Plastics News' Sao Paulo, Brazil-based correspondent Sandra Mara Costa reported these news items.
Brazilian firms OPP Quimica SA of Sao Paulo and Petrobras SA of Rio de Janeiro in January received a permit to build a $180 million, 550 million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant in Paulinia. The unit will open in 2004.
Polibrasil Resinas SA of Maua has expanded capacity of its PP plant in Duque de Caxias from 396 million to 440 million pounds per year. The firm also is building a 660 million-pound-per-year PP plant in Maua via a $95 million investment. It is set to start up in late 2002.
BASF SA in March finished adding to its Styropor expanded polystyrene plant in Guaratingueta, boosting capacity from 22 million to 88 million pounds. BASF invested $12 million in the project.
Dow Quimica SA is spending $60 million to increase production capacity at its PS plant in Guaruja, Brazil, from 264 million to 440 million pounds per year. In January, Dow began operating its high density/linear low density PE plant, built in the Argentine petrochemical complex of Bahia Blanca. The unit has capacity of 595 million pounds per year.
According to commercial manager Luiz Stortini, the plant's production mainly will supply the Mercosul trade region, which was being served by Dow imports. Dow eventually plans to export surpluses to serve as pre-marketing in other regions.