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VENEZUELA

Pequiven starts production at expanded fertilizer plant in Venezuela
Fertilizer production has begun at the expanded Petroquimica de Venezuela (Pequiven; Valencia, Venezuela) Hugo Chavez Petrochemical Complex—formerly known as Morón Petrochemical Complex—Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA; Caracas) has...

PDVSA restarts FCC unit at El Palito refinery
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA; Caracas) has restarted its fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at the El Palito, Venezuela refinery, after scheduled maintenance, the company announced. Petroquímica de Venezuela (Caracas) operates several aromatics...

APLA 2014: Capturing new feedstock and demand opportunities
Ballooning trade deficits and how Latin American can emulate North America’s investment boon with its own shale gas resources dominated discussion at the 34th annual meeting of the Latin American Chemical Industry Association (APLA), currently underway...

PDVSA inaugurates natural gas pipeline
Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA; Caracas) has begun operating a natural gas pipeline linking the company's complex at Muscar, Venezuela, to its extraction plant at Santa Barbara in the country's northeastern state of Monagas. The pipeline is 26 inches in...

Frutarom acquires flavors and natural colors business of Montana SA in Chile and Peru
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says it will acquire the flavors and natural food colors division of Peruvian company Montana SA (Lima) for a cash payment of $28.5 million and the assumption of debt to the amount of...

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BRAZIL

ICL acquires full ownership of Fosbrasil
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Vale’s (Rio de Janeiro) shares in Fosbrasil, producer of downstream phosphate-based products including purified phosphoric acid for the food market...

Altana acquires two companies in Brazil
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 operates two facilities called Premiata Tintas and Premiata Especialidades...

Ecolab to acquire Clariant’s water treatment business in Latin America
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 disclosed. Clariant's water treatment business in Latin America...

Mosaic completes acquisition of ADM fertilizer distribution business
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 $350 million, including $150 million in working capital. Under the agreement...

BASF to supply Chery automotive plant in Brazil
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....

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ARGENTINA

Ecolab to acquire Clariant’s water treatment business in Latin America
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 disclosed. Clariant's water treatment business in Latin America...

Reports: Industrial action paralyses chemical hub in Argentina
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 industrial action involves 3,000 chemical workers across 26 chemical companies in...

Sumitomo Chemical, Monsanto expand weed management collaboration to South America
Sumitomo Chemical and Monsanto say that they have entered into long-term agreements to collaborate on weed management in Brazil and Argentina, expanding their ongoing strategic partnership in North America. The objective of these new agreements is to continue...

SQM's reports 39.6% Ebitda margin in third quarter, highest for six quarters
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santigo) reported a net income of $66.4 million during the third quarter compared with $138.9 million year-on-year (YOY). However, this comparison reflects the sale of royalties for the Antucoya mining project...

Dow to expand PE capacity in Argentina
Dow Chemical plans to expand capacity and enhance production technologies and equipment at its four polyethylene (PE) production units at Bahia Blanca, Argentina, starting in 2015. The company has not indicated the size of the expansion or the magnitude of...

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