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Plastic petrochemicals renewability recycling 19-12-2018

-Polyamide 6.6 : Price Trend – China market

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-Spot PVC prices in Europe fell in December amid falling raw material prices  

The December spot prices of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on the European market dropped last week as a result of lowering the contract price of ethylene raw materials, sources in the market told ICIS .

Thus, spot quotes for material in the region last week were at EUR790-840 per tonne, FD, which is EUR30 per tonne lower in both the upper and lower price ranges compared to the previous level.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-BASF notifies Avantium of its exit from Synvina

BASF has notified Avantium of its exit from their Synvina joint venture, effective 15 January 2019.

Avantium continues to disagree with BASF’s interpretation of the joint venture agreement. Avantium and BASF are still discussing the terms and conditions of an exit.

Upon an exit of BASF, Avantium will acquire BASF’s equity interest in the joint venture and Synvina will continue its operations as a fully Avantium-owned company.

In addition, the YXY technology, know-how and people will revert to Avantium. This will allow Avantium to pursue alternative routes for commercializing the technology.

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US oil dominance increases with shale, raises environmental concerns

The American oil industry has geared back up in full force globally due to shale technology, but other market forces may not let it reign for long.

For some time now, the oil industry in the U.S. had to sit in its own shortsightedness about not evolving practices with long-term goals in mind.

Because of that folly, the U. S. became caught in economic warfare that it found itself on the losing end for nearly 50 years.

With shale technology finally becoming successful, the reports as of fall 2018 became the U.S. became the leader in oil again.

Notice the price on oil and gas did not go down. Notice no mass patriotic celebration about it across the nation either.

The problems with oil

Those citizens living in regions of oil production will say the callous disregard oil companies have about the pollution levels they spew out causes cancer even in children in local populations.

With the recent lessening of the EPA restrictions, it has gotten worse. Communities understand the risk of working for oil companies, but they also understand the deep lies that companies tell and the amount of influence they have on Congress.

Being socially responsible has never been one of the oil companies’ strong points but giving money to communities as payment for infractions is well-known.

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-Oil nosedives to $46. Worries about economy collide with supply glut

The bear market in oil keeps getting worse as worries about global growth and a supply glut ratchet higher.

US oil prices plummeted 7% on Tuesday to settle at $46.24 a barrel. It was crude’s weakest close since August 2017.

The deepening downturn in the oil patch is yet more evidence of investors fleeing risky assets as they brace for an economic slowdown.

The same growth jitters that are rocking Wall Street — the Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their worst December since 1931 — are infecting commodities. Small-cap stocks plunged into a bear market on Monday.

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-Bombay Dyeing spikes on plans to close Indonesian biz

The company has signed an agreement to shut down its loss-making subsidiary in Indonesia. The stock reacted to this development and was locked in its upper circuit limit in Tuesday’s morning session.

The company’s board has approved and consented the closure of its subsidiary PT Five Star Textile Indonesia (PTFS) on Monday. The expected date of completion of closure is December 31, 2019. The unit has incurred losses for many years. All financial risks arising from this subsidiary have already been provisioned for, stated the company. The company had reported an exceptional item of Rs. 18.88 crore for the half-year ended September 2018 compared to Rs. 17.12 crore in the corresponding period year ago.

Bombay Dyeing operates in three major business segments, retail textile, realty and polyester. The company’s retail textile division offers linens, towels home furnishings and clothing products through multi-brand stores and across more than 350 exclusive stores.

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-UK waste strategy requires packaging producers pay costs of recycling

Businesses will pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste, under a major new UK Government strategy unveiled by the Environment Secretary today.

The move will overhaul England’s waste system, putting a legal onus on those responsible for producing damaging waste to take greater responsibility and foot the bill.

The announcement forms part of the government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy. Meanwhile, the new waste policy will attempt to simplify the existing recycling system, with new plans for a consistent approach to recycling across England.

Timings for introduction will be subject to discussions at the Spending Review.

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-Ribena announces new sustainability measures

Ribena is announcing a range of new sustainability measures to celebrate over 10 years of using 100 per cent recycled plastic (rPET) to produce its drink bottles.

Ribena was the first UK soft drink brand to pioneer this approach in 2007, preventing 40,000 tonnes of virgin plastic being produced. Following the success of its introduction of rPET, the soft drinks brand has announced several other steps in order to increase its sustainability even further.Ribena announces new sustainability measures

Most recently, it completed a successful trial of a new design for lightweight plastic for its 500ml bottle. By reducing its plastic packaging, the brand will save 325 tonnes of plastic every year once it rolls this design out in January.

The brand is also making progress with the trays that the Ribena squash concentrate bottles are delivered on, pushing for the trays to be made from 100 per cent recycled cardboard – a move Ribena has already implemented with the trays used to transport its beverage cartons. These two changes alone could save up to 406 tonnes of new board from being produced every year.

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-Plastic bottle recycling has another ‘difficult year’

Plastics in a waste bin.The amount of plastic bottles collected for recycling continued to decrease in the U.S. in 2017, contributing to the third straight year of a declining recycling rate.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) on Monday released figures indicating 2.8 billion pounds of plastic bottles were collected for recycling in 2017. That’s down from more than 2.9 billion a year earlier, a decrease of 3.6 percent.

The overall plastic bottle collection rate, which calculates the percentage of plastic bottles collected out of the total weight of plastic used to produce new bottles, was 29.3 percent in 2017. In 2016, it was 29.7 percent. Last year, the report acknowledged, marked “an exceedingly difficult year for plastic bottle recycling.”

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-Eco-friendly expanded polystyrene is oxo-biodegradable and recyclable

ReFoam EPS from IntegritempFounded in 1958, Plastilite Corp. (Omaha, NE) quickly expanded from manufacturing products such as picnic coolers and minnow buckets for retail markets into applications for commercial packaging.

The resulting products were a natural fit for an emerging mail order food industry.

Since that time, millions of steaks, hams, turkeys and desserts have found their way to consumers in the company’s sturdy EPS foam molded shipping coolers.

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-The plunge in oil prices is putting even the Permian Basin under water

Outside of the Permian, things are even more stark

The plunge in U.S. oil prices has wells in some parts of the Permian Basin below break-even levels, threatening to put the brakes on the record flow from the prolific field.

Oil produced from the Permian in Midland, Texas, is now trading below US$40 a barrel for the first time since August 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, as West Texas Intermediate futures dropped more than 6 per cent Tuesday.

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-Aimplas carries out Enzplast project

Aimplas, is carrying out the Enzplast project, supported by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), whose main objective is developing new processes more sustainable for the manufacturing, recycling and composting of plastics.

Cofounded by EU ERDF funds within the 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme for the Valencian Region, the Enzplast project pursues three objectives.

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-Bioplastic Film Kills Foodborne Pathogens

Seafood may be contaminated with bacterial pathogens, such as vibrio and salmonella. Vibrio naturally occur in marine environments, and salmonella can contaminate seafood during production or processing.Bioplastic

Both types of bacteria are linked to gastrointestinal problems when consumed. Because both types of bacteria can survive long-term freezing conditions, the contamination of these bacteria is a concern for the seafood industry.

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Plastic petrochemicals rPET recycling 18-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,200/8,300 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,750/5,850 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,030/1,045 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,650/8,800  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,700/10,850  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Fulgar shows eco-sustainable fabrics at Textile Evolution Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

Fulgar showed its eco-sustainable creations resulting from collaborations with brands that are ambassadors of excellence at the Textile Evolution expo, which was held from November 16-18, 2018, in Milan, Italy.

Fulgar is a leader in the man-made fibre market with the production of polyamide 6.6 and covered elastomers in the textile and technical sector.

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-The big graphene innovations you need to know about Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

Every month a new development using the ‘wonder material’ graphene is presented. Digital Journal has picked three recent research highlights that showcase the growing potential of graphene.

Graphene, a monolayer of carbon atoms, has many impressive properties. It is the strongest material ever tested.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

It is also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, and it has good optical properties (making it suitable for flexible display screens).

These properties are propelling a series of scientific innovations, and we’ve selected three of these.

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-Two new Bandera Geo FutureFilm ® lines in the U.S.A. 

The global demand for lines dedicated to the production of geomembrane systems for waterproofing industry, is constantly increasing. Bandera confirms again its presence in this sector as a leading supplier.

This year, in the United States, a new customer decided to rely on the Bandera brand to set up a big project in the production of smooth and texturized geomembrane for water resources management industries.

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-Production of PHA bioplastics in Spain: strategic agreement between Bio-on and Acor

The strategic co-operation aims to accelerate the exploitation of the Bio-on technologies around the world for the industrial production of the ultra-green PHA biopolymers valorizing different agro-industrial co-products as raw materials;

The teams of the companies will work together in all aspects of the business opportunity and in the synergies between the operating sugar production plant and the innovative fermentation one producing PHA biopolymers;

The agreement grants to ACOR the exclusive right to make any evaluations and take any decisions regarding the investment/business initiative regarding the use of the Bio-on technologies in the geographical area of Spain and Portugal.

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-Milliken to highlight additives that improve plastics processing and sustainability

Speciality chemicals supplier, Milliken & Co., will showcase how its additives can help address the key challenges confronting today’s plastics processing industry at Arabplast.

On Stand 6C150 during the 14th edition of the trade fair at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE, Milliken says it will demonstrate how its portfolio of products can enhance both production and sustainability.

Milliken offers clarifiers and nucleators to improve polypropylene (PP) resins, UV absorbers that improve key properties in PET packaging, and colorants for use with high-performance engineering polymers.

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-Beaulieu to Unveil New Green Innovations at Domotex Hannover

Wielsbeke, Belgium, December 17, 2018-Beaulieu Engineered Products will unveil sustainably-produced, durable tufted carpets and recyclable needle punch carpets at Domotex Hannover.

At stand B56 in Hall 11, Beaulieu Engineered Products will showcase extended portfolios of yarns, fibers and technical textiles designed to help the industry make their products more sustainable, fit for a better planet and reaching CO2 reduction targets.

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-Virgil Abloh Joins Evian as ‘Creative Adviser’

The brand of mineral water has tapped Abloh to be its first “creative adviser for sustainable innovation design.”

Virgil Abloh has added a new role to his CV: creative adviser for sustainable innovation design at Evian.

The founder of Off-White and creative director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s line is to help the mineral water company, owned by Danone, make its design process more sustainable.

“Evian is an iconic brand with a strong heritage in fashion and creativity,” the designer said in a statement. “Its sustainability ambitions align with my own. Together we can push boundaries and explore new areas of revolution, paving a better future for generations globally.”

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-Water consumption in spotlight at Performance Days

Functional fabric fair Performance Days offered a diverse programme of expert talks, workshops, guided tours and just under 300 exhibitors from 29 countries showcasing their new fabric, insulation and trim collections, as well as colouration and finishing technologies.

In addition, the overarching focus of ‘Water – our responsibility’ provided visitors with food for thought on the textile industry’s opportunities to choose raw materials, processes and technologies, which can reduce water consumption and pollution during the entire lifecycle of textile-based products.

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-Semperit adds hose production in Europe

Semperit A.G. has completed the latest expansion at its manufacturing plant in Odry, Czech Republic, which will significantly boost the firm’s capability to produce industrial and hydraulic hose at the factory.

It expects to begin producing products at the site in the first half of 2019, a company spokeswoman said.

Production capacity at the facility, which is operated by the company’s Semperflex business, will be increased to 100 million meters of hose, which the company said is equivalent to roughly twice the length of the Earth’s equator. The company did not release the size of the expansion.

Semperit—which is in the midst of a major companywide reorganization and transformation project that was launched in 2017 and won’t be concluded until 2020—invested about $30.4 million in the overall expansion.

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-Evonik Applauds Addition of VESTAMID® NRG Polyamide 12 Thermoplastic to the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulation, for Use in Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines

Evonik Corporation’s High Performance Polymers Business Line applauds the recent decision from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) on issuance of a final rule that amends the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations for plastics piping systems to include updated standards governing the use for pipelines made of polyamide 12 (PA12) thermoplastic.

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Evonik applauds addition of VESTAMID® NRG Polyamide 12 Thermoplastic to the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulation, for use in Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines. -Credit: Evonik-

Plastic petrochemicals rPET recycling 17-12-2018

-Polymers PET rPET Petrochemicals Prices

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Aquafil Hosts Grand Opening at Phoenix Carpet Recycling Plant  Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Mr.Giulio Bonazzi Discusses Aquafil’s New Carpet Recycling Facility in Pheonix, Arizona

Aquafil hosted the grand opening for its Phoenix, Arizona-based carpet recycling plant on December 13.

The $25 million investment represents the first of five plants in Aquafil’s long-term plan. The second will open in 2019 in Sacramento, California.

One-hundred-sixty guests-including customers, suppliers and sustainability experts-attended.

The facility uses two production lines to break down post-consumer carpet into three components for recycling.

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Mr.Giulio Bonazzi Discusses Aquafil’s New Carpet Recycling Facility in Pheonix, Arizona

-Market outlook: Europe ethylene heading for oversupply

The European ethylene market is in the limelight following a number of new investments announced by some market players.

In a bolt out of the blue, INEOS declared plans for new projects in northern Europe at a value of €2.7bn, comprising an ethane-based cracker and a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant.

Not only are greenfield units being considered, but also a few expansions of existing facilities. INEOS has approved an ethylene capacity enlargement at its Grangemouth complex in Scotland, UK.

A new furnace will be fed by ethane and is expected to start commercial production in the fourth quarter of 2020 or early 2021.

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-Will 2019 be another tumultuous year for North American polyester?

More of the same is expected in the North American polyester industry next year as the PET resin and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) supply and demand balance for 2019-20 is likely to remain tight, with recycled PET (rPET) expected to benefit from additional opportunities.

This year has seen major changes in the North American polyester and upstream intermediates markets, as various plant outages tightened up the supply and demand balances, ownerships changed, PET resin pricing power shifted to producers, new fibre capacity was announced, and China’s waste ban was implemented.

All of this, said Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in its outlook for PET, occurred in an uncertain and shifting economic and trade environment of the Trump Administration.

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-SABIC invests in chemical recycling

Company partners with Plastic Energy to build a commercial plant in the Netherlands to refine and upgrade TACOIL, which is made from mixed plastic scrap.

SABIC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with U.K.-based Plastic Energy Ltd., a chemical plastics recycling company.

Under the MoU, Plastic Energy will supply TACOIL, a patented produce from Plastic Energy to support SABIC’s petrochemical operations in Europe.

The companies intend to build a commercial plant in the Netherlands to refine and upgrade TACOIL, which will be produced from the recycling of low-quality, mixed plastic scrap otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.

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-US pressure more on Iran’s oil products rather than crude oil – minister

Iran Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh has indicated the heavy US pressure on Iran’s sales of oil products, and the effects of sanctions on the country’s “gas plans” with Pakistan.

“The threats against OPEC have partly foreign and domestic origins. The current trend in the market indicates that the OPEC’s positive move on cutting the oil output was accepted,” the minister said, Trend reports citing ILNA.

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-Bento Lunch Box Company Discusses The Advantages Of Eco-Friendly Plastics

Raleigh, North Carolina – December 14, 2018 – Kangovou, a bento lunch box company, recently released a blog discussing the top advantages of using eco-friendly plastics, such as those used in their bento lunch boxes.

These advantages can benefit both the environment and your family’s health in several ways, and you may want to consider swapping your traditional plastic containers for bento lunch boxes and other eco-friendly alternatives.

Several popular plastics have been known to cause health issues, particularly in children. BPA and HDPE may leach estrogen-like chemicals into food, which cause hormonal imbalances and reproductive harm.

Styrofoam, or polystyrene, can leach styrene, a neurotoxin. Another popular plastic, PVC, is used in a wide range of products and can cause developmental delays.

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-Europe PET January mood influenced by contracts, imports and feedstocks

The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mood for January and therefore the freely negotiated prices in Europe will be influenced by conversion fee increases affecting contracts, import deliveries and feedstock moves.

– Higher conversion fees due in 2019

– Imports due into Europe in Q1

– Feedstock forecasts vary

ContractsThe new contracts based on conversion fees over raw material costs are due to come into effect in 2019, and other than those buyers waiting to the bitter end before settling, the majority have agreed to an increase compared to 2018.

Justification for higher raw material-plus contracts included rising conversion fee costs for upstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

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-Discovery of ‘magic-angle graphene’ that behaves like a high-temperature superconductor is Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year  Graphene high temperature superconductor

The Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year goes to Pablo Jarillo-Herrero of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and colleagues for making the discovery that led to the development of “twistronics”, which is a new and very promising technique for adjusting the electronic properties of graphene by rotating adjacent layers of the material.Graphene high temperature superconductor

The technique was first used by the team to create “magic-angle graphene”, which behaves like a high-temperature superconductor.

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-Opec has lost its capacity to control oil prices

Several obituaries of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) have been written since the mid 1980s. All of them have turned out to be exaggerated.

Recent ones are also no different. The Opec is not dead. Neither is it effective as it was in late ‘70s and it is reinventing itself now with Opec+ by pulling in 10 more countries like Russia, Kazakhstan, Mexico etc.

This article deals with the reasons for some experts prophesying its death and also its waning power.

The Opec came into existence in 1960. Five oil exporting countries,

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Venezuela came together to put pressure mostly on the so-called seven sisters (now it is reduced to four, Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP) to secure better deals.

However, till 1973, Opec could not use its bargaining power to increase oil price.

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-All eyes on Saudi as oil bulls cut bets to lowest since 2016 

Hedge funds aren’t buying into Opec’s oil-production cuts just yet.

They slashed net wagers on a rally of West Texas Intermediate crude to the lowest in more than two years, while short-selling of Brent oil climbed for a record 11th week.

Both benchmarks ended the week lower as the group’s efforts were overshadowed by concern about booming shale production and waning global demand. It’s mostly up to Saudi Arabia now to try to win investors over.

“Demand is now decreasing and you have a problem with Chinese growth,” said Tariq Zahir, a commodity fund manager at Tyche Capital Advisors LLC. “Right now, everything is dependent on what Saudi Arabia does.”

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-There needs to be another oil production cut for a price spike

The latest one does not seem to have done much to bring about a rally

Never mind the tweets, the threats and the hallelujah for its demise — Opec and associate producers led by Russia have done it again.

Oil producers had in recent months increased production significantly to accommodate the market for the severe sanctions on Iran oil exports, only to find President Trump softening the sanctions, by giving exemptions, at the last minute and the oil market became flooded with supplies.

No wonder then oil prices lost more than 30 per cent from nearly $86 a barrel in early October to somewhere around $59 a barrel before the latest Opec meeting.

After perhaps some hesitation, the fifth Opec and non-Opec Ministerial meeting reaffirmed on December 7 the commitment of producing countries for a stable market.

And decided to adjust overall production by 1.2 million barrels a day (bpd), effective from January for an initial period of six months.

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-No 10 denies making plans for second Brexit referendum

PM presses on with quest for EU help on backstop as cabinet lines up behind alternatives

Theresa May will summon EU27 ambassadors to No 10 this week as she continues to seek reassurances over the Irish backstop, with Downing Street vehemently denying drawing up contingency plans for a second referendum.

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said on Sunday: “Government policy couldn’t be clearer. We are here to act on the will of the people clearly expressed in the referendum.”

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Plastic petrochemicals circular economy 15-12-2018

-Water-stabilized hydrogen fuel promises twice the range of gasoline at half the price, with zero tailpipe emissions  Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Israeli-Australian company Electriq Global’s new technology stabilizes hydrogen in a recyclable liquid that can be pumped and transported just like gasoline.

That’s huge news, because it enables long-range electric driving with fast refueling – and it plugs right into the existing fuel logistics model.Water stabilized hydrogen technology

Plenty of people want to move on from gasoline and diesel. Some are environmentalists, some want to stop supporting the geopolitics of oil, some like the lightning-quick performance potential of electric motors.Water stabilized hydrogen technology

Whatever the reason, the fuel that powered the 20th century seems unlikely to maintain its transport lead through the 21st.

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-Corbion and Total launch ‘second-largest PLA bio-plastics plant in the world’ in Thailand

Corbion and The bio-based sector is set to experience a boost after oil giant Total and Dutch biochemicals specialist Corbion recently announced that they have started operations at their new bio-plastics plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The facility, run by the joint venture named Total Corbion PLA, will be able to produce 75,000 tonnes of polylactic acid (PLA) per year.

The products will meet customers’ needs in a wide range of markets, including packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing fibres, and the automotive industries, Total Corbion PLA said in a statement.

Total launch ‘second-largest PLA bio-plastics plant in the world’ in Thailand

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-Oil ends higher as Saudis reportedly plan to cut crude to U.S.

West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil futures moved sharply higher in Thursday’s trading session, with WTI up 2.8%, after a news report said Saudi Arabia plans to cut shipments to U.S. refiners to avoid expanding U.S. inventories.

Oil prices had already been climbing as traders examined data showing a rise in monthly Opec output, as well as a recent report of a weekly decline in U.S. crude supplies and production.Electriq believes it can produce and distribute the fuel so cheaply that it should sell for half the price of unleaded.(Credit: Electriq)

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-Europe PP sellers manage to keep margin in December

Polypropylene (PP) producers in Europe are managing to keep hold of some spread at freely negotiated accounts.

– PP prices down

– 2019 supply to be tight

The December propylene contract fell by €100/tonne, and PP prices are falling by €50-80/tonne, buyers and sellers said.

The PP market is balanced, with no shortages in spite of several production problems.

INEOS’ Grangemouth plant in the UK is under force majeure restrictions, and this week sources said Braskem had declared force majeure from its Wesseling plant in Germany due to lack of propylene from a cracker at the same site.

Some other production was restricted because of propylene issues, caused by low water levels on the River Rhine.

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-ELG Carbon Fibre teams up with Boeing to take composite recycling to new heights

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre have joined forces to recycle aerospace-grade composite material into products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment.

The agreement between leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre is ‘the first of its kind for the aerospace industry’. The partnership covers the carbon fibre surplus from 11 Boeing production sites and is estimated to reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.

Electriq believes it can produce and distribute the fuel so cheaply that it should sell for half the price of unleaded.(Credit: Electriq)

Electriq believes it can produce and distribute the fuel so cheaply that it should sell for half the price of unleaded.(Credit: Electriq)

Electriq believes it can produce and distribute the fuel so cheaply that it should sell for half the price of unleaded.(Credit: Electriq)

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-Mitsubishi Corp. Acquires Strategic Stake Hold In ELG Carbon Fibre

Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) has entered into an agreement to acquire 25 percent of shares in ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (ECF) from ELG Carbon Fibre International GmbH (ECFI), a subsidiary of ELG Haniel GmbH (ELG) in Germany.

The shareholders of ECF will become ECFI and MC. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions.

ECF’s is engaged in reprocessing surplus carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials from manufacturing operations and end of life parts to produce and supply competitive, high-quality carbon fiber products to the market.

Through its own technology and expertise, ECF is the first company in the world to have established stable commercial production of reprocessed carbon fiber supplying to markets such as the automotive and electronics industries.

Electriq believes it can produce and distribute the fuel so cheaply that it should sell for half the price of unleaded.(Credit: Electriq)

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-Vietnamese enterprises advised to expand exports to Poland

Smooth transportation will help boost trading of goods between Vietnam and Poland – Illustrative image (Source: congthuong.vn)

Intensifying information connectivity, increasing product quality, developing a system of sales agents and distributors in Poland are necessary factors for Vietnamese enterprises who want to bring their products to the Polish market.

With a population of over 38 million and average per capita income of 24,000 USD a year, Poland is considered the largest market in Eastern Europe, and one of Vietnam’s leading trade partners.

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-AIMPLAS explores the roles of enzymes in sustainability

The Plastics Technology Centre (AIMPLAS) in Valencia, Spain is investigating the roles that enzymes can play in the plastics sector to improve the sustainability of its processes.

The ENZPLAST Project is addressing their role in the washing process of recycled materials, including the complex separation of multilayers, and how different enzymes act in the compost biodegradation process of polymers of different nature. AIMPLAS has involved enzymes in the synthesis of polymers, thus avoiding the use of metal catalysts to result in a safer process for people and the environment.

Supported by the Valencian institute of business competitiveness (IVACE) and cofounded by EU ERDF funds within the 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme for the Valencian Region, the ENZPLAST project seeks to address the challenge of implementing synthetic routes to obtain plastics safer for the health of people and eco-friendlier.

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-Talking bioplastics in the year of the plastics strategy

“Biomass is the key ingredient that a plastics circular economy must rely on,” stated Stephen Wetmore of WWF South Africa at this year’s European Bioplastics conference.

The vast majority of delegates came to Berlin already committed to the proposition that bioplastics are the logical conclusion to the plastic waste problem that has dominated the agenda in 2018, and as such it was perhaps appropriate that the conference agenda was preoccupied with issues around end of life. Tim Sykes reports.

The 2018 European Bioplastics conference was very much framed around how to deliver circularity in plastics based on renewables, and we benefited from extended discussion of biodegradation, composting, and recycling.

It’s fair to say that no one yet knows how a mature ecosystem of biodegradable and recyclable, non-biodegradable bioplastics will look, let alone the wider landscape of renewable and fossil-based plastics.

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-Coca-Cola Announces New Investments in Enhanced Recycling as Part of ‘World Without Waste’ Vision

Coca-Cola is taking steps to be at the forefront of the enhanced recycling movement, which can potentially turn packages such as coloured PET bottles that may have been excluded from certain recycling streams into brand-new PET bottles.

The Coca-Cola system recently announced two investments to speed the development and deployment of breakthrough enhanced recycling technologies that will convert recycled plastic into food-grade PET for use in the company’s beverage bottles.

Unlike mechanical recycling, enhanced recycling allows recovery and reuse of PET plastic without material degradation.

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-US oil surge makes Bank of Russia sceptical on Opec+ success

Russian central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina attends a news conference in Moscow on Friday. “The Opec+ deal allows to limit these risks, but doesn’t remove them,” Nabiullina said. “Events of this year clearly show how fast producers can increase shale-oil production when prices remain high.”

Russia’s central bank is not convinced that Opec and its allies’ supply cuts can revive the oil market as it’s being countered by surging US production.

The Bank of Russia cut its crude price outlook for next year to $55 a barrel from $63 on higher supply risks, mainly related to “fast output increase” in America, according to Governor Elvira Nabiullina.

Just a week ago the country’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak brokered a deal that led to the so-called Opec+ group agreeing to cut production by 1.2mn bpd in an effort to boost prices.

Plastic petrochemicals circular economy

Plastic petrochemicals carbon fibre 14-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to  be assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,150/8,300 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,750/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,030/1,045 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,650/8,800  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,450/10,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton

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-Consumer interest in PET in the Gulf region has declined 

Consumer interest in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the Persian Gulf region declined after rising prices for PET and raw materials last week, ICIS reports, citing market participants.

The spot PET prices in the region on CFR terms were USD1,130-1,180 per tonne per week ending December 6th, which is USD30-40 per tonne higher than a week earlier.

Some price proposals for materials of Asian origin were at the level of USD1,100 per tonne, CFR GCC on December 13th.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Taking graphene from wonder material to real-world technologies

“It surprises me that people are still interested in graphene,” Kostya Novoselov told attendees at the launch of the  second world class graphene centre in Manchester, UK. Novoselov was awarded the 2010 Nobel laureate for his work isolating the material alongside Andre Geim at the University of Manchester.

His remark highlights how unusual it is for an area of research to be simultaneously prolific in both fundamental discovery while also finding its foothold in industry.

That two institutes dedicated to both aspects of the same material have found room to coexist in one city speaks volumes about the continued perceived potential of research in graphene and related materials, as well as the investment they still manage to attract.

Can it outlive the hype? The level-headed engineers and partners at the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) put forward a convincing case that it can.

Plastic petrochemicals carbon fibre

-What is the melting point of carbon fiber? Can carbon fiber use for iron casting?

Prasang Singh Parihar, Management Trainee at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited or Vsp (2018-present)

The carbon fiber itself will withstand incredibly high temps. The weak point will be the epoxies or the resins.

Ambient-cured epoxies will typically begin breaking down around 100 °C. The heat-cured epoxies that will go up to around 300 °C.

As you get into the high temp ratings, the epoxies get trickier to handle, install, cure.

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-ZF showcases pre-crash exterior airbags – claims reduced occupant injury severity by up to 40%

Active and passive safety have typically been categorised separately, though automotive components maker ZF is likely to blur that line a little, with its development of external pre-crash airbags. These aim to create an external crumple zone which can be deployed immediately prior to a collision.

Restraint systems such as airbags are undergoing changes with regard to autonomous vehicles with new seating configurations, which presents a new set of challenges for airbag systems. “Occupant safety is paramount when developing new systems for automated and autonomous driving,” said ZF head of passive safety division Michael Büchsner.

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-Can bottled water companies switch to a fully recycled bottle?

They are facing a consumer backlash and more regulation, so they are trying to change the discussion.

Plastic water bottles are a scourge that we have been writing about since TreeHugger started.

As Elizabeth Royte noted in her book Bottlemania, it was all part of a plot to get us hooked and convince us that recycling made it all fine.

…as one Pepsico marketing VP said to investors in 2000, “When we are done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes.”

And don’t call those bottles garbage; Coke’s “Director of Sustainable Packaging” says, “Our vision is to no longer have our packaging viewed as waste but as a resource for future use.”

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-Talking bioplastics in the year of the plastics strategy

“Biomass is the key ingredient that a plastics circular economy must rely on,” stated Stephen Wetmore of WWF South Africa at this year’s European Bioplastics conference. The vast majority of delegates came to Berlin already committed to the proposition that bioplastics are the logical conclusion to the plastic waste problem that has dominated the agenda in 2018, and as such it was perhaps appropriate that the conference agenda was preoccupied with issues around end of life. Tim Sykes reports.

The 2018 European Bioplastics conference was very much framed around how to deliver circularity in plastics based on renewables, and we benefited from extended discussion of biodegradation, composting, and recycling.

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-Do Institutions Own Aquafil S.p.A. Shares?

If you want to know who really controls Aquafil S.p.A. , then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry.

Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies.

Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of €483m, Aquafil is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors.

In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company.

Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about ECNL.

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-Latin America PE, PP face pressure

Latin American polyethylene (PE) prices are headed down, under pressure from lower crude oil prices worldwide and long supply in the US Gulf, where production capacity has increased in 2018.

Polypropylene is also weakening in most of Latin America but holding steady in Mexico.

Another important factor has been the impact of a strong US dollar in local currencies.

This has been more noticeable in Argentina, where the local currency has had a strong devaluation in 2018.

However, a strong dollar has affected many other Latin American nations as well.

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-PET bottle resin prices fall

North American prices for PET bottle resin fell 6 cents in November, reflecting an expected seasonal decline.

Market watchers cited lower demand and improving supplies of purified terephthalic acid and other raw materials as reasons for the November decline, which was expected by many buyers.

Demand for bottle resin typically declines in the fall and winter months, the result of declining sales of bottled water and carbonated soft drinks.

IN October, regional PET bottle resin prices declined by an average of 1 cent per pound which, ended a streak of two consecutive monthly price hikes.

Prices had jumped 6 cents per pound in September after a 2-cent hike in August.

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-Bioplastics are eco-friendly. New study says it’s a myth

Bioplastics have been touted as an environment-friendly and climate-friendly replacement for conventional petroleum-based plastic, but a new study at the University of Bonn blows a hole in that belief.

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-Canadian PP project set for opening in late 2021

A major new polypropylene plant under construction in Calgary, Alberta, is on track to begin production in the second half of 2021.

The plant, along with a propylene monomer unit at the same site, is being built by Inter Pipeline Ltd. David Chappell, petrochemical development senior vice president with the company, provided an update on the project Oct. 31 at Global Plastics Summit 2018 in Chicago.

The PP and propylene units each will have annual capacity of more than 1.1 billion pounds. The propylene unit will use propane dehydrogenation technology. The site, part of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex, is expected to be employ 3,000 construction workers by next summer, Chappell said.

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-US oil prices predicted to climb in 2019 on lower supply

After a turbulent two months during which oil prices plummeted from a four-year high to a one-year low, investors may wonder what comes next for U.S. crude.

Analysts at Swiss bank UBS are among those who predict prices will recover in 2019, as oil cartel OPEC, the U.S. and Russia curb output from the current record level.

“We believe the market’s cautious turn is overdone,” UBS analysts wrote in their recently published 2019 outlook. “On balance, we keep a positive view on crude.”

Plastic petrochemicals carbon fibre

-BASF making progress with chemical recycling project

BASF SEStefan Gräter, left, and Andreas Kicherer , director of sustainability strategy for BASF SE with a sample of pyrolysis oil and plastic pellets made using the process.

BASF SE is advancing its plastics recycling ambitions with a new ChemCycling project, which involves using mixed plastic waste to produce virgin polymers.

As part of the project, the company has formed a partnership with another German company, Recenso GmbH, which has developed a process to convert mixed plastic fractions into processing oil.

Recenso’s catalytic tribochemical conversion (CTC) process is a single-step catalytic liquefaction process using a combination of thermal, catalytic and physical forces for cracking hydrocarbon.

The oil it produces can either be used for energy purposes or as secondary raw material in the chemical and petrochemical industry.

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-Oil rises on Libya disruption, planned OPEC-led cuts

Oil prices rose on Wednesday, bolstered by export cuts from Libya and planned OPEC-led production cuts, pulling back briefly after the United States reported a smaller-than-expected crude inventory drawdown.

US crude stockpiles fell 1.2 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration said, a much smaller drawdown than 10 million barrels reported by industry group the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday and less than half the draw of 3 million barrels analysts had forecast.

“The divergence from the large inventory decline reported by the API makes the report appear more negative than it actually was,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital Management in New York.

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Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer automotive 13-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,050/8,200 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 670/685 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,700/5,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,030/1,045 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,600/8,750  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,400/10,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton

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-Bioplastics compostable in Italy 

Last year more than 70 thousand tons of biopolymers were transformed, a volume that grew by 86% in the last five years. Bioshopper for the first time exceed illegal bags.

Assobioplastiche presented in Rome the 2018 edition, with data referring to the last year, of the Annual Report on the Italian industry of compostable bioplastics, developed as usual by the consulting company of Milan Plastic Consult

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-Polymer processing in Tatarstan has grown 2.5 times in seven years

Polymer processing in Tatarstan has grown 2.5 times in seven years, reports Business Gazette .

Tatarstan produces 12% of all chemistry in the Russian Federation and almost half, 41% of all polymers. Some brands of the enterprise of the Republic produce the only in Russia. Such information was announced by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Alexey Savelchev, at the last “Polymer Day,” informs the republican media.

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-PP prices in Southeast Asia are falling

Polypropylene (PP) prices in Southeast Asia have been falling for the sixth week in a row, despite an improvement in buying trends throughout the region, ICIS reports, citing market participants.

PP spot prices remain under pressure from broad supply in December, as suppliers seek to clean up existing warehouses until the end of the year.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Indorama Ventures announces acquisition of UTT  

Indorama Ventures (IVL), a leading chemical company, has entered into an agreement to acquire UTT, one of the leading suppliers of airbag fabrics and other highly specialised solutions in the field of technical textiles.

The company has two sites in Germany and Mexico with around 420 employees and produces around 70 million sqm of fabrics.

Subject to regulatory approvals, UTT will be acquired by PHP Fibers, a company owned by Indorama Ventures (80% stake) and Toyobo (20% stake).

The acquisition of UTT by PHP Fibers brings together two pioneers in the airbag market who have worked together closely and trustingly for more than five decades, the company reports.

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-Latin America polyethylene prospects down in the short term

Another important factor has been the impact of a strong US dollar in local currencies.

This has been more noticeable in Argentina, where the local currency has had a strong devaluation in 2018.

However, a strong dollar has affected many other Latin American nations, too.

In Mexico, the main problem has been the proliferation of offers from US PE producers.

With all export channels for trade between the two countries firmly established by years of commerce under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico has long been a preferred destination for US PE exports.

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-Polypack makes French end-of-line equipment acquisition

Though they shared the same origins and name, Polypack Inc. in the U.S. and Polypack France (Polypack Sarl) were separate entities with no relationship—until now.

Tampa Bay, Fla.-based OEM Polypack, Inc., specializing in end-of-line packaging equipment, announced the acquisition of an established French end-of-line packaging manufacturer, also called Polypack, in December 2018.

“My father Alain Cerf actually started that company, Polypack France or Polypack Sarl, in 1959 and sold it in 1984. And since 1984, we shared nothing but the name,” says Emmanuel Cerf, VP of Sales and Marketing, Polypack, Inc. “They were making end-of-line packaging, including tray erectors, wrap around equipment, and shrink wrappers. But they were selling mainly to European and African markets.”

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-Texhong Textile acquires Winnitex, a leading company in dyed woven fabrics industry, and its subsidiaries

Integrates and establishes its global business in dyed woven fabrics; Enhances edges of its vertically integrated operations

Texhong Textile Group Limited (“Texhong Textile” or the “Group”; stock code: 2678), one of the world’s largest core spun yarn suppliers, formed a new joint venture company, Texhong Winnitex Holdings Limited (“Texhong Winnitex”), to acquire the entire equity interest in Winnitex Holdings Limited (“Winnitex”), Winnitex Limited (“Winnitex HK”) and Zhejiang Qing Mao Weaving, Dyeing, Printing Co., Ltd. (“Zhejiang Qing Mao”) (collectively “the Winnitex Group”) at a total consideration of about HK$1.35 billion.

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-UK chemicals urges calm, supports Brexit deal as vote in Parliament delayed

Following a day of chaos in the UK Parliament on Monday, in which a key vote on the Brexit deal was postponed, the country’s trade group the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has urged calm and reiterated its support for the government’s deal.

The CIA added however that the delay may introduce more uncertainty for UK and EU chemicals companies and the wider economy.

The UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday delayed a vote on the deal negotiated with the EU over uncertainties expressed by her colleagues surrounding the Northern Irish backstop.

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-Carboxyl Group: Definition And Function

In chemistry, carboxyl is a functional group that gets added to numerous compounds. But what is carboxyl, and what is a functional group?

Carboxyl is an organic functional group that is made out of a single carbon atom double bonded to an oxygen atom, and single bonded to a hydroxyl group. The chemical formula for the carboxyl group is:

R[COOH]

where R refers to the rest of the molecule that the carboxyl group is attached to. Another way to write this formula is:

R[C(=O)OH]

which represents the double bond between the carbon atom and the terminal oxygen atom. One can think of a carboxyl group as a carbonyl group (C=O) whose carbon atom is bonded to a hydroxyl group (OH). The carboxyl group is an important component of organic molecules such as amino acids, fatty acids, and acetic acids, all of which play essential roles in biosynthesis and cellular respiration. An organic compound that binds to a carboxyl group is called a carboxylic acid.

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-Neste moves forward with expansion of renewable products in Singapore

Neste Oil’s Singapore renewable refinery Picture: Ismo Henttonen.

Neste Corp. (Espoo, Finland; www.neste.com) has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals.

The investment worth approximately €1.4 billion will extend Neste’s renewable product overall capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr), bringing the total renewable product capacity close to 4.5 million m.t./yr in 2022. The company’s target is to start up the new production line during the first half of 2022.

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-Germany’s investor confidence improves in December but still underperforming

Investor confidence in Germany rose in December but remained well below its long-term average as Europe’s largest economy continues to underperform, the country’s ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday.

The ZEW indicator of economic sentiment for Germany rose by 6.6 points from November to stand at minus 17.5 in December.

The long-term average is 22.5 points.

Meanwhile, in the eurozone, confidence was up only slightly, rising by one point month on month to  minus 21.0.

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-Magna Reveals New Seating Ecosystem Designed to Offer More Flexible, Collaborative Interior

Magna revealed its vision for a flexible vehicle interior centered around seating reconfigurability and the opportunities new mobility and autonomy will offer passengers in the future. Seat positioning will play an increasingly important role in creating a flexible space where drivers and riders can move cargo, get work done and interact with each other more freely.

The company used rich digital and in-market consumer research in China, Europe and the United States to understand the views of the consumer when it comes to their personal experiences with seats. After observing consumers in their daily lives, Magna created an innovative seating platform focused on delivering the ideal user experience.

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PVC prices Europe December

Spot PVC prices in Europe fell in December amid falling raw material prices  PVC prices Europe December

PVC prices Europe December

MOSCOW – The December spot prices of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on the European market dropped last week as a result of lowering the contract price of ethylene raw materials, sources in the market told ICIS .PVC prices Europe December

Thus, spot quotes for material in the region last week were at EUR790-840 per tonne, FD, which is EUR30 per tonne lower in both the upper and lower price ranges compared to the previous level.

Market sources reported that spot prices are showing a downward trend due to a drop in the contract price of ethylene.PVC prices Europe December

Quotes of ethylene significantly subsided in December, and on PVC prices, as a rule, 50% of the change in the contract price of raw materials for the reporting month is transferred. The market also voiced higher prices for the material, but at present this information is not widely confirmed.

The demand for the European market declined in 2018 compared with 2017, while the supply also increased due to an increase in supplies from the United States. PVC supply with K = 70 is relatively limited in December due to manufacturing problems in France.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , many consumers in Russia have actually closed all their deals on the December supply of PVC and took a break before the beginning of the current week. It is highly probable that the negotiations on January deliveries will begin in the second half of this week.PVC prices Europe December

As a month earlier, manufacturers note good demand for PVC from the domestic market, but at the same time they add that export volumes have increased significantly over the past two months. Due to large exports, it was possible to balance the domestic market, while in the resin segments with K = 58/70, since October, there was a lack of supply.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

Bioplastic Film Kills Foodborne Pathogens  Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers. Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science Penn State said:

“We have the ability to develop a film with antimicrobial activity that can kill foodborne pathogens on food surfaces. Given the recent outbreaks that we have seen with a number of food products, coming up with something that can be used by the industry to kill microorganisms on the surfaces of food is a noble area of research to investigate.”

Seafood may be contaminated with bacterial pathogens, such as vibrio and salmonella. Vibrio naturally occur in marine environments, and salmonella can contaminate seafood during production or processing.Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

Both types of bacteria are linked to gastrointestinal problems when consumed. Because both types of bacteria can survive long-term freezing conditions, the contamination of these bacteria is a concern for the seafood industry.

Freezing does not kill bacteria. However, when freezing food, ice crystals can form from the water in food. The ice crystals, Cutter says, can act like “daggers” and pierce the bacterial cell wall, causing damage to the cell.Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

“Vibrio and salmonella are somewhat susceptible to freezing,” said Cutter. “So, if you treat bacterial cells with antimicrobials and then freeze them, the approach can be more lethal.”

The researchers from Thailand used a blend of thermoplastic starch, a biodegradable polymer made from cassava — tapioca powder, and a gelatin coating containing antimicrobials known as Nisin Z and lauric arginate (LAE).

The team of researchers in Thailand then created a “culture cocktail” of the bacteria and inoculated slices of tiger prawn and big-eye snapper.

The experimentally-inoculated seafood samples were tested using different compositions of Nisin Z and LAE to see which variations would give the “best kill.”

After dipping the samples into the edible film composed with antimicrobials, some of the slices were vacuum packaged and chilled for up to a month, and other samples were frozen for 90 days.

“If you just dip shrimp into any antimicrobial — it’s not going to stick very well,” said Cutter. “But if you put the antimicrobial into an edible film, and then dip the shrimp into the film and pull it out, that film is going to form around the shrimp. The film then releases the antimicrobials over time.”

Cutter emphasizes the importance of a “controlled release” of the antimicrobials over time in order to get the “maximum kill,” which is made possible by the edible film’s unique properties. Bioplastic Film Foodborne Pathogens

Applying just the antimicrobials directly onto the food products would result in the antimicrobials dripping off or diluting.

“If you’re going to make an edible film, you want to make a film that has similar properties to plastic,” said Cutter.

“You want these edible films to be transparent because consumers aren’t going to buy something they can’t see, you want them to be flexible, and you want the film to mold to the food product.

By using edible films, you are doing it in a way that is biodegradable.”

Cutter said a big challenge that the food industry faces is reducing the reliance on plastic packaging, something the food industry has been using for the past 40-50 years.

“How do you get the industry to change something they and consumers are so used to using?” said Cutter. “This research demonstrates, through proof of concept, that antimicrobial edible films work.

So how do we get this type of packaging into a commercial application? That’s the next logical step in the progression of this type of research.”

The team’s findings will be published in a paper issue February of 2019 in International Journal of Food Microbiology.

Others responsible for this project include Rinrada Pattanayaiying, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand; Amporn Sane, Kasetsart University, Thailand; and Penchom Photjanataree, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technology.

Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

The big graphene innovations you need to know about Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

By Tim Sandle      in Science

Every month a new development using the ‘wonder material’ graphene is presented. Digital Journal has picked three recent research highlights that showcase the growing potential of graphene.
Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms
Graphene, a monolayer of carbon atoms, has many impressive properties. It is the strongest material ever tested.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms
It is also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, and it has good optical properties (making it suitable for flexible display screens).
These properties are propelling a series of scientific innovations, and we’ve selected three of these.

Smart textiles

Graphene holds the key for the development of smart-textiles, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Exeter have developed a a new technique to create fully electronic fibers.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

The material can be incorporated into the production of everyday clothing.

This should address a limitation with today’s wearable electronics, which are generally put together by gluing devices onto fabrics. The degree of rigidity this leads to limits the scope of wearable devices.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

The alternative involves integrates the electronic devices into the fabric of the material (by weaving the graphene fibers into the fabric).Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

This is achieved by coating electronic fibers with lightweight, durable components that will allow images to be shown directly on the fabric. Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001)
Argonne National Laboratory

Brain implant electrodes

Hydrogels with electrical and antibacterial properties suitable are being tested out as neural interfaces. New research from the University of the Basque Country has produced some hydrogels with potential biomedical applications.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

The main use is with implants that interact with the nervous system.

To make these electrodes more efficient, the researchers have used starch as the raw material. While this has a measure of success, to enhance the electrical properties graphene and salvia extracts were added. Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

Graphene provides electrical properties that are highly suited to the hydrogel.

Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

Researchers at Rice printed wwls, the university’s mascot, in hydrogen atoms on a graphene substrate, turning it into a graphane superlattice suitable for organic chemistry, then “lit up” the Owls by coating them with a fluorophore and viewing them through fluorescence quenching microscopy.
Zhengzong Sun/Rice University

Low-carbon fibers

In related news, researchers at The University of Manchester have combined graphene with the natural fiber juteGraphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms

This pairing has created the world’s first for graphene-strengthened natural jute fiber composites.Graphene innovations monolayer carbon atoms
This product could replace synthetic materials across several manufacturing areas, like car production for car interiors, and would appeal to those seeking a natural and carbon-neutral alternative.

More about Graphene, Innovation, Technology, materials

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/the-big-graphene-innovations-you-need-to-know-about/article/539104#ixzz5ZwaDfZGL

Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines

Two new Bandera Geo FutureFilm ® lines in the U.S.A. Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines 

The global demand for lines dedicated to the production of geomembrane systems for waterproofing industry, is constantly increasing. Bandera confirms again its presence in this sector as a leading supplier. Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines 

Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines

This year, in the United States, a new customer decided to rely on the Bandera brand to set up a big project in the production of smooth and texturized geomembrane for water resources management industries.

Experience and competence have always distinguished Bandera and the important American group decided to purchase, in a single package, two twin lines of the Geo FutureFilm ® series to produce geomembrane up to 8 m, mainly for applications in the oil industry and in the environmental conservation.

The reasons that led the customer to choose Bandera are in particular innovation and after-sale technical service. With the first one, Bandera is constantly investing in new technologies, perfecting its machines day after day and making them even more performing and avant-garde.Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines 
The second one, instead, with an efficient customer-care service, assures the customer a constant closeness and immediate intervention in every event, further than implementing OEEE (Overall Extrusion Equipment Effectiveness ®) procedures.

Bandera’s commitment was not limited only to the sale of the lines, but involved an important training course for the American personnel in charge of the start-up, the management and the maintenance of the lines. As a matter of facts, in the middle of November 2018, 2 technical delegates of the group, were hosted for a whole week at Bandera’s THOE The House of Extrusion®, for some training on the lines in the tests room. A Bandera team composed by qualified engineers and sales managers, placed themselves at the disposal of the American guests, to show them the Company reality and to transfer them the necessary know-how to acquire the right familiarity with the purchased lines, looking into all the aspects related to the processes and to the various lines components.Bandera Geo FutureFilm lines 

For further information, you can contact Paolo Ceol, Blown Film Sales Manager and Key Account – p.ceol@lbandera.com

Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

Fulgar shows eco-sustainable fabrics at Textile Evolution Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution
Courtesy: Fulgar

Fulgar showed its eco-sustainable creations resulting from collaborations with brands that are ambassadors of excellence at the Textile Evolution expo, which was held from November 16-18, 2018, in Milan, Italy. Fulgar is a leader in the man-made fibre market with the production of polyamide 6.6 and covered elastomers in the textile and technical sector. Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

The Textile Evolution exhibition, with almost two thousand registered visitors during the thirteen days of the event, which for the first time hosted the best of Italian technical fabric production. Its aim was to highlight the relationship that exists in Italy’s textile industry between research, creativity in design, sustainability and technology.

Visitors to Textile Evolution could admire outerwear from urban-sportswear brand Sease, made in the innovative sunrise fabric using bio-based Evo by Fulgar yarn, sports garments by Cifra combining the use of Evo with the exclusive patented WKS technology, the prestigious ecological lace by Iluna containing recycled Q-NOVA fibre for lingerie. Other applications and items were from the ‘The Sustainable Kit’ collection by eco-designer Tiziano Guardini, made with Fulgar’s range of eco yarns and launched at the MFW2018, according to Fulgar. Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

Alongside the finished garments, an exciting display presented a close-up experience of Fulgar’s eco- sustainable yarns – Evo, a yarn made from castor oil, a totally-renewable plant not intended as a food resource, and Q-Nova, a fibre made exclusively from regenerated raw materials without the use of chemicals.

Textile Evolution also hosted the presentation of Luminescente, the innovative experimental technology developed by company’s R&D labs that enables the creation of garments and accessories that are also visible in the dark, a feature made possible by the use of natural minerals incorporated in a 6.6 polyamide yarn that can store light and fluoresce in conditions of total or partial darkness. Fulgar ecosustainable fabrics Textile Evolution

Fulgar also made a contribution to the ‘Textile Sustainability – the brands describe themselves’ debate during the national convention on November 23, 2018, alongside the show, organised by AICTC (Italian Association of Textile and Dyeing Chemistry). The contribution made by Alan Garosi, marketing manager Fulgar, entitled ‘Biosynthetics, a new generation of man-made fibres: from plant to nylon’ examined the value of new eco-sustainable fibres like the versatile, innovative Evo fibre, a bio-based product made from castor oil plants. (GK)

Source : Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Graphene high temperature superconductor

Discovery of ‘magic-angle graphene’ that behaves like a high-temperature superconductor is Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year  Graphene high temperature superconductor

Hamish Johnston

The Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year goes to Pablo Jarillo-Herrero of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and colleagues for making the discovery that led to the development of “twistronics”, which is a new and very promising technique for adjusting the electronic properties of graphene by rotating adjacent layers of the material.Graphene high temperature superconductor

The technique was first used by the team to create “magic-angle graphene”, which behaves like a high-temperature superconductor.

Nine other achievements are highly commended in the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2018 and cover topics ranging from the first full body PET/CT scan to a zero-carbon aeroplane propelled by a jet of ions. Graphene high temperature superconductor

Graphene high temperature superconductor
New twist: magic-angle bilayer graphene is the 2018 Breakthrough of the Year. (Courtesy: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero)

Graphene is a layer of carbon just one atom thick that has a honeycomb lattice. Bilayer graphene is a stack of two layers in which the two lattices are usually oriented in a specific way. Graphene high temperature superconductor

Twistronics began when Jarillo-Herrero and colleagues discovered Mott insulator behaviour in pristine bilayer graphene when the orientation of the two layers were twisted by a magic angle.

The team, a collection of researchers from MIT, Harvard University and the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan, then showed that by adding electrons to the twisted bilayer using an applied electric field, they could make it superconducting.

The development of twistronics has already triggered several important follow-up discoveries in graphene research.

Scientists at Columbia University devised a way to finely tune the angle between adjacent layers of 2D materials and thereby control the electronic properties. This highlights the potential for twistronics as an alternative paradigm for device engineering.

Further theoretical investigations have provided insights into the electronic transitions in bilayer and multilayer graphene systems.Graphene high temperature superconductor

Theorists have highlighted the potential for unconventional superconductivity, including topological superconductivity and the existence of topological “Majorana states” at the edge of the material.

These states could be particularly useful for creating quantum bits in quantum computers because they are more robust to environmental perturbations than many of the alternatives.

More recently, adding a twist between layers of 2D materials has also helped prevent Umklapp scattering, which degrades carrier mobility at high temperatures.

The Physics World Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2018 are awarded to research reported in 2018 in physicworld.com. The winners are chosen by Physics World editors and the criteria for judging included:

  • Significant advance in knowledge or understanding
  • Importance of work for scientific progress and/or development of real-world applications
  • Of general interest to Physics World readers

Now for our nine highly commended breakthroughs, which are listed below in no particular order.

Multifunctional carbon fibres enable “massless” energy storage

To Leif Asp at Chalmers University of Technology and his collaborators in Sweden, Italy and France for demonstrating the potential for effectively massless energy storage using multifunctional carbon fibres.Graphene high temperature superconductor

Despite progress in energy storage technology, batteries still make up a significant part of the weight for devices such as laptops and even cars.

Rather than focussing solely on optimized battery materials to tackle lightweight demands, Leif Asp and co-authors demonstrated that exploiting the electrochemical properties of carbon fibres used for structural support could drop device masses by as much as 50%.

Compensator expands global access to advanced radiotherapy

To Eric Ford from University of Washington Medical Center and his colleagues for creating a low-cost method for implementing intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). IMRT is a precision treatment technique that uses complex multileaf collimators (MLCs) to shape the photon beam and spare more healthy tissue. But while IMRT is available in essentially all radiotherapy clinics in high-income countries, it is largely absent in vast regions of low- and middle-income countries. To address this shortfall, Ford and a multi-institutional team developed a cost-effective alternative to the MLC, replacing it with a ring of compensators made from lightweight plastic moulds filled with attenuating beads such as tungsten beads. The proposed device can be retrofitted to existing linac and cobalt teletherapy units – allowing clinics to add IMRT without having to purchase a new treatment system.

