From January to October 2018, companies based in Jalisco of the electronics industry, Information Technology (IT) and telecommunications sold abroad 22 billion and 240 million dollars (MDD), exceeding by just 63 million the same figure period of 2017. Thus, the high-tech sector became the main exporter in the State, with sales worth 41 billion 494 million dollars, equivalent to 53.6% of exports of Jalisco.
Jalisco's electronic companies export more than 22 billion dollars in 2018
The president of the National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology (Canieti) in the West, Isaac Ávila Ahumada, expects the sector to reach 24 billion dollars in exports by the end of the year, although that figure would be lower than the 25 billion 832 million reached in 2017, the highest amount in the last 10 years.
Ávila pointed out that the electronic sector has three main challenges for the coming years: generate more specialized engineers to reduce the lack of personnel in companies, maintain and increase the number of patents and industrial designs in the Entity and grow above 10% average annual.
In terms of talent, the high-tech industry has a deficit of more than three thousand engineers to fill their vacancies. In addition, 50% of those who integrate IT companies in Jalisco are from other states of the country and abroad.
"If we do not have talent in the region, we will hardly continue to grow," Ávila explained. "It requires personnel of a high level of expertise and many companies that are operating in Guadalajara need such personnel, which is why in such cases they use a lot of talent from outside."
Regarding the objective of growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the double-digit industry, Ávila Ahumada considered that areas of business opportunity, strengths and weaknesses should be detected in order to attract more foreign investment to the State and consolidate the already established companies. "This has to do with IT reference indicators, seeing what companies do here, what is the added value they have, the projects they develop and that will allow us a more reliable scheme to continue growing."
As for patents, the high-tech sector has been a key player for the 194 patents and 562 inventions (including utility models and industrial designs) accumulated by Jalisco in 2017, the second highest in the country just behind the Mexico City. "While it is true that we live in a State with good rates in the matter, we have to continue promoting it," says Isaac Ávila Ahumada, president of Canieti Occidente.
Source: El Informador