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El Bajío: Mexico’s most strategic industrial locations

Mainland Mexico’s Manufacturing Mega Region

At the manufacturing heart and soul of mainland Mexico lies the El Bajio Manufacturing Mega Region. Encompassing the states of Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi, manufacturers in El Bajio have access to 80% of the Mexican market and 70% of the industrial establishment within a 3-hour radius.

El Bajio’s main industries are automotive and auto parts, aerospace and defense, and household appliance manufacturing. With a sophisticated and modern transportation network of highways, railways, airports, interior ports and seaports for national and international markets, manufacturers key in on the one word that makes the El Bajio region shine: connected.

Take a Closer Look
at the Mexican States in the El Bajio Region

Each state in the El Bajio region has its strengths. Click here to explore them!

San Luis Potosí is centrally located in the El Bajio manufacturing region of Mexico and is bordered by 8 Mexican states. With a modern infrastructure of highways and railroads, San Luis Potosí connects international manufacturers with suppliers, distributors and major markets in North American and the world. San Luis Potosí is home to a GM and BMW automotive assembly plants.

San Luis Potosí is centrally located in the El Bajio manufacturing region of Mexico and is bordered by 8 Mexican states. With a modern infrastructure of highways and railroads, San Luis Potosí connects international manufacturers with suppliers, distributors and major markets in North American and the world. San Luis Potosí is home to a GM and BMW automotive assembly plants.

Zacatecas is known for its long history in mining and metals production, along with automotive, aerospace, and agricultural manufacturing. As one of Mexico’s top contributors of precious metal exports such as gold and silver, Zacatecas modern infrastructure and high-tech mining capabilities have attracted companies from all around the world.

Puebla’s proximity to Mexico City makes it a regionally important hub for the country’s main economic center. Also known by its nickname, “The City of Angels,” Puebla is the birthplace of the culinary delights; Mole Poblano and Chiles en Nogada.

El Bajio Automotive and Auto Parts Manufacturing

El Bajio’s automotive and auto parts manufacturing industries are the principal sectors for the region. Economic projections for 2020 show Mexico will produce more than 5 million vehicles annually under 13 brands, with the El Bajio states capturing half. Between 2008 and 2018 companies such as Nissan, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda, Fiat, Mazda, Daimler Trucks, Audi, KIA and Toyota, amongst others, have injected $25,000 million dollars to install or expand manufacturing facilities. El Bajio captured half of these investments.

El Bajio Aerospace Manufacturing Industry

In the El Bajio manufacturing region, the state of Queretaro is considered the top destination for aerospace and defense manufacturing. Queretaro has captured $1,300 million dollars in foreign direct investment (2013-2018), representing 45% of FDI for the sector.

In addition to aerospace parts manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities to work on aeronautic structures is a growing sub-sector. The French Safran Group operates three MRO facilities in Queretaro.

Additionally, Safran is the largest employer in Mexico’s aerospace industry with more than 5,700 direct employees and two production plants in Querétaro, both Safran centers of excellence. One makes critical parts for the CFM56 and SaM146 engines and the other specializes in landing gear components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes.

At the GE IQ research center in Queretaro, Mexican engineers participated in the design of the GEnx turbine, one of the most efficient engines available. According to ProMexico, every two seconds a plane takes off with turbines developed by Mexican engineers.

• General Electric: airplane turbines, power systems
• Bombardier: fuselages, electrical systems, wing production
• Eurocopter: helicopters

El Bajio Household Appliances Manufacturing

Major international domestic appliance manufacturers have found a profitable and well-connected home in the El Bajio region, capturing nearly 50% of Mexico’s total domestic appliance manufacturing output. Mexico is the 6th largest exporter of domestic appliances in the world.

 

 Company Location Products
Mabe (Mexico) Celaya, Queretaro Refrigerators
Mabe (Mexico) San Luis Potosi Stoves
Whirlpool (USA) Celaya Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Stoves
Samsung (Korea) Queretaro Refrigerators, Washing Machines
Daewoo (Korea) Queretaro Refrigerators, Washing Machines

Industrial Real Estate

Industrial real estate and parks in the El Bajio region can vary by location. To get more location-specific information on industrial leasing, please read more about these states: Queretaro, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, and Aguascalientes.

Infrastructure & Logistics

As the heart of central Mexico, the El Bajio manufacturing mega region is held together by a network of highways, railroads, airports, interior ports and sea ports. The El Bajio region is mainland Mexico’s most strategic location, giving manufacturers and suppliers rapid access to North American and international global markets. Follow the links to the individual states that comprise the El Bajio region to learn more about their infrastructure and logistics capabilities.

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Volkswagen
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BMW
Toyota
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