ABB has established a new regional operations center for North America, bringing technology expertise closer to customers and building on its similar resources globally. An initial $1 million investment has been made for the new Mexico Technology and Engineering Center (MXTEC) in the city of Merida, Yucatan, to help the technology leader to reach higher project delivery capacity and increase competitiveness.
The center, located within the modern SkyWork building alongside a community of technology and cyber security companies, will be a go-to resource for ABB engineers and covers disciplines including automation, electrical, and software engineering. It will mean an approximate 25 percent uptick in engineering capacity, with some projects involving commissioning of ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) at customer sites. Further competencies for supply chain, project management, and sales support may be added in the future.
ABB’s move comes at a time when industrial companies are addressing their supply chains and either near shoring or near sourcing to ensure security and reliability of operations. Mexico is establishing itself as an emerging center of excellence for engineering.