MEXICO CITY — Spanish and Mexican plastics industrialists met in Mexico's capital last week, aiming to increase business and technological cooperation between the two countries.
The Dec. 1-4 talks took place at the Spanish Embassy's trade office, organized by Spain's Asociación Española de Industriales de Plásticos (Anaip) and Mexico's Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC (Anipac). They were the first of their kind between the two national industries.
Five Spanish companies expressed an interest in increasing their presence in Mexico while 20 business meetings between companies from both countries took place, according to Anipac. The business meetings covered auto parts, packaging and film for the agricultural sector, among others.
The Spanish plastics industry hopes to export plastics products worth $65.5 million to Mexico this year, Anipac said, without giving a comparative total from previous years.
According to Anipac, the series of meetings also opened up the possibility of technological collaboration between the two industries.
In a speech near the end of the event Enrique Gallego, Anaip's managing director, said Spain's output of plastics products had fallen in recent times. Mexico, he added, according to the news release, “is really important since it's an entry point to markets in North and South America.”
“At this moment in time Mexico is one of Spain's most active partners in the transformation of plastics and so we foresee ample possibilities for working together,” Gallego said.
Anipac President Francisco de Caso said closer cooperation between Spain and Mexico would lead to greater opportunities for Mexican processors in Europe and be mutually beneficial to processors in both countries.