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Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, Canada and the United States continues to trudge on, with the fate of the agreement hanging in the balance.  The U.S. government initiated the renegotiation at the behest of President Donald Trump, who has reiterated his willingness to abandon the pact on multiple occasions.  But it appears that Mr. Trump is working himself into something of a political pickle, since if he actually made good on this threats and pulled the United States out of NAFTA, it could cause serious consequences for some bedrock sectors of his own party in the run-up to mid-term Congressional elections in the U.S. this year.  This has not been lost on midwestern grain farmers, most of whom – we’re just going to go out on a limb and take a guess here – probably voted for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  Grain exports are very important to midwestern grain farmers in states such as Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, for which Mexico ranks as either number one or number two export market for overall exports.  Not all grain exports are used to produce animal feed, but lately we’ve been languidly gazing at statistics on livestock feed production to allay our vespertine torpor, and it looks to us like they paint a pretty clear picture about the impact of public policy on industry. Continue reading Animal feed industry eyes NAFTA talks warily

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Automotive: Swiss machinery manufacturer Komax inaugurated a manufacturing plant in the central state of Guanajuato. The US$5 million facility is planned to produce electromechanic systems and equipment used to test wire harnesses for the automotive industry. (Reforma, November 30, 2017)
  • Manufacturing: U.S.-based multinationals Flex and Nike inaugurated a wearable electronics manufacturing plant in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million complex includes its own electricity co-generation plant. (Milenio, November 29, 2017)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power plans to build four wind power plants in Mexico, the company reported. Projected investment of US$700 million includes construction of approximately 593 Mw of generation capacity in the northern states of Coahuila and Nuevo León. (El Financiero, November 24, 2017)
  • Brewing: Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, subsidiary of Belgium-based brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced plans to build a new beer brewery in the central state of Hidalgo. The US$737 million site is planned to have initial annual production capacity of 12 million hectoliters. (Reforma, November 24, 2017)
  • Retail: Mexican grocery and general merchandise retailer La Comer opened a new store under its upscale City Market format in the western city of Guadalajara. The US$10.5 million sales location features a wide selection of imported gourmet products. (El Financiero, November 23, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico