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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) is projecting investment of approximately US$600 million in operational upgrades over the next five years, the company reported. Projects include a 50% expansion of capacity at the Monterrey airport as well as construction of a regional air traffic control center. (Reforma, February 28, 2022)
  • E-commerce: Argentinian e-commerce portal MercadoLibre reported plans for investment in excess of US$1 billion this year in Mexico operations. Areas slated for upgrades and expansion include technology innovation, logistics operations and extension of financial services to underserved populations. (Reforma, February 24, 2022)
  • Call centers: Mexican contact center operator Pentafon plans US$4 million in investment this year to support sales growth projected at 35%, the company reported. Resources will support automation, infrastructure upgrades and artificial intelligence technology, among other areas. (Reforma, February 23, 2022)
  • Telecommunications: Mexican telecommunications infrastructure company Neutral Networks reported plans to install some 800 miles (1,300 km) of fiber optic cable through northern Mexico over the next three years. The US$62 million project is expected to stretch from Laredo, Texas to Mexico City and provide connectivity to operators and service providers for the manufacturing, trade and financial services sectors. (MSN, February 15, 2022)
  • Steel: Steel producer Ternium, subsidiary of Italian-Argentinian steel and energy conglomerate Techint, will invest approximately US$50 million to expand its plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the Mexican government reported. The facility supplies steel products to regional industry including the automotive sector. (Forbes, February 15, 2022)

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  • Automotive: U.S.-owned vehicle maker Link EV Electric Vehicles announced plans to establish a manufacturing plant in the southeastern state of Puebla, in association with Chinese and Spanish partners. The US$265 million facility is expected to produce electric vans for package delivery and urban transport applications. (El Economista, January 25, 2022)
  • Mining: Canadian mining company Americas Gold and Silver reported plans to invest US$30 million at its San Rafael mine in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. Resources will be aimed at boosting production of silver, zinc and lead at the mine following an extended period of inactivity. (Reforma, January 25, 2022)
  • Packaging: U.S. consumer packaging multinational Nexgen inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. The site, for which the amount of investment was not specified, will provide nearshoring production services for apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers with operations in North America. (Nexgen Packaging, January 24, 2022)
  • Animal feed: UK-based agri-tech company Devenish inaugurated a new administrative and production complex in the northwestern state of Sonora, the company announced. The site, investment for which was not specified, will become the Devenish Mexico headquarters and include a two-line production system to produce premixes for pork, cattle and poultry feeds. (3tres3.com, January 19, 2022)
  • Industrial parks: The government of the central state of Guanajuato announced the inauguration of a new 1.1 million sq. ft. industrial park in the state. the US$40 million Orient Business Park is planned to include at least 97 industrial structures available to regional productive enterprises. (Centro Urbano, January 19, 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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