The Baja Medical Device Cluster will host its 5th annual Supplier B2B meetings in order to strengthen the supply chain. According to the Tijuana EDC, last year’s event had over 100 meetings, including 30+ participating companies. Over the past 5 years, Tijuana has focused on medical technology innovation. Companies currently manufacturing in Tijuana are looking for ways to improve sourcing capabilities and all logistics. DJO Global, Welch Allyn, Medtronic, CareFusioon and Greatbatch are just a few of the companies that will be in attendance. Read more:
Woodcraft Industries has acquired the assets of Técnica Maderera Especializada’s (TME) cabinet door division in Guadalajara, Mexico. The St. Cloud Times (Minnesota) reports this is the wood component manufacturer’s first venture into Mexico. Founded in 1945, the St. Cloud, MN-based Woodcraft Industries manufactures hardwood, veneer and laminated components for the kitchen cabinet, store fixture, healthcare and office furniture markets.
Woodcraft Industries has acquired the assets of the cabinet door division of Técnica Maderera Especializada, a manufacturer in Guadalajara, Mexico. “TME’s proximity to U.S. markets, combined with its high-volume production capabilities, will allow Woodcraft Industries the ability to access new customers as well as develop new programs to serve our existing customers,” Woodcraft Industries President and CEO John Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Read more:
The Tijuana EDC along with the Baja California Aerospace Cluster in coordination with Federal, State and Municipal authorities hosted a delegation comprised of seven companies from Japan. The same day a delegation of commercial and political representatives from the European Union based in Mexico City visited Tijuana to learn about business opportunities available in the Tijuana-San Diego Binational Mega-region. Read more:
Bombardier Aerospace today shared significant progress details on its all new Learjet 85 aircraft highlighting flight test aircraft production and program test milestones. The first shipments of wing spars and skins, manufactured at Bombardier’s site in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have arrived at the Queretaro site, where wing assembly has started. Read more:
Mexican automakers’ production rose 31% in April 2012 vs. April 2011, setting a record of 206,389 cars and light trucks, according to the Mexican Automobile Industry Association (AMIA). Auto exports also grew 20% to 168,907 vehicles. April domestic new car sales rose 7.1% to 69,890 vehicles, but did not beat sales of April 2007. Auto production for the first four months of the year rose 15% total, and exports grew 16%, according to MarketWatch. Read More:
The North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994, has been the key driver of Mexico’s economic and social transformation of the past 20 years, analysts say.
“What we’re seeing now is a growth of industry in Mexico that requires more engineers,” said Christopher Wilson, an associate with the Mexico Institute at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
“To put a name on it, specifically, we’re talking about automobiles and aerospace,” Mr. Wilson said. “Mexico is now graduating more engineers than Germany every year.” Read more:
With more than 17 years of operating in Tijuana, DJO’s has received U.S. and International awards for its quality and operational excellence, including AME’s Manufacturing Excellence award, IndustryWeek “Best Plants,” and the Shingo prize for operational excellence. Read more: