To increase competitiveness and to insert local businesses into supply chains of industries such as the automotive
or aerospace is one of the objectives of the Department for Economic Development (SEDEC), which is pursued through the Institute for Knowledge Society Development (IDSCEA).
This organism has created, with experts from different research institutions like the Advanced Technology Center (CIATEQ), a model to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Aguascalientes. The project included several training courses and followed three stages to develop local companies and help them become suppliers to large corporations currently located in the state and in the region.
In the first stage, which lasted for six months and was devoted to readiness, a regional study was carried out to understand needs and requirements of big players in the industry so that they could select, offer contracts to, and ultimately develop other businesses in these sectors.
Ninety-four SMEs were assessed, out of which only eight started the process. Then, a more specific analysis was done that focused on productive processes and quality management, where surveyed companies demonstrated which certifications they currently hold and which standards they still need to achieve.
To conclude this stage, a technology route map was drawn to understand the resources companies need.
The next step consisted of an eighteen-month intervention process in companies to bridge the technology and competitiveness gaps. Data were analyzed to design proposals for technology projects and continuous improvement, and to increase company connections.
The last stage was about implementing all the projects that resulted from training courses that were offered to 55 professionals and 405 technicians and operators. Moreover, thirteen jobs were created for project, quality, and engineering managers.