THE SHELTER CONCEPT
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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.
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.
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.
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
Expectations are rising that President Park Geun-hye's upcoming trip to Mexico will speed up expansion of manufacturers and local companies into the relatively untapped yet highly potential market.
The four-day trip to the Latin American country is remarkable, as Park has formed the largest-ever business delegation to the country with more than 140 local business leaders. This reflects her strong will to forge a strategic economic alliance with the Mexican government.
Korea's technology giants such as Samsung and LG have been making continued efforts to extend their footing on the global stage. But generally speaking, Korean firms have put less importance on the Latin American market ― including Mexico and Brazil ― than other key markets such as China and the United States. But it is time for local companies to focus on the massive potential that Mexico has in terms of its huge population and its will to invest in technology infrastructure of which Korean firms have expertise.
Tijuana is legendary, though that legend has long been for its seedier aspects and just-over-the-border antics than as a respectable travel destination.
However, a lot has changed in recent years. Safer streets, new developments, artisan food trucks, locally-brewed craft beers, gastropubs, all have made Tijuana into more of a “San Diego-South” than its rowdy alter-ego. I spent a few days checking out this city I’d long heard of, but had never visited, and with the help of a local, found some gems you might not expect.
I had some help finding these great spots. My friend Alejandro is a guide for Turista Libre and after months of nagging me to come down and check out his home town, I finally did. Many of the spots here he includes on his tours, plus a bunch more I didn’t see (next time, I’ve been promised).
While politicians debate a longer wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, entrepreneurs have built something else entirely: a $120 million bridge facility to speed up border crossings for air travelers.
The Cross Border Xpress is a 390-foot-long, glass-enclosed span over the barbed-wire fence here that separates Southern California from Tijuana International Airport, which sits just a few feet south of the border. The goal is to let U.S. travelers walk from San Diego to the Tijuana airport, where they can fly to other Mexican and international destinations. Tijuana has a direct flight to Shanghai, for example. San Diego doesn’t.
Over the last few years Mexico has emerged as a major hub of in-migration for professionals from the U.S., the U.K., Spain, India, and China. According to HSBC’s 2015 Expat Survey, Mexico is the best place in Latin America for expat professionals looking to live abroad. Overall Mexico ranks 19th in the survey, well ahead of Argentina (35th) and Brazil (39th). Mexico is only three spots behind the U.S. (16th overall) in HSBC’s ranking. Mexico scores particularly well in the “Experience” category (9th overall) with top marks for culture and ease of integration. Overall Mexico ties for second place for ease of making friends. Nearly four in five survey respondents say they enjoy socializing with locals and 82% of respondents report enjoying cooking and eating Mexican cuisine.
Mexico’s economy is deeply divided but it offers far more opportunities for well-educated foreign-born professionals than locals born in poor, rural areas.
In a recent article I explained:
US aircraft developer Spectrum Aeronautical is hoping to secure funding by the end of June to launch production of its Freedom S-40 business jet, and has selected Mexicali in Baja, California – 2km south of the US/Mexican border – as the manufacturing and flight test centre for the midsize type.
San Diego-based Spectrum says Mexicali was chosen due to the area's population of highly skilled workers, and for its proximity to the “huge aerospace industrial infrastructure of southern California”. The Mexican government is also offering an attractive incentive package to encourage aerospace investment in the area.
Mexico is really keen to develop its aerospace manufacturing industry and the S-40 will be the first aircraft to be completely manufactured in the country,” says Spectrum chief finance officer David Tenney.
The tumble in global oil prices has sent Mexico's currency to a record low and forced the nation to cut spending and raise interest rates. Yet for all the focus on crude, Latin America's second-largest economy is actually less dependent on oil revenue than at any time in the past decade.
The chart below shows the percentage of the federal budget that comes from oil sales. While they've traditionally funded more than one third of the government's spending, that contribution dropped to less than 20 percent last year.