Aiming to keep Nuevo Leon as one of the most important industrial States in the country, private initiative and the State government launched the initiative 4.0, which enters the entity as the fourth industrial revolution.


The program has as an objective to modernize the production systems with a new business and manufacture model with advanced technology which was presented by Nuevo Leon officials, who mentioned that the State’s role will be to align efforts from private initiative, academy and Government, with the objective of undertaking the change of the industrial programs towards the digital platform that countries from the first world have.


In first instance, the State government announced an investment of 150 million pesos to promote companies towards innovation programs that allow them to face current challenges entailed in globalization and world competition.


Regarding this issue, the secretary of Economy and Labor, Fernando Turner Davila, said that with this initiative Nuevo Leon a wave from the fourth industrial revolution is inserted, with a very solid project of Manufacture 4.0, at the height of great nations, such as Germany.


“Among the objectives of Nuevo Leon 4.0 are to promote industrial development, employment and labor skills of high added value, to potentiate future industrial sectors of economy and develop an ecosystem to reposition the State as a national and international referent in economy and Industry 4.0,” assured the state official.


Through Nuevo Leon 4.0 will be possible to develop technological skills, such as the cloud, robotics, simulations, additive manufacturing, Internet of things, big data, advanced materials, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and informatics security.


45 MILLION PESOS WILL BE INVESTED IN A FAB-LAB


Among the projects that are part of the Nuevo Leon 4.0 initiative highlight the creation of a Fab-Lab, this means Manufacture-Laboratory, which will be located at the Technological Research and Innovation Park (PIIT, by its Spanish initials) aimed for SMEs to have learning centers.


“Fab-Lab costs between 200 to 300 million pesos, therefore the remaining resources will be obtained of donations from companies,” said Fernando Turner Davila.


In addition, the state official highlighted the importance of opening several learning and innovation centers for SMEs and added that currently they have 12 projects on desk, one of agriculture, nine industrial, one of services and one more on health.


PI supports Manufacture 4.0


Businessmen in the state of Nuevo Leon agreed in the need of adopting new technologies and implement manufacture 4.0.


Eduardo Garza T. Fernandez, president of FRISA Council, said that awareness has to be taken on companies’ modernization.  “It is important that entrepreneurs be aware, as we have to modernize, as this will help us to improve our competitiveness,” noted the entrepreneur. 


“Digital technologies are takin a very important role in competitiveness in the world and simply we have to be aware of that,” explained the president of FRISA Council.


While, Raul Gutierrez Muguerza, president of Deacero, said that the government participation whether in public policies or incentives is fundamental for an industrial economy transit towards manufacture 4.0.

 

NUEVO LEON, READY FOR INDUSTRY 4.0


Abraham Tijerina-Priego, coordinator of Strategy 4.0, said that the main challenge for initiative 4.0 is to make it inclusive, this means, that companies despite their sector or size join the fourth industrial revolution.


“We are inviting academies, different government sectors, companies, but mainly society in general, as this initiative, which is leaded by the industry and is strongly supported by the State government, is from society for society,” said Tijerina-Priego in an interview.


Regarding how state Government is supporting companies, the coordinator of Strategy 4.0, explained that “the State is currently facilitating the work of the initiative through support programs and incentives.”

 

MANUFACTURE PLATFORM


The general director of the Automotive Cluster (CLAUT,) Manuel Montoya, said that “in Mexico there is currently a very important manufacture platform and this is very clear at the automotive sector.”


In addition, Montoya added that manufacture has been modified throughout years in all Mexico, but mainly in Nuevo Leon, where he explained, workforce is of quality.


Regarding the fourth industrial revolution, the CLAUT director mentioned that “there are companies that already have a strategy to integrate technological platforms; however, what we are trying to do is to bring together common needs and provide follow-up, for example, one of the most important issues is the use of big data.”


“In addition, just like big data there are other technologies in which we would like to go deep, as additive manufacturing, which provides great development opportunities,” said Montoya.


Finally, the director of the Automotive Cluster in Nuevo Leon said in an interview for Mexico Industry that the most important challenge that the state has in this fourth industrial revolution is that new technologies are developed in the entity to avoid companies buying foreign innovation.

 

UANL ADDS TO THE INITIATIVE


The fourth industrial revolution is a reality and to join this technological transformation, the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon is ready to start the reconversion of its educational offer, which responds to future needs.


The dean of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Rogelio Garza Rivera, announced the initiative UANL 4.0, which will integrate a series of institutional actions on conversion and industrial modernization.


“We are seeking to be prepared to have an active participation and obtain more advantages of this fourth industrial revolution, such as everything related with costs decrease, more efficiency in resources usage, and the use of information and communication technology in benefit of the community,” assured Garza Rivera.


As one of the first actions, next year the UANL will launch the curricular program of Smart Industry 4.0 specialization, same that is in design process with the support from the industry and the government.


MAIN CHALLENGES


For the vice-president  of operations and president of CLELAC, Eduardo Elizondo, said that among the main challenges the State has in the industry 4.0 is the involvement of different strategic sectors such as the automotive, biotechnology, IT, means, agro-food, nanotechnology, education, housing, home appliances, energy, health, tourism and aerospace.


“Industry 4.0 is one of the largest industrial revolutions in history.  This industry is changing the traditional production systems, creating new business models and generating new competences bases,” he noted.