The Growing Potential of Semiconductor Microchips in Mexico’s Tech Industry

Semiconductor microchips, the technological backbone of our modern society, have become indispensable in nearly all electronic devices we rely on today. These chips serve as vital components in any device that utilizes internal computing. While the majority of microchips are currently manufactured in Asia, the landscape is shifting, presenting new opportunities for other regions, including Mexico.

The United States faces not only a deficit in chip manufacturing but also in research and development. This situation has opened doors for engineers in Mexico to play a significant role in the semiconductor industry. Recognizing the importance of this sector, the U.S. Congress passed the Chips and Science Act last year, aiming to enhance chip research and production within the country. This initiative may also benefit Mexico.

Dubbed as Mexico’s Silicon Valley, the city of Guadalajara is emerging as a hub for semiconductor chip manufacturing. Pascal Orboy, who runs GDL Circuits, a company that produces electronic systems for Mexico’s manufacturing sector, believes that local chip production will soon become a reality. Orboy expects a French company to invest in a chip manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, with the first chips rolling off the production line by 2024.

Industry analysts consider Mexico an ideal location for the semiconductor chip industry. The country boasts a pool of talented individuals, supported by 17 universities, making it easy to recruit and train fresh technicians and engineers. Moreover, Mexico has a strong track record of producing technical engineers and excels in manufacturing quality and supply chain logistics. What remains is specialized expertise in semiconductor manufacturing.

Creating a specialized semiconductor industry takes time and careful planning. Establishing a clean manufacturing facility and importing equipment from the United States, Asia, or Europe is just the beginning. Educating and qualifying the workforce further adds to the timeline, making the overall process at least a two-year endeavor. However, despite the challenges, insiders in Mexico’s Silicon Valley anticipate continuous growth in the sector.

In the ever-advancing field of electronics, competition remains fierce. Mexico’s tech industry is poised to thrive, and with the increasing demand for microchips, it is expected to continue its upward trajectory.

Source: CGTN – Alistair Bavistock in Guadalajara