European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘ReturnthePlastics’ initiative on plastic bottle recycling

Châu Âu nỗ lực giải quyết tình trạng rác thải nhựa

Châu Âu nỗ lực giải quyết tình trạng rác thải nhựa

Today, the Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘ReturnthePlastics: A Citizen’s Initiative to implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle plastic bottles’.

The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to present a proposal to:

  • implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle plastic bottles,
  • incentivise all EU Member States that supermarkets (chains) which are selling plastic bottles install reverse vending machines for recycling the plastic bottles after being purchased and used by the consumer, and
  • make the plastic bottle producing companies pay plastic taxes for the recycling and deposit-system of the plastic bottles (under the principle that the polluter should pay).

The Commission considers that this initiative is legally admissible because it meets the necessary conditions. At this stage, the Commission has not analysed the substance of the initiative.

Next Steps

Following today’s registration, the organisers can start collecting signatures. If a European Citizens’ Initiative receives 1 million statements of support within 1 year from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react. The Commission could decide either to take the request forward or not, and will be required to explain its reasoning.

Background

The European Citizens’ Initiative was introduced with the Lisbon Treaty as an agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens. It was officially launched in April 2012.

The conditions for admissibility are: (1) the proposed action does not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for a legal act, (2) it is not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious, and (3) it is not manifestly contrary to the values of the Union.

So far, the Commission has received 107 requests to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative, 82 of which were admissible and thus qualified to be registered.

Source: ec.europa.eu

Bioplastics continue to become mainstream as the global bioplastics market is set to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years

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The results of the European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update, presented today at the 15th EUBP Conference, confirm the continued dynamic growth of the global bioplastics industry. “Our industry has successfully weathered the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. And the outlook for bioplastics is also promising as the global market is predicted to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years”, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics.

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The global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2020 to 2.8 million tonnes in 2025. Innovative biopolymers, such as bio-based PP (polypropylene) and especially PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) continue to drive this growth. Since PHAs entered the market, the share of this important polymer family continued to grow. Production capacities are set to increase successfully almost sevenfold in the next 5 years. The production of polylactic acid (PLA) will also continue to grow due to new investments in PLA production sites in China, the US, and in Europe. Currently, biodegradable plastics account for almost 60 percent of the global bioplastics production capacities. PHA and PLA are bio-based, biodegradable, and feature a wide array of physical and mechanical properties.

Production capacities of bio-based PP are set to more than triple by 2025. This is due to the widespread application of PP in a wide range of sectors. PP is a very versatile material that features excellent barrier properties and is one of the most widespread commodity plastics. A bio-based version of this olefine has been awaited for many years. Bio-based, non-biodegradable plastics, including the drop-in solutions bio-based PE and bio-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate), as well as bio-based PA (polyamides), currently make up for 40 percent (0.8 million tonnes) of the global bioplastics production capacities. For bio-based PE new capacities are planned to come on-line in Europe and South America over the coming years. In contrast, bio-based PET will contribute only a small share to the overall capacities. Intentions to increase production capacities have not been realised at nearly the rate predicted in previous years.

Instead, the focus has shifted to the development of PEF (polyethylene furanoate), a new polymer that is expected to enter the market in 2023. PEF is comparable to PET but is fully bio-based and furthermore features superior barrier properties, making it an ideal material for beverage bottles.
Packaging remains the largest field of application for bioplastics with almost 47 percent (0.99 million tonnes) of the total bioplastics market in 2020. The data also confirms that bioplastics materials are already being used in many other sectors, and the portfolio of application continues to diversify. Segments, such as consumer goods or agriculture and horticulture products, continue to increase their relative share.

With a view to regional capacity development, Asia remains a major production hub with over 46 percent of bioplastics currently being produced there. Presently, one fourth of the production capacity is located in Europe. This share is predicted to grow to up to 28 percent by 2025. “Recently, significant investments have been announced by our industry, also in the heart of the European Union. Europe is set to become a key producer of bioplastics. The material will play an important role in achieving a circular economy. The ‘local for local’ production will accelerate the adoption of bioplastics in the European market”, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics.

The land used to grow the renewable feedstock for the production of bioplastics is estimated to be 0.7 million hectares in 2020 and continues to account for 0.015 percent of the global agricultural area of 4.7 billion hectares. Despite the market growth predicted in the next five years, the land use share for bioplastics will only slightly increase to 0.02 percent. “We do not weary of emphasising that there is no competition between renewable feedstock for food and feed, and the use for bioplastics” says von Pogrell, “94 percent of all arable land is used for pasture, feed and food.”

(Source: european-bioplastics.org)

An Phat Holdings – 19 years of celebration (September 27th 2002 – September 27th 2021): A journey towards a sustainable future

We often refer to the saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” to deeply affirm that all great successes are created from simple actions. For An Phat Holdings (APH), this proverb is more meaningful than ever because looking back the journey of 19 years, we clearly see the growth and development of APH, from a packaging manufacturer to the leading high-tech and environmentally friendly plastic Group in Southeast Asia, operating in the following fields: compostable materials and finished products; engineering plastics and building material plastics; precision engineering and molding; raw materials and chemicals for plastic industry; industrial real estate and logistics, etc. The achievement of An Phat Holdings today have marked the efforts and enthusiasm of the Founders, Board of Management, and more than 5,000 employees of the Group.

September 27th 2021 is not only An Phat Holdings’s 19th birthday (2002 – 2021), but it also marks “the journey towards a sustainable future” of the Group. An Phat Holdings has made great strides to build a firm foundation and make breakthroughs in the new era.

Today, looking back at this journey, the great achievement of 19-year-old An Phat Holdings is the thorough preparation to not only face the challenges of COVID-19 but also implement strategic plans effectively. That is reflected in the strength, confidence, and solidarity in COVID-19 prevention activities so that the Group has not recorded any infections. An Phat Holdings’ Board of Management has made a great effort to ensure that 100% of employees are vaccinated, ensuring safety for  the Group’s employees

The 19-year-old An Phat Holdings also show the high determination of the Board of Management and more than 5,000l employees to fulfill business targets and make progress for major key projects.

For the industrial real estate segment, APH has basically completed the site clearance for An Phat 1 Industrial Park, moved to the stage of ground leveling and completing the infrastructure, preparing the premise for the next phase of commercial operation in 2022. The strategic cooperation with Actis – Britain’s leading investment fund will open up new prospects for An Phat Holdings in the field of industrial real estate, factories and warehouses for lease. An Phat Complex IP and An Phat 1 IP will become the key “green” industrial parks of Hai Duong province.

An Phat 1 Industrial Park has achieved many important steps, preparing the premise for the phase of commercial exploitation in 2022
Quỹ đầu tư Actis và An Phát Holdings kí kết thỏa thuận hợp tác phát triển trong lĩnh vực
Actis and An Phat Holdings signed a cooperation agreement in industrial real estate segment, warehouses and logistics.

For the PBAT material manufacturing plant project, the implementation is taking place quickly and on schedule. APH has been granted an investment registration certificate by the Hai Phong IP Management Authority for the project in Dinh Vu Industrial Zone (Hai Phong). The Group also registered its PBAT and PBS green material patients for intellectual property protection, becoming the sole company in possession of these production technologies in Vietnam.

It is expected that in the fourth quarter of 2021, APH and Technip Energies Group – the world-leading construction contractor will complete the Front End Engineering Design (FEED), preparing for the  plant construction in early 2022. All employees at factories, offices and branches in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong, Yen Bai, Hung Yen, USA, Korea, Singapore, etc. have been making constant efforts to achieve positive business results in the first 8 months of the year.

Niềm vui lao động tại Công ty CP Nhựa An Phát Xanh
The joy of work at An Phat Bioplastics JSC.
Smile of worker
Smile of worker
An Phát Holdings đã xây dựng hành trang vững chắc, sẵn sàng bứt phá trong giai đoạn mới
An Phat Holdings has built a strong foundation, ready to make a breakthrough in the new period

The upcoming 2022 will be an important historical milestone when An Phat Holdings turns 20 years old. With a strong foundation in corporate governance, the bravery and wisdom of the Board of Management, and the enthusiasm and constant efforts of employees, An Phat Holdings will definitely “step firmly” towards the sustainable and development future.

