Wednesday, August 27, 2014

México: Kia Motors Announces Plan to Build $1 Billion Assembly Plant in Nuevo León

According to The Latin American Tribune, South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. announced on Wednesday (August 27) that its plans to construct a $1 billion vehicle assembly plant in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo León.

The project will likely generate a further $1.5 billion in investment by firms hoping to supply the Pesqueria plant, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said during a joint appearance with Kia Motors CEO Hyoung-Keun Lee.

“Having the option to invest in any country, a company of the prestige of Kia Motors chose México to grow and expand its investments at the global level,” Peña Nieto said at the ceremony with Lee and Nuevo León Gov. Rodrigo Medina.

“Besides its solid macroeconomic stability, Mexico has experience in the automotive industry,” the president added.

COMMENT: The plant, which is expected to begin operations in 2016, will have the capacity to turn out up to 300,000 units a year.

The project will create thousands of jobs, Peña Nieto said.

México led Latin America in vehicle production during the first six months of 2014 and the country’s auto exports were up 11.2% over the same period last year, he pointed out.

Recent months have seen companies dramatically committing to $10 billion in new investment in México’s auto sector, the president said.