One of the five largest importers of Asian injection and blow molding machinery in Mexico believes a new trend is emerging in the country: hybrid electric and hydraulic presses.
“The market is moving toward hybrid machines,” Guillermo Salas Valdez, managing director of Industrias Plásticas Maximo SA de CV, based in Cuautitlán near Mexico City, said at Plastimagen México 2011.
A plastics-related sector growing particularly fast in the country is aeronautics, he said. “It's growing rapidly. Mexico must be among the top three countries in aeronautics in the world.”
Referring to hybrids, he said: “They are just a little more expensive than standard hydraulic machines but the savings on energy is more than 50 percent. So this is the future, both in Mexico and across the world.”
Maximo had a hybrid Parker injection press with a clamping force of 50 metric tons at its booth during the Oct. 4-7 Plastimagen show in Mexico City.
Salas, president of Mexico's plastics industry trade association, Anipac, for two years from 2008, said his company's sales in 2011 are 25 percent up vs. those in 2010.
“We've had a much better year than in 2010, selling nine injection molding machines and five blow molding machines for the chemical, food-packaging and automotive sectors,” he said. He has about 8-10 percent of the Mexican market for new injection molding machines, he claimed.
Salas represents machinery producers from China, South Korea and Taiwan. “Sales of Asian machinery are on the increase because most people in Mexico want to buy cheap machines,” he said. Customers typically buy new machines for “one-of” projects, he said.
The clamping force of machines sold by Salas this year ranges from 18-1,200 tonnes. “Last year and the year before, I sold several with a clamping force of 2,000 metric tons for the automotive industry,” he said.
He is optimistic about the future of the Mexican economy and believes machinery sales will remain strong.
“We can't stop the factories and we can't stop the country. We have a highly trained workforce, the market and the availability of technology,” Salas said.