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New precision machining aerospace center in Baja, Calif., Mexico's aerospace manufacturing hub

The Baja California Aerospace industry opened its Precision Machining Center (CADTE) located in Tijuana, Mexico, to meet the requirements of the region´s aerospace industry, according to Tijuana EDC, a nonprofit corporation that helps companies establish manufacturing operations in Mexico.

“The CADTE will train technicians how to manufacture precision parts to meet the strict quality standards required by the aerospace and defense industry” said Tomas Sibaja, chairman of Baja California Aerospace Cluster during the inaugural ceremony IN aPRIL 2013.

“CADTE graduates will join the growing talent pool of the aerospace industry in Tijuana.”The CADTE is part of the growing aerospace education program in Tijuana offered by local universities. Other programs include Tijuana’s Technical University Center for Engineering, Baja California’s State University graduate programs in Aerospace Engineering and CETYS private technical institute Aerospace Engineering bachelors program.

The CADTE will join another three Aerospace Centers within the state, with a total investment in equipment of nearly $500,000. Tijuana Technological University will be home to the second of the aerospace centers planned to open in late June 2013.

Aerospace and defense industry thrives in Baja California, which is currently Mexico´s aerospace capital, is home of 50 percent of the country´s employment in the sector with 16,000 jobs and more than 50 companies, from leading firms such as Eaton, Zodiac, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream. Additionally the region offers a wide array of contract manufacturers and certified suppliers.

Aerospace is a key part for the future growth of Baja California´s industry. The Aerospace Industry Association seeks to foster growth and stability by creating initiatives to help the local supplier base become more competitive.

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