The Automation and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster (MACH, by its Spanish initials) recorded considerable improvements by mid-year by all member companies integrating the association, according to data announced by the Cluster.

The companies that integrate the cluster report a total of 453,365 square feet of operations area, 20.6 million dollars in installed capability, ISO 1001:2015 certifications, 622 employees and 29.45 million dollars in annual sales.

In turn, these figures represent a 29 % growth regarding employee numbers in companies, 22 % of installed capacity, an increase of 34 % in the operation area and 16 % in annual sales.

According to Luis Villavicencio, director of MACH Cluster, these results are good, since they compared with last year’s results, therefore figures for the director are positive.

“At the beginning of the year uncertainty was generated in economic terms and of the border, due to changes in tax regulations and some public policies that did not provide great certainty of the effect they could have on economic dynamics. But six months later we see companies increased their capabilities. If this continues, we can expect the year will have a good closing,” shared the director.

Luis Villavicencio also explained that they will review the performance of the companies by the end of the year, to compare 2018 and 2019 completely.

The director also said that a noticeable aspect of these results is that each one of them registered improvements and not only a few.

“There was not given the case of two companies achieving to close good deals, increased everybody’s numbers. All companies particularly had a positive dynamic, which provide us with an aggregate globally,” he referred.

About the reason begin the registered results, Villavicencio considered that it is the own nature of automation businesses that has encouraged them to grow in the region, nationally and internationally.

“I believe it has to do with industrial-technological trend nature. The trend is to seek automation and cost reduction as of processes and higher implementation of technologies in industrial processes. Naturally, industries turn to see the companies that integrate the cluster. We are taking advantage of a good moment for automation and technology integration,” he underlined.

An aspect the director emphasized was the potential risks companies could face.

“The latest national economic reports indicate that the secondary sector, of transformation, is stalled in a certain manner. There has been no progress; the tertiary sector of services has progressed, there is more economic activity there. This could affect the performance,” he referred.

Still, Villavicencio said that it is difficult to anticipate companies from the cluster will keep an exponential growth for the rest of the year, but it is expected that at least this growth is stable. “I will hope these increase numbers will continue and for them to be the same by the end of the year. We are hoping they do not decrease,” he ended.