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November 2020

We don't see PVC waste. We see a resource.

The challenge: post-consumer PVC is difficult to recycle

One of the biggest challenges of the PVC industry is to produce in a sustainable way. Consequently, the reduction, reuse and upgrade of waste material are becoming more and more important. Whereas post-industrial and post-fabrication PVC waste materials are successfully being implemented in the product chain of PVC application manufacturers, the recycling potential and use of post-consumer PVC waste is limited, due to the degree of contamination. Boosting the performance of post-consumer PVC up to the level of virgin PVC is an obvious path to increase the use of post-consumer PVC in current material production. This can be achieved by designing new additives specifically for this purpose.

The plan: to gain a better understanding

In the PoCoPAdd project, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of the effect of recycling on the composition of the PVC formulation. The systematic evaluation and understanding of the recyclate characteristics and their correlation in terms of processability and end product characteristics, will provide a toolbox for the design of new high-performing additives to boost post-consumer PVC up to the level of virgin PVC. This will increase the amount of postconsumer PVC recyclate in current and potential new high-performance products.

The goal: develop additives to boost quality and performance

PoCoPAdd’s industry partners have an extended knowledge on the processing of PVC for their applications (window profiles, wood plastic composites, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and foamed LVT). Scientific data will be generated by the research partners of KU Leuven by means of in-depth chemical and morphological characterization and fundamental rheological characterization of the PVC polymer and the additives. This knowledge will enable us, as manufacturer of PVC polymeric additives, to design new functional processing additives (internal and external lubricants) that can boost the quality and performance level of post-consumer PVC.

The endgame: to increase the amount of post-consumer PVC recyclate in current and potential new high-performance products

Updates on this project will regularly be posted on the Catalisti website.

Lieven Van Hecke,

R&D Project Manager Industrials at Oleon

November 2020

Caring for the indigenous people of Malaysia

Orang Asli is a collective term for 18 ethnic groups of about 150,000 native people in Malaysia. The majority of them live in rural areas. The poverty rate among Orang Asli is high, while the literacy rate is low.

A few months ago, the Oleon team in Malaysia, together with Lam Soon Plantation organized a visit to 4 Orang Asli villages in Pahang, Malaysia. We distributed food supplies and spent some time connecting with the people, both old and young. During our visit, we observed their living conditions and also brainstormed for ideas on how we can help them.

We realized that there are still plenty of things to be done in order to help improve the lives of the Orang Asli. However, due to the current Covid-19 situation, the plans were put on hold at the moment. We look forward to executing these plans step by step in the coming months.

Have a look at the video by clicking on the below link:


November 2020

Symlite, a strong collaboration between Oleon and Symrise

Oleon is particularly proud of Symlite® G8, a naturally derived multifunctional ingredient for cosmetics that naturally enhances the skin caring effect of cosmetic products while improving their shelf life. The product was created in collaboration with Symrise and contains Glyceryl Caprylate, made from renewable raw materials. It has three benefits: it acts as a co-emulsifier, enhances the product protection system and strengthens the skin barrier.

Eder Ramos, President Cosmetic Ingredients Division, about the cooperation with Oleon: ‘We are excited to partner with Oleon, one of the leading producers of oleochemicals, to bring SymLite® G8 to the cosmetic market. Sebastien Busschaert, Global Business Manager Life Sciences at Oleon adds: “This cooperation fits perfectly with Oleon’s strategy to produce natural oleochemical solutions for a dynamic personal care market. We look forward to combining our production expertise with Symrise’s know-how in modern product protection as well as their global presence in the market of cosmetic ingredients.”

“Consumers expect their cosmetic products to be made from sustainable raw materials produced in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner. At the same time, they should provide more benefits,” said Symrise’s Yohanna Sander, Senior Global Product Manager Product Protection.“ This cooperation will truly bring the best of both worlds; Oleon’s green chemistry and Symrise’s know-how. The result is an innovative and green product.

November 2020

Meet Elise Buggenhout

The Oleon Health & Beauty team can count on some real experts to guide our customers with their specific needs. As a personal approach is very important to us, we'd like to present you one of our team members. This time we're talking with Product Manager Elise Buggenhout.

When and why did you join Oleon?

I joined the company in November 2019. Oleon appealed to me as it is a growing global company with a focus on sustainability, which is something I personally care about myself.  I really enjoy the company’s atmosphere and culture.  

What’s your background?

I studied pharmaceutical science at the Ghent university. After my studies I did a postgraduate program in Innovation and Strategic Management at ULB Solvay Business School. I started my career at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer as quality engineer and decided after 3 years to take a different direction. 

What do you like the most about your job?

I have many answers to this question actually, but let’s try to keep it short! What I like the most is working in the cosmetic industry, which is an interesting and very innovative sector. As a product manager you are in close contact with different departments and people within the business such as R&D, CSR, quality, process, supply, etc. This gives plenty of variety to the job. Last but not least, I enjoy working at Oleon because of its entrepreneurial spirit.

What’s your favorite product in Oleon’s portfolio?

That must be the Jolee 7931: our green and best solubilizer in our portfolio. It is a great ingredient for toiletries and make-up remover products. 

What would you like your customers to think about Oleon?

I think I would want them to recognize Oleon as a green and trustworthy company that puts efforts into projects with our customers (partnerships) and really cares about them.

What do you do, when you’re not at work?

I really like to sport after a day of meetings and working on my laptop (read; no children yet ;)). In the evenings, I go for a run, ride my bike or play tennis. In the weekends, I enjoy going out in my hometown Ghent for drinks and good food with friends or family. 

Last but not least, how would your describe yourself?

I would describe myself in 3 words: Enthusiastic, eager to learn and a teamplayer


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