Philippines: ‘green’ Thai firm hot on PHL

Siam Cement Group (SCG), a leading Thai conglomerate, is eyeing the Philippines and other Asean members considered prone to typhoons, earthquakes and the other impacts of climate change, as potential markets for its green technologies designed to address environmental uncertainties and emerging consumer needs.

The Philippines has an average of 20 typhoons a year and frequent earthquakes.

SCG President and CEO Kan Trakulhoon said “going green” is part of the company’s commitment to help improve the quality of life for people in the wake of the world’s constantly changing situations.

He said governments around the world, especially in Southeast Asia, should invest in “innovative technologies” taking into consideration the adverse impact of global climate changes.  SCG, he said, is committed to providing products and technologies that addresse these problems.

The company, as part of the BOI Fair 2011 being held from January 5 to 20, at Muang Thong Thani, is showcasing its technologies and innovations along with at least 40 other companies.

The innovations include the SCG HEIM, a modular home system designed to withstand strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 7.2; the bunker cement, a closed cylindrical-shaped housing unit made from cement with high resistance to the impacts of explosions, earthquakes, and erosion from seawater and wind storms; Shield Life, a temporary shelter for those affected by disasters which is made from plastic resin that is strong, durable and lightweight; and SCG Care home, which is designed for the elderly, allowing them to live independently and providing them a high degree of safety.

The SCG Pavilion itself, which houses these technologies along with those of other companies, promote the use of a diverse range of eco-friendly materials developed and created by SCG.

The exterior itself was inspired by nature and the environment, using the organic shape of leaves with a flowing and curving appearance to reflect SCG’s concern for the environment and the intention of the company to bring the lives of people closer to nature.

Such materials include its Elephant Brand paving blocks with Cool Plus technology. The surface temperatures of the paving blocks are lower than ordinary concrete surfaces because water absorbed and retained in the blocks will be evaporated into cool air when exposed to the sun’s heat.

It also has the Elephant Brand SmartBoard, an asbestos-free fiber cement board that poses no health threat. With its low thermal conductivity, it helps reduce the transfer of heat into the building.

Another such eco-friendly material is the Shinkolite, a light-emitting acrylic sheet that can be used in place of fluorescent lamps.

The company also developed substitutes for natural materials, such as the Vinyl Windsor Nature Deck Series, that are made from plastic for flooring, as a substitute for wood, and Creative Plastic, which is used to produce landmarks and furniture for garden as a substitute for natural materials.

SCG, which plans to expand its operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam by investing $5 billion in the next five years, is promoting eco-friendly ways of doing business in tune with the Thai government’s sustainable development policy.

In the Philippines, SCG’s business operation includes the Siam Mariwasa, a pioneer in the distribution of tiles and similar construction materials and the United Pulp and Paper Co., which makes use of 30-percent recycled paper.

Bangkok was recently hit by typhoons that triggered massive floods around this bustling city in November, affecting manufacturing operations.

The company is scheduled to resume normal operations by September 2012 with the acquisition of new machines to replace those damaged, repair and upgrade its damaged facilities, as well.

Source : Business Mirror

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