May 2003

Special Report: ACHEMA 2003

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Brazil

The Brazilian chemical industry is a key segment of the national economy and holds 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Approximately 4,500 companies provide jobs for 300,000 workers..

DeMoraes, G. D. E., Brazillian Chemical Industry Association

The Brazilian chemical industry is a key segment of the national economy and holds 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Approximately 4,500 companies provide jobs for 300,000 workers. Brazil is ranked ninth among countries with chemical-industry output. The industrial chemical sector includes 1,200 enterprises and employs 110,000 workers. This segment has tremendous impact on other economic activities; it is a major supplier of raw materials for downstream businesses. During fourth quarter 2002, an economic upswing boosted annual operating rates to 80% for the chemical industry. Some product groups were functioning at

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