Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals are dedicated to sustainable business growth through innovation. A long-term commitment to putting the customer first generates cooperation along the entire value chain, which in turn drives both growth and innovation. The K 2019 motto “Building tomorrow together” means working ever more closely with partners around the globe to produce superior and differentiated polyolefins-based solutions for a more sustainable future. Achieving the transformation from today’s linear system to the circular one of tomorrow will be a challenging and complex task, albeit a solvable one, requiring innovation and collaboration along the entire value chain.
Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals are members of a global family of polyolefins companies and leading providers of chemical and innovative plastics solutions. While each of the three companies operates as a legally independent entity, all benefit from the strong and stable backing of their shared owners: Austria-based OMV, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Mubadala.
Each company remains committed to deepening existing customer relationships and cultivating new ones. Success is driven by a value proposition that combines a global scale of operations, feedstock integration, proprietary technologies, and access to global markets. A shared dedication to innovation, applications development, and ongoing expansion through investment enables Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals to grow their global business.
Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals also share a commitment to using their expertise and global reach to advance the circular economy of plastics. The frontline initiative Project STOP was co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ in 2017; the two companies have since been joined by Borouge as a supporting, and NOVA Chemicals as a strategic partner. Project STOP is helping prevent the leakage of thousands of tonnes of plastics into marine environments in Southeast Asia. Project partners work with municipal authorities in Indonesia to design, implement and scale circular economy solutions, including the establishment of effective waste collection, sorting and recycling systems.
Pre-K 2019: the countdown begins to “Building tomorrow together”
A joint Pre-K 2019 kick-off took place on 25 June 2019 at Borealis Innovation Headquarters in Linz, Austria. Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals provided a preview of their featured topics and activities at the upcoming K 2019 in October. They joined at this event for the first time by a value-chain partner, Erema Group, the global market leader in the development and production of plastics recycling systems.
Borealis: Ever mindful of achieving plastics circularity
As a global provider of innovative polyolefins solutions, Borealis is at the forefront of industry efforts to develop and implement smart solutions for more sustainable growth. Borealis is using its Value Creation through Innovation approach to deliver novel polyolefins-based solutions that enable plastics reuse, recycling, and recovery, and to design for circularity. These wide-ranging and varied efforts are all gathered under the symbolic roof of EverMinds, the Borealis platform dedicated to promoting a more circular mind-set within the industry.
Borealis is the first virgin polyolefins producer to have entered the mechanical recycling arena. Its acquisition and subsequent ongoing investments in mechanical recyclers MTM Plastics and Ecoplast mean that sufficient volumes of high-quality post-consumer recyclate (PCR) can be made available for use in more sustainable products and applications. What is more, Borealis has now developed Borcycle, an evolving new technology used to produce high-quality recycled polyolefin (rPO) compounds. These include the new Borcycle MF1981SY, made with Queo, which is intended for use in high-quality appliance parts. Significant material improvements have also been made to existing recyclate materials in the established Purpolen brand portfolio.
“Building tomorrow together” also means working in close collaboration with value-chain partners to make plastics more circular. Borealis continues to build on success stories born of cooperation, such as the Full PE Laminate concept; the 100%-PCR glue packaging solution developed with Henkel and other value chain partners; and the growing Daplen™ portfolio of globally-available polypropylene grades composed of both PCR and virgin content.
“The transformation to a regenerative and circular system is an enormous societal challenge,” states Borealis CEO Alfred Stern. “We envision a future of plastics circularity, but it can only be achieved by working together more intensively than ever before with our partners and customers. We welcome the occasion of the K 2019 to demonstrate our commitment to ‘building a better tomorrow together’.”