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-Industry 4.0 comes to Atlanta – On the first day of the combined Techtextil and Texprocess North America shows taking place in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the high expectations currently being placed on digitisation and Industry 4.0 were most apparent – Industry 40 Atlanta

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-Eurozone manufacturing hits 18-month low but growth remains ‘robust’ – The eurozone’s manufacturing industries growth hit an 18-month low in May but remained at “robust” rates despite a slowdown in Germany and France and a more cautious outlook from entrepreneurs across the 19-country currency union – Eurozone manufacturing growth robust

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-Dhunseri buys out Egyptian partner’s stake in JV firm for Rs 90 crore – Dhunseri Egyptian Indian Polyester Company SAE EIPET

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-IMF urges Saudi Arabia to resist temptation to spend, as oil prices rise – Saudi Arabia has been advised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to increase spending, as oil prices reach $80 a barrel and are predicted to go higher – IMF Saudi Arabia crude oil prices

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-AU: New technology delivering biodegradable produce labels – Growers and packers now have access to biodegradable produce labelling technology, with the Orora Group bringing its exclusive Accu-Label to Australia – AU New technology biodegradable labels

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Taipei (CNA) The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has decided to impose anti-dumping tariffs on fine denier polyester staple fiber suppliers in Taiwan and three other countries, according to Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT).

In a final ruling issued on Thursday, DOC said those products from Taiwan, China, India and South Korea were being sold in the U.S. market at unfairly low prices, the BOFT said.

Far Eastern New Century Corp., one of the two Taiwanese mandatory respondents in the case, was slapped with a punitive duty of 48.86 percent due to its failure to respond to the DOC’s questions, the bureau said.

However, no tariffs were imposed on the other mandatory respondent Tainan Spinning Co., as it had responded to the DOC’s questions, the bureau said.

Other Taiwanese exporters of fine denier polyester staple fiber will be subject to a tariff of 24.43 percent, the BOFT added.

The anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Chinese firms ranged between 65.17 percent and 103.06 percent, while South Korean companies were slapped with tariffs of up to 45.23 percent, according to the DOC ruling. India exporters, meanwhile, were given a flat rate of 21.43 percent, the ruling showed.

The U.S. government launched investigations into dumping allegations against suppliers of fine denier polyester stable fiber from the four countries after DAK Americas LLC, Auriga Polymers Inc., and Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America filed a petition in March 2017.

According to the DOC, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will issue final rulings in July on whether the imports from the four countries had hurt U.S. manufacturers.

Fine denier polyester stable fiber looks like cotton wool and can be woven into yarn to make textiles such as clothing and bed linen or used in its raw form to make products such as baby wipes and diapers.

The U.S., because of its relatively high consumption of hygiene and medical care products, is a major market for Taiwanese suppliers of fine denier polyester stable fiber, according to the BOFT.

In 2017, fine denier polyester stable fiber exports from Taiwan to the U.S. totaled US$7.43 million, accounting for 4.99 percent of the U.S.’ total imports, which made Taiwan its sixth largest supplier, the BOFT said.

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TOMRA single layer pet tray bottle separation New brand application, made possible by higher light intensity is a technological breakthrough at a time when demand for plastic bottles and trays is growing internationally.

More than a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and within the next five years this number is expected to increase by a further 20%. In response, EU regulations are tightening and organisations such as Plastics Recyclers Europe are instigating recycling guidelines for PET trays. This will encourage separate sorting streams for PET tray recycling and develop markets for this packaging product.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced a new technology called TOMRA SHARP EYE, which makes it possible to separate single-layer PET trays from PET bottles. This enhances the previous capability of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT machine to separate multi-layer trays. This breakthrough is commercially significant because small but critical differences in the chemical properties of PET food trays and PET bottles mean that they have to be separated for equivalent-product recycling. In addition, intelligent computing technology embedded in TOMRA systems enables seamless analysis of sorted products, making future plants even smarter.

The key to this breakthrough is an enhancement of TOMRA’s market-leading FLYING BEAM® technology. As the first near-infrared (NIR) scan system using point-scanning without external lamps, FLYING BEAM® technology focuses solely on the area of the conveyor belt being scanned. Allowing a wide range of calibration options, this identifies the finest molecular differences in materials flowing along the recycling line. The TOMRA SHARP EYE technology introduces a bigger lens for higher light intensity, so it is possible to detect even the most indistinguishable properties.

The seamless, flexible process to separate single-layer PET trays and PET bottles begins with the sorting of mixed plastics into different polymers and packaging material collected or pre-sorted from municipal solid waste (MSW). TOMRA’s AUTOSORT equipment then separates the mixed PET into different polymers, detecting material and colour in combination with grain size. This process achieves an impressive sorting efficiency of 95% or greater, even with a very mixed material input.

Valerio Sama, TOMRA Sorting Recycling Product Manager, commented: “We expect our new TOMRA SHARP EYE technology to be welcomed by collection-and-sorting plants and by PET regeneration centres. Demand for this new technology is likely to grow, as the adoption of on-the-go lifestyles worldwide is pushing-up the use of plastic drink bottles and plastic trays used for fruit, vegetables
and other foodstuffs.”

A TOMRA AUTOSORT machine with the new TOMRA SHARP EYE technology is available for
demonstration by appointment at the company’s Test Center near Koblenz, Germany.

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Europe PP Polypropylene spot prices LONDON (ICIS)–European polypropylene (PP) spot prices are increasing as market sentiment shifts on the back of higher upstream costs and the lack of cheap spot imported product.

Sources are aware of the recent spike in crude and naphtha prices, which has left naphtha costs around €60/tonne higher than when the May propylene contract settled.

Propylene is not long, and everything is pointing one way for when the new June contract settles in the coming days.

“Let’s say there is some nervousness. Some people are asking to get one truck more here and there,” said a PP distributor.

Others described a stronger intent to buy.

“PP demand is picking up. They [buyers] are coming back, but the major issue is the lack of product,” said a trader.

Trading sources said it was difficult to find material at prices that were workable with the low prices, that are now disappearing from the market.

A reseller spoke of sentiment in the market changing, with both the dollar exchange rate and the lack of stocks influencing buying decisions.

“Buyers have  avoided buying so much in the last few months and have been using their own stock, but now they need to buy something,” it said.

“They can no longer buy from traders, because they [traders] can no longer buy at workable prices.”

Supply was not such a problem in the contracted market, and local producers continued to produce most grades at normal output levels, with some tightness in the random copolymer market.

The spot market was beginning to give the lead to what many players expected for the month of June.

The gap between monomer and polymer has been drifting down for some time now.

The May propylene contract rose by €25/tonne, but PP producers were only able to recover an average of around €10/tonne, so sellers are expected to take full advantage of the balanced-to-tight monomer and polymer situation to redress the balance.

PP buyers were aware of the upstream situation, but it was too early to tell whether they would be able to resist the determination of June sellers.

There may not be any particular shortages, but there is also no length, and costs are high, and spot imports lower in volume and more expensive.

“South Korean [material] is no longer interesting,” said a buyer. “I’ve been offered 1,240 [€/tonne delivered] for homopolymer.”

This represented a good €100/tonne increase over former deliveries, said the buyer.

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PP is used in packaging, the manufacture of household goods, and also in the automotive industry.

Pictured: Food in plastic packaging, one of PP’s end markets
Source: Food and Drink/REX/Shutterstock

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Swedish scientists create world’s strongest bio-material that beats both steel and spider silk.

Swedish scientists biomaterial steel spider silk . Working with cellulose nanofibre (CNF), the essential building block of wood and other plant life, the researchers report that they have overcome the difficulty in translating the incredible mechanical properties of these nanofibres into larger, lightweight materials for use in airplanes, cars, furniture and other products.

“The bio-based nanocellulose fibres fabricated here are 8 times stiffer and have strengths higher than natural dragline spider silk fibres, generally considered to be the strongest bio-based material,” says corresponding author Daniel Söderberg, researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. “The specific strength is exceeding that of metals, alloys, ceramics and E-glass fibres.”

Published in the journal of American Chemical Society (ACS Nano), the study describes a new method that mimics nature’s ability to arrange cellulose nanofibres into almost perfect macroscale arrangements.

The reported progress results from the development of insights into the way physics controls structuring of components, such as CNF, at the nanoscale during fabrication.

This work at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed an understanding  of a new process, which involves controlling the flow of nanofibres suspended in water in a 1 mm wide channel milled in stainless steel. Connecting flows of deionized water and low pH water help align the nanofibres in the right direction and enable the supramolecular interactions between CNFs to self-organize into a well-packed state where they are joined together.

“This discovery is made possible by understanding and controlling the key fundamental parameters essential for perfect nanostructuring, such as particle size, interactions, alignment, diffusion, network formation and assembly,” Söderberg says.

Söderberg says the study opens the way for developing nanofibre material that can be used for larger structures while retaining the nanofibres’ tensile strength and ability to withstand mechanical load. The process can also be used to control nanoscale assembly of carbon tubes and other nano-sized fibres.

Measurements of the material were reported for tensile stiffness, 86 gigapascals (GPa), and for tensile strength 1.57 GPa.

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Smart clothes advanced with elastic fibers filled with electrodes

BY TIM SANDLE

A newly fashioned elastic fiber, packed with electrodes, looks set to revolutionize smart clothes and finally bring the concept from laboratory to consumer.

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French researchers, based at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, have discovered a rapid and relatively simple means to create make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. These fibers have begun to be used as sensors to increase the responsiveness of robotic fingers. The next step is to use the fibers for the development of smart clothing. In addition the smart textile concept could also be applied to medical implants.

What is important about the fibers is the base material, which is an elastomer. This material can incorporate other materials, such as electrodes and nanocomposite polymers, which offer new functionality. Furthermore, the fibers are able to detect very slight pressure differentials and strain, offering advantages as sensors.

While the inclusion of electrodes provides a key factor in the development of smart clothing (for communication or power generation), the flexibility of the fibers is also of great importance. The fibers, in tests, have been shown to be capable of withstanding deformation at a level close to 500 percent. Following such distortion, the fibers can quickly recover their initial shape. This makes the fibers ideal for applications in smart clothing and prostheses.

To fabricate the fibers, the researchers used thermal drawing. This began with a macroscopic preform with the various fiber components arranged in a pre-designed three-dimensional pattern. Following this, the scientists heated the preform and stretched it out in order to reduce the fibers to a few hundreds microns in diameter. At the same time as stretching out the pattern of components lengthwise, the process simultaneously contracted the fibers crosswise. This meant the the components’ relative positions remained the same, resulting in fibers with complicated microarchitecture and the potential for advanced properties.

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The research has been published in the journal Advanced Materials, with the peer-reviewed paper published as “Superelastic Multimaterial Electronic and Photonic Fibers and Devices via Thermal Drawing.”

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