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Το Μεξικό, εδώ και πολλά χρόνια αποτελεί έναν από τους αγαπημένους “προορισμούς” για τις αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίες. Εταιρίες όπως η GM, η Ford, η Honda, η Mazda, η BMW, η Volkswagen κ.ά. έχουν ανεβάσει τη χώρα της Β. Αμερικής στην 8η θέση στον κόσμο όσον αφορά την παραγωγή οχημάτων και στην 4η θέση όσον αφορά την εξαγωγή τους. Μάλιστα, η παραγωγή, έχει αυξηθεί κατά 7.5% μέσα στο 2014 ενώ οι εξαγωγές κατά 11.2%! Στον ήδη μακρύ κατάλογο κατασκευαστών που φτιάχνουν τα αυτοκίνητα τους εκεί, προστίθεται και η KIA, όπως επιβεβαίωσε ο πρωθυπουργός της χώρας, Pena Nieto:

Είναι η πρώτη επένδυση Κορεάτικης αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας στην χώρα μας.  Γιορτάζουμε το γεγονός ότι η KIA αποφάσισε να συμμετέχει στο success story που γράφουμε οι Μεξικανοί.


Το εργοστάσιο της KIA, θα κατασκευαστεί στην Pesqueria της συνοριακής πολιτείας του Nuevo Leon. Το κόστος του, ανέρχεται στο $1 δις και η κατασκευή του θα ολοκληρωθεί το 2016 αλλά δεν γνωρίζουμε ακόμα πιο μοντέλο θα κατασκευάζεται εκεί. Όπως και να έχει, η δυναμική του θα είναι περίπου 300.000 αυτοκινήτων ετησίως, η πλειοψηφία των οποίων, θα εξάγεται φυσικά στις Η.Π.Α. 

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KIA SIGNS US$ 1 BILLION AGREEMENT TO BUILD A NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT IN MEXICO

  • Plant to be located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon region
  • Construction to begin in September
  • 300,000 vehicles a year capacity for new plant
  • Kia’s global capacity will rise to 3.37 million vehicles a year

Kia Motors Corporation has announced it has signed an investment agreement with the government of Mexico to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Monterrey which is located the north-eastern state of Nuevo León.

The official investment agreement was signed at the Technological Museum of the Electricity Federal Commission (MUTEC) in Mexico City, and was attended by a delegation of key executives from Kia Motors, led by Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors Corp., and a host of Mexican government dignitaries including Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, and Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of the State of Nuevo León.

Construction on the Kia Motors Mexico plant is scheduled to commence in late September, and when completed in the first half of 2016 it will boast an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles. The plant will boost Kia’s total global manufacturing capacity to 3.37 million vehicles, including 1.69 million vehicles at domestic Korean plants and 1.68 million at overseas plants. Kia plans to produce a range of yet-to-be confirmed compact models at the new plant.

Representing an investment of approximately US$1 billion by Kia Motors, the new, highly automated manufacturing plant will be situated on a 500 hectare (53.8 million square foot) site that will also be home to numerous supplier companies’ facilities.

As one of the world’s fastest growing automakers in recent years, Kia Motors Corporation has been evaluating various options for entering new overseas markets to secure future growth for the brand. With its strong growth forecasts for new vehicle demand, Mexico was chosen as the site for Kia’s next overseas plant given that it is one of the few remaining major markets of the world in which Kia does not have a sales presence.

For Korean automakers to competitively enter the Mexico market, the establishment of local production facilities is pivotal as Mexico imposes high tariffs on imported cars from Korea. Mexico is well-known for its skilled labour force and numerous free trade agreements (such as NAFTA) with about 40 countries.

Kia expects the Mexico plant to play a major role in alleviating current global supply issues thanks to its strategic geographic location. Its proximity to the USA will enable the company to better address the ongoing supply shortage situation that has arisen due to the dramatic growth of the Kia brand in the US market. Kia also plans to utilize the plant as a foundation for strengthening the brand’s sales presence throughout the entire Central and South America region while freeing up supply from Kia’s domestic plants to address supply shortage issues in other regions of the world.

Hyoung-Keun (Hank) Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors Corp., said, “All of us at Kia Motors are proud to signal in a new era for the brand with the announcement of our first manufacturing plant in Mexico. We are committed to producing world-class quality vehicles here in Mexico that feature industry-leading styling and high-tech convenience and safety features that customers have come to expect from Kia, while making significant contributions to both the economic growth of the State of Nuevo León and the future development of the Mexican automotive industry.”