MMR 2015: Mexico’s Mining States

While mining is an important economic engine for 23 of Mexico’s 32 states, the major contributing states in terms of value production are Sonora, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and San Luis Potosi, together accounting for 84% of the total national production by value. With the inauguration of mining clusters, Mexico’s mining states have continued to make their mark on the national and international mining industry by focusing suppliers to local mining operations and increasing the industry’s competitiveness. In 2013, mining accounted for 337,600 direct jobs and more than 1.6 million indirect jobs, accounting in some cases for up to 40% of the state GDP.

This chapter provides an overview of the most important and most promising projects in the major mining states, a compilation of state-wide strategies and incentive programs from the respective state directorates of mining, along with the contributions from the mining clusters. The chapter will also feature the input from the top mining universities in the country, as well as research and development programs in the mining states.


  • Incentive programs from state authorities
  • Overview of mining clusters and leadership perspectives
  • Developments on the state mining supply chain
  • Main and most promising projects in the states
  • University innovation and development initiatives