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

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Candy: U.S.-based food processing giant Mondelez reported investment of US$133 million in its confectionery plant in the southeastern state of Puebla over the past three years. Resources helped expand production by 40% of chewing gum for brands such as Trident, Clorets and Bubbaloo. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Petroleum: Australian mining and oil multinational BHP Billiton plans investment of approximately US$700 million in Mexico oil exploration, principally in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. BHP Billiton won rights to explore Gulf oilfields in a Mexican government tender last year. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Industrial parks: A consortium of Chinese and Mexican investors including Holley Group, Futon Group and the Santos family began construction of an industrial park in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, local media reported. Investment of US$50 – 60 million is estimated for an initial phase of the facility, which investors project will attract up to 100 Chinese companies over the first 10 years of operation. (Expansión, August 25, 2017)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial baking giant Grupo Bimbo plans to construct a major new distribution center in Mexico City, the company reported. The US$128 million site is planned to be LEED Gold certified and make use of wind-generated electricity. (Aristegui Noticias, August 29, 2017)
  • Gym equipment: Taiwanese-owned fitness equipment brand Matrix Fitness will invest US$3.5 million in a push to expand its participation in the Mexican market, the company reported. Matrix seeks to expand its market share from 5% to 30% by partnering with sports center chains such as Sport City and Smart Fit. (El Financiero, August 25, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico