(ethanolproducer) -- Brazilian Braskem A.S. inaugurated the first commercial-scale plant in late September to produce ethylene from ethanol in Triunfo, in the Brazilian southern state of Rio Grande. With a production capacity of 200,000 tons of green polyethylene per year, the landmark project is equipped with technology developed by the petro-chemical company requiring investments worth $278 million.
⌠Braskem's green plastics are made from CO2 sequestered from the atmosphere through sugarcane photosynthesis. It is also the most competitive of all plastics made from renewable sources. And this has been widely acknowledged by the market, which recorded demand three times greater than the plant's capacity, says the company's CEO Bernardo Gradin.
Ethylene specification took place 12 hours after the plant's start up, on Sept. 3, and green polyethylene production began a week later. The polymerization process, which converts ethylene into resin, is carried out in Braskem's existing plants in the Triunfo Complex. The final product has the same properties and characteristics as conventional polyethylene, enabling clients to process it without the need for any adjustments in their machinery.
Over the past year, Braskem has established several partnerships to supply green polyethylene to domestic and international clients who have adopted sustainable development as a pillar of their market strategy including Tetra Pak, Toyota Tsusho, Shiseido, Natura, Acinplas, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Petropack. The most common applications of plastics from renewable sources are personal care and cleaning products, food packaging, toys and home appliances.