Mexico’s aerospace cluster prepares for Trump’s changes

Chihuahua’s manufacturing sector has prospered under the 23-year-old NAFTA. The vision is to develop a self-contained aircraft supply chain, with an ecosystem of suppliers throughout the state capable of making and assembling all of the structures and electronics required for a modern aircraft. Final assembly and flight testing may still need to be performed in the USA for regulatory reasons, but Chihuahua’s low-cost factories would do everything else. In the near term, the priority of the Chihuahua aerospace cluster is to expand its toehold in the commercial aviation market by establishing an MRO facility for single-aisle airliners.