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News Visit our new online platform for NEWS Tap into the online resources of the new bioplastics MAGAZINE news platform! You want to stay informed on a day-by-day basis? This has become much easier now. The new “Newsplatform” at now offers a new online resource targeted at readers seeking a medium that answers the need for reliable news and informative content with immediate appeal. Visitors will find new news-items every day now. Together with the printed bioplastics MAGAZINE, and the new, biweekly bioplastics MAGAZINE newsletter, it offers a platform for professionals in the industry to reach out to prospective partners, suppliers and customers across the globe. The bioplastics MAGAZINE newsletter reaches a targeted audience of some 7000 international bioplastics professionals across all continents. The platform offers readers up-to-date news and advertisers the power to create integrated campaigns, built on interaction between the different media channels and taking advantage of the different strengths of each. For advertisers, a perfect means to add value to opportunity. Visit (without www) every day to stay up-to-date. Braskem invests € 10 million in new research centre for biobased chemicals Braskem, the leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, inaugurated a new Research and Development Laboratory in early June in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. With BRL 30 million (EUR 10 million) in funds for 2014, the space will focus on developing projects involving biotechnology and chemical processes derived from renewable resources, which will further strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable technological alternatives. “Braskem has been investing heavily in innovation. We want Brazil to become a reference in the research and development of technological routes that take advantage of the country’s competitive advantages in renewable resources. Investing in new technology is essential, since it creates an environment that helps leverage the best ideas and projects and creates a virtuous cycle of development for both Braskem and the country’s manufacturing industry. It’s the best way for us to stay competitive,” said Edmundo Aires, Vice-President of Innovation and Technology at Braskem. The laboratory has a staff of 33 researchers who will work on developing biochemical and chemical routes and purification systems and seek out viable solutions on an industrial scale. Key projects include technologies for producing green propylene and butadiene, metabolic engineering of microorganisms and continuous improvement in biobased ethylene, which is used to make Braskem’s green plastic. In addition to its specific competencies, the lab brings together various pieces of high-performance equipment, such as the High Throughput Screening Robot (HTS), which is the most modern automated robot in use in South America and the first used for this application in Brazil, which is capable of multiplying the work of a researcher by 1,000 fold. Innovation is one of the main pillars of Braskem’s growth. In 2013, the company invested BRL 200 million (EUR 67 million) in research and innovation projects, which is the same amount projected for this year. Expenditures are being made in specialized professionals who are capable of working with highly complex management and technical processes, as well as in new equipment and facilities. MT 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/14] Vol. 9

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