Mexican container glassmakers including O-I, Pavisa and Sivesa attended last week’s Glassman Latin America event.

They were joined by delegations from other domestic companies such as Saverglass, Vitro Cosmos and Vidrio Formas at the combined exhibition and conference.

Overseas glassmakers which attended included Costa Rica’s Vical, O-I from Perrysburg, OH, USA and Holophane in the USA.

The exhibition included 100 suppliers to the glassmaking industry, which were exhibiting their latest technologies.

The event was officially opened by Mexico’s FAMA, which had one of the largest exhibitor stands. Other companies to exhibit included Mexican companies Interglass and MGFS, Specialty Rondot, BDF Industries, Pyrotek, Bottero and RHI Magnesita.

Jose Luis Velez, Managing Director of Mexican lubricant manufacturer, Interglass, said: “It’s been a good show, we’ve welcomed a lot of visitors and had some good meetings, so we’re satisfied.

“The Mexican glass industry is in a very good place at the moment. Saverglass is opening a new glass plant here in Jalisco, while the plant at Piedras Negras is already the biggest in the world and will be twice as big as it is now. So it is going to be massive.

"The rest of the plants are also moving forward, there is lots of investment being made in Mexico because of all the glass for use both domestically and for export.”

Roy Clarkson, Regional Sales Director for Sheppee International, said: "The show has been very good, we have had customers not just from Mexico, but Costa Rica and the USA, so it has attracted more than we anticipated."

Among the topics of discussion at the event were the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between USA, Canada and Mexico. The agreement has come under scrutiny recently after US president, Donald Trump, threatened to pull out of the deal.

Mr Velez said: “We are worried about the changes being made in the NAFTA agreement, but at the same time somehow confident, based on the fact that we are also the second largest consumer for the US, so it’s not just one way situation where they have everything to win and nothing to lose. Closing the border in commercial terms would mean for them losing one of their most important markets.”

His views were echoed by Hans Mehl, General Manager at Mexican company MGFS.

“The Mexican glass industry is so important and so independent now.

"There is an influence from America in terms of machine and investment but there are other sources out of Europe, India, and other countries. If the Mexican industry cannot buy from the USA because of taxes or fines, they have other sources where they can buy from, and companies will do that.”

Caption: FAMA's Marketing Executive Carla Cortes (centre), with FAMA's Executive VP Diverse Industries, Jose Manuel Contreras Lomeli to the right and its Director General, Juan Farias Garza, to the left, with staff from the organiser, Quartz Business Media, on either side.