Skip to content


With Turnkey Operations from Prodensa


Through a project management methodology, a customized approach to manufacturing in Mexico. That's The Prodensa Way.

1 - Understand the Environment

The legal frameworks in Mexico are constantly evolving. The Mexican Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It holds the highest authority. The Mexican Constitution establishes basic principles of government. It includes more than 2,600 federal, state and local laws and regulations. Some of these include the Federal Civil Code, the Federal Criminal Code, the General Law of Commercial Companies, and the Federal and Commercial Code.

Mexico has a legal system known as Civil Law, and it is very formal and bureaucratic. The notary public office in Mexico holds a lot of weight and responsibility. For foreign companies, this will most likely require a power of attorney and partner to facilitate.

Foreign investors can own 100% of a Mexican corporation, although certain industries may have restrictions. There are two main types of corporations in Mexico: (1) sociedades anónimas (SA’s) which are similar to U.S. corporations, and (2) sociedades de responsabilidad limitada (SRLs) which are similar to LLC’s in the United States.

Mexico is a federal republic and the president is elected to a six-year term. There is no reelection.


2 - Design the Business Case

As part of certain business cases, organizations may need to interact with the government and its legislative or regulatory branches, as well as institutions such as chambers, trade associations, and think tanks. The Institutional Relations strategy allows the company to have a plan of action that helps navigate the complex and ever-changing political, social, and economic environment in which it operates.

A market and industry analysis compliments the institutional relations strategy in the overall business case. It looks at both internal and external factors. Conducting a thorough market research and opportunity assessment is essential. The objective is to gather all the data necessary to validate the business plan and select the best site for your operation.

Having mapped the institutional and market landscape, an organization is ready to translate insights into action. Adding operational needs and growth aspirations, the optimal site location must fuel success as well as foster brand presence in Mexico.

3 - Select Manufacturing Location

Factors to consider include proximity to raw materials, transportation infrastructure, availability of skilled labor, proximity to target markets, and cost of doing business. Other influencing data includes: direct labor local dynamics, talent retention specific to site location, public transportation, evaluation of customer/customs activity on site, etc. Finally, in alignment with cultural factors, the approach to Mexican institutions and business associates in reference to properties, incentives and pricing is fundamental to the success of the negotiation.

Real estate should influence the site selection decision, not drive it solely. There are a lot of players in a real estate transaction. Bringing different areas of expertise and disciplines into the site selection process is important. A need can be framed differently from different operational perspectives: technical, talent development, finance, etc. Integrating a constructibility analysis into the real estate strategy improves the project outcomes including quality and time. It also minimizes potential construction change orders, and aims to create a buildable and biddable construction package.


Setting up a manufacturing operation in Mexico involves complying with various legal and regulatory requirements. Navigating the pre-operative phase of a new manufacturing business in Mexico is the fourth step of The Mexico Journey™.

Operating Structure– depending on the business case, there are a number of ways to structure the manufacturing operation. From a wholly-owned maquiladora or a profit center, to a contract manufacturing or logistics relationship with a service provider. If you sell your product to the Mexican market or need to invoice in Mexico, you will most likely have a profit center operation. A cost center is like a “maquila” operation where the revenue of the finished export will be paid to the parent company.  

Entity Incorporation– if the operating structure requires the incorporation of an entity, consider up to 3 months in your timeline for the process. You will require the (1) Articles of Incorporation, (2) Bylaws, (3) Power of Attorney, (4) Proof of Citizenship, (5) Proof of Residency, (6) Proof of Capital. Additionally, you may need to obtain a tax ID number and an electronic signature required by the tax authority in Mexico (SAT).


In today’s dynamic global landscape, North American manufacturers must embrace continual growth to remain competitive and maximize operational results within their broader production networks. Key situations demand growth strategies, and may result in adjustments to doing business in Mexico. This is the ongoing phase of The Mexico Journey™.

  • Market Shifts and New Opportunities– evolving customer preferences, technological advancements, and geopolitical trends can open doors to new markets or product lines. Proactive companies can capitalize on these opportunities by expanding their regional footprint, diversifying their offerings, or entering new geographical markets.
  • Cost Optimization and Supply Chain Dynamics– rising transportation costs, fluctuating currencies, and supply chain disruptions necessitate ongoing cost optimization. Agility in the supply chain means that companies have a production network that allows them to quickly and effectively adapt to changes in various internal and external factors.
  • Technological Integration and Automation– special projects that embrace Industry 4.0 technologies like robotics, data analytics, and automation hold immense potential for efficiency gains and improved quality control.
  • Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility– consumers increasingly prioritize eco-friendly practices, and global standards that demand increased focus on social responsibility practices are in constant evolution.
  • Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development– attracting and retaining skilled labor is crucial for sustained growth. Being an Employer of Choice in your industry and location is critical to the talent retention needed in today’s competitive labor landscape in Mexico.


A customized approach to starting business operations on solid footing.

Entity incorporation and project management methodology for setup and ongoing operations.

  • Real Estate & Construction
  • International Trade Compliance
  • Finance, Tax & Treasury
  • Human Resources & Talent
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Health & Safety

Turning Visions into Venture



An existing foundation from which to install manufacturing operations in record time.

Leverage our binational infrastructure and network of suppliers as a pre-existing launch pad.

  • Industrial & Logistics Space
  • IMMEX VAT Certification
  • Talent Administration
  • Compliance: Trade, EHS, Finance
  • Certified Vendors
  • ERP & Best Practices

Expansion without Exposure




Partners and service providers for the movement of goods in Mexico.. and beyond.

Improving time-to-market capability for clients with cross-border operations.

  • IMMEX final assembly
  • Packaging & labeling
  • 4PL warehousing & distribution
  • Value-added services
  • Customs brokerage and freight forwarding

Adding Expertise and increasing Capacity



Expertise and Best Practices transmitted to your day-to-day operations in Mexico.

Prodensa Material Experts form agile teams that can provide flexible resources for growing business functions.

  • Real Estate 
  • Design, Engineering & Construction
  • International Trade Compliance
  • Talent Acquisition & Training
  • Human Resources Department
  • IT Department & Support
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Finance, Tax & Treasury
  • Health & Safety
  • Logistics
  • More

Compliance Made Easy



Hire single experts, or assemble a team in Mexico to enhance global business operations. 

Two modalities to choose from:

  • Employer of Record - Prodensa is the legal employer of your workforce in Mexico
  • Professional Employer Organization - Prodensa is the co-employer of your workforce in Mexico

A Hands-ON Approach to Employment



Prodensa expertise packaged into value-added services, aimed at delivering tangible and short-term results.

Our material experts guide strategic decisions for our clients:

  • Business Case Validation
  • Corporate Planning
  • Communications Strategy
  • Talent Optimization

Our hands-on consultants boost the productivity of our clients:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Process & Performance Improvement
  • Crisis & Risk Management
  • Project Management

Empowering Strategic Decisions



Let us answer all of your questions.