Seoul, Korea, June 30, 2015 – Korea Engineering Plastics Co. Ltd. (KEP) became a bluesign® system partner in April, 2015, making it the first polymer manufacturer to meet rigorous criteria for sustainable chemistry. KEPITAL® copolymer POM is used by the global Textile industry to produce buttons, clips and zippers.
“KEP is dedicated to being a sustainable company through its ‘green management’ system and the continuous development of environmentally friendly processes and products,” said KEP CEO Chong-Won Chin.
“Being the first polymer manufacturer to earn certification as a bluesign® system partner validates this commitment to help our customers in the Textile industry manufacture sustainable products without compromising functionality, quality or design,” Mr. Chin
explained. “We apply the same high standards to every KEPITAL polymer we produce for every industry we serve. This certification recognizes the excellent work of our KEP team and validates our brand promise … ‘for a better future’.”
The bluesign® system
Headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bluesign technologies ag developed the bluesign® system as an independent approval system for the Textile industry. Other industries are considering adopting this approval system. A commitment is made by bluesign partners to apply its system to the entire production process to maximize quality and minimize environmental impact. Chemical products carrying the “bluesign® approved” label must meet strict ecological and toxicological requirements.
“As a solution provider to the global Textile industry, bluesign technologies is pleased to welcome KEP as the first polymer producer to earn bluesign® certification”, said Peter Waeber, CEO bluesign technologies. “We appreciate the dedication of KEP to meet our high standards of quality and sustainability in their manufacturing processes and believe Textile manufacturers worldwide are equally pleased to be able to include bluesign® approved copolymer POM in the manufacture of their products”.
A Global Leader
For more than 25 years, KEP has invested in the finest people and facilities to become a global leader in the production of copolymer POM. KEP operates one of the largest POM production facilities “under one roof” in the world. With the ability to run six production lines at a nameplate capacity of 140,000 MT (300+ million pounds), KEP offers more than 200 grades of KEPITAL POM to customers in more than 100 countries.