The Guatemalan manufacturing sector represents 18% of the country’s economy
The manufacturing sector is in growth mode through its promotion of value chains, commercial intelligence, strategic alliances – public, private and academic, achieving a 3.6% growth in 2016.
Among the most representative products of the sector are diversified foods (liquid beverages, powders, beers and alcoholic beverages), confectionary (bubble gum, candy and chocolates), preserves (canned or glass packaged goods), processed foods (soups, sauces, dairy, cold-cuts), clothing and tobacco.
The manufacturing exports in 2016 were US$5,781 million, representing 55% of the total country exports and 8.3% of the GDP.
Among the main markets for export are Central America, in addition to United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Europe.
Manufacturing generate almost 1 million formal jobs in the country, according to the National Statistics Institute. Many of them distributed in industrial parks designed specifically for the elaboration of different products.
The interest of entrepreneurs to pursue quality at low cost has allowed the sector to grow in the nostalgic, as well as other market niches.
The incursion from other countries into the Central American market, has been a positive challenge that has fostered innovation by Guatemalan entrepreneurs in order to preserve their market position.
An example that has revolutionized the market with new designs is the handicrafts sector: with decorative articles for the home and personal accessories (bags, jewelry, costume jewelry) which are highly desirable in the United States, Germany, Italy, France and Australia.
Upholstered furniture, multi-functional, with fine finishes and contemporary details, doors, windows made from Guatemalan mahogany, floors and beds, show the world the talent of young designers that are influencing trends at an international level.
Guatemala also offers other manufactures to the world such as electronic devices, refrigeration, spare parts, medical devices and cosmetics.
The plastics industry is one of the most important in indirect exports in the country, since it supplies other productive areas with packaging, rigid and flexible, wrapping and assembly pieces and products that increase competitiveness.
Among other industries that have stood out in the manufacturing and diverse manufacturing sector are footwear, pharmaceutical products, natural rubber, paper and carton.
Manufactures have maintained stable growth, since they have been able to diversify their supply and participate in different, highly prestigious international fairs, in addition to becoming an important tool for commercial expansion of the products made by Guatemalan hands.
The strategy is clear: to impact markets according to the global trends through the delivery of quality, research, innovation and good services.