Altran sets sights on Mexican auto industry, opens new office in Puebla

18 June 2014 Consultancy.lat

Altran has opened a new office in Puebla, Mexico. The new hub will focus primarily on clients within the automotive sector.

The global consulting firm, which specializes in engineering and innovation, has been active in the Mexican market since 2001, when it opened its first North American office. However, in the past year Altran has been confronted with a dramatic increase in the demand for its services, particularly from customers in the automotive industry. International companies, such as Audi, Volkwagen, and Ford, use Mexico as an important base for producing cars for the American market. Mexico currently produces just under 3 million units per year and is one of the largest car manufacturers on the planet. The majority of the country’s exports go directly to other NAFTA countries.

Puebla Car City

Puebla, situated 130km southeast of Mexico D.F., is one of the most important regions for the Mexican automotive industry. "We have decided to open a regional office in Mexico because this country offers an attractive ecosystem for foreign investment, and access to the rest of the continent. The decision followed countless requests from Altran's most loyal automotive customers," said Philippe Salle, Chief Executive Officer of the engineering consulting firm.

Altran sets sights on Mexican auto-industry, opens new office in Puebla

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The move does not come as a surprise, as the automotive industry has become one of the most important sectors for the consulting firm. Altran has been investing heavily in the sector, which accounts for approximately 20% of its global sales. The company does business with numerous car manufacturers, including Renault, PSA, Volkswagen, Fiat and BMW. 

Recently, Altran expanded its automotive services in China in partnership with Beyondsoft. This joint venture, Altran-Beyondsoft (Beijing) Technologies, will utilize the group's expertise in the automotive electronics sector by providing R&D services in the field of connected cars. China’s consumer habits are one of the driving forces behind the strategic location, as well as its production capabilities in a cost-competitive global environment. 

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Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

25 February 2019 Consultancy.lat

Argentinian professional services firm APG Consulting has expanded into Bolivia, growing its presence in Latin America to six countries. 

Founded in 2003, APG Consulting is a software consultancy that supports its clients with digitizing procurement and finance, and with document management. The firm’s Comfiar solution allows organizations to generate, send and store invoices in a robust and safe environment, while supporting procurement, finance and regulatory processes. APG Consulting’s AFM solution is a document management system (DMS) that helps companies with organizing, managing and securing documents in a standardized environment.

Across Latin America, APG Consulting currently over 1,000 customers, with Bolivia the next market targeted as part of the firm’s strategy to lift its client base to over 1,500 in the coming years. The expansion follows on previous forays into Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, the IT consulting firm has around 80 employees. 

The move comes at a time when electronic invoicing is a major theme in Bolivia. In March of this year, the country’s National Tax Service (SIN – Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales) is implementing new regulation that advocates electronic invoicing. For companies, this means that they need to adopt e-invoicing of not already in place, and for those that currently do use the feature, changes may be required in system setup, processes, data management or governance. 

Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

APG Consulting is aiming at implementing its Comfiar solution, which has been tailored to meet SIN’s requirements, at both private and public sector organizations in Bolivia. Meanwhile, companies that already have a system in place can tap the Argentinian-origin consultancy for software services and change management support. According to Matías Cherepinsky, commercial manager of APG Consulting, organizations must not only look at the technical side of electronic invoicing, but also keep the cultural side of change in mind. Employees in procurement and finance will need to adopt new ways of working, meaning that they need to receive training and coaching in order to successfully complete their new tasks.

According to Daniel Ayoroa, a legal manager at Agentax, electronic invoicing still is in its infancy in Bolivia. Organizations therefore are open to bringing in the expertise of experts that have an established track record gained abroad, where e-invoicing is more mature. He added that he believes the approach can lead to a major modernization of procurement and tax functions throughout the country.

Earlier this month, accounting and consulting firm BDO also entered the Bolivian market with the addition of KPI Auditores y Consultores to its global member firm network. In December last year, Tufiño Villegas, which has offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, joined Andersen Global’s international association.