Tag Archives: Food processing

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Candy: U.S.-based food processing giant Mondelez reported investment of US$133 million in its confectionery plant in the southeastern state of Puebla over the past three years. Resources helped expand production by 40% of chewing gum for brands such as Trident, Clorets and Bubbaloo. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Petroleum: Australian mining and oil multinational BHP Billiton plans investment of approximately US$700 million in Mexico oil exploration, principally in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. BHP Billiton won rights to explore Gulf oilfields in a Mexican government tender last year. (El Financiero, August 31, 2017)
  • Industrial parks: A consortium of Chinese and Mexican investors including Holley Group, Futon Group and the Santos family began construction of an industrial park in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, local media reported. Investment of US$50 – 60 million is estimated for an initial phase of the facility, which investors project will attract up to 100 Chinese companies over the first 10 years of operation. (Expansión, August 25, 2017)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial baking giant Grupo Bimbo plans to construct a major new distribution center in Mexico City, the company reported. The US$128 million site is planned to be LEED Gold certified and make use of wind-generated electricity. (Aristegui Noticias, August 29, 2017)
  • Gym equipment: Taiwanese-owned fitness equipment brand Matrix Fitness will invest US$3.5 million in a push to expand its participation in the Mexican market, the company reported. Matrix seeks to expand its market share from 5% to 30% by partnering with sports center chains such as Sport City and Smart Fit. (El Financiero, August 25, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Food processing: Mexican beverage bottler Arca Continental reported plans to invest approximately US$210 million in Mexico operations during the current year. Areas earmarked for upgrades include new chilling equipment, production lines, transport equipment and information technologies. (El Financiero, April 28, 2017)
  • Solar power: The government of the western state of Jalisco initiated construction of a solar energy generation facility in conjunction with Mexican electrical engineering company Fortius Electromecánica, the state government reported. The projected    8 Mw capacity site will require an estimated US$22 million including a planned future expansion. (Manufactura, April 26, 2017)
  • Paper: Chilean-owned personal care tissue maker Absormex reported plans to invest US$25 million to expand Mexico manufacturing operations this year. Absormex products include bathroom tissue, diapers and sanitary napkins.  (Reforma, April 25, 2017)
  • Gas stations: Mexican fuel retailer Natgas is projecting it will open 32 new vehicular natural gas fueling stations by 2021. The cost of the expansion was not specified for the plans, which are intended to provide service to high volume users such as taxis, municipal transport systems and vehicle fleets in the country’s central Bajío region. (El Financiero, April 20. 2017)
  • Fuel transport: Mexican construction company Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo (GMD) plans investment of US$50 million to expand its fuel transport and storage operations, the company reported. Projects are expected to include the construction of pipelines and storage tanks to support liquid fuel handling at port locations. (April 20, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Big Mexican companies keep investing abroad

New market development
New market development

Despite some adverse conditions facing Mexico at the moment (cough Trump cough), the Mexican government has kept up its steady promotion of the country as a destination for foreign direct investment.  A couple of high-profile investments in the automotive industry appear to have been waylaid by threats or uncertainty over the future of NAFTA, but overall large foreign companies with long-term strategies for the Americas continue to establish new Mexico operations or expand existing ones.  Within this context, we once again took a look at the less-heralded flip side of Mexico FDI – investment by Mexican companies in other countries. Continue reading Big Mexican companies keep investing abroad