Manufacturing Regions in Mexico
Mexico’s manufacturing landscape has transformed significantly over the years. Industry initially took off in Mexico’s border states with the maquiladora system; a series of agreements between the U.S. and Mexico, enabling a legal Mexican entity to manufacture goods for a foreign company. Over the years, increasingly more foreign manufacturers – from OEMs to suppliers of all sizes – have pushed inward to established operations in the center of the country, now the fastest-growing manufacturing area of Mexico.
The Border Region
The border states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas have been a mecca for foreign manufacturers since the inception of the maquiladora system. These locations offer foreign companies the easiest access to U.S. and Canadian markets. Opportunities for manufacturing along the border region remain strong, especially for the aerospace, medical device, electronics and consumer product sectors.
The Central Region
The central region (The Bajio) is made up of the central states of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, Querétaro and Zacatecas are home to hundreds of international and domestic manufacturers. With billions invested in new assembly plants, from automotive and aerospace manufacturers particularly, Tier Two and Tier Three suppliers are flocking to the region to be closer to clients and grow their business.