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(CPRJ Direct) SABIC unveils new TRUCIRCLE circular polymer solutions for packaging at K 2019
Source:CPRJ Editorial Team    Editor:(SC)    Date:21.Oct.2019

SABIC is launching its pioneering range of circular solutions to help manufacturers address one the most urgent sustainability challenges – the reduction of mixed plastic waste.

Under the theme ‘Making a World of Difference Together’, SABIC is at K 2019 where it has unveiled its TRUCIRCLE initiative for circular solutions.

Incorporating four highly innovative but distinct technologies, the new TRUCIRCLE solutions include SABIC’s flagship certified circular polymers made from the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste; SABIC’s certified renewable polymers; mechanical recycled polymers and material solutions designed for recyclability.

A major highlight of the TRUCIRCLE solutions showcase is an array of highly anticipated consumer products developed by leading global brands, leveraging SABIC’s ground-breaking certified circular polymer solutions.

SABIC worked closely with the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS) to provide proof of the incorporation of chemical recycled or renewable feedstock in our production and the resulting sustainability claims, verified by independent third party auditors.

SABIC’s certified circular polymers are produced using a pyrolysis oil feedstock created from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill. These products are used in the development of high quality consumer packaging for food, beverage, personal and home care products by several brand leading customers of SABIC.

The new wholly recycled Magnum ice cream tubs are made of SABIC’s newly developed impact PP.Using SABIC’s certified circular polymers to create some food and personal care packaging made entirely from recycled mixed plastic waste, there are couple of new products from Unilever:

?      The new wholly recycled Magnum ice cream tubs are made of SABIC’s newly developed impact polypropylene for frozen foods.

?      Knorr bouillon powder containers for professional kitchens made from SABIC FLOWPACT PP impact copolymer helping with lightweight packaging that is safe for food contact while offering robust performance for high stack ability and easy processing.

?      The new airless packaging of EVERCALM Global Protection Day Cream from REN Clean Skincare uses SABIC’s certified circular PP polymers for the container, closure and other parts providing transparent look and feel.

Together with Vinventions, leader in wine closure design and engineering, SABIC revealed a fully sustainable and certified circular BlueLine wine closures prototype. And a stand-up pouch from Walki is on display which features a food contact barrier layer made from SABIC’s circular materials.

Close collaboration with SIG Combibloc packaging company has resulted in SIGNATURE PACK cartons coated with plastic made from SABIC’s certified renewable PE.

CoolBest juice cartons feature SABIC’s renewable PP polymers for their caps and closures.Made to the same high specifications as existing PE products, the new bio-based PE uses a second-generation, animal free, bio-based feedstock such as waste from wood pulping process and it is ISCC PLUS certified. This product is an easy drop-in solution to current production processes and complies with food safety regulations.

Commercially available packaging products using these new polymers are on display at SABIC’s booth including CoolBest juice cartons from RIEDEL and new organic milk cartons from Candia, part of French diary company SODIAAL. Both carton packaging solutions feature SABIC’s renewable polypropylene (PP) polymers for their caps and closures.

Opens new Technology and Innovation Center in The Netherlands

SABIC commits to develop new materials and technologies focused on caps and closures.To strengthen its commitment to the industry to develop new materials and technologies focused on caps and closures, SABIC just announced the opening of its new Technology and Innovation Center in Geleen, the Netherlands.

The opening ceremony of the new facility was led by Sergi Monros, SABIC Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions, Petrochemicals. The facility opening comes just a year after SABIC established its Caps & Closures industry segment organization.

SABIC is pursuing cutting-edge technologies related to both new material development and to application testing. Polymers developed specifically for applications in this sector help enable, for example, lighter caps, and pumps and dispensing systems that are more efficient and easier to manufacture, all the while supporting customer efforts to improve overall sustainability.

The center includes facilities that allow SABIC to simulate the real-life performance of finished products. The dedicated research laboratory has equipment for testing material characteristics such as mechanical properties, dimensional stability and environmental stress cracking resistance (ESCR).

Cap specimens can be produced in-house for performance testing for potential applications and for the development of improved products. There will also be capability for developing and testing new product designs.

“This new state of the art facility will enable us to accelerate the pace by using market-leading materials and technologies aimed at a range of related applications – not only caps and closures, but also pumps, dispensing systems and other product delivery mechanisms for beverages, food and non-food applications,” said Monros.

Launches polycarbonate based on certified renewable feedstock

At the same time, SABIC also announced the launch of its polycarbonate (PC) based on certified renewable feedstock - a first in the industry, providing SABIC and its direct and ultimate customers with a solution that has the potential to reduce both CO2 emissions and the use of fossil feedstock during production.

“SABIC’s market-leading move into the arena of polycarbonate based on certified renewable feedstock – part of our TRUCIRCLE initiative of circular solutions, is linked to the commitments of our customers, who increasingly require sustainable solutions in response to both consumer and regulatory demands”, said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President Petrochemicals, SABIC.

SABIC’s PC cradle-to-gate LCA study reveals potentially significant reductions in carbon footprint (up to 50%) and fossil depletion impacts (up to 35%) for the production of polycarbonate resin based on the incorporation of renewable feedstock, in comparison to fossil-based polycarbonate production.

Polycarbonate – more specifically LEXAN resin – forms part of SABIC’s extensive engineering thermoplastics (ETP) portfolio. Customers can use the polycarbonate resins that are based on certified, renewable feedstock on their existing equipment, under identical process conditions. Thus potentially contributing to a reduction of the carbon footprint of their products.

SABIC worked closely with ISCC to provide proof of the incorporation of renewable feedstock in its PC production and the resulting sustainability claims, verified by independent third party auditors.

In addition, CEPSA – the Spanish multinational oil and gas company – is a strategic value chain partner in this project, supporting SABIC through the production of renewable intermediates.

SABIC’s polycarbonate based on ISCC PLUS certified feedstock will be produced initially at its manufacturing facilities in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, with global availability in the future. The certified PC resin may be used for applications in all market segments, such as Automotive, Consumer, Electronics and Electrical, Building & Construction and Healthcare, currently served by its existing PC portfolio.

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