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The California-Based Airplane Manufacturer Opened Nearshore 300,000 SF Facility | A conversation with ICON Aircraft, featuring: Thomas Wieners, Vice President of Manufacturing.

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.

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Meeting Demand Leads to Manufacturing in Mexico. The California-Based company expands manufacturing into Tijuana with a 300,000 SF Facility.


icon aircraft manufacturing mexico cpiAs part of a revised production plan announced in May, ICON Aircraft decided to produce its own composite components, a manufacturing process that was previously outsourced to several suppliers. Their new Tijuana plant will focus on just that while working together with their Vacaville, California headquarters. Companies like ICON are seeing expansion into Mexico as collaborative venture allowing for greater oversight in addition to the cost savings of nearshore production.

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

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

Working with an administrative and shelter service firm in Mexico is the new best practice for expanding manufacturing operations outside of the United States. Manufacturers gain a strategic and cost effective advantage working with companies like us who handle the entire process of exploration, analysis and complete set-up. 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.

Co-Production International offers manufacturers a unique and innate advantage over an in-house team: the local knowledge, expertise and established network of partners.

"After a thorough search of shelter companies in Mexico, ICON selected CPI because of their local expertise and cultural fit with ICON.  CPI demonstrated they understood the keys to ICON’s success in Mexico and that they could execute quickly given ICON accelerated timeline."

"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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