The following are some statistics about the maquiladora industry in Mexico that speak volumes about the viability of manufacturing in Mexico:

  • There are currently over 3,000 maquiladoras in Mexico
  • The maquiladora industry is Mexico’s second largest contributer to its GNP
  • Mexico has a labor force of around 45 million people
  • Maquiladoras provide jobs for over one million Mexican workers – i.e. approximately one out of every 45 people in the country are employed by a maquiladora
  • Over 50 billion USD worth of materials are imported into Mexico under the maquiladora program annually
  • Over 45% of Mexico’s 270 billion USD worth of exports come from maquiladoras
  • Over 75% of all of Mexico’s exports go to the United States