Shared Services Center Or Private Management
Whether corporations use a Shared Services Center or build and operate their own facility, Mexico’s manufacturing industry continues to grow and expand its near shore capabilities. GKN Aerospace is the latest to join the trend, opening a new composite facility in Mexico recently. The company will make use of 80,000 square feet of space and is expected to hire over 100 workers by 2017 as it manufactures composite airframe materials and structures for the aerospace industry. The first structures to be produced will be for Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters with initial parts likely to be delivered by year’s end.
The Mexico plant will offer direct manufacturing support to GKN’s Alabama facility, which is also enjoying additional growth. Besides Sikorsky, the company produces composite aerostructures for Airbus, GE and HondaJet. As vice president of strategic partnerships for Sikorsky, Steve Estill puts it: “Mexico is a strategically important country for us, and this move by GKN aerospace to place Black Hawk helicopter component work in-country coincides with our plans to increase our presence and work content in Mexico.” Indeed, whether drawing on expertise from a shared services center or choosing independent construction and plant management, Mexico is indeed important to many international companies in today’s global market place.