Ultrapar Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution; fuel distribution and related businesses; production and marketing of chemicals; and storage services for liquid bulk. The company also operates in oil refining through its joint-venture in Refinaria de Petróleo Riograndense S.A. The company also trades pharmaceutical, hygiene, beauty, and skincare products, through Imifarma Produtos Farmacêuticos e Cosméticos S.A. (Extrafarma). Distribution of LPG The company’s subsidiaries that operate in the distribution of LPG (Ultragaz) Ultragaz operates nationwide in the distribution of both bottled and bulk LPG, including the states in Brazil, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Bahia, and sells bottled LPG through its own retail stores and through independent dealers, as well as its fleet of owned and leased trucks, which operates on a door-to-door basis or on a scheduled/request delivery basis. Bulk LPG is serviced through Ultragaz’s own and leased truck fleet. Ultragaz has the following operating subsidiaries: Companhia Ultragaz S.A., or Cia Ultragaz, the company that pioneered the company’s LPG operations; Bahiana Distribuidora de Gás Ltda., or Bahiana, which primarily operates in the Northeast region of Brazil; and Utingás Armazenadora S.A., or Utingás, a storage services provider that operates two facilities in São Paulo and Paraná. Ultragaz delivers bottled LPG using a distribution network, which as of December 31, 2014 included 58 company-owned points of sales, and approximately 4.9 thousand independent dealers. As of December 31, 2014, Ultragaz had a fleet of 147 vehicles for the delivery of gas bottles and 280 for bulk delivery. Ultragaz also maintains a call center which centralizes LPG bottle orders made through phone calls. Independent Dealers: Ultragaz’s independent distribution network ranges from large dealers, which carry out home delivery, to single retail stores, which sell small quantities of LPG bottles. Customers and Marketing: Ultragaz operates small- and medium-sized bulk delivery facilities with bob-tail trucks, known together as UltraSystem, which deliver LPG in bulk to residential buildings, commercial, and industrial clients. Ultragaz’s clients in the commercial sector include shopping centers, hotels, residential buildings, restaurants, laundries, and hospitals. Ultragaz’s bulk sales include industrial clients, including companies in the food, metallurgical, and steel sectors. Supply of LPG: Ultragaz and all other LPG distributors in Brazil purchase LPG from Petrobras – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras). Strategy: Ultragaz’s strategy for bulk LPG distribution is to continue its process of product and service innovation and to increase the profile of its trademark. Competition: Ultragaz’s major competitors include Liquigás Distribuidora S.A.; Supergasbras; and Nacional Gás Butano. Fuel Distribution The company’s subsidiaries that operate in the fuel distribution business and related activities (Ipiranga) Ipiranga operates in the Brazilian fuel distribution market. Ipiranga also sells diesel, lubricants, fuel oil, and kerosene to 266 independent retail wholesale resellers that redistribute these products to small and medium-sized companies throughout Brazil. Distribution Infrastructure: Ipiranga has its own fleet of trucks through its transportation company, Tropical Transportes Ipiranga Ltda., which was responsible for transportation of 28% of the volume of fuels sold by Ipiranga in 2014, with the remaining portion of the transportation provided by third parties. The Jet Oil units, Ipiranga’s lubricant-changing and automotive service specialized network, ended 2014 with 1.337 franchises, including 251 Jet Oil Motos, the first specialized lubricant-changing and service network for motorcycles. Petrochemicals and Chemicals Oxiteno S.A. – Indústria e Comercio (Oxiteno) The company operates in the chemical sector through the second generation company, Oxiteno, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company and major producer of specialty chemicals. Oxiteno is the producer of ethylene oxide, eth
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