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Circular Polypropylene for Maintaining Plastics Usage and Reducing Carbon Footprint


Motivation & Exploration: PP Market Outlook and Green Revolution

As the global consensus on carbon reduction continues to grow across sectors, "sustainability" is emerging as an area of significant development potential and technological value. LCY, based on insights into polypropylene (PP) market trends and the company's long-standing commitment to innovation, aims to provide comprehensive sustainable PP solutions by leveraging its internal integrated resources. Furthermore, through external collaboration with partners, LCY aims to develop products based on "renewable polypropylene" and "circular polypropylene" as effective sustainable solutions.

Recent market observations have shown a steady expansion of applications for sustainable PP. In addition to traditional plastic products, circular PP has demonstrated commercial success in industries such as consumer goods packaging, construction materials, and even the automotive manufacturing industry.

On the customer side, whether local Taiwanese customers, global contract manufacturers, or global brands, there is a growing demand for high-quality renewable PP and its compounded materials. This trend suggests a promising future for renewable PP and PP composites as the market becomes more diversified.

At the same time, as public awareness of environmental issues increases, so does consumer preference for green materials. This trend underscores LCY's commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of its processes and investing in R&D resources to improve material sustainability while reducing environmental impact. In doing so, LCY aims to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome for both the company and society.

Technology & Innovation: Market Presence of Circular PP

As a widely used plastic, the PP market is highly competitive and has historically focused on linear economic models where the feedstock is converted into products, sold and eventually discarded as waste. However, LCY has redefined this process, moved to a circular economy approach where feedstocks are continuously recycled and reused in the production process of a circular economy model.

With increasing global policies requiring a certain percentage of recycled content in plastic products to promote recycling and reuse, the application of circular PP continues to grow, particularly in the automotive industry.

In the automotive sector, where calculating the carbon footprint of manufacturing processes is critical, circular PP stands out as having the lowest carbon footprint compared to other plastics. As a result, manufacturers are increasingly choosing circular PP as an alternative to other plastics. Circular PP is also widely used in building materials, such as roofing material.

In addition to the automotive and construction sectors, LCY is also expanding its presence in the sporting goods sector. Given the higher value of end products in this sector, customers are willing to use a more expensive feedstock to guarantee product quality. For LCY's customers, demonstrating the environmental value of their products to the end users can enhance the overall brand image.

Aside from circular PP, LCY is also attentive to the market's ongoing emphasis on renewable PP. Derived from plant-based materials or other waste streams such as discarded fruit peels and straws, renewable PP is converted into propylene for PP production.

Vision & Future: Strategic Partnership for Global Expansion in Sustainable PP Application

To further expand its business and diversify its product line, LCY recognizes the need to establish stable partnerships with suppliers. In addition to existing partnerships in Taiwan, LCY is also focusing on market dynamics in the Greater China and Southeast Asia regions to identify suitable collaborators.

LCY's circular PP solution not only ensures a high-quality source of recycled material but also actively adopts globally recognized certification standards. With certifications such as GRS and TUV already in place, LCY ensures stable quality and properties that meet the performance requirements for its circular PP.

In addition, LCY is furthering discussions with brand owners to explore other potential and scalable applications for its products. By combining front-line demand with LCY's robust R&D capabilities, the company continues to introduce competitive circular PP solutions that meet market needs and trends for future applications.