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Producers urge booming Brazilian housing market to use EPS


April 18, 2014 1:08 pm ET

Leaders in Brazil's plastics industry are asking lawmakers to mandate the use of expandable polystyrene (the raw material for expanded EPS) in new construction, but say it's an uphill battle despite the energy and construction savings that EPS...

Export sales for PVC expected to grow, PET struggles with oversupply


April 15, 2014 2:46 pm ET

PVC is looking up, PET is looking for answers. That's a brief summary of global market conditions described by analysts Henry Warren and Chase Willett at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference, held March 26-27 in Houston.

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Lanxess launches new compounding plant in Brazil aimed at auto market


April 11, 2014 12:32 pm ET

Lanxess AG has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil.

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Inergy names new CEO for Americas


March 28, 2014 10:15 am ET

Inergy Automotive Systems LLC named John Dunn as president and CEO of its Troy, Mich.-based Americas division, effective April 21.

Solvay insists Indupa sale is 'ongoing'


January 9, 2014 1:32 pm ET

Belgian resin company Solvay SA says a deal to sell its majority stake in South American PVC producer Solvay Indupa will go ahead and is unaffected by an objection from the Argentinian share regulator.

Brazil's PVC imports to increase steadily; North American producers may benefit


September 13, 2013 5:24 pm ET

SÃO PAULO — Slow but steady GDP growth, demand for new public-private housing construction and investments for both infrastructure and sanitation through at least 2016 will keep PVC imports on the rise for Brazil. Analysts with IHS Inc. project that Brazil's PVC needs will approach 2.2 billion pounds by the end of this year, with steady...

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Economies in India, Brazil disappointing


September 6, 2013 4:42 pm ET

Materials and energy giants Braskem SA of Brazil and Reliance Industries Ltd. of India are holding their own, in spite of economic turmoil in their respective countries.But it's worrisome that those economies remain unsteady.

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Trade deficit hampers growth in Brazil


June 7, 2013 12:37 pm ET

SÃO PAULO — A rebounding economy, millions of people striving to move from poverty into the middle class and key industries in need of more plastics than ever before should push the Brazilian industry forward in 2013. But growth will be...

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