In the 1970s, the company was driven in Brazil by the entrepreneurial spirit and dedication of its employees. The country's first ethylene oxide manufacturer started with a plant in the ABC Petrochemical Hub, in Sao Paulo, and soon expanded to Camacari, in Bahia State.
In 20 years, Oxiteno established itself as the leading manufacturer of ethylene oxide and derivatives in Latin America. It opened two more industrial units in Brazil (in Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul States) and a research and development center in Maua, Sao Paulo. In this way Oxiteno has been able to expand its operations, grow its portfolio, and enhance the quality of its processes and products.
Oxiteno began the 21st century ready to extend its reach still further. In 2003, the company acquired Canamex, in Mexico, Grupo Ultra’s first asset outside Brazil. With a strategic internationalization project, the company opened offices in Argentina (2006), United States (2007), Belgium (2008), Colombia (2011), Uruguay (2012) and China (2012). Its presence in Mexico was further expanded by establishing partnerships with international research institutes.