Happy 19t birthday of An Phat Holdings!

Constant Innovation, Steady step forward!

Plastic cutlery can be recycled into home-insulating foam

UC Chemical and Process Engineering academic Dr Heon Park with co-author UC Engineering PhD student Lilian Lin and examples of the materials they're studying.

Biodegradable plastics are supposed to be good for the environment but, rather paradoxically, because they are designed to degrade quickly, they can’t be recycled. Offering a potential solution, New Zealand researchers have found that compostable plastic can be turned into a foam that functions as building insulation as a way of recycling the material.

UC Chemical and Process Engineering academic Dr Heon Park with co-author UC Engineering PhD student Lilian Lin and examples of the materials they're studying.
UC Chemical and Process Engineering academic Dr Heon Park with co-author UC Engineering PhD student Lilian Lin and examples of the materials they’re studying.

University of Canterbury (UC) Chemical and Process Engineering academic Dr Heon Park, who works in the Biomolecular Interaction Centre, along with co-authors UC Chemical and Process Engineering PhD student Lilian Lin, and BE(Hons) graduate Young Lee, have developed a method to convert single-use plastic, such as knives, spoons and forks, made from PLA into a foam that can be turned into insulation for walls or flotation devices.

What’s PLA?

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a plastic made of fermented starch from corn or sugar cane. It is designed to break down harmlessly, but if PLA enters the environment, it doesn’t always break down as intended.

Dr Park, who studies biodegradable foams and the synthesis and processing of biodegradable plastics among his many fields of research.

How did they do it?

The researchers placed the cutlery, which was previously thought to be “non-foamable” plastic, into a chamber filled with carbon dioxide. As pressure increased, the gas dissolved into the plastic. When they suddenly released the pressure in the chamber, the carbon dioxide expanded within the plastic, creating foaming.

Dr Park says the process is like opening a can of soda and releasing the carbonation.

“By tweaking the temperature and pressure, there is a window where we can make good foams,” he says. “It’s not that every temperature or every pressure works. We found what temperature or what pressure is the best to make those non-foamable plastics into foams.”

Each time plastic is recycled, it loses a bit of strength. Foams are an ideal material because strength is not important in many applications.

“Whenever we recycle, each time, we degrade the plastics,” explains Park. “Let’s say we have a biodegradable spoon. If we use it and we recycle it back into another spoon, it may break in your mouth.”

The ideal structure of a foam depends on its final use. Bulky foams, which have large or plentiful air pockets, are good for buoys. The researchers found, contrary to what was previously thought, lower chamber pressures led to bulky foams.

Making biodegradable plastics recyclable could alleviate some of the global pollution issue. While biodegradable material eventually breaks down in nature, it is even better for the environment if plastics can be repurposed.

Biodegradable and recyclable plastics can be used more than once but are also less of an environmental threat if they end up in oceans or landfills. The team believes this process could be implemented on a large scale.

“We can expand foaming applications to a lot of plastics, not just this plastic,” says Dr Park.

Source: The research paper “Recycling and rheology of poly (lactic acid) (PLA) to make foams using supercritical fluid” by Heon E. Park, Lilian Lin, and Young Lee, appears in the journal Physics of Fluids, DOI: 10.1063/5.0050649

New generation of biobased polyesters for durable products

To enable the introduction of biobased polyesters into the high-performance applications sector, such as automotive and electronics, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is developing a new generation of biobased polymers using the isoidide molecule.

Biobased products are gradually claiming their share in everyday products like packaging already, and now we want to develop polymers for the high-performance market as well.
Using Archer Daniels Midland’s rigid starch-based molecule called isoide, we are developing a new generation of polymer materials that can be used not only in BPA(Bisphenol A)-free packaging but also in engineering applications such as automotive and electronics.

Researching together with industrial partners

These Biobased, yet strong and thermally resistant materials, show great versatility, which will be demonstrated by project partners of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research: Refresco is interested to explore the potential of HIPPSTAR materials for bottles, Beckers will use them as metal coatings, while HollandColours will use them in their colorants formulations. Working together with important industrial partners is the best way to develop polymers that meet the requirements and standards of the market.

