Identifying and Qualifying Suppliers in Mexico: What Has Changed

Identifying and Qualifying Suppliers in Mexico

Mark Plum and Bernd Schmitt, Sr. with East West Associates explore what's changed.’s latest Audio Interview “Identifying and Qualifying Suppliers in Mexico: What Has Changed” features Mark Plum and Bernd Schmitt. Plum is director, and Schmitt is senior consultant and automotive specialist, both with East West Associates. Before joining EWA, Plum held a variety of senior level positions with U.S. multinational corporations, with his last position as president of Briggs & Stratton Asia, based in Shanghai, China for 11 years. His experience includes having set-up and headed manufacturing operations in China, Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, and other global locations. Schmitt, like Plum has significant experience, including setting up and heading up manufacturing operations in Mexico, as well as purchasing responsibilities for a number of international automotive supplier operations. 

In the 15-minute audio interview, Plum and Schmitt discuss these questions:

  • What automotive products are available in Mexico? What automotive products are not available in Mexico? How do companies mitigate these gaps?
  • Identifying and qualifying Mexican automotive suppliers has dramatically changed over the past five years, as these Mexican suppliers have gotten much busier and supplying large volumes to major automotive companies.  Much of this demand is coming from U.S. companies whose customer base is in the U.S. and they are diversifying manufacturing and supply chains from China. Can you discuss these changes and the need for local on-the-ground support in Mexico in order to best identify and qualify these suppliers?
  • As companies are becoming more comfortable in Mexico, many are looking to establish manufacturing operations in Mexico.  Can you discuss the advantages and challenges of establishing operations in Mexico?
  • Nearshoring of companies relocating to Mexico from China and the U.S. has continued as these companies are trying to get closer to their US/North American customer base.  What have been the challenges to nearshoring to Mexico over the past three to five years?

Both Plum’s and Mr. Schmitt’s complete backgrounds are detailed at the link below.

Click here to listen to the full audio interview.

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