SALTILLO, MEXICO - Industrial de Pl sticos Arma SA de CV, a manufacturer of injection molded soft drink crates and blow molded containers, is confident that the Mexican bottling industry will rebound strongly once the current economic crisis passes. ``The soft drink industry is one of the less-affected, and that's why things are not so bad here,'' said general manager Oscar L. Medrano.
In recent months, Arma has added two new molding machines, including a 700-ton Mitsubishi press, and two new blow molding machines. The compa-ny, located in a well-maintained factory on the outskirts of Sal-tillo, operates five injection presses with 150-700 tons of clamping force.
Four blow molding machines manufacture 1-liter to 3-gallon containers.
The molder is part of Grupo Arma, a distributor of Coca-Cola Co. products with eight bottling plants in four Mexican states. Sales at Industrial de Pl sticos Arma are evenly divided between captive molding and custom work for other soft drink, dairy and water bottlers.
The company employs about 80.
Medrano is looking ahead to 1996, when Arma's investment in expanded production capacity should pay off.
``I'm very hopeful that next year will be a good one,'' Medrano said. ``Next year will be better.''