An Argentine corporation has joined a group of European and Japanese companies that are intent in turning Uruguay into a leading partner in the pulp and paper industry. Celulosa Argentina announced Wednesday it has plans to invest a billion US dollars to produce a million tons of pulp annually.
The world's largest jetliner made aviation history Thursday, completing its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455 passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.
For the second year running London is Europe's top city in terms of prospects for economic growth in an overall outlook for European property which is described as good despite the credit crisis, according to the ninth European regional Economic Growth Index released Tuesday by LaSalle Investment Management.
Portuguese pulp and paper maker Portucel will decide before the end of the year whether it will build a plant in Uruguay, government representatives announced. This would become the fourth pulp mill to be established in Uruguay.
Uruguay announced Friday that the Botnia-Orion pulp mill, which has been at the heart of an ongoing bitter controversy with Argentina, is set to begin production in mid November conditioned to the finishing of a bicycle lane and an alternative water intake for the plant.
Computer giant Microsoft is getting into the telephone business. Chairman Bill Gates was in San Francisco for the official launch of software linking a person's phone, computer and other communications devices.
Brazil's Petrobras, Venezuela's PDVSA and two Argentine groups are interested in acquiring US oil coporation Esso assets in South America, reports El Cronista, a business newspaper from Buenos Aires.
Uruguayan representatives of Britain's Breeders & Packers announced this week in Montevideo plans for an abattoir with an annual capacity of 320.000 head of cattle bred in feed lots involving investments of over 100 million US dollars.
Chile's Mining Minister Karen Poniachik disclosed Monday that Chile is anticipating 17 billion US dollars on new gold and copper mining investment in the next five years. Poniachik said the new cash infusion is needed to replace existing mines whose reserves are running out and to bolster output.
Global liquidity in recent years has led to a boom, --and speculation--, in real estate and farming land in Mercosur member countries. Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay have seen land prices soar pushed by foreign buyers and now governments are reacting tightening restrictions on land ownership.