Saturday, December 1, 2012

Economic Straddling

"The scale of border-straddling is colossal.  One Mexican in ten lives in the United States - some 12m people."

I wrote about the productivity gains in the US in the past four years, here.  Though the owner of a manufacturing business concluded, "a factory that Sealed Air opened in Mexico was expected to be far less productive than one in America, but within four years had caught up".

Specifically, looking at Mexico, business rethinking is not occurring rather it is taking place as we speak.  The numbers simply are in favor of Mexico for the US:

"In 2001 Mexican manufacturing wages were four times those in China; now the difference is trivial.  Add in the price of fuel, and it is often as cheap to make things in Monterrey and drive them across the Rio Grande as to make them in Guangdong and ship them across the Pacific.  It is also faster: a Mexican lorry can be in Michigan in a couple of days.  Small wonder that Nissan, Honda, GM, Coca-Cola, DuPont and Eurocopter are rushing to invest South of the border."

Now the question is, is straddling one of the world's largest consumer markets is going to be enough for Mexico, or talent, and its growth within the country will be the differentiation among it's peers in the race to create and deliver goods?

Read the complete article at The Economist here.

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