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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Chemicals: U.S. chemical firm The Chemours Company initiated construction on a new production plant in the northern state of Durango, the company reported. The US$150 million facility is planned to produce solid sodium cyanide for the Mexican mining industry. (The Chemours Company, June 26, 2017)
  • Commercial real estate: Mexican real estate developers Fibra Shop and Grupo Frel will team up to expand existing retail complexes in the coastal tourist locations of Cancun and Los Cabos at a cost of approximately US$111 million, the companies reported. The expansions will incorporate the companies’ “Espacio Latino” marketing concept, which highlights Mexican culture, folklore, gastronomy and design into the shopping mall environment. (El Financiero, June 30, 2017)
  • Gas stations: Mexican gas station operator Grupo Lodemo reported plans to invest approximately US$5.6 million to convert 16 of its stations from the government-owned Pemex brand to the company’s own La Gas brand. Lodemo seeks to close the year with 50 locations in operation under the La Gas brand in the southeastern state of Yucatan. (El Financiero, June 29, 2017)
  • Electronics: French automation technology multinational Schneider Electric reported plans to invest US$10 million in manufacturing operations in the northwest state of Baja California. Resources will support production of thermal magnetic circuit breakers. (El Economista, June 21, 2017)
  • Aerospace: U.S. aerospace composites and textiles manufacturer Albany International plans approximately US$14 million of investment in the central state of Querétaro, the state government reported from the Paris Air Show. The resources are expected to support composite manufacturing operations in the state. (AM de Querétaro, June 20, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Mexican companies keep investing abroad

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New market development

Despite some adverse conditions facing Mexico at the moment (cough Trump cough), the Mexican government has kept up its steady promotion of the country as a destination for foreign direct investment.  A couple of high-profile investments in the automotive industry appear to have been waylaid by threats or uncertainty over the future of NAFTA, but overall large foreign companies with long-term strategies for the Americas continue to establish new Mexico operations or expand existing ones.  Within this context, we once again took a look at the less-heralded flip side of Mexico FDI – investment by Mexican companies in other countries. 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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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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