Gypsum industry news
Chile: Knauf has acquired Novochile for an undisclosed amount. The purchase includes a 10Mm2/yr gypsum wallboard plant in La Serana and gypsum mineral reserves. The plant supplies central and northern Chile and it will compliment Knauf's plant in Argentina. It will be the seventh that it operates in Latin America.
Chile: El Volcan, a company owned by Matte Group and Saint-Gobain, plans to spend up to US$50m on building a new gypsum wallboard plant in Puente Alto. The builder's merchant intends to upgrade an existing production site to produce wallboard and plaster, according to the El Mercurio newspaper. Permits have been secured for the project and the plant is expected to be ready by early 2018. The company also intends to start selling its full range of products in Peru.
Chile: Knauf Gips KG has purchased a gypsum quarry from cement producer Cementos Bio Bio for US$20m. The acquisition will allow Knauf to consolidate its presence in South American. The company, which already owns three gypsum plants in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, plans to expand its geographical reach to Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean.
Peru/Chile: Chilean building materials importer and trader Novochile plans to export to Peru. The company recently opened a 16Mm2/yr capacity gypsum wallboard and timber boards plant in Chile.