Archive for March 2007

Pam Membranas Seletivas

Pam Membranas Seletivas is growing for uniting environment protection to cost reduction. The company, who was born in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Incubator, manufactures microfiltration membranes to treat effluent and, thus, to reuse water. It finished to deliver two microfiltration units, one for Petrobras and another one for Dupont. Petrobras will use the equipment in the oil field of Fazenda Belém, in Ceará, to separate water from oil.

- Petrobra's wants to use this recicled and clean water to irrigate a mamona plantation for production of biodiesel - says Ronaldo Nóbrega, Pam Membrana's director, a retired Chemistry Engineering UFRJ Professor who developed the technology with his post-graduate students

Dupont, in Uberaba (MG), uses the filter to recoup a harmful pigment from the nature allowing its recycling and reuse. Pam Mambrana has also made tests in a brewery of São Paulo. And negotiates with the Votorantim Cellulose and Paper the implementation of its first filter of great dimension:

- We wait to close the year with bigger invoicing five times that of 2006, that it was of US$ 125 a thousand.

Pam Membrana has also won two innovation funding projects from the Brazilian innovation agency - FINEP and from the State of Rio de Janeiro Science and Technology Agency - FAPERJ to improve its microfiltration technology.

Pam-Membranas Seletivas
COPPE-UFRJ, Cidade Universitária - Rio de Janeiro
Caixa Postal 68568 - CEP: 21941-972
Phone: +5521-2590-3428
Fax: +5521-2590-4334
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Posted by Fabiano Gallindo


This year Vitrogen completes eight years of commercial performance in Brazil commemorating one historical mark: more than 360 a thousand bovine embryos produced by In vitro fertilisation (IVF). Of this volume 305 a thousand embryos had been transferred to receiving cows, an average of 40% of confirmed pregnancies.

Beyond this production increment of bovine embryos in domestic territory, Vitrogen has since 2003 also expanded its action in other South-american countries. Currently the company possesss laboratories in Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela and Mexico. According to Yeda Watanabe, one of the partners of the Vitrogen, these three countries had already produced more than 50 a thousand embryos. The forecast is that in 2007 Vitrogen must produce between 6 and 10 a thousand pregnancies by IVF only in Colombia. In Brazil four units, installed in Cravinhos/SP, Uberaba/MG, Field Grande/MS and Morrinhos/GO (this in partnership with the Samvet Embryos) are in production.

The Vitrogen also is pioneering in the commercial application of the of bovines, goat and ovinos cloning and is searching partnerships for projects of national and international expansion. Vitrogen develops research projects and it offers other services in biotechnologies for animal reproduction.

Rua Sete de Setembro, 601 - Alto das Acácias
Cep 14।140-000 - Cravinhos/SP
Phone: 55(16) 3951-9255

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Posted by Fabiano Gallindo

Brazilian Space Agency

The Brazilian Space Agency (Agência Espacial Brasileira) is the civilian authority in Brazil that is in charge of the country's burgeoning space program. It operates a rocket launch site at Alcântara. Its location near the equator means that less energy is required to launch into space.

The Brazilian Space Agency is the heir to Brazil's space program. Previously, the program had been under the control of the Brazilian military. Because of pressure from the United States over the possible military application of its space program, the program was transferred into civilian control on 10 February 1994.

It suffered a major setback in 2003, when a rocket explosion killed 21 technicians. The first successful rocket was launched on October 23, 2004; it was a VSV-30, or Brazilian Exploration Vehicle, launched on a sub-orbital mission.

A joint venture company for rockets and satellites, established by Brazil and Ukraine, should begin operating this year. The partnership is aimed at launching rockets and satellites from the Alcântara Base, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão. The first launch should take place by 2009, according to the AEB, which completed 13 years of existence on February 10th, 2007.

Brazil will make available its launch area in Alcântara and the Ukrainians will provide the launching technology developed in Ukraine.