IPCC Special Report on 1.5 °C climate change

To the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its Special Report on 1.5 °C climate change, which was released in October.

The work of 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries, the report resulted from the Paris climate talks in 2015 and highlights the climate-change impacts that could be avoided if the world gets its act together and limits global warming to 1.5 °C.

“Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5 °C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II. Read more in our special collection on climate change at 1.5 °C.

EXPLORER PET/CT produces first total-body scans

To the EXPLORER consortium for producing the first human images using their total-body PET scanner.

The EXPLORER PET/CT is the world’s first medical imaging system that can capture a 3D image of the entire human body simultaneously.

Developed by UC Davis scientists and a multi-institutional consortium, EXPLORER can scan up to 40 times faster, or use up to 40 times less radiation dose, than current PET systems, making it possible to conduct repeated studies in an individual, or dramatically reduce dose in paediatric studies.

The high-sensitivity scanner can also create movies that track radiolabelled drugs as they move around the body.

Combustion-free, propeller-free plane takes flight

To Steve Barrett and colleagues at MIT for demonstrating the first flight of a propeller-free plane that is not powered by a combustion engine.Graphene high temperature superconductor

The plane, which has a five-metre wingspan, is instead propelled by an “ionic wind” of charged ions generated by wire electrodes running off a battery.

Announcing the flight, Barrett said he was inspired by a childhood love of Star Trek: “The future looked like it should be planes moving silently with no moving parts – maybe a blue glow but certainly no propellers or turbines or anything like that.

So I started looking for what physics would make flight with no moving parts possible.”

Graphene high temperature superconductor

Quantum mechanics defies causal order, experiment confirms

To Jacqui RomeroFabio Costa, Kaumudibikash Goswami, Christina Giarmatzi, Michael Kewming and Andrew White of the University of Queensland and Cyril Branciard of the University of Grenoble Alpes for their experimental demonstration that quantum mechanics can allow events to occur with no definite causal order.

This is unlike classical physics – and everyday life – in which there is a strict causal relationship between consecutive events.

To observe indefinite causality the team created a “quantum switch”, in which a photon can take two paths.

One path involves the photon being subjected to operation A before operation B, while in the other path B occurs before A.

If the operations are performed close together in time, then it becomes impossible to tell which was done first. Indefinite causal order – along with team’s quantum switch – could prove useful for processing quantum information.

Activating retinal stem cells restores vision in mice

To Bo Chen from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an international research team for successfully restoring vision in mice by activating retinal stem cells.

In cold-blooded vertebrates, Müller glia cells (MGs) act as retinal stem cells that can replenish damaged retinal neurons and restore vision. In mammals, however, MGs do not have regenerative capability. Graphene high temperature superconductor

In this study, Chen and colleagues aimed to reactivate the MGs by performing a two-step gene transfer process to reprogram MGs in blind mice.

Between four and six weeks after the reprogramming, the mice could sense light and regained their vision. While further tests are needed to determine the degree of sight improvement, the approach could one day transform treatment for patients with retinal degenerative diseases, which currently have no cure.

Ancient hydrogen reveals clues to dark matter’s identity

To Judd Bowman, Raul Monsalve, Thomas Mozdzen and Nivedita Mahesh of Arizona State University Arizona State University and Alan Rogers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for using the EDGES radio telescope to observe colder-than-expected hydrogen gas that existed just 180 million years after the Big Bang; and Rennan Barkana, of Tel Aviv University for calculating that this could be the first direct observation of a non-gravitational interaction between dark matter and conventional matter.

While further observations are needed to back-up this hypothesis, the research could help resolve one of the most important unsolved mysteries of physics: what is the nature of dark matter?

Graphene high temperature superconductor

Superconductivity spotted in a quasicrystal

To Keiichiro Imura, Kazuhiko Deguchi, Tsutomu Ishimasa, Keisuke Kamiya, Nobuo Wada and Noriaki Sato of Nagoya University, Tsunehiro Takeuchi of the Toyota Technological Institute, Tsutomu Ishimasa of the Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute and Noriyuki Kabeya of Tohoku University for discovering the first superconducting quasicrystal – a metal-alloy that is a superconductor a temperatures lower than 0.05 K.

Conventional superconductivity arises when pairs of electrons form via an interaction with phonons, which are particle-like deformations that propagate through crystalline lattices.

Quasicrystals do not have translational symmetry and therefore do not have crystalline lattices – and should therefore not be conventional superconductors.

Since the first quasicrystals were discovered in 1984, some physicists have suggested that superconductivity could occur in quasicrystals and now this discovery could lead to the creation of new materials that display fractal superconductivity.

 

Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Aquafil Hosts Grand Opening at Phoenix Carpet Recycling Plant  Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Mr.Giulio Bonazzi Discusses Aquafil’s New Carpet Recycling Facility in Pheonix, Arizona 

Aquafil hosted the grand opening for its Phoenix, Arizona-based carpet recycling plant on December 13.

The $25 million investment represents the first of five plants in Aquafil’s long-term plan. The second will open in 2019 in Sacramento, California.

One-hundred-sixty guests-including customers, suppliers and sustainability experts-attended.

The facility uses two production lines to break down post-consumer carpet into three components for recycling.

Nylon 6 fiber that will be shipped to Aquafil’s Slovenia depolymerization facility and converted into new carpet fiber.

Polypropylene fiber that will be molded into new products, and calcium carbonate is used in concrete and roadwork.Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

In addition to being converted back into new carpet, Aquafil’s Econyl branded 100% recycled fiber is sold to over 400 different apparel and fashion brands that include Levis, Speedo and Adidas.Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Giulio Bonazzi, CEO for Aquafil, said that the idea of creating a network of carpet recycling facilities started 20 years ago with a conversation he had with Interface’s late Ray Anderson.

“In a circular economy, we should manufacture everything with the end in mind,” says Bonazzi.Aquafil Phoenix Carpet Recycling

Dayna Baumeister, the founder of Biomimicry 3.8, spoke at the event as well David Oakey, the well know carpet designer from Interface. Oakey noted, “I think Ray Anderson is smiling today.”

Listen to today’s audio interview here for more details.

Related Topics:Interface

Polymers PET rPET Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET rPET Petrochemicals Prices

         Polyestertime

ITEM10/12/201817/12/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,540 yuan/ton8,350 yuan/ton-190
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,100 $/ton1,080 $/ton-20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market8,175 yuan/ton8,175 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market8,225 yuan/ton8,250 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,680 yuan/ton6,685 yuan/ton+5
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market860 $/ton865 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,850 yuan/ton5,815 yuan/ton-35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market700 $/ton687 $/ton-13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,068 $/ton1,072 $/ton+4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,048 $/ton1,052 $/ton+4
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market965 $/ton968 $/ton+3
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 

8,620 yuan/ton

 

8,770 yuan/ton

 

+150

Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 

8,050 yuan/ton

 

8,450 yuan/ton

 

+400

Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 

10,450 yuan/ton

 

10,250 yuan/ton

 

-200

Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market  

9,800 yuan/ton

 

10,050 yuan/ton

 

+250

Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 

9,250 yuan/ton

 

9,475 yuan/ton

 

+225

Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 

9,000 yuan/ton

 

9,100 yuan/ton

 

+100

Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,800 yuan/ton13,000 yuan/ton-800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,800 $/ton1,670 $/ton-130
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,210 $/ton2,120 $/ton-90
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 

15,800 yuan/ton

 

14,500 yuan/ton

 

-1,300

Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 

16,100 yuan/ton

 

15,500 yuan/ton

 

-600

Nylon66 chips domestic  market35,400 yuan/ton34,700 yuan/ton-700
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 

18,800 yuan/ton

 

18,200 yuan/ton

 

-600

Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 

22,100 yuan/ton

 

21,500 yuan/ton

 

-600

Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 

19,500 yuan/ton

 

19,100 yuan/ton

 

-400

Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500  yuan/ton39,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,000 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market5,400 yuan/ton5,150 yuan/ton-250
Benzene overseas  market616 $/ton601 $/ton-15
Ethylene South East market760 $/ton770 $/ton+10
Ethylene NWE  market850 $/ton861 $/ton+11
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,600 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton+200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,900 yuan/ton13,880 yuan/ton-20
PP Powder domestic market9,400 yuan/ton9,225 yuan/ton-175
Naphtha overseas market          489 $/ton507 $/ton+18
Phenol domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton8,475 yuan/ton-225
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,290 $/ton1,295 $/ton+5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,390 $/ton1,395 $/ton+5+5
LDPE CFR Far East 1,023 $/ton1,032 $/ton+9
LLDPE CFR Far East1012 $/ton1022 $/ton+10
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,004 $/ton1,013 $/ton+9
LLDPE FOB Middle East979 $/ton1,005 $/ton+26
HDPE CFR Far East1,051 $/ton1,059 $/ton+1
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,050 $/ton1,050 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,204 €/ton1,204 €/ton

 

Water stabilized hydrogen technology

Water-stabilized hydrogen fuel promises twice the range of gasoline at half the price, with zero tailpipe emissions  Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Automotive
Water stabilized hydrogen technology
Electriq-Global, an Israeli-Australian company, claims it’s invented a new fuel that combines the best aspects of gasoline, hydrogen and batteries into a cheap, green and recyclable liquid(Credit: tomwang/Depositphotos)

Israeli-Australian company Electriq Global’s new technology stabilizes hydrogen in a recyclable liquid that can be pumped and transported just like gasoline.

That’s huge news, because it enables long-range electric driving with fast refueling – and it plugs right into the existing fuel logistics model.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Plenty of people want to move on from gasoline and diesel. Some are environmentalists, some want to stop supporting the geopolitics of oil, some like the lightning-quick performance potential of electric motors.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Whatever the reason, the fuel that powered the 20th century seems unlikely to maintain its transport lead through the 21st.

But today’s alternatives to fossil fuels all have their difficulties. EV batteries, for example, are heavy and expensive, they can struggle with heat, and they take an uncomfortably long time to charge, which many consumers aren’t willing to deal with on longer trips.

Mind you, batteries are significantly better than straight-up hydrogen, which is energy-inefficient to produce, difficult to store and transport, and adds explosive potential to crashes.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Hydrogen’s main selling point is its ability to fit into current fuel distribution infrastructure; you can pump it into a car like gasoline, so if gas stations started carrying it, you’d be able to fill up anywhere.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

But Electriq Global, an Israeli-Australian company, claims it’s invented a new fuel that combines the best aspects of gasoline, hydrogen and batteries into a cheap, green and recyclable liquid that it believes could be the transport fuel of the future.

Electriq says it has worked out a way to stabilize hydrogen in a liquid form that’s around 60 percent water.

This makes it simple to transport and store, eliminating the single biggest reason why hydrogen hasn’t taken off at this point.

Using a standard sized fuel tank, the Electriq system would, according to modeling, cost less than half the equivalent gasoline price to fill up, and it would deliver around twice the range, while being completely emissions-free – at least, back to the fuel production plant.

Here’s how it works. Electriq produces the fuel at a production/recycling center. According to Electriq spokesman Michael Simonetti, the recipe is “surprisingly simple,” and doesn’t require any rare or expensive elements.

When it’s fully loaded, the fuel contains about three percent hydrogen and 97 percent supporting material.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

The fuel is moved via tanker to gas stations, much the same as happens with gasoline, and drivers fill up their cars at a pump.

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

The fuel tank in the car, which is about the same size as a regular fuel tank, has a separate module called the “Switch,” which releases small amounts of a catalyzing chemical into the fuel tank to release the hydrogen from the fuel.

Once the hydrogen is released, it’s sent directly to a fuel cell to be converted into electric energy, which is then used to power an electric drivetrain. Everything from the fuel cell onwards is standard and already on the road in existing fuel cell vehicles.

“If you picked up a Toyota Mirai today,” says Simonetti, “and took out the hydrogen tank, and switched it out with this fuel tank and the Switch, which is a single set of componentry, you’ve got a working car.”

Once enough of the Switch catalyst has been used to release all, or most, of the hydrogen, it’s time to refill the tank – but one unique feature of the Electriq technology is that the remaining fuel material (comprising some 97 percent of the total volume) is completely recyclable.

Thus, when you go to the gas station to fuel up, it’s a dual process, in which your spent fuel is pumped out, and fresh fuel is pumped in.

This two-way fuel process goes all the way back up the chain; the gas station would store a tankful of spent fuel, which an Electriq tanker would pick up after dropping off fresh fuel, and take it back to the production facility where it will have the hydrogen put back in.

Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

So what you end up with is a zero-emissions electric vehicle with a huge range, whose liquid hydrogen “battery” can be quickly and conveniently filled up at a gas station for half the price of regular unleaded.

This neglects, of course, one of the strongest features of battery-electric vehicles: if you slow-charge them at home overnight, or while parked at the office, you can do the vast majority of your driving without ever needing to hit a fast-charge station.

But you could easily design a hybrid Electriq/electric car that runs on a small, cheap, wall-chargable battery to cover daily use, and that uses the Electriq system to provide a massive range boost and instant recharging on longer trips.

Naturally, we had questions. So we put them to Simonetti, as well as Electriq Global CEO Guy Michrowski.

What’s the well-to-wheels energy efficiency of the process?

“The overall thermodynamic efficiency of the process is over two thirds,” says Michrowski. “Most of it is during the fuel recycling process. No energy is lost on-board the vehicle. Energy loss in the fuel cell (typically <50 percent) and EV are the same as with EVs using compressed hydrogen.”

This information really doesn’t affect the consumer, who will be much more interested in the ability to quickly and cheaply refuel their electric car and drive long distances.

But in the context of an overall transport ecosystem, you can look at it in terms of energy usage and overall system emissions.

If you have a given amount of energy, let’s say 100 kWh, and you put it into a typical lithium-ion EV battery, you can expect somewhere between 80-90 kWh to make it to the electric motors, because that’s about the charge-discharge efficiency rate of lithium-ion.

If you take that same 100 kWh and convert it into Electriq fuel, you’ll have maybe 70 kWh by the time it gets into your car’s fuel tank, and you’ll lose somewhere around half of that as the fuel cell converts the hydrogen back into electric energy. So you could end up with 35-40 kWh reaching the motors.

So it’s about half as efficient as a battery, and any upstream emissions at the power generation plant will effectively be double what you’d get running a battery, even though both an Electriq car and a battery-powered electric car will have zero tailpipe emissions.

Does the Switch catalyst need to be refilled?

“Yes,” says Simonetti, “like a filter on a car. Once a year, or whatever it ends up being.”

For the distribution model to work you will need petroleum companies to get on board. Why would they dedicate pump space to a competing product?

“It’s not a competitive product,” says Simonetti. “Yes, the petrol companies own the petrol stations. But if you can offer a bigger margin to them, then it’s profitable.

And if there’s more room to play with the margins … from the numbers we’ve gone over with the team, the buffers are better.

Wholesale to retail pricing margins can be much better, and people are still driving green cars and getting a better price for their fuel.

“Even if that price goes up a bit because, say, Shell won’t do it without a bigger margin, well OK, that’s part of the negotiations.

Maybe it comes at a 1:1 price to start with, who knows? That stuff’s all on the table. All we know is the modeling tells us we can produce it a lot cheaper than petrol.”

Where are things at with getting manufacturers on board?

“There’s a truck builder in China that’s been exposed to the end to end process and components, because they’re building vehicles utilizing the technology,” says Simonetti. “There’s a range of applications like that where joint venture partners do have access to the technology.

“[Electriq is making] an incredible claim. It’s something now that we all want vetted in a commercial rollout.

But the data stacks up. The joint venture partners, they’re the ones that are doing the vetting right now.

“Our roadmap talks about a generator, it talks about an unmanned drone, a truck, and there’s also a commercial grade production plant in Israel that’s being built to create and recycle the fuel on a commercial scale.

“We’ve pretty much spoken to everybody [in the mainstream automotive world] and what do you expect? You’re a startup with unbelievable claims, it’s not like you’re adding windscreen wipers or a sunroof.

And even those things were enormous challenges to get embedded into vehicles. With this, you’re changing out the entire ecosystem for the car, and you’re the future. So that’s a long process and conversation.

There’s interest, but there’s no deal signed. There’s no ‘we’ve got Toyota on the dotted line, this is going to happen.’

“It’s very early days in terms of outreach but there’s a lot of people now knocking on our door thanks to the global launch. We’re getting good traction. But it’s how quickly can we make that happen.Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

“One of my goals is to create a community of people that want this technology in their hands. So we can go to manufacturers and say ‘not only do we have a technology, we’ve also got the people that want this. Here’s 10,000, or 100,000 people that would buy your car tomorrow if it was available.'”Water stabilized hydrogen technology 

Anyone who wants to join such a community can do so at the Electriq Global community web page.

What’s the shelf-life of the fuel itself?

“The fuel shelf life is five years,” says Michrowski, “with energy loss of less than 10 percent for the entire period.”

That’s even better than the one-year shelf life of regular unleaded gasoline.

We’ve asked Electriq Global some further questions, and are waiting for responses, but the system certainly seems promising, potentially even revolutionary.

It fits in logistically with the current fuel system, and seems to be able to offer a great deal both to consumers and to retail partners.

It offers zero-emissions, long-range, high-performance electric motoring that lets you “recharge” your electric car in the same amount of time it’d take you to fill up a tank of gas, and it’ll happily work in a hybrid scenario alongside a battery if you want to be able to charge from the wall and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Perhaps the biggest question is, if this system would take five, or 10 years to break through into mainstream use, with large-scale Electriq fuel production and recycling plants in major cities, and full participation from fuel retailers and vehicle manufacturers alike, what technologies will it be competing against in the mid-to-late 2020s?

Will those five to 10 years see the kinds of quantum leaps we keep hearing about in the battery world, delivering us smaller, lighter, hugely energy-dense batteries that charge super quickly, last tens of thousands of charge cycles and remain thermally stable in crashes? If so, will a solution like the Electriq model maintain its appeal?

Either way, this is an exciting and fascinating technology that we’ll be looking to keep a close eye on as it develops.

Corbion Total PLA bioplastics Thailand

Corbion and Total launch ‘second-largest PLA bio-plastics plant in the world’ in Thailand  Corbion Total PLA bioplastics Thailand

Corbion Total PLA bioplastics Thailand

Bio-plastics are a great complement to our more traditional petrochemicals products to meet the rising demand for polymers while contributing towards reducing end-of-life concerns.” Corbion Total PLA bioplastics Thailand

The bio-based sector is set to experience a boost after oil giant Total and Dutch biochemicals specialist Corbion recently announced that they have started operations at their new bio-plastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The facility, run by the joint venture named Total Corbion PLA, will be able to produce 75,000 tonnes of polylactic acid (PLA) per year.

The products will meet customers’ needs in a wide range of markets, including packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing fibres, and the automotive industries, Total Corbion PLA said in a statement.

According to the joint venture, PLA is experiencing strong global demand. PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled, or in some cases composted and returned to the soil as fertiliser.Corbion Total PLA bioplastics Thailand

Total Corbion PLA will leverage on the integration with its lactide plant, the monomer required for the production of PLA, that has simultaneously been expanded to 100,000 tonnes per year production capacity.

In addition to this, the company’s 1,000 tonnes per year PLA pilot plant, which has been operational since the end of 2017, is located on the same site and will be used for product development.

“The start-up of this state-of-the-art plant establishes Total Corbion PLA as a world-scale PLA bio-plastic producer, ideally located to serve growing markets from Asia Pacific to Europe and the Americas,” said Stephane Dion, CEO of the joint venture.

She added: “The subsequent increase in global PLA capacity will enable manufacturers and brand owners to move into the circular economy and produce bio-based products with lower carbon footprints and multiple end of life options.”

“I’m very pleased that the joint venture has started-up the second-largest PLA bio-plastics plant in the world.

This achievement is fully in line with our strategy, to expand in petrochemicals and, at the same time, innovate in low-carbon solutions.

Bio-plastics are a great complement to our more traditional petrochemicals products to meet the rising demand for polymers while contributing towards reducing end-of-life concerns,” added Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals at Total.

“This is good news for consumers and producers who want to make a conscious choice to improve their carbon footprint and make their contribution to a circular economy.

A world of innovation and business opportunities has opened up while contributing to a better world,” explained Tjerk de Ruiter, CEO at Corbion.

Polyethylene Terephthalate PET Persian Gulf

Consumer interest in PET in the Gulf region has declined  Polyethylene Terephthalate PET Persian Gulf 

Polyethylene Terephthalate PET Persian Gulf

MOSCOW – Consumer interest in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the Persian Gulf region declined after rising prices for PET and raw materials last week, ICIS reports, citing market participants. Polyethylene Terephthalate PET Persian Gulf 

The spot PET prices in the region on CFR terms were USD1,130-1,180 per tonne per week ending December 6th, which is USD30-40 per tonne higher than a week earlier.

Some price proposals for materials of Asian origin were at the level of USD1,100 per tonne, CFR GCC on December 13th.

Prices for purified terephthalic acid (TFA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the region also declined on December 13 compared with a week earlier.

Earlier it was reported that the price proposals of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the Asian market rose sharply last week amid an increase in raw material prices.

Spot prices in the region were in the range of USD1 020-1 050 per ton, FOB China, and USD1 100-1 130 per ton, FOB India, in the week ending November 30.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in December, the cost of PET for Russian processors reached its lowest level in the second half of this year.

The sharp decline in prices in the Chinese market last week was replaced by growth.

The cost of PET for contract buyers in the Russian Federation this month will be in the range of 100 000-103 000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

mrcplast.ru

Author:   Anna Larionova

Bioplastics compostable biopolymers Italy

Bioplastics compostable in Italy Bioplastics compostable biopolymers Italy

Bioplastics compostable biopolymers Italy
Last year more than 70 thousand tons of biopolymers were transformed, a volume that grew by 86% in the last five years. Bioshopper for the first time exceed illegal bags.

Assobioplastiche presented in Rome the 2018 edition, with data referring to the last year, of the Annual Report on the Italian industry of compostable bioplastics, developed as usual by the consulting company of Milan Plastic Consult. Bioplastics compostable biopolymers Italy
This sector, still unripe and niche compared to that of traditional plastics, is however recording good growth rates, thanks to a mix of innovation, a growing interest in sustainability by big brands and consumers, regulations that aim to accelerate the transition from single-use plastics to biodegradable ones, both nationally and in the community.

In the last five years, according to the report, the transformation of bioplastics in Italy has increased by + 86% to reach 73 thousand tons last year (compared to 61,000 tons in 2016 and 39,000 tons in 2012), while the business increased by 49% from € 367 million in 2012 to € 545 million last year.

The number of companies also increased over the five-year period, 240 (+ 69% compared to 143 in 2012) and the number of employees, equal to 2,450 units (+ 92%).

Polymer processing Tatarstan chemistry

Polymer processing in Tatarstan has grown 2.5 times in seven years Polymer processing Tatarstan chemistry

Polymer processing Tatarstan chemistry

MOSCOW – Polymer processing in Tatarstan has grown 2.5 times in seven years, reports Business Gazette . Polymer processing Tatarstan chemistry

Tatarstan produces 12% of all chemistry in the Russian Federation and almost half, 41% of all polymers. Some brands of the enterprise of the Republic produce the only in Russia.

Such information was announced by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Alexey Savelchev, at the last “Polymer Day,” informs the republican media.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH) and Kazanorgsintez (KOS) together produce more than 1.5 million tons of base polymers. Of these, 24% is processed (for different types of products), or 366 thousand tons. Polymer processing Tatarstan chemistry

And, although the volume of polymer processing has increased 2.5 times over the past 7 years, it has not yet been possible to achieve the goal set by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to 30%.

In many ways, the petrochemical giants themselves, who are constantly increasing their production capacity, are “guilty”, while the processors do not have time for them.

The growth of polymer processing occurred due to the opening of new enterprises, the deputy minister noted. “How have we grown up? We have large enterprises, the largest of which are I-Plast, Danaflex, Tekhstroy, Polimatiz, TatkhimPlast and the young company Poligran,” Savelchev listed.

For example, Tekhstroy manufactures polymer pipes, Ai-Plast specializes in polymer packaging, Danaflex-nano is known for its nanofilm, Kama Polymer Materials Plant has chosen the production of compounds and film products for itself, SafPlast “famous for polycarbonate, 40% stretch film in the Russian Federation t UK “SP Kamskie clearing” and so on.

Earlier it was reported that PC “Poligran” launched the second extrusion line for the production of composite materials for the cable industry in the Vysokogorsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

 

Polypropylene prices Southeast Asia

PP prices in Southeast Asia are falling Polypropylene prices Southeast Asia 

Polypropylene prices Southeast Asia

MOSCOW – Polypropylene (PP) prices in Southeast Asia have been falling for the sixth week in a row, despite an improvement in buying trends throughout the region, ICIS reports, citing market participants.

PP spot prices remain under pressure from broad supply in December, as suppliers seek to clean up existing warehouses until the end of the year.

December prices for duty-free PP for yarns were at USD 1140 per tonne, CFR southeast Asia, although some deals were made at a lower level.

Dutyable PP for filaments sold at around USD1080 per ton, CFR SE Asia.

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , the December contract price of propylene in Europe was agreed at EUR100 per tonne lower than November.

Against this background, all European manufacturers announced a decrease in export prices of polypropylene (PP) for deliveries to the markets of the CIS countries in December. But price cuts are not proportional to monomer price cuts.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

Indorama Ventures announces acquisition of UTT  Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

UTT is one of the leading suppliers of airbag fabrics and other highly specialised solutions in the field of technical textiles.

Indorama Ventures (IVL), a leading chemical company, has entered into an agreement to acquire UTT, one of the leading suppliers of airbag fabrics and other highly specialised solutions in the field of technical textiles.

The company has two sites in Germany and Mexico with around 420 employees and produces around 70 million sqm of fabrics.Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

Subject to regulatory approvals, UTT will be acquired by PHP Fibers, a company owned by Indorama Ventures (80% stake) and Toyobo (20% stake).

The acquisition of UTT by PHP Fibers brings together two pioneers in the airbag market who have worked together closely and trustingly for more than five decades, the company reports.

With this acquisition, Indorama Ventures says it is strengthening its portfolio in the airbag sector and adds the UTT weaving sites in Germany and Mexico to the yarn production sites in Germany, the USA and the JV participation in China, as well as to the PHP Fibers weaving mills in Germany and the USA established with the expertise of Toyobo.

The combination of both companies will form a leading integrated manufacturer of airbag yarns and textiles globally to offering wider choices to its customers in a more cost-efficient manner.Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

“We have known UTT for a long time as a loyal customer of our airbag yarns.

The expertise of UTT and the intensified exchange of experience with PHP will advance both companies and further strengthen Indorama Ventures’ leading global position in the airbag segment.

For the benefit of our customers, we will move even closer to the users in the future in order to be able to respond better and more flexibly to the wishes of our customers, whether for yarns or fabrics,” said Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures.

“The acquisition also clearly demonstrates the strategic importance of the Automotive Division for Indorama Ventures.Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

IVL is not only focusing on tire yarns, but also on other trendsetting segments such as airbags.” Indorama Ventures airbag fabrics UTT

Seiji Narahara, President of Toyobo, commented: “Through the acquisition of UTT, Toyobo Group and PHP will become among the world’s top groups that can produce and supply products for airbags, from yarn to fabrics.

