Tokyo, October 19, 2023 - Braskem, the leading global biopolymer producer, today announces the opening of its Representative Office in Tokyo, being Japan one of the key markets for Braskem's I'm greenTM bio-based Polyethylene (PE). Having its own staff on the ground marks Braskem's continuous commitment to the Japanese market and to further develop the biopolymer solutions based on renewable feedstock.
For over 15 years, Braskem has provided biopolymers to the Japanese market as part of its sustainable solutions, in line with the country goals to become a circular low carbon economy.
Braskem's biopolymer I'm greenTM bio-based Polyethylene (PE) delivers an important contribution to a carbon-neutral society and mitigation of climate change as the product has a negative carbon footprint, from the sugar cane crop to the polymer production, in a process that removes CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and stores the carbon in the biopolymer that can be further mechanically or chemically recycled.
Braskem recently increased the production capacity of biopolymers in Brazil by 30% and has established an JV with SCGChemicals to develop a project in Thailand to increase the regional availability of I'm greenTM bio-based Polyethylene (PE) in Asia.
Walmir Soller, VP of Braskem for Europe & Asia and Global Leader for the I'm greenTM bio-based PE business said: "We are always looking for opportunities to expand the I'm greenTM bio-based PE reach and deliver low-carbon alternatives to our customers, aligned with the increasing societal demand for sustainable solutions. Our Representative office in Japan will be Braskem's ambassador to work together with local stakeholders, and advocate for the development of the low carbon solutions. We want to be an active partner in Japan's journey towards net zero, contributing with our experience and track record in producing plastics from sustainably sourced renewable feedstock."
I'm greenTM bio-based Polyethylene is a plastic made from sugar cane ethanol, sourced according to a responsible sourcing protocol that encompasses requirements in terms of biodiversity, labor rights, social responsibility and best agricultural practices. I'm greenTM bio-based PE is used in a variety of products, including packaging for food and beverages, personal and home care products, toys, houseware, and safety equipment.
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With a global vision of the future, guided by people and sustainability, Braskem is engaged in contributing to the value chain to strengthen the Circular Economy. The petrochemical producer's almost 9,000 team members are dedicated every day to improving people's lives through sustainable solutions in chemistry and plastics. With its corporate DNA rooted in innovation, Braskem offers a complete portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for various industries, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, health and hygiene, and more. With 40 industrial units in Brazil, United States, Mexico, and Germany, Braskem exports its products to clients in over 70 countries.
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