SOUTH KOREA: SONGWON embraces sustainable packaging

18th February 2019

Ulsan-based SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd has become one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20kg PE-bags made with 50% recycled PE. The company has collaborated with the German innovative packaging specialist, RPC bpi nordfolien, to develop PE-bags for packaging 20kg of product using recycled materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used. All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process.

“With RPC bpi nordfolien, we have found an innovative partner who can support us to live SONGWON’s vision: sound and sustainable growth for all our stakeholders in harmony with the interests of our planet and its people,” said Maurizio Butti, CEO at SONGWON.

During the past 12 months, the recycled 20kg bags were successfully trialed on various customers to make sure they met SONGWON’s quality standards and those of the customers for strength, colour stability and handling. SONGWON will be continuing the smooth transition to the new recyclable packaging over the next few months.


From the left: Christian Knappik, business unit chemical industry, RPC bpi nordfolien; Hwasik Jung, manager of SONGWON’s Ulsan plant; and Cord Manegold, global business manager main AOs and blends at SONGWON