Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, has entered into a partnership with A. Schulman, Inc., a leading global producer of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, to produce and market a new sustainable solution for the rotomoulding process.
Braskem identified a market demand for more sustainable solutions in rotomolded products, and developed a solution to enable the rotational molding of general-purpose parts, with applications ranging from toys and furniture to agricultural tools that can contain more than 50% of Green Plastic in their composition.
The new Green Polyethylene rotomoulding grade will be brought to the market by Schulman and feature the I’m green seal, marking it as a sustainable product that can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
A. Schulman, which contributes to the partnership through its industrial and commercial expertise in serving clients directly with products that meet market needs, will introduce the product at Rotoplas 2017, the largest trade fair of the rotomolding industry, which takes place from September 26-28 in the United States.
“The partnership with A. Schulman will benefit a market that requires innovative products. The new compound is another step of the petrochemical industry towards reinforcing the commitment of companies to new solutions that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gustavo Sergi, Director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem.
“A. Schulman is honored to have a long-standing collaborative relationship with Braskem and we are equally pleased to play a part in helping drive green innovation the specialty chemical industry and specifically for the rotomolding market,” said Gustavo Perez, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Latin America, A. Schulman.
The solution is one of the first to come from Braskem’s new Brazilian Technology and Innovation Center at Triunfo, RS, inaugurated in March 2017. The new center, which represents an investment of USD 540 thousand, comprises a complete rotomolding laboratory featuring commercial-size Rotoline equipment.
“With the investment, we’ll be able to develop new solutions for the market, while focusing on increasing the diversification of applications and continuing to deliver innovations in this segment,” said Fabiano Zanatta, leader of the company’s rotomolding segment.