Odebrecht has established a global presence by winning over and gaining the loyalty of unique clients in the context of their local cultures and communities, while ensuring their full satisfaction. The Group began extending its operations to other countries in 1979, when Odebrecht won its first Engineering & Construction contracts in Peru and Chile, and its international operations are expanding year by year.
In 2006, Construtora Norberto Odebrechtís gross revenue from operations outside Brazil reached USD 2.3 billion. As Brazilís leading service exporter, the company has brought in USD 430 million in foreign exchange to Brazil while directly and indirectly creating 100,000 work opportunities. It has also provided business opportunities for the 1,100 Brazilian companies that supply goods and services for Odebrechtís international projects.
Braskem has increased its annual volume of petrochemical product exports despite the high prices of raw materials and the devaluation of the US dollar. The company has opened branches in Argentina and the Netherlands to develop new markets and provide better service to international clients by offering dedicated teams and local distribution centers. In Venezuela, studies continued in 2006 for two projects that will provide differential access to raw materials under competitive conditions: a polypropylene unit with a 400,000 tonne/year production capacity, and a petrochemical complex that will produce up to 1.2 million tonnes/year of ethylene.
The sum total of Construtora Norberto Odebrechtís and Braskemís exports in 2006 ranks the Odebrecht Group among the top ten Brazilian exporters.
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