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Bulletin 750 - Friday, March 11, 2016

ProMexico boosts products and services exports

ProMexico promotes the investment attraction to Mexico, the products and services exports, the internationalization of Mexican companies and the strengthening of the Mexico's image as a good strategic partner to do businesses. One of the objectives of ProMexico is to promote and support the export activity through actions that reinforce, improve and innovate the promotion mechanisms for the competitive exportable supply, mainly of the SMEs. The actions to be performed include: helping to make a business agenda abroad; easing the access to market research; making contact with representatives of the sectors, as well as helping to locate the distribution centers that suit the product.

Source: MexicoXPORT

Sonora to receive investment of Mining funds

Sonora will receive US$33.7 million from Mining Funds, this year, announced the Ministry of Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU). Ricardo Lopez Pescador, Head of the SEDATU, made known that US$19 million will be allocated in a first stage for 36 projects in 6 mining municipalities. Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, Governor of the State, highlighted that this investment will be reflected in a better life quality of the benefited municipalities: Alamos, Cananea, Nacozari de Garcia, Santacruz, Magdalena de Kino and Caborca. On the other hand, US$7.22 million will be used for the rehabilitation project of the Magdalena-Cucurpe-Sinoquipe road, suggested by the State´s Government, benefiting 42,000 citizens of neighboring towns.

Source: El Imparcial

Robotics Training Center is inaugurated in the State of Mexico

The Mexican company Robotics and Industrial Automation (RAISA) inaugurated the Robotics Training Center (CERAI), considered as the first of its kind in Latin America, in order to train personnel to use the machinery of the plant. This training is focused on three sectors: automotive, food and construction. The complex, located in Tepotzotlan, State of Mexico, has 13 robots with different applications such as: MIG welding, stamping, painting, etc. Those robots belong to the Fanuc, ABB, Motoman, Mitsubishi, Kuka and Kawasaki firms, which invested in the construction of this complex. The CERAI has 4,000 square meters, of which 1,000 are of the practice workshop and 600 meters are for the training, engineering and projects facilities. Paris Fonseca, founding Member of CERAI, explained that, for now, they do not have the collaboration of some educational institution, however, instructors are graduates of the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and the University of Chalco.

Source: Manufactura

Mexico, attractive pole for the foreign investment

Klaus Hübner, Director of Santander Bank's International Business, stated that he decided to promote Mexico in Germany, for being an attractive investment pole. The opportunities that Mexico offers for the investment in the automotive, electro-electronic and tourism sectors were highlighted during the event "La Conferencia sobre Mexico" (Conference about Mexico), organized by Santander, the Mexican Embassy in Germany, ProMexico and the Mexico-German Trade and Industry Chamber (CAMEXA). Mr. Hübner remarked that Santander grants interconnection opportunities between the German and Mexican entrepreneur in the automotive sector, due to it is willing to participate as bank for the completion of this kind of German investments in Mexico. He also commented that there are more than 1,300 German companies that invest in the Country and are benefit from the business opportunities, enabling the Mexico's economic opening, its free trade agreements and the its closeness with the U.S.

Source: El Sol de Mxico

The Neohyundai's assembling plant kicks off in Queretaro

Neohyundai, trucks and buses assembler, started operations in Queretaro with an investment of US$14 million. This is the first Neohyundai's plant in Mexico and there are plans to increase investment to US$60 million. Juan Pablo Eljuri, Director of the firm, informed that five models of trucks with 70-ton cargo capacity of towing strength, as well as buses of 7 to 12 meter-long (HD78 and HD65); in addition to two small units HD40 and HD55 will be produced at this facilities. Later there will be produced a Van that will come from Turkey. It is expected a production of 800 units, forward-looking to produce 5,000 units per year in the short term. Such production will generate 80 job positions, with an expected growth for the assembling process within the next five years. On the other hand, Pablo Ross, General Director of Neohyundai Mexico, stated that the buses will be brought from Korea in separate parts, in order to be assembled. In a near future, components produced in Mexico will be integrated too, some of the pieces will be manufactured in Queretaro.


Source: El Economista

Toyota to start operations in Guanajuato by 2019

The foundation stone of the automotive firm Toyota will be laid by the end of 2016 and will start operations by July 8th, 2019, announced Franco Herrera, undersecretary of Attraction of Investments in the State of Guanajuato, who pointed out that about 2,000 direct jobs will be generated with the arrival of Toyota, in addition to 10,000 jobs, as a result of the arrival of suppliers nearby the region. Mr. Herrera highlighted that they expect a great dynamics on the investments attraction, both in Guanajuato and nearby states, due that people from different parts of the country and the world will begin to move. Finally, the Governor stated that the investments in Guanajuato will increase this year and that they currently have a portfolio of about 100 companies.

Source: Cluster Industrial

Audi to invest US$72 million in Mexico

The Audi's plant in Mexico will be an important part of the growth strategy of the Company in North America, assured Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO. He pointed out that the complex in San Jose Chiapa, in Puebla is a guideline in the environmental issue, because it has the most sustainable painting workshop in the Americas. On the other hand, according to Thomas Sigi, Officer in charge of the Audi's Personnel Department, they expect to increase their workforce to 4,200 employees this year. This production plant, in which US$72 million were invested, will be the number 13 around the world and the successor of the Audi Q5 is going to be produced here.

Source: Plano Informativo

Nemak to invest in Nuevo Leon

The Nemak Company, steel components manufacturer, informed that will inaugurate a High Pressure Die-Casting plant (HPDC) at the "Main Campus", located in the Municipality of Garcia, Nuavo Leon, with an investment of US$125 million. Armando Tamez, Nemak's General Director, informed that the total investment amount is per US$190 million, since a second machining plant will be constructed and it is expected to establish a third one. The new factory will have a production capacity of 2.4 million pieces per year, including blocks, transmission parts and structural components, which will be allocated to the Audi's Q5 model.

Source: El Economista

Japanese investments to arrive to Queretaro

The Ministry of Sustainable Development (SEDESU) informed that two Japanese investments have been concretized for the State of Queretaro, as well as an expansion of a plant, representing an injection of US$50 million and the creation of 550 jobs. Marco del Prete Tercero, Head of SEDESU, said that these firms belong to the automotive sector and will be located in the Municipalities of El Marques and San Juan del Rio; while, the expansion will be carried on in the capital city of Queretaro. In addition, Mr. del Prete pointed out that there are 9 potential projects, of which 7 are related with the automotive industry and two other with the aeronautics. These two projects would be arriving between 2017 and 2018.

Source: AMPIP

Chinese and Japanese firms coming to Nuevo Leon

Authorities of the Ministry of Economic Development (SEDEC) in Nuevo Leon will do a business trip to China and Japan, aiming to attract more than US$600 million of FDI, which may come from four Japanese companies and three Chinese. Samuel Peña Guzman, undersecretary of Investment and Industrial Development, said that the companies supply the automotive sector with products such as brakes components, wiring, harnesses, among others. Some of the firms with which they will do businesses are: Toyota, Denso, Takata and Bridgestone. Fernando Turner Davila, Head of the SEDEC, explained that all this stems from the Hofusan project, which includes industrial, commercial and housing parks in the Municipality of Salinas Victoria, built by the companies Holley Group and Futgon Group and Mexican investors.

Source: Cluster Industrial