Pachuca, officially Pachuca de Soto, is the seat of the municipality of Pachuca and capital of the state of Hidalgo.
It is located in east-central Mexico, 96 km north of Mexico City at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level.
It is popularly known as La Bella Airosa (the windy beauty) or La Novia del Viento (the bride of the wind), due to the strong winds that blow from the northeast during much of the year.
The city has a population of 256,584 inhabitants, 95.78% of the municipal population.
It has a Human Development Index of 0.9022 (high), and accounts for 13.6% of the state's GDP.
Pachuca's metropolitan area has a population of 511,981 inhabitants and covers 1358.8 km2; it comprises seven municipalities (Pachuca de Soto, Mineral del Monte, Mineral de la Reforma, San Agustín Tlaxiaca, Epazoyucan, Zapotlán, and Zempoala) and is the thirtieth largest metropolitan zone in Mexico.
Food (agricultural and processed): Located in the Tizayuca region is La Cuenca Lechera de Tizayuca, which accommodates some 70 dairy farms that supply companies like Santa Clara, Alpura, and Liconsa. Santa Clara Productos Lácteos is ranked among the top five Mexican dairy groups and manufactures milk, yogurt, cream, ice cream, cheese, and coffee. Many growers are found in the Huasteca region and the highlands and produce coffee, tomato, seta mushrooms, cauliflower, green beans, barley, beans, green pepper, cucumber, striped chile, malt, honey, jams, sauces, soft drinks and carbonated products for baking and food additives, sausages, and fried foods, among others. / Opportunities for the development of export projects due the high product quality. Work is underway to obtain international food safety and organic certifications to be more competitive.
Automotive: There are 40 micro and SMBs in this sector, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers of the country's leading assemblers. Other companies established in the state include: American Coach, Dina-Camiones, Ferro Partes Mexicanas, Bombardier Transportation, YSD Doors, Giant Motors, Global Transporte, Gunderson-Concarril, Kapton, Maquinados Teysa, and Mundo Global de Remolques, among others. / Attraction of FDI into the sector will trigger the growth of the region's MiSMBs and benefit the transfer of knowledge in production processes raising their competitiveness. Advantages include connectivity to the country's main ports and borders due to its proximity to the Arco Norte which bypasses Mexico City and the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense (outer loop).
Electrical/electronics: The most representative company in this sector is Voltran, which has a plant in Tizayuca, Hidalgo. There is also a small group of MiSMB which could be suppliers to transnational companies. / A group of suppliers has been identified for development in this sector.
Renewable energies: The installation of a solar panel manufacturing plant has been confirmed in the municipality of Tepeji del Río; there are only two others of its kind in the country. / Investment opportunity for the development of this kind of technology due to the geographic location of the state and the amount of wind power that can be generated.
Infrastructure / Construction: Hidalgo has the highest number of cement plants in operation in the country, including: Cemex, Cruz Azul, Fortaleza, Apasco, Santa Anita. / Mexican cement companies have high presence on the world market; some are even considered leaders in the field. Mexico is generally considered to be a force in the cement industry and is the third largest producer worldwide with 35 million tons. Hidalgo could be an excellent pole for the attraction of investment.
Mining: The state has a number of different metal mineral deposits and a vast surface area consisting of limestone, basalt, and natural stone aggregates whose exploitation has generated important hubs of industrial development with the installation of companies producing lime, gravel, sand, and other construction materials. There are five plants in the state which use metal minerals: one in Pachuca, three in Zimapán, and another in the municipality of Lolotla. The most important of these are Real del Monte y Pachuca, and Compañía Minera Autlán. The main minerals extracted are sulfur, zinc, and lead; silver and gold are also mined. A breakdown of the state mineral production shows magnesium at 28 %; zinc 18.7 %; silver 14.3 %; lime 12.9 %; lead 7.7 %; and the remaining minerals like copper, gold, cadmium, sand, clay, calcite, sulfur, marble, and diatomite at 18 %. / Opportunity for the attraction of foreign direct investment in the exploitation of mines in the state. Knowledge transfer.
Textiles: Exports generated by this sector occupy second place in state exports; among the leading companies are Manufacturas Kaltex, Zagis, Modelos Yasiro and Texin, and others. The main products are: cotton and synthetic fiber yarns, flat fabrics, denim, bedding, clothing, and underwear, among others. / Currently under construction is the National Textile-Clothing Innovation Center which will be located in the city of Knowledge and Culture in Pachuca. Opportunity for attraction of investment in this sector. Generation of export projects, national and international supply, and internationalization projects.
Others: TOURISM.- The state of Hidalgo has a variety of tourist attractions. Of the nine types of tourism identified by the World Tourism Organization, eight can be found in Hidalgo, along with three archeological zones, 13 Franciscan convents, and 20 of the order of Agustina of the 16th century, 30 museums, more than 100 mining and pulque haciendas, and 24 ecotourism developments.
Gabriela Lugo Méndez
Address: Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio 230, Colonia Arboledas de San JavierPachuca, Hidalgo, C.P. 42084, México