REYNOSA, Tamaulipas (Notimex) – Tamaulipas ranks first nationally in exports of plastic resins, producing 80 percent of the country’s exports, said Monica González García, the state’s Minister of Economic Development and Tourism.

González García said plastic resins is the tenth largest industry in the economy, representing 3.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) of Mexico.

“One of the competitive advantages of this entity is the establishment of companies that make industrial groupings, also identified as clusters, as this attracts more investment in shaping economic sectors with high added value,” González García said.

González García explained that these clusters require technical and engineering level jobs, allowing these job opportunities remain here since academic preparation is key.

González García said that during the past five years 29 companies in the auto parts sector have started up, generating investments for $2.9 million pesos and 24,896 jobs.

“The cluster of electric-electronics industry started operations in the last five years by 28 companies investing three thousand 684 million pesos generating nine thousand 120 jobs,” González García stressed.

She added that Tamaulipas also has industrial clusters of chemicals and petrochemicals, metalworking and various technology parks that allow for a diverse alliance.

González García stressed that promoting relations between investors, entrepreneurs and established levels of government, “leads to better economic development in the state because it allows better opportunities to generate quality jobs.”