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Plastic Materials/Resins

Overview

Mexico ranks as the 12th largest plastics consumer in the world, which accounts for 5.3 percent of the manufacturing sector and one percent of Mexico’s GDP. According to the National Association of the Plastic Industry (ANIPAC), there are 4,102 plastic companies in Mexico. Out of that number, 60 percent are micro companies, 24 percent are small, 12 percent are medium-sized and four percent are large companies. ANIPAC also revealed that 42 percent of the companies are concentrated in the Metropolitan area (Estado de Mexico and Mexico City), 14 percent in Jalisco, 8.5 percent in Nuevo Leon and 3.4 percent in Baja California Norte. Mexico consumes around 5.3 million tons of plastic products each year and 4 million tons for raw materials. Direct plastic consumption per capita in Mexico is 48 kg a year.

Over the last six years, markets became more focused and so did the competition. The Mexican plastics industry underwent a long process of consolidation. Smaller companies merged with larger ones seeking to gain more market share as Asian competition grew stronger.

Productivity in Mexican plastics manufacturers has risen 56 percent over the last five years. The plastics industry has seen an average annual investment of more than $1 billion over the last 10 years, with $1.4 billion invested in 2011, a clear indication of the increased strength of this industry.

While there is an excess domestic supply of PVC, PET, and polystyrene, the limited supply of polyethylene and polypropylene means that the Mexican plastics industry has to import raw material from the U.S. and Canada, as seen in the following chart for the U. S. trade activity with Mexico.

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The packaging segment remains the key growth driver. Amongst the individual plastic materials, the highest prospects can be found in Thermoplastics (PE, PP, PVC, PS, PET, ABS/SAN Nylon and Engineering Plastics); and Thermoset (PU, Epoxy, Melamine, Unsaturated PE, Phenolics and Poly Lactic Acid).

Specialized and reliable mold making, repair and maintenance are in moderate demand. Machine retrofitting activity is becoming outdated and manufacturers think it is a good time to invest in modernization.

Opportunities

Despite the abundant crude oil reserve and a 20 million ton capacity for petrochemical product elaboration, Mexico continues importing millions of dollars in oil derivatives; this includes not only finished materials but also primary products that could be generated domestically. Mexico is exporting Ethylene and imports Polyethylene thus showing the need for polymerization technology.

Resources

National Association of the Plastic Industry http://www.anipac.com.mx

National Institute of Information and Statistics http://www.inegi.org.mx

Scientific Electronic Library Online (UNAM) http://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php

The World Manufacturing Industry Today http://www.usitoday.com/

For more information on the plastic sector in Mexico, please contact:

Mario Vidana, Senior Trade Specialist

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey

Phone: 011-52-818-047-3118

Mario.Vidana@trade.gov

Monica Martinez, Commercial Trade Specialist

US Commercial Service, Mexico City

Phone: 011-52-55-5140-2628

Monica.martinez@trade.gov

Resources

National Association of the Plastic Industry http://www.anipac.com.mx

National Institute of Information and Statistics http://www.inegi.org.mx

Global Trade Atlas http://www.gtis.com