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Braskem and Antilhas to supply stand-up pouch monomaterial packaging

September 30/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem and Antilhas, a Brazilian company recognized in the market for its innovations in packaging, are now supplying the stand-up pouch (SUP) monomaterial packaging, launched to the market in 2019 , to Mae Terra, said the company.

The new product, made 100% of polyethylene, without lamination and which brings sustainable characteristics and a circular cycle, will be used for the first time in the food sector to package the new line of Ritto special rice.

As the name suggests, monomaterial packaging is produced from a single raw material, a characteristic that guarantees a high recyclability rate as it does not have a mixture of materials in the product formulation. In addition, its recycling generates a post-consumer recycled resin of higher quality and with a wider range of application possibilities.

According to Americo Bartilotti, director of Braskem's packaging and consumer goods business, the initiative is a reflection of the company's efforts to encourage a sustainable cycle in the plastic chain.

The packaging was produced using EB (Electron Beam) technology, an innovative process of external printing by curing with an electron beam patented exclusively by Antilhas. This technology guarantees superior print quality, with the same gloss as laminated material and the possibility of external finishes with sensory appeal. In addition, the technology allows additional benefits in the operational process: reduction of up to 50% in electrical energy consumption, without losing the color quality and brightness of the final material; and a reduction of up to 95% of volatile organic compounds, a factor that reduces the emission of gases that cause the greenhouse effect.

Monomaterial stand up pouch packaging can be used in applications in different sectors such as cosmetics, food and home & personal care. In addition, the solution also contributes to guaranteeing and maintaining the characteristics, quality and protection of the product.

The Molecoola , environmental accelerated by Braskem Labs loyalty program in 2020, was invited by companies to support the real roundness process and practice for the solution. Through the initiative, the participant earns points in the exchange of post-consumer waste, being able to convert them into products of partner brands, including Mother Earth itself. To engage consumers in action, Mother Earth will boost the program's score.

At the end of the process, all packaging will be returned to Braskem, which will be responsible for recycling and returning the waste to the production chain.

As per MRC, Braskem said its Mexican subsidiary Braskem Idesa has reached a new gas supply agreement with Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to settle differences between the companies and build a USD400 million ethane terminal. Braskem Idesa will build a world-scale ethane terminal in Laguna de Pajaritos in Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz state, the joint venture said. The project will be in the CIIT - Interoceanic Corridor of the Tehuantepec isthmus.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,396,960 tonnes in January-July 2021, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 841,990 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 29% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

Based in Sao Paulo, Braskem is a leading Brazilian petrochemical company and the main producer of polyethylene and polypropylene in the country. The company owns the largest petrochemical facilities in Latin America and is the fifth largest in the world in petrochemical production. Braskem operates 18 chemical plants with a production capacity of over 11 million tonnes of chemical and petrochemical products per year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, packaging, Braskem, recycling, Brazil.
Category:General News
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