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Braskem and A. Schulman enter green polyethylene partnership

Brazil-headed Braskem SA, the largest petrochemical and thermoplastic resin company in the Americas has announced that it has entered into a partnership with US-headed A. Schulman, Inc., a leading global producer of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, to produce and market a new green polyethylene application: a solution for the rotomolding process.

Braskem is the largest resin producer in the Americas, with annual production of 20 million tonnes, including chemical products and basic petrochemicals. “I’m green” polyethylene is made from ethylene derived from sugarcane and has the same properties of conventional polyethylene, which means it does not require adaptations to machinery while being 100 percent recyclable. Braskem’s Green Plastic plant has a production capacity of 200 000 tonnes per annum (photo courtesy Braskem).

According to a statement, Braskem started to develop a solution to enable the rotational molding of general-purpose parts, with applications ranging from toys and furniture to agricultural tools that can contain more than 50 percent of green plastic in their composition after identifying a market demand for more sustainable solutions in rotomolded products.

The partnership with A. Schulman will benefit a market that requires innovative products. The new compound is another step of the petrochemical industry towards reinforcing the commitment of companies to new solutions that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Gustavo Sergi, Director of Renewable Chemicals, Braskem.

A. Schulman, which contributes to the partnership through its industrial and commercial expertise in serving clients directly with products that meet market needs, will bring this solution to the market by featuring the “I’m green” seal, which indicates its helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

A. Schulman is honored to have a long-standing collaborative relationship with Braskem and we are equally pleased to play a part in helping drive green innovation the specialty chemical industry and specifically for the rotomolding market, said Gustavo Perez, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Latin America, A. Schulman.

In March 2017, Braskem inaugurated its US$540 000  Brazilian Technology and Innovation Center of Triunfo, RS, a complete rotomolding laboratory that includes a commercial-size Rotoline equipment.

With the investment, we’ll be able to develop new solutions for the market, while focusing on increasing the diversification of applications and continuing to deliver innovations in this segment, said Fabiano Zanatta, leader of the company’s rotomolding segment.

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