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MEXICO US


COLOMBIA


DOMREP BRAZIL


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MEXICO US


DOMREP


JAMAICA CUBA


LATEST INVESTMENTS


AUTOMOTIVECOMPONENTS MEXICANMANUFACTURING France-based Le Belier, a manufacturer of aluminium safety components for the automotive industry, has invested $68min a new manufacturing facility in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The 35,000 sqmfacility will manufacture turbo compressors, master cylinders, brackets, engine mounts, braking systems and chassis components. It has generated 396 new jobs.


AUTOMOTIVEOEM BRAZILIANCARPLANT China-based automotive manufacturer, Great Wall Motors, is investing in a new manufacturing facility in the south-east of Brazil. The new factory will produce electric cars and light utility vehicles and is scheduled to start exporting in 2022.


BIOTECHNOLOGY NORTHCAROLINABIOPLANT UK-based Abzena, which engages in the provision of services and technologies for the development and commercialisation of biopharmaceutical products, is investing over $200min a new GMP manufacturing facility in Sanford, North Carolina. The new facility will have four modular sites with each suite including up to two 2000L bioreactors. It will create 325 jobs, and operations are to begin in 2022. The project was supported by North Carolina and the Senator’s office.


CHEMICALS FLORIDASITEEXPANSION Mapei Corporation, a subsidiary of Italy-based Mapei which manufactures chemical products for building, has announced the expansion of its existing facility in Wildwood, Florida. This will see the addition of a new 24,155 sqm powder production and distribution facility. This will increase the headcount at the facility from 14 to 160 full-time employees.


COMMUNICATIONS CHILEANDATACENTRE Fibre network operator Internexa, a subsidiary of Colombia-based Grupo ISA, has opened a new data centre in Santiago, Chile. The 150 sqmfacility is the company’s first in the country and is located in the Barrio El Golf area of the city.


FOOD&BEVERAGES CANOLAOILPROCESSINGPLANT US-based Cargill has announced plans to invest $350m to establish a new canola processing facility in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The plant is projected to have an annual production capacity of one million tonnes and is to be operational by early 2024.


METALS PERUVIANMININGEXPANSION Minera Shouxin Peru, a mining company and a subsidiary of China- based Baiyin Nonferrous Group, will invest $140m to expand its mine in Marcona, Peru by 2022.


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 GREENFIELD FDI INTOHOTELS&TOURISM BETWEEN 2015AND2020 BY PROJECTNUMBER


100 120


20 40 60 80


0 Source: fDi Markets June/July 2021 www.fDiIntelligence.com


AMERICAS GREENFIELDFDI INTOHOTELS&TOURISM BETWEEN 2015AND2020 BY CAPEX


10 12


0 2 4 6 8


Source: fDi Markets


Americas G


Viewfromthe


lobal airpassenger trafficwasdown70%


in2020,comparedto2019, causingdeleteriouseffects throughouttheaviation


sector.Thespacesectorfaredmuch betterduringthepandemic. Arecord$5.7bnof investment


flowedintospacestart-ups in2019, andasimilar level ofnewstart-up investmentoccurredin2020,despite Covid-19.Growthopportunities for youngcompaniesisonlyafractionof the$366bnglobalspaceeconomy— 74%ofwhichisdedicatedto satellite services,andequipmentonthe groundandin orbit.Thebalanceof annualspacespendingcomesdirectly throughgovernmentbudgets, especially intheUS,Europe, China, RussiaandJapan. TheUSisbyfartheworld’s largest


spenderinthespaceeconomy, throughNASAandother organisations. IntheAmericas,the CanadianSpaceAgencyisthenext largest—spendingone-sixth ofwhat theUSdoesonaper-capita basis— followedbyBrazil,Argentina andMexico. Universal withinthespace


industryarechallengesthatcanalso inhibit growth.Fewindustrieshave suchacomplexarrayof civilianand militaryfundingsources,andpublic andprivate actors. Still, thereare investmentopportunitiesaboundin thespace-for-earthsub-sectorandthe nascentspace-for-spaceeconomy. Goodsandservicesproducedforuse inspacenowrepresentonly5%of totalspace-relatedspending. ‘Spacetech’ providescountless


investmentandexpansion opportunities acrosssuchdiverse fieldsassatelliteminiaturisation, advancedmanufacturing, communications,smart fuelsand propulsion,hyperspectraldataand imaging, transportationandmission management,andmuchmore. Innovation istheprevalentthemefor companiesinthespacesectortoday, andonlythecountries that facilitate funding, strategic focusandtalent developmentwillearnkeyfuture investmentopportunities.■


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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