The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Economic Development for the State of Baja California (SEDECO) and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), led a tour of several manufacturing facilities for small businesses in the Southern California region interested in business opportunities in Baja California’s growing manufacturing sector. More than 20 participants—which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals—boarded a bus provided by Temarry Recycling and participated in the tour that began with a visit to the Hisense manufacturing plant in Rosarito, Baja California.  Hisense is a China-based manufacturer of electronics and appliances, including televisions, refrigerators, portable air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, among other products. The company’s Rosarito plant manufacturers high definition televisions for the North American market. During the tour of the facilities—which included the opportunity to see a portion of the company’s automated manufacturing processes in action—Hisense Mexico’s VP, Marco Esponda, provided participants with an overview of the company and its current need for regional suppliers for a variety of components and services.

Once the tour of the Hisense plant concluded, the group departed to Hotel Calafia—a landmark hotel in Rosarito situated on the ocean’s edge—to enjoy a lunch buffet hosted by SEDECO and the Economic Development and Tourism Department of the City of Playas de Rosarito (DETUR). During the lunch, Conrado Acevedo, Director of DETUR welcomed the group on behalf of the City’s Mayor, Mirna Cecilia Rincón, and talked about the City’s initiatives to spur investment and grow the local economy. Additional speakers at the lunch included José López Castellanos, SEDECO’s Undersecretary for Investment Promotion, San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, Andres Campos, Director of the Economic Development Commission of Ensenada, Irlanda Gil, Business Development Specialist for the Tijuana EDC, and Gilberto Macías, Northwest Regional Director for ProMéxico.

After lunch, the tour continued on to Tecate, Baja California with a visit to Temarry Recycling, an industrial waste recycling plant. Temarry is the only company serving the Western U.S. authorized by the EPA to export hazardous waste for recycling to Mexico. Teresa Ruiz, legal representative for Temarry, guided the group on tour of the facility which through its recycling processes recovers reusable solvents from industrial waste and can completely eliminate hazardous waste using a thermal treatment system.

The tour concluded with a visit to Formula Plastics, a plastic injection molding company that does work for customers in the consumer, medical device, automotive, telecommunications, and technology sectors among others. Some of these customers include Bosch, Sanyo, Philips, and Panasonic. Sales Director for Formula Plastics, José Mora Cornejo, discussed the company’s high-precision molding capabilities and provided the group with a glimpse of their manufacturing operations which include 55 molding machines, a Class 8 clean room, a state-of-the-art metrology lab, IQMS quality and production management system, and a private freight and trucking delivery service.

The San Diego CITD coordinates these activities as part of its Supplier Export Program, which helps small and medium-sized businesses increase their sales through international trade by matching them with the manufacturers that are looking to source services, components, raw materials, and other commodities regionally. Several of the companies that participated in the tour identified potential business opportunities with the manufacturers that were visited and expressed an interest in participating in future industrial tours and trade missions.