Famously, President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail in 2016 that he would build a wall on the US border and make Mexico pay for it. The Mexican government is not exactly sold on that arrangement, but this hasn’t stopped a small and enterprising Mexican LED firm from eyeing a potential deal.
Hundreds of US firms, desperate for a major infrastructure project to sink their teeth into, are competing for a piece of the Trump border wall, but there is one surprise amongst the list of names.
LED manufacturer Ecovelocity, based in the central Mexican city of Puebla, is aiming to supply cheap industrial LED lights to illuminate the wall, which, it is hoped, will prevent illegal immigration from Mexico.
Ecovelocity imports most of its products from China and the firm is hoping to undercut the competition by providing energy efficient light at a cut-rate price.
‘It would only be on the Mexican side because I don’t think we would be allowed to work on the other side,’ Theodore Atalla, the firm’s owner, told The Daily Telegraph.
So far, Ecovelocity is the only Mexican registered company that has applied to work on the wall, however Mexico’s Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, is thought to be mulling a potential bid.
640 companies have applied to work on the project, the majority of which are based in the United States, although firms from Spain, Germany, South Africa, Canada and the UK have also filed bids.
Atalla told The Daily Telegraph that public-sector corruption often makes business difficult in Mexico and that President Trump, with his aim to prompt an infrastructure revolution in the United States, offers a potential growth opportunity for his firm.
‘So, I put my name on the list to see what happens,’ Atalla concluded.
The author of The Art of the Deal, would be proud.