Zsolt Gerendas, coordinator of the laboratories commission at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), indicates that the main analysis work performed by Guatemalan laboratories is on samples of products like food and textiles, for export to the United States.
"In Central America, Guatemala and Nicaragua are the only countries that have laboratories capable of performing industrial testing, the most common type of analysis required by companies in the region and the the Dominican Republic," reported Prensalibre.com.
Rodolfo Giron, CEO of Ecoquimsa laboratories, estimates that "there is the possibility of exporting to El Salvador analysis and monitoring of air, water and chimneys". Among the most requested services for the environment is monitoring of gases and particles. The services are mainly exported to Nicaragua and Honduras.
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After a big drop in 2009, sales abroad have seen a 17.6% increase in the first half of 2010.
According to information from Vestex, the Guatemalan association of textile and apparel manufacturers, in the first six months of this year the sector's exports totaled $705.2 million, 17.6% higher than the $599.6 million exported in the same period of 2009.
The export sector dropped to 8% from 13.7% growth prospect for 2011.
The Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) reported that the 14.8% increase in the minimum wage for the textile sector is the reason for the low growth prospect.
"Projections indicated a growth of 13.7% to 15.4%, representing $ 1.112 billion more to the projected end of the year $ 8.144 million.