Mexico is experiencing explosive growth and building expertise in high-end industrial sectors. Mexico responded to cost competition in other countries by making more valuable products and thus the Automotive, Aeronautical, Electronics and Appliance markets have significantly grown. The number of Industry “Clusters” reflecting the Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics and Appliance sectors continues to increase and can be found throughout the country. One example of this is the large industrial hub “cluster” in the state of Guanajuato, where you will find companies such as Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Ford, Rolls Royce, and Bombardier, just to name a few.
Mexico and High Tech Manufacturing. As a Leader in the export of high-tech manufacturing products, Mexico is positioned as the leading exporter in Latin America and accounts for 34% of all trade in Latin America. In 2013, Mexican exports grew 2.5% compared to 2012, and 129% compared to 2000.”
Mexico has a well-trained and well-educated workforce. Its many Universities and Technical Schools help add to a capable bilingual work force and make it possible to find the right workers at the right skill level. Mexico’s labor rates are competitive and productivity is higher than many other countries traditionally considered ‘low cost’ in the past. I.e. China. (Bloomberg)
More than 110,000 engineers graduate every year. 65% of the total population age is between 15 and 64 years. It is expected that this percentage will remain unchanged for two more decades. (Source: http://www.promexico.gob.mx)
The NAFTA makes Mexico the gateway to important global markets. The NAFTA market is worth almost 19.9 trillion dollars (IMF) (Global Affairs Canada) Mexico has a network of free trade agreements including NAFTA with 44 countries. This expands the Mexico cost advantage.
Intellectual Property Protection. Laws and regulations in Mexico are very similar to the US in protections and enforcement. Many Intellectual property protections are in place as part of the NAFTA .