Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) an independent, international
consultancy firm, has since become one of the most prestigious
international firms working within the transport sector. SDG's
workload in Mexico has been increasing steadily since 2000,
building on the company's expanding portfolio of contacts, client
referrals and its international brand.
Their office in Mexico City was established in March 2009, and
is still in a growth phase. They are currently working with clients
including state and municipal governments as well as private
companies. They are involved in a broad range of projects, such as
infrastructure concessions, transport operations and transit
planning, urban mobility strategies, freight and logistics, traffic
management and traffic impact studies.
"The support of UKTI has been important as part of the
consolidation of SDG Mexico and their advice has been useful.
Despite the severe crisis which has affected the world economy, our
Mexico office has continued to grow and increase its activity with
the private sector and government at all levels. We remain
optimistic about the future of the company in Mexico and are
focusing all our efforts to provide quality services to match local
customer needs and to expand our service offering" says Liliana
Pereira, Office Leader at SDG, Mexico.
President Calderón's National Infrastructure
Plan allocates 5 per cent of Mexico's GDP
making it the highest infrastructure
investment in history.
President Calderón's first objective when his administration
started was to make Mexico one of the 30 most competitive economies
by 2012. Today, Mexico is the 11th largest economy according to the
World Bank's (GDP) ranking, purchasing power parity (PPP).
This achievement can be seen as a result of the National
Infrastructure Plan developed in 2007, in which they are planning
to invest US$226 billion on infrastructure and an additional
US$200-250 billion were allocated to be spent on housing. A
significant number of projects have already been undertaken but
there are still opportunities for British companies to get
The plan aims to finance transport infrastructure projects;
developing roads, railways, airports and ports as well as
telecommunications, water supply and sanitation, irrigation and
flood control infrastructure, electricity, oil and gas production
and refinery, gas and petrochemicals.
In response to the economic slowdown, President Calderón
announced emergency spending proposals, which actually include
stepping up public spending, especially on infrastructure,
including roads, ports, airports, railroads, wind power,
hydroelectric plants, water treatment plants, dams, aqueducts,
schools, houses and a new oil refinery. The expenditure on these
works is for construction, maintenance, modernisation and
expansion. In addition to the National Infrastructure Plan, urban
development is seen as a priority sector for the Government.
Currently there are plans for the development of approximately 20
new satellite cities that include the appropriate social
infrastructure to create successful sustainable communities, with
adequate infrastructure links to the main cities.
Facilities managers (roads, ports, airports and
Equipment and machinery suppliers.
Roads, ports, airports andailways security consultants.
Mexico currently has:
74 airports (11 international and 63 national).
116 ports (116 and 67 coastal high).
Approximately 27,000 km of railways.
138 thousand kilometres of paved roads (126 thousand
kilometres of two-lane roads and 13 thousand kilometres of
four-lane highways or more).
Roads: An estimated US$26 billion
is expected to be allocated towards building or improving
roughly 18,000 kilometres of highways and rural roads.
Furthermore the Treasury Ministry announced recent plans
to renew four border crossing points in the state of Baja
California including an extra 4,000 kilometres of connecting
roads to the crossing points.
Ports: The National Infrastructure Plan
aims to modernise Mexico's main ports and create 4 new ports
with an estimated US$6 billion investment.
Some projects have been completed already like the
expansion of the port or Veracruz and the construction
of the Specialised Container Terminal in Lazaro Cardenas.
The upcoming projects that are yet to be tendered are
the multipurpose terminal in Mazatlan and another
Specialised Container Terminal in Lazaro Cardenas.
Airports: Mexico hosts the largest
jet fleet in Latin America. Tenders to start new airports
are yet to be launched.
Nevertheless US$5 billion investments are planned to be
allocated to upgrade and expand supplementary airports
like Cuernavaca, Toluca, San Jose del Cabo, Merida and
San Luis Potosi.
Railways: Mexico has the third highest
volume of freight transport by railways amongst OECD
Mexico's railway systems ought to be modernised and there
are projects to improve network connectivity; railroad
bypasses, bridges and other complementary works. Tenders on
the construction of the suburban railway line 3 will be
Contact and Further Information
Reports on the Mexican construction sector, ports,
railways, airports and the water sector as well as more
information about the specific business opportunities can
be obtained by contacting the UKTI team in Mexico
City: British Embassy Mexico City Tel: +52 55 1670
3207 Email: email@example.com
Source - UKTI