Mexicali welcomes Furukawa Electric Group new facility

Mexicali welcomes Furukawa Electric Group new facility

Jan 10, 2018

MEXICALI, BC.- Furukawa Electric LatAm, with the guidance of Mexico manufacturing consultants IVEMSA, opened its new 6,000-square meter manufacturing facility in Mexicali last December. Furukawa LatAm, a Furukawa Electric Group company that produces products and equipment for indoor and outdoor network infrastructure solutions, worked closely with IVEMSA to select the facility and set up their business entity in Mexico. IVEMSA president Sergio Tagliapietra attended the new facility’s ribbon-cutting as an honored guest and joined mayor of Mexicali, Gustavo Sanchez, and Furukawa Electric executives at the presidium. Mayor Sanchez welcomed Furukawa Electric to Mexicali and thanked IVEMSA for their continuing efforts to bring more foreign businesses to Mexicali and Mexico. He also recognized IVEMSA’s long history of supporting foreign companies through shelter services and its benefits for Mexicali’s economic development. The new facility will have two operating units: one to produce fiber optic cables and cordages, and the other to connect and assemble optical equipment, cordages and accessories. Furukawa Electric expects to generate 150 direct and 30 indirect jobs through the new plant in just the first year. Furukawa selected IVEMSA to guide them throughout the project, a process that took about two years and included numerous visits to Mexicali. IVEMSA advised the company on site selection, helped them navigate the city and explained best-case scenarios for setting up in Mexico. IVEMSA also provided guidance on fiscal, trade compliance and environmental regulations. Roberto Durazo, Director of Business Development for IVEMSA said, “We are very proud to support the new Furukawa Electric operations with our hands-on management services. We are offering all our support for ongoing project management, recruiting, HR compliance, trade compliance, logistics coordination, accounting and finance services.” Founded in 1982, IVEMSA provides shelter and administrative services to foreign companies that want to move manufacturing operations to Mexico. Based in Mexicali and with six locations throughout Baja and Central Mexico, IVEMSA guides companies through the entire process of establishing and conducting operations in Mexico, including site selection, trade compliance, human resources, recruiting, accounting and environmental health and safety. For more information on IVEMSA, visit ivemsa.com. For more information on Furukawa Electric LatAm,...

Tijuana Develops Tech Startup Scene

Tijuana Develops Tech Startup Scene

Dec 11, 2017

Tijuana has a few important things going for it; things like affordable housing, a skilled technology workforce and close proximity to the world’s busiest border crossing. All of these ingredients are key for cities trying to become hot tech startup scenes, but Tijuana is missing the most important ingredient: tech startups. “The border’s tech startup scene is still stuck in its infancy,” Kinsee Morlan reports. There have been a couple of near misses; companies that moved to Tijuana or started up there, but so far they’ve failed to generate any significant products. “What we need is an Angry Birds to come out of our binational region,” one tech entrepreneur told Morlan. In the meantime, local groups are working on networking and connecting tech companies with customers, and small software companies are focused on showing customers the benefits of hiring Mexican software engineers....

Ford Plans to Build New Electric Vehicle in Mexico

Ford Plans to Build New Electric Vehicle in Mexico

Dec 10, 2017

Detroit, Michigan – Ford Motor Company plans to build a new electric vehicle in Mexico rather than in Michigan, choosing instead to build a future self-driving vehicle at the Detroit-area plant. The Flat Rock, Mich. factory had been designated for production of an unidentified electric car. That vehicle will now be made at an existing Mexico facility. The pivot comes several months after Ford made a big splash by announcing plans to cancel a new factory in Mexico in a move widely viewed as a concession to President Trump, who has criticized automakers over foreign manufacturing. The decision to place production of an autonomous vehicle at the Michigan plant is good news for the region, Ford spokesman Alan Hall said. The net effect is hundreds of additional American jobs there, he said. Still, AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan said the change suggests Ford is “a bit chaotic” following the appointment of a new CEO, Jim Hackett, to replace the ousted Mark Fields. “Ford’s plans seem to be a bit scattered these days,” he said. “It wasn’t too long ago Ford canceled plans to build a plant in Mexico. This is like plant musical chairs. I mean, they broke ground in Mexico and had to pay money to get out of contracts. So now we’re back to making cars in Mexico? It’s just a bit disconcerting from the outside looking in to see how many planned and unplanned announcements there are coming out of Ford this week.” The vehicle to be built in Michigan is said to be an entirely new model for Ford, a hybrid-electric autonomous vehicle. Source: USA...

