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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Biogas: Mexican waste management firm Promotora Ambiental (PASA) inaugurated a biogas-powered electricity generation plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the state government reported. The site will draw on biomass from the municipal waste disposal site of the state capital of León. (El Heraldo de Léon, October 25, 2019)
  • Coffee: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé announced it will expand its new coffee processing plant currently under construction in the eastern Gulf state of Veracruz, via additional investment of approximately US$46 million. The company plans to acquire more equipment than originally projected for the processing of up to 20,000 tons of green coffee beans per year. (Reforma, October 23, 2019)
  • Tourism: Mexican adventure park operator Grupo Xcaret reported plans to invest approximately US$400 million through 2027 in the country’s southeastern coastal tourism region. Projects include sustainably constructed hotels and a new ecologically themed amusement park. (El Financiero, October 21, 2019)
  • Food processing: Processed foods producer Qualtia Lacteos, subsidiary of Mexican diversified industrial conglomerate Grupo Xignux, will establish a new cheese factory in the central state of Querétaro at an approximate cost of US$15 million, the company reported. The 30,000 square foot plant is projected to enter into operation in 2020. (Reforma, October 17, 2019)
  • Cement: Swiss building materials multinational Holcim announced it will construct a new production plant in the southeastern state of Yucatan. The US$40 million site is planned to produce 650,000 tons of cement annually. (El Financiero, October 18, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Automotive: Japanese bearings maker NSK will invest approximately US$70 million to construct a new manufacturing plant in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the company announced.  The new facility, to begin production in 2014, is planned to supply the regional automotive industry in the face of rising demand from the NAFTA zone auto market.  (Reforma, February 5, 2013)
  • Animal feed: MaltaCleyton, subsidiary of French animal feed maker InVivo, opened a new pet food production plant in the southern state of Morelos.  The US$18 million facility, the company’s tenth in Mexico, will require corn, wheat, sorghum, vitamins, fat, chicken meal and meat, the company reported. (El Financiero, February 21, 2013)
  • Biotechnology: Mexico’s CIMMYT Maize and Wheat Improvement Center inaugurated a US$25 million advanced bioscience research center in the central State of Mexico.  The foundations of magnates Bill Gates and Carlos Slim contributed to the project, which will conduct research in support of seed improvement. (CIMMYT, February 13, 2013)
  • Transportation: The Mexican government plans to issue tenders this year for construction of two major new passenger rail lines at a total estimated cost of approximately US$3.2 billion, the Transport Ministry (SCT) announced.  The lines would run from Mexico City to the central industrial city of Queretaro and from the Yucatan state capital of Merida to the Riviera Maya region on the Caribbean coast. (El Financiero, January 29, 2013)
  • Retail: Coffee shop chain Cielito Querido Cafe, owned by Mexican inter-city passenger bus operator ADO, will invest approximately US$8 million this year to expand operations.  Plans include the opening of 24 new sales locations in the Mexico City metropolitan area. (El Financiero, February 18, 2013)
  • Solar power: Mexican solar panel maker Solartec is investing approximately US$63 million to bring equipment and technology from Belgium to Mexico to produce photovoltaic panels in the central state of Guanajuato.  Outlays will cover purchasing the assets of Belgian manufacturer Photovoltech and relocating them in Mexico to create a new firm to be called Solarcell. (Milenio, February 21, 2013) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Bordo Poniente closure brings opportunities and challenges

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As Mexico City residents slowly returned to work and normal life after the holidays, we discovered we had a garbage problem.  Not just the bags of empty liquor bottles by the door; a real problem for the whole city and surrounding State of Mexico.  The largest solid waste disposal facility used for city garbage was shut down in December, and suddenly the city’s sanitation department wasn’t sure what to do with the garbage.

The dump in question, called Bordo Poniente, was closed with great fanfare on December 19, 2011 after over 25 years of service.  In line with Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s ongoing effort to implement ecologically friendly public policies, city agencies developed a plan to recycle the site’s estimated 70 million tons of garbage in a number of ways.  According to the plan, the city will issue a tender for private companies to compete for a contract under which the winner will partner with government agencies to build a plant to harvest biogas from the decomposing organic waste.  Continue reading Bordo Poniente closure brings opportunities and challenges