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January 23, 2013
Monsanto says it has reached a compromise with Brazilian farmers in a legal dispute that has disrupted royalty collections for the company's first-generation Roundup Ready (RR1)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Monsanto-reaches-compromise-with-Brazilian-soybean-farmers-in-RR1-royalties-dispute_49237.html
January 23, 2013
Brazil’s chemical industry association Abiquim (São Paulo) has announced that the country's chemical trade deficit in 2012 reached $28.1 billion, the highest registered to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-Abiquim-confirms-record-$28-1-billion-chemical-trade-deficit_49214.html
January 22, 2013
Brazil’s economic development bank BNDES (Rio de Janeiro) is investing 600 million reais ($293 million) in biotechnology company GraalBio Investimentos. The funds will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-BNDES-invests-$293-million-in-cellulosic-ethanol-producer_49197.html
January 17, 2013
Renewable oils firm Solazyme and agribusiness giant Bunge say their tailored oils joint venture has received approval from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for R245,699,000 ($120...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Solazyme-and-Bunge-renewable-oils-jv-secures-$120-million-in-financing_49042.html
January 11, 2013
Methanex says it expects to idle its Chile operation located at Cabo Negro, in March 2013 because of anticipated insufficient natural gas supply. Methanex is currently operating one...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Methanex-to-temporarily-shut-operations-in-Chile_48913.html
January 9, 2013
Praxair’s Brazilian subsidiary White Martins has started up a new air separation plant at Alagoas, Brazil. Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem as a part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Praxair-starts-up-ASU-for-Braskems-PVC-unit-in-Brazil_48854.html
January 4, 2013
Braskem has sold a water treatment affiliate and a majority stake in a waste treatment firm to Odebrecht Environmental (São Paulo) for a combined R652 million ($318 million)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-sells-water-waste-treatment-assets-for-$318-million_48729.html
January 3, 2013
Dow Chemical tells CW in a statement that it is postponing the second phase of its Santa Vitória, Brazil, biobased polyethylene (PE) project with Mitsui & Co. Dow and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Dow-postpones-green-PE-project-in-Brazil_48690.html
January 2, 2013
Unilever says it will phase out the use of microplastics as a “scrub” in all personal care products by 2015, according to the Associated Press. The move is in response to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Unilever-to-phase-out-microplastics-by-2015_48663.html
December 21, 2012
The Ultrapar Group, parent company of Oxiteno (São Paulo), has announced it plans invest a total of 1.44 billion reais ($676 million) in 2013. The Ultrapar group also...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Oxitenos-2013-investments-focus-on-US-Mexico_48604.html
December 20, 2012
Braskem Idesa (Mexico City), a joint venture of Brazil’s Braskem, and Mexico’s Grupo Idesa, say they have received final approval for a total of $3.2 billion in financing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Idesa-finalizes-$3-2-billion-in-financing-for-Ethylene-XXI_48522.html
December 19, 2012
Four companies are in competition to acquire Innova, the Brazilian styrenics firm owned by Petrobras, according to Valor Económico, a leading financial newspaper in Brazil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Report-Firms-compete-to-acquire-Petrobras-styrenics-unit_48500.html
December 19, 2012
Brazil state oil company Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) says it has entered into an agreement with mining company Vale (Rio de Janeiro) to acquire Araucária Nitrogenados, in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-to-acquire-Vales-Araucaria-Nitrogenados-for-$234-million_48497.html
December 19, 2012
Yara International (Oslo) said today that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Bunge's fertilizer retail business in Brazil, significantly strengthening Yara's fertilizer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Yara-to-acquire-Bunges-fertilizer-business-in-Brazil-for-$750-million_48206.html
December 17, 2012
The US Trade Representative (USTR), Ron Kirk, has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to create a dispute settlement panel to review Argentina’s import restrictions on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/USTR-seeks-WTO-dispute-resolution-for-Argentinas-import-restrictions_48450.html
December 14, 2012
Oxea announced several price increases effective 1 January. In North America, i/n butanol, i/n butyl acetate and n butyraldehyde will increase by 5 cts/lb—i/n butanol to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Oxea-announces-global-price-increases_48400.html
December 14, 2012
Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB; La Paz, Bolivia) has awarded a conceptual engineering study to Tecnimont for an ethylene and polyethylene (PE) manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Bolivia-advances-petchem-project-with-study-award_48392.html
December 14, 2012
MeadWestvaco Corp.’s subsidiary MWV Specialty Chemicals says it has completed the purchase of Brazilian-based Resitec Industria Quimica, a producer of products for the rubber...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/MeadWestvaco-acquires-Brazilian-pine-chemicals-company_48359.html
December 13, 2012
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it has agreed to acquire Inatec (Asunción, Paraguay), the market leader in Paraguay in the area of construction chemicals. Financial details of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Sika-acquires-construction-chemicals-firm-in-Paraguay_48321.html
December 11, 2012
Lehigh Technologies (Atlanta), a sustainable materials company specializing in micronized rubber powder (MRP), is expanding to Latin America with a distribution partnership with Andes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Lehigh-Technologies-to-expand-MRP-technology-into-Latin-America_48269.html
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