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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Renewable energy: Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced a joint investment with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to install renewable energy technologies in Mexico City’s Central de Abasto food distribution center. Projects include the installation of PV solar panels, a biogas-driven electricity generation plant to recycle organic waste and a biodiesel processing facility to convert used cooking oil into automotive diesel. (La Jornada, May 27, 2019)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power inaugurated a wind energy park in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the company reported. The US$150 million, 103 Mw site is planned to supply clean power to the national Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for 15 years. (El Financiero, May 21, 2019)
  • Industrial parks: Mexican industrial real estate developer Vesta inaugurated a new industrial park for the automotive industry in the northeastern state of San Luís Potosí. The company plans to add an additional 11 industrial buildings to the site over the next five years at an estimated cost of US$90 million. (Reforma, May 16, 2019)
  • Airlines: Mexican passenger air carrier Aeromexico announced an investment program of US$3 billion over the next six years. The airline plans to acquire 90 new aircraft as well as equipment  and motors, among other upgrades. (Reforma, May 15, 2019)
  • Food processing: U.S.-based food and beverage multinational Pepsico announced US$4 billion in investment plans for Mexico operations through 2020. Projects include a new savory snacks plant in the central state of Guanajuato as well as upgrades in areas such as infrastructure, sustainability programs and community development. (Reforma, May 7, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fuel storage: Mexican diversified conglomerate Grupo México reported plans to construct two new fuel storage terminals, to be located in the cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey. The US$1.04 billion project is planned to supply gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the two key industrial and population centers. (El Financiero, April 30, 2019)
  • Dairy: Mexican beverage bottler Industria Mexicana de Coca Cola inaugurated a new dairy products plant for its Jugos del Valle – Santa Clara subsidiary in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million facility bottles milk as well as packaging other fruit-based beverages. (Reforma, April 30, 2019)
  • Coatings: Swiss-owned industrial coatings maker Oerlikon Balzers inaugurated a US$4.2 million manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. Oerlikon Balzers produces protective coatings for the automotive, aerospace, food processing and metal mechanic industries. (El Financiero, April 5, 2019)
  • Retail: Mexican retail operator Grupo Sanborns reported plans to invest approximately US$148 million this year in expansion. Projects include opening 20 new iShop consumer electronics stores and expanding and upgrading the company’s Sears and Sanborns department stores and Mixup home entertainment stores. (El Financiero, April 29, 2019)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial miller and tortilla producer Gruma reported investment of approximately US$30 million during the first quarter of this year in operations in Mexico and the United States. Projects included construction of a new tortilla factory in the southern state of Puebla, installation of three new corn silos at existing plants and general technology upgrades. (Reforma, April 26, 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