The Artecola Group, a Brazilian company specializing in adhesives, laminates, and uppers and other special products for footwear, plans to invest 10 million Brazilian reals (€3.5m-$4.6m) in research and development. Technological Innovation Industry Research, part of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, said that the investment represents about five times the normal percentage that Brazilian companies devote to R&D. Artecola expects about a quarter of its revenues this year to come from new products, up from 19 percent last year. Separately, its partnership with the German company Rhenoflex will cease in the middle of this year.