GKN Driveline has grown continuously since it started
production of CVJ Systems in Mexico in 1979.
A state-of-the-art technology center opened in 1997. In
addition a precision forge was established in
2000, producing a wide variety of extrusions. To support
the growing market for CVJ Systems in Mexico and the USA
an assembly facility opened in 2006 at Villagran.
UKTI Mexico has assisted GKN Driveline over the years with
the development of various high-level contacts inside the
public and private spheres. During the Deputy Prime Minister's
visit to Mexico in 2011, GKN was invited to be part of
the accompanying UK business delegation, providing an
opportunity to share views and expertise with senior high
level contacts inside the country.
Mexico is the ninth largest automotive
manufacturer and the sixth-largest auto
exporter in the world. It is the most
important manufacturing platform
for the Americas.
Mexico is the ninth largest automotive producer in the
world, currently producing just over two million
vehicles annually. Mexico has also become the auto parts
hub for North America. The Automotive sector in Mexico
has attracted some of the largest Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEMs) mainly from the USA and Japan and
provides excellent opportunities for supply chains from
tier one to tier four suppliers (domestic and foreign). Mexico
is also the home to 13 heavy cargo vehicle OEMs. In the
past decade, Asian and European auto-parts suppliers have
invested heavily in the USA and now analysts predict a
wave of new investment in Mexico. Major investments by the
main automakers and new free-trade activity are
triggering further expansion as well as a move to more
advanced and lighter weight vehicles and those with
fewer emissions. Automobile suppliers now see Mexico as a
viable production centre for all of North America.
UKTI's office in Monterrey has good relations with the main
automotive clusters including government offices such as
ProMexico, the Mexican organisation responsible for foreign
trade and direct foreign investment and the main
automotive trade associations.
Demand for raw materials used in the manufacture of spare
parts and components.
Components (engineered parts for diagnostic and assembly
equipment): Braking systems, electrical components,
transmission and engine components, moulded
plastic section, stamped steel parts steering assemblies,
interior trims and light weight alternative metals.
Opportunities for tier one & two suppliers: OEM parts
and components, hybrid vehicle components,
materials, stampings, electronic components, equipment
and specialised tooling.
High tech components and the mainstream application of
motor sport technology and high-end manufacturing and
design automotive engineering.
Supplies to the automotive after market with an increasing
emphasis on high technology.
Since 2010, the NAFTA trade agreement has allowed
the importation of used cars of newer models with no
restrictions. This provides a wide range of opportunities
for repair equipment and replacement parts.
Contact and Further Information
A report on the Mexican automotive sector as well as more
information about the specific business opportunities can
be obtained by contacting the UKTI team in
British Consulate Monterrey Tel: +52 81 8356 5359 Email:
Source - UKTI