Japan's First Production of Renewable Plastics

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 20 May 2021
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH GmbH
  • Associated Suppliers: Mitsubishi Chemical, Tokyo, Japan | Neste, Espoo, Finland
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Neste, Mitsui Chemicals, and Toyota Tsusho join forces to enable Japan's first industrial-scale production of renewable plastics and chemicals from 100% bio-based hydrocarbons.

Mitsui Chemicals will use Neste RE™ to replace a part of the fossil feedstock in the production of a variety of plastics and chemicals at its crackers within the Osaka Works during 2021. This will make Mitsui Chemicals the first company in Japan to use bio-based raw materials in its crackers. Renewable ethylene, propylene, C4 fractions, and benzene, among others, will be produced and processed into basic chemicals such as phenol or plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The quality will be on par with conventional products.

Neste RE is a raw material for plastics production made entirely from bio-based waste and residual materials and chemically recycled plastic waste. It is a drop-in solution that can be used alone or in a mixture. Materials made with Neste RE are suitable for reuse and recycling after use, similarly to conventional plastic.

Mitsui Chemicals and Toyota Tsusho intend to acquire the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), which is widely accepted in Europe as a system for certifying products made from bio-based raw materials. The mass balance-based ISCC Plus certification aims to drive the adoption of renewable content even in supply chains with complex production processes, such as those common in the chemical industry.




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