This means that the company can now offer its customers in the ASEAN region large volumes of high-performance plastic polycarbonate, including compounds and polycarbonate films, made from alternative raw materials of the same good quality as their fossil-based counterparts.
Covestro’s Map Ta Phut site in Thailand recently received ISCC PLUS certification, an internationally recognized certification system for the sustainable use of biomass and bioenergy. In addition to Map Ta Phut, Covestro’s sites in Shanghai, Changhua, Leverkusen, Dormagen, Krefeld-Jürdingen, Antwerp and Filago are already certified to the standard.
“We are very pleased that Map Ta Phut is another major Covestro production site to be certified under ISCC PLUS,” said Timo Slavinsky, manager and site manager. “Thus, we continue to promote the replacement of fossil raw materials with alternative precursors.” The company received its first batch of balanced phenol and acetone raw materials from an Asian supplier, producing its first batch of ISCC PLUS certified biocircular polycarbonate very recently in Map Ta Phut.
The certification enables Covestro to supply a wide range of mass-balanced products, such as Makrolon RE plastics and Makrofol films, on a cross-segment platform, which have a significantly lower carbon footprint than fossil-based products. The first plastic mentioned is part of Covestro’s CQ family of round intelligent solutions. With the new CQ concept, the company emphasizes an alternative raw material base in its products, giving clear guidance to customers looking for such products, according to a company press release.
In the mass balance approach, for example, bio-based raw materials or processed raw materials are fed at an early stage of raw material extraction and mathematically attributed to finished products. This saves fossil raw materials and reduces CO2 emissions, while the quality of mass-balanced products remains the same compared to products made exclusively from fossils. With an integrated solution, customers can continue to use their proven warehouses, equipment, processes and specifications. At the same time, Covestro supports them in achieving their sustainability goals.
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