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Two of the areas, recyclability
and circular economy are certainly
among these.
In that regard, what immediately
comes to mind is packaging.
Consumers are demanding
improved sustainability in the
products they buy from the
companies who make those
products. Those sustainability
demands also extend to the
product packaging. Obviously,
there is an urgent need to come
up with more recyclable packaging
and to use more recycled
materials or a bioderived type
of material in packaging, simply
because of the plastics waste
problem out there. And there
are a number of brand owners
who have made very public
commitments out there about
this particular segment. I would
say that this is definitely an area
of industry focus for sure.
In fact, the interest and activity
for our sustainable solutions
used in packaging has never
been higher.
The second area I would
mention - and there are many
others - would be lightweighting.
First of all, lightweighting's
been around for a long time. It
was probably one of the first
growth areas for plastics many,
many years ago. But the difference
now is the urgency to improve
carbon emissions, which
makes lightweighting a major
theme in transportation or the
car industry. And our customers
are looking to reduce carbon
emissions, also during the production
of their products, and to
improve gas mileage. We have
been addressing this trend for
a while and we have a number
of different solutions that help
to do that. So, while there are
many, many others, those are
the two that come to mind with
maybe the most urgent needs.
How are you helping your customers
use more sustainable
material?
Our mission is to help our
customers meet their sustainability
goals and there are a
number of ways we can do that.
One is based, of course, on the
raw materials that go in or the
processing etc.. The other way
is just by helping them to meet
their goals around a number of
different megatrends - challenges
- that they're trying to
overcome.
So what we've done is - you
know we've got close to 35
thousand commercial products
- we basically try to help our
customers meet their goals either
through customisation or in
other different ways. We categorise
them in what we call our
eight ways to enable sustainability
for our customers, which
include lightweighting, as we've
already discussed; recycling or
recyclability; lowering VOCs;
bio-derived content, enabling
renewable energy or helping
our customers reduce the
amount of energy that they use
or the amount of materials that
they need to use in a package.
There are a number of different
ways that we help them, so
when it comes to the raw material
side of it, let's say, or the
make-up of the polymers that
we use, we do have bio-derived
types of solutions and we have
invested research dollars into
that. It's definitely what I would
say is an emerging trend and
we're ready to take off when that
market does take off. We have
additives and masterbatches
based on PHA, PLA; we offer
materials with bio-derived polyethylenes,
nylons, copolyesters,
copolyamides and a handful of
other ones as well.
At the end of the day we're
just trying to meet the material,
the recycled, the bio-derived
content and the polymer type
that our customers are looking
for. So where we are in the value
chain - we don't have reactors
where we're making polymers,
we are taking those polymers
- be them bio-derived or recycled
or whatever and then we're
formulating these in a way to
meet the exact needs that our
customers have.
Bio-derived is one way we do
that; another way is recycled
content. Regarding the latter,
we have a very large portfolio,
a very robust portfolio of materials
that work in two ways:
one, we have additives that
are processing aids and many
other things that actually help
brand owners to improve the
amount of recycled content that
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