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Bulletin 758 - Friday, May 13, 2016

Samsung to establish a Software Development Center in Tijuana

Samsung Company has decided to establish a development center of digital content in the State of Baja California, specifically in the Municipality of Tijuana, with an investment of US$17 million, in order to strengthen the current pilot program of software development and creative contents. The center where the pilot program is carried out is known as Samsung Research Tijuana and represents a business unit additional to the televisions fabrication. Francisco Vega, State Governor highlighted that this project will give an important exposure to Baja California in the field of the information and software technologies and reiterated that they will arrange alliances with various universities aiming to support the plan of training more software engineers.


Source: Siglo 21

Chinese Company arrives to Coahuila

A Chinese company that could invest more than US$200 million and generate 1,000 direct jobs, is about to make a decision to be established in Coahuila, informed Jose Antonio Gutierrez Jardon, Head of the Ministry of Economic Development, Competitiveness and Tourism. "This is about a company that has formerly visited the State and we think that is the appropriate to be established in the Central region of Coahuila, however, investors have the final decision. This is a diversified firm, due that it has both automotive as metal-mechanic production", expressed Mr. Gutierrez Jardon. On the other hand, he also said that a delegation of Coahuila will travel to South Korea and China with the objective of ensuring investments of companies interested in establishing their plants in the State.


Source: Zocalo Saltillo

India and Mexico, partners-to-be in technological development

Jaime Reyes Robles, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (SICYT) and Margarita Solis, head of Innovation and Entrepreneurial and Social Development of the state of Jalisco, started a tour through India, with the purpose of establishing a business alliance. The goal of this visit, is to have strategic reunions with government and corporate representatives to develop collaborative projects with the finest Indian start-ups that have been able to thrive in a context with similar adversity and opportunities as those found in Mexico, regarding inequality, talent for technology and cultural richness, that urge and showcase capability to create innovative solutions for economic and social development. Meetings with large technology firms specialized in health, software development and information technologies are scheduled as well, in an effort to find opportunities for either expansion or establishment in the area of Jalisco, Mexico.


Source: El Informador

Jalisco Government representatives meet Israeli firms

During a tour around Israel, Aristoteles Sandoval, governor of the state of Jalisco, met high executives of five world class companies: Aqwise, Teva, Ormat, Netafim and Elbit Systems. Possible solutions to improve the operation and function of water treatment plants in Jalisco were discussed in a meeting with executives from Aqwise, global leader in advanced technologies for water treatment and its responsible usage.

With Ormat, a geothermal energy specialist, the main topic was the creation of the Energy Agency, that will be in charge of developing renewable energy resources for solar, wind, and geothermal power, thus bringing an advantage to the manufacture and technology transmission sectors, besides opening the possibility to set up a plant within the state, affirms Jaime Reyes Robles, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (SICyT).

On the other hand, Netafim and Teva were invited to expand their operations into the state of Jalisco. In a reunion with the provider of communication, security and information technologies, Elbit Systems, two main topics were discussed: the strengthening of this company in Mexico and a possible expansion project in the state of Jalisco, which would develop the economy and create new jobs.


Source: MexicoXPORT

Nuevo Leon expects FDI of US$4.6 billion in 2016

According to Fernando Turner, Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Nuevo Leon, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) started during the last quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, with US$3.9 billion and 9,600 new jobs and 75 projects confirmed. In addition, other 35 projects have been prospected during the first trimester, standing for an investment of US$4.6 billion during 2016.


Source: El Economista

Cooper Standard inaugurates plant in Ciudad Juarez

Cooper Standard's Automotive Seals Plant in Ciudad Juarez (Planta Sellos de Juarez), was inaugurated recently with an investment of US$30 million and 750 new direct jobs created. The new factory, located at Parque Industrial Juarez, manufactures systems and components for the automotive industry, such as seals for vans, namely Chevrolet Equinox y GM Terrain. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Governor of the State of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte Jaquez, and Dave Mijelick, Quality VP; Steve Robinson, Director of the Seals Division, as well as Fernando Meraz, Plant Manager for Cooper Standard, and both the Mayor, Javier Gonzalez Mocken and the Federal Delegate of the Ministry of Economy in the State, David Dajlala, among other personalities.


Source: Entrelineas

Bosch is expanding its Mexico headquarters

Robert Bosch Corporation will invest US$100 million to expand their facilities located in Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi, disclosed Rene Schlegel, President of the Company. There will be more production, with cutting-edge technology and the creation of new jobs. Bosch Mexico lists currently about 13,000 employees or associates. The group reported US$868 million sales in Mexico during 2015, representing a 4% increase, compared to 2014. The Company invested US$148 million last year for the Toluca, Ciudad Juarez and Hermosillo plants. The expansion of their industrial buildings enabled the opening of new production lines with the latest technologies to supply the local market.


