- MARKS THE NEXT PHASE IN THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF INFINITE LOOP™ FACILITIES ACROSS ASIA
- BRAKING GROUND OF FIRST FACILITY IN ULSAN, SOUTH KOREA ANTICIPATED LATER IN 2023
Montreal (Canada) – Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOOP) (“Loop”), a clean technology company whose mission is to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber, and SK Geo Centric (“SKGC”), subsidiary of South Korean group SK, today announced the successful completion of a technical due diligence conducted by SKGC and the validation of Loop’s technology. The technical due diligence marks the next phase in Loop and SKGC’s long-standing partnership to commercialize Loop’s technology through Infinite Loop™ manufacturing facilities in the Asian market.
SKGC, which acquired a 10% equity stake in Loop in August 2021, executed a comprehensive due diligence to validate Loop’s technology and its production facility in Terrebonne, Quebec. The scope of the technical due diligence included the depolymerization of low value PET waste into its base monomers of DMT and MEG, the purification of the monomers, as well as the polymerization into virgin-quality Loop™ PET resin and polyester fiber. Key parameters of Loop’s technology that were validated were the production yields, operational stability, quality of the outputting monomers and overall performance of the production facility. The technical due diligence validated that the PET resin and polyester fiber produced using Loop’s technology is of virgin-quality. The technical due diligence report, signed by both parties, confirms Loop’s innovative technology.
SKGC and Loop are committed to commercialize the Infinite Loop technology in Asia and the partners are planning several jointly built large-scale manufacturing facilities. Loop and SKGC are also working together with SK ecoengineering “SKEE”, a subsidiary of the SK Group who brings considerable experience and proficiency as an EPC contractor, on the engineering services for their Asian manufacturing facilities. The first Asian manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, is anticipated to break ground in 2023 and the evaluation of the second Asian facility has already begun. The next step in the partnership is to sign the definitive joint venture agreement which is currently being finalized.
“The technical due diligence, executed by SKGC’s extremely knowledgeable group of scientists and engineers at our production facility in Terrebonne, has further validated the effectiveness and robustness of our technology. This complete due diligence is a critical milestone to our partnership with SKGC and the commercialization of Infinite Loop™ manufacturing plants across Asia. Due to the large population centers and being the main hub for the polyester fiber supply chain for textiles, the Asian market represents a tremendous opportunity for growth.” said Loop Founder and CEO Daniel Solomita. “We are delighted to continue working closely with SKGC and to commercialize our technology in the Asian market.”
“The successful completion of this technical due diligence validates our unique process and reaffirms the overall performance of our production facility," said Adel Essaddam, Vice President of Science and Innovation for Loop Industries. "Our technology enables us to make virgin-quality Loop™ PET resin and polyester fiber from low-value PET plastic, which is an important step towards our goal of reducing plastic waste and becoming a leader in PET plastic circularity.”
“SK Geo Centric has closely studied Loop’s technology that depolymerizes PET waste. With our combined efforts, we aim to utilize and increase the use of a more diversified selection of PET feedstock which will drive circularity for this material”, added Taejin Kim, Leader of Environmental R&D center of SK innovation.
"We are confident that Loop Industries' cutting-edge technology of PET recycling will be a winning tech in the industry. We are currently focused on the planning of our first manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, where we will implement Loop’s technology”, said Hyeong-taek Ham, Chief Technology Officer of SK Geo Centric.
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About SK Geo Centric
In 1972, SK geo centric laid the foundation for the development of the petrochemical industry by operating the first naphtha-cracking facility in Korea. SK geo centric provides various automotive & packaging products and petrochemical solutions that customers and markets require. Furthermore, SK geo centric is growing into a technology-based global chemical company through continuous R&D efforts. SK geo centric will achieve its vision, ‘Green for Better Life’, by establishing a plastics based circular economy by collaborating with various partners and stakeholders. SK Geo Centric aims to be the largest urban oil field in the world, with announcing a plan of construction of its Advanced Recycle Cluster(ARC) in Ulsan, South Korea, by late 2025. ARC will be built on a 215,000㎡ (about the size of 22 soccer fields). Once the construction is completed, it will be able to process recycling around 250,000 tons of waste plastics each year.
About Loop Industries
Loop Industries is a technology company whose mission is to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable PET plastic and polyester fiber and away from our dependence on fossil fuels. Loop Industries owns patented and proprietary technology that depolymerizes no and low-value waste PET plastic and polyester fiber, including plastic bottles and packaging, carpets and textiles of any color, transparency or condition and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and salt, to its base building blocks (monomers). The monomers are filtered, purified and polymerized to create virgin-quality Loop™ branded PET resin suitable for use in food-grade packaging and polyester fiber, thus enabling our customers to meet their sustainability objectives. Loop™ PET plastic and polyester fiber can be recycled infinitely without degradation of quality, successfully closing the plastic loop. Loop Industries is contributing to the global movement towards a circular economy by reducing plastic waste and recovering waste plastic for a sustainable future.
Common shares of the Company are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “LOOP.”
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