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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Vegetable oil: U.S. agricultural commodities trader Cargill expanded its grain processing plant in the central state of Hidalgo to include an additional production and bottling line. The US$16 million upgrade will produce vegetable oil principally to supply Walmart stores, the company reported. (Expansión, March 28, 2019)
  • Railroad: Mexico’s Grupo México corporate group reported investment plans totaling approximately US$555 million to support its railroad subsidiaries Ferromex and Ferrosur. Areas targeted for upgrades include locomotive maintenance, track materials and rehabilitation, new rolling stock and related equipment and land purchases. (Reforma, March 27, 2019)
  • Ports: Major new infrastructure under construction at the Port of Veracruz on Mexico’s Gulf coast will begin entering operation later this year, the Veracruz Port Customs Agents Association reported. The US$3.7 billion upgrade includes four new specialized terminals for fluids, bulk agricultural products, bulk mineral products and containerized and loose cargo. (Reforma, March 25, 2019)
  • Oil refining: The Mexican government invited international companies to bid on the construction of a new oil refinery in the southeastern Gulf coast state of Tabasco. The project, estimated to require investment of US$6 – 8 billion, will include 17 processing plants, 19 storage tanks, a rail line and ship docking facilities. (Reuters, March 18, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: Mexican construction finishings manufacturer Lamosa announced a US$100 million investment plan that includes US$23.3 million to support Mexico operations. The company produces ceramic tile, adhesives and flooring materials at 13 production plants in Mexico. (Reforma, March 14, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

ZEE Economic Zones face chop under AMLO

Rictus, El Financiero, March 28, 2019

So far we’ve been resisting the urge to complain about the new government, and for the moment we’re going to stick with that policy until more time has passed to evaluate the direction things are taking.  But we will say this: the rise to power of a leftist political party with a near-monopoly over the institutions of government raised a lot of questions about what would happen to the center-right programs and reforms of the two previous administrations. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), in office for four months now, has demonstrated from the start that he is willing to cancel previous governments’ initiatives regardless of their scale.  The best example of this is the partially-built new Mexico City airport, which now is a 4,430-hectare empty lot, but parts of the energy and education reforms could be thrown in as well.  Every pharaoh has his pyramid, though, and no sooner did AMLO scrap previous president Enrique Peña’s US$13 billion airport than he set to work on his Tren Maya tourist train, projected to begin trampling virgin Yucatan jungle by 2022 to the relatively thrifty tune of US$8 billion.  Continue reading ZEE Economic Zones face chop under AMLO

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Pork: U.S.-Mexican pork producer Granjas Carroll de Mexico inaugurated a large pork processing plant in the southern state of Puebla, the company reported. The US$145 million facility is equipped with eight biodigesters to produce clean energy and has processing capacity of 600 hogs per hour. (El Financiero, February 21, 2019)
  • Chemicals: Netherlands-based chemicals maker Nouryon reported it will expand its manufacturing plant in the central State of Mexico. The US$17 million upgrade will allow the site to increase production of organic peroxides used in the manufacture of PVC and other plastics. (El Financiero, February 19, 2019)
  • Automotive: German automotive components manufacturer Preh inaugurated a new pre-production plant in the northeastern city of Nuevo León, the company reported. The US$7.4 million facility will allow Preh to expand production capacity for products such as dashboard electronics, climate control, audio and navigation systems. (Zócalo, February 15, 2019)
  • Telecommunications: Mexican telecommunications multinational América Móvil reported plans to invest approximately US$8.5 billion this year across operations. Resources will support expansion of wireless coverage, data transmission capacity and 5G technology. (El Financiero, February 14, 2019)
  • Mining: UK and Mexico-based mining company Fresnillo reported investment plans totaling approximately US$1.98 billion to support operations in Mexico over the next three years. Plans include acceleration of silver and gold extraction as well as the expansion of the company’s pyrites plant in the northern state of Zacatecas. (El Financiero, February 27, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico