While renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Alliance (NAFTA) have led to an environment of uncertainty for Mexican industry, the automotive sector remains solid and on track for further development driven by rising vehicle production, local sales and export demand. Mexico is home to 24 carmakers, with manufacturing facilities in 24 states, producing cars, light and heavy trucks and tractors, as well as component parts. In addition, with exports averaging a 15% annual growth rate over the past decade, Mexico is positioning itself as a global leader in the aerospace industry. While ongoing trade negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico over the future of the NAFTA could potentially have an effect on manufacturing as a whole, major sector stakeholders remain committed to moving forward by strengthening supply chains and integrating production processes. The sector thus looks set to remain on track for further sustained investment.
This chapter includes interviews with Mayra González Velasco, President and CEO, Nissan México; and Juan Carlos Corral Martin, President, AeroClúster de Querétaro.