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Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
April 15, 2014
Sherwin-Willliams Mexico added 39 stores to its network last year, contributing to the company’s 587 dealers across the Latin America region...in comparison the Comex Group touts a dealer distribution network of 2,300 stores.   Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
March 24, 2014
A record for 2013 production by Brazil’s automotive industry is encouraging billions of dollars of new OEM investment in the country.  Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
March 2, 2014
Costa Rico’s five million inhabitants enjoy a gross domestic product of approximately $45 billion, with a relatively high associated per capita income of $11,000. As such, the availability of disposable income for home paints is relatively strong.  Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
January 14, 2014
Arkema is augmenting its Brazilian investment this year in production technology at its recently acquired plant in Araçariguama, in Sao Paulo state, with plans to offer more of the companies’ global portfolio to customers in Brazil from…  Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
December 11, 2013
While the regulators oppose the deal on the basis of potential unfair competition, Mexico’s paint manufacturers have embraced the deal for the boost it would provide for the industry’s global ambitions.   Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
November 8, 2013
Venezuela’s paint and coatings manufacturers are under severe pressure both to produce and to sell because of a shortage of raw materials, a limited access to hard currency and a depressed local economy.  Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin Correspondent
September 11, 2013
Two new investments in Colombia’s growing paint and coatings market – a paint manufacturing facility in Bogota and a paint mixing station JV – will replace more paint imports and offer consumers more color mixing options.   Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
August 13, 2013
Blocked in its initial attempt to acquire Mexico’s leading paint producer Comex for $2.3 billion, Sherwin-Williams is “aggressively” pursuing alternative routes to the purchase, CEO Christopher M. Connor has vowed. The Mexican anti-…  Read More »
Univar Targets Brazilian Coatings Growth
Charles Thurston, Latin America Coorespondent
July 19, 2013
With expectations of growth rates in excess of the country’s expanding economy, Univar plans to focus its Brazilian operations entirely on domestic growth, while serving the remainder of Latin America from its Mexico operations.   Read More »
Latin American Paint and Coatings Market Rebounds
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
June 6, 2013
Investments Follow Strong Demand   Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
May 9, 2013
Mexico’s demand for ultraviolet light stabilizers is increasing thanks largely to a growing demand from the wood coatings industry, as well as from other industry uses. “The UV market in Mexico has been rising steadily for the past eight…  Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
April 1, 2013
Solar energy is a topic of great interest throughout the world, including Latin America. A novel approach to applying organic nanopolymer-based photovoltaic functionality to clear and semi-transparent building windows is being honed by researchers at…  Read More »
Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
March 1, 2013
Brazil’s Metalgrafica Trivisan S.A. is investing an estimated $25 million, including $9 million worth of German technology, to double its annual metal can production capacity to 900 tons per year, according to market reports. The investment wil…  Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
February 7, 2013
Euclid, Ohio-based MesoCoat Inc. is considering a four-line pipe cladding facility in Brazil in cooperation with state petroleum company Petrobras that would serve Brazil’s rising demand for oil and gas pipelines in new discovery areas and in e…  Read More »
Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
January 15, 2013
The demand for maritime coatings in Latin America is solidly expanding on new oil and gas activity, on domestic shipyard investments and on general seaborne trade growth volumes. Out of a total $8.9 billion regional paint and coatings market, maritim…  Read More »

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