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Colima's Major Industries

Pangas The principal industries of the state are service, tourism, agriculture, agro-industry, mining and fishing. The state produces the sour Mexican lemon (limón), melons, mangoes, papaya, watermelon, yellow seedless watermelons, coconuts and specialty candies made from coconuts, fresh and dried bananas, corn, sugar cane, alapeño chiles, and organic cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. The Danish company Danisco Cultor near Tecomán is a world leader in the production of pectin that is exported mainly to the US, Europe and Asia. Colima is Mexico's second-largest producer of coconuts, yielding an astonishing 0.7 tons of coconuts per acre. Three species of palms are cultivated: the High Pacific Palm, the Yellow Malayan palm, and a hybrid of the two. Other important industries include beverages, metallic structures, food preservatives, cereal milling, wooden furniture, printing and publishing, cement, lime and gypsum production, and dairy products. Tecomán is also the center for cement production. The Apasco Group opened their sixth and largest cement plant in 1993 there with a capacity to produce 2,500,000 tons of cement a year.

The manufacture of iron, services, tourism, agriculture and agricultural product processing, mining, and fishing are the components of the economy in Colima. As of 2000, the economy was growing at about 5% annually. The per capita gross state product was p56,364 (p = pesos) per year, or just over us$5,000 per person.

Technology

Colima has major technological industry with companies involved with software development, information technology, and biotechnical development.

Port of Manzanillo

Port Propeller Geographically located at Latitude 19° 02' 43' North and Longitude 104° 18' 53' West, Manzanillo is Mexico's principal, and busiest, deep-sea port handling the highest volume of cargo on the country's Pacific coast. In 2007 the port moved 1.4 million TEU's (a measurement of "twenty-foot equivalent unit"; an inexact measurement based on a 20-foot long container) and 18.0 million tons of total cargo. Port business surged during the USA's West Coast Lockout in Long Beach, California in 2002.

The port covers 437 hectares and is outfitted with world-class navigational and cargo equipment. The port facilities are privately owned and operated. It is the only Mexican port that has a double-stowage train service that moves its high volume of container cargo on 8.4 miles (13.5 kms) of tracks privately owned by FERROMEX (Ferrocarriles Mexicanos.) Long distance railway connections carry cargo to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Aguascalientes. Port activity is a significant factor in Mexico's industrial and commercial corridor carrying goods from Aguascaliente, Querétero, Morelos, Zacatecas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Mexico City, Mexico State, Hidalgo, Nayarit, Durango, Michoacán and Colima. Internationally, the port has shipping lanes to Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U. S., Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. Besides container facilities, the port handles agricultural grains, plant and animal fluids, cement and raw materials, and has cold storage for perishables. A massive Pemex refueling station dominates the southwest curve of the port's bay.

A portion of the port is reserved for fishing. The corporation, Marindustrias, operates a tuna fleet that can catch up to 20,000 tons of tuna a year and includes other vessels to catch species such as giant squid and shark. The company's processing plants are located within the port area. Manzanillo is also home to the Navy's Pacific Naval Force.

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