In the last ten years, 45 % of the foreign direct investment (FDI) that has come to the country from the aerospace industry has been concentrating mainly in Queretaro.
The entity brings together the largest number of companies specializing in the aerospace industry, which, according to data from the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry (FEMIA, by its Spanish initials) has sustained growth of 15 % since 2002.
The State ranks 4th place in the export of aircraft parts. Only in the first half of 2017, there was growth of 6 %, so that by the end of the year, it is expected to reach 7 thousand million dollars in exports.
“As for the internal development of the supply, for the next year, it is looking for to exceed the 7 thousand million dollars of exports from Mexico, there are opportunities to grow the sector in Mexico with companies like Bombardier that bet on Queretaro,” declared Carlos Robles, President Femia.
Queretaro is the first state that imports aircraft parts, last year it raised 22.4 million dollars, since it specializes in the manufacture of airframes, landing gear, stabilizers, structures, turbine components, insulation, electrical harnesses, repair of composed materials, turbo-engine design, maintenance services and assembly of light aircraft.
Queretaro faces the challenge of generating supply chains, promoting the adhesion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to national suppliers.
State Ministry for Sustainable Development (SEDESU, by its Spanish initials) Marco Del Prete, announced that the industry requires SMEs, which represents an excellent area of opportunity for the State.
“It is a reality that the aerospace industry of the country requires SMEs, companies related to the industry that start to develop from the country, from Queretaro ideally, is what will allow the industry to continue growing,” he said.
Currently the aerospace industry consists of 85 companies and organizations, ranging from TR2, TR3 and TR1 companies, with special processes, original equipment manufacturers, research and development centers, special services and academic institutions.
From its trench, the Queretaro Aerospace Cluster is working in 4 commissions: training, science and technology, small companies and supply chain, with the latter two working together with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, organizing courses, workshops and trainings so that they know the needs of the big companies, and thus, offer their products.
“One of my roles is to increase the supply chain here in Queretaro; I want the supply chain of local companies to be as close as possible, because that gives us an economic, competitive, etc. In the future there will already be an approach of SMEs or interested investors; there we will see how we give access to consulting companies that help these SMEs to be able to be implemented in the state and even that help SMEs to bid and to quote,” shared Juan Carlos Corral, president of Queretaro Aerocluster.
The Aerocluster has 47 members of small and medium companies in the aerospace sector, so one of its plans is to publicize what the State offers to attract new companies to the entity.
“When talking about SMEs, it does not matter if they are Mexican or foreign, what matters is to have SMEs in the state of Queretaro, where capital comes from, it does not matter. What it means is that it does not matter the shareholder who puts the money but who gives employment, to give opportunities for development to Mexican personnel, Queretaro personnel from all over Mexico but implemented in Queretaro because that will generate wealth in Querétaro,” said Juan Carlos Corral, president of Queretaro Aerocluster.
INVESTMENT AND GROWTH
Queretaro stands out as one of the main recipients of foreign investment in the aerospace industry, amounting to 500 million dollars. The investment projects that have contributed to achieve this figure and a 6 % growth has been the arrival of companies: Safran, Duqueine Mexico, Daher and the National Center of Aerospace Technologies, focused on promoting the competitiveness of local and international companies, in which materials, structures and in the future will be developing the necessary infrastructure to develop together with the army the first airplane in Mexico.
“We are competing for 6 more projects, it is difficult to say that this year they are going to be materialized, we have been competing in several projects in the aerospace industry, specifically one is Safran. The times and the decision of the companies themselves do not control them, we continue in portfolios, we continue to compete and we will be looking for them to settle in the state,” said Marco Del Prete, secretary of Sustainable Development.
Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Corral, president of the Queretaro Aerocluster reported that by 2018 the aerospace industry in the entity continues to grow globally and generate another 8,500 jobs.
“If from one year to another the billing grows, the job grows, the export grows, that is where we will see the work of the triple helix and the Aerocluster,” he concluded.