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Polymers Petrochemicals Bottles Recycling 25-04-2019

-Q&A: Asia polymers show incredible growth potential

Petrochemicals firm Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s state-owned oil company Adnoc and Borealis of Austria, aims to increase its polymer production capacity to 10mn t/yr by 2030 from 4.5mn t/yr now. Argus spoke with chief executive Wim Roels about his plans for the company and opportunities in Asia.

Borouge has embarked on an expansion drive to boost capacity. Can you tell us more? Are there plans to move beyond polymers and into downstream chemicals?

Borouge has ambitious expansion plans. We have grown our capacity by tenfold since our company was established in 1998, and we have a vision to expand our production capacity from 4.5mn t/yr today to 10mn t/yr by 2030.

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-Alexium receives US EPA approval for Alexiflam® NF

Alexium International Group Ltd (ASX:AJX, NASDAQ:AXXIY) has received US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval under TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act) for the manufacture and sale of Alexiflam® NF in the US.

The EPA approval provides Alexium with access to the largest market region for flame retardant cotton and follows the recently negotiated Memorandum of Understanding with ICL (TASE/NYSE: ICL) for the future manufacture, marketing and sales of Alexiflam® NF.

Alexiflam® NF is a patent pending flame retardant developed by Alexium for the treatment of cotton and cellulose-based textiles.

-Scientists develop low-cost energy-efficient materials

An international team of scientists from the National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (NUST MISIS), Tianjin University (China), as well as from Japan and the United States has developed new energy-efficient iron-based alloys which combine high mechanical and magnetic properties with low cost and open up new opportunities for industry. The research results are published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

Today, scientists from different countries are facing the task of creating new materials which would help to reduce losses in electricity transmission and transformation. This would lead to energy savings and help to reduce emissions of hazardous gases during production (including CO2 – one of the key factors for the greenhouse effect). Electronic devices could be reduced in size by increasing efficiency.

-Finland presents eye-opener in black plastics sorting

More than one million tonnes of black plastic scrap are wasted worldwide every year due to the lack of ‘suitable’ sorting equipment, says Finnish tech company Specim. Since the material has a value of EUR 600 per tonne, it sought a solution to recycle this tricky waste stream.

Even the most modern sorting technology struggles to detect the pigment in black plastics, says Specim ceo Tapio Kallonen. He proudly presented his company’s ‘breakthrough’, the FX50, at the annual expo organised by Plastics Recyclers Europe in Amsterdam earlier this month. Kallonen was referring to Specim’s custom-made mid-wavelength infra-red (MWIR) camera.

-Agr launches division to help self-manufacturers

A new division has been created by Agr International that focuses on assisting PET bottle self-manufacturers to optimise their production operations.

The Agr Process Performance Optimization Group offers technical assistance to maximise the productivity and efficiency of PET blowing and beverage production lines.

The self-manufacture of PET bottles by beverage producers has grown in popularity, with advantages including cost containment, reduced warehousing and transportation costs, improved inventory control and increased production flexibility.

-India faces challenge to replace Iran oil: Report

India depends on Iran for nearly 10 per cent of its oil requirements, with the US sanction drying this source by May 2, the country’s macroeconomic situation may go for a tailspin if an alternative is not found immediately.

India will have to increase its dependence on oil imports from OPEC nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition, India may also have to look at US shale gas to stabilize its high oil demand, a Care rating report said on Tuesday.

“India’s dependence on Iran to the extent of almost 10 per cent of total oil imports means that the immediate challenge is to find alternative suppliers which will provide crude oil at the same competitive terms,” the report said.

-The next phase of the plant-based trend

The LEGO Group, introduced a range of sustainable LEGO elements made from plant-based plastic that’s sourced from sugarcane

Consumers are more knowledgeable than ever about the interconnectivity between the products they consume and use every day, bringing sustainable plant-based products to the forefront of the next wave of consumer demand.

According to Daymon, a research company, the next wave of progressive plant-powered solutions will go beyond simple plant-based alternatives for traditional offerings to include products that harness the power of plants to actively improve health.

According to the Daymon report, called What’s Next in Innovation, examples of trending plant-based products are Adaptogens, Ayurveda, vegan collagen, activated charcoal and pre- and probiotics nurturing the brain-gut axis are emerging as key drivers of product innovation to address growing interest in this integrative approach to everyday consumption.

-Newly Discovered Bacteria Make Plastics Rot Much Faster

Around 5 to 10 years from now a tiny organism with an unusual appetite made a home in an industrial site near a bottle-recycling plant in Sakai, Japan.

Soil and water were contaminated with polyethene terephthalate, also known as PET. This is one of the most common plastics in the world, used to make from soda bottles to space blankets. It is cheap, durable, and flexible, but it can also linger for years.

In this plastic wasteland a new bacterium species, Ideonella sakaiensis, figured out how to do something that humans have struggled to do for decades. It could break PET down and use the plastic for energy.

-Digimarc Supports International Recycling Initiatives, Explores Plastic Waste Sorting Challenges

Company signs Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to tackle plastics waste at the source

Digimarc Corporation , inventor of the Intuitive Computing Platform (ICP™) featuring Digimarc Barcode, has announced its commitment to improve the reliability and efficiency of sorting plastic waste, most notably signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which is focused on building a circular economy.

-Magna investing $11.3M in Morocco

Expansions Magna International Inc. Africa Automotive

Magna International Inc. A rendering of the planned Magna International Inc. mirror plant in Kenitra, Morocco.

Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. has broken ground on a new greenfield production plant in Kenitra, Morocco, to manufacture exterior and interior automotive mirror systems.

Magna, based in Aurora, Ontario, will invest $11.3 million in the 61,400-square-foot facility, which is set to begin operations in spring 2020, the company announced April 23.

-Bühler UK achieves seventh Queen’s Award with its sorting technology

Development teams within Bühler UK have been in celebratory mood after the business claimed a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising its pioneering research into camera technology used within industry sorting machines.

This year’s key accolade for the Swiss-headquartered food solutions and equipment group, is in recognition of its latest systems that are reportedly capable of recognising the subtlest of colour and shading contrasts in materials and foods and so significantly increasing detection rates for foreign materials, potential choke hazards or contaminated foods.

-Feiplastic ’19: Plastics touted as key for lighter cars, cleaner transportation

Automobiles will change more in the next 10 years than in the last 50 years, an industry participant said on Tuesday, adding that vehicles among other things will have to become much lighter to meet stricter emissions standards.

Automakers will also have to look at new aerodynamics and powertrain solutions to meet these new regulations in addition to cutting the weight of automobiles, said Rodrigo Berardine, a business development manager for Owens Corning.

Berardine spoke at a panel about plastics innovation for transportation at Feiplastic.

The panel touted plastics and composite materials as the way for the auto industry to make lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles that will meet the new standards.

-Feiplastic ’19: Brazil’s Braskem faces competition from PE,PP imports

Brazil’s Braskem is facing heavy competition from polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) imports, while trying to keep good results for its sale discussions with LyondellBasell, market participants in Brazil said on the sidelines of this year’s Feiplastic.

At a time when feedstock prices are down inbenchmark US Gulf markets, currency exchange pressures are pushing Braskem to increase domestic PE and PP prices, at the risk of losing market share.

In PE markets, aggressive offers from an over supplied US Gulf and from Argentina are putting pressure on local prices. Long PE inventories in the US Gulf have generated intense competition among existing and new suppliers to place volumes in Latin America.

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-Heineken Russia launches new bottle shapes with PET engineering

Heineken Russia has launched two new PET bottles with PET Engineering’s ITM solution- interchangeable inserts with a single mold.

The new shapes for Heineken Russia, 3 Medvedya, one of the most well-known Russian brands, Okhota & Okckoe, are simple and equally eye catching and, at the same time, offer a great flexibility, thanks to the fact that the aesthetics and format can now be easily modified using interchangeable inserts: this means it is always possible to apply new decorations, to move and resize the label area and, last but not least, to alter the capacity of the bottle, a very important aspect for future possible down-sizing to 1.3l and 1.25l formats.

Polymers Petrochemicals Smart Textiles 24-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain lose ground .
  • Crude oil is on high price,but steady .
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,080 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,400 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 8450/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/tonMEG  590/600 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,550/4,650 yuan/tonPX Korea 950/960 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,250/10,350  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,800/9,000  yuan/ton

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-April contract price of paraxylene in Europe remained at the level of March

The contract price of para-xylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of March – EUR995 per tonne, market participants told ICIS on Tuesday.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).

Sources in the European market expected that the contract price of paraxylene in the current month would either remain at the level of the previous month, or be slightly reduced against the background of a balanced supply of material in the market and in low demand.

Oil prices on the upstream market increased in March – April, which could limit any downward pressure from weak demand.

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-Feiplastic ’19: Plastics waste concerns grow in Brazil

The concerns about plastic waste, recycling and sustainability are growing in Brazil just as they are in countries around the world.

Sustainability was never absent in Brazil, said Edison Terra, vice president of Braskem’s business unit for polyolefins, renewables and Europe.

He made his comments on the sidelines of the Feiplastic plastic trade show.

In fact, Braskem has been producing renewable polyethylene (PE) for about a decade at its Triunfo site in Rio Grande do Sul state.

The plant’s ethylene is produce by dehydrating ethanol.

However, concerns about sustainability and plastics have increased in the past couple of years in Brazil, Terra said, adding that part of this is due to the global nature of consumer brands.

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-Kaneka Americas Holding Creates Biopolymers Division

Houston, TX—Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. has announced in a press release the creation of a Biopolymers Division based in Houston.

Kaneka’s PHBH is a plant-based product that offers both flexibility and heat resistance, produced via a bio-fermentation process which uses renewable plant oils as feed stock, the press release says.

The product is bio-compostable, strongly resistant to heat, and can act as a barrier to water vapor.

-SE Asia PP braces for bumpy second half as new capacities lie ahead

Southeast (SE) Asia’s polypropylene (PP) market looks set to embark on a bumpy second half of 2019 as new capacities begin creeping in from regional start-ups.

Spot PP flat yarn grade prices regained some ground late in the first quarter of 2019, after plummeting to yearly lows in December 2018.

A flood of cargoes from India descended on the Chinese market late in 2018 as producers there sought to clear built-up inventories.

The SE Asia market was not spared, and spot prices came under pressure, with all-origins PP flat yarn spot prices bottoming out at $1,095/tonne CFR (cost and freight) SE Asia in January 2019, according to ICIS data.

-Signarama Promotes Eco-Friendly Initiatives to Encourage the Sign Industry

Franchisees Share Some of their Best Practices for Going Green

This month, America and the whole world will turn “green” for a day in observance of Earth Day on April 22, but at Signarama Fort Collins, every day is a green day. An eco-friendly business leader, the store is also a member of ClimateWise, a program offering solutions and strategies to address the impacts of climate change.

“Our business is in a community that takes leaving behind a positive carbon footprint very seriously,” said Patti Westfall, who co-owns the Signarama Fort Collins franchise with husband Wes. “We are heavily invested in the eco-friendly movement and not only do we offer sustainable materials in the manufacturing process, but our store is powered 100 percent by green energy.”by 6.1% from the start of the year. By contrast, non-dutiable PP flat yarn prices increased by a more modest 3.2%.

-Recycled plastic bottles turned into swimwear

Made from 100% polyester, the new fabric boasts 45% polyester from PBT and 55% REPREVE recycled polyester, a sustainable fibre made from post-consumer plastic originally employed in the food industry (PET), patented by Unifi, a company operating in the textile market featuring a modern production plant which processes about 250,000 used bottles every hour. © Carvico.

Leading Italian warp knitter Carvico has introduced an innovative and sustainable range of fabrics called Melville, which are made from PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) and recycled polyester.

“Wastes which make it into fashion, plastic which is turned into fabrics, pollution which brings about new opportunities: this is how Melville, a new recycled fabric made by Carvico from plastic bottles, has been engineered,” the company said in a press statement today.

-Four growth opportunities for packaging in Europe

Europe is the second largest regional packaging market accounting for around 25.0% of global packaging market value in 2017. The European packaging market is valued at €195.2 billion in 2018 and is forecast to grow to €214.0 billion in 2023 according to exclusive research in the new Smithers Pira publication – The European Packaging Competitive Landscape: Strategic Forecasts to 2023.

There is still scope for genuine market expansion in eastern Europe, but western Europe increasingly presents a saturated market. To find new revenue, Europe’s packaging firms will need to innovate and diversify their product portfolios. Smithers’ analysis identifies the following four growth opportunities for the next five years and beyond.

-Here’s why China and India will remain defiant amid threat of US sanctions for Iranian oil imports

China and India are both unlikely to completely cut off Iranian crude imports, energy analysts have said, despite the imminent threat of U.S. sanctions.

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Monday that buyers of Iranian oil must stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions.

The move, which took many market participants by surprise, ends six months of waivers which had allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers of crude to continue to import limited volumes.

-ADREM to build mixed plastics recycling plant in Japan

Group Galloo susbsidiary to work with Toyota Tsusho and Veolia on 40,000 tons-per-year plant.

Menen, Belgium-based Group Galloo has announced that its equipment manufacturing subsidiary Advanced Design of Recycling Machines (ADREM) will be responsible for building what it calls Japan’s largest and most advanced plastic recycling facility.

The facility will be run as a joint venture between Toyota Tsusho, Veolia Japan and Kojima Sangyo and operate under the name PLANIC. It is being designed to harvest 40,000 metric tons per year of plastic scrap from various sources in Japan.

With the new facility, PLANIC “reacts to an increasing plastic pollution problem in Japan,” according to a news release issued by ADREM. Much plastic scrap in Japan currently is being incinerated, landfilled or sent overseas. Japan’s 3Rs campaign – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – aims to turn this around and promotes more domestic plastic recycling.

-Exclusive! Amcor launches amlite ultra recyclable film

Amcor is today launching AmLite Ultra Recyclable, which is recyclable in existing polyolefin recycling streams – its first packaging product based on the breakthrough, high-barrier OPP platform revealed in October 2018. Thanks to high barrier properties for oxygen (less than 0.1 cc / m2 / day) and moisture (less than 0.1 g / m2), the new laminate is suitable for ambient products with demanding barrier requirements, such as coffee and personal care sachets.

A brief history lesson: ‘AmLite’ was created by Amcor in 2015 to eliminate metal layers from laminates in order to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of packaging. As the name hints, the new ‘AmLite Recyclable’ generation adds recyclability to its properties. It achieves this by getting rid of the PET layer that had replaced the aluminium in the original AmLite. This fully polyolefin film replicates the barrier properties thanks to SiOx (silicon oxide) coating.

Polymers Petrochemicals Biodegradable Plastics 23-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain are assessed mixed.
  • Crude oil goes still up owing to  US sanctions to Iran .
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,650/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 8450/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/tonMEG  595/605 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,600/4,700 yuan/tonPX Korea 940/955 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,300/10,400  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,800/9,000  yuan/ton

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-Oil prices spike as White House ends Iran sanctions waivers

Oil prices rose sharply Monday to their highest levels since November as the White House confirmed it will end sanctions waivers for countries that still purchase Iranian oil.

Driving the news: The U.S. will seek to further drive down Iranian exports by ending exemptions granted last year to China, India and a handful of others.

“This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the White House said Monday.

Why it matters: The move represents an escalation of the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran. It’s also a jolt to global crude oil markets as traders weigh the loss of more Iranian barrels.

-RadiciGroup, sustainable investments in Brazil

At Feiplastic, focus on reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment

Radici Plastics Ltda – Brazil, a RadiciGroup company and leader in the South American engineering polymers market, is participating in the Feiplastic trade show (Stand L42), taking place at Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil, from 22 to 26 April.

The main goal of the company is to draw attention to the high quality of its products and the sustainability of its business.

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-ACC pushes chemical recycling legislation

The plastics industry is making a push in states for new laws to make it easier to build next-generation recycling plants that turn waste plastics into feedstocks and fuels, and it recently has secured victories in Iowa and Tennessee.

But the effort — designed to carve out a clearer regulatory approval path for what’s called chemical recycling — is drawing opposition from environmental groups and some state legislators in Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas.

The new laws sought by plastics companies and the American Chemistry Council would regulate the plants as manufacturing operations, rather than landfills or solid waste disposal facilities, making it easier to get government approvals.

-Technical Analysis &BRENT/WTI : 2019-04-22

WTI prices may fall because of shale oil

In this review, we suggest considering the personal composite instrument (PCI) “Brent vs WTI”. Is there a possibility for BRENT/WTI prices to rise?

Such a movement is observed when Brent oil is in higher demand than WTI. Theoretically, an increase in the share of shale oil in American production may have a negative impact on the cost of West Texas Intermediate (WTI). Shale oil production in the US increased from 1 million barrels per day in 2008 to the current level of about 7-7.5 million barrels per day. Its share in the total US oil production has reached 60%. In 2008, WTI and Brent had nearly the same cost. Now Brent is only 8-10% more expensive.

-China ACN uptrend to slow down as downstream demand shrinks

China’s spot acrylonitrile (ACN) prices have been on an uptrend since the start of the year on the back of tight supply, but the gains may be capped by waning demand from major downstream acrylic fiber (AF) sector.

AF production margins are being eroded by spikes in feedstock ACN values.

On 19 April, spot ACN prices in east China stood at Chinese yuan (CNY) 14,200-14,400/tonne ($2,116-2,146/tonne) ex-tank, up by CNY2,650/tonne or 23% from early January.

Just 10% of U.S. plastic gets recycled. A new kind of plastic could change that

Most plastics have a chemical history that makes starting a new life a challenge. The dyes and flame retardants that make them perfect for say, a couch cushion or a bottle of detergent, make them tough to transform into a desirable end product—one of the reasons just 10% of plastic in the United States gets recycled. Now, researchers have created a plastic with a special chemical bond that helps it separate out from those additives, turning it back into a pure, valuable product that can be reused again and again.

To make the new material, researchers tweaked a type of vitrimer, a glasslike plastic developed in 2011, by adding molecules that change the chemical bonds holding it together. These new bonds, called dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds, require less energy to break than those in traditional plastics.

-US plastics trade surplus with Mexico grows in 2018

The U.S. plastics industry’s trade surplus with Mexico grew 4 percent in 2018, to $11.5 billion, and a new NAFTA deal could open more plastics trade between the two countries, a senior U.S. industry trade association executive said in a speech at Plastimagen.

Perc Pineda, chief economist for the Washington-based Plastics Industry Association, told a forum at Plastimagen in Mexico City April 2-5, that the global plastics industry faces a more uncertain economy this year.

But he suggested that for 2018 at least, the links between the U.S. and Mexican industries were weathering the heightened political tensions.

-Modified ‘white graphene’ for eco-friendly energy

Catalyst with functionalized hexagonal boron nitride and nickel nanoparticles. Credit: Tomsk Polytechnic University

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), together with colleagues from the United States and Germany, have found a way to obtain inexpensive catalysts from hexagonal boron nitride or “white graphene.” The technology can be used in the production of environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel.

The researchers have found a new way to functionalize a dielectric, otherwise known as white graphene, i.e. hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), without destroying it or changing its properties. Thanks to the new method, the researchers synthesized a polymer nano carpet with strong covalent bond on the samples.

-Amcor packages up asset sales to soothe US regulators

Those investors worried that Amcor was dragging the chain on the US regulatory side of its mega-packaging buyout of Bemis Company should feel a little better.

Street Talk understands Amcor is poised to offload $300 million worth of packaging assets in the United States to Tekni-Plex Inc. It’s expected the deal should placate US competition regulators and pave the way for a clear run towards the shareholder meetings on May 2 and the completion of the $9 billion Bemis acquisition by May 15.

-Spritzer to spend RM25mil on PET plant and solar projects

GEORGE TOWN: Bottled water company Spritzer Bhd will spend about RM25mil over the next two years to expand its PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plant, water-processing capacity and solar power projects to keep up with the group’s enlarged customer base and enhance its competitive edge.

Group managing director Datuk Lim Kok Boon told StarBiz that the company needed to expand further its PET facilities in Ipoh and Taiping to keep production cost low.

“Although PET resin prices have come down compared to 2018, they are still high, as most of our cost comes from packaging the product.The expansion exercise, scheduled to start at the end of the year, should be completed in two years, raising the PET bottle and cap output by 10%,” said Lim.

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Can corn, sugar cane and other starch-rich sources replace crude oil when making plastics? In many cases, yes, it is technically possible. But of course the question is more complex than that.

What is the difference between bioplastics and biobased plastics?

The concept “bioplastics” raises issues as it suggests that the polymer is more environmentally friendly, and/or that it’s derived from biomass only. That’s why some advocate using the term “biobased plastics” or “biobased polymers” when referring to plastics derived from renewable biomass, including when they are mixed with petroleum-based plastics.

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US April propylene contract prices settled at a rollover from the prior month for a majority of the market amid conflicting pressures of ample supplies and higher costs, sources confirmed late on Thursday.

The April settlement keeps contract prices for polymer-grade propylene (PGP) at 35.5 cents/lb ($783/tonne) and for chemical-grade propylene (CGP) at 34.0 cents/lb.

The rollover follows five months of consecutive declines, which had been due to increased production levels and building supply.

US propylene inventories have declined from an all-time high of 6.6m bbl in February, but remain above historical levels and continue to keep downward pressure on the market.

  • More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

In March 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 agenda.

The protection of oceans with a specific focus on curbing marine plastic pollution was among the points discussed.

Protecting marine environments is a growing priority in East Asia. In 2016, the World Economic Forum predicted that there would be more ocean plastic waste than fish by 2050 without effective intervention.

The conference adopted resolutions on promoting sustainable development, including cooperation in reducing marine plastic debris.

Luwa is set to display optimal solutions in air technology at ITMA 2019 exhibition, in hall H8.1, booth A210. The international textile and garment technology exhibition will be held from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Luwa offers complete solutions for textile air engineering, industrial air engineering, eco engineering, and control engineering.

Competent and efficient air engineering is of crucial importance for production quality and performance in textile mills. New technologies and ever more advanced and faster machines place higher and higher demands in the industry. An efficient air control system is all the more important for quality and performance in production. Luwa offers competent and extensive know-how – for air handling, air direction, air cleaning, air disposal as well as heat recovery.

Evian will trial a collapsible water dispenser made of recycled plastic, which is as “thin and light as a bubble” in a bid to reduce its plastic packaging.

Called Renew, the at-home appliance, which stores up to five litres of Evian mineral water, contracts when water is consumed, taking on a new shape after every use.

Part of wider environmental pledges

The thin skin of the dispenser’s bubble-like top is made using 66 per cent less plastic than a standard 1.5 litre Evian bottle.

Unlike Evian’s regular water bottles, this skin is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. Last year the brand announced its intention that all its water bottles will be made solely from recycled plastic by 2025.

Norway has set an impressive example for the rest of the world to follow with its comprehensive recycling programme. The latest figures show that it is now actively recycling 97% of all plastic bottles sold in the country, attracting international attention about how other nations can mimic its scheme to produce similarly impressive results in their homeland as well.

Recycling first came to the fore in Norway at the beginning of the 20th century, when glass bottles were the targeted medium. However, the rising popularity of plastic over the last 50 years has seen this ubiquitous but dangerous product take centre stage as public enemy number one when it comes to unnecessary waste – and the Scandinavian model is producing outstanding results.

The Panhandle plans to be the next Alaska region to give new life to old fishing gear by sending it to plastic recycling centers.

The tons of nets and lines piled up in local lots and landfills will become the raw material for soda bottles, cell phone cases, sunglasses, skateboards, swimsuits and more.

Juneau, Haines, Petersburg and possibly Sitka have partnered with Net Your Problem to launch an effort this year to send old or derelict seine and gillnets to a recycler in Richmond, British Columbia.

Itema, the Italian manufacturer of best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services, will exhibit at Techtextil in Frankfurt from May 14th to 17th (Hall 3.0, D05) and announces an important contribution for the sector.

In fact, Itema will seize the opportunity of the worldwide technical textiles flagship event to launch Itematech, the new company exclusively dedicated to producing weaving machines for the benefit of technical fabrics weavers.

Oil prices surge on Saudi shipment drops. On Thursday oil prices turns slightly higher after a cut in crude exports from major exporter Saudi Arabia and lower US stockpiles.

Brent crude futures grew 35 cents to at $71.97 a barrel compared to their Wednesday’s five-month high of $72.27. The figures show Brent’s fourth consecutive weekly gain in the market. Brent crude gained 4 cents for the week.

According to a report, Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports also saw a drop of 277,000 barrels per day to 7 million bpd in February.

At home, at work, on the street, in the sky, on the water, even in space, technical textiles and nonwovens are swinging towards ever higher performances in amazing applications.

Versatile and light, but sometimes stronger than metal, these materials of the future gain their superpowers from the interaction of precisely coordinated textile systems.

At Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main from May 14 to 17, 2019 in Hall 3, B06, Oerlikon will be showing chemical fiber applications made of polyester, polypropylene and Co. and what they can do in these fields.

However, these exhibits are only a communicative means to an end, as Oerlikon is primarily interested in placing the associated machinery and plant solutions at the centre of discussions with trade fair visitors.

The continuation of the partnership for the 2019-2020 season between Atalanta and RadiciGroup was made official today.

The press conference was attended by Paolo, Angelo and Maurizio Radici, shareholders of RadiciGroup, Antonio and Luca Percassi, respectively President and CEO of the Nerazzurri company.

“We are proud to continue to be sponsor of the team – said RadiciGroup President – Angelo Radici – and to match us with an excellence of Italian football that is becoming known abroad. Let’s go together, therefore, to bring the name of Bergamo into the world. Many customers we meet abroad talk about Atalanta and appreciate the game ».

“It is a great satisfaction for us – said RadiciGroup Vice President Maurizio Radici – and the nice thing is that we are also having a great time. It makes me particularly happy that Atalanta has brought so many children closer to football “.

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Austrian fiber company Lenzing Group, best known for its brands Tencel, Veocel and EcoVero, joined forces with Belgian chemical group Solvay to create a new sustainable fabric combining Tencel-branded lyocell fibers and Solvay’s Amni Soul Eco, the first polyamide 6.6 yarn designed to decompose within 5 years (other fibers can take decades to decompose). The result, the two companies claim, is a sustainable fabric that offers greater breathability and abrasion resistance for the activewear market.

FashionUnited spoke with Lenzing’s Vice President of Global Business Management, Florian Heubrandner, to learn more about the new product.

Hydrosize Carbon reportedly allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of the reinforcement fibers to th Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) has launched its new Hydrosize Carbon fiber sizing solutions.

Part of Michelman’s Hydrosize brand family of water-based sizing solutions, Hydrosize Carbon reportedly allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of the reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin. e chemistry of the matrix resin.

Southeast Asian polyethylene (PE) import market remains stable across all grades in the week but expectations of tighter regional supply might provide support in the near term.

Trade in the region, particularly in Indonesia and Thailand, was largely subdued amid the holiday-shortened week with limited deals done.

Indonesia held its presidential and parliamentary elections on 17 April, while Good Friday is celebrated in Indonesia as well as in the Philippines.

Thailand market reopened to a slow start in the week after a week-long Songkran holiday to celebrate Thai New Year from 13 April to 17 April.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is moving cash from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft, as he looks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters.

The sales are the latest sign of Venezuela’s growing dependence on Russia, as the U.S. tightens sanctions on Maduro, Kallanish Energy learns.

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It is a human tendency to get attracted to what other person is wearing and wishing you had the same outfit. When we fantasize about the future, we are rigid when it is about the attitude towards clothing. Although the processes, styles, materials, and techniques of past keep recycling in the name of ‘heritage’ or ‘fashion.’

The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers. Those sanctions have already more than halved Iranian oil exports, the country’s main source of revenue.

Shipments are averaging below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) so far this month, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and two other companies that track such exports and declined to be identified. That’s lower than at least 1.1 million bpd as estimated for March.

The latest drop deepens supply losses resulting from an OPEC-led global agreement to cut oil production and US sanctions on another OPEC member, Venezuela.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 20 (ANI): Reliance Industries on Saturday denied involvement in any arrangements that lead to cash payments for oil supplies to Venezuelan government oil company PDVSA via third parties.

Reports suggesting that Reliance is involved in an arrangement that leads to cash payment for oil supplies to PDVSA via third parties are ‘false and reckless,’ it said in a statement, adding the oil refining major is not in violation of any sanctions imposed by the United States.

One year after becoming a certified B Corporation, Athleta is continuing as a leader in sustainable performance apparel, sharing in its April catalog that 60 per cent of its materials are now made with sustainable fibres.

In addition to sustainable innovation in its product, Athleta has established partnerships to help make impact at scale.

The brand has worked aggressively to increase the sustainability in its line by sourcing materials including recycled polyester and nylon, Tencel Modal, Tencel Lyocell, and organic cotton; and using more efficient fabric dyeing and finishing techniques.

Recycled polyester alone diverted the equivalent of more than 38 million plastic bottles from landfills since 2014.

Sustainable materials have also carried into Athleta Girls, reaching 69 per cent of the styles in the upcoming summer collection.

Baystreet.ca) In more proof that U.S. oil production is continuing to alter global oil markets, Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov said on Saturday that Russia and OPEC might decide to increase production to fight for market share with the U.S. His remarks were first covered by Russia’s Tass News Agency.

Siluanov said that lower oil prices would then have a negative impact on U.S. oil production, an argument that was also made as far back as late 2014 when the Saudis sought to drive U.S. producers out of business by opening the oil production spigots in spite of an already flooded global oil market.

Dow Chemical and Vietnamese industrial park developer Deep C have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build the first road using recycled plastics at the Deep C Industrial Complex in Haiphong City in Vietnam. The project aims to divert post-use flexible packaging from becoming litter or entering a landfill, while also creating more durable, longer-lasting roads.

Deep C was founded in 1997 by Belgian (Rent-A-Port, Ackermans-Van Haaren) and Vietnamese (Hai Phong People’s Committee) shareholders and is one of the leading industrial park developers in Vietnam with over 3000 Ha of land and ready-built-factories for lease in Haiphong and Quang Ninh Province.

Polymers Petrochemicals Circular Economy 19-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain are assessed mixed.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are weak.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,095 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,550 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,850/8,000 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,450/6,550 yuan/tonMEG  590/600 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,550/4,700 yuan/tonPX Korea 940/955 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,650  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,800/9,000  yuan/ton

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Mumbai: Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has sought a higher valuation for its refining and petrochemicals business as it considers selling a minority stake to Saudi Arabia’s state energy group, Saudi Aramco, said two officials directly aware of the development, requesting anonymity.

On Wednesday, The Times of India reported that Saudi Aramco is in talks with RIL to buy up to a 25% stake in its refining and petrochemicals business. A minority stake sale could fetch $10-15 billion, valuing the business at $60 billion, the report added. The petrochemical and refining business contributes 75% to RIL’s operating profit.

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This week, PP prices gained in South East Asia and India. Stronger upstream costs, firmer import offers from overseas producers and deals concluded at higher price levels in the region, together supported the price rise.

In South East Asia (SEA), PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1160/mt levels, a week on week increase of USD 5/mt. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1180/mt levels while BOPP prices were also at the USD 1180/mt levels,, both up USD 10/mt from the last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed higher at the USD 1200/mt CFR levels, a week on week rise of USD 10/mt.

In Vietnam, Overseas producers have concluded deals for PP raffia and PP injection grades at the USD 1160/mt CFR levels, for shipment in April 2019.

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Asia naphtha prices touched a fresh five-month high, riding on the coattails of stronger crude oil futures, amid a steady stream of demand that is envisaged to keep the market afloat.

At early hours session on Wednesday, open-spec naphtha prices stood at $587.50/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan basis, rising by $6.00/tonne from the previous week’s close.

This brought levels to their highest since early-November 2018, according to ICIS data.

ICE Brent June crude oil futures rose to $71.99/bbl at early hours session, buoyed by an unexpected drawdown in US inventories.

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PP prices firmed $20-30/t on the prospect of the delayed start-up. Raffia homopolymer traded at $1,140-1,160/t cfr southeast Asia and $1,110-1,140/t cfr China this week, according to Argus data.

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US-based plastic containers and closures maker Pretium Packaging has acquired Olcott Plastics for an undisclosed sum.

The transaction complements Pretium’s injection moulding and personal care and beauty offerings.

The company will offer blow-moulded containers to Pretium customers and nationally expand its presence.

Pretium president and CEO Paul Kayser said: “We are pleased to welcome co-owners Joseph M Brodner and John Brodner, and the Olcott employees, to the Pretium organisation.

Texprocess (Frankfurt am Main, 14 to 17 May) is heading for an exhibitor record, with the largest range of technologies in its history. This year it will focus on the impacts of trends, such as automation, individualisation and sustainability, on the processing of textile and flexible materials.

“While everyone is still talking about Industry 4.0, Texprocess is already analysing its impact”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President, Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. By this he means the impacts and effects of digitalisation on the manufacture and processing of textiles. So what changes triggered by Industry 4.0 are already part of the supply chain? “These days machine data are already being read in real time, robotic and gripping systems are working at cutting tables, and manufacturers of sewing and clothing technologies are networking machines for processing technical textiles and factories across country borders”, says Elgar Straub, Managing Director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies.

Last year Packaging Europe began to take a closer interest in chemical recycling – not a new concept in itself but one gaining momentum in the context of the challenges of dealing with plastic waste. At the time there were only a handful of chemical recycling facilities in business, and early stage R&D and pilot projects. Libby White takes a look at how the process and discussion has evolved one year later, spurred on by the strong limelight on the need for sustainability and circular economy in the packaging industry.

Official platforms

On 22 January 2019, as a sign of the times, a new non-profit organisation, Chemical Recycling Europe, was created with the vision of establishing an industry platform for developing and promoting cutting-edge chemical recycling technologies for polymer waste across Europe.

For India, which imports some 80 per cent of its requirement of crude oil, the price of a barrel matters for its GDP growth, and hence, for its stock market. India, the third-largest importer of crude oil, imports some 1.8 billion barrels a year, so every $1 increase means a $1.8 billion larger bill.

Several factors influence the demand and supply of oil, making it difficult to predict how the various moving parts would play out and influence prices either up or down. Brent crude fell from $85 in mid-Oct 18 to $50 in a month, (after a threat Trump tweet), and have, since, risen to $71.

Will they hit $80, as some expect, or fall again to $60.

Like any other commodity, the price fluctuates with demand and supply, with several factors, geopolitical, technological and economical, affecting the movement of both.

Big buyers and sellers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Europe are failing to find a compromise when it comes to spot prices, as each side stands its ground, sources said on Thursday.

“On one hand producers are waiting because they think they will get better prices, and customers are waiting because they think that the prices will soften… and maybe the decision maker will be the weather,” a reseller said.

Offtake has been limited both on spot and contract in many regions because of the uncertainty, such as where production costs will settle and whether or not the peak season will prove successful.

Sellers are pinning their hopes on warmer weather attracting the traditional pull on stocks.

“Demand is picking up lately. Perhaps not spectacular but customers are not taking minimum contract volumes, more average volumes. The weather will improve,” a seller said.

Gurit will acquire PET recycling production facilities from Valplastic S.r.l., with the goal of securing access to raw material supplies for its PET core products.

Gurit (Wattwil, Switzerland) reports that its branch Gurit Italy PET Recycling S.r.l. has signed an agreement to acquire PET recycling production facilities from Valplastic S.r.l. (Padova, Italy), for an undisclosed purchase price. Closing of the transaction is expected at the end of May, subject to closing conditions being met.

Valplastic specializes in the recycling of PET bottles and the production of recycled PET flakes and granules later used for extrusion of recycled PET core, which Gurit produces for customers for wind energy and other applications. As part of the asset purchase agreement, Gurit acquires production equipment, working capital and Valplastic’s current staff of approximately 30 full-time staff.

Washington — The US Treasury Department today placed Venezuela’s central bank on its sanctions list, escalating financial pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government and creating additional obstacles for the country’s oil exports.

The sanctions will restrict the central bank’s access to US dollars and effectively cut it off from the dollar-based financial system and transactions. This step should serve as a strong warning to external actors, including Russia, against providing support to the Maduro government, White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a speech in Miami.

Tomra Sorting to highlight latest sensor-based sorting innovations at Lets Recycle Live 2019

Leading sensor-based sorting specialist, TOMRA Sorting Recycling, has confirmed its participation in the first ever Letsrecycle Live event, which will take place from 22nd – 23rd May at the NAEC in Stoneleigh, Coventr

Experts from TOMRA Sorting’s UK team will be on hand in Hall 2, Stand D3, to highlight the latest developments and innovations in sensor-based sorting for a range of materials.  With UK processors facing challenging market conditions and continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit, TOMRA will stress the vital role that automated sorting can play in boosting not just the volume of end fractions that can be recovered from infeed material, but also the quality.

The colorfully appealing shelf presence of shrink-sleeve labeled bottles combined with practical benefits for brand owners keep this market on a roll—one study forecasts a healthy 6.5% CAGR for sleeve labels through 2017-2023.

However, there’s an unhealthy environmental downside that casts a dark eco-green shadow over an otherwise rosy outlook. The Association of Plastics Recyclers (Washington, D.C.) states that shrink-sleeve labeled PET bottles are not friendly to PET recyclers because they can interfere with the accuracy of automated sortation equipment.

Polymers Petrochemicals Crude Oil 18-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain are very weak.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 is weak, while its chain is steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,450/8,550 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,450/6,550 yuan/tonMEG  585/595 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,550/4,650 yuan/tonPX Korea 980/995 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the MEG May contract price for Asia at USD800 per ton, which is USD40 per ton below April, an ICIS source said the company. The price was named on CFR Asia delivery terms.

MEG prices in Asia show a downward trend as material stocks in main ports of China rose to a record high, although demand in the downstream market for polyester production remains at a good level.

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal raised the April contract price of MEG for Asia compared to March level by USD10 per ton – to USD840 per ton, CFR Asia.

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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Global chemical company Eastman has unveiled a recycling process that breaks down polymers into gases for use in chemical manufacturing. It’s now looking for suppliers.

The Kingsport, Tenn.-headquartered company earlier this month announced what it calls carbon renewal technology, through which mixed plastics are deconstructed into hydrogen and carbon monoxide molecules. Eastman then feeds the gases into its existing large-scale system for producing chemicals used in a variety of products.

“The world has a waste plastic problem today, and this is something that can start contributing to fixing that,” said Ron Sheppard, director of corporate innovation at Eastman.

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According to ACEA (European automobile manufacturers association), the sales figure for March 2019 for the European passenger car market saw a 3.9 percent decline on a YoY basis. Although a few EU markets showed signs of slight recovery in the month of February, the month of March turned out to be dismal with Italy posting the highest percentage drop (-9.6%), followed by Spain (-4.3%), the United Kingdom (-3.4%), France (-2.3%) and Germany (-0.5%).

As per the reports, almost every country in the continent have seen decline in sales, except for Lithuania (43%), Latvia (15.4%), Romania (20.8%), Hungary (5.0%), Luxembourg (4.5%), Slovakia (7.9%) and Denmark (33.2%). Going by the first quarter of 2019, Lithuania saw a gain of 58.2 percent, followed by Romania (25.1%) and Denmark (16.4%).

The US-based bank, Morgan Stanley, has announced plans to prevent, reduce, and remove 50mn tons of plastic waste from rivers, ocean, landscapes, and landfills by 2030.

The company’s Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing revealed the Morgan Stanley Plastic Waste Resolution.

The initiative aims to engage stakeholders to collaborate in designing, innovating, financing, and deploying solutions to plastic waste.

“At Morgan Stanley, we are committed to leveraging our best thinking; our broad capital markets reach; our relationships with innovators, entrepreneurs, corporations and governments; and our ongoing commitment to our communities to address this daunting challenge at a systemic level,” said Tom Nides, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley.

China’s economy is entering a new phase of steady rather than rapid expansion and the automotive industry may have to accept that the days of exponential growth could be at an end, delegates were told at today’s Automotive Logistics Global Shanghai conference.

Yet GDP remains relatively high – predicted to reach up to 6.4% in Q1 2019 – and speakers felt there were several reasons for the automotive industry to remain positive, including opportunities in new energy vehicles (NEVs), the used car sector, and an impending transformation from straightforward manufacturing to a service model.

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Israel is among the leading countries in recycling bottles, both plastic and glass. There are over 23,000 bottle recycling bins spread throughout the country, with 600 new ones added in 2018 alone. Out of a total of 990 million bottles that were sold in 2018, some 770 million were recycled – nearly 80% of the total. The Environment Ministry, which issued a report on the matter, said that recycling efforts had more than met the goals set out at the beginning of the year.

Israel leads recycling efforts in plastic bottles in both the United States and Europe. Israelis recycled 59.9% of PET (polyethylene terephthalate)-based plastic bottles in 2017, while the recycling rate in the U.S. was 29.6%.

Hellmann’s announced Tuesday that by 2020, all of its mayonnaise and mayonnaise dressing plastic containers sold in U.S. retail stores will be made from recycled plastic materials. This initiative is part of Hellmann’s ongoing commitment to advance sustainable packaging.

The recycled plastic packaging is rolling out now, beginning with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Mayonnaise Dressing squeeze bottles and followed by Hellmann’s jars by the end of 2019. Over 200 million Hellmann’s bottles and jars will be impacted, and the new containers will feature the How2Recycle label and artwork that highlights the brand’s commitment to using recycled plastic.

High performance Mobil DTE 10 Excel™ hydraulic fluid helps cut energy consumption and increase productivity

A team of field engineers helped MPact Polymers reduce the energy used by processing equipment at its Pinetown site by 7%1 by switching to Mobil DTE™ 10 Excel hydraulic fluid. The move also helped optimise equipment performance, which reduced unscheduled maintenance, while the hydraulic fluid’s long life cut waste oil disposal costs.

The South African plastics packaging manufacturer was looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its plastics processing equipment. Following a site inspection, ExxonMobil’s Field Engineering Services (FES) team recommended switching the company’s 22 injection moulding machines and 13 blow moulding lines to Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic fluid.

ExxonMobil also recommended that MPact Polymers implement Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis. The used oil analysis programme can detect issues before they become problems, helping reduce unplanned maintenance.

A one-step method enables scalable and more environmentally friendly production of plant-derived plastic monomers, paving the way towards the mass production of a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based materials.

An international team, including Kiyotaka Nakajima of Hokkaido University, Japan, and Emiel Hensen of Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, has developed an energy-efficient method to synthesize bioplastic ingredients. The new technology will contribute towards the realization of sustainable ‘green products’, such as completely biobased beverage bottles. This study was conducted jointly with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and the findings were published in ACS Catalysis.

France will ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive from 2020 after the country’s health and safety agency said there was not enough evidence to guarantee the safety of the substance.

Titanium dioxide is widely used in industry as a whitener, notably for paint, and in the food sector, where it is labeled E171 and goes into products from chocolate to chewing gum.

France had ordered a review of the substance in 2017 after a study found health effects in animals that consumed it.

France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and partners in a study of oral exposure to titanium dioxide had shown that E171 crosses the intestine wall in animals to reach other parts of the body.

Polyamide Market : Overview

Polyamide is a polymer with versatile properties and high demand in various end user segments such as automotives, textile, electronics, machinery, packaging and coatings among others. Polyamides occur naturally in form of wool, silk among others and can be synthesized artificially. Nylon, polyamide 6 and aramid are amongst artificially made polyamides. Artificial polyamides exhibit properties such as resistance to wear, good mechanical properties, low permeability to gases and chemical resistance. Bio-based polyamides are gaining demand in market owing to its eco- friendly nature. Polyamide 6 is dominant type among polyamides in terms of revenue and consumption owing to its cost to performance factor.

A new recycling line will help produce food-contact RPET from just about the dirtiest source around: bottles picked from landfills.

Equipment supplier Amut has provided a wash line for a new recycling plant at an Indorama Ventures North America facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. The bottles, sourced from landfills, will be the dirtiest bottles on the market.

Indorama Ventures is one of the world’s largest virgin plastics producers. It and other global plastics producers have responded to customer pressure to offer more recycled plastics by investing in the recycling industry. Earlier this year, Indorama acquired the Custom Polymers PET recycling plant in Athens, Ala. The company has also partnered with technology startups, among them Loop Industries, a Canadian company commercializing a PET depolymerization technology.

The leader of one of the world’s largest bottle water businesses recently detailed the company’s recycling strategy, noting it supports deposit legislation and other steps to boost supply.

Nestlé Waters North America began moving into a role supportive to recycling back in 2011, and it has since pushed deeper by both increasing the amount of recycled plastic used in its packaging and increasing the recyclability of its products.

Ultimately, the company anticipates getting to the point where all of its plastic packaging, and that of other companies, is recovered for recycling or reuse. Technological advancements have enabled that step, said Fernando Mercé, CEO of Nestlé Waters North America.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week as imports dropped, while gasoline and distillate inventories decreased less than forecasts, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

Crude inventories fell by 1.4 million barrels in week to April 12, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 1.7 million barrels. A majority of the decline came from the Midwest region, where inventories fell 2.4 million barrels to 135.3 million barrels.

Polymers Petrochemicals Recycling Polyester 17-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain are assessed mixed.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,110 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,700 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,850/7,950 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/tonMEG  585/595 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,550/4,700 yuan/tonPX Korea 1,020/1,030 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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A North American post-consumer plastics reclaimer is expanding to process additional curbside-grade film, a move the company attributes to rising demand among end users.

Enviroplast, a Canadian reclaimer with facilities in Quebec and Ontario, recently installed a new wash line in one plant and is gearing up for significant expansion in the other. The company’s processing growth has been driven by increased end-user demand, alongside improving output quality from the company’s post-consumer film suppliers.

Mathieu Séguin, Enviroplast CEO, said processors must make significant equipment improvements to meet that incoming demand.

South Korea’s imports of Iranian crude last month reached 1.2 million tons, or 8.8 million barrels which was a 23-percent increase on February and a fivefold increase in January, when Korean refiners resumed their purchases of Iranian crude.

Reuters reports the daily intake rate for March was a bit above 280,000 barrels, which on an annual basis represents a 12-percent decline.

This is understandable as this time last year the U.S. and not yet reinstated sanctions against Tehran and everyone was buying its oil without concern.

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has left for Turkey where he will be on an official visit.

The airplane of the head of state took off from the National Airport Minsk, BelTA has learned. On 16 April the head of state will hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

There will be a narrow-participation meeting as well as an extended meeting with members of the delegations in attendance. According to the press service of the Belarusian leader, the parties will discuss po

litics, trade and economic relations and new mutually beneficial projects. Top on the agenda will be investment cooperation and ways to balance out bilateral trade.

Bangkok-based tycoons Aloke and Suchitra Lohia speak to Ruth Shapiro about the launch of their philanthropic IVL Foundation

Aloke and Suchitra Lohia’s business acumen has made headlines around the world. With his father and brother, Indian-born, Bangkok-based Aloke has transformed Indorama Ventures, also known as IVL, from a modest family business into a multibillion-dollar international corporation which today is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wool yarn and polyester.

But what is less documented is how, while building their business, the family made it their mission to give back to the community.

Soon after the launch of IVL’s philanthropic arm, the IVL Foundation, Aloke and Suchitra spoke to Ruth Shapiro, founder and chief executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, about the causes they’re currently supporting and how they’re helping to build a brighter future.

Việt Nam’s exports to Japan increased sharply in the first quarter of this year, including garment products. — Photo vneconomy.vn

HÀ NỘI — Elimination of many tariff lines for goods under the CPTPP has helped Việt Nam’s exports to Japan increase sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the General Department of Customs.

Việt Nam’s export value to Japan in the first quarter surged 6.7 per cent year on year to US$4.6 billion, the general department said. Việt Nam became one of three markets gaining an export value in the billions of US dollars to Japan, after the US and China.

Rolfes Pigments, a division of JSE listed, Rolfes Holdings, says it is expanding into key fast-growing African economies as part the company’s overall growth strategy and evolving business model.

As market leaders in the supply of pigments into the paint, printing ink, plastics, and construction industries, Rolfes Pigments distributes a wide range of organic and inorganic pigments and manufactures in-plant and point of sale dispersions.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has pledged to double the amount of recycled plastic it sources for inclusion in plastic bottle production, after green campaigners criticised parent firm The Coca-Cola Company for its continued use of high quantities of virgin plastics.

The commitment will see CCA, which is the largest soft drinks bottler in Australia, incorporate more than 10,000 tonnes of pre and post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in its range of bottles annually by 2020.

This move will enable the company to produce all bottles with a capacity of 600ml or less using 100% recycled plastic, while also doubling the proportion of recycled content in all other bottle ranges. Selected lines in the firm’s 600ml and under range, which includes on-the-go bottles for the likes of Sprite, Fanta, Coca-Cola and Mount Franklin, will be launched in 100% recycled bottles by the end of 2019.

Meera Industries will exhibit its range of innovative twisting Machines for carpet yarns, ropes, twines and thread at the upcoming ITMA 2019 trade fair in Barcelona, which takes place from 20-26 June. The manufacturer will focus on energy optimisation, high productivity and ease of use.

One of the highlights at the exhibition will be Carpet Cabler/Carpet Twister, a heavy-duty direct cabling/twisting machine with sturdy structure, designed to produce premium quality yarns for carpet at most economical cost.

Having a denier range of 1200-12000, this twister/cabler is suitable for all types of BCF (Bulk Continuous Filament) and textured yarns like PP, polyester and nylon.

Tight polyethylene (PE) supply for some grades in Europe is leading to stronger pressure on buyers for April pricing.

Last week, Dow stopped all new orders for April, adding a supplement of €70/tonne, compared to March business.

Other sellers are still talking of plus €50/tonne for end-month retroactive business.

Buyers’ early expectations for April settlements were at €30/tonne increase.

In some cases, this is still the case, but low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) have been but tightening due to some production issues and fewer imports, leading to stronger targets from some producers.

Michael Stephen of the says Europe and the US should follow the lead of countries that have embraced oxo-biodegradation

Your article (Plastic plague: tiny particles can reach anywhere on the planet, say scientists, 16 April) says that “about 335m tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and while it degrades extremely slowly it can be broken into smaller and smaller pieces”. It adds that these pieces are now being blown around the world by the wind.

Perhaps one day there will be no plastic, but until then a way must be found to make it become biodegradable much more quickly, so that it can be recycled back into nature by naturally occurring bacteria and fungi.

 

April price paraxylene Europe

April contract price of paraxylene in Europe remained at the level of March

April price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of para-xylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of March – EUR995 per tonne, market participants told ICIS on Tuesday.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).

Sources in the European market expected that the contract price of paraxylene in the current month would either remain at the level of the previous month, or be slightly reduced against the background of a balanced supply of material in the market and in low demand.

Oil prices on the upstream market increased in March – April, which could limit any downward pressure from weak demand.

Earlier it was noted that the March contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR35 per ton compared to February of the current year – up to EUR995 per ton.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the situation on the Russian PET market in April contrasts sharply with that which was on the market exactly a year ago. In April last year, prices rose sharply and the market was entering a period of serious shortage, which became more acute in May-June. In the current year, large processors in advance made sure that last year’s shortage of PET did not recur.

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RadiciGroup sustainable investments Brazil

São Paulo (Brazil), 22 – 26 April 2019

RadiciGroup, sustainable investments in Brazil

At Feiplastic, focus on reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment

RadiciGroup sustainable investments BrazilRadici Plastics Ltda – Brazil, a RadiciGroup company and leader in the South American engineering polymers market, is participating in the Feiplastic trade show (Stand L42), taking place at Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil, from 22 to 26 April.

The main goal of the company is to draw attention to the high quality of its products and the sustainability of its business.
In the 2017-2018 period, the Brazilian firm allocated a portion of its total investments, amounting to about R$ 13 million, to the improvement of the performance of its systems, processes and safety.

Good results can already be seen in productivity – with an increase of 45% in installed capacity – sustainability and safety.

Due to progress made in its water supply system, the installation of LED lighting in its factory and the start-up of more efficient production lines, Radici Plastics Brazil had already achieved a significant decrease in electric power and water consumption.

“Continuous improvement is the strategy that we’ve adopted, in line with the policy of the Group as whole and our High Performance Polymers Business Area,” said Jane Campos, country manager of Radici Plastics Ltda.

“To us, growth in numbers is important, but we must fully safeguard the environment and people, so as to be truly sustainable.”

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Polyestertime

ITEM15/04/201922/04/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,650 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton-200
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,110 $/ton1,095 $/ton-15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,875 yuan/ton7,725 yuan/ton-150
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,950 yuan/ton7,875 yuan/ton-75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,700 yuan/ton6,520 yuan/ton-180
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market855 $/ton850 $/ton-5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market4,700 yuan/ton4,660 yuan/ton-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market599 $/ton598 $/ton-1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,068 $/ton966 $/ton-102
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,049 $/ton947 $/ton-102
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market910 $/ton840 $/ton-70
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market9,135 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton
-285
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,550 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,620 yuan/ton10,350 yuan/ton-270
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton10,000 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,670 yuan/ton9,400 yuan/ton-270
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,970 yuan/ton8,870 yuan/ton-100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market14,350 yuan/ton14,380 yuan/ton
+30
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,720 $/ton1,720 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,090 $/ton2,090 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,250 yuan/ton15,050 yuan/ton-200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,650 yuan/ton15,500 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market29,700 yuan/ton29,100 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,300 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,200 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton-200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,300 yuan/ton19,300 yuan/ton-100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000  yuan/ton32,800  yuan/ton-200
Adipic Acid domestic market8,300 yuan/ton8,050 yuan/ton-250
Benzene domestic market4,350 yuan/ton4,480 yuan/ton+130
Benzene overseas  market642 $/ton636 $/ton -6
Ethylene South East market930 $/ton915 $/ton-15
Ethylene NWE  market1,079 $/ton1,085 $/ton+6
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market14,300 yuan/ton14,300 yuan/ton+800
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,750 $/ton1,800 $/ton+50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,900 yuan/ton16,900 yuan/ton+500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton+100
PP Powder domestic market8,900 yuan/ton8,780 yuan/ton-120
Naphtha overseas market  582 $/ton584 $/ton+2
Phenol domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton7,813 yuan/ton+13
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,325 $/ton1,320 $/ton-5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,380 $/ton1,375 $/ton-5
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,022 $/ton1,022 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,007 $/ton1,007 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,067 $/ton1,067 $/ton
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,083 €/ton1,093 €/ton+10
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,063 €/ton1,063 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,100 $/ton1,120 $/ton+20
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,201 €/ton1,201 €/ton

MEGlobal Monoethylene glycol Asia

MEGlobal lowers MEG May contract price in Asia by USD40 per ton

MEGlobal Monoethylene glycol Asia

MOSCOW – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the MEG May contract price for Asia at USD800 per ton, which is USD40 per ton below April, an ICIS source said the company.

The price was named on CFR Asia delivery terms.

MEG prices in Asia show a downward trend as material stocks in main ports of China rose to a record high, although demand in the downstream market for polyester production remains at a good level. MEGlobal Monoethylene glycol Asia 

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal raised the April contract price of MEG for Asia compared to March level by USD10 per ton – to USD840 per ton, CFR Asia.

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in mid-April, the calm situation on the Russian PET market remains. There are no signs of a current or possible future shortage of material on the market. The cost of free spot volumes from Russian producers is growing.

External background remains neutral and does not contribute to a significant increase in contract prices in the next month. It is expected that the formula prices in May will remain at a level below 100 thousand rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

MEGlobal, headquartered in Dubai (UAE) is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG).

Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide. DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textiles), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products.

MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company. In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed the sale of its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity participation in Kuwaiti joint ventures.

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Purified terephthalic acid China

Prices of imported TPA in China are growing

Purified terephthalic acid China

MOSCOW – Prices of imported purified terephthalic acid (TPA) in China are rising, following the rise in material prices in the domestic market, ICIS reports, citing sources in the market.

So, on April 8, deals on imported TPA in China were concluded at the level of USD850-860 per ton, CFR CMP, as compared to prices at USD830-850 per ton, CMP CFR on April 4.

Domestic prices for TFC in China on April 8 were CNY6 742-6 804 per tonne, EXWH, compared to CNY6 424-6 570 per tonne, EXWH as of April 4, according to ICIS data.

Earlier it was reported that the prices of PFCs in the Chinese market began to grow when the schedules for carrying out repair work at several large PFC factories were approved, which would lead to a reduction in the supply of material in the near future.

Nevertheless, some market players are concerned that the large variation between the paraxylene and TFC quotes will lead to the fact that TFC plants will operate with high capacity utilization, and preventive measures will be postponed.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , with the onset of April, the cost of PET for formula clients in Russia has not changed. The spot prices for the majority of buyers remained either unchanged or slightly increased for smaller processors. Contract prices are in the range of 95,000–98,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT, spot – 102 000-106 000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Polymers Petrochemicals Sustainability Polyester 16-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and its chain are weak.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,110 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,700 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,850/8,000 yuan/ton

 

  • PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/tonMEG  580/595 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,550/4,700 yuan/tonPX Korea 1,035/1,045 $/ton

 

  • Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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Aquafil displayed new products and trends in the Chinese floor covering industry at Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor that ended recently. Upto 60 new textile samples, more than half made with Econyl yarn, divided into 4 areas namely contract, residential, rugs, and hospitality were showed at the tradeshow which saw participation of 1,418 exhibitors from 35 countries.

Many customers from China, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and Korea went over Aquafil’s booth and got the chance to sit down and discuss current and future business with Aquafil’s team from the Asia Pacific and Aquafil’s management team from Europe, Aquafil said in a press release.

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The threat of the Britain’s hard exit from the European Union looms large over Turkey, which stands to lose access to its second-largest export market for years to come, Reuters reported on Monday.

Turkey’s autos, textiles and appliances face the biggest risk if Britain ultimately leaves the bloc without trade arrangements, effectively wiping out most of the country’s $3.7 billion (£2.8 billion) trade surplus with Britain, if there is a so-called hard, or no-deal Brexit, the agency said.

Compostable plastics may not be the best way out of the plastics crisis, warns Bunzl’s Joanna Gilroy

As both the UK & EU governments look to introduce taxes or bans on single-use plastic packaging products, the question on the lips of many operators in the catering and hospitality sector is: ‘what is the best alternative?’ Should operators introduce consumers to reusable packaging or switch consumers to disposable plastic-free alternatives?

Last week independent coffee chain Boston Tea Party said it has seen sales fall by £250,000 since it banned single-use cups last summer. Not prepared to apply an all-out ban on disposable products and risk a similar reduction in sales, many foodservice operators are looking at compostable packaging products as an alternative,  predominantly made from bagasse (sugarcane fibres) or PLA (poly-lactic acid).

Hungary-based MOL Group has announced that it has signed a sales-purchase agreement to acquire Aurora, a recycled plastic compounder with production plants located nearby automotive manufacturing and plastics conversion clusters in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Aurora is a medium-size German company, headquartered in Neuenstein, with a unique and lean closed loop concept assuming collection of post-industrial plastic waste, regrinding and compounding.

The company’s portfolio largely consists of engineering plastics and polypropylene recyclate-based compounds.

Researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China have selectively synthesized gasoline- and jet-fuel range C7-C8 cycloalkanes and aromatics by the methanolysis of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) waste, followed by the solvent-free hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation (HDO).

DuPont Teijin Films has announced the launch of its new LuxCR depolymerisation process which upcycles post-consumer waste.

The waste is transformed into a variety of technically advanced BOPET films serving a wide range of applications and markets.  The use of recycled content is a critical part of DuPont Teijin Films’ circular economy strategy, and the upcycling of PET through the LuxCR process also marks an important step forward in the chemical recycling technology for the wider polyester industry. “PrimeX” polyester with a thin core-sheath structure and a fine composite yarn with a single filament count of 0.8 deniers or less.

NanoXplore Inc. is pleased to announce that the corporation has been recognized as the 2019 winner of the IDTechEx Graphene & 2D Materials Award for the Most Significant Advancement in Graphene, CNT, or 2D Material for Commercialization.

The award was presented at the IDTechEx Show in Berlin, Germany, by Dr. Richard Collins (Senior Technology Analyst – IDTechEx) and adjudicated by Dr. Nikolaus Nestle (BASF SE – Materials Physics and Analytics) and Ivan Buckley (Director of Business Development -Graphene@Manchester at The University of Manchester).

Brent Crude and WTI Crude prices hit a five-month high this week amid signs of tightening market and clashes in wildcard OPEC producer Libya.

Brent Crude topped $71 and WTI Crude rose above $64 a barrel in the middle of this week as supply reductions outweighed fears of slowing economic growth.

Following the crash in Q4 2018, oil prices have already increased by more than 30 percent so far this year.

There is a rise in the adoption of circular economy by chemical manufacturers.

This business model is being pursued by chemical manufacturers due to its closed loop nature and zero waste process.

In the linear economy model, products are manufactured, used and discarded.

Whereas, in the circular economy model, products are continuously looped back to the value chain, where they can be reused.

This results in lesser energy and resource utilization.

Prices of imported purified terephthalic acid (TPA) in China are rising, following the rise in material prices in the domestic market, ICIS reports, citing sources in the market.

So, on April 8, deals on imported TPA in China were concluded at the level of USD850-860 per ton, CFR CMP, as compared to prices at USD830-850 per ton, CMP CFR on April 4.

Polymers Polyethylene Petrochemical Prices

Polymers Polyethylene Petrochemical Prices

Polyestertime

ITEM08/04/201915/04/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,675 yuan/ton8,650 yuan/ton-25
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,125 $/ton1,110 $/ton-15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,850 yuan/ton7,875 yuan/ton+25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,950 yuan/ton7,950 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,770 yuan/ton6,700 yuan/ton-70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market850 $/ton855 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market4,800 yuan/ton4,700 yuan/ton-100
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market612 $/ton599 $/ton-13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,038 $/ton1,068 $/ton+30
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,019 $/ton1,049 $/ton+30
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market910 $/ton910 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market9,225 yuan/ton9,135 yuan/ton
-90
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,550 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,570 yuan/ton10,620 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton10,300 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,650 yuan/ton9,670 yuan/ton+20
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,980 yuan/ton8,970 yuan/ton-10
Caprolactam CPL domestic market14,350 yuan/ton14,350 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,720 $/ton1,720 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,090 $/ton2,090 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,300 yuan/ton15,250 yuan/ton-50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,650 yuan/ton15,650 yuan/ton 
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market30,500 yuan/ton29,700 yuan/ton-800
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,200 yuan/ton18,300 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,200 yuan/ton21,200 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,400 yuan/ton19,300 yuan/ton-100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000  yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,300 yuan/ton-100
Benzene domestic market4,325 yuan/ton4,350 yuan/ton+25
Benzene overseas  market621 $/ton642 $/ton +21
Ethylene South East market920 $/ton930 $/ton+10
Ethylene NWE  market1,079 $/ton1,079 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market13,500 yuan/ton14,300 yuan/ton+800
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,750 $/ton1,750 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,900 yuan/ton16,900 yuan/ton+500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton+100
PP Powder domestic market8,950 yuan/ton8,900 yuan/ton-50
Naphtha overseas market  557 $/ton582 $/ton+25
Phenol domestic market 8,663 yuan/ton7,800 yuan/ton-863
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,290 $/ton1,325 $/ton+35
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,365 $/ton1,380 $/ton+15
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,022 $/ton1,022 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,007 $/ton1,007 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,057 $/ton1,067 $/ton+10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,063 €/ton1,083 €/ton+20
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,033 €/ton1,063 €/ton+30
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,090 $/ton1,100 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,201 €/ton1,201 €/ton

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Sallorenzo is an experienced manager in the fashion industry with a consolidated international experience. It will have to guide the company towards leaner business models and give greater impetus to the foreign market

In the meeting held last April 9, Miroglio Fashion approved the 2018 financial statements and formalized the change in governance with the appointment of a new Board of Directors. Concludedt he fruitful collaboration with the a.d. Hans Hoegstedt, on the expiry of the mandate, the Miroglio Fashion Board of Directors was in fact renewed with the intention of bringing new strategic skills, able to guide the new phase focused on international development, digital and ever greater autonomy of individual brands.

Miroglio Fashion: Gaetano Sallorenzo

ICIS on Friday launched its 16th annual ICIS Innovation Awards, designed to recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.

BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical producers, is once again the overall lead sponsor for the Awards.

“As the most innovative company in the chemical industry, BASF has long been developing solutions for the biggest challenges of our time, and has enjoyed great success in doing so,” says Detlef Kratz, president of process research and chemical engineering at BASF.

“For this reason, we are honoured to support the ICIS Innovation Award again this year and acknowledge the teams and people behind contributions for a sustainable future. We are optimistic that brilliant minds will come up with outstanding ideas. We wish all of them great success.”

The benchmark Shankar 6 variety of cotton jumped more than 10% to trade at Rs 12,907 a quintal on Friday

India is fast losing its cotton export market to Brazil due to a sharp increase in the fibre prices over the last six weeks which makes Indian shipments uncompetitive in world markets.

The benchmark Shankar 6 variety of cotton jumped more than 10 per cent to trade at Rs 12,907 a quintal on Friday as against Rs 11,698 a quintal on February 28. With the Cotton Association of India (CAI) forecasting that India’s cotton output will remain lower during the current season, its arrivals have started declining gradually. Cotton harvesting ended early this season due to reports of crop damage in major fibre producing states including drought-hit Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Apart from rising domestic cotton prices, the appreciating rupee has made actual realisation lower than the depreciating Brazilian real. While the rupee appreciated by 2.27 per cent to close at Rs 69.18 against the dollar on Friday compared to Rs 70.75 on February 28

Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans, scientists have discovered a unique oil-eating bacteria that can play a role in cleaning up man-made oil spills.

In a study published in the journal Microbiome, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), and China and Russia, detail how they undertook the most comprehensive analysis of microbial populations in the trench, located in the Western Pacific Ocean and which reaches a depth of approximately 36,089 feet (11,000 meters).

The chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanallah, has said that renewed fighting in the country could “bring down” the country’s production of crude oil.

During his meeting with Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, Sanallah said that the country’s export of oil and gas is facing its biggest threat since 2011. This is due to the size of the battles and the repercussions of war, the most recent of which have taken place in the suburbs of Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the “Information Office of Al-Sarraj” on Facebook.

To date, oil supplies in Libya have not been affected by the clashes between the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and the forces of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord.

Last week, the association of plastic manufacturers in the country engaged the media at the British Council Hall to discuss plastics. Of course, the discussion was about the negative fallouts from plastic use and management in the country. Indeed, the world is saddled with this challenge as evidenced from measures taken by some countries to control the pollution.

The executives of the association observed rather worryingly that a decision that their members use oxy-biodegradable additives in the manufacture of their products is not being adhered to. To put it bluntly, the directive has been trampled upon with impunity.

Iran’s oil minister said on Sunday that U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela and tensions in Libya have made the supply-demand balance in the global oil market fragile, and warned of consequences for increasing pressures on Tehran.

Oil prices have risen more than 30 percent this year on the back of supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and U.S. sanctions on oil exporters Iran and Venezuela, plus escalating conflict in OPEC member Libya.

“Oil prices are increasing every day. That shows the market is worried,” Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

A plant to manufacture PET pellets by breaking down old clothes and polyester and cotton fibre through a recycling process, is being planned in Dubai.

With an initial estimated investment of $30 million, the plant will follow the public-private-partnership (PPP) approach to attract funds from businesses in the United Arab Emirates and use Japanese expertise.

This was announced at a panel discussion titled ‘How Sustainable is Sustainability?’ in Dubai recently organised by Blossom Trading, which imports Dishdasha and Kandoora materials from Japan to the Gulf Coordination Council, Iraq and Yemen markets, along with Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies.

After Texas pushed the United States over the last decade to become the world’s biggest oil producer last year, the heart of the shale revolution is starting to show fatigue.

The volume of crude being pumped out of Texas recently saw its first monthly dip in a year.

Oil well productivity in Texas’s Permian basin – the country’s largest oil field – is falling, and the number of drilling rigs operating in the United States declined for six straight weeks before rebounding this week.

Oil supply concerns in Libya renewed following clashes

Abu Dhabi: Oil markets are expected to remain supported due to geopolitical tensions in a number of oil producing countries as well as output cuts enforced by Opec and its allies, according to analysts.

“With geopolitical risks continuing to impact production from Venezuela and Iran and now also potentially Libya and even Algeria, the crude oil market is likely to remain supported until the price reaches a level that is satisfactory for Opec and Russia,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Libya, one of the important members of Opec has been going through a crisis following clashes between different armed groups for the control of power at the capital city Tripoli whereas production has been hit hard in Venezuela and Iran, due to sanctions by the United States government.

Choosing a car for its environmental credentials goes a lot further than just swapping petrol or diesel for electric power.

Many drivers now look at the whole life sustainability of their next car and that means assessing how much of it can be recycled and what proportion of materials used in its construction have already been sourced from recycled materials.

A lot of new car buyers will shun leather for ethical reasons, yet this is one of the oldest upholstery coverings in the world.

There’s a good reason for that: it’s hard-wearing and lasts longer than most other fabrics.

This on its own makes it a more sustainable choice, but what can make leather a cleaner, greener option is knowing where it’s from and how it was produced.

French Textile Machinery Manufacturers are offering hardware, software and services.

Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of their association, states that “The French textile machinery manufacturers are technology partners for their customers.

Together they cooperate on long term basis often from a specially designed machine to many after sales services”.

The objective of these services is to let the customers get the best return from their investments.

They include, for examples, remote assistance through internet, spare parts availability and upgrading.

The nose knows when there’s something in the air in a vehicle. A wire is smoking, fluid is leaking or something’s rotten.

But what if the nose can’t figure it out?

Aryballe Technologies, a French food and cosmetics industry tech supplier, is developing a sensor to identify errant smells in a vehicle.

The detection system could zero in on a lingering smell from under the passenger seat or a scent arising from the engine compartment.

Or maybe the last driver was just smoking cheap cigars.

Researchers at Ohio State University in the US recently outlined in Polymer journal their creation of a tough material that can be used like plastic, but their product is not bad for the environment.

Normal plastic is not biodegradable, a major environmental concern.

The research team said they successfully created a product using a microbial fermentation system that functions as conventional plastic.

The study involved melting rubber into a plant-based thermoplastic called PHBV along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate.

Last month, I wrote about the growing divide between economic theory and real-world economic conditions, and reminded readers that economics is still a social science, despite whatever loftier ambitions its practitioners may have.

Nonetheless, when it comes to the specific question of what drives economic growth in the long term, one can still offer rigorous predictions by focusing on just two forces.

Specifically, if one knows how much a country’s working-age population will grow (or shrink), and how much its productivity will increase, one can predict its future growth with considerable confidence.

The first variable is reasonably predictable from a country’s retirement and death rates; the second is more uncertain.

Indeed, the reported slowdown in productivity across advanced economies since 2008 is widely regarded as an economic mystery.

As Iran struggles to sell 6 MMbbl of oil, only one deal has closed for 35,000 bbls, so far.

Iran’s oil production and exports have slumped after the U.S. reinstated sanctions last year, and new curbs are set to further restrict its exports. Exemptions for importing countries including Japan, China, Turkey, India and South Korea have partially cushioned the blow.

With foreign investors steering clear of the world’s fourth-largest holder of crude, it’s trying via the Iran Energy Exchange to offload some oil to domestic buyers. Sales have been dismal, and even Iranian oil officials concede that the physical contracts are undesirable as long as oil sanctions remain intact.

The Circular Economy Accelerator wants to bring together forward-thinking companies to proactively pursue policy solutions to catalyze the circular economy for good.

The Recycling Partnership announced the Circular Economy Accelerator, a new initiative that will proactively drive policy solutions for stronger recycling and a robust circular economy in the United States.

“Consumers, businesses, and policymakers recognize that the U.S. recycling system is facing a critical inflection point – but we see it as an opportunity,” said Sarah Dearman, Executive Director of the Circular Economy Accelerator. “By leveraging public-private solutions to drive sustainable investment in recycling infrastructure and implementing policies that incentivize recycling over disposal, we can put the U.S. on the path to a truly circular economy.”

The abacá plant grows without needing lots of water or pesticides, helps stop erosion, and is now being used to replace fossil fuels in clothes.

This sleek backpack now available in stores in Copenhagen and Zurich started life in a forest in the Philippines, where fiber from banana plants is now harvested to turn into a new type of technical material. Qwstion, the Swiss brand that makes the bags, spent the last few years working with a yarn specialist to design the fabric, called Bananatex.

Now the company wants to help other brands use it to start replacing polyester and other plastic-based material.

NSC (N. Schlumberger) will display latest core machines at ITMA 2019, in hall 6-A107. The textile and garment technology expo will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26, 2019. Designer of textile machinery and complete fibre-to-yarn lines, NSC is a leader in combing/recombing, spinning preparation, tow to top, and semi-worsting of long staple fibres.

The ERA combing machine will be presented in a multi-servomotor drive design. With this new drive, most of the settings will be possible via the main control screen. A wide range of materials have been tested on this new ERA combing machine and results are promising mainly for delicate material which has to be processed in a gentle manner. Also, despite the additional motors, power consumption remains relatively low, the company said in a media statement.

Energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has revealed plans to develop the UK’s first industrial-scale facility capable of converting waste plastics into hydrogen in Cheshire.

Waste2Tricity is set to apply for planning permission to build the £7m facility later this spring, after parenting with developer Peel Environmental, which has agreed to host it on its Protos site near Ellesmere Port.

The proposed facility will span 54 acres and have the capacity to treat up to 25 tonnes of waste plastic each day, generating one tonne of hydrogen and 28MWh of electricity in the process. Waste2Tricity claims that it would be capable of processing almost all kinds of plastics, including packaging, rigid plastics and used tyres.

Johns Manville (JM) has showcased its advanced composites technology, including its OS-6 series and the newly released NCF-6 and CR-6 series, at the recently held JEC World 2019 show in Paris.

The OS-6 series is an AP Nylon Composites Sheet reinforces with continuous woven fabric and impregnated using JM proprietary technology with complete fibre impregnation to enhance impact resistance, strength, and stiffness in thermoplastic composites.

The new CR-6 series combines formability with excellent impact resistance through a chopped roving (CR) reinforcement.

This innovative product enables a range of high formability applications for thermoplastic sheets with quasi isotropic properties.

Alchemie is pleased to announce the launch of a breakthrough new technology in textile dyeing: The Alchemie Endeavour waterless smart dyeing process, at Interdye on April 10 in Shanghai, delivering a step change in sustainability at a radically lower cost.

The Alchemie Endeavour waterless smart dyeing process is capable of throughputs of over 2000 sqm per hour and will reduce waste water and energy by over 80 percent. This delivers a > 50 percent reduction in cost.

The waterless process can deliver dyed fabric that does not require post dyeing washing steps to deliver a finished product; a remarkable sustainability advantage.

ASU professor Taylor Weiss works on developing bio-plastics in a lab on ASU’s Polytechnic campus

“Plastics will fade away into history with the help of bacteria.” Illustration published on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Tucked within ASU’s Polytechnic campus, in the unassuming Mesa desert, ASU affiliates take part in the world’s largest algae test-bed facility, working on the cutting edge of sustainability research.

The facility, called the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, is home to labs dedicated to using algae technology to develop sustainable alternatives to agriculture, commodities and energy.

Even though the name AzCATI isn’t commonly heard on the main campus, companies and countries across the world send scientists to the center year-round to learn about algae technology.

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Venezuela has sent 1 million barrels of crude to Cuba despite pressure from the United States to suspend these shipments, Reuters reports citing a PDVSA document as well as shipping data.

The U.S. has been trying to plug Venezuela’s oil exports through sanctions on PDVSA, which have effectively stopped the flow of Venezuelan oil to U.S. refiners, and through a suspension of diluent exports to Venezuela. The latest was sanctioning 23 vessels and two companies involved in shipments of oil to Cuba.

Alfredo Prince, commercial director for Braskem Idesa in Mexico City, shows the reverse vending machine t Plastimagen 2019.

Mexico City — Braskem Idesa is known for making virgin polyethylene. But the firm also wants people to start thinking of the company more in terms of sustainability.

To help drive that point across, Braskem Idesa made a splash around Plastimagen with the placement of 15 reverse vending machines accepting both used PET bottles and aluminum cans.

The kiosks, which include Braskem Idesa signage, are the work of a company called BioBox, which provides them as a way for recyclers to earn points that can be used toward purchases or discounts. The points also can be donated to charity.

The image depicts the structure of MHETase bound to a non-hydrolyzable PET-derived ligand (MHETA). Symbolic polymer fibers connect MHETA to a typical PET bottle, indicating the large potential of enhanced PETase and MHETase variants in enzymatic plastic recycling. In this regard, our structural data facilitated the generation of initial MHETase variants with improved activity and extended substrate specificity. Our findings thus represent an important step on the way to an improved PETase / MHETase system where PET recycling is decoupled from its dependence on crude oil in an energy-saving and sustainable manner. Credit: Martin Künsting/HZB

A research team from the University of Greifswald and Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of the enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria, and together with a second enzyme, PETase, is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks. This 3D structure already allowed the researchers to produce a MHETase variant with optimized activity in order to use it, together with PETase, for a sustainable recycling of PET.

  • Retech to exhibit interesting innovations at ITMA 201912

Switzerland-based Retech Aktiengesellschaft will be exhibiting interesting innovations under the motto of ‘blue thread’ at the forthcoming international textile machinery exhibition ITMA 2019, to be held from June 20-26. The 3 innovations at the forefront would be yarn tension sensors, heated godet rolls and temperature regulation and transmission line.

This would be the third time that Retech would be showcasing at ITMA after its participation in 2011 in Barcelona, and 2015 in Milano. In addition to the three innovations displayed, there would be further new things to be discovered on stand B109 in hall 7.

Leeds-based LVF has become one of the first packaging companies in the UK to manufacture and sell products made from BreakdownPET, a biodegradable and fully recyclable plastic material that is designed to quickly, naturally, and safely decompose in landfill.

LVF added BreakdownPET to its offering late last year, and already Podpak, a highly innovative, single-service specialist from Bath, has made the switch to it.

Nefilatek, a Montreal-based startup specializing in manufacturing recycled filament, has developed 3D printing filaments made from 100% recycled plastic.

The company runs a Kickstarter page, where early adopters can choose between two types of filaments: Nefila HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) Black, and Nefila PC (Polycarbonate), which comes with reusable spool supports and eco-friendly packaging.

With its new filaments, Nefilatek is aiming to provide a “safe alternative solution for makers, designers and manufacturers” that cuts down on the amount of plastic used and wasted in 3D printing.

Electronic components must be protected from disruptions caused by electromagnetic waves. Experts from Freudenberg Performance Materials and Freudenberg Sealing Technologies are working together on ways to provide shielding with plastic housings. In the future, they could partially replace the aluminium versions that have dominated the market until now, the company reports.

Fields of electromagnetic interference often form where electric current flows. When the flow is powerful, in high-performance electric powertrains, for example, the strength of these fields increases, and they can disrupt the signal flow in microprocessors and transmitter-receiver systems.

One proven remedy is the encasement of electric components in housings made of a conductive metal. So far, aluminium has been the main tried-and-tested material for this. But its use substantially increases the proportion of aluminium in electric vehicles.

Projects in the US and Indonesia opt to turn hard-to-process materials into fuels

Local officials are beginning to opt for the chemical conversion of plastics into fuels as a means of processing difficult plastic waste. The City of Phoenix is working with Salt Lake City–based start-up Renewlogy to build a conversion plant. And the British firm Plastic Energy has a deal to build plants using its technology in West Java, Indonesia.

Renewlogy, which has pyrolysis technology for converting waste plastics into fuels, will form a joint venture with a local waste management firm to build its plant. The plant will process plastics coded 3 through 7—materials such as polystyrene and polypropylene that aren’t mechanically recycled as widely as polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene, which are coded 1 and 2, respectively. The plant will have the capacity to process about 10 metric tons per day of the material into 60 barrels of liquid fuel.

The effect from the outage at Iran’s WestEthylene Pipeline is keenly felt inpolyethylene (PE)-deficit China, where domesticprices are on an upward trajectory amid supplydisruptions from the US-sanctioned country.

Iran, the second largest polyethylene (PE)supplier to China after Saudi Arabia, is in the 
process of fixing its mega ethylene pipelinethat feeds several petrochemical plants in thecountry, following a blast early this week.

With reduced volumes, domestic polyethylene(PE) import prices in China have increased andthere is more room for prices to move upwards.

US polyethylene (PE) imports into Europe are not so freely available for prompt delivery, but new offers are being made for delivery in June and July.

Planned, unplanned outages prop up values

Some PE grades have posted a sharp lift in prices in April, as availability has tightened.

C4 (butene based) with linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) – a predominantly imported grade – has been particularly affected.

Average ICIS spot prices have risen by over 7.5% since February.

Local sources said that US production was up in March, following a period when not much was available to European traders, and there are new offers for June/July delivery.

Polymers Petrochemicals rPET Polyester 12-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET is weak ,while its chain is assessed mixed.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,120 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,550/8,700 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

    PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/tonMEG  595/605 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,650/4,750 yuan/tonPX Korea 1,040/1,050 $/ton

    Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,250/9,350  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton

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China : Nylon 66 domestic market -yuan

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At this year’s ITMA Gneuss will present its innovative PET recycling process with Gneuss’ reactor technology.

The Gneuss Recycling Technology enables the pro­cessing of high-volume, industrial PET waste from fiber, nonwoven or film production, and from contaminated post-consumer bottle flakes. The recycling technology is based on the Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) with MRS extruder, rotary filtration system and online viscome­ter, combined with Gneuss’ JUMP reactor. This is a sophisticated processing step to accurately boost the IV of the PET polymer in the melt phase.

The first important processing stage, melt decontamination, takes place in the GPU. With its excellent devolatilisation capacity, the MRS extruder can process PET waste with high residual moisture levels and/or contamination (such as spin finish oils) without the need for any pre-treatment of the waste.

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Toray Industries, Inc. today announced that it would start a limited quantity sale of ultra-fine fiber Toraysee™ Reversible Cloth (six color variations, 24cmx24cm, ¥700 excluding tax) at opticians and Toray shops around Japan from early April 2019.

Toray printed the latest trending colors on the reverse side of the best-selling six colors of the Toraysee™ Color Cloth, currently on sale, to create the Toraysee™ Reversible Cloth.

These are not just simple colors, but colors that give a three-dimensional feel to the cloth and the company also created the black (dark grey) cloth for the first time in the Color Cloth series.

Materials Resin Pricing Canada Mexico United States

March held different narratives for North American commodity resins, with polystyrene and PET bottle resin prices each moving up, while prices for polypropylene declined.

The biggest change was in polypropylene, where prices slid an average of 3 cents per pound. That marks the fifth consecutive monthly price drop for PP, with those declines now totaling 24.5 cents.

The March downturn came as resin prices once again followed those for polymer-grade propylene monomer feedstock.

Full-year 2018 North American PP sales were down 0.5 percent, according to the American Chemistry Council, with a plunge of more than 30 percent in export sales canceling out an increase of less than 0.5 percent in domestic sales.

The blue thread moves on its way! For the third time since 2011 in Barcelona, 2015 in Milano und now 2019 again in Barcelona Retech is exhibiting interesting innovations under the motto of the blue thread and thereby remains faithful to its line.

This coming June in Barcelona Retech will show a diverse and interesting range of new products for different applications. In the forefront we shall show intentionally 3 innovations from different areas of activity. However there are further new things to be discovered on Stand B109 in Hall 7:

Retech as expert in monitoring your yarn tension to perfection will show in Barcelona a further development of the long proven and successful yarn tension sensor.

A leader of the European Commission is giving his support to efforts made by the plastics industry to increase recycling.

At the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019 in Amsterdam, European Commissioner Kestutis Sadauskas gave his full support to efforts carried out in making a circular economy with plastics.

“For someone who works on the policy side, on papers and in an abstract environment, events like this give a glimpse of reality,” Sadauskas, DG ENV, director circular economy and green growth environment at the EC, said during his keynote speech at the event. PRSE is sponsored by Plastics News Europe, a sister publication of Plastics News.

Unilver, Nestlé, Coca-Cola and Carton Council of North America support the launch.

The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, has launched the Circular Economy Accelerator, a new initiative that will proactively drive policy solutions for stronger recycling and a robust circular economy in the United States.

“Consumers, businesses and policymakers recognize that the U.S. recycling system is facing a critical inflection point, but we see it as an opportunity,” remarks Sarah Dearman, executive director of the Circular Economy Accelerator. “By leveraging public-private solutions to drive sustainable investment in recycling infrastructure and implementing policies that incentivize recycling over disposal, we can put the U.S. on the path to a truly circular economy.”

Taiwan’s Formosa Chemicals & Fibre (FCFC) has cancelled term paraxylene (PX) contracts with Chinese buyers for April and May arrivals after an explosion at its aromatics complex in Mailiao earlier this week.

Chinese purified terephthalic acid (PTA) producers received cancellation notices yesterday for PX deliveries this and next month. Details of the volume affected could not be confirmed.

The cancellation comes after the explosion at Formosa’s No.3 aromatics complex on 7 April, which forced a shutdown of operations.

Formosa’s own PTA plant in Ningbo, east China has yet to receive any notification of a reduction in PX volumes as a result of the disruption. Formosa’s Ningbo unit can produce up to 1.2mn t/yr of PTA. The company has scheduled a turnaround at the unit for two weeks in May.

April 11 (Renewables Now) – Brightmark Energy has secured USD 260 million (EUR 231m) in financing to build the US’ first commercial-scale plant that will be turning single-use plastics into fuels and wax, the San Francisco-based firm said Thursday.

The financing package includes USD 185 million in Indiana green bonds, underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co, and marks financial close for the project. The facility will be built in Ashley, Indiana, with the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled to take place in May.

Faurecia will be exhibiting its latest innovations for Sustainable Mobility and the Cockpit of the Future at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition

Faurecia will be exhibiting its latest innovations for Sustainable Mobility and the Cockpit of the Future at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2019), which will be held from April 16-25, 2019.

The UK and European chemicalssectors should still prepare for a no-dealBrexit despite the extension granted by the EUfor the country to pass the WithdrawalAgreement.

Late on Wednesday,the EU granted an extension to the Brexit dateuntil 31 October.

The UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May now hasmore time to find a solution to resolve theparliamentary impasse over Brexit.

However, the default legal position remains ano-deal exit either on 31 May, if the countryfails to take part in European elections, or on31 October.

With no clear majority for any Brexit solutionin the UK’s Parliament, May is being forced towork with the opposition Labour party to find anew way forward.

However, the talks have so far yielded notangible results.

Polymers Petrochemicals rPET Preforms 11-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET is steady ,while its chain is assessed mixed.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,080/1,130 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,650/8,750 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,850/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

    PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/tonMEG  595/605 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,650/4,750 yuan/tonPX Korea 1,040/1,045 $/ton

    Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,250/9,350  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,950/10,050  yuan/ton

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Electricity harvested from the sun or wind can be used interchangeably with power from coal or petroleum sources.

Or sustainably produced electricity can be turned into something physical and useful.

Researchers in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis have figured out how to feed electricity to microbes to grow truly green, biodegradable plastic, as reported in the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

“As our planet grapples with rampant, petroleum-based plastic use and plastic waste, finding sustainable ways to make bioplastics is becoming more and more important.

We have to find new solutions,” said Arpita Bose, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences.

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Pilot seeks to find out if PEF from sugarcane could be more economical than PET at scale

Researchers in eastern Australia have started work on a three-month pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into other compounds, including plastic drinks bottles.

The programme is being run by Darryn Rackemann, a senior research fellow at Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, and will be carried out at Gladstone, north of Brisbane.

It is being undertaken in partnership with Mercurius Australia using a process patented by the start-up’s US-based parent Mercurius Biorefining. This has the potential to convert the fibre left over after  sugarcane is pressed, known as bagasse, and other types of biomass into cost-effective biofuels and bio-chemicals. These include PEF, a material which many experts have touted as being a successor to PET.

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At least 60 organizations are working to scale up depolymerization, pyrolysis and other emerging plastic processing methods. The North American market for the resulting products could top $100 billion annually.

Those statistics come from “Accelerating Circular Supply Chains for Plastics,” a market-landscape report released yesterday by Closed Loop Partners. It is the first comprehensive analysis of the range of approaches to plastics processing that are sometimes referred to as chemical recycling.

Such technologies have grabbed headlines over the past year, often framed as pathways to cut down on plastic pollution and offer solutions for the large quantities of material that are not making their way into established mechanical recycling systems.

New structure has carbon integrated into it that absorbs visible light and ‘feeds’ it to the metal oxide

Titanium dioxide is commonly used as an antibacterial surface, but not in areas like hospitals. This is owing to the UV light needed to activate the antibacterial properties of the surface, and the impracticality of this in a hospital setting.

The drive for this type of antibacterial is the need for cheaper coatings that can kill bacteria without contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance.

A new coating for stainless steel could be the solution to this, made of intricate titanium dioxide nanostructures, it kills bacteria under visible light without using antibiotics.

In this regard titanium dioxide is perfect, it kills by breaks down water vapour in the air to produce free radicals from oxygen that will attack whatever is touching it.

At an industry conference geared towards sustainable innovation in textile manufacturing, leaders from across the United Arab Emirates’ and Japan’s public and private sectors revealed plans to establish a plant in the city of Dubai that will leverage a solution developed to upcycle old clothes into raw material pellets.

Through initial investment of an estimated US$30 million, facilitated by a public-private-partnership, the new facility is seen as a way for textile manufacturers to shift their dependence from hydrocarbons-based pellets to more sustainable technologies such as that presented by JEPLAN (Japan Environmental Planning).

Evonik is expanding its production of transparent polyamides of the TROGAMID CX brand at the Marl Chemical Park (Germany).

With production expansion scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020, the project will double the specialty chemicals company’s capacity for its transparent, high-performance materials.

The company will be expanding its TROGAMID CX production in part through targeted debottlenecking efforts, in part through comprehensive optimisation initiatives undertaken by production management.

According to a report from the United Nations in 2018, a total of 13 million tonnes of plastic gets washed into the ocean every year. This includes many types of hard plastics and soft plastics as well that marine life mistake for food that often leads to their demise.

Aside from being responsible for endangering marine life, plastic is also largely responsible for greenhouse gas emissions during its production and when it is being disposed of.

However, plastic is somewhat important in the daily lives of people. This is the main reason for the popularity of plastic products.

The U.S.-Iran crude oil sanctions merry-go-round is starting to spin again with Asian crude buyers fretting over whether they will be allowed to continue imports from Tehran.

Against its desire to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump must balance the potential impact of the loss of Iranian exports on the crude market, especially in Asia, home to top buyers India and China.

Global apparel company H&M used the equivalent of 325 million PET bottles in its recycled polyester last year, substantially up from the year before.

According to the company’s 2018 sustainability report, H&M is the sixth-largest consumer of recycled polyester in the world. Last year’s recycled PET (RPET) consumption was up from its use of the equivalent of 100 million PET bottles in 2017.

The report notes that several of the Sweden-headquartered company’s brands replaced conventional polyester and nylon with recycled alternatives last year. The Arket brand and H&M worked with a 100 percent recycled nylon fiber branded Econyl, which is produced by Italian company Aquafil. Plastics Recycling Update reported that Aquafil is further investing in its U.S. capacity to recover nylon from post-consumer carpet.

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Runners in this month’s London Marathon will be the first to drink Lucozade Sport from 100 per cent recycled PET, after its UK-based producer unveiled a series of sustainability initiatives.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s (LRS) 380ml rPET bottles are made specifically for sampling at events and will prevent approximately 7.8 tonnes of new plastics being produced every year.

LRS will operate a closed-loop recycling initiative at London Marathon Events, where all bottles on the course will be collected and recycled back into new bottles.

The manufacturer will also give out 30,000 Lucozade Sport Ooho seaweed capsules. This will be the largest Ooho trial run by LRS at a mass-participation sporting event since the brand owner began using the material last year.

RadiciGroup, a leading developer of polyamide, chemical intermediates, synthetic fibres, and nonwovens, is showing solution dyed polyamide yarns used for carpets in five shades, along with Clariant ColorWorks at Fuori di Design. It is an exhibit promoted by Materioteca which is being held during the Milano Design Week from April 9-14, 2019, in Italy.

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s event features the five colours of “care-Less”, a social trend identified by Clariant ColorWorks.

RadiciGroup is showing along with this Swiss group, the creator of the guide ColorForward 2020, and the Treviso-based Brado, a supplier of solutions in the field of seating design.

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Venezuela is in chaos. Iran is grappling with US sanctions. And now there’s a surge of violence in Libya. Trouble in these three OPEC nations has helped send US oil prices climbing back above $64 a barrel.

The latest OPEC turmoil amplifies the supply constraints imposed by the cartel’s kingpin. Saudi Arabia has slashed production as well as exports to the United States in a bid to engineer higher prices and balance its budget.

Despite record-shattering US oil production, US oil prices have spiked 50% since plummeting to $42.53 a barrel on Christmas Eve. And gasoline prices are creeping higher just as the American economy grapples with a slowdown.

BARCELONA – Fashion for Good will once again host the ‘Pitch for our Planet’ textile innovation session at the forthcoming Planet Textiles event which takes place on 22nd June in Barcelona where it is being co-hosted alongside ITMA 2019.

Speakers at this special innovation session on new and emerging textile technology include Petri Alava, CEO of Infinited Fiber a company that turns textile, cardboard and agricultural waste into new fibres; along with Spencer Null, Director of Product Development at Natural Fiber Welding, which uses a closed loop platform to fuse fibres together without denaturing the natural polymers of the fibres.

Truetzschler Nonwovens will present production lines for green nonwovens at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which takes place from 14-17 May in Frankfurt.

“Since decades machine supplier answered requirements on enhanced product quality, better line efficiency and higher productivity with new concepts and innovative processes. Now we see a new dimension rising,” the company reports.

“As a supplier of complete production lines Truetzschler Nonwovens offers machinery, service and know-how out of one hand – everything from implementing product ideas to enabling new businesses.”

Last year, 45 producers reported selling plastic beverage containers to California consumers. Of those businesses, 13 said their bottles incorporated some amount of recycled plastic.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) recently published its 2018 Plastic Beverage Container Virgin and Post-Consumer Resin Reports, which are required by law. The requirement applies to producers of bottles subject to the California Redemption Value (CRV), a fee of 5 cents or 10 cents (depending on bottle size) paid by consumers but returned to them when they redeem containers.

For 2018, 66 companies submitted reports, but because some of them were distributors that don’t actually bottle drinks, only 45 respondents reporting using any type of plastic. This is the second year of required reporting. The 2017 report, released last year, included more respondents who did not report any plastic usage because they were distributors.

A team of Ohio State researchers have developed a material that could help reduce plastic pollution.

Until now, bioplastics made from renewable resources like sugar and cornstarch have historically been too brittle for wide industrial use. Post-doc researcher and lead author Xiaoying Zhao says she and her team have developed a new bioplastic that resembles conventional plastic, but has a smaller environmental footprint both in the way it’s made and in the fact it’s biodegradable.

“Our research was to improve its flexibility and toughness by blending it with natural rubber,” Zhao said

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Tronox and Cristal, two of the largest suppliers of the white pigment chloride process titanium dioxide, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges by divesting Cristal’s North American titanium dioxide assets, thereby preserving competition in the market for this important and widely used compound.

The settlement comes after the FTC won key victories before a federal court and an Administrative Law Judge in its case to block the transaction. Chloride process titanium dioxide (TiO2) is used in a wide variety of products, including paint, industrial coatings, plastic, and paper. Under the settlement, Tronox and Cristal will sell the divested assets to Ineos, a multinational chemical manufacturer, no later than 30 days from the close of the acquisition.

Ube Industries, Ltd. (Ube; Tokyo, Japan; www.ube-ind.co.jp) announced that its consolidated subsidiary, UBE Corporation Europe S.A.U. (UCE), has decided to acquire Spanish compound manufacturer Repol S.L. and has entered into an agreement for the transfer of shares. Details of the majority share participation are outlined below.

Repol operates a compound business in Europe using nylon 6, nylon 66, polypropylene, polyacetal and other resin raw materials. These products are mainly used for automobiles but are also broadly used in industrial materials and for the electrical and electronics industries.

Polymers Petrochemicals Smart Textile 10-04-2019

  • China Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET is steady ,while its chain is weak, with the exception of PX.
  • Crude oil is always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,080/1,130 $/ton PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,650/8,750 yuan/ton PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,850/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

    PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton PTA domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/tonMEG  595/610 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,700/4,800 yuan/tonPX Korea 1,030/1,040 $/ton

    Polyester POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,250/9,350  yuan/tonPolyester DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/tonPolyester Staple PSF domestic market 8,950/10,050  yuan/ton

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The book examines the role that recycling can play in providing solutions to the world’s worsening resource crisis.

It explores the technical feasibility and progress made towards 100% recyclability of plastics and highlights the opportunities of using high-quality recycled plastics for manufacturers of plastic products and packaging.

The e-book points out that the consumers’ concerns about waste bring opportunities for brands to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and build customer loyalty, to the benefit of their business results.

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Uzbekistan plans to invest $12.1bn in developing its aging petrochemical industry over a 10-year period.

Its strategy includes selling off government stakes in a number of enterprises, according to according to a decree from reform-minded Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev published last week.

The programme, spanning 2019-2030, will include 31 projects, including the expansion of existing facilities and construction of new ones for the production of phosphate, nitrogen, potash and complex mineral fertilisers.

Raymond Group, a leading fashion and textile manufacturer and retailer, has unveiled the eco-friendly Ecovera – a range of fabrics manufactured by using R|Elan, the latest technology from Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). Ecovera will redeem almost 1 million PET bottles from landfills. It’s a testimony to both RIL and Raymond’s commitment to saving the earth.

The Ecovera range will soon hit 1500 stores across 700 cities. It is made from R|Elan GreenGold, the greenest fibre in the world. R|Elan GreenGold is made by recycling post- consumer waste PET bottles, using bio-fuels and energy-efficient processes.

Praj Industries announced today that it has signed a Construction License Agreement (CLA) with Gevo, Inc, USA dated 4th April 2019, to commercialize technology for the production of isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses.

Pursuant to the CLA, Praj will provide Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to 3rd parties using a process design package developed by Praj.

This package uses Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol biocatalyst on sugary-based feedstock. Isobutanol derived from said proprietary process is high energy renewable intermediate product that finds application in Aviation and Racing cars.

Asia naphtha’s market structure shrank in backwardation as regional demand is easing following disruptions at a downstream aromatics facility in Taiwan following an explosion, resulting in a lack of bullish expectations for the coming days.

FPCC likely to reduce naphtha purchase

Naphtha spot prices up slightly on higher crude

YNCC picks up H2 May supplies

Naphtha’s forward intermonth time-spread between the second half of May and the second half of June stood at $3.75/tonne in backwardation at early hours session on Tuesday, with prompt-month prices firmer than forward months.

Coca-Cola Amatil is taking its $10 million venture capital arm into Indonesia in the hope of finding solutions to problems such as on-demand delivery and sustainable packaging.

CCA launched Amatil X and an investment program, AX Ventures, a year ago  with innovation partner BlueChilli to invest in start-ups and concepts capable of helping the company grow top-line revenues.

BP has formed a partnership with Virent and Johnson Matthey to commercialise a process that produces paraxylene from biological sources, rather than traditional fossil fuels.

Virent’s BioForming technology, which is being developed with Johnson Matthey, uses aqueous-phase reforming technology and modified catalytic processing to convert aqueous carbohydrate solutions, including sugar sources from corn mills, into mixtures of ‘drop-in’ hydrocarbons. These can be processed in traditional plants to produce fuels and chemicals.

BP is interested in commercialising the process for producing bio-paraxylene, which would be used as a feedstock for the manufacture of purified terephthalic acid (PTA). This in turn is used to produce polyester fibres and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Innovative technologies can be the answer to a greener footprint within the hydrocarbon dependent textile industry, concluded industry experts at a panel discussion titled ‘How Sustainable is Sustainability?’ held at a hotel in Dubai on Tuesday.

Attended by leaders from the public and private sector, the panel was organised by Blossom Trading, one of the largest importers of Dishdasha / Kandoora materials from Japan catering to the GCC, Iraq & Yemen markets, in association with Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies.

A steady flow of buy orders and transactions rolled through the spot resin markets the first week of April, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago).

Good demand for most grades of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), in prime and off grade, came from domestic and international buyers.

Fresh railcar offerings were lighter, and spot prices for PE and PP resins rose $0.005 to $0.01/lb. Market sentiment has turned slightly bullish, at least for the short term, notes the PlasticsExchange in its weekly Market Update, musing that it may be the start of a longer trend.

At least 60 organizations are working to scale up depolymerization, pyrolysis and other emerging plastic processing methods.

The North American market for the resulting products could top $100 billion annually.

Those statistics come from “Accelerating Circular Supply Chains for Plastics,” a market-landscape report released today by Closed Loop Partners.

It is the first comprehensive analysis of the range of approaches to plastics processing that are sometimes referred to as chemical recycling.

A switch to Mobil DTE 10 Excel hydraulic fluid helped MPact Polymers reduce the energy used by processing equipment at its Pinetown site by 7%.

The move also helped optimise equipment performance, which reduced unscheduled maintenance, while the hydraulic fluid’s long life cut waste oil disposal costs.

The South African plastics packaging manufacturer was looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its plastics processing equipment.

ExxonMobil’s Field Engineering Services (FES) team recommended switching the company’s 22 injection moulding machines and 13 blow moulding lines to Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic fluid.

Saudi Arabia threatens to sell its oil using other currencies instead of the US Dollar if Washington passes a bill aimed at OPEC members. If the Saudis abide by their threats, they will be able to bring down the US economy, say several experts.

The US Congress is considering the “Oil Production and Export Cartels Bill” (NOPEC), which once passed will pave the way for the US to sue OPEC member states for their attempts to reduce oil extraction to raise oil prices, reports Reuters.

Styrenics giant INEOS Styrolution has completed the first successful test runs producing virgin polystyrene from previously depolymerized material. The experiments took place at the company’s Antwerp site in Belgium.

The lab-scale quantity of general-purpose polystyrene produced from 100 per cent recycled styrene monomer signals a game changer in polystyrene production, according to the company. The tests – conducted in cooperation with commercial partners and universities – resulted in the production of virgin material with the same product properties as polystyrene produced from new styrene monomers.

Borealis automotive industry compounding

Borealis underscores its global commitment to the automotive industry

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The EU Graphene Flagship has published its graphene application roadmap, showing when the flagship expects different graphene applications to mature and enter the market.

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Borealis and Borouge have announced that the new compounding plant of Borealis in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has come on stream during Q1 2019 as planned, with the inauguration of the facility scheduled for 16 May 2019.

With dedicated production lines for thermoplastic olefin (TPO) and short glass fibre (SGF) reinforced compounds, the plant is ideally located in the southeast of the United States to meet the growing needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and Tier 1 customers in the region for advanced polypropylene (PP) solutions, while adding another 30 kt to Borealis and Borouge’s global PP compounding capacity.

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Michael A. Marcotte Klaus Jell, director general Mexico, Krauss Maffei Group at Plastimagen 2019.

Mexico City — KraussMaffei de México S de RL de CV wants to grow its packaging business, as the machinery maker prepares for billowing “dark clouds” in the forecast for automotive.

“We see some dark clouds in the automotive industry this year,” Klaus Jell, general director of the Mexican subsidiary in Querétaro, said in an interview at Plastimagen, April 2-5 in Mexico City.

Chemical recycling of waste plastics is suddenly getting a lot of attention.

Two big names in polymers have recently announced chemical recycling schemes for post-consumer plastic waste, joining the entrepreneurial efforts of Loop Industries Inc., IBM Lab’s VolCat process and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), all of which promise methods to depolymerize plastic materials, breaking them down into their basic molecular components to create virgin-like recycled material.

As we realize that the 3Rs approach is failing to achieve our sustainability objectives, plasma gasification stands out as the most promising solution.

As we realize that the 3Rs approach (Reduce, Reuse. and [selective] Recycle) is failing to achieve our sustainability objectives, plasma gasification stands out as the most promising solution.

While gasification is a well-known process that has been used for centuries to produce fuel gas and chemicals, plasma gasification is a unique version of the process for its use of plasma to achieve the high process temperatures required to induce desired thermochemical reactions.

Made by employing Reliance Industry technology, the fabric called Ecovera is being promoted as the greenest fibre in the world by the company.

The fabric is made by recycling PET bottles from landfills. Representative Image.

Reliance Industries’ innovative plastic made fibre called R|Elan GreenGold has found another partner. Raymond recently announced its collaboration with Mukesh Ambani’s RIL for a fabric made from waste plastic bottles.

Made by employing Reliance Industry technology, the fabric called Ecovera is being promoted as the greenest fibre in the world by the company.

At this year’s ITMA, the leading international trade fair for textile machines which will be held in Barcelona, Nitta Industries Europe GmbH will present drive belts for use in textile manufacturing. The flat belts conform to the stringent requirements for textile applications and are particularly noteworthy for their high abrasion resistance and long service life even at high speeds.

The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, announce the program of speakers and topics for OUTLOOK ™ Plus Latin America to be held in São Paulo, 7-9 May 2019.

The third edition of this unique three-day networking conference and exhibition will examine the latest regional developments in the nonwoven personal care and absorbent hygiene sectors.

The third day will focus on nonwoven filtration media and nonwoven medical products.

Indian officials are in negotiations with the United States government to extend a waiver beyond May 4 that would allow the South Asian country to import Iranian oil without any repercussions. India was granted a six-month waiver to purchase oil from Iran after American sanctions on Iran went into effect in November 2018.

“We are engaging with the U.S.,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on April 4 according to WionNews.com. “We have continued to engage with the U.S. administration. The waiver lapses on the 4th of May, let us wait and see what happens. But, the important thing is we will continue our engagement with the U.S. to see if we are taking care of our energy security.”

Ruling allows SVHC use in recovered waste, NGO says

NGO ClientEarth has lost a landmark court case to overturn the European Commission’s decision to grant authorisation for uses of the phthalate DEHP in recycled PVC.

ClientEarth had been seeking a ruling forcing the Commission to change its decision not to carry out an internal review as well as a reversal of the authorisation decision. But, in a judgment on 4 April, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) refused.

Higher upstream costs and burgeoning tightness in some polyethylene (PE) grades are leading to strong upward pressure in the European market.

Crude oil Brent at five-month highs

European PE buyers face hikes

Brexit still a concern for UK players

The April ethylene contract closed up €30/tonne, and on Monday Brent crude oil broke the $70/bbl barrier the first time since November 2018.

Higher crude and naphtha costs have been putting pressure on ethylene – and subsequently PE – in the past weeks, and this had been supported by tightening in some PE grades.

European chemicals companies in the polymers and catalysts sectors could take a hit from the EU’s “race to cut” carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2021, Swiss investment bank UBS said on Monday.

An old Volkswagen Ladybug converted into a 100% electric vehicle. Picture source: Mario FOURMY/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

The EU has admitted its new CO2 emissions target will be implemented in a “shorter phase-in” period than the previous target, which according to UBS could negatively impact those companies within the specialty polymers segment, as well as the catalysts makers who have the engine sector as an end consumer.

The EU wants all cars manufactured by 2021 to emit CO2 at a levels of 95 g/km (grams/kilometre), a decrease from the previous 130g/km ruled out in 2015.

The EU has said that 95% of each manufacturer’s new cars will have to comply with the limit value curve for the 95g/km target in 2020, increasing to 100% in 2021.

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European PVC rose in April for CIS markets under pressure from rising raw material costs 

European PVC polyvinyl chloride April

MOSCOW  – Negotiations on the price of European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) started this week to be delivered to the CIS countries in April.  The rising cost of raw materials is forcing European manufacturers to go for a further increase in export prices, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report .

The April contract price of ethylene was agreed at a level of EUR30 per tonne higher than the level of March, which suggests an increase in the cost of PVC production in the region of EUR15 per tonne.  Against this background, European manufacturers announced an increase in the export prices of suspensions for April shipments to the markets of the CIS countries, while discussing price increases that are not proportional to the increase in the cost of ethylene.

The demand for PVC on the part of the main consumers from the CIS countries for several months remains low due to the seasonal factor and sufficient resin supply from the national producers.European PVC polyvinyl chloride April

Some European manufacturers have been maintaining restrictions on export shipments since March due to upcoming stops for prevention, but given the current low demand, such restrictions are not critical.

Transactions regarding April supplies of suspension polyvinyl chloride (PVC-C) for the markets of CIS countries are discussed in the range of EUR715-785 per tonne, FCA, while a month earlier the deals were in the range of EUR710-765 per tone, FCA.

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 Polyestertime

ITEM01/04/201908/04/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,600 yuan/ton8,675 yuan/ton+75
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,120 $/ton1,125 $/ton+5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,775 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton+75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,825 yuan/ton7,950 yuan/ton+125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,615 yuan/ton6,770 yuan/ton+155
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market845 $/ton850 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market4,770 yuan/ton4,800 yuan/ton+30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market610 $/ton612 $/ton+2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,049 $/ton1,038 $/ton-11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,030 $/ton1,019 $/ton-11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market951 $/ton910 $/ton-41
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market9,000 yuan/ton9,225 yuan/ton
+225
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,600 yuan/ton10,570 yuan/ton-30
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton10,300 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,700 yuan/ton9,650 yuan/ton-50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,780 yuan/ton8,980 yuan/ton+200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market14,300 yuan/ton14,350 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,720 $/ton1,720 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,090 $/ton2,090 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,100 yuan/ton15,300 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,550 yuan/ton15,650 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market31,500 yuan/ton30,500 yuan/ton-1,000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,100 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,000 yuan/ton21,200 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,500 yuan/ton19,400 yuan/ton-100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000  yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,500 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton-100
Benzene domestic market4,275 yuan/ton4,325 yuan/ton+50
Benzene overseas  market556 $/ton621 $/ton +65
Ethylene South East market920 $/ton920 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market1,061 $/ton1,079 $/ton+18
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market13,000 yuan/ton13,500 yuan/ton+200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,750 $/ton1,750 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,400 yuan/ton16,900 yuan/ton+500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market12,300 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton+100
PP Powder domestic market8,750 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market  560 $/ton557 $/ton-3
Phenol domestic market 8,663 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton-563
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,285 $/ton1,290 $/ton+5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,363 $/ton1,365 $/ton+2
LDPE CFR Far East 1,350 $/ton1,042 $/ton-8
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,012 $/ton1,022 $/ton+10
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East997 $/ton1,007 $/ton+10
HDPE CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,057 $/ton+10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,033 €/ton1,063 €/ton+30
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,003 €/ton1,033 €/ton+30
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,080 $/ton1,090 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,201 €/ton1,201 €/ton

 

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Vice President Mike Pence on Friday said the U.S. will sanction dozens of ships tied to Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, as the White House ramps up financial pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

It is also sanctioning a pair of companies that transport Venezuelan crude oil to Cuba.

“Venezuela’s oil belongs to the Venezuelan people,” Mr. Pence said at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The sanctions will be levied against 34 vessels that operate under Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. — known as PDVSA.

PDVSA is a “vital source” of the Maduro regime’s wealth, Mr. Pence said.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has spread awareness about the benefits of plastics and responsible resource consumption at a community outreach event supported by BASF in Dubai Festival City Mall last March 28 as part of the 7th edition of GPCA’s Waste Free Environment (WFE) campaign.

Families and visitors of different age visited GPCA’s awareness kiosk and enjoyed a wide range of activities including working with local artisans to produce handicraft from used plastics. Visitors of the mall participated in a recycling competition held by the campaign’s official recycling partner, Bee›ah, for the chance to win a special prize. With the aim to encourage plastic recycling, participants had to dispose of their unwanted plastic bottles at reverse vending machines to take part in the raffle.

The new Oeko-Tex regulations for all certification systems and services have entered into force from April 1. Consumer protection and sustainability along the textile value chain have always been fundamental issues for the Oeko-Tex association. For this reason, existing guidelines of the Oeko-Tex product portfolio are updated at the beginning of each year.

The latest changes relate to the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex standard. The basis for sustainable production of textiles and leather goods is the use of environmentally friendly chemicals. The Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification is expressly aimed at the avoidance of unwanted chemicals, even before they enter the global supply chain. For this, numerous chemicals, including dyes, boiling agents, adhesives, inks, pigments and accessories, are analysed in a confidential, three-stage process, which confirms that the formulation and individual ingredients fulfil specific criteria with respect to sustainability, security and compliance with legal provisions.

“We need to find ways to capture and chemically break down toxic gases for practical, better-performing protective equipment,” Lee said in a statement.

Scientists have developed a new coating for textile fibres that could efficiently capture toxic industrial compounds and chemical warfare agents under real-world conditions, including high humidity. The research, published in the journal Small, may lead to improved masks and personal protective equipment for soldiers and others at risk of exposure.

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC CBC) developed functional textiles that neutralised a blistering agent simulant under conditions of 80 per cent relative humidity. The new coating also captured ammonia gas, a commonly produced industrial chemical in the US.

The specialty chemicals company, Lanxess is expanding the new polyamide 6 Durethan P product range with addition of two highly reinforced material variants that can be used as an economical alternative to polyamide 66 materials. Durethan bkv50ph2.0 and Durethan bkv60ph2.0ef have short glass fibre content levels of 50 and 60 per cent by weight respectively.

The ‘P’ in the product name of Durethan P products stands for ‘Performance’ and indicates the high fatigue resistance of these materials against pulsating loads, according to a press release by Lanxess. This means that these grades are many times more resistant to cyclical mechanical loads than standard products with the same glass fibre content. Potential applications of Durethan P series include supporting structures for electrical and electronics modules in batteries for electric vehicles, engine oil pans, oil filter modules and end caps, engine and chassis mounts, damper pistons, and seat shells for passenger cars. In mechanical engineering, the new materials are suitable for dynamically highly stressed components such as gear wheels.

Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar if Washington passes a bill exposing OPEC members to US antitrust lawsuits, three sources familiar with Saudi energy policy said.

They said the option had been discussed internally by senior Saudi energy officials in recent months. Two of the sources said the plan had been discussed with OPEC members and one source briefed on Saudi oil policy said Riyadh had also communicated the threat to senior U.S. energy officials.

The chances of the US bill known as NOPEC coming into force are slim and Saudi Arabia would be unlikely to follow through, but the fact Riyadh is considering such a drastic step is a sign of the kingdom’s annoyance about potential U.S. legal challenges to OPEC.

Negotiations on the price of European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) started this week to be delivered to the CIS countries in April.  The rising cost of raw materials is forcing European manufacturers to go for a further increase in export prices, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report .

The April contract price of ethylene was agreed at a level of EUR30 per tonne higher than the level of March, which suggests an increase in the cost of PVC production in the region of EUR15 per tonne.  Against this background, European manufacturers announced an increase in the export prices of suspensions for April shipments to the markets of the CIS countries, while discussing price increases that are not proportional to the increase in the cost of ethylene.

It is no longer OPEC and OPECplus countries that are to manage the oil prices, but USA too as it has the highest strategic oil reserve of above 700 million barrels and the highest oil production at 12.2 million barrels which can go up further despite its high production cost per barrel compared to OPEC-plus countries.

There are indications that USA could use its strategic reserve for the obvious reasons – either due to the costs incurred while enjoying its own oil production, or most likely for forcing down the oil prices and preventing it from hitting the magic number of $70.

In a rare show of unity, CEO Ramon Laguarta and CEO James Quincey discussed during a World Economic Forum panel how their companies are reducing plastic use.

The other panelists — Dow Chemical CEO Jim Fitterling and government officials from Vietnam and France — agree that the plastic occupying landfills and polluting oceans is a problem. But they see different ways to address the issue.

In 2016, 480 billion plastic bottles were sold, with less than 50 percent collected for recycling and only 7 percent turned into new bottles, according to Euromonitor data.

Hanoi and Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture will exchange experiences, research and apply the technology for rare-earth waste dumps in Fukuoka to small and medium-sized landfills in Hanoi city.

Hanoi always values cooperation in environmental protection with Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment Le Tuan Dinh said at a meeting with a deputy director of the Fukuoka Environment Department in Hanoi on April 4.

At the meeting, the two sides discussed cooperation on improving environmental quality and responding to climate change, with the priority given to better air quality and minimize plastic waste.

Before the meeting, the Hanoi People’s Committee and Fukuoka prefecture’s authority on October 11, 2010 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which promoted cooperation in environmental technology and technical staff training, Vietnamplus reported.

DSM announces price increases for its Akulon® and Novamid® polyamide 6 unfilled polymer grades for film, extrusion and unfilled injection moulding in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and in Asia Pacific to compensate for increased costs of raw materials and other costs over the past period with immediate effect, where contracts and prior agreements allow.

While DSM continues to pursue and implement cost savings initiatives targeted at absorbing the impact of the raw material escalations, this increase is necessary to ensure DSM’s sustainable long-term position as leading supplier of engineering plastics.

Oil prices gained around 30 percent in the first quarter this year, with both WTI and Brent posting their best quarterly performance in a decade—since the second quarter of 2009.

At the start of the second quarter of 2019, WTI Crude had already topped $60 last week and has been trading above that level in the first week of April, while Brent Crude has been flirting with the $70 mark for days.

At the end of last year, the analysts predicting such a fast rise in oil prices in 2019 were in the minority, after market participants panicked over gloomy forecasts about slowing oil demand growth this year that sent oil tumbling nearly 40 percent in Q4 2018.

Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, is by far the largest oil company in the world. The company produces around 13 percent of the world’s oil, but its business operations have been notoriously opaque for decades. It has often been stated that the company has plenty of low-cost legacy wells that drop its overall production costs to $10 per barrel, or even lower.

Because there was no way to audit this information, the world was left to guess at the actual breakeven costs for the world’s largest oil company. This week Saudi Aramco lifted the veil on its financial condition in a bond offering for the company.

Cone Denim has launched the next evolution of its Sustainblue collection with eco-friendly Distilled Indigo denims. Cone is bringing Dystar’s Cadira Denim dyeing process to the Americas as part of its commitment to sustainable solutions and innovation. Cadira styles of Distilled Indigo will debut at Kingpins Amsterdam beginning from April 10.

Distilled Indigo fabrics are dyed using pre-reduced liquid indigo dyes which are the cleanest in the market, reducing chemicals and achieving energy and water savings. As the first mill to introduce Cadira Distilled Indigo in the western hemisphere, this collection combines Dystar Indigo Vat 40 per cent Solution, the most eco-awarded Indigo in the world, with the ecologically advanced reducing agent Sera Con C-RDA to create a salt-free dye that completely eliminates hydrosulphite.

Under Armour has partnered with Celliant to create UA Rush, a mineral-infused fabric designed to enhance performance, giving athletes that extra edge by recycling the body’s energy during performance. Under Armour is once again changing the performance apparel game by introducing responsive textiles and gear, scientifically designed to enhance performance.

“UA Rush is Under Armour’s newest performance apparel line, designed to be worn at the time of sweat. This scientifically engineered fabric promotes improved performance and energy return. In simplified terms, UA Rush is intended to provide the same benefits to the body as an infrared saunam,” Under Armour said on its website.

WTI crude prices may touch $70-75, though near this level, we may see a breather in rally.

For global economy, nothing is more political as well as significant than crude oil, which contributes majorly to the cost of productions. That’s why we call it ‘lifeblood of economy’.

The commodity’s price has seen massive volatility, especially since the beginning of 2000. In 2000 a bull rally started from $25 a barrel and saw the peak of $147 in 2008 — a multifold rise.

2008 was the year of subprime loan crisis and prices fell like nine pin and touched a low of $32 per barrel. People learned their lesson and since then hedging activities increased and futures role have widened significantly.

Nifty marks a new all-time high of 11761 while it struggled to maintain the momentum and closed flat.

The weekly charts formed a Jodi which indicates indecision.

This is a very powerful reversal formation, especially when spotted near previous all-time highs.

A rate cut by RBI also failed to cheer the bulls as rising crude prices kept upside capped.

Muscat: Oil prices for the first quarter of 2019 have posted their best quarterly performance since 2009. Buoyed by signs of a tightening market, with Saudi Arabia taking the lead in curbing production, and a decline in production from the US, Russia, Canada, Libya and Iran, among others, oil prices are expected to firm up during second and third quarter of the year.

In research published recently, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) evaluated the state of oil markets for the first quarter of 2019 and provided an outlook for the second and third quarters.

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The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Annual Meeting and Expo was held this week in Irving, Texas, just northwest of Dallas. Guests were welcomed by the Alliance’s own Jim Beck, the statewide organization’s chairman of the board.

Petroleum Economist Karr Ingham (left) moderated an oil and gas economic panel made up of API Chief Economist Dr. Dean Foreman (center) and Dr. Mine Yucel, senior V.P. and senior research advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Beck introduced Petroleum Economist Karr Ingham, who has been a devoted member of the Alliance for nearly 20 years. To open the event’s general session, Ingham moderated an oil and gas economic panel, comprised of Dr. Dean Foreman, chief economist with the American Petroleum Institute (API); and Dr. Mine Yücel, senior V.P. and senior research advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

During the panel session, the Texas vs. national economies were examined. Foreman assured attendees that although the Permian has “had some ebbing” earlier this year, it is still going strong. Cost effectiveness and solid productivity have been the primary drivers behind the Permian basin.

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Aquafil fine-tunes carpet recycling efforts in U.S.

Expands U.S. footprint, partnership with Delos for area rugs

Cartersville, Ga.– Aquafil, which develops Nylon 6 from pre- and post-consumer waste, is accelerating its U.S.-based efforts with new technologies and a new recycling plant.

Samara Croci, head of U.S. brand communication for Aquafil USA, told HTT the company previously had limited capacity, recycling only the fiber it sheered from recovered carpets but not the whole carpet product.

Aquafil USA interior

Aquafil’s Econyl fiber is made of 50% pre-consumer waste and 50% post-consumer waste.

Cartersville, Ga.– Aquafil, which develops Nylon 6 from pre- and post-consumer waste, is accelerating its U.S.-based efforts with new technologies and a new recycling plant.

Samara Croci, head of U.S. brand communication for Aquafil USA, told HTT the company previously had limited capacity, recycling only the fiber it sheered from recovered carpets but not the whole carpet product.

“Now, we’ve implemented a process to deconstruct the carpets into their three main components, and we are able to use all of them,” she explained. “From there, the nylon goes to Slovenia for the regeneration and the other two components go to other recycling facilities.”

The three main components are: nylon, polypropylene and calcium carbonate – the latter comprised of Latex or other non-skid backing product. Once processed, the resulting product is Econyl, Aquafil’s proprietary name for its Nylon 6 fiber.

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Aquafil’s Econyl fiber is made of 50% pre-consumer waste and 50% post-consumer waste.

Pictured from the left in Lucerne: René Rossi, head of the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa, Ernesto Maurer, Swissmem textile machinery president, moderator Reto Lipp, Jan Smit, co-founder of Cognitive Solutions and ITMF director general Christian Schindler. © James Mason

It has been calculated that the 42 members of Swissmem – the Swiss textile machinery association – can draw on a staggering 4,011 years of combined engineering and processing know-how between them.

A number of the companies mark notable anniversaries in 2019.

Benninger, for example, the resource-saving dyeing technology specialist, is 150 this year, Luwa, a leader in air handling systems, is 80 and flat knitting machine builder Steiger is 70.

Benninger is set to display latest developments in textile machinery at ITMA 2019 exhibition, in stand B205, hall 2. The textile and garment machinery expo will be held from June 20-26, 2019 in Barcelona.

Benninger is the textile finishing industry’s leading partner for more than 150 years with global branches and service representatives across the globe.

At ITMA Benninger will present the Benninger-Küsters CPB dyeing centre for knitwear and woven fabrics – the only salt-free cold dyeing process, the Tempacta washing steamer for knitted fabrics with freshwater supply that is controlled by the degree of contamination, and the Trikoflex drum washing machine that is available up to a working width of 5400 millimetres.

European plasticizers have started April on a healthier note demand wise and spot prices are firming.

There has been a good level of orders in the early days of April, with some sellers stating material is now sold out for the month.

An element of this is buyers preparing ahead of the Easter break in the week commencing on 15 April, when some of them are set to close downstream units for up to a week.

Rising feedstock costs and, in some cases some small supply constraints due to upstream limitations, rather than any technical issues at sites, have also pushed prices up.

Michael A. MarcotteFernando Rosas, commercial director at DAK America’s Unit during Plastimagen 2019.

Mexico City — Materials maker Alpek SAB de CV is responding to customer requests for more use of recycled PET.

“There’s a lot of pressure to increase recycled content,” Fernando Rosas said April 4 at Plastimagen. “We’re working to incorporate more recycled PET into virgin resin.”

With this effort in mind, Monterrey, Mexico-based Alpek in January acquired Perpetual Recycling, a recycling firm based in Richmond, Ind.

China’s polyethylene (PE) import prices are expected to increase this month after fluctuating at a narrow range in March, on likelihood of reduced May-cargo arrivals which should ease market pressure arising from high inventory.

On 4 April, LLDPE import cargoes were offered at $1,030-1,040/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China, up by $5/tonne compared the weekly assessment on 29 March, according to ICIS data.                                                                                                                   

The March explosion at a factory in China that makes key intermediates for the textile dye industry has already had a huge impact on the market there, but talk this week at a conference in Mexico also found predictions of major ramifications in the global market.

“It will undoubtedly affect the global pigment and dye industry in a huge way,” said an industry source on the sidelines of PLASTIMAGEN MEXICO 2019.

A US polymer executive also at the conference said force majeures most likely will be declared and that he has been warning customers to expect delays and higher prices.

There was also talk that Milliken, a US-based company that makes coatings, colourants and specialty chemicals, has been affected by the explosion.

Jürgen Hanel, Head of Technical Textiles at Monforts. © MonfortsAt next month’s Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt, Monforts will be highlighting all of the innovative features that have made the Montex stenter the leader in the field of technical fabric finishing.

“Techtextil is a very important show for us, because technical textiles are a key pillar of our production programme and many of our existing customers will be exhibiting or attending, as well as those we have yet to meet,” said Jürgen Hanel, Head of Technical Textiles at Monforts. “The show provides us with an opportunity to explain the diverse end-products that can be successfully finished on our stenters, as well as with our coating units.”

Total is planning to shut its 110,000 tonne/year polystyrene (PS) plant in El Prat, Spain, according to sources.

Some US states are mulling to ban PS for food packaging. Picture source: Photoalto/REX/Shutterstock

One line is expected to be closed by the end of June and the second one by the end of the year, one source added.

The closure would represent a reduction of roughly one quarter of Total’s European PS capacity.

Total confirmed on Friday afternoon its intention to close its PS plant in El Prat, adding it could affect up to 56 employees.

It said it aimed to have an “open dialogue” with the plant’s workers’ representatives to plan for the closure.

After Texas pushed the United States over the last decade to become the world’s biggest oil producer last year, the heart of the shale revolution is starting to show fatigue.

The volume of crude being pumped out of Texas recently saw its first monthly dip in a year. Oil well productivity in Texas’s Permian basin – the country’s largest oil field – is falling, and the number of drilling rigs operating in the United States has declined for six straight weeks.

Those indicators of future U.S. oil production suggest that the massive surge in output over the past two years cannot continue unabated, and instead will shift to a near-term plateau in supply.

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Asian PE buyers pause after ethylene price falls

Asian Polyethylene ethylene price

Asian polyethylene (PE) buyers have paused after falls in the feedstock ethylene market, preferring to take a cautious approach.

Regional producers are more bullish and said a 3pc value-added tax cut to 13pc, effective 1 April, will boost domestic demand.

Ethylene prices are dipping below $1,000/t on a cfr northeast Asia basis, after hitting near $1,200/t in mid-February. Ethylene prices, which have been volatile since late February, were assessed at $990-1,010/t cfr northeast Asia yesterday, according to Argus data.

Polyethylene (PE) demand had been relatively sluggish for weeks. Linear low-density polyethylene film prices were at $1,020-1,050/t cfr China, with Middle East offers into southeast Asia at $1,050/t cfr.

Offers for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) are rising in Asia because of supply bottlenecks in the Middle East and India. LDPE film offers were at $1,050-1,080/t cfr China and $1,060-1,080/t cfr southeast Asia.

Buying interest is capped until a clearer direction for the upstream ethylene market emerges. Asian buyers preferred to rely on their existing stocks bought a few weeks ago to keep their conversion units running.

PE and polypropylene inventories at China’s Sinopec and PetroChina slightly rebounded to 870,000t from last week’s 860,000t.

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The US-China trade war could threaten feedstock supply for the newly-built propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unitsin China, an executive said on Thursday.

There have beenheavy investments in polypropylene (PP)plants in China, with almost 9.5m tonnes of capacity growth by 2020.

Sanjay Moolji, director for polymers and PP atUS-headquartered Tricon Energy, made his remarks when he was addressing the new developments in the business models for chemicals trading and distribution.

He was speaking at the 8th ICIS World Poylolefins Conference.

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Trump ‘likely’ to announce summit plans at meeting with China’s vice premier

Oil prices resumed their climb Thursday, heading for what could be the fourth gain in the past five sessions, a move that had pushed the contract to roughly five-month highs.

The upside was limited in part amid broader financial market cautiousness as investors eagerly await what could be a breakthrough in the trade negotiations between China and the U.S., though but the final leg of negotiations has proven the most contentious, analysts said.

Plastics are too valuable to be thrown away but the industry needs to improvetheir circularity, an executive at European polymers major Borealis said on Thursday.

“We haven’t really improved our circularity [inthe plastics industry] very well,”said Guenter Stephan, head of circula reconomy at Borealis.

“We need to engage ourselves longer than the chain.”

Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will once again open its doors in Frankfurt/Main, Germany from 14-17 May 2019.

Covestro will be presenting new and sustainable developments with INSQIN technology for aqueous textile coatings as well as a waterbased polyurethane dispersion enabling biodegradable textile coatings at Booth D22 in Hall 3.0. Visitors can also obtain information on skin-friendly coatings for medical textiles, on a new TPU fibre as well as on film solutions for smart textiles, for example.

One of the highlights this time is breathable yet waterproof outdoor clothing. It is intended to protect joggers or hikers from rain, but at the same time let sweat escape from their skin. With the INSQIN technology, textiles are coated with waterbased polyurethane (PU) dispersions without the use of solvents.

Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks in the briefing room at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t downgrade U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia over the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, regardless of whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered his death. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

One of the great energy security benefits that the U.S. shale revolution has provided us for petroleum, still easily our main source of energy, is the need to rely less on OPEC.

It’s a huge advantage for our country that continues to go mostly ignored.

Since the shale-era took flight in 2008, U.S. crude oil production has surged 140% to 12.1 million b/d.

In turn, U.S. oil imports from OPEC have been sliced in half to less than 3 million b/d.

Asian polyethylene (PE) buyers have paused after falls in the feedstock ethylene market, preferring to take a cautious approach.

Regional producers are more bullish and said a 3pc value-added tax cut to 13pc, effective 1 April, will boost domestic demand.

Ethylene prices are dipping below $1,000/t on a cfr northeast Asia basis, after hitting near $1,200/t in mid-February. Ethylene prices, which have been volatile since late February, were assessed at $990-1,010/t cfr northeast Asia yesterday, according to Argus data.

Techtextil and Texprocess expos are set to dedicate a separate themed area to life in the city of the future with the special event ‘Urban Living-City of the Future’. The leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens, and the processing of textile and flexible materials will be held from May 14-17, 2019, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Taking centre stage this time are the Netherlands: supported by Creative Holland, an initiative of the Dutch creative industries, a special presentation area will examine the role that textiles and textile composites can play in the future of cities and highlight an array of outstanding examples of urban textile innovations from the Netherlands.

Timloc Building Products has made a considerable investment to purchase four Yizumi injection moulding machines from STV Machinery.

The significant investment in Yizumi machines and other state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment has been high on Timloc’s agenda, and has enabled the company to keep pace with increasing demand for its products and expand into new areas.

By 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban regions, metropolises and megacities, according to the United Nations. This poses new challenges for construction, mobility concepts and health services, as well as for smart fashion and functional clothing. With the special event “Urban Living – City of the Future” from 14-17 May 2019, Techtextil and Texprocess are dedicating a separate themed area to life in the city of the future

From 14-17 May 2019, “Urban Living – City of the Future” will be the key theme of Techtextil and Texprocess 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, the leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens, and the processing of textile and flexible materials. Taking centre stage this time are the Netherlands: supported by Creative Holland, an initiative of the Dutch creative industries, a special presentation area will examine the role that textiles and textile composites can play in the future of cities and highlight an array of outstanding examples of urban textile innovations from the Netherlands.

This week, PP prices firmed in the Far East and South East Asian regions. Gains were attributed to strength in global crude and naphtha rates. The price rise was further supported by stronger import offers from overseas suppliers, firmer PP futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange in China coupled with improved regional buying sentiments.

CFR Far East Asia, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed higher at the USD 1090/mt levels, a sharp week on week increase of USD 25/mt. PP film prices meanwhile were assessed at the USD 1125/mt levels while BOPP prices were also assessed at the USD 1125/mt levels, both up USD 30/mt from the previous week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1135/mt levels, a rise of USD 15/mt from the previous week.

Eastman announced on Wednesday a second innovation to address the world’s plastic waste problem.

In March, the Kingsport-based global specialty materials company announced plans to launch an advanced circular recycling technology breaking down polyester waste that cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods into basic polymer building blocks that can be reintroduced as new polyester-based polymers.

Wednesday’s announcement introduces a second Eastman innovation called carbon renewal technology, which is capable of recycling some of the most complex plastic waste, including non-polyester plastics and mixed plastics that cannot be recycled with conventional technologies.

Andrea Crespi, Managing Director, Eurojersey. © EurojerseyFounded in 1960, Eurojersey represents the Made in Italy style and creativity in warp knit fabrics. Through its Sensitive Fabrics portfolio, it is well established with major brands for sportswear, swimwear, intimate apparel and ready-to-wear.

Eurojersey began to market its Sensitive Fabrics products for the sports applications in 2005, which was followed by the launch of Sensitive Sculpt, a technical fabric specially designed for the shapewear, sportswear and swimwear sectors, in 2015.

In recent years, the manufacturer continued adding new technologies onto Sensitive Fabrics, such as bonding technology with merino wool, membranes and exclusive prints with bioceramics.

A plastic bottle takes more than 450 years to decompose. To highlight this stat, WWF is showing the decomposition of a plastic bottle in real-time – the longest live streaming ever.

The live stream was launched during earth hour on March 30, in the main square of Lisbon with the presence of several city officials and media outlets.

The live stream will continue for the next 450 years, or until the plastic bottle has decomposed.

The objective of the live stream is to raise awareness of the growing problem of plastic pollution and to raise 400,000 signatures for a petition that will be presented to key global leaders at the United Nations meeting on the environment.

the search for The most environmentally friendly raw material for PET bottles is in the hunt for the purest diamonds. In Europe, the cleanest PET-granules currently, the PET Recycling plant in the Glarus Bilten, which was opened yesterday Wednesday. Lord of the coveted raw materials, Casper van den Dungen (58), head of the company Poly Recycling AG.

“With the new technology, we improve the recyclate to the level of virgin material,” he says in front of mountains of color-sorted PET bottle bales.

desires of the beverage manufacturers

For drinks manufacturers such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Migros and Coop, which are due to the environmental pollution by plastic is increasingly under pressure, is such a PET-granulate is a highly sought-after raw material – was recycled this so-called rPET to 100 percent.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer Alpek said this week that it has closed on the purchase of a recycling plant in Indiana.

Speaking on the sidelines of the PLASTIMAGEN MEXICO 2019 conference here this week, a spokesman said DAK Americas closed on the purchase of Perpetual Recycling Solutions in Richmond, Indiana, on 31 January.

In January, Alpek announced the purchase of the plant, which has a capacity of 45,000 tonnes/year of high-quality recycled PET (R-PET) flakes.

Argex has continued negotiations with Hung Thinh with respect to a Joint Venture to be formed in Vietnam. Confirming contracts have proven difficult to generate because local government regulations and legal conditions are serious constraints. Periodic updates will be provided to the market as this process continues to conclusion.

“It is somewhat frustrating that getting our agreement with the top management of Hung Thinh into contract form that satisfies the regulations of local governments and conforms to the agreement reached between the parties in Singapore more than a month ago. Legal effort continues to resolve language differences in the contracts which will produce execution copies of these agreements.

At the Wood Mackenzie American Nylon Conference in Atlanta this week, INVISTA shared insights on the future growth of the nylon 6,6 value chain as well as updates on the company’s investments to bring additional adiponitrile (ADN) capacity to the market.

“INVISTA is investing billions of dollars to bring its latest ADN technology online as soon as possible at its existing facilities in addition to the new China ADN plant—all to help us meet both the short- and long-term needs of our customers and the value chains we support”

Eric Jones, managing director of commercial development for INVISTA, gave a presentation, “Supplying the Future of Nylon 6,6 Growth,” highlighting INVISTA’s perspective on the market and its strong commitment to the nylon 6,6 value chain. Jones also shared data on how the superior technical performance of nylon 6,6 will impact future growth in key sectors, including automotive, electrical and electronics applications.

In an effort to support a circular economy and save the environment, Braskem Idesa is sponsoring 15 BioBox machines at the PLASTIMAGEN MEXICO 2019 conference where attendees are able to recycle empty plastic bottles.

The idea to collect bottles stemmed from the low-waste recycling rate in Mexico, which is below 10%, representing about 10,000 tonnes of daily waste being sorted for recycling.

The BioBox project is intended to create awareness about the environment and increase recycling rates in the coming years.

The BioBox machine works like a “reversed vending machine”, which means that you deposit your empty bottle and get reward points in your account, tracked via a card or an application installed on a smart phone for use on Netflix or air time provided by other participating companies.

The BioBox machine is programmable to accept specific types and grades of plastics, and it is smart enough to reject bottles that are not empty of content.

In the case of the 15 machines placed at the PLASTIMAGEN event, they have been programmed to accept only polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and  its chain are assessed mixed, with the crude oil always in good health.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady,the slight recovery seems already exhausted.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,650 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton

    PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,550 yuan/ton – MEG $ 600/610 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,700/4,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,005/1,015 $/ton

    POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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Packaging waste statistics

In 2016, 170 kg of packaging waste was generated per inhabitant in the EU (varying from 55 kg per inhabitant in Croatia and 221 kg per inhabitant in Germany).

From 2007 to 2016, paper and cardboard was the main packaging waste material in the EU (35.4 million tonnes in 2016) followed by plastic and glass (16.3 million tonnes for each of these waste materials in 2016).

Britain took a decisive step away from a damaging no-deal Brexit as members of Parliament and political leaders backed efforts to prevent a disorderly departure from the European Union.

The House of Commons vote shortly before midnight Wednesday to block a no-deal divorce destroyed the dream of some of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party members for a clean break with the bloc as soon as next week.

The bill — which May herself opposed — won by a single vote and will now move to Parliament’s upper chamber to complete its progress Thursday.

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Western Research Institute and academic and industry partners advance into the second year of a research project to turn coal, crude oil and biomass into low-cost carbon fiber.

A research project led by Western Research Institute (WRI, Laramie, Wyo., U.S.), aimed at lowering the cost of carbon fiber for use in the automotive industry, has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to proceed into the second year of a three-year program.

The carbon fiber research project, titled “Consortium for the Production of Affordable Carbon Fibers in the United States,” supports the program goals of the DOE Vehicle Technology Office (VTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to reduce the weight of cars by lowering the cost of carbon fibers to $5 per pound or less, which reportedly will result in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. The initial cost analysis from WRI predicts that the cost to produce carbon fiber will be lower than the $5 per pound target identified by the automotive industry.

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Cross-polarized light optical microscopy micrograph showing the progress of mesophase during pyrlysis of iCTP6-MMP showing very large mesophase spheres starting to coalesce into a continuous phase. Source | Western Research Institute

The result announced today is a further step forward by the two Companies, with an increasing focus on sustainable mobility.

It is a tangible contribution to reducing emissions and environmental pollution.

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 3 April 2019 – Within the scope of the agreement signed in November 2017, Eni and FCA have teamed up to develop “A20”, a new fuel with a low level of emissions due to its 15% methanol and 5% bio-ethanol alcohol content.

By harnessing its low carbon content, bio component and high octane number, the new alternative fuel emits up to 3% less in CO2 exhaust emissions quantified using the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP).

The polyolefins market needs toaddress the dark side of plastics beforeconsumers can take notice of the product’sbenefits, a chemicals executive said onWednesday.

Gerald Rebitzer,director for sustainability at Amcor Flexibles,a subsidiary of Australia-headquarteredpackaging firm Amcor, went on to talk about thefuture prospects for single-material flexiblepackaging.

“Plastic packaging has a lighter environmentalfootprint than other materials” like glassbottles, aluminium cans or compostable cartons,said Rebitzer.

However, until the market addresses the badimage of plastics and the environmental andrecycling concerns, the many benefits fromusing plastics are irrelevant, the executive atAmcor added.

He was speaking at the 8th ICIS WorldPoylolefins Conference.

In coming years, recycled PET and polyolefins will likely have to continue competing with cheap virgin plastics. But scrap markets will also be impacted by uncertain government policies and brand owner decisions.

Those were a couple of takeaways from the annual markets panel at the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, held in March in National Harbor, Md. During the plenary session, Joel Morales and Tison Keel, both of integrated consulting firm IHS Markit, discussed the market dynamics for virgin plastics and explained how those factors will pressure recovered material prices.

In discussing PET markets, Keel used the imagery of multiple factors converging to create a perfect storm.

The constant drumbeat of food and beverage companies announcing plans to one day shift to 100% recyclable packaging is laudable.

Yet such efforts will mean little if the global recycling industry remains in disarray. In many municipalities around the world, materials collected for recycling are not being recycled.

China was once the world’s leading importer of recycled materials, but beginning in 2018 the country imposed stringent requirements on the recyclable materials it would accept and raised processing fees that triggered a sharp reduction in imports.

Asia’s naphtha prices wereunderpinned by consistent end-user demand,which is expected to prevail in the near term.

In early trade on Wednesday, open-spec naphthaprices for second-half May delivery stood at$573.75/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan, upby $6.25/tonne from the previous day’s close,according to ICIS data.

Spot prices were up by some 6% in comparisonwith month-earlier levels, ICIS data showed.

Naphtha prices tracked gains in global crudeoil futures, to which the petrochemicalfeedstock is closely related.

Polyethylene (PE) “is not trash” and allows the growth of the middle classesaround the world, an executive at US chemicalsmajor Dow said on Wednesday.

Greg Bunker, globalbusiness director at Dow for low densitypolyethylene (LPDE), made his remarks when hewas addressing the bad image of the plastic inthe midst of a push for more plasticsrecycling.

He was speaking at the 8th ICIS WorldPoylolefins Conference.

Plastics have had bad press in recent years,with single-use plastics in particular causingoutrage.

In 2019, a UK documentary series directed bybroadcaster and natural historian DavidAttenborough, Blue Planet, reached aglobal audience and showed the extent of theproblem with plastic litter.

At The Packaging Conference, materials and equipment suppliers introduce innovations to facilitate greater recycled content in PET packaging and increase recyclability of this format.

TPC_Eastman.jpgTPC_KHS.jpgTPC_SIPA1.jpgTPC_rPlanet.jpgPackaging has long been labeled the villain by many consumers who see it merely as waste.

Today that sentiment has reached a fever pitch as consumers are inundated with images of beaches and waterways overflowing with discarded packaging.

The most visible culprit: single-use plastic packaging.

As a result, every major CPG has made commitments around the use of recycled-content and recyclable plastic packaging.

At The Packaging Conference, a number of packaging materials and equipment companies presented technology innovations that have been designed to help CPGs reach these goals, in particular with PET.

Borealis underscores its global commitment to the automotive industry – BorealisGroup.com. Borealis

Major capacity increase for automotive compounds introduced in North America.

  • New Borealis polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in North America has successfully started up during Q1 2019;
  • Site at Taylorsville, North Carolina, will significantly strengthen Borealis and Borouge’s global supply capability for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and short glass fibre (SGF) compounds;
  • Innovative 10 percent mineral filled Daplen™ low-density modified PP for lightweight, aesthetic and low-emission automotive interiors on the road in ŠKODA’s new SCALA compact car.

Borealis and Borouge have announced that the new compounding plant of Borealis in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has come on stream during Q1 2019 as planned, with the inauguration of the facility scheduled for 16 May 2019.

Beaulieu Fibres International, Europe’s largest producer of polyolefin fibres, was nominated for the 2019 essenscia Innovation Award for its recently introduced UltraBond fibre.

The Award

The biannual award is the most prestigious prize for industrial innovation in Belgium. Created by essenscia, the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries, it aims to promote innovations in the Belgian industry and encourages companies to invest even more in innovative and sustainable products and applications.

During the evaluation of the nominated innovation projects, the jury assesses their link with chemistry, life sciences and materials, their contribution to sustainable development, their intellectual property management strategy as well as their added value for the economy.

US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices will remain flat in April despite increasing upstream paraxylene (PX) values for March as demand is slowly improving, sources said on the sidelines of PLASTIMAGEN MEXICO 2019.

“It is a buyer’s market right now. Demand is better, but it needs to improve,” the source said. “Cold weather conditions and frequent rains this winter dampened demand levels.”

Prices were mostly stable throughout March following a 3-5 cent/lb hike in February.

Today, two major U.S. synthetic yarn producers – Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. (“Unifi”) and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America (“Nan Ya”) – filed a “critical circumstances” allegation regarding imports of polyester textured yarn from China in an ongoing trade remedy investigation.

The critical circumstances claim charges that imports of the yarn surged into the United States in order to avoid the imposition of duties. If the allegation is proven, importers could face significant duty liabilities.

The critical circumstances provision allows the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) to apply antidumping and countervailing duties retroactively if the agency determines that certain criteria are satisfied.US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices will remain flat in April despite increasing upstream paraxylene (PX) values for March as demand is slowly improving, sources said on the sidelines of PLASTIMAGEN MEXICO 2019.

Indorama Ventures (IVL), a global chemical producer, has completed the share purchase of 83,000,000 newly issued shares in Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited (IRSL), equalling to around 31.79% of IRSL’s enlarged share capital at the price of INR 36 per share.

IRSL is India’s largest dedicated polyester manufacturer with an Integrated manufacturing complex in Butibori, near Nagpur, in Maharashtra, with production capacity of 605,000 tonnes per annum of polyester staple fibre, filament yarn, draw texturised yarn, fully drawn yarn and textile grade chips.

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–China’s domestic purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices may gain further on the back of healthy fundamentals in spite of an expected weakness in feedstock paraxylene (PX) values; with the PTA-PX spread likely to widen further in the coming months.

Spot PTA prices rose to yuan (CNY) 6,600/tonne ($984/tonne) on 29 March, up 1.5% from the previous week, according to ICIS data.

Market gains are likely to continue as demand is strong from downstream polyester industry, while output losses from scheduled turnarounds in the near term will offset the expected supply increase from a new plant starting up this month.

March turned out to be another broadly stable month for PET recyclers in Germany. Coloured and clear flakes and, above all, rPET pellet for use in bottle production remain highly sought-after. However, film producers were apparently ordering less flake material, recyclers said. They believe that converters had also built up inventories for peak season during the first months of the year when arisings were surprisingly strong.

Flake and regranulate prices have not budged in the meantime, according to market players. Flake prices are on a similar level as primary PET, while recycled pellet for use in beverage bottles commands much higher prices.

The new process manages polyester applications without any compromise on run size, design, substrate or labor

Kornit Digital Ltd., a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing innovation has reportedly unveiled the Kornit NeoPoly Technology which is termed as the industry’s first digital, industrial process for top-quality printing on polyester.

Seemingly, in the overall T-shirt market, Polyester is the second largest category and plays a vital role in the sports segment as well as is expanding its reach in the functional apparel and athleisure segments. Presently, polyester is printed mainly by analog solutions which create sustainability challenges and major technological cost.

Citing reliable sources, these challenges are addressed by Kornit NeoPoly Technology with a new process and ink set implemented in the prominent Kornit Neo Pigment ™ process. Its new process manages polyester applications without any compromise on run size, design, substrate or labor.

According to the bioeconomy model, fungal biotechnology allows the environmentally friendly conversion of ligocellulosic biomass in higher value-added compounds.

The role of biotechnology in the global economy, promoted by the technological advances of the last decade, has enormously contributed to the bioeconomy, which refers to all economic activities based on the invention, development, production and use of processes and products of biological origin.

Advances in high throughput genomics, genetic and biological engineering, as well as synthetic biology are transforming the landscape of industrial and environmental processes. Micro-organisms, enzymes, and their products are replacing chemical-dependent processes. However, perhaps the greatest attention is focused on the applications of biotechnology in agriculture and industry.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • PET and  its chain very weak and this in contrast to the increase in oil.
    • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady,but with small signs of recovery.

    PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,650 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton

    PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 600/615 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,700/4,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,015/1,030 $/ton

    POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced the launch of its next generation HyPET HPP5e system, building upon the proven industry-leading technology of the HPP platform.

HyPET HPP5e is the result of significant technology improvements that work together to deliver better energy saving, system reliability, preform quality and user friendliness.

Rob Domodossola, Husky’s President of Rigid Packaging, said: “Husky originally launched the HyPET HPP5 system as the world’s most productive and fully integrated preform moulding solution capable of delivering the most challenging preform applications, without compromising system performance, output, or quality.”

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Levissima, part of Sanpellegrino Group (Nestlé Waters), needed to address the growing demand for bottled water in Italy with a new complete line, producing its re-designed 1.5 litre bottle of pure, Alpine water.

With the help of its long-standing partner, Sidel, Levissima was able to improve the quality of its label application while simultaneously increasing the output capacity.

This is an achievement that took advantage of the new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, the latest addition to Sidel’s labelling portfolio.

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China’s domestic low densitypolyethylene (LDPE) prices have fallen to theirlowest level in 10 years and may remain weakbecause of ample supply.

Low densitypolyethylene (LDPE) is used in the manufacture oftrash bins, among others. (Photo by MichaelWeber/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock)

In the last trading day of March, spot pricesin east China were assessed at yuan (CNY)8,950/tonne ($1,334/tonne) EXWH (ex-warehouse),down by CNY175/tonne or 2% from 15 March,according to ICIS data.

Spot domestic prices were last seen at theselevels in 2009, the data showed.

LDPE prices have been declining since mid-Marchdue to high inventories from producers andimporters.

Strong availability of supply have kept pricesin both the domestic and import markets underpressure.

China LDPE imports posted an 11% year-on-yearincrease in the first two months of 2019,despite a strong increase in domestic capacityin recent years.

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CertainT blended towels will arrive at stores this month

Loftex CertainTNew York – Loftex has announced the first retail introduction of its bath towels including recycled PET (rPET) source-verified by the CertainT platform.

Arriving at retail this month, the towels were originally introduced to consumers via e-commerce. The CertainT tagging and tracing platform is provided by Applied DNA Sciences, which specializes in PCR-based DNA manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability.

Loftex created the eco-friendly towel, which is partially comprised of rPET materials, as part of its commitment to sustainability both in manufacturing and finished products.

The company markets and sells bath and beach towels with CertainT source verification for rPET through an exclusive licensing agreement with Applied DNA. Additional products utilizing CertainT source-verification for rPET will continue to be introduced in towels and other home products this year, Applied DNA said.

The EU’s proposal to introduce a 90% collection target for PET beverage bottles by 2029 is unlikely to be met without significant investment in infrastructure and waste management collection, according to Wood Mackenzie Chemicals.

The commercial intelligence analysts said up to 60 new reprocessing plants will likely be required in order to recycle this additional volume in collected waste.

The EU directive also calls for 25% of recycled plastic from 2025, increasing to 30% from 2030, in all PET beverage bottles, which Wood Mackenzie Chemicals says will  lead to a six-fold increase in demand for recycled PET in Europe by 2030.

Since 2004, China has been the world’s largest generator of waste, including plastics — but at least it’s trying to address the problem

Since 2004, China has been the world’s largest generator of waste, including plastics. And, since 2010 at least, China has been the largest source of waste plastic flowing into the world’s oceans.

To its credit, the Chinese government has tried to shrink the problem. In recent years, it’s forced retailers to charge for single-use plastic bags that aren’t biodegradable (with questionable success); Jilin province has banned such bags and food-service items outright. The tropical island of Hainan plans to impose an even wider ban starting in 2020.

Leading Irish wholesale supplier to the foodservice, retail and SME sectors, Musgrave MarketPlace, has announced this morning that sales of its eco-friendly packaging and disposables range saw a dramatic increase in sales of 131% in 2018.

The support for eco-friendly products has continued into 2019, as sales for the first 9 weeks of 2019 are up 198% compared to the same time last year. The eco-friendly packaging and disposables products are available at all Musgrave MarketPlace branches nationwide.

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Echa has started the public consultation on its restriction proposal for intentionally added microplastics in products.

The consultation is open until 20 September, but the agency has encouraged early submissions to make it easier for its committees to consider responses.

Echa published the proposal on 30 January, after a request by the European Commission a year earlier for a REACH Annex XV restriction dossier for microplastics. The request forms part of the EU plastics strategy.

Rising Prices of Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Spurred by Increasing Raw Material Costs

A semi-crystalline resin, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is well-established in the automotive and E&E industries.

The tremendous dimensional stability which stems from minimal water uptake, the high heat deflection temperature and the high stiffness of the polyester offer an amalgamation of engineering properties.

Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be presenting its system solutions for optimised productivity and/or value creation in textile colouring and manufacturing at China Interdye, in Shanghai, next week.

The company offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fibre to finish.

The systems and innovations presented by Archroma have been developed and selected for their compliance with The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature.

“With our expert system solutions for colour and performance, we touch and colour people’s lives every day everywhere in markets like automotive or sportswear,” explained Robert Liu, Head of Sales for China at Archroma.

Unilever has launched a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from 100% recycled content under its soap brand Sunlight, marking a first for the consumer goods firm’s South African arm.

Launched late last week, the recycled bottles are now used to house all 750ml and 400ml packs of Sunlight washing up liquid sold across Unilever’s South African market, with plans to roll them out across other countries which sell Sunlight in the pipeline. They are made from a mixture of both of pre and post-consumer (PCR) PET.

OPEC’s oil production in March 2019 fell to its lowest level since February 2015, as Saudi Arabia cut more than it had pledged under the output cut deal and Venezuela continued to struggle amid U.S. sanctions and a major blackout, the monthly Reuters survey showed on Monday.

The combined production of all 14 OPEC members stood at 30.4 million bpd last month, down by 280,000 bpd compared to February and the lowest level of OPEC production since February four years ago, according to the survey.

Saurer is set to present new textile machinery at ITMA 2019 expo, in stand B201, hall 6. Saurer is a leading globally operating technology group focusing on machinery and components for yarn processing, headquartered in Switzerland. The leading international textile and garment machinery exhibition will be held from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

The innovations that Saurer spinning solutions will show at ITMA include new machinery, automation and digitisation technologies as well as quality-determining components and services. Saurer’s solution approach is also integrated into the product portfolio of the segment. Managing the spinning value chain from finalised package down to fibres gives Saurer a knowledge base that translates into a competitive advantage for our customers. For Saurer, the solution consists of more than just machinery.

Theresa May will ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline to “break the logjam” in Parliament.

The PM says she wants to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree a plan on the future relationship with the EU.

But she insisted her withdrawal agreement – which was voted down last week – would remain part of the deal.

Mr Corbyn said he was “very happy” to meet Mrs May, and would ensure plans for a customs union and protection of workers’ rights were on the table.

April price ethylene Europe

The April contract price of ethylene in Europe increased by ERU30 per ton 

April price ethylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,045 per tonne, which is EUR30 per tonne higher than the level of March, some participants in the contract negotiations in the market told ICIS on Friday. April price ethylene Europe

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This level of the contract price was directly confirmed by two manufacturers and two consumers, which is a sufficient configuration for the approval of the monthly contract price for the material.

The contract price is considered fully agreed upon after confirmation from at least two manufacturers (suppliers) and from two consumers (buyers).

Quotations of raw materials – naphtha – rose last month, which was the main reason for the increase in the contract price of ethylene.  According to ICIS, in March growth was EUR29 per tonne compared with the February level.

Market supply and demand have become less balanced in March, due in large part to unplanned downtime of cracking plants in Europe and fairly good demand.

Most of the stops of the cracking units were short-lived, and the European market players remained well prepared for the scheduled preventive season, which will begin in mid-April.

Earlier it was noted that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for March deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,015 per ton, which is EUR30 per ton higher than the level of February. April price ethylene Europe

Ethylene is the main raw material component for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , negotiations on the contract prices of Russian PE started in April last week.  The situation with the prices for the next month is ambiguous, it is planned as a rise in prices and decrease.  For some items of PE manufacturers intend to keep March prices.  The last week of March in the spot market was fairly calm, with the exception of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE).  The limited supply of individual LDPE items still led to an increase in demand and prices.

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Contract price benzene Europe

The April contract price of benzene in Europe increased by EUR61 per tonne 15%

Contract price benzene Europe

MOSCOW  – The contract price of benzene in Europe for deliveries in April this year was finally agreed at EUR640 per ton, which is EUR82 per ton higher than the March price, ICIS reported, citing confirmation from three buyers and three sellers .

Contract prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CIF North-Western Europe.

The April contract price of benzene was agreed to in dollar terms at USD640 per tonne, and then converted to euro in an agreed exchange rate of EUR1 = USD1.1218.Contract price benzene Europe

Thus, if we take the price of benzene in dollar terms, the April contract price for the material has increased compared to March by USD83 per ton.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of benzene in Europe for deliveries in March of this year was finally agreed at the level of EUR558 per ton, which is EUR61 per ton higher than the February price level.

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , Russian polystyrene producers will leave selling prices at the level of March in April. Due to the introduction of restrictions on movement on regional roads and the need to load cars no more than 10 tons next month, the price of polystyrene, taking into account the delivery to the processor’s warehouse, can grow by 2,000-3,000 rubles. per ton. Sibur-Khimprom will reduce the April selling prices from the factory by about 2000 rubles. per ton.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles Automotive 02-04-2019

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,045 per tonne, which is EUR30 per tonne higher than the level of March, some participants in the contract negotiations in the market told ICIS on Friday.

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This level of the contract price was directly confirmed by two manufacturers and two consumers, which is a sufficient configuration for the approval of the monthly contract price for the material.

The contract price is considered fully agreed upon after confirmation from at least two manufacturers (suppliers) and from two consumers (buyers).

The contract price of benzene in Europe for deliveries in April this year was finally agreed at EUR640 per ton, which is EUR82 per ton higher than the March price, ICIS reported, citing confirmation from three buyers and three sellers .

Contract prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CIF North-Western Europe.

The April contract price of benzene was agreed to in dollar terms at USD640 per tonne, and then converted to euro in an agreed exchange rate of EUR1 = USD1.1218.

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The specialty chemicals company LANXESS sees great application potential for its technical plastics under the brands Durethan (polyamide) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate) in the New Mobility growth market

  • Great potential for polyamides and polybutylene terephthalates in the electric powertrain;
  • Focus on batteries, motors and inverters as well as on charging systems and elements of the charging infrastructure;
  • Substitution of conventional materials such as die-cast aluminum.

This is why the High Performance Materials business unit founded the “e-Powertrain team”, which is geared to the needs of the global automotive industry and supports external partners throughout the entire development chain for components of electric vehicles and the associated infrastructure.

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Paraxylene, also known as PX or P-Xylene, is an aromatic hydrocarbon compound, derived particularly from benzene. Paraxylene is a colorless, toxic, sweet-smelling, and highly flammable chemical at room temperature . It is found naturally in petroleum and coal tar. Paraxylene or P-Xylene is an isomer of xylene compound, derived from benzene.

Some of the other isomers of xylene include O-xylene and M-xylene. Paraxylene finds its largest application in large-scale manufacturing of terephthalic acid for polyester; also known as parylene.

The production process of paraxylene is one of the most complicated among all the chemicals; simple crystallization of the xylene normally led to complex purification process owing to the formation of eutectic mixtures .

It is manufactured by catalytic reforming of naptha, a petroleum derivative, and separated in a series of adsorption or crystallization, distillation, and reaction processes from ethyl benzene, o-xylene, and m-xylene.

Lower prices of feedstocks, slowed demand, record-high inventories, and lower-priced imports impacted resin prices.

The first quarter came to a close with prices of nearly all volume resins—including engineering types—trending flat to lower.

The exceptions were PVC and PS: PVC prices rose a bit after remaining flat for months, but success of a newly posted increase appeared dicey.

PS was perhaps the true “maverick,” with increases last month and more to come this month, due to a cost push from feedstocks.

These are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW ); and CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

Bio Adipic Acid Market share is likely to see significant growth as planned capacities come online over the next few years. Adipic acid market size was estimated at over 2.7 million tons and is likely to exceed 4 million tons by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 4.5%. Adipic acid (ADA) market revenue was over USD 4.5 billion and is likely to reach USD 7.4 billion by 2023.

Nylon 6,6 was the largest application and accounted for more than 80% of the total volume in 2015. Polyurethane (PU) application is likely to be the fastest growing at gains of over 5.2% up to 2023.

The invention and introduction of plastic were hailed as a major development in the realm of scientific research that would impact the entire world.

There is no doubt that it has, but the impact has not always been beneficial. Decades later, we face a major unintended consequence of this miracle product.

Plastic has become one of the worst pollutant problems in the world.

The profuse amount of plastic waste fills garbage dumps, slums, city streets, beaches, rivers, and increasingly larger areas of our oceans.

Over the years public service campaigns helped push recycling into the mainstream. But many people have been doing it wrong.

Cross-contamination with trash now threatens the industry. China, the world’s biggest buyer of recycled materials, stopped importing a lot of our salvaged goods last year because they were too contaminated.

They now turn down anything that’s not 99.5 percent pure, uncontaminated material.

Saudi Aramco generated earningsbefore interest, taxes, depreciation andamortisation (EBITDA) of $224bn in 2018, andintends to finance its purchase of SABIC ininstalments, according to new disclosures fromratings agencies Fitch and Moody’s.

Source: Ali Haider/EPA/REX/ShutterstockIn the first issuedcredit profile ratings of the Saudi state oiland gas firm ahead of an anticipated bond issueto finance part of the $69.1bn purchase pricefor 70% of SABIC, the company revealed that itintends to pay down part of the purchase pricein tranches between 2019 and 2021.

Due to graphene’s 2D geometry, most of the device applications require graphene to be partially or fully supported by a substrate, which is typically silicon dioxide (SiO2). An important example of a typical graphene structure on SiO2 is the graphene field effect transistor – GFET, a sheet of graphene connected to metal terminals on the planar substrate.

The current common understanding is that graphene interacts with SiO2 through weak, long-range van der Waals forces, even though experimental evidence suggests a surprisingly strong interaction between graphene and SiO2 that affects all properties of the device.

Industrial black plastic is difficult to recycle. Infrared technology developed in Finland may help to change that.

A technology company in northern Finland’s city of Oulu has developed an infrared camera that is able to identify black plastic for recycling for the first time.

The mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) camera is the product of tech firm Specim, which develops robotics and spectrographs, mainly for export.

Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association logoOpa might be a Greek word for celebration, but no one is celebrating at the Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA; London).

A proposed ban on oxo-degradable plastics was “attacked” in the European Parliament on March 27 by British Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Stuart Agnew.

“Parliament has not been made aware that if we accept the reference to oxo-degradable plastics in article 5 we would be evading the European Union’s own rules for banning substances.

These are set out in articles 68 to 73 of the REACH regulation, and we cannot just ignore them,” said Agnew.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,525 yuan/ton8,600 yuan/ton+75
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,100 $/ton1,120 $/ton+20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,750 yuan/ton7,775 yuan/ton+25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,850 yuan/ton7,825 yuan/ton-25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,455 yuan/ton6,615 yuan/ton+160
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market840 $/ton845 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,080 yuan/ton4,770 yuan/ton-310
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market638 $/ton610 $/ton-28
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,048 $/ton1,049 $/ton+1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,029 $/ton1,030 $/ton+1
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market946 $/ton951 $/ton+5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market8,990 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton+10
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,600 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton10,300 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,700 yuan/ton9,700 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,780 yuan/ton8,780 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,900 yuan/ton14,300 yuan/ton
+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,700 $/ton1,720 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,040 $/ton2,090 $/ton+50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,050 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton+50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,500 yuan/ton15,550 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market31,500 yuan/ton31,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,100 yuan/ton18,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,000 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,500 yuan/ton19,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000  yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton+100
Benzene domestic market4,700 yuan/ton4,275 yuan/ton-425
Benzene overseas  market627 $/ton556 $/ton+29
Ethylene South East market990 $/ton920 $/ton-70
Ethylene NWE  market980 $/ton1061 $/ton+81
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market13,000 yuan/ton13,300 yuan/ton+300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,700 $/ton1,750 $/ton+50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,400 yuan/ton16,400 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market12,200 yuan/ton12,300 yuan/ton+100
PP Powder domestic market8,750 yuan/ton8,750 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  564 $/ton560 $/ton-4
Phenol domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton8,663 yuan/ton-437
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,293 $/ton1,285 $/ton-8
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,363 $/ton1,350 $/ton-13
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East997 $/ton997 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,037 $/ton1,047 $/ton+10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,033 €/ton1,033 €/ton
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,003 €/ton1,003 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,070 $/ton1,080 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,201 €/ton1,201 €/ton

 

 

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Crealet, developer of electronically controlled warp thread feed systems for wide and narrow weaving machines, will present technologies for the electronic warp feed for narrow and wide weaving machines at the ITMA 2019 expo in hall 4, booth A110. ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology expo, to be held from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona.

