Industry Strengths

Arizona’s manufacturing strengths include semiconductors, aerospace and defense and electric vehicles. The state’s manufacturers power high tech devices, sustainable materials and medical devices.

Home to Global Semiconductor Giants

Semiconductor manufacturers from around the world come to Arizona to develop innovations that power the next generation of devices. With a pro-business environment and competitive ecosystem, semiconductor manufacturers in Arizona produce technological breakthroughs that are shaping the future.


Semiconductor Advantages

TOP 5 Largest U.S. Employment in A&D Manufacturing in 2022

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Aerospace & Defense

Arizona’s soaring aerospace and defense industry is supported by its broad set of manufacturing. Arizona ranks fifth in the nation for employment in aerospace and defense manufacturing and is home to more than 230 A&D manufacturing establishments. Arizona is home to aerospace and defense industry giants. Raytheon Missile Systems, headquartered in Tucson, employs nearly 14,500 people. Honeywell Aerospace, the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics, is headquartered in Phoenix and employs more than 6,800 in Arizona. Boeing manufactures helicopters in Mesa and employs more than 2,800 people in the state. Arizona companies exported $4.6 billion worth of aerospace and defense products in 2022.

TOP 4 Bioscience Manufacturing Job Growth by Percent Change from 2018 to 2022

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Arizona saw a 39 percent increase in employment in bioscience manufacturing from 2018 to 2022, which is the fourth-highest growth rate in the U.S. Bioscience manufacturing advances made in Arizona include new electromedical devices, implantable medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Medical device manufacturers in Arizona include Medtronic, W.L. Gore’s, Stryker, Accelerate Diagnostics, Dexcom and Celgene.


Steering the Future of Transportation

Automotive manufacturing is revving up in Arizona. With a rapidly expanding manufacturing industry, innovative suppliers and a collaborative ecosystem, the state is poised to be the next electric vehicle epicenter.


Automotive Advantages

TOP 3 Largest U.S Employment in Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing in 2022

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Arizona’s rapidly expanding automotive and battery manufacturing ecosystem is charged by a large supply of innovators developing next-gen technologies—with one of the largest segments representing transportation, including electric vehicles. Electric car and automated vehicle manufacturers Lucid Motors, Nikola Motor Company and TuSimple rely on Arizona’s strong manufacturing foundation. Ranging from self-driving trucks to electric luxury cars, vehicle manufacturers are driving their operations to Arizona.

TOP 3 Optics and Photonics Manufacturing Job Growth Rate in the Nation From 2018 to 2022

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Optics and Photonics

Optics technology crosses industry lines and is critical to many of Arizona’s manufacturing industries, such as precision missile guidance systems, medical imaging and automated and unmanned aerial vehicles. Optics and photonics manufacturing employment in Arizona increased by 52 percent from 2018 to 2022, higher than the national average of 2 percent.

TOP 4 Electrical Engineering Job Growth From 2017 to 2021

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Companies in Arizona supply specialized composite materials to other industries, particularly to companies in the aerospace and defense industry, including Honeywell, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Boeing and UTC Aerospace Systems. Hexcel in Coolidge manufactures composite materials used in commercial aircraft structures and interiors, defense aircraft, helicopters and other industrial applications. HJ3 Composite Technologies manufactures carbon fiber repair systems that fortify and protect structures against earthquakes, blasts and environmental damage.