Tijuana transformed into major medical device industry cluster

One of the largest medical device clusters in the industry turns out to be south of the border, in Tijuana, Mexico, of all places. Medical-device related jobs in the Baja California region have more than doubled in just 6 years, from 15,000 to nearly 31,000 jobs, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The region is trying to lock in and foster further growth by encouraging companies to focus on high-tech and R&D work in Southern California, while placing low-cost manufacturing in Tijuana, where wages are about one-fifth what they are in the United States. The number of medical device industry jobs has grown there in the past 30 years, but the process accelerated in 2006, when Tijuana began to include medical-device manufacturing in its strategic planning, the article explains. Story