Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen 27-10-2021

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-Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute

  • Specialty textile maker HeiQ invents new cellulose-based fiber
  • Scaling up presents biggest challenge to new technology

The Lycra Co. is teaming up with a Swiss textile company that discovered a way to create a cellulose-based fiber that can replace less sustainable synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon.

The yarn, dubbed AeoniQ, is made out of cellulose biopolymer, which can be sourced from a range of natural materials like algae, bacteria or coffee grounds, according to Carlo Centonze, chief executive officer of HeiQ Materials AG. Those resources don’t require fossil fuels and use just a fraction of water.

“It’s a double win: you can substitute polyester and nylon and have a climate-positive effect,” Centonze said in an interview.

The new material can be recycled repeatedly — an issue in the current clothing market, where less than 1% of clothes are recycled and the rest take up space in landfills. The main challenge for HeiQ will be reaching the size and scale needed to truly compete with synthetic rivals, which make up more than 60% of the global annual textile output of more than 100 million metric tons.

HeiQ is starting out small. In March, HeiQ said it will have an annual 100-ton capacity and it plans to license its technology to several factories around the world. Later it aims to build a $300 million site that can make 30,000 tons a year, with full capacity expected in 2024.

“We’ll still be a very, very small fish in the ocean,” Centonze said, adding the company will be looking for as many partners as possible.

The textile industry is one of the world’s most polluting sectors, contributing to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The production of one single T-shirt requires 2,700 liters (713 gallons) of water, which represents enough drinking water for one person for more than two years, according to a report by the European Parliament. Other issues linked to textiles include microfibers that are released through washing synthetics.

Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute

Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute MR. Carlo Centonze Source: HeiQ Materials AG

-SABIC announces world’s first bio-based, certified renewable high-performance amorphous polymer to support customer sustainability goals

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched today a new portfolio of bio-based ULTEM™ resins that offer sustainability benefits while delivering exactly the same high performance and processability as incumbent ULTEM materials. These breakthrough polyetherimide (PEI) materials are the first certified renewable high-performance, amorphous polymers available in the industry. Using a mass balance approach[1], for every 100 kg of ULTEM resin produced, SABIC replaces 25.5 kg of fossil-based feedstocks with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil from the wood industry. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

This advanced offering is a drop-in material option for current ULTEM materials and can support customers’ sustainability goals for challenging applications in consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive, and other industries where high temperature, dimensional stability or demanding mechanical performance is required.

“Our new bio-based ULTEM resin platform offers customers a seamless way to integrate sustainability into their highly demanding applications,” said Scott Fisher, director, Business Management, ULTEM Resins and Additives, SABIC. “Because these products perform in the same way and maintain the same regulatory listings – such as UL94 and FDA food contact – as traditional ULTEM resins, adjustments to product designs and manufacturing processes are not required. Also, customers can be confident about the environmental benefits of these materials, which have earned the ISCC+ designation. This portfolio is another innovative milestone in SABIC’s strategy of circularity for our material solutions.”

Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

-Building circles in Scandinavia

At the 60th Dornbirn Global Fiber Conference (GFC), held virtually from September 15-17 this year, a range of new regenerated fibres coming out of Scandinavia in response to the new demands of the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, and to a lesser extent, the Single-Use Product Directive (SUPD) for single-use wipes and femcare products, were showcased.

Harald Cavalli-Björkmann, chief growth officer for Sweden’s Renewcell stressed that the four keys to achieving success for these new fibres are:

  • Radical impact reduction
  • Equal or superior quality
  • Parity in pricing
  • Massive scale

Renewcell is working with major brands including H&M, Inditex, Kering and Levi Strauss and plans to build a 60,000 ton capacity recycling plant in Sweden for the production of its Circulose fibre.

To make Circulose, discarded cotton textiles such as worn-out denim jeans are repurposed through a process akin to recycling paper, relying on a heavily-patented pulp production process. The incoming waste fabrics are broken down using water. The colour is then stripped from these materials, the slurry-like mixture is dried and the excess water extracted, leaving behind a sheet of Circulose. This sheet is then made into new viscose fibre.

Solutions now

Cavalli-Björkmann also observed that there is currently no recycling process available for turning used textiles back into textiles.

“Fashion needs solutions now,” he said. “The brands decide what gets made and put on the market and they are feeling the pressure, being consumer facing. They have posted ambitious sustainability goals and we are working in the supply chain to help them keep their promises.”  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

-German firms’ confidence keeps falling on supply chain woes

Supply problems continue to weigh on German corporates’ confidence and are hampering the recovery post-pandemic, the Ifo institute said on Monday.

“Sand in the wheels of the German economy is hampering the recovery,” said Ifo as its Business Climate index fell in October once again.

Capacity utilisation at industrial plants fell sharply in October, down 2.1 percentage points to 84.7%, as firms struggle to source materials on the back of supply bottlenecks.

Most economic sub-sectors posted falling rates of confidence among companies, and sentiment has “has clouded over” as the global supply chain woes are likely to take months to resolve  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The ifo Business Climate Index fell from 98.9 points in September to 97.7 points in October.

“Scepticism is increasingly evident in expectations. Companies’ assessments of their current situation are also less positive. Supply problems are giving businesses headaches. Capacity utilisation in manufacturing is falling,” said Ifo’s president Clemens Fuest.

“In manufacturing, the Business Climate Index fell once again. Companies are somewhat less satisfied with their current business. Expectations are also clouding further.”

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-Plastic Recycling: Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies partner on Advanced Recycling Project in the U.S.

Plastic Energy Ltd., Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC and TotalEnergies have announced a strategic partnership in the U.S. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-Systems plan to build an advanced recycling plant in Texas, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The project will process and convert yearly 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational by mid-2024 with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ Texas-based production units, enabling the creation of items such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers.

Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies are all firmly committed to developing plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste and to build a more circular and sustainable economy in the U.S. and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tons per annum at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in early 2023.

Plastic Recycling: Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies partner on Advanced Recycling Project in the U.S.

-Faurecia’s sales drop 10% on chips shortage

French supplier hit after automaker customers cut production targets

Faurecia posted a more than 10 percent drop in third-quarter sales on Tuesday, as its customers cut production due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The French supplier, which supplies car seats, dashboards and fuel systems to automakers, reported sales of 3.43 billion euros ($3.99 billion), compared to 3.82 billion euros in the same period of 2020.  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

“Market conditions remained tough in the past quarter, impacted by adverse supply chain conditions, primarily semiconductors,” CEO Patrick Koller said in a statement.

However, Faurecia said it outperformed worldwide automotive production, citing October forecasts from information provider IHS Markit that showed a more than 19 percent decline in global output.

Automakers such as Renault, Volkswagen and Stellantis — some of Faurecia’s biggest customers — have cut production targets due to the shortage, slowing demand for parts.

The supply chain issues have slowed automakers’ efforts to recover from last year’s coronavirus lockdowns and shift toward making electric vehicles.

In a call with analysts, finance chief Michel Favre said the company was asking for compensation when customers “brutally” cancelled orders with less than a day’s notice. He didn’t say what the response had been.

Faurecia's sales drop 10% on chips shortage

-Vibrant Translucent Colorants for PET and Clarified PP

Ampacet’s Hot Glow collection of four translucent colorants draw attention to consumer packaging and products

A collection of four vibrant, translucent colorants for products and packaging made of PET and clarified PP that command visual attention  has been launched by Ampacet. The Hot Glow Collection’s visual energy reportedly supports the messaging for products with high-alcohol-content applications such as sanitizers, alcohol-infused energy drinks and spirits. Both FDA-approved and non-FDA versions are available in four exciting colors: Fueled Yellow, Orange Oxygen, Green Energy and Red Glow.

Said Ampacet director of global insight and innovation Linda Carroll, “The fiery energy and movement of the Hot Glow Collection bring an arresting dynamism to consumer packaging and products.”

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-Berghof Testing develops testing for seat safety and comfort functions

Modern vehicle seats feature a multitude of functions, some linked to active vehicle safety systems, which require the use of seat occupancy mats, so-called ‘passive occupant detection systems’ (PODS).

Depending on what weight (an adult, child, shopping bag, or nothing at all) is currently on the seat cushion of the front passenger seat, the PODS sensor activates systems such as the seat belt tensioner and controls the activation of the front passenger airbag in the event of an accident. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The seat occupancy mat consists of a gel-filled cushion, pressure sensors and an electronic control unit. The fact that the car seat has thus become an important and safety-relevant factor in the vehicle presents manufacturers with numerous challenges. Occupancy mats must be calibrated and tested, which is why German specialist Berghof Testing has developed its Seat Function Tester (SFT) and the Force Application Machine (FAM).

According to the company, the FAM helps manufacturers ensure that only functioning and properly calibrated seats will leave their plants. By applying various forces and using control unit communication, it quickly and precisely performs mechanical end-of-line function testing and calibration of the seats without compressed air needed – and in doing so it is a reliable tool of quality assurance of vehicle seats and occupancy mats.

Berghof Testing develops testing for seat safety and comfort functions

-Sunfire secures Landmark investment to accelerate growth of its Green Hydrogen technologies

Sunfire, a global leader in the development and production of industrial electrolyzers, has secured €109 million ($125 million) of new funding in its Series D round from a consortium of investors led by Lightrock and Planet First Partners, and including Carbon Direct Capital Management, HydrogenOne Capital, and existing shareholders. The new investment will further strengthen Sunfire’s leading position in the rapidly growing market for green hydrogen technologies.

“Today’s announcement marks the largest equity raise of a green-hydrogen-focused private company anywhere to date.1) These new funds will allow Sunfire to bring its advanced pressurized alkaline and game-changing solid oxide (SOEC) electrolysis technologies to industrial scale, building the first in a series of production gigafactories, creating both meaningful electrolysis capacity for our customers and attractive returns for our investors.” Nils Aldag, Co-Founder and CEO of Sunfire, said.

Aldag continued: “Our electrolysis technologies are critical for increasing green hydrogen supply that is needed to decarbonize industrial companies at significant scale. Europe is emerging as a global leader in the hydrogen sector, and Sunfire plans to be a frontrunner by providing world-class technology at scale. We will be hiring a large number of additional talented people across all functional areas to fulfil our promise.”

Sunfire has recently announced plans to scale its alkaline electrolysis business, building a large-scale electrolyzer production site in Germany with an annual manufacturing capacity of 500 MW by 2023 – with a further extension to gigawatt-scale already in planning.

Simultaneously, Sunfire will drive the development of its game-changing solid oxide (SOEC) electrolyzers. SOEC technology is set to change the scale of hydrogen production through both greater efficiency and its unique capability of producing ‘syngas’. Syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, can be converted into everything currently produced from fossil crude oil, such as jet fuel, diesel or waxes, but without the harmful emissions that come from using fossil fuel feedstocks.

Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 26-10-2021

Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 26-10-2021

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-Indorama Ventures presents sustainable fibre solutions

Six brands uniquely positioned to meet the challenging market demand for sustainable solutions within the hygiene sector.

The Indorama Ventures (IVL) Hygiene Fibers Group presented an extensive range of recycled and biodegradable fibre solutions for nonwovens at last week’s INDEX show (October 19-22) in Geneva.

The combination of polymers, technologies, processes and global reach supported by the group – one of three business segments that make up IVL – uniquely positions it to meet the challenging market demand for sustainable solutions within the hygiene sector.

Across the six brands and companies that make up Hygiene Fibers Group – Auriga, Avgol, FiberVisions, Indorama Asia, Trevira and Wellman International – sustainability and supporting customers to achieve circular objectives is now paramount.

At INDEX, the group launched CiCLO, a textile technology which enables polyester and other synthetic materials to biodegrade like natural materials do in wastewater treatment plant sludge, sea water and landfill conditions, reducing synthetic microfibre pollution generated during washing, and minimising plastic accumulation in landfills caused by discarded textiles.

Aurifa, Trevira and Wellman have been working closely with the CiCLO technology over the past 12 months, with a focus on sustainable PET and rPET staple fibre and filament solutions in areas where recycling is particularly challenging, such as hygiene, home textiles and automotive applications.

Trevira also introduced a new range of bicomponent fibres based on PLA and PBS (polybutylene succinate). Both biopolymers offer an exceptional technological opportunity in terms of environmental care and sustainability, while delivering optimum performance. Like PLA, PBS is recyclable and up to 100% biodegradable under industrial conditions.

Indorama Ventures presents sustainable fibre solutions

-Fitesa to install new Reicofil 5 in Europe

Investment will contribute to changing the sustainability profile of the spunmelt nonwovens industry.

At last week’s INDEX nonwovens show in Geneva (October 19-22), Fitesa announced that it will install a new multibeam Reicofil 5 spunmelt line in Europe, with start-up planned for the second quarter of 2023.

The new machine will be installed at one of Fitesa’s current facilities in the region and will be equipped to produce full high loft and standard spunmelt products, using a variety of sustainable raw materials including bioPE and PLA.

“This line will be a state-of-the art machine capable of serving the growing demand for sustainable spunmelt products,”, said Michael Baumgartner, Fitesa’s senior vice-president for Europe and China. “Once the machine is online, we will ramp up production from our pilot lines which significantly increases our ability to supply the market with softer products and increased circular and green content produced locally in Europe.”

“This investment will contribute to changing the sustainability profile of the spunmelt nonwovens industry,” added Fernanda Gastal, Fitesa’s vice-president of procurement and marketing. “It is one of three areas where we believe we can make a significant impact – innovative technology offering, environmentally friendly raw materials and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our operations”. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Fitesa has been producing nonwovens from biobased polymers since the early 2010s, including 100% biobased spunbond materials.

Fitesa to install new Reicofil 5 in Europe

-Switzerland Retail Company Producing PET Bottles Made from Recycled Carbon

The company used technology developed by LanzaTech in Chicago.

LanzaTech announced that Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros, is producing the world’s first PET bottle made from captured carbon emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2. The bottles contain up to 30% PET obtained from CO2 (with Mass Balance), replacing virgin PET. LanzaTech has created a platform that converts waste carbon into new everyday products.

In 2020, Migros, and its subsidiary, Mibelle Group, launched a range of liquid cleaning products containing LanzaTech CarbonSmart Ethanol as part of Migros Plus Oeco Power and Potz cleaning ranges. These products can be bought in Migros supermarkets in Switzerland. Today sees wider product ranges embracing recycled carbon, this time with packaging. Bottles for smoothies, juices, and household cleaner will be housed in bottled made from PET produced from CO2. Bottles for mouth wash and liquid soaps will be added to the range later. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

The CarbonSmart Ethanol is produced from recycled carbon emissions from the production of steel. This approach produces packaging that meets food and pharmaceutical specifications and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps fossil resources in the ground, protects biodiversity, and does not require land or food resources.

-Breathing new life into aramid fibres

Rejuvenation technology transforming post-industrial textile waste into sustainable circular fibres at the A+A Congress. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Teijin Aramid will highlight its new circularity collaboration with Purfi at the International A+A Congress from October 26-29 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in addition to showcasing its high-performance aramid solutions for protective materials, such as Teijinconex.

Purfi – a joint venture of Concordia Textiles and Purfi Global based in Waragem, Belgium – has developed a fibre rejuvenation technology which focuses on the strategic categorisation and classification of textile fabric waste, and the subsequent processing of these materials using patented and trade secret protected machinery and process techniques. The company distinguishes itself from traditional recycling which in most cases typically uses aggressive mechanical tearing, resulting in mostly downcycled end-products, or caustic chemicals and high resource costs, which produce an expensive end-product.

Purfi says it rejuvenation technology transforms post-industrial textile waste into truly sustainable circular fibres while maintaining an extremely low carbon footprint. It can also track raw materials from their origin at the manufacturer to the final product at the Purfi rejuvenation facility. Its collaboration with Teijin Aramid is based on a technology that regenerates pre and post-consumer aramid-based materials used in protective textiles to fibre level to an extremely high standard. The aim is for the rejuvenated fibres to be reused by Teijin Aramid and its value chain partners in the production of aramid-based protective textiles.

Breathing new life into aramid fibres

-£6.1m injection will see up to 50,000 tonnes of packaging waste recycled into construction products

Thanks to an injection of £6.1 million, including the help of PRN funding, the UK’s largest producer of damp-proof membranes is increasing its capacity for recycling ethylene-based plastics by 66 per cent.

Mercers, which is based in Bolton, transforms plastic packaging waste, such as HDPE and LDPE, into 100 per cent recycled damp-proof membrane. The new, high-tech equipment will allow it to recycle up to 50,000 tonnes of plastics each year, making sure that UK waste is dealt with responsibly in the UK.

Ben Richardson, procurement director at compliance scheme Valpak, a Reconomy Group company, which worked with Mercers to secure the funding through a long-term contract to supply PRNs, said: “This is exactly the kind of investment we need to ensure that UK packaging waste is securely recycled on these shores. As a manufacturer, as well as a recycling business, Mercers offers additional circularity by guaranteeing a market for the material recycled.

“Across the industry, we are seeing greater demand for UK-produced PRNs, while upcoming legislation, such as the Plastic Packaging Tax, is driving demand for recycled material. At Valpak, 65 per cent of our PRNs are sourced from UK reprocessors – compared with a UK market average of 48 per cent – and we support UK recycling wherever possible.”

Managing director at Mercers, Doug Mercer, said: “We see stories in the news about UK packaging waste being dumped in the Far East. This investment will help to make sure that UK waste packaging stays in the UK, where it can be properly recycled. The new machines are also more carbon-friendly. They provide a 30 per cent saving on the energy needed for recycling.”

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-Spain’s Fertiberia plans €1bn ammonia plant in Sweden

Fertiberia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Swedish regional government to build a €1.0bn green ammonia plant, the Spanish fertilizers producer said this week. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Total capital expenditure (capex) would stand at “over €1bn”, the company said.

The plant will be built in Lulea-Boden, in Norrbotten, Sweden’s northernmost county.

Fertiberia said it expects it to be operational by 2026.

Ammonia production would be 1,500 tonnes/day, Fertiberia said.

Considering ammonia plants normally undergo a one-month maintenance period every year, production capacity could come up to nearly 500,000 tonnes/year.

The plant will use electrolysis to use water and air as raw materials; the plant’s operations would be powered with wind and hydroelectric energy.

The project has been named ‘Green Wolverine’ and would employ 500 people once it is fully operational, the producer said.

The company said it had chosen the Norbotten county due to its “exceptional conditions” in energy production – according to Fertiberia, 100% of the county’s energy is provided by renewable sources.

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-C-P Flexible Packaging acquires Preferred Packaging

The deal expands C-P’s offerings in the meal solutions markets.

In a deal aimed at expanding its reach in the refrigerated and frozen prepared meal packaging systems markets, C-P Flexible Packaging (C-P) has acquired Sycamore Sales Inc., which is also known as Preferred Packaging.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Preferred Packaging is a manufacturer of multilayer flexible films, thermoformed containers and a supplier of tray sealing equipment for meal solution providers and school systems. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

C-P is a long-standing portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, a New York based private equity firm.

“Preferred Packaging brings a variety of manufacturing capabilities including flexographic printing, laminating, slitting, mechanical macro perforating and micro laser perforating as well as thermoforming,” C-P officials said in an Oct. 21 news release. “Primary markets are prepared meals, value-added produce and processed meats. The company distributes nationally through a network of salespeople and independent sales representatives.”

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-ENVIRONMENT Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The report highlights dire consequences for health, the economy, biodiversity and the climate. It also says a drastic reduction in unnecessary, avoidable and problematic plastic, is crucial to addressing the global pollution crisis overall.

To help reduce plastic waste at the needed scale, it proposes an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the removal of subsidies and a shift towards more circular approaches towards reduction. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Titled From Pollution to Solution: a global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution, the report shows that there is a growing threat, across all ecosystems, from source to sea.

Solutions to hand

But it also shows that there is the know-how to reverse the mounting crisis, provided the political will is there, and urgent action is taken.

The document is being released 10 days ahead of the start of the crucial UN Climate Conference, COP26, stressing that plastics are a climate problem as well.

For example, in 2015, greenhouse gas emissions from plastics were 1.7 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent; by 2050, they’re projected to increase to approximately 6.5 gigatonnes. That number represents 15 per cent of the whole global carbon budget – the​​ amount of greenhouse gas that can be emitted, while still keeping warming within the Paris Agreement goals.

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-More overseas PET bottle chip plants cut back output and China PET USD-RMB price spread keeps widening

Due to the sharp rise in energy costs, more PET bottle chip plants in the European Union cut back output or shut down. In the fourth quarter, it is estimated that the bottle chip capacity shut down will reach 1.46 million tons, accounting for about 40% of the local total. Among them, Indorama plants based in Spain, Poland and the Netherlands all plan to turnaround in the fourth quarter, mainly from mid-late October to December, while Germany Equipolymers plans to turnaround in the first half of November. Local quote for PET bottle chip is reported to have risen to around 1400 euros per ton, equivalent to about $1630/mt.  Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

In addition, Indorama Brazil 550kt/year PET bottle chip line announced force majeure near mid-August due to a fire, and has been shut ever since. At present, Lotte Chemical’s PET bottle chip units in South Korea are all closed, of which NO. 2 and 3 lines have been stopped for maintenance near the end of September and are expected to restart at the end of October; Line 1 is scheduled to restart around mid-November. TK Chemical’s 300kt/year PET bottle chip plant plans stop for maintenance in November. According to above statistics, the total capacity closure of overseas PET bottle chip plants is at 2.81 million tons, accounting for about 8% of the global total capacity. It is not ruled out that the output cutback or shutdown will continue to increase in the future if the energy crisis continuously deteriorates.

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r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies 25-10-2021

r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies 25-10-2021

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PET Bottle Polyester DTY

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-Decision on resuming US Texas PET construction expected in coming months

Alpek and its partners in a joint venture expect to make a decision on resuming construction at their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) project in Texas in the next two to three months, the Mexican polyester producer said during its Q3 earnings call.

Alpek is developing the project, in Corpus Christi, with Indorama Ventures and Far Eastern New Century. All three hold equal stakes in the joint venture, called Corpus Christi Polymers (CCP).

The project will produce PET and feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

The partners are all quite eager to move ahead with the project, Alpek said.

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-International trade fair for material and energy – Closed-loop at Ecomondo Italy

ProFood will illustrate in Rimini some projects for the closed-circuit recycling of PET and expanded polystyrene trays.

Profood V-petProFood, a group of food packaging manufacturers within Unionplast, will be present at Ecomondo (Rimini, 26-29 October 2021) with some closed-circuit packaging recycling projects, under the banner of the slogan “Circular economy: packaging is serious “.

The first, V-PET – From tray to tray, concerns the production of trays for fruit and vegetables in PET using the same material recycled from trays as raw material, with the involvement of the entire supply chain: Conai, Corepla, sorters, recyclers, producers of trays and large retailers. By the end of this year, the industrial validation will be completed and commercial testing will begin at the points of sale of a well-known large-scale retail brand.  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Remaining in this area, in April the results of the Recircola project were presented, carried out by the University of Bologna with the involvement of a pool of companies from Emilia Romagna. The study demonstrated the technical, economic and social sustainability of a business model based on the use of a single-material PET packaging, on traceability through RFID and on the incentive return, by consumers, for a subsequent recycling of same trays in closed-loop.

coopbox rXPS The second project that will be illustrated by ProFood in Rimini is r-XPS – Tray to Tray, for the development of the first extruded polystyrene foam tray produced with up to 50% post-consumer recycled material, placed in the internal layer not contact with food (read article).

The functional barrier applied to the new tray was subjected to a validation process that involved all project participants: ProFood, Versalis and Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV).

International trade fair for material and energy - Closed-loop at Ecomondo Italy

-Global supply chains are overloaded, not disrupted

The first step toward understanding “the great supply chain disruption of 2021” is to recognize that the phrase itself is not quite accurate. Supply chains are not disrupted so much as overloaded, and the effects are more national than global.

This understanding has implications not only for US consumers, but also for the US Federal Reserve. It means that inflation is transitory and is unlikely to spread to the rest of the developed world. So the Fed and other banks should not raise interest rates in the near future — and consumers need not worry that products such as Chinese-made toys will always be so expensive.  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

To be sure, there have been some specific COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions that have led to narrow inflation. However, for the most part, inflation is being driven by rising energy and transportation costs.

Container shipping rates, for instance, were more than five times higher last month than they were in September last year. Making matters worse, overall congestion rates, especially at US ports, were as high as 80 percent, meaning there were four times as many ships waiting for a berth as were docked at any one time.

That congestion is primarily a product of dramatically higher volume. US retail sales soared in March and today stand roughly 20 percent higher than they were in December 2019.

Global supply chains are overloaded, not disrupted

-US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America.

The warnings include a renewed effort to inform business executives, academics and local and state government officials about the risks of accepting Chinese investment or expertise in key industries, officials at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said. While the center does not intend to tell officials to reject Chinese investment, it will encourage efforts to control intellectual property and implement security measures.

National security agencies under President Joe Biden’s administration are making an aggressive public push against China, which some officials have called the greatest strategic threat to the United States. The Biden administration has simultaneously tried to ease some tensions with Beijing dating to the Trump administration and seek common ground on trade and climate change.

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-GESL and ADNAS deploy CertainT platform for rPET production in India

Leaders in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -based DNA production and nucleic acid-based technology are Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. (GESL), India’s largest producer of recycled polyester (rPET) fibers, and the first rPET at the GESL facility. Pilot production.

With three production facilities in North India, GESL has more than 300 customers, more than 250 suppliers and more than 500 product variations. The company manufactures a wide range of solid and hollow conjugated white, black and dope dye colors suitable for yarn spinning, non-woven and fiber filling applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ganesha will deploy the CertainT platform, a traceability system for Applied DNA, tag the initial pilot production of rPET at Ganesha’s facility in India, and confirm sample testing at Applied DNA laboratories in India and the United States. Will be carried out. The two companies provide brands and textile manufacturers with reliable solutions to support rPET’s sustainability goals and ensure raw material reliability at all stages of the textile value chain.

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (ADNAS). Leaders in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -based DNA production and nucleic acid-based technology are Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. (GESL), India’s largest producer of recycled polyester (rPET) fibers, and the first rPET at the GESL facility. Pilot production. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

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-Chemical recyclers exploring other feedstocks

Increased use of partially sorted 90% mixed polyolefin bales by the mechanical recycling sector is pushing pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers towards other feedstocks to avoid competing with the mechanical recycling chain.

Pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers are increasingly investigating the use of PVC-screened reject bales, which currently predominantly serve the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) market, to avoid direct competition with the mechanical recycling sector.

Although there is an absence of comparable life cycle assessments (LCAs) that can show the environmental impact of chemical recycling compared with mechanical recycling, virgin production and alternatives, it is broadly agreed that mechanical recycling has a lower environmental impact than chemical recycling.

Because of this, many chemical recyclers aim to avoid material that can be efficiently used in mechanical recycling to ensure that the processes are complimentary.

In 2021, mechanical recyclers have been increasingly using mixed polyolefin bales – typically with a minimum 90% polyolefin content – because of a shortage of sorted monomaterial polyolefin bales,. These are the same mixed-plastic waste bales that chemical recyclers have, until now, predominantly been sourcing.

-Chemical recyclers exploring other feedstocks

-Axion Polymers: Demand for quality recycled polymer at record levels

Demand for quality recycled polymers is at record levels due to increased demand from a wide variety of industry and manufacturing sectors, according to Manchester-based plastics recycler Axion Polymers.

Speaking after exhibiting at the 2021 Interplas Show, Mark Keenan, Business Development Manager, said: “There is a real shortage in the market for quality recycled material that we are seeing day in, day out. We get asked for supply more than ever before. There was significant interest from visitors considering switching to recycled material and people were particularly interested in our secure infeed supply given the current material supply shortages.”  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Axion Polymers showcased its range of locally sourced and produced Axpoly recycled PP and ABS polymers grades at the show, which Mark says was ‘a great success, a very positive experience for us as a business and for the industry as a whole’.

With the automotive and electronic industries making commitments to future use of recycled material, Axion Polymers believes this will only increase demand for sustainable solutions for all types of manufacturers.

Amid reported shortages of virgin material supply, Axion Polymers’ grades from its advanced re-processing plants offer a reliable, alternative recycled content as good as virgin in performance. Axion produces its range of high-quality Axpoly PP and ABS engineering grades to ISO 9001 quality standards.

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-BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

Effective November 1, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase prices for caprolactam and polyamide 6 (PA6) polymer by $0.05 per pound, and polyamide copolymer by $0.15 per pound in North America. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Both are key ingredients in nylon carpet fiber.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

-PPRC 2021: Panelists express concern that rPET supplies are insufficient to meet recycled-content mandates

The panelists say recycled-content mandates might increase pricing for bottle bales and rPET given the low recycling rate associated with the material.

Panelists during the 2021 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Webinar Series expressed concern about what recycled-content mandates might mean for the economics of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) given the low recycling rate associated with the material. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

John Cook, director of sustainability at Niagara Bottling, headquartered in Ontario, California, said rPET pricing traditionally has been linked with virgin PET pricing, though recycled-content mandates are leading to a decoupling of the two materials.

California and Washington have recycled-content mandates, with the first phase of California’s mandate, requiring 15 percent recycled content in plastic beverage containers, going into effect in 2022. By 2030, the mandate will increase to 30 percent recycled content. Beverage bottles sold in Washington will need to include 15 percent recycled content by Jan. 1, 2023, increasing to 50 percent by Jan. 1, 2031.

He noted that mandates outside the U.S. also have driven the decoupling of rPET and virgin PET pricing. “We may see PET bales leaving the U.S. because of that,” Cook said, referring to mandates outside of this country.

PPRC 2021: Panelists express concern that rPET supplies are insufficient to meet recycled-content mandates

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-Coca-Cola unveils prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based sources

The Coca-Cola Company today revealed its first prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based plastic (bPET), produced using technologies that the company says are now ready to be commercially scaled across the industry.

This builds on Coca-Cola and UPM’s technological breakthrough announced earlier this week for the first planned commercialization of technologies to convert second-generation biomass to plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG), one of two molecules necessary to create bPET. The other molecule used is PTA, comprised of bPTA and Virent’s bPX.

The new prototype announced today (barring its label and lid) exclusively uses materials from renewable, plant-based sources, removing all petroleum-based content from the bottle. According to the company, it represents a significant technological step forward in the reduction of virgin oil-based PET across commercially produced bottles.

A limited run of approximately 900 of the prototype bottles has been produced. Coca-Cola says that the pack is recyclable and can be recycled bottle-to-bottle within existing recycling infrastructures, alongside PET from oil-based sources.

Coca-Cola unveils prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based sources

-Fakuma: BritAS Introduced New Melt Filter for Contaminated PET

The technology is suitable for post-consumer plastic waste, focused on PET as well as PET-similar materials.

During Fakuma 2021, BritAS introduced its new ABMF PET-C, a melt filter for contaminated PET. The ABMF PET-C relies on the established BritAS basic technology and is equipped with special features while also being technically optimized. The filter is especially suitable for underwater as well as strand pelletizing, the company stated.

In order to filter contamination out of plastic waste effectively and efficiently, during each filter change, a clean screen mesh is inserted automatically and without production stop. Up to three screen belts can simultaneously be inserted, which reportedly allows an exact adjustment of different filter fineness. This keeps the quality of the re-granulate constantly high and the contamination is removed out of the machine with a very low melt loss. It features a filter fineness of up to 20 μm and melt loss of <1.0 %.

The technology is suitable for post-consumer plastic waste, focused on PET as well as PET-similar materials. Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

In combination, the filter mechanics and control offer a fully-automatic, practical operation in double-cavity mode, which does not require any temporary storage of the melt. During the screen movement, the extruder is not stopped and ensures process safety.

Fakuma: BritAS Introduced New Melt Filter for Contaminated PET

-NEXTLOOPP unveils results of tracer-based sorting trials

NEXTLOOP, the PP recycling project led by Nextek Limited, has announced that its trial to sort food-grade plastic packaging waste using a label marker achieved 99.9% sorting purity at maximum production speed.

The trial, which took place at the Germany-based TOMRA test centre in September 2021, is part of NEXTLOOPP’s programme to develop new recycling initiatives for food-grade polypropylene (FGPP). NEXTLOOPP’s PolyPrism ‘plug-and-play’ marker system was used on TOMRA’s sorting equipment for commercial purposes, enabling it to be validated at the test site.

The PolyPrism technology is intended to differentiate food packaging from non-food packaging to meet standards required by the Food Standards Authorities in the UK and EU. This is achieved using an invisible marker on the label, which can apparently be identified by optical detectors and sorted at high speeds with air jets.

According to NEXTLOOPP, the technology can identify variations – such as between a milk bottle and a bleach bottle – in plastic packaging at a maximum production speed of more than two tonnes per hour.

Ralph Uepping, technical director at TOMRA, comments: “During recent trials held at our TOMRA Test Centre, we achieved very promising results on all polypropylene 3D samples in all test runs with state-of-the-art NIR/VIS technology.

“We exceeded the required 95% purity for food-grade in each test run.”

For the First Pass, 99.3% purity of sorted packs was achieved, while the Second Pass gave the 99.9% figure.

Uepping addS: “The next important milestones will be a field demonstration as well as demonstrating chemical compliance with food-grade regulation.”

NEXTLOOPP adds that the next step in its goal of creating a low carbon, circular economy for plastics is its patented decontamination process, PPristine, which should enable sorted and recycled plastics to be reintroduced to food packaging streams.

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-Lithuania’s life sciences sector is on the rise

Why do large companies and start-ups choose the Baltic country for their R&D?

During the past couple of decades, the Baltic States have transformed their economies significantly, shifting towards innovative, high value-added industries and increasingly focusing on technologies, information and science sectors. One of the most striking examples of that is the rise of Lithuania’s life sciences industry, which is gaining a lot of momentum and attracting more and more attention internationally.

Fast growing hub of innovation

In 2020, Lithuania’s biotechnology sector grew by almost 87% in terms of revenues, while the country’s life sciences sector grew by an annual average of 22.1% between 2011 and 2016. In 2019, the World Economic Forum recognised Lithuania as the best place for R&D in Central and Eastern Europe, and the capital Vilnius is one of the fastest growing innovation hubs in Europe. Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

Today Vilnius hosts biotech giants, such as Thermo Fisher Scientific and Biogen, as well as an expanding number of life sciences start-ups, such as Biomatter Designs, Droplet Genomics and Diagnolita. These companies (and their investors) value the opportunity to collaborate with Lithuania’s strong life sciences research centres and access its distinctive modern research infrastructure, in which more than €400 million has been invested in the past few years alone. Overall, Lithuania’s life sciences sector today is comprised of more than 400 companies and 5,000 people working in such areas as molecular biology, biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics and biomedicine.

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-UMF Corp Micrillon® Microfiber Eliminates Recontamination Risk

UMF Corporation ‘s Micrillon® microfiber, made in the USA, is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfiber that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including: towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks; and color-coded microfiber cleaning products. Leading manufacturers are using these high performance microfiber yarns to develop a new standard for materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries, according to a news release.

“The introduction of Micrillon microfiber puts an end, once and for all, to any question about recontamination related to reusable products,” said UMF Corporation CEO George Clarke. “Some manufacturers and distributors of disposable products – including cubicle curtains, microfiber mops, and wipers – have generated controversy around the risk of reusable products, such as microfiber wipers, recontaminating a patient room, even after being laundered. This illusive thinking ignores the fact that after laundering, wipers used in hospitals are immersed in an EPA-registered disinfectant before use – effectively killing bacteria and inactivating viruses.” Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

Micrillon Microfiber Yarns

Micrillon is a rechargeable polymer additive that can be incorporated into manmade fibers, films, and plastics and then charged with chlorine molecules. The Micrillon chemistry recharges for the life of the product, and will not leach into the environment. When microbes come into contact with a Micrillon surface, they are eliminated; viruses are inactivated.

UMF’s series of high-performance Micrillon yarns, including sheath and core, bicomponent segmented pie, and hollow core segmented pie, demonstrate significant antiviral properties against Human Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and Human Influenza A H1N1 virus in just minutes. Micrillon also demonstrates 100 percent antibacterial elimination of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli 0157:H7, according to the release.

UMF Corp Micrillon® Microfiber Eliminates Recontamination Risk

-AMI Consulting: Automotive LFT PP demand rising

According to a report published by industry experts AMI Consulting, market penetration for Long Fibre Polypropylene (LFT PP) is rising.

The new report quantifies the use of both granule LFT PP (LFT-G) and direct in-line compounding LFT PP (LFT-D) tracking its use around the world. The result is a comprehensive analysis of LFT PP by application, OEM, producer and geographical region. The key metric in the report is kg/vehicle which allows the disaggregation of volatile car production numbers from underlying usage trends.

LFT PP is used widely in automotive front-end carriers, instrument-panel carriers, door-panels, consoles, pedals, under-body shields and many other applications. A feature of many of these applications is that LFT PP replaces steel and thereby reduces weight or replaces more expensive engineering plastics.

AMI Consulting is forecasting strong growth of LFT PP through to 2025. Some applications are growing much faster than others and some OEMs are adopting LFT PP more rapidly than others. Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

One of the fastest growing adopters since the last edition of this report in 2017 has been Fiat-Chrysler, which now is part of Stellantis, since merging with PSA earlier this year. The company is at an early stage of bringing together its engineering and materials expertise.

One of the fastest growing applications is liftgates where designs range from extensive use of metal to virtually no metal at all. In the metal-free designs LFT PP is used to provide structural strength and is complemented with high performance PP to provide the paintable exterior skin. In the most demanding applications, the structural interior LFT PP elements are neither covered nor painted so good is the aesthetic finish. Plastic liftgates are particularly valuable to EVs as a new way of saving weight.

AMI Consulting: Automotive LFT PP demand rising

-DOST-PTRI researchers develop greener bamboo textiles

Bamboo textiles have become increasingly popular as part of a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to textile materials and manufacturing.

It is along this line that the DOST, through its Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), develops sustainable technologies to create greener bamboo textile materials.

The DOST-PTRI bamboo fiber extraction technology, already applied for intellectual property protection with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil), was first developed in 2015.

It includes the mechanical, chemical, and biological processes to liberate the fibers from the bamboo culm.  The extracted bamboo textile fiber is treated to obtain highly cellulosic textile fibers while preserving the inherent properties of bamboo such as antimicrobial and UV-blocking properties.

The technology, applied to natural extraction of different Bamboo species in the Philippines such as kawayan tinik (Bambusa blumeana), bolo (Gigantochloa levis), yellow bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris), and giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper), produces strong and fine bamboo fibers.

The considerably mild and eco-friendly technology coupled with the simplicity of the extraction and treatment technique makes it highly suitable for textile fiber processing in remote bamboo-rich local areas leading to economic gains for the bamboo textile industry.

DOST-PTRI researchers develop greener bamboo textiles

-Clariant Catalysts & Lummus Technology expand CATOFIN® footprint with India’s first PDH plant

  • GAIL (India) Limited to build the country’s first propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant with CATOFIN technology
  • CATOFIN catalysts and technology are quickly becoming a popular choice for PDH globally
  • Benefits include significantly higher productivity, reliability, and return on investment

Clariant Catalysts and its process partner, Lummus Technology, continue to expand their presence in the PDH market with a major contract award in India. GAIL (India) Ltd. has chosen Lummus Technology’s CATOFIN process and Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts for India’s first PDH plant. Its upcoming 500 kiloton per annum propane dehydrogenation facility in Usar, Maharashtra, will be integrated with a downstream polypropylene (PP) unit. The US$1.2 billion PDH-PP project is expected to start operations by 2024.

Since 2017, CATOFIN Technology has now been selected for a majority of new PDH awards globally, representing 32 new PDH plants, or more than 22 million metric tons of propylene annually.  Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Clariant Catalysts, stated, “We are extremely proud of the ever-increasing global demand for CATOFIN – and we couldn’t have achieved this without our long-time partner, Lummus Technology. Thanks to our collaboration, we are able to offer GAIL (India) Ltd excellent performance and profitability by combining the best of PDH expertise with catalyst innovation.”

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-Spandex market witnesses stabilizing price & improving sales after Dual Control

Prices of raw materials of textiles and apparels advanced obviously impacted by the Dual Control of energy consumption. Price of polyester, nylon, cotton and cotton yarn hiked since late-Sep, with increment at 4.1%-28%. Price of mainstream spandex 40D soared as high as 106% in Jan-Aug and hit 13-year high but shivered at high level in end-Q3 and early-Q4. However, sales of spandex improved before and after the National Day holiday (Oct 1-7) impacted by the regulation of energy consumption.

Price of mainstream spandex was largely stable amid the regulation of energy consumption and some sellers discounted price for promotion with high stocks. Most downstream buyers showed higher rigid demand for spandex. Some large customers slightly increased replenishing. Price of spandex stopped falling and stabilized recently. Sales of spandex improved in the first half of Oct but slightly slowed down from this week.

Firstly, from the perspective of supply, impacted by the regulation of energy consumption, the production of spandex and the launch of new spandex units will have uncertainty.

The Dual Control of energy consumption affects most major spandex production bases, covering near 80% of spandex capacity in China.

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-Freudenberg unveils House of Sustainability

Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel has launched its House of Sustainability, a new initiative designed to assist customers in enhancing the sustainability of their products.  Sustainability Microfiber Automotive Spandex 

With this initiative, Freudenberg says it is making its entire portfolio of sustainable solutions visible and transparent with customers able to find more than 500 sustainable and innovative solutions for a comprehensive range of applications in the apparel industry.

“Sustainability is a mission and driving force for us,” said John McNabb, chief technology officer, Freudenberg Performance Materials. “We initiate sustainable programs at global and regional level and are constantly innovating globally available sustainable solutions. Many examples bear witness to our forward-looking efforts. To name just a few highlights, we are, for example, pioneers in recycling PET bottles, and commissioned our first recycling plant back in 1991. We developed the first biodegradable nonwoven interlinings in 1995. And today, we recycle more than 2.5 billion post-consumer PET bottles per year.”

The foundation for the Freudenberg House of Sustainability is made up of four elements: Certifications & Regulations, Raw Materials, Technology and Carbon Footprint along with support for seven pillars

The 4 elements making up the foundation are

Certifications & Regulations – Freudenberg is certified to definitive standards. These include the following: BCI, bluesign, C2C Gold, ECO-CHECK, Global Recycled Standard, Higg Index, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 9001, Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, REACH and Restricted Substances List.

Raw Materials – Freudenberg uses sustainable raw materials to develop solutions. These materials are, for example, free from environmentally harmful substances (Azo & APEO, PFC), recycled, natural-based or biodegradable.

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Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen 22-10-2021

Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen 22-10-2021

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-LyondellBasell offers CirculenRenew with measured and certified C14 content worldwide – Polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) with certified renewable content

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced it is now manufacturing polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) on a commercial scale with measurable and certified C14 renewable content from renewable feedstock. LyondellBasell’s newest product offering is differential in that it uses feedstocks that are not in competition with the food chain. The renewable feedstock is supplied by Neste and is produced 100 percent from bio-based waste and residues, such as used cooking oils. The LyondellBasell product also offers a lower carbon footprint compared with fossil-based polymers, is made in Europe and will be marketed globally under the name CirculenRenew.

“Our CirculenRenew product offering, with measurable and certified C14 renewable content, is game-changing in the market, as it is based on content made of waste and residue materials. This solution addresses the growing market needs for renewably sourced materials with a lower carbon footprint,” says Richard Roudeix, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “Our CirculenRenew with measurable and certified C14 renewable content products have the same properties as their fossil-based equivalents and can be used for the same end-use applications.”

LyondellBasell offers CirculenRenew with measured and certified C14 content worldwide - Polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) with certified renewable content

-Neste and Ravago plan to build a facility for chemical recycling

Neste and Ravago aim to establish a joint venture to build an industrial facility for chemical recycling in North Sea Port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The facility is intended to be the starting point of joint global chemical recycling (often also called “advanced recycling”) activities, built upon the advancement of the thermochemical liquefaction technology of US-based Alterra Energy, an innovative chemical recycling technology company.

With this, Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and drop-in renewable feedstocks and solutions for the polymers & chemicals industry, and Ravago, the world’s leading distributor and recycler of polymers, plan to demonstrate and advance the commercialization of chemical recycling. The transaction is awaiting for and subject to regulatory approval.

Combining expertise along the value chain

This strategic partnership combines Ravago’s expertise in the mechanical preparation of plastic waste, Alterra Energy’s proprietary liquefaction technology, and Neste’s expertise in the processing of hydrocarbons. Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen

Neste and Ravago are aiming for the first industrial chemical recycling site in North Sea Port in Vlissingen with an annual processing capacity of about 55,000 tons of mixed plastic waste, corresponding to the plastic packaging waste generated by some 1.7 MM average EU citizens* per yr. The long-term aspiration of the partners is to significantly increase the processing capacity on a global scale and continuously develop the joint venture into a global leader for chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste.

Neste and Ravago plan to build a facility for chemical recycling

-Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and RIDG partner with Repsol Sinopec and Uniper to develop large-scale green hydrogen facility in Orkney

OWPL consortium could deliver renewable power to produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale

Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), the consortium formed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) has announced it is studying the use of offshore wind to power the production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland.

The OWPL consortium has submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round (ScotWind) to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, its proposal – called the West of Orkney Windfarm – could deliver renewable power to a green hydrogen production facility at the Flotta Terminal.

Plans to power the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub are being developed by OWPL in partnership with Flotta Terminal’s owner Repsol Sinopec, and Uniper, a leading international energy company and pioneer in the field of hydrogen. The proposal is also supported locally by EMEC Hydrogen who have spearheaded Orkney’s leading position in green hydrogen production.

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-U.S. Polyester Textured Yarn Producers Welcome Final Affirmative Antidumping Duty Determinations On Imports Of Polyester Textured Yarn From Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, And Vietnam

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) announced its final determinations that imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are being unfairly sold below their fair value in the United States.

In the final determinations announced today, the Commerce Department calculated antidumping duty (“AD”) cash deposit rates that ranged from 2.58 percent to over 56 percent. Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen

As a result of the final determinations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duties in the amount equal to the final dumping cash deposits rates for imports from each producer or country (i.e., the “all others rate”).  Importers will be required to post duty deposits at these AD rates on the date the final determinations are published in the Federal Register, in approximately one week.

U.S. Polyester Textured Yarn Producers Welcome Final Affirmative Antidumping Duty Determinations On Imports Of Polyester Textured Yarn From Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, And Vietnam

-Thermoforming bioplastics – is that possible?

Bio-based plastics are suitable as packaging for food. But can these materials be processed on the machines available on the market and at the same production speeds?

In the field of rigid packaging, the production of rigid packaging, the technology of thermoforming plastics is a widely used manufacturing process. Most thermoformed packaging worldwide is still formed from polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polystyrene (PS). Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen

Bioplastics, biodegradable and bio-based, still play an outsider role here. Due to their low availability of raw materials and legal requirements, these are only used in certain applications. Measured against the total annual plastic production (2019) of 368 million tonnes, bioplastics account for only about 1% [1]. From a technical point of view, however, there is nothing to be said against the increased use of these materials in thermoforming. Depending on the product design, the format design of the tool, the machine type and the plastic used, quantities of individual thermoforming systems of up to 150,000 parts per hour are common.

Technically sustainable solutions

With the guiding principle “Circular Thinking”, Illig Maschinenbau develops solutions for packaging manufacturers and thus supports the economic circular concept. The sustainability goals are clearly defined: reduce, reuse, separate, recycle and renew.

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-Double-Digit Price Hikes on China Exports Add to Inflation Risk

  • Higher input costs and strong demand prompt price increases
  • While everywhere, China goods a small part of consumer outlays

Business is booming for Zhejiang Zhendong Leisure Products, which churns out about 1 million folding chairs a year from its factory in eastern China, many of which end up on American porches and gardens across Europe.

A spike in demand since the pandemic has led to a backlog of orders lasting until next April and has given the company enough confidence to raise prices by 10%. Rather than hurting demand, “buyers are placing more orders now for fear that prices might rise further in the future,” overseas sales manager Sonia Lu explained from her booth at the Canton Trade Fair in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Those who want a parasol next to their outdoor recliner face an even steeper increase. Shaoxing Gaobu Tourism Products Co. Ltd., which makes beach and garden beach umbrellas sold through retailers like Walmart Inc. and Carrefour SA, has raised prices about 20% and isn’t worried about losing orders either.

“Whichever sellers our customers go to, the reality they’ll have to face is the same: price increases,” said sales person Lyric Lian.

That was the consistent refrain from exporters at the world’s biggest trade fair, where China’s strict quarantine rules restricted foreign buyers to only a handful last week compared with the thousands during pre-pandemic days.

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-3M to pay $99 mn to settle dispute over harmful chemicals

The US group 3M, which among other things manufactures anti-Covid protective face masks, said Tuesday it will pay $99 million to settle complaints related to health and the environment. Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen

“3M has reached a collaborative agreement to resolve ongoing litigation and negotiations related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) near 3M’s Decatur, Alabama facility,” the company said in a statement.

Lawsuits had been filed against 3M in three US states – Alabama, Illinois and Minnesota – as well as in Germany and Belgium, charging that its products contain potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS which are present in wide variety of products such as Teflon, paints, packaging or textiles.

The agreement was signed with the city of Decatur, Morgan County, plaintiffs from Saint John, and the Tennessee Riverkeeper organization, said the manufacturer of post-it notes, adhesive tape and Covid face masks.

“Through these agreements, subject to final approval, 3M will support activities to address PFAS that 3M manufactured or disposed of, as well as to enhance the quality of life for Decatur residents,” the group said.

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-A Case for European Blue Hydrogen

H2 hydrogen ebook

In August this year the paper “How green is blue hydrogen?” hit the academic press. Co-authored by Professor Howarth of Cornell University, the paper makes the case that reforming natural gas alongside carbon capture and storage (CCS) to produce blue hydrogen can generate more than 20% more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the direct use of natural gas.

This conclusion follows an analysis of two  blue hydrogen plants, one in the US and one in Canada, and, importantly, is based on two key assumptions: fugitive methane emissions from natural gas production are set at 3.5% following analysis of US leakage statistics, and the power supply for the CCS process is supplied from gas-fired generation. In addition, the two plants reviewed utilise steam methane reforming (SMR) technology, which is less efficient and has a lower carbon capture rates than autothermal reforming (ATR).

The need for caution in taking the Howarth paper at face value was highlighted within weeks of publication, as noted by the SINTEF blog article  Assumptions Matter When Assessing Blue & Green Hydrogen

Energy academics from the University of Cork, Ireland, the University of Sheffield, UK, Imperial College London, UK, the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) and key hydrogen market participants also confirmed the need for caution to ICIS, highlighting the importance of the assumptions underpinning the Howarth paper.

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-Sustainable and responsible innovation focus for FIMAST

Responsible innovation, sustainable technology and new opportunities in emerging markets highlighted at hosiery sector show.

Manufacturers of yarns, hosiery, machinery, components and accessories – the hosiery supply chain met yesterday in Brescia for the opening of FIMAST, the Italian Exhibition Group’s (IEG) B2B event being staged at Brixia Forum until Friday, 22 October. Exhibitors and visitors from Germany, Spain and Portugal were also in attendance for an event showcasing the latest innovations for the hosiery industry, a sector whose companies are mainly located in the Italian manufacturing Italian districts of Brescia and Mantua.

The four days of FIMAST will offer moments of debate on the sector’s scenarios, outlined by international experts in a qualified panel of events – an opportunity to reflect on innovation, research, new business opportunities, emerging markets and sustainability, a central element for the sector’s development. Polyester Recycling Blue Hydrogen

Sustainable and responsible innovation focus for FIMAST

-LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels.

Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic solar panels frames.

LUPOY EU5201 is a high-performance engineering plastic material infused with fiberglass in a polycarbonate compound to boost durability and structural integrity through diverse temperature ranges.

The plastic frames, which account for 10 percent of the solar panel, could drastically reduce production cost and the weight of solar panels that could simplify transportation and installation.

The substance has similar durability to aluminum, the common material used for solar panel frames, but is half the weight and is price competitive.

In addition, the material can endure diverse temperatures while maintaining its original form with enhanced safety.

LG Chem officially started to sell the frames beginning this month.

LUPOY EU5201 has similar durability to aluminum, the common material used for solar panel frames, but is half the weight and is price competitive.

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NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET 21-10-2021

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-New Teijin Frontier Thai site to produce recycled polyester chips

The Thai subsidiary of Teijin Frontier Co, Ltd is to launch a new facility to convert used domestically-produced plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of high-quality polyester filament.

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced today (19 October) that its core base for polyester fibre manufacturing, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL), plan to start operations at the new site in January 2022. It expects the facility to produce 7,000 tonnes of recycled polyester chips annually by fiscal 2025.

Teijin Frontier says it will install cleaning equipment and the latest repelletising machine for removing foreign substances from recycled PET bottles before they are molded into chips. TPL will use Teijin Frontier’s proprietary quality-control technologies in its system for turning Thai plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of polyester filament. The raw yarn produced at TPL will be used in Teijin Frontier’s Ecopet recycled filament yarn.

Products made with recycled materials have been growing in recent years due to increasing environmental awareness. In addition, Teijin Frontier notes the demand for recycled polyester filaments as well as staple polyester fibres has increased significantly. To date, Teijin Frontier has been procuring recycled raw materials to meet these growing demands. In the interim, the company has been seeking recycled-polyester raw material suppliers that could help the company both to eliminate high-impact long-distance transportation and to optimise its resource-cycling operations. Despite its best efforts, however, the company eventually determined that it would not be possible to secure stable, high-quality bottle flakes in the vicinity of Thailand, where Teijin Frontier’s main plants are located.

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-Ganesha Ecosphere and Applied DNA to Deploy CertainT� Platform to Secure Recycled Polyester Supply Chain

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (Applied DNA or the “Company”), a leader in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing and nucleic acid-based technologies, today announced signing a mutual collaboration agreement (the “Agreement”) with Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. (BSE: GANECOS) (Ganesha), the largest recycled polyester (rPET) fiber producer in India with over 300-plus customers, 250-plus suppliers, and 500-plus product variants. Under the terms of the Agreement, Ganesha will deploy the CertainT® platform, Applied DNA’s traceability system, to tag an initial pilot production of recycled polyester (rPET) at Ganesha’s facilities in India and conduct confirmatory samples testing at Applied DNA’s laboratories in India and the U.S. The collaboration between the two companies will provide brands and textile manufacturers with a trusted solution to support their sustainability goals for rPET and confirm raw material authenticity at all stages of the textile value chain.

The Agreement enables Ganesha to introduce and apply CertainT-verified rPET to provide assurance for the raw material with textile and apparel customers. Ganesha will also employ Applied DNA’s recently introduced SigNature® T-100 tracer system that enables rPET source material to be quantified in polyester blends by the CertainT platform. SigNature T-100 is a proprietary molecular-based tracer system used to identify, analyze, and verify rPET, polypropylene, acrylic, and potentially other man-made materials for claims of both identification and quantification of the raw material tagged and subsequently spun into yarn for various textile products.

“Traceability has now added more authenticity and credibility to the entire textile supply chain and is becoming an integral part of the recycling process. With Applied DNA and CertainT, our customers can now trust in the original tagged synthetic fiber and verify product-related sustainability claims,” stated Mr. B.P. Sultania, Joint President of Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

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-Coca-Cola To Commercialise ‘Next-Generation’ Biomaterials

Coca-Cola has announced the first planned commercialisation of technologies to convert second-generation biomass to plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG) in association with Changchun Meihe Science & Technology and UPM.

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is one of the major components in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used for plastic beverage bottles.

The new technology marks the most significant advancement in the commercial viability of bioplastics since Coca-Cola introduced the first-generation technology in its PlantBottle packaging in 2009.

The move will commercialising a process that is not only more efficient than current bMEG technologies but is based on feedstock that cannot be used as source of food.

Nancy Quan, chief technical and innovation officer at The Coca-Cola Company, said, “The viability of this next-generation biomaterial is a significant technological breakthrough in our ongoing efforts to reduce our use of virgin oil-based plastics, by increasing our use of recycled and renewable alternatives. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

Coca-Cola To Commercialise 'Next-Generation' Biomaterials

-Starlinger closing the loop in food-grade applications

Starlinger & Co. GmbH is adapting technology that will provide a simpler, lower-cost approach to completely closing the loop when recycling polyolefins for food-grade applications.NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

Along with allowing for up to 100 percent recycled content in packaging, the new method also will cut the cost of processing, said Armin Villa, regional sales manager for Starlinger, while on the Fakuma trade show floor in Friedrichshafen.

Starlinger has just received letters of no objection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to utilize its recycled pellet reconditioning system created earlier with odor reduction in mind to help boost polyolefin recycling capabilities for food-grade applications.

Adaptations of the system now allow customers to close the loop and use 100 percent recycled content for high density polyethylene milk bottles and HDPE caps through the FDA letters of nonobjection. Previous approaches limited recycled content to 50 percent.

A key to the new approach is that recyclers need to know where the HDPE has been and how the material has been used.

“It only works on materials where you can ensure the traceability is given of the materials,” Villa said. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

The reconditioning system was developed in recent years to remove suborn odors from recycled HDPE bottles holding products like detergents and shampoos.

“All materials where there still might be a smell in it,” Villa said. The changes now allow for food-grade resin recycling at 100 percent.

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-Electronic fibre spun into clothing to teach breathing techniques

A new fibre has been developed that can be made into clothing that tracks stretching and compression, then provides immediate tactile feedback in the form of pressure, lateral stretch, or vibration.

Developed by researchers in the US and Sweden, the fabrics could be used in garments that help train singers or athletes to better control their breathing, or those that help patients recovering from disease or surgery to recover their breathing patterns.

The multi-layered “OmniFibers” contain a fluid channel in the centre, which can be activated by a fluidic system. This system controls their geometry by pressurising and releasing a fluid medium, such as compressed air or water, into the channel, allowing the fibre to act as an artificial muscle. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

They also contain stretchable sensors that can detect and measure the degree of stretching. The resulting composite fibres are thin and flexible enough to be sewn, woven, or knitted using standard commercial machines, the researchers said.

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-ROHA launches NIVEOUS, a white food color alternative to Titanium Dioxide

ROHA adds the NIVEOUS range to its product portfolio –safe, natural & clean label white food color alternatives to Titanium Dioxide. NIVEOUS colors are innovative color solutions for panned candies, gummies and jellies, and beverages. Made from combinations of starches and/or calcium carbonate, they maintain whiteness and are a natural white opacifiers. NIVEOUS pigments are insoluble with a high reflective index, have exceptional stability to heat and light, create whitening effect in low dosages and offer incredible brightness levels. With no compromise to visual appearance and texture, they promise a safe and a sustainable white option, while reducing workplace safety concerns. This makes them the ideal replacer to TiO2 in confectionery and beverages.

NIVEOUS Product Portfolio​

NIVEOUS is free of all the problems of TiO2. So if you are a food manufacturer impacted by the latest EFSA ruling on the use of TiO2 as a food additive, you now have the alternative you need. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

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-Europe leading region of innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics

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Europe is a leading region of innovation in plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies, a new study published today by the  EU Green Deal. (EPO) shows. Europe (referring to the region covered by the 38 member states of the European Patent Convention) accounted for 30 percent of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019. This was matched only by the US, which also accounted for 30 percent.

They are the only major centres of innovation truly specialising in plastic recycling and bioplastics, the two major areas of technological advances in reducing plastic waste, which is one of the main targets of the  EU Green Deal.

Europe leading region of innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics

-creora 3D Max helps denim brands achieve circularity

Leading fibre producer will introduce new recyclable, recycled and bio-based denim solutions during Hyosung Denim Days. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

Denim is increasingly being held to environmentally friendly standards as consumers put pressure on brands and retailers to reduce jeans’ ecological footprint.

In response, Hyosung has developed a number of sustainable denim solutions, which the company looks forward to presenting to industry during its personalized Denim Days event taking place in New York City, Los Angeles and London on select dates in November 2021.

creora 3D Max spandex – for recyclable jeans

Circularity is top of mind and denim brands and mills are following Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign guidelines for recyclable denim. Jeans Redesign’s standards are meant to create jeans that are both more durable and easier to separate and recycle.

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-Infinited Fiber at INDEX™ 20: Infinna™ set to reshape the future of nonwovens

The nonwovens industry is ready for a more sustainable future: one that’s not reliant on virgin resources, where microplastic emissions are eliminated, and where disposable single-use items are biodegradable. At Infinited Fiber Company we are on a mission to use our fiber regeneration innovation to make this future a reality with our Infinna™ fiber, which looks and feels soft and natural like cotton – and is currently created 100% out of textile waste. NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

That’s why we’re headed to INDEX™ 20 (Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd October). We’ll be showcasing the potential of Infinna™ for the massive nonwovens industry as a regenerated material alternative to conventional fibers.

Made of cellulose, Infinna™ is a biodegradable fiber that contains no microplastics. Its unique creation process also gives it naturally occurring antimicrobial properties, and testing shows it doesn’t irritate or sensitize skin. When made with Infinna™, nonwovens start their journey from a great place: capturing the value of existing resources that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated, and lessening the burden on the Earth’s precious virgin resources.

Infinna™ has already been widely endorsed by the fashion industry, and some nonwovens producers have already put it to the test with promising results.

Infinited Fiber at INDEX™ 20: Infinna™ set to reshape the future of nonwovens

-What Lenzing’s new Tencel fiber offers denim

The Lenzing Group is expanding its sustainable offering for the denim industry with the introduction of matte Tencel branded lyocell fibers.

The new fiber type is specially designed to scatter light and permanently diminish sheen in denim applications, further enabling versatile, indigo-dyed denim fabrics.

“As a leader in fiber production, we work closely with our customers and mill partners to address their product needs,” said Tricia Carey, director of global business development for denim and the Americas for Lenzing AG. “Our partners wanted the option to choose denim fabrics that are less shiny and we listened. By implementing an innovative production process to create matte Tencel lyocell fibers, we are setting a new standard for indigo applications.” NonWoven Recycling TiO2 BioPET

By combining functionality with aesthetics, Carey said the introduction of matte Tencel lyocell fibers increases versatility in denim designs while reducing the ecological footprint of the resulting fabric and garment.

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-RadiciGroup at INDEX with new nonwovens

Enhanced portfolio with spunbond from recyclate and meltblown: sustainability and performance, the keywords at the fair

RadiciGroup’s nonwoven innovations are on display at the INDEX trade fair (stand 2629), to be held from 19 to 22 October 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Active in the spunbond production business for more than 30 years with the dylar® product line, the Group is introducing Respunsible®, a reduced environmental impact spunbond made from recycled polypropylene, and radimelt™, the brand name for the Group’s line of meltblown nonwovens and composite materials (e.g., SMS).

“Compared to the last edition of the fair,” said Enrico Buriani, CEO of the RadiciGroup Nonwovens Business Line, “we are introducing new products that, on the one hand, satisfy the ever-increasing demand for sustainability coming from our target markets, and, on the other hand, meet the need for local European industries to manufacture  meltblown nonwoven, a material with extremely high filtering properties, until recently mostly imported from Asia.”

Mr. Buriani continued: “Additionally, during the pandemic, we set out to use our dylar® as the main component of protective gowns for medical use. Starting from scratch and in record time, we set up a local supply chain for the production of personal protective equipment that is still going strong today and has led to the creation of a new  business. In short, today we are at INDEX with a much more varied offering, which, I am proud to say, once again demonstrates the resilience of our Group.”

 

RadiciGroup at INDEX with new nonwovens

-All-rounder enhanced for recyclers

Arburg presented the Recyclate package at Fakuma with hardware and software changes that can also be implemented in retrofit.

ARBURG recyclate package As part of the arburgGREENworld program, Arburg presented the new “Recyclate” package at Fakuma. recycled material is used.

The interventions concern modifications to the plasticizing unit (screw and cylinder) and an intelligent regulation of the process, with specific functions, such as the parameters for multistage start-up.

As far as plasticization is concerned, the “Recyclate” configuration includes a modified cylinder with filtering nozzle to ensure continuous feeding, without interruptions, even in the case of poorly flowing materials. The screw, with CrN coating to reduce the accumulation of deposits and counteract wear, has a geometry designed to facilitate the homogenization of the melt. Furthermore, the increase of the maximum temperature in the plasticizing cylinder up to 450 ° C makes the processing more flexible, expanding the types of printable materials. The intervention can be performed at any time, even after the machine has been installed in the department (retrofit).

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-Husky’s Ultrashot Injection Molding System Advances Scalability as It Improves Performance, Part Quality

By distributing injection control inside the hot runner, the Ultrashot system allowed a molder to eliminate variability in a medical diagnostic part even as it doubled tool cavitation. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

Incremental improvements can only get you so far — sometimes you have to start over to rebuild better. Husky took that approach in advancing hot runner and injection molding technology, and it resulted in the Ultrashot system, which the company displayed for the first time at a trade show at Fakuma last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. James Plumpton, Advanced Solutioning Team Leader for the Bolton, ON–based company, explained the thought process and the outcome to PlasticsToday from the Husky booth.

“As you make more parts in the same press, performance declines. Everybody in the hot-runner world, including us, has spent efforts fine tuning, trying to accommodate the variability,” said Plumpton. Rather than make incremental adjustments to improve performance, Plumpton’s team chose to eliminate the variation. It achieved that goal by distributing the injection control inside the hot runner.

“Normally, the injection unit controls all the filling, pressure, and impulse for all of the cavities inside the mold,” he explained. “There’s a large volume of melt between where you control pressure and where you actually need it, which is at the gate. The melt is compressible, especially when you have high pressure. So one of the things we tried to do is eliminate the variability that comes from compressibility and the volume of melt you have between where it is pressurized and where you need the pressure.” It’s a simple idea, he added, but the gains are huge. “Now we have pressure control very close to the gate.”

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-Mechanical Recycling

Mechanical recycling moves the circular economy

Mechanical recycling is an essential component of the circular economy. It can be applied to various material classes like plastics, lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, or metals. End-of-life materials can be processed via collecting, sorting, shredding, melting and transforming it into secondary raw materials for a new application. Manufactured from recycled material, the article enters its new use-phase before the next end-of-life management. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

For plastic waste, mechanical recycling is the preferred recycling solution if ecologically most beneficial, technologically possible, and economically attractive. Chemical recycling will complement mechanical recycling.

But there is more than plastics: BASF also engages in the recycling of precious metals and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

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-Nylon filament inventory falls, price gains reparative increase

Sep 10-30: NFY plant O/R dropped more than downstream, but inventory remained high

Since the middle of September 2021, required by the dual controls on energy consumption, nylon textile filament (short as NFY) plants and downstream weaving & knitting mills in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong, etc. had curtailed production evidently. The production restriction enlarged at the end of Sep. In around 20 days between Sep 10 and Sep 30, NFY plants had cut the operating rate by 26%, and its major downstream sectors had cut by different degrees.

Except for Wujiang water-jet loom, the cut in operating rate of other downstream sectors was less than NFY plants. But Wujiang water-jet loom has been a major consumer of NFY, and NFY demand was largely curtailed in Sep.

In addition, downstream buyers were not confident about late market trend, and they only restocked at need-to basis. Thus NFY inventory remained high as around 35.6 days by the end of Sep. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

Nylon filament inventory falls, price gains reparative increase

-New EPO study: Europe and US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics globally, patent data shows

From a global perspective, Europe and the US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics technologies, a new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows. Europe and the US each accounted for 30% of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019, or 60% combined. Within Europe, Germany posted the highest share of patent activity in both plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies (8% of global total), while France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium stand out for their higher specialisation in these fields.

itled Patents for tomorrow’s plastics: Global innovation trends in recycling, circular design and alternative sources, the study presents a comprehensive analysis of the innovation trends for the period 2010 to 2019 that are driving the transition to a circular economy for plastics. The report looks at the number of international patent families (IPFs), each of which represents an invention for which patent applications have been filed at two or more patent offices worldwide (so-called high-value inventions). It aims to provide a guide for business leaders and policymakers to direct resources towards promising technologies, to assess their comparative advantage at different stages of the value chain, and to highlight innovative companies and institutions that could contribute to long-term sustainable growth.  Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

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-Stadler MRF renovation in Spain completed while plant in operation and in record time

FCC Medio Ambiente has completed the renovation of the CITR (Centro Integral de Tratamiento) waste management facility located in Las Marinas, El Campello, Spain. FCC Medio Ambiente is part of the FCC Group, which serves 66 million people in more than 5,000 municipalities around the world and manages more than 23.5 million tons of waste annually through a network of more than 200 environmental recovery and recycling complexes. FCC Medio Ambiente partnered with STADLER for the CITR renovation, based on a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

“The size of the facility, the short time in which to complete the work, and the added complexity of having to carry out the refurbishment while the plant was in operation, were factors that drove our decision to choose STADLER,” commented Javier Cerezo, technical manager of FCC Medio Ambiente. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

“The waste treatment sector in Spain has been in constant evolution for many years now, and it will continue to do so in order to address the challenge of the European objectives. With new technologies such as STADLER’s it is possible to extract mores materials, with better quality, from the processed waste, as well as producing compost or alternative fuels.”

With this modernization, he said the CTIR has raised its performance to the level of newly built plants and will be able to provide service to municipalities for the next 15 years. Over 3 months, STADLER has replaced technology that had become obsolete with the latest generation equipment in the waste treatment sector.

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-Bast Fibre Technologies Acquires German Textile Processing Facility

Purchase of Faser Veredlung Tönisvorst enables BFT to immediately increase capacity for sustainable bast fibers

Bast Fibre Technologies (BFT), a manufacturer of specialty natural fibers for the global nonwoven industry, announces the acquisition of Faser Veredlung Tönisvorst (FVT), an ISO 9001 certified textile processing facility located in Tönisvorst, Germany. This purchase enables BFT to immediately increase capacity to meet customer demand for its sustainable bast fibers and provides a firm platform for expansion and continued growth.

With over 20 years of fiber processing experience, FVT is located within close proximity to major European centers for bast crop cultivation and nonwoven fabric construction. This transaction follows BFT’s strategy of establishing low carbon, regional supply chains by sourcing, producing, and selling within specific regions. The facility is currently being expanded with the installation of specialty refining equipment specifically designed to optimize natural bast fibers for use in a variety of nonwoven applications.

“We are excited to have FVT as a part of our company,” says BFT president Jim Posa. “FVT has a long history of working with natural fibers and this acquisition has accelerated our transition towards becoming a fully integrated manufacturing company. FVT has consistently produced the highest quality bast fibres for BFT, so it was a logical step to bring this capability in house. Europe is leading the way on single-use plastic reduction strategies and the ability to produce these fibers in Europe will become increasingly important for the production of truly sustainable nonwovens in wipes, hygiene products and more.”  Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2 

Bast Fibre Technologies Acquires German Textile Processing Facility

-Shell andTechnip Energies test jointly developed Cansolv CO2 capture technology at pilot plant

Technip Energies and Shell Catalysts & Technologies announce that their jointly developed improvements on the Cansolv CO2 Capture technology are being tested in a pilot plant campaign at Fortum Oslo Varme’s Waste to Energy plant, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

In response to the increased global interest in Carbon Capture & Storage, the technologists and engineers of Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Technip Energies are working closely to bring continuous improvements to the Cansolv CO2 capture system’s process design, efficiency and costs. These efforts are to ensure improved affordability and aid wide scale deployment of carbon capture solutions by their Clients.

The 3-month test campaign has been kicked off in August 2021 and will entail different test phases that will support the extension of the related improvements.

This is the second test campaign conducted by this collaboration. In the first campaign, the low volatility and amine emissions of the DC-103 solvent used in the process was demonstrated as well as its low absorption energy and solvent degradation.

Nick Flinn, General Manager Decarbonisation of Shell Catalysts & Technologies, commented:” Although we have been designing and operating capture facilities for many years, we continue to strive to lower the cost through continuous improvement and development. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2

This can only be achieved through close partnerships with the owner, the engineering company and the technology provider. This collaboration with Fortum Oslo Varme and Technip Energies is a nice example of 3 companies working in lockstep to achieve a common goal: decarbonising in a cost-effective manner.”

Shell andTechnip Energies test jointly developed Cansolv CO2 capture technology at pilot plant

-SABIC presents new SABIC PURECARES™ & TRUCIRCLE™ portfolios for nonwovens at INDEX™ Expo

SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS, October 18, 2021 – SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced that the newly formed Hygiene & Healthcare segment of its Petrochemicals business will showcase its extensive portfolio of SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-purity nonwovens and hygiene films at the upcoming INDEX™ Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 19 through 22, 2021. The company’s exhibit at Booth #2441 will also feature enabling solutions developed with partners to address the issue of plastic waste and support the transformation of the industry towards a circular economy with closed-loop initiatives and certified circular polymers under its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services.

“Our new Hygiene & Healthcare market solution organization will align our efforts to support our customers’ needs in this industry more effectively,” says Abdullah Al-Otaibi, General Manager ETP & Market Solutions, SABIC Petrochemicals. “The new setup will drive tailored technology platforms and advanced product developments for customers who require this advanced, differentiated performance. At the same time, it will help us maintain and strengthen our competitive lead by accelerating the pace of innovation to respond to market trends more quickly.”

SABIC presents new SABIC PURECARES™ & TRUCIRCLE™ portfolios for nonwovens at INDEX™ Expo

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-LATI Industria Termoplastici signs hemp plastics distribution agreement

Italy-based LATI Industria Termoplastici, a leader in self-extinguishing and high-performance thermoplastic compounds, and US-based sustainable hemp plastics provider The Hemp Plastic Company (THPC) have signed an agreement for the distribution of THPC’s line of ecological hemp blended plastics for use in packaging, automotive, furniture, toys and other sectors.

LATI has been committed to offering alternatives to plastics based solely on non-renewable sources, with a lower environmental impact. LATI’s range now includes sustainable products such as compounds based on polymers from mechanical or chemical recycling or from renewable sources. The themes of reuse and circularity have been in LATI’s remit since its foundation in 1945.

THPC CEO Glen Kayll said: “We are pleased to be working with LATI to bring our line of environmentally friendly hemp polymers to the European market. Hemp is one of nature’s greatest natural carbon absorbers, and together with a leader like LATI, we can accelerate our mutual customers’ transition to sustainable

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-Shredding with a sustainable target

Multinational PET producer Indorama is investing in shredding to help it reach its sustainability and circular materials goals.

Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a producer of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) and other materials tied to the PET supply chain, has pursued a strategy of global growth that has included considerable investments in recycled-content PET (rPET) production.

The company’s global presence in rPET production may be unmatched, with the building of an rPET production and supply chain a high priority of IVL Chief Sustainability Officer Yashovardhan (Yash) Lohia. Yash is the son of IVL Group CEO Aloke Lohia.

The company’s investments in PET bottle recycling have spanned several continents, with this year marked in part by an increased presence in North America. This June, IVL announced and then completed the acquisition  of a former CarbonLite PET bottle recycling plant in Texas.

In Europe, the company operates plants in France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland, while it also has rPET capacity in Latin America in Brazil and Mexico.

Asia also remains a target of IVL rPET investments, with the company announcing or completing new PET bottle recycling capacity in India and Indonesia this year alone. (A plant also is under construction in the Philippines.) The investments tie into an overall global goal of being able to recycle 50 billion PET bottles annually.

Shredding with a sustainable target

-Towards a circularity in recycling of mattresses

After an average of ten years most mattresses today are thrown away, thus squandering resources and creating high quantities of waste. At the same time, valuable raw materials are needed to manufacture new soft foam mattresses – above all crude oil. A circular economy solution for mattresses can therefore both reduce waste and save fossil resources.

At BASF, we are continuously looking at ways to reuse and re-enter waste into product lifecycles and to foster circular economy solutions. With the circular economy concept BASF aims to decouple economic growth from the use of finite resources and is accelerating the adoption of these principles into our day-to-day operations. BASF offers a solution to finally closing the loop for polyurethane soft foam with the chemical recycling of mattresses.

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-Recycling through Pyrolysis: A Route with Great Promise for Circular Packaging

Carlos Ludlow Palafox, CEO of Enval Ltd. and the creator of a unique technology based on microwave-induced pyrolysis for flexible packaging including plastic laminates, shares his vision.

In the relentless global battle against the effects of the aggression towards the environment, diversity of perspectives is a constant source of controversy, but also of entrepreneurship and innovative technologies. This is the case of

Recycling through Pyrolysis: A Route with Great Promise for Circular Packaging

Carlos Ludlow Palafox, CEO of Enval Ltd. and the creator of a unique technology based on microwave-induced pyrolysis for flexible packaging including plastic laminates, shares his vision.

In the relentless global battle against the effects of the aggression towards the environment, diversity of perspectives is a constant source of controversy, but also of entrepreneurship and innovative technologies. This is the case of Enval Ltd., a company based at Huntingdon, United Kingdom. The absence of collaborative actions from different players within the production and consumption chains seems to stand in the way of achieving significant advancements in the mitigation or even revert their negative effects on our environment. Plastics rPET Nonwoven Hydrogen 

However, urgency is manifest; and where most advancements towards the development of high-impact strategies in defense of the environment arise is in the efforts pushing the creation of innovative technologies to efficiently reuse materials and reincorporate them to the production chains.

With a critical yet realistic sense, Carlos Ludlow Palafox —who has developed a singular patented solution with  microwave-induced pyrolysis for flexible plastic packaging,even laminates including aluminum, which recuperates materials from packaging waste into ready-to-use oils— drew, in a conversation with Mundo PMMI a clear picture of the possibilities currently opening worldwide through pyrolysis technologies.

., a company based at Huntingdon, United Kingdom. The absence of collaborative actions from different players within the production and consumption chains seems to stand in the way of achieving significant advancements in the mitigation or even revert their negative effects on our environment.

However, urgency is manifest; and where most advancements towards the development of high-impact strategies in defense of the environment arise is in the efforts pushing the creation of innovative technologies to efficiently reuse materials and reincorporate them to the production chains.

With a critical yet realistic sense, Carlos Ludlow Palafox —who has developed a singular patented solution with  microwave-induced pyrolysis for flexible plastic packaging,even laminates including aluminum, which recuperates materials from packaging waste into ready-to-use oils— drew, in a conversation with Mundo PMMI a clear picture of the possibilities currently opening worldwide through pyrolysis technologies.

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-Living nonwovens with Reicofil at INDEX

Reifenhauser Reicofil will exhibit at this week’s INDEX exhibition in Geneva (booth 2531) where, under the slogan Living Nonwovens, the nonwoven line specialist will showcase solutions for the production of sustainable nonwovens for a wide range of applications.

As Markus Müller, sales director at Reifenhauser Reicofil notes, sustainable nonwoven production starts with the amount of material used – the less raw material needed, the better. The Reicofil 5x line series specialises in this application and achieves fabric weights of 8 gsm (grams per square metre) or less through efficient downgauging, including on 1000 m/min composite lines containing three spunbond beams.

In addition, Reicofil customers can reduce the use of fossil raw materials on request by processing biobased raw materials as an ecological alternative – for example for diapers. The topsheet material, made of bulky, soft, and industrially compostable high-loft nonwovens, meets maximum hygiene requirements at the same time.

Living nonwovens with Reicofil at INDEX

-Essar Oil plans to build USD1 billion low-carbon hydrogen plants in England

British refiner Essar Oil plans to build two low-carbon hydrogen plants at its Standlow refinery in northwest England at a cost of 750 million pounds (USD1 billion), according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The company has submitted planning applications for the project, it said in a statement.

If approved, construction of the two so-called “blue hydrogen” plants, where the fuel is produced from natural gas and carbon emissions from its production are captured and stored, will begin at the end of 2022 with output expected to begin from the mid-2020s.

As MRC informed earlier, in late September 2019, Essar resumed operations at its cracker in Stanlow, UK with the capacity of 45,000 mt/year of ethylene and 165,000 mt/year of propylene. It was shut on 11 September, 2019, due to the power outage at the site.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively. Plastics rPET Nonwoven Hydrogen 

Essar Oil plans to build USD1 billion low-carbon hydrogen plants in England

-Possible biotech solution to silkworm virus

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialis ation of spider silk, is preparing to conduct challenge testing on two lines of immunity-enhanced silkworms. These silkworm lines were developed by Kraig Labs to combat one of the biggest challenges facing the global silk production industry.

It has been reported that as much as 50% of all losses in silk production result from a single widespread virus – a variant of nucleopolyhedrovirus, which is a baculovirus that selectivly and specifically targets Bombyx mori, the silkworm moth.

A 2020 paper cited that 75% of all silkworm raisers interviewed reported losses due to the disease. With no effective treatment, this virus results in countless millions of dollars of economic damage annually. Kraig Labs realised that the technologies it was developing for other applications could be used to significantly reduce these losses in the broader silk industry. The company has made rapid progress in the development of this new technology.

Possible biotech solution to silkworm virus

-innovations for interior design

After a challenging year 2020 for the Trevira CS business, in which the corona crisis put pressure on the markets for contract textiles, in particular the hotel and event sector as well as cruise shipping, positive signals are emerging on the market. Numerous new developments, especially from Trevira CS Club members, mark the way forward to the time “after Corona” and pick up on the trends intensified by the crisis.

Trevira will continue the successful Trevira CS Club concept in 2021. The Gold and Silver members of the year 2020 were transferred their status for the year 2021. The Trevira CS Club 2021 is made up of yarn producers, fabric manufacturers and textile publishers or wholesalers and unites members with gold status (such as.B. Gebrüder Munzert, Jab Anstoetz, Kvadrat) and silver status (such as.B. Delius, Sahco, Zimmer + Rohde).

Although the corona pandemic has clouded individual business areas, it also has the potential to open up new market opportunities for flame-retardant Trevira CS fabrics in the long term. Plastics rPET Nonwoven Hydrogen 

The increased work from home as well as the longer and frequent stay in one’s own four walls has led to a change of perspective as far as the relevance of interior design is concerned. After Trevira CS has increasingly found its way into private living space in recent years, textiles for this area can also be found in the new collections.

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-‘Green hydrogen currently cheaper to produce in Europe than grey and blue H2 due to high natural gas and carbon prices’

The record high CO2 price also means that it would be cheaper to capture and store the emissions from steam methane reforming than to release it into the atmosphere, calculations show

The price of natural gas in Europe is currently so high that it would currently be cheaper to produce green hydrogen from renewable energy than grey or blue H2 from methane, according to new calculations. Plastics rPET Nonwoven Hydrogen 

And the record high EU carbon price of €60 ($69) per tonne of CO2 means that grey hydrogen from unabated natural gas would currently be more expensive to produce than blue H2 (made in the same way but with carbon capture and storage) — although, of course, there is no blue hydrogen being produced in Europe yet.

Calculations by Australian maths-as-a-service company Keynumbers and the Energy Flux newsletter show that, under a realistic set of assumptions, the levelised cost of green hydrogen manufactured today would be €4.18 per kilogram, compared to €6.55/kg for grey H2 and €6.21/kg for blue.

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-Polyamide Market Size Worth $53.32 Billion By 2028 | CAGR: 6.2%: Grand View Research, Inc.

The global polyamide market size is expected to reach USD 53.32 billion by 2028, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2021 to 2028.

Increasing adoption of polyamide in numerous industries, including automotive, electrical and electronics, consumer goods and appliances, packaging, and textiles is projected to fuel the market growth during the forecast period. Polyamides are widely used in the exterior parts of vehicles such as front-end grilles, fuel caps, wheel covers, doors, exterior mirrors, and tailgate handles.

Polyamide composites are expected to witness high demand from the automotive industry due to factors such as excellent mechanical properties, wear resistance, and the growing need for lightweight vehicles in order to improve fuel efficiency. Polyamide has been extensively used in the engine compartment to replace steel parts owing to the benefits derived from them such as lower weight and greater design flexibility as against traditional metals.

Key players in the market are continuously carrying out innovations and developing new versions of polyamide compatible with new polymer processing technologies.

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-Brückner Maschinenbau places major order with Coperion

Brückner Maschinenbau has placed an order with Coperion for more than 50 ZSK Mc18 twin screw extruders. These will be integrated into plants for the production of flexible BOPET packaging films, which Brückner will install in China.

Brückner Maschinenbau’s substantial repeat order is based on many years of close co-operation with Coperion. With this order, Brückner is placing its trust in proven Coperion technology, which the company has already integrated into numerous film stretching lines. Due to the ZSK extruders’ high torque, Coperion’s technology achieves very high throughput rates while maintaining low product temperatures and thus ensuring product quality.

Jochen Schofer, Business Segment Manager Recycling and Direct Extrusion at Coperion, said: “We are very pleased that Brückner Maschinenbau is once again relying on our technology and know-how. We very much appreciate this familiar, long-standing co-operation with the pioneer for plastic film lines. Our companies pursue very similar aspirations. We both develop high-quality technologies for plastics production with very high throughput rates. The efficient use of resources and high recyclability of the end products are important to us.”

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-Domo to bring domamid®, Econamid® and Thermec™ branded solutions under the market winning Technyl® Umbrella, worldwide

Global brand merger under TECHNYL® to improve visibility of same best-in-class products

A full set of new qualifiers highlight customer benefits, simplifying purchasing

DOMO will exclusively produce and commercialize the expanded TECHNYL® brands globally from February 2022

Following the acquisition by DOMO Chemicals of Performance Polyamides Business (Polytechnyl) in Europe – including the well-known TECHNYL® brand – all current DOMAMID®, ECONAMID® and THERMEC™ branded engineered materials solutions will be merged under one TECHNYL® umbrella worldwide.

The move, which goes live early next year, will improve the visibility of DOMO’s best-in-class portfolio of PA6 and PA66 solutions, including a full set of new product qualifiers to simplify customer purchasing.

“This step is all about serving our customers and partners and capitalizing on the strong heritage of TECHNYL®. With sole global supply, our widened portfolio of tailored engineered materials solutions, and the 360° services that address our customer needs, we will better serve a variety of segments with undisputed expertise, opening new opportunities for innovation and collaboration,” said Philippe Guérineau, DOMO’s Chief Commercial Officer Europe and Europe Export The new brand architecture will be effective from 1 February 2022, when the TECHNYL® brand will be distributed exclusively by DOMO Chemicals at a global level.

Domo to bring domamid®, Econamid® and Thermec™ branded solutions under the market winning Technyl® Umbrella, worldwide

-Capital spending of US$300 bn for “Circular Plastics Economy” by 2050

Around US$1.5 trillion in investment by the global plastics industry would be required to meet growing demand for consumer plastics to 2050, and of this more than US$300 billion can be redirected to mechanical and chemical recycling processing capacity thereby meeting the goals of an aggressive circular economy case, according to research firm IHS Markit analysis.

Under current market trends, progress towards a circular economy for plastics would be modest, relying primarily on mechanical recycling. More ambitious goals, targeted at reducing the practices of landfill, incineration and energy recovery as end-of-life solutions for waste plastics may be achievable by redirecting a portion of new manufacturing investment towards a wider range of plastic recycling facilities, including both mechanical and chemical recycling, especially as the latter become more economically feasible.

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-Plastics Recycling Show Europe announces conference programme

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) conference programme has been published ahead of the event’s return to the RAI Amsterdam on 4-5 November 2021.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries at the European Commission will deliver the opening keynote updating delegates on the latest political and legislative developments in plastics recycling in Europe. Additional speakers in the opening session entitled are PRE President Ton Emans and Peter Goult, Associate at SYSTEMIQ.

Prominent speakers from major brands at the plastics recycling conference include Thor Tummers, External Affairs manager at Unilever, Eelco Smit, Sustainability Leader at Philips Domestic Appliances, Gian De Belder, Technical Director – R&D Packaging Sustainability at Procter & Gamble, and Anne Guillou, Sustainable Packaging & Product Development Manager, L’Oréal, among others.

Materials focus sessions on the first day will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, covering PET, PVC, Technical Plastics and Polystyrene (PS) recycling.

 

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-Rabobank casts investor’s eye on chemical recycling

Global bank issues report saying ‘advanced’ recycling is gaining investor attention despite criticism of its environmental credentials.

Chemical and other not fully mechanical plastic recycling methods, sometimes referred to by supporters as “advanced recycling,” remains a “highly attractive investment opportunity” for some companies and financiers, according to Netherlands-based Rabobank. Investments are gaining speed in Asia in particular, adds the bank.

Rabobank published a report earlier this year forecasting that by 2025 there could be 140 advanced recycling plants worldwide with a total capacity of up to 4 million metric tons. “Since then, many opponents of advanced recycling [have] raised their voices,” says the bank.

“They argue, for example, that the technology is still unproven and too costly, that it has a worse-than-advertised environmental performance, that there is no traceability in the system, and that planned investments are forever being delayed,” continues the European bank.

 

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-Chemical Recycling

(Thermo-)chemical recycling is a process used to decompose waste into valuable products. From plastic waste, it is therefore possible to obtain raw materials such as fuels, oligomers/polymers, as well as basic raw materials and gases (P to L, P to C, P to G). Certech has specific skills and facilities needed to reach the requested reaction conditions.

Pyrolysis

Certech is equipped with laboratory-scale reactors, used for exploratory tests aimed at optimizing the reaction and operating conditions on a hundred grams of waste : liquid, solid and gaseous product characterizations, mass and energy balance, etc.

Mechanically stirred pilot reactors (5 and 20 L) allow to evaluate the process on a larger scale, in a batch or continuous mode.

Certech has many years of expertise in the field of pyrolysis for the transformation and energy recovery of waste into fuels or hydrocarbons, notably by participating in the technology transfer of a patented process aimed at recycling more than 35 000 tons/year of automobile shredding residues.

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-Baerlocher expands its UK operational Capacity to support local PVC Market

Baerlocher, a leading global manufacturer of additives for the plastics industry, is investing in its production plant in Bury. The company will increase capacity of its Calcium based PVC stabiliser plant by more than 50% with installation of additional new Mixing and Granulation units in 2022.

This expansion will support the strong demand in all new and recycled PVC applications and reinforces the company’s commitment to the ‘post Brexit’ UK and Irish markets.

Andy Jones, the group’s Global PVC Additives Head stated: “For the past 25 years, the Bury site has established itself as the premier solid PVC stabiliser production plant in the UK. This expansion begins the next chapter for the company, as we approach our 50th anniversary in the UK during 2023, with an increasingly challenging regulatory framework and complexity in supply chains”.

“Our Customers rely upon local security of supply, product consistency and speed of response from established and reliable sources” according to Andrew Tate, Head of PVC Additives EU/MEA, “The capacity increase delivers on this need, and will also support the anticipated new demand for solid Ca based systems, due to increasing regulatory pressure to convert from existing liquid stabilisers, in many PVC applications.”

Baerlocher expands its UK operational Capacity to support local PVC Market

-Benefits with activated carbon

Mann+Hummel combi filters for vehicle interiors contain activated carbon to protect against harmful gases and unpleasant odours. Field studies in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg in Germany have shown that when a combi filter is used, the concentration of nitrogen dioxide in the vehicle interior is reduced by more than 90%.

Cabin air filters in vehicles play an essential role when it comes to effective health protection. Despite modern exhaust gas purification systems in accordance with the Euro 6 standard, combustion engines still produce gases that are harmful to health, such as certain hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Emissions from vehicle interior materials including toluene and aldehydes can also pose a health risk when volatile organic compounds in the form of aldehydes are out-gassed from vehicle interior materials. On some days, the ozone concentration of the outside air is an additional burden for the human organism.

“We have noticed that cabin air filters in vehicles are given far too little attention in the public debate,” said Christoph Hitzke, cabin air filter development manager at Mann+Hummel.

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-Pregis Opens New Packaging Film Extrusion Facility

Sustainability figures prominently in both the new Andersen, S.C., building and the materials produced within it as part of Pregis’ 2021 $140 million capex investment in new production capabilities.

Pregis, a supplier of packaging and protective materials, has opened its newest facility in Andersen, S.C. The 168,500-sq.-ft. manufacturing site marks an $80 million investment by the company to create what Pregis calls “a new state-of-the-art film extrusion facility to manufacture performance-oriented, flexible packaging solutions for food, consumer packaged goods, and medical device applications.”

At the ribbon cutting event to mark the opening of the new facility, Kevin Baudhin, president and CEO of Pregis Corp., said, “Packaging is a critical part of the economy and that’s why we’ve been active in opening new plants—seven globally, three of which are in the U.S.” He added that Pregis has spent $140 million in capex for its plants in 2021.

Pregis Opens New Packaging Film Extrusion Facility

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-Aquafil strengthens its End-of-life Nylon Procurement by acquiring a Stake in Nofir, Market Leader in the European Fishing Net Recovery

Upstream integration to consolidate the circularity of the Econyl® branded products’ business model

Coverage of procurement and efficiency gains in the nylon waste recovery industry: these are the motivations behind the acquisition of a significant shareholding (around 32%) in the Norwegian Nofir by Aquafil S.p.A. [ECNL IM].

Nofir, based in Bodø, Norway, is a leading European player in the collection and processing of fishing and aquaculture nets at the end of their life cycles. Since 2011, Nofir has collected over 48,000 tons of nets in 20 countries on five continents using an advanced system for collecting and tracing discarded nets from the fishing and aquaculture industry.

The company collaborates actively with Healthy Seas®, a foundation created by Aquafil and other partners whose main mission is raising awareness among consumers of the problem of fishing nets lost or abandoned in our oceans.

Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “After the acquisition of Planet Recycling (Aquafil Carpet Collection) in December 2020 — now proving to be an important asset in increasing the circularity of our processes — the investment in Nofir further strengthens our approach for control over the procurement chain”.

Aquafil strengthens its End-of-life Nylon Procurement by acquiring a Stake in Nofir, Market Leader in the European Fishing Net Recovery

-Mura Technology on recycling the unrecyclable

Unrecyclable and hard-to-recycle plastics pose a big obstacle to reaching a circular economy for plastics. Chemical recycling may offer a solution to this problem, operating alongside mechanical recycling to tackle plastic waste.

Mura Technology use chemical recycling to manage plastics that would otherwise end up in the environment. We spoke to them to learn more about their HydroPRS™ (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) process and the launch of their first commercial scale plant in Teesside, UK. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

Can you tell our readers a bit about what you do at Mura Technology?

Mura Technology is an advanced plastic recycling company aiming to become the world’s leading producer of recycled hydrocarbons, creating a circular economy for plastic, whilst helping to decarbonise the petrochemical industry and eliminate global plastic pollution.

Mura Technology on recycling the unrecyclable

-Degradation of biobased plastics in the soil

Microbial community defies climate change

The idea of biodegradable plastics sounds good at first. However, very little is known about how they are degraded in the soil and how this is influenced by climate change. In two recent studies, soil ecologists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have shown which microbial community is responsible for degradation, what role the climate plays in this process, and why biodegradable plastics could still be problematic.

Plastic that ends up in soils, oceans, or inland waters can harm the organisms living there and lead to serious and long-term disruptions in the ecosystems. The development and increased use of biodegradable plastics is therefore the focus of a more ecological economy. “But despite the positive image of biodegradable plastics, we still know very little about how they act in the soil or how they are degraded”, says Prof. François Buscot, soil ecologist at the UFZ.   Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

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-Senbis Polymer Innovations whitepaper examines PET recycling

The paper looks at how rPET can be modified for particular applications.

Senbis Polymer Innovations B.V., a company based in the Netherlands that provides R&D services and produces sustainable polymers that are sold by Senbis Sustainable Products, has released a whitepaper that looks at how recycled PET (rPET) can be evaluated and modified into products that are fit for purpose.

The company notes that during PET production, product use and recycling, the quality of the polymer can deteriorate from thermal degradation, chemical and mechanical factors and the presence of contaminants.

The whitepaper describes mechanical and chemical recycling technologies and their associated challenges. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

In mechanical recycling processes, rPET can contain solid and substance impurities that can affect quality, the company says. The whitepaper explains Senbis solutions to quantify the size distribution of solid particles in rPET by means of the Partisol (particles in solution) test, which dissolves the polymer matrix and flows it into a cuvette before using a microscope to detect particles can be detected down to 1 micrometer in size.

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-Simple method for converting carbon dioxide into useful compounds

Researchers in Japan have found an energy-efficient way to convert the chief greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful chemicals. Using the method, CO2 is transformed into structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), suggesting a new and simpler route to dispose of the greenhouse gas to help tackle global warming.

The research was carried out by scientists at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University, and colleagues, and the results are published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

“Taking the CO2 released from fossil fuel combustion and converting the gas into valuable chemicals and materials is a promising approach to protect the environment. But because CO2 is a very inert and stable molecule, it is difficult to get it to react using conventional conversion processes,” says Satoshi Horike, a chemist at iCeMS who led the study. “Our work demonstrates an easier approach that can be run at a much lower temperature and pressure. This should make reactions that use CO2 easier to produce and more popular.”

The Japanese team targeted MOFs because they have a wide range of uses, including as biosensors and catalysts. Further, because MOFs are porous and can hold large amounts of gas, they show promise as storage devices for sustainable hydrogen fuel.

Simple method for converting carbon dioxide into useful compounds

-Gold status for Kelheim Fibres in EcoVadis CSR rating

Speciality viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has been awarded gold in the CSR rating by EcoVadis, scoring among the top 3% of all companies evaluated.

The rating was well above average in all four individual areas (environment, labour and human rights, ethics, sustainable procurement), with Kelheim Fibres also achieving top scores in the environment area in particular.

“We create plant-based specialty fibres that enable healthy lifestyles while helping to preserve our environment for future generations,” said Craig Barker, CEO at Kelheim Fibres. “Environmentally friendly production and our overall environmental, social and ethical performance is the measure of how seriously we take our own aspirations.

“We don’t want to rest on our gold medal: As always, when we face an assessment like EcoVadis, we welcome any suggestions for improvement – constantly improving is a core element of our strategy for the future.” Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

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-Green Dot Bioplastics and Mayco International Partner on Reclaimed Fiber Project

Green Dot Bioplastics, Inc. and Mayco International have partnered to reclaim trim and scrap fibers for Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastic (NFRP).

Mayco International, an award-winning tier 1 automotive supplier, wanted a sustainable solution for waste produced during the manufacture of automotive components.

Green Dot Bioplastics launched Terratek® NFRP in 2020, a type of biocomposite using fibers such as hemp, jute, sisal, American Bamboo, and flax, instead of glass or carbon fiber. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

Together, the two companies developed an NFRP composite material using the trim and scrap fibers, removing them from the waste stream and expanding the lifespan of the original materials. “We wanted to find a better use of the waste stream from our latest natural fiber composite technologies” said Mayco International Advanced Development Engineer Chris Heikkila. “We partnered up with Green Dot who specializes in bio resins & natural filled plastic products, because of their expertise & current natural filled product portfolio.”

“We were excited when Mayco came to us looking for a solution to their waste issue,” Green Dot Director of Research & Development Mike Parker said.

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-PLASTICS: Companies voice opposition to plastic tax under consideration in congress

On behalf of 67 companies from throughout the plastics industry value chain, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) delivered a letter to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate expressing concerns about the proposed inclusion of a 20 cent per pound tax on virgin plastic resin in the budget reconciliation package.

Specifically, the letter raises concerns about increased costs to the entire plastics industry value chain and reduced U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. Additionally, there has been a lack of expert analysis, public debate, and other considerations associated with the regular legislative process, but not included in the “fast track” reconciliation process.

This latest correspondence follows a similar letter sent to Congress last week from a coalition of 23 trade associations. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

The full text of the plastics industry value chain letter is available below.

”Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy,

We write to you as companies in the value chain of the American plastics industry to express our concerns with the proposed 20 cent per pound tax on virgin plastic resin. We manufacture the products, materials, and machines that would be impacted by this new massive tax and it will be devastating to our industry and our workers.

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-Novamont finances itself to grow bioplastics

One hundred million euros from a pool of banks, with SACE green guarantee, for the 2021/2025 investment plan.

With the aim of supporting the 2021/2025 investment plan, Novamont bioplastics and biochemicals producer Novamont obtained a loan of 100 million euros from Crédit Agricole Italia, Banco BPM, Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit, backed by the green guarantee of SACE to 80%. Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

The plan, of which no details have been provided, aims at consolidating the competitive position in Europe, North America and Asia, by increasing the production capacity of Mater-bi bioplastics to meet the growing demand for biobased and compostable materials. world. However, some investments have been anticipated in recent months, such as the intervention in the Terni plant for the construction of a new plant for the production of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and at the Mater-Biotech biorefinery in Bottrighe on biogas. obtained from the fermentation of exhausted microorganisms (read article).

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-Catalyst Study Advances Carbon-Dioxide-to-Ethanol Conversion

Combination of theory and experiment shows how a three-part catalyst helps transform excess CO2 into useable ethanol  Unrecyclable chemical Recycling Technology

An international collaboration of scientists has taken a significant step toward the realization of a nearly “green” zero-net-carbon technology that will efficiently convert carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and hydrogen into ethanol, which is useful as a fuel and has many other chemical applications. The study reports a “roadmap” for successfully navigating this challenging reaction and provides a picture of the full reaction sequence using theoretical modeling and experimental characterization.

Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, the group determined that bringing cesium, copper, and zinc oxide together into a close-contact configuration catalyzes a reaction pathway that transforms carbon dioxide (CO2) into ethanol (C2H6O). They also discovered why this three-part interface is successful. The study, which is described in a paper in the July 23 online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and is featured on the publication’s cover, will drive further research into how to develop a practical industrial catalyst for selectively converting CO2 into ethanol. Such processes will lead to technologies that are able to recycle CO2 emitted from combustion and convert it into usable chemicals or fuels. Catalyst Study Advances Carbon-Dioxide-to-Ethanol Conversion

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ITEM 18/10/2021 25/10/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton -150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,170 $/ton 1,180 $/ton- +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,375 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton -225
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton -150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,460 yuan/ton 5,360 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
PET Bottle Polyester DTY
760 $/ton 760 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 7,280 yuan/ton 6,310 yuan/ton -970
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 950 $/ton 825 $/ton- -125
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 968 $/ton 940 $/ton -28
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 948 $/ton 920 $/ton -28
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

PET Bottle Polyester DTY

974 $/ton 969 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton
+50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,450 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,650 yuan/ton 10,800 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
PET Bottle Polyester DTY
9,100 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 7,970 yuan/ton -380
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,400 yuan/ton 15,850 yuan/ton
-550
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,100 $/ton 2,160 $/ton +60
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,375 $/ton 2,430 $/ton +55
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,450 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 17,250 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,300 yuan/ton 40,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

PET Bottle Polyester DTY

19,450 yuan/ton 19,450 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,950 yuan/ton 22,050 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,750 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 8,450 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton -300
Benzene overseas  market 1,012 $/ton 993 $/ton -19
Ethylene South 1,080 $/ton860 1,115 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market 1,147 $/ton 1,167 $/ton +20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton +200
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
10,550 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -750
Naphtha overseas market  784 $/ton 786 $/ton
+2
Phenol domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -200

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ITEM 11/10/2021 18/10/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton +850
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,115 $/ton 1,170 $/ton- +55
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,375 yuan/ton +125
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,545 yuan/ton 5,460 yuan/ton -95
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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750 $/ton 760 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 6,880 yuan/ton 7,280 yuan/ton +400
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 882 $/ton 950 $/ton- +68
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 931 $/ton 968 $/ton +37
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 912 $/ton 948 $/ton +36
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals Acrylonitrile Polyester Filament

938 $/ton 974 $/ton +36
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton
+450
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,650 yuan/ton +450
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals Acrylonitrile Polyester Filament
8,750 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +350
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,250 yuan/ton 16,400 yuan/ton
+150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,100 $/ton 2,100 $/ton +100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,375 $/ton 2,375 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,350 yuan/ton 17,450 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 17,050 yuan/ton 17,250 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,300 yuan/ton 40,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals Acrylonitrile Polyester Filament

19,150 yuan/ton 19,450 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,700 yuan/ton 21,950 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,350 yuan/ton 20,750 yuan/ton +400
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,000 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +1,200
Benzene domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,450 yuan/ton -200
Benzene overseas  market 961 $/ton 1,012 $/ton +51
Ethylene South 1,065 $/ton860 1,080 $/ton +15
Ethylene NWE  market 1,125 $/ton 1,147 $/ton +22
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,300 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton- +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton +1,100
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
10,900 yuan/ton 10,550 yuan/ton +350
Naphtha overseas market  765 $/ton 784 $/ton
+19
Phenol domestic market 9,920 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton +80

Petrochemicals Acrylonitrile Polyester Filament

 

Renewable Plastics Production 15-10-2021

Renewable Plastics Production

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-bp and LANXESS join forces on renewable raw materials for plastics production

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and energy company bp are entering into a strategic partnership for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. bp will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to the LANXESS’ production site in Antwerp, Belgium, starting in the fourth quarter of 2021. The sustainable origin of the raw materials is certified according to ISCC Plus rules (“International Sustainability and Carbon Certification”). With this partnership, both companies, which already have a long-standing business relationship, want to significantly advance the production of sustainable plastics.

“The chemical industry plays an important role in the expansion of the circular economy and efficient sustainable management. To meet the global challenges of climate change, creative approaches to solutions and collaboration are needed in service of our customers. We are pleased to accompany LANXESS as a strong partner with a broad portfolio of raw materials from renewable sources,” says Wolfgang Stückle, Vice President Midstream Refining and Specialities Solutions Europe and Africa of bp. bp uses bio-based and bio-circular feedstocks for the production of “green” cyclohexane.

bp and LANXESS join forces on renewable raw materials for plastics production

-U.S. plastics industry trade improves in 2021 after 2020 pandemic slump, report says

The Plastics Industry Association report said that Mexico and Canada remained the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets.

During the 2020 COVID-19 recession, stimulated by federal relief dollars, U.S. plastics consumption held up at a time when employment was down and capacity was constrained, a new report from the Plastics Industry Associations says, with the result being higher imports and a trade deficit. Renewable Plastics Production

The U.S. plastics industry’s trade balance fell to a US$5.5 billion deficit in 2020, from a US$0.7 billion surplus in 2019, according to executive summary of the Plastics Industry Association’s Global Trends report, which was released Oct. 13.

Industry exports fell 8.2 per cent and imports rose 1.8 per cent, the summary said, with Mexico and Canada remaining the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets. In 2020, the industry exported US$13.7 billion to Mexico and US$11.7 billion to Canada.

U.S. plastics industry trade improves in 2021 after 2020 pandemic slump, report says

-Updated guidance for PE film from APR to help close the loop on packaging

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has updated and improved the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR’s Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the consensus of a diverse group of stakeholders including film recyclers, converters and brands. Renewable Plastics Production

“These changes are consistent with our efforts to ensure that the APR Design Guide has impact as the essential reference document that brand owners can use to meet the demands and recycling standards for the global marketplace,” said Steve Alexander, President and CEO of APR. “With the surge of sustainability commitments by global brand owners, more detailed design guidance addresses an urgent need.”

The revised guidance includes:

– A rewrite of the Base Materials section to acknowledge the diversity of technologies that make up PE polymers and their impact on recycling compatibility. New guidance addresses EVA copolymers and ethylene copolymer ionomers. The APR Design® Guide also recommends a threshold for “Preferred” materials at a minimum of 90% PE and copolymers by weight of the total packaging structure for full compatibility with PE mechanical recycling processes, to maintain the quality and value of the final recyclate.

Renewable Plastics Production

Biobased PE Colorants and Compounds for Medical and Pharma Applications

Avient has expanded its line of medical-grade Mevopur materials for pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices.  Renewable Plastics Production

Two new additions to the Mevopur line of medical-grade materials from Avient Corp. are aimed at helping producers of pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices more easily reach sustainability goals. Mevopur medical-grade materials are produced according to ISO13485-2016 protocols and supported by testing to ISO 10993-1, USP, European Pharmacopeia and ICH Q3D guidelines.

▪  There are now new Mevopur color and additive masterbatches based on a PE carrier that is manufactured using non-fossil feedstocks. The resins have biobased content up to 95%, as calculated to ASTM D6866 standard. As drop-in replacements for fossil-based color concentrates, they can be processed the same way and recycled in the same recycling channels as conventional fossil-based polyolefins.

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-Evonik introduces new VESTAMID polyamide elastomer foam

Evonik has developed a new modification of the tried and tested polyamide elastomer VESTAMID PEBA.

The polyether block amide, which can look back on four decades of know-how, can now be foamed and has a density of 0.1g/cm cubed. The resulting foam has a rebound resilience of 73 percent and changes its properties neither in hot nor in cold.

VESTAMID PEBA was brought onto the market by Evonik more than 40 years ago. Right from the start, it was characterised by its cold impact strength, chemical resistance, high elasticity and resilience. These properties are valued by leading sporting goods manufacturers for use in footwear.

The development of the foam now allows even greater cushioning in sports shoe soles, while all other properties of the compact material are retained. The rebound of VESTAMID foam exceeds that of all soft foams used in shoes to date. In doing so, it returns most of the energy it has absorbed. Its stiffness can be adjusted as required, and its low weight ensures a high level of comfort.  Renewable Plastics Production

Evonik introduces new VESTAMID polyamide elastomer foam

-LANXESS and bp collaborate on renewable raw materials for plastics production

LANXESS and bp are entering into a strategic partnership for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. bp will supply sustainably produced cyclohexane to the LANXESS’ production site in Antwerp, Belgium, starting in Q4 2021.

With this partnership, both companies aim to significantly advance the production of sustainable plastics.  Renewable Plastics Production

Wolfgang Stückle, Vice President Midstream Refining and Specialities Solutions Europe and Africa of bp, said: “The chemical industry plays an important role in the expansion of the circular economy and efficient sustainable management. To meet the global challenges of climate change, creative approaches to solutions and collaboration are needed in service of our customers. We are pleased to accompany LANXESS as a strong partner with a broad portfolio of raw materials from renewable sources.”

LANXESS and bp collaborate on renewable raw materials for plastics production

-Agility required to do business in new era of constant volatility – panel

The companies that evolve into more agile operations with a combination of planning and reaction will be the ones to thrive through the energy transition, according to panellists on the opening day of the Reuters USA Downstream conference.

Danny Meyer, global head of CIO practice at planning software company Anaplan, and Jim Leavitt, CEO of professional services firm Cervello, said companies need to rethink how they are going to execute their businesses in a future of constant volatility.

“It seems like we have lived 20 years’ worth of experiences in just the last two,” Meyer said, noting the energy industry is seeing crude oil prices above $80.00/bbl after being negative for a day in April 2020, and natural gas prices hitting record highs, as well as weather events from hurricanes to the winter storm.

Leavitt talked about the complexities of the energy segment and especially downstream production, “and how you manage those complexities in a way that is agile is a requirement going forward”.   Renewable Plastics Production

Renewable Plastics Production

-Meltblown nonwoven soar double to $1.68 billion, report

The global market for meltblown nonwovens has been fundamentally reshaped by the experience of Covid-19 with demand for vital products like face masks and medical PPE prompting an increase in meltblown sales from US$809 million in 2019 to $1.68 billion in 2020.  Renewable Plastics Production

As this process has become a primary concern for nonwovens producers and converters it is profiled in depth in a new dedicated Smithers study – The Future of Meltblown Nonwovens to 2026 – published today. It gives provides detailed market data for meltblowns (by tonnage, surface area, raw material cost, and sales value) charting the radical changes that have characterised the market since the beginning of 2020.

In the first days of the pandemic professional and medical-grade PPE – especially N95 medical face masks – became a vital commodity. Smithers’ data show how demand increased nearly 10-fold from 14,400 tonnes in 2019 to 121,800 tonnes in 2020, while other medical meltblown applications rose 5-fold. This led to meltblown production sites running at near or overcapacity; and other production facilities, like SMS, being switchover to meltblown manufacture. A host of new lines have been commissioned worldwide to raise capacity and ensure domestic availability.

Meltblown nonwoven soar double to $1.68 billion, report

-Seller’s market for plastic scrap in Europe, says analyst

Baled PET and HDPE scrap is in short supply on the continent as sustainability targets accumulate, says ICIS.

European plastic scrap bale supplies are tight across all major recycled polymer chains as growing demand from the packaging sector continues to expose shortfalls in collection and sorting capacities.  Renewable Plastics Production

There are now major supply shortages across the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET and rPET), recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE), recycled polypropylene (PP) and recycled polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chains.

Multiple players across these markets expect current shortages to last throughout 2021, and potentially across 2022.

Scrap bales – either from postconsumer or post-industrial origin – are the feedstock for the recycling industry, and low availability is adding pressure throughout the recycling supply chain.

For recycled-content PP, for example, flake and pellet players have had to limit operating rates by as much as 40 percent in recent months due to a lack of bale availability.

Renewable Plastics Production

-Petrochemicals to capture more than 50% of crude demand by 2050 – IEA

Electrification of transport, industry and residential heating will leave the petrochemicals sector as the main consumer of crude oil by 2050, capturing 55% of demand for the fossil fuel, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

The Paris-based body said in its World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2021 that the use of crude oil as a feedstock for the petrochemicals sector is to grow under all its potential scenarios for the global energy mix.  Renewable Plastics Production

The rise would come from “large increases” in crude consumption in the petrochemicals industry in the Middle East, China and India.

The IEA’s three scenarios includes the Net Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario by 2050, the most desirable as the world tries to contain global warming to a 1.5°C increase by 2100, compared with pre-industrial levels.

Renewable Plastics Production

Renewable Plastics Production

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 14-10-2021

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 14-10-2021

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

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-Follow PET Plastic Bottles as They’re Manufactured into Audi A3 Seat Fabric

Audi customers say they’re ready to switch away from leather upholstery in favor of recycled materials like the reused PET water bottles in the A3’s seat fabric.

As a synthetic fiber, polyester is proving particularly suitable for reuse in applications where the recycled material is indistinguishable from material made using virgin petroleum products. The seat fabric in the Audi A3 is an example where material recovered from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles is used to make the car’s upholstery.

PET is is a general-purpose thermoplastic polymer that belongs to the polyester family of polymers. These are good recycling candidates because polyester resins are known for their mechanical, thermal, chemical resistance as well as dimensional stability.

TWD Fibres GmbH, one of Audi’s partners in the process of creating automotive seats from recycled water bottles, lists five reasons to recycle PET:

  • Virgin polyester is a limited commodity
  • Recycled polyester saves CO2
  • TWD Fibres researches new applications
  • Recycled polyester equals virgin in quality
  • Recycling avoids waste and pollution

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

-Röchling Automotive increasingly focuses on lightweight structural design with fiber plastic composites

Lightweight design and alternative drives go hand in hand

Lightweight structural engineering based on fiber-reinforced plastics is replacing heavy metal solutions in body-in-white and battery applications. In addition, the technology offers significantly better design and integration options. These lightweight designs particularly support the strengths of alternative drive systems. Röchling Automotive is intensifying research and development in this area. Several product segments benefit from this – for example, load-bearing tubs and troughs, battery covers and underride guards, as well as a variety of structural components.

Engineering plastics serve as the basis for lightweight solutions. Röchling’s high-performance plastics are combined with other materials as required. Multi-material design produces components that are superior to classic solutions. Peter Dill, Director Product Portfolio Global, summarizes the advantages: “In lightweight structural design, plastics are the basis for tailor-made modification of material properties. This opens up numerous possible applications. The lower weight and the possibility of integration offer a welcome opportunity to reduce costs.”  Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

Dill explains this using the example of Röchling Automotive’s front-end carrier: “Through functional integrations, we reduce the quantity of individual parts. We can directly integrate and install lamps, sensors and active grille shutters at factory. This makes handling easier and minimizes production costs.” The lower weight of the components extends the range of electrically powered vehicles and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Dill added.

Röchling Automotive increasingly focuses on lightweight structural design with fiber plastic composites

-Revolutionary biomass-based plastic used for blister packaging

Astellas’ use of biomass-based plastics represents the world’s first use of biomass plastic for drug blister packaging.

Astellas has begun using biomass-based plastics made from plant-derived materials in blister packages as the primary packaging for pharmaceutical products. This is the world’s first use of biomass plastic for drug blister packages.

The blister package is made of biomass-based plastic, polyethylene derived from sugarcane, as 50 percent of its raw material. It is an environmentally friendly packaging that aligns with the concept of carbon neutrality to balance greenhouse gas emissions and absorption.  Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

Blister packages as tablet packaging containers are required to have high tablet protection and usability. For example, strength that can withstand impact and sealability that will keep outside air from entering, while maintaining enough softness so that the tablets can be easily taken out. The visibility of the packaged tablets and the ease in which it can be separated are also key considerations. Astellas, by using its packaging technology cultivated over many years, has actualised the production of the biomass-based plastic sheets that can be mass-produced while achieving tablet protection function and usability.

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

-SK signs MOU with US hydrogen firm Monolith to set up joint venture in S. Korea

SK Inc., the holding company of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, said Wednesday it has signed an initial deal with a US hydrogen maker to set up a joint venture as part of efforts to bolster its clean energy business. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed with Monolith Materials Inc., aims to create a joint venture to produce green hydrogen and carbon black products in South Korea, the company said in a release. Monolith will provide the technology and training, and SK will oversee the production, sales and distribution of those products.

Monolith, a Nebraska-based company, is the first American manufacturer to produce a unique type of green hydrogen by converting natural gas into hydrogen and a solid carbon byproduct, known as carbon black, a key component for tires and industrial rubber goods.

In June, SK said it signed a deal to acquire an unspecified stake in Monolith, as it has been bolstering its portfolio in eco-friendly and sustainable energy sources and expanding investment in the hydrogen business.

SK also said it plans to launch a joint research and development project to commercialize Monolith’s solid carbon, a main material used in electric vehicle batteries.

SK signs MOU with US hydrogen firm Monolith to set up joint venture in S. Korea

-‘UK’s first’ £165m plastic recycling plant hits application status

The site will be based near Ellesmere Port and if approved could prevent more than 190,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year

Peel NRE has lodged a planning application for the UK’s first £165 million ‘Plastic Park’ which will be based near Ellesmere Port. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

The site would be setup to tackle Britain’s 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste and is projected to create 150 jobs.

Its application follows a public consultation in which most respondents stated the UK needed more plastic recycling facilities.

The country’s first plastic to hydrogen facility and a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant for items such as plastic bottles have both already been approved at the ‘Plastic Park’ and Peel NRE are now looking to expand the site to recycle an extra 367,000 tonnes of plastic

The ‘Plastic Park’ would save more than 190,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared with landfill.

‘UK’s first’ £165m plastic recycling plant hits application status

-Trinseo raises October PS, ABS and SAN prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of October 4.

Effective October 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose, as follows:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR55 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR55 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR60 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR45 per metric ton.

As MRC reported earlier, Trinseo reduced its prices for its PS grades on September 1, 2021, as stated below:

– STYRON GPPS — by EUR65 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR55 per metric ton.  Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

-Waddington Europe offers new punnet that’s easier to recycle, uses less plastic

Leading European thermoforming packaging specialist Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has launched a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet thanks to the company’s revolutionary MONOAIR™ cushion technology.

Traditionally, punnet bases have required an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to protect soft fruit from bruising and spoiling in transit. However, the padding must be removed from the container to be properly recycled.

Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex, has introduced a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet featuring the company’s groundbreaking MONOAIR cushion technology. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

Punnet bases have traditionally required an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to protect soft fruit from bruising or spoiling. However, the padding must be removed from the container to be properly recycled. Thanks to the MONOAIR cushion, a separate bubble pad is no longer needed.

Waddington Europe offers new punnet that's easier to recycle, uses less plastic

-DFG to invest millions in funding in new graphene research group

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) has announced its plan to establish a new research group: “Proximity-induced correlation effects in low-dimensional structures”, under the leadership of Chemnitz University of Technology. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

The research group will be funded with approximately 3.2 million euros plus a 22 percent program allowance for indirect costs during the first four-year funding period.

The research work of the interdisciplinary DFG research group will focus on atomically thin carbon films such as graphene.

“These two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures are currently being intensively researched worldwide, as they exhibit unusual and novel electronic properties.

The goal of the scientists in our DFG research group is to investigate the correlation effects occurring in a prototypical 2D heterosystem and to manipulate them in a targeted manner”, said Prof. Dr. Christoph Tegenkamp from Chemnitz U, spokesperson for the new group. This involves specially fabricated epitaxial graphene layers on the semiconductor material silicon carbide.

“These research should provide further foundations for novel quantum materials with tailored properties and their application, for example in spintronics or electronics”.

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

-Arkema to build a new bio-based polyamide 11 powders plant in China

Arkema announced the construction of a polyamide 11 powders plant on its Changshu platform in China, scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of 2023, said the company.

This investment will further support the growing demand for advanced bio-circular materials in Asia.  Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

Rilsan polyamide 11 powders, currently produced in France entirely from renewable castor beans, are recognized worldwide for their superior properties and performance in terms of toughness, durability, lightweight and processing versatility. They are used in very demanding applications and provide innovative solutions for fast-growing markets driven by megatrends such as durable home appliances, energy-efficient transport, and advanced additive manufacturing (3D printing) primarily for consumer, industrial, and aerospace markets.

Beyond the bio-based nature of the powder, this project will also contribute to Arkema’s ambitious sustainability commitments by using highly efficient manufacturing processes and by being physically closer to the new amino 11 plant in Singapore.

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

-France to ban plastic packaging for most fruit and vegetables from January 2022

France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste, the environment ministry said on Monday.

Implementing a February 2020 law, the government published a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from Jan. 1. The list includes leeks, aubergines and round tomatoes as well as apples, bananas and oranges.

“We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives.

The circular economy law aims at cutting back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging,” the ministry said in a statement. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 

It estimated that 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold with packaging and expects that the measure will prevent more than one billion useless plastic packaging items per year.

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

Automotive PET Bottles Recycling

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 13-10-2021

 

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 13-10-2021

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

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-Spot Polypropylene Resins Record Deepest Price Decline of the Year

Further improvement in availability, softer spot demand, and falling feedstock PGP prices prompted the nickel decline.

Spot resin trading activity improved the first full week of October. Prices for polyethylene (PE) fell 2 to 3 cents and polypropylene (PP) came off at least a nickel, triggering better demand and stronger completed volumes, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

While there were fewer deeply discounted offers than at the end of September, a broader range of grades were available at lower prices, which seemed to leak a bit during the latter part of the week. Some processors that typically tap the spot market for both PE and PP supplies were pleased with the cheaper materials and picked away with purchase orders, albeit only as needed rather than really restocking. However, many other processors remained on the sidelines, opting to work down on-hand inventories built up during the summer as a physical hedge against potential hurricane-related disruptions.

Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas did cause some production issues in late August and early September, but they were relatively benign, especially taking into account considerable collective producer inventories that have been growing since March. While producer direct export programs continued to provide a strong base of export sales, incremental exports through traditional broker channels had been minimal through the summer. In the meantime, resin reactor rates remained robust, so as the inventory rebuild became untenable, some material needed to purge. These channels only began to be utilized at higher volumes in the later part of September, as producers reduced export offering prices substantially to move a greater volume of material. The PlasticsExchange believes this trend will continue.

Spot Polypropylene Resins Record Deepest Price Decline of the Year

-At Fakuma, sustainability on stage

RadiciGroup launches its new Renycle® range, engineering polymers originating from pre- and post-consumer recyclate with high environmental performance

Four keywords – safety, reliability, quality and traceability – represent the new sustainable offering from RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. A specialist in the manufacture of engineering polymers from recovered materials for over 40 years, the RadiciGroup business area is launching its new brand Renycle® at Fakuma (Stand A1-1106). The Renycle® PA6 and PA66 products include a variable percentage of post-industrial and post-consumer recycled polymers, which are the result of careful selection from incoming raw materials and advanced mechanical characterization.

“At RadiciGroup every production scrap has always become a new resource,” Erico Spini, global marketing manager of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, stressed. “We have years of experience in sorting the diverse materials and selecting the best road forward to give them a second life. We have developed a production process that precisely monitors the selection and treatment of raw materials to optimize the characteristics and variability of the end products. Moreover, in recent years, we have taken part in circular economy projects, such as CarE-Service, which has allowed us to acquire skills in post-consumer recycling, as well.” Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

“This is why we are launching Renycle® at Fakuma,” Mr. Spini continued. “This brand signifies our sustainability offering, in terms of both the characterization of products from the viewpoint of the properties (mechanical, chemical, physical, electrical, etc.) typically required for construction materials and the reduction of environmental impact compared to products made of 100% virgin polymer (LCA comparison).

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

-Plastics, Composites Venture into Orbit and Beyond

Next year’s Chinaplas will showcase engineering plastics that are supporting aerospace on earth, as well as space exploration and research, at an unprecedented level.

China’s Tiangong Space Station soon will receive its second batch of astronauts. Shenzhou 13 is scheduled to be launched on Oct. 16, bringing three astronauts to the space station on a six-month mission.  Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

The aerospace industry, which spans a host of applications from aviation to industrial and military, has taken innovation in plastic materials into a broader space. While metals remain mainstays in the aerospace industry, since the 1970s plastics have enabled key breakthroughs, notably by reducing aircraft weight by as much as 50%.

Beyond lightweighting, plastics have been meeting the aerospace industry’s requirements for strength and durability; resistance to corrosion and fatigue; impact-resistance; thermal stability; and ease of assembly. Materials such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK), polyimide (PI), polyamide-imide (PAI), polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE), among others, are now being tapped for their inherent properties.

Carbon fiber–reinforced plastics take flight

The shift from heavy metals to lightweight plastic materials brought to the fore the use of carbon fiber–reinforced plastic. Carbon-fiber composites have been used to produce large, complex parts for the aerospace industry. From narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus 320 to the top-selling Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, material innovations have created major technological leaps in the aviation industry.

Plastics, Composites Venture into Orbit and Beyond

-ExxonMobil to build its first large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility

ExxonMobil plans to build its first, large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, and is expected to start operations by year-end 2022.

  • Advanced recycling operation in Baytown, Texas will be among the largest in North America
  • Commercial volumes of certified circular polymers available by year-end 2021
  • Plans underway for up to 500,000 metric tons annually of advanced recycling capacity to be added by year-end 2026 across multiple sites

By recycling plastic waste back into raw materials that can be used to make plastic and other valuable products, the technology could help address the challenge of plastic waste in the environment. A smaller, temporary facility, is already operational and producing commercial volumes of certified circular polymers that will be marketed by the end of this year to meet growing demand.  Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

“We’ve proven our proprietary advanced recycling technology in Baytown, and we’re scaling up operations to supply certified circular polymers by year-end,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “Availability of reliable advanced recycling capacity will play an important role in helping address plastic waste in the environment, and we are evaluating wide-scale deployment in other locations around the world.”

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

-Dutch PPE producing carbon neutral meltblown fabric

Dutch PPE Solutions, a joint venture of VDL Groep and Royal DSM, says it is now producing carbon neutral meltblown fabric for facemasks following its use of raw materials from Borealis. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

Borealis is providing the company with renewable polypropylene from its Bornewables range of circular polyolefins, supporting them in reducing the climate impact of meltblown production. The raw material is made from bio-based feedstock derived entirely from waste and residue streams and has ISCC PLUS certification

According to Dutch PPE, making its filter materials with Bornewables and green electricity enables it to significantly lower its carbon foot print.

“In the Netherlands, we produce high-quality medical face masks and meltblown filter material with priority to serve healthcare workers and the local industry. With Borealis as a partner, we significantly lower our carbon footprint at the same time,” says Mark Bakermans, managing director Dutch PPE Solutions.

In line with its EverMinds ambitions to accelerate action on circularity, Borealis’ Bornewables are made from second-generation raw materials such as waste and residues from vegetable oil refining and used cooking oils.

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

-IHS Markit analysis indicates need for more chemical recycling of plastics

Circular Plastics Service findings show multibillion-dollar investments needed in mechanical and chemical recycling to enable circular plastics eEconomy by 2050.

According to a new analysis by the Circular Plastics Service of IHS Markit’s Houston office, attaining a circular economy for plastics could be achieved by transitioning a portion of the future investment required to meet the growing demand for plastics toward advanced recycling and mechanical recycling methods. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

IHS Markit says the global plastics industry will need to invest approximately $1.5 trillion to meet growing demand for plastics to 2050. Under current market trends, progress toward a circular economy would be modest, relying primarily on mechanical recycling. More ambitious goals, targeted at reducing the practices of landfill, incineration and energy recovery as end-of-life solutions for postuse plastics might be achievable by redirecting a portion of new manufacturing investment toward a wider range of plastic recycling facilities, including mechanical and chemical recycling, especially as the latter becomes more economically feasible, IHS Markit says.

More than $300 billion of the total capital spending earmarked for new plastics production capacity could be redirected to mechanical and chemical recycling processing capacity, thereby meeting the goals of an aggressive circular economy case, the analysis states.

IHS Markit analysis indicates need for more chemical recycling of plastics

-Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation: Expansion of production capability

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Waga) hereby announces that it has decided to reinforce the polyester film production capacity of its affiliate Mitsubishi Polyester Film GmbH (MFE; Location: Wiesbaden, Germany; President: Thomas Hehl).

The company has announced an expansion of the production capacity of HOSTAPHAN® polyester films in Europe and will invest in a new production line.

The investment amounts to approximately 110 million euros and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. This is the third investment by Mitsubishi Chemical in the global polyester film business since 2018. It follows the opening of a new production line in South Carolina USA in 2018 and an investment in a new production line in Indonesia, with planned start up in 2022. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

The polyester film market in Europe is growing by about 5% annually. Mitsubishi Polyester Film is global leader in the development and production of innovative high-performance Polyester films which meet demanding customer requirements. The Mitsubishi Polyester Film Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of polyester films.

Demand is expected to continue to grow strongly in the future and the parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, has decided to build a new production plant with a capacity of 27,000 tons per year. This state of the art line will be one of the world’s most modern production machines for polyester films.

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-Oerlikon and A.Celli set up technological partnership

Oerlikon Nonwoven and A.Celli Nonwovens have formed a strategic collaboration for the production of solutions dedicated to A.Celli’s festooning technology, a key process for the management of soft, thick and memory-effect materials.

The partnership will see the development of new machines, which will be part of the A.Celli F-LINE family of multifunctional lines. These systems will support the already tested A.Celli technology dedicated to spooling, thereby completing the range of solutions dedicated to the management of soft materials. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

“Oerlikon Nonwoven has many technologies ready to increase and develop the production capacity of our customers and A.Celli is the ideal partner to give concrete development to this potential,”, said Rainer Straub, President of the Business Line Oerlikon Nonwoven.

Alessandro Celli, CEO of A.Celli Nonwovens, added: “This strategic partnership with Oerlikon Nonwoven allows us to further extend our range of solutions. We wanted to combine the technological values of two links in the same supply chain: from the manufacturer of substrates lines to the ones of integrated end-of-line and intralogistics solutions. With this synergy we aim to strengthen our position as a reference company in a hygienic market that is increasingly attentive to the search for eco-compatible, innovative and differentiated nonwoven.”

Oerlikon and A.Celli set up technological partnership

-Mondi serves up RetortPouch Recyclable to food and wet pet food manufacturers

  • Mondi launches RetortPouch Recyclable – a mono-material solution that supports the circular economy Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 
  • Innovative high-barrier film replaces aluminium ensuring new retort pouch solution is fully recyclable
  • Extensive research enables range of application needs to be met

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has added to its range of sustainable premium food and pet food packaging solutions with the launch of RetortPouch Recyclable.

The new high-barrier pouch will replace complex multi-layer and unrecyclable packaging for a range of food and wet pet food products. Moist or semi-moist foods that are heat-treated in steam or hot water retort vessels to achieve commercial sterilisation for shelf-stable foods require retort packaging. The aluminium typically used in most solutions has been substituted with an innovative high-barrier film that keeps temperatures high and maintains short processing times during the retort process. The new mono-material retort packaging is fully recyclable, offering a solution that protects the product, provides exceptional shelf life for a mono-material solution and reduces potential food waste.

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-Essity begins tissue production from alternative fibers

First company in the tissue industry to use agricultural leftovers at industrial scale for the production of its tissues, based on pulp from wheat straw

Hygiene and health company Essity is today presenting a breakthrough in sustainable tissue production and is beginning production based on pulp from wheat straw. The plant in Mannheim, Germany, is the first of its kind in Europe, and the first on a large-scale tissue production in the world. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics 

This new type of tissue paper is as soft, bright, and strong as traditional tissue paper. Essity is the first company in the tissue industry to use these agricultural leftovers at industrial scale. About half of all straw worldwide remains unused. The straw used in this production is sourced in the region and is processed by Essity. With straw instead of wood-based virgin or recovered fibers as raw material, the process also requires less water and energy.

“This type of innovation is the way forward to increase circularity and reduce our climate footprint. Using straw as a new raw material in pulp makes us less dependent on wood fiber and recycling fiber and is more resource and cost efficient, while our consumers can make more environmentally friendly choices,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

Essity begins tissue production from alternative fibers

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-Nouryon starts production at new facility in Ningbo to meet growing demand for polymers in Asia

Nouryon (formely AkzoNobel Specialy Chemicals), a global specialty chemicals leader, has started production at a new manufacturing facility located at its site in Ningbo, China, to meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the Packaging, Paints and Coatings and Construction end-markets, as per the company’s press release.

The facility, which began development in 2020, has an annual capacity of 35,000 tons and will produce two key intermediates – tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA) – which are essential ingredients in the production of polymers and composites.

“Nouryon is pleased to further support our customers across Asia now that operations are up and running at our new China facility,” said Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Specialties at Nouryon. “This investment supports Nouryon’s commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers in the region for products such as safe and hygienic food packaging, paint resins and PVC pipes.”

Sobers Sethi, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon, said: “Asia is a key region for Nouryon and the Ningbo site plays a pivotal role in achieving our growth targets. The investment in this new facility underlines our strategy of strengthening our presence in attractive high-growth markets.”

Nouryon starts production at new facility in Ningbo to meet growing demand for polymers in Asia

-Milliken to offer a broad portfolio of polymer additive and colorant solutions at ArabPlast 2021

Ghent, Belgium – Additives and colorant expert Milliken & Company will demonstrate its commitment to the development of the plastics processing sector in the Middle East with a full package of value-adding product innovations and service solutions on its stand 7C140 at ArabPlast 2021. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

At the show — being held Nov. 15-18 at the UAE’s Dubai World Trade Center — learn more from Milliken about the following products:

  • Millad® NX® 8000 ECO clarifier for polypropylene (PP);
  • Hyperform® HPN® high-performance additives for PP used in thermoforming and injection molding;
  • DeltaMax® 5000a performance modifiers for PP used by converters processing impact copolymers; and
  • KeyPlast® colorants for PET

The new standard in PP transparency

Millad NX 8000 ECO delivers crystal clear, glass like clarity, while extending sustainability, making clarified polypropylene a viable alternative to glass, PC, PET, PVC and PS in applications such as housewares, food packaging, and various other end uses. The additive further offers the added benefit of even faster production rates, contributing to average energy savings of 10% for the production of clarified injection molded PP parts — a fact independently certified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

Milliken to offer a broad portfolio of polymer additive and colorant solutions at ArabPlast 2021

-Large-scale production of bioplastics from residual flows one step closer

PHA2USE and the Interreg NWE project WoW! succeeded in producing more than 18 kg of PHBV from sewage sludge, which is now being tested by companies on various commercial applications  Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

Towards a sustainable production of bioplastics from residual flows, PHA2USE and the Interreg NWE project WoW! recently took another important step. In the first extraction campaign on a pilot scale, we succeeded in producing more than 18 kg of PHBV from sewage sludge. The produced PHBV, a fully biodegradable bioplastic, is now being tested by companies on various commercial applications.

Keeping in mind the climate objectives formulated by the EU, the question is no longer whether we should re-use residual flows, but how we can achieve this in an efficient and high-quality manner. This also applies to wastewater. Wastewater is already an important source of energy and raw materials such as biogas, cellulose and phosphate. For a number of years, various (European) projects have also been looking at the possibilities for producing bioplastics from wastewater.

The pathway is clear

The production of bioplastics from wastewater takes place by means of bacteria in sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants. These bacteria are able to convert organic substances in the wastewater into the bioplastic PHBV. This PHBV is then stored by the bacteria in their cells. To make the PHBV suitable for use, it must first be removed from the cells. This is done by means of extraction. Until now, this extraction has only been performed on a smaller scale. PHA2USE and Interreg NWE project WoW! have now also succeeded in extracting PHBV on a larger scale. This paves the way for large-scale bioplastic production from wastewater. This extraction is the lead-up to the production of larger quantities in the PHA2USE project. The installation required for this is under construction and will be commissioned in early 2022.

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-PKN Orlen develops carbon dioxide polymer technology

Poland’s biggest refiner PKN Orlen is exploring ways to produce polymers using carbon dioxide, its director of innovation and new technology development Arkadiusz Majoch said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

New technology to capture, store, reuse or replace carbon pollution is being explored around the world, with some companies working on methods of converting the greenhouse gas into products such as plastic, soap, or fabric.

“Right now we are finishing some research in the laboratory and already we started purchasing pilot plans where CO2 will be the raw material…and at the end, we are expecting to have some polymers,” Majoch told a panel during a conference on carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

He said Orlen had a budget of more than two billion zlotys (USD509.2 million) to spend over the next nine years on developing and implementing technology across the group’s companies and was looking to implement the results of the polymer pilot at one of them, possibly in Plock in central Poland.

PKN Orlen develops carbon dioxide polymer technology

-Optimized Extrusion Screw Design Maximizes Throughput, Quality

When replacing an extrusion screw, leveraging design expertise can cost effectively improve screw longevity, product quality, and productivity.

Single or twin screws are at the very heart of the plastics extrusion process that transforms raw materials into pellets, sheet, pipe, or profile. These highly engineered components are integral to transporting, compressing, mixing, heating, cooling, shearing, and pumping a variety of viscous substances through dies into highly structured products. As such, the screws are also the primary factors in production throughput and final quality.

When it comes time to replace screws, however, many manufacturers continue to under-estimate the impact of an optimized screw design. With the variability in raw materials, recipes, additives, and fillers utilized, screws are not off-the-shelf parts that can be simply “switched out” based on category of product. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

An optimized design is a consultative approach, in which every parameter of the process is evaluated to create a customized solution that fits the application. When coupled with a replacement screw supplier with an extensive knowledge base of designs and a deep understanding of the extrusion process, screw replacement changes from a task into an opportunity for extruders to refine their process, resolve current processing and product quality issues, and even ensure the next replacement takes place much further in the future.

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-Circular economy is ‘unclear and lacks substance’, new report finds

The definition of a circular economy is ‘unclear and lacks substance’, according to a team of researchers from Lancaster University Management School, Lund University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

In a new study, published in Journal of Industrial Ecology, researchers say the circular economy risks becoming ‘counterproductive’, unless we stop referring to it as a ‘panacea for all kinds of environmental problems’.

While a circular economy has become a well-known and recognised model among businesses, regions, cities and NGOs worldwide – from China and Latin America to the EU and the USA – what is less discussed is that the model has received a great deal of criticism from both practitioners and researchers, the researchers say.

Academics from Lancaster University Management School, Lund University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden compiled their criticisms in the new study, finding that the concept of a circular economy

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-Creating the new hydrogen economy is a massive undertaking

TODAY’S HYDROGEN enterprise is, in international phrases, fairly small, very soiled and fully very important. Some 90m tonnes of the stuff are produced every year, offering revenues of over $150bn—approaching these of ExxonMobil, an oil and fuel firm. That is completed nearly solely by burning fossil fuels with air and steam—a course of which makes use of up 6% of the world’s pure fuel and a pair of% of its coal and emits greater than 800m tonnes of carbon dioxide, placing the trade’s emissions on the identical stage as these of Germany. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

The very important nature of this comes from one of many subsequent makes use of of the fuel. In addition to getting used to course of oil in refineries and to provide methanol to be used in plastics, hydrogen can be, crucially, used for the manufacturing of virtually all of the world’s industrial ammonia. Ammonia is the principle ingredient within the synthetic fertilisers which account for a major a part of the world’s crop yields. With out it, agricultural productiveness would plummet and tons of of thousands and thousands would face hunger.

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-Nouryon starts production at new facility in Ningbo to meet growing demand for polymers in Asia

Nouryon (formely AkzoNobel Specialy Chemicals), a global specialty chemicals leader, has started production at a new manufacturing facility located at its site in Ningbo, China, to meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the Packaging, Paints and Coatings and Construction end-markets, as per the company’s press release.

The facility, which began development in 2020, has an annual capacity of 35,000 tons and will produce two key intermediates – tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA) – which are essential ingredients in the production of polymers and composites. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

“Nouryon is pleased to further support our customers across Asia now that operations are up and running at our new China facility,” said Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Specialties at Nouryon. “This investment supports Nouryon’s commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers in the region for products such as safe and hygienic food packaging, paint resins and PVC pipes.”

Sobers Sethi, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon, said: “Asia is a key region for Nouryon and the Ningbo site plays a pivotal role in achieving our growth targets. The investment in this new facility underlines our strategy of strengthening our presence in attractive high-growth markets.”

Nouryon starts production at new facility in Ningbo to meet growing demand for polymers in Asia

-Elastic polymer that is both stiff and tough, resolves long-standing quandary

More sustainable, long-lasting polymer materials could decrease consumption of plastics

Polymer science has made possible rubber tires, Teflon and Kevlar, plastic water bottles, nylon jackets among many other ubiquitous features of daily life. Elastic polymers, known as elastomers, can be stretched and released repeatedly and are used in applications such as gloves and heart valves, where they need to last a long time without tearing. But a conundrum has long stumped polymer scientists: Elastic polymers can be stiff, or they can be tough, but they can’t be both. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

This stiffness-toughness conflict is a challenge for scientists developing polymers that could be used in applications including tissue regeneration, bioadhesives, bioprinting, wearable electronics, and soft robots.

In a paper published today in Science, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have resolved that long-standing conflict and developed an elastomer that is both stiff and tough.

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-Archroma at Intertextile with innovations and solution systems for sustainable colors and performance

Reinach, Switzerland, 9 October 2021 – Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition (Intertextile), to present its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers in China with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets. Carbon Dioxide Polymer Technology 

THE ARCHROMA WAY

The solution systems and innovations presented by Archroma have all been selected for their compliance with “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”.

All cost and resource savings are substantiated using the ONE WAY Impact Calculator, a proprietary process simulation & calculation tool designed to provide an accurate estimate of the process costs, resource utilization, effluent discharge quality, and CO2 emissions of production processes and systems.

At Intertextile, visitors will be able to discover the 70+ systems recently developed by Archroma along the principles of The Archroma Way to help them create value in their textile applications and markets. All systems can be found on the Archroma System Selector.

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Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis 11-10-2021

Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis 11-10-2021

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-ChemCyclingTM and Biomass Balance Approach & case studies

Turning plastic waste into new products

How much CO2 emissions can be reduced by a product manufactured by the mass balance method using pyrolysis oil as a raw material compared to fossil resources? This depends on the raw material pyrolysis oil and the process of the corresponding product. An external study, which was reviewed by three independent experts, comes to the clear conclusion that chemical recycling (pyrolysis) of mixed plastic waste emits 50% less CO2 than incineration of mixed plastic waste.

The study also compares the CO2 emissions of plastics produced with pyrolysis oil under a mass balance approach with conventional plastics made from fossil naphtha. It arrives at the conclusion that chemically recycled plastics cause significantly lower CO2 emissions than those produced from primary fossil resources. The lower emissions result from avoiding the incineration of mixed plastic waste.

Moreover, the study found that manufacturing of plastics via either chemical recycling (pyrolysis) or mechanical recycling of mixed plastic waste results in similar CO2 emissions. It was taken into account that the quality of chemically recycled products is similar to that of virgin material and that usually less input material needs to be sorted out than in mechanical recycling. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

ChemCyclingTM and Biomass Balance Approach & case studies

-Selenis has joined the Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution

Selenis has reinforced their position on the fight against plastic pollution by joining the Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, a report that is co-authored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The call outlines why a global treaty is needed to help stop the 11 million metric tons of plastic flowing into the ocean each year. All evidence suggests that current approaches are falling short of stemming the leakage of plastic into our ecosystems. Therefore, WWF, BCG and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are calling for a binding international agreement to address plastic pollution.

Selenis operates in different areas to decrease plastic pollution, developing products with high recycled content and recyclability, as well as promoting recycling and circularity through the different associations they are part of, such as the Association of Plastics Recyclers. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

The company is currently focusing innovation on developing solutions that are fully recyclable in the PET stream. Selenis is in the final development stage of the Weezen® CE resins, which will supply the heat shrink sleeves market with a solution that can be recycled together with the standard PET stream classified as 1 in terms of recyclability, at the end of its lifetime as to contribute to a closed loop economy.

The normal PETG shrinkable films used in labels for bottles and jars can´t be recycled in the PET stream together with the rest of PET packages classified with the recycling code #1. PETG is completely amorphous due to its chemical composition, characterized only with glass transition temperature (Tg) and without the ability to crystallize. Consequently, when mixed with PET flakes at temperatures above its Tg, they will stick together forming hard clumps and decreasing the rPET yield.

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-TOMRA Circular Economy Conference focused on collaboration to “Close the Loop on Plastics”

Targeted collection is the first step towards high quality recycling of plastics

According to calculations by the World Bank, approximately two-thirds of household waste is still incinerated or landfilled. Held October 5-6, 2021, and drawing nearly 300 participants in person and online, TOMRA’s 4th global conference saw industry leaders joining the Norwegian specialist for waste collection, sorting and recycling to continue to set the course for sorting and recycling significantly more plastic from household waste in the future. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

Along with presentations and discussions, the conference included a tour of a state-of-the-art plastic waste sorting and recycling demo plant, a joint venture between TOMRA, Borealis and Zimmermann in Lahnstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Conference participants witnessed how post-consumer plastic packaging is sorted from household waste, safeguarding recyclable materials from being lost to incineration. The plant directly processes the plastics into high-quality recycled material of virgin material quality, replacing fossil fuels in primary production and reducing CO2 emissions.

-TOMRA Circular Economy Conference focused on collaboration to "Close the Loop on Plastics"

-Sabic Adds PP Compounding Line in Belgium

The new line is equipped with large-scale extrusion technology to meet growing demand for a reliable and consistent supply of high-performance polypropylene (PP) compounds.

Sabic has started-up its new polypropylene (PP) compounding line in Genk, Belgium, with a virtual inauguration event. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

The new line is an addition to the company’s existing production capacity for polypropylene compounds at the Genk site and will use raw materials from Sabic’s PP plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Geleen, Netherlands. It has been equipped with large-scale extrusion technology to meet growing demand for a reliable and consistent supply of high-quality, high-performance PP compounds.

“This investment is part of our business strategy for growth through advanced PP compound solutions designed to help customers develop next-generation lightweight applications in industries such as automotive, home appliances, and consumer goods,” said Lada Kurelec, General Manager for PP & E4P Business, Sabic. [E4P stands for elastomers, PVC, PET, polystyrene, and polyurethane.] “The added capacity also enhances our on-site production flexibility for introducing innovative new PP polymer technology without compromising the security of supply of established compound products,” said Kurelec.

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RadiciGroup – Noyfil SPA (Andalo Valtellino Italy), will close in three months.

The Radici Group is ready to collaborate with trade unions to find employees a new job

It will close production in the country by the beginning of 2022 and lay off its seventy employees, but Noyfil Spa will not move its lines to Asia, which in a note wanted to deny the rumors spread in recent days. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

“The situation of general difficulty that has characterized the national and European textile sector in recent years has also affected the activity of Noyfil Spa, a company specializing in the production and marketing of polyester yarns – explains the director of the plant, Alfredo Cocozza -. The international economic context and Asian competition, accelerated by the effects of the pandemic, have led to structural market conditions that do not allow the economic sustainability of the Andalo Valtellino site. For these reasons, the plant finds itself unable to continue production “.

In recent days, discussions have begun with the trade unions to be able to relocate, at least in part, the employees. “The company has already opened dialogue and discussions with the social partners to find solutions to support and relocate workers, even internally to other industrial sites, or facilitated exit methods to be agreed with individual people – continues the director -. Our goal is to better manage this delicate situation and, through the commitment and collaboration of all, to take all possible actions to overcome it “.

RadiciGroup - Noyfil SPA (Andalo Valtellino Italy), will close in three months. "But we will relocate the workers"

-U.S. may finally restrict plastic industry’s preferred method of ‘recycling’

One of the fossil fuel and plastic industries’ favourite “solutions” to the plastic pollution crisis may finally be coming under greater scrutiny from the federal government.

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, formally announced it was considering tighter regulations for pyrolysis and gasification — controversial processes that are associated with “chemical recycling.” Industry advocates have named these processes as key steps toward building a circular economy — one that minimizes waste — but environmental groups have called them an “industry shell game” meant to keep single-use plastics in production. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

The problem, according to Denise Patel, regional co-ordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, or GAIA, is that most of what the industry calls “chemical recycling” isn’t recycling at all. Rather than turning used plastic into new plastic products, chemical recycling usually involves melting plastic into oil and gas to be burned — the process is sometimes called “plastic to fuel.” Not only does chemical recycling not contribute to a circular economy, Patel said, but it also releases greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change and hazardous chemicals that harm front-line communities.

U.S. may finally restrict plastic industry’s preferred method of ‘recycling’

-Moving away from metal-based chemicals

New circular and biodegradable materials under development for antimicrobial coatings.

Cheshire, UK-based Virustatic has been awarded £150,000 in funding from the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) Creative R&D programme to develop a textile coating to replace the use of metal-based chemicals for the antimicrobial treatment of fabric and textiles. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

Virustatic is most known for researching and developing materials and products for pandemic prevention, including the unique protein coating that features on the Virustatic Shield face covering. The company spent 12 years researching and developing materials for pandemic prevention, resulting in the breathable snood providing natural aerosol filtration and 360-degree protection

It is among only nine other UK companies who were successful from over 140 new applications for BFTT funding.

The money will fund the salary of sustainable chemist Dr Joseph Houghton, who has joined the 15-strong Virustatic team for 18 months.

He will help to deliver project testing on new circular and biodegradable sustainable materials. The project also includes the development of a method of home coating for textiles and materials, including those in face coverings, so that the protein-based coating can be reapplied at home and the effective lifecycle of the face coverings extended.

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-Read My Lips, The Future Is Hydrogen Fuel Cells Not BEV’s – Faurecia Emphasizes CO2-Neutral Commitment With Hydrogen Systems For Commercial And Industrial Uses

As the United States works towards an energy economy with zero carbon emissions by 2050, hydrogen fuel cell technology will be critical in complementing renewable electricity to reach this goal. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis

Today, Faurecia stands in unity with the scientists and engineers across the country who will celebrate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, which is celebrated on Oct. 8 because the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). In line with its goal to become CO2 neutral by 2030, Faurecia boasts the expertise and technology to support the country’s zero-emission objective while supporting customers with holistic hydrogen fuel system solutions.

“Faurecia’s product portfolio and hydrogen storage solutions, enriched by Symbio’s stack systems technologies offer a complete range of hydrogen fuel cell solutions to meet all power and durability needs from light-duty to commercial and heavy-duty vehicles as well as design expertise that enables us to support customer vehicle integration needs,” said Jose-Vicente March, Vice President Zero Emissions, Faurecia Clean Mobility North America.

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-Producers given targets to manage their plastic packaging waste in draft EPR notification

EPR covers three categories of plastic packaging including rigid plastic packaging; flexible plastic packaging of single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic); plastic sheets, carry bags (including carry bags made of compostable plastics), plastic sachet or pouches; and multi-layered plastic packaging.

The Union environment ministry has come out with a draft notification for regulation of extended producer responsibility under plastic waste management rules 2016. The draft specifies the quantity of waste that will have to be managed by producers, importers and brand owners who generate plastic packaging waste in India.

When passed, the draft notification published on October 6 will come into effect immediately. EPR means the responsibility of a producer for the environmentally sound management of the product (plastic packaging) until the end of its life. People and stakeholders can submit objections or suggestions to the environment ministry on the draft within 60 days.

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Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene 09-10-2021

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton +750
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,025 $/ton 1,115 $/ton- +90
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +600
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,725 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +575
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,005 yuan/ton 5,545 yuan/ton +540
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
700 $/ton 750 $/ton +50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,880 yuan/ton +580
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 818 $/ton 882 $/ton- +64
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 883 $/ton 931 $/ton +48
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 864 $/ton 912 $/ton +48
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade

893 $/ton 938 $/ton +45
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,780 yuan/ton 8,550 yuan/ton
+770
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +600
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton +900
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton +600
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
8,050 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton +700
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +800
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,200 yuan/ton 16,250 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,100 $/ton +100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,375 $/ton +75
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,700 yuan/ton 17,350 yuan/ton +650
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,550 yuan/ton 17,050 yuan/ton +500
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,300 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade

18,750 yuan/ton 19,150 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,200 yuan/ton 21,700 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,750 yuan/ton 20,350 yuan/ton +600
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 12,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Benzene domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 8,650 yuan/ton +900
Benzene overseas  market 951 $/ton 961 $/ton +10
Ethylene South 1,050 $/ton860 1,065 $/ton +15
Ethylene NWE  market 1,124 $/ton 1,125 $/ton +1
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,800 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton- +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton +1,000
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,950 yuan/ton 10,900 yuan/ton +950
Naphtha overseas market  715 $/ton 765 $/ton
+50
Phenol domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,920 yuan/ton +420

Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade

 

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene 09-10-2021

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

-Ford graphene-containing PU foam lowers noise, weight in autos

Ford Motor has successfully incorporated graphene into polyols, producing a polyurethane (PU) foam that reduces noise in automobiles while also lowering their weight.

The material is a finalist for the Polyurethane Innovation Award, given by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Graphene is a form of carbon that is one atom thick. It is nearly transparent and yet so dense, helium cannot pass through it.

It came to prominence in 2004 when two scientists from the University of Manchester described how they isolated the material by using common adhesive tape. Their work won them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.

Less than a decade after the scientists won the award, Ford was able to incorporate graphene into polyols.

Now, the foam is used in all of Ford’s North American vehicles.

Ford graphene-containing PU foam lowers noise, weight in autos

-Polyester polymerization rate enjoys upward momentum with improving demand

Sep and Oct are supposed to be traditional peak season in domestic market. Demand improved on the month in Sep, while supply substantially slipped impacted by the intensified control of energy consumption.

The disparity between supply and demand resulted into falling stocks and increasing price on the whole polyester value chain.

Twisting, water-jet fabric manufacturing and printing and dyeing sectors, which were heavily regulated by energy consumption, saw bigger price uptick or inventory reduction. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Production enterprises witnessed hiking cost of raw material and accessories after coal, crude oil and natural gas prices soared. They raised price to transfer higher cost to downstream buyers.

Speculative demand released with increasing price and falling stocks. The PFY stocks of downstream plants apparently rose. PFY producers also saw reducing inventory.

Polyester polymerization rate enjoys upward momentum with improving demand

-PP prices continue to rise in Vietnam

Polypropylene (PP) prices continue to rise in Vietnam amid a similar trend in China, ICISreports. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Prices for polypropylene in China continued to grow after the resumption of trading on October 8 after the “Golden Week” – seven days off due to the national independence holiday in the country.

Some Vietnamese buyers have begun to replenish stocks after the lifting of restrictive measures amid the coronavirus and as they expect polypropylene prices to remain high due to a similar trend in China.

Some buyers continued to purchase local PP as local offers were still quite competitive with import offers.

However, there is uncertainty about whether the demand for polypropylene will support the upward trend in prices in the future.

Some processors in Vietnam faced labor shortages after some of their workers decided to return to their hometowns after restrictions were lifted.

It also remains to be seen whether orders for finished products will increase significantly, especially given that exports of finished products are still constrained by high freight prices.

Earlier it was reportedthat the polypropylene (PP) market in Vietnam remained calm in September, as isolation measures due to the coronavirus continued to affect demand in the finished products market.

PP prices continue to rise in Vietnam

-Plastics industry asked US Congress to drop tax on virgin plastic

The Plastics Industry Association on behalf of 67 companies urged US Congress to drop the inclusion of a 20 cent/lb tax on virgin plastic resin in the USD3.5tr budget reconciliation package, said the organization.

In the letter sent to both chambers of Congress, major plastic producers raised concerns about increased costs to the entire plastic industry chain and reduced US manufacturing competitiveness.

Among the companies signing the letter were Chevron Phillips, Eastman, Epsilyte, ExxonMobil, Formosa, LyondellBasell, NOVA Chemicals, SABIC, Shell and Westlake Chemical. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

The group of companies argued that while they are committed to increasing the amount of recycling resin, the proposed tax ignores the supply constraint that it would cause due to limited recycled resin supply, especially for food-grade packaging.

Legislators have not yet fully vetted the proposed tax with the regular legislative process, which includes expert analysis and public debate. The letter signed by major chemical companies follows another similar letter sent to Congress last week from 23 trade associations.

The revenue from the REDUCE Act’s proposed 10 cent/lb tax for 2022 would have gone into the creation of a Plastic Waste Reduction Fund to implement initiatives to reduce plastic waste and improve recycling rates. Now, the 20 cent/lb tax is one of several options highlighted by the US Senate Finance Committee to pay for the budget reconciliation bill.

Plastics industry asked US Congress to drop tax on virgin plastic

-Collection – the foundation for flexible packaging’s circular economy

Collecting flexible packaging is key for a circular economy because it sources the feedstock for future sustainable products and CEFLEX, an industry-led project, thinks minor adjustments to Europe’s existing waste systems can help send more of these soft plastics where they need to go. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Around 26 million tonnes  of plastic waste are generated in Europe each year with just under a third of that collected for recycling – it’s even less for flexible packaging where around 17% is transformed into a new raw material.

“Most flexible packaging in Europe is collected through the residual general waste stream, but only some of it is captured in separate collection schemes,” said Michael Minch-Dixon, who works on collection at the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) project, a collaboration of over 170 European companies, associations and organizations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging.

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

-The secret behind Sonovia’s anti-COVID textiles

How a small Israeli startup made it big not just during but thanks to the COVID-19 crisis.  Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

While the pandemic ravaged the world economy, 2020 became a record-breaking year for Israeli technology. For Sonovia, a small textile start-up based in Ramat Gan, it was the deadly virus that brought the company to life.

“When we started, we were just six people,” recalled company co-owner Shay Hershcovich, as he stood at the entrance to the company’s modest headquarters. A tiny packing and distribution room on the bottom floor ships hundreds of thousands of the company’s signature SonoMask and SonoMask Pro face masks around the world. On the top floor, a modest lab perfects Sonovia’s proprietary technology.

“Today, we have around 60 staff members and close to 200 contractors.”

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

-Orlen Unipetrol to increase the capacity of its petrochemical production

Orlen Unipetrol (part of PKN Orlen), a major Czech producer of petrochemical products, will expand the capacity of its steam cracker in Litvinov (Czech Republic) by installing a new furnace, PKN Orlen reported.

The new cracking unit will be built by Technip Energies in Zaluzi, the largest chemical plant in the Czech Republic, and is due to be commissioned in 2022. Orlen is investing over 700 mln Polish zlotys (Zl) in the project.

The move follows the completion of a new PLN 10 billion plant for the production of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) last year.

The installation of the latter furnace will increase the total ethylene capacity to 545,000 tonnes per year. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

It was previously reported that Unipetrol was renamed Orlen Unipetrol effective January 1, 2021. Unipetrol is 100% owned by the Orlen Group.

Orlen Unipetrol to increase the capacity of its petrochemical production

-Turkish textile industry increased its exports by 41 percent

The Turkish textile industry reached an export figure of 8.2 billion dollars in the January-August period of 2021.

export of 8.2 billion dollars in the January-August period of 2021 by increasing 41 percent compared to 2020 and 24 percent compared to 2019. In August, the sector realized an export of 1 billion dollars with an increase of 36 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching the highest August export figure of all time. Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

İTHİB Chair Ahmet Öksüz said that as the sector, they continue to break new records every month; “By the end of the year, we predict that we will reach our export target of 12 billion dollars by breaking the historical record of the Republic. Together with the ready-to-wear industry, we aim to have a foreign trade surplus of 18.6 billion dollars at the end of the year”. Öksüz stated that they will continue to work as a sector in order to maintain their upward momentum in exports.

“We export to approximately 190 countries”

Ahmet Öksüz noted that this year, the textile industry broke a new export record almost every month by separating positively from the targets of the pandemic; “Our exports increased in 83% of our export markets in the 8 months of the year. We export to approximately 190 countries. In the January-August period, the countries to which we exported the most were Italy with an increase of 56 percent, Germany with an increase of 20 percent and the USA with an increase of 51 percent, respectively. As an industry, we have realized exports worth 11.8 billion dollars in the last 12 months”.

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

-The secret behind Sonovia’s anti-COVID textiles

How a small Israeli startup made it big not just during but thanks to the COVID-19 crisis.

While the pandemic ravaged the world economy, 2020 became a record-breaking year for Israeli technology.

For Sonovia, a small textile start-up based in Ramat Gan, it was the deadly virus that brought the company to life.  Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

“When we started, we were just six people,” recalled company co-owner Shay Hershcovich, as he stood at the entrance to the company’s modest headquarters.

A tiny packing and distribution room on the bottom floor ships hundreds of thousands of the company’s signature SonoMask and SonoMask Pro face masks around the world. On the top floor, a modest lab perfects Sonovia’s proprietary technology.

“Today, we have around 60 staff members and close to 200 contractors.”

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

-Nio adopts sustainable material karuun for ET7 interior

EV auto maker Nio says that its ET7 EV will be the first production car to feature new, natural technical material karuun, an eco-friendly alternative to plastics.

Developed in Germany by startup Out for Space, karuun is made from sustainable rattan. Available as either a structural block, veneer or 3D form, it is a lighter (on average 400kg/m3) alternative to plastic with a significantly lower CO2 footprint than PC, ABS or even hardwood alternatives found in premium and luxury automotive interiors.  Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Rattan grows like a vine and is harvested by hand by local farmers. Since originally being spotted in an Indonesian craft market, the material and production process has been refined by Out of Space to enable it to withstand the rigors of automotive use. The result is a patented, attractive, hardwearing but sustainable medium, ideally suited to premium vehicles.

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Polyester Polymerization Ford Graphene

Waste to Virgin Plastics 08-10-2021

Waste to Virgin Plastics 08-10-2021

Waste to Virgin Plastics

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-Woodly produces clear plastic packaging made from wood

“We make achieving sustainability goals possible for large companies”

Woodly redesigned plastic. The company began its conquest of the world under the leadership of CEO Jaakko Kaminen, starting with packaging materials.

“The environmental problems caused by plastic became common knowledge approximately five years ago, when the huge platforms of plastic waste floating in the oceans were shown in the media. Brands promised to replace their plastic packaging with more ecological packaging. However, they never defined the material that this packaging would be made of.

We began to solve the problem together with our partners, such as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. We found out that plastic is often a superior material in packaging. We therefore decided not to start replacing plastic, but to redesign it.

All the way, we were told that we would not succeed – ‘plastic cannot be made of wood, at least not in Finland, and there is no way it can be clear’. Now shops sell products in packaging made of Woodly – the clear plastic based on wood cellulose that should not have been possible to manufacture.

Woodly produces clear plastic packaging made from wood

-Nexus reports 177 percent growth in circular waste-to-virgin plastics business

Nexus has reached 177 percent year-over-year production growth, with 47 percent of its total production occurring in recent months. The first in the world to receive the International Sustainability and Carbon-Plus Certification (ISCC Plus) producing at this scale, Nexus’ process uses a proprietary technology to convert a broad range of plastic waste into liquids which can then be converted into virgin plastics.

Everything Nexus makes is converted into new plastics, and the process is 100 percent circular, meaning the waste-to-virgin advanced recycling process can be repeated infinitely.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Further, each tanker load is tested before sending and Nexus says it has had 100 percent acceptance and use of all its products produced.

“We are extremely pleased with our progress over the past few months,” said Jeff Gold, CEO and Founder of Nexus.

“Managing the complex mix of waste plastic that we process in our plant poses a variety of daunting challenges, but we have overcome these hurdles and are moving forward at an accelerating pace while expanding the range of materials that we can successfully process as we deploy our plastic waste solution on a large scale.”

Nexus reports 177 percent growth in circular waste-to-virgin plastics business

-Dow announces plan to build world’s first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex

Dow announced today its plan to build the world’s first net-zero carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives site with respect to scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions. Waste to Virgin Plastics

The project would more than triple Dow’s ethylene and polyethylene capacity from its Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta site, while retrofitting the site’s existing assets to net-zero carbon emissions.

The organic, brownfield investment would significantly increase Dow’s capacity of advantaged ethylene, polyethylene and derivatives manufactured across Alberta – all while maintaining Dow’s enterprise-level commitment to keep capital expenditures at or below depreciation and amortization (D&A) levels.

The Company expects to allocate approximately $1 billion of capex annually – or approximately 1/3 of its D&A levels – to decarbonize its global asset base in a phased, site-by-site approach.

Waste to Virgin Plastics

-A French company is using enzymes to recycle one of the most common single-use plastics

Since single-use plastics are largely derived from petroleum, by 2050 plastics could represent 20% of annual oil consumption in the world. Reducing our dependence on plastics and finding ways to reuse the plastic that is already in the world could greatly reduce emissions.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Right now, just about 15% of all plastics around the world they are collected for recycling every year. Researchers have been trying since the 1990s to find new ways to break down plastics in hopes of recycling more. Companies and researchers have worked to develop enzymatic processes, such as the one used in Carbios, as well as chemical processes, such as the method used by Loop Industries. But it was only recently that enzymatic and chemical processes began to be commercialized.

Carbios’s new reactor measures 20 cubic meters, about the size of a cargo van. It can hold two metric tons of plastic, or the equivalent of about 100,000 bottles ground at a time, and break it down into the basic components of PET (ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid) in 10 to 16 hours.

The company plans to use what it learns from the demonstration facility to build its first industrial plant, which will house a reactor about 20 times the size of the demonstration reactor. That large-scale plant will be built near a plastic manufacturer somewhere in Europe or the US, and should be operational by 2025, he says. Alain marty, Scientific Director of Carbios.

A French company is using enzymes to recycle one of the most common single-use plastics

-Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Production to Catch Up with Pre-pandemic Status with over 1,700 KT R-PET Consumption in 2021

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Demand to Rise by 2.1X Growth as Massive Capacity Expansion by Key Players Comes into Play

The recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market study by Fact.MR offers compelling insights into key growth drivers and restraints impacting the market through 2031. The survey offers R-PET demand outlook and studies opportunities existing in key segments, including source and color. It also highlights strategies adopted by market players to increase R-PET sales.

As per the insights by Fact.MR, the global recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market is projected to rise at a CAGR of 8%, totaling US$ 4.2 Bn by the end of 2031.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Consumer preference for sustainable and recyclable products is underpinning sales growth in the R-PET market. Therefore, the packaging industry has emerged as a lucrative sector within the R-PET market.

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers are adopting the bottle-to-bottle recycling approach, which, in turn, is boosting demand for PET bottles in the food and beverages industry. As per Fact.MR, the increasing application of P-PET for food and beverage packaging along with applications of recycled PET for surface protection films are projected to create incremental opportunity of US$ 532.5 Mn over the forecast period.

Waste to Virgin Plastics

-Carbon fibers without carbon emissions?

Interview with Niklas Garoff, Stora Enso

Carbon fiber demand is increasing steadily at an annual growth rate of 10%. The ambition of Stora Enso and their partners is to provide industrial composite producers with a sustainable, yet cost-competitive, carbon fiber made from renewable and fossil-free materials.

Tell us about the wonder material carbon fiber. In what kind of applications are they used?  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Carbon fiber is used in numerous composite applications where high strength and stiffness coupled with low weight is required, resulting in a variety of end-use possibilities. We see a growing interest for high performance carbon fiber in transportation, construction and power generation. Today, 20% of the global carbon fiber supply is used by the wind energy industry.

NeoFiber by Stora Enso can be used, for example, as wind energy rotor blade reinforcement (in pultruded laminates), in airplane and automotive construction, and in sporting goods.

Carbon fibers without carbon emissions?

Waste to Virgin Plastics

-PolyQuest Forms Renuva Plastics to Acquire Faith Group Company’s U.S. Division

-Faith Group USA will continue purchasing and distributing post-industrial thermoplastics—especially PET in the U.S., as well as domestically sourcing these products for the Faith Group Company to export.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Leading North American distributor of PET resins and manufacturer of recycled PET PolyQuest, Inc., has formed wholly-owned subsidiary Renuva Plastics, LLC, which will acquire the U.S. division of the Faith Group Company, based in New Jersey.

The Faith Group Company has been the premier distributor of post-industrial thermoplastics–especially PET, in the U.S. and the largest exporter of these products out of the U.S. to the rest of the world over the past quarter of a century. Faith Group USA will continue purchasing and distributing such thermoplastics in the U.S. as well as domestically sourcing these products for the Faith Group Company to export. Faith Group’s current facilities are in Hong Kong, China, Germany, and Chile.

Waste to Virgin Plastics

-Dow expands global capabilities for circular plastics, with initial products available for customers in 2022

Dow today announced several advancements in its efforts to prevent plastic waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide customers with recycled plastic products that provide the same performance as virgin plastics derived from fossil fuel-based feedstocks.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

The advancements will enable the Company to provide initial supply of fully circular polymers to customers starting in 2022.

“The market is placing significant value on circularity and Dow is innovating to address the tremendous unmet demand for circular and low carbon polymers,” said Diego Donoso, president of Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “As the leading materials science company, Dow is offering our customers what they need today and helping them develop more sustainable products, including 100% recyclable solutions or adding recycled or bio-based content into their products.”

Waste to Virgin Plastics

-Starlinger installs first food-grade plastics recycling facility at Srichakra Polyplast in India

The well-established Indian recycler commissioned a PET bottle-to-bottle and a post-consumer polyolefin recycling line from Starlinger by mid of September. With the new lines Srichakra Polyplast upgraded its facilities and now offers the highest grades of recycled plastics to customers in India and international markets such as Europe and the United States.  Waste to Virgin Plastics

Srichakra Polyplast, a leading plastic recycling and waste management company based in in Hyderabad, invested US$10 million (€8.6 million) for upgrading and expanding its plastics recycling capabilities. The new recoSTAR PET 165 iV+ is the first of its kind Starlinger has installed in India. It features US FDA-approved technology for processing post-consumer PET bottle flakes. The produced rPET pellets are suitable for food-contact and can be used for food and beverage packaging like bottles for water and carbonated soft drinks, food trays, etc. With this technology upgrade Srichakra is now able to provide premium food-grade quality rPET for food packaging to the Indian and international markets.

Starlinger installs first food-grade plastics recycling facility at Srichakra Polyplast in India

Waste to Virgin Plastics

Polyester Film Biobased Composite 07-10-2021

Polyester Film Biobased Composite 07-10-2021

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

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-LANXESS : 100% biobased composite

  • LANXESS launches full biocomposite
  • Combination of polylactic acid and flax fabrics
  • Lightweight design with good strength and stiffness
  • Appealing natural carbon fiber look

Sustainability is an essential part of how LANXESS does business. It is centered primarily on climate protection, energy efficiency, and the circular economy. The company is forging ahead with efforts to use bio-based and renewable raw materials to conserve resources and ensure that its own production processes are no longer reliant on fossil sources. One good example of this is a new product in the Tepex range of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. “We have combined fabrics made from natural flax fibers with bio-based polylactic acid as a matrix material and thereby developed a composite manufactured entirely from natural resources. We are now able to produce it to a level of quality suitable for large-scale production,” explains Dr. Stefan Seidel, head of Tepex research and development at LANXESS.

Low-density flax fibers

Flax fibers have a significantly lower density than glass fibers. The composites made with these fibers are thus noticeably lighter in weight than their glass-fiber-reinforced counterparts. The flax fibers are used in the form of continuous-fiber reinforced fabrics.

LANXESS : 100% biobased composite

Demonstrator component with polylactic acid matrix and fabric reinforcement based on flax fibers. The component surface features a brownish bio-carbon appearance, which originates from the flax fibers. Photo: LANXESS

-MCC to Invest 110 Million Euros in Polyester Film Production

The capacity of Mitsubishi Chemical’s polyester film production in Wiesbaden, Germany, is to be expanded. The company invests approximately 110 million euros in a new production line.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced the expansion of polyester film production capacity at its affiliate, Mitsubishi Polyester Film in Wiesbaden, Germany. The group will invest approximately 110 million euros in a new production line, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2024. This is the third investment by MCC in the global polyester film business since 2018. It follows the opening of a new production line in South Carolina USA in 2018 and an investment in a new production line in Jakarta, Indonesia, with planned start up in 2022.

In recent years, the global market growth rate for polyester film has been about five percent, and MFE has responded to growing customer demand by procuring polyester film from other MCC Group companies while efficiently operating existing facilities.

In recent years, the global market growth rate for polyester film has been about five percent, and MFE has responded to growing customer demand by procuring polyester film from other MCC Group companies while efficiently operating existing facilities.

As demand is expected to grow steadily in the future, the company plans to install this new production line at MFE with a capacity of 27,000/tonnes per year, establishing it as one of the world’s largest production facilities for high performance polyester films.

MCC to Invest 110 Million Euros in Polyester Film Production

-Clariant will increase prices for Pigments & Pigment Preparations for Quinacridones

Global price increase effective October 6th, 2021

Powder Pigments

  • Prices will rise by 11,00 USD/Kg for all PR122 and PV19 grades with country of origin China
  • Prices will rise by 9,00 USD/Kg for PR122 – all other grades
  • Prices will rise by 13,25 USD/Kg for PV19 – all other grades

Preparations

Prices will increase based on the specific pigment content

Muttenz, October 5, 2021 – Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced global price increases across its Quinacridone product portfolio.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

The increases will become effective October 6, 2021. The price increases are necessary to recover significant on-going cost increases for one of the key raw materials to manufacture Quinacridones (PR122 and PV19).

The unprecedented price surge of yellow phosphorous and consequently polyphosphoric acid in recent weeks caused by energy quotas in China, forces us to announce price increases for our Quinacridone pigments with immediate effect.

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

-New polymer material for the packaging industry

A team of Indian scientists has developed an environment-friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable polymer that could be used as a packaging material for products that may be exposed to harsh environmental conditions.

The polymer has been produced using guar gum and chitosan, a polysaccharide that is obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, including crab, lobster, and shrimp. Polyester Film Biobased Composite

It has been found to have high water stability and mechanical strength, and excellent resistance to harsh environmental conditions.

Polysaccharides are biopolymers with high potential for use in the synthesis of packaging material. However, they are not preferred as they have several drawbacks such as low mechanical properties, high water-solubility, and low barrier properties.

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

-Indorama Ventures Public : partners with Kasetsart University’s Office of Computer Services to Continue the KU Green Office Initiative for the Second Year

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a world-class sustainable chemical company, collaborated with the Office of Computer Services at Kasetsart University to make progress on the “KU Green Office” project, an environmentally-friendly initiative that has been continuing for two consecutive years. The initiative aims to provide education on waste separation and recycling management by hosting online training for professors and personnel.

The partnership continues following the company’s support of sorting bins and KU Green Application development in the previous year to promote sustainable waste management.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Yash Lohia, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indorama Ventures, said, “IVL aims to be a world-class sustainable chemical company. We are currently the world’s largest PET producer and recycler. We are aware of the importance of PET bottle recycling. Therefore, we would like to encourage all sectors to participate in building a circular economy. Since 2011 to present, we have recycled more than 67 billion PET bottles globally and processed them into recycled PET (rPET) resins, yarns and fibers. The rPET products help tackle the problem of plastic waste management effectively and practically promote the circular economy

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

-A shift in China’s fiscal policy is affecting Asia’s oil product trade – Today in Energy

US Energy Information Administration Chart, Based on Global Trade Tracker Data

In June this year, China implemented a new excise tax policy that affects imports of two fuels: mixed aromatics, which were mixed with gasoline, and light cycle oil, which was mixed with diesel. These components were previously exempt from China’s excise tax. This new policy has reduced China’s imports of these products and its exports of petroleum products.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

China increased its imports of light cycle oil and mixed aromatics in 2020 and the first half of 2021, before these products were subject to excise tax. Once the tax took effect, Chinese light-cycle oil imports declined from an average of 390,000 barrels per day (b / d) in the first six months of 2021 to 20,000 b / d in July and 30,000 b / d. in August, the first two full months after the policy change. Similarly, Chinese mixed aromatics imports fell from an average of 170,000 b / d in the first six months of 2021 to 70,000 b / d in July and 30,000 b / d in August.

A shift in China’s fiscal policy is affecting Asia’s oil product trade – Today in Energy

-Ontario recycler EFS-plastics acquires custom blow moulding specialist Exi-Plast

Move prompted by provincial policy and industry commitments to Canadian circular economy for plastics

EFS-plastics Inc., a post-consumer plastic recycler based in Listowel, Ontario, has acquired Exi-Plast Custom Moulding, a plastic manufacturer with a focus on custom blow moulding services, located in Huron, Ontario. According to the companies, the acquisition increases the market strength and stability of both organizations, which provide over 110 jobs in Huron and Perth Counties, Ontario. Both will continue to operate under their organizational structures and will build on their existing base of valued suppliers and customers.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

“Having worked closely with EFS as a supplier since 2016, it felt natural for Exi-Plast to join the EFS Group of Companies,” said Exi-Plast President, Jeffrey Lang. “With EFS’s backing, we are looking forward to increasing our production capacity and upgrading equipment over the next several months.”

The acquisition of Exi-Plast fits into EFS’s mission to reduce plastic waste by replacing the use of virgin plastic with high-quality, low-carbon recycled plastic. By purchasing Exi-Plast, EFS can directly manufacture finished products with high levels of post-consumer recycled plastic for its customers. Given the commitments made by brands and the Canadian federal government to increase their use of post-consumer recycled plastic, this enhanced vertical integration will allow EFS to recycle higher volumes of plastic collected from Canadian households.

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

-Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

  • The goal is a resource-efficient circular economy

Materials manufacturer Covestro and the environmental service provider Interseroh, a company of ALBA Group, intend to cooperate in the field of innovative recycling of plastic waste. This includes resistant plastic products made from Covestro materials, such as polyurethanes and polycarbonates. Therefore, the two partners have recently signed a memorandum of understanding. Polyester Film Biobased Composite

For this reason, Interseroh intends to source and prepare the relevant materials derived from the end-of-life products and distribute them to Covestro for re-integration into the raw materials cycle; Covestro intends to use these end-of-life raw materials as feedstock leveraging their reycling expertise to turn plastic waste into high quality raw materials so as to close the loop.

“Our cooperation with Interseroh is an important milestone for the convergence of the chemical and recycling industries with the aim of building new value cycles for the circular economy,” says Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann.

Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

-Magna terminates merger agreement with Swedish tech company Veoneer

The auto parts company says it waived a four-day matching period to make a counter-proposal after an offer by Qualcomm was ruled to be a superior proposal.

Magna International Inc. is terminating its merger agreement deal to buy Swedish tech company Veoneer Inc. after its offer was topped by chip maker Qualcomm Inc.

In an Oct. 4 news release, the Aurora, Ont.-based automotive parts company says it waived a four-day matching period to make a counter-proposal after the Qualcomm offer was ruled to be a superior proposal.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Magna announced a deal to buy Veoneer in July for US$31.25 per share for a total value of US$3.8 billion. However, Qualcomm stepped in with an offer of US$37 per share for a total value of about US$4.5 billion.

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-Eastman completes acquisition of Matrix Films and Premiumshield

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.) has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Matrix Films, LLC and its UK affiliate, PremiumShield Limited, marketer of PremiumShield performance films, including its extended line of automotive film patterns.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

“The completion of this acquisition is another step in Eastman’s commitment to being a leading innovator and service partner for paint protection and window film professional installers,” says Erin Bernhardt, general manager of Eastman’s Performance Films business. “We’re extremely excited to add the PremiumShield team, assets, and dealer base to our Eastman Performance Films team.”

Eastman completes acquisition of Matrix Films and Premiumshield

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-Researchers Infuse Bacteria with Silver to Improve Power Efficiency in Fuel Cells

Living energy-recovery systems utilizing bacteria found in wastewater offer a one-two punch for environmental sustainability efforts

A  UCLA-led team of engineers and chemists has taken a major step forward in the development of microbial fuel cells — a technology that utilizes natural bacteria to extract electrons from organic matter in wastewater to generate electrical currents. A study detailing the breakthrough was recently published in Science.

“Living energy-recovery systems utilizing bacteria found in wastewater offer a one-two punch for environmental sustainability efforts,” said co-corresponding author Yu Huang, a professor and chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. “The natural populations of bacteria can help decontaminate groundwater by breaking down harmful chemical compounds. Now, our research also shows a practical way to harness renewable energy from this process.”

The team focused on the bacteria genus Shewanella, which have been widely studied for their energy-generation capabilities. They can grow and thrive in all types of environments — including soil, wastewater and seawater — regardless of oxygen levels.

Shewanella species naturally break down organic waste matter into smaller molecules, with electrons being a byproduct of the metabolic process. When the bacteria grow as films on electrodes, some of the electrons can be captured, forming a microbial fuel cell that produces electricity.

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-Micrillon bicomponents for infection prevention

Micrillon is a new additive made by Illinois-headquartered UMF Corporation in bicomponent microfibres that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including towels, cubicle curtains, socks, gloves, walk-off mats, reusable N95 rated face masks and colour-coded microfibre cleaning products.

Leading manufacturers are using these high performance microfibres in materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries.  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

“The introduction of Micrillon microfibre puts an end, once and for all, to any question about recontamination related to reusable products,” said UMF Corporation CEO George Clarke. “Some manufacturers and distributors of disposable products – including cubicle curtains, microfibre mops, and wipers – have generated controversy around the risk of reusable products, such as microfibre wipers recontaminating a patient room, even after being laundered. This ignores the fact that after laundering, wipers used in hospitals are immersed in an EPA-registered disinfectant before use – effectively killing bacteria and inactivating viruses.”

Micrillon bicomponents for infection prevention

-SONGWON announces global price increases for its phosphorous based polymer stabilizers

Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. today announced global price increases for its phosphorous based polymer stabilizer products to reflect the sudden rise in raw materials costs. The price increases are effective immediately for SONGWON’s phosphites antioxidants: SONGNOX® 1680, SONGNOX® 6260 and SONGNOX® PQ (including subsequent blends) as well as SONGSORB® 7120.

The price adjustments are aimed at offsetting the higher cost of yellow phosphorous raw materials and their limited availability caused by decree 2021-792 made by provincial authorities of Yunnan, China in September, which restricted the high energy consuming production of yellow phosphorous.

Phosphorous trichloride and phosphorus oxychloride (yellow phosphorous derivatives) are key raw materials in SONGWON production and the price for these materials continues to escalate.  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

SONGWON anticipates the global availability of these raw materials to be substantially reduced and is working with high priority to minimize the effects of these exceptional circumstances. It will also be continually monitoring the cost developments and reviewing its prices accordingly.

SONGWON announces global price increases for its phosphorous based polymer stabilizers

-Not-for-profit, producer-created organizations are positioning themselves to meet beverage container targets in Ontario

Circular Materials collaboration with Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association to advance Ontario collection program

Circular Materials and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) are developing a comprehensive recycling program for beverage containers collected in blue bins and public spaces across Ontario.

The Blue Box Regulation requires producers to assume responsibility for the collection and management of blue box materials from municipalities between 2023 and 2025. CMO and CBCRA will support producers by establishing a collection system for beverage containers, carrying out consumer promotion and education, reporting to the regulator and meeting Ontario’s targets to collect and manage 75 percent of beverage containers supplied in the province by 2026, and 80 percent by 2030.

Ontario’s Blue Box Regulation will require producers selling beverage containers in the province to meet management targets based on beverage containers supplied to consumers not only for personal, family and household use, but also for business purposes. Beverage containers include aluminum cans, glass bottles, milk cartons, juice boxes and plastic bottles.  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

As much as 30 percent of beverage products are consumed away from home. As a result, beverage producers will require a collection system to supplement blue box collection to meet the targets in the Blue Box Regulation.

Not-for-profit, producer-created organizations are positioning themselves to meet beverage container targets in Ontario

-Repsol produces renewable hydrogen from biomethane in Spain

Repsol has produced its first renewable hydrogen derived from biomethane at its Cartagena, Spain, refinery complex, said the company.

In a major milestone for the clean fuel economy, Repsol has produced renewable hydrogen using biomethane as a raw material in Cartagena, Spain – and the company says it is a world first.

Announcing its achievement today (Oct 4), Repsol said the produced ten tonnes of hydrogen, made from 500MWh of biomethane, has been used to manufacturer low-carbon fuels. Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

Part of Repsol’s effort to utilise state-of-the-art technologies to transform waste into products with high value, the effort is believed to have prevented approximately 90 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Aside from the above project, Repsol is already deploying a multitude of projects throughout the renewable hydrogen value chain, such as the developments of a 2.5MW and a 10MW electrolyser in Petronor.

Repsol has committed to installing renewable hydrogen production with a capacity of 552 megawatt equivalent by 2025 and 1.9 gigawatt equivalent by 2030 on the Iberian peninsula.

Repsol produces renewable hydrogen from biomethane in Spain

-Seating supplier to harness recycled CO2 technology

Adient, a global supplier of seating systems for the automotive industry, and Covestro, a polymer specialist, have joined forces in an effort to improve the sustainability of the former’s seat products.

From November, Adient will be integrating Cardyon, a polyol made using Covestro’s CO₂ technology, as a sustainable feedstock for the production of hot cure molded polyurethane foam. Adient uses these foams as cushioning in its automotive seating systems.  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

This supply chain-related sustainability move helps to further reduce Adient’s Scope 3 emissions as calculated by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Based on the principle of the circular economy, the Covestro’s CO₂ technology reuses carbon dioxide as a material source by integrating up to 20% of CO₂ into polyol production. The smart contribution helps to preserve fossil resources and close the carbon loop.

David Nash, VP components EMEA at Adient, remarked, “Adient is pursuing multiple ways to reduce its CO₂ footprint, further raising sustainability, and this is especially true for the production of polyurethane foam. By choosing Cardyon by our partner Covestro, we have made another valuable step toward more sustainable production of our high-class seating systems. In addition to the high quality of our products, this means further differentiation and added value for our customers.”

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-EU LIFE Project “Absolutely Circular” recognised by the European Commission’s “Innovation Radar”

Market maturity of the innovation is categorised as “Market ready”

Market creation of the innovation is categorised as “The innovation addresses the needs of existing markets/ existing customers”

Frankfurt, October 5, 2021 – The EU LIFE Project “ABSolutely Circular”, addressing ABS production from chemically recycled PS waste, has been featured by the European Commission’s Innovation Radar and will be showcased on the organisation’s website[1] as one of “the great EU-funded innovations”. Project partner INEOS Styrolution has been identified as “Key Innovator” by the organization.  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

Petra Inghelbrecht, Global Sustainability Manager at INEOS Styrolution and project leader for the ABSolutely Circular research project, comments: “This recognition is a strong motivation for all partners participating in this project. We are privileged to work with strong technology partners like Indaver who share our vision of treating waste as a valuable resource.”

-EU LIFE Project “Absolutely Circular” recognised by the European Commission’s “Innovation Radar”

-Influence of “dual control” on CPL and nylon 6 industry

The “Dual Controls” on energy consumption and energy intensity – or the amount of energy consumed per unit of GDP, have exerted impacts on the operating rate of all industries to various degrees. Nylon 6 industrial chain, from caprolactam, to nylon 6 polymer, textile filament and downstream weaving and knitting factories are all affected. By September 29, the operation changes along the industry have been summarized in below figure.

The “Dual-Control” target refers to the energy consumption intensity (“energy consumption per unit of GDP”) and total energy consumption. The energy consumption per unit of GDP of 2021 is aimed at about 3% this year. But more than half of the provinces failed to achieve the goal of controlling energy consumption and intensity in the first half of the year. Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

CPL: supply tight, still price may fall

To briefly summarize the market operation in September, CPL market has been driven up by still tight supply-demand structure and the quickly rising benzene cost. We had mentioned at the end of August that CPL would be still tight in September. In Sep, downstream nylon 6 HS chip demand was not good due to the weak performance of textile end. But nylon 6 CS chip market trading had several rounds of expansions, especially the high-viscosity CS chip, which was boosted by industrial filament and cord fabric plants.

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-Siemens and Technip to make JV to decarbonize olefin production processes

Technip Energies and Siemens Energy announced an exclusive agreement to jointly develop, commercialize, and license the ROC technology to decarbonize olefin production processes, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The ROC technology employs a dynamic reactor system that replaces conventional furnaces used for pyrolysis when manufacturing light olefins – the building blocks for chemical products used in everyday materials, from packaging to polymers.

The ROC technology offers driver flexibility, and when driven by electric-powered motors or hydrogen-fired gas turbines, the technology leads the path to decarbonize the process used to produce light olefins. The decarbonization impact is even more significant when the electric power or hydrogen fuel is derived from renewable sources. The ROC process, once fully commercialized, is also expected to have better first pass olefins yields with similar operating costs compared to the currently commercially available technologies. Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

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-ŠKODA AUTO uses eco-materials in its vehicles and is researching biological raw materials

› Innovative eco-material for potential use in the interior, patent pending

› Residual materials and natural products come from local sources wherever possible

› ŠKODA AUTO’s Technical Development is collaborating with the Technical University of Liberec on the research and development of sustainable materials

› ŠKODA AUTO will be making even greater use of natural and recycled materials in the production of future models  Recycled Packaging Polymer Stabilizers

Mladá Boleslav, 22 September 2021 – In collaboration with the Technical University of Liberec, ŠKODA AUTO’s Technical Development department has developed a sustainable, ecological material and applied for a patent. The innovative raw material is made from sugar beet pulp. ŠKODA AUTO is also researching another material based on the reed plant miscanthus. Both could be used in the interior of new ŠKODA models in the future, for example for the door trim and decorative inlays in the dashboard. Using a purpose-built OCTAVIA, ŠKODA AUTO demonstrates the wide range of possible applications for the new materials.

Johannes Neft, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development, explains: “We aim to play a pioneering role in the area of sustainability. We are taking a holistic approach to this issue, and we are addressing much more than just the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet; we are also focusing on researching and using ecologically sourced materials and investigating, for example, how materials such as coconut fibres or rice husks can be used in the future.”

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-How CO2 becomes a valuable resource

Scientists from the University of Tübingen involved: International research center works on technologies that can convert carbon dioxide into new raw materials

Tübingen environmental biotechnologist Lars Angenent and his team are involved in a new research center that will develop technologies for the capture, storage and reprocessing of carbon dioxide (CO2). The interdisciplinary center will be funded by the Danish “Novo Nordisk” foundation with 84.7 million euros in the coming years.

Located at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the center will cooperate with Angenent’s team in Tübingen and other research institutions from the USA, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. Partnerships with industry are also intended to ensure the rapid implementation of basic research into practice.

CO2 in the atmosphere is one of the main causes of climate change. In order to curb the rise in temperatures worldwide, not only CO2 emissions must be reduced. This would also require carbon dioxide to be removed from the atmosphere and reused in products that are currently based on carbon, i.e. obtained from fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

In the new center, teams from chemistry, life sciences and systems analysis are jointly researching technologies that can be used to recycle CO2 from the atmosphere as well as from industrial plants and power plants. For example, carbon dioxide, water and electrons could be converted into raw materials for new plastics with the help of bacteria and electrochemistry. The subject of research is also a plant that uses microorganisms to convert carbon dioxide into fuel, thus replacing the use of fossil fuels such as coal, crude oil and natural gas.

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-TotalEnergies Doubles its Recycled Plastic Production Capacity in France

TotalEnergies  has inaugurated the extension of Synova in Normandy, the French leader in recycled polypropylene production. TotalEnergies is therefore doubling its mechanical recycling production capacity for recycled polymers, to meet growing demand for sustainable polymers from customers, such as Automotive Manufacturer (Auto OEM) and the construction industry.  Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Moving the circular economy forward

Plastics are essential to everyday life because of their many properties, including lightness, which allows the automotive industry, for example, to reduce the weight of vehicles and hence also fuel consumption and CO(2) emissions. But plastics’ end-of-life is a crucial topic, which is why TotalEnergies is actively involved in plastics recycling as part of its circular economy approach.

In order to increase its mechanical recycling capacity, TotalEnergies acquired in 2019 Synova, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene derived from industrial waste plastics, household waste and car parts such as bumpers.

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-China traditional Q4 petchems demand increase unlikely because of economic rebalancing

The cliché  “paradigm shift” is so overused it can often be meaningless.

Not in this case, though. There is no doubt that China is undergoing a profound paradigm shift where changes in government policies mean real estate will no longer by as big an economic driver. Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

A new study finds that no other economy is or has been as dependent on real estate as China’s. The property sector is worth 29% of Chinese GDP.

This shift in real-estate policies, combined with decarbonisation, has HUGE implications for the global petrochemicals industry.

Just focusing on the short-term implications for polyethylene (PE) in today’s post, do not expect the traditional Q4 improvement in demand.

Total Chinese PE demand was already heading for a 1.6m tonnes reduction over 2020, even before the accelerating Evergrande crisis and the firmer government emphasis on “common prosperity”.

And PE imports were already heading for a 3.4m tonnes reduction – again before the policy shifts.

Outcomes for PE demand and imports in 2021 could now be even worse.

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-A circular economy for plastics

ADVANCE RECYCLING OF LANDFILL PLASTICS

Conversion of waste plastics extracted from landfills and legacy waste heapsto high-value hydrocarbon oils

The company has developed a specially designed and configured pre-treatment system that extracts hard-to-recycle polyolefin plastics from landfills and legacy waste heaps. Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

The segregation process removes organics, textile, paper, fibres and metals while also dropping mud and dirt using non-wetting methods.The end result is a polyolefin rich stream which is processor ready for advance recycling.

CONTIFLOW CRACKERTM

PolyCycl’s flagship technology enables an endless plastic-to-plastic recycling loop, whereby used plastics such as flexible grocery bags and discarded ketchup bottles can be upcycled to make virgin ‘food-grade’ plastics.

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-Evolon certified to the highest standards

Freudenberg’s Evolon fabrics are known for combining high performance technical properties with numerous ecological benefits in many durable applications. According to the independent Oeko-Tex institute, they also meet the most stringent requirements in terms of sustainability and health and safety.

Freudenberg in Colmar, France, recently received the STeP by Oeko-Tex label for Evolon along with the Made in Green label. Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Certificates awarded by the independent institute are highly trusted by the textile industry because they are 100% transparent and independent. For manufacturers, they are confirmation of ecologically and socially responsible production and products – a quality characteristic that plays a growing role in the purchasing decisions of companies.

By awarding the STeP (Sustainable Leather and Textile Production) label, the Oeko-Tex institute certified environmentally friendly production processes, a high level of health and safety and socially responsible working conditions at the Freudenberg site in Colmar. The company scored top marks and reached the highest grade of certification, Level 3, for “exemplary implementation of best practices”.

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-Flint Group debuts coating products to improve shrink sleeve recyclability

The Evolution Deinking Primer and Evolution Caustic Resistant Over Print Varnish aim to increase the yield of material in the recycling process.

Flint Group Narrow Web, Rogers, Minnesota, has released two UV-flexo coating products to improve the recyclability for shrink sleeves and pressure-sensitive labels. Flint Group’s new coating products are available in North America and will soon be available in Europe and other regions. Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Flint Group’s Evolution Deinking Primer for shrink sleeves and the Evolution Caustic Resistant Over Print Varnish (OPV) for self-adhesive labels are designed to increase the yield of material in the recycling process. The company says both of these new coatings have been recognized by the Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) to comply with the critical guidance for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging.

According to Flint Group, the new Evolution Deinking Primer coating for shrink sleeve materials makes the ink release in the caustic bath of the recycling process. When used with crystallizable polyester shrink sleeve material (CPET), the primer keeps the ink anchored to the substrate through the usable life of the sleeve but releases it in the caustic bath. The ink is removed from the sleeve material without contaminating the bottle flake. The materials are rinsed and pelletized into recycled polyester for reuse.

The company says the Evolution Deinking Primer is applied by the conventional UV-flexo process and works with Flint Group’s EkoCure XS flexo inks that are designed for shrink sleeves.

Flint Group debuts coating products to improve shrink sleeve recyclability

-Sabic to market petchem products of Petro Rabigh

Sabic, a global leader in diversified chemicals, announced that beginning October 1, 2021, it will begin marketing petrochemical products of Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh).

This aligns with the strategic positioning of Sabic as the chemicals arm of Aramco, while the realignment of marketing responsibilities relates to a range of liquids and polymers, which include mono ethylene glycol (MEG), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyamide (PA) products.

By marketing Petro Rabigh products, Sabic will strengthen its combined product and services offering, and maintain its competitive preference in the global chemicals industry. As a result, Sabic’s customers will benefit from an enhanced product range and availability, ordering and points of sale, and after-market services and solutions. With these latest changes, the company also expects to drive further supply chain efficiencies. Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Sabic to market petchem products of Petro Rabigh

-Colombia’s Ecopetrol eyes 18 hydrogen projects

State-controlled Ecopetrol is evaluating 18 possible hydrogen projects, including pilot projects for its Cartagena and Barrancabermeja refineries, that would require about $200mn-$300mn in investment, as part of Colombia’s goal of developing hydrogen energy options.  Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Ecopetrol is one of the eight companies in Colombia, including Grupo de Energia de Bogota, that signed a letter committing to develop hydrogen projects. Colombia officially launched the government’s 30-year hydrogen roadmap yesterday.

Ecopetrol plans to import a small electrolyzer from Spain in the first quarter of 2022 to test the production and application of the emerging fuel at its 165,000 b/d Cartagena refinery, on the Caribbean coast, chief executive Felipe Bayon said at a press conference.

Colombia's Ecopetrol eyes 18 hydrogen projects

-Fakuma: New LSR Dosing System and All-Electric Cold Runner

Elmet is introducing the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system and all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system at the show in Friedrichshafen.

LSR injection molding technology supplier Elmet will introduce the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system and all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system at Fakuma (Oct. 12-16; Friedrichshafen, Germany; hall A5, booth A5-5306).

Elmet describes the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system as an all-round update of its predecessor, the TOP 5000 P. The new dosing system has a footprint of just 45 by 31 in, while still being able feed material from 200 liter (53-gal) drums. The completely revamped pump unit now has fewer components, and despite being capable of operating at pressures of up to 210 bar (3045 psi) the new unit’s slimmer design is significantly more compact. Elmet says this means that a smaller volume of LSR is present in the system, which increases process reliability and reduces purging volume.  Recycled Plastic Production Capacity

Fakuma: New LSR Dosing System and All-Electric Cold Runner

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-Oil prices may hit $100 this winter, spurring economic crisis, warns Bank of America

The global energy crunch could help propel oil prices above $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014 and spur a global economic crisis, according to Bank of America.

Natural gas prices have already surged to almost double that level in oil equivalent terms, and BofA says a spike in demand for diesel could push crude into similar territory. With monetary and fiscal policy stretched to the limit and energy costs rising as a share of economic output, higher oil prices could in turn create a macro crisis, the bank said Friday in a note.

The boost to crude would be driven by three factors: gas-to-oil switching as a result of high gas prices, a jump in crude consumption over a cold winter and higher aviation demand as the U.S. reopens its borders.

“If all these factors come together, oil prices could spike and lead to a second round of inflationary pressures around the world,” analysts including Francisco Blanch wrote in the note. “Put differently, we may just be one storm away from the next macro hurricane.”

Diesel prices could climb above $120 a barrel, the bank said, with stockpiles falling as refiners prioritized the production of gasoline in recent months. Other oil-based fuels used in heating are already seeing an uplift, with U.S. propane prices at their highest since 2014.

-Alpla purchases BTB PET-Recycling

The acquisition gives Alpla access to bottle-to-bottle recycling loop in Germany.

Austria-based Alpla Group says it is acquiring BTB PET-Recycling, Bad Salzuflen, Germany, in an investment designed to further develop the region’s bottle-to-bottle recycling loop. BTB processes used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage bottles sourced from Germany’s reverse-vending system into food-grade rPET (recycled PET) pellets that are primarily used to make new preforms for PET bottles, including beverage bottles.

First, BTB presorts, shreds and washes the input material, which is then sorted again prior to melting and pelletizing, resulting in food-grade rPET. The company’s processing volume is roughly 20,000 metric tons, or 22,000 short tons, of PET bottles annually, Alpla says. BTB employs approximately 35 people, all of whom Alpla says it will retain.

Georg Lässer, head of corporate recycling at Alpla, says, “BTB produces highly efficiently using established technology. The team in Bad Salzuflen is highly motivated and does a fantastic job. For us, buying this company is an investment in the future, enabling us to increase the existing capacities and further strengthen the bottle-to-bottle loop.”

-Packaging producers seeing better plastic availability, EVOH still tight

Producers of plastic packaging commented that supplies of many of the commodity resins used to produce packaging are slowly improving after several months of tightness while adding that the market is currently facing difficulties obtaining adequate supplies of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), based on conversations with attendees at this year’s PACK EXPO, which was held on 27-29 September at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

EVOH is frequently used as an oxygen barrier in plastic films used in food packaging, helping to extended the shelf life of products covered by the films. EVOH supplies have tightened in response to persistent supply tightness in feedstock vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), supplies for which have faced lingering issues since Winter Storm Uri.

Packaging producers have been investigating EVOH-free film products, as monopolymer polyethylene (PE) films are more recyclable than films which include an EVOH layer between PE layers. However, EVOH resins remain popular as oxygen barriers given the advantages provided in extending the shelf life of foods and minimising food waste.

Packaging producers seeing better plastic availability, EVOH still tight

-Innovate with Plant-based Performance Fabric

Globally, there is a shift in consumer support toward conscious brands that have commitments to equitable workplaces, sustainable fabric choices, and intersectional environmentalism.

According to Edited, a leading retail market analysis group, sustainable activewear for menswear increased 65% year-over-year (2019-2020), while womenswear is up 45% in the category. Soon, this segment will make up the majority of the buying public for any season and garment type.

Going hand-in-hand with the need for sustainable fibers and fabrics is the need for transparency. In a survey from McKinsey & Co, “Sustainability and Transparency” was ranked #1 by over half of all executive respondents as the priority for sourcing at scale.

“Even before the pandemic, we an increased demand for traceability and transparency throughout the value chain,” says Global Brand & Communications Leader Alexa Raab. “We introduced our Common Thread Fabric Certification at the start of Q2 2020 to reduce haziness in the supply chain and work with mill partners to create certified fabrics that have a minimum amount of bio-based content and meet strict performance requirements.”

-Enzymes could help humanity win the war on plastic pollution

Plastics are one of the biggest and most problematic contributors to pollution. Millions of tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. According to environmentalist Ellen MacArthur, if plastic production and pollution continue at the current rate, by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than it does fish. Part of what makes plastic so problematic is that it’s not biodegradable and can take up to hundreds of years to break down in nature. Most plastic ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. It is estimated that less than 10% of plastic is actually recycled. In the decades since plastic usage has become widespread, it’s proven unruly and unsustainable. However, in the last few years scientists have discovered an enzyme that has the potential to transform our relationship with plastic forever.

Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET plastic, has been one of the dominant types of plastic since it was patented in 1941.

Enzymes could help humanity win the war on plastic pollution

-Dr. Bio: A biopolymer made from starch to tackle the single-use plastic menace in India

A Gurugram based company becomes the first in the country to manufacture a plant-based biopolymer.

This year 5 trillion plastic bags will be used. That’s 160,000 a second!

If you line them up one after the other, they will go around the world 7 times every hour and will cover an area twice the size of France. Don’t get too shocked yet, as we have only mentioned plastic bags so far and there’s more to the plastic menace than you can imagine.

