SCGC GREEN POLYMER™ High Barrier Coated MDOPE Film for Laminated Full PE Packaging Solution Designed For Recyclability

Date: 25 Apr 2022

While Circular Economy is turning mainstream, many types of packaging are still difficult to be recycled, for instance, multi-material flexible packaging that consists of inseparable layers of different material. Main reason of using multi-material is the function to protect product inside with material in each layer guarding different type of components like oxygen or water. SCGC sees the importance of material design to be recyclable for easier path to circulate resource in our economy. SCGC GREEN POLYMER™’s latest development is now advancing our Mono-Material packaging solution to “High Barrier” level in order to serve the sustainable flexible packaging better.

After more than three years of research, testing, and value-chain collaboration, our coating technology, “BWO1501G”, is approved by “RecyClass”, world’s renowned certified body, as the First barrier coating agent in ASEAN that is compatible with the PE flexible recycling stream. The plastic generated by the recycling process can be used in high quality applications, such as PE blown films, up to 25% concentration.

SCGC’s Mono Directional Oriented of polyethylene (MDOPE) film coupled with a thin barrier coating delivers good oxygen transmission rate (OTR, at 23 °C, 0% RH) at lower than 10 cc/m2/day and water vapor transmission rate (WVTR, 38°C, 90%RH) at below 10 g/m2/day. As a result, this high barrier coated MDOPE film can be applied as printing layer and can replace BOPA (Nylon) and BOPET films for Mono-Material packaging in various applications, such as Personal and Homecare Products, Frozen and Chilled Food, and Dried Food.

Using high barrier coated MDOPE film, the overall structure of Mono-Material packaging is more than 90% PE, passing FDA and EU testing on migration test, while maintaining performance in existing printing and lamination process.  Beside ability to recycle, this sample can reduce 22% carbon footprint compared to Multi-Material packaging.

This SCGC GREEN POLYMER™ Mono-Material solution is a huge step to make single type of material to perform high level protection to prevent deterioration currently provided by multi-material packaging leading us to design for a better world. For more information, please contact foodbev_pkg@scg.com

From medical professionals’ feedback to the latest models of “Mobile Isolation Units” in combat against post-Songkran infections

From medical professionals’ feedback to the latest models of “Mobile Isolation Units” in combat against post-Songkran infections

Date: 27 Apr 2022

Amid the current Omicron outbreak, infections have surged both within and outside hospitals, pushing up the number of patients. “Sometimes, patients do not inform us that they have an infection, so for our patient transfer team, we wear different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and install our stretchers and wheelchairs with other specialized equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Punnarat Sappakitchanchai, Head of Patient Transfer Service, explained. As they say, protection is better than cure. SCG Chemicals, or SCGC, has therefore been using its innovation and technology expertise to develop Mobile Isolation Units that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in collaboration with medical professionals for over two years now since the first outbreak, such as Small Patient Isolation Capsules, Negative Pressure Isolation Cocoons, and Modular Swab Units. Working closely with doctors at Siriraj Hospital to understand their problems and unmet needs, SCGC has successfully developed the latest models of three Mobile Isolation Units, which have been given to Siriraj Hospital for use in combating post-Songkran infections. Cases doubling: Feedback from medical professionals Amid the current Omicron outbreak, infections have surged both within and outside hospitals, pushing up the number of patients. “Sometimes, patients do not inform us that they have an infection, so for our patient transfer team, we wear different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and install our stretchers and wheelchairs with other specialized equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Punnarat Sappakitchanchai, Head of Patient Transfer Service, explained. Nongnuch Imsap, Head Nurse of Medicine Unit at Siriraj Hospital, recounted the problems facing her team. “Now, our medicine unit is faced with 2-3 COVID-19 cases every day. Sometimes, we have as many as five cases. However, we do not have sufficient negative pressure equipment that can prevent germ dispersal. With more such devices, we would be able to better manager at-risk patients.” At the same time, staffers or doctors on duty who need to spend the night together in a small on-call room with poor ventilation are also at risk of contracting COVID-19 as they cannot wear a face mask while resting. Diana Woradetsuttichai, a nurse at Siriraj Hospital, described her feelings. “I’m scared that I would contract COVID-19 from my infected co-workers because we spend our days in the ward together. Although we use personal protective equipment, such as face shields and masks, there is still a period where we are vulnerable, which is during our breaks. Despite the partitions and physical distancing, the room is still poorly ventilated, and I simply do not feel safe.” From insights to the latest models of Mobile Isolation Units Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Vice President - New Business, SCG Chemicals Plc. (SCGC), said, “We have been talking with the medical team at Siriraj Hospital to identify issues that they are still facing and their needs that are still unmet. That’s the origin of the three innovations we have contributed to Siriraj Hospital. SCGC’s aspiration is to develop innovation that’s real – solutions that can truly work, are accessible to people, and help lighten the burden of the medical professionals – in order to keep them safe and healthy and enable them to work with greater confidence.” The three latest types of Mobile Isolation Units that SCGC has developed and given to Siriraj Hospital are 1) Negative Pressure Isolation Hood, which prevents the dispersal of pathogens while waiting for consultation; 2) Negative Pressure Isolation Wheelchair, which curbs the spread of germs during patient transfer; and 3) Positive Pressure Isolation Cocoon, additional equipment that provides healthcare professionals safety and a private space during breaks. Developed for greater efficiency in reducing pathogen dispersal, the three innovations are equipped with an air pressurization system, a HEPA filtration system, and SCGC’s VAROGARD AC filters, which are coated with antiviral and antibacterial agents capable of inhibiting SARS-CoV-2, thus further enhancing filtration efficiency. The structures have also been designed for greater durability as well as easy and quick installation and disassembly for disinfection. Real insights into problems through close collaboration Assoc. Prof. Visit Vamvanit, Director of Siriraj Hospital, described the actual work environment. “Actually, Siriraj has been working with SCGC for over 10 years. Once the doctors and nurses in charge of on-duty doctor offices, examination rooms, and the emergency room told me about the large numbers of patients they were handling, I thought of SCGC because we had been collaborating. Most importantly, the way we work was not we telling them what we wanted and they coming up with solutions. Rather, we worked together to gradually develop the products, identify what we truly needed, what the options were, and how we could improve on them. We would go then through cycles of prototyping and testing until we get the products that we have today.” As long as COVID-19 is still around and the needs of healthcare workers have not been fully addressed, SCGC will continue to support them and work with them to develop innovations that truly meet their needs, so that medical professionals and Thai society can all overcome these challenging times together.If you are interested in the latest mobile isolation units, please contact SCGC at medandwellness@scg.com
“What Makes or Breaks A Startup?” The Viewpoint of Defire—The Winning Team of SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2022  – Thailand Competition.

