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AICC Mexico Annual Meeting Sets Record Attendance

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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The 17th Annual Meeting and Trade Fair of AICC Mexico, held June 16-18, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, broke all previous attendance records, said Pedro Aguirre, Director of Operations of Tecnologia del Carton in Durango, Mexico and President of AICC Mexico. The meeting drew 210 members, suppliers and guests to the Riu Plaza Guadalajara Hotel for a production training seminar, meeting, trade fair and plant tours. “We had a most successful meeting in Guadalajara,” said Aguirre, “with a very high attendance and 38 exhibitors in our trade fair. We are very happy with the results.”

The meeting began on Wednesday, May 16, with a production seminar, “Best Practices for Achieving Peak Performance on Flexo Folder Gluers, Rotary Die Cutters and Digital Printing.” Taught by Les Pickering of Quadrant 5, San Francisco, the full-day program featured classroom instruction on principles of lean manufacturing. The seminar was attended by 30 production supervisors, plant managers and general managers from around Mexico. At the same time, AICC Mexico held the inaugural meeting of its “Emerging Leaders de Mexico” program, with 18 young executives from throughout the country. Yair Caballero, President of CorruEmpaques, and Sergio Farfan, AICC Mexico Executive Director, hosted the afternoon program. Terri-Lynn Levesque of Royal Containers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and member of the EL Program for the past four years shared her experiences as a young executive in a family-owned business. The keynote speaker for this group was Erika Salinas, PhD in human development, a graduate of University Iberoamericana, who talked about “Theory of Conflict,” giving advice on how better personal communication skills can lead to long-term success in careers.

On Thursday, May 17, AICC Mexico President Pedro Aguirre welcomed members to the meeting and introduced AICC Chairman Al Hoodwin, who spoke about the growth of AICC Mexico as a priority for the Association. Referring to his “Strength in Numbers” theme, Hoodwin said that AICC members on both sides of the US-Mexico border, “have too much in common to be separated by walls or talk about unfair trade practices.” AICC President Steve Young spoke about the progress of AICC’s strategic “Destination Model,” citing success in the appointment of Sergio Farfan as Executive director of AICC Mexico. “We are pleased to have Sergio working with us and look forward to great success here in Mexico,” said Young. Young also introduced AICC Vice President Mike D’Angelo, noting that he will assume the presidency of AICC in June of 2019. The speakers for the day were economist Dr. Oscar Vera Ferrer, who spoke about the Mexican economy, Matt Elhardt of Fisher International, who gave the outlook for the North American containerboard sector, and Agustin Anaya, CEO of Papeles y Conversiones de Mexico, whose presentation, “What’s going on in the Mexican Containerboard industry,” considered the external factors that influence the corrugated industry in Mexico. The keynote speaker Rafael Ramirez of IPADE talked about the “Challenges and Perspectives of the Mexican Economy.”

The meeting also featured presentations about Industry Innovations with the presentations of ARC International, BHS, EAM-Mosca, BCM Inks, Alliance Machine Systems, EFI, Bobst, Tiruna, Fosber, SOLEMA and HP.

The final presenter, Dr. Rodrigo de Leon Gonzalez of IPADE spoke about “The Trump era and the bilateral challenges for Mexico”.

AICC Mexico also honored members for their contribution to the success of the organization and the advancement of the independent sector. Jeff Hughes, chairman of ALHU International, was named the fourth recipient of the AICC Mexico Hall of Fame for his contribution in starting AICC Mexico in 1999. “We are proud to name Jeff Hughes to the AICC Mexico Hall of Fame,” said Humberto Trevino, president of Washington Box in Monterrey. “Jeff was instrumental in helping AICC start its chapter in Mexico and has been a loyal member since the inception.”

Hughes, speaking in Spanish, thanked the members and said that he and his family treasured in their hearts the friends they have made throughout Latin America, but especially those in Mexico.

And, in a surprise, presentation, AICC President Steve Young, Pedro Aguirre and Humberto Trevino, called to the dais Maria Frustaci, AICC’s Director for Latin America, to thank her for her 20 years of service to the members of the Association.

The AICC Mexico trade fair drew 38 exhibitors to the meeting, and over a combined 5 hours of exhibit time more than 200 customers circulated through the ballroom to meet with their suppliers of equipment, inks, printing plates, software and computer technology and material handling systems.

Closing the meeting on the morning of Friday, May 18, the group toured Grupo Gondi “Empaques Modernos de PEOSA”, in Zapopan, Jalisco. Where Jose Luis Villegas, High Graphic Director, Mario Noriega, General Manager and Jorge Vives Mendoza, Plant Manager welcomed members and lead tours of the folding carton and microflute corrugated converting operation.

For more information about AICC Mexico, contact Maria Frustaci at AICC Headquarters, +1-703-836-2422, email or Sergio Farfan at AICC Mexico office, +52-1-55-4570-9206, email



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