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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Brewing: Mexican brewer Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, subsidiary of Dutch beer giant Heineken International, inaugurated a new can production line and distribution center at its plant in the western state of Jalisco. The US$38 million expansion will allow the operation to produce six different sizes of cans and 43 different packaging presentations, the company reported. (El Financiero, August 31, 2016)
  • Energy: Mexico geothermal energy developer Grupo Enal plans investment of approximately US$300 million to develop geothermal energy generation sites in the states of Baja California and Guanajuato, the company reported. Enal plans exploration activities in support of the developments over the next two years. (Reforma, August 31, 2016)
  • Automotive: U.S.-based diversified manufacturing multinational 3M inaugurated a new research and development center in Mexico City, the company reported. The US$1 million facility is intended to develop custom solutions for the company’s 200 clients in the Mexican automotive supply chain as well as OEMs. (El financiero, August 19, 2016)
  • Education: Spain-based English language school Kids & Us plans aggressive expansion in Mexico, the company reported. The chain currently operates six learning centers in Mexico and plans to boost that number to 250 over the next 10 years. (El Financiero, August 16, 2016)
  • Food processing: Mexican food products manufacturer La Moderna is nearing completion of a new production facility in the northern state of Coahuila, the company reported. The US$4 million plant will become the company’s fifth in Mexico and is projected to produce wheat-based pastas. (El Financiero, August 15, 2016)
  • Airlines: Mexican air carrier Aeromexico reported plans to invest up to US$50 million over the next five years to improve its digital platform. Upgrade targets include the company’s web site, ticket sales, airport kiosks and apps for Apple watch, among others. (El Financiero, August 17, 2016) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the past month:

  • Logistics: Mexican courier company Estafeta plans investment of approximately US$33 million in 2014 to meet projected double-digit growth in demand, the company reported.  Resources will be assigned to upgrades in operational infrastructure and technology as well as vehicle fleets. (T21, February 27, 2014)
  • Food processing: Mexican processed foods leader Grupo Herdez estimates it will invest US$49 million this year in its Nutrisa health food store chain.  Plans include 50 new retail sites for Nutrisa, which sells health food products and supplements to take away and frozen yogurt to consume on premises. (Reforma, February 27, 2014)
  • Steel: Mexican steel pipe manufacturer Tubacero inaugurated its fourth production plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León.  The US$90 million site reportedly will produce spiral steel pipe from rolled sheet of up to 96 inches in width. (Reforma, February 26, 2014)
  • Retail: Wal-Mart de México, the country’s largest retailer, plans investment of approxmately US$870 million in Mexico operations in 2014.  Projects include new store openings and renovations to existing stores. (El Financiero, February 25, 2014)
  • Chemicals: German consumer chemical products producer Henkel will invest US$35 million this year to expand production capacity at the company’s plant in the central city of Toluca.  The facility produces products including laundry detergent and hand soap. (El Financiero, February 24, 2014)
  • Automotive: Japanese auto parts maker Alpha Industry inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco.  The US$41 million site will produce chromed door handles for Nissan and Honda OEMs in the region. (La Crónica de Hoy, February 20, 2014) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

New teachers union an important step forward

Workin' hard or hardly workin'?
Workin' hard or hardly workin'?

We have long held that the calamitous state of public education in Mexico is perhaps the single greatest impediment to the country’s economic and social progress.  The corollary to this belief is that the national teachers’ union, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, or SNTE, is the strongest obstacle to any genuine effort to improve education in Mexico.  Since its formation in 1949, the SNTE served the single-party system as a key cog in the PRI corporatist machine.  In the post-2000 multi-party era, the union has functioned as a power-broking lever in the service of its villainous, dictatorial leader, Elba Esther Gordillo.  Notoriously corrupt, the SNTE has systematically enriched its leaders while rewarding only fealty to the system among the rank and file.  Meanwhile, Mexico has steadily sunk in international assessments of basic education.

Earlier this month, a new teachers’ union independent of the SNTE was granted authorization by the federal government.  The new union, called the Sitem, was immediately denounced by the SNTE as a tool of anti-labor political groups seeking to undermine the legitimate aspirations of education workers.  Even the fiercely anti-Gordillo dissident current within the SNTE – the CNTE – decried the creation of the new union.  Somewhat ironically, however, the leftist political party PRD hailed the emergence of the Sitem. Continue reading New teachers union an important step forward