Biopolymer producer Braskem and petrochemical company SCG Chemicals have signed a joint venture agreement to create Braskem Siam Company and open a new ethylene plant.

Subject to clearance from the relevant anti-trust authorities and final investment decision by the partners, this joint venture aims to produce bio-ethylene from bio-ethanol dehydration and to commercialise “I’m green” bio-based polyethylene (PE).

I’m green bio-based polyethylene is a plastic made from ethanol from sugar cane, a sustainably sourced renewable material.

The material can be used in a variety of products, including packaging for food and beverages. It can also be mechanically or chemically recycled as regular polyethylene.

The bio-ethylene plant, that will enable the production of the bio-based polyethylene, is reportedly the first of its kind outside of Brazil. This will be located in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand.

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The new plant is expected to almost double the existing capacity of bio-based polyethylene to meet the growing demand for biopolymers globally, with a focus on the fast-growing demand for sustainable products in Asia.

The ethylene market has been attaining steady growth over the years and is expected to grow at more than 2% during 2022-2030.

GlobalData expects rapid industrialisation, urbanisation, and increasing spending power of people to boost the growth of ethylene consumption in Asia.

Braskem CEO Roberto Bischoff commented: “This partnership with SCG Chemicals is aligned with our commitment to produce 1 million tons of green products by 2030, replacing fossil with renewable feedstock, and contributing to lowering the carbon footprint of our industry.”

SCG Chemicals president and CEO Tanawong Areeratchakul added: “This joint venture and partnership is one of the essential strategies of SCGC to expand our green business, satisfying the soaring demand for environmentally friendly plastic which has a robust growth rate, especially in Asia and Europe.”

SCG Chemicals recently signed a joint agreement with carbon negative materials company Origin Materials to develop sustainable products using eucalyptus feedstocks.