The plastic industry in Mexico already recovered the numbers it had before the pandemic COVID-19 and records growth rates of 5 percent per year.
Monica Paloma Conde Ortizdirector of Grupo Ambiente Plástico, explained that the outlook for the plastics industry for this year is very positive.
“In 2022 it grew compared to 2021, in 2020 we did have a setback like all companies more than due to consumption issues due to the closure of some sectors that were not essential,” he stressed.
He recalled that during the pandemic The sector was affected by the lack of sufficient raw material, which forced some sectors to fall.
Currently in Mexico this sector is represented by more than four thousand companies and consume 7.2 million tons of plastic with a value higher than the 400 billion pesos.
This sector represents 2.1 percent of national GDP and employs more than 300 thousand workers.
Mexico is deficient in resin production since they are produced 4.15 million tons and 3.05 million tons are imported.
export 1.5 million tons and matter 4.35 million tons and that gives us an apparent consumption of seven million tons.
Mexico is not among the main resin producers. China and the Asian continent rank first in resin production with more than 53 percent; United States and other North American countries 17 percent; Europe with the 16 percent and the rest are in the countries of the Middle East.
“In terms of production, particularly China and India are the countries that produce the most resins,” he said.
For the interviewee, among the main challenges in the sector have to do with the climate emergency.
Conde Ortiz said that plastic despite everything that is attacked in all the media, the plastic in CO2 production does not represent more than the .5 percentthen the use of plastic reduces CO2 much more than that.
“Using plastics we avoid much more CO2 generation than any other material, so that the net greenhouse effect is negative, it reduces your carbon footprint and with any other material you will generate more CO2”, he assured.
For the interviewee There is a lot of false information on social networks, which has caused a bad image of the sector.
He also said that one of the great challenges of the sector is waste management because in the transformation there is technology and development.
“Another challenge is that there is a lot of support for foreign investment but very little for local investment,” he said.
The interview also stated that the arrival of new companies to the United States and Mexico from Asia will open a sale of opportunity for companies in Mexico.
“Another challenge is the issue of staff training since there is not enough staff with knowledge in the plastics industry,” he concluded.
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