SCG partners up with France’s Institut Pasteur to combat dengue with innovations to reduce mosquito breeding

Date: 11 Jun 2019

Bangkok – June 11, 2019 Dr. Suracha Udomsak (right), Chief Technology Officer, on behalf of Chemicals Business, SCG, and Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai (left), Coordinator of the Defeat Dengue Program, Head of Structure, Functional Genetics of Infectious Diseases, representing Institut Pasteur, signed a collaborative research agreement for the development of anti-dengue innovations. The signing ceremony was held at the French Embassy of Thailand and presided over by Mr. Jacques Lapouge (middle), the French Ambassador to Thailand. This collaboration is part of Institut Pasteur’s Defeat Dengue Program, aims to prevent and eliminate dengue outbreaks, which are particularly frequent in tropical zones, such as Asia and Africa.

Mr. Jacques Lapouge, the French Ambassador to Thailand, said, “Mosquitoes and dengue fever are a serious problem in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million people worldwide are infected annually, and the number has been increasing every year. This collaboration between Thailand and France to take on this challenge marks a promising start and will lead to a technological exchange between Institut Pasteur, one of the world’s leading research institute, and SCG, one of Thailand’s most established companies.”

Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Coordinator of the Defeat Dengue Program, Head of Structure, Functional Genetics of Infectious Diseases, Institut Pasteur, stated “Dengue is a global health problem. For over 20 years, Institut Pasteur has been conducting research to stop dengue outbreaks and found that successful prevention requires a collaborative effort, especially from business sector, as it can take research findings to communities and society at large. This project is an example of a collaboration between a research institute and the business sector, and I hope that it will not only prove successful in Thailand but can also be scaled up globally.”

Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Chief Technology Officer, Chemicals Business, SCG, remarked, “SCG strives to achieve sustainable development and believes that developing technologies in tandem with fostering open collaboration can lead to a better quality of life. It is an honor for us to have been trusted by Institut Pasteur to join the project, where we apply our expertise on functional materials as well as knowledge of materials science and design to develop the innovation to reduce mosquito breeding and the spread of dengue fever. This innovation can serve as an alternative preventive tool against the world’s health issue of dengue.

The collaboration consists of the research and development of a mosquito trap and a functional material that helps improve the binding properties of compounds that inhibit mosquito breeding. When dissolved in water sources, the material can reduce the growth rate of mosquito larvae while posing no harm to other living creatures or the environment.

Chemicals Business, SCG and Institut Pasteur have also been working in collaboration with the Department of Medical Sciences, the Ministry of Public Health, and Ikari Trading (Thailand) Company Limited to administer mosquito attractants and conduct both lab and field tests on the efficiency of the mosquito trap before a public launch.

 SCG unveils “Thailand’s First Reinvented Toilet,” an innovation for sustainable public sanitation in Khlong Phlabphla Community, Rama IX

SCG unveils “Thailand’s First Reinvented Toilet,” an innovation for sustainable public sanitation in Khlong Phlabphla Community, Rama IX

Date: 22 May 2019

Bangkok - May 22, 2018 Chemicals Business, SCG has unveiled SCG Reinvented Toilet, Thailand’s first toilet with an integrated waste treatment system that can disinfect waste and separate liquids and solids with a 100% efficiency. The self-contained toilet helps ensure safe waste disposal, preventing harmful pathogens from being released into rivers and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. The invention also makes it possible to recover useful resources from solid waste and use them as soil conditioners. SCG Reinvented Toilet is developed by Chemicals Business, SCG in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), in an effort to improve basic sanitation for communities and contribute to environmental sustainability. Initial development of the toilet was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pilot units of the toilet have recently been installed for public use at Khlong Phlabphla Community in Rama IX.
SCG PARTNERS UP WITH PWA TO INSTALL THE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER PE112 SUBMARINE PIPELINE TO IMPORT FRESHWATER TO KOH SAMUI

SCG PARTNERS UP WITH PWA TO INSTALL THE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER PE112 SUBMARINE PIPELINE TO IMPORT FRESHWATER TO KOH SAMUI

Date: 14 Mar 2019

Surat Thani – March 14, 2019 Chemicals Business, SCG has partnered up with the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) in Thailand’s first-ever underwater pipeline installation project, featuring a freshwater water pipeline of approximately 20 kilometers from Khanom District in Nakhon Si Thammarat to Samui in Surat Thani. The subsea pipes are made with the world’s first PE112, a resin developed by SCG that affords 10% greater pressure resistance in comparison to PE100 available on the market. The material helps ensure that the pipes meet required safety standards and achieve maximum efficiency. The “Samui Submarine Water Pipeline Construction” Project is set to enhance the efficiency of the island’s infrastructure and alleviate water scarcity, which will in turn boost its tourism industry and the economy of the country. Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, Governor of the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA), said Samui frequently experiences water shortages during dry spells. To meet the demand for water, PWA has initiated the "Samui Submarine Water Pipeline Construction" Project to provide access to tap water to residents across the island. The project has reached completion, and the water delivery to Samui has started. The success of the project is due in part to the innovative material of the pipes, developed by a private business. For this project, PWA has chosen SCG’s PE112, a high-quality resin that affords the pipes with toughness and durability and enables them to withstand subsea pressure, lending the pipeline the strength it needs. The durability of the pipeline has been proven when it was left unaffected after being hit by the tropical storm Pabuk. The installed pipeline will supply water to 64,000 more people in Phunphin, Muang, Kanchanadit, and Donsak Districts on mainland Surat Thani and on Samui. Mr. Sakchai Patiparnpreechavud, Vice President – Polyolefins and Vinyl Business of Chemicals Business, SCG, stated that the company is extremely proud that its innovative plastic resin has contributed to the success of Thailand’s first subsea water pipeline and a better quality of life on Samui, which is visited by over 2.5 million tourists each year and is often faced with water shortages in a dry season. SCG™ HDPE H112PC, a world-class black polyethylene compound developed and patented by SCG, can withstand 10% more pressure than PE100 commonly available on the market, making it the world’s first PE to achieve this pressure resistance capability. This quality helps enhance the capacity and safety of the project and overcome installation and maintenance limitations. The project has given people across Samui access to tap water. SCG is committed to developing plastic innovations for a better quality of life and the economic, social, and environmental development. Sakchai added that SCG is ready to partner up with organizations and agencies to seek and develop solutions in other projects in the future. Samui Submarine Water Pipeline Construction Project To solve the water scarcity on Samui, Surat Thani in dry seasons sustainably, PWA has constructed a water treatment plant and installed a pipeline running from Donsak District on mainland Surat Thani to Khanom District in Nakhon Si Thammarat, from which a submarine pipeline worth over THB 3 billion is laid across the sea to Samui. The pipeline construction has been complete, and the system will meet the water demand of 64,000 more people, divided into 45,000 water users in Phunphin, Muang, Kanchanadit, and Donsak Districts on mainland Surat Thani and 18,900 on Samui. Commissioned by PWA, the preliminary environmental impact assessment conducted by Ramkhamhaeng University showed that the project would create minimal environmental impact to the location and would not damage the environment. The project has expanded the service area of PWA to three more districts in Surat Thani and another district in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The pipeline will help accommodate the growing population and the rising number of tourists sustainably.
CHEMICALS BUSINESS, SCG, SIGNGS MOU WITH CP ALL AND DOWN TO BUILD RECYCLED PLASTICS ROAD UNDER “7 GO GREEN RECYCLED PLASTICS ROAD” PROJECT

CHEMICALS BUSINESS, SCG, SIGNGS MOU WITH CP ALL AND DOWN TO BUILD RECYCLED PLASTICS ROAD UNDER “7 GO GREEN RECYCLED PLASTICS ROAD” PROJECT

Date: 13 Mar 2019

Bangkok – 13 March 2019Chemicals Business, SCG, led by Mr. Sakchai Patiparnpreechavud, Vice President – Polyolefin and Vinyl Business, and CP ALL, the founder of 7-Eleven stores in Thailand and Dow Thailand Group, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build recycled plastic road under the initiative of “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road”. Mr. Sakol Tejasataporn, Senior Vice President of CP ALL PLC, Mr. Vichien Chuengviroj, Senior Vice President of CP ALL PLC and Mr. Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, President of Dow Thailand Group participated in the signing ceremony. 7 Go green Recycled Plastic Road is collaboratively developed to promote plastic waste management practices and maximize the beneficial use to offer tangible solutions to plastic waste issues. The recycled roads will be open to public use in the surrounding areas of 7-Eleven stores as part to bring values to the community. 7-Eleven store is the first convenience store in Thailand to use recycled plastic roads in the initial phase, covering two branches: 7-Eleven store in Sai Mai Soi 3 and 7-Eleven store Ratpattana Soi 24. The project will continually be developed and further expanded to other branches in the future.
SCG HOSTS “SCG CHEMICALS DIGEST 2019” TO ENCOURAGE PLASTIC BUSINESS OWNERS TO ADOPT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

SCG HOSTS “SCG CHEMICALS DIGEST 2019” TO ENCOURAGE PLASTIC BUSINESS OWNERS TO ADOPT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Date: 28 Feb 2019

Bangkok – February 28, 2019 Chemicals Business, SCG hosted SCG Chemicals Digest 2019 under the theme “Circular Economy: The Better Way,” featuring speakers from government agencies and a world-class business organization. The seminar aimed at inspiring over 400 plastic business owners attending the event to apply a circular economy model to their business and promoting maximum resource efficiency as this novel economic model, which encompasses the entire process, from production and consumption to raw material recovery, will contribute to more balanced business practices, a better quality of life, and a more sustainable future. The seminar was presided over by Deputy Minister of Industry Dr. Somchai Harnhirun, who shared the government’s vision in advancing a circular economy in Thailand, especially in the plastic industry. The event also included a session on innovation development and the application of circular economy to business for environmental impact reduction by the world-class company Procter and Gamble (P&G) as well as a session on product design for efficient resource recovery by the Plastics Institute of Thailand. Dr. Somchai Harnhirun, Deputy Minister of Industry, stated that the Ministry of Industry strives to address environmental problems, especially water and air pollution, and issues related to waste management, which affect the environment and all lives on earth. To this end, it has been working ceaselessly to advance the concept of circular economy in Thailand to promote maximum resource efficiency. Recently, a research and development center for eco-friendly recycling technology has been established as part under the Industry Transformation Center (ITC) to research and develop methods of transforming waste into raw materials and alternative energy to alleviate waste and pollution problems in accordance with a circular economy model. He also added that the application of ideas in this economic model to the design of plastic products is not a matter of corporate social responsibility; it is the use of innovation in product development to ensure that the design of the product allows the material to be recovered and reused in a better way. This will enable companies to achieve sustainable competitiveness. Sakchai Patiparnpreechavud, Vice President - Polyolefins and Vinyl Business of Chemicals Business, SCG, said that SCG believes that to fully make a circular economy a reality, the cooperation of every sector, including government agencies, private businesses, and public organizations, will be vital. In addition to using innovation and design products to last, another key component is waste management, which will contribute to efficient resource recovery. SCG has worked in partnership with various domestic and oversea organizations to promote a more widespread adoption of this new economic model and initiated projects for sustainable waste reduction. These projects include the first recycled plastic road in RIL Industrial Estate in Rayong, constructed in collaboration with Dow Chemical; the Greenovative Lube Packaging Project, an innovative gallon made from used lubricant gallons developed in association with Bangchak Corporation; and the Circular Life Project, which promoted resource efficiency and proper waste sorting among SCG employees at the Bangsue Headquarters and increased waste recycling from 5% to 35% in only three months. SCG has planned to scale up all of these projects and expand them to other locations to achieve maximum impact. Jutapat Boonvongsakorn, Managing Director of Procter and Gamble Manufacturing (Thailand) Company Limited, stated that P&G is committed to developing innovation to meet customers’ needs and working to minimizing environmental impact continuously. To this end, it has incorporated principles of a circular economy in its product design to ensure resource maximization, production waste reduction, and an efficient end-to-end management of expired products. This economic model is applied to the entire product life cycle. In the upstream stages, P&G has increased the concentration of its products, so that a smaller amount is required to achieve the same effect and launched products in smaller sizes to reduce logistic costs. As for the downstream stages, P&G has joined hands with startups in the US to recycle waste from manufacturing by adding it back to the production process, which presents a great challenge. The company believes that a circular economy will definitely enhance the competitiveness of Thai plastic business owners. Dr. Kriengsak Wongpromrat, President of the Plastics Institute of Thailand, added that what entrepreneurs in the plastic industry should keep in mind when adopting a circular economy model is that the product design in the future will not be limited to just the product itself but will need to take into account its end of life and ensure that it does not create more burden to the world. In response to this monumental challenge, the Plastics Institute of Thailand is working to raise awareness of correct waste sorting and has initiated a public-private partnership for sustainable plastic and waste management. The institute believes that a circular economy will create growth opportunities for new businesses. “SCG Chemicals Digest” is an annual seminar for the customers of Chemicals Business, SCG. It is hosted to broaden the horizons of the attendees regarding marketing, economy, and the landscape of the petrochemical industry and enhance their management capability in order to ensure their competitiveness and sustainable development
SCG and Sasin Join Hands to Co-Host "SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019" To Promote Scaling Impact Through Innovation

SCG and Sasin Join Hands to Co-Host "SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019" To Promote Scaling Impact Through Innovation

Date: 15 Feb 2019

Bangkok – February 11,2019Thailand’s award-winning Siam Cement Group (SCG)is partnering withBangkok’s Sasin School of Management to present SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019, with a press conference to launch the competition on February 11, 2019, from 1:30-3:30 pm, at Sasin School of Management’s Royal Hall. Thailand’s only global post-graduate start-up competition, SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019 is being held at the business school between February 21-23, 2019, focused on the theme of Scaling Impact Through Innovation. With an international reputation, the three-day annual contest attracts business and non-business students from across the world, with 71 teams from 19 countries and 40 colleges entering the competition this year, including 14 teams from 10 schools in Thailand. Out of these, 19 semi-finalists have been selected to compete for the prestigious H.M. The King’s Award, graciously bestowed by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, as well as H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Sustainability Award. There are also over US$60,000 in cash prizes. In 2019, the challenge for entrants includes how to successfully integrate sustainability concerns into their commercial ventures. The proposed projects are all independent, scalable seed-stage start-ups seeking to raise external capital. This year’s press conference will introduce the upcoming competition with four keynote speakers: Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and Emerging Business Director at Chemicals Business, SCG, highlights the importance of innovations through collaborative R&D efforts with all sectors, including start up networks from around the world, to bring successful commercialization of research to consumer. “The Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin creates commercial value for R&D efforts that are developed within university research centers. At this year’s iteration of the competition, there is an emphasis to recognize the next generation of innovative thinkers who can create a better world by embracing innovation with a scalable venture.” Kongpan Pramoj Na Ayudhaya, Co-Founder and Director of the SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin, is clear about the benefits of knowledge-sharing for competing students. “This year, we have semi-finalists from the US, UK, Singapore, India, Canada and Turkey, as well as Thailand, to name just a few countries. This global network creates a unique, international platform that is invaluable for postgraduate students going forward and enables shared learning and the exchange of ideas that will continue beyond the competition.” Pirachai Bencharongkul, Investment Director of BCH Ventures, notes the real-world advantages of participating in the competition. “Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin allows students from different universities from around the world to compete on the same stage to present projects with scalable potential. They can act as a showcase for possible future partners from either investors or corporate venture capitals to enhance the business strategically. At BCH Ventures, we are always seeking potential partners that allow us to enhance and continue to dominate the ASEAN Digital Solution market. We are open to businesses locally and globally that have potential synergy with our core businesses. This competition will not only allow us to have access to ideas from across the world but also see how Thai students compete in the global field. Norapat Phaonimmongkol is the CEO and Co-Founder of Eden Agritech, which is pioneering an innovative natural solution for fresh fruits and vegetables - an edible film that is applied to fresh produce to slow and regulate the inflow and outflow of gasses and water, which also slows the growth rate of microbials that cause decay. The film is just slightly thicker than a piece of paper, is practically invisible and imperceptible to the touch, and gives fresh produce a longer shelf life. Eden's journey started at the Bangkok Business Challenge in 2015, so he knows the significance of this competition. The semifinals and finals of the Thailand Track Round, H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Sustainability Award and H.M The King’s Cup final of SCG Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin 2019 will take place February 21 - 23, 2019, at Sasin School of Management. The following day, participants will be taken on a cultural tour of Bangkok, compliments of Sasin. For more information, visit http://bbc.sasin.edu and/or to reserve an invitation to the event, register athttps://bbc2019.eventbrite.com
SCG Partners With The Netherlands Embassy and Shma for 'Innovative Floating  Park' Showcase To Add Green Spaces and Generate Clean Power  at Bangkok Design Week 2019