The two independent companies, Crealet and Rüti Textil, will have a joint booth at the fair. Both are experts in the weaving process with the use of the latest technologies in the field of industry 4.0. Rüti Textil is expert in development tasks of the weft insertion.

Crealet will also introduce the new corporate design, with a refreshed logo. The new design is in line with the evolution of the company with new products and services under the leadership of the next generation of leaders.

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As US crude exports soar, an unexpected issue is plaguing domestic producers, and it could completely derail the country’s oil boom.

Two South Korean refiners have canceled the delivery of US crude oil cargoes that were due to arrive in January and February this year, Bloomberg reported earlier this week.

It cited unnamed sources from the industry as saying the refiners had been concerned about the quality of the crude.

Quality could at some point become a bigger problem for US producers.

D&L Industries’ subsidiary D&L Polymers & Colours, Inc. (DLPC) expects to boost export and domestic sales of its biodegradable plastic products after receiving international certification for its compostable biopolymers.

The certification came from DIN CERTCO which is a Berlin-based organization that does conformity assessment based on various international standards.

Two product lines have been certified. These are BC 9100 series used for films and straws and BC 9200 series used for cutlery and containers.

With the certification, biopolymers under DLPC’s proprietary Biorez line are now recognized worldwide as compliant with the European standard for biodegradable plastics.

The level of official recalcitrance over the need to reform the oil and gas sector is frightening, especially against the backdrop of the fact that even though the sector accounts for about 15 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP, however, crude oil exports account for about 90 per cent of foreign exchange earnings and 80 per cent of government’s revenue thus making the country’s economy heavily reliant on the sector.

Thus the importance of its centrality to national life, yet the Federal Government treats it with the contempt as if it is only a piggy bank.

Over the years, the issue of lost revenues in the sector has been of great concern to stakeholders both within the oil and gas industry necessitating calls for reforms to put the Nigerian oil and gas industry at par with what obtains internationally.

Oil prices remained unchanged on Monday, as investors fears of a global economic slowdown were offset by tighter supply and a reduction of US crude inventories.

Oil prices stayed flat on Monday, as investors concerns over the prospect of a global economic downturn were quelled by the promise of a reduction in US crude stockpiles and a tightening of supply across the industry.

Brent crude oil futures rose by just 30 cents to $67.33 a barrel on Monday afternoon, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures increased by only 11 cents to $59.15 a barrel.

WHILE there is a buzz all around, and even the Prime Minister Imran Khan is giving a fillip to it saying Pakistan is about to hit ‘crude’ jackpot, serious professionals strongly feel this is fairly early to say anything and come to any conclusions — especially about the size and quality of the find — if at all.

Indeed, there are definite prospects, yet no one could be certain at this moment.

And one needs to bear in mind, even if there is a substantial find, it will take several years to bring it online.

A new report includes comparative Life Cycle Assessments of three ground coffee packaging formats: a flexible stand-up pouch, a steel can, and a rigid plastic canister.

The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) recent report,“A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World,” highlights the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging.

FPA commissioned PTIS, LLC to provide a holistic view on the sustainability benefits that flexible packaging offers and foresight into future sustainability implications for the format, and to develop six Life Cycle Assessment case studies comparing flexible packaging to other packaging formats across a range of products.

Average daily crude oil production slipped during the month of January for the first time in nearly six months, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest report published on Friday.

January oil production for the United States averaged 11.871 million bpd for January—down from 11.961 million bpd in the month prior.

The last decrease in oil production came in May 2018, when production fell to 10.464 million bpd from 10.475 million bpd in April 2018.

The world’s biggest oil-exporting region may lose billions of dollars in annual revenue when an obscure United Nations requirement for ships to burn cleaner fuel takes effect next year.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other Middle Eastern suppliers of heavy, high-sulfur crude could take a hit as refiners favor lighter, low-sulfur grades that they can process more easily into less-polluting fuels.

The UN maritime agency’s new rule kicks in on January 1, and estimates of the possible price impact vary widely.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures surged to a new high for the year this week.

The markets are being underpinned by the OPEC-led production cuts and the U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, which have helped tighten the global supply. However, Friday’s spike to the upside is likely being fueled by increased demand for risky assets and firmer U.S.

Treasury yields, which have dampened concerns over a U.S. recession later in the year.

The catalyst behind the price action is the optimism created by the resumption of the trade negotiations between the United States and China.

More than fifty agreements and contracts worth over $6 billion were signed at the 8th Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference held in Bishkek on March 27-28.

The conference was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, as well as more than 700 representatives of Russian and Kyrgyz companies, heads of regions and key economic departments.

Special attention was paid to creating conditions for increasing trade and investment. It was decided to develop direct dialogue between the business communities of Russia and Kyrgyzstan by simplifying procedures and improving the business climate.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published a report, From Waste to Resource, highlighting the high levels of recycling being achieved by the UK construc­tion industry, and is calling for more robust waste data for the sector.

Defra statistics from 2014, which were refer­enced in the construction sector deal and resources and waste strategy, both published last year, show that around 120 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation (CDE) waste are generated by construction activity each year – around 60% of the entire amount of waste produced by the UK each year.

Oil fuelled Venezuela’s rise in the Nineties

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It appears that early 2019 has brought the end game in Venezuela into sharp focus and the daily news.  Nicola Madura and Juan Gualdo continue to lay claim to the presidency while the United States and Russia increasingly attempt to exert their influence.

This scenario is all played out against a backdrop that is described as the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory.

Power cuts are a regular occurrence, the nation is suffering from hyperinflation, and there is a severe shortage of even the most basic of items.

A PET recycling industry group gave its temporary blessing to the use shrink sleeve labels with perforations, which will assist in sorting and recycling.

Deseaming shrink label on a P&G product bottle.

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) gave a three-year approval to the packaging industry to use double perforated full shrink sleeve labels on some PET bottle products. The idea is for consumers to be instructed to remove the labels before dropping both the label and bottle into the recycling bin

The approval was limited to household and personal care products, not PET beverages, because of concerns that the removed labels could end up as litter when applied to on-the-go products such as drinks.

The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the “very harsh impact” of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela’s oil sector.

Venezuela’s crude oil production plummeted by 142,000 barrels per day in February, according to OPEC data, after the Trump administration recognized a parallel government in Venezuela on January 23 and imposed new sanctions on the country.

For the six months prior to February, Venezuela’s crude oil production had fallen by an average of 20,500 barrels per day (see below).

Should India impose a complete ban on plastic?

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest hazards faced by our environment.

As per studies, we are dumping away sufficient plastic which can circle the globe four times.

The worst thing is that almost 50 per cent of the plastic is thrown after the first use.

Though many countries and cities have imposed ban on plastic, statistics clearly indicate that the ban has never been effective.

The major use of plastics happens in restaurants and in the form of bottles.

Recently, Hawaii State in the US decided to ban plastic at restaurants, which in turn will cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.

Spot adipic acid (ADA)cargoes from China halted their price downtrendthis week amid an unexpected shutdown of amajor domestic plant, while producers aremulling hiking prices amid limited supply.

In the week ended 27 March, spot prices wereassessed stable at $1,150-1,200/tonne CFR (cost& freight) NE (northeast) Asia afterfalling for two weeks, ICIS data showed.

Shandong Haili Chemical Industry, a majorChinese ADA producer, was forced to shut down its 150,000 tonne/year plant forsafety checks after the 21 March fatal blast at Yancheng in China’s easternJiangsu province.

The global nature of the business, equipment advances and packaging innovations were all covered in this year’s Association of Plastic Recyclers Plastics Recycling Showcase and Technical Forum.

The fourth-annual event was held on March 11, in conjunction with the Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show. The following is a rundown of event presentations:

A washable-ink shrink sleeve on the Colgate oxy dishwash bottles, produced with the help of the SKC plant in Georgia, was the first to be recognized.

The ink is washable but non-staining, nor does it cause clumping in the drying process at a reclamation facility. The sleeve is now commercialized.

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Xenia Materials has launched the new series of Xecarb 11 short carbon-fiber filled PP grades.

Italian compounder Xenia Materials has developed a new series of short carbon-fiber filled PP thermoplastic composite grades under the XECARB 11 brand.

(The company has a partnership with PlastiComp, which was acquired last year by PolyOne, to develop innovative solutions based on PolyOne/PlastiComp’s Complēt long carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites and Xenia’s Xecarb short carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.)

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In April, Milliken & Company will begin building the largest clarifier plant in its history in Blacksburg, South Carolina. The world-class plant is due to begin operations in 2020 and will boost capacity of Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifier by approximately 50 percent. The expansion is needed to meet fast-growing global demand for this polypropylene additive that is helping users to realize significant sustainability and performance advantages.

“Brand owners and packaging producers are clearly seeing how Millad NX 8000 can contribute to improved environmental and manufacturing results

Saudi Aramco has agreed to purchase a 70% stake in local producer SABIC from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at $69.1bn, the Saudi Arabia-headquartered oil and gas giant said on Wednesday.

The long-awaited agreement will see Aramco pay Saudi riyals (SR) 123.40 ($32.91) per share for the public investment fund’s position in the petrochemicals giant for a total of SR259.13bn. The remaining 30% of shares in SABIC are publicly traded, and Aramco has no plans to pick up those outstanding equity positions, the company added.

“SABIC will benefit from the additional scale, technology, investment potential, and growth opportunities Saudi Aramco will bring as a global leader in integrated energy and chemicals production,” said SABIC CEO Yousef Al-Benyan.

Stäubli, a leading textile machinery manufacturer, will exhibit at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, informing visitors about the features, details, and advantages of the company’s latest machinery, systems and solutions for technical textiles production.

“The list of potential applications of technical textiles seems almost endless. Engineers and research institutes regularly find new and more demanding areas in which the use of textiles can lead to technical progress, weight reduction, cost savings, or other benefits,” the company reports.

After China’s Spring Festival, domestic inventories of some of the major petrochemicals continued to break historical highs, and the market as a whole operated with high inventory and low prices.

Now, traders may be looking for an upturn, but due to the slow recovery of demand, the foundations for price increases remain fragile.

Inventories are high for a range of petrochemicals, including ethylene glycol (EG), styrene, pure benzene, acetone, toluene, xylenes, methanol, acetic acid, polyolefins and more. According to ICIS inventory data, ethylene glycol, styrene, pure benzene, acetone and xylenes are typical products with high inventories.

A solvent-based process will be used to recover polymers from multilayer flexible packaging and fiber-reinforced plastics, and sorting technologies have been installed in New Zealand’s first PET recycling plant.

High-tech reclaimers partner: Circular Polymers, a California company using an advanced separation equipment to recover plastics from carpet, signed an off-take agreement with a startup commercializing a PP purification process. Circular Polymers, which was highlighted by Plastics Recycling Update in November, is producing a PP feedstock for use by PureCycle Technologies, a company that’s building a plant in southern Ohio to generate high-quality PP from post-consumer sources. PureCycle is commercializing technology developed by Procter & Gamble.

Nerves in the Turkish polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are high ahead of Turkey’s local elections this weekend, with the lira already volatile this week.

The Turkish government has taken steps to prop up the lira by restricting trading on the offshore swap market and using its foreign currency reserves to prop up its value.

The currency has fallen from a high of TL5.33521 per US dollar on Tuesday to  TL5.65098 at the time of writing.

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The sale by the fund of 2,947,620 Aquafil shares, equal to 5.75% of the company’s capital, was realized through an accelerated order collection procedure reserved for institutional investors and was concluded at a sale price of 9, 66 euros per share.

Yesterday, the stock closed the session at € 10.50 and today is losing ground even though the overhang effect has been removed
Three Hills Capital Partners comes out of the capital of Aquafil. TH IV, a subsidiary of Three Hills Capital Partners, completed the sale of 2,947,620 Aquafil shares, equal to 5.75% of the company’s capital, which produces synthetic fibers.

The structural strength of the US economy relative to the EU, China and other countries on the global stage offers a persistent competitive advantage that can drive or support the chemical sector in the years ahead.

However, the US is certainly not immune to global headwinds, especially with its two main trading partners slowing considerably.

TruClean’s anti-static properties are demonstrated in a Unifi video.

A major consumer of U.S. PET bales has unveiled three products made with recycled polyester and nylon.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi, which produces recycled fibers for use in textiles, released two recycled polyester products and one post-industrial nylon fiber product. The company launched them at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019, which was held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2019 in Denver.

Unifi sells recycled polyester under the Repreve brand name to a variety of markets. The publicly traded company owns PET bottle recycling operations that produce recycled PET, some of which is sold on the market and some of which is used internally to produce Repreve.

TruClean’s anti-static properties are demonstrated in a Unifi video.

Currency Turkish Lira Crashes

Turkish Lira Crashes 5% And Prompts Contagion Fears – Currency Analysts Say Rand And Real Vulnerable

Currency Turkish Lira Crashes

UPDATE: After firming overnight, the Turkish Lira continued to incur losses in early Friday trading with the US Dollar to Lira exchange rate last seen trading at 5.63607, up 1.89% in favour of the Greenback.

Speaking late on Thursday, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said Turkish banks had provided billions of Lira liquidity to FX markets and that market normalisations had begun. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

Nevertheless, the overarching issues of US-Turkey tension remains prevalent leading some analysts to maintain a bearish outlook on the TRY.

Commenting on the factors impinging on the Lira, Danske analysts wrote “One of the reasons for investor caution is the increasing tensions between Turkey and US. A Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul went on trial on Tuesday on charges of espionage, terrorism and playing a role in an attempted overthrow of the government in a case that has strained Turkey’s ties with the US,” before adding “We remain bearish on the TRY.”

The Turkish Lira plunged in Thursday trading amid concerns over market liquidity as the central bank continue efforts to underpin the TRY and avoid a repeat of 2018’s rout.

At the time of writing, the US-Dollar-to-Lira exchange rate was seen to be trading at 5.56624, 4.65% up from the session open.

Thursday saw the Central Bank of the republic of Turkey (CBRT) raise its total lira swap sale limit to 30% from 20% for swap transactions that have yet to mature following Monday’s raise from 10% to 20% as the central bank attempt to shore up bank’s forex reserves, which declined sharply in the first two weeks of March as investors aggressively sold the TRY. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

Volatility for Lira markets has surged over the past four days with current levels unseen since 2004

Expected volatility among other EMs indicated that the most vulnerable EM currencies could be set for a bumpy ride alongside the Lira with analysts citing the recent price swings as similar to the conditions witnessed during 2018’s Lira meltdown and subsequent spread to other EMs. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

Commenting on the potential for the Lira’s weakness to spill-over into other EMs, Wells Fargo strategist, Brendan McKenna, wrote “It looks like there is some contagion, mostly focused on the high beta currencies — the South African rand and the Brazilian real. That’s not that uncommon. Those currencies felt some pain after the lira crisis last year too.” Head of emerging-markets strategy, Jason Daw, at Societe Generale commented that high-beta EMs were the most vulnerable to spreading jitters, “The surge in FX swap points seems related to idiosyncratic factors in Turkey rather than a broader squeeze in dollar funding costs. With that said, investors are probably concerned that there could be some contagion to other EM currencies given the experience last year. High beta EM is most at risk from a deterioration in sentiment, but for Asia it is important to realize that the direct trade and financial linkages are very small.”

Senior strategist, Koon Chow, at Union Bancaire Privee expects the South African Rand to be particularly susceptible should the Lira plunge develop into a broader EM sell-off. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

Chow wrote “The impact is probably limited unless we see a trend depreciation of the lira. A one-off lira depreciation should not have, if it happened, much of an effect because we are in a climate of low Treasury yields and low volatility.”

Before adding, “Of course there is a risk of a knee-jerk impact given the price action across currencies in July and August last year. South Africa is most vulnerable because of its largish current account deficits.”

Some analysts expect a wider impact, with a whole class of EMs expected to be driven lower – however, this outcome is reliant on an assessment that the current headwinds facing the Turkish economy are in fact not idiosyncratic and instead the result of a potential global slowdown. senior market analyst at Oanda Corporation, Jeffrey Halley said that EMs “tend to move as a bloc, so quid pro quo, we should see EM tarred with the same brush here in Asia,” adding “Turkey is perhaps a symptom and not a cause. The main driver being off course, a potential global slowdown which the rally in developed bond markets has been telling us is in the way all year.” Other analysts were more upbeat on the Lira, expecting the current factors weighing on the currency to fade over forthcoming sessions as liquidity issues ease and local elections pass. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

EM fixed-income fund manager, Patrick Wacker, at UOD Asset management, wrote “We do not see contagion to other EM countries. This was a concern during Turkey’s FX crisis last year. Then as in now, we believe Turkey’s situation is unique.” Wacker added “While Turkish bonds are trading wide to their rating, we believe there may be a better entry point once we are past today’s reserves data and Sunday’s local elections.”

Similarly, Andrey Kuznetsov of Hermes Investment Management, expects the risks facing the Turkish Lira to be Lira/Turkey-specific, limiting the potential for spread. Kuznetsov said “Turkish volatility is entirely idiosyncratic and related to country specific events, such as the upcoming local elections.” He went on to add that emerging markets “benefit from more established financial markets and a dedicated investor base. Currency Turkish Lira Crashes 

The universe is no longer viewed as a homogeneous asset class, but rather a diverse group of countries with resilience to withstand a good amount of external volatility… Compared to the late 1990s when a crisis in one country or region could cause a meltdown in the broader universe, the situation is starkly dissimilar right now.”

Source : Elaine Housten

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Polymers Petrochemicals R-PET Automotive 29-03-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET is steady, while its chain is assessed mixed.

  • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 6,20/635 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,020/1,030 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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After firming overnight, the Turkish Lira continued to incur losses in early Friday trading with the US Dollar to Lira exchange rate last seen trading at 5.63607, up 1.89% in favour of the Greenback.

Speaking late on Thursday, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said Turkish banks had provided billions of Lira liquidity to FX markets and that market normalisations had begun.

Nevertheless, the overarching issues of US-Turkey tension remains prevalent leading some analysts to maintain a bearish outlook on the TRY.

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory is intensifying its sustainability programme by announcing the launch of an ambitious redesign project of its Ribena bottles.

Ribena was the first UK soft drink brand to use bottles made from 100% rPET

This is the company’s latest move to ensure all its packaging is fully recyclable within the UK’s current recycling infrastructure.

The manufacturer has appointed industrial design agency Seymour Powell to lead the redesign, following an in-depth agency pitch process which began in 2018.

Michelle Norman, Director of External Affairs and Sustainability at Lucozade Ribena Suntory said: “Lucozade Ribena Suntory takes its sustainability commitments very seriously and we are extremely proud to be announcing this packaging redesign to ensure our brands continue to be as sustainable as possible.”

The European Union’s (EU) proposal to introduce a 90% collection target for PET beverage bottles by 2029 is unlikely to be met without significant investment in infrastructure and waste management collection, according to Wood Mackenzie Chemicals.

Commenting on the directive, Isabelle Gilks, Wood Mackenzie Analyst, said: “The target placed on PET beverage bottles is arguably the most ambitious of those in the proposal.

To put this number into context, the 2017 European PET beverage bottle collection rate stood at an average of 58%. In volume terms, EU member states would need to collect twice as many bottles, by weight, in 2029 when compared to 2017.

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Michael Tobias is the founder and principal of New York Engineers, an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America. He leads a team of 30+ mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineers from the company headquarters in New York City, and has led over 1,000 projects in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland and California, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia.

A graduate of Georgia Tech class of 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with honours, he is an advocate for green design and technologies, and has designed to both Passive House and Net 0 energy standards.

Oil prices have extended losses into a second straight session after an official data reported a rise in US crude stocks.

International Brent crude oil futures were down 20 cents at $67.63 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures declined 23 cents at $59.18 per barrel, Reuters reported.

Oil prices came under pressure after US crude stocks witnessed an increase, although analysts pointed to support from efforts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-affiliated members such as Russia, known as OPEC+, to cut production and increase prices.

Polyethylene Terephthalate is a resin, which is made by the combination of two monomers, purified terephthalic acid and modified Ethylene Glycol, to form a polymer called Polyethylene Terephthalate by esterification reaction.

It is mainly used in production of synthetic fibres, bottles, etc.

It is tough and temperature resistant.

The main difference between PET and Bio based PET is that the former uses non-biodegradable material in formation of PET and latter uses biodegradable material for producing the resultant polymer.

The Japanese parliament approved an extension of insurance coverage for imports of Iranian crude oil effective from the start of April and expiring a year later.

However, this does not mean Japanese refiners will continue buying Iranian crude if they do not score sanction waivers from Washington.

Reuters reports Japan’s parliament approved the import insurance extension yesterday.

Now, refiners are pressing the government to find a way to secure an extension to the waiver that Washington granted Tokyo and seven other importers in November.

Potential synergies are being explored between BiologiQ’s NuPlasticQ biopolymer and Dow’s PE resin portfolio

A new collaboration has been announced between Dow, Midland, Mich., and BioLogiQ, Idaho Falls, Idaho, to evaluate potential synergies between the latter’s novel NuPlastiQ plant-based biopolymer and Dow’s PE resin portfolio, in an effort to explore enhanced sustainable plastic options.

Dow and BioLogiQ will work together to test and consider potential applications that incorporate bio-based resins with PE, in the hopes of enabling more plant-based plastic products.

Seven-year-old startup BioLogiQ will utilize Dow’s industry-leading research and development, as well as the company’s extensive plastic resin sales and distribution network, to determine if they can successfully leverage plant-based plastics.

Every year around this time two things can be counted on: winter makes the official astronomical changeover to spring on the date of the equinox—though there’s frequently a disconnect between the calendar and the weather—and March Madness, i.e., the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament field of 64 (or more) of the top teams, dominates sports coverage, chatter around many offices and generally reaches a feverish pitch.

Exactly like the college hoops tournament, PlasticsToday determines its March winners by performance, though the editorial “tournament” is based solely on a metrics analysis of top-read articles at the Packaging Channel for the period.

The beta PBT powder will be officially announced at AMUG next week

At the AMUG conference in Chicago next week, Dutch global sciences company Royal DSM will present a beta version of its new PBT powder product for 3D printing. The material marks the company’s first powder-based material for the additive manufacturing industry. Up until now, Royal DSM’s 3D printing portfolio has largely focused on polymer filaments and resins.

As a diamond sponsor of the annual AMUG conference, Royal DSM is preparing for a big showing next week. Not only will the company be unveiling a beta version of its first polymer powder for 3D printing, but DSM experts will also be presenting at various points during the event. Over the course of the conference, DSM plans to put an important emphasis on the sustainable potential of AM.

Company’s PET enzymatic recycling technology recognized for its patentability

Core process and technology protected until 2033

CARBIOS now holds 29 patent families worldwide, 11 related to PET recycling technology

“This patent strengthens our competitive position for the recycling of PET and it is gratifying to have the United States Patent and Trademark Office recognize the innovative nature of our proprietary technology.”

CARBIOS , a company pioneering new, bioindustrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted CARBIOS a patent on its proprietary process for PET recycling from plastic waste using enzymatic technology.

Techtextil is one of the most important exhibitions in the field of nonwovens and Dilo has participated since its inception in 1986. During a history of more than 100 years Dilo has always set new standards with technologies like Hyperpunch and DI-LOUR needling. These developments have opened new markets for nonwovens and raised the bar regarding quality and efficiency.

The development cycles in machine building cannot be measured in months. Therefore we are pleased that one of our latest developments in horizontal crosslappers, the “Hyperlayer” is now being installed in several spunlace production lines.

 

Philippine’s plastic situation is one of the worst, but thankfully, there is a glimmer of hope for the country’s plastic dilemma.

A group of students has discovered microorganisms that are capable of “eating” plastic in a hyper alkaline spring in Zambales in the southern area of the country. The discovery of the plastic-eating bacteria paves the way to developing a new approach in solving the plastic problem that the third world country is currently battling.

The study that led to the landmark discovery was conducted by researchers from the biology department of the University of the Philippines – Baguio where they uncovered four strains of bacteria that are proficient in biodegrading low-density polyethylene (LDPE), the kind of plastic typically used for plastic bags, cling wraps, shampoo bottles, and other single-use plastic containers.

The European Parliament has voted to ban problematic single-use plastic products across the EU in a bid to tackle plastic pollution.

The new Single-Use Plastic Directive, proposed by the European Commission (EC) last year and voted for by MEPs yesterday (27 March), will prevent the sale and use of 10 of the most polluting single-use plastic products on the EU market, including cotton bud sticks, cutlery, straws, stirrers and polystyrene containers, where alternatives exist. EU member states will have until 2021 to transpose the Directive into national legislation following the final adoption by the European Council of Ministers.

Just months after Shell Canada said it’s looking for a buyer for its refinery near Corunna, the Bloomberg news service is reporting the owners of Nova Chemicals are exploring options that may include the possible sale of a portion of the Canadian company.

Nova Chemicals, which has three production sites in St. Clair Township next to Sarnia, is owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investments Co.

The Bloomberg report, based on people with knowledge of the situation, says Mubadala Investments is look at the possibility of selling a portion of Nova Chemicals to a Canadian pension fund or another chemical company.

Hydrosize Carbon Michelman Composites

Hydrosize Carbon from Michelman Helps Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Improve Quality and Performance of Composites

Michelman’s new Hydrosize® Carbon fiber sizing solutions allow customers to leverage carbon fiber’s unique benefits and produce higher quality composite parts. Part of Michelman’s Hydrosize® brand family of water-based sizing solutions, Hydrosize® Carbon allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of their reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin.

This series of grades offers a wide variety of solutions depending on resin compatibility, fiber type, and desired composite performance.

Designed for polyamides, including high-temperature applications, the Hydrosize® Carbon 200 Series is APE, solvent, and VOC-free, and is perfect for fiber reinforced nylon composites where greater thermal stability is required. Coolant pumps are a typical automotive application. Other benefits of these small particle size dispersions include excellent film-forming properties and high strand integrity.

Formulated for polycarbonates (PC) and other PC blends such as PC-ABS, the Hydrosize® Carbon 300 Series produces good chemical resistance along with interfacial adhesion to polymer systems. Appropriate applications include laptop cases or other electronic components. Hydrosize Carbon Michelman Composites

The Hydrosize® Carbon 400 Series includes high-performance grades that can withstand the extreme processing temperatures that many high-temperature thermoplastics require. Appropriate materials include PEEK, PPS, PEI, and others used to produce various composite engine components. This series exhibits excellent thermal stability, mechanical properties, and low creep. It is especially suited for chopped carbon fiber applications.

Finally, the Hydrosize® Carbon 700 Series is formulated to improve the performance of carbon fiber reinforced vinyl ester composites and is perfect for under-the-hood applications. Its proprietary chemistry allows for increased adhesion between the carbon fiber and various vinyl ester compounds.

https://www.michelman.com/

Covestro Genomatica sustainable growth

Covestro and Genomatica launch partnership for sustainable growth

Covestro Genomatica sustainable growth

High-performance materials from plants

Plants as sustainable raw material: Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica have joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration announced on Wednesday, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. These are today still the most common carbon and raw material sources of the chemical and plastics industries. Using carbon from plants instead would help reduce CO2 emissions and close the carbon loop in another move towards a circular economy.

This long-term partnership involves teams from both companies working together to drive commercially-focused innovations. Genomatica will deploy its strengths in developing industrial-scale bioprocesses to produce widely-used chemicals. Covestro complements the collaboration with strong know-how in chemical process technology and application development. This initiative is another example of Covestro’s approach to drive innovation by sustainability.

