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January 23, 2015
Clariant said today that it is acquiring a 30% stake in the health- and personal-care business of Beraca (São Paulo), a leading provider of natural and organic ingredients, with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Clariant-acquires-stake-in-Brazilian-health-and-personal-care-firm-Beraca_67161.html
January 22, 2015
Petrobras reiterated yesterday that supply to the market would not be affected by a recent explosion at the company’s Landulfo Alves refinery in Bahia State, Brazil. The refinery...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-says-refinery-blast-will-not-impact-supply_67080.html
January 19, 2015
Praxair says it is changing its exchange rate to line up with the Sicad II rate of 50 bolivars to the dollar rather than government's official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Praxair-to-shift-exchange-rate-for-Venezuela-operations_66970.html
January 19, 2015
Brazil's chemical trade deficit totaled about $31.2 billion in 2014—approximately $400 million below estimates disclosed by the country's chemical industry association (Abiquim...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-chemical-trade-deficit-down-2-4-percent-in-2014_66968.html
January 16, 2015
Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in Brazil—a collaborative effort to establish further the aviation biofuel industry. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Boeing-Embraer-in-biobased-aviation-fuel-R-and-D-partnership_66935.html
January 16, 2015
Petrobras concluded the first naphtha shipment out of the company's newly completed Abreu e Lima refinery, in Brazil, earlier this week. The naphtha delivery is for Braskem, Petrobras...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-ships-first-naphtha-cargo-from-new-Brazil-refinery_66931.html
January 16, 2015
Braskem has completed investing about 50.0 million reais ($18.9 million) at the Camaçari petrochemical cluster in Bahia, Brazil, to expand production capacity for linear...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-completes-metallocene-LLDPE-expansion-in-Brazil_66927.html
January 14, 2015
Braskem says it has improved the efficiency of naphtha usage at the company's Triunfo, Brazil, petrochemical complex. The improvement was made at the site's olefins-1 production unit...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-improves-feedstock-energy-efficiency-at-Brazil-site_66745.html
January 13, 2015
Petrobras has signed a deal to provide technical assistance to fish farmers operating in the Castanhão dam, in Brazil, as the company accelerates its efforts to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-steps-up-efforts-to-produce-biofuels-from-fish-innards_66790.html
January 12, 2015
Clariant says that it has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% shares of Companhia Brasileira de Bentonita (CBB) from Geosol (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), a world leader in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Clariant-acquires-remaining-shares-of-Companhia-Brasileira-de-Bentonita_66736.html
December 24, 2014
Energy majors Lukoil (Moscow) and Rosneft Petroleum Co. (Moscow) have signed a package of legally binding documents covering the sale by Lukoil of its interest in the National Oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Rosneft-buys-Lukoils-stake-in-Venezuela-focused-NOC-consortium_66453.html
December 22, 2014

In a 13-2 vote, the legislature of the US Virgin Islands has rejected an operating agreement proposed by Atlantic Basin Refining as part a deal to acquire the 355,000-bbl/day Hovensa refinery at Saint Croix, VI, from its current owners, PDVSA (Caracas) and Hess (New York).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/US-Virgin-Islands-rejects-terms-of-Hovensa-sale_66399.html
December 22, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Vale’s (Rio de Janeiro) shares in Fosbrasil, a producer of downstream...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/ICL-acquires-full-ownership-of-Fosbrasil_66392.html
December 22, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says that it has acquired two companies—Premiata and Overlake—that are headquartered in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Premiata, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Altana-acquires-two-companies-in-Brazil_66390.html
December 19, 2014
Sirius Minerals (London), a potash development company, said today that it has signed an additional take-or-pay agreement with a leading South American fertilizer distributor for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Sirius-Minerals-signs-additional-potash-offtake-agreement_66364.html
December 19, 2014
Clariant says that it has signed an agreement to divest its water treatment business operating in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia to Ecolab. Financial details of the deal have not been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Ecolab-to-acquire-Clariants-water-treatment-business-in-Latin-America_66355.html
December 18, 2014
Operations at the Zárate-Campana chemical cluster in Argentina have been paralyzed for one week as a result of industrial action, according to local media reports. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/Reports-Industrial-action-paralyses-chemical-hub-in-Argentina_66298.html
December 17, 2014
Mosaic announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniel Midland’s (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Mosaic-completes-acquisition-of-ADM-fertilizer-distribution-business_66248.html
December 15, 2014
BASF’s coatings division has become the sole supplier of automotive coatings for Chery's (Wuhu, China) automotive production plant at Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/BASF-to-supply-Chery-automotive-plant-in-Brazil_66179.html
December 12, 2014
IHS has cut its crude oil forecast sharply with the latest dated Brent projections lowered by about $22/bbl in 2015 and $11/bbl in 2016, according to IHS December Global Crude Oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/IHS-cuts-2015-crude-oil-price-forecast-sharply_66035.html
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