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DSM increases Dyneema capacity – Capacity will be expanded in the US and Europe for the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-based fiber – DSM Dyneema capacity Europe USA

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DSM increases Dyneema capacity

Capacity will be expanded in the US and Europe for the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-based fiber.

Royal DSM announced on May 14 an increase in its production capacity of Dyneema ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, unidirectional (UD) reinforcements and fabric. Strong demand for Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber is prompting this increase.

The company is installing additional new UD technology at its plant in Heerlen, the Netherlands, and its plant in Greenville, NC, US, and will also make improvements to existing production lines to expand Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber capacity.

The global production capacity of Dyneema UD will be increased by more than 20%. The additional Dyneema UD and Dyneema fiber capacity will become available in the course of 2018 and is due be fully on stream by Q1 2019.

In addition to expanding capacity, DSM Dyneema will also further improve its carbon footprint, delivering on its brand promise Dyneema, the Greenest Strength.

DSM says applications made with Dyneema already deliver the lowest carbon footprint for the performance specified from cradle to grave compared to other materials.

As an example, DSM’s plant in Greenville already uses 100% renewable electricity.

Dyneema UD is available as a hard or soft anti-ballistic material. “Dyneema products are finding use in a broad and ever-increasing range of markets and applications in which lightweight strength is of the essence, for instance best-in-class protective ballistic vests, inserts and helmets,” notes DSM Dyneema president Wilfrid Gambade.

“DSM Dyneema is the world’s largest UHMWPE fiber and UD manufacturer with a backward integration into UHMWPE polymer production. These investments will enable us to better accommodate growing customer demand and needs while further extending our global leadership position.”

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German investors bearish on US Iran withdrawal, spiking crude, trade war fears – Investor confidence in Germany remained at its lowest ebb in several years for the second consecutive month following the US’ decision to break away from the Iran nuclear deal – German bearish USA Iran crude oil trade war

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German investors bearish on US Iran withdrawal, spiking crude, trade war fears

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German bearish USA Iran crude oil trade war LONDON (ICIS)–Investor confidence in Germany remained at its lowest ebb in several years for the second consecutive month following the US’ decision to break away from the Iran nuclear deal, spiking oil prices and trade war fears, research group ZEW said on Tuesday.

The economic analyst’s sentiment indicator stayed at minus-8.2 points in May, unchanged from April and representing a deeper slump than in the months following the UK’s Brexit vote in mid-2016.

The March economic confidence indicator level stood at 5.1 points and the long-term average of the metric is 23.4 points.

Investor assessment of the domestic economic outlook fell by 0.5 points to 87.4 despite resilience for Germany production and export markets, as geopolitical uncertainty continued to cast a shadow.

“The US decision to back out of the nuclear treaty with Iran and fears of a further escalation of the international trade conflict with the US, as well as a further rise of crude oil prices, have had an overall negative impact on economic expectations in Germany,”, ZEW president Achim Wambach said.

German market sentiment for the eurozone improved by 0.5 points month on month in May to 2.4 points, while rising oil prices increased inflation expectations by 12.5 points to 66.5.

“The effects of the relatively positive values for German exports and production in March 2018 have been overshadowed in the most recent survey by uncertainty motivated by recent political events,” Wambach added.

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Europe’s bottled water producers seek to increase plastic recycling – Europe’s bottled water producers set a goal on Tuesday of raising collection rates of plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 from 60 per cent to improve recycling and cut pollution – Europe bottled water increase plastic recycling

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Europe’s bottled water producers seek to increase plastic recycling

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OSLO: Europe’s bottled water producers set a goal on Tuesday of raising collection rates of plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 from 60 per cent to improve recycling and cut pollution.
“Our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items,” the European Federation of Bottled Waters said in a statement.The Federation, which represents national associations and several major companies, said the new industry goal was to collect 90 percent of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025, as an average across the European Union.Almost 60 per cent of PET bottles are now collected for recycling, although with big national variations. The Federation did not say exactly how the goal would be achieved, nor did it give costs.

Some countries such as Germany impose high deposits on bottles to encourage recycling. Britain plans this year to introduce a deposit return scheme for single-use drink containers.

The Federation also said it would work with the recycling industry “to use at least 25 per cent recycled PET in its water bottles by 2025, as an EU average”. It says that the average EU citizen drinks about 110 litres of bottled water a year.

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EU bottled water makers to lift recycling – Europe’s bottled water manufacturers have vowed to increase collection rates of empty plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 to improve recycling and cut waste – EU bottled water recycling

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EU bottled water makers to lift recycling

EU bottled water recycling Europe’s bottled water manufacturers have vowed to increase collection rates of empty plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 to improve recycling and cut waste.

Europe’s bottled water producers want to increase plastic bottle collection rates to 90 per cent by 2025 from the current 60 per cent to improve recycling and cut waste.

“Our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items,” the European Federation of Bottled Waters said in a statement on Monday.

The Federation, which represents national associations and several major companies, say the new industry goal is to collect 90 per cent of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025, as an average across the European Union.

Almost 60 per cent of PET bottles are now collected for recycling, although with big national variations. The Federation did not say exactly how the goal would be achieved, nor did it give costs.

Some countries such as Germany impose high deposits on bottles to encourage recycling. Britain plans this year to introduce a deposit return scheme for single-use drink containers.

The Federation also said it would work with the recycling industry “to use at least 25 per cent recycled PET in its water bottles by 2025, as an EU average”.

It says that the average EU citizen drinks about 110 litres of bottled water a year.

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Upward spiral in titanium dioxide prices slowing in second quarter – The upward spiral in titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices that has lasted since the second quarter of 2016 has slowed, as anticipated – Titanium dioxide prices TiO2

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Upward spiral in titanium dioxide prices slowing in second quarter

Demand weaker than expected in some segments

The upward spiral in titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices that has lasted since the second quarter of 2016 has slowed, as anticipated.

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Negotiations about second-quarter deliveries were largely wrapped up by mid-April and led to a rise in prices of €20-50/t, depending on their previous level.

Prices thus jumped by an average of €25-30/t. Manufacturers were only able to implement about half of the demands that they had outlined when talks began.

Several TiO2 suppliers had originally set their sights on charging €70-90/t more. However, initial talks had revealed that mark-ups of this kind were out of the question because supply continues to improve. Manufacturers had then revised their price hikes to €50-60/t.

Titanium dioxide producers and converters felt that several factors had contributed towards the improvement in supply seen since the end of 2017. North American and European producers’ facilities are reportedly running with only few disruptions. The Huntsman spinoff Venator Materials continues to ramp up production at its fire-damaged facility in Pori, Finland. The company is said to have increased output to 40% of its original capacity of 130,000 tpy as of the start of the second quarter. Supply has also improved thanks to rising imports from China.

On the sales side, demand is weaker than expected in some segments, something that is partly due to buyers running down inventories that they built up last year to secure supply. A few buyers have recently pushed back orders of late for this reason.

This article is an excerpt from EUWID’s report on the titanium dioxide market in Western Europe. The EUWID Price Watch Titanium Dioxide for the second quarter 2018 is being published in EUWID Pulp and Paper no. 20.2018 on 16 May.

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BRM fabric solutions on display at Techtextil NA – Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry leader in the design, development, and manufacture of specialised engineered woven fabrics – BRM fabric solutions Techtextil NA

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BRM fabric solutions on display at Techtextil NA

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry leader in the design, development, and manufacture of specialised engineered woven fabrics, will highlight its solutions at Techtextil North America, which takes place in Atlanta, GA, this month. On display will be samples of advanced textiles suited for a wide range of technical requirements.

“BRM enjoys the challenge of assisting customers in problem resolution and innovation creation regarding material selection in their design and development phases. BRM’s services include development of customised innovations, complete engineering and solutions, sample preparation, and full-scale and specialty manufacturing,” the company explains.

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Experts will be on hand to show how BRM can design, develop and manufacture specialised, engineered, woven webbings, tapes, and specialty fabrics for the entire range of industries highlighted at Techtextil North America.

BRM will showcase tapes and webbings that engineers can use to meet their advanced material needs, including: conductivity properties needed for smart textiles, colour requirements, flame resistance, durability, flexibility, chemical resistance, controlled elongation, specific strength, and lightness properties.

With more than 95 years of textile manufacturing experience, BRM designs, develops and manufactures woven webbing, tapes, specialty fabrics, woven preforms, and two dimensional and three dimensional structural fabrics. Working in aerospace, defence, medical, safety, automotive, commercial, and industrial applications, BRM offers technical know-how, extensive weaving capabilities, and quality assurance systems.

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Stora Enso launches Biocomposites as a Renewable Replacement for Plastics – DuraSense is available to companies seeking high performance and a sustainable, bio-based alternative to plastics – Stora Enso Biocomposites Renewable Plastics

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Stora Enso launches Biocomposites as a Renewable Replacement for Plastics

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