Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: Swiss machinery manufacturer Komax inaugurated a manufacturing plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$5 million facility is planned to produce electromechanic systems and equipment used to test wire harnesses for the automotive industry. (Reforma, November 30, 2017)
  • Manufacturing: U.S.-based multinationals Flex and Nike inaugurated a wearable electronics manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million complex includes its own electricity co-generation plant. (Milenio, November 29, 2017)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power plans to build four wind power plants in Mexico, the company reported. Projected investment of US$700 million includes construction of approximately 593 Mw of generation capacity in the northern states of Coahuila and Nuevo León. (El Financiero, November 24, 2017)
  • Brewing: Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, subsidiary of Belgium-based brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced plans to build a new beer brewery in the central state of Hidalgo. The US$737 million site is planned to have initial annual production capacity of 12 million hectoliters. (Reforma, November 24, 2017)
  • Retail: Mexican grocery and general merchandise retailer La Comer opened a new store under its upscale City Market format in the western city of Guadalajara. The US$10.5 million sales location features a wide selection of imported gourmet products. (El Financiero, November 23, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

NAFTA woes whet food producers’ appetites

As the months wear on in the negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the increasingly hard line from the USA has Mexican government and industry groups casting about for backup plans, you know, just in case.  For months Mexican officials have been making noises about taking their business elsewhere, specifically sourcing yellow corn from South America, although clearly returning to NAFTA status quo would be their first choice.  Mexican pork producers, for their part, have long fumed over the high volume of pork imports from the United States, and are now sensing an opportunity to strike back with NAFTA seemingly on the ropes.  The following are examples of recent maneuvering against a backdrop of the sullen tone of current NAFTA negotiations. Continue reading NAFTA woes whet food producers’ appetites

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food processing: Mexican dairy products giant Grupo Lala inaugurated its first processed meats plant in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$55 million facility will produce products for the company’s Nutri Deli brand such as hot dogs, Vienna sausages and sliced processed turkey and ham. (Expansión, October 30, 2017)
  • Construction: Mexican real estate developer Grupo Inmobiliario Frondoso reported plans to invest approximately US$184 million in new residential developments over the next four years.  Projects in planning are targeting cities in the central zone of the country including Guadalajara, San Luís Potosí and León. (El Financiero, October 30, 2017)
  • Electricity: Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona Energía reported it will build electricity transmission infrastructure in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, following a successful tender bid. The US$24.5 million project will include two high tension transmission lines and two substations. (El Financiero, October 24, 2017)
  • Aerospace: Aerospace manufacturer AT Engine Mexico, a joint venture between Germany-based Aerotech Peissenberg and Mexico’s Grupo Punto Alto, plans to establish a production plant in the northwestern state of Sonora. The US$200 million facility is expected to produce turbine parts for General Electric and Rolls Royce aircraft engines. (El Financiero, October 20, 2017)
  • Gasoline: U.S. gas station operator Gulf reported plans to establish 2,000 filling stations in Mexico at a cost of approximately US$211 million. The company also has plans to invest approximately US$400 million to construct six fuel storage terminals in the country over the next three years. (El Financiero, October 19, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico