Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food & beverage: Mexican beverage bottler Arca Continental plans investment of approximately US$195 million in Mexico operations this year, the company reported. Projects are expected to include purchase of refrigeration systems, upgrades to production lines and acquisition of transport equipment, among others. (El Financiero, April 27, 2018)
  • E-commerce: Brazil-based e-commerce portal MercadoLibre plans investment of approximately US$275 million to boost operations in the Mexico market, the company reported. Resources will support construction of two distribution centers in the Mexico City area, as well as an expanded loyalty program and shipping systems. (Milenio, April 26, 2018)
  • Automotive: Mexican electric car manufacturer Zacua announced the inauguration of its first manufacturing plant, in the southeastern state of Puebla. The US$27 million production site reportedly will produce the first electric car made entirely in Mexico. (Auto Motores Informa, April 25, 2018)
  • Pharmaceutical: French pharmaceutical multinational Sanofi reported plans to construct a new production facility in the central State of Mexico. The projected US$158 million plant is expected to produce vaccines for export to Latin America. (El Financiero, April 24, 2018)
  • Industry: Mexican corporate group Grupo KUO reported plans to invest approximately US$200 million in Mexico operations in 2018. Resources will support the group’s activities in areas such as pork production and automotive transmission manufacturing. (20Minutos, April 17, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Mexico and EU resolve manchego kerfuffle

Last month we posted an item regarding a tug of war over the name “manchego” for cheese, during the negotiations to update the Free Trade Agreement (TLCUEM) between Mexico and the European Union (EU). This month the issue was resolved, with the EU agreeing to allow Mexico to continue using the name manchego for domestically produced cheese, as long as it is produced from cow’s milk, rather than the sheep’s milk from which Spanish manchego is traditionally made. Mexicans are now once again free to continue purchasing the mass produced domestic manchego for use in children’s school lunches or stoner munchies.

Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges

On March 9, 2018 the Mexican government published a new financial technology law, called the Law to Regulate Financial Technology Institutions (Ley para Regular las Instituciones de Tecnología Financiera, or Ley Fintech).  The text of the law states up front that’s its goal is to “regulate the financial services provided by financial technology institutions, as well as their organization, operation and functioning and the financial services subject to any special regulation that are offered or carried out by innovative means.”  Conventional banks in Mexico have long been regulated of course but the recent surge in new technologies and tech startups in the financial sector has been making both regulators and old-school bankers jumpy.  This, then, is a first stab at setting up a basic regulatory environment for the new wave of mostly internet-based access and transaction platforms and products.  Continue reading Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges