Brazil and Mexico: Up-to-date geodata for business and risk analyses

2016 GfK map editions for Brazil and Mexico

Bruchsal, Germany, January 21, 2016 –GfK has released new maps for Brazil and Mexico. The digital maps of administrative and postal regions comprise the foundation for location-based analyses, or geomarketing, for companies across all industries.

GfK has released updated digital maps for Brazil and Mexico with the latest boundary status and many additional details. The new maps offer comprehensive coverage of both countries' two-digit postcodes and even five-digit postcodes in the most important cities. The maps also feature coverage of all administrative levels, from federal states to municipalities.

"Brazil is one of the highly dynamic BRIC nations and is an important international market for retail and consumer goods as well as finance and reinsurance," says Klaus Dittmann, head of cartography in GfK's Geomarketing solution area. "There is also a lot of demand for up-to-date maps of Mexico. Our new maps for Brazil and Mexico give companies from all industries a reliable foundation for regional planning and analyses."

An up-to-date cartographic basis is a prerequisite for carrying out market analyses in companies from all industries. Outdated postcode boundaries are problematic, because these are the means by which address-based company and market data are linked to and visualized on digital maps. For example, if the postcode of a company site changes, any turnover generated by this site would be attributed to the wrong postcode if outdated boundary data were used.

The reinsurance industry requires digital maps with precise regional boundaries in order to accurately estimate accumulation risks from natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes and floods.

GfK is the official supplier of the CRESTA zones, which comprise a uniform international standard for risk analysis in the reinsurance industry. GfK also offers the world's largest collection of administrative and postcode maps.

In addition to digital maps, GfK offers worldwide regional market and target group data, such as GfK Purchasing Power and population data according to age group. These products help companies across numerous industries assess regional risks and opportunities.

New additions

For Brazil, up-to-date maps are available for all of the country's administrative regions, including 27 federal states, 137 mesoregions, 558 micro-regions and 5,570 municipalities.

Postal boundaries are available in two levels of detail, which include coverage of the 98 two-digit postcodes and a special layer with coverage of the 3,543 five-digit postcodes in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as coverage of the two-digit postcodes in rural regions.

For Mexico, up-to-date administrative maps offer coverage of the nation's 32 federal states and 2,457 municipalities. Postcode maps render the country's 96 two-digit postcodes, and a special layer offers coverage of more than 3,000 five-digit postcodes in the nation's three largest cities –  Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. This map offers comprehensive coverage through the rendering of the two-digit postcodes in rural areas.

Both country editions feature important topographic information for reinsurance users, including maps of riverways and bodies of water. The maps of Brazil and Mexico also depict major roadways and streets, airports and city points subdivided into eight population size categories.


GfK's approximately 20 maps (apiece) for Brazil and Mexico are available in all standard map formats, including *.shp (ESRI), *.tab (MapInfo), *.lay (RegioGraph) and Oracle Spatial. All maps are vector-based and consequently offer infinite zoom and flexible viewing options. Comprehensive coverage is provided of all regional levels, and all regional boundaries fit together seamlessly, both within each country and with the other maps offered by GfK.

Additional informationon GfK's digital maps can be found at

Print-quality illustrationscan be found here.

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