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Aerospace Industry in Sonora Makes Progress

11 Oct 2011

Category: Manufacturing in Mexico

The West Mexico State of Sonora is the source of 18.4% the aerospace parts manufactured in the country.

The state is home to one of the fastest growing aerospace industry clusters in the Mexican Republic, is the source of $110 million export dollars in annual revenue and has created more than eight thousand private sector jobs, mainly in the cities of Guaymas, Empalme, and Nogales to date.

The aerospace industry in Sonora is particularly well-developed in the area of precision aerospace machining.  In addition to a number of state-of-the –art CNC machine shops, the Guaymas and Empalme area, on the Sea of Cortez, includes companies that are engaged in production of precision aerospace castings, as well as the production of turbine blade components for major aerospace OEMs.

In Guaymas, private industry, government and the public schools are busy partnering to prepare students with the skills required to be able to benefit from future investment in the sector in the form of skilled and good paying jobs.  Students in the area schools have the opportunity participate in courses in Applied Mathematics, Metrology and basic CNC machining skills.

This past summer at the 2011 Paris Air Show, the State of Sonora announced the intention of Rolls-Royce to expand its supply chain’s reach in the entity, and as a result it is expected that more aerospace industry growth in Sonora will ensue in the medium to long term.

Another important announcement that was made during the summer of 2011 was with regard to news of the establishment of a vacuum heat-treatment facility in the City of Empalme, Sonora in The Offshore Group’s Bella Vista Industrial Park.  Having this critical secondary process in place will open up opportunities for aerospace manufacturers to produce items that require heat-treating for their elaboration.

The top 10 aerospace parts currently produced in the Aerospace industry in Sonora:

  • Investment casting, machining & secondary process of turbine blades.
  • Nickel base alloy, other exotic metals & aluminum machined parts
  • Aluminum  and magnesium sand casted components
  • Machined hydraulic system components
  • Composite plenum parts and fluid distribution system components
  • Composite cabin interior components
  • Sheet metal forming and final assemblies of spoilers
  • Assembly of fuel meters, brake system components, hydraulic system valves
  • Aerospace wire harness assembly

Aerospace manufacturing in Sonora firms can be viewed in videos accessible by the link that has been provided.


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