Harting plant in Mexico to serve North America

Thursday March 03, 2016
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Dr. Frank Brode
Dr. Frank Brode
Mar. 3, 2016 - Harting has announced plans to start production in Silao, Mexico, where it will be manufacturing overmoulded cables and cable harnesses.

“Harting can be found wherever our customers are,” said Dr. Frank Brode, senior vice-president New Technologies, Harting Technology, referring to the large production plants operated by the VW Group and the suppliers who have products manufactured in Mexico. “For all of Central and North America, we are focussing on the target markets: automation; energy; transportation; radio, stage and event technology; machine construction; medical technology; and infrastructure.”
 
North America, in particular the U.S., is “very clearly” a future market for the Harting Technology Group, says company officials.

“Driven by IT and software, the highly dynamic U.S. economy offers huge opportunities for Harting, as classic suppliers of solutions for machine and plant construction and integrated industry experts. Harting is excellently positioned to bring together these two worlds, the cyberworld and actual production. We see ourselves in the role of enablers here,” said Brode. “Digitalization will turn the world of today upside down. Processes, business model and entire sectors will either change or perish.”

The company has been involved in a range of national and international committees, associations and organizations for years, Brode continued, and named the memberships in trade associations such as ZVEI, VDMA and BDI, and also in technology associations including Zukunftsallianz Maschinenbau, Plattform Industrie 4.0, DFKI and SmartFactory KL.

It has also been a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) for several months, putting Harting in “close contact” with high-tech companies. “The developments triggered by the Internet of Things will continue to remain the mega topic in coming years. Harting will actively participate in the development of these new technologies and will bring them to market maturity. Our membership in IIC and also in MIT allows us to keep our finger on the pulse of the times,” said Brode.

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