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Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T)

Welcome to the website of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T) Team for U.S. manufacturers who want to export. The M3T Team's in-depth industry expertise seeks to provide up-to-date export assistance and value-added services for the exports of industrial machinery and materials in the chemicals, plastics, composites, paper/pulp, material handling, metal-working and machine tools sectors. Since exports boost the economy and greatly increase a company’s profitability, many small and medium-sized manufacturers are now exploring opportunities to increase market share outside of the U.S. The manufacturing sector in the United States has been a cornerstone of our economy for decades. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service provides assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness by providing insight and research on foreign markets, programs to help U.S. firms enter new markets and services to help them find qualified business partners.

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Upcoming Trade Events for 2015:

  • Expo Manufactura 2015 – The industrial showcase of northern Mexico held at Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico, February 3-5, 2015. For details, see:
  • NPE 2015 – The International Plastics Showcase, Orlando, Florida March 23-27, 2015. Showtime and Executive Matchmaking services available. For details:
  • ACREX India 2015 – February 26-28, 2015 in Bangalore, India. This show is focused on the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning industries. For details, see:
  • FABTECH Mexico 2015 – May 5-7, 2015, Cintermex, Monterrey, Mexico (now co-located with AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico and COATech. For details, see:
  • CHINAPLAS 2015 – to be held in Guangzhou, China, May 20-23, 2015. CHINAPLAS is the third largest plastics show worldwide. For details, see:

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Detailed Event Information For Plastimagen Mexico 2013 Detailed Event Information For Plastimagen Mexico 2013
Plastimagen Mexico 2013 -- Automotive Parts/Services Eq., Computer Software, General Industrial Eq./Supplies, Industrial Chemicals, Operations/Maintenance Services, Process Controls - Industrial, Packaging Eq., Plastics Production Machinery, Plastics Materials/Resins, Robotics
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Location/Date: Mexico City, Mexico 03/12/2013 - 03/15/2013
Event Summary:
Plastimagen is the most important show for the plastics industry in Mexico and Central America. Plastimagen is recognized internationally as the most comprehensive plastics machinery, equipment and materials trade show in Mexico. At Plastimagen 2013, over 800 exhibitors will showcase machinery & related equipment, custom plastic processors, tools and molds, recycling equipment, chemical raw materials, components, finished products, synthetic resins, instrumentation and process control as well as other services. Mexico is the 12th largest worldwide consumer of plastics and the second in Latin America with a yearly consumption of six million tones. Mexico City and the metropolitan area represent the major production area in Mexico nationwide. There are many business opportunities for U.S. companies with a decent market of 100 million Mexican consumers. Plastimagen 2013 attendees represent a wide range of industries such as: packaging / bottles; plastic processor; housewares / appliances; chemicals / plastics; automobile / transportation; cosmetic / pharmaceutical; recycling; construction pipes / tubes; electronics / electrical; fittings / tooling; jewelry / toys; equipment; medical; furniture; and other related goods and services. In 2011 the show attracted 30,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors from 21 countries. CS Mexico is planning to work jointly with the organizer to recruit a US Pavilion. A series of webinars on the plastic industry and Plastimagen US Pavilion will be conducted and organized by CS Mexico City to recruit US exhibitors. Booth pricing is still unknown. Booth offer includes: Doing Business in Mexico Briefing, On-site support from the U.S. Commercial Service staff and other services to be determined.

Kevin Haley, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-6434
Paul St. Amour, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Phone: 301-493-5500
Monica Martinez, Mexico City
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 52-55-5080-2000 x 5218
Jeff Hamilton, Kuwait City
Commercial Officer
Phone: +965 2259 1354
Harry Henson, North Texas
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 817-684-5321