On August 16th, the Tech Warriors were welcomed back to Braskem’s Innovation and Technology Center for their second visit. Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, including the leading producer of Polypropylene in the United States. The Warriors met with Braskem’s staff to talk about their work and career paths, discussed STEM careers, learned about Braskem’s mission and innovations, and toured the facilities to see their work, including chemical and physical testing areas.
The day began with an introduction to safety, followed by an overview of Braskem and what they do. They discussed the concepts of invention versus innovation, focusing around what is possible with current technology, what is desireable to users, and what is viable in the marketplace in order to transform an idea into something useful in order to create new products, processes, or services.
After discussing the process of how Braskem makes Polypropylene (PP), the Warriors learned some key uses of PP resins in our everyday lives, from automotive industry, fibers, tapes and packaging, food containers, and more. They discussed the business side of the industry as well, such as advancing business growth, client satisfaction, and market leadership through the development and deployment of new technologies. The Warriors also got to enjoy an outdoor lunch overlooking Pittsburgh’s skyline.
A big “thank you” to Braskem for welcoming us into their facilities and taking the time to educate the Tech Warriors on STEM careers and possibilities for their futures!