Mexico has consolidated itself as a global leader in the aerospace sector. Exports in this sector have had an annual average increase of over 17 per cent during the last nine years, and in 2016 have reached more than 7, 164 millions of U.S. dollars. And such amount continues to increase.
Aerospace industry plays a strategic role in Mexico nowadays. According to the Mexican Ministry of Economy (Spa. Secretaría de Economía), the quality of Mexico´s production is now widely recognized at the international level, placing Mexico in the tenth place on the world´s aeronautical sector by 2020.
One of the most important poles to achieve it is the binational ecosystem where the Aerospace Cluster of Baja California lies. This cluster has an estimated export value of more than 2,000 million dollars a year, of which more than 85 per cent is exported to U.S. clients, while the rest goes to Canada or European Countries.
The Baja California Aerospace Cluster
The Baja California Aerospace cluster is the largest and oldest of its kind in Mexico. With more than 50 years, it is home to 110 companies and more than 35,000 direct jobs. Over the years, its proximity with California has facilitated its consolidation with a global perspective and with world class services.
A great majority of aerospace companies based in Baja California, continue to expand their operations and to receive projects with greater value and complexity from their corporate offices; which is proof of the quality of the high degree of specialisation of its qualified workers and managers.
Such growth equity injection is estimated to be of more than 1,580 million dollars as of 2016, due to the arrival of more production lines, machinery, and equipment. Not including the cost of infrastructure and of the multiplier effect on the generation of indirect jobs in logistics, installation, testing, certifications, and training services.
Business segments in the Mexican aerospace sector
- Commercial aviation
- Drone market
- Aircraft maintenance and repair of
- Airport logistics
The Flight Plan published by ProMexico has the objective to consolidate more initiatives that can advance the capabilities of the aerospace sector in Baja California, aimed at maintaining the lead as main international “hub” for the export of R&D aerospace industry services by 2025.
With the aim of responding to these changes and fostering innovation and growth, Aerospace industry in Baja California and in Mexico must continue supporting the inclusion of widely recognized logistics operators with international presence, that are able to provide specialised logistical aerospace solutions to comply with their strict conditions of operation.
Strategic partners who have adaptable logistics planning to any requirement or priority within an aerospace division are to be found, in order to optimize delivery times. In the same way, they must have procurement and supply management, warehousing, and international transport services. All these, without diminishing the need to have more flexibility, operability, and effectivity; to maintain a competitive business level, and the efficiency of the manufacturing process, as demanded by the aerospace sector.