Natureworks PLA plant in SEA further delayed ?

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PTT targets world’s first bio-PBS plant

Published: 26/06/2013 at 12:00 AM

Newspaper section: Business

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PETROCHEMICALS

The energy giant PTT Plc is targeting the second quarter of 2015 for the start of operations at its bio-polybutylene succinate (PBS) factory, the first of its kind in the world.

Sukrit Surabotsopon, the senior executive vice-president for petrochemicals and refining, said the 2.5-billion-baht plant for bio-PBS, a

type of biodegradable plastic, recently began construction. Annual output will be 20,000 tonnes. Bio-PBS, whose applications are

used in industries such as automobiles and textiles, is touted to be 100% degradable in 180 days thanks to a microorganism that

turns it into carbon dioxide, soil and water. The facility is located on 1,500 rai in Map Ta Phut’s Asia Industrial Estate, said Mr Sukrit.

”This will be the first biodegradable PBS plant in the world, as all other PBS manufacturing facilities are petroleum-based,” said Mr

Sukrit. The factory will be operated by PTT MCC Biochem Co, a 50:50 joint venture between PTT and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical

Corporation. The company has started talking with sugar producers about supplying the commodity. It has concluded talks in

supplying half the annual output to Japanese trader firms in the form of offtake contracts. The balance of the production will go to the

domestic market.

PTT has also conducting a feasibility study with NatureWorks LLC for the development of polylactic acid (PLA),

another type of biodegradable plastic. ”We have to wait for global demand for PLA to grow. With oil prices not very high right now,

demand for bioplastics won’t increase substantially,” said Mr Sukrit. US-based NatureWorks wants a second PLA plant outside its

country.

The company will introduce Thailand’s first popcorn containers made of biodegradable material by joining hands with Major

Cineplex Group Plc. Shares of PTT closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 330 baht, up four baht, in heavy trade

worth 1.8 billion baht.

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New Summer School of SInnovation-GIZ in Bonn/Germany

 

BONN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 

ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS 

20. – 23.08.2013 (www.bonn-summer-school.com) 

HILTON HOTEL, BERLINER FREIHEIT 2, 53111 BONN 

ACTING SUSTAINABLY, TAKING RESPONSIBILITY 

All over the world, companies are increasingly measuring their business success not only in terms of growth figures but also based on whether this success is underpinned by the principles of sustainability. Many businesses have realised that economic success and environmental and social principles are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and that in many cases they can gain a competitive advantage by taking a more responsible approach. Sustainability is now anchored in corporate guidelines and in vision and mission statements, but its importance is also reflected in ‘hard’ facts and figures such as key performance indicators relating to market share and growth rates. A sustainable approach can also be a significant criterion for opening up new markets. Companies, be they small, medium-sized or international enterprises, are increasingly adopting sustainability as a guiding principle and recognising it as an attribute of responsible corporate management.

Despite this, linking business success with long-term sustainable environmental and social standards can still represent a considerable challenge.

PREPARING THE GROUND, FOSTERING NEW TALENT 

GIZ is a globally aligned, networked enterprise working in the field of international cooperation. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor organisations, it is profoundly committed to implementing sustainability. When GIZ was founded, international cooperation for sustainable development was explicitly placed at the heart of its corporate purpose. In line with its corporate principles, GIZ carries out programmes all over the world that aim to be socially equitable, environmentally sound and climate friendly. Resources are used in such a way that future generations can also benefit from them, and business activities within these programmes are conducted in a manner that combines sustainability and corporate responsibility. The principles of responsible business are at the heart of GIZ’s advisory approach. In the 130 countries in which GIZ is active, an intensive dialogue is taking place with private-sector businesses. GIZ is frequently asked to draw on its many years of experience, its expertise in capacity development and its global networks to develop platforms which qualified young international managers and professionals can use to exchange their views and experiences. These platforms provide users with the opportunity to draw up interactive and inter-disciplinary strategies and solutions in relation to business development case studies. In this work, sustainability forms an integral part of business strategy and is seen as crucial to business success.

PROVIDING IMPETUS, FACILITATING EXCHANGE 

In 2012, GIZ held the first Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business in conjunction with its cooperation partner Ernst & Young, which was very well received by participants. The summer school’s working groups were made up of qualified participants with basic management experience from German and international private-sector companies. This enabled the active promotion of mutual learning; one of the school’s main strengths.

A methodical approach to problem solving 

“Design Thinking” offers: 

 The school follows the ‘design thinking’ approach, which is user-focused, allows for multi-disciplinary teams and fosters a unique working culture and an iterative learning process.

 It also ensures small groups and intensive support by highly trained team coaches.

 

Participants are supported in their work by experienced coaches from the prestigious Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam. All coaches are experienced in the successful implementation of innovative projects, having worked for industrial partners such as SAP, Mars, Postbank and Siemens.

EXCHANGING WITH EXPERTS 

Planned speakers:

John G. Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, USA) 

Phil Clothier, CEO, Barrett Values Centre (Ashville, USA) 

Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD (Geneva, Ch) 

John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK) 

 

PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

Participant Contribution: EUR 3,000 per participant 

Applications should be made using the attached application form.

TARGET GROUPS FOR BONN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS 

Participants: 

 work in the private sector

 are between 25 and 35 years old

 have basic management experience

 are fluent in English

 are deeply interested in reconciling sustainability with business success

 Female participants are particularly welcome

 

CONTACT 

Jakob Steinhagen 

OE 8350

Project Manager

Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business 

Regional Office West

Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40

53113 Bonn

Germany

T + 49 228 4460 1460

M + 49 151 7270 4228

F + 49 228 4460 1894

E Jakob.Steinhagen@giz.de

S GIZ.jakob.steinhagen (Skype)

I http://www.giz.de and http://www.bonn-summer-school.com

PROGRAM PLANNING 

TUESDAY, AUG 20TH

Afternoon: Arrival of Summer School participants

Evening: Welcome

Introduction to Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business 

Keynote Speech: Phil Clothier, CEO, Barrett Values Centre (Ashville, USA), on “Mindset & Cultural Change”

Afterwards: Reception

WEDNESDAY, AUG 21ST

Morning: Introduction to „Design Thinking“

Keynote Speech: John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, USA), on „Business and Human Rights“

Afterwards: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Industry workshops

Evening: Reception

Keynote Speech: John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK)

Plenary Discussion

 Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, GIZ

 Johannes Baratta, CEO, Credit Suisse Deutschland

 Marga Edens, Corporate Responsibility Director, RWE AG, Germany

 John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK)

 

Afterwards : Get together

THURSDAY, AUG. 22ND

Morning: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Industry workshops

Evening: Reflection on workshops

Afterwards: Dinner

FRIDAY, AUG. 23RD

Morning: Opening of CEO-Day

 Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the Management Board, GIZ

 Roger Amhof, Senior Partner, E&Y

 

Afterwards: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Panel discussion

 Roger Amhof (E&Y)

 Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD (Geneva, Ch)

 Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch (DB Mobility Services/ DB Schenker)

 

Afterwards: Event Closing with BBQ