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Marcos De Marchi New Chairman of Abiquim Management Board

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Marcos De Marchi New Chairman of Abiquim Management Board

De-MarchiMarcos Antonio De Marchi, president and CEO at Elekeiroz, is succeeding the executive Carlos Fadigas.  A mechanical engineer, De Marchi has a degree from the engineering college FEI-SP, having taken such courses as the Advanced Management Program of Fundação Dom Cabral and INSEAD (Fontainebleau), as well as several others at renowned international institutions, such as Columbia University and IMD-Lausanne. Between 2005 and 2012 he was president at Rhodia Latin America, where he worked for 32 years.

 

He coordinates the Commission on Economics at Abiquim (short in Portuguese for Brazilian Chemical Industry Association), and he also takes part in other associations, serving as deputy chairman at the FNQ (Fundação Nacional da Qualidade, or “National Quality Foundation”) and member of the Superior Council on Economics of FIESP (the initials in Portuguese for São Paulo State Industries Federation).

 

“As I take the chair of the board at this reputable association, I’m convinced of the key role the chemical industry plays in our society as the engine pulling various supply chains, a creator of high-quality jobs, a promoter of solutions to the challenges of sustainability, and an entity committed to ethics and the safety of people and the environment. It’s with enthusiasm and determination that I view the mission of sensitizing governmental authorities and other stakeholders to have them promote, as it’s done in the global economy’s leading countries, policies and actions to improve the competitiveness of existing assets and foster new investments in Brazil’s chemical industry —which ranks sixth in the world—, thus reversing the trend we’ve been experiencing in the past few years,” said Marcos De Marchi.

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Elekeiroz and Nexoleum Form Joint Venture to Tap Market in Bio-Based Products

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Elekeiroz and Nexoleum combine forces to tap the global market in plasticizers by producing and selling bio-based products patented in Brazil and in relevant regions like the United States and Europe.

The transaction has materialized with the formation of a joint venture between Nexoleum’s and Elekeiroz’s original shareholders. The new entity will be engaged in the production, marketing and distribution of “green” plasticizers produced by chemically modifying vegetable oils.

The terms of the agreement between the JV partners include the approval of a new plant to be based in Várzea Paulista, São Paulo, which will produce those plasticizers with capacity of 24,000 tons per year. The new plant will start up in early 2017.

“We are moving towards an Elekeiroz more and more focused on providing solutions for our customers taking into account their challenges in terms of sustainability and competitiveness and seeking to anticipate regulatory restrictions that are certainly going to be increasingly stringent. The formation of this joint venture is a great step in this ongoing change process,” stresses Elekeiroz CEO Marcos De Marchi.

According to Nexoleum founders, the joint venture will also provide the means to a competitive, sustainable operation aiming for business in international markets as well.

“It is an innovative technology, offering customers products from renewable sources that replace traditional, fossil-based plasticizers featuring equal or even superior performance in several applications, and the best thing about them is that they do so at competitive costs. We view this joint venture as a historic milestone in the flexible PVC market,” says Jacyr Quadros Jr., co-owner and CEO of the new company.

Elekeiroz S.A., a 100-percent Brazilian publicly-held business controlled by the holding company Itaúsa, has a history of 120 years marked by pioneering initiatives. Today it is South America’s leading supplier of oxo alcohols, plasticizers, organic anhydrides, 2-ethyl hexanoic acid, butyric acid and fumaric acid, as well as a major producer of unsaturated polyester resins, formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde concentrate and sulfuric acid. Its capacity is in excess of 500,000 tons per year at three strategically well-located plants, one in Várzea Paulista, São Paulo, and two at the Camaçari Industrial Complex, Bahia.

Nexoleum is a privately-held company headquartered in Cotia, São Paulo. Through its founders, the company has developed a proprietary technology to produce bio-based products from vegetable oils for various markets and applications. Nexoleum owns international patents and is also a licensee of the Battelle Memorial Institute.

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Elekeiroz and Cesari Strike Strategic Partnership in Várzea Paulista

noticias-cesari3 (1)Elekeiroz has taken an important step towards optimizing its supply chain and distribution by entering into a strategic, long-term strategic partnership with Cesari, one of the largest domestic companies specializing in chemical logistics.

