Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: U.S. automotive components supplier Android Industries inaugurated a new operations plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$21 million site is expected to put together kits of products such as spare tires, radiators, consoles and other parts for General Motors auto manufacturing plants.  (El Financiero, September 28, 2018)
  • Solar power: French energy conglomerate Engie announced it will construct a solar power generation plant in the northwestern state of Sonora. The US$111 million facility is projected to have generation capacity of 130.8 MW.  (Reforma, September 27, 2018)
  • OTC pharma: British-owned OTC medicines maker Sal de Uvas Picot plans approximately US$4.8 million in investment in Mexico manufacturing operations, the company reported. Resources will support a 20% expansion of production capacity for antacid products and cold medicines under the brands Sal de Uvas Picot and Mucinex.  (El Financiero, September 26, 2018)
  • Airlines: Mexican passenger air carrier Interjet will expand an existing aircraft order to Airbus for 20 more airplanes at a cost of approximately US$79 million, the company reported. The new A329 NEO aircraft will be phased into service over the coming five years. (El Financiero, September 17, 2018)
  • Liquor: S-Japanese drinks giant Beam Suntory has invested approximately US$60 million from 2017 through the present to modernize and expand its tequila plant in the western state of Jalisco, the company reported. Beam Suntory is launching a campaign to gain market share in the country for its traditional tequila brands Sauza and Hornitos. (El Financiero, September 12, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Wind power: Spanish energy infrastructure developer Iberdrola plans to triple the capacity of a wind power generation park it operates in the southern state of Puebla, the company reported. The US$290 million expansion is planned to include 51 new 2.6 Mw turbines and supply electricity for Grupo Modelo beer brewing operations. (El Financiero, August 31, 2018)
  • Retail: Mexican commercial real estate developer Gicsa plans to inaugurate three new retail and entertainment complexes this year under the concept “malltertainment.” The sites will include shopping, restaurants and entertainment offerings and are intended to serve as tourist attractions in the cities of Mérida, Puebla and Querétaro. (El Financiero, August 29, 2018)
  • Logistics: German logistics multinational DHL reported it will conclude a US$80 million investment program in Mexico this year, a record high for the company in this market. Projects include adding 605 new vehicles to DHL’s Mexico delivery fleet, as well as 100 additional sales locations and two new service centers. (Reforma, August 30, 2018)
  • Commercial real estate: Private real estate developers are preparing to launch construction of three new shopping malls this year in Mexico via total investment of over US$850 million.  The cities of Guadalajara, Mérida and Metepec will host the new retail developments, which in some cases will include office space and residential complexes. (Reforma, August 27, 2018)
  • Leisure: Mexican multinational children’s entertainment center operator KidZania reported it will invest approximately US$24 million to build new locations and upgrade existing ones. Key upgrades include equipping KidZania centers with “internet of things” technologies. (El Financiero, August 22, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Feds spring Elba Esther as AMLO looms

On August 8 the Mexican government announced it was dropping charges against former teachers’ union leader Elba Esther Gordillo and the sinister long-time political operator was set free after five years of various types of arrest (for a time-machine return to her sensational bust, please read our blog post from that wonderful day).  The big news came on the same day that Andrés Manuel López Obrador received his official certification as President-elect from electoral authorities, provoking widespread speculation that El Peje had somehow played a role in Gordillo’s release.  The López Obrador transition team responded that the timing was a mere coincidence, causing further arching of eyebrows and sidelong glances.  Gordillo, for her part, announced that she will be making a political announcement on August 20, so local pundits are suggesting she may reveal some sort of collaboration with the new government. Continue reading Feds spring Elba Esther as AMLO looms