Consider this: a global study points out that 79 per cent of the total plastics manufactured globally enter our environment as waste. While out of this, merely 9 per cent is recycled. Let’s now talk about us.

India’s contribution in plastic waste generation is humungous—3.3 million metric tonnes per year. Even this can be an underestimated figure, and its only growing. After taking its harmful effects into cognizance, it becomes apparent that plastic waste is a formidable environmental challenge which can’t be ignored for long.

While there are several ongoing worldwide initiatives that have been undertaken to tackle this problem, biopolymers have emerged as one of the sustainable and greener ways to replace single-use plastics.

-A New Solid-state Battery Surprises the Researchers Who Created it

Engineers created a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single battery. The battery uses both a solid state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode, making it a silicon all-solid-state battery. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense. It holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles.

The battery technology is described in the Sept. 24, 2021 issue of the journal Science. University of California San Diego nanoengineers led the research, in collaboration with researchers at LG Energy Solution.

Silicon anodes are famous for their energy density, which is 10 times greater than the graphite anodes most often used in today’s commercial lithium ion batteries. On the other hand, silicon anodes are infamous for how they expand and contract as the battery charges and discharges, and for how they degrade with liquid electrolytes. These challenges have kept all-silicon anodes out of commercial lithium ion batteries despite the tantalizing energy density. The new work published in Science provides a promising path forward for all-silicon-anodes, thanks to the right electrolyte.

A New Solid-state Battery Surprises the Researchers Who Created it

-Will spandex price plunge with weaker demand?

Spandex prices continued surging in recent one year and current price has hit the highest level since 2008. Recently, export orders did not chase up smoothly and domestic demand was soft. Some dealers started revising down price. Will spandex price plunge later? Does market fundamentals of spandex change?

There will be above 110kt/year of new spandex capacity to be launched in the second half of 2021 in Chinese mainland and it may bring about 30kt of production increase according to the startup time. By Sep 26, the operating rate of spandex plants declined to 93% from 97% in end-Aug. The control of total amount and the intensity of energy consumption is expected to affect spandex supply in short run. Some spandex plants scaled down production by around 10-40%. Xiamen Lilong suspended production due to the pandemic, affecting near 2% of spandex operation rate. Most old spandex units are still expected to run at above 90% of capacity and new units will gradually start operation. Spandex production is anticipated to gradually ascend in Q4.

-EC-funded PyroCO2 project gets underway

A project designed to support the European Green Deal – the plan to make the EU’s economy sustainable and climate-neutral by 2050 – has kicked off, involving a consortium of 20 industrial and research partners from 11 countries.

The aim of the European Commission-funded project – called PyroCO2 – is to demonstrate a new path to create value from industrial carbon dioxide emissions while improving the sustainability of the chemical industry in Europe. The €40 million ($46m) funding (part of a total €44m budget) will be used to showcase large-scale conversion of emissions into value-added chemicals and materials.

A 5-year project, the consortium will build and operate a facility capable of capturing 10,000 tonnes of industrial carbon dioxide per year, and use it to produce chemicals.

“We are excited to finally start our ambitious work that aims to be a game-changer for European carbon-intensive industries,” said Alexander Wentzel, senior research scientist at SINTEF, the independent Norwegian research institute that coordinates the project.

EC-funded PyroCO2 project gets underway

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,200 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,015 $/ton 1,025 $/ton- +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,625 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,725 yuan/ton +25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,170 yuan/ton 5,005 yuan/ton -165
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals Polyamides Polyester
710 $/ton 700 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,930 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton +370
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 772 $/ton 818 $/ton- +46
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 916 $/ton 883 $/ton -33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 897 $/ton 864 $/ton -33
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals Polyamides Polyester

920 $/ton 893 $/ton -27
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,780 yuan/ton
+230
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8.800 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals Polyamides Polyester
7,900 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton +150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,200 yuan/ton 16,200 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,750 yuan/ton 16,700 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,550 yuan/ton 16,550 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals Polyamides Polyester

18,750 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,200 yuan/ton 21,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,750 yuan/ton 19,750 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,950 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 7,730 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +20
Benzene overseas  market 964 $/ton 951 $/ton -13
Ethylene South 1,050 $/ton860 1,050 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,126 $/ton 1,124 $/ton -2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,2800 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 12,000 yuan/ton +300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Polyamides Polyester Acid
8,800 yuan/ton 9,950 yuan/ton +1,150
Naphtha overseas market  711 $/ton 715 $/ton
+4
Phenol domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton

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Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling 02-10-2021

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-Climate-neutral plastics are viable, claim scientists

Professor André Bardow thinks that the answer is in combining technologies

Scientists from several universities have demonstrated that it is possible to economically produce plastics that have a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions balance over their entire life cycle.

Researchers from ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen University and the University of California, Santa Barbara created a computational model of global plastics production and disposal, and found the answer in a combination of three technologies that already exist: plastics recycling, and plastics production from biomass and from carbon dioxide through carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).

The calculations showed that the key is to use as much recycled plastics as possible, supplemented by the other two manufacturing methods. These three types of manufacturing correspond to the principle of the circular economy. By optimally combining the three technologies, the quantity of energy required can be reduced by 34-53 per cent compared with the current fossil-​based manufacturing practice, claim the researchers, supplemented with extensive carbon capture and storage (CCS) – particularly in waste incineration plants, where plastics products are burned at the end of their life cycle.

The cost of the newly proposed manufacturing method is on a par with that of this alternative fossil manufacturing scenario. Under favourable conditions, by 2050 the cost of global plastics production can be reduced by as much as $288 billion per year compared to the alternative scenario, they claim. To achieve this, biomass, carbon dioxide and renewable electricity must be available at low cost, the extraction and supply of petroleum must become more expensive, and incentives must be provided for investment in recycling.

Climate-neutral plastics are viable, claim scientists

-SIBUR developed an additive to extend the life cycle of polymers

SIBUR has developed and patented an additive to extend the life cycle of polymers, the company said in a statement.

RF Patent No. 2717664 “Concentrate Composition and Method for Increasing the Viscosity of a Polymer” was obtained by SIBUR last year. The invention relates to the use of bottle plastic – PET, one of the most popular types of polymers in processing.

“The development took about a year. We needed to find a solution that would allow us to obtain a product of better quality. We did it. And this is the result of the teamwork of our R&D center,” commented Irina Ryzhikova, a leading researcher at NIOST.  Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

The additive developed at NIOST allows maintaining the basic physical and mechanical properties of this material at the primary level even after its mechanical processing. “This increases the number of possible PET recycling cycles and removes restrictions on the options for its recycling, which could arise due to a decrease in the quality of the material after mechanical processing,” said Vladimir Bushkov, General Director of NIOST.

Commitment to the principles of a circular economy and the development of polymer recycling are among the key focuses of SIBUR’s Sustainable Development Strategy. Plastic has a high recyclability and can be reused in a production cycle up to 10 times or more. The use of recycled polymers in production reduces the impact on the environment: it reduces the carbon footprint of the final product and helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

SIBUR developed an additive to extend the life cycle of polymers

-New Geely selected LANXESS as a supplier of innovative lightweight structural component

Chinese car manufacturer Geely has selected specialty chemicals company LANXESS as supplier of choice for an innovative front end carrier (FE) structural component, which will be used in a coming passenger car model, said the company.

The component’s design concept is a state-of-the-art hybrid design solution going beyond the traditional square/rectangular form FE structure. While the lower cooler mounting is in sheet metal, the complex upper member was developed using the highly filled and heat stabilized Durethan BKV50H2.0 EF, a material well suited for structural components that require high stiffness and strength. The full plastic design for the upper section caters to a wide range of requirements of this multi component assembly. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

The concept not only demonstrates LANXESS’ competence of hybrid solution application in automotive lightweight structures and the advantage of using high modulus thermoplastic material such as Durethan BKV50H2.0 EF, but also provides a cost effective solution to achieve multiple saving targets.

LANXESS was chosen by Geely as material supplier based on its expertise in handling the part design as well as the suitability of its Durethan polyamide material. “Yet designing a plastic structural component and providing the right material is not enough. Considering the overall market background, customer expectations, understanding the tasks on hand and preparing different potential design proposals for the FE structure was also key in developing this project,” Add Tsui, project manager at the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit, said.

New Geely selected LANXESS as a supplier of innovative lightweight structural component

-Nestlé to build recycling plant in Mexico

Nestlé Mexico has signed an agreement, its first outside of Europe, with UK-based company Greenback Recycling Technologies to build a chemical recycling plant capable of processing flexible plastic packaging in Mexico. The plant will address the challenge of recycling post-consumer plastic waste in the country and help to implement a circular economy for plastic packaging.

The agreement targets plastic packaging not currently recycled, including multilayer flexible and aluminum-laminated plastics, and aims to meet the technical and commercial requirements to ensure the circularity of food-grade plastics.

The plant will use an innovative microwave-induced pyrolysis technology developed by Enval, a UK-based chemical recycling company. It transforms plastics into oil feedstock to produce new plastic, effectively closing the loop on packaging recycling and enabling previously unrecyclable packaging to become valuable and environmentally responsible. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

It is claimed to be the only technology capable of recycling plastic aluminum laminates by splitting them into high-value oil and aluminum with a low-carbon footprint.

The project will enable the recycling of approximately 6,000 tons of flexible plastic packaging in its first year, with sustained growth in volumes and installed capacity expected over time.

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-Cheaper hydrogen production

Efficient water and urea electrolysis with bimetallic yolk-shell nanoparticles

Electrolytic hydrogen production powered by renewable energy is seen as an environmentally friendly means to ameliorate global climate and energy problems. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team has now introduced a novel and inexpensive material for electrodes that may provide for highly efficient, energy-saving hydrogen production: porous, phosphorized CoNi2S4 yolk-shell nanospheres.

Both half reactions of water electrolysis — hydrogen and oxygen evolution — are unfortunately slow and require a lot of power. Catalytically effective electrodes, particularly those based on precious metals, can accelerate the electrochemical processes and improve their energy efficiency. However, their large-scale use is impeded by high costs, limited abundance, and low stability. Alternatives based on abundant, inexpensive metals usually do not work satisfactorily for both half reactions. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

A team led by Shuyan Gao (Henan Normal University, China) and Xiong Wen (David) Lou (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) has now developed a novel, inexpensive, multifunctional electrode material based on cobalt (Co) and nickel (Ni) for efficient electrocatalytic hydrogen production. To make the material, nanospheres made of cobalt-nickel-glycerate are subjected to combined hydrothermal sulfidation and gas-phase phosphorization. This forms objects called yolk-shell nanoparticles made of phosphorus-doped cobalt-nickel-sulfide (P-CoNi2S4). These are tiny spheres with a compact core and a porous shell with a space in between — much like an egg whose yolk is surrounded by the egg white and so does not touch the shell.

Cheaper hydrogen production

-RECOTRANS project uses microwaves and laser welding to obtain recyclable composites for automotive and transport

Researchers in the EU RECOTRANS (Integrated manufacturing of REcyclable multi-material COmposites for the TRANSport sector) have used microwaves and laser welding to obtain recyclable composites for automotive and transport.

The project, led by AIMPLAS, is intended to help produce lighter and, therefore, less polluting vehicles without increasing costs. RECOTRANS researchers obtained a reduction in costs and energy consumption in the manufacture of three prototypes. They also confirmed the feasibility of recycling and processing the resulting material.

The researchers developed new thermoplastic composites through the integration of microwaves and laser welding. They demonstrated that microwaves can be used to optimize the curing process of composites in resin transfer moulding (RTM) and pultrusion, which reduces the energy consumed, shortens manufacturing times and helps produce better-quality parts. It has also been shown that laser technology can be used to obtain stable joints between the composite and metal, thus making it possible to do without riveted joints, which increase structural weight. Finally, studies were carried out on the recyclability of the thermoplastic composite by using it to manufacture a new part. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

-M&As: Versalis to acquire remaining 60% stake in Finproject

Versalis to acquire remaining 60% stake in Finproject

Italy’s chemical firm Versalis, an Eni company, says that it has exercised the call option to buy the remaining 60% of the shares of the Marche region based industrial group Finproject, an Italian compounder* that is also involved in the production of ultralight products, in order to raise its stake to 100%.

The transaction, which will be formally completed with closing expected in the fourth quarter of 2021, follows the initial acquisition of a 40% stake in the company in July 2020 from VEI Capital, and confirms Versalis’ strategy to become the Italian leader in the high performance formulated polymers sector. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

Finproject is the leading operator in Italy in the production of cross-linkable and thermoplastic compounds for industrial uses and in the moulding of products, in particular for the footwear sector, and of products in the ultralight expanded materials marketed under the XL Extralight brand which, in collaboration with some of the most important brands, are intended for the consumer end market.

Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

-PVC, PP prices on the move in September

Demand for PVC pipes and vinyl siding is higher in 2021 as home sales and remodeling projects drive sales.

North American PVC resin prices saw a small increase in September, with regional polypropylene prices down slightly and prices for all other commodity resins flat for the month.

Suspension PVC prices moved up 2 cents in September after a similar hike in August. Prices for the material now have increased 26.5 cents so far in 2021 and a net of 42 cents since January 2020. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

Some North American PVC makers had attempted to add a 5-cent increase mid-September after the Louisiana coast was hit by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29. Major plants operated by Shintech Inc., Formosa Plastics Corp. USA and Westlake Chemical Corp. all were shut down for periods of time.

A major Shintech PVC unit in Freeport, Texas, also was closed because of a lack of vinyl chloride monomer feedstock from supplier Olin Corp. But quick restarts of these plants helped boost supply and limited the September move to 2 cents.

Some suppliers now are seeking a 5-cent hike for Oct. 1. Market sources said that attempt could be challenged by market seasonality, with construction market demand slowing in fall months.

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-Europe petchems producers aim to pass on higher costs as natgas pushes electricity prices

European petrochemicals producers will aim to pass on their higher input costs to customers in coming months as high natural gas prices filter down to electricity bills.

Unlike in the fertilizers industry, where production curtailments have already been announced by several companies due to the high price of natural gas – a key feedstock for the sector – output cuts are not yet on petrochemicals companies’ plans, sources said. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

The global jump in natural gas costs due to short supply and high demand will affect the petrochemicals industry via electricity prices, as Europe’s lack of raw materials makes the region highly dependent on imports of gas to produce a large portion of its electricity.

PRICES UP – EVEN MORE

Earlier in the year, petrochemicals prices posted highs as global supply chain woes pushed logistics costs through the roof, but a recovering economy made the price rises manageable for buyers, able to pass on high costs onto consumers.

However, a second spike in input cots within a year may be too much to take on by consumers, who could decide this time not to buy at all; that, in turn, could cause a reduction in activity in downstream sectors, ultimately slowing down the recovery.

The outlook within petrochemicals is mixed; some sources said that output cuts are not on the horizon if higher prices can be passed on in coming months.

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-Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Inapal Plásticos, Benet Automotive, CSP Victall and Teijin Automotive Center Europe (TACE) – have come together under a single brand to form Teijin Automotive Technologies, a global leader in composite materials and solutions for the worldwide mobility industry.

Through this rebranding, Teijin Automotive Technologies becomes a proven manufacturer of highly-engineered materials for dynamic market divisions with the ability to supply consistent materials and components to customers across North America, Europe and Asia – a capability, it adds, no other supplier can provide.

Spanning several mobility related industries, including automotive, heavy truck, marine and recreational vehicle segments, the new organisation which includes Teijin’s automotive composites team in Japan, is positioned to provide advanced materials solutions through its 29 strategically located manufacturing and technical centres. Plastic Sorting Chemical Recycling

Utilising all the strengths from the previously separate companies, Teijin Automotive Technologies can provide solutions for the next generation of mobility.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Inapal Plásticos, Benet Automotive, CSP Victall and Teijin Automotive Center Europe (TACE) – have come together under a single brand to form Teijin Automotive Technologies, a global leader in composite materials and solutions for the worldwide mobility industry.

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Biopolyamides from Waste Oil 01-10-2021

Biopolyamides from Waste Oil 01-10-2021

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-Producing apparel from waste oil

A challenge taken on by RadiciGroup through the Ulysses research project

A pioneering objective: for the first time, to demonstrate the feasibility of industrial-scale production of polyamides (nylon) starting from bio adipic acid obtained from renewable raw materials, including waste oil and by-products of the oil industry. Potential application sectors for the process and products are textile/fashion, automotive, design, electrical and electronics.

This major sustainability-and-circularity-oriented goal has been achieved by RadiciGroup, an Italian multinational headquartered in Bergamo, a world-leading producer of a wide range of chemical intermediates, polymers, high performance engineering polymers and advanced textile solutions. The research was conducted through the Ulysses project and experimentation was performed in collaboration with research centres and universities. Partial funding was received from the Region of Piedmont, within the scope of the “Call for Proposals IR2 (Industrialization of research results)”.

The ambitious, innovative multiyear project was launched in March 2018 and stemmed from RadiciGroup’s desire to increase the sustainability of its products, whilst delivering the same quality and performance as required by product standards. What is more, the Group wanted to meet the demand coming from its various strategic sectors, in line with the European targets for the development of low-emission businesses and a circular economy.

The funding amounted to EUR 6.2 million, of which EUR 1.7 million was contributed as a grant by the Piedmont Region. This investment confirms RadiciGroup’s great commitment to scientific research, which is strongly supported by the Group’s shareholders.

Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

-Is PET bottle manufacturing profitable?

Polyethylene Terephthalate is a thermoplastic polymer that can be opaque or transparent depending on the particular material composition. PET, like other polymers, is made from petroleum hydrocarbons by a reaction of ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. The PET is polymerized to form long molecular chains, allowing it to make PET bottles later on. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

What do you understand by polymerization, and why is it important?

Polymerization is a complex process that accounts for many of the differences between batches of produced PET. During polymerization, two types of contaminants are often produced: diethylene glycol and acetaldehyde. Although diethylene glycol is not typically generated in sufficient quantities to damage PET, acetaldehyde can be formed during polymerization and the bottle production process. A high concentration of acetaldehyde in the PET used to make bottles might give the beverage inside an off-taste.

The PET bottle manufacturing process may begin after the plastic has been produced. To guarantee that the plastic is safe for usage, several post-manufacturing tests are performed to confirm that the bottles are not permeable to carbon dioxide (which is essential for bottles that carry soda). Transparency, gloss, shatter resistance, thickness, and pressure resistance are all carefully checked.

Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

-RecyClass publishes sorting protocol for plastic packaging

‘Sorting Evaluation Protocol for Plastic Packaging’ is a Standard Practice that is geared at evaluating the behaviour of a plastic product during the sorting process in Europe.

Destined to any company that would like to analyse the sortability of its innovative packaging, in line with design for recycling principles.

Recyclability must be verified at every step of a recycling process and assessing plastic packaging’s sortability plays an important role in claiming whether and to what extent a product is recyclable. Following the definition of recyclability, a plastic product can be considered recyclable not only if it is collected, recycled in a commercially available process, used in the manufacture of new products but also when it is sorted into an aggregated stream.

“A holistic approach to recyclability is necessary if we are to make it happen in Europe by 2030”, said Vincent Mooij, Director at SUEZ.circpack®. Martine Brandsma, Director of NTCP added: “The ‘Sorting Protocol for Plastic Packaging’ complements the Recyclability Evaluation Protocols”, she continued “Sharing and implementing best practices and standards in the collection and sorting as well as harmonising them across Europe must follow now if we are to move the needle on design for recycling further.” Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

RecyClass publishes sorting protocol for plastic packaging

-The future of Rigid Packaging Technologies – SACMI at Fispal 2021

The 35th edition of the fair, this year to be held on-line, will see the SACMI Rigid Packaging Technologies business play a pivotal role. The ever-more comprehensive technological range focuses on advanced controls, sustainability and new multi-line, multi-material solutions. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

Fispal 2021, the 35th edition of the fair, is going online. And playing a key role on this ‘virtual event platform’ (4-8 October 2021) will be the comprehensive solutions showcased by Rigid Packaging Technologies.

Complete metal cap solutions

Over 95% of the world’s crown caps are produced with SACMI machines. Markets are showing ever-greater interest in metal closures, which has led SACMI to invest heavily in this long-standing business: from the development of complete lines for the production of ROPP caps, ring-pulls and twist offs with PVC-free liners to the new MASC (multi component aluminum SACMI Caps) lines, a solution that provides outstanding quality and user-friendliness.

Continuous Compression Molding 4.0

With over 2,000 solutions sold worldwide in 91 countries – around 300 in Brazil – SACMI leads the way in the production of one-piece caps with compression technology. High productivity and low energy/raw material consumption are the hallmarks of this technology, which SACMI has developed further in 2021 with the introduction of cutting-edge sensors and 4.0 controls.

New standards, new possibilities

With over 1,000 cap designs developed for customers around the world, SACMI is the number one developer of integrated neck-cap solutions. This year has also seen SACMI work on the development of new lightweight-focused standards and dedicated solutions for customers looking to invest in the new tethered standard.

The future of Rigid Packaging Technologies – SACMI at Fispal 2021

-Carbios launches industrial demonstration plant in France

The industrial demonstration plant will apply Carbios’ C-Zyme recycling process to depolymerize PET.  Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

Carbios, a plastic recycling technology provider based in France, has officially launched its industrial demonstration plant operating with its enzymatic recycling technology that the company is calling C-Zyme. The demonstration plant was installed at Carbios’ Cataroux site in Clermont-Ferrand.

Carbios’ C-Zyme recycling process uses an enzyme capable of depolymerizing polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The depolymerized monomers are purified before being repolymerized into PET of comparable quality to virgin PET derived from petrochemicals. The company says this process should enable unlimited recycling of PET as well as the production of 100 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable PET products that maintain virgin quality throughout the process.

Carbios launches industrial demonstration plant in France

-FILA to launch shoes made with recycled materials

FILA, a Seoul-based global apparel brand, will release eco-friendly shoes made with recycled materials.

Recycled materials are widely used by South Korean apparel makers. K-pop band BTS gained public attention in September 2021 while delivering an inspirational speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly for wearing “RE;CODE,” a suit made with recycled fabric. The suit was produced by Kolon FnC, a fashion and lifestyle wing of South Korea’s fabric maker Kolon Group. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

FILA said in a statement on September 29 that its new model called “Earth Touch” by applying various environmentally-friendly products such as recycled cork and biodegradable waterproof paper. Some models used up to 85 percent recycled materials for synthetic leather that covers the upper part. Packaging materials such as shoe boxes and product tags used 100 percent recycled paper.

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-Teknor Apex completed new compounds plant in Germany

US thermoplastic compounds company Teknor Apex has completed a new 50,000 square-metre facility at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, southeast of Frankfurt, Germany, to produce thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and engineering thermoplastics (ETPs) compounds, said the company. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

The Rothenburg facility produces thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and engineering thermoplastics (ETPs), ranging from general-purpose compounds to highly specialized formulations. An extensive laboratory will be used for developing new compounds and providing customers with design support, application development, as well as product and process training.

The new facility was built with a strong focus on environment sustainability and holds certification for ISO 14001– Environmental Management and ISO 50001– Energy Management. The plant utilizes LED lights, a closed loop water system, heat recovery systems with heat pumps to support it, and meets the highest requirement in heat insulation of the building.

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-Evonik Tackles High-Voltage Battery Demand in EVs

New Vestamid polyamide 12 compound offers highest fire protection for busbars at 1000 V and more.

Evonik is expanding its portfolio of polyamide 12 compounds for insulating electrical conductors with Vestamid LX9050 OR. By using halogen-free flame retardants in accordance with IEC 60754, the compound meets the requirements for V-0 flammability classification according to UL 94. Busbars insulated with the new RAL 2003 signal orange-colored material can be used at elevated operating temperatures up to 125°C. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

In the future, busbars made of copper or aluminum in high-voltage batteries of electric or partially electric vehicles will require even safer protection against electrical breakdowns at 1000 V and above and the associated risk of fire. Evonik has developed the new Vestamid LX9050 OR polyamide 12 compound with halogen-free fire protection additives to achieve the highest possible fire resistance with flammability class V-0. A coating thickness of 0.5 to 0.7 mm meets the insulation requirements of e-mobility for busbar profiles from 30 to about 150 mm2. The RAL 2003 orange signal color indicates permanently and at first glance the high-voltage application.

Evonik Tackles High-Voltage Battery Demand in EVs

-UFlex teams up with Hoffer Plastics and Mespack to launch recyclable mono-polymer hot-fill pouches

To be showcased at Flex Films Booth N-9115, Live demo at Pack Expo 2021 in Las Vegas

UFlex has partnered with Mespack and Hoffer Plastics to develop a sustainable solution that will ease out the complexities of recycling attached with hot-fill pouches. To address the issue of full recyclability of pouches, the three have jointly developed a solution that not just enables 100 per cent recyclability of hot-fill pouches with its new mono-polymer structure, but also the spout caps thus bringing many ecologically responsible brands closer to reaching their sustainability goals, the companies said in a joint statement. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

The statement mentioned that the newly-designed recycle-ready single material PP-based hot-fill pouch combines the strength of OPP and CPP-layered laminate structure designed by UFlex offering enhanced barrier properties, easy heat seal-ability and longer shelf life for unrefrigerated food storage; sealed with patented closures from Hoffer Plastics in the form of tamper-evident strong seal spout caps; and produced with mechanical integrity of Mespack HF-series fill and seal machine that allows efficient fill through the spout of pre-made pouches. The new design offers 100 per cent easy recyclability of the laminate and spout cap as well within the existing PP recycling streams and infrastructures. These pouches manufactured at UFlex India plant will be exported to American markets and will be majorly used for packing edible products such as baby food, food puree, pet food, etc.

UFlex teams up with Hoffer Plastics and Mespack

-Direct-spun PSF dragged despite strong upstream market

Direct-spun PSF suffers losses again due to less increase than PTA

The reasons behind the robust PTA are rising crude oil and tight supply brought on by advanced maintenance. The PX-PTA spread has also improved moderately.

However, there is a different picture in downstream. The sales of polyester yarn are modest. The prices in Fujian and Jiangxi have increased along with PSF, but in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and northern China, the prices stay flat. As a result, the cash flow of polyester yarn gets compressed. Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

In terms of different products, the cash flow of pure polyester yarn is not reduced much due to small increase in PSF, but that of polyester/cotton yarn has lost much ground due to sharp rise of cotton. It is also reflected in the sales of polyester yarn. The yarn containing more PSF was sold better than that with more cotton, let alone cotton yarn which has been suffered losses.

Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

Biopolyamides from Waste Oil

PET Resin Market Prices 30-09-2021

PET Resin Market Prices 30-09-2021

PET Resin Market Prices

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-PET bottle chip price soars 800yuan/mt in single week, key factor–traders lack goods to deliver

PET bottle chip factory price declined to 6600-6650yuan/mt after the Mid-Autumn Festival. But as polyester raw materials cost sharply increased and the energy consumption control policy affected delivery of some factories, it only took less than 4 working days for PET transaction price to jump to 7200-7300yuan/mt, and soma producer raised quotations to around 7500yuan/mt.

In addition to the sharp rise in raw material costs, what other factors are driving up the market price of PET bottle chip?

Typically, Sep and Oct are traditional peak season for knitting textile industry. Beverage producers, which are the main downstream of PET bottle chip, will generally arrange annual maintenance during this period of time, and the demand for PET bottle chip will be greatly weakened. However, under the “dual controls” on energy consumption and energy intensity  or the amount of energy consumed per unit of GDP this year, the upstream energy sector is the most affected, with coal and fuel costs continuously rising. It is not uncommon for factories to operate normally in the morning and stop production by emergency notice at noon, and some areas in Northeast China even cut off power without advance notice, triggering heated discussions on internet and media. Affected by this policy, provinces with poor completion of carbon emission target have increased power cuts. Operation of several polyester plants in Jiangsu have been significantly affected, bottle chip capacity reduction has also achieved 450kt/year. During bottle chip off-season when industry run shall decline significantly, the “dual-controls” has been impacting more on PET bottle chip supply side than that of demand side.

PET Resin Market Prices

-Teijin Cordley Develops Antibacterial and Antiviral Artificial Leather

Teijin Cordley Limited, the Teijin FrontierGroup’s high-grade artificial leather business, announced today that it has developed a new antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather incorporating long-lasting antibacterial agent (*1) antibacterial and antiviral: not effective against all bacteria and viruses.

Teijin Cordley will commence sales of the new artificial leather in October this year; initial versions will be designed for the manufacture of children’s satchels; subsequent versions will additionally be suitable for sporting goods such as shoes and leather balls. The sales target is 30,000 meters in fiscal 2021 and 580,000 meters in fiscal 2024. PET Resin Market Prices

Antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather

Leveraging Teijin Cordley’s unique surface treatment technology, the new antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather can be treated with the same process as conventional artificial leathers such as natural-like, enamel and nubuck artificial leathers, and can be used in a wide range of applications. In addition, products using the new leather material can be classified as “environmentally friendly”, as it is created using recycled polyester raw materials. The long-lasting antibacterial agent on new artificial leather’s surface has led it acquiring SIAA (*2) antibacterial processing and SIAA antiviral processing certification.

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-Archroma announces a general price increase across its portfolio

Effective 01 October 2021, Archroma will increase the prices of its products by up to 0.25 USD per kg.

These adjustments will apply to all Archroma products globally. The increase is necessary to offset the ongoing exceptionally high freight and logistics costs.

“Archroma made every effort to absorb these increases,” says Marcos Furrer, Chief Operating Officer at Archroma.  PET Resin Market Prices

“We have however reached a point where these adjustments are needed for us to be able to maintain our service levels.”

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-High-Performance LLDPE Film Grades

ExxonMobil’s new series Exceed XP 7 hexene LLDPE resins boast “never seen before” levels of performance.  PET Resin Market Prices

A new series of hexene LLDPE resins produced with a proprietary catalyst is said to offer “never seen before” levels of performance that enable converters to create innovative new films for stretch hood packaging, collation shrink, primary packaging, and greenhouse applications that previously were not possible. The Exceed XP 7 series is the newest addition to the Exceed XP line of high-performance LLDPE film resins from ExxonMobil. Exceed XP 7021 and XP 7052 reportedly deliver remarkable mechanical performance with a combination of low density and fractional melt index (MI).

As such, they are said to offer the value chain a combination of attributes that is currently not available in a single resin. This includes high levels of elasticity and holding force, puncture energy (up to 2.3 J/mil) and dart impact resistance (up to 900 gm on a 25.4 micron film).

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-MEG increases in anticipation of tight availability

China domestic MEG price increased by 147yuan/mt from the previous trading day (September 26) to 5,967yuan/mt on September 27 and CFR China MEG increased by $20/mt to $770/mt. The increase was mainly pushed by expectations of tight spot availability.

Plant news

Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical originally planned to start its 800kt/year phase II-2 MEG unit in end-September/early October. The startup has been postponed without decided timing. CNSG Anhui Hongsifang shut its 300kt/year syngas-based MEG unit in Anhui province due to the power restrictions. It is still unknown about the restart timing. Shaanxi Coal & Chemical Industry Weihe Binzhou Chemical originally planned to restart its 300kt/year syngas-based MEG unit in H2 Sep. Currently, the company has no plan to restart the unit yet.

Offtake in Taicang

In addition, market sentiment was also affected by the news of suspended offtake in Taicang port due to the power curb requirements.

Two major terminals in Taicang Port were required to halt offtake due to power curbs since September 26, and it is unknown how long the restriction would last.

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-Milliken to offer portfolio of colorants and additives for polyurethane at UTECH Europe 2021

Ghent, Belgium – Milliken & Company plans to showcase a broad range of colorants and stabilizer technologies that are all designed to enhance polyurethane (PU) products when it exhibits at UTECH Europe 2021 (Booth #B20) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, from Nov. 16-18. One key focus of Milliken’s presence will be its Reactint® Color Studio, a valuable, web-based resource for PU foam producers and users. PET Resin Market Prices

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to meeting customers and industry attendees at the UTECH show,” said Jesse Shoultz, Global Market Manager. “We have been working for decades to help polyurethane producers and brand owners to improve the aesthetics and performance of their end products. We’re leveraging this expertise and market understanding to provide the support and solutions desired by our customers today to help them meet their most challenging technical requirements.”

Milliken to offer portfolio of colorants and additives for polyurethane at UTECH Europe 2021

-Can Plastic PET Bottles Be Reduced, Recycled or Reused?

We all know that just how important it is for you to reduce, recycle and reuse. To reduce our dependency on plastics we are using them several times again and again. But is doing this even safe? Is a China blow molding machine even safe for manufacturing reused (polyethylene terephthalate) PET bottles?

What types of ingredients are the plastic bottle made of?

In this section, we will give you an idea of what plastic bottles are made of. Although we all think that plastic bottles are made of PET but the reality is entirely different. Plastic bottles are made of synthetic polymers that have various organic compounds mostly carbon compounds.  PET Resin Market Prices

Each type of compound that the bottle is manufactured from has to be segregated separately and then reused in the recycling process.

Although you may have heard of polyethylene terephthalate it isn’t the only compound that is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles.

Some of the other compounds that a China blow molding machine will use in the making of plastic bottles include high-density polyethylene, PVC or polyvinyl chloride, low-density polyethylene or LDPE, polypropylene, polystyrene, or PS, and a few other compounds used very little.

Can Plastic PET Bottles Be Reduced, Recycled or Reused?

-GSFC spurts after CBIC proposes anti-dumping duty for caprolactam

Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (GSFC) jumped 4.61% to Rs 129.45 after the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) proposed anti-dumping duty for caprolactam.

GSFC had filed an application before the designated authority in accordance with Customs Tariff Act, 1975 for initiation of anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “caprolactam” originating in or exported from European Union, Korea RP, Russia and Thailand. PET Resin Market Prices

The authority, on the basis of prima facie evidence submitted by GSFC, initiated the investigation and recommended an anti-dumping duty.

GSFC has two caprolactam plants having rated capacities of 20,000 TPA and 50,000 TPA. The main raw materials are Benzene, Oleum, Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide, Synthesis Gas, Sulphur Dioxide, Caustic Soda and Sulphuric Acid.

GSFC spurts after CBIC proposes anti-dumping duty for caprolactam

-Tomra helps equip MRF in Maryland

Prince George’s County cuts ribbon on upgrade that includes several Tomra Titech optical sorting units.

The Prince George’s County, Maryland, Department of the Environment (DoE) has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its materials recovery facility (MRF) in Largo, Maryland, to display new equipment the DoE says will help process recyclables “more cleanly and efficiently.”

Among the equipment installed in Largo are three new Tomra Titech optical sorting units, an additional elliptical separator, a new permanent magnet, an eddy current separator and a master control panel (MCC). Also included is a new plastics sorting line with four 75-cubic-yard storage bunkers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) natural, HDPE multi-colored and polypropylene (PP) plastic scrap.PET Resin Market Prices

Prince George’s County says it was a six-month overhaul at the MRF. Ribbon-cutting event attendees included county officials, representatives from the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) agency, operators of the facility and other county officials.

“The reason the county promotes recycling is that it reduces pollution, reduces greenhouse gases, and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills,” says Floyd Holt, Prince George’s County deputy chief administrative officer for government infrastructure, technology and environmental services.

Solvay announces groundbreaking solution for recycling PVDC

-Solvay announces groundbreaking solution for recycling PVDC

Scientists at Solvay have developed an innovative process that could revolutionize the future recycling of PVDC food packaging

Brussels, September 28, 2021 – Solvay, a science company delivering high performance materials for safe and reliable food packaging, has conducted a proof of concept showing that polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) has the potential to be recycled. PVDC is used in food, beverage and healthcare multilayer barrier packaging across the world. PET Resin Market Prices

The proof of concept involves a process to recycle Ixan® PVDC bioriented film from a post-industrial waste source from food packaging without compromising the performance of the high barrier polymer. It marks an important step towards more sustainable and circular packaging applications, with the potential to launch other initiatives like recycling post-consumer packaging containing PVDC.

Solvay announces groundbreaking solution for recycling PVDC

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-Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical unveils thermoplastic composite material

Mitsubishi Chemical and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Japan (MCAM) have announced the development of a thermoplastic composite material (FRTP) which offers flame retardancy, high production performance, and recyclability. Mitsubishi Chemical is a chemical producer, supplying different sectors from automotive and electronics to medical and sport.

Today, electric vehicles (EVs) are widely being developed with zero emissions to combat climate change. Two fundamental aspects of the EV battery systems are the requirement of higher fire resistance for passenger’s safety and utilising lightweight materials to further save energy. Conventional technologies have often applied thermoset plastic composites, which have flame retardancy and are lightweight. However, low recyclability and less production performance are often considered issues, Mitsubishi said in a media statement.

Mitsubishi and MCAM have together solved these issues in the development of FRTP by bring together our technology about battery systems and optimizing our unique fibres and thermoplastic resin compositions and achieving fire resistance that withstands more than five minutes of a flame over 1000? in our experiment. Mitsubishi and MCAM have already commenced sample work for some customers, and aim to develop new applications such as battery enclosures.

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-Plastics Urges Industry to Voice Opposition to Virgin Resin Tax

The proposed 20-cent-per-pound tax on virgin resin could put 163,400 jobs in the plastics industry at risk.

Calling this an “all-hands-on-deck moment,” Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO Tony Radoszewski is urging members of the plastics industry to voice their opposition to the 20-cent-per-pound tax on virgin resin that is bouncing around Congress. PLASTICS has set up a web page that will allow anti-taxers to send a message via email to their senators and member of Congress in a few quick clicks.

In just a few short weeks, the plastic tax has gone from just an idea, writes Radoszewski, “to a full-fledged campaign by environmental activist organizations like Greenpeace and Oceana.”  Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

The legislation was introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who sits on the Senate Finance and Environment and Public Works committees, in early September. It calls for a 10-cent-per-pound tax in 2022 paid by manufacturers, producers, and importers of virgin plastic resins. It would increase incrementally to reach 20 cents per pound in 2024. As noted in a recent article in PlasticsToday, the proposal includes a number of exemptions, including for medical products.

In a statement released late last week, PLASTICS Chief Economist Perc Pineda noted that the resin tax potentially puts 163,400 jobs in the plastics industry at risk, not including jobs in the plastics-related supply chain that over time would also be affected.

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-Evian Loop bottle to debut in South Korea

Water brand Evian has launched a recycled PET prototype bottle using ‘advanced’ recycling technology from Canada’s Loop Industries.

The ‘transformational’ technology allows no and low value PET to be recycled “endlessly” into new, virgin-like PET, claims Loop Industries. The process breaks plastics down into its base building blocks, or monomers, which are then purified and repolymerised into Loop PET. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

Branded as ‘Evian Loop’ bottles, the prototype is the culmination of a four-year partnership between the two companies, and a commercial rollout is forecast for South Korea in 2022. This will allow Evian to recycle and repurpose more and more existing plastics waste, bringing the company one step closer to its 2025 circularity objective.

“By partnering with Loop Industries, we can look to accelerate our drive to keep the use of virgin plastics to an absolute minimum, whilst also preserving the uniqueness and purity of our natural mineral water,” said Shweta Harit, vice president of marketing for Evian.

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-New pledge for zero impact from textile fibre fragmentation by 2030

Sophie Mather, executive director of UK-based The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), recently unveiled a new global commitment to achieve zero impact from fibre fragmentation from textiles to the environment by 2030. The fashion industry has made tremendous strides in understanding the root causes of the problem and it is time for it to expedite solutions to ensure actual impact, she said.

The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise fibre fragmentation and release to the environment from manufacturing and the product life cycle.

“There is an urgent need to position this topic within the larger sustainability agenda and enable a no-regrets decision to be made,” Mather said last week .

Up until now, Mather said, stakeholders have not had a ‘distinct global agenda’ within which to work, which means that research funding has not been allocated in sufficiently strategic ways that can deliver coherent results and promote progress. The Microfibre 2030 Commitment and its accompanying Roadmap seek to change that. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

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-Trinseo & Indaver Announce Offtake Agreement for Recycled Styrene

Companies pursue long-term business collaboration

Trinseo a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders, and Indaver, a leader in sustainable waste management in Europe, have signed an offtake agreement for recycled styrene (r-styrene).

Under the terms of the agreement, Trinseo will buy a minimum of 50 percent of the r-styrene produced at Indaver for a 10-year period, following startup of the plant planned in 2023. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

As with its other waste collection processes, Indaver will collect post-consumer polystyrene (PS), such as yogurt pots and single-use packaging, and recycle and produce the r-styrene through a proprietary depolymerization technology at its Antwerp, Belgium site.  The r-styrene will then be sent to Trinseo’s Tessenderlo, Belgium site nearby and will be used to manufacture recycled PS resins for dairy packaging and other applications. Both the r-styrene and r-PS products will be ISCC Plus mass balance certified.

