Plastics and Chemicals

Polypropylene (PP) is a versatile plastic used in a wide range of products, including food packaging, reusable containers, auto parts, medical supplies and toys.

Expandable polystyrene (EPS) is a rigid, lightweight, cellular plastic that is used for packaging, insulation and as a material to lighten structures.

The main products of the Plastics and Chemicals Business include polypropylene, expandable polystyrene, polyurethanes and caprolactam, which are used in a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, food and beverages, the automotive industry, construction, agriculture, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals.

In 2012, the sales of Plastics and Chemicals totaled US$1,586 million, 22% of Alpek’s consolidated net sales, and US$197 million in EBITDA were generated.

Plastics and Chemicals operates an installed capacity of approximately 1.4 million tons per year, through six plants in Mexico with 1,170 employees. Being Mexico’s only producer of polypropylene and caprolactam is among the business’s competitive advantages. We also operate the largest EPS plant on the American continent.

We have joint ventures with other world-leading companies for the production and marketing of polypropylene and expandable polystyrene, enhanced by leading-edge technologies such as Lyondell Bassell’s Spheripol®/Spherizone® for PP and BASF’s Single Step® for EPS.

Besides marketing the products of Plastics and Chemicals in North America, we export to Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.