Kathrein Is Constructing a New Plant in Mexico
In the initial phase, the company is investing approximately 26 million euros in the new plant in Mexico. As of March 2015, production is to be kicked off on an area of around 13,000 square meters. The main focus will be on base station antennas for mobile communications. In total, 400 new job positions will be created. The groundbreaking ceremony for new building took place in late April, the construction work is on schedule. In a later phase, Kathrein Automotive will presumably use the plant to mainly tend to the North American market.
“Very positive experience”
During the Governor’s visit, CEO Anton Kathrein underlined the great support received from the Mexican authorities. “In the last months we have had a very positive experience and our expectations have even been surpassed”, stated the entrepreneur. He was very satisfied with the progress of the project and is looking forward to the inauguration of the plant.
Mariano González Zarur pointed out the importance of Kathrein’s investment. “This shows that we can provide companies with an attractive economic environment and skilled labour“, said the Governor of Tlaxcala. He hopes the investment will motivate suppliers to come and relocate near Kathrein’s new plant. One of the most important goals of his political strategy is to get foreign businesses to invest in his federal state.
Modern infrastructure and high productivity
According to Norbert Schindler, CFO at Kathrein and executive responsible for the region, there is a series of reasons for the set-up of the plant in Tetla. Mexico has become the place to go for many European companies who want to break into the North and South American markets. The nation has a modern infrastructure and a competitive production environment. With multiple free trade agreements and the USA as a neighbouring country, Mexico offers vital advantages compared to other Latin American nations.
The federal capital Mexico City is only 120 kilometres away from Tetla. The international airport offers direct flights to Munich with Lufthansa. The port city Veracruz, from where the antennas can be shipped, can be reached by lorry in roughly two hours. Furthermore, in Puebla, just 65 kilometres to the south, the German automotive corporations have been gathering all their subcontractors from Germany around them.
Extremely high demand for base station antennas
Kathrein has been increasing their production capacities substantially. This is due to the extremely high demand for base station antennas on a global scale. Due to the rapidly increasing data volume in mobile communication networks, operators are being forced to expand their infrastructure quickly and extensively.
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