Transformation Mechanisms of the Mexican automotive industry: Evolution and Transitional Phases

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Gerpisa colloquium, Paris (2011)


The aim of this paper is to analyze the historical dynamic that has led to the automotive industry to its current specialization. In orderly phases of stability (evolutionary time) and structural discontinuity (transition times), we reconstruct the sector's productive career, distinguishing their thresholds and changing conditions or stabilization which have been subjected during their evolution. In particular, we wish to emphasize the processes of learning to play the global automotive requirements, processing product production.

We analyze the characteristics of the evolutionary stages based on the type of responses that auto companies have done to address the various crises of recent years (investment plans, policies regarding new models technological options, finding new markets and domestic market's attention). We distinguish the possible evolutionary paths to choose, in a situation where there is a plethora of responses from carmakers to emerge from the current crisis.

The information sources of this paper are: a) depth interviews with managers of OEMs and OESs made in 2009, b) literature review to document the productive paths of the companies studied, and c) statistics reports from the Ministry of Economy, the Mexican Association of Automotive Industry (AMIA) and documents available from the Harbour Report.

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