It will also reinforce our long-term relationship with Indorama Ventures, which acquired PHP jointly with Toyobo, as a result.”

Indorama Ventures is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

The company’s portfolio comprises Necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibres, and packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA.

Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and automotive sectors, i.e. beverages, hygiene, personal care, tire and safety segments.

www.indoramaventures.com

Price quotations polyethylene terephthalate

Price quotations for PET in Asia rose after an increase in raw material prices Price quotations polyethylene terephthalate

Price quotations  polyethylene terephthalate

MOSCOW – The price proposals of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the Asian market have risen sharply last week amid an increase in raw material prices, ICIS reported.

Spot prices in the region were in the range of USD1 020-1 050 per ton, FOB China, and USD1 100-1 130 per ton, FOB India, in the week ending November 30.

Prices for Chinese PET were the most competitive in Asia compared to other volumes of material from Asian countries.Price quotations polyethylene terephthalate

The price quotations for Chinese PET went up last week for both domestic and export markets after the growth of domestic raw material prices in China for purified terephthalic acid (TPA) from 6,110-6,170 yuan (CNY) or USD887-896 per ton, ex-warehouse (ex warehouse), November 30, up to the mark in CNY6 537-6 620 per ton, ex-warehouse, December 6.

Price quotations for Chinese PET were voiced last week at USD1,100 per tonne, FOB China, and higher.

With the growth of price proposals for material in China, the price proposals of other Asian PET volumes are likely to follow the same trend.

So, one of the price offers from India has already been announced at the level of USD1,150 per ton, FOB India.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in December, the cost of PET for Russian processors reached its lowest level in the second half of this year.

The sharp decline in prices in the Chinese market last week was replaced by growth.

The cost of PET for contract buyers in the Russian Federation this month will be in the range of 100 000-103 000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

All about PLA & CPLA – compostable bioplastics made from plant starches

At Vegware, we manufacture our catering disposables from a variety of plant-based materials. We use paper, board and pulp, but the big difference is that we don’t use conventional plastics.PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

Our cups still need to be leakproof, and our clients still want clear windows, so we use compostable bioplastics – compostable materials derived from plant sources.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches
A compostable lunch: PLA cold cups and portion pots, PLA linings in our hot cups, and CPLA coffee lids and cutlery

What is PLA?

PLA is a compostable bioplastic derived from plant sugars. PLA stands for polylactic acid. It can be made from any sugar, such as corn starch, cassava, sugar cane, or sugar beet.

NatureWorks is the world’s largest producer of PLA, and a key partner to Vegware. Industrial corn is the primary source crop at the moment, but NatureWorks are working actively to diversify feedstocks, investigating other fibrous non-food crops, or even creating lactic acid from carbon dioxide or methane.

NatureWorks refer to their PLA under the Ingeo brand, and offer full information online on how it is made, and end of life options.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

How PLA is made

Corn plants are milled to extract the starch, in the form of glucose. The glucose is then fermented to produce lactic acid. Next up, a chemical process transforms the lactic acid into a polymer, which can be made into pellets, known in the industry as resin.

Just like a conventional plastic resin, the PLA pellets can be used in a variety of ways – extruded into a sheet or film, injection moulded, cast into sheets, or spun into fibres. PLA has a huge range of applications, but at Vegware we use it for:

  • PLA-coated board for paper cups and soup containers
  • Clear cold cups, salad containers, deli and portion pots, and lids for a variety of products
  • Clear windows in sandwich wedges, salad boxes and bags
PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches
PLA pellets ready for a variety of uses

CPLA – crystallised PLA for higher heat use

PLA has a low melt point, so is best for cold use up to around 40ºC or 105ºF. Where more heat resistance is needed such as in cutlery, or lids for coffee or soup, we use a crystallised form.

This involves adding chalk to the PLA to act as a catalyst, and then rapidly heating and cooling the PLA resin during production.

The result is a product which is heat stable to 90ºC or 194ºF. Vegware’s CPLA products are still suitable for industrial composting, in either in-vessel or open windrow composting.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches
CPLA is crystallised PLA, for hotter uses like coffee lids or cutlery

Corn for food, feed AND industrial uses

The industrial corn used to make NatureWorks Ingeo PLA is non-food-grade, so it is not competing with food for human consumption.

The whole plant is harvested, and every part of it is used. The protein and starch have many different uses:

  • the plant-based proteins are used to make animal feed;
  • the starch has many industrial uses, including in airbags, corrugated cardboard, recycled paper, pharmaceuticals, condoms, oil refining and drilling…and making PLA.

Read more information on food and bioplastics from NatureWorks, the world’s largest producer of PLA.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches
All of the corn plant is used, creating animal feed and many industrial products

Sustainable growing practices

The corn plants are grown using sustainable farming practices, without excessive pesticides and water use.

In the same way that FSC can prove the sustainability of timber production, NatureWorks has independent ISCC PLUS certification – more info here.

This in-depth scheme demonstrates the sustainable growing practices for the plants used by NatureWorks to make PLA:

  1. No sourcing from land with high biodiversity, high carbon stock or from peatland (2008 as the reference year).
  2. Agricultural practices (fertilizer & pesticide use, storage, disposal, tillage practices, equipment calibration, irrigation)
  3. Environmental protection (protect natural vegetation & water courses, soil erosion, soil organic matter)
  4. Social sustainability (child labour, workers protection, labour condition, land rights, training, water rights)
  5. Greenhouse gas emissions on farm level.

Implementing this scheme has involved helping farmers to alter their growing practices for greater sustainability.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

PLA – which waste stream?

Vegware’s compostable catering disposables can biodegrade in under 12 weeks in commercial composting, which provides the perfect balance of microbes, moisture and warmth.

Our Environmental team offer our clients unparalleled zero waste support – see point 2 in our Composting FAQ.

Where there is no access to industrial composting, used Vegware should be put in general waste.

Vegware’s takeaway packaging is made from plants, not plastic, using lower carbon, renewable or recycled materials, and these sustainability benefits still apply no matter what happens to them after use.

  • Used Vegware should NOT be placed in standard recycling bins which collect paper, plastics and metals, as those materials go to a different type of sorting facility.
  • Another reason is that food waste harms the quality of mechanical recycling – the same applies to any used foodservice disposables.
  • General waste goes to either incineration or landfill. If Vegware is incinerated, energy is produced.
  •  Incineration studies from NatureWorks, a key materials supplier of ours, show that their PLA bioplastic produces more heat than newspaper, wood or food waste; also that it produces no volatile gases and leaves little residue.
  • Some in the waste sector prefer plant-based materials over conventional plastics as they give off fewer toxic gases.
  • In landfill, studies have shown that compostable packaging is inert and does not give off methane.
  • Please do not litter – compostable packaging is not expected to break down when discarded in the environment, and is not a solution to marine pollution.
  • Home composting conditions vary with the skill of the householder, so we don’t make any claims there, but there have been successful trials using hot compost bins.

PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

PLA – not a threat to plastics recycling

Compared to conventional plastics, bioplastics currently represent a tiny fraction of packaging, so it is not currently economical to sort PLA from other waste streams.

If there is a major increase in bioplastics volumes, then waste sorting facilities can be calibrated to recognise and sort bioplastics using near-infrared identification.

As well as composting, PLA is suitable for mechanical recycling into new PLA, as practised by Looplife Polymers in Belgium.PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

Studies have shown that low levels of bioplastics do not harm plastics recycling. German and Italian researchers have found there was no reduction to quality, up to these levels:

  • Up to 3% PLA in post-consumer PP plastic recyclate (1)
  • Up to 10% PLA in PS plastic re-granulates (1)
  • Up to 1-2% PLA in recycled PET plastic short-spinning plant (2)
  • Up to 10% MaterBi in the recycling of PE plastic shopping bags (2)

This information comes from (1) the report PLA in the Waste Stream, a report initiated by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

And (2) from CONAI, the National Packaging Consortium of Italy: Working Group Biodegradable Packaging Recovery Project report, 2012.PLA CPLA compostable bioplastics starches

We don’t encourage anyone to put PLA into plastics recycling, but these studies offer comfort to plastics reprocessors, who are understandably keen to maintain quality.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre 12-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain lose ground.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,050/8,200 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,600/5,700 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,030/1,045 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,600/8,700  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,400/10,500  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Price quotations for PET in Asia rose after an increase in raw material prices 

The price proposals of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the Asian market have risen sharply last week amid an increase in raw material prices, ICIS reported.

Spot prices in the region were in the range of USD1 020-1 050 per ton, FOB China, and USD1 100-1 130 per ton, FOB India, in the week ending November 30.

Prices for Chinese PET were the most competitive in Asia compared to other volumes of material from Asian countries.

The price quotations for Chinese PET went up last week for both domestic and export markets after the growth of domestic raw material prices in China for purified terephthalic acid (TPA) from 6,110-6,170 yuan (CNY) or USD887-896 per ton, ex-warehouse (ex warehouse), November 30, up to the mark in CNY6 537-6 620 per ton, ex-warehouse, December 6.

Price quotations for Chinese PET were voiced last week at USD1,100 per tonne, FOB China, and higher.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-All about PLA & CPLA – compostable bioplastics made from plant starches

At Vegware, we manufacture our catering disposables from a variety of plant-based materials.

We use paper, board and pulp, but the big difference is that we don’t use conventional plastics.

Our cups still need to be leakproof, and our clients still want clear windows, so we use compostable bioplastics – compostable materials derived from plant sources.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Biggest Negative Risk for Oil Price

That’s according to Bjorn Tonhaugen, head of oil market research at Rystad Energy, who told Rigzone that the OPEC+ decision will help the price stabilize and partially recover during 2019 but will “not likely bring oil back up to $75-$80 levels anytime soon due to the growth in U.S. shale”.

“Oil prices reacted positively initially because the market, based on the news flow before the decision, priced in a probability of a smaller cut … also there was a risk of no-deal,” Tonhaugen told Rigzone.

“Therefore, the market reacted positively initially but that may fade first before prices recover somewhat,” he added.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Europe chemicals 2019 sales growth could be weakest since 2015 – UBS

Weakening automotive industry production, softer construction markets and a decline in oil pricing could lead in 2019 to the weakest revenue growth for European chemicals since 2015, according to analysts at investment bank UBS.

Average organic sales for the sector could be closer to the 3% contraction recorded in 2015 than the flat growth the bank had previously guided for, following Germany-based chemicals producer BASF’s downgrade to its 2018 earnings outlook last week.

UBS also said the strongest commodity chemicals supply growth since 2015 next year, potentially 50% above 2015 levels, increasing pricing risk at a time when the Chinese government looks set to dramatically expand its domestic emissions reduction programme and reduce basic chemicals demand.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-U.S. expected to end 2018 as world’s top oil producer: EIA

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil output growth was expected to slow slightly for this year compared with previous forecasts, the Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday, but at a record 10.88 million barrels per day, the nation will end 2018 as the world’s top producer.

Output this year was forecast to rise 1.53 million bpd to 10.88 million bpd, down from the EIA’s previous estimate of an increase of 1.55 million bpd. The current all-time U.S. annual output peak was in 1970 at 9.6 million bpd, according to federal energy data.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Holland Company Enters North American Distribution Agreement with Borealis

Holland Company, a leading distributor of thermoplastics resins, announced today it has been selected by Vienna, Austria-based polyolefins producer Borealis to be its distributor in North America.

Under the agreement, M. Holland will distribute filled polypropylene (PP) from Borealis’ new PP compounding facility in Taylorsville, North Carolina, as well as imported PP, polyethylene (PE), and Queo™ polyolefin plastomers and elastomers (POP/POE).

The new agreement supports both companies’ strategy and focused approach for continued growth in target markets and offers M. Holland’s clients greater material selection and enhanced supply chain security.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Indonesia heads towards ethylene self-sufficiency

Lotte Chemical Indonesia (LCI) has broken ground on its planned one million tonnes per year steam cracker and derivatives project in Cilegon, Banten in West Java.

The project is expected to cost more than $3.5 billion and will use naphtha as its main feedstock, although some flexibility is planned for cracking LPG.

Construction activities by the subsidiary of Lotte Chemical Titan Holding are expected to begin either next year or 2020 and the project is targeted for completion in 2023.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Ingevity acquires Perstorp’s caprolactone business

The caprolactone business of Swedish chemicals producer Perstorp has been acquired by Ingevity for €590 million ($673m).

Capa, which has a production site in Warrington, UK, posts annual revenues of approximately €150m ($171m).

Under Perstorp’s ownership, Capa’s operating margins have increased by almost 50 per cent as a result of production and product line investments, which have increased customer base and geographic reach.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Canada will be potential market for Vietnamese export garments

Canada will be a potential market for Việt Nam’s export garment products when the Comprehensive Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) takes effect in early 2019, according to Lê Tiến Trường, general director of Việt Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex).

Trường said although the CPTPP does not include the US – which accounts for nearly half of Việt Nam’s annual garment export value, it has other great potential markets such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Canada

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Weekly resin report: ‘Twas the start of December, and not a buyer was stirring

The beginning of December marked the slowest resin trading week of the year, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update.

Activity picked up mid-week, but only slightly, with ho-hum daily volumes amid limited spot demand.

Processors are de-stocking, which is both seasonal as the year-end approaches but also a result of lofty resin prices that are now coming un-done.

Offers for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) flowed freely and domestic railcars were well discounted, as burdensome upstream resin supplies weighed on the market.

PE prices shed another cent, while PP chunked off $0.02 to 0.03/lb. Contract prices for both PE and PP decreased in November and seem to be headed for similar declines in December.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-AFRICA: Coca-Cola invests $38 billion for plastic waste recycling

Plastic waste continues to cram African streets. Coca-Cola has decided to help eradicate them through recycling.

The $33 billion package that accompanies its action will support companies in southern and eastern Africa that want to start recycling plastic waste.

The Coca-Cola Company has decided to invest $38 billion to encourage waste recycling in Africa. The announcement was made by its Director of Communication and Public Relations, Maserame Mouyeme.

The money will be injected over the next three years into the budget of industries in southern and eastern Africa to promote waste recycling.

The announcement was made during the Global Citizen Mandela 100 festival held in South Africa in December 2018.

This Coca-Cola initiative, besides contributing to the protection of the environment, should generate nearly 19,000 jobs.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

-Nestlé vows to boost recycled PET use

Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is now committing to using recycled plastic for half of the company’s bottle needs by the middle of next decade.

The Stamford, Conn.-based company, which has been making incremental increases in its use of recycled PET over time, also has set an interim target of 25 percent recycled plastic use by 2021.

Nestlé Waters North America includes well-known brands such as Arrowhead, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Zephyrhills, and Pure Life.

Plastic petrochemicals biopolymer carbon fibre

PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Does PET lightweighting really reduce the carbon footprint? PET lightweighting carbon footprint

New research explores how the lightweighting of PET water bottles along with the choice of bottle design, color, label, ink, and adhesive affects post-consumer waste sorting and recycling systems.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

PET lightweighting carbon footprint

A popular strategy deployed by many water bottlers to meet sustainability initiatives has been to significantly lightweight their PET containers.

However, a recent study has found that while these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, they may not minimize the carbon footprint.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Although PET resin suppliers have benefited greatly from the growth of single-serve water bottles, significant research has not been focused on the performance impact and the validation of sustainability assumptions.

With industry knowledge and experience being limited in this area, plastic packaging supplier Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) sought to provide brand owners with additional information to facilitate the decision-making process.

Says PTI, since the early 2000s, the weight of a 0.5-L (16.9-oz) water bottle has been reduced in half, possibly pushing acceptance limits for most consumers.

Technological enhancements have enabled cost reduction and have contributed to positive environmental impact.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Many assume that lighter weight only has positive benefits, but PTI’s research shows that is not always the case.

The study found a wide variation in performance, weight, and recyclability in the bottles it examined. All the packages were commercially-produced for consumers and procured from retail store shelves in the U.S., Europe, and India.

Further, it discovered that lighter weight, and design and label choices have an impact on post-consumer recovery.

The decisions made during the design phase not only have to meet physical performance requirements, but also should not negatively impact current recycling systems.

While weight reduction results in a lower carbon footprint, it was found that ultra-lightweight bottles can negatively impact the effectiveness of post-consumer package waste sorting and recycling systems. PET lightweighting carbon footprint

The study showed that many of the samples did not factor in generally accepted recyclability guidelines during the design process.

In some scenarios, the PET package design had strong shelf presence and met the functional requirements.

However, the bottle color, label, glue, or ink components had a significant impact on package recyclability.

The study offers extensive data on package weights, wall thickness, pressurization, volumes, optical quality, color, haze, and recycling performance of various commercially-available PET water bottles.

Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Recycled content in plastic bottles: Private waste management industry ready to commit Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

The European Parliament agreed on an amendment setting up a target of 35 per cent mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles for beverages, as a necessary complement for ensuring the success of the 90 per cent collection target proposed by the Commission.

Now, this crucial amendment finds itself at the heart of a debate during the ongoing trilogues on the Single-Use Plastic Directive, with a final trilogue on December 18.

The Austrian Presidency, as well as several Member States, such as Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the UK, already expressed their support for the European Parliament’s proposal.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

In view of the upcoming “Coreper I” (12 December), FEAD would like to urge the other Member States, as well as the Commission, to be open to mandatory recycled content.

During the second trilogue on November 28, the European Parliament amended its initial proposal by asking Member States to analyse a second proposal.

They proposed that by 2025, Member States shall ensure that beverage bottles can be placed on the market only if they are made up of materials that can be recycled in accordance with the food-contact legislation, such as PET with at least 35 per cent recycled contentRecycled content plastic bottles Europe

This percentage would be calculated as an average for each producer.

There is already evidence that this is feasible as regards PET, which is the most recycled plastic packaging material in Europe.

The average recycled content in PET bottles in Europe was eleven per cent in 2016, with a very slow growth along the years.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Strong signal to boost the offer

Setting a mandatory recycled plastic target for beverage bottles, where food safety considerations are fully complied with, will immediately have positive knock-on effects on improving and increasing the collection rate of these SUP and is hence key to achieving the 90 per cent collection target set by the Proposal, which is an important tool for preventing pollution from uncollected plastic bottles.

A mandatory recycled content target will send, through the waste and material value chain, a strong signal to boost the offer of and the demand for recycled plastics, as well as provide operators with the necessary certainty they need to make significant investments in plastics recycling from packaging products.

It would also send a strong signal to incentivise the production of recyclable bottles, rather than single-use ones.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

The private waste management sector is committed to delivering the quantity and the quality needed by the producers.

This proposal would actively contribute to the goals of this directive, and is a unique opportunity, the last one in the current term, for making the EU economy effectively more circular. Please do not waste it!

Source: FEAD

Plastic petrochemicals biodegradable polymer 11-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are in good health.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,095 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,450/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,150/8,300 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,650/5,750 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,050/1,065 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,550/8,700  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,400/10,500  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton

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-‘Chaos is complete’: what the European papers say about Brexit

Commentators left bemused and frustrated at May’s move to delay vote on EU deal

One commentator said: ‘When does the EU decide it’s had enough of rolling May’s Brexit rock up the mountain?’ Photograph: Bee-individual/Getty Images

Europe’s commentators have not been kind to Theresa May after she delayed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal and dashed to the continent in search of further concessions.

“It’s like a long, slow agony,” wrote Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, the London correspondent for the French daily Libération. “You know the end is near, you expect the worst, then there’s a small flicker of light – before another collapse. And it always ends badly.”

May “blew her last bet”, failing miserably to convince parliament to vote for the withdrawal agreement sealed barely two weeks ago. “Rather than suffer the humiliation, she suspended the vote,” the paper said: “The latest plot twist in the infernal Brexit saga. Chaos is complete.”

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-Does PET lightweighting really reduce the carbon footprint? 

New research explores how the lightweighting of PET water bottles along with the choice of bottle design, color, label, ink, and adhesive affects post-consumer waste sorting and recycling systems.

A popular strategy deployed by many water bottlers to meet sustainability initiatives has been to significantly lightweight their PET containers.

However, a recent study has found that while these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, they may not minimize the carbon footprint

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-Recycled content in plastic bottles: Private waste management industry ready to commit

The European Parliament agreed on an amendment setting up a target of 35 per cent mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles for beverages, as a necessary complement for ensuring the success of the 90 per cent collection target proposed by the Commission.

Now, this crucial amendment finds itself at the heart of a debate during the ongoing trilogues on the Single-Use Plastic Directive, with a final trilogue on December 18.

The Austrian Presidency, as well as several Member States, such as Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the UK, already expressed their support for the European Parliament’s proposal.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Irina is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

Morgan Stanley has cut its Brent crude price forecast for 2019 by US$10 a barrel to US$68.50 in the latest sign yet that the OPEC+ production cuts announced after a tense series of meetings might fail to impress an already supervolatile market.

The investment bank, Forex Live reports, acknowledged that the OPEC+ agreement to remove 1.2 million bpd from the global oil market beginning in January will have a positive effect in as much as it would calm worry about a looming oversupply, but this upside for prices will be limited.

Morgan Stanley warned that the highs Brent and WTI enjoyed in October before they took a nosedive are hardly in the card for the next four quarters.

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-Mpact’s plastic bottling plant set alight in Germiston

Mpact’s paper recycling plant in Springs. Mpact on Monday that its Wadeville Plastics Preform Plant in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was damaged. File picture: Antoine de Ras.

JOHANNESBURG – Plastics bottle manufacturing company, Mpact, said on Monday that its Wadeville Plastics Preform Plant in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was damaged after several unidentified individuals entered the premises and damaged employees’ cars and set some alight.

This as thousands of workers affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in October downed tools in the plastic sector, demanding a 15 percent salary hike and a R40-an-hour minimum wage instead of the new rate of around R20-an-hour.

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-Caltrend now added smartdenim seat covers to their list of seat cover to satisfy their numerous customers.

CalTrend the industry leader in custom seat covers, best car seat  manufacturer  specialized in  creating custom car seat cover for Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Jeep, Kia and Lexus.

They are Known for their stringent quality standard,  manufactured their car seat using a high quality polyester fabric that is lightweight, water resistant, and extremely durable.

Their products are held to the highest standards in quality, safety and reliability.

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-Asia C3 rebounds on improved sentiment, China PP market gains

Spot propylene prices in northeast Asia rebounded, snapping the sharp downtrend from early November, on the back of improved sentiment and gains in downstream polypropylene (PP) market in China.

– Talks centred on December arrivals

– Spot talks for January arrivals hit by prolonged contract talks

– East China market may see inventory pressure

In the week ended 7 December, propylene prices climbed 7.6% from the previous week to $920/tonne CFR (cost and freight) NE (northeast) Asia, according to ICIS data.

While the uptrend came as a welcome respite for many producers, the current uptrend may not be sustainable, according to some sources.

Downstream PP sellers were facing more difficulties offloading cargoes during the course of last week, and there were also talks of a build-up in propylene inventory in China’s domestic market as PP prices were trending up.

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-Injection Molding: Upgraded PET Preform System Runs Longer Without Maintenance

The XForm 500 PET preform injection molding system from SIPA of Italy has been upgraded again for longer mold life between maintenance cycles.

Previously, the Gen3 system cold halves were guaranteed to run for 8 million cycles with no flash over 0. 2 mm.

Now, a new surface treatment and durable mold structure with very low deformation allows for a 40% longer guaranteed period—11 million cycles—without maintenance.

Since the 500-ton system can run preform molds with up to 180 cavities, it could produce almost 2 billion preforms without mold maintenance.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Dec 10

The US propylene market continues to remain under downward pressure as the inventory level hit another yearly high last week according to a report from the Energy Information Administration.

In addition, some trade participants added that some propylene and ethylene producers may look to sell off excess material in December ahead of the ad valorem tax deadline at the end of the year.

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Prompt benzene prices were expected to remain soft this week as both December and January spot pricing fell below the $2/gal mark.

Derivative demand remained soft as the status of CosMar’s styrene facility at Carville, Louisiana, remained unclear and amid reports of a second US Gulf producer also facing production issues.

Participants anticipated that near-term benzene pricing was unlikely to see significant improvements headed into the holidays.

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-Europe’s circular economy competitive advantage

Europe feels a long way away from the vibrant and teeming Yokohama waterfront on the edge of Tokyo Bay. Since the 1970s, the story of the world’s economy has been dominated by vibrant and dynamic East Asia, from Japan and South Korea through to the earth-shaking rise of China.

Europe, by contrast, can seem far less vital, a land of fading glories and interesting ruins far from the action.

But does this ignore Europe’s coming great competitive advantage as we begin to build a post-carbon economy? This was a question in the air in Yokohama at the World Circular Economy Forum, co-hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra this fall.

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-Graphene strengthens seaweed-based smart material

A new way to use graphene oxide (GO) could add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed.

In a paper in the journal Carbon, researchers describe a 3D printing method for making intricate and durable alginate-GO structures that are far stiffer and more fracture resistant that alginate alone.

“One limiting factor in the use of alginate hydrogels is that they’re very fragile—they tend to fall apart under mechanical load or in low salt solutions,” says Thomas Valentin, a PhD student in the School of Engineering at Brown University who led the work. “What we showed is by including graphene oxide nanosheets, we can make these structures much more robust.”

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-Carbon fiber composite ship propeller reduces fuel consumption

France’s Loiretech, a designer and manufacturer of tooling for large and complex thermoplastic and thermoset composite parts, has partnered with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), Mecafrance and Naval Group in the Fabheli collaborative project to develop and commercialize a ship propeller molded from an epoxy carbon fiber thermoset composite.

The aim was to develop and produce, on an industrial scale, a propeller with a reduced environmental footprint and lower energy consumption (around 15% lower).

The project started in April 2016 with a digitization and calculation phase conducted by Mecafrance for the mechanical side and Naval Group for the hydrodynamic side, in order to dimension the carbon fiber composite propeller, which was twice as light as its metallic counterpart.

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-New Approaches to Recycling Plastics

Plastics are an inseparable aspect of modern society. From packaging of household items to industry appliances, plastics are always depended on.

Because of its versatility and cheap production cost, we have over-relied on it.

Plastic production has grown over 20-fold in the past 50 years. It is expected to grow even more in the years to come.

The problem isn’t the production, but how plastics are handled after usage. Landfills are rapidly being filled up and oceans are becoming polluted as well.

On average, only 9% of all plastic wastes are recycled. However, countries and companies around the world are trying to come up with new solutions.

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Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

Newcomer Nyltec Polymers Offers Novel Recycled PET/Nylon Resin  Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

NyLester is positioned as a cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly alternative to nylon 6.

A patent-pending engineering resin that blends a proprietary nylon with 90% recycled PET is newly available by young startup company Nyltec Polymers, Marietta, Ga. Aside from its very favorable sustainability profile, NyLester has been positioned to compete with nylon 6. Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

Company president Patrick Patin says, their process is mechanical.

“We blend our proprietary and patent-pending mix of nylons directly with recycled or virgin PET to make NyLester with no additional additives or chemical processes (just dry hoppers and an extruder).

However, NyLester will accept additives, just like nylon 6 for reinforcement etc.”

The company will also aim to license the NyLester resin technology to select companies globally by selling NyLester as an additive masterbatch.

“We are planning to sell our masterbatch internationally and have our customers, recyclers or distributors compound it with locally sourced recycled or virgin PET.

