Manufacturing

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

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#5 aerospace & defense manufacturing employment in the nation

Emsi, 2021

Aerospace & Defense

Arizona’s soaring aerospace & defense industry is supported by its broad set of manufacturing suppliers. Arizona ranks fifth in the nation for employment in aerospace and defense manufacturing and has the second highest employment in guided missiles and space vehicle manufacturing. Raytheon Missile Systems, headquartered in Tucson, employs nearly 13,000 people and has a $2.6 billion impact on the state’s economy. Honeywell Aerospace, the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics, is headquartered in Phoenix. Boeing manufactures helicopters in Mesa, making $1.4 billion worth of supply purchases in 2018 from 316 Arizona suppliers and vendors.

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#1 bioscience manufacturing job growth rate in the nation

Emsi, 2021

Bioscience

Arizona saw a 44 percent increase in employment in bioscience manufacturing from 2016 to 2020, which is the fastest growth rate in the U.S. Bioscience manufacturing advances made in Arizona include new electromedical devices, implantable medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Arizona saw a 37% increase in employment in medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and chemicals manufacturing from 2016 to 2020, which is the fastest growth rate in the U.S. Accelerate Diagnostics in Tucson is a publicly-traded diagnostics and medical device company that uses its technology to identify bacteria and the antibiotics that will combat them. Stryker provides medical reprocessing and remanufacturing services from its Tempe facility.

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

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#2 industrial engineering job growth from 2016 to 2020

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 rely on Arizona’s strong manufacturing foundation. Ranging from self-driving trucks to electric luxury cars, vehicle manufacturers are driving their operations to Arizona.

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#3 optics and photonics manufacturing job growth rate in the nation from 2016 to 2020

Emsi, 2021

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 autonomous and unmanned aerial vehicles. Optics and photonics manufacturing employment in Arizona increased 44% percent from 2016 to 2020, more than 14 times the national average of 3 percent.

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#3 electrical engineering job growth from 2016 to 2020

Emsi, 2021

Composites

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.