Volkswagen Combi goes electric

Volkswagen Combi goes electric

Dec 8, 2017

The new electric Volkswagen Mini-bus has a range of 300 kilometers and its battery can be charged at 80% in 30 minutes. Moia, the mobility services company of Volkswagen has presented the electric van that will be used for its ride-pooling project. The company plans to provide the Uber Pool style service with its new vans in the German city of Hamburg in 2018. “Passengers mark their starting point and desired destination in our app. An algorithm identifies passengers with similar destinations, calculates the best possible route, ensures the greatest use of the vehicle and avoids diversions. The result is a lower number of vehicles on the streets of the city, less pollution, noise and stress, “said Moia. The van has six leather seats for passengers, luggage space, LED reading light, USB charger and wifi. The vehicle was developed in 10 months by Moia and two divisions of Volkswagen. It has a range of 300 kilometres and its battery can be charged 80% in 30 minutes, said the firm. Moia was launched by VW in December 2016 with the aim of reducing traffic in cities and solving urban transport problems. Throughout this year, it has undertaken projects with partners in Finland and completed a test service with 30,000 trips in Hannover, Germany. “We have set ourselves the goal of taking more than one million cars off the roads in Europe and the United States by 2025,” explained Ole Harms, CEO of Moia. Source:...

TESLA to unveil first electric battery powered truck

TESLA to unveil first electric battery powered truck

Nov 21, 2017

Tesla has unveiled its first electric articulated lorry, designed to challenge diesel trucks as king of the road. The long-anticipated Tesla Semi has a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Tesla says the vehicle – known in the US as a semi-trailer truck – will go into production in 2019. Photo Credits: © Tesla The Tesla Semi will achieve 0-60mph in 20 seconds when pulling 36,287kgs (80,000lbs), the maximum allowed on US roads. Speaking on stage at Tesla’s facility in Los Angeles, chief executive Elon Musk said: “It’s not like any truck that you’ve ever driven.” With Tesla Semi, Mr Musk enters a competitive, demanding market. There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the US, the vast majority of whom drive diesel-powered engines. Tesla will not be able to compete on diesel’s range, and battery specialists doubt Tesla can produce a powerful enough battery at a reasonable price. Photo Credits: © Tesla A Carnegie Mellon study concluded that a 300-mile-capable battery pack costs about $200,000,which is much higher than a diesel-powered semi-truck, which costs about $120,000, on average, for the entire vehicle. As well as coming up against diesel incumbents, Tesla also faces other electric rivals. Concept electric big rigs have been unveiled by Daimler, Volkswagen and Cummins – though all fall short on range, and none are currently on the roads. Photo Credits: © Tesla Where Tesla believes it can bring an added advantage is with on-board safety and comfort. A statement from Tesla boasted that jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. Source: Mexico News...

SPECIALIZED ENGINEERS IN AREAS OF CONTINUOUS SYSTEMATIC IMPROVEMENT ARE VITAL

SPECIALIZED ENGINEERS IN AREAS OF CONTINUOUS SYSTEMATIC IMPROVEMENT ARE VITAL

Oct 21, 2017

Mexicali BC, October 19, 2017. “Data analysis and the generation of knowledge within companies is vital for their optimum and competitive development for professionals specialiists in this industry”, said Dr. Gabriela Estrada, professor and researcher at the School of Engineering of CETYS University Campus Mexicali. During the conference “Model for systematization of continuous improvement”, Dr. Estrada explained the importace of human capital, since it is synonymous of productivity. The model refers to the implementation of a system that concentrates the knowledge and information necessary for the continuous operation of a workplace within the industry, through constant data analysis, which measures the probability of trial and error. “I consider that a professional has to continue with hunger and interest to go beyond the college degree. Continue researching and start a master’s degree is a great option, because it gives you the guidelines to generate knowledge that, at the end of the day, will make you more competitive and attractive for companies and clients “explained the college professor. Also, Estrada invited the engineers interested in continuing their studies, to consider the CETYS Masters in Engineering and Innovation, featuring 5 axes of training, which provide the opportunity of specialization according to worldwide requirements of the industrial sector. “If you want to know more about the IIM offer, you can visit http://www.cetys.mx/ offer-educative/postgraduate / or call 567-3700″, concluded Dr. Gabriela...