This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry.
Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA
From June 29 to July 1, representatives from NEMA and member companies Atkore, CITEL, Eberle Design, and Lutron participated in a trade mission to Mexico City and Monterrey. The U.S. Foreign Commercial Services coordinated meetings with local distributors and potential customers in each city.
NEMA staff coordinated events in each city to provide members with local perspectives on energy trends. Key local organizations (e.g., CANAME and ANCE) and representatives from the Mexico City offices of NEMA companies Schneider, Leviton, and Condumex joined the attendees to hear Javier Gutierrez, deputy director of modernization at Mexico’s Federal Electrical Commission.
In Monterrey, a similar forum was held with local representatives from Siemens, Schneider, and Nidec/U.S. Motors, which featured Gregorio Canales, undersecretary of energy for the secretary of economic development for the state of Nuevo Leon.
While this was the first NEMA trade mission since 2008, export promotion activities may be scheduled for fall 2016 and spring 2017.