Juan Carlos Munguia Castañeda is an Aeronautic Engineer from the University of Aeronautics in Querétaro with an MSC on Aerospace Design by Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior Campus Mexicali and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificated from the Imperial London College with Specialization on Additive Manufacturing and also a Certificated from Babson College for Entrepreneurship and Fostering Global Innovation. Hi is co-founder and CEO of M Aerospace RTC and has been working for more than 5 years on the Additive Manufacture Technology Development and Mixed Reality Technologies working as an SAE AMS Member, his previous works were as a Design Engineer at Collins Aerospace & also as a Structural Engineer for Safran Aerospace Group.
He has been participating on several international forums giving the perspectives and challenges of disruptive technologies including VR/ AR and Additive Manufacturing on countries like Germany, China, United Kingdom, and Mexico. Currently, his company has been nominated for the Entrepreneurship Price For Innovation from Cisco, and he has been invited to participate in Hannover Messe in Mexico called “Industrial Transformation”. He has been in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce from the United Kingdom and has being involves on several Additive Projects Development thru the Manufacturing Technology Center, The National Laboratory Center of the UNAM “MADit” and the Technologic of Monterrey. He also has been nominated by the Mexican Paper called “El Economista” as the “MEXICAN MITRE” which stands for young star entrepreneur raising.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Juan Munguia: Hi im an Aeronautic Engineer from the University of Aeronautics in Querétaro with an MSC on Aerospace Design by Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior Campus Mexicali and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificated from the Imperial London College with Specialization on Additive Manufacturing and also a Certificated from Babson College for Entrepreneurship and Fostering Global Innovation. Currently I´m the CEO and Co´Founder of M Aerospace RTC. M Aerospace RTC combines the efficiency of next generation Large 3D Metal Printers with the ease of on-demand contract manufacturing.
M Aerospace was founded in 2018 with a focus on the development of the first affordable large 3D Metal Printing Systems “Armdust 2.0” utilizing patented Laser Thermal Cladding technology. The company aims to provide a more cost effective solution at the manufacturing level through direct 3D Printers Sales, while generating ancillary revenue through contract manufacturing services.
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Juan Munguia: I think that 2020 and 2021 but really innovation into a ramp up, as because the lack of supply chain worldwide it enables new technologies like 3D Printing to really emerge, as well as a trend that we were able to do was become more digitally connected as well as to become more customer focus and to become a whole digital ecosystem since the sales process as well as the marketing strategy.
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Juan Munguia: Definitely there is a lot of interest in digital marketing skills, nft, cryptos and web3, so any of those topics would be of future interest for every person out there.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Juan Munguia: Several industries were affected by the pandemic including the Aerospace Industry and now with war, even the fuels went up which will lead to a slow recovery from the industry, but definitely becoming able to do all processes digital and with a solid digital marketing strategy new customers have been approaching us and we keep the growth organically.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Juan Munguia: Become digital and stay focused on your track and more close to your customer requirements.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Juan Munguia: More virtual meetings and events, as well as hybrid working spaces which combine both benefits about being connected and also having a life.
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Juan Munguia: 4-8.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Juan Munguia: We have daily meetings just to have a status about any updates either on production, quality controls, or even sales and marketing team. But I am not a micro-management person, and I trust my team and their decisions so no meetings of more than 30 minutes are enough.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Juan Munguia: Right know we are ready for scaling up and we are doing all efforts to do that, having a good supply chain establish and doing nearshoring would be key for the success of our business.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Juan Munguia: Well, I already have mentioned that all this is a reality and people should learn as much as possible on whether they think it makes their success, but definitely, I recommend becoming a digital marketing expert for sure.
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Juan Munguia: Well i do not think that is the case in most companies specially after the pandemic, everytime we need to trust our team and see where is the root cause of any issue, so i think that mental health is crucial for the performance of every employee and should focus on creating great teams and people to stand over any issues.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Juan Munguia: Make money in the bank account, so we have all the resources to speed up our growth.
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Juan Munguia: Keeping our team safe, happy and also growing more than 200% the company sales.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Juan Munguia for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
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