Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Candy: U.S.-based food processing giant Mondelez reported investment of US$133 million in its confectionery plant in the southeastern state of Puebla over the past three years. Resources helped expand production by 40% of chewing gum for brands such as Trident, Clorets and Bubbaloo. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Petroleum: Australian mining and oil multinational BHP Billiton plans investment of approximately US$700 million in Mexico oil exploration, principally in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. BHP Billiton won rights to explore Gulf oilfields in a Mexican government tender last year. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Industrial parks: A consortium of Chinese and Mexican investors including Holley Group, Futon Group and the Santos family began construction of an industrial park in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, local media reported. Investment of US$50 – 60 million is estimated for an initial phase of the facility, which investors project will attract up to 100 Chinese companies over the first 10 years of operation. (Expansión, August 25, 2017)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial baking giant Grupo Bimbo plans to construct a major new distribution center in Mexico City, the company reported. The US$128 million site is planned to be LEED Gold certified and make use of wind-generated electricity. (Aristegui Noticias, August 29, 2017)
  • Gym equipment: Taiwanese-owned fitness equipment brand Matrix Fitness will invest US$3.5 million in a push to expand its participation in the Mexican market, the company reported. Matrix seeks to expand its market share from 5% to 30% by partnering with sports center chains such as Sport City and Smart Fit. (El Financiero, August 25, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Update on ethanol NOM

Local media are reporting this week that multiple requests for injunctions have been filed before Mexican courts to suspend the changes to NOM-016-CRE-2016, which regulates gasoline quality in the country.  As we posted last month, Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) updated the NOM in June to allow up to 10% ethanol content (E10) in automotive gasoline, provoking high fives in the ethanol industry and rending of garments among environmental groups.  Apparently the latest injunction request was filed by Gabriel Quadri – environmental consultant, erstwhile presidential candidate and ajonjolí de todos los moles medioambientales – who noted that other individuals and civil society organizations also have filed injunction requests (other sources cited the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda) and Consumer Power (EPC) as having filed prior injunction requests).  Quadri’s legal filing demands specifically that national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and other oil companies be prohibited from selling ethanol-blended fuel in the country, according to the reports in multiple media.

As per local custom, details on the whole affair are fuzzier than a baby hedgehog.  The reports say a response from Mexico City’s Administrative Tribunal is expected next week, but we will not be holding our breath on that one.  Nonetheless, considering that the CRE requested and received an exemption to the requirement of submitting a Regulatory Impact Statement (MIR) from the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission (Cofemer) in order to increase the permitted ethanol content, one would think there could be grounds for granting the injunction.  Quadri and other injunction-seekers are calling for a systematic process of scientific and technical analysis of the environmental and health impacts of E10 gas before any changes are approved to the NOM.  We will continue to report on this topic as further information becomes available.

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Pharmaceutical: Mexican drug maker Chinoin invested US$12 million to boost production capacity at its plant in the central state of Aguascalientes, the company reported. Upgrades included acquisition of latest-generation laboratory testing equipment and construction of a new specialized building for the facility’s microbiology laboratory. (Reforma, July 28, 2017)
  • Automotive: U.S. auto maker Ford reported plans to invest approximately US$56 million to remodel its network of sales distributorships in Mexico. Upgrades for the 127 sales locations include WiFi, community centers and areas for viewing new models of sports cars. (El Financiero, July 28, 2017)
  • Wind power: Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, in conjunction with U.S. turbine blade producer TPI Composites, announced plans to construct a blade manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The amount of investment was not specified for the plant, which is expected to produce blades for the V136 model turbine. (Reforma, July 20, 2017)
  • Automotive: German electronics and engineering multinational Bosch plans to open a new plant this year in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. The US$80 million facility will produce automotive steering columns for regional OEMs such as Volkswagen, General Motors, Mazda, Honda and Toyota. (El Financiero, July 11, 2017)
  • Fuel storage: IEnova, the Mexican subsidiary of U.S. natural gas utility Sempra Energy, was awarded a concession to construct a fuel storage facility in the Gulf port city of Veracruz. The US$115 million site is planned to handle gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. (El Financiero, July 13, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico