Mexican company says it’s open to providing cement to build border wall

Manuel Bartlett, a senator from Mexico’s Labor Party, told Bloomberg in a January interview that it seemed "dishonourable" for Mexican companies to participate in the project.
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He also reiterated his core principle is to "buy American and hire American."

So far, no one has asked, a spokesman confirmed. Rogelio Zambrano Lozano, chairman of Mexico-based Cemex, told the newspaper Reforma on Wednesday that if asked for a quote, his company would be willing to offer one.

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Mexico still accounts for 38 percent of Cemex’s operating cash flow. Yet, despite the profitable potential for the project, some analysts say any profit that would come from the wall wouldn’t compensate for a possible negative effect on Mexican sales, the Wall Street Journal reported. Participating in border wall construction could damage Cemex’s image in Mexico and even lead to a boycott of the company, they said.

Some Mexicans have taken offence as Cemex’s stance, saying the company would be prioritizing financial interests over national interests. Others viewed Cemex’s potential offer as a logical step that could potentially a Mexican company to reap profits from the border wall project.

"If one of our clients asks us to give prices on materials, we have the responsibility to provide it," the spokesman said in a statement, "but it doesn’t imply Cemex would participate in the project."

border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, on Jan. (Christian Torres/AP Photo/Files) 25, 2017. A truck drives near the Mexico-U.S.

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"One of the things people saw last night is that the candidate Donald Trump is the President Donald Trump, and he spoke about those priorities," Pence said. "We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to enforce the laws of this country."

"Obviously the wall construction is an offence to Mexico." "They would be putting money above national interests," Bartlett said.
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In an interview on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence emphasized that Mexico would pay for the proposed border wall.

The Department of Homeland Security will begin soliciting bids to design and build wall prototypes as early as Monday, and well over 300 businesses have already expressed interest in taking part. The agency plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April, according to FedBizOpps.gov, a website for federal contractors.

rivals. The company has six integrated cement plants within a 200-mile radius of the border, more than a number of U.S. Some analysts have predicted for months that Cemex could see a window of opportunity in the border wall.

But the chairman of Mexico’s largest cement company said he would "gladly" consider bidding on the project.
In Trump’s joint address to Congress this week, he reiterated that "we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. "It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime," Trump said.

President Trump’s vows to make Mexico pay for a promised border wall — estimated to cost up to $20 billion — has stirred resentment there, where the country’s leader has repeatedly said there will be no such payment.

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Cemex appears best positioned regardless, with cement, RMX and aggregates facilities throughout the border region." "If The Wall does go ahead, it will almost certainly be built from concrete," analysts wrote in the Bernstein report. In fact, despite arguments concerning which government will pay for construction, the large quantities of materials required may necessitate procurement from both sides of the border. "What is less clear at this stage is whether U.S.- or Mexico-based suppliers will benefit.

The company had sales of $13.4 billion last year. Cemex climbed 4.3 percent to 17.74 pesos Wednesday in Mexico City after advancing as much as 4.6 percent, for the biggest gain within a day in a month, Bloomberg reported. The company has seen a positive uptick since Trump was elected, with its shares rising 4 percent, analysts say.
is Cemex’s biggest market, representing a fifth of its revenue last quarter. Research firm Bernstein wrote in a July study that Cemex would be one of the companies best-positioned to profit from a wall. The U.S.