The Odebrecht Group turns 60 in 2004. The organization was born in the Northeast-Brazilian state of Bahia, when the 23-year-old entrepreneur Norberto Odebrecht founded an individual contracting company in 1944.
Over the course of six decades, Odebrecht has never stopped growing. From Bahia, it grew in the Northeast in the 1960s, and expanded to the Southeast of Brazil in the following decade. By 1979, the Group had begun establishing a presence in other countries and businesses, including Chemicals & Petrochemicals.
Today, Odebrecht provides Engineering & Construction services in most of South America, as well as Central America, the United States, Angola, Portugal and the Middle East.
The Group also exports petrochemical products from Brazil to over 50 nations and every continent.
Odebrecht invests in transportation infrastructure in Portugal, and mining and oil ventures in Africa. It also provides oil production services in the North Sea.
A Brazilian pioneer in corporate community service, the Odebrecht Group carries out educational, health and environmental projects and sponsors cultural programs.
The Odebrecht Group’s Corporate Structure
Focuses on maintaining philosophical unity and establishing strategic direction for all Odebrecht subsidiaries, seeking to add quality to the entrepreneurship of the Group’s businesses, promote people’s development and preserve and give political and strategic support to the organization as a whole. It controls Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. and Braskem S.A., the leading companies for the Odebrecht Group’s two main businesses.
ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION
Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A.
CHEMICALS & PETROCHEMICALS
Águas de Limeira
NSPC – North Sea Production Company
OCS – Odebrecht Administradora e Corretora de Seguros Ltda.
Odeprev – Odebrecht Previdência