Why this is important to Wisconsin businesses: The show attracts attendees from 15 countries, and more than 1,200 pre-scheduled meetings are conducted.

Aerospace & MRO Meetings Latin America, the most important business-to-business event in Costa Rica, will be held Feb. 20-23, 2017, in San Jose. The event is an opportunity for leaders in the aerospace industry, as well as companies that focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), to meet with potential industry partners.

The last time the event was held, it was attended by 100 companies representing 200 participants from 15 countries, with 1,200 pre-scheduled meetings to exchange ideas and explore potential partnerships.

Aerospace & MRO Meetings Latin America enables companies to come together, make connections, and identify new business partners. Supported by two government agencies, Procomer and CINDE, the event will bring together industry professionals and organize customized meetings between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers.  In addition, participants will be able to take part in procurement and supply chain policy workshops.  There will be opportunities for companies to visit facilities, interact with local businesses and officials, and increase their knowledge of the region's business potential. Aerospace & MRO Meetings Latin America is aimed at companies who are interested in investing or developing a supply base in Central and Latin America.

Costa Rica is a world-class location for high-technology multinational companies in the areas of advanced manufacturing, life sciences, services, clean technologies and more (regional distribution centers, infrastructure projects, tourism and agribusiness)—a country with a specialized entrepreneurial approach, high standards of quality, a highly skilled workforce and one of the Latin America’s most politically stable countries.

It is the third-leading high-tech exporter in Latin America, according to the World Bank’s World Development Indicators 2013: high-tech products such as electronic microstructures, integrated circuits and computer parts make up 26 percent of its exported goods. Costa Rica has over 50 high-tech companies in advanced manufacturing that employ more than 15,000 people.

Costa Rica’s supplier base for advanced manufacturing includes:

  • Electronics assembly
  • Machine and tooling shops (CNC lathe, mill, EDM, and conventional) - grinding, stamping
  • Mold (maintenance, repair, limited manufacturing)
  • Limited heat treatment and plating
  • Local machinery
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Packaging (cardboard, thermoformed, flexible)