The Cluster of Industrialists of Aguascalientes (CLIA) is an organization that was founded as a result of the far-looking approach of leaders in the industrial, business, public, and academic sectors. Its objective is to boost economic development and competitiveness across the industries that have been established in the state in the last years.
Constituted under the Triple Helix Model, the CLIA is a non-governmental civil association that brings together the strength of private companies, higher-education institutions, and state government through the Department for Economic Development (SEDEC). CLIA’s representatives are in charge of keeping a strategic, proactive vision that will transform Aguascalientes into a highly competitive region nationwide.
Ricardo Martínez Castañeda, José Luis del Toro Valenzuela, and Jorge Armando Ávila Hernández started working as a team in 2019. They launched several projects as part of the Centro-Bajío-Occidente Alliance because Aguascalientes was the only state lacking well-structured clusters that represented its main economic sectors. Shortly after, other important figures like Manuel Alejandro Gonzalez, Secretary of Economic Development, and Pedro García González, director of Eaton, joined the cluster, with the latter assuming command of the association.
At present, CLIA is made up of companies like Nissan Mexicana, Flex, Continental, Marelli, Eaton, Frío Express, Telas Laprotex, QAS México, Daelpa Tecno, AP Controles, Mextamp, AMINSA, 02X, Lobo 10 & Company, Ultra Group Mexicana, SEDEC, Universidad Panamericana, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. It is worth mentioning that a second stage of the project will incorporate micro, small, and medium-sized businesses that work with large carmakers and Tier-1 companies of different economic activities of Aguascalientes.
This multi-sector alliance aims to strengthen value chains and generate prosperity and world-class sustainability by sharing a joint vision, which is the engine of each of the actions that have been and will be taken. Its motto, “redefining industrial technology to achieve wellness that goes beyond.”
Cluster actions are divided in four strategic axes:
- Conscious Leadership
Since the CLIA is made of leaders and decision makers of the member organizations, it is in their priorities that each of its strategic lines has a quantifiable impact in the short, medium, and long terms. CLIA’s projects will share one characteristic, they will be done in the interests of everyone in it.
Today, CLIA’s goals are clear and have started paying off in these areas:
- Supply development
- Attraction of investment
- Talent development
- Competitive value chain development
The promotion of economic development is expected to continue producing good results as it has so far. Important strategic alliances have been forged with Japan, Germany, and the United States that will undoubtedly contribute to the creation of new and innovative value chains in the State of Aguascalientes.