Mexico's first Artiplast trade show, designed to showcase plastics processors attracted 120 exhibitors and about 3,000 visitors.
Artiplast took place in the capital's World Trade Center from Nov. 18-20. The Mexico City-based organizer, Instituto Mexicano del Plastico Industrial SC, or IMPI, plans to hold the show annually so small- and medium-sized companies can show off their wares and services.
We had 120 companies and our aim is to increase that to 800 in 2010, said Rafael Blanco Vargas, founder and president of independent plastics consulting firm IMPI.
His aim and that of his wife and fellow industry advocate, MÃ³nica Conde Ortiz, editor of IMPI's bi-monthly magazine, Ambiente Plastico, is to promote Mexico's makers of plastic articles.
Conde said Mexico shows such as Plastimagen, which is held every two years in Mexico City, are dominated by machinery and raw material suppliers.
Visitors to this show are primarily buyers from the end users, such as large supermarket chains, all the big wholesalers and companies from the food, drugs and automotive companies, she said. We're promoting the idea that people need to buy 'Made in Mexico.'
This year Mexico imported 3.5 million metric tons [7.7 billion pounds] of manufactured plastic products, worth about $6 billion, Blanco said, citing government statistics. By substituting imports we can create many jobs. Every $1 million [invested] generates 20 jobs.
A technical congress called Etecoplast was held on the morning of each of the show's three days and attracted several hundred attendees every time.
An industry lacking education cannot grow, Blanco said.
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