Founded in 1944, Brazil's family-owned conglomerate Odebrecht S.A. is active in 23 countries and focuses on engineering and construction, chemicals and petrochemicals, ethanol and sugar, environmental engineering, oil and gas, power, real estate, infrastructure, investments and holdings, and transportation and logistics services. The Odebrecht group comprises 15 business units, three investment funds and five auxiliary companies. Its construction subsidiary, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. (CNO), Latin America's largest engineering and construction company, focuses on large-scale construction projects such as highways, railways, bridges, power plants, tunnels, subways, buildings, port facilities, dams, manufacturing and processing plants, and mining and industrial facilities. CNO consolidates the activities of business units Odebrecht Engenharia Industrial, Odebrecht Infraestructura Brasil, Odebrecht Infraestructura África, Emirados Árabes e Portugal, Odebrecht Infraestructura América Latina and Odebrecht Estaos Unidos. The Odebrecht group also controls petrochemical firm Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastics in the Americas with 36 industrial plants located in Brazil, the US and Germany. Through Odebrecht Agroindustrial, the group produces ethanol and sugar in nine plants in the Brazilian states of São Paulo, Goiás, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. The environmental division Odebrecht Ambiental, created in 2008, serves 13mn people in more than 160 Brazilian municipalities by providing sanitation and waste management services. It is divided into three segments: water and sewer, utilities, and waste.