The Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industries, A.C. (FEMIA) is a nonprofit association which integrates the majority of the aerospace companies in Mexico. The Federation was established in November 2007, to promote the development of the Mexican Aerospace Industry both nationally and internationally. FEMIA is the aerospace association recognized by the Federal Government, given that it was established jointly as a mandate of the federal authorities to gather all national and international corporations within the sector.
FEMIA has roughly 100 member companies which collaborate together to foster the development of the aerospace industry and was established with the vision to represent all the aerospace sector in the country. It is an international reference as a corporate association, always responding to strategic challenges of the sector and obtaining the best benefits for its members. It’s mission is to promote and empower the aerospace sector favoring the industrial, technological and innovation developments, generating high skill labor and consolidating our sector in more value added activities.
Aircraft Hardware West is a full-service provider of hardware and related services to the aircraft and commercial industries. Over the past sixteen years AHW has successfully grown their business by offering a level of service that leads the field in reliability and personal attentiveness. AHW established it’s Chihuahua, MX warehouse facility in 2017 where it provides it’s full suite of Inventory Management Services as well as maintaining complete stock lines of aircraft hardware. The Chihuahua operations support EZAir Interiors, SAFRAN Seats and Seat Shells. With nearly 10,000 square feet of warehouse, this facility is designed to support AHW’s growing customer base by expanding inventory and localizing material for the Vendor Managed Inventory Solutions and Services. Aircraft Hardware West is currently also in discussions with customers in Queretaro, MX. which is the leading Mexico cluster in landing gear design and manufacturing, and also boasts a specialty in turbines. Mexico’s aerospace industry has five key clusters: Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, and Queretaro. While activity in each of these geographic regions depends on the manufacturers centered there, each drives the aviation industry in the country and contributes to the overall success of aerospace production. AHW feels well positioned, with the support of FEMIA to service customers in any of these regions.
Frank Ioffrida (CEO and founder of AHW) commented that, “With our inclusion into FEMIA, we are better positioned, in Mexico, to establish joint strategies with companies within the supply chain. This will strengthen our ability to source, deliver and service a greater segment of the Mexican aerospace industry. We also expect that FEMIA can help us with our expansion into other Mexico geos such as Queretaro and Baja”. And, Krista Wildermuth, Director of Operations says, “I see a great value in FEMIA’s ability to facilitate access to government incentives, like training, certifications, financing, and technology transfer. By improving our supplier integration in Mexico, we can reduce cost, and lead-times and strengthening our processes and product sourcing within the supply chain. These continual operational improvements translate into greater value to our customers”.