Guatemala: Masesa Expands to the Region

The Guatemalan Motorcycle Assembler will export to Panama, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Aruba and Jamaica.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The idea behind these new markets is to take advantage of the installed capacity of their manufacturing plant, which is capable of producing 300 motorcycles a day.

"... Masesa owns one of the largest workshops of Guatemala, and competes in a market with over 55 distributors", reports "It currently assembles 84 units a day...".

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