A sustainability expert from Solvay (Brussels) will deliver the keynote speech on integrating sustainability into a business strategy at the 2018 International Polyolefins Conference this week in Houston, TX. Dominique Debecker, Solvay’s Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, will share how the company is helping to pave the way toward a circular economy via innovation in UV stabilization technology. The transition from a make-take-dispose to a recover-innovate-reuse, or circular, economy represents the shift to a model that is more sustainable and economic, said the company.
During his keynote address, Debecker will describe Solvay’s proprietary methodology—Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM)—which fosters strategic decisions based on sustainability risks and opportunities.
“The plastics industry is looking for solutions that meet its evolving sustainability needs,” explained Domenico Romanino, Senior Vice President of the Solvay Additive Technologies (Saddle Brook, NJ) business line, part of the Technology Solutions global business unit. “Guided by SPM, our innovation efforts to improve polyolefin durability will help us continue supporting our customers as they seek to accelerate the acceptance of polyolefins in new markets and applications. Polyolefins are replacing other materials due to their cost-effectiveness, versatility, low density, energy efficiency and formulation flexibility.”
At the Polyoefins Conference, held from Feb. 25 to 28 at the Hilton Houston North, Solvay will showcase its range of UV stabilizers, including the Cyasorb Synergy Solutions and Cyasorb Cyxtra platforms, at booth 18/19. These stabilizers protect the physical and appearance properties of plastics from UV light exposure. They optimize resource efficiency by increasing the service life of plastics, thereby reducing plastic production and associated waste.
Mike Radossich, President of Solvay Technology Solutions, commented: “Solvay is facilitating the transition to a circular economy as a leading global partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our polymer additives team plans to collaborate with the foundation on a project targeting plastic waste reduction. This collaborative effort strengthens our commitment to innovate [and] advance the polyolefin platform.”
Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland will showcase five zones on the show floor—packaging, automation and robotics, design and manufacturing, plastics and medical manufacturing. Hundreds of suppliers and numerous conference sessions devoted to smart manufacturing, battery technologies and much more await attendees on March 7 and 8, 2018, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Go to the ADM Cleveland website to learn more and to register to attend.