With their use of up to 99 percent chemically recycled plastics, the products of the South Korean manufacturer SK Chemicals have a lower carbon footprint than their fossil-based counterparts, with no compromise on properties or quality. They are now part of the ALBIS sustainable product portfolio.
ECOTRIA® CR and SKYPET® CR are based on chemically recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste, which is available as raw material after the chemical recycling process. Due to their excellent physical, chemical, and optical properties, they are ideally suited as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable drop-in solution for fossil-based plastics. The materials achieve outstanding results in numerous manufacturing processes, including the cosmetics and food packaging industries, thanks to excellent transparency and processability.
The CR materials of the proven ECOTRIA® and SKYPET® product series of the ALBIS portfolio contribute to increased sustainability in many ways. Chemical recycling of plastic not only reduces the CO2 footprint of the materials, but also enables HTR (hard-to-recycle) plastic waste to be returned to the material cycle. The resulting wider range of recyclable plastics contributes to an overall higher recycling rate and reduces dependency as well as use of emission-intensive crude oil. SK Chemicals is one of a few companies worldwide to successfully apply this process in practice.
“Chemical recycling is a crucial technology to continuously strengthen the recycling of plastics and essential to our own goal of achieving zero emissions by 2040,” says Sung-jin Lee, Managing Director of SK Chemicals Europe. “We are pleased that ALBIS is joining this vision and that our new solutions are reaching even more companies as part of their comprehensive sustainability portfolio.”
“The new chemically recycled products are a clear commitment to sustainable plastics solutions from our partner SK Chemicals,” says Stephan Schoen, Senior Director Product Management. “The brands perfectly complement our leading sustainable portfolio and offer our customers another way to integrate environmentally friendly and resource-saving solutions into their applications.”
ALBIS is one of the world’s leading distributors of standard polymers, engineering plastics and thermoplastic elastomers. With technical know-how, a strong distribution network and a strong commitment to finding the best solution, ALBIS as an independent distributor offers its customers one of the market-leading and most comprehensive product portfolios in the entire plastics processing industry. With 24 locations worldwide and 500 employees, the Hamburg-based company has a strong presence in Europe, with a growing presence in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
About SK Chemicals
SK Chemicals is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical and life science products. The South Korean company’s Green Chemicals business focuses particularly on the development and production of biocopolyesters, copolyesters and polyethylene terephthalates (PET), as well as engineering plastics. The Life Science business unit focuses on the production and marketing of medicines and vaccines. Through continuous innovations that meet the world’s highest technological standards, SK Chemicals is known as a market-leading supplier of environmentally friendly materials and holistic medical products. Since 2020, the sustainability expert has been in a partnership with ALBIS that includes distribution rights for the copolyester portfolio throughout the EMEA region.
Albis, press release, 2023-03-08.