The companies that manufacture parts of gearboxes in Córdoba to supply the factories of Volkswagen and Fiat in that province have created a cluster with the objective of boosting the sector, attracting investments and doubling of parts.
Cluster Change Boxes, as this group was baptized twenty-two interrelated companies, was launched at the Civic Center of the Government of Cordoba, with the presence of the Secretary of Industry of the Nation, Fernando Grasso, and the Minister of Industry of the Province, Roberto Lavalle.
According to official estimates, the cluster generates 2,300 direct jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs. They are mainly suppliers of the Industrial Center of Córdoba of Volkswagen Argentina, where the transmissions MQ-250 and MQ-200 are currently manufactured. They also provide the Fiat factory in Ferreyra.
At present, the entire value chain produces around 700,000 cases of change per year, but the installed capacity reaches a million and a half of units. In the sector, they trust that, from the conformation of the cluster, they will be able to duplicate the production. This would reduce fixed costs.
"The idea is to replicate Mexico's experience, which has set up a cluster of autoparts, and seek to establish investments in the country because so far the Latin American market was taking to Brazil, "explained the coordinator of the new cluster, Catalina Pedrozo, according to El Cronista.
In the last four months, due to the collapse of domestic demand in the face of rising prices and interest rates, production in automobile factories fell uninterruptedly.
In this context, the suppliers of pieces of boxes formed the cluster "to be able to seduce the terminals so that they continue investing in Argentina and we can have more transmission plants in the country, which is what we know how to do"said the general manager of Foundry Art (is one of the auto parts that make it up), Pablo Albert.