LABOR FORCE Mexico and Baja California's workforce is well-educated, plentiful and reliable. Graduating around 115,000 engineering and technical students nationally per year. The region also offers a variety of academic and applied research centers of great national and international prestige.
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INTO MEXICO CPI's Shelter Program offers a full service option and is designed for companies interested in setting up a manufacturing facility along Baja California's Mexico border region in the most cost effective and timely manner with limited exposure in Mexico.
The entire California and Baja California is known as the “CaliBaja Mega Region” with the manufacturing hub of Tijuana boasting an over 50 year-old history in manufacturing activities.
At its inception, the draw for foreign manufacturers was its low-cost labor rates, today the manufacturing landscape is much different; Mexico has attracted global corporations from the manufacturing sector that go far beyond simple assembly. It is now common to find companies that design, develop and manufacture some of the most complex products in the marketplace for a variety of industries.Learn More About Us
Our role is to facilitate the successful expansion of manufacturing operations into Mexico. We handle the complete set-up of the new company and manage the day-to-day administrative duties in accordance with Mexican regulations allowing the client to focus 100% on high quality manufacturing. With over 35-years of combined experience our management team has successfully established over 200 companies in Mexico ... expanding their global footprint while ensuring their competitive advantage.
We know you’ve heard of Tijuana, a city that, up until recently, hasn’t needed an introduction—or, maybe we should say, a reintroduction. Sitting directly on the United States–Mexico border, Tijuana developed as a bawdy “Las Vegas South” reputation for American tourists, becoming the country’s capital of vice, cheap pleasures, and tequila-soaked mischief and letting its cultural riches fall by the wayside. Now thanks to a number of major cultural shifts taking place in the city and along the border, that reputation may as well be ancient history as far as local residents are concerned. After tourists stopped streaming into the city in the mid-2000s due to a temporary uptick in drug-related violence and border tightening procedures, Tijuanenses reinvigorated their city on their own terms, igniting a long-dormant cultural explosion. These days, although the border remains tight, visitors are returning to a much safer city, only to find that it has become a cultural haven bursting with Mexico-centric food, drinks, art, and design.Read more
SAN DIEGO—Around lunchtime two days before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration last month, some 200 business and civic leaders from San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, gathered here in a hotel ballroom downtown for an event hosted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. As the assembled professionals, decked out in business-casual attire and speaking a smattering of Spanish and English, munched on cold—not to say rubbery—chicken and green salad and sipped iced tea, the event’s keynote speaker, a UCLA economist named Lee Ohanian, delivered a pessimistic message about the man who was on everybody’s mind. Trump’s plan to tax imports from Mexico would amount to “shooting [us] in the foot,” Ohanian declared, “with many, many unintended consequences.” Given the aging of the baby boomers and declining U.S. birth rates, Trump’s possible plan to reduce immigration levels would make it “extremely difficult” to achieve increased productivity or GDP growth, he warned. But Ohanian wound up his speech on a positive note: Trump seems like a “person who tends to change his mind,” he said. The crowd laughed nervously.Read more
Manufacturing in Mexico is and will always be strong. NAFTA has improved the economies of its three member nations, added millions of new jobs and created a successful and profitable atmosphere of cooperation. Since its inception in 1994, imports and exports have quadrupled, foreign direct investment grows in billions every year, and manufacturing has become a cooperative effort where products are built from multi-origin parts. Businesses faced with global competitiveness have not only stayed in business, but have expanded capabilities and increased their profit margins, all while being able to hire more people and innovate in their industries like never before. While headlines continue to include words like “worry” and “uncertainty” in regards to President Trump’s position on NAFTA and trade with Mexico, the reality of free trade and the interwovenness of North America’s economies is a testament to the success of international trade.Read more
The mayors of the largest metropolitan area on the U.S.-Mexico border called Monday for stronger binational ties, striking a sharp contrast with U.S. President Donald Trump's calls to build a wall and renegotiate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. San Diego's Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana's Juan Manuel Gastelum didn't mention Trump or Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto by name at a joint news conference, but their concern about growing tension between the two countries and its potential economic impact was evident in their remarks.Read more
Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency by deriding NAFTA, the free trade pact between the US, Canada, and Mexico, as a job killer and “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country." Just a few weeks into office, he’s getting ready to renegotiate it. During a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House last week, Trump slammed NAFTA as a ”catastrophe for our workers and our jobs and our companies," and declared his intention to “kick-start” negotiations with the US’s partners as quickly as possible. That was the day after the Mexican government announced that it had begun a 90-day period of consulting with its business sector in preparation for NAFTA talks. Canada hasn’t made indications about a timeline yet, but said it’s open to renegotiation as well.Read more
How could Mexico inflict the most damage on the United States? In normal times this question would not be top of mind for Mexican policy makers. Mexican governments over the last quarter-century have consistently pushed back against the nation’s historical resentment toward the United States, hoping to build a more cooperative relationship with its overbearing northern neighbor. But these aren’t normal times. As President Trump prepares the opening gambit in his project to either renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or pull out, Mexico’s most important strategic goal is narrowing to one word: deterrence. It must convince Mr. Trump that if he blows up the trade agreement on which Mexico has staked its hopes of development, by weaving its economy ever more closely into that of the United States, the United States will suffer, too.Read more