Samyang Corporation, a Korean chemical and food affiliate of the Samyang Group, developed Korea’s first eco-friendly polycarbonate; containing more than 90% of Post-Consumer Recycled Polycarbonate (PCR PC). PC is an engineering plastic that is transparent and resistant to impact and heat, so it is mainly used as interior and exterior materials for automobiles, home appliances, soundproof walls and parts for medical devices.
PCR PC is considered environmentally friendly as it reduces plastic waste. It also has an effect of reducing carbon emissions from lowered energy consumption. Samyang Corporation explained that the newly developed PCR PC has the effect of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 6,200 tons based on production of 1,000 tons compared to general PC. This is an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by 3,200 cars per year.
Samyang Corporation plans to first apply PCR PC to small electrical home appliances such as laptops, and then expand its application extensively in various areas in the future, namely electronics and decorative gadgets. Meanwhile, the company plans to continue expanding the scope of application by applying PCR PC to various plastic resins.
“There are only a few places in the world that produce PCR PC products that contain more than 90% of recycled plastic materials while retaining the physical properties of conventional PC. We will continue to expand our high-quality, eco-friendly product portfolio to meet global market’s demand and contribute towards the group’s ESG competitiveness”, said Hosung Kang, the CEO of Samyang Corporation.