Braskem is investing approximately EUR 16.5 million (R$50 million) to expand its annual production capacity of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) by 120 kton. Of this total, 100 kton correspond to the Braskem Flexus family, which is the brand under which Braskem’s metallocene-based polyethylenes are sold. The company will convert one of its polyethylene production lines to offer a resin that employs the latest technology in plastic films manufacturing. The unit located in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex in the state of Bahia will have a line fully dedicated to the resin’s production. Braskem has already concluded the engineering studies for the plant’s conversion. The production line is expected to start operations in the first half of 2015.
Since 2004, Braskem has led the Latin American market in supplying metallocene-based polyethylenes, with production capacity of over 350 kton/y.