Country Focus: Brazil


The commercial industrial gas market in Brazil generated revenues of just over $2.2 billion in 2014. The country’s market represents the largest in the South American region, yet has faced year-on-year decline since its record revenues in 2011. 

This decline has been heavily linked to the well-documented fall of the Brazilian Real since 2011, and increased domestic and international pressures on the market’s key end users.

The Brazilian industrial gases market is dominated by the wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair, White Martins. The company has a strong presence in all lines of business in the country, and is estimated to achieve a market share of 58% in 2014. Air Liquide has been active in the country since 1945, and operates a strong number of cylinder filling plants, alongside a high number of distributors around the country. This has enabled the availability of Air Liquide’s packaged products in over 80% of the country’s vast territory. In 2014, we estimate that the company held a market share of just over 17%.

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