Michigan companies doing business in Mexico

Posted on June 13, 2016

With a nominal 2015 GDP of $1.1 trillion, Mexico is the world’s 12th-largest economy. In the two decades of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico’s economy has relied more heavily on its manufacturing industry, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Mexico is the United States’ third-largest import market and second-largest export market.

Mexico’s largest exports are automobiles, oil and oil products, silver, fruits/vegetables, manufactured goods, coffee and cotton, according to 2014 data. Its biggest export partner is the U.S. (80.2 percent).

Mexico’s largest imports are steel mill products, electrical equipment, automobile parts for assembly and repair, metalworking machines, aircraft and aircraft parts. Its biggest import partners are the U.S. (48.8 percent), China (16.6 percent) and Japan (4.4 percent).

Each World Watch features a different country. If you know of a Michigan company that exports, manufactures abroad or has facilities abroad, email Gary Piatek, senior editor, at gpiatek@crain.com.


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Autoliv Inc.

Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: Manufacturing plants in Tijuana, Matamoros and Lerma, and three manufacturing plants in Querétaro

Employees: 11,000

Products/Services: Airbags, seatbelts, seatbelt webbing and airbag cushions

Top executive: Dan Garceau, president of Autoliv North America

Clients: Volkswagen Group, General Motors Co., Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Great Wall Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Peugeot SA, Chery Automotive Co., Geely Automotive Holdings Ltd.

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.

Based: Novi

Operations: Manufacturing facilities in Aguascalientes, Atlacomulco, Juárez, Guaymas, Guaymas West, Saltillo, Silao and Torreón

Employees: 4,450

Products/Services: Fluid transfer systems, fuel and break delivery systems and sealing systems

Top executive: William Pumphrey, senior vice president and president for North America

Clients: Bosch, Daimler Truck, Delphi, FCA, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda,Hutchinson, Kasai, Kautex, Magna, Navistar, Nissan Renault, NormaGroup, PACCAR Inc.,Plastic Omnium, Tesla Motors, TI Automotive, Toyota, Valeo, Visteon, Volkswagen Group

Domino’s Pizza Inc.

Based: Ann Arbor

Operations: Headquarters in Mexico City and 618 pizza stores throughout the country

Employees: 13,000

Products: Pizza, sandwiches, chicken

Top executive: Alberto Torrado Martinez, CEO

More information: Domino’s Pizza Mexico is part of Alsea, a company that operatesStarbucks and some Burger King outlets in the country.

Dow Chemical Co.

Based: Midland

Operations: Headquarters for north region in Latin America in Mexico City; sales office for agricultural business in Guadalajara; four manufacturing sites in Querétaro, Tlaxcala and Toluca; two experimental field R&D centers in Puerto Vallarta and Nextipac

Employees: 391

Products/Services: Polyurethane systems, herbicides and insecticides, biocides production, acrylic emulsions and polyacrylates used in paints and adhesives for packaging and leather industries

Top executive: Filip Tauson, general manager for the north region of Latin America

Photo by FaureciaA Faurecia plant in Puebla.

Faurecia North America Inc.

Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: Shared services center, R&D facility and production plant in Puebla; production plants in Hermosillo, Querétaro, Ramos Arizpe, San Luis Potosí and Silao as well as an R&D facility in Santa Fe

Products/Services: Include door panels, IP, center consoles, wrapping, small-parts injection, full-seat architecture development, full exhaust line, product engineering and project development

Employees: 9,000

Top executive: Francisco Maciel, CFO and country lead

Clients: Volkswagen Group, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Fiat, Chrysler, Honda,Nissan

Photo by FCAAn FCA plant in Saltillo.


Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: Headquarters in Santa Fe with seven plants in Toluca and Saltillo and an engineering center in Mexico City

Employees: 11,000

Products/Services: Body panels and various car models and engines

Top executive: Bruno Cattori, president and CEO of FCA Mexico

Clients: 294 dealerships

Federal-Mogul Corp.

Based: Southfield

Powertrain operations: Facilities in Aguascalientes, Juárez, Mexico City, Puebla, Naucalpan and Tepotzotlán; powertrain/motorparts administration offices in Tlalnepantla de Baz

Motorparts operations: Facilities in Juárez, Los Reyes, Tlalnepantla, Tepotzotlán, Tultitlán, Iztapalapa and a motorparts distribution center in Tlalnepantla

Products/Services: Valvetrain, lighting, ignition, pistons, bearings, sealing, wipers, chassis, more

Employees: 7,000

Top executive: Miguel Garcia, (powertrain) director general

Ford Motor Co.

