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After a tough 2008-2009, Mexico's automotive industry has rebounded nicely, setting new production and export records. According to the Mexican Automotive Industry Assn. (AMIA), production of cars and light trucks in Mexico climbed 15% to a record 998,757 units in the first five months of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.

Clare Goldsberry

June 9, 2011

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Mexico’s auto industry turns the corner, accelerates

After a tough 2008-2009, Mexico's automotive industry has rebounded nicely, setting new production and export records. According to the Mexican Automotive Industry Assn. (AMIA), production of cars and light trucks in Mexico climbed 15% to a record 998,757 units in the first five months of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.

The Association credits the surge to a jump in exports to Latin America and the U.S. Total exports grew 17% to 832,000 units from January through May. In May, output jumped 19% year-over-year to 213,000 vehicles, the AMIA reports. Exports grew 21% to 177,000 units. Both were records for the month.

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Leon Plastics facility in Ramoz Arizpe, Coahulia.

Domestic auto sales rose 11% to 68,600 units in May, according to Mexico's auto dealer group, AMDA. Sales increased 11% to 344,800 units in the first five months of this year, and the AMDA predicts full-year sales of 890,000 vehicles in Mexico. AMIA President Eduardo Solis noted that the local auto industry "has more than recovered from the 2008-2009 economic crisis" and is "setting new records for production and exports."

Automotive suppliers are expanding their Mexican operations to keep pace with demand. In the Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila region, Delphi is investing $20 million in the first stage of a new 180,000-sq-ft facility in the Santa Maria Industrial Park in Ramos Arizpe. Delphi is expecting to create 700 new jobs. Leon Plastics (auto interiors) expanded its facility in the Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe Industrial Park, as did Magna, located in the Santa Maria Industrial Park, all announced in the March/April issue of MexicoNow.

Mexico ranks as the 10th largest vehicle producer in the world, according to the U.S. Commercial Service, accounting for 17.6% of Mexico's manufacturing sector and 3% of national GDP. There are currently seven manufacturers in Mexico producing 40 brands in 20 manufacturing plants, with the country producing around 2 million cars annually. Fully 79% of production is for export.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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