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Court blocks increase in gasoline ethanol content

A Mexico City District court last week accepted requests by environmentalists to suspend implementation of a regulatory change that would allow up to 10% ethanol in automotive gasoline in Mexico.  As Mexico Business Blog reported in July and August, Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published modifications to the country’s fuel quality standard, NOM-016-CRE-2016, in June permitting the increase in ethanol content. Environmental groups oppose the change arguing it will worsen air quality, and other groups with vested interests also raised objections. Last week’s granting of an injunction suspending the rule change for the moment reverts the NOM back to its previous language permitting up to 5.8% ethanol content, although ethanol-mixed gasoline is not currently sold in Mexican gas stations. In the wake of the latest injunction, both the CRE and its adversaries on the topic have a number of legal maneuvers open to them but local analysts are opining that the issue will remain tied up in the courts at least until next year.

What will happen to Roma and Condesa?

The earthquake that struck central Mexico on September 19, 2017 killed over 350 people and caused extensive damage to the capital city and surrounding areas.  Many more people were injured and even more now must face the loss of their homes or businesses.  As survivors of this event, Mexico Business Blog grieves for our friends, neighbors, colleagues and all those whose lives have been so brutally disrupted.  The details and descriptions of the earthquake itself have been reported comprehensively elsewhere, so in this post we would like to present some observations from our own experience and address the future of our community in the near to medium term. Continue reading What will happen to Roma and Condesa?

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Steel: Steel producer Ternium, subsidiary of Italian-Argentinian steel and energy conglomerate Techint, announced plans to build a US$1.1 billion hot rolling mill in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. The new plant will allow the company to produce more sophisticated hot rolled steel sheeting using the most advanced technology. (Metal Bulletin, September 28, 2017)
  • Tourism: Mexican industrial and services conglomerate Grupo IUSA initiated construction of a major new theme park in Mexico’s southeastern Riviera Maya tourism region. The US$840 million AMIKOO entertainment center is projected to include an amusement park, hotel, museum of Mayan archeology, convention center, shopping center, concert arena, food courts and other attractions. (September 19, 2017)
  • Manufacturing: Mexican bathroom fixture manufacturer Helvex reported investment of US$40 million this year to expand production capacity. A 30% increase in the company’s output of products such as faucets, shower heads and drains is allowing Helvex to target South American markets more aggressively. (El Financiero, September 19, 2017)
  • Logistics: Mexican pharmaceutical wholesaler Maypo inaugurated a new distribution center in Mexico City. The US$33 million complex includes 3.2 million cubic feet of warehouse capacity for dry and refrigerated product. (El Financiero, September 13, 2017)
  • Brewing: Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, subsidiary of Belgium-based brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, projects investment of approximately US$777 million in 2018, the company reported. Projects were not specified other than that the company plans to expand production capacity. (El Financiero, September 8, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico