Anipac head urges Mexico to help plastics sector

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: February 7, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations

MEXICO CITY (Feb. 7, 1:35 p.m. ET) — The leader of Mexico’s plastics industry has urged the government to make development of the sector a priority and criticized successive governments for failing to do so.

“It’s truly difficult to understand how a petroleum-producing nation (such as Mexico) can have a deficit in the production of a petrochemical product that gives so much added value to society,” Eduardo Martínez Hernández, president of industry association Anipac (Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC), said in a news release Jan. 6.

Mexico’s petrochemicals industry has the capacity to supply only 3.2 million metric tons (67 percent) of the 4.8 million metric tons of resin used in the production of plastic goods in the country every year, he added.

“A lack of government vision at all levels in Mexico has ignored the potential added value generated by the production of a plastic article,” Martínez said.

He pointed out that a barrel of crude oil sold for $100 can become $1,000 by transforming it into a plastic resin and $3,000 when the resin is used to make a finished product.

He called on the state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the ministries of energy and economy to make “the development of the plastics sector, which potentially is so relevant to the country’s economy, a priority.”

Other countries have realized the potential of plastics and developed their plastics industries accordingly, he said.

Mexico’s plastics industry comprises between 4,200 and 4,500 companies that employ 160,000 directly and another 800,000, according to Martínez.


Comments

Anipac head urges Mexico to help plastics sector

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: February 7, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Getting a real feel for how 'vinyl saves lives'

March 27, 2015 6:00 am ET

While I'm certainly not shipping off to Africa anytime soon, I got a taste of what medical professionals go through in the fight against Ebola and...    More

Image

Johnson's political outlook shaped by a plastics business view

March 27, 2015 6:00 am ET

When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) traded plastics for politics in 2010, he didn't leave his business sense behind. He carried the lessons of 30 years in ...    More

Image

Customs snafu snags Boy Machines

March 26, 2015 9:42 am ET

ORLANDO, FLA. — With apologies to poet Robert Burns, this year’s NPE in Orlando definitely proved that “sometimes the...    More

Image

NPE nudges attendees to recycle

March 24, 2015 1:47 pm ET

A public awareness campaign developed by Keep America Beautiful is receiving prominent display at NPE 2015 as part of the show's overall effort to...    More

Image

SPI launching recycling summit

March 23, 2015 5:10 pm ET

The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. announced Monday at NPE 2015 that the plastics trade association will return to Orlando in 2016 for a brand ...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events