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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

  • Logistics: Mexican logistics services provider Onest Logistics is currently constructing a new operations center in the central State of Mexico, the company reported. The US$9.5 million facility is planned specifically to meet rapidly growing demand from e-commerce platforms such as MercadoLibre and Amazon. (El Norte, November 30, 2021)
  • Manufacturing: French rail car manufacturer Alstom is carrying out investment of approximately US$25 million at its plant in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The company is upgrading equipment, installations and testing track for the construction of rolling stock for the Maya Train, currently being built in southeastern Mexico. (Reforma, November 25, 2021)
  • Automotive: German electronics and engineering multinational Bosch announced plans to expand production at its manufacturing plant in the central state of Aguascalientes. The US$83 million upgrade is expected to support increased output of the company’s automotive braking system components iBooster, ABS and ESP. (Forbes México, November 24, 2021)
  • Pharmaceutical: U.S. pharmaceutical multinational Baxter inaugurated a new production line at its plant in the southern state of Morelos, the company reported. The expansion is part of a US$100 million investment through 2024 that will allow the plant to increase production of kidney treatment products for the Mexican, U.S. and Latin American markets. (Reforma, November 23, 2021)
  • Electronics: Taiwanese-owned electronics manufacturer Kemet announced plans to expand its plant in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The US$20 million upgrade will allow the company to increase production of capacitors used by the automotive, aerospace and medical device industries, among others. (Milenio, November 11, 2021) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

COVID-19

Mexico’s COVID-19 indicators have generally improved over the past month.  The number of new cases per day has declined steadily compared to January, and the national rate of hospital bed occupation is down to 40%.  Bed occupation is higher in the Mexico City area at 60%, however this is an improvement over the peaks of 90% reached in January.  Mexico’s vaccination campaign is gaining speed after a poorly executed launch, however the number of vaccinations administered lags behind the average rate of most developed countries. (Data taken from Citibanamex Monitoreo de COVID-19, February 25, 2021)

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Retail sales in Mexico contracted 9.3% in 2020 with respect to the previous year, reaching their lowest level since 2014, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The only subsectors posting positive growth were online and catalog sales (52%) and health-related products (6%). (El Economista, February 25, 2021)
  • Mexico’s construction industry was hit hard by the economic slowdown in 2020, contracting 17.5% on the year, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The drop-off is the steepest for the industry since 1995. (Reforma, February 12, 2021)
  • Remittances from abroad to Mexico represented 3.8% of the country’s GDP in 2020, a record high. The total value of remittances to Mexico grew by over 10% last year with respect to the previous year. (El Economista, February 1, 2021)

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Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar

The spread of the COVID-19 virus in Mexico has not improved significantly this month and in fact has deteriorated in some areas.  Mexico has reported approximately 924,000 accumulated cases, ranking it 10th worldwide, and 92,000 deaths, fourth highest in the world.  Mexico City remains at the orange level of the epidemiological traffic light system, and the head of government of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, recently tested positive for COVID.  The city government is resisting raising the alert level to red, however authorities have said they intend to implement increased restrictions on activity to combat an upward trend in cases. Continue reading Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar