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Our Sustainability Philosophy and Strategy

Today, sustainability is at the top of everyone’s agenda. In recent years, allnex has taken major steps to strengthen its strategy towards green technologies. Building on our strong roots and rich history, we are bringing sustainable resin solutions to the market. This remains our number one strategic priority. Our strategy, inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the principles of the circular economy, and based on a double materiality analysis, is reflected in 5 critical pillars. These 5 pillars guide and inspire our teams to provide more sustainable solutions to our customers and address the challenges our society faces.

   

All in on ESG – In Close Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


By fully adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, we make the world’s goals our own. While doing so in a holistic manner, there are three SDGs that lend themselves particularly to allnex’s contributions.
All in on ESG – In Close Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Future We Strive For – Our Mid- and Long-Term Goals

Achieve CO2 reductions of 30% by 2030* and net carbon neutrality by 2050 (in absolute Scope 1&2 emissions and Scope 3.1 emissions)
Improve energy efficiency by 10% by 2030*
Elevate total ISO 50001 certified production to 100% by 2025
Increase the overall proportion of women in manufacturing at allnex to 16% by 2030
Increase the overall proportion of women in leadership roles at allnex to 35% by 2030
 
The Future We Strive For – Our Mid- and Long-Term Goals

A Fivefold Focus for a New Tomorrow – The Pillars of Our Sustainability Program


These pillars form the basis of allnex’s ambitious Sustainability Program, which covers all aspects from product development, raw material sourcing and manufacturing to supply chain management and customer service. The pillars stand for the circularity that is at the core of all our considerations, defining both how we plan and execute our activities.
Take a look at our ESG Report Download ESG Report 2023
A Fivefold Focus for a New Tomorrow – The Pillars of Our Sustainability Program

Growing Green Together with the Market – Sustainable Portfolio Management


In 2019, we began to develop a more structured, robust sustainable portfolio management (SPM) process.
Through the SPM, we aim to categorize our products by analyzing their sustainable benefits and challenges, using a fact-based methodology. 

ECOWISE™ CHOICE  

The maxim “be ECOWISE™” reflects our mission of acting across various areas of sustainability, with the double aim of both developing new products and services and improving our internal operations. The precept underlines our dedication and commitment to pursuing a greener and more sustainable future alongside our customers. Join us in creating a more sustainable future – and let’s be ECOWISE™ together. The ECOWISE™ product portfolio is a living selection that will adapt to the evolution of our product offerings, changing benchmarks, and emerging market needs.

 Industrial Wood Applications
 Buildings & Decorative Applications
 Packaging & Inks Applications
Take a look at our ECOWISE™ CHOICE page: Click here
Growing Green Together with the Market – Sustainable Portfolio Management

Meet Our Innovative Products

 

Innovative and Sustainable – Our CRYLCOAT® Ultra-Low Bake Hybrid One-Shot Matte System


Technology: Polyester-epoxy hybrid powder coating

Products: CRYLCOAT® E 04815 polyester, BECKOPOX™ E 04943 epoxy

Application: MDF and natural wood substrates used to produce kitchen cabinetry and furniture.

This specially formulated combination of polyester and epoxy resin can be used to produce matte hybrid powder coatings in a time- and cost-saving oneshot process, and is designed for an ultra-low curing schedule of 130 °C at 10 minutes.

Achieving acceptable appearance at such low cure temperatures has been a significant challenge for the powder coatings industry. This unique innovation overcomes this challenge by providing outstanding flow and smoothness.

This means that powder coatings can now be formulated for use on thermally sensitive wood and wood-like substrates for kitchen cabinets and furniture. The resulting matte coatings have excellent stain and chemical resistance, making them ideal for these applications.
 
Innovative and Sustainable – Our CRYLCOAT® Ultra-Low Bake Hybrid One-Shot Matte System

Primed for Recycling – EBECRYL® 577 Deinking UV Primer Resin


Technology: Polyester acrylate

Product: EBECRYL® 577

Application: Flexible packaging.

To increase the circularity of plastics, allnex has developed an UV-ink-receptive deinking primer resin for plastic substrates. With the aid of this innovative product, inks can be made to adhere well to printed plastics and later be efficiently removed without ink contamination.

UV inks can be applied to standard labels, bottles or flexible plastic films used in packaging, readily adhering to polypropylene (PP) and BOPP substrates, as well as to polyethylene (PE) and PET. They can also be printed on shrink-sleeve labels, an increasingly popular choice in food and beverage packaging.

All these surfaces and substrates can be adorned with a wide range of colors and designs. During later recycling, however, inks printed on labels or directly on bottles and films present a problem, as they contaminate plastic recycling streams and lead to discolored recyclates.
Primed for Recycling – EBECRYL® 577 Deinking UV Primer Resin

Better Carbon and Resistance to Staining – SETAQUA® 8800–8850 primer/sealer and SETAQUA® 6753 topcoat


Technology: WB 1k self-crosslinking

Products: SETAQUA® 8800–8850 , SETAQUA® 6753

Application: Furniture and decorative

SETAQUA® 8800–8850 are the newest additions to our great range of products for decorative trim and furniture coatings.

With these new developments, we have cracked the code to making waterborne acrylic emulsions more sustainable by using recycled and/or biobased monomers with a “better carbon” content of up to 80%, which complies with IKEA standards.

In addition, SETAQUA® 8800 can now be used in applications for children’s toys, as it is entirely free of aromatic traces.

The products have been benchmarked against leading industry references and stand out in terms of film and in-can clarity, hand cream resistance, open time, and cure speed.

Over the past few decades, matte finishes for furniture and other wood surfaces have steadily gained in popularity. However, they often exhibit low resistance to stains from coffee, wine, detergents, ketchup and other fluids commonly found in households.

The widely used IKEA R2 standard presents a particular challenge when formulating matte-pigmented coatings, as they typically contain lower amounts of binder and show inconsistent film forming at the micro level.

Several years of investigation and innovation have given us unique insight into the physical and chemical interactions relevant to this topic, culminating in the development of SETAQUA® 6753.

According to one of our customers, it is the best they have ever seen in terms of chemical resistance and, due to its potential to replace systems using isocyanate curing agents and similar performance to solventbased systems, might set a new market standard.
Better Carbon and Resistance to Staining – SETAQUA® 8800–8850 primer/sealer and SETAQUA® 6753 topcoat

Ethics and Compliance – A Steadfast Dedication to Doing Right


At the heart of allnex’s operations lies an unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and compliance in all aspects of our business.

We recognize that these values not only define our corporate culture, but also play a crucial role in ensuring the long-term success and viability of our organization.

Our pledge to act with integrity, accountability, fairness, and transparency extends to every facet of our partnerships, products, and services. By adhering to our corporate compliance program (see examples on the right) and Code of Conduct, we maintain a steadfast dedication to responsible corporate governance, which we firmly believe provides the bedrock for sustainable and healthy growth of the company.

In an ever-evolving business landscape, ethics and compliance have become increasingly vital to a company’s success. By placing these principles at the forefront of our operations, allnex is committed to setting a standard of excellence for our industry and paving the way for a more ethical and responsible business environment.

OUR COMPLIANCE CODES AND POLICIES:

›  Code of Conduct
›  Supplier Code of Conduct
›  Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption Policy; and Export Controls
›  Labor and Human Rights Policy
›  Information Classification Policy
›  Anti-Harassment Policy
›  Global Whistleblower Mechanism
Ethics and Compliance – A Steadfast Dedication to Doing Right