Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Petroleum: Netherlands-based oil company Royal Dutch Shell is projecting investment of approximately US$800 million in Mexico oil exploration operations, the company reported. Separately, Spanish oil company Repsol reported plans to invest US$330 million in deep-water exploration off Mexico’s Gulf coast. (Reforma, June 17 and 19, 2019)
  • Banks: Spanish bank BBVA plans investment of approximately US$3.3 billion through 2024 in Mexico banking operations, the company reported. Resources will support replacement of automatic teller machines (ATMs), renovation of branches and efforts to extend services to unbanked or underbanked sectors. (El Sol de México, June 11, 2019)
  • Optical equipment: German precision device manufacturer Carl Zeiss announced a US$41 million expansion of its plant in the northwestern border city of Tijuana. The upgrade will add two production lines in support of the company’s PhotoFusion vision products operations. (Siglo21 Periódico Industrial, June 18, 2019)
  • Coatings: Mexican steel maker Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) and Korean machinery manufacturer Paco Engineering announced an alliance to establish a coatings plant in the northern state of Coahuila. The US$20 million facility is expected to provide painting of galvanized steel sheeting for construction and appliance manufacturing applications. (Reforma, June 11, 2019)
  • Solar power: Chilean green power developer Atlas Renewable Energy inaugurated its first project in Mexico, the Guajiro solar park in the central state of Hidalgo. The US$100 million site, which is planned to have installed capacity of 129 MW, will supply electricity to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission. (Reforma, June 11, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Mexican Senate ratifies USMCA

Mexico’s Senate voted June 19 to ratify the USMCA trade agreement, making Mexico the first of the three North American countries to reach this milestone.  The vote of 114 in favor to five against demonstrates the firm support for free trade on the part of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his Morena party, which holds more than twice as many Senate seats as the largest opposition party.  Interestingly, four of the five votes against the USMCA came from members of the president’s own party, further underscoring the broad support for the deal across the political spectrum.  With Canada seemingly moving ahead toward ratification, concern in Mexico appears to be focused on internal political struggles in the United States that could potentially derail ratification in the region’s largest economy.  Continue reading Mexican Senate ratifies USMCA

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Renewable energy: Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced a joint investment with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to install renewable energy technologies in Mexico City’s Central de Abasto food distribution center. Projects include the installation of PV solar panels, a biogas-driven electricity generation plant to recycle organic waste and a biodiesel processing facility to convert used cooking oil into automotive diesel. (La Jornada, May 27, 2019)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power inaugurated a wind energy park in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the company reported. The US$150 million, 103 Mw site is planned to supply clean power to the national Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for 15 years. (El Financiero, May 21, 2019)
  • Industrial parks: Mexican industrial real estate developer Vesta inaugurated a new industrial park for the automotive industry in the northeastern state of San Luís Potosí. The company plans to add an additional 11 industrial buildings to the site over the next five years at an estimated cost of US$90 million. (Reforma, May 16, 2019)
  • Airlines: Mexican passenger air carrier Aeromexico announced an investment program of US$3 billion over the next six years. The airline plans to acquire 90 new aircraft as well as equipment  and motors, among other upgrades. (Reforma, May 15, 2019)
  • Food processing: U.S.-based food and beverage multinational Pepsico announced US$4 billion in investment plans for Mexico operations through 2020. Projects include a new savory snacks plant in the central state of Guanajuato as well as upgrades in areas such as infrastructure, sustainability programs and community development. (Reforma, May 7, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico