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Global Petrochemical Company seeks Startups in Plastics/Composite Manufacturing

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Large global petrochemical company wanting to manufacture plastic/composite railroad ties from recycled material. 

Braskem is a $15B global plastic manufacturer in Brazil. They are looking to manufacture Plastic/composite ties that will outlast wood, ideally using recycled material. They are currently able to, but process/technology costs are not yet cost effective.

 

Price point is always important; however, product performance is even more so. The advantage of the product should include benefits around:

  • rail/wheel interaction;
  • ballast’s maintenance consumption;
  • Life Cycle cost of the tie;
  • Environment requisitions
  • pavement’s levels design


Members of the technical staff will be on campus at the end of May for meetings.

Braskem is hungry for new and innovative technology. It has a good process and contact for working with startups and has had past successes with MIT startups. They will provide follow-ups, and also has a venture arm. They are hoping to understand and create partnerships at MIT about research to work with composites in cold temperatures (above 0°C).

 

* Note this is a meeting opportunity, meaning there may or may not be a defined project as of the meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is mutual discovery: for you to learn about the company's problem and for them to learn about your products and services.  If there's mutual match, that could lead to more.  

Deadline: May 15, 2019
Posted on: April 30, 2019
Location: On campus

Large global petrochemical company wanting to manufacture plastic/composite railroad ties from recycled material. 

Braskem is a $15B global plastic manufacturer in Brazil. They are looking to manufacture Plastic/composite ties that will outlast wood, ideally using recycled material. They are currently able to, but process/technology costs are not yet cost effective.

 

Price point is always important; however, product performance is even more so. The advantage of the product should include benefits around:

  • rail/wheel interaction;
  • ballast’s maintenance consumption;
  • Life Cycle cost of the tie;
  • Environment requisitions
  • pavement’s levels design


Members of the technical staff will be on campus at the end of May for meetings.

Braskem is hungry for new and innovative technology. It has a good process and contact for working with startups and has had past successes with MIT startups. They will provide follow-ups, and also has a venture arm. They are hoping to understand and create partnerships at MIT about research to work with composites in cold temperatures (above 0°C).

 

* Note this is a meeting opportunity, meaning there may or may not be a defined project as of the meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is mutual discovery: for you to learn about the company's problem and for them to learn about your products and services.  If there's mutual match, that could lead to more.  

Application Requirements

In your response, please

  • Explain concisely what you offer
  • Your match with the company above and their interest
  • Any relevant usecases / customer stories (can indicate industry/size if not ready to go public)
  • Stage of startup / maturity of technology
  • Your availability for the meeting
  • Application Requirements

    In your response, please

    • Explain concisely what you offer
    • Your match with the company above and their interest
    • Any relevant usecases / customer stories (can indicate industry/size if not ready to go public)
    • Stage of startup / maturity of technology
    • Your availability for the meeting

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