Enrique Peña Nieto
President of Mexico
The Western Maquiladora Association's aim is to help keep the San
Diego/Northern Baja area maquiladora operators and related businesses
informed about U.S. and Mexico changes that may affect their industry.
Our association neither strives to promote itself nor the maquiladora
WMTA assists members in complying with U.S. and Mexican regulations
and represents the maquiladora industry's interests with government
agencies in both the United States and in Mexico. The WMTA works
closely with INDEX [Industria Maquiladora y Manufacturera de Exportacion (The Mexican National Maquila Association)]. and the Maquiladora
Industry Association Coastal Zone of Baja California (AIM) in a
proactive roll to help effect a desirable outcome to any changes
that may affect our industry.
WMTA is a non-profit organization funded solely through the membership
of private businesses.
WMTA was founded in 1982 when a group of binational business people
involved in the maquiladora industry started meeting regularly to
discuss common concerns. The WMTA's roots predate 1982, however,
as in the 1960's and 1970's many Baja California maquiladoras operators
met informally to share their experiences in Mexico.
WMTA's founders knew their industry, which started in 1965, was
going through troublesome times and felt they could deal with problems
more effectively as a group rather than as individuals. Discussion
of shared concerns continues to be the driving force of the WMTA.
WMTA, which is comprised of more than 125 members from the United
States and Mexico, has become a respected and influential voice
of the maquiladora industry. It remains an import binational forum
to exchange ideas about WMTA member's challenges.