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Bulletin 782- Friday, November 18, 2016

Hyundae Polytech's new Coahuila building underway

There is great advance in the construction of the new plant of the Korean company, supplier of plastic auto parts, Hyundae Polytech, at the Cactus Valley Parques Industriales, premises in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila. This factory represents a US$15 million investment and the creation of 250 jobs. These headquarters are equipped with machines to perform 31 different processes to produce rubber and 10 processes for plastics, with the target of supplying auto parts to companies such as MANDO Corporation, with a prospected annual production of 500 tons of rubber auto parts, plus 500 tons of plastic auto parts.

Source: Vanguardia

Philippines eyes US$2 billion investments from Mexico

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said recently some US$2 billion worth of investments is being allocated by Mexico to the Philippines, bulk of which is targeted for the telecommunications sector. Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena VillaseƱor, emphasized the Philippines is a priority area for investments in Asia. The diplomat likewise expressed Mexico's interest to make the Philippines an economic gateway to the ASEAN region, the DTI reported. Total investments between both countries in 2015 reached US$6 billion. Both sides also discussed the establishment of a joint economic committee that will further strengthen bilateral trade and investment between the Philippines and Mexico. According to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Mexico has poured in more investments in the Philippines than China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries. Large Mexican firms such as Cemex, a multinational building materials company, and Femsa, a world-leading Coca-Cola bottler, are both present in the Philippines.

Source: Philstar Global

Condumex inaugurates plant in Guanajuato

Grupo Condumex inaugurated its ninth plant in Guanajuato, with an US$800,000 investment. This Company is dedicated to manufacturing electric harnesses for General Motors and it supplies to assemblers from Silao, Guanajuato, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi. The plat currently has 135 workers and it shall generate 450 new jobs. The State Governor, Miguel Marquez, informed that the building will have a US$1 million investment. It will stand on a 2,250 square meters area; offices, training rooms, restrooms, machine rooms, a patio and cargo platforms, will be built during its first stage. Operations are expected to start by April next year, opening 125 jobs.

Source: El Financiero

Communication industry in Mexico valued at US$10 billion

The value of the communication industry in Mexico is calculated at roughly US$10 billion, that is, 0.05% of GDP, with a 7% growth rate compared to 2014. To keep these figures up, active participation from the entrepreneurial sector, government and society is required, as well as involvement from regulatory instances. This industry generates employment for over 1.7 million people in Mexico, according to data from the Confederation of the Marketing Communication industry (CICOM). CICOM works as a spokesperson of the sector, defending the industry and serving as the organization who listens to members within the industry and works to raise Mexico's position in the communication, publicity and marketing businesses globally. Arturo Huerta, President of (CICOM) points out that internet jobs, with a 15.9% participation, promotions, with 10.6% and public relations, with 10.6%, were among the most dynamic job specialties during 2015.

Source: Forbes

Naval industry must be labeled priority

During a forum held in the framework of the Marine Business Meeting 2016, members and specialists of the naval industry agreed that the agenda for this sector is urgent, as it is a priority for Mexico's economic development. Challenges in regulations, legal frameworks and alignment of objectives for municipal, state and federal governments, were some of the topics discussed here; projects to boost the naval industry; as well as the auxiliary industry, integration of productive chains, technological development and promotion. The retired Admiral Raul Santos Galvan Villanueva, ex Sub-secretrary of the Navy, comments that the Law for the Development of the Naval Industry is looking to encourage the participation of both the private sector and the State, to strengthen this industry.

Mario Uribe Fenollosa, President of the Naval Cluster in Sinaloa, said that the projects that could set off this sector is the renewal of the fishing industry, mainly shrimp suppliers, which shall generate earnings of US$1.97 billion in Mexico over 10 years and 600,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Source: Noroeste

La Moderna inaugurates plant of pasta in Coahuila

La Moderna, a Mexican pasta manufacturer, inaugurated its new plant in the South Eastern region of Coahuila, which shall produce almost 3,000 tons of soups and pastas, mostly to export to the U.S. and the Caribbean; as well as supporting its distribution in North-Eastern Mexico and Northern Veracruz. The industrial building, with an 8,500 square meters extension, hosts six production lines that meet the food quality and safety standards as required by Food Safety. This project has generated 97 extra direct jobs, which translates into a staff made up of 209 employees in the new plant. The Firm will benefit agricultural producers of wheat in Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, and there have been recent purchases of this raw material reaching out to some Mennonite communities in the State of Chihuahua.

