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Brazil Takes the Lead in Renewable Sources for Plastics
8:42 AM MDT | October 29, 2010 | KARA SISSELL
Brazilâ€™s largest petrochemical firm Braskem (SÃ£o Paulo) started operations in late September at a 200,000-m.t./year â€˜greenâ€™ ethylene plant at Triunfo, Brazilâ€”the worldâ€™s first based on sugarcane-derived ethanol. The ethylene supplies Braskemâ€™s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) swing unit at Triunfo. Supply, most of which is destined for export, already barely meets demand, says Rina Quijada, CEO of consulting firm Intellichem (Houston). More than 80% of the unitâ€™s output is to be sold overseas, Braskem...
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