The entire California and Baja California is known as the “CaliBaja Mega Region” with the manufacturing hub of Tijuana boasting an over 50 year-old history in manufacturing activities.
Many of today's manufacturing companies in Mexico reach far beyond simple assembly. It is not uncommon to find companies that design, develop and manufacture some of the most complex products in the marketplace in a variety of industries. From pacemakers to airplanes, Mexico meets and exceeds the standards set by global companies.
A close working relationship between the main industries in Mexico and higher education have made this possible. Curricula at universities and technical schools are now shaped by the specific demands of the industry.
In Tijuana alone, industrial supply demand totals $11B USD annually, with a majority in electronics, medical products, automotive, aerospace and defense amongst Mexico major industries. Companies like Eaton Aerospace, Gulfstream and Honeywell have found that their proximity to other aerospace manufacturing and assembly operations opened themselves up to new suppliers and a new supply chain.
For Honeywell, who first established operations in Mexico in 1947, the country has played an important role in Honeywell's globalization initiative over the past decade, greatly expanding the company's manufacturing base and shared services operations. The country is making a big contribution to the company's success by increasing domestic sales, exports and the production of aerospace, automation and control, and turbocharger products.
With industry expertise also comes the need for product and facility international accreditations and certifications. Maquiladoras and Mexico industrial production carry the important and often required ISO, Nadcap, ITAR, and other crucial certifications necessary for complying with production standards and facility requirements.