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Bulletin 744 - Friday, January 29, 2016

Industrial Park to strengthen investments in Coahuila

The Centenario Industrial Park, located in Torreon, Coahuila, seeks to attract foreign investment for the automotive, energy, aerospace, agro-food and metal-mechanic sectors. This project will allow the creation of two new companies, will benefit ten more firms, will maintain 300 jobs and will generate more employment sources. Enrique Jacob Rocha, President of the Entrepreneur's National Institute, stated that this Industrial Park is a commitment of the Government of Mexico supported by the Entrepreneur's National Fund with a contribution of US$1.76 million. Mr. Jacob highlighted that these new facilities will improve competitiveness of microenterprises belonging to those sectors in the zone, incorporating them into the value chains, globally.

Source: Metalmecanica

Navistar and its suppliers to invest in Nuevo Leon

The Navistar Company, specialized in auto-transport, announced that it will invest, together with its suppliers, up to US$100 million in Nuevo Leon, within the next two years. The announcement was disclosed during the foundation stone placement of the expansion of the One Roff Breaking project and the Vymnsa Industrial Park. The One Roff Ground Breaking will be a 4.8-hectare industrial warehouse, in which US$15 million will be invested and will have a capacity for up to 15 Navistar's suppliers. These projects will generate 1,500 direct jobs and it is expected to be finished by July 2016.

Source: Manufactura

Barry Callebaut inaugurated a pilot plant in Mexico

Barry Callebaut, a Belgian chocolate producer Company, inaugurated its pilot plant in Mexico, with a US$1 million investment. The plant will be located at the San Cayetano Industrial Park, Toluca, State of Mexico. The Company's clients will have the capacity of conducting tests and innovations on their products at this plant. Barry Callebaut arrived to Mexico in 2008, with the opening of its first plant of chocolate production in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and later a second plant in the State of Mexico. The main objective is to supply chocolate to its clients, who manufacture the final product. Some of the clients are: Grupo Bimbo, Turin and Hershey's; as well as cafeterias, bakeries, ice-cream bars, hotels, etc.

Source: El Economista

Thyssenkrupp to open two plants in Mexico

The German firm Thyssenkrupp will invest US$124 million for the construction of two assembling plants in the States of Puebla and Guanajuato, where automotive steering systems will be produced, expecting to reach an annual production of 1.4 million units to supply automotive clusters. Patrick Bass, Thyssenkrupp's CEO to North America, explained that these plants will generate over 600 new high-skilled jobs, representing an increment of 18.2% with regard to the current 3,300 jobs in Mexico. For the plant in Puebla, US$75.6 million will be invested and it is expected to start operations by the end of 2017 or earlier 2018. The factory, that is under constructions in the Municipality of San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato, will manufacture overhead camshafts, with an investment of at least US$48.6 million.

Source: Reforma

Mexico to arrange investments in Middle East

Mexico might sign contracts per US$300 million, by the end of 2016, as a result of the business trip that President Enrique Peña Nieto made to the Arabian Peninsula countries. During the meeting, the businessman Guillermo Vogel, informed that Tenaris Tamsa, Mexican Company, assured a contract per US$150 million. This Company will sell sophisticated pipes for the most complex drilling project of the Kuwait Oil Company. Mr. Vogel said in advance that there are other projects to be signed, for example in the Arab Emirates, where the Firm will participate together with Aramco in a leasing process.

Source: El Financiero

Grupo Pinsa to invest in a plant in Sonora

Grupo Pinsa, tuna company and owner of the Atun Dolores brand, will invest US$30 million for the construction of a new sardine canning and freezing plant, located in the port of Guaymas, Sonora, with which it will enter into the sardine global market for human consumption. This plant will supply the local market with 92% of the production and the remaining will be destined to the U.S., during the first year. On the other hand, the Company plans to export to Central America and Europe, under the Dolores and Portola brands, in the short and medium term. This new plant will have a production capacity of 750,000 boxes per year, in a first stage, expecting to reach the 3 million boxes and a freezing capacity of 50 tons daily.

Source: El Economista

TRI ANVIS MEXICO expands its facilities in Queretaro

O'Donnell announced that TRI ANVIS MEXICO has acquired 8.7 has of industrial land and has commenced construction on their second manufacturing facility within Parque Industrial O'Donnell Aeropuerto Internacional Queretaro, Phase V. The building will consider 322,920 sq. ft. of construction in its first phase. TRI ANVIS MEXICO (Anvis) will invest an approximate of US$30 million in this manufacturing facility and estimates that the project will create 700 new employments. The Company produces and manufactures innovative solutions for improving the drivability, comfort and safety of road vehicles. The services provided cover the entire process chain from the idea stage through to mass production. Its range of products includes chassis parts, engine mounts, exhaust system hangers, decoupling elements and vibration absorbers.


Ford to be established in San Luis Potosi

San Luis Potosi (SLP) seeks to attract an investment per US$1 billion that the Ford Company will make within the next months, in order to open a new automaker plant, informed Francisco Gonzalez, ProMexico's General Director. He added that there are plans to acquire projects per US$1.5 billion, of the firms that are expected to arrive to SLP with the objective of supplying the new manufacturing plant. With the arrival of Ford to the State, the Bajio region would be consolidated as the big cluster of the Industry in Mexico, with the Toyota and Honda plants in Celaya, Guanajuato; General Motors and VW in Silao; another Ford plant in Irapuato and Mazda plant in Salamanca, in addition to the BMW and GM facilities in San Luis Potosi. The new plant will have a production capacity of 350,000 units per year.

Source: Somos Industria

Modine expands its facilities in Tamaulipas

The Modine Maquiladora, belonging to the automotive and commercial sector, invested over US$5 million for the construction of a new state-of-the-art industrial building, in order to expand its production line. The plant will be located at the "Dos Laredos" Industrial Park, in Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas. It is expected to start operations by February, generating near of 215 direct jobs. Pedro Diaz Puerto, Modine's Human Resources Manager, said that the constructions began since the second half of 2015, and it is the second investment for this region in the space of a year, resulting in a favorable outlook for the maquiladora industry in the State.

Source: Cluster Industrial

Nissan and BMW to invest in electric charging stations in Mexico

The automotive firms Nissan and BMW will invest US$722,000 for the installation of 150 charging stations for electric vehicles. Each station will have two connectors to recharge up to an 80% of battery in 30 minutes, explained Jorge Vallejo, Director of Nissan Leaf Division. These stations, located at malls, corridors and bridges, will allow to recharge any vehicle that is under the American standard, in addition to the Nissan and BMW models, said Eugenio Granio, Director of the BMW i3 brand. The electric vehicles represent close to 0.5% of sales of new vehicles in Mexico, according to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA).

Source: CNN Expansion

Ingram Micro has leased 122,545 sq. ft. within O'Donnell Cuautitlan Logistics Park

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