PP Compound for automotive industry for energy and environment saving

PP Compound for automotive industry for energy and environment saving

Date: 1 Jul 2014

Awareness of environmental conservation has swept the globe and is increasingly infiltrating all sectors – especially in developed countries. The EU, for example, issued The Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment or RoHS. The automotive industry has seen continuous growth with 79,989,155 automobiles being produced worldwide in 2012. At the same time, the industry has also demonstrated an awareness of and attributed importance to environmental issues. This includes producing parts which meet international standards, developing eco-friendly technologies as well as supporting CSR and other activities to raise environmental awareness. Worsening pollution problems, the plundering of rapidly depleting natural resources, as well as unpredictable crude oil prices have prompted automobile industries worldwide to develop cars which are more energy efficient, while also searching for new alternative energy sources. A changing trend has also been witnessed among consumers in selecting automobiles. Consumers are becoming increasingly mindful about their choices, preferring smaller, more compact and fuel-efficient cars. It is no wonder that in the past 4-5 years, alternative energy and eco cars have been the focus of and garnered much attention from consumers, especially in the Thai automobile market. The Eco Car – an environmentally friendly alternative The Thai government started promoting eco cars in 2009 with the idea of ecologically friendly cars for modern societyThe Board of Investment (BOI) has estimated that this year Thailand s eco car manufacturing capacity will increase by around 658,800 cars per year. This is consistent with the Federation of Thai Industries data indicating that 2012 is the golden year for Thailand s automotive industry, manufacturing over 2 million cars with pick-up trucks and eco cars as the product champions. Energy efficiency, state-of-the-art technology as well as environmentally friendly features, make the eco car the perfect choice for the modern consumer lifestyle. PP Compound…helping to drive environmental awareness forward Eco car features differ widely from those of traditional automobiles. Environmental-wise they must meet the Euro 4 stage of emission standards with less than 120 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer. Energy-wise they must consume no more than 5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and safety-wise they must be able to protect passengers from front and side collisions. Therefore, in the manufacturing of eco cars, it is imperative that parts be effective and meet the relevant standards. Apart from steel and aluminum, a special plastic called PP compound is also a major component in the manufacturing of eco cars. PP compound possesses unique qualities including high heat resistance, UV-resistance, durability and high impact resistance, making it very safe, allowing it to be used for a long time without any physical changes, and it is also re-usable.The car is lightweight, it is more energy-efficient and releases less carbon monoxide (CO2). Therefore, PP compound is a new alternative for the automotive industry which focuses on eco cars, a result of environmental awareness progressing hand-in-hand with economic growth. Grand Siam Composites or GSC, a joint venture between SCG Chemicals, Mitusui Chemicals Inc. and Prime Polymer, was established in 1996 with the objective of producing high-quality plastics for the automotive industry. GSC s PP compound is used in the manufacturing of a number of automobile parts including bumpers, instrument panels, consoles, door panels and various accessories. Not only does PP compound have green features, its manufacturing process is also eco-friendly. Because GSC is acutely aware of possible consequences to the environment, such a control Volatile Organic Chemicals or VOCs, which can be harmful to users in the long run, are used in the production of PP Compound. Furthermore, GSC emphasizes the research and development of each and every step of the production process under the close supervision of a team of experts from Japan. GSC continuous growth goes hand-in-hand with environmental sustainability. Because the company is well aware of and attributes high significance to environmental issues, it strictly monitors every step of the manufacturing processes to ensure maximum efficiency while developing new technologies and innovations to produce high-qualityand environmentally friendly products. This is certainly one accomplishment that GSC takes great pride in.
Reduce waste to zero by Active Flow

Reduce waste to zero by Active Flow

Date: 1 Jul 2014

The biggest problem for plastic manufacturers is injection. The problem is usually that the complete form is not injected due to the lack of the stickiness of the plastic. This causes a lot of damage as the products have to be destroyed and reproduced which, as a result, wastes time and energy. SCG Chemicals have always been aware of this problem so we have been trying to find a solution to help. We call this "conjuring" and it is a key solution to increase the capability of injection work. "Active Flow" was, as a result, invented. This product contains supplements that help PE and PP plastics to become more flowing. Only 1-3% of the amount of plastic needs to be added to the plastic for it to be efficient. It can be used with all kinds of plastic including recycled plastic. This product is also suitable for big parts of plastic with complicated structure such as palettes, car parts and electric parts. is a product that answers the demands of manufacturers employing injection work especially because it helps reduce damage arising during the production. From the feedback provided by SCG Chemicals customers who use Active Flow™, it was found that manufacturers do not need to reproduce the products so this reduces the damage from 30% to 0%. The flowing component also means that the production time is reduced as well as the energy needed for the production as manufacturers are not required to adjust the temperature to be higher. Once products are easier and faster to produce without any damage, production also increases by 20%. Not only does this product work well with plastics, Active Flow™ also works efficiently with regrind plastic or leftover plastic, enabling it to take the form of a new plastic called "recycle plastic" which is more flowing and stickier than general plastic. Active Flow™ is the result of the successful collaboration between SCG Chemicals and our customers over the past 5 years. We have consistently been developing the recipe from powder to sheet and finally to the capsules as they are now. Active Flow capsules are very practical as they can easily be added into the production without having to adjust the temperature. Active Flow™ also has a component that helps spread colors so the colors in the products are consistent and the surface smooth which makes the products more beautiful and in turn adds more value to the products. In the future, SCG Chemicals will not stop developing Active Flow™ and continuing to make it a better and more efficient product that answers the demands of the manufacturers who would like to make their products slimmer. SCG Chemicals are now in the process of developing Active Flow™ to reduce cooling time so as to save even more time and energy in production, thereby increasing production. Active Flow™ does not only solve problems during production, but it also prevents further damage that might occur to the products, saves time and energy as well as increasing production for the manufacturers. In short, Active Flow™ is like a magic powder that gives more zest to the recipes and the result is a more delectable dish for consumers! Click here for more information about Active Flow™ LP1040T
Building the best health with innovative plastic for the medical equipments

Building the best health with innovative plastic for the medical equipments

Date: 16 Jun 2014

There are lots of trends in the world at present. The major ones include the changes in the world temperature and environmentally-friendly products. Another trend that s close to us and being experienced by many countries including Thailand is the trend of an aging society, due to the progress in medical technology and health care for people of all ages. It is expected that Thailand will become the fastest aging society in Southeast Asia. It is thus necessary to place importance on health. In particular, as the Thai government aims for the country to be a medical hub of the region when the AEC is in operation in 2015, both the government and the private sectors are trying to achieve innovations and develop the capability in manufacturing medical plastics to prepare to support increasing needs. SCG Chemicals, the leader in the business of manufacturing and supplying chemicals of Thailand, and a leading manufacturer in the Asia-Pacific region, manufactures and exports high quality polypropylene (PP) plastic pellets of various grades for the manufacture of medical equipment of certified FDA, USP Class VI and EP international standards. The plastic has also been the first in Asean to be subject to sterilization using gamma radiation. This is particularly for the innovative PP Copolymer P859JMR plastic pellets for medical equipment including syringes, syringe caps, specimen cups, and test tubes. The medical plastic items are strong, highly transparent and can pass sterilization standards using gamma radiation. This is the highest level of sterilization without making the plastic become brittle or broken and experience changes in color. The sterilization of medical plastics aims to prevent infection when used with patients. It is thus a strict and complicated process, with many requirements and various stages of examination by several agencies. In sterilizing medical plastics, a higher dose of radiation is required. This affects the physical properties and the quality of medical plastics. The plastic may turn yellow, lose its transparency, or become brittle. Considering these limitations, SCG Chemicals has researched and come up with plastic pellets that can pass the sterilization process using gamma radiation.The problem is thus solved. PP Copolymer P859JMR plastic pellets can be processed, formed as medical equipment and then exposed to gamma radiation. The plastic of this type has been tested and approved by leading manufacturing companies of medical plastics of recognized quality and efficiency. In general, there are three ways of sterilizing medical equipment: Autoclave or sterilization by steam and high pressure. Ethylene Oxide Sterilization (EO), which is cleaner than the first method but takes longer and may leave some residues. Gamma ray sterilization using gamma radiation, considered the best method, safest and most sterile. SCG Chemicals produce plastic pellets for the manufacturing of medical plastics suitable for all the three methods of sterilization. The pellets are produced from the same factories awarded the ISO 13485, the standard for manufacturers of medical plastics. SCG Chemicals is the first and only manufacturer of plastic pellets in Asean to have been awarded the standards. Manufacturers of medical plastics can therefore be confident of the quality control right from the stage of raw materials. PP Copolymer P859JMR plastic pellets are another innovation SCG Chemicals is proud of especially with the positive responses and the approval of leading manufacturing companies of medical plastics. One of their common major reasons for the choosing this type of plastic pellets in manufacturing medical equipment is that PP Copolymer P859JMR plastic pellets are subject to sterilization using gamma radiation with no change in colour. This is an important property in addition to the transparency and the strength. The prices are also acceptable and delivery is extremely efficient and timely. In addition, all the teams at SCG Chemicals work and respond quickly. They help solve problems, follow up and keep customers informed regularly, reflecting their care for customers. With the important capability of maintaining their physical properties and quality even after sterilization using gamma radiation, PP Copolymer P859JMR plastic pellets provide advantages for manufacturers in producing safe medical equipment and medical plastics of the highest levels of safety. Also, Thailand can also reduce the imports of these plastic pellets as they are of comparable quality to those imported. With the lower cost of production, the Thai medical field development can be promoted. In particular, medical plastics at lower prices mean that the public can access more medical treatment or services. People thus have a better quality of life in terms of health. This is true not only in Thailand as SCG Chemicals also exports high quality plastic pellets for use as raw materials in manufacturing medical equipment to Asean countries. This way, patients and the public in general in all the Asean countries can also have greater access to the health equipment of accepted standards. SCG Chemicals is determined to innovate and develop technology to produce high value added plastic pellets for medical plastics that are sterilized, considering the quality of life of the consumers of much importance. This is, thus, an alternative innovation for better health standards. Click here for more information about plastics for Medical & Healthcare Products
emisspro : The innovation for a sustainable environment

