Eduardo de la Tijera is founder and director general of Grupo Texne, an independent, Mexico City-based consultant to the plastics industry. His group has conducted more than 200 strategic, market and technology consulting assignments for some of Latin America´s leading chemical and plastics companies. A 1973 chemical chemical engineering graduate from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, de la Tijera obtained his master's of engineering degree from the University of Detroit in 1975. He has 30 years of professional experience in the chemical industry as researcher, project, plant and R&D manager, and chief technology officer of a conglomerate of 18 state-owned chemical companies. He has served as a business and technology consultant since 1985, leading the petrochemical and the technology management practices of Grupo Texne.
In addition to advising government and international agencies in Mexico and Latin America, de la Tijera also has worked as a professor of polymers and technology management in graduate programs at Mexican universities.
Born in Cordoba, in the Mexican state of Veracruz in 1952, he has lived all over Mexico, and maintains a strong sense of humor, as evidenced by the following on his resume: "Failed the polymer course in college and came back three years later to teach it. Dares to forecast and speaks Spanglish fluently."
Early last year, Anipac, the country´s national plastics association, contracted Grupo Texne to undertake an extensive review of Mexico´s plastics industry and its global competitive position. The study began in late May and took nearly five months to complete. Its mission was to assess the plastics sector´s strengths and weaknesses and define a strategic agenda for sustainable growth. In this presentation, de la Tijera will share some of the key findings of that study, and offer his own insights into the challenges and opportunities currently facing Mexico´s plastics industry.