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Prize to the effort of all

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Representatives of Bemisal received recognition from El Zamorano University, as part of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the educational institution. During the event, other entities that have supported Agro, agroindustrial and environmental growth during all these years were also recognized, among them INSAFORP, Embassy of China-Taiwan, and HERBERT DE SOLA FOUNDATION, among others.

“In the name of Bemisal, I receive this recognition with great humility, which encourages us to continue supporting an institution as prestigious as El Zamorano University. We are a Santaneca company that believes in Salvadoran youth and therefore we know that it is important to support education as the only way to economically and socially develop our beloved El Salvador, “said Francisco Quiñonez, president of Bemisal after receiving the award.

On April 4, Bemisal and El Zamorano signed an agreement with the aim of joining forces to enhance human capital and contribute to university education access for low-income Salvadorans, by promoting competitiveness, scientific and technological development.

Thanks to the agreement, a professional training program has been created in favor of young Salvadoran nationals, with academic excellence and low economic resources, and funds have been made available to cover 2 half scholarships, during the years 2017 and 2018 so that the two beneficiaries attend their fourth year university studies at ZAMORANO, (1 scholarship holder each year), in order to obtain the degree of Engineers in agricultural science and production, agro-food industry, agro business or environment and development.

Bemisal has granted a contribution of US $ 20,100 to El Zamorano University to benefit, primarily from the Santa Ana Department, who must have maintained a global academic index equal to or greater than 80% or its equivalent in the last 3 years of study.

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They recognize the export trajectory of Bemisal

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The Salvadoran packaging manufacturer Bemisal received the highest award given each year by the Exporters Corporation of El Salvador (Coexport), which recognized its trajectory in foreign markets.

“We all share dreams and sacrifices to achieve goals, and it is nice to receive a prize in recognition of our efforts,” said Francisco Quiñónez, president of Bemisal, during the acceptance speech of the Exporter Award.

During the XXXIX Awards for Outstanding Exporters, Coexport recognized the work of five companies that were selected out of a total of 22. The maximum award went to Bemisal, which has five decades of experience in the Salvadoran and regional markets.

Bemisal is a leading company in the paper, cardboard and graphic arts sector. It offers employment to 200 people and during festive seasons they expand between 40 to 50 places. It exports its products from the United States to Peru, especially throughout Central America, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Pablo Duran, president of Coexport, stressed that companies that market their products in foreign markets are now facing great challenges and therefore highlighted the work of companies like the award-winners, that “even in difficult situations like the ones we are experiencing, they continue complying with the demands demanded by international markets. “

In that sense, Quiñónez urged entrepreneurs to join efforts and find solutions to challenges such as the fiscal crisis, low economic growth, and growing migration. “We have serious fiscal problems, in addition to other worrying situations such as disorderly immigration. This means that entrepreneurs are called to join the search for solutions. And although late, this is the sector that can provide solutions to problems, “he said.

200 Jobs

Packaging company Bemisal provides a direct employment opportunity to 200 Salvadorans.

73% Contribution

The exports of the industry represent 73% of the total of goods that are sold abroad.

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Bemisal, half a century of packaging products, brands and food

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Purchases are not the same without an elegant bag. Similarly, in the supermarket, a good coffee in an attractive package is more striking than any other. The same thing aa a hamburger, if it is not wrapped in greaseproof paper, it would be very uncomfortable to consume. All these consumer comforts are possible in Bemisal, manufacturer and exporter of commercial and industrial packaging that this 2015 reaches its 50 years of presence in the local and regional market.

The company, chaired and directed by Francisco Quiñónez since its inception, is present in 12 countries, including the United States, Mexico, the Central American area, Belize, Barbados, Jamaica and Peru.

Among its first customers was the cement industry and manufacturers of animal concentrates.
Since 1975, the company has adopted European concepts in processes and manufacturing, as well as state-of-the-art technology, in order to achieve greater competitiveness. It was the first company in the region to offer a bag for cement with fewer layers with better quality and costs.

Currently, their technological advances allow them to supply special packaging to the pharmaceutical, cement, chemical and commercial industries.

“From Mexico, to Panama and the Caribbean, this is the largest company in the region in this business,” says Quiñónez.

It operates two plants in which they manufacture multilayer paper bags, commercial bags, polypropylene rolls and margarine packing.
One of the plants, in Santa Ana, operates different lines, such as wrappers for fast food, packaging for fatty foods, as well as for flours, rice, sugar and bags type “FFS” (formed, filled and sealed). Meanwhile, at the Metapán plant, sacks are made for Holcim, exclusively.

Installed capacity

In total, both plants represent 15,800 m² of industrial roof, four hectares of operational areas, three lines of multi-layer cases, plus seven sub-lines representing 150 million bags per year, and 150,000 sheets per day for the sale of hamburgers.

Bemisal has a capacity of 23,000 metric tons per year of converting paper to manufacture multilayer bags and 5,000 metric tons per year to make different types of bags.

Bemisal has had an average growth of 23.5%, between 2009 and 2014, with exports that have moved in ranges from 68 to 65% between 2009 and 2013. By 2015, it is expected to recover exports by 58%.
In 2009, Bemisal expanded the plant with the addition of a new production area of ​​1,300 square meters with more cutting-edge machinery.

In 2014, Bemisal acquired the Holcim subsidiary sack factory in Metapán, with which it increased its production by 100 percent. The amount of this transaction was not disclosed by Quiñónez. All of Holcim’s subsidiaries in Central America are supplied by Bemisal.

Expansion

Quiñónez does not rule out opening another Bemisal plant in the region through an acquisition, which he declined to reveal details.

During 2015, the businessman considers that May was the best month of sales in the history of the company, but he also did not want to reveal the figure. Sales growth is expected to be 25%, compared to 2014.

For the next five years, Bemisal is seen with more investment projects, due to its position in different markets, for example, in the case of bags for “stick ceramic”, are considered the # 1 in the region and the same position for the packaging of seeds, corn and beans, as well as in the packaging sector for fast food and peptinas.

“Anyone who is in this business knows that Bemisal is # 1. It is difficult to be # 1 (…) Volume is not important as the quality and value it adds to customers. The concept of quality is very important, “says Quiñónez.

The behavior of the packaging market grows as per capita income does. Consumers buy more and the industry also compared.

For the next five-year period, Bemisal plans to have a presence in other countries, including those that register a boom in the demand for fast food and the commercial branch.

Currently, the company explores the Peruvian and Guatemalan markets, in which direct presence could be evaluated, however, Quiñónez declined to reveal details.
Regarding internal investment, Bemisal plans to improve the technology in the manufacture of packaging for pet foods.

“That means we are going to expand in capacity and print quality. When it comes to shopping, the aesthetic of printing guides consumers a lot, “he said.

Bemisal employs 140 workers in the Santa Ana plant and 50 in Metapán.

ASI Award

Bemisal was selected by the ASI to award the Entrepreneur Award, given to entrepreneurs who strive to carry out their business with innovation and determination.

Bemisal is considered by the ASI as a leading company in the paper, cardboard and graphic arts sector

According to the ASI press release, Bemisal’s success is due to its investments and diversification of production capacities, to take advantage of markets for new and better products in industry and commerce.

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