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Bulletin 766 - Friday, July 8, 2016

Audi Mexico began the countdown to inaugurate Puebla headquarters

Audi Mexico's plant at San Jose Chiapa, Puebla, will open its doors on September 30, 2016. This factory will have the honor to produce the first Premium vehicle made in Mexico. The decision to build this factory in Mexico will aid the international production strategy and the team is almost ready to start producing the Audi Q5. Audi's new industrial complex has successfully put to work together over 180 suppliers, accomplishing as well flawless coordination of qualification and execution of activities by 3,200 collaborators. At the end of 2016, Audi shall have expanded its labor force to 4,200 collaborators.


Source: Cluster Industrial

P&G's Planta Milenio celebrates 5 years of sustainability in Guanajuato

Planta Milenio, belonging to the firm P&G, focused on the production of razors and shaving cartridges with the brand Gillette, is celebrating 5 years of operation in Irapuato, Guanajuato. Planta Milenio has earned a position as a model plant for P&G, regarding sustainability. It was created with a sustainable design that integrates avant-garde technology to optimize the usage of sunlight and water, as well as the most efficient automated systems. P&G has short-term goals aimed at improving its management of residue and prevent climate change, so that real progress towards its long-term vision, can be secured. The Governor of the State of Guanajuato, Miguel Marquez Marquez; Irapuato Municipal President, Jose Ricardo Ortiz Gutierrez, and Marcio Andreazzi, President and General Director of P&G Mexico, attended the ceremony.


Source: P&G

Kogas to build a plant in Yucatan

Korean Gas Corporation (Kogas) is interested in investing in the construction of a plant for liquid natural gas in Yucatan, in order to become a supplier for both the residential and industrial sectors of the region, including Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. The Governor of the State, Rolando Zapata Bello, met a commission of executives from the Company and Kogas Senior Manager, Hyun Moon Kim, who asserts that Yucatan offers many advantages to establish the plant, which requires investment for up to US$1.5 billion, and it would be ready in three years at most. The chairman explained that the energy plan is considering the possibility to offer natural gas for the industrial and residential sectors at competitive prices, therefore triggering local economic development. 

Source: El Economista

US$270 million allotted to build steel plant in Mexico

International Steel Corporations JFE Steel and Nucor, will invest US$270 million to set up a production plant of automotive steel panels in Mexico. The galvanized steel plant will be located in the Bajio region and it will have an annual capacity of 400,000 tons.  The agreement between the two companies focuses on covering the "steady demand" of auto parts by auto assembly companies operating in Mexico. A representative from the Japanese-based company JFE Steel, explained that the partnership with the U.S.-based Nucor Corporation will be called Nucor-JFE Steel Mexico and it will start operations in 2019.

Source: El Economista

SPM Auto parts arriving in Nuevo Leon

Korean company SPM Auto Parts is opening a new production plant at Vynmsa industrial park in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, next October, with a US$30 million investment and the creation of 300 new jobs, informed Jose Quiroga, Director of Economic Development of this Municipality. Bolts, screws, fasteners and cold forging are going to be produced in this 7,000 square meters factory, which will supply to clients all over Mexico, including the Kia plant in Nuevo Leon. Mr. Quiroga commented that the Company chose Vynmsa industrial park due to the facilities to find staff, thanks to the proximity of several educational institutions, such as Universidad Tecnologica de Escobedo.

Source: El Norte

Belden will invest US$10 million in Sonora

The manufacturing company “Belden de Nogales”, devoted to the production of electrical cord, will invest US$10 million to expand its facilities and it shall create 500 new direct jobs, disclosed executives of this Company. Moreover, Cuauhtemoc Galindo Delgado, Mayor of Nogales City, remarked the importance of the actions being carried out to promote entrepreneurship both within the community and beyond its limits, with the objective to have companies, like “Belden”, come into this border and become installed.

Source: El Universal

Jalisco draws attention from European investors

Jalisco is famous in Europe as a strategic place for business; this is the reason why 12 companies are about to arrive here from Czech Republic, Austria and Belgium, to define possible investment plans, mainly in the automotive sector, informed the Ministry of Economic Development (SEDECO) Jose Palacios Jimenez, who met with representatives from 31 companies during a work tour through the "Old Continent". 14 companies are from the automotive sector, 10 from the information technologies sector, one from the metal industry, one from logistics, one from the health sector, a signaling company, a lighting company, a security business and a textile enterprise.


