The technological development of the auto industry in Mexico

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Gerpisa colloquium, Paris (2011)


Mexico, Mexico a, Mexico automobile industry, Technological development


The aim of this article is to present the results of a research made in a sample of auto parts enterprises of the auto parts industry in Mexico. The research was made applying questionnaires and deep interviews to managers of the auto parts enterprises.
Some of the conclusions are: 1. In spite of the automobile’s manufacturing had begun in Mexico in the 1940’s; the technology applied in Mexico comes from foreign headquarters, this conveys to royalties paid to foreign enterprises.
2. Mexico has not had a fiscal or industrial policy to encourage the development of technology to make competitive the Mexican enterprises, furthermore, Mexico does not have research centers and technological development for the auto industry and there are not links up between the research and educational centers with the enterprises.
3. Mexico was set in the market of the United States and Canada, opening its frontiers abruptly and there is not a public policy to promote technological development for the automobile industry, including new technologies for new engines and the reduction of emissions.
4. Mexico offers: a) low wages, b) tax exemption for imports to be exported, c) poor environmental regulation and d) a fiscal system very favorable to foreign investment.

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