Braskem has launched the world's first certified linear polyethylene (PE) made from 100% renewable raw materials, fortifying its technological leadership in the production of green polymers and its commitment to sustainable development. Development of the linear polyethylene is in line with the company's strategy to improve competitiveness and create value through technology and innovation. This achievement was obtained through the development of technology using biobutane, which will enable Braskem to expand its line of green polyethylene. The linear polyethylene has been certified by one of the most important international laboratories, Beta Analytic, attesting that the product is made from 100% renewable raw material, and its patent has already been deposited by the company.
This announcement represents a new landmark in Braskem's biopolymer development program, initiated in June 2007, with the launch of the first green resin, a high density polyethylene geared towards markets that demand products with superior performance and quality, underscoring the automobile, food packaging, cosmetic and personal hygiene industries.
The main market for this linear polyethylene is the flexible packaging segment (films), which mostly serves the food industry. Still being produced at a laboratory scale, production of the green linear polyethylene will permit the product to be tested by selected clients interested in its performance and environmental advantages. At present, Braskem is concluding a project to set up an industrial unit to produce green ethylene that will supply the already existing polyethylene units in their installations, with the capacity to product 200,000 tpa and projected to start operations in 2010.