Aiming to encourage the growth of the maquila and export manufacturing industry, as well as promoting the update of the of the highly exporting national interest, the National Council of the Maquila and Export Manufacturing Industry (Index) held its 45th National Convention in Chihuahua.

Here industrials from the entire country agreed in that one of the main engines of the national economy is the maquila and export manufacturing industry.

Luis Aguirre Lang, president of Index Nacional, said that this industry generate about 20 % of the employment at the social security, almost 3 million of direct jobs and 7 million of indirect ones; moreover, it contributes with 60 % of the exports in the country and last year exported about 240,000 million dollars.

“Promoting the export Mexican industry competitiveness – updating the business environment – is part of the support we provide corporates with represented in different areas of Mexico, where we have reinforced index as a leading organization in global productivity management.”

Aguirre Lang said that the geographic location, cultural diversity, industrial and of services and, mainly, human talent, make Mexico an attractive country for the arrival of investments.

He detailed that last year the industry invested more than 500,000 hours in training issues.  According to Aguirre, this kind of labor culture – characterized by its high quality, passion and talent – makes Mexico be appreciated today by its labor and mindwork.

“Investors already present in Mexico, but also those who are not, are choosing Mexico above other regions.”

Meanwhile, Leon Sametz, president of Index Metropolitana, said that the level of exports produced by IMMEX companies is of high impact and have an important growth mainly in the automotive and aeronautical sector.

Likewise, he said that the maquila industry is evolving, as well as the first quality industrial infrastructure and highly trained people.  “All of us who work with foreign companies know that our engineers and technicians are worldwide trained,” and added that “We are working for the government to understand our needs.  When we are IMMEX companies, certified with a perfect history, the government must support Mexican talent,” Sametz ended.  

45th National Convention

The 45th National Convention of Index had the participation of more than 700 visitors, as well as the attendance of presidents and Index directors nationally, and officials from the Municipal, State and Federal Government.

During the event, industrials from the entire country analyzed the current state of the industry, learned about the best practices, trends, innovations and strategies to develop talent, among other issues.

Some of the challenges addressed where innovation and the reorganization of manufacturing before industry 4.0, the increase of the value in export manufacturing and the participation of the industry in the so called fourth transformation.  

Conferences and lectures were held from different subjects related with the industry, lectured by notable figures from the industrial sector, foreign trade, of business and political of the country, among them were “NAFTA: results, expectations and impacts,” “High direction in manufacturing,” and “The future of the automotive industry.”