GC and ALPLA establish Thailand’s first joint venture to build a high-quality circular plastic resin plant to encourage “Circular Living,” which aims to revolutionize resource efficiency

Bangkok – 4 September 2019: PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, is reinforcing its concept of “Circular Living,” which promotes environmental responsibility and conservation, through a long-term partnership with ALPLA, a global recycler and high-quality plastic packaging solutions provider. Together, the two companies are revolutionizing the efficient use of renewable resources to ensure they deliver the maximum sustainable benefits. Under the GC and ALPLA partnership, a new joint venture company called ENVICCO Limited has been formed to build a circular plastic resin plant in Asia Industrial Estate in Map Ta Phut, Rayong Province.

Supattanapong Punmeechaow, Chief Executive Officer and President of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, said, “As a leading company that provides chemistry for better living, GC recognizes the importance of the resource revolution, which is in line with the principles of the Circular Economy, to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. This aligns with GC’s own concept of ‘GC Circular Living’ for which we are increasing cooperation with all sectors of society through several initiatives such as the ‘Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand’ project, which transforms marine plastic waste into a fashionable collection of clothing and accessories. Our ‘Think CycleBank’ project helps children and young people to better understand waste management, while ‘PPP Rayong’ is our collaborative waste management project that brings together the public and private sectors. The new circular plastic recycling plant is part of our long-term strategic plan that integrates the Circular Economy principles into our business and encourages environmental responsibility by reducing the use of single-use plastics. The new plant is an important milestone as it will create a comprehensive value chain for plastics in Thailand.

“Under the GC and ALPLA partnership, we are doing a pilot production project to create cooperation in operations with all sectors of society – from beginning, to end in order to apply the Circular Economy principles towards resource efficiency.

EVICCO Limited is establihed in order to build Thailand’s first plant that will make high-quality recycled PET (rPET) and recycled HDPE (rHDPE) plastic resins. Thanks to ALPLA’s expertise in operating a recycling business across managed supply chains and its cutting-edge European technologies, we can be assured of an efficient management system, eco-friendly production, and a design that offers premium-quality, value-added plastics that can be easily reused and recycled. The joint venture will also boost local employment and make raw materials supply agreements with communities in Rayong,” added Supattanapong.

Günther Lehner, Chief Executive Officer of ALPLA Company Limited, said, “ALPLA has been a world leader in developing and producing plastic packaging solutions over the past 60 years, with operations in 178 manufacturing locations worldwide across 46 countries including Thailand. The company is expanding our business to PET and HDPE recycling using advanced technology. Currently, ALPLA has our own PET recycling plants in the EU and Latin America, and it is our pleasure to collaborate with GC in Thailand. With our considerable experience and advanced technology, ALPLA will support the joint venture’s new integrated plastic recycling plant, which will have the capability to produce quality recycled plastic resins and serve as a model for the country and region.”

GC recognizes the importance of using resources efficiently and ensuring their maximum benefits. This can only be achieved with the effective cooperation of the public and private sectors and society. Everyone must take responsibility and adopt a new approach that involves proper waste separation, reducing consumption, using plastics more efficiently, reusing and supporting recycled and upcycled products, and buying more eco-friendly products to take better care of our planet and conserve the environment for future generations.