South America Continues to Reveal Opportunities in Technology, Digital Media, Renewable Energy and Mining
Strong Exports and High Commodity Prices Contribute to Growth within Many of the Latin American Markets
InvestorIdeas.com, a leading content provider of global investor and industry news and research resource portals, reviews the growing opportunities in renewable energy, mining, technology and digital media within key South American markets. Strong exports, high commodity prices and increased investments have been contributing factors to growth within many of the Latin American markets. As a result, many companies are working to capitalize across a variety of sectors such as DVD manufacturer Infosmart Group, Inc. (OTC BB: IFSG) in the digital media and tech market, ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) and Rotoblock Corporation (OTC BB: ROTB) taking advantage of the growing demand for alternative and renewable transportation, as well as GoldenPeaks Resources Ltd. (TSX: GL) and other mining companies pursuing resource plays within Argentina and surrounding areas.
According to IDC Worldwide PC Tracker December 2006, Brazil’s computer sales, to include desktops, notebooks and ultra portables, increased 21.5% to just under 1.79 million units in the third quarter of 2006, in comparison to the same time period in 2005.
The DVD player market possibly has the greatest potential for growth in Brazil's entire entertainment hardware sector, a key factor behind the decision by DVDR manufacturer Infosmart Group, Inc. (OTC BB:IFSG) to establish a production facility in Brazil through its subsidiary Infosmart Discobras. The Company’s DVD production from its Brazil facility is expected to begin in February 2007, with sales anticipated to contribute approximately 40% of the group revenue.
Brazil is also the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar cane-based ethanol. Brazil’s success in alternative fuels has led to the mass adoption of vehicles that run on pure ethanol, or a gasoline-ethanol blend termed gasohol and the overall acceptance of ‘green’ transportation technology.
Brazilian automotive company Obvio ! has developed unique flex-fuel and electric microcars suitable for 3 adults. Each microcar, measuring only nine feet in length which comes in either flex-fuel or all-electric models, achieves approximately 29 mpg in the city and over 40 mpg on the highway. Obvio ! has teamed up with California-based alternative vehicles developer and distributor ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP), to break into the North American market with estimates of launching 50,000 of the flex-fuel cars in mid to late 2008 for approximately $14,000USD per vehicle. ZAP is the exclusive North American distributor for Obvio ! and owns 20% of the Brazilian company.
Obvio ! is also pursuing further efficiencies through its development and licensing agreement with technology development company, Rotoblock Corporation (OTCBB: ROTB), specializing in advanced propulsion systems for the integration of their Oscillating Piston Engine (OPE) into the Obvio ! 828, the 012 and future models. The energy efficiency, small size and reduced emissions make Rotoblock’s OPE suitable for use with Obvio’s hybrid applications.
Chile has garnered considerable attention as the largest copper producer in the world and with copper prices seeing record highs in 2006, the region has reaped the economic rewards as GDP growth reached over 6% in 2005 and over 5% for 2006.
Argentina is the second-largest country in South America next to Brazil with rich natural resources and strong GDP growth between 8-9% over the past few years. As a result of historical political uncertainty Argentina has seen relatively little exploration when compared to nearby regions such as Chile and Brazil. However, as the political climate has significantly improved so has the investment potential of this region. Evidence of this is seen in the participation by many resource companies such as GoldCorp Inc, Golden Peaks Resources Ltd. (TSX: GL), and Barrick Gold Corporation.
Golden Peaks Resources Ltd. (TSX: GL), an exploration and resource development company holds more than 385,000 acres of prospective land holdings in four of Argentina’s most established mining districts. The Company’s main focus is on five high priority gold projects within Argentina covering the provinces of La Rioja, Neuquen, and Chubut. Golden Peaks’ La Fortuna project in Chubut, Argentina is located in the same region as the nearby Esquel and Navidad deposits and exhibits distinct geological characteristics which the Company believes to be evidence of its potential to be the region’s next major gold discovery.
Overall, while emerging markets can potentially be volatile due in large part to political risk, the strong demand across sectors such as alternative energy and transportation, mining and many segments within technology continue to present signs of long term opportunity.
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