Bioplastics compounder FKuR Kunststoff GmbH will make compounds based on Braskem SA's “green” bio-based polyethylene for the European market.
The agreement between São Paulo-based Braskem and FKuR of Willich was announced Sept. 15. Officials said the deal will result in the first tailor-made green PE compounds available in Europe.
FKuR CEO Edmund Dolfen described the agreement as “a substantial and important step toward increasing our renewable plastics portfolio.”
Braskem — Brazil's largest resin producer — opened a large plant making sugar-cane-based PE in the second half of 2010 in Brazil. Each ton of green PE produced captures up to 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, officials said.
In North America, FKuR had planned to open a production site in Michigan by mid-2011, but now has opted to place a location in central Texas, applications technology representative Steven Prindle said in a Sept. 15 phone interview.
No date has been set for the opening of the Texas site. The company already operates a sales office in Cedar Park, Texas.