Queretaro is the fourth aeronautical investment destination in the world
The aeronautical sector in Mexico is present in 19 federal entities; with a total of five representative clusters and 370 productive units; in addition, contributes in generating more than 7,000 jobs.
According to data provided by Queretaro Aerocluster, only in 2017, the entity grew from 25 % in sales and 16 % in employment, figures higher than those in the rest of the world.
Likewise the entity, represents 37 % of aeronautical exports in the country, 10 % of the sector and the generation of 10 thousand direct jobs.
Among the main companies of the aeronautical sector settled in the State are: Airbus, Safran, Aernnova, General Electric, Bombardier and ITP and the Spanish firm ITP, firs aeronautical company with foreign capital arriving in Queretaro.
Foreign Direct Investment in the State comes in 51 % between the United States and Canada, 27.8 % from Europe and 5.5 % from Brazil, to mention a few.
Regarding this, Juan Carlos Corral Martin, president of Queretaro Aerocluster, said that the Cluster works to create an industrial network of small companies.
“Our main objective is expanding the local supply network that serves sectors’ different needs. There are three big subsectors: design and engineering, manufacturing and MRO (Maintenance, repair and overhaul,) all those are present in Queretaro all that and more is what make us different from the rest of the country,” he underlined.
Growth and sector’s new demands in the region
Queretaro is one of the regions of the country that has quickly grow in the last years, leaving challenges that imply serving a sector so demanding.
Today, demands are around mechanical designers, people certified in special processes, which particularly refers to stop doing basic processes or simple components, focusing on subsystems design that include complete landing gear, or critical components in design, manufacturing and assembly of an aviation engine, one of the most expensive components on an aircraft, but also one of the most critical.
There are 14 institutions in Mexico that train engineers in this sector, said Jorge Gutierrez de Velasco, dean of the Universidad Aeronautica en Queretaro (UANQ) maybe those are not totally identical programs, but are similar programs.
“There is a total of nine institutions training the equivalent to a higher university technician; we are more than 15 the ones training technicians and at master’s degree level are four institutions in Mexico who have the master’s degree for this kind of sectors, and only one offers a PhD program, but we are the only one with all in one institution,” said Jorge Gutierrez.
UNAQ is a public University in the state of Queretaro in charge of mainly training professionals and researchers to accompany the development of the National aeronautical sector.
“We have been working in projects of simulators, adjustment or simulators reconfiguration for the Mexican Air Force; likewise, we have participated on a project for more than two years, developing material for helicopters armour,” said the dean of UNAQ.
Another technological challenge in such institution is related with the development of cleaner engineers, this aimed to create a safe and very efficient commercial aviation in terms of environmental impact.
Jorge Gutierrez de Velasco emphasized that by having a lighter aircraft, result of being made of composed materials, it will require smaller engines that will consume less fuel.
“At the end this will translate on a more competitive price for passengers, achieving flying is as natural as today is using terrestrial transportation,” he referred.
Meanwhile, Jose Carlos Ibarra Orozco, continuous education director of the central region at Tecnologico de Monterrey, said that within the Center for Aeronautical Industry Development is sought even the interests of the industry with students preparation.
Through projects students achieve integrating all knowledge, this way they understand the concepts to fly, but also to manufacture. “We comprehensively train students in all concepts demanded by the industry, such as certifications, safety, quality and manufacturing.”
New investments arrive to Queretaro Intercontinental Airport
The State of Queretaro has the highest sustainable growth airport in all Mexico; in addition, it is classified as a viable option to become an alternative cargo airport for the one in Mexico City.
Marco Antonio Del Prete Tercero, secretary of Sustainable Development in the State of Queretaro, reported that the aerial cargo movement in the State has increased in 48 % regarding 2018, what has positioned the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (AIQ, by its Spanish initials) in number 4th nationally in international cargo movement.
Likewise, he underlined that 53,289 tons were moved in 20018, 49 % more than was moved in 2017, therefore cargo terminal was expanded.
Recently was held the opening of the new Logistics Terminal facilities in the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport, which represented a new investment of 130 million pesos.
This investment observes the expansion of Industrial Building 5, with a total area of 15,851 square meters, same that means a growth of more than 150 % in infrastructure of handling and consolidation of aerial cargo.
It also includes the construction of a cold chamber within the facilities of the cargo terminal, which enables import and export of perishable products and pharmaceutical supplies, being an important encouragement for region producers.
It is worth mentioning that less than a year ago operations of cargo flights from Hamburg and Luxemburg to Queretaro began; with Senator and Panapina respectively.