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August 19, 2011
BASF has confirmed plans to invest  in a world-scale acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) manufacturing complex in Brazil. The company has selected the Camaçari, Bahia, site for the investment. The complex, which will require an investment in excess of €500 million, will be the first acrylic acid and SAP manufacturing facilities in South America. It will be the largest investment in BASF’s century-long history in South America, the company says. Technical studies have looked into a plant with capacity for 160,000 m.t./year of acrylic acid, BASF says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/BASF-to-Build-Acrylic-Acid-and-SAP-Complex-at-Camaçari-Brazil_37016.html
August 8, 2011
Algae oils firm Solazyme (San Francisco) says it has signed a framework agreement with Bunge to form a triglycerides production joint venture in Brazil. The agreement, subject to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Solazyme-Bunge-Sign-Preliminary-Agreements-for-JV_36790.html
July 22, 2011
This Week on CW:   Ecolab announced plans to acquire Nalco in an $8.1 billion deal.   Second-quarter earnings came in strong: PPG's income rose 25%, Celanese's income was up...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-22_36378.html
July 22, 2011
Braskem will begin sourcing some of its naphtha from post-consumption recycled plastic for use at the company’s complex at Camaçari, in northern Brazil. Novaenergia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-to-Begin-Sourcing-Naphtha-Made-from-Recycled-Plastic_36335.html
July 19, 2011
Dow Chemical and Mitsui & Co. say they have agreed to form a joint venture in Brazil for the production of ethanol and biobased polymers to supply the global high-performance flexible packaging, hygiene, and medical markets. Financial terms were not disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Dow-and-Mitsui-and-Co-to-Form-Ethanol-Based-Polymers-JV-in-Brazil_36241.html
July 13, 2011
White Martins, the Brazilian subsidiary of Praxair, says it has inked a 15-year nitrogen and oxygen supply agreement with Braskem. White Martins will build and operate a 200 tons/day...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Inks-Gases-Supply-Agreement-for-PVC-Plant_36124.html
June 29, 2011
BASF Crop Protection and Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa; Brasilia), a leading Brazilian agricultural research institute, have signed an agreement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/BASF-and-Embrapa-Sign-Brazilian-Agchems-Cooperation_35838.html
June 20, 2011
The U.S. Senate has voted to repeal ethanol tax subsidies, reversing course on what has been a long-standing political imperative led by U.S. lawmakers representing farm states. A...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/U-S-Lawmakers-Vote-to-Repeal-Ethanol-Tax-Subsides_35604.html
June 6, 2011
Cargill says it has opened a food and beverage industry application center at Sao Paulo, Brazil. The R$20 million ($12.6 million) facility includes laboratories dedicated to flavors...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Cargill-Opens-Application-Lab-in-Brazil_35313.html
June 2, 2011
Shell and Cosan say they have launched their previously announced $12-billion ethanol and transportation fuel joint venture in Brazil, creating the country’s third-largest fuel company. The jv, named Raizen, will produce and sell over 2 billion liters of sugarcane-based ethanol and distribute over 20 billion liters of other industrial and transport fuels through Shell-branded stations annually. Raizen is also expected to export ethanol to key markets in coming years, Shell and Cosan say....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Shell-and-Cosan-Launch-Brazilian-Ethanol-Joint-Venture_35248.html
June 2, 2011
Braskem’s chlor-alkali unit at its Maceio facility at Alagoas, Brazil will remain shut following a chlorine leak and subsequent pipeline rupture on May 21 and May 23...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Chlor-Alkali-Unit-Remains-Offline-Following-Accident_35244.html
May 31, 2011
Invista says it will invest over $100 million to build a spandex fiber plant at its facility in Paulínia, Brazil. The plant is due onstream in late 2012. Capacity was not...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Invista-To-Build-Spandex-Fiber-Plant-in-Brazil_35121.html
May 24, 2011
 Sigma-Aldrich has acquired Vetec Quimica Fina (Xerem, Brazil) to broaden its distribution channel in  Latin America. Vetec provides technical qualification, purification...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Sigma-Aldrich-Buys-Latin-American-Specialty-Chemicals-Firm_35011.html
May 23, 2011
Braskem says it has opened a new office in Singapore, the company’s first office in Asia. The new office will enable Braskem to provide more personal services to its clients in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Opens-Office-in-Singapore_34979.html
May 12, 2011
Marubeni (Tokyo) says it has entered into a long-term purchase agreement with Braskem for butadiene. This long-term contract is valued at about $550 million, Marubeni says. Braskem is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Marubeni-and-Braskem-Sign-Deal-for-Butadiene_34787.html
May 12, 2011
The Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) agreement, outlined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD; Paris), ensures that the results of non-clinical safety tests done on chemicals and chemical products, such as industrial chemicals and pesticides, do not have to be generated for  second time, OECD says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazil-Joins-OECD-Chemical-Data-Program_34798.html
April 12, 2011
Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has instructed state oil company Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) to help stabilize ethanol prices by raising production, a two year project that will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-Steps-Up-Ethanol-Production-to-Stem-Soaring-Prices_34067.html
April 8, 2011
This Week on CW: Solvay is acquiring Rhodia for $4.8 billion, ending months of speculation over what the Belgian company will do with its pile of cash. At GPCA Plastics Forum in Dubai...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-April-8_34036.html
April 8, 2011
Braskem says it has begun construction of a new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Marechal Deodoro in the state of Alagoas, Brazil. The plant will involve an investment of R$1 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Invests-$633-Million-to-Build-PVC-Plant-in-Brazil_34012.html
April 1, 2011
Braskem-Idesa, a joint venture between Braskem and Idesa (Mexico City), has awarded a contract  to Technip to build its world scale ethylene plant in Mexico. The project, dubbed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-Idesa-Awards-Mexican-Ethylene-Plant-Contract-to-Technip_33862.html
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