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Mexican economy showing flickers of life

Mexico has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the fourth highest total among world nations, and total accumulated cases exceed one million.  The rate of infection remains uneven throughout the country, however five major states including Mexico City are registering an upward trend in the number of cases and are perilously close to returning to the red or highest level on the national epidemiological traffic light system.  A return to red would signify closure of all but essential businesses and other strict restrictions on movement and economic activity.  At the same time, 16 of Mexico’s 32 states are currently at the yellow level, implying relatively minor restrictions, and one state, Campeche, has returned to green or restriction-free status. Continue reading Mexican economy showing flickers of life

Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar

The spread of the COVID-19 virus in Mexico has not improved significantly this month and in fact has deteriorated in some areas.  Mexico has reported approximately 924,000 accumulated cases, ranking it 10th worldwide, and 92,000 deaths, fourth highest in the world.  Mexico City remains at the orange level of the epidemiological traffic light system, and the head of government of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, recently tested positive for COVID.  The city government is resisting raising the alert level to red, however authorities have said they intend to implement increased restrictions on activity to combat an upward trend in cases. Continue reading Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar

Industrial FDI still slack in September

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: Chinese auto parts maker Daimay Automotive Interior Co. inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the northern state of Coahuila, the company reported. The US$86 million facility is expected to produce components such as sun visors, seats, headrests, steering wheels and roof consoles for regional OEMs including General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen and Chrysler. (Cluster Industrial, September 25, 2020)
  • Confectionery: U.S. candy and snack maker Mount Franklin Foods announced the opening of a new candy production plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. Investment was not specified for the facility, which is expected to produce soft non-chocolate candies and will include a packaging line and research and development operations. (Candy Industry, September 23, 2020)
  • Rail: The Ministry of Communications and transport is preparing a tender for the construction of a passenger rail line from the central state of Hidalgo to the new Mexico City airport at Sancta Lucía, currently under construction. Approximately US$1.9 million have been requested to cover the cost of the initial technical studies, according to local media reports. (El Universal, September 18, 2020)
  • Automotive: Japanese auto maker Toyota plans investment of US$170 million to expand its assembly plant in the central state of Guanajuato, local media reported. The increase in capacity will allow to company to boost output principally of the Tacoma model pickup truck for distribution in North America. (Expansión, September 15, 2020) Continue reading Industrial FDI still slack in September