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Mexico: Asia taking advantage of more supplying

The amount of supplies Asians sell to maquiladora companies established in Mexico's northern states doubles sales made by domestic companies, according to a study made by Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

In a survey made, it may be observed that Mexican companies got a 11.4% share of the maquiladora supplies market, while Asia sells to these companies 22% of the materials needed to manufacture their products. The United States is the largest supplier with 67%.

The research Main Maquiladora Industry Statistics: Survey on Technological Learning and Industrial Escalating,” which author is Jorge Carrillo, also reveals that plants make 7.2% of their purchases from materials, parts and components suppliers located at the same site where they are located, while 4.2% at any other site in Mexico.

Mexican suppliers' rating goes from 7.1% to 7.6% in the main aspects, such as quality, cost, delivery on time and production capacity. While foreign suppliers rate from 4.7 to 4.8%.

14% of plants have provided support to local suppliers (Mexican or foreign) so that they can establish close to the plants, while 27% have provided support to local suppliers by providing information on future requirements and market trends.

According to the survey, 15.1% of plants have offered technical assistance to local suppliers, 2.4% financial support and 2.1% have provided support with personnel, while 10% has entered agreements with local suppliers regarding inventories location or sharing product development costs.

6.6% of maquiladora plants have provided support to local suppliers in their search for new customers and 6.2% to obtain ISO 9000 certification.

The research shows that the main obstacles for relationships with Mexican local suppliers are: suppliers' lack of capacity and quality requirements (39.9%), suppliers do not manufacture what the plants need (30.4%) lack of interest from companies (8.7%) and lack of information on the market (5.9%), among others.

Source: Diario Ciudad Juarez - GAI

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