- Automotive: U.S.-owned vehicle maker Link EV Electric Vehicles announced plans to establish a manufacturing plant in the southeastern state of Puebla, in association with Chinese and Spanish partners. The US$265 million facility is expected to produce electric vans for package delivery and urban transport applications. (El Economista, January 25, 2022)
- Mining: Canadian mining company Americas Gold and Silver reported plans to invest US$30 million at its San Rafael mine in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. Resources will be aimed at boosting production of silver, zinc and lead at the mine following an extended period of inactivity. (Reforma, January 25, 2022)
- Packaging: U.S. consumer packaging multinational Nexgen inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. The site, for which the amount of investment was not specified, will provide nearshoring production services for apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers with operations in North America. (Nexgen Packaging, January 24, 2022)
- Animal feed: UK-based agri-tech company Devenish inaugurated a new administrative and production complex in the northwestern state of Sonora, the company announced. The site, investment for which was not specified, will become the Devenish Mexico headquarters and include a two-line production system to produce premixes for pork, cattle and poultry feeds. (3tres3.com, January 19, 2022)
- Industrial parks: The government of the central state of Guanajuato announced the inauguration of a new 1.1 million sq. ft. industrial park in the state. the US$40 million Orient Business Park is planned to include at least 97 industrial structures available to regional productive enterprises. (Centro Urbano, January 19, 2022)
During July the third wave of COVID-19 infections has accelerated in Mexico and the level of restrictions on mobility and business activities has increased. One state returned to red, the highest level on the epidemiological traffic light system, and the number of states at the second highest level, orange, jumped from one to five. The alert level in Mexico City continues to rise, going from green to yellow to orange since early June. Nonetheless, the Health Ministry (Secretaría de Salud) has expressed reluctance to place strict restrictions on business and mobility in order to allow the economy to function.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
- Mexico’s exports of auto parts grew by an annualized rate of 22.5% through the first four months of this year, according to Economy Ministry data. Industry analysts cited increased regional content requirements under the new USMCA trade agreement as boosting exports to the United States and Canada. (El Financiero, July 19, 2021)
- Same-store retail sales in June rose 14.4% with respect to the same month last year, the National Retailers Association (ANTAD) reported. Monthly year-on-year retail sales data continue to reflect the impact of store closings in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, July 13, 2021)
- In May, a record number of visitors from the United States arrived by air in Mexico, according to the Anahuac Tourism Research Center (Cicotur). The 970,000 air passengers from the U.S. during the month exceeds the number for the same month in 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reforma, July 6, 2021)
Mexico has suffered something of a setback in its emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past month. On the epidemiological traffic light system, Mexico City had reached green, or mild restrictions, as the beginning of the month only to return to the higher restrictions of the yellow level following the June 6 national elections. The number of states at the orange or significant restriction level rose from one to five during the month, with reported increases in COVID cases particularly in tourist zones such as the Riviera Maya (Cancun), Yucatan and Baja California. No PCR test or quarantine is required to enter Mexico for travelers arriving by air.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
- Same-store retail sales jumped 33.9% in May with respect to the same month last year, the National Retailers Association (ANTAD) reported. The size of the increase is due largely to the plunge in sales in May 2020 resulting from the initial COVID-19 lockdowns. (Reforma, June 11, 2021)
- Mexico’s central bank Banco de México (Banxico) raised its projection of GDP growth to 6.0% for the current year, up from a previous estimate of 4.8%. The improved outlook is based on advances in COVID-19 vaccination, strong demand for exports and better than expected first quarter growth. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, June 3, 2021)
- Remittances to Mexico from abroad through the first four months of the year are running 19.1% ahead of the same period last year, central bank Banco de México (Banxico) reported. Remittances are on track to post their strongest annual growth since 2005. (Milenio, June 1, 2021)