Hong Kong Tijuana
Mexico has long been considered as a manufacturing alternative to China and, in fact, some major companies do produce there (think Mattel and Little Tikes). Still, the amount of toy and play product produced in Mexico pales in comparison to China’s 86% share of the world toy market. Things there may, however, finally be heating up.
That’s what I thought after reading “Mexico: The New China” by New York Times reporter, Chris Anderson. Here is how the writer describes modern Tijuana: “”
Anderson is no longer a full-time reporter. He now owns a company, 3D Robotics, that has an office in San Diego and manufacturing in Tijuana or TJ as he calls it. In describing the experience of commuting between the two locations he makes this intriguing statement:
Shuttling between the two factories …I’m reminded of a similar experience I had a decade earlier. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I lived in Hong Kong…and saw how that city was paired with the “special economic zone” of Shenzhen... Together, the two created a world-beating manufacturing hub: business, design and finance in Hong Kong, manufacturing in Shenzhen…Today, what Shenzhen is to Hong Kong, Tijuana is becoming to San Diego.