The Costa Rican plastics manufacturing industry constitutes some 300 companies who traded more than 215 products abroad in 2011, whereas in 2007 there were only 248 companies selling around 212 products abroad.
Sales last year reached $314 million, the best year the industry has had in the last five years, according to data from the investment agency Procomer. This is 30.6% more than in 2010 and an increase of 57% compared to 2007.
"Items of plastic packaging, plastic sheets and plates, pipes and pipe fittings and plates for switches and outlets are the most popular products sold abroad," reports Elfinancierocr.com.
"Regarding the biggest companies, Panduit de Costa Rica, Durman Esquivel (subsidiary of Aliaxis Latin America), Proquinal, Yamber and CSI Closure Systems and Manufacturing, occupy the top five in terms of quantity of exports."
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Between 2009 and 2012 exports of Salvadoran plastic products grew by 60%, reaching $105 million, with the main buyer being Guatemala.
The plastics industry of El Salvador increased its foreign sales by 60% between 2009 and 2012. According to data of the Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador, in 2012 alone, over $81 million worth was sold to Guatemala.
In the first five months of the year, sales abroad totaled $107.9 million compared to $92 million in the same period of 2009.
Herbicides such as glyphosate, 2.4-D and Paraquat are the main products exported, according to Alfredo Ortiz, head of a Guatemalan association of agricultural input suppliers.
Foreign sales of manufactured products during the first four months of this year grew by 22 percent compared with the same period last year.
Max Staebler, president of the Manufacturing Commission, said that in the first four months of 2008 the main products exported were plastics, shoes, refrigerators, and handicrafts.
With a 2.63% increase compared to 2011, Miscellaneous Goods continues to position itself as the most dynamic sector in manufacturing exports.
From a press release issued by the Guatemalan Association of Exports (AGEXPORT):
Miscellaneous Goods, one of the founder sectors of Guatemalan exports, has managed to boost export of products which range from screws, plates, shoes, stoves, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, leather, paints and forty more products which all together closed 2012 with sales abroad of $1.6 billion.