• Colombia’s Pintuco Builds Out Store

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent July 7, 2014
    || Colombia’s Pintuco is building out its network of Pintacasa branded paint stores rapidly, having added 80 during 2013, and targeting a total of 236 stores in Colombia in 31 cities, as well as locations in the Andean Region, Central America and…

  • Latin American Demand Rises with Middle Class

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin American Correspondent June 9, 2014
    || Demand for paints and coatings in Latin America is being driven by economic growth.

  • Brazil’s Renner Enters Architectural Segment

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin American Correspondent May 6, 2014
    || Renner Coatings, one of six divisions of Renner Herrmann S. A., has entered Brazil’s architectural coatings market with four new products in leading areas of the country under the brand name Polidura. From its factory in Curitiba, Parana state,…

  • Mexican Distribution: S-W’s Stumbling Block

    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.

  • Brazil’s Auto Industry Draws OEMs and Axalta Investments

    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.

  • Costa Rica Augments Paint Exports

    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.

  • Arkema Increases Investments in Brazil

    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…

  • Focusing on the Upside of Sherwin-Williams/Comex

    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.

  • Venezuelan Paint Market Under Pressure

    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.

  • New Investments in Colombian Paint Market

    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.

  • Sherwin-Williams Deal for Comex Must Change

    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-…

  • Univar Targets Brazilian Coatings Growth

    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.

  • Latin American Paint and Coatings Market Rebounds

    Latin American Paint and Coatings Market Rebounds

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent June 6, 2013
    || Investments Follow Strong Demand

  • Mexico’s UV Stabilizer Demand Rises

    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…

  • Spray-On Nanopolymer Captures Solar Energy

    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…