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The Aerospace Industry in Mexico

The aerospace industry in Mexico comprises companies that manufacture, maintain, repair, customize, engineer, design and provide auxiliary services (airlines, test laboratories, training centers, etc.) for commercial and military aircraft.

Mexico has consolidated its position as a global leader in the aerospace sector. The country's exports summed 5.463 billion dollars in 2013, and recorded an annual average growth between 2004 and 2013 that exceeded 17%. Imports, meanwhile, topped 4.412 billion dollars, sustaining a positive trade balance for Mexico throughout 2013.



Companies Established in Mexico

As of 2013, 287 aerospace companies and support entities were registered in Mexico, most of which have NADCAP and AS9100 certifications. These companies and support entities are located mainly in five states and, according to estimates by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, employ more than 32.6 thousand high-level professionals.



Strengths of the Aerospace Industry in Mexico

•Logistics. Due to its geographic location, Mexico is the meeting point of the world's two main aerospace manufacturing corridors, both in North America. The country’s access to the Asian and European markets make it the aerospace logistics and manufacturing center of the Americas.

•Experience. Mexico's success in the development of industries such as the automotive and the electric-electronic, provides an advanced manufacturing and infrastructure platform, which encourages the development of the aerospace industry in Mexico and optimizes supply chains, common support programs and synergistic advantages.

•Reliability.Mexico's export control system was placed under evaluation by the members of the Wassenaar Arrangement: Mexico was an exceptional case, being admitted in record time, even when no other new members had been approved in the previous five years. Mexico's admission shows the international community's interest in the country as a reliable destination for the integration of sensitive technologies. Reciprocally, acceptance into this prestigious group is proof of Mexico's commitment to remain a safe destination for the production of goods and services that include both restricted technologies and dual use goods and services.

•Competitive Costs. According to a study by KPMG, Mexico is 13.3% more cost competitive than the United States.



•Innovation. The large number of universities and research centers that focus on advanced manufacturing and materials encourage the development of innovation projects in the industry.

•Talent. According to the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions information, annually 110 thousand students of engineering, manufacturing and construction graduated from Mexican institutions. From UNESCO's 2012 data, Mexico had 26% more graduates per capita of such programs than in the United States.

•Certified Quality. Mexico is one of the few countries with a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Companies in Mexico have certified their processes to comply with industry standards such as ISO-9001, AS9100 and NADCAP.