Enrique Mondragón
President
Cámara Nacional De La Industria De Transformación (Canacintra)
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Clear Answers, Digitalization Needed to Compete Globally

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:21

Q: What must Mexico do to be more competitive at a global level?
A: To increase Mexico’s competitiveness at all levels it is necessary to develop internally, including improving regulations. CANACINTRA  has promoted simple and clear answers, digitalization of paperwork and a reduction of the time it takes to obtain answers from regulators. The implementation of National Anticorruption System regulations is essential to ensure transparency in the use of public funds in the case of public institutions and private entities that participate in government bids.
Strengthening the internal production market through reindustrialization is another key element to increase national competitiveness. For CANACINTRA, industrial policy should be closely related to monetary, fiscal and economic policies that allow the generation of bridges between the industry and academia and the support of development banks.
Q: How would CANACINTRA describe Mexico’s manufacturing capabilities in comparison to the rest of the world?
A: Mexico has many advantages. At this point, North America is the most competitive region in the world due to the commercial exchange between Mexico, the US and Canada. In the case of Mexico, this translates to material and logistic capabilities to successfully enter global value chains. Thanks to the experience acquired during the last two decades, Mexico is now a leader in innovation in Latin America. Northern Mexico and El Bajio together have 389 industrial parks and over 100 clusters dedicated to many different industries, ranging from automotive to aerospace.
Through clusters, triple-helix alliances are generating good job opportunities with low turnover to attract local talent. There is also a productive chain that incorporates certified SMEs that generate intermediary and final products of excellent quality. Furthermore, Mexico has high added-value manufacturing capabilities.
Q: In which ways does CANACINTRA support the development of Mexico’s aerospace industry?
A: CANACINTRA is an important promotor of productive chains, so we connect SMEs with the supply needs of many industries established in Mexico, such as aerospace, through Integradora CANACINTRA. We have promoted the dual education model to link the needs of the industrial market with academia. We believe that human capital is the most important aspect of all industrial sectors. For that reason, CANACINTRA is betting on better preparation for young people and those who have already entered the labor market to develop the qualifications industries need.
Q: How would you describe Mexico’s contribution to the aerospace sector?
A: Triple-helix alliances have resulted in permanent and fruitful programs that spur innovation. The country has public and private institutions in which Mexican talent is constantly contributing to the development of parts and new materials, creating automated systems and measuring productivity and efficiency on production lines. Thirty-three percent of airplane turbines are designed or made in Mexico. Automotive companies can also participate in the aerospace sector. As a matter of fact, some automotive companies have already entered the aerospace industry by obtaining the necessary certifications and are able to manufacture products for major aerospace companies. However, other sectors can support the aerospace industry, such as metal-mechanics, chemical and information technologies.
Q: What technological trends has CANACINTRA recognized in the aerospace sector?
A: Through the implementation of Industry 4.0 practices, high added-value industries such as aerospace are getting increasingly closer to automation. For that reason, CANACINTRA believes that for the sector to evolve, manufacturing companies must be linked. The more competitive suppliers are, the stronger the industry is.