Venezuela's aluminum industry operates at 29% of capacity
Aluminum makers Venalum and Alcasa operate hardly with two production lines
The current number of operative cells slightly represents two out of seven production lines.
The operating problems are due to unsolved shortages of spare parts and raw material. Moreover, nearly 40% of personnel is absent amid poor transportation. In CVG Alcasa, low availability of cranes is accountable for production decline.
Henry Arias, the secretary general of the Trade Union of Venezuela's aluminum company CVG Alcasa (Sintralcasa) recently denounced that 15 executives of the industry were given a rise (109%) although there have been no adjustments in the salaries of 3,000 workers who have been hit by the delayed renewal of their contracts and the loss of benefits.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.