Based: Dearborn

Operations: Two stamping and assembly plants in Cuautitlán and Hermosillo and an engine plant in Chihuahua

Employees: 8,800

Products/Services: Stamping and assembly of the Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ as well as engine production

Top executive: Gabriel Lopez, president and CEO of Ford of Mexico

International Automotive Components Group

Based: Southfield

Operations: Engineering/design center in Toluca; manufacturing plants in Hermosillo, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Ramos Arizpe, Saltillo, Arteaga and Toluca

Employees: 7,500

Products: Automotive interior products, including door panels, consoles, instrument panels, and flooring and acoustics

Top executive: Pablo Barreiro, senior director of commercial, sales

Clients: Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., FCA US LLC, Renault-Nissan Alliance,Volkswagen AG, BMW, Honda Motor Co., Mercedes-Benz AG

Inteva Products LLC

Based: Troy

Operations: Two manufacturing facilities in Matamoros, one technical center in Juárez, one manufacturing facility in Puebla and a manufacturing facility coming to Silao in early 2017

Employees: 4,130

Products/Services: Door latches, door modules, injection molded parts, instrument panels, sunroofs, plastic resin materials, more

Top executive: Rosalinda Torres, operations director for Mexico and South America

Clients: Audi, FCA, Ford Motor Co., Freightliner, General Motors Co., Mercedes Benz,Navistar International Co., Paccar Inc., Tesla Motors, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG

Kelly Services Inc.

Based: Troy

Operations: 13 offices in Mexicali, Chihuahua, Juárez, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Irapuato, Querétaro, Celaya, Mexico City, Estado de México, Puebla and Villahermosa

Employees: 12,000 temporary employees monthly and 450 full-time employees

Products/Services: Staffing and recruitment; process outsourcing for payroll, business, recruitment and contingent workforce; HR consulting and socioeconomic studies

Top executive: Gabriel Aparicio Segovia, GM for Mexico

Clients: Automotive, pharmaceutical, IT, logistics, professional services, financial, engineering, oil and gas, other

Photo by MPGOne of MPG’s manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe.

MPG Inc.

Based: Southfield

Operations: Two manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe

Employees: 540

Products/Services: Forged and fully machined powder metal connecting rods, differential and sprocket assemblies, transmission clutch modules, more

Top executive: Alfonso Aguado, plant director

Clients: Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Opel, FCA, Yamaha, Volkswagen AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

NSF International

Based: Ann Arbor

Operations: A facility in Querétaro

Employees: 66

Products/Services: Consulting, training, auditing and certification for all the supply chain in the food industry, including agriculture, food processors, distributors and retail, product certification and registrations for the non-food compound and food equipment industries and certification for the automotive and aerospace industries

Top executives: Sonia Acuña Rubio, managing director for Latin America; Isabel Coronado, regional director of operations for Mexico

Perrigo Co.

Based: Allegan

Operations: Nine facilities throughout Mexico City, Ramos Arizpe and Naucalpan, including offices, warehouses, laboratories and manufacturing facilities

Employees: 1,200

Products/Services: Oral liquids such as suspensions, and syrups; oral solids such as tablet adhesives; semisolids such as ointments

Top executive: Sharon Kochan, executive vice president and general manager

Clients: Global, national and regional retail drug, supermarket and mass merchandise chains

Photo by TI AutomotiveA TI Automotive plant in Monterrey.

TI Automotive Ltd.

Based: Auburn Hills

Operations: Ten manufacturing locations in Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Reynosa and San Luis Potosí

Employees: 3,500

Products/Services: Automotive fluid-carrying systems, plastic fuel tanks, fuel pumps and modules, HVAC fluid systems, other

Top executive: Alejandro Veraza, general manager of fluid-carrying systems for Mexico

Clients: BMW AG, FCA US LLC, General Motors Co., Renault-Nissan AG, Volkswagen AG, Kia

Vision Information Technologies Inc.

Based: Detroit

Operations: HQ in Mexico City with an IT delivery center and recruiting operation in Puebla

Employees: 100

Products/Services: IT managed services, application solutions and IT security technologies, and IT talent management and recruiting services throughout the country

Top executive: Luis A. González Noriega, country manager for Mexico and Central America