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-Plastic taints most bottled water, study finds – Tiny plastic bits contaminate bottled water sold around the world, a new study finds. For now, scientists can only guess at the source of the plastic – Plastic taints bottled water

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-Sinopec raised MEG prices in April by USD162 per tonne – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, increased the April contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the eastern regions of China by 1,020 yuan (CNY) or USD162 per ton – Sinopec MEG prices April

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-China domestic PE to stay firm on reduced supply, better demand – China’s domestic polyethylene (PE) prices are expected to be supported throughout the second quarter by improving demand amid tighter spot supply – China domestic PE polyethylene

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-EMEA petrochemicals outlook, w/c Apr 23 – The European ethylene market looks stable as the recent length has cleared following a spate of exports to Asia – EMEA petrochemicals outlook

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Apr 23 – The petrochemical market in Asia got a boost last week from firmer upstream crude oil futures, with ICE June Brent crude futures gaining more than $1/b Friday compared to a week earlier – Asia petrochemicals outlook

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-Oil output cuts succeeded but future cloudy – There is a danger of Opec, non-Opec members exceeding their vision due to current rally in oil prices, energy expert says – Oil output cuts Opec nonOpec

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-Tejidos Royo launches the first waterless yarn dyed indigo -Spanish textile manufacturer Tejidos Royo is set to reform the indigo dying process, as the producer unveils its new waterless indigo dying technology – Tejidos Royo waterless yarn dyed indigo

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-US spot ethylene falls to 16-year low on soft sentiment, ample supply – US spot ethylene on Thursday fell below the 14.25 cent/lb floor that it had been trading at for nearly two weeks, as supply remains long and sentiment remains soft – USA spot ethylene polyethylene PE

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-Korean chemical firms to exhibit packing, automotive materials in Shanghai, China – South Korea’s leading chemical companies including LG Chem, SK Global Chemical and SK Chemicals will attend Asia’s largest plastics and rubber trade fair Chinaplas 2018 to show off their prowess in advanced value-added products – Korean chemical packing automotive Shangha China

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-Why recycling is essential – The first Earth Day was celebrated on this day in 1970 as an environmental protection teach-in, with over 20 million Americans participating in cities across the country – Recycling essential environmental protection

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-Who’s to blame for costly oil? Saudis, Russia and Trump himself – Rising oil prices are now the latest target in President Donald Trump’s cross-hairs. The nation’s tweeter-in-chief complained Friday about OPEC fueling – Blame costly oil Saudis Russia Trump

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-Chinese compounder invests $15 million in U.S. site – Chinese thermoplastic elastomer maker Top Polymer Enterprise Ltd. is investing $15 million in a factory near Atlanta, its first outside China, as it makes a bigger push into the U.S. market – Chinese compounder $15 million USA site

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-Global oil supply surplus may soon become a shortage – Oil prices have rallied so far this year, as OPEC-led efforts have helped erase a big global surplus, but the market may soon suffer from a new dilemma: a shortage of crude supplies that would support further price gains – Global crude oil supply surplus shortage

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-Towards a plastic-free UAE – On April 22 each year, the world celebrates Earth Day, a major international environmental occasion to demonstrate support for mother earth and raise awareness on important environmental theme for humankind – Plastic free UAE international environmental

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-Textile exports unlikely to thrive as long as policies remain threadbare – Pakistan’s basic textile is in tatters partly due to sector’s inability to upgrade and partly because of skewed government policies – Textile exports declining

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-Earth Day: Wrangler to double use of eco-cotton by 2019 – With Earth Day on April 22, Wrangler, one of the leading manufacturers of denim, in association with cotton farmers of the United States has taken a vow its double its usage of sustainably-farmed cotton by 2019 – Earth Day Wrangler ecocotton 2019

