Braskem Inaugurates North American Plant
On March 29, Braskem, the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas, inaugurated its Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) production plant at its La Porte, Texas site. The Utec plant started operations in January 2017 after a successful plant commission and subsequently began producing commercial grade product and samples. The new Utec production facility allows Braskem to better serve its clients in North America as well as serve European and Asian clients via exports.
Utec is an engineered polymer with excellent mechanical properties, such as high abrasion resistance, impact strength and low coefficient of friction. It is a self-lubricating, high-strength, lightweight machinable product used for semi-finished goods. Utec is eight times lighter than steel and lasts ten times longer than High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). The product is utilized in a vast array of applications in the following industries: automotive and transportation, electronics, fibers and textiles, industrial and heavy equipment, material handling, oil and gas, pipe and mining, porous plastics, and recreation and consumer.
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