According to a July 7, 2013 article in the El Paso Times, the AS9100 standard will be serving more than just the aerospace industry in the near future. The United States Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is requiring interested companies to certify for AS9100 or to complete a National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) audit. Robert Queen of the U.S. Commercial Service explains:
One of the primary Advertisement goals for the U.S. Commercial Service is to create markets and find market opportunities for American exporters. Mexico is the largest foreign market for products from Texas and New Mexico. Mexican manufacturers are now producing more sophisticated, valuable products that require advanced manufacturing techniques and higher quality certifications.