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South Korea: Circular Bioeconomy Neste, LG Chem to Develop Renewable Polymers and Chemicals

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Neste and LG Chem have entered into a strategic long-term partnership under which LG Chem will use Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons instead of fossil feedstock for producing sustainable polymers and chemicals.

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Panoramic view of LG Chem’s petrochemical complex in Yeosu, South Korea.
Panoramic view of LG Chem’s petrochemical complex in Yeosu, South Korea.
(Source: Neste)

Finland – Neste and LG Chem have recently announced their aim to build a strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in the LG Chem’s home market Korea.

Thanks to the partnership, LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. This helps LG Chem to produce renewable polymers and chemicals to meet the increasing sustainability requirements and expectations of its customers – such as those producing polyolefin-based containers, packaging, hygiene products, and electronic materials – without compromising on quality, performance or recyclability of its products.

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“We are delighted to start collaborating with LG Chem, a company with one of the most diverse polymers and chemicals offerings in the world, to make an increasing impact on the global industry’s transformation towards a circular bioeconomy. This cooperation enables us to further expand the portfolio of applications that can benefit from Neste’s renewable drop-in solutions”, says Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals from Neste.

"LG Chem’s proprietary technology and significant market share of diverse chemical products and Neste’s sustainable solution based on renewable hydrocarbons, have come together in a partnership that will pave the way for sustainable growth in building a circular bioeconomy for both parties and also the global industry”, says Kug Lae Noh, Executive Vice President and the President of Petrochemicals Company from LG Chem.

Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons are produced entirely from traceable, bio-based raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats, providing a high-quality, more sustainable alternative to fossil feedstock.

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