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10-06-2010

Braskem: World’s Largest Green Ethylene Plant

On September 24 Braskem S.A., Sao Paolo, inaugurated the world’s largest ethylene-from-ethanol plant in Triunfo, Brazil. The plant permits the production of 200,000 tons of green polyethylene per year. The project, which absorbed investments of almost R$500 million, was based on the company’s own technology.

Braskem’s green plastics are made from CO2 sequestered from the atmosphere through sugarcane photosynthesis. The polymerization process, which converts ethylene into resin, is carried out in Braskem’s existing plants in the Triunfo Complex. The final product has the same properties and characteristics as conventional polyethylene and can be processed by clients’ equipment without the need for any adjustments.

The green polyethylene project will consume around 462 million liters of ethanol per year, which will initially come from the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Paraná.

Since last year, Braskem has established several partnerships to supply green polyethylene to domestic and international clients who have adopted sustainable development as a pillar of their market strategy. This pioneering group of companies includes Tetra Pak, Toyota Tsusho, Shiseido, Natura, Acinplas, Johnson&Johnson, Procter&Gamble and Petropack. The most common applications of plastics from renewable sources are personal care and cleaning products, food packaging, toys and home appliances.

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