The partner country Mexico presents itself from its attractive, innovative side at the Hanover Fair. Spread over the spacious exhibition halls, astonishing exhibits and people were always to be found, telling enthusiastically about them.
A few superlatives first: Mexico is the largest exporter of mid- and high-tech products among the top 20 industrial nations - ok, measured by gross domestic product of 1.14 trillion dollars (Germany: 3.47 trillion dollars). This is one of the messages that the host country of the Hannover Messe presents on every second corner, on bridges and hall walls. Another one: The Central American country is home to more than 30 development and design centers for the automotive industry. 23 manufacturers and 345 suppliers have locations in Mexico. Incidentally, these include some of T-Systems' most important customers such as VW.
In medical technology, Mexico is Latin America's largest exporter and the eighth largest in the world (total volume 12.7 billion dollars). Another of T-Systems' major customers is Vitro, a glass manufacturer that produces pharmaceutical containers and other products. Vitro was T-Systems Mexico's first cloud customer. Productive SAP applications run in the data center in Houston/USA. Highly satisfied with the services, Vitro extended and expanded the contract at the end of last year.
T-Systems now supports Vitro's global infrastructure with dynamic cloud solutions for its business systems such as SAP, data center services and managed network services. "The group has recently acquired glass companies in the USA, which means that they are now also part of the agreement," reported Marketing Director Elizabeth Peniche. You can read more about the Vitro deal in the next customer magazine Best Practice.
Prototypes from the Policia Federal
Back to Hanover. Even the police were there as exhibitors at an industrial fair! The Mexican Federal Police sent two 3D printing specialists to Hanover. Although not in uniform, Suboficial Omar G. Chacon Santiago and Subinspector Alejandro Romero Herrera reported on their work in the official lab coat. "In the Cientifica division (the science department) we develop prototypes for devices or components to equip our colleagues on patrol," said Chacon. They equipped a smartphone with an additional fingerprint scanner. This enables the identity of persons to be checked directly via a secure connection to the police computer.
Subinspector Romero presented a holder with which the cameras used by the Mexican police can be attached to drones.
How much Mexico is in a Touareg?
Mexico exports cars and car parts worth 126 billion dollars a year, making it the fourth largest car exporter in the world. One of the most important, if not the most important customer of T-Systems in this Central American country is VW. However, the national company succeeded in significantly broadening its customer base. While services for Volkswagen still accounted for 85 percent of sales after the takeover of the IT division gedas, the share is currently just under 15 percent.
How much Mexico is in a current Touareg was made transparent by Cocay at the Hanover Fair. She specializes in visualizing sophisticated technical constructions. Robots from Kuka (also a T-Systems customer, by the way) colored red on screens to show which parts of the car are manufactured in Mexico. For example, the wiring harness runs through the vehicle like lifelines.
Which brings us to the human metabolism.
Robots also get sick
The German-Mexican start-up Kurago Biotek produces so-called functional foods. These should be particularly compatible. "For the European market, we cooperate closely with the Münster University of Applied Sciences and the "Food Lab" there, reported Marketing Director Kattya Cruz Ruelas. Compatibility of active ingredients is tested in an elaborate procedure. A small robot was used on the exhibition stand to simulate the almost complete human metabolism with its corresponding organs. This made it possible to understand how an active substance takes its way through the body and what exactly happens to it in the stomach, liver and intestines. Was it the demonstration effect? Anyway, somewhere a line was clogged and the little robot literally had to b..f.