Source: El Financiero

Rongtai Group arriving in Leon, Guanajuato

Rongtai Group put its first stone at the industrial park Las Colinas Leon, thus becoming the first investment project arriving to Guanajuato from China in the automotive sector. Aluminum smelting operations and machining process operations for transmission cases for Volkswagen, Chrysler and General Motors vehicles, will be starting as soon as June 2017. These components will be manufactured mainly for the U.S. market at first, looking to establish later contracts with automotive firms already operating in Mexico. Jorge Lagunas, Plant Director, disclosed that there is going to be investment to build a mechanical workshop as well, in order to carry out their own tooling, and a research and development center shall open during the second year in operations.


Toyota will start construction in November in Guanajuato

Toyota will start the construction of its Apaseo el Grande plant, in Guanajuato, during the month of November, to produce the Corolla model. Guillermo Romero Pacheco, Minister of Sustainable Economic Development (SDES), expressed that Toyota is expected to bring about at least 40 more supplying companies. The Japanese firm will invest an estimated US$1 billion in this Apaseo el Grande plant, and it will create 2,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. This new factory in Guanajuato is going to be the first Toyota opens after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, year in which they opened a plant in Mississippi, U.S.


Engineering students in Mexico develop NASA's first prototype of Mars rover

The U.S. space agency NASA has approved the first prototype of a Mars explorer robot that will go on Journey to Mars and will explore the Martian surface in search of water and life. A team of 10 students from the university in Mexico has designed the prototype without seeking any external help and by seeing it one can tell that it is a Mexican design. Bryan Perez, one of the team member, believes that the Mexico has the potential to conduct aerospace missions and present innovative ideas to benefit mankind. The team consisting of nine engineering students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and one from the National Polytechnic Institute. Perez said that the new explorer robot design contains three cameras for exploration and their unique position is what sets it apart from other rovers. In addition, the robot boasts several other key features including artificial vision, terrain mapping, and route selection abilities. It took over two years and cost about 180,000 pesos (9,285 U.S. dollars) funded by UNAM, to build the prototype.

Source: The Tecake

Avocado from Jalisco goes to Rusia

Hector Padilla Gutierrez, head of the Ministry of Rural Development (SEDER) in Jalisco, stated that an avocado surplus of roughly 200,000 tons is expected in the State during this production cycle, with over 20,000 tons up to be shipped to Rusia. The officer stated that the surplus in production does not imply there will be no way to sell the product, and even more avocado could be produced in Jalisco, "it won't lag behind, as this is a high-demand product in the U.S.". Besides, there was an agreement in collaboration with other agri-producers, to intensify the introduction of this product into alternative markets, just as economically attractive as the U.S.

Source: El Financiero

Advance Real Estate to invest US$200 million in the Bajio region

The industrial real-estate product Advance Real Estate, has invested US$200 million in the Bajio region over the course of 9 years, to build 17 industrial parks located in Guanajuato, Queretaro and Jalisco. There is a plan for a short term investment of US$165 million to execute new infrastructure inside its existing industrial parks. Besides, the Company is analyzing the possibility of investing in projects in the States of Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes or Puebla, informed Mauricio Solana, Vice President of Development and construction of Advance Real Estate Group.

Source: El Financiero

Yazaki arriving in Guanajuato to supply for General Motors

The Japanese firm Yazaki has arrived to Guanajuato, with the objective of producing exclusive electric harnesses for General Motors Silao. The Company is planning an initial investment of US$15 million. The mid-term project is to have 3,000 workers to help cover the demand from the U.S. assembler. There shall be roughly 500 staff members by the end of 2016. The factory's official inauguration is expected during the first week of November. Chrysler, Kia, Renault, Hino, Mazda, Incolmotos Yamaha and Auteco are some of its clients around the world, however, the Leon factory would exclusively work for GM.


Gertex Textil inaugurates plant in Tlaxcala

German Corporation Gertex Textil inaugurated its new plant in Ciudad Industrial Xicohtencatl I in Tetla, Tlaxcala. This plant, dedicated to produce automotive fabrics, which has Audi as its main client, is now part of the Raven Group cluster, established in this industrial park. With the arrival of this cluster into Tlaxcala, the automotive industry is accomplishing major consolidation, as this industrial sector currently represents 16% of the existing industry in the State. There were also present in the event: the head of the Ministry of Tourism and Economic Development (SETYDE), Kathya Torres Vazquez; the Purchase Director of Audi Mexico, Arturo Achard Carretero and Tetla's Mayor, Javier Hernandez Mejia.

Source: E-Tlaxcala