FROM THE MAY ISSUE OF SITE SELECTION 

SOUTH AMERICA

Great Works in the Works

Interested in investing in or benefiting from new South American infrastructure? We give you the lowdown on the first phase of $23 billion in projects aiming for completion by 2027.

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ARIZONA

Why a Space Launcher and a Next-Gen Truck Manufacturer Picked the Phoenix Metro

Demand for super-smart talent is about to skyrocket in Arizona's Valley of the Sun.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Canada

Sanofi is investing over $430 million in a new vaccine manufacturing facility at its Sanofi Pasteur Canadian headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The new facility will be completed by 2021 and produce antigens used against pertussis, and in diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.

Source: Conway Analytics

China

The Austrian plastics processing firm Engel Machinery has announced an expansion of its plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, that is expected to cost over $12 million and support Engel's brand WINTEC.

Source: Conway Analytics
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 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
©VisitBritain//Thomas Heaton

Dusk will soon descend on Day One of the 2018 World Forum for FDI in Liverpool, where the Albert Docks are part of a regenerated waterfront along the River Mersey.

 

 WORLD'S MOST COMPETITIVE CITIES 

The chemicals/pharmaceuticals category tallied the most facility investment projects in 2017. Which metro areas have been succeeding in the sector? Last year's World's Most Competitive Cities report split that umbrella category, with such metros as Barcelona, the two Polish cities of Katowice and Lodz, and Houston leading the chemicals/plastics rankings, and Berlin, Singapore and Campinas, Brazil, leading their respective world regions in the life sciences. Watch for the 2018 World's Most Competitive Cities report later this summer.  

Berlin, Dublin, Barcelona and Cambridge led their nations and all of Western Europe in life sciences competitiveness last year.

 

 

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A view of the Empire State Building from the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center
© NYC & Company/Tagger Yancey IV, http://www.nycgo.com

"When engineers made plans to reinforce and upgrade the carrying capacity of the Empire State Building's mast and tower by adding 39 tons of steel, they had to find a way to protect pedestrians from falling rivets, tools and materials." That vertigo-inducing sentence begins the June 2017 Engineering News-Record article that last week won the 2018 Construction Media Alliance award for best editorial feature.