MEXICO CITY (April 17, 3:30 p.m. ET) — José A. del Cueto Gracia, an industrial engineer and company director, was elected president of Mexico's plastics industry association, Anipac, on April 17.
He replaces Eduardo Martínez Hernández, who has served as president the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC since April 2010.
Del Cueto is a director of Carredana de Empaques SA de CV (Cadesa), located in the municipality of Lerma, in the state of Mexico, which has supplied retail outlets including departmental stores and supermarkets with polyethylene film and other types of packaging for the past 30 years.
Del Cueto said he will continue to promote the sustainability and recycling of plastic with Mexico's authorities at federal state and municipal level.
One of Martínez's most important achievements as association president was to convince the government and legislators in Mexico City to take recycling seriously. During his presidency, Anipac managed to persuade the capital's lawmakers to reverse a ban on plastic bag use by retailers.
Del Cueto said he would fight to try to get the government to ban “unfair” imports of plastic products and would do everything in his power to increase Mexico's plastic exports by taking advantage of the country's free trade agreements with almost four dozen countries.
The only other candidate vying for the presidency was company director Germán Suárez.
Mexico's plastics sector comprises about 4,200 companies, which processed 6.2 million metric ton of resins in 2011, according to Anipac.
The association said the sector enjoyed $20 billion worth of sales last year, when it employed 165,000 and contributed 3.1 percent to the country's gross national product.