Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Pharmaceuticals: Following investment of approximately US$117 million, Mexican pharmaceutical manufacturer Landsteiner Scientific will begin production in October at its new plant in the central city of Toluca. The new site includes state-of-the-art technology for the production of generic and biotechnological medications. (Reforma, September 30, 2015)
  • Information technology: U.S. computer technology company Oracle initiated construction on a new Oracle Mexico Development Center in the western state of Jalisco. The US$86 million research and development site will house activities such as technology development and research on data integration, mobile technologies and the internet of things, according to the Jalisco state government. (El Financiero, September 28, 2015)
  • Retail: U.S. DIY home improvement retailer The Home Depot plans investment of approximately US$88 million to expand its presence in Mexico in 2016. Plans include opening five new stores in the country next year. (El Financiero, September 22, 2015)
  • Casual dining: Mexico’s leading operator of casual dining franchises, Alsea, is projecting investment of approximately US$120 million in 2016 to open some 140 new retail locations. Alsea operates restaurant brands including Burger King, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, P.F. Chang’s, and others in Mexico. (El Financiero, September 17, 2015)
  • Pet supplies: U.S. pet products specialty retailer Petco plans to open approximately 50 new sales locations in Mexico by 2019, the company reported. Petco currently operates 18 stores in the country in association with Mexican corporate group Grupo Gigante. (Reforma, September 21, 2015)
  • Airlines: Mexican regional carrier Aéreo Calafia plans outlays of up to US$23 million over the coming five years to strengthen its position in the northern Mexico passenger market, the company reported. Resources will go toward new aircraft, hangar construction and other upgrades. (El Financiero, September 14, 2015)
  • Retail: Mexican department store operator and commercial real estate developer Liverpool plans to open four new upscale Liverpool department stores in 2016, along with up to 10 new stores under the Fábricas de Francia brand. Five other stores remain to be opened during the current year, the company reported. (El Financiero, September 14, 2015)
  • Natural gas: Mexican construction firm Grupo Carso, owned by magnate Carlos Slim, was awarded a contract to build a natural gas transmission pipeline in the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora. The US$471 million project is intended to supply gas to fuel power plants in the area operated by the national electricity company Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). (CNN Expansión, September 11, 2015)
  • Ports: Dutch port operator APM Terminals is constructing a new container terminal at the the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the Pacific coast state of Michoacán. The US$350 million first phase of the large scale project will include a dock, intermodal freight terminal and connections to Kansas City Southern rail lines. (Reforma, September 14, 2015)
  • Solar power: Mexican solar energy systems providers Exel and Galt Energy announced jointly they will construct a solar energy generation plant in the southeastern state of Yucatán. The US$16.5 million site will reportedly have a capacity of 12 Mw. (Reforma, September 14, 2015)
  • Rail: Mexican rail freight operator Ferrocarril del Valle de México (Ferrovalle) plans approximately US$65 million in investment in Mexico operations over the next five years, the company reported. Projects include upgrades to rail freight infrastructure and rail yard maneuvering machinery for the company’s intermodal terminal. (El Financiero, September 9, 2015)
  • Industrial parks: Mexican commercial real estate developer Sibra Capital announced it will invest US$350 million to build an industrial park in the central State of Mexico, outside of Mexico City. Plans call for eight industrial buildings and a shopping center. (El Financiero, September 8, 2015)
  • Beverage: Belgian-Brazilian-owned brewer Grupo Modelo announced it will expand its malt plant in the northern state of Zacatecas. The US$60 million upgrade comes as part of a push to increase sourcing of locally grown barley, the company reported. (Reforma, September 11, 2015)
  • Franchising: U.S. fast-food franchise operator Subway plans to open 500 new locations in Mexico over the next five years, the company reported. The expansion will cost an estimated US$44 million. (Reforma, September 7, 2015)
  • Food processing: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé is building a new production plant in the western state of Jalisco. The US$300 million facility will produce infant formula for the domestic market and export to Central America. (Reforma, September 9, 2015)
  • Retail: U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart reported investment of US$38 million in Mexico for the 2015 calendar year to expand its market-leading presence in the country. Plans include opening 11 new stores across the chain’s various formats. (El Financiero, September 1, 2015)

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