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Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

Mexico continues to struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 400,000 accumulated cases and 46,000 deaths.  Mexico City remains at orange, the second highest level of alert under the national traffic light system for establishing economic and mobility restrictions, and the rest of the country’s 32 states are at either red, the highest alert level, or orange.  The level of business activity remains substantially reduced with respect to pre-COVID levels and no significant improvement is foreseeable in the near term. Continue reading Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food processing: Guatemalan food processor Alimentos Idealsa plans to establish four processing plants in the southern state of Chiapas, the Chiapas state government reported. The company’s Mexican subsidiary Naisa Aceitera de la Selva is expected to produce edible oils at the US$105 million complex. (Cuarto Poder de Chiapas, December 23, 2019)
  • Leisure: Mexican cinema operator Cinemex plans to open seven new locations of its Alboa entertainment centers via investment of approximately US$26 million, the company reported. Alboa combines bowling lanes, live music venues and food and cocktails. (El Financiero, December 18, 2019)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) reported plans to invest approximately US$1.2 billion over the next five years to expand and upgrade airport infrastructure. Projects include a new terminal for the Gudalajara airport, a new terminal building in Puerto Vallarta, a passenger processing facility in Tijuana and upgrades to two passenger terminals and possibly a new runway in Los Cabos.  (Reforma, December 13, 2019)
  • Pharmaceutical: French pharmaceutical multinational Sanofi reported investment plans totaling approximately US$77 million through 2023. Resources will support clinical studies and the expansion of a vaccination production plant in the Mexico City area. (El Financiero, December 11, 2019)
  • Natural gas: Mexican natural gas infrastructure operator Fermaca inaugurated a gas pipeline linking southern Texas to the central state of Aguascalientes, local media reported. The US$740 million mega-project has capacity to transport 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day. (Natural Gas Intelligence, December 11, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Manufacturing: Chinese-owned tool maker Milwaukee Tool announced it will establish a new production plant in the northern state of Coahuila via investment of US$86 million. The company manufactures power tools such as drills, saws, grinders and related products. (El Financiero, August 29, 2019)
  • Energy: Spanish energy multinational Iberdrola will construct two new electricity generation facilities at a combined cost of US$750 million, the company reported. The combined cycle plant in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and the wind park in the eastern state of Puebla are projected to provide capacity of 1,700 MW. (Reforma, August 22, 2019)
  • Fertilizer: Swiss petrochemical products multinational Proman will move forward to construct an ammonia fertilizer production plant in the northwest state of Sinaloa, the company reported. The US$1.25 billion complex is projected to produce 800,000 tons of agricultural fertilizer annually beginning in 2022, for both the domestic and export markets. (El Financiero, August 14, 2019)
  • Personal care: Brazilian cosmetics multinational Natura constructed a new distribution center in the central State of Mexico at a cost of US$10 million, the company reported. The site is planned to have capacity to process 1,300 orders per hour. (El Financiero, August 15, 2019)
  • Logistics: German logistics multinational DHL announced it will invest US$300 million in Mexico though 2024 to handle booming e-commerce shipping demand. Resources will support operational areas such as retail services, security, technology systems, equipment and general package handling capacity. (El Financiero, August 14, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico