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Braskem opens European Technology Center

The Brazilian plastics manufacturer Braskem is investing around five million euros in its new European Technology Center at the Wesseling production site - a combination of technical center and laboratory.

To date, the Group operates two polymer technology centers, one in Triunfo in Brazil, the other in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/USA. Srivatsan Iyer, CEO & Managing Director of Braskem Europe, welcomes the expansion at the Wesseling location. "We are delighted that we now have the opportunity to further develop our products directly for the European market and can provide our customers with extended technical support," says Iyer. "The opportunity for research and development here in Europe, coupled with the expertise and the other technology centers, will enable Braskem to maintain its leadership in the field of polyolefins." To coincide with the completion of the technology center, the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the North Rhine-Westphalian location.

"I am pleased that Braskem, the market leader for plastics in North and South America, has established itself here in North Rhine-Westphalia. With the construction of the European Technology Center, product development can be adapted to the needs of the European market. This is a significant location advantage for Wesseling as a chemical and plastics location and for the entire Rhineland region as a chemical location," says Dr. Günther Horzetzky, State Secretary in the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs.

With 40 production sites in Brazil, the USA, Germany and Mexico, Braskem is one of the world's leading plastics and chemical companies. The Group is the largest producer of thermoplastics in America and number one in the production of biopolymers. Braskem's products and technologies are used in the automotive, packaging, health and construction industries.