Japanese suppliers expand production in Mexico and Brazil
Increased capacity spurred on by the demands of OEM customers
The 2012 vehicle production volume in Mexico increased by 18% to 3.02 million units y/y exceeding a volume of three million units for the first time. With the sales volume increasing by 9.4% to 1.03 million units and the exported volume increasing by 9.9% to 2.36 million units (excluding heavy-duty buses and trucks), both in-country and overseas demands show signs of improvements. Under the circumstances, Japanese automakers are constructing new plants; increasing the estimated total production capacity from 700,000 units in 2012 to over 1.2 million units in 2014. For example, in 2012, Ford expanded its existing automobile plant and GM constructed a new transmission plant and both automakers started production of new models. (click on the linked map ion the right for details).
The Japanese suppliers are responding to the activities of these OEMs by entering the Mexican market and making investments to expand production capacity. The products are delivered to different automakers, not targeted at just one company.
The 2012 sales volume in Brazil increased by 4.7% to 3.8 million units, but the production volume decreased by1.9% to 3.34 million units along with a decrease in imported vehicles. The Brazilian government decided to reduce industrial product taxes on automobiles to OEMs under the new automobile policy, "Inovar-Auto", issued in October 2012 for spurring local production and advancing auto-related industry in Brazil. Currently, all Japanese, European, and U.S. OEMs with local production bases in Brazil have been granted the tax reduction privilege.
A large portion of investments by Japanese automakers were made for starting new businesses in Brazil.
The following will report on the activities of Japanese suppliers in Mexico and Brazil (the report includes activities up to the mid-May 2013 in the span of nine months).
Construction of new plants in Mexico
|Plan for delivery to several Japanese OEMs||Koito, Tsubakimoto Chain, NSK, Furukawa Electric,
|Plan for delivery to European/American OEMs||For VW group: Keihin, Yorozu,U-Shin; for GM: F-Tech|
To Improve production capacity and strengthen business structure in Mexico
|To meet production increase demand at Nissan||Kasai Kogyo, Jatco, and TACHI-S|
|Delivery to several Japanese OEMs||Tokai Rubber, Nishikawa Rubber, and Nihon Plast|
|To Place Mexico as the supply hub across North America||Kiriu, Showa, TS Tech, NSK, Hitachi Chemical|
|Establishment of new business hubs||R&D site: Nippon Kayaku; new company for merged business:
TS Tech ; Sales company: Stanley Electric
New business developments in Brazil
|To meet increased production capability demand at Japanese OEMs||Calsonic Kansei, TACHI-S, Toyoda Gosei, Yorozu|
|Delivery consideration to European OEMs||Kinugawa Rubber, Koito, Sumitomo Rubbers, Unipres|
|Plan for expansion into other type of business||Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Nitto Denko|
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