Strategic management for innovation
The development of new production technologies as well as process and product innovation are the pillars for innovation at Braskem. The goal is to meet our Clients' needs and, through their experience and knowledge, to propose new solutions that add quality to the end products those Clients deliver to society.
Braskem's strategic management of innovation is further bolstered by open innovation, working through partnerships that enable advanced networking with trends and opportunities as well as encouraging new and ideas and innovations. Partnerships with research centers, the scientific community and universities play a leading role in this context. By joining forces, the company is spearheading advanced research to develop products made with renewable raw materials that are commercially viable for Clients and society in general.
Braskem's investments in innovation are intensifying every year, and the company now ranks among the three most significant investments made by private-sector Brazilian companies, which underscores the importance of this subject and the contribution of cutting-edge research in its field of operations.
Technology & Innovation Center
To provide support for R&D, Braskem has its own Technology & Innovation Centers with two units in Brazil and the United States. About 240 specialized professionals are hard at work at these units, developing new products and applications. They also conduct tests and make incremental improvements to existing products and processes. Furthermore, they do advanced research in fields such as nanotechnology and develop new production methods involving renewable raw materials.
Braskem's world leadership in biopolymers is a concrete outcome of the company's innovation efforts. Braskem is the world's top producer of green polyethylene (Green PE) made from sugarcane ethanol. In addition to using renewable raw materials, the production process for the Green PE has a lower environmental impact, because every metric ton produced removes up to 2.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. In the near future, Braskem will also start producing green polypropylene (Green PP) made with sugarcane ethanol.