Fomento EconÃ³mico Mexicano SAB de CV (Femsa), the largest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. products in Latin America, has switched to a high-impact-resistant pallet developed by an upstart Mexican-run company based in southern Texas.
The pallet, being shown at NPE2009, uses a process called inside injection foaming, which combines traditional injection molding and structural foam.
Sosa Tech Advisors LLC (Booth W27A) of McAllen, Texas, developed the pallet over a two-year period for Monterrey, Mexico-based Femsa, which also uses the pallet for its brewing arm. Femsa owns megabreweries including Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma in Mexico and Kaiser in Brazil; both units are the second-largest breweries in their respective countries and export globally.
We started work on the project in January 2007 and finished in December 2008, Sosa Tech Advisors founder Sergio Sosa said in a pre-NPE telephone interview.
Sosa, a former president of Mexico's plastics trade association Anipac, declined to give details of his deal with Femsa. He is patenting inside injection foaming and is looking forward to earning royalties from non-pallet uses such as kayak building.
Sosa has submitted inside injection foaming for judging in the International Plastics Design Competition, being held for the first time this week at NPE. He also will speak about his company during a Spanish-language seminar at the trade show.
Sergio Sosa and his brother Juan Antonio sold their Sosa Molding Plastics SA de CV operation to Milwaukee-based MGS Mfg. Group Inc. in 2007.
Located in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, Sosa Molding Plastics produced parts and molds for the maquiladora industry. The company served U.S. customers in order to avoid the bribery and corruption that Sosa despised in the Mexican plastics sector.
If you wanted to get an order from a Mexican company, you were expected to pay money to the company representative, Sosa said. My brother and I were not prepared to dishonor our father's name by doing that, so we decided to go into a sector that was not corrupt the U.S. maquila industry.
Sergio Sosa and his wife set up home in McAllen in 2007.
I have always done things properly. But there came a time when I said to myself, 'Enough is enough,' Sosa said, referring to high levels of dishonesty and ineptitude that he said plague Mexican business and government circles.
When I was president of Anipac, I tried to change people's attitudes, but I didn't manage to change anything. People told me I was a dreamer, Sosa said.
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