Profile and History

Profile and History


  • Braskem is the leader in thermoplastic resins (PE+PP+PVC) production in the Americas
  • Only integrated petrochemical company in Brazil
  • Largest PP producer in the U.S. and PE producer in Mexico
  • Net Revenue of R$58.0 bi (US$15.9 bi) and EBITDA of R$ 11.3 bi (US$3.1 bi) in 2018
  • Listed in 3 stock exchanges: B3 (Brazil), NYSE (U.S.) and Latibex (Spain)

Braskem is a global Company and its operations are divided as follows:

Braskem segments comprises its industrial units in Brazil (Basic Petrochemicals, Polyolefins and Vinyls) and overseas (Mexico, United States and Europe):


A 15-year trajectory of challenges, innovation and achievements  


  • From the integration of Copene, OPP, Trikem, Proppet, Nitrocarbono and Polialden, Braskem was created on August 16, 2002
  • The Company has its shares listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3) and, in 2004, its ADRs begin trading on the NYSE


  • Braskem acquires Politeno, 3rd largest producer of PE in Brazil, increasing its resins capacity by 20% and starting the consolidation phase of the petrochemical industry in the Country



  • Braskem acquires the chemical and petrochemical assets of the Ipiranga Group, including the control of Copesul, thus concluding the consolidation of the petrochemical sector in Brazil



  • In partnership with Petrobras, Braskem opens a PP plant in Paulínia, the Company's first greenfield project




  • In May 2009, the merger of Petroquímica Triunfo into Braskem was approved
  • Creation of the Braskem-Idesa JV for the implementation of a petrochemical project in Mexico



  • Braskem announces acquisition of Quattor
  • Beginning of the internationalization process with acquisition of the Sunoco PP plants in the USA
  • Inauguration of green ethylene / PE plants at the petrochemical complex of Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul


  • Acquisition of Dow Chemical's PP assets in U.S. and Germany, becoming the largest producer of PP in the United States



  • Start-up of the new PVC unit in the state of Alagoas, with a capacity of 200 ktons/year
  • Start-up of the new butadiene plant at the Triunfo complex



  • Start-up of the Braskem Idesa complex in Mexico, a partnership with the Mexican company Idesa S.A.P.I., representing a milestone in the strategy of diversification of raw materials and internationalization



  • Braskem starts a new ultra-high molecular weight PE plant (UTEC®) in Texas, strengthening its presence in the Americas