Created in August 2002 by the merger of six companies from the Odebrecht Group and the Mariani Group, today Braskem is the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and the world's leading biopolymer producer. Braskem produces polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, as well as basic petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, chlorine, benzene, toluene, etc.

Braskem operates in the chemical and petrochemical industry and plays a significant role in other production chains that are essential to economic development. In this context, chemicals and plastics help create sustainable solutions that improve people's lives in areas such as housing, food and transportation.

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Business model

Braskem is the only integrated first- and second-generation petrochemical producer of thermoplastic resins in Brazil. This position translates into competitive advantages, such as production scale and operating efficiency. In the U.S. and Europe, Braskem produces second generation material.

First-generation producers make basic petrochemicals, such as ethylene and propylene, using naphtha, natural gas and ethane as feedstock. These compounds are essential to the second generation, which involves the production of thermoplastic resins (PE, PP and PVC), which are then used by third-generation producers, i.e., plastics converters.

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Raw Materials


Basic Petrochemicals


Thermoplastic Resins


Plastics converters

Naphtha, Condensate, Natural Gas and Ethanol

Added value competitiveness

Braskem Overview

Braskem has production units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico and Germany, as well as 16 regional offices in other countries to forge partnerships and develop integrated solutions for Clients.

40 industrial units form Braskem's operational infrastructure. 29 are located in Brazil, in the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo; 5 are located in the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Texas; 4 are located in Mexico and 2 are located in Germany. Clients from over 70 countries in all continents.

over 25 billion pounds/year of thermoplastic resins and other chemical products.

Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) - BM&FBovespa
Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2) - BM&FBovespa
Transparency Trophy - Anefac
Best Chemical and Petrochemical Producer – Época Negócios magazine
Best of Dinheiro: Chemical and Petrochemical Industry - IstoÉ Dinheiro.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index for Emerging Markets (DJSI)
Fast Company magazine – One of the world’s 50 most innovative companies
Dream Employer for Young Professionals in Mexico – Cia de Talentos
Top Work Places Award in Philadelphia in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and in Pittsburgh in 2012, 2014 and 2015.


Gross Revenue: US$ 16 billion
Net Revenue: US$ 14 billion
EBITDA: US$ 2.8 billion
Investments: US$ 714 million