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Hidalgo to Build Aerospace Innovation Laboratory

By Alicia Arizpe | Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:00

As part of its bet on the development of technological capabilities, Hidalgo will build an innovation laboratory for the aerospace industry as part of an alliance between Mexico and France.

With numerous industrial and technological parks, Hidalgo has built a strong manufacturing base that is now the greatest contributor to the local economy. The state has a very broad range of manufacturing capabilities ranging from foodstuffs, clothing, textiles and furniture, to electronics, transportation equipment, computers and many others. The state is also betting on the development of scientific and technological capabilities through innovation parks and research centers. Now, the state will increase its focus on the aerospace sector through the construction of a new aerospace laboratory at Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana de Hidalgo.

The university currently offers a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in aerospace engineering that offers training in design, development, maintenance and management of aerospace components and support systems, among other capabilities. The new laboratory will complement the university’s education offering and focus on the design and innovation of aircraft interiors, additive manufacturing, specialized software and virtual services, according to Omar Fayad, Governor of Hidalgo.

The new laboratory is created as part of the alliance between Mexico and France for the development of the aerospace industry. Fayad explained that this alliance will strengthen innovation, promote investment and technological development by linking the industry, government and academia. This strategic alliance identified Mexico’s capabilities and dynamism in the aerospace sector as the country now has over 300 aerospace companies, including French aerospace giant Safran. With over 13,000 workers, this is now the largest employer in Mexico for the aerospace industry.

While this laboratory will strengthen Mexico’s capabilities for the aerospace industry, the sector is currently facing a turbulent period as the COVID-19 outbreak severely shrank demand for new aircraft, leading to a significant contraction throughout the entire supply chain. However, the sector continues operating and Mexico’s numerous advantages, such as its ideal location and qualified workforce, have led some companies to invest in the country even during these troubling times. Because of this, the sector remains positive that a recovery will be possible by 2021 or 2022.

Alicia Arizpe Alicia Arizpe Senior Writer