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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Airports: Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) launched a US$22 million expansion of the current Mexico City airport, the ministry reported. Construction, which will include seven new arrival and departure gates as well as access roads, will be led by contractors Epccor (Mexico) and Sacyr (Spain). (Reforma, September 25, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: Japanese-Mexican manufacturing joint venture Yamada-Vistamex completed an expansion of its production plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. The US$3 million upgrade will allow the operation to boost production of personal care products and home plastics for clients such as P&G, Tupperware, Crane and Force of Nature. (Somos Industria, September 2019)
  • HVAC: Swedish diversified corporate group Dometic inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, local media reported. The facility, for which the amount of investment was not specified, will produce various types of air conditioning systems. (Somos Industria, September 2019)
  • Ports: Port operator Contecon, subsidiary of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services, announced it will invest approximately US$250 million to expand its concession at the Pacific coast port of Manzanillo. Contecon currently handles 35% of the freight moved through the port, principally for manufacturing industries such as automotive and appliances. (El Financiero, September 19, 2019)
  • Leisure: Mexican theme park operator Ventura Entertainment announced plans to establish two new golf-themed venues in Monterrey and Mexico City via investment of approximately US$41 million. The sites will operate under the TopGolf brand through a franchise agreement with U.S.-based TopGolf. (Reforma, September 16, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Roma and Condesa two years later

Today as we write is September 19, 2019 and two years ago on this date our building jumped up in the air when a massive earthquake struck Mexico City.  The city’s devastating 1985 earthquake also struck on September 19.  It’s not like we’re superstitious or anything, but, uh, just to be on the safe side the municipal government conducted a city-wide earthquake drill at 10:00 a.m. this morning.  Granted, we had a drill on the morning of the earthquake two years ago, and we all made jokes and went back to work, then a couple hours later we were stumbling around on the street with broken glass and concrete dust all over us.  So far, today, so good. Continue reading Roma and Condesa two years later

Economic slowdown the talk of the town

Ten years ago we were crawling around in the smoldering wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis, hoping to survive the economic nuclear winter on grubs and bark.  Heaven knows there were some lean times there but somewhere along the way things must have turned around because in more recent years, to hear the media tell it, the North American economy had become Biggie Smalls, spending its days smoking blunts and drinking Cristal with chickenheads in a jacuzzi and it was all good.  Biggie’s long dead of course and the media are now auguring a similar fate for the NAFTA-zone economy, and much like back-to-school, we feel like we’re not ready for the heady summer of fun to end. Continue reading Economic slowdown the talk of the town