Date: 21 Oct 2016
Düsseldorf: October 21, 2016 – SCG Chemicals allocated budget more than 3,300 million baht to drive results from research and development to the global arena as an attempt to add value for products and services while enhance competitiveness for customers. The company advances an array of plastic innovations to exhibit at K 2016, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber.
Mr. Cholanat Yanaranop, President, SCG Chemicals explains that “SCG Chemicals is determined to differentiate its product and services by offering solutions that comply with costumers’ core needs. We believe that this can enrich the competitive capabilities of our customers. SCG Chemicals utilizes R&D as a key driver to innovate High Value Added (HVA) products and services. We strive to cultivate the technologies and clearly define R&D strategic management schemes. Those key R&D strategies are to profoundly partnership and co-creation with partners, to convert consumers’ needs to commercialized innovations, Eco-Innovation initiative, to commit to People and Technology development, and to build world-class R&D networks and collaborations with global institutes.”
“In 2014, we invested in Norway’s Norner AS, world leader in plastic research and development. Despite the acquisition, Norner is still independent to maintain their professional R&D at world-class standard which has truly been an utmost support for SCG Chemicals.” Mr. Cholanat added.
At present, SCG Chemicals has approximately 500 researchers, among which 20% are Ph.D. intellects. Moreover, an international standard Advanced Science and Technology Center or ASTEC has been established at world-class standard. The company also continues to allocate R&D budget annually. In 2016, SCG Chemicals has set aside a budget of 3,300 million Baht for R&D, which amounts to 54% of SCG’s overall R&D budget. In the first half of the year, SCG Chemicals spent budget on R&D approximately 1,500 million Baht or 1.6% of the total revenue from sales. The HVA products accounts for 31% on total sales. Also, this year, SCG Chemicals will have total of more than 140 patent applications, both in Thailand and abroad.
“We have recently selected innovative HVA products and services that response to the global demand to be exhibited at Germany’s K 2016, the world’s biggest exhibition for innovative plastic and rubber. We are confident that the innovations that we exhibit at K 2016 are options and fresh opportunities for customers. Also, they are prospects for SCG Chemicals to seek international alliances who can support in developing the industry together in the global market.” Mr. Cholanat elaborated.
The concept of the SCG Chemical’s exhibition at K 2016 is Building Success Together. This narrates the dedication for customers in 3 aspects which are Partnership, that is attentively working alongside customers to develop profound insights that will gain their competitive edge. Solution, is embracing the needs and providing the complete range of products and services. And Innovation, is the determination in limitless research and development seeking to generate technologies and innovative HVA products and services that will equip customers and end-users with superior competencies.
Spotlighted innovative HVA products from SCG Chemicals at K 2016 are Functional Materials which are special innovative substances that can be used in various HVA products. New Generation PE which is new advance technology to develop higher strength resin. This can offer increased ultimate strength up to 40% with excellent processability in various applications such as super thin films that requires lesser material while maintaining its durability.
SCG Chemicals has also recently developed innovative PE 112 Resins whose quality has been further adapted for pipes in the mining industry and waterworks system. They can withstand 12% more pressure than pipes manufactured from PE 100, therefore, allowing them to be thinner and logistics volume to be increased. Previously, PE 100 resins have been warmly welcomed by customers in the waterworks, mining and natural gas industry.
Other innovations include Thermoform Polypropylene resins for Freeze-to-Heat food containers which can endure temperatures ranging from -40๐C to 130๐C without leaving hazardous substances. Additionally, there are Polypropylene resins for medical equipment which can be sterilized with gamma radiation and are approved by the international standards.