Braskem's green plastic certified by Vincotte

(Braskem) -- The green plastic produced by Braskem has recently received the highest certification for renewable products from Vincotte. The Belgium certification association is one of the world's main references in this type of evaluation.

Samples of the HDPE and LLDPE families were evaluated, with the entire Green PE line receiving four-star certifications, which is the highest quality rating conferred by Vincotte. Braskem's Green PE is now authorized to use the 'Ok Biobased' seal, an international identification granted by the certification association to products made from proven renewable sources.

For Braskem, the certification confirms the international recognition of the renewable content of Green PE, increasing its credibility in the market and value creation in the relationship with Clients.

Green plastic began to be produced on an industrial scale in September 2010, with the inauguration of the plant that produces its raw material - ethanol-based ethylene - in the city of Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul state. Green PE was developed by Braskem with the aim of being totally recyclable and reusable.


SABIC and Sinopec to invest in polycarbonate plant

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- SABIC and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp) have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on a polycarbonate production in China. This new agreement will add to SABIC's joint-venture with Sinopec, SSTPC (Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Company). A joint investment between both companies will fund a new polycarbonate production plant with an annual capacity for 260 KT.

Fully operational since 2010, Tianjin-based SSTPC (a 50:50 JV and established in October, 2009) produces various petrochemical products, including ethylene, polyethylene, ethylene glycol, polypropylene, butadiene, phenol and butene-1, among others.

The new polycarbonate production plant will be located in SSTPC and is expected to be operational by 2015. It will leverage SABIC's world-class advanced polycarbonate technology using phosgene and Dichloromethane free process. The performance properties of purity, transparency and continuous processing will bring local PC resin capabilities to a diverse customer base in China.


Dow officially opened polyolefin elastomers plant in Thailand

(Dow) -- The Dow Chemical Company announced today that its new world-scale specialty elastomers plant in Thailand is targeted to begin commercial operation on June 1, 2011, after a successful startup. A project of the SCG-Dow joint venture, the new manufacturing operation will add dedicated capacity to meet growing worldwide customer demand for a full range of elastomer products.

With this new plant Dow continues to offer solutions that create value for our customers while taking full advantage of current and future growth. A global leader in elastomers innovation, Dow is committed to offering the most technologically advanced plastomers and elastomers in the world.

The opening of the plant in Rayong Province, Thailand, is further illustration of Dow's investment in downstream performance businesses. The facility will increase Dow's global capacity for polyolefin elastomers to over 800 kilometric tons, or nearly 2 billion pounds.

Dow Elastomers produces a wide range of high-quality flexible plastics and adhesives. ENGAGE Polyolefin Elastomers offer a distinct combination of flexibility and toughness, making them a material of choice for a wide variety of applications, including automotive thermoplastic applications.


SABIC expanded industry's broadest polycarbonate portfolio

(SABIC) -- At Chinaplas 2011 the Innovative Plastics strategic business unit of SABIC today announced the addition of SABIC PC resin to its already expansive polycarbonate (PC) offering, reaffirming the company's polycarbonate industry leadership. The new transparent PC resin features the same outstanding product quality that customers have come to expect from Innovative Plastics and is targeted for high-volume extrusion, custom compounding, general purpose and optical-quality applications. The material is manufactured at SABIC's Saudi Kayan PC facility in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia and will be used to supply the fast growing Asia market, as well as the Middle East and Europe. This new product will enable Innovative Plastics to provide customers with the broader range of PC resins they require for steady business growth and expansion.


Lanxess renamed its Basic chemicals business unit

(Lanxess) -- The Lanxess specialty chemicals company has given its Basic Chemicals business unit a new name: Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII). The new name establishes a direct link to the product portfolio, which includes advanced intermediates for numerous branches of industry, and it emphasizes the unit's applied know-how in manufacturing and supply. Furthermore, the name underlines the business unit's association with the LANXESS Advanced Intermediates segment, which generated sales of over EUR 1.3 billion in fiscal 2010.