Central Zone - Issue 55

++zacatecas++ Millionaire investment for Aeolian plant in Zacatecas

Zacatecas, Zacatecas.- With an investment for around US$300 million, the Spaniard company Preneal Internacional announced the installation here of an Aeolian plant, which will be located in Guadalupe, Vetagrande and Panuco municipalities in Zacatecas. The plant is expected to start operations by late 2013.
Gema Mercado Sanchez, Head of Zacatecas’ Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, said that works will start soon for the construction of the plant, which will generate close to 153 megawatts.
To reach such purpose, a development plan was also announced, involving several agencies in the project, such as the Ministry of the Environment (Semarnat), the state-owned power generating company CFE and the Energy Regulation Commission, among others.

++queretaro++ Diamex opens plant in Queretaro

El Marques, Mexico.- With a US$1 million investment, the company Diamex, subsidiary of Diager, a French capital corporation, inaugurated an industrial plant last night in Queretaro, where they will manufacture drills.
Angel Fernandez, General Manager for Diamex Mexico, informed that Diager has been in Mexico for 17 years now, selling to the construction industry concrete drills manufactured in Europe.
He further said that in order to enhance their competitiveness in Central America and soon throughout the Americas, Diamex decided to install a plant to manufacture these drills in Queretaro, “the plant is one of a kind in the Americas”.
The new facilities are located in Bernardo Quintana Industrial Park, at El Marques Municipality, which is within Queretaro Metropolitan Area.

++nissan++ Nissan will invest US$328 million

Mexico City.- During the celebration of Nissan Mexicana’s 50th anniversary, Jose Muñoz, President and CEO, announced that the company will invest US$328 million more in their two plants in Mexico, located in Aguascalientes and Morelos.
Nissan informed in a press release that these resources will be allocated to the manufacture of new models, including the production of a multi-purpose vehicle based in V platform, which is assembled in Aguascalientes Plant, as well as the manufacture of the Taxi of Tomorrow for New York City, which will be assembled at CIVAC Plant, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos and which will be launched in 2013.
Nissan announced a few months ago that their investments portfolio in Mexico for 2009-2013 amounted to US$1.50 million. However, they decided to update these figures and take the occasion of their celebration to announce this new US$328 million investment, so the amount will add to US$1.378 billion.

++barrycallebaut++ Swiss chocolatier will invest US$30 million in Mexico

Mexico City.— After entering a strategic Alliance with Grupo Turin, Barry Callebaut, one of the largest confectionaries in the world, will buy the industrial part of Turin’s chocolate plant located in Toluca, State of Mexico, and will invest US$30 million within the next three years.
Jesus Carlos Valencia, CEO, Barry Callebaut, said that the purpose is increasing production capacity by up to 20,000 tons per year, with the idea of improving market penetration in central Mexico.
“This is a two-line strategic alliance, the first is that we take and buy the plant where Turin makes chocolates and they keep the other part of the plant”, Mr. Valencia said, and further explained that the second line of the agreement consists on granting Turin an exclusive license to distribute Barry Callebaut brands in the domestic market, specifically in Food Service channel (restaurants, hotels, confectionaries, pastry shops, etc.), in addition to the compensation received for their Toluca plant.

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