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-NOVA Chemicals Partners with M. Holland, Osterman & Company for Butene LLDPE Distribution in Mexico – NOVA Chemicals Corporation has entered into branded distribution agreements with M. Holland Company and Osterman & Company to distribute butene linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) in Mexico, building on the success both companies have established with NOVA Chemicals in the U.S. and Canada – NOVA Chemicals Holland Osterman & Company Butene LLDPE Mexico

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-China – Filament Grade Semi Dull PET Chip – PET bottle chip 瓶芯 – Pet chip resin 宠物芯片树脂

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-Fraunhofer presents melt-spinning technology for carbon fiber precursor manufacture – New ComCarbon PAN-based precursor technology will reportedly make it possible to produce carbon fibers at low cost for the mass market – Fraunhofer melt spinning technology carbon fiber precursor manufacture

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-Innovation and sustainability progress unveiled at PVC AUS 2018 – The two-day Sydney event, PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future, organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia in March, shared the latest developments in PVC formulations and best practice manufacturing – Innovation sustainability PVC AUS 2018

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-Successful U.S. American plastics industry meets at NPE -The Bottle Zone is one of NPE’s show floor features, concentrating on bottle and container manufacturing – USA American plastics industry NPE

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-UK could ban single-use plastics as early as next year – Digging a little deeper, however, it appears ‘single-use’ is a fairly specific term, and doesn’t appear to include things like plastic water bottles – UK single use plastics next year

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-Serbia to ban use of non-biodegradable plastic bags – Serbia will ban the use of thin plastic bags and introduce mandatory charging for biodegradable ones, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced – Serbia ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags

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-Oil pulls back from gains; OPEC says glut nearly gone – Oil prices on Thursday hit highs not seen since 2014, built on the ongoing drawdowns in global supply and as Saudi Arabia looks to push prices higher, though U.S. crude gave back gains in the afternoon to finish lower – Crude Oil OPEC glut Saudi Arabia

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-Global PP tightness to persist – Polypropylene (PP) prices have been subject to high volatility in the early months of the year, especially due to the high swings in crude oil quotations – Global Polypropylene PP tightness

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-Why recycling is not the answer for fighting the plastic pollution problem – Britain has today revealed plans to tackle plastic pollution calling it one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges – Recycling plastic pollution problem

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-Norwegian plastics recycler Tomra seeks to expand in China – Norway’s Tomra, the world’s top maker of machines that collect plastic bottles and repay a deposit, is seeking to expand in China as governments worldwide work to limit waste – Norwegian plastics recycler Tomra China

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-Aripack announces partnership with NEO Plastics – Packaging supplier, Aripack, announced its partnership with NEO Plastics, a plastics company offering a new tool toward a zero-waste sustainability strategy – Aripack partnership NEO Plastics

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-ITMA 2019 fully booked – Exhibition space for its 18th edition of ITMA 2019 to be held in Barcelona has been fully booked by the application deadline of 6 April 2018 – ITMA 2019 textile garment technology Barcelona

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-European Parliament approves new EU recycling targets – Legislation aims to narrow gap between recycling levels among the different EU states, help bloc meet environmental targets – European Parliament EU recycling targets

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Plastic taints most bottled water, study finds

Researchers don’t know whether drinking the microplastic bits might pose health risks
SHARON OOSTHOEK

 Plastic taints bottled water

In recent tests, bottled water from nine countries contained tiny plastic bits. The microscopic pieces may come from a variety of sources including cosmetics, clothing and packaging materials.
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Tiny plastic bits contaminate bottled water sold around the world, a new study finds. For now, scientists can only guess at the source of the plastic. Whether ingesting it might pose any risk also remains unknown.

Researchers tested more than 250 bottles of water. They came from nine countries and were sold under 11 different brands. These included Nestle Pure Life, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, San Pellegrino and Gerolsteiner. Plastic turned up in 93 out of every 100 of the bottles.

Each tainted liter (almost one quart) held an average of 10 particles wider than a human hair, along with 300 smaller particles. But some bottles contained more — thousands of the floating specks. These really tiny bits are often referred to as microplastic fibers.

Many of these particles “are small enough to be transported through our bodies and end up in our organs,” says Sherri Mason. She is a chemist at the State University of New York in Fredonia.

Mason and her team tested the water on behalf of Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism group based in the United States. Orb Media’s partners include the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Both of those outlets published stories about the research last month. To date, the results have not yet been peer reviewed or published in a scientific journal. The researchers did, however, post details of their study online March 14.

A continuing problem

Plastic pollution in the environment is nothing new. Tiny bits of plastic have turned up in rivers, lakes and oceans. Finding them has been easy. Figuring out their source has been harder.

Microplastics in water can come from larger pieces of plastic that break down in landfills and oceans. Sunlight and ocean waves also help break up pieces of plastic. Even clothes can shed microplastics. Fabrics such as fleece and nylon are made from plastic. When washed, they shed bits of plastic lint. It travels from the wash water down household drains and eventually into rivers, lakes and oceans.

Other microplastic beads go in some toothpastes and skin-care products. These beads help scrub away tooth plaque and dead skin cells. Then they, too, wash down the drain.

The most common type of plastic that Mason and her team found in bottled water was polypropylene (Pah-lee-PROH-puh-leen). This is the same type used in bottle caps. They also found bits of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (Pah-lee-ETH-uh-leen Tair-eh-THAAL-ayt), also known as PET. PET is the main plastic used in water bottles.

So how do they get into bottled water? Once plastic bits go down the drain, it will wash into — and then out of — water treatment plants (because they were not designed to filter the plastics out). These facilities release their water into rivers and the ocean. Some of that water may move into groundwater, which some companies use for bottled water. Other companies may use city tap water. And earlier studies had found plastic bits could come out in tap water. The source of that plastic, too, might be contaminated lakes or rivers.

The new study is the first to find microplastics in bottled water, its authors say. In fact, Mason notes, her team found at least twice as many particles in bottled water as earlier tests had found in tap water.

Scientists aren’t sure what ingesting the tiny bits of plastic might do to our health. “But we know it probably isn’t good,” Mason says.

Plastics are made from many types of chemicals. There isn’t yet enough research to know how many of these might affect human health. After all, they were never designed to be eaten. Plastic also acts like a sponge, soaking up many types of chemicals. For example, pesticides and other toxic compound have been found in plastics floating in the ocean. So plastic particles might ferry such pollutants into bottled water, too.

Dyes mark the plastic

Andrew Mayes is a chemist in England at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. This is the largest study of bottled water he says he’s ever seen. “The main message from the study is that microplastics are all around us,” says Mayes. And, he adds, they “are getting into everything we eat, drink and probably breathe.”

Mayes helped to develop the method Mason and her team used to detect the microplastics. He has now reviewed how Mason’s group did its research and agrees with its findings.

Here’s what they did. They added a dye known as Nile Red to the bottled water. That dye sticks to plastic surfaces. (Some of the dye stuck to the insides of the bottles, too.) When viewed under blue light, the dye will glow. The researchers then poured the bottled water through a special type of paper. Water flows right through it, but larger molecules such as plastic get caught on the paper’s surface. The researchers put that paper under a microscope and shone a blue light on it. Then they counted the glowing plastic bits.

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If you look closely at the bottle on the right, you can see bright specks. Those are tiny bits of floating plastic. They were labeled with a dye that glows under a certain wavelength of light.
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“It’s a bit like the glow-in-the-dark stars many kids have on their ceilings,” says Mason. “We counted the bright spots.”

The new study doesn’t say where the plastic bits in bottled water are coming from, Mayes notes. But it’s possible, he says, that they come from the bottle caps or the bottles themselves during processing and packing.

Mason worries that more and more plastic is turning up in the environment. Part of the problem, she says, is that we use a lot of disposable plastic. Plastic bags, bottles and straws are the major culprits.

“Say ‘no’ to straws, because they suck,” Mason recommends. “And don’t use plastic bags for wrapping sandwiches. There are reusable products you can use instead.”

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average     (in science) A term for the arithmetic mean, which is the sum of a group of numbers that is then divided by the size of the group.

cell     The smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. Typically too small to see with the unaided eye, it consists of a watery fluid surrounded by a membrane or wall.

chemical     A substance formed from two or more atoms that unite (bond) in a fixed proportion and structure. For example, water is a chemical made when two hydrogen atoms bond to one oxygen atom. Its chemical formula is H2O. Chemical also can be an adjective to describe properties of materials that are the result of various reactions between different compounds.

environment     The sum of all of the things that exist around some organism or the process and the condition those things create. Environment may refer to the weather and ecosystem in which some animal lives, or, perhaps, the temperature and humidity (or even the placement of components in some electronics system or product).

filter     (in chemistry and environmental science) A device or system that allows some materials to pass through but not others, based on their size or some other feature. (in physics) A screen, plate or layer of a substance that absorbs light or other radiation or selectively prevents the transmission of some of its components.

journal     (in science) A publication in which scientists share their research findings with experts (and sometimes even the public). Some journals publish papers from all fields of science, technology, engineering and math, while others are specific to a single subject. The best journals are peer-reviewed: They send all submitted articles to outside experts to be read and critiqued. The goal, here, is to prevent the publication of mistakes, fraud or sloppy work.

landfill     A site where trash is dumped and then covered with dirt to reduce smells. If they are not lined with impermeable materials, rains washing through these waste sites can leach out toxic materials and carry them downstream or into groundwater. Because trash in these facilities is covered by dirt, the wastes do not get ready access to sunlight and microbes to aid in their breakdown. As a result, even newspaper sent to a landfill may resist breakdown for many decades.

media     (in the social sciences) A term for the ways information is delivered and shared within a society. It encompasses not only the traditional media — newspapers, magazines, radio and television — but also Internet- and smartphone-based outlets, such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and more. The newer, digital media are sometimes referred to as social media. The singular form of this term is medium.

microplastic     A small piece of plastic, 5 millimeters (0.2 inch) or smaller in size. Microplastics may have been produced at that small size, or their size may be the result of the breakdown of water bottles, plastic bags or other things that started out larger.

microscope     An instrument used to view objects, like bacteria, or the single cells of plants or animals, that are too small to be visible to the unaided eye.

molecule     An electrically neutral group of atoms that represents the smallest possible amount of a chemical compound. Molecules can be made of single types of atoms or of different types. For example, the oxygen in the air is made of two oxygen atoms (O2), but water is made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O).

nylon     A silky material that is made from long, manufactured molecules called polymers. These are long chains of atoms linked together.

organ     (in biology) Various parts of an organism that perform one or more particular functions. For instance, an ovary is an organ that makes eggs, the brain is an organ that makes sense of nerve signals and a plant’s roots are organs that take in nutrients and moisture.

particle     A minute amount of something.

peer review    (in science) A process in which scientists in a field carefully read and critique the work of their peers before it is published in a scientific journal. Peer review helps to prevent sloppy science and bad mistakes from being published.

pesticide     A chemical or mix of compounds used to kill insects, rodents or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants, pets or livestock; or unwanted organisms that infest homes, offices, farm buildings and other protected structures.

plaque     (in dental medicine) A biofilm, or community of bacterial species, that grows on teeth and other surfaces in the mouth.

plastic     Any of a series of materials that are easily deformable; or synthetic materials that have been made from polymers (long strings of some building-block molecule) that tend to be lightweight, inexpensive and resistant to degradation.

polyethylene     A plastic made from chemicals that have been refined (produced from) crude oil and/or natural gas. The most common plastic in the world, it is flexible and tough. It also can resist radiation.

polyethylene terephthalate     A commonly used type of plastic, usually referred to simply as PET. It can be produced as strong, stable fibers for use in making clothing. It also is the basis of many plastic beverage bottles (such as milk jugs) and semi-hard food packages (often used for produce). When used in fabrics, it’s simply known as polyester. To identify these plastics in goods other than clothing, they tend to carry a labeled on the bottom or side with the number 1 surrounded by the triangular “chasing arrows” symbol and the acronym PET or PETE below the triangle.

polypropylene     The second most common plastic in the world. It is tough and durable. Polypropylene is used in packaging, clothing and furniture (such as plastic chairs).

toxic     Poisonous or able to harm or kill cells, tissues or whole organisms. The measure of risk posed by such a poison is its toxicity.

United Kingdom     Land encompassing the four “countries” of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than 80 percent of the United Kingdom’s inhabitants live in England. Many people — including U.K. residents — argue whether the United Kingdom is a country or instead a confederation of four separate countries. The United Nations and most foreign governments treat the United Kingdom as a single nation

Citation

Report : S.A. Mason et al. Synthetic polymer contamination in bottled water. March 14, 2018 (online).

Journal:​ T. Maes et al. A rapid-screening approach to detect and quantify microplastics based on fluorescent tagging with Nile RedScientific Reports. Vol. 7, March 16, 2017. doi: 10.1038/srep44501.

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Sinopec raised MEG prices in April by USD162 per tonne – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, increased the April contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the eastern regions of China by 1,020 yuan (CNY) or USD162 per ton – Sinopec MEG prices April

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Sinopec raised MEG prices in April by USD162 per tonne

Sinopec MEG prices AprilMOSCOW  – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, increased the April contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the eastern regions of China by 1,020 yuan (CNY) or USD162 per ton compared to the level of March, ICIS source in the company said.

Thus, the April prices of the company’s MEG in East China are set at CNY8,500 or USD1,349 per tonne, the source said.

The company manages four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Spot prices of MEG increased significantly in China in April; on April 20 amounted to CNY8 250-8 650 per ton, whereas on April 2 they were CNY7 250-7 370 per ton.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the ruble’s exchange rate against the dollar and euro and rising PET prices in China continue to put pressure on the cost of the material in the European market. Prices for Russian granules grow very fast. In the Russian market, the deficit of PET is increasing. Many processors who buy the material on the spot were not ready for such a sharp rise in prices and took a wait-and-see attitude.

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas, refining, petrochemical production, production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. By the volume of oil processing capacities of Sinopec Corp. occupies the second place in the world, the volume of ethylene capacity – the fourth.

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-Prices MEG in the US may fall in April  – It is expected that prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the US will decline in April due to a weakening of demand between peak seasons – Prices MEG USA April 

-AFPM ’18: EQUATE’s US MEG plant begins construction phase – CEO – AFPM 2018 EQUATE USA MEG

-Sabic reduced the April price of MEG by USD55 per tonne – Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has lowered the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in April at USD55 per tonne compared to the March price level – Sabic April price MEG

-MEGlobal lowered the April contract price of MEG in Asia by USD80 per tonne – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the April contract price for MEG for Asia at USD1,100 per tonne – MEGlobal April contract price MEG Asia4

-China polyester to drive MEG, but oversupply fears – China polyester MEG oversupply – Robust demand from polyester production in China is expected to drive the Asian monoethylene glycol (MEG) market in the first half of 2018

 

 

China – Filament Grade Semi Dull PET Chip – PET bottle chip 瓶芯 – Pet chip resin 宠物芯片树脂

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China – Price Trend of Filament Grade Semi Dull PET Chip in Jiangsu is steady.

Pet chip resin 宠物芯片树脂  Polyestertime: Polyester POY

The prices of Semi-dull Chips in Jiangsu and Zhejiang are at 8,050 – 8,200    yuan/ton (cash),nearby.

The Bright Chip’s price in Jiangsu and Zhejiang is at 8,150 – 8,300 yuan / ton.

Polyester POY is at 9,200 -9,350 yuan/mt cash ex-works, while Polyester  DTY is at 10,800- 10,950 yuan/mt cash ex-works.

 

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China –PET Bottle Chip (Polyethylene terephthalate) -The  Market prices are steady. 

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The domestic Polyester Bottle Chip is at 10,100 – 10,250 yuan / ton cash,(ex-works).

The export PET is at 1,290 – 1,360 $ /ton FOB CMP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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China domestic PE to stay firm on reduced supply, better demand – China’s domestic polyethylene (PE) prices are expected to be supported throughout the second quarter by improving demand amid tighter spot supply – China domestic PE polyethylene

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China domestic PE to stay firm on reduced supply, better demand

 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–China’s domestic polyethylene (PE) prices are expected to be supported throughout the second quarter by improving demand amid tighter spot supply.

China domestic PE polyethylene

On 20 April, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) prices were assessed at Chinese yuan (CNY) 9,550/tonne ($1,516/tonne) EXWH (ex-warehouse) east China, up by 3.2% from 27 March, according to ICIS data.

Over the same period, prices of low density polyethylene (LDPE) rose by 5% to CNY9,975/tonne EXWH east China, the data showed.

China domestic PE polyethylene

Spot availability in April is limited due to a concentration of plant turnarounds, as well as unplanned shutdowns. Inventory will decline further with more plants due to shut for maintenance.

Naphtha-based PE and polypropylene (PP) inventories at domestic producers were recorded at around 800,000 tonnes last week, down from more than 1m tonnes in mid-March, according to ICIS data.

Suppliers have been raising offers in view of improving demand.

Demand from downstream cable and packaging film production has been robust, an east China-based trader said.

Meanwhile, some traders were stocking up on cargoes ahead of the expected cut in China’s value-added tax (VAT) on the manufacturing sector in May to 16% from 17%.

“The cut in VAT may lead to a short-lived increase in PE buying momentum. Margins will widen to some extent if we stock up in April and sell them in May,” a trader said.

The PE price uptrend, however, has deterred some downstream buyers, which retreated to the sidelines. Some market players noted that the recent decline in LLDPE futures may weigh down on the spot market.

On 20 April, the September 2018 LLDPE contract at the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) closed at CNY9,130/tonne, down 1.62% from the previous day.

Meanwhile, supply may get a boost at the end of the month, when CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Co (CSPC) is due to begin production at its 700,000 tonne/year PE plant in Huizhou, Guangdong province. But the start-up schedule is still fluid, according to company sources. The unit is currently undergoing trial runs.

Traders may raise their import volumes from the Middle East amid an open arbitrage window, as Chinese domestic prices spiked in the second half of April, market sources said.

LLDPE cargoes were offered on 19 April at $1,160/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China, lower by $75/tonne compared with the ex-warehouse price in east China, according to ICIS data.

China domestic PE polyethylene

($1 = CNY6.30)

Focus article by Lucy Shuai

Picture: Ningbo-Zhoushan port in Zhejiang province, China. (Source: ImagineChina/REX/Shutterstock)

By Lucy Shuai
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The European ethylene market looks stable as the recent length has cleared following a spate of exports to Asia.

OLEFINS

For propylene, early expectations for the May contract price are mixed, with some market participants expecting a rollover but others predicting an increase on the back of stronger feedstock prices.

The European butadiene market remains tight, with market sources attributing this to both good demand and limited crude C4 availability. However, sellers are continuing to seek export opportunities.

Meanwhile, contract price negotiations are expected to get underway in earnest this week. The continuing gap between spot and contract price levels is already a talking point in the market.

POLYMERS

EMEA petrochemicals outlook The polyethylene market in Europe looks to fairly stable with a perception among some participants that the bottom has now been reached for LDPE. Sentiment is expected to improve owing to the seasonal rise in volumes.

As for polypropylene, demand is picking up in Europe after an unusually quiet start of the month, and as market players try to secure material before the propylene contract price settlement for May.