SCG Partners With The Netherlands Embassy and Shma for 'Innovative Floating Park' Showcase To Add Green Spaces and Generate Clean Power at Bangkok Design Week 2019

Date: 30 Jan 2019

Bangkok – January 30, 2019 Chemicals Business, SCG has collaborated with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand and the landscape architecture firm Shma to showcase the “Innovative Floating Park” Thailand’s first-ever prototype of a floating solar farm with an integrated garden. Combining SCG’s floating solar farm with a floating garden, the innovation is set to become an urban solution that will serve as another source of alternative energy, create more green spaces, and help restore the ecosystem of the river. The Innovative Floating Park is now exhibited in the Chao Phraya River atBangkok Design Week 2019. Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and Emerging Business Director of Chemicals Business, SCG, said that the “Innovative Floating Park” will not only revitalize the Chao Phraya River and add green spaces to the river frontage but also promote the consumption of alternative energy generated by floating solar farms and help maximize the use of the surface area of the river. “We’ve built on the current design by adding plants that help improve water quality and provide shelter for aquatic animals in the Chao Phraya River. We believe that this is as an urban solution that will draw people back to the river. In the future, we will further develop this floating solar farm by integrating recreational elements, such as benches and walkways, resulting in an innovative river restoration solution that can generate clean power, revitalize the river’s ecosystems, improve the water quality, and provide a recreational space for urbanites,” added Mr. Yossapon Boonsom, Director of Shma, the landscape architecture firm behind the landscape design of the Innovative Floating Park. Thomas van Leeuwen, Deputy Ambassador and Head of the Political and Economic Department at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand, stated that the embassy has been in partnership with SCG in the field of research and development, and the Innovative Floating Park, featured in Bangkok Design Week 2019, is an experimental project that the embassy is supporting. The project combines different techniques to promote harmonious coexistence between people and the river as well as restore its ecosystem and make the river cleaner and more sustainable. The Innovative Floating Park will be exhibited atBangkok Design Week 2019 at the pier outside the CAT Building in Bangrak daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. until February 3, 2019. Bangkok Design Week 2019 is hosted atthe Grand Postal Building, Bangrak, and the Charoenkrung District, with no entry fees. For more information about the floating solar, clickhttps://www.scgchemicals.com/en/products-services/technology-service-solutions/floating-solar-solution