#5 Summer 2018

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Dear Readers,
Since 1994, with the signing of NAFTA, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have shared an open and free exchange trade region, marking North America a globally recognized benchmark of how to effectively produce and sell goods and services without borders.
The agreement has increased the flow of FDIs between the three countries, favouring, in particular, large investments of multinational companies. It could be argued that NAFTA was instrumental in accelerating, if not creating, the globalization process.
Mexico has profoundly changed since the North American Agreement came into effect. The country’s level of economic integration with the other two North American partners has expanded, transforming Mexico from primarily agricultural commodities and natural resource production and exportation into a diversified economy, with a more mature tertiary sector and a fast-growing, technologically advanced manufacturing industry.
Today, Mexico and its economy are at a crucial historical moment due to its changing relationship with its key partners in the region, its domestic politics, and its structural issues.
The NAFTA renegotiation talks have been dragging, stalled by the US administration’s focus on introducing more US-friendly (or fairer) clauses.  The US has manifested its intention to impose duties on some products, and Mexico and Canada have retaliated with similar measures.
This climate of uncertainty has affected the Mexican economy by slowing down foreign investments in sectors that represent the country’s industrial prowess over the past 25 years, such as, automotive and electronics. The manufacturing and construction industries have slowed down in 2017, registering lackluster growth rates with only +1.3% and 1.8%.
On the home front, next December 1, 2018, Andrés Manuel Lopez Abrader will assume the role of President of Mexico. He is the first Mexican head of state not belonging to the traditional political parties that have controlled the country for the past decades. He has an alternative agenda that focuses on social justice and the fight against poverty. Almost 54% of voters have given their support to the leader of MORENA, thus endorsing Abrader’s platform of “national renewal.”  His challenge, not an easy one, will be to fulfill his electoral promises without disrupting Mexico’s economic growth engines.
Despite the general uncertainties in North America and the global markets, Mexico still remains a country hungry for technology and innovation.  With respect to this, Italy could play a leading role. Italian exports of manufacturing technology closed 2017 with a solid +13.84%.  The foundry machines for processing plastics and rubber and the packaging machines were the best performers.
We take this opportunity to thank our readers for their continued interest shown in the North American markets, and we invite you to visit the Machines Italia website for more news and information on events and initiatives.
Enjoy the reading.
Giuseppe Manenti,
Italian Trade Commissioner – Mexico City

Events & Initiatives

IPACK-IMA 2018: Another Great Success
PLAST 2018: International Exhibition For Plastics And Rubber Industries
WMS 2018 Wraps Up
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Italian Pavilion @ Expo Pack México 2018
Machines Italia Mexico At FABTECH 2018
SIMAC TANNING TECH 2018 – Leather And Tanning Technology On Display
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INNOVATION DAYS: US-Italy Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships
“The World of AI: Actually, Italian” @EmTech Digital 2018
Italy Once Again Took The Spotlight At Maker Faire Bay Area 2018
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Industry News

Magna Buys Italian Automotive Light Maker OLSA
Bonatti Group Awarded Contract For Transcanada’s Coastal Gaslink Project
Italian Packaging Machinery Industry Races Ahead As Turnover Reaches €7.19 Billion
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ASO Group Benefits From Mexico’s Automotive Growth
Euro Group Invest € 19 Million In Mexico
Astaldi Group Will Build The Intermodal Center Of The Mexico City Airport
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Italian TeMa Breaks Ground On $10 Million Facility In West Virginia
Italian LU-VE Purchases U.S. Manufacturer Of Heat Exchanger Coils Zyklus
US Craft Beer Market Grow As Sacmi Increases Its Market Share
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Your Opinion Matters

Every second year, Machines Italia and the Italian Trade Commission - ITA conduct a broad range survey of the North American manufacturing industry. The purpose of the Machines Italia Awareness Survey is to capture emerging trends, KPIs, pressing issues and mostly to better understand the needs of machinery and equipment end users in Canada, USA and Mexico. We ask your collaboration in completing the survey questionnaire. It takes approximately 10 minutes to fill it out. Ready to take your survey? Click here to start!

Success Stories & Testimonials

The Elica Group has been a household name in the kitchen hoods market since the 1970s, and it is now the world leader in the industry in terms of units sold. More recently, the Italian-based group has acquired a leading position internationally in the design, production, and marketing of electric motors for hoods and heating boilers.
 Vast experience in the hoods and boilers field, great attention to design, innovative materials, and advanced technologies are the strengths of Elica Group.
 With regards to technology, Elica has tapped into the growing "smart home” trend and incorporated, early on, ingenuous IOT features in its products. This decision has proved to be a smart one indeed, allowing Elica to expand its higher-end residential and commercial appliances market share.


With a population of 120 million, political and financial stability, 12 trade agreements with 44 countries, and the North American Free Trade Agreement in renegotiation – Mexico’s economy is slated for more strong growth in 2019. 
 Mexico is a big consumer of packaging materials and technology, particularly in the food and beverage industry, followed by the pharmaceutical and personal care sectors. The popularity of carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages, as well as the eating habits and personal care of the Mexican population, generate a high demand for packaging and packaging machines. In 2017, the Mexican packaging sector accounted for 5.8% of industrial GDP, 8.6% of manufacturing GDP, and 1.7% of national GDP. 
 The national production of packaging and packaging machines, however, is practically non-existent, and Mexican buyers looks to Europe or the United States when purchasing these technologies. In fact, a great variety of brands from different countries such as Italy, Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Spain, Norway, Belgium, and Germany are currently available on the market. Mexicans importers/distributors eagerly seek European packaging and technology solutions to offer to local clients. These intermediaries are generally small companies that sell and supply new parts and spare parts for imported machines. In a few cases, they are able to offer turnkey engineering and integration solutions for larger operations.
 Considering the size of the population and the rapid and recent evolution of the market, the ICE has detected important opportunities in the consumer sector of packaging and packaging machines in Mexico.



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