ALPLA and PTT Global Che­mical rea­lise Thailand’s lar­gest pla­s­tics recy­cling plant equipped with state-of-the-art technology

Start of pro­duc­tion at the ENVICCO joint ven­ture in Rayong province

Hard (Aus­tria), 14 Sep­tember 2022 – Fol­lo­wing 18 months of con­s­truc­tion and instal­la­tion, the ALPLA Group and PTT Global Che­mical are ope­ning the state-of-the-art ENVICCO recy­cling plant in Thai­land. With an annual pro­duc­tion capa­city of 45,000 tonnes of recy­cled PET and HDPE, it is one of the lar­gest recy­cling plants for these pla­s­tics in Asia. With this plant, the two com­pa­nies will streng­then the region’s cir­cular eco­nomy and supply the gro­wing mar­kets with high-quality recy­cled material.

Thirty thousand tonnes of recy­cled, food-grade PET and 15,000 tonnes of recy­cled HDPE – the pack­a­ging and recy­cling spe­cia­list ALPLA and the che­mical com­pany PTT Global Che­mical (GC) have rea­lised Thailand’s lar­gest pla­s­tics recy­cling plant of its kind. After around 18 months of con­s­truc­tion, pro­duc­tion is set to start at the ENVICCO joint ven­ture. Located in an eco­nomic zone on the coast of the south-eastern pro­vince of Rayong, the plant is equipped with the latest recy­cling tech­no­logy and pro­duc­tion lines to manu­fac­ture high-quality pla­stic recy­clates with appr­oval from the USFDA.

Built in record time thanks to the excel­lent col­la­bo­ra­tion with GC, this highly modern plant is an important part of our recy­cling acti­vi­ties in Asia,’ said ALPLA Chairman Gün­ther Lehner during the grand ope­ning on 13 Sep­tember. The ope­ning was also attended, among others, by Kongkrapan Inta­ra­jang (Chief Exe­cu­tive Officer and Pre­si­dent, GC), Dietmar Marin (ALPLA Mana­ging Director Recy­cling) and Bernd Wachter (ALPLA Cor­po­rate Director Cir­cular Eco­nomy & Recy­cling Asia).

Demand for recy­cled, sus­tainable pack­a­ging mate­rials is rising sharply in Sou­theast Asia, and high-quality pla­s­tics have a key role to play here. With this new plant, we are now app­lying our many years of exper­tise in the tre­at­ment and pro­ces­sing of pack­a­ging made from post-consumer recy­cled resins in Thai­land,’ explains Bernd Wachter. ‘This joint ven­ture is a truly cir­cular, eco-friendly pro­ject crea­ting a com­pre­hen­sive value chain for pla­s­tics in Thai­land and is an excel­lent example of the world­wide use of Aus­trian green tech know-how,’ adds Georg Wein­gartner, the Aus­trian Com­mer­cial Coun­sellor in Bangkok.

Suc­cessful partnership
ALPLA con­tri­butes more than 25 years of recy­cling expe­ri­ence to the joint ven­ture. It will supply its pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties in Asia with recy­cled mate­rial and is also fos­te­ring the cir­cular eco­nomy at the local level. With the plant, majo­rity share­holder GC sup­ports sus­tainable deve­lo­p­ment in the region, moving it towards resource-conserving busi­ness and lifestyles.

Today, GC is proud to reveal that ENVICCO is ready for com­mer­cial ope­ra­tion. Used pla­s­tics within the Kingdom of Thai­land will make up 100% of the raw mate­rials pro­cessed by ENVICCO’s cutting-edge pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gies to trans­form used pla­s­tics into valuable pro­ducts,’ says Kongkrapan Inta­ra­jang. ‘The ENVICCO pro­duc­tion plant is part of our long-term cir­cular eco­nomy stra­tegy to fully rea­lize GC’s value chain. It also has the added benefit of crea­ting jobs within the com­mu­nity while simul­ta­neously alig­ning with the Thai government’s Bio-Circular-Green Eco­nomy Model.’ The ENVICCO team will com­prise appro­xi­m­ately 180 employees at the start of production.

Signi­fi­cant expan­sion potential
The 30,000-square-metre plant is on a plot of land mea­su­ring a good 90,000 square metres at the Map Ta Phut Indus­trial Estate. There is, the­r­e­fore, also space for future capa­city expan­sions. ‘We have long-term plans to pro­mote the bottle-to-bottle cycle not only here in Thai­land, but across Asia and other regions around the world. Carbon emis­sions and waste can be reduced through opti­mised resource con­sump­tion,’ empha­sises Dietmar Marin.

Global expan­sion of recy­cling activities
In early 2021, the ALPLA Group announced that it would invest an average of 50 mil­lion euros a year until 2025 in the ongoing expan­sion of its recy­cling acti­vi­ties. In par­ti­cular, it plans to glo­ba­lise its acti­vi­ties in the area of high-quality recy­clates to close the mate­rials cycle in as many regions as pos­sible. In total, the annual pro­duc­tion capa­city of ALPLA’s recy­cling com­pa­nies and coope­ra­tions around the world amounts to appro­xi­m­ately 203,000 tonnes of rPET (recy­cled PET) and 74,000 tonnes of rHDPE (recy­cled HDPE).

About the ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging and recycling. Around 22,100 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 177 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Romania and Thailand. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.


About PTT Global Chemical (GC)
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC) is Thailand's largest integrated petrochemical and refining business and a leading corporation in the Asia-Pacific region, both in size and the wide range of products – from petrochemical to biochemical with the world's number one bioplastics producer. GC has been the world number one in the chemical sector in Dow Jones Sustainability indices for three consecutive years.

The vision of GC is to be a leading global chemical company for better living as it combines environmentally friendly innovations with advanced technologies to develop products that improve people's lives. Currently, GC has manufacturing plants and distributors in Thailand and globally, with 40 local sites and 42 global operation sites. Aligned with the Paris Agreement, GC aims to reduce current CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2030 on its journey towards achieving net zero by 2050.

Infor­ma­tion for editorial
ALPLA, Erik Nielsen (Senior Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Manager), tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 701, email:
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