Automotive Industry

Automotive Industry

In the 1960s, plastic began to be used more extensively in the automotive industry. Its use has grown significantly since the 1990s, providing enormous reductions in weight, greater fuel economy and increased flexibility in designs, enabling smoother and bolder bodylines. Today, cars have on average 110 lbs. of parts and accessories (interiors, exteriors and even engine bay parts) made from plastic, which substitute around 770 lbs. of steel.

Chemicals also play a fundamental role in the automotive industry. They are used to make automotive paints, lubricants, tires, rubber parts, internal parts and even body parts. Braskem is also a specialist in polyisobutylene (PIB), a material patented by it that increases the gas impermeability of tires, making them lighter while providing savings in raw materials and energy consumption.

PE Fuel Tanks

Using polyethylene to make fuel tanks allows manufacturers to combine higher safety with lower weight, while the blow molding process gives them greater design freedom compared to using metals.

PP Dashboards

Braskem's portfolio of resins for automotive compound applications is driven by intense innovation. The results can be seen primarily in terms of performance, durability and appearance in vehicle-interior applications.


Produced by Braskem, butadiene and the hydrocarbon resin Unilene® are used to make tires and rubber articles in general. Their high quality assures rubber manufacturers' excellent performance and higher profitability.