Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Retail: S. DIY retailer The Home Depot opened its 123rd Mexico store in the central state of Queretaro, the company reported. The chain is projecting total 2018 investment in Mexico at approximately US$84 million, in areas such as maintenance and modernization of stores and distribution centers. (El Financiero, June 22, 2018)
  • Construction materials: Mexican flooring manufacturer Interceramic inaugurated a new production plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. The US$80 million site – Interceramic’s tenth plant in the country – will produce floor tiles for the domestic market. (El Financiero, June 21, 2018)
  • Pharmaceutical: U.S. drug maker Pfizer plans investment of approximately US$26 million in Mexico operations this year, the company reported. Projects include the expansion and modernization of Pfizer’s production plant in the central city of Toluca, as well as resources for product research and development. (El Financiero, June 21, 2018)
  • Fuel storage: U.S. transport and storage company Bulkmatic, through its Mexico subsidiary Bulkmatic de México, plans to construct a fuel storage terminal in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. The US$48 million site is planned to store gasoline and diesel fuels, the company reported. (Reforma, June 20, 2018)
  • Wind power: The Mexican Wind Power Association (AMDEE) projects that the country’s wind energy generation capacity will triple over the next five years via investment of approximately US$12 billion. The group estimates some 8,000 Mw of new capacity will be added, principally through private investment under the 2014 energy sector reform. (El Financiero, June 19, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Uncertainty prevails as Mexico election looms

The world is now 18 months into the Donald Trump era, and there is no doubt the U.S. president is making an impact, not only on the United States but on its trade partners as well.  The U.S. media depict in alarming terms a country in a deepening state of social conflict, with polarized liberals and conservatives abusing one another in public and political candidates risking their careers by opposing the strongman in the White House.  We’ll save the 1930s-Nazi-Germany parallels for the cantina but from our vantage point here in Mexico, the ongoing state of uncertainty in U.S. public policy is a real nuisance for North America across the board. Continue reading Uncertainty prevails as Mexico election looms

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Solar power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power inaugurated a solar energy generation plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. The US$220 million facility is projected to have a maximum capacity of 238 Mw. (Reforma, May 24, 2018)
  • Pharmacies: Mexican pharmacy chain operator Farmacias del Ahorro plan to open 200 new stores this year, the company reported. Investment was not specified for the expansion, which is expected to focus on the four northwestern states of Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa and Colima. (Reforma, May 25, 2018)
  • Retail: Mexican department store chain Elektra projects it will open 90 stores in the country this year at a cost of approximately US$203 million. Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce, Elektra has opened 182 new physical sales locations over the past two years. (Forbes en Español, May 22, 2018)
  • Electricity: Mexican energy developer Rengen Energy Solutions plans investment of approximately US$400 million to build electricity generation plants for private industrial operations, the company reported. Plans in development include eight plants for industrial clusters seeking to take advantage of electricity generation by private producers now permitted under Mexico’s recent energy reform. (El Financiero, May 17, 2018)
  • Fuel storage: Private companies are currently undertaking construction of 48 new fuel storage terminals in Mexico via combined investment of approximately US$2.7 billion, Mexico’s Energy Ministry (Sener) reported. The new projects are projected to add 31 million barrels of storage capacity and extend inventories from three to 13 days by 2022. (El Financiero, May 17, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico