Venezuela: glass sector hit by mining halt

The Venezuelan glass sector has posted serious losses from the suspension of mining projects in Cojedes state, central Venezuela, said Miguel Marquez, spokesman of the Venezuelan Chamber of Glass, Ref…

The Venezuelan glass sector has posted serious losses from the suspension of mining projects in Cojedes state, central Venezuela, said Miguel Marquez, spokesman of the Venezuelan Chamber of Glass, Refractories and Ceramics Industries (Cinvicre), on 20 April 2005. The provincial government of Cojedes state cancelled the mining licences of 87 mines in the region, in order to award new licences which will directly benefit the population of the state, it was reported on 24 March 2005. The 87 mines represent some 20% of the mining potential of Cojedes state. The move cut the capacity of the glass, refractories and ceramics makers by 60%, Marquez added. One company in the sector has already ceased operations, the spokesman said. The mines in Cojedes that have had their licences withdrawn represent 97% of the sand, granite, clay, limestone and gypsum deposits in the region. The glass, refractories and ceramics sector in Cojedes employs 12,000 directly and over 30,000 indirectly.