Tijuana and San Diego Mayors Visit Tijuana´s Medtech Industry

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Tijuana EDC joined a binational delegation headed by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana mayor Jorge Astiazaran during their 2nd joint industrial tour of Tijuana.

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The bi-national delegation visited the operations of Welch Allyn and Medtronic, two leading firms in the medical device market, with a presence in the United States and Mexico.

Also in attendance were leading figures in economic development from both countries including Tijuana Secretary of economic development, Xavier Peniche, DEITAC president Cristina Hermosillo, and Angel de la Campa President of the State Cluster. The US attendees included David Graham, COO of the City of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Economic Development Council.

During the tour and program, the two mayors met with business leaders from both sides of the border to discuss trends in the medical device sector and opportunities to integrate efforts of the region´s suppliers to serve global supply chains in the medical device industry.

Over the last year, the two mayors have been strengthening relationships with key industrial firms and members of the business community in a series of trips to learn first-hand about manufacturing competitiveness, understanding the competitive advantages gained by key firms operating in the region, and how Mexican and US teams collaborate in real-time; with the intention to leverage the complimentary capabilities available in both San Diego and Tijuana.

Both cities are leaders in their respective countries when it comes to Medtech. Tijuana is seen as Mexico´s mecca for medical device manufacturing with the largest concentration of medical device manufacturers and employment in Mexico. San Diego is home to the 4th largest life science cluster in the U.S., according to JLL last report.

“Tijuana and San Diego together can build one of the most complete Life Sciences / Medtech destinations in the world,” said Cristina Hermosillo, president of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation. “Just imagine a location where key global companies are able to meet highest levels of excellence as one of the top sites for doing research, innovation, and manufacturing in the world all in one region. It just makes sense to consolidate operations in one region that integrates a trade platform where manufacturers can easily ship products to major markets”

According to representatives of the Baja California Medical Device Cluster, Tijuana accounts for more than 41,600 jobs in the sector with 44 companies that manufacture a wide range of products, from low-tech disposables to stent systems. If San Diego’s life sciences industry numbers are added, the binational region boasts 83,900 employees and 645 companies.

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