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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

  • Logistics: Mexican 3PL services provider Solistica, subsidiary of diversified corporate group FEMSA, inaugurated a new distribution center in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the company reported. The site is part of US$50 million in investment planned for the current year, in areas including expansion of infrastructure, transport, distribution centers, warehousing and systems technology. (Reforma, March 29, 2022)
  • Manufacturing: U.S. home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool announced investment of US$30 million across various manufacturing sites in Mexico to increase production capacity. The company produces products such as refrigerators, ovens and washing machines at five plants in the country. (Reforma, March 28, 2022)
  • E-commerce: Mexican furniture retailer Muebles Dico launched an on-line marketplace called TodoMuebles to sell the company’s own products in addition to those of other small businesses. The new e-commerce site offers furniture as well as products for home decor, kitchen, lighting, office, children, and accessories. (Reforma, March 25, 2022)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA) reported it will invest an unspecified amount to convert its airport in the northeastern industrial city of Monterrey into a hub for international flights. Plans include construction of a new air traffic control center and control tower. (Reforma, March 21, 2022)
  • Steel: Mexican steel products maker Deacero announced plans to construct a new manufacturing plant in the northern state of Coahuila. The US$21 million site is expected to produce raw and galvanized steel beams for the electricity, telecommunications, oil and gas industries. (El Financiero, March 17, 2022)

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COVID-19

The accelerated contagion of COVID-19 continued to worsen during August, with seven states now classified as red (highest alert) on the national epidemiological traffic light system and 17 states at orange, the second highest level of alert.  The country is currently reporting approximately 6,000 new cases per day nationwide, however this is down from over 20,000 per day earlier in the month.  Health Ministry authorities have reported that at least 17 states are beginning to register declines in the number of new cases, raising hopes that the third wave is beginning to ease.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Through the first six months of 2021, remittances to Mexico from abroad became the country’s single largest source of foreign currency, according to data from central bank Banco de México (Banxico). The US$23.6 billion in remittances during the period exceeded the value of other key income categories such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), petroleum exports and tourism. (La Jornada, August 18, 2021)
  • The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) reported the number of formal jobs registered nationwide in the system reached a historic high in July. The number of part-time jobs declined, indicating that the recent reform to reduce the outsourcing of employment is driving companies to bring formerly independent workers on staff. (Reforma, August 13, 2021)
  • Income from international tourism in Mexico in June exceeded that of June 2019 by 4%, demonstrating significant recovery of Mexico’s tourism industry despite the ongoing pandemic, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The number of international tourists arriving in the country jumped 211% from June 2020, due to business shutdowns last year. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, August 11, 2021)

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Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food processing: Guatemalan food processor Alimentos Idealsa plans to establish four processing plants in the southern state of Chiapas, the Chiapas state government reported. The company’s Mexican subsidiary Naisa Aceitera de la Selva is expected to produce edible oils at the US$105 million complex. (Cuarto Poder de Chiapas, December 23, 2019)
  • Leisure: Mexican cinema operator Cinemex plans to open seven new locations of its Alboa entertainment centers via investment of approximately US$26 million, the company reported. Alboa combines bowling lanes, live music venues and food and cocktails. (El Financiero, December 18, 2019)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) reported plans to invest approximately US$1.2 billion over the next five years to expand and upgrade airport infrastructure. Projects include a new terminal for the Gudalajara airport, a new terminal building in Puerto Vallarta, a passenger processing facility in Tijuana and upgrades to two passenger terminals and possibly a new runway in Los Cabos.  (Reforma, December 13, 2019)
  • Pharmaceutical: French pharmaceutical multinational Sanofi reported investment plans totaling approximately US$77 million through 2023. Resources will support clinical studies and the expansion of a vaccination production plant in the Mexico City area. (El Financiero, December 11, 2019)
  • Natural gas: Mexican natural gas infrastructure operator Fermaca inaugurated a gas pipeline linking southern Texas to the central state of Aguascalientes, local media reported. The US$740 million mega-project has capacity to transport 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day. (Natural Gas Intelligence, December 11, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico