The pull of low wages, membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement, a growing industrial base and friendly investment and development policies have propelled Mexico in little more than a decade into one of aviation manufacturing’s fastest growing manufacturing markets. An in-depth, multi-article report in the April 1/8 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology will take a close look at Mexico's success at becoming a manufacturer of aviation parts -- and the government's aim to establish the nation as a prime airframe or engine supplier.
Mexico already has more than 270 aviation factories that employ more than 33,000 workers and is expected to double both figures by 2020. The country ranks as the world’s 15th largest aviation exporter – 2013’s exports projected at $6 billion -- and in the front ranks of direct foreign investment.
Among those manufacturing there: Snecma, Bombardier, Embraer, General Electric, Labinal, Precision Castparts, Fokker, Cessna, Bell Helicopters, Aernnova, Honeywell, Kaman Aerospace, Raytheon, Zodiac Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft, GKN Aerospace, Sargent Aerospace & Defense and Eurocopter.
The package will be led by Michael Mecham, a longtime senior editor based in California who closely follows the aerospace/aviation supply chain.