Mexico Takes Back Ownership of Major Salt Producer ESSA from Mitsubishi in Historic Deal

Mexico Takes Back Ownership of Major Salt Producer ESSA from Mitsubishi in Historic Deal


In an unprecedented move that marks a major change in Mexico’s resource sector landscape, the Mexican Ministry of Economy has officially acquired a 49% stake in Exportadora de Sal, SA de CV (ESSA), a leading salt producer, from Mitsubishi. Organization. The transaction, completed on February 24, 2024, not only underlines the massive nationalization effort but also heralds a new era of ESSA under the management of the Mexican public sector. This ambitious move is a sign of outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s broader strategy to secure the nation’s natural resources, positioning Mexico alongside Chile as titans in the South American salt production arena.

Strategic changes to ESSA

Since its establishment in 1973, ESSA has emerged as a global player in the salt industry, boasting the largest salt mine in the world with an annual production exceeding 8 million tons. The partnership between Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mexican Ministry of Economy not only enables for ESSA prominently but also to ensure a stable and efficient operation that met international demands. However, the recent transfer of shares to Fideicomo de Fomento Minero, an entity under the Ministry of Economy, marks an important change in ESSA’s operational dynamics. By managing ESSA’s future growth, the Mexican government aims to use this national fund more efficiently for the benefit of the country while maintaining strong production and export standards established over decades.

Continue to Collaborate

Despite the change in ownership, the bond between Mitsubishi Corporation and ESSA is far from severed. In a testament to the enduring relationship forged over more than fifty years of partnership, Mitsubishi Corporation will continue to purchase salt from ESSA, thus ensuring a stable supply to its many customers. This arrangement reflects mutual recognition of the value each party brings to the table and a shared commitment to maintaining the same high quality standards as ESSA’s products. The continued partnership between Mitsubishi and ESSA is at the heart of this plan, which emphasizes strategic continuity during the transition.

Looking to the Future

The acquisition of Mitsubishi Corporation’s shares in ESSA by the Mexican Ministry of Economy is more than just a transaction; it is a bold statement of intent, reflecting a broader desire to restore and strengthen control over the nation’s precious natural resources. As ESSA embarks on this new chapter, the impact of this move extends beyond immediate stakeholders, promising to reshape perceptions of Mexico’s role in the global resource market. Considering sustainability, efficiency, and national interest, Mexico’s leadership in salt production is ready to enter a new dynamic phase, which can set a precedent for similar initiatives in various sectors.

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