Bajio’s Aerospace Cluster to Help Companies Migrate SectorsBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 05/04/2021 - 16:19
The Bajio region, through its cluster, seeks to expand its aerospace sector by attracting companies from other industries with the necessary capabilities. Up to this point, three automotive companies have started to migrate into the aerospace industry and at least three more are expected to begin the same process.
Óscar Rodríguez, President of Bajio Aerospace Cluster (BJXAerospace), said in a recent MBN Interview that the cluster was capitalizing on Guanajuato’s strengths in other manufacturing sectors to develop the state’s emerging aerospace industry. “Guanajuato has a very strong automotive industry supported by certified companies with highly qualified human capital and well-established processes. Our goal as a cluster is to help those companies transition and begin manufacturing for the aerospace sector.”
Rodríguez adds that the state’s companies are highly focused on developing technology, allowing the cluster to embrace blooming trends, such as machine learning, AI and big data. The cluster also incorporates companies that perform manufacturing, production line automation, polymer manufacturing and plastic injection. “One of our strengths as a cluster is the availability of technologies produced in the state, which we want to adapt to the aerospace sector,” said Rodríguez.
According to A21, the automotive companies that are starting to transition are Grupo Plasma, a company dedicated to the automation of processes, precision machining, manufacturing and creation of custom machines. Grupo Plasma is creating a business unit called CEI Aerospace, which specializes in the aeronautical sector. Another company is SIA Automation, which designs automated systems and manufactures and adapts machinery. Finally, the last company is Temaplax, which produces injected plastics. Temaplax had previously migrated from the medical to the automotive sector and is currently carrying out the certification process for the aerospace industry.
The clusters helps companies undergo this transition into the aerospace industry by “offering companies win-win scenarios to convince them to enter the sector,” Rodríguez told MBN. For that reason, the cluster is looking for flexible companies willing to dabble into different industries. He adds that “some businesspeople are often afraid to leave their comfort zone. Some do have the vision to identify how the sector they are working in will change in the coming years and how to adapt to either embrace these changes or move into a new industry. We identify these opportunities and help them with several steps, such as acquiring certifications. One of the challenges of the aerospace industry is that it requires stronger certifications and traceability than other sectors.”