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Project number US CANADA


MEXICO BRAZIL COSTARICA


Capex ($bn) US


CANADA BRAZIL MEXICO ARGENTINA


LATEST INVESTMENTS


BIOTECHNOLOGY VACCINEPRODUCTION Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, which provides contract manufacturing services for the biopharmaceutical sector and operates as a subsidiary of Japan- based Fujifilm, is expanding its US manufacturing operations. The company will double capacity for recombinant vaccines, with the expansion forming part of a broader $850m strategy.


COAL, OIL&GAS NEWOILPROCESSINGFACILITY Shell Argentina, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell, has announced the opening of a new oil processing facility at its mining operations in Vaca Muerta, Argentina. The $80m investment has expanded the capacity by 30,000 barrels of oil per day, to be sold on the international market.


COMMUNICATIONS HYPERSCALEDATACENTRES Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, is developing a new data centre in Mexico City, Mexico. The company has announced the signing of a $3.9bn joint venture in the form of a limited liability partnership with US-based data centre provider Equinix, to develop and operate 32 xScale data centres internationally, serving hyperscale companies. GIC will own an 80% equity interest in the joint venture and Equinix will own the remaining 20% equity interest.


CONSUMERPRODUCTS FRENCHEXPANSIONINCANADA L’Oreal Canada, a subsidiary of France-based cosmetics group L’Oreal, has expanded its distribution centre in the Saint Laurent area of Montreal, Canada. This has added 20,000 pallets of storage capacity over an 8830 square-metre area, with the expansion supporting North America. Investissement Québec, the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec, and Montréal International acted as partners on the project.


HOTELS&TOURISM DOMREPRESORT US-based Karisma Hotels & Resorts is planning to open Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana, on Playa Juanillo in the Dominican Republic. The project is a joint venture with US-based Margaritaville. It is expected to open in October 2021.


PAPER, PRINTING &PACKAGING GUATAMALANFACILITIES GrandBay Papelera Internacional, which specialises in personal care products and operates as a subsidiary of Panama-based GrandBay Group, is investing $70m to expand its production facility in Zacapa, Guatemala. The company will increase the annual output of soft paper products by 60,000 tonnes, with a solar plant also set to be added. The expansion will support the Central America and Caribbean regions.


This investment news and data has been provided by fDi Markets, a crossborder investment tracking service that is part of The Financial Times Ltd’s fDi Intelligence division (www.fdiintelligence.com)


STATS


AMERICAS FDI IN ICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY PROJECTNUMBER


100 150 200 250


50 0


Source: fDi Markets August/September 2021 www.fDiIntelligence.com


AMERICAS FDI IN ICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY CAPEX


10 15 20


0 5


Source: fDi Markets 55


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Viewfromthe


nAugust2011,leading venturecapitalistMarc


Andreessenwroteinthe WallStreetJournal:“All of thetechnologyrequiredto


transformindustries throughsoft- ware finallyworksandcanbewidely deliveredat globalscale.” Adecadelater,andrecentlymobi-


lisedbytheeffects ofCovid-19,much oftheworldhastakenboldleaps into moree-commerce, remoteworking, newhybridworking arrangementsand accelerating Industry4.0innovations. Withsomuchattentionontechthese days, areeconomicdevelopersand investmentpromotersplacingthe rightamountofemphasisontheIT andtechsectors. Myanswerisyes—it isanessen-


tialsectorfocus,butourperspective mustcontinuetoevolve. Newstart-up activity isaccelerat-


ingevenmorethanFDI, with diverse geographicandindustrydistribution. Newmark’s latestVentureCapital Updateshowsthat18different metrosin theUSandCanadasaw morethan$1bninventurecapital funding during the first half of 2021. StartupGenomeandTheGlobal


InnovationIndexdemonstratewhere andhowtechclustersaregrowingand evolving.Thesearevaluabledata points.Beyondtheleadingtech markets intheUSandCanada,the likesofMexico, Chile,CostaRica,Brazil andColombia aremakingefforts to attractnewtechinvestors,andspur newlocal start-ups.Greatpotential is illustratedthroughfirms likeBrazilian fintechcompanyNubank,whichis nowthelargestneobankintheworld. Diversityandinclusionaretouch-


stonesthatmustinformourtech perspectives. In addition tocommonly referencedlocation ‘cluster’data are other vitalconsiderations,suchasthe emergingtech‘communities’ comprisingunder-representedgroups includingwomen,LGBT+andpeopleof colour.Anabundanceof diversetalent isburgeoningacrosstheAmericasin bothclustersandcommunities:it remainstheeconomicdeveloper’s role to promotethem,andthesite selector’s role to findthem.■


Gregg Wassmansdorf is a senior managing director, consulting, at Newmark, a global commercial real estate services firm, and also a member of the Site Selectors Guild. Email: gwassmansdorf@ngkf.com


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