The aerospace industry in Mexico has shown an important dynamism during the last few years. Exports, employment, investment and GDP altogether have shown growth rates above the average for the rest of the manufacturing industry. Also, in the last few years, air flow has increased significantly, as it is an attractive means of transportation for the transfer of people and goods, with advantages such as shorter transfer times and low probability of incidents.
There are currently more than 330 companies operating in this sector in the country, of which 80 percent are dedicated to manufacturing and 20 percent offer design, engineering and Maintenance, and Repair and Operations services (MRO), as confirmed by the portal Government official of the State of Guanajuato1.
According to the Pro Aéreo 2.0 document, issued by the Ministry of Economy (SE), in 2017, Mexico was considered the third place of attraction for aeronautical projects and number 1 in Latin American countries. North America (including Mexico) remains the region with the most participation with 51.1% of the total.
Pro Aéreo 2.0 forecasts an increase in the air fleet towards the year 2036, which will bring more manufacturing operations and maintenance services worldwide, positioning Mexico as an industrial magnet for the investment and development of large aerospace companies. It is expected that during next 20 years the air fleet will rise to 42, 530 units – which doubles the fleet in 2017 -, representing 52% of the requirement of new units, 30% by replacement and 18% as part of the fleet that remains.
The Queretaro´s Aerospace Cluster boosts and consolidates the aerospace industry in the entire state of Querétaro, increasing its competitiveness for greater positioning in the national and international sphere. Its Aerocluster gathers more than 70 companies, academia and government representatives.
San Miguel de Allende: tourist and industrial vocation
Guanajuato represents one of the states with the greatest logistic and industrial value by having connection with the main roads, railways, seaports and international airport of the country. It is located in the central area of the country, within what is called the "Golden Triangle", Mexico City-Guadalajara-Monterrey.
To this day, the aerospace industry has invested 2.6 million dollars in the state of Guanajuato (according to its official website), which represents 2% of the State Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Considered one of the best cities in the world, San Miguel de Allende also hosts one of the most promising industrial parks in the country: Polígono Empresarial San Miguel, with a space of 200 hectares in its first stage, which sold out entirely, and 126 hectares more in its second stage, with availability.
Polígono already houses companies from various sectors such as Hirschman Automotive, ThyssenKrupp Components Technology, Stant, BHTC Mexico, RAFI Syscom Mexico and Langer Molds and Tools, and it has the necessary characteristics to receive all types of industries.
Conditions and advantages for aerospace industry investors
1. Geographical position.
2. Commercial treaties.
3. Experience in other high-tech industrial sectors such as the automotive, electrical and electronic sectors.
4. Qualified manpower.
Among the advantages of San Miguel de Allende is also the access to qualified personnel from the Aeronautical University in Querétaro, which offers three engineering programs, as well as technical careers and training programs for the aerospace industry personnel to become specialists. Companies that are in San Miguel de Allende can have the certainty of having the necessary and qualified labor hand to operate in the field. Adding to that, the Technological Park Sanmiguelense is the house of Group SSC, which counts with experts in Engineering Simulation & 3D Design Software fields (ANSYS).
In addition, another benefit of Polígono Empresarial is its proximity to the city of Querétaro, as new industries may benefit from the small distance from a city of high development, but with sufficient independence to innovate and establish themselves in one of the areas with greater quality of life that Mexico can offer.
San Miguel de Allende promises to be a city with high growth in the aerospace industry through the installation of factories, incorporation of companies into the supply chain and the hiring of Mexican labor.
State Training Institute (IECA)
The IECA campus in San Miguel de Allende made an investment of approximately 19 million pesos to build and equip the Technological Nucleus with plastic injection machines, CNC machining center, lathes, milling machines, pneumatic equipment and industrial welding. With its implementation, training programs for training qualified technicians have been initiated. This was announced by the official government portal of the state of Guanajuato.
The advantage of operating this training center is that it can provide qualified service to the industries within Polígono Empresarial San Miguel, counting in this way, with the training of personnel and the latest and most compatible equipment in the industry.
Portal of the State government of Guanajuato.