Austrian Company and PTT Global Chemical Build Thailand’s Largest Plastics Recycling Plant

Oct 2022

Following 18 months of construction and installation, Austria´s ALPLA Group and PTT Global Chemical are opening the state-of-the-art ENVICCO food-grade recycling plant for bottle-to-bottle applications in Thailand. With an annual production capacity of 45,000 tons 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 tons of recycled, food-grade PET and 15,000 tons of recycled HDPE for bottle-to-bottle applications – the packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA and the chemical company PTT Global Chemical (GC) have realized 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 recycles with approval from the USFDA.

‘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 Wachte (ALPLA Corporate Director Circular Economy & Recycling Asia)r. ‘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.

The 30,000-square-metre plant is on a plot of land measuring a good 90,000 square meters 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 optimized resource consumption,’ emphasizes Dietmar Marin (ALPLA Managing Director Recycling).

(Source: ALPLA Group)

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