MOSCOW (MRC) -- Plastics Europe, European trade association for plastics manufacturers has today announced the appointment of Marco ten Bruggencate, Commercial Vice President for Packaging and Specialty Plastics EMEA at Dow, as its President, effective immediately. He succeeds Dr Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, said Sustainableplastics.
During his two-year mandate, Dr Steilemann endorsed increased efforts to reduce pellet loss in the environment with the launch of the European Operation Clean Sweep certification scheme, a collaborative initiative with the plastics value chain. He also commissioned the independent study, “ReShaping Plastics: Pathways to a Circular, Climate Neutral Plastics System in Europe”, and oversaw the launch of a new visual identity and website, with sustainability at its core, which better reflects the fundamental changes taking place within both the industry and Plastics Europe.
Marco ten Bruggencate, who joined Dow in 2000, will continue to drive Plastics Europe’s and its members’ ambitious sustainability agenda in line with the European Union’s Green Deal and climate- neutrality goals. He congratulated his predecessor for the crucial role he played in supporting the industry’s transition towards net zero carbon emissions and circularity, which included promoting bolder policy positions, such as the call for a mandatory EU recycled content target for plastics packaging of 30% by 2030. He went on to say he was proud to be taking on this new responsibility. “We are under no illusions about the scale and complexity of our industry’s transition and recognise the critical. We do not control all the various levers for this transition, and we do not have all the answers to the challenges we and the wider plastics system face. Collaboration with all stakeholders will be key."
As per MRC, Dow Inc. has announced the launch of a new high-performance polyolefin elastomer (POE) from plant-based feedstock. Engage Ren, is a “more sustainable brand extension” to the company’s Engage range POEs and is produced using renewable energy and feedstocks such as used cooking oil, Dow said 3 May. The brand was enabled by Dow’s Ecolibrium technology, which transforms sustainably sourced waste and by-products from other industries, into plastics.
As MRC informed before, earlier this month, Dow and Plastogaz SA announced a strategic investment which will help simplify the process of converting plastic waste to feedstock and provide another carbon-efficient option to keep plastic waste out of landfills and the environment. The collaboration marks another milestone in Dow’s ongoing mission to protect the climate and close the loop on plastic waste.
Dow combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people.