Latin America Reports


  • 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

  • Univar Targets Brazilian Coatings Growth

    Univar Targets Brazilian Coatings Growth

    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.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Coorespondent 07.19.13

  • Automotive Coatings | Industrial Coatings | Marine Coatings | Powder Coatings
    Latin American Paint and Coatings Market Rebounds

    Latin American Paint and Coatings Market Rebounds

    Investments Follow Strong Demand
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 06.06.13

  • Wood Coatings

    Mexico’s UV Stabilizer Demand Rises

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 05.09.13

  • Spray-On Nanopolymer Captures Solar Energy

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 04.01.13

  • Brazilian Paint Can Maker Invests

    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…
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 03.01.13

  • MesoCoat Considers Brazilian Pipe Coating Partnership

    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…
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 02.07.13

  • Latin American Maritime Coatings Outlook Rising

    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…
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 01.15.13

  • Sherwin-Williams to Double in Latin America via Comex

    The $2.34 billion acquisition of Mexico’s Comex is Sherwin- Williams’ largest deal to date.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 12.20.12

  • Industrial Coatings

    Lord Corp. Expands in Latin America

    As Argentina’s economy is expanding, so too is its paint and coatings industry.
    Charles Thurston , Latin America Correspondent 12.04.12

  • Marine Coatings

    Jotun Builds First Brazilian Factory

    Norwegian paint major focuses on marine and protective coatings growth.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 09.17.12

  • Additives | Architectural Coatings | Powder Coatings

    Arkema Makes Brazilian Market Entry

    Global expansion plans includes increasing presence in BRIC nations.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 08.15.12

  • Automotive Coatings | Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast

    Mexico's Auto Market A Runaway

    Growth has OEM’s ramping up investments in a major way.
    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 07.24.12

  • Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast
    BASF Building New Acrylic Plant in Brazil

    BASF Building New Acrylic Plant in Brazil

    Production cost of its Suvinil paint line to drop.
    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent 04.19.12