Brazil's FCC to make plant-based thermoplastic elastomers

10 May 2011 21:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)— Brazil-based FCC introduced a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is based on feedstock from plants, a company engineer said on Tuesday.

FCC's Fortiprene TPE Verde is 50% renewable, said Afonso Herique Felix, an FCC product engineer. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Brasilplast trade fair and conference.

FCC invested Brazilian reais (R) 10m ($6.2m, €4.3m) to build a plant in Rio Grande do Sul and expanded another unit in the northeastern state of Bahia, he said.

“The ‘green’ TPE was developed following a recent global trend of the plastics and rubber industry of applying sustainable measures such as using vegetable sources as feedstock,” Felix said.

“The goal is to offer an alternative feedstock as oil-derived sources tend to become scarcer and more expensive,” Felix said. 

According to FCC’s thermoplastics director Julio Schmitt, the new “green” version is 100% recyclable and is expected to be accepted by the industry, especially because its price should be in line with regular TPE and it could be processed by the same equipment.

Brazilian sales of TPE increased 40% in 2010, according to company data. 

Brasilplast is a major fair for the plastics industry in South America and is organised by Reed Exhibitions Alcantara Machado.

Brasilplast runs 9-13 May.

($1 = R1.62)
($1 = €0.70)

By: Hellen Berger
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