The company is expected to profit the equivalent of roughly 10% of the global satellite launching market, worth US$ 10 billion, over the next eight years, since countries that own satellites will be able to pay to use the base and the launching technology.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Posted by Fabiano Gallindo

Ipiranga Group

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, Ultra group, in the gas, chemical and transport sector, and petrochemical company Braskem signed an agreement to acquire the businesses of Ipiranga group. The value of the operation will be US$ 4 billion. Ipiranga operates in the oil refining, petrochemical and fuel distribution sectors.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) is a wholly owned enterprise of the Brazilian Government, which is engaged in the energy sector. Petrobras is divided into four business areas: Exploration and Production, Downstream, Gas & Energy and International, and two support functions, which are Finance and Services. The Company has over 100 production platforms, 16 refineries, 30,000 kilometers of ducts and more than 6,000 gas stations. Petrobras is also present in other countries, namely Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Nigeria, and the United States, as well as having the support of its overseas offices in New York (ESNOR), and Japan (ESJAP). Brazilian oil company Petrobras has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan that forecasts the viability study for the use of the Brazilian company's technology in the production of oil in the Arab country. The technology is Petrosix, for the production of schist oil, and it should be used in the AUG block, in the Attarat field, in the Arab country.

Braskem S.A. (Braskem) is an integrated petrochemical cracker and thermoplastics producer in Brazil. The Company produces a portfolio of petrochemical products, and focuses on polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Braskem operates through four business units: Basic Petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vinyls and Business Development. The Basic Petrochemicals Unit includes the Company's basic petrochemical production activities, and supply of electricity, steam and compressed air to second-generation producers. The Polyolefins Unit encompasses activities related to the production of polyethylene and polypropylene. The Vinyls Unit is engaged in the production of PVC, caustic soda and chlorine. The Business Development Unit is engaged in activities related to the production of other second-generation petrochemical products. On April 6, 2006, the Company acquired all of the common and preferred shares of Politeno Industria e Comercio S.A.

Ultrapar Participações S.A. (Ultra Group)one of Brazil's most solid conglomerates। It unites three different companies, each with a prominent position in its own segment: Ultragaz, the leader in Brazil's distribution market for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), with a 24% market share; Oxiteno, the largest producer of specialty chemicals in Brazil and the only manufacturer of ethylene oxide and its main derivatives in Mercosur area (comprising Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay); and Ultracargo, a leading provider of integrated road transport, storage and handling services for chemicals and fuels.

Petrobras will take over the Ipiranga distribution network in the North, Northeast and Midwest, and will have up to five years to use the Ipiranga brand, after which it will have to be replaced for the Petrobras Distribuidora brand। Braskem will manage 60% of the assets of Ipiranga Group in the petrochemical sector. Ultra will have the Ipiranga fuel distribution network in the South and Southeast of the country, and will continue running it under the Ipiranga brand. Petrobras will keep the other 40% of the Ipiranga group petrochemical activities.

The Ipiranga Refinery, in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, will be equally controlled by Petrobras, Ultra Group and Braskem, who agree to proceed with the activities.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Posted by Fabiano Gallindo


The Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) is a filantropic institution, located in three cities: São Paulo, in the Higienópolis quarter, Ribeirão Preto, in the California Garden quarter and in Sao Jose dos Campos.

FAAP was a small foundation destined to help and develop Fine Arts in 1947. Today it is considered one of the most important and respected Academic Institutions in Brazil.

The constant investment in culture, is a FAAP "brand" through the Museum of Brazilian Art (MAB), the FAAP Theater, FAAP College (founded in 1988), the library (created in 1959) and the facultieses.

The MAB has a heap of 2,500 works of Brazilian and foreign artists who have settled down here. Promotes workshops, courses and seminars, occupying an important place in the cultural life of the city. It holds international exhibitions with a great number of visitors.

The FAAP counts currently on 8 a thousand students in the graduation level, in seven facultieses: Business, Fine Arts, Communications, Law,Economics, Engineering and Computer Science, beyond 4,5 a thousand students in the level of post-graduation and the Executive MBA, considered one of the best of Brazil and a High School.

It is in the formation of students that Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado stands out in the academic scenario. It is considered as an institution that prepares the elite and future leaders of the country in business, public, cultural and artistic spheres. Its principal mission is to foment teaching that permits the students an all round formation as human beings. In the classrooms, professional specialization meets the requirements of modern production, based on new technologies, concepts of productivity and total quality. Besides preparing the youth to full exercise the citizenship, FAAP is committed to a national project for development and social well being.

International Office of FAAP
903 Alagoas Street, Zip Code: 01242-902-São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: 55 11 3662-7159 - Fax: 55 11 3662-7103
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Posted by Fabiano Gallindo

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