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To Braskem, innovation is the path to its survival, growth and perpetuity. With a team of 300 professionals dedicated exclusively to researching and developing new products, two Innovation & Technology Centers and 23 laboratories, Braskem is constantly working to ensure its sustainable economic growth.
In 2014, Braskem was recognized as one of the world's 50 most innovative companies, based on the ranking compiled annually by the magazine Fast Company. The only Brazilian company to figure in the ranking, Braskem was recognized for its research in products made from renewable resources, known a green plastic .
located in Triunfo (RS) and Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
and 7 pilot plants
in Brazil and abroad
to meet the needs of various business areas
As part of its focus on renewable chemicals, Braskem signed a technological cooperation agreement with the U.S. renewable products company Amyris and French tire maker Michelin to develop technology for the production of biobased isoprene, a chemical feedstock used by the tire industry, and other rubbers. The technology is developed from plant sugars, such as those found in sugarcane and cellulosic feedstocks.
Braskem continues to make progress on the joint development of a new technology for the production of biobased butadiene in partnership with Genomatica, a U.S. biotechnology company. Signed in 2013, the agreement aims to supply green butadiene primarily to the synthetic rubber market, whose demand today is met basically by naphtha-based butadiene.