Drywall factory in Rio de Janeiro to be the largest in South America

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  • Posted on October 5, 2015


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    Gypsum, a drywall systems company part of the Belgian Etex Group, will open in Rio de Janeiro the largest drywall factory in South America. With an investment of R$ 200 million and production capability of 30 million m² of plates per year, the unit should generate 100 direct jobs when it begins operations, in December.

    “The investment allows that Etex Group ensures their leadership position in South America, an emerging market, of major strategic importance, and Brazil occupies a prominent position in the region’s economic development. Gypsum is about to celebrate 20 years in the Brazilian market, and the innauguration of this new production unit will guarantee our supply to meet the growing demand for drywall in the country over the next few years”, explains Philippe Rainero, president of Gypsum in Brazil, which already has two other units in the country.

    Located in a 16-acre area on the Santa Cruz industrial hub, in the city’s West Zone, the plant will attend to, mainly, the South and Southeast regions of the country, with plaster plates and other Gypsum Drywall system components for walls, ceilings and coverings. The region has been receiving investments from other companies on account of its strategic location, close to the port of Itaguaí and the main national routes.