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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

COVID-19

During July the third wave of COVID-19 infections has accelerated in Mexico and the level of restrictions on mobility and business activities has increased.  One state returned to red, the highest level on the epidemiological traffic light system, and the number of states at the second highest level, orange, jumped from one to five.  The alert level in Mexico City continues to rise, going from green to yellow to orange since early June.  Nonetheless, the Health Ministry (Secretaría de Salud) has expressed reluctance to place strict restrictions on business and mobility in order to allow the economy to function.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Mexico’s exports of auto parts grew by an annualized rate of 22.5% through the first four months of this year, according to Economy Ministry data. Industry analysts cited increased regional content requirements under the new USMCA trade agreement as boosting exports to the United States and Canada. (El Financiero, July 19, 2021)
  • Same-store retail sales in June rose 14.4% with respect to the same month last year, the National Retailers Association (ANTAD) reported. Monthly year-on-year retail sales data continue to reflect the impact of store closings in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, July 13, 2021)
  • In May, a record number of visitors from the United States arrived by air in Mexico, according to the Anahuac Tourism Research Center (Cicotur). The 970,000 air passengers from the U.S. during the month exceeds the number for the same month in 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reforma, July 6, 2021)

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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Recycling: Mexican beverage bottler and retail group Fomento Económico Mexicano (FEMSA) inaugurated a US$1 million recycling plant in the central state of Querétaro, local media reported. The facility will be used to break down obsolete refrigeration equipment to re-use components as well as dispose of materials in an environmentally responsible manner. (El Mexicano, November 28, 2019)
  • Ports: British-owned port developer Caxxor reported plans to invest approximately US$230 million in expansions at the Port of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. The initiative is part of a larger US$944 million program that includes dock and warehousing upgrades to Puerto Chiapas and a gas storage terminal at the port of Soto la Marina, according to local media. (Transporte.mx, November 19, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: U.S. generator manufacturer Generac Power Systems will establish a new production facility in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$31 million plant is planned to produce diesel and gasoline powered mobile electricity generators. (El Financiero, November 25, 2019)
  • Renewable energy: Mexican energy infrastructure developer Natco energy announced it will build three wind farms and one solar generation park over the next two years. Investment of approximately US$634 million will support construction of 508 MW of new generation capacity at sites in the states of Nuevo León and Guanajuato. (Reforma, November 20, 2019)
  • Medical devices: German medical device manufacturer B Braun established a new distribution center in the central State of Mexico, the company reported. The US$5.6 million site is planned to improve shipping of osteosynthesis instruments produced at the company’s plant in the city of Toluca. (Reforma, November 21, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Cement: Mexican cement producer Elementia plans investment of approximately US$200 million this year in various operations including its plant in the central state of Hidalgo. Resources will support plant expansion and maintenance activities. (Reforma, February 25, 2016)
  • Aluminum: Mexico’s Grupo Vasconia industrial group will invest approximately US$14 million this year to expand its aluminum production capacity in Mexico, the company reported. Vasconia seeks to double production volume over the next five years to supply the domestic automotive industry. (El Financiero, February 22, 2016)
  • Packaging: U.S. jar and can maker Ball Corp. inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. The plant is expected to produce principally metal containers for beverage and food products. (El Financiero, February 24, 2016)
  • Electricity: Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona is projecting investment of approximately US$500 million through 2020 in clean energy projects under Mexico’s electricity sector reform. The company is evaluating generation projects using wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. (Reforma, February 25, 2016)
  • Dairy: Mexican dairy products producer Grupo Lala announced plans to establish a milk production plant in the northwestern state of Sonora. The US$19 million site would become the company’s 24th production facility in the country. (Reforma, February 22, 2016) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico