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Manufacturing in Tijuana and Mexico 2019 White Paper

in Tijuana and Mexico

Advantages of Nearshoring in Mexico, Key Highlights and 2019 Industry Overview.

Manufacturing Industry in Mexico

California and Baja California are known as the “CaliBaja Mega Region” with Tijuana as the main manufacturing hub. Maquiladoras, or manufacturing plants as they are called in Mexico, have been helping US and global manufacturers build and assemble products for more than 50 years. More and more companies are expanding into Mexico every month to be a part of the nearshore network of North American manufacturing and supply.

Many of today's manufacturing companies in Mexico also reach beyond simple assembly. It is not uncommon to find companies that design, develop and manufacture some of the most complex products in the marketplace in a variety of industries.

From pacemakers to airplanes, Mexico meets and exceeds the standards set by global companies.

Adding favorable or zero tariff possibilities through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the North American governments have made it very lucrative to operate, co-produce and trade in manufactured products. Often products that are Made in Mexico contain a high number of components that were Made in the USA.

Mexico’s First-Class Manufacturing Industries

California and Baja California are known as the “CaliBaja Mega Region” with Tijuana as the main manufacturing hub.  Maquiladoras, or manufacturing plants operating under the IMMEX program, have been helping US and global manufacturers build and assemble products for more than 50 years. More and more companies are setting up manufacturing in Mexico every month to take advantage of proximity, existing infrastructure, cost savings and to be part of North American manufacturing and supply. 

Electronics Industry

458,653 Workforce
2,300+ Mexico Electronics Manufacturers
Export Value: $80 Billion

Aerospace Industry

63,000+ Workforce
330+ Mexico Aerospace Manufacturers
Export Value $7.6 Billion

Medical Devices

156,831+ Workforce
740+ Mexico Medical Device Manufactures
Export Value $8.3 Billion

Automotive Industry

4th top exporter

of vehicles globally

Export Value $173 Billion

Highly-trained and plentiful workforce

Manufacturing industries in Mexico are supported by a highly-trained and plentiful workforce. A close working relationship between the main industries in Mexico and higher education have made this possible. Curricula at universities and technical schools are now shaped by the specific demands of the industry.

Industrial Plant & Product Certifications

With industry expertise also comes the need for product and facility international accreditations and certifications. Maquiladoras and Mexican industrial facilities carry the important and often required ISO, Nadcap, ITAR, and other crucial certifications necessary for complying with production standards and facility requirements.

International Suppliers for Every Industry

In Tijuana alone, industrial supply demand totals $11B USD annually, with a majority in electronics, medical products, automotive, aerospace and defense are the major industries in Mexico. Companies like Eaton Aerospace, Gulfstream and Honeywell have found that their proximity to other aerospace manufacturing and assembly operations opened themselves up to new suppliers and a new supply chain.

For Honeywell, who first established operations in Mexico in 1947, the country has played an important role in Honeywell's globalization initiative over the past decade, greatly expanding the company's manufacturing base and shared services operations. The country is making a big contribution to the company's success by increasing domestic sales, exports and the production of aerospace, automation and control, and turbocharger products.

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