SCG Organizes “SD Day 2019” To Promote Sustainable Resource Consumption And Unveils The Waste-Free Community Project

SCG Organizes “SD Day 2019” To Promote Sustainable Resource Consumption And Unveils The Waste-Free Community Project

Date: 29 Nov 2019

Rayong – November 29, 2019 The Chemicals Business, SCG, hosted SD Day 2019 (Sustainable Development Day 2019) under the concept “Circular Economy: Circularity through Collaboration for Sustainable Communities,” to share with the participants knowledge on efficient resource consumption and at-source waste management and to promote a habit centering on resource maximization, correct waste sorting, and proper waste disposal with the goal of reducing the amount of waste released into the environment. Furthermore, working in collaboration with the government sector, private businesses, and communities to advance the circularity economy in Rayong sustainably, the company officially unveiled the Waste-free Community Project, an initiative built upon home-temple-school-waste bank networks and powered by SCG’s mobile application KoomKah, with the goal of increasing recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. The event was attended by over 1,100 Rayong residents and representatives from various organizations and presided over by Rayong’s Vice Governor Yuthapol Ongarjithichai. Tanawong Areeratchakul, President of the Chemicals Business, SCG, said that the circular economy revolves around resource maximization – or using resources as necessary to achieve maximum efficiency – and a make-use-return model, which will help us address the global issue of resource shortage. However, the key to better resource recovery lies in efficient waste management at source, including waste sorting and proper waste disposal, which will ensure that no waste is released into the environment. “Waste management at source not only allows us to recover resources and make use of them again but also reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfill or ends up in the environment, such as canals and rivers. It addresses the issue directly, as 80% of marine debris comes from waste leakage, In addition, waste management at source can also help cut the government’s waste collection, transferring, and disposal costs and generate income for waste sorters, while also reducing the energy required for manufacturing new products and thus the amount of carbon dioxide emitted, resulting into better quality of life and a better environment,” said Tanawong. SCG has developed the Bang Sue Model, a waste management program implemented at SCG Headquarters that seeks to educate SCG employees and encourage them to adopt the habits of maximizing resources, sorting waste, and disposing of their waste appropriately. Lying at the core of this model is wet-dry waste separation and waste sorting by material type, which makes waste more readily recyclable and therefore more valuable. In addition, the company has developed a mobile application called KoomKah, which makes it more convenient for waste collectors and waste banks to process waste. The project has increased the amount of recycled waste from 10% to 45% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%. Following the success the Bang Sue Model, SCG has expanded its at-source waste management project to the communities around SCG’s plants to create model communities. An example is Ban Rang Phlub Community in Bang Phong, Ratchaburi, which has successfully fulfilled its “zero waste to landfill” commitment and won the Waste-free Community Award 2019 from the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion. Also participating in this project are Ban Sa and Muang Mai Communities in Jae Hom District, Lampang; Ban Mod Tanoi School and Community in Ko Li Bong Sub-district, Kantang District, Trang; and the schools and communities in Bang Sue in Bangkok. Rayong is an industrial zone that has been selected for a pilot waste management initiative by the Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management (PPP Plastic), which the Chemicals Business is a member of and has contributed to the launch of the waste management model in Bang Wangwa in Klaeng District. Recently, the Chemicals Business has joined forces with Rayong and unveiled the “Waste-free Community” Project, an at-source waste management initiative driven by a network of homes, temples, schools, and waste banks that seeks to create a model for resource and waste management at source, increase recycling, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, particularly in Map Ta Phut Municipality in Muang District, Rayong. “The Waste-free Community Project is a collaboration of SCG, the government sector, and communities to devise a waste management model. It is found that of Rayong’s 306,000 tons of waste, only 7% is recycled. If the communities cooperate in sorting waste properly at source, I believe that we will able to increase the amount of waste that gets recycled,” stated Tanawong. The Waste-free Community Project has been piloted in three communities, namely Khod Hin 2, Khod Hin Mitraphap, and Khao Phai communities, with over participating 80 households. In the initial phase, over 6,500 kilograms of waste was recycled. For 2020, SCG expects to welcome to the Waste-free Community Project 700 additional households and three more communities, namely Islam, Wat Chak Lookya, and Map Chalut-Chak Klang Communities and will continue to support community leaders in advancing sustainable waste management. “Turning a circular economy into a reality requires cooperation from all sectors, including the government, private businesses, and civil societies. SCG is ready to serve as a change driver and help build a collaborative network with all sectors, both in Thailand and overseas, to bring about a robust and sustainable circular economy,” concluded Tanawong. Yuthapol Ongarjithichai, Vice Governor of Rayong, said, “SCG has introduced and sparked an interest in the circular economy in Rayong, which addresses the issue of social and environmental sustainability in communities through resource maximization. The Waste-free Community Project, a waste management model by SCG in association with Rayong and the local communities, is a clear demonstration of the collaborative spirit of Rayong residents in the network of homes, temples, schools, waste banks, and municipalities and will serve as a model for the other communities in Rayong and over regions across the country.” At SD Day 2019, the Chemicals Business of SCG held a talk entitled “The Waste-free Community: Joining forces to make waste valuable.” The panel of speakers who shared their experience with the audience consisted of Phra Mahanakrob Akhathammo, the abbot of Khod Hin Temple, Thawil Photibuathong, Map Ta Phut Mayor, Busaba Thanaporn, Director of Wat Khod Hin Mitraphap 42 School, and Pirom Chalawal, Community Chairman and Representative of Khao Phai Community Waste Bank. The event also showcased the success of the Bang Sue Model and featured educational materials on different types of plastics and how to sort waste to command good prices. Various collaborative green projects for the circular economy were also presented to the attendees, such as the Litter Trap and Smart Litter Trap 4.0, developed in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to reduce waste leakage into the oceans; and the Recycled Plastic Road, jointly developed with Dow Thailand, first prototyped in RIL Industrial Estate in Rayong, and later expanded to Amata City Industrial Estate in Chonburi, 7-Eleven, and a residential development of SC Asset. Also featured were the Greenovative Lube Packaging Project, an innovative gallon made from plastic resins that are derived from used lubricant gallons, developed in association with Bangchak Corporation; and the RecycledFish Home Project, in which SCG, in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and local fisheries, uses leftover PE100 pipes from trial production and plastic waste found on the beach and local communities, such as bottle caps and plastic bags, to create “Recycled Fish Homes.” SD Day (Sustainable Development Day) is an annual event that SCG has been organizing in Rayong every consecutive year since 2005 to promote and cultivate an awareness of sustainable development, with particular emphasis on the economy, society, the environment, and safety.
SCG and Mahidol Partner Up   to Open “SCG – MUSC Innovation Research Center”

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

Date: 7 Nov 2019

BANGKOK – November 7, 2019The 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 Partners Boyan Slat's The Ocean Celanup To Start Waste Collection Project in Chao Phraya River

SCG Partners Boyan Slat's The Ocean Celanup To Start Waste Collection Project in Chao Phraya River

Date: 25 Oct 2019

Bangkok – October 25, 2019The Chemicals Business, SCG, led by Suracha Udomsak, Ph.D., Vice President and CTO – Innovation and Technology, and The Ocean Cleanup, a world-class non-profit environmental organization, led by Mr. Boyan Slat, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the research and development of ocean waste reduction technology in Thailand. The MOU signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand and presided over by H.E. Mr. Kees Pieter Rade, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand. This partnership will give Thailand a global frontrunner position in the development of technologies to intercept plastic waste from rivers to end up in our oceans. As part of the project a program for precise and accurate data collection on the waste in the Chao Phraya River is included, which can be used to inform studies on waste management as well as resource recovery and maximization as advocated by the circular economy. In collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand, on behalf of the Dutch government, recently a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with The Ocean Cleanup regarding the installation of an InterceptorTM in Thailand to prevent waste in rivers from reaching the oceans. Marine waste is an urgent issue that the entire world is working to solve. Currently, Thailand is the world's sixth biggest contributor of ocean waste. According to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), most waste is generated by communities, stores, and factories near canals and rivers, beach tourism, and poorly managed landfills. Therefore, the elimination of ocean waste requires multi-pronged measures, the most urgent of which are waste management approaches that prevent waste from ending up in the oceans and with ocean cleanups. Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup said during a short visit to Bangkok, “A large fraction of marine debris originates from waste generated on land that washes into canals and rivers, to finally end up in our oceans. About 1,000 rivers account for 80% of all plastic ending up in the oceans. To rid the oceans of plastic, we need to not only clean up what is already out there, but also stop new plastic from entering the ocean: we need to close the tap. Working together with government leaders and private corporations, our goal is to tackle these 1,000 most polluting rivers, all over the world, by 2025. The InterceptorTM is The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. It is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. Currently, two systems have been deployed in Indonesia and Malaysia, with a third one being installed in Vietnam and three more planned for the Dominican Republic, Los Angeles County (USA) and Thailand, respectively. I am looking forward to work with our partner SCG, building on its passion for tackling the issue of ocean waste, to scale up our efforts in Thailand as quickly as possible.” H.E. Mr. Kees Pieter Rade, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand, said, “The Netherlands is an expert in applying the principles of circular economy and technology as well as in seeking new approaches to waste management. The Embassy of the Netherlands is very pleased to be collaborating with a Thai private organization such as SCG and The Ocean Cleanup. We will work together to solve ocean waste problems for environmental sustainability.” Suracha Udomsak, Ph.D., Vice President and CTO – Innovation and Technology, stated that, “80percent of ocean wastes come fromland and have affected every life on earth. Waste management, waste sorting, and proper disposal to prevent waste leakage into rivers are keys for tackling the problem. However, the cleanup is essential, and R&D of waste inception technology in rivers and oceans can also help reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in the oceans. This research partnership with an expert such as The Ocean Cleanup will enable us to better tackle social and environmental issues. SCG will also work with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and other relevant agencies to accurately collect data on waste in the Chao Phraya River and study the possibility of making use of marine debris as resources and maximizing its usefulness.” About The Ocean Cleanup The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup now employs approximately 90 engineers and researchers. The foundation is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Instead of going after plastic debris with vessels and nets – which would take many thousands of years and billions of dollars to complete – The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a fleet of long floating barriers that act like an artificial coastline, enabling the winds, waves, and currents to passively catch and concentrate the plastic. Once fully operational, the full fleet of passive collection systems is expected to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years. After years of conducting reconnaissance expeditions, scale model tests and the deployment of prototypes on the North Sea, the first ocean cleanup systems were deployed into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2018 and 2019. Once proof of technology is achieved, The Ocean Cleanup can commence full-scale cleanup and begin removing vast amounts of ocean plastic that have been accumulating in the ocean for decades. The Ocean Cleanup is working with partners to design processes to convert recovered ocean plastic into valuable raw materials and durable products. Complementary to its approach to solve the legacy problem of plastic in the ocean garbage patches, the organization developed the Interceptor™ technology to help prevent plastic garbage from entering the ocean in the first place.
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