Mexico, second country with the highest growth in sales of armor cars in Latin America: DuPont


Mexico is the second country with the highest growth in sales of armor for ballistic protection in Latin America. However, the level of protection depends on the incidence of threats; in large cities such as Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City it is lower, while on the northern border or on some roads the incidence increases, Marcelo Fonseca, leader of Defense at DuPont, told El Economista.

It should be noted that during the National Congress of Armor, held on February 27 and 28 in Mexico City, Marcelo Fonseca estimated that the defense market of synthetic fibers (for example, for vests) will grow at an approximate rate of 6.8% per year, during the next decade.

Last year Mexico had the second highest growth rate of sales of armor for ballistic protection, behind Argentina”.

Fonseca explained that last year Argentina renewed the purchase of vests for the police, from a purchase that it made six years ago. “If it were not for these atypical purchases, Mexico would have the highest growth rate”.

On the continent, Brazil has a massive concentration and there is more demand for automotive armor, because it is a very large market. “Here in Mexico there is a more homogeneous distribution, in the big cities,” he stressed.

The leader of Defense at DuPont detailed that the company has four DuPont Life Protection centers in the world, with the best in research and development. For example, there is technology, which is a hybrid ballistic fabric that is lighter and offers greater protection against different threats.

“Having the correct ballistic protection can make the difference between life and death,” he said.

On the other hand, he highlighted that there is a continuous development of materials from brands such as Kevlar and Kevlar EXO, which are used in a variety of applications, from personal protection equipment to automotive armor.

Along with other industries, the raw materials for defense had difficulties from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic until the third quarter of 2021, due to lack of employees who became ill and logistics problems, because the ships that left Europe and were stopping at the ports, when they had contagions, they had to remain in quarantine.

Despite the various geopolitical conflicts in the world, “we have no problem of capacity to support our customers and send them the raw material,” he said.

Source: El Economista