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The industrial chemicals sector has had its share of ups and downs the last few years, with extreme supply chain shortages as well as heightened demand for other sanitation products.

Ricardo Lecompte

CEO, PASA

Around a third of the materials we need for our products derives from Mexico, but for the remainder we depend on commercial associates from around the world in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. In the last few years, we have been careful to minimize the risks of reliance on a global supply chain. Our product is highly specialized and comes in small quantity. We do have larger competitors, but overall our industry is small. Today, most construction chemicals producers are not met directly by manufacturers, and instead we depend on third-party intermediaries. But even they are severely limited today due to sea and ground transport limitations, especially the lack of drivers. We also depend on logistical channels, and since there is a shortage of paper, cardboard, and plastic film, we have suffered from that too. Therefore, what we are now doing is maintaining a good relationship with our regular providers and overall pursuing a win-win situation. We have worked on the Santa Lucía Airport and the Dos Bocas refinery through distributors, and currently provide our products to the state health sector, social security, the education sector, Banco del Bienestar, and the National Guard.

Alejandro Basterra

Managing Director, Altana, Mexico

The industrial coatings industry is extremely strong due to the three main government projects going on in 2022 with the new airport, the Dos Bocas refinery, and Tren Maya. Our customers are having increased demand for their products due to these megaprojects. Therefore, we are seeing an increase of our additives to produce the coatings. We will benefit in 2022 from those projects. We are small players in the plastics sector, but we are trying to grow. The three main areas that we play in the plastics industry are thermoplastics, PVC, and thermo sets. They have been doing great during the pandemic. There have been many developments regarding the recycling of plastics, and we also have some products that help the processes. There is a great deal of investment in recycling, and Mexico is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of recycling with many different companies, suppliers, and products going to recycling. The entire process varies from company to company and technology to technology, and the challenge for us as suppliers is to find one solution to every problem. We need to look into the products that the customer is recycling and come up with solutions with different mixes of additives.

Tony Sarraf

VP & Market Head Latin America North, Ecolab

Ecolab has a presence in over 170 countries, serving more than 3 million clients globally. In the case of LAN, a geographical region that includes Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, we have five manufacturing centers, three of which are in Mexico. We have invested significantly in R&D; our investment in new technologies accounts for almost USD200 million every year, and our company across the globe holds over 10,000 patents. Our offer consists of complete hygiene and disinfection programs and tools that facilitate water and energy savings and efficiency in over 40 industries where the consumption levels of key resources is critical. Few firms in the industry offer such a comprehensive service that spans industries such as tourism, F&B manufacturing, and energy generation, among others. We facilitate a company’s operational efficiency and productivity through solutions, technologies, and protocols that identify savings and curb the waste of resources while protecting people and the communities where we operate. As global economies start to reopen, they will still require our services because health and safety concerns remain and have become critical. We need to maintain safe, clean, healthy operations and especially within key industries for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean such as tourism.

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