Braskem invests in LLDPE; dedicates one line to mPE

With the goal of increasing the production capacity for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) to 120,000 tonnes/year, chemicals firm Braskem completed an investment of approximately R$50 million at one of its factories in Bahia, Brazil. The initiative will meet almost all the domestic demand for the product, which previously depended on imports.

Of the total production, 100,000 tonnes will consist of Flexus metallocene PE (mPE) resin, used in packaging requiring characteristics such as greater strength, brightness, transparency and sealing. The unit in Bahia will have a line completely dedicated to the production of mPE, a decision that reinforces the commitment of Braskem with its clients and with the development of the plastics production chain in the country, according to the firm.

Metallocene technology represents about 20% of the market for LLDPE, but is growing at a higher than average rate in this market, says Braskem. Since 2004, Braskem has led the Latin America market in offering mPE as well as application engineering for customers to develop formulations for films.


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