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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. 

Zacatecas: Mexico’s Mining Hub

The state of Zacatecas sits in the middle of mainland Mexico and is a part of the Mexican mining corridor with Chihuahua and Durango. As a national leader in gold, zinc, lead and copper production, Zacatecas foreign direct investment is heavily concentrated in this sector. Zacatecas was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for its rich culture, architecture and history.

Major Manufacturing Sectors
in Zacatecas, Mexico

Mining, automotive and auto parts, and the agroindustry are the main manufacturing industries in Zacatecas, with aerospace proving to be a growth sector for the state.

Mining and the metallurgical industry have had a long history in the state going back to Spanish exploration of Mexico. Of the states in Mexico’s mining corridor, Zacatecas is the second largest contributor to Mexico’s pressure metal exports behind Sonora.

Of the various minerals and metals mined in the state, Zacatecas national contribution is:

  • Lead: 58%
  • Zinc: 49%
  • Silver: 42%
  • Gold: 17%
  • Copper: 6%
  • Additional contributions: mercury, bismuth, antimony, salt, quartz, kaolin, onyx, quarry stone, cadmium, and wollastonite.
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Infrastructure & Logistics

Zacatecas has 671 kilometers of railways and one international airport with international non-stop flights to Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. Due to its central location, manufacturers have access to both eastern and western Mexican ports connecting cargo transportation with Asian and European ports. Zacatecas also boasts two wind energy farms producing 280MW of power.

Quick Manufacturing Stats for Zacatecas

Mexico is the world’s largest silver producer with over 78% of all exported precious metals going to the United States. The company, Fresnillo Plc, is the top producer of silver and the second producer of gold in Mexico, operating the largest underground mine in the world for the last 400 years in Zacatecas. The Canadian firm, Gold Corp, operates one of the largest open pit mines in the world in Peñasquito, Zacatecas.

The auto parts manufacturing industry in Zacatecas, Mexico is directly linked with the automotive manufacturing occurring in the surrounding states known as the El Bajio Region of Aguascalientes, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon and Guanajuato. With 14 car assembly plants in these surrounding regions, Zacatecas has become a crucial link in the automotive manufacturing supply chain for central Mexico.

Spotlight on: Aerospace Manufacturing and the Triumph Group, Inc. in Zacatecas

The Triumph Group, Inc. operates at 251,525 square foot facility for aerospace structures fabrication in the city of Calera in Zacatecas. Triumph worked with the government of Zacatecas and the Universidad Tecnológica del Estado de Zacatecas (UTEZ) to develop the Aerospace Center of Zacatecas (CAZ). The purpose of the CAZ is to offer engineering students training in aerospace technologies.

“For over a decade Honeywell has no longer seen Mexico as a manufacturing hub, but as a center of engineering and product development.”

“Our medical device customers were telling us that the availability of off-shore, low-cost labor would be a criterion for vendor sourcing going forward.”

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