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P483JU: Specially Designed Plastic Resin for Pallets

P483JU: Specially Designed Plastic Resin for Pallets

Date: 6 Sep 2018

While their importance is often underestimated, plastic pallets play a great role in logistics and storage. To prevent untimely damage from heavy loads or weather, which could drive up production costs, Chemicals Business, SCG has researched and developed P483JU, a polypropylene resin (PP) designed specifically for pallet production. Traditional HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pallets entail a slew of problems. For instance, they often bend when placed under a heavy load for an extended period of time and crack along the corners from usage involving high compression or impact. Impact from bumping of forklift to plastic pallets may also split apart down the seams. These issues can disrupt the entire production or directly affect products, causing tears or other damages when they are caught in these cracks. Tackling these problems through materials science and maximize pallet utilization, SCG has researched and developed P483JU, a special PP copolymer designed especially for pallets, in collaboration with Sanko Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s largest pallet producers. P438JU has been put through a series of tests in SCG’s labs, and the results have shown that the new plastic resin endows pallets with enhanced flexural strength and impact strength, giving them a greater capacity to resist bending and impact force compared to HDPE plastic pallets. In addition, thanks to its lower density, a pallet manufactured with P483JU is lighter than its HDPE counterpart and requires 8% less plastic (depending on the size and form of the pallet), which translates to lower production costs. Also, as the resin has greater UV resistance, it will become harder for a pallet produced with the new resin to become brittle or cracks when used outdoors for an extended period of time. Upon following up on clients who have switched to P483JU pallets, SCG technical engineers have found that unlike in the past where the clients would need to send damaged pallets back for replacements each year, not a single client using the new pallets has requested a replacement. In addition, they have been told that P483JU pallets can carry two addition tons of load and can be triple stacked without buckling and problems. Thanks to this R&D collaboration between SCG and Sanko Co., Ltd., this plastic pallet solution has not only overcome issues surrounding traditional plastic pallets but has also maximized utility for users throughout the process. For additional information: Click hereto view brochure, TDS or SDS Technical Services and Development E-Mail: General_plastics@scg.com Tel: +66 2 586-4874 Fax +66 2 586-3676
Illuminating the Future - Sunlight and innovation for business sustainability

