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German chemical giant —— Covestro invests more in sustainable polycarbonate production in Asia Pacific


Covestro started construction of its first physical recycling (MCR) line in Shanghai dedicated to polycarbonate recycling and co-blending of recycled materials.
Photo by Covestro.

It aims to meet the growing market demand for more sustainable solutions such as post-consumer recycled (PCR) products, mainly covering electrical and electronics, automotive and consumer products applications.

With an investment of more than 27 million euros, the line is scheduled to be operational in 2023 and will be able to produce more than 25,000 tons per year of high quality polycarbonate and alloys with physically recycled content. The company plans to increase its recycled polycarbonate supply capacity in Asia Pacific to over 60,000 tons/year by 2026.

"This MCR line is another exciting step on our path to living up to our circular economy commitments and achieving our 2035 climate neutrality goal." Covestro Chief Commercial Officer Jiya Su said, "Recycling plastic waste is critical to the circular economy to effectively address the major challenges shared by all of society. We will continue to lead the industry in producing materials with higher recycled content by continuing to invest in expanding and enhancing our production capacity for recycled plastics."

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Wang Li, Global President of Covestro Engineering Plastics, said, "We continue to invest in expanding our production capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for more sustainable and recyclable solutions from our downstream customers. This MCR line is the latest example of our relentless efforts to do so and demonstrates our commitment to drive the transition to more sustainable products in Asia Pacific, particularly in China."

Covestro will also revamp and upgrade its co-blending line at its Mattafu site in Thailand to have the capability to produce physically recycled polycarbonate. The conversion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, thus continuing to meet the demand for PCR polycarbonate products from various industries in the Southeast Asian market. According to current forecasts, PCR products will account for 10% of the line's annual production by 2030.

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