Germany-based bioplastics specialists FKuR have agreed to become the official distribution partner of Brazilian firm Braskem’s Green PE product in Europe.
Braskem became the world’s first producer of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) made from renewable resources in September 2010.
The product, which has the same technical properties as fossil-based polyethylene, is created using ethanol made entirely from Brazilian sugarcane.
FKuR will also produce its own tailor-made version of Braskem’s Green PE under the brand name Terralene, as part of the agreement.
“Braskem’s success with renowned key customers shows that there is a great and increasing interest for Green PE,” a spokesperson for FKuR told FoodProductionDaily.com.
“Therefore we see great opportunities and a big potential for Green PE also in the European market.”
Although not biodegradable, Green PE is 100% recyclable using existing processes – meaning that no further investment will be required in equipment or technical adjustments, said FKuR.
“Green PE will offer further technical advantages to the sustainable packaging market as it is a unique and ground-breaking product made from natural resources.”
“Due to the well-known advantages of polyolefines, further applications with Green PE will be developed, for example if a high water vapour barrier is needed.”
FKuR will initially offer customers a yearly purchase quantity of up to 500 tonnes each, the spokesperson said.
“Furthermore, FKuR will offer customised ‘Green PE’ compounds under the brand name Terralane, in addition to its general support in bioplastics products and market development.”
Brazil-based Braskem has established itself as a world leader in the renewable polyethylene packaging industry having already worked with the likes of Tetra Pak in the manufacture of packaging for Nestle Brazil.
It extended its portfolio through the production of renewable polyethylene packaging for Danone Actimel yoghurt drinks.
The distribution agreement between FKuR and Braskem follows an agreement between Braskem and FKuR earlier this year.
In September 2011, FoodProductionDaily.com reported the signing of a compounding contract between the two companies, in order for FKuR to make the first tailor-made Green PE compounds in Europe.
“For Braskem, it was important to find a partner who has extensive knowledge in promoting bioplastic specialities in a commodity market,” said Fabio Carneiro, renewable chemicals commercial officer at Braskem.