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Industrial Parks in Mexico Receive Certification

On Thursday, June 14th, 2012, 20 industrial parks earned a certification for their outstanding service and sustainability while complying to the “Mexican Standard”. These 20 Industrial parks were the first to receive this honor since it was created in 1999.  In AMPIP there are 200 industrial parks, 20 were certified and 40 are currently in the process of being certified.  Read more:

Industrial Parks in Mexico Receive Certification

Mexico Joining Pacific Trade Talks Seen Positive for Canada

Mexico was invited to join nine- nation Pacific trade talks, a step that may boost Canada’s chances of taking part and give North America a bigger role in the regional negotiations, according to business groups.  Mexico’s entry “will encourage the Canadians to come to the table in the near term as well,” Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the New York-based Council of the Americas, which promotes open markets in the Western Hemisphere, said in a phone interview. Expanding the discussions also may slow the process of concluding an agreement, he said.  Read more:

Mexico Joins TPP

Medical Device Sector Creates Jobs in Tijuana

While Baja California’s maquiladora industry has seen slow growth in recent years, some of its sectors have been booming, the assembly of medical devices leads the pack.  In the past six years, the number of direct jobs in Tijuana’s medical-device sector has more than doubled: from 15,000 to nearly 31,000, according to state and industry figures. Across Baja California, more than 42,000 people are employed in the sector, accounting for more than half the medical-device industry jobs in Mexico.  Read more:

Medical Device Sector Creates Jobs in Tijuana

Mexico Replacing China for Low-Cost Goods

Low wages aren’t Mexico’s only attraction.  Investors also benefit from laws that limit the government deficit and trade accords with more than 30 nations, including the North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and Canada. Mexico also offers savings for companies that want to be closer to American consumers, after a tripling of oil prices in the past decade raised transportation costs for Asian manufacturers.  Read more:

Mexico Replacing China for Low-Cost Goods

Pirelli to Open New Plant in Mexico

The new plant, Pirelli’s first in Mexico and the 22nd tire plant worldwide, is mainly focused on the Premium segment, producing High Performance and Ultra-High Performance tires for cars, and SUVs for the local and all Nafta area markets. The factory covers an area of 135,000 square meters and its capacity will reach 400,000 pieces by the end of this year, rising to 3.5 million in the first phase of development which ends in 2015. When fully operational in 2017, production is expected to be 5.5 million pieces.  Read more:

Pirelli to Open New Plant in Mexico

Mexico Auto Output, Exports Hit Record In First Five Months

Mexico’s production and exports of cars and light trucks both rose to record highs for the first five months of the year, the nation’s Automobile Industry Association, known as AMIA, reported.  From January to May the country produced 1.15 million units, 12.5 percent more than the year-earlier period and the highest of any first five months, the group said in a statement distributed in Mexico City today. Mexico exported 945,530 over the same time, an increase of 13.7 percent over a year ago, AMIA said. Mexico’s auto industry had broken its output record last year.  Read more:

Mexico Auto Output

Mazda Begins Training Employees of Mexico Plant in Japan

One June 4th, Mazda Motor Corporation launched a training program for employees of Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (MMMdM) plant, currently under construction in Mexico.  The training program will take place at Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima. The first group of trainees, consisting of 12 employees who will be managers in production departments at the Mexican facility, participated in the ceremony. Mazda will host approximately 180 employees from Mexico, divided into several groups, throughout the fiscal year ending (FYE) March 2014.  Read more:

Mazda Begins Training for Mexico Plant

Mexico Continues to be Top Choice for Manufacturing ‘Near-Shoring,’ Says AlixPartners Study

The AlixPartners, the global business advisory firm, conducted a survey from March 7th to April 27th on Manufacturing Re-shoring and Near-shoring. Participants included C-level and other senior executives in manufacturing-oriented companies that sell into the U.S. market.  Reflecting continued rising labor and other manufacturing costs for imports from faraway places like China, “near-shoring” continues to be seen as an opportunity to serve U.S. demand by about half of C-level and other senior executives of manufacturing-oriented companies, 50% view last year’s top choice, Mexico, as the No. 1 choice again this year.  Read more:

Mexico: The Top Choice for Manufacturing

Baja Medical Device Industry

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:

Baja Medical Device Industry

Woodcraft Ind. Acquires Mexican Cabinet Door Division

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