The scope of the partnership encompasses all of the logistical operations at the Várzea Paulista site, where Elekeiroz operates an industrial complex that produces key inputs like plasticizers, anhydrides, resins, formaldehyde and sulfuric acid. Cesari is investing in our logistical infrastructure and implementing the best practices in the marketplace, focused on seeking excellence in the provision of logistical and multimodal transport services.

“As part of the revision of our strategic planning, we aim to stand as a solution provider in the markets we serve, and a flexible provision of logistical services is the key to success in securing a loyal customer base and making new business ventures possible,” says Elekeiroz CEO Marcos De Marchi.

“We are ready to face future challenges through an efficient, world-class logistical infrastructure, affording Elekeiroz and their customers sustainable conditions for their growth,” stresses Cesari director Heber Spina Borlenghi.

New business opportunities and operational excellence are the main motivation for this partnership. Cesari has already started construction on a distribution center covering an area of 120 square meters at the Várzea Paulista production complex, whose convenient location will enable it to use the rail mode of transport, which has been 100-percent integrated with the Port of Santos by Elekeiroz and other partners.

The two companies share the same ethical values, prioritizing the safety of people and the community, as well as care for the environment.

Elekeiroz S.A., a 100-percent Brazilian publicly-held business controlled by the holding company Itaúsa, has a history of 120 years marked by pioneering initiatives. Today it is South America’s leading supplier of oxo alcohols, plasticizers, organic anhydrides (phthalic and maleic), 2-ethyl hexanoic acid and fumaric acid, as well as a major producer of unsaturated polyester resins, formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde concentrate and sulfuric acid. Its capacity is in excess of 500,000 tons per year at three strategically well-located plants, one in Várzea Paulista, São Paulo, and two at the Camaçari Industrial Complex, Bahia.

The CESARI GROUP is a modern company perfectly in tune with the demands in the market segments it serves: (i) Transport by Road, Rail, River and Sea; (ii) Terminals for handling Solid and Liquid Bulks, General Warehouses and REDEX; (iii) Empty Isotank Decontamination and Maintenance; (iv) Isotank Rental; and (v) Waste Management. It is headquartered at the Raiz da Serra Logistical Park, within the Cubatão Industrial Complex, São Paulo, covering a total area of 2.7 million square meters, 50 percent of which is usable, and the rest is maintained for preserving the Atlantic Rainforest. With 13 branches at strategic places in Brazil and highly skilled personnel, the company is ready to meet market requirements and always provide customers with the best solutions in a sustainable fashion.

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Elekeiroz 120 Years Old and Its New Range of Solutions for the PVC Market

For its 120th anniversary, Elekeiroz celebrates its history of success in the domestic industry as a pioneering producer of various chemicals in Brazil.

Our search for excellence (people and processes), responsible care, innovation and entrepreneurialism have been the pillars for sustainable growth and value creation for our stakeholders.

This formula for success is underpinned by our determination to provide a lot more than chemicals: the right solutions for our customers!

Accordingly, Elekeiroz has enhanced its portfolio of customer solutions by launching new lines of plasticizers in 2015:

EKFLEX 882: A new line of non-phthalate plasticizers featuring high performance and versatility in applications to meet the requirements of the strictest specifiers in international markets.

EKFLEX 2000: A new line of non-phthalate plasticizers featuring performance and competitiveness, while combining renewable and conventional products in the right proportions for applications requiring non-phthalate formulations;

EKFLEX 1000: A new line of phthalate plasticizers —just the right performance and competitiveness for general-purpose applications.

The world has changed a lot in this more than a century of Elekeiroz, and we have reinvented ourselves with innovative solutions that seek to ensure our regional leadership in highly competitive and demanding markets, as we provide our customers with the best options to improve their competitiveness.

In 2015, a new cycle begins. To us, the future is now!

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Elekeiroz Acquires Right to Use Biotechnological Process Technology

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Elekeiroz has acquired the exclusive right to use the butanol production technology owned by US-based biotechnology company Coskata, in the same year that the company celebrates its 120 years of history and success in the Brazilian chemical industry.

Based on a biofermentation process that uses syngas as feedstock, this technology allows butanol to be produced at competitive costs compared to the oxo process, which is standard for producing alcohols. Syngas can be produced using either natural gas or biomass, a renewable resource in abundant supply in Brazil.

