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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Vegetable oil: U.S. agricultural commodities trader Cargill expanded its grain processing plant in the central state of Hidalgo to include an additional production and bottling line. The US$16 million upgrade will produce vegetable oil principally to supply Walmart stores, the company reported. (Expansión, March 28, 2019)
  • Railroad: Mexico’s Grupo México corporate group reported investment plans totaling approximately US$555 million to support its railroad subsidiaries Ferromex and Ferrosur. Areas targeted for upgrades include locomotive maintenance, track materials and rehabilitation, new rolling stock and related equipment and land purchases. (Reforma, March 27, 2019)
  • Ports: Major new infrastructure under construction at the Port of Veracruz on Mexico’s Gulf coast will begin entering operation later this year, the Veracruz Port Customs Agents Association reported. The US$3.7 billion upgrade includes four new specialized terminals for fluids, bulk agricultural products, bulk mineral products and containerized and loose cargo. (Reforma, March 25, 2019)
  • Oil refining: The Mexican government invited international companies to bid on the construction of a new oil refinery in the southeastern Gulf coast state of Tabasco. The project, estimated to require investment of US$6 – 8 billion, will include 17 processing plants, 19 storage tanks, a rail line and ship docking facilities. (Reuters, March 18, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: Mexican construction finishings manufacturer Lamosa announced a US$100 million investment plan that includes US$23.3 million to support Mexico operations. The company produces ceramic tile, adhesives and flooring materials at 13 production plants in Mexico. (Reforma, March 14, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Ports: The Mexican subsidiary of U.S. port operator SSA Marine is investing approximately US$48 million to construct an automobile roll-on roll-off terminal at the Pacific port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacán. The first phase of the site will have projected capacity to handle 700,000 vehicles per year. (El Financiero, March 28, 2018)
  • Chemicals: Mexican chemicals producer Cydsa reported plans to invest US$300 million this year in new business development. Key projects will include processing, storage and transportation of fuels, and a new plant to produce chlorine and caustic soda. (Reforma, March 23, 2018)
  • Tanks: Mexican industrial tank manufacturer Trailers y Tanques de Aluminio (Tytal) plans investment of US$30 million in two plants in the northern state of Nuevo León, the company reported. Upgrades are slated to increase output capacity for tank retrofitting for tanker trucks. (Reforma, March 21, 2018)
  • Industrial: Mexican corporate group Grupo Industrial Saltillo reported plans to invest approximately US$67 million this year across various industrial divisions in Mexico. Earmarked for upgrades are automotive foundry and machining operations and technology and environmental compliance in construction activities. (Reforma, March 21, 2018)
  • Gas stations: Spanish energy giant Repsol reported plans to invest approximately US$428 million to open gas stations in Mexico over the next five years. The company is targeting a nationwide market share of 8 – 10% via the effort. (La Razón, March 13, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Court blocks increase in gasoline ethanol content

A Mexico City District court last week accepted requests by environmentalists to suspend implementation of a regulatory change that would allow up to 10% ethanol in automotive gasoline in Mexico.  As Mexico Business Blog reported in July and August, Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published modifications to the country’s fuel quality standard, NOM-016-CRE-2016, in June permitting the increase in ethanol content. Environmental groups oppose the change arguing it will worsen air quality, and other groups with vested interests also raised objections. Last week’s granting of an injunction suspending the rule change for the moment reverts the NOM back to its previous language permitting up to 5.8% ethanol content, although ethanol-mixed gasoline is not currently sold in Mexican gas stations. In the wake of the latest injunction, both the CRE and its adversaries on the topic have a number of legal maneuvers open to them but local analysts are opining that the issue will remain tied up in the courts at least until next year.