- SABIC first in the industry to scale-up innovative chemical recycling process to return mixed plastic waste back to the original polymer to help drive circular economy
- SABIC has formed downstream collaborations with brand-leading customers Unilever, Tupperware Brands, Vinventions and Walki Group to develop new, high-quality consumer products
- SABIC is using feedstock made from mixed plastic waste to produce certified circular polymers at its Geleen production site in The Netherlands
- Certified circular polymers are one of many highlights from SABIC at K 2019, Hall 6 Booth D42
SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is to highlight its pioneering initiative for the production of certified circular polymers at Europe’s leading plastics exhibition in October this year. SABIC launched its ground breaking project in Q4 of 2018 with the goal of driving a value chain transformation from a linear economy to a circular economy for plastics.
SABIC’s certified circular polymers are being produced using a pyrolysis oil feedstock from the recycling of mixed plastic waste. As part of the intended project, SABIC is now introducing this alternative feedstock into its Chemelot production site at Geleen in The Netherlands. The resultant certified circular polymers are to be supplied to branding leading customers - Unilever, Tupperware Brands, Vinventions and Walki Group - to use in the development of pioneering, high quality and safe consumer goods or packaging for food, beverage and personal care products.
As a disruptive innovation, the introduction of SABIC’s certified circular polymers aims to transform the value chain, where SABIC, its upstream suppliers and downstream customers work in tandem to upcycle mixed plastic waste back to the original polymer for high quality applications, thereby enabling circular reuse of the planet’s natural resources. While recycling by mechanical methods makes a contribution towards circularity, the rates at which it can economically recycle plastic packaging waste are limited. SABIC’s certified circular polymer process, however, enables the creation of brand new polymers, offering a real alternative to mechanical methods and closing the recycling ‘loop’.
As global brand leaders or frontrunners in their respective areas, Unilever, Tupperware Brands, Vinventions and Walki Group recognise the importance of sustainability and their role in the circular economy, they also recognise the critical roles purity, quality and safety play in consumer products or packaging. SABIC’s chemical recycling process is a drop-in alternative offering similar properties and processing characteristics to traditionally produced materials.
“To enable a genuine shift from a linear economy to a circular one, while meeting the needs of our customers and consumer, the maximum value of the plastics waste stream needs to be retained and reused”, said Bob Maughon. “SABIC has been committed to investing in scientific and technological expertise and fostering close collaborations with both upstream suppliers and downstream customers in order to overcome this challenge, and we are proud to say that we are first in the industry to scale-up this innovative chemical recycling process.”
The polymers are certified through the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification plus (ISCC+) scheme that certifies renewable content and standards across the value chain from source to end product. The ISCC+ certification works on what is known as a “mass balance system”, meaning that for each tonne of renewable feedstock fed into the cracker, a proportion of the output can be claimed as renewable.
SABIC intends to build a semi-commercial plant specifically to refine and upgrade pyrolysis oil feedstock, with the plant anticipated to enter commercial production in 2021.
SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry has announced the opening of its new Technology and Innovation Center dedicated to the caps and closures segment in Geleen, the Netherlands. Located in SABIC’s Global Technology Center for Europe on the Chemelot Campus, this investment is proof of SABIC’s commitment to the industry to develop new materials and technologies focused on caps and closures.
Sabic unveils new TRUCIRCLE range of breakthrough circular polymer solutions at K 2019
SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is launching its pioneering range of circular solutions to help manufacturers address one the planet’s most urgent sustainability challenges – the reduction of mixed plastic waste. Under the theme ‘Making a World of Difference Together’, SABIC has unveiled its TRUCIRCLE initiative for circular solutions.
As part of its strategy to foster the additional growth of its Specialties business, and to provide outstanding service to its customers in North America, SABIC has named Chase Plastic Services, Inc. as a key distribution partner, serving SABIC customers for specialty engineering thermoplastics in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
SABIC is reinforcing its activities in the plastics caps and closures (C&C) market. At the Plastic Closures Innovations Conference in Berlin on May 22-24, where SABIC is the headline sponsor, the company will discuss its new Caps & Closures Industry segment, launched at the beginning of the year. It will also introduce its latest materials and solutions for drink, food and non-food packaging caps and closures, and outline its latest measures for addressing issues in the circular economy.
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