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Grade C
ChemScore report card 2020

Nan Ya Plastics

Nan Ya Plastics Corporation is part of the Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. The company manufactures and markets plastic and chemical fibre products, more specifically polyester filament yarns, flexible PVC (polyvinyl chloride) film products, plastic leather products and rigid film products. Nan Ya also manufactures printed circuit boards.
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Total score
18 / 48

Grade summary

Nan Ya Plastics does not produce any SIN List chemicals or substances officially recognised as chemicals of high concern by the EU. However, data is available for less than a quarter of the company’s production, as the rest takes place outside the EU and US. The company has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products and includes intrinsic hazards of ingredients in the screening process. It does not, however, have a phase-out strategy for hazardous substances. The company follows several voluntary standards of good conduct, and has only been involved in one environmental incident over the last ten years, when a major fire caused pollution in the region where it occurred.

Opportunities for improvement

  1. Add transparency to the hazardous product portfolio. We can only rank less than a quarter of Nan Ya’s overall production since the rest takes place outside the EU and US. For other regions there are no reliable and publicly available sources for identifying producers of hazardous chemicals. Informing ChemSec of hazardous chemical production outside the EU and US could help raise the company’s score.
  2. Phase out hazardous chemicals. Nan Ya Plastics has already established a Green Product Promotion Committee (GPPC) to comply with legislation and customer requirements, and a Hazardous Substances Free (HSF) management to make sure that no banned or unwanted chemicals end up in its products. So, the mechanisms are in place. Now, it’s only a matter of putting them into practice.
  3. Market the company’s safer alternatives. Nan Ya aims to use Life Cycle Assessment in order to develop greener and more eco-friendly products. We identified a couple of safer alternatives to phthalates, but Nan Ya does not market them publicly.

Category breakdown

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Product Portfolio
4 / 18

Nan Ya does not produce any SIN List substances, nor does the company produce any chemicals present on the REACH Candidate List or the REACH Authorisation List. It does not produce any persistent chemicals either. However, no data is available for the 77% of the company’s production that takes place outside the EU and US.

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Development of Safer Chemicals
4 / 12

Nan Ya has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products and includes intrinsic hazards of ingredients in the screening process. The company does not make use of the GreenScreen assessment tool nor does it exclude substances with toxic properties from new products. It does not follow the principles of green chemistry or market safer alternatives on its website either.

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Management & Transparency
4 / 12

The Taiwanese company shares chemical safety information on its website but does not have a phase-out strategy for hazardous substances. Nan Ya Plastics is a member of Responsible Care and follows voluntary standards such as a Code of Conduct and a Supplier Code of Conduct.

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Lack of Controversies
6 / 6

In 2010, a major fire at a Nan Ya Plastics factory caused pollution in the region where it occurred. The company was forced to pay a fine of over 30,000 USD for the incident. During the last four years, no major incidents have been reported.

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Overall rank
8 / 35
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Total score
18 / 48
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Product Portfolio
4 / 18
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Development of Safer Chemicals
4 / 12
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Management & Transparency
4 / 12
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Lack of Controversies
6 / 6
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Other years
Year Rank Total score
2023 22 / 50 14 / 48
2022 25 / 54 14 / 48
2021 17 / 50 15 / 48
2020 8 / 35 18 / 48