Advantages of Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico

The aerospace industry in Mexico is among its fastest growing—for the past 10 years, it’s seen 17.2% annual growth, with companies like Gulfstream, Honeywell, GKN Aerospace, and Collins Aerospace setting up operations. Additionally, GE and Rolls Royce have chosen Mexico for new turbine system production, while global companies like Fokker Aerostructurers and Safran Group benefit from aerospace manufacturing in Mexico for their production of jet wings and landing systems, respectively.

Meanwhile, estimates reveal the U.S. is responsible for approximately 48% of foreign direct investment. As a result, the Mexican government is committed to this sector with a comprehensive plan designed to increase aerospace manufacturing in Mexico even further. Mexico’s aerospace industry already covers five main regions in Baja California (specifically Tijuana and Mexicali), Sonora, Chihuahua, Queretaro, and Nuevo Leon.

Setting up your aerospace operations in a region like Baja California, which has the largest concentration of aerospace companies, means there’s a robust local supply chain already in place. However, other clusters throughout the country are continuing to expand to support market demand. Furthermore, a solid infrastructure and supply chain give U.S. and other foreign manufacturers confidence they can rely on aerospace manufacturing in Mexico as a long-term strategy.

And, as a shelter company with over 40 years of dedicated service, IVEMSA is well-positioned to help you locate the ideal site, recruit qualified workers, and provide a comprehensive suite of administrative services to tap into and find success in this evolving sector. We customize our solution based on each company’s specific needs to provide the best long-term value.

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Tap Into a Growing Pool of Engineers

Whether you’re manufacturing individual parts or assembling large components and systems, you need a large, skilled workforce. Over 110,000 engineers are graduating each year from Mexican universities and vocational schools—which is three times higher than in the U.S. In addition to the regular pool of engineers to recruit from, Mexico has training for all levels of industrial roles to meet any project demand. Companies can also coordinate R&D with universities, giving them early access to these students when they graduate and join the workforce.

This continuous supply of low-cost yet highly skilled labor is crucial in a time when the industry is shifting dramatically, and manufacturing roles are going largely unfulfilled in the U.S. In recent years, Mexico has served as a viable solution to meet spiking labor demands but has always been a source of cost-effective labor for the U.S. and other foreign manufacturers.

IVEMSA helps your company position the right people in the right roles, allowing you to scale up or down as needed. As a key part of our shelter solution, we provide human resources and recruiting services to fulfill necessary positions with qualified workers as quickly as possible.

Finding a flexible solution is essential in today’s fast-moving economy and anticipating the needs of this sector will help promote business growth for the world’s leading aerospace companies.

Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Is Ready for You

Local Expertise & Networks

We know the best locations for aerospace manufacturing in Mexico—with ideal facilities, established supply chains, and transportation channels—and how to recruit the best of Mexico’s young, educated workforce. Our local network access and experience help manufacturers set up operations more quickly and efficiently. It also minimizes the learning curve necessary to launch production and allows companies to adhere to market delivery timelines without compromising quality.

Foreign Trade Compliance

Mexico has Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with over 40 countries, which streamlines the import/export process. This includes mutual recognition of aerospace standards between the U.S. and Mexico through programs such as the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) and AS9100 aerospace quality management program. Our team of customs specialists will ensure you maintain the proper certifications and permits to maintain compliance with all regulations.

Leverage Industry Growth

With the continued expansion of aerospace companies into Mexico, manufacturers can leverage shared knowledge and experienced workers. Various sites in Mexico have become "hubs" for the aerospace industry, including the states of Baja California which support more than 125 aerospace firms. However, the Bajio Aero cluster and the Aerospace Cluster of Chihuahua has expanded the presence of this sector in 20 of 32 states. This is to accommodate the growing need for R&D and production for new turbines, motors, and components, as well as research for technological developments in aerospace manufacturing in Mexico.

Comprehensive Solutions

IVEMSA is your partner through every step of the process. We’ll help you set up a shelter, find a site, recruit employees, and contract vendors for build-out. Then, our management services help keep things running smoothly so you can focus fully on production. Manufacturers maintain complete control over their property and processes but have administrative assistance to ensure the areas of HR, accounting, taxes, and compliance are taken care of. Meanwhile, we maintain a multi-year retention rate with clients who benefit from our services to support their business growth.


Fast Facts: The Aerospace Manufacturing Advantage

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  • The aerospace industry in Mexico has recorded a 17.2% annual growth in the last 10 years
  • Aerospace manufacturing costs are approximately 13.3% lower than in the United States
  • Mexico is the 6th-largest supplier of aeronautical products to the United States

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