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Mazatlan to Build Aerospace Industrial Park

By Alicia Arizpe | Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:48

Sinaloa aims to position itself in the aerospace industry through the construction of an aerospace industrial park, a project undertaken alongside unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Singular Aircraft.

While most of Mexico’s aerospace industry is clustered in Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro and Sonora, other regions are showing interest in this sector, lured by its high added value and potential for job creation. One of such regions is Sinaloa, which has spent the past few years strengthening its manufacturing arm. Last year, the state’s industrial sector was named the fourth fastest growing in the country by INEGI as it showed a 10.6 percent growth in industrial activity led by the generation and transmission of water, gas and electricity, construction and manufacturing. Now, Sinaloa is partnering with Spanish UAV manufacturer Singular Aircraft for the development of an aerospace industrial park in the port of Mazatlan.

Created to support aerial firefighting operations, Singular Aircraft developed and manufactures the Flyox I, an amphibious, twin-engine UAV with an 1,850kg payload that now can be used in agricultural, transport, surveillance and firefighting mission. Singular Aircraft is planning a MX$300 million (US$13.4 million) investment in the state.

While the industrial park project suffered some setbacks, representatives of the company are confident in its completion as the construction has been recently approved by local authorities. The first stage of the project will be the construction of Parque Aeroespacial de Mazatlán (Mazatlan Aerospace Park), which will be finished in nine months. However, the project is expected to continue expanding over the next 10 years to eventually generate 9,000 highly specialized jobs.

Mexico’s aerospace industry has suffered some setbacks after the COVID-19 outbreak globally shrank demand for new aircraft, which had repercussions throughout the entire aerospace supply chain. Luis Lizcano, President of FEMIA, indicated that demand for aerospace products had shrank between 25-45 percent for 2Q20. However, the sector is not paralyzed as companies continue to turn to Mexico thanks to its ideal location and strong, qualified workforce. During the past month, French engine giant Safran and aerospace supply chain management operator Incora announced the construction of new plants in Mexico’s northern state Chihuahua.

Alicia Arizpe Alicia Arizpe Senior Writer