In a context of increasing population and growing middle classes, Latin America’s petrochemical and chemical industries are well-positioned for significant growth. However, political turbulence in South America’s two biggest markets - Brazil and Argentina - combined with a logistics deficit that affects the whole region, must be addressed to take full advantage of Latin America's considerable potential. Global trade dynamics and the looming challenges associated with achieving sustainable operations are also key issues the industry must face, in addition to the particularities of each country in this diverse and dynamic part of the world. Consolidation through an uptick in M&A activity and an increasingly blurred line between distributors and logistical service providers are notable trends across the value chain that suggest competition is heating up in Latin America.
A Global Business Reports and APLA publication, presented with Chemical Week
Manfredo Rubens, president, BASF South America and Director of APLA.
Federico Veller, executive manager for chemicals, YPF, Director of APLA and President of the 39th Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting
Edison Terra Filho, executive vice president, Braskem and President of APLA
Edmundo Puentes, president, ASIQUIM, Vice President of APLA
Felipe Trujillo Lopez, manager of natural gas division, Ecopetrol and Director of APLA
Jose Luis Uriegas, CEO, Grupo Idesa and former President of APLA
Stefan Lepecki, CEO, Braskem Idesa and Director of APLA