Green PE has “big potential” in European packaging market

By Mark Astley

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Green PE has “big potential” in European packaging market
European food manufacturers will soon have access to renewable polyethylene as a result of a new alliance between Brazil-based Braskem and a German bioplastics producer.

FKuR Kunststoff have signed an agreement with Brazilian biopolymer company Braskem to produce the first “tailor made”​ Green PE compounds available in Europe.

Braskem, who were the world’s first producer of linear low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene from renewable resources, have been looking for an experienced partner to increase their European market share, and develop high value Green PE compounds to create a diverse range of applications.

Braskem Renewable Chemicals Commercial Officer Fabio Carneiro said, “We chose FKuR as a partner because they have extensive compounding experience with polyolefins and bioplastics.”

“Their extensive knowledge of the renewable plastics market and their excellent reputation in the bioplastics business convinced us they are the best partner.”

A spokesperson for FKuR told, “At this point we see great opportunities and a big potential for ‘Green PE’ in the European market.”

100% recyclable

Braskem have used ethanol, derived from sugarcane, to produce their Green PE in Brazil since 2010.

Green PE, which is 100% recyclable and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has the same properties and process abilities as fossil-based polyethylene.

This means that Green PE processing does not require any new investment in equipment – an advantage for packaging manufacturers.

Both Braskem and FKuR have earmarked Green PE for food application, and the companies have secured a food contact certificate.

FKuR added, “We have already started to supply certain customers with development compounds for test markets.”

Industry established

Braskem have established themselves as a world leader in the renewable polyethylene packaging industry having worked with Tetra Pak to develop packaging for Nestle Brazil.

Nestle Brazil were the first food manufacturer to launch a green polyethylene (Green PE) bottle cap.

In August this year added to their packaging portfolio by developing renewable packaging for Danone’s Actimel yoghurts drinks, which have been launched in France and Belgium.

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