Electronics

Osram-Continental joint venture for automotive lighting is up and running
German manufacturer Continental announced that its joint venture with lighting solutions supplier Osram is up and running. Following the successful completion of all negotiations and the issuance of merger control approvals, the joint venture has been launched as planned in the second half of 2018. ...
Pacific Insight shifts production work from Canada to Mexico
Pacific Insight, a Vancouver-based manufacturer of electronic components and lighting solutions for the automotive industry, announced it will shift some production work from its plant in Nelson, British Columbia, to another plant in Monterrey, Northern Mexico.  As part of the decision, there will...
Panasonic aims to buy ZKW Group, which owns a plant in Guanajuato
Japanese manufacturer Panasonic is in talks to buy European automotive light and electronics maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive market, a person familiar with the matter revealed to Reuters. The deal could be worth up to US$ 1 billion and the two companies could reach a basi...
Panasonic switches production to auto parts at Nuevo Leon facility
A Panasonic plant located in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, will stop making vacuum cleaners shifting production to car seat warmers and other automotive parts, according to Japanese media. Only a few of its 500 or so workers are expected to lose their jobs to the change. The Monterrey facility began product...
Patent infringement case may have impact on Ford’s Hermosillo plant
Paice, a developer of hybrid vehicle technology, announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a formal investigation into patent infringement claims against Ford Motor Co.  Paice and the Abell Foundation filed a complaint in February 2017 asking the ITC to prohibit F...
Plenimex to invest US$2 million in Baja California
BAJA CALIFORNIA  — With presence in Ensenada since 1990, the company Plenimex, dedicated to the production of blinds, allocated an investment of US$2 million in order to expand its operations in the Esmeralda Industrial Park. Said expansion plan, 152 new jobs have been created, in addition to th...
Precision Cable Assemblies opens plant in Monterrey
Precision Cable Assemblies, Inc. (PCA) announced the opening of its newest Harness and Cable manufacturing facility located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. “This new Monterrey location gives PCA and their customer base an additional resource that provides enhanced capacity to support growing demand. St...
Premium automaker awards KUKA Systems US$ 75 million contract for US, Mexico plants
Automated solutions supplier KUKA Systems announced has received three major new systems contracts from a leading manufacturer of premium vehicles to supply engineering and construction of systems to build vehicles body structures in the United States and Mexico. The order value lies at approximatel...
Prysmian Group opens Latin America's largest optical fiber plant in Durango
Italy-based cable manufacturer Prysmian Group has officially opened its US$ 15 million optical fiber manufacturing plant in the state of Durango, which according to local officials will create 400 direct jobs.  The plant is the largest of its kind in Latin America and will initially produce some 1...
Queretaro goes from the aeronautical to the aerospace sector
QUERETARO  — The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is looking for the Aeronautical University in Querétaro (Unaq) to work on the generation of courses to train professionals who enter the national space industry. The objective is the professionalization of human capital, but also its development in re...
Rehm Thermal Systems opens Technology Center in Guadalajara
Aiming for automotive suppliers and global electronics manufacturers increasingly establishing in Mexico, soldering solutions provider Rehm Thermal Systems officially opened its Technology Center in Guadalajara. At the event, the German-based company offered an exhibition for its energy-efficient s...
Report: Samsung to relocate oven production from Mexico to US
Samsung Electronics Co. is in late-stage discussions to invest about US$ 300 million and create 500 jobs at a former Caterpillar factory in Newberry, South Carolina, where it plans to relocate some production of oven ranges now made in Mexico, revealed today The Wall Street Journal. The report cite...
Repsol could invest US$380 million in Mexico
MEXICO  — Repsol, Spanish based energy company, could make investments up to US$330.8 million by the drilling of four wells, as indicated by the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH). During the 33rd extraordinary session of the CNH, the organism approved the exploration plans since they were q...
Saab will return to auto industry, but not in the traditional sense
Sweden-based Saab Group, which abandoned its automotive enterprises on 2012 to focus on its aerospace businesses will return as a supplier.  Saab group has stayed busy building aircraft, missiles radar systems and supplementary software. Now, it wants to bring its radar supremacy to the automotive...
Samsung completes acquisition of Harman Industries, three Mexican plants included
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Harman stockholders will receive US$ 112.00 per share in cash.  The completion follows the satisfaction of all co...
Schaeffler technologies receive two awards for “Contribution to Excellence”
Germany-based Schaeffler Group was recently honored with two Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Awards. This is the ninth time in 11 years that the global automotive supplier – with an average of 60 products on every global vehicle – has been named a ...
Schneider Electric inaugurates its first intelligent factory in Nuevo León
MONTERREY – The energy company Schneider Electric inaugurated its first smart factory in Nuevo León, with an investment of US$37 million. "La Smart Factory integrates the design and implementation of its operations with an industrial digital scheme, through Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) s...
Season Group invest in Texas, Tamaulipas plants
EMS provider Season Group has invested in new SMT and Cable Assembly equipment for its San Antonio, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico sites, the company revealed in a statement. The San Antonio site has installed two Juki SMT placement machines that will significantly boost capacity and capability at the...
Season Group's Reynosa facility achieves TS16949 certification
Season Group's operation in Reynosa, Mexico, has been formally awarded TS16949 approval, the electronics manufacturing services company announced in a press release. The ISO/TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continu...
Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon readies US$40 million expansion in Tijuana
German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG will invest US$40 million over the next four years to expand its production capacity in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, state authorities announced. The project was unveiled during a meeting held in Germany by a delegation led ...

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