Guatemala is the largest supplier of natural rubber for Bridgestone in Costa Rica. About 600 tons of rubber of the 1.000 tons per month used, are produced by plants from small farmers in Guatemala.
In an interview with Óscar Rodríguez López, the company's president, Sigloxxi.com informs: "We are looking to partner with these small producers to see if we can someday make Guatemala, with regards to natural rubber, become one of the most important producers in Latin America. They still do not know this. It is still a dream, but today we are the main customers of Intros, the largest natural rubber company in the country."
In 2015 countries in the region imported 130,650 tons of new pneumatic tires, worth $469 million, while Costa Rica exported 30,626 tons.
Data on the Pneumatic Tires Market in Central America, provided by the Business Intelligence unit at CentralAmericaData.com, shows that Guatemala led imports made by Central American countries in 2015, with a total of $132 million in value and 39,471 metric tons.
Bridgestone has announced the creation of a new division called Mexico and Central America, which involves the merger of operations in Costa Rica and Mexico, which together produce 11 million tires a year.
From next year the new division will be responsible for the markets of South America, Central America, Ecuador and the Caribbean.
Operations have started at a plant in Alajuela owned by the company CooperVision, which manufactures soft contact lenses.
From a statement issued by the CINDE:
Coyol, Alajuela, June 15, 2016.CooperVision, an American company which is a leading manufacturer of soft contact lenses, today opened its new manufacturing facility in Coyol in Alajuela, where it will produce and distribute -initially to different regions of America and then the rest of the world - a line of silicone lenses for everyday use.
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Elastec HC: Technical Rubber Parts Division of Hulera Costarricense Ltd.
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Operates in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica
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