Only four years ago, visitors to Le Bourget were wondering why Mexico had organized a national pavilion to trumpet its aerospace potential. Figures provided by the manufacturers’ group Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial (FEMIA) now leave no doubt that the 2009 debut in Europe was a wise and far-reaching move.
FEMIA director-general Carlos J. Bello Roch told Aviation Week that in the year following that first appearance, “business increased by 25%. In 2010–11 it was 25.7% up; and in 2011–12, 24.2%. Exhibiting at Paris has definitely helped.”
Big names such as Beechcraft, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Honeywell, Safran and UTC Aerospace have already invested in Mexico, and regional representatives at the pavilion are keen to speak to more potential partners, hoping to attract investment to their provinces.
Recent successes announced by Mexican companies include a $10 million investment in high-tech manufacturing machinery by Turbopartes’ aerospace division on the strength of work awarded by Goodrich Landing Gear.
Also, Cormer Aerospace has revealed that it will be establishing its first Mexican manufacturing facility in the Aerospace Park in Querétaro City. It plans to invest more than $20 million and create in excess of 300 jobs.
Said Cormer Aviation president Leo Sousa, “We are very pleased with our decision to expand operations into the city. I give [its] administration a lot of credit in establishing the right place for Cormer to expand its business.”