Mexico an industrial leader – “Land of opportunities!”

The stereotype is “The Lazy Mexican”, but in reality, Mexicans are among the hardest working people in the world, according to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)!

mexicoARCMexico is a significant market for manufacturing and automation products. Mexicans are the hardest workers in the industrialized world, China included. The OECD—the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, of which the United States is a member—studied working trends in three dozen countries, including paid and unpaid work. Mexicans topped the list, and exceeded the United States in both categories.

In 2011, Mexico received almost 20 billion dollars of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), consolidating Mexico as one of the top recipients of FDI among emerging economies in the world. Mexico’s manufacturing industry and the financial services sector are top among the most preferred investment targets. Among the manufacturing sectors, the main recipients are automotive, iron & steel, beverages, and chemicals.

“Mexico has signed 11 Free Trade Agreements with 43 countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Japan, some of the largest and most lucrative markets in the world. Mexico actively participates in world trade. It is the 10th largest exporter and importer worldwide, accounting for 2.5% and 2.6% of the world’s total exports and imports, respectively. Mexico is a land of manufacturing opportunities,” according to Steve Clouther, the principal author of ARC’s “Automation Systems Market Outlook for Mexico” .

Economic Stability
In contrast to the widening crisis in the euro zone, Mexico can point to 17 years of macroeconomic stability, low inflation, manageable debt, an open economy, and increasing competitiveness. The gross domestic product expanded 3.9 percent in 2011, and there are forecasts suggesting that by 2050 it could be larger than that of France. Mexican factories are exporting record quantities of televisions, cars, computers, and appliances, replacing some Chinese imports in the United States and fueling a modest expansion.

Process Industries
In 2010, Mexico was the seventh-largest oil producer in the world, and the third-largest in the Western Hemisphere. State-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is one of the largest oil companies in the world. Mexico is consistently one of the top three exporters of oil to the US, along with Canada and Saudi Arabia.

• The Distributed Control System (DCS) sector is by far the largest automation technology for the process industries, especially oil & gas. All of the major DCS suppliers have a strong presence in Mexico.

• The DCS and SCADA sector accounts for more than a third of the revenues, and PLCs, IPCs, and Panels account for another fifth

Discrete Industries
The automotive industry is a very strategic industry for Mexico. In 2011, the automotive sector accounted for approximately 4 percent of the Mexican GDP and 20 percent of Mexico’s manufacturing GDP. According to the ranking of 40 countries by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), based on car production, Mexico ranked eighth globally. The aerospace industry is another very strategic industry for Mexico. From an automation perspective, GMC and drives account for the largest investment, followed closely by PLCs, IPCs, and panels.

Automation scholorships announced


ISA Announces Recipients of 2010 ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships

Alexey Tirtchny

Evgeny Bakin

Konstantin Gurnov

Three of the Russian students

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the winners of the 2010 ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to college and university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation, instrumentation, and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives.

ISA awarded more than $62,000, which was distributed among students in two- and four-year colleges and universities, and graduate students. Contributions to the ISA Educational Foundation come from the following sources: Norman E. Huston Endowment, the Paros-Digiquartz Fund, the Bob and Mary Ives Endowment, the Wilbanks scholarship, the ISA Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division Endowment, the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division Endowment, the ISA Executive Board Scholarship, ISA Life Members Committee Scholarship, ISA Section and District Scholarships, and the General Education Fund.

The 2010 recipients are:
In two-year programs:
Cody Simpson
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Thaen Watkins
Western Wyoming Community College; Rock Springs, Wyoming, USA
Michael Columbo
Massosoit Community College; Massosoit, Massachusettes, USA
Joshua Alfaro
Vanier College; Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Betsy Dorsett
Lee College; Baytown, Texas, USA
Benjamin Martin
Central Texas College; Killeen, Texas, USA
Benjamin Pohlman
Front Range Community College; Westminister, Colorado, USA

In four-year programs:

Ronald Rodriguez
Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, Georgia, USA
Robert Sherbert
Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Ane Muvadgah
University of Central Oklahoma; Edmond,Oklahoma, USA
Sneha Shishodia
Institute of Technology; Nirma University; Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Rishita Sarabhai
Institute of Technology; Nirma University; Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Foram Dhebar
Sardar Vallabhbai Patel University; Basad, Gujarat, India
Nicole Legenski
Penn State University; Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Jonathan Martin
Messiah College; Grantham, Pennsylvania, USA
Brian Kosoris
Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, Georgia, USA
Michael Lopresti
University of Missouri; Colombia, Missouri, USA
Terrance Eakin
Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio, USA
Jadeja Kamal
University of Texas at Dallas; Richardson, Texas, USA

In graduate programs:
Alexey Tirtchny
St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation; St. Petersburg, Russia
Evgeny Bakin
St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation; St. Petersburg, Russia
Konstantin Gurnov
St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation; St. Petersburg, Russia
Georgy Kuyumchev
St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation; St. Petersburg, Russia
Carlos Andrade-Cabrerra
Instituto Tecnologico Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico
Ikechukwu Okanu
Idaho State University; Pocatello, Idaho, USA
Mahdi Sharifzadeh
Imperial College; London, England