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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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Mexico City seeing high-rise boom

ConstructionThe Mexican construction industry experienced a fairly robust recovery in 2015 after a rough patch in 2013 through mid-2014, even though monthly growth dipped toward the end of the year.  This year started out well enough, but in February the Mexican government announced major cuts to the current budget that would have a substantial impact on infrastructure development, and growth slipped again in March (see graph below).  The news came as a blow to the industry, as ambitious plans for various types of infrastructure projects during the Peña administration have been significantly rolled back due largely to major revenue shortfalls resulting from declining oil production and a steep drop in world oil prices.  But what appears to be a boom of sorts in the construction of high-rise buildings in Mexico City and other parts of the country is helping to divert attention from the infrastructure slump and generate some important activity for the industry. 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:

  • Logistics: Mexican department store operator Coppel inaugurated a new distribution center in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. Built at a cost of approximately US$20 million, the site will warehouse and ship clothing and furniture for the country’s northwestern region. (El Financiero, May 28, 2015)
  • Brewing: Mexican beer giant Grupo Modelo, owned by Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, will invest approximately US$182 million to establish a beer-can production plant in the southeastern state of Yucatán, the company reported. Modelo recently announced it will build a new brewery in the same location. (Reuters, May 29, 2015)
  • Mining: Canadian mining company Timmins Gold Corp. announced plans to invest approximately US$200 million in mining operations in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Guerrero. Timmins is focused on producing gold in its Mexican mines. (El Norte, May 18, 2015)
  • Electronics: German electronics and engineering multinational Bosch plans investment of approximately US$142 million in Mexico this year, the company reported. Plans include new product development and the construction of a new plant to produce water heaters in the southern state of Morelos. (El Financiero, May 14, 2015)
  • Food processing: Mexican flour and tortilla multinational Gruma plans investment of US$300 million this year in Mexico operations, the company reported. Resources will be applied to upgrade process technologies, expand production capacity and possibly to acquisitions. (El Financiero, May 12, 2015) 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:

  • Solar energy: British solar power developer Solarcentury plans to build two solar electricity generation plants in the western Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit, the company reported. The cost of the sites was not specified, but the firm reported a fund of approximately US$500 million earmarked to develop this type of project. (El Financiero, November 21, 2014)
  • Building materials: Chilean compressed wood materials manufacturer Masisa has initiated construction on a plant to produce medium density fiberboard (MDF) in the northern state of Durango. The US$132 million facility is projected to have output capacity of 7.8 million cubic feet of board per year. (Reforma, November 28, 2014)
  • Ports: Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) announced approximately US$1 billion in planned port investment in anticipation of new capacity demand generated by the administration’s energy reform. Ports at Matamoros, Ciudad del Carmen and Progreso, among others, will receive upgrades such as high-specification docking facilities to receive latest generation ships. (Mexican Business Web, November 24, 2014)
  • Waste management: Mexican waste management services provider Red Ambiental plans construction of a new operations base in the northeastern state of Nuevo León at a cost of approximately US$6 million. The site will provide maintenance services for the waste collection fleets and equipment of the city of Monterrey and three neighboring municipalities. (Reforma, November 18, 2014)
  • Automotive: Korean auto parts manufacturer Yura Corporation announced it will invest US$53 million to establish a production facility in the northern state of Coahuila. The plant, expected to produce electrical components for ignition systems, is targeted to begin operations in 2016. (Milenio, November 13, 2014) Read the rest of this entry »

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