Certified food-grade circular packaging from UFlex and ExxonMobil

Among the first in Indian subcontinent

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UFlex, in collaboration with brand owners, will be among the first in India to use certified-circular performance PE polymers to produce films for high-performance flexible packaging, including food-grade packaging applications.

Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil has made its first commercial sale of certified-circular Exceed PE polymers in India – which can be used in food packaging – to the Noida-headquartered multinational flexible packaging and solution company UFlex

The sale of the Exceed certified-circular polymers, which leverage ExxonMobil’s proprietary Exxtend technology for advanced recycling, is significant as it allows the user to incorporate certified-circular content into food packaging. Mechanically recycled plastic materials have had limited use in food packaging applications. 

ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology, the company says, helps widen the range of plastic materials that can be recycled — breaking down difficult-to-recycle plastic waste back into its original building blocks that can be attributed to new, certified-circular polymers. 

The product quality and performance of the certified-circular polymers are identical to virgin plastic, and so customers can be confident when using them in existing applications, including contact-sensitive, food-grade packaging solutions.

UFlex, in collaboration with brand owners, will be among the first in India to use certified-circular performance PE polymers to produce films for high-performance flexible packaging, including food-grade packaging applications. 

Rahul Dubey, general manager (R&D) UFlex Packaging Division, shed some light on the motivation behind their initiative, “We recognize the importance of supporting a circular economy for plastics and believe that it requires the collective effort of the value chain. We have engaged with our customers to help develop plastic packaging and helped them access certified-circular material. Incorporating certified-circular resins into our packaging solutions is one concrete way we can help support a circular economy for plastics and in turn, contribute to a better tomorrow.  We are honored and excited to be part of this incredible journey.” 

“I’m delighted and pleased to be part of certified-circular polymer development with our value chain partners,” said Nitin Thakur, Area Sales manager, North and East India, for the ExxonMobil Polyethylene business. “This step can help society at large to capture additional value for plastic waste across multiple applications.” 

ExxonMobil has obtained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for several of its facilities. It aims to build the capacity to process 500,000 metric tons of plastic waste by the end-026 across multiple sites around the world. ISCC PLUS is a widely recognized global certification system to certify products that can be traced back to the advanced recycling of plastic waste via mass balance attribution. 

“Commercializing certified-circular polymers in our region is an essential enabler to help customers and brand owners realize their plastic circularity ambitions,” said Chan Kwee Lin, Asia Pacific Advanced Recycling and Sustainability General manager for ExxonMobil. “By offering advanced recycling solutions, ExxonMobil is making it possible for a far broader range of plastic products to be recycled. This puts us one step closer to a world where society can better capture the full value of plastics.” 

ExxonMobil’s polyethylene portfolio offers converters and brand owners an extensive range of polymers, specialty co-polymers, and additional polyethylene grades for numerous applications.  Its polyethylene formulations help create, protect, and promote products throughout the packaging, agriculture, industrial, personal care, and hygiene markets. 

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