Mexico has been in the midst of reforming its infrastructure for some time. Recent evidence of this is President Enrique Peña Nieto's announcements of plans to improve communication between Mexican states through roadways and airport improvements. According to El Economista, a large airport at Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacán, which is near to the industrial cluster in Guadalajara, Jalisco, is part of the infrastructure improvements. Manufacturing in Mexico continues to be on the rise as more businesses chose to expand into the country. With additional transportation options becoming available through the improvements, manufacturers may enjoy even shorter supply chains to the U.S. and other markets. Mexico already offers a low-cost manufacturing environment, but the continual enhancements may make the country even more attractive to U.S. businesses.
El Economista also reported the plans for the improved Michoacán infrastructure is being prepared by the Ministry of Communications and Transport and the Ministry of the Economy. According to the source, the Mexican government hopes more industry will build up around Lazaro Cardenas Port and the airport will connect the area's transportation with the rest of the country. For manufacturers, the new airport and enhanced roadways may allow for additional shipping options.
According to EBN, a global supply chain community, Guadalajara, one of the principle industrial clusters in the country, continues to grow in electronics manufacturing. Although the city has its own international airport, the additional option in Michoacán may be a boon for certain manufacturers who wish to transport their goods throughout Mexico.
Mexican supply chains to the U.S. tend to be strong, but adding infrastructure improvements promises manufacturers will see even faster times to see goods produced in Mexico enter the market.