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ANASAC: Protecting Latin America's crops

Nov 15, 2019
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Chile has always valued the geography and topography that has allowed it to build a healthy and robust agriculture sector. Because of that natural advantage, agriculture has remained one of the country’s economic pillars, consistently among the top three contributors to the economy.

In the early 2000s, the country embarked on a program to become one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products and food. Although it faces difficult challenges, such as water supply, the sector has worked collectively to raise the quality of their products and increase their share in overseas markets.

Anasac CEO Mario Lara

Because product quality is vital for Chile to achieve its goal, especially in markets like Japan, Anasac provides vital support to the country’s farmers and growers through its crop protection solutions.

“Japan is the type of market that expects only the highest quality of food and our country’s producers and exporters are up to that challenge. We help these agri-food players achieve that by providing the seeds and crop protection they need,” CEO Mario Lara said.

Anasac has partnerships with at least 20 Japanese companies in its agrochemicals and seed business segments.

“Japan is a priority partner for us. We want to be part of the innovation they can provide to us as a crop protection company. The Japanese are known to continuously develop new technologies across industries, and they have also established their leadership in developing the crop protection industry,” Lara said.

“As the Japanese look to Latin America for a stable supply of quality food, Chile is well positioned to be a reliable partner. And within Chile, we at Anasac extend our invitation to work together,” he added.

Backed by more than 70 years of experience, Anasac provides partners with healthy access to the Latin American market. The company has full operations in Argentina, Peru and Colombia and exports all of its products across the rest of the region.

“We started building this regional presence since the 1990s. Among our priorities in the coming years is to further strengthen this network,” Lara said.

While Anasac has built a large market share in Chile, it is also committed to significantly increase its market position in Peru, Argentina and Colombia.


Business climate action: Arauco announces carbon neutrality by 2020

Nov 15, 2019
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The climate emergency and its consequences have taken the entire world to a point where diagnoses are no longer enough. Moving from words to action as countries, as citizens and businesses is imperative. 


Arauco has embraced the challenges raised by global warming by driving an ambitious plan regarding climate matters.

Its agenda takes into consideration the significant contribution in capturing carbon dioxide through the sustainable management of plantations and the restoration and conservation of native forests. There is nothing in the world today better than trees to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and that is why Arauco is not leaving them out.

In addition, the company contributed to the needed diversification of the energy matrix of the countries where it maintains operations.

But Arauco is not complacent. The magnitude of the challenge has tested the capabilities of the company. It was inspired by Ethiopia, which was able to plant millions of trees in just 12 hours.

This level of ambition has led Arauco to set its next goal: to become the world’s first certified carbon neutral forestry company. It will also join the Science Based Targets, an initiative aimed at companies wanting to adhere to science-based emissions reduction to curb the planet’s rising temperature.

Business activities are usually known for setting ambitious objectives to achieve economic success. That same ambitious drive, in service of climate action, will allow Arauco to make a concrete and long-lasting contribution to the planet.


Transforming business closely with a global Japanese brand

Nov 15, 2019
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Rhona was formed in 1964 following the merger of two engineering companies — Neuweiler y Reitz Ltda. and Aspillaga y Hornauer y Cia Ltda.

With operations across Chile, Rhona has grown consistently thanks to its ties with Mitsubishi.

With sales offices and warehouses in five cities in Chile (Antofagasta, Concepcion, Santiago, Vina del Mar and Puerto Montt), as well as in Lima and Buenos Aires, it has grown to become the largest maker of transformers in the country and among the biggest in South America.

Rhona, which also manufactures heavy mining and construction equipment and sells top quality electrical components, expanded its overseas ties when it began as a distributor of Mitsubishi Electric products 35 years ago.

“Many years ago, a Japanese floating exhibition in Valparaiso had a booth from Mitsubishi Electric. It was absolutely new and not too well known, but we initiated a partnership with them,” recalled General Manager Pablo Neuweiler, who attributes much of his company’s success to the partnership with the Japanese giant.

Asked about how Rhona sustained this cooperation, Neuweiler said: “We strongly believe that a stable relationship is our best marketing strategy. We are very happy working with Mitsubishi Electric and are satisfied with the support they have provided.”

Because of its experience working with the Japanese, Rhona hopes to find opportunities in Japan.

“We encourage other Japanese companies to work with us. We are very comfortable working with them and are open to further expand in Japan,” he said.


A partner for Chile's economic diversification

Nov 15, 2019
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Head down to the southern tip of Chile and there is no denying that the region occupies a vital position in the country’s economy with its expansive aquaculture industry — mainly growers of salmon, shellfish and algae.

Universidad Austral de Chile's campus in Puerto Montt

As Chile embraces diversification as its economic development strategy, universities are keeping up with developments and working more closely with local communities. Among those that have adjusted its mission is the Universidad Austral de Chile.

“Our main campus is in Valdivia in the Los Rios region. We have two sedes, or independent campuses, one in Coyhaique in the Aysen region and another in Puerto Montt in Los Lagos,” Vice Rector Renato Westermeier, who oversees the Puerto Montt campus, said.

Westermeier acknowledges that for local communities to grow, Chile must open up more to the world, whether in education or industry.

“For us in the south, Chile has a long trajectory in aquaculture and Japan is one of our major mar.kets,” he said.

And as Japan is a leading technology provider and innovator across industries, Westermeier points out that between the two sides, there are several opportunities to exchange ideas, share expertise and develop projects that will benefit local communities.

“As we are rich in resources, there is definitely space for collaboration. We invite the Japanese to work with us. We, at Universidad Austral de Chile want to be the springboard for Japanese companies and universities in developing Chile’s southern region,” Westermeier said.


Chile 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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