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Tesla and the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon are reportedly drawing up plans for a new factory
According to sources quoted by the Mexican newspaper Milenio journal, Tesla and the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon are currently drawing up plans for a plant in an automotive “corridor” housing assembly plants for Kia and General Motors. .
Elon Musk’s company would refine the details with the local administration in order to announce the construction of a factory in the municipality of Santa Catarina.
Although a confidentiality agreement was agreed between the two parties, the information to which Milenio had access demonstrated that the site would be deposited west of the municipality of Santa Catarina.
Elon Musk’s visit last October
Last October, the Milenio newspaper published a photo of Elon Musk standing on a terrace with the first lady of Nuevo Leon, Mariana Rodriguez, adding that the boss of Tesla had met with the head of this border state and economic development officials local “for analyzer the possibility of installing a Tesla factory”.
After this visit by Elon Musk, the sources consulted had indicated that the land where the factory would be installed had already been acquired and that the two parties had agreed that the investment would be finalized a few days later in early January.
A project focused on auto parts?
Other Mexican media outlets have suggested talks with local officials could focus on creating a Tesla parts assembly corridor for export or expanding relationships with local parts suppliers. Tesla has a new assembly plant in Austin, Texas that could be powered easily from northern Mexico.
Musk has already said this year that the automaker could announce plans for a new factory by the end of 2022, but he gave no indication of the area of his research.
A strategic border area
The Texas-Mexico border area is home to hundreds of auto parts manufacturers, as well as a major GM plant in Ramos Arizpe and a sprawling Kia plant. just outside Monterrey. At present, the GM plant is undergoing industrial reorganization in order to adapt to the production of its first electric vehicles.
Agreement between Tesla and the State of Nuevo Leon to facilitate traffic
Last April, Mexican financial newspaper El Economista reported that Garcia had visited the Tesla factory in Austin, Texas (US) to cement a deal allowing parts suppliers to use a Nuevo Leon border bridge to exports to Tesla factories in California and Texas.
Mexico wants to encourage investment
As the North American auto industry makes its energy transition, Mexico is looking to foster more investment in electric vehicle assembly and parts. Ford currently manufactures the electric Mustang Mach-E at a plant near Mexico City.
Tesla seems to be getting closer and closer to setting up an electric vehicle production plant in Mexico.
If last October, Elon Musk, the leader of the U,S manufacturer had been seen with officials in the border state of Nuevo Leon, a Mexican newspaper now indicates that Tesla could announce as early as the beginning of next year the construction of a factory in the region.
Mexicans have proposed that talks with local officials could focus on creating a Tesla parts assembly corridor for export or expanding relationships with local parts suppliers. Tesla has a new assembly plant in Austin, Texas that could be powered easily from northern Mexico.