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-Starlinger Viscotec technology aids in PET thermoform recycling

The deCON iV+ decontamination dryer increases the IV of PET flakes produced from recycling thermoformed containers.

While demand is strong for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle flakes, that is not yet the case for PET flakes made from thermoformed containers. In the U.S., roughly 15 percent of PET thermoformed materials, such as clamshells, cups, trays and boxes, are recovered from the recycling stream, according to American Starlinger-Sahm Inc., Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

“In the North American market, postconsumer thermoforms are generally not captured in the PET recycling stream,” says Jeff Cornell, vice president of sales at American Starlinger-Sahm. “This is changing with new legislation and improved technologies to sort out this valuable material.”

Because PET thermoforms have a lower intrinsic viscosity (IV) than PET bottles and are amorphous, the material needs pretreatment, the company says.

Starlinger Viscotec technology aids in PET thermoform recycling

-Asia PE, benzene supply tight on firm demand, economic recovery

Asia’s supply of polyethylene (PE) and benzene is tight amid plant shutdowns among suppliers in the face of rising demand as the region’s pace of economic recovery strengthens.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) upgraded the 2021 growth forecast for emerging and developing Asian economies to 8.6%, reflecting a stronger recovery than initially expected after lockdowns were eased in some large countries.

For southeast Asia, PE import supply is likely to remain tight for a few more weeks due to plant maintenance scheduled in April and May, particularly in Thailand.

In India, a major producer is also due to shut its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant for maintenance in April. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Most other producers elsewhere in Asia, however, are not due for any shutdowns until mid-year.

“The import cargoes from the US might keep tight for [the] Asian market in April due to strong demand in the US, although more plants in the US resumed [production] from March,” said ICIS senior analyst Amy Yu.

Asia PE, benzene supply tight on firm demand, economic recovery

-Unlocking Sustainability: Avient to Showcase Solutions for a Circular Economy at Chinaplas 2021

Avient Corporation will feature its portfolio of sustainable materials and colorant technologies at Chinaplas 2021.

These new and existing materials, additives, and colorants help to reduce energy use, increase the use of recycled content, and improve recycled material performance for applications in the packaging, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Say-Eng Lee, VP and GM, Color and Additives Asia, said: “From colour modelling to the latest advances in materials science, Avient is unlocking the potential of sustainability in Asia and globally. For example, our recently opened CycleWorks facility in Italy is providing cutting-edge support for the development of new and sustainable masterbatch formulations, many of which we will display at Chinaplas.”

Unlocking Sustainability: Avient to Showcase Solutions for a Circular Economy at Chinaplas 2021

-Commodity Resin Prices Rise, But PP Falls

Supply constraints continue to be a key factor in further resin price increases.

Continued strong demand and supply constraints in feedstocks and/or resins drove prices of PE, PS and PVC sharply up  again, with prices of PET also higher. That supply/demand scenario applies even more so to PP, but monomer dropped by nearly 20¢/lb and PP followed suit to a point, as suppliers continued to issue monthly non-monomer price hikes. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Some “price corrections” are likely this month or next as recovery of supplier inventories is expected for all the largest-volume commodity resins, except for PP. These are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors at PetroChemWire (PCW), and CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange.

Commodity Resin Prices Rise, But PP Falls

-Ampacet adds additives to production in Russia

New York-based Ampacet has expanded its plant in Tver, Russia. Additive production started up earlier this year.

Materials maker Ampacet Corp. has added production of plastic additives at its plant in Tver, Russia.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ampacet began production of those materials at the site early this year, officials said in a news release. They said the new line features the latest technology in additives production and was engineered with a focus on safety, ergonomics and environmental impact.

Energy and water systems have been designed to produce minimal environmental impact at the site, officials added.

“Our deep knowledge of the Russian market, together with Ampacet’s innovative products, allow us to meet regional customer needs,” Russia general manager Alexei Fomtsov said in the release.

Ampacet has operated in Russia since 2008, when it began production of color concentrates. Officials said that localizing the color business “has met with tremendous success,” helping Ampacet to become the leader in the Russian color concentrates market with more than 1,200 customers.

The Russian market “is growing rapidly and local presence is key to providing the proper service to our customers,” Europe managing director Marcello Bergamo added.

Ampacet’s expansion in Russia is the latest in a series of European moves for the firm. In 2017, Ampacet started a new color concentrates production line in Dudelange, Luxembourg. In 2018, the firm opened a new additive production line in Messancy, Belgium. Additional lines doubled the firm’s color concentrates capacity in Dudelange in 2019.

Ampacet adds additives to production in Russia

-SULZER CHEMTECH AND BOREALIS DEVELOP NEW EXTRUSION PROCESS FOR EXPANDED PP

Sulzer Chemtech Ltd. (Winterthur, Switzerland) and Borealis Group AG (Vienna, Austria) have completed the development of an innovative process for the cost-effective extrusion of expanded polypropylene (ePP) beads.

Polypropylene (PP) is a highly effective material, offering advanced mechanical properties and being well suited for reusing and recycling. To support the large-scale adoption of ePP, Sulzer Chemtech is now launching a new and innovative production line. Developed together with raw material supplier Borealis, the resulting solution supports the end market efforts towards more circular solutions and is expected to cut manufacturing costs by up to 60%.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

As opposed to conventional autoclave production methods, Sulzer Chemtech’s innovative system relies on extrusion with direct gas impregnation, offering an easy to implement alternative with a quick return on investment. Foam molders, such as packaging manufacturers, can implement the compounding line to considerably reduce the costs associated with material supply, warehousing and intermediate transportation. As a result, companies can offer ePP parts at more competitive prices while supporting the adoption of easy to recycle polyolefin applications.

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-Clearing up the bioplastic confusion

In clean and sterile environments there is a need for a lot of single-use consumables that contain plastic, but this poses an obvious environmental challenge. The categories of ‘green’ plastics can be confusing, and clarifying the terminology of these bioplastics is vital to their increased use in industry

It’s a bit of a cliché to say the world is changing but this has never been more true than in 2020. This year has put the spotlight on more things than a virus. The green agenda has at last been seen as a top priority for governments globally, and one of the biggest developments in industry in recent years that assists in “going green” is the uptake of biodegradables and related resources. This has been demonstrated by a steady rise in the use of bioplastics with its many applications. But the terminology within bioplastics can be confusing; so in this article we are going to demystify the language around plastics and related terminology that you are likely to see more often into 2021 and beyond.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Here are some of the most common terms used on the subject.

Bio-sourced

Bio-based

Biodegradable

Compostable

Recyclable

Plant Based

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-2021 Plastics Recycling Conference: Pandemic boosts resin demand

Demand increase has been met by supply constraints, improving margins.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for single-use packaging and personal protective equipment (PPE) made from plastics. At the same time, the supply of polyolefins, such as polypropylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) have been reduced as hurricanes and winter weather have affected virgin production along the Gulf Coast.

Joel Morales, the Houston-based executive director of Polyolefins Americas at IHS Markit, said the pandemic resulted in a great deal of demand for polyethylene in 2020. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Morales spoke during the Resin Market Update at the 2021 Plastics Recycling Conference, which is taking place online April 7-8.

While many industries braced for a “really bad year” in 2020 because of the pandemic, Morales said the opposite happened for a number of industries, including plastics, which contributed to pricing power and margin growth for virgin resin producers.

He added that he expects margin resiliency and pricing power in the virgin polyethylene (PE) sector to dissipate as new capacity begins to come online, with the impact expected to hit midyear.

Morales said sustainability “took a back seat in 2020” as protecting people from the coronavirus took priority, increasing consumption of single-use plastic packaging and demand for plastics used in hygiene and medical applications.

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-Eissmann Automotive Absorbs Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions

The successful takeover of plastics expert KTSN and additional expertise positions the group as a technology integrator and more effective partner for customers in the automotive industry, said the company.

Eissmann Automotive KTSN GmbH announced today that it is now wholly part of the Eissmann Group and that the operational merger of Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions GmbH & Co. KG has been completed. The Minda subsidiary in Poland will be renamed Eissmann Automotive Polska Sp.zo.o. Robert Kozielski will head management of the Eissmann plant in Pirna, Germany, southeast of Dresden, and Jacek Stefański will continue as manager in Poland.

Eissmann Group reports that it was able to reach all closing conditions as planned on March 31. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Minda KTSN was the German subsidiary of India’s auto parts maker Minda Corp. and had built a reputation for injection molding gloveboxes, seat-back panels, cup holders, and other plastic components for the automotive industry at plants in Pirna, Mexico, and Poland. It filed for bankruptcy protection in Germany in June 2020, after the parent company chose to stop investing capital, reported The Hindu newspaper at the time.

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-Celanese expands Asian compounding capacity; adding on UHMW-PE and acetyls capacities globally

Chemical firm Celanese Corporation has announced a number of initiatives to increase its capacity globally. The first of this is to initiate a three-year plan to expand engineered materials compounding capacities at the company’s Asia facilities, including the locations of Nanjing, China; Suzhou, China; and Silvassa, India.

To support the significant business growth expected, Celanese has begun planning for the following Asia expansion investments:

  1. i) Nanjing, China compounding and LFT expansion: the intended scope of this project adds approximately 52 kilotonnes of compounding and long-fibre thermoplastics (LFT) capacity at the company’s Nanjing integrated chemical complex by the second half of 2023. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics
  2. ii) Suzhou, China nylon expansion: the intended scope of this project adds approximately 7 kilotonnes of nylon compounding capacity at the company’s Suzhou facility by the second quarter of 2022.

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-Ecopet lainched a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate

Ecopet plant (Kaliningrad) has developed a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the company said.

Thus, Ecopet notes that it is developing promising directions and has released a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate – Ekopet 64 FG, which is suitable for the manufacture of BOPET films and can be used in the production of polyester fibers, from which, in turn, nonwoven materials for technical purposes are obtained.

Also, in June 2020, the company passed the product certification procedure at the Russian Export Center and received the Made in Russia label. This increases the recognition of domestic products in foreign markets, and also confirms their quality, safety and environmental friendliness.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Report, tensions on the Russian PET market continue in early April. The deficit in the spot market for granules will remain in the current month. Producer Senezh reported no free material on the spot in April. Ecopet plant also noted the absence of spot volumes of granulate in the current month.

-Partners foam at the extruder

Sulzer Chemtech and Borealis have completed the development of a process for the extrusion of expanded polypropylene (ePP) beads, which claims to cut manufacturing costs by up to 60 per cent.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

As opposed to conventional autoclave production methods, Sulzer Chemtech’s system relies on extrusion with direct gas impregnation, offering an alternative that the company claims promises a quick return on investment.

Foam moulders, such as packaging manufacturers, can implement the compounding line to considerably reduce the costs associated with material supply, warehousing and intermediate transportation, claim the two companies.

Additional benefits include having full control over the properties of the ePP, such as bulk density, closed cell content and bead size distribution, as well as flexibility in fine-tuning the recipes. In addition, Sulzer Chemtech and Borealis are developing an alternative that can use carbon dioxide, supporting different customer needs and plant settings.

Partners foam at the extruder

-Greiner installs $5m line for food-safe recycled PET

Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland has invested more than £3.7 million ($5.1m) in a PET decontamination and extrusion line to enable the use of more recycled materials across its pot and tub range.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Recycled flake is cleaned and washed, before having impurities removed by the decontamination unit to create a food-safe material. This is integrated with a greater material feed system at the Dungannon, Northern Ireland plant, which is directly linked to an extrusion line. This equipment and process arrangement gives flexibility to utilise recycled input materials, virgin or a combination of both.

Greiner declined to name the supplier(s) of the new equipment.

Greiner installs $5m line for food-safe recycled PET

-Driscoll’s becomes first U.S.-based produce company to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s, the world’s fresh berry leader, joins The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries while minimizing an environmental impact. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, and unites more than 500 signatories behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which plastics stay in the economy and out of the environment.

“Better berries deserve better packaging. We have the opportunity to collaborate with many of the world’s leading brands throughout the journey to sustainable packaging in order to achieve scalable and economically viable solutions,” said J. Miles Reiter, Driscoll’s Chairman and CEO. “Signing the Global Commitment elevates our existing work by holding us to a higher standard, and serves as a commitment to transparency as well as annual reporting to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic.”  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Driscoll’s becomes first U.S.-based produce company to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

-WITTMANN G-Max granulators are always under tension

Plastic sprues are typically composed of clean production scrap and can therefore be reused. The G-Max series of compact beside-the-press granulators is specifically designed for closed-loop material recycling of sprues/runners that are discharged from injection moulding machines up to 500 tonnes clamping force. The compact WITTMANN G-Max series operates quietly and efficiently, grinding soft to medium-hard plastic sprues and defective parts.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

G-Max 13 beside-the-press granulator from WITTMANN: view of the belt drive with automatic tensioning system.

The granulators of the G-Max series are driven by a Poly-V belt transmission. Self-pre-tensioning belt drives ensure much more adaptability to all applications when grinding sprues and runners. The high torque of the rotor and a solid flywheel provide more cutting power for smooth, steady, and reliable operation when processing parts with cross-sectional thickness.

WITTMANN G-Max granulators are always under tension

-US Occidental, biotech firm to build CO2-to-bioethylene pilot plant

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), and the biotechnology firm Cemvita Factory plan to build a bioethylene pilot plant that will produce the monomer from manmade carbon dioxide (CO2), the companies said on Tuesday.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

The pilot plant will have a capacity of 1 tonne/month and produce bioethylene using CO2, water and light. It should start up in 2022. The companies did not say where it will build the plant.

The technology is competitive with ethylene produced from hydrocarbons, although the companies did not specify any prices.

The process was developed by taking a gene from a banana and genetically engineering it into Cemvita’s microorganism, said Tara Karimi, chief technology officer of Cemvita.

If successful, the project could provide Occidental with another source of ethylene, which it uses to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), said Robert Zeller, vice president of technology for OLCV.

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-Crystallizing Dryer for Small Batches

Resin is crystallized and dried with the same desiccant dryer that is used to supply dry air to the hopper bank.

For processors who would like to crystallize small batches of PET and other amorphous resins, Dri-Air has integrated a closed loop dry-air recirculating system into the hopper bank, allowing for crystallizing and drying of multiple batches of materials.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Complete flexibility is designed into the system so that temperatures, hold times and recirculating times can be custom tailored for each hopper. This allows processors to crystallize different types of materials for multiple batch processing.

A reportedly unique feature of the Dri-Air crystallizing system is that the resin is crystallized and dried with the same desiccant dryer that is used to supply dry air to the hopper bank. Eliminating the need to dry the resin in a separate dryer after crystallizing has occurred saves time and effort. Simply switch the system to drying mode and the resin in the hopper will be dried to the correct moisture levels.

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-US Origin and SANS expand partnership to develop renewable PX from biomas

US Origin and AECI SANS Technical Fibres announced an expansion of a partnership to develop Origin’s process to convert biomass into paraxylene (PX).

The partnership includes an agreement to buy carbon-negative polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be used in a wide array of end products, including clothing, intimate apparel, footwear, and automotive sewing thread applications.

SANS is a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, a strategic investor in Origin. The company makes thread for apparel and automotive applications.

The two companies will also work together to develop and commercialise new products based on Origin’s process to make renewable PX.

Origin’s process takes woody biomass and converts it into an intermediate that can be used to make renewable PX. The process is carbon negative. Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

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-LDPE and LLDPE Made of 100% PCR

Nova Chemicals has launched its first three 100% PE-PCR resins for flexible film applications.

The first of a broad portfolio of PE PCR resins that will be brought to market by Nova Chemicals to help brand owners and converters meet their packaging sustainability goals have made their commercial debut. The three new 100% PCR LDPE and LLDPE  grades, said to be ideal for a range of flexible film applications are:

▪  Natural rLLDPE/LDPE is collected from distribution centers and is suited for collation shrink, stretch wrap and e-commerce applications.

▪  Natural rLLDPE/LDPE, a recycled agricultural film that is ideal for re-use in agricultural films, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, and for e-commerce applications.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

▪  White rLLDPE PCR manufactured from closed-loop agricultural and irrigation film recyclate, this resin is for use in agricultural film, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, trash bags and liners and e-commerce applications.

Greg DeKunder, Nova’s v.p. of marketing, said the company’s new product offerings are backed by industry-leading technical support, designed to help film producers, converters and brand owners incorporate more PCR into packaging applications without sacrificing performance. “We have a dedicated team with extensive applications and additive expertise helping customers accelerate their applications development work. Our goal is for Nova Chemicals to be a one-stop resource, providing the products and technical resources companies need to achieve their sustainability goals.”

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-Sheet Lines Feature ‘No Dry’ Capabilities

Vented extruder design degasses material to make pre-drying unnecessary.

Sheet extrusion lines from Germany’s Breyer GmbH can be equipped with vented single-screw extruders that when running hygroscopic resin allow the material to be processed without needing to dry it first. The melt will become optimally degassed, a precondition for processing sheet and films meeting highest quality demands of the worldwide market.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Breyer’s lines can also be furnished with a  roll stand that adds flexibility to the line by allowing it to run sheet in a variety of finishes, including matte and polished on both sides.  The quick-exchange capabilities of the first and center calender roll allow the stack to be converted as needed. Depending on the total output, calenders can be furnished with three and four rolls with different roll diam.  What’s more, the third calender roll can be skewed during production to manipulate the residence time of the sheet around the center roll.

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-NPP “POLYPLASTIC” has been audited by three car manufacturers

NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, has been audited by three leading car manufacturers, the company said.

In the first quarter of this year, the company received the results of audits based on the supplier assessment standards of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Magna International and Faurecia.

ASES completed with an increase in the ranking, audits by Magna International and Faurecia confirmed the existing rather high ranking of NPP “POLYPLASTIC”. “The audits have confirmed that the company is able to ensure the production of high-quality raw materials and nominate its materials for new projects, while the requirements of the automotive industry in terms of physical and mechanical properties, rheology and specific characteristics of materials are growing every year,” comments Ekaterina Smirnova, Deputy Sales Director of Torgovy at home “Polyplastic”, an authorized commission agent of NPP “POLYPLASTIC”.

-Xi’s Gambit: China plans for a world without US technology

Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries, from smartphones to jet engines.

China is freeing up tens of billions of dollars for its tech industry to borrow. It is cataloging the sectors where the United States or others could cut off access to crucial technologies. And when its leaders released their most important economic plans last week, they laid out their ambitions to become an innovation superpower beholden to none. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries, from smartphones to jet engines.

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-April contract prices of phenol in Europe rose by EUR305 per tonne

European April contract prices for phenol rose to record highs to EUR 1,829-1,859 per tonne, up EUR305 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported .

The market remains very tense amid high demand in the downstream segment, higher raw material prices, lack of imports and preparations for the second quarter.

ICIS Phenol Contract Valuation, like many commercial contracts, is based on changes in benzene production costs and a surcharge that changes quarterly.

The contract prices for benzene feedstock in April rose by EUR230 per tonne, and the increase was carried over to the phenol market. As a result, the phenol contract reached a record high for April. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Previouslyit was reported that the contract price of phenol in Europe in March rose by EUR163 per tonne after the increase in prices for benzene feedstock. Thus, the March prices of phenol were agreed at the level of EUR1 524-1 554 per tonne, FD NWE (North-Western Europe) after an increase by EUR163 per tonne of March contracts for benzene. Phenol contract price declined last month, the first drop in three months, reflecting a change in benzene feedstock contracts.

April contract prices of phenol in Europe rose by EUR305 per tonne

-PLASTIC POLLUTION: HOW CAN CHEMICAL RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY HELP FIX THIS GLOBAL ISSUE?

Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

It’s impossible to imagine everyday life without plastics. Lightweight, durable and cheap, these materials outperform many others in a diverse range of applications

Plastics have brought about positive change in ways we often overlook. For example, the development of plastic components in electronic devices, such as the one you’re using to read this article, means we’ve never been more connected to the world around us.

But our love of plastics has come at an environmental cost. It’s been estimated that of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic made between 1950 to 2015, over 75 percent is now waste, with 79 percent accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment.

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-AIMPLAS enters financial year with €13.3 million revenue and sustainability commitment

AIMPLAS closed 2019 with a 14% increase in revenue based on 226 R&D&I projects, became leading plastics technology center in Valencia, constructed new facility that promote research for circular economy. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Back in October 2020, AIMPLAS (Valencia, Spain) Plastics Technology Centre, closed the 2019 financial year with revenue of €13.3 million ($15.66 million), which represents a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Its commitment to social and environmental sustainability was also highlighted by a report verified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent organization that is a pioneer in report presentation and an international benchmark in sustainability reports. AIMPLAS also notes the construction that also began in 2019 on a new 1,500-square-meter building which plays a role in environmental sustainability.

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-Lummus Technology will provide technologies for the NKNKh olefin complex

Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH, part of TAIF Group) has signed contracts with Lummus Technology LLC for the provision of licenses and technologies for the production of ethylbenzene, styrene and propylene for the olefin complex, the company said. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Facilities include a 250 ktpa ethylbenzene and styrene unit using EBOne and CLASSIC SM technologies, and a 150 ktpa olefin metathesis unit for polymer-grade propylene using Lummus’ ethylene dimerization and olefin conversion technology Technology. The units will operate as part of the olefin complex under construction (EP-600).

The contract was signed on March 31 by the general director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim (part of the TAIF group) Ayrat Safin and the vice president and managing director of the ethylene and petrochemical department of Lummus Technology, Stephen Stanley.

Earlier it was reported that the main stage of construction of the Ethylene-600 olefin complex should be completed in December 2022, which will allow the start of production in the second half of 2023.

The complex plans to annually produce 600 thousand tons of ethylene, as well as 272 thousand tons of propylene, 246 thousand tons of benzene, 88 thousand tons of butadiene.

Lummus Technology will provide technologies for the NKNKh olefin complex

-The LYCRA Company and ITOCHU Corporation Introduce COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade Fibers Made from 100% Textile Waste

The LYCRA Company, a global leader in fiber and textile solutions for the apparel industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its first performance offerings made from 100% textile waste. COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade fibers made from textile waste are the result of a strategic collaboration between The LYCRA Company and ITOCHU Corporation, a general trading company with strength in consumer-related sectors, including the textile business.

The new offerings pair the brand equity and performance attributes of these leading cooling and warming brands with the sustainability benefits of textile waste, thus helping address a critical industry need. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

“We are pleased to announce our alliance with ITOCHU in helping to address textile waste, which represents a substantial sustainability challenge as the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is sent to landfills or incinerated every second1,” said Julien Born, chief commercial officer for The LYCRA Company.

“This collaboration exemplifies the synergistic approach we have to develop products and technologies that support a more sustainable future for our vast global customer base.” This is the first of several innovations that The LYCRA Company is working on in textile and garment recycling. Laying the groundwork for a more circular future is one of the key objectives of The LYCRA Company’s Planet Agenda Sustainability platform.

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-Eneos sets April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major petrochemical producer in Japan, set its April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne, down USD20 per tonne compared to the March contract price, a company source told ICIS . Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

The price was approved on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Meanwhile, the company nominated its April contract price for material at USD865 per tonne, which is USD10 per tonne higher than the contract price in March.

The March contract price of benzene in Asia was set at USD855 per ton, which isUSD195 per tonne is higher compared to the February contract price .

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

Eneos sets April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne

-Trinseo and BASF Jointly Announce Business Collaboration on Circular Feedstock

Trinseo and BASF announce today the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene based on circular feedstock

Trinseo and BASF Jointly Announce Business Collaboration on Circular Feedstock

Trinseo and BASF announce today the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene based on circular feedstock .  Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

  • Partnership based on shared values supporting circularity with styrenic plastics;
  • Biomass-balanced feedstock: Distinct greenhouse gas reduction with product properties unchanged;
  • Chemically recycled feedstock: Plastic waste redirected into production cycles.

The enhanced collaboration between Trinseo and BASF aims to increase efforts by both companies in the development and management of styrene featuring an improved environmental profile.

Trinseo has recently been procuring first supplies of the synthetical chemical styrene based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene (PS) products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tires manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material.

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-Science: New bioplastic degrades entirely in three months

A new durable synthetic material offered by researchers from Yale University. The material called bioplastic can degrade entirely in three months, Springwise reports.

The simple manufacturing process generates biomass-based plastics from the wood powder typically found at lumber mills. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

While the world is continuing its fight against the novel pathogen, researchers are inventing brand new biodegradable material. Scientists offer more eco-friendly forms of plastic, using materials such as eggshells, plants, and even tequila waste.

To turn the wood powder into a slurry of organic polymers and cellulose, the chemists use a biodegradable solvent with another two steps, hydrogen bonding and entanglement at a nanoscale level.

Science: New bioplastic degrades entirely in three months

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-ADN supply tension easing, nylon 66 chip sees a turning point

Nylon 66 chip price hiked on ADN supply crunch after the CNY holiday

The last week of March 2022 snapped the around two-quarter crazy increase in nylon 66 polymer prices in China, with China domestic prices consolidating at around 41,000yuan/mt, by cash, ex-works, and imported prices hovering around $4,300/mt CIF China, L/C at sight.

The price hike after the 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year holiday was directly buoyed by the news that Invista’s adiponitrile plant in Texas U.S. had stopped in the cold snap. The suspension caused huge impact on market mentality, as China’s ADN (the dominant intermediate to produce nylon 66 polymer) was heavily replying on imports, of which Invista took a significant proportion. Except for the supply issues, the nylon 66 industry was also on the upward swing as well as the overall energy and chemical market when the macro economic situation was facilitating prices up. In this period, most chemical products and downstream chemical fiber market were rising to different heights on the back of spurred crude oil prices in a moose monetary environment.

With both ADN and nylon 66 polymer imports restricted, supply of nylon 66 polymer became extremely tight. Suppliers only offered to their long-term cooperative customers, and traders with available stocks were selling even higher in the physical market. And downstream modified plastic plants still chased up to purchase at high rates, as they had expected the supply issue to last until April-May 2021.

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-Plastic Mill recycles neglected small plastic waste

Korea is known for its high recycling rate, as most people in the country are familiar with basic waste-sorting practices separating general and recyclable waste. According to 2018 statistics compiled by the Ministry of Environment, Korea’s recycling rate is about 86 percent, which is one of the highest in the world.

However, experts say those numbers are illusory, because the ministry only counts the amount of recyclable waste collected. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

“After being collected, recyclable waste is sorted at a recycling plant or a materials recovery facility before actually being recycled. A sizable portion of the collected recyclable waste is classified as general waste at the facility as it falls short of the standard for recycling. The government’s statistics can’t tell how much of the recyclable materials are actually reused,” Hong Su-yeol of Resource Recycle Consulting said.

Plastic Mill recycles neglected small plastic waste

-Nonwovens Step Up

Companies throughout the nonwovens industry worked overtime to help save lives during the past 12 months  Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

During the past 12 months, the efforts of the nonwovens industry to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and protect front line workers have been all encompassing. From the development of new materials to product donations to rapid investment in new capacity to meet global supply shortages of personal protective equipment, makers and converters of nonwoven materials moved quickly.

At the start of the pandemic, industry associations around the globe reached out to government officials to declare nonwovens a essential business, and as efforts move forward these same associations are urging that these bodies continue to support domestic manufacture of nonwovens and PPE going forward.

Last month, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, with a broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout Covid-19, sent a letter to U.S. President Joseph Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the U.S.

Nonwovens Step Up

-Fluon+ EM-20010 from AGC Chemicals Americas is formulated from melt-processable copolymers along with a specialty additive that inhibits growth of COVID-19 as well as other viruses and bacteria.

Compounds with an additive that blocks bacterial and viral growth have been developed for extruded film applications.

Fluon+ EM-20010 from AGC Chemicals Americas is formulated from melt-processable copolymers composed of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) along with a specialty additive that reportedly inhibits growth of the COVID-19 virus as well as other viruses and bacteria. The ready-to-use materials are suitable for coverings of high-touch surfaces such as walls, doors, and tables at hospitals, schools, office buildings, hotels, entertainment venues, and restaurants, said AGC. The compound is sold in pellet form and can be tailored to incorporate other resin systems or to meet a customer’s required antimicrobial properties. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

Plastic film laminates made with Fluon+ EM-20010 compounds are more cleanable and durable than other non-ETFE-based surface coverings, according to AGC.

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-EU Makes a New Bet on Green Hydrogen

Green hydrogen to balance out volatile electricity generation from new renewable energy sources, integrate them into the energy system.

The European Commission has awarded the H2FUTURE project to a consortium made up of voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid (APG). Joining forces with them are research-partners K1-MET and ECN. The contract is for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

The project partners will work and research cooperatively to develop an innovative hydrogen demonstration plant at the voestalpine site in Linz, Austria.

The project is based on a key assumption: both the industry at large and energy providers are confronted with serious energy policy challenges in Europe. The European Union’s (EU) climate and energy goals stipulate a 40% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, which poses almost unsolvable problems for energy-intensive industries.

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-Capacity expansion indicating outlook of direct-spun PSF in Q2

Direct-spun PSF has fallen back along with the quick decrease of polyester feedstock since Mar.

From the figure above, it can be seen that solid virgin PSF experienced the largest decline among the three products. In terms of the cash flow, all of them were compressed. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

However, HC virgin PSF will bear the brunt at first from the perspective of supply and demand despite relatively healthy cash flow.

Hengyi Hi-tech’s 50kt/yr and Zhejiang Shidai’s 30kt/yr HC virgin PSF units were put into operation in Mar and they were on trial at present. They will be in normal production from Apr. Ningbo Zhuocheng and Jinzhai Xinlun plan to launch 30kt/yr HC virgin PSF units respectively in May. Besides, there are more capacity expansion plans in the second half year. HC virgin PSF market will enter traditional slack season before Aug, and hence it will face supply length at that time. As a result, it will continue to squeeze re-PSF market by compressing the cash flow. If the inventory keeps rising, some plants may cut production.

On solid virgin PSF front, there is no capacity expansion plan at present. Shandong Chenghuijin will continue to improve production line in Apr, while other plants mostly run at full capacity, so there is no large room for supply to increase. In terms of demand, downstream replenishment demand exists in Apr, which is expected higher than that in Mar, but less than Feb. Therefore, solid virgin PSF has potential to rebound in Apr, but limitedly.

Capacity expansion indicating outlook of direct-spun PSF in Q2

-Spot Resin Demand Sets Feverish Pace, Despite High Prices

Last week was, perhaps, the busiest in the spot resin market that the PlasticsExchange has ever experienced, reports the resin clearinghouse in its Market Update. High volumes of both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) changed hands for prompt shipment as well as forward sales for delivery through April and May. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

A new wave of larger processors came to tap the spot market to supplement insufficient supplies allocated by resin producers, while others, previously repelled by sticker shock, came back to buy resin, as needed, according to the PlasticsExchange.

PE prices pushed another cent higher, while PP off-grade prices softened a bit amid better availability. Prime PP prices, however, snapped back up $0.04/lb after easing a tad during the first half of March. They ended the week just a penny below the peak levels seen during this massive rally. The market seemed to pause for a moment and some participants almost panicked, but after a day or so, with little Prime resin to be found, spot demand consistently re-appeared.

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-Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its Supervisory Board nominates Tom van Aken for re-appointment as CEO and member of the Management Board for a four-year term (May 2021 – May 2025).

The proposed re-appointment of Tom van Aken is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) that will be held on 19 May 2021.

Tom van Aken joined Avantium in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development. He later became Avantium’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales. In 2005, Tom was appointed as CEO. Prior to joining Avantium, he was Business Development Director at DSM Fine Chemicals, Inc. Tom has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

-US and Iran to initiate indirect treaty talks on April 6

  • Vienna talks to include EU, Russia, China
  • Iran will not directly participate, but talks could set roadmap
  • Iranian oil volumes have risen in recent months

The United States will take the first steps toward indirect treaty talks with Iran on April 6 in Vienna as formal discussions begin with other nations involved in the 2015 nuclear agreement on how Iran can return to compliance.

While Iran is rejecting any direct talks for now without US concessions on lifting crude oil and other economic sanctions, the scheduled Vienna talks could lay out the road map for an eventual deal. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

The Biden administration has called former President Donald Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign a failure and President Joe Biden supports a return to something similar to the 2015 deal, but he has been clear that Iran must first take steps toward returning to compliance with the nuclear agreement.

The first public move toward any peace deal will be the Vienna talks with other nations involved in the 2015 deal, including European leaders, Russia and China, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said April 2.

“These remain early days, and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead. But we believe this is a healthy step forward,” Price said in a statement.

US and Iran to initiate indirect treaty talks on April 6

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-Danimer Scientific to expand bioplastic plant in Georgia

Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, plans to invest USD700 million in expanding their Bainbridge manufacturing operations, nearly quadrupling their workforce in Decatur County, said Manufacturing Net.

Danimer Scientific (Bainbridge, Georgia) says it has doubled the scale of its greenfield bioplastics project to 250 million lbs (113,000 metric tons) per year of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and chosen a site in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The company plans to complete the first, 125 million lbs/year phase in mid-2023, with the second phase to go online in early 2024. Total project cost is estimated at USD700 million.

The project is currently in the pre-construction and engineering phase, says Danimer, which expects to break ground during the first quarter of 2022.

In December 2020, Danimer began the 45 million lb/year expansion of its Winchester, Kentucky, PHA facility, which currently has a capacity of 20 million lbs/year. The company expects to bring the new capacity online in the second quarter of 2022.

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-Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its Supervisory Board nominates Tom van Aken for re-appointment as CEO and member of the Management Board for a four-year term (May 2021 – May 2025).

The proposed re-appointment of Tom van Aken is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) that will be held on 19 May 2021.

Tom van Aken joined Avantium in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development. He later became Avantium’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales. In 2005, Tom was appointed as CEO. Prior to joining Avantium, he was Business Development Director at DSM Fine Chemicals, Inc. Tom has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

-Compostable Corrosion-Inhibiting Stretch Film Comes to Market

EcoStretch film from Cortec combines commercially compostable resins with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor technology that imparts corrosion protection to metal molds and other equipment. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Cortec has introduced what it’s calling the “world’s first compostable corrosion-inhibiting stretch film.” EcoStretch is the next generation in a line of commercially compostable film technologies offered by Cortec, which specializes in the development of corrosion protection and packaging technologies that minimize environmental impact.

The machine-grade stretch wrap combines commercially compostable resins with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) technology that imparts corrosion protection to multiple metal types, including aluminum, galvanized steel, carbon steel, silicon steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, and cast iron.

EcoStretch meets the ASTM D6400 standard for commercial composting and may avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. It is suited for stretch-wrapping metal equipment such as molds and components that need to be kept rust-free while minimizing the environmental impact of traditional plastic packaging.

Compostable Corrosion-Inhibiting Stretch Film Comes to Market

-DESPITE FREEING OF THE EVER GIVEN, SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE RESULTS IN PRICE SURGES AND FORCE MAJEURES IN EUROPE

Late last evening, a Polymerupdate editorial team member was in conversation with an industry source in Europe, who said, “ with the Suez Canal now re-opened, after a six day block by the giant vessel Ever Given, it is a welcome sight to see ships plying again along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes between the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Although the backlog of over 350 vessels will take days to clear, transporters are breathing a sigh of relief. But the blockage has resulted in a number of problems which will lead to steep price surges and supply disruptions.”

He said, “ we are hearing of force majeure announcements on account of the route blockage. PlastiVerd PET Riciclado in a letter to customers said that the closure of the Suez coupled with other logistical problems has resulted in a situation where it is unable to source raw materials.”

The source said, “ at least 25% of European PET capacity is reported to have been already impacted and the Suez blockage has further exacerbated the problem. Shipments of feedstock PTA from South Korea, for example have been hit on account of the Canal blockage.

DESPITE FREEING OF THE EVER GIVEN, SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE RESULTS IN PRICE SURGES AND FORCE MAJEURES IN EUROPE

-EMS to invest over CHF 300 mn at Domat/Ems production site

The EMS Group, a Swiss high-performance polymers and specialty chemicals company, has announced that in the next five years, the group will invest CHF 300 million (Swiss Francs) in the production site at Domat/Ems (Canton Grisons, Switzerland), and in doing so, it will create at least 50 additional workplaces. Important contracts will be awarded in the region.

According to the group, ground-breaking ceremony for a new high-rack warehouse, went ahead in the presence of member of the Grisons government, Marcus Caduff and mayor of Domat/Ems Erich Kohler. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

With new high-rack warehouse, EMS will achieve rapid expansion of its distribution and storage capacity before the end of this year and continue to supply markets worldwide quickly and flexibly. The project signals the start of considerable expansion investment over the next five years at the Domat/Ems production site.

EMS to invest over CHF 300 mn at Domat/Ems production site

-UK announces restrictions under new chemical regime for first time

The UK government on March 23 set out the first restrictions to be initiated under its new chemical regulation system, UK REACH, to tackle risks posed by chemicals. The launch of the programme includes plans to initiate the restriction process on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are used are used as stain repellents, coatings and fire-fighting foams. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

PFAS are a group of over 9,000 different chemicals, some of which are already banned or highly restricted. In industry, these substances are used as stain repellents, coatings and fire-fighting foams. The chemicals in PFAS are extremely persistent in the environment; the substances can accumulate in animals and can also be toxic this means PFAS are of growing concern for both human health and environmental reasons.

Certain harmful substances that can be found in tattoo inks and permanent make-up could also be restricted, the government said in a press release.

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-Teesside HydroPRS plant set to recycle all plastics

A first-of-its-kind facility currently under construction in Teesside will use Mura Technology’s HydroPRS process to recycle all types of plastic waste.

The HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) process, which utilises Cat-HTR  technology, aims to provide a global solution to the growing issue of plastic pollution. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Promising to tackle types of plastic that are currently considered ‘unrecyclable’— such as multi-layer and flexible films, pots and tubs used for packaging food — the process is designed to work alongside conventional recycling methods as well as efforts to reduce and reuse plastic, aiming to push toward a sustainable circular economy.

“The solution is based on supercritical water, and that’s very different to what almost everyone else is doing in the industry: most of it is pyrolysis and gasification,” said Dr Steve Mahon, CEO of Mura Technology. “The technology is fourteen years old, it’s been developed over multiple scale-ups in Australia and it was developed initially for brown coal.

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-Graphene derived from discarded tyres used to strengthen concrete

A process that turns waste from rubber tyres into graphene can be used to strengthen concrete, claim scientists at Rice University in Texas.

According to Rice chemist James Tour, there are clear environmental benefits of adding graphene to concrete.  Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“Concrete is the most-produced material in the world, and simply making it produces as much as nine per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions,” he said in a statement. “If we can use less concrete in our roads, buildings and bridges, we can eliminate some of the emissions at the very start.”

Flash graphene process turns ‘trash into treasure’

Recycled tyre waste is already used as a component of Portland cement, but graphene has been proven to strengthen cementitious materials, concrete among them, at the molecular level.

Most of the 800 million tyres discarded annually are burned for fuel or ground up for other applications, but 16 per cent still wind up in landfills.

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-LANXESS expands range of heat-resistant yellow pigments for high-performance polymers

LANXESS has expanded its Colortherm Yellow pigment range for heat-resistant high-performance plastics. Two new inorganic yellow pigments are now available, namely Colortherm Yellow 5 and Colortherm Yellow 26.

They are based on iron oxide and zinc oxide respectively and specially designed for cost-effective coloration in a temperature range of between 220°C and 260°C. With equally high colour strength at the same color space, they offer plastics manufacturers and processors an excellent compromise between the best-in-class Colortherm Yellow 20 and Colortherm Yellow 30 products, which are heat stable up to 300°C. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thermal stability as a quality factor

Plastics can now be used in applications that would have been considered impossible just a few years ago. High-performance polymers with special physical or chemical properties are increasingly replacing metal, glass and ceramics. They are used for special applications in vehicles, electronics and process engineering as well as medical applications. As the use of technical plastics in high-tech applications becomes more widespread, the requirement profile for the pigments used for colouring is also growing. In particular, the heat stability of the colorants is becoming a decisive quality factor. In the case of organic pigments, high processing temperatures often lead to accelerated decomposition; but inorganic alternatives can be subject to color variations at temperatures above 180°C.

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-Automotive, recycling and science sectors partner in European closed loop system for lithium-ion batteries

Automotive OEM Groupe Renault has formed a partnership with resource management firm Veolia and science-based company Solvay to develop a closed-loop recycling system in Europe.

The partners aims to leverage their expertise at each step of the value chain to establish a sustainable European source for battery metals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium.  Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The existing Veolia and Solvay consortium was created last September.

The partnership will see Renault pool its EV battery life-cycle experience with Solvay’s expertise in the chemical extraction of battery metals, and Veolia’s experience in dismantling and recycling batteries using a hydrometallurgical process.

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-Toyota began producing green hydrogen in Australia

Toyota has started up a solar-powered hydrogen production facility in Melbourne, Australia, said Reuters.

The facility will produce up to 80kg/day of hydrogen, for use in commercial and passenger fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The hydrogen is produced by a 200kW electrolyser that uses solar-based electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen components. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The automaker is bringing in 20 of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars to Australia in April, placing them in fleets to gain feedback on how they run. The site west of Melbourne is also its biggest globally in terms of producing, storing and dispensing hydrogen.

It is the second such fuel station in Australia after ActewAGL last week began selling hydrogen produced by France’s Neoen in a trial for 20 Hyundai Nexo sport utility vehicles owned by the Australian Capital Territory government. Fuel cell vehicles remain a niche segment globally amid concerns about a lack of fuelling stations, resale values and the risk of hydrogen explosions.

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-New production units and increased production capacity for engineering polymers

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers strengthens its global presence with investments of over EUR 35 million: new plants in Mexico and China, expansion in Europe and North America

Investments of over EUR 35 million in business growth, sustainability and innovation.  The RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area is adding significantly to its global production capacity with new construction and installations in North America, Europe and China.

“The High Performance Polymers business is highly strategic to our Group,” said Maurizio Radici, vice president and COO of RadiciGroup. “The business area is a network of production and sales units located throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia that can meet the needs of both local and global customers with a complete, innovative and sustainable product offering. This is the reason we have decided to strengthen our presence even further by setting up new and more technologically advanced manufacturing facilities, so as to increase our overall production capacity and efficiency level worldwide.”

Production capacity has been increased by 20,000 tons/year in North America, namely, at Radici Plastics USA and Radici Plastics Mexico. In particular, a new site was inaugurated in Mexico, extending over an area of 20,000 square metres, which is needed to support current and future development.

In China, work has begun on the construction of a new 25,000-square metre plant that will boost production capacity by 30,000 tons/year. The total investment of almost EUR 20 million in Suxiang District Industrial Park, in the City of Suzhou, was made in light of expectations for strong growth in the High Performance Polymers business in the Asian region.

New production units and increased production capacity for engineering polymers

Maurizio Radici, Vice President and COO of RadiciGroup

-Bio2Bottle – The durable and biodegradable bio-plastic bottle

Fraunhofer Institute scientists conduct research with partners on reusable, biological plastics for storing cleaning agents and agricultural soil additives.

According to figures from the Federal Environment Agency, Germany alone produces around 6.28 million tons of plastic waste each year. Worldwide, the figure is around 400 million tons. If you then consider that a plastic bottle takes around 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, it quickly becomes clear how critical the situation has now become. Discussions in society and politics have therefore also led to the need to consider new goals in plastics development. The key word here is sustainability. More and more companies are making it a priority to avoid critical products and are increasingly aiming to produce recyclable, biodegradable products.

In the context of this increasing environmental awareness, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT is conducting research as part of the “Bio2Bottle” project together with four other partners. The researchers are working on bio-based plastics and bottles that meet high standards and are also biodegradable and recyclable. Currently available plastics made from renewable raw materials such as polylactic acid (PLA) are too permeable for storing cleaning agents or agricultural soil additives and do not meet all requirements. PLA is a lactic acid and bio-based polyester with superior mechanical strength – similar to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Sipa Group, Plastic Technologies enter strategic partnership for PET packaging

The partnership is intended to help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities.

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI), a Holland, Ohio-based PET packaging research and development firm, and Italy-based PET packaging machinery specialist Sipa SpA have entered into a new strategic partnership agreement.

In a news release, Sipa officials said the partnership will “help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities.”

“Joining forces with Sipa makes perfect sense for PTI. We bring extensive knowledge in package development and material expertise to their capabilities’ portfolio,” said Thierry Fabozzi, PTI CEO. “This strong collaboration will also give PTI access to Sipa’s latest equipment and enable us to provide even better turnkey solutions for our brand-owner customers.”

Sipa Group, Plastic Technologies enter strategic partnership for PET packaging

-Loparex expands sustainable portfolio

Loparex, a producer of release liners and engineered films, has expanded its sustainable portfolio with bio-based polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) pouch films made from from ISCC compliant sources based on a mass balance approach.

From the beginning of April, Loparex customers will be able to order pouch films made of PE and PP from ISCC compliant sources offering lower carbon footprint versus conventional PE and PP while still supporting the same converting options, including silicone coating, printing, and custom-colored materials.

The use of circular feedstocks reduces carbon footprints on two fronts: by avoiding the use of fossil fuel-based virgin materials and by re-using waste that would otherwise be incinerated. As with bio-films, recycled PE and PP from mass balance can be used to produce silicone coated and uncoated, printed, and colored films.

These new film options further expand Loparex’s portfolio of FSC-certified, compostable, bio-based, and biodegradable liner options.

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-Orsted plans to develop renewable hydrogen plant in NW Europe

Denmark’s Orsted on Wednesday unveiled plans to develop one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen plants to be linked to industrial demand in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The “SeaH2Land” project aims to link gigawatt(GW)-scale electrolysis to the large industrial demand in the Dutch-Flemish North Sea Port cluster through an envisaged regional cross-border pipeline.

The green electricity required to produce the renewable hydrogen is proposed to come from the build-out of additional large-scale offshore wind.

The SeaH2Land vision includes a renewable hydrogen production facility of 1GW by 2030 to be developed by Orsted to enable sustainably-produced steel, ammonia, ethylene, and fuels in the future.

If realised, the electrolyser, which will produce the renewable hydrogen, will convert about 20% of the current hydrogen consumption in the region to renewable hydrogen.

Project partners include ArcelorMittal, Yara, Dow Benelux, and Zeeland Refinery, with talks now planned with regulatory authorities on the framework and policies needed to support the huge project.

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-ESKA announces the complete transition to 100% recycled plastic for its natural spring and sparkling water bottles

This Summer, ESKA will relaunch ESKA Sparkling using 100% recycled plastic bottles.  For ESKA, this marks the complete elimination of all first use plastic bottles across its entire product line – a commitment made with the transition of its natural spring water bottles to recycled plastic in 2020. In fact, ESKA will be the first leading Canadian brand to make carbonated water bottles with recycled plastic.  ESKA Sparkling is carbonated natural spring water available in Original and natural Lemon, Lime and Orange fruit flavors.

The recycled plastic in ESKA’s spring and sparkling water bottles are sourced from Quebec’s Blue Box and other recycling systems. The rPET bottles are themselves recyclable, which is part of the brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability and contributing to the circular economy.  In fact, these recycled PET bottles in turn become new bottles, that means continuous reuse – an idea that ESKA calls the “Recycle of Life”.

ESKA announces the complete transition to 100% recycled plastic for its natural spring and sparkling water bottles

POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PRICES DRIFT LOWER IN ASIA

This week, PP prices dropped in Asia. The price fall was prompted by persistent sluggish regional demand trends coupled with a drop in upstream propylene values.

Weaker PP futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange in China and lower import offers from overseas suppliers further pressured prices lower.

In Far East Asia PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1230-1290/mt CFR levels a fall of USD (-10/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1320/mt CFR levels, while PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1270-1340/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-10/mt) from last week. BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1320/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-10/mt).

In Southeast Asia, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1450/mt CFR levels, a sharp drop of USD (-30/-40/mt) from the previous week. BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1410-1470/mt CFR levels, while PP film prices were at the USD 1410-1470/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-30/-40/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were at the USD 1450-1510/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-30/-40/mt).

In Vietnam, Chinese producers have offered their PP raffia and PP injection grades (oil based) at the USD 1440-1460/mt CFR levels, for a shipment in April 2021

POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PRICES DRIFT LOWER IN ASIA

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-Recycling plastic materials – an objective to be pursued

As a processer of plastic materials, Agriplast works with a material that boasts the best recyclability level, but which is nevertheless used and managed as if not recyclable at all. For this reason, the company has decided to change the management of the end of life of plastic products.

Using plastic materials is necessary to produce and preserve food. Over the next few years, the growth in global population will mean it will be increasingly difficult to guarantee food to everyone.

Plastic is therefore a solution to meet the increasing demand for food, as it helps improve intensive cultivation techniques. However, plastic materials are often demonized due to the environmental devastation caused by their mismanagement, which has nothing to do with their use. The true issue for sustainability is in fact the recycling of plastic materials, which can largely be recovered, if subjected to suitable processes.

Recycling plastic materials - an objective to be pursued

-Swiss accessories firm Riri uses recycled polyester for zip range

Riri has launched the use of recycled polyester as a production standard for its zip range. Riri is a leader in the production of zippers and buttons, with its two distinctive brand names; Riri, a point of reference for the production of zippers, pre-cut in metal and die-cast in plastic and zinc, and Cobrax, a leader in rivet and button manufacturing.

By employing recycled polyester as production standard for the zip range, the contribution to sustainability on a quantitative level will be significant. The company, in fact, will reduce emissions resulting from polyester purchase by 32 per cent; thus, carbon footprint will be cut down by 3 per cent, for zip production. As a result, 460,000 kg of CO2 per year is saved, the same as 169 return flights from Geneva to New York, Riri said in a media statement.

All the recycled polyester is GRS (Global Recycled Standard)-certified, highlighting Riri’s constant commitment to choosing suppliers that meet the industry’s international standards. The recycled polyester used in tapes for zips is made from recycled polyester fibres, both pre- (20 per cent) and post-consumer (80 per cent). An important contribution is made to the goal of increasing the global use of recycled polyester, as stated by Textile Exchange, from 14 per cent to 20 per cent by 2030, according to Riri.

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-Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

Nongfu Spring’s latest additions to its beverage portfolio required a hyper-flexible and safe aseptic solution, able to process high- and low-acid, still and carbonated products in PET, while enabling impactful bottle designs. With four decades of supporting sensitive beverage producers worldwide, Sidel recently engineered and installed a complete aseptic packaging line, integrating the Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis™. The line helped the leading Chinese beverage player launch a breakthrough in the domestic market: sparkling Ready-to-Drink (RTD) products, aseptically bottled in PET.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Founded in 1996 in Hangzhou, Nongfu Spring Co Ltd. (Nongfu Spring) is one of the key players in the soft drinks market in China, maintaining leadership in the packaged water market over the past eight years. The company bottles not only high-quality natural drinking water, but also vegetable and fruit juices, functional beverages, teas and other high-quality soft drinks, including plant protein yogurt, premium water for elderly people and vitamin water. Its strong focus on innovation and premium brand positioning are contributing to the steady customer base increase, even within beverage categories.

Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

-Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

“Speculative” current prices have been inflated via artificial supply restrictions by petrochemical companies, warns PAGEV

The Turkish plastics industry association PAGEV has called for the removal of import duties and protectionist measures on plastics raw material imports, after pointing to a suspicious wave of closures by the global petrochemical industry that has ruined the supply and demand balance. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As of November 2020, petrochemical companies around the world have cut production and reduced the supply of raw materials under various pretexts, allowing prices to rise rapidly and giving the suspicion of an OPEC-like Cartel arrangement.

In a press statement, PAGEV said that the profitability of cartel-like conduct, coupled with supply chain disruptions, logistics issues, and most importantly the reluctance of governments to intervene due to the fragility of the global economy because of the pandemic, encourages some companies to continue these practices.

Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

-Recycled-Content TPEs for Overmolding Globally Expanded

Avient has expanded its reSound R recycled-content TPE range in North America and Asia that are compatible with PC, ABS, and PC/ABS and launched over 80% recycled content versions in Europe. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

A global expansion of the reSound R portfolio of post-industrial (PIR) and post-consumer recycled (PCR) content TPEs for overmolding from Avient, Avon Lake, Ohio, is underway. The portfolio includes grades for applications such as footwear, consumer electronics and personal care. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

▪  In North America, Avient is launching an additional reSound R recycled content TPE grade for PC, ABS, and PC/ABS overmolding. The grade contains 30% PIR content at 80 Shore A hardness and is compatible with consumer electronics applications such as phone cases.

-Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and specialty materials provider Eastman announce a global memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable ELC to take significant strides towards its 2025 sustainable packaging goals.

Through the agreement, ELC and its portfolio of brands will begin incorporating packaging solutions enabled by Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew resins with up to 100% certified recycled content.* This is the first sustainability-based agreement between Eastman and a major prestige beauty house and will help drive the increased use of recycled and/or recyclable plastics in luxury cosmetics packaging. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“Our suppliers play a critical role in helping The Estée Lauder Companies continue to move the needle and think innovatively about sustainability,” said Roberto Magana, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for The Estée Lauder Companies. “Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew products will help drive the achievement of the company’s sustainable packaging goals while maintaining the high-quality aesthetic, safety and performance of our prestige products. We look forward to collaborating with them.”

Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman's Advanced Circular Recycling

-Paraxylene producers in Asia raise their April contract prices by USD40-70 per tonne

Major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for April shipments at USD910-940 per tonne, up USD40-70 per tonne from March levels, market sources told ICIS . Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Prices have been denominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Thus, the Japanese Eneos Corporation announced its contract price for paraxylene for April at USD910 per ton, CFR Asia, and South Korean SK Global Chemicals announced its price for material supplies next month at USD940 per ton, CFR Asia.

India’s Reliance Industries, meanwhile, has nominated its April paraxylene contract price at USD920 per tonne CFR Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia reached an agreement for March at USD870 per tonne, which is USD165 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month. The contract price for paraxylene has been approved on CFR Asia terms.

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

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-Clariant joins the EU Circular Plastics Alliance

  • Participation reinforces active support for more circular plastics economy
  • Partnerships and collaboration to advance plastics value chain
  • Specialty chemicals as key enabler for product circularity and waste minimization

Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced it has officially joined the EU Circular Plastics Alliance. The alliance aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal program. Clariant’s engagement is part of the company’s active support for the transition towards a more circular plastics economy.

“Shifting towards a global circular plastics economy is an immense challenge that can only be brought forward through ambitious commitments, collaborations and an active stakeholder dialog.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As part of the Circular Plastics Alliance, Clariant is looking forward to working closely with other key players in advancing plastics circularity throughout Europe,” said Bernd Hoegemann, Clariant’s Chief Transformation Officer.

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-Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, a subsidiary of a major global petrochemical producer Formosa Petrochemical, announced an increase in the price of polyethylene (PE) of all Formolene grades for deliveries in April this year, the company said in a letter to its customers.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thus, the increase in April prices for the company’s PE will be 9 cents per pound (USD198 per ton) and will come into force on April 1, 2021.

The supply of PE to the United States was limited prior to the mid-February winter storm off the US Gulf Coast, which caused at least temporary disruptions to most of the PE manufacturing facilities in the country.

These factories have gradually returned to service over the past few weeks, but production losses have significantly reduced the supply of already small batches of material.

Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

-Proposed plastic packaging tax ‘falls short’ says TIPA

Sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic should be exempt from the UK’s new plastic packaging tax, according to a flexible compostable packaging producer.

Writing to the UK Treasury, TIPA said: “Traditional recycling alone is failing to deal with the millions of tonnes of plastic detritus on our planet and there is no foreseeable change to this without systematic change in the materials we employ, including compostables.”  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The company’s call for action was backed by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), a UK trade body, and came as the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax consultation closes.

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-Biome Technologies plc wins new £273k grant to support compostable bioplastics scale-up

Biome Technologies has announced that its Bioplastics division has been awarded funding of £273,000 from the UK Government’s Innovate UK.

The funding it to support a new £350,000 collaborative project to scale-up its novel compostable bioplastic materials with the University of Nottingham’s Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

In line with expanding Biome Bioplastics materials portfolio using novel technology, this funding will accelerate the testing of the commercial viability of the three most exciting candidate materials in the division’s current research portfolio.

This project will use microwave technology in the development of an efficient, industrially scalable manufacturing process and will conduct further larger-scale testing at the Biorenewables Development Centre in York.

Since 2013, Biome’s Bioplastics division has directed more than six million pounds of research and development funding, supported by various grants and in association with a number of leading UK universities, towards a new portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable materials.

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-Repsol to build Spain’s first PU foam recycling plant

Materials firm Repsol will build at its Puertollano industrial complex, Spain’s first plant for chemical recycling of PU foam, the main component of mattresses, sofas, and vehicle seats, among other uses. At the end of its useful life, PU foam is one of the most difficult plastics to process.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The new recycling facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will entail an investment of approximately EUR12 million. Once operational, the plant will be capable of processing around 2,000 tonnes/year of PU foam, the equivalent of 380 linear km of mattresses placed side by side.

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-BMW Treads Sustainable Path with Recycled Fishing Nets

Sustainability has become a strategic priority for the automotive industry, with automotive organizations increasingly using sustainable materials, and 62% of them claiming to have a comprehensive sustainability strategy, according to Capgemini.

Since 2016, the BMW Group has used Econyl yarn, based on recycled polyamide (PA), to make the floors and floor mats for the BMW i3, BMW iX, and other models. Committed to sustainability and the process, Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability for BMW Group Design, visited Aquafil CEO Giulio Bonazzi in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where Econyl yarn is produced out of recycled fishing nets and other polyamide waste. Compared to petroleum-based PAs, manufacturing Econyl yarn from recycled materials reportedly results in an up to 90% reduction in global warming potential.

“At the BMW Group, we want to lead the automotive industry in the direction of sustainability.

From the very start, we consider the entire product lifecycle and increasingly use materials that can be recycled and then used for other purposes,” said Bohlinger.

“Since Econyl yarn features a wonderful range of colors, it is easy for us to design with. Of course, any product that is made from recycled materials must look flawless and provide outstanding quality.”

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-Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant with commitments for >50% of its output

Avantium announces that it has signed a conditional offtake agreement with Resilux, an international rigid plastic packaging supplier, for the supply of PEF resin from the planned Avantium FDCA flagship plant. This brings the total of such offtake contracts to five.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The planned FDCA flagship plant is set to produce 5 kilotonnes of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) per annum, the key building block for the 100% fossil-free, recyclable polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Including an additional commitment from one of the previously announced offtake partners, the five conditional offtake agreements represent a total offtake volume of over 50% of the FDCA production capacity from the flagship plant. This marks an important step towards a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) for the construction of the world’s first commercial FDCA plant, which Avantium would plan to open in 2023.

Avantium previously announced that offtake contracts were signed with specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (US), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and an undisclosed major global food & beverage brand owner. Avantium is also collaborating with beer brewer Carlsberg in the development of PEF based packaging of beer, such as the Green Fibre Bottle. The offtake commitments are subject to a positive FID, financial closing, other customary approvals, and party-specific conditions.

Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant with commitments for >50% of its output

-Plastics recyclers, end-markets must align to make circular economy a reality

Mechanical and chemical recyclers of plastics need to align with end markets to enable the circular economy to become a reality, panellists said during the 16th annual Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, held virtually this year because of the pandemic.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

Major chemical companies have shown their commitments to reaching sustainability goals by investing in recycling operations and developing new and innovative products, and a panel comprised of plastic producers and recyclers shared their views on how the industry is working toward realising a circular economy.

Holli Alexander, strategic initiatives manager, global sustainability at Eastman Chemical, said that her company is working to improve the infrastructure in the recycling space.

“We recognise that in advanced recycling, or molecular recycling, there is an opportunity to be very compatible and complementary with mechanical recycling,” she said. “We all need more materials to recycle, so we are looking at what we can do collectively to work on infrastructure together to create the feed streams that work for all of us.”

-Plastics recyclers, end-markets must align to make circular economy a reality

-LyondellBasell to offer certified Circulen polymers

LyondellBasell is to offer mass balance certificates for its advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based Circulen polymers, after obtaining International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for its Wesseling, Germany, cracker and European polymer sites.

“In 2020, LyondellBasell announced our goal to produce and market two million tonnes of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030,” said Richard Roudeix, LyondellBasell’s senior vice president of olefins and polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “This ISCC PLUS certification is another milestone on our path to becoming an industry leader in the production and marketing of recycled and renewable-based polymers.”  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The ISCC PLUS certification is recognised for its global certification of recycled and renewable-based materials and provides traceability along the supply chain. With the mass balance method, the company tracks how much advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based source material goes into the production process of its Circulen products and can attribute it to the final polymer via a Sustainability Declaration.

LyondellBasell to offer certified Circulen polymers

-Mayzo’s Beta Technology Helps Thermoformers Overcome Polypropylene Cost and Supply Challenges

As polypropylene resin prices continue to fluctuate, thermoforming plastics processors are looking for new cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Mayzo Inc., a provider of specialty chemical additive solutions based in Suwanee, GA, offers thermoformers the advantages of its proprietary Beta Technology, a beta nucleating masterbatch that enables processors to use less resin while producing more product faster.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

“Thermoforming customers are achieving two substantial advantages through the use of Mayzo’s Beta Technology,” said Philip Jacoby, an expert in polypropylene and retired VP of Technology at Mayzo. “First, they are achieving down-weighting of at least 15%. That means less polypropylene resin is required to produce the same amount of end product.

Mayzo’s Beta Technology Helps Thermoformers Overcome Polypropylene Cost and Supply Challenges

-Russia sees pandemic impact on crude oil demand to last until 2023-2024

Russia expects the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on the global consumption of oil and oil products may last until 2023-2024, a draft government document, seen by Reuters, showed.

The global oil and liquid fuels production dropped in 2020 to 94.25 million barrels per day (bpd) from 100.61 million bpd in 2019, amid the pandemic, which led to lockdowns, halting 80% of air traffic and a quarter of road traffic at its peak and denting fuel consumption.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects oil demand to grow by 5.6 million barrels per day this year under its base case scenario. Russian Deputy Energy Minister Alexander Novak has also projected similar growth.

The draft document, outlining oil industry developments until 2035, also showed that Russia could lose global oil market share due to curbs on oil production and exports.

It says global oil prices are likely to trade in the range of USD50-USD75 per barrel by 2025, while in the second half of 2020s prices are seen at USD50-USD60 per barrel and they are unlikely to fall significantly below USD50.

Russia sees pandemic impact on crude oil demand to last until 2023-2024

-Amcor: Edible oil in custom designed lightweight plastic bottle

Converting its traditional extra virgin olive oil bottle from glass to plastic allows Morixe Hnos to export its oil across Brazil to meet growing demand. The lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, custom designed by Amcor, replicates the touch and feel of the incumbent glass container while reducing the overall costs associated with exports.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

In addition to being lightweight, the 500ml PET bottle delivers major manufacturing efficiencies, will not shatter, and offers greater sustainability advantages (1) than its glass predecessor, including:

  • a 78% reduction in CO2 emissions which equates to 217 cars operating for a year (per million bottles).
  • a 61% energy reduction during production which equates to 5190 household lights turned on annually (per million bottles).
  • 15% higher line speeds, less breakage, and savings in secondary packaging.
  • 60% more finished product per truck, thus substantially reducing transportation and logistics costs.
  • 90% lighter in weight

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-PureCycle Bullish on Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene

When it comes to recycling, popularity is everything. Consider the plight of polypropylene (PP), a neglected polymer when compared to more highly recycled polymer brethren polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). A scant 1% of the 170 billion pounds of PP consumed last year was recycled versus almost 20% for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to the American Chemistry Council.

It’s an untapped resource for a circular economy model poised for development by forward-thinking companies like, for example, Procter & Gamble. P&G developed and patented a one-of-a-kind recycling technology that restores recycled PP (rPP) to virgin-like quality and licensed the rPP technology to PureCycle Technologies. Key facts about PureCycle’s process:

  • It targets feedstock that traditionally ends up in a landfill.
  • It’s a physical separation — not depolymerization — and purification doesn’t change the polymer molecules.
  • It uses neither catalyst nor chemical reactions, and thus it saves energy versus depolymerization.
  • It removes odor, color, and other contaminants that cannot be removed by traditional recycling methods, permitting the resin to be used in highly sensitive consumer applications. Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

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 -Supply/Demand Equilibrium Remains Work in Progress

As the first quarter came to a close and many people started looking forward to a spring break — such as it is in pandemic times — spot plastics trading activity slowed a bit the week of March 29. Commodity resin prices were mixed, high-density polyethylene (PE) continued to climb while most of the other PE grades stayed steady, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Polypropylene (PP) relinquished its early gains and then slid a couple cents by Friday. Completed volumes at the resin clearinghouse ran above its historic average, but fell short of the heightened levels seen during the first quarter of 2021.

Still, numerous company records were smashed in March and during this quarter, said the PlasticsExchange. Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The plastics industry has been recovering from a series of substantial production disruptions that began with the late August hurricanes and then continued to pile on in succession, culminating with the massive mid-February winter storm that hit the Houston/Louisiana region. The storm shut down the vast majority of US petrochemical and plastics production facilities, decimating PE supplies and driving PP resin inventories to record lows. After seeing virtually zero fresh railcar offers during the latter half of February, the recovery began and startup resin began to show up in the first half of March.

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-Nova Chemicals debuts three PCR grades for film applications

The three resins are the first in a portfolio of PCR grades that the company is bringing to market.

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, Alberta, has announced the availability of the first three grades of 100 percent postconsumer polyethylene resins that are suitable for a range of flexible film applications:

Natural recycled linear/low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE/LDPE) is collected from distribution centers and is suited for collation shrink, stretch wrap and e-commerce applications.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

Natural rLLDPE/LDPE is a recycled agricultural film that is ideal for reuse in agricultural films, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink and for e-commerce applications.

White rLLDPE is manufactured from closed-loop agricultural and irrigation film recyclate and is suitable for use in agricultural film, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, trash bags and liners and e-commerce applications.

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-Trinseo Raises April PC Prices in Europe

Trinseo (formerly Styron), a major European polymer manufacturer, announced an increase in April prices for all polycarbonate (PC) grades for the European region, the company said in a statement.

The price increase took effect on April 1, 2021 and is consistent with the terms of the current contracts. Thus, the April contract and spot prices of the company’s PCs for the CALIBER brand increased by EUR400 per tonne.

Earlier it was noted that the last time Trinseo raised  PC prices in the European market was from March 1, 2021. Then the rise in prices amounted to EUR600 per ton.

Trinseo Raises April PC Prices in Europe

-Buyers turn to China amid SE Asian PP plant closures

Three polypropylene (PP) producers in southeast Asia unexpectedly shut their plants in late March, further tightening supplies in the region. But the plant closures seem to have had little impact on the market as buyers continue to seek China-origin PP supplies to make up for the shortfall.

South Korean PP producer Hyosung shut its 300,000 t/yr PP plant at Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in Vietnam on 28 March because of technical issues. The plant resumed operations today.

Vietnamese operator Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical closed its 370,000 t/yr PP plant in Thanh Hoa province on 30 March because of technical issues. The plant is expected to remain off line for a week, according to industry sources.

Indonesian producer Polytama Propindo has suspended PP allocations to its domestic contract customers, likely in anticipation of a disruption to its feedstock propylene supplies from a fire that hit state-owned Pertamina’s 125,000 b/d Balongan refinery on 29 March. The producer temporarily closed its 300,000 t/yr PP plant in Balongan, west Java, as part of safety measures on the same day that Pertamina shut its refinery to prevent the fire from spreading.

Buyers turn to China amid SE Asian PP plant closures

-European PVC rose by three-digit price for CIS markets in April

Negotiations on the prices of European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for deliveries to CIS markets in April kicked off last week. The lack of supply continues to put serious pressure on export prices from European producers, in some cases the price increase is EUR100 per ton compared to March, according to the ICIS-MRC Price Survey.

The April contract price of ethylene was agreed at EUR40 per ton above the previous month, which theoretically allows us to talk about the increase in the cost of PVC production by EUR20 per ton compared to

March. But in the last few months the determining factor in the market is the deficit, and it is the lack of polymer in the market led to a three-digit increase in export prices of PVC. European producers announced an increase in export prices for CIS markets in April by an average of EUR100 per ton.

Seasonal factor is beginning to play an increasing role in the demand for PVC, many processors continue to gradually increase capacity utilization.

But export quotas from European producers, on the contrary, are decreasing more and more every month. The unstable work of some producers and good demand have led to a serious shortage of PVC in Europe.

The greatest drawback of export quotas is the resin with K-58/70.

European PVC rose by three-digit price for CIS markets in April

-March contract prices of PE in the USA rose due to high demand and a lack of supply

March polyethylene (PE) contract prices in the United States rose due to strong demand and supply shortages, ICIS reported .

Prices rose 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne) at the top of the price range, while the lower end of the range rose 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne).

Most of the polyethylene plants that were shut down following a winter storm in mid-February have since been restarted, although average operating rates remain below normal due to a shortage of ethylene feedstocks.

Polyethylene inventory levels fell 16.9% in February compared with January as strong demand and frequent power outages led to problems in production. Domestic demand for polyethylene remains strong, in part because the demand for PE packaging has increased due to the pandemic.

March contract prices of PE in the USA rose due to high demand and a lack of supply

-Coca-Cola Amatil’s New Recycling Plant to Slash Virgin Plastic Use

Soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia hopes their new recycling facility at Bekasi, West Java, can help slash virgin plastic usage and thus, closing the loop on packaging.

According to Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia president director Kadir Gunduz, the bottle-to-bottle grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility will cut new plastic consumption by 25,000 tons each year.

The plant is in collaboration with packaging firm Dynapack Asia and brought a total investment of 50.51 million AUD (around $38.4 million). The recycling facility will also span an area of 20,000 square meters.

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-Study Definitively Proves Degradation of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics in Oceans, Says Symphony Environmental

The successful conclusion of the five-year study confirms that oxo-biodegradable plastic, as distinct from oxo-degradable plastic, properly biodegrades in the open environment and is not toxic, said the company.

UK-based Symphony Environmental announced the “successful conclusion” of the five-year Oxomar study sponsored by the French Agence National de Recherche. “This study provides further comprehensive and reliable scientific data on the performance of d2w in the oceans,” said Symphony Environmental. “The study had a multidisciplinary approach, including physics, chemistry, and biology.”

Symphony said that the report confirms the findings of the scientists in its September 2020 interim report that “oxo-biodegradable plastics biodegrade in seawater and do so with significantly higher efficiency than conventional plastics. The oxidation level obtained due to the d2w prodegradant catalyst was found to be of crucial importance in the degradation process.”

The report confirms studies by Queen Mary University London and France’s Station d’essais de Viellissement Naturel de Bandol, which applied different scientific techniques to prove biodegradation of d2w plastic in the marine environment, leaving no toxic residues, Symphony said. The study has dynamically combined and compared tests performed directly in marine conditions as well as in laboratory settings. Bacterial strains found in marine waters were used and incubated in marine waters under temperature conditions (>18oC) usually found in the ocean, according to Symphony’s announcement.

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-SABIC offers recycled material from ocean-bound PET

The material can be mechanically recycled and converted into components for new consumer goods and electronics applications.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has announced that it is launching a new recycled material made from ocean-bound plastics that has been recovered from ocean-feeding waterways and inland areas within a 50-kilometer radius of the ocean. According to a news release from SABIC, the ocean-bound material is mechanically recycled and converted into components for new consumer goods and electronics applications, such as TV remote controls and electronic razors, with the potential to be used in other industries, such as automotive, in the future.

Part of SABIC’s Trucircle portfolio, the new recycled material is a SABIC Xenoy polycarbonate (PC) / polyethylene terephthalate (PET) compound comprising of a minimum 10 percent recycled ocean-bound PET blended with PC.

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-Helical bottle made of 100% rPET S.Bernardo launches a new bottle entirely in recycled PET with a refined design, on the shelves starting from May.

After Levissima and San Benedetto, it is up to the source S.Bernardo to present a bottle produced entirely with recycled PET (rPET), a possibility offered by the Budget Law which, starting from this year, canceled the 50% limit.

The proposal of the Piedmontese spring is a bottle with a helical design, decorated with drops arranged along the Fibonacci sequence, conceived by the designer Gabriele Gioria of the Kumooku studio.

Produced in the Garessio (CN) plant, powered by wind energy, the bottle will be on the shelves starting from May.

Today S.Bernardo is present on the market with PET packages containing 50% of recycled material, in compliance with the regulatory limit in force until 31 December last. “Our commitment is to support the virtuous circle of reuse and recycling, hoping that it will be ever greater – says Antonio Biella general manager of San Bernardo -.

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-Yale study introduces breakthrough bio-based plastic

A new bioplastic is strong, water-stable, cost-effective, and easily recyclable and biodegradable, making it a strong contender for scaling and wider adoption.

New research conducted by scientists at Yale, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland could help phase out traditional plastics.

Researchers at the Yale School of the Environment, the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UMD have created a lignocellulosic bioplastic that is a promising alternative not just to plastics derived from petroleum but also to existing bioplastic materials.

Research on the bioplastic’s properties, manufacturing process and environmental impacts are outlined in a study published on March 25 in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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-Dow wins with product performance and sustainability at the leading 2021 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards

Two products were awarded for performance and practicability: Dow’s first Post-Consumer Recycled resin offering in Asia Pacific and its recyclable Polyolefin Backing for carpet tile

Dow clinched two notable product wins for superior performance and wide application at the 2021 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards in the Plastics Raw Materials & Additives category:

  • Dow’s Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resin XUS60921.01
  • Carpet tile with INFUSE™ polyolefin backing

Dow’s PCR resin for collation shrink film offers sustainability advantages for the packaging value chain, while its polyolefin backing for carpet tile was designed for health, durability and recyclability.

“We are honored to be recognized by the esteemed panel of industry experts. These two awards are reflective of our commitment to creating valuable products for our customers, society and the planet. As a materials science leader, meeting current and future demands for sustainable plastics and additives remains our priority,” shared Wu Chang, technical service and development director, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Asia Pacific.

Post-Consumer Recycled resin XUS60921.01: Advancing a circular economy

The new resin is designed with 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastics collected domestically within Asia Pacific. A first in Asia Pacific, the new PCR resin offering is part of Dow’s comprehensive strategy to advance a circular economy for plastics by redesigning and offering reusable or recyclable solutions for packaging applications.

Dow wins with product performance and sustainability at the leading 2021 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,010 $/ton 990 $/ton- -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,000 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,420 yuan/ton 4,410 yuan/ton -10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
650 $/ton 650 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,120 yuan/ton 5,285 yuan/ton +165
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 655 $/ton 667 $/ton- +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 813 $/ton 812 $/ton -1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 795 $/ton 794 $/ton -1
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842 $/ton 836 $/ton -6
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,510 yuan/ton 7,580 yuan/ton
+70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,505 yuan/ton +455
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8.600 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,700 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,450 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 43,500 yuan/ton 43,300 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,950 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,400 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 17,800 yuan/ton -300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 81,000 yuan/ton 80,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 73,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 63,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,600 yuan/ton 10,900 yuan/ton -700
Benzene domestic market 6,230 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +470
Benzene overseas  market 804 $/ton 870 $/ton
+66
Ethylene South East market 995 $/ton 1,005 $/ton +10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,212 $/ton 1,227 $/ton +15
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,000 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton -1,200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling PA
8,500 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  578 $/ton 571 $/ton
-7
Phenol domestic market 8,540 yuan/ton 8,540 yuan/ton

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-Biopolymers firm Avantium boosted by new offtake contracts

Avantium has secured two new offtake contracts in a boost to its planned building of a new plant in the Netherlands.

The Dutch firm has now secured conditional offtake agreements with four companies – speciality chemicals business Toyobo, polyester film producer Terphane, beverage bottling company Refresco, and an unnamed global brand owner.

The contracts are for the supply of polyethylene furanoate (PEF) resin for bottles and films.

With the addition of the two new contracts, Avantium said its Renewable Polymers (RNP) business has made progress towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) over the construction of the planned furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) plant in the town of Delfzijl.

The company has also signed a collaboration agreement with brewer Carlsberg to jointly develop several PEF applications, including its Green Fibre Bottle, which uses a PEF polymer film barrier.

Biopolymers firm Avantium boosted by new offtake contracts

-US plastics association not in favour of pollution act

US-based Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has voiced its strong opposition to the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, introduced in the US House of Representatives and US Senate. It says the act places the over US$7 billion capital expenditure spending in plastics material and resin manufacturing in “serious jeopardy”.

The plastics industry is one of America’s largest and is critical to the overall performance of America’s economy. Most plastics are used in manufacturing, although the use of plastics in services, such as healthcare, is becoming increasingly important. The “Break Free Act” would destroy manufacturing jobs and put America’s supply chains into chaos.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“This legislation would be absolutely devastating to manufacturing jobs and America’s overall economy just as we begin to rebound from the effects of Covid-19,” said PLASTICS President/CEO Tony Radoszewski. “This bill is a direct threat to the nearly one million men and women who work in the domestic plastics industry. Additionally, this misguided legislation could have the unintended consequence of leading to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.”

US plastics association not in favour of pollution act

-Faerch promises PCR transparency

In what it calls an industry-first, Faerch can now provide third party-approved certificates on the share of post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in its PET food packaging solutions. Customers can gain full transparency for their products on individual recipe level, while PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audits the statements.

“The amount of recycled post-consumer content in food packaging is a key indicator for sustainability,” said Spencer Johnston, chief executive of Faerch UK. “Consumers and legislators expect full transparency. With our audited certification we eliminate any uncertainty and doubt.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“We apply the strictest calculation method and use post-consumer content based on an ISO definition as the basis for certification. We very much encourage decision makers in the industry to focus on maximising post-consumer content in contrast to post-industrial material, which is frequently referred to, but in fact comprises of industrial by-products or virgin regrind that has never been in the hands of a consumer.”

Faerch promises PCR transparency

-New Package Concept Offers Relief from PP Shortages & Soaring Prices

A new IML approach that uses a thick paper label as most of the structure of a plastic container can slash resin use drastically—especially handy when resin supplies are tight and prices are soaring. Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

With Gulf Coast chemicals and plastics production disrupted by winter storms, resulting in tight availability and galloping price increases for PP and other resins, this might be a perfect time to consider a new injection molded package concept that can reduce plastic usage by up to 76%. As reported in Feb. ’20 Starting Up, the concept was introduced publicly at the K 2019 fair in Düsseldorf by Swiss-based Muller Group, specialists in molds and automation for thin-wall packaging and in-mold labeling (IML). Working with Artaplast of Sweden, Muller developed mold and IML automation technology for replacing up to 76% of the PP in a dairy cup with a thin skeleton injection molded over a thick paper IML label coated on both sides with PP. Artaplast calls the concept Fiber Cup and has applied it to cottage cheese and yogurt containers in Europe.

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-BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products.

For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste).  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint.

For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases.

Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

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-Electrolux eyes increased recycled-content plastic

Appliance maker’s sustainability report points to 50 percent recycled content by 2030.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Sweden-based household appliance maker Electrolux AB, in its most recent sustainability report, says it has set as a goal that by 2030 its product ranges will contain at least 50 percent recycled materials.

The company does not mention to what extent recycled-content metals will play a role but writes in more depth about its incorporation of recycled-content plastics.

Electrolux says it used 6,800 metric tons of recycled plastic in its products in 2020 and indicates it is aiming much higher.

Electrolux eyes increased recycled-content plastic

-India levies anti-dumping duty on bottle-grade PET from China

India has imposed anti-dumping duty on Chinese bottle-grade PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin—used to make bottles and jars for mineral water, carbonated soft drinks and pharmaceutical products among other goods—to offset the damage to the domestic industry.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

After a year-long investigation, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in December 2020 recommended imposing anti-dumping duty on the PET resin imported from China, ranging from $60.92 to $200.66, depending on quality.

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-Business Is Booming in China . . . Again

China saw 2.1% growth in 2020, an amazing accomplishment given that the economy was shut down for nearly six months. And this year, the World Bank projects 7.9% growth for the “world’s factory.”  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thanks to a successful COVID-19 containment policy, China has emerged from the pandemic largely unscathed. Consumer spending, infrastructure, factory production, and private investment all experienced major upswings in the second half of last year. As a result, China saw 2.1% growth in 2020, an almost unbelievable feat given an economy that was shut down for nearly six months.

Add President Biden’s willingness to at least restart talks with China, the recently signed EU-China trade agreement, and the lifting of COVID lockdown orders throughout the United States, and it certainly appears that China, the United States, and the world are heading in the right direction.

Business Is Booming in China . . . Again

-This New Recycling Plant Uses Steam to Recycle ‘Unrecyclable’ Plastic

A new recycling plant is designed to process hard-to-recycle plastic using what’s called supercritical steam—water heated to a high temperature and pressure—as molecular scissors, breaking down chemical bonds in plastic to create building blocks that can be used to make new plastic.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The process works on any type of plastic, including packaging with multiple layers that normally isn’t accepted in recycling bins.

“A new solution is needed to recycle those materials that mechanical recycling cannot,” says Steve Mahon, CEO at Mura Technology, the company that developed the technology and is building the new plant.

“It is also important to recognize the value of waste plastic as a ready resource for the manufacture of plastic, decouple production from fossil resource and entering plastic into a circular economy, avoiding wasting this useful and flexible material.”

The new factory is under construction in a part of Northern England where some of the first large-scale plastic manufacturing began in the 1930s.

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-Application of Textiles In Automobile

INTRODUCTION

Mankind knows textiles by generations. On a broad outlook it appears that textiles have no application other than apparel purposes. But as a matter of fact, there are non-apparel uses of textiles such as technical applications.

Wondering what automotive textiles mean?  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Automotive textile is that part of textile which is used in accordance with the vehicles i. e. it is widely used in automotive industry right from light weight vehicles to a heavy truck or duty vehicles.

Automotive textile is an integral aspect of technical textile. Since it cannot be classified in apparel textile, it is more of a techno mechanical application of textile. Industrial textiles are widely used in transportation vehicles and systems including cars, trains, buses, airplanes and marine vehicles. Approximately 50 square yards of textile material is used in an average car for interior trim (seating areas headliners, side panels, carpets and trunk, lining, tires, filters, belts hoses, airbags etc.)

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-“Oroblù Save the Oceans”: sustainable wearables

A collaboration between RadiciGroup and CSP International results in the first Oroblù-branded tights made in Italy from recycled plastic bottles.

Creating a high-quality, fashionable textile product that is also sustainable, owing to its limited impact on the environment.

That was the challenge taken on by the Bergamo-based Italian multinational RadiciGroup – a world leading manufacturer of polyamides, synthetic fibres and engineering polymers with applications in a variety of industries, mainly in the textile/fashion sector – and the high-end hosiery brand Oroblù owned by CSP International – a group engaged in the production and sale of hosiery, men’s and women’s intimatewear and swimwear, headquartered in the province of Mantua, Italy.

The aim was to be the first in Italy to produce tights using yarn made from recycled PET bottles.

The two companies, both of which are innovation- and sustainability-oriented and recognized as symbols of Italian excellence, decided to combine their know-how to create a high-performance, stylish and eco-friendly product.

It is with this idea in mind that “Oroblù Save the Oceans” was created: black, 50-denier tights made of Repetable, a new RadiciGroup polyester yarn derived from post-consumer recycled PET bottles.

This process reduces CO2 emissions, as well as the consumption of water and energy.

Angelo Radici

Mr. Angelo Radici Chairman of RadiciGroup

-“Ground-breaking” technology to recycle all forms of plastic waste

Construction has started on Mura Technology’s “world’s first” commercial-scale plant to use its “ground-breaking” hydrothermal process, able to recycle all forms of plastic waste and provide the raw ingredients for a sustainable circular plastic economy.

HydroPRS™ (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) is a revolutionary advanced recycling process designed to tackle plastic that cannot currently be recycled and instead ends up polluting the natural environment.

The first plant to use the technology has begun construction in Teesside, UK, to be operational in 2022 and able to process 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

It will form the blueprint for a rapid global rollout that will see one million tonnes of capacity in development worldwide by 2025 – equivalent to nearly half the plastic packaging waste produced in the UK each year. Sites are planned in Germany, the US and Asia. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

Ground-breaking technology to recycle all forms of plastic waste

-New Bottle Lightweighting Technology Saves Resin and Cost

Graham Packaging has developed a method of selectively reinforcing a bottle wall perpendicular to conventional parison programming.

Graham’s patented AccuStrength technology adds vertical ribs of material at selected locations on the parison. The ribs can be continuous or intermittent. Handleware and other non-round containers—especially larger sizes—are the main targets.

Parison programming is a universal tool in extrusion blow molding for selectively thickening and thinning a container wall as the parison is extruded in order to optimize material distribution and achieve the lightest overall weight that satisfies structural requirements such as topload strength and drop tests. Parison programming allows profiling the parison in a sequence of horizontal bands of varying thickness. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

Conventional parison programming adds extra material where needed in horizontal bands around the bottle.

What if parison programming were turned on its side? That is approximately what global bottle maker Graham Packaging has achieved with its newly patented AccuStrength technology. Used together with conventional “horizontal” parison programming, AccuStrength adds extra material in vertical “stripes” at selected locations on the container.

New Bottle Lightweighting Technology Saves Resin and Cost

-How do bio-based plastics affect marine organisms?

The BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE team at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany, is studying what happens to marine organisms such as mussels and shrimps after they ingest microplastics. With this research, they want to understand more about the possible environmental impacts of bio-based plastics. This is the fourth post in our current project update series, bringing you very interesting images produced within our research activities. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

How did they do it? First, the AWI team made fine powder out of bio-based plastics, with fragments smaller than 200 µm (Figure 1). This material was then fed to the marine organisms.

Figure 2 demonstrates that the micro-particles have indeed been ingested by larvae of Artemia spec. (Figure 2A), a brine shrimp. It is possible to visually compare the empty gut of a larva (Figure 2B) to the gut of a larva that has ingested fluorescent plastic (polystyrene, PS), which is bright green (Figure 2C). The same happenes with bio-based poly-lactate (PLA) powder, which is not as easy to see as the green fluorescent PS but still visible as a dark mass (Figure 2D). These pictures are evidence that aquatic animals really do ingest the microplastics they encounter in their environment.

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-Circular economy for plastics hinges on demand for high-quality recyclates

According to Altshausen, Germany-based  STADLER, the recycling equipment and turnkey systems provider, while plastic is an exceptional product, with numerous benefits that have made it indispensable to modern life, its extreme durability creates a difficult end-of-life issue which needs to be addressed with urgency.

The solution lies in a shift towards a circular economy where plastic is re-used or recycled, never becoming waste.

STADLER says the recycling industry has a central role to play in this process, with the challenge of maximizing the amount of plastic it recovers from waste and producing an output of consistent, high-quality Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) that can compete with virgin resin. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

“We have to unscramble the omelet and take out again the individual ingredients,” explains Enrico Siewert, Director of Product and Market Development at STADLER. “Technology advances in the last 10 years have revolutionized the industry. Today, we are able to sort plastics very efficiently, at very high percentages.”

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-Over 100 million PET bottles are upcycled into SABIC’s LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ products contributing to net zero carbon goals

Since the introduction of LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ materials in late 2019, SABIC has helped divert more than 100 million single-use 16.9 oz. (50 cl) PET water bottles from landfills and incinerators. This portfolio of globally available polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials is produced from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles through a unique chemical upcycling process.

SABIC also recently completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing virgin PBT and LNP ELCRIN iQ resin, which underwent third-party critical review in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 standards. Results indicated that LNP ELCRIN iQ resin lowered global warming impact by 29 percent and cut cumulative energy demand by 43 percent compared to virgin PBT. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

LNP ELCRIN iQ resins also show favorable LCA results compared to data for other virgin base resins, such as polyamide (PA) 6,6 and PA6, extracted from Plastics Europe Eco-Profiles.

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-Innovia Films launches a new film in its Encore range of Sustainable Polypropylene packaging films

Innovia Films is launching a new film in its Encore range of Sustainable Polypropylene packaging films.  REF30cn has a high level of certified renewable content (via ISCC PLUS mass balance) specifically achieving carbon neutral on a cradle to gate basis from the Innovia UK site.  Technically the film performance matches that of the fossil-based equivalent so can be used in both high-speed horizontal flow-wrap and overwrap applications.  The film is also fully food contact compliant.

Paul Watters, Product Development Manager Packaging, Innovia Films explains “With a growing focus on carbon footprint and a desire to reduce the impact on our environment through global warming, we are introducing Encore REF30cn into the market.  This film addresses these issues by having a high certified renewable content which in turn reduces the films carbon footprint to the position of being carbon neutral.” Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

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-Plastic pollution: how chemical recycling technology could help fix it

It’s impossible to imagine everyday life without plastics. Lightweight, durable and cheap, these materials outperform many others in a diverse range of applications.

Plastics have brought about positive change in ways we often overlook. For example, the development of plastic components in electronic devices, such as the one you’re using to read this article, means we’ve never been more connected to the world around us. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

But our love of plastics has come at an environmental cost. It’s been estimated that of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic made between 1950 to 2015, over 75% is now waste, with 79% accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment.

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-A March toward higher prices for commodity resins

Strong demand and tight supplies of commodity resins have continued, sending prices for most materials up since March 1.

Resin makers in the region are working to recover from Winter Storm Uri, which knocked out production at many resin and feedstock plants in Texas in mid-February. Although many plants have restarted, most are operating at reduced rates.

Prices for all grades of polyethylene moved up 7 cents per pound in March, after increasing by that same amount in February. Prices had increased by 5 cents in both January and December, as the market was tight even before the storm hit. North American PE prices are up a net of 39 cents since January 2020.

Prices for polypropylene for March remained unsettled as of March 25. Although demand remains strong, prices for propylene monomer feedstock fell in March, since many PP resin plants were running at reduced rates.

PP prices had surged an astonishing 61 cents per pound since December but now are expected to decline along with propylene. Market sources said the drop could range from 6-16 cents. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling HydrogenPetrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

-Carbon Fibers and Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)

Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) is a real high-tech material. With its properties that dwarf those of steel and aluminum, it is constantly opening up new areas of application and has already become indispensable in many areas. We take you on a voyage of discovery into the world of carbon fibers and see how microscopically thin fibers are ultimately turned into carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.

What are carbon fibers?

Carbon fibers are industrially produced fibers which are refined in such a way that they consist almost exclusively of carbon. They are microscopically small and about eight times thinner than a human hair. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

In order to make them usable for various applications, 1000 to 60000 filaments are combined into a multifilament yarn (roving), which is wound onto a spool.

How are carbon fibers produced?

Carbon fibers are the product of a high-tech manufacturing process. It starts with a starting product such as polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Polyacrylonitrile is a solid in the form of a white powder. It is hard and stiff as well as resistant to chemicals and solvents. In a first process step, thin threads are produced from it, which are then wound onto a spool – the so-called PAN “precursor” has been created.

In the next step, these threads are placed in the oven. First, they are oxidized at 200 to 300 degrees Celsius and then carbonized at 1200 to 1800 degrees Celsius. What remains are threads with a very high carbon content and high strength. After surface treatment and application of a sizing, the carbon fiber is wound up and is ready for use.

Carbon Fibers and Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,015 $/ton 1,010 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,000 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,150 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,295 yuan/ton 4,420 yuan/ton +125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
655 $/ton 650 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,180 yuan/ton 5,120 yuan/ton +40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 670 $/ton 655 $/ton- -15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 796 $/ton 813 $/ton +17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 778 $/ton 795 $/ton +17
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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815 $/ton 842 $/ton +27
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,580 yuan/ton 7,510 yuan/ton
-70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,780 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton -80
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
-250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 43,000 yuan/ton 43,500 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,150 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,950 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,350 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 81,000 yuan/ton 81,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton +500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,650 yuan/ton 11,600 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market 6,220 yuan/ton 6,230 yuan/ton +10
Benzene overseas  market 761 $/ton 804 $/ton
+43
Ethylene South East market 1,045 $/ton 995 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market 1,219 $/ton 1,212 $/ton -7
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton -500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton -400
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling PET
8,520 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton -20
Naphtha overseas market  573 $/ton 578 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 8,680 yuan/ton 8,540 yuan/ton -140

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-Turning wood into plastic

Efforts to shift from petrochemical plastics to renewable and biodegradable plastics have proven tricky — the production process can require toxic chemicals and is expensive, and the mechanical strength and water stability is often insufficient. But researchers have made a breakthrough, using wood byproducts, that shows promise for producing more durable and sustainable bioplastics.

A study published in Nature Sustainability, co-authored by Yuan Yao, assistant professor of industrial ecology and sustainable systems at Yale School of the Environment (YSE), outlines the process of deconstructing the porous matrix of natural wood into a slurry. The researchers say the resulting material shows a high mechanical strength, stability when holding liquids, and UV-light resistance. It can also be recycled or safely biodegraded in the natural environment, and has a lower life-cycle environmental impact when compared with petroleum-based plastics and other biodegradable plastics. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

“There are many people who have tried to develop these kinds of polymers in plastic, but the mechanical strands are not good enough to replace the plastics we currently use, which are made mostly from fossil fuels,” says Yao. “We’ve developed a straightforward and simple manufacturing process that generates biomass-based plastics from wood, but also plastic that delivers good mechanical properties as well.”

Turning wood into plastic

-Injection molder invests in Roctool technology, slashes CO2 emissions

Injection molder and contract manufacturer Rosti Group has installed the first Roctool heating and cooling system at its facility in China. This will allow the molder to reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 40%. Rosti said that it sits at the center of the supply chain and has a duty and an opportunity to make a positive environmental impact on the plastics industry. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Roctool’s patented technology consists of quickly heating the tool surface by induction and rapidly cooling the tool via water channels. With this technology, Rosti said that it can offer key advantages to its customers, such as aesthetic, design, and process improvements, while meeting commitments to reduce carbon emissions at the plant.

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-Chaotic rayon yarn market

As the macro environment continued to be turbulent, negative-feedback in commodity market has also been given out. For example, front-month contracts of PSF and cotton showed a large fall. Cotton price has fallen dropped below pre-holiday price, while PSF one was in range-bound at the level before CNY. Obviously, the bull market has faded.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

VSF plants maintained offers at 15,600-16,000yuan/mt, but traders’ sources were much cheaper than that of plants. Some yarn mills who intended to replenish feedstock despite large price spread started to balance the profit and loss—-whether to give up the cooperation with some VSF plants temporarily. Although the viscose market was chaotic, it was controllable. In recent years, the concentration of viscose has gradually increased, and the plants had the flow of goods control capability.

As to rayon yarn, as there were many spinners and traders, whose feedstock cost, pre-sales and inventory of each spinner were different, especially in the big fluctuation, rayon yarn got more chaotic. Vortex-spun rayon yarn was a typical representative. Vortex-spun R30S was offered at 20,000yuan/mt and the traded priced lower 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000yuan/mt were timely rumored which further hit the market trading enthusiasm.

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-EuPC says exemptions to the SUP Directive are not be the way forward

Albert Einstein famously said that ‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.’

That logic, while indisputable, tends nevertheless to be defeated when industry interests are at stake.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Which is precisely why, wrote the EU level trade association European Plastics Converters –  EuPC  – in a recent op-ed published on EurActiv, we need to be very careful in making exceptions to the Single-Use Plastic Directive.

The SUP Directive was adopted with the express purpose of tackling the problem of the waste plastic polluting the world’s oceans. It represents a key action for the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls for the conservation and sustainable ‘use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development’.

The plastics industry, wrote EuPC, is committed to achieving the highest environmental standards set at EU level in order to allow a complete transition to a circular economy and to guarantee a high level of environmental protection.

In recent weeks, however, various voices have been heard to question the range of items that should be covered by the SUP Directive. The paper industry, in particular, has raised concerns regarding the inclusion of polymer-coated paper products, such as cups. The limited amount of plastics used in such items, said the paper industry, does not warrant their falling within the scope of the Directive.

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-Skepticism Mounts over Utility of Biodegradable Plastics

Yes, these materials will degrade over time. But how long will it take? And under what environmental conditions?

Over the past 20 years I’ve written much about the efforts of polymer scientists to create a plastic that will “disappear” in the environment. No matter how much money is spent on research, though, the dream of biodegradable polymers has proven elusive.

An article in the business section of the Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2021, by Saabira Chaudhuri (“Plastic Straws That Quickly Biodegrade in the Ocean? Not Quite, Scientists Say”) takes an in-depth look at why biodegradability might not offer the solutions promised. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Chaudhuri begins by examining Danimer Scientific’s Nodax, which the company claims degrades within a “few months” in ocean environments and is suitable for backyard composting.

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-A “barrier lake” for direct-spun PSF

Direct-spun PSF has fallen back since Mar with PSF futures down from 8,500yuan/mt to 7,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt or 17.6%, and spot one down from 8,000yuan/mt to 7,000yuan/mt, a decrease of about 1,000yuan/mt or 12.5%. By now, both PSF futures and spot one have retreated to the level before Spring Festival. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

But it was not caused by higher inventory or worse downstream acceptance. On the contrary, direct-spun PSF plants were in short supply and downstream plants profited better compared with POY.

There are mainly two reasons behind this wave of quick decline.

After PSF futures declined, direct-spun PSF plants held firm prices due to short supply. Traditional traders partly lowered prices after gaining profits. For spot-futures traders, they were advantageous in price under trades by basis, driving spot PSF market to deteriorate quickly.

A "barrier lake" for direct-spun PSF

-BASF Issues Price Increases on Plastic Additives and Nylon 6

Price adjustments attributed to volatility in pricing and availability of raw materials and high freight rates.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Effective immediately, or as existing contracts permit, BASF is globally increasing the price of additives for plastic applications, including heat and UV stabilizers, antioxidants, processing aids, lubricants and pigments) by up to 20%.  The company attributed the price adjustment primarily to the significant volatility in pricing and availability for essential raw materials and the rapid escalation of of freight rates.

BASF is also increasing prices in North America for its nylons and intermediates. increase prices for polyamide polymer and intermediates. Prices of nylon 6 and caprolactam are being increased by 15¢/lb and copolymer by 18¢/lb.

BASF Issues Price Increases on Plastic Additives and Nylon 6

-PanzerGlass™ launches ClearCaseColor™

The case comes in six unique colors with antibacterial technology proven to kill up to 99.99% of most common surface bacteria.

Dubai, UAE: PanzerGlass™, one of the leading screen protection brands in the world launches ClearCaseColor™ , its latest range of antibacterial limited edition clear color smartphone cases in the region. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Made from PanzerGlass and colored flexible TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) materials, the case back is made of four layers and an extra strong honeycomb pattern to enhance shock absorption providing 25% improved scratch resistance compared to first-generation of ClearCases. The case matches all buttons for easy and full access to all functionalities. It also features slightly swelling bumpers in all corners to enhance protection. ClearCaseColor™ is compatible with MagSafe wireless charging.

Combining cutting edge technology with contemporary aesthetics, PanzerGlass™ ClearCaseColor™ allows users to properly display the original look of their device, while expressing themselves via a selection of trendy hues.  The cases come in different colors of True Blue, Mandarin Red, Orange, Rose Gold, Satin Silver and Racing Green, and will appeal to consumers of all ages. Labelled as the strongest ClearCase™ from PanzerGlass™, it is compatible with Apple iPhone 12 devices and will protect the phone’s beautiful design.

PanzerGlass™ launches ClearCaseColor™

-Indorama Ventures wins best regional loan for the first-ever US$300 million Blue Loan

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical producer, has been awarded ‘Best Regional Loan’ in the manufacturing sector for its US$300 million Blue Loan – the first of its kind granted to a plastic resin manufacturer.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

The award was announced at ‘Triple A Sustainable Capital Markets Regional Awards 2020’ virtual ceremony organized by The Asset, Asia’s leading financial magazine. This recognition reflects IVL’s commitment to being at the forefront of businesses striving for a sustainable future.

The Blue Loan, which exclusively focus on addressing marine plastic pollution, comprises US$150 million senior loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and parallel loans of $150 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG). IVL will utilize the fund to promote a circular economy by enhancing capacity of IVL’s PET recycling plants in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand following its sustainability goal of achieving 750,000 metric tons of PET recycling globally by 2025. The fund will also help the company invest in other climate-related initiatives.

The board of editors at The Asset, said, “The blue loan represents the latest environmental initiative by corporates such as Indorama Ventures, which will divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans, thus contributing to a better environment.”

-Indorama Ventures wins best regional loan for the first-ever US$300 million Blue Loan

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-Germany’s highest court blocks ratification of EU recovery fund

Law challenged by Eurosceptic group over fears of European fiscal union

Germany’s constitutional court said on Friday that the president may not sign off legislation ratifying the European Union’s Recovery Fund as long as it was looking into an emergency appeal against the debt-financed investment plan.

The statement of Germany’s highest court, which came after both chambers of parliament ratified legislation this week, did not give a time frame when a legal decision could be expected.

Opponents of the EU’s recovery plan, including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and a group called Citizens’ Will Alliance, argue that the plan violates European treaties by opening the door to joint borrowing by member states.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, a key backer of the project, has said the European Recovery Fund marks the first step towards a “fiscal union” in which member states will transfer more powers to Brussels away from national capitals.

Five plaintiffs filed a complaint with Germany’s top court on Friday against the EU fund, a spokesman for the court said earlier. “An emergency appeal and constitutional complaint have been filed today,” the spokesman added.

There is no time limit for the court to decide on the complaint, but it could take up to three months for the court to decide on the emergency appeal.

Germany’s highest court blocks ratification of EU recovery fund

-Color & Additive Masterbatches for PCR PET Packaging

Chroma Color has developed additive concentrates that are said to allow for higher levels of PCR PET in packages.

A new color and additive masterbatch product line from Chroma Color Corp., McHenry, Ill., is specifically designed for use with recycled materials. The first two commercial products are targeted to post-consumer content PET packaging.

▪  ChromaPCRPET reportedly allows brand owners to further increase the levels of PCR within their package, supporting increased Sustainability Goals. It can be used in the production of sheet, bottles and other applications, and is FDA compliant with No Objection Letter (NOL). Chroma masterbatch offerings include correction colors, chain extenders, processing stabilizers and other additives for recycled PET streams.

▪  UltraPET , formulated with ChromaTransparent (a patented carrier technology and based on Chroma’s patented G3) is a highly loaded color concentrate that is said to deliver both lower costs and greater processing flexibility for brand owners and converters. The concentrate can be processed as much lower temperatures than conventional PET pellet concentrates.

Color & Additive Masterbatches for PCR PET Packaging

-Distinguishing HDPE from LDPE at the Blink of an Eye/Push of a Button

BASF’s trinamiX adds new PE application for plastic sorting to its mobile NIR spectroscopy solution. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The ability to distinguish between HDPE and LDPE at the push of a button is the latest application for plastic sorting added to the Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution from Germany-based trinamiX GmbH. Founded in 2015 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, Germany-based trinamiX GmbH (trinamixsensing.com) develops and sells cutting-edge 3D vision and infrared sensing solutions for use in both consumer electronics devices and industrial designs.

BASF sources noted that in view of rising prices of polyethylene, the production of single-grade PE recyclates has become extremely attractive in recent months. By launching two applications for its mobile NIR spectroscopy solution, trinamiX is improving on-the-spot sorting of the sought-after plastic. In addition to quickly distinguishing between HDPE and LDPE, the ratio of PE to PP in mixed plastics reportedly can be precisely determined as easy as pushing a button. Thanks to the flexibility of a handy measuring device, the process for obtaining high-quality PE and PE/PP recyclates is now significantly enhanced.

Distinguishing HDPE from LDPE at the Blink of an Eye/Push of a Button

-DOMO partners with Bamberger Polymers to grow its distribution network in North America

Bamberger Polymers offers DOMO’s North American product portfolio

Domamid®, Econamid® and Domonyl™ Nylon 6 and 66 compounds available immediately  Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

DOMO’s products support industry’s megatrends like lightweighting, CO2 reduction, miniaturization, thermal management, mobility electrification and eco-design

part of its growth strategy for the North American market, DOMO Chemicals has named Bamberger Polymers an authorized distribution partner effective immediately. Bamberger will offer DOMO’s North American product portfolio including Domamid®, Econamid® and Domonyl® Nylon 6 and 66 compounds.

For more than 50 years Bamberger Polymers has serviced the plastics industry distributing high-quality, thermoplastic resins to customers worldwide. It offers products to injection molders, blow molders, compounders, extruders, and manufacturers of plastic products.

DOMO partners with Bamberger Polymers to grow its distribution network in North America

-Are Chemical Recycling Claims Sometimes Misleading? Yes and No . . . But Mostly, Yes

Plastics 1, 3, and 7 technically could be chemically recycled, as some claim, if everything is sorted up front or treated at the back end at exorbitant cost. In other words, it’s possible with an unlimited budget. But when has that ever happened?

On Sunday, March 22, John Oliver did an in-depth piece on HBO’s Last Week Tonight devoted to waste plastics recycling. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

He highlighted correctly the challenges of handling plastics labeled with resin identification codes 1 to 7, which is complicated for consumers. However, his point — illustrated by “chasing arrows” — that no scaled solution exists for most plastics is inaccurate. Molecular recycling can tackle plastics 2, 4, 5, and 6, but claims by some chemical recyclers are complicating this further.

When explaining the molecular recycling process at Nexus, with a focus on 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE), 5 (PP), and 6 (PS) waste plastics, we’re often asked: “Well, so-and-so company announced that it takes plastics 1 through 7 or 3 through 7. Is your technology inferior, narrower, not as flexible…?”Are Chemical Recycling Claims Sometimes Misleading? Yes and No . . . But Mostly, Yes

 

-Pilot Plant to Produce Multipurpose Bioplastic from Soy Residue

Four Finnish companies in collaboration to develop the first process to produce compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams.

A bioplastic plant to be built in Uusikaupunki, Finland, will be piloted on an industrial scale to produce what is said to be the world’s first process to product compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Four collaborating Finnish companies—Finnfoam Oy, Brightplus Oy, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Nordic Soya, have jointly explored the potential of soy molasses, i.e. soy processing side stream, as a raw material of the future. Partly funded by Business Finland, the research project took four years.

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-More Than 5 Billion Pounds of Resin Production Lost Because of Storm

The spot resin markets continued to transact at an elevated pace last week, though order flow became less consistent and there were little lulls in trading activity, which was something we had not seen in a while, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. During the quieter moments, participants questioned whether emerging developments — weaker PGP monomer prices, the restart of many resin plants, and appearance of fresh spot off-grade offers — were signals that the market was ready to come undone. Then, reality would set in, as resin remains grossly undersupplied. The mid-February winter storm, which shut down the vast majority of US resin plants, could ultimately lead to the loss of five billion pounds or more of resin production, digging a very deep hole in inventories throughout the supply chain, reports the PlasticsExchange. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Despite some demand destruction, very heavy imports, and the lack of incremental exports, the PlasticsExchange predicts that it will take considerable time for producers to back-fill orders, restock inventories, lift allocations, and unwind force majeure declarations. Spot prices remained well above rising contract levels the week of March 15, as processors competed for limited material, quickly rebuilding market momentum as if this raging bull market had not skipped a beat.

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-Nextek Ltd. project to address food-grade polypropylene recycling

Nextloopp separates food-grade PP packaging using marker technologies.

Nextek Ltd., a London-based firm that provides expertise in the design, optimization, processing and recycling of plastics, has launched Nextloopp, which it describes as a global multipartipant project designed to address polypropylene (PP) recycling.

According to Nextek, PP accounts for roughly 20 percent of the world’s plastic. It is used to make pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging as well as in nonfood household and personal care products. The company says 700,000 metric tons are used annually in the U.K. alone. The lack of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) means that PP food packaging is made from virgin plastics.

Nextloopp will use commercially proven technologies that include markers to separate food-grade PP, according to Nextek. These technologies also include decontamination stages to ensure compliance with food-grade standards in the EU and the USA. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Eurozone returns to growth as manufacturing hits record highs, service improves

The eurozone economy returned to growth in March as the rally in manufacturing activity continued, hitting record highs, while services improved after lockdowns hit consumer-facing sectors the hardest, analysts at IHS Markit said on Wednesday.

Manufacturing activity stood at 62.4 points in March, showing the boom that registered in the fourth quarter carried over into the first quarter as well.

Markit’s PMI index had never recorded such a high reading for manufacturing in the eurozone, which it has compiled since the now 19-country currency union was set up in 1997; the euro become a currency in circulation in 2002.Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Robinson signs up to food-grade recycled PP project

Packaging converter Robinson has joined forces with NEXTLOOPP to deliver for the first time a supply chain model to close the loop on food-grade recycled polypropylene (rPP). Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

In Europe, PP consumption accounts for 10 million tonnes per year with 40 per cent used for consumer packaging. About 70 per cent of this consumer packaging is for food packaging, which typically gets recycled into non-food applications as currently there is no viable solution for the generation development of food-grade rPP material from mechanical recycling.

Robinson claims that its sustainability pledge and legislative targets for recycling and increasing recycled content in packaging will only be met if industry makes transformational changes and creates a clear pathway to a circular PP model, in which companies are producing PP food packaging that includes sustainability sourced rPP derived from mechanically recycled food packaging.

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-UK North Sea Transition Deal outlines £10bn for hydrogen

On 24 March the UK government announced the North Sea Transition Deal , an agreement with the oil and gas industry that aims to support decarbonisation of the fossil fuel sector, including the potential for £10bn to be invested in hydrogen.

The plan aims to harness existing capabilities, infrastructure and investment to promote new technologies such as hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and offshore wind, as well as decommissioning existing assets.

Oil and gas production in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is responsible for around 3.5% of the country’s emissions. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

It commits to joint funding for emissions reduction from the state and sector of up to £16bn by 2030.

Of this £3bn will replace fossil-fuel power supply to UKCS platforms with renewable energy, another £3bn will be used for CCUS, with up to £10bn available to support hydrogen production

Current government funding plans include £1bn to establish CCUS at two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s including Project Acorn, which aims to establish CCUS at the St Fergus gas entry point by 2023

UK HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

On 23 March the UK Oil and Gas Authority released plans to make the Bacton entry point a key hydrogen hub , utilising UKCS assets to develop production for London and the southeast.

UK North Sea Transition Deal outlines £10bn for hydrogen

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-Scratch-Resistant PP for Complex Interior Automotive Applications

Compounder Polykemi and subsidiary Rondo Plast launch first of new PP-based compound and sustainable variants that boast both high scratch resistance and UV stability.

A new family of scratch resistant PP compounds focused on complex interior automotive applications has been developed by Sweden’s specialty compounder Polykemi AB (U.S. office in Evansville, Ind.) and its fully-owned subsidiary Rondo Plast AB, a provider of quality assured and recycled plastics based on PP, ABS, PBT, nylon 66, and PC/ABS.

The first newly developed PP-based material of the new Complus Concept family is virgin raw material based compound Polyfill PP EP317R UV, which boasts both high scratch resistance and UV stability, together with excellent mechanical properties and reportedly unlimited coloration possibilities. These features are said to make the material an optimum choice for interior automotive applications.

cratch-Resistant PP for Complex Interior Automotive Applications

-Are Biodegradable Additives for Food Packaging a Solution? No, They Make It Worse

We know that biodegradable additives in packaging are the wrong solution to the plastics problem, so why are they still on the table?

As we all know, packaging plays a major role in achieving a more sustainable food system. However, consumers hear of and sometimes encounter rivers clogged with packaging, islands in oceans made of garbage, and discarded packaging littering the roadside. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

We all would like this ill-disposed packaging to “just go away!” And, we do have the technology to make it disappear. Yes, this packaging in the oceans, rivers, lakes, and streets can easily be degraded, and we can have more space in our landfills if we add degradable technology to packaging. Right? Wrong!

Are Biodegradable Additives for Food Packaging a Solution? No, They Make It Worse

-Berry to expand nonwovens production in Europe

Berry Global, a leading global nonwovens manufacturer, announced its second investment for 2021 in the wipes segment to support the long-term consumer behavior shift towards infection prevention, amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, said Nonwovens-industry.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The investment, located in Europe, will increase Berry’s production footprint in support of its global customers, with total investments reaching over USD110 million in nonwoven materials for products such as hard surface disinfectant wipes. Prior to the demand surge of 2020, the European impregnated wet wipes segment, for home cleaning and disinfecting, was growing at the rate of 5% in the 2014 to 2019 time frame. Covid-19 has increased heightened focus on sanitation and personal hygiene for infection prevention, suggesting permanent consumer trends away from the chore of cleaning to a health and safety priority.

“We strategically partner with many of the world’s leading brands with wipe materials, ensuring our investments align with demand for today and for the future. The reliability of our capacity and scale are paramount to our customer support and the trusted relationships we desire to maintain,” says Curt Begle, president of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division.

Berry to expand nonwovens production in Europe

-Renewable Styrenic Polymers Launched

Ineos Styrolution offers its first specialty thermoplastics based on renewable styrene.

The fist specialty thermoplastics based on renewable styrene monomer from leading global styrenics supplier Ineos Styrolution, Aurora, Ill., are said to offer 74% lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared to styrene made from fossil fuel.

Styrolux ECO and Styroflex ECO resins are a range of thermoplastic styrene-butadiene copolymers (SBC), said to offer identical product characteristics as the conventionally produced Styrolux/Styroflex copolymers. Styrolux/ -flex ECO is available in two grades in commercial quantities: Styrolux/-flex ECO B60 in which100% of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by renewable styrene; and, Styrolux/-flex ECO B30 in which 50% of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by renewable styrene. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Renewable Styrenic Polymers Launched

-Avantium secures new offtake contracts for planned FDCA flagship plant

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its subsidiary Avantium Renewable Polymers (“Avantium RNP”) has signed two additional conditional offtake agreements for the supply of PEF resin to manufacture bottles and films, bringing the total now to four such contracts. The partners involved include specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (USA), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and a major global food & beverage brand owner. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Avantium RNP aims to commercialise its proprietary plants-to-plastics YXY® Technology, which is used to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) – the main building block of the high-performance, plant-based and fully recyclable polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Avantium has demonstrated the technology in its pilot plant in Geleen and the company plans to open, dependent on a positive Final Investment Decision (FID), the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in 2023.

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-Gneuss Kunststofftechnik: Efficiency increase in PET-recycling by retrofitting existing melt filter

Spanish PET bottle-to-bottle recycler sees major efficiency improvements by replacing melt filter – against a background of government rules prescribing the proportion of recycled polymer, the plastics strategy of the EU and the commitment of many market leaders to responsible use of polymers, the conversion or modification of extrusion lines represents an important trend. The German manufacturer of Filtration Systems, Gneuss, has seen a surge of interest among customers looking to retrofit their extrusion lines, despite the Covid-19 Crisis.

The expectations that Nosoplas placed on the retrofit with a Gneuss Rotary Filter have been completely fulfilled. Immediately after commissioning the units, a drastic reduction in in material loss due to back flushing was observed and, at the same time, the quality of the rPET granulate produced was noticeably improved.

RSFgenius back flushing filters as optimum retrofit solution for PET bottle flake recycling  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The processing of PET Bottle Flakes presents particular challenges for Melt Filtration Systems. On the one hand, the post-consumer material source typically has a relatively high contamination level, on the other hand, the quality requirements (fine filtration) are very high – especially when the material is to be put back into transparent bottles for beverages.

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-Avantium N.V. (Euronext Avantium announces 2020 results: Focused on the commercialisation of its key technologies

Amsterdam and Brussels: AVTX), a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, reports its 2020 full-year results.

Key business progress during 2020  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Avantium Renewable Polymers made progress towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of the planned FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) flagship plant, but not all conditions for a positive FID were met by the end of 2020: Avantium announced this morning that to date it has signed conditional offtake agreements with specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (USA), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and a major global food & beverage brand owner, representing in total 30% of the FDCA flagship plant capacity;

Avantium Renewable Chemistries achieved the successful start-up and commissioning of the plantMEG™ (mono-ethylene glycol) demonstration plant;

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed on-site projects with customers and impacted new system orders for Avantium Catalysis; the Catalysis contract research services business did, however, grow during the period.

Avantium N.V. (Euronext Avantium announces 2020 results: Focused on the commercialisation of its key technologies

-Levissima Launches 100% Recycled Plastic Bottle In Italy

Levissima, part of Gruppo Sanpellegrino, has launched mineral water bottles made with 100% recycled PET plastic (rPET) in Italy.

The launch is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to a more sustainable world and achieving a circular economy.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first bottles of natural mineral water made from 100% recycled PET plastic include 0.75- and 1-litre non-carbonated formats.

Earlier, Levissima launched the bio-based PET in the non-alcoholic drinks segment in Italy.

New Legislation

The use of up to 100% recycled PET bottles and tubs for food use is now possible after a new Italian legislation came into force in January 2021, extending the existing limit set at 50%.

The term rPET refers to a polymer obtained through the recovery and recycling of used PET.

The material is identical in terms of quality, safety and resistance to traditional PET and can also be recycled almost infinitely.

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-Barrier film found to have limited recycling compatibility by RecyClass

An independent laboratory testing of an unprinted LDPE-based multilayer film manufactured by UBE has found limited compatibility with PE flexibles recycling streams. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The AIMPLAS technology centre carried out the analysis on UBE’s Performance PA SC15 according to the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE films. Subsequent approval is limited to a certain type of polyamide (PA) copolymer and, therefore, cannot be extended to the whole family of polyamides.

UBE’s technology features barrier properties provided by a PA inner layer. The compatibility of the structure is ensured with LLDPE-based tie layers grafted with maleic anhydride (MAH).

The results obtained from the testing demonstrate that the technology has limited compatibility with the existing European industrial recycling processes for PE flexibles, given specific conditions. One of the key requirements is the melting temperature of the PA 6/6.6 copolymer barrier, which must not be higher than 192 deg C.  Additionally, the technology in question must have specific tensile modulus and elongation properties and the PA layer can represent a maximum of 15 per cent of the total weight of the film. Furthermore, a minimum of 10 per cent by weight of LLDPE-based tie layers grafted with at least 0.06 per cent MAH needs to be incorporated into the structure.

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-Agreement for the recycling of compostable materials
Novamont and Iren will develop new management models for compostable bioplastic packaging in organic treatment plants.
The bioplastics producer Novamont and the multi-utility Iren have signed a three-year collaboration agreement in the field of integrated waste collection systems, with the aim of reducing non-recyclable waste at source and fully implementing the objectives of the circular bioeconomy.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first step of the agreement is the development of a technical-economic model for the management of compostable bioplastic packaging and of the pre-treatment waste of the organic fraction within the integrated anaerobic digestion and composting plants, using optical selection technologies in order to maximize recovery.
The agreement also provides for the organization of dedicated flows (also of an experimental nature) of organic fraction with disposable compostable products from markets, catering establishments and large events.

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-DSM and industry partners launch coalition to close the loop on Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announces that it, along with leading industry partners, has launched a new coalition, known as CirculariTeam®. The coalition aims to drive the transition towards renewable bio- and recycled based resources within its respective industry. CirculariTeam® provides a common platform to share knowledge, resources, and technological solutions, with the goal of closing the loop on Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™.  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The cross-industry coalition consists of parties from across the value chain that use DSM’s Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, in their products. CirculariTeam® aims to drive the transition towards renewable bio- and recycled based resources within its respective industry. This matches DSM’s vision and mission of enabling a circular economy and keeping materials at their highest value for the longest possible time.

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-INVISTA completes technology upgrade in Victoria, Texas

INVISTA has completed its project to bring the company’s most advanced adiponitrile (ADN) technology to its site in Victoria, Texas, on schedule, as part of the site’s regularly planned maintenance turnaround, said the company.

The site will manage a controlled start-up and ramp-up of ADN production.

ADN is a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 fibers and plastics used in industries like automotive production, electronics and electrical connectors. Applications also include automotive airbag fiber, specialty apparel fibers and high-performance coatings.

INVISTA’s latest ADN technology has also been deployed at its site in Orange, Texas; at Butachimie in France (owned 50 percent by INVISTA and 50 percent by BASF), and will be deployed at its ADN plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China, which is targeted to begin production in 2022. This technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

INVISTA completes technology upgrade in Victoria, Texas

-China ACN market direction in Apr

In March, China ACN market has been in consolidation after slight decline from high level, as market participants hold certain anticipation towards the settlement prices for Mar, and based on this anticipation, even there are low offers, the sellers are unwilling to sell at low rates. Prices may be hard to change much before the update of settlement prices. In Apr, several factors have been changed.

For the supply side, PetroChina Fushun is previously scheduled to shut in Apr for maintenance, but the shutdown is delayed. Shanghai Secco closes its ACN unit in advance in Mar, which is planned to shut in Apr. Based on the previous schedule, the supply may reduce by about 22kt in Apr, but according to current status, the supply in Apr may even increase compared with Mar. Shandong Haili has restarted its 130,000 t/yr unit on Mar 12 and runs at 80-90% currently.

For the foreign market, Cornerstone remains under force majeure, resulting into supply tightness, pepping up the ACN prices. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-March contract prices of PSV-S in Europe increased by EUR450-500 per ton

March contract prices of expandable polystyrene (PSV-S) in the European market increased by EUR450-500 per tonne amid rising prices for styrene raw materials, ICIS reports .

The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Thus, the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed  on for March deliveries at the level of EUR1,551 per tonne, which is EUR501 per tonne or 48% higher than the level of the previous month.

Styrofoam suppliers sold off materials in early March and supply shortages are expected to remain until April. There are currently no production problems reported in the EPS market, but supply remains limited, in part as suppliers are cutting production and trying to build up inventories.

Supply is also limited due to the limited styrene supply from the previously announced force majeure by LyondellBasell and the lack of imports from the US due to severe winter weather conditions. Expanded polystyrene imports also remain low on the back of a continuing shortage of shipping containers and higher transport costs.

Construction demand remains stable due to supply problems and activity is expected to rise to a high level in the second quarter amid the high season and warmer weather conditions. However, it remains unclear whether the pandemic will have a financial impact on new construction projects in 2021.

March contract prices of PSV-S in Europe increased by EUR450-500 per ton

-Honeywell UOP to support Korean chemical company with aromatics derivatives

Honeywell announced that Lotte GS Chemical Corp. will use Honeywell UOP Q-Max™, Phenol 3G, and Evonik MSHP technologies to produce more than 565,000 metric tons per year of phenol and acetone at its petrochemicals facility in Yeosu, Korea.

UOP is providing a license for the technology, in addition to basic engineering design services, key equipment, catalysts and adsorbents and technical services.

As part of the project, UOP will provide a cumene unit and a phenol unit with alpha-methylstyrene (AMS) hydrogenation. The combined technologies will allow Lotte GS Chemical to produce phenol and acetone derivatives from benzene and polymer-grade propylene. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Corbion Further Boosts Lactic Acid Capacity Through Concurrent Expansion Projects

Multiple productivity initiatives will increase supply of lactic acid, a nature-based ingredient, for the company’s customers in Europe and other regions

Corbion is launching a multi-faceted initiative to substantially increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic-acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced major expansion in Thailand scheduled for 2023.

The global initiative, involving capital expenditures at four existing Corbion facilities to maximize efficiencies and leverage synergies, is expected to produce a combined additional output roughly equivalent to a new production site without actually having to build one. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain), come on the heels of other recently announced capacity expansion efforts in Blair (Nebraska), but in advance of the construction of an entirely new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).

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-Sateri to Expand Lyocell Production in China

The Changzhou Lyocell facility is expected to commence production in the third quarter of 2022 and will create more than 800 jobs

Sateri, the world’s largest producer of viscose fibre, is planning to expand its Lyocell production in China, with total planned annual capacity of up to 500,000 tonnes by 2025. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first phase of this expansion kicked off recently with ground breaking works for a new 100,000 tonne facility in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. Another 100,000 tonne facility will be built in Nantong, Jiangsu province later this year. The Changzhou Lyocell facility is expected to commence production in the third quarter of 2022 and will create more than 800 jobs.

Sateri’s first foray into China’s Lyocell market was in May 2020 when its 20,000 tonne Lyocell production line in Rizhao, Shandong province commenced production. The same site houses a 5,000 tonne Lyocell pilot production line dedicated for the development of Lyocell application technology.

Sateri to Expand Lyocell Production in China

-Sinopec Raises March contract prices for MEG in East China by CNY350 per tonne

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest refinery, raised its March contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 350 yuan (CNY) or USD64.02 a tonne from the previous month, a company source told ICIS .

Thus, the March prices of the company’s MEG in the region are set at CNY5,850 or USD902.77 per tonne. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

But recently, there has been a downward trend in MEG prices due to lower crude oil prices and the upcoming commissioning of new facilities

The cost of MEG spot volumes in eastern China on March 22 was CNY5,050-5,230 per tonne, compared to CNY6 400-6,750 per tonne on March 1.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.835 million tonnes per year

Earlier it was reported that MEGlobal nominated the March MEG contract price for Asia at USD790 per tonne, which is USD50 per tonne higher than the February level. The price was quoted on terms of delivery CFR Asia.

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

According to MRC ‘s ScanPlast , the estimated PET consumption in Russia in January 2021 increased by 3% compared to the same indicator a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the first month of the year in Russia, the total estimated consumption of PET amounted to 57.42 thousand tons.

Sinopec Raises March contract prices for MEG in East China by CNY350 per tonne

-How green are your leggings? Recycled polyester is not a silver bullet (yet)

Demand for sustainable activewear is soaring but without technological improvement marketing appeal will outstrip environmental benefit

A colleague was standing in front of me holding a swatch of shiny black polyester made from upcycled marine litter.  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

“It’s recycled but is it recyclable?” I asked.

“No,” she said, “it’ll end up in landfill.”

This was at the beginning of 2020 and we were at a sustainable fabric expo in London. It was just after the devastating Australian fire season that razed 18.6m hectares of bushland and just before Covid-19 relegated us to 12 months of working from home, working out at home and leaving home sparingly. A period in which office attire was abandoned and activewear was one of the only fashion categories to thrive.

How green are your leggings? Recycled polyester is not a silver bullet (yet)

-Resin switch sounds good

A two-year project has seen converter Greiner Packaging replace yoghurt multi-packs made from PS with PP, whilst recreating the ‘snap’ that consumers love when separating individual units. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

There is currently no PS recycling stream in the UK and supermarkets have been focused on removing PS products where possible. As such, Greiner set about trying to find a sustainable alternative and started trials in its Dungannon, Northern Ireland factory in 2018.

One of the advantages of PS was its ability to deliver a really effective ‘break’, which was initially difficult to achieve with PP. UK retailer Tesco was one of the first customers to move from PS multi-packs to PP multi-packs, but consumers were disappointed that packs made from the new material did not ‘snap’ in the same way as the previous PS packs.

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-March contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR110 per tonne

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for March shipments has increased by EUR110 per tonne compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported .

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

Contract prices were confirmed at EUR760 per tonne, FD NWE and EUR770 per tonne, FD NWE. Thus, the average contract price was approved in the middle of confirmed deals at EUR765 per tonne, FD NWE.

Limited supply, strong demand, as well as rising crude oil prices and higher material quotations in Asia put upward pressure on paraxylene prices in the European market.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for February supplies was agreed at the level of EUR655 per tonne, which is EUR55 per tonne higher than the level of January this year.

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

March contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR110 per tonne

-US polyolefin prices soar after Texas deep-freeze

US domestic prices for PE have increased to almost seven-year highs while prices for PP are at record levels, as the US petrochemical industry continues to reel from last month’s winter storm in Texas.

Operations at US Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns, leading to considerable supply constraints, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

As a result, prices will continue to be elevated over much of the first half of 2021, supported by pent-up demand related to coronavirus recovery, the insights company said.

More than 80 per cent of US olefins capacity was immediately offline following the peak of extreme weather conditions in mid-February. During that time, Wood Mackenzie noted it could take weeks to recover given that disruptions across the value chain would lead to a staggered and complex restart, setting the stage for volatility in supply and prices amid stronger demand.

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-Fulcrum unveils site selection for its first bio-refinery project in UK

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the production of low-carbon, transportation fuels from municipal solid waste, has recently announced the site selection and launch of development activities on its first United Kingdom residual waste to low-carbon, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) plant, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The “Fulcrum NorthPoint” biorefinery will be located at the Essar Oil (UK) Limited refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port, in the North West of England.

“The UK has a rich history in aviation related innovation, and we are proud to be able to continue to support the industry with the introduction of our low-carbon, waste-to-jet fuel platform,” said Jim Macias, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fulcrum. “Launching our first UK project at Stanlow, in collaboration with Essar, brings tremendous benefits in terms of plant operability, efficiency of feedstock and fuel product logistics.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

On-site storage via Stanlow Terminals Limited and direct access to airport pipelines, make this an attractive site for our project.

Fulcrum’s innovative and patented waste-to-fuels process will help reduce the impacts from climate change, boost the economy by supplying low-carbon, drop in transportation fuel as well as bringing high-paying jobs and investment to the North West of England.”

Fulcrum unveils site selection for its first bio-refinery project in UK

-Evonik aims to generate sales through circular plastics

Evonik is pooling its activities for circular plastics as part of the transition to a circular economy. The company offers solutions for all stages in the polymer value chain.

Evonik will also increase the use of sustainable raw materials from circular sources in its own production processes. Overall, the company expects its global circular plastics programme to generate additional sales of more than €350m a year by 2030.

Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of Evonik’s executive board, said: “The careful use of resources and protection of the climate leads us down the path towards a circular economy. We have the innovative capability to create new materials cycles with fewer fossil-based feedstocks and more circular ones. We intend to utilise that potential.”  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Lauren Kjeldsen, responsible for Evonik’s global circular plastics programme, added: “We are working closely with partners along the entire polymer value chain to make this happen. Innovations are the key to success.”

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-Italy’s Seri in plastics recycling venture with Unilever

Seri Plastic will set up a jointly owned business with Unilever and will buy and convert the London-based group’s plant in the southern town of Pozzilli, which will recycle plastic waste based on EU circular economy models.

The deal is in line with Unilever’s “Clean Future” global project, which includes the aim of halving the use of plastics in its packaging by 2025, the statement said.

Seri Industrial Group has signed an industrial and commercial agreement with consumer goods group Unilever to develop its plastic business, the Italian company said on Monday.  wned business with Unilever and will buy and convert the London-based group’s plant in the southern town of Pozzilli, which will recycle plastic waste based on EU circular economy models.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-JEPLAN, Inc. and Sojitz Form Partnership for PET Bottle Chemical Recycling Business

JEPLAN, Inc. (Representative Director: Masaki Takao; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Japan Environment Planning, “JEPLAN”) and Sojitz Corporation (Representative Director: Masayoshi Fujimoto; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; “Sojitz”) have agreed to jointly promote a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chemical recycling business in Japan and overseas utilizing JEPLAN’s chemical recycling technology, and JEPLAN has issued a third-party allotment of new shares underwritten by Sojitz. Additionally, Sojitz has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in PET Refine Technology, Co., Ltd. (Representative Director: Daigo Iga; Head Office: Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa; “PRT”), a subsidiary of JEPLAN, and to jointly operate the company.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Using its proprietary chemical recycling technology BRING™, JEPLAN is able to selectively extract the intermediate BHET (Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl) terephthalate) from PET, the material used to make PET bottles and polyester fabric. The company is then able to recover high-purity monomers in order to manufacture recycled PET resin that meets strict bottle-grade quality standards at an industrial scale.

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-45% of US paraxylene and PTA capacity affected by winter storm

As the winter storms hit the US Gulf Coast, Wood Mackenzie estimated that 45% of US paraxylene (PX) capacity had been affected, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

However, it has since come to light that 73% of US capacity was impacted by the severe weather, with INEOS Texas City declaring force majeure the week of the storms. All PX assets affected by the storms are either fully integrated into refining systems or embedded within refinery complexes, many of which were shut down or reduced due to weather impacts.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

As of mid-March, all US refineries associated with PX production have started to ramp up operations across major processing units, according to Genscape. Despite this, reports circulate of paraxylene asset restarts running into delays even after other units within the refinery have moved towards normal output levels.

With major PX supply outages in the region, PX prices are expected to rise again in April. April’s forecast increase follows last month’s settlement, which was the largest increase for the US PX contract price in a single month since September 2018.

45% of US paraxylene and PTA capacity affected by winter storm

-Demand for crude oil will rise, despite emphasis on renewables

Oil demand is expected to increase over the next decade and the fossil fuel will remain to be a crucial part of the energy mix, even as renewables draw increasing attention, reported Reuters with reference to Hess Corp Chief Executive John Hess’ statement at CERAWeek.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

At the biggest gathering of top energy leaders, investors and politicians from around the globe, climate change and renewable fuels are taking center stage this year with oil companies trying to reorient their portfolios as the fossil fuel industry reels from the coronavirus pandemic, which destroyed fuel demand and caused the loss of thousands of jobs.

“We don’t think peak oil is around the corner – we see oil demand growing for the next 10 years,” Hess said. “We’re not investing enough to grow oil and gas in the future,” he said, explaining that prices would need to rise to support that investment.

While demand is likely to recover sharply after the pandemic, supply is going to be slower to resume, he said, as shale producers, in particular, operate conservatively to meet shareholder’s needs.

As MRC informed previously, oil producers face an unprecedented challenge to balance supply and demand as factors including the pace and response to COVID-19 vaccines cloud the outlook, according to an official with International Energy Agency’s (IEA) statement

Demand for crude oil will rise, despite emphasis on renewables

-Congested Ports And Supply Chain Woes Hit US Factories And Stores

The cold snap that gripped the United States in February not only caused chaos in Texas and the southwest, it also triggered a shortage in plastics that has disrupted a supply chain already under strain from a lack of microchips and growing congestion at ports as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

So factories have had to shut their doors and consumers are feeling the crunch.

At Toyota, a petrochemicals shortage affected production at plants in Kentucky, West Virginia and Mexico.

Honda cited supply chain issues “related to the impact of Covid-19, congestion at various ports, semiconductor shortages and severe winter weather” to justify the temporary closure of five of its factories in Canada and the United States.

Congested Ports And Supply Chain Woes Hit US Factories And Stores

-Launch of new recycled “green ropes” / Much lower carbon emissions than with virgin plastics

Danish recycler Plastix  has launched what it calls “green ropes” produced through clean-tech mechanical reclaim technology with recyclate from discarded maritime fibres, such as abandoned fishing nets and ropes.

The company said it converts its recycled “OceanIX” range with the help of value-chain partners into this new product, which it claims is the first-of-its-kind rope made with almost-100% reclaimed content. “The ‘almost’ in that is because of the 2% stabilisers we add to all OceanIX products,” a Plastix spokesperson told Plasteurope.com.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

In July 2020, the Danish firm partnered with US nanotechnology and biocomposite specialist Titan Bioplastics to expand the use of recycled plastics waste in products

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-Firmer international demand to lift China’s TiO2 prices

Renewed demand from international consumers and higher concentrate feedstock costs may bolster Chinese titanium dioxide prices in the coming days, according to market participants.

Argus last assessed the range for 98pc anatase grade dioxide at 15,500-15,800 yuan/t ($2,382-2,428/t) ex-works and Yn18,500-19,500/t ex-works for 93pc rutile grade dioxide on 18 March, the highest level since 16 October 2018 when Argus launched this assessment.

Export prices rose to $2,900-3,000/t fob on 16 March, the highest level since 16 October 2018, from $2,850-2,950/t fob on 11 March driven by the rise in domestic prices and firmer demand from international buyers

China’s dioxide exports rose by 27,000t or 15.5pc from January-February 2020 to 201,100t in January-February 2021, according to customs data.

Firmer international demand to lift China's TiO2 prices

-Fresh Milk in Clear PET with 20% PCR

Use of clear PET bottles for fresh milk is a growing trend, and Amcor offers up to 100% PCR content, as well as a UV barrier additive that doesn’t affect clarity.

A first in the Argentine dairy market is a 1-liter clear PET bottle for fresh milk that contains 20% post-consumer recycle (PCR). Amcor makes the custom bottle for leading dairy firm Mastellone Knos of Benos Aires. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

According to Amcor, use of clear PET bottles is a growing trend among Latin American dairies to showcase freshness and premium quality.

These bottles are designed to drive consumers from aseptic packages to the chilled section of the grocery story. In October 2019, Mastellone launched shelf-stable, ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk in aseptic, white-colored bottles, also from Amcor.

Fresh Milk in Clear PET with 20% PCR

-Ascend expects strong PA demand recovery to persist for months

Ascend Performance Material is seeing unprecedented robust demand recovery of its polyamide (PA) products and expects this to last for months, its CEO Phil McDivitt said in an interview with ICIS.  Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

“Demand is extremely strong right now and we expect that is going to continue over the next few months. Customers throughout the entire value chain are restarting businesses on the back of strong global growth, led by China, “said McDivitt.

He commented that the demand plunge in last summer was not like anything he saw in his 34 years’ experience in the industry. However, “what we see now is a little bit reversal of that.”

Currently, low inventory and tight supply are the situation for not only PA, but also many other polymers, resins and materials, according to McDivitt.

He particularly noted the extremely low auto inventory in US, Europe and Asia. Auto is a key market for PA 66 and globally 60% of demand goes directly or indirectly to the auto sector.

As customers’ desire is exceeding what Ascend can produce, McDivitt sees challenges in quickening supply.

For PA 66, capacity limit is constraining demand and many companies are building more capacities, commented Kevin Wu, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ascend Asia Pacific.

Ascend expects strong PA demand recovery to persist for months

-Chinese target for carbon neutrality by 2060 can complement energy security and economic goals

China’s march towards carbon neutrality by 2060 can complement both energy security and economic goals, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to Wood Mackenzie’s latest report.  Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

Faced with a fractured global trading system, China’s leadership has responded with ‘dual circulation’, an economic manifesto focusing on more secure supply chains, growing the domestic market, and improving export competitiveness.

At the same time, pressured by global climate change movement and escalating domestic pollution woes, the country announced its carbon neutrality goal by 2060 in September last year.

Wood Mackenzie research director Miaoru Huang said: “When President Xi Jinping announced the country’s carbon neutrality goal, he was not simply saying that China would adjust its energy mix to reduce emissions. He was giving notice of the complete transformation of its economy and how it produces, transports, and consumes energy.

Chinese target for carbon neutrality by 2060 can complement energy security and economic goals

-Upcycling is on the rise, but now it’s time to diversify products

Seo Ji-hye, a 42-year-old mother of two girls living in Seoul, calls herself an ethical shopper. Whenever she has to make a purchase, the first thing she takes into consideration is whether it is an environmentally sustainable product that can be reused or upcycled.  Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

Her bag, as well as her two daughters’ school bags are made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, more commonly known as transparent plastic bottles. Her wallet is made from upcycled milk cartons. Most of the cups in her cupboard are made of upcycled glass, the green ones were once Perrier bottles and the brown ones were beer bottles, while most of her furniture are made of abandoned boat wood. Upcycled clothes are the easiest to get, according to Seo, who says that she’s “even getting spoiled for choice, with more and more companies with good environmental, social and governance — or ESG — jumping on the bandwagon.”

“You may think, ‘what a fuss,’ but it’s actually quite fun discovering new upcycling brands that are quite trendy as well,” said Seo. “I used to live in the United States and I hardly recycled. I threw everything out together in a plastic garbage bag because everyone was doing it. I was aware that I was polluting the environment, but I just thought nothing much can change even if I make an effort because no one else is doing it either.”

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-Plastic prices hit record high to stoke inflation concerns

Even before the freeze, the industry was struggling to rebound from back-to-back hurricanes last year, meaning the supply shortfalls will have knock-on effects both domestically and around the world, not least in a housebuilding sector already under pressure from skyrocketing lumber prices.  Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

For anyone looking for examples of inflation these days, raw materials are a good place to start. Copper, steel — even lumber — are either near or at record highs. And so too are plastics, which are often overlooked but are on a tear right now.

Although they’re the building blocks of thousands of everyday products, plastics and their chemical ingredients don’t trade on major commodity exchanges, and large price moves are largely invisible to the wider world. Yet polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is in the midst of a dramatic rally, driven by a combination of rebounding global consumer demand and production outages from last month’s Texas freeze.

More than 60% of U.S. PVC is still offline nearly a month after freezing weather hit Texas and Louisiana and decimated the power grid, according to ICIS, a data provider. U.S. export prices have nearly doubled to a record high of $1,625 a tonne over the past year. PVC is a major construction material used for pipes, cable insulation, flooring and roofing, and the U.S. has become the world’s biggest exporter of the plastic in recent years.

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-Downward revise in nylon industry may be prolonged by crude oil slump

Crude oil futures retreat as bond yield spike spooks global markets

On Mar 19 2021, crude oil price saw worst single-day slump with WTI April futures closed $4.60/bbl or 7.12% lower at $60.00/bbl and Brent May futures dropped $4.72/bbl or 6.94% to $63.28/bbl. Following crude oil market, US corn, soy slumped in broad-based commodities saw selloff, as a firm US dollar and tumbling energy prices stoked broad selling across commodities markets.

The vaccine rollouts in Europe and the reintroduction of lockdowns in parts of France amplified market fears have been one of the bears dragged energy prices. But more said the drop was anticipated. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

The benchmark U.S.10-year Treasury yield jumped 11 basis points to break above 1.75% for the first time since January 2020. European markets pulled back on Friday after a spike in bond yields reignited concerns about stock valuations and prompted a sell-off on Wall Street.

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-Europe healthy chemicals spreads, run rates to continue through H1

European chemicals high run rates and margins are here to stay at least through the first half of the year, propping up producers’ earnings, investment bank Credit Suisse said on Friday.

In its quarterly Supply Chain Tracker, chemicals equity analysts at Credit Suisse said however that producers in downstream, more specialty chemicals-focused sectors may face headwinds throughout the year as “pricing versus raw materials” are set to dent their profitability.  Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

Analysts at credit rating agency Moody’s also said on Friday the planned large-scale methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant by Germany’s Roehm in the US Gulf would prop up its earnings as that market is set to recover quickly after the pandemic.

EUROPE CHEMICALS: PARTY NOT OVER YET

European petrochemicals have been posting price highs for months as tightness has become the norm in many markets, caused by unplanned outages, healthy demand as manufacturing in the region performs well, and tightness in other regions reducing imports into Europe.

Europe healthy chemicals spreads, run rates to continue through H1

-Recycled products and development trend in 2021 Yarn Expo Spring

2021 Yarn Expo Spring is taking place during Mar 17 and Mar 19 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). In 2021, the participants in the expo reduce compared with previous years, and as the foreigners are limited to take part in, there are less import and export products. But there is still a sense of fashion and technology. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

The live media appears more in end-user market, which really keeps pace with the times. After meeting the customers’ basic demand, the high-end transforms into smart technology, private customization, and spiritual comfort. Generally speaking, it is more meticulous and multi-functional to meet consumers’ needs.

  1. Market mindset

The inventory in recycled chemical fiber plants is not large overall, and some plants continue to conclude previous orders. Recently, recycled chemical fiber prices go downward, and plants wait for the downstream demand after the prices stabilize. At the exhibition, the producers have expressed some concerns: how will the recycled market go after the capacity expansion of polyester in the future?

After the refining and chemical integration, plants without the accompanying units have less competitiveness, so are the recycled plants. In the recycling sector, conventional recycled plants without cleaning qualifications do have concerns, and other plants turn to focus on:

  1. High-end
  2. Differentiation
  3. Composite fiber
  4. The feedstock direction, such as 3A-grade white flakes

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-China eyes 6G as next tech frontier

China is pushing forward the use of informatization within the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) with 6G technologies being a top priority, as the country boosts development of the digital economy as a new economic driver, government officials and industry experts said on Friday. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

China’s innovation capabilities have continued to improve with major growth in 5G usage and coverage, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other fields

“China will accelerate the research and development of 6G technologies, the construction of the large-scale 5G network, as well as the large-scale application of Internet Protocol version 6-the latest worldwide modality aimed at making the internet bigger, faster and more secure,” Yang Xiaowei, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, said at a news briefing in Beijing.

“More efforts will also be made to fully release the vitality of data through speeding up the building of systems and standards to accommodate data flow, cross-border data transmission and data security protection. The digital economy can truly play its critical role nationwide,” Yang said.

The digital economy is a key focus in the 14th Five-Year Plan, and China aims to increase the share of the output of core industries in the digital economy in the country’s GDP to 10 percent by 2025.

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-Renault joins Veolia and Solvay in battery recycling consortium

Renault, Veolia and Solvay have announced a collaboration in which metals from end-of-life EV batteries in Europe will be recycled in a closed-loop circular economy.

Veolia and Solvay initially partnered in September 2020, and the consortium has now been strengthened through the addition of Renault and its knowledge in the area of EV battery lifecycles and its circular economy experience. Solvay brings expertise in chemical extraction of battery metals, and Veolia an understanding of lithium-ion battery dismantling and recycling.Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

The partners’ aim is to reduce CO2  emissions, preserve resources and create value across the battery chain by creating a secure and sustainable supply source for metals used in EV batteries such as nickel, lithium and cobalt.

The trio seeks to achieve this by combining individual knowledge at each step in the chain, from the collection of dead batteries, through to dismantling, extraction and the purification of removed metals, and by enhancing existing mechanical and hydrometallurgical battery recycling processes.

Renault joins Veolia and Solvay in battery recycling consortium

-Antimicrobial Based on Elemental Zinc Reduces Coronavirus on Surfaces by Up to 99%

Parx Materials’ Saniconcentrate expected to be a strong and safe tool in preventing the future spread of viruses. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics Newsws

Dutch/Italian technology start-up Parx Materials, based in Rotterdam, which first launched  its patented Saniconcentrate antimicrobial technology in 2014, has now proven that its additive technology reduces Covid-19 virus without harmful toxins on surfaces by up to 99% in 24 hours. Unlike other antimicrobial options, it achieves this without biocides, leaching or harmful side effects, creating a breakthrough option for applications like touch surfaces in public areas, medical devices or food contact applications.

Antimicrobial Based on Elemental Zinc Reduces Coronavirus on Surfaces by Up to 99%

-China Buys More Iranian and Venezuelan Oil, in a Test for Biden

Increased sales and higher prices are helping Tehran and Caracas resist U.S. pressure

China has sharply increased its imports of oil from Iran and Venezuela in a challenge to two Biden administration foreign-policy priorities, according to U.S. officials, undermining key diplomatic leverage Washington needs to restart long-stalled negotiations. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

China is expected to import 918,000 barrels a day from Iran in March, which would be the highest volume since a full U.S. oil embargo was imposed against Tehran two years ago, according to commodities-data company Kpler.

That trend is confirmed by other shipping trackers, some of which see those sales at 1 million barrels a day.

“If it sells 1 million barrels a day at current prices, Iran has no incentive to negotiate,” said Sara Vakhshouri, president of Washington-based SVB Energy International and an expert on Iran’s oil industry.

China Buys More Iranian and Venezuelan Oil, in a Test for Biden

-KHS closes the recycling loop on shrink film

German machinery maker KHS has made it possible to use film made entirely of recyclate on all its shrink packers in the TSP, WSP, SP and PSP series, with existing machines easily adapted thanks to their modular design.

Martin Thyssen, packaging expert for cardboard, paper and shrink film at KHS, told Plastics in Packaging that the company has invested a lot of development work in its shrink packers in recent years, with optimisations achieved in film processing and pack quality. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

“That has made it possible to process film made of 100 per cent recycled material on all KHS shrink packers – with the same result as using virgin material,” he explained. “The type of conversion for existing machines depends on many parameters, including machine type, film used, and container used. This is why KHS cannot give a blanket answer on the type of conversions.”

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-Pearlized Masterbatches for BOPP Film Packaging

Tosaf’s ZD color and additive concentrates for pearlized BoPP films boast quality, production efficiency and flexibility in meeting OEM requirements.

A new series of pearlized and white-pearlized color and additive masterbatches which reportedly enable manufacturers of BOPP films to flexibly address specific requirements of their customers in the packaging and label industries has been launched by Israel’s Tosaf’s (U.S. office in Bessemer, N. C.).

The Tosaf ZD masterbatches are suitable for the production of pearlized and white-pearlized films in a wide density range from 0.55 to 0.80 g/cm3, with ZD1738HP optimized for up to 0.65 g/cm3 and ZD2446HP for medium to higher densities. Typical applications include packaging for soap, confectionery, ice cream, baked goods, candy, and snacks. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

In the label sector they are designed for wrap around (WAL), in-mold (IML), cut & stack and pressure sensitive labels (PSL).

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-EU chemicals exports, imports fall in January on renewed lockdowns, Brexit impact

Chemicals exports from EU countries to the rest of the world fell in January, in line with overall trade in goods which took a hit from renewed measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic, said Eurostat on Thursday.

Imports of chemicals into the EU took a hit of 16.5%, although the overall volumes of imports were around half of those in exports.Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

Eurostat also confirmed how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s Single Market on 1 January affected trade in goods between the two areas, in line with figures published by the UK’s national statistics body earlier this week.

The EU has traditionally been a net exporter of chemicals, with chemicals output in several countries within the bloc – notably Germany – being key in the global chemicals trade.

Several EU countries, including Germany or France, were in January under lockdown measures as the pandemic was spreading again; those lockdown measures remain in place, while as of this week Italy has also gone into stricter measures.

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-ecoVeritas launches UK Plastic Packaging Tax calculator

Packaging data specialist ecoVeritas has launched a free online tool for packaging suppliers, brands and retailers to calculate their future costs in preparation for the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax.

The tax calculator enables users to input information relating to the amount of plastics packaging they manufacture, import and export, before generating an estimate of direct costs based on the current draft of the plastics tax legislation.

It also allows users to calculate the potential annual tax savings that could be achieved by increasing the amount of recycled content used in the manufacture of plastics packaging. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

The UK Plastic Packaging Tax will come into force on 1 April 2022. It is part of a new UK law to reduce the environmental impact of packaging and cut manufacturers’ reliance on virgin plastics.

The tax will be charged at a rate of £200 ($278) per tonne of plastics packaging that does not contain at least 30 per cent recycled plastics. It will apply to plastics packaging has been manufactured in, or imported into, the UK.

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-UPM Raflatac receives recycled content certification for its PET PCR labeling materials sold in the U.S.

UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary Vanish PCR plastic labeling materials for the U.S. market have been independently certified by SCS Global Services as featuring at least 90 percent post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in both the face and liner.

The UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR range of clear, white and silver PET films label materials enables brands to maximize eye-catching visuals with more sustainable labels that support the circular economy. Ideal for food, beverage, or personal care end-uses, these thin yet robust products use less raw material compared to other standard clear-on-clear products. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

Vanish PCR is the only clear-on-clear labeling solution on the market that incorporates recycled content, featuring PET face and liners made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled content. The recycled content in all of the UPM Raflatac 1.2 mil and 0.92 mil face and liner label materials have been verified in accordance with SCS Global Services’ Recycled Content Standard.

UPM Raflatac receives recycled content certification for its PET PCR labeling materials sold in the U.S.

-Skittles bowled over by compostable packaging

Confectionery firm Mars Wrigley has announced a two-year partnership with Danimer Scientific to develop home compostable packaging, with Skittles in the US set to be the first brand to use it from the end of this year.

Danimer Scientific’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is produced through natural fermentation processes using plant oils such as soy and canola and biodegrades in both soil and marine environments. Mars will continue to evaluate opportunities to scale this technology across its portfolio of brands and categories.

The two companies plan to introduce Nodax PHA into flexible and rigid packaging that breaks down in both industrial composting facilities and backyard compost units, offering an enhanced value proposition for environmentally conscious consumers and retailers. Petrochemicals RenewablePlastics News

The joint development agreement is a key component of Mars Wrigley’s comprehensive strategy to transform its packaging portfolio to support a circular economy and to drive progress against its goal of 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

Skittles bowled over by compostable packaging

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Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling ACN Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton -200
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,030 $/ton 1,015 $/ton- -15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,325 yuan/ton 6,000 yuan/ton -325
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton -250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,515 yuan/ton 4,295 yuan/ton -220
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
670 $/ton 655 $/ton -15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,535 yuan/ton 5,180 yuan/ton -345
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 708 $/ton 670 $/ton- -38
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 856 $/ton 796 $/ton -60
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 838 $/ton 778 $/ton -60
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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859 $/ton 815 $/ton -44
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,875 yuan/ton 7,580 yuan/ton
-295
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton -350
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton -350
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton -400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,200 yuan/ton 7,780 yuan/ton -420
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -350
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
-850
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,200 yuan/ton 13,750 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,250 yuan/ton 14,750 yuan/ton -500
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 41,800 yuan/ton 43,000 yuan/ton +1,200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,550 yuan/ton 17,150 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,400 yuan/ton 19,950 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton -550
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 80,000 yuan/ton 81,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,500 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,500 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton +500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,200 yuan/ton 11,650 yuan/ton +450
Benzene domestic market 6,600 yuan/ton 6,220 yuan/ton -380
Benzene overseas  market 845 $/ton 761 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market 1,145 $/ton 1,045 $/ton -100
Ethylene NWE  market 1,211 $/ton 1,219 $/ton +8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,600 $/ton +200
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling ACN 8,620 yuan/ton 8,520 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  622 $/ton 573 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 8,840 yuan/ton 8,680 yuan/ton -160

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-r-PET : NEO GROUP started to produce PET resins with 25% recycled secondary raw materials

At the beginning of this year, UAB NEO GROUP, a PET producer operating in Klaipėda FEZ, produced and sent to customers for testing the first PET resins, which were manufactured using up to 25% of recycled raw materials. The company predicts that the commercial application – PET packaging – of this fully circular product will be presented to the market by converters in early May. In the next 3-5 years, NEO GROUP plans that recycled PET will account for 25-30% of the total production.

From the very beginning of NEO GROUP’s operations, only fossil raw materials have been used for the production of PET resins. However, by monitoring the market trends and preparing for the EU directive that will come into force in 2025, back in 2019, the company started experimental research in the laboratory by using the secondary, i.e. recycled PET (rPET) in the production process. After a year of trials, in 2020, on one production line NEO GROUP successfully produced food-contact PET resins with 15% of rPET, which in terms of quality and technical parameters were in the same high level as the primary raw material. And this year – PET resins with 25% rPET.

r-PET : NEO GROUP started to produce PET resins with 25% recycled secondary raw materials

-Nylon 6 CS chip: an initiator of the industrial decline

CS chip was the first product declined in nylon industrial chain

As a product with the highest percentage of spot trading, nylon 6 CS chip market has been almost the most alert product during a volatile trend.

In the historical trend, CS chip market has been leading product in price decline and increase. Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

In the insight report “Nylon 6 CS chip into intensive profit-taking sales” released on March 2, the website has stated that nylon 6 CS chip market had stabilized after rapid increase since Feb 19, and sellers began to sell stocks actively at the profit-taking rate.

This “intensive profit-taking sales” window has ended after two weeks consolidation, and nylon 6 CS chip prices started falling sharply since Mar 9 to 14,100yuan/mt, close to the rate beginning the market after the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday (13,900yuan/mt on Feb 19).

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-Metal and Halogen Free Heat Stabilizer for Nylon E&E Applications

Brueggemann’s new Bruggolen TP-H2062 said to offer sustained protection for nylons in broad temperature range. Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

A metal and halogen free heat stabilizer for nylons used in electrical and electronic (E&E) applications that reportedly provides sustained protection in a temperature range of 248 F/120 C to 338 F/170 C is newly available from Germany’s Bruggemann (U.S. office is Newton Park, Penn.).  Providing electrically neutral stabilization, Bruggollen TP-H2062 is said to prevent contact corrosion while at the same time maintaining the mechanical properties of the compounds even after long-term aging.

The new TP-H2062 is available as a dust-free, highly dispersible masterbatch. Depending on the application, its dosage can be adjusted to meet a wide range of temperature levels and profiles. Compounders supplying the E&E industry have for long been searching for a metal and halogen free heat stabilizing additive to preserve the integrity of nylon components at elevated temperatures as well as electrical properties like CTI, without causing electrical corrosion.

Metal and Halogen Free Heat Stabilizer for Nylon E&E Applications

-japanese firms mull floating hydrogen infrastructure

Four Japanese companies will co-operate to develop a floating green hydrogen production and supply infrastructure project at a key Japanese port, hoping to tap growing demand for alternative marine fuel and help achieve the country’s 2050 decarbonisation goal.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

Japanese shipbuilding venture Nihon Shipyard has teamed up with bunker supplier Mol Techno-Trade, industrial gas supplier Taiyo Nippon Sanso and engineering firm Kobelco Eco-Solutions to explore hydrogen production on a ship using renewable power and to supply the produced hydrogen as a marine fuel for coastal shipping.

The partners plan to start examining the floating green hydrogen project, named the SeaEra, in April.

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-First fully automated sorting plant in Sweden

The new automated plant has a capacity of up to 4.5 tons per hour per line.

Sysav Industri AB is now operating the world’s first fully automated sorting plant for textiles recycling in Malmö, Sweden.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

The plant has been built and designed by Stadler, headquartered in Altshausen, Germany, and integrates four Autosort units built by Tomra, of Asker, Norway.

It is part of the government-funded Swedish Innovation Platform for Textile Sorting (SIPTex) project, which aims to develop a sorting solution tailored to the needs of textile recyclers and the garment industry.

Sorting textiles according to the various types of fibres they contain requires a high degree of precision. It is currently done manually, but the result doesn’t meet the requirements of recycling companies and the fashion industry. As a result, only a small quantity of discarded textiles is recycled and the potential for increasing it is enormous. The SIPTex project is exploring how to achieve the required quality through automation.

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-PolyREC created to report on Europe’s plastics circularity

Petcore Europe, PlasticsEurope, Plastics Recyclers Europe, and VinylPlus have mutually agreed to join forces to form PolyREC, which will monitor, verify, and report their plastics recycling and uptake data in Europe.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

This will be achieved through RecoTrace, a common data collection system. PolyREC aims to ensure traceability, transparency, and trust in recycled materials along the entire plastics value chain by utilising VinylPlus’ 20 years’ experience and expertise in becoming the industry standard for collecting credible and reliable recycling data via its data collection vehicle Recovinyl.

VinylPlus’ Managing Director Brigitte Dero said: “The European PVC industry, through VinylPlus, has learnt the importance of monitoring and progress reporting. We are therefore pleased to share this long-time experience and work collaboratively with all plastic industry sectors to raise traceability and transparency.”

PolyREC created to report on Europe’s plastics circularity

-Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. Announces Cooperation Agreement Between Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Color China Entertainment and Doman (HK) Ltd. to Support Color World App

Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSCW) (hereinafter referred to as “Color Star” or the “Company”), today announced the signing of a cooperation agreement between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Color China Entertainment Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Color China”), and Doman (HK) Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Doman”). The cooperation will provide blockchain technology support for Color Star’s interactive entertainment platform software, known as Color World APP.

Doman is a Hong Kong-based company that provides blockchain technology to many enterprises around the world, addressing issues in computing and internet management.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

The cooperation between Color China and Doman will focus on several areas of blockchain technology, including entertainment copyright blockchain, membership management blockchain, and the development and application of interactive community blockchain. The cooperation will also include joint efforts to create a “private chain” and the continued pursuit of breakthroughs in augmented reality (AR) technologies. In addition, the cooperation may include mutually agreed strategic investments in each other.

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-The LYCRA Company Completes Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) Self-Assessment At Six Manufacturing Sites

The LYCRA Company, a global leader in sustainable fiber solutions for the apparel industry, has completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) self-assessment at all six of its LYCRA® fiber manufacturing sites.

The robust impact assessment – which reviews environmental management systems, energy use, emissions, water usage, wastewater, and waste and chemical management at the facility level – helps manufacturing locations establish an environmental baseline to pursue continuous improvement.

The LYCRA Company’s Maydown site, located in the North West of Northern Ireland, piloted the module more than a year ago.

Based on initial learnings, the remaining five production facilities completed self-assessments simultaneously.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

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-CPG Company Launches Plant-Based Recyclable PET Packaging

Good Natured’s Bio-PET is food safe

While retailers, product manufacturers and food producers with sustainable packaging mandates have been limited to choose between petroleum-based, curbside recyclable and plant-based compostable options when it comes to their packaging, Good Natured Products Inc. is providing a different option: plant-based recyclable PET packaging.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

A provider of earth-friendly plant-based products, the Canadian company has launched food-safe Bio-PET — a thermoformed packaging material designed to commingle in the recycling stream with petroleum-based packaging.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Good Natured offers more than 385 sustainable products and services through wholesale and retail channels, including its own e-commerce stores. Its products combine the latest in plant-based renewable materials, eliminating BPAs, phthalates and other chemicals of concern.

CPG Company Launches Plant-Based Recyclable PET Packaging

-World biofuels output up to 3.3mn b/d by 2026: IEA

The IEA expects global biofuels production to increase by more than 25pc by 2026, after output fell last year for the first time in 20 years as the Covid-19 pandemic cut road fuel demand.  Petrochemicals Biomaterials Generalnews

In its medium-term Oil 2021 report, the Paris-based group sees output rising to 3.3mn b/d by 2026 from 2.6mn b/d last year, underpinned by a recovery in mobility and road fuels transport demand. Strengthened policies and planned capacity additions will drive gains thereafter, the IEA said.

It estimates that global ethanol production will grow by 330,000 b/d from 2020 to 2026, and biodiesel and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) output will increase by 380,000 b/d over the same period.

Gains in ethanol production will be driven by China, India and Brazil. The IEA expects Chinese output to increase from 70,000 b/d in 2020 to 160,000 b/d by 2026 thanks to robust gasoline demand growth, E10 mandates in some provinces and the start-up of new facilities. India’s ethanol production will rise from 30,000 b/d in 2020 to 70,000 b/d in 2026 following the country’s proposal to move its 20pc blending target forward to 2025 from 2030. Brazilian output could grow by 90,000 b/d to 660,000 b/d by 2026 as gasoline demand recovers and the country sets higher decarbonisation goals.

World biofuels output up to 3.3mn b/d by 2026: IEA

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-Waste-to-olefins technology nears commercialisation

Synova and Technip Energies have entered into a joint development and cooperation agreement to commercialise Synova’s advanced plastics waste-to-olefins technology, in conjunction with Technip Energies’ steam cracking technology.

Synova’s patented thermochemical recycling technology takes dirty and mixed plastics waste, and break it down to its basic building blocks, such as olefin monomers and co-products, to produce circular plastics. The process, according to Synova, has a low carbon footprint and displaces the need for virgin polymers, in addition to reducing the need for intensive plastics waste sorting.

The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), an independent Dutch research organisation, is credited as inventing the technology, which has been developed, tested and piloted in conjunction with Synova over a 15-year span.

Waste-to-olefins technology nears commercialisation

-Packaging continues to steer PP market

Global polypropylene market revenue is likely to rise to $226.8 billion by 2030 growing at a 5.7 per cent CAGR during 2020–2030, according to P&S Intelligence.

The packaging sector accounts for the highest consumption of PP, while demand is shifting from PP homopolymers to copolymers. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

According to the research company, the key driver for the PP market is a rise in demand for the staple fibres made from this material among manufacturers of vehicle components and coating substrates. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

The Covid-19 pandemic saw surging demand for PP plungers, N95 masks and gloves. The market was, however, initially negatively impacted by the pandemic due to factory closures around the world.

Moreover, the slump in oil and gas exploration and production activities drastically reduced the availability of the raw materials required for creating PP.

Packaging continues to steer PP market

-Benzene prices in Asia continue to decline

The price of benzene in Asia continued to decline this week, ICIS reported .

The increase in US oil inventories put pressure on the markets and weakened buying sentiment. So, on March 18, West Texas Intermediates (WTI) crude oil futures fell to about USD64 per barrel. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

Spot prices for benzene in Asia fell to USD830 per tonne FOB in Korea on March 17 from about US 850 per tonne FOB in Korea earlier in the week, according to ICIS data.

Meanwhile, the global economic recovery thanks to vaccinations in countries against Covid infection continued to inspire optimism with increased demand in the second half of the year.

Demand for imported benzene in China remained strong after the Lunar New Year holidays, with Chinese benzene prices higher than Korean ones, in stark contrast to the situation in 2020.

Benzene prices in Asia continue to decline

-Synova and Technip Energies Enter into Strategic Partnership

The agreement aims to commercialize Synova’s advanced plastic waste-to-olefins technology in conjunction with Technip Energies’ steam-cracking expertise.

Synova (Maassluis, Netherlands) and Technip Energies (Paris) have entered into a joint development and cooperation agreement to commercialize Synova’s advanced plastic waste-to-olefins technology in conjunction with Technip Energies’ expertise in steam cracking. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

Synova said that its patented thermo-chemical recycling technology closes the gap in the plastic supply chain by taking dirty mixed plastic waste and breaking it down to its basic building blocks, such as olefin monomers and co-products, to produce circular plastics. The process has a low carbon footprint and displaces the need for virgin polymers in addition to reducing the need for intensive plastic waste sorting, according to the company.

Synova and Technip Energies Enter into Strategic Partnership

Major Asian Producer Raises April PVC Prices for China by USD300 / Ton

A major petrochemical producer in Northeast Asia (NEA) has raised its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bids for supply to the Chinese market in April by USD300 per tonne compared to March levels, market sources told ICIS .

Thus, the company’s April price proposals for China were announced at USD1,510 per ton, CFR China, without providing a discount for the supply of significant volumes of material, market sources said. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

For the markets of Southeast and North-East Asia (NEA), as well as for other regions, the company named April PVC price offers at the level of USD1,460 per ton, FOB NEA / SEA / other regions, which is also USD300 per ton higher than the level Martha. In these cases, the discount does not apply either.

The rise in bids was driven by a sharp decline in global supplies of the material amid disruptions in US production due to a winter storm in mid-February.

Earlier it was noted that in March this manufacturer increased prices for China by USD20 per tonne compared to the level of the previous month.

Major Asian Producer Raises April PVC Prices for China by USD300 / Ton

-Boom in demand for recycling systems featuring EREMA ReFresher technology Reduced odour is becoming an indispensable quality criterion in post-consumer plastics recycling

There has been a noticeable increase in demand for EREMA recycling machine combinations featuring ReFresher technology that reduces odour downstream of the extrusion process. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

This is due to the growing demand for high-quality post consumer recyclates that can be used for a wide variety of applications. Thanks to the combination of its INTAREMA® TVEplus® RegrindPro® machine with the ReFresher, EREMA has enabled the PCR-HDPE produced with it to be used in proportions of up to 100 percent for the production of packaging for direct contact with food and beverages, as confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A look at the order books of the Austrian plastics recycling machine manufacturer shows that out of a total of more than 25 ReFresher modules sold, 19 were ordered in the past 18 months alone. This development goes hand in hand with the enormous increase in interest in the use of post consumer recyclate. “Odour is a typical problem with contaminated household waste such as LDPE films, HDPE containers and PE closures. It is essential that odour is removed if the PCR material is to be reused in high quality packaging for cosmetic products or food,” explains Clemens Kitzberger, EREMA Group Business Development Manager for Post Consumer Applications.

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-Carpet Fiber Overview: A detailed look at carpet face fiber in the residential and commercial markets – Dec 2020

Broadly speaking, today’s carpet fiber market is characterized by two great divides-between low-cost PET filament and the higher-performing nylons, and between branded and unbranded fibers.

In terms of brands, the residential market is still dominated, for now, by a single independent brand, Invista’s Stainmaster, which competes against the vertically integrated fiber production of most of the major mills as well as unbranded fiber business. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

The commercial market is a more competitive field, where there are both vertically integrated mills and brands from the independent producers, like Invista’s Antron, Aquafil’s Econyl, Ascend’s Ultron and Universal Fibers’ range of fibers, including Thrive.

A lot can change in a couple of decades. At the turn of the century, staple fiber, mostly from independent producers, made up over 30% of the carpet and rug face fiber market-18% from nylon, 6% from polypropylene and 7% from PET (a form of polyester). And in terms of BCF (bulk continuous filament) fiber, 37% came from nylon and 31% from polypropylene. At the time, there was no BCF PET.

Back then, most of the carpet mills were supplied by four nylon suppliers (BASF, Honeywell, DuPont and Solutia), with vertical fiber integration still largely centered on polypropylene carpet production. There were a couple of PET suppliers, KoSa and Wellman, and two mills extruding their own PET from recycled drink bottles, Beaulieu’s Marglen and Mohawk’s Image.

Today, staple fiber is largely a thing of the past. PET filament technology yielded a viable product, and now over 50% of face fiber used in carpets and rugs is polyester-the vast majority of which is PET, with the balance from another form of polyester, Mohawk’s SmartStrand triexta (PTT) fiber-with nylon about ten points behind and polypropylene consumption in single digits.

Polyester is predominantly used in the production of residential broadloom. On the commercial side, almost all of the synthetic fiber in both carpet tile and broadloom is nylon 6 or nylon 6,6.

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-Devan launches range of bio-based fragrances for textiles

The range consists of Natural Lavender, Menthol, Wild Mint, a Citrus Blend and will be expanded over time

RONSE, BELGIUM – Textile innovator Devan is launching a new range of bio-based fragrances, named SceNTL®. The range uses traceable raw materials and an external lab has confirmed that the bio-content of the fragrances is above 85%.

SceNTL® is a unique and wide range of encapsulated fragrances that can be integrated onto the fabric and are gradually released over time. Upon release, the fragrances appeal to the senses, promoting relaxation, wellbeing and feel-good sensations. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

While synthetic fragrances are composed of synthetic, man-made ingredients, natural scents and oils are created by isolating natural aroma components from raw plant materials. This also explains why every SceNTL® batch can have a slight variation in smell. As natural conditions differ from time to time, every harvest is a little different from the previous one.

Devan launches range of bio-based fragrances for textiles

-Germany’s chems Q4 production jumps 9.2% but Q1 more challenging – VCI

German chemicals production excluding the pharmaceutical sector jumped 9.2% in the fourth quarter, compared to the third, on the back of customer restocking but industry body VCI said conditions at the start of 2021 have been more challenging.

Customers looking to replenish empty warehouses toward the end of the year helped to galvanise the pace of recovery for chemicals, with production also substantially higher compared to the closing months of 2019. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

Including the pharmaceutical sector, the level total sector productivity moderated slightly to 7.4% quarter on quarter, with pricing firming 0.4% compared to the July-September 2020 quarter.

However, chemicals prices remained in the fourth quarter nearly 2% lower year on year.

LOCKDOWNS COOL DOWN OPERATIONS

Conditions were less unambiguously bullish in the opening months of this year amid lockdown extensions and fears of a fresh wave of infections in parts of Europe, with almost half of VCI members responding to a survey expecting setbacks for the quarter.

Aside from coronavirus fears, the extent that the manufacturing sector has heated up through 2021 so far has led to material shortages for German chemicals producers, exacerbated by the logistics issues brought on by the ongoing shipping sector disruption.

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-New Hong Kong recycling plant a timely boost for ‘closed loop’ waste management, carbon-neutrality goals

Can recycle almost all PET bottles that Hong Kong produces, plus a large proportion of HDPE, New Life executive says

Plant has sealed a three-year partnership with P&G and Watsons Hong Kong for supply of plastic waste  Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Generalnews

The opening of Hong Kong’s first advanced plastic recycling plant mid-this year could kick-start a “closed loop” of turning household resin waste into recycled material, in line with the government’s waste blueprint.

New Life Plastics will process up to 100 tonnes of plastic waste a day, and turn it into secondary raw material to be reused in the manufacture of new resin products. It is a joint venture between Swire Coca Cola, Baguio Waste Management & Recycling and Alba, a German recycling giant.

“We have the capacity to manage virtually all PET [polyethylene terephthalate] bottles that Hong Kong produces, plus a large proportion of HDPE [high-density polythene],” said Nigel Mattravers, joint venture representative of New Life.

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-What future for composites?
Last year the market suffered the blow of the pandemic, but the prospects in the medium term remain positive.
Last year, the world market for composite materials should have reached production volumes around 10 million tons, for an estimated value of 78 billion dollars, down by about -14% compared to 2019 due to the effects of the pandemic. The main market is confirmed as Asia, even if Europe and North America stand out in the applications with higher added value.

This is what emerges from the study “JEC Observer: Current trends in the global composites industry 2020-2025”, which already foresees a rebound this year, which will bring the trend back to the long-term growth path: + 8% annual average from 2010 to 2019, with a forecast of further development in the next five years, between +2 and + 9% per year in the various geographic markets.

What future for composites?

-Over 100 million PET bottles are upcycled into SABIC’s LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ products contributing to net zero carbon goals

Since the introduction of LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ materials in late 2019, SABIC has helped divert more than 100 million single-use 16.9 oz. (50 cl) PET water bottles from landfills and incinerators. This portfolio of globally available polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials is produced from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles through a unique chemical upcycling process.

SABIC also recently completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing virgin PBT and LNP ELCRIN iQ resin, which underwent third-party critical review in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 standards. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

Results indicated that LNP ELCRIN iQ resin lowered global warming impact by 29 percent and cut cumulative energy demand by 43 percent compared to virgin PBT. LNP ELCRIN iQ resins also show favorable LCA results compared to data for other virgin base resins, such as polyamide (PA) 6,6 and PA6, extracted from Plastics Europe Eco-Profiles.

Over 100 million PET bottles are upcycled into SABIC’s LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ products contributing to net zero carbon goals

-Honda introduces filter element designed to trap pathogens

Honda is offering a new premium cabin air filter which it says is highly effective at capturing a wide range of harmful germs, allergens and even viruses related to significant health problems, including infection risks associated with the SARS COV-2 virus. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

The filter was developed in cooperation with filtration specialist Freudenberg and is offered as a genuine Honda spare part, as an alternative to standard pollen filters.

Honda explains that the first two microfiber layers of the filter capture most ultrafine aerosols, dust and pollen; the third layer, made of activated carbon, is responsible for the adsorption of harmful pollution such as particulates and acid gases. A fourth bio-functional layer coated with an active layer derived from fruit extract then effectively inactivates captured viral aerosols and prevents them from being released back into the cabin air. Honda says that this functionality has been conclusively proved by a comprehensive series of tests conducted in collaboration with the Austrian Research Institute, OFI.

The company adds that the fine particle filtration layers provide improved protection against virus transmission in comparison with standard filters. They demonstrably separate not only droplets (>5μm), but also critical viral aerosols (droplet nuclei significantly below 5μm). Honda says the filter can trap more than 90% of viral aerosols. Furthermore, the second step inactivates almost 100% of the captured viral load via the bio-functional layer.

Honda introduces filter element designed to trap pathogens

-RecyClass Clarifies Recyclability Claims Made by Polymateria

A report published by Impact Solutions could not have used RecyClass’ “Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE Films” to verify the recyclability of a degradable film, since degradable plastics are explicitly excluded from the scope of the RecyClass protocols, said the organization. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

In reference to the report, “Impact Solutions’ Recyclability Report,” published on Feb. 18, 2021, by Impact Solutions, a laboratory commissioned by Polymateria to carry out a recyclability test of a polyethylene film with biodegradable additive technology called PLM-G, RecyClass has made the following declaration:

“As the laboratory testing was done according to the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE Films, RecyClass would like to clarify that it was contacted by Polymateria to perform laboratory analysis of the PLM-G film in question on May 13, 2019. The composition and ‘oxidation’ properties of the material are described in the patent description of Polymateria (European Patent EP354032). Since degradable plastics are explicitly excluded from the scope of the RecyClass protocols, as they have an impact on polymers’ degradation and, therefore, are not compatible with plastics recycling, RecyClass answered Polymateria on May 14, 2019, stating clearly that it cannot run such tests, as the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols are based on a harmonized methodology to test the recyclability of a specific technology in a defined, conventional plastics recycling stream (“RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PET Films”

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-Archroma and Jeanologia join forces to launch ‘Pad-Ox G2 Cold’, a new water-saving dyeing process for denim and casual wear

Reinach, Switzerland, 16 March 2021 – Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, and Jeanologia, world leader in sustainable and efficient technology development, today announced the launch of ‘Pad-Ox G2 Cold’, a water-saving dyeing process at room temperature for casual looks.

Archroma initially introduced its eco-advanced Pad-Ox dyeing process for woven fabrics, and then used it as part of its ADVANCED DENIM concept. The idea was fairly simple, yet technically revolutionary at the time. By combining the oxidation and fixation steps, it is possible to shorten the dyeing process and thus realize substantial resource savings in water, wastewater, cotton waste, and energy.

Over the years the company has worked with its textile manufacturers and partners to improve the Pad-Ox process, in particular woven applications such as chinos and casual wear. To achieve maximum positive impact, Archroma is using its Diresul® range of low sulfide sulfur dyes and, more recently, its innovative plant-based range of EarthColors®. A wide selection of dyes from these two ranges have received the Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certification. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

-Archroma and Jeanologia join forces to launch ‘Pad-Ox G2 Cold’, a new water-saving dyeing process for denim and casual wear

-Lenzing’s TENCEL(TM) brand reveals what is next as the fashion industry enters a bold new phase of sustainability

For many years, the fashion industry observed the profound impact of climate change on the world’s environment. Now, as consumer preferences shift toward sustainability, 2021 will be a pivotal year for the fashion industry as emerging technologies lay the foundation for a more sustainable future. During this crucial time, Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business at Lenzing, reveals the top three sustainability trends impacting the fashion landscape in 2021.

  1. Debunking myths and assuming responsibility

Consumers continue to seek ways to become better informed and make eco-conscious purchases. As a result, eco-friendly brands are creating products that consumers can feel comfortable in purchasing. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

In addition, brands are also publishing their environmental credentials and eco-friendly initiatives to help consumers keep them accountable for their progress toward sustainability. Eco-conscious brands are actively driving sustainable changes as compared to some fast fashion and luxury brands who are lagging behind or still distancing themselves from the conversation.

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-Green hydrogen could unlock Australia’s shale oil

QEM to study potential for flagship Julia Creek project in Queensland

Australian operator QEM has commenced studies into green hydrogen opportunities at its Julia Creek oil shale project onshore Queensland, Australia.

QEM on Monday said its strategic progression comes amid a buoyant market, supportive government policy and optimal project location. The hydrogen strategy would underpin the continued development of its Julia Creek oil shale and vanadium project. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

The company’s advancement of its green hydrogen production strategy comes amid growing investment and interest in such renewable energy ventures from both the private and public sectors.

“The commissioning of these studies will lay the groundwork to advance our green hydrogen strategy at Julia Creek, amid increasingly buoyant market conditions and the project’s optimal location and resource profile to produce hydrogen on-site,” said QEM managing director Gavin Loyden.

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-Bottle filling machine market to break $5.5bn mark

The bottle filling machine market is projected to grow at more than 4 per cent between 2020 and 2027, reaching an estimated value of $5.55 billion by 2027, claims Data Bridge Market Research. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

Rising purchasing power of global consumers is the main reason for the growth in semi-automatic and automatic bottling filling machines, with food and beverage sectors leading the way. Pharmaceuticals are also increasingly contributing to this sector’s growth.

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-Importers urge govt to slash taxes on polyester yarn

Stress heavy taxes threaten country’s textile exports

Karachi :Traders of polyester filament yarn (PFY) have highlighted that heavy taxes are alarming for textile exports, therefore, the government should reduce the taxes on raw material. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

Prices of PFY, a basic raw material for the textile industry and small and medium-sized units, have increased sharply in local markets, said Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Imports Deputy Convener Khawar Noorani. “It is catastrophic for exports of the textile industry,” he said.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) first quarterly report 2020-21, the output of textile sector increased 2.2% in the first quarter (Jul-Sept) of fiscal year 2020-21 compared to marginal growth of 0.2% in the same period of previous year.

The lacklustre performance of the textile industry could be attributed to a couple of factors, the quarterly report said.

First, the harvest of local raw cotton, which serves as an input for the upstream cotton textile industry, remained below par. Less availability of raw material, in turn, necessitated imports of the commodity to the tune of $208 million, which was the highest first-quarter import bill since fiscal year 2008.

Moreover, the increased reliance on imported cotton also raised costs for the export-oriented industry, said the report. The second factor that hampered the growth of cotton textile production was the low international demand for textile products.

Importers urge govt to slash taxes on polyester yarn Stress heavy taxes threaten country’s textile exports

-Saudi Arabia, Germany in landmark alliance on green hydrogen

Saudi Arabia and Germany on Thursday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation on the production and exploitation of hydrogen, said Arabnews. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites

The kingdomпїЅs Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said the MoU will build on existing Saudi-German dialogue on energy developments aimed at achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The worldпїЅs first large scale green hydrogen plant is currently under construction in the new пїЅmegacityпїЅ of Neom on the Red Sea coast. Officials hope the USD5 bn Air Products JV will be the first phase of a mission to turn the country into a global hydrogen hub.

Last year, Saudi Aramco shipped the worldпїЅs first cargo of blue hydrogen, with ammonia identified as a key carrier for hydrogen given existing shipping and logistics infrastructure and relatively lower transport costs. On the German side, the MoU was signed by Peter Altmayer, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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-China PE market consolidates at highs supported by strong overseas market

After the Spring Festival holiday, China domestic PE market rushes up as a whole. Taking LLDPE as an example, LLDPE jumps directly from around 8,200yuan/mt before the holiday to around 8,800yuan/mt after the festival, and then fluctuates higher to around 9,000-9,200yuan/mt. At present, market mindset is mixed. PE CFR China market is strong, and China domestic market is consolidated at highs.

As for LLDPE, the average price of the RMB market in East China is basically around 9,200yuan/mt, and Sabic LLDPE 218WJ are offered at around 9,450yuan/mt, while the LLDPE is basically offered at around $1,200-1,240/mt in the overseas market, and the Sabic LLDPE 218WJ are offered at above $1,250/mt. The price spread between China domestic market and the PE CFR China market is at around 500-600yuan/mt.

China PE market consolidates at highs supported by strong overseas market

-Tecnaro commissions ips underwater and strand pelletising systems

Tecnaro GmbH has placed its trust in pelletising plants from ips Intelligent Pelletizing Solutions GmbH & Co. KG.  Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

The company, which specialises in the production of bioplastic pellets, has now commissioned both an ips-SG 220/2 strand pelletising plant and the ips-UWG 75 S underwater pelletising system.  Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Tecnaro develops and produced bioplastics and biocomposits based on renewable raw materials for use around the world, catering to almost all markets including automotive, construction, renewables, and packaging.

Tecnaro MD Jürgen Pfitzer said: “The innovative solutions and the realisation of our individual requirements in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability, the huge flexibility and the fast and simple changeover between underwater and strand pelletising, are what convinced us to choose ips.”

Tecnaro commissions ips underwater and strand pelletising systems

-Equipolymers lowers PET production in Germany

The Swiss company Equipolymers has reduced utilization at its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Sckhopau, Germany due to a shortage of raw materials, ICIS reported . Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

According to market sources, production at the 335 ktpa plant was reduced in February due to the closure of two main suppliers of purified terephthalic acid (TPA).

Earlier it was reported that in 2019 Equipolymers carried out preventive maintenance at the PET plant in Schkopau in October.

According to ScanPlastof the company MRC, in Russia, the estimated consumption of PET in January 2021 increased by 3% compared to the same indicator a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the first month of the year in Russia, the total estimated consumption of PET amounted to 57.42 thousand tons.

Equipolymers is a joint venture between the Petrochemical Industries Company and the Dow Chemical Company. Both companies have a 50% stake in Equipolymers. The company manufactures and markets PET and terephthalic acid (TPA). The company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The enterprise has a PET and TPA production facility in Ottana (Italy), as well as two PET production facilities in Schkopau (Germany).

Equipolymers lowers PET production in Germany

-AGILYX AND NEXTCHEM ENTER PARTNERSHIP TO DEPLOY CHEMICAL RECYCLING PROJECTS

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Rome, Italy) announced that its subsidiary NextChem, and Agilyx Corp. (Tigard, Ore.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS have entered into an agreement to support the development of advanced chemical recycling facilities globally. This agreement combines Agilyx’ s leading pyrolysis technology with NextChem’s expertise, as a leader in licensing, implementation, and EPC services for plastics recycling solutions. Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Under the agreement, NextChem will act as a technology and EPC partner for Agilyx. The aim of this partnership is to accelerate the implementation of chemical recycling facilities globally, utilizing Agilyx advanced pyrolysis technology in the conversion of mixed waste plastic into circular olefins and circular fuels. With a longstanding expertise in the advanced recycling of plastics, Agilyx’s proprietary chemical recycling process can turn post-use plastics back into their original chemical components for continued use, increasing the recovery of plastics that cannot be recycled with traditional recycling processes.

AGILYX AND NEXTCHEM ENTER PARTNERSHIP TO DEPLOY CHEMICAL RECYCLING PROJECTS

-US yarn company PurThread extends distribution agreement with Mitsui

Mitsui USA and PurThread Technologies have renewed their distributorship agreement for Mitsui USA to bring PurThread’s patented permanent antimicrobial fibres and yarns to textiles and soft goods across Mitsui’s vast production and distribution networks in Japan. PurThread is known for its durable, highly effective antimicrobial fibre and yarn technology. Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Amidst heightened awareness during the current global pandemic and the rise of future health concerns, consumers and businesses alike are seeking solutions to reduce their exposure to pathogens that can cause odour and potential illness. Developed with manufacturers and product designers in mind, PurThread’s innovative fibres and yarns embed pure, natural silver and copper salts to enhance its partners’ products with unsurpassed antimicrobial capability, durability, and freshness without any special handling requirements. Mitsui’s commitment to the development and market introduction of state of the art technologies in functional textiles creates a strong foundation from which its collaboration with PurThread is built and poised to continue, according to PurThread.

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-Hot News in Plastic Packaging Sustainability

Breaking developments: 100% PCR cups, advanced recycling, new plastic from used oil, Aussie PS phaseout, PCR vendors, tube technology honored, Amcor news, capsule wars. Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.

In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.

The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.

In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.

That’s the idea behind this regularly updated newsfeed of Tweets that center on plastics’ recycling, bioplastics, and other closely related news, issues, and innovations surrounding circularity for plastic packaging.

Hot News in Plastic Packaging Sustainability

-Distinguishing Nylon 6 from Nylon 66 at the Push of a Button

BASF’s subsidiary trinamiX adds new application for plastic sorting to its mobile NIR spectroscopy solution.

The ability to distinguish nylon 6 from nylon 66 at the push of a button in the latest application for plastic sorting added to the Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution from Germany-based trinamiX GmbH. Founded in 2015 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, Germany-based trinamiX GmbH (trinamixsensing.com) develops and sells cutting-edge 3D vision and infrared sensing solutions for use in both consumer electronics devices and industrial designs. Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Launched last year, trinamiX’s solution combines robust hardware with intelligent data analysis and a mobile app. NIR spectroscopy is a proven technology that trinamiX has integrated into a portable format for on-site analysis. In doing so, trinamiX relies on cloud-based data processing, which ensures continuous development of the solution – there is no need to replace hardware.

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-Shay Sethi talks about the future of fabric recycling

The cofounder and CEO of Ambercycle wants to shake up the fashion industry with a new textile recycling process  Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Clothing might not come to mind when people think of plastic pollution. But polyester, derived from crude oil, makes up half the total fiber used in the global manufacture of textiles for apparel, upholstery, and other products, according to an analysis by IHS Markit. Less than 1% of garments get recycled into new clothing, and around 38 million metric tons of polyester from the fashion industry ends up in landfills each year, according to Shay Sethi, CEO of the start-up company Ambercycle.

Adding value to textile trash is the only way to keep the world from drowning in it, he says. He and his former college roommate, Moby Ahmed, developed a way to recover the natural and synthetic polymers in textiles while they were students at the University of California, Davis.

They cofounded Ambercycle in 2015 to scale up the process and show that it could be done cost effectively. In 2016, they won the H&M Foundation’s annual Global Change Award, which helped fund technology development. The company launched a product line of recycled garments with Los Angeles–based street-wear brand Come Back as a Flower in December.

-Is oil at $70 a barrel the magic number

LAST month, OPEC-Plus’ discipline in terms of the crude oil production pushed the oil price closer to the level of $70 per barrel. It led Saudi Arabia and its other partners to put its production in order and keep the oil prices climbing up … But at what level? Will OPEC-Plus continue with its full commitment for another month and beyond April?  Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Will Saudi Arabia continue withholding back one million barrels well into April? Or is it time to relax production … but when? Strangely, the US shale producers are not yet willing to pour more oil into the market or retain its 13-million production target. It is taking advantage of the strong oil prices for generating cash fl ow and paying dividends to its shareholders, after years of lack of profits. The February production figures of the 13 OPEC members and 8 non-members stood firm and prevented any leakage of extra oil into the world. They emulated their leader Saudi Arabia in its sacrifice and in keeping its one million barrel away from the world market and losing an income of about $65 million per day.

The challenging question here is – At what level should oil price reach in order for countries to relax and pour more volume? Will it be until the US oil consumers start complaining, and the oil prices hit the US gasoline consumers’ pocket with $4 per gallon, or when they become so angry that some sort of pressure will fall on the US shale producers to pour and produce more oil?

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-New Hong Kong recycling plant a timely boost for ‘closed loop’ waste management, carbon-neutrality goals

Can recycle almost all PET bottles that Hong Kong produces, plus a large proportion of HDPE, New Life executive says

Plant has sealed a three-year partnership with P&G and Watsons Hong Kong for supply of plastic waste  Petrochemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

The opening of Hong Kong’s first advanced plastic recycling plant mid-this year could kick-start a “closed loop” of turning household resin waste into recycled material, in line with the government’s waste blueprint.

New Life Plastics will process up to 100 tonnes of plastic waste a day, and turn it into secondary raw material to be reused in the manufacture of new resin products. It is a joint venture between Swire Coca Cola, Baguio Waste Management & Recycling and Alba, a German recycling giant.

“We have the capacity to manage virtually all PET [polyethylene terephthalate] bottles that Hong Kong produces, plus a large proportion of HDPE [high-density polythene],” said Nigel Mattravers, joint venture representative of New Life.

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-LyondellBasell plans to raise April PE prices in the US by USD132 per tonne

LyondellBasell intends to raise April polyethylene (PE) prices in North America by 6 cents / lb (USD132 / t) on the back of higher propylene feedstock prices, according to the company’s letter to customers.

According to the letter, the increase is in addition to the company ‘s earlier announced price hike of 7 cents per pound in March.

The company also raised PE prices in North America by 4 cents / lb or USD88 / t in February on the back of higher ethylene feedstock.

Polyethylene demand has been strong since the start of the pandemic as changes in consumer behavior, including increased demand for food packaging and an increase in online shopping market share, have boosted demand for PE packaging.

Even before the recent winter storm in the US Gulf of Mexico, supplies were limited, which temporarily halted most of the US ethylene and polyethylene production facilities.

LyondellBasell plans to raise April PE prices in the US by USD132 per tonne

-LyondellBasell Raises April PP Prices in US by USD132 / Ton

LyondellBasell intends to raise its April polypropylene (PP) prices in North America by 6 cents / lb (USD132 / t) on the back of higher propylene feedstock prices, according to the company’s letter to customers. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

According to the letter, the increase is in addition to the previously announced price increase. For example, LyondellBasell raised its  March polypropylene (PP) prices in North America by 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne).

And the increase was also in addition to any previously announced price increases, including the 6 c / lb increase that the company had previously announced in February.

PP demand has been strong in recent months on the back of continued growth in US manufacturing activity. Demand for non-durables such as packaging and filaments / fibers has been strong since the start of the pandemic, while demand for durables such as automotive parts and home appliances has grown in recent months.

LyondellBasell Raises April PP Prices in US by USD132 / Ton

-Plunge of raw materials drags down polyester yarn market

Direct-spun PSF experienced sharp ups and downs like roller coasters alongside polyester feedstock after Spring Festival holiday. According to CCFGroup, direct-spun PSF price moved up from 6,250yuan/mt on Jan 30 to 8,075yuan/mt on Feb 26, with an increase of 29.2% in less than one month. Investment banks adjusted up assessment of crude oil price in Q2 successively, thus stocking up and reluctant selling spread along polyester industry chain from polyester feedstock to polyester yarn. However, polyester feedstock and direct-spun PSF started continuous decline since end-Feb, and the latter was even cut by one third of previous increase. Upstream and downstream players tasted mixed feelings when facing such a volatile market. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Difficult sales perplexed direct-spun PSF plants. Spot profit of direct-spun PSF reached 450yuan/mt at the lowest and 1,000yuan/mt at the highest, which was outstanding among polyester products to date. But currently downstream participants and middlemen hoarded a large amount of PSF, depriving the price advantage and resulting in hard sales of direct-spun PSF plants with sales ratio less than 10% in most of the time from early Mar to date.

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-Weak signs emerge, how will spandex fare?

10-year U. S. Treasury yields breached 1.5%, leading to the change of risk preference on the market. Risk-aversion mindset intensified on stock and commodity market worldwide. Price of many textile feedstock including spandex, nylon, polyester, cotton and viscose hiked after the Lunar Chinese New Year, and the increment of spandex was around 70% after Jan 1, 2021. Some downstream fabric mills on spandex market suffered apparent losses for orders taken earlier. Some middlemen also change operation strategy, turning to be active in selling and shortening stocks at hand. Negative feedback from downstream market escalated. Middlemen played weaker role as reservoir. Spandex companies have witnessed slower sales. How will spandex market fare later? Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Operating rate of downstream market kept increasing in the first half of Mar. O/R of circular knitting plants and lace knitting plants in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong was at 40-50%, that of cotton core-spun yarn, air covered yarn plants, conventional covered yarn plants and warp knitting mills rose to 60-80%. Some fabric mills turned to digest spandex purchased before with hiking spandex price.

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-Adient to end tie-up with Yanfeng in $1.5 billion deal

Automotive seating supplier Adient said Friday it would sell its 50 percent interest in Yanfeng Adient Seating to its joint venture partner for $1.5 billion in cash, to pursue its strategy in China independently.

In turn, Adient will acquire YFAS’ 50 percent equity interest in Chongqing Yanfeng Adient Automotive Components and 100 percent equity interest in Yanfeng Adient Seating and consolidate those businesses. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

Adient CEO Doug Del Grosso said in a statement the deals would offer an opportunity “to drive our China strategy independently and further position the company for future growth in the world’s largest automotive market.”

Adient designs and manufactures seating systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and light trucks.

The company, which operates in 32 countries, expects its China business to have nearly $4.5 billion in annual consolidated and unconsolidated sales after it has closed all deals.

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-Asian propylene-naphtha spread crunches to 4-month low on naphtha upswing

Asian naphtha prices strengthening to an almost 12-month high as propylene prices weaken has narrowed the propylene-naphtha spread to a four-month low, S&P Global Platts data showed Jan. 13. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

The spread between FOB Korea propylene and naphtha C+F Japan cargo assessments narrowed $7.75/mt day on day to $424.25/mt at the Jan. 12 Asian close. The spread was lower on Sept. 4, 2020, at $420/mt, Platts data showed.

The typical breakeven level for propylene production is around $250/mt, and the Asian propylene-naphtha spread has remained above this level since Jan. 9, 2020, Platts data showed.

Feedstock naphtha, used by steam crackers to produce propylene has been on a crude-driven price uptrend, which pushed benchmark naphtha C+F Japan cargo up $7.75/mt day on day to $525.75/mt at the Asian close Jan. 12, a level last higher on Jan. 24, 2020, at $531.75/mt, Platts data showed.

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-Overvalued MEG drops despite healthy fundamentals

MEG prices were volatile in recently days and market sentiment was weighed by the weakness in oil and stock markets. Meanwhile, MEG spot availability increased as traders sold for profit takings. Spot/EG05 spread nearly halved compared with its previous high and MEG cash flow for naphtha-integrated units narrowed apparently from the high level of around $200/mt. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

MEG prices surged since coming back from Chinese New Year holidays and spot/futures spread reached 525yuan/mt. The last bout of skyrocketing spot/futures spread was seen in mid-December 2019, at around 1,000 yuan/mt, affected by unit issue of Shell Singapore and ship channel closure in East China. Spot availability was much tighter in end 2019, but the rise was lower than that in this bout.

Spot MEG could be considered overvalued during the uptrend. When macro environment weakened, the decrease in MEG prices exacerbated despite healthy fundamentals.

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-Giants of U.S. shale are proving OPEC right with discipline

Saudi Arabia’s bet that the golden age of U.S. shale is over appears to be a safe one — for now, at least. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

A round-up of data on shale drillers shows they’re sticking to their pledge to cut costs, return money to shareholders and reduce debt. If they stay the course, it would validate the OPEC+ alliance’s high-stakes wager that it can curb output and drive crude prices higher without unleashing an onslaught of supply from U.S. rivals.

That’s still a big “if,” one that’s keeping the oil market on edge as crude’s rally makes it more tempting for shale producers to go back on their word. But the U.S. shale patch is showing little sign of a true comeback so far, and even a dramatic boost in activity would leave oil output below pre-pandemic levels until late next year. Drillers that have shown signs of straying from the script and boosting production have been punished by investors.

Giants of U.S. shale are proving OPEC right with discipline

-Made in India: UFlex’s F-WSP film

The transparent BOPET film uses a green and environment-friendly water-based coating formulation, applied through a gravure coating technology. Anand Prakash Gupta, head of innovations, Films at UFlex speaks to Rahul Kumar

The F-WSP film from UFlex is a transparent BOPET film with a water-based heat-sealable coating and a peelable surface on one side. According to Anand Prakash Gupta, head of innovations, Packaging Films at UFlex, the F-WSP film is suitable for all applications where packaging involves heat sealability and smooth peelability of the lid or pouch. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

The film uses a green and environment- friendly water-based coating formulation, applied through gravure coating technology. The formulation has been created at UFlex’s R&D centre. The film is currently available at a thickness of 30-micron, which can be customised as per customers’ request.

Made in India: UFlex's F-WSP film

-Unifi Announces Fourth Annual REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Awards

Brand, textile and retail partners recognized for sustainability strides

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), one of the world’s leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns, today announced the winners of its REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards, which recognize brand, textile and retail partners that have demonstrated a true commitment to supporting a sustainable world. In its fourth year, a total of 93 companies are being recognized as REPREVE Champions of Sustainability, the most ever in the program’s history. This year, Walmart and H&M have each transformed more than a half billion bottles through their use of REPREVE, while VF Corporation and Levi Strauss & Co. have both now transformed more than 200 million bottles. Chemicals BiobasedFilm Composites

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifi remains successful because of its customers,” said Unifi Chief Executive Officer Eddie Ingle. “With a nearly 20% increase in the number of winners from the previous year, our brand partners are demonstrating a steadfast commitment to sustainability. We want to thank them for their support for a more sustainable world during these unparalleled times.”

Unifi Announces Fourth Annual REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Awards

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-China’s economy rebounds strongly in Jan-Feb, industrial output up 35.1%; Q1 GDP growth seen at 17% by an economist

Global Times: China’s economy has shed the clouds of the coronavirus and picked up its recovery in the first two months of 2021, with key economic indicators improving at a sizable growth rate of more than 30 percent, thanks to last year’s low base and a steady acceleration of manufacturing fired up by domestic and overseas demand.

Analysts say the rosy January-February economic performances signal that China may record a GDP growth rate of between 15-20 percent for the first three months, which would make its first-quarter economy expansion the highest among major global economies.

China’s economy came to a sudden standstill in the first three months last year amid a strict lockdown to stifle the virus, but it quickly rebounded after the government led the whole country to launch an impressive fight against the epidemic and put it under control in 2020. China’s economy grew 2.3 percent year-on-year.

China’s economy rebounds strongly in Jan-Feb, industrial output up 35.1%; Q1 GDP growth seen at 17% by an economist

-Current recycled polymer price competitiveness fuelling switch away from virgin material

European prices across the three largest recycled polymer chains are at their most competitive level against virgin since at least December 2018, and at their most competitive level on record for multiple grades of pellet material.

This follows a price spike in virgin material, which recycled polymer values have not kept pace with.  This is despite recycled polypropylene (R-PP) currently being at record high levels, and prices for recycled polymers having risen by up to 55% since the start of 2021. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

The relative competitiveness of recycled polymer values is fuelling substitution away from virgin. With sustainability targets mounting and a continued backlash against single-use plastics from regulators and consumers, there has been talk that for some material grades the switch could be permanent.

The three major market for recycled polymers are recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET), recycled polyethylene (R-PE) and recycled polypropylene (R-PP). ICIS records date back to June 2006 for R-PET, May 2019 for R-PE, and to November 2019 for R-PP.

Current recycled polymer price competitiveness fuelling switch away from virgin material

-Shell Pennsylvania petchems project 70% complete, operational in 2022: spokesman

Previously projected to start up in first half of 2021

Complex includes three polyethylene plants with total capacity of 1.6 million mt/year

Shell Chemical’s $6 billion petrochemical complex in Pennsylvania is now more than 70% complete and projected to be operational sometime in 2022, a company spokesman said March 12. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

“On a daily basis workers are commissioning major pieces of equipment within our infrastructure units – a phased process that will continue until start-up” said the spokesman, Curtis Smith, in an email. “That includes connecting pipes and wiring that will eventually loop and extend for hundreds of miles along the site’s 386 acres,” he said.

The petchems complex in Monaca, northwest of Pittsburgh, is expected to be completed in 2022, Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden said in February. Previously, Shell projected the startup in the first half of 2021 after suspending work in mid-March 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic concerns.

The project is one of the largest construction sites in North America and includes a 1.6 million mt/year cracker and three polyethylene plants with a combined capacity of 1.6 million mt/year, according to Shell.

Shell Pennsylvania petchems project 70% complete, operational in 2022: spokesman

-Turbulence unsettles European polymer markets

But steel and paper is also struggling

Turbulence on Europe’s polymer markets is hitting plastics processors in the region with full force, reports Plastics Information Europe (PIE). Sufficient quantities of granulate are unavailable and prices have risen significantly since the beginning of the year, with some approaching all-time highs.

According to PIE, production bottlenecks for plastics and their intermediate products have in some cases cut the quantity available by up to half of the amount normally on the market. In Europe, polymer producers are currently dealing with 13 cases of force majeure, 11 system malfunctions, 22 slowdowns and 24 maintenance shutdowns.Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

At the same time, plastics goods producers face significantly lower imports from Asia, the Middle East and the US. Resin prices in the Far East have outpaced those in Europe for several months, which has redirected much of the global flow of raw plastics from Europe to Asia.

The combination of reduced supply and increasing demand is boosting prices for plastics granulate at an unprecedented rate. Depending on type, materials currently cost 20-50 per cent more than at the beginning of 2021, explains PIE.

Turbulence unsettles European polymer markets

-Parallel Paths to Reducing Plastic Waste in the Environment

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste welcomes new member companies and calls for project proposals that capture economic value from plastic waste.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, an international non-profit organization, welcomed five new members to its membership ranks: Amcor plc, Atlantic Packaging Co., Inter Pipeline Ltd., Kirin Holdings, and Novacel. These additions bring to 57 the number of member companies in the alliance.Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

“The momentum we are seeing in our membership points to a growing number of companies directing their attention to the actions they can take in ending plastic waste in the environment,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the alliance. “With five new members, we welcome even more diversity into the alliance from both a membership category and geographic standpoints. We are excited to include new viewpoints and different expertise on our membership bench.”

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-UK-EU automotive, chemicals trade hit hard in January as Brexit deal kicks in

Prior stockpiling and new Brexit trade regulations caused a fall of 40.7% in UK exports to the EU in January, month on month, as the country ended its membership of the 27-nation bloc’s single market, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday.

The petrochemicals-intensive automotive sector was hit hard, said the ONS, along with other chemicals-based sectors.

UK GDP during January fell 2.9%, less than analysts had expected, after the UK implemented on 5 January lockdown measures to stop the spread of a new coronavirus variant, shutting most retail venues and keeping most residents confined to their homes. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

TRADE SHARPLY DOWN

Alongside the sharp fall in UK exports to the EU, imports from the bloc into the UK fell 28.8%.

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-Turkmenistan PP export trade prices break another record

1,500 tonnes of Turkmenbashi refinery polypropylene (PP) were sold in a single day of export trades at the State Commodity and Raw Materials Stock Exchange of Turkmenistan with pricesbreaking another record, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

According to the bidders, 1,500 tonnes of Turkmenbashi refinery’s PP raffia grade were put up for export sale at the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan on 10 March. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

The starting price was set at $1,515/tonne free on board/free carrier (FOB/FCA). PP prices climbed during the trades to reach a record $1,775/tonne FOB/FCA, the total volume of PP was sold in one day.

Deals were done with shipment within six months.

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-Recycled and bio-plastics: a solution to the PaxEx plastics footprint?

The passenger experience industry often considers plastics in aesthetic terms, from developing exciting new shapes, patterns and technologies to avoiding the ‘wall of beige’ in aircraft cabins, and everything in between. But as more and more of the plastics in other areas of our lives see developments around reducing their environmental footprint via using recycled plastics and bioplastics, what are the prospects for the cabin? Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

The answer is complicated. For a start, these aren’t single-use plastics, and despite their presence right in front of passengers’ noses, they’re not enormous by volume.

“While we do use some thermoplastics in our products for the aircraft cabin, the actual real estate taken up by thermoplastics is quite small,” Collins Aerospace spokesperson Joel Girdner explains to Runway Girl Network.

“When we do use them, they are meant to last 20+ years and can be serviced. So they’re not considered the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) most people associate with plastics and the immediate impact those have on say, landfill scenarios.”

Recycled and bio-plastics: a solution to the PaxEx plastics footprint?

-GKN AEROSPACE AND PARTNERS LAUNCH ASCEND TO ACCELERATE HIGH VOLUME COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIES

  • £39.6M ASCEND consortium to develop and accelerate high volume composite technologies
  • Public-private investment and cross-sector collaboration across UK industry aims to create more than 700 UK roles by 2035
  • Consortium strengthens UK industry’s position at forefront of next generation of sustainable aircraft and future mobility technology

GKN Aerospace is leading a new UK industry consortium called ASCEND (Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development) to develop and accelerate composite material and process technologies for the next generation of energy efficient aircraft and future mobility. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

The £40m consortium, funded by a £20.0M commitment from industry and a £19.6M commitment from the UK Government via ATI, will focus on greater adoption of composite technologies today, the industrialization of new technologies, as well as accelerating aerospace production rates to meet future high-volume requirements. The collaboration will help develop technologies from across the UK supply-chain to develop the advanced materials and automation equipment required to manufacture lightweight structures for the sustainable air mobility, aerospace and automotive industry.

GKN AEROSPACE AND PARTNERS LAUNCH ASCEND TO ACCELERATE HIGH VOLUME COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIES

-PURE LOOP solution delivers impressive recycling of challenging production waste – Kilometres of quality: the best recycled pellets for irrigation pipes

The shredder-extruder combination from recycling technology provider PURE LOOP is the ideal solution for recycling challenging production waste. This category includes drip tapes and irrigation pipes that accumulate as waste during the production of irrigation systems or are rejected during quality inspection. Manufacturers who already implement this technology reuse production waste in the form of recycled pellets in proportions of up to 20 percent – without any loss of quality compared to production from virgin material. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Composites

“This level of reuse can still be significantly increased thanks to the high quality of the recycled pellets,” says Manfred Dobersberger, Managing Director of PURE LOOP. “The high demands on the recycling process result from the high volume of the bulky input material as well as the material composition of the drip tapes and irrigation pipes,” he explains. Their job is to ensure that crops can grow and thrive, using as little water, fertiliser and pesticides as possible. For this purpose, either thin-walled HDPE drip tapes laid on the surface or HDPE irrigation pipes buried in the ground are used. The water is distributed through emitters. In the case of the thin-walled drip tapes (150 – 250 µm), these are LLDPE injection-moulded parts which are spaced at regular intervals of around 20 cm. In the case of thick-walled irrigation tubes (over 300 µm), the emitters are also fitted with a silicone membrane for pressure compensation, so that the same flow rate of water is discharged from each emitter over the entire length of the tube and the flow of water is not obstructed by soil, sand or roots growing into the emitter.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -250
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,050 $/ton 1,030 $/ton- -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,625 yuan/ton 6,325 yuan/ton -300
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton -350
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,770 yuan/ton 4,515 yuan/ton -255
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
685 $/ton 670 $/ton -15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 5,535 yuan/ton -815
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 815 $/ton 708 $/ton- -107
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 869 $/ton 856 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 851 $/ton 838  $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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870 $/ton 859 $/ton -11
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,975 yuan/ton 7,875 yuan/ton
-100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,150 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -350
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,550 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
-450
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,150 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton -950
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 39,500 yuan/ton 41,800 yuan/ton +2,300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,500 yuan/ton 17,550 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,350 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,800 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 83,000 yuan/ton 80,000 yuan/ton -3,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 75,000 yuan/ton 73,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 65,000 yuan/ton 63,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,200 yuan/ton 11,200 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 6,780 yuan/ton 6,600 yuan/ton -180
Benzene overseas  market 862 $/ton 845 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market 1,145 $/ton 1,145 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,212 $/ton 1,211 $/ton -1
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton +300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling Spandex 8,570 yuan/ton 8,620 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  620 $/ton 622 $/ton
+2
Phenol domestic market 8,740 yuan/ton 8,840 yuan/ton +100

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-SIPA and PTI enter into strategic partnership

Sipa and PTI reached an agreement to join forces on the market, with PTI now becoming part of the Sipa group. This strategic partnership will help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities.

“Joining forces with SIPA makes perfect sense for PTI. We bring extensive knowledge in package development and material expertise to their capabilities’ portfolio,” said Thierry Fabozzi, PTI CEO. “This strong collaboration will also give PTI access to SIPA’s latest equipment and enable us to provide even better turnkey solutions for our brand-owner customers.”

“We are very pleased to see PTI become a part of the Sipa group. In addition to the technical synergies, we also see geographic advantages.

SIPA and PTI enter into strategic partnership

-Chinese researchers develop ‘display textiles’

Chinese researchers have integrated the fabrication of display devices with the fabric weaving process, taking wearable technology a step further.

Made of smart electronic fabric, the “display textiles” can function similar to a display through which people can browse information, send and receive messages.

The textiles weave conductive weft and luminescent warp fibers to form micrometer-scale electroluminescent units at the weft–warp contact points.

During scientific polar expeditions or geological explorations, a tap on the soft clothing will display the location information in real time, and mapped navigation can be guided by it. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

People with speech difficulties can communicate and express themselves efficiently and conveniently with clothing made of the textiles.

The display textiles are flexible and breathable and withstands repeated machine-washing, making it suitable for practical applications, said Professor Peng Huisheng from Fudan University, who led the research team.

This fabric is expected to promote rapid integration and development of traditional textile manufacturing and Internet of Things, human-computer interaction, big data and artificial intelligence, said Peng.

Chinese researchers develop 'display textiles'

-Clariant and India Glycols tap into green renewables megatrend by forming joint venture

JV to become a leading supplier of renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives

Production facilities in India to supply local and global markets

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Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, and India Glycols Limited (IGL), a leading company in the manufacturing of green technology-based chemicals, today announced a strategic partnership to establish a 51-49% joint venture in renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives.

By combining production and distribution capacity, the joint venture is expected to become a leading supplier of renewable materials to the rapidly growing consumer care market in India and neighboring countries, while providing Clariant the ability to leverage the EO derivatives globally across the home care, personal care and industrial applications segments of its Industrial and Consumer Specialties business.

Clariant and India Glycols tap into green renewables megatrend by forming joint venture

-Shortage fuelled switch from virgin to recycled polyolefins could prove permanent for some grades

Severe shortages of virgin polyolefins are driving substitution to recycled polyolefin alternatives. With ongoing regulatory and consumer pressure against single use plastics, for some grades there may not be a swich back.

Europe recycled polyolefin pellet values are once again at their most competitive levels against virgin on record across all grades, as virgin price rises continue to outpace those in the recycled polyolefins chain. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

This is despite recycled polypropylene (R-PP) currently being at record high levels, and prices for recycled polyolefin pellets having risen by up to 55% since the start of 2021. ICIS records date back to November 2019 for R-PP, and to May 2019 for recycled polyethylene (R-PE).

Shortage fuelled switch from virgin to recycled polyolefins could prove permanent for some grades

-Treasury predicts 40% jump in recycled plastic use

The use of recycled plastic in packaging will jump by an estimated 40% once the plastics packaging tax has been introduced in April 2022, the Treasury has predicted.

The considerable boom in the recycled content of plastic packaging was forecast by the Treasury in a policy paper published last week in relation to Budget 2021.

It said legislation will be introduced in the Finance Bill 2021 to establish the tax, which will be set at £200 a tonne for packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Predicting what would be a substantial increase in the use of recycled plastic in packaging, the Treasury document stated: “The rationale of this tax aims to increase the use of recycled content in plastic packaging and it is estimated that as a result of the tax the use of recycled plastic in packaging could increase by around an estimated 40%. This is equal to carbon savings of nearly 200,000 tonnes in 2022 to 2023, based on current carbon factors.” Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

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-China February petrochemical market extends surge in February on continuous tight supply, US outages

China’s petrochemical markets surged again in February on continuous tight supply and recovering post-holiday demand, further fuelled by US outages as a result of a cold wave. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

The ICIS China Price Index rose 22% to 1331.59 on 26 February compared with the end of January. Out of 17 components comprising the index, n-butanol, acrylate esters and 2-EH topped the list with over 50% growth month on month.

The restocking-driven price increase continued after a short break for the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, as the government called for travel curbs to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With tight supply amid concerns about fierce global shortages, the market went up quickly after the holiday.

China future’s markets reacted actively toward the changes upon post-holiday reopening, with increased expectations of global inflation also boosting spot markets.

According to market sources, China’s shortage of chemical supplies will continue for a while, with reduced imports amid worldwide scarce availability.

China February petrochemical market extends surge in February on continuous tight supply, US outages

-Toyo Ink and Itochu partnership targets multilayer packaging

The companies say they will open a recycling pilot plant in Japan this year.

Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co. Ltd., the Tokyo-based parent company of the specialty chemicals manufacturing conglomerate Toyo Ink Group, and Itochu Corp., a global trading house headquartered in Toyko, say they have entered into a cooperative agreement that targets the recovery and reuse of multilayer film packaging materials. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

The companies seek to achieve a plastic recycling rate of more than 40 percent in Japan and abroad, an increase from Japan’s current rate of 27 percent.

In 2019, Toyo Ink, in cooperation with a leading environmental solutions provider, developed a plastic recovery technology for multilayered flexible packaging, where a deinking coating agent and a delaminating adhesive are applied to the plastic film surrounding the ink layers. After use, the packaging material is subjected to an alkaline treatment in which the coating agent, adhesive and interlaying ink layers are cleanly released from the film substrate, according to the company. This results in the recovery of high-quality plastic material that can then be reused to create new products. A pilot plant based on this plastic recovery process is being built in Japan and is set to become operational later this year.

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-GOCarbonFibre 2021

“We are excited by the opportunities our new online event platform provides to deliver you the same high-quality content, expert speakers and unique networking opportunities you have come to expect; all of which will now be available to access remotely from your home or office,” says organiser Smithers.

“GOCarbonFibre is a unique, high quality conference with high calibre speakers,” adds Dow Chemical. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

As the only conference focused 100% on carbon fibre, GOCarbonFibre provide a unique global forum for carbon fibre manufacturers, composite industry executives, technologists and new entrants to receive a comprehensive update on the outlook for growth, supply and demand and recycling of carbon fibres.

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-Polymer nanocomposites – additives, properties, applications, environmental aspects

Various additives are added to plastics to either improve processability, change product properties or protect them against thermal, UV or light influences. In the case of a polymer nanocomposite, the additives have at least one dimension of less than 100 nm and can be found in the form of platelets, fibres or particles.

They primarily serve to improve tensile strength, thermoformability, flame retardancy, optical and electrical properties, and the barrier properties of the plastic into which they are incorporated. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

Nanoadditives include layered silicates such as montmorillonite, carbon-based additives (e.g. carbon black, carbon nanotubes, graphene), nanoscale metal oxides (e.g. SiO2, TiO2, Al2O3), metals (e.g. nano-silver, -gold, -copper), or organic additives such as nanocellulose or lignin nanoparticles.

In addition to reductions in resources and weight, nanoadditives also have the potential to replace harmful substances such as environmentally problematic halogenated flame retardants. Across the world, polymer nanocomposites are already being used in packaging materials, the automotive industry and transportation, aerospace and energy technology, as well as in sporting goods.

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-On-Demand Transformation of Carbon Dioxide into Polymers enabled by comb shaped metallic oligomer catalys

Chemical conversion of CO2 offers a promising avenue to valorize the waste “greenhouse” gas and deviate the reliance of chemical synthesis on fossil fuel feedstocks, thus creating a more sustainable carbon economy.1,2 However, the common high pressure reaction condition results in low CO2 conversion, leading to either the discharge of trouble[1]some CO2 to the atmosphere, or the cumbersome energy input CO2 recycle. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CO2Polymers

To date, only few reactions can theoretically consume CO2 in quantitative yield, such as catalytically irrelevant mineral carbonation3 and amines to absorb CO2 and generate carbamate.4 But quantitative CO2 transformation is scarcely reported in sophisticated CO2 catalysis such as various CO2 reduction reactions to afford fuels and bulk chemicals,5,6 and non-redox coupling reactions for cyclic carbonate and polymer production.7-9 The product yield or the conversion of economically valuable reactants is at the center of these research fields while CO2 conversion is neglected and hardly studied on a mole basis.

In this context, we are wondering whether CO2 could be quantitatively consumed in these advanced CO2 chemical transformations.

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-MEGlobal raises ACP for April 2021 by USD140 per tonne

MEGlobal has announced its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) to be shipped in April 2021, according to the company’s press release.

Thus, on 10 March, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD930/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in April 2021, up by USD140/MT from the previous month.

The April 2021 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its March ACP for MEG at USD790/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD50/tonne from February 2021.

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

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-R&D/Leverage Europe produces PET round bottle for Robinson Packaging

R&D/Leverage Europe were contacted by Robinson Packaging for the supply of a full ISBM solution to produce a 500ml PET round bottle for the “My Fabulosa” range.

Although this product did not appear technically difficult to produce with regards to processing, more times than not, round containers can provide you with technical problems when it comes to producing acceptable products.

They are more susceptible to poor material distribution and lensing compared to oval bottles. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

So from the very start R&D/Leverage’s challenge was to provide a complete product solution that would best nullify these common problems and assisted with this project from product design, tool manufacture and tooling approval onsite.

“The level of professionalism, service and reliability provided by R&D/Leverage played a major part in helping us to bring this project in not only on time, but ahead of schedule, with the tool producing acceptable parts from the very first trial.”

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-Pregis responds to e-commerce boom

Driven by growing demand for e-commerce, Pregis has announced two new facilities in Wisconsin, USA. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

Production has been moved to a new film converting plant in Elkhorn from a nearby location in East Troy, doubling the number of converting lines. The facility converts multilayer coextruded PE film (which has been blown at its Sussex, Wisconsin facility) into pre-opened bags supplied on a roll or in a box.

The bags are used with Sharp Packaging bagging equipment at fulfilment centres to package and ship a variety of soft goods, pharma/nutraceuticals and other non-fragile products.

To support the increased demand for equipment, Pregis is also moving its equipment assembly operations from the current Sussex, Wisconsin facility to a new location in Germantown, Wisconsin in the second quarter. This move enables more efficient assembly layout, double the production space to support current and future growth, and allows additional space for further expansion of its poly converting capacity at the current Sussex facility.

Pregis responds to e-commerce boom

-Joint venture delivers ‘Made in India’ biopolymer compounds

Local production of biodegradable, partially bio-based plastics has started in the Indian state of Maharashtra as a result of a joint venture (JV) between FKuR Kunststoff and India’s SKYi Innovations. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

The two firms established SKYi FKuR Biopolymers in 2019 and have now begun producing the Bio-Flex product range for local demand as well as for distribution to neighbouring regions. This, the companies claim, makes the JV the first dedicated manufacturer of compostable biopolymer compounds in India.

Bio-Flex is a family of flexible bioplastics for a wide range of processing methods. They are fully biodegradable or compostable (according to EN 13432) and are based entirely or partly on natural raw materials. Main applications are flexible films, including agricultural, household and hygiene, as well as thermoformed and injection moulded products.

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-ALPLA UK to focus on regional PET recyclate

ALPLA UK, a subsidiary of the ALPLA Group, a leading plastic packaging company, will henceforth be cooperating with the British waste management company Biffa. With this collaboration, ALPLA will increase the proportion of British recyclate used in the United Kingdom to manufacture packaging for home care products.

From May 2021, ALPLA UK will source food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plastic pellets from the Biffa recycling plant in Seaham, County Durham. The recyclate will be used for the manufacture of home care packaging. As such, the amount of recycled plastic used in day-to-day household products such as washing-up liquid and cleaning product bottles will increase. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

The partnership will promote a local circular economy for plastics in the United Kingdom. The collection and recycling of plastic waste help conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

ALPLA UK to focus on regional PET recyclate

-Conductive Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastics Edge Aluminum in Structural Applications

BASF’s new electrically conductive grades of carbon-fiber-reinforced polyphthalamide can replace heavier aluminum and magnesium without a loss in stiffness or strength.

BASF is expanding its polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio of Ultramid Advanced with carbon-fiber-reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30, and 40%. These electrically conductive grades can replace heavier aluminum and magnesium without a loss in stiffness or strength. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

The new grades combine these properties with the advantages of Ultramid Advanced N (PA9T) — dimensional stability, chemical and hydrolysis resistance, and high strength and modulus — which makes them unique among carbon-fiber-reinforced PPAs already available in the market. The new carbon-fiber (CF) reinforced grades can be used to manufacture automotive structural parts for body, chassis, and powertrain; pumps, fans, gears, and compressors in industrial applications; and stable and ultra-lightweight components in consumer electronics. With this offering, BASF complements its PPA portfolio of more than 50 grades already available on the market.

Conductive Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastics Edge Aluminum in Structural Applications

-AST/Lindner launch technical centre for recycling HDPE

European manufacturer of plastic containers, drums and bottles, AST, has set a long-term target to increase the amount of recyclates used in its products and aims to supply its own raw materials. For this reason, AST is investing in a new centre of competence with a complete plastics recycling line to process post-industrial and post-consumer HDPE (high density polyethylene). As a project partner, it is relying on a system solution from Lindner. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

Since 1977, AST Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH has been producing packaging with approval for dangerous goods in Erndtebrück, Germany. Today, the company is a European market leader when it comes to plastic containers for chemical products or food, and it is working hard to increase the sustainability of its products by using recyclables.

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-SMI: Towards a greener packaging

There will be more than 300 billion extra pieces on the shelves of large supermarket chains by 2024 – This is what emerges from the predictive analysis carried out by Mecs-Centro Studi Ucima on the growth prospects of packaging machinery. The market survey highlights that the most dynamic sectors will be those related to the production of soft drinks, dairy and confectionery and, as regards the packaging, those related to recyclable plastics. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

The research is a confirmation of the fact that the great worldwide debate concerning sustainability of packaging solutions has become a key factor in the growth strategies of food and beverage manufacturers.

Environmental sustainability and innovation go hand in hand

Environmental protection is a primary objective, that can be achieved only through the joint action of companies and consumers. Companies are increasingly introducing technical innovations in order to produce in an environmentally friendly manner, while consumers are adopting lifestyles and behaviors capable of preserving the environment and enabling the collection and recycling of empty packaging.

SMI: Towards a greener packaging

-CASE STUDY: The Tuning Shop purchases its first Zünd digital cutter

Established in Cornwall in 2008, The Tuning Shop is a small family-run business specializing in automotive interior products such as gear/handbrake gaiters, seatbelt pads, armrest covers and gear knobs made from natural leather, Alcantara, suede and other materials. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

The company was founded by Gregor Radzik, a self-proclaimed petrolhead who always wanted to work within the automotive industry. Having started his company with the support of his wife from their home 12 years ago, the business has now evolved into a dedicated production site in Cornwall that employs 10 people.

“Originally we started as a reseller of interior products. Then we decided that to move the business forward and be able to meet customer expectations, we needed to start manufacturing these products ourselves,” explains Radzik. “This led to the decision to invest in our business with a range of industrial sewing machines, embroidery machines and 3D printers. Over the years this allowed us to extend our range of products and offer bespoke, customized, one-off projects too.“

CASE STUDY: The Tuning Shop purchases its first Zünd digital cutter

-Expansions: Baerlocher expands Indian plant for Ca-based stabilisers; Hengyi selects Honeywell tech for Brunei petchem complex

Baerlocher expands Indian plant for Ca-based stabilisers

German additives maker Baerlocher is expanding its production site in Dewas in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The new production facility will have a capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year and will exclusively produce Ca-based PVC stabilisers. Early last year, the 4th Plant of the Baerlocher production site in Dewas went on stream, part of an expansion programme for the production site in India. The US$30 million investment was announced in February 2019 with the goal of doubling the production capacity as well as a new technical service and product development laboratory.

The new production facility at Dewas for polymer additives represents an additional manufacturing plant dedicated entirely to producing calcium-based PVC stabilisers. The new facility will be built on the newly acquired 25-acres of land adjacent to its current facility. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers CarbonFiber

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Chemicals BiobasedPolymers NylonRecycling 11-03-2021

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-Agr introduces novel solution for non-contact thickness measurement of non-PET containers

Agr International has introduced a novel, breakthrough method to measure thickness distribution in HDPE, PP, PE and similar containers.

An entire segment of containers is now able to be measured for thickness distribution with light-based optical technology. Prior to this development, many HDPE, PP, PE and similar containers that were highly coloured and had limited transparency, were not able to be measured using non-contact, light-based measurement techniques.

In the development of its new Gawis 4D dimensional and thickness measurement system, Agr Engineers were challenged to include the ability to measure thickness on a broader range of bottles including those constructed of HDPE and non-PET materials. To address thi, a novel ‘Integrated Method for Thickness Measurement’ was developed and implemented.

Agr introduces novel solution for non-contact thickness measurement of non-PET containers

-DOMO and Tecnoplimeri develop cutting-edge household and electronics parts

DOMO and STS Tecnopolimeri have partnered to develop a leading range of household and electronic parts using DOMAMID FR 6G30V0E BK, a flame-retardant halogen-free PA6 product.

The growing demand for innovative products and metal replacement has led to the transformation of special materials for these sectors and increasingly strict fire codes and flammability requirements. The versality of PA6 and PA66 has been fundamental in many new developments. DOMO’s DOMAMID and TECHNYL ranges have become best-in-class flame-retardant solutions in the household and electronics markets.

Tecnopolimeri Owner Matteo Pigliapoco said: “DOMO Engineered Materials is our reference in the polyamide market and the recently homologated DOMAMID FR 6G30V0E is a melamine-based flame-retardant solution that has been proven to be first choice for several of our household and electronic cases such as a keyboards, covers, displays and command boxes, developed for the IoT generation.”

-DOMO and Tecnoplimeri develop cutting-edge household and electronics parts

-Evonik introduces the new Trogamid myCX eCO grade for optical applications, obtained with a percentage of biomass attributed by mass balance.

Evonik has added to its Trogamid transparent polyamide portfolio the new myCX eCO (“eliminate CO2”) grade obtained with partially biobased monomers (40%, from biomass attributed by mass balance) and produced entirely with renewable energy.

Thanks to these characteristics, it can boast an overall reduction of 50% of CO2 emissions compared to similar materials produced entirely from fossil raw materials.

High performance polyamide, with high micro crystalline purity, Trogamid myCX eCO has been formulated specifically for applications in optics (lenses and frames), where it guarantees – like conventional Trogamid grades – a transparency of more than 90%, good mechanical properties , resistance to stress cracking and breakage, making this material suitable for the production – for example – of goggles and visors for winter sports.

Evonik introduces the new Trogamid myCX eCO grade

-Major Monforts Denim Customers Continue To Pioneer New Initiatives

Recycling their cotton waste has become one way these companies can do more with less, and at the recent Kingpins24 Flash online event, Sedef Uncu Aki, director of Orta, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, announced a new partnership with leading recycling operation Gama Recycle.

Traceable

“Through this local partnership we will supply the waste from our spinning mills and return around 3,000 tons of premium quality cotton back to them,” Aki said. “We have established a truly controlled and traceable system and partnering with a domestic recycling center is important because a lot the carbon emissions associated with recycling usually come from transportation.”

Major Monforts Denim Customers Continue To Pioneer New Initiatives

-Innovative Antibacterial Filter Developed by South Korean Researchers

The National Research Foundation of Korea announced on March 8 that Korea Institute of Industrial Technology senior researcher Choi Dong-yoon and Sejong University mechanical engineering professor Jung Jae-hee have proposed a filter for visible light-based airborne microbe sterilization.

At present, antibacterial filters using inorganic antibacterial substances such as silver, copper oxide and zinc oxide and those using natural organic substances such as chitosan are available for microbial sterilization. However, these require a direct microbial contact with a treated fiber surface and their performance tends to decline with time due to particular matter deposition.

In this regard, the research team aimed to devise a filter capable of affecting nearby microorganisms on the surface of the filter. To this end, it produced titanium dioxide-organic dye composite nanoparticles generating active oxygen in response to visible light and improved the surface in terms of moisture resistance and photochemical sterilization.

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-Sustainable plastics manufacturing company expands in Houston and beyond

An under-the-radar company in Houston has ramped up its manufacturing capacity as it seeks to seize upon rising interest in sustainable plastics.

Houston-based Inhance Technologies, a sustainable manufacturer that transforms conventional plastics into high-performance materials, has a new site in St. Louis that comprises 75,000 square feet — more than double the size of the company’s old facility there. As a result of the expansion, Inhance Technologies’ headcount in St. Louis will rise to about 40. The size of the company’s entire workforce wasn’t available.

“The expansion in St. Louis is a great moment for the company and a sign of the organization’s ambition in sustainable solutions for plastics,” Patricia van Ee, chief commercial officer at Inhance Technologies, says in a release. “We know consumers are favoring more recyclable plastics, especially in packaging … .”

In January, the company promoted van Ee to her current role. She joined Inhance Technologies in 2019 as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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-‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned in Australia. That’s a big win for the environment

To start dealing with Australia’s mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan.

The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplastic filters in washing machines. But we’re particularly pleased to see a main form of biodegradable plastic will also be phased out.

Biodegradable plastic promises a plastic that breaks down into natural components when it’s no longer wanted for its original purpose. The idea of a plastic that literally disappears once in the ocean, littered on land or in landfill is tantalising — but also (at this stage) a pipe dream.

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-Enegix unveils $5.4bn green hydrogen project in Brazil

Australia’s Enegix Energy reached an agreement with the Ceara state government to invest $5.4bn in a green hydrogen project that it says would be the largest of its kind in the world.

Enegix plans to use its proprietary technology to liquefy the green hydrogen, so it can be transported at ambient pressure and temperatures. The liquefied hydrogen can use the same infrastructure currently used to transport and store diesel, according to Marco Stacke, Enegix operations director.

The company has already contracted 3.4GW of wind and solar power from Brazilian renewable generator Enerwind to produce up to 600,000 t/yr of green hydrogen.

The company will develop the project, dubbed Base One, in the port of Pecem, which has the infrastructure to export the product as well as water needed for the process of electrolysis.

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-Eastman’s Tritan Renew Finds Purchase in EMEA

Italy’s Snips will use the material composed of 50% recycled content to produce water bottles and food-storage containers, representing the first adoption of Tritan Renew in the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) market.

Italy-based Snips has partnered with Eastman to launch a line of water bottles and food-storage containers made with Tritan Renew copolyester. Renew is a durable, BPA-free material that contains 50% ISCC-certified recycled content produced via Eastman’s molecular recycling technology.

“Sustainability is at the core of our business,” said Snips owner Raffaele Piacenza. “Reusable housewares are a practical way to eliminate single-use plastic waste. We need to start thinking about new solutions to enjoy the advantages that plastic offers while reducing waste.”

Tritan Renew is made through Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling — also known as molecular recycling — which breaks down plastic waste into fundamental building blocks to be used again in manufacturing processes. By replacing traditional fossil-fuel feedstock with recycled content, Eastman said that it is helping to divert plastic waste from landfills, incinerators, and oceans. The process also produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing with fossil feedstock.

Eastman’s Tritan Renew Finds Purchase in EMEA

-Atlas Copco expands into industrial process cooling applications

Atlas Copco has extended its industrial portfolio to include process cooling equipment. The newly launched TCX 4-90A is Atlas Copco’s first process cooling chiller range, with plans to introduce more new products to the market in 2021 and extend the range to include higher cooling capacities.

“The addition of process cooling is the perfect complement to our compressed air and industrial gases portfolio,” said Alexander Pavlov, General Manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK. He continued: “It means we can now deliver a broader product offering to our industrial customers, with the convenience of Atlas Copco service and connectivity.”

The TCX 4-90A Process Cooling Chiller range features a compact, all-in-one water chiller with an air-cooled condenser and integrated hydro module (onboard tank and pump solutions), with units available in a variety of sizes. TCX chillers are specially designed for cooling water (or a mixture of water and glycol) for a wide range of industrial segments including machine cooling, plastics, printing, food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical.

Over the last year, Atlas Copco leveraged its more than 140 years of design experience to deliver an innovative chiller product with a wealth of service features and built-in connectivity. The innovative and familiar Elektronikon® Mk5 Touch controller comes standard on the 11 to 90 kW TCX models, putting control at the user’s fingertips.

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-Recycler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PET recycler CarbonLite and its subsidiary PinnPack Packaging have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Production at all three of US-based CarbonLite’s facilities – in California, Texas and Pennsylvania – and its Californian thermoforming business PinnPack Packaging, will continue as usual without interruption, as will payment of all employees. Layoffs are not under consideration. There will be no stoppage of supply to CarbonLite’s customers during the reorganisation period.

Pressures directly related to the coronavirus pandemic contributed to CarbonLite’s decision to reorganise. This included temporary production slow-downs caused by employee illness, the low price of virgin plastics relative to recycled PET, and a nine-month delay in the opening of the company’s new Pennsylvania facility caused by travel restrictions that held up equipment commissioning by European manufacturers.

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-Recycling: Old plastic, new perspectives

From information and design all the way to protection and portability: plastic packaging fulfills a variety of functions that have become integral to the modern lifestyle.  Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

Plastic waste, however, constitutes a challenge for the environment and the global climate. Henkel has therefore committed to using plastic responsibly within a circular economy.

In countries like Germany and Norway, the life cycle of a polyethylene (PET) bottle begins and ends at the supermarket, where consumers return it after use. Unlike in many other countries, the bottle is not incinerated or spilled out into the ocean: it is collected by a reverse vending machine. Reusable bottles are simply cleaned and refilled.

Recycling: Old plastic, new perspectives

-Archroma becomes ‘The BHive®’ partner to help foster chemical compliance and management across the textile supply chain

Reinach, Switzerland, 9 March 2021 – Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that it has become a The BHive® partner to help foster chemical compliance and management across the textile supply chain. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

The BHive® is an innovative digital chemical management platform that provides at-a-glance information about chemical products to its users. It was developed by GoBlu International Ltd. to allow manufacturing facilities to easily create digital inventories of the chemical products used onsite using a smartphone. They can identify in a matter of seconds which products meet sustainability requirements of their brand and retail customers, who they can share this information with as well. This enables brands and retailers to achieve full transparency about the chemical use in their global supply chain. Now, over 30 international fashion brands and 500 factories are partnered with The BHive® to drive sustainable chemistry in the textile and fashion industry.

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-Chemical recycling of plastics is scaling quickly, say CEOs

The chemical recycling of plastics, also known as molecular or advanced recycling, is scaling quickly, according to Chemweek with reference to Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell, and Jim Fitterling, chairman and CEO of Dow.

The two spoke last Tuesday at the CERAWeek 2021 by IHS Markit virtual conference.

Chemical recycling does not require the degree of sorting required by mechanical recycling, noted Patel, and it yields virgin resin completely identical to resins produced from traditional petrochemical feedstocks. “With molecular recycling, you can take mixed plastic waste, convert it back to feedstock, and then put it back in the front end of the cracker (to make olefins) and then polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP),” he said. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

Patel said chemical recycling has the additional advantage of much larger scale than mechanical recycling. “I think we’re probably three to five years way from being at the scale that our industry is used to,” he said. “I think it has to be some form of pyrolysis, and then it’s a matter of how do you scale that up and manage any sort of environmental impacts from the pyrolysis process itself.”

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-Why lyocell hard to jump like other fibers?

Prices of most fibers rose sharply in the first two months of 2021 and many products saw the growth of more than 30%, while lyocell fiber just edged up by around 6%, whose increase was even less than that of dissolving pulp. In other words, by the end of Feb, although the price of lyocell fiber had been higher than that at the end of 2020, the profit decreased notably. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

As the raw material of chemical fiber, lyocell fiber is even known as the green fiber of the 21st century due to its excellent performance and clean production process. Why the performance in the first two months of 2021 is not as good as that of most fibers?

Let us look at why most other fibers can rise sharply. Jan-Feb is generally the slack season of textile industry and China’s Lunar New Year holiday is during that period when demand is hard to burst. In addition, the increase during the period is mainly concentrated in fiber, while end-user products rising slowly is obviously not the driving force, so it is hard to say that the rise in fiber price is boosted by demand.

Why lyocell hard to jump like other fibers?

-Mitsui to sell nonwovens business in China

Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui Chemicals is to transfer its 100% ownership of Mitsui Chemicals Nonwovens (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. (MCNT), a Chinese subsidiary for the production and sales of nonwovens, to Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co., Ltd (BTF). Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

This share transfer will see the Mitsui Chemicals Group concentrate its resources on two bases in Japan and Thailand. In doing so, it adds that it will look to further bolster its presence in the sanitary nonwovens markets of Japan and the ASEAN region.

Mitsui to sell nonwovens business in China

-Milliken acquires masterbatches producer in Germany

Milliken (Spartanburg, South Carolina) says it has acquired Zebra-chem (Bad Bentheim, Germany), a producer of peroxide masterbatches and blowing-agent masterbatches, reported Chemweek. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Zebra-chem produces masterbatches for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyolefins, and engineering plastics. Typical products are organic peroxide masterbatches, molybdenum disulfide masterbatches, and blowing-agent masterbatches, according to Milliken.

Peroxide masterbatches, such as those made by Zebra-chem and Milliken, make it possible to incorporate up to 100% recycled content in plastics, Milliken says. “Milliken’s long-term focus on innovation and sustainability encourages us to consider how we contribute to some of today’s leading challenges, like how to effectively incorporate recycled plastics in manufacturing,” says Halsey Cook, Milliken president and CEO.

Mitsui to sell nonwovens business in China

-ITMA Asia + CITME open for online visitor registration

Shanghai – Online visitor registration for ITMA Asia + CITME 2020, which will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai from 12-16 June, is now open. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

Visitors who purchase their badge at www.itmaasia.com and www.citme.com.cn will enjoy special online rates. Early-bird rates available till 6 June are RMB 60 for a five-day badge and RMB 30 for a one-day badge. Standard onsite rates cost RMB 100 for a five-day badge and RMB 50 for a one-day badge. Visitors who register online will be also given access to the exhibition e-catalogue.

The show owners and organisers said they are committed to working closely with the authorities, such as the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council and the Shanghai Convention and Exhibition Industries Association (SCEIA), to implement preventive and social distancing measures to enable the combined exhibition to be held safely.

ITMA Asia + CITME open for online visitor registration

-After the US boom comes the US bust! (or does it?)

The US economy is entering a rude boom. It has tailwinds from monetary and fiscal policy, vaccine policy and catch-up growth plus, in due course, renewed investment into shale oil. So much we already know. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

But, before long, it will also turn on its head, via Goldman:

  1. Senate passage of the nearly $1.9trn American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) marks a big political victory for President Biden and will give another jolt to an economy that is already accelerating.
  2. …hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline. While some of this improvement probably reflects lags, another reason is that the most vulnerable populations in advanced economies such as the US and UK are now largely protected.
  3. All this good news continues to put upward pressure on government bond yields, with negative spillovers to risk asset markets in recent weeks. At the longer end of the curve, we still see significant upside for both nominal and real yields.
  4. Once tapering does start, our baseline remains that it will be another two years before the funds rate starts to rise. First, the suggestion in the December FOMCminutes that the tapering process will resemble 2013-2014 probably means steps of$10-15bn per meeting, which alone would take a year or more. Second, pushing core PCE inflation above 2% on a sustained basis will likely require a very tight labor market, in part because policy factors are likely to weigh on health care service costs(a whopping 20% of the index).

After the US boom comes the US bust! (or does it?)

-Impacts of re-opening of trades between Pakistan and India on Indian cotton yarn

Pakistan may allow local textile mills to import Indian cotton yarn

Recently, Pakistan media released news that peak season of consumption and transfer of orders intensified tight supply of cotton yarn. The surge of raw materials increased production costs of downstream textile mills, and apparel exporters also concerned that they could not delivery overseas orders on time.

Participants along textile industrial line exerted pressure on Pakistan government continuously and required permission to import Indian cotton yarn in order to ease the tightness of cotton yarn supply. APCPLA even put forward requirement for the government to guarantee free duty on imported cotton yarn. Abdul Razak Dawood, former Minister of Commerce of Pakistan and current government commercial adviser, said on social media that the Premier worried about the shortage and rise of cotton yarn price and indicated to take necessary measures including cross-border trades of cotton yarn to keep value-added export. Chemicals BiobasedPolymers Masterbatches

Impacts of re-opening of trades between Pakistan and India on Indian cotton yarn

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-Establishing reliable plastic packaging sustainability claims

Sustainability claims have taken the world by storm, as the consumers look for products with lower environmental impact. Meanwhile companies strive to transition from linear towards a circular economy, prompting the need for reliable certification and labelling of such environmental claims. This is especially true for plastic products, given the efforts to improve their waste management.

In addition to consumer pressure, the European market is faced with regulatory requirements, calling for a structured, consistent, and verifiable approach to eliminate greenwashing.

Transparency, traceability, and trust are the key in building reliable recyclability and recycled content claims. These are also the three principles – known as the 3 T’s of RecyClass – around which the RecyClass certification schemes have been developed.

RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation in Europe. RecyClass launched certifications for recyclability, and more recently a certification which recognizes transparent and actual use of recycled plastics in finished or semi-finished products.

Establishing reliable plastic packaging sustainability claims

-B.I.G. Yarns launches EqoCycle Yarns designed with circular economy benefits & high performance for the carpet industry

75% recycled content yarn with no performance compromise

A circular, endlessly recyclable solution for contract, automotive and residential carpets

Significant resource efficiency in EqoCycle production compared to virgin-based PA6 yarn: 58% reduction in fossil fuel use; 27% less energy consumption; 37% CO₂ emission reduction  Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

Wielsbeke, Belgium – March 8, 2021 – B.I.G. Yarns, a division of Beaulieu International Group, announces its latest development, EqoCycle, a fully recyclable PA6 yarn with 75% recycled content, offering the same high-quality performance of virgin PA6 yarn. The new recycled yarn mainly based on post-industrial waste supports contract, automotive and residential carpet manufacturers with a drop-in circular solution to reduce the ecological footprint of their end products.

EqoCycle is made with recycled granulates derived from pre-consumer recycled and regenerated PA6, certified by Control Union for Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Certification. The use of less virgin materials implicates a decrease of fossil fuels by 58% and a 27% decrease in energy consumption. On top, EqoCycle yarns allow a reduction of 37% of CO₂ eq./kg compared to the fossil based yarns.

B.I.G. Yarns launches EqoCycle Yarns designed with circular economy benefits & high performance for the carpet industry

-New EUMEPS Board mirrors the lifecycle of EPS

association of European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene, has reorganised itself to mirror the whole EPS value chain and to ensure that more of the packaging and insulation material is recycled. Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

This new EUMEPS board includes raw material suppliers and EPS converters as well as recyclers. The reorganisation was carried out to facilitate additional joint projects and ensure increased EPS recycling.

Dr Klaus Ries, the new Chair of the EUMEPS Board and Vice President Business Management Styrenics at EPS raw material supplier BASF, said: “We are proud that the new EUMEPS board reflects the whole value chain of EPS from its manufacturing to its recycling. This makes the EPS industry a front runner in the circular economy as we now encompass the entire value chain.”

New EUMEPS Board mirrors the lifecycle of EPS

-Attacks on Saudi Arabia facilities send Brent crude surging above $70/bbl

Attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on Sunday sent crude surging by more than 2% on Monday, with Brent crude now trading at above $71/bbl.

The first attack on 7 March was made by “a drone, coming from the sea” at one of the petroleum tank farms in Ras Tanura Port in eastern Saudi Arabia, a spokesperson from the Saudi Ministry of Energy said in a statement posted on state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

Another attack came in the evening on the facilities of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest crude exporter.

“Shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near Saudi Aramco’s residential area in the city of Dhahran, where thousands of the company’s employees and their families from different nationalities live,” the energy ministry spokesperson said.

It was further stated that “both attacks did not result in any injury or loss of life or property”.

Attacks on Saudi Arabia facilities send Brent crude surging above $70/bbl

-Ontario Teachers’ acquires The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in Logoplaste

Logoplaste, a leading global designer and manufacturer of innovative and sustainable rigid plastic packaging solutions for the world’s premier FMCG brands, announced that Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’) has agreed to acquire The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in the company. Current Logoplaste shareholders Filipe de Botton and Alexandre Relvas will retain their approximately 40% stake in the business as it embarks on its next phase of growth. The financial terms of the transaction, which are subject to customary regulatory approvals, were not disclosed.

Logoplaste’s value-added rigid plastic packaging solutions are used by a wide range of global blue-chip clients.Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

The company offers unique expertise across all phases of packaging development, from ideation, design and engineering to full industrial implementation. Logoplaste’s business model centers on the development of strong and long-standing partnerships with customers through dedicated facilities, fully integrated within the customer’s premises, eliminating secondary packaging waste, just-in-time operations and significantly reducing transport needs. Sustainability and innovation have been integral to Logoplaste since inception and are key to its continued success.

Ontario Teachers’ acquires The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in Logoplaste

-Are Compostable Plastics Really a Sustainable Solution?

Despite claims made by some companies, very few composting facilities will accept so-called compostable plastics, and the small number that do require adherence to a strict set of guidelines. Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

For more than a decade now, compostability has been pursued as a way to make plastics in the environment magically disappear. I’ve sat through many a conference presentation on compostability and heard all the reasons why we need compostable plastics as a viable solution to waste in the environment. As good as that all sounds, there is still no way to make plastic simply vanish.

I’ve received press releases from companies that try to sell me on the idea that their material will break down into “soil.” Yes, really! I’ve asked for references of composting facilities that will take compostable plastics. Sometimes the company responds with a list of a few composting facilities that claim to take compostable plastics. When I check with them, however, they invariably tell me they don’t really take any type of plastic.

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-Here’s why Saudi Arabia is no longer worried about shale oil

In recent years, rising oil prices have been met by rising production from US shale companies. Saudi Arabia is gambling that’s no longer the case. John Stepek explains why, and what that means for investors.

The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil spiked above $70 this morning, hitting its highest level in more than a year. Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

The move came in the wake of an attack on the world’s largest oil facility, Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura terminal. The terminal is capable of exporting around 6.5 million barrels of oil a day – that’s about 7% of global oil demand.

The drone attacks apparently didn’t do any significant damage, but oil prices are likely to remain high. And that’s because the high price of oil right now has very little to do with any threat to Saudi infrastructure.

Opec+ no longer fears competition from US shale oil

By the end of last week, before any attacks on Saudi terminals, the oil price was already heading much higher. Investors had been waiting for the latest meeting between the big Middle Eastern producers and Russia; they’d assumed that the so-called “Opec+” cartel would be unable to resist unleashing a bit more supply into the market at current prices.

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-Will we shift from fossil-based to biobased plastic packaging?

Biobased plastic packaging is capturing market share from traditional petroleum-based plastic packaging. With a number of technologies available or under development, biobased plastic packaging could eventually dominate.

There’s no doubt bioplastics is a growth area. “For example, the biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 68.25% until 2019, per…[Technavio’s] report, Global Biobased Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Market 2015-2019,” says Patrick Krieger, assistant director of regulatory and technical affairs at SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Washington, DC. Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

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-China: Chemical fiber sector sees production expansion

Official statistics revealed that China’s chemical fiber sector saw a production augment but witnessed lower revenues and profits last year.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the country’s chemical fiber production hit 60.25 million tons, increased 3.4 percent year on year. Chemicals Biotechnology NylonRecycling

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-Tetra Pak Arabia Area signs an agreement with the Saudi Top Plastic factory to recycle plastic materials

Providing better protection & preservation of food & beverage products

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Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Tetra Pak Arabia Area, is a world-leading food processing and packaging solutions company, announced that it had signed an agreement last January, with the Saudi Top Plastic Factory (STP), the leading plastic recycling plant in the region, which brings with it 15 years of experience in its scope, carrying a capacity of about 50 thousand tons annually.

This partnership is the first of its kind in the Arab region, and aims at recycling the “PolyAL – Polyethylene Aluminium” materials – left over from cartons that have undergone a recycling process and have been peeled off the paper. Tetra Pak’s Arabia Area vision revolves around operating its packaging and packing processes within the framework of a circular economy using renewable materials from sustainable and recyclable sources. Tetra Pak cartons are primarily made from paper. 75% of the Tetra Pak carton is made from cardboard, 20% of polyethylene (Poly AL), and 5% of aluminum.

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-Biffa doubles HDPE recycling capacity

UK-based plastics recycler Biffa is doubling the HDPE recycling capacity at its Washington, Sunderland plant with a £13 million ($18m) investment. This will add a further 14,000 tonnes of recycling output, growing its total annual capacity to 39,000 tonnes – or 1.6 billion HDPE bottles a year. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

In addition, the investment will create 50 new jobs in the local area, where the company already employs 115 people at Washington and its £27.5m ($38m) recycling plant at Seaham, which opened last year. Biffa currently also operates an HDPE facility at Redcar which employees a further 140 people.

The expansion is the latest in a series of significant strategic investments made by the group as part of its commitment to building a circular economy. In the last five years Biffa has invested more than £54.5m ($75.4m) in plastics recycling infrastructure with plans to quadruple its plastics recycling capacity by 2030.

Biffa doubles HDPE recycling capacity

-Plans unveiled for ‘world’s largest’ factory for chemical recycling

Biofabrik and Enespa AG have announced plans to build the biggest facility for plastic recycling made of modular pyrolysis plants. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

Biofabrik and Enespa AG have unveiled their plan to build the biggest facility for plastic recycling made of modular pyrolysis plants. The first WASTX Plastic unit will begin its operation in the spring and over the next few years the location will gradually be scaled to reach a capacity of several hundred tons per day. And due to stocks and bonds issued by Enespa, everybody can participate, said the company.

“Do something for the future of your kids. Do something for yourself. Invest in plastic recycling,” said Cyrill Hugi, CEO of Swiss-based company Enespa AG. “Everyone knows about the plastic crisis – it’s a general issue of all human beings. The thing is, when it is out of your sight, you forget about it and just don’t care anymore – this is the biggest problem. But it’s still out there. We have to learn how to handle the plastic waste correctly.” He also noted that “surprisingly, even in a country like Switzerland plastic recycling is still startlingly low with incineration rates as high as 80 percent.”

Plans unveiled for ‘world's largest’ factory for chemical recycling

-Enval works with Kraft Heinz and Sonoco to expand use of innovative recycling technology

Enval has launched Touchdown, a joint project with Kraft Heinz and Sonoco aimed at improving packaging sustainability and accelerating the deployment of its novel plastic recycling solution in the United States.

For Enval, the ultimate aim of the project is to see its first recycling plants in the United States. These plants will reportedly be capable of recycling previously unrecyclable plastic packaging using a unique proprietary pyrolysis technology for treating low-density packaging waste. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

Enval says that this process is the only technology in the world capable of recycling plastic aluminium laminates by splitting them into high-value oil and aluminium with a low-carbon footprint.

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-Government of Canada supports innovative, made-in-Canada solutions to plastic waste

Plastic litter is polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans, harming the wildlife that call those places home and generating micro and macroplastics in the water we use. Canadians expect the Government of Canada to address plastic waste in their communities. That’s why the Government has a comprehensive plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030, including a ban on certain harmful single-use plastics.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced the four winners of the latest Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenges. These small and medium-sized Canadian companies will each receive up to $150,000 toward developing their solutions to address plastic waste.

The following companies are receiving funding to develop their proof of concept:

  • Magemi Mining Inc., in Markham, Ontario, is developing a durable recycled paper to serve as a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging like grocery bags.
  • CACITH Inc. (Tengiva), in Montréal, Quebec, is creating a network of recyclers to quantify textile waste and find new markets for otherwise wasted materials. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste
  • Met-Tech Inc., in Burlington, Ontario, is developing a low-cost process to recycle more textile waste such as clothing.
  • Singular Solutions Inc., in North York, Ontario, is developing a biosustainable additive that will cause plastic textile waste to biodegrade in long-term-composting landfill facilities.

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-Match 10 presentation to focus on chemical upcycling of waste plastics

The Mid-Michigan Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host a special presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.

The group is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all meeting attendees and will be holding all meetings virtually until further notice. George W. Huber, director of the Center for Upcycling of Waste Plastics and Richard Antoine Professor of chemical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison will present “Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics.”  Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

New technology is needed to recycle waste plastics and create new plastics that are more biodegradable. This talk will first discuss the recently funded U.S. Department of Energy multi-university center on Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP). The objective of CUWP is to develop the scientific and engineering principles that will enable the circular upcycling of plastic wastes into virgin plastic resins using chemical technology.

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-Australia targets 50% average recycled packaging content by 2025

The Australia National Plastic Plan 2021 has set a recycled content target of 50% by 2025 for all packaging, with separate targets for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), as well as phasing out expandable polystyrene (EPS) in certain applications by 2022.

The Plan is the result of Australia’s first ever National Plastics Summit, held in March 2020, and which brought together government, industry and community sectors to identify and showcase new ideas and solutions to tackle the country’s plastics challenge.  Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

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-Automotive Suppliers Optimistic Despite Supply-Chain Challenges

In spite of the negative impact of component and raw material shortages, executives at American automotive suppliers reveal continued strength in light-vehicle demand. That is according to the Q1 Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Supplier Barometer Index (SBI), released March 3, a gauge to measure the sentiments of North American suppliers. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

Shortages of certain components and raw materials are impairing suppliers’ ability to fulfill customer volumes, resulting in a drop in the supplier outlook to 62, down from Q4 2020’s SBI of 67. However, that is still 12 points above a neutral level of 50. The Q1 OESA Supplier Barometer focused on production, planning and electrification.

Results indicate that while issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic remain the greatest threat to the industry, these threat ratings continued to ease from the end of 2020. Inventories decreased in 2020, with more than half of all suppliers reporting decreased inventories compared to 2019 as COVID limited production in the first half while demand surged in the second half

Automotive Suppliers Optimistic Despite Supply-Chain Challenges

-European polymer market struggles with raw material shortages

Shortages of plastics packaging could hit the food sector if the current raw material shortages and significant price increases continue across Europe, claims European Plastics Converters (EuPC). as been under pressure for several months and converters have been reporting difficulties in getting the necessary raw materials to keep their production running, along with alarmingly low stocks. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

Demand for polymers had recovered in Europe in the second half of 2020 after a strong drop in production due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the corresponding lockdown measures. But while plastics converters began to re-increase their production, the supply of raw material did not grow accordingly.

European polymer market struggles with raw material shortages

-Elix Polymers and Polyscope Polymers cooperating on specialty materials

Polymer specialists Elix Polymers and Polyscope Polymers have developed a high rubber content ABS to work with Polyscope’s Xiran range of products, for use in the production of sunroof modules. Chemicals Biotechnology Plasticwaste

The high rubber-content Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) modifier in powder form is used to improve the toughness of engineering thermoplastics. It is also used by several compounding companies due to its high quality and superior impact strength performance at room and low temperature for polymer blends.

The high rubber content ABS is part of the Elix Polymers high-performance polymer modifiers product portfolio which also includes several SAN compounding grades used as base resin for color concentrates.

Elix Polymers and Polyscope Polymers cooperating on specialty materials

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton -150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,050 $/ton 1,050 $/ton-
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,600 yuan/ton 6,625 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,735 yuan/ton 4,770 yuan/ton +35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
680 $/ton 685 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton -150
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 853 $/ton 815 $/ton- -38
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 882 $/ton 869 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 864 $/ton 851  $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling Polyamide

850 $/ton 870 $/ton +20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 7,975 yuan/ton
+25
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,350 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,900 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,050 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton -150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,830 $/ton 1,950 $/ton +120
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 2,150 $/ton +200
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,650 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,250 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,000 yuan/ton 39,500 yuan/ton +1,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,100 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,350 yuan/ton +350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,300 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 83,000 yuan/ton +9,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 70,000 yuan/ton 75,000 yuan/ton +5,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 60,000 yuan/ton 65,000 yuan/ton +5,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,750 yuan/ton 11,200 yuan/ton +450
Benzene domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,780 yuan/ton +130
Benzene overseas  market 898 $/ton 862 $/ton
-36
Ethylene South East market 1,000 $/ton 1,145 $/ton +145
Ethylene NWE  market 1,164 $/ton 1,212 $/ton +48
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,500 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton +1,000
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,400 $/ton +200
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton +1,500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,700 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton -400
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling Polyamide 8,420 yuan/ton 8,570 yuan/ton +150
Naphtha overseas market  600 $/ton 620 $/ton
+20
Phenol domestic market 8,640 yuan/ton 8,740 yuan/ton +100

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-US firm promises compostables at low-cost

US-based Novomer is to begin the design and engineering of a commercial facility after demonstrating a low-cost polymerisation process for the manufacture of compostable polymers.

Called Rinnovo, the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer will use Novomer’s COEth catalyst technology, which is designed to convert ethylene oxide and carbon monoxide to produce lactones. The facility is slated to have a capacity of 80,000 tonnes when completed in 2022.

The compostable material is being manufactured in sample quantities at Novomer’s Innovation Centre in Rochester, New York.

“As a company focused on scalable materials for the circular economy, Novomer has committed significant resources towards its mission to cost effectively address the plastics waste challenge,” said Novomer’s chief executive Jeff Uhrig. “We are beyond excited that our technology can lower the cost barrier to implement changes needed in the plastics waste management infrastructure.”

US firm promises compostables at low-cost

-Russia’s SIBUR boosts European exports

Integrated petrochemicals company SIBUR has increased its European exports of PE produced at the newly launched ZapSib complex in Tobolsk, Russia.

Since 2020, when ZapSib was launched, 24 PE grades have been successfully homologated, serving more than 1,400 customers in over 60 countries.

This year, SIBUR began exporting a wide range of PE to European processors through its sales office in Vienna, Austria, and the company operates a wide network of warehouses in Europe.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Russia’s SIBUR boosts European exports

-EXXONMOBIL – Initial phase of proprietary recycling process for difficult-to-recycle plastics waste complete / JV with Agilyx subsidiary

ExxonMobil (Baytown, Texas / USA; www.exxonmobil.com) has completed an initial plant trial test of a proprietary advanced recycling process that converts difficult-to-recycle plastics waste into feedstock to produce virgin-quality polymers.

Results from the trial, held at the company’s Baytown, Texas facility, will be used to scale-up advanced recycling capabilities at other global facilities, according to Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

EXXONMOBIl - Initial phase of proprietary recycling process for difficult-to-recycle plastics waste complete / JV with Agilyx subsidiary

-CORBION ANNOUNCES GLOBAL EXPANSION OF LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION

Corbion (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is launching a multi-faceted initiative to substantially increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic-acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced major expansion in Thailand scheduled for 2023. The global initiative, involving capital expenditures at four existing Corbion facilities to maximize efficiencies and leverage synergies, is expected to produce a combined additional output roughly equivalent to a new production site without actually having to build one. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain), come on the heels of other recently announced capacity expansion efforts in Blair (Nebraska), but in advance of the construction of an entirely new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).

CORBION ANNOUNCES GLOBAL EXPANSION OF LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION

-Teijin Team Develops Polycarbonate Solar Roof for Future Mobility

Teijin Ltd. and partner Applied Electric Vehicles (Applied EV) have developed a polycarbonate (PC) solar roof for future mobility applications. The green solution marks another major step toward the companies’ shared vision of zero-emission mobility.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

The new solar roof uses Teijin’s Panlite PC resin glazing for its surface. Teijin used its proprietary know how in PC glazing and technologies to integrally mold the roof’s curved surface into an ideal shape, an extremely challenging process when using glass. Not only is the Panlite glazing roof ideally shaped, it achieves the strength and rigidity required for the application.

Conventional PC offers excellent impact resistance, but it must be specially processed to realize the level of weather resistance needed for long-term outdoor use. Teijin’s Panlite glazing, however, can easily be given a proprietary hard coating to achieve the 10-year weather durability required for automobiles.

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-Europe R-PET prices bullish on tight supply, high demand – Video

Matt Tudball, senior editor for Recycling, discusses the ongoing March price talks in the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, and gives us his take on:

Securing of supply becomes a priority  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Limited availability and higher March offers

Bullish outlook for April and beyond

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-Snips chooses Tritan™ Renew for a new sustainable line of housewares

New food storage containers and hydration bottles will contain 50% certified recycled content.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

In line with its eco-friendly principles, Italian-based Snips has partnered with Eastman to launch a line of water bottles and food storage containers made with Eastman Tritan™ Renew copolyester, a durable, BPA-free material that contains 50% ISCC-certified recycled content* made possible through innovative molecular recycling.

Snips sustainable water bottles and food storage containers are available today and support the company’s eco-friendly initiatives.

“Sustainability is at the core of our business,” says Snips owner Raffaele Piacenza. “Reusable housewares are a practical way to eliminate single-use plastic waste.

We need to start thinking about new solutions to enjoy the advantages that plastic offers while reducing waste.

Eastman shares our commitment to sustainability and recycling. Now and in the future, Snips will be a steadfast participant in the circular economy.”

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-SIKA ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH IN CONCRETE RECYCLING BY DEVELOPING A GROUND-BREAKING NEW PROCESS

Sika has developed a new, ground-breaking recycling process for old concrete. The old concrete is broken down into the individual parts gravel, sand and limestone in a simple and efficient process, which also binds about 60 kg of CO2 per ton of crushed concrete demolition waste. This innovation – with the brand name «reCO2ver» – will make a significant contribution to reduce the ecological footprint of the construction industry.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

According to the European Commission, 25–30% of all waste generated in the EU consists of construction demolition waste materials, many of which could be recycled. Recycling these materials is particularly crucial in dense urban areas, as this is where most old concrete accumulates.

Sika has succeeded in developing a highly efficient process that will allow to separate and reuse the components of old concrete as well as increase the recycled aggregates’ quality.

SIKA ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH IN CONCRETE RECYCLING BY DEVELOPING A GROUND-BREAKING NEW PROCESS

-Novomer Develops ‘Industry’s Lowest-Cost’ Process to Produce Compostable Plastics

Compostable polymers raise a set of issues, which have been noted in various articles in PlasticsToday, but research into the technology steams ahead nonetheless. Today, Novomer announced that it has successfully demonstrated what it calls “industry’s lowest-cost polymerization process to make compostable polymers that satisfy brand owner requirements for circular economy solutions.” The compostable polymer, tradenamed Rinnovo, will use Novomer’s catalyst technology to manufacture world-scale production quantities, said the company, which is focused on the development of sustainable materials from renewable feedstocks.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Now proven at demonstration scale, Rinnovo is being manufactured in sample quantities at Novomer’s Innovation Center in Rochester, NY. The company plans to begin the design and engineering of an 80,000-tonne commercial facility. Construction is slated to commence in 2022.

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-Pivot for Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas

Beyond 2022 Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt and the North American editions will undergo cycle changes.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will change their event cycle and shift permanently to odd years after the 2022 editions.

Last year, the two co-located shows postponed their 2020 editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The largest co-located event for technical textiles, nonwovens, machinery, sewn products, technology and equipment in the Americas will next be held May 17-19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Beyond 2022, however, due to a shift of parent shows Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt to an even-year cycle, the North American editions will also undergo a cycle change, with the subsequent events scheduled for May 10-13, 2023 in Atlanta, and remaining in the odd year thereafter

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-Nylon 6 filament yarn: searching a direction in anxiety

Since the first working day after the Chinese New Year holiday (CNY holiday), caprolactam spot had jumped up by around 2,400yuan/mt and nylon 6 high-speed spinning chip spot rose by 2,000yuan/mt in the first 10 trading days after holiday, boosted by the sharp rise in crude oil and bulk commodities, the opening of the year’s rising market started ahead of schedule.

The excessive increase in nylon raw materials has quickly flooded the industrial, and nylon textile filament plants hurried to raise up their offers. By the end of Feb, offers for nylon 6 filament had risen by around 2,000yuan/mt, and offers had jumped by 2,500-3,000yuan/mt. As the March outlook is still bullish, NFY plants have stick their offering rates closely to Sinopec or Shenyuan’s contract nomination for CPL.

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-bp and SABIC embark on new cooperation for products from advanced plastics recycling

bp and SABIC have signed a new cooperation to drive a circular economy at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany production site

The new collaboration will help to increase production of certified circular products that use used mixed plastics as feedstock, thus reducing the amount of fossil resources needed in the petrochemical process.

bp and SABIC have just signed a new agreement to work together to drive circular economy in the petrochemical activities at the Gelsenkirchen (Germany) chemical complex. Building on a long established relationship between the two companies at the production site, the new collaboration will help to increase production of certified circular products that take used mixed plastics to make feedstock, thereby reducing the amount of fossil resources needed in the petrochemical plants at the site.

bp and SABIC embark on new cooperation for products from advanced plastics recycling

-Trinseo raises March PC prices in Europe

rinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe have announced a price increase for all polycarbonate (PC) grades in Europe, as per the company’s press release.

Effective March 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot PC prices for the products listed below increased as follows:

– CALIBRE PC resins – by EUR600 per metric ton.

As MRC informed earlier, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PC grades in Europe on 1 February 2021 by EUR200 per metric ton.

Trinseo raises March PC prices in Europe

-Placon obtains SCS Global certification for 75% rPET content

As a sustainable packaging leader, Placon has been using post-consumer recycled PET in their PET packaging for more than thirty (30) years. To ensure sustainable packaging quality and transparency, Placon was recently certified by SCS Global Services for their RPET-F75 PET material, Fresh n’ Clear® Bowls & Trays, GoCubes®, CrystalSeal® reFresh® product lines as recycled content certified. Each of these materials or products have been certified by SCS Global Services as using 75% post-consumer recycled PET content.

SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation retail, and more.

Placon obtains SCS Global certification for 75% rPET content

-Oben Group expands to Europe with Poligal purchase

Spain’s Grup Peralada has sold its Poligal Group subsidiaries to the Peruvian Oben Group, citing the global consolidation of the packaging film sector as the driver behind the sale.

The operation includes the biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and cast polypropylene (CPP) production plants in Portugal and Poland, as well as the sales offices in Germany. With the acquisition of the Poligal Group, the Oben Group expands to Europe, consolidating its global position in the plastics film industry.

Javier Carrasco, chief executive of Grup Peralada, added that the high investment needs of the packaging film sector led the company to reflect on its strategy, and conclude that the sale of Poligal was the best way to preserve its value.

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-XENIA® MATERIALS AND JIEJIAYOU (SHENZHEN) MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD TOGETHER FOR THE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA OF THE PRODUCTS OF THE ITALIAN COMPANY

Xenia® Materials, Italian company specialized in the development and engineering of high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced fibres and additives, announces a new partnership agreement with Jiejiayou (Shenzhen) Material Technology Co., Ltd.

Thanks to this dedicated partnership, Jiejiayou (Shenzhen) Material Technology Co., Ltd will distribute Xenia® Materials thermoplastic composites families, XECARB®, XEBRID™ and XEGLASS™, within the whole Chinese territory.

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-How long will polyester yarn soar underpinned by the costs?

Polyester yarn moved up firmly boosted by the quick rise of raw materials after Spring Festival. It increased nearly 2,000yuan/mt in just a week, hitting new high since Aug 2019. What’s the logic behind the increase and how long will the increase sustain?

In fact, not only polyester yarn and its upstream market, but also most chemical products moved all the way up, mainly driven by the rise of crude oil and the improvement of the pandemic. For current polyester yarn, the increase stemmed from higher cost brought by crude oil.

Since this year, Brent and WTI crude oil futures soared by 27.2% and 30.4% respectively, pushing up downstream products. Especially after Spring Festival holiday (Feb 11-17), PTA and MEG futures hit limit up several times.

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-A Review: Research Progress in Modification of Poly (Lactic Acid) by Lignin and Cellulose

With the depletion of petroleum energy, the possibility of prices of petroleum-based materials increasing, and increased environmental awareness, biodegradable materials as a kind of green alternative have attracted more and more research attention.

In this context, poly (lactic acid) has shown a unique combination of properties such as nontoxicity, biodegradability, biocompatibility, and good workability.

However, examples of its known drawbacks include poor tensile strength, low elongation at break, poor thermal properties, and low crystallization rate.

Lignocellulosic materials such as lignin and cellulose have excellent biodegradability and mechanical properties.

Compounding such biomass components with poly (lactic acid) is expected to prepare green composite materials with improved properties of poly (lactic acid).

This paper is aimed at summarizing the research progress of modification of poly (lactic acid) with lignin and cellulose made in in recent years,with emphasis on effects of lignin and cellulose on mechanical properties, thermal stability and crystallinity on poly (lactic acid) composite materials.

Development of poly (lactic acid) composite materials in this respect is forecasted.

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-Supply Shortages and Soaring Prices Put Processors on Edge

Prices continued to climb, sometimes twice per day, and by the end of the week, average spot polyethylene prices had tacked on $0.10/lb, while polypropylene shot up another $0.12/lb.

The resin market’s wild ride got even hairier last week. Supply shortages intensified, prices rose, and processors flocked to the spot market, scooping up every reasonable offer. After those were gone, they proceeded to grab the unreasonably priced offers, too. Not surprisingly, market prices continued to climb, sometimes twice per day, and by the close of business on Feb. 26, average spot polyethylene (PE) prices had tacked on $0.10/lb, while polypropylene (PP) shot up another $0.12/lb, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Though some processors fell off, not willing to chase material in this seemingly ever-rising market, a steady stream of demand persisted along with sometimes strong surges. Some buyers became more liberal with requirements, as crises demand creativity — many have expanded their typical technical specifications and packaging requirements to accommodate available material until better market conditions eventually return.

Supply Shortages and Soaring Prices Put Processors on Edge

-Systemic weakness: the thing about plastic

Science, environmental advocates and industry all agree on one thing: plastic needs a circular economy so that less plastic waste ends up in the eco-systems. The actual measures to be taken are in dispute.

At a time not exactly lacking in global challenges, the plastic crisis had temporarily receded into the background. On the one hand, there is the overriding problem of excessive global warming from the unbridled release of CO2; on the other, the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on people’s lives. This has made it easy to forget that there is another environmental problem badgering the planet and its inhabitants. Just back in August 2020, the National Oceanography Centre in the UK pointed out the extent of microplastic pollution in the oceans in the most comprehensive study on this subject to date. According to this study, there are 12 to 21 million tonnes of waste floating in the upper water layers of the oceans, with a single cubic metre of ocean water containing up to 7,000 microplastic particles.

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-$43m boost for US circular economy projects

The REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute has announced $43 million in new technology research, selecting 24 new projects as part of the institute’s latest round of funding aimed at accelerating the US’ transition to a circular economy.

REMADE, which is a public-private partnership established by the US Department of Energy, believes that the results of the projects will move the country closer to its energy conservation and emissions reduction targets.

The 24 research projects are expected to result in numerous positive impacts, including increasing the recycling of materials by as much as 20 million tonnes per year (a nearly 15 per cent increase per year in all recycled materials in the US), saving up to 640 petajoules of embodied energy per year (the equivalent of conserving 100 million barrels of oil per year), and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 30 million tonnes per year.

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-HOLLAND COLOURS -Additive for high-speed PET bottle production with light barrier properties 

The additive is said to have improved opacity

Holland Colours (Apeldoorn / The Netherlands; www.hollandcolours.com) has launched “Holcomer Thermostretch”, an additive whose properties are said to allow PET packaging manufacturers to accelerate bottle production while maintaining a high level of light barrier protection for the product.

The additive delivers significantly higher opacity and improved heat absorbance at a dosing level 40% less than that of traditional alternatives, according to the supplier. It noted that the product also meets new regulations that limit the use of inorganic pigments, thereby improving recyclability. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

Holland Colours said revenues in the first half to 30 September 2020 dropped 7.1% year-on-year to EUR 48.5m. Thanks to cost cuts, operating result was almost stable at EUR 6.1m. Net profit rose to EUR 4.5m from EUR 4.46m.

HOLLAND COLOURS -Additive for high-speed PET bottle production with light barrier properties / H1 earnings improve despite revenue decline

-Trinseo raises March PS and ABS prices in Europe

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

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

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR520 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR520 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR430 per metric ton.

