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Polyplastics Group Announces Sustainability Goals at K 2022 Exhibition

RAUNHEIM, Germany, September 27, 2022 – Polyplastics Group, a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastics, has announced a broad-based sustainability strategy that calls for the company to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. The new set of commitments are aimed at reducing the company’s global environmental footprint and accelerating progress towards a cleaner and healthier world. The company will make the announcement at the upcoming K 2022 exhibition (Hall 7A/B02) which runs Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

Polyplastics is targeting sustainable technologies across two pillars of activity. First, the company is focused on how its products can enable customers to decarbonize its end products. In addition, Polyplastics is strengthening circularity across a wide range of its own chemical and production processes.

The drive to a circular economy includes the establishment of two carbon emission reduction goals. By 2030, Polyplastics, as part of the Daicel group, plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% compared to 2018. The company also targets a 46% reduction in its product carbon footprint (PCF) compared with 2013.

“We are committed to developing strong partnerships with our customers and other key stakeholders to make the important transition to a sustainable economy,” said Yohei Iizuka, managing director of Polyplastics Europe GmbH. “As a leading material supplier, we’ve joined with the rest of the industry in rethinking and redesigning plastics so that we can deliver strong economic, social, and climate benefits.”

Polyplastics is in the process of increasing its supply capacity to better meet its customers’ growing demand. Although this manufacturing capacity expansion presents a challenge in managing GHG emissions, the company will work to offset these through energy conversion, process streamlining, and the introduction of innovative technologies.

A key strategy is to develop and offer sustainable product options that customers can utilize to help build a more sustainable future. Among these options, Polyplastics has developed DURACON® bG-POM, an acetal resin made from sustainable methanol. Under the ISCC PLUS mass balance approach, the sustainable option is applicable to a broad range of DURACON grades including the DURACON PM line of medical resins.

Another sustainable option is PLASTRON® LFT resin which is made of specially formulated regenerated cellulose fibers. The eco-friendly PLASTRON LFT provides weight reduction plus mechanical strength, enabling manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint and meet today’s sustainability demands. Eco-friendly resins that incorporate natural fibers, starch, wood powder, and other plant-based and natural mineral fillers are being considered for use in a broader range of applications. Cellulose fiber is a promising material to help reduce CO2 emissions but its insufficient strength is a limiting factor. Polyplastics has addressed this problem by using regenerated cellulose in the development of LFT resins with an excellent balance of physical properties.

Polyplastics is also jointly examining bio-based options with Daicel Corp. such as cellulose acetate for the production of its CELBLEN EC material, a biodegradable resin sourced from non-edible biomass raw material.

Polyplastics’ TOPAS® cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), a leading material in the packaging and healthcare industries, is also enabling sustainable packaging solutions. In packaging products, TOPAS® COC has raised the performance of commodity polyolefins (polyethylene for example), enabling the development of simpler, more recyclable and sustainable solutions. Mono-material film structures based on PE and enhanced with TOPAS COC are more easily recyclable than multi-material solutions using layers of PET or other PE-incompatible plastics. TOPAS COC has been certified as a recyclable polyolefin as part of the EU effort for a circular economy. It has received several independent certifications of recycling compatibility with PE and PP in multiple regions, boosting the general performance of films (less usage) and enabling separation of polyolefin-based shrink sleeves in efficient recycling processes for PET bottles and containers.

In the product development cycle, Polyplastics will also employ technical solutions to deliver sustainability benefits. For example, topology optimization through CAE can contribute to part weight reduction.

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About TOPAS Advanced Polymers and Polyplastics

TOPAS Advanced Polymers is the world’s leading maker of COC (cyclic olefin copolymer), a glass-clear and extremely pure plastic for healthcare, optics, packaging, and electronics applications. From insulin delivery, to food contact films, to tablet and smartphone components, TOPAS® COC is the high performance material of choice. The broad global regulatory compliance of TOPAS COC can make your next development a simpler task. 

TOPAS Advanced Polymers is a business of Polyplastics Co., Ltd., a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastic solutions. Along with COC, the company’s broad product portfolio includes POM, PPS, PBT, and LCP plastics. The company has the largest global market share of POM, LCP and COC. With more than 50 years of experience, the company is backed by a strong global network of R&D, production, and sales resources capable of creating advanced solutions for an ever-changing global marketplace.

TOPAS® is a registered trademark of TOPAS Advanced Polymers GmbH in Germany, the United States, and other countries for its family of cyclic olefin copolymer resins.

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