Roma and Condesa two years later

Today as we write is September 19, 2019 and two years ago on this date our building jumped up in the air when a massive earthquake struck Mexico City.  The city’s devastating 1985 earthquake also struck on September 19.  It’s not like we’re superstitious or anything, but, uh, just to be on the safe side the municipal government conducted a city-wide earthquake drill at 10:00 a.m. this morning.  Granted, we had a drill on the morning of the earthquake two years ago, and we all made jokes and went back to work, then a couple hours later we were stumbling around on the street with broken glass and concrete dust all over us.  So far, today, so good. Continue reading Roma and Condesa two years later

Economic slowdown the talk of the town

Ten years ago we were crawling around in the smoldering wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis, hoping to survive the economic nuclear winter on grubs and bark.  Heaven knows there were some lean times there but somewhere along the way things must have turned around because in more recent years, to hear the media tell it, the North American economy had become Biggie Smalls, spending its days smoking blunts and drinking Cristal with chickenheads in a jacuzzi and it was all good.  Biggie’s long dead of course and the media are now auguring a similar fate for the NAFTA-zone economy, and much like back-to-school, we feel like we’re not ready for the heady summer of fun to end. Continue reading Economic slowdown the talk of the town

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Manufacturing: Chinese-owned tool maker Milwaukee Tool announced it will establish a new production plant in the northern state of Coahuila via investment of US$86 million. The company manufactures power tools such as drills, saws, grinders and related products. (El Financiero, August 29, 2019)
  • Energy: Spanish energy multinational Iberdrola will construct two new electricity generation facilities at a combined cost of US$750 million, the company reported. The combined cycle plant in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and the wind park in the eastern state of Puebla are projected to provide capacity of 1,700 MW. (Reforma, August 22, 2019)
  • Fertilizer: Swiss petrochemical products multinational Proman will move forward to construct an ammonia fertilizer production plant in the northwest state of Sinaloa, the company reported. The US$1.25 billion complex is projected to produce 800,000 tons of agricultural fertilizer annually beginning in 2022, for both the domestic and export markets. (El Financiero, August 14, 2019)
  • Personal care: Brazilian cosmetics multinational Natura constructed a new distribution center in the central State of Mexico at a cost of US$10 million, the company reported. The site is planned to have capacity to process 1,300 orders per hour. (El Financiero, August 15, 2019)
  • Logistics: German logistics multinational DHL announced it will invest US$300 million in Mexico though 2024 to handle booming e-commerce shipping demand. Resources will support operational areas such as retail services, security, technology systems, equipment and general package handling capacity. (El Financiero, August 14, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico