Explosion strikes headquarters of Mexico's Pemex

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: February 1, 2013 1:30 pm ET
Updated: February 1, 2013 11:16 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Grocery bags, Packaging, Film & Sheet, Materials Suppliers

MEXICO CITY -- The president of Mexico's largest plastic bag-making organization said Friday he expects supplies of low density polyethylene from state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos to be unaffected by a massive explosion that killed several dozen people and injured 100 others at the company's headquarters in Mexico City.

Juan Antonio Hernández, president of Industriales de Bolsas Plásticas de México AC (Inboplast), a 40-strong group of plastic bag firms, said he had been unable to reach his contacts at Pemex following Thursday afternoon's blast, which wrecked a multistory office building.

But he told Plastics News that "we know the government is taking measures to ensure supplies are unaffected."

Pemex is a major supplier of LDPE in Mexico, while most high density PE is imported, according to national plastics industry association Anipac (Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC).

All 11,000 or so staff members at the Pemex complex were told not to report for work Friday as rescue teams and dogs continued to search for any survivors who might be trapped beneath the rubble.

The explosion in a basement of the B-2 building, which stands beside the 53-story Pemex Tower, occurred shortly before 4 p.m. local time and ripped through several floors.

As experts investigated its cause, the government warned against "irresponsible speculation." Hernández, who also is managing director of Falcon Plastics de México SA de CV in Morelia, believes the blast may have been caused by an exploding boiler, used to heat the building, rather than by a bomb.

"I'm a mechanical engineer and was struck by the fact that after the explosion there was a flash but no smoke, which you would expect with a bomb," he said.


Comments

Explosion strikes headquarters of Mexico's Pemex

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: February 1, 2013 1:30 pm ET
Updated: February 1, 2013 11:16 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Flexible film waste-to-oil pilot project continuing in California

August 19, 2014 3:19 pm ET

A recent decision to discontinue operations at a plastics waste-to-oil site in Portland, Ore., is not impacting a pilot program aimed at hard-to-...    More

Image

Prolamina adds pouching machine

August 19, 2014 10:53 am ET

Flexible packaging company Prolamina Corp. has a new pouching machine in its manufacturing arsenal.    More

Image

ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys

August 19, 2014 10:40 am ET

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in...    More

Image

RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico

August 19, 2014 9:47 am ET

RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.    More

Image

Cardia Bioplastics opening bag manufacturing plant in Brazil

August 19, 2014 9:31 am ET

Australia's Cardia Bioplastics Ltd. says the high demand for environmentally friendly bags has prompted it to set up a film and bag plant in São Paulo...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events