You see, every container of the masterbatch will make 10 containers of NyLester resins, so not only will this be more cost effective but it’s also more environmentally friendly by shipping 90% less material around the globe. Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

While working on a different project, the Nyltec team discovered that their masterbatch blends completely and naturally with PET upcycling it into an engineering resin that matches the physical properties of nylon 6 in almost every way (NyLester isn’t brittle like nylon 6), while maintaining the best properties of both PET and nylon: heat resistance, chemical and corrosion resistance, impact resistance, and flexibility.

Excellent durability and surface appearance are also claimed for NyLester which is said to “fall right out of the mold”—no sticking, or mess, and is well suited for injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotomolding, and thermoforming of a broad range of products where nylon 6 is used, including automotive components. Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

Says Patin, “After having NyLester tested at ARDL (Akron Rubber Development Laboratory) back in September of 2018, we knew we had something the market wanted and needed. So, we decided to form Nyltec Polymers.

But despite being so new, we have managed to find companies willing to run some trials with NyLester in several different markets including 3D Fusion Printing (SLS) at FormLabs, contract carpet in Dalton, GA, and are now working with an injection molder in China who makes hundreds of different products. Nyltec Polymers Recycled PET Nylon Resin

He’s going to feed PET and our masterbatch in-line directly into his injection molding machine, saving him time and money since our masterbatch will yield him NyLester at a price that is well below the cost of nylon 6 in China (and America, by the way)… by a significant margin even after international shipping and customs fees.”

Whereas nylon 6 is currently selling for around $1.70/lb, if not more through distributors, Nyltec is aiming to sell NyLester to the majority of its buyers for $1.35/lb.

 

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ITEM03/12/201810/12/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,540yuan/ton+440
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,030 $/ton1,100 $/ton+70
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,775 yuan/ton8,175 yuan/ton+400
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,725 yuan/ton8,225 yuan/ton+450
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,135 yuan/ton6,680 yuan/ton+545
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market835 $/ton860 $/ton+25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,780 yuan/ton5,850 yuan/ton+70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market680 $/ton700 $/ton+20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market999 $/ton1,068 $/ton+69
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market979 $/ton1,048 $/ton+69
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market905 $/ton965 $/ton+60
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,620 yuan/ton+370
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton+100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,450 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market  9,550 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,850 yuan/ton 9,250 yuan/ton+400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton+250
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,200 yuan/ton13,800 yuan/ton+600
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,980 $/ton1,800 $/ton-180
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,240 $/ton2,210 $/ton-30
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,800 yuan/ton+900
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,400 yuan/ton 16,100 yuan/ton-300
Nylon66 chips domestic  market36,000 yuan/ton35,400 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 

19,500 yuan/ton

 

18,800 yuan/ton

-700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 22,700 yuan/ton 22,100 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 20,800 yuan/ton 19,500 yuan/ton-1,300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500  yuan/ton39,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,000 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market5,425 yuan/ton5,400 yuan/ton-25
Benzene overseas  market641 $/ton616 $/ton-25
Ethylene South East market910 $/ton760 $/ton-150
Ethylene NWE  market894 $/ton850 $/ton-44
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,000 yuan/ton11,600 yuan/ton+600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,900 yuan/ton13,900 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market9,000 yuan/ton9,400 yuan/ton+400
Naphtha overseas market          472 $/ton489 $/ton+17
Phenol domestic market9,350 yuan/ton8,700 yuan/ton-650
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,270 $/ton1,290 $/ton+20
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,380 $/ton

 

1,390 $/ton

 

+10
LDPE CFR Far East 992 $/ton1,023 $/ton+31
LLDPE CFR Far East982 $/ton1012 $/ton+30
LDPE   FOB Middle East973 $/ton1,004 $/ton+31
LLDPE FOB Middle East959 $/ton979 $/ton+20
HDPE CFR Far East1,021 $/ton1,051 $/ton+30
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,029 $/ton1,045 $/ton+16
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,223 €/ton1,204 €/ton-19

 

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY cellulosic ethanol and biomass plants up for auction

In Florida, the former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6± MW Biomass Plant are going to Auction with Maas Companies. Maas Companies specializes in the sale of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts and lenders nationwide. The surplus land and equipment are being offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then sell piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

Built in 2011 at a cost of $230 million, the plant was a joint venture between Ineos Group LTD and New Planet Energy LLC.

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-Newcomer Nyltec Polymers Offers Novel Recycled PET/Nylon Resin  

NyLester is positioned as a cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly alternative to nylon 6.

NyLester resin pellets made with recycled green PET.

A patent-pending engineering resin that blends a proprietary nylon with 90% recycled PET is newly available by young startup company Nyltec Polymers, Marietta, Ga. Aside from its very favorable sustainability profile, NyLester has been positioned to compete with nylon 6.

Company president Patrick Patin says, their process is mechanical.

“We blend our proprietary and patent-pending mix of nylons directly with recycled or virgin PET to make NyLester with no additional additives or chemical processes (just dry hoppers and an extruder).

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-Saudi Arabia’s energy minister emerged from days of heated OPEC talks joking that he wasn’t an easy man to be friends with.

Yet, the deal Khalid Al-Falih hammered out to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day, which sent oil prices soaring on Friday, was based on Saudi Arabia shouldering the lion’s share of the cuts.

It also relied, to an unprecedented extent, on Russia to broker an agreement between the Saudis and their archrivals, Iran, and acknowledged implicitly that there’s little the kingdom could do to hurt surging U.S. oil shale without causing itself pain.

“Saudi economic self-interest trumps Trump,’’ said Mike Rothman, president of Cornerstone Analytics Ltd., a veteran of three decades of OPEC meetings.

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-Japan’s Shin-etsu to complete US ethane cracker by end-’18

Japanese producer Shin-etsu Chemical is looking at completing construction of its 500,000 tonne/year ethane cracker in the US by the end of the year, a company spokesperson said on Friday.

At the Bakken shale formation in the US. Asian petrochemical firms are building crackers in the US to take advantage of abundant ethane feedstock derived from shale. (Source: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock)

The company, via its US subsidiary Shintech, is building the cracker in Plaquemine, Louisiana, with a total project cost of about $1.4bn.

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-Further falls expected for Europe Dec PS despite unseasonably strong demand

Monthly contract negotiations have started in the European polystyrene (PS) market this week with further downward pressure on prices amid another triple-digit drop in upstream costs, sources said on Friday.

– Multiple sellers already sold out for December

– Supply issues for certain grades expected to improve as Rhine water levels rise rapidly

– Many expect PS prices may have bottomed out with rises anticipated in early 2019

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-Opec yet to agree on final deal as Iran seeks exemptions

Iran appeared yesterday to be the main obstacle for an Opec deal to cut oil production as the group’s leader, Saudi Arabia, has yet to agree on exemptions for sanctions-hit Teheran, two Opec sources said.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) resumes discussions in Vienna during the day before heading into a meeting with non-Opec oil producers led by Russia.

On Thursday, Opec tentatively agreed to an oil output cut, but could not decide concrete parameters for reductions as it was waiting for a commitment from non-Opec heavyweight Russia, sources from the group said.

Yesterday, two Opec sources said Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, which came under fresh United States sanctions last month, was also holding up a final deal.

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-PET Prices Decline in Iran

Following instability in forex market, the petrochemical sector has been in chaos, particularly PET, as most companies prefer to export instead of selling in the domestic market flooded with cumbersome rules, price restrictions plus corruption

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Prices of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a form of polyester that is used in the production of plastic bottles, have plummeted by 56% in recent days after sharp rise over the past few months, the secretary of Mineral and Potable Water Producers Association said.

Peyman Forouhar said prices that had climbed to a record level of 250,000 rials ($2.2) per kilo have now fallen to 110,000 rials ($1.2).

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-Brexit: May’s cabinet splits over second referendum on deal

PM’s plan heading for huge defeat as senior Tory suggests second referendum could be her ‘only chance’

Theresa May may be pushed ever closer to calling a second Brexit referendum when the Commons votes on Tuesday.

Theresa May may be pushed ever closer to calling a second Brexit referendum when the Commons votes on Tuesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

A deep cabinet split has opened up over whether Theresa May should back a second referendum in a final attempt to end the political deadlock over Brexit, as senior Conservatives predicted on Saturday night that her blueprint for leaving the EU was heading for a crushing House of Commons defeat.

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-City professor makes food-safe bioplastic with expiry date

ICT researcher Ramanand Jagtap develops catalyst that will decompose plastic within set time; experts hail invention as solution for our plastic problem.

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, might just have the answer to not just the city’s but the world’s plastic problem. Prof Ramanand Jagtap from the institute has developed a chemical agent, which when moulded with plastic
material can later aid its biodegradation. While existing biodegradable plastics need a controlled environment for decomposition by microorganisms, the ICT’s innovation purportedly does not need pre-set conditions and starts degrading on its own after a given period of time.

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Prof Ramanand Jagtap and scan of plastic mixed with his catalyst

-Oil prices rise on planned Opec cuts

Major oil producers have agreed to cut production by more than one million barrels per day in a bid to boost energy prices.

Opec members, as well as countries allied with the cartel led by Russia, announced the plans on Friday, sending the price of Brent crude up almost 5%.

The cuts are due to start in January and last six months.

The plans come as the industry is grappling with a roughly 30% slide in prices since October.

The fall has been spurred by forecasts for lower demand, as well as a surge of shale production in the US.

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-Bioplastics may not be better for climate: Study

Bioplastics — often promoted as a climate-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics — may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study.

The study from the University of Bonn in Germany suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected.

An increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from cropland expansion on a global scale.

Plastics are usually made from petroleum, with the associated impacts in terms of fossil fuel depletion but also climate change.

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-Crude set for biggest gain since 2016 as OPEC finalizes cut deal

Oil in New York jumped after OPEC and allied crude exporters surprised traders with a larger-than-expected output reduction.

Futures advanced more than 2 percent in New York and London on Friday. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and aligned nations will collectively curb production by 1.2 million barrels a day, 20 percent more than previously discussed.

“It’s been a volatile October and November, but this is a nice Christmas present into December,” said Chris Kettenmann, chief energy strategist at Macro Risk Advisors LLC. OPEC “stepped up and delivered this year and we should see volatility come in.”

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-Blow Molding: Faster Mold Changes for PET ISBM Machine

A new quick-mold-change (QMC) system from SIPA of Italy for its ECS SP single-stage injection stretch-blow molding (ISBM) machines reportedly slashes changeover times by about 25%. New features also include added safety and user-friendliness.

These hybrid machines are suited to molding containers from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal-care products, and spirits, especially in sizes from 20 to 50 ml. They come with injection clamps of 55 and 88 tons.

The QMC system involves a new automated procedure for loading/unloading the preform core plates; this incorporates additional sensors to ensure that the mold-opening stroke is adjusted to the preform length.

Operations for assembling and disassembling the neck-ring plate have also been modified. A new, patent-pending system now allows the procedure to be carried out safely by one person instead of two.

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-Coke makes bottle recycling a PET project

COCA-Cola Africa pledged more than R500 million over three years at the Global Citizen 100 Mandela Festival on Sunday to help improve recycling companies across southern and east Africa.

The company unveiled their new innovation known as a PET bottle made entirely out of previously used plastic, which will be their new way of packaging.

The launch of a new 500ml Bonaqua PET bottle made from 100% recycled PET will be available from March next year.

More than 150 000 plastic cups and bottles were collected at the concert and all would be used to make new Bonaqua bottles.

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-Textile trends for interior, architecture and hospitality

Textiles have a particular significance when it comes to property planning, interior design and the hotel industry.

High demands in relation to these are not just about the colour, design and texture of the material.

At the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil, taking place in Frankfurt next month, visitors from the contract sector will not only find a unique variety of textiles for various applications, but above all international expertise on their functional characteristics, as well as application examples for innovative construction projects and individual planning.

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$ 60 per barrel instead of 100 americans have tried (Akhbar Al-Khaleej)

With the approaching date of the signing of the law on introduction of US sanctions against Iran, the most important among which are the sanctions prohibiting Iran to export its oil (the volume is 1.5 million barrels per day), there were expectations that as a direct result of this move will be to increase prices due to lack of supply.

It was assumed that Washington will turn to Saudi Arabia to cover this deficit and contributed to maintaining stability in the oil market.

Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels per day with a reserve capacity of two million barrels, but fearing the delay in meeting the demand, many importing countries began to increase reserves.

Saudi fears are that some countries have stocks, put them on the market and then prices will fall.

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-Afghanistan Imports $500m Worth Of Textiles Annually

Officials from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Thursday said Afghanistan imports over $500 million worth of textiles/clothing on an annual basis. It is imported from China, Turkey, Korea, Iran, India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile a number of economic commentators have said the government should invest in rebuilding Afghanistan’s textile factories to curb the country’s reliance on others for fabrics.

Analysts say Afghanistan has vast potential for fabrics and cloth.

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-Glut vs Opec cuts – what’s next for oil?

The bear market for crude oil appears to be settling in for the short term, with both Brent crude and WTI benchmarks shedding percentage point after percentage point for 7 weeks.

Oil market conditions are once more out of balance, at least from the oil bulls’ point of view. On one side of the scale, US shale keeps ramping up production to record levels. On the other side of the scale, Opec supply cuts are losing weight as investors remain skeptical on whether the group can mitigate the resurgent oil glut amid signs the global economy is slowing down again.

As of November 25, crude oil’s bull run appears to have rear-ended the decelerating China juggernaut, and has come to a crashing halt. The market has moved rapidly from a peak to reversal to correction to bear territory, giving investors little time to think.

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-OPEC, Russia Agree To Cut Oil Output

OPEC announced Friday that it will reduce overall production among its members by 800,000 barrels a day from October’s levels for six months, starting from January.

The statement may have been written on Thursday, the day of the OPEC meeting because didn’t specify the output cut by nonmembers, which include Russia. But reports put the non-member cuts at 400,000 barrels a day (with most of the cut falling to Russia) to bring the total reduction to 1.2 million barrels a day.

On Friday, January WTI crude rose 2.2% to settled at $5US2.61 a barrel, while February Brent crude finished at $61.67, up 2.7%. They were up 3.3% and 3.6% respectively for the week.

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-Renmatix and Gevo to evaluate feasibility of cellulosic hydrocarbons for renewable jet and gasoline

Gevo, Inc. and Renmatix, the leader in affordable cellulosic sugars, announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process (earlier post) with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process (earlier post).

Renmatix’s Plantrose Process converts cellulosic feedstocks such as wood, agricultural residues, or other cellulosic raw materials to cellulosic-based sugars, the basic building blocks of sustainable fuels.

Together, Renmatix and Gevo will explore project opportunities for renewable and low-emission fuel, isobutanol, jet fuel and isooctane in markets where there is a convergence of low-cost biomass and low-carbon fuel incentives.

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-A European strategy for plastics in a Circular Economy

Plastic is an important and ubiquitous material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society.

Light and innovative materials in cars or planes save fuel and cut CO2 emissions.

High-performance insulation materials help us save on energy bills. In packaging, plastics help ensure food safety and reduce food waste.

Combined with 3D printing, bio-compatible plastic materials can save human lives by enabling medical innovation.

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USA exporter crude oil shale boom

US becomes net exporter of crude oil on shale boom

For the first time in decades, the United States last week was a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products.

That distinction — revealed in US Energy Information Administration data released Thursday — is the latest sign of how the shale boom has lifted the United States’s standing on global petroleum markets, prompting talk of ‘’energy dominance’’ by President Donald Trump.

It’s quite a change from the situation that defined American energy for decades after the 1970s oil shocks led to a US ban on oil exports in 1975. The US reversed the policy in late 2015.

New petroleum recovery techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, leading to major new oil production in North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania and other states.

The US currently pumps out 11.7 million barrels per day of crude, making it competitive with the largest global oil producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia.

According to Thursday’s EIA data, the US exported 3.2 million barrels of crude per day and 5.85 million barrels per day of refined products for the week ending November 30.

During the same period, imports of crude were 7.22 million barrels per day and refined products were 1.62 million barrels per day.

Together, the two streams mean the US was a net exporter by 211,000 barrels last week, the data show — the first time it has reached that distinction since the EIA began collecting data in 1973.

Analysts do not necessarily expect the US to remain a net exporter every week, but the shale boom has undeniably altered the picture of American energy.

‘’With the US oil production growing, with the continued growth in refined product exports, we knew that was going to happen eventually,’’ said Kyle Cooper of IAF Advisors.

Beyond the surge in exploration and production of crude, the United States also benefits from a robust network of petroleum refineries.

‘’You continue to see the refineries run at very high rates as a result of the billions of dollars of investments made many years ago in highly specialized units that are very efficient at turning crude into refined products,’’ Cooper said.

Other supportive elements of US refining include comparatively cheap crude oil and lower prices on natural gas and electricity that fuel the plants.

Profit margins for US refineries ‘’are just better than their global competitors,’’ Cooper said.

The US petroleum boom has also transformed the landscape for other major crude producers, who currently face pressure due to a big slide in oil prices this fall, in part due to robust American output.

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia and in concert with non-member Russia, are meeting in Vienna to try to hash out a deal Friday to cut output.

OPEC members were unable to reach agreement on Thursday and scrapped a planned news conference.

Trump weighed in on the proceedings on Twitter, reiterating a call to keep pumping generously.

‘’Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!’’ said Trump, who has repeatedly accused the cartel of keeping prices artificially high.

OPEC ministers reacted to Trump’s intervention by telling him not to interfere.

‘’We don’t need permission from anyone to cut,’’ said Saudi energy minister Khalid AlFalih.

Plastic petrochemicals sustainability textiles 08-12-2018

-Borealis increases PP capacity in Europe

Polyolefins supplier Borealis is increasing its polypropylene (PP) capacity in Europe and to meet the European customers’ needs for “innovative polypropylene.”

The company had previously announced a study looking into the feasibility of significantly increasing its PP production capacity in Europe.

Borealis has taken the final investment decision to expand the capacity of its PP plant in Kallo, Belgium, by 80,000 tonnes/year. The added capacity is expected to come on stream in mid-2020.

Borealis also approved the start of the front end engineering and design (FEED) phase for the expansion of its PP plant in Beringen, Belgium.

The final investment decision on this 250,000–300,000-tonnes/year expansion is envisaged by the end of 2019 and the start-up is expected mid-2022.

This project would include an upgrade of the current process technology to the proprietary Borstar platform.

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-Re-design, use plastics waste as a resource key to circular economy – Europe trade groups

Re-designing plastic products and using plastics waste as a resource are crucial elements in a circular economy, European plastics trade groups and the region’s chemicals sustainability promotion platform SusChem said on Thursday.

The report would represent a shared vision of how collaboration in the plastic value chain will be a driving force of the circular economy in plastics, according to its promoters.

The report ‘Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy’ outlines the research needed to meet the objectives of the EU’s Plastics Strategy, SusChem, Cefic, PlasticsEurope, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (ECP4), added.

Plastics consumption and waste production data show that there is “clear room for improvement” in recycling and resource recovery, the groups behind the report say.

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-Recycled carbon fiber key to mass market application

More than 30% of the carbon fiber produced eventually ends up as waste, including 22% in the form of manufacturing waste from processing of thermoset carbon fiber-reinforced composites.

Carbon fiber demand forecast to grow to at least 117,000 tonnes by 2022 according to AVK, and at least 26,000 tonnes of this carbon fiber would be expected to end up as manufacturing waste according to carbon fiber recycler ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd.

“Reusing these fibers reduces the cost and environmental impact of carbon fiber structures without comprising the technical benefits of these materials and provides additional capacity that could alleviate supply shortages,” says ELG Managing Director Frazer Barnes. While recycled carbon fiber’s modulus is essentially the same as that of virgin carbon fiber, it offers 20–30% cost savings and even with its 10–20% reduction in tensile strength, it remains one of the strongest of all commercially-available reinforcing fibers available today.

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-Convenience is pivotal to a UK deposit scheme, say consumers

Consumers think that a 10p deposit is sufficient to encourage returns

More than half of consumers think that 10p (US$0.13) is sufficient a deposit to incentivise them to return packaging for recycling, while most are not prepared to travel more than a mile to get their deposit back, according to a survey conducted by UK charity RECycling of Used Plastics (RECOUP).

As the British government is set to consider the potential for deposit return scheme for packaging as a means of reducing waste and increasing the recycling rate, RECOUP interviewed 341 consumers in three locations around the country and found that only 20 per cent of people thought a deposit of 30p ($0.38) or more would be needed. Convenience is the key feature for consumers, with 36 per cent only prepared to travel less than a mile to get their deposit back, and 20 per cent saying that they would not travel at all.

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-KARL MAYER To Exhibit Warp Knitting At ISPO Munich

The textile machinery manufacturer, KARL MAYER, is participating more and more in shows concentrating on applications and end-uses.

“We want to pick up customers at key textile areas and introduce them to something new by offering innovative textiles and concepts,” says Oliver Mathews, the Sales Manager of the Business Unit Warp Knitting, when speaking about the aims behind this decision.

The next important date in KARL MAYER’s diary of events is ISPO Munich.

KARL MAYER can be found here on stand 408 in hall C4 of Messe München – right at the centre of the exhibition’s trends hub.

KARL MAYER will be demonstrating the performance features of warp-knitted textiles on an area of 120 m², surrounded by the latest fabrics, styles and accessories.

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-Europe PE Dec prices down sharply on feedstocks, but producers aim to retain margin

European polyethylene (PE) prices are dropping for December, but the amount of the price decrease in freely negotiated accounts is not yet clear.

“I’ve been offered minus 50 [€/tonne],” said a buyer, “but it should end up more than that.”

Ethylene-linked deals will automatically drop by €110/tonne, in line with the drop in the December ethylene contract.

However, most producers are trying to hold on to some margin, and for the moment it looks as though they will be at least partially successful.

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-Sasol’s US Lake Charles LLDPE unit mechanically complete, cracker completion imminent

The linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit of Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) in the US is mechanically complete, and mechanical completion of the cracker is imminent, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

The overall project had reached 91% completion, with engineering and procurement substantially complete and construction at 75%, by the end of September, the company source said.

At that time, capital expenditure on the project amounted to $10.4bn.

The LCCP project includes a 1.5m tonne/year ethane cracker, and downstream units of 470,000 tonne/year LLDPE, 420,000 tonnes/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) and 300,000 tonnes/year of ethylene oxide (EO).

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-ENGEL set to combine efficiency and sustainability at Arabplast

ENGEL says will showcase optimum efficiency, maximum performance and consistent quality when it exhibits at Arabplast in January.

The Austria-based injection moulding machinery manufacturer says it will be demonstrating how tailor-made interplay between the injection moulding machine, automation, and the mould can achieve these demands cost-effectively and sustainably.

During the fair from January 5th to 8th in Dubai, United Arabic Emirates, ENGEL will focus on highlighting how such systems can be used to produce innovative products and applications for the construction, logistics and packaging industries.

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-Toy maker Lego to focus on renewable bioplastics, rather than recycling

Lego will focus on producing products with lasting bioplastics and reduce its environmental footprint in the production process, rather than on recycling systems, an executive at the Danish toy maker said on Wednesday.

Bistra Andersen, senior product manager for materials at Lego, also said that there was not a “universal definition of ‘sustainable material’, adding that the company had partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to reach a definition of what is sustainable, together with other industry players.

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-More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

Study from the University of Bonn assesses potential implications of transitioning to plant-based plastics

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from cropland expansion on a global scale

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Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

MEG spot prices in Europe continue to fall amid falling commodity prices  Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

MOSCOW – The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the European market continue to go down this week after a significant drop in the December contract price of ethylene, ICIS said . Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

The negotiations on the December contract price of MEG have not yet gained full force, but prices are expected to decline on the contract market.

The spot quotes of MEG have not yet reached the bottom and continue to decline significantly against the background of the ongoing downtrend in the Asian market of MEG.

Participants in the European MEG market do not lead to a drop in prices, as market sentiment remains downward.Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

Roaring players keep stocks low, so the European market remains a buyer’s market, since the MEG offer is good.Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

Despite the desire to preserve a small amount of material stocks, there is a concern in the downstream polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market about the consumption of MEG after the announcement of force majeure at the PET plant Indorama Ventures in the Netherlands this week.

This circumstance is likely to increase the MEG offer in December and may put additional pressure on the spot market. Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

The spot prices of MEG in Europe this week decreased in the lower price range of EUR35 per tonne, and in the upper level it was EUR25 per tonne compared to last week, which led to a decrease in the price range to EUR685-710 per tonne, CIF NWE (North -Western Europe).

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the fall in prices on the world markets for raw materials and PET granules continues to push prices down on the Russian market.

The cost of December PET volumes from Russian producers for contract and spot buyers is aggressively decreasing. Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

South Korea Hanwha Total Petrochemical polypropylene

Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Hanwha, will invest nearly $500 million to further expand its Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex in South Korea South Korea Hanwha Total Petrochemical polypropylene 

Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Hanwha, will invest nearly $500 million to further expand its Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex in South Korea.South Korea Hanwha Total Petrochemical polypropylene 

The planned investment will increase polypropylene capacity by close to 60% to 1.1 million tonnes per year by the end of 2020. The ethylene capacity will simultaneously increase by 10% to 1.5 million tonnes.South Korea Hanwha Total Petrochemical polypropylene 

This project complements the ongoing investments totaling $750 million to increase the complex’s ethylene production capacity by 30% to 1.4 million tonnes per year by mid-2019 and to expand polyethylene production capacity by 50% to 1.1 million tonnes by end-2019.

All these investments are designed to take advantage of competitively priced propane feedstock, which is abundantly available due to the shale gas revolution in the United States.

With this new investment, Daesan will be in a position to capture margins across the propylene-polypropylene value chain, as it already does in the ethylene-polyethylene value chain.

The additional production of high-value-added polymers will allow the complex to meet local demand and supply the fast-growing Asian market.

“This new investment in Daesan is fully in line with our strategy of growth in petrochemicals to meet global demand, focusing investments on our world-class facilities and leveraging competitively priced feedstock.

This polypropylene project complements our offering of high-value-added polymers to the fast-growing Asian market,” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals at Total.

SOURCE: Total

Plastic petrochemicals rPET circular economy 07-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are in good health.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,100/8,200 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,650/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 715/730 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,850/6,000 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,025/1,040 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,650  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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-MEG spot prices in Europe continue to fall amid falling commodity prices  Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the European market continue to go down this week after a significant drop in the December contract price of ethylene, ICIS said . Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

The negotiations on the December contract price of MEG have not yet gained full force, but prices are expected to decline on the contract market.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Crude Oil Prices Trend

-South Korea: Hanwha Total Petrochemical Invests in a new polypropylene plant to Expand its Refining & Petrochemicals Platform

Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Hanwha, will invest nearly $500 million to further expand its Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex in South Korea  Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Hanwha, will invest nearly $500 million to further expand its Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex in South Korea

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-US to investigate polyester yarn from China, India

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that there is a reasonable indication that the US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India that are allegedly subsidised and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The US department of commerce will continue its investigations.

“As a result of USITC’s affirmative determinations, the US department of commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from China and India, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about January 11, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 27, 2019,” USITC said on its website.

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-US PET resin makers appeal anti-dumping decision

Three U.S. PET resin makers are appealing a federal decision that declined to place anti-dumping duties on PET imported from five countries.

