Brazil renewed

Speaking of Brazil (and in connection to my last post about Amyris), I think I mentioned before that there seems to be more investments and activities going on in that part of the world when it comes to biofuel and renewable-based chemicals.

The blog reported on May 15 about bioplastic development in Brazil. Since then more announcements were noted such as the renewable feedstock of Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle being made in Brazil; Brazilian margarine tubs using Cereplast’s bioplastic; and Cargill selling its Ingeo bioplastics in Brazil.

Last month, ICIS news* reported that Brazilian sugarcane and ethanol producer Pedra Agroindustrial plans to start commercial bioplastics production by late 2012 with a new sugarcane-based bioplastics facility with a capacity of between 35,000-40,000 tonnes/year.

The compostable poly-3-hydroxybuyrate (PHB) plastic is said to be suitable for niche applications such as throw-away products like plastic utensils, as well as cosmetics packaging and potentially medical products

ICIS news* also reported that Brazil’s Braskem signed a deal last month to sell 5,000 tonnes/year of sugarcane ethanol-based polyethylene (PE) to Swedish food packaging company Tetra Pak. Braskem said it would supply Tetra Pak with sugarcane ethanol-based high density PE (HDPE) starting in 2011.

Specialty chemicals company Rhodia was also reported (by ICIS news*) as becoming interested in developing more chemical products in Brazil based on ethanol as a renewable raw material. Rhodia was said to be in discussion with players in the field of sugar cane/ethanol although no specific concrete project was yet announced.

Also more news here about biofuel development in Brazil:

*ICIS News is subscription only.

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