• Versaflex Expands in South American Polyurea Coatings

    Versaflex Expands in South American Polyurea Coatings

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || February 13, 2017
    Kansas City-based Versaflex has expanded its footprint in South America through a co-marketing agreement with São Paulo-based Renner Coatings that will result in a new polyurea coating line brand, RenFlex, now being prepared for distribution.…

  • Colombia’s Grupo Orbis Launches Store Network

    Colombia’s Grupo Orbis Launches Store Network

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || January 6, 2017
    Colombia’s Grupo Orbis has begun the development of a domestic chain of Do-it-Yourself stores named Master Pro that will feature subsidiary Pintuco’s full line of paints and coatings. The independent Pintucasa paint store network will con…

  • PPG Opens More Brazilian Paint Stores

    PPG Opens More Brazilian Paint Stores

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || December 9, 2016
    PPG Renner is adding 30 new retail stores to its Brazilian distribution network this year, particularly in the South, adding to the estimated 90 stores previously in operation across the country. The company has also opened its first store in Montevi…

  • ChemSpec Ltd. to Add Specialties Access in Mexico

    Charles W. Thurston , Latin America Correspondent || October 10, 2016
    ChemSpec Ltd.’s recent announcement that it would set up its first Mexico subsidiary makes good on the company vow at the time of its 75 percent equity acquisition in 2015 that it was looking for expansion opportunities in the region. CHEMSPEC…

  • PPG Comex Bullish on Mexico, Central America

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || September 13, 2016
    Despite sliding sales for paint and coatings in Latin America overall, PPG Comex is optimistic about sales in Mexico and Central America this year and for several years thereafter. In its third-quarter 2016 financial report, PPG’s notes on Lati…

  • Africa’s Market Potential Unveiled at East Africa Coatings Forum

    Shem Oirere, Africa Correspondent || September 13, 2016
    East Africa Coatings Congress, Part III

  • Clariant Doubles Pigment Capacity in Mexico

    Clariant Doubles Pigment Capacity in Mexico

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || August 10, 2016
    Clariant is investing in new capacity for water-based pigments in Mexico, with an expected fourth-quarter start-up for a new plant. “With the new production plant in Santa Clara, Clariant Mexico will double annual production capacity for water…

  • Election Underscores Peru Growth Outlook

    Election Underscores Peru Growth Outlook

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || July 14, 2016
    Peru’s demand for architectural paints should rise on increased demand by homeowners and from new construction. Peru’s recent presidential election has reestablished a firm market-oriented future for the rapidly growing country. Ped…

  • Latin American Aviation Lifts Coatings Demand

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || May 9, 2016
    Latin America’s relatively steady economic growth suggests that the regional demand for aviation coatings will more than double GDP expansion, predicted by the World Bank to be 1.0 percent this year and back to a more normal 2.3 percent next ye…

  • Sinteplast Increases Latin America Footprint

    Sinteplast Increases Latin America Footprint

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || April 8, 2016
    Buenos Aires-based Sinteplast is methodically increasing its footprint in Latin America to further develop its export market for paints and coatings made in the region. With the latest purchase of a Sulan, a small manufacturer in Brazil, the company…

  • Mexico Aerospace Coatings Market Rises

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || March 21, 2016
    Mexico’s aerospace and defense indsutry reached the $7 billion sales level in 2013.

  • Argentina Unshackles Economic Rules

    Argentina Unshackles Economic Rules

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || February 12, 2016
    Among sectors in which new investment could focus is the paint and coatings sector.

  • Colombia Outlook Strengthens on Peace

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || January 15, 2016
    A variety of Colombia analysts have suggested that the recent efforts at peace with FARC rebels by President Juan Manuel Santos, including a notable summit in Havana, could provide the political stability the country has long needed for sustained gro…

  • New Wacker Brasil Director Targets Growth

    Charles W. Thurston , Latin America Correspondent || December 18, 2015
    Wacker Química do Brasil recently named Adriano Magalhães as executive director, taking the place of Danilo Timich, with responsibility for South America. Asked about his expectations for growth, Magalhães told CW that, “Re…

  • Brazil’s Embraer Raises  Aviation Coatings Demand

    Brazil’s Embraer Raises Aviation Coatings Demand

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent || November 13, 2015
    According to Embraer, within Brazil, the national small jet fleet grew by 3.6 percent.

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