Braskem plans to build a new polyethylene (PE) plant at its
existing complex in La Porte, Texas, the resins producer
confirmed on Monday.
The new plant will manufacture ultra-high molecular weight
polyethylene (UHMWPE), making it the first time for Braskem
to produce UHMWPE outside of its home base in Brazil.
on the plant will
begin in the third quarter of 2014, with completion expected
in the first half of 2016.
We believe our investment reinforces Braskems
dedication to the plastics industry and to our strategic
markets and clients, said Braskem America CEO Fernando
Braskem sells the UHMWPE material under the UTEC
brand name, noting that it offers high abrasion resistance
and impact strength. The material is eight times lighter than
steel and lasts 10 times longer than high-density PE, they
added. Industries that use UTEC
, automotive, coal,
mining and wastewater treatment.
This is the next logical step for our UTEC business as
we have been providing UTEC to clients in the United States
for over 10 years," said
Musa. "Further, this new plant will potentially enable
Braskem to serve more markets than we have been able to serve
in the past."
Braskem acquired the La Porte complex from Sunoco in 2010. It
has 330,000 tpy of polypropylene (PP) capacity, according to