Recycled PS has the exact same properties as PS made with virgin fossil-based material. Because of the simple chemical structure of PS, infinite recycling has become a reality, and its purity makes it an ideal material for food packaging. Trinseo recently launched rPS, STYRONTM CO2RETM CR55 PS Resins for food contact applications early this year. This particular product has been used to make the first yogurt pot made with a food contact compliant polystyrene recyclate for a leading European yogurt brand, which has been on shelves in France since May 2021.

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-MEG prices in Asia increased by 5%

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) prices in Asia rose 5% on September 27 amid rising naphtha prices and reduced supplies caused by Chinese authorities’ policy to control and restrict capacity in the country, ICIS reported.

MEG spot deals were concluded at USD762-770 per tonne, CFR at the main ports of China (CMP). MEG spot prices as of September 24 were USD728-735 per tonne, CFR CMP. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

Asian naphtha prices are rising on the back of rising global crude oil futures amid support for demand for petrochemicals.

ICE Brent crude futures rose more than USD1 a barrel to USD79.40 a barrel at noon in Asia as global production disruptions forced energy companies to withdraw large volumes of oil from inventories.

Offerings from sellers continued to rise in an effort to recoup margins, although buyers and end users were generally cautious amid the market’s surge.

On the supply side, China’s MEG production declined amid China’s dual-control policies to reduce emissions, coupled with capacity constraints caused by limited coal supplies.

“Tough measures to restrict production in industries with high energy consumption could last until the end of the year,” said a regional trader.

Earlier it was reported that the total stocks of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the east of China increased last week by 5.9% compared with a week ago due to an increase in the number of arriving shipments of imported material in ports. Thus, this figure on September 10 amounted to 621.3 thousand tons. Meanwhile, on September 3, it was at the level of 586.5 thousand tons.

MEG prices in Asia increased by 5%

-EconCore’s RPET honeycomb technology accredited with prestigious Solar Impulse Label

EconCore, the world leader in technologies for economic honeycomb sandwich material production was recently awarded the Solar Impulse Label in recognition of the sustainability of their RPET honeycomb core technology.

EconCore has developed a continuous manufacturing process that can produce thermoformable, high-performance lightweight panels with a thermoplastic core made from recycled PET, in a cost-effective way. RPET honeycomb core made of 95 recycled PET, mainly sourced from post-consumer waste including (food) packaging, PET bottles, textiles and post-industrial waste.

With the RPET EconCore honeycomb cores and panels, customers can benefit of easier implementation, faster functionalization, and can design lighter structures which translates into significant CO2 reduction.

EconCore’s technology is used in a wide range of applications including automotive, transportation, building and construction, industrial packaging/graphical displays, furniture and many others. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

 EconCore’s RPET honeycomb technology accredited with prestigious Solar Impulse Label

-Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

About 8 billion tons of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, but only 10% has actually been recycled.

Recycling is increasingly seen as an unsuitable solution to the growing volume of food waste produced by the world. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

In addition to reducing our overall consumption levels, addressing the waste crisis will require more support for new forms of packaging such as those made from compostable materials.

In 1970, packaging manufacturer Container Corporation of America was on the hunt for a new symbol to help companies showcase a commitment to recycling. University of Southern California architecture major Gary Anderson spent just two days designing the entry that would come out on top of a field of 500. The winning three-arrow symbol was awarded $2,000 in prize money and was released into the public domain.

Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

-ISO standard launched to quantify drapability and deformability of fabrics and nonwovens

ISO 21765 allows worldwide comparable measurement of various parameters, which can be measured on Textechno’s DRAPETEST instrument.

A newly developed international standard for quantifying material behavior in terms of drapability and deformability was recently published by ISO as ISO 21765:2020, according to precision testing equipment supplier Textechno (Mönchengladbach, Germany) and non-crimp fabrics (NCF) supplier Saertex (Saerbeck, Germany, and Huntersville, N.C., U.S.). Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

According to the partners, the new standard ISO 21765 allows the worldwide comparable measurement of all relevant parameters regarding the deformability and drapability of all kinds of fabrics, including woven fabrics and NCFs as well as knitted fabrics and nonwovens on Textechno’s precision testing equipment DRAPETEST. This shows potential for recycled carbon fiber nonwovens.

ISO standard launched to quantify drapability and deformability of fabrics and nonwovens

-New recycling plant promises more sustainable bedding

Dow Polyurethanes and Orrion Chemicals Orgaform, together with Eco-mobilier, H&S Anlagentechnik and The Vita Group, have inaugurated a pioneering mattress recycling plant as part of the RENUVA circular economy programme.

Old mattresses made of polyurethane (PU) foam will now be recovered, dismantled and chemically recycled to create a new polyol, a key starting material to produce PU. This RENUVA polyol is designed for various applications including mattresses.

Dow states that this is a major step forward for the recovery and recycling of PU foam, and a significant advance for closing the loop for end-of-life mattresses. At full capacity, the plant will process up to 200,000 mattresses per year, helping to tackle the growing mattress waste problem. Auomotive Thermoplastic Momposite Material

“We are immensely proud to have unveiled this plant,” commented Marie Buy, sustainability leader EMEAI, Dow Polyurethanes.

New recycling plant promises more sustainable bedding

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-BASF to scale up decarbonisation

Germany-based BASF aims to scale up two key decarbonisation technologies in the second half of the decade, its CEO said.

“There are innovative technologies in the pilot phase now – one of them is the electric cracker and the other is methane pyrolysis – two key technologies to actually manage this transformation,” said Martin Brudermuller, CEO of BASF, at a fireside chat during the ICIS Power Players Awards virtual event.

“We are now building pilot facilities – the first entry of these technologies, to learn about them. And then we have to go very quickly into scale-up. And the scale-up will then be in the second half of this decade, so that we will have the first real contribution [by] 2030,” he added.

In March, BASF joined forces with SABIC and Linde to develop the world’s first electrically heated steam cracker furnace which would use electricity to heat furnaces rather than natural gas.

If the electricity comes from renewables such as wind and solar, the new technology could slash CO2 emissions by as much as 90%, according to the companies.

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-Germany’s chems urge quick coalition formation after inconclusive election result

Germany’s parties in the “democratic centre” should form a coalition government and present within 100 days an industrial policy that could help the chemicals industry overcome the challenges it faces, trade group VCI said on Monday.

The speedy formation of a government the VCI is asking for may not be on the horizon, according to analysts, after nearly 80% of the 60m German voters called to the polls returned a hung parliament.  Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

The largest party, the social democrats of the SPD, only obtained 26% of the votes, according to projections as of Monday morning cited by Reuters.

Not far-off, the conservatives of the CDU/CSU with 24.5%, its worst result in decades and the party closed the 16 years of Angela Merkel as Chancellor, or head of government.

But the kingmakers after the 2021 election may be the upcoming force in the left, the Greens (around 15% of the vote), and the liberals of the FDP with around 12%.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was on track for 10.5%, down from 2017, and the far-left Die Linke around 5%.

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-Reliance Industries and several other companies plan to recycle plastic used in medical devices

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune jointly with Reliance Industries Ltd and several other companies from Pune have achieved a breakthrough to manufacture useful moulded plastic components from COVID-19 PPE waste, said Economictimes. Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

The successful “pilot project has the potential to scale up and replicate throughout the country to convert PPE waste into useful and safe products,” RIL said in a statement.

A pilot project converted the decontaminated PPE waste (mainly comprising PPE suits/overalls) into an easily processable and upcycled agglomerated form (pellets or granules). The polymer pellets can find usage in non-food applications, including high-performance automotive components.

A substantial increase in demand for single-use plastic items such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks and gloves has been witnessed since the pandemic.

Across India, more than 200 tonne of COVID-19 related waste was generated every day in May 2021. So far, this hazardous PPE waste is incinerated at central waste management (BMWM) facilities. Incineration is energy-intensive and leads to the release of harmful greenhouse gases.

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-Paccor launches new bio-based PP packaging

Since introducing its CARE (circularity, alliances, resources and employees) strategy last year, Paccor, a leading German packaging manufacturer, has steadily worked to progress its aim of accelerating the transformation toward a more circular economy.

CARE work as a guide in the implementation path for its sustainability practices. The strategy will also provide support for the company in achieving its goal of recyclability in practice and at scale for all products by 2023, ahead of the European Union timescale, the Düsseldorf-based company said. Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

Paccor officials said the search for the most sustainable packaging materials for a safe and efficient food value chain is one of the company’s fundamental steps in accelerating the transformation toward a circular economy. The first step on the roadmap to reach those goals is to further increase the use of post-consumer resin, from both mechanical and chemical technologies, as well as alternative bio-based materials.

“As these alternatives are in demand, we are sure that our strategy will help our customers offer a wider range of packaging solutions to the end consumer and help them achieve their sustainability goals and commitments,” CEO Andreas Schütte said. “With a healthy mix of reduce, recycle and replace, we will succeed in meeting the targets set by the legislator for the industry.”

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-Germany’s Trutzschler Nonwovens exhibiting new machines at INDEX 2021

Trutzschler Nonwovens, Trutzschler Card Clothing, and Voith have announced at Booth 2327 Index 2021 that they are exhibiting a wide range of machines for sustainable non-woven fabrics for wipes, hygiene, or medical textiles. The indexes are Edina and Palexpo. The famous exhibition will be held from October 19th to 22nd, 2021. Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

Plastic-free initiatives around the world affect everyone, including consumers, product developers, non-woven manufacturers, and ultimately non-woven machinery suppliers. Trützschler Nonwovens and Voith are working on the quest for more sustainable and affordable non-woven fabrics in the wipe segment with two proven technologies for producing pulp-based non-woven fabrics. First is the WLS (wet raid / span lace) line. More than a handful are used worldwide and are primarily targeted at the washable wipe market. In the index, Trutzschler presents the latest next level / WLS baby wipes and body wipes. The company said in a press release that this was a joint development by Voith and Trützschler.

Trutzschler Nonwovens, Trutzschler Card Clothing, and Voith have announced at booth 2327 INDEX 2021 that they are exhibiting a wide range of machines for sustainable non-woven fabrics for wipes, hygiene, or medical textiles. IND EX is Edina and Palexpo. The famous exhibition will be held from October 19th to 22nd, 2021.

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-The Growth of PET Bottle Recycling in Japan

In recent years, many countries around the world have enjoyed the economic benefits of plastics while simultaneously facing serious environmental problems caused by their inappropriate disposal. In order to tackle concerns about plastics, these countries, as well as the international community, have been working to create new legislative and corporate initiatives. In this context, and to strengthen control over the use of plastics, Japanstarted charging for plastic bags in 2020, and adopted the Act on the Promotion of Resource Recycling for Plastics in 2021.

Among plastics, PET has been one of the most widely utilised materials since it was first synthesized in the mid-1940s. Globally, more than 50% of synthetic fiber is produced from PET, and as an inert polymer it serves as an ideal material for beverage bottles which require a barrier to the ingress of oxygen. In addition, PET is the most recycled plastic. In Japan, the collection rate for PET bottles has reached 90% (PET Bottle Recycling Promotion Council, 2017), which is quite high compared to Europe and the US. Both the 1997 Container and Packaging Recycling Law and widespread practice of sorting waste among consumers contribute to this high collection ratio. Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

CCET is organising a webinar that features speakers from the Ministry of the Environment, local municipalities, recycling companies, the beverage federation, Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, and others involved in the recycling of PET bottles in Japan. It will be held in October in consideration of urban sustainability, as that month is defined as “Urban October” by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

The Growth of PET Bottle Recycling in Japan

-Edge Solutions and INEOS Styrolution collaborate to develop innovative protection for operational wind farms

  • Ultra-tough and aerodynamically optimal ‘erosion shield’
  • Improved aerodynamics leads to increased annual energy production
  • Solution is based on INEOS Styrolution’s Luran® SC material

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, and Edge Solutions, a Dundee-based innovator dedicated to the optimisation of wind energy generation, announce today the development of armourEDGE protection for wind turbine blades based on a customised version of INEOS Styrolution’s Luran® SC material.

‘Leading edge erosion’ is a serious issue with large commercial wind turbine blades. It is caused by environmental impacts including rain, hail, ice, salt and UV. Such damage of the blade surface leads to increased drag and ultimately to reduced energy production. Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

It also drives operating cost up due to increased maintenance, regular blade replacement and downtime of the generator.

While the issue already exists for onshore installations, it becomes even more significant for offshore windfarms, operating under extreme conditions.

Based on specifications defined by Edge Solutions, INEOS Styrolution developed a specific material solution using its Luran® SC product. This material became the basis for the armourEDGE shield – a leading edge protection solution that significantly reduces the impact of environmental factors on the leading edge of wind turbine blades. The armourEDGE shield leads to significantly less downtown and maintenance cost. It also results in an increase in annual energy production.

Edge Solutions and INEOS Styrolution collaborate to develop innovative protection for operational wind farms

-PP Compound Market for Automotive Industry Future Trends 2021-2031

The growth of the PP compound market for automotive industry can be attributed to the growing usage of lightweight materials in ICE vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs). Also, there has been a growing demand for long fiber polypropylene compounds for automotive front-end carriers, instrument-panel carriers, consoles, door panels, underbody shields, and pedals. The majority of the vehicles produced around the globe are ICE vehicles as they are more economical and easily accessible, due to which, the majority of PP compound for automotive industry is being consumed during the production of internal combustion vehicles.

Thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) are used for applications that require high impact strength. TPO is polypropylene compounded with a rubber/elastomer without being vulcanized.  Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

Polypropylene compound, which contains vulcanized rubber/elastomer, is termed as thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV). These have high-elastic strength and are used for coverings and tubes. TPO and TPV are widely used in automotive interiors for parts such as instrument panels, center consoles, and interior trims. Interior parts that require good aesthetics along with a soft touch, make use of TPO and TPV.

Asia-Pacific and Japan occupied the largest market share in the global PP compound market for the automotive industry in 2020. The region dominates global automotive production. China is leading the electric vehicle production trend globally. In China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has put forward stringent fuel consumption standards for passenger cars.

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-Watch in 3D How Bacteria Synthesise Bioplastic PHAs

Scientists have reported the first-ever time-lapse movie of polyhydroxyalkanoate granule formation in bacterial cells, made possible with the help of 3D holographic microscopy.  Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

Amid the growing plastic waste crisis, metabolic engineering researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have successfully observed how bioplastic granules of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) accumulate in living bacterial cells with the help of 3D holographic microscopy, bringing new knowledge into the biosynthesis of sustainable plastics.

Widely endorsed as an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic plastics, PHAs are bacterial polyesters used to create biodegradable plastics. But before they became the building blocks of bioplastics, they were originally energy and carbon storage materials, which existed as insoluble granules and synthesised as a result of bacteria growing in an environment with excess carbon sources. And up until recently, the exact mechanisms behind the synthesis of these granules have remained elusive.

Many researchers have attempted to analyse these PHA granules in vivo using a range of tools such as fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron cryotomography. However, transmission electron microscopy relies on the statistical analysis of multiple 2D snapshots of fixed cells or the short-term monitoring of the cells, and fluorescence techniques make use of fluorescence labelling or dye-staining that can also affect the viability of cells. Therefore, scientists could not examine the real-time accumulation of PHAs in live cells. Due to these technical limitations, scientists have long struggled to fully understand the underlying processes of PHA granule formation.

Watch in 3D How Bacteria Synthesise Bioplastic PHAs

-Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches ‘innovative’ compostable oxygen barrier monomaterial

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, the fibre-based solutions manufacturer, announces PureBarrier, a monomaterial oxygen barrier technology reportedly made of 100% cellulose fibres.

The company says its PureBarrier technology, which is based on Genuine Vegetable Parchment, can be used as a sustainable alternative to non-renewable oxygen barrier packaging, as it is apparently biodegradable and compostable.

The technology features oxygen and gas barrier properties, as well as natural wet strength, according to the company. It claims that the PureBarrier technology is naturally grease resistant.  Decarbonisation Technologies CO2 Emissions

In addition, the company says the PureBarrier technology does not contain any loose fibre or added chemicals. It can also be made heat sealable with a biopolymer, which apparently means it is suitable for a number of applications.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches ‘innovative’ compostable oxygen barrier monomaterial

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-Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

Research just published by the US Environment Protection Agency has found that recycled paper and construction materials “contained greater numbers of chemicals than virgin products”. Some 733 identified chemicals, including flame retardants, solvents and dyes, “had greater occurrence in recycled compared to virgin materials”. The authors of the paper, published in Environmental science and technology, warned that “the circular nature of the recycling economy may have the potential to introduce additional chemicals into products”.

So, is the circular economy creating a chemical problem? Are targets to increase recycling and the use of recycled materials within products and packaging actually storing up potential health and environmental problems?

Quite possibly. “The issue of additives in plastics is a real one for circularity,” says Colin Church, chief executive at the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining. “Circularity is building up before we have that framework for chemical management,” adds Kerry Dinsmore, from Fidra, an environmental charity. “People are not talking about this.”  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

-Supply and demand for chemical recycling in  North America polymers markets

Targets set by brand owners and regulations have been contributing to growing demand for recycled plastics globally, particularly for use in food and beverage packaging. However, the supply of high-quality food grade recycled polymers remains limited.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

In the long term, chemical recycling can be a potential complementary solution to mechanical recycling to secure supply of recycled resins suitable for food contact applications. However, there are uncertainties around the timeframe for scale, qualities of waste inputs, costs of the output and yields, as well as environmental impact.

Despite current investments in chemical recycling facilities, ICIS expects that industrial scale may not be achieved before the 2025 and 2030 deadlines for mandates and sustainability related pledges.

Supply and demand for chemical recycling in  North America polymers markets

-Semiconductor chip shortage will cost the auto industry $210B in 2021, new forecast says

Consulting firm AlixPartners also says that production of 7.7 million units will be lost in 2021, up from its earlier forecast of 3.9 million units.

The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has hobbled automotive manufacturing worldwide is even worse than originally thought, consulting firm AlixPartners says, and will cost the auto industry globally US$210 billion in lost revenues this year, a greater revenue loss than was previously forecast.

The New York-based firm’s May 2021 forecast had estimated a loss of US$110 billion.

In terms of vehicles, AlixPartners is now forecasting that production of 7.7 million units will be lost in 2021, up from 3.9 million forecast in May.

“Of course, everyone had hoped that the chip crisis would have abated more by now, but unfortunate events such as the COVID-19 lockdowns in Malaysia and continued problems elsewhere have exacerbated things,” Mark Wakefield, global co-leader of the automotive and industrial practice at AlixPartners, said in a Sept. 23 statement. “Also, chips are just one of a multitude of extraordinary disruptions the industry is facing – including everything from resin and steel shortages to labour shortages.”

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-Recycleye raises £3.5million to solve the world’s waste epidemic

Recycleye, the London-based technology company using advanced artificial intelligence and robotics to turn the world’s waste into resources, has raised a £3.5M seed round.

Having developed the world’s largest visual AI database of waste items, and low-cost robotics technology that automates dangerous manual labour, Recycleye enables waste management companies, including Biffa, to increase the purity and value of materials.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Led by deep-tech venture capital firm Promus Ventures through its Orbital Ventures space fund, and with existing investors Playfair Capital, MMC Ventures, Atypical Ventures, and Creator Fund all participating. The company’s seed round takes its total funding to-date to £4.7M since it was founded in 2019 by CEO Victor Dewulf and CTO Peter Hedley.

Already relied upon by waste management leaders Biffa and ReGen in the UK, and three of the five largest waste management companies in Europe, Recycleye will use the funding to scale and enhance the accuracy, scope, and capabilities of its world-leading machine learning and robotics technology. In addition, it will continue to bolster its team, expand into new European markets, and further consolidate within existing territories (including the UK, France, and Italy), and expand its product line beyond vision systems.

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-BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products. For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste). Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint. For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases. Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

Plastics are easy to process which is one of the secrets of their success. Even complicated integrated components can be manufactured in only a few steps. At the same time, they offer an enormous variety of unique properties in the different applications. At the end of their lifetime, there can and should be recycled – mechanically, chemically or organically. When the entire product lifecycle is considered, plastics are usually the best option – both economically and environmentally.

BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

-EU commercial vehicles registrations fall in July and August amid supply chain, semiconductor woes

Registrations of commercial vehicles – vans, trucks, and coaches – fell sharply in July and August, year on year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said.

Commercial vehicle registrations fell by 11.9% and 5.4% in July and August, respectively, year on year.

The petrochemicals-intensive automotive industry has been affected in past months by supply chain woes and global shortages of semiconductors. Around 20% of petrochemicals output in Europe is sold to the automotive sector.

The fall during the summer months for commercial vehicles follows a sharper fall in registrations for passenger car vehicles, down 23% and 19% in July and August, respectively.

“This [fall in July and August] reflected the slowdown in demand for vans, accounting for 83% of total commercial vehicles registrations, given that the truck and bus segments actually performed better than last year,” said ACEA.

“Sales continued to be driven by central Europe (+23.2%), while new registrations in the key western European markets contracted both in July and August.”

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-LANXESS: Quickly separating black plastic packaging according to type

  • Black pigment from LANXESS for coloring recyclable plastic packaging
  • Enables reflectivity that is up to 20 percent better near-infrared detection in automated sorting plants
  • Reduced magnetic properties prevent false alarms

Consumers, environmental organizations, politicians and industry are increasingly taking action to reduce microplastics. Reusing plastic waste as a raw material also contributes to this, but requires that the different plastics be separated according to type first. “With our latest black pigment, we can help to increase the recycling rate for plastic packaging, which is still far too low around the world,” says Stefano Bartolucci, Global Market Segment Manager for Plastics in the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit at LANXESS. With Bayferrox 303 T, the specialty chemicals company has developed a black pigment for coloring black plastic that reflects 20 percent of near-infrared radiation (NIR). This enables plastics to be identified efficiently and cost-effectively with the aid of NIR detectors like those used for sorting waste. “Plastic packaging colored with carbon black, on the other hand, as is used in large part today, does not reflect any radiation and therefore cannot be detected in sorting plants,” says Bartolucci.

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-Nestlé backs Yes Recycling’s flexible plastics plant

Nestlé UK and Ireland announced yesterday (22 September) it has provided Yes Recycling with a ‘pre-investment’ of £1.65 million for the firm’s flexible plastic recycling facility in Glenrothes, Fife.

Set to open “fully” by the end of 2021, the 15,000-tonnes-per year capacity plant will turn flexible plastics, such as those typically used in food packaging, into building materials.

Nestlé said its pre-investment was managed on its behalf by Ecosurety through the forward sale of packaging recovery notes (PRNs), to be supplied to the food company once the plant is in operation.

In a statement, Alison Bramfitt, group packaging manager at Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: “It is really exciting to be partnering with Yes Recycling and helping fund this new plant in Fife.

“We are working hard at Nestlé to create circularity for our packaging so it can have multiple lives and uses and doesn’t end up as waste in landfill. Being able to partner with pioneering technology such as this is just one of the ways we are taking steps forward on this journey.”

Nestlé backs Yes Recycling’s flexible plastics plant

-Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults

Microplastics — tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size — are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it’s not surprising that scientists have detected these particles in the feces of people and pets. Now, in a small pilot study, researchers have discovered that infants have higher amounts of one type of microplastic in their stool than adults. Health effects, if any, are uncertain.

Microplastics — tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size — are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it’s not surprising that scientists have detected these particles in the feces of people and pets. Now, in a small pilot study, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters discovered that infants have higher amounts of one type of microplastic in their stool than adults. Health effects, if any, are uncertain.

Little is known about the magnitude of human exposure to microplastics or their health effects. Although microplastics were once thought to pass harmlessly through the gastrointestinal tract and exit the body, recent studies suggest that the tiniest pieces can cross cell membranes and enter the circulation. In cells and laboratory animals, microplastic exposure can cause cell death, inflammation and metabolic disorders.

Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,775 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton +425
Bottle grade PET chips export market 960 $/ton 1,015 $/ton- +55
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,625 yuan/ton +275
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,870 yuan/ton 5,170 yuan/ton +300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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700 $/ton 710 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,515 yuan/ton 5,930 yuan/ton +415
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 710 $/ton 772 $/ton- +62
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 913 $/ton 916 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 894 $/ton 897 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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917 $/ton 920 $/ton +3
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
+200
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.600 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,650 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,180 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,250 yuan/ton 16,200 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 16,750 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,800 yuan/ton 16,550 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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18,900 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,350 yuan/ton 21,200 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,800 yuan/ton 19,750 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton 10,950 yuan/ton -450
Benzene domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 7,730 yuan/ton -470
Benzene overseas  market 975 $/ton 964 $/ton -11
Ethylene South 1,052 $/ton860 1,050 $/ton -2
Ethylene NWE  market 1,152 $/ton 1,126 $/ton -26
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton- +800
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Pure Terephthalic Acid
8,700 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  697 $/ton 711 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,960 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -460

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-Talon International Launches 100% Sustainable Ghost Net Products

The only company producing a full range of trim items produced from 100% Ghost Net Plastic material

A considerable advancement toward reducing the overabundance of plastic waste in our oceans, benefiting valuable partners and consumers alongside improving our indispensable home: Earth.

After years of meaningful development, Talon International is proud to announce the launch of its innovative Ghost Net Products. The company successfully developed a solution to improving marine habitats by collecting and recycling the surplus of plastic waste that has consumed our beloved oceans.

Plastic waste has finally reached the top of society’s agenda. Only nine percent of the plastic produced since the beginning of the material’s revolutionary debut has been recycled. Unfortunately, much of the remainder invade our waters—4.9 billion tons consuming the habitats of vital marine wildlife. If the trend continues, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish in less than thirty years.

Talon has taken to collecting abandoned ghost nets, a substantial portion of our planet’s plastic waste, and developing them into an assortment of practical fashion items, including zippers, buckles, cord adjusters, buttons, and more. The company’s process is simple: search, collect, clean, regenerate, and develop the recycled resin into innovative products that will change the world, one ghost net at a time.

Talon International has been awarded the Global Recycled Standard by the INFL Laboratory and Institute, certifying that its Ghost Net Products and manufacturing practices conform with international voluntary standards. The company currently coordinates and operates the recycling of ghost nets found amongst China’s shores. Talon is honored to be the first audited and certified fishing net recycling system in China.

Talon International Launches 100% Sustainable Ghost Net Products

-In Parma (Italy) the Tomra Test center for flakes

The new facility that operates worldwide in the application development of solutions for the selection of polyolefin, PVC and PET flakes was inaugurated yesterday.

Tomra inauguration Parma

In Parma, at the Italian headquarters of the Norwegian group Tomra, a new Test Center was recently created for the selection of flakes – flake material obtained from the granulation of plastic waste after the washing phases, before extrusion in granules -, where new applications and solutions for the automatic selection of polyolefins, PVC, PET and HIPS will be developed together with customers from all over the world.

The inauguration of the Test Center was held yesterday during an international event in the presence of a hundred operators in the sector and the specialized press under the banner of “Testing is to believe”. Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Fabrizio Radice, VP and Head of Global Sales and Marketing of Tomra Recycling, explained the reasons that led the company to invest in the new structure: “We detect a growing demand, from customers, for tests for the selection of flakes, along with a strong market demand for high-quality recycled plastics. Therefore it is necessary to identify, develop and optimize the technologies and solutions necessary to achieve this goal. This is exactly what we will do in the new center, in close collaboration with our customers and partners “.

In Parma (Italy) the Tomra Test center for flakes

-Evian Debuts PET Bottle Made with 100% Recycled Plastic

Dubbed evian Loop and developed in partnership with Loop Industries, the bottles will be rolled out at commercial scale in South Korea in 2022.

French bottled water company Evian appropriately chose Recycle Week, which runs from Sept. 20 to 26 this year, to move farther along in its journey toward achieving circularity by 2025. In partnership with Loop Industries, evian has developed a prototype bottle that is made entirely of recycled PET. Dubbed evian Loop, the bottles will be rolled out at commercial scale in South Korea in 2022. They will be introduced in other markets at a future date, said evian in the news release.

The evian Loop bottle is made from plastic waste with little to no value that is broken down into its constituent monomers, which are purified and repolymerized into Loop PET plastic. The technology developed by Loop Industries reportedly can endlessly recycle all manner of PET plastic waste, from gym bags to flip flops as well as ocean, colored, and opaque plastics.  Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

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-Plastic waste recycling: Cornell University research creates in-depth framework for chemical recycling of plastic

The research was published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.

Plastic waste: Chemical recycling is a process that allows waste products to be changed back into natural resources by physical breakdown of plastic into smaller molecules from which it was originally produced. Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Now, New York-based Cornell University’s College of Engineering has carried out new research to ease this process. The research was published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, in which the authors detailed mathematical models and methodologies that take into account aspects like equipment for chemical recycling, the process, environmental effects as well as market for the end products, based on which they recommend different strategies and technologies that can be adopted for chemical recycling of plastic waste.

According to the university, this marks the first comprehensive analysis to quantify the environmental impacts of the plastic waste chemical recycling life cycle, including impacts like human toxicity and climate change. Since the 1950s, billions of tons of plastic has been produced but studies have found that a whopping 91% of it has not been recycled. This not only poses environmental issues, but is also a waste of economic opportunity that comes from recycling and reusing plastic.

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-Coloreel develops 100% recycled polyester thread

Coloreels’ new polyester thread is created from 100% recycled post-consumer PET bottles.  Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Swedish textile innovation brand Coloreel has introduced a recycled polyester thread used with a technology enabling high-quality colouring of textile thread on demand.

The sustainable move by Coloreel was made in collaboration with thread manufacturing giant Madeira, as it looks to reduce its impact even further.

In line with Coloreel’s mission to provide more sustainable and creative embroidery methods, Coloreel will shift over to offer 100% recycled polyester thread to be used with the instant thread colouring technology for embroideries. This will provide customers the ability to create more sustainable embroideries with thousands of colours, CMYK, RGB/HEX and PMS compatible.

The polyester is created from 100% recycled post-consumer PET bottles and has passed through all industry standard quality testing and provides the same fastness properties as virgin polyester thread and is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex.

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-U.S. EPA Weighs Regulation of Chemical Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating chemical recycling, a controversial technology that aims to convert mixed plastic waste into fuel or energy.

In its notice in the Federal Register earlier this month, the EPA said it wants more information about so-called pyrolysis and gasification, also known as advanced or chemical recycling, and is considering how they could be regulated under the federal Clean Air Act.

“The Agency believes that there is considerable confusion in the regulated community regarding the applicability of Clean Air Act section 129 to pyrolysis and gasification units,” the Federal Register notice said. Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Advanced recycling facilities aim to convert hard-to-recycle plastics, solid waste, biomass, tires and other forms of waste into fuels or energy using high heat and solvents, and has been promoted by the petrochemical and plastics industries as a way to deal with plastic waste.

A Reuters investigation earlier this year, however, found many of these facilities are not processing much waste. Reuters examined 30 projects by two-dozen advanced recycling companies across three continents and found that most still operate on a small scale or have closed down, and more than half are years behind schedule on previously announced commercial plans.

The American Chemistry Council has urged U.S. lawmakers to pass legislation that would incentivize advanced recycling, and 14 U.S. states have passed advanced recycling laws that would exempt chemical recycling facilities from solid waste and recycling laws.

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-Bottlenecks hinder September economic growth in eurozone

Supply bottlenecks have slowed the rate of economic growth in the eurozone, impacting both manufacturing and services sectors in September, following a 15-year high in July.

The latest flash data of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released by IHS Markit on Thursday, indicated that while considerably above contraction, the combined metric for the sectors hit a five-month low.  Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

This trend was echoed in the UK, with growth hitting its weakest point in seven months, although the decline was less pronounced than in the eurozone, and shaped by the same driver of supply constraints.

Business expectations for the coming year also eroded on concerns of increased coronavirus infection rates with the spread of the Delta variant which could continue to shape market fundamentals.

Company costs rose at the fastest rate in 21 years as demand continued to outstrip supply, with prices being passed through from the manufacturing to the services sector.

Frequently increased costs were passed down to customers, with inflationary pressures rising to the third-highest rate in 20 years in September, only surpassed by June and July levels.

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-Arburg successfully tests Inzea PLA

The product family can be used in a wide range of applications and suitable for food contact in accordance with Regulation (EU) 10/2011, particularly in the household segment, catering, packaging and agriculture

At its Customer Center in Lossburg, Germany, ARBURG regularly carries out processing tests on bio-based plastics, including the INZEA product family distributed by Biesterfeld. The injection moulding machine manufacturer found that the compostable PLA biopolymer compound can be used to produce high-quality parts with high process reliability and without the need for additional machine equipment. This makes INZEA an excellent alternative to fossil-based materials.

INZEA is a bio-based and fully biodegradable and compostable polymer in accordance with EN 13432. The product family is based on polylactic acid from renewable and non-genetically modified sources, which does not compete with the food chain. Some types also contain a proportion of starch. INZEA is suitable for injection moulding, extrusion and thermoforming.  Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

The product family can be used in a wide range of applications. It is suitable for food contact in accordance with Regulation (EU) 10/2011, particularly in the household segment, catering, packaging and agriculture. Typical applications for INZEA® include plastic bags, coffee capsules, bottles and boxes.

Arburg successfully tests Inzea PLA

-NexKemia intends to increase prices for PSV-S in October

Nexkemia intends to increase its expandable polystyrene (PSV-S) prices in North America by 8 cents per pound (USD176 per tonne) in October, according to the company’s letter to customers.

Nexkemia did not raise PSV-S prices in September. The company attributed the rise in prices for PSV-S to the rise in prices for benzene in North America, as well as for other raw materials.  Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Hurricane Ida shut down 38% of North American styrene production at the end of August. Two styrene plants in Louisiana have already been restarted but are not yet fully operational. One plant in Texas has also been shut down for scheduled repairs. Spot prices for styrene rose 8 cents a pound amid reports of blackouts.

Two other producers also raised prices for PSV-S for October.

Earlier it was reported that Nexkemia cut prices of expandable polystyrene (PSV-S) in North America by 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) in August . EPSilyte also posted a 5 cents / pound increase from August 1 in August.

NexKemia intends to increase prices for PSV-S in October

-Borealis cuts ammonia production on high prices of natural gas

Borealis is to cut ammonia production due to the high prices of natural gas, a spokesperson at the Austrian major confirmed to ICIS on Thursday.

The company, which produces ammonia at several European facilities, would not disclose whether ammonia output will be cut across the board or just at some facilities.

The move by Borealis comes after other large European fertilizer producers cut ammonia production on the back of high prices for natural gas globally.

Last week, Norway’s major Yara and its peer OCI of the Netherlands announced output cuts; this week, Ukraine’s OPZ followed suit.

Short supply and high demand ahead of the winter season have caused natural gas prices to shoot up to record highs. Chemical Recycling Plastic Waste

Borealis, a subsidiary of Austria’s energy major OMV, makes around 20% of its sales from fertilizers; ammonia is one of them.

Borealis cuts ammonia production on high prices of natural gas

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-Versalis to acquire remaining 60% stake in Finproject to become the Italian leader in the production of special polymers

Closing is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 and follows Versalis’ acquisition of 40% of the company which took place in July 2020. The operation will allow for the development of more specialized products and also those derived from renewable or recycled raw materials.

San Donato Milanese, 22 September 2021 – Versalis has announced that it has exercised the call option to buy the remaining 60% of the shares of the Marche region based industrial group Finproject, an Italian leader in the compounding sector* and in the production of ultralight products, in order to raise its stake to 100%.

The transaction, which will be formally completed with closing expected in the fourth quarter of 2021, follows the initial acquisition of a 40% stake in the company in July 2020 from VEI Capital, and confirms Versalis’ strategy to become the Italian leader in the high performance formulated polymers sector.

Finproject is the leading operator in Italy in the production of cross-linkable and thermoplastic compounds for industrial uses and in the molding of products, in particular for the footwear sector, and of products in the ultralight expanded materials marketed under the XL EXTRALIGHT® brand which, in collaboration with some of the most important brands, are intended for the consumer end market.

Versalis to acquire remaining 60% stake in Finproject to become the Italian leader in the production of special polymers

-Car parts group Faurecia revises down 2021 targets due to semiconductor shortage

French car parts company Faurecia lowered its main 2021 financial targets on Thursday, saying it was adapting them due to the new forecasts for the global automotive market published last week by information provider IHS Markit.

Faurecia noted IHS Markit now estimated worldwide car production at 72 million vehicles this year versus 76.8 million previously, adding this sharp reduction was primarily attributable to a higher than expected impact from semiconductor shortages.

“Faurecia’s financial guidance for 2021 was explicitly based on the assumption of 76.6 million vehicles produced in the full year”, the company said.

Based on this new assumption of a 72-million global car production, Faurecia now sees full year sales of 15.5 billion euros ($18.2 billion) versus a previous target 16.5 billion.  Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/world/car-parts-group-faurecia-revises-down-2021-targets-due-semiconductor-shortage

Car parts group Faurecia revises down 2021 targets due to semiconductor shortage

-PET prices in Latin America remain stable

Prices for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Latin America remain stable this week amid high prices for preforms in other regions, ICIS reported .

Continuously rising transport costs and higher electricity costs in some countries could lead to price fluctuations in October as negotiations continue.

Demand is volatile as high prices and bad weather restrict business, especially in Mexico. Stocks remain low. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

Asian preform prices remain stable, but buying activity remains low due to high prices in major ports, which are around USD1,600 per tonne.

Market availability of Chinese preforms is declining amid recent declines in plant utilization as the country reduces energy consumption in some regions. Market sources report that more Chinese goods are being sold in bulk rather than in containers, and mainly to South America and Europe.

Offers from South Korea are also present, but most of the volumes are directed to the United States.

Shipping costs remain high, widening the gap between FOB Asian PET prices and CFR prices at a major port in South America.

PET prices in Latin America remain stable

-Lenzing Celebrates One Year Launch Of Carbon-Zero TENCEL™ Branded Fibers With Expansion To REFIBRA™ Technology

Celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded fibers, the Lenzing Group today announced the expansion of carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded fibers to REFIBRA™ technology to address the growing industry demand around “circular fashion” and carbon neutrality.

The first carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers, which launched last year, have continued to gain momentum among industry partners including fashion brands and mills. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

Available in September 2021, the expansion aims to provide more innovative solutions for fashion brands to meet carbon reduction targets and consumers to enjoy sustainable products, reinforcing Lenzing’s commitment to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

The expansion demonstrates Lenzing’s solid commitment to building a truly sustainable textile industry, not only through the reduction of carbon footprint, but also via increased circularity through the REFIBRATM technology. This pioneering technology involves upcycling cotton scraps from garment production and transforming them into cotton pulp. The cotton pulp is then added to sustainably sourced wood pulp to produce virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers.

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-IAF, EURATEX, ABIT collaborate at international content conference

The International Federation of Apparel (IAF), the European Federation of Apparel Textiles (EURATEX) and the Brazilian Association of Apparel Textile Industries (ABIT) have announced their cooperation on the content of the annual international conference to be held in the fall of 2021. It provides supplementary insights into the huge transitions that the apparel and textile industry is experiencing.

The IAF and ABIT gave the conference the same theme: “Transition of the Global Fashion System”. The theme of the EURATEX conference is “a new paradigm for the European textile and garment industry” and therefore emphasizes the transition.

All three associations recognize the urgency and importance of the ongoing transitions of the apparel and textile industries.

Through their collaboration, they can offer free programs to viewers around the world, each focusing on different elements of this transition, the entity said in a joint media release. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

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-German firm Messe Frankfurt to hold Heimtextil from Jan 11-14, 2022

Messe Frankfurt, a German trade fair and event organiser, has announced that the trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil, will open its doors in Frankfurt next year from January 11-14, 2022. With registrations from around 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries, the fair anticipates a highly promising return to the international stage. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

“With four months still to go, there has been a tremendous response to Heimtextil 2022, especially from the international side. The yearning for personal encounters and the chance to examine the latest products in reality is greater than ever before. We are looking forward very much to welcoming the sector back to our fair and exhibition centre and have complete confidence that Heimtextil 2022 will be a safe and successful event for all concerned,” Olaf Schmidt, vice president textiles and textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt, said in a press release.

In addition to the extensive spectrum of products to be seen, Heimtextil 2022 will offer inspiration and an attractive range of information services and events to help visitors discover the latest market developments in the sector. In particular, the presentation of the Heimtextil

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-ALPLA taking over Spanish bottle manufacturer Plastisax

The ALPLA Group is taking over Spain-based bottle manufacturer Plastisax S.L, which produces plastic bottles for the cosmetics, home and personal care sectors.

ALPLA taking over Spanish bottle manufacturer Plastisax

ALPLA übernimmt den spanischen Flaschenhersteller Plastisax mit Sitz bei Alicante. // ALPLA is taking over Spanish bottle manufacturer Plastisax based near Alicante.

The takeover will enable an increased use of recycled material in production operations and a strengthening of the circular economy in the region.

With the purchase of Plastisax S.L., ALPLA is consolidating its market position in eastern Spain and expanding its production capacities mainly for packaging solutions made from HDPE. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

A smaller product area also includes bottles made of PET. Extrusion blow moulding and stretch blow moulding are used as production technologies. The company has 58 employees who will be taken over by ALPLA.

