Mexican automotive exports reach highest point in last 15 months

09/28/2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Automotive exports hit a record high of over US $15 billion in August, the national statistics agency INEGI reported Tuesday.

Exports of Mexican-made vehicles and auto parts totaled $15.24 billion last month, a 42.5% increase compared to August 2021.

The annual growth in percentage terms was the highest since June 2021, when auto exports surged 859% a year after the pandemic forced the closure of many plants.

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AMLO pone litio mexicano a disposición de sector automotriz

05/08/2022

Fuente: Reforma

El Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador abrió la puerta para que el litio mexicano pueda ser explotado por la industria automotriz que opera en el País.

En conferencia desde Palacio Nacional, el Mandatario federal informó que la empresa estatal de litio que su Gobierno busca crear pondrá a disposición de ese sector el mineral estratégico con el fin de fortalecer la industria.

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U.S. energy transition to create Mexico auto jobs, climate envoy Kerry says

Source: Reuters

Mexico’s manufacturing sector stands to benefit from a U.S. transition away from fossil fuels including through the creation of jobs for making electric vehicles, John Kerry, climate adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden, said on Monday.

“Mexico’s industrial base, already deeply integrated with the rest of North America, absolutely stands to benefit from the energy transition,” Kerry said alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico’s Chiapas state, near the southern border with Guatemala.

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U.S. asks Mexico to review a second complaint about labor violations in its auto industry

06/10/2021

Source: New York Times

The Biden administration is invoking provisions in a new trade agreement to ask Mexico to look into accusations of labor violations at an auto-parts plant near the U.S. border.

The action, announced Wednesday by the Labor Department and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, follows a complaint by groups including the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions, that workers were being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

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In Mexico autos town, labor rights falter despite U.S. trade deal

05/03/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Reuters) – After successfully staging a wildcat strike for higher wages in 2019, many workers at the Tridonex auto-parts plant in the Mexican city of Matamoros, across the border from Texas, set their sights higher: replacing the union that they say failed to fight for them.

Six workers at the factory, which refits second-hand car parts for sale in the United States and Canada, told Reuters they felt let down that their union, SITPME, did not back their demands for better pay. About 400 Tridonex workers protested outside a Matamoros labor court last year to be allowed to switch unions.

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Parts with passports: how free trade drives GM’s engines

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11/18/19 – Reuters

By Nick Carey

Long before the pistons for General Motors Co V-6 engines reach the U.S. No. 1 automaker’s Romulus, Michigan plant, they are seasoned international travelers.

Powdered aluminum from Tennessee is shipped to Pennsylvania and forged at high temperatures into connecting rods for the pistons, which are then sent to Canada to be shaped and polished. They are then shipped to Mexico for sub-assembly and finally the finished pistons are loaded onto trucks bound for Romulus to become part of a GM V-6 engine.

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Mexico’s auto production and exports drop sharply, battered by Ford

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11/06/19 – Reuters

By Julia Love and Sharay Angulo

Mexico’s auto production and exports fell sharply in October compared with the same month last year as production from U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co ground to a halt, according to data from the national statistics agency INEGI.

Auto production declined 16.35%, while exports dropped 19.52%, the data showed.

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Mexican government mulls legalization of 18 million “chocolate cars”

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10/23/19 – Freight Waves

By Noi Mahoney

Authorities in Mexico have proposed legislation to legalize around 18 million so-called “carros chocolates,” or chocolate cars – vehicles illegally imported into the country from the United States.

If the proposed legislation passes, it would be a blow to the Mexican automotive industry, which relies heavily on global supply chains from U.S., European and Asian producers to make cars.

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GM laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as U.S. strike continues

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10/07/19 – Reuters

By David Shepardsonm

General Motors Co (GM.N) said Monday it is temporarily laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as a strike by 48,000 U.S. hourly workers enters its fourth week.

GM said it had partially idled its Ramos Arizpe propulsion plant, with the V8 engine line and the CVT transmission line not operating. The plant continues to build engines for the Ramos assembly plant, which is still operating, but GM previously laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico at a separate facility in Silao, Mexico.

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GM lays off 6,000 additional workers in Mexico due to UAW strike

 

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10/01/19 – CNBC

By Michael Wayland

General Motors on Tuesday idled a plant in Mexico that produces its highly-profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, temporarily laying off 6,000 workers.

The automaker said the decision was a result of a parts shortage due to the United Auto Workers union’s strike against GM, now in its 16th day. A GM spokesman said the “primary focus is to get a deal and get everybody back to work” as soon as possible.

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