For a number of years, Jalisco has positioned itself as an important industrial hub in the central-western region of Mexico, with a number of prominent industries such as livestock, agriculture and, of course, the tequila industry. However, the electronics industry has played an important role in this region. In its metropolitan area, dominated by the city of Guadalajara, which is the capital, and in the conurban area which includes Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Tonalá and Tlaquepaque, 70% of the industry is concentrated. Since the late 60s, the implantation of transnational companies from the technology sector began, with pioneering companies such as Motorola and Kodak, where the former manufactured semiconductors and the latter film and disposable cameras. Later, companies such as IBM and HP arrived, who started the integration of electrical-electronic equipment production systems with the first automatic assembly lines (SMT). Afterwards, with the trends of the manufacturing industry of the time (offshoring, nearshoring, etc.), several of these companies started to subcontract some key processes; that is where the need for several OEM companies to establish themselves in the region arose. Companies such as SCI (now Sanmina-SCI), Solectron, Flextronics, among others. For this reason, in the 90s, the metropolitan area of Guadalajara was referred to as the “Mexican Silicon Valley”.
When there was a significant migration and relocation of projects to other “low-cost” regions (such as Asia), Mexico and, in particular, the Mexican Silicon Valley area made the strategic decision to try to increase the added value of products, going from “Made in Mexico” to “Created in Mexico”, changing the concept of being a simple assembly line to providing high added value design and manufacturing services. As part of this strategy, important companies in the sector, such as Freescale Semiconductors (previously Motorola), Texas Instruments, Continental, Intel, Hella and IBM, to mention a few, have actively participated with significant investments in technology centres in the region. This meant that many manufacturers increased their service portfolio to support this electronics industry cluster.
Today, Guadalajara has been transformed into a development and engineering centre in the country, with the presence of 12 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), 16 electronics manufacturing services suppliers (EMS), tens of design centres and over 700 companies manufacturing their electronics in this region.
The IKOR Group is one of these companies located in the region, and, for the last 15 years, it has actively participated in the sector, with sustained growth and contributing value to the region’s industry. When it arrived in Mexico in 1998, the Group opened its first 1,200 m² plant in Guadalajara. Just six years later, and due to the enormous potential the area has for the sector, IKOR transferred its headquarters to a new location, in Jalisco. Today, over 200 employees work in these 4,000 m² installations and 2,650,000 components are manufactured each day. From this location, the needs of several of our customers from the NAFTA Region are catered for, as well as other orders from different countries, which find in Mexico the ideal location in which to manufacture their electronics. Since its creation, IKOR Mexico has seen sustained growth over the last 15 years, contributing value to the manufacture of Tier 1 and 2 products as the OEMs of different industrial sectors, such as the Automotive, electromedical or industrial sectors among others. A market with enormous growth forecasts for the coming years.