Marc de Voogd, General Manager, France and Iberia at ALPLA, said: “With the integration of Plastisax into our group, we are expanding our customer base and improving our geographical footprint to serve our regionally based customers even better.

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-BASF to boost recycling ops to secure battery materials supplies

German chemicals giant BASF said its burgeoning auto battery recycling activities will see further investments to bolster a scarce stream of supplies of metal ingredients for its battery chemicals business.

The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based company is developing a global production network for cathode materials, the most complex chemical component of an automotive battery, as electric vehicle production surges. Cobalt and nickel are key inputs. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

BASF and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), one of the world’s largest car battery makers, last week struck a partnership https://www.basf.com/global/en/media/news-releases/2021/09/p-21-310.html on battery recycling, among other activities, part of CATL’s move to expand in Europe.

“There is a de facto scarcity of raw materials,” BASF chief technology officer Melanie Maas-Brunner told a media briefing. She added that BASF can only run the cathode business over the longer term “if the raw materials are skilfully kept in a circular movement”.

She said she expects volumes of raw material for cathodes from recycling to surpass those from mining in roughly five to 10 years.

The chemicals group, whose products also include catalytic converters, insulation foams, coatings, vitamins and plastics, will compete in battery recycling mainly with Belgium’s Umicore.

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-Evanesce® to Debut Innovative Plant-Based Packaging Technologies at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Meet the new name in sustainable packaging at Booth N-9306

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Evanesce®, a sustainable technology innovator, driven to accelerate the adoption of sustainable and economically viable packaging solutions, will unveil its groundbreaking sustainable packaging technology at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Addressing the growing plastic pandemic, scientists and experts at Evanesce have engineered a patented technology that produces cost-competitive, 100% plant-based, and 100% compostable sustainable packaging. The leading packaging industry event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 27 to 29, 2021.

During PACK EXPO, the company will showcase their two packaging technologies and its vast range of packaging products.

Its booth will feature the patented Evanesce® Molded Starch technology along with its high-quality line of PLA (Polylactic Acid) compostable products, including straws, hot and cold cups and lids, plates, bowls, cutlery, gloves, and resealable bags. Booth visitors will be able to meet the top executive team and experience their plant-based packaging solutions in person. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

“Our innovative technologies are designed to replace single-use plastics and Styrofoam in packaging and will be a game-changer for the industry. We’re most excited about launching our revolutionary patented Molded Starch technology at one of the biggest packaging events in the world,” stated Douglas Horne, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Evanesce. “This innovation in material science has the power to truly transform sustainable packaging.

Evanesce® to Debut Innovative Plant-Based Packaging Technologie

-PP Engineered for Thin-Wall Food Packaging

Specialty polypropylene is optimized for large thin-wall, injection-molded refrigerated food containers.

Strong growth in the thin-wall injection molded (TWIM) packaging industry is being propelled by consumers’ enthusiasm for online grocery shopping and concerns about environmental impacts, together with manufacturers’ efforts to drive down costs. Lightweight, yet strong and stiff TWIM containers effectively protect foods, conserve space during storage and shipping, and reduce raw material usage.

To successfully optimize the performance of TWIM packaging, especially refrigerated containers, Flint Hills Resources, a US polypropylene (PP) manufacturer, developed its new AP5195-LV PP impact copolymer. This product surpasses incumbent PP materials by delivering superior impact strength, high melt flow and good stiffness simultaneously, without traditional trade-offs among these properties. Key to Flint Hills Resources’ achievement is DeltaMax performance modifier from Milliken & Company’s Chemical Business. Special Polymers – Automotive semiconductors

“The balanced performance of Milliken’s additive technology enhances the resin architecture of our new AP5195-LV PP impact copolymer,” said Pierre Donaldson, director of polypropylene R&D for Flint Hills Resources. “By excelling in impact, melt flow and stiffness, our novel PP material can make it easier for converters to produce strong yet lightweight packaging, boost productivity, and reduce energy and plastic use to support environmental efforts.

PP Engineered for Thin-Wall Food Packaging

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Film recycling Thermoplastic Market 23-09-2021

Film recycling and Thermoplastic 23-09-2021

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-Next generation zinc oxide masterbatches

Odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance and UV blocking properties with Tenray.

The Sweet Living Group (SLG), based in St Louis, Missouri, has teamed up with EverCare, a manufacturer of high quality zinc oxides, to launch next generation zinc oxide (ZnO) masterbatch technology.

SLG’s extensive intellectual property enhances textiles by controlling odour, providing anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, incorporating ultraviolet protection, increasing resistance to degradation and enhancing flame resistance. Currently, it has 16 issued US patents, five pending patent applications, and three trademarks covering ZnO and ultrafine ZnO for textiles.

EverCare and Sweet Living Group developed a range of new masterbatches which provide an unprecedented level of dispersion of zinc oxides, based on the EcoZinc and Tenray technologies. They provide guaranteed batch-to-batch performance and can be used to produce compounds and yarns (PETG, PP, PE, PA), ensuring excellent odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, and UV blocking properties.

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-Volkswagen Finds Plastics Are Doggone Good for Auto Parts

Plastics are so commonplace as to seem like wallpaper in the background, easily overlooked but ubiquitous. As the auto industry continues its drive to reduce vehicles’ carbon emissions, polymers are even more crucial through their weight-reduction advantages compared to other materials. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Indeed, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that reducing a vehicle’s weight by 10 percent can produce a 6-8 percent improvement in overall fuel economy, with a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions.

This is one reason why the auto industry is the third-largest user of polymers, after the packaging industry and the building and construction industries. According to Volkswagen, there are 39 different types of basic plastics used in the average car, and more than 70 percent of the plastic is derived from four main polymers: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamides, and PVC.

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-Checking the Pulse of PVC, PET, and PE Markets

Production costs for plastic polymers are at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand.

For the first time in more than year, it’s live conference time again, and that alone feels great even if we are all still trying to muddle through the pandemic. PackExpo 2021 takes place in Las Vegas next week and, judging by the expected attendance numbers, there is substantial desire among packaging supply-chain participants to get together to discuss business and innovation.

There is much to talk about, especially from the markets that supply the chain with resins that have been difficult to produce and difficult to ship at various times during the last year and a half. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Over that period, Murphy’s Law of what could go wrong most certainly has dominated the Ten Commandments tablets’ list of “thou shall nots” for the plastics supply chain. If there were such tablets, I’m sure they’d be made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Of course, the production costs would be at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand — not unlike these three critical markets of interest heading into Pack Expo.

Checking the Pulse of PVC, PET, and PE Markets

-New Company to Infinitely Recycle Plastic to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis

Samsara, a new Australian enviro-tech start-up supported by The Australian National University (ANU), looks to “infinitely” recycle plastic to overcome the global plastic pollution crisis. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

The start-up is supported by Woolworths Group and venture fund Main Sequence. It employs new technology to disintegrate plastic into its core elements and make new plastic. The technology involves using “plastic-eating” enzymes and has been created by scientists at ANU. Someday, this technology could put an end to plastic pollution.

Samsara’s innovative recycling process is not just eco-friendly and carbon-neutral but also avoids the need to depend on fossil fuels to make plastics. Australians produce over 2.5 million tons of plastic waster annually.

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-How far will global population rise? Researchers can’t agree

The United Nations forecasts that nearly 11 billion people will be living on Earth at the end of the century, but other demographic research groups project that population will peak earlier and at a much lower level.

The 1980s were a puzzling time for would-be parents in Singapore. The government initially told them to “Stop-at-Two” and backed up the policy with a series of measures to deter couples from having three or more children. It increased hospital fees for the delivery of third babies and withdrew maternity pay.

In March 1987, officials performed a demographic U-turn. Under the awkward slogan “Have Three or More (if you can afford it)”, the scales tipped abruptly towards those with larger families, who were now given priority for schools and housing.

Singapore is a dramatic example, but far from unique. Across the world, to secure a stable financial future, governments are desperate to keep national population numbers in a Goldilocks zone: not too many, not too few. And many of these policies are based on computer simulations of how future population numbers will rise and fall. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

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-Flexible film recycling capacity grows by almost 10 per cent

The European plastic recycling industry registered a nearly 10 per cent increase in installed plastic recycling capacity for flexible film in 2020, demonstrating a solid growth despite the COVID pandemic.

The new estimate points to a 2.7Mt capacity for PE film recycling with 30 new film recycling facilities, totalling 218. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Representing a demand of more than nine million tonnes, LLDPE/LDPE is the second largest plastic fraction in the EU market and therefore shows a major recycling potential. Just 17 per cent of recycled flexible polyethylene finds a way into film-to-film applications, with non-food packaging and building and construction being its largest markets, according to Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), while the forecasts show that PE film products could incorporate as much as 38 per cent of recycled content by 2030.

Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe and PRE LDPE-Working Group Chairman, said: “Once deemed difficult to recycle, flexible household polyethylene waste recycling is a successful business case model of today. Fast-paced technological developments in collection, sorting and recycling, made it possible to recycle film back to film.

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-Researchers take a closer look at a mysterious graphene oxide phenomenon

A team of researchers at UNSW has observed a unique phenomenon in graphene oxide (GO). The oxygen atoms in GO are normally attached in a rather chaotic way. At elevated temperatures, however, the oxygen atoms form more organized structures – by themselves. This process of ‘self-organization’ was found to drastically improve various properties of GO – for example, its electrical conductivity.

For years, researchers have been aware that this phenomenon existed, but they could only demonstrate it using computational simulations. The new research, led by Dr. Rakesh Joshi at UNSW, successfully observed it for the first time in real life, using cutting-edge electron microscopy. While common microscopes use light to create a magnified image, electron microscopes use electrons. With this type of microscope, it is possible to observe single atoms, by magnifying what you’re looking at by a factor of 1,000,000. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

First author Tobias Foller, a PhD student in Dr. Joshi’s group, says he first read about the temperature method that enhances the properties of GO without changing the chemical structure in a paper by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Researchers take a closer look at a mysterious graphene oxide phenomenon

-Xi proposes Global Development Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday proposed a Global Development Initiative in steering global development toward a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth in face of the severe shocks of COVID-19.

“We must revitalize the economy and pursue more robust, greener and more balanced global development,” Xi said in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

To promote global development, Xi called for staying committed to development as a priority. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

He proposed that the world should put development high on the global macro policy agenda, strengthen policy coordination among major economies, and ensure policy continuity, consistency and sustainability.

“We need to foster global development partnerships that are more equal and balanced, forge greater synergy among multilateral development cooperation processes, and speed up the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Xi said.

Xi proposes Global Development Initiative

-Weekly Resin Report: Spot Resin Prices Ease as Supply Ramps Up

Most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week, according to the PlasticsExchange. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Despite Hurricane Ida and Nicholas, affecting Louisiana and Texas, respectively, over the past few weeks, spot resin trading remained well off the active pace of the first half of 2021, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Producers have been rebuilding resin stocks ever since the February freeze, and while some producers of both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) remain on force majeure or have sales allocations in place, resin supplies have become more available, which has dampened spot buying activity. Spot resin prices have been easing and most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week. Huge spot premiums have been eroding, as supply/demand fundamentals become more balanced. Historically, it is more typical for spot resin to transact around parity or at a discount to contracts.

PE contracts increased $0.41 to 0.43/lb since the beginning of 2021, and a total of $0.65 to 0.67/lb since the market bottomed in May 2020, including the last successful $0.05/lb increase implemented for July contracts. Producers were unable to push through another nickel in August; even though some limited production disruptions occurred because of recent gulf storms, it seems unlikely that the nickel increase will be secured in September, according to the PlasticsExchange.

Spot Resin Prices Ease as Supply Ramps Up

-Honeywell launches battery energy storage system platform to help users forecast and optimize energy costs

Battery storage will play a crucial role in grid stability as organizations transition to clean power generation  Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) has announced its Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Platform, which integrates Honeywell asset monitoring, distributed energy resource management, supervisory control and analytics functionality to enable organizations to accurately forecast and optimize their overall energy use.

Honeywell’s BESS Platform leverages best practices for energy management such as energy arbitrage and demand management to deliver flexibility and control of when energy is purchased and used. The platform is ideal for a wide range of commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers and utilities. The BESS Platform is backed by Honeywell performance-based guarantees, which include predictable and consistent costs along with improved uptime.

Honeywell launches battery energy storage system platform to help users forecast and optimize energy costs

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Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material 22-09-2021

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-The biodegradable polymer PBAT is hitting the big time

Polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate is succeeding by straddling the peterochemical and biopolymer worlds

The perfect polymer—one that balances physical properties and environmental performance—doesn’t exist, but polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate (PBAT) comes closer than many.

Producers of synthetic polymers have for decades failed to stop their products from ending up in landfills and oceans, and they are now under pressure to take responsibility. Many are redoubling efforts to boost recycling to fend off critics. Other firms are trying to tackle the waste problem by investing in biodegradable biobased plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), hoping natural degradation will mitigate at least some of the waste.

But both recycling and biopolymers face obstacles. Despite years of effort, the plastics recycling rate in the US, for instance, is still less than 10%. And biopolymers—often the products of fermentation—struggle to achieve the same performance and manufacturing scale of the established synthetic polymers they are meant to replace.

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-Starlinger Producing New White rPET Material

Trays, cups, and food containers manufactured from the white rPET are alternatives to single-use cups made from materials like polypropylene (PP) or polystyrene (PS).

Starlinger viscotec, a division of the Austrian machinery supplier Starlinger & Co GmbH, has developed a new material to make packaging for dairy and hot-fill products fully recyclable. rPET100 is said to combine the environmental advantages of recycled PET with easy material processability.

Food packaging for applications like dairy, hot drinks, instant soups, and ready-meals must withstand higher temperatures during the production process.

Additionally, dairy products require packaging with optimal light and gas barrier for longer shelf life. The new rPET100 sheet combines these benefits and adds new ones: it is heat resistant, made from mono-material, and its white color protects the product from UV light. Once used, the packaging can be 100% recycled because it contains no other polymer additives. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Starlinger Producing New White rPET Material

-Evian unveils 100% rPET bottles created by Loop Industries’ innovative recycling technology

This Recycle Week, Evian has launched a new recycled plastic (rPET, or recycled polyethylene terephthalate) prototype bottle using revolutionary technology from clean technology company Loop Industries.

This marks a significant milestone in Evian’s 2025 circularity journey, which will see it accelerate the transition to 100% recycled plastic (excluding the cap and label) in all of its plastic bottles. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Committed to accelerating the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions, Evian achieves a new milestone in circularity journey with launch of prototype bottle using revolutionary technology from Loop Industries that allows no and low value plastics (that otherwise go to waste) to be recycled endlessly into new, virgin quality plastic.

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-The Finnish textile industry will be the most responsible and functional in the world in 2035 – investment opportunities of more than billion euros

In collaboration with other textile industry operators, VTT and Finnish Textile & Fashion have prepared a roadmap for the Finnish textile and fashion industry extending up to 2035  Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

The textile industry is undergoing a major transformation globally. New ecological textile fibres are entering the market and digitalisation is boosting the global reorganisation of production. Finland can seize the opportunities created by the transformation and win investments amounting to more than billion euros. The textile cluster wants to create the world’s most responsible and functional textile cycle and production in Finland. In collaboration with other textile industry operators, VTT and Finnish Textile & Fashion have prepared  a roadmap for the Finnish textile and fashion industry extending up to 2035.

The ongoing industrial transformation will enable the creation of new business and jobs in Finland. Finland’s strengths in production are related to sustainable raw material base, know-how and innovation platforms. In the fields of bio-based raw materials and smart technologies, Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in terms of expertise.

“For Finland, the reorganised textile industry would mean an estimated EUR 1.2 billion in investments, some 17,000 new jobs and a global reputation boost as a leading country in sustainable development,” says Research Professor Ali Harlin from VTT.

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-Largest sorting plant in Latin America is up and running in Mexico City

The Azcapotzalco Transfer Station and Sorting Plant, the largest and most modern in Latin America, has opened its doors in Mexico City (CDMX). With this facility, the city government is the first in the country to move towards establishing effective, proper treatment of urban waste based on a circular economy concept – one of the priority objectives of the current administration. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

The new Azcapotzalco facility is the country’s first government-owned automated plant for the separation and treatment of municipal solid waste. The 11,000 m2 facility sorts paper, cardboard, multilayer packaging, PET and HDPE, plastic bags and film, aluminum cans, metallized bags, textiles, glass and other metals. The plant was commissioned in May 2021. It operates in conjunction with a transfer station to process around 1,000 tons per day of waste from the municipalities of Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero, Miguel Hidalgo and Azcapotzalco, and will be able to receive up to 1,400 tonnes of waste per day. Its operation will generate 404 jobs.

Largest sorting plant in Latin America is up and running in Mexico City

-Milliken colorant, additive and sustainability solutions on full display at Fakuma 2021

Ghent, Belgium – Milliken & Company, a globally recognized leader in polymer additives and colorants, offers many ways to improve your resin formulations, compounds, end products and sustainability. As an exhibitor in Booth B2-2105 at Fakuma 2021, Milliken will be showcasing its portfolio, and offering access to the vast technical knowledge of its various experts.Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

At the show — taking place Oct. 12-16 in Friedrichshafen, Germany — learn more from Milliken about the following products:

  • Millad® NX® 8000 ECO clarifier for polypropylene (PP);
  • KeyPlast® and KeyPlast RESIST™ colorants for plastics;
  • Hyperform® HPN® high-performance additives for PP, polypropylene homopolymers and impact copolymers (ICP); and
  • DeltaMax® performance modifiers for PP used by converters processing impact copolymers or recycled polypropylene (rPP) resins.

Milliken colorant, additive and sustainability solutions on full display at Fakuma 2021

-SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A inactivated by zinc-embedded nylon fabric

A paper published in ACS Applied Materials Interfaces details effectiveness, describes protocol for future testing

An international team of scientists and engineers from the University of Cambridge, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, ResInnova Labs and Ascend Performance Materials has found that a nylon fabric embedded with zinc ions successfully inactivated 99% of the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common flu. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Face masks, protective clothing and filters are used to slow the spread of viruses. But poor-quality masks can harbor active viruses from infected wearers, posing a transmission risk.

“A major challenge is absorption and inactivation,” said Vikram Gopal, Ph.D., co-senior author and chief technology officer at Ascend Performance Materials. “Respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, and the flu, are transmitted through droplets and aerosols. Polypropylene, the material in commonly used disposable masks, is a hydrophobic plastic and does not absorb moisture. Instead, the viruses can sit on the surface of the mask, posing a transmission risk when the mask is handled.”

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-Cosmo Films announces expansion of Aurangabad plant

Cosmo Films has announced the expansion of its BOPP film production line at Aurangabad with an annual rated capacity of 67,000-MT. Once it becomes operational, it would be one of the world’s largest BOPP lines. The BOPP line will require an investment of about Rs 350-crores to be funded through internal accruals and debts and is expected to be commencing commercial production within FY 2024-25.

Backed by strong financial performance, the company has also declared its first interim dividend of Rs 25 per share for FY2021-22.

Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films, said, “With current capacity expected to produce primarily speciality films (80%+) in next two years and projected BOPP film demand growth in India, the company planned capacity expansion which will be world’s largest production line with annual rated capacity of 67,000-MT with lowest cost of production.”

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-Regenerating plant for PP and HDPE

Clean-tech start-up Healix is building a circular fibre regeneration plant in the Netherlands, having secured funding totalling over €10 million in its seed financing round completed this month.

The Maastricht plant will shred, wash and reprocess used twine, ropes, nets and other plastic fibre waste from farming and fishing into pristine circular new polymers for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries. It is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022 and will have an annual capacity of 6,000 metric tons of polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), saving almost 10,000 metrics tons of CO2 emissions per year.

One of the most pressing issues the technical textile industry is facing, is the damaging effect of plastic fibre waste on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Healix aims to combat this by transforming existing linear economies in the technical textile industry into sustainable circular economies.

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-Free online Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilization (eCO2nference)

Join the free eCO2nference hosted by PKN Orlen and the BioRECO2VER project, 7 October (9:40 am – 2:15 pm)  Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Within the framework of our H2020 project BioRECO2VER (www.bioreco2ver.eu) and on the occasion of the opening of PKN Orlen’s R&D Centre, we invite you to a free conference (eCO2nference) on “The future of CCU technology from a technical, political and social point of view in the world and Poland” on 7 October 2021 PKN Orlen’s R&D Centre in Płock, Poland (hybrid event).

In addition to the current market developments of CCU technologies and the political framework in Poland, Europe and the world, we would also like to present CCU innovations from laboratory-scale to semi-commercial scale as well as the latest findings on Life-cycle assessment and social acceptance from our BioRECO2VER project.

Free online Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilization (eCO2nference)

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis 21-09-2021

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis 21-09-2021

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

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-Plastics recycling via pyrolysis: small-scale vs large-scale?

Commercialization of pyrolysis technology for large-scale plastic chemical recycling is on the rise.

So, Jonny Goyal, Research and Analysis Associate Director with IHS Markit’s Circular Plastics Service, has a comprehensive rundown on a ramping up of the degradation of plastics at high temperatures for Net-Zero Business Daily readers.

Pyrolysis, as Goyal notes in a recent whitepaper, is one of the main methods for chemical recycling of plastics. While plastic recycling is gaining momentum, many companies are still struggling in scaling up pyrolysis technology

Pyrolysis plants of 500 mt/day to 3,000 mt/day are being discussed by industry players and are needed to accelerate momentum in plastic recycling across all different industries around the globe so that significant progress toward a circular plastics model can be achieved, according to Goyal.

At present, waste plastic chemical recycling via pyrolysis is available only at a small scale (10-50 mt/day).

Many plants with a capacity of 50-300 mt/day are still in the planning and construction stage, and firms are increasingly exploring the huge potential of chemical recycling via pyrolysis so that a large volume of plastic waste can be handled.lysis: small-scale vs large-scale?

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-New standards in plastics recycling

Processing up to eight metric tons of PP waste carpet per hour

Stock market listed PureCycle Technologies launches a multi-million dollar recycling project in the USA. PureCycle uses a highly innovative process to convert carpet scraps based on polypropylene (PP) composite material into high-purity pellets that are equivalent to virgin material.

The company’s flagship plant is underway in Ohio and is scheduled to begin operating at scale in 2022. The plant will be equipped with several extruders delivered by Hannover-based KraussMaffei Extrusion, based primarily on its unparalleled expertise and uncompromising customer support.”We are extremely pleased about this order and the trust PureCycle has placed in us. Acting as a full-line provider of various extrusion technologies, we are in a position to deliver an outstanding high-performance package solution that enables efficient and resource-conserving plastics recycling and offers substantial added value.”Carl Philip Pöpel, Director Product Management at KraussMaffei

New standards in plastics recycling

-AIMPLAS to hold first edition of International Seminar on Plastics Recycling

Categories: Developments and trends in plastics recycling, Plastics industry training and events

The future of the plastics industry involves adapting to the circular economy. In this production model, the aim is to reduce the amount of resources used as much as possible. In the specific case of plastics, which are highly recyclable, plastic waste can be recovered and reused as a resource.

Plastics recycling has therefore gained importance in recent years and become a key part of the plastics industry, which has made continuous improvements through R&D and the use of new technologies.

This is an excellent reason for AIMPLAS to launch the first edition of its International Seminar on Plastics Recycling, which will be held on 1-2 December in hybrid format (face to face and via live streaming). Sponsored by Tomra, Coperion, Alser, Leistritz, Sogapol, Bravender, Gravipes, Eversia, Picvisa, Raorsa and Altero, the event will focus on the challenges and opportunities of managing and recycling plastic waste. The implementation of international initiatives in the industry will also be discussed.

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-Multimac sees rise in seat orders for electric vehicles

Child car seat manufacturer Multimac has announced that over the past year the company has experienced a rise in demand for seat orders for electric vehicles, as the EV market continues to grow.

Based in Birmingham, UK, the company produces a car-seat system that can safely accommodate three or four children in the back seat of most cars, eliminating the need for customers to buy larger cars or a people carriers. The seats come in seven different sizes to accommodate children up to 12 years old and have been fitted to a range of Nissan Leafs, Porsche Taycans, and a multitude of Teslas.

The Multimac seat is built around an aluminum structure to absorb maximum energy and to provide children with what the manufacturer claims to be the best possible performance and protection in the event of a crash.

“The topic of climate change has been bubbling away in the background for decades, but it seems as though we are finally entering that phase where the majority of people do want to make serious changes to their daily lives in order to help reduce their impact on the environment,” commented Kevin Macliver, founder and CEO, Multimac.

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-SABIC, ExxonMobil starts commissioning PE, MEG units at US site

Saudi Arabia chemicals major SABIC on Sunday said that its joint venture project with ExxonMobil near Corpus Christi, Texas, has started commissioning activities and is preparing for initial start-up.

The complex features two polyethylene (PE) units with a combined capacity of 1.3m tonnes/year as well as an monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit with a capacity of 1.1m tonnes/year.

The complex will also include a 1.8m tonne/year ethane cracker.

The site will be operated by ExxonMobil.

SABIC, ExxonMobil starts commissioning PE, MEG units at US site

-Gerresheimer to use hybrid technology for glass melting at Lohr plant

Significant CO2 savings for sustainable glass tube and container production

At its Lohr plant, Gerresheimer produces more than one billion glass containers for the pharma and food industries every year. By using sustainable tank technology and green energy for the glass melt, the company aims to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions Photo Gerresheimer

With the use of hybrid technology, the Gerresheimer plant in Lohr plans to build a glass melting furnace for white glass in 2022, saving significantly more CO2 than conventional technology. The company has submitted a funding application to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment for this pioneering innovative project according to the press release datelined Düsseldorf/Lohr, 13 September 2021.

With modern and sustainable glass production technology, Gerresheimer’s plants in Germany set exemplary standards for all of the company’s plants in Europe, America, and Asia, particularly in innovations for greater sustainability. “This pioneering technology project serves to strengthen Germany as an industrial and glass location. With this innovative technology, we will set new standards in terms of sustainability and avoidance of emissions,” said Andreas Kohl. As Global senior vice president of Operations, Kohl is responsible for worldwide container glass production and its technical development in the Gerresheimer Group.

Gerresheimer to use hybrid technology for glass melting at Lohr plant

-SRUC research into bio-mass derived foam from hemp offers new commercial opportunities

With an increase in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, the development of alternative sustainable packaging has never been more important.

However currently more than 95 per cent of the foams, including polyurethane (PU) and polystyrene (PS), are made from petrochemicals – which release up to five times their mass in atmospheric CO2 during manufacturing.

Now, for the first time, researchers at SRUC and Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia, have found that waste materials from wood and hemp biomass can be processed into sustainable foams for use in packaging, cushions and insulation.

Unlike foams sourced from petrochemicals, biomass-derived foams can significantly capture and sequester atmospheric CO2.

In addition, the biorenewable and biodegradable foams promise both high performance and sustainability.

The researchers used an economic process of microfluidic processing and freeze-drying to create nanocellulose (NC) foams from wood and hemp fibres.

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-Indian Srichakra Polyplast commissions food-grade plastic recycling facility

Srichakra Polyplast has commissioned a food-grade quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellet facility and a new polyolefins recycling facility to produce deodorised bottle-to-bottle grade quality polyolefin pellets, according to The Hindu BusinessLine.

The Hyderabad-based plastic recycling and waste management company has invested USD10 million to strengthen its recycling capabilities for high grade recycled plastic to customers in India and global markets such as Europe and the United States.

The company’s new facility features US Food and Drug Administration-approved technology provided by Starlinger.

The company produces food-grade quality PET pellets, which can be used to produce food and beverage packaging such as water, carbonated soft drink and juice bottles as well as takeaway containers, and high quality deodorised polyolefin pellets, which can be used in home and personal care product packaging such as lotion, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Ravindra Venkata, CEO and Co-founder of Srichakra, said, “The new facility enables us to produce food-grade quality recycled plastic for customers and also gives locally-sourced plastic a new life, preventing it from entering the environment.”

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-BP and Brightmark to explore developing plastics renewal plants in Europe

The companies are examining possible plants in Germany, the Netherlands or Belgium.

London-headquartered BP and Brightmark, a global waste solutions company based in San Francisco, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate opportunities for the development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

According to a joint news release, the MOU combines BP’s knowledge and trading experience in refining and petrochemical markets with Brightmark’s proprietary advanced recycling technology. The companies will evaluate opportunities for projects that convert end-of-life plastics into petrochemical feedstocks for plastics and other industrial applications.

Brightmark and BP say they intend to work together to develop plans that could lead to the construction of an initial European plant.

“Bringing our plastics renewal solution to Europe is a key next step in delivering on our mission to reimagine waste and create a circular economy globally,” says Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark.

BP and Brightmark to explore developing plastics renewal plants in Europe

-Is Brics becoming a fading giant?

IT was 13 years ago when the world, mainly developing countries, celebrated the birth of what would be known as Brics — a group of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Its annual summits have always attracted global attention because the rise of Brics was expected to be a global game-changer in the field of international and diplomatic relations.

However, no one would have guessed that its 13th summit, held virtually on September 9 this year, would slide unnoticed for such a promising giant.

At its inception, there were four countries before South Africa was inducted in the group.

Part of the Brics objectives was to improve the global economic situation and reform financial institutions, and how the five countries could better co-operate for their benefit and those of emerging and developing countries.

Is Brics becoming a fading giant?

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-Honeywell and Preem conduct commercial co-processing trial to produce renewable fuel

Honeywell announced the completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB (both Stockholm, Sweden) for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP’s proprietary bioliquid feed system with Optimix GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was successfully co-processed in the FCC at Preem’s Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation fuel.

This test marks the 6th commercial co-processing trial conducted by UOP worldwide of this technology in an FCC and the first pyrolysis oil co-processing trial in Scandinavia using UOP’s Optimix GF Feed Distributor technology.

“Preem’s production of renewable petrol is an important piece of the puzzle that Sweden must solve to achieve the climate goals,” said Peter Abrahamsson, Head of Sustainable Development at Preem AB. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

“Residual products from our Swedish forests have a unique potential and this is an exciting step in our work to develop the fuel of the future.”

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-Impact of “dual controls” on benzene market

Recently, the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning body, rarely and directly pointed out that the energy consumption intensity of 9 provinces and autonomous regions increased instead of decreasing in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year.

In addition, the reduction rate of energy consumption intensity of 10 provinces did not meet the progress requirements. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

It meant that more than half of the provinces failed to achieve the goal of controlling energy consumption and intensity in the first half of the year.

The actions in various localities against the goal of controlling energy consumption and intensity, so-called “dual controls”, has begun to arouse general concern in society.

Currently, SP Chemicals has closed styrene unit due to the policy; Donghao may close its styrene unit due to poor margins but the plan has not finally decided.

Impact of "dual controls" on benzene market

-California’s carpet recycling program sees improved rates

The California Carpet Stewardship Program achieved an all-time program high recycling rate of 23.2 percent in Q4 2020, according to an annual report.

Carpet recycling saw significant progress in 2020 in California, according to Carpet America Recovery Effort’s (CARE’s) recently released California Carpet Stewardship Program 2020 Annual Report. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

The California Program achieved an all-time program high recycling rate of 23.2 percent in Q4 2020, with an overall annual recycling rate of 21 percent in 2020. While it did not meet the target 24 percent goal, the recycling rate for this fossil-fuel-based material is up 107 percent in the past five years.

California’s carpet recycling program sees improved rates

-New crosslinking possibilities and more with BondLynx

CHUMPOWER offer smarter PET blow molding machines

The leading PET stretch blow molding machinery manufacturer in Taiwan co-operated with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) in the joint development of the new generation of CPSB-LSS8 linear machine, which improved the single-cavity output from 2250bph to 2500bph. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Thus the final output is increased from 18,000bph to 20,000bph (ten percent boost in output rate). Its high output capacity and reliability are perfect for our global clients in the bottled-water or beverage industry.

CHUMPOWER not only constantly makes improvements on the machine output but also integrates the Industrial 4.0 elements into their products. Using infrared thermo sensors to gather the preform temperature data and applying the ANN (artificial neural network) principle to automatically compensate the oven’s heating temperature (optional), all preforms are heated uniformly and are not affected by the environment change. Each cavity’s pressure is monitored to ensure bottle quality consistency of the CPSB-LSS8 stretch blow molding machine.

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-Selenis supports waste reduction pact

Materials firm Selenis is supporting the Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

The Business Call is a report co-authored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Boston Consulting Group. In a news release, officials with Portugal-based Selenis said that the call outlines why a global treaty is needed to help stop 11 million metric tons of plastic flowing into the ocean each year.

They added that Selenis operates in different areas to decrease plastic pollution, developing products with high recycled content and recyclability, as well as promoting recycling and circularity through different associations they are part of, including the Association of Plastics Recyclers.

The firm is currently focusing innovation on developing solutions that are fully recyclable in the PET stream. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Selenis also is in the final development stage of WEEZEN CE-brand resins, which will supply the heat-shrink sleeves market with a solution that can be recycled together with the standard PET stream classified as 1 in terms of recyclability.

Officials added that Selenis contributes to solving the world’s problem of plastic waste, by taking what would otherwise be discarded and turning it into the building-blocks of their products for applications such as packaging, cosmetics, personal care and durable goods.

Selenis supports waste reduction pact

-PE CFR China market keeps firm on account of the high cost and low supply

Since 2021, although the overall trend of PE CFR China market has fluctuated with the RMB market, PE CFR China market price keeps firm. From the perspective of the market outlook, PE CFR China market is still expected to continue to rise, mainly due to the high cost and low supply.  Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Taking LLDPE as an example, by comparing the prices of the Far East (which can replace Chinese prices), the Middle East, Northwest Europe and Houston, it can be clearly found that the prices in the Far East are much lower than those in Northwest Europe and Houston. It can be said that the prices in overseas regions (especially in Europe and the United States), the price is much higher than those in China, so most of the sources of goods from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and America are given priority to Europe and the United States, and then supply to China would be considered. In addition, more and more new plants in China have started up and the production capacity increased, squeezing out part of the imported goods.

PE CFR China market keeps firm on account of the high cost and low supply

-New halogen-free flame-retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN features superior surface quality and laser printability

Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability.

Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability.

Tightening safety and environmental regulations in the European Union are increasing the demands placed on materials used for electrical appliances and systems.

Halogen- and red phosphorous free solutions are the key to ensure the safety of a wide range of applications while at the same time taking a more sustainable approach compared to conventional materials. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

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-EURATEX Announces New EU Strategy Vision for Textiles and Clothing

The European Union of Apparel and Textiles (EURATEX) has announced a vision for a new EU strategy on textiles and garments.

EU policy makers are focusing on the textile sector, and the EU’s Sustainable Textile Strategy will be announced by the European Commission this year, developing a transition path for this sector. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

The current situation provides an opportunity to form a new European framework for the crossroads T & C industry. EURATEX hopes to actively contribute to this process, develop a positive business model and lay the foundation for a competitive and sustainable European textile industry, the alliance said in a media release.

In line with the EURATEX Charter, EURATEX strives to recognize the textile and garment (T & C) sector as an integral and strategic part of the European economy. We strongly believe in innovation, quality and sustainability as a source of competitiveness. Incorporate new green and digital skills to emphasize the value of a skilled workforce. And we maintain support for open markets based on free but fair competition.

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-Pentamerous first for India

Patent pending technology will allow the Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates.

Rope and netting manufacturer Tufropes is installing a new nonwovens manufacturing line from Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith to target the growing Indian market for wipes.

The lines is based on patent pending ‘pentamerous technology’ which will allow the  Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates and is based on Truetzschler/Voith core components for wet-laying, carding and hydroentangling.

Truetzschler/Voith’s carded/pulp (CP) technology combines a cost-effective, wet-laid pulp layer and a carded web layer from cellulosic fibres.

Proprietary refinements will allow Tufropes to produce any possible hydroentangled nonwoven material, including biodegradable, natural fibre, eco-friendly high-performance nonwovens.  Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,775 yuan/ton +125
Bottle grade PET chips export market 945 $/ton 960 $/ton- +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,795 yuan/ton 4,870 yuan/ton +75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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695 $/ton 700 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,425 yuan/ton 5,515 yuan/ton +90
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 704 $/ton 710 $/ton- +6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 887 $/ton 913 $/ton +26
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 868 $/ton 894 $/ton +26
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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886 $/ton 917 $/ton +31
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,285 yuan/ton 7,350yuan/ton
+65
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,575 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,080 yuan/ton 7,180 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,700 yuan/ton 16,250 yuan/ton
+550
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,200 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +600
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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18,200 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,600 yuan/ton 21,350 yuan/ton +750
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,100 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton +700
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 102,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 90,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 78,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 11,400 yuan/ton +1,000
Benzene domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton -500
Benzene overseas  market 995 $/ton 975 $/ton -20
Ethylene South 1,045 $/ton860 1,052 $/ton +7
Ethylene NWE  market 1,172 $/ton 1,152 $/ton -20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,650 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton -850
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Prices
8,300 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +400
Naphtha overseas market  673 $/ton 697$/ton
+24
Phenol domestic market 9,420 yuan/ton 9,960 yuan/ton +540

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-Alpla, Ecohelp and UPT launch joint PET recycling operations in Romania

The Alpla Group, the global packaging solutions and recycling specialist, is investing in the construction of a recycling plant in Targu Mures, Romania as part of a joint venture with its partners. The plastic granulate recycled there in the future will come from PET bottles collected from household waste and will be used to manufacture new PET bottles.

By creating the planned PET Recycling Team Targu Mures joint venture, Alpla and companies Ecohelp SRL (Romania) and United Polymer Trading AG (Switzerland) are each investing equally in the installation of an extrusion line to recycle post-consumer PET bottles at the Romanian partner’s site. They aim to produce 15,000 tonnes of food-grade post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) each year. The rPET granulate will then be used to manufacture new preforms and bottles, with an intention to strengthen the local materials cycle within the Central and South-Eastern Europe region.

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-Solvay Expands Thermoplastic Composite Capacity

Solvay’s new TPC line will produce unidirectional composite tape from a range of high-performance resins including PVDF, PPS and PEEK.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has completed the installation of a new thermoplastic composites (TPC) manufacturing facility at its Greenville, S.C. site. A key driver for the world-class facility is growing demand from energy companies, supported by increasing aerospace and automotive demand. The project represents a major milestone in Solvay’s efforts to industrialize its TPC capacity.

The new product line will have the ability to manufacture unidirectional composite tape from a range of high-performance polymers including PVDF, PPS and PEEK. Upon full commercialization of the Greenville facility, the new line will add more than 30 positions at the 27,000-sq.ft. facility. Solvay will be uniquely positioned with proprietary technologies enabling the company to position the right product for the right application. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Solvay’s TPC portfolio includes Evolite carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics, which offer reliability and lower total cost of ownership in markets such as energy and automotive, and APC tapes, which offer significant weight and cost advantages in aerospace and urban air mobility applications.

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-S.Korea considering extending tariffs on PET film from Taiwan, Thailand, UAE

South Korea’s trade watchdog said Thursday it has decided to recommend the government extend anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film imported from Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, citing substantial damage to the local industry. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

The Korea Trade Commission said it has advised the finance ministry to set duties of 3.19 percent to 60.95 percent on PET film coming from the countries for the next five years.

The country already had been applying tariffs of around 3.67 percent to 60.95 percent since 2018, which expired in April this year.

The announcement came after South Korea carried out investigations into the imported PET film upon the request from local businesses, including Kolon Industries Inc., SKC Ltd. and Hyosung Chemical Corp.

S.Korea considering extending tariffs on PET film from Taiwan, Thailand, UAE

-Korteks breaks new ground for Turkey

The line has a production capacity of 7,200 tons per year and currently processes clean in-house polyester fibres and post-consumer PET flakes.

Korteks, one of the world’s biggest yarn producers based in Bursa, Turkey, has started the production of recycled polyester filament yarn in using a Starlinger recycling line.

The Starlinger recoSTAR universal 165 H-VAC iV+, which is part of a $10 million investment by Koreks in a new polymer recycling facility, became operational in May. It has a production capacity of 7,200 tons per year and currently processes clean in-house polyester fibres from production scrap together with washed post-consumer PET flakes at a ratio of 50/50. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Korteks uses the polyester regranulate at a share of 100% for its new polyester filament yarn line it is will market under the name TAÇ Reborn.

“We have been in extensive cooperation with Starlinger for a long time” said Barış Mert, Korteks general manager.

Korteks breaks new ground for Turkey

-Titanium demand drivers are in whitening

Roughly 90% of lightweight mineral is used in paints, pigments Critical Minerals Alliances – September 2021

Lightweight, strong, and resistant to corrosion, titanium is best known for the properties it lends to rockets, aircraft, and high-performance sports equipment. Only about 3% of the more than 8 million metric tons of titanium minerals mined each year globally, however, go into high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistant alloys. What does drive the mass majority of the demand for this critical mineral is “enwhitening.”