Steel Service Spotlight: National Material of Mexico

The official National Material Mexico Logo which consists of “NMM” written in large, silver 3-D letters with shadow effect to create depth, and underneath a backwards pyramid made up of four upside-down, golden trapezoids that gradually reduce in length until they reach a triangle point set in the forefront of a beautiful luminous winter mountain backdrop.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

–Helen Keller

National Material Company (NMC) has maintained continuity since its inception – never changing ownership or strategic focus. This has allowed NMC to become an industry leading company. It’s true that this longevity gives NMC a competitive edge in the steel service industry, but it’s also true that NMC’s leadership has not only been built across time, but across cultural boundaries. National Material of Mexico (NMM), a global partner in Mexico that not only leads the Mexican steel service but has recently undergone an exciting expansion of their facilities.

About National Material of Mexico

Both NMC and NMM are part of the National Material Limited Partnership (NMLP) steel division, which is one of the largest independent steel service centers in the United States. NMLP operates 16 steel service centers and processing facilities in North America and ships over 2,000,000 tons of steel annually.

National Material of Mexico is one of the largest Steel Service Centers in Mexico, serving the automotive, HVAC, home appliance, motor and transformer manufacturers in Mexico. A large portion of NMM’s success lies in its supply of ultra-light and ultra-strong Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) to the Mexican automotive business.

It provides all the AHSS grades as well as other material processing services with hot rolled, cold rolled, grain-oriented and non-oriented electrical steel, galvanized, galvannealed, aluminized, prepainted and other coated metals.

Like its northern partner, NMC, National Material of Mexico’s premier standing in the Mexican steel service industry relies not only on its efficiency at the plants, but also on a timely supply of all materials to clients.

With the National Material Limited Partnership as a constant support system, the companies create synergies and partnership that streamline processes with tangible benefits to the clients.

NMM locations and joint-venture locations include facilities in:

  • Monterrey
  • Hermosillo
  • San Jose Iturbide
  • Puebla
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Celaya
  • Aguascalientes

With these strategically placed service centers, NMM aims at a “Just-in-Time philosophy” for direct sales and toll processing.

Expansion & The Future of NMM

In 2017, National Material Company announced the expansion of their plants in Mexico for a twofold reason: first, to meet increased demand and second, to focus on the futuristic Advanced High Strength Steel that is going into cars. As VP General Manager Carl Grobien explains:

“We opened up this facility in 1997 with one slitter. Now, we have two slitters, one for electrical steel and one for carbon steel. After so many years, the first slitter is more than 100% full and with the new generation steel, AHSS or Advanced High Strength Steel, going in to automobiles, our steel now goes into lighter cars with better gas mileage. So AHSS are extremely strong, very hard: the equipment we are putting in is focused on the future of those types of requirements from the industry.”

Improvements to the NMM Monterrey Facility

In a large warehouse with a metal, gable roof supported by a row of metal columns, there are rows of rolled steel, held together with black straps and tagged with one yellow and one white rectangular sticker. Above and behind the rows of rolls, a large, yellow, elevated, metallic man-basket operates.

In Monterrey, the ambitious expansion project focused on a multi-dimensional improvement of the whole process. These improvements included:

  • Increase railcar capacity
  • Expanded modernized office space
  • Expanded steel processing area to accommodate AHSS slitter and new plant equipment
  • Increased intuitive traffic flow design
  • Weight tracking system for trucks

Total Installed Capacity

The total installed capacity in the expansion gives NMM more production power as well as capacity to produce the highly-sought AHSS. This new capacity includes:

  • 12 slitters/3 CTL lines: 1,040,000 tpy (tons per year)
  • 5 blanking lines: 300,000 tpy
  • Storage capacity: 338,000 tons
  • Total plant area: 105,000 sq. ft.
  • Total land area: 426,000 sq. ft.
  • Surface capability: exposed and non-exposed.

A True “National Material” Legacy

NMM began from humble beginnings in their Monterrey facility in Mexico 20 years ago, and since then the business has grown large enough to become a substantial part of the automotive supply chain in Mexico. Today, NMM has serviced more than 16 industries across Mexico. With their latest expansion, NMM has positioned itself to continue being the premier steel service leader in Mexico.

National Material Company continues the same legacy of excellence in the United States- confident in its synergies and associations with global partners like NMM. Their expansion shows the same courage and efficiency that characterizes all NMLP partner companies.

About National Material of Mexico- NMM is a subsidiary of National Material L.P., operating 16 steel service centers and processing facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and shipping over 2,000,000 tons of steel annually. National Material L.P. specializes in supplying, servicing, and processing steel with unmatched efficiency and capacity due to the company’s substantial list of capabilities. Proud to be ISO-certified and uncompromised in its safety standards for their employees, National Material of Mexico is a leader through efficiency, innovation, and performance. Visit National Material: or call (U.S.) 847-806-7200.

2020-04-01T21:22:12+00:00 January 4th, 2020|News Blog|