The aerospace industry in Mexico is alive and booming with exports expected to reach $12 billion by 2020.
Many industries worldwide are realizing the economic benefits of moving their manufacturing businesses into Mexico. Consider that in 2007, there were 150 aerospace factories calling Mexico home and exporting roughly $2.7 billion in low-level airplane parts to the United States and Canada. In 2011, that number had risen to 260 factories.
As of 2017, there were 320 manufacturing firms serving Mexico’s aerospace sector – and those numbers are continuing to grow.
Mexico’s ideal geographical location places it near three of the largest aerospace markets: the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. Coupled with a highly skilled and educated workforce, the advantages of moving your manufacturing firm to Mexico becomes harder to dispute.
Your Mexico manufacturing solution experts at El Grande would like you to consider the following aerospace industry trends that are occuring in 2018 so that you can prepare for the road ahead.
1. Optimizing Commercial Aviation’s Efficiency
Boeing recently announced its newest aircraft – the Dreamliner 787-10 – will have its first flight out of Singapore this upcoming May. Busy international airports like Singapore Airlines and Emirates have made multiple commitments to use this particular model, which is the largest of Boeing’s Dreamliner series.
The Dreamliner 787-10 offers higher capacity seating — a total 330 seats—while improving on fuel consumption and operational efficiency. In fact, fuels costs for this model are expected to be 25 percent better than its competitors like the A330, and 10 percent better than the A330-900.
2. Important Changes to Cabin Lighting
As the demand for better interior lighting systems increases, the aircraft cabin lighting market is growing tremendously, expecting to grow its market share to around $22 billion by 2022.
The shift in value is a long time coming as photoluminescent lighting is being switched out for Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) lighting. These OLEDs are simple to install and require no software in order to function.
Research into the psychological effects that mood lighting provides has shown that those who have a longer distance to travel are more relaxed under mood lighting. Aerospace companies are capitalizing on this, working alongside manufacturers to install OLEDs that are both lightweight and that can change color and brightness, providing soothing tones for customers.
3. An Increased Usage of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic
The market size of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) is expected to grow significantly by the end of 2025. This durable, lightweight material is in high demand with aerospace manufacturers; particularly with companies in the United States. This demand is cascading into the Asian Pacific market as well.
CFRP is expected to impact an aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cost, environment, and operational needs. Because of this, the airline industry believes that it is worth it to try to make the development of the materials more actionable.
4. Customizing Seats
One of the next big changes that the airline industry wants to implement involves passenger seats. Newer designs are being customized to meet the various needs of an evolving demographic with options like controllers, cup holders, tray tables, literature racks, USB sockets, and more.
The Dreamliner 787-10 and other newer models are utilizing upgraded seating as well, such as the Stelia Opal. The Opal is part of the compact staggered seating class and is able to transform into a flat bed, providing improved comfort for passengers.
While airliners have free reign to create the perfect seat, they still have to be certified for safety reasons, mainly ensuring that the passenger’s head is free of injury.
5. As Business Grows, So Does the Aviation Industry
As air travel becomes a bigger part of the corporate world, more must be given to accommodate this demographic. The business class makes up about 12 percent of the passengers on a plane, but they account for 75 percent of an airliner’s profits, a significant portion of the air traveler market.
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