Source: Axopolis

Ronal inaugurates its new San Luis Potosi plant

Juan Manuel Carreras Lopez, Governor of the State of San Luis Potosi, inaugurated the aluminum wheel factory belonging to "RONAL", a Switzerland-based company. The facilities were built on a 60,000 square meters surface, with a US$120 million investment and the immediate creation of 600 direct jobs. During the first stage of the development plan, 2.2 million of aluminum wheel will be produced yearly, escalating to a 4 million wheel production during the second stage, which represents 10% of the Company's global production, to satisfy the demand from the North America and Brazil markets.


Source: Monitor Economico

Grupo de la Rosa invests US$21.9 million

Grupo de la Rosa, confectionery and candy Company, will invest about US$21.9 million this year in technology for new production lines and to venture into the cereal market. Jaime Enrique Michel Velasco, Corporate President, stated that, with the cereal addition, approximately 440 different products are manufactured by the Company, which has presence in over 21 countries around the world, including Pakistan and Israel. During the first stage developing this new market niche, cereals, five new products based on corn flakes and puffed rice will be presented. Dulces de la Rosa supports roughly 7,700 jobs; it operates four plants, two in the Municipality of Tlajomulco, Jalisco, where candy gummies, chocolate, marshmallow and the like, are produced; and two more plants located in Tlaquepaque.


Source: Axopolis

Mexico expects infrastructure investment from Canada

Canadian company Caisse de Depôt et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ), in partnership with the Mexican consortium CKD, will invest US$1.8 billion in infrastructure projects, informed the Ministry of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. These investment plans include plants for generation of electric energy, as well as transmission and distribution grid, said the officer. Besides, CDPQ Corporation will sign a non-disclosure agreement with Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), with the possibility of starting new investment projects in association with the parastatal. Likewise, Hydro-Quebec, a specialized hydro-electrical firm, will participate in the tendering to build a transmission grid that will require a US$1.2 billion investment.


Source: Noticias MVS

Minth inaugurates plant in Aguascalientes

Aguascalientes' Governor, Carlos Lozano de la Torre, presided over the inauguration of Minth Mexico Coatings' new Aluminum Plant, with a US$102.7 million investment and 1,800 prospected new jobs until 2020. Jian Hui Shi, President and CEO of Grupo Minth, explained that the Company has a vision of expanding its technology and deliver it to more clients.He also disclosed that over 25 million cars worldwide have finishings manufactured by the Corporation. Nissan Mexico, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Audi, Chrysler, and GM are among its main clients.

Source: Monitor Economico

Cikauxto builds a plant in Guanajuato

The first stone for the headquarters to house the Spanish firm Cikauxto, specialized in the development and production of plastic and rubber automotive components, has been set, with the presence of the Governor of Guanajuato, Miguel Marquez Marquez. Iñigo Lazcurain, CEO of Grupo Mondragon, commented that Cikautxo has been operating in the State since 2014 and it is planning to invest over US$30 million within the next two years, to complete the establishment of the plant, which will have 17,800 square meters of construction. The Company has already created 100 direct jobs, but the goal is to reach 500, by 2018. Mr. Lazcurain also stated that Cikauxto has obtained contracts with companies such as Audi, Volkswagen, Ford, and many others.

Source: Monitor Economico

Grupo Alianza will have new industrial buildings in Saltillo

Grupo Alianza will start the construction of four new industrial buildings at the Alianza Derramadero Industrial Park, in Saltillo, Coahuila. Two of them will be for Daimler suppliers, since an expansion of their facilities is underway. Cesar Cantu Garcia, President of Grupo Alianza, informed that they are expecting to start the construction in three months, although the amount of the investment was not disclosed. Likewise, Cantu Garcia informed that an announcement for a new company venture arriving into the Industrial Park, would be made in August. It is a partnership between a local company and an international firm, which will develop new products for the automotive industry; nonetheless, the Company is unrelated to either Chrysler or Daimler.

Source: Vanguardia