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A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Reported investment into Mexico has dropped way off during the COVID-19 era, but there was a glimmer over the past month.  Following the update on the pandemic situation in Mexico we provide some examples of economic activity:

COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 remains strong in Mexico however it has stabilized in some parts of the country.  Mexico currently is ranked 11th in the world among countries with the highest number of accumulated confirmed cases.  Local health officials’ methodology for allowing increased economic activity includes factors such as the rate of increase in the number of cases and the level of occupation of hospital beds.  On this basis, in the past week 18 states have advanced from red, the highest level of alert and restriction, to orange, the second highest.  Fourteen states remain at red, or maximum restriction of economic activities.  States at the orange level, including the capital city, may reopen retail businesses and restaurants at a limited level of capacity in stages during the first two weeks of July.  Offices for most businesses remain closed. Continue reading A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Biogas: Mexican waste management firm Promotora Ambiental (PASA) inaugurated a biogas-powered electricity generation plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the state government reported. The site will draw on biomass from the municipal waste disposal site of the state capital of León. (El Heraldo de Léon, October 25, 2019)
  • Coffee: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé announced it will expand its new coffee processing plant currently under construction in the eastern Gulf state of Veracruz, via additional investment of approximately US$46 million. The company plans to acquire more equipment than originally projected for the processing of up to 20,000 tons of green coffee beans per year. (Reforma, October 23, 2019)
  • Tourism: Mexican adventure park operator Grupo Xcaret reported plans to invest approximately US$400 million through 2027 in the country’s southeastern coastal tourism region. Projects include sustainably constructed hotels and a new ecologically themed amusement park. (El Financiero, October 21, 2019)
  • Food processing: Processed foods producer Qualtia Lacteos, subsidiary of Mexican diversified industrial conglomerate Grupo Xignux, will establish a new cheese factory in the central state of Querétaro at an approximate cost of US$15 million, the company reported. The 30,000 square foot plant is projected to enter into operation in 2020. (Reforma, October 17, 2019)
  • Cement: Swiss building materials multinational Holcim announced it will construct a new production plant in the southeastern state of Yucatan. The US$40 million site is planned to produce 650,000 tons of cement annually. (El Financiero, October 18, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Airports: Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) launched a US$22 million expansion of the current Mexico City airport, the ministry reported. Construction, which will include seven new arrival and departure gates as well as access roads, will be led by contractors Epccor (Mexico) and Sacyr (Spain). (Reforma, September 25, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: Japanese-Mexican manufacturing joint venture Yamada-Vistamex completed an expansion of its production plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. The US$3 million upgrade will allow the operation to boost production of personal care products and home plastics for clients such as P&G, Tupperware, Crane and Force of Nature. (Somos Industria, September 2019)
  • HVAC: Swedish diversified corporate group Dometic inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, local media reported. The facility, for which the amount of investment was not specified, will produce various types of air conditioning systems. (Somos Industria, September 2019)
  • Ports: Port operator Contecon, subsidiary of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services, announced it will invest approximately US$250 million to expand its concession at the Pacific coast port of Manzanillo. Contecon currently handles 35% of the freight moved through the port, principally for manufacturing industries such as automotive and appliances. (El Financiero, September 19, 2019)
  • Leisure: Mexican theme park operator Ventura Entertainment announced plans to establish two new golf-themed venues in Monterrey and Mexico City via investment of approximately US$41 million. The sites will operate under the TopGolf brand through a franchise agreement with U.S.-based TopGolf. (Reforma, September 16, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico