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Green hydrogen – Chemical recycling, a novel approach to managing plastic waste, deconstructs the chemical composition of plastics, transforming them into fresh raw materials 16-07-2024

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Plastics recycling specialist Pekutherm sets course for expansion in Europe

  • Pekutherm CEO Heiko Pfister: “As the global use of acrylic glass continues to grow, so must our recycling efforts. This is why we aim to double our recycling volume.”
  • The target group is manufacturers and processors throughout Europe who are committed to the development of a circular economy.

Pekutherm Kunststoffe GmbH of Geisenheim near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, a specialist in recycling thermoplastics such as acrylic glass (polymethylmethacrylate, PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC), plans to accelerate its European expansion.

Heiko Pfister, Managing Partner of Pekutherm, identifies Italy, Spain, France, and the Baltic States as key target markets for expansion.  Green hydrogen

Additionally, the company plans to broaden its operations in Northern Europe, building on its existing presence in Denmark and Finland.

Pekutherm’s expansion is driven by environmental and climate concerns rather than purely economic considerations, assures Managing Partner Heiko Pfister. According to his research, Europe generates approximately 30,000 tonnes of PMMA waste annually. Of this, 5,000 tonnes are recycled in Geisenheim for reuse, while the rest is processed elsewhere, often ending in incineration.  Green hydrogen

“A significant portion is collected in Europe and shipped to Asia, where the recycling rate is likely very low,” Pfister warns. His plan for Pekutherm is to double the PMMA recycling volume to 10,000 tonnes within the next three years. This effort will also include an additional 1,000 tonnes of polycarbonate (PC) and 1,000 tonnes of other plastics already being recycled in Geisenheim. “For every 100 tonnes of recycled material used, nearly 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide can be saved,” explains Pfister, highlighting the climate protection benefits of the circular economy.  Green hydrogen

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Report questions circularity of chemical recycling

Journalist group ProPublica finds advanced recycling techniques are not matching mechanical recycling’s rate of converting discarded plastic into new plastic.

Analyses of chemical recycling, some of them critical, previously have focused on whether or not plants have been able to reach scale or, in some cases, whether they can handle mixed plastic feedstock as well as some initial advocates of the technology claimed.

An article published in late June on the investigative journalism website ProPublica.org adds one more element of criticism in asserting that at least one process categorized as chemical recycling, also termed advanced recycling by some of its backers, do not convert much of their inbound feedstock back into plastic. Green hydrogen

The report by ProPublica reporter Lisa Song cites several sources and portrays an attempt to gather data from numerous companies and organizations in part to determine what happens to a discarded piece of plastic when it enters either a mechanical recycling process or a chemical recycling process.

Song’s conclusion: While anywhere from 55 percent to 85 percent of discarded plastic directed to a material recovery facility (MRF) and next-stage mechanical recycling step becomes plastic again, pyrolysis-based chemical recycling processes convert just 15 to 20 percent of inbound material back into plastic.  Green hydrogen

The consensus of sources interviewed by Song was that via pyrolysis, from 80 to 85 of plastic scrap heading to a pyrolysis facility instead becomes diesel fuel, hydrogen, methane and other chemicals.

That result may be unsurprising to professionals within the recycling and polymers industries, but Song says the low-double-digit result may not be well received by people who construe the chasing arrows symbol on plastic objects as meaning the item can be turned back into plastic.  Green hydrogen

She also looked into dilution practices undertaken by users of mechanically recycled and chemically recycled materials, again finding the pyrolysis process came up short.

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Extreme Alcantara for BMW XM hybrid

Alcantara completely covers both the exterior and interior surfaces of a one-off BMW XM hybrid vehicle as a result of the latest design collaboration between BMW Italia and the luxury materials manufacturer. Green hydrogen

Unveiled at the House of BMW in Milan on July 10th and the result of a project called The Sky is the Limit, the use of meticulously conforming matt black Alcantara on the exterior, contrasting with glossy black inserts, enhances the striking geometric shapes of the XM.

In the interior, the cockpit is upholstered in black Alcantara, which covers the seats and left-hand door panel, creating a highly enveloping effect and style details include Greek cross stitching embroidered in the red, blue and light blue colors of the BMW M trim, with stitching in the same colour on the steering wheel and gear stick on which the M logo is paperbacked. The use of Alcantara here goes beyond aesthetics to provide both comfort and effective grip in sports driving. Green hydrogen

The rear passenger seats are upholstered in ice white Alcantara to create an ambience reminiscent of an elegant lounge. The centre armrest of the rear seats conceals a compartment to hold a bottle and two glasses. Two small extra cushions in ice coloured Alcantara with the same pattern as the doors and headliner have been designed to provide maximum comfort for passengers on the rear seat.

The headliner is also in ice white with a faded effect digital print creating an asymmetrical, contrasting colour scheme. Green hydrogen

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BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions breaks ground on new green hydrogen investment in Budenheim, Germany

  • New facility will produce electrolysis and fuel cell components to support the global energy transition
  • Production is planned to commence in the summer of 2025
  • Joint investment with other partners

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) commenced construction of its first state-of-the-art production facility for green hydrogen and fuel cell components in Budenheim, Germany, near Frankfurt. Green hydrogen

The products produced at this site will include newly developed low-iridium-loaded catalyst coated membranes (CCMs), a key functional part for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis. This will complement the Celtec® membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for high-temperature fuel cells, which will also be produced at the facility. MEAs are critical components in fuel cells that enable hydrogen together with oxygen from the air to be converted efficiently into electricity.

The ECMS hydrogen business operates globally, with activities in Europe, North America and Asia. Green hydrogen

As the renewable energy ecosystem develops rapidly, the production of green hydrogen from water electrolysis will become a crucial pillar in supporting the global energy transition. The new facility will enable the commercial launch of newly developed CCMs for PEM electrolyzers with multi-gigawatt capacity to serve the global market. This investment allows ECMS to expand its capabilities in precious metals, catalysts and recycling, positioning itself as an integrated, full-loop, end-to-end solution provider across a range of product lines in the green hydrogen space. Green hydrogen

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Chemical recycling, a novel approach to managing plastic waste, deconstructs the chemical composition of plastics, transforming them into fresh raw materials

This method supplements mechanical recycling by handling mixed or tainted plastic materials that are typically challenging to recycle.
The technologies employed in chemical recycling encompass pyrolysis, gasification, hydro-cracking, and depolymerisation, each offering unique benefits and posing distinct challenges. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving fossil resources, and promoting a circular economy for plastics, chemical recycling contributes to environmental sustainability. Green hydrogen
Despite its potential, chemical recycling confronts several hurdles, including environmental, regulatory, and economic obstacles. These include the high energy requirements, potential pollution risks, and the absence of standardised regulations.
As an emerging and rapidly evolving sector, chemical recycling is the focus of continuous research, innovation, and collaboration among industry stakeholders, academic institutions, and policymakers. This collective effort aims to overcome the existing barriers and unlock the full potential of chemical recycling in addressing the global plastic waste challenge.  Green hydrogen
Chemical recycling, a novel approach to managing plastic waste, deconstructs the chemical composition of plastics, transforming them into fresh raw materials

Microplastics: Big problem, but real solutions are coming to Akron 

Positive environmental news is undoubtedly hard to come by.

But after an exemplary showing by public and private sectors alike, residents of Akron last week received a piece of good environmental news coming right from our backyards.

The federal government earmarking $51 million in funding for the Akron Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub to develop and produce more sustainable rubber and plastics is a significant feat. Green hydrogen

It not only will bring jobs and economic benefit to our region, but also has potential to contribute real solutions to problems that are both global and unprecedented in scope.

The implications for this funding are profound.

First, it demonstrates what successful bipartisan collaboration looks like. The effort was championed by U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, who specifically chose to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to bring this opportunity to the region.  Green hydrogen

She, along with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and a bipartisan group of Congress members, have shown what can be achieved when politicians put their egos and the spotlight aside to best support their districts.

This funding also signals a revitalization of Akron’s manufacturing sector, creating or retaining more than 4,000 jobs and spurring innovative vocational and educational opportunities.  Green hydrogen

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Recycled polymers – In June, China reduced its oil purchases from abroad by 11% compared to the previous year, amounting to 56.45 million tons, or approximately 11.3 million barrels per day 15-07-2024

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Recycled polymers – In June, China reduced its oil purchases from abroad by 11% compared to the previous year, amounting to 56.45 million tons, or approximately 11.3 million barrels per day 15-07-2024

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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In June, China reduced its oil purchases from abroad by 11% compared to the previous year, amounting to 56.45 million tons, or approximately 11.3 million barrels per day

If Beijing halts its imports, it could cause a significant downturn in global oil demand. The post-COVID recovery appears to be waning, and China’s previously insatiable appetite for oil has subsided for the time being. The Asian giant’s crude oil imports have not only stopped increasing but are also declining compared to last year’s record levels. This decline reflects reduced consumption rather than a surge in local production and could potentially lead to lower oil prices, following a recent rise that saw Brent prices near $85 per barrel, with peaks around $88 in early July. recycled polymers

If Beijing continues to slow down, global oil demand will likely follow suit, unless other countries, such as India, step up their purchases. Recent Chinese customs statistics confirm this trend. In the first half of the year, Chinese imports were 2.3% lower than the same period in 2023, at 11.05 million barrels per day, marking a rare contraction in recent years, excluding the pandemic period.  recycled polymers

China remains the world’s largest crude oil importer, having overtaken the United States about a decade ago, partly due to the success of shale oil in the U.S. However, China’s international market purchases have significantly slowed compared to the pace of 2023. The historical monthly record was set exactly a year ago, at 12.67 million barrels per day in June 2023. In 2023 overall, China averaged 11.3 million barrels per day, a 10% increase over 2022.

With the post-COVID rebound over and economic growth slowing, China is under scrutiny from oil analysts. Its consumption may be normalizing, possibly influenced by the strong penetration of electric vehicles in the country. recycled polymers

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that global oil demand growth will more than halve this year and next, compared to the increase of 2.1 million barrels per day in 2023. China’s role in driving this growth is diminishing, expected to account for only 40% in 2024 and 2025, as other emerging economies like India and Brazil gain importance.

However, Beijing could still influence the market. According to Vortexa, the Chinese government has ordered the accumulation of another 58.5 million barrels of crude oil in state strategic reserves by March. This could translate into an additional demand of 220 thousand barrels per day over the next nine months, potentially altering all current forecasts. recycled polymers

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PureCycle, MiniFIBERS, Beverly Knits Complete Successful Trial with PCR Resin

Inc. , today, announced a successful trial run with MiniFIBERS and Beverly Knits, resulting in the production of several high-quality product samples. MiniFIBERS, a leading manufacturer of specialty fiber products, used PureCycle resin produced from post-consumer recycled (PCR) waste to create fiber packages. These packages were then sent to Beverly Knits, a U.S. textile manufacturer, and used to produce textiles for a broad range of markets including home goods, automotive applications, industrial solutions, and apparel products. recycled polymers

These initial product samples are designed to allow brand owners to feel confident that there will be no compromise in quality when they introduce PureCycle resin into their products.

PureCycle CEO Dustin Olson said, “MiniFIBERS has been a great partner as we begin our commercial journey. They’ve shown a great interest in finding ways to incorporate recycled content into their materials. In the past, fiber producers have experienced challenges when trying to use recycled polypropylene, because the varying level of contaminants cause the thread to break during the fiber manufacturing process. We remove those contaminants in our process at the molecular level, and in doing so, provide stronger product quality.” recycled polymers

Olson added, “This trial is also a good example of PureCycle resin in a non-food grade application. Fiber represents approximately 15% of the global demand for virgin polypropylene and to date, there hasn’t been a scalable supply of recycled material to meet that demand. I believe this is one of the many areas where PureCycle resin can serve as a tangible replacement for fossil-based polypropylene.” recycled polymers

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PET flakes prices go upward amid tight supply

Since the onset of the plum rain season in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, heavy rainfall has persisted. Parts of northern Hunan, eastern Hubei, southern Anhui, central-southern Jiangsu, central Guizhou, and northern Guangxi have experienced accumulated rainfall exceeding twice the usual levels for this time of year. Rainfall in some regions such as Huangshan in Anhui and Guilin in Guangxi have recorded between 600 to 740 millimeters. recycled polymers

According to the latest forecast from the China Meteorological Administration, from the 24th to the 30th of this month, regions including northern parts of southofthe Yangtze River, eastern and southern Jianghan, Jianghuai region, Guizhou, and Guangxi will continue to experience persistent heavy rainfall. Daily rainfall is generally expected to be heavy to torrential, with some areas in southeastern Hubei, northeastern Hunan, southern Anhui, northern Jiangxi, and western Zhejiang possibly encountering severe and extremely severe downpours. recycled polymers

Recent continuous rain in Central China, East China, and South China has impacted the recycling of raw materials, resulting in generally low market supply, particularly in Guangdong, where the sporadic rain has persisted for nearly three months. In short, the rainy weather is expected to continue across various regions for some time.

Despite overall sluggish sales in the recent period for recycled chemical fiber plants, with low operating rates and accumulated inventories, raw material supply remains tight, unable to meet their demands. recycled polymers

Prices of PET flakes for HC re-PSF have rebounded earlier than usual peak supply seasons of previous years, by about half a month compared to 2023, and are currently higher by 200-300yuan/mt compared to the same period last year. For the reason, weather condition is one aspect. More important reason is the reduced supply of conventional PET flakes for recycled PSF due to more supply to sheet and 3A-grade white flakes.

Besides, the actual consumption of soft drinks and drinking water decreases due to economic downturns. recycled polymers

PET flakes prices go upward amid tight supply

PureCycle reaches PP milestone at Ironton plant

The PureCycle PP processing plant in Ironton, Ohio, has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of resin pellets since restarting May 30, according to the latest company update. CEO Dustin Olson elaborated on the progress in an interview.

The total represents the highest monthly yield since the high-purity PP extraction plant first started producing resin in June 2023, CEO Dustin Olson said in a press release. At full capacity, the facility is expected to produce 107 million pounds of virgin-quality resin annually. recycled polymers

Most of that total was produced between May 30 and June 10, the company said in the press release. During the rest of June, PureCycle was working to start up the system to remove co-product two, or CP2, and as a result lowered run rates.

CP2 consists of solid material removed from the feedstock and includes other plastics – primarily PE – as well as talcum powder and other additives from when the material was originally formed into objects, according to Olson in a company video from early 2024.

The plant began a planned shutdown in early April to address reliability issues and improve resin quality. recycled polymers

Although PureCycle had expected the outage to last two to four weeks, its mid-May restart was interrupted by a storm-related power outage.

Until mid-June, the plant had been using a feedstock lower in PE, then switched to a feedstock with a higher concentration of PE, to utilize upgrades made during the April outage. recycled polymers

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Versalis and Forever Plast to launch REFENCE™, a range of recycled polymers for food contact packaging from NEWER™ technology

Following the collaboration between Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, and Forever Plast, Italy’s leading company in post-consumer plastic recycling, comes REFENCE™, an innovative range of recycled polymers for food contact packaging. The range is already available in the market for polystyrene applications such as yogurt pots, trays for meat and fish, and other types of rigid and expanded packaging. recycled polymers

These new products will expand the Versalis Revive® portfolio of mechanically recycled materials, redefining their application limits and enabling direct contact with food.

REFENCE™ has been produced due to NEWER™ technology, which is developed in Versalis’ research laboratories in Mantua and industrialised at Forever Plast’s facilities in Lograto (Brescia) under a co-development agreement between Versalis and Forever Plast. NEWER™ enables the purification of recycled polymers in compliance with EU Regulation 1616/2022 on recycling. recycled polymers

The technology has also obtained the Non-Objection Letter (NOL) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Polymers – From Waste to Resource: Leveraging Mono-Material Innovation for Sustainable Packaging 15-07-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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ITEM 08/07/2024 15/07/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 910 $/ton 910 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,120 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton +80
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,020 yuan/ton 5,930 yuan/ton
-90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 725 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,700 yuan/ton 4,815 yuan/ton
+115
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 545 $/ton 560 $/ton +15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,049 $/ton 1,037 $/ton
-12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,027 $/ton 1,015 $/ton -12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,130 $/ton +5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,000  yuan/ton 8,030 yuan/ton
+30
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,560 yuan/ton -140
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,200 yuan/ton 9,250 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,500 yuan/ton 8,550 yuan/ton +50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,870 yuan/ton 7,830 yuan/ton -40
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,700 yuan/ton 12,500 yuan/ton
-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,600 $/ton -50
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton -400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,300 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,950 yuan/ton 18,600 yuan/ton -350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,800 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton -300
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,000 yuan/ton 31,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 30,500 yuan/ton 30,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  27,500 yuan/ton 27,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market

Polymers

9,700 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -300
Benzene domestic market9, 8,825 yuan/ton  8,670 yuan/ton -155
Benzene overseas  market 1,040 $/ton 1,021 $/ton -19
Ethylene South East market 930 $/ton 925 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE market CIF 780 $/ton 800 $/ton +20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,480 yuan/ton -70
Naphtha overseas market  719 $/ton 702 $/ton -17
Phenol domestic market 8,155 yuan/ton 8,175 yuan/ton +20

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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From Waste to Resource: Leveraging Mono-Material Innovation for Sustainable Packaging

The decorative packaging industry is undergoing a significant transformation due to increasing environmental awareness and consumer demand for sustainable solutions. While materials such as paper, cardboard, glass, and plant-based alternatives are gaining traction, plastic remains dominant.

Labels and films, though smaller in size, contribute significantly to packaging waste. Essential for branding and information, these components pose recycling challenges due to their diverse materials and adhesive backings. Films used for wrapping and sealing add complexity to the recycling process. Polymers

Enhancing Plastic Recyclability

Plastic’s environmental impact can be mitigated by improving its recyclability. Strategies include lightweighting and reducing plastic usage without compromising functionality. By enhancing recyclability, more post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic can be utilized in new packaging, reducing the need for virgin plastic and closing the recycling loop.

As the shift towards recyclable materials gains momentum, the industry is exploring mono-material packaging solutions that are easily processed in recycling facilities.

A notable example is the dairy industry’s TINE 300g Dairy Cup Sleeve, made by Masterpress for Berry Superfos Lidköping. Polymers

This innovation reflects RecyClass’ “designed-for-recycling” standards and uses a low-density polyolefin shrink sleeve, creating a “mono-material-like” solution for polypropylene cups.

Innovation in Material Choice

Previously, dairy cups were primarily made from polystyrene, a material lacking effective recycling streams. The rejection of non-recyclable polystyrene packaging by major retail chains prompted a shift to polypropylene for dairy cups. This change required a compatible shrink sleeve material to ensure the recyclability of the entire package. Polymers

The solution was a polyolefin shrink sleeve, identified as PP in recycling processes, allowing it to be sorted and recycled alongside polypropylene. Masterpress’ development was validated by Tomra’s testing and RecyClass certification, confirming the polyolefin shrink sleeves’ recyclability on PP containers.

Conclusion

The future of sustainable packaging lies in embracing diverse materials and technologies to reduce environmental impact. Balancing innovation with practicality, the industry must ensure that new solutions are both environmentally friendly and effective in real-world applications. Polymers

This involves technological advancements, strategic material choices, consumer engagement, and industry-wide collaboration, leading the charge in ecological responsibility and setting a sustainable course for packaging’s future.

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Waste Recycling – Hyosung Presents New Regen™ Certified Sustainable Textile Solutions At Functional Fabric Fair And Kingpins NYC Markets 13-07-2024

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Lummus Technology and MOL Group Begin Engineering Advanced Waste Plastic Recycling Plant in Hungary

Lummus Technology, a global leader in process technologies and energy solutions, and MOL Group, a major Central Eastern European oil and gas corporation, have initiated the design phase for the first Lummus Advanced Waste Plastic Recycling unit. Located at MOL Petrochemicals Co. Ltd. in Tiszaújváros, Hungary, the plant will process 40,000 tons of mixed waste plastics annually, producing circular petrochemical building blocks for MOL’s petrochemical facility.  Waste Recycling

The plant incorporates advanced GHG reduction elements, including an electric pyrolysis reactor for zero direct scope 1 emissions during normal operations.

“This milestone underscores our commitment to increasing industry circularity,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology. “We are leveraging our innovative technology and MOL’s operational excellence to provide sustainable solutions addressing global plastic waste challenges.” Waste Recycling

MOL’s commitment to chemical recycling includes collecting and treating nearly 5 million tonnes of municipal solid waste. This initiative will enable MOL to offer sustainable compounds for industries such as automotive, construction, and packaging. Gabriel Szabó, Executive Vice President of Downstream at MOL Group, emphasized the role of the chemical industry in promoting a circular economy. “The construction of a 40,000-ton capacity pyrolysis plant marks a significant step in plastics recycling. Lummus’ pyrolysis technology will transform plastic waste into valuable chemicals, demonstrating our industrial competitiveness and commitment to sustainability.” Waste Recycling

The project is part of a 2023 partnership to deploy chemical recycling of plastics at MOL’s facilities in Hungary and Slovakia. Lummus’ Green Circle business unit provides advanced waste plastic pyrolysis technology, converting plastic waste into high-value chemicals and feedstocks, thus promoting circularity. This technology reduces the carbon footprint and eliminates char production, offering a reliable and economically attractive solution to the global plastic waste problem.

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MIT Study: Nationwide Bottle Deposit Program Could Boost US PET Recycling Rates

Recycling systems and bottle deposits are increasingly common in the U.S., but actual PET recycling rates remain low, according to MIT researchers. Their study indicates that the current national PET bottle recycling rate is about 24 percent and has stagnated for a decade. However, implementing a nationwide bottle deposit program could potentially increase this rate to 82 percent, with nearly two-thirds of PET bottles being recycled into new bottles, at a net cost of just a penny per bottle during high demand periods. Policies ensuring sufficient demand for recycled material would be necessary. Waste Recycling

The research, published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, was conducted by MIT’s Professor Elsa Olivetti, graduate students Basuhi Ravi and Karan Bhuwalka, and research scientist Richard Roth. They examined PET bottle collection and recycling rates in various states and countries with different policies and recycling methods. This study is the first to comprehensively analyze the interaction between public policies and the entire recycling market.

The team found that bottle deposit programs are highly effective where implemented, but current collection efforts are insufficient to meet industry targets. Their analysis suggests that a nationwide bottle deposit policy could achieve the recycling levels mandated by proposed legislation and corporate commitments. Waste Recycling

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Hyosung Presents New Regen™ Certified Sustainable Textile Solutions At Functional Fabric Fair And Kingpins NYC Markets

Expanding its dedication to ongoing innovation and delivering sustainable solutions for a wide range of needs throughout the value chain, Hyosung will introduce a comprehensive range of certified sustainable materials at forthcoming New York City based shows this summer.

At Functional Fabric Fair NYC

Creating a more powerful sustainable story, Hyosung has expanded its offering of regen™ BIO Spandex, replacing nearly all the fiber’s raw materials previously made with petroleum-based resources with renewable resources to include new regen BIO, regen BIO+ and regen BIO Max Spandex. Waste Recycling

Hyosung was the first company to commercialize at scale USDA and SGS certified bio-based elastane partly made with renewable resources in 2022. Brand adoptions with the fiber include activewear from Pangaia that combines a bio-nylon with Hyosung regen™ BIO Spandex, and Icebreaker who has introduced a blend of regen BIO spandex with their signature merino wool. Others have combined regen™ BIO Spandex with luxurious silk, lyocell, and organic cotton.

As part of its corporate ESG commitment to achieving net zero by 2050 and supporting the wider textile industry to meet evolving sustainability goals, Hyosung has partnered with sustainable materials leader, Geno, to start construction at its plant in Vietnam to produce Bio BDO derived from sugarcane, commencing Q2 2026. Hyosung’s partnership with Geno establishes the world’s first fully integrated manufacturing site for bio-based elastane from renewable raw material to fiber. Waste Recycling

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Colorifix x Grupo Impetus x OceanSafe

Multiple benefits with sustainable new fabrics launched during Berlin Fashion Week.
Dyeing at the vertically-integrated plant of Grupo Impetus.
Grupo Impetus Group, headquartered in Barqueiros, Portugal, is launching a range of fabrics made from OceanSafe’s naNea next-gen biodegradable polyester and coloured with the entirely biological dyeing process of Colorifix.The collaboration between the three companies was announced at during Berlin Fashion Week from July 1-4, when the new Impetus fabrics were unveiled. Waste Recycling
They contain no harmful substances, are made entirely from biodegradable materials and do not shed any microplastics while being fully recyclable.Berne, Switzerland-headquartered OceanSafe’s naNea serves as a replacement for conventional PET and biodegrades in marine environments by over 93% after 99 days. It is the world’s first synthetic fibre with Cradle to Cradle Gold certification and is already market-ready and scalable. 
The unique fabric-dyeing process developed by Norwich, UK-based Colorifix exploits the DNA codes for colours found in nature and teaches microbes to recreate them as natural dyes. Waste RecyclingMore…Colorifix x Grupo Impetus x OceanSafe

Sustainable Solutions for EV Battery Recycling: An Advanced Optimization Framework

Researchers from MIT propose a two-stage stochastic optimization model for EV battery recycling, demonstrating significant cost reductions and environmental benefits through strategic investment and advanced optimization techniques. This model enhances recycling efficiency, addressing critical supply chain challenges for lithium-ion batteries.

The electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain faces significant challenges related to sourcing scarce, expensive minerals required for battery manufacturing and disposing of hazardous retired batteries. Waste Recycling

Integrating recycling technology into the supply chain can mitigate these issues, but it necessitates strategic investment planning for recycling facilities. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose a two-stage stochastic optimization model for minimizing the cost of recycling capacity decisions, wherein retired batteries are recycled and recovered materials are reused in new battery production. The model employs a separable concave minimization approach with linear constraints and introduces a new global optimization algorithm based on piecewise linear approximation, which solves problems up to ten times faster than existing algorithms. Waste Recycling

Additionally, a reformulation of the model reduces the number of variables by integrating integrality constraints, leading to significant reductions in solve times. The study also explores a cut grouping strategy for Benders’ decomposition in the second stage, enhancing convergence compared to traditional methods.

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ZymoChem Unveils World’s First Scalable, 100% Bio-Based, and Biodegradable Super Absorbent Polymer: BAYSE™

BAYSE™ is the world’s first scalable, 100% bio-based, and biodegradable Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP).

Groundbreaking innovation is set to revolutionize the $145 billion global hygiene industry and pave the way for a more sustainable future. Waste Recycling

ZymoChem, a leading biotech company dedicated to creating sustainable materials for everyday products, is proud to announce the launch of BAYSE™, the world’s first scalable, 100% bio-based, and biodegradable Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP). This groundbreaking innovation is set to revolutionize the $145 billion global hygiene industry and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

BAYSE™ is a drop-in replacement for traditional, fossil fuel-based SAPs, which are a key component in disposable, absorbent hygiene products such as infant diapers.

Unlike petroleum-derived, polyacrylate counterparts, BAYSE™ is made from renewable resources, maintains a lower carbon footprint, and is readily biodegradable, addressing the environmental concerns associated with the 300,000 diapers that enter landfills or are incinerated every minute. Waste Recycling

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Recycling Solutions – Ford plans to shift to smaller and more affordable EVs by 2027 12-07-2024

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Mid-Year Balance Sheet for German Chemistry: Mixed Results

The German chemical-pharmaceutical industry’s mid-year performance showed better-than-expected outcomes despite ongoing structural challenges. VCI, the industry federation, reported a slight recovery in production, which rose by 3% compared to the same period last year. However, turnover declined by 1% to 112 billion euros, influenced by a 4% drop in prices. Domestic sales decreased by 5%, while exports grew by 1.5%.

Despite these gains, production remains 11% below 2021 levels, indicating underutilized plant capacity. Recycling Solutions

From January to June 2024, inorganic basic chemistry production increased by 12%, organic chemistry by 8.5%, consumer chemicals by 2%, and polymers by 1.5%. However, specialty chemicals production decreased by 2%.

VCI, led by Covestro CEO Markus Steilemann, maintains growth estimates of 3.5% in production and 1.5% in turnover for the year, anticipating improved order situations in the second half. Steilemann emphasized that while there are positive signs, the industry is not experiencing a stable upward trend. He highlighted concerns over localization issues, energy prices, and bureaucracy. Recycling Solutions

A VCI survey revealed that only 30% of members feel an economic recovery, with half expecting improvement by late 2024 or 2025. Steilemann warned of structural disadvantages, noting that plants are not operating profitably. He stressed the need for reforms to address high energy costs, increasing bureaucracy, and deterred investments.

Investment in Germany’s chemical sector fell by 2% to 9.2 billion euros in 2023, while foreign investments increased by over 8%, nearing 12 billion euros. Recycling Solutions

The industry calls for measures to reduce energy costs and taxation, invest in education and infrastructure, and reduce bureaucracy. Steilemann concluded with a call for a proactive national transformation agenda.

VCI represents 2,300 companies in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry, with a turnover of around 245 billion euros and over 560,000 employees. Recycling Solutions

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Sidel Launches Qual-IS: The Intelligent Aseptic Quality Supervisor

Sidel has introduced Qual-IS, an advanced digital solution designed to revolutionize quality control in aseptic production. Qual-IS integrates all quality-related activities—laboratory management, traceability, and sampling—into a cohesive, intelligent system aimed at driving quality rather than merely monitoring it. Recycling Solutions

The significance of this innovation is underscored by the fact that over 80% of grocery companies regard product recalls as a major financial risk, with nearly 60% experiencing recalls in the last five years. Ensuring food safety and quality control is paramount for all grocery brands.

Accessible via mobile, desktop, or HMI on production lines, Qual-IS combines six key components: sampling plans, laboratory management, traceability, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), calibration certificates, and overall quality status.

Integrated Quality Management

Each bottle in the production process receives a unique code, capturing comprehensive data throughout its lifecycle. Recycling Solutions

This includes details about the preform, cap, product recipe, and production parameters. Sampling, a critical quality control component, benefits from Sidel’s extensive industry experience and is enhanced by intelligent data-driven adjustments.

Qual-IS ensures a seamless integration of quality control from preform blowing to laboratory management. Recycling Solutions

Previously segregated data from production and lab tests are now unified, allowing lab microbiologists to access complete bottle histories via a unique code.

Enhanced Quality Control

Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) are vital for aseptic production. Qual-IS provides real-time access to CCP statuses and historical trends, facilitating accurate forecasting. It also features a calibration map for equipment, with a color-coded system indicating the status of calibration certificates.

A real-time dashboard displays the quality status across the production line, enabling visualization of trends, setting KPIs, and generating customizable reports.

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Ford plans to shift to smaller and more affordable EVs by 2027

Ford had an astounding second quarter in the US electric vehicle (EV) market, with sales increasing by 61% compared to last year. Now, the American giant is planning to shift to smaller EVs with a price tag of around $30,000 by 2027 in an attempt to widen its customer range.  Recycling Solutions

Ford’s EV sales reached 23,957 units in the second quarter, while hybrid sales surged by 55% and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales dropped by 5%. The best-selling models in the Q2 2024 were Mustang Mach-E (12,645), F-150 Lightning (7,902) and E-transit (3,410). With these figures, Ford managed to best General Motors, sold 21,930 EVs in the second quarter and strengthened its footing in an increasingly competitive market where Tesla continued to lose ground, witnessing a 16% drop in Q2.

Ford plans to continue its growing success in EVs by shifting from large SUVs and trucks to smaller, low-budget vehicles. Recycling Solutions

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Ingevity partners with Ultrapolymers Group for European sales of Capa® caprolactone Bioplastics

Ingevity Corporation today announced the expansion of its Capa® caprolactone distribution network by establishing Ultrapolymers Group as its distributor for Capa Bioplastics in Europe. Ultrapolymers Group will leverage the company’s experienced sales and technical teams across Europe to maximize the sales of Ingevity’s Capa Bioplastics products. Recycling Solutions

“Adding a new distribution partner within Europe who is dedicated to our line of Capa biodegradable thermoplastics enables us to better serve our customers in the region,” said Ingevity senior vice president and president, Advanced Polymer Technologies, Steve Hulme. “Ultrapolymers’ network of compounders and converters, as well as their technical expertise and customer service, aligns with Ingevity’s strategic plan for growth in Europe.”

“We are excited to add Ingevity to our portfolio of suppliers for the thermoplastics market,” said David Viehoff, management team at Ultrapolymers Group. “Ingevity’s portfolio of Capa caprolactone bioplastics aligns with our goal of offering the most advanced, innovative and sustainable materials to our customers.” Recycling Solutions

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Specialty Thermoset Resins for Carbon-Carbon Composites

At CAMX 2024, Kaneka Aerospace is showcasing its innovative diamine-based bis-benzoxazine resins, known for their high char yield, designed for use in CFRP thermal protection. Kaneka Aerospace specializes in producing high-performance prepregs, resins, and adhesives for aerospace and industrial applications. Among the highlights are the diamine-based bis-benzoxazine resins with aldehyde end-terminated groups, ideal for high-temperature carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRPs). These resins boast impressive thermal and mechanical properties, such as: Recycling Solutions

  • Melt flowability below 150°C, allowing uncured resins to be processed and converted into fully cross-linked structures via hot press molding at 220°C.
  • Cured resins featuring a high glass transition temperature (Tg) above 230°C with minimal storage modulus reduction.
  • Optimal elongation at break (>4%).
  • Weight retention around 70% when heated to 1000°C in an inert atmosphere.
  • Enhanced residual weight after pyrolysis up to 1800°C.

Kaneka has successfully fabricated carbon fiber prepregs using these resins, which were stacked and cured to produce CFRPs. Recycling Solutions

Hideki Yamamoto’s presentation, “Aldehyde Groups Terminated Bis-Benzoxazine Resins With High Char Yield for Carbon-Carbon Composite Applications,” discusses preliminary studies on prepreg processing and the subsequent pyrolysis and thermal treatment of CFRPs. The high weight retention of the cured resin has been effectively maintained at the CFRP level, demonstrating excellent weight and dimensional retention.

Specialty Thermoset Resins for Carbon-Carbon Composites

General Industries expands into Spain

The Germany-based recycler is partnering with Birkle Recycling Solutions to process plastic waste from the automotive industry in Tarragona, Spain Recycling Solutions

General Industries Polymer (GIP), a sister company of Germany-based General Industries, announced its expansion into Spain.

The recycler of non-foam plastics is partnering with Birkle Recycling Solutions, a Spanish recycler specialising on expanded polystyrene.

GIP has placed shredding machines at Birkle’s headquarters in Tarragona, Spain, where the Spanish recycler will process material flows from Portugal and Spain.

The plastic waste will mostly come from the automotive industry, the companies said in a statement. Recycling Solutions

“We are looking forward to a joint, sustainable cooperation with the Spanish Birkle Recycling Solutions and to the growth of GIP plastics recycling in Europe,” said Isabel Gerwig, new member of the Executive Board at GIP.

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Biobased polymer – Investment in polyester DTY machine rebounds, more difficult for independent DTY plants 11-07-2024

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Biobased polymer – Investment in polyester DTY machine rebounds, more difficult for independent DTY plants 11-07-2024

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Syensqo, a global leader in Advanced Performance Materials and Chemical Solutions, has introduced five new high-performance ECHO grades within its Omnix® ECHO portfolio of circular polymers

These new sustainable products, featuring mass-balanced (MB) allocated recycled content between 33% and 98% from post-consumer and/or post-industrial sources, offer significantly reduced product carbon footprint potential while maintaining the mechanical performance and superior flowability of PA6 and PA66 all-virgin base materials.

The Omnix® 1000 ECHO series boasts up to 98% MB allocated recycled content, delivering up to 56% reduction in product carbon footprint (PCF), making it an ideal drop-in replacement for conventional polyamide resins. Biobased polymer

The Omnix® FC 6000 ECHO HPPA series, approved for food contact, surpasses the performance of PA virgin incumbents and includes the first food-contact approved HPPA compound with 33% recycled content, achieving a 34% lower PCF. The Omnix® 6000 ECHO HPPA series (non-food-contact) offers a superior balance of performance and lower PCF than engineered polyamides PA6 or PA66, with up to 83% MB allocated recycled content and a 45% lower PCF. Biobased polymer

“Our Omnix® ECHO series provides outstanding sustainability with no compromises on processability, dimensional stability, stiffness, impact strength, or surface aspect,” said Ricardo Calumby, Global Marketing Manager Sustainability at Syensqo. “The extended ECHO portfolio confirms our role as industry leaders in sustainability innovation.”

The Omnix® ECHO series targets household appliances and consumer goods such as coffee makers, food processors, ovens, air fryers, kitchen utensils, and razor brackets.

The PCF data was calculated according to ISO 14040-44 standards using SimaPro® 9.5 LCA software and ecoinvent database V3.9, with results referring to 1 kg of product as a functional unit, excluding packaging. Syensqo provides this information in good faith, with no liability for the accuracy of the data. Biobased polymer

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The EU-funded Polymeer research project, with a grant of 4.8 million euros, is spearheaded by the University of Perugia

The initiative aims to transform waste from beer production, specifically brewer’s grains, into new polymers, co-polymers, and biobased polymer blends. Brewer’s grains, a major by-product of the beer industry, consist of barley grain husks, pericarps, and seed coatings leftover from the mashing phase. These grains are composed primarily of fibers (70%), proteins (20%), and phenolic compounds. Europe produces approximately 8 million of the 40 million tonnes of brewer’s grains generated globally each year. Managing this waste is challenging due to its high volume, moisture content, and microbial load, which significantly shortens its shelf life. Biobased polymer

The project aims to convert these wastes into recyclable and biodegradable materials tailored for specific technical applications in various sectors. These include agriculture, where UV resistance, soil biodegradability, and barrier properties are needed; packaging, including within the beer supply chain; and the textile sector, particularly for automotive uses, where flame retardancy, antimicrobial properties, UV resistance, hydrophobicity, and oleophobicity are essential. Biobased polymer

The four-year project is led by Prof. Assunta Marrocchi from the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Biotechnology and Prof. Ombretta Marconi from the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The funding is part of the Horizon call “Development of novel, high-performance bio-based polymers and co-polymers,” promoted by Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking. Starting in September, the project involves 13 partners, including universities, research organizations, and companies across Europe, coordinated by the University of Perugia. Biobased polymer

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Global PP Market Shows Stability in Early July 2024 post June Surge

In the first week of July 2024, the price of Polypropylene (PP) in the US market remained stable, reflecting a balanced demand-supply dynamic. However, on a monthly basis, the price surged by approximately 17.5%, driven by increased production costs due to higher feedstock propylene prices. A regional plant shutdown created a short-term material shortage, further influencing the US PP market. Additionally, rising freight rates impacted the price of PP this month. Biobased polymer

Throughout June 2024, the supply of PP in the US fluctuated from moderate to low levels due to a series of unplanned plant shutdowns. Major manufacturers of PP, such as Phillips 66, faced operational disruptions, leading to material shortages. Concurrently, the price of feedstock Propylene increased by approximately 6%, elevating production costs and contributing to a bullish trend in PP prices. These supply challenges were compounded by a significant surge in global freight rates. Container freight rates on key north-south and east-west Brazilian routes soared due to strong demand and capacity shortages for shipments to and from South America. Biobased polymer

Brazilian forwarders reported that rates from Brazil to North America reached their highest level in a year, while rates on the Asia-East Coast South America trade were at a near two-year high.

Global PP Market Shows Stability in Early July 2024 post June Surge

AkzoNobel has significantly upgraded its Suzhou facility in China, launching an automated production line as part of a €14 million ($15.12 million) investment aimed at doubling its marine and protective coatings capacity by 2025

This upgrade will immediately boost daily production by over 40%, with plans for further enhancements to three additional lines, ensuring the facility’s capacity doubles by next year. Biobased polymer

These upgrades come in response to the growing demand in China’s shipbuilding market, where high-performance antifoulings and wind power solutions are in increasing demand. AkzoNobel’s Suzhou site, operational since 2008, has been crucial in meeting this demand, supplying products like International, Intersleek, RELEST, and Chartek.

Simon Parker, director of AkzoNobel’s Marine and Protective Coatings business, emphasizes the company’s commitment to delivering superior solutions and adapting swiftly to the dynamic Chinese market. Biobased polymer

Similarly, Karen-Marie Katholm, AkzoNobel’s chief integrated supply chain officer, highlights the efficiency and capacity improvements, which enhance local production and supply chain capabilities.

The recent upgrades include automation of waste gas treatment, filling, and grinding systems. Future improvements will focus on transitioning Suzhou to 100% renewable electricity by 2025, contributing to AkzoNobel’s goal of halving carbon emissions across its value chain by 2030. Biobased polymer

AkzoNobel has significantly upgraded its Suzhou facility in China, launching an automated production line as part of a €14 million ($15.12 million) investment aimed at doubling its marine and protective coatings capacity by 2025

Investment in polyester DTY machine rebounds, more difficult for independent DTY plants

In 2023, the increase of polyester DTY machine decelerated compared with 2021-2022, with growth rate dropping from nearly 10% to around 4%. It was earlier thought that under the fierce competition among retail investors in DTY machines, the growth in 2024 would still not be very optimistic, however, according to the investigation, the increase of polyester DTY machines in 2024 is expected to pick up compared with 2023, with growth rate expected to rebound to around 6% in 2024. Biobased polymer

The growth of polyester DTY machine in 2024 has several remarkable characteristics:

  1. More manufacturers emerge

The established DTY machine manufacturers are mainly Barmag, TMT, Jingwei, Rongteng, Jinggong, Yuejian, etc. And in 2024, there emerge other manufacturers with large supply quantity, such as Taitan and Jinyi (Hongyi). Biobased polymer

  1. The demand for small machines breaks out

From the perspective of orders for machines, some mainstream suppliers receive orders for large machines until the end of the third quarter, while orders for small machines will last until next year. This year’s mainstream models of large machines remain the same, but small machines see upgrade from 800 and 868 type to 900 type. It is reported that the 900 type is cheaper and more cost-effective. Biobased polymer

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Nylon 66 chip suppliers determine to hold prices steady

In the second week of June, the price of nylon 66 chips started to stabilize, ending the previous downward trend. This round of downward adjustments started in April and lasted for about two and a half months. Taking the general-plastic-grade nylon 66 chip as an example, the price dropped from a peak of 22,500yuan/mt to around 20,000yuan/mt currently, representing a decrease of over 10%. This almost offset the previous increase since Invista announced the maintenance plan. Biobased polymer

During recent decline, most downstream manufacturers anticipated the bottom to be around the previous low of 19,000yuan/mt. Despite downstream inventories being close to depletion and expecting replenishment in June, the market sentiment remained somewhat pessimistic due to the anticipation of over 200,000 tons of new capacities by enterprises like Invista, Shanghai Shenma, China Resources, and Haoyuan. However, after the price fell just below the 20,000yuan/mt, prices began to stabilize and even saw a slight rebound, defying market expectations.

This was mainly due to cost pressures. Biobased polymer

As shown in the chart above, butadiene, a primary raw material for C4 process ADN/HMDA, has been consistently rising since the beginning of the year. It stabilized around 11,500yuan/mt before accelerating to 13,500yuan/mt by mid-May. This significant cost pressure for C4 process ADN, with butadiene alone seeing a cost increase of 3,500-4,000yuan/mt since the beginning of the year. The strength of butadiene stems not only from the restart of the Tianchen’s ADN plant but also from strong demand in the rubber market this year, which shows potential for the entire year. Biobased polymer

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Plastic recycling -Plast Nordic and Norner work towards advanced PET recycling at scale in Nordic region 10-07-2024

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Biotrend and Freepoint Eco-Systems to Develop Plastic Recycling Projects

Freepoint Eco-Systems, a U.S.-based plastic waste solutions provider, is partnering with Turkish waste management company Biotrend to develop advanced recycling projects. These initiatives aim to divert end-of-life plastic waste from landfills and incineration, transforming it through chemical recycling into pyrolysis oil, which is used in the production of petrochemical products, including resins for new plastics.

Biotrend is setting up a cutting-edge plastic recycling facility in Aliağa, İzmir, Turkey, with a processing capacity of 60,000 tons per year.  Plastic recycling

This strategic partnership plans to extend its efforts beyond Turkey, targeting projects in the Balkans and Central Asia. Collectively, they aim for a total recycling capacity of 250,000 tons of waste plastic annually.

Upon successful completion of due diligence, Freepoint Eco-Systems intends to purchase approximately 10% of Biotrend’s shares.

This acquisition will be executed through a private placement, involving an investment by Freepoint in newly issued shares.  Plastic recycling

This investment not only solidifies the partnership but also demonstrates Freepoint’s commitment to supporting and expanding advanced recycling infrastructure in the region.

Through this collaboration, Biotrend and Freepoint Eco-Systems are set to make a substantial impact on reducing plastic waste and promoting circular economy practices in Turkey and beyond. Plastic recycling

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First feedback on the Newcycling process

The material obtained from the physical recycling of post-consumer multilayer films was tested on a Polifilm pilot line.
The German recycler APK has carried out blown film tests using regenerated material with the Newcycling process, which allows the recovery of waste from post-consumer multilayer flexible packaging through selective dissolution with solvent.  Plastic recycling
Pilot-scale tests, conducted in collaboration with German film maker Polifilm Extrusion, confirmed the workability and quality of the material, with surface defects and odor that – according to APK – are close to what is obtained by extruding virgin material.

Despite coming from post-consumer, claims the German company, the quality is comparable to that of the best recycled material available on the market today, however obtained from packaging waste from the commercial channel, which is more homogeneous and less contaminated. Plastic recycling
“In the film blowing process, the post-consumer recycled material from the Newcycling process proved to be highly processable – confirms Gottfried Weyhe, Senior Manager Research & Development at Polifilm -. We managed to produce a very thin film, with a thickness of ten microns In terms of quality parameters, such as specks and odors, the recycled performed optimally and is close to virgin.”
“It is a big step forward in our journey – says Robert Marx, Chief Technology Officer of APK -. We are implementing interventions to further optimize Newcycling products and the first quantities of even higher quality material are already available”.
The Newcycling process combines mechanical pre-treatment steps with solvent purification and separation to eliminate additives and printing inks. This allows you to efficiently recycle waste from complex and flexible packaging, such as multilayer films, and obtain pure, high-quality materials at the end of the line.

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Chemical Recycling: A Closer Look

The Plastic Problem

Plastic waste is a global concern. Every year, over 380 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide, equivalent to more than 100 times the weight of the entire blue whale population. Unfortunately, only 16% of plastic waste is recycled into new plastics, while the rest ends up in landfills, incineration, or the ocean.

The Promise of Chemical Recycling

Chemical recycling, also known as “advanced recycling,” offers an alternative approach. Unlike traditional mechanical recycling, which involves melting and reshaping plastics, chemical recycling aims to break down plastics into their raw materials.

The goal is to transform hard-to-recycle plastics back into reusable materials, reducing waste and environmental impact. Plastic recycling

How It Works

  1. Breaking Down Plastics: Chemical recycling involves various processes, such as pyrolysis, depolymerization, and solvolysis. These methods break down plastics into smaller molecules, including monomers and other useful compounds.
  2. Turning Plastic into Oil: One exciting development is the ability to convert plastic waste back into oil. By mimicking the natural processes that created fossil fuels, chemical recycling can produce a type of “infinite” plastic. This oil can then be used as a feedstock for new plastic production. Plastic recycling
  3. All Types of Plastic: Unlike traditional recycling, which often rejects certain plastics due to color or composition, chemical recycling can handle all types of plastic. This inclusivity makes it a promising solution for tackling plastic waste.

Challenges and Criticisms

  1. Energy Intensive: Chemical recycling requires significant energy input, which has been a stumbling block. Sometimes, it’s more cost-effective to produce new plastic products directly from crude oil rather than recycling existing plastic.
  2. Lack of Transparency: Critics argue that chemical recycling lacks transparency. Understanding the environmental impact and safety of these processes is essential for responsible implementation. Plastic recycling
  3. Fuel vs. New Plastic: Some chemical recycling facilities end up producing fuel (such as diesel or gasoline) rather than new plastic products. Balancing these outcomes is crucial for achieving sustainability goals.

Regenyx and Beyond

Regenyx, based in Oregon, exemplifies the challenges faced by chemical recycling facilities. While they aim to transform plastics, operational hurdles and energy demands hinder their full potential.

However, it’s essential to recognize that chemical recycling is still an evolving field, and ongoing research and innovation can address these limitations.  Plastic recycling

The Bigger Picture

As we strive for a circular economy, chemical recycling remains a valuable tool. It complements mechanical recycling and offers hope for a more sustainable future. However, we must balance its benefits with environmental considerations and ensure transparency throughout the process.

In conclusion, chemical recycling holds promise but requires careful navigation. By addressing energy efficiency, transparency, and product outcomes, we can unlock its full potential and contribute to a cleaner planet. Plastic recycling

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Review Packaging Reuse Quotas

Approximately twenty German industrial associations have expressed concerns regarding the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) and its impact on supply chains. They have appealed to the Presidency of the European Commission to amend the current regulation, which mandates a 100% reuse quota for certain industrial and commercial packaging, such as pallet wrapping film and straps, to be achieved within the same application.  Plastic recycling

The associations argue that these stringent rules could disrupt supply chains across the European Union. They have proposed publishing an errata corrige (‘corrigendum’) to the approved regulatory text to eliminate the current reuse requirements for industrial, commercial, and horticultural packaging specified in Article 29, paragraphs 1 to 3. They suggest that the Commission should develop a new proposal based on scientific analysis and impact assessment, introducing special quotas for business-to-business trade within Member States.

While Commissioner Sinkevicius has expressed an intention to consider exempting wrapping film and straps from the 100% recycling obligation with the new Commission, the associations argue that this intention alone is insufficient due to potentially lengthy timelines. Additionally, they highlight confusion over the 40% reuse rate required for these packaging formats. Plastic recycling

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Plast Nordic and Norner work towards advanced PET recycling at scale in Nordic region

A partnership between Plast Nordic and Norner aims to use alkaline hydrolysis to recycle 97% of PET waste generated in the Nordics back into their raw materials, targeting the packaging and textile industries with their ‘virgin-quality’ rPET resin.  Plastic recycling

Over 400,000 tons of PET waste is currently thought to exist in the Nordic region, while exports are thought to result in ‘significant’ energy loss and ‘irrational management of substantial value’.

Now the partners intend to recycle approximately 97% of the waste back into their raw materials, with advanced recycling thought to be the ‘only’ technology to achieve circularity without sacrificing the quality of the recyclate.

In turn, it is set to increase access to recycled materials, reduce transportation, and create new jobs. Plastic recycling

Plast Nordic will utilize alkaline hydrolysis technology, alongside patented microwave technology from Switzerland, to recycle both plastic and textiles. It is said to offer resilience against waste impurities (up to 30% impurities without affecting quality).

The process is reportedly chemical-free, instead making use of microwaves, and Plast Nordic explains that the process takes under 10 minutes to complete. The reactor is set to run continuously rather than in batches, handling both plastic and polyester textiles; this is expected to result in virgin-quality recycled PET resin. Plastic recycling

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Mechanical Recycling: A Sustainable Approach

The Plastic Waste Challenge

Plastic waste poses a significant environmental challenge. With millions of tons of plastic produced annually, finding effective ways to recycle and reuse plastics is crucial. Mechanical recycling offers a practical solution by utilizing physical processes to recover plastic materials. Plastic recycling

How Mechanical Recycling Works

  1. Sorting: The process begins with sorting plastic waste. Different types of plastics are separated based on their resin codes (such as PET, HDPE, or PVC). Automated systems and manual labor help categorize the plastics.
  2. Washing and Cleaning: Once sorted, the plastics undergo thorough washing and cleaning. This step removes contaminants, dirt, and labels.
  3. Grinding: The cleaned plastics are then ground into smaller pieces. This process increases surface area and prepares the plastic for further processing.
  4. Re-Granulation: The ground plastic is re-granulated, meaning it is melted and formed into pellets or granules. These granules serve as the raw material for new plastic products. Plastic recycling
  5. Compounding: In some cases, additives or reinforcing agents are mixed with the re-granulated plastic to enhance its properties. Compounding ensures that the recycled plastic meets specific requirements for various applications.

Advantages of Mechanical Recycling

  1. Energy Efficiency: Mechanical recycling consumes less energy compared to producing virgin plastic from fossil fuels. It reduces the need for oil extraction and refining. Plastic recycling
  2. Closed-Loop System: By reusing plastic materials, mechanical recycling contributes to a circular economy. It minimizes waste and conserves resources.
  3. Reduced Environmental Impact: Properly recycled plastics reduce greenhouse gas emissions, landfill usage, and ocean pollution.

Challenges and Considerations

  1. Contamination: Contaminants (such as food residue or incompatible plastics) can affect the quality of recycled plastic. Plastic recycling
  2. Proper sorting and cleaning are essential.
  3. Degradation: Each recycling cycle can lead to some degradation of plastic properties. Balancing recycling rates with material quality is crucial.
  4. Design for Recycling: Manufacturers must design products with recyclability in mind. Choosing compatible plastics and avoiding complex blends helps improve recycling efficiency. Plastic recycling

Conclusion

Mechanical recycling plays a vital role in our efforts to create a more sustainable future. By embracing this process, we can reduce plastic waste, conserve resources, and minimize our impact on the environment.

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PET Trays – Virginia Tech researchers work to create biodegradable bioplastics from food waste 09-07-2024

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PET Trays – Virginia Tech researchers work to create biodegradable bioplastics from food waste 09-07-2024

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Foundation Stone Laid for PET Tray Recycling Plant in Belgium

A new state-of-the-art recycling facility is set to be established in Neufchâteau, Belgium, focusing on the closed-loop recycling of PET trays and bottles. The foundation stone for the Mopet plant was laid on July 8, 2024, marking a significant step in handling opaque plastic packaging waste in Europe.

This initiative is a collaborative effort between Morssinkhof Rymoplast, Idelux, and Fost Plus. PET Tray

The plant will have the capacity to process 40,000 tonnes of PET annually, including 10,500 tonnes of trays and 17,500 tonnes of bottles, even those opaque like milk bottles. The recycled material will be suitable for producing new food-contact packaging.

Morssinkhof Rymoplast, a Dutch company, has invested 68.5 million euros in the project’s first phase, creating 90 full-time jobs. A second phase, involving an additional 45 million euros, will introduce a ‘semi-chemical’ recycling plant in the area. This facility will utilize the CuRe process for partial depolymerization of polyester waste, enabling the removal of most impurities with lower energy consumption than conventional chemical recycling methods. PET Tray

With these advancements, it is projected that by 2025, 75% of plastic packaging materials collected in Belgium will be recycled domestically. This project underscores Belgium’s commitment to sustainable waste management and the circular economy, setting a benchmark for other European countries to follow in the efficient recycling of PET packaging.

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Virginia Tech researchers work to create biodegradable bioplastics from food waste

Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are making affordable bioplastics. PET Tray

Extraordinary amounts of energy, water, and capital are put into food systems. However, anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of the food that is produced ends up in landfills in the United States.

What if there was a way to convert it into something we use every day?

Researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are doing just that by developing biodegradable bioplastics from food waste to give those materials a new – and useful – life. PET Tray

“By creating cost-effective bioplastics that naturally decompose, we can reduce plastic pollution on land and in oceans and address significant issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and economic losses associated with food waste,” said lead researcher Zhiwu “Drew” Wang, associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and director of the Center for Applied Water Research and Innovation.

The project tackles the challenge of oceanic plastic pollution that is becoming even more prevalent with microplastics affecting nearly 88 percent of all marine species, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Because they can quickly biodegrade in sea water, the Virginia Tech bioplastics have the potential to reduce the effect of pollution on marine life across the globe. PET Tray

The first-of-its kind pilot project will develop and demonstrate an affordable modular bioprocessing system to produce biodegradable bioplastics from food waste.

Researchers will harness microorganisms to convert food waste into fats, which are then processed into bioplastics.

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SIGNUS Concludes the FIBER2FIBER Textile Project

The FIBER2FIBER project, launched in 2022 in collaboration with the GAIKER technology centre, aimed to develop a new way to take advantage of the textile fraction from tyre recycling through chemical recycling  PET Tray

The management of tyres, which are mainly composed of rubber, steel and textile fibres, requires constantly investigating new ways to recycle them in different applications, since today it is not possible to incorporate all of their components in the manufacturing chain of new tyres. Thus, this project emerged with the aim of achieving the circularity of textile fibres by incorporating them back into the production chain.

Despite this great advance, the recycling of the textile fraction continues to be, today, a pending issue due to its great complexity since it is a mixture of textile fibres of different composition, such as polyesters, polyamides or rayon, and also contaminated to a greater or lesser extent by rubber particles from the process of separating the tyre components through mechanical recycling.  PET Tray

In this context, chemical recycling is presented as a complementary technological solution. Due to the great complexity of the textile fibre fraction of NFVU, it is necessary to approach chemical recycling selectively, that is, focusing only on one type of textile fibre. Therefore, this project focuses on the fraction corresponding to PET-type polyester fibres.

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In 2023, composite decking company Trex used around 328 million pounds of recycled polyethylene (PE), a decline from previous years

According to Trex’s 2023 Sustainability Report, “Seeing More Value in Sustainability,” the company used 421 million pounds of PE in 2021 and 409 million pounds in 2022. The Q1 2024 investor presentation revealed that residential adjusted sales peaked in 2021 at just over $1.14 billion, then dropped to $1.06 billion in 2022 and $1.1 billion in 2023.

Bryan Fairbanks, Trex president and CEO, mentioned in the Q1 2024 earnings call that 2023 ended with “historically low inventories.”  Flexible film

He noted that Trex is reclaiming shelf space in stores previously occupied by smaller brands during the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain issues. “Accounts that took in excess products because of their suppliers’ limited capacity are now returning to trusted brands like Trex,” Fairbanks stated.

Trex, a major recycler of PE film bags, wraps, and packaging in North America, recycles nearly 100% of its production scrap. Since its inception, Trex has recycled over 5 billion pounds of plastic film. Fairbanks emphasized the brand’s commitment to sustainability, quality, and innovation, highlighting accomplishments in the latest report and the ongoing use of recycled materials.  Flexible film

The company’s PE sourcing program, NexTrex, focuses on community sources, collecting over 3 million pounds of PE from municipalities, nonprofits, small businesses, and schools in 2023. Trex is also developing strategies to recover end-of-life decking materials from various locations. Based in Virginia, Trex operates a manufacturing facility in Nevada and is constructing another in Arkansas, expected to open in 2026.

In 2023, composite decking company Trex used around 328 million pounds of recycled polyethylene (PE), a decline from previous years

China’s BYD is set to acquire a 20% stake in Rever Automotive, its local distributor in Thailand, which stands as BYD’s largest market outside China

As a leading player in the electric vehicle (EV) market, BYD aims to strengthen its position through this acquisition, the companies announced on Saturday.

The Shenzhen-based automaker recently inaugurated its first factory in Southeast Asia, located in Thailand. This US$490 million (RM2.31 billion) facility boasts an annual manufacturing capacity of 150,000 vehicles and will provide employment for 10,000 workers.  PET Tray

Rever Automotive, which operates over 100 showrooms across Thailand, began selling BYD vehicles in 2022. BYD quickly rose to become the top-selling EV brand in the country.

Liu Xueliang, BYD’s Asia-Pacific auto sales general manager, expressed enthusiasm about the deepened partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to deepen our partnership to accelerate the adoption of EVs and contribute to Thailand’s transition towards a more sustainable future.”  PET Tray

Thailand, a key regional hub for auto assembly and export, has traditionally been dominated by Japanese automakers such as Toyota Motor, Honda Motor Co, and Isuzu Motors. In the first quarter of 2024, BYD captured a 46% share of Thailand’s EV market and ranked as the third-largest player in the passenger car segment, according to research firm Counterpoint.

China's BYD is set to acquire a 20% stake in Rever Automotive, its local distributor in Thailand, which stands as BYD's largest market outside China

EU chemical industry is making slow strides forward

The overall chemicals business climate appears to be more stable: Managers’ opinion on order books is slightly up, but still reflects limited demand, and while uncertainty about their future business situation decreased in retail trade and services, it remained stable in industry and construction. PET Tray

It also seems the EU27 chemical industry has moved beyond its ultimate low in terms of output and capacity utilisation, and is finally showing a positive trend: Output in Q1-2024 was 1.8% higher than in Q4-2023, and there was a small increase of capacity utilisation in the EU27 chemical industry from 74.4% in Q3-2023 to 75.5% in Q1-2024, staying well below the long-term average of 81.4%. PET Tray

In Q1 2024, the EU27 chemicals trade surplus reached the highest value since Q1 2022 (€14.8 bn). The EU27 chemicals exports to non-EU27 area increased by €5.6 bn from Q4-2023 to Q1-2024. The country analysis shows that USA and UK contributed largely to this positive development.

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Flexible film – A new process separates mixed textile waste for recycling 08-07-2024

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Strong oil and petrochemical demand likely to 2030: GlobalData (Report)

Growing global demand for energy and petrochemicals, coupled with ongoing energy security concerns, could prompt rising demand for oil into 2030, despite the rapid deployment of green energy, according to a GlobalData response to the IEA’s recent Oil 2024 report. Flexible film

The IEA found that oil markets face challenges as medium-term structural shifts are expected to cause excess supply in six years’ time, with green and energy-saving technologies helping to gradually slow the pace of oil demand growth.It added that weaker macroeconomic expectations and unprecedented investment in alternatives will also push current oil users towards greener technology. Flexible film

However, GlobalData analysts pointed out that overall energy demand continues to grow, and if carbon capture, utilization and storage technology becomes more cost-effective, it could lessen the trade-off between oil production and climate goals.

In fact, oil and gas companies are still bearish about the widespread adoption of clean energy alternatives across various sectorsFlexible film

The analysts also pointed out that the oil market is highly dynamic, with forecasts often influenced by short to medium-term dynamics that may not persist in the long run.

For example, 20 years ago, the primary concern was oil supply limitations rather than demand. This is why forecasts are updated annually, as unexpected events and trends can significantly impact projections. Flexible film

The analysts also emphasize that energy security concerns will prevent many nations from completely phasing out oil, as it remains a readily available source of energy.The IEA also suggested that over the next few years, the supply and demand growth will mostly come from natural gas liquids and condensate. The energy body also argued that, along with declining demand for gasoline, refineries will have to adapt to these market changes.

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A new process separates mixed textile waste for recycling

Two-step process breaks polyester and spandex down to their monomers and then separates cotton and nylon  Flexible film

A new process skips the separation step of recycling textiles, making it easier to recover the components of mixed fibers for reuse.

After their lifetime of use, most discarded clothes languish in landfills or are incinerated. “Less than 1% of old clothing is recycled back to clothes right now,” says Erha Andini, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. The most commonly used recycling process shreds textiles, shortening their fiber length such that the materials may not match stringent clothing industry requirements. And sorting mixed fibers for recycling is very expensive, Andini says.

Andini, Sunitha Sadula, Dionisios G. Vlachos, and other colleagues from the University of Delaware created a process that separates mixed textiles containing cotton, polyester, spandex, and nylon. First, the fiber mix is placed in ethylene glycol and heated in a microwave with a zinc oxide catalyst.  Flexible film

This breaks the polyester and spandex into their monomers, allowing recovery of two base components: bis(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalate—or BHET—from polyester and 4,4-methylenedianiline—or MDA—from spandex. The remaining formic acid dissolves the nylon, so it can be recovered by evaporation, and separates it from the remaining cotton.

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Plast Nordic and Norner Collaborate to Scale Advanced PET Recycling in the Nordic Region

  • The Challenge: Over 400,000 tons of PET waste currently exist in the Nordics, with exports resulting in significant energy loss and inefficient management of valuable resources.
  • The Solution: Plast Nordic and Norner are using alkaline hydrolysis to recycle a remarkable 97% of PET waste back into raw materials. Their focus is on creating ‘virgin-quality’ rPET resin for the packaging and textile industries.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Plast Nordic employs patented microwave technology from Switzerland alongside alkaline hydrolysis.Flexible film
  • This process is chemical-free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The reactor runs continuously, handling both plastic and polyester textiles.
  • Quality Assurance: The technology ensures resilience against impurities (up to 30% impurities without affecting quality), making it a game-changer for sustainable recycling.
  • Industrial Collaboration: Norner, with its expertise in business strategy, polymer science, and production assessments, partners with Plast Nordic. Dr. Marianna Sarkissova also contributes her international project execution skills and access to capital. Flexible film
  • Strategic Vision: The companies aim for scalable industrial projects that balance sustainability and business models. Rune Byremo, project manager at Plast Nordic, emphasizes the importance of the right industrial partners.
  • Facility Expansion: Plast Nordic plans to open its first factory in Norway or Denmark by 2028, considering renewable energy, scalability, surplus heat, and logistics. Meanwhile, a demonstration plant exists in Italy, and a full-scale factory is set to open in Spain in 2027.  Flexible film

Plast Nordic and Norner Collaborate to Scale Advanced PET Recycling in the Nordic Region

STADLER Enhances Operations for VAERSA with New Light Packaging Plant in Spain

On July 3rd, STADLER Anlagenbau GmbH unveiled a cutting-edge light packaging sorting plant in Alzira, Spain, designed and built for public enterprise Vaersa. This state-of-the-art facility replaces an existing plant, significantly boosting capacity from 3 t/h to 8 t/h. Let’s delve into the details:  Flexible film

  • Inauguration and Dignitaries: The opening ceremony was a momentous occasion, attended by prominent local government representatives and key figures. Salomé Pradas (Councillor of Environment, Water, Infrastructure, and Territory), Francisco Javier Sendra (Regional Secretary of Environment and Territory), and Jorge Blanco (Director General of Quality and Environmental Education) graced the event. Vaersa’s top management, including José Alberto Comos (General Manager) and Raúl Esteban (Deputy Manager), joined Ismael Avilés Ortega (Operations Manager Spain at STADLER), Vicent Estruch (President of the V4 Ribera-Valdigna Consortium), and Alfons Dominguez (Mayor of Alzira) in celebrating this milestone.  Flexible film
  • Noelia Almiñana Lledó’s Remarks: Noelia Almiñana Lledó, Head of Vaersa’s Waste Department, reminisced about the Alzira site’s humble beginnings with a manual sorting plant back in 2000. She emphasized the remarkable progress achieved through STADLER’s automation, ensuring precise recovery of light packaging materials. José David Castillo Cáceres, Alzira Light Packaging Sorting Plant Manager, then presented the new plant, showcasing its advanced features.
  • Vaersa’s Vision: Vaersa, a public enterprise under the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Ecological Transition, and Climate Emergency of the Valencian Autonomous Community, plays a crucial role in environmental management. Flexible film
  • Since 2000, it has managed the light packaging sorting infrastructure for the Valencian Community. In 2023, recognizing the need for increased capacity and improved recycling quality, Vaersa invested in upgrading the Alzira plant. The project aimed to align with circular economy principles while adhering to stringent tender criteria.
  • Tender Criteria and STADLER’s Solution: The project required designing a sorting line that maximized recovery, facilitated operation, and ensured safety for plant personnel.  Flexible film
  • STADLER’s highly detailed preliminary project stood out, securing the contract. Noelia Almiñana Lledó highlighted the challenge: transforming the least automated of the VAERSA Plants into an efficient, automated processing line that would double capacity.

STADLER Enhances Operations for VAERSA with New Light Packaging Plant in Spain

Introducing FlexiBag Reinforced – Mondi’s Innovative Recyclable Packaging Solution

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, proudly unveils FlexiBag Reinforced, the latest addition to its esteemed line of pre-made plastic bags. This cutting-edge product is crafted from mono-PE, ensuring it is fully recyclable wherever PE film collection and recycling facilities are available. Flexible film

FlexiBag Reinforced is designed in-house by leveraging Mondi’s comprehensive value chain, enabling the creation of highly customizable and cost-effective packaging solutions tailored to meet diverse customer needs. The bags boast enhanced mechanical properties, including superior puncture resistance, stiffness, and sealability. Additionally, the barrier protection levels can be adjusted, offering medium to high protection against fat, oxygen, and moisture, making these bags ideal for the pet food industry.  Flexible film

A key feature of FlexiBag Reinforced is its contribution to a circular economy. The bags can incorporate a customized percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, based on a mass-balance approach. This significantly reduces reliance on virgin plastics and promotes material efficiency by keeping materials in circulation.

FlexiBag Reinforced not only meets but anticipates future regulatory requirements, positioning Mondi as a proactive leader in sustainable packaging.  Flexible film

Introducing FlexiBag Reinforced – Mondi’s Innovative Recyclable Packaging Solution

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Plastics Recycling – Dow has announced an agreement to acquire Circulus, a leading North American polyethylene recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR) 06-07-2024

r-PET – Using Crop Waste to Develop Biobased Plastics 08-07-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,080 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +70
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 910 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,120 yuan/ton 7,120 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,020 yuan/ton 6,020 yuan/ton

Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 730 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,655 yuan/ton 4,700 yuan/ton
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Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 545 $/ton 545 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,049 $/ton 1,049 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,027 $/ton 1,027 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,125 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,000  yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,200 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,500 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,870 yuan/ton 7,870 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton
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Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,050 yuan/ton 13,750 yuan/ton -300
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,200 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,600 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,000 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,850 yuan/ton 17,800 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,000 yuan/ton 31,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 30,500 yuan/ton 30,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  27,500 yuan/ton 27,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,700 yuan/ton 9,550 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market9, 9,250 yuan/ton  8,825 yuan/ton -425
Benzene overseas  market 1,040 $/ton 1,013 $/ton -27
Ethylene South East market 930 $/ton 930 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 765 $/ton 780 $/ton +15
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market 7,530 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +20
Naphtha overseas market  719 $/ton 719 $/ton
Phenol domestic market 8,262 yuan/ton 8,155 yuan/ton -107

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Neveon and Brantner have launched a joint venture to mechanically recycle foam materials from end-of-life mattresses in Austria

Neveon, part of the Greiner Group specializing in foam production, has partnered with Austrian recycler Brantner to address the disposal of used mattresses voluntarily. The new venture, pending antitrust approval, will be headquartered in Krems, near the Danube. It will manage the collection, separation, and mechanical recycling of mattress components, particularly focusing on polyurethane foams. r-PET   r-PET 

The recycled foam will be repurposed by Neveon and other manufacturers to produce new composite foam products, such as stable flooring and acoustic insulation. Annually, over one million mattresses are discarded in Austria, leading to around 150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, with 25,000 tonnes resulting from waste-to-energy incineration alone. Despite the absence of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for mattress waste in Austria, Neveon and Brantner’s initiative will proceed without financial contributions from such a system. r-PETr-PET

Neveon, established in 2021 as part of the Austrian Greiner Group, consolidates the flexible and composite polyurethane foam businesses of the group. Operating in 17 countries with 57 locations, Neveon aims to enhance the sustainability of foam production through innovative recycling practices. This venture with Brantner represents a significant step towards reducing environmental impact and promoting circular economy principles within the foam manufacturing industry.

Neveon and Brantner have launched a joint venture to mechanically recycle foam materials from end-of-life mattresses in Austria

 

Using Crop Waste to Develop Biobased Plastics

A bioplastics company in southwest Indiana, AgroRenew, is pioneering the use of local food waste to create fully biodegradable plastics. Founder and CEO Brian Southern emphasizes that their bioplastics contain no chemicals or petroleum-based elements. “It’s truly a 100% biodegradable product,” Southern states. “It can dissolve and degrade in soil or other environments.”  r-PET

AgroRenew’s bioplastics are designed to break down in soil within six months. The company plans to source waste from local watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkin crops that don’t make it to market. Southern explains, “We’re making a biobased PLA and a starch-based plastic. The rinds have a good starch content, pectin, and cellulose, which are valuable for our formula.”

Produce farmers often experience up to 50 percent crop waste. AgroRenew offers a sustainable solution by purchasing this waste from farmers, converting it into biodegradable plastics.  r-PET

“We’re providing an opportunity for farmers to handle their food crop waste sustainably,” Southern says. “We pay them for the waste, use it to produce plastics, and the resulting product can return to the soil and fully degrade.”

The initial focus is on watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkin waste, amounting to over 100 million pounds each season. AgroRenew began constructing their facility in Knox County, Indiana, in June and aims to start testing production lines by early 2025. This initiative not only supports local agriculture but also promotes environmental sustainability through innovative waste management. r-PET

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Plastics Recycling – Dow has announced an agreement to acquire Circulus, a leading North American polyethylene recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR) 06-07-2024

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Lindner establishes subsidiary in India

European shredding equipment maker announces creation of subsidiary in Delhi to serve India’s recycling and waste sectors.

Austria-based shredding and recycling equipment maker Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH has announced the establishment of Lindner Recyclingtech Bharat (India) LLP, based in Delhi. “Together with Chirag Verma, co-owner of Lindner Bharat, and Ganesh Karankal, sales director of plastics recycling, the aim in this dynamic environment is to develop sustainable recycling solutions for the waste and plastics industry,” states the European firm. Plastics Recycling

With its 1.4 billion people, Lindner calls India the second most highly populated country in the world and the fifth largest economic power. While about 62 million metric tons of discarded materials are produced each year in India, and rising, Lindner says the recycling rate has growth potential.

The equipment maker says a range of initiatives by the Indian government are intended to raise the population’s awareness of recycling. “However, as well as regulation, recycling requires appropriate technologies so that the wide range of reusable materials – including plastics, electronic scrap, and commercial, industrial and domestic waste – can be fed back into the circular economy,” states Lindner. Plastics Recycling

“By founding Lindner Recyclingtech Bharat we want to contribute to returning greater quantities of reusable materials back into the loop or the circular economy,” says Manual Lindner, CEO and owner of Lindner Recyclingtech.

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How to increase the rate of plastics recycling

A national bottle deposit fee could make a dramatic difference in reducing plastic waste, MIT researchers report.

While recycling systems and bottle deposits have become increasingly widespread in the U.S., actual rates of recycling are “abysmal,” according to a team of MIT researchers who studied the rates for recycling of PET, the plastic commonly used in beverage bottles. However, their findings suggest some ways to change this. Plastics Recycling

The present rate of recycling for PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, bottles nationwide is about 24 percent and has remained stagnant for a decade, the researchers say. But their study indicates that with a nationwide bottle deposit program, the rates could increase to 82 percent, with nearly two-thirds of all PET bottles being recycled into new bottles, at a net cost of just a penny a bottle when demand is robust. At the same time, they say, policies would be needed to ensure a sufficient demand for the recycled material.

The findings are being published today in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, in a paper by MIT professor of materials science and engineering Elsa Olivetti, graduate students Basuhi Ravi and Karan Bhuwalka, and research scientist Richard Roth. Plastics Recycling

The team looked at PET bottle collection and recycling rates in different states as well as other nations with and without bottle deposit policies, and with or without curbside recycling programs, as well as the inputs and outputs of various recycling companies and methods. The researchers say this study is the first to look in detail at the interplay between public policies and the end-to-end realities of the packaging production and recycling market.

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New Structure for Agilyx

Agilyx ASA, previously known for its expertise in chemical recycling processes such as pyrolysis and depolymerization, has transitioned from an engineering and technological development company to a financial holding entity. This transformation aligns with its focus on plastic waste management and the circular economy. Plastics Recycling

As part of this strategic reorganization, Ranjeet Bhatia, the principal shareholder through Saffron Hill Ventures, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bertrand Laroche will take over as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting July 11. Additionally, Peter Norris, who also serves in a similar capacity with Virgin Group, has been named president of the Board of Directors. Russell Main, the current CFO and interim CEO, will depart over the summer to explore other professional opportunities.

Ranjeet Bhatia, a long-time investor and board member of Agilyx, also holds the presidency at Cyclyx International, Agilyx’s joint venture with ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell. This venture focuses on managing post-consumer waste that is difficult to recycle mechanically. Plastics Recycling

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Dow has announced an agreement to acquire Circulus, a leading North American polyethylene recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR)

The acquisition includes two facilities located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Arab, Alabama, with a combined capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year. Dow anticipates completing the transaction in the third quarter of 2024, pending customary regulatory approval.

“This acquisition enables Dow to merge our industry-leading materials science technology with Circulus’ expertise in film recycling, accelerating our 2030 Transform the Waste goal,” said Karen S. Carter, President of Packaging & Specialty Plastics at Dow. “It expands our industry participation, allowing us to produce higher-performing circular products that meet the demands of brands and consumers.” Plastics Recycling

Combining Dow’s proficiency in materials science and high-performance resins with Circulus’ mechanical film recycling capabilities will enhance Dow’s offerings in collation shrink packaging, stretch film, liners, and select food packaging. This merger extends Dow’s reach into the industrial, consumer, and transportation markets.

Mike Dulin, CEO of Circulus, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “The Circulus team is excited to advance a circular economy with Dow. We utilize the best available technology to recycle plastic packaging waste. Our leadership team, with over 65 years of combined experience in recycling and plastics, produces high-quality, sustainably made resins for upcycled applications.” Plastics Recycling

This acquisition aligns with Dow’s broader initiative to transform plastic waste and other alternative feedstocks into 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually by 2030. Dow is committed to building industrial ecosystems for waste collection, reuse, and recycling to meet the growing demand for sustainable solutions.

Dow has announced an agreement to acquire Circulus, a leading North American polyethylene recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR)

World’s First Sustainable Polyester Fiber Supply Chain Established with CO2-Derived and Renewable Materials

A groundbreaking consortium of seven companies across five countries has established the world’s first supply chain for more sustainable polyester fiber. Plastics Recycling

This initiative utilizes renewable, bio-based materials and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) instead of fossil materials. The polyester fibers will be manufactured for The North Face brand in Japan.

The consortium includes Goldwin (project owner), Mitsubishi Corporation, and Chiyoda Corporation (all from Japan), SK geo centric (South Korea), Indorama Ventures (Thailand), India Glycols (India), and Neste. Neste will supply renewable Neste RE™ as a key ingredient for polyester production. Plastics Recycling

The initial polyester fiber produced will be used by Goldwin for The North Face products, including sports uniforms, starting in July 2024. Future expansion to other Goldwin products and brands is also being considered.

To ensure credible traceability of material streams throughout the supply chain, the consortium employs a mass balancing approach. They aim to proactively promote defossilization of materials, contributing to a more sustainable society.

An infographic detailing the value chain can be downloaded from the press release attachments. Plastics Recycling

Additional Information

A NEDO project granted in 2020 involves the production of para-xylene derived from CO2 as a raw material.

World’s First Sustainable Polyester Fiber Supply Chain Established with CO2-Derived and Renewable Materials

The Maire group company will conduct a feasibility study for applying Duetto catalysis technology in the Middle East. NextChem, a Maire group subsidiary specializing in green chemistry plants, has secured two new contracts worth around 30 million euros

These include a feasibility study for Conser’s NX Duetto catalysis technology in the Middle East, aimed at producing biodegradable monomers as alternatives to fossil-based ones.

Duetto’s proprietary technology, licensed in China last year, allows the production of butanediol (BDO) and dimethyl succinate (DMS) from maleic anhydride derived from butane gas through esterification and hydrogenation. Plastics Recycling

BDO is a low-viscosity glycol used as an intermediate in synthesizing other chemicals and polymers. As a monomer, it contributes to the production of biodegradable polyesters like PBS and PBAT, which are used in packaging, disposable tableware, and mulching sheets.

The second contract involves fertilizer technologies through NextChem Stamicarbon. Alessandro Bernini, CEO of Maire, commented on these achievements: “We are proud of these significant results, which confirm our ability to enhance traditional infrastructures with our technologies as part of the energy transition plan. These modernizations improve energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and ensure the highest safety standards thanks to our cutting-edge proprietary equipment.” Plastics Recycling

The Maire group company will conduct a feasibility study for applying Duetto catalysis technology in the Middle East. NextChem, a Maire group subsidiary specializing in green chemistry plants, has secured two new contracts worth around 30 million euros

Polyester polyamide – Autoneum has introduced a new trunk side trim made entirely from polyester, expanding its range of sustainable monomaterial products 05-07-2024

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Polyester polyamide – Autoneum has introduced a new trunk side trim made entirely from polyester, expanding its range of sustainable monomaterial products 05-07-2024

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Impact absorber made of BASF polyamide particle foam Ultramid® Expand receives the 2nd prize of the prestigious SPE Automotive Award

 

  • Cooperation project between Mercedes-Benz and BASF wins 2nd prize of the prestigious innovation award for plastics technology in the “Enabler Technology” category
  • Ultramid® Expand reduces the vehicle component’s weight and production costs
  • The polyamide particle foam is ideal for demanding requirements in the automotive sector  Polyester polyamide

An impact absorber made of the polyamide particle foam Ultramid® Expand jointly developed by BASF and Mercedes-Benz for the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX technology program has won 2nd place in the “Enabler Technology” category at the SPE Automotive Awards 2024. SPE stands for Society of Plastics Engineers (Internationale Gesellschaft für Kunststofftechnik e.V.), which honors outstanding developments in plastic parts for vehicle engineering every year.

Component with weight benefits

The purpose of an impact absorber is to absorb and distribute the forces arising in a crash and transfer them to the vehicle body. Metal structures, complex and expensive to process, are often used for this. Polyester polyamide

Ultramid® Expand offers several advantages here: Using the polyamide particle foam reduces weight and improves energy absorption in the event of an impact. The production process is also more cost-effective than for metal structures.

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Indorama Ventures, a leading sustainable chemical production company, has secured a $200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

This seven-year loan will significantly boost the company’s strategic sustainability initiatives across India, Thailand, and Indonesia. Polyester polyamide

The funding will primarily focus on enhancing Indorama Ventures’ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling capabilities. The company aims to improve its recycling footprint and efficiency through various upgrades and new developments. In Thailand, existing recycling facilities in Nakhon Pathom and Rayong will receive significant enhancements. These upgrades are expected to optimize operations and increase recycling capacity, contributing to the company’s sustainability goals.

Moreover, the loan will facilitate the launch of an advanced recycling plant in Karawang, Indonesia. This new facility is poised to set a benchmark in the region with state-of-the-art technology designed to improve recycling processes. Polyester polyamide

In India, Indorama Ventures plans to develop new recycling plants, expanding its presence and capabilities in the region.

The company’s efforts to enhance its PET recycling infrastructure underscore its dedication to creating a more sustainable future through innovative solutions and strategic investments.

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DOMO Chemicals polyamides decarbonise chemical and plastics industry

r-PET Bottles – RadiciGroup’s innovative intake manifold, made entirely from 100% recycled polyamide, has garnered recognition for sustainable innovation in the Power Train Auto segment 04-07-2024

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RadiciGroup’s innovative intake manifold, made entirely from 100% recycled polyamide, has garnered recognition for sustainable innovation in the Power Train Auto segment

This accolade was awarded by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) on June 28 during the 22nd SPE Automotive Award ceremony.

Branded as Renycle, this intake manifold signifies a major advancement in the automotive sector where glass-fibre filled nylon has largely replaced metals. r-PET Bottles

RadiciGroup’s challenge was to create a component from 100% mechanically recycled polyamide, ensuring high-quality consistency through a meticulous process of selection, cleaning, and control.

The intake manifold, designed and manufactured by Marelli, meets stringent performance standards, including high burst pressure, resistance to pulsating pressure cycles, and prolonged vibration tests under thermal conditions. r-PET Bottles

Emphasis was placed on NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) analysis to ensure acoustic performance comparable to existing materials. RadiciGroup optimized Renycle for this application, balancing mechanical and thermal performance while maximizing environmental benefits. Notably, this innovation achieved a more than 70% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fossil-based materials, as measured by the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology.

Among fifty evaluated projects aimed at enhancing the sustainability of cars and motorcycles, RadiciGroup’s focus on recycling and renewable raw materials aligns with their broader ESG principles. r-PET Bottles

“We are proud to be recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers,” stated Erico Spini, Global Marketing Director of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. He emphasized the importance of quality, reliability, and durability in their collaboration with Marelli and expressed hope that this project would inspire further sustainable mobility initiatives.

RadiciGroup's innovative intake manifold, made entirely from 100% recycled polyamide, has garnered recognition for sustainable innovation in the Power Train Auto segment

Sidel has enhanced its StarLITE-R Nitro range, a series of bottle bases crafted specifically for 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles

These upgrades cater to still beverages and nitrogen-dosed food products, where nitrogen dosing involves adding a small amount of liquid nitrogen to increase internal pressure, enhancing the bottle’s durability throughout the supply chain.

The StarLITE-R Nitro features an innovative “wave” bottle base design, offering a unique alternative to the conventional petaloid shapes typically seen.

This design is versatile, supporting a variety of bottle shapes and sizes ranging from 0.2 to 2.5 litres. r-PET Bottles

A key aspect of the StarLITE-R Nitro bottle base is its optimized mould base geometry, which includes a sophisticated venting system for precise shaping. Leveraging Sidel’s patented mould technology, this design incorporates 8 to 10 waves, providing superior resistance to internal pressures between 0.5 to 0.8 bar, even in lightweight bottles.

The StarLITE-R Nitro range represents a significant step forward in the development of eco-friendly packaging solutions, balancing functionality with sustainability. r-PET Bottles

Sidel has enhanced its StarLITE-R Nitro range, a series of bottle bases crafted specifically for 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles

A new €65 million TriPlast sorting plant has officially opened in Ennshafen, Austria

This joint venture between ARA, Bernegger, and Der Grüne Punkt significantly enhances Austria’s recycling capacity. The country aims to double its plastic packaging recycling rate by 2025, and TriPlast plays a crucial role by sorting 100,000 tonnes of plastic and metal packaging annually. These materials are transformed into valuable secondary raw materials for further recycling, used in products ranging from shampoo bottles to automotive parts. r-PET Bottles

The TriPlast plant boasts an impressive sorting capacity of 20 tonnes per hour—three times greater than existing Austrian plants—thanks to advanced technology, including 2.5 kilometers of conveyor belts and near-infrared sorting systems. Its strategic location in Ennshafen provides trimodal connectivity via truck, rail, and ship, while its self-sufficient, sustainable energy supply minimizes environmental impact.

Beyond environmental benefits, TriPlast contributes to the local economy by creating green jobs and reinforcing Upper Austria’s position as a European leader in sustainable practices. Its arrival marks a significant step toward a more sustainable future for Austria’s recycling infrastructure. r-PET Bottles

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Another chemical recycling plant closure offers ‘flashing red light’ to nascent industry

For the second time this year, a chemical recycling plant built to turn waste into usable products has closed, casting further doubt on the viability of an upstart industry that has been plagued by financial and technical challenges in its effort to scale up.

Fulcrum BioFuels launched its Sierra plant outside Reno, Nevada, in 2022 with the goal of converting municipal solid waste into “sustainable aviation fuel.” But in May of this year the company suddenly laid off its roughly 100 employees and shuttered its website, as Bloomberg first reported. r-PET Bottles

The decision came just as the plant was ready to reopen after a series of technical challenges had forced it offline, continuing a trend of delays and setbacks for a facility that had initially been slated to open in 2010.

Fulcrum representatives did not respond to emails and phone calls and little is yet clear about the company’s future, while its plans to build a larger plant in Gary, Indiana, appear to be hanging on by a thread following bond defaults. r-PET Bottles

Carolyn McCrady, a co-founder of Gary Advocates for Responsible Development, which formed in 2021 to oppose Fulcrum’s plans, said her organization is still challenging Fulcrum’s air permit to build a plant in the city as it waits to learn more about the company’s next steps.

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etween virgin PSF and recycled PSF significantly weakens

In the past, when virgin PSF prices rose by 200-300yuan/mt, recycled PSF prices normally followed up to rise by 100yuan/mt, and when virgin PSF prices declined, recycled PSF prices would go downward. However, nowadays, the markets for virgin and recycled fibers are becoming increasingly independent. Often, when virgin PSF prices rise, recycled PSF prices do not move; and when virgin PSF prices drop, recycled PSF prices do not necessarily follow suit.  r-PET Bottles

The reasons for this are twofold. On one hand, after substantial capacity expansion of virgin and recycled PSF, the market is oversupplied, leading to intense competition and narrower price fluctuations. For instance, the fluctuation range for HC re-PSF last year was only 500yuan/mt. The price difference between virgin and recycled PSF has been significantly compressed, frequently resulting in minimal price difference of 500yuan/mt or even recycled PSF prices higher than virgin PSF.

On the other hand, the supply of quality recycled feedstock market is tight and prices are hard to decline. r-PET Bottles

The support from cost side to recycled PSF is strong. Without significant external forces causing sharp increases or decreases, recycled PSF prices tend to fluctuate mildly based on their own fundamentals.

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European Trio Targets Tires-to-Polymer Recycling

Borealis, Covestro, and Neste have launched an initiative to recycle discarded tires into high-quality plastics for the automotive industry. This collaboration focuses on enhancing circularity within the plastics value chains and automotive sector.

Previously, Covestro introduced Makrolon RP polycarbonate, the company’s first product derived from chemically recycled feedstock, though details of the feedstock’s source materials were undisclosed. r-PET Bottles

In this process, tires are chemically recycled, liquefied, and transformed into base chemicals, which are then refined into high-purity polycarbonates (PCs). These PCs are suitable for various automotive applications, including headlamp parts and radiator grilles.

“This cooperation with Neste and Borealis exemplifies our potential to recycle old tires into new car parts, supporting our automotive customers and addressing the critical issue of combining high-performance materials with recycled content.”

Neste plays a key role by converting liquefied discarded tires into high-quality raw materials for polymers and chemicals.  r-PET Bottles

Borealis processes this raw material into base chemicals phenol and acetone, which Covestro then uses to produce polycarbonates. The recycled content is tracked via mass balancing using ISCC Plus certification.

Thomas Van De Velde, senior vice president of Base Chemicals at Borealis, stressed the importance of value-chain cooperation in adding value to waste. Jeroen Verhoeven, vice president of Value Chain Development at Neste, added that this project could serve as a model for establishing circularity in automotive plastics, demonstrating the potential to transform low-quality waste into high-quality plastics, benefiting both industries and the environment.  r-PET Bottles

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Biodegradable Plastics – Pryme has successfully delivered its first batches of pyrolysis oil, produced at its new plant in the Port of Rotterdam, which was launched earlier this year 03-07-2024

Biodegradable Plastics – Pryme has successfully delivered its first batches of pyrolysis oil, produced at its new plant in the Port of Rotterdam, which was launched earlier this year 03-07-2024

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Symphony CEO Urges New Government to Adopt Biodegradable Plastics

Michael Laurier, CEO of Symphony Environmental Technologies, has criticized government party manifestos for neglecting plastic waste management.

Laurier emphasized the importance of addressing this issue, noting that none of the parties have developed comprehensive strategies for plastic management. While the Conservatives detailed various environmental initiatives, Laurier criticized their lack of a clear plan to prevent plastic waste from accumulating in oceans.

He also noted that Labour is no better and that Reform would prioritize nuclear energy over Net Zero commitments. Biodegradable Plastics

Laurier acknowledged the Liberal Democrats’ pledge to tackle plastic pollution and improve recycling. However, he argued that their proposal to eliminate non-recyclable single-use plastics could lead to the adoption of materials with worse life-cycle assessments.

Laurier urged political parties to embrace biodegradable plastic technology. He explained that if biodegradable plastics escape into the environment, they would quickly decompose and be removed from the ecosystem. Biodegradable Plastics

He criticized the EU for being worse, citing the Environment Committee of the European Parliament’s ban on “oxo-degradable” plastic, which has caused confusion and delayed the adoption of d2w technology in Europe.

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-Life Car Recycling

The US chemical giant Dow and Italian recycler Fiori have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the recovery of demolition materials from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). This agreement highlights the growing industry interest in recycling materials from decommissioned cars, especially in light of impending European regulations.

Fiori Group, with three recycling platforms in Italy (two in Bologna and one in Rome), employs 200 people and boasts a turnover of €450 million. Biodegradable Plastics

The group specializes in recovering and storing ferrous and non-ferrous materials from various waste sources, including mechanical processing scraps, car demolitions, and civil and industrial demolitions.

The partnership aims to jointly develop a new ecosystem for recovering and recycling components and materials from ELVs. The memorandum outlines a collaborative approach to analyze the vehicle dismantling process and its impact on the quality of waste fractions for recycling, utilizing a ‘test and learn’ methodology. Biodegradable Plastics

As part of its sustainability strategy, Dow is advancing technologies for the mechanical and chemical recycling of materials traditionally deemed waste. The collaboration with Fiori Group will also involve Dow’s Renuva materials, which are derived from the closed-loop recovery of polyurethane upholstery at the end of its life.

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Pryme has successfully delivered its first batches of pyrolysis oil, produced at its new plant in the Port of Rotterdam, which was launched earlier this year

The company announced that in recent days it has dispatched 36 tonnes of pyrolysis oil from the 120 tonnes produced during the second quarter at the Pryme One facility. This initial batch, considered a less pure start-up product, was sold at a reduced price, generating revenue of approximately 30,000 euros.  Biodegradable Plastics

Looking ahead, Pryme anticipates that future shipments will command higher prices due to improved quality of the pyrolysis oil. Despite the production volumes falling 500 tonnes short of expectations in the second quarter, the remaining stock and continued production will be delivered in the third quarter.

The Pryme One plant, when fully operational, boasts a nominal capacity of around 30,000 tonnes per year. This chemical recycling facility for plastic waste, which began operations in January, represents a significant step forward in sustainable waste management and recycling efforts. Biodegradable Plastics

The company is optimistic about scaling up production and enhancing the quality of its pyrolysis oil, positioning itself for stronger financial performance in the coming quarters.

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Japan to obligate manufacturers to use recycled plastics

Currently in Japan, the majority of plastic waste is “recycled” through burning, a method called thermal recycling, through which generated heat is used for power generation or other purposes.Fine modulo

The government of Japan has indicated that the country is set to obligate major manufacturers to utilise recycled plastics as part of efforts to cut plastic pollution and promote decarbonisation, according to a Kyodo News report. Biodegradable Plastics

The government aims to revise the law on the promotion of effective utilisation of resources as early as at next year’s regular Diet session, with the revision expected to request manufacturers to set specific targets and report their achievements on a regular basis.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry presented the plan at a meeting of experts, in which ways to effectively utilise limited resources were also discussed.

Currently in Japan, the majority of plastic waste is “recycled” through burning, a method called thermal recycling, through which generated heat is used for power generation or other purposes. Biodegradable Plastics

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True or false: Bio-based synthetic fabrics can’t be recycled

The answer? False. Yes they can – but we still need to wait to see it actually happen.

Nearly all textile materials are technically suitable for mainstream mechanical recycling, except for maybe those that contain elastane.

Another question is: Are they being recycled? Currently, this is not really the case, but nor is it for fossil-based textiles. Of the 5 million tons of clothing that is discarded each year in the EU, for example, only 1 percent is being recycled into new clothes. Biodegradable Plastics

Starting from year 2025, EU countries are obliged to collect textiles separately. In Europe, currently 22 percent of disposed textiles are collected. Majority is landfilled or incinerated to energy. Of the collected textiles, half are exported to developing countries and half are downcycled to products that have lower value.

The future prospects for recycling can be enhanced by adhering to well-established materials with existing waste streams. Their ingredients can still be substituted with bio-based alternatives. Biodegradable Plastics

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Indonesia pushes microalgal biotechnology for high-value products     

Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has championed the development of microalgal biotechnology in Indonesia to create high-value products.

“Microalgae hold tremendous potential for development in Indonesia thanks to our favorable environmental conditions,” he noted in a statement on Saturday.

As an example of this potential, Kartasasmita highlighted the work of Evergen Resources, a Central Java-based company producing Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae.

The algae produces astaxanthin, a valuable substance for protecting against the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids, boosting the immune response, and guarding against the negative effects of ultraviolet light. Biodegradable Plastics

According to Kartasasmita, the astaxanthin derived from microalgae is rich in antioxidants and can be used in various products, including health supplements, medicines, cosmetics, food and beverages, and even animal feed.

However, he acknowledged significant challenges in developing microalgal biotechnology. High production and research costs limit consumer affordability and hinder market expansion. Biodegradable Plastics

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Tethered Cap – UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle recycling service has earned a new certificate of validity from Dekra, a leading international assurance service provider 02-07-2024

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Tethered Cap – UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle recycling service has earned a new certificate of validity from Dekra, a leading international assurance service provider 02-07-2024

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UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle recycling service has earned a new certificate of validity from Dekra, a leading international assurance service provider

This certification affirms the credibility of RafCycle’s CO2 impact assessments in Europe and the US, enabling customers to better communicate their environmental contributions within the labeling value chain.

“With Dekra’s validated CO2 calculation method, RafCycle partners now have access to reliable information on the potential benefits of the RafCycle service.

This data assists companies in making informed decisions and effectively conveying their sustainability efforts to stakeholders,” says Juha Virmavirta, RafCycle Director at UPM Raflatac.  Tethered Cap

The global waste issue is critical, with the linear use of materials exacerbating climate change. Stricter sustainability regulations and evolving consumer preferences are driving the need for improved waste management solutions. However, there is still a significant opportunity to enhance label release liner recycling rates globally.

RafCycle by UPM Raflatac is the pioneering label release liner recycling service, aimed at optimizing label waste management and promoting a circular economy. Tethered Cap

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The World Bank has approved an additional $1.5 billion loan to bolster India’s green hydrogen market and expand renewable energy penetration

This second round of funding is aimed at promoting low-carbon energy development in India, which is essential for decoupling economic growth from emissions growth. The funding will support the creation of a robust market for green hydrogen, enhance renewable energy efforts, and stimulate financing for low-carbon energy investments.

As the fastest-growing large economy, India needs to scale up renewable energy, particularly in hard-to-abate industrial sectors.  Tethered Cap

The World Bank’s Second Low-Carbon Energy Programmatic Development Policy Operation will support reforms to boost green hydrogen and electrolyzer production, crucial for green hydrogen production. It will also promote renewable energy by incentivizing battery energy storage and amending the Indian Electricity Grid Code for better renewable energy integration.

In June 2023, the World Bank approved the first $1.5 billion for the First Low-Carbon Energy Programmatic Development Policy Operation, which supported the waiver of transmission charges for renewable energy in green hydrogen projects, issued a clear path for 50 GW of annual renewable energy tenders, and created a legal framework for a national carbon credit market.  Tethered Cap

The reforms are expected to produce at least 450,000 metric tons of green hydrogen and 1.5 GW of electrolyzers annually from FY25/26, significantly increasing renewable energy capacity and reducing emissions by 50 million tons per year.

The financing includes a $1.46 billion loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a $31.5 million credit from the International Development Association.

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Zero Waste Europe urges comprehensive inclusion of waste incineration in EU ETS

Municipal waste incineration must immediately and comprehensively be included in the EU’s Emission Trading System, says the environmental network Zero Waste Europe in a new report.

Comprehensive, meaning electricity and heat incineration, as well as biogenic CO2, to ensure these facilities are included properly.  Tethered Cap

Developed by Equnimator, the report entitled, “Incineration in the EU-ETS: A set of suggestions for its inclusion” highlights the urgency to adopt this recommendation to achieve the EU’s climate goals.

After the European Parliament approved reforms to the ETS in 2022, a path opened to consider municipal waste incineration under its scope, but as of 1 January 2024, these facilities have only been included for monitoring, reporting, and verification purposes. They are not yet required to surrender allowances for their emissions.  Tethered Cap

The Commission is required to study the feasibility of including these facilities in the EU-ETS in July 2026, with a potential inclusion by 2028.

Janek Vahk, Zero Pollution Policy Manager at Zero Waste Europe, states: “The inclusion of incineration within the EU-ETS is long overdue.  Tethered Cap

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Completes Conversion to Tethered Cap Bottles in GB

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) GB has successfully completed the transition to attached cap plastic bottles at all its manufacturing sites, with the final switch occurring at its Morpeth site in Northumberland. The attached cap innovation involves a tether added to the ring around the bottle’s neck, ensuring the cap stays firmly attached for easier collection and recycling. Bottles feature a message on the cap, stating: “I am attached to recycle together.” Tethered Cap

Morpeth’s site can now produce 17.5 million unit cases of attached cap plastic bottles of Glaceau Smartwater annually, serving customers throughout Great Britain.

The conversion process began two years ago and involved all five of CCEP’s GB manufacturing sites: East Kilbride, Morpeth, Wakefield, Sidcup, and Edmonton. Morpeth’s Smartwater production line and Edmonton’s Oasis packaging line were the last to make the switch this spring. This initiative is part of a £7.5 million (US $9.5 million) investment aimed at reconfiguring existing production lines to manufacture plastic bottles with attached caps. Tethered Cap

Additionally, this investment has facilitated the acceleration of using 100% recycled PET (rPET) in 500ml bottles and the replacement of plastic shrink wrap with sustainable cardboard for all multi-pack cans, a transition that concluded this year.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Completes Conversion to Tethered Cap Bottles in GB

Technip Energies Acquires Technology from Shell to Boost Bio-Polyester Production

Technip Energies and Shell Catalysts & Technologies have announced a technology transfer agreement aimed at accelerating the commercialization of Technip Energies’ Bio-2-Glycols™ technology. This innovative technology enables the production of bio-based Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) from glucose, offering a sustainable alternative to fossil-based feedstocks. Tethered Cap

Traditionally, MEG is derived from fossil fuels and is used to produce various polyesters found in packaging materials, like plastic bottles, and clothing.

Through this acquisition, Technip Energies aims to offer a bio-based polyester solution, significantly reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact by using a bio-sourced monomer. Tethered Cap

The agreement combines Shell’s research and development advancements with Technip Energies’ bio-MEG technology, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. The integrated technology will be marketed under the Bio-2-Glycols™ trademark, representing a significant step towards eco-friendly industrial processes.

Wei Cai, Chief Technology Officer of Technip Energies, expressed satisfaction with the agreement: “We are excited to propose an optimized, combined solution for producing bio-MEG, essential for various everyday applications. We anticipate rapid commercialization of our Bio-2-Glycols™ technology by 2025, contributing significantly to the net-zero challenge.” Tethered Cap

Technip Energies Acquires Technology from Shell to Boost Bio-Polyester Production

Eletrobras and Suzano, the world’s largest cellulose producer, have announced a partnership to explore the production of e-methanol from green hydrogen and biogenic CO2

This innovative fuel would be produced using green hydrogen, generated through water electrolysis, and CO2 from biomass at Suzano’s facilities.

Ítalo Freitas, Eletrobras’ VP of Commercialization and Energy Solutions, emphasized the partnership’s goal to advance sustainable energy by developing e-methanol, an essential component of future energy solutions. The research will determine the technical and economic viability of constructing a synthetic fuel production unit, known as e-fuels.

The company has signed agreements to provide renewable energy for electrolysis in Ceará, Piauí, and Maranhão. Tethered Cap

Eletrobras sees green hydrogen as a potential energy storage solution, complementing hydroelectric plants.

The companies believe that producing synthetic fuels from biogenic CO2 and renewable hydrogen has significant demand and scalability potential.

Suzano, one of Brazil’s largest biomass energy producers, plans to capture CO2 from its biomass combustion processes and combine it with green hydrogen to create clean fuel. The cellulose company’s power generation capacity is expected to increase from 1.3 GW to 1.7 GW with a new factory in Ribas do Rio Pardo.  Tethered Cap

Brazil’s paper and cellulose sector, the second-largest global cellulose producer and leading exporter, is well-positioned to excel in e-methanol production. In 2022, the sector achieved R$260 billion in revenue and produced 25 million tons of cellulose, contributing 1.3% to Brazil’s GDP and 4.3% to national exports.

Eletrobras and Suzano, the world's largest cellulose producer, have announced a partnership to explore the production of e-methanol from green hydrogen and biogenic CO2

Polymer resin – CARBIOS and Zhink Group enter official discussions for long-term partnership to build PET biorecycling industrial capacities in China 01-07-2024

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PET Prices – Trinseo has recently launched a chemical recycling demonstration plant in Rho, just outside Milan Italy 01-07-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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ITEM 24/06/2024 01/07/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,030 yuan/ton 7,080 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 900 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,020 yuan/ton 7,120 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,930 yuan/ton 6,020 yuan/ton
+90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 720 $/ton 730 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,510 yuan/ton 4,655 yuan/ton
+145
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 527 $/ton 545 $/ton +18
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,049 $/ton
+9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,027 $/ton +9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,120 $/7on 1,125 $/ton +5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,850  yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
+150
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,350 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,025 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton +175
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

PET Prices

8,325 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +175
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 7,870 yuan/ton +20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton
-100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,050  yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,700 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton -300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET Prices

20,400 yuan/ton 20,200 yuan/ton -2
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,900 yuan/ton 16,600 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,200 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,100 yuan/ton 17,850 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 30,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 27,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market

PET Prices

9,800 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market9, 9,415 yuan/ton 9,250 yuan/ton -275
Benzene overseas  market 998 $/ton 1,040 $/ton +42
Ethylene South East market 945 $/ton 930 $/ton -15
Ethylene NWE market CIF 765 $/ton 765 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,530 yuan/ton +60
Naphtha overseas market  703 $/ton 719 $/ton +16
Phenol domestic market 8,320 yuan/ton 8,262 yuan/ton -58

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Pietro Cassani Appointed President & CEO of Sidel

The Tetra Laval Group Board has announced the appointment of Pietro Cassani as the new President & CEO of Sidel, effective from July 15, 2024. Based in Parma, Italy, Pietro succeeds Monica Gimre, who served in this role for over five years and had a remarkable 41-year tenure with the Tetra Laval Group.  PET Prices

Pietro brings extensive experience to his new position. He previously held the CEO role at the Marchesini Group for eight years and served as Group General Manager of SACMI for over a decade. With a total of 30 years in business and engineering, Pietro holds an Engineering degree from the University of Bologna and an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management.


Additionally, here’s a brief overview of Tetra Laval and Sidel:

About Tetra Laval: Tetra Laval Group comprises three industry-focused entities: Tetra Pak, Sidel, and DeLaval. PET Prices

Their collective mission centers around efficient and sustainable technologies and services for food production, processing, packaging, and distribution. With operations in over 170 countries, Tetra Laval employs more than 34,000 people and achieved revenue of EUR 15.7 billion in 2023. For further details, visit Tetra Laval’s website.

About Sidel: Sidel, a global leader in packaging solutions, specializes in beverages, food, and personal and household care products. With over 170 years of industry expertise, Sidel offers advanced systems, line engineering, and sustainable solutions. Their footprint spans 190 countries, with more than 40,000 machines installed and a dedicated workforce of over 5,000 employees.  PET Prices

Pietro Cassani Appointed President & CEO of Sidel

Trinseo has recently launched a chemical recycling demonstration plant in Rho, just outside Milan Italy

This facility, focusing on the depolymerization of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) waste and scraps, was inaugurated in the presence of local officials. The announcement for this plant came at the end of the previous year, highlighting a significant development since Trinseo’s expansion in 2021 through the acquisition of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and PMMA activities from Arkema. PET Prices

The innovative recycling unit transforms PMMA waste back into its original monomer, MMA. This substance can then be reprocessed into new PMMA without losing the material’s inherent mechanical and optical qualities. The recycled MMA is suitable for use in manufacturing compounds or extruding various sheets.

This depolymerization process was originally developed as part of the European MMAtwo project, which began in 2018. The project was led by Dutch PMMA recycling specialist Heathland, which Trinseo later acquired. This step represents a move towards more sustainable practices within the industry, aiming to reduce waste and encourage the reuse of materials in a way that maintains product integrity. PET Prices

Trinseo has recently launched a chemical recycling demonstration plant in Rho, just outside Milan

Polymer resin – CARBIOS and Zhink Group enter official discussions for long-term partnership to build PET biorecycling industrial capacities in China 01-07-2024

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PET Prices – Trinseo has recently launched a chemical recycling demonstration plant in Rho, just outside Milan Italy 

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Supply Disruption Drives US PET Resin Prices High in June 2024 Amid High Demand

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) resin prices continued to surge in the US market during the first three weeks of June.

This increase is attributed to supply disturbances amid firm demand from the downstream PET bottle and beverages industry. Consequently, in the early part of the month, PET resin prices rose by approximately 1.1% due to these factors.  Polymer resin

However, PET feedstock prices exhibited an opposite trend. PTA prices remained stable, while MEG prices declined by about 2.3% due to high inventory levels.

This decline in MEG prices is also linked to demand softness and high inventory in the US crude oil market.

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Aimplas studies the quality of recycled plastics from automotive waste

The SURFTOP Project develops the technologies required for recycled plastic material to maintain the surface properties and vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) levels required by manufacturers.

In the automotive industry, the use of plastic materials for the exterior and interior of vehicles is gradually increasing with the replacement of traditional materials such as metal.  Polymer resin

Plastic parts help reduce vehicle weight and, therefore, CO2 emissions. Moreover, as one of the world’s greatest consumers of plastics, the automotive industry is steadily increasing the percentage of recycled plastic to produce more sustainable vehicles and reduce their environmental impact.

With the aim of facilitating the use of recycled and renewable materials in the automotive sector, AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, has launched the SURFTOP Project, with funding from the Valencian Institute of Competitiveness and Innovation (IVACE+i) and the ERDF.

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Samsara Eco, an Australia environmental tech startup, has secured a substantial $65 million in funding to advance its sustainable polymer resin solutions

This recent investment brings the company’s total funding to $73 million since its founding in 2020. Samsara Eco is known for producing fossil-free polymer resins, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic packaging and textiles.

Samsara Eco has expanded its enzyme library, enabling the recycling of challenging materials such as nylon 6,6, polyester, and nylon 6. Polymer resin

A notable collaboration with Lululemon has led to the introduction of the first product made from enzymatically recycled polyester, marking a major milestone in sustainable fashion and circularity.

Samsara Eco is also scaling its operations, with new facilities in Jerrabomberra, New South Wales, and plans to expand its team in North America. The company is pursuing global commercialization, with Southeast Asia being a potential future location for its commercial facilities. Polymer resin

The company’s patented recycling technology, EosEco™, significantly reduces recycling time and cuts down on energy, heat, and carbon emissions. Samsara Eco aims to recycle 1.5 million tonnes of plastic annually by 2030, significantly mitigating carbon emissions. Currently, the company employs 60 staff members across Australia and North America, with plans to grow to 90 by the end of 2025.

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Mixed Global Trends in Paraxylene Prices Amid Upward Pressure from Upstream Market

The global prices for Paraxylene have exhibited a mixed trend. In the APAC region, prices mostly trended upward except in China, where they remained stable. The EU region also showed stability across the board, with moderate demand and supply with no major disruptions. Polymer resin

This stability is attributed to consistent downstream demand, while upstream prices of naphtha and crude oil continued their upward trajectory.

In the APAC region, Paraxylene prices have shown a mixed trend. In the South Korean market, prices rose by 1.5%, moving from USD 1004/MT to USD 1018/MT, supported by the increase in crude oil prices. The prices for Paraxylene have generally been on an upward trend, with aromatics production potentially increasing as producers aim to capitalize on higher margins. Polymer resin

This could result in more supplies entering the market, as the demand remains in uptrend. Market players have indicated that while physical demand is acceptable, it is not particularly strong. Conversely, in the Chinese market, Paraxylene prices have remained stable due to low demand.

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CARBIOS and Zhink Group enter official discussions for long-term partnership to build PET biorecycling industrial capacities in China

This partnership would allow Zhink Group to meet its leadership ambitions through increased recycled PET capacities and sustainable competitiveness by offering recycled PET from enzymatic recycling Polymer resin

Based in China, the future plant will depolymerize minimum 50k tons of PET waste per year, with potential to expand capacities, to serve regional and global packaging and textile markets

CARBIOS and Zhink Group enter official discussions for long-term partnership to build PET biorecycling industrial capacities in China  Polymer resin

CARBIOS, a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastic and textiles, and Zhink Group, one of China’s Top 500 Private Enterprises, specializing in two global industries, PET and textiles, announce today the signing of a joint Letter of Intent to build a biorecycling plant in China using CARBIOS’ revolutionary enzymatic depolymerization technology to serve the global market.

China: the world’s largest PET producer

With 67 million tons of PET produced annually, representing 61% of global production[1], China is the world’s largest PET producer. Polymer resin

With regional and global demand for recycled PET growing, China also has the potential to take the lead in recycled PET (r-PET) production.  In 2021, 58% of the world’s r-PET was consumed in Asia (with 38% in China[2]) underscoring this region’s importance both as a major producer and consumer.

CARBIOS and Zhink Group enter official discussions for long-term partnership to build PET biorecycling industrial capacities in China

APK successfully scales Newcycling® for post-consumer waste

APK AG has successfully scaled its proprietary Newcycling® technology for the recycling of post-consumer plastic waste. Flexible, multi-material packaging waste is the focus as a material stream. “We were able to increase the laboratory scale by 200 times and have reached an industrial scale,” explains Dr Robert Marx, Chief Technology Officer of APK AG. “The development of Newcycling® is progressing continuously, even during the provisional self-administration procedure in which APK AG is currently engaged. Polymer resin

Our post-consumer process runs smoothly day after day and the quality of the corresponding Newcycling® recyclates is impressive. Sensitive applications such as packaging in the personal care sector will represent an important market for our LDPE recyclate.”

Newcycling® combines mechanical pre-treatment steps with solvent-based purification and separation processes. Polymer resin

This enables the physical technology to efficiently recycle complex, flexible packaging waste – such as multilayer films – and to obtain high-quality, pure recyclates. After first being scaled up based on waste from multilayer film production and tested up to commercial LDPE and PA products, Newcycling® is now dedicated to post-consumer waste.

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Bio-polyester – Ambercycle and Hyosung TNC Join Forces to Scale Decarbonized, Circular Polyester 29-06-2024

 

Bio-polyester – Ambercycle and Hyosung TNC Join Forces to Scale Decarbonized, Circular Polyester 29-06-2024

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New study finds hydrolysis prevents formation of PLA microplastics

The polylactide biopolymer is used to make a wide range of products such as cups, cutlery, bin liners or flexible food packaging.

According to a new meta-study report commissioned by Holland Bioplastics on the hydrolysis process and polylactic acid (PLA), the biobased polymer does not produce persistent microplastics. Bio-polyester

PLA is a biopolymer made entirely from fermented plant sugars and widely used in packaging products.

Hydrolysis is an abiotic [not associated with or derived from living organisms] process that occurs in the presence of moisture or humidity. Bio-polyester

Unlike non-biodegradable polymers such as HDPE (high-density polyethylene), which persist and permanently accumulate as nano or microplastics in the environment, PLA was shown to hydrolyse into molecules of ever-smaller size, becoming soluble in water and eventually biodegrading fully.

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Impact of one unexpected incident in PSF market

Recently, there have been widespread rumors in the PSF market about one trader (who faced forced liquidation on futures market and could not conduct the business normally). Setting aside the reasons behind the incident itself, let’s examine the impact of this incident on the current PSF market. Bio-polyester

It is understood that currently, 60-70% of the PSF traders have direct or indirect business dealings with this trader. Those directly involved in trade relationships are more significantly affected, while the impact on indirect persons is relatively smaller.

Impact 1: Disappearance of low-priced sources, boosting market sentiment

Previously, this trader had been consistently selling PSF at extremely low prices in the market. After this incident, the low-priced sources in the market will disappear in the short term, contributing to boosting market sentiment. The competition pressure among traders will also decrease, leading to a healthier market environment. Bio-polyester

Impact 2: Physical inventory reduces, strengthening the basis

Due to recent concentrated liquidation by traders, some factories have experienced a rapid decline in physical inventory, leading to a tight market supply situation and strengthening the basis.

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Bericap opens new production facilities in Africa, South America and South East Asia

  • Kenya: Bericap has opened a new 3,500 m² facility in Nairobi, allowing localized production for the lubricant industry and food/beverage manufacturers. The Nairobi plant also exports closures to ten other African countries.
  • South Africa: Bericap acquired a closure business division from Nampak, establishing operations in Durban.  Bio-polyester
  • Bericap South Africa (PTY) LTD now markets the company’s entire closure portfolio in South Africa and neighboring countries.
  • Peru: Bericap’s fourth production site in Latin America, the Lima facility, serves around 60 million consumers and supports major companies in the region.
  • Vietnam: Bericap set up a production site in Ho Chi Minh City, focusing on tamper-evident closure solutions for beverages, dairy products, food, and chemicals. The plant has passed all mandatory external audits and aims to meet market demand in Vietnam.

This strategic expansion positions Bericap closer to its customers, enhancing project support, logistics, and services.

Bericap opens new production facilities in Africa, South America and South East Asia

Duy Tan innovates packaging for sustainable production

By reducing plastic and incorporating recycled plastics in packaging products forvarious customers, Duy Tan is actively contributing to the implementation of ESG objectives:producing green products, promoting sustainable consumption, and driving a circular economy.  Bio-polyester

Trend of sustainable production and consumption

Plastic and plastic products are currently useful and convenient items in daily life. However, the production and consumption of plastic globally are not sustainable or reasonable, leading to global pollution.

Currently, developing a circular economy model focused on the responsible use of natural resources and effective management of plastic waste is a matter of concern for many businesses pursuing long-term sustainable development strategies. Bio-polyester

In particular, sustainable production will promote the economical and efficient exploitation of resources, reducing waste released into the environment. On the other hand, consumer demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly products is increasing. Therefore, companies that adopt green practices can gain a competitive advantage. This also helps raise public and social awareness about sustainable plastic use and consumption, contributing to environmental and community protection. Bio-polyester

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Ambercycle and Hyosung TNC Join Forces to Scale Decarbonized, Circular Polyester

Hyosung TNC, one of the world’s leading sustainable textile solutions providers, has partnered with Ambercycle, a leading material science company, to become the first manufacturer in South Korea to introduce a textile-to-textile, circular polyester into supply chains.

The collaboration advances the partners’ shared vision of a circular textile ecosystem that repurposes end-of-life products into high-performing fibers for brands looking to curb their environmental impact. Bio-polyester

The partnership will tap Hyosung’s 58 years of advanced fiber manufacturing capabilities and nearly two decades of experience producing high-quality, sustainable textiles to support the integration of Ambercycle’s circular polyester material, cycora®, into brand supply chains.

“Our collaboration with Ambercycle is another important step we are taking to help our customers meet their sustainability goals and scale solutions that both present and future generations can enjoy,” said Chi Hyung Kim, CEO, Hyosung TNC. “We’re impressed with cycora® for its quality but also for its potential to divert tons of textile waste from landfills and incinerators and reduce the extraction of raw materials used in the production of virgin polyester.” Bio-polyester

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EO/EG spread narrows, rate adjustments show regional differences

At the beginning of June, ethylene oxide (EO) prices further declined to around 6,700yuan/mt. The downstream demand for water reducers continues to weaken as it enters the off-season. Meanwhile, MEG prices remain firm, narrowing the EO-MEG price spread to 1,000-1,100yuan/mt. Some producers are adjusting their product mix, though regional differences are evident. Bio-polyester

Since the end of May, Zhongke and FREP have resumed production and stabilized operations, leading to a significant increase in EO production in South China. However, downstream demand remains weak, with recent EO prices hovering around 6,650-6,700yuan/mt. The sluggish EO market has prompted adjustments at Gulei and Sinochem Quanzhou, increasing daily MEG output by approximately 250-300 tons. Overall, the MEG operating rate in South China (including Fujian) has risen to around 85%.

In this region, co-production units include Sinopec-SK Wuhan and PetroChina Sichuan Petrochemical, with a combined MEG capacity of 640kt/year. Both units previously operated at low rates, primarily producing EO. Bio-polyester

Currently, Sinopec-SK Wuhan is making minor adjustments to balance downstream EO demand, maintaining low overall rate levels. Sichuan Petrochemical has gradually increased its rate since mid-May, with MEG operating rates now around 70%, up from a previous low of 30%.

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Bio-Polymers – Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl 28-06-2024

Bio-Polymers – Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl 28-06-2024

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Fulgar Launches Q-GEO Biobased Polyamide Yarn

Fulgar, an innovative Italian company dedicated to environmental sustainability, has unveiled Q-GEO, a new biobased polyamide yarn poised to transform the textile industry. This yarn aligns with the rising demand for eco-friendly, advanced fabrics, making it ideal for large-scale ecological production.

The textiles and clothing industries are increasingly adopting next-generation materials—manmade polymers that are recyclable and derived from renewable sources. These materials aim to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, supporting the fashion industry’s shift towards sustainable practices with minimal environmental impact. Bio-Polymers

Q-GEO represents a significant advancement in Fulgar’s pursuit of combining natural fibre benefits with high-tech yarn performance. Unlike traditional polyamides, Q-GEO is 46% biobased, produced from non-edible corn deemed unfit for nutritional use. This corn is grown on land unsuitable for food crops, reducing environmental impact by minimizing water usage and greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional cotton and standard polyamide production.

This innovative yarn offers several technical advantages. It provides the comfort of traditional polyamides while featuring superior body humidity management with 50% greater absorbency and enhanced breathability. Bio-Polymers

Q-GEO maintains the durability and toughness expected of polyamides, with additional benefits like ultra-rapid drying and flame-retardant properties without additives.

Q-GEO is certified under Oeko-Tex Std 100 Class I appendix 6 and Din Certco, following the ASTM D 6866:2022 R.N 8C376 method. An LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study confirms Fulgar’s commitment to a transparent and sustainable supply chain, reinforcing its leadership in eco-friendly textile innovation. Bio-Polymers

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Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl

Invited guests will receive invitations for this significant event. Additionally, Avantium will host an Avantium Retail Investor Day on October 23, 2024, allowing interested shareholders to tour the FDCA Flagship Plant.

Avantium focuses on innovative technologies for producing materials from sustainable carbon feedstocks, including biomass and CO2. Bio-Polymers

Their YXY® Technology converts plant-based sugars into furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), a crucial component of the sustainable plastic PEF (polyethylene furanoate).

Avantium has successfully demonstrated this technology at its pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and is currently constructing the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in Delfzijl.

The company also provides R&D solutions in sustainable chemistry and offers advanced catalyst testing services.

Avantium collaborates with like-minded companies globally to advance renewable chemistry solutions. Bio-Polymers

Avantium’s shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels (symbol: AVTX), and the company is part of the Euronext Amsterdam SmallCap Index (AScX). Its headquarters are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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The Internet of Things Revolutionises Packaging

The Internet of Things (IoT) has and is transforming very different industries, and packaging is no exception. Connected packaging, empowered by IoT technology, is reshaping how brands interact with consumers and manage their supply chains. This innovative approach bridges the gap between physical products and the digital realm, offering unprecedented opportunities for engagement, traceability, and sustainability.

Enhanced Consumer Engagement

Connected packaging leverages IoT sensors and smart labels to create interactive experiences for consumers.  Bio-Polymers

By scanning a QR code or tapping an NFC tag, customers can access product information, authenticity verification, usage instructions, etc. This direct line of communication allows brands to forge stronger connections with their audience, providing value beyond the physical product.

For instance, a wine bottle scan might offer food pairing suggestions, exclusive discounts, or even a description of vineyard history. A pharmaceutical package could provide dosage reminders or side effect information. These interactions inform and engage consumers and generate valuable data for brands to refine their marketing strategies and product offerings.  Bio-Polymers

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ORNL nanofibers research strengthens bridge between fiber, matrix

A novel technique of depositing thermoplastic nanofibers enhancing their strength, toughness and ability to withstand stress, removing the need for traditional methods like coatings.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.) have developed a method that demonstrates how fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials used in the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy industries can be made stronger and tougher to better withstand mechanical or structural stresses over time.  Bio-Polymers

While composites already have many advantages, they are vulnerable to damage from strain because two diverse materials — rigid fibers and a soft matrix, or a binder substance — are combined to make them. According to ORNL, the interphase between the two materials needs to be improved because of its influence on the overall mechanical properties of composites.

ORNL’s Sumit Gupta says the research team deposited thermoplastic nanofibers like cobwebs to chemically create a supportive network that toughens the interphase. Their technique differs from conventional methods of coating the fiber surfaces with polymers, or providing a rigid scaffolding to improve bonding between the fiber and the matrix, which have been shown to be inefficient and expensive.  Bio-Polymers

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Germany’s ColorDigital launches DMIx SamplR for material digitisation

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  • DMIx by ColorDigital GmbH introduces the DMIx SamplR, a revolutionary hardware device for creating digital material twins with one-touch simplicity.
  • Utilising advanced Apple iPhone technology, it provides high-quality scans and instant 3D previews.
  • Integrated into the DMIx platform, it streamlines remote texture development and comprehensive texture mapping.

DMIx by ColorDigital GmbH announces the launch of DMIx SamplR, a cutting-edge hardware device designed to simplify and enhance the process of creating digital material twins.  Bio-Polymers

Designed to meet the needs of professionals in the fashion, footwear, automotive, and architecture industries, the DMIx SamplR promises to revolutionize the way materials are digitized, communicated and managed.

This innovative scanner represents a significant advancement in the field of digital product creation (DPC), offering unparalleled accuracy, functionality and interaction for professionals in product sourcing and development.  Bio-Polymers

“One Touch – Digital Twin Collaboration”

At the heart of the DMIx SamplR is its remarkable ease of use. With just one button, users can create precise digital replicas of flat physical materials. This device integrates advanced Apple iPhone technology and unique lighting, offering high-quality scans at 300 PPI. The result is an effortless, accurate color scan that seamlessly integrates into the DMIx platform.

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Solid Economy Provides Boost to Chemical Production

  • Recession risks have moderated; consumer spending and investment continue to propel the U.S. economy
  • Demand for chemicals is recovering; inventories in a more balanced position across the supply chain
  • S. production remains competitively advantaged due to shale and new investments in chemistry-containing clean technologies, but strong regulatory headwinds remain a threat.  Bio-Polymers

Looking ahead the U.S. economy will drive up demand across many key chemistry end-use industries, which should tee up a healthy increase in chemical output. This promising outlook is dampened by the rising regulatory impact on the chemical industry, which threatens to undermine America’s competitive advantages in energy and the potential growth generated by the rebound in U.S. manufacturing.

Economy Maintains Momentum

Moving into mid-year, the U.S. economy is on solid footing. While Q1 GDP came in weaker than expected, it was softer net exports and inventory investment that offset stronger activity in the domestic economy. Inflation unexpectedly accelerated in Q1 before resuming its downward trend and expectations for interest rate cuts have likely been pushed back toward the latter part of the year. We expect U.S. GDP to rise 2.4% in 2024, before slowing to a 1.7% gain in 2025.  Bio-Polymers

Consumer spending has remained relatively resilient thus far in 2024 on rising real wages and confidence in the labor market.

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Plastic Recycling – Japanese refiner Eneos is launching a chemical recycling demonstration project for waste household plastics 27-06-2024

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Japanese refiner Eneos is launching a chemical recycling demonstration project for waste household plastics

The initiative begins with collecting 1.6 tons of waste plastics, primarily polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene, in south Japan’s Oita prefecture. Eneos aims to recycle these materials into raw oil and assess whether it can be used to create new petroleum or plastic products. Plastic Recycling

The company has set up a recycling facility for the demonstration but hasn’t disclosed further details, including raw oil output capacity or post-March plans.

Additionally, fellow domestic refiner Idemitsu plans to start commercial operations at its chemical recycling plant in east Japan’s Chiba prefecture. The facility will process 20,000 tons of used plastics annually between April 2025 and March 2026. Idemitsu will collaborate with recycling companies Ichikawa Kankyo and Maeda Sangyo to collect plastic waste. Plastic Recycling

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INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has taken a significant step forward in sustainable materials management by inaugurating the world’s first advanced multilayer, blown film line equipped with Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) technology at their Research and Development Center in Brussels

This pioneering technology, developed in collaboration with Hosokawa Alpine, allows INEOS and its partners to create recyclable flexible films designed to replace the currently used multi-material films that are challenging to recycle.  Plastic Recycling

The introduction of this new pilot line represents a substantial investment and is poised to prevent approximately one million tonnes of waste from ending up in landfills annually. By enabling the development of single-material films that maintain the necessary performance attributes, these innovations support the goals outlined in the EU Packaging and Waste Regulation, promoting a transition towards a more circular economy.

Rob Ingram, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, emphasized the critical role of flexible packaging films in both the marketplace and environmental sustainability. He acknowledged the public’s concerns regarding plastic waste and stressed the ongoing commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to forge sustainable packaging solutions. Ingram expressed enthusiasm about the potential impacts of this investment, particularly the advancements in fully recyclable films. Plastic Recycling

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Teijin Carbon Europe has achieved ISCC PLUS certification for its Tenax carbon fibre produced at the Heinsberg-Oberbruch plant in Germany

Following a similar accreditation for its Mishima plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, announced in June last year, the production and sale of Tenax carbon fibre made with sustainable acrylonitrile began in December. This sustainable production is now being expanded to Europe. Plastic Recycling

The sustainable acrylonitrile used in Tenax carbon fibre is derived from waste and residues of biomass-based products or recycled raw materials, certified through the mass balance approach. The ISCC method ensures verifiable tracking of materials through complex value chains, mixing biomass-derived raw materials with petroleum-derived ones.

ISCC, an independent organization, leads in certification for this field. Materials from sustainable sources, whether recycled or bio-based, are labeled with a sustainability declaration. Plastic Recycling

The production process for sustainable carbon fibres is identical to conventional methods, ensuring the mechanical and chemical properties of the fibres remain unchanged. A clear mass balance is utilized to distinguish between sustainable and conventional products, based on the sustainability declaration.

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Barley-based plastic promises 100% biodegradability

A new material made from modified barley starch can fully biodegrade in nature within two months, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional plastics.

The material is made using natural plant material from crops and could be used for food packaging, among many other things.
Enormous islands of plastic float in our oceans and microscopic particles of it are in our bodies. The durability, malleability, and low cost of plastics have made them ubiquitous, from packaging to clothing to aircraft parts. Plastic Recycling
But plastics have a downside. Plastics contaminate nature, are tough to recycle, and their production emits more CO2 than all air traffic combined.
“We have an enormous problem with our plastic waste that recycling seems incapable of solving.

Therefore, we’ve developed a new type of bioplastic that is stronger and can better withstand water than current bioplastics,” says Andreas Blennow, Professor in the plant and environmental sciences department at the University of Copenhagen.
“At the same time, our material is one hundred percent biodegradable and can be converted into compost by microorganisms if it ends up somewhere other than a bin.”
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The delusion of advanced plastic recycling using pyrolysis

The world is drowning in plastic. But the plastics industry is peddling a “solution” that works like magic  Plastic Recycling

Last year, I became obsessed with a plastic cup.

It was a small container that held diced fruit, the type thrown into lunch boxes. And it was the first product I’d seen born of what’s being touted as a cure for a crisis.

Plastic doesn’t break down in nature. If you turned all of what’s been made into cling wrap, it would cover every inch of the globe. It’s piling up, leaching into our water and poisoning our bodies.

Scientists say the key to fixing this is to make less of it; the world churns out 430 million metric tons each year.  Plastic Recycling

But businesses that rely on plastic production, like fossil fuel and chemical companies, have worked since the 1980s to spin the pollution as a failure of waste management — one that can be solved with recycling.

Industry leaders knew then what we know now: Traditional recycling would barely put a dent in the trash heap.

It’s hard to transform flimsy candy wrappers into sandwich bags, or to make containers that once held motor oil clean enough for milk.  Plastic Recycling

Now, the industry is heralding nothing short of a miracle: an “advanced”type of recycling known as pyrolysis — “pyro” means fire and “lysis” means separation. It uses heat to break plastic all the way down to its molecular building blocks.

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Plastic recycling ‘the only way’ of introducing circularity to oil and gas industry

A new report cites plastics as “the most relevant to the circular economy” among products commonly found in the oil and gas industry.

Establishing a circular economy would have a transformative impact on the oil and gas industry – but the only way of doing so to any extent would be through ramping up plastic recycling, according to a new report. Plastic Recycling

GlobalData’s new Circular Economy in Oil and Gas report analyses the growth of plastic waste and the crucial role of oil and gas industry in enabling the circular plastic economy.

It states that “incorporating product circularity in the context of the oil and gas industry is extremely difficult” but cites plastics as “the most relevant to the circular economy” among the industry’s conventional products. Plastic Recycling

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Biobased – New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials 26-06-2024

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ExxonMobil has partnered with Air Liquide in a significant move to support the production and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia

This collaboration is central to a pioneering project at ExxonMobil’s facility in Baytown, Texas, which is poised to become the world’s largest producer of low-carbon hydrogen. The project’s ambitious scope includes the generation of 1 billion cubic feet of low-carbon hydrogen per day and the annual production of over 1 million tons of ammonia, capturing more than 98% of CO2 emissions in the process. Biobased

Air Liquide will play a critical role by integrating ExxonMobil’s production with its established pipeline network, facilitating efficient hydrogen distribution. Furthermore, Air Liquide is set to construct and operate four Large Modular Air separation units at the site. These units will deliver 9,000 metric tons of oxygen and up to 6,500 metric tons of nitrogen daily, using predominantly low-carbon electricity to minimize environmental impact.

Through this venture, ExxonMobil and Air Liquide aim to catalyze the development of the low-carbon hydrogen market in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, offering industrial clients viable solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. Biobased

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Automotive Temperature Sensors Provide Multichannel Thermal Control

Mouser now stocks Microchip Technology’s MCP998x automotive temperature sensors, a family of AEC-Q100 grade 1 qualified multichannel sensors. These sensors measure temperatures with 1°C accuracy up to 85°C and 2.5°C up to 125°C, ensuring precise heat control in automotive applications like infotainment systems, engine controls, diagnostics, and side-view mirrors. Biobased

The MCP998x sensors support accurate thermal monitoring across up to five channels, featuring integrated resistance error correction and beta compensation for reliable measurements without additional configuration. This product family can monitor multiple thermal elements, providing several alert and shutdown options for security. The integration of remote sensors with resistance error correction and beta compensation eliminates the need for extra configuration, enhancing accuracy. By monitoring temperatures at multiple locations with a single sensor, the design is simplified, reducing board complexity and size, and lowering the BOM.

These sensors are among the industry’s largest portfolios of automotive-grade multichannel temperature sensors, offering superior accuracy at high temperatures required in demanding automotive environments. Biobased

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Green Light for Biobased PE in Asia

The Thai Government has approved the new plant project of the joint venture between Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Through the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), the project for producing biobased polyethylene in Thailand has received the green light. This production will use ethylene derived from bioethanol, centering on Braskem Siam, the joint venture established last year by Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Biobased

The project entails an investment of approximately $520 million for constructing a plant in Map Ta Phut, Rayong province. This plant will have the capacity to produce up to 200,000 tonnes per year of biobased ethylene from bioethanol, which is obtained from agricultural products such as sugar cane, cassava, and corn. The bioethylene will be used for polyolefin production.

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‘You are the compass for a sustainable future’

Recyclers in Europe have been assured of a key role as the EU looks for greater circularity when it develops its industrial strategy over the next five years.

The commissioner responsible for the circular economy (CE), Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, stressed the importance of both a CE and recyclers when speaking at the International Automobile Recycling Convention in Antwerp on 20 June. He also suggested the Waste Directive could be re-framed as a ‘resource’ directive when it is next reviewed.

Ciobanu-Dordea’s wide-ranging address also floated the idea of lower taxes for recycled content in new products; embraced chemical recycling (CR) as a complement technology to mechanical recycling; and suggested more would be done to retain critical raw materials and other vital resources within the EU. Biobased

‘Tsunami’ of regulations

He began by apologising for the previous ‘hectic four-to-five years’ when the European Commission had prepared a ‘tsunami’ of regulations in the wake of the Green Deal, saying he had listened to calls for greater predictability in future.

‘We will act in a more integrated way. We will try to make new proposals as a package because this will improve the conception. Biobased

‘In practice, CE models are still reserved to the pioneers and on the fringes of the economy. We need to make the fringes the mainstream.

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New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials

With the rapid advancement of flame retardant chemistry, an increasing number of both intrinsic and additive flame retardant materials (e.g., polymers, woods, composites) are being developed for various applications, ranging from the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector and transportation to energy materials and aerospace. Over the past decade, the environmental and health properties of specific flame retardants, coupled with the ensuing international and national laws and regulations, have created a demand for effective and safer alternatives. Biobased

The primary objective of contemporary research and development in flame retardant chemistry is to integrate fire retardancy into materials without causing significant alterations in their properties and processing parameters, while also considering environmental and health impacts. This challenging goal necessitates comprehensive studies and innovative approaches to create advanced flame retardant solutions that meet stringent safety and sustainability standards.

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Germany’s PLA Prices Maintain Stability Driven by Consistent Demand and Sustainable Initiatives

Germany’s Polylactic Acid (PLA) market experienced a period of stability. PLA prices were recorded at USD 2,430 per metric ton (MT) on a CFR (Cost and Freight) Hamburg basis, marking a marginal increase of USD 10/MT, or 0.4%, from the previous week. This stability was supported by a balance between supply and demand, driven by consistent requirements from key industries and steady domestic production. Biobased

Demand for PLA remained robust, fueled by continuous consumption in packaging, 3D printing, and textiles. Seasonal variations, such as increased demand for cold beverage packaging during summer, had minimal impact on overall demand stability. On the supply side, domestic production facilities in Germany operated regularly, ensuring a steady flow of PLA. This was complemented by stable import volumes from neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and the USA, preventing any oversupply issues.

Balanced inventory levels at manufacturers and distributors further contributed to price stability. Biobased

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Covestro Adnoc – Saudi Arabia cuts crude oil prices 25-06-2024

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Covestro AG has decided to enter into concrete negotiations with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) regarding a potential transaction

This decision follows open-ended talks between the two companies. The Board of Management of Covestro, after consulting with the Supervisory Board, has agreed to pursue detailed discussions with Adnoc, aiming for an investment agreement and an adequate exchange of company information to confirm assumptions (confirmatory due diligence).

The Board of Management believes that the discussions so far indicate a potential for Covestro and Adnoc to align on core aspects of a possible transaction, including support for Covestro’s growth strategy.  Covestro Adnoc

Negotiations will start from a possible offer price of €62 per Covestro share, proposed by Adnoc. This price is contingent upon the results of the confirmatory due diligence and the agreement on the investment terms.

“We have made significant progress in our discussions with Adnoc. Therefore, we have decided to proceed with concrete transaction negotiations,” said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.  Covestro Adnoc

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Saudi Arabia cuts crude oil prices

The oil market has renewed its focus on fundamentals
Oil prices declined in Asian trading as markets remained cautious on the outlook for global demand growth amid expectations of increased supply. This is reported by Arab News.
Meanwhile, global oil demand growth slowed to an annualised 890,000 barrels per day in the first quarter.
Output at China’s refineries in May fell 1.8 per cent year on year as refiners carried out routine maintenance.  Covestro Adnoc
Experts predict that oil production in Saudi Arabia in January–September of this year will amount to 8.98 million barrels per day and then gradually increase to 9.23 million barrels per day in December 2024 and 9.98 in October–December 2025.
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Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant

ARA patent heralds a new era in plastics recycling

Not all plastic packaging is recyclable – if it is too dirty, too small or consists of different chemical substances, packaging is sorted out and then thermally recycled. ARA has now developed a process to also recycle these sorting residues. Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant will be launched in Pöchlarn, Lower Austria, in summer 2024. ARA has already applied for an EU patent for this innovative process.  Covestro Adnoc

The state-of-the-art plastics sorting plant operated by ARA and its partners Bernegger and Der Grüne Punkt will go into operation in Upper Austria in 2024. High-tech processes will achieve a sorting depth of 80%, which is unique in Austria. The remaining 20% consists mainly of so-called mixed plastic fractions, which can no longer be sorted in an economically viable way. These residues consist of different types of plastics and differ in their chemical and physical properties. This means that valuable secondary raw materials are lost.  Covestro Adnoc

With Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant, UPCYCLE in Pöchlarn, Lower Austria, recovers up to 50% of the recyclable materials from these sorting residues that were previously thermally recycled.

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Dilo Temafa, a leading expert in fibre preparation and natural fibre processing machinery, is delighted to announce the successful sale of a line extension to Eco-Technilin in Bergisch Gladbach

This expansion will enhance an existing flax fibre preparation plant in France, aiming for superior fibre quality.

Eco-Technilin, a well-known producer of sustainable materials, has selected Dilo Temafa’s machines to boost production capacity and efficiency. The plant’s expansion focuses on efficiently cleaning flax scutcher tow to meet modern manufacturing demands while enhancing process stability and plant availability.  Covestro Adnoc

With over thirty years in natural fibre extraction, Dilo Temafa has supplied numerous systems for processing bast fibres such as flax and industrial hemp. These fibres serve various industries, including construction, automotive, nonwovens, and textiles, significantly contributing to reducing the ecological footprint.

Dilo Temafa’s expertise and advanced machinery will enable Eco-Technilin to meet the growing demands for sustainable and high-quality fibres.

This collaboration underscores Dilo Temafa’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in fibre processing technology. The successful implementation of this line extension marks a significant milestone for both companies, promising improved production capabilities and environmental benefits.  Covestro Adnoc

Dilo Temafa, a leading expert in fibre preparation and natural fibre processing machinery, is delighted to announce the successful sale of a line extension to Eco-Technilin in Bergisch Gladbach

Balanced Dynamics in the European Polyamide 66 Market Amid Sluggish Demand

The European Polyamide 66 market has exhibited a stable demand over the past week, supported by a sufficient supply of the product. This stability in demand reflects a balanced market dynamic, despite fluctuations in the prices of key feedstocks. Notably, Adipic Acid prices have experienced a decline, followed by a stabilization period, while cyclohexane prices have remained largely unchanged due to sluggish demand. These trends in feedstock pricing are indicative of the broader market conditions affecting the Polyamide 66 sector.  Covestro Adnoc

Polyamide 66, a crucial polymer used extensively in the automotive and textile industries, has maintained its demand levels despite ongoing challenges in its downstream sectors. The automotive industry, in particular, has faced a period of weakness, with manufacturers reporting a reduction in orders. This downturn can be attributed to a combination of factors, including economic uncertainties and a general slowdown in consumer spending. Similarly, the textile sector has not been immune to these pressures, experiencing subdued demand that has translated into fewer orders for polyamide-based products.

The sufficient supply of Polyamide 66 in the European market has been a key factor in maintaining price stability.  Covestro Adnoc

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Regulatory Barriers Hamper Investment in Indonesia’s Textile Industry

Indonesia’s textile and textile products industry struggles to attract investment, primarily due to unclear and inconsistent regulations, according to the Indonesian Fibre and Filament Yarn Producers Association (APSyFI).

Challenges and Stalled Investments The sector faces significant hurdles, especially in polyester production lines. APSyFI highlights that investments, including those from China’s Tongkun Group, remain stalled. APSyFI General Chair Redma G. Wirawasta expressed concern over the long-awaited investments in polyester raw materials that have yet to materialize.  Covestro Adnoc

Regulatory Certainty Needed Redma emphasized the need for long-term regulatory certainty to ensure the sustainability of businesses within the industry.

Industry Growth Potential Despite these challenges, Indonesia’s minister of industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, has a positive outlook for the domestic textile sector. He projects that the domestic fashion industry will grow at an average rate of 4.26 percent per year until 2029, reaching a market value of $9.6 billion. This sector employs over 1.6 million people, underscoring its significance to the economy. Covestro Adnoc

Regulatory Barriers Hamper Investment in Indonesia's Textile Industry

Circular economy – Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing 24-06-2024

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Circular economy – Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing 24-06-2024

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Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing

This new compound is based on polypropylene reinforced with 30% glass fiber and includes 65% post-consumer recycled material. It addresses the increasing demand for circular materials with a reduced environmental footprint in the automotive sector.

First applied in the center console support of the new Peugeot 3008, this compound represents a collaboration between Borealis, the Stellantis group, and French printer Plastivaloire. Circular economy

Borealis claims this is the first use of a polyolefin with such a high content of regenerated material in car interiors, aligning with upcoming EU regulations. These regulations will require at least 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles.

Polypropylene makes up about one-third of the plastic used in cars. Thus, compounds like Borcycle GD3600SY are essential for meeting new circularity goals. The Borcycle GD3600SY compound is part of the Borcycle M family, which consists of polyolefins derived from the mechanical recycling of plastic waste. These compounds are designed for demanding applications, thanks to an upcycling process that includes selection, cleaning, extrusion, and additive phases. Circular economy

This process transforms domestic waste streams into high-quality regenerated polymers that meet automotive industry standards. Borealis’ initiative is a significant step in achieving the automotive industry’s sustainability objectives.

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Arkema innovates towards circularity with recycled content in powder coating resins

Arkema, a leader in specialty materials, has announced a significant innovation in manufacturing processes, integrating up to 40% post-consumer recycled content from end-of-life packaging products into its powder coating resins. This development will enable various markets to better meet growing societal demands to preserve resources and mitigate climate impact. Circular economy

Advancing a circular economy

Powder coating resins are known for being a solvent-free, low-waste technology. With Arkema’s latest innovation, these resins can now be made even more circular by incorporating recycled content. The new technology utilizes post-consumer PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) from end-of-life packaging as a substitute for traditional fossil-based raw materials. This allows the creation of products with up to 40% recycled PET, significantly reducing the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) by up to 20%.

Ensuring high performance and sustainability

Richard Jenkins, SVP and Member of the Executive Committee, stated, “In addition to our Bio-based and Mass Balance offerings, the increased incorporation of recycled feedstocks is a crucial step towards providing more circular, high-performance solutions and promoting a sustainable lifestyle. Circular economy

Arkema’s new recycled-based powder coating resins enhance the range of sustainable solutions for our partners, enabling end markets to boost the percentage of recycled content in their finished products.”

Arkema’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is driving the industry towards more eco-friendly practices, ensuring both high performance and a reduced environmental footprint. Circular economy

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Eni: Greenpeace and ReCommon Request Suspension of Climate Change Lawsuit

Eni acknowledges that Greenpeace and ReCommon, who filed an unfounded climate lawsuit against Eni last year, have requested a suspension of the legal proceedings. This request follows their filing of a jurisdictional review of the Italian contest, despite the jurisdiction already being excluded from the “Giudizio Universale” case brought by several associations against the Italian State concerning climate issues.

Eni disputes the rationale behind this request, seeing it as a tactic to delay a lawsuit initiated by Greenpeace and ReCommon. The presiding judge had already scheduled a hearing for the decision on September 13, 2024. Circular economy

Greenpeace and ReCommon’s request threatens to cause a prolonged suspension of the decision, which would otherwise be expected soon. This delay allows Greenpeace and ReCommon to continue their disinformation campaign, prioritizing media attention over rigorous research, analysis, and evaluation. The crucial fact-checking process, which should occur in court, is now postponed at the instigation of the parties who filed the lawsuit.

Eni emphasizes that despite the unfounded nature of the lawsuit, it has always provided the Court with all necessary evidence proving its proper conduct and its transformation and decarbonization strategy. Circular economy

Eni has also published all related documents on its website.

Eni: Greenpeace and ReCommon Request Suspension of Climate Change Lawsuit

Vynova announces R&D programme on PVC recycling technologies

Vynova today announced the launch of a research & development programme to further advance PVC recycling and help the PVC value chain accelerate towards circularity. Vynova’s innovation efforts focus on technologies to remove heavy metals from dissolved rigid post-consumer PVC waste such as used window profiles or pipes. Circular economy

PVC is widely used in numerous long-lasting and durable applications and can be repeatedly mechanically recycled without any significant loss of key properties

Over the past 20 years, the European Vinyls value chain has been successful in the large-scale implementation of mechanical recycling processes, with more than 700,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in Europe every year. However, due to the long lifespan of PVC applications such as windows or pipes, PVC waste often still contains additives that were used in production decades ago, but have since been proactively phased out by the European Vinyls industry. Circular economy

In order to ensure full compliance with existing and potential future restrictions related to such legacy additives, innovative solutions are required.

To help realize this goal, Vynova has launched an R&D programme comprising both internal research efforts and collaborations with academic institutions.

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Nylon semi-dull HS chip price surges on strong fundamentals

Recently, there has been a particularly tight supply of semi-dull HS (high-speed spinning) chips. Circular economy

High-end chip is still mainly traded by contract, and mainstream manufacturers have no spot supply available, and even in cases where there is some spot availability, the amount depends on their relationships with the supplier. Finding any quantity is considered good, with sellers setting the prices and buyers having minimal room for negotiation. The lower-end HS chip market primarily relies on spot trading, and due to the overall shortage in the semi-dull HS chip market, spot prices have been increasing continuously, leading to an independent market trend.

Historically, low-end HS chip spot prices have generally been around 300-500yuan/mt lower than high-end HS chip contract prices. During periods of relatively abundant supply, the difference can expand to 800-1000yuan/mt or more. Circular economy

In tighter supply situations, the price difference narrows or becomes nearly equivalent. It’s rare to see spot prices in the lower-end market surpassing those in the high-end market. However, in April 2024, there was a surge in lower-end HS chip spot prices, exceeding high-end contract chip prices by 400-600yuan/mt. Since May 13, lower-end spot prices have consistently risen, with price rising from 14500-14600yuan/mt to the current highest 15900-16000yuan/mt, 6 months payment delivered. Meanwhile, the high-end chip contract price in May is around 14665-14765yuan/mt, resulting in a nearly 1,200yuan/mt difference, clearly indicating an inversion in high and low-end prices. Circular economy

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Bottle-to-bottle – Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands 22-06-2024

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Bottle-Grade PET – Partnership for Advancing Plastic Recycling Solutions 24-06-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,980 yuan/ton 7,030 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 895 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,920 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton +70
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,020 yuan/ton +70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

5,910 yuan/ton 5,930 yuan/ton
+20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 720 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,510 yuan/ton
+60
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 518 $/ton 527 $/ton +9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,018 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,120 $/7on 1,120 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,850  yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,325 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,025 yuan/ton 9,025 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

8,325 yuan/ton 8,325 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +350
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,075 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
-75
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,200  yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,700 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-Grade PET

20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 16,900 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,350 yuan/ton 19,200 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,150 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

9,850 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market9, 9,430 yuan/ton 9,415 yuan/ton -15
Benzene overseas  market 1,044 $/ton 998 $/ton -46
Ethylene South East market 945 $/ton 945 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 765 $/ton 765 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton +150
PP Powder domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  676 $/ton 703 $/ton +27
Phenol domestic market 8,077 yuan/ton 8,320 yuan/ton +243

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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Partnership for Advancing Plastic Recycling Solutions

Vecoplan, in collaboration with Plato Technology, is set to offer customers comprehensive processing solutions for plastics recycling through a new strategic partnership. This alliance aims to provide end-to-end solutions for plastic waste management, combining Vecoplan’s extensive experience with Plato Technology’s specialized cleaning processes.

Embracing Chemical Recycling

Chemical recycling plays a pivotal role in the circular economy by enabling the reuse of complex plastic waste that mechanical recycling cannot handle but is too valuable to discard. This method breaks down plastics into their chemical components, which can then be used as raw materials for new plastic production. Bottle-Grade PET

This process reduces fossil resource consumption and mitigates environmental pollution from plastic waste. Vecoplan showcased its long-term commitment to enhancing its expertise in chemical recycling at IFAT, where it also announced its strategic partnership with Plato Technology.

Vecoplan’s Commitment and Innovation

“Vecoplan has more than 50 years of experience in processing recyclable materials, forming the foundation for producing recyclates,” says Martina Schmidt, Head of the Recycling and Waste division at Vecoplan. Recognized as a pioneer in this field, Vecoplan has continually demonstrated innovation. Bottle-Grade PET

Two years ago, the company introduced a groundbreaking cleaning process and launched the “Cleanikum,” a demonstration and test facility near its headquarters in the Westerwald. Now, Vecoplan is advancing further by partnering with Plato Technology.

Partnership for Enhanced Customer Value

Plato Technology, based in Görlitz, brings 20 years of expertise in durable and wear-resistant cleaning processes for used plastic recycling. Bottle-Grade PET

This expertise aligns seamlessly with Vecoplan’s capabilities, forming the basis for their strategic partnership. Together, they will offer integrated processing solutions, delivering a single-source service to customers. Their collaboration over the past few years has involved extensive testing and perfect alignment of their proven technologies.

Shared Vision and Values

Since 2007, Vecoplan and Plato Technology have served joint customers, with their systems complementing each other to achieve high customer satisfaction. Heinz Schnettler, General Manager of Plato, emphasizes the companies’ shared values and mutual trust, which are crucial for flexible and creative responses to evolving customer needs. Bottle-Grade PET

Martina Schmidt concurs, highlighting the importance of an open and constructive working relationship in meeting the dynamic demands of their clients.

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Chemical recycling – Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity 21-06-2024

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Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity

The new facility, opening in the coming months, will address the increasing demand from renowned international automotive brands and new aerospace projects, facilitated by ACS’s recent EN 9100 certification.

To accommodate this expansion, ACS has signed a lease with Pedicone Holding for a 14,000 square meter industrial property, located near its current headquarters. This facility will undergo renovations and will be equipped with a photovoltaic system to align with ACS’s sustainability goals. Chemical recycling

Over the next twelve months, ACS plans to hire 50 specialized operators, including laminators and finishers, who are currently being trained in preparation for the plant’s start-up between the end of this year and early 2025.

The existing Tortoreto plant, operational since 2015, will continue focusing on motorsport, racing sectors, and small series projects. It will also host the ACS Academy and see an enhancement in research and development activities. Chemical recycling

“This is a significant challenge, engaging all our energies towards serial production,” commented Roberto Catenaro, founder and CEO of ACS. “We believe strongly in this project and are confident in our skills and ability to offer our customers availability, experience, and technological versatility. We’re also proud to revitalize a historic factory, providing continuity and employment opportunities to a dynamic production sector.”

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Grace Licenses Additional UNIPOL® Polypropylene Process Technology to BPCL

BPCL has expanded its licensing agreements with Grace, incorporating the renowned non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts to boost production capacity by 950 kilotons at its Kochi and Bina refineries.

W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace), the world’s leading independent supplier of polypropylene (PP) process technology and polyolefin catalyst technology, announced that Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India’s second-largest oil marketing company, has extended its licenses for Grace’s UNIPOL® PP process technology.  Chemical recycling

BPCL plans to deploy this technology using CONSISTA® catalysts in a new 400 kilotons per annum (KTA) reactor unit in Kochi, Kerala, and a 550 KTA reactor unit in Bina, Madhya Pradesh.

Thomas Deman, President, Specialty Catalysts, Supply Chain and Procurement at Grace, commented: “The expansion of these licenses highlights the benefits BPCL gains from collaborating with Grace. Our process technology and catalysts will enable the production of a broad range of high-quality polypropylene resins. Additionally, our expertise will help optimize BPCL’s reactors to meet India’s increasing demand. Grace is honored to support BPCL in this endeavor.”  Chemical recycling

Chemical recycling

De Nora has commenced construction on Italy’s largest electrolyzer production facility, set to become one of Europe’s largest with a capacity of up to 2GW by 2030

De Nora Italy Hydrogen Technologies S.r.l. (DNIHT), a subsidiary of Industrie De Nora S.p.A., is spearheading this initiative. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by top executives from De Nora and Snam, as well as various government officials, marked the start of this ambitious project in Cernusco sul Naviglio. Chemical recycling

The new Gigafactory, spanning 25,000 square meters, is part of De Nora Group’s multi-year expansion plan. It will serve as Italy’s primary hub for electrolyzers used in green hydrogen production, alongside systems for water electrolysis and fuel cells. This facility emphasizes sustainability and innovation, incorporating low environmental impact criteria into its design.

The project, recognized as a significant industrial asset for De Nora, aligns with the European Green Deal’s sustainability goals. DNIHT has secured approximately EUR 32 million through a concession decree to support this initiative, with potential additional funding up to EUR 63 million from the IPCEI Hydrogen1. Chemical recycling

This Gigafactory aims to reduce electrolyzer production costs, contributing significantly to Europe’s energy transition targets. Located near Milan, it will boost local economic and employment growth, expecting to create around 200 direct jobs and approximately 2,000 induced employment opportunities. The construction is anticipated to be completed between late 2025 and early 2026.

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Polymer prices: Downward price trend continues as monomer costs fall

The downward trend in polymer prices is influenced by falling monomer costs.

For instance, L/LDPE and HDPE prices have decreased by €10/tonne by mid-June, following a €30/tonne drop in ethylene prices.

Similarly, polypropylene prices have fallen in line with propylene costs over the last two months  Chemical recycling

Polymer prices: Downward price trend continues as monomer costs fall

‘Vast majority’ of states in favour of mass balance, says EU Commission member

Plastics Recycling Show Europe kicks off in Amsterdam

Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics, DG Environment, at the European Commission keynotes at PRSE 2024

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) has kicked off in Amsterdam. The world’s largest recycling show is taking place on 19-20 June, for the first time across four halls (Halls 9-12) at the RAI in Amsterdam. Chemical recycling

During the conference opening session, Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics, DG Environment, at the European Commission discussed the ‘burning issues’ around EU plastic policy.

The potential adoption of the mass balance fuel-exempt method for recycled content allocation in single-use plastic beverage bottles is one of them.

This February, the European Comission discussed a draft document that recognises mass balance accounting as a way to calculate the weight of recycled plastic. Chemical recycling

If approved, it could prove transformational for the chemical recycling industry.

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EU funds for chemical recycling in Italy

NextChem has secured €4 million from the European Innovation Fund to accelerate the industrial development of NXRe PMMA technology. This funding is intended for the Boost project, which aims to develop the NXRe PMMA technology of MyRemono, a subsidiary of NextChem (Maire), on an industrial scale. The technology is based on the catalytic depolymerization of PMMA-based plastic scraps. Chemical recycling
The funds will be used to start the first industrial plant based on NXRe PMMA technology, currently in the final design phase. This plant, scheduled for completion in 2026, will be able to process approximately 5,000 tons per year of sorted PMMA-based plastic waste, producing approximately 4,350 tons of r-MMA monomer per year.
The total value of the project is 6.6 million euros, with approximately 4 million covered by EU funding.
The Boost project was selected in the third call for small-scale projects of the European Innovation Fund, based on five criteria: reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, degree of innovation, project maturity, scalability and cost efficiency.
Developed together with Biorenova, the continuous depolymerization process combines thermal energy with a specific catalyst to break polymer bonds and return the polymethyl methacrylate to the starting monomer (MMA). The technology was successfully tested in a pilot plant in Montorio al Vomano (TE). Chemical recycling
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Mechanical Recycling – CARBIOS and TOMRA Textiles are collaborating to advance the circularity of polyester textiles by bridging the gap between textile waste collection and innovative recycling technologies 20-06-2024

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NOVA Chemicals Receives FDA LNO for Plastic Films Mechanical Recycling Process at Indiana Facility

NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) announced today it has received a Letter of Non Objection (LNO) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming the capability of its mechanical recycling process in Connersville, Ind., to produce post-consumer recycled linear, low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE) material that is suitable for broad food-contact applications.
The rLLDPE will be sold under the brand name SYNDIGO™ and will become NOVA’s second food-compliant recycled polyethylene (rPE).
rPE enables converters and brand owners to incorporate recycled materials into food and non-food packaging products. Mechanical Recycling“This is a significant milestone on our journey to circularity and lays the foundation for NOVA Circular Solutions to be the first to market with broad food-contact compliant rLLDPE made from consumer and retail plastic film in 2025,” said Greg DeKunder, vice president, NOVA Circular Solutions. “We are committed to building a state-of-the-art mechanical recycling business. We have the product development and engineering skills to produce recycled plastic resins for the most demanding and premium food contact applications.” Mechanical RecyclingMore…Mechanical Recycling

CARBIOS and TOMRA Textiles are collaborating to advance the circularity of polyester textiles by bridging the gap between textile waste collection and innovative recycling technologies

CARBIOS (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a leader in biological technologies for plastic and textile life cycle reinvention, and TOMRA Textiles, a tech venture from sorting technology leader TOMRA (Oslo Stock Exchange: TOM.OL), have signed an agreement to create an efficient system in Northern Europe. This system will encompass textile waste collection, sorting, and preparation for recycling using CARBIOS’ enzymatic depolymerization technology at its upcoming commercial plant in Longlaville, France.

The collaboration aims to produce recycled polyester (r-PET) fiber from the monomers obtained through CARBIOS’ technology, effectively closing the loop for polyester textile circularity. Mechanical Recycling

Innovations from both companies address critical gaps in the value chain, significantly boosting textile-to-textile recycling from the current rate of one percent.

Under the partnership, TOMRA Textiles will explore measures to prepare post-consumer polyester waste for biorecycling according to CARBIOS’ specifications. Mechanical Recycling

CARBIOS’ biorecycling technology uses enzymes to break down polyester fibers into basic components, which are then used to produce high-quality recycled PET materials.

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Control of the Circularity of Plastic

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has developed a new tool to monitor the level of plastic circularity in Europe, also useful for communicating progress to policy makers, stakeholders and the general public.
This tool, which can be consulted HERE, is part of the larger Circularity Metrics Lab (CML) and will be constantly updated, offering insights and technical information. The topics analyzed include import-export, consumption and uses, environmental dispersion (including microplastics), capacity and average prices. While the data is not always up to date, it still provides an overview of key industry metrics. Mechanical Recycling
The Circularity Metrics Lab uses a range of sources, including European datasets, national statistics and surveys, to provide information on progress towards developing a circular economy. This tool complements other monitoring methods by presenting additional information on circularity, including metrics related to the implementation of circular principles and practices.
In addition to the new monitoring tool, the updated report “The role of plastics in Europe’s circular economy” has also been published, providing a detailed analysis of the role of plastics in the European circular economy. Mechanical Recycling
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Balanced Supply Keeps Adipic Acid Prices Unchanged in Europe Despite Weak Demand

At the start of June 2024, the Adipic Acid market in Europe displayed a notable steadiness in prices despite a backdrop of weak demand and rising freight rates. The adequate supply of Adipic Acid ensured that market prices remained unchanged, providing some relief to manufacturers and buyers amidst a challenging economic environment.

One of the key factors influencing the Adipic Acid market has been the low prices of Benzene, a primary feedstock for Adipic Acid production. Mechanical Recycling

The depressed demand for Benzene has kept its prices at lower levels, which in turn has had a stabilizing effect on Adipic Acid prices. Despite the stability in raw material costs, the overall market conditions remain unfavorable due to subdued demand across various sectors.

The downstream automotive sector, a significant consumer of Adipic Acid, has faced considerable challenges. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), Germany registered a total of 236,425 cars in May, marking a 4.3% decrease compared to May 2023.

This decline in the automotive market has had a direct impact on the consumption of Adipic Acid, which is used in the production of various automotive components, including nylon fibers for tire reinforcements and other engineering plastics. Mechanical Recycling

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Coveris and Interzero Collaborate on Post-Consumer Plastic Recycling

Coveris is partnering with waste management expert Interzero to enhance its recycling technology with post-consumer plastic feedstock, advancing the circular plastics economy. Interzero specializes in waste management, closed-loop solutions, and plastic recycling. “We are excited about this partnership with Interzero as it aligns perfectly with our No Waste vision. By integrating well-sorted post-consumer waste into our recycling processes, we are taking a significant step toward completely closing the loop,” says Christian Kolarik, CEO at Coveris. Mechanical Recycling

Jan Kroker, CEO at Interzero, states: “Collaborating with Coveris allows us to leverage our expertise in waste collection and sorting to support the creation of high-quality recycled resins. Together, we can significantly reduce waste. The circular economy is a joint project that benefits everyone.”

Value Chain Advantages

Coveris has actively engaged in waste recycling through its ReCover business segment, focusing on material circularity. Interzero’s collected and sorted materials will now be processed by Coveris’ ReCover entities, producing high-quality recycled resins through mechanical recycling, unmatched in the market. These resins will be used in Coveris’ high-performance packaging products, such as Duralite R collation films. Mechanical Recycling

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A report by nova-Institute examines China’s bioplastics sector, emphasizing potential structural overcapacity in the future

Despite its nascent stage compared to the vast conventional plastics market, China’s bioplastics industry has experienced rapid growth, bolstered by strong government support.

Projections indicate that the Chinese market will expand from over 765,000 tonnes last year to 2.53 million tonnes annually by 2026, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 49%.

The study, titled “Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics Industries in China,” prepared by the German consultancy nova-Institute, reveals these trends. Mechanical Recycling

In 2023, the global production capacity for PLA and PBAT is estimated at 1.5 million tonnes, with actual production at 260,000 tonnes. By 2025, the combined capacity for these biopolymers is expected to rise to 3.6 million tonnes, growing annually by 65%. However, market size is projected to reach only 2.5 million tonnes, indicating a potential supply-demand imbalance and structural overcapacity.

The Chinese government is driving the biobased industry to meet Paris Agreement carbon reduction targets and reduce oil dependency for national security. Incentive policies have been introduced, supporting this sector’s growth. Additionally, China’s well-established chemical industry and robust financial system, particularly in private equity and venture capital, provide a conducive environment for bioplastics. Mechanical Recycling

The 71-page nova-Institute report, featuring 14 tables, covers key biobased and biodegradable plastics like PLA, PA, PHA, and PBAT.

A report by nova-Institute examines China's bioplastics sector, emphasizing potential structural overcapacity in the future

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Presented at the latest edition of NPE by Colines and ExxonMobil, a new stretch film combines technical performance and environmental sustainability

Colines, a Novara-based manufacturer of extrusion systems, together with the chemical group ExxonMobil, has unveiled a high-tenacity, low-thickness stretch film, containing 35% recycled material, extruded on ALLrollEX high-speed lines.
The High Tenacity Hand Wrap (HTHW) film, only 8 microns thick, is suitable for both manual use and automatic machines, with a pre-stretch ranging from 50% to 100%. These characteristics were achieved thanks to the formulation of the material, developed by ExxonMobil in collaboration with the Colines R&D department, using Enable 1617 polyethylene, also presented for the first time at the American fair. Stretch film
The ALLrollEX lines, dedicated to this application, are equipped with an in-line edge folding system, ideal for the production of films with a high recycled content for automatic machines. Additionally, they have AI technology implemented in the Virtual Production Assistant Mastermind, which automates complex operations without the need for human intervention.
To ensure continuous operation, they can be equipped with a continuous filter which eliminates the need to stop the line for component replacement. The ALLrollEX 3-up plant, used to produce this film, has 5 extruders for 7-layer films (ABCDCBE), reaching a maximum speed of 700 meters per minute for a production of up to 1,000 kg/h, with thicknesses varying from 6 to 50 microns. Stretch film
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The outlook for electric cars is becoming increasingly precarious. In many countries, including ours, the sector faces a slowdown

The anticipated swift transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is at risk, potentially forcing a reassessment of the push towards sustainability. Why this pessimism? Evidence suggests that many EV owners are nostalgic for traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

A recent study by McKinsey highlights ongoing challenges with battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Some industry giants, like Volkswagen, are reconsidering their focus on combustion engines, indicating that the issue extends beyond Italy. Europe as a whole is struggling, with only Norway having a majority of BEVs, a result of three decades of commitment. While hybrid vehicles have become mainstream, zero-emission cars are lagging behind. Stretch film

The research, conducted in 15 countries with 30,000 participants, revealed that 29% of BEV owners would switch back to ICE vehicles if given the chance. In the United States, the situation is more pronounced, with 46% of full-electric vehicle owners expressing a desire to return to combustion engines.

This sentiment could influence U.S. politics, where candidate Trump aims to make opposition to EVs a key issue. Trump has even proposed banning their sale, a move driven by political strategy and a reactionary voter base. Additionally, the global economic threat posed by China complicates matters, suggesting that abandoning EV technology might be the right-wing solution to competing on the global stage. Stretch film

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Solenis and PhaBuilder have entered a global agreement to advance PHA-based materials for sustainable paper packaging

This collaboration aims to address the growing demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has partnered with Beijing PhaBuilder Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (PhaBuilder), an innovative synthetic biology enterprise.

Their joint effort will focus on developing and enhancing Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) technology for the paper packaging market. Stretch film

William (Bill) Kuecker, Senior Director of Global Strategic Marketing at Solenis, stated, “The global agreement with PhaBuilder will bring unique technology to the paper packaging market, addressing the increasing need for sustainable solutions.”

Ms. Sherry Xu, President of PhaBuilder, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, noting, “This strategic cooperation will enhance the application of PHA-based materials. The newly developed technology will ultimately reduce environmental impact, fostering a greener, more sustainable future.” Stretch film

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PET Resin Bottle Caps

Alpek Polyester’s CaPETall™ PET Resin is a patented technology that creates 100% PET Resin for cap closures for beverage containers, including water and CSD bottles.

Alpek Polyester, a global producer of PET Resins, has unveiled a new sustainable solution for 100% PET Resin bottle caps. CaPETall™ PET Cap Resin is a patented technology that allows PET to be used in caps and closures to achieve a 100% PET packaging Solution, which simplifies and improves post-consumer PET bottle recycling and the PET Circular Economy. 

Alpek Polyester’s CaPETall™ technology enhances and provides a fully recyclable PET polymer package while maintaining the advantages of mechanical and performance properties of PET’s crystallizable polymer. Stretch film

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Duties on PVC are coming from Egypt and the United States

. This decision follows an inquiry initiated in November of the previous year. The duties target imports of suspended polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that are not compounded with other substances.

The proposed surcharges, which accuse producers of selling at prices below the cost in the EU market, vary between 58% and 100%. The Egyptian Petrochemical Company, along with other Egyptian firms, faces the steepest duty, except for TCI Sanmar SAE, which is subject to a 74.2% tariff. Stretch film

Formosa Plastics Corporation will be affected by a 71.1% duty, and other American producers will see a 78.5% duty. However, Oxy Vinyls, Shintech Incorporated, and Westlake Chemicals will encounter somewhat lower surcharges of 63.7% and 58%, respectively, for their exports to the EU.

These measures are a direct consequence of a complaint lodged in October of the prior year by a group of European PVC manufacturers, united under the Polyvinyl Chloride Trade Committee. The period under investigation for dumping spans from October 2022 to September 2023. Stretch film

The imposition of these duties aims to level the playing field for EU producers by addressing the unfair pricing strategies of their international counterparts.

Duties on PVC are coming from Egypt and the United States

LyondellBasell has recently launched a new polypropylene (PP) compounding production line at its Dalian facility in China, marking a significant expansion of its Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) division

This addition is set to bolster the company’s capacity by 20,000 tonnes annually, effectively doubling the site’s output to cater to the burgeoning demand, particularly from the automotive sector.

Torkel Rhenman, the Executive Vice President of APS at LyondellBasell, highlighted the rapid evolution and growth of the global automotive industry, with China playing a pivotal role, especially in the new energy vehicle segment.

The company aims to leverage this growth by delivering high-quality, innovative products swiftly to the market. Stretch film

Rolf van Beeck, Vice President of APS for the Asia Pacific and Africa/Middle East/India regions, emphasized the new line as a testament to LyondellBasell’s ongoing dedication to the Chinese market. The firm anticipates accelerated business growth and continues to invest, promising top-tier products and services while fostering sustainability through its Circulen portfolio.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Dalian site’s potential production capacity stands at 80,000 tonnes with four lines, supplying various automotive applications. LyondellBasell’s APS division operates five sites across China, offering a diverse range of PP compounds, engineered plastics, and masterbatch products. Stretch film

LyondellBasell has recently launched a new polypropylene (PP) compounding production line at its Dalian facility in China, marking a significant expansion of its Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) division

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Heinlein Plastik-Technik joins Alpla Group

The ALPLA Group is enhancing its pharma division, ALPLApharma, by acquiring Heinlein Plastik-Technik GmbH. Heinlein, a renowned German packaging specialist, excels in developing and manufacturing closure systems, dosing systems, and application aids for the pharma and medical industries. The company employs around 175 people at its Ansbach, Bavaria site. Recycled PET

Heinlein’s extensive expertise will enable us to expand our product portfolio with high-quality primary packaging solutions for the pharma industry, benefiting our mutual customers who will now have access to comprehensive system solutions from one source.”

Walter Knes, Managing Director of ALPLApharma, added, “With Heinlein Plastik-Technik, we significantly boost our injection moulding capacities.

We also plan to transform the Ansbach site into a technology center for injection moulding and automation for the entire ALPLApharma group.”  Recycled PET

Saskia Wellhöfer-Meyer, owner and CEO of Heinlein Plastik-Technik, views the acquisition as a strategic opportunity for growth. “We are excited to leverage our expertise in precision closure and dosing systems development and production.

Operating as a ‘Member of ALPLApharma,’ we will better meet market demands for high-quality, competitively priced system solutions while maintaining our independence.”

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Eastman Combines Molecular Recycling with Clean Energy Innovation

Eastman is set to advance its leadership in the circular economy by constructing a second molecular recycling facility in Longview, Texas, using cutting-edge thermal battery technology. This move is part of a broader strategy supported by a potential $375 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED). Recycled PET

The Longview project will utilize thermal batteries for zero-carbon process heat, integrating them with high-yield molecular recycling technology. Sandeep Bangaru, vice president of Eastman’s circular platform, highlights the dual benefit of tackling both plastic waste and the climate crisis. The Longview facility will process approximately 110,000 metric tons of hard-to-recycle plastic waste annually, contributing to Eastman’s goal of recycling 250 million pounds of plastic by 2025 and doubling this by 2030.

Collaborating with Rondo Energy, Eastman will deploy Rondo Heat Batteries (RHBs) at the Longview site. These batteries, which can store heat at over 1,000°C for up to 24 hours with minimal loss, will enable the facility to recycle polyester waste and produce new materials with up to 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.  Recycled PET

The Longview project also promises significant community benefits, with Eastman committing $20 million to a comprehensive community plan. The initiative will create 1,000 temporary construction jobs and 200 full-time positions by the project’s completion in 2027.

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The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has approved investment promotion applications for eight large-scale projects, totaling 56.95 billion baht (USD 1.54 billion)

These projects include a bio-ethylene plant by the local joint venture of Brazil’s Braskem, data centers, power plants, and a significant new hospital. The meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and BOI Chairman Mr. Pichai Chunhavajira, also introduced new investment promotion categories. Recycled PET

One new category supports service centers for the repair, repack, and reuse of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries and energy storage systems. This initiative aligns with the BOI’s comprehensive EV supply chain policy and incentives. Another category aims to bolster the data hosting business, addressing the increasing demand for such services and complementing existing incentives for digital industry development.

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Engineers have developed a groundbreaking method for recycling polystyrene, potentially making it both economically and energy efficient for the first time

This innovative technique, devised by chemical engineers at the University of Bath in the UK and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA, utilizes pyrolysis to break down polystyrene into reusable components.

In a study published in the Chemical Engineering Journal, the researchers describe how pyrolysis—heating polystyrene to high temperatures in an oxygen-free environment—converts it into monomers. These monomers can then be purified and reformed into new polystyrene.  Recycled PET

Dr. Bernardo Castro-Dominguez from the University of Bath highlights the urgent need for cost-effective and energy-efficient recycling methods, noting that currently, less than 5% of polystyrene is recycled. Their research suggests that up to 60% of today’s polystyrene could be replaced with chemically recycled styrene.

The process has the potential to significantly reduce emissions, similar to simple energy conservation measures. Recycled PET

The recycling process involves a pyrolysis reactor, heat exchanger, and distillation columns to separate the polystyrene into monomer-grade styrene and petroleum-like by-products. This method yields 60% pure styrene from used polystyrene, reducing fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions at a cost of about $1.5 per ton of CO2.

Engineers have developed a groundbreaking method for recycling polystyrene, potentially making it both economically and energy efficient for the first time

How about the reverse charge invoice scheme in recycled PET industry?

In Apr 2024, China’s State Taxation Administration issued the “Notice on Matters Related to Reverse Charge Invoice by Resource Recycling Companies to Individuals Selling Scrap Products”, specifying the specific measures and operational methods for resource recycling companies to issue reverse charge invoices to individuals selling scrap products. Starting from Apr 29th, resource recycling companies willing to reverse charge invoice can submit relevant materials to the tax authorities.

Upon meeting the conditions and completing the prescribed procedures, they can promptly and conveniently implement “reverse charge.”  Recycled PET

In accordance with the “People’s Republic of China Invoice Management Measures,” it is stipulated that units and individuals engaged in selling goods, providing services, and conducting other business activities, when receiving payments from external business transactions, the recipient should issue an invoice to the payer; in special cases, invoices can be issued by the payers to the recipients. This “invoices issued by the payers to the recipients” is referred to as “reverse charge invoice.”

Currently, resource recycling companies purchase scrap products from general taxpayers and small-scale taxpayers, and they are allowed to obtain invoices issued by the sellers according to regulations.  Recycled PET

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Reheating leftovers in a microwave using plastic containers may endanger your health

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered that microwaving certain plastic containers releases billions of nanoplastic particles.

This poses a risk of ingesting these particles, potentially leading to health concerns.

The study focused on plastic baby food containers made from polypropylene and polyethylene, both FDA-approved materials. When heated in a microwave for three minutes, these containers released over 2 billion nanoplastic and 4 million microplastic particles per square centimeter. Recycled PET

Furthermore, the extracted particles proved harmful in lab tests, killing about 75% of human embryonic kidney cells in vitro. This raises significant concerns about the safety of using plastic containers for microwaving food.

The National Institutes of Health have linked exposure to BPA, a chemical in many plastics, to cardiovascular disease, reproductive disorders, and breast cancer. The World Health Organization also advises limiting contact with plastic particles to minimize potential health risks. Recycled PET

These findings underscore the importance of reevaluating the use of plastic containers in microwaves. Opting for glass or ceramic alternatives might be a safer choice to avoid the release of harmful microplastics and nanoplastics into your food.

Reheating leftovers in a microwave using plastic containers may endanger your health

Turkey’s Bold Move: Aligning with BRICS Amidst Western Tensions

The recent BRICS session in Russia showcased the bloc’s rising influence as a multipolar alternative to Western power structures. Turkey, expressing interest in joining this expanded group, sent its Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, to the meeting. This session marked the first gathering of the expanded BRICS, which now includes Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  Recycled PET

Turkey’s potential move to join BRICS signals its growing frustration with Western allies, especially given its longstanding and stalled EU membership bid. President Erdogan, who attended the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in 2018, seems more inclined now than ever to explore this new alliance. The diverse BRICS group includes major global players like China, India, Russia, and now key Middle Eastern countries, offering Turkey a strategic pivot away from the West.

If Turkey joins, it would become the first NATO country in BRICS, challenging the post-World War II Western-dominated power structures. This shift highlights Turkey’s disillusionment with what it perceives as a racist and Islamophobic attitude from Europe, compounded by decades of stalled EU membership talks. Despite being recognized as an EU candidate in 1999, Turkey’s progress has been hindered by concerns over human rights and the rule of law.  Recycled PET

Turkey’s move towards BRICS, home to the world’s second and third-largest economies, offers a significant economic and strategic alternative. Over 40 countries, including Thailand, are also interested in joining BRICS, underscoring its growing appeal.

For the United States and its allies, Turkey’s pivot to BRICS raises critical questions. How will this affect NATO? Can BRICS truly challenge Western dominance? As BRICS continues to attract new members, the global power landscape is poised for significant changes.

BRICS, initially coined in 2001 by a Goldman Sachs report, officially formed in 2009 with Brazil, Russia, India, and China. South Africa joined in 2010, enhancing its geopolitical weight. Seen as an alternative to the G7, BRICS represents a shift in global power dynamics.  Recycled PET

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r-PET Bottles – The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

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Slowing demand growth and increasing supply are setting the global oil markets on a path to a significant surplus this decade

The IEA’s new medium-term outlook forecasts well-supplied oil markets through 2030, although energy security will remain critical due to transformative sector forces. Oil demand growth is expected to decelerate as energy transitions progress, while global oil production will rise, reducing market pressures and increasing spare capacity to unprecedented levels, excluding the Covid crisis period. Recycling Sustainability

The IEA’s latest report, Oil 2024, explores these dynamics’ impacts on oil supply security, refining, trade, and investment. Despite robust demand from fast-growing Asian economies and sectors like aviation and petrochemicals, the report notes that rising electric car sales, improved fuel efficiency, reduced oil use for electricity in the Middle East, and structural economic changes will offset these gains. Consequently, global oil demand is projected to level off at around 106 million barrels per day by the decade’s end, from an average of just over 102 million barrels per day in 2023.

Simultaneously, global oil production, led by the United States and other Americas producers, is expected to outpace demand growth. Supply capacity could reach nearly 114 million barrels a day by 2030, surpassing demand by 8 million barrels per day. This would lead to unprecedented spare capacity levels, impacting oil markets and producer economies, including OPEC and the US shale industry. Recycling Sustainability

Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, highlighted the report’s projections, indicating a major supply surplus and the need for oil companies to adjust their strategies. Although growth is slowing, global oil demand in 2030 is still expected to be 3.2 million barrels per day higher than in 2023, driven by emerging Asian economies and increased jet fuel and petrochemical feedstock use. Meanwhile, demand in advanced economies is predicted to decline, falling below 43 million barrels per day by 2030.

Non-OPEC+ producers, especially the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Guyana, are leading the expansion to meet anticipated demand. However, capacity growth may slow and stall if new projects are not approved. Recycling Sustainability

The report also predicts that global refining capacity will expand by 3.3 million barrels per day between 2023 and 2030, sufficient to meet refined product demand due to increased non-refined fuel supply. This could lead to refinery closures and a slowdown in Asian capacity growth post-2027.

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Eco-friendly Packaging and the Rise of Biodegradable Plastics

As the world grapples with the devastating consequences of plastic pollution, the search for sustainable alternatives has become a pressing concern. Biodegradable plastics, a type of plastic that break down naturally in the environment, are emerging as a promising solution to the plastic crisis. This article will delve into the world of bioplastics, exploring their benefits, challenges, and potential to revolutionize the way one thinks about plastic waste. Recycling Sustainability

The Plastic Pollution Crisis

It is estimated that approximately two million tons of plastic waste currently contaminates oceans across the globe. According to a recent study, if no measures are taken to address this issue, the amount of plastic pollution is projected to increase by a factor of three by 2040.

What are Biodegradable Plastics?

Biodegradable plastics, also known as bioplastics, are made from renewable resources such as corn starchsugarcane, or potato starch. These bioplastics are designed to break down naturally in the environment, unlike traditional plastics which takes hundreds of years to decompose. Recycling Sustainability

Biodegradable plastics are composted, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimizing the risk of plastic pollution.

Benefits of Biodegradable Plastics

Reduced Plastic Waste: Biodegradable plastics are significantly reducing the amount of plastic waste sent to landfills and oceans, helping to mitigate the plastic pollution crisis.
Compostable: Bioplastics are composted, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture.
Renewable Resources: Bioplastics are made from renewable resources, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Improved Public Perception: Biodegradable plastics help change public perception of plastics, promoting a culture of sustainability and waste reduct. Recycling Sustainability

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The packaging market is dominated by low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a petroleum-based plastic that is non-biodegradable and can only be mechanically recycled, often with significant loss of quality

In contrast, polylactide (PLA), a biopolyester, is bio-based, biodegradable, and can be chemically recycled into new products with minimal energy use. However, conventional PLA is too brittle for flexible disposable packaging, such as shopping and garbage bags, which contribute significantly to single-use plastic waste. Furthermore, PLA production has been limited to large-scale operations, excluding smaller companies from manufacturing.

Researchers André Gomoll, Dr. Benjamín Rodríguez, and Dr. Antje Lieske from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP have developed a flexible, recyclable PLA-based material suitable for film applications. Recycling Sustainability

This innovation allows medium-sized companies to enter the market, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional plastics. The research team’s achievement has been recognized for replicating the properties of polyethylene through the development of block copolymers. They have demonstrated the material’s feasibility in a pilot plant in collaboration with an industrial partner, indicating significant commercial potential.

The packaging market is dominated by low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a petroleum-based plastic that is non-biodegradable and can only be mechanically recycled, often with significant loss of quality

Clarios highlights recycling efforts in 2023 sustainability report

The low-voltage battery manufacturer says it recycles around 8,000 batteries per hour in its closed-loop system.  Recycling Sustainability

Clarios, a low-voltage battery developer based in Glendale, Wisconsin, has made circularity a focus in its 2023 sustainability report.

The company, which develops battery solutions or nearly every type of vehicle, says end-of-life batteries are a critical resource, and claims to operate one of the world’s “most successful examples of a circular economy,” recycling around 8,000 used batteries every hour of every day across its network. The company says it starts with raw materials selected during the battery design stage and ends the production cycle with the reuse of recyclable battery material to create a new battery.  Recycling Sustainability

Additionally, when new batteries are delivered to customers, Clarios says it takes back used batteries in return.

“We believe that our efforts to exceed industry-leading environmental and safety standards globally are a key driver of our success,” Clarios CEO Mark Wallace says. “Through our business practices, we aim to demonstrate a dedication to sustainability by seeking continued improvement to lower our greenhouse gas emissions.” Recycling Sustainability

In the report, Clarios highlights its selection as the winner of the 2023 Circular Economy award at the World Sustainability Awards, which were held in Amsterdam in October 2023.

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A public meeting took place on Wednesday in Petarch, near Sofia, at a facility dedicated to the reuse and recycling of used mattresses

This initiative, led by Bulgarian company Biocom, is part of the Rematrak demonstration project, funded by the EU’s Environment Operational Program 2014-2020, with support from the European Regional Development Fund and the EU Cohesion Fund.

Gena Sabeva, Biocom’s manager, explained the process of collecting and preparing used mattresses for recycling. The event showcased the materials extracted from old mattresses and the new products that can be created as part of the circular economy. The project emphasizes three key steps: changing consumer behavior, involving municipalities in the separate collection and disposal of mattresses, and engaging mattress retailers and accommodation facilities in the process. Recycling Sustainability

Through research and visits to several European sites, the company identified best practices for mattress recycling. For successful recycling, mattresses must be dry and free from heavy chemical contamination, stored and transported properly to maintain their condition.

In an interview with BTA, Sabeva noted that approximately 150,000 mattresses are discarded annually in Bulgaria, representing 15% of the mattresses produced. She highlighted the importance of replacing mattresses every seven to ten years for hygiene reasons, though some people replace them every five years, while others seek warranties of up to 40 years.  Recycling Sustainability

A public meeting took place on Wednesday in Petarch, near Sofia, at a facility dedicated to the reuse and recycling of used mattresses

Recycled Plastics – SELENIS PRODUCES HIGH-QUALITY RPET FROM CIRC’S RECOVERED TEREPHTHALIC ACID 15-06-2024

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r-PET Bottles – The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province 17-06-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 6,980 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 895 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,920 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,920 yuan/ton 5,910 yuan/ton
-10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 730 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,520 yuan/ton 4,450 yuan/ton
-70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 518 $/ton -7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,026 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
+14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,004 $/ton 1,018 $/ton +14
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,120 $/7on 1,120 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,800  yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton
+50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,175 yuan/ton 9,325 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,925 yuan/ton 9,025 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,225 yuan/ton 8,325 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,430 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,075 yuan/ton
-175
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,400  yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton -550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,350 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,400 yuan/ton 18,150 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,850 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market9, 9,330 yuan/ton 9,430 yuan/ton +100
Benzene overseas  market 1,035 $/ton 1,044 $/ton +11
Ethylene South East market 950 $/ton 945 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE market CIF 770 $/ton 765 $/ton -5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,100 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  648 $/ton 676 $/ton +28
Phenol domestic market 7,875 yuan/ton 8,077 yuan/ton +202

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

This project stands out as the largest single-investment textile enterprise in the region since the establishment of Longgan Lake, symbolizing a significant advancement for the local textile industry. Jiangsu Hualian Group, a veteran in the textile sector with 35 years of experience, is spearheading this monumental project. r-PET Bottles

General Manager Xu Shaoliang of Jiangsu Hualian Group provided insights into the project’s scope and ambitions. The total investment for the Huazhaolin Textile project amounts to 1.5 billion yuan, encompassing an expansive area of 256 mu. The project blueprint includes the construction of six state-of-the-art factory buildings and the acquisition and installation of 3,888 advanced water-jet looms. Additionally, the project will feature supporting equipment such as high-speed warping machines, automatic drawing-in machines, and post-dyeing finishing apparatus.

The anticipated annual production capacity is 600 million meters of textiles, with a projected output value of 1.2 billion yuan. r-PET Bottles

A central focus of the project is the integration of “green” and “technology” principles. Jiangsu Hualian Group aims to leverage its resources strategically to ensure the project’s success. The timeline for the project is ambitious: within three months, the construction of several factory buildings and the installation of key equipment are expected to be completed. Within five months, the full construction of the factory buildings and commencement of trial production should be achieved. The entire project is slated to be fully operational within eight months.

This project aligns with Longgan Management Zone’s broader strategy to cultivate a 10 billion yuan textile industry cluster. r-PET Bottles

In the first quarter of this year, the zone secured agreements for eight modern textile projects, spanning high-end woolen sweater weaving to differential fabric production, with a collective investment of 3.204 billion yuan. This strategic push has yielded tangible results; the zone saw the addition of four new industrial textile enterprises above the designated size and five provincial-level specialized and innovative textile enterprises. These developments collectively contributed to an impressive 704 million yuan in output value for industrial textile enterprises, marking a 30% increase from the previous year.

The significance of the Huazhaolin Textile integrated project extends beyond its sheer scale. It represents a milestone in Longgan Lake’s industrial evolution, fostering technological advancement and economic growth. r-PET Bottles

The introduction of cutting-edge machinery and equipment underscores the project’s commitment to innovation. The use of advanced water-jet looms, for instance, is expected to enhance production efficiency and product quality, setting new benchmarks for the industry.

Moreover, the project’s focus on green technology is poised to set a precedent in sustainable manufacturing practices within the textile industry. By integrating environmentally friendly processes and machinery, Jiangsu Hualian Group aims to minimize the environmental footprint of its operations.  r-PET Bottles

This commitment to sustainability is increasingly critical in an industry often scrutinized for its environmental impact.

The project also promises substantial economic benefits for the local community. The construction phase alone is expected to generate numerous job opportunities, providing a significant boost to local employment. Once operational, the project will not only create permanent jobs but also stimulate the local economy through ancillary industries and services.  r-PET Bottles

The successful completion and operation of the Huazhaolin Textile project will likely attract further investments and projects to the Longgan Management Zone, reinforcing its status as a burgeoning hub for the textile industry. The project’s scale and ambition exemplify the dynamic growth potential within the region’s industrial landscape.

In summary, the Huazhaolin Textile integrated project is a landmark initiative by Jiangsu Hualian Group, set to transform the textile industry in Hubei Province. r-PET Bottles

With its significant investment, advanced technological integration, and commitment to sustainability, the project is poised to achieve impressive production capabilities and economic contributions. It not only marks a major milestone for Longgan Lake but also sets the stage for future advancements and investments in the region’s textile sector.

The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

Recycled Plastics – SELENIS PRODUCES HIGH-QUALITY RPET FROM CIRC’S RECOVERED TEREPHTHALIC ACID 15-06-2024

Selenis has successfully produced recycled PET chips from terephthalic acid provided by Circ®, a Virginia-based textile-to-textile recycler. The chip was produced via a multiple-batch campaign at Selenis’ pilot plant in San-Giorgio, Italy. Using inputs recovered from polycotton textile waste, the high-quality PET chip has been transformed into DTY yarn and will be used in product development as Circ builds additional capsule launches. Selenis is building on the success of this initial phase of collaboration by committing to work toward an offtake partnership in support of Circ’s first industrial facility. Recycled Plastics

“The monomer synthesis performed similarly to virgin terephthalic acid,” said Eduardo Santos, Head of Corporate Strategy at Selenis. “These results are a promising indication of the consistent quality of Circ’s monomer output and future commercial success. As this partnership with Circ aligns with our mission and sustainability goals in the textile world, we look forward to building upon this work and supporting Circ’s commercial production trials in the future.”

Selenis, a global supplier of high-quality, innovative, and sustainable specialty polyester solutions for diverse applications, is a subsidiary of the IMG Group, a multinational with sixty-five years of experience in the industry.  Recycled Plastics

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Dow announces the launch of two new REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins with up to 100% PCR for shrink films

Dow and RKW Group join forces to develop a shrink film containing household waste recycled plastics

Dow  announces the development and launch of its innovative family of REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins. This launch marks a milestone in Dow’s commitment to advancing circularity and Transforming the Waste.

By 2030, Dow aims to Transform the Waste and commercialize three million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually. To achieve this, Dow is expanding its efforts to advance circular and sustainable packaging. Aligned with these sustainability goals, the launch of REVOLOOP™ Plastics Resins comes with a new promise to unlock even more value in plastic waste for customers and partners. Recycled Plastics

Two new grades of REVOLOOP™ Plastics Resins are launched and are approved for non-food contact packaging applications. One contains 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) and the second one is a formulated grade which contains up to 85% PCR derived from household waste.

“With the launch of our new grades of REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins, we continue to expand our sustainability portfolio, working with brands, converters and recyclers to design new ways to use less plastic in packaging and to help that what is used is fully recyclable,” said Fabrice Digonnet, Plastics Mechanical Recycling Strategy Leader EMEA, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. Recycled Plastics

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Ensinger Expands Production Capacity for Thermoplastic Composites

Ensinger is investing in expanding its Composites division by installing a high-performance double belt press at its Rottenburg-Ergenzingen site.

The new facility will mass-produce fiber-reinforced composites in a continuous process at temperatures up to 400°C, expanding Ensinger’s material range for high-temperature applications. The Composites product portfolio includes continuous fiber-reinforced semipregs and prepregs, as well as multi-layer organosheets. The double belt press can process unidirectional (UD) materials, UD cross ply materials, laminates, and sandwich components with core materials like foam or honeycomb. It supports combinations of textile and polymer matrix materials such as carbon, glass, aramid, and natural fibers, with powder coating and film impregnation options. Recycled Plastics

Ensinger’s engineering composite solutions, including flame-retardant materials, are ideal for automotive and aerospace industries, where lightweight, functional components are crucial. These sustainable polymer solutions are particularly suitable for passenger aircraft, drones, and UAVs, replacing traditional thermosetting or metal structural parts.

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At its plant in Castellón, Spain, UBE Corporation Europe (UCE) has begun producing and selling caprolactam derived from bio-circular raw materials

This production process is ISCC Plus certified and employs a mass balance approach to attribute these bio-circular raw materials, effectively replacing traditional fossil feedstocks.

Caprolactam serves as an essential intermediate in the production of polyamide 6, widely used in plastic manufacturing and synthetic fibers for both textile and industrial applications. The caprolactam produced with mass balance attribution utilizes biobased, chemically recycled, or biocircular raw materials. Recycled Plastics

This initiative is part of UBE Group’s U-BE-Infinity product line, designed to contribute to carbon neutrality. The U-BE-Infinity family encompasses a range of products, including biobased and mechanically recycled nylon, as well as bio-composites formulated by the Japanese conglomerate.

The move by UBE Corporation Europe to produce caprolactam from sustainable sources marks a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of its products and supporting the global shift towards more sustainable manufacturing practices. By integrating bio-circular raw materials into its production processes, UCE aims to meet the increasing demand for environmentally friendly materials while maintaining high-quality standards for its products. Recycled Plastics

At its plant in Castellón, Spain, UBE Corporation Europe (UCE) has begun producing and selling caprolactam derived from bio-circular raw materials

Sika has inaugurated a state-of-the-art plant in Liaoning, the largest province in northeastern China

This new facility will produce a comprehensive range of products, including mortars, tile adhesives, and waterproofing solutions, enhancing Sika’s ability to meet market demands while significantly reducing logistical distances.

The Liaoning plant will serve customers across three provinces in northeastern China, home to over 98 million people, as well as east-central Mongolia. Besides advanced production lines, the plant includes office spaces, laboratories, warehousing, and logistics facilities. With 34 manufacturing sites in China and over three decades of market presence, Sika continues to expand its footprint. Recycled Plastics

The new plant will manufacture mortar products incorporating up to 20% recycled raw materials, such as waste dust and mineral residues. Sika has also initiated a transition from natural to alternative sands. In 2023, Sika China achieved a 13% alternative sand ratio in its mortar production, with half of its plants contributing. By 2028, Sika China aims to replace 50% of its overall sand consumption with alternative options.

China’s construction market is projected to reach CHF 4.2 trillion in 2024, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% until 2028. As part of its current five-year plan, the Chinese government has allocated over half a trillion Swiss Francs for infrastructure bonds and CHF 12 trillion for green initiatives to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, driving demand for sustainable solutions. Recycled Plastics

Sika has inaugurated a state-of-the-art plant in Liaoning, the largest province in northeastern China

Iconic red crates in the Netherlands now made from 97% recycled plastic

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Netherlands has announced that that its iconic red crates will now be made with 97% recycled plastic. 1

This innovative move is a collaboration between CCEP, local recycler Healix, and crate producer Schoeller Allibert, using 85% old red crates and 15% recycled tulip nets, which are usually difficult to recycle. Recycled Plastics

Circular crates and refillable glass bottles

The red crates are specifically designed for the company’s returnable glass bottles, which in turn are designed to be reused at least 25 times. The glass bottles are cleaned and refilled in the Coca-Cola factory in Dongen, Brabant, before returning to the Dutch wholesale and hospitality. This goes for all the company’s brands in returnable glass, amongst which Fanta, Sprite and Fuze Tea.

Reducing virgin plastic

The introduction of these recycled crates is expected to have a significant impact on the Dutch market. This year alone, 150,000 recycled crates will be introduced, with the goal of gradually replacing the entire fleet of crates in the country as the current crates naturally reach the end of their useful lives. Recycled Plastics

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Bisphenol-A BPA – Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally 14-06-2024

Bisphenol-A BPA – Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally 14-06-2024

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National representatives have officially adopted a regulation to ban the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs), which is set to take effect from 2026

This decision follows extensive scientific evaluations and public consultations, highlighting the significant health risks associated with BPA exposure.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) played a crucial role in this decision by significantly lowering the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for BPA due to findings that even minimal exposure can pose serious health risks. The new TDI is set at 0.2 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, a drastic reduction from the previous level​ (PackagingLaw)​​ (PackagingLaw)​.  Bisphenol-A BPA

The ban covers a broad range of food contact materials including plastics, varnishes, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, ion-exchange resins, and rubber. Notably, the regulation includes specific transition periods: an 18-month period for most applications and a 36-month period for particular uses, such as certain single-use articles and professional food production equipment​ (PackagingLaw)​​ (CHEM Trust)​.

Moreover, the proposal extends beyond BPA to address other bisphenols that are often used as substitutes but may carry similar health risks. This holistic approach aims to prevent regrettable substitutions where harmful chemicals are replaced with equally harmful ones​ (CHEM Trust)​​ (Packaging Gateway)​. Bisphenol-A BPA

There are exemptions under strict conditions, such as the use of the disodium salt of BPA in polysulfone resins for filtration membranes, provided its migration to food is undetectable​ (PackagingLaw)​.

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Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally

This expansion, achieved by modifying and redeploying an existing production line, enables faster delivery and meets increasing global demand.

“Röhm is committed to providing the highest quality products and service offerings to the automotive, medical, and other specialty markets, both in America and globally,” said Thomas Spagnuolo, vice president of the Molding Compounds business unit at Röhm America. Röhm’s Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) products are sold under the trademark PLEXIGLAS in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and ACRYLITE in the Americas. The Wallingford facility employs over 50 workers and operates several production lines manufacturing specialty PMMA moulding compounds.  Bisphenol-A BPA

The Wallingford site is also a key production site for CYROLITE, a high-quality, transparent, acrylic-based plastic for medical applications.

PMMA from Röhm, established in the market for 90 years, is known for its durability, weather and UV resistance, color fastness, high luminosity, transparency, hardness, and scratch resistance. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Fiber prices continue to inch upward, plastics vary by grade

The early summer weather accompanied mostly sunny news for MRF operators in June, as curbside material values remained steady or saw slight increases this month. But a key exception was color HDPE, which plummeted 10% from its May value.

The national average price for corrugated containers, PS 11, is up marginally by $2 per ton compared to last month, now at an average $108 per ton. This marks the 18th straight month of either stable or increasing OCC prices. OCC was trading at $48 per ton this time last year.  Bisphenol-A BPA

Mixed paper, PS 54, is also up $2, now at $70 per ton. This compares to $14 per ton this time last year.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up marginally again this month, now averaging 15.91 cents per pound, compared to 15.09 cents per pound this time last month. Regional contracts are still yielding 16-18 cents per pound. One year ago this grade was trading at 12.63 cents per pound.

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trinamiX expands handheld solution to identify multi- and monomaterial films for improved recycling – first presentation at PRSE 2024

 

  • Accessible, fast, and on-the spot identification of over 30 plastic and textile types based on Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy
  • Identification of multimaterial and monomaterial films for improved recycling
  • Convenient quality control along the production and recycling value chain

trinamiX GmbH, a leading provider of mobile spectroscopy and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, announces their presentation of Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solutions at the upcoming Plastics Recycling and Sustainability Conference Europe (PRSE) 2024 taking place from June 19-20 at RAI Amsterdam. Bisphenol-A BPA

At booth G3 in hall 12, trinamiX will be showcasing a new application specifically designed to identify multimaterial and monomaterial films. Furthermore, Adrian Vogel, Segment Lead Circular Economy at trinamiX will talk about “How Mobile NIR Spectroscopy enables an efficient recycling value chain” on June 19, at 14:45 in theatre 1 in hall 12. As part of the polyolefin films recycling focus session, he is sharing insights about the growing demand for mobile analytics and how accessible identification technology can help to ensure highest quality in production and recycling. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Investment firm details 10 years of plastics impact

Closed Loop Partners has provided funding to more than 80 companies and municipalities over its decade in existence, a period of significant turbulence in the U.S. recycling sector.

The investment organization this month published a report outlining its activity and impact over the past 10 years. Closed Loop Partners launched in 2014 with its inaugural investment vehicle, the Closed Loop Fund. Funded by some of the largest consumer goods and retail companies in the country, the fund vowed to invest an unprecedented $100 million into the recycling industry. Bisphenol-A BPA

The organization kicked off its first round of funding in 2015, providing capital to a joint-venture plastic recovery facility, or PRF, operated by QRS and Canusa Hershman in Boston, and to two municipalities switching from dual- to single-stream recycling systems.

Since then, the organization has grown dramatically to include a variety of types of financing activities, adding a venture capital arm in 2016 and private equity acquisitions in 2019. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Egypt urges BRICS to promote trade in local currenc

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for increased utilization of local currencies

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for increased utilization of local currencies among BRICS member countries during his address at the BRICS Development Bank Forum held in Cairo on June 11th. Bisphenol-A BPA

The call comes as part of Egypt’s broader engagement with the BRICS group, following its recent invitation, along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, and Ethiopia, to join the bloc.

This expansion, the first since South Africa joined in 2010, has bolstered BRICS into an economic bloc controlling a significant portion of the global economy.

Madbouly emphasized Egypt’s commitment to an inclusive approach towards global cooperation, emphasizing that its strategic alignment with BRICS and the New Development Bank (NDB) is not intended to antagonize any party but rather to foster collaboration and address systemic challenges. Bisphenol-A BPA

Previous data by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed that Egypt’s exports to BRICS nations surged by 5.3% in 2022, reaching $4.9 billion, while imports increased by 11.5% to $26.4 billion during the same period.

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Plastics recycling – From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry 13-06-2024

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Plastics recycling – From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry 13-06-2024

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The world’s largest event dedicated to plastics recycling, the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRS Europe), is set to take place at RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 19-20 June 2024

Attracting thousands of professionals from the entire plastics recycling value chain, PRS Europe will occupy four halls at the RAI and feature a record 480 exhibiting companies and organizations. The two-day conference boasts over 65 expert speakers who will delve into the latest political, legislative, market, and technological developments in plastics recycling. Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics at DG Environment, European Commission, will deliver the keynote address. Additionally, experts from leading brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel Consumer Brands, IKEA, Mars, P&G, and Reckitt will participate in discussions.  Plastics recycling

Matt Barber, Global Events Director at Crain Communications, highlighted the event’s significance: “A record number of visitors have already registered, and over 155 companies are exhibiting for the first time. The global importance of this event makes it the prime venue to discover the latest in plastics recycling and network with key industry players.”

Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe, emphasized PRS Europe’s role in the industry: “It’s the ideal platform to explore cutting-edge technical innovations, track commercial developments, and stay informed on the legislative landscape for plastics circularity.”  Plastics recycling

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Vecoplan has entered a strategic partnership with Pla.to Technology, emphasizing the significance of chemical recycling in the circular economy

Efficient shredding and cleaning of used plastics are crucial steps in this process. Chemical recycling allows for the reuse of complex plastic waste that cannot be processed through mechanical recycling, transforming it into raw materials for new plastics. This method helps reduce the consumption of fossil resources and minimizes environmental pollution from plastic waste. Plastics recycling

At IFAT, Vecoplan shared its long-term plans to enhance its expertise in chemical recycling. Pla.to Technology, based in Görlitz, is renowned for its durable and wear-resistant cleaning processes for economical plastic recycling and boasts 20 years of experience with established systems. This expertise forms the foundation of Vecoplan’s new strategic partnership in the cleaning sector.

Combining Vecoplan’s advanced knowledge in recyclable material processing with Pla.to’s extensive experience in cleaning processes, the partnership aims to provide customers with comprehensive processing solutions. Plastics recycling

The two companies have successfully coordinated their proven technologies through various tests over the past few years.

Vecoplan has entered a strategic partnership with Pla.to Technology, emphasizing the significance of chemical recycling in the circular economy

From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry

Automotive IndustryValue chainchemical recyclingdiscarded tires

Neste, Borealis and Covestro have signed a project agreement to enable the recycling of discarded tires into high-quality plastics for automotive applications. The collaboration aims at driving circularity in plastics value chains and the automotive industry. When no longer fit for use, tires are liquefied by means of chemical recycling and then processed into base chemicals and further into polycarbonates of high purity.

These can then be used in various automotive applications, from parts of headlamps to radiator grilles. Plastics recycling

“Circularity requires cooperation, and this cooperation with our partners Neste and Borealis is testament to the possibilities at our disposal,” says Guido Naberfeld, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Market Development Mobility at Covestro. “We are creating options to turn discarded materials from cars into new car parts again. With that, we are supporting our automotive customers and addressing an increasingly prominent question discussed across the value chain: How to match high-performance materials with recycled content? Projects like this can be the answer.” Plastics recycling

As part of the collaboration, Neste turns liquefied discarded tires into a high-quality raw material for polymers and chemicals manufacturing and supplies it to Borealis.

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Fraunhofer to investigate use of recycled plastics in demanding applications

The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability is looking for project partners to study the properties of recycled plastics under high-stress applications

The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) wants to widen the applications of recycled plastic to technical, high-value applications. Such applications include plastic components for the automotive, commercial vehicle, or white goods industries, for example. Plastics recycling

Whilst the use of recycled plastic is already established in some applications, e.g. in the PET bottle sector, its use in demanding applications is still very limited. According to Plastics Europe, only 2% of recyclates currently end up in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

To change that, the Germany-based research institute is starting a new project called Design for Reliability and is looking for industrial partners to join its efforts from Aug. 1, 2024. Plastics recycling

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CIDER project highlights rCF automotive door using Elium resin

European consortium develops novel processes, sustainable designs through three demonstrators to increase recycled carbon fiber use in transportation applications.

Arkema (Colombes, France), along with project partners (see below), have revealed a 100% recyclable and recycled composite door panel made using Elium resin under the flagship project CIDER (“Circular product Design for automotive components made from Recycled and sustainable composite material”). Plastics recycling

CIDER is combining applied research from various European companies and research institutes (see more below). Begun in August 2022, partners aim to substitute heavy steel-designed automotive parts for recycled carbon fiber (rCF) alternatives. This involves novel approaches into the design of semi-structural parts, in addition to improving their recyclability and better understanding their life cycle assessment.

The overall objective is the development of sustainable, recyclable and recycled composite materials for the transport sector. This will be achieved in developing three demonstrators over multiple life cycles of the fiber and polymer material. Plastics recycling

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Gualapack’s ‘Less is More’ campaign, launched at Interpack 2023, has been honored with the 2024 Mediastars Award in the Press & Poster category, along with a Special Star for Graphic Design

The campaign emphasizes the lightness and essential features of flexible packaging, promoting reduced material use and lower environmental impact regarding waste and transportation.

The slogan “Less is More,” inspired by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, reflects the campaign’s core message. Plastics recycling

The visuals creatively exaggerate the packaging’s minimalism, portraying it as so lightweight it almost “disappears,” leaving the focus solely on the product itself. This highlights the importance of content over the container.

Designed by the communication agency Eclettica-Akura, the campaign debuted at the Interpack 2023 fair and has since been featured across various platforms, including the company’s website and in advertising pages. Plastics recycling

Olivia Erfurth, Global Marketing Manager of Gualapack, explains, “This campaign fully expresses our commitment to sustainable and lightweight packaging solutions. It was a bold choice to make our product ‘disappear’ in the visual, but it underscores the value of content over the container, aligning with the minimalist philosophy.”

Gualapack's 'Less is More' campaign, launched at Interpack 2023, has been honored with the 2024 Mediastars Award in the Press & Poster category, along with a Special Star for Graphic Design

Sinonus Unveils Energy-Storing Carbon Fiber

Swedish deep-tech startup Sinonus is launching an innovative energy-storing composite material to produce efficient structural batteries for IoT devices, drones, computers, larger vehicles, and airplanes.

Based in Borås, Sinonus has developed carbon fibers that serve as battery electrodes. CEO Markus Zetterström is spearheading the commercialization of this technology. Currently, Sinonus is replacing AAA batteries in low-power products within its lab, aiming to expand to larger applications. Plastics recycling

Carbon fiber can store energy electrochemically, enabling Sinonus to create carbon fiber-based structural batteries that not only store energy but also integrate into the product’s structure. This technology originated from Oxeon, another Chalmers Ventures portfolio company, whose carbon fiber was used in the propeller blades of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars due to its lightweight and thinness.

Weight reduction is also crucial for road vehicles, as most electric vehicles weigh nearly 50% more than regular cars due to lithium-ion batteries. Plastics recycling

Research at Chalmers University of Technology has shown that carbon fiber-based structural batteries could increase the driving range for lightweight EVs by 70%. Additionally, these batteries are safer than standard batteries, as they lack volatile substances.

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Battery technology – The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option 12-06-2024

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Sulzer is set to unveil MellapakEvo™, the latest addition to its structured packing family, at ACHEMA 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 10-14, 2024

This innovative design significantly enhances distillation column efficiency by up to 40%, promising both cost savings and environmental benefits due to its reduced pressure drop and lower energy consumption.

MellapakEvo has been engineered to maximize distillation column efficiency and capacity. Its cutting-edge design offers up to 40% greater efficiency or a 20% increase in capacity compared to standard structured packing. This performance boost is attributed to several structural innovations, including optimized packing geometry that enhances liquid spreading and improves liquid surface renewal. Battery technology

These enhancements are crucial for effective mass transfer, ensuring better interaction between liquid and gas phases.

The versatility of MellapakEvo makes it suitable for a wide range of distillation processes, particularly in the chemical processing industry where high efficiency and low pressure drop are essential.

As ACHEMA 2024’s official innovation partner, Sulzer will also showcase various interactive mass transfer components and a holographic display of its latest innovations.

Virtual environments at Sulzer’s stand will guide attendees through solutions for chemical processing, including falling-film crystallization, distillation, purification, and EPS and PLA production. Battery technology

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Unraveling the recycling challenge in fashion

Clothing has become increasingly disposable in today’s fast fashion culture. Only a small percentage is collected and made into reusable material, in part because so much new clothing combines synthetic and natural fibers, which is hard to recycle. That’s a big problem for the environment and wastes precious resources. GEA offers industrial scale solutions that support circularity in the textile value chain.

As living standards rise in many countries, so too has demand for “fast fashion” – inexpensive clothing that can be ordered with a click of a button and sent to your home in a matter of days.  Battery technology

According to the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, prior to the covid pandemic, the average consumer bought 60 percent more pieces of clothing than 15 years ago and kept each item for half as long. The fast-fashion phenomenon underscores and heightens – literally – a decades-long challenge: the need to reduce the environmental impact of textiles and textile production.

The industry, as reported in the UN Environment Programme 2023 report, “Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain”, uses trillions of liters of water, contributes around nine percent of annual microplastic losses to oceans and is responsible for up to eight percent of global carbon emissions. Battery technology

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Sumitomo Chemical to Participate in PIAE 2024, One of the World’s Largest Conferences on Plastics for Automotive Applications 

The Sumitomo Chemical Group is set to participate in the PIAE–International Professional Congress for Plastics in Cars, one of the largest global conferences for plastics experts in the automotive industry. The event will take place in Mannheim, Germany, from Wednesday, June 19 to Thursday, June 20, 2024. Sumitomo Chemical Europe, the company’s European subsidiary, will showcase advanced engineering plastics designed for the next-generation electric vehicle (EV) market, which is projected to experience significant growth. Their exhibit will highlight innovative automotive solutions, including lightweight materials specifically developed for EV applications. Battery technology

Additionally, Sumika Polymer Compounds (UK), another subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical, will be present at the event. They will exhibit and deliver a presentation on their latest technology focused on reducing carbon footprints using glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds for automotive applications.

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Altris, a Swedish innovator in sodium-ion battery technology, has joined forces with Stora Enso, a leader in renewable materials, to advance the use of Lignode®, a hard carbon anode material, in Altris’ battery cells

This collaboration aims to integrate Stora Enso’s Lignode® into Altris’ sodium-ion batteries, which are distinguished by their use of widely available materials and absence of conflict minerals, offering enhanced longevity, temperature flexibility, and safety.

The partnership is set to bolster the development of eco-friendly batteries that maintain high energy density, contributing to a sustainable European battery supply chain. Lignode®, derived from lignin—a renewable by-product of pulp production—offers a greener alternative to traditional anode materials, supported by a consistent supply of raw materials from regenerative tree sources. Battery technology

Björn Mårlid, CEO of Altris, expresses enthusiasm for the collaboration, which aligns with Altris’ goal to create a local supply chain using clean materials, aiming to commercialize the world’s most sustainable battery. Juuso Konttinen, Senior Vice President & Head of Biomaterials Growth at Stora Enso, highlights the importance of bio-based materials in enhancing battery sustainability, with Lignode® poised to become the most sustainable anode material globally.

This partnership marks a significant step in Altris’ ongoing product development, following the 2023 unveiling of a commercial-sized sodium-ion battery cell boasting an energy density of 160 Wh/kg.  Battery technology

Altris, a Swedish innovator in sodium-ion battery technology, has joined forces with Stora Enso, a leader in renewable materials, to advance the use of Lignode®, a hard carbon anode material, in Altris’ battery cells

China’s BOPP Film Market Faces Price Fluctuations Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

The Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP Film) market in China is currently facing a complex set of dynamics shaped by a mix of supply stability and fluctuating demand. As of now, manufacturers are maintaining a steady inventory, ensuring that supply remains consistent and uninterrupted. However, the market is experiencing a weak willingness to restock BOPP Film materials, which is a crucial factor affecting overall market performance.  Battery technology

At the beginning of the month, there was a noticeable increase in upstream propane prices. This rise in propane prices, a critical component in the production of propylene, has had a ripple effect across the supply chain. Consequently, propylene prices have also surged in various parts of Asia. Since propylene is a key feedstock for producing BOPP Film, these increased costs have led to higher BOPP Film values in the Chinese market. The price of raw material Polypropylene increased by approximately 1% over the past week.  Battery technology

Despite the rise in costs, the response from downstream demand enterprises has been markedly cautious. Enterprises involved in sectors that utilize BOPP Film are hesitant to procure large quantities of material. Their approach is primarily centered on restocking rather than aggressive purchasing, reflecting a conservative stance toward inventory management.

China's BOPP Film Market Faces Price Fluctuations Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option

Established in Brussels, APA comprises leading polyamide producers like BASF, UBE, Envalior, DOMO Chemicals, and Grupa Azoty ATT Polymers. Their goal is to have polyamide-based packaging recognized for its recyclability and sustainability by 2027, backed by scientific evidence. Battery technology

This initiative aims to curb food waste and minimize raw material usage.

Polyamide is essential for high-performance packaging, adhering to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” principles. It ensures optimal performance with minimal raw material, helping to cut down on food waste and providing a cost-effective packaging solution.

APA is calling on all supply chain stakeholders, including film producers, converters, machinery manufacturers, recyclers, industry initiatives, brand owners, food manufacturers, retailers, and individuals, to support polyamide packaging. This support will promote sustainability and circularity in flexible packaging, as stated by APA President Nicola Bucchioni. Battery technology

Vice President Paul Neumann emphasizes that while single-material packaging designs may seem ideal for recyclability, they overlook the primary purpose of packaging: to protect contents effectively with the least raw material. Advanced packaging, according to Neumann, strikes a balance between functionality, material efficiency, and recyclability. APA invites everyone to partake in this significant endeavor to enhance packaging sustainability.

The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option

Asahi Kasei, a Japanese technology leader, will showcase innovative high-performance materials for the automotive sector at DKT 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany

Their cutting-edge hydrogenated solution styrene butadiene rubber (HSBR) retains SBR’s favorable traits while offering enhanced resistance to heat, aging, and chemicals through selective hydrogenation. Battery technology

This breakthrough HSBR also aims to reduce the use of 6PPD, an antioxidant linked to environmental toxicity, by breaking down into 6PPD-quinone. The hydrogenation process not only improves the material’s properties but also increases its hardness, potentially diminishing the reliance on fillers like silica or carbon black.

Asahi Kasei’s HSBR paves the way for diverse applications, from performance tires to non-tire products requiring superior durability. Battery technology

Additionally, the company will introduce a specially designed thermoplastic styrene block copolymer (SEBS) for automotive interiors, demanding excellent haptics and soft touch.

Their novel SEBS material can be used for both skin and foam layers, molded together using a core back injection molding process.

Asahi Kasei continues to expand its portfolio with various SEBS/SBBS materials, catering to a broad spectrum of industrial applications.  Battery technology

Asahi Kasei, a Japanese technology leader, will showcase innovative high-performance materials for the automotive sector at DKT 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany

Plastics Recycling – Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers 11-06-2024

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Plastics Recycling – Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers 11-06-2024

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BEWI Enhances EPS Recycling with New Facility in Sweden

BEWI, a leader in sustainable packaging and insulation solutions, has inaugurated a new circular hub in Norrköping, Sweden, marking a significant leap in its recycling capabilities. This strategic move is in response to the growing global demand for recycled content products and underscores BEWI’s dedication to the circular economy.

The Norrköping facility, equipped with cutting-edge recycling extrusion technology, is set to enhance the integration of recycled materials into BEWI’s product line.

This development is a pivotal step in BEWI’s journey to become a fully circular enterprise.

With the new factory, BEWI’s expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling capacity will surge by 40%, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability. Plastics Recycling

The hub’s strategic location optimizes logistics and contributes to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by utilizing recycled materials.

Aljosa Krizman, head of BEWI Circular, expressed confidence in meeting the escalating demand for recycled content, spurred by market trends and legislative requirements. BEWI is poised to elevate the collection and utilization of recycled EPS, catering to the call for circular solutions. Plastics Recycling

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Lux Research sees lack of plastic pyrolysis accomplishments

An analyst with the Boston-based research firm says tonnage outputs at installed plastic pyrolysis systems largely are disappointing.

Several high-profile plastic chemical recycling installations with pyrolysis technology are not yet producing at a high volume despite the middle of this decade having been pegged as a tipping point for the technique. Plastics Recycling

An early June blog post by Anthony Schiavo, senior director and principal analyst of Boston-based Lux Research, says data collected by his colleague Marcian Lee provides insight into the projected and actual scale up of chemical recycling this decade.

Schiavo says Lux identified a global total of more than 725,000 metric tons of pyrolysis capacity announced by the end of 2023. By the end of last year, about half of that was considered to be online and ready for production.

Going forward, “Between 2024 and 2025, pyrolysis capacity is expected to more than double to 2.1 million metric tons per year,” writes Schiavo.  Plastics Recycling

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Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers

This change, in partnership with Plastipak Packaging, Inc., is set to eliminate millions of pounds of virgin plastic usage. Plastipak, a leader in plastic container design, manufacture, and recycling, is aiding Kraft Heinz in its environmental goal to cut virgin plastic use by 20% by 2030.

In the U.S., the switch to 100% food-grade rPET for these condiment containers will remove approximately 14 million pounds of virgin plastic, aligning with consumer demands for more eco-friendly packaging. Rashida La Lande, Kraft Heinz’s General Counsel, highlights the company’s investment in technologies and partnerships to redesign packaging, reduce plastic waste, and promote recycling. Plastics Recycling

Jack Pacente of Plastipak underscores their long-standing environmental commitment, which has made them a recycling industry leader and innovator in sustainable packaging. In 2023, Plastipak’s Bottle-to-Bottle program recycled over 11 billion bottles, boosting their recycling capacity by 15% to 495 million lbs. The company’s dedication to expanding recycling capabilities is evident in their investments and operation of five global recycling centers located in the U.S., Spain, the UK, Luxembourg, and France. Plastics Recycling

This initiative represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future in packaging.

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Sociedade Ponto Verde, Tetra Pak and Valorsul invest in the first AI sorting robot in Portugal

Valorsul, the company responsible for the treatment and recovery of municipal waste in the Lisbon area and the Western Region, today announced an investment in an unprecedented robotic sorting technology in Portugal.  In collaboration with Sociedade Ponto Verde and Tetra Pak, the world leader in process solutions and food packaging, Recycleye’s automated digital sorting technology will be installed at Valorsul’s facilities in Lisbon, enabling greater sorting capacity and an increase in the volume of beverage cartons sorted and sent for recycling. Plastics Recycling

The Recycleye solution uses computer vision and robotics to automatically detect and separate waste and will be installed to improve the recovery of beverage cartons. Sociedade Ponto Verde, whose mission is intrinsically linked to the Environment, Sustainability and Circular Economy agenda, given its responsibility for organising, managing the take-back and recovery of packaging waste in Portugal, is co-financing and supporting the project through its open innovation programme re_source, together with Tetra Pak. This enables Valorsul to increase the number of beverage cartons separated for recycling, providing a greater volume of recyclables from the plant and ensuring that more packaging waste from the Lisbon area is recycled. Plastics Recycling

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Impact of Sanctions on Belarus: A Global Food Security Concern

Санкцыі супраць Беларусі прывялі да недахопу прадуктаў харчавання ў свеце, лічыць эксперт ЗША

Michael Cunningham, director of the “Geography of Genocide” project, highlighted at an international conference that sanctions against Belarus have led to significant global food shortages. As a major producer and exporter of potash fertilizers, Belarus plays a crucial role in agriculture. The sanctions have caused a drastic reduction in potash production and export, leading to decreased agricultural yields, increased food prices, and disrupted supply chains. This has exacerbated food insecurity, particularly in countries dependent on Belarusian potash. The economic repercussions extend to job losses in the potash industry, increasing poverty and hunger. Plastics Recycling

Cunningham warns that these issues are intensifying against a backdrop of a growing population and heightened food demand, urging consideration of the environmental impact as farmers resort to less effective yield-boosting methods.

This summary encapsulates the key points made by Cunningham regarding the unintended consequences of the sanctions on Belarus, emphasizing the broader implications for food security and sustainability. Plastics Recycling

Impact of Sanctions on Belarus: A Global Food Security Concern

Minister of Industry: Turkish Entrepreneurs Interested in Manufacturing Investment in Indonesia

A number of Turkish companies are interested in investing in Indonesia, ranging from textiles, electronics to green energy.

A number of companies Turkey are interested in investing in Indonesia, ranging from textiles, electronics, to new and renewable energy. The visit of the Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, to Turkey on June 4-5 carried a mission to attract Turkish investors in the manufacturing sector to Indonesia. Plastics Recycling

“In a meeting with industrial players in Istanbul, Turkey on June 4-5, 2024, we brought a mission to increase investment from that country in Indonesia, especially for the manufacturing sector,” said Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in a press release received on Sunday (9/6/2024).

He explained that there are a number of Turkish businessmen from various sectors who are interested in investing in Indonesia. One of the companies that Menperin met was SANKO Holding, Turkey’s largest manufacturing conglomerate known globally as a producer of textiles and renewable energy. In the field of textiles, SANKO Textile is one of the global leaders in yarn and fabric production. Plastics Recycling

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Xinxiang Chemical Fiber becomes the only Chinese textile enterprise using recycled textile pulp

Recently, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber has reached a strategic cooperation agreement on the application of OnceMore®dissolving pulp with the largest forest owner association in Sweden and the international forest industry group Södra, which has become the only Chinese textile enterprise that uses recycled textile pulp. Previously, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber had nearly 5 years of cooperation with Södra. The new type of OnceMore®dissolving pulp supplied by Södra will be used in the production of BaiLu-ECO regenerated cellulose fiber products, achieving the world’s first industrial production of regenerated cellulose filament from recycled textile pulp by chemical methods.  Plastics Recycling

It will greatly promote the industry’s transformation towards green recycling of regenerated fibers.

The OnceMore®dissolving pulp technology is the world’s first industrial-scale process technology to achieve recycling of blended fabrics. The raw materials come from post-consumer waste textiles and industrial waste, extracting cellulose fibers from discarded fabrics to produce dissolving pulp. Through closed-loop production processes, the fibers are spun into regenerated cellulose fiber products, creating endless possibilities for the full life cycle of regenerated cellulose fiber products. Plastics Recycling

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Plastic recycling -An industry-first: BASF is expanding its Biopolymers portfolio by introducing biomass-balanced ecoflex® (PBAT) 10-06-2024

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An industry-first: BASF is expanding its Biopolymers portfolio by introducing biomass-balanced ecoflex® (PBAT)

 

  • New ecoflex® F Blend C1200 BMB has 60% lower Product Carbon Footprint than the standard ecoflex® grade
  • Fossil-based feedstocks are replaced with renewable alternatives from waste-based feedstocks and attributed to the product via certified biomass balance (BMB) approach
  • Drop-in solution: ecoflex® BMB has the same properties, performance, machine processability and biodegradation certificates as the standard ecoflex® grade
  • Biomass-balanced ecoflex® helps the packaging industry increase the use of renewable feedstock  Plastic recycling

BASF is now offering the packaging industry a way to increase the use of renewable feedstocks: It is expanding its portfolio of certified compostable biopolymers to include a biomass-balanced (BMB) ecoflex®, a polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) that is frequently used in the compounding of biopolymers. For the new ecoflex® F Blend C1200 BMB, the fossil raw materials that are usually used in the production process are replaced with renewable feedstock at the beginning of the value chain. The renewable feedstock comes from waste and residual biomass and is attributed to the ecoflex® grade via a mass balance approach which is certified according to REDcert2 and ISCC PLUS (1). The biomass-balanced ecoflex® not only contributes to reducing the use of fossil resources, but it also offers a 60% lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) (2) than the standard ecoflex® F Blend C1200.  Plastic recycling

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Canon Inc. is revolutionizing the recycling industry with the debut of its TR Series plastic sorting equipment, featuring the TR-S1510

This cutting-edge technology utilizes Raman spectroscopy to accurately identify various types of plastics, including the traditionally challenging black plastic waste. The TR Series is designed to enhance the circular economy by boosting the efficiency of material recycling processes. Plastic recycling

The innovative tracking Raman spectroscopic method allows for high-speed sorting of plastics at a conveyor speed of 1.5 meters per second, processing up to 1 ton of plastic per hour. This technology shines a laser on the plastic pieces, gathering molecular data to determine the material composition, even for black plastics that do not reflect visible light well.

Canon’s entry into the recycling system market aims to increase the current 20% material recycling rate of daily plastic waste. The TR-S1510 promises to maintain purity levels in recycled plastics, crucial for materials like ABS and polypropylene (PP). By overcoming the limitations of near-infrared spectroscopy, Canon’s system can sort all colors of plastic with unprecedented precision, propelling productivity in recycling plants. Plastic recycling

The TR Series is not only a technological breakthrough but also a customizable solution, adaptable to various customer needs regarding throughput and installation space. Canon’s commitment to building a sustainable future is evident in this initiative to maximize material recycling and foster a circular economy.

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Announces Asia Manufacturing and Availability of Cesa™ Non-PFAS Process Aid

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions and services, is expanding the recent launch of its Cesa™ Non-PFAS Process Aid to Asia. This new solution is formulated without fluoropolymers, which may be classifiable as per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), for use in polyolefin extrusion and film applications without compromising performance or efficiency.  Plastic recycling

“Certain PFAS are widely used in various polymer formulations to deliver desirable properties such as durable resistance to heat, oil, stain, and water. However, environmental concerns about PFAS are growing as studies have indicated many PFAS break down very slowly over time and can persist in water and soil,” said Pal Shi, Asia Marketing Director, Color and Additives at Avient. “As a result, some countries are restricting PFAS, and there is growing pressure to ban all PFAS. This is causing processors to search for non-PFAS alternatives.

Our Cesa Non-PFAS Process Aid can help customers anticipate any regulatory changes, support sustainability goals, and maintain a competitive edge in important markets, such as flexible food and beverage packaging.” Plastic recycling

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Lenzing, Exponent Envirotech apply waterless dye to cellulose fibres

Wood-based specialty fibre company Lenzing Group has partnered with technology start-up Exponent Envirotech on “scientific breakthrough” of adding recyclable non-aqueous solvent to wood-based cellulosic fibres.

Lenzing explained its TENCEL branded lyocell and modal fibres, and Lenzing ECOVERO branded viscose fibres are the first wood-based cellulosic fibres to be dyed using Exponent Envirotech’s ECOHUES waterless dyeing technology. Plastic recycling

Lenzing and Exponent Envirotech chose knitwear as the application to bring the results of the collaboration to life. The duo have joined forces with Hong Kong-based innovative knitwear manufacturer Cobalt Fashion to provide the industry with alternative yarn options that claim to be as colourful and functional as conventionally dyed yarns.

The key difference to the technology being that it is said to reduce water usage and dye usage respectively by 95% and 40% to mitigate the textile industry’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.

For this reason Lenzing believes the trio are bringing a “scientific breakthrough to the mainstream textile market”.  Plastic recycling

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Why does Spain lead plastic recycling in the EU?

Spain is positioned as a benchmark in plastic waste management at the European level, holding the title of the country with the greatest plastic recycling capacity per capita. This achievement is the result of a convergence of factors that include sound public policies, a strong industrial sector and growing citizen awareness of the importance of sustainability.

A favorable regulatory framework:

The National Waste Plan (PNR) has been fundamental in promoting plastic recycling in Spain. By setting ambitious targets and creating a strong legal framework, the PNR has incentivized investment in recycling infrastructure and promoted the adoption of sustainable practices by businesses and consumers.  Plastic recycling

A robust industrial sector:

Spain has an extensive network of highly efficient and technologically advanced plastic recycling plants. These facilities process a large amount of plastic waste, turning it into valuable raw materials for the manufacture of new products.

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Tecnorama: Revolutionizing Textile Dyeing Automation in Bangladesh

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of textile dyeing automation, Tecnorama, the esteemed Italian company, has stood as a steadfast ally to Bangladesh’s textile sector for numerous years. Our conversation with Mr. Alessandro Giugni, CEO of Tecnorama, provided valuable insights into the company’s trajectory, its innovative solutions, and its forward-looking aspirations. Plastic recycling

“Tecnorama has firmly established its presence and garnered appreciation from clients in Bangladesh for several years now,” shares Mr. Alessandro. The company boasts an impressive clientele, including industry giants like M.N. Dyeing (Mosharaf Group), A&E – American & Efird Bangladesh, Color City (DBL Group), Fakhruddin Textile Mills (Urmi Group), Masco Exports and Hamid Fabrics (Yarn Dyeing Unit) among others.

Tecnorama offers a comprehensive range of products tailored to meet the diverse needs of textile dyeing automation.

Among its flagship offerings is the DOS&DYE® system, a patented innovation combining automatic dispensing with robotized dyeing modules.  Plastic recycling

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Microplastics – Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA 08-06-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 895 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,890 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton -20
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,920 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,940 yuan/ton 5,920 yuan/ton
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Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 730 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,560 yuan/ton 4,520 yuan/ton
-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 535 $/ton 525 $/ton -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,047 $/ton 1,026 $/ton
-21
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,025 $/ton 1,004 $/ton -21
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,120 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,725  yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton
+75
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,075 yuan/ton 9,175 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,925 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,200 yuan/ton 8,225 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,430 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,600 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
-350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,600  yuan/ton
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,850 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,400 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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10,000 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market9, 9,370 yuan/ton 9,330 yuan/ton -40
Benzene overseas  market 1,093 $/ton 1,035 $/ton -58
Ethylene South East market 950 $/ton 950 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 768 $/ton 770 $/ton +2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,100 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton +70
Naphtha overseas market  677 $/ton 648 $/ton -29
Phenol domestic market 7,857 yuan/ton 7,875 yuan/ton +18

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Chemical and Physical Recycling: Pivotal for Achieving the Green Deal and a Circular Economy

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) has released a position paper emphasizing the critical role of chemical and physical recycling in achieving the Green Deal’s goals and fostering a circular economy. These recycling methods are vital for the ecological transition, allowing for the retention of carbon within plastics and contributing to the circular economy’s scalability and volume requirements. They provide a solution for processing waste that cannot be mechanically recycled, diverting it from incineration or landfill and keeping it within the material cycle. PET Bottles

Synergy Among Recycling Methods

Mechanical, physical, and chemical recycling methods are complementary, each suited to different waste stream compositions, sorting requirements, and economic considerations. They vary in their input requirements, output quality, and quantity, but together they form the backbone of a robust carbon management strategy. This strategy is essential for creating sustainable carbon cycles and moving away from fossil-based resources in the chemical industry.

To harness the full potential of chemical and physical recycling, substantial investments and a supportive policy environment are necessary. PET Bottles

Requirements for Maximizing Recycling Potential

The RCI’s position paper outlines eleven key actions to stimulate demand, encourage investment, and enhance technology in the field of recycling. These actions range from widespread acceptance of recycling technologies to specific policy measures like mandatory recycled content quotas, clear recycling rate calculations, and the integration of mass balance approaches. The paper also calls for faster approvals for new recycling facilities, broader recycling infrastructure beyond packaging, and financial incentives such as CO2 pricing adjustments. PET Bottles

A Pragmatic and Flexible Approach

The RCI advocates for a pragmatic stance on recycling, recognizing that while closed-loop systems are ideal for sectors like packaging, textiles, and automotive, flexibility is crucial. This flexibility allows for the cross-sectoral use of waste streams, optimizing environmental and economic outcomes.

Towards Comprehensive Carbon Management

Chemical and physical recycling are not just recycling methods; they are integral to comprehensive carbon management. This approach extends beyond merely reducing CO2 emissions—it involves a shift from fossil-based raw materials to renewable sources like biomass and recycled CO2. PET Bottles

It aims to use renewable carbon as efficiently as possible, especially in areas where carbon usage is essential, such as in the production of chemicals and plastics.

Chemical and Physical Recycling: Pivotal for Achieving the Green Deal and a Circular Economy

Trillium Renewable Chemicals, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has partnered with INEOS Nitriles to launch a pioneering demonstration plant at the Green Lake facility in Texas

This collaboration, known as “Project Falcon,” aims to transform plant-derived glycerol into acrylonitrile, a crucial component for industries and carbon fiber production. INEOS, a leader in petrochemical manufacturing, will host the project at its Green Lake site, the largest acrylonitrile production location in the U.S. PET Bottles

Corey Tyree, CEO of Trillium, expressed excitement about the partnership, highlighting it as a significant advancement in commercializing their sustainable technology. Trillium’s innovative process promises a greener alternative to traditional acrylonitrile production, aligning with the increasing demand for eco-friendly materials.

The initiative follows Trillium’s successful $10.6 million Series A funding and a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. These financial boosts enabled the construction of a pilot plant that has already produced acrylonitrile from glycerol. The pilot operations not only supplied product samples to customers but also offered valuable insights for the design of Project Falcon. PET Bottles

Hans Casier, CEO of INEOS Nitriles, reaffirmed their commitment to sustainability and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. The operation of Project Falcon, set to begin in early 2025 and run until early 2026, will focus on validating the economic viability and environmental benefits of large-scale sustainable acrylonitrile production. The project’s success will be measured by achieving key performance indicators, such as plant uptime and equipment functionality, ultimately aiming to become a qualified supplier of bio-based acrylonitrile

Trillium Renewable Chemicals, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has partnered with INEOS Nitriles to launch a pioneering demonstration plant at the Green Lake facility in Texas

Microplastics – Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA 08-06-2024

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China PET bottle chip export delivery volume declines MOM

Since May, the delivery speed of PET bottle chip in the domestic and international markets has significantly slowed down compared to the previous month. As of last weekend, the average inventory of domestic PET bottle chip factories has increased by approximately 4-5 days, nearly doubling compared to the same period last year. Normally, large downstream factories tend to reduce production after intensive production in March and April, leading to a slowdown in delivery speeds. Microplastics

Furthermore, since many small and medium-sized customers purchased downgraded products this year, traders are facing increased contractual inventory pressure, contributing to the rise in factory-side inventory. The short-term weakening of domestic demand may be related to seasonal factors, the unexpected inventory pressure has been brought to PET bottle chip manufacturers due to sudden export shipment disruptions (some inventory may need to be redirected for domestic consumption).

Recent observations suggest that PET bottle chip factories have been facing delivery obstacles for export orders since late April, with some factories reporting about 20% delays in April orders. Microplastics

Most factories anticipate a further reduction in shipments in May, estimated to reach around 30%. Currently, these factories are gradually considering increasing the proportion of bulk cargo shipments to minimize contract execution issues caused by delays in shipping schedules.

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Chemours Enhances EVOLVE 2030 for Sustainable Development

Chemours  introduces EVOLVE 2030 Version 2.0, advancing its sustainability assessment to include product and packaging circularity. This methodology aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), aiding Chemours in achieving its goal of deriving over 50% revenue from sustainable offerings by 2030.

The EVOLVE 2030 framework guides Chemours in evaluating its products and innovations, ensuring a balance between societal benefits and environmental footprint. The update reflects four years of application insights, emphasizing continuous improvement and data-driven decisions. Microplastics

Dr. Amber Wellman, Chief Sustainability Officer, highlights the methodology’s role in quantifying product impacts and shaping business strategies towards sustainability. EVOLVE 2030, established in 2019, is rooted in the WBCSD’s PSA guidelines and employs a Product—Application Combination (PAC) approach for life cycle assessment.

Chemours’ commitment to sustainability is further evidenced by its collaboration with Anthesis Group and validation by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The methodology’s evolution signifies Chemours’ dedication to a sustainable future, where products meet market demands while fostering planetary well-being. Microplastics

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SABIC Concludes Investment Decision for Fujian Petrochemical Complex in China

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), a global leader in diversified chemicals, announced on Sunday its final investment decision for the SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Complex Project (Saudi-Chinese Gulei Ethylene Complex Project) in Fujian Province, China.

SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited, formed through a 51% to 49% joint venture between SABIC Industrial Investments (wholly owned by SABIC) and Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited (FPCL), will establish this industrial complex in Fujian’s Gulei area, as reported by SPA. Microplastics

The project’s investment totals 44.8 billion Chinese yuan ($6.4 billion), marking the largest foreign investment in Fujian Province and significantly expanding SABIC’s core investments in China. The complex will annually produce 1.8 million tons of ethylene and will house advanced manufacturing facilities for ethylene glycol, polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate, among other units. Microplastics

Construction of the project is slated for completion by 2026.

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Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA

This move accelerates the development of the world’s first commercial-scale PHA facility, promoting the global shift towards eco-friendly plastics. PHA, a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastics, addresses environmental and health concerns by reducing persistent plastics and microplastics pollution.

Since their agreement in September 2023, Lummus and RWDC have advanced their mission to foster PHA adoption and prepare for global licensing. The engineering phase of RWDC’s inaugural PHA facility is nearing completion, with detailed engineering and preconstruction efforts expected to conclude soon. Microplastics

Lummus’ investment in RWDC’s convertible bond round is pivotal for the project’s final stages, aiming for a groundbreaking ceremony in early 2025. This collaboration exemplifies a significant step towards a sustainable, circular economy.

Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA

Eastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solution

This innovative fiber is designed to meet the high sustainability demands of fashion, particularly in denim, one of the most popular and versatile fabrics.

Naia™ Renew is crafted from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% certified recycled content, creating a biodegradable and traceable fiber that reduces the carbon footprint and reliance on virgin materials. Its integration into denim signifies Eastman’s commitment to making sustainable style universally accessible.

The fiber’s hypoallergenic and skin-friendly properties ensure comfort in any season, while its compatibility with various fibers allows for authentic denim textures. Eastman’s collaboration with global brands showcases Naia™ Renew’s fashion-forward and eco-conscious appeal. Microplastics

With certifications like Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and OEKO-TEX class 1, Eastman’s transparent sustainability narrative empowers brands and consumers to make informed choices. The company’s patented molecular recycling technology transforms waste into valuable resources, furthering the circular fashion movement.

Eastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solutionEastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solution

New Research Has Found That Almost 90% Of Protein Sources Contain Microplastics, Including Vegan Alternatives

Anew study has raised health concerns after finding that almost 90% of protein sources contain microplastics, including plant-based options.

This discovery was part of research published in Environmental Pollution, in which researchers examined 16 different protein varieties– such as beef, chicken, pork, seafood, tofu, and three vegan alternatives– for microplastic content.

The proteins tested were bought from two supermarkets and one grocer in Portland, Oregon, in April 2022. The items were all produced in the United States, as indicated on their packaging. Microplastics

The research team was made up of scientists from the University of Toronto and Ocean Conservancy, and they discovered plastic particles in 88% of these samples. This suggests that regardless of dietary choices, people are still probably ingesting microplastics.

Dr. Britta Baechler, Ocean Conservancy’s associate director of plastics science, called this discovery a “startling reminder” of just how widespread plastic pollution is.

“Humans live on land, and yet seafood samples are just as likely to be contaminated with plastics as are terrestrial-derived proteins,” Dr. Baechler said. Microplastics

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EREMA Group produces 25 million tonnes of recycled pellets annually

Plastic Sustainability – Agilyx, a pioneer in chemical recycling, has made significant strides with its depolymerisation technology in Japan 07-06-2024

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Agilyx, a pioneer in chemical recycling, has made significant strides with its depolymerisation technology in Japan

Partnering with Toyo Styrene, Agilyx has installed this groundbreaking technology at a facility capable of processing ten tons of post-use polystyrene daily. This collaboration aims to transform polystyrene waste into styrene monomer, a move that promises to revolutionize the production of polystyrene products by significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

The Toyo Styrene plant, completed in March 2024, has already marked a milestone by producing on-specification product, showcasing the efficacy of Agilyx’s technology. Russ Main, Agilyx’s interim CEO, expressed confidence in the technology following its successful demonstration during the plant’s commissioning. Plastic Sustainability

As Agilyx continues to optimize the facility’s performance in collaboration with Toyo Styrene, it stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to addressing the complex challenge of recycling post-use plastics. With 20 patents to its name, Agilyx is not only leading the way in chemical recycling but also paving the path for sustainable plastic production through its first commercial-scale waste polystyrene recycling facility via pyrolysis.

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Borealis to establish recyclate-based polyolefins compounding line in Belgium

  • Borealis is set to install a semi-commercial demonstration recyclate-based polyolefins (rPO) compounding line in Beringen, Belgium
  • The state-of-the-art line will use Borcycle™ M technology to transform mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into high-quality rigid polypropylene and polyethylene materials  Plastic Sustainability
  • EverMinds™ in action: The investment will provide valuable operational experience and technological insight, supporting Borealis to further scale up its mechanical recycling capacity

Borealis is pleased to announce the installation of a semi-commercial demonstration recyclate-based polyolefins (rPO) compounding line in Beringen, Belgium.

Set for construction during 2024, it is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2025. Plastic Sustainability

The state-of-the-art line will use Borealis’ proprietary Borcycle™ M technology to transform mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into high-quality rigid polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) materials. Capable of processing a broad range of recyclate flakes from both PP and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) waste sources, the new line will offer exceptional versatility and flexibility.

As a semi-commercial demonstration line, it will showcase the power of Borcycle M technology to produce mechanically recycled solutions that meet the rigorous and varied demands of high-performance applications in industries including mobility, consumer products, appliances, and energy. In doing so, the line will support Borealis’ customers to integrate value-added recycled plastics into their product lines without compromising performance. Plastic Sustainability

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Crocco and Versalis Collaborate on Innovative Food Packaging from Recycled Plastics

Crocco , a leading flexible packaging company, has partnered with Versalis, Eni’s chemical subsidiary, to produce food packaging film using raw materials partially sourced from chemically recycled post-consumer plastics. This collaboration aims at large-scale production for the retail market.  Plastic Sustainability

The packaging, crafted from Balance® supplied by Versalis, enables the creation of recycled film suitable for food contact, maintaining necessary technical performance and health properties. This initiative supports more efficient resource management, significantly reducing reliance on virgin materials, and aligns with Versalis’ sustainability and circular economy objectives.

Chemical recycling regenerates plastics to a virgin state, meeting high purity and safety standards required for food contact materials. Plastic Sustainability

Adriano Alfani, CEO of Versalis, commented, “Circularity is a cornerstone of our strategy. We are dedicated to advancing both mechanical and chemical polymer recycling technologies. Diversifying raw materials allows us to offer the market low-carbon solutions, ensuring sustainable resource use through collaborations like our innovative partnership with Crocco.”

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EXPO PACK México 2024: Latin America’s Largest Packaging and Processing Trade Show Opens Today

Record market growth fuels optimism as show focuses on sustainability and industry collaboration.

The largest packaging and processing trade show in Latin America, EXPO PACK México (June 4–7, 2024; EXPO Santa Fe México) opens today with more than more than 700 world-class exhibitors displaying the latest materials and technologies over 20,000 net square meters of exhibit floor space. Plastic Sustainability

This year’s show opens as the packaging machinery market in Mexico is at a record high, based on the newly released Mexico’s Packaging Machinery Market – Trends and Opportunities report produced by show organizer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The research indicates the packaging machinery market value in 2023 reached US $1.13 billion, growing 25% in a single year and breaking the US$1 billion mark for the first time. Plastic Sustainability

With more than two-thirds of the market planning to invest in new processing equipment in 2024, the timing for this year’s EXPO PACK México could not be better.

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The Future of Fashion: Sustainability, Traceability, and Style with RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions

RadiciGroup showcased its innovations at the Phygital Sustainability Expo, a premier fashion event focused on ecological transition through technological innovation. Held in Rome on June 4-5, the Expo brought together leaders from various sectors to promote positive environmental change in fashion. Plastic Sustainability

For the third consecutive year, RadiciGroup highlighted its commitment to sustainable fashion, presenting a versatile and stylish outfit during a narrated fashion show at the Imperial Forum Museum. The outfit, a jumpsuit made of Radilon Chill-fit, demonstrates RadiciGroup’s dedication to merging style with sustainability. Radilon Chill-fit is an innovative nylon yarn produced with low environmental impact, offering excellent thermal regulation and comfort.

This jumpsuit exemplifies versatility, transforming from daywear to an elegant evening ensemble with the addition of a nylon kimono-dress, emphasizing complete recyclability. This creation results from RadiciGroup’s collaboration with Anita Bertini, a young designer at POLI.Design, part of the Politecnico di Milano. Their goal is to create a wardrobe of essential, durable, and recyclable garments that support personal style and environmental responsibility. Plastic Sustainability

Technical partners Calzificio Argopi and Erco Pizzi contributed to the creation of the jumpsuit and kimono-dress fabric, respectively. RadiciGroup’s participation in the Phygital Sustainability Expo underscores its ongoing efforts to lead the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future through innovative textile solutions.

The Future of Fashion: Sustainability, Traceability, and Style with RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions

BASF Sells Bioenergy Enzymes Business to Lallemand

BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business in San Diego to Lallemand’s subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This sale includes the Spartec® product portfolio and related developmental technologies. Lallemand will integrate this business and its employees into the Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) business unit. Plastic Sustainability

All business activities were taken over by Lallemand as of June 1.

LBDS, a leading global supplier of fermentation ingredients and technical solutions, has shown its commitment to the fuel ethanol and alcohol industries through this acquisition. Since 2017, LBDS has partnered with BASF’s bioenergy business, co-developing gluco and alpha amylase enzymes in bioengineered yeast for the North American ethanol market.

Angus Ballard, President and General Manager of LBDS, stated, “The capabilities of BASF’s bioenergy team and its Spartec® products complement ours. By combining resources and R&D programs, we can better meet our global customers’ needs.” Plastic Sustainability

Daniel Wilms, Vice President Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability at BASF’s Nutrition & Health division, said, “Lallemand is the best owner for this business. Their dedication to the biofuel industry and complementary portfolio will create new growth opportunities.”

BASF will remain focused on enzyme activities in the animal feed and detergents markets and will continue providing solutions for low-carbon intensity crop production in the bioenergy industry. Plastic Sustainability

BASF Sells Bioenergy Enzymes Business to Lallemand

Smart Textiles: The Future of the Textile Industry

Smart textiles are revolutionizing the textile industry, according to Assoc. Prof. Desislava Grabčeva from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM). In a recent interview, Grabčeva highlighted UCTM’s innovative work on smart textiles, including the development of healing bandages that precisely control drug release to wounds. These advancements were discussed during a business event at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

UCTM scientists have focused on medical textiles, aiming to market advanced wound dressings that monitor and treat wounds. Additionally, they have created environmentally friendly textiles that absorb pollutants like oil spills and petroleum products. Their work also addresses dye absorption in textile materials, reducing dye waste that typically pollutes wastewater. Plastic Sustainability

Smart textiles have applications beyond medicine, extending to sports, entertainment, interior design, and agriculture. Grabčeva emphasized that the global market for smart textiles is growing as health-conscious consumers increasingly seek these innovative products. Among the most popular innovations are healing bandages that not only release biologically active substances but also change color to indicate healing processes.

Smart Textiles: The Future of the Textile Industry

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Gerdau Graphene Launches Certification of Authenticity for Exclusive G2D Technology

First-of-its-Kind Certification Ensures Proper Incorporation Of Carbon Nanomaterials In The Production Of Industrial Additives

Gerdau Graphene, the nanotechnology company pioneering advanced graphene-enhanced materials for industrial applications, today announced its industry-first G2D technology authenticity certification. Developed exclusively by the company, G2D is a technology for incorporating carbon nanomaterials such as graphene into various matrices for the production of industrial additives. The certification will be a form of identification for all industrial and commercial products that contain chemical additives that utilize Gerdau Graphene’s proprietary G2D technology. G2D is currently being used in additives for the plastics, concrete, and paints and coatings industries. R-PET Bottles

Graphene, a carbon nanomaterial widely studied for its remarkable physical properties including high mechanical strength, lightness, malleability, and high thermal and electrical conductivity, has attracted global attention for its ability to enhance the material properties of common products like paint, cement and concrete, packaging, plastics, lubricants, and more.

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PE market in consolidation amid anemic supply and demand

Since April, China domestic PE market has been fluctuating upwards, with overall market sentiment remaining relatively positive. There has been some improvement in overall transactions. However, after entering May, the upward trend in the market has slowed down, indicating a potential return to a period of volatility. R-PET Bottles

In the early period, the main driving force of the market was the relatively tight supply of LDPE, which had a significant impact on the market. LDPE saw price increases that were notably higher compared to other varieties, with price spread also widening significantly. However, at present, the support for LDPE is insufficient. Additionally, the biggest issue currently lies in the overall imbalance between supply and demand, with both sides leaning towards scarcity. The market’s initial expectation is a return to a period of volatility.

Firstly, the supply is relatively tight. Currently, domestic PE plants are still undergoing intensively spring maintenance. In mid-May, the operating rate of domestic PE plants has dropped below 75%, reaching the lowest level in 2024. There are a significant number of planned maintenance shutdowns, while there are also several unplanned shutdowns, with the most notable being FREP. R-PET Bottles

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PLASTICS Launches Flexible Film Recycling Alliance

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has introduced the Flexible Film Recycling Alliance (FFRA) to enhance the sustainability and recyclability of flexible plastic film products in the U.S. The FFRA aims to improve recycling rates, accessibility, and education regarding flexible film products. R-PET Bottles

With many Americans unsure about how and where to recycle flexible films, the FFRA will bring together industry representatives from the flexible film supply chain to address these challenges. The alliance’s key initiatives include:

  • Operating a premier plastic film recycling directory for consumers and industry.
  • Providing consumer education on effective recycling methods for flexible plastic films.
  • Promoting responsible uses and recycling techniques for these products.
  • Expanding programs to inform consumers and policymakers about the sustainability benefits of flexible plastic films. R-PET Bottles

“FFRA includes collaborators from across the plastics supply chain and builds on PLASTICS’ successes, such as Recycling is Real and Operation Clean Sweep,” said PLASTICS president and CEO, Matt Seaholm. R-PET Bottles

TOMRA Achieves Industry First With Food-Grade Plastics Sorting Solution

Global sorting solutions provider, TOMRA Recycling, has introduced three groundbreaking applications to separate food-grade from non-food-grade plastics for PET, PP, and HDPE. This advancement results from the company’s intensive research and development in deep learning, a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). R-PET Bottles

TOMRA’s continued investment in GAIN – the company’s deep learning-based sorting add-on for its AUTOSORT™ units – has enabled the efficient and large-scale separation of food-grade from non-food-grade plastics. The rebranded GAINnext™ technology significantly enhances the sorting performance of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT™ units, enabling the identification of objects previously difficult or impossible to classify with traditional optical waste sensors.

By integrating traditional near-infrared, visual spectrometry, and other sensors with deep learning technology, TOMRA has developed the most accurate sorting solution available. This solution achieves purity levels exceeding 95 percent for packaging applications, opening new revenue opportunities for TOMRA’s customers. R-PET Bottles

TOMRA Achieves Industry First With Food-Grade Plastics Sorting Solution

Pyrolysis for high-quality recycled plastics

A step toward the circular economy: Pyrolysis enables chemical recycling

plastics made of polycarbonate are sought-after materials in industrial applications thanks to their versatility and high quality. However, recycling of plastic waste is still running up against limits these days, as mechanical recycling methods do not produce adequate qualities of recycled material for all applications. Together with chemical company Covestro Deutschland AG, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a method that makes it possible to reclaim the substances originally used to make the polycarbonates. In catalytic pyrolysis, a controlled process of heating in an oxygen-free environment, plastic waste breaks down into its components. Manufacturers can then use the raw materials to produce new plastics. R-PET Bottles

For anyone looking for a high-quality plastic, polycarbonate (PC) is an obvious choice. This material withstands temperature extremes, is flame retardant and resistant to scratching, abrasion, and even diluted acids. It is also highly transparent. All of these properties make plastics that contain PC a sought-after and versatile material in industrial applications. As a result, many manufacturers are looking for ways to reclaim the valuable material by recycling plastic waste. But conventional technologies such as mechanical recycling produce inadequate qualities of recycled material, which can no longer be used to manufacture high-quality products. R-PET Bottles

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L’OCCITANE en Provence and CARBIOS Present a PET Bottle Made From Enzymatic Recycling, the Result of a European Circular Economy

CARBIOS, a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastic and textiles, and L’OCCITANE en Provence, an international cosmetics brand using natural and organic ingredients, a long-term partner of CARBIOS, present a bottle in transparent PET made entirely from enzymatic recycling for a shower oil from the Amande range.  In collaboration with converter Pinard Beauty Pack, this bottle exemplifies a shared desire to build en efficient European recycling sector to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic, and meet brands’ commitments for more sustainable packaging solutions. R-PET Bottles

A Sustainable European Recycling Sector Set in Motion

The 100% recycled PET bottle from CARBIOS’ enzymatic depolymerization process was made with a European value chain committed to responsible consumption of sustainable materials. The bottle’s production began with the local supply of PET waste (already collected, sorted and prepared) to the CARBIOS industrial demonstrator in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  The waste used consisted of colored bottles, multilayer trays and mechanical recycling residues, none of which are currently recycled using conventional technologies. CARBIOS deconstructed the PET waste into its original monomers, PTA and MEG, using its biorecycling technology. The resulting monomers were then repolymerized into new, fully recycled PET resins within Europe. R-PET Bottles

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PFY producers hike prices to combat the losses

China PFY market sees some changes after keeping relatively stable for much of May.

In the beginning of May, two large PFY plants were shut due to environmental protection requirements. However, PFY inventory still remained high, despites that another two plants implemented production cuts in mid-May. Then, with feedstock pricing rebounding, PFY prices were at loss levels, and sales picked up. R-PET Bottles

Afterwards, the market expected that the suppliers could cut production to combat the loss and high inventory, but instead, large plants decided to hike prices.

It is reported that major plants would hike prices gradually beginning from May 23 to ensure positive processing spread. PFY plants could either hike prices or cut production to alleviate the losses. Large producers did not reach agreement on production cuts, but turned to increasing the prices jointly.

On May 23, the market is quite mixed. Some large plants have raised the prices but the extent of increase is different, while some other plants keep the prices stable or even lower prices.  R-PET Bottles

As crude oil price is volatile, it is difficult for suppliers to make decisions.

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Textile Recycling – From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant 05-06-2024

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Textile Recycling – From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant 05-06-2024

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Textile recycling plant acquired out of bankruptcy

The former Renewcell facility in Sweden is now operating as Circulose under new ownership.

Sweden-based investment firm Altor has acquired the assets of Renewcell, a Swedish cotton textiles recycling company that had declared bankruptcy last February.

“This acquisition marks a new chapter for Renewcell, now renamed Circulose,” states Renewcell on its website. “With Altor’s ownership, there is secure financing for the future of Circulose, ensuring that the company’s pioneering cotton recycling technology continues to thrive on a global scale.” Textile Recycling

“We extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, partners and stakeholders for their unwavering support and collaboration during this journey,” says Magnus Lundmark, CEO of Circulose.

“Together, we will continue to drive positive change, leveraging Altor’s expertise and resources to enhance our capabilities and secure a confident future for Circulose and the broader textile community,” adds Lundmark. Textile Recycling

A statement from Altor describes Renewcell as “a Swedish textile recycling company that was founded by innovators from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2012.”

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Freepoint Eco-Systems, a US-based recycler, is expanding its global footprint by establishing its first chemical recycling plant in Europe

The new facility, which will be located in Ghent, Belgium, is set to have an initial capacity of 80,000 tonnes/year for recycling plastic waste through pyrolysis. This venture is a collaboration with North Sea Port, where the plant will be constructed at the Kluizendok site. Textile Recycling

The project is not only a significant step for Freepoint but also a strategic move for the European waste management sector, offering a solution for recycling challenging plastic waste. The Ghent location was chosen for its strategic advantages, including superior logistics that align with Freepoint’s business model of creating large-scale circular economy infrastructure. In addition to the Ghent plant, Freepoint is actively developing other projects, including a 90,000 tonnes/year plant in Ohio, USA, set to commence operations this year, and a planned 180,000 tonnes/year facility in Eloy, Arizona.

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Trinseo Launches Recycled-Containing Resins

Trinseo , a global leader in material solutions and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders, today announced the introduction of innovative recycled-containing acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) resins. These new products, branded as MAGNUM™ ECO+MAGNUM™ CR, and TYRIL™ CR, are set to revolutionize the automotive, industrial, and consumer goods sectors.

The MAGNUM™ ECO+ ABS resins, designed for the mobility industry, will debut at the 2024 Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference in Mannheim, Germany. Utilizing post-consumer recycled (PCR) styrene from household waste, these resins support vibrant coloration through color concentrates and maintain the trusted performance of their fossil-based equivalents.  Textile Recycling

MAGNUM™ CR and TYRIL™ CR grades cater to industrial and consumer goods, enhancing products like edge bands, coffee machine water tanks, and toothbrushes. Trinseo’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their portfolio, which includes the PULSE™ GX ECO PC/ABS and MAGNUM™ BIO ABS, and now expands with MAGNUM™ ECO+ ABS.

These sustainably advantaged resins incorporate up to 60% chemically recycled styrene, aligning with the ISCC+ Mass Balance principle. The innovative process ensures the recycled styrene is chemically identical to virgin styrene, eliminating the need for segregation during manufacturing. Textile Recycling

They promise a significant reduction in carbon footprint—up to 18%—compared to standard ABS and SAN grades, based on preliminary estimates from a cradle-to-gate study.

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Reifenhäuser exhibits ‘fully recyclable’, 18-micrometre MDO-PE film

Reifenhäuser Blown Film is displaying the ‘world’s first’ 18-micrometre MDO-PE film at drupa 2024; it is said to reduce thickness by 25% compared to previous films and unlock the use of fully recyclable, low-carbon mono-material flexibles.

The solution is produced on Reifenhäuser’s EVO blown film lines using the patented EVO Ultra Stretch technology – this time combining it with suitable raw materials. The Ultra Stretch unit is positioned directly in the system’s haul-off, meaning the film is stretched from the first heat; this is believed to result in a stable, reliable process that can be reproduced over many hours. Textile Recycling

LG Chem and BOBST worked alongside Reifenhäuser to develop and test the film for practical suitability. Reportedly, it performs ‘excellently’ in the converting process.

It is said to adhere to the current market standard for stretched PE films, demonstrating a modulus of elasticity MD exceeding 1,400 MPa and a modulus of elasticity TD exceeding 1,100 MPa. Moreover, it claims to beat the market standard for optical properties, achieving a haze of less than 5% compared to a more widely-achieved 6-7%.

Reifenhäuser believes that, thanks to downgauging, manufacturers can now use the MDO-PE film to achieve fully recyclable packaging at a lower cost. Textile Recycling

Printed samples are being displayed at drupa, located in Hall 10 at Stand B30-1. MDO process and applications expert Mohamed Timol is acting as Reifenhäuser’s contact person at the stand

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Floreon secures GBP 250 million to scale up bioplastics technology

The Centre for Process Innovation has invested half a million British pounds into the University of Sheffield spin-off

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK-based tech and sustainable materials accelerator, has announced a GBP 250 million investment into the bioplastics developer Floreon, a spin-out technology from the University of Sheffield. Textile Recycling

Floreon makes proprietary compounds based on polylactic acid bioresin (PLA) containing 70% to 90% renewable, plant-based raw materials, including corn and sugar cane. The company says the materials are tougher than traditional PLA and can deliver significant energy savings in processing.

Floreon has also developed an alternative to flame retardant oil-based Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Its halogen-free bioplastic, the world’s first bioplastic to achieve UL94V-0 flammability certification, offers a safe and sustainable option for electrical goods. Derived from plants, it is suitable for chemical and mechanical recycling and has an up to seven times lower carbon footprint than oil-based plastic. Textile Recycling

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From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant

This investment will fund the world’s first renewable chemicals plant utilizing BioBTX’s innovative ICCP Technology to produce sustainable aromatics — benzene, toluene and xylene — from plastic waste and biomass.

By converting plastic waste and biomass into renewable aromatics, BioBTX is spearheading the creation of a circular chemical industry, significantly reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. Aromatics, essential for producing every-day products like insulating foams, coatings, PET bottles, batteries, and pharmaceuticals, will now have a sustainable alternative to fossil-based sources, presenting a major opportunity for circular business models. Textile Recycling

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The BioBTX project will be located at the PETRA Circular Chemicals Plant in Delfzijl. The PETRA plant will convert 20,000 tons of mixed plastic waste annually into renewable aromatics, replacing fossil resources and recycling low-value plastic waste into high-value chemicals.

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From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant

Nippon Shokubai Indonesia Achieves ISCC PLUS Certification

PT. NIPPON SHOKUBAI INDONESIA (NSI), a subsidiary of NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., headquartered in Osaka, Japan, has acquired ISCC PLUS certification for Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, and Superabsorbent Polymers. This certification establishes a global supply system in Belgium, Japan, and Indonesia, using biomass-derived raw materials allocated by the mass balance method. Textile Recycling

Acrylic acid and acrylates are used in paints and adhesives, while superabsorbent polymers are used in disposable diapers. The ISCC PLUS-certified products aim to reduce environmental impact and promote a circular economy. These products are also certified by the Indonesian Halal certification authority.

Halal certification is also expanding in regions with large Muslim populations. Nippon Shokubai Group will meet these demands globally by manufacturing and selling Halal-certified and biomass-derived products at NSI. The group aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, implementing its long-term vision and mid-term management plan to enhance customer value and realize a sustainable society. Textile Recycling

ISCC PLUS and Halal Certified Products

  1. Acrylic Acid
  2. Acrylates: Ethyl Acrylate, Butyl Acrylate, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate
  3. Superabsorbent Polymers: AQUALIC (TM) CA

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Plastic sorting – Mura Inks Feedstock Partnership with Elite Recycling for Hydro-PRT Site 04-06-2024

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Mura Inks Feedstock Partnership with Elite Recycling for Hydro-PRT Site

Mura Technology has signed a feedstock supply contract with Elite Recycling Solutions. Elite will provide post-use plastic packaging to Mura’s pioneering hydrothermal advanced recycling facility at Wilton International science park in Teesside, UK. This facility, in its final commissioning phase, is set to start operations in mid-2024. Mura’s unique Hydro-PRT process will transform the plastic waste into valuable hydrocarbon products for new plastic manufacturing.  Plastic sorting

This agreement builds on Mura’s existing deal with Geminor, the primary feedstock supplier for the Wilton site. Dr. Steve Mahon, CEO of Mura Technology, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with another leading company in the waste management sector. He highlighted the importance of cross-sector collaboration in converting post-use plastic waste into valuable commodities for new plastic products.

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ReSource plastic sorting facility opens in Denmark

The Nordic’s largest plastic sorting facility officially started operations on May 29.

The Nordic’s largest plastic sorting facility officially started operations on May 29. Located in the seaport city of Esbjerg, Resource Denmark has a capacity to process 160,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually, significantly boosting Denmark’s recycling capacity.

When announced in 2022, the construction project was heralded as a game-changer. In Denmark, some 85% of plastic waste is either incinerated or exported.

Meanwhile, the Danish government announced its ambition to recycle 55% of plastic by 2030. Plastic sorting

German manufacturer Eggersmann supplied the equipment used to sort the plastic at ReSource Denmark. The process involves removing impurities and sorting lightweight packaging waste from Denmark and other parts of Scandinavia into different types that meet the requirements for both chemical and mechanical recycling. Food and beverage cartons and metals are also sorted out and sent for recycling.

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PTA Market in China Registers Decline Despite Turnaround Season Optimism

The Chinese PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) market has been dealing with an oversupply situation which pushed the prices down during early May 2024. This has led to a bleak overall trend, with producers struggling to sell their products despite production slowdowns. This downtrend was attributed to the overabundance and high supply inventory storage of PTA during this timeframe. Plastic sorting

While scheduled maintenance turnarounds and reduced import bids from traditional suppliers like the US and the Middle East did contribute to some production drops, they weren’t enough to make a significant dent in the existing surplus. Despite production cuts, the existing inventory continues to outpace demand. This indicates that the market was likely oversupplied even before the recent slowdowns.

As per the recent assessment, the poor market performance for PTA has been witnessed in China since early April 2024 which continued till the first half of May 2024 to settle the PTA Ex-Qingdao prices dropped by 15% in just one month. Plastic sorting

The shift in downstream plastic and textile prioritization added another layer of negative sentiments. The downstream plastic makers seem to be prioritizing production of essential commodities resulting in buying less PTA for non-essential applications.

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GHC partners with A.Celli Nonwovens and Reicofil, recognizing the impressive performance of A.Celli’s solutions installed in the new Reicofil RF5 in Jinjiang, Quanzhou City

The RF5 line, designed to manage both spunbond nonwoven and high loft products, offers exceptional flexibility with A.Celli’s innovative technical solutions, enabling the processing of various products and basis weights.

A.Celli’s scope of supply for the 3.2 RF5 line included the E-WIND® WAVE master roll winder, the E-WIND® SUPER SONIC slitter rewinder with SLITTOMATIC automatic knives positioning system and COREMATIC automatic shaft handling and core cutting system, and the fully automated R-WAY® SLITTOPACK packaging system. These systems streamline operations, minimize operator intervention, and ensure seamless data tracking and integration with customer ERP. Plastic sorting

With the new production line, GHC has positioned itself as a leading supplier of hygienic spunlaid materials, underscoring its commitment to industry standards and high-quality product supply. Mr. Zemin Wu, Supply Chain Director of GHC, praised A.Celli’s work and acknowledged the excellent support from their Shanghai and Foshan offices in sales, project management, and on-site service. This partnership enhances GHC’s market presence and operational capabilities in the hygiene sector.

GHC partners with A.Celli Nonwovens and Reicofil, recognizing the impressive performance of A.Celli's solutions installed in the new Reicofil RF5 in Jinjiang, Quanzhou City

Industrial Partnership Announcement: RETAL and Orzuplast

Multinational plastic packaging producer RETAL is pleased to announce a new industrial partner in Central Asia. A Polymer Industries LLC, trading as Orzuplast, in Uzbekistan, joins RETAL’s network to enhance service to the global food and beverage packaging industries.  Plastic sorting

Orzuplast is a renowned provider of packaging solutions for local and neighboring markets, now officially partnering with RETAL. The company is committed to investment and development, showcasing a recently updated factory equipped with two capping machines and two preform machines. These enhancements complement Orzuplast’s longstanding shipment capabilities.

Sherzod Tursunov, General Manager of Orzuplast, states, “The Orzuplast site has a rich history, and we are proud to leverage the expertise of our long-serving employees. Their knowledge is crucial as we focus on preforms and closures, ensuring our local and global customers receive the highest standards of service. We see significant opportunities for growth in this dynamic market.”  Plastic sorting

With Uzbekistan’s young population and ancient culture, the region represents a promising growth market. Orzuplast is excited to serve customers across this rapidly developing Central Asia territory, contributing to RETAL’s global mission of delivering top-tier packaging solutions.

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Terrot Joins The Textile Revolution At ITM

ITM 2024 is the meeting place for leading companies and experts from the textile technology industry. The fair will take place at the Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center from 4 to 8 June 2024. At ITM we will present our la- test innovations and technologies in the field of circular knitting machines. With over 64,500 visitors from 102 countries and 1,280 exhibitors from 65 countries, ITM 2022 has already been a great success.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the next success story, discover our latest developments and connect with our sales team and management. You are cordially invited to visit the TERROT TEXTILMASCHINEN STAND 315A IN HALL 3. Plastic sorting

A highlight at our stand will be live demonstrations of our Interlock blockbuster I3P 196 open width frame (dia- meter 34“, gauge E32, number of feeders: 108) with Smartex system. Terrot and ERKO team will be available for your inquiries and consultations.

Martin Vorsatz, Managing Director of Terrot Textilmaschinen GmbH, emphasizes: “We are excited to announce Terrot’s participation at the ITM, which is expected to provide new impulses and insights. We are looking forward to meeting our valued customers and partners, industry experts and interested parties. Our extensive experience and technical know-how will help strengthen Terrot‘s position in the global market. We are confident that our circular knitting machines will continue to meet the highest stan- dards and exceed our customers‘ expectations.“ Plastic sorting

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Lotte Biologics and Merck Sign Strategic Manufacturing Agreement

Lotte Biologics, a contract manufacturing and development organization, has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Merck, the German chemical and technology giant, to enhance biomanufacturing capabilities. The agreement, formalized through a letter of intent (LOI), involves Lotte Biologics and Merck’s Process Solution division working together on biopharmaceutical manufacturing and process development.

The collaboration aims to streamline the procurement of raw materials and technologies, establish a stable supply chain, and develop a support system for Lotte’s upcoming Bio-Venture Initiative at their new production plant in Incheon. Plastic sorting

This initiative is designed to support biotech startups and will be integrated into the Incheon complex, where construction began in March, with operations expected to start in 2027.

This agreement follows Lotte Biologics’ previous memorandum of understanding with MilliporeSigma, Merck’s North American life science operation, in July 2022. That agreement focused on expanding Lotte’s Syracuse plant in the United States, with a subsequent LOI signed in April last year. Plastic sorting

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PET Resin – Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers 03-06-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,070 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 900 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,890 yuan/ton +20
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,920 yuan/ton +20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

PET Resin

5,960 yuan/ton 5,940 yuan/ton
-20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 740 $/ton 735 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,515 yuan/ton 4,560 yuan/ton
+45
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 530 $/ton 535 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,047 $/ton
+7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,025 $/ton +7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,125 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,600  yuan/ton 7,725 yuan/ton
+125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,075 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

PET Resin

8,175 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,550 yuan/ton 13,600 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,650 $/ton +30
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,920 $/ton +30
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,700 yuan/ton 14,750  yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton +300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET Resin

20,800 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 17,400 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,550 yuan/ton 19,850 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

PET Resin

9,650 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton +350
Benzene domestic market9, 9,090 yuan/ton 9,370 yuan/ton +280
Benzene overseas  market 1,057 $/ton 1,093 $/ton +36
Ethylene South East market 955 $/ton 950 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE market CIF 766 $/ton 768 $/ton +2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

PET Resin

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,950 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton +150
PP Powder domestic market 7,330 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +20
Naphtha overseas market  666 $/ton 677 $/ton +11
Phenol domestic market 7,707 yuan/ton 7,857 yuan/ton +150

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers

  • Emerging research shows that plant-based plastics — just like petroleum-based plastics — contain many thousands of synthetic chemicals, with large numbers of them extremely toxic. However, the bioplastics industry strongly denies that bio-based plastics contain hazardous substances.
  • Scientists are finding that while plant sources for bioplastics, such as corn or cane sugar, may not themselves be toxic or have adverse health impacts, the chemical processes to manufacture bioplastics and the many performance additives needed to give them their attributes (hardness, flexibility, color, etc.) can be quite toxic. PET Resin
  • Those doing the research no longer see bioplastics as a solution to the global plastic pollution crisis and would like to see them regulated. However, a very large number of petroleum-based plastics and the chemicals they contain also lack tough government oversight.
  • This week, representatives from the world’s nations gather for a fourth session to hammer out an international treaty to curb the global plastic pollution crisis. The High Ambition Coalition (including 65 countries) hopes to achieve a binding global ban on the worst toxins in plastics. But the U.S., China and other nations are resisting. PET Resin

Almost 25 years after their hopeful debut, bioplastics contribute only about 1% of the global plastics market share, mainly for food packaging. But that may soon change.

The Biden administration announced an initiative in 2023 to “spur a circular economy” with the goal of replacing 90% of petrochemical-sourced plastics with bio-based materials over the next 20 years. With looming European mandates also aimed at addressing the plastic pollution crisis, analysts expect the bioplastics market to grow to 5 million metric tons by 2025.

At first glance this sounds like a good thing, but is it?

Motivated by the aggressive marketing of bioplastics as a solution to the plastic crisis, scientists are now peering inside these material innovations, and those doing the research don’t like what they see. PET Resin

“Most people don’t know about toxins in plastics, period. And even people that do work with plastics don’t know about toxins in bioplastics,” says Bethanie Almroth, a professor of ecotoxicology and environmental science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who has studied bioplastics.

These plant-based materials can be just as toxic as petroleum-based ones, she says. That’s not necessarily due to the plant world sourcing of base materials, but because of the chemical processes needed to make bioplastics and the additives required to achieve the many desirable qualities demanded of them (durability, flexibility, color, etc.).

In a 2020 study, researchers purchased bio-based plastic products such as food wrappers, food storage bags, reusable coffee cups, tea bags, disposable cutlery and coffee capsules. They also obtained raw materials (bio-based plastic pellets) at a plastics trade fair.

In the multipart study, the scientists first analyzed the pellet samples and found a complex mixture of thousands of chemicals, most of them unidentifiable. Next, the researchers exposed bacteria to extracts of the bioplastics; they found that the majority had multiple toxic effects. PET Resin

And it didn’t seem to matter what type of bioplastic material was sampled when it came to toxicity: Bio-PET, polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) all contained similar numbers of chemicals with similar toxic effects. The biggest difference was that the consumer products tended to be more toxic than the pellets.

For a 2023 study published in Environmental Pollution, Almroth and her team placed plastic and paper cups lined with the bioplastic PLA in sediment and freshwater for up to four weeks. Then they added the contaminated water to a tank with mosquito larvae. The larvae exposed to the leachate from PLA-lined cups saw just as much mortality, inhibited growth and deformities as those exposed to petrochemical-based polystyrene and polypropylene. PET Resin

These results don’t bode well for people drinking and eating out of bioplastic foodware, though toxicity effects on humans were not evaluated in the study, and more research needs to be done to back up the findings of these two early studies.

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Europeans throw away 7 million tonnes of clothes a year: Czechia is making recycling compulsory

EU countries generated an estimated 6.95 million tonnes of textile waste in 2020 or around 16kg annually per person.

We’ve all seen the mountains of old clothes that end up as giant landfill sites in low income countries. Now, Czechia is leading Europe in tackling rather than contributing to the problem. Chemical Recycling

Around 180,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded in Czechia each year with just 3 to 4 per cent making its way into mixed waste bins. 39,000 tonnes are sorted for recycling whereas non-recyclable contaminated in mixed bins amounts to 75,000 tonnes.

The country has a plan, however, to revamp its current waste management practices. In December last year the Ministry of the Environment announced plans to enforce compulsory textile waste collection from 2025. At the moment, separate textile waste collection isn’t mandatory meaning a lot of discarded clothes which could be reused or recycled end up in landfill. Chemical Recycling

It aims to align the country with the European directive on waste management, according to Minister Petr Hladík. He emphasised that the goal is to ensure more textiles are recycled and increase the efficiency of recycling efforts.

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French companies develop PET bottle made from enzymatic recycling

L’Occitane en Provence, Carbios and Pinard Beauty Pack partnered to create a 100 percent biorecycled transparent bottle.

Carbios, a France-based company that uses biological technologies to recycle plastic and textiles, and international cosmetics brand L’Occitane en Provence, also based in France, have partnered to develop a transparent polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made entirely from enzymatic recycling for a shower oil from the Amande range.

In collaboration with converter Pinard Beauty Pack, the companies say the bottle exemplifies a shared desire to build an efficient European recycling sector to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic and meet brands’ commitments for more sustainable packaging solutions. Chemical Recycling

The bottle will be on display at Carbios’ Stand D02 at “Edition Spéciale” by LuxePack, the trade show dedicated to sustainable premium packaging, taking place June 4-5 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris.

According to Carbios, the PET bottle was made via its enzymatic depolymerization process and with a European value chain committed to responsible consumption of sustainable materials. The bottle’s production began with the local supply of PET scrap that had already been collected, sorted and prepared and was sent to Carbios’ industrial demonstrator in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The material consisted of colored bottles, multilayer trays and mechanical recycling residues. Chemical Recycling

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SK Chemicals’ Breakthrough Circular Recycling Technology Gains Recognition in Europe

SK Chemicals’ groundbreaking circular recycling technology has gained significant recognition in Europe. The company, led by CEO Ahn Jae-hyun, presented at the Plastic Industry & Environment Congress 2024 in Douai, France, from May 22-23.

Organized by the French Society of Plastics Engineers (SFIP), this annual congress gathers plastic material producers, manufacturers, recycling companies, and brand owners to discuss circular economy solutions. Leading chemical companies like EASTMAN, SABIC, and SK Chemicals showcased their technologies.  Chemical Recycling

Although SK Chemicals established its European subsidiary in 2008, this was its first official presentation at a plastic association event, highlighting its recent focus on the recycling business amid growing EU regulatory interest.

On the first day, SK Chemicals, alongside European client Albis, showcased its superior circular recycling technology. Unlike physical recycling, which degrades quality, SK Chemicals’ chemical recycling breaks down plastic at the molecular level, allowing infinite reuse without quality loss. Chemical Recycling

In March, SK Chemicals acquired chemical recycling assets from Chinese green materials specialist Shuye for approximately 130 billion won, forming SK Shantou. This acquisition included the world’s first commercialized polyester chemical recycling facilities.

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New microreactors and flow loops improve asphaltene management

Asphaltenes are an ultra-complex fraction of crude petroleum that comprise a diverse population of molecules that vary in size, solubilities, aggregation states and hetero-atom contents. Asphaltene buildup and deposits create many operational and safety issues, and can occur anywhere in crude-oil production systems where favorable conditions exist. Despite their prevalence in the oil-and-gas industry, much is still misunderstood about asphaltene chemistry and control. Chemical Recycling

A new research initiative launched by ChampionX (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.championx.com) is designing new testing and evaluation methods to create more effective chemical formulations for asphaltene control that can be easily transferred from the laboratory to the field. “We are developing better methods that narrow the gap between asphaltene-control chemical performance in the laboratory and performance in field applications. By adopting better crude-oil storage and handling for asphaltene-control testing, the chemical development and qualification process can be improved substantially,” says Chris Russell, corporate scientist at ChampionX.

To tackle these concerns, the team developed a high-pressure, high-temperature flow loop where asphaltenic crude oil is subjected to field-relevant temperature and pressure conditions in the presence of heptane or propane. Chemical Recycling

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Sabic’s versatile Ultem™ resins, on display at aix 2024, support recycling and sustainability goals

•    At AIX 2024, SABIC is showcasing its diverse portfolio of ULTEM materials that can replace traditional thermosets and promote design freedom, processing ease and sustainability.
•    ULTEM resins are adaptable for use in many different formats, processing methods and applications.
•    These resins enhance sustainability by offering opportunities for mono-material designs and replacing fossil-based grades with equivalent certified renewable grades.

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is highlighting its broad and diverse portfolio of ULTEM™ materials at the 2024 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX). ULTEM resin, a polyetherimide (PEI), is adaptable to a wide range of formats, including foam, sheet, fiber, powder, and composite and honeycomb structures. Chemical Recycling

Due to their versatility and desirable attributes, these resins offer the industry a smooth transition path from traditional thermosets to lighter, more environmentally cautious and more easily processed thermoplastics.

At its exhibit (Stand #6C51B), the company is displaying aircraft applications that benefit from a variety of ULTEM materials, including interior parts, seating, lighting, structural elements, electrical components and composites. Chemical Recycling

To address the industry’s sustainability goals, SABIC is showing how these different ULTEM material formats support mono-material designs that may simplify recycling.

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SABIC’S VERSATILE ULTEM™ RESINS, ON DISPLAY AT AIX 2024, SUPPORT RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

Plastics Recycling Faces Change And Innovation

From chemical processing of recycling plastics to eliminating single-use plastics to developing biodegradable polymers, the plastic recycling industry is facing continuous change and innovation. While progress is being made, the recycling rate of post-consumer plastic (or lack thereof) is startling. The Department of Energy released a study in 2022 that analyzed plastic recycling data and it found that only five percent of plastics are recycled, which matched a report by Beyond Plastics and the Last Beach Cleanup that indicated the recycling rate for post-consumer plastic was just five to six percent in 2021. While plastics recycling is on the decline, the per capita generation of plastic waste has increased by 263 percent since 1980. Chemical Recycling

The scale and impact of plastic pollution on the environment and human well-being has now been widely recognized. “‘Recycling’ as sub-category to the broader theme of ‘sustainable polymer engineering’ has become the topic of national academic center-scale research efforts and focus of industrial efforts,” said Michael Bockstaller professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering. “The vision of a circular polymer economy has become more realistic. Chemical Recycling

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Bio-degradable Plastics – Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics Industries in China Policy framework, market trends, technologies and outlook for PLA, PA, PHA and PBAT Hürth, 28 May 2024: The new report by nova-Institute presents a timely market analysis of China’s bio[1]based and biodegradable plastics industries and markets in 2024 01-06-2024

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LyondellBasell Expands Core PP Business with 35% Stake in NATPET

LyondellBasell (LYB) and Alujain Corporation (Alujain) announced the acquisition of a 35% interest in the National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) by LYB from Alujain. This venture utilizes LYB’s Spheripol polypropylene (PP) technology, enhancing LYB’s core PP business with access to advantaged feedstocks and increased product marketing volumes. Bio-degradable Plastics

LYB CEO Peter Vanacker stated, “This investment underscores our dedication to growing and upgrading our core businesses, fortifying our presence in Saudi Arabia with a long-term partnership. Together with Alujain, we will leverage LYB’s leading technology and global market positions, providing customers with enhanced supply reliability through a more extensive global operations and marketing network.”

Alujain’s Chairman, Mohammed Bin Saleh AlKhalil, expressed satisfaction with the strengthened partnership, noting its alignment with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and strategies of the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Industry. This collaboration aims to produce high-end materials to meet both local and global customer demands and boost the propylene downstream sector in the Kingdom. Bio-degradable Plastics

NATPET has an annual PP production capacity of approximately 400,000 tons. LYB will market the majority of this production through its global network. Additionally, LYB and Alujain are exploring the construction of a new propylene via propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and PP facility at the NATPET site, targeting high-end products and supporting Saudi Arabia’s 2060 Carbon reduction strategy.

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Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages Unveils Sustainable Packaging Technology

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, serving Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City, has partnered with WestRock to introduce recyclable paperboard carriers for multipack bottled beverages, replacing 200,000 pounds of plastic rings annually. Bio-degradable Plastics

The new packaging, featuring PETCollarTM Shield Plus, is now in use at Liberty’s Philadelphia production facility.

This innovative solution, designed by WestRock, makes Liberty Coca-Cola the first beverage distributor globally to adopt this paperboard technology. The durable, easy-to-hold carriers are utilized for Coca-Cola’s 12-ounce and 16.9-ounce multipacks.

Fran McGorry, co-owner of Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, emphasized the significant environmental impact, stating, “We expect to replace 200,000 pounds of plastic a year from our multi-state territory.” Sam Shoemaker, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock, praised Liberty Coca-Cola’s dedication to sustainability. Bio-degradable Plastics

Local officials and stakeholders celebrated the new technology’s unveiling. Councilmember Quetcy Lozada highlighted the positive community impact, noting, “This is an opportunity for Philadelphia to showcase Liberty’s efforts and demonstrate our city’s commitment to a better environment.”

Liberty Coca-Cola’s sustainability initiatives include producing bottles from 100% recycled plastic and installing a sustainable compactor for recycling plastic and aluminum containers.

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Anchor Packaging Joins Cyclyx Consortium for Plastic Recycling Innovation

Anchor Packaging, a leading North American manufacturer of thermoformers, has joined the Cyclyx consortium to enhance recycling pathways and transform food-grade plastic recycling. Bio-degradable Plastics

In 2021, Anchor launched the Drive for 5 initiative to develop new pathways for collecting polypropylene (PP). Joining Cyclyx, a post-use plastic innovation company, will support Anchor’s efforts to expand its audience across the value chain and increase volumes of PP material. Cyclyx will also support Anchor’s participation in the 10to90 landfill-diversion programs and new pilot projects.

Richard Daniels, Anchor Packaging’s EVP of Marketing and Custom Products, stated, “Partnering with Cyclyx was an easy decision because their mission and extensive experience enable us to accelerate our work in advancing foodservice sustainability. While packaging’s carbon footprint is just a small fraction of the meal itself, in many cases less than 1%, it is uniquely positioned to provide an outsized benefit by protecting food quality to prevent food waste.  Bio-degradable Plastics

Anchor Packaging aims to reduce waste by recapturing nearly all materials used in production, resulting in less than 0.5% waste. This collaboration marks a significant step in advancing the sustainability of food packaging and recycling.

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Mura Technology Confirms Elite for UK Advanced Recycling Facility

Mura Technology, a leader in advanced plastic recycling, has partnered with Elite Recycling Solutions through a new feedstock supply contract. Elite will provide post-use plastic packaging to Mura’s pioneering hydrothermal recycling facility at Wilton International science park in Teesside, UK. The facility, in its final commissioning phase, is set to begin operations in mid-2024. Mura’s Hydro-PRT process converts waste into hydrocarbons, which can be reused to manufacture new plastics. Bio-degradable Plastics

Mura’s Hydro-PRT uses supercritical water to efficiently recycle a wide range of plastics, offering high yields of recycled hydrocarbons. The process allows unlimited recycling cycles, significantly reducing the need for fossil resources in plastic production and increasing material circularity.

A 2023 LCA by Warwick Manufacturing Group showed Hydro-PRT saves 1.8t CO2 eq. per tonne of waste plastic processed, an 80% reduction compared to incineration.

A forthcoming 2024 study indicates a 42% carbon emissions saving by combining advanced and mechanical recycling, challenging incineration as a waste management method. Bio-degradable Plastics

Mura Technology Confirms Elite for UK Advanced Recycling Facility

Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics Industries in China Policy framework, market trends, technologies and outlook for PLA, PA, PHA and PBAT Hürth, 28 May 2024: The new report by nova-Institute presents a timely market analysis of China’s bio[1]based and biodegradable plastics industries and markets in 2024

On 71 pages, 14 tables, and illustrated by 13 graphics, the report provides an in-depth overview of the key products that dominate the Chinese market.

It examines key market trends, policy dynamics, technological advances, key market players and growth opportunities.

The aim is to provide chemical companies with actionable insights to navigate the Chinese market effectively and make informed decisions about market expansion or potential partnerships in China. Bio-degradable Plastics

In particular, the report highlights all relevant critical policies in the bio-based and biodegradable plastics markets since 2021 and in the future.

It also provides first-hand market insights from Chinese entrepreneurs through in-depth face-to-face interviews with eight Chinese companies.

China: The world’s biggest plastics producer In 2022, global plastics production reached 400.3 million tonnes, with a market value of 712 billion US$, an increase of about 1.6% since 2021.

Asia is the world’s largest region for plastics production with a share of around 55%, of which China accounts for 32% with 128 million tonnes plastics in 2022.

Projected 49% CAGR growth of China’s bio-based plastics market until 2026 China’s bio-based plastics industry is experiencing rapid growth despite being in its early stages. This is largely driven by policy incentives. Bio-degradable Plastics

The industry is expected to expand significantly from 765,631 tonnes in 2023 to 2.53 million tonnes in 2026, representing a significant CAGR of approximately 49%.

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Spanish Packaging Scrap Stats Boosted by ‘Fake Data’

The company responsible for managing packaging waste from the Spanish beverage industry, Ecoembes, is accused of manipulating data. Ecoembes, funded by the industry, claims a 71% separate collection rate for small PET bottles in 2021. However, a new report reveals the actual rate was only 36%, far below the 70% target mandated by the Spanish government for 2023. Failure to meet this target legally necessitates the implementation of a deposit return system (DRS). Bio-degradable Plastics

Campaign groups Zero Waste Europe and Zero Waste Alliance, behind the study, argue that DRS, effective in over 50 regions globally, ensures the recovery of 90% of beverage containers.

A Zero Waste Alliance spokesperson highlights this “dismal 36%” as a wake-up call for the Spanish government to enforce DRS for beverage containers as required by Spanish waste law.

Joan Marc Simon, founder of Zero Waste Europe, expresses concern over the “alarming lack of data” on packaging recycling. He emphasizes the transformative potential of accurate recycling rates but condemns the industry’s ongoing data manipulation, which hinders zero waste policy adoption. Simon urges Eurostat to reject these fabricated figures and support progress. Bio-degradable Plastics

Spanish Packaging Scrap Stats Boosted by 'Fake Data'

Tecnimont to build low-carbon ammonia plant in UAE

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  • Tecnimont, part of MAIRE, will commence construction of a low-carbon ammonia plant for Fertiglobe in Abu Dhabi’s TA’ZIZ Derivatives Park.
  • The plant, set to operate in 2027, will produce 1 million tons of ammonia annually and support local industry supply chains.
  • It aims to decarbonise the maritime industry and reduce coal power station emissions. Bio-degradable Plastics

Further to the announcement made on 7 July 2022, MAIRE (MAIRE.MI) informs that Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions) has received from Fertiglobe the notice to proceed with the construction activities related to the low-carbon ammonia plant under development in TA’ZIZ Derivatives Park, in the Ruwais region (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Fertiglobe, the largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the MENA region, is developing the low carbon ammonia plant with its project partners TA’ZIZ (a JV between ADNOC and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADQ), Mitsui & Co. Ltd and GS Energy Corporation.

Once in operation in 2027, the ammonia facility, covering 10.8 hectares, will produce 3,000 tons per day (approximately 1 million tons per annum) of ammonia. The plant will be one of a series of global-scale chemical and industrial facilities that TA’ZIZ is developing in the area which will boost local industry supply chains and enhance the In-Country Value requirements. Bio-degradable Plastics

Tecnimont to build low-carbon ammonia plant in UAE

Plastic waste – Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts 31-05-2024

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Plastic waste – Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts 31-05-2024

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More plastic means more waste – but also attractive business prospects in recycling

Used in all walks of life, plastic is inexpensive and possesses superior functional properties that make it difficult to substitute. A growing global population and ever wider use of plastics will drive demand for plastic even higher in the years ahead. The downside, however, is that the existing mountains of plastic waste will grow with this demand – from 372 Megatons in 2023 to 510 Megatons by mid-century. To tackle the issue of rising demand and corresponding plastic waste, chemical recycling will need to play a pivotal role.

One of the few effective levers to mitigate the serious sustainability issue of plastic waste is to recycle.  Plastic waste

1. Drivers of plastic waste recycling and outlook

One of the few effective levers to mitigate this serious sustainability issue is to recycle plastic. Recycling diminishes the burden on the environment, but also gradually reduces the need for new virgin materials. Yet although recycling has been around for a long time, it is still the case that only about 12 % of global plastic waste actually gets recycled.

To combat the alarming pace of global warming and accommodate growing consumer awareness, governments are tightening up their regulation, even as players in some key industries (such as FCMG) voluntarily self-regulate. As a result of these measures, the global recycling share is expected to almost double to 20 % by 2030 and rise as high as 45 % by 2050.  Plastic waste

Since more plastic will be in circulation going forward, plastic waste fed into the recycling chain is projected to increase from 44 MT in 2023 to 85 MT in 2030 and 230 MT in 2050 – a compound annual growth rate of almost 6% between 2023 and 2050. Volume growth will be faster in APAC and North America than in Europe, though developing economies will also see dynamic growth, with African countries leading the way.  Plastic waste

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Bioplastics Production Capacity in China

The new report by nova-Institute presents a timely market analysis of China’s bio-based and biodegradable plastics industries and markets in 2024. On 71 pages, 14 tables, and illustrated by 13 graphics, the report provides an in-depth overview of the key products that dominate the Chinese market. It examines key market trends, policy dynamics, technological advances, key market players and growth opportunities. Plastic waste

The aim is to provide chemical companies with actionable insights to navigate the Chinese market effectively and make informed decisions about market expansion or potential partnerships in China. In particular, the report highlights all relevant critical policies in the bio-based and biodegradable plastics markets since 2021 and in the future. It also provides first-hand market insights from Chinese entrepreneurs through in-depth face-to-face interviews with eight Chinese companies. Plastic waste

China: The world’s biggest plastics producer

In 2022, global plastics production reached 400.3 million tonnes, with a market value of 712 billion US$, an increase of about 1.6% since 2021. Asia is the world’s largest region for plastics production with a share of around 55%, of which China accounts for 32% with 128 million tonnes plastics in 2022.

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REDWAVE Launches Innovative REDWAVE TEX for the Future of Textile Recycling

As the EU implements new regulations for the separate collection of textile waste, the Austrian company REDWAVE proudly introduces a revolutionary advancement in textile recycling at IFAT 2024 in Munich: REDWAVE TEX. This state-of-the-art sorting machine is designed to meet the increasing demands of textile recycling, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Plastic waste

With the EU mandating separate textile collection starting in 2025, there is a clear need for efficient, precise, and scalable recycling solutions. Textile recycling is still in its early stages, making REDWAVE’s support crucial for the industry.

The company collaborates closely with clients to develop innovative solutions that promote sustainability. Plastic waste

REDWAVE TEX represents a significant achievement, offering a fully automated, sensor-based solution that uses advanced technologies to sort textiles with precision. It can accurately sort a wide range of textile products, from delicate silk blouses to sturdy jeans, based on material composition, color, shape, and the detection of foreign objects. The machine efficiently sorts either whole garments or shredded textiles, including used clothing, production waste, returns, hospital garments, and unsold stock.

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Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts

Over the weekend, some large polyester filament factories intensified their promotional discounts, with discounts reaching up to 800yuan/mt. For example, the transaction price of POY150D/48F dropped to 7250yuan/mt, close to last year’s lowest price level of 7200yuan/mt. Based on last Friday’s prices, the POY150D on average was already losing nearly 200yuan/mt, and with the increased weekend discounts, the loss expanded to nearly 300yuan/mt, reaching the lowest point in profitability this year. Plastic waste

Meanwhile, since May, downstream mainly purchased on essential demand, leading to a decrease in overall raw material stocking. As of last Thursday, downstream stocking were mostly towards late-month, indicating a new round of procurement. Stimulated by the sales promotions, weekend polyester filament sales in Jiangsu and Zhejiang partially increased, estimated to be around 130-140% on average over two days.

Since March, polyester filament enterprises have continuously promoted sales, leading to multiple refreshes of the year’s lowest prices and declining profitability. Currently, filament prices have fallen to the lowest point of the year, particularly POY. Plastic waste

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Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts

Caprolactam Supply in Germany Remains Stable, Demand Lags Behind

The Caprolactam market in Germany is navigating through a phase of sufficient supply but significantly subdued demand, posing challenges for the industry. Caprolactam, a key raw material in the production of Nylon 6, is crucial for various sectors including textiles, automotive, and plastics.

Germany currently maintains a steady supply of Caprolactam, supported by its strong production capacities and highly efficient manufacturing processes. Plastic waste

Germany’s supply of Caprolactam is reported to be sufficient to meet domestic demand. The production capacities within the country, supported by efficient manufacturing processes, ensure that there is no shortage of this essential chemical. Major producers have maintained steady output levels, and there have been no significant disruptions in the production chain. This stable supply is a positive aspect of the market, as it indicates reliability and consistency in meeting the needs of downstream industries.

Buying sentiments in the market have been only within the average range. There is no significant surge in purchasing activity, and buyers are cautious with their procurement strategies. Plastic waste

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Caprolactam Supply in Germany Remains Stable, Demand Lags Behind

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has made a significant advancement by signing its first non-sovereign loan agreement in China

This milestone event took place in east China’s Zhejiang Province, where the NDB committed to providing around 358 million yuan (approximately 50 million U.S. dollars) to the Bank of Huzhou. This funding is earmarked for a series of sustainable infrastructure projects throughout the province. The key focus of these initiatives includes the enhancement of clean energy, energy efficiency, transportation, logistics, water, and sanitation infrastructure. Plastic waste

This strategic loan enables the on-lending of funds to private sector entities, facilitating their involvement in critical infrastructure projects. It represents a shift in the NDB’s approach, emphasizing support for the private sector’s role in infrastructure development, which aligns with the broader developmental goals of BRICS member countries.

The NDB, established by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, aims to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development in emerging economies and developing countries, thus complementing the efforts of other global multilateral and regional financial institutions. Plastic waste

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has made a significant advancement by signing its first non-sovereign loan agreement in China

Innovation Award finalists announced

Showcasing progress in nonwoven substrates, cleaning solutions and raw materials

Showcasing progress in nonwoven substrates, cleaning solutions and raw materials
INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, has announced the three finalists for its World of Wipes Innovation Award to be announced at the annual World of Wipes (WOW) international conference taking place from June 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The three products competing for the award are multi-purpose cleaning wipes from Kimberly-Clark Professional, a bio-binder technology from OrganoClick, and facial care wipes from Rockline Industries. Plastic waste
The winner will be announced on Thursday June 20th.Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Scott Xtreme multi-purpose cleaning wipes are engineered for removing difficult stains such as oil, grease, paint and adhesives, but are said to be gentle enough to clean hands. The dual-action cleaning fabrics incorporate a patented citrus cleaning solution and have a textured side to increase scrubbing action and a smooth side for wiping surfaces clean.
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Bottles Recycling – The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving 30-05-2024

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Bottles Recycling – The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving 30-05-2024

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The recycling industry is urging a ban on coloured plastic bottles, like those from L&P, due to recycling challenges

Despite the New Zealand government’s new recycling rules, many councils are forced to send these PET bottles to landfills or stockpile them. No local facilities can recycle coloured PET, and while larger councils like Auckland can export them, smaller councils struggle.

At a Richmond facility, 80 tonnes of coloured bottles await overseas buyers. Councils like Queenstown Lakes and Waikato face similar issues, with bottles often ending up in landfills due to limited market demand and high handling costs. Clear PET is easier to recycle locally, unlike coloured PET, which is less versatile and turns brown or grey when reprocessed.  Bottles Recycling

Ministry for the Environment waste manager Shaun Lewis defended the inclusion of coloured PET in recycling rules, citing uniformity and low volumes of these bottles. However, internal concerns about the lack of onshore processing facilities were raised. The Ministry admits local recycling solutions are years away.

Industry experts, like Barney Irvine, argue for producer responsibility, suggesting a government ban if companies do not voluntarily switch to clear plastics. Some companies are already transitioning to more recyclable materials.  Bottles Recycling

Bottles Recycling

Gerresheimer, through its subsidiary Gerresheimer Glas, has signed an agreement with Triton to acquire Blitz LuxCo, the holding company of Bormioli Pharma, for 800 million euros

Bormioli Pharma, part of Triton’s portfolio since 2017, specializes in plastic and glass packaging for the pharmaceutical sector. It operates nine factories in Italy, France, and Germany, employing around 1,500 people, and has a turnover of approximately 370 million euros. In 2023, the company sold over 8 billion pieces.  Bottles Recycling

Andrea Lodetti, CEO of Bormioli Pharma, remarked on Triton’s support in strengthening their position in pharmaceutical packaging and expressed optimism for future development with Gerresheimer. This acquisition will enhance Gerresheimer’s production capacity in Europe, especially southern Europe, and bolster its role as a supplier for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals, with finalization expected in the fourth quarter of the year. Gerresheimer provides containment and delivery systems for drugs and medical devices for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and cosmetics industries. It operates 35 production sites across 16 countries in Europe, America, and Asia, and employs around 12,000 people. In 2023, Gerresheimer generated nearly 2 billion euros in sales. Bottles Recycling

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The research on discriminating plastic waste pyrolysis oil feedstocks using supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC)

Plastic waste is a significant environmental challenge, with most plastic bottles ending up in landfills despite recycling efforts. Traditional recycling methods are limited to specific plastic types, such as type-1 and type-2 plastics (soda bottles, water bottles, and milk jugs). However, global plastic production continues to rise, resulting in substantial waste.

To address this issue, Kevin Schug and his team at The University of Texas at Arlington explored chemical recycling through pyrolysis.  Bottles Recycling

In pyrolysis, plastics are heated in an oxygen-free environment, breaking down into pyrolysis oils. These oils share characteristics with crude oil and can be further refined into fuels or chemical feedstocks for new plastics.

Unlike traditional recycling, pyrolysis can handle all plastic types. However, it generates complex mixtures that require careful examination. Contaminants like sulfur and nitrogen can impact downstream processing. To address this, Schug’s team developed a new supercritical fluid chromatography method. This technique allows clear differentiation between oils produced from polyethylene and polypropylene feedstocks.

The goal is to enhance plastic recycling, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and contribute to climate change mitigation.  Bottles Recycling

Bottles Recycling

Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND’s Major Project in Tunisia

TE H2, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and EREN Groupe, alongside Austria’s leading electricity company VERBUND, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Tunisia to explore a substantial green hydrogen project, “H2 Notos.” This initiative aims to export green hydrogen to Central Europe via pipelines.

H2 Notos plans to produce green hydrogen using electrolysers powered by large onshore wind and solar projects, utilizing desalinated seawater. Bottles Recycling

Initially, the project targets an annual production of 200,000 tons of green hydrogen, with potential to scale up to one million tons per year in South Tunisia.

The hydrogen will be transported to Europe through the “SoutH2 Corridor,” a pipeline network connecting North Africa to Italy, Austria, and Germany, expected to be operational around 2030.

TE H2 and VERBUND will lead the development, financing, construction, and operation of the project, from green electricity production to hydrogen generation. VERBUND will also coordinate hydrogen transport to Central Europe. Bottles Recycling

Michael Strugl, CEO of VERBUND AG, emphasized Tunisia’s strategic importance for scalable and competitive hydrogen production, crucial for supplying the European industry. He looks forward to collaborating with Tunisian authorities and the local population to develop this GW-scale project.

Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND's Major Project in Tunisia

Why does China PET bottle chip industry run decline continuosly in the peak season ?

Recently, PET bottle chip prices have shown a tendency towards weakness. On one hand, the support from upstream raw material costs is not strong enough. On the other hand, sea freight rates continue to rise, coupled with a shortage of shipping containers. Post the May Day holiday, some PET bottle chip factories have experienced partial hindrances in export shipments, and the pickup speed by some downstream customers has slightly decreased. Bottles Recycling

However, after prices fell below the 7000yuan/mt mark, downstream major factories have started replenishing stocks one after another. It is reported that many downstream major factories have already made purchases until August. Though current processing spread of PET bottle chip is still around 550yuan/mt, in terms of bulk deals since May, the actual processing spread is around 450yuan/mt. Will the O/R of PET bottle chip factories continue to decrease in the future?

According to CCFGroup statistics, Chongqing Wankai, Sichuan Hanjiang, and CRC Jiangyin have taken actions to reduce or halt production, involving a total capacity of 1.5 million tons. Combined with previous long term shutdown and capacity conversions of about 1 million tons, the current idle capacity totals around 2.5 million tons, affecting the operating rate by approximately 13.8%. Bottles Recycling

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The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Industry Minister Pimphattra Wichaikul announced these updates on Tuesday, highlighting the TISI board’s decision on May 21 to enhance consumer safety by replacing old standards.

Minister Pimphattra emphasized the urgency of issuing an official announcement to classify these plastic bags as controlled goods to ensure consumer protection. She noted that Thai consumers frequently use plastic bags for hot foods, cold foods, and drinks, which can lead to contamination with toxic heavy metals when used improperly. Bottles Recycling

To further safeguard consumers, the minister instructed TISI to expedite the regulation of other food-contact containers, such as plastic and stainless steel lunch boxes.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Banchong Sukrita, chairing the TISI board, mentioned the approval of 97 additional standards, including those for student chairs, plastic chairs, and rubberwood products.

TISI Secretary General Wanchai Phanomchai detailed the new standards, which set contamination limits for toxic heavy metals like lead, aluminium, and mercury. Bags for hot foods must withstand up to 100°C, those for frozen foods must endure -18°C, and microwaveable bags must tolerate at least 80°C. Bottles Recycling

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

The company, PAAG, installed a Starlinger RecoStar bottle-to-bottle recycling line in March.

Istanbul-based PCR Ambalaj Atıkları Geri Kazanım A.Ş. (PAAG), a member of Bell Holding A.Ş., has installed a Starlinger Recycling Technology RecoStar PET (polyethylene terephthalate) 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line with a production capacity of up to 1,800 kilograms per hour in its Gebze facility in Kocaeli, near Istanbul. The line began operating in mid-March.  Bottles Recycling

By investing in bottle-to-bottle recycling, PAAG aims to reduce the demand for virgin plastic, minimize its carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable approach to packaging.

“We entered the bottle-to-bottle recycling market with a firm commitment to advancing sustainability and making a positive impact on the environment,” PAAG Vice Chairman Bekir Öktenoğlu says. “Recognizing the urgent global issue of climate change, we saw an opportunity to contribute to a circular economy by transforming used plastic bottles into new, high-quality bottles.”  Bottles Recycling

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

PCR Plastics – Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste 29-05-2024

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Bottle-to-bottle – Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands 22-06-2024

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Nylon 66 chip market outlook for Q3 2024

In terms of mainstream factory quotations, in June, Invista’s HMDA contract price was released at 25,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt from the previous month. The deep decline in HMDA prices during end-Apr to early May was mainly due to the eased supply tension, as Tianchen Qixiang has restarted its HMDA production and formed effective supply to the market, with mainstream transactions around 23,000yuan/mt, and some low-priced orders appeared. With weak downstream chip demand, HMDA prices lack sufficient support. Bottle-to-bottle

In terms of mainstream factory quotations, in June, Invista’s HMDA contract price was released at 25,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt from the previous month. The deep decline in HMDA prices during end-Apr to early May was mainly due to the eased supply tension, as Tianchen Qixiang has restarted its HMDA production and formed effective supply to the market, with mainstream transactions around 23,000yuan/mt, and some low-priced orders appeared. With weak downstream chip demand, HMDA prices lack sufficient support. Bottle-to-bottle

Looking back to the beginning of the year, HMDA prices have been rising up significantly, with Invista’s contract price rising from 22,000yuan/mt to a highest at 26,500yuan/mt in end Apr, and spot prices rising from 22,000yuan/mt to as high as 26,000yuan/mt, up around 4,000-4,500yuan/mt. But its downstream nylon 66 chip only rose from 19,700yuan/mt to 22,600yuan/mt, up around 2,900yuan/mt.

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Encina and BASF Forge Long-Term Partnership for Circular Raw Materials Supply

Encina Development Group, LLC (Encina), a producer of ISCC PLUS certified circular chemicals, and BASF have announced a long-term supply agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene derived from post-consumer end-of-life plastics. This agreement marks a significant step in sustainable sourcing, reinforcing BASF’s commitment to the circular economy by integrating more chemically recycled, circular-based raw materials into its production processes. BASF plans to utilize the chemically recycled benzene within its extensive Ccycled® product portfolio. Bottle-to-bottle

Thomas Ohlinger, Vice President Traded Products at BASF, emphasized the importance of this partnership: “Using benzene derived from post-consumer plastics in BASF’s value chains highlights our ongoing commitment to transitioning towards non-fossil and circular alternatives. Our collaboration with Encina enhances BASF’s transformation by increasing recycling-based feedstocks, enabling us to offer more Ccycled products to our customers in industries such as packaging, textiles, and automotive.”

Encina’s proprietary catalytic technology produces high-yield circular feedstocks essential for manufacturing everyday and innovative plastics. Bottle-to-bottle

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Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim deliver bottle-to-bottle recycling plant to Magpet

For Indian preform and plastic packaging manufacturer Magpet Polymer Pvt Ltd, Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim are collaborating technologies in construction of an entire plant for bottle-to-bottle recycling from a single source.

In addition to mechanical processing of used PET bottles, the recycling system encompasses all process steps leading up to extrusion with a ZSK twin screw extruder including pelletizing and an SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactor.

This PET bottle recycling system is designed for a throughput of 5,500 kg/h.

It will deliver PET recyclate that is approved by the European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for direct contact with food. Moreover, the PET pellets manufactured on this bottle-to-bottle line are brand owner approved. Bottle-to-bottle

“Magpet has always pursued the goal to be a first mover when it comes to embracing new technology,” said Devendra Surana, Managing Director of Magpet, a part of Magnum Group.

“This PET recycling unit is a big step in that direction. And it goes hand in hand with our efforts to take over business responsibly for a bigger eco purpose.

We are excited to partner with Herbold and Coperion to set up this state-of-the-art PET bottle recycling line in India.” Bottle-to-bottle

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Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands

This collaboration has led to the development of a new, high-quality LDPE recycling method. Low-Density PolyEthylene (LDPE), commonly used in plastic bags and shrink wrap, is typically collected in mixed batches after use. The challenge lies in its non-homogeneous nature, requiring different processing techniques. Consequently, LDPE has traditionally been recycled into low-value products like garbage bags, which are incinerated after use. Bottle-to-bottle

To address this, Bollegraaf is building a sorting plant with a capacity of 13.5 tonnes per hour. This new facility will significantly increase the proportion of reusable LDPE from 10% to an impressive 70%-80%. The plant employs a novel sorting method based on chemical properties, a first for LDPE recycling, and unprecedented at this scale.

For those interested in learning more, Bollegraaf and Broeckx will officially launch this breakthrough at the PRSE event in RAI Amsterdam on June 19 and 20. Visitors can find them at booths A4 and B6.  Bottle-to-bottle

For those unable to attend, Sales Director Arjen Molenaar is available to provide further information. This advancement promises to revolutionize LDPE recycling, transforming it from low-value reuse to a high-quality, sustainable process.

Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands

Transform Materials and Johnson Matthey collaborate on more sustainable routes for PVC manufacturing

Transform Materials has joined forces with Johnson Matthey plc in a new partnership that will see scientists and engineers at both companies apply their combined expertise with the aim of revolutionizing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production through a novel, lower-carbon-emission, mercury-free process. Bottle-to-bottle

The collaboration brings together Transform Materials’ advanced technology for producing acetylene from a range of short-chain hydrocarbons and Johnson Matthey’s unique, mercury-free technology and catalyst offering for converting acetylene to VCM. Acetylene is typically produced by hydrolysis of calcium carbide and is a critical building block in many chemical processes. Last year, Transform Materials announced a supply agreement for low-carbon acetylene with global manufacturing firm Denka.

Calcium carbide is produced via an energy-intensive process that uses coal and limestone as feedstocks, while VCM is converted to PVC via a polymerization reaction. Traditionally, mercury has been the catalyst of choice to hydrochlorinate acetylene to monomer VCM. However, with the ratification of the worldwide Minimata treaty, the use of mercury catalysts in new VCM plants is now banned. JM’s proprietary catalyst offers a solution for new and existing VCM plants. Bottle-to-bottle

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Dow Enhances Mechanical Recycling Capabilities with Circulus Acquisition

Dow has signed an agreement to acquire Circulus, a prominent North American recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR). The acquisition includes Circulus’ facilities in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Arab, Alabama, which together provide an annual recycling capacity of 50,000 metric tons. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, pending customary regulatory approvals.

“This acquisition combines Dow’s leading materials science technology with Circulus’ expertise in film recycling, advancing our 2030 Transform the Waste goal,” stated Karen S. Carter, President, Packaging & Specialty Plastics. Bottle-to-bottle

“It enhances our ability to produce higher-performing circular products, meeting the growing demands of brands and consumers.”

Dow’s expertise in high-performance resins and materials science, paired with Circulus’ mechanical film recycling capabilities, will broaden Dow’s offerings. Bottle-to-bottle

This includes applications such as collation shrink packaging, stretch film, liners, and select food packaging, extending to industrial, consumer, and transportation markets.

This acquisition aligns with Dow’s commitment to transform plastic waste and alternative feedstocks into 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually by 2030.

Dow Enhances Mechanical Recycling Capabilities with Circulus Acquisition

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Chemical recycling – Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity 21-06-2024

PCR Plastics – Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste 29-05-2024

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FORVIA’S innovative and eco-responsible technologies to equip the future Renault 5 E-Tech

Sustainable products for eco-friendly mobility

With Sustainability becoming ever more crucial to consumers, Renault has made the choice to respond to this demand by packing its new all-electric car with low-CO2 materials supplied by FORVIA, such as NAFILean-R and Ecorium, which include recycled content and bio composites. MATERI’ACT, FORVIA’s sustainable materials division, supplies the Renault 5 E-Tech with NAFILean-R, a multi-awarded bio composite incorporating 20% natural hemp fibers with a matrix of fully recycled polypropylene coming from post-consumer waste.  PCR Plastics

It is used for the first time on board a vehicle, for the complete structural part of the instrument panel. Developed and supplied by MATERI’ACT, together with Veolia and APM, this material offers 73% CO2 emissions reduction together with 20% weight saving without compromising on stringent specifications for resistance, crash safety and cabin air quality.

Ecorium, a premium trimming material for seats representing an alternative to animal leather, will also be available in certain models of the new E-Tech. This material, also made from recycled plastic and hemp, offers a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional leather.  PCR Plastics

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Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste

This project, based at Ecovyst’s technology center in Conshohocken, involves 45 scientists and technicians working on advanced zeolitic catalysts and materials.

The key to this initiative is Ecovyst’s Opal Infinity zeolitic catalysts, introduced last year. These catalysts increase the thermal efficiency of pyrolysis, a process that breaks down polymer chains in the absence of oxygen to produce pyrolysis oil and syngas. These products can replace fossil feedstocks in new plastic production, promoting a circular economy.  PCR Plastics

The technology center already had facilities for polymerization tests on AlphaPol polyethylene catalysts, and the new reactor further enhances its capabilities. The center’s existing laboratories and pilot units are now complemented by this advanced reactor, facilitating the development of efficient chemical recycling processes.

Lucy Innes, General Manager of Zeolyst International, emphasizes the importance of collaboration with customers to develop advanced zeolite-based materials and catalysts. “Our goal is to transition from laboratory scale to pilot and large-scale production, ensuring quality, value, and speed. The Opal Infinity zeolites enhance the efficiency of thermal processes and optimize product distribution, crucial for improving the cost-effectiveness of chemical plastic recycling.”  PCR Plastics

This initiative represents a significant step towards sustainable plastic waste management and the creation of valuable products from recycled materials.

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PepsiCo has announced financial support for the expansion of GreenDot’s plastic recycling capacities. GreenDot, a German waste management and recycling group, is constructing a sorting plant in Ennshafen, Austria, with a capacity to sort 100,000 tonnes of lightweight packaging annually

Last year, GreenDot acquired Synextra, an Italian material recovery facility, to prepare feedstock for chemical recycling.

This new collaboration aims to expand GreenDot’s network of mechanical and chemical recycling facilities in Europe. PepsiCo will gain access to more recycled plastics for its snack packaging, aiming to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in all its European crisp and chip bags by 2030.  PCR Plastics

While the investment amount remains undisclosed, the companies stated that the long-term collaboration establishes a new business model, closing the loop between waste plastic and recycled content in packaging. Laurent Auguste, CEO of GreenDot, highlighted that this agreement is a significant milestone for the industry, promoting a circular economy for plastic packaging. GreenDot plans to invest in developing packaging recycling capacities, including chemical recycling of polyolefins, offering scalable solutions for the food industry.

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Dow recently celebrated its commitment to sustainable automotive progress with the “New Era, New Mobility” forum in Shanghai

Coinciding with the Shanghai E-Prix of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the event showcased Dow’s partnership with Jaguar TCS Racing and highlighted its dedication to innovation in electric vehicles (EVs).

The forum featured discussions on the future of sustainable mobility, focusing on the consumer experience in EVs, emphasizing comfort and safety, and exploring the electrification landscape.  PCR Plastics

Industry experts gathered to share insights and strategies for advancing sustainable transportation in China, a key market for Dow.

Marking Dow China’s 45th anniversary, the forum also celebrated Dow’s significant expansion in Greater China, including state-of-the-art facilities in Shanghai and Zhangjiagang. These developments reflect Dow’s role in supporting China’s shift towards sustainable mobility solutions.

Dow MobilityScience™, leveraging over 100 years of transportation expertise, continues to innovate with materials like resins, adhesives, elastomers, and foams aimed at decarbonization and boosting EV performance. Jon Penrice and Cherry Zhu, presidents of Dow MobilityScience™ and Dow Greater China respectively, stressed the importance of global collaboration for a sustainable automotive future.  PCR Plastics

Dow recently celebrated its commitment to sustainable automotive progress with the “New Era, New Mobility” forum in Shanghai

Marubeni Corporation, Neste, and Resonac Corporation have joined forces to advance the production of renewable chemicals in Japan

This partnership centers around Neste RE™, a renewable raw material supplied by Neste, which will be utilized at Resonac’s Oita Complex to produce renewable olefins and derivatives. Marubeni will handle the logistics and supply chain from Neste to Resonac.

Neste RE™ is a bio-based feedstock derived entirely from renewable materials like waste and residue oils and fats. Used in steam crackers, Neste RE™ replaces conventional fossil-based feedstocks such as naphtha, aiding in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Carrie Song, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Renewable Products at Neste, highlighted the significance of this collaboration: “Replacing fossil resources in plastics production is a major industry challenge. Partnering with Marubeni and Resonac exemplifies our commitment to sustainability.”  PCR Plastics

Yoshiaki Yokota, Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Infrastructure Solution Group at Marubeni, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative: “We aim to contribute to the petrochemical industry’s carbon neutrality by establishing a trade flow of renewable feedstocks alongside conventional materials.”

Marubeni Corporation, Neste, and Resonac Corporation have joined forces to advance the production of renewable chemicals in Japan

Alpla and Re-Purpose Partner to Enhance Plastics Recycling in South Africa

Plastic packaging manufacturer ALPLA Group and waste repurposing company Re-Purpose have formed a strategic partnership to boost sustainable packaging and fortify the feedstock value chain for ALPLA’s first PET recycling facility in Africa. ALPLA is investing €60 million to construct a recycling plant in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, with completion expected by early 2025. This facility will produce over 35,000 tons of recycled PET annually.  PCR Plastics

Re-Purpose, based in Durban, specializes in reverse logistics for post-consumer plastic waste through source-oriented collection programs. With four material recovery facilities in KwaZulu-Natal, Re-Purpose aims to empower local communities and buy-back centers to collect and divert substantial plastic waste, creating jobs and income for previously disadvantaged individuals.

This partnership is projected to generate numerous jobs in KwaZulu-Natal and potentially across South Africa. Re-Purpose will optimize its existing baling centers and establish new ones to enhance PET bottle collection. Additionally, Re-Purpose will support ALPLA in building a strategic supplier base for PET bottle bales and work with key stakeholders to expand community outreach and source-separation programs.  PCR Plastics

The goal is to collect 5,000 tons of PET monthly, a volume necessary for ALPLA’s plant to operate at full capacity by 2026.

ALPLA and Re-Purpose Partner to Enhance Plastics Recycling in South Africa

Mocom Launches Carbon Fiber Compounding Department in Germany

The Otto Krahn group has inaugurated a new thermoplastic composites production department in Germany. Mocom, a German company, opened this new facility at its Gardelegen factory, dedicated to compounding technopolymers reinforced with carbon fibers, with an annual capacity of 3,000 tonnes. This project, announced last October, is part of a nearly 10 million euro investment in the German site.

The new department initially launched an extrusion line and equipment for carbon fiber processing, but the building is designed to accommodate additional production lines in the future.  PCR Plastics

To enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, the facility features a photovoltaic system on the roof and utilizes heat generated by machinery for heating purposes.

Mocom, part of the Otto Krahn group, employs 900 people across five factories: three in Germany (Hamburg, Zuelpich, and Gardelegen) and two abroad (Changshu, China, and Duncan, USA). Its main target sectors include automotive, electrical and electronics, home and garden, and sports and leisure.  PCR Plastics

Mocom Launches Carbon Fiber Compounding Department in Germany

Post-consumer plastic – Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers 28-05-2024

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Post-consumer plastic – Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers 28-05-2024

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In the first five months of the year, PlasticFinder, an e-commerce platform for the plastics industry, saw a 30% growth in recycled products, with over 100 new users registered

This trend, explained by PlasticFinder’s president Stefano Chiaramondia, is driven by new European regulations, consumer demand, and brand owners’ interest in quality recycled plastic.

Chiaramondia highlights the need for qualified partners to guide companies and the supply chain through the complex transition to a circular economy. The challenge is compounded by the insufficient quantity of recycled plastic in Europe, necessitating imports from outside the EU, which must meet strict conformity standards. Post-consumer plastic

European converters, accustomed to importing virgin materials, may also turn to imported recycled plastics. However, market dynamics differ due to European regulations ensuring material quality and traceability. To meet growing demand, Europe must import compliant non-EU recycled products, adhering to current regulations.

Non-compliant materials are deemed waste under these regulations, posing significant risks to processing companies, including criminal liabilities. PlasticFinder offers tools to ensure the conformity of recycled plastics, such as the end-of-waste certification and REACH compliance for major polymers like PET, HDPE, and LDPE. Post-consumer plastic

To support companies, PlasticFinder will launch a new recycled plastic assessment service, debuting on June 19-20 in Amsterdam at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2024. This free service for registered companies will help verify if their products can be marketed in Europe and provide solutions if needed.

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At IFAT in Munich, the Erema Group and Lindner Washtech unveiled how intelligent energy management and efficient data communication enhance recycled pellet quality in plastics recycling

This collaboration marked the first results of their joint venture.

The key to innovative plastics recycling lies in optimizing every step of the value chain. From material collection to final recycling, fine-tuning each process is crucial. Lindner and Erema’s cooperation, formalized under the BLUEONE Solutions holding, leverages their combined expertise. Erema, a leader in extruders and filtration for plastics recycling, and Lindner Washtech, known for shredding, sorting, and washing solutions, are driving this initiative.  Post-consumer plastic

Data transfer between the extruder and washing system is central to their strategy. “We developed a platform for data exchange,” said Manfred Hackl, CEO of the Erema Group. This enables precise data analysis, facilitating process improvements. For instance, the throughput data from Erema’s Pre Conditioning Unit can optimize the washing process, compensating for capacity fluctuations and boosting output. This step forwards digitalization significantly enhances recycling efficiency.

Efficient energy management is also vital. “We use heat from the extrusion process to power washing and drying,” explained Michael Lackner, Managing Director of Lindner.

Using synergies along the value chain is essential to meet quality standards for end applications. Collaboration between industry leaders like Lindner and Erema improves recycling processes, moving away from downcycling.  Post-consumer plastic

They have already demonstrated success with the HDPE recycling loop, producing high-quality, food-safe rHDPE pellets.

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How to Reduce Textile Waste in the Fashion Industry

The myopic approach of the fast fashion industry has become a major cause for concern. “Cheap clothing” which attracts millions of buyers in all parts of the world, is not so “cheap” after all. The earth pays the cost when 92 million tonnes of textile waste are dumped annually into landfills, and 42 million tonnes of plastic waste are created each year. These shocking textile waste statistics should be enough to jolt us into action.

“Shop less, think more.” – Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer said it best.

Change needs to come from within.  Post-consumer plastic

There is so much that can be done. Many businesses are adopting sustainable methods to help counter the crisis.

Let us take a look at the steps that can and are being taken to help reduce textile waste in the fashion industry.

Choosing Eco-friendly Innovative Fabrics 

Our landfill sites are brimming to the top. This is not only because excessive amounts of waste are generated during the various stages of a fabric’s life cycle, but also because this waste does not biodegrade. Replacing synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon with sustainable ones will be a step in the right direction.  Post-consumer plastic

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Sustainable Textiles for Innovative Interiors

The increasing demand for sustainable textile is driven by the urgent need to reduce environmental impact and introduce innovative solutions across various industries, including marine, automotive, hospitality, healthcare, and cruise lines. Our comprehensive range of eco-friendly materials, such as eco-friendly sustainable faux leathervegan faux leatherlightweight marine-grade faux leather, and recyclable fiber, is designed to meet these demands while promoting sustainability.

Innovative Sustainable Materials

The portfolio of sustainable textiles includes pioneering materials such as:

Seaweed Bioplastics: This innovative bioplastic, derived from abundant marine seaweed, captures carbon from the atmosphere and supports continuous recycling. Post-consumer plastic

Cork: Biodegradable and recyclable, cork is harvested sustainably from the outer bark of trees, allowing the trees to continue sequestering carbon.

Bacterial Nanocellulose: Made from renewable marine seaweed, this material captures atmospheric carbon, contributing to the eco-friendly credentials of sustainable textiles.

Soy Extract: Enhances carbon-14 bio-content through plant-based solvents extracted from soybeans.  Post-consumer plastic

Food Waste: Innovative alternatives to traditional leather, such as those made from potato peels and coffee grounds, reduce waste and promote sustainability.

Mycelium Leather: This fungal leather emits fewer greenhouse gases and consumes fewer resources than traditional plastic leather or livestock production, highlighting its role in the realm of sustainable textile.

Biobased Materials: These materials are derived from renewable sources, such as plants and agricultural waste, and are designed to be biodegradable and sustainable, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering carbon footprints.  Post-consumer plastic

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Recyclable Fibers in Sustainable Textiles

In addition to eco-friendly materials, recyclable fibers play a crucial role in sustainable textiles.

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Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers

Fiber-to-fiber recycling is an innovative process that converts textile waste into new fibers, which are then used to create new clothing and other textile products. This sustainable method addresses the growing concern of textile waste by repurposing discarded fabrics into valuable resources.

The process begins with sorting the fabric by color and type, including synthetic materials like polyester and rayon. This initial step ensures that the fibers are compatible for recycling and helps maintain the quality of the final product. Once sorted, the fabric is stripped down to its raw fiber form. These raw fibers are thoroughly cleaned to remove any impurities that could affect the quality of the new textiles.  Post-consumer plastic

After cleaning, the fibers can be dyed to achieve the desired color and then spun into yarn. This yarn is used to create new textiles, ranging from garments to insulation materials. The re-spinning process is crucial as it gives the fibers a new life, transforming them into versatile and high-quality products.

Fiber-to-fiber recycling not only helps reduce the environmental impact of textile waste but also promotes a circular economy. By reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, this process supports sustainable fashion and reduces the need for virgin materials. Post-consumer plastic

Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers

Has recycling failed as a solution to the plastic pollution crisis?

For many years, criticisms of plastic recycling – as a concept and as a solution to our plastic pollution crisis – have been offered. With the possibility of a global plastics treaty arriving by the end of this year, these arguments warrant consideration, especially with Greenpeace among their proponents. For its critics, plastic recycling remains, despite decades of effort, an unproven intervention because the toxicity and variety of contemporary plastics makes them inherently unsuitable for recycling.

In this year’s Big Plastic Count, Greenpeace claim that of the 1.7bn plastics binned each week (90bn annually), 58% was incinerated, 11% landfilled, 14% exported and just 17% recycled. So, will plastic recycling always be a dead-end – or does it have some part to play in a circular future?  Post-consumer plastic

Recycling plastics preserves, creates and releases toxins

Funded by the Norwegian Research Council and run by a group of Norwegian and Swiss research organisations, the PlastChem project created a database of over 16,000 chemicals and polymers used in the production of plastics around the world, concluding that more than 4,200 were ‘of concern because they are persistent, bioaccumulative, mobile and/or toxic.’ Post-consumer plastic

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The Two Types of Molecular Recycling at Eastman

At Eastman, we utilize two pioneering molecular recycling technologies: Polyester Renewal Technology (PRT) and Carbon Renewal Technology (CRT). These innovative methods play a crucial role in addressing the growing issue of plastic waste and advancing the circular economy.

Polyester Renewal Technology (PRT) focuses on recycling polyester plastics. Items such as soft drink bottles, carpets, and polyester-based clothing are prime candidates for this process. PRT works by breaking down these polyester products into their fundamental monomers through a process often referred to as “unzipping.”  Post-consumer plastic

This method not only ensures the effective recycling of polyester but also maintains the quality of the original material, enabling it to be reused in the production of new polyester items.

Carbon Renewal Technology (CRT), on the other hand, offers a broader approach to recycling various types of waste plastics. This technology converts complex plastic waste, which is often hard to recycle through traditional means, into basic molecular building blocks. These molecules can then be used to produce a wide range of materials and products. CRT is particularly valuable for its ability to handle mixed and contaminated plastics, which are typically challenging to recycle. Post-consumer plastic

The Two Types of Molecular Recycling at Eastman

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Plastics recycling – Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, has developed a new multifunctional polyester material with high breathability and UV protection 27-05-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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ITEM 20/05/2024 27/05/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,070 yuan/ton +20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 900 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,840 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton +30
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,860 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,910 yuan/ton 5,960 yuan/ton
+50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 740 $/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,520 yuan/ton 4,515 yuan/ton
-5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 528 $/ton 530 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,026 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
+14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,004 $/ton 1,018 $/ton +14
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,130 $/7on 1,125 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,425  yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton
+175
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,750 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,050 yuan/ton 8,175 yuan/ton +125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,550 yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,890 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,700  yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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21,200 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,300 yuan/ton 19,550 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,200 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,600 yuan/ton 9,650 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 8,970 yuan/ton 9,090 yuan/ton +120
Benzene overseas  market 1,042 $/ton 1,057 $/ton +15
Ethylene South East market 965 $/ton 955 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE market CIF 771 $/ton 766 $/ton -5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,500 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,950 yuan/ton 12,950 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,280 yuan/ton 7,330 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  677 $/ton 666 $/ton -11
Phenol domestic market 7,820 yuan/ton 7,707 yuan/ton -113

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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Group Partners with HYDS to Boost Green Hydrogen Use in Europe

px Group has announced a strategic partnership with H2 Solutions (HYDS), a Norwegian firm specializing in green hydrogen production plants. This collaboration aims to accelerate the energy transition towards a low-carbon future.

Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, highlighted the need for an integrated engineering and operating provider in the Nordic region, emphasizing their commitment to this role alongside HYDS. The partnership will initially focus on the Nordic region, with plans for future expansion across Europe. PET Bottles

Thor-Henrik W. Hagen, CEO of HYDS, noted the successful year-long cooperation between the companies, which revealed shared values, particularly a joint focus on safety. He emphasized the importance of securing capacity for balancing plant operations and the potential to develop, build, and operate hydrogen plants both domestically and internationally. PET Bottles

Raymond Smebye, Business Development Director Scandinavia at px Group, praised the partnership’s shared commitment to safety, talent, and decarbonization.

px Group, already managing multiple strategic energy assets in the UK, Norway, and other parts of Europe, sees this partnership as a significant step in their expansion.

HYDS operates Stord H2 and Kaupanes H2 in Norway and is developing several new projects. The partnership will leverage both companies’ strengths to optimize plant designs and prepare for larger hydrogen production operations.

HYDS’s projects are in the feasibility stage, with the first final investment decisions expected by mid-2025. PET Bottles

This announcement follows px Group’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in Lifte H2, a German hydrogen engineering firm. px Group is supported by Ara Partners, while HYDS is backed by Dalane Energi AS, Sunnhordland Kraftlag AS, and private investors.

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Consortium Develops Innovative Recycling for Polyurethane Mattress Foams

The Foam Recycling Ecosystem Evolution (FREE) project has launched, coordinated by Covestro, to revolutionize the recycling of end-of-life polyurethane (PU) mattress foams. This initiative combines chemical and mechanical processes to maximize material efficiency in creating a new cycle for flexible PU foam. Efficient sorting at dismantling plants is crucial for this process.

French company Ecomaison, dedicated to furniture recycling, collaborates with Covestro to employ advanced chemical recycling technologies. This process recovers both polyol and the precursor to isocyanate TDI from used foams. PET Bottles

Partners aim to recycle sorted polyurethane foams effectively by blending mechanical and chemical methods, enhancing efficiency. Besides Ecomaison and Covestro, French dismantling firm Secondly and Belgian mechanical recycling specialist Federal Eco Foam join the project, which is slated for a 24-month duration. Covestro coordinates the project, with partial funding from Ecomaison.

The FREE consortium is driven by the added value of recovered materials and the move towards a sustainable circular economy. They believe chemical and mechanical recycling can complement each other, with Secondly focusing on refining sorting processes to supply high-quality foam to recyclers. PET Bottles

This project will provide insights into the future of foam recycling, showing how market dynamics may evolve. Covestro’s innovative chemical recycling process, unique in recovering high-purity raw materials, supports this vision. Operating a pilot plant in Leverkusen, Covestro is committed to advancing these technologies for industrial application.

Covestro’s initiative, Evocycle® CQ, aims to achieve a fully circular economy. The chemolysis of PU mattress foam under the Evocycle® CQ Mattress program represents a pioneering step in this direction. PET Bottles

Consortium Develops Innovative Recycling for Polyurethane Mattress Foams

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Even Faster and More Effective: KHS Enhances Innofill PET DRV Filler

KHS has made significant improvements to its modular Innofill PET DRV filler, enhancing its speed and efficiency for filling still and carbonated beverages into PET bottles.

The Innofill PET DRV, typically used with a stretch blow molder in a duo block or with an additional labeler in a TriBlock, now features three major upgrades. Firstly, it offers higher speeds for large containers without sacrificing flexibility, redefining high speed with an output of up to 90,000 PET bottles per hour. Fiber Recycling

High Capacity for Large Containers

The new Innofill PET DRV HC (high capacity) filler option boosts machine output by up to 15% for containers holding 1.5 liters or more. This is achieved by raising the product bowl for a higher filling speed and introducing a three-step pneumatic switching valve for full flexibility. Beverage producers can now choose between three different filling speeds, ensuring optimal quality for both small and large containers.

Speed Further Increased

To meet the demands of markets like Asia, KHS has increased the DRV filler’s speed to up to 90,000 containers per hour for carbonated soft drinks. Advanced simulation technology ensures gentle and safe conveyance of beverage containers, preventing damage and spillage. Fiber Recycling

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BASF bolsters investment in its Performance Materials capacity and competencies in India

  • Polyurethane Technical Development Center India to be inaugurated in May and will support market development of polyurethane applications 
  • BASF will increase the capacity of Ultramid® PA and Ultradur® PBT in Panoli and Thane to capitalize on growing market demand in India 

Mumbai, India – May 23, 2024 – BASF India Limited will increase the production capacity of its Ultramid® polyamide (PA) and Ultradur® polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounding plant in Panoli, Gujarat and Thane, Maharashtra. Fiber Recycling

Its Polyurethane Technical Development Center India, to be inaugurated on 28 May in Mumbai, will support market development of polyurethane applications in industries such as transportation, construction, footwear, appliances and furniture.

“The capacity expansion of Ultramid and Ultradur in Panoli and Thane, as well as the inauguration of the Center shows our commitment to enhancing local production and capabilities. With this Made-in-India-for-India strategy, we increase our speed-to-market and stay close to our customers, enabling us to shorten our delivery time in terms of products, solutions and technical service,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. Fiber Recycling

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Double Acquisition for Maire Group

The Maire group, an Italian company, has signed an agreement to acquire APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland, enhancing its expertise in rubbers and bioplastics. This acquisition includes APS Evolution, the holding company controlling these entities.

APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland are engineering firms specializing in downstream projects in the petrochemical sector, focusing on tires and green chemistry, particularly biofuels and bioplastics. They offer comprehensive design services, ranging from feasibility studies to engineering, project management, procurement, plant construction, and training.  Fiber Recycling

The agreement stipulates a purchase price of approximately 7.7 million euros. An initial payment of 1.2 million euros is due upon completion, with the remaining 6.5 million euros paid in four installments over five years. The transaction is expected to close within three months, pending customary conditions.

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Loop Industries Collaborates With On and Unveils Launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon, a Shoe Manufactured With the Infinite Loop(TM) Fiber-To-Fiber Recycling Technology

Loop Industries, Inc., a clean technology company whose mission is to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber, today announced its collaboration with On, the Swiss sportswear brand, and unveiled the launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe.

This innovative shoe, part of On’s Circular Cyclon™ program, is a groundbreaking achievement in sustainable footwear, featuring an upper crafted from yarn made with Loop’s 100% recycled polyester fiber using the Infinite Loop™ fiber-to-fiber recycling technology. Fiber Recycling

This collaboration combines On’s commitment to performance and sustainability with Loop’s disruptive technology to manufacture a shoe that is not only manufactured with recycled polyester fiber but can also be recycled into new shoes endlessly. This closed-loop system minimizes waste and maximizes sustainability, setting a new standard for environmentally responsible footwear manufacturing.

Coloured, multi-material textile waste that was destined to be incinerated was diverted and upcycled into recycled polyester fiber and used in the upper of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe. Fiber Recycling

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Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

This process, however, comes with a significant cost of $2.09 ± $0.21 per kilogram. PS pyrolysis involves heating polystyrene in the absence of oxygen to break it down into smaller molecules.

When followed by distillation, this method can effectively produce high-purity styrene, a valuable chemical used in the manufacturing of various plastic products and synthetic rubbers.

Despite the promising yield and purity levels, the cost of the process remains a major challenge. Fiber Recycling

The high expense is attributed to the energy-intensive nature of pyrolysis and the subsequent distillation steps required to achieve the desired purity.

This cost factor could limit the commercial viability of PS pyrolysis for styrene production, especially when compared to traditional methods of producing styrene from petroleum-based feedstocks, which are generally more cost-effective.

Nevertheless, the ability to recycle polystyrene waste into high-purity styrene through pyrolysis offers a potential environmental benefit, reducing plastic waste and reliance on fossil fuels. Fiber Recycling

Further research and technological advancements are needed to optimize the process and reduce costs, making it a more competitive and sustainable alternative for styrene production.

Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

Recently, the global naphtha market saw a price drop. For the week ending May 17, 2024, U.S. naphtha prices fell by nearly 3%, from USD 590/MT to USD 573/MT. This decline was attributed to weaker oil demand and reduced geopolitical risk premiums. Oil futures markets turned bearish, with increased short selling. Despite demand concerns, major energy agencies made only minor adjustments to their estimates.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported slower growth in U.S. crude oil supply, contributing to the naphtha price decline. Lower demand and a price drop in the downstream naphtha market also played a role. Fiber Recycling

Decreased borrowing costs due to lower interest rates potentially increased oil demand and economic growth. Globally, weaker refinery demand and abundant supply weakened physical crude oil markets, further lowering naphtha prices.

In Brazil, naphtha prices also fell due to decreased domestic demand and reduced geopolitical risks in the Middle East. This easing of tensions removed uncertainties that typically inflated prices, creating a more favorable pricing environment.

In Asia, oil prices fell, leading to lower naphtha prices. Investors anticipated that high U.S. inflation and interest rates would reduce consumer and industrial demand. Additionally, shutdowns at various crackers in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan contributed to the price decline. Japan’s crude oil import strategy shift, reducing imports from Saudi Arabia and increasing U.S. shipments, also influenced prices. Fiber Recycling

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

INEOS Inovyn has launched two new PVC pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

This initiative is part of the strategic ‘Project Circle,’ aiming to commission an industrial unit with a 40KT recyclable capacity by 2030. These plants will accelerate technologies for recycling non-mechanically recyclable PVC, enhancing Europe’s PVC recycling capabilities.

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