More than 20 million people live in the metropolitan region of Mexico City, one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Negative side effects include air pollution and having to travel a long way just to get anywhere. Not to mention the temperamental nature of most motorists. “Mexicans are extremely feisty drivers,” says the managing director of Wacker Mexicana, “you really have to assert yourself when you’re on the roads.”
Over time, the 62-year-old has learned to love his new home. He gushes over Mexico’s breathtaking beaches, impressive mountain landscape and the dazzling colors of its plants and flowers. “Spring is the most beautiful time of year.”
WACKER has had a presence in Mexico through a subsidiary since 1972 and has grown along with the emerging market. Today Valcarce’s team is made up of 14 staff members, most of whom are chemical engineers like him. They look after an extensive region including large parts of South America, the Caribbean as well as Mexico, which on its own is four times the size of Spain. The most important customers come from the construction and personal care sectors.