Braskem’s next bioplastic move

The green blog was a bit concern for a while on the status of Braskem’s green poplypropylene (PP) project when news of management shake-up within Braskem reached ICIS news desk a couple of weeks ago.

However, I saw this article from BusinessGreen.com dated May 8 talking about Braskem pushing through its $100m sugarcane ethanol-based PP plan with a new 30,000 tonne/year facility in Rio Grande do Sul near Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. The facility, which will be alongside Braskem’s 200,000 tonne/year Green PE plant, is expected to be completed in 2013.

According to the article, Braskem’s current Green PE customers such as Toyota, Tetra Pak, and Danone, have already lined up for Green PP.

Another recent news from Braskem is its recent collaboration with Australia-based Plantic Technologies where it plans to use Braskem’s Green PE for its  corn starch-based ecoPlastic branded products such as trays and films.

Braskem said the use of Green PE will increase the renewable content of ecoPlastic to more than 90% without compromising barrier properties already offered by the packaging.

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