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Braskem launched cornerstone of new PVC plant

April 07/2011

(Braskem) -- Braskem held a ceremony to launch the cornerstone of its new PVC plant located in Marechal Deodoro in the state of Alagoas. Construction of the new plant has already begun and should create around 2.500 direct jobs until completed. With investment estimated at R$ 1 bln, which is the highest ever made by Braskem in a single project, the new industrial unit is scheduled to start operations in the first half of 2012.

The new plant will have annual production capacity of 200 KTa. Braskem already has a PVC unit in Alagoas, and this project will bring its annual PVC production capacity in the state to 460 KT. The new plant will make Alagoas the largest producer of PVC in Latin America, which should help strengthen the PVC manufacturing complex that already exists in the state. In addition to Alagoas, Braskem also has annual PVC production capacity of 250 KTat its plant in Camacari in the state of Bahia.

The installation of the new unit reflects the robust growth in the construction industry in Brazil, with growing demand for PVC, which is used in pipes and fittings and in profiles and frames. In 2010, the construction and sanitation sector drove growth of 18% in domestic PVC demand.

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