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Doing Business in Brazil: Québec Companies and the Rubber and Plastics Industry

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Doug Sharpe President of Elasto Proxy

Did you know that Québec is home to over 700 companies in the plastics industry? There are also plenty of businesses in the rubber industry, including toolmakers, mixers, suppliers, and distributors. Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) Industrial Material Institute is here, along with leading engineering schools such as Polytechnique Montréal. For polymers, Québec is a world-class center of innovation.

As the co-founder and co-owner of a Boisbriand company with offices in Ontario, the United States, and China, I’m proud to be part of such a thriving economic sector.  Since our founding in 1989, Elasto Proxy has listened to its partners, analyzing all of their needs before recommending sealing solutions. Today, we provide a full range of custom-fabricated rubber and plastic products to numerous industries.

Growing Globally in Québec

To grow globally, Elasto Proxy has participated in the SME Passport program, attended tradeshows in Europe, and participated in trade missions to Brazil. Just as we enjoy sharing our application knowledge and technical expertise with customers, we’re eager to explain what we’ve learned about global markets. That’s why next month, I’ll be part of a panel of rubber and plastics industry experts who will answer questions from Québec companies about doing business abroad.

Sponsored by Elastomer Valley, CSMO, Canada Economic Development (CED), Export Québec, and the government of Québec, this World Alliance event is scheduled for February 11 and 12. The panel I’ll be part of will meet on Day 1 just after lunch, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, and focus on doing business in Brazil. With 35 speakers in all, the entire two-day event will also include innovations in the plastic and rubber industry, sales trends, developing markets, and human resources.  Event participants can network with peers and uncover new business opportunities, too.

Join the Conversation

Does your company want to increase exports or reach global markets for the first time? What would you like to know about business practices in places like Brazil? Elasto Proxy’s President of International Sales, Clyde Sharpe, visited South America’s largest nation earlier this month, and has some new insights I’ll share in February.

Do you have questions about doing business in Brazil that can’t wait until then? Then join the conversation today. Look for a post with a link to this blog entry on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Elasto Proxy has pages on all of these social media websites, so all that’s missing is you. I hope you’ll subscribe to our free e-newsletters, too. They’re a great source of information delivered right to your email inbox, and provide links to blog entries like this one.