Braskem expands strategy for the future of renewable chemicals
SÃO PAULO and BOSTON, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Braskem (B3: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK), the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas and the worldwide leader in bio-polymers, announced today its expanded focus on the research, development and commercialization of chemicals and materials sourced from renewable feedstocks. Braskem started a new operation in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. The activities will include biotechnology and material science R&D, business and market development as well as technology scouting for key strategic partnerships.
“The operation in Boston will complement the metabolic engineering capabilities that we have in our Renewable Chemistry Research Center in Campinas (Brazil) as well as our material science competencies present in our R&D centers in Triunfo (Brazil) and Pittsburgh (USA). In addition, this location positions Braskem in a strategic ecosystem that will enable us to leverage key partnerships for research and market development,” explains Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Braskem Head of Innovation in Renewable Technologies.
To lead the R&D initiatives in Boston the company has appointed Dr. Daniel P. MacEachran as new Head of Metabolic Engineering. Dr. MacEachran joins Braskem from Greenlight Biosciences, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company focused on the sustainable production of chemicals, having most recently served as Director of Applications Research & Development. He also served as a Visiting Scientist and Post-Doctoral Researcher to the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ABOUT I’M GREEN™ POLYETHYLENE (PE)
Polyethylene is conventionally produced from fossil raw materials such as oil or natural gas and is found in many everyday products: food packaging, cosmetics, beverages, bags, among others. Green plastic, also known as I’m green™ Polyethylene, is a plastic made from a renewable and sustainably sourced raw material: ethanol from Brazilian sugarcane. Green also means that Braskem’s I’m green™ PE plastic absorbs CO2 from the air and is recyclable. This means that your cup of yogurt, bottle of shampoo or bread packaging made from Green Plastic helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing the impact of global warming. The I’m green™ Polyethylene exhibits the same characteristics as the traditional petrochemical-based polyethylene, in application, performance, and especially in the existing recycling collection chain. For more information about Braskem’s I’m green™ PE bio-based resin please visit: www.braskem.com/greenplastic
Braskem’s Bluevision is a platform that shows the capacity of the human being to actively and positively influence the course of the planet through their actions and everyday lives. For more information about Bluevision please visit: www.bluevisionbraskem.com
With a human-oriented global vision of the future, Braskem strives every day to improve people’s lives by creating sustainable solutions with chemicals and plastics. Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the leading producer of biopolymers in the world, creating more environmental-friendly, intelligent and sustainable solutions through chemicals and plastics. Braskem exports to clients in approximately 100 countries and operates 41 industrial units, which are located in Brazil, United States, Germany and Mexico, the latter in partnership with the Mexican company Idesa. For more information, visit www.braskem.com.
Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvaniaand West Virginia, and an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa.
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