Latin America Reports


  • Additives | Architectural Coatings | Binders
    Arkema Adds Premium Acrylic Capacity in Brazil

    Arkema Adds Premium Acrylic Capacity in Brazil

    Arkema is boosting production of premium acrylic resin products by 60 percent for paints and coatings manufacturers in Brazil
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 05.15.15

  • Architectural Coatings | Automotive Coatings | Business Operation | Industrial Coatings  | Marine Coatings
    PPG Consolidation of Comex: Rife with Opportunity

    PPG Consolidation of Comex: Rife with Opportunity

    Since PPG purchased Comex last fall, the Mexican company has taken on a large role in the Latin American operations of the parent. Michael McGarry, the president and chief operating officer of PPG responds to Coatings World questions about how integr…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 04.17.15

  • Additives | Architectural Coatings

    Brazil Economic Doldrums Inspire Exports

    Brazil’s flat economy has inspired manufacturers of paint and coatings to turn to export markets to make up for lost domestic sales, reckons Antônio Valdinei da Rocha, the manager of exports and imports for Universo Tintas, based in Diade…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 03.25.15

  • Market Trends & Forecast | Powder Coatings

    Brazilian Economy Dims Coatings Outlook

    A host of negative factors in Brazil’s economy are pointing to a barely positive growth rate during 2015, an outlook that has been scaled back several times over the past year. While many sectors are flat or in decline, there is some positive n…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 02.23.15

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    Sika Expands Latin America Footprint

    Sika AG, of Baar, Switzerland, has added another Latin American aquisition to its regional expansion campaign, in Aparecida de Goiânia, Goiás State, Brazil. The latest addition will improve logistics for increasing demand in the constru…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 01.19.15

  • Architectural Coatings | Market Trends & Forecast

    New Latin American Paint Federation Formed

    A new, region-wide paint and coatings association in Latin America, the Federación Latinoamericana de Fabricantes de Pinturas, or Latin American Federation of Paint Manufacturers, has formally launched with a headquarters in Mexico, and office…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 11.07.14

  • Powder Coatings

    Powder Coatings Rise Steadily in Mexico

    Mexico’s demand for powder coatings is on a constant upward incline thanks to strong domestic demand fueled by a growing population with rising per capita income. Mexico’s demand is also growing because the country’s hard goods manu…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 10.20.14

  • Automotive Coatings

    Mexico Automotive Investments to Boom, Again

    Mexico’s burgeoning automotive industry will, once again, be receiving billions of dollars in new OEM investment as the country climbs the world ranks of national auto production to seventh largest. As new OEMs establish themselves and existing…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 09.23.14

  • Architectural Coatings | Industrial Coatings  | Marine Coatings

    PPG To Build Brands In Mexico & Region

    PPG is expected to introduce some products new to Mexico and the surrounding Latin American region once it has consummated the announced plans in late June for the $2.3 billion acquisition of Comex, expected to gain approval from the Mexican anti-tru…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correpsondent 08.07.14

  • Colombia’s Pintuco Builds Out Store

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 07.07.14

  • Architectural Coatings | Corrosion Control | Industrial Coatings  | Powder Coatings

    Latin American Demand Rises with Middle Class

    Demand for paints and coatings in Latin America is being driven by economic growth.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin American Correspondent 06.09.14

  • Architectural Coatings | Marine Coatings | Wood Coatings

    Brazil’s Renner Enters Architectural Segment

    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,…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin American Correspondent 05.06.14

  • Mexican Distribution: S-W’s Stumbling Block

    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.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 04.15.14

  • Automotive Refinish

    Brazil’s Auto Industry Draws OEMs and Axalta Investments

    A record for 2013 production by Brazil’s automotive industry is encouraging billions of dollars of new OEM investment in the country.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 03.24.14

  • Costa Rica Augments Paint Exports

    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.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 03.02.14

  • Additives

    Arkema Increases Investments in Brazil

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 01.14.14

  • Focusing on the Upside of Sherwin-Williams/Comex

    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.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 12.11.13

  • Venezuelan Paint Market Under Pressure

    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.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 11.08.13

  • New Investments in Colombian Paint Market

    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.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin Correspondent 09.11.13

  • Sherwin-Williams Deal for Comex Must Change

    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-…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 08.13.13