One of the most ambitious projects of the last years in Northern Mexico has been launched, since Cactus Valley, industrial developer of Coahuila, began the construction of the Ferropuerto Internacional in the Northern Border Free Zone, which promises to become the trigger of the economy in the border of Coahuila with the United States.
The megaproject, exclusively presented to Mexico Industry, profiles to be the most extensive in the northern part of the country, as it is integrated by 731 hectares of industrial territory. It is currently on its Phase 1 of 20 hectares and will be located in the kilometer 16 of the 25 included in the Free Zone of the Northern Border, in the Metropolitan Area and the Industrial Corridor of Piedras Negras and Nava, Coahuila, surrounded by La Cervecera, in the common Rio Escondido located 10 minutes from the Charles Frisby Rail International Bridge, intended to Eagle Pass, Texas.
The complex specialized on exports and imports is a strategic point for the different manufacturing industries, since it could have rail spur on industrial buildings and an exit to the primary via of Ferromex which will directly connect to Eagle Pass to the United States through the railroad company Union Pacific; in addition of an interconnection in front of the Federal Highway 57, which travels more than 1,200 to Mexico City passing through industrial cities such as Monclova, Ramos Arizpe, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro.
The rail capability of the Piedras Negras port is wide since it allows cargo transportation at a big scale efficiently and reliable. The rail service is provided by Ferromex, which offers the best conditions for goods transportation through its wide network, several shipment modalities, application of communication systems for accurate control of train and trawling units location, as well as the integration to the Interline Settlement System (ISS) which allows managing a single international shipment guide and the fulfillment of a single payment.
Ferromex has an approximate capability of 595 wagons on station yards and with 450 on Rio Escondido yards, this has allowed it to exchange up to 1,100 wagons in one day.
“With this is sought trigger the Metropolitan Industrial Corridor Piedras Negras – Nava and potentiate the commercial exchange with the United States and Canada to make the Northern Region of Coahuila competitive and attractive for the arrival of investments and with that the generation of more and better jobs that translate on a better life quality,” said Hector Medrano, CEO of Cactus Valley, exclusively for Mexico Industry magazine.
The Ferropuerto Internacional de Cactus Valley offers world-class infrastructure, as it is a private capital park, suitable maintenance and conservation is guaranteed and the increase of its property and investment value.
“For our projects, we have strategic alliances with distinguished specialized constructors in industrial buildings in the country as Garza Ponce (GP Desarrollos de Monterrey) and COPACHISA, in Chihuahua, both considered as the largest firms and leaders in the area,” said the directive of Cactus Valley.
Among the characteristics of the project, stands out the most advanced sustainable technology, electric facility of medium and high tension, gas, optic fiber network, telephone communication, facilities of a modular and scalable water treatment plant, enough water in several wells in the region (however, it will be a dry park, as it does not use water for processes,) as well as private security the entire year 24/7 with CCTV systems inside the Industrial Development.
“With the first phase, our purpose is to be known and the type of Class A building we built with the aforementioned services, and we seek managing LEED certification buildings in the future," he said“ The Ferropuerto is a plan projected for a minimum of 30 years, there are too many hectares, but it is the for a vehicles assembler, consume of 200 to 300 hectares and the space margin is reduced. What we anticipate with the infrastructure, the railroad and the proximity with the United States, is generating the required combination for the arrival of a big company and shape an investments chain,” he added.
BENEFITS OF THE NORTHERN BORDER FREE ZONE
Among the benefits the Ferropuerto Internacional construction offers, highlight those provided by the Northern Border Free Zone, implemented as of last January 1st in the 43 municipalities bordering with the United States, advantages ranging from VAT payment reduction from 16 % to 8 %; decrease in ISR to 20 %; to the increase to double of the minimal wage and with this, the homologation of fuels’ pricing with those in the United States.
According to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, president of Mexico, with the reduction of taxes in the border area, which he has described as the largest Free Zone in the world, will be achieved among other things, the homologation of the fuels prices with those in the United States, which cost per liter is of up to .81 dollar cents per liter, which equals 15 MXN. Besides fuel, the diesel, gas and electric energy will also have reduction in prices.
Another action implemented with the Northern Border Free Zone Program is the increase of the minimum wage from 102.68 MXN per day, to 176.72 MXN per day. This increase, according to Luisa Maria Alcalde, secretary of Labor and Social Security, will allow improving shortly border municipalities’ labor situation, avoiding thus their migration to the United States looking for a better standard of living.
She explained that the increase in the minimum wage was not well seen by businessmen, as they also were benefited with the reduction in taxes. “It is sought to have benefits, to make it attractive for the investment and improve wage conditions in the border,” she said.
The Northern Border Free Zone is integrated by 43 municipalities, located in the border fringe with the United States which is of 25 kilometers, it includes six country states, from Baja California to Tamaulipas. These 43 municipalities represent 7.5 % of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP.)
“The plan is to attract people from the Cinco Manantiales Region (comprised by the municipalities of Morelos, Allende, Zaragoza, Villa Union and Nava) and also Piedras Negras. I see much potential in this corridor and more with the Free Zone, because technology and robotics levels are about to exploit, through universities and Industry 4.0 will increase the level of knowledge and for that we are observing the space for an eventual university, in addition of offering Index a space for them to have a building, as well as a fire station for the industrial corridor,” said Medrano Flores.
Cactus Valley Industrial Parks has distinguished for developing important projects in the Southeast, Northern and soon La Laguna in Coahuila regions, with the highest technology and best construction materials for industrial buildings and developments focused on Industry 4.0, self-supported and smart.
“In November 2015 we began the construction of industrial buildings and the Korean company Hyundai arrived (Polytech Ramos Arizpe plant,) we had an excellent relationship with them, sold them a very large plant and from there began the Cactus Valley development,” said the company’s CEO.
Currently they are observing three projects in Ramos Arizpe, one in Derramadero in front of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles complex (FCA,) another one in Ciudad Acuna, and one more in La Laguna Region (Matamoros/Torreon,) in addition of the Ferropuerto Internacional at Free Zone of the Piedras Negras Border with Eagle Pass, TX, in process.
“We are a young company with national recognition which offers diversified products based on our customers’ needs. Our personnel is highly qualified, has technical knowledge and actively participate with innovative ideas,” ended Medrano.