Illuminating the Future - Sunlight and innovation for business sustainability

Date: 26 Jun 2018

Over 30% of Thailand’s area is water bodies and wetlands. In addition to being sources of life, rivers, lakes, ponds, and canals also offer new possibilities when it comes to generating clean power from solar energy, thanks to advances brought about by inventors and scientists. Over half a century ago, scientists learned to harness and convert sunlight into electricity. Ever since, photovoltaic cells have improved in efficiency by leaps and bounds and have been widely used in the generation of solar power – clean energy that is not only accessible to all, unlimited in availability, and eco-friendly but also causes no pollution in the production process. As Thailand is in the tropics and is exposed to some of the world’s most intense cosmic rays, it enjoys enormous potential when it comes to harnessing intense solar energy. Although what comes to mind for most of us upon hearing the word “solar energy” is probably the image of a solar rooftop or a solar farm with arrays of ground-mounted solar panels, solar farms can also be constructed on water. However, they were never a popular alternative in Thailand as there were no manufacturers. That was until now. With its expertise in materials science, especially polymers, coupled with its experience and expertise in industrial design, SCG Chemicals has become Thailand’s first company to successfully design and manufacture a floating solar farm. The company has also planned to further develop the product and introduce a comprehensive service provided by teams of experts who are equipped to cater to all the needs of those interested in acquiring a plastic floating solar farm system, from site assessment to installation and maintenance. These plastic floating solar cells will allow medium- to large-size industrial plants to maximize the utilization of their underused areas. Inspired by jigsaw puzzles, these plastic floating solar farms have been designed to have fewer joints for quick and easy installation. In addition, they can accommodate all solar panel sizes and can save space by over 10% compared to other floating devices. Furthermore, to ensure that they meet safety standards, advanced computer simulations have been run on these plastic floating solar farms to test their compressive strength, tensile strength, and buoyancy, establishing new standards for this type of innovation. These floating solar farms also stand out for the material they are made of. SCG Chemicals’ special high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin contains UV stabilizers that give the devices resistance to sunlight and UV rays, which makes them durable and resistant to cracking when exposed to the sun. This innovation has also proven to be eco-friendly and does not release contaminants. One of the advantages of floating solar farms lies in the enhanced efficiency. The cooling effect of water underneath can boost the power generation efficiency of solar panels by 5-20% compared to regular solar farms or solar rooftops. In addition, as they cover a water surface, the plastic buoys can also reduce the evaporation rate of the water in the reservoir as well. This type of farm is also an ideal alternative for industrial entrepreneurs who are looking to save costs in the long term as SCG Chemical’s plastic floating solar farm system can last for over 25 years. The first floating solar solution is another eco-innovation that SCG Chemicals has developed to contribute to environmental conservation efforts and serve as a new solution for those wishing to maximize the use of their underutilized space. More importantly, this innovative product promises to open up new opportunities for the production of clean energy from solar power in Thailand. SCG’s 1MW floating solar farm in the reservoir of SCG Chemicals is expected to have a maximum capacity of 978.75 kW, capable of producing as many as 1.43 million units of electricity per year. The project can also reduce energy consumption by as much as 5,155 GJ per year – an equivalent of 129,610 liters of fuel oils per year (net calorific value of 39.77 MJ/liter) – and decrease CO2 emissions by 810 tons (when the emission factor is 0.5661 tons of CO2 emissions per unit of electricity), which is equivalent to growing 81,000 trees (when each big tree is capable of reducing 10 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year on average). Advantages of the SCG Chemicals’ Floating Solar Farm 1) They have a long lifespan and are suitable for outdoor use, thanks to the special plastic resin that incorporates UV stabilizers. 2) They are easy to install as they contain fewer joints and the installation requires no heavy equipment. 3) They requires 10% less installation space. 4) They can accommodate multiple installation formats, including anchorageand shore anchorage, and can be installed in different types of reservoirs. 5) The solar panels do not cast shadow on each other and are positioned at a 15o degree angle for maximum exposure to sunlight. Thailand’s first floating solar solutions, Petty Patent No. 13153 and patents pending in Thailand and Singapore (Design Patents Pending No. 1602004725, 1602004726, 1602004727 in Thailand and Utility Patent Pending No.10201710335S in Singapore) “We have developed the floating solar farm for use on different water surfaces. As a continuation of this project, we aim to become Thailand’s first integrated solution provider that offers a full range of services, from designing and manufacturing to installing and maintaining floating solar farms. These floating solar farms will not only allow entrepreneurs to maximize the utility of their space and reduce loss of water resources due to evaporation but also increase the total area dedicated to renewable energy production in Thailand.” Cholanat Yanaranop, President, SCG Chemicals
“Shinkolite” for All Roofing Needs

