Polyolefins and biopolymers producer Braskem has announced plans for a new Global Export Hub facility in Charleston, South Carolina, US.

The new Global Export Hub facility will be used for activities such as packaging, warehousing and export shipping services. Specifically, it will support the company’s US polypropylene (PP) production facilities.

Design and development phase of the Hub underway is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year.

The new facility will be capable of supporting export shipments of up to 450 million pounds of polypropylene and specialty polymers a year to Braskem global customers.

Braskem America CEO Mark Nikolich said: “As the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, Braskem is focused on reinvesting in its business and leadership positions to support our clients worldwide. 

“The build out of our new Global Export Hub in South Carolina allows us to leverage our feedstock advantaged, polymer production assets in the US Gulf Goast, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, to best meet our international clients’ needs.

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“With excellent access to national rail and highway networks this important new logistics and distribution facility in the South Carolina port region significantly enhances Braskem America’s international export capability.”

In connection with the announcement, Braskem has formed a five-year partnership with the Port of Charleston and warehouse provider Frontier Logistics.

The new South Carolina facility will complement the company’s existing network of Global Export Hubs located in North America, South America and Europe.

In December last year, Braskem established a partnership with two companies to develop new packaging from bio-based plastics and post-consumer resin (PCR).