Braskem & Toyota Tsusho start joint marketing activities for green polyethylene from sugar cane in Asia

Friday, Sep 26, 2008

Braskem S.A., the Latin America´s leading petrochemical company, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation have agreed to carry out, through a commercial contract, joint marketing activities for green polyethylene from sugarcane in Asian regions including Japan. Braskem plans to produce green polyethylene for the first time in the world on an industrial scale by 2011.

Braskem will build a new facility at their existing industrial unit in Triunfo, RS, Brazil with an annual production capacity of 200,000 tons, and will produce High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) from bioethanol derived from sugarcane – non-grain feedstock.

The world trend for CO2 emission reductions has boosted public demand towards bio-based plastics recently. Green polyethylene made from sugarcane ethanol can also contribute significantly to CO2 emission reductions. At the same time, green polyethylene has remarkable advantages over existing bio-based plastics. It is possible to use existing processing equipments and recycling systems since green polyethylene has the same characteristics as traditional petroleum-based polyethylene. Therefore, the plastic can be applied to products in various fields, such as bottles, film, plastic bags, containers, personal-hygiene articles and automotive parts.

Toyota Tsusho have joined Braskem’s R&D program on green plastics, which produced the world’s 1st certified 100% green polyethylene based on sugarcane ethanol at the “Braskem Technology and Innovation Center” in Triunfo, RS, Brazil last year. A radiocarbon dating laboratory, Beta Analytic, Inc., conducted the certification by the method defined as ASTM D6866.

The green polyethylene shall be exhibited and introduced at “BioJapan 2008″, the most renowned bio-related event held in Japan, on October 15-17, 2008 at “Pacifico Yokohama”, Yokohama, Japan, and Braskem will give a seminar during the event.

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