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Bulletin 720 - Friday, July 17, 2015

Mexican entrepreneurs will break investment record

Claudio X. Gonzalez Laporte, President of the Mexican Business Council, announced investments for US$33 billion in Mexico during 2015. These investments are set aside mainly for the telecommunications, consumer products, mining, detail shops, chemical industry, auto parts, pharmaceuticals, banking, food, transportation, construction and infrastructure, technology and information sectors. The President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed that appropriate conditions exist in Mexico to invest, having an annual increase in employment generation, with 434,708 job positions during the first half of 2015. Besides, he also highlighted that the country is the fifth economy having a greater growth among the 20 biggest economies worldwide and reflecting a price stability with an annual inflation rate of 2.87%, a record low.

Source: Excelsior

SCT disclosed biddings for the NAICM

The Ministry of Communication and Transports (SCT) presented 21 bidding packages with an estimated cost of US$6.1 billion for the construction of the New Mexico City International Airport (NAICM). Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, head of the SCT, announced that these biddings packeges were classified in three stages: the first one contemplates preliminary works; the second covers major infrastructure works; and the third stage, where works are aimed to the start of operations.

The bidding strategy was designed with four basic objectives: to promote the participation of Mexican firms, to establish clear rules for the participants since the beginning of the bidding procedures, to achieve the greatest number of qualified contenders with competitive and effective proposals, and to ensure full transparency and adherence to the current regulations.

Source: T21

Automotive Industry´s suppliers to invest in Guanajuato

Sendai Industrial Park, located in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato, will host three new automotive industry´s suppliers: Caral In, Furukawa and Arvin Sango In, with a cumulative investment of US$33.3 million. Caral In, is a comprehensive consulting service company for the design and development of industrial facilities, which will contribute with US$5 million and will create 250 employments. The Furukawa firm, which manufactures SRC products, fuse boxes, connectors and terminals for Delphi, General Motors, Honda, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota and Federal Mogul, will invest US$11.3 million and will generate 1,000 jobs. Arvin Sango In, that produces exhausts and stamped metal components for Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and Faurecia, will invest US$17 million and will employ 123 people.


Coahuila, possible host of Jaguar Land Rover

The Coahuila State government began promoting the entity, after they announced that Jaguar Land Rover plans to invest close to US$500 million in the Americas and that Mexico is a strong competitor to attract it. The Governor Ruben Moreira Valdez visited Jaguar´s Technology Center and the production plant located at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, England in order to meet with company officials, who said that the carmakers installed in the area of Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe-Derramadero produce one of four cars and one of three trucks that are assembled in Mexico. Mr. Moreira said the auto industry represents 44% of the Coahuila´s economy and that its skilled labor helped to strengthen the automotive cluster in the Southeast Region of the State.

Source: Automotive

Bazz Houston now offers Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication Capabilities through its Latest Acquisition

Javier Castro, President  & CEO of Bazz Houston announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations through the acquisition of FTB & Son on May 25, 2015.  Skip Brown, (founder of FTB & Son) was appointed Vice President of Metal Fabrication, and Brent Clawson was appointed General Manager.  All former FTB & Son manufacturing personnel are now part of the Precision Metal Fabrication Division of Bazz Houston, bringing over forty years of sheet metal fabrication experience to the table.

For over 50 years, Bazz Houston has provided its diverse customer base comprehensive manufacturing solutions, with manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.  Bazz Houston is AS9100C / ISO 9001:2008 Registered, and specializes in progressive die metal stamping, 4-slide production, CNC wire forming, spring manufacturing, low-cost assembly, and die tooling design and manufacture.  This most recent acquisition brings Bazz Houston’s overall manufacturing footprint to 140,000 square feet with just over 170 employees and the added capability of short run and sheet metal fabrication.

Source: Bazz Houston

Five Bavarian firms will arrive to Queretaro and the Bajio Region

The arrival of five German automotive companies to Queretaro and the Bajio is expected in the short term, announced Christian Weber, representative of the State of Bavaria in Mexico. Their interest is due to the development of supply chains that can be set around companies such as BMW and Audi, located in the Central Mexico - Bajio Region. Mr. Weber emphasized the opportunities for local businesses generated around the automotive supply chain, as foreign firms require Mexican companies to support them in certain production lines. Although companies are focused on the automotive sector, those that are installed in the region have a wide range of products, which could eventually serve other industrial segments. Bavarian representatives will work together with the Mexican-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAMEXA) to advise and support companies that are interested in investing in Mexico.

Source: El Economista

FCA US LLC invests in Sterling Heights Plant

FCA US LLC confirmed an investment over US$166 million for three new presses for the Sterling Heights plant in Michigan, in order to meet growing product demand. It is expected that the new production lines start operations in the fourth quarter of 2015 and meet the full demand by the first half of 2016. The Sterling plant is recognized as the largest print plant in the world and is one of the six FCA facilities in North American that stamps and sub assembles different parts, which are shipped to the company´s faclities in Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

Source: FCA

Ciudad Juarez seeks to create new automotive and medical tourism clusters

Ciudad Juarez' specialists from the local industry and the trade and services area met with Armando Augusto Mirandez Junior, President of the Nuevo Leon's Clusters Association, with whom they designed a strategy to create automotive and medical tourism clusters. Carlos Yates, Director of ProMexico in Chihuahua, said that they are aiming to formally establish clusters to detonate these two sectors of the economy in Ciudad Juarez. He added that government officials must commit with the private initiative to support these clusters, allocating a budget to generate laws in order to ensure the continuity of operations even after a government administration change. Enrique Portillo, Director of the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Enterprising Institute, presented several iniciatives from each attendee, and pointed that these are the first steps for government, private initiative and academy to work united and in a collaboratively way to develop the region and attract better and more investments.