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Industrial FDI still slack in September

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: Chinese auto parts maker Daimay Automotive Interior Co. inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the northern state of Coahuila, the company reported. The US$86 million facility is expected to produce components such as sun visors, seats, headrests, steering wheels and roof consoles for regional OEMs including General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen and Chrysler. (Cluster Industrial, September 25, 2020)
  • Confectionery: U.S. candy and snack maker Mount Franklin Foods announced the opening of a new candy production plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. Investment was not specified for the facility, which is expected to produce soft non-chocolate candies and will include a packaging line and research and development operations. (Candy Industry, September 23, 2020)
  • Rail: The Ministry of Communications and transport is preparing a tender for the construction of a passenger rail line from the central state of Hidalgo to the new Mexico City airport at Sancta Lucía, currently under construction. Approximately US$1.9 million have been requested to cover the cost of the initial technical studies, according to local media reports. (El Universal, September 18, 2020)
  • Automotive: Japanese auto maker Toyota plans investment of US$170 million to expand its assembly plant in the central state of Guanajuato, local media reported. The increase in capacity will allow to company to boost output principally of the Tacoma model pickup truck for distribution in North America. (Expansión, September 15, 2020) Continue reading Industrial FDI still slack in September

Mexican retail scrambling under COVID-19

Mexico, like most countries, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Although the number of confirmed cases in Mexico is still relatively low compared to the United States, the impact of containment measures on the economy has been severe.  With just over one full month of shutdown behind us, financial institutions are already projecting 2020 GDP growth for Mexico in the range of -9% and potentially worse.  Facing this outlook, retailers are scrambling just to stay in business first, and then to plan for an extended period of bleak near to mid-term consumer spending. Continue reading Mexican retail scrambling under COVID-19

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fuel storage: Mexican diversified conglomerate Grupo México reported plans to construct two new fuel storage terminals, to be located in the cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey. The US$1.04 billion project is planned to supply gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the two key industrial and population centers. (El Financiero, April 30, 2019)
  • Dairy: Mexican beverage bottler Industria Mexicana de Coca Cola inaugurated a new dairy products plant for its Jugos del Valle – Santa Clara subsidiary in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million facility bottles milk as well as packaging other fruit-based beverages. (Reforma, April 30, 2019)
  • Coatings: Swiss-owned industrial coatings maker Oerlikon Balzers inaugurated a US$4.2 million manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. Oerlikon Balzers produces protective coatings for the automotive, aerospace, food processing and metal mechanic industries. (El Financiero, April 5, 2019)
  • Retail: Mexican retail operator Grupo Sanborns reported plans to invest approximately US$148 million this year in expansion. Projects include opening 20 new iShop consumer electronics stores and expanding and upgrading the company’s Sears and Sanborns department stores and Mixup home entertainment stores. (El Financiero, April 29, 2019)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial miller and tortilla producer Gruma reported investment of approximately US$30 million during the first quarter of this year in operations in Mexico and the United States. Projects included construction of a new tortilla factory in the southern state of Puebla, installation of three new corn silos at existing plants and general technology upgrades. (Reforma, April 26, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico