Covestro expands access to circular polycarbonate portfolio in the U.S.
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~ Covestro's Newark, Ohio, polycarbonate compounding facility has achieved a major milestone in its path towards circularity with the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification. This certification expands the availability of Covestro's mass balanced polycarbonate products in the U.S., following the certification of Covestro's Baytown, Texas, facility earlier this year.

Makrolon® polycarbonate, which is compounded at Covestro's Newark facility, is a high-grade plastic used in various industries such as automotive, electronics and healthcare. With its ISCC PLUS certification, the site will now be able to manufacture Makrolon® RE grades which are renewable attributed products. These grades are produced using existing infrastructure and can contain up to 89% attributed bio-circular raw materials while maintaining the same physical characteristics of conventional Makrolon® polycarbonate. The RE grades are part of Covestro's broader CQ (circular intelligence) portfolio of products and this certification expands the company's circular offerings available in the United States.

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Samir Hifri, chairman and president of Covestro LLC said "This ISCC PLUS accreditation is an important milestone that offers added value to our customers and key industries. Covestro's polycarbonate production in the U.S. is now more sustainable – from sourcing and production in Baytown to compounding the polycarbonate in Newark."

The Newark facility is home to approximately 150 employees who produce polycarbonates and blends as well as offer technical expertise in color matching and design. Rich Rogers, Newark site manager said "Our team in Newark understands the ambitious circularity targets set by Covestro globally. Our employees recognize that we have a key role to play in making our products and production more sustainable."

ISCC PLUS-certified polycarbonates from Covestro's Newark facility will be produced using a mass-balance approach in existing production infrastructure which will reduce the carbon footprint of final product significantly. Customers can expect to receive select ISCC PLUS-certified products from this facility by 2024.

Covestro is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components with 50 production sites worldwide employing approximately 18,000 people (calculated as full-time equivalents). The company is committed to becoming fully circular and striving for climate neutrality by 2035 (scope 1 & 2).

The ISCC PLUS certification marks an important step forward for Covestro's journey towards circularity for polycarbonates in the U.S., offering customers added value with more sustainable solutions for their climate goals.
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