With this technology acquisition, Elekeiroz now has the exclusive right to produce butanol by this route and market it in Latin America. The acquisition of this technology has already been submitted to and approved by the INPI (Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property).

Elekeiroz president and CEO Marcos De Marchi says, “In late 2013, we increased our syngas production capacity by acquiring Air Products’ Camaçari plant. Following that, by acquiring the Coskata technology, we bolster our position as Latin America’s leading producer of oxo alcohols.”

As a pioneering producer of butanol from renewable sources at the Igarassu site, Pernambuco between the 1960’s and the 1990’s, Elekeiroz concluded that the Coskata technology has proven more competitive than the other known biofermentation routes. “Accordingly, Elekeiroz engages in the world of biotechnology in the state of the art, opening the doors to new developments from similar technologies, with production processes making use of competitive, abundant, renewable and sustainable feedstock,” Marcos De Marchi stresses.

Elekeiroz S.A., a 100-percent Brazilian publicly-held business controlled by the holding company Itaúsa, has a history of 120 years marked by pioneering initiatives. Today it is South America’s leading supplier of oxo alcohols, plasticizers, organic anhydrides (phthalic and maleic), 2-ethyl hexanoic acid and fumaric acid, as well as a major producer of unsaturated polyester resins, formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde concentrate and sulfuric acid. Its capacity is in excess of 500,000 tons per year at three strategically well-located plants, one in Várzea Paulista, São Paulo, and two at the Camaçari Industrial Complex, Bahia.

Headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois (USA), Coskata Inc. is a leading alternative fuel technology and chemical company. It has developed and patented a technology that converts a wide variety of abundant raw materials, such as natural gas, wood, waste, process gases and other carbon-containing materials, into fuels and chemicals at low costs. Coskata has combined cutting-edge syngas production and purification technologies with its extensive knowledge of molecular biology and process engineering to create an innovative syngas fermentation technology platform.

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Elekeiroz Acquires Air Products Assets at Camaçari

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Elekeiroz, a chemical business controlled by the holding company Itaúsa, has announced its acquisition of the assets of Air Products Brazil’s oxo gas plant in Brazil, located at the Camaçari Industrial Complex, Bahia. The substance is used to produce PVC.

In the course of two years, the Company will invest around R$70 million, contemplating the acquisition and adaptation of the plant and the interconnection between it and Elekeiroz’s existing facilities at Camaçari.

Elekeiroz, which already produced oxo gas at its Camaçari site and was also supplied by Air Products, now internalizes this input source. According to the Company, the transaction ensures the availability of raw material required for increasing its production and meeting the growing demand in the local market, particularly for butanol, an important material for the acrylic complex that is currently being set up at that industrial site.

The transaction has been submitted to and approved by the CADE (Brazilian acronym for Antitrust Administrative Council).

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Elekeiroz Has New CEO

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Effective as of April, Elekeiroz will see Marcos Antonio De Marchi take office as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Investor Relations. Marcos De Marchi cumulatively held the positions of president at Rhodia Latin America and president of the company GBU Fibras.

Marcos De Marchi built his career at Rhodia, where he started working as an intern in 1979, having excelled at several jobs at the company both in Brazil and abroad. At Elekeiroz, the executive will lead one of Brazil’s most relevant producers of intermediate chemicals for industrial use, with manufacturing plants located in the country’s largest petrochemical complex, in Camaçari, Bahia, and in Várzea Paulista, São Paulo.

Marcos De Marchi has extensive experience in the chemical industry and takes part in its most important associations: he is Vice President at ABIQUIM (short in Portuguese for Brazilian Chemical Industry Association) and coordinator on its Economics Commission, Vice President at ABIT (the initials in Portuguese for Brazilian Textile Industry Association), a member of the Superior Council on Economics of FIESP (the initials in Portuguese for São Paulo State Industries Federation), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the FNQ (the initials in Portuguese for National Quality Foundation).

Reinaldo Rubbi, the current Chief Executive Officer and Director of Investor Relations at Elekeiroz S.A., is going to step down at the end of March for having reached the age limit for directors appointed under the company’s by-laws, after 39 years of professionalism and dedication as an executive at several companies owned by the Itaúsa conglomerate. He will keep working as a member of Elekeiroz’s Management Board, a contributor to the industrial projects of the group’s businesses, and at Fundação Itaúsa Industrial.

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