Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Manufacturing Community in 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.
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