“Shinkolite” for All Roofing Needs

Date: 26 Jun 2018

Holiday Inn Hua-Hin Carport “Shinkolite” for All Roofing Needs Constructing a carport for a hotel can present a real challenge as such a project entails a host of fine details in each step. To meet the rising needs for one-stop services, SCG Chemicals has introduced a one-stop carport roofing solution: the Prefab Carport Roof, an integrated product and service innovated by Siam Yamato Steel (SYS), the steel manufacturer, and Thai MMA, a subsidiary of SCG Chemicals and manufacturer of Shinkolite transparent acrylic roofs. The Prefab Carport Roof has most recently been chosen by Proud Real Estate for Holiday Inna Vana Nava Hua Hin. Throughout the process, the SCG Chemicals team worked closely with the client to make certain that every need was met in the best way possible. Chisarat Surakarn, Senior Project Manager from Proud Real Estate, SCG Chemicals client, said: “We’ve chosen Shinkolite because it’s transparent and gives an airy look to the carport. It also enhances the aesthetic of the hotel’s architecture. The team from SCG Chemicals explained that this roof is weather-resistant and has a long lifespan. In addition, it resists buckling and drains rainwater well, meaning there will be no puddle of water to cause moldy spots. Also, it is lighter than glass panes. We wanted the roof to look light and the carportl to have the least number of pillars. The professional teams from SCG Chemicals and SYS understood perfectly what we were looking for and worked together to deliver a beautiful roof and a durable steel structure. With their incredibly accurate calculation, they helped us save both time and budget and successfully delivered a stunning carport that met all our needs. ” The roof was assembled quickly with minimal impact on other construction tasks because the Shinkolite transparent acrylic roof could be readily attached to SYS’ steel frame, eliminating the need to clean up stains from steel cutting, welding, and painting. Thanks to the careful planning and efficient coordination, the installation was completed early. “Usually, a carport roof installation like this requires several contractors. However, SCG Chemicals and SYS have provided us with a one-stop solution, making it much more convenient and easy,” added Chisaras, in regard to the working style of SCG Chemicals. The Prefab Carport Roof is therefore an integrated product and service solution that can be tailored to suit specific requirements and offer convenient to hotel entrepreneurs looking to construct a carport for their guests. Properties of Shinkolite transparent acrylic roofs Frosted glass color (NB00) 100% acrylic, smooth and shiny surface, giving the appearance of sandblasted glass The sheet is solid, reducing water seepage and mold growth. The roof produces relatively low noise when it rains and filters sunlight effectively. The roof is beautiful, has a long lifespan, and does not crack with age. The installation is quick and clean as the roof sheets can be readily attached to the steel roof frame by SYS. For an area of 900-1,000 sq. m., the installation takes only 1-2 weeks, with no noise from steel cutting and welding, reducing the risk of accidents from welding sparks. ShinkoLite Acrylic Sheet Sales Division Thai MMA Co., Ltd., a joint venture of SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) Tel: +66 2 586 5812, +66 2 586 3084, +66 2 827 7389, +66 2 586 2348 Fax: +66 2 586 5393 shinkolite_roof@scg.comorvisitwww.shinkolite.co.th
Thinner without Compromising the Strength with the New PE

Thinner without Compromising the Strength with the New PE

Date: 18 Jan 2018

There has been growing demand for higher quality plastic among plastic manufacturers and entrepreneurs not only because they are a key factor that can help businesses achieve their goals faster but also because recent trends in the plastic industry have shown rising demand for products that are thinner yet durable and long-lasting to ensure that their use will be maximized. In response, SCG Chemicals has developed new polymer production technology that enhances the quality of plastic products while also decreasing production costs and increasing revenue for manufacturers. The new high-quality special-grade PE (Polyethylene) is 20% more durable and can be molded into products that are thinner without compromising the durability. In addition, it does not require any change or modification to existing manufacturing processes and machinery. Simultaneously increasing competitive capacity and promoting eco-friendly business conduct, this success of SCG Chemicals will meet the needs of all parties involved from manufacturers to consumers. In addition, the enhanced quality and durability of this New PE can also bring down production costs as it saves more energy and helps reduce waste in the production process. Furthermore, it can be recycled and combined into raw material while retaining the quality of strength of the resulting plastic product. Thanks to its properties, the innovative New PE can be transformed into a wide range of polyethylene products: Super -Thin Films Plastic film manufacturers usually run into the problem of inconsistency thin film processing, such as bubble break from drawdown thin film, and have to reduce line speed when produce thin film, which depending on the suitable of blown film machine, processing condition and performance of resin for drawdown ability. However, because of its properties, the New PE affords greater control for blown film extrusion and can thus be used to produce plastic films as thin as 3 microns while retaining the toughness and strength. As a result, manufacturers can control the quality and minimize loss in the production process, which will in turn reduce their costs for production. In addition to super -thin films, the innovative plastic can also be used for a wide range of products such as fruit and vegetable bags in supermarkets, bag covers for electrical appliances, plastic bags inside cement packages, as well as bags for industrial applications such as bulk bag for raw food packaging used in factories, which can retain toughness and impact resistance. Blow Molding Application As it lends itself to blow-bolding, the New PE can reduce production time while still retaining the quality of the resulting products and can be used in the manufacturing of large chemical tanks, industrial tanks, and jerry can. Light Weight Beverage Cap & Closure Not only it can produce lighter weight cap & closure with better beverage preserving quality, but also the New PE can help reduce production time and cost by less energy and material consumption. Large Size Pipes The New PE can decrease the pipe wall thickness which can increase more hydraulic flow volume for better liquid conveying. As New PE pipes are durable and can withstand high pressure, they are the ideal for water and mining pipe. These outstanding properties of the New PE help decrease the amount of plastic consumption in manufacturing while also rendering the end-product thinner without compromising its durability. It can thus be said that this innovation not only cuts production costs but also sustainably creates value for the industry. If you are interested in co-developing products using the - New PE, please contact: Mr. Supoj Jirawatanaporn Technical Service & Development Engineer Tel: +66 2586-1111 Ext 4946 Mobile: +66 89 925-1751 E-mail: supojjir@scg.com
Industrial Ecology: Model of Industrial Estate Development for Sustainability

