November 17, 2010

Renewables growth in Latin America

Latin America especially Brazil seems to be an increasingly high growth renewable chems sector not only because of the plentiful (and more logistically organized) sugarcane feedstock source but its burgeoning economy is also an added attraction.

I wrote an article (subscription only) on ICIS Chemical Business about the bioplastic opportunity in Latin America now that Braskem opened its Green polyethylene shop and plans for a sugarcane-based polypropylene facility as well. Amyris will soon produce farnesene-based chemicals in Brazil also using sugarcane feedstock, while Dow Chemical and Solvay are still planning to go ahead with their own sugar-based plastic.

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