Brazil has 3 large petrochemical complexes, as well as one gas-chemical complex.
Most of Brazil´s resin industry has been consolidated into 1 large national group: Braskem. Other brazilian resin manufacturers are Unigel and Videolar-Innova. Dow, SABIC, Basf, Solvay, Rhodia, and other multinational resin producers also have a presence in the market.
Brazil produces approximately 6.5 tons of thermoplastic resins / year. This corresponds to approximately 2.7% of world production and is the most significant in Latin America.
The brazilian per capita consumption of plastics is around 35 kg / inhabitant which is far below the levels of developed countries (around 100 kg/inhabitant). The number shows that there is a big potential for growth of the plastics consumption in the country.
The main sectors of converted plastics consumers are: Construction (16%); Food and Beverages (16%); Automotive & Autoparts (15%); Pulp and Paper / Printing (6%); Machinery (5%); Agriculture (5%); Furniture (5%); Electronics (3%)
Approximately 27 % of all plastics applications are manufactured in Polypropylene; 14,9 % in PVC; 13,1% in High Density Polyethylene; 20,9 % in Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE and LLDPE); 7,1% in PET, 5,9 % in Polystyrene, 1,5% in EVA and 11,8 % in Engineering Resins.
57.7% of the raw materials are processed by extrusion (films, sheets and profiles); 32,4% by injection molding; 5.1% by extrusion-blow molding; 1,9% by Vacuum forming; 1,3% by Rotational Moulding; 1,5% by foaming processes.
The Brazilian Plastics Conversion Industry has over 11.500 converters distributed throughout the country. In general, the sector is comprised of small businesses with a limited production capacity that usually supply the local demand and, to a certain extent, regional demand. Approximately 700 large conversion companies dictate the sector´s growth and technological dynamism. In addition to that, many of these larger companies are part of sectors that produce in a global scale (automotive, food and beverage, others). As such, they must meet production and quality standards required worldwide.
in 2014, the Brazilian Plastics Industry had a total of 352,000 employees and converted 6.71 million tons of plastics resins.
Brazil is the seventh largest plastics consumer in the world.
Annual sales of the plastics conversion sector in Brazil were around U$ 17 billion in 2014 (considering an exchange rate of U$ 1= R$ 3.5
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