• 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…

  • Brazilian Paint Can Maker Invests

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent March 1, 2013
    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…

  • MesoCoat Considers Brazilian Pipe Coating Partnership

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent February 7, 2013
    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…

  • Latin American Maritime Coatings Outlook Rising

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent January 15, 2013
    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…

  • Sherwin-Williams to Double in Latin America via Comex

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent December 20, 2012
    The $2.34 billion acquisition of Mexico’s Comex is Sherwin- Williams’ largest deal to date.

  • Lord Corp. Expands in Latin America

    Charles Thurston , Latin America Correspondent December 4, 2012
    As Argentina’s economy is expanding, so too is its paint and coatings industry.

  • Jotun Builds First Brazilian Factory

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent September 17, 2012
    Norwegian paint major focuses on marine and protective coatings growth.

  • Arkema Makes Brazilian Market Entry

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent August 15, 2012
    Global expansion plans includes increasing presence in BRIC nations.

  • Mexico's Auto Market A Runaway

    Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent July 24, 2012
    Growth has OEM’s ramping up investments in a major way.

  • BASF Building New Acrylic Plant in Brazil

    BASF Building New Acrylic Plant in Brazil

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent April 19, 2012
    Production cost of its Suvinil paint line to drop.

  • Hempel Opens Argentine Plant for Region

    Hempel Opens Argentine Plant for Region

    Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent March 19, 2012
    New facility will deliver more than 10 million liters of paint and coatings per year.