From Diario de Centro América:
Manufexport 2012, the manufacturing industry trade show opened last night at Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala, where about 115 buyers from around the world have gathered together along with 180 companies presenting the best of their products.
"We expect business of 60 million dollars", said Francisco Menendez, president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), recalling that in 2011, manufacturing products worth $2.5 billion were exported.
This Thursday and Friday there will be presentations by companies engaged in food, plastics, and cosmetics industry as well as other articles that are in high demand in U.S. markets, Central America and Europe, said Menendez.
Attending the opening of the event was Juan Carlos Paiz, Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness, who stressed the importance of such events for promoting growth and development of the country and Central America.
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From 11 to 13 July the sixth edition of the manufacturing fair will be held in Antigua, Guatemala, which will also the host the Lac Flavors event by the IDB.
The Guatemalan Exporters Association, AGEXPORT, presents the MANUFEXPORT International Fair 2012, Retail Supply Expo & Conference, an event designed to promote greater competitiveness in the manufacturing sector in Central America and expand business opportunities internationally.
The fifth Manufexport event gathers 80 buyers from Central America, USA, the Dominican Republic and Germany in Antigua, Guatemala.
The conference gives 67 manufacturers of foods, drinks, plastics and cleaning products the opportunity to present their inventory.
The president of the organizing committee, Carlos Barillas, told Sigloxxi.com that, "each presenting company will take part in up to 20 rounds of negotiations.
The organizers expect next year's business deals to be worth $50 million.
The 50 participating exhibitors and 57 international buyers held 962 business meetings.
The coordinator of the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association (AGEXPORT), Marco Tulio Recinos, told Sigloxxi.com that, "the event was a success" and added that, "markets were more diversified with 44% of buyers from the US but also representatives from the Dominican Republic and Mexico".
The Association of Guatemalan Exporters (AGEXPORT) plans to participate in 17 international events and to stage 5 fairs in the country.
In Guatemala, the association will organize the following fairs: Apparel Sourcing Show, Manufexport, New World Crafts and Expomueble.
“In 2011, they will organize Agritrade, which is staged every two years. This event is intended for agricultural products”, reported Sigloxxi.com.