Plastics Manufacturing

Plastics manufacturers are vulnerable to shortened product cycles, volatile oil & gas prices, and environmental concerns. Plugging into a Tecma shelter option embedded in Mexico’s plastics manufacturing network simplifies things.

Specialized industry clusters and duty-free access create rich opportunities for plastics

Producers of moldings, packaging, 3D printing, and other plastic products can capitalize on a robust and growing network of suppliers and allied industries in Mexico. Because plastics are so vital for other industries like automotive, aerospace, and construction, plastics manufacturing in Mexico has begun consolidating around these and other industries.

Forming hubs allows for greater cost-sharing and resource availability. Low-cost, specialized labor and 40+ trade agreements further compound the benefits of opening a plastics factory in Mexico.

Mexican plastics industry by the numbers


Plastics manufacturers in Mexico


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Among top global capital-goods importers for plastics


Mexican free-trade partner countries

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Mexico’s advantages for the plastics industry

  • Proximity to US

    With oil & gas prices fluctuating, transporting goods across the ocean is no longer cost-effective. With the US market only hours or days away by rail or truck, plastics manufacturing in Mexico just makes sense.

  • Growth Potential

    Growing steadily, Mexico’s plastics and injection molding industry is highly profitable for US producers. Mexico is among top global plastics manufacturers with average annual value of plastics production exceeding $20 billion. Export growth typically averages 13% annually.


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Learn how to transition your plastics operation to Mexico with minimum risk

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With Tecma you can manage a fully functioning plastics plant in Mexico without worrying about peripheral functions like recruitment, site selection, regulatory issues, or supply chain matters.

Tecma Shelter Services allow you to maintain your focus on manufacturing while Tecma takes care of Mexico. Over time, we have developed a proven system by which your company can avoid the costs of maintaining an internal recruiting team, extend its human resources networking reach, and achieve and maintain compliance with all aspects of Mexican Law.

Leverage Mexico’s advantages without the complexities

  1. Every Step Covered

    We offer complete service packages tailored to your unique needs. From site selection to workforce recruitment to supply-chain optimization, our unique shelter solutions give you the options you need to navigate this challenging industry and succeed in Mexico.

  2. Compliance Is Effortless

    Compliance issues can sidetrack you from your manufacturing mission. But when it comes to regulatory and tax issues, Tecma has you covered, every step of the way.

  3. Lower Production Costs

    Shelter manufacturing in Mexico is how our top-tier clients stay ahead of the competition by lowering costs – 50% or more in many cases. Tecma’s 34+ years serving plastics manufacturers means more savings for you.

  4. IMMEX to the Max

    You don’t have to choose between contract manufacturing and a wholly-owned subsidiary. We leverage Mexico’s Maquiladora program (IMMEX) so you can quickly transition to manufacturing in Mexico without having to open a Mexican company. It’s the best of both worlds.

Just what is a Mexican Shelter for Manufacturers?


Perhaps you have a robust manufacturing operation in the US, but want to move manufacturing to Mexico to reduce costs. Opening a factory in a foreign country is layered in bureaucratic complexities, liabilities, and logistics hassle.

A shelter is a legal structure already established in Mexico under which you can operate as a division. This allows you to focus only on core functions while the shelter company handles everything from tax compliance to import/export to accounting and HR.

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Interested in manufacturing in Mexico?

With shelter operations in some of Mexico’s strongest industry hubs, we’ve simplified the process of becoming a plastics manufacturer in Mexico. Our clients have successfully established factories in the Guanajuato region, with a manufacturing workforce of nearly 500,000. Others choose Juarez or Tijuana on the border, with 90 industrial parks. Still, other plastics clients have excelled in our Torreon location, the industrial heart of Mexico. We simplify plastics manufacturing in Mexico for you.