WASHINGTON — Brazilian plastic consumption has been growing rapidly, rising 16 percent in 1996 and 8 percent in 1997, but per-capita plastic consumption remains at only about one-third of that in the United States.
That's according to a new report on the Brazilian plastics market from the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. SPI released the report in July, after James Meinert, director of international marketing for Snider Mold Co. in Mequon, Wis., visited the country in April for SPI.
The report notes that:
The United States had a $658.2 million trade surplus with Brazil in plastic raw materials and products in 1997.
The number of employees working in Brazilian plastics plants grew from 157,000 in 1992 to 194,000 in 1997.
Brazil's economic plan has controlled inflation and promoted growth, but Brazil remains troubled by corruption and wide gaps between rich and poor.
The study includes detailed trade data and advice on dealing with Brazilian officials. It is available from SPI at tel. (202) 974-5332, or (800) 541-0736 for credit card orders.