FKuR and Braskem sign BioPE Compounding Agreement

Braskem (Brazil), world’s first producer of PE from renewable resources, and FKuR (Germany), a compunding specialist with experience in polyolefins and bioplastics have signed a compounding agreement to develop tailor-made BioPE coumpunds. BioPE or "green PE" is the ethanol based PE from Braskem.

In September 2010, Braskem became the world’s first producer of LLDPE and HDPE from renewable resources. The ethanol used to make Green PE is made from sugarcane produced in Brazil. The renewable resource ratio per product can reach up to 100%, depending on the application. As a result of Braskem’s technology and raw material source, each ton of green polyethylene produced captures up to 2.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Another advantage is that Green PE is 100% recyclable using existing processes. In addition, because Green PE is not biodegradable, the CO2 captured during the sugarcane cultivation process remains sequestered for the plastic’s entire life cycle. Finally, Braskem’s Green PE has the same technical properties and processability as fossil-based polyethylenes. This means that Green PE processing does not require new investments in equipment.