Biobased materials are a new trend in the chemical industry. These are products obtained from vegetable raw materials, a technology also known as oilchemistry.

With the higher oil price in the international market and a global pursuit of alternative energy sources, the competitiveness of oilchemistry products has improved significantly. The agricultural technology allows better use of the land and genetic improvement resulted in significant increases of desired products yields.

A great volume of new investments has been channeled to the production of ethylene from ethanol, higher alcohols from oilseeds, in addition to ethanol and biodiesel to replace fossil fuels. For third and fourth generation petrochemicals that compete with similar oilchemistry materials with similar or even improved performance, this new order is even more noted.

The focus of Nexoleum products is the substitution of petrochemical additives by biobased materials, including the segments of plastics, coatings, lubricants, textiles, rubber goods, among others. The objective is to offer materials with similar or better quality at competitive costs.

Facts in numbers

  • Brazil has 1/4 of the total arable land in the planeta
  • 2.43% of the Brazilian territory is occupied with soybean crops
  • Soy occupies 5,75% of the total arable land in Brazil
  • Soy productivity in Brazil rose 86% from 1990 to 2005 - from 1,5 to 2,8 tons/Ha
  • Highly unproductive pastures represent 20,8% of the Brazilian territory
  • Soy represents 26% of the total exports in Brazil
  • Ethanol productivity rose 53% from 1991 to 2006
  • Total soy production in the 2006/2007 season was greater than 220,000 kt; soybean oil production surpassed 35,000 kt*, (significantly greater than the global plasticizers market of 5,000 kt)

    * USDA Wasde report