emisspro : The innovation for a sustainable environment

Date: 12 Jun 2014

In the petrochemical, refinery, ceramic and steel – industries, the furnace is a key component in the production process, heating components to achieve desired properties and products. The furnace is a unit operation that uses huge amount of fuel. Because SCG Chemicals sees the importance of energy and environmental conservation, together with SCG Cement – Building Materials, it has created an innovation in high emissvity coating materials to maximize furnaces thermal efficiency results in reduction of energy consumption under the brand emisspro®. emisspro® is the first high emissivity coating materials was developed in Thailand and in ASEAN. Once used to apply on the inner furnace walls to maximize thermal radiation absorptivity and emissivity of inner furnace wall resulting on increasing of furnace thermal efficiency and reduction of energy consumption. This means lower emissions of green house gases and has earned emisspro® the SCG eco value standard, which attests to the product being environmentally friendly. We have heard that emisspro® furnace coating has both environmental as well as commercial benefits. emisspro® reduces the fuel consumed by the furnace. This is the most important aspect. However, there are actually a number of other benefits. The more fuel you burn, the more carbon dioxide is emitted and the more you burn, the more NOx (a type of gas emitted from combustion) is released. This has a number of consequences, including environmental ones. If emisspro® is used to apply the furnace, there would be a reduction in both energy consumption and the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. From using emisspro® in our various businesses such as Map Ta Phut Olefins Co.,Ltd. (MOC), Royong Olefins Co., Ltd. (ROC) SCG has reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100,000 tons per year. We have also extended the product to other industries outside of SCG, including the ceramic and steel industries. This has helped to reduce these industries impact on the environment on a larger scale and encourages green manufacturing. This way industries can sustainably coexist with society and the environment while reducing fuel costs. Apart from actual use in furnaces in SCG factories, emisspro® has also been developed commercially. We not only sell the actual coating materials but we also have a energy solution package that includes how to properly apply the product, maintenance, consultancy etc. That is, we differentiate ourselves through our technological knowledge and expertise. To this day we are still conducting ongoing research and development to apply the product to other industries as this coating materials has worked well with furnaces used in the petrochemical, steel and ceramic industries. We continue to strive to develop energy-saving materials for other industries. In ASEAN, we are considered the first manufacturer this type of coating materials and we are also among the first globally. However, the products currently available on the market do not all work well. But because SCG Chemicals has factories, we know very well what factories need and we develop our products accordingly to serve the needs and satisfaction of our customers. I can confidently say that our product is second to none in both the Asian and global markets in terms of its properties and efficiency. We have long-term plans for product and business developments. Therefore, I believe that soon the ASEAN market will be too small for emisspro® On factors that led to the successful creation of emisspro® within a very short time span: The main factor was cooperation between many agencies from SCG Chemicals, SCG Cement-Building materials and factories within the group. Because "people" play the most important role in a project s success or failure, we were lucky that everyone was committed to their roles and worked well together. This is what helped us to succeed within such a short amount of time. Energy and environmental conservation is an important issue that affects us all. Therefore, everyone needs to work together to find and carry out solutions to reduce environmental impacts as much as possible. Apart from manufacturing high quality plastics pellets, SCG Chemicals is committed to developing innovations that add value to environmentally-friendly products like emisspro®. This shows that it is possible for commercial growth and the environment to move forward together. From using emisspro® in SCG manufacturing processes, we have been able to reduce fuel consumption by over 36,500 tons/year and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by over 100,000 tons/year. This is equal to planting 97,000 rai of forest. Today, industrial groups that use emisspro® furnace-coating agent include the petrochemical industry, the ceramic industry and the steel industry. For more information about our products and services please contact Texplore Co., Ltd., a part of SCG Chemicals. www.texplore.co.thorTexplore-Sale&Marketing@scg.com(+66) 2 586 2576 Foremisspro®properties details and brochure please visithttps://www.scgchemicals.com/en/products-services/technology-service-solutions/emisspro
Bioplastic compounds

Bioplastic compounds

Date: 4 Jun 2014

In an endeavor to develop alternatives for the packaging coating industry and to reaffirm its commitment to creating innovations for the environment and sustainable development, SCG Chemicals has committed itself to research and development of coated packaging for hot and cold beverages as an alternative to polyethylene-coated cups, which are a staple on the market today. Certified by SGS to be in compliance with the EU No.10/2011 regulation, this innovative product, designed to address the emerging market needs, is safe for direct food contact and resistant up to 100 degrees Celcius, making it ideal for eco-conscious application. Developed using homegrown technology from SCG Chemicals research team, the biodegradable plastic compound is the first in Thailand to be certified by DIN CERTCO of Germany to degrade within 180 days. In addition to improving the paper packaging of leak-proof properties and preventing liquid absorption, the bioplastic coating is 100% biodegradable, breaking down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass within 180 days under suitable conditions before returning to nature. The bioplastic compound answers the commercial needs for the packaging industry and adds value to the eco products. Through the compounding process, these bioplastic compounds, which are made from renewable sources such as sugar cane, cassava, bean starch, and corn starch, can be engineered to be used as coating on paper to make compostable plastic coated paper. To bring bioplastic compounds to new heights, SCG Chemicals has added new functions and applications to the product. Examples include the embodiment of color-sensitive inks that change color according to drink temperatures and the design that better meets customer marketing demand to ensure steady market growth. Biodegradable bioplastics are plastics that can be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms (biocompostable). They are produced from renewable sources such as sugar cane, cassava, bean starch, corn starch, etc. The development of bioplastics, which are made from natural materials, offer performance similar to conventional petrochemical-based plastics, and are 100% biodegradable, has paved the way for the development of other materials for eco-conscious application.
HDPE Pipe - Enhance the Quality and Standards of Infrastructure

HDPE Pipe - Enhance the Quality and Standards of Infrastructure

Date: 23 May 2014

Enhancing the quality and standards of infrastructure, especially the public waterworks system can contribute greatly to uplifting people s quality of life. However, the materialization of this idearequires the full and sincere collaboration of allconcerned parties, or the reality would be similarto a jigsaw puzzle left unfinished. In Thailand, the public waterworks system has developed over the years. More recent efforts have seen the replacement of steel pipes with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which have been in use in many developed countries including Europe for more than half a century. Unlike steel pipes, HDPE pipes are free from rust and corrosion, making potable water clean and safe for consumers. Moreover, the installation of HDPE pipes is easy and hassle free, significantly reducing piping installation time and giving a long service life, which makes it worth the investment. Over the years, the use of HDPE pipes in Thailand has encountered a multitude of challenges, especially the quality standards of the plastic pipes. This gave rise to the establishment of the TIS 982-2548 standard specifications to determine the sizes andpressure grades suitable for HDPE pipe applications. However, given the specifications falling short oncovering the component of plastic materials, some manufacturers have sought to use recycled materials for the manufacturing process to save costs, resulting in numerous problems as follows: Pipe leaks or breaks can cause disruption and safety issues for users. The agencies entrusted with the productionand expansion of public waterworks network are subject to costs incurred to repair the damaged piping system, thereby failing to achieve cost-effectiveness due to the shorter service life of the pipes. Several manufacturers of HDPE pipes that meet the quality standards suffer from unfair price competition. In the wake of these challenges, SCG Chemicals, together with other leading manufacturers of plastic resins and pipes in Thailand and the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TIS) jointly set forth TIS 2559-2554 standard specifications for "Polyethylene Compound for Drinking Water Pipes" for use as criteria to inspect HDPE pipes down to the plastic material component. The specifications will help edge the pipes that do not match the quality standards out of the market. Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA), a major user of pipes in Thailand, is to adopt these specifications in inspecting the piping systems delivered by the contractors. For its part, SCG Chemicals provides academic and technical support,for example, organizing seminars to provide knowledge to PWA inspection engineers and assigning technical engineers and product development staff from SCG Chemicals to assist in pipe quality inspection. Added to this is the offering of a pipe inspection service at SCG Chemicals laboratories. The establishment of such rigorous quality specifications has benefited the industry as a whole encompassing plastic manufacturers, HDPE pipes producers, pipe users, and consumers. For SCG Chemicals, the problems, opinions, and suggestions from pipe users and manufacturers have allowed for the further improvement of plastic resins and inspired the company to create more innovative HDPE products to accommodate future application needs. On the other end, leading Thai HDPE pipe manufacturers including Thai-Asia PE Pipe Co.,Ltd., Wiik & Hoeglund Public Company Limited, and Thai Gow Gai Group Co., Ltd. are motivated to create products that meet quality standards, contributing to cost-effectiveness for users like PWA. With fair price competition, customers will be more concerned about quality than pricing, leading to future growth in the HDPE pipe market. Moreover, Thai manufacturers have promising potential to develop HDPE pipes that meet international standards, thus increasing opportunities for exports and enabling Thailand to be a major production base in the years to come. Likewise, end-users like PWA can avoid problems associated with pipe leaks or breaks or a short service life. This significantly helps reduce repair costs and make it worth the investment and the expansion of public waterworks to larger areas. The convenience and safe, clean water enjoyed by the public will contribute to a better quality of life and a good service image for PWA consistent with the directionset forth by PWA Governor Ratana Kitchawan that reads: "PWA plans to continually expand our services in various regions each year, which demands huge investment. As Thailand is gearing up for the AEC, it compounds the needs for adequate infrastructure to ensure a public waterworks system that meets a standard of excellence." The collaborative efforts of all concerned parties not only reflect their senses of social responsibility but also help drive the HDPE pipe industry toward a brighter future for all. Click here for more information and datasheet of plastics resin for pipe system