Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico
Aerospace Innovation in Mexico
Innovation is continuously leading Aerospace manufacturing to bigger and better heights. Since they first began production in the 1970's, Mexican production plants have become and integral part in aerospace manufacturing because of their proximity to large markets and the growing supply chain clusters in various locations around Mexico.
At the beginning of 2016, there were 270 aerospace companies in Mexico. Of them, 80 percent focused on manufacturing, 10 percent performed repairs, and the remaining 10 percent developed new ideas. Production plants for these aerospace companies continue to use the latest technology. From 3D printing and mobile data collection, to the design of aerospace materials that are both strong and light, innovation is present in all aspects of Mexican aerospace manufacturing. With the integration of these technologies, sensitive equipment can match specifications to the smallest degree, thus producing high quality products that produce no waste during their creation.
Access to Large Markets
Mexico’s proximity to the U.S. and lower labor cost structure have drawn approximately 300 foreign manufacturers to areas in five Mexican states. These areas have developed economies of scale that aerospace component manufacturers leverage to overcome the learning curve associated with operating in a foreign country and achieve a desired level of productivity and efficiency. Over the past 15 years, cost reduction pressures from Aerospace OEM’s in North America and Europe have influenced next-tier suppliers in some industry sectors to establish low-cost manufacturing strategies in Mexico.
Manufacturing Engine Components
Engine component manufacturing represents one of the more prevalent aerospace operations currently making its way into Mexico. This activity requires precision machining, casting, and forging. Electrical systems such as harnesses, wiring, cables and connectors are also commonly manufactured in facilities using composite materials.
Aerospace Manufacturing Locations in Mexico
Our Manufacturing Communities located in the cities of Guaymas and Empalme in the state of Sonora have attracted a number of companies such as Bodycote, Ellison Surface Technologies and Incertec. These organizations specialize in processes such as heat treating, plating, anodizing, and more recently, HVOF technology.
Guaymas hosts the largest cluster of aerospace engine component operations in Mexico. The economy of scale built from this cluster provides benefits to recruiting and retention efforts. It also provides a means for identifying best practices for achieving high levels of manufacturing productivity and efficiency.
Aerospace Manufacturing Advantages in Mexico
While Mexico’s cost structure provides significant savings, other factors are helping the country become an attractive venue for aerospace work. These include:
- A workforce that is experienced in aerospace component manufacturing operations
- A workforce with a focus on quality, learned from years spent manufacturing components in industries such as automotive, electronics and medical devices
- Increased knowledge of AS9100 and Nadcap
- The Mexican government’s desire to elevate skill sets in the workforce through education and increased financial resources