Tetra Pak to strike bio-based LDPE deal with Braskem

26 June 2013 16:49  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Tetra Pak plans to sign an agreement with Brazilian petrochemicals producer Braskem to purchase bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for its products in Brazil, the Switzerland-based packaging company said on Wednesday.

Tetra Pak plans to use Braskem’s sugarcane-derived LDPE in its carton packaging in Brazil from the first quarter of 2014, the company said in a statement.

The planned deal means that 100% of Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil will have up to 82% packaging material from renewable sources, the company said.

Tetra Pak has used Braskem’s bio-based high-density PE (HDPE) in the production of plastic caps and closures since 2011.

“The new agreement to be signed with Braskem demonstrates our commitment to bring environmental innovations to our customers and is a further step in our journey to develop fully renewable packaging,” said Tetra Pak president Dennis Jonsson.

Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas, will use ethanol derived from sugarcane to produce ethylene, which will then be converted to LDPE.

The company will start production of bio-based LDPE from January 2014 at its petrochemical complex in Triunfo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with a capacity of around 30,000 tonnes/year.

“The new bio-based LDPE is as inert, resistant and recyclable as the PE made from fossil sources, but contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the sugarcane growth process,” said Braskem president Carlos Fadigas.

Braskem has been producing bio-based HDPE and bio-based linear low density PE (LLDPE) on an industrial scale since September 2010.
By: Simon West

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