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Braskem Develops an Innovative Solution with PVC

Braskem Develops an Innovative Solution with PVC

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, has developed in its Technology and Innovation Center in Triunfo (RS) another pioneering solution for Brazilian industry. The MDF powder/PVC composite is a product with unique characteristics in the domestic market and offers a number of advantages for customers and consumers. With high durability, lightness and 100% recyclability, plastic wood has proved to be a good solution for the profile segment. 

Braskem's partner in the development of the new technology was Perfiltec, a company based in Caxias do Sul (RS) specializing in the production of extruded profiles for the construction, furniture, and automotive industries, among other sectors. The interest in new opportunities in the market brought the two companies together and inspired the launch of the Infinity line, a series of Perfiltec products based on the PVC/MDF composite. The new line includes outdoor furniture, construction applications, and the agricultural market. 

Although the appearance is similar to natural wood, the new PVC solution presents many important differences and advantages, such as: increased durability and mechanical strength, lower weight, low water absorption, anti-pest immunization, and flame-retardant material. 

Sustainability is another strong feature of the composite. During the production of the plastic wood, Perfiltec reuses the MDF powder of the furniture industry, a traditional sector in the Caxias do Sul region, which until then was wasted in the environment or incinerated, at high costs. The company also offers consumers a reverse logistics system in which it is able to collect the products of the Infinity line for recycling. 

Braskem is the largest manufacturer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, with an annual output of over 20 million metric tons, including the production of other basic chemical and petrochemical products, with an annual revenue of R$55 billion. 

About Perfiltec

Headquartered in Carias do Sul (RS), Perfiltec specializes in the manufacture of high-complexity extruded profiles, operating in compliance with the quality standards ISO:9001. Its line of extruded profiles in PVC, PE and PP is used by the construction, furniture, cooling, and automotive industries, among others. 

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