Braskem says its new resin provides lower energy consumption and higher productivity, with a focus on the construction, infrastructure and agriculture sectors
December, 7, 2018 – To serve markets with more demanding technical and quality requirements, the company has launched the first polyethylene resin grade of the Maxio family, HDPE HD4601U, which supports higher productivity and savings on inputs, Braskem claims..
According to the company, the HD4601U resin has high strength and durability and is designed to meet the needs of clients serving the construction/infrastructure and agriculture sectors, with applications in water cisterns, large tanks, manholes and agricultural machinery that requires high mechanical strength.
Braskem states that the new resin enables converters to run their rotomolding processes at faster rates than similar resins, resulting in lower energy consumption and higher productivity.
Maxio line is formed by resins that allow for lower energy consumption, higher productivity and lower final product weights, which in turn ensure higher efficiency and consequently environmental gains, Braskem says.
According to Eliomar Pimenta, a rotomolding expert on Braskem's Application Engineering team, tests showed that the new grade generated from 7% to 10% reduction in the production cycle time of each part as well as annual savings on the consumption of natural gas around R$130,000. There were also saving electricity consumption corresponding to 1,600 kWh annually,, along with a reduction in CO2 emissions over 130 tons (actual data).
"With the resin's development in new applications, we identified with our clients potential productivity and savings gains in the process, while maintaining its balance between stiffness and impact strength in large parts , in line with the concept of the Maxio family," said Pimenta.
"Braskem is bringing to the market a resin with already known properties that meets high performance demands. Now it also provides clients with operating efficiency gains and lower environmental impacts," said Fabiano Zanatta, head of rotomolding sales at Braskem.