DAK Americas LLC, Indorama Ventures USA Inc., and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America filed the appeal Nov. 30 with the U.S. Court of International Trade.

The domestic producers have requested the court’s review of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Oct. 18 ruling that the U.S. industry was not damaged or threatened by PET imported from Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan.

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-Coats invests in revolutionary sustainable digital thread dyeing technology

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, has become a strategic investor in Twine Solutions, an Israeli based technology start-up which has developed a revolutionary digital thread dyeing system.

Coats is investing $5m for a 9.5% share in the company and a seat on the Board.

Twine has created the world’s first standalone digital thread dyeing system which applies the features of small scale digital printing to the traditional dyeing process. The plug and play machine dyes thread using digital printing technology and can produce any length and colour, whenever or wherever they are needed. The technology is based on waterless dyeing and will feature inbuilt colour software integrated with Coats ColourStitch.

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-UK, Europe chemicals face more uncertainty amid Brexit parliamentary chaos

The UK chemical industry and its trading partners face more uncertainty about the eventual format of Brexit as the government suffered a series of defeats in parliament ahead of a crucial vote to approve the deal on offer.

After three votes against the government on 4 December, UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, approved last weekend by the EU, now looks more likely to be thrown out by members of parliament in a vote on Tuesday 11 December.

If it is rejected, the entire Brexit process could be thrown into disarray. With the likelihood of a disorderly ‘no deal’ Brexit now increasing, the industry could be left in a regulatory vacuum without time to recreate or find a replacement for the Reach regulation which governs trade in chemicals across the EU.

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-Gore to unveil new PFC-free DWR products

The new PFCEC Free DWR has been on the market with Gore-Tex 2-Layer products since A/W18. © W. L. Gore & AssociatesW. L. Gore & Associates will unveil its new Gore-Tex 3-Layer laminate at ISPO 2019 in Munich, from 3-6 February 2019.

The launch of this innovative product is the next step in Gore’s journey to develop fit-for-use performance fabric offerings that improve the environmental footprint of outdoor apparel, while meeting expectations regarding durable comfort and protection.

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-SABIC signs MoU with UK-based Plastic Energy for recycled feedstocks supply

SABIC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based Plastic Energy Ltd., a pioneer in chemical plastics recycling, for the supply of feedstock to support SABIC’s petrochemical operations in Europe.

The companies intend tobuild a first commercial plant in the Netherlands to refine and upgrade a valuable feedstock, known as TACOIL, which will be produced from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.

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-Prime giant to install pyrolysis plant

Bales of mixed plastics for recycling.SABIC, one of the world’s largest chemicals producers, will install a demonstration unit to recycle mixed plastics into feedstock for crackers.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), a publicly owned manufacturer of plastics and various other chemical products based in Saudi Arabia, will install the demonstration unit at its facility in The Netherlands, according to chemical industry journal ICIS.

Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president of petrochemicals, told ICIS the plant would produce a pyrolysis oil from contaminated, mixed-streams of plastics otherwise headed for incineration or landfill. The final product will serve as feedstock for the company’s European crackers, which are units that break molecules to create new products.

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-How a materials recovery facility will sort flexible plastics

Inside of the materials recovery facility.Flexible packaging isn’t going away anytime soon, and an upcoming pilot project seeks to ensure it doesn’t go to landfill.

In coming months, additional sorting equipment will be installed at the TotalRecycle materials recovery facility (MRF) in Birdsboro, Pa. The retrofit will allow the facility to begin generating bales of post-consumer flexible packaging, defined as single-layer or multi-material films such as chip bags, stand-up pouches, candy wrappers, retail bags and more.

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-Not so difficult after all: microwaves target PET

Contaminated and composite plastics in the waste stream – such as food trays, opaque bottles and textiles containing polyester – are currently in the ‘difficult’ or even ‘impossible’ to recycle category.

Much of this material ends up in landfill or incineration after being discarded, which removes it from the materials cycle for ever.

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-Europe PE Dec prices down sharply on feedstocks, but producers aim to retain margin

European polyethylene (PE) prices are dropping for December, but the amount of the price decrease in freely negotiated accounts is not yet clear.

“I’ve been offered minus 50 [€/tonne],” said a buyer, “but it should end up more than that.”

Ethylene-linked deals will automatically drop by €110/tonne, in line with the drop in the December ethylene contract.

However, most producers are trying to hold on to some margin, and for the moment it looks as though they will be at least partially successful.

Plastic petrochemicals rPET circular economy

-US crude oil reserves rise to record despite production boom

US crude oil reserves hit record levels at the end of 2017, as annual reserve additions outstripped production for the eighth time in nine years, government data published last week shows.

Reserve growth is the main reason predictions about future oil shortages have been repeatedly proved wrong.

US policymakers have long fretted about the damage to the economy and national security of exhausting domestic oil reserves (“Oil scarcity ideology in US national security policy”, Stern, 2012).

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-Prices rise for some recycled resins

Average selling prices for several grades of recycled resins have increased in North America since July, as more processors use the materials to meet sustainability goals set by their customers.

Regional prices for post-consumer, natural-color high density polyethylene pellets have seen prices increase by 10 cents per pound, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. Prices for clear, post-consumer PET pellets and for recycled polypropylene flake each are up an average of 5 cents per pound.

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-SOCAR lets contract for Baku refinery revamp

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has let a contract to Honeywell UOP LLC to provide technology to support modernization and expansion works under way at the Heydar Aliyev refinery at Baku.

Honeywell UOP will deliver technology licensing for its proprietary pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) technology for two PSA units at the refinery, both of which will be controlled by Honeywell Process Solutions C300 distributed control systems, the service provider said.

The new units—which will supply high-quality hydrogen at the site and help Azerbaijan meet growing domestic demand for transportation fuels meeting Euro 5 standards—come as part of SOCAR’s Heydar Aliyev modernization and upgrading program that aims by 2021 to expand crude capacity to 150,600 b/d from 120,500 b/d (OGJ Online, June 9, 2017).

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Negri Bossi IMMs Turkish market

Negri Bossi launches newest IMMs into Turkish market  Negri Bossi IMMs Turkish market

by Leanne Taylor

Plastic petrochemicals sustainability recycling 06-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain go still upward.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,100 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,000/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 715/730 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,050/6,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,020/1,035 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,650  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,800/8,950  yuan/ton

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals sustainability recycling

-Global Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) Market 2018 – Avantium, Toyo Seikan Kaisha, ALPLA, Danone, Swire Pacific, AVA Biochem, TOYOBO

Global Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) Market

The Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) market around worldwide is among the most promising markets.

This international market is developing with an advanced rate and growth of novel techniques on rising consumer preference.

The Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) market is a large platform for competitors Avantium, Toyo Seikan Kaisha, ALPLA, Danone, Swire Pacific, AVA Biochem, TOYOBO, Corbionserving huge opportunities for development.

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Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF)

-Stora Enso and sulapac develop renewable and biodegradable straws

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20,000 tech enthusiasts from around the world.

The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones.

The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

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-US Tronox seeks to sell Cristal’s TiO2 Ashtabula plant to INEOS

Tronox seeks to sell Cristal’s pigment site in Ashtabula, Ohio to INEOS for $700m in a bid to get US approval of its pending acquisition of the fellow producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2), the US-based company said on Tueday.

Tronox said the proposed sale to INEOS should address concerns from US antitrust regulators.

An earlier attempt to sell the plant to Venator Materials had failed.

“INEOS is an experienced and sophisticated purchaser of chemical operating assets, with dozens of successful acquisitions in the last two decades, particularly in chemical carve-out acquisitions,” according to a statement by Tronox CEO Jeffry Quinn.

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-Negri Bossi launches newest IMMs into Turkish market  

Negri Bossi is launching its newest range of injection moulding machines into the Turkish market.

At the PlastEurasia trade fair in Istanbul from December 5-8 the company is showing a highly technical model from its ‘Nova’ range.

The Nova s700T on display will allow visitors to see the machine’s innovative toggle system, as well as its FMC technology and Sytrama automation.

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-Weekly resin report: Processors enjoy rare taste of pricing power

pot resin trading rebounded during the final week of November, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update.

November had been sputtering along, but last week’s strong volumes helped to raise the month to a solid average.

Spot pricing for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) remained weak, with losses of $0.01 to 0.02/lb common, depending on grade.

The flow of fresh offers was healthy, as most resellers looked to flip domestic railcars rather than take additional material into inventory, writes the PlasticsExchange.

Other suppliers with packaged warehoused material ready to go were also eager to sell and lowered prices to attract buyers.

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-Boeing to supply ELG carbon fiber for recycling

Under a five-year agreement, Boeing will supply carbon fiber recycling specialist ELG Carbon Fibre with cured and uncured material from its 777X wing manufacturing facility, as well as other locations.

The Boeing Co. (Seattle, WA, US) and carbon fiber recycling specialist ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (Coseley, UK) announced on Dec. 5 that they have signed a five-year agreement whereby Boeing will supply to ELG cured and uncured carbon fiber composites that will be converted by ELG into secondary products for use in other composites manufacturing applications.

The cured and uncured carbon fiber waste will come from 11 Boeing composites manufacturing operations, including the 777X Composites Wing Center in Everett, WA, Boeing South Carolina in Charleston, SC, US, and eight other Boeing US sites involved in manufacturing commercial airplanes, rotorcraft and other products.

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-Uflex expects revenue of around Rs 500 crore from BOPET film patent

Packaging company, Uflex, on Tuesday said it expects revenue of around Rs 500 crore from BOPET film patent that has been granted by United States.

“FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has been granted United States Patent covering entire categories of formable films that include one or more BOPET layers used in Alu Alu blister packaging,” the multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company said in its filing.

With the patent issuance, the company gets exclusive right of manufacturing and sale of this special BOPET film in US, Europe and India.

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-PLA and PHAs continue to dominate bioplastics growth

Increasing demand for sustainable products and stronger policy support for the bio-economy will see a 25 per cent market growth for bioplastics over the next five years, reports European Bioplastics in its annual market data update.

Global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2018 to 2.6 million tonnes in 2023. Innovative biopolymers such as PLA (polylactic acid) and PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are driving this growth.

PHAs are an important polymer family that has been in development for a while and that is entering the market at a larger commercial scale, with production capacities set to quadruple in the next five years.

These polyesters are bio-based, biodegradable, and feature a wide array of physical and mechanical properties.

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-Malaysian boost for thermoplastic elastomer capacity

Kraiburg TPE achieves a new Asia Pacific milestone with an additional production line

The addition of a new production line at Kraiburg TPE’s Malaysia plant this month has boosted production capacity by 35 per cent and increased the company’s global output to 60,000 tonnes.

In tandem with the line in Kuala Lumpur, Kraiburg TPE is also expanding its offices and warehouse and extending its sales network in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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-Sidel launches BoostPRIME PET packaging solution for hot-filled beverages

Italy-based packaging equipment maker Sidel has launched BoostPRIME, a new patented PET packaging solution for hot-filled beverages.

This solution is aimed at enabling customers to tap opportunities through product premiumisation and revenue generation while not compromising on packaging performance.

This solution is aimed at the single-serve market of juice, nectar, soft drink, isotonics, and tea (JNSDIT) category.

These beverages can be filled in PET bottles of up to 1.2l at a temperature of 85°C-88°C.

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-This external airbag turns your entire car into a crumple zone to save lives

German components manufacturer ZF has developed an innovative technology to reduce the severity of injuries linked to traffic accidents. Starting in 2018, every car sold new comes with an array of airbags integrated into the cabin. The firm envisions a safer car with airbags mounted externally, too.

As of writing, the external airbag was developed only for the side of the car, meaning it deploys when a car gets t-boned. It essentially turns the entire side of the car receiving the impact into a crumple zone that absorbs energy.

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-Karl Mayer returns to home textiles exhibition

Obertshausen – Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer will return to next month’s Heimtextil exhibition for the first time in nearly 40 years, equipped with new machines for the terry fabric and curtain sectors.

The company will be present in Frankfurt with an information booth in the Trend Forum, on Stand K 65 in Hall 3.0, while simultaneously hosting an in-house show at its headquarters in nearby Obertshausen.

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-More bioplastics for the packaging circular economy

Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between France’s Total and Dutch lactic acid derivatives producer Corbion, has begun making bioplastics at its PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The new facility is producing a broad range of ‘Luminy’ PLA resins from renewable, non-GMO sugarcane sourced locally in Thailand for eventual use in packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing, fibers and the automotive industry.

Total Corbion quality labThe joint venture company says being biobased and biodegradable, PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled – or in some cases composted and returned to the soil as fertilizer.

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-Carbios, Kem One to study scaling up of ‘breakthrough’ recycling technology

Photo by Carbios YouTube channel The plant is currently designed by Carbios’ partner TechnipFMC

Manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Kem One and cleantech specialist Carbios SA are studying the potential construction of a demonstration plant for Carbios’ breakthrough biorecycling technology.

The two French companies announced 4 Dec that they had signed a ‘letter of intent’ to evaluate the potential of building the plant at Kem One’s production facility in the French Chemical Valley, near Lyon, in a bid to roll out the technology.

Earlier this year, Carbios completed Thanaplast, a five-year €22m programme aimed at developing new industrial processes to improve the production and recycling of biopolymers.

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Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

Radici Group still has not removed force majeure for the delivery of the PA in Italy  Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

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MOSCOW – Radici Group, a large Italian corporation, a manufacturer of polyester yarns in Europe, has not yet removed force majeure for polyamide (PA 6.6) from its plant in Novara (Novara, in the Italian region of Piedmont), reports ICIS with reference to a source in the market. Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

The company was forced to announce force majeure for deliveries from this enterprise with a capacity of 90 thousand tons of PA per year in February 2018 due to a shortage of raw materials. Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

According to the source, it is still unknown how long force majeure will remain in force.

Earlier it was reported that Desnogorsk Polymer Plant (DPZ, Smolensk region) launched the production of multi-layer polyamide-based barrier coextrusion film.

The project cost amounted to 366 million rubles, of which 150 million rubles is a preferential loan from the Industry Development Fund (FER) under the Development Projects program. Radici Group force majeure Polyamide66

Radici Group is a large Italian corporation with a network of production and distribution sites located in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

RadiciGroup is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of a wide range of chemical intermediates, polyamides, engineering plastics, synthetic fibers and nonwovens.  The headquarters of the Group is located in Bergamo (Italy), in particular in Gandino.

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Circular economy unsustainable resource

Circular economy indicators: what do they measure? Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Gina Dohmen and Andre Confiado

The heat map analysis presented in this blog is part of a broader report on circular economy for Bruxelles Environnement, co-produced by UN Environment, Ecocity Builders and World Council for City Data.

In the context of climate change impacts, massive unsustainable resource extraction and global population growth, experts agree that our current economic model is no longer sustainable. Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Circular economy is an alternative economic model for exchange and production that seeks to decouple economic growth from material dependency.

The idea is to increase resource efficiency use and reduce environmental impact at all stages of the product (goods and services) life cycle, reducing resource waste, ensuring the reduction of environmental impacts, while allowing us to meet our needs within planetary boundaries and developing the well-being of individuals.

According to the European Commission, circular economy encourages maintaining the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible by returning them back to the product cycle at the end of their use, and minimizing the generation of waste.

Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to design waste out of product life cycles and service delivery while minimizing negative impacts.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Experts at McKinsey estimate that the transition to a circular economy in the mobility, food, and built environment sectors alone could lead to emissions reductions of 48 per cent by 2030, and 85 per cent by 2050, compared with 2012 levels.

In addition, the European Union estimates that its circular economy package would produce cost savings of around 600 billion euros through actions such as waste prevention, eco-design, re-use, and is expected to contribute to the creation of more jobs at the same time.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Measuring progress is an essential component of the circular economy transition.

One of the main challenges that UN Environment and its partners faced in the implementation of their pilot projects to help build circular economy in cities, is the number and variety of indicator frameworks monitoring topics related to circular economy and sustainable development.

Many of the cities had an aspiration or vision statement related to circular economy and it was important to see whether current indicator frameworks aligned with the city aspirations.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

To answer this question, UN Environment conducted a review of 31 global indicator frameworks comprising over 2,000 indicators on topics relevant to aspirations of the pilot cities.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The review identified the predominant narratives of circular economy, as well as gaps between city aspirations and indicator frameworks.

First, the indicators were grouped into 22 categories and 140 subcategories covering the following sectors: economy, environment, society and governance.

Then, a heat-map analysis was conducted, which made the thematic focuses of each indicator framework evident.

Finally, the five indicator frameworks most related to circular economy were reviewed in more detail.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

As was expected, it became clear that the five frameworks have a dominant focus on materials, solid waste and economy, while categories like education, gender, health, urban planning, people and safety are often overlooked (see graphics below).

Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The results of the heat-map analysis show that the indicator frameworks that were studied do not capture the impact of the development of a circular economy on well-being or equality.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The circular economy strategies of major global cities such as Paris, Amsterdam or London reference social indicators like quality of life, health and well-being, as part of their overall goals.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

However, there are few, if any, circular economy indicator frameworks to measure those categories.

Neither do existing circular economy monitoring frameworks capture the progress of policy implementation toward circular economy transitions nor identify possibilities to accelerate transitions.

As a result, these indicator frameworks with limited thematic variability only allow for an examination of the transition at a macro level.

Because circular economy is a cross-sectoral concept, it is necessary to cover a broader spectrum of subject categories.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

To enable this, a new set of indicators must be developed that covers the overall transition (macro level), the transition process with its actors and locations, and the implemented policies and their efficiency.

For future projects, these important conclusions about circular economy indicator frameworks will be used to develop indicator sets that take into consideration the impacts on people (quality of life, health, well-being, job distribution, to name a few), particularly on minorities and on vulnerable sections of the population, in addition to the above-mentioned categories, like economic growth, materials, and solid waste.

A balanced indicator set on circular economy would have to measure the possible impacts of development and growth on the urban poor, minorities and marginalized populations, to ensure a more equitable transition.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Examples for these kinds of impacts could be increased rental prices in buildings with efficiency improvements, which can lead to gentrification. Similarly, it is clear that the quality of newly created jobs must be considered alongside the quantity.

In summary, future circular economy projects would benefit from a broad but well considered set of monitoring indicators that capture economic, environmental, social and governance impacts.

Circular economy frameworks would benefit from having strategies and indicators measuring well-being and equity as much as they measure material flows.

As a consequence, the transition of a city into a circular economy could be monitored and would take into consideration all impacted sectors and identify disproportionally affected strata of the population.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

his would also enable the monitoring of the overall transition (macro level), the paths taken for this transition, and the transition policy implementation, as well as ensure a transition that is not only circular but also environmentally and socially sustainable.

The heat map analysis was conducted by Esteban Muñoz with André Confiado; Alice Loevenbruck; and Rebecca Wareham; under the leadership of Sharon Gil, UN Environment Programme Officer and Coordinator of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities.

UN Environment works with cities on practical ways to implement circular economy systems at city level, facilitating a bottom-up approach to decoupling.

The UN Environment-led Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) uses urban metabolism techniques as a systematic approach to demonstrate the benefits and importance of circular economies for sustainable urban development.

The initiative integrates this approach into city planning and management, helping cities to build circular economies.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Pilot projects were launched in five cities around the world: Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; Dongguan, China; Recife, Brazil; and Sorsogon City, Philippines.

They address local concerns and support local governments in a transition towards low-carbon, resilient, resource-efficient, equitable, and circular cities.

More information on the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities can be found at: www.resourceefficientcities.org

Microbiology plastics circular economy

Using microbiology to bring single use plastics into a circular economy  Microbiology plastics circular economy

Microbiology plastics circular economy
Useful products could be generated from biodegrading plastics, researchers say. In a review published in the journal Microbiology, Tanja Narancic and Kevin O’Connor discuss the advances made in biodegradation of fossil-based plastics, the design of plastics for biodegradation and how microbes can transform plastic waste into useful products.

The Dublin-based researchers report on the use of microbes and their enzymes to degrade plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are commonly used to produce plastic bags and bottles.

The researchers also discuss various studies investigating biodegradable plastics and their design. Microbiology plastics circular economy

This includes their previous research, carried out at the BEACON Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Bioeconomy Research Centre and University College Dublin, that was published in Environmental Science & Technology, whereby a biodegradable plastic suitable for home composting was developed. Microbiology plastics circular economy

This new plastic was made by blending two plastics often used in plastic packaging; polycaprolactone (PCL), a fossil-based plastic, and polylactic acid (PLA), a bioplastic produced by the fermentation of sugars. Microbiology plastics circular economy

If managed correctly, biodegradable plastics are degraded into non-toxic end products (water and carbon dioxide), meaning no release of microplastics — which are of growing concern due to their unknown impact on marine life and terrestrial ecosystems — and toxic by-products into the environment. Biodegradable plastics can even be converted into useful end products such as fertiliser, biogas and chemical products by an industrial process called anaerobic digestion. Microbiology plastics circular economy

During anaerobic digestion, microbes produce enzymes which break down plastic in an enclosed, airtight system.Microbiology plastics circular economy

During this process a methane-rich biogas is produced, which could be used to make green electricity or used as a transport fuel.

A nutrient-rich ‘digestate’ remains at the end and can be collected and used as a fertiliser.

A number of conditions influence the ability of microbes to degrade plastics, including temperature, moisture and the properties of the plastic.

Often, the temperatures required to biodegrade plastic are higher than those that occur naturally in the environment.

Some biodegradable polymers can degrade in a home compost while others require higher temperatures, only seen in a commercial facility, to allow biodegradation. Commercial composting facilities are places where garden and food waste are currently managed.

This review is important, the researchers say, as it contributes to the idea of moving plastics towards a circular economy model, where plastic waste is managed, and retained and repurposed where possible; thus reducing waste.

Where biodegradation is possible, the carbon that makes up plastic is returned to the environment safely and sustainably. Microbiology plastics circular economy

Professor Kevin O’Connor, who has been researching the reuse of plastic waste since 1999, said, “Biodegradable plastics are seen as a solution for biodegradation in nature but in fact they are much better managed as part of a circular waste management system… Microbes and their enzymes are central to research developments for the management of waste biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste plastics in the next decade.”

The management of plastics would also reduce the accumulation of plastics in the ocean. In Europe, 50% of marine litter is from single use plastics.

Narancic, T & O’Connor, K. E. (2018). Plastic waste as a global challenge: Are biodegradable plastics the answer to the plastic waste problem? Microbiology DOI:10.1099/mic.0.000749

Notes to Editors:

The full scientific paper can be found on the Microbiology website here. (DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.000749)

Microbiology, published monthly since 1947, is a publication of the Microbiology Society. The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.

It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

In the five years between 2018 and 2022, the Microbiology Society’s principle goal is to develop, expand and strengthen the networks available to our members so that they can generate new knowledge about microbes and ensure that it is shared with other communities. Microbiology plastics circular economy

The impacts from this will drive us towards a world in which the science of microbiology provides maximum benefit to society. Find out more at microbiologysociety.org

To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020, we are launching a wide-ranging programme of events and activities to showcase why microbiology matters and demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future in addressing global challenges.

Anniversary events and activities include Why Microbiology Matters, a call to the community to nominate a discovery, event or activity that best highlights how microbiology answers big questions by giving us knowledge of very small things, a project on microbiology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a showcase of our Fleming Prize winners. #MicrobioSoc75th

For more information, please contact: l.cox@microbiologysociety.org

Plastic petrochemicals containers recycling 05-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to go

upward.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 715/730 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,100/6,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,000/1,015 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,500  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,850  yuan/ton

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-Radici Group still has not removed force majeure for the delivery of the PA in Italy  

Radici Group, a large Italian corporation, a manufacturer of polyester yarns in Europe, has not yet removed force majeure for polyamide (PA 6.6) from its plant in Novara (Novara, in the Italian region of Piedmont), reports ICIS with reference to a source in the market.

The company was forced to announce force majeure for deliveries from this enterprise with a capacity of 90 thousand tons of PA per year in February 2018 due to a shortage of raw materials.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Carbon Fibre Composites Market will grow at $19 billion till 2024 from Aerospace Industry

Carbon Fibre Composites Market, one of the pronounced verticals of polymers and advanced materials domain, over the years, has witnessed a commendable surge with regard to its application arena.

The worldwide carbon fibre composites industry in 2016 held a revenue of USD 16 billion, driven by its efficiency oriented demand from myriad end-use sectors, profoundly the aerospace and automotive.

The rising trend of reducing overall vehicle weight and improving fuel efficiency, as per reports, has been one of the most crucial factors propelling carbon fibre composites market demand in these sectors.

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-Using microbiology to bring single use plastics into a circular economy

Useful products could be generated from biodegrading plastics, researchers say. In a review published in the journal Microbiology, Tanja Narancic and Kevin O’Connor discuss the advances made in biodegradation of fossil-based plastics, the design of plastics for biodegradation and how microbes can transform plastic waste into useful products.

The Dublin-based researchers report on the use of microbes and their enzymes to degrade plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are commonly used to produce plastic bags and bottles.

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-Opec in Vienna: five things to watch as cartel eyes output cut

Dubai |The almost 30 per cent tumble in oil prices since early October makes this week’s gathering of Opec in Vienna the most keenly anticipated since 2016.

The 15 members of the production cartel including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and allies from outside the group, including Russia, will meet on Thursday and Friday to decide whether they can agree to cut output to help prop up the market.

The consensus is that the meeting in Vienna will deliver a deal to lower output that goes some way to arresting a further drop in prices.

Less clear is the size of the cut that can be agreed, with Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia facing pressure from US President Donald Trump — a key political ally — to keep output high and prices down.

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-U.S. Producers Of PET Resin File Appeal Of U.S. International Trade Commission Injury Determination

On November 30, 2018, three U.S. producers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin — DAK Americas LLC, Indorama Ventures USA Inc., and Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America — filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of International Trade.

The domestic producers have requested the court’s review of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) recent negative injury determination in the antidumping (AD) investigations on imports of PET resin from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

The domestic producers’ appeal charges that several key findings are not supported by the record compiled by the Commission.

Further, the ITC erred by ignoring critical data and failing to address or explain a number of important issues in the case.

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-EREMA announces expansion for PET recycling solutions at PETnology

EREMA announced in a presentation at the PETnology conference in Paris, its newly developed VACUNITE technology.

The new bottle-to-bottle process for food-contact-grade rPET pellets demonstrates high efficient decontamination, compact design and low energy consumption.

In VACUNITE EREMA brings together its VACUREMA technology with the newly patented, vaccumm-supported nitrogen SSP from Polymetrix.

The process is based on the combination of VACUREMA technology which has been enhanced for this application and the newly patented, vacuum-supported nitrogen SSP from Polymetrix.

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-SA company makes biodegradable sugar cane bottles to replace plastic

A 100% biodegradable bottle made from sugar cane is being manufactured by the Air Water company. The company introduced machines that make water from the air to SA about 12 years ago, and it has embarked on a “Zero Plastic, Zero Harm” campaign.

Speaking to Kieno Kammies on the Breakfast Show on CapeTalk, Ray De Vries, founder and CEO of Airwater said the idea emerged during the Cape Town drought.

The process of making these bottles involves the sugar cane fiber and a polylactic acid being used to make the bottle. The beauty of it is that it is 100% compostable.

