JOINVILLE, Brazil—Bluestar Silicones has moved its production facilities from Sao Paulo to Joinville, according to its parent company China National Bluestar Group. Services, logistics, transport infrastructure and the availability of skilled labor were the main reasons behind the move, according to the company.
The $12.3 million, 26,246-sq.-ft. facility began operations mid-September at the Perini Business Park and has created 40 jobs, Bluestar said.
Bluestar Silicones expects the new production unit, with its logistics platform, to offer efficiency and quick delivery of products coming from other subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America.
“Even in this challenging environment, we trust the company and the region, and hope to resume rapid growth in the coming years,” CEO Lucas Freire said.
A member of Elkem A.S. based in Norway, Bluestar Silicones is headquartered in Lyon, France, and is a supplier to the adhesive, construction, automotive and health care markets.