In this episode, Françoise speaks with Dr. Juan Terrazas, the Director of the College of Engineering at CETYS University about the benefits of cross-border manufacturing relationships between the US and Mexico to help alleviate the strains of the semiconductor crisis.
In the aftermath of President Biden’s signing of the CHIPS and Science Act, we’ve been seeing news articles about Mexico positioning itself to take advantage of the US’s desire to bring semiconductor manufacturing closer to home. According to these reports, Mexico is starting to offer incentives to tempt semiconductor manufacturers to open facilities there. The country is already the eighth largest producer of electronics. It’s also close to where companies like Intel and Samsung are already planning new facilities.
Many of these activities began before the chip crisis, with the onshoring efforts and the SHIP program we’ve talked about before on the podcast. Dr. Terrazas provides some insight on the microelectronics manufacturing capabilities in Mexico, and how the US can leverage these capabilities to bolster our domestic semiconductor supply chain. He also talks about the growing technical talent pool that can help solve some of the growing semiconductor workforce challenges.
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