Source: Manufactura

Fagor Ederlan will build a factory in San Luis Potosi

Fagor Ederlan, the Spanish leading supplier of complete solutions for the automotive sector, will kick start two new industrial buildings for low-pressure aluminum, one of them located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and the other in Bergara, Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country, in Spain. US$97 million will be used to fund both projects, thus starting 300 new job openings. The construction works of the plant in Mexico began last October in San Luis Potosi and it will start operations this year. Fagor Ederlan Mexico SA, will be the second Grupo Ederlan building in this territory, in addition to the machining plant for automotive iron components, GIS Ederlan, which resulted from the joint venture completed in 2015 with Grupo Industrial Saltillo.


Source: Manufactura

More Japanese investment will arrive to Mexico

Japanese investment in Mexico, particularly in the Bajio area, will keep up throughout 2016 and 2017 at the same rate as last year, when 143 Japanese companies arrived in the State. Tadashi Minemura, General Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Mexico, shared that 957 Japanese enterprises were operating in this country last November, but the expectation for this year is to have over 1,000 active companies. As for the amount of the investment, 90% will be related to the Automotive Industry. However, not all of them are auto part manufacturers, there are also logistics firms, as well as some maintenance and service companies associated to the Automotive Industry, mainly medium and small businesses, also including consultants and industrial developers. On the other hand, JETRO Mexico's General Director said that they are looking to support Japanese enterprises that are willing to invest in Mexico in the service sector, such as restaurants and stores.


Source: El Financiero

Coahuila is being promoted in Korea

A Business Mission from the State of Coahuila is currently in Korea, as part of a plan to promote the arrival of new investment to generate jobs for Coahuila citizens. Jose Antonio Gutierrez Jardon, Secretary of Economy Development, Competitiveness and Tourism, is leading the tour. The Mission reunited with representatives of companies from the metal-mechanic and automotive sectors which seem interested in investing in Coahuila and have kept regular communication. According to Mr. Gutierrez Jardon, six companies have been visited so far, to showcase the benefits of the State, promoting competitiveness among companies established in Coahuila. Executives and representatives from ProMexico were also present to oversee the meetings held during this tour.


Source: Vanguardia

Automotive Lighting System Company is coming to operate in Aguascalientes

Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Aguascalientes Governor, welcomed Ahmet Bayraktar, President of companies Farba Automotive Lighting Systems and Odelo Automotive Signal Lights, who is in a tour through the State, in order to explore the possibility to establish a plant for automotive rear lighting systems for Premium vehicles. Ahmet Bayraktar states that, since Daimler is their main client, the Company is analyzing the possibility of establishing in Aguascalientes and incorporating the production of High-Tech LED Automotive lighting goods for the new Daimler vehicles, as well as other luxury brands, into their business plan. The President of Farba added that the exploration phase is developing rapidly because the Company considers important to start operations by 2018, and thus becoming part of the supply chain for the production of luxury vehicles by Mercedes Benz, at the COMPAS plant.


Source: El Sol de La Laguna

Municipality of Queretaro captures more investment than 8 States combined

The Municipality of Queretaro has completed investment projects valued US$1.07 billion for this year, beating the investment amount captured by eight Mexican states in 2015, including Campeche, Tlaxcala, Michoacan, Zacatecas, Chiapas, and Oaxaca, declared the Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development, Urban planning and Environment, Gildardo Gutierrez Mendez. 30% of the total amount went to industrial and corporate projects; 50% went to urban development and building projects; and the rest of the funds went to various undertakings in the services sector. Most of the investment is coming from North America, sometimes from subsidiaries of French, German and Spanish firms. The City Officer assured there are places specifically designed to attract and develop new investment. All of this is going to support the creation of over 12,000 jobs, which stands for 40% of total estimated new job sources in the State this year.


Source: El Financiero

Kia getting ready to launch Nuevo Leon production

Despite delays in the works for infrastructure in the project by Kia Motors in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, the firm is already preparing to start up its manufacturing operations within the following days, to produce 110,000 units of Kia Forte this year. Victor Aleman, PR Manager at Kia Motors Mexico, disclosed a plan to produce one vehicle every 56 seconds, with prospects of reaching 300,000 units per year, however, the Pesqueria plant has the capacity to assemble 400,000 autos a year. This opening will benefit Nuevo Leon with exports of US$4 billion annually, roughly 11.5% of total automotive exports from the State, starting in 2017. This investment program by Kia and its suppliers, amounts to US$2.9 billion in total.


Source: El Horizonte

GKN Driveline opens new plant in Guanajuato

GKN Driveline, a manufacturing company, is expanding its capacities, thus starting production at its new industrial building in the Municipality of Villagran, Guanajuato, with an investment of US$17.5 million, to take care of both local and global demands of the automotive market. The second plant belonging to Villagran, will stand in a 12,000 square meters area, and once its peak capacity has been reached, it expects to produce drive lines for over 1 million vehicles a year, with 380 active workers. Fidel Otake, VP of Operations of GKN Driveline Mexico, pointed out that this new opening at the GKN Mexico plant, marks the beginning of a new stage. Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen, are some of the clients of this powerful Company.


Source: Milenio