Mexico City — The president of Mexico's plastics industry association admitted publicly Oct. 7 that the plastics industry in North America is suffering a violent upheaval.
"This region is being convulsed by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement," ANIPAC President Juan Antonio Hernández León said in a speech in Spanish at the opening of Plastimagen México 2017.
It was the strongest language he had used publicly about the NAFTA talks between delegations from the United States, Canada and Mexico, the fourth round of which is scheduled to start in Mexico City in late November.
He said Mexico's plastics industry has sustained an average annual growth of 4.8 percent in the past 10 years.
"We generate about 265,000 full-time jobs and 550,000 part-time jobs, which indicates just how prosperous an industry we are."
Hernández added that North America's plastics industry "continues to have the lowest production costs anywhere in the world."
Production capacity in the region is increasing, he said, "but there are new competitors and the infrastructure is insufficient."
He said: "I want to inform you that in Canada, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, in the U.S.A., the Plastic Industry Association and here in Mexico, the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC (ANIPAC) have agreed to maintain a compact bloc with regard to the NAFTA renegotiations.