Aerospace group visits Mexico
Friday, March 31, 2017
Posted by: Bridgette Blair
Aerospace Arizona Association and a group of its members visited Tijuana, Mexico on the Association’s first Industry Trade Trip. This trip was part of a dual exchange to create avenues for trade and business collaboration across the border, a group from Tijuana will complete the exchange with a trip to Phoenix in May where they will meet and discuss potential business partnerships with Aerospace Arizona members.
Tijuana has grown rapidly in the aerospace and manufacturing sector over the past decade. In the Baja California region, over 50 companies comprise the aerospace cluster in Tijuana, and according to TECMA aerospace manufacturing in Mexico has accounted for major growth in a relatively short span of time.
While on their trip, the Aerospace Arizona group met with the Mayor of Tijuana and members of the Tijuana Economic Development Foundation, as well as other city officials in the tax and regulation departments to gain knowledge and build relationships. These meetings have provided the members of Aerospace AZ insight into navigating the process of doing international business which can be very complex. They also took several tours of manufacturing plants in the area.
Co-Production International (CPI) is one such facility. They gave Aero AZ members a factory tour and presented on their organization’s administration and manufacturing services. CPI provides systems for establishing and administrating manufacturing operations in Mexico offering Shelter and Independent Corporation programs for international companies.
“The opportunity to work with businesses in Tijuana is a natural fit for their business assets and ours.” Said Mignonne Hollis, Executive Director of Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) “Our industries here in Arizona compliment the state of the art manufacturing available there.”
The AREDF together with its governing board and advisors in the aerospace industry formed the Aerospace Arizona Association last year because they saw the importance of this industry to our state’s economy. AREDF recognized a need to unite and advance the aerospace industry in our state. Since its formation, Aerospace Arizona has been the sponsor of Arizona’s first UAV Summit and in addition to business round-table discussions, they will also be facilitating an FAA Safety class for UAV operators and those interested in obtaining licenses on April 6 at the Sierra Vista Police Department. Those interested in attending the day-long class can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.