Plastics News Editor Robert Grace and reporter Angie DeRosa reported on the following from Plastimagen, held March 28-31 in Mexico City.
Indelpro delays plans
Indelpro SA de CV, Mexico's sole polypropylene resin producer, said it has delayed again a planned capacity expansion in Tampico, Mexico, that was to have started up in the third quarter this year.
Commercial Vice President Gustavo Taloncon attributed the delay to a need to scale up the expansion. The new capacity now is expected to come on stream by the end of 2007's third quarter, he said at Plastimagen 2006. He said the ceremonial cornerstone for the expansion project was laid in Tampico that same day.
The output will be targeted at the North American Free Trade Agreement market, where he said annual PP demand is about 17.6 million pounds.
With PP demand growing by 5-6 percent annually, ``we need a new plant every year,'' Taloncon said.
He said Indelpro, which is based in Monterrey, Mexico, supplies about 30 percent of the PP resin consumed in Mexico.
Blown film extruder maker A. Carnevalli & Cia. Ltda. of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is adding nearly 120,000 square feet to ramp up machine production. The firm currently operates out of 215,000 square feet at its headquarters.
The company also is looking to grow into the U.S. market, President Waldemir Carnevalli said at Plastimagen in Mexico City.
The firm began in 1962, making extruders for single- and multifilaments, pipe, hoses, profiles and coating of wires and cables.