CANACINTRA held a successful Productive Links Summit

 

As part of the effort to promote the industrial sector of Coahuila, the National Chamber of the Transformation Industries Southeast Coahuila (CANACINTRA, by its Spanish initials) organized the XVII Productive Links and Technological Innovation Summit on October 10th, 11th and 12th 2017.


In the industrial exhibition participated in 151 stands companies as General Motors, Isuzu, Grupo Industrial Saltillo, Walmi, Ferromex, Magna, as well as other companies and high prestigious universities.


Everardo Padilla, president of CANACINTRA Coahuila Southeast, commented for Mexico Industry that this time the forum incorporated the technological innovation concept, where exhibitors and companies presented novelties in their products and processes.


“We had five research centers within the stands to show the offer from these centers to the micro, small and medium companies, thus they have an encounter with innovation and science and see that it is possible to access this kind of centers in order to be helped in solving their production issues, processes, marketing, among other things,” he added.


The president added that the Chamber considers MSMEs should have more added values in their products composition, for national as well as for the international market.


“We also had the participation of the commercial attaché from the Canada Consulate, who came to the southeast area of Coahuila looking for products with enough potential to be taken into that country,” he said.


In the 2016 edition there were six thousand attendees present at the event and it is estimated that the figure was similar for this year, where more than 600 formal business meetings were held, together with the informal ones fulfilled company-to-company at the stands.

 

Economic Perspective

 

Regarding 2017, the president mentioned that for this year’s closure some uncertainty is being lived due to NAFTA negotiations, but he assured that companies from the sector continue striking the national as well as the foreign market.


“An important sector to which we are betting a lot is the agricultural activity; this is the agribusiness.  The transformation of a primary field product into a long lasting product which is where we detected great business opportunities and believe that we can do this,” he explained.


Eight conferences took place at the event, in topics regarding economic perspectives for 2018; entrepreneurs and innovation; support to competitiveness and applied research; metrology today in Mexico and innovation as competitiveness engine for MSMEs.


“With these conferences we wanted to provide a little more of range of productive links and add the innovation tool to businesses in order to potentiate them.  We believe that it is an important tool for them to find new markets, as innovation improves products and production processes, influencing more sales and profits,” he concluded.


CANACINTRA currently has more than 550 active members from which about 80 % are MSMEs.