CAL, seeking to create advanced technology centers
With the objective of seeking further development in the Laguna, the companies that make up the Laguna Automotive Cluster promote a Network of Innovation, Research and Technological Development Centers, as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Center with applications 4.0.
Jose Luis Hotema de Santiago, president of the Automotive Cluster Laguna (CAL, by its Spanish initials,) said in an exclusive interview with Mexico Industry that “technology centers will be an important trigger for the development of the Laguna, emphasizing Torreon in Coahuila and Gomez Palacio in Durango as main Cities in which there are large investments in the automotive sector, most recently being Yura Corp., Lear Corp., ZF, Yazaki and Hyosung, to name a few with growing human capital in the region.”
The president of the cluster emphasized that since the formation of the CAL in June 2015, the objective was set as a mechanism to support the economic development of the Laguna and the companies that make up the automotive sector, considering that an Advanced Manufacturing Center of High Technology 4.0 would be essential and a driver of the economy of the region.
“It was raised to the different business entities of the private initiative as well as to the different levels of government, making this year the Durango government entrusted with the project of the Manufacturing Center proposed by the Cluster, which will be multidisciplinary (automotive, aerospace, metalworking, IT) with a modality in its early stages of training and skills development,” said Hotema de Santiago.
As well as the different levels of government, this year, the Durango government relied on the project of the Manufacturing Center proposed by the Cluster, which will be multidisciplinary (automotive, aerospace, metalworking, IT) with a modality in its early stages of training and skills development,” said Hotema de Santiago.
With the approval of this center for Durango also laid the groundwork for a Collaboration Agreement of the Automotive Cluster and the Planning Institute of Torreon (IMPLAN, by its Spanish initials,) to generate industrial policies that impact the automotive sector and thereby generate the necessary conditions for the attraction and installation of new companies of the automotive sector as well as the development of the small and medium companies of the Laguna.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Center 4.0 will be placed as one of the Main Projects in the short term to be developed in Torreon, so we have already discussed with the relevant authorities and have committed to review the available territorial reserve with which the Municipality and see the feasibility of its construction. In addition another of the agreements that have with the IMPLAN is to determine that at the moment the automotive industry in La Laguna is a strategic sector for the economic development of the region,” emphasized Hotema.
Some universities have proposed the construction of the Manufacturing Center within its Campus, so the cluster wants to take advantage of the intention of the government and universities to create a large network of technological development centers, which not only benefit the automotive sector but also to those sectors that, in a transversal and direct way, are linked to the automotive sector, such as metal-mechanics, IT, aerospace, etc.
Likewise, Hotema said that these centers can provide a solution to two major needs of the automotive industry that are human capital properly trained and with a true development of skills, since one of its stages is training, where they will be able to update teachers which the laboratories teach in the different educational institutions, as well as seeking to train people who are currently unemployed or performing informal trade activities.
“Given that we will work with projects and new launches of Cluster companies, we will be able to develop or manufacture products that meet all the quality, time and cost standards that companies export from other countries, thus achieving the substitution of exports to strengthen the national industry found in La Laguna,” he concluded.