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-Germany ready to take a stand against negative plastics publicity

The German plastics packaging industry has set itself ambitious but realistic targets to strengthen closed loop recycling and take a stand against the sweeping condemnation of plastics packages in the negatively charged public debate.

Under the umbrella of the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films), the industry, which comprises mainly medium-sized businesses, has set a target of at least one million tonnes of recycling material or renewable raw materials to be used in the production of plastics packaging in Germany by 2025.

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-US Patent Granted to FlexFilms for Breakthrough BOPET Film Used for Alu Alu Blister Pack

Elizabethtown, Ky. – FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has been granted United States Patent covering entire categories of Formable Films that include one or more BOPET layers used in Alu Alu blister packaging.

The patent US 10131122 was issued to Flex Films (USA) Inc on November 20, 2018 for a period of 20 years, lending a competitive advantage to the Films Business of the company over its opponents in cold formed pharmaceutical packaging industry.

With the patent issuance, the company gets exclusive right of manufacturing & sale of this special BOPET film in US, Europe and India.

This patent has a uniqueness of forming characteristic of BOPET film in Z direction during packaging application.

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-A change of heart from the US, some movement from China provide trade dispute relief

There is a pause but the spectre of the US-China trade dispute still hangs over the global economy and chemicals trade.

Chemical markets in China reacted positively to the 90-day hiatus in tariff hikes agreed between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump over the weekend at the G20 summit in Argentina.

Polyethylene futures prices on the Dalian exchange were up on Monday as were PE daily prices.

The more widespread reaction saw stock prices up in the Asia and European markets and February Brent up around $3/bbl on the previous close.

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-Dow confirms November PE price decrease, pushes for 5-cent/lb hike in January

Dow Chemical has settled its November domestic polyethylene contract pricing at a discount, but is adding a proposed January hike to its previously announced December increase, the company said in a letter customers obtained Tuesday by S&P Global Platts.

Dow’s November discount for US contract PE buyers came to 3 cents/lb ($66/mt), the December 3-dated letter said, in line with decreases previously confirmed by market participants.

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-The problem with graphene is too much silicon: RMIT

Graphene has not become the next big thing because of silicon impurities holding it back, RMIT researchers have said.

Researchers from RMIT have fingered silicon as the reason why graphene has not become the next big thing in electronics.

The team led by Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh and Dr Rouhollah Ali Jalili looked at a number of commercial graphene samples with a scanning transition electron microscope and found high levels of silicon contamination, which the team said led to degraded performance of up to 50 percent

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Contract price ethylene Europe

The contract price of ethylene in Europe in December fell by EUR110 per ton  Contract price ethylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,025 per tonne, which is EUR110 per tonne lower than in November, ICIS reported. Contract price ethylene Europe

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).Contract price ethylene Europe

Two manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price. Direct confirmation from the other three manufacturers is pending.

Naphtha feedstock prices fell sharply in November, so market players expected a decrease in ethylene prices.

In addition, logistical and manufacturing problems as a result of the low water level of the Rhine River continue to affect the market.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than the level of October.

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to a survey by Scanport Company Market Report, in October, the total volume of PE production in Russia decreased to 109.8 thousand tons, whereas a month earlier the figure was 130.8 thousand tons.

The main reason for reducing operating time is preventive downtime at Kazanorgsintez, Stavrolen and Ufaorgsintez.

In general, in January – October, the total volume of polyethylene output reached the level of 1,456.1 thousand tons against 1,407.8 thousand tons a year earlier.

The production of HDPE and LDL increased, while the production of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) decreased.

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Toxic flame retardants car seats

Study finds toxic flame retardants in children’s car seats  Toxic flame retardants car seats

Indiana University
Toxic flame retardants car seats

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In a new study, Indiana University scientists found toxic flame retardants in newly manufactured children’s car seats, sparking concerns about children’s health. Of the 18 children’s car seats tested, 15 contained new or traditional hazardous flame retardant chemicals. Toxic flame retardants car seats

“New replacement flame retardants, often marketed as safer alternatives, are lurking in children’s products without rigorous safety testing and may pose risks for children’s health,” said Marta Venier, associate scientist at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and principal investigator on the study. Toxic flame retardants car seats

“The abundance of emerging flame retardant chemicals in children’s car seats and the key role these products play as potential sources of chemical exposure is a cause for concern.”

The research was conducted in conjunction with the Ecology Center, an independent nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The car seats tested in this study were purchased by the Ecology Center and shipped to Indiana University for analyses. Toxic flame retardants car seats

All of the car seats were newly manufactured between January 2017 and February 2018 and were made in China, Canada, or the United States.

In total, the researchers tested 36 different fabric and foam samples from 18 car seats.

For the first time, two cyclic phosphonate esters (PMMMPs) were measured at high levels in North America, suggesting their use as a replacement flame retardant for compounds that are known to be harmful. Toxic flame retardants car seats

PMMMPs were found in 34 of the 36 car seat sampled at levels much higher than those of traditional flame retardants. Little is known about their health effects.

Two other emerging flame retardants (tris(2,4-di-t-butylphenyl) phosphate (TDTBPP) and resorcinol bis(diphenyl phosphate) (RDP)) were also measured in baby products for the first time.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were observed in 75 percent of the samples tested, despite being phased out of use in the United States in 2013 over health concerns. However, PBDEs were detected at such low levels that it is unlikely they were added intentionally. Toxic flame retardants car seats

They may have been impurities or found in parts containing recycled materials. Conversely, decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE) was detected in four samples at high levels, suggesting that it was intentionally used.

DBDPE is a brominated flame retardant known to cause oxidative stress, hormone disruption and thyroid problems.

Unlike other baby products, children’s car seats are required to meet the flammability standards for car interiors outlined in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302, which was created in 1971 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Flame retardants are routinely used as a cost-effective way to meet this standard.

However, flame retardants have been linked to a variety of negative health effects, including hormone disruption, impaired brain development, liver damage and cancer.

Children are more susceptible to these effects than adults because of their smaller size and their tendency to put their hands and objects in their mouths.

Children can be exposed to flame retardants in car seats by breathing in chemicals that leach into the air out of fabrics and foam.

This is especially problematic for children during the , when heat increases the rate at which flame retardants enter the poorly ventilated, semi-closed car environment. Toxic flame retardants car seats

Children can also be exposed to flame retardants by ingesting the dust which accumulates inside the vehicle, through skin contact or by chewing on their .

“We found that car seat manufacturers are intentionally moving away from certain toxic chemicals compounds that they know to be harmful, which is good news,” said Yan Wu, a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University and the lead author of the study.

“However, we know very little about the replacement chemicals they’re using. Car seats are vital for protecting children during a vehicle crash, but more research is needed to ensure that those seats are chemically safe as well.” Toxic flame retardants car seats

“Children’s Car Seats Contain Legacy and Novel Flame Retardants,” was published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

 Explore further: Debate on banning organohalogen flame retardants heats up

More information: Yan Wu et al, Children’s Car Seats Contain Legacy and Novel Flame Retardants, Environmental Science & Technology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00568

Quality plastic bottles recycling

‘Quality of plastic bottles falls after third recycling’ Quality plastic bottles recycling

Quality plastic bottles recycling

LUCKNOW : Shedding light on the side effects of repeated recycling of plastic drinking water bottles, experts at the ISHWMCON -2018 said that quality of plastic deteriorated after it was recycled for a third time. Quality plastic bottles recycling

“So, recycling plastic is not the answer for saving the environment,” said Alexander Von Hildebrand, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Regional Office, while addressing the two-day 18th annual conference of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, which started at the King George’s Medical University on Saturday.

“In fact, avoiding the use of plastic is the right way forward if you care for the environment,” said Von Hildebrand. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Prof Mohd Parvez, co-organising secretary of the conference, said, “Studies show when a bottle is made of recycled plastic, its quality is poor and the side effects increase. One side effect can be traces of plastic getting mixed with water.” Quality plastic bottles recycling

He said a better option was to store water in proper containers and glass bottles. “This way, we can ensure that people will get clean drinking water,” said Prof Parvez, who also spoke on hospital waste management and plans being drafted to do so in an environment-friendly manner. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Dr D Himanshu stressed on the importance of segregating waste. “Often, there are harmful objects such as needles in the garbage pile. Such sharp objects need separate management,” he said. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Dr Kirti Srivastava said that with proper recycling, waste did not just provide materials that could be put to use, but also helped organisations generate funds.

Prof Anupam Wakhlu, organising secretary of the event, said that hospital waste management was a burning issue in the country.

“Such events pave way for better waste management, which ensures safety of both patients and the medical staff,” he said.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET 04-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain have begun to move

upward, in the footsteps of oil.

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,060 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,200/6,300 yuan/ton – MEG $ 710/725 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,100/6,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 980/990 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,300/8,400  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,050/10,150  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

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-The contract price of ethylene in Europe in December fell by EUR110 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,025 per tonne, which is EUR110 per tonne lower than in November, ICIS reported

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

Two manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price. Direct confirmation from the other three manufacturers is pending

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-US PET producers appeal ITC’s no-injury decision in dumping case

Three producers of polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) resin have filed an appealto a recent finding that the US industry is notmaterially injured by imports from Brazil,Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan, therepresenting attorney firm announced on Monday.

DAK Americas, Indorama Ventures USA and Nan YaPlastics Corp, America, have requested a courtreview of the US International TradeCommission’s (ITC) October negativefinal determination in the antidumpinginvestigation on PET resin imports from thefive regions.

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-Teijin unveils new natural-like fabric in Deltapeak series

Teijin Frontier, Teijin Group’s fibre and products converting firm, has added a natural-like fabric, ideal for sportswear, fashionwear, and uniforms, to its Deltapeak series of high-function fabrics.

Teijin Frontier will launch the product in the 2020 spring/summer season, targeting annual sales of one million metres by the fiscal year ending in March 2022.

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-‘Quality of plastic bottles falls after third recycling’ Quality plastic bottles recycling

LUCKNOW : Shedding light on the side effects of repeated recycling of plastic drinking water bottles, experts at the ISHWMCON -2018 said that quality of plastic deteriorated after it was recycled for a third time. Quality plastic bottles recycling

“So, recycling plastic is not the answer for saving the environment,” said Alexander Von Hildebrand, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Regional Office, while addressing the two-day 18th annual conference of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, which started at the King George’s Medical University on Saturday.

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-Sweden joins efforts to fight the ocean plastic pollution in Southeast Asia

Coinciding with the Swedish Ambassador for the Ocean Helen Ågren’s visit to Thailand, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) and the Government of Sweden launched a four-year project in Southeast Asia, a region in which many countries are major plastic polluters. Significant quantities of plastic end up as marine litter in the world’s oceans.

UNEP’s regional director for Asia and the Pacific, Dechen Tsering, explained that “60 percent of all plastic that ends up in our oceans comes from only six countries in Asia.”

Inexpensive plastic packaging and a take-away food culture further contribute to widespread single-use plastic use in the region. An additional challenge is the region’s limited waste management capacity, which contributes to mismanagement of over 75 percent of the region’s plastic waste.

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-Study finds toxic flame retardants in children’s car seats  

In a new study, Indiana University scientists found toxic flame retardants in newly manufactured children’s car seats, sparking concerns about children’s health. Of the 18 children’s car seats tested, 15 contained new or traditional hazardous flame retardant chemicals.

“New replacement flame retardants, often marketed as safer alternatives, are lurking in children’s products without rigorous safety testing and may pose risks for children’s health,” said Marta Venier, associate scientist at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and principal investigator on the study.

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-Graphene unlocks new potential for ‘smart textiles’

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced ‘smart textiles’ has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene.

An international team of scientists, led by Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter Engineering department, has pioneered a new technique to create fully electronic fibres that can be incorporated into the production of everyday clothing.

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Why Switzerland Does Not Enforce Plastics Recycling

In a recent paper Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge argues that efforts to improve the recycling of plastics are not always the most environmentally beneficial. Often energy recovery is preferable.

n a recently published research paper, Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge of the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, Switzerland, argues that efforts to improve the recycling of plastics are not always the most environmentally beneficial. Often energy recovery is preferable. Here, the professor gives WMW readers a brief introduction to his findings…

Plastics recycling solves no problem in countries with proper waste management. In countries with an advanced waste management system, practically the entire amount of plastic waste is handled in the waste disposal system and is mainly disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

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-Elkem offers LSR processors more molding options

Elkem Silicones USA Corp. in York, S.C., has revealed a new Elkem LSR Select range of liquid silicone rubber products in Shore hardnesses of 25A, 35A, 50A and 70A.

LSR Select is aimed at low temperature LSR molding, but is also capable of achieving faster cure at normal mold temperatures.

Ted Johnson, senior staff chemist at the silicone rubber materials producer, presented the materials Nov. 27 at the Smithers Rapra Silicone Elastomers World Summit in Malpensa.

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-Total and Corbion start up joint bioplastics plant in Thailand

Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total S.A. (Paris, France; www.total.com) and Corbion (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.corbion.com), announced the startup of its 75,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. This bioplastic provides a valuable contribution towards the circular economy, as it offers multiple environmentally-friendly waste solutions and produces renewable and biodegradable materials.

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-How Germany plans to fight against plastic waste

A huge amount of plastic waste in the oceans, seas and rivers poses a danger for humans and for animals. Germany intends to deal with it and proposed his plan.

The story of a dead sperm whale in Indonesia, in the stomach, which found 6 kg of plastic (115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags and broken 4 plastic bottles, two pairs of plastic flip-flops, etc.), shocked the Minister of environmental protection and nuclear safety of Germany Swanu Schulze (Svenja Schulze) to the core. What happened, unfortunately, not an isolated episode. Therefore, as the Minister said, “we need to radically change the situation with plastic garbage.”

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December paraxylene contract Asia

December paraxylene contract offers in Asia heard at USD900-920 per tonne December paraxylene contract Asia

December paraxylene contract Asia

MOSCOW – Several buyers put forward counter proposals for the December contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD900-920 per ton, ICIS reports, citing market participants.December paraxylene contract Asia

Price proposals for December deliveries from manufacturers were at the level of USD1,100 – 1,150 per ton, CFR Asia.

It is expected that the contract price of paraxylene for December in Asia will be agreed by the end of the working day on November 30.

Earlier it was reported that the spot prices of paraxylene on November 23 were in the range of USD1 039-1 041 per ton, CFR China / Taiwan, while the day before the quotes were USD1 075-1 077 per ton, CFR China / Taiwan.

The decrease in prices both in the crude oil market and in the downstream market for the production of purified terephthalic acid (TPA) led to a downward forecast of the market situation.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

Fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline.

The cost of PET in China is continuously falling.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

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ITEM26/11/201803/12/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,250 yuan/ton+150
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,050 $/ton1,050 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,775 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton-25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,825 yuan/ton7,775 yuan/ton-50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,130 yuan/ton6,215 yuan/ton+85
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market845 $/ton845 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,660 yuan/ton5,900 yuan/ton+240
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market670 $/ton696 $/ton+26
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,036 $/ton1,003 $/ton-33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,016 $/ton983 $/ton-33
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market8,390 yuan/ton 8,280 yuan/ton-110
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,200 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton-250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,250 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market  9,600 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton-200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market8,950 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton-150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,950 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton-250
Caprolactam CPL domestic market15,000 yuan/ton13,200 yuan/ton-1,800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market2,000 $/ton1,980 $/ton-20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,380 $/ton2,240 $/ton-140
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market16,000 yuan/to 14,700 yuan/ton-1,300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market17,000 yuan/ton 16,400 yuan/ton-600
Nylon66 chips domestic  market36,300 yuan/ton36,000 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market20,300 yuan/ton 19,300 yuan/ton-1,000
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market23,500 yuan/ton 22,600 yuan/ton-900
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market21,600 yuan/ton 20,600 yuan/ton-1,000
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500  yuan/ton39,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton-100
Benzene domestic market5,450 yuan/ton5,525 yuan/ton+75
Benzene overseas  market655 $/ton634 $/ton-21
Ethylene South East market950 $/ton860 $/ton-90
Ethylene NWE  market919 $/ton882 $/ton-27
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,200 yuan/ton11,200 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market17,800 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton-1,800
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,850 yuan/ton13,900 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market8,850 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton+350
Naphtha overseas market     488 $/ton487 $/ton-1
Phenol domestic market 10,488 yuan/ton9,400 yuan/ton-1,088
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,290 $/ton1,270 $/ton-20
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,405 $/ton 1,380 $/ton-25
LDPE CFR Far East 1,032 $/ton992 $/ton-40
LLDPE CFR Far East1,032 $/ton982 $/ton-50
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,012 $/ton973 $/ton-39
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,008 $/ton959 $/ton-49
HDPE CFR Far East1,118 $/ton1,011 $/ton-107
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,130 $/ton1,029 $/ton-101
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,244 €/ton1,223 €/ton-21

 

CO2 plastics production Covestro

The next step for CO2-based plastics

Article by Amanda Jasi

 CO2 plastics production Covestro

Covestro – Left to right: Daniel Klomp (Sport Group), Daniel Koch (Covestro), and Robert Haake (Crefelder Hockey and Tennis Club) at the opening ceremony of the world-first hockey sports field made with carbon dioxide

COVESTRO’s carbon dioxide-based polyols have been used to produce synthetic sports flooring. The world-first subfloor of this kind has now opened in a renowned hockey facility in Krefeld, Germany, and marks the next step in the use of CO2 for plastics production.

The environmentally-friendly technology enabling the use of CO2 as a raw material for production was developed by polymer company Covestro and its partners. It allows up to 20% of the fossil fuels required for the production to be replaced with carbon dioxide, to act as an alternative carbon source. The CO2 is used to produce a material called cardyon, a polyol. So far cardyon has been used to produce soft polyurethane for mattresses and upholstered furniture and is already on the market.

Covestro has now developed a CO2-based binder which has been used in sports subflooring. Polytan, an active sports flooring producer owned by Sports Group, was the first customer of the new CO2-based binder. It uses the material to produce elastic underfloor together with rubber granulate.

The subfloor has been installed at the Crefelder Hockey and Tennis Club (CHTC). The club maintains one of the leading hockey facilities in Germany which is repeatedly used as a venue for international matches, and championships. The subfloor was laid on a 99 × 59 m playing field and serves to cushion the effect of new artificial turf..

Markus Steilemann, CEO at Covestro, said: “The use of carbon dioxide as a new raw material is a promising approach for making production in the chemical and plastics industries more sustainable.

“This way, we use CO2 in a closed-loop process and save oil. On this basis, we want to offer a comprehensive product portfolio for as many areas of application as possible.”

The new CO2 polyols were developed at Covestro’s site in Dormagen, Germany. The carbon dioxide is provided by a neighbouring chemicals company which produces CO2 as a by-product.

Covestro began producing plastics with captured CO2 in 2016. In 2017, it started work to expand the process with regards to the volume it produced, the proportion of CO2 it uses, and the range of chemicals it could produce.

Article by Amanda JasiStaff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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-December paraxylene contract offers in Asia heard at USD900-920 per tonne 

Several buyers put forward counter proposals for the December contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD900-920 per ton, ICIS reports, citing market participants.

Price proposals for December deliveries from manufacturers were at the level of USD1,100 – 1,150 per ton, CFR Asia.

It is expected that the contract price of paraxylene for December in Asia will be agreed by the end of the working day on November 30.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Polymers PET Polyethylene Petrochemicals Prices

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-Sam Gyimah: second Brexit referendum best option for both sides

Universities minister who quit over May’s Brexit plan says people’s vote could avert chaos

Sam Gyimah, the universities minister who resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit plan and pledged to vote against it, has said a second referendum could be the most sensible path for both leave and remain supporters, and dismissed Theresa May’s agreement with Brussels as a “deal in name only”.

The Conservative MP, who on Friday became the seventh minister to quit Theresa May’s government over Brexit, called for a vote to gauge the public’s mood if May loses the meaningful vote in parliament on 11 December.

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-US November PE contracts settle lower on weaker oil, sufficient supply

US November contracts for polyethylene (PE) settled 3 cents/lb ($66/tonne) lower from October as weaker crude oil futures and sufficient supply weighed on pricing.

The sharp drop in crude oil prices undermined the case for price increase initiatives of 3 cents/lb.

NYMEX WTI futures have plunged nearly $25/bbl since hitting their 2018 peak in early October and are currently trading near 2018 low points. Crude oil inventories are building, and US production is at record highs, resulting in downward pressure on oil markets.

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-US September Crude Oil Production Hits 4th Month Running at Record Highs

US Crude Oil production hit a new all-time high of 11.5-M BPD in September, according to the data announced Friday, the latest indicator of a wave of onshore US production that has weighed on global markets.

US Crude Oil output rose 129,000 BPD in September to 11.475-M BPD, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report.

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-Indorama’s Rotterdam PET force majeure tweaks European sentiment

The mood in the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market has been so downbeat, with consistent drops in production costs and crashing Asian prices, that a force majeure declaration at Indorama Ventures in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, has tweaked perspectives.

“We received enquiries from customers we don’t normally get. I wanted a cargo and [another producer] was sold out until the end of December … They have no availability even for small quantities and all customers are going to maximum contract offtake,” a reseller said.

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-Russia and Saudi Arabia to extend Opec+ accord, Putin says

The comments from the Russian president open the door for a deal at the Opec meeting this week

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. The two leaders forged the Opec+ accord in 2016. AFP

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. The two leaders forged the Opec+ accord in 2016. AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts as Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend their accord to manage the oil market, known as Opec+, into 2019, following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit between Mr Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Russia, one of the world’s biggest crude-producing nations, has been negotiating with the kingdom, Opec’s leader, over the timing and volume of any output reduction.

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-Why Oil Prices Are Due for a Bounce

OPEC is grabbing at the proverbial straws in an attempt to regain control of the global oil markets.

The Thanksgiving holiday and crude oil prices have not been friendly to one another over the years. Some of the most challenging energy markets have occurred as the majority of Americans were sitting down at a table with family to enjoy a turkey dinner. The general public isn’t aware of the fact that commodity futures markets rarely close, not even for Thanksgiving.

The futures markets, including commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, gold, and others, generally trade in an overnight session on the Wednesday evening prior to the fourth Thursday in November. The futures continue to trade on Thanksgiving morning as they normally would and close a moderately abbreviated session at noon Central Time. In other words, for all intents and purposes, the commodity markets are open on Turkey Day.

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-BASF TDI plant output halt could stem GCC price decline

A production halt at BASF’s flagship toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, could halt the downtrend in prices in the Middle East, but a sharp recovery may still not materialize yet.

Khor Fakkport Dubai in the UAE (Photo by Deedee Degelia Brent Winebrenner Degelia/Mood Board/REX/Shutterstock)

The TDI market was roiled this week by news that German major BASF had stopped production at its Ludwigshafen plant after Rhine river levels reached an “all-time low” causing difficulties in transporting raw materials.

Water levels on the Rhine have reached an “all-time low”, the company said, after months of transportation difficulties along the key chemicals logistics artery.

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-Will Canadian Oil Producers Cut Output?

Record low Canadian oil prices risk deteriorating significantly cash flows and key credit metrics at Canada’s oil and gas producers, rating agency DBRS said on Wednesday in the latest warning that the ultra-cheap Western Canadian crude is taking its toll on Alberta’s oil industry and economy.

Severe takeaway capacity constraints have resulted in Western Canadian Select (WCS)—the benchmark price of oil from Canada’s oil sands—plunging to as low as $14 a barrel earlier this month, with its discount to the U.S. benchmark WTI at around $50 a barrel.

In the face of further delays in new pipeline approvals, most notably the blow to the Trans Mountain expansion project in late August, the Alberta province and its oil producers are looking for alternative medium-term solutions such as increased crude by rail shipments or, possibly, an industry-wide production cut to ease bottlenecks and drive heavy oil prices up.

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-Finite Fiber acquires controlling interest in Qualiform

Finite Fiber recently reached an agreement to purchase controlling interest of custom molder Qualiform Inc.

Andrew Antonino, president of Wadsworth, Ohio-based Qualiform will stay in his role.

“It just seemed like a great fit from the first five minutes of our discussion,” Antonino said.

Qualiform has served OEMs since 1976, manufacturing custom rubber molded products used in a variety of industries, including transportation, medical, electrical, plumbing, industrial, health care, appliance and aerospace. The company’s products typically are used for impact absorption, resistance, protection and vibration/noise control.

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-OPEC+, not Trump tweets, key to oil market in 2019

Oil prices were last week hovering around the psychological level of $60 per barrel of Brent crude, dropping to under $59, and at best, rising a little over $61. The massive rally in US stocks didn’t lift prices.

Futures prices are still suffering from a severe hangover caused by October’s high production, which was supposed to be in preparation for coping with US sanctions on Iran. Instead, the US issued waivers to Iran’s biggest customers and the tight oil market never happened.

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-The next step for CO2-based plastics

COVESTRO’s carbon dioxide-based polyols have been used to produce synthetic sports flooring.

The world-first subfloor of this kind has now opened in a renowned hockey facility in Krefeld, Germany, and marks the next step in the use of CO2 for plastics production.

The environmentally-friendly technology enabling the use of CO2 as a raw material for production was developed by polymer company Covestro and its partners.

It allows up to 20% of the fossil fuels required for the production to be replaced with carbon dioxide, to act as an alternative carbon source.

The CO2 is used to produce a material called cardyon, a polyol. So far cardyon has been used to produce soft polyurethane for mattresses and upholstered furniture and is already on the market.

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-BRICS slam protectionism as China-U.S. spat overshadows G20 talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on China.

This year’s two-day gathering is a major test for the Group of 20 industrialized nations, whose leaders first met in 2008 to help rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in seven decades.

With a rise in nationalist sentiment in many countries, the G20 – which accounts for two-thirds of the world population – faces questions over its ability to deal with trade tensions, which have roiled global markets.

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-‘Have you just not executed?’: Investors smash Coca-Cola shares

Investors have pounded Coca-Cola Amatil after it revealed continuing struggles in its Indonesian business, rising costs and a plan to consider asset sales.

The beverage giant held an investor day on Friday where it outlined a number of challenges, including continued struggles in Indonesia, the rising costs of PET resin, a key ingredient in containers for liquids and foods, and a strategy to sell loss-making fruit business SPC.

Managing director Alison Watkins also called out the impact of the new container deposit schemes across Australia as part of “choppiness” the company had experienced recently.

Investors responded by wiping 14.46 per cent off the company’s share price, sending it to a six-month low of $8.64.

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-Can Saudi Arabia Stop the Slide in Crude Prices?

The meeting of the G20 developed economies that began in Buenos Aires Friday has plenty on its agenda, not least of which is what two of the world’s top three crude oil producers plan to do to stop the decline in oil prices that has lopped more than 20% off the price in just two months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting to discuss their next steps that are likely to be announced at next week’s meeting in Vienna of OPEC and its partners, including Russia.

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-Loop Industries enters into a multi-year supply agreement for 100% Sustainable PET Plastic Resin with the Coca-Cola CEPG

Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with the Coca-Cola system’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group (“CEPG”) to supply 100% recycled and sustainable Loop PET plastic (“Loop PET”).

Loop has a joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Limited, a world-class chemicals company in the United States and a global integrated leader in PET and fibers that serves major customers in diversified end-use markets.

Authorized Coca-Cola bottlers can enter into supply agreements with Loop.

