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AKRON, OHIO — Plastics News has added a news correspondent in Brazil.

Brazilian-born Sandra Mara Costa, 28, is based in SÌo Paulo. She has written about the country's plastics industry for the past eight years, primarily as a regular correspondent for the monthly magazine Plasticos em Revista, to which she still contributes.

Costa graduated in 1989 from the University of SÌo Paulo Arts Communication School with a bachelor's degree in journalism and began her full-time career as a reporter for the daily Brazilian newspapers Gazeta Mercantil and Folha de SÌo Paulo. She also has written about the country's rubber and chemical industries, and has done editing on an in-house newspaper for a nonprofit organization that aids poor children.

She can be reached at tel./fax +55 (11) 843-0350, or e-mail mc