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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Ports: The Mexican subsidiary of U.S. port operator SSA Marine is investing approximately US$48 million to construct an automobile roll-on roll-off terminal at the Pacific port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacán. The first phase of the site will have projected capacity to handle 700,000 vehicles per year. (El Financiero, March 28, 2018)
  • Chemicals: Mexican chemicals producer Cydsa reported plans to invest US$300 million this year in new business development. Key projects will include processing, storage and transportation of fuels, and a new plant to produce chlorine and caustic soda. (Reforma, March 23, 2018)
  • Tanks: Mexican industrial tank manufacturer Trailers y Tanques de Aluminio (Tytal) plans investment of US$30 million in two plants in the northern state of Nuevo León, the company reported. Upgrades are slated to increase output capacity for tank retrofitting for tanker trucks. (Reforma, March 21, 2018)
  • Industrial: Mexican corporate group Grupo Industrial Saltillo reported plans to invest approximately US$67 million this year across various industrial divisions in Mexico. Earmarked for upgrades are automotive foundry and machining operations and technology and environmental compliance in construction activities. (Reforma, March 21, 2018)
  • Gas stations: Spanish energy giant Repsol reported plans to invest approximately US$428 million to open gas stations in Mexico over the next five years. The company is targeting a nationwide market share of 8 – 10% via the effort. (La Razón, March 13, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Mexico launches Special Economic Zones

ZEEs Source: Dinero en Imagen

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2017, pundits and business media in general in Mexico have focused mainly on the jarring ups and downs of NAFTA renegotiations between the United States, Mexico and Canada.  As the year winds down, this topic has lately been eclipsed by the passage of tax reform legislation in the U.S., and at least on this side of the border, how it might affect the Mexican economy going forward.  These high profile issues have served to overshadow an economic development initiative in Mexico that otherwise might have captured more attention: The declaration of Zonas Económicas Especiales (ZEE), or Special Economic Zones, aimed at stimulating investment in six southern states.  Continue reading Mexico launches Special Economic Zones

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: Swiss machinery manufacturer Komax inaugurated a manufacturing plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$5 million facility is planned to produce electromechanic systems and equipment used to test wire harnesses for the automotive industry. (Reforma, November 30, 2017)
  • Manufacturing: U.S.-based multinationals Flex and Nike inaugurated a wearable electronics manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million complex includes its own electricity co-generation plant. (Milenio, November 29, 2017)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power plans to build four wind power plants in Mexico, the company reported. Projected investment of US$700 million includes construction of approximately 593 Mw of generation capacity in the northern states of Coahuila and Nuevo León. (El Financiero, November 24, 2017)
  • Brewing: Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, subsidiary of Belgium-based brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced plans to build a new beer brewery in the central state of Hidalgo. The US$737 million site is planned to have initial annual production capacity of 12 million hectoliters. (Reforma, November 24, 2017)
  • Retail: Mexican grocery and general merchandise retailer La Comer opened a new store under its upscale City Market format in the western city of Guadalajara. The US$10.5 million sales location features a wide selection of imported gourmet products. (El Financiero, November 23, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico