Bombardier to Increase Production at Queretaro PlantBy Antonio Gozain | Fri, 09/02/2022 - 15:54
Canadian OEM Bombardier announced that it will increase production of aerospace parts at its manufacturing facilities in Queretaro, positioning Mexico as a strategic hub for the company. The planemaker highlighted the plant’s highly qualified workforce and state-of-the-art technology capacities.
“We are very pleased with the workforce Bombardier has in Mexico because they have been able to do quality work, which has made it possible to have high-end aircraft, such as the Global 7500,” said Eric Martel, CEO, Bombardier.
Bombardier highlighted the competitive advantages that Mexico offers, from solid macroeconomics, infrastructure and industrial experience to operative efficiency and an academic system that supports the aerospace sector. In addition, Queretaro offers a solid supply chain and an experienced cluster, the planemaker added.
“Queretaro offers an unbeatable ecosystem that enables the sustained development of companies, both SMEs and large companies. In addition, it offers unique characteristics, such as logistics connectivity, security, quality of life and constant support from state authorities,” said to MBN Antonio Velázquez, Managing Director, Queretaro Aerocluster.
The Canadian manufacturer also highlighted the local government’s vision to grow the aerospace industry in the state. “Aerospace provides an added value to Queretaro and it is important for us to continue providing these companies with the certainty they require to continue growing and evolving in the state. All our efforts focus on attracting, maintaining and expanding investments in Queretaro,” said to MBN Marco Antonio del Prete Tercero, Minister, SEDESU.
From 1999 to 2021, Queretaro was the state that received the most FDI to manufacture aerospace equipment in Mexico. During that period, the state received US$981 million, followed by Chihuahua’s US$743 million and Baja California’s US$742 million, as reported by MBN.
Queretaro’s academic structure has been crucial for Bombardier’s operations, said Bombardier. The Aeronautical University of Queretaro (UNAQ) is a key player in the establishment of companies in the state, said to MBN Enrique Sosa, President, UNAQ: “For some aeronautical global companies, 100 percent of their Mexican staff is trained at UNAQ. The university is usually considered by companies and governments willing to invest in Queretaro.”
Bombardier manufactures aeronautical component and complex systems for the Challenger and Global business jets in Queretaro, including the rear fuselage of the Global 7500 business jet, its flagship aircraft. In May 2021, Bombardier celebrated its 15-year anniversary of operations in Queretaro with the completion of the 100th rear fuselage.