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UBE starts producing and selling sustainable caprolactam in its plant in Castellón (Spain)

Castellón (Spain), 19th April 2024

Stepping Up Efforts to Foster Circular Economy

UBE Corporation Europe (UCE) has announced that it started to produce and sell sustainable and ISCC PLUS1 certified caprolactam in its plant in Castellón (Spain). UCE was the first within the UBE Group to achieve this certificate in 2022, and it took a consistent step forward, starting to utilize non-fossil origin material for its caprolactam manufacturing.

Caprolactam is a raw material for applications such as textile and industrial yarns, carpet BCF, raw materials for engineering plastics Nylon 6 fiber, and Nylon 6 resin. UBE has achieved world-leading quality and secured stable supply based on its years of experience and the technologies developed since starting to manufacture caprolactam in 1956 in Japan.

This new product, sustainable caprolactam, can be produced from 3 different feedstocks;

1. Biobased

2. Circular

3. Bio-Circular

UCE has already obtained the certification ISCC PLUS to produce and sell products utilizing circular and biobased raw materials allocated by the mass-balance method2. International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is an international certification system designed to promote the establishment and validation of a sustainable supply chain. ISCC PLUS focuses on globally available products made with circular and biobased raw materials.

Under the ISCC PLUS certification, UCE has various sustainable certified products with excellent performance and quality.

Certificated company nameProduct
UBE Corporation Europe S.A.U.Caprolactam, Polyamide, 1,6-Hexanediol, 1,5-Pentanediol, Polycarbonatediol

This commitment underscores our role as producers of elemental resources, such as caprolactam, promoting circularity and decarbonization from the upstream. The entire UBE group will continue to address global environmental issues by striving to reduce GHG emissions and driving the development and practical application of environmentally friendly products and technologies.

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  1. ISCC PLUS is a certification system for all markets and sectors not regulated by the RED II (ISCC EU). ISCC PLUS covers mainly bio-based and circular raw materials, contributing to the Circular Economy and Bioeconomy. ↩︎
  2. Mass balancing is a chain of custody options in which certified and non-certified materials are mixed physically but kept separate on a bookkeeping basis. It allows to attribute the sustainable circular and/or bio-based material to the final products via verifiable bookkeeping and ensures full traceability through the entire supply chain. ↩︎

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