Washington — A U.S. plastics delegation is back from an historic first trip to Cuba and already planning the next visit.
The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. President and CEO Bill Carteaux, along with Plastic Pipe Institute CEO Tony Radoszewski and SPI Vice President for International Affairs and Trade Michael Taylor, returned from the fact-finding mission in Havana March 24 and are making plans to return to Cuba as soon as June, on a trade mission with more U.S. plastics industry leaders.
The trip coincided with President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba.
While Carteaux highlighted some of the fun parts of the trip via Twitter — including a baseball game — most of the five-day visit was all business, including two plant tours and meetings with Adriana Barceló Permuy, the general director for industrial management at Cuba's Ministry of Industry.
“We saw a lot of opportunity,” said Taylor, who already has several SPI member companies in mind for the June trade trip. “I think there is something there for all segments of our industry,” he said.
The facility visits included a bag manufacturer running extrusion lines and welding bags, which Taylor said was “very state-of-the-art,” and an injection molding company making dinnerware and running aging Chinese equipment.