Braskem S.A.

Braskem comes to the K Trade Fair while present in highly dynamic markets


The company's complex in Mexico will be the first new petrochemical project to benefit from shale gas from the US.

Braskem will be at Hall 6, Stand D27, at the K Trade Fair, in Düsseldorf, from 16th to 23rd October

The leader of the Americas in thermoplastic resin production and the largest producer of biopolymers in the world, Brazilian petrochemical Braskem returns to the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, with a greater focus on its international operations. With 29 industrial plants throughout Brazil, 5 in the US and 2 in Germany, Braskem is currently building a petrochemical complex in Veracruz, Mexico.

Scheduled to open halfway through 2015, Braskem's Idesa complex will produce 1.05 million tons of polyethylene a year and will be the first new petrochemical project to benefit from the significant economic advantages that come from shale gas from the US. With investment totalling US$ 3.2 billion, the project is also part of Braskem's strategy of diversifying its sources of raw materials.

"Braskem has an ample spectrum of sources of raw materials, including competitive and renewable ones, as is the case with our green plastic production", states Braskem CEO Carlos Fadigas. "This positioning, and especially our presence in highly dynamic markets, gives our clients a guarantee of a privileged position regarding international operations."


Braskem produces more than 16 million tons of basic petrochemical products and approximately 7.5 million tons of thermoplastic resins (polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC) a year. The company also has a diversified portfolio of co-products, such as butadiene, toluene and paraxylene, as well as a line of products made from renewable sources, such as ethylene and green polyethylenes.

Aimed at consolidating its position as the global leader in biopolymer production, Braskem continues to invest in R&D for new products under its “I’m green” label. In addition to high density polyethylene (PEHD) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) made from renewable materials since 2010, the company developed a new line of low density, green polyethylene this year, which will be used by Tetra Pak for all its packaging in Brazil. This means that up to 82% of approximately 13 billion packs in Brazil will comprise a product made from renewable raw materials.


Emphasising its commitment to the environment, Braskem is proud to announce that, in 2012, it reduced the amount of waste it generates by 11%, its water consumption by 6% and its energy consumption by 2%. The consolidated figures for the past ten years demonstrate significant progress, with a reduction of 39% for waste generation and 11% for energy consumption. And, the average annual water consumption per ton of product made is 4.6 m³, compared to the global average of 25.9 m³.

This year, Braskem was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index, again, in recognition of the company's contribution to sustainable development.

Braskem's main executives will be available to meet the press during the K Trade Fair, when scheduled in advance and on the following days, at Hall 6, Stand D27:

Carlos Fadigas, Braskem CEO, from 17 to 18 October

Luciano Guidolin, Vice-president of Polyolefins, from 17 to 19 October

Américo Bartilotti, Comercial director of PVC, from 16 to 19 October

To schedule a meeting or for further information, please contact AJA Media Solutions:

Gabriela Boeing, gabriela@ajasolutions.co.uk, +44 776 667 1152, London

Marcio Damasceno, damasceno@ajasolutions.co.uk, +49 179 8759154, Berlin

Maria Luiza Abbott, cuca@ajasolutions.co.uk, +44 772 029 7199, London