“What Makes or Breaks A Startup?” The Viewpoint of Defire—The Winning Team of SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2022 – Thailand Competition.

Date: 18 Apr 2022

“Imagine you’re running a marathon where everyone is tied to each other on a path with a hole every 50 meters. You must all get up with your teammates every time and learn from each fall how painful it is, how to better deal with the upcoming holes, and how to take the whole team to the finishing line together.” That’s the definition of a startup in the view of Theethat Rangkasiri (Erk), CEO, Defire from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) – the winner of SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2022, Thailand Competition. The massive growth of Thailand’s startup industry and the emergence of home-grown “unicorns,” such as Flash Group and Bitkub, in recent years have inspired many students to embark on this path. Today, Defire from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the winner of SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2022, Thailand Competition, Asia's longest-running global student startup competition hosted by SCG Chemicals (SCGC), Chemicals business for sustainability, and Sasin School of Management. They are here to share with us their experience going through each round and tell us about their source of motivation to kindle passion for those looking to take up startups professionally. Diverse skillsets united by a common goal: Defire’s perfect combination Defire consists of three members: Theethat Rangkasiri (Erk), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pattrarat Tangnisaitrong (Patter), Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), and Wasanchai Vongsantivanich (View) Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with Prof.Nophea Sasaki as the advisor. “It all began with our interest in social and environmental problems. Our team focuses on the problem of urban dust and air pollution. There’s more to it than meets the eye, and we hoped to dig down and find the root cause. That’s the origin of Defire, a carbon credit platform that seeks to reduce crop burning. Stop Hunger, Stop Fire…: Ending hunger and environmental problems “Stop hunger, stop fire. We hope that once farmers enjoy better quality of life, they will be better equipped to take care of the environment around them.” It is this seemingly simple statement that has driven Defire to take on this project. “We believe that in order to tackle environmental problems, especially crop burning, we need to first solve the problem of hunger. As long as they are still hungry and are still living from hand to mouth, do you think they’ll care about the environment? Along the same vein, would we care more about the environment than our family and our children’s tuition fees? This is something we need to keep in mind when putting Defire together,” said Defire CEO, Theethat Rangkasiri (Erk). Defire CTO, Wasanchai Vongsantivanich (View) stated, “Defire’s business model is unique in terms of both the business itself and technology. We utilize carbon credits and pollution reduction as an incentive for farmers to stop burning their crops.” The ultimate goal of Defire’s business model is to stop hunger and improve the quality of life for farmers, which, the team believes, will prompt them to improve their farming methods to be more climate-conscious. Seeking a shortcut to exponential business growth “Defire’s concept was well-defined, but its weakness was the business side. We believed joining SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin would be a way for us to gain exponential growth at a much faster pace than learning on our own elsewhere.” “Admittedly, what we have gained from SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2022 far exceeded our expectations. We thought that it would help us better refine our business model, but we got to learn about technicality and feasibility from expert judges. The judges were not only experts on business but were also knowledgeable in various disciplines and thus were able to give us comprehensive feedback, which allowed to move forward farther and much faster,” said Defire CBDO, Pattrarat Tangnisaitrong (Patter) of the team’s initial expectations. What makes or breaks a startup? “Startups are enterprises that fail fast and learn fast and are born out of ideas.” For Defire, there are two key factors that determine the success of startups in Thailand. The first factor is the founder. Running a startup is demanding, so the founder has to be both a thinker and a doer; they have to think and take action at all times, which is very challenging. Only a determined and passionate founder can bring it to fruition.The second factor is the ability to learn and grow from failures and comments. “As a startup entrepreneur, you must have at least either come face to face with investors or joined a competition. Your startup must have been rejected or criticized in some way. If you keep wallowing in the disappointment, you won’t be able to get anywhere,” said Defire CBDO, Pattrarat Tangnisaitrong (Patter). A message to future contestants in SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin next year “For me, passion, determination, and focus are essential. I’d like to invite those who truly believe in what they are putting out and are willing to prove that it is feasible to apply to the competition instead of working on it all by themselves. By competing, you get to prove whether the idea is feasible for others. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” concluded Defire CTO, Wasanchai Vongsantivanich (View). If you are a student who is ready to join the startup arena just as Defire – Sustainable did, you can learn more details about SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin at https://bbc.sasin.edu/2022 ______________________ About Defire Defire is a platform that incentivizes farmers to stop burning croplands and crop residue using carbon credits. The platform combines AI, IoT, and remote sensing technologies to detect and alert the presence of fires. It harnesses technology to tackle the issue of crop burning in a sustainable manner, as well as to reduce air pollution and global warming while improving farmers’ livelihoods.
SCGC GREEN POLYMERTM Bio-Compostable Compound: A New Eco-friendly Alternative that Good for us and Planet

