The national leadership of Baja California in the medical industry is strengthened by new investments such as the one made by Flextronics, a company which inaugurated a new plant in Tijuana for the manufacture of medical equipment and a Center of Excellence, that will consolidate its processes, with an initial investment of 20 million dollars. This coincides with the programs of job creation and investment attraction implemented by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid’s administration.
During the event, the Secretary of Economic Development, Carlo Bonfante Olache congratulated the directors of the company on behalf of the state governor and highlighted the incentives provided to promote competitiveness and economic development wirh new industrial plants that will contribute to boost economy and increase employment.
He said there are about 66 companies in the medical industry that perform a wide array of activities, which range from design to sterilization, and employ a workforce of more than 40 thousand employees in the state; so this industry continues to generate opportunities for the region, and to develop capabilities on both sides of the border.
The state official said that the Flextronics plant has an area of 530,000 square meters for new processes, four cleaning rooms and addtional space for future growth. In this facility equipment is manufactured for the treatment of various medical conditions, that go from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes to hearing problems, neurological disorders or skin diseases.
Javier Gonzalez, Vice President and Chief of Operations of Flextronics, said that Tijuana is an ideal for the company because of its human capital, easy access to the American market and strength of educational institutions.
Flextronics has maintained a strong presence in Mexico in the last 17 years with more than 20,000 employees in all their facilities currently operating in the country; and particularly in Tijuana there is a community commitment that has allowed support to the Technological University of Tijuana (UTT) scholarships for engineers and laboratory equipment.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Secretary of Economic Development of the City of Tijuana, Xavier Peniche Bustamante, representing the Mayor of Tijuana, Jorge Astiazaran Orci; the President of the Medical Segment of Flextronics, Mark Kemp; Flextronics President of High Fidelity Solutions, Paul Humphries; the Director of the National Center for Health Technology Excellence, María Luisa González Rétiz and Head of the Investment Promotion and International Business Pro Mexico, Mario Chacon Carrillo.