Reducing dependence on fossil raw materials

“The market is showing increasing interest in products based on renewable raw materials,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer of Covestro. “Being able to increasingly derive key materials from biomass is essential for making our industry less dependent on fossil raw materials and market fluctuations. With this, we are pursuing our vision of making the world a brighter place.”

Christophe Schilling, CEO of US-based Genomatica, added: “We look forward to supporting Covestro in its efforts and providing our expertise in harnessing the power of biotechnology to bring much-needed change to many segments of the chemical industry.”

About Genomatica

Genomatica is a widely-recognized leader in bioengineering and aims to lead a transition to more sustainable materials. It develops bio-based process technologies that enable a better way to produce widely-used chemicals, from alternative feedstocks, with better economics, sustainability and performance. Genomatica has earned widespread acclaim for its technology; has commercialized processes to make the chemical butanediol (for biodegradable plastics and apparel) and for butylene glycol (cosmetics and personal care); and is working on bio-nylon. Awards include the Kirkpatrick Award, for “the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized in the world” and the ICIS Innovation Award for its Brontide™ butylene glycol. To learn more, visit www.genomatica.com.

About Covestro

With sales of EUR 14.6 billion in 2018, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main sectors served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) as at the end of 2018. For more information please see www.covestro.com.

For more information

Genomatica: Cameron Crowe, genomatica@methodcommunications.com, +1.415.891.4913

Covestro: Stefan Paul Mechnig, stefanpaul.mechnig@covestro.com, +49.175.30.36352

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Tracking parts right back to the manufacturing data has taken another smart leap forward, with moulding machine specialist Sumitomo (SHI) Demag pioneering a fully automated In Mould Decorating (IMD) production cell.

Nigel Flowers, UK Managing Director, likens it to issuing each moulded component with its unique birth certificate, with all processing data held securely within the manufacturing executive system (MES).

Designed predominantly for automotive, medical device and aerospace manufacturing environments where quality control and traceability are critical, the advance is said to represent a change in how multiple components are individually issued with a unique identifier.

Polymers Petrochemicals Packaging Automotive

Mitsubishi has reportedly developed graphene-based MWIR sensors with extraordinarily high sensitivity.

Thanks to an internal graphene FET gain, the responsivity is said to be 10 times higher than that of quantum-type IR sensors with no internal amplification.

Mitsubishi uses graphene FET and leverages its high electron mobility.

High-performance materials from plants

Plants as sustainable raw material: Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica have joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks.

With their collaboration announced on Wednesday, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil.

Wind turbine blades for recycling at GFS.Wind turbines generate clean and renewable power, but when their blades reach end-of-life, the options – burning or landfilling – aren’t so green.

The wind power industry pulls at the heartstrings of environmentalists, but if the blades go into landfills, “that doesn’t exactly paint a real nice PR picture for the whole industry,” said Karl Englund. “We don’t want to see that happen.”

Englund is chief technology officer for Global Fiberglass Solutions (GFS), a Bothell, Wash.-based company that is hoping to make some of its own green by recycling the blades into pellets and boards. The company has developed – and is scaling up – a plant in Sweetwater, Texas to recycle fiberglass from wind turbine blades and other sources.

This development was made by a chemist in RUDN University. The new method synthesizes ‘yolk-shell’ nanoparticles on the basis of titanium dioxide and graphene.

Since the new particles have complex structure, scientists could carry out a selective oxidation for the production of aldehyde for many hours without the formation of any byproducts.

Although photocatalytic reactions are more eco-friendly, they are not selective enough.

The aldehydes produced by the process will start to oxidize and numerous byproducts will be formed.

The research team of this study came up with a solution to this problem, which is to use nanocatalysts with an unusual structure.

The first half of Article 53(b) of the European Patent Convention (“EPC”) states that essentially biological processes (“EBPs”) for the production of plants or animals are an exception to patent protection.

This small provision (which implements Art 4 of the Biotechnology Directive) has been the surprising source of conflict between the EU Commission and the Enlarged Board of the EPO about whether the products of EBPs are themselves patentable, as explained below:

Essentially biological processes

A process is an EBP “if it consists entirely of natural phenomena such as crossing or selection” (Rule 26(5) EPC).

EBPs do not, therefore, include genetic manipulation or the production of transgenic animals through chromosomal incorporation.

As we prepare for long-distance space travel and life on Mars, biotechnology could be the only possible solution to make spaceships no longer dependent on Earth’s constant supply.

“As human beings, we need a constant supply of oxygen.

We need constant access to nutritious food, clean water, and a safe and clean waste disposal system,” said Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a live stream from the International Space Station (ISS).

A wafer-thin layer of glass on the inside wall of the PET bottle combines product protection with the option of full bottle-to-bottle recycling.

The public demand for more sustainability is growing stronger. As a result, the industry is increasingly concentrating on the recyclability of PET bottles.

However, this type of packaging often contains composite materials which considerably hinder simple,pure-grade recycling.

KHS’ FreshSafe PET technology offers the beverage and food industries a unique alternative.

Specialty materials company Eastman is set to introduce three recyclability solutions for shrink film allowing brand owners to select a resin that works best for them without sacrificing sustainability goals.

The newest members of the Eastman Embrace family of resins includes two new resins that enhance the recyclability of shrink-labeled PET packaging.

Embrace family of resins will allow to create 360-degree graphics and better designs for unique and highly contoured packaging.

The new resins include Embrace Encore copolyester, Embrace Float copolyester and Sun Chemical SunLam de-seaming adhesive.

At the VDI Congress ‘Plastics in Automotive Engineering’ (PIAE) on 3-4 April 3rd and 4th in Mannheim, Germany, Covestro will focus on a new priority topic: the car interior, with the motto ‘Designing Today for the Passengers of Tomorrow’.

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Polycarbonate and its blends will play an important role in car interiors

Polycarbonate and its blends will play an important role in car interiors but will also be a key material for future mobility solutions in general; for example, in the exterior shell and in the powertrain.

ENGEL de Mexico opened a second location in Mexico in San Pedro near Monterrey.

“We are thus shortening the distance to our customers in the very important industrial region in the north of the country,” emphasised Peter Auinger, Managing Director of ENGEL in Mexico.

ENGEL de Mexico SA de CV is headquartered in Querétaro near Mexico City “This is precisely why we decided to establish a permanent ENGEL team in the north,” says  Auinger.

For Oerlikon Nonwoven, the IDEA, taking place in Miami Beach, FL, this week, kicked off with the signing of a contract. The customer, a renowned European meltblown specialist, invested in a two-beam, stand-alone meltblown system from the Neumünster-based plant manufacturer in order to meet its strongly increasing demand.

In the future, the system will be deployed to manufacture meltblown nonwovens for various application, especially from the filtration and wipes sector. The commercial production launch is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak.

  • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 835/845 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 6,25/640 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,010/1,025 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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Innovate UK has provided a grant of £800 000 (US$ 1 million) to fund a black plastics recycling project.

The R&D project is a collaboration between recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety, plastic innovations specialist Impact Solutions, reprocessors Impact Recycling and plastics injection moulder company McLaren Plastics.

At the heart of the partnership is Impact Solutions’ recycling technology, PolyMet. This process enables the removal of pigment in coloured, rigid plastics without damaging the original plastic polymer.

Ready for phase two

Even today, black plastics are still a tricky material to handle. An estimated 1 million tonnes of black plastic packaging is landfilled or incinerated every year. It is hoped that the PolyMet technology will secure new markets for this ‘low value’ plastic by converting it into a reusable plastic feedstock. Also, the technology could help producers

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RJG Technologies has been named for the second consecutive year as the Best UK Plastic Injection Moulding Consultancy.

The company was  nominated for the award, following a phase of voting on the GHP website, in the third annual Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Packaging Awards.

The criteria for meeting this award was extremely wide and involved being seen as an outstanding consultancy, which demonstrated innovation, a commitment to excellence whilst also creating innovation in the production process, which has a measurable effect on the market in which we operate.

MultiFreshTM is one of the core themes of this year’s IFFA presence by MULTIVAC. This packaging concept for producing high-quality vacuum skin packs will be shown on a thermoforming packaging machine and several traysealers. Paper fibre-based packaging materials, which meet the current demands for recyclability, will also be used on the machines in Frankfurt.

MULTIVAC has many years of experience in vacuum skin technology. MultiFresh packaging machines meet all the market requirements in terms of pack size, output and level of automation, and they are designed for packing a wide range of meat and sausage products with different product protrusion heights.

McGill University researchers have developed a new chemical process that could turn lobster, shrimp, and crab shells into biodegradable plastic.

For most of us, lobster shells are just scaly-looking things that pile up on the side of our plates while we pick apart and devour an overpriced crustacean at the local seafood restaurant.

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have found a more noble end for discarded lobster shells, however, by developing a new chemical process that could turn them into biodegradable plastic.

Due to their great versatility, fiber-based materials make up an estimated 10 percent of all materials currently on the market.

But turning fiber-based materials into technical textiles is subject to high-quality standards and strong cost pressures.

Help is provided in the form of sensors, digital assistance systems, and connected production.

Cyclohexanone is a chemical which is widely used as a solvent. It is an organic compound and is a colorless oil with its odor being similar to peppermint and acetone.

Cyclohexanone is a hazardous liquid and can be identified based on its appearance – it’s colorless to light yellow.

Cyclohexanone easily dissolves in cold water and the offered compound is widely used to produce various precursors of nylon.

Approximately 95% of the manufactured produced is used in the production of nylons.

The most important application of cyclohexanone is that it acts as a chemical intermediate in the production of adipic acid and in the manufacturing of caprolactam.

Cyclohexanone is an excellent solvent for DDT and organic phosphorous pesticides and insecticides.

A key enabler for a circular economy for plastics, advanced chemical recycling technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we make, use, and reuse plastic resources.

APM_Output_Graphic_FB_3.jpgAPM_Diversion_Graphic_FB_2.jpgAPM_Jobs_ Graphic_FB_1.jpgA new report from the American Chemistry Council finds the potential economic impact of expanding advanced plastic recycling and recovery technologies in the U.S. to be nearly $10 billion.

The report examines a burgeoning class of technologies that convert used plastics into a range of products and raw materials such as chemicals and chemical feedstocks for new plastics, lower-carbon transportation fuels, and other petroleum-based commodities.

CMT’s 20th GEPET & Recycling Summit from May 8-9, 2019 in Madrid highlights Europe’s PET packaging industry’s evolving trends in sustainable production, increasing use of rPET plus recycling operations and technology investments.

The 20th edition starts with a Keynote Address by Hans Van Bochove, Chairman, EUROPEN, who is also Vice-President European Public Affairs, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP).

In his speech on ‘Evolving Extended Producers Responsibility – Making the Economics Work for the Future’ Mr. Bochove outlines the latest status on regulatory developments around packaging, including EPR.

Demand for bio-based chemicals has been increasing due to the rise in consumption of these chemicals in various industries. Additionally, increase in need to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and rise in demand for bio-derived products due to environment concerns are projected to propel the demand for bio-based chemicals during the forecast period.

Growth in initiatives to minimize carbon emissions and increase in investments in R&D activities to develop bio-based chemicals are also anticipated to fuel the market in the next few years.

Spot polyolefin demand in theEast Mediterranean (East Med) markets hasremained mostly weak, dampening any possibilityof prices rising in April.

Fruit market at MarretNuman city in Syria (Photo by MohammedBadra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The macroeconomic landscape in the regionremains weak, largely due to geopoliticalwars/tensions in Iraq and Syria, which aremajor markets for plastic finished goods in theregion.

Regional resins demand remained poor and is notexpected to improve much despite the seasonaluptick ahead of the Muslim fasting month ofRamadan, which begins in early May.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are steady, with exception of PX that continues to lose ground.

  • Polyamide 6 and its chain are always steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 835/845 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 6,30/640 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,000/5,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,010/1,025 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,500  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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A Lightweight option has been added to Agr’s Process Pilot blow-moulder management system to help producers get closer to meeting sustainability goals.

According to Agr, the Process Pilot system, with the Lightweight option, provides assurance that the limited material available for producing a lightweight PET bottle is distributed exactly where it needs to be, and at the appropriate thickness, to ensure proper performance.

Most avenues to sustainability are not under the direct control of the bottle manufacturer or brand owner, but the reduction and optimisation of the amount of resin used to make the bottles certainly is. Resin (or weight) reduction per bottle does not need to be excessive to have an impact with regards to sustainability and financial benefits, particularly when factoring in the quantity of bottles produced over a given period of time.

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will cooperate with OMV to explore new opportunities in petrochemicals and OMV’s ReOil plastic-to-oil technology, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) company said.

ADNOC signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Austria-based energy and petrochemicals producer on Saturday.

The first MoU involves evaluating potential petrochemical projects and exchanging knowledge in refinery-petrochemical integration and optimisation, possibly extending their existing relationship.

The second MoU involves the possibility of OMV’s ReOil technology in Ruwais, where ADNOC’s integrated refining and petrochemicals hub is located.

OMV’s ReOil recycling process uses thermal cracking to produce synthetic crude oil from plastic waste.

“The agreements with OMV build on, and further strengthen, our long-term partnership across the full oil and gas value chain,” said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO.

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Association announces its 2019 Plastics Recycling Showcase.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, recently recognized four innovations in plastics recycling as part of the 2019 APR Plastics Recycling Showcase. The event was held during the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show in National Harbor, Maryland, March 11-13.

The APR says it developed the showcase to highlight and promote industry-leading innovations that have a positive effect on plastics collection and recycling. In determining the showcase, the APR focuses on recently commercialized innovations developed by its member companies.

On the occasion of the 14th German packaging congress in Berlin, the German Packaging Institute (dvi) has surveyed consumers about their opinion about plastics, packaging and sustainability.

The tns-infratest survey yielded interesting results. Every other consumer (45.4 per cent) considers themselves responsible for ocean plastic waste as part of the consumer society. Product and packaging manufacturers and retailers are deemed to be almost equally responsible at 35.8 per cent.

When asked about suitable measures to avoid waste, consumers had a clear vision. For packaging, 40 per cent of consumers would like a stronger focus on important core tasks such as protection and safety (43.7 per cent). More than a third would like to see a boost for the development of alternative packaging materials (37.5 per cent).

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Metal-to-plastic conversions for underhood applications continue to advance both for next-generation internal combustion engines (ICEs) and electrical vehicles (EVs).

That was the message from Erico Spini, Global Marketing Manager for Radici Group’s Performance Plastics (Gandino, Italy).

That’s not to say these conversions are without challenges, but Radici Group is making headway with engineering polymers that make these conversions possible, adding value and lightweighting benefits.

Techtextil Frankfurt Exhibitor Preview: Freudenberg Performance Materials

Under the heading “Meet your experts”, Freudenberg Performance Materials will be presenting innovative technical textiles for the automotive, medical and apparel markets from May 14 to 17, 2019 at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, in Hall 3.1, Stand F 37.

Alongside personal discussions, the leading supplier of innovative technical textiles will be hosting a series of expert interviews at its booth. Freudenberg works with the broadest technology platform on the market. This enables the leading manufacturer of performance materials to equip technical textiles with an unparalleled variety of properties.

Kenya to benefit from Sh3.8b Coca-Cola PET recycling project

Kenya is amongst the countries in Africa set to benefit from a Sh3.8 billion fund from Coca-Cola to stimulate plastic recycling industries and create awareness on plastic waste pollution.

Through the funding, the beverage manufacturer will speed up the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles in Southern, East and Central Africa in the next three years addressing the implementation of its global World Without Waste vision, aimed to collect and recycle close to 100 per cent of the packaging it sells by 2030.

“We have formulated strategies to ensure that our post-consumer plastic bottles do not pollute the environment as wastes. We are creating value from our bottles in a bid to drive and sustain a green economy,” said Ahmed Rady, General Manager, Coca-Cola East & Central Africa Franchise.

Oil prices mixed on economic slowdown fears, supply hopes

Oil prices were mixed on Monday, as concerns about a slowdown in global economic growth lingered, offset by the prospect of tighter U.S. crude supply.

Brent crude oil futures settled at $67.21 a barrel, up 18 cents, while U.S. crude fell to $58.82 a barrel, down 22 cents.

“Some of the weakness we saw earlier was related to the reawakening of concerns surrounding demand growth,” said Gene McGillian, vice president of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

In our latest episode of Futaris, we saw how European bioengineers could be soon using yeast to manufacture drugs. Here are edited excerpts from a conversation withCHASSY project coordinator and Yeast biotechnologist, John Morrissey.

“In some cases, the consumer will not actually notice the difference, because the products that can be produced in yeast in some cases will mimic exactly what can already be produced. And for some uses, that’s very important, because some of the products, the molecules that we produce in yeast will then feed into the next part of a production chain.

The United states continues to attract investment, both foreign and domestic, in a range of industry sectors.

U.S. manufacturing continues to progress in 2019. The latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® published by the Tempe, Ariz.-based Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) continues to report positive news: “Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February, and the overall economy grew for the 118th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives.” And the same report stated that of the 18 manufacturing industries, 16 reported growth in February, with the “Textile Mill” sector ranking third out of the 16 sectors.

Carrington Textiles continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation in workwear with the launch of three new fabrics at this year’s Techtextil. Held in Frankfurt, from 14-17 May, this leading biennial trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens has become a world stage for innovators in textile manufacturing.

Designed with worker comfort and wellbeing in mind, Carrington will be exhibiting Xtraflex SL with 37.5 Technology, Molveno and Varese – the latter being an eco-friendly addition to Carrington’s popular EOL Stretch Collection.

“At Carrington, we are constantly exploring new ways to revolutionise what has come before. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to strive towards a product that is sustainable, as well as comfortable, fashionable and durable – there’s no longer a need to compromise,” commented Kirsty Kirk, Research & Development Manager.

Picanol, a market leader in airjet and rapier weaving machines, will present its latest solutions for i.a. wide weaving (up to 540 cm), heavy weaving, agrotextiles, carpet-backing, coating fabrics, para-aramides and tyre cord at Techtextil, in Frankfurt, this May.

The company will be joining the Belgian Lounge, located in Hall 3. The company considers the exhibition a major stepstone for the ITMA trade fair in Barcelona this June, where several Picanol machines will be on show, producing challenging technical fabrics.

Formosa Polyvinyl chloride PVC prices China

Formosa reduced April PVC prices for China by USD50 per ton 

Formosa Polyvinyl chloride PVC prices China

MOSCOW – Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp.  (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, on March 19 lowered its price offers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for deliveries to the Chinese market in April by USD50 per ton compared to March of the current year, market sources told ICIS .

So, the April price offers of the company for China were announced at USD850 per ton, CFR China, with a discount of USD10 per ton for purchases of material from 500 tons.Formosa Polyvinyl chloride PVC prices China

Similarly, for the South-East Asia (Southeast Asian) market and other markets, FPC reduced the PVC prices for April by USD50 per ton in relation to March to the level of USD820 per ton, FOB Taiwan.  At the same time, batches of material for the company for Vietnam were separately offered at a price of USD810 per tonne, FOB Taiwan.  For these markets, there is also a discount of USD10 per ton for purchases of material from 500 tons.

In addition, for the Indian market, FPC lowered PVC prices by USD60 per tonne to USD900 per tonne, CFR India.  The above discount is also valid here.

Discounts on April volumes are likely to spur buying activity amid sluggish demand in India and China.

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , in Russia a wave of active purchases of PVC by local processors has passed, some manufacturers have already closed all their deals in March deliveries.  The demand for PVC from the domestic market has grown, and some manufacturers have chosen to reduce export volumes.  Since the beginning of the year, Russian resin has been constantly increasing in price, and manufacturers do not rule out further price increases for the domestic market in April.  In isolated cases, prices in March reached a record level in the last 15 months.

Formosa Plastics Corporation (FCP) is a major global chemical manufacturer headquartered in Taiwan.  The company mainly produces polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, polypropylene, as well as other petrochemical products.

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Polymers PET Resin Petrochemical Prices

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ITEM18/03/201925/03/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,325 yuan/ton8,525 yuan/ton+200
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,090 $/ton1,100 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,825 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton-75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,900 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton-50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,455 yuan/ton6,455 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market860 $/ton840 $/ton-20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,110 yuan/ton5,080 yuan/ton-30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market642 $/ton638 $/ton-4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,103 $/ton1,048 $/ton-55
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,084 $/ton1,029 $/ton-55
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market1,003 $/ton946 $/ton-57
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market8,920 yuan/ton8,990 yuan/ton+70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,350 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,550yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,150 yuan/ton10,300 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,650 yuan/ton9,700 yuan/ton+50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,850 yuan/ton8,780 yuan/ton+30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,900 yuan/ton13,900 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,700 $/ton1,700 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,040 $/ton2,040 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,950 yuan/ton15,050 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,400 yuan/ton15,500 yuan/ton+100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market31,500 yuan/ton31,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,100 yuan/ton18,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,000 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,500 yuan/ton19,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000  yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,700 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton-300
Benzene domestic market4,750 yuan/ton4,700 yuan/ton-50
Benzene overseas  market610 $/ton627 $/ton+17
Ethylene South East market965 $/ton990 $/ton+25
Ethylene NWE  market978 $/ton980 $/ton+2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market13,000 yuan/ton13,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,700 $/ton1,700 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,400 yuan/ton16,400 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,200 yuan/ton-200
PP Powder domestic market8,650 yuan/ton8,750 yuan/ton+100
Naphtha overseas market  561 $/ton564 $/ton+3
Phenol domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton9,100 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,312 $/ton1,293 $/ton-19
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,385 $/ton1,363 $/ton-22
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,022 $/ton1,012 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,007 $/ton997 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,037 $/ton-10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,033 €/ton1,033 €/ton
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,003 €/ton1,003 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,070 $/ton1,070 $/ton  –
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,201 €/ton1,201 €/ton

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Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp.  (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, on March 19 lowered its price offers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for deliveries to the Chinese market in April by USD50 per ton compared to March of the current year, market sources told ICIS .

So, the April price offers of the company for China were announced at USD850 per ton, CFR China, with a discount of USD10 per ton for purchases of material from 500 tons.

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The European Commission has published a new study Environmental impact assessments of innovative bio-based products. The study aims at providing science-based facts and evidences on the environmental impacts of bio-based products for comparison with petrochemical plastic counterparts, in order to support the future bioeconomy policy and decision-making at the EU level. The report concludes that for all analysed case studies, the bio-based products offer environmental benefits in the impact categories climate change and abiotic depletion in comparison to their conventional plastic counterparts.

Seven cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) case studies were carried out covering three major commercialised bio-based polymers:

Bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET; “beverage bottles”);

Polylactide acid (PLA; “single-use cups”, “single-use cutlery”, “packaging films”);

Starch plastics (“clips”, “mulch films” and “carrier bags”).

Light, sweet crude oil for May delivery dipped to settle just below $60/bbl on Mar. 21, while Brent prices for May settled under $68/bbl. Production cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela are contributing to a tightening of supply, buoying prices near 2019 highs.

OPEC’s crude output hit 30.7 million b/d in February, down from 32.8 million b/d in mid-2018 and cuts are expected to continue.

“With the driver of the OPEC bus, Saudi Arabia, showing no signs of wavering in the face of renewed pressure from Washington, we believe that OPEC is likely to extend the deal for the duration of 2019,” RBC said in a Reuters report.

Bio-plastics are obtained from different biomass sources, the most widely is used is starch, which is a natural polymer. Starch based plastic films are made up of starch alone are usually brittle and have low moisture barrier, so they are incorporated with different material.

Starch based plastic finds wide applications in petroleum based polymers to create different composite materials which are then processed through extrusion or injection molding using standard machineries. Among the variety of biodegradable plastic available, starch based plastic account for almost half of the market.

Starch based plastics are used in the production of bags for recycling organic waste, hygiene products, packaging materials, in agriculture & biomedical fields. Moreover, starch based plastics are employed in the medical industry owing to its enhanced non-toxicity, biocompatibility, better mechanical properties, and degradation properties as required.

Trelleborg A.B. is moving forward with a previously disclosed expansion plan at its OTR and farm tire plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic, according to a company spokeswoman.

Trelleborg took over the Otrokovice plant as part of its 2016 acquisition of Czech-based CGS Holding and its Mitas tire operations.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems President Paolo Pompei made public Trelleborg’s intention last June to expand the plant as part of the company’s decision to add earthmover tires to its OTR product portfolio.

The prospect of impending government regulations against single-use plastic packaging is causing companies to ramp up biodegradable plastic production

Biodegradable plastics made from agricultural sources such as corn and sugar cane are emerging as an alternative to traditional petroleum based products

Lou Zhongping, dubbed the “king of plastic straws”, is changing his strategy.

The founder and chairman of Saton Daily Necessities is spending US$15 million to double the size of his factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province to produce biodegradable straws, Plastic Newsreported earlier this month.

The European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is quiet but tense as demand in many places lacks the usual momentum and production costs have risen.

– Season fails to pick up
– Caution on April production costs
– Demand needs to improve

The response to negativity in financial sectors has resulted in customers waiting before buying.

There are areas where sales are doing well, due in part to warmer weather that traditionally marks the start of the bottle season.

“…the weather is very good and the contracts we are supplying are at the highest levels,” a seller said.

In general, this year hosts a heavily contracted market, and one that has had an increased interest in importing material from Asia. This activity dates back to 2018 when supply became dire just as people needed the product most.

Latin America polypropylene (PP) prices appear to have found a bottom after a series of declines and could revert the trend in the short term with the help of rising crude oil prices in international markets.

Offers from Asia and the Middle East heard in Latin America have been as low as $1,150/tonne CFR Pacific coast of South America, but the most recent offer levels from those regions are rising, with prices near $1,300/tonne for homopolymers and higher for copolymers.

Heading into this year’s International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was nearly at $60/bbl, a level last seen in November last year, when crude oil prices were on their way down.

Main points

The EU Parliament adopted a resolution on 14 March 2019, outlining its long-term climate strategy position

The non-binding resolution urges EU lawmakers to push for carbon neutrality by 2050 and to increase the EU’s 2030 reduction target to -55%

In November 2018, The European Commission outlined eight potential emission reduction scenarios towards 2050 in its strategic long-term vision

Oil fell about 2 percent on Friday, slipping further from 2019 highs as focus shifted to a lack of progress in U.S.-China trade talks and as grim manufacturing data from Germany and the U.S. reignited fears of a slowdown in the global economy and oil demand.

Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled between 1 and 2 percent on Friday after manufacturers in Europe, Japan and the United States suffered in March as surveys showed trade tensions had impacted factory output, a setback for hopes the global economy might be turning the corner on its slowdown.

The opposition-led National Assembly of Venezuela this week voted to suspend crude oil shipments to Cuba after its president, Juan Guaido, slammed these exports as “funding dark purposes” in a tweet from Sunday.

The Economist Intelligence Unit reports that Guaido’s proposal was voted for unanimously and took immediate effect. However, it remains to be seen whether it will take actual effect as the Maduro government still seems to be in charge of PDVSA, the troubled national oil company.

As other countries get tough on plastics, Canada lags

Photos of seabird carcasses stuffed with disposable cigarette lighters and plastic bottle caps are losing their shock value. Images of sea turtles eating polyethylene bags could become cliché. Everyone now knows our planet is choking on plastic waste.

As one scientific paper puts it, “Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous in the environment that it has been suggested as a geological indicator of the proposed Anthropocene era.”

China-based Wuxi Graphene Film (owned by Grahope New Materials and The Sixth Element) produces patterned CVD graphene films for heating applications. These films are adopted by several Chinese device makers for different heating products – for example Grahope’s graphene eye mask we recently reviewed at Graphene-Info.

The team at Wuxi Graphene Film was kind enough to send a few such films for us to review. These specific films are designed for one of WGF’s customers and include a proprietary design which includes a USB connector for easy setup – you just plug these into a USB power source and the films heat up very quickly.

The films are plastic films, covered with a patterned metal coating (this is the silver-gold patt