SCGC GREEN POLYMERTM Bio-Compostable Compound: A New Eco-friendly Alternative that Good for us and Planet

Date: 25 Mar 2022

"No one is too small to make a better world." Because it is not the responsibility of an individual to change the world, but of "everyone" to make it a better place. As evidenced by the news, the world has been experiencing a series of natural disasters throughout the years. These have shown that global warming has come closer to everyone than expected as a result of human actions that have impacted the environment and all living beings on the planet. This has raised the question of how we can better care for our planet so that future generations can inherit a more livable world. As a leader in the petrochemical businesses, SCG Chemicals or SCGC is well aware of long-standing environmental issues. Such realization has prompted the development of environmentally-friendly plastics that are quickly compostable and non-harmful to the environment. The strategy contributes to the sustainability of ecosystems and natural resources. What are compostable plastics? How are they compostable? Reducing consumption levels alone may not be sufficient to address the global challenges of plastic waste management. Another solution that should be pursued in parallel to alleviate the problem is to accelerate the biodegradation process of plastic waste by using compostable plastics that exhibit unique properties from conventional plastics. Bio-compostable plastics is a type of biodegradable plasticsthat breaks into carbon dioxide, water, organic compounds, and biomass under appropriate environmental circumstances, leaving no residues that are harmful to plants and animals and are environmentally benign. In other words, if bio-compostable plastics are in the proper state, they can be completely biodegradable. The end products can be used to plant plants or trees while remaining non-toxic to the environment. Future with Compostable Plastics Bio-compostable plastics with comparable properties to conventional plastics has gained wide attention and acceptance in a broader spectrum. At the same time, countries have become acutely aware of environmental issues, prompting them to enact domestic regulations, such as China's announcement that all shopping bags must be compostable plastics. The policy went into effect in 2021 and has been piloted in five major cities before full nationwide implementation within 2023. Countries in many continents, including the European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, have similar regulations in place. Nevertheless, based on what has been said, this is just the first chapter. In the future, regulations will become increasingly strict. Besides the collaboration of numerous countries, a commitment to future development and innovation will make compostable plastics an integral part of the world to support the sustainable mitigation of environmental challenges. SCGC’s Certified Innovative Compostable Plastics SCGC has its major mission of becoming a "Chemicals Business for Sustainability" and is committed to continual product development based on the circular economy concept. SCGC has recently developed the bio-compostable compound resin BIOC01FN grade, under the brand "SCGC GREEN POLYMERTM," produced with a unique formulation with particular film-forming properties for the production of compostable bag products used in the household and industrial sectors. The innovation enhances the production’s convenience and efficiency because it comes with comprehensive features that meet the needs of manufacturers and users. SCGC’s innovative compostable plastic resin has been certified by the world's leading institution, DIN CERTCO, based in Germany, for being industrial compostable at 60 degrees Celsius, converting to carbon dioxide, water, and biomass in 180 days without leaving residues in the environment. Furthermore, the innovation has the ability to contribute to a full and environmentally-friendly recirculating process. It is yet another innovative plastic alternative that meets the needs of both manufacturers and users and helps alleviate environmental problems. If all sectors understand the properties of each material and choose appropriately with proper handling, we will be able to achieve our goal of managing plastics in a sustainable manner. This way, we can leave a more livable planet to future generations. For more information, please contact greenpolymer@scg.com Source: https://www.stou.ac.th/Schools/sst/main/KM/KM%20Post/57/BioPlastic.pdf
Lightweight Cap and Closure for Carbonated Soft Drinks, Reducing The Use of Plastic For Our Society and Planet

