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Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico

Aerospace manufacturing in Mexico has made great strides over the course of the last decade. Developing a domestic industry is one of the national government’s highest economic priorities. While in 2004, aerospace companies operating in Mexico exported a total of $146 million worth of products, the number had risen to $3.5 billion in 2010.

Aerospace manufacturing in Mexico takes place in a total of sixteen Mexican states.  The industry, however, is concentrated in five major clusters that are located in the following geographical areas:

  • Sonora
  • Baja California
  • Chihuahua
  • Nuevo Leon
  • Queretaro

While each area has its specialties, the Sonora aerospace cluster is rapidly becoming a center for precision aerospace machining in Mexico.

Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico today consists of 232 companies that employ an approximate 29,000 workers.  In terms of activity, these companies breakdown in the following way:

  • Manufacturing: 79%
  • MRO: 11%
  • Design and Engineering: 10%

Estimates are that aerospace manufacturing in Mexico will grow up t0 20 percent per annum through 2016.  It is projected that the Mexican aerospace industry will, at that time, consist of approximately 350 companies and will employ a total of 37,000 workers.   Recent research has shown companies that are manufacturing in Mexico save between 28% - 34% of the cost of doing so in other higher cost countries.

Aerospace manufacturers in Mexico produce aviation use wire harnesses, fuselages, landing gear, engine parts and turbines, composites, fuel level indicators, interiors and a growing list of other items.  There are significant efforts underway to line up the resources of the federal and state governments and private industry for the purpose of strengthening and further developing the educational infrastructure that is currently in place to serve present industry needs and those that materialize as aerospace manufacturing in Mexico continues to develop.

The videos available below highlight some of the aerospace companies manufacturing in Mexico under The Offshore Group’s ISO 9001:2008 certified Shelter Program.

CRS Aerospace

CRS Aerospace serves Mexico manufacturing firms by providing secondary processes such as anodizing, chemfilm, cleaning, passivate, non-destructive testing and key support services.  It is the successor to industry icon ChemResearch Sonora and has been operating in Empalme, Sonora since 2003. Read More

Ducommun Aerostructures

Ducommun AeroStructures, or DAS, is a manufacturer of large, complex structural aerospace components and assemblies in aluminum, specialty alloys and composites for a wide variety of military and commercial aerospace applications, and has been manufacturing in Guaymas, Mexico since 2007. Read More

Horst Engineering

Horst Engineering and Manufacturing Co, a Connecticut based contract manufacturer of precision machined aerospace and medical components and assemblies, has been manufacturing in Mexico since 2006. The company, founded in 1946, employs 40 at its Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico operation. Read More


NOVACAP is a 25-year-old manufacturer of multilayer ceramic capacitors, or MLC, products to the medical, aerospace, military, telecommunications and oil exploration markets, has been manufacturing in Guaymas, Mexico, since 2005. The company occupies a 32,000 square-foot facility and employs 200. Read More

Paradigm Precision

Paradigm Precision, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, is a leading manufacturer of complex machined components for the aerospace, land-based power generation and marine markets. It was founded in 2007 and has sister plants in Arizona, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Tunisia. Read More

Minco Manufacturing

Minco Manufacturing is a privately-held company based in Colorado Springs, CO, with a manufacturing plant in that city, as well as in Empalme, Mexico. The company produces fuser rollers, fixing film sleeves and products used worldwide in the imaging equipment business. Minco has supplied over 25 million high-quality fuser rollers to customers since it started operations in 1992. Read More

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