Accelerating the development of the MOSAIK solution through patented processes to form the basis for a growing portfolio of bio-based chemicals, the new partnership between Braskem and Haldor Topsoe will produce MEG, a key component of PET plastic used for food packaging, especially bottles, and polyester fabrics.
Braskem, a leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, and the partnership company Topsoe have the objective of developing a pioneering route to produce MEG from sugar. Under the agreement, Braskem is keen to expand its portfolio of renewable products to offer new solutions that complement its bio-based polyethylene marketed with the I’m green seal.
Under the agreement, the two companies will construct a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation scheduled to begin in 2019 and start commercial production in 2023. Topsoe will deliver a packaged solution with Braskem, including catalyst and technology.
Kim Knudsen, Executive Vice President at Haldor Topsoe, said, “Our customers in the chemical industry deal with challenging market conditions on a daily basis. We intend to show that chemicals from biomass can be a commercially attractive option, even in a tough, mature market such as thermoplastic resins. Catalysis will play an extremely important role in the development of competitive solutions that produce important chemicals from renewable sources. We dedicate our world-leading capabilities within catalysis to accelerate the process for the good of our customers and the environment. And we really look forward to taking the next step together with Braskem.”
“With this new partnership, we strengthen our position as protagonists in the development of innovative solutions that will leverage the competitiveness of different biomasses and complement the traditional solutions offered by the petrochemical industry,” said Gustavo Sergi, director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem.