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B.C. leader in industrial buildings

Admin | 15.02.2012

With 18.4% of the 5 thousand and 84 that exist in the country, Baja California is placed as number one, at a national level as for the number of installed industrial buildings, emphasized the president of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana, Norma Yael Lomeli Pierce.

With 18.4% of the 5 thousand and 84 that exist in the country, Baja California is placed as number one, at a national level as for the number of installed industrial buildings, emphasized the president of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana, Norma Yael Lomeli Pierce.

Lomeli mentioned that according to numbers from INEGI, in the state there is near 940 establishments attached to the agenda of the Maquiladora Manufacturing Industry and of Export Services (Immex), which places it as the number one, even compared to other northern states as Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Tamaulipas.

Nuevo Leon is in second place with 660 buildings (13%), followed by Chihuahua with 477 (9.4%), Coahuila with 376 (7.4%) and Tamaulipas with 360 buildings (7.1%).

However, with regard to the employment generation in the northern border, Baja California fell from first to third place according to official figures.

According to the INEGI to October of 2011, Chihuahua contributed with 13.5% of employed persons in the maquiladora, Nuevo Leon 12.3%, Baja California 11.9%, Coahuila 9.7%, and Tamaulipas 8.4%.

From 2010 to 2011, the number of jobs in Baja California increased from 216, 766 to 224,029, which makes a difference of only 7,263.

In Tijuana, where there are 560 industrial units, the number of people to whom the maquiladora industry gave employment grew from 143,146 to 150,964 during the same period.

Pierce Lomeli said that last year, Tijuana had a foreign direct investment of 106.7 millions of dollars in 86 projects, of which 41 corresponded to the Immex, with an investment in this turn of 582 millions of pesos corresponding to sectors that are having a boom such as the Aerospace, Medical, Automotive and Metal-mechanic

Another sector that continues being strong, she said, is that of the telecommunications, in what concerns to the productions of televisions.

In Baja California near 27 millions of televisions were produced in 2010, the number for 2011 was 28.6 millions of which over 80% are manufactured in Tijuana-Rosarito.

She detailed that the vast majority of the manufactured TV’s are LCD models, many of them with LED lighting technology, with screen sizes starting from 32 to over 50 inches.

It’s U.S. the largest exporter

It was announced that the United States continues being the main consumer, since June 2011, the exports towards this country were of the order of 135.53 billions of dollars.

Lomeli acknowledged that despite being a difficult year and to have a higher growth, the industry is waiting for the recovery in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the industry is striving to remain competitive worldwide, nevertheless it was mentioned that this requires laws that can provide certainty to the sector as well as investments for infrastructure projects, in order to make the exports meet on time.

“The routes that we take must be in perfect condition for being on time” she said.

“This hasn't been given by the government in the way we expected, neither has there been a tax reform,  labor reform, there always are last minute measures, no reforms that could help us have more long-term certainty to make plans, the energy reform is relevant to the sector” she added.

The most  endowed are Baja California with 18.4%, Nuevo Leon 13%, Chihuahua 9.4%, Coahuila 7.4%, Tamaulipas 7.1%, Estado de Mexico 5.9%, Jalisco 5.2%, Sonora 4.9%, Guanajuato 4.5% and Puebla with 3.8%.

* The totals of industrial buildings assigned to IMMEX’s program are: 5,084; this according to INEGI in October of 2011.

Source: AIM

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