Gabriela Bucio
Director General
Parque Industrial Cuadritos
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Affordable Prices Create Unique Opportunities

By Jan Hogewoning | Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:46

Q: What is the layout of the park and who are your main clients?

A: The total area is 45ha, with a total of 40 ha for sale. There are 24ha, or 33 plots, still available. Clients can choose the size of the space they need, the smallest plot is 5,000 m2. In the past, we offered larger plots but we found that many clients, especially foreign companies, wanted plots between 1.5 and 3.5ha. Most of the companies we host are suppliers to the automotive industry. Other sectors present are aerospace and foodstuffs.

Q: What makes your industrial park an attractive location to settle?

A: One of the unique assets of our industrial park is the extensive natural gas grid we have at our disposal. Tenants can adjust the pressure to fit their own specifications. In addition, we use natural gas to generate our own electricity. This makes our electricity significantly cheaper than that from the CFE grid, more or less 5% cheaper than the regular gas-generated electricity. Natural gas as a source of energy is also cleaner, which lifts our sustainability profile. Supported by a 20MW substation under construction as a backup, our electricity supply is also reliable. These factors are important for our clients. The reliability of our energy supply eliminates this concern.

Another unique asset we have is access to our own fresh-water well, delivering 45L/s of fresh water. This water is clean and suitable for many industrial applications. Many companies, particularly Japanese companies, have very high standards when it comes to water. Our industrial park also has its own water treatment facility, which allows water to be reused for watering our gardens. We also supply heated hot water and steam.

Q: Why should companies choose Parque Industrial Cuadritos?

A: Costs are lower than in other areas, such as Queretaro. While we currently sell at US$45/m2, Queretaro’s prices are US$60-100/m2. Coupled with our cheaper electricity and efficient gas and energy usage, companies will get a faster return on their investment.

While Queretaro’s prices are US$60-100/m2, Celaya offers US$45/m2

Our park is also situated in an ideal location between Guanajuato and Queretaro. We are close to the major highways at the heart of Mexico, connecting us to major cities and to the plants of leading carmakers, such as Honda and Toyota, and many auto parts suppliers. Toyota is only half an hour away. We are also close to two airports, Guanajuato and Queretaro. Lastly, there is a train track 3km away.

The communities around the park also offer good workforce availability. Many employees walk or bicycle to work. If they prefer, they can take a short ride on the public transport system. Another big plus with our location is that we are only 20 minutes away from San Miguel de Allende, which is an attractive place for people to live. It has a large cultural offering and a significant expat community.

Q: What are your expectations for the coming two years?

A: We are convinced that we have a great project in our hands. The technology and infrastructure we have at our disposal are world-class . We experienced a bit of a slump in 2019 in terms of sales due to the economic slowdown. However, we have companies that have already concluded their studies for a plant at our park. USMCA will further drive the arrival of carmakers and auto parts manufacturers to Mexico. We believe the combination of lower costs, sustainability, a capable workforce and a strong location makes our park a very attractive offer.

Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst