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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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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Glass: Mexican glass manufacturer Grupo Millet reported plans to construct a new production plant in the southeastern state of Yucatan. The US$70 million site will produce architectural glass for export to the United States and elsewhere in Latin America. (El Financiero, January 25, 2017)
  • Casual dining: Mexico’s leading casual dining franchise operator Alsea plans investment of approximately US$190 million to open a record number of new locations across its portfolio in 2017, the company reported. Plans include some 250 new stores, in formats such as Starbucks, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Chili’s and others. (Reforma, January 24, 2017)
  • Technology: U.S.-based Deloitte Consulting inaugurated a regional service delivery center in the central Mexican state of Querétaro. The US$10 million center is planned to provide development, testing, support and maintenance services for the firm’s application maintenance, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and IT consulting clients throughout the Americas. (El Economista, January 25, 2017)
  • Natural gas: Mexican fuel distribution company Grupo Energéticos (Energex) plans to build four service stations to offer vehicular natural gas in the country this year, the company reported. The US$4 million project will provide compressed natural gas for vehicular use as an alternative to conventional gasoline, which has risen sharply in price during the current year. (Reforma, January 23, 2017)
  • Energy: Spanish energy infrastructure developer Iberdrola will invest approximately US$600 million to construct an electricity generation plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the company reported. The combined cycle plant is planned to be powered by natural gas. (Mundo Ejecutivo, January 19, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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The new gas stations are here

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One morning not long ago we were on our way to work at the Mexico Business Blog Global Campus when we strolled by the Pemex station and immediately did a cartoon double-take: The Pemex gas station was no longer Pemex!  It was still a gas station, yes, but the grungy, dinged up Pemex livery had now been replaced by sparkling new green and yellow Hidrosina logos and signs.  We could not help but to stop and gawk.  All our lives, all gas stations (or petrol stations, if you prefer) in Mexico were Pemex stations.  The Pemex station has long ranked among the most recognizable icons of Mexican popular culture – the place where you can fill up your tank, and go to the bathroom if you dare.  At that seminal moment, on the corner of Insurgentes and Av. Yucatán, a piece of our childhood died, and we were nearly brought to tears.  Those tears, however, would have been tears of joy, since the demise of the Pemex monopoly may be the most thrilling public policy to hit Mexico since, well, maybe since the energy industry was nationalized in 1938. 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:

  • Motorcycles: Italian vehicle maker Piaggio plans to introduce its Vespa brand of scooters in the Mexican market. The company will invest US$3 million to open seven Vespa agencies in the coming months in conjunction with Mexican distributor Grupo Zapata, the latter company reported. (El Financiero, November 30, 2016)
  • Retail: Mexican developers Thor Urbana and Grupo Orlegi announced plans to build a major shopping center complex in the northern state of Coahuila. The US$90 million site will be constructed as an adjunct to the soccer stadium home to the popular Santos Laguna club of the Mexican soccer league. (El Financiero, November 30, 2016)
  • Hotels: Mexican hotel operator Grupo Posadas inaugurated three new hotels in the northeastern city of Monterrey at a cost of approximately US$60 million, the company reported. The new properties are designed with aspects specifically targeting the millennial market, according to Posadas. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016)
  • Wind power: Unnamed investors will finance the construction of a 40MW wind energy generation plant in the central state of Querétaro, the state government announced. The US$40 million project is planned to include 40 generation turbines. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016)
  • Construction materials: Mexican flooring manufacturer Interceramic initiated construction on a new production plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$80 million factory will become the company’s 10th in Mexico. (Obras Web, November 25, 2016)
  • Biofuel: Mexican engineering firm Soluciones en Ingeniería Naval Marina y Terrestre has obtained a permit to construct a biofuel refinery in the eastern state of Veracruz, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) reported. The cost was not specified for the new facility, which is planned to produce 120 million liters annually of ETI01 ethanol. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016) Read the rest of this entry »

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