Earlier this year, Lucite International China (LICC) invited the Company’s Sustainability Manager, Andy Bragg to its Shanghai facility for a workshop on the safe handling of methyl methacrylate (MMA).

As well as his global role in sustainability Andy also acts as both a product steward for the EMEA Monomers business and as a sustainability expert on acrylic sheet manufacturing technology. His experience and special technical background ensured a workshop of the highest quality. Around 40 attendees came along, including LICC’s site operation and commercial teams, loyal customers, logistics companies and more.

The workshop aimed to outline MMA product stewardship standards around moving, storing and working safely with MMA, which can also apply to wider materials in the chemicals industry. It addresses key hazards such as flammability and fire, unintended polymerization, long-term exposure, and spill and leak control. Product stewardship is about taking responsible care of the product throughout its whole lifecycle. It is also a critical requirement for long-term business sustainability.

Yuuko Enomoto, head of the Chemical Management department from Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) in China, commented: “MMA safe handling is an activity that MCC and LI feel is important to promote together, and one that should always be carried out.”

LI’s sustainability history

In 2008, Andy’s first task was to put current thinking about sustainable development into the context of the chemicals and plastics industries, and for LI in particular. From that discussion emerged a company policy, where key performance indicators and action plans were agreed. This plan has driven actions at company and site level and is a continually evolving process.

KAITEKI and Mitsubishi Chemical

KAITEKI means “the sustainable well-being of people, our society and our planet Earth.” It is an original concept of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (MCHC Group) that proposes a way forward in the sustainable development of society and the planet, in addition to serving as a guide for solving environmental and social issues.

LI’s approach to sustainability aligns perfectly with KAITEKI strategy. KAITEKI is a very important part of ensuring we have a long term future.

KAITEKI promotion after workshop

Taking the opportunity of being in Shanghai, Andy visited some customers who were unable to attend the workshop. His main objective was to give an introduction to KAITEKI and how LI has been implementing these principles to shape a more sustainable future. It was also a chance for customers to ask any technical questions they had.