As MRC informed before, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS and ABS on February 1 2021, as stated below:

– STYRON GPPS — by EUR40 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR40 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR200 per metric ton.

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-New circular packaging solutions for the Spanish dairy sector

Spanish multinational Repsol has reached an agreement with rigid plastic packaging manufacturer Jokey Group, and Spanish organic dairy company Cantero de Letur.

New circular packaging solutions for the Spanish dairy sector

The Cantero de Letur Group will pioneer the use of recycled plastic packing in the organic dairy industry in Spain for its cheese products. The packaging will use ISCC Plus certified Repsol Reciclex circular polypropylene. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The technologies used by Repsol to manufacture these circular resins make it possible to take advantage of non-recyclable plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Thus, waste becomes a new raw material for Repsol’s processes, to produce new circular materials with the same quality and functionality as virgin resins. Therefore, they are suitable for the food industry with its high quality and hygiene requirements.

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-Petrobras CEO calls bio jet fuel key for de-carbonizing

The chief executive of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco, said biofuels, especially those for the aviation industry, will be key for “de-carbonizing” transportation in coming years, a goal for energy transition.

Brazil, a major corn and sugarcane producer and a country with a more diversified energy matrix than its neighbors, is also a large consumer of domestic ethanol, with pure gasoline supplies a rarity. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

“For the future, we are evolving to bio jet fuel, which will be very important for de-carbonizing transportation, so we are focusing on ships and aircraft,” he said at the CERAWeek energy conference on Tuesday.

Aviation biofuels are biomass-derived fuels from plants or waste used to power aircrafts. They produce lower CO2 emissions than conventional jet fuel.

Petrobras CEO calls bio jet fuel key for de-carbonizing

-Fresh milk in Amcor’s clear PCR/PET bottles is a first in Argentina

Amcor has broken new ground in the Argentine dairy market developing the first fresh milk bottle made of transparent post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The custom-designed 1-L container for leading dairy maker Mastellone Hnos, Buenos Aires, supports the positioning of the La Serenísima Original milk brand as a natural product while also delivering optimum shelf life and increased sustainability benefits.

Latin American dairy companies are increasingly using clear PET bottles to showcase freshness and premium quality. The cold-fill bottle contains 20 per cent PCR content.

Martin Darmandrail, Amcor’s Specialty Containers Director (Argentina), said: “In a market that has remained stagnant for several years, we’ve broken the rules by developing an entirely new format offering for fresh milk. We’ve shaken things up with a unique fresh milk package with the durability, freshness, performance, and sustainability benefits of PET.”

Fresh milk in Amcor's clear PCR/PET bottles is a first in Argentina

-A block system for the future – Tempo Beverages invests in new PET line from KHS

A trust lasting more than 35 years: KHS recently commissioned a new non-returnable PET line for Israeli beverage producer Tempo Beverages under very special circumstances – and in doing so combined its latest-generation stretch blow molding technology with a filler for the very first time. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

In Israel Tempo is literally on everyone’s lips: as the biggest producer of alcoholic beverages and the third-largest supplier of soft drinks the brand is known to almost the entire population of 9.1 million. There’s hardly a household in the country without a bottle of beer, water, juice or cola from Netanya in the refrigerator.

In 1952 a unique story of growth and success began in the city on the Mediterranean between Tel Aviv and Haifa. At the start of the 1990s Tempo Beverages became PepsiCo’s sole bottler in Israel and Heineken’s exclusive sales partner.

In 2005 40% of the company, which is also the biggest brewery in Israel, came under the ownership of the Heineken Group. And nine years ago the beverage producer was made a licensee of the French spirits group Pernod Ricard. Tempo now clocks up sales of about €375 million, 45% of this with non-alcoholic beverages.

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-Higher cost, demand to boost China TiO2 dioxide prices

Market participants expect Chinese titanium dioxide prices to extend their gains in the short term in view of higher concentrate feedstock costs and firm demand from international consumers.

Prices of 46pc grade titanium concentrate feedstock yesterday rose to 2,060-2,150 yuan/t ($319-333/t) ex-works with 13pc value-added tax unpaid, the highest level compared with Yn1,550-1,700/t ex-works on 6 September 2012 when Argus launched this assessment.

Domestic offer prices from over 12 major dioxide producers on 1 March moved up by Yn800-1,000/t, with export offer prices rising by $150-240/t fob after major global dioxide producers Chemours, Tronox and Venator on 24 February raised their offer prices for supplies to the Asia-Pacific region by $200/t, effective from 1 April.

Higher cost, demand to boost China TiO2 dioxide prices

-Swedish PE film supplier changes name to Trioworld / Reorganisation underway

Swedish polyethylene films maker Trioplast said it is now trading under the name Trioworld (Smålandsstenar / Sweden; www.trioworld.com), and the company is reorganising into five business areas – stretch film, industrial film, healthcare film, carrier bags and consumer packaging. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The group, with sales of EUR 550m, said it also wants to increase the recyclability of its plastics. “We have to optimise the use of plastics and reduce our customers’ carbon footprint,” said CEO Andreas Malmberg, “The most important factor on this path is the use of recycled plastics. We want to achieve a share of over 30% recycled plastics by 2025 and are striving for a long-term goal of more than 50%.”

At the end of 2019, the company acquired Dutch film manufacturer Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging (AFP, Apeldoorn; www.afpholland.com) from the previous owner Jindal (New Delhi / India; www.jindalfilms.com) (see Plasteurope.com of 28.11.2019). With production sites in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and France and around 1,200 employees, Trioworld is a leading European PE film manufacturer. In 2018, the group was taken over by Swedish investment company Altor .

Swedish PE film supplier changes name to Trioworld / Reorganisation underway

-Honeywell UOP to provide technologies, licensing for aromatics complex

Honeywell announced that Hengyi Industries will use advanced reforming and aromatics technologies from Honeywell UOP at its integrated petrochemical complex in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The facility will process 200,000 barrels per day. UOP will provide a range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, operator training, and technical services for start-up and continuing operations. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

“The increased demand for paraxylene in Asia has led companies to invest in technologies for the conversion of crude oil to petrochemicals on a larger scale,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of the UOP Process Technologies business. “Hengyi Industries selected UOP process technology to further expand its aromatics plant and meet the growing demand for paraxylene in the region.”

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-Nylon 6 CS chip into intensive profit-taking sales

Following the strong increase in caprolactam market, nylon 6 conventional spinning chip market has risen rapidly since China market reopened on Feb 18, 2021. In the week starting from Feb 22 and ending Feb 26, the quotation of medium-viscosity bright CS chips from mainstream factories has further elevated to 15,100yuan/mt, 6 months payment, delivered. The market seems have stabilized after hitting this height. The temporary stabilized CS chip is mainly due to the following factors.

First, the commodity market, including crude oil and international copper, has seen short-term adjustments, and there are divided point of views on market outlooks.

Nylon 6 conventional spinning chip plants had sold stocks intensively before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. As CS chip plants mostly replenish CPL from term contract, their cost line is decided by Sinopec’s monthly contract settlement.

And Sinopec had raised the Feb contract nomination dramatically to 13,100yuan/mt by Feb 23, a rate much higher than the expectation before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday (Reasons for post-holiday CPL price hike are explained in insight report “Caprolactam finds some solid supports after a bullish start”. ) There comes the problem, chips sold before the CNY holiday was based on a lower cost of CPL, while actual monthly cost of CPL has been elevated significantly afterwards. Thus CS chip plants are suffering great losses.

Nylon 6 CS chip into intensive profit-taking sales

-NOVA Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with PCR

NOVA Chemicals Corporation (NOVA Chemicals) has developed a series of customizable film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin (PCR). The film structures, which incorporate post-consumer low-density and linear low-density polyethylene (rLDPE/LLDPE), can be tailored to meet the demands of film applications including heavy-duty sack, collation shrink, stretch film, agricultural film, trash bags and liners, food packaging and protective packaging for e-commerce, such as bubble wrap and air pillows

Greg DeKunder, vice president, polyethylene marketing, NOVA Chemicals, said the new film structure designs further advance the company’s commitment to supporting industry-wide adoption of PCR. “The introduction of these film structure designs is one of several initiatives we are pursuing to make it easier and more practical for the industry and our customers to incorporate PCR into new packaging and products,” he explained. “The addition of our portfolio of PCR will allow NOVA Chemicals to be a one-stop supplier for our customers’ virgin and recycled polyethylene needs.”

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-Asia petchem markets bullishness set to continue amid tightening supply, high oil prices

Across the board bullishness seen in Asia’s petrochemical markets is likely to continue in the near term on tight supply in key China market ahead of its peak turnaround season, along with robust downstream demand and crude oil prices.

Recent petrochemical production outages in the US as a result of a polar storm earlier this month are also impacting Asia’s trade as players seek to fill in the shortfall in global supply, as seen in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and  bisphenol A (BPA) markets.

“Swing producers” are diverting cargoes from China in search of much better netbacks in Europe, Latin America and the US – the three regions most directly affected by the US outages. Swing producers include those in the Middle East and South Korea, according to John Richardson, ICIS senior consultant.

Chemical plants and refineries in the US are beginning to restart their operations following the recent polar storm in the Gulf Coast, a process that could last for days or even weeks.

The shortages in the US are supporting Asia’s vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) markets with discussions at record highs last week.

China’s refineries and downstream units typically enter the peak maintenance season from April each year.

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-Over 540MW of green hydrogen capacity announced in Spain during February

Over 540MW* of electrolyser capacity is expected to be developed based on different renewable hydrogen project announcements in Spain during February, the latest in a series that will likely accelerate and expand in the coming months.

The announcements of new renewable and electrolysis capacity are likely to lower the cost of renewable hydrogen production in the following years.

The Iberian Peninsula has proven attractive not only for domestic but also for international initiatives like the Hydeal Ambition project.

ENDESA TO DEVELOP 23 PROJECTS

On 1 February, Spanish utility Endesa announced it had submitted a letter of interest to the Ecological Transition ministry to develop 23 renewable hydrogen projects in Spain, involving 340MW of electrolyser capacity fed with an additional 2GW renewable power capacity.

Over 540MW of green hydrogen capacity announced in Spain during February

-The Opportunity of Chemical Recycling

Audi is present in more than 100 markets and produces automobiles at 13 locations. Our supplier network comprises 14,000 direct suppliers from more than 60 countries. Changes that we initiate have a major impact on all those who are part of our network. We can achieve a great deal together.

With its suppliers, Audi is placing an emphasis on the efficient and economical use of the resources we need for manufacturing our products.

Our ambition is to be a pioneer with regard to handling these recyclable materials. Our goal is to establish closed-loop systems and obtain new recyclable materials from waste. I firmly believe that our industry must put sustainability at the core of its philosophy in order to be successful in the future.

The pilot project for chemical recycling is a prime example of this goal.

It is designed to demonstrate that technology and innovation can lead to greater sustainability in Germany as a business location.

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-Milliken & Company announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make it possible to incorporate up to 100% recycled content into these new plastics.

Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make it possible to incorporate up to 100% recycled content into these new plastics.

Milliken & Company announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

-Lanxess to acquire French biocide manufacturer

Lanxess says it has acquired Intace SAS (Paris, France), a biocide manufacturer that makes specialty fungicides for the packaging industry, according to Chemweek.

The companies signed an agreement yesterday and the transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, Lanxess says. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

“With the acquisition of Intace, we are strengthening our biocide technology platform for packaging and labels in the consumer goods industry. We are also following a trend: plastics are more and more being replaced by paper in packaging,” says Nicolas Gallacier, head/marketing industrial reservation & coatings at Lanxess material protection products.

Intace’s products are used in paper, paperboard, soap packaging, labels, and bank notes, with the company generating sales in the mid-single-digit million euro range in 2020, Lanxess says.

As MRC informed before, in January, 2021, Lanxess completed the sale of its membrane business to French resource management firm SUEZ. The deal was previously announced in July, 2020, as Lanxess realigned its water treatment technologies segment, resulting in the sale of its reverse osmosis membrane business.

Lanxess to acquire French biocide manufacturer

-Environment: Shifting from small to medium plastic bottles could reduce PET waste

A 20% shift in beverage sales from small to medium-sized plastic bottles could reduce the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste in the USA by over 9,000 tonnes annually, a study in Scientific Reports suggests.

PET is the dominant material used in plastic bottles containing non-alcoholic beverages. Rafael Becerril-Arreola and Randolph Bucklin weighed 187 differently sized PET bottles sold by the best-selling beverage brands in Minnesota, USA, to identify which bottles sizes were the most efficient at delivering the highest volume of beverage for the lowest packaging weight.

To validate their findings, the researchers combined data on sales of different sized PET bottles and the weight of PET waste in Minnesota from 2009 to 2013.

These data were used to estimate the effect that changes in the sales of certain PET bottle sizes could have on PET waste.

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-Consortium campaigns benefits of EPS

A group of 18 European companies active in expanded polystyrene (EPS) raw materials, packaging manufacturing and recycling, have launched a campaign to highlight the environmental, economic and social benefits of EPS packaging.

The campaign – called Smart Packaging Europe – launches as European policymakers and industry alike are striving for more resource-efficient and circular packaging and to reduce the amount of litter in the environment. Smart Packaging Europe aims to demonstrate that EPS has an important role to play in the future European packaging market. “We fully support efforts to reduce pollution and are doing our part by investing in waste collection, recycling and increasing the use of recycled materials,” said Sven Heppes, spokesman of the campaign. “A variety of recycling options, combined with the fact that EPS packaging generally consists of a single polymer, make EPS one of the most recyclable packaging materials available.”

Consortium campaigns benefits of EPS

-UFlex adds capacity in packaging films

The company has witnessed a surge in demand for multiple lines of businesses while also adding newer clients.

UFlex Ltd, a large, multi-national flexible packaging company based in India, has declared its financial results for the quarter ending December 2020. With packaging becoming a lifeline in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, the company has successfully supported customers and consumers with packaging products in the past quarters.

The company witnessed a surge in demand for multiple lines of businesses while also adding newer clients. The company posted strong growth numbers with Consolidated Net Profit surged by 89% YoY to INR 159.9 crore.

UFlex announced domestic and international expansion for its packaging films business in the results. Speaking of the capacity expansion, Rajesh Bhatia, Group CFO at UFlex Limited, says, “The highlights of this quarter are commissioning of the brownfield BOPET film line in Poland with a capacity of 45,000 TPA. The trial run for our BOPP plant in Hungary and BOPET plant in Nigeria have already commenced, and both the plants are expected to be commissioned soon.

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-New price increases for polyamides and PMMA Due to higher raw material costs, DSM raised Akulon compound prices in March and Röhm is preparing to do so for acrylics.

DSM has announced an increase in the prices of polyamide 6 and 66 based compounds in Europe, the Middle East and Africa starting from 1 March 2021.

The price increase has been set at 150 euros per ton for Akulon PA6 resins and at 200 euros tonnes for the Akulon PA66 grades, a decision motivated by the increase in the price of raw materials.

The Dutch chemical group confirms its commitment to implement cost containment measures, but believes the increases are necessary to support long-term profitability in the supply of engineering plastics.

New price increases for polyamides and PMMA Due to higher raw material costs, DSM raised Akulon compound prices in March and Röhm is preparing to do so for acrylics.

-Técnicas Reunidas: New PTA plant for SASA to be built in Turkey

Técnicas Reunidas officially signed with SASA POLYESTER the contract for the execution of a new petrochemical project for the production of PTA in Adana, Turkey. The new plant will have a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year. The project was announced at the end of 2020. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

Total project investment was estimated by the client at 935 M$. This amount includes the value of the contract of Técnicas Reunidas. The scope of the contract includes engineering, procurement and construction supervision and management. The contract has already been launched and will be executed under a fast track scheme.

The project has a high compromise regarding environmental and social compliance, compiled in the ESIA Report (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) approved in November 2020, that Técnicas Reunidas will observe during the project development.

Técnicas Reunidas: New PTA plant for SASA to be built in Turkey

-Coal-based MEG regains profits on price hike

MEG futures EG2105 contract broke 5,900yuan/mt and spot price stood around 6,400yuan/mt, leaving spot/futures spread at quite high level. With the rapid increase in MEG price, coal-based MEG cash flow also improved.

After the China market returned from Chinese New Year holidays on February 18, coal chemical producers were active to run at high rate. Coal-based MEG cash flow improved despite rising coal prices. For a 200kt/year unit, the cash flow would reach around 1,700-1,750yuan/mt recently. (The cost here includes freight rate and discount, excludes depreciation and financial expenses.)

Inner Mongolia Tongliao GEM Chemical shut its 300kt/year coal-based MEG unit on February 26 for around one week maintenance. Xinhang Energy has restarted its 100kt/year line of its 400kt/year coal-based unit days earlier than original plan. Operating rate of coal-based MEG units was around 64.9% on Feb 25, up 6.1% from the pre-holiday level of 58.8%. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

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-Fabricating the Future with a New Environment Friendly Method of Polymerization

The current use of metal catalysts to develop polymers leads to suboptimal quality polymers that contain metallic impurities and involves a reaction process that is not environment friendly. Recent research by scientists from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, has been in this vein, adding a new twist to a polymerization technique that has been around and successful since the 1980s: living cationic polymerization, where the polymer chain growth does not have the ability to terminate until the monomer is consumed. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated metal free organocatalysis for this reaction at room temperature for vinyl and styrene polymers, two of the most common polymers used in plastics. Their method is not only more efficient than current metal-based methods, but also environment friendly. Their findings are published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Polymer Chemistry.

In their study, they first tested the applicability of non-ionic and multidentate (or several electron-pair accepting) halogen bonding organocatalysts, specifically two iodine-carrying polyfluoro-substituted oligoarenes, to the living cationic polymerization of isobutyl vinyl ether.

Fabricating the Future with a New Environment Friendly Method of Polymerization

-ITMA 2023 stand space application opens March 3

The organisers of textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA have announced that stand space application for ITMA 2023 will open on March 3, 2021. The exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, from June 8-14, 2023. According to show owner Cematex, and organiser ITMA Services, many enquiries have been received from participants since last year. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

“The pandemic has changed the world in many unprecedented ways. We are now moving into a new world where the digital space has become more commonplace. At the same time, it has underscored the importance of face-to-face meetings, which all of us will appreciate more than ever once it becomes possible again,” Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services, said in a press release.

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-PET Bottle Recycling Campaign Spreads, Spurring Trend of ESG Management

The amount of single-use plastic waste is increasing at a remarkable pace as the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to exponential growth in food deliveries and online shopping. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The more plastics are used, the more important it is to dispose of them separately.

In particular, the separate disposal of transparent PET bottles, a recyclable item with high added value, is attracting attention.

The Ministry of Environment announced that the launch of a campaign to promote the separate disposal of transparent PET bottles at all of the nation’s multi-family unit dwellings, including apartments, from December 25, 2020.

Transparent PET bottles can be recycled into various items, including clothes, bags and cosmetics bottles. Transparent PET bottles disposed of separately could lead to the generation of 100,000 tons of high-quality raw material per year.

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-Don’t Believe the U.S. Energy Independence Hype

Simply producing more than you consume might qualify as self-sufficiency, but not true independence. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The U.S. is energy independent, right? Well, that’s what some politicians would have you believe, but it’s not really true in any meaningful sense of the word “independent.”

In its broadest sense, energy independence can be taken to mean that the country produces more energy than the country consumes. That is the basis on which politicians make the claim, but it conceals a whole host of mutual dependencies with foreign states that cannot be ignored. I would argue that the situation is more accurately described as self-sufficiency rather than true independence.

In 2019, the U.S. produced more primary energy (principally oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels and some electricity) than it consumed. It was the first time the country had done so since the 1950s, and it’s on that fact that claims of energy independence hang.

Don’t Believe the U.S. Energy Independence Hype

-Insights into the circularity potential of polystyrene – mechanical recycling

highly attended online event with a total of 877 registrants together with Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers. The event gave insights into the circularity capacity of polystyrene, and the great strides forwards that have been made both in the areas of food contact mechanical recycling and depolymerisation and their favourable environmental footprint. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

Today, we take a look back at some key takeaways of the event, explore recent developments in closed loop food contact mechanical recycling of polystyrene and take a sneak peek on what to expect in 2021.

Jens Kathmann, Secretary-General at SCS, highlights the fact that polystyrene has everything it takes for a truly circular food contact material. Big steps forward have been made when it comes to achieving this via mechanical recycling.

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-PRECISION SORTING THANKS TO THE WESTERIA AIRLIFT

Westeria’s AirLift is notably precise as far as sorting fractions made up of components that differ in specific weight present in waste streams.

Regulations governing plastics products are requiring the use of larger proportions of recycled materials. Germany’s Packaging Act specifies a material recycling rate of 58.5% for plastics packaging, a rate which is set to rise to 63% from 2022.

These regulations disregard economic factors such as the oversupply of plastic scrap and the reduced prices for virgin plastics.

This means the requirements on the quality and purity of the input for recycling are increasing. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

If greater quantities of recycled material are to be obtained from post-consumer waste, greater attention has to be paid to the processing step upstream of recycling, particularly sorting.

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-Mondelez unveils strategy to collect 40 million tons of wastes

Mondelez Philippines joined hands with The Plastic Flamingo (The Plaf), a global social enterprise that seeks to reduce oceanic waste and marine pollutants, in the retrieval of plastic wastes to transform them into useful pieces that will benefit people and communities. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The collaboration involves the collection of an initial 40 million tons of plastic wastes that will be cut-up into pieces and molded to form “eco-logs” or “eco-bricks”.

While the company strives to carve noteworthy innovations in making production processes responsive to the environment, it also took the tall task of co-creating a circular plastics economy, which is also the main agenda of The Plam.

“We have this new initiative with The Plastic Flamingo that started last year, where we had an agreement to collect just 1 metric ton of post-consumer plastic wastes. But we eventually decided to expand this in 2021 to 40 metric tons,” said Mondelez Philippines country manager for corporate and government affairs Joseph Fabul.

“You see, the company is committed to make a substantial investment in collection, segregation, and recycling of wastes. And part of that substantial investment will go to plan for this project,” said Fabul.

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-Investing in Better – Klöckner Pentaplast launches its new sustainability strategy

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp or the company), a leading global manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions with industry-leading use of recycled content, announced the launch of its new sustainability strategy, ‘Investing in Better’. This follows on from the recent announcement of the successful completion of kp’s entire capital structure refinancing, which is the first of its kind to incorporate an ESG-Ratchet Linked Term Loan marketed to U.S. investors. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

With the new ‘Investing in Better’ sustainability strategy, the company has set itself ten clear targets for long-term improvement grouped into three key objectives: Close the Loop, which commits kp to using more recycled material, closing the packaging loop and taking every opportunity to make packaging recyclable. Work Smarter encompasses targets that focus on using less energy, cutting carbon emissions and ending landfill. And Act Responsibly, builds on the cornerstone of kp culture of continuous improvement in the areas of employee engagement, safety, and will enable kp to become a more diverse and inclusive company.

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-New Ultramid® Advanced grades with carbon-fiber reinforcement for low-weight and high-performance parts

Carbon-fiber reinforced polyphthalamides (PPA) with outstanding mechanical properties for the replacement of aluminum and magnesium

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BASF is now expanding its polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio of Ultramid® Advanced with carbon-fiber reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30 and 40 percent. The benefits of these new materials: They make for extremely lightweight parts, can safely replace aluminum and magnesium without loss in stiffness and strength and are electrically conductive. The new grades combine these properties with the advantages of Ultramid® Advanced N (PA9T) which makes them unique among carbon-fiber reinforced PPAs already available in the market: high dimensional stability due to low water uptake, excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance, high strength and modulus. The new carbon-fiber (CF) reinforced grades can be used to manufacture automotive structural parts for body, chassis and powertrain, for pumps, fans, gears and compressors in industrial applications as well as for stable and ultra-lightweight components in consumer electronics. With this offering, BASF complements its PPA portfolio of more than 50 grades already available on the market.

New Ultramid® Advanced grades with carbon-fiber reinforcement for low-weight and high-performance parts

-Itochu, Air Liquide eye hydrogen supply chain in Japan

Japanese trading house Itochu and its energy trading subsidiary Itochu Enex have agreed with French industrial gas supplier Air Liquide to develop a hydrogen supply chain near major Japanese cities and tap potential growth in demand to supply fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The three firms are planning to jointly discuss the possibility of a project located in major Japanese cities to produce cost-competitive hydrogen for consumption in nearby areas and supply local hydrogen fuelling stations. They are also targeting to expand hydrogen supplies to the manufacturing sector and for industrial mobility use, such as trucks and buses.

Japan has pledged to ban sales of new gasoline-only cars and only sell electric vehicles by 2035 under its roadmap to achieve a decarbonised society by 2050. The policy is expected to increase demand for FCEVs, as well as fuel cell transport trucks for commercial use. Japan is projected to require 3mn t/yr of hydrogen in 2030.

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-Optimism returns to European plastics industry

The European plastics industry remains largely optimistic about the months ahead, but a full return to pre-pandemic business levels anytime soon seems unlikely, a survey has found. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

Although initial vaccine rollouts have yet to have led to an easing of lockdowns in most European countries, just around half (47 per cent) of European plastics industry companies across all sectors expected their business performance in the first half of 2021 to outpace results from the previous six months, according to the survey by Plastics Information Europe (PIE).

Another 42 per cent foresaw a stable business situation in the coming months compared with H2 2020, while the remaining 11 per cent were anticipating declines.

Optimism is highest in German-speaking Europe and Scandinavia, where more than 58 per cent and 56 per cent of firms respectively forecasted business improvement. Southeastern European and French respondents were more pessimistic – probably a consequence of being hit harder by Covid-19, PIE suggested. Nearly 26 per cent of companies in Ireland and the UK projected declines.

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-Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay launch TECHSYN to give tyres unrivalled strength and environmental performance

  • TECHSYN combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailor-made silica to create tyres with up to 30% better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to 6%.1
  • As a result, TECHSYN reduces overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions2, enhances tread mileage3 to extend a tyre’s designed life and cuts raw material consumption in the long term.
  • TECHSYN went from concept to reality in just 24 months, thanks to the unique expertise and close collaboration between partners Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay.  Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

Unlocking a new era of sustainable mobility

TECHSYN combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailormade silica, interacting at a molecular level, to deliver outstanding performance with no trade-offs.

Each material found in TECHSYN was developed in parallel by the three companies to create a tyre technology platform that provides unrivalled performance. TECHSYN enables tyres to achieve up to 30 per cent better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to six per cent, compared to other conventional Bridgestone EMIA4 summer products, without compromising any other performance areas. With the goal of ensuring less tyre wear material loss, extra focus was placed on performance improvements in tyre wear throughout the development of TECHSYN.  Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

As a result of these improvements, TECHSYN augments the sustainable performance of the tyres it’s applied to by reducing overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and enhancing tread mileage.2 TECHSYN’s durability extends the designed lifespan of tyres made with it by approximately 30 per cent3, to ultimately result in a tyre that needs to be changed less frequently and reduces the consumption of raw materials in the long-term.

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-LG Chem Developing Pilot Production Line For Tesla’s 4680 Batteries: Report

It’s the third player after Tesla itself and Panasonic to work on 4680-type batteries.

LG Chem’s LG Energy Solution is busy at work building its pilot manufacturing line for the 4680 cylindrical battery cells (announced by Tesla during Battery Day), according to unofficial media reports from South Korea. The shift to a 4680 form factor has been expected since October 2020, when we first heard about it and wondered whether Tesla is licensing its 4680 cell technology to the Korean company?

The Elec (via Teslarati) reports that the company already installed some equipment at its Ochang plant in South Korea and intends to start pilot production as soon as possible, maybe even beating Panasonic. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The Japanese competitor is also working on its pilot production line – at the Osaka plant in Japan – with a target for production as early as 2021.

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-Mideast chemicals supply tight amid US outages, strong China demand

Supply tightness prevails in the Middle East chemicals markets and it remains a challenge to scour the region for cargoes amid winter storm-related outages in the US and strong demand coming from China. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The ramifications are felt keenly in the polymer markets.

For both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), selling sentiment is strong on expectations that demand from the US and Latin American buyers will surge, which would affect the Middle East’s allocations to other regions.

Market sentiment has firmed on expectations of tighter supply conditions emerging in March as strong deep-sea demand on account of US outages coincides with pre-Ramadan restocking taking place within the Middle East.

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins on 12 April.

Sellers in the Middle East are also optimistic on improved uptake from China after the country’s week-long Lunar New Year holiday on 11-17 February.

“I see prices continue to skyrocket and in China, things are more bullish than expected,” said ICIS senior consultant Fabrizio Galie.

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-Recycled polyester staple fibre reports regular price rise

From the beginning of December 2020, the prices of recycled polyester staple fibre (PSF) have been increasing with growing PSF futures and downstream yarn demand, supported by the polyester feedstock market. The PSF price rose 9.22 per cent to 5,450.00 CNY/mt in February 2021 (2nd week) compared to 4,990.00 CNY/mt in the last week of November 2020. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

In October 2020, the recycled PSF prices improved 7.36 per cent to 5,250.00 CNY/mt (end of month) from 4,890.00 CNY/mt (beginning of month). However, in November the prices declined 4.95 per cent to 4,990.00 CNY/mt.

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-TreeToTextile Builds Demonstration Plant For Upscaling New Sustainable Textile Fiber

TreeToTextile, owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest, now invests €35 million in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden. It is a critical next step towards commercializing a new sustainable textile fiber, with scalable technology and low manufacturing cost. The aim is to make sustainable textile fibers available to all. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

All over the world, sustainable textile fibers are in growing demand. TreeToTextile is committed to enabling brands, companies, and others with a progressive agenda, to have access to sustainable textile fibers. TreeToTextile offers a new technology to produce biobased textile fibers with a low environmental footprint at an attractive cost level. The new fiber is a regenerated cellulosic fiber, produced from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials from the forest.

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-The Mars parachute rover is woven on the Picanol machine – KW.be

Ypres played a role that should not be underestimated in the safe landing of NASA’s persevering rover on Mars. A heat-resistant canopy, designed to slow the supersonic rover, is woven into a Picanol.

The parachute was tested extensively in a wind tunnel. © T. Wayne. NASA

NASA shared the first images of the successful landing of the persistent rover on Mars Monday evening. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The photos spread around the world and were studied in detail at the Ypres headquarters of the Picanol Group, where the parachute was woven before landing.

“We sell thousands of textile machinery annually to clients in more than 100 countries, but this is the first: Picanol’s first space project,” says company spokesman Frederick Dreiwell.

Heathcoat Fabrics Limited, a UK-based Picanol Group customer, was selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to design and manufacture the canopy.

To weave the parachute, Heathcoat turned into Picanol. “We have the most advanced machines in the world for such technical tasks,” says Dryhoel. “We have a long client relationship with Heathcoat, as Picanol is also looking for the best textile job solution.” Braking: The canopy is woven by OptiMax-i. The “New Standard in Sword Weaving” can be read in a brochure from Picanol. “The fabric of the canopy is woven with such a machine, but also the fabric of the airbags, sails, and bulletproof vests.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +600
Bottle grade PET chips export market 960 $/ton 1,050 $/ton- +9
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,975 yuan/ton 6,600 yuan/ton +625
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton +650
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,260 yuan/ton 4,735 yuan/ton +475
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
585 $/ton 680 $/ton +95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton +600
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 770 $/ton 853 $/ton- +83
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 802 $/ton 882 $/ton +80
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 878 $/ton 864  $/ton +86
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester

770 $/ton 850 $/ton +80
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,075 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton
+845
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,600 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +800
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8.600 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +750
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +1,000
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester
7,150 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton +900
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton +400
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
+1,350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,670 $/ton 1,830 $/ton +160
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,950 $/ton +170
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton +550
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 13,800 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton +1,450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 33,500 yuan/ton 38,000 yuan/ton +4,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,000 yuan/ton 17,100 yuan/ton +1,100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,650 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton +1,350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +1,300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 62,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +12,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,000 yuan/ton 70,000 yuan/ton +10,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,000 yuan/ton 60,000 yuan/ton +9,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,150 yuan/ton 10,750 yuan/ton +1,650
Benzene domestic market 6,400 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +250
Benzene overseas  market 801 $/ton 898 $/ton
+97
Ethylene South East market 865 $/ton 1,000 $/ton +135
Ethylene NWE  market 1,173 $/ton 1,164 $/ton -9
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 15,500 yuan/ton +2,500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,900 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +300
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,000 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,700 yuan/ton +700
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester 8,470 yuan/ton 8,420 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  578 $/ton 600 $/ton
+22
Phenol domestic market 7,720 yuan/ton 8,640 yuan/ton -80

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-ExxonMobil tests advanced recycling of plastic waste at Baytown

ExxonMobil has completed the initial phase of a plant trial of an advanced recycling process for converting plastic waste into raw materials for production of polymers, said Chemweek.

ExxonMobil intends to use results from the trial, at existing facilities in Baytown, Texas, to scale-up advanced recycling capabilities at other global facilities, targeting a circular solution for converting difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into feedstock for virgin-quality plastic.

ExxonMobil also announced today that it has formed a joint venture with Agilyx’s Cyclyx International business to develop solutions for aggregating and pre-processing large volumes of plastic waste that can be converted into feedstocks. ExxonMobil holds a 25% equity interest in Cyclyx with Agilyx owning the remaining 75%. Advanced recycling involves breaking down plastic waste to its molecular building blocks which are then used as raw material in the process of making virgin-quality plastic.

“This advanced recycling initiative brings together the strength of ExxonMobil’s integrated petrochemical facilities and our deep technology expertise in chemical processing to capture value from plastic waste and meet our customers’ growing demand for high-performance, certified circular polymers,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical.

ExxonMobil tests advanced recycling of plastic waste at Baytown

-New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

BOPET Films Europe and Searious Business have launched Vita Nova – a new consortium of industry players promoting the use of mono-PET flexible packaging in the circular economy. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

The consortium hopes to deliver valuable results which will enable the European flexible packaging market to respond to growing pressures from both the public and governments to improve the recyclability of flexible packaging.

BOPET Films Europe vice chair Michael Kreuter comments: “We cannot achieve these goals in isolation, and through this Vita Nova initiative we hope to pull together knowledge from across the value chain to improve the circularity of flexible packaging.”

New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

-Braskem invests US$61 million to increase biopolymer production

Braskem is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol which is used in the production of renewable resins. These materials can therefore claim to capture CO2, a greenhouse gas. This raw material is produced at the company’s plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, whose capacity will be increased from the current 200 kton/year to 260 kton/year. The expansion project, budgeted at US$61 million, will be rolled out in 2021 and should be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2022. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

“The increase in biopolymer capacity and production reflects healthy growth in demand from society and our partners for sustainable products, which has increased significantly in recent years. It’s also a strong signal of Braskem’s commitment towards sustainable development which reflects the values of our supply chain partners and our customers. Our business expansion aims to consolidate Braskem’s leadership of the biopolymers market,” said Marco Jansen, global biopolymers leader at Braskem.

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-ELIX POLYMERS – Circular economy operations consolidated under new brand

Spanish ABS manufacturer Elix Polymers (Tarragona; www.elix-polymers.com) said it will centralise all its circular-economy activities under the new “E-Loop” brand name. The supplier said it made the transition towards a circular economy a pillar of its business strategy several years ago, and going forward E-Loop is to represent all circular innovations and solutions for a more sustainable business.

“E-Loop includes two strategic programmes of Elix Sustainable Portfolio Solutions: Circular Plastics and Responsible Innovation,” said Toni Prunera, the company’s head of business development and R&D. Elix said it is a member of several industry sustainability initiatives, including Styrenics Circular Solutions and Plast2bCleaned .

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ELIX POLYMERS - Circular economy operations consolidated under new brand

-RepescaPlas achieves new high value-added products from marine litter

The RepescaPlas project has ended its third year with a total of 4,218kg of marine litter recovered from three Spanish ports by fishermen’s guilds and associations.

As in previous years, the items recovered were classified by marine litter type using the MARNOBA platform at the ports of Marín, Galicia; La Restinga, Canary Islands; and Gandia, Valencia. Samples of the most abundant type, i.e. plastics, were sent to AIMPLAS to be categorised by the nature of the materials and to gain more knowledge about the plastics found, and to the Universidade de Vigo for toxicological analysis. The routes taken by the boats that delivered most marine litter to the port were monitored to allow the Asociación Vertidos Cero (Zero Waste Association) to draw up a map of the areas where this litter is being recovered and to establish the litter density (items/km2). Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

The samples received by AIMPLAS, most of which consisted of PET and LDPE, have helped the institute make progress towards the development of technologies to recover these materials and convert them into new resources, despite their extreme damage from exposure to the marine environment and the difficulty of reintroducing them into the value chain through mechanical recycling.

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-Will direct-spun PSF fall back after surging?

Direct-spun PSF fluctuated upward to high level since 2021. Especially before and after Spring Festival holiday (Feb 11-17), it rose from 6,000yuan/mt to 7,800yuan/mt with an increase of 30%. Polyester yarn was pushed up by the rise of raw materials with an increase of 1,500-2,000yuan/mt. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Alongside the surge of prices, the cash flows of different products have changed.

The cash flow of direct-spun PSF expanded obviously compared with that before the holiday and stayed at about 1,000yuan/mt at present. Polyester yarn had seen cash flow compressed due to stable price before the holiday. With quick increase in price after the holiday, its cash flow enlarged gradually and averaged at 700-800yuan/mt now.

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-Biomaterial production using Coperion’s ZSK technology

Swedish innovation company RenCom has started production of its Renol thermoplastic biomaterial that can be used to replace fossil-based plastics, utilising German firm Coperion’s twin-screw extruder. Following comprehensive studies in Coperion’s extrusion test lab in Stuttgart, Germany, RenCom and Coperion have developed the innovative extrusion process for Renol, a lignin-based material. Using Coperion’s ZSK twin-screw extruder technology lignin can be transformed into durable, reusable biomaterial. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Coperion has delivered a ZSK twin-screw extruder, gravimetric feeders, a strand pelletising system, a lignin bag dump station and a big bag station to RenCom. The system has now been successfully commissioned and production has already started, according to schedule. RenCom will be able to produce more than 1,000 tonnes/year of biomaterial.

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-drinktec postponed until September 2022

New dates: September 12 to 16, 2022

Industry representatives and Messe München make timely decision in view of the extensive planning trade fairs for industrial goods require and drinktec’s 4-yearly cycle    Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Global reach is key to success: Intercontinental travel for fall 2021 still too uncertain

The drinktec advisory board and Messe München have taken a joint decision today to postpone the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry until the fall of 2022. The new dates are September 12 to 16, 2022. This action was prompted by the international nature of the drinktec event. The decision could not be delayed given that industrial goods trade fairs involve extensive planning and complex high-tech construction work.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, drinktec is registering high demand for floorspace from customers both in Germany and abroad. Three quarters of the available exhibition floorspace has already been booked. “This confidence in the brand and drinktec’s reputation as the world’s leading trade fair in its field are precisely why we need to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München. “Until recently, we assumed that the pandemic situation would improve, making international travel possible. The latest developments have quashed these expectations. Two thirds of all drinktec visitors come from abroad. Of these, half come from other continents.

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