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Bulletin 754 - Friday, April 15, 2016

Coahuila receives more investments

Juan Enrique Leal Saenz, partner of the Mexico's Entrepreneurial Centre, said that they helped Kodaco to arrive to Coahuila and are currently negotiating the establishment of two new plants belonging to the automotive and aerospace sector, which represent a total investment of US$350 million and the generation of 500 new jobs, each. These companies are interested in the Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe region, due to its geographical location and closeness to Monterrey and its human resource. However, Mr. Leal Saenz added that they also evaluate the States of Nuevo Leon, Queretaro and Yucatan. Their main option is to be established in Coahuila, but the announcement of the projects will be finally disclosed next November.

Source: Vanguardia

Audi to produce 14,500 units in Puebla

The German automaker Audi will inaugurate its plant in the State of Puebla next summer, with an investment of around US$1.3 billion. At this facility, 14,500 units of the Q5 model will be produced, the first ones assembled in Mexico, which will be exported all over the world. According to Javier Valadez, Audi's spokesman, the production halls are completely equipped and functional, ready to produce the “Zero” series, in order to finalize details. The annual production capacity of the plant will be of 150,000 units per year.


Source: T21

Jalisco to receive US$400 million investment

A Center of distribution and beverages bottling, the development of a distillery and a treatment plant located in the region of Los Altos, in Jalisco, are part of a project that is expected to be constructed within a period of five years, requiring US$400 million investment. Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval, State Governor, said that such investment will be provided by Don Julio Company, when considering Jalisco as a reliable Entity. Governor Sandoval pointed out that this infrastructure represents an important boost for the origin designation of this national beverage, resulting in an increase the quality standards.


Source: La Crnica

Automotive Cluster to be established in Central-East Mexico

The National Chamber of Manufacturing Industry (CANACINTRA) proposed to create an automotive cluster in the Central-East Mexico, in which the States of Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and the State of Mexico are included. Hector Peredo Elguero, President of CANACINTRA, explained that it is necessary to homologate procedure requirements for the opening of new companies of the automotive sector. Mr. Peredo commented that this homologation will allow the attraction of more investments, both foreign and local, and the creation of more jobs in these states, due that they offer several advantages as the communication with railways and roads, which are linked. The officer highlighted that this cluster must be a proposal both of the private initiative and the State's authorities, for the project to be successful.


Source: El Economista

Hakkai inaugurates new plant in Mexico

The Japanese auto-parts maker Hakkai has recently inaugurated its new plant in the Municipality of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, with an investment of US$20 million. The new plant, located in the Milenium Industrial Park, will produce steering sensors coil bobbin and gears for huge automotive assemblers and electronic companies. Honda and Alcom are two of their main customers. Akihiko Seki, President of Hakkai Group, said that they will serve the NAFTA countries and Brazil’s markets through this industrial complex, with a production of over 600 million pieces per year and will generate between 200 and 300 jobs.


Source: Manufactura

Michelin to invest in a new plant in Guanajuato

The French company Michelin plans to build a plant in Guanajuato, valued at US$10 million, which will produce about 5 million tires per year and that could be expanded to manufacture 5 other million units by 2020, in addition to generate more than 1,000 jobs It is expected that this plant starts operations by 2017 to produce tires for vehicles and light trucks mainly, for markets of North America, Europe and Asia. Part of production will be sold as spare parts directly to customers, while other part will be distributed to production lines of the growing automotive industry in Mexico.


Source: El Financiero

Advics inaugurates a production center in Jalisco

The Japanese auto parts maker Advics inaugurated its first production plant in Mexico, located at the Colinas de Lagos Industrial Park in the Municipality of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, expecting to start operations next May. For a first stage, the Company invested US$10 million; however, the objective is to inject a capital per US$26.5 million over the next 5 years, according to Jason Taylor, Operations Manager of Advics Manufacturing Mexico. Lagos de Moreno's plant will generate 50 new jobs in the State for the first year; 130 other job positions over the next 3 years and will reach 250 employments by 2020. Advics Mexico's project includes the manufacturing, engineering, assembling, purchase, sell, import, export and distribution of brake systems and other components for vehicles.


Source: El Economista

Jalisco seeks to attract investments from Israel

Entrepreneurs and authorities of the State of Jalisco will travel to Israel within the next days, in a trade mission aiming to attract investments for the State, as well as to know the technology developed by that Country. "Israel is the country with the biggest technological advances related with the use of water for foods and it is very important to Mexico and Jalisco to know those technologies, applying one of them seeking to reduce costs and being more competitive", said Daniel Curiel, Coordinator of the Council of Industrial Chambers of Jalisco (CCIJ). Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz, State Governor, stated that they found a niche in Israel, suitable with a technological ecosystem such as the one that Jalisco has.


Source: El Economista

Mazda keeps investing in Mexico

Carlos Aceves del Olmo, Leader of the Workers Confederation of Mexico (CTM) met with Seita Kanai, Mazda's Chairman of the Board who informed that the automaker will continue investing in Mexico over the coming years. The executive considered that Mexico's plant is the second most important for the Company on a global level, after Japan's plant. During the meeting, it was commented that the Firm has paid attention to the requirements proposed by the CTM's Automotive Industry Union, such as hiring more women and people over 40 years old. Mr. Aceves said he is satisfied with the development of this industry in Mexico, especially because almost 7,000 jobs were created in the State of Guanajuato, during a two years period.


Source: Cluster Industrial

Food processor company to establish in Coahuila

Empacadora Frape, a food processor company belonging to the Comal Foods Firm of the BJ Group, will be established in Torreon, Coahuila, with an investment of over US$6.85 million and a generation of 500 jobs. The announcement of such investment was headed by Ruben Moreira Valdez, State Governor, Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis, Mayor of Torreon and BJ Group's executives leaded by their President Pedro Barboglio Jones. The construction of this plant will be conducted soon and will be located at the Parque PYME of the Mieleras industrial zone. Empacadora Frape is already positioned in the exports market and is present in the U.S, Latin America and Asia; it is expected to start operations by the end of 2016.


Source: MexicoXPORT

Audi's arrival benefits the State of Tlaxcala

As a result of Audi's establishment in Puebla, 16 auto part makers have arrived to Tlaxcala and have built four industrial parks for the last three years. These constructions include the Vesta Park Tlaxcala I, in the Municipality of Huamantla; the Oriente Industrial Park, in Cuapiaxtla; Zitlaltepec Industrial Park; and the fourth park is located in the Municipality of Sanctorum, in the west side of the State and near of the Arco Norte. The goal set by the Government of Tlaxcala is to attract at least 25 suppliers, 16 of which have been achieved, representing 64% of the total expected. Lear Corporation, is one of Audi's suppliers that have recently started operations, with an investment of US$4.6 million and 400 jobs generated.


Source: El Economista