• Arkema Adds Premium Acrylic Capacity in Brazil

    Arkema Adds Premium Acrylic Capacity in Brazil

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent May 15, 2015
    Arkema is boosting production of premium acrylic resin products by 60 percent for paints and coatings manufacturers in Brazil

  • PPG Consolidation of Comex: Rife with Opportunity

    PPG Consolidation of Comex: Rife with Opportunity

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent April 17, 2015
    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…

  • Brazil Economic Doldrums Inspire Exports

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent March 25, 2015
    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…

  • Brazilian Economy Dims Coatings Outlook

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent February 23, 2015
    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…

  • Sika Expands Latin America Footprint

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent January 19, 2015
    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…

  • New Latin American Paint Federation Formed

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent November 7, 2014
    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…

  • Powder Coatings Rise Steadily in Mexico

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent October 20, 2014
    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…

  • Mexico Automotive Investments to Boom, Again

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent September 23, 2014
    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…

  • PPG To Build Brands In Mexico & Region

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correpsondent August 7, 2014
    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…

  • 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.

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