Querétaro, Qro. Querétaro brings together the aerospace industry through Aerospace Meetings: a business meeting platform for companies from different parts of the world.
During the three days of activities (from February 20 to 22) the state becomes the forum of this international convention which purpose is to promote business for the aerospace supply chain in Querétaro and the rest of Mexico.
The event started with the expectation of generating 4,500 business meetings, as well as receiving 300 companies, and more than 1,200 visitors from 15 countries.
Aerospace Meetings Querétaro is conceived as a forum for original equipment manufacturers in order to link them up with suppliers of different products and services.
The Centro de Congresos de Querétaro is home to buyers seeking to contact suppliers and manufacturers. These specialists in the areas of supply chain, procurement, purchasing, engineering, manufacturing, among other areas, attend Aerospace Meetings in search of solutions and business opportunities.
Conferences, meetings and workshops focused on technology and products, will provide an opportunity for the attendants to reinforce their knowledge in the market.
On the other hand, Bombardier has found in Querétaro one of its main centers of production in the world. After 12 years of being installed in the state, the firm continues with growth and development plans to increase its productive capacity.
In the framework of the Aerospace Meetings, the Human Resources director of Bombardier, Pascal Labelle, explained that during 2017 the firm added 500 new workers to its productive base and for the current year it is projected to hire 300 more, to add an average of 2,300 workers.
A large part of the new jobs are in the operational areas, featuring a large number of graduates from the Aeronautical University of Querétaro (UNAQ).
“We currently have 300 open positions available, operators, technicians, logistics, quality, methods, industrial engineering; and also administrative areas, such as finance, ” Labelle said.
The company found in Querétaro the best place to establish a manufacturing center, coupled with its strategic location, as it is near the Intercontinental Airport of Querétaro.
The Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry (Femia) projects that the sector made exports for 8 billion dollars during 2017, 11% above the 7.2 billion registered in 2016.
The destination of exports is concentrated in the United States with 80.7%; consecutively and in less percentage they go to Canada with 4.7%. In addition, of the imports that Mexico receives from the sector, 73.6% comes from the United States.
Among the objectives of the industry in the country, it stands out to achieve 30% of the surplus trade balance for Mexico, as well as to climb from site 12 to be among the top 10 exporting countries in the world and reach export volumes of 12 billion dollars .
“Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Queretaro are the five most influential entities within the aerospace industry, since they have a greater development in the sector”, said the director of Femia. He added that although these are the areas with the greatest progress in the industry, they are not necessarily the only ones that concentrate the growth of this manufacturing branch.
Source: El Economista