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Braskem backs out of multi-billion dollar Comperj project in Brazil


February 17, 2015 4:48 pm ET

Braskem SA is backing away from a planned multi-billion dollar investment in Brazil's largest petrochemical expansion site, the Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj), likely signaling the end for a project that has been delayed over the...

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Mexico will benefit from strong US economy, experts say


February 16, 2015 6:00 am ET

Mexico is benefiting from the strengthening U.S. economy, and its plastics industry can look forward to a sustained period of success as a result, analysts at a Mexico City conference concluded.

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Water shortage in Brazil may force firms into more costly alternatives


February 13, 2015 11:43 am ET

Months into a worsening water shortage that has South America's largest city on the brink of rationing, The São Paulo state government may soon encourage or force major companies in plastics and petrochemicals to start using more costly...

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Study: TPEs gaining in popularity


February 6, 2015 10:44 am ET

Germany-based research group Ceresana says thermoplastic elastomers are increasingly replacing other plastic materials.

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Cuba a question mark for US plastics


December 23, 2014 6:00 am ET

Fans of cigars, rum, Caribbean travel and more than a few Major League Baseball managers celebrated at the White House announcement of plans to normalize relations with Cuba after nearly 55 years of embargo. But the manufacturing sector, including...

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PepsiCo's Drinkfinity combines plastic flavor pods with reusable bottle


December 23, 2014 9:55 am ET

PepsiCo Inc. is trying out a fruit-flavored water brand called Drinkfinity, developed in Brazil and initially only available in that country, which combines a reusable plastic bottle with smaller flavor pods.

German plastics firms weigh options for Brazil


November 25, 2014 6:00 am ET

Brazil, the largest market in South America, has been a lure for foreign investors for many years, and in the past decade, it has enjoyed good economic growth. But members of Germany's plastics and rubber machinery association, VDMA, are questioning if the industry should be cautious.

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PET film maker Evertis expanding production in Mexico, Brazil, Portugal


November 20, 2014 2:52 pm ET

Evertis, a PET film maker, is expanding production at plants in Mexico, Brazil and Portugal, the company said.

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Dow Chemical moving ahead with plastics expansion plans


November 13, 2014 9:30 am ET

Dow Chemical Co. is moving ahead with plans to add plastics capacity in North and South America, and is advancing other strategic options as well.

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Brazil regulator vetoes Braskem purchase of Solvay Indupa


November 12, 2014 5:16 pm ET

Brazil's anti-trust regulatory body, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), has vetoed Braskem SA's purchase of Solvay Indupa SAIC.

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