The distribution agreement will enable Braskem to extend its global distribution of polypropylene filament and pellets for additive manufacturing to North America and Europe
Braskem and Nexeo Plastics have signed a distribution agreement under which Braskem’s polypropylene (PP) filament and pellets for additive manufacturing will be available via Nexeo Plastics’ online marketplace.
Braskem, which manufactures thermoplastic resins, claims that its PP filaments and pellets are suitable for additive manufacturing depending on its recyclability, impact strength, chemical resistance and dimensional stability,
The company said that the properties make its polypropylene an ideal material for several 3D printing applications.
The distribution agreement will enable Braskem to extend its global distribution of PP filament and pellets for additive manufacturing to North America and Europe.
Nexeo Plastics president and CEO Paul Tayler said: “We are focused on providing our customers with the most comprehensive portfolio of 3D materials and solutions.
“Our expanded partnership with Braskem will provide 3D printers with the innovative, quality materials they need.”
Last year, Braskem invested in a dedicated additive manufacturing lab as part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and to bringing new solutions to the additive manufacturing sector.
The manufacturing lab forms part of an expansion of the company’s Innovation & Technology (I&T) Centre located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Braskem additive manufacturing commercial director Jason Vagnozzi said: “Our new partnership with Nexeo Plastics marks an important moment for our Additive Manufacturing business as we extend the international reach of our products across the European market through Nexeo Plastics’ comprehensive online marketplace.
“We are excited to have our products more broadly available to better serve the fast-growing 3D printing markets and reach new customers.
“Our polypropylene has exceptional properties over other materials, and our partnership with Nexeo Plastics will help further strengthen the great potential we see for the global additive manufacturing market.”
Braskem stated that its filaments will facilitate quick prototyping, custom product design, light-weighting, optimising geometries and designing spare parts.
They are available in 1.75mm and 2.85mm diameters to fit a broad range of printing applications.