Monterey, NL. The production of household appliances is one of the sectors that has recovered the fastest after the pandemic, as it had a rebound of around 15% between 2020 and 2021 and this year it expects growth of close to 10%; however, it still faces a shortage of components and to substitute imports it requires that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) be certified, said Yoelle Rojas Quintero, director of the Nuevo León Appliances Cluster (Clelac).
He explained that the sector has registered dynamism due to social and labor factors that after the pandemic have established hybrid and home office work models, since consumers are looking for household items that are functional for a more comfortable stay at home.
In Nuevo León, 40% of the appliances manufactured in the country are produced, which represent 4,500 million dollars annually; however, the global problems that interrupt the supply chain will continue to impact the production of the main original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
“The companies in the cluster have managed to anticipate their stock of raw materials, but there is a shortage that is difficult to cover in some supplies, such as chips or semiconductors, which will continue during the first half of the year,” said Rojas Quintero.
A survey carried out by Ernst & Young shows that 72% of the organizations consulted have registered some negative effect due to the interruption of supply chains.
The Clelac companies have expanded their supplier base in the country and have also resorted to innovation due to the lack of some raw materials.
“Companies are testing new materials for appliances, in order to replace those that are definitely very difficult to obtain,” he said.
To replace supplies from other countries, OEMs seek to regionalize their supply chain, which has opened up a great opportunity for SMEs in the state.
“It is a time when local companies must take advantage of this supply substitution, however, it is important to meet quality requirements,” said the directive.
He indicated that for these companies to know how to join these supply chains, they can approach the cluster to identify areas of opportunity.
The Mexican appliance industry has focused on the production of major appliances: 49% corresponds to air conditioners and heating equipment, 24% to appliances, 18% to refrigeration equipment and 9% to minor appliances.