Armor industry grew 20% during the first half of the year

The automotive armor industry in Mexico has gone from being an exclusive privilege of the police to achieving sales growth among consumers of the wealthy classes.

In automotive armoring, Level III Magnum 44 gun protection was the most sought after with Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe models.
In automotive armoring, Level III Magnum 44 gun protection was the most sought after with Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe models.

At the end of the first semester of the current year, the National Council of the Blindage Industry (CNIB) reported that it maintains a large national participation in the area of private security, and is positioned as the leading organization in the sector, even as of July of this year, reached the production and marketing of 20% against the same period last year in automotive units with armored at various levels, several strategic facilities, booths, offices and homes, where doors and ballistic glass used in architectural armor were placed, more than 500 sets of armored glass for automotive use, more than 9 thousand pieces in body armor and finally, more than 15 special works in architectural armor.

According to René F. Rivera Arozqueta, president of the Executive Committee of CNIB, the armor industry in our country is reinvented every day, which has allowed the organization, which brings together the firms Armor Life Lab, Baher, Carolina Ballistic, Centigon, Centur, Diamond Glass, Distributions and Imports of Pedregal, Dupont, IBN Industrias Militares, Optical Products Advanced, Protelife Armour Boutique and Seguicol, to be placed in the mind of consumers, because the products offered by these companies meet or exceed the standards of quality and after-sales support that the customer needs.

"The armor in its various variants (architectural, automotive, body or tactical), has been consolidated in such a way that not only is recognized by the high quality and efficient marketing of their products, now is linked more to issues of public safety, private and even national, even our producers or manufacturers partners are very attentive to ensure that customers meet the criteria of the anti-money laundering law established by the competent authority," said the director.

He asserted that for CNIB to position itself in the domestic and foreign markets, it is obliged to fix the commitment to remain at the forefront in research and technological development, seek and test new materials, as well as constantly train and maintain the high level of staff responsible for the armoring of cars, clothing and strategic facilities, offices or homes.

Given this growth of the industry in general," said the CNIB representative, "in addition to the conditions of insecurity that permeate at the national level, the customer has developed an interesting culture of self-protection that begins at home, continues in his source of employment and ends with his mobility, so it is equipped with various items of security and the armored car is a key part of this strategy.

Regarding the automotive armor (the most common use for an economic sector of society), CNIB's prospects were to achieve 12% growth in all levels by the end of 2019, but this figure was achieved before the end of July, so that at the end of December is expected a placement between 20 and 25% for the domestic and foreign market.

The executive emphasized that 70% of buyers of armored cars Level III corresponds to the private sector, while the rest is occupied by the government with Levels IV, V, and VII, which protect against impacts of high-powered rifles and assault rifles (although in the current federal administration and several states, purchases are currently stopped).

In this sense, the most requested models were the Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe. Mexico City was the metropolis where 60% of commercialization was concentrated (due to the onslaught of dispersed crime) and the rest went to the interior of the Republic. "Partial shielding" is not shielding "As a responsible industry we send precise information to the consumer that having an armored vehicle is not an expense, but an investment.

In addition, the user has the backing of a serious company that complies with all legal requirements established by the General Directorate of Private Security (DGSP) and the Tax Administration System (SAT), even exceeds the parameters of quality and after-sales service, "said the president of CNIB.

He stressed that the CNIB by itself and in conjunction with other companies outside the agency, work to promote, improve and enhance the Mexican armoring industry, so are attentive to prevent through unethical companies, misleading or misinform end-users with alleged partial work that can serve them in case of an incident, many suppliers, said the director, argues that in violent acts a high percentage of attacks is recorded on the windows of the unit.

With this false information, what it does is encourage the offender to shoot at the doors or roofs of vehicles, a situation that can put the lives of users at risk.

"It is necessary to talk about the scams carried out by companies that do not have the corresponding authorization or revalidation before the General Directorate of Private Security (DGSP), as well as the existence of companies that carry out partial armor with low prices and that affirm that 95% of the attacks are against windows of the vehicle, so their partial armor resists practically all firearms, an otherwise false situation," he said.

He asserted that the prices of partial armor range between 20,000 and 22,000 dollars in Level III vs. 35,000 to 40,000 dollars that is worth a complete armor of certified companies.

"Unfortunately, because of this misinformation and deception, as well as the bad work of some companies, the end-users may present a higher risk condition, which even implies the loss of human lives," reiterated René Rivera.

Source: La prensa

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