Sustainability in the high-performance applications sector

Using agricultural side streams and surpluses of biomass production, instead of depleting and polluting fossil-feedstocks while enjoying the extraordinary quality of modern products is the optimal sustainable solution to contribute to the balance of nature and humans coexistence. Using Biobased polymers in durable products contributes to the circular Biobased economy by reducing CO2 footprint of the materials.

Source: bioplasticsmagazine.com

Carbon-Negative Snack’s Packaging Is Home Compostable

Carbon footprint was crucial to the co-founders of Impact Snacks, who set out to make a positive impact on consumers and on the environment in merging no less than three trends: good-for-you superfood snack bars, sustainably optimized product packaging, and direct-to-consumer delivery.

The 100% plant-based products launched last September after a year-long research-and-development project that carefully coordinated product and packaging requirements.

From seed to harvest, production to shipment, and all the way to consumers, the company reclaims more carbon emissions than it creates, as reported by certified carbon accountants from Clearloop. Each bar creates 0.37 pounds of carbon to produce and ship. However, Impact Snacks offsets one pound of the carbon emitted by each bar — or more than 250% — by supporting green energy infrastructure that include solar farms and planting trees in communities around the world.

“For the sake of convenience, consumer packaged goods are typically wasteful,” opines Steven MacMaster, sustainability controller at Impact Snacks, who manages the consumer snack division and the sustainability B2B aspects. “As well, people can be tricked by greenwashing.”

Naturally, with an eco-centered focus, the company made a discerning choice for the bars’ packaging, looking to deliver convenience without waste.

All about accountability.

MacMaster believes that today’s reality is that brands are held responsible for the footprint of the entire supply chain reflected in initiatives and discussions in activity in Extended Producer Responsibility.

“That burden on us as a small company is not sustainable,” MacMaster says. “Every member of the supply chain needs to be accountable, and that is happening now.”

MacMaster thấy có hai lựa chọn hợp lý: bao bì có thể tái chế hoặc có thể phân hủy.
MacMaster decided there were two logical choices: either packaging that was recyclable or that was compostable.

“Only about 9% of packaging is currently recycled, it cannot be recycled indefinitely, and eventually at end-of-life will be landfilled,” he explains. “Compostable is a good alternative to the problem.”

The next decision: where would it be composted, at a commercial industrial site or at home? He felt that were just too few facilities to make the former feasible, so they decided on the latter that sidesteps any local or regional infrastructure problem.

Edible, compostable bioplastic solution.

The brand chose a nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) film supplied through Weston Graphics that’s certified anaerobically digestible. Like the product, the packaging is made from plants.

“The wrapper looks and feels like standard plastic films, yet it decomposes through warmth and moisture at home and in any environment in a reasonable time, which is 30 days, including a marine environment,” says MacMaster. “The packaging is even safe to eat — I’ve eaten a wrapper many times myself.”

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The compostable film has been certified by several third-party organizations including these.

The packaging provides the least barrier for the best compostability, aided by the fact that the brand adjusted the bar’s ingredient formulation to provide additional barrier lacking in the film. That involved the complex task of balancing the necessary oil and moisture barriers, according to MacMaster.

The brand also selected high-quality soy inks that fit the composting scheme.

Impact Snacks also purchases enough carbon credits to offset its own footprint and to account for any errors in the various nodes throughout the supply chain.

Source: Plasticstoday.com

Create the world’s first natural and compostable mask

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The company Bioinicia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have launched the Bio Hygienic Mask with EPI-type fit, the world’s first natural compostable nanofiber mask, which has a filtration of over 98% against aerosols and compost in twenty-two days.

It is “the most sustainable option to avoid the accumulation of masks in the environment & rdquor ;, points out a note from the promoters, which adds that the most respectful thing“ is to produce them using raw materials derived from biomass and / or waste and their subsequent organic recycling in the form of industrial composting, so that the carbon returns to the earth & rdquor ;.

“The mask has posed a new risk for our planet. A simple gesture such as removing the mask and getting rid of it can be a great damage to the environment. Throwing the masks in the toilet or on the floor, and not doing it in the recommended places, is a serious problem, since it causes the same damage as throwing wipes and plastics. For this reason, Bioinicia has developed the Bio Hygienic Mask with EPI & rdquor; fit, he points out.

