Tucson-area exporters registered significant growth last year
Sonora Maquila Association to host expo for suppliers

Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
Saturday, August 3, 2013 12:00 am

FLSmidth Krebs is a Marana-based company that manufactures and exports mining equipment products made with fabricated steel and/or cast-steel parts to companies around the world. Tucson-area exports totaled $2.5 billion in 2012, with the biggest increases in fabricated metal, computer and electronic products manufacturing. - PHOTOS BY RON MEDVESCEK / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

While Arizona's biggest metro area did not keep pace with comparable markets in exports last year, Tucson was a bright spot.

Exporters in the Tucson area saw significant growth in all major industries in 2012 and totaled $2.5 billion, with the biggest increases in fabricated metal, computer and electronic products manufacturing.

Coming in 30th place, Phoenix had fewer exports than Houston, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, recently released statistics show. Exports fell in three major manufacturing sectors and showed growth only in transportation equipment with a $153 million increase over 2011.

"In 2012, U.S. companies reached an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in good and services exports, supporting nearly 10 million jobs," Francisco Sanchez, undersecretary of commerce for international trade, said in a statement. "Metropolitan areas across the country play a key role in strengthening our economy and continuing the growth of our exports."

Top Tucson exports

The top four exports from the Tucson area in 2012:

Product 2012 value Annual (millions) increase

Fabricated metal $374.2 24%

Computer/electronic $374.8 10.2%

Electrical equipment $254 5.1%

Machinery $307.5 3.8%

Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Export Expo

The Sonora Maquila Association will host its third annual Supplier Expo at the end of the month.

The U.S. Commercial Service, Arizona District Export Council, U.S. Consulate General-Nogales and the Arizona Commerce Authority are organizing a delegation for interested exporters.

The program includes bus transportation to and from Nogales, Sonora.

Exhibitors' fees range from $300 to $600 per booth.

The expo is set for 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.

Go online to for more information or to register.

To join the Arizona delegation, email or .