Brazil's sugar-and-ethanol sector is attracting interest from chemical developers seeking renewable feedstocks, observers and insiders said. Braskem, Dow Chemical, Solvay, and Mossi and Ghisolfi are some of the groups embarking on projects to produce polyethylene and other bio-based materials from Brazilian sugarcane and ethanol. "It's the combination of the sugarcane and the development of the technology that took place in Brazil -- driven by public policy as well as by private investment," said Luis Cirihal, Dow Chemical's global business director.

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