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Automotive players urged to tap Mexican supply chain
Published on: Wednesday, May 03, 2017

CYBERJAYA: Malaysian automotive parts and component manufacturers are urged to tap into the US$8 billion (US$1=RM4.33) automotive supply chain market in Mexico and use the country as a platform to expand their exports to the United States, Canada, as well as, North and Latin America.

Mexico is the seventh largest producer of vehicles in the world and also the fourth biggest global exporter of light vehicles.

Mexican Ambassador to Malaysia Carlos Felix Corona said Malaysian manufacturers could take advantage of Mexico's preferential access to 45 countries, via its free trade agreements, to expand their export market.

"There is a lot of opportunities for Malaysian companies to be part of the supply chain in different elements and components.

"We have Japanese and Korean companies (in our automotive supply chain), and we are waiting for Malaysian companies to be part of this," he told reporters after the "Invitation To Do Business in Latin America" seminar organised by the Malaysia Automotive Industry and supported by the SME International Trade Association and the Embassy of Mexico.

About 40 Malaysian automotive parts and components manufacturers attended the seminar which drew 100 participants.

Latin America, a region that consisted of 33 countries and 15 dependencies, is one of the largest automotive parts and components manufacturer in the world, with a total combined vehicle production volume exceeding 6.31 million units in 2016.

The region is Malaysia's seventh largest trading partner, with Malaysia exporting RM181 million worth of automotive parts and components to the subcontinent, mainly to Argentina (RM29.27 million), Brazil (RM59.86 million) and Mexico (RM38.53 million) in 2016. – Bernama

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