The Aerospace Industry in Mexico

The aerospace industry in Mexico comprises companies that manufacture, maintain, repair, customize, engineer, design and provide auxiliary services (airlines, test laboratories, training centers, etc.) for commercial and military aircraft.

Mexico has consolidated its position as a global leader in the aerospace sector. The country's exports summed 7.2 billion dollars in 2016, and recorded an annual average growth between 2006 and 2016 that exceeded 14.0%. Imports, meanwhile, topped 5.9 billion dollars, sustaining a positive trade balance for Mexico throughout 2016.

The direct foreign investment in the Mexican aerospace industry in the last 10 years recorded 2.9 billion dollars.

 

Companies Established in Mexico

 

 

As of 2016, 330 aerospace companies and support entities were registered in Mexico, most of which have NADCAP and AS9100 certifications. These companies and support entities are located mainly in five states and, according to estimates by the Secretariat of Economy, employ more than 45 thousand high-level professionals.

 

Strengths of the Aerospace Industry in Mexico

Competitive Costs. According to a study by KPMG, Mexico is 15.8% more cost competitive than the United States.

Logistics. Due to its geographic location, Mexico is the meeting point of the world's two main aerospace manufacturing corridors, both in North America. The country’s access to the Asian and European markets make it the aerospace logistics and manufacturing center of the Americas.

Experience. Mexico's success in the development of industries such as the automotive and the electric-electronic, provides an advanced manufacturing and infrastructure platform, which encourages the development of the aerospace industry in Mexico and optimizes supply chains, common support programs and synergistic advantages.

Strengths of the Aerospace Industry in Mexico

Logistics. Due to its geographic location, Mexico is the meeting point of the world's two main aerospace manufacturing corridors, both in North America. The country’s access to the Asian and European markets make it the aerospace logistics and manufacturing center of the Americas.

Experience. Mexico's success in the development of industries such as the automotive and the electric-electronic, provides an advanced manufacturing and infrastructure platform, which encourages the development of the aerospace industry in Mexico and optimizes supply chains, common support programs and synergistic advantages.

Competitive Costs. According to a study by KPMG, Mexico is 15.8% more cost competitive than the United States.

Reliability. Mexico's export control system was placed under evaluation by the members of the Wassenaar Arrangement: Mexico was an exceptional case, being admitted in record time, even when no other new members had been approved in the previous five years. Mexico's admission shows the international community's interest in the country as a reliable destination for the integration of sensitive technologies. Reciprocally, acceptance into this prestigious group is proof of Mexico's commitment to remain a safe destination for the production of goods and services that include both restricted technologies and dual use goods and services.

Innovation. The large number of universities and research centers that focus on advanced manufacturing and materials encourage the development of innovation projects in the industry.

Talent. According to the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions information, annually 125 thousand students of engineering, manufacturing and construction graduated from Mexican institutions.

Certified Quality. Mexico is one of the few countries with a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Companies in Mexico have certified their processes to comply with industry standards such as ISO-9001, AS9100 and NADCAP.

 

    Aerospace

      Economic Units Aerospace
      Manufacturing and MRO*

      Foreign Direct Investment Aerospace
      Manufacturing and MRO* 2016

      Graduates from Engineering, Manufacturing
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      Success stories

      Icon Aircraft

      The North American company announced in September 2016 the construction of a new facility at Tijuana, Baja California, where it will produce composite airframe components for the A5 aircraft, a manufacturing process that was previously outsourced to several suppliers. "ICON's new composite facility in Mexico is central to the improved production strategy we announced," said ICON CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins. "Manufacturing in Mexico is a powerful capability for a global industrial company, which many others in the aerospace, automotive, and powersports sectors have recognized for years," said Thomas Wieners, ICON's VP of Manufacturing. "Tijuana is ideal for ICON's needs because it is a rapidly-emerging industrial center with the infrastructure and skilled labor force, including composites and aerospace expertise, to produce the volume and quality of composites we need to meet the significant A5 demand. Tijuana's proximity to San Diego also reduces the time and cost to ship components to ICON's aircraft assembly facility in California." The investment is estimated in 150 million dollars and the facility will employ more than 1,000 people, once it is fully operational.

      GE Aviation

      The Company from the United States announced in 2017 a 400 million dollar investment to install a plant for manufacturing turbine components. The new facility will be located at Sonora and it is estimated to create 3,000 new jobs for high-qualifyed engineers and technitians.

      AT Engine

      In 2017 it was announced a joint venture of the Mexican company Altaser Aerospace and the German Aerotech to form AT Engine. There will be a 250 million dollar investment and the project will create 500 new high-skilled jobs. The new company will have its facilities in Sonora and will be dedicated to the productions of turbine parts for clients such as General Electric Airspace and Rolls Royce, to incorporate them in Airbus and Boeing airplanes.

      Honeywell

      In 2016, Honeywell stated that it will invest 15 million dollars in wind tunnel technology for its plant at Mexicali, Baja California. It is estimated the creation of more than 100 jobs.