Close, closer, Supplier Park
Sixty suppliers at the Mexico Supplier Day in Stuttgart, Germany. It is still possible to take part in the direct proximity of COMPAS, the joint venture production plant in Aguascalientes. Four Mexican supplier parks are available to provide assistance.
“Zero kilometers, that’s how far we are from the new COMPAS plant,” explains Elias Laniado Lacarra. “You can’t get any closer than that.” Laniado is Vice President of New Business of the VESTA Park Aguascalientes in Central Mexico. On an area of around 100 soccer fields, VESTA offers suppliers the possibility to settle in the immediate proximity of the new Joint Venture Plant of Daimler and Renault-Nissan. Separated only by a fence, this is where the premium compact vehicles of the next generations of the Mercedes-Benz brands and Infiniti will be built in the future. VESTA can still offer vacant areas for interested suppliers at the Supplier Day in Stuttgart.
46 years without a strike
The high-ranking guests represent the high value of the Daimler Supplier Day in Stuttgart. The governor of the Mexican Federal State of Aguascalientes, Carlos Lozano de la Torre, invites the participants to become a part of the COMPAS supplier network. The advantages of the location include: 46 years without a single strike, school students who are No. 1 at the PISA math test, 7,000 graduates of engineering study programs per year. The Ambassador of Mexico, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, traveled from Berlin. She provides facts on the automotive industry of Mexico. No. 7 in the world, 80 percent of vehicles are exported, mainly to the USA. She sees great potential in Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Also at the Supplier Day: PRO MEXICO, an agency of the Mexican government. Nicole Felix Huesca, Managing Director of PRO MEXICO Germany, presents the development of Mexico since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. Earlier, the top exports were oil, beer, avocados and honey. Today the automotive industry accounts for one third of Mexican exports. PRO MEXICO sees itself as a central starting point for investments in Mexico.
Opportunity to grow together
A new automotive plant on a green field. Although “green field” is not quite correct. Central Mexico has a steppe climate with warm summers and mild winters. It doesn’t rain much. Green fields are only possible with artificial irrigation. Therefore, the COMPAS joint venture plant of Daimler and Renault-Nissan is being erected on dusty ground about halfway between the airport and the city of Aguascalientes with its 730,000 residents. The plant is designed for annual production of 230,000 units. The start will be in 2017 with the Nissan Infiniti brand, followed by the compact car generation of Mercedes-Benz, which will roll off the line in 2018. “We are offering our partners from the supplier industry the opportunity to continue to grow with us in Mexico as well,” says Klaus Zehender, Divisional Board Member of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality.
Start-up support in Mexico
Many automotive suppliers are already producing in Mexico. Those who are not yet active in the country or would like to settle in the immediate proximity of COMPAS can find ideal starting conditions in the Supplier Parks. Electricity, water, fire department, security, direct delivery paths into the plant. It’s all there. Those who opt for the lease model don’t have to go through the government procedures and can thus save valuable time. Spaces are already running short at the PILA Supplier Park because it only has a few areas left. The FINSA Park still has areas between 20,000 and 40,000 square meters on offer. On the other side of the city of Aguascalientes, the GP provider has built its park “San Francisco IV” on the dusty soil. About 30 kilometers from the COMPAS plant, the bypass roads also enable Just-In-Sequence Production here.
The Mexico Supplier Day in Stuttgart mainly gave suppliers the opportunity to make direct contact with representatives of Daimler and the Supplier Parks as well as with the government agency PRO MEXICO. This brought Mexico closer for a day.