Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Retail: Mexico’s leading retailer Walmart de Mexico announced it will invest approximately US$1.5 billion in its Mexico and Central American operations this year.  The record investment will be channeled into the opening of over 400 new stores, in addition to technology acquisition and efficiency programs. (El Financiero, February 22, 2012)
  • Water treatment: Mexican construction company Grupo Carso announced it will invest approximately US$1 billion in the construction of a major water treatment plant at Atotonilco in the central state of Hidalgo.  The plant is planned to recycle 60% of waste water in the Valley of Mexico, in which Mexico City is located. (El Financiero, March 7, 2012)
  • Automotive: Japanese autoparts maker Yorozu plans to invest approximately US$70 million to build a new manufacturing plant in the central state of Guanajuato.  The new facility, the company’s second in Mexico, will produce shock absorbers to meet demand from the country’s surging vehicle production. (Businessweek, February 13, 2012)
  • Food processing: Italian confectioner Ferrero will invest US$190 million to build a new production plant in the central state of Guanajuato.  The plant will produce chocolates under the Ferrero Rocher brand in addition to other sweets. (El Economista, February 22, 2012)
  • Retail: U.S.-based supermarket and general merchandise retailer H-E-B plans to add five new stores in Mexico in 2012, raising the number its sales locations in the country to 44.  H-E-B Mexico sales surpassed US$1 billion in 2011.  (NAFTA Works, March, 2012)
  • Energy: The North American Development Bank (NADB) agreed to provide financing for the construction of a wind farm to produce electricity in the northern state of Tamaulipas.  The generation plant, to be developed by Compañía Eólica de Tamaulipas, S.A. de C.V. (CETSA), will provide energy for purchase by leading grocery and general merchandise retailer Soriana. (NADB, February 13, 2012)
  • Aviation: Mexican air carrier Aeromexico announced it will invest US$2.5 billion over the next three years to acquire 27 new aircraft.  Plans include acquisition of seven new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliners. (Excelsior, March 9, 2012)
  • Chemicals: U.S. chemicals giant DuPont inaugurated a new Innovation Center in Mexico City this month.  The center will provide research and development services to develop new products in collaboration with local industries. (DuPont, March 9, 2012)
  • Chemicals: U.S. chemicals giant DuPont plans investment of US$300 million annually in its Mexico operations over the next three years.  Plans include expansion of capacity at the company’s production plant in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (Mexican Business Web, March 21, 2012)
  • Logistics: German courier company DHL will open a new distribution hub in the central State of Mexico this year.  The US$35 million facility is planned to be the largest and most modern in Latin America, and will become the company’s fifth such center in Mexico. (Reforma, March 13, 2012)
  • Pharmaceuticals: The Mexican subsidiary of U.S. pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer will invest US$15 million this year in research and development in Mexico.  Plans include the development of new molecules, value-added consumer products and medical education, the company announced. (El Financiero, March 13, 2012)
  • Manufacturing: Mexican construction finishings manufacturer Lamosa will invest approximately US$40 million in technology upgrades for its manufacturing plants this year, the company announced.  Investment will be focused on Lamosa’s tile and floorcoverings operations. (El Porvenir, March 14, 2012)
  • Aerospace: Mexico’s Autonomous University of Nuevo León inaugurated a new Aerospace Engineering Research and Innovation Center this month, built at a cost of approximately US$20 million.  The center is intended to provide specialized research and training for the country’s booming aerospace manufacturing industry. (Reforma, March 16, 2012)
  • Food processing: Mexican processed meat and dairy products company Sigma Alimentos will invest US$120 million this year to expand capacity before a projected 5% increase in sales.  The company operates 35 production plants in Mexico in addition to over 100 distribution centers. (Mexican Business Web, March 19, 2012)
  • Pharmaceutical: Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis will invest US$8 million in Mexico in research and development for clinical trials, the company reported.  Work is planned to support development of drugs to treat tumors as well as respiratory and cardiovascular illness. (Mexican Business news, March 22, 2012)
  • Automotive: Japanese automotive engine parts manufacturer Keihin will install a production plant in the northeastern state of San Luís Potosí, the state government announced.  The US$29 million facility is planned to begin producing engine parts by the end of 2012. (La Jornada San Luís, March 21, 2012)

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