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SI Group Completes Expansion in Rio Claro, Brazil

New State-of-the-Art Facility Features Reduced Resource Consumption


SCHENECTADY, NY – April 27, 2017 – SI Group, a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions announced today the completion of its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Rio Claro, Brazil. The project includes a new formaldehyde plant; an expansion of the existing resin plant; and a new control room, tank farm, flammable shelter and warehouse. The facility is expected to bring another 80,000 metric tons of annual capacity in resin and formaldehyde production.

The new formaldehyde plant is equipped with world-class technology for high efficiency and reduced resource consumption, including:

 zero solid or liquid waste generation;

 reduced carbon emissions;

 more than 30 percent reduction of natural gas consumption;

 enhanced recycling and reuse of high-pressured steam;

 innovative emissions control system to remove pollutants, performing well below government limits; and

 high-performing automation and safety features for enhanced operator safety.

“The Rio Claro expansion represents best-in-class technologies and innovative process improvements, substantially improving energy use and sustainability at the site,” said João Paulo Porto, Vice President of South America. “The significant investment at Rio Claro demonstrates our strong commitment to South America, and positions us to better serve our customers now, and well into the future.”

As a result of the more than $20 million investment at Rio Claro, SI Group has consolidated all of its Brazil operations, including Jundiai. The expansion supports the company’s Vision 2020 strategy—developing solutions that address global megatrends, such as the environment, resource scarcity, mobility and changing demographics. These megatrends serve as guideposts for the company’s growth and expansion efforts.


About SI Group

SI Group is a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions that are critical to the quality and performance of countless industrial and consumer goods. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, SI Group is a family-owned company with over 2,700 employees worldwide. SI Group operates 20 manufacturing facilities on five continents with over $1 billion in annual sales. In 2016 and 2017, SI Group received a silver award for corporate social responsibility by EcoVadis, and is ranked among the top 10 percent of more than 30,000 worldwide companies. SI Group is The Substance Inside. For more information, visit


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