Braskem Commissions New UHMWPE Plant
The new Texas plant reflects another Braskem milestone investment in North America.
Braskem (U.S. office in Philadelphia) has commissioned its new UTEC UHMWPE plant at its LaPorte, Texas, site and is completing the necessary steps to ensure a safe and successful startup before year’s end. The new plant reflects another milestone investment by the company which earlier this year enhanced its R&D capabilities for UTEC at the company Pittsburgh Innovation & Technology Center.
The output of the plant, for which volume has not been disclosed, will complement the existing UTEC UHMWPE product line that is produced in Brazil, The company has been providing UTEC to clients in the U.S. and Europe for over a decade. UTEC global business leader Chris Gee noted, “The new plant combined with Braskem’s U.S. Innovation and Technology Center will make Braskem an even more reliable partner for its clients and play a key role in developing new applications for additional market segments.”
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