Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico

Aerospace is one of Mexico's top manufacturing industries.

Aerospace Manufacturing: One of Mexico’s Fastest-Growing Industries

With over 15 percent growth over the last ten years, more than USD $9.5 billion in exports, and access to some of the country’s top engineering talent, Mexico’s aerospace industry is taking off. With a strong concentration of Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers, Mexico is producing more and more aerospace products.

A haven for foreign companies seeking low-cost and highly-skilled labor, aerospace manufacturing in Mexico has become one of the nation’s main industries. Major clusters exist across the country – namely in Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, and Queretaro – and the list of aerospace companies in Mexico is vast. The over 350 aerospace suppliers in Mexico range in scale and scope from small MROs (maintenance-repair-overhaul facilities), to mid-size manufacturers, to power players like Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, and Bombardier.

Though the aerospace manufacturing industry in Mexico is relatively new compared to other markets, its vibrant history has roots that run deep. By leveraging strengths in the country’s well-established automotive sector, aerospace firms have created an appealing manufacturing industry that attracts foreign investment, boasts impressively connected infrastructure, and remains an attractive option for companies seeking to expand.

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Mexico’s Aerospace Industry by the Numbers


aerospace companies in Mexico in 2020

According to FEMIA (the Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aerospacial, or Mexican Aerospace Industry Federation), aerospace suppliers in Mexico grew from 100 firms in 2004 to over 300 in 2019. Today, the list of aerospace companies in Mexico has expanded to over 350 and continues to grow.


largest aerospace supplier globally

As of 2019, Mexico was the 14th largest aerospace manufacturer in the world. From engines and cargo doors to landing gear assemblies, electrical systems, aircraft technology, metal turbines, and many other products, Mexico manufactures a wide range of products and has risen to become one of the most prominent aerospace suppliers worldwide.

$9.5 billion

in annual aerospace industry exports as of 2019

At the end of 2019, Mexico’s global aerospace exports reached USD $9.5 billion. Mexico is also the sixth-largest exporter of components to its neighbor, the United States, which is Mexico's largest customer consuming nearly 80 percent of aerospace production.

Launch Your Company Confidently with Tetakawi’s Aerospace Expertise

Whether you’re thinking about manufacturing in Mexico or you’re already there, Tetakawi can help your company launch, operate, and thrive in the country’s quickly-growing aerospace industry. With over 34 years of experience in the Mexican manufacturing landscape, we currently support over 20 aerospace companies. Our services are built on strategy, driven by experience, and tailored to meet your machining operation’s unique needs. Though we’re the largest shelter services provider in Mexico, our hands-on approach means that you can rely on a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. We can help you:

  • Select the right site for your aerospace maquiladora
  • Design legal, organizational, and support structures
  • Recruit, train, and retain your employees
  • Manage all admin  processes from finance and accounting to labor and customs
  • Keep things running smoothly from initial launch through ongoing operation and innovation
  • So much more – we do the heavy administrative lifting so that your team can focus on your competitive advantage: manufacturing excellence.

Get your aerospace parts production off to a soaring start.

Establish or expand your aerospace manufacturing capabilities in Mexico with our tailored services. From in-depth consultations to turnkey manufacturing facilities, we can help you at any stage of the start-up process.

Shelter Services

Focus on what you do best, and we’ll do the rest – our shelter service offering is the easy, cost-effective, and low-risk way to establish an aerospace manufacturing presence in Mexico.
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Soft Landing

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Manufacturing Communities

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Advisory Services

From site selection and customs analysis to cost estimation, we’ll help you make decisions that are informed, strategic, and actionable.
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FAQs About the Aerospace Manufacturing Industry in Mexico

Where should my company locate a facility for aerospace production in Mexico?

Mexico’s aerospace industry has five key clusters: Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, and Queretaro. In particular, Sonora offers a specialty in aerospace supply chains that allow for quality production and competitive costs.

Many companies choose to operate through a manufacturing community. You can learn more about manufacturing communities here. Our Roca Fuerte Manufacturing Community is home to the largest cluster of aerospace engine component manufacturers in Mexico. It provides a turnkey solution combining operating space, on-site support, and a comprehensive legal framework. To learn more or get help choosing a location, explore our site selection services.


What are the top aerospace parts manufactured in and exported from Mexico?

From drones and satellites to fuselages, motors, jet turbines, and electrical wiring systems, aerospace manufacturers in Mexico produce a wide range of parts. Mexican aerospace exports are distributed worldwide. Top destination countries include the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France.


What is the labor market like for aerospace machining companies in Mexico?

Within the top aerospace clusters, Mexico’s aerospace industry employs over 50,000 people and draws some of the country’s top engineering talent. Regardless of your company’s size, you’ll need to build a quality workforce that supports it. From recruitment to retention, we can help you attract and hire the right employees.

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