Resin distributor Chemtex Internacional de Mexico opened a new technical center Oct. 16 in Naucalpan, on the northwest outskirts of Mexico City.
The 16-year-old company claims a 72 percent share of the Mexican market for polyethylene resin used to make liquid-food bottles. Chemtex, which represents ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Paxon Polymer Co. in Mexico, also supplies automotive, appliance and furniture markets.
Chemtex President Rigoberto Cobos said the company has about 100 customers and annual sales of between $50 million and $60 million. Chemtex sells about 160 million pounds of PE annually to blow molders and 35 million pounds to injection molders, he said.
The technical center employs 12.
Demand for training started to take off in the late 1980s as the local dairy market changed from cardboard cartons to plastic bottles, Cobos said.
Chemtex responded by offering classes, first using the upper floor of its facilities in Naucalpan, then also the lower floor, and now opening its new technical center in what was an 8,640-square-foot warehouse.
``Over the last five years demand for courses and technical assistance has grown,'' Cobos said. ``In recent years the information has become available in Spanish, but before it was only in English.''