MEXICO CITY—CDS Inc. and Davis-Standard L.L.C., which often work together on complete extrusion lines in Mexico, exhibited together at Plastimagen from March 8-11, the exhibit of manufacturers representative Grupo Janfrex SA de CV.
Davis-Standard makes extruders, and CDS makes downstream equipment, including sizing tanks, pullers and cutters.
And, like many Plastimagen exhibitors, officials of CDS and Davis-Standard said Mexico's growing automotive sector is driving sales. One example is car sealing gaskets for windows and trunks, said Alexandro Dicivita, CDS' international business manager.
CDS makes downstream equipment to handle processing the seals from EPDM rubber and thermoplastic elastomers. Other automotive markets include brake lines and fuel lines. The firm is also present outside of automotive, most notably in the profiles, pipe and tubing segments.
“There are a lot of plants going up. It's growing, and it's an evolving market,” Dicivita said. “We do see continued growth.”
Jesus Avelar, owner of Grupo Janfrex, said the supply base is growing, but still has a big potential for more growth.
“Eighty percent of companies have old technology and 20 percent of the companies have world-class technology—you go in some companies, you can eat off the floor,” Avelar said.