ALBA Group Asia: first food grade rPET production facility in Central Java established by PT ALBA Tridi Plastics Recycling Indonesia

ALBA Group Asia: first food grade rPET production facility in Central Java established by PT ALBA Tridi Plastics Recycling Indonesia

Kendal Industrial Park, Central Java, Indonesia – The ground-breaking ceremony of PT ALBA Tridi Plastics Recycling Indonesia’s new facility, a joint venture between majority shareholder ALBA Group Asia and ALBA joint venture partner Dian Kurniawati, represents a significant step forward for Indonesia towards its near-zero plastic pollution target by 2040.

ALBA will contribute its technological know-how and operational excellence as well as global sales and marketing capabilities for the high-quality output expected. The new facility will house state-of-the-art equipment capable of processing PET beverage bottles and transforming them into high-quality rPET flakes and food-grade rPET pellets. The advanced technology comes from leading equipment manufacturers in Asia and Europe and can produce approximately 36,000 tons of recycled PET annually, including food-grade recycled PET.

These high-quality materials can be utilized for the manufacturing of new PET bottles ready for consumption again, both within Indonesia and for export purposes, as food-grade rPET are highly demanded from various consumer industries in the scope of increased sustainability efforts to advance the circular economy. The facility will be built in an area of 2.6ha within the Kendal Industrial Park, Central Java.

Dr. Axel Schweitzer, Owner and Chairman of ALBA Group Asia, led the ground-breaking ceremony together with, Dian Kurniawati, ALBA joint venture partner and Founder of PT Tridi Oasis Group, and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public–Private Partnerships, Ashok Lavasa.

Dr. Schweitzer commented “At ALBA Group Asia, we are following our vision of a World Without Waste. Therefore, we decided to enlarge our operations into Indonesia and establish this recycling facility in Kendal, Central Java. Each year, approximately 8 to 12 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean. Indonesia is one of the top contributors to marine plastic pollution. For this strategic project, ALBA is very proud of using our expertise from our German based sister company Interzero and similar projects in Asia, to develop the concept, build and operate the facility to assist Indonesia in reducing the impact of its plastic waste. We aim at increasing the collection rates in Indonesia by creating markets. We believe in the positive social impact of this project as we work closely with local collectors and will create a significant number of new jobs in the region.”

Dian Kurniawati also commented “All of us know that Indonesia’s plastic pollution problem is everyone’s problem. Therefore we need everyone’s solution including the government, civil society, global companies, as well as financial institutions, through multi-stakeholders’ collaboration. We are excited to jointly working together with our joint venture partner, ALBA, who strongly demonstrates gender lensed investing. This investment not only aims to solve the waste problem and create economic value, but also empowers local SMEs and women entrepreneurs like me to upscale our organizational capabilities. We believe that this partnership is a significant example on how social and environmental issues can be resolved through strategic collaboration of multi-stakeholders.”

With a total investment of approximately US$60 million, ALBA is pleased to have partnered with the ADB to build and operate the new facility in accordance with the highest technical and social standards. There has been a strong global policy and societal push for increased use of recycled plastics. ADB is excited to work with ALBA to support this important initiative and looks forward to continuing the partnership in the future in the region.” explains Ashok Lavasa.

To fulfill its production capacity of 36,000 tons, the factory will require approximately 48,000 tons of waste PET bottles each year. These bottles will primarily be collected in Java and the region, and ALBA will actively work with, and support local collectors providing this feedstock. The project will also generate new employment opportunities within the region in various technical and administrative roles recruited from within the local area.

ALBA is committed to safeguarding the local environment through responsible resource management and the protection of the local environment. The factory has been designed to minimize air emissions, and advanced water treatment processes have been integrated to ensure the safe discharge of water into the estate drainage system.

About ALBA Group Asia

ALBA has more than 50 years of experience in Europe and more than 20 years in Asia in the waste management and recycling industry. ALBA Group Asia has its headquarters in Hong Kong SAR, and has its operating facilities in China, Indonesia, and Singapore. With its vision for a World without Waste, the company focuses on four business areas, namely: Smart City Solutions, Plastics Recycling, Green Gas & Green Fuel Technology, Hazardous Waste Recycling & Management. ALBA is globally renowned for top-quality recycling and smart waste management solutions and is a sister company of the leading European Interzero.

About PT Tridi Oasis Group

In 2022, ALBA Group Asia successfully completed the joint venture acquisition with PT Tridi Oasis Group and created PT ALBA Tridi Plastics Recycling Indonesia. Tridi Oasis, established in 2016, is a homegrown Indonesian recycling company aiming to turn problems in waste management into opportunities through recycling locally-sourced plastic waste into high quality raw materials which are used to manufacture packaging and textiles.

About ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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Nigel Mattravers, ALBA Group Asia
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