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Expanding, Relocating or simply Starting a new manufacturing facility in Mexico

Strategic Locations for Setting up Manufacturing in Mexico

Mexico’s strategic manufacturing locations offer you unparalleled benefits for your site selection; proximity, ease of doing business, cultural alignment, quality workforce, low cost labor, supply chain and logistics. 

Ciudad Juarez: The El Paso/Ciudad Juarez Borderplex

Ciudad Juarez is the birthplace of the Mexican maquiladora and when coupled with El Paso, is the largest bi-national metropolitan region known as the Borderplex. A robust and mature manufacturing industry hub, Juarez is the 7th largest manufacturing hub in all of North America.

In 1965 after the abolishment of the United States Bracero Program for temporary farm labor, the Mexican maquiladora industry was born in Ciudad Juarez. Located just south of El Paso, Texas, the Mexican government sought to tackle unemployment in the communities along the border like Ciudad Juarez.

Ciudad Juarez Manufacturing Experience

In the fifty plus years since, the two sister cities have formed the largest bi-national metropolitan area between the US and Mexico, also known as the Borderplex region. This is the 7th largest manufacturing hub in all of North America.

Of the over 331 manufacturing companies in Ciudad Juarez, 63 percent are owned by companies from the United States. Japanese companies own 8 percent, and German companies 7 percent. Other companies hail from China, France, South Korea, Malaysia, Sweden, and Taiwan.


Manufacturing Industries in Ciudad Juarez

Major Manufacturing Sectors in Ciudad Juarez

Ciudad Juarez Manufacturing Highlights


Industrial Real Estate

Ciudad Juarez boasts more than 40 modern industrial parks throughout the city. With plentiful Class A, B & C industrial space, Ciudad Juarez averages $0.38-$0.41 cost per square foot for Class A. Industrial parks often offer 1-2 months free rent, tenant improvement allowances and low developer TI amortization. At the end of the 3rd quarter of 2018, over half a million industrial space was under construction along with 1.82 million SF available.

Infrastructure & Logistics

Strategically and centrally located, Ciudad Juarez has three commercial ports of entry (two in El Paso and one in New Mexico) featuring the dedicated truck lane known as FAST (Free and Secure Trade) Lane.

As a border city, manufacturers have access to the major NAFTA/USMCA transportation arteries of U.S. Interstates 10 and 25, and the Pan-American Highway in Mexico. Rail service to the region is provided by three major rail lines; Union-Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (U.S.) and Ferromex (Mexico).

International air transportation is provided by international airports in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, with EL Paso offering more than 70 flights a day. The El Paso International Airport also boasts the largest and most modern airfreight center on the U.S./Mexico border with over 300,000 SF available for cargo shipments.

Spotlight on the Future

The Delphi Aptiv Mexico Technical Center in Ciudad Juarez is the largest of its kind in the world. Home to over 1,900 engineers focused on automotive engineering design, research and development, quality assurance and testing of Aptiv systems.

“We already have several customers in the region and we expect to gain even more given the large Aerospace cluster. For Barry Avenue it is good business to be near our customers.”

“ICON looked at Tijuana, Mexicali, and Juarez. We selected Tijuana due to the strong pool of talent, industrial infrastructure, and proximity to our California headquarters.”

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