SCG and Mahidol Partner Up to Open “SCG – MUSC Innovation Research Center”

Date: 7 Nov 2019

BANGKOK – November 7, 2019 The Chemicals Business, SCG, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, has established SCG-MUSC Innovation Research Center, an institute dedicated to the research and development of special innovative polymers from catalysts that enhance recyclability in response to the global demand for sustainable plastic packaging.

 

Tanawong Areeratchakul, President of the Chemicals Business, SCG, stated that the company strives to innovate high value added (HVA) products and services by placing a continuous emphasis on research and development. In 2018, thanks to an R&D investment of over THB 2.4 billion, or 1.1% of its sales revenue, the company successfully expanded the proportion of its sales from HVAs to 53% and held over 1,200 patents, which was a 40% increase from the previous year. In addition, the company is also using core ideas of the circular economy as the guiding principles for its product design, prioritizing durability, recyclability, and high performance to meet global demand, especially for plastic packaging with greater recyclability.

 

“In this partnership between SCG and the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University to establish SCG-MUSC Innovation Research Center, we aim to develop special innovative polymers from catalysts that improve recyclability and material recoverability for applications such as mono-material packaging. This collaboration will enhance our potential and encourage an exchange of knowledge in innovation development, enabling the Chemicals Business to offer products and services that not only meet global demand promptly but also have specifications that are better aligned with customer needs.”

 

Assoc. Prof. Sittiwat Lertsiri, Ph. D., Dean of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, said that this public-private partnership has marked a significant leap forward in the national research community. In addition, through this collaboration, the two organizations will create a new generation of science and technology experts and innovators for the country through a joint research program, which not only shows how this R&D partnership is concretely realized but also synergizes the strengths of both partners. Students will also be given an opportunity to become involved in the R&D program and work alongside researchers in the center.

 

Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Vice President - CTO – Innovation and Technology of the Chemicals Business, SCG, remarked, “The Chemicals Business and the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University have had collaborative R&D initiatives since 2007. This year, we have established SCG-MUSC Innovation Research Center at Chemistry Building at Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. This center will accelerate and improve the efficiency of research by bringing together the foundational knowledge in chemistry and advanced chemical structure analytical implements of the academic sector and SCG’s experience and expertise in scaling up and commercialization to meet customer needs while also ensuring environmental responsibility.”

 

This partnership between SCG and Mahidol University will prompt research institutes and other organizations in every sector across Thailand to recognize the significance of research and development guided by the principles of circular economy as well as encourage commercial research for sustainable and mutual development of both businesses and the world.

SCG Showcases Plastic Innovation for Sustainability at K2019 in Germany’s Dusseldorf

SCG Showcases Plastic Innovation for Sustainability at K2019 in Germany’s Dusseldorf

Date: 28 Oct 2019

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY – October 30, 2019 Chemicals Business, SCG, has aggressively accelerated its research and development to develop products fit for the Circular Economy principles, and unveiled special-grade plastic that can maximize the proportion of recyclable plastics while maintaining its excellent functional properties and minimizing plastic and resource usage. The approach aims to respond to the global market demand for greater sustainability and enhance a competitive edge for brands and customers. Recently, it has showcased a series of plastic innovations for sustainability at K2019, the world’s no.1 trade fair for plastics and rubber in Germany. Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President of CEO of SCG, disclosed that the development of High Value-Added (HVA) products and services is among core strategies of SCG’s business operations, which the research and development placed as a vital driving force. In 2018, SCG invested a total of 4,600 MB on R&D, where the Chemicals Business’ total R&D spending stood at 2,400 MB or 53% of SCG’s R&D expenditure, and 1.1% of total sales revenue of Chemicals Business. Currently, Chemicals Business employs a total of 690 R&D personnel and has registered a total of 1,200 patents, up 40% compared to the previous year. SCG has established various ways of R&D approaches, including closed innovation and open innovation e.g., in-depth collaboration with partners to develop innovation and R&D network with the world’s leading researchers and institutes such as the University of Oxford. The approach helped drive HVA sales to as high as 53% in 2018. For the product development built to fit Circular Economy principles, Chemicals Business has established a policy to coherently reducing the production of single-use plastic by cutting it from 46% in 2008 to 20% in 2020. At the same time, it has increased the proportion of durable plastic usage - one of the HVA products - by developing products based on the Circular Economy which not only be a solution to meet the domestic and international market demand and help improve competitive edge for brands and customers, but also mitigate adverse environmental impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions better compared to other materials. Mr. Tanawong Areeratchakul, President of Chemicals Business, SCG, added that Chemicals Business, SCG, has showcased plastic innovation for sustainability at K2019 in Germany, the world's largest trade fair for plastic and rubber, attended by over 3,300 exhibitors. The fair is a vital indicator of trends and directions of the plastic and rubber industry. Chemicals Business, SCG, presented the booth under the theme of"Passion for a Better World",which demonstrates the company's confidence in plastic innovation built upon the Circular Economy concept as sustainable solutions to the global market demand. This year’s highlights of Chemicals Business, SCG, are superior strength polyethylene resins by breakthrough SMXTM technology developed by SCG that provide material thickness reduction, minimizing material consumption while maintaining mechanical properties. The products offer a variety of applications such as SMX™ 551BU resin for the intermediate bulk container (IBC), SCG™ HDPE S111F for high impact film with enhanced toughness, and improved puncture resistance, and SCG™ HDPE SX002JA for lightweight closure with reduced material consumption yet higher strength. Besides, SCG’s SMXTM technology can be further applied to develop gas pipes, mining pipes, and pipes that can withstand high pressure. Another intriguing trend of this year’s presentation is the ambitious approach to achieve a fullyrecyclableprocess. At K2019, Chemicals Business, SCG, has introduced the innovative concept of packaging that can substitute the Flexible Packaging that consists of multiple non-recyclable film barriers. SCG has developed Mono-Material Packaging that is eco-friendly recyclability since it contains special additives CIERRA® - Barrier developed by SCG to replace metalized film with improved control of moisture and oxygen transfer. SCG also showcased the plastic resin solutions based on the Circular Economy which are made of the mixture of special-grade SCG plastic resins and the Post-Consumer Recycled Resin (PCR), offering recommended applications of consumer bags, personal and home care bottles and carbonated soft drink closures. In addition to the plastic innovation for sustainability built upon the Circular Economy, Chemicals Business, SCG, also provides customers, brand owners, and enthusiasts with innovative service solutions covering material selection & formulation, application development, design & engineer solutions and networking, as well as professional teams anticipating to develop products and seek solutions to meet customer’s diverse demand to ensure mutual and sustainable growth for the business and the world.
SCG Bags 2 NIA Awards at the Innovation Thailand Expo 2019

SCG Bags 2 NIA Awards at the Innovation Thailand Expo 2019

Date: 11 Oct 2019

BANGKOK – October 5, 2019Chemicals Business, SCG has won a Total Innovation Management Award in the Large Business Category and a National Innovation Award forSocial Contributions in the Private Sector Category for its “Thailand’s First Reinvented Toilet” or Zyclonic™, at the Innovation Thailand Expo 2019. Dr. Pan-arj Chairatana, Director of the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or NIA, presented the awards to the Chemicals Business, SCG, represented by Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Vice President – CTO – Innovation and Technology, Chemicals Business, SCG at Samyan Mitrtown, Bangkok. Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Vice President – CTO – Innovation and Technology at Chemicals Business, SCG, remarked that the company has been developing innovation, focusing on R&D for commercialization and open collaboration with leading research agencies, both domestic and international to create high value added products and services (HVAs) to cater to both in Thailand and overseas. In addition, by grounding its R&D projects in advanced research and putting in place clear research project management systems, the company has been able to develop new products, including. SCG™ HDPE H112PC, a black polyethylene compound developed with SCG’s patented technology that offers superior properties compared to regular PE100. Another example of such innovations is SMX™ Technology, which SCG has developed for the manufacturing of special-grade polyethylene resins with greater strength. Thanks to this enhanced property, the same product can be produced with less material while retaining the same strength. With this technology, SCG has created different grades of polyethylene resins that enhance product properties and can be used for different applications. In 2018, Chemicals Business, SCG applied for 180 patents in Thailand and overseas combined and set aside over THB 2.48 billion for research and development, an equivalent of 53 percent of SCG’s total research and development budget and 1.1 percent of the sale revenue of the Chemicals Business, SCG. Chemicals Business, SCG has also focused on developing innovation for society, particularly the quality of life, and has won a National Innovation Award for Social Contributions in the Private Sector Category for its “Thailand’s First Reinvented Toilet” or Zyclonic™, developed in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The collaborative project has given rise to a solution for global sanitation and sustainably elevated the level of sanitation for people across the world, especially those living in remote areas and public spaces that are in need to proper toilets and treatment systems. The distinguishing features of this innovation is the waste treatment system, which can readily disinfect waste and separate solid and liquid waste at the rate of 100%. As a result, the system releases no harmful pathogens and bacteria into the sewage system, rivers and canals, reducing the risk of communicable diseases. The treatment system also allows clean water to be recovered for reuse while transforming solid waste into useful soil conditioners for agricultural purposes. “For Thailand’s First Reinvented Toilet or Zyclonic ™, SCG is also working with world-class organizations in the sanitation industry to bring safe sanitation to about 40% of the world’s population (2.5 billion) still in need of adequate sanitation facilities,” added Dr. Suracha.
SCG'S RIL First Certified Top Tier “Eco-World Class” in Thailand, Emphasizing a Country Model for Enhancing Quality of Life and Improving Community and En

SCG'S RIL First Certified Top Tier “Eco-World Class” in Thailand, Emphasizing a Country Model for Enhancing Quality of Life and Improving Community and En

Date: 4 Oct 2019

BANGKOK - 23 September 2019RIL Industrial Estate of Chemicals Business, SCG, has been certified “Eco-World Class” from Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), Ministry of Industry. It is recognized as the first industrial park in Thailand to ever achieved the highest honorary status. Mr. Charoenchai Prathuangsuksri, Managing Director of Rayong Engineering & Plant Service Company Limited (REPCO), received a trophy and certification from Mr. Teerayut Wanitchang, Deputy Minister of Industry. Mr. Rongrit Kusonlakumbot, Director of Office of Joint-Management Industrial Estate of Map Ta Phut Complex, congratulated on the achievement at Eco Innovation Forum 2019. The development of RIL Industrial Estate under Chemicals Business, SCG, as a pilot eco-industrial park shows a firm commitment of SCG to sustainable development through its business's activities. RIL Industrial Estate has been certified"Eco-Champion"with the highest score for three consecutive years, and its continual development results in a status upgrade to"Eco-Excellence"in 2017. Also, in 2019, RIL Industrial Estate has been raised to the top tier“Eco-World Class,”which make it the first in Thailand to ever attained such highest status. The achievement demonstrates the company’s commitment to serving a country model for enhancing the quality of life and improving the community and environmental standards with the mission to develop Rayong province toward an Eco-Industrial Town
SCG Attended the Launch of “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road”

SCG Attended the Launch of “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road”

