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July 1, 2014
Brazil's chemical production declined 7.07% year-on-year (YOY) over January–May despite improved monthly production volumes and domestic sales in the final month, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-chemical-output-drops-7-percent-in-first-five-months_62188.html
June 26, 2014
Haldor Topsøe is establishing an automotive catalyst production facility in Brazil, the company announced today. It will focus on manufacturing catalysts that can remove...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Haldor-Topsøe-to-build-automotive-catalysts-plant-in-Brazil_62045.html
June 24, 2014
Brazil's antitrust body CADE (Brasilia) has challenged the proposed acquisition by Braskem of Solvay Indupa (Bueno Aires), Solvay's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlor-alkali business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-antitrust-authority-challenges-Braskems-acquisition-of-Indupa_61991.html
June 18, 2014
Praxair announced today that is has started up a 125-m.t./day noncryogenic vaccum-pressure-swing adsorption plant at the Montes del Plata pulp mill at Punta Pereira, Uruguay. Under a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Praxair-starts-up-oxygen-supply-at-Uruguay-pulp-mill_61910.html
June 16, 2014
Lubrizol says it has broken ground on a new surfactants plant at Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Lubrizol will invest over $20 million to build the new plant, which will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Lubrizol-builds-surfactants-plant-in-Brazil_61826.html
June 13, 2014
Fertilizantes Heringer (Viana, Brazil) and Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP; Casablanca) have signed definitive agreements under which OCP will acquire 9.5–10.5% of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/OCP-to-buy-stake-in-Brazilian-fertilizer-firm_61801.html
June 12, 2014
Polymer Group (Charlotte, NC) has acquired a controlling interest in Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio (São Jose Pinh, Brazil), a manufacturer of nonwovens used in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Polymer-Group-acquires-majority-stake-in-Brazilian-producer-of-nonwovens_61718.html
June 12, 2014
The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP; Mexico City) and Oxiteno (São Paulo) have signed a three-year technological and commercial partnership that will promote development of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Oxiteno-Mexican-Petroleum-Institute-sign-technical-and-commercial-partnership_61713.html
June 11, 2014
RPM says it has acquired Betumat Quimica (Candeias, Brazil), maker of waterproofing products in Bahia state. Betumat makes asphaltic membrances, cement grouts and modified asphalt...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/RPM-acquires-waterproofing-products-maker-in-Brazil_61700.html
June 11, 2014
TransGas Development Systems (New York) is planning to invest $2.7 billion for the development of a coal-gasification plant for the production of fertilizers in the state of Santa...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/TransGas-invests-$2-7-billion-to-build-coal-gasification-plant-in-Brazil-for-fertilizers_61674.html
June 11, 2014
Braskem (São Paolo) has opened an R&D center at Campinas, Brazil, dedicated to biotechnology or projects involving chemical processes using renewable raw materials, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-opens-lab-for-renewables-R-and-D_61673.html
June 3, 2014
Axalta Coatings Systems announced today that it has named Eduardo Nardinelli president and general manager/Brazil. Nardinelli has a background in the automotive sector, and comes to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Axalta-names-Brazil-president_61522.html
June 3, 2014
Marubeni is interested in taking over a potash project at Rio Colorado, Argentina that was previously being developed by Vale (Rio de Janeiro), according to a report from Argentine...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/Report-Marubeni-eyes-Argentinas-Rio-Colorado-potash-project_61509.html
June 2, 2014
Argentina will exempt local biodiesel production from a 41% consumption tax, following a vote in the Argentine congress late last week. The exemption is valid until 31 December 2015...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/Argentina-to-exempt-biodiesel-from-41-percent-consumption-tax_61476.html
May 29, 2014
Brazil plans to increase the amount of biodiesel blended into diesel starting in July. President Dilma Rousseff signed on the provisional increases earlier this week, according to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazil-to-increase-its-biodiesel-blend-from-5-percent-to-7-percent_61380.html
May 29, 2014
Solazyme (South San Francisco), a renewable oil and bioproducts company, says that its previously announced joint venture with Bunge has produced its first commercially saleable...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Solazyme-Bunge-renewable-oils-plant-begins-commercial-production-in-Brazil_61379.html
May 23, 2014
ExxonMobil, jointly with Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén (Ciudad de Neuquén, Argentina), have discovered oil and gas in an unconventional shale well in Neuquén...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/ExxonMobil-discovers-oil-and-gas-in-Argentine-shale-well_61299.html
May 23, 2014
Bolivian president Evo Morales has announced plans for a $1.8-billion petrochemical plant in the department of Tarija in southern Bolivia. The area has the largest proven natural gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Bolivia-announces-$1-8-billion-petchems-project-update_61162.html
May 21, 2014
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) posted first-quarter net income of $81 million, down 46.5% year-on-year (YOY), as sales volumes from most business lines...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/SQMs-net-income-down-more-than-46-percent-on-lower-sales_61193.html
May 19, 2014
Abbott Laboratories said on Friday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Latin American pharmaceutical company CFR Pharmaceuticals (Santiago), more than doubling the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Abbott-to-acquire-Latin-American-generic-drugs-producer-CFR-for-$3-billion_61119.html
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