One of the featured speakers at Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference was the managing director of the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry, Luis G. Lizcano. The organization is commonly referredd to by its acronym, FEMIA.
At the outset of his presentation, entitled “An Overview of Mexico’s Aerospace Industry, FEMIA’s leader pointed out that the Federation consists of seventy member companies that are located in eleven distinct Mexican state entities. Companies that comprise the membership of the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry are made up of thirty-five percent Mexican and sixty-five percent foreign capital. Femia is a private, non-profit organization that works in close cooperation with the Mexican Federal Government, and its industrial investment promotion arm, ProMexico.
During the informative session at Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference, Mr. Lizcano provided information that communicated a sense of the size and scope of the country’s burgeoning aerospace sector.
The aerospace industry in Mexico has:
- demonstrated an annual growth rate of eighteen percent during the time period 2004 – 2013
- created three hundred industrial facilities during that time period that break down in the following manner:
- seventy-nine percent manufacturing
- eleven percent maintainance repair and operations (MRO)
- ten percent design and engineering
- Created 43,000 jobs countrywide
- Exported $5.4 billion of aerospace parts in 2013
- Moved from being the tenth supplier of aerospace exports to the United States to the sixth in a ten year period
- Become the fourteenth largest manufacturer of aerospace parts in the world
The Femia managing director’s Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference presentation provides superb graphics that illustrate all of the aforementioned points.
In terms of a global cost index, only China and India rank above Mexico in terms of competitiveness. Mexico’s position, however, is greatly enhanced by the fact that, while China and India, are geographically far removed from the United States. Mexico’s proximity to the US lends itself to easy access and communications on the basis of the same or similar time zones.
Attendees at Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference learned that, in terms of foreign direct investment, seventy-five percent of capital inflow into the industry is of North American origin, while the remaining twenty-five percent comes from Eurpean aerospace companies.
A partial list of aerospace components produced by Mexico’s aerospace industry include:
- Propulsion system components
- Landing Systems
- Electrical & Electronics
- Aircraft Interiors
- Precsion Machined Parts
Luis G. Lizcano’s full Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference presentation can be accessed at the link provided below: