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Bulletin 765 - Friday, July 1, 2016

Gruma opens a new complex in Tlaxcala

Mexican producer or maize floor and tortilla, Gruma, inaugurated its new Agromas plant, located in the Apizaco, Tlaxcala corridor, where US$5.7 million were invested. The new complex has an installed capacity for over 10,000 tons of monthly production, and will serve clients from Tlaxcala, Puebla, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Queretaro, Morelos, Guerrero, Veracruz and Oaxaca. Juan Gonzalez Moreno, President and General Director of Gruma, said that this new plant will help them offer balanced food, enriched with vitamins and minerals for animal consumption of different species, such as meat bovine, milk bovine, pigs, poultry, lamb, and rabbits, among others.


Source: El Universal

Ternium to build new Pesqueria plant

Tenigal, the merger company created between Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), will invest US$300 million in the construction of a metal plating plant in the Municipality of Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon. Tenigal will double its current production capacity of galvanized and heat-treated galvanized panels, in order to cater to the needs and demand of Mexico's automotive industry. Once the technical inspection and installation assessment have been completed, Tenigal will build a second line for hot dip galvanization with a capacity to produce 430,000 metric tons annually. When the new production line begins operations, a yearly capacity rate over 800,000 metric tons, will be reached. The new plant is expected to start operations by 2019.


Source: El Financiero

First stone set at Guanajuato's Industrial park

The first stone to the Torres Mochas Industrial Park, in the Municipality of San Felipe, Guanajuato, was set, with the presence of Guanajuato Governor, Miguel Marquez Marquez; the Ministry of Sustainable Economic Development, Guillermo Romero Pacheco; Japan's General Consul in Leon, Yasushida Suzuki, and the City Mayor, Mauro Javier Gutierrez, with the purpose of sheltering suppliers of assemblers Toyota and BMW, among others. There was a US$10 million investment, with expectations of creating 2,500 direct jobs to benefit the Municipalities of San Felipe, Silao, Irapuato, Guanajuato, Leon, Dolores Hidalgo, San Miguel de Allende, Aguascalientes, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.



Japanese company opens two industrial buildings in Sinaloa

The Japanese-based Group of companies Contec-ATR, inaugurated two industrial buildings to assemble electronic harness for Toyota, one in Valle del Carrizo and another in Guasave, North of Sinaloa, worth US$7 million, creating 1,000 direct jobs, which add up to another 5,000 positions already existing in 6 locations across the State. The facilities in Valle del Carrizo have a 3,700 square meters surface, made with a US$2.4 million investment and providing 300 formal jobs, in addition to its 240 current positions. Moreover, the Sumitomo branch in Guasave has a built surface area of 4,600 square meters, with an investment of US$4.6 million, and a job offer of 7600 new positions, in addition to its 800 active employees.

Source: Cluster Industrial

VOSS Automotive is now in Coahuila

Coahuila Governor Ruben Moreira Valdez, laid the first stone of the VOSS Automotive Mexico Planta Arteaga building, which will be built within the next ten months, with an investment of over US$10 million from German capital, creating 700 direct jobs. On the other hand, VOSS is currently operating another factory in Ramos Arizpe, at SERVER Industrial Park, on a four hectare surface, where the production area and management offices to host staff, machines and equipment from prior locations. This Company manufactures tubes, connections, valves, assembly parts emission systems, fluids, refrigeration, and air suspension for the automotive industry. 70% of this plant’s production is exported to the U.S. and 30% of the production goes to the Southeast Region and Nuevo Leon.

Source: Zocalo Saltillo

CANACINTRA to build "Micro-industrial" Park in Chihuahua

Mexico's National Chamber of Industry Transformation (CANACINTRA) Chihuahua chapter, is working on a project to build a Micro-industrial Park, where at least 30 micro and small industries from the metal-mechanic sector will be established, with all the operational facilities as any larger industrial building has, and in this manner, they will become part of a productive chain to supply major companies located in the State.  There are plans to build an institute for materials research, with the support of world-class institutions operating in this sector. Besides, a design center for tool prototypes will be relocated. The Advanced Materials Research Center (CIMAV), recognized both in Mexico and internationally for the high quality of its research, is going to be one of the members of that institute.

Source: El Financiero

Nucor Corporation announces Mexico investment

Steel producer Nucor Corporation, jointly with the Japanese firm JFE Steel Corporation, will invest US$270 million in the Central Mexico region, to build and operate an auto part plant to start activities during the second half of 2019. The plant will have capacity to produce 400,000 tons of galvanized steel panels per year, informed Nucor. John Ferriola, President and Executive Director of Nucor, states that this joint investment contributes to the Company's effort to increase its offer for differentiated and value-added products for a market in expansion. The Firm projects a growth in the automotive production in Mexico, from the present 3.4 million vehicles, to 5.3 million vehicles in 2020.


Source: El Horizonte

Tamaulipas, leader in manufacturing export

Baja California, Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua are the states with the greatest number of Manufacturing, Maquila, and Export Services Industry (IMMEX) businesses, while the states with the most outstanding export rates are Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Baja California, said Federico Serrano Bañuelos, President of Mexico's National Maquiladora and Export Manufacturing Industry Association (INDEX). IMMEX Export Manufacture reached a US$51.4 billion record during the first trimester this year, with Tamaulipas ranking first among the states, with exports worth US$19 billion, followed by Chihuahua, with US$11 billion exports, Baja California with US$7 billion and Nuevo Leon with US$2.1 billion, according to the Mexican Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI).

Source: El Economista

Agroalimentary Exports will reach US$$30 billion

Agro-alimentary exports added up to US$10 billion during the first four months of the year, and they are estimated to reach US$30 billion over the course of 2016, stated the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Jose Calzada Rovirosa. He expressed that growth rates averaging 8% over last year's records, can be accomplished. On the other hand, the field is obtaining good results, due to the incorporation of Mexico into the competitive global markets, which has led to a surplus in the trade balance with our main business partners, such as the U.S. and Canada.

Source: MVS

BMW vehicles will be 50% 'made in Mexico'

About 50% of the value of vehicles produced in Mexico by BMW will correspond to auto parts made in this country, as there are 120 domestic suppliers ready initially, reported chairmen from the automotive Company. The General Director of Grupo BMW Mexico, said that plastic components and interiors are going to be required, but there is a national supplier base already in order. Oliver Zipse, Member of the Management Council of BMW AG and head of production, explained that the decision to establish the plant in Mexico was made because there are over 300 high-class auto part companies and the infrastructure necessary to enable exports.

Juan Manuel Carreras, San Luis Potosi Governor, expressed that “This is an important investment for the State, and together with GM and Ford, this undertaking has made us the only state to have three assembly plants with three different auto companies under development".

Source: El Financiero

Mabuchi Motor inaugurates plant in Aguascalientes

Mabuchi Motor, world-class manufacturer of small electric engines, inaugurated a new plant in San Francisco 4 Industrial Park (PISF4), built on a surface of 40,000 square meters, with a US$41.6 million investment. With this plant, the firm pretends to increase its production capacity from 7.5 to 10 million engines. Hiroo Okoshi, President of Mabuchi Motor, stated that this plant will be the main platform to serve and supply customers all over the Americas, from Alaska to Patagonia. Around 150 staff members will be working in this location, which will focus on the production of small automotive engines, especially window and rear view mirror elevators. Mabuchi Motor currently has 70% of global market of electric engines, said Mr. Okoshi; Honda, Mazda, Canon, Sony, Oral B and Gillette are its main clients.


Source: El Financiero

Audi suppliers establish headquarters in Tlaxcala

Out of the 63 Audi Mexico supplier companies, 40 have become established in the State of Tlaxcala, reports the President of the Mexican Chamber of Industry Transformation (CANACINTRA), Horacio Peredo Elguero, who recognized that this State provided greater facilities to consolidate projects, rather than those provided by authorities from the San Jose Chiapa area. Less than 90 days after Audi's inauguration, Mr. Peredo said that 16 more companies are expected to arrive before the year ends, hence leading to the consolidation of a joint automotive cluster with Puebla and Tlaxcala. These 63 companies have created 5,000 direct jobs, with 3,200 positions to benefit the State of Puebla and the remaining, Tlaxcala. The suppliers established in Tlaxcala are TR2 and TR3; while TR1 suppliers stayed in Puebla.


Source: Cluster Industrial

Infac will invest in its Coahuila plant

Coahuila Governor Ruben Moreira Valdez, presided over the ceremony to lay the first stone of the building to shelter the Korean company Infac Corporation, in the Municipality of Monclova, with an investment of over US$10 million and the creation of 250 direct jobs. Infac is a specialty company that manufactures automotive control wires, solenoid valves, antennas and klaxons. This plant in Monclova will be the first that Infac Corporation establishes in Mexico. Infac North America's Executive President, Joong Seon Choi, State Governor Ruben Moreira and Monclova's Mayor, Gerardo Garcia, attended the ceremony.


Source: Zocalo Saltillo