Category Archives: Manufacturing

Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

Mexico continues to struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 400,000 accumulated cases and 46,000 deaths.  Mexico City remains at orange, the second highest level of alert under the national traffic light system for establishing economic and mobility restrictions, and the rest of the country’s 32 states are at either red, the highest alert level, or orange.  The level of business activity remains substantially reduced with respect to pre-COVID levels and no significant improvement is foreseeable in the near term. Continue reading Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Reported investment into Mexico has dropped way off during the COVID-19 era, but there was a glimmer over the past month.  Following the update on the pandemic situation in Mexico we provide some examples of economic activity:

COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 remains strong in Mexico however it has stabilized in some parts of the country.  Mexico currently is ranked 11th in the world among countries with the highest number of accumulated confirmed cases.  Local health officials’ methodology for allowing increased economic activity includes factors such as the rate of increase in the number of cases and the level of occupation of hospital beds.  On this basis, in the past week 18 states have advanced from red, the highest level of alert and restriction, to orange, the second highest.  Fourteen states remain at red, or maximum restriction of economic activities.  States at the orange level, including the capital city, may reopen retail businesses and restaurants at a limited level of capacity in stages during the first two weeks of July.  Offices for most businesses remain closed. Continue reading A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Tourism: The Tourism Ministry of the northwestern state of Baja California announced a US$1.5 billion infrastructure development plan to support tourism. Projects include a hotel golf course and marina complex at San Felipe and a new airport for the Pacific coast city of Ensenada. (Reforma, January 28, 2020)
  • Pharmaceutical: U.S. drug maker Pfizer plans approximately US$20 million in investment to support Mexico operations this year, the company reported. Projects include ongoing renovation of the company’s Toluca manufacturing plant, development of clinical research protocols, educational programs and social responsibility projects. (El Financiero, January 27, 2020)
  • Ports: The Mexican government announced infrastructure and logistics firms Caxxor (UK) and Acxesa (Mexico) will invest approximately US$287 million to rehabilitate and expand the Puerto Chiapas port on the Pacific coast of the southern state of Chiapas. Acxesa plans to make further investments to begin operating maritime freight lines from the port to China via Guayaquil, Ecuador. (El Sol de México, January 25, 2020)
  • Logistics: U.S. logistics operator FedEx Express inaugurated an expansion to its fiscal warehousing complex at the international airport in the central city of Toluca, the company reported. The US$24.6 million expansion will allow the company to reduce processing time for both imports and exports at the site. (El Financiero, January 24, 2020)
  • Food processing: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé reported plans to invest approximately US$700 million to modernize the 17 plants the company operates in Mexico. Projects include US$200 million for an environmentally cutting-edge coffee processing facility in Veracruz as well as latest technologies for boosting productivity, improving operational efficiency, expanding production cpacity and guaranteeing responsible natural resource management. (El Financiero, January 23, 2020) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico