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Braskem and Sojitz to set up JV for bringing bioMEG to market
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:30.Mar.2022

Braskem, a leader in biopolymer production on an industrial scale, and Sojitz, a Japan-oriented global trading company, have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture which will produce and market bioMEG (monoethylene glycol) and bioMPG (monopropylene glycol).


Subject to the conclusion of technology development in 2022, the business plan includes the construction of three industrial units, with the startup of the first plant in 2025, taking advantage of market opportunities and feedstock availability. With the agreement signed, the establishment of the joint venture has been submitted to antitrust authorities for approval.


The joint venture will combine Braskem's expertise in the industrial production and sale of chemicals and plastics made from renewable sources with Sojitz's strong presence in Asia, a region that concentrates 80% of the global MEG market and where its consumption registered the highest growth.


Braskem and Sojitz Corporation join hands to bring renewable MEG technology to the market.

"We are pooling the efforts, expertise and investments of the two companies that are references in their respective segments to create a global leader in bioMEG that can meet the strong market demand for sustainable and renewable products" shared Gustavo Sergi, Renewable Chemicals & Specialties Officer at Braskem.


"The partnership between Braskem and Sojitz marks the advance of technology - developed on a demonstration scale with Danish company Haldor Topsoe - to the commercial production phase with a clear combination of competencies and resources for scaling up," he added.


"We are pleased to have the partnership with Braskem. We promote this sustainable material to various industries globally with our strong and wide-ranged market networks," stated Manabu Endo, General Manager of Basic Chemicals Department at Sojitz.


MEG is the raw material for the production of PET, which has numerous applications and is an essential input in sectors such as textiles and packaging, especially beverage bottles. Currently, it is produced mainly from fossil-based raw materials such as naphtha, gas or coal, and its global market stands at around US$25 billion.


On the other hand, monopropylene glycol (MPG) is a product that has a wide range of applications from unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), commonly used in the construction sector, to cosmetics.


In 2017, Braskem partnered with Haldor Topsoe, a leading developer and provider of solutions and technologies for production of energy efficient fuels and chemicals for a sustainable future to demonstrate the innovative technology for converting sugar into bioMEG and bioMPG on a demonstration scale. Resulting from the technological cooperation between the two companies, the first bioMEG samples were produced in 2020.



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