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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fiber optics: Japanese fiber optic cable manufacturer Furukawa Electric Group inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in the northwestern border city of Mexicali. The US$4.5 million site is expected to produce cable principally for customers in the United States in its initial phase. (Expansión, December 21, 2017)
  • Energy: U.S. gas and oil company Southwest Energy announced plans to invest approximately US$460 million in Mexico’s newly declared Special Economic Zone (ZEE) in the southwestern coastal port of Salina Cruz. Plans include plants for processing natural gas, methanol and synthetic lubricants. (NVI Noticias, December 18, 2017) 
  • Automotive: French tire manufacturer Michelin reported plans to build a new corporate building in the central state of Querétaro at an estimated cost of US$10 million. The new building comes in addition to the US$510 million the company is investing in a manufacturing plant under construction in the adjacent state of Guanajuato. (El Financiero, December 20, 2017)
  • Pet supplies: U.S. pet products specialty retailer Petco, in association with Mexican diversified corporate group Gigante, projects it will open 20 new sales locations in Mexico next year. Investment was not specified for the expansion, which seeks to increase the chain’s total stores in the country to 70. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017)
  • Pharmaceutical: Mexican pharmacy retail chain Farmacias del Ahorro plans to open up to 150 new stores in Mexico in 2018, the company reported. Investment of approximately US$14 million is slated for 44 new stores in the northern cities of Torreón and Mexicali alone. (El Financiero, December 18, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Pharmaceutical: Mexican drug maker Chinoin invested US$12 million to boost production capacity at its plant in the central state of Aguascalientes, the company reported. Upgrades included acquisition of latest-generation laboratory testing equipment and construction of a new specialized building for the facility’s microbiology laboratory. (Reforma, July 28, 2017)
  • Automotive: U.S. auto maker Ford reported plans to invest approximately US$56 million to remodel its network of sales distributorships in Mexico. Upgrades for the 127 sales locations include WiFi, community centers and areas for viewing new models of sports cars. (El Financiero, July 28, 2017)
  • Wind power: Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, in conjunction with U.S. turbine blade producer TPI Composites, announced plans to construct a blade manufacturing plant in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The amount of investment was not specified for the plant, which is expected to produce blades for the V136 model turbine. (Reforma, July 20, 2017)
  • Automotive: German electronics and engineering multinational Bosch plans to open a new plant this year in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. The US$80 million facility will produce automotive steering columns for regional OEMs such as Volkswagen, General Motors, Mazda, Honda and Toyota. (El Financiero, July 11, 2017)
  • Fuel storage: IEnova, the Mexican subsidiary of U.S. natural gas utility Sempra Energy, was awarded a concession to construct a fuel storage facility in the Gulf port city of Veracruz. The US$115 million site is planned to handle gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. (El Financiero, July 13, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Motorcycles: Italian vehicle maker Piaggio plans to introduce its Vespa brand of scooters in the Mexican market. The company will invest US$3 million to open seven Vespa agencies in the coming months in conjunction with Mexican distributor Grupo Zapata, the latter company reported. (El Financiero, November 30, 2016)
  • Retail: Mexican developers Thor Urbana and Grupo Orlegi announced plans to build a major shopping center complex in the northern state of Coahuila. The US$90 million site will be constructed as an adjunct to the soccer stadium home to the popular Santos Laguna club of the Mexican soccer league. (El Financiero, November 30, 2016)
  • Hotels: Mexican hotel operator Grupo Posadas inaugurated three new hotels in the northeastern city of Monterrey at a cost of approximately US$60 million, the company reported. The new properties are designed with aspects specifically targeting the millennial market, according to Posadas. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016)
  • Wind power: Unnamed investors will finance the construction of a 40MW wind energy generation plant in the central state of Querétaro, the state government announced. The US$40 million project is planned to include 40 generation turbines. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016)
  • Construction materials: Mexican flooring manufacturer Interceramic initiated construction on a new production plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$80 million factory will become the company’s 10th in Mexico. (Obras Web, November 25, 2016)
  • Biofuel: Mexican engineering firm Soluciones en Ingeniería Naval Marina y Terrestre has obtained a permit to construct a biofuel refinery in the eastern state of Veracruz, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) reported. The cost was not specified for the new facility, which is planned to produce 120 million liters annually of ETI01 ethanol. (El Financiero, November 25, 2016) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico