On Mexico Issue 49

Stephen Poloz:

“For several years now, Canadian exporters and investors have considered Mexico a favorite market. This is due to the natural correspondence existing between key sectors.”
Stephen Poloz, Executive Financing Vicepresident, Export Development Canada (EDC)

 

Francisco Burques Valenzuela:

“The Automotive region in Sonora is repositioning and increasing its competitiveness do to being on the Pacific side. Considering the industry’s reconfiguration, this gains importance because nowadays the main Automotive producer is China. That’s why Sonora, as part of the Asia-Pacific Region, is benefiting from its geographical location.”
Francisco Burques Valenzuela, Chairman of the Council for Sonora Economic Promotion (Copreson)

Ken Kannappan:

“The world is changing regarding telecommunications, and one of the best places to invest is Tijuana. Mexico has many advantages for those who want to establish here, such as a highly motivated labor force. And, logistically speaking, it is very close to the U.S. The people are bilingual and the market is excellent.”
Ken Kannappan, President, Plantronics

Gerardo Villavicencio:

“…we see opportunities and that is why we keep- on bringing production lines, because at the end of the day Mexico has not lost competitiveness. The advantages Mexico has in order to produce are: logistics; quality of labor; specialized talent; and openings for new business.”
Gerardo Villavicencio, Head of New Business Development for GE in Mexico

Otto Lindner:

“With state-of-the-art technology used in the industry we will reach an annual production capacity of 330,000 ultra-low emissiongenerating engines, and, we will be supplying engines to plants in Puebla and the USA. I do not have the slightest doubt that this is the beginning of a new history of success for Mexico, Guanajuato and Volkswagen of Mexico.”
Otto Lindner, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Mexico

Hector de Hoyos Muñoz:

“We are very happy at GM because we keep on bringing new projects to the zone and with the support of the authorities’ we continue growing, even if not on a grand scale, we are still recovering jobs lost in 2009. That is why we reaffirm our confidence in Mexico, especially in Coahuila.”
Hector de Hoyos Muñoz, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Ramos Arizpe Complex

Yin Hengmin:

“Mexico is developing its economy. I hope Mexico and China are prosperous and our people live better each year. Bilateral trade is increasing every 12 months, but Mexico has a deficit in its trade balance with China. This is not due to China’s policies, but to a lack of aggressiveness by Mexican businessmen. However, we can see the Mexican economy grow over the short term.”
Yin Hengmin, Chinese Ambassador in Mexico

Mark Reuss:

“After the resurgence of the Automotive company, our commitment for investment and with Mexico’s people is stronger than ever. This is because Mexico is a vital component for the assembler’s success. Seventy- five years after its establishment in Mexico, General Motors has produced 7 million vehicles and 20 million engines. Therefore Mexico is a key factor for GM’s global operations.”
Mark Reuss, GM President for North America

Gustavo Gastelum:

“Holcim Apasco has a long term vision for Mexico; we believe in the nation’s potential and we therefore have put our money there. This is consistent with our investment plans. With this new factory we will strengthen our presence in the market. It will be a dynamic spearhead in technology for cement production in Mexico.”
Gustavo Gastelum, External Communication and Relations Director

Bernardo Chuck Salazar:

“One of the advantages the region has is that by having a highly developed Automotive cluster, it generates the conditions required to advance to the Aeronautic sector, thanks to the training Automotive Industry gives to its personnel. This approach allows them to almost immediately incorporate into another sector. Here in Saltillo we have the highest qualified labor in Mexico and we have no doubts about what we can do.”
Bernardo Chuck Salazar, Head of Economic Foster Office in the Saltillo City Council

Bodo Liesenfeld:

“Mexico has achieved a lot in its 200 years of independence and it is now one of the main emerging countries. Mexico is extremely interesting for Germany. It is a great market and it will continue growing. Perspectives for the next 10 to 20 years are very good, both for companies already established here and for investors that want to come here.”
Bodo Liesenfeld, Chairman, German Businessmen Association

Felipe Calderon Hinojosa:

“Our country is consolidated as the 10th light vehicle producer and the 4th heavy vehicle producer in the world. Undoubtedly, having a strong Automotive Sector is of great relevance. By receiving government support, the industry was able to get around the crisis and has consolidated itself as one of the main motors in the economic rebound.”
Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico