ENTRE RÍOS EMPRESARIAL
As pioneers in harvesting and exports of Guatemalan Rubber, the family developed a traditional business by establishing Entre Ríos Group, a modern and dynamic Guatemalan business group. Its companies and strategic allies offer new concepts of productivity, value-added components, corporate and social responsibility, marketing and ease of access to international markets to industries and markets.
Entre Ríos Group has been divided in order to achieve its goals more effectively and to provide a specialized service in all working areas.
NATURAL RUBBER IN guatemala
Natural rubber has been known in Guatemala for more than a thousand years ago. Mayans used native rubber to manufacture spheres that were used to play the Mayan ballgame. However, it wasn't until the twentieth Century that its harvesting and processing acquired industrial proportions
According to the most recent surveys, rubber plantations in Guatemala account for more than 90,000 hectares with more than 30 million trees and export volume of more than 100,000 tons of dry rubber per year. Exports for 2020 are estimated to reach around 145,000 tons per year.
These statistics place Guatemala, among countries of American hemisphere, as the second producer, the largest exporter, and the country with the highest growth rate in production of Natural Rubber. Its main export markets are Mexico, United States, Colombia, Peru, and Chile.
During the 1940s, the Second World War impacted the supply and demand of many industries worldwide, and the rubber industry was not an exception. At that moment, Mr. Manuel Ralda Ochoa's visionary mindset found a totally new crop and market in Guatemala, harvesting of Natural Rubber.
His visionary pioneering spirit became a family heritage that for four generations has allowed the Ralda Family to work together; now they continue implementing innovations in harvesting, production, exports, marketing, and industrialization of rubber.