What Is a Maquiladora?

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Frequently Asked Question: What Is a Maquiladora?

“Maquiladora” is a manufacturing solution created in the 1960’s to utilize preferential tariff agreements between the U.S. and Mexico & to encourage foreign investment in that country.  Today, the Maquiladoras in Mexico are referred to as the IMMEX program (Industría Manufacturera Maquiladora y de Servicio de Exportación).


A Maquiladora in Mexico refers to a factory or plant that is based typically near the Mexico/U.S. border.  The Mexico shelter manufacturing services partner is staffed by workers from Mexico, but is commonly owned & operated by a U.S. company (although other countries such as China, can also operate a Maquiladora in Mexico.) A Maquiladora allows factories to be largely duty free and tariff-free.

Frequently Asked Questions: How much do I need to understand about manufacturing?
It is preferential that you understand manufacturing so that you can be a part of the success of the program. It is your product that we would be manufacturing so it is important that we make them to your satisfaction. It is also beneficial when the client has involvement in the manufacturing process set up and approval. However, if that is not available, NovaLink engineers can often times step in and engineer the process and necessary equipment. Mexico and Mexican labor? This is an area that is covered by NovaLink. So the general rule of thumb is that you do not need to know anything getting started, but, rest assured you will learn a lot through the process and the transparency with which NovaLink works.

This approach has many benefits for businesses looking to outsource their manufacturing needs to a company that specializes in co-production manufacturing. These needs may a need to reduce manufacturing costs or availability of labor to meet demand.

The maquiladora model is the primary labor source for manufacturing production at NovaLink.  A talented & educated worker population with a mean age of 26 years, the maquiladoras in Mexico have demonstrated the capacity to construct & create sophisticated products for our clients manufacturing in Mexico.


Supported by over 30 years of experience, NovaLink has provided shelter or contract manufacturing services to a variety of industries. Whether it is a product that requires precision and high tolerance, or a product that has been commoditized, NovaLink operates at an advantage.

Do you need a nearshore manufacturing partner or help moving manufacturing to Mexico? Contact NovaLink today: 956-621-7362 or visit our website: https://novalinkmx.com