VW looking for local toolmakers to set up in Mexico

07/24/2010

Volkswagen AG’s Mexico unit, which runs the automaker’s only assembly complex in North America, wants to persuade toolmakers to set up operations close to the giant facility in Puebla, according to a senior company executive.

“Mold makers have a great opportunity,” replied Thomas Karig, vice president of corporate relations and strategy at the Puebla facility, 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, when asked which segments of the plastics industry stand the best chance of doing business with Volkswagen in Mexico.

But currently, he added, most molds used by VW in Puebla are imported, usually from the United States and Canada, with suppliers’ technicians traveling constantly to...
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