Up to the challenge
18 April 2008
Generally speaking, the economic future of Mexico is promising given economic and commercial opportunities as well as continued foreign investment.
But Mexico is also at a crucial stage in its economic development. In addition to the political changes and the social expectations over the next few years, the country faces the challenge of assigning its economic resources efficiently to realize reforms to the markets, to create appropriate basic infrastructure, and to continue workforce development.
The economic dynamics of Mexico become more complex each day, and this dynamic involves expectations of a global order, demanding services and products that are totally efficient and profitable. The growth indicators of the Mexican economy forecast stability as long as the public and private sectors have a common goal of growth. In a general way, the future depends on the capacity of the Mexican industry to satisfy the demands of the current market through development projects and structural reformations.
Transporte en México
In Mexico, most of the industrial and commercial branches are directly related with the transport industry, which represents a strategic factor for the economic activity of the country, and which generates millions of direct and indirect jobs. The land transport sector constitutes the more important transport of the country, moving approximately 60% of the goods and equipment and 97% of passengers.
However, the transport business faces new demands over the next few years. With the opening of commercial borders, there is an urgent need to review laws to protect and propel the industry of national transport, and to restructure the norms to protect the infrastructure to increase productivity.
The design of financial schemes for the renovation of trucking fleets and the incorporation of modern units and vanguard technologies are the requirements to improve the quality and security of the services allowing competition under the same circumstances. The biggest challenge that faces the transport sector in Mexico is globalization of the market, and this situation demands the creation of commercialization rules to integrate operations in an efficient way, mainly because the land transport in Mexico is fundamental to increase the competitiveness of the related industries.
The specialized transport sector has been flat in the last few years as a consequence of commercial dynamics of the country. Mainly, the projects associated wiThenergy and power generation have given new opportunities to specialized transport companies which are able to meet the needs and satisfy the demanding expectations of their clients. However, infrastructure restrictions and the weak norms of traffic present obstacles to the companies that truly aim to offer a competitive service.
One of the biggest challenges for Mexico is to grow the energy sector with the objective to satisfy the population's demand appropriately. A fully developed energy infrastructure that can offer reliable service and competitive prices will perpetuate a stable atmosphere to develop great certainty in economic activities.
In the last 10 years, several large scale power plants using varying technologies have been built in Mexico. Analysts forecast continuing large investment in power plant construction over the next decade, which is good news for specialized transport. In support of the power industry, the specialized transport sector has carried out the movement of large power plant equipment of traditional technologies, although they are beginning to work with wind turbine developers as well.
New energy projects sponsored by the government have allowed financial investment by foreign capitalists that demand high quality and security standards. This investment has allowed Mexican specialized transport companies to participate actively in the development of these projects.
The necessity of appropriate infrastructure in the country has opened the way for participation of the transport sector in the construction of highways, specifically for the movement of large bridge spans and other highway design elements in large cities and in rural areas. Machinery moving in industrial plants is also good business for the transport sector.
In Mexico the market for cranes is growing. As the industry and its requirements have evolved, the service of cranes, models, capacities and complexity have diversified the market considerably. Cranes are a basic tool for the construction industry in their different focuses. With a wide diversity of models and their applications, cranes give unique solutions to the civil work, offshore and projects of power generation.
Because the crane service industry is still young, many of the Mexican companies that offer crane services have partnered with respected and experienced foreign companies, bringing a series of innovative elements to the market. For the power generation industry, demand for cranes has been strong. The meticulous logistics required continue to challenge this sector in terms of human resources.
Crane service and specialized transport industries are complementary to each other in the completion of Mexico's big construction projects. Both industries have evolved, and are looking forward to serving future projects for the country, and both industries look to maintain the fast and demanding rhythm of work coming online in order to be able to continue being competitive without losing focus on the security and the profitability of their business.
In Mexico, crane and transport businesses participate thoroughly in the economy, but it is likely that their services have not been recognized appropriately. The biggest challenge of both industries over the coming years is to secure their place by employing strategies that will allow them to be more competitive. Only those industries that are willing to evolve as quickly as the global rhythm will survive. Mexico must prepare for and seize the opportunities that are available, and for the industries of crane and transport, their main goal will be to develop the discipline to break the negative paradigms that have hurt the country's economic prospects in the past.