During the approximately twenty minute session of the Tecma Talk, Providien executive Matt Jordan provided listeners with useful and relevant information related to the composition and capabilities of what has become North America’s hub for the manufacture of medical devices. The vice president of Providien’s baja California operations attributes the rise in medical device manufacturing in Tijuana to four principal factors:
(1) Tijuana’s decades-long history as a superior location for manufacturers from a diversity of industries;
(2) A stable, educated, plentiful and experienced workforce in terms of both direct and indirect labor;
(3) An advantageous cost structure in terms of both labor and total landed costs;
(4) A nearshore location that eliminates lengthy lead times.
Over the course of the Tecma Talk recorded podcast, Matt Jordan asserted that “much of the strength related to Tijuana’s nearshore advantage has to do with the fact that it is part of what is known as the ‘Cali Baja Mega-Region.’ The Mega-Region consists of San Diego County, Imperial County and the northern part of baja California. In terms of qualifying the ‘horsepower’ behind this region, it’s combined value is made up of US $215 billion of GDP.”
He added that “companies that are engaged in medical device manufacturing in Tijuana can have products sterilized and delivered to an OEM on the East Coast within five days.”