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Case Study: ICON Aircraft A5 in Mexico


The California-Based Airplane Manufacturer Opened Nearshore 300,000 SF Facility

The manufacturer of carbon fiber amphibious airplane that brought a revolution to flying, decided to produce its own composite components, a manufacturing process that was previously outsourced to several suppliers.

Their new Tijuana plant focuses on just that while working together with their Vacaville, California headquarters.  Companies like ICON are seeing manufacturing in Mexico as collaborative venture allowing for greater oversight in addition to the cost savings of nearshore production. 


Innovating, Investing and Creating Jobs

Baja California is home to over 110 aerospace and defense manufacturers with a 35,000 strong workforce. Now considered global hub, Tijuana’s aerospace cluster boasts a nearly 50-year history supporting aerospace and aeronautical equipment manufacturing which include global powerhouses such as Gulfstream, Eaton, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin. ICON is planning to employ 1,000 people over the next three years as they ramp up production to meet demand for their innovative A5 aircraft. Universities and technical training schools in Baja California offer advanced engineering degrees, as well as work directly with manufacturers to develop training and curriculum based on industry needs.


You Can’t Get Closer than Next Door

The daunting shipping times of products made overseas, often close to a month’s time, is what attracts manufacturers to nearshore Mexico and Tijuana. Just-in-time logistics get your products back to the US in days, not weeks. Along with labor cost savings, it is no surprise that Mexico has registered a growth rate in the sector of approximately 20% since 2004 and is also the 6th largest supplier of aerospace & defense products to the world’s largest aerospace market; the United States.

ICON Aircraft Manufacturing Plant Mexico


Working with CPI is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Expand

Working with an administrative and shelter services provider in Mexico is the new best practice for expanding manufacturing operations outside of the United States. Manufacturers who utilize CPI’s Shelter Program are able to minimize risk and exposure, get up and running quickly and cost effectively by utilizing CPI’s existing permits and certifications, all while having a team of experts get you through the entire process. 

Hiring in-house site or expansion teams just isn’t cost effective anymore, especially including the added cost and time spent navigating and complying with a foreign country’s business regulatory requirements. CPI offers manufacturers a unique and innate advantage over an in-house.

About ICON Aircraft

Innovative Consumer Aircraft Manufacturer In California

icon aircraft ICON Aircraft is a consumer aircraft manufacturer founded in response to the sport flying category created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Given these enabling regulations, ICON’s mission is to reinvent personal flying by providing consumer-friendly, safe, technologically advanced aircraft that allow the freedom, fun, and adventure of flying to be accessible to those who have dreamed of it. ICON’s long- term vision is the ultimate democratization of personal flight. For more information, visit:

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ICON Aircraft Investing 1.5 Million in New Tijuana Plant

Meeting Demand Leads to Manufacturing ICON A5 in Mexico.
Take a look at ICON's experience when evaluating the manufacturing expansion and setting up production in Mexico.

A conversation with Thomas Wieners, VP of Manufacturing, ICON Aircraft.


Contact us with any questions or inquiries or call (855) 480 0837. We would be happy to answer your questions and set up a meeting with you. We provide you with support from the early stages of your exploration process to the complete set up your operation in Mexico.

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