Tijuana, Mexico (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
State and local government representatives, the U.S. Department of Commerce, PROMEXICO Intelligence Unit, the Tijuana EDC, and aerospace companies such as Cubic, Eaton, Parker, and Cobham representing the Baja California Aerospace Cluster met on November 15th, to initiate a program to increasing the growth of the Defense industry in the CaliBaja Bi-national Mega-region, looking to identify barriers and opportunities that Defense manufacturing companies are facing.
The key issues for 2012 will be ITAR Compliance and update; attracting/certifying special processes companies, and identifying business opportunities with the forthcoming participation of Mexico in the Wassenaar Arrangement, to control conventional arms exports and dual-use goods and technologies, that will open new markets and access to key technologies for Defense manufacturing.
The Aerospace Cluster of Baja California is focusing on improving Defense manufacturing import and export procedures as well as in the certification of specialized processes. With the US making a big move towards lowering the cost of military products due to expected budget cuts, which will entail less build to suit and stimulate more demand for production of components off the shelf . To better serve this market the Cluster is promoting the creation of a Special Processes Center (Nadcap Capable Center).
In order to facilitate Defense trade procedures, representatives of U.S. Department of Commerce offered support in obtaining guidance from a US Government ITAR specialist and give companies orientation with related procedures. A workshop with the specialists will take place, in January 2012. On the Mexican side, the Director of Operations and Control from the Ministry of the Economy will participate as well, facilitating dual country analysis of regulatory issues.
To developed special process capabilities, the Aerospace Cluster has started a feasibility study to develop a special processes center. In order to do so, the cluster is conducting a survey with 30 Aerospace companies to obtain estimates of their requirements for special processes. The study is funded by the private sector and it’s scheduled to be completed by April 2012, a preliminary presentation on the report will be available in January.
Recently, the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry highlighted the growth of the industry in key 5 regions within Mexico: Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro and Sonora, but only one has and is developing the supply base, experience and knowledge required for Defense: the CaliBaja Bi-National Mega-region, which encompasses Baja California, San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties.