ProMexico Spearheads Mexico’s Leadership in Aerospace in the Americas
Promexico, the governmental agency that promotes FDI in Mexico, works with the Baja CA State Government to indicate where aerospace companies are located throughout Baja
Promexico, the governmental agency that promotes FDI in Mexico as well as exports by Mexican manufacturers is updating the Mexico Aerospace Route Map. The map not only depicts the location of current aerospace manufacturing operations, it maps out a strategy for Mexico to increasingly become a leader in this sector.
The Baja California State Government and ProMexico have collaborated to indicate where aerospace companies are located throughout Baja California. Other key locations for the industry including Chihuahua, Sonora and Queretaro have updated their information. The Aerospace Route map shows where aerospace companies are located geographically, help define strategic objectives and identifies growing trends for future companies looking to establish manufacturing facilities in this sector.
Baja California leads the country with more than 54 aerospace manufacturing companies established in the state, representing close to 30% of the 190 aerospace companies in Mexico. Baja California provided employment for 14,000 out of 30,000 people working in aerospace manufacturing in Mexico in 2010. Among the prominent companies located in Baja California are Eaton, Esterline, Goodrich, Gulfstream, GKN, Honeywell, and Zodiac Aerospace.
Paulo Alfonso Carrillo Regino, the Secretary for Economic Development of the Ministry of Economic Development for Baja California (SEDECO), emphasized that the map will help determine short and long term goals for the sector: “It will give us a push on who to attract, how to promote and also provide incentives for educational programs,” he said.
Manuel Sandoval Rios, Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation for ProMexico led the first of four workshops to update the map on February 13. Two sessions are being held in Tijuana and two in Mexicali. The goal is to define action items in accordance with what the map shows: where aerospace companies are already located and which areas are growing. Miguel Velasco, Minister of Economic Development for Tijuana; John Riley, President of the Baja Aerospace Cluster; Gilberto Macias, Regional Director of ProMexico; and representatives from companies and educational institutions are participating in the workshops.
Mexico increasingly will be at the forefront as a top-manufacturing hub for aerospace products. Mexico’s strategic advantages include its prime geographical location, its home for quality infrastructure, certified production facilities, a large pool of highly experienced engineers and the multiple trade agreements which have been put in place. Aerospace manufacturing primarily serves the U.S., Canadian, German and French markets.
To further expand this sector, Mexico has entered into a bilateral agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) known as BASA (Basa Aviation Safety Agreement). This is a mutual agreement for aerospace certifications. Companies operating in Mexico have certified their procedures in keeping with industry standards, such as ISO-9001, AS 9100 and NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program).
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