MEXICO CITY — Optimism is creeping back into Mexico's plastics industry, and the Plastimagen '99 show is the latest proof.
The Feb. 9-12 show in Mexico City is sold out, with 450 exhibitors, and preregistration for visitors is up 25 percent from the previous show in 1997, according to organizers.
The event follows two successful regional shows held in 1998 in Monterrey and in Guadalajara.
``Registration for Plastimagen is already 8,000. This is up 25 percent from what we had at the same time for the previous show in September 1997,'' said Sandra Arellano, publicity and promotion manager for the Mexico City firm organizing the show, Organizaci¢n de Promociones y Exposiciones SA de CV (Oprex).
Oprex, and Plastimagen cosponsor Asociacion Nacional de Industrias del Plastico (Anipac) expect 18,000 attendees, up from 15,874 in 1997.
A new pavilion for processors called Transplast '99 has about 100 exhibitors.
Of the regular show exhibitors, 55 percent are from Mexico, and the rest are divided among companies from the United States, Canada, Central and South America and Europe. The September 1997 show had 348 exhibitors.
Plastimagen is now Mexico's undisputed national plastics fair — the U.S. trade center canceled its 1998 Plasticos show. But regional fairs are on the rise: the first ExpoPlasticos was held in Monterrey in August with 100 exhibitors, and Encuentro Internacional de Plastico Reciclado was held in Guadalajara in October with 76 exhibitors.
Guadalajara's Encuentro International del Plastico y Reciclado 1999 is scheduled for Oct. 20-22, and Monterrey's ExpoPl sticos is to be held in August 2000.
Plastimagen had been taking place every 18 months, and the next show is scheduled for September 2000. After that, the show will switch to an every-other-year cycle.
However, the Plastimagen organizers are planning a 2001 show in Chihuahua, focusing on maquiladora companies.