Khẩu trang có thể phân hủy sinh học được làm bằng nguyên liệu tự nhiên, giúp bảo vệ môi trường
Is mask is compostable, made with natural raw materials, which help to take care of the environment

Its components will be transformed into water and CO2 over time, preventing millions of tons of plastics from reaching the oceans. In addition, the entire range of PROVEIL® EPI masks have 30% less plastics in their composition, which from the beginning was a commitment of the company to the environment.

José María Lagarón, CSIC researcher and leader of the group of researchers that has developed the PROVEIL® nanofiber filter together with Bioinicia, believes that “at this moment almost all masks are made of a plastic derived from petroleum that does not biodegrade.

Therefore, it will be for hundreds of years as a pollutant in the environment and also, as it is broken up into small pieces, it will generate microplastics that are consumed by living organisms and that, as a consequence, will end up forming part of our diet & rdquor ;.

1.5 billion masks to the sea in 2020

“It is considered that the year 2020 ended with some 1,500 million masks in the sea, generating a new type of garbage in the ocean. An additional problem to the accumulation of masks in the environment and in landfills is that this product is based on a linear economy, disposable, not circular. In addition, the production of plastic adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, thus being a promoter of the greenhouse effect & rdquor ;, explains the scientist.

The figures are astronomical: Throughout 2020, 52,000 million masks have been manufactured, which represents an extra pollution of more than 5,000 additional tons of plastic.

One of the surgical models can contain 3-4 grams of polypropylene. These protective items can be difficult to recycle due to the risk of contamination and infection. On many occasions they end up in the oceans, due to an inadequate, non-existent or totally saturated waste management system.

“The 1.560 million face masks thrown into the oceans in 2020 will only be the tip of the iceberg,” said the director of the organization OceansAsia, Phelps Bondaroff, who recalled: “They are only a small fraction of the approximately 8 to 12 millions of metric tons of plastic entering our oceans each year. ‘

The problem, as Gary Stockes, director of the same entity, recalls, is that “the concern for hygiene and a greater dependence on take-out food have led to increased use of plastics, in particular plastic packaging.

Source: Explica.co

Plastic-free packaging made from popcorn

Researchers at Göttingen University have developed a plant-based, environmentally friendly material as an alternative to polystyrene.

While using popcorn as a packaging material might sound like just another corny joke, a team of researchers at the University of  Göttingen thinks they may be on to something. For many years, the group  has put its energy and expertise into investigating manufacturing processes for products made of popcorn. The products, they say, have the potential to be environmentally friendly alternatives to polystyrene or plastic. The University has now signed a licence agreement with the company Nordgetreide for the commercial use of the process and products for the packaging sector.

The packaging industry is still the biggest purchaser of plastic products, accounting for almost 40 per cent. However, large producers and retail chains have long since begun to rethink their packaging policies and aim for more recycling. The process developed by the research group Chemie und Verfahrenstechnik von Verbundwerkstoffen  at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at Göttingen University is based on its many years of experience in the field of renewable raw materials and yields three-dimensional moulded forms produced from “granulated” popcorn. The great advantage of this granular material is that it comes from renewable biological sources, is environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is therefore an excellent alternative to the polystyrene products used previously.

“This new process, based on technology developed in the plastic industry, enables the production of a wide range of moulded parts,” explained the head of the research group, Professor Alireza Kharazipour. “This is particularly important when considering packaging because it ensures that products are transported safely which minimises waste. And this has all been achieved using a material that will even be biodegradable afterwards.”

In addition, the new popcorn products have water-repellent properties, which opens up new avenues for future applications.
Stefan Schult, Managing Director of Nordgetreide, which holds an exclusive licence for the process, added: “Each and every day we pollute our Earth with an ever increasing amount of plastic waste that will be a burden on our eco-system for thousands of years. Our popcorn packaging is a great sustainable alternative to polystyrene which is derived from petroleum. The plant-based packaging is made from the inedible by-products of Cornflakes production and can actually be composted after use without any residue.”

The licence agreement between the University and Nordgetreide was brokered by MBM ScienceBridge GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Göttingen Public Law Foundation.

