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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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Supply chain woes vex Mexican chemical industry

chemistryDespite losing ground in its share of the national GDP over the last 20 years, Mexico’s chemical industry continues to produce important products and inputs for a range of other manufacturing sectors in the country.  The industry has hit some bumps in the road of late, though, which will have to be dealt with if it is to establish a solid path to growth.  The combined annual value of production of chemicals, rubber and plastics dropped by 16% in 2015 over the previous year, according to INEGI data, following a smaller decline the previous year. The sharp drop in chemicals production in 2015 underscores one of the most significant challenges currently facing the industry:  Interruptions in the domestic supply of critical raw materials from Pemex.  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 commercial conglomerate Grupo Gigante plans investment of approximately US$800 million over the next five years to expand and upgrade its casual dining properties, the company reported. Projects include new location openings and remodeling for chains such as Toks and Beer Factory, as well as support for non-food retail chains operated by the company such as Office Depot and Petco. (Reforma, July 27, 2016)
  • Aerospace: U.S. aerospace components manufacturer Esterline Corp. announced it will expand its plant in the northern border city of Tijuana during the company’s participation at the recent Farnborough International Air Show. The US$35 million expansion will allow Esterline to increase production of its electronics for aerospace applications. (Tijuana en la Noticia, July 14, 2016)
  • Medical devices: German medical device manufacturer CODAN announced it will invest approximately US$9 million to establish a new production plant in the northern border city of Tijuana. The site is expected to produce medical transfusion and infusion systems. (Periódico Industrial Siglo 21, July 21, 2016)
  • Telecommunications: Mexican telephone, television and internet service provider Totalplay, a subsidiary of conglomerate Grupo Salinas, is completing investment of US$400 million to expand its fiber optic network, the company reported. The company reports coverage of 6 million homes in 20 Mexican cities. (El Financiero, July 13, 2016)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) inaugurated a US$3.8 million expansion of its airport at the Pacific coast resort of Zihuatanejo, the company reported. Projects included expansion and remodeling of terminal locations including waiting areas, baggage claim, immigration, Customs, inspection and passenger services areas. (El Financiero, July 15, 2016) 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:

  • Construction: Portuguese industrial conglomerate Mota-Engil is planning US$1.8 billion in residential and luxury hotel developments in Mexico, the company reported. Projects include 2,500 beachfront residential units in the northwestern state of Nayarit, five new hotels and a golf course. (El Financiero, April 27, 2016)
  • Chemicals: Japanese chemical producer Mitsui Chemicals and South Korean petrochemical company SKC Polyurethanes will jointly establish a manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the state government reported. The US$8.2 million site is planned to provide polyurethane resin components for suppliers to a Kia Motors factory under construction in the area. (Reforma, April 27, 2016)
  • Ports: The Mexican subsidiary of U.S.-based port operator SSA Marine reported plans to construct a port terminal specialized for the handling of automobiles. The US$50 million loading dock will be installed at the Pacific coast port of Lázaro Cárdenas. (Reforma, April 22, 2016)
  • Electronics: Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer initiated construction of a new manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco, the company reported. The US$11.4 million site is planned to produce audio components for regional automotive EOMs. (Mexican Business Web, April 22, 2016)
  • Automotive: Italian tire maker Pirelli is projecting investment of approximately US$200 million over the next three years to establish a manufacturing plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. Slated for inauguration in 2017, the factory is planned to produce 2.5 million tires annually. (Reforma, April 21, 2016) 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:

  • Telecommunications: U.S. telecom giant AT&T announced plans to invest approximately US$3 billion in Mexico through 2018. The company’s aggressive plans will focus on extending its high-speed mobile Internet service to 100 million people in the country. (AT&T, June 25, 2015)
  • Aerospace: U.S. aerospace components manufacturer Esterline Corp. plans investment of approximately US$35 million in its Mexico operations. The company seeks to increase production of sensors, connections and molded plastic parts at its plant in the northern border city of Tijuana. (El Financiero, June 17, 2015)
  • Rail: Mexican mining conglomerate and rail transport operator Grupo Mexico will invest approximately US$50 million to upgrade railroad infrastructure, the company reported. Projects include track replacement for group’s Ferromex and Ferrosur rail lines in 21 Mexican states. (Finamex Casa de Bolsa Comentario de Cierre, June 24, 2015)
  • Aerospace: France-based Hutchinson Aerospace reported investment of US$40 million in its manufacturing operations in the northwestern state of Baja California. Resources will support expanding capacity for production of vibration and noise control systems for aircraft. (El Financiero, June 17, 2015)
  • Beverage: U.S. drinks giant Constellation Brands is currently implementing a US$2 billion investment program in support of its operations in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, the company reported. Plans are focused on increasing production capacity at the company’s beer brewing and glass manufacturing plants in the municipality of Nava. (Finamex Casa de Bolsa Comentario de Bolsa, June 16, 2015) Read the rest of this entry »

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