Brazil R&D: Ecolab Expands Facilities, Halliburton Inaugurates Tech Center

Brazil is a bit of a favorite amongst the big guns in tech.

Last year, Nokia Siemens announced plans to build a 4G plant in the country, and this year, TIM Brasil selected the company to deploy its LTE 4G network. Lenovo acquired Brazilian electronics manufacturer CEE this past September, and in the same month Foxconn revealed that it would be building Brazilian manufacturing plant number five in São Paulo. Microsoft topped off the year announcing a US$100 million investment to build a technology center in Rio de Janeiro.

This week, two more international corporations – this time, in the energy industry – made moves in Brazil in innovation and R&D.

Ecolab Expands Research Center

Ecolab has expanded its RD&E Center in Campinas, São Paulo, doubling the size of the facility to 1,300 square meters.

The Campinas facility is one of Ecolab’s 19 research centers around the world. It houses a lab for developing efficient and sustainable solutions for oil and gas, a research center for studying water applications for the pulp and paper, mining, sugar and brewing industries, and space and equipment for work related to cleaning and sanitizing as well as food and beverage processing.

With its new and improved RD&E center, Ecolab will further cement its place in one of its major geographic markets – Brazil and Latin America. Jim White, Ecolab Senior Vice President and President, Latin America Region, told the Wall Street Journal:

The expansion of the Campinas research center is part of Ecolab’s strategy to keep pace with the strong growth of our business in Brazil and throughout Latin America. By working closely with our customers in Brazil and throughout Latin America to develop solutions to meet their operational challenges, our scientists will also help deploy existing technologies such as 3D TRASAR(R) automation technology for cooling water, DryExx(R) dry lubricant for bottlers, PARETO(TM) mixing technology for the paper industry and the innovative enzyme-based floor cleaner Wash ‘n Walk(R).

Halliburton Tech Center Opens its Doors

Oil and energy giant Halliburton has inaugurated a new Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro. Located at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Technology Park, the center measures 7,062 square meters. It boasts specialized laboratories, collaboration spaces, testing areas and rooms for conferences and training.

The center will facilitate collaboration between the company, academics and researchers. It is poised to become an international center of expertise in deepwater and mature fields.

Halliburton has been operating in Brazil for 60 years, this center playing a vital role in its larger national scheme. Tim Probert, President of Strategy and Corporate Development at the company, remarked:

Technology has played an important role in addressing our customers’ challenges, particularly in Brazil’s deepwater as well as mature field environments. This state-of-the-art center in Brazil, close to our customers, allows us to accelerate new technology development and enable Halliburton to deliver even more innovative solutions to our customers faster.

Ecolab and Halliburton certainly won’t be the last to tap into Brazil’s innovative potential and its deep pool of talent. It will be interesting to see what other companies follow suit.