Research and Development

Investing in research and development is a strategic priority for Braskem, which sees its future in a more sustainable practice of processes and products manufacturing. Therefore, the company maintains its focus on studies and researches that enable the technical and economic viability of alternative technologies that lead to products made from renewable sources, as well as the reduction of social and environmental risks.

Braskem has two modern Technology and Innovation Centers, one located in Triunfo / RS, which is the largest and most modern complex research sector in Latin America, and another in Pittsburgh, PA, United States. Furthermore, since 2010 it has its own structure for research in biotechnology and renewable alternatives on a laboratory located in Campinas / SP. The eight pilot units allow the study of polymerization processes and of production of renewable monomers; it was in these pilot plants that Braskem generated innovative products as the first green polypropylene in 2008. 

Besides these products, Braskem also develops joint researches with leading universities, research centers and partner companies in Brazil and abroad, to develop technology for the production of chemicals made from renewable raw materials. In 2008, it signed an agreement of cooperation with the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) for the development of researches for production routes of biopolymers, or polymers from renewable sources. In 2009, technological cooperation agreement was reached with Novozymes, the world leader in the production of industrial enzymes, to develop a new competitive route to green polypropylene, which Braskem has already obtained on laboratory scale in 2008. In 2012, Braskem began a partnership with W. R. Grace & Co., a world leader in catalysts, to develop technologies of processes and solutions of catalysts for obtaining chemicals from renewable sources.