USA: Braskem Starts Up New Plant Growth Strategy for Thermoplastics Resins
Braskem announced the startup of its new UTEC Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) production plant at its La Porte, Texas site.
La Porte/USA — The company sells high-performance UHMWPE under the trade name UTEC, developed and produced through the company's proprietary technologies.
"This is an exciting day for Braskem America and our colleagues worldwide. Our team has worked diligently over the last two years on the construction, commissioning and startup of this state-of-the-art U.S. based UHMWPE UTEC production plant. Braskem has now significantly strengthened its global position as one of the largest producers of UHMWPE, developing and producing advanced UTEC engineered polymer applications that meet the needs of our clients and their end -market customers. We are looking forward to continuing to grow and advance Braskem's UHMWPE business worldwide," said Christopher Gee, Braskem Global Business Director for UTEC.
In mid-2016, the manufacturer of thermoplastic resins announced the enhancement of its Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh with advanced UHMWPE research and development capabilities to support the launch of UTEC production in the U.S.
UTEC is an engineered polymer with special mechanical properties, such as high abrasion resistance, impact strength and low coefficient of friction. It is a self-lubricating, high-strength, lightweight machinable product used for semi-finished goods.