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Country profile: Mexican container industry

Mexico’s container glass sector continues to rise Mexico is one of the largest and fastest-growing container glass sectors in the world, spurred by its vibrant beer and tequila industries. Recent acquisitions, takeovers and new plant set-ups have made the country’s container glass industry one of the world’s most interesting, reports Seema Gahlaut. FEVISA, MEXICALI

VICHISA, CHIHUAHUA O-I/CONSTELLATION,

0-I MEXICO + VIDRIERA SANTOS + CRISA LIBBEY, MONTERREY GLASS & GLASS TAMAULIPAS

NAVA, COAHUILA

INDUSTRIA VIDRIERA DEL BAJIO,

FEVISA + AB INBEV, SAN LUIS POTOSI

PENJAMO, GUANAJUATO

0-I MEXICO + SAVERGLASS,

0-I MEXICO + GERRESHEIMER, QUERÉTARO

GUADALAJARA

AB INBEV,

PAVISA + O-I MEXICO + AB INBEV,

VERACRUZ

MEXICO CITY

LERMA DE VILLADA

O-I MEXICO, TOLUCA

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omprised of three large, six mid and four small-scale container glass producers, the 12,000 tons per day (installed capacity) of the Mexican container glass industry has had a glorious run in recent years. Spurred by rising beer and tequila consumption and substantial exports of both these beverages, the sector has recently seen one of the largest acquisitions (O-I’s acquisition of Vitro in 2015), the formation of what will be the largest container glass plant in the world (O-I/Constellation Brands joint venture Nava plant) and the entry of the French luxury container glass producer, Saverglass, in the last two years.

CROWN MEXICO (SIVESA), ORIZABA, VERACRUZ

VETRO DE CANTABRIA, NOPALTEPEC, VERACRUZ

Acquisitions Vitro’s food & beverage container glass division by O-I, and Heineken’s packaging divison Empaque’s acquisition by US-based packaging firm Crown Holding have completely changed the landscape of the Mexican glass industry in recent years. The US company’s Constellation Brands acquisition of AB InBev’s brewery and its setting up of one of the largest container glass plants at Nava further changed the demand-supply dynamics of the sector.

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