Industrial Ecology: Model of Industrial Estate Development for Sustainability

Date: 9 Jan 2018

Industrial estates are of great significance because they provide areas for large factories, which are key drivers of the national economy. As a result, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has applied the concept of industrial ecology to these zones to create cooperative networks between manufacturing plants and communities in the vicinity so as to bring mutual social, economic, and environmental benefits to both parties for sustainable and harmonious coexistence. Mr. Verapong Chaiperm, Director of the Executive Board of the IEAT, described to us the rationale behind industrial ecology and provided examples of industrial estates that have found success in applying the concept. The Origin of Industrial Ecology Industrial ecology is a concept that is applied to sustainable industrial development. It centers on eco-friendliness and involves developing industrial systems that mimic ecosystems and symbiosis relationships found in nature, with the aim of preserving natural resources and energy for posterity and creating sustainability. In fact, this notion has been around since 1989 but was first applied to industrial estate development in Thailand in 2010 to bring into existence an eco-industrial town, with the goal of elevating and transforming all existing industrial zones into eco-industrial towns by 2019. Criteria for Eco Industrial Estates IEAT has specified five dimensions of standard criteria for eco-industrial estates, namely physical, economic, social, environmental, and management dimensions, and classified eco industrial estates into three tiers as follows. The Eco Champion tier is for industrial estates that promote the country’s economic development and can co-exist harmoniously with communities in their vicinity thanks to adherence to environmental good governance. Industrial estates belonging to this tier are to adopt IEAT’s five-dimension criteria and use them to inform their master plans for elevating themselves to the status of eco-industrial estates. The Eco Excellence tier encompasses industrial estates that strive to elevate the quality of life in communities and improve the quality of the environment. The Eco World Class tier is for leading industrial estates that can serve as models for the development of the quality of life in communities and the environment. Can You Provide Examples of Industrial Estates in the Eco Champion and Eco Excellence Tiers? R.I.L Industrial Estate by R.I. L. 1996 Co., Ltd. is an eco-industrial estate that has been certified as an Eco Champion for three consecutive years and is Thailand’s first model eco-industrial estate in the Eco Excellence tier. What Sets R.I.L. Industrial Estate Apart? R.I.L. Industrial Estate is an eco-industrial estate that has been a success in sustainable industrial development. In addition to adopting IEAT’s criteria and extending the practice to the communities, temples, and schools in the vicinity, every factory in R.I.L. industrial estate has also been certified as an eco-factory in accordance with requirements of the Federation of Thai Industries and met the highest Green Industry Standards stipulated by the Department of Industrial Works. The success of R.I.L. Industrial Estate is a clear demonstration that industrial estates can thrive alongside communities, society, and the environment and have the capacity to transform themselves into eco-industrial estates in line with the government’s national industrial zone development policy for true sustainability. *********************************************************************** Getting to Know R.I.L. Industrial Estate R.I.L. Industrial Estate is operated by R.I.L. 1996 Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SCG Chemicals. Founded in 2004 on an area of over 1,700 rai in Map Ta Phut Sub-district in Rayong, R.I.L. Industrial Estate is Thailand’s first model eco-industrial estate in the Eco-Excellence tier and stands out in every dimension of IEAT’s criteria. For instance, for the physical dimension, trees have been planted as barriers between the industrial area and the communities outside. These protection strips have created a 293-rai green area with approximately 52,600 trees in total, making up 19.5% of the total area of the industrial estate. In addition, the environmental standard inspection is carried out and reported to the surrounding communities every three months. As for the management dimension, R.I.L. Industrial Estate consistently promotes the development of its factories to meet safety and environmental standards and encourages them to obtain accreditation as eco-factories. In addition, two of the companies in the industrial estate have been certified Level 5 Green Industries, namely Map Ta Phut Olefins Co., Ltd. under SCG Chemicals and PTT Global Chemical PLC. With regard to society and economy, R.I.L. Industrial Estate has maintained a good relationship with the communities in the area and has actively supported over 10 communities to enhance the quality of life of the residents, enabling them to develop self-reliance in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. It has also played an active role in the establishment of community enterprises, such as Pad Sian Bean Paste Pastry Community Enterprise founded by housewives in the village of Tulip in Nern Phayom Community, which has successfully increased their monthly income by as much as 200,000 ฺฺBaht.
Create Space and Fight off Tropical Heat  with ShinkoLite Heat Cut Transparent Acrylic Sheets

