jan. 22, 2015.
A worker in the Magna plant in Puebla on Jan. 22, 2015.

By Greg Keenan / Globe and Mail

Mexico is taking aim at highly skilled research and development jobs in the auto industry to match the growth of vehicle assembly, a senior Mexican auto-industry official says.

Expanding Mexico’s role in vehicle design and development is part of the country’s plan to become an even stronger automotive powerhouse than it already is, Oscar Albin, president of Industria Nacional de Autopartes told the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association of Canada in Windsor, Ont., on Wednesday.

Mexico already has surpassed Canada in annual vehicle production and parts shipments, and boasts a buoyant trade surplus in excess of $40 billion (U.S.) annually compared with Canada’s auto trade deficit of $1.5-billion (Canadian) last month alone.

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