Braskem researcher Natália Stumpf at the company’s Technology and Innovation Center in Triunfo, RS
Innovation initiatives – in products, technologies, processes and management systems – help Odebrecht’s Businesses increase their competitive advantages and serve their Clients more efficiently, safely and sustainably.
Braskem plays an outstanding role in the development of products and applications. In 2015, the company held fourth place in the ranking of the 100 most innovative companies in Brazil, published by the newspaper Valor Econômico in partnership with the Strategy& consulting firm. The previous year, Braskem was voted one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world by the American magazine Fast Company. One example of innovation at Braskem is the Green Plastic used in high-tech packaging, which has made
the company a leading producer of biopolymers made from sugarcane. The technology reduces the environmental impact during the production phase due to the use of 100%-renewable raw materials and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Braskem maintains two Innovation & Technology Centers (one in Brazil and another in the United States), 23 laboratories, seven pilot plants and partnerships with 15 universities and research institutes to support continued investment in research and development. In 2015, it invested BRL 280 million in innovation and technology and added nine grades of thermoplastic resins to its portfolio.
“My generation is concerned about many things: social structures, relations between people and the way companies interact with society. Those concerns bring new ideas and a huge capacity for reformulation”
Marcelo Berenguer Costa,
In the Engineering & Construction Businesses, innovative technologies and processes boost efficiency and cut down on the use of raw materials. Recent examples include the Bubbledeck and Light Steel Frame technologies.
The first is based on polypropylene balls, resulting in lighter slabs that reduce the size of beams and stanchions, improve acoustic insulation and use fewer materials (such as steel, wood and concrete), thereby reducing environmental impacts and carbon emissions.
The Light Steel Frame technology also makes projects more sustainable by increasing energy efficiency, using renewable materials and minimizing waste. Through this system, metal frames support the building’s structural weight. Seals are accelerated with cement plates and drywall, and the use of steam barriers prevents moisture from penetrating.
In addition to its environmental benefits, other advantages of this technology are a standardized construction process, fast installation, better insulation and soundproofing, more durable structures, and easier installation of electric wiring and plumbing.
At the Embraport port terminal in Santos, SP, Brazil, Odebrecht TransPort has developed a system for weighing containers directly on the cranes used to move cargo, which eliminates the stage of unloading cargo in the yard for weighing on truck scales. This system reduces the time a container spends in the terminal, avoiding lines of trucks and reducing the amount of polluting emissions discharged into the atmosphere.
More information about Innovation can be found in the Sustainability Reports and websites of each of the Businesses.