Create Space and Fight off Tropical Heat with ShinkoLite Heat Cut Transparent Acrylic Sheets

Date: 9 Jan 2018

Q: I’d like to install a transparent roof, but I want to keep the house cool. What material should I choose? A: Current house design and extension trends see more attempts to draw natural light into a space to create the feeling of roominess. As a result, we can see a surge in popularity of transparent roofing materials such as glass, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and acrylic, especially for garage roofs, awnings, and roofs over covered walkways between buildings. These roofing materials not only impart a sense of spaciousness but also help conserve energy otherwise required for lighting during daytime. However, the catch is that natural light always brings heat with it. Shinkolite Heat Cut transparent acrylic sheets are the answer as this roofing innovation that will shield off the heat of sunlight while also meeting the needs of homeowners in the tropics who wish to let more natural light into their space to give it a roomier feel, which is the key goal of the development of this invention. Five Advantages of Shinkolite Heat Cut Transparent Acrylic Sheets Jointly developed by SCG Chemicals and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation of Japan, Shinkolite transparent acrylic sheets are available both in regular and heat-cut varieties. The five properties of the heat-cut version that make it ideal for use in tropical regions are as follows. 1. Good heat insulation: The acrylic sheet contains special substances that can cut infrared rays by as much as 50% and reduce the temperature underneath by five degrees Celsius on average (based on test results in laboratories). Therefore, it will not feel hot, and people inside will not feel their skin prickling. 2. Durable: Because it is solid throughout, the sheet can withstand 2.5 times more impact than safety glass (tempered glass). It is also safer because, when shattered, it will not crumble into small granular chucks or break into jagged pieces. 3. Lighter than glass: At the same thickness, Shinkolite Heat Cut sheets weigh only half as much. As a result, the amount of steel needed to support the roofing structure and its costs are reduced. In addition, because of the decreased load-bearing requirement, they are ideal for spots that call for lighter materials. 4. Chic and sleek: The sleek transparent material imparts a sense of stylishness, lending itself perfectly to modern houses or hotels looking to incorporate an elegant clear roof in their structures. 5. Ten-year warranty for the material and one-year warranty for the installation (the company’s terms apply). Tips Maintaining ShinkoLite Heat Cut transparent acrylic sheets Install away from heat sources and open flames, such as stoves or portable gas stoves Simply clean with mild soapy water mixed with either shampoo or dishwashing liquid User’s voice “I wanted to install an awning for my garage, but it needed to complement my house, or else it would completely change its appearance. Because it was in the front of my house, the aesthetics of the awning were vital; the design and material had to go hand in hand with the house. Shinkolite Heat Cut transparent acrylic sheets met all the criteria because they looked like glass and were available in colors that complemented the color of the house.” The awning structure was made of black steel, in keeping with the modern style. As functional requirements, the sheets ticked all the boxes. They kept out rain well and were lightweight. Also, they kept the space inside cool even though it was sunny outside, adding more shady area to the house. I was thoroughly impressed throughout the process, from discussing the project with the staff and the on-site measurement to the prompt and accurate price quotation. The staff was also very helpful with regard to the information of the material and colors as well as offered professional advice on installation options. - Homeowner: Suviroje Leelaprachakul, Founder of the Movement Playground - For additional information, please contact: ShinkoLite Acrylic Sheet Sales Division Thai MMA Co., Ltd., a joint venture of SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) Tel: +66 2 586 5812, +66 2 586 3084, +66 2 827 7389, +66 2 586 2348 Fax: +66 2 586 5393 E-mail:shinkolite_roof@scg.com |Website:www.shinkolite.co.th FB:https://www.facebook.com/Shinkoliteacrylic