Looking to strengthen its collaboration with key suppliers in a region that is widely recognized as the leading aerospace industry cluster in Mexico, Rolls Royce (IW 1000/229) announced on April 24 that it will open a new supply chain office in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.
"Nearly a third of advanced manufacturing companies in the Mexican aerospace industry are based in the state of Sonora," said Beverly J. Gaskin, Rolls-Royce, executive vice president, Supply Chain Management, North America. "Locating staff in the center of this cluster will help us improve supplier relationships and performance."
The new office will be located in the Parque Industrial Roca Fuerte which is near several key suppliers to Rolls-Royce. The office will be staffed with six Rolls-Royce employees.
Guillermo Padres, Sonora State Governor pointed out that Rolls-Royce location decision "confirms that Mexico is an increasingly important player in the aerospace manufacturing industry and that the State of Sonora is the Mexican hub for aero-engine components manufacturing."
The company 's Rolls-Royce Marine division currently operates two facilities in Mexico to support the offshore oil and gas industry. The main office for Marine is in Veracruz, Mexico which supports customers in the Gulf and Pacific Coasts of Mexico. Rolls-Royce Marine also operates a modular workshop supporting diesel and small thruster overhauls in Ciudad del Carmen in the Mexican state of Campeche.