High tech investment in Baja California
By Adina Moloman
Sources: SEDECO, CANIETI
It has been a busy technological week In Baja California, where was the inauguration of the second phase of the Technology Consortium of Baja California and also it took place the official presentation of the recent handing over innovation incentives on the Bit Center (Business Innovation and Technology Center) in Tijuana.
Both of them are innovative centers dedicated to provide engineering, lab testing and design services for manufacturing and technology companies. There are considered two important initiatives to provide the infrastructure for incubating and developing software and information technology.
The Bit center is part of the CANIETI management and is intended to be the host of a mix of IT& software companies and developers, entrepreneurs as well as academic researchers and institutions. This new form of cooperation at the local level, between local governments, the private sector, and universities for improving the local technological offer is an adapted model of the high-tech economic center known as Silicon Valley in Northern California, famous in recent years for its innovations in software and Internet services.
The Technology Consortium is part of the Mexico’s Science and Technology Council known as CONACYT, with the participation of the State Government of Baja California and also the private sector.
The Technology Consortium is also intended to provide technological services to local industry given the fact that Baja Californian is an important host of multinational corporations operating under a Mexico Maquiladora Program.
The technological offer of the Consortium is strictly related to the industry needs such as: metrology, process automation, mechatronics, PLC´s, energy efficiency, and advanced materials research, among others.
Both projects are intended to help the Mexico manufacturing companies become more competitive by providing new tools and incentives mostly for technical innovation.