Mexico’s mining industry is facing a multitude of macro-economic and geopolitical trends that will impact the sector in 2017. From President Trump’s trade policy and impending infrastructure drive to the new US-Mexico bilateral dynamic and global shifts such as Chinese demand and Brexit, uncertainty abounds. Among the key themes for 2017 are the recovery of precious metals prices, the adjustment of Mexican companies to the royalty taxes, corporate social responsibility and sustainable practices and automation technology. Backed up by data regarding the country’s metal and mineral output, this chapter will assess how the country is performing compared to its regional and global rivals and consider in which areas it can improve.

The State of the Industry will offer insight from the people shaping the development of the extraction industry in Mexico, including policymakers, top-level corporate executives and legal representatives.