Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Chemicals: U.S. chemical firm The Chemours Company initiated construction on a new production plant in the northern state of Durango, the company reported. The US$150 million facility is planned to produce solid sodium cyanide for the Mexican mining industry. (The Chemours Company, June 26, 2017)
  • Commercial real estate: Mexican real estate developers Fibra Shop and Grupo Frel will team up to expand existing retail complexes in the coastal tourist locations of Cancun and Los Cabos at a cost of approximately US$111 million, the companies reported. The expansions will incorporate the companies’ “Espacio Latino” marketing concept, which highlights Mexican culture, folklore, gastronomy and design into the shopping mall environment. (El Financiero, June 30, 2017)
  • Gas stations: Mexican gas station operator Grupo Lodemo reported plans to invest approximately US$5.6 million to convert 16 of its stations from the government-owned Pemex brand to the company’s own La Gas brand. Lodemo seeks to close the year with 50 locations in operation under the La Gas brand in the southeastern state of Yucatan. (El Financiero, June 29, 2017)
  • Electronics: French automation technology multinational Schneider Electric reported plans to invest US$10 million in manufacturing operations in the northwest state of Baja California. Resources will support production of thermal magnetic circuit breakers. (El Economista, June 21, 2017)
  • Aerospace: U.S. aerospace composites and textiles manufacturer Albany International plans approximately US$14 million of investment in the central state of Querétaro, the state government reported from the Paris Air Show. The resources are expected to support composite manufacturing operations in the state. (AM de Querétaro, June 20, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Amusement parks: U.S.-based amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp. inaugurated its remodeled water park in the central state of Morelos at a cost of US$18 million, the company reported. Six Flags plans to add hotel facilities and restaurants at the site in the future. (El Financiero, May 31, 2017)
  • Real estate development: Mexican developer Gicsa reported it will invest approximately US$34 million to convert an existing Mexico City shopping center into a mixed-use complex. The repurposed site is planned to include offices, retail space and a hotel. (El Financiero, May 30, 2017)
  • Casual dining: Mexican restaurant chain Toks, part of the Gigante corporate group, is projecting investment of up to US$48 million across its formats. Projects include a new distribution center, remodeling of the Beer Factory and California format casual dining restaurants and a beer bottling operation. (Reforma, May 30, 2017)
  • Cement: Mexican cement producer Elementia is currently carrying out a US$250 million expansion of its production plant in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The upgrade will increase Elementia’s annual cement production capacity in Mexico to 3.5 million tons. (El Financiero, May 29, 2017)
  • Beverage: British drinks multinational Diageo initiated construction of a bottling line for tequila and vodka at its processing plant in the western state of Jalisco, the company reported. The bottling expansion is part of US$400 million in investment planned through 2020. (El Financiero, May 24, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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Haitian migration impacting Tijuana economy and culture

TijuanaIn March 2017, approximately two months ago, we accompanied representatives of a funding organization to the city of Tijuana to learn about the impact of Haitian immigration in the area.  Tijuana, an industrial city located on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California, is well known as a last stop for migrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries before trying to enter the United States, legally or otherwise.  Our colleagues at the foundation had provided funds for local organizations assisting the Haitian migrant community and they wanted to see how the money was being spent.  What we found was truly remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. triggers 90-day waiting period for NAFTA negotiations

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On May 18, the Trump administration sent formal notice to the U.S. Congress that it intends to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico and Canada.  The move initiates a 90-day waiting period before actual negotiations may begin, during which business groups can provide their input on the pact and the U.S. negotiating team may draw up its objectives and strategy for the talks with Mexico and Canada.  U.S. President Donald Trump has called NAFTA “the worst deal in history” and “a disaster” and threatened to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the accord, however in recent weeks he has toned down his statements and backed renegotiation rather than withdrawal.  Mexico is strongly in favor of maintaining the NAFTA agreement, and facing the prospect of cancellation of the pact, has embraced the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Food processing: Mexican beverage bottler Arca Continental reported plans to invest approximately US$210 million in Mexico operations during the current year. Areas earmarked for upgrades include new chilling equipment, production lines, transport equipment and information technologies. (El Financiero, April 28, 2017)
  • Solar power: The government of the western state of Jalisco initiated construction of a solar energy generation facility in conjunction with Mexican electrical engineering company Fortius Electromecánica, the state government reported. The projected    8 Mw capacity site will require an estimated US$22 million including a planned future expansion. (Manufactura, April 26, 2017)
  • Paper: Chilean-owned personal care tissue maker Absormex reported plans to invest US$25 million to expand Mexico manufacturing operations this year. Absormex products include bathroom tissue, diapers and sanitary napkins.  (Reforma, April 25, 2017)
  • Gas stations: Mexican fuel retailer Natgas is projecting it will open 32 new vehicular natural gas fueling stations by 2021. The cost of the expansion was not specified for the plans, which are intended to provide service to high volume users such as taxis, municipal transport systems and vehicle fleets in the country’s central Bajío region. (El Financiero, April 20. 2017)
  • Fuel transport: Mexican construction company Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo (GMD) plans investment of US$50 million to expand its fuel transport and storage operations, the company reported. Projects are expected to include the construction of pipelines and storage tanks to support liquid fuel handling at port locations. (April 20, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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