Pioneer in Japan-Mexico logistics services looks to next century
Grupo Segrove’s Monterrey office dedicated to the Japanese business community in Mexico
Led by the automotive sector, opportunities for Japanese investment into Mexico today are limitless, compared to just over 60 years ago when Japan mostly bought Mexican cotton for use in its emerging textile industry.
“We began providing our logistics services to Japanese trading companies in the 1950s and ’60s, and then worked closely with all of the largest Japanese shipping lines,” said Hector Perez, vice president of Grupo Segrove, now one of Mexico’s leading total solutions logistics companies.
Hector’s father, Daniel Perez Segrove, founded the company in 1950. Its roots in logistics can also be traced to two other forebears: his great grandfather, Daniel L. Segrove, who arrived from the U.S. to participate in railroad construction in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century and his grandfather Higinio Perez Ochoa, a customs broker and pioneering union stevedore at the Port of Manzanillo during the Mexican Revolution almost 100 years ago.
“We’ve had an interesting history in logistics, but our business took off in the 1950s as we grew our client base, and then in the 1970s as our customers expanded and required our services around the country,” explained Perez.
JHector Perez, Vice President of Grupo Segrove (center), pictured with part of the Monterrey team
Today, with 12 offices across Mexico and a presence in the U.S., Grupo Segrove is a truly integrated logistics firm that offers the entire range of international and domestic logistics services — from consultancy, customs handling and brokerage to transportation, warehousing, forwarding and distribution.
At the forefront of Segrove’s clientele base, Japanese clients still account for over 35 percent of its entire business. Its business has evolved today to providing complex solutions for Japanese companies engaged in the automotive sector — an industry expected to grow by 20 percent in 2017.
“We are market leaders with a long history of working with Japan and we are proud to have grown with them here in Mexico,” said Perez. “We’ve facilitated trade between Mexico and Japan for over 60 years, and we aim to maintain this key connection.”