The Aerospace Industry in Mexico and Their Role in the Global Value Chain

Friday, June 24, 2016: 4:15 PM-5:45 PM
83 Dwinelle (Dwinelle Hall)
Jorge H. Carrillo, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico
Redi Gomis, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico

The aerospace industry in Mexico has been growing significantly in recent years. This study seeks to determine the productive and organizational capabilities of multinational aerospace enterprises that are developing in the Baja California region, in northern Mexico, especially for the particular way in which they are joining the global value chain. Data for the analysis comes mainly from ProMexico, a Mexican federal agency. According to results, Baja California aerospace industry does not seem to be a sector with really specialized activity, except for manufacturing producing of parts or components for other foreign companies, which in turn are the ones that actually develop the systems and subsystems. Interviews with presidents of clusters in Baja California are confronted with the results of this study. The results shows that the public discourse do not match with the actual structure of the industry.