Braskem invests R$50 million to expand production of specialty polyethylenes-us

The Company will modernize and expand its Bahia facility to support its clients' growth and ensure the supply of metallocene-based resins to the plastics industry

Braskem is investing approximately R$50 million to expand its annual production capacity of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) by 120 kton. Of this total, 100 kton correspond to the Braskem Flexus® family, which is the brand under which Braskem's metallocene-based polyethylenes are sold. The Company will convert one of its polyethylene production lines to offer a resin that employs the latest technology in plastic films manufacturing. The decision attests to Braskem's commitment to furthering the development of Brazil's plastics production chain.

The unit located in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex in the state of Bahia will have a line fully dedicated to the resin's production. Braskem has already concluded the engineering studies for the plant's conversion. The production line is expected to start operations in the first half of 2015. "We are expanding our offering of products in the Braskem Flexus® line to support our clients' growth in market segments that demand high-tech resins," explained Braskem's vice-president of polyolefins, Luciano Guidolin.

"With this investment, we will be able to meet the growth of the Brazilian market over the coming years and to serve our clients' need for films with higher performance," said Edison Terra, Braskem's polyethylene business director.

Braskem Flexus® is used in packaging that requires specific features, such as increased resistance, gloss, transparency and sealing properties. The product line targets manufacturers of specialty films, technical reels and industrial films.

Since 2004, Braskem has led the Latin American market in supplying metallocene-based polyethylenes, with production capacity in excess of 350 kton/y. The Company also offers an application engineering structure that clients can use to develop specific formulations for their films.

Plastics Chain Stimulus Plan - To boost the competitiveness of its clients, in September, Braskem launched a program to stimulate growth in Brazil's plastics manufacturing chain. The Plastics Chain Stimulus Plan includes a series of initiatives to promote exports of manufactured products, support improvements in competitiveness and innovation, and strengthen and promote the advantages of plastic in people's lives.