Mexico’s Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial (FEMIA) is a key cog the engine of aerospace industry development in Mexico.
Benito Gritevsky, chairman of the board of the Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial, or FEMIA as it is known by is Spanish language acronym, was present to introduce the numerous event attendees at Mexico Now’s Supply Chain Summit to the organization, as well as to provide an overview of the Mexican aerospace industry and the challenges that it faces. The Mexico Now event was held in March 2015 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Diego, California.
Gritevsky explained that FEMIA is a private-non profit organization that has a membership of 70 aerospace related companies that are located in 11 Mexican states. He also cited numbers that indicated the overall growth trajectory that the industry has experienced in Mexico over the course of the last decade. Today, according to numbers presented by the Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial, there are three hundred aerospace related firms in Mexico that, collectively, employ some 43,000 workers in 18 Mexican states. The breakdown of activities engaged in by
Mexican aerospace companies is, in percentage terms, the following:
- Manufacturing – seventy nine percent
- Maintenance, Repair and Operations – eleven percent
- Design and Engineering – ten percent
As a private-sector partner with the Mexican government, Chairman Gritevsky, explained that there are four areas in which FEMIA focuses its activities in its effort to promote the aerospace industry in Mexico. They are:
- Human Resource Development
- Legal and Institutional Framework
A partial list of products that are made in Mexico by members of Federación Mexicana de la Industria Aeroespacial are:
- Propulsion system components
- Composite material parts
- Landing and braking system components
- Precision machined parts
Chairman Gritvesky explained that today Mexico is the fourteenth largest contributor to the global aerospace value chain, and that, during the last 10 years, Mexico has moved up from being the 10th largest supplier of aerospace parts to the United States to occupy its current position of sixth.
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