REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – At the opening of the INDEX Forum Reynosa, the President of the maquiladoras association, Alejandro Avila, reiterated the commitment of the industry to the development of Mexico.

Ávila revealed that only in Reynosa, more than 500,000 people depend on the manufacturing industry directly and indirectly, making it the most important economic sector in the region.

He warned that with the growth of the industry, which this year will be up to 16 percent, INDEX Reynosa member companies must endorse their commitment to contribute positively to the development of the country.

“Mexico is ready for this industry growth and will continue to support the country’s development doing things ethically,” Avila said in the forum opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, Martha Ramos Morales, INDEX Reynosa Director, said the association will continue pondering coordination with the authorities of the three levels of government in order to respond more effectively to the industry challenges.

INDEX Reynosa gave recognition to the acting Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism of Tamaulipas, Angel Ortiz Salazar, for the support given to the industry for the most recent years.

The Forum was attended by over a thousand persons and over 70 exhibitors and sponsors, and representatives of supplier companies manufacturing in the region.

As guests speakers were presented Ana Maria Salazar, an analyst of international affairs; Francisco Mendiola, specialist in Mexican reefs; Luigi Valdés, with the issue “Keys to reinvent your business” and Cecilia González with the talk “How to achieve your goals.”

During the inauguration 11 companies with 1 or more years without accidents were awarded as part of the Safe Company program, promoted by INDEX Reynosa seeking to foster a culture of industrial safety among its members.

They were also given awards for the implementation of environmental protection programs to companies that have implemented special plans for saving energy, water and a better nabagenebt if solid waste.

Environmental program explains how to save resources

The Federal Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) invited INDEX Reynosa partners to participate in its program of Environmental Leadership for Competitiveness.

The program, said Gaston Acuna, President of the Committee of Environment, Health and Safety INDEX Reynosa, aims to increase the building  capacity for oriented productivity efficiency and competitiveness.

Last year, three INDEX Reynosa partners were recognized: Sociedad de Motores Domésticos, Corning Science México and Eaton Controls.

The program, which started in 2011, is aimed at companies with more than 10 employees who implement processes and new technologies for saving water, electricity, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and solid waste.

“The program has no cost to participants and is aimed at strengthening the integrated value chain for large companies and their suppliers,” said Gaston Acuña.

In 2015, Tamaulipas received first place in the country with 214 companies that obtained the certification.

The results of the Environmental Leadership Program, led in 2015 in more than 50 companies registered in Reynosa to have savings equivalent to more than 52 million pesos in savings of energy, water and solid waste disposal.

INDEX Companies Win Awards

Eleven INDEX Reynosa companies received the Safe Company 2016 award, which recognizes the efforts of companies to eradicate accidents in their plants.

The program is administered by the INDEX Reynosa Environment, Health and Safety Committee and this is the second consecutive year that an award is given.

The awards were presented during the opening of the INDEX Reynosa 2016 Forum, held on September 8th.

The program establishes 5 levels of awards according to the results in the prevention of accidents: Bronze, for companies with reduced accidents by 50 percent; Silver for companies that reduced the accidents by 75 percent; Gold, for companies registered a year without accidents; Platinum for organizations with two years without accidents and Diamond level, for companies with three or more years without accidents.

In 2015 six companies won the Gold and just one made to Bronze level while this year seven companies obtained Platinum, three Gold and one Bronze.

Platinum: Eaton Controls, PMC Plant, Eaton Controls, Plant FC, Eaton Controls, Electrical Plant, Semtech Corpus Christi, Welmex Industries, Overly of Mexico, DSV Solutions.

Gold: Visteon Carplastics, Electrical Products of Mexico Cequent, Teleplan of Mexico

Bronze: Kimball Electronics