Lightweight Cap and Closure for Carbonated Soft Drinks, Reducing The Use of Plastic For Our Society and Planet

Date: 4 Mar 2022

In present days, plastics play crucial parts in our lives especially in beverage industry, talking only about carbonated soft drinks, there are more than three trillion bottles in production line per year. With this massive amount of consumption, material reduction of only 5-10% can be first little drops of water to make a mighty ocean in sustainable world. Many global brands are the early players to hop on this sustainable bus by developing more environmentally friendly bottle cap models using less plastics. As a result, the carbonated soft drink caps weight in many counties nowadays are only 2 gram each. Nevertheless, to produce such lightweight carbonated soft drink caps while maintaining the critical performance of gas retention is not an easy way. The plastics themselves need to be tougher especially in the property of “Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance (ESCR)”. SCG Chemicals (SCGC) developed special high density polyethylene (HDPE) resins of “SX002J” and “SX002JA” under brand SCGC GREEN POLYMERTM from our superior SMXTM technology that offers outstanding strength in response to requirement from brand owners and consumers to reduce plastics used while still keeping the quality and safety of the end product in good conditions. SX002JA has been qualified with Coca-Cola standard for their 2 grams lightweight cap. In beverage caps and closures industry, models of HDPE carbonated soft drink caps are in lightweight trend. Many large caps producers are now using lighter model, for example from 2.15 grams to 2.0 grams, which SX002J and SX002JA are able to meet the needs of lightweight caps as well. In addition, they are also certified by SCG Green Choice, an eco-friendly product label, in terms of Circularity. With over seven million tons of soda bottle caps are being produced each year. If we can reduce just 5% of plastic consumption, there will be 458,000 tons less GHG emission per year, which will play a part in helping to reduce the global warming crisis sustainably. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you are interested to join our sustainable pathway, please contact foodbev_pkg@scg.com
SCG Chemicals and Cargill: Collaboration on Mono-Material Packaging for PlantEver

SCG Chemicals and Cargill: Collaboration on Mono-Material Packaging for PlantEver

Date: 10 Jan 2022

SCG Chemicals collaborates with Cargill to develop Mono-Material Packaging for Plant-Based Meat under PlantEverTM Brand in December 2021 Normally, flexible packaging we see in daily life is composed of various materials with different properties laminated together with adhesive layer. Consequently, this type of packaging will be the combination of Multi-Material with unalike melting temperature and is very hard to separate each layer in waste management system. As a result, recycle rate for multi-material packaging is very limited. SCG Chemicals develops high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin for producing Machine Direction Orientation Polyethylene (MDOPE) film with high heat resistance property to serve as printing layer in flexible packaging, for ability to produce Mono-material packaging with comparable performance. This collaboration between SCG Chemicals and Cargill Meats Thailand is a huge footstep of featuring green packaging with sustainable products to encourage customer entering into sustainable consumption economy. Mr. Watcharapon Prasopkiatpoka, Managing Director of Cargill Protein Southeast Asia, said, “ Cargill is ambitious to achieve its food production goals to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We have continually improved our processes and applied technology to enhance our production line and distribution to be more efficient and sustainable. Our steps are to reduce usage of single-use plastic and collaborate with suppliers and partners to develop sustainable packaging. I’m very pleased with the success of this project which helps support Cargill’s sustainability goals around the world. It also supports PlantEver™ brand’s goal to provide alternative protein products consumers who care about health and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. “ Ms. Rungtip Jongsuebchoke, Food and Beverage Business Director of SCG Chemicals added “SCG Chemicals is striving for creating sustainable world through products innovation and solutions. Our offering of Mono-Material under SCG GREEN POLYMERTM brand is one of our main support to drive company growth. The vital part of our development is through collaboration, which can barely accomplished without key business partners like Cargill, and we are very open to new opportunity to collaborate with brand owners and converters in our sustainability path.” For more information, please contact foodbev_pkg@scg.com