Automation delivers challenges, including the development of more local technologies and the training of specialists in products and solutions that boost productivity, process optimization and cost reduction. It has an impact on jobs — or more accurately, the transformation of jobs — but Mexican companies are willing to change their production processes and make use of the workforce. I do not see risk in this process as much as I see opportunities for the industry to achieve a more agile competitiveness. This process implies greater investments in the personnel that will design, produce and operate these lines, but they will also produce a different kind of resource, particularly human capital. It is no longer about having a worker tightening four screws eight hours a day but having a person who is designing new products and instrumentation to optimize the process adapted to a machine.
Mexico is not a country that guarantees conditions that promote R&D investment. Even the Mexican government reduces budget for these activities. These conditions must be driven by private companies as part of their corporate social responsibility activities and commitment with Mexico. Mitsubishi Electric Automation has Mitsubishi University, a program that provides training for customers around the world. The content learned by Mexican workers certifies them according to Mexican regulations. It is also the same content that a worker in Japan or the US learns. Due to the extension and diversity in Mexico, we decided to create training centers where Mitsubishi Electric’s business partners provide training and knowledge to customers on behalf of Mitsubishi Electric. By the end of 2018, we will also be launching a scholarship program for public university students where they can receive training at our facilities.