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Henkel Polybit Dammam announces first “fully circular” manufacturing hub in the region

by Madaline Dunn

Henkel Polybit Dammam has announced that it has achieved “full circularity” for waste material at its manufacturing site in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

This it says, marks the first fully circular use of production waste material for Henkel in the India, Middle East and Africa region.

The site team shared it has used a state-of-the-art solution to boost circularity, leading to the recycling and reuse of production waste in the manufacturing process.

This, it said, will affect hundreds of metric tons of waste annually, with 700 mt of waste generated in 2022 and approximately 600 mt in 2023.

Simon Ulmann, Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain IMEA at Henkel, commented: “This fully circular production waste recycling process in Dammam sets a new standard for sustainability in the IMEA region. We are proud to be at the forefront of circular practices, aligning with Henkel’s global sustainability goals. This lighthouse and frontrunner project actively shapes a model for the IMEA region, reinforcing Henkel’s commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.”

Dimitri Kozak, Head of Sustainability and Environmental Performance, Henkel Adhesives, said: “The urgency of addressing climate change is front of mind for Henkel, and our team at Henkel Polybit Dammam has displayed ingenuity in charting a new path towards circularity for waste material. We aspire that this innovative move sets a precedent, creating a ripple effect in the IMEA region and beyond, to help advance in waste management towards a more circular economy.”

According to the new company, in the new closed-loop system, the production waste undergoes meticulous grinding and homogenising, ensuring the purification, uniformity and quality of products at the Henkel Polybit Dammam Site.

Globally, Henkel’s sustainability strategy aims to achieve climate-positive operations by 2030, it also plans to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, implement state-of-the-art technologies for thermal energy, and achieve circular water use at key manufacturing sites.

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