Ramírez speaks at plant's opening. Ramírez speaks at plant's opening.

Production up 68% at Morelos parts plant

Sekisui adds new production line at windshields factory in Jiutepec

A 1-billion-peso investment (over US $53 million) by the Japanese firm Sekisui Chemical in its Jiutepec, Morelos, plant will bump its production capacity by 68%.

The addition of a third production line has increased the workforce by 44% and its production of automobile windshields and high-strength laminated glass.

During an opening ceremony yesterday, assistant general manager Arturo Ríos Abdala described the startup of the new line as “the most important event in the 46 years the firm [has been in the state], placing it at the forefront of its segment in the automotive industry.”

President Pedro Córdova Nájera added that the project was a dream that had been 10 years in the making.

Also present was Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez, who said the state has the best logistics and power generation capacity, which guarantee investors sustainable production conditions, as well as the ability to readily ship their products to different markets.

Over the last two years, he continued, Morelos has been one of the three states of Mexico with the largest industrial growth.

Ramírez thanked the Japanese investors for their trust. “You can be sure that you made no mistake, you were correct to trust in the leadership of Mexico and Morelos, as [the state] is one of the safest and has the best communication links.”

The governor explained that the conditions are the result of a goal set five years ago “to make Morelos the logistics center for the Gulf-Pacific.” This, he added, will be a reality once the Siglo XXI highway connecting the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, and Veracruz is completed.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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