Plastics Industry Expands in Costa Rica

In 2011, 300 companies sold products worth $314 million to 71 destinations, which is an increase of 57% compared to 2007.

Monday, April 30, 2012

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

"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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