A new polypropylene line recently commenced operations at a facility operated by Braskem in La Porte, TX, the Brazilian petrochemical company announced in a recent release. The new asset can produce over 1 billion lb/yr of products from the firm’s polypropylene portfolio, including homopolymer, impact copolymer, and random copolymers.
Work on the new line started in October 2017 and mechanical construction was finished this June. The start of operations on the line follows a commissioning process and the implementation of Braskem’s high product quality assurance protocols.
“Our investment of $750 million in the largest polypropylene production line in the Americas, and the first new polypropylene plant in North America since 2008, reflects our enduring commitment to meeting the needs of our clients today and for the long-term,” Mark Nikolich, chief executive officer of Braskem America, said in a company release. “With the upcoming launch of our new Global Export Hub in Charleston, SC, we’ll significantly increase our ability to serve clients throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia with our newly expanded US production capability.”
50 full-time jobs were created with the addition of the new line.
Braskem revealed plans for its new Global Export Hub in Charleston this June to increase its packaging, warehousing, and export shipping capabilities. The facility will be capable of handling shipments of up to 450 million lb/yr of polypropylene and specialty polymers.