The trade trip that will mark a watershed for Agua...

The trade trip that will mark a watershed for Aguascalientes’ industry

Aguascalientes State Government made a second trade trip to Japan with these key objectives: drawing investment, generating full confidence of Japanese investors about Mexico and Aguascalientes, launching student and labor mobility projects, strengthening supplier development through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, forging bonds between Japan and the Mexican Embassy, and linking local companies with Japanese companies through trade missions. It is expected that these goals will generate investments worth over 150 million dollars and more than 2,300 new jobs in the upcoming years.

During the trip, government representatives held a total of eleven work meetings in Japan, five of which were to strengthen bonds with companies that already occupy a prominent place in the industry of Aguascalientes: Tachi-S, Unipres, Calsonic Kansei, Nissan, and Jatco.

In this rapprochement with Japanese companies—which combined represent more than 3,800 jobs for our state— the Aguascalientes delegation presented new economic diversification projects, a strategy that Nipponese firms share.

One of the main growth opportunities arose with Tachi-S. The company, which has been in the state for more than 28 years, confirmed a total of 700 new jobs for this year as part of their latest expansion. Moreover, local talent got a vote of confidence from the rm: people will receive training from Japan with the objective of leading the Mexican national market.

Furthermore, Nissan and Jatco showed their interest in diversification. During the meeting with Aguascalientes representatives, both companies talked about new plans to revolutionize the local automotive industry through the production of autonomous vehicles which will, implicitly, bolster technological development in our industry.

Aguascalientes forged strategic alliances with organizations like the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an institution with more than 17,000 member companies that could visit Aguascalientes in the next months to explore projects in different sectors like aerospace, equipment and machinery, and, of course, the automotive sector.

New projects were also created with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who introduced new training schemes to accelerate at least twenty local small and medium-sized enterprises and introduce them into the Japanese supply chain.