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Mexican retail scrambling under COVID-19

Mexico, like most countries, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Although the number of confirmed cases in Mexico is still relatively low compared to the United States, the impact of containment measures on the economy has been severe.  With just over one full month of shutdown behind us, financial institutions are already projecting 2020 GDP growth for Mexico in the range of -9% and potentially worse.  Facing this outlook, retailers are scrambling just to stay in business first, and then to plan for an extended period of bleak near to mid-term consumer spending. Continue reading Mexican retail scrambling under COVID-19

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fuel storage: Mexican diversified conglomerate Grupo México reported plans to construct two new fuel storage terminals, to be located in the cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey. The US$1.04 billion project is planned to supply gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the two key industrial and population centers. (El Financiero, April 30, 2019)
  • Dairy: Mexican beverage bottler Industria Mexicana de Coca Cola inaugurated a new dairy products plant for its Jugos del Valle – Santa Clara subsidiary in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million facility bottles milk as well as packaging other fruit-based beverages. (Reforma, April 30, 2019)
  • Coatings: Swiss-owned industrial coatings maker Oerlikon Balzers inaugurated a US$4.2 million manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. Oerlikon Balzers produces protective coatings for the automotive, aerospace, food processing and metal mechanic industries. (El Financiero, April 5, 2019)
  • Retail: Mexican retail operator Grupo Sanborns reported plans to invest approximately US$148 million this year in expansion. Projects include opening 20 new iShop consumer electronics stores and expanding and upgrading the company’s Sears and Sanborns department stores and Mixup home entertainment stores. (El Financiero, April 29, 2019)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial miller and tortilla producer Gruma reported investment of approximately US$30 million during the first quarter of this year in operations in Mexico and the United States. Projects included construction of a new tortilla factory in the southern state of Puebla, installation of three new corn silos at existing plants and general technology upgrades. (Reforma, April 26, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Vegetable oil: U.S. agricultural commodities trader Cargill expanded its grain processing plant in the central state of Hidalgo to include an additional production and bottling line. The US$16 million upgrade will produce vegetable oil principally to supply Walmart stores, the company reported. (Expansión, March 28, 2019)
  • Railroad: Mexico’s Grupo México corporate group reported investment plans totaling approximately US$555 million to support its railroad subsidiaries Ferromex and Ferrosur. Areas targeted for upgrades include locomotive maintenance, track materials and rehabilitation, new rolling stock and related equipment and land purchases. (Reforma, March 27, 2019)
  • Ports: Major new infrastructure under construction at the Port of Veracruz on Mexico’s Gulf coast will begin entering operation later this year, the Veracruz Port Customs Agents Association reported. The US$3.7 billion upgrade includes four new specialized terminals for fluids, bulk agricultural products, bulk mineral products and containerized and loose cargo. (Reforma, March 25, 2019)
  • Oil refining: The Mexican government invited international companies to bid on the construction of a new oil refinery in the southeastern Gulf coast state of Tabasco. The project, estimated to require investment of US$6 – 8 billion, will include 17 processing plants, 19 storage tanks, a rail line and ship docking facilities. (Reuters, March 18, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: Mexican construction finishings manufacturer Lamosa announced a US$100 million investment plan that includes US$23.3 million to support Mexico operations. The company produces ceramic tile, adhesives and flooring materials at 13 production plants in Mexico. (Reforma, March 14, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico