Trade Resources Industry Views Fitesa Has Partnered with Thermoplastic Resins Producer Braskem S.A., Brazil

Fitesa Has Partnered with Thermoplastic Resins Producer Braskem S.A., Brazil

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Fitesa, Simpsonville, S.C. — a designer and manufactuer of nonwoven fabrics for hygiene applications — has partnered with thermoplastic resins producer Braskem S.A., Brazil, and Ingeo? lactides and biopolymers developer NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., to develop and commercialize a completely biobased bicomponent spunbond nonwoven that can replace petroleum-based bicomponent spunbonds in hygiene and personal care applications.

The bicomponent material features a sheath made with Braskem's I'm green? 100-percent biobased polyethylene (bio-PE) derived from sugarcane-based ethanol and a core made using NatureWorks' 100-percent biobased Ingeo polylactide derived from annually renewable resources. According to Fitesa, the nonwoven fabric features softness owing to the bio-PE sheath and strength and robustness owing to the Ingeo core. The fabric will be available in a variety of basis weights.

"The fabric softness is exceptional and counters the misperception some have in the market that there must be some compromise in performance to achieve a 100-percent renewably sourced product," said Ray Dunleavy, Fitesa's director of marketing, strategy and business development.

According to Braskem, for every ton of I'm green plastic produced, more than 2 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) are sequestered, while oil-based plastic production releases CO2. The bio-PE is produced in southern Brazil in the company's Triunfo Petrochemical Complex, which has a production capacity of 200 kilotons per year (kt/yr).

NatureWorks reports that for each ton of Ingeo produced, CO2 emissions are reduced by 60 percent compared to oil-based polyester production and by 30 to 40 percent compared to oil-based polyolefin production. Ingeo is produced at the company's recently expanded flagship facility in Nebraska, which has a production capacity of 150 kt/yr. NatureWorks also has begun designing a second production facility in Southeast Asia.

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