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9/3 Tijuana, BJ, Mexico: Sony Outsources Border Factory

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      Tijuana News: Sony Outsources Border Plant

      September 2, 2009



      Battered by multi-billion dollar losses, Sony Corp. has decided to
      outsource production at a large Tijuana factory. The Japan-based consumer
      electronics giant announced this week it will sell a 90 percent interest
      in a factory that manufactures LCD television screens to Hon Hai Precision
      Industry Co.of Taiwan. Production at the plant will be managed by Hon
      Hai’s Foxconn division.

      The deal was given a political stamp of approval by Baja California
      Governor Jose Osuna Millan and other high state officials. In a Tijuana
      meeting earlier this week, Governor Osuna thanked Sony President Takahiro
      Kawamura for investing in the northern Mexican state. The National Action
      Party governor told Kawamura that Baja California is quite open to future
      dealings with Sony. After returning the appreciations, Kawamura said that
      Baja California has a proven track record in doing business.

      No details of the Sony-Foxconn agreement were immediately disclosed, but
      initial reports suggested that the 3,300 workers at the Tijuana factory
      would still have jobs. Foxconn, however, is among many electronics
      manufacturers that routinely outsource jobs to temporary employment
      agencies which don’t pay the full range of benefits. The Taiwan-based
      industry leader makes computers and consumer electronics for companies
      including Sony, Apple, Cisco, HP, Nintendo, Motorola, and Nokia.

      Enjoying nearly $40 billion in earnings in 2006, Foxconn emerged as the
      world’s largest electronics parts manufacturer, according to a report by
      the Guadalajara-based Center for Reflection and Labor Action (Cereal).

      In addition to Tijuana, Foxconn is currently expanding production
      activities in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Prior to the onset of the world
      recession, Tijuana was the center of television production in Mexico,
      dominating 70 percent of the national market share, according to the
      Cereal report.

      Typically, electronics components used in the manufacturing process in
      Tijuana are shipped in from Asia for final product assembly on the border.

      Sources: Frontera, September 1, 2009. Los Angeles Times/Associated Press,
      September 1, 2009. Juarez-El Paso Now, August 2009. Cereal report, October
      2007.



      Frontera NorteSur (FNS): on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
      Center for Latin American and Border Studies
      New Mexico State University Las Cruces,New Mexico

       
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