Source: bioplasticsmagazine

China to ban disposable non-degradable plastic use on flights

China will ban the use of disposable plastic packaging bags, tableware and straws on domestic flights starting next year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said Wednesday.

Một nhân viên của China Eastern Airlines chuẩn bị các bữa ăn trên máy bay tại một chi nhánh của công ty tại Taiyuan, tỉnh Thiểm Tây.

Airports with an annual throughput of at least 2 million passengers will also stop providing such products next year, and the ban will be extended to all airports and international passenger flights in 2023, the administration said.

The ban was part of a five-year plan released by the administration to control plastic pollution. By 2025, the consumption of disposable non-degradable plastic in the civil aviation industry will decline sharply from the 2020 level, according to the plan.

Airlines in the country have already started the green transition, with some companies replacing disposable plastic tableware with recyclable ones and piloting on-board garbage sorting.

Source: Xinhuanet.com

An Phat Holdings accelerates world-class green material facility

Nguyên liệu sinh học phân huỷ hoàn toàn của nhà máy PBAT An Phát sẽ được xuất khẩu và phục vụ nhu cầu sản xuất, thương mại của An Phát Holdings

An Phat Holdings, a leading environmentally friendly plastic group in Vietnam with a closed business ecosystem, has just received the investment certificate for its PBAT manufacturing mega-project, An Phat PBAT. Simultaneously, the group has announced a contract with Technip Energies, a world-leading engineering and technology player, for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) bidding package of the plant and that its patents on green material creation have been granted intellectual property rights.

According to the latest update on the An Phat PBAT material manufacturing plant, the Group (APH) has signed the FEED services contract with Technip Energies.

Along with this, the world-leading contractor would take on the Front End Engineering Design of APH’s leading green material facility. The FEED services package will be handled by a subsidiary of Technip Energies in Southeast Asia, Technip Engineering Thailand, with support from Technip Zimmber GmbH based in Germany and is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021.

This is the first time Technip Energies teams up with a business in green material production in Vietnam. In the past, the group reaped success at a string of sizable key projects across Vietnam like the Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Plant complex in Quang Ngai province’s Dung Quat Economic Zone, the Nghi Son petroleum complex in Thanh Hoa province, the Long Son petrochemical complex and Phu My fertilizer plant in Vung Tau city, and more.

“By choosing a well-known design partner, APH wants to bring An Phat PBAT on par with the world’s leading green material manufacturing plants,” said Dinh Xuan Cuong, Vice chairman and CEO of An Phat Holdings. “Through big investment into technology, materials, and human resources, we want to prove that not only developed nations can have a strong green material supply chain.”

Nguyên liệu sinh học phân huỷ hoàn toàn của nhà máy PBAT An Phát sẽ được xuất khẩu và phục vụ nhu cầu sản xuất, thương mại của An Phát Holdings
Green materials of An Phat PBAT will be exported and support its production and commercial needs

The strategic co-operation between An Phat Holdings and Technip Energies attests to the former’s ambitions to construct a green material manufacturing mega-plant empowered by cutting-edge technology and production lines.

In addition to shaking hands with a global technology player, An Phat Holdings have also made strides to facilitate the project. Particularly, APH has fostered research, striving to seize core technology on green material production. Last month, APH registered its PBAT and PBS green material patients for intellectual property protection, becoming the sole company in possession of these production technologies in Vietnam.

Significantly, with support from Technip Energies, APH’s PBAT and PBS materials achieved excellent results at the testing line of Technip Zimmer GmbH (Germany), proving to be of equal quality with materials provided by leaders in the global materials industry such as BASF and Novamont.

Another huge leap forward is that after the completion of necessary procedures, APH has received the investment certificate of its An Phat PBAT mega-project at Dinh Vu Industrial Park from the Haiphong IP Management Authority. With an annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes, the mega-plant is slated to kick off construction late this year and will come on stream in early 2024 after 24 months of construction.

Despite adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, APH is working to accelerate the pace of its An Phat PBAT mega-project. Empowered by state-of-the art technology, the plant aims to churn out world-class items reaching the highest quality standards. Once the PBAT manufacturing plant comes online, Vietnam will officially become part of the global green material supply chain.