Blow molders in Mexico looking to add more technology, automation

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: May 27, 2014 11:59 am ET
Updated: May 27, 2014 12:03 pm ET

Image By: Stephen Downer Siva Krish, left, and John McCormick of Proco Machinery Inc. say that blow molders in Mexico are ready for more automation.

Related to this story

Topics Blow Molding Machinery Mexico
Companies & Associations

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – John McCormick, president of Canadian blow molding industry supplier Proco Machinery Inc., believes blow molders in Mexico are reaching a familiar turning point. And that’s good news for his company.

“We are kind of optimistic about Mexico,” he said at the Expo Plásticos trade show in Guadalajara. “It’s where the United States was 20-25 years ago. Initially there was resistance to new technology but once they got the taste…”

Siva Krish, Proco’s sales manager, agreed. “We’ve been in Mexico for a couple of shows and we see huge potential for automation in the blow molding industry [here],” he told Plastics News in Guadalajara.

“There are hundreds of blow molding companies here and I would say that at least 50 percent are Mexican. People are keen to understand the technology and what we are offering. Since it’s quite new to them they [often] don’t want to take the plunge. But if they don’t, they won’t be competitive in the sector.”

Krish said that in quality control “they still do everything manually in Mexico. But the end users are more quality conscious and you can’t get a good quality bottle when you do everything manually. When you automate, nobody touches the bottle.”

Founded 35 years ago by McCormick, who immigrated to Canada after serving an apprenticeship in his native England, Proco is a $5 million, family-owned company, based in Mississauga, Ontario. It employs about 40.

“We are unique in a lot of ways,” said Krish. “We have a big customer base in North America, with hundreds of customers in Canada and the United States. We’ve sold a couple of units in Mexico but we’re still in the early stages.”

Francisco Ollervides, managing director of Technipet SA de CV, of Mexico City, represents the company in Mexico.

McCormick, who still speaks with a thick Yorkshire accent, admits that he was a bit of a tearaway in his youth. “I was going nowhere in the U.K.”

In Canada he started building machines for a variety of industries before “gravitating” to the plastics industry.

“Someone in the plastics industry asked me to build a certain kind of machine,” he said. “Others heard of us through the grapevine. Over the years we have sold literally thousands of machines.”


Comments

Blow molders in Mexico looking to add more technology, automation

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: May 27, 2014 11:59 am ET
Updated: May 27, 2014 12:03 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Hall of Fame: DeLong spent a career solving blow molding problems

March 22, 2015 6:00 am ET

Robert DeLong has combined mechanical know-how, a chemical engineer's understanding of polymers and hands-on customer skills tinkering with blow...    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