Large price increases in Asia and the upcoming high-demand season in Europe look set to underpin European PET prices. Imports from Asia remain uncompetitive because of the price rises. Feedstock PTA production has been affected due to outages in Europe, which is expected to impact PET availability in May.

In the polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene markets, expected price decreases in May are likely to limit buying activity for the rest of April. However, some concerns for availability have crept up for May-June as inventories at converters are heard to be low.

In addition, imports are expected to remain limited as offers from Asia are uncompetitive, in light of the bearish outlook for prices in May-June.

AROMATICS

European styrene prices are expected to ease amid an improvement in supplies globally. In addition, imports from the US will continue to loosen fundamentals, keeping the market backwardated. In the feedstock benzene market, plentiful supplies have kept prices disconnected from the bullish energy complex.

There is limited upside to benzene prices, although production in the downstream styrene market is set to rise in Europe with plants coming back online. Toluene and MX demand remains weak for prompt dates as downstream TDI and PTA plant outages persist.

While bids have been seen for May dates in recent trading sessions, it remains to be seen whether May selling interest surfaces this week.

METHANOL/AA

Planned ongoing and upcoming turnarounds both within and outside of Europe remain the main talking point in the European methanol market, as the market prepares for production stoppages throughout the second quarter.

Good demand levels, typical of the season, have been further supported by these preparations. Downstream, European acetic acid prices near seven-year highs rose further last week to Eur800/mt FD NWE on persistent global supply tightness.

Europe-based traders in acetic acid have also been seeking June volumes in a market normally typified by prompter trading, seller sources said Thursday, as market participants seek to secure and lock down volumes further out.

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Biodegradable plastic is defined as any form of plastic that can break down into its constituent components in the environment within days, weeks or months without leaving behind potentially toxic residue. The term bioplastic refers to any form of plastic derived from organic or plant-based materials rather than petroleum, regardless of whether it can break down (biodegrade) easily in the environment. Thus, the two terms are not necessarily the same, although many use the terms interchangeably.

The most common iteration of bioplastic, so-called PLA (polylactic acid) plastic, is typically derived from corn or sugarcane—and is biodegradable. Since we know how to grow these food crops so well, using the minimal amount of land for the highest yield, we can create bioplastic pretty efficiently. But given still exploding global human population numbers and more hungry mouths to feed, many wonder if it makes sense to take away land that could be used to grow food to make more plastic, even if it is biodegradable.

To avoid wasting food crops to make plastic, researchers have pioneered new formulations of biodegradable plastic derived from feedstock not suitable for food or feed, such as wood, wheat straw, bagasse, corn cobs, palm fruit bunches, switch grass and waste vegetable oil. In Europe, the Mars candy company is using potato waste in its biodegradable wrappers for Snickers bars. Likewise, there’s no reason why pineapple or peanut couldn’t work as a feedstock—though market conditions usually dictate that such products fetch a higher price as food, especially since they don’t have to be processed as they would if they become bioplastic.

Yet another even more futuristic category of bioplastic feedstock uses algae or even carbon dioxide or methane waste to produce biodegradable plastic. These so-called “third generation” or “nextgen” feedstocks do double duty by both creating biodegradable plastic and removing pollutants that would otherwise contribute to climate change or eutrophication (an excessive buildup of nutrients in waterways that causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen).

While biodegradable plastic is hardly commonplace yet on store shelves, there are actions consumers can take to move things along. Encourage manufacturers to switch to biodegradable plastics and stop buying products made with conventional plastic. Sign the Earth Day Network’s petition to end plastic pollution.

While no one can reasonably argue against replacing conventional plastics with biodegradable ones, researchers from the UK’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory accidentally developed an enzyme that breaks down conventional plastic into its constituent parts. This discovery could revolutionize recycling and be a Godsend for marine and terrestrial ecosystems beset by plastic waste.

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