Queretaro partners with Brose to create Mexico’s first automotive university
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Mexico’s first automotive university has recently opened its doors inside of the Polytechnic University of Queretaro (UPQ). The educational facility will be a part of that educational institution’s Center for Innovation and Automotive Development (CIDEA) and will be run by local auto supplier, Brose.
Headquartered in Germany, Brose has had a presence in Mexico since 2010. The company manufactures HVAC blowers, window regulator drives, cooling fan motors, steering component motors and several other components for automakers such as Volkswagen, Ford, GM, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Daimler and Audi.
The announcement of the opening of the Center was recently made by the governor of the State of Queretaro, Francisco Dominguez Servien. The agreement to establish the facility was signed by the governor and Brose executive personnel during the former’s visit to Germany in June of 2017.
In his message, Dominguez Servien noted a total investment of approximately US$ 15 million in the construction of the facility and the purchase of equipment. In his remarks, the governor stated that “the automotive university in Mexico at the UPQ will raise institutional skills and will help to make the state’s automotive sector the most competitive in Mexico.”
The governor also reported that the state of Queretaro is home to 172 automotive suppliers and that these companies have generated more than 44,000 direct jobs. He also noted that with the presence of the first automotive university of Mexico in the state, the industry in Queretaro could eventually employ more than 75,000 workers and could contribute 25% to the entity’s Gross State Product (GSP).