MEXICO CITY (July 3, 5:20 p.m. ET) — Mexico's plastics industry association, Anipac, has described the country's presidential election July 1 as “exemplary” and urged the winner, Enrique Peña Nieto, to recognize the sector's importance to the national economy.
Peña Nieto, a former governor of the heavily industrialized State of Mexico, “must realize that the plastics industry is no less important than the country's other productive sectors,” Luis Gerardo Álvarez Espinosa, the association's managing director, said July 3.
Anipac (Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC) has often criticized the outgoing administration of President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and previous regimes for allegedly failing to support the sector.
“It's truly difficult to understand how a petroleum-producing nation (such as Mexico) can have a deficit in the production of a petrochemical product that gives so much added value to society,” former Anipac president Eduardo Martínez Hernández, said this year.
Mexico's plastics industry, comprising 4,200 companies and 165,000 employees, processes 13.7 billion pounds of resin and generates $20 billion in sales a year, according to Álvarez, who estimates that the sector's output will grow by as much as 10 percent in 2012.
Peña Nieto, of the pro-business PRI party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), which governed Mexico for 71 years before losing the presidential elections of 2000 and 2006, won 38.15 percent of the 49,087,446 votes cast this time, according to preliminary results from the federal electoral institute.
Left-wing coalition candidate Andrés López Obrador was second with a 31.64 percent share and Josefina Vázquez Mota, of the ruling Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN), was third with 25.4 percent.