Eurocopter de Mexico: 25 years of consolidation and expansion

On 28 January 2008, Eurocopter de Mexico (EMSA) celebrated its 25th anniversary. In all, the Eurocopter’s helicopters have been flying in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela for 44 years.


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Dignitaries present at the event were Hervé Novelli, French Minister of State responsible for Businesses and Foreign Trade; Michael Wegener, German ambassador to Mexico; Gilberto López Meyer, head of Mexico’s General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics; Christian Duhain, head of EADS International; Philippe Harache, Eurocopter Executive Vice-President; and Dominique Gavault, CEO of Eurocopter de Mexico.

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During the event held to celebrate Eurocopter de Mexico’s 25th anniversary, the Mexican Secretary of the Economy, Eduardo Sojo, confirmed that the aeronautical sector will inject considerable investments in Mexico. A special agreement now allows aeronautical companies to make imports without paying customs duties, and this has made the country very attractive to investors. The helicopter market in Mexico and Central America is currently booming, both in the public sector (thanks to security-related investments) and the private domain. Mexico City alone has no less than 50 heliports. EMSA is also experiencing growing demand from the energy sector, where the helicopter is used intensively, particularly for oil and gas exploration. In the public sector, the helicopter is mainly used to transport important figures and carry medicine, and to perform public safety, emergency medical services, and search and rescue missions. Overall, it is estimated that the Mexican helicopter market has grown by 10% in a year. Eurocopter has created a strategy to increase its business in Mexico and Central America and to facilitate the growth of the company’s current operations and, for example, EMSA has signed agreements with several schools(1). At the celebration on 28 January, Philippe Harache, Eurocopter Executive Vice-President, emphasised EMSA’s importance to the Group: “Of the 17 Eurocopter subsidiaries throughout the world, Eurocopter de Mexico is ranked fifth in terms of turnover (100 million dollars in 2007) and the company employs 130 people.”

(1) With the Instituto Politécnico Nacional to create specialist helicopter training for aeronautical engineers, with the Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (Conalep) to introduce a diploma course for helicopter technicians, and with the Escuela de Aviación de México to train helicopter pilots throughout the country.


_AUTHOR: ELIANA GUELFI


A solid industrial base

Eurocopter is the only manufacturer with an industrial presence in Mexico that offers after-sales support for its entire range, and this has allowed the company to establish a very loyal customer base. The extension of the company’s facilities at Mexico City International Airport required an investment of six million dollars.
This investment was made to maintain the subsidiary’s high level of effectiveness, and the new 4,750 m2 premises house workshops, hangars, runways and offices.