Mexico City — Juan Antonio Hernández León was elected president of Mexico's national plastics industry association on April 11.
In a two-man race, he beat Carlos Alberto Saldate Paton, who placed second for the second successive presidential election held by the association.
In April 2014 Saldate lost to outgoing Anipac president Francisco de Caso Peláez. Anipac is an acronym for Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC.
Hernández will serve for the next two years. He is an executive with bag maker Placoyt Plásticos Comercializadora y Transformadora SA de CV, of Morelia, in the western state of Michoacán.
Hernández promised to intensify efforts to increase Anipac's membership, to make it more diverse and to focus the association's recruiting efforts “on processors in every region of the country.”
About 230 companies belong to Anipac, a number that has changed little in the past few years and which is a constant worry for the institution.
Saldate, head of Mexico City recycler Folgueiras SAPI de CV, and his team made similar commitments to those of the Hernández group. Both promised to strengthen Anipac's image and credibility by means of a solid communications strategy.
Both promised to improve the quality of Anipac staff members.
“We will improve the competence of the administration's staff and, where necessary, hire new, qualified staff members,” the Hernández team wrote.
“We require a more solid and efficient Anipac that responds far better than at present to the expectations and necessities of its members as well as to the challenges faced by the plastics industry that it represents.”