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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Retail: Mexican corporate group FEMSA will invest approximately US$1.3 billion in Mexico this year across its retailing, beverage bottling and gas station operations, the company reported. Key projects include 50 new gas station-convenience store combination locations under the company’s Oxxo brand. (Dinero en Imagen, February 28, 2017)
  • Logistics: DHL Express, courier subsidiary of German logistics multinational DHL, reported plans to invest approximately US$200 million to expand operations in Mexico. Projects include upgrades to the company’s air freight terminals in the Monterrey, Guadalajara and Querétaro airports and the opening of new service centers, among others. (El Financiero, February 23, 2017)
  • Dairy: Mexican dairy giant Grupo Lala plans investment of approximately US$175 million to expand operations, the company reported. Lala specified only that resources will support “innovation and productivity.” (Dinero en Imagen, February 21, 2017)
  • Mining: Canadian mining company Goldcorp reported plans to invest US$300 million in its Peñasquito mine in the northern state of Zacatecas. The company is seeking to increase its gold-producing holdings by 20%. (El Financiero, February 20, 2017)
  • Industry: Mexican corporate group Grupo KUO reported plans to invest approximately US$170 million in Mexico operations during the present year. Resources will support the group’s activities in areas such as pork production, automotive transmission manufacturing, rubber and auto parts. (El Financiero, February 17, 2017)
  • Electronics: German electronics manufacturing conglomerate Siemens will invest approximately US$200 million in Mexico over the next 10 years, the company reported. Areas of investment will include technology innovation, industrial digitalization and modernization of energy management. (Forbes, February 15, 2017) Read the rest of this entry »

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New electricity rules to bolster solar market

Distributed generationIt’s hard to imagine that nearly seven years have passed since we published our last post on net metering in Mexico, but maybe it shouldn’t be surprising considering how painstaking and fraught with challenges the move toward energy market liberalization has been.  For generations, production and sale of electricity in Mexico was reserved for the state and carried out principally by the public enterprise Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  The current administration’s 2014 energy sector reform, however, sought to modernize energy markets across various sectors such as oil, gas and electricity.  In the electricity market, the proposed changes include not only permitting private companies to generate and sell electricity, but to permit and incentivize distributed generation by independent small-scale producers.  Now, regulatory changes published over the past two months appear to mark an important step forward toward the development of a smart grid and distributed generation. 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:

  • Automotive: German auto maker Audi inaugurated a major new manufacturing plant in the southeastern state of Puebla. The US$1.3 billion facility will produce the brand’s Q5 premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) for export around the world, according to media reports. (Expansión, September 30, 2016)
  • Technology: U.S. networking technology manufacturer Cisco Systems estimates it will invest up to US$4 billion in Mexico operations over the next two years, the Mexican government reported. Resources reportedly will support increased production  of products such as routers, servers and video-conferencing screens for export to 110 countries. (Bloomberg, September 27, 2016)
  • Electronics: Japanese audio speaker manufacturer Tohoku Pioneer will establish a manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco, the Jalisco state government announced. The US$5million production site will be located next to an existing Pioneer Corp. plant producing GPS systems. (Informador, September 27, 2016)
  • Steel: Mexican steel wire producer Deacero is projecting approximately US$300 million in investment over the next two years in Mexico operations. Plans include adding new products to the company’s portfolio, particularly for the automotive industry. (Reforma, September 8, 2016)
  • Solar power: IEnova, the Mexican subsidiary of U.S. natural gas utility Sempra Energy, plans to invest approximately US$150 million in the two energy generation projects it was awarded in a recent government auction. IEnova will build two solar parks in the states of Aguascalientes and Baja California. (El Financiero, September 29, 2016)
  • Casual dining: Mexican casual dining franchise operator Orquest Foods plans to open 60 Papa John’s pizza restaurants in Mexico over the next eight years, the company reported. Orquest recently acquired 26 Papa John’s locations in the Mexico City metropolitan area.  (Reforma, September 9, 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:

  • Pharmaceuticals: Following investment of approximately US$117 million, Mexican pharmaceutical manufacturer Landsteiner Scientific will begin production in October at its new plant in the central city of Toluca. The new site includes state-of-the-art technology for the production of generic and biotechnological medications. (Reforma, September 30, 2015)
  • Information technology: U.S. computer technology company Oracle initiated construction on a new Oracle Mexico Development Center in the western state of Jalisco. The US$86 million research and development site will house activities such as technology development and research on data integration, mobile technologies and the internet of things, according to the Jalisco state government. (El Financiero, September 28, 2015)
  • Retail: U.S. DIY home improvement retailer The Home Depot plans investment of approximately US$88 million to expand its presence in Mexico in 2016. Plans include opening five new stores in the country next year. (El Financiero, September 22, 2015)
  • Casual dining: Mexico’s leading operator of casual dining franchises, Alsea, is projecting investment of approximately US$120 million in 2016 to open some 140 new retail locations. Alsea operates restaurant brands including Burger King, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, P.F. Chang’s, and others in Mexico. (El Financiero, September 17, 2015)
  • Pet supplies: U.S. pet products specialty retailer Petco plans to open approximately 50 new sales locations in Mexico by 2019, the company reported. Petco currently operates 18 stores in the country in association with Mexican corporate group Grupo Gigante. (Reforma, September 21, 2015) Read the rest of this entry »

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