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Strategic Topic for Green Solutions 2013

The fourth edition of Green Solutions will be held on October 25 and 26 at the Convention Center WTC Morelos in Xochitepec, Morelos.

Green Solutions is a space for exhibition and dialogue between the public and private sectors where business initiatives in trade, investment and technology to fight climate change and transition to a lowcarbon global economy can be presented. The goal of the forum is to consolidate Mexico's green economy.

The first edition of Green Solutions was held in 2010 in Cancún as part of the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference and the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP16/CMP6). The second and third editions were held in Mexico City.

This fourth edition adheres to the main pillars of the National Climate Change Strategy announced by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, which supports energy transition towards clean sources and promotes reductions in energy consumption, models of sustainable cities and better forest and agricultural practices.

The central topic will be sustainable development, consisting of four cross axes: public policies, water and sustainable agriculture, financing and sustainable manufacturing.

The public and private sectors, as well as international organizations, research centers, academia and leaders in climate change mitigation actions will all be part of the cycle of conferences, where they will present their value proposals, success stories and technologies aimed at improving the environment.

The exhibition area will have several interactive zones, where the more than 100 exhibitors will be able to hold business meetings to encourage the corporate sector's actions in technology transfer and the development of projects that focus on environmental and economic stability. There will also be media space for companies to make announcements and/or launch actions, products and services for environmental conservation.

The Green Autoshow will feature electric, hybrid and other clean technology vehicles from several automakers, and the electric and sustainable vehicle testing circuit to experience driving one of these cars. The Greenteractive space will serve as an interactive exhibition area for all of the government's sustainability projects and initiatives carried out in Mexican territory.

In the Green Home area, the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will present its CASA UNAM project that features options and examples of sustainable housing.

Finally, Green Solutions 2013 will feature new areas such as Green Media, a space where videos and documentaries on the conditions and real environmental situation in Mexico will be presented, the Organic Market, as a business model with organic and sustainable products, and the Autotren exhibition, that will present a prototype of sustainable public transportation made by ModuTram.

Strategic Shift

US-based truck manufacturer Navistar invested 60 million usd to accommodate truck production shifted from the US to its Mexico plant, which now produces 50% of the company's worldwide output.

Toyoda Gosei Grows in Mexico

Japanese auto parts manufacturer Toyoda Gosei began construction of a new manufacturing facility in the state of Tamaulipas. The 8 million usd plant –the company's third manufacturing base in Mexico– is scheduled to start production in February 2015 and will produce rubber hoses for the region's automotive industry.

Santa Catarina starts operations

MPR, Conduit Capital Partners, Comexhidro Viento and Next Energy de México completed the Eólica Santa Catarina wind energy facility in Mexico.

The 22 megawatt (MW) commercial wind farm is a wind power project in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. Eólica Santa Catarina is powered by eight 2.75 MW General Electric (GE) wind turbines serving the Monterrey metropolitan area and is expected to supply electricity for the next 20 years.

MPR served as owner engineer for the project. Through collaborative efforts with the EPC contractor, the project reached its commercial operation date.

Under a five-year contract, GE will operate and maintain the plant providing power equivalent to the annual need of 9,000 homes.

Mitsubishi Expands its Automotive Business in Mexico

Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will invest 70 million usd in the construction of its third plant in Mexico.

The facility, called Mitsubishi Electric Automotive of Mexico, will be located at the O'Donnell Industrial Park in Querétaro and will manufacture and sell automotive equipment including alternators and starters, beginning in October 2014.

Taking Advantage of Organic Wast e

Spanish renewable energy developer Gipsa will invest 15 million usd to construct an electricity generation plant in the state of Nuevo León. The facility is planned to make use of four biodigesters fed by organic waste from the municipality of Linares.

Meeting the Automotive Industry's Needs

Canadian metal parts manufacturer ISE Metal began construction of a stamping facility in the state of Coahuila. The 12 million usd plant is planned to produce metal parts for the region's automotive and appliance manufacturing industries.

A Winged Deal

Mexican airline Volaris has committed to purchase 95 Pratt & Whitney engines at an estimated value of 2 billion usd.

The fuel saving motors are planned for use with Volaris' recently acquired fleet of 44 Airbus A320, to be delivered from 2015 to 2020.

InterGen Builds a New Natural Gas Plant

US-based power generation firm InterGen began the construction of a natural gas compression plant in the state of Tamaulipas. The 80 million usd plant is to come online in mid-2014. The new plant, which will have a compression capacity of 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, will help ensure supplies of natural gas at competitive prices and meet demand for natural gas in the Altamira port region along the Gulf of Mexico.

A Solid Venture

TST Inc. has entered into an agreement with Nikkei MC Aluminum Co. Ltd. for a new joint venture in Mexico designed to manufacture and sell aluminum alloys.

The new venture will be called TST Nikkei Metales and will be based in Aguascalientes. Fontana, California-based TST will retain a 55% stake in the company, while Tokyo-based Nikkei MC Aluminum will hold 45%.

TST Nikkei Metales will build a 30,000 square meters facility with an expected production capacity of 30,000 metric tons of aluminum alloys per year, starting in April 2014.

Feeding Success

Meat and dairy processor Sigma Alimentos, a division of Mexico's Alfa corporate group, is investing 280 million usd in its Mexico operations. Projects include new product development in the area of processed meats and cheese products.

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