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Partnering with RPC bpi nordfolien, the Korean company says it has become one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20-kg polyethylene (PE) bags made with 50% recycled PE.

Stephen Moore

January 23, 2019

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Songwon packages its additives in bags containing 50% recycled PE

Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. has collaborated with German packaging specialist RPC bpi nordfolien to develop polyethylene (PE) bags for packaging 20-kg quantities of its additive products using recycled PE materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used. All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process. Sustainability is taken seriously at Songwon and the organization embraces its responsibility to create new, more sustainable solutions in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals (SDGs).

South Korea’s Songwon is employing bags with a high recycled PE content for packaging its additive products.

“With RPC bpi nordfolien, we have found an innovative partner who can support us to live Songwon’s Vision: ‘Sound and sustainable growth for all our stakeholders in harmony with the interests of our planet and its people’,” says Maurizio Butti, Chief Executive Officer at Songwon.

During the past 12 months, the recycled 20-kg bags were successfully trialed on various customers to make sure that they met Songwon’s quality standards and those of the customers for strength, color stability and handling. Songwon will be continuing the smooth transition to the new recyclable packaging over the next few months.

Commenting Cord Manegold, Global Business Manager Main AO's and Blends at Songwon said: “This collaboration puts Songwon in an optimal position to better help our customers meet their own sustainability targets. We are also very interested in hearing more from our customers about their sustainability initiatives and how Songwon can support these efforts.”

“Songwon is the first chemical company to use packaging film with such high recycled material content for their PE bags. We are pleased to share our expertise with them and to help extend the reach of such technology, in order to contribute to preserving the environment for all of us,” says Christian Knappik, Key Account Manager / Business Unit Chemical Industry at RPC bpi nordfolien.

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Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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