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Monday, March 3, 2008

Bombardier Inaugurates Facility in Mexico

Bombardier Aerospace officially opened of its new manufacturing facility at the Querétaro Aerospace Park in Mexico. This new facility compliments Bombardier’s existing manufacturing sites located in Canada, Northern Ireland and the United States. Manufacturing operations in this facility began in the second half of 2007.
Currently, Bombardier Aerospace has approximately 900 full-time employees working at its facilities in Mexico where they manufacture electrical harnesses and structural aircraft components. These components include the Challenger 850 mid-fuselage, the Q400 aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer), and the Global family of aircraft aft fuselage. By the end of 2008, Bombardier Aerospace expects to employ 1,200 full-time staff.
“Bombardier Aerospace and Mexico have a solid relationship based on a long-term commitment to develop the aerospace industry within Mexico and we are particularly proud to be the first manufacturer at Querétaro’s new aerospace park,” said Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “In parallel to the establishment of this world-class facility, we also plan to develop a local supplier base to further support our Mexican operations and other facilities, and we look forward to other companies joining us in Quetéraro. In this highly competitive industry, which is becoming increasingly global in its scope, we view Mexico as the springboard to the further development of the aerospace industry in Central and South America, and to our increased competitiveness in the international marketplace.”
Bombardier also acknowledged the VESTA-GE alliance which will jointly undertake the investment, the development and the management of the Querétaro Aerospace Park.
Querétaro, located north of Mexico City, offers quality industrial and educational infrastructures, a skilled population and dynamic economic development policies, said Bombardier, which added the modern airport will provide it, its suppliers and other future members of the new Mexican aerospace cluster, the best potential for growth and synergies.
In addition to Bombardier Aerospace having aircraft component facilities located in Mexico, Bombardier Transportation also has a facility in Ciudad Sahagún.
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