Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Construction: Mexican developer Vinte plans investment of approximately US$158 million in housing construction this year, the company reported. The company plans to build 600- and 700-unit middle class complexes in the cities of Pachuca and Monterrey, respectively. (El Financiero, January 25, 2018)
  • Gas stations: French oil and gas multinational Total reported plans to open up to 100 filling stations in Mexico this year under its own brand. The amount of investment was not specified for the expansion, which will be concentrated generally in the central region of the country. (El Financiero, January 18, 2018)
  • Chemicals: Dutch chemicals multinational AzkoNobel is projecting approximately US$14.6 million in investment to support Mexico operations during the current year. Projects include expanding production capacity and upgrading the company’s organic peroxides plant in the central State of Mexico. (El Financiero, January 18, 2018)
  • Manufacturing: U.S. consumer goods giant Kimberly-Clark plans investment of approximately US$100 million in Mexico operations in 2018, the company reported. Resources will primarily support expansion of production capacity, improvements to products and cost reduction strategies. (El Financiero, January 22, 2018)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power initiated construction on a new wind power plant in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The US$120 million site is projected to have generation capacity of 93 MW. (Milenio, January 19, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, Canada and the United States continues to trudge on, with the fate of the agreement hanging in the balance.  The U.S. government initiated the renegotiation at the behest of President Donald Trump, who has reiterated his willingness to abandon the pact on multiple occasions.  But it appears that Mr. Trump is working himself into something of a political pickle, since if he actually made good on this threats and pulled the United States out of NAFTA, it could cause serious consequences for some bedrock sectors of his own party in the run-up to mid-term Congressional elections in the U.S. this year.  This has not been lost on midwestern grain farmers, most of whom – we’re just going to go out on a limb and take a guess here – probably voted for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  Grain exports are very important to midwestern grain farmers in states such as Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, for which Mexico ranks as either number one or number two export market for overall exports.  Not all grain exports are used to produce animal feed, but lately we’ve been languidly gazing at statistics on livestock feed production to allay our vespertine torpor, and it looks to us like they paint a pretty clear picture about the impact of public policy on industry. Continue reading Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fiber optics: Japanese fiber optic cable manufacturer Furukawa Electric Group inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in the northwestern border city of Mexicali. The US$4.5 million site is expected to produce cable principally for customers in the United States in its initial phase. (Expansión, December 21, 2017)
  • Energy: U.S. gas and oil company Southwest Energy announced plans to invest approximately US$460 million in Mexico’s newly declared Special Economic Zone (ZEE) in the southwestern coastal port of Salina Cruz. Plans include plants for processing natural gas, methanol and synthetic lubricants. (NVI Noticias, December 18, 2017) 
  • Automotive: French tire manufacturer Michelin reported plans to build a new corporate building in the central state of Querétaro at an estimated cost of US$10 million. The new building comes in addition to the US$510 million the company is investing in a manufacturing plant under construction in the adjacent state of Guanajuato. (El Financiero, December 20, 2017)
  • Pet supplies: U.S. pet products specialty retailer Petco, in association with Mexican diversified corporate group Gigante, projects it will open 20 new sales locations in Mexico next year. Investment was not specified for the expansion, which seeks to increase the chain’s total stores in the country to 70. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017)
  • Pharmaceutical: Mexican pharmacy retail chain Farmacias del Ahorro plans to open up to 150 new stores in Mexico in 2018, the company reported. Investment of approximately US$14 million is slated for 44 new stores in the northern cities of Torreón and Mexicali alone. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico