Aerospace Manufacturing Industry in Mexico
Aerospace Innovation in Mexico
Innovation is continuously leading Mexico's aerospace manufacturing to bigger and better heights. Since they first began production in the 1970's, aerospace plants have become an integral part of Mexican manufacturing because of their boost in technical skills, the country's proximity to large markets, and the growing supply chain clusters in various locations around Mexico.
At the beginning of 2018, there were almost 300 aerospace companies in Mexico with 80 percent focused on manufacturing, 10 percent of those companies performed repairs, and the remaining 10 percent developed new ideas (Research and Development). Production plants for these aerospace companies continue to use the latest technology from 3D printing and mobile data collection, material design for aerospace parts that are both strong and light. Innovation is present in all aspects of Mexican aerospace manufacturing as new technologies are integrated into sensitive equipment that can match specifications to the smallest degree. These modern processes produce high-quality products with very little waste.
Economies of Scale
Mexico’s proximity to the U.S. coupled with a lower labor cost structure has drawn approximately 300 aerospace 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 the 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
In the Mexican aerospace manufacturing industry, engine component manufacturing represents one of the more prevalent aerospace operations in Mexico. This activity requires precision machining, casting, and forging. The aerospace industry also produces parts for 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