Guided by innovation and sustainability, Oxiteno is a Brazilian chemical company that operates worldwide, leading manufacturer of surfactants and specialty chemicals.
Present in nine countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Oxiteno has 12 industrial units located in Brazil, United States, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela and sales offices in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, United States, Mexico Uruguay and Venezuela.
To believe in the future, envision business opportunities and develop solutions that contribute to people's quality of life and to the sustainable evolution of society and the world. This is the essence of our business which drives the development of technologies that meet the needs of our clients in different markets, such as Agrochemicals, Home Care and I&I, Oil & Gas, Paints & Coatings, Personal Care, among others.
Business ethics and respect for people guide the way we operate and relate with all our stakeholders.
Oxiteno. Evolution by chemistry.
Created in the early Seventies, the company resulted from mergers and partnerships of various chemical companies. In 1973, the first Oxiteno plant, built on the Petrochemical Complex of São Paulo, started its operations being the first chemical company in Latin America to produce Ethylene Oxide and its derivatives.
During the same decade, Oxiteno's largest industrial unit was inaugurated, in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex, in the northeast region of Brazil.
In the Eighties, Oxiteno broadens its product line and also begins producing chemical specialties.
In 1984, the Oxiteno Research and Technology Center in Mauá, São Paulo, is opened, and starts investing 1% of its revenue in research and development.
In 1985, the company inaugurates in the countryside of the State of São Paulo the Tremembé industrial unit , and in 1989, the Triunfo Unit, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
In the Nineties, Oxiteno is established as the largest Ethylene Oxide and derivatives producer in Latin America. Its units undergo modernizations and receive investments to increase their production capacity.
In 1994, the Tremembé Unit opens a sulfation and sulfonation plant in order to produce Anionic Surfactants for the Personal Care and Home Care and I&I markets.
Constantly focusing on innovation, Oxiteno increases its investment in research and development from 1% to 2%.
The 2000 decade is filled with important changes for Oxiteno. During this period, the company strengthens its business positioning, its product portfolio and focuses its activities on the production of Surfactants and Specialty Chemical Products. In addition to these changes, begins its process of internationalization with the acquisition of companies in Mexico and Venezuela.
In 2003, the Canamex chemical industry is acquired in Mexico from the Berci group, and in 2004, Oxiteno also acquires the assets of the Veracruz Unit of Rhodia Mexico.
In 2007, Oxiteno acquires the operating assets of the sulfation and sulfonation lines of the Unión Química in Mexico. In the same year it acquires Arch Química Andina: Venezuela's sole Non-Ionic Surfactants and Polyols producer.
In the same decade, it acquires in Brazil Clariant's Sulfation and Sulfonation unit, located in the city of Suzano, state of São Paulo.
As a result of these acquisitions, Oxiteno becomes an important supplier of products for the Personal Care, Home Care and I&I, Agrochemicals and Paints and Coatings Industries.
The company's internationalization continues with the inauguration of commercial offices in Argentina and the United States in 2007 and in Belgium in 2008.
In 2008, it starts-up an Oleochemical plant in the city of Camaçari, Bahia. With this Oleochemical plant, Oxiteno reaffirms its commitment to sustainability, since this is the first plant of Natural Fatty Alcohols in Latin America, producing completely biodegradable derivatives.
Always involved with sustainability, in 2010, about 20% of the raw materials purchased by the company came from renewable sources and 35% of its products already had “green” ingredients.
Oxiteno’s substantial expansion has resulted in the opening of commercial offices in Columbia and China in 2011.
Following its plan to expand to the international market, Oxiteno purchased Pasadena Property LP in Texas, USA, in April 2012, in order to produce specialties chemicals. In the following month, the company purchased the assets of Cytec, in Suzano, São Paulo, Brazil, in order to increase its esters and co-surfactants capacity.
In November of the same year, the company finished the acquisition process of the Uruguayan company American Chemical I.C.S.A, a producer of specialties chemicals and sulfate and sulfonate surfactants, as well as products for the leather segment.
"To be recognized as the best Surfactants and Specialty Chemicals company in the Americas".
Largest surfactant producer in Latin America.
ULTRAPAR Holdings company; one of the ten largest entrepreneurial groups in Brazil
Net revenue of US$1.5 billion in 2013.
Research, Development and Technology Centers in three countries: Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.
• The company invests about 1.5% of its annual revenue in Research and Development.
20% of the purchased raw materials come from renewable sources
About 35% of its products contain renewable ingredients.
Commercial offices in nine cities: São Paulo, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, City of Mexico, Chicago, Brussels, Shanghai and Montevideo.
12 industrial units based in five countries: Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
Installed production capacity of about 2 million tons/year.
Over 1,800 employees.
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