TIJUANA, MEXICO and SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - September 29, 2016) - The establishment of Thermo Fisher's IT Tijuana-San Diego operations is a milestone for both cities' EDCs, and an example of how its complementary capabilities can make the CaliBaja region a leading global provider of IT services.
The new state-of-the-art facility is located in Tijuana, just a less-than-an-hour trip away from Thermo Fisher's headquarters in Carlsbad, Ca., it was created to provide software and IT solutions to other Thermo Fisher divisions.
The story begins in late 2014 when the firm was exploring sites to establish a Software Engineering Center of Excellence. Then in September 2015, with the support of San Diego Regional EDC, UC San Diego, Tijuana EDC, municipal and state government representatives, Thermo Fisher completed several trips to Tijuana to explore their options, and decided to run a pilot looking to hire 30 software engineers with a specific profile; due to the great success in finding the right people, it rapidly expanded to 50. Now it's expected to reach 120 by the end of the year and then jump up to 250 engineers.
Mark Field, Thermo Fisher's Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the city's accessibility and engineering talent availability as key factors why they opted for Tijuana, because their main IT team is based in San Diego.
Cristina Hermosillo, President of the Tijuana EDC underlines the importance of binational collaboration in this project. "We can see the evolution of Tijuana industry from manufacturing to engineering talent center. Tijuana aims to be California's technological arm. More companies will follow Thermo Fisher's example."
The firm already teamed-up with local universities to develop the profile required by the industry. "We aim to create a vibrant software engineering culture in Tijuana in order to sustain it," said Field. "Although we are at the early stages, Thermo Fisher is working closely with universities, government, and companies on both sides of the border to help build a strong base of software engineering talent in the bi-national region."
Thermo Fisher started operations in Tijuana 15 years ago with a manufacturing facility, and now they decided to expand their footprint to the IT sector. Many other companies with manufacturing operations in Tijuana have also made the jump from manufacturing to added value services to the industry, finding in the city an ideal location for their IT, R&D, design, or administrative support centers.
This is the case of the technology giant Samsung, who has been running a manufacturing operation in Tijuana since 1988 and five years ago they opened a digital content development center where now 60 programmers and 20 designers create digital content and games for this firm. In 2013 Welch Allyn started the operations of its Global Finance Shared Center in Tijuana, attracted by the region's bilingual and bicultural talent.
About Thermo Fisher: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is a world leader in serving science with $17 billion in revenues, a $58.2 billion market cap and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. The company develops, manufactures and sells a wide variety of innovative biotechnology products including analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and software, and provides services for research, manufacturing, analysis and diagnostics. The Carlsbad facility opened as a result of a $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies in 2014, significantly boosting Thermo Fisher's presence in the field of genetic sequencing.