Date: 2 Oct 2019

BANGKOK – October 2, 2019 CP All partnered with SCG and Dow Thailand Group to advance “7 Go Green” campaign, unveiling “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road” that recycles unwanted plastic waste into road paving. The first pilot initiative is carried out at the car park in front of Sai Mai branch of 7-elevent store, hoping to pave the way for sustainable environmental stewardship. Mr. Suwit Kingkaew, Senior Vice President - General Management of CP All Plc, the founder of 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, said, “The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is an initiative that can pragmatically reduce plastic waste. We collaborated with SCG and Dow Thailand Group in project planning and operation to develop recycled plastic road which advances the campaign “7 Go Green” being carried out to reduce and stop plastic bags. The project also helps bring value to the community with the intention to build an environmental sustainability for the community, society, and the country under CP All’s vision of ‘Giving and Sharing Opportunities’.” The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is an approach to promote plastic waste management practices and maximize the beneficial use to offer tangible solutions to the plastic waste crisis. The initiative is made possible by a combined effort to develop the process and technique for road construction. The method includes transforming separated waste collected in the main office, product distribution centers, and 7-eleven stores through the shredding process into asphalt mixture to make the road with improved durability, higher performance, and superior corrosion resistance. The recycled plastic road is open to public use as a car park for the 7-eleven convenience store. 7-Eleven is the first convenience store in Thailand to adopt recycled plastic roads where two branches are currently being piloted in the initial phase. The project will be further expanded to other branches in the future. Mr. Sakchai Patiparnpreechavud, Vice President – Polyolefin and Vinyl Business, Chemicals Business, SCG, said, “SCG has incorporated the circular economy in business operations, aligning with SCG Circular Way and the approach of resource maximization, waste separation, and proper disposal. The plastic waste will be transformed to replace the use of asphalt, which is a solution jointly developed by SCG and Dow to reduce plastic waste. Plastics are reusable and recyclable materials. If proper management is in place, it will help prevent waste leakage into the environment. Using plastic waste as part of the road construction materials is an exemplary way to harness useful properties of plastics which are durable and long service life structures to improve road strength and erosion resistance. This initiative also helps diminish greenhouse gas emissions caused by asphalt production. SCG believes that collaboration of all sectors is vital to make the Circular Economy a reality. SCG is committed to supporting network building to bring real change to Thai society.” Mr. Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, President of Dow Thailand Group, said, “This technology helps bring out benefits and value of plastic waste, diminishing plastic litter discarded as waste and keeping plastic debris from entering the environment. The road made of plastic waste mixture shows superior strength to the traditional asphalt road. The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is a collaboration of committed organizations to promote concrete plastic waste management solutions by creating values according to the circular economy concept which yields not only positive environmental results but also helps foster communities as the waste can bring benefits to the local community. The project has started with 7-Eleven store in Sai Mai Soi 3 and 7-Eleven store Ratpattana Soi 24. The plan will be further developed and expanded to other branches as part to reduce plastic use in the future permanently and preserve the country’s environment in a sustainable manner.
SCG Partners with Dow to Sustainably Tackle Plastic Waste by Developing Recycling and Renewable Solutions to Build the Circular Plastic Economy

SCG Partners with Dow to Sustainably Tackle Plastic Waste by Developing Recycling and Renewable Solutions to Build the Circular Plastic Economy

Date: 6 Sep 2019

BANGKOK – September 6, 2019Dow and SCG today signed a collaboration agreement to develop new complete recycling solutions to add value to plastic waste and prevent them from ending up in the environment. This agreement is an attempt to create a circular economy for plastic in Thailand. “Our industry and society as a whole must do a better job of capturing and reusing plastic by scaling investments in collection, waste management, recycling technologies and new end-markets,” said Jim Fitterling​, Chief Executive Officer of Dow. “Dow continues to join forces with partners across the globe to more effectively reuse and recycle plastic waste. Working together with companies like SCG we can create a world where no plastic ends up in the environment.” The agreement was signed today upon the shared vision to close the loop of plastics waste management for the reduction of plastic leakage to the environment. The products anticipated from this collaboration are outputs of mechanical recycling, feedstock recycling as well as renewable feedstock which include but are not limited to recycled resin, recycled products made from plastic waste, petrochemical feedstocks from plastic waste and renewable plastic resins. “This collaboration not only represents our joint commitment in taking action to solve the problems through technology and making real changes but also provides us with new business opportunity, enhancing sustainability and bringing about practical solutions for recycling and upcycling of plastic waste in Thailand.” said Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG. “Circular economy is an economic opportunity as much as a solution to a pressing environmental issue,” said Jonathan Penrice, President of Dow in Asia Pacific. “We will build on Dow’s unique materials science and application knowledge and our 50-year experience in Thailand to develop solutions that maximize the value of plastics in the country.” This collaboration is aligned with the Thai government’s ambition to drastically increase the recycling rate of plastic waste in the country by 2027. Plastic waste in the environment is considered a critical environmental issue which Dow and SCG have innovated around in the past, such as developing certain technologies to incorporate materials derived from transformed plastic waste in polymer modified asphalt roads. This solution will add value to low or no value plastic waste such as multi-layer plastic packaging and contaminated plastic waste. Most businesses today operate a linear system, whereby natural resources are extracted, transformed into products, and eventually disposed of. A circular economy, on the other hand, is aimed to reuse, renew and recycle valuable resources thereby reducing environmental impact. SCG and Dow are founding members of the Alliance To End Plastic Waste, a not-for-profit organization, partnering with the finance community, government and civil society, including environmental and economic development NGOs to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality.
SCG in Collaboration with the Alliance To End Plastic Waste Launched Largest Southeast Asia's Plastic Initiative for Sustainable Plastic Waste Management

