Latin America Reports


  • Additives | Aerospace Coatings | Corrosion Control | Industrial Coatings | Pigments

    Latin American Aviation Lifts Coatings Demand

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 05.09.16

  • Powder Coatings
    Sinteplast Increases Latin America Footprint

    Sinteplast Increases Latin America Footprint

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 04.08.16

  • Aerospace Coatings

    Mexico Aerospace Coatings Market Rises

    Mexico’s aerospace and defense indsutry reached the $7 billion sales level in 2013.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 03.21.16

  • Argentina Unshackles Economic Rules

    Argentina Unshackles Economic Rules

    Among sectors in which new investment could focus is the paint and coatings sector.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 02.12.16

  • Colombia Outlook Strengthens on Peace

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 01.15.16

  • New Wacker Brasil Director Targets Growth

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston , Latin America Correspondent 12.18.15

  • Brazil’s Embraer Raises  Aviation Coatings Demand

    Brazil’s Embraer Raises Aviation Coatings Demand

    According to Embraer, within Brazil, the national small jet fleet grew by 3.6 percent.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 11.13.15

  • Industrial Coatings | Pigments

    Smaller Brazilian Coatings Deals Flourish

    A host of smaller Brazilian paint and coatings companies have been churning out new products, forging new strategic relationships and expanding offerings, according to the national coatings manufacturers association, Abrafati, the Associacao das Fabr…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 10.19.15

  • Spain’s Graphenano Steps Up Andean Presence

    Spain’s Graphenano Steps Up Andean Presence

    Graphenano is donating its proprietary Graphenstone coating, which is an elastic combination of graphene and limestone.
    Charles W. Thurston , Latin America Correspondent 09.21.15

  • Architectural Coatings | Powder Coatings
    AkzoNobel Boosts Microsphere Capacity in Brazil

    AkzoNobel Boosts Microsphere Capacity in Brazil

    AkzoNobel is opening a new Expancel microsphere production line within its paint and coatings complex in Jundiaí, Sao Paulo State, with the aim of serving both the Brazilian and regional market demand. Until now, the material was being importe…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 07.22.15

  • 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