Braskem the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the largest producer of polypropylene in the United States, will expand its innovation structure in Brazil with an investment of R$50 million.
The expansion includes the construction of a new 2,800-square-meter building at Braskem’s Technology and Innovation Center located in the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The center has planned to receive new equipment and laboratories for developing and testing technologies for the production of thermoplastic resins around the world. Braskem has six pilot plants. The expansion with new equipment and techniques will complement the site’s existing competencies, which already has six pilot plants.
Advanced polymer characterization laboratories that include chromatography, polymer cracking, and microscopy analyses, as well as catalysis and petrochemical process technology laboratories, are going to be housed in the additional space.
Gilfranque Leite, Global Innovation Director, Braskem, said, “Triunfo’s ITC was the first to develop technologies such as green polyethylene, which continue to be improved and are leading to the development of new materials, such as Green EVA, which was launched this year. In June, a new concept developed at the ITC, namely recycled plastic resin (3R) with enhanced quality and strength, was introduced at an event in Vancouver. Another highlight in 2018 was the launch of the Braskem Evance line of innovative, high-performance resins featuring advanced customization for applications in the footwear, automotive and construction industries. Another noteworthy development is the high quality technical education in the region, where we have excellent people being trained and qualified to work in Braskem’s laboratories coming from institutions such as SENAI, UFRGS and PUCRS.”