SCG in Collaboration with the Alliance To End Plastic Waste Launched Largest Southeast Asia's Plastic Initiative for Sustainable Plastic Waste Management

Date: 27 Aug 2019

BANGKOK – August 27, 2019Global companies from across the value chain, including chemical and plastic manufacturers, today held the first Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) forum in Southeast Asia. The forum introduced the Alliance, a global non-profit organization aiming to end plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean, to Southeast Asia and Thailand. Jim Seward, Vice President, Sustainability, Technology and Joint Ventures, LyondellBasell, a representative of AEPW said, “The issue of plastic waste is seen and felt all over the world. I urge all companies, big and small and from all regions and sectors, to join us. We believe the time for action is now. Success will require collaboration and a coordinated effort across many sectors to create sustainable outcomes and impacts.” The Alliance represents 40 companies that are headquartered in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Many of these companies have significant operations in Southeast Asia, including Thailand. The Alliance has committed almost $1.0 billion in funds, with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to develop solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote post-use solutions. Alliance efforts will focus many of its efforts in Southeast Asia, where the need is greatest. Brendan Edgerton, Director of Circular Economy from World Business Council for Sustainable Development said, “Despite the many benefits plastics bring to people around the world, including improvements in living standards, health and safety, and sustainability, unmanaged plastic waste has become a global challenge. We are working to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality.” The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that includes companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastics. This includes chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies, also known as the plastics value chain. The Alliance has been working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as a founding strategic partner. The Alliance strategy is based on making progress in four key areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. The Alliance today also highlighted an initial set of collaborative projects that reflect a range of solutions to help end plastic waste, such as: partnering with cities to design integrated management systems in large urban areas where infrastructure is lacking; promoting technologies, business models and entrepreneurs to prevent ocean plastic waste; developing an open-source data platform to provide valuable information about the sources, location and formats of plastic waste to help support waste management projects; building collaboration with intergovernmental organizations to identify the most effective solutions; and supporting investment and engagement to capture plastic waste before it reaches the ocean. “Sixty percent of plastic waste in the ocean can be sourced to five countries in Southeast Asia and we agree that this is a serious global challenge that calls for swift action and strong leadership,” said Cholanat Yanaranop, Executive Vice President, SCG and President, Chemicals Business, SCG “We have many successful cases and piloting initiatives, as well as, waste management projects and solutions based on the circular economy approach with the local collaborative projects, such as Smart Litter Trap 4.0,” he added. Antoine Grange, CEO, Recycling and Recovery of SUEZ Asia, “While our effort will be global, the Alliance can have the greatest impact by focusing on parts of the world where the challenge is greatest such as Southeast Asia region where more than half of the world’s plastic waste have been found, and by sharing solutions and best practices so that these efforts can be amplified and scaled-up around the world.” Thailand has been fully aware of this global challenge and is taking a proactive approach, such as the government’s Roadmap on Plastic Waste Management for 2018 – 2030. By the end of 2022 Thailand hopes to be free of plastic bags less than 36 microns thick, Styrofoam food boxes, plastic straws, and single-use plastic cups. The goal is to reduce Thailand’s plastic ocean waste at least 50% by 2027. Thailand Public Private Partnership for Plastic and Waste Management (Thailand PPP Plastic) is an unprecedented collaboration between 15 organizations from the government sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations that on June 5, 2018 signed an MOU to address Thailand plastic marine debris. “In 2010 Thailand ranked sixth for global marine plastic debris. With the collaboration of all parties, we can draw up a blueprint to address Thailand’s waste problems in a sustainable manner. And where possible, proliferate this blueprint to other parts of Southeast Asia” said Jonathan Penrice, Asia Pacific President of Dow. The following companies are founding members of the Alliance: BASF, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow, DSM, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, OxyChem, PolyOne, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, SUEZ, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total, Veolia, Versalis (Eni), EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Gemini Corporation, Grupo Phoenix, Mondi, Novolex, PepsiCo, Sealed Air Corporation, Sinopec, SKC co., ltd., Storopack, TOMRA, and Westlake Chemical Corporation. For more information, please visit www.endplasticwaste.org