MEXICO CITY — Close to half of the 25 companies that supply plastic auto parts in Mexico are shut down as a result of strikes at two General Motors Corp. plants in Flint, Mich., according to a leading Mexican plastics industry research institute.
These 12 or 13 companies employ about 10,000 workers, according to President Rafael Blanco of Instituto Mexicano del Pl stico Industrial, or IMPI.
``Our company is operating at 10 percent capacity,'' said Alfonso Aguila, plant manager for Eagle Industrias Pl sticas SA de CV in Mexico City. Eagle supplies parts for General Motors and Chrysler plants in Mexico City, Toluca, and Ramos Arizpe in Coahuila state.
``This is the first time I have observed effects of this kind in Mexico,'' Aguila said, adding that he has been working in plastics and auto parts for 19 years in Mexico.
Blanco and Aguila were interviewed after a July 16 news conference in Mexico City held by IMPI on the state of the domestic plastics industry.
Aguila said Eagle is negotiating a joint venture with a European firm. ``We should be able to announce any agreements within six months or so,'' he said.
``But if the joint venture does not go through, then we will probably have to close,'' he said.