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ATS, Creation Technologies to Build Plant in Sonora

By Alicia Arizpe | Wed, 08/26/2020 - 13:54

Sonora’s aerospace capabilities will continue growing with the construction of a new plant from aerospace testing supplier Applied Technical Services (ATS), recently acquired by manufacturing services provider Creation Technologies. The new plant will expand ATS’s 200-strong workforce to 1,000 employees, indicated Claudia Pavlovich, Governor of Sonora, yesterday during an event to kick off the plant’s construction.

Sonora has built a strong manufacturing sector thanks to its closeness to the US, large workforce, numerous universities and strong connectivity by road, ports, airports and railroads. This has allowed it to build strong automotive, aerospace, electronics and mining industries. The state specializes in engine components, aerostructures and MRO services and hosts over 65 aerospace companies spread throughout Nogales, Hermosillo, Ciudad Obregon and Guaymas. Local suppliers have built a strong reputation in the aerospace industry through the production of components, engines and assemblies for major aerospace companies including Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus, GE, Rolls-Royce, CFM and Pratt & Whitney. ATS’s new plant, which will be built in the Latitud Campus Industrial park located in Hermosillo, will complement the state’s technological capabilities.

As an expert in testing, engineering and inspections, ATS has developed broad capabilities for the aerospace, automotive, chemical, communication and construction industries. In the aerospace sector, ATS specializes in non-destructive testing for aircraft and aeroparts. It also offers chemical and mechanical testing and calibration for the aerospace and defense sectors. ATS was acquired in May 2020 by global manufacturing electronic services provider Creation Technologies in the latter’s efforts to expand its capabilities in the aerospace, medical and tech industries in Mexico and the northwest of the US. Creation Technologies already has a strong presence in the industrial, life sciences, transportation and aerospace segments and offers the latter supply chain risk assessment, product lifecycle management, product design and development and in-house test design and development.

While the global aerospace industry has drastically slowed down as most of the world’s fleets are grounded, leading to cancelations or deferrals of new aircraft orders, the sector carries on. Mexico’s aerospace industry is expected to shrink by about 30 percent in 2020 as the industry grapples with the outbreak. Yet, investment in the sector continues. During this period, several companies have invested in new plants in Mexico including engine manufacturer Safran, UAV manufacturer Singular Aircraft and supply chain manager Incora.

Alicia Arizpe Alicia Arizpe Senior Writer