Big Mexican companies keep investing abroad

New market development

New market development

Despite some adverse conditions facing Mexico at the moment (cough Trump cough), the Mexican government has kept up its steady promotion of the country as a destination for foreign direct investment.  A couple of high-profile investments in the automotive industry appear to have been waylaid by threats or uncertainty over the future of NAFTA, but overall large foreign companies with long-term strategies for the Americas continue to establish new Mexico operations or expand existing ones.  Within this context, we once again took a look at the less-heralded flip side of Mexico FDI – investment by Mexican companies in other countries. 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:

  • Energy: Spanish energy infrastructure developer Iberdrola announced it has been awarded a contract to construct and operate a combined cycle electricity generation plant in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. The US$400 million plant is projected to have generation capacity of 766 MW. (El Financiero, March 22, 2017)
  • Food processing: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé plans to invest approximately US$28 million to achieve water savings at its coffee processing plant in the central city of Toluca. Process modifications will include reduction of steam use, improved condensation recovery and the re-use of pre-treated water in industrial services, the company reported. (El Financiero, March 22, 2017)
  • Entertainment: Mexican corporate group Diniz reported it will add six new family entertainment centers under its Recórcholis brand in Mexico this year at a cost of approximately US$12 million. The centers include children’s activities such as games, rides, bowling, ice skating, go karts, miniature golf and others. (Reforma, March 22, 2017)
  • Logistics: U.S. transport and storage company Bulkmatic, through its Mexico subsidiary Bulkmatic de México, plans to construct a fuel storage terminal in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$50 million project will include 10 tanks for gasoline, diesel and biodiesel. (Reforma, March 22, 2017)
  • Retail: Mexican upscale department store operator Liverpool announced it will open 11 new stores in the country during the current year. A planned US$300 million in investment will support new retail locations principally under the company’s Fábricas de Francia brand, in addition to maintenance operations for existing stores. (El Financiero, March 16, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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Cross-border families facing acute uncertainty

No me llames frijolero

No me llames frijolero

Since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, concern over how this will affect Mexico has vaulted to the forefront of public debate on this side of the border.  We worry about all the new problems we (probably? maybe?) will have from topics on the table such as NAFTA repeal, mass deportations, the border wall, etc. We wring our hands publicly about the plight of Mexican migrants in the USA, but mostly we’re thinking about what will become of us here at home.  For this reason, we asked a colleague based in the United States to provide us some perspective from north of the border, particularly with regard to the impact on binational families such as his.  Journalist Steve Cannon lived in Mexico City for many years before moving to the United States with his family in 2016.  As a family including both U.S. and Mexico passport holders – of which there are many in both countries – the Cannons now face challenges and uncertainty that may not have seemed apparent before last November’s presidential election.  Mexico Business Blog greatly appreciates the thoughts that Steve has shared with us, which follow below. 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:

  • Retail: Mexican corporate group FEMSA will invest approximately US$1.3 billion in Mexico this year across its retailing, beverage bottling and gas station operations, the company reported. Key projects include 50 new gas station-convenience store combination locations under the company’s Oxxo brand. (Dinero en Imagen, February 28, 2017)
  • Logistics: DHL Express, courier subsidiary of German logistics multinational DHL, reported plans to invest approximately US$200 million to expand operations in Mexico. Projects include upgrades to the company’s air freight terminals in the Monterrey, Guadalajara and Querétaro airports and the opening of new service centers, among others. (El Financiero, February 23, 2017)
  • Dairy: Mexican dairy giant Grupo Lala plans investment of approximately US$175 million to expand operations, the company reported. Lala specified only that resources will support “innovation and productivity.” (Dinero en Imagen, February 21, 2017)
  • Mining: Canadian mining company Goldcorp reported plans to invest US$300 million in its Peñasquito mine in the northern state of Zacatecas. The company is seeking to increase its gold-producing holdings by 20%. (El Financiero, February 20, 2017)
  • Industry: Mexican corporate group Grupo KUO reported plans to invest approximately US$170 million in Mexico operations during the present year. Resources will support the group’s activities in areas such as pork production, automotive transmission manufacturing, rubber and auto parts. (El Financiero, February 17, 2017)
  • Electronics: German electronics manufacturing conglomerate Siemens will invest approximately US$200 million in Mexico over the next 10 years, the company reported. Areas of investment will include technology innovation, industrial digitalization and modernization of energy management. (Forbes, February 15, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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New electricity rules to bolster solar market

Distributed generationIt’s hard to imagine that nearly seven years have passed since we published our last post on net metering in Mexico, but maybe it shouldn’t be surprising considering how painstaking and fraught with challenges the move toward energy market liberalization has been.  For generations, production and sale of electricity in Mexico was reserved for the state and carried out principally by the public enterprise Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  The current administration’s 2014 energy sector reform, however, sought to modernize energy markets across various sectors such as oil, gas and electricity.  In the electricity market, the proposed changes include not only permitting private companies to generate and sell electricity, but to permit and incentivize distributed generation by independent small-scale producers.  Now, regulatory changes published over the past two months appear to mark an important step forward toward the development of a smart grid and distributed generation. Read the rest of this entry »

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