Manufacturing Locations in Mexico
Location is one of the primary advantages of manufacturing in Mexico. Its close proximity to high-demand markets means manufacturers can easily export finished products, imports supplies needed for their operations and enjoy more efficient supply chains overall. Once you're within the borders, though, there are dozens of regions flourishing with manufacturing activity. Deciding where to get started can be a tall order. However, there are four locations worth noting that can help narrow down the selection process:
The first location worth exploring is Saltillo, Coahuila. Coahuila is the third-largest Mexican state after Chihuahua and Sonora, and is located in the Northeast of the country. Saltillo, the state's capital, is located 150 miles from the U.S. border and just 50 miles from Monterrey. Saltillo has a bustling economy driven by automotive, metal-mechanic, electronics, plastics and aerospace manufacturing and is often referred to as the "Detroit of Mexico" due to the wide presence of Chrysler and General Motors there.
Saltillo also has highly developed infrastructure including railways, modern roads and access to the international airport. The Mexican government has invested heavily in the city's economy, and its workforce is educated to meet the specific needs of manufacturers operating in the region.
Guaymas is located 250 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales. Additionally, the city is located only 80 miles from Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, and is one of the largest aerospace manufacturing clusters in the country.
Manufacturing in Guaymas is not without its benefits. The city's labor force is inexpensive and reliable, boasting low levels of turnover and absenteeism. Additionally, the city's close proximity to the border means companies there can export goods cheaply. Transportation is one of the city's greatest infrastructural advantages, as manufacturers there have access to the Hermosillo International Airport, a deep water seaport, rail service and Interstate 15, which connects directly to the U.S. Finally, the city has 15 high schools, six universities and three technical trade schools.
Empalme is located 260 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales. The city has many of the same industries and economic advantages of Guaymas, which is just five miles north. Educational infrastructure is a key benefit of manufacturing there, as the city has six high schools, six universities and three technical trade schools.
Guadalajara is the capital city of the state of Jalisco and the second-most populated city in Mexico, with over 4 million people living in the metropolitan area. The city is considered one of the most important locations for manufacturing in Mexico. The industrial sector contributes to 37 percent of the city's gross domestic production and Jalisco is one of the best for infrastructure in the country. The city is highly connected to Mexico city through a modern, advanced road system. Finally, Jalisco's educational infrastructure is expansive, offering students interested in working within the manufacturing sector access to 20 universities that produce more than 6,500 engineers annually.