MEXICO CITY — The plastics industry in Mexico will not have a trade show of its own in 1998, as the U.S. Trade Center's Plasticos show is ceding to PlastImagen, which is not scheduled until March 1999.
USTC organizer Margo Galvan said last week that Plasticos had been canceled until further notice. The show was scheduled for August 1997, but was delayed because of its proximity to June's NPE show in Chicago and September's PlastImagen in Mexico City.
USTC is being careful on how it spends its money, and does not see a need for shows concentrating on specific materials, Galvan said in a Nov. 19 telephone interview.
``We are trying to work together with market areas that are needed in Mexico,'' she said, adding that the center's mission is to support the U.S. government, not to compete with existing commercial organizations.
USTC has close to a dozen events planned for 1998, including a building materials show in June. The USTC shows aim to introduce small U.S. firms to the Mexican market.
Plastimagen is sponsored by one of Mexico's main plastics associations, Asociacion Nacional de Industrias del Pl stico AC, or Anipac, together with Oprex SA de CV, a Mexico City expositions firm.
The most recent PlastImagen, held Sept. 9-12, drew about 15,000 attendees, up from about 12,000 in 1996, according to the organizers.
In an interview before Plastimagen 97, Anipac director Socorro Sedano said that the association believes spring is better for this kind of show. But the groups felt March 1998 was too soon, so they decided to wait until 1999.
But not all in the industry agree. One local newsletter said that two years ago, when the industry was going through one of its worst crises, the decision to expand the exposition cycle to 18 months made sense. Now that the industry has recovered, it urged PlastImagen organizers to move up the show.
Even without a plastics industry show, several opportunities exist in other shows.
For example, the International Seminar on Recycled Plastic, held in Guadalajara from Oct. 21-23, surpassed organizers' expectations. The fair's organizers announced Nov. 3 that the event will double in size, from 22,680 square feet to 54,000 square feet, for the 1998 version, planned for Oct. 7-9 in Guadalajara.
Other Latin American events of note in 1998 include LatinPack '98, scheduled for June 1-3 in Bogota, Colombia, and Asociacion Latinomericana de la Industria Plastico's First Congress for the Plastic Industry in the Americas, in April in Buenos Aires, Argentina.