Mexico City — Packaging production in Mexico, including the use of plastics, paper, glass and metal, is showing persistent growth, according to the sector's national association.
The Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje (AMEE) said it totaled 11.9 million metric tons in 2017, an increase of 5.1 percent over 2016.
According to AMEE President Lola Morena Pérez Palma, this year's production will also grow by as much as 5.1 percent. The sector's sales in 2017 amounted to $14.2 million, 5.4 percent up on the previous year, she said in a news release.
Paper and carton packaging accounted for 33.9 percent of sales, followed by plastic (27.9 percent), glass (19.5 percent), metal (18.4 percent) and wood (0.3 percent).
Pérez Palma was speaking on the eve of Expo Pack México, which will run at the Expo Santa Fe exhibition center in Mexico City from June 5-8, covering 19,300 square meters (207,743 square feet).
Expo Pack Director Gerardo Barajas has dubbed it the largest trade show for the industry in Latin America. One thousand companies from 20 countries will have their services and wares on display and 23,000 visitors are expected over the four days. A full program of conferences is an additional attraction.