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some of that confusion out, "
Kolesch said. " I think there's a
huge role for the global plastics
treaty negotiations to look at
how some of that harmonization
can happen around the world, to
make it easier for us to recycle, to
make it easier for us to manage
our waste. "
A fi nished treaty is expected by
the end of 2024, a fast timeline for
such an agreement. Diplomats,
environmental groups and industry
are expected to gather in
numbers at an opening session in
Uruguay next month.
Emma Silver, global public affairs
director for the Minderoo
Foundation's No Plastic Waste Initiative,
said the treaty needs to focus
on improving lives of people
in developing countries who try
to make a living collecting plastic
and other waste.
" One of the things I think the
global treaty has a particular role
in is to lift up standards for the informal
waste collection industry,
which is a huge problem again, in
places like Africa and in Indonesia, "
she said.
" You've got large numbers of
people, often women and children,
who are picking through
unsorted, unhygienic wastes to
try to fi nd plastics, which they
feel are valuable, which is great,
because there's value in those
plastics, but it's terrible the way
it's happening, " Silver said. " We
need to make sure that for that
kind of informal waste sector,
that there are more protections
for those workers, both from a
health and safety perspective,
but also economically. "
Minderoo, a foundation backed
by Australian mining billionaire
Andrew Forrest, has been very active
in plastics issues.
Minderoo published a " Plastic
Waste Makers Index " report last
year, identifying the 20 resin makers
- and their investors - it
said produced more than 50 percent
of the material used in the
world's single-use plastics.
Silver said the report is not intended
as a " name-and-shame "
exercise, but rather because they
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company hired Chinese and English
speakers living in Germany
as temporary help to work in the
booth and then video chat for
more detailed questions.
Speaking with Plastics News
over a video connection from his
offi ce back in China - where it
was after 10 p.m. for him - Li was
trying to put his best face on the
problem, saying Donglin should
have applied for visas sooner.
" We applied for the visa too
late, so we couldn't get them in
time, " he said.
A few booths over, Hanson Lin
and colleagues at Guangzhou
Lushan New Materials Co. Ltd.
made the trip from China but
were not taking any chances.
Lin and his coworkers were all
wearing medical-grade masks as
they tried to interest customers
in their materials for solar cell encapsulation
fi lms, polyolefi n hot
melt adhesive fi lms, optical fi lms
and other products.
There's a huge
role for the
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global plastics treaty
negotiations to look
at how some of
that harmonization
can happen around
the world, to make
it easier for us to
recycle, to make
it easier for us to
manage our waste. "
Nicholas Kolesch
Alliance to End Plastic Waste
believe there's not enough public
information on it.
She told the audience at K the
plastics industry should expect
more demands for reporting
" plastic footprints " in the same
way companies now are required
to report carbon footprints.
Minderoo is working with the
" We need to keep healthy, " Lin
said. " When we get back to China,
we need to quarantine for
seven days. "
He admitted to being a little
worried about the return but said
it was important to be at K, the
largest plastics show in the world.
This year, four Lushan staff
made the trip. At the 2019 show,
fi ve came, so for Lushan it could
be argued the impact was relatively
minimal.
Not so for plastic fi lm manufacturer
Zhejiang Kinlead Innovative
Materials Co. Ltd., which makes
biaxially oriented polypropylene
fi lm, cast fi lm and metalized fi lm.
There was only one person
in the booth, its representative
based in Germany, Paul Liang.
Three executives from China
who planned on being at K decided
not to make the trip, including
its CEO. Quarantining on their return
was a factor.
" Ten days in a hotel, there's no
way around it, " Liang said. " And
you cannot even choose the hotel.
In some places, the hotels are
not very customer-friendly, let's
Pew Charitable Trusts and the
Ellen MacArthur Foundation to
have companies report plastic
footprints starting next year.
" It's not a sexy subject, but it's
something that's so important, "
Silver said. " I'd love to see how
that company-level reporting
can roll up into country-level rejust
say that.
" Especially for top executives,
it's not something they want to
do, " he said.
Liang said he was working hard
to make up the difference. He handles
the European market, so for
those customers, it was fi ne.
But for customers from Asia,
Africa or other places, there were
details Liang may have not immediately
known.
" They ask me if we have agents
there or what is the price for
transport [in those markets], this
kind of information I don't possess, "
he said. " So, I need to contact
my people in Asia and China.
With the time zones, it's diffi cult. "
COVID-19 quarantines weren't
the only reason for not coming,
he said.
Kinlead is very busy now, since
it is opening a new factory in Vietnam
to make BOPP fi lm, and the
CEO wanted to be close by for
that, he said.
" She's just too busy to stay 10
days in a hotel, " Liang said.
The organizers of show, Messe
Düsseldorf, acknowledged those
porting to inform a really strong,
robust global treaty because we
can't take action without having
those numbers and those metrics
at our disposal.
" Plastics footprint reporting
is in its very, very early stages, "
she said. " There are lots and lots
of companies who are doing it on
challenges cited by the exhibitors.
In a news release, Messe Düsseldorf
noted " current diffi cult
conditions ... due to quarantine
regulations in their own countries
when returning from overseas or
major delays in issuing visas. "
In an Oct. 18 news conference
the day before the show opened,
organizers said the number of
Chinese companies at the show
was down from 369 in 2019 to 308
this year.
A smaller Chinese presence
would be noticed, given China's
market size.
China was the largest maker
of plastics and rubber machinery
worldwide in 2021, with a 35
percent market share, Messe Düsseldorf
said. Germany ranked second
with 19.6 percent of the market,
which is valued worldwide at
€38.6 billion, it said.
As well, China overtook Germany
last year as the largest exporter
of plastics and rubber machines,
with a 23.9 percent share.
Germany had a 22 percent share
of global trade in that machinery,
Messe Düsseldorf said.
Companies who really want to get
ahead, who really want to innovate
and who really want to show that
they're leading the way should be doing
[plastics footprint reporting] voluntarily
now. "
Emma Silver
Minderoo Foundation
a voluntary basis at the moment,
but I do think that will become
mandatory in the future.
" Companies who really want
to get ahead, who really want to
innovate and who really want to
show that they're leading the way
should be doing this voluntarily
now, " she said.
Some Chinese machinery executives
made the trip, but many
prominent ones did not.
Chen Hsong Chairman and
CEO Lai Yuen Chiang came to K,
although for her, the quarantine
rules returning to her home in
Hong Kong were not as strict.
Still, the company brought
sales staff from mainland China
- the bulk of its factories are in
China, and its China-based staff
would face those quarantines.
During a booth interview, one
salesperson mentioned his fl ight
home to China had been canceled
and he'd not yet been able
to book a return.
Chiang said Chen Hsong was
prepared for problems.
" K is a show that any serious
manufacturer won't miss, " she
said. " Some of them have to go
through quarantine. Some of
them have to go through different
routes, but we still believe this.
" Exhibiting here is important for
us, and looking at developments of
our peers is important, " she said.
" We have decided we are going to
put a lot of resources into it. "

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