Automotive Suppliers Cluster in Central Mexico’s Industrial Parks
The corridor of suppliers to the automotive industry that has developed in Mexico Bajio’s Region is important to the many car and truck makers that have chosen to locate their manufacturing facilities there.
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Castro del Rio Technoindustrial Park (CDR) — a Marabis Development and the largest private industrial park in the state of Guanajuato — is home to many of these companies, basically because it is just 17 miles from the GM plant and 21 miles from the VW engines plant, both in Silao; 18 miles from the Mazda plant in Salamanca; and 42.5 miles from the Honda plant in Celaya. Nissan Aguascalientes is also located only 112 miles from CDR; Mexico City is only 200 miles away; the U.S. border can be reached in nine hours; and both east and west coast seaports are within just six hours.
To top it off, the park offers a premium utility infrastructure with available, expandable sites. More than 700,000 people live within a 15-mile radius, providing a young, qualified workforce at a competitive cost. Additionally, and very important for a development of its kind, a public institution (CONALEP) can train technicians on-site; this is thanks to the Schaeffler Group which initiated this program based on the German model of creating a tailor-made training program, another important advantage for suppliers to the automotive industry and other firms.
Within the past eight years, 57 companies — including more than 45 international firms — have set up shop in CDR. Marabis Group has one more industrial park in the neighboring area besides CDR in Irapuato — Marabis Abasolo, also in the state of Guanajuato, is only 40 minutes away from CDR, with the same world-class infrastructure that international companies are looking for to run a successful industrial manufacturing operation.
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