México is an extremely important region for electronic manufacturing and continues to enjoy solid growth despite political challenges from north of the border. Confusion over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the potential wall at the boder, and more has not provided the certainty that would normally be associated with steady growth. However, the truth remains that labor costs competitive with China and its proximity to the world’s largest consumer market make it an excellent location to manufacture electronics and other goods.
What’s more the industry in the region is changing. More OEMs are moving into Mexico and demanding the support of a good local supply chain. Local innovation is starting to build momentum, with incubators like Plug and Play Tech Centers in Guadalajara supporting and accelerating local startups and bring new technologies to market. The skills of local manufacturers are also improving rapidly and the region is no longer just about cheap labor, it is a sophisticated innovation and manufacturing ecosystem where smart factory initiatives are being developed and deployed.
2018 is an election year in Mexico and with so many Mexican visitors crossing the border to San Diego for IPC’s APEX 2018, what better opportunity to get some of the major players from the region to share their views on innovation, supply chain, manufacturing and, of course, politics.
Eric Miscoll has been working in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry for many years and has always been an advocate for the region. He is joined by Dr. Bill Cardoso, president at Creative Electron, who have recently opened a new office in Tijuana; by Ramon Hernandez, Mexico sales manager for one of the sectors largest inspection companies, Koh Young; and by Ivan Romo, director of SMarTsol, one of the country’s largest representative companies and an active member of SMTA chapters throughout Mexico.
Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOPstudio through the sponsorship of Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Fuji America, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young and Radius Innovation.