ALPLA and GC announce partnership 

Joint con­struc­tion of a recy­cling plant in Thai­land to be considered

Hard, 2 July 2019 – ALPLA and PTT Global Che­mical (GC) will col­la­bo­rate on a fea­si­bi­lity study for the con­struc­tion of a recy­cling plant in Thai­land. The com­pa­nies announced the plan at the Cir­cular Living Sym­po­sium 2019 – Upcy­cling Our Planet in Bangkok at the end of June.

ALPLA deve­lops and pro­duces inno­va­tive plastic pack­a­ging solu­tions world­wide and has been active in recy­cling for more than 25 years. With two of its own recy­cling plants in Aus­tria and Poland and joint ven­tures in Ger­many and Mexico, the plastics con­verter has since become a pre­ferred partner for PET recy­cling. Now, ALPLA and PTT Global Che­mical (GC) are cur­r­ently inves­ti­ga­ting the pro­spects of fur­ther acti­vi­ties in Thailand.

GC serves as PTT Group’s che­mical flagship. The com­pany has com­mitted to the princi­ples of the cir­cular eco­nomy with the aim of always opti­mi­sing the use of resources. Examples of its com­mit­ment include the deve­lo­p­ment of bio­plastics as an alter­na­tive type of plastic and the imple­men­ta­tion of effec­tive waste manage­ment sys­tems. ‘GC will work with ALPLA to con­duct a study on inves­ting in the first high-quality cir­cular plastic recy­cling plant in Thai­land, inclu­ding mate­rials such as rPET and rHDPE. We will make a decision in the third quarter of this year after reviewing the results of the study,’ said Supatt­ana­pong Pun­mee­chaow, Pre­si­dent and CEO of GC.

Excel­lent quality
The demand for recy­cled plastics is gro­wing, inclu­ding in Sou­theast Asia. ‘In par­ti­cular, excel­lent qua­lity of recy­clates plays a big role,’ says ALPLA Regional Manager Bernd Wachter, adding: ‘We have exper­tise in the manu­fac­ture of food-grade recy­clates and we are experts in the pro­ces­sing of these mate­rials into new pack­a­ging. Tog­e­ther with GC, we could imple­ment a flagship initia­tive for the country and the entire region.’

Ambi­tious tar­gets for 2025
In 2018 ALPLA signed the Global Com­mit­ment of the New Plastics Eco­nomy, an initia­tive of the Ellen MacAr­thur Foun­da­tion tog­e­ther with the United Nations Envi­ron­ment Pro­gramme. ALPLA set a target to expand its recy­cling acti­vi­ties, with an ear­marked invest­ment of 50 mil­lion euros. Moreover, all pack­a­ging solu­tions should be fully recy­clable by 2025. The volume of pro­cessed post-consumer recy­cled mate­rials is to rise to 25 per cent of total mate­rial usage.

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About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 20,800 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 178 sites across 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.
ALPLA operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with a site in both Austria and Poland, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. ALPLA has been cooperating with Texplast (Germany) on PET recycling since July 2018.

About PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC)
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), a leading integrated chemical innovation company, delivers high-quality petrochemical and chemical products to a wide range of customers. The company operates in eight business areas: the Group Performance Center – Refinery and Shared Facilities; the Group Performance Center – Aromatics; the Group Performance Center – Olefins; the Polymers business unit; the EO-Based Performance business unit; the Green Chemicals business unit; the High Volume Specialties business unit; and the Phenol business unit. GC has the largest integrated refinery and chemical operation in Thailand with a combined chemical and petrochemical capacity of 11.08 million tons per year, as well as a highly advanced crude oil and condensate refinery complex with a capacity of 280,000 barrels per day.

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Enquiry infor­ma­tion for editorial:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Dittrich (PR & Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), tel. +43 (0)5574 602 1083, email:
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, tel. +43 (0)699 1025 4817, email: