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Manufacturing in Mexico: Electronics


Located mostly along Mexico’s border with the United States, the electronics industry was one of the first industries to begin manufacturing in Mexico. Baja California, primarily Tijuana, is home to one of the largest clusters of electronics manufacturers and assemblers in all of Mexico. Companies such as Panasonic, Plantronics, Sharp and other large electronics manufacturers have a lot of experience manufacturing in Mexico. In addition to the large OEM’s that are manufacturing in Mexico, suppliers to these firms have also expanded in the country and have contributed to the overall growth of the industry.

The maquiladora industry, a program established by the Mexican government over 50 years ago to boost employment along the borders, made manufacturing in Mexico attractive for companies servicing the U.S. market. Tax incentives, training programs and special agreements for the trade of goods (primarily NAFTA) has been the driving factor behind Mexico manufacturing. In addition to the government programs established to help the growth of manufacturing in Mexico, a well-trained, young workforce is available to companies who want to manufacture in Mexico, especially along the border in Tijuana, Mexicali and Cd. Juarez.

One method of making a seamless transition into Mexico is by hiring an outsourced administration and compliance management firm, or better known in the industry as a Shelter Company. A well-run shelter company can help with feasibility, start-up and the on-going administration of the human resource, import/export, accounting and environmental, health & safety functions of a company manufacturing in Mexico. Shelter companies are located throughout Mexico but are more prevalent along the border regions.

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