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-Nova Chemicals Boosts Sustainability Efforts on Several Fronts and More

Advances in design of recyclable film structures and a major investment in a project reducing ocean plastics pollution discussed.

While attending the recent Global Plastics Summit (GPS2-18), now in its sixth year and hosted by IHS Markit and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), I had the opportunity to interview John Thayer, sr. v.p. of PE for Nova Chemicals.

Sustainability was a major theme running through this year’s event, and Thayer is among the industry representatives who are fervently seeking solutions to promote a plastics circular economy.

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-Single-use plastic major cause of cancer, says kidney priest

Lays emphasis on recycling and segregation of plastic at source

Davis Chiramel, Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic priest from Kerala, also known as the Kidney priest, was in the city today for his campaign “I challenge plastic bottle”.

Priest Chiramel said he was disheartened as he had to bury six people who died due to cancer. He found that one of the major reasons behind this was increase of single-use plastics and their improper disposal.

“Micro plastics are entering what we eat and drink. It is becoming one of the major causes of cancer and other diseases,” he said.

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-Department of Trade and Industry  notice 727 of 2018

International Trade Administration Commission

Notice of initiation of an investigation into the alleged dumping of polyethylene terephthalate imported from the People’s Republic of China

The International Trade Administration Commission (the Commission) accepted an application alleging that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imported from the People’s

Republic of China (PRC) is being dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market, causing material injury and threatening to cause material to the SACU industry concerned.

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-Graphene, jute fibers combine to create strong, sustainable building material

“I believe our graphene-based jute fibers could play a very important role in meeting the growing demand of more environmentally friendly products for various industries,” materials scientist Nazmul Karim said.

Jute is the second most abundant natural fiber after cotton. It is primarily cultivated in China, India, Bangladesh and Brazil. Photo by the University of Manchester

Scientists have combined graphene and jute to form a new composite material that is strong, durable and cheap to make. Researchers think the fiber-based composite material could be used to build cars, ships, wind turbine blades and even low-cost housing.

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-Is The Trade War Coming To An End?

Oil markets appear to be full of uncertainty, awaiting the outcome of the OPEC+ meeting for more direction. But some clues about the trajectory of oil prices in 2019 may come a few days earlier in Buenos Aires.

The G20 summit in Argentina is underway, where the heads of state from around the world are meeting face to face. Buenos Aires is hosting the three most important figures in the oil market – Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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-US-China Stand-off: Tesla China sales tumbled 70% in October

Tesla Inc.’s vehicle sales sunk 70% last month, as the country’s passenger car association mentioned in a report on Tuesday, indicating how the US-China trade war is hurting global business growth.

A China Passenger Car Association spokesman told that the Tesla had just sold 211 cars in China in October, as the Industry Body data showed.

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-Covestro raises stake in DIC Covestro Polymer JV in Japan

Covestro is accelerating the expansion of its Thermoplastic Polyurethanes business (TPU) by raising its stake in Joint Venture, DIC Covestro Polymer (DCP) from 50% to 80%.

DCP, established as a 50/50 joint venture in 2000, is a leading company in the Japanese TPU industry, while the investment is part of Covestro’s expansion of its global TPU business. Total investment is described as ‘low double-digit million euros.’

Both parties agreed to not disclose any further financial details of the transaction. Closing of the deal is planned for early second quarter of 2019, subject to the approval from the relevant authority.

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-Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. adopts How2Recycle Label

The label will be included on the company’s baby care products.

How2Recycle, a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Charlottesville, Virginia, has announced that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., Skillman, New Jersey, has adopted the How2Recycle label.

The company will start by using the on-package recycling label on many of its baby products, including lotion, shampoo and wash, according to a news release from How2Recycle.

The label is deigned to help make recycling easier by providing specific instructions on how each product can be recycled.

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-Why lower oil prices won’t necessarily boost the U.S. economy

Thanks to Saudi Arabia pushing oil production to an all-time high, prices have hit $50 per barrel — their lowest levels since 2017.

President Donald Trump has hailed the drop, a decrease of 32 percent from the most recent peak, as a win for Americans.

But despite lower prices at the gas pump — welcome news for the millions of travelers hitting the road during the holiday season — the drop is unlikely to be a net gain for the U.S. economy.

And where some stand to gain from lower prices, others may lose, experts say.

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-The bioplastics benchmark

The thirteenth European Bioplastics Conference takes place in Berlin on 4-5 December. Ahead of the annual, industry-defining summit, Tim Sykes caught up with Hasso von Pogrell (managing director of European Bioplastics) to discuss the latest advances in bio-based polymers and their growing impact on the packaging landscape.

Tim Sykes:

At last year’s European Bioplastics (EUBP) Conference there was much talk about investment in production capacity for categories of bioplastics that have strong packaging potential (such as PEF). How does this picture look a year on?

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-BPF and RECOUP collaborate on design for recyclability guide

In an initiative to address plastic waste, RECOUP and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have launched new guidance to help packaging designers create easy-to-recycle plastic packaging.

Launched by RECOUP’s CEO Stuart Foster at the BPF’s annual Packaging Seminar in London, the guide outlines which combination of closures, seals, labels and materials ensure recycling plants can easily separate and recycle the plastics.

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-Eurolaser to show new conveyor laser system in Heimtextil

Eurolaser, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of CO2 laser machines for cutting, engraving, and marking from Germany, is set to display the new L-1200 conveyor laser system at Heimtextil expo, in hall 3.0, stand K75. The international trade fair for home and contract textiles will be held from January 8-11, 2018, at Frankfurt am Main, in Germany.

By developing the conveyor solution, Eurolaser has revolutionised large-format textile processing. Clean cut edges are required especially for shading systems, individual decorative fabrics, room partitions and other home textiles in large formats. Eurolaser is one of the leading suppliers of cutting solutions, offering processing tables up to 3.20 meters in width and length as well as additional modules for multicolour direct printing, labelling and engraving for parallel use, the company said in a media statement.

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-Asia, Middle East polymers brace for US PE flows

Polyethylene (PE) markets in southeast and south Asia will be on the radar of US producers as they prepare to export greater volumes in 2019.

Speaking to ICIS at the sidelines of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Forum in Dubai, sources said that US producers would have to export to Asian markets outside of China, given that the latter was no longer viable owing to the 25% tariffs imposed on US-origin PE. “US producers have no choice but to target any and all markets, since it will be difficult to make up for the volumes that they would have otherwise exported to China,” a source said.

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PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced November ACN prices in China for CNY1,000 per tonne  PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

MOSCOW – PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, reduced the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) in China for the fourth time this month, now by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD143.9 per a ton from the previous level, a source in the company told ICIS .PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Thus, the new November price proposals for the company’s material in the country from November 28 are at the level of CNY12,000 or USD1,727 per tonne, ex-warehouse (ex warehouse).PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Domestic spot ACN prices in China have been fluctuating at low levels since mid-November due to weak demand from the downstream market for the production of acrylic yarns.

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical operates four ACN plants in Jilin Province (Jilin province, China) with a total capacity of 452 thousand tons per year.

In particular, plants No. 1 and No. 2 have a capacity of 106 thousand tons per year, while the capacity of enterprises No. 3 and No. 4 is 120 thousand tons per year each.

Currently, these plants operate at full capacity, the source said.

Earlier, it was noted that on November 2, PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced the price proposals of ACN for CNY1 800 (USD260) per ton compared to the previous level – to CNY15,000 or USD2,167 per ton, ex-warehouse, and on November 9 USD72) per ton – up to CNY14,500 or USD2,083 per ton. PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Then, on November 22, PetroChina Jilin lowered the prices of ACN for CNY1,500 (USD216.5) per tonne to CNY13,000 (USD1,876) per tonne.

Acrylonitrile is one of the main raw materials for the production of ABS.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the first three quarters of 2018, the import of ABS to Russia increased by 15% to 3.16 thousand tons against 2.76 thousand tons for the same period last year. PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

PetroChina is one of the largest companies in China and is one of the key players in the country’s oil and gas market.

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Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Indorama Ventures announced force majeure at the PET factory in Rotterdam  Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

MOSCOW – Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), on November 28 announced force majeure circumstances on deliveries of products from the PET plant in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) due to a halt in production with technical problems, ICIS reported.

So, on Thursday, November 15, one of the lines at this plant was closed with a total capacity of two lines of 426 thousand tons of PET per year due to leakage of hot oil, there were no casualties. Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Then, on Friday, November 23, technical failures led to a halt in production at the second line of the PET plant in Rotterdam.

In this regard, IVL had to declare force majeure on the supply of PET from this site, since both lines remain closed.

Currently, the company delivers material from other sites to its customers to minimize damage to consumers.

Earlier it was noted that Indorama Ventures in July 2017 completed a project to expand the capacity at the plant purified TPF in Rotterdam.

Prior to the completion of this project, the company in Rotterdam could produce 380 thousand tons of TPA per year. Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Thus, the total capacity of the company for the production of TPA, including the site in Spain, increased after the completion of the project to increase the capacity in Rotterdam to more than 1 million tons per year.

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in September 2018, the export of Russian PET amounted to 4.63 thousand tons, and for the period January-September – 58.11 thousand tons.

Deliveries of imported material in the reporting period increased by 39% and amounted to 11.67 thousand tons of PET (in September 2017 – 8.40 thousand tons).

In total for the first nine months of 2018, 123.72 thousand tons were imported.

Indorama Ventures PLS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PET, TPA, MEG (in the USA), as well as polyester yarns and fibers.

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Smarter plastic packaging food waste

How smarter plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste  Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Irene Colicchio & Harrold Goertz · DSM Engineering Plastics

The figures are mind-boggling: Food loss and waste is an enormous environmental problem. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ “Global Food Losses and Food Waste” report, roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

That’s nearly 1.3 billion tonnes each year, representing a value of approximately US$680 billion in industrialized countries, and US$310 billion in developing countries.

By significantly extending shelf life and preventing damage during transportation, plastic food packaging plays a key role in reducing the loss and waste of food.

Food loss and waste represents 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions

Food loss and waste squanders precious resources, including water, land, energy, labour, and capital, as well as needlessly producing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Representing 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, food waste is responsible for nearly as much emissions as road transport.

In fact, if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US. 1.

Reducing food waste

According to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, “packaging plays a critical role in protecting products and resources, and often helps reduce and prevent waste – especially when it comes to food.” 2.

Plastic food packaging reduces food waste by preventing damage during transport, and significantly extending shelf life.

The maximum shelf life of beef is extended from up to three days for beef sold in butcher paper to 21 days for beef sold in pre-sealed plastic packaging.

It’s important to note, however, that the plastic material used for the packaging has a tremendous effect on how well it preserves food.

While traditional polyethylene (PE) films help some, they lead to more wasted food than multi-layer films that combine PE with polyamide 6 (PA6), because the oxygen barrier and puncture resistance properties of PE films do not come close to the performance of multi-layer PE/PA6 films.

PA6 forms an effective barrier against oxygen in multi-layer packaging, for a significantly longer shelf life for products like meat and cheese.

Its high puncture resistance sharply reduces food damage during transport, which is particularly important for rice, bony meat, fish, chicken and frozen foods.

Its excellent oxygen barrier properties prolong food shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the food value chain.

Impact of food waste high compared to plastic packaging

Now you’re thinking, “what about the impact of the plastic packaging?” The carbon footprint of food loss and waste is on average five times higher than the impact of producing or optimizing the plastic packaging involved, making the benefits of avoiding emissions by preventing food waste far outweigh the environmental impacts of producing or optimizing the packaging involved. 3.

Nevertheless, if not disposed of properly, plastic packaging waste feeds another critical environmental issue: the plastic garbage patches floating in our oceans.

At DSM, we find this threat to our ecosystem unacceptable, and work closely with APK to find outlets for high-quality re-granulates from solvent based recycling of complex multi-layer packaging.Smarter plastic packaging food waste

We are also actively exploring other recycling routes using pyrolysis and gasification technologies slated to launch in 2020 and beyond.Smarter plastic packaging food waste

These technologies will provide additional value to plastic packaging, making post-consumer plastics a resource for new solutions, and too valuable to be thrown away.

Multi-layer food packaging based on polyamide 6 is a sustainable and effective solution to significantly reduce food loss and waste, helping to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Contact us here to learn more about how smart plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste.

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices 30-11-2018

-PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced November ACN prices in China for CNY1,000 per tonne  

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, reduced the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) in China for the fourth time this month, now by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD143.9 per a ton from the previous level.

Thus, the new November price proposals for the company’s material in the country from November 28 are at the level of CNY12,000 or USD1,727 per tonne, ex-warehouse

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

-Indorama Ventures announced force majeure at the PET factory in Rotterdam  

Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), on November 28 announced force majeure circumstances on deliveries of products from the PET plant in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) due to a halt in production with technical problems, ICIS reported.

So, on Thursday, November 15, one of the lines at this plant was closed with a total capacity of two lines of 426 thousand tons of PET per year due to leakage of hot oil, there were no casualties.

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

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-New lease of life for carbon fiber reinforced plastics

Overview of recycling of CFRP waste from aircrafts and reuse of recycled CF in automotive applications.

Lightweight but exceptionally strong carbon fiber reinforced plastics no longer have to be incinerated or sent to landfill once their useful life has come to an end. Pioneers of carbon fiber recycling believe that the time is coming for recycled carbon fiber reinforced plastics to take off.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) bring mechanical robustness with reduced weight to aerospace and automotive components, wind turbine blades, and sporting goods like bikes and tennis rackets. Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is using CFRPs for wind turbine blades, where reduced weight allows for larger blades ideal for offshore sites and that are more efficient in lighter wind conditions. BMW’s i3 electric car is also employing CFRP components in the passenger compartment and McLaren has plans for a carbon fiber sports car. In the aerospace sector, Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft relies on CFRP components to reduce weight. Lighter components means greater efficiency and lower fuel consumption during the lifetime of systems, which adds up to lower carbon emissions.

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Overview of recycling of CFRP waste from aircrafts and reuse of recycled CF in automotive applications.

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

Main components of fluidized bed CFRP recycling process.

-How smarter plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste  

The figures are mind-boggling: Food loss and waste is an enormous environmental problem.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ “Global Food Losses and Food Waste” report, roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

-Plastics industry helps designers create easy-to-recycle packaging

RECOUP and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have launched new guidance to help packaging designers create easy-to-recycle plastic packaging.

Launched by RECOUP’s chief executive Stuart Foster at the BPF’s annual Packaging Seminar in London on 28 November, the guide outlines which combination of closures, seals, labels and materials ensure recycling plants can easily separate and recycle the plastics.

Big brands are being encouraged to use the guidance to ensure their packaging products can be easily processed at the end of their lives to avoid going to landfill, and instead be recycled into new products in an important move towards developing a circular economy.

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-The surprising way plastics could actually help fight climate change

What do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics. Over 5 billion gallons of oil each year are converted into plastics alone.

Polymers are behind many important inventions of the past several decades, like 3D printing. So-called “engineering plastics,” used in applications ranging from automotive to construction to furniture, have superior properties and can even help solve environmental problems.

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-Oil Prices Rally As Russia May Be Joining The Cuts

Just a few hours after WTI Crude dipped below $50, oil prices wiped out losses and started climbing on Thursday after reports that Russia has conceded that it needs to reduce oil production and join a new Saudi-led OPEC cut to balance the market.

Earlier in the day WTI Crude had breached the $50 support level for the first time in more than a year, following yet another U.S. crude inventory build that the EIA reported on Wednesday.

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-GPCA ’18: SABIC plans demo plant to convert plastics waste into cracker feedstock

SABIC is planning to build a demonstration plant in Europe to transform waste plastic into feedstock for its crackers as part of the company’s strategy to further advance its circular economy model for the business, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.

SABIC Geleen siteThe new demonstration plant is intended to be built at its Geleen manufacturing site in The Netherlands, according to Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president, petrochemicals.

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-Is the fashion industry about to have its ‘plastics moment’?

With MPs urging clothing brands to disclose impacts, consumers increasingly protesting “fast fashion” and documentaries on the true cost of cheap garments emerging at a pace, edie explores whether the fashion industry is set to have its “plastics moment”.

More than a year after Blue Planet 2 kick-started a wave of plastics actions from consumers, policymakers and corporates, the war on plastic is undeniably still high on the sustainability agenda.

But in parallel to this rise in plastics action, sustainable fashion has made its own journey from being a topic discussed only by niche bloggers to one which drew the biggest audience in UK history to a select committee hearing just a few weeks ago.

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-CARBIOS and KEM ONE sign a Letter of Intent to implement a PET biorecycling demonstration plant operated by CARBIOS in the French Chemical Valley

Evaluation of KEM ONE’s industrial site at Saint-Fons (France) for the implementation by CARBIOS of an industrial demonstration plant of its breakthrough technology

TechnipFMC in charge of the engineering study upstream the construction of a demonstration plant

CARBIOS announces today the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with KEM ONE for an implementation project, in the French Chemical Valley, of an industrial demonstration plant to secure the value of its breakthrough technology.

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-Crude oil prices continuing to drop

Oil prices are dropping rapidly, causing oil and gas companies to take a step back.

Over the last month, the price per barrel has dropped 20 dollars.

“Very quick downward trend in oil and gas over the last few weeks. Herd was saying the other day when oil goes up it takes the staircase but when it does down it takes an express elevator and that’s exactly what we’ve seen.”Kirk Edwards, President Of Latigo Petroleum.

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-Arburg’s new Freeformer does additive manufacturing of three-component parts

Arburg GmbH + Co. K.G. rolled out its Freeformer 300-3X at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt. The machine does additive manufacturing of three-component parts in hard/soft combinations.

Formnext, a major trade fair for additive manufacturing, was held Nov. 24-27.

Arburg said it is the first time that additive manufacturing can make complex, functional hard/soft parts using support structures. The Lossburg, Germany-based company also rolled out a new rental model at Formnext.

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-Raepak Breaks the Mold for Recyclable Packaging

UK packaging supplier Raepak has created a series of product innovations, which is set to reduce plastic waste on a global scale. Three new products have been launched including the new dosing cap, 100% recyclable dispensing pumps and the 100% biopolymer plastic containers.

The introduction of the new dosing cap helps to reduce the packaging size and liquid contents. This is because a concentration of liquid can be used rather than larger product volumes mixed with water. The idea behind the dosing cap is a complete reduction in energy used to make the overall product. This helps to lower the carbon footprint and reduce material resources.

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-Loop Industries Establishes Multi-Year Supply Framework with the Coca-Cola Cross Enterprise Procurement Group

New Agreement Enables Authorized Coca-Cola Bottlers to Enter into Supply Agreements to Secure 100% Sustainable Loop™ Branded PET Plastic Resin

Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOOP) (“Loop” or “Company”), a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic today announced that they have entered into a multi-year supply framework with the Coca-Cola system’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group (“CEPG”) to supply 100% recycled and sustainable Loop™ PET plastic (“Loop™ PET”) from Loop’s joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Limited in the United States to authorized Coca-Cola bottlers who enter into supply agreements with Loop. Indorama Ventures is a world-class chemicals company and a global integrated leader in PET and fibers serving major customers in diversified end-use markets.

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-Davis-Standard buys thermoforming equipment maker 

Davis-Standard L.L.C. is entering the thermoforming equipment market with its latest acquisition.

The Pawcatuck-based maker of extrusion and converting equipment has bought Thermoforming Systems L.L.C. in Union Gap, Wash. TSL makes thermoforming equipment for the North American food packaging industry that can be used to produce a variety of plastic cups, hot or cold lids, food containers, and ventilated or tamper-evident products.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Evroplast production PET preforms

The Evroplast plant plans to expand the production of PET preforms in Primorsk Evroplast production PET preforms

Evroplast production PET preforms

MOSCOW – The Primorsky plant Evroplast, which specializes in the production of polymer products, plans to expand the production of PET preforms in the first half of 2019 and modernize the range, the plant director Yevgeny Belokurov told TASS .

The plant “Europlast” in the TOR “Nadezhdinskaya” in Primorye opened in October 2015. The company manufactures PET preforms and closures used in the production of plastic bottles and supplies them to the Far East market.Evroplast production PET preforms

More than 350 million rubles were invested in the construction of the plant in Primorye.

“For the next 2019, we have already laid out an investment program for modernizing the current range, introducing new weighting solutions for clients from all market segments, significantly increasing the production capacity of the polymer hood, as well as obtaining additional capacities in the direction of pad printing.

Europlast “plans to complete the first half of 2019,” – said the source.

He noted that since 2016 the volume of production increased by 8%, more than 40 million units of products.

Thus, in 2016, the volume of production amounted to 470 million units of products – and in 2018 this figure is forecast to be 510 million.

The growth in production volumes is due to the expansion of the product line and distribution channels, the source said.Evroplast production PET preforms

To enter international markets, the company actively participates in thematic exhibitions both as a guest and as an exhibitor, and receives foreign delegations at the production site.

The company “Evroplast” specializes in the production of polymer packaging.

The company’s production sites are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnoyarsk.

In Solnechnogorsk, Evroplast operates the Senezh plant of new polymers.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Polyethylene PE prices China

PE import prices in China fell amid falling oil prices and sluggish demand  Polyethylene PE prices China

Polyethylene PE prices China

MOSCOW – Import prices of polyethylene (PE) in China fell at the end of last week, following a decrease in crude oil quotations amid a reduction in material consumption at the end of the year, ICIS reported. Polyethylene PE prices China

Purchasing activity is currently low on the part of market players, and it is expected that the material supply will continue to grow, as foreign suppliers may begin to dispose of their stocks of PE as the end of 2018 approaches. Polyethylene PE prices China

According to ICIS, the spot prices of linear polyethylene (LDL) and low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) last week fell to levels that were recorded in July-August 2017, while prices of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) fell to the lowest level since March 2009

On November 23, deals on LDL film brands were in the range of USD980-1,050 per tonne, CFR China, while deals on the supply of HDPE film and LDPE were at the level of USD1,060-1,150 per tonne, CFR China, and USD990-1 030 per ton, CFR China, respectively.

According to ICIS, PE prices have fallen by USD20-50 per tonne compared to a week ago.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , last week prices continued to decline in several types of PEs in Russia.

Purchasing activity on the market is low, there is no shortage of polyethylene supply on the market. Polyethylene PE prices China

In some segments, on the contrary, due to the seasonal factor there is an excess of supply. Polyethylene PE prices China

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only.

Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Sinopec reduced November contracting MEG prices in East China for CNY1 290 per tonne Sinopec November MEG prices East ChinSinopec November MEG prices East China a

MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered the November contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 1,290 yuan (CNY) or USD186 per tonne compared with the previous month, a source at the company told ICIS .Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Thus, from November 23, contract prices of MEG companies in the region are set at CNY6 280 or USD906 per tonne, following the downward trend in the spot market, a source said.

Spot quotations for material in China are going down this month amid low consumer activity in the downstream market for polyester production. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Thus, the price proposals of MEG on November 22 were in the range of CNY5 850-5 920 per ton against the level of CNY6 520-6 8 20 per ton on November 1.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Sinopec November MEG prices East China

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it.

Last week, the ruble appreciated against the dollar. This trend may ease downward pressure on the prices of Russian material in December, which has a continuing decline in Asia. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp. ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

India demand polymers market

India’s demand for polymers in the spot market remains weak  India demand polymers market 

India demand polymers market

MOSCOW – The demand for polymers in India in the spot market remains weak against the background of limited domestic liquidations in the country and a downtrend in Asian markets, ICIS reported. India demand polymers market 

Domestic supplies of polymers are sufficient, and the players do not expect an improvement in the situation in December.India demand polymers market 

On November 23, prices for low-pressure polyethylene film (HDPE) were on average at USD1,110 per ton, CFR India, which is USD45 per ton lower a week earlier; while prices for raffia and injection molding polypropylene (PP) fell by USD60 in the same period to USD1,130 per ton, CFR India, according to ICIS data.

The seasonal lull in the polymer sector, including PE and PP, began in India in early November, but was interrupted by a short replenishment period after the Diwali holiday – November 6, which lasts at least a week in India.

However, the situation on the market this year is aggravated by a serious shortage of cash, as banks have tightened access to credit lines.India demand polymers market 

Since March 13, banks have canceled credit lines and banned the issuance of letters of commitment and letters of confirmation after a case of fraud in the amount of USD2 billion, in which the Punjab National Bank (PNB) participated.

Meanwhile, domestic supplies of PE and PP increased, as most of the enterprises are operating at almost full capacity, while exports to China and Southeast Asia declined due to weaker demand and more competition from new supplies to the US.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , prices for a number of types of polyethylene continued to decline in Russia last week.

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only. Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.India demand polymers market 

In the Russian market of PP, some sellers last week attempted to once again raise the prices of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo), but in some cases, buyers refused to accept further price increases.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling 29-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain continue to be  assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,000/1,040 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,050/6,150 yuan/ton – MEG $ 670/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 980/995 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,200/8,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,900  yuan/ton

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-The Evroplast plant plans to expand the production of PET preforms in Primorsk 

The Primorsky plant Evroplast, which specializes in the production of polymer products, plans to expand the production of PET preforms in the first half of 2019 and modernize the range, the plant director Yevgeny Belokurov told TASS .

The plant “Europlast” in the TOR “Nadezhdinskaya” in Primorye opened in October 2015. The company manufactures PET preforms and closures used in the production of plastic bottles and supplies them to the Far East market.

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-PE import prices in China fell amid falling oil prices and sluggish demand 

Import prices of polyethylene (PE) in China fell at the end of last week, following a decrease in crude oil quotations amid a reduction in material consumption at the end of the year, ICIS reported.

Purchasing activity is currently low on the part of market players, and it is expected that the material supply will continue to grow, as foreign suppliers may begin to dispose of their stocks of PE as the end of 2018 approaches

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-India’s demand for polymers in the spot market remains weak 

The demand for polymers in India in the spot market remains weak against the background of limited domestic liquidations in the country and a downtrend in Asian markets, ICIS reported. India demand polymers market

Domestic supplies of polymers are sufficient, and the players do not expect an improvement in the situation in December.

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-Graphene applications: what is graphene used for?

Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like pattern. Graphene is considered to be the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material – to both electricity and heat. All this properties are exciting researchers and businesses around the world – as graphene has the potential the revolutionize entire industries – in the fields of electricity, conductivity, energy generation, batteries, sensors and more.

Mechanical strength

Graphene is the world’s strongest material, and so can be used to enhance the strength of other materials. Dozens of researches have demonstrated that adding even a trade amount of graphene to plastics, metals or other materials can make these materials much stronger – or lighter (as you can use less amount of material to achieve the same strength).

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-Industrial competitiveness key to meeting EU emissions targets – chems trade groups

A competitive European industry and a strategy for energy-intensive sectors are needed to drive the transformations necessaryto fulfil EU 2050 emissions reductions targets,chemicals trade groups said on Wednesday.

Proposed EUemissions reductions targets to 2050 are likely to see chemicals producers in the region shift to new production processes, such as renewable hydrogen or sustainable biomass-based feedstocks, according to European Commission documents released on 28 November.

The Commission’s latest greenhouse gasemissions reduction road map includes a variety of scenarios for emissions-reduction in the region, with the most ambitious plans aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050.

Plastic chemicals rpet recycling

-Germany’s first mineral water bottle from 100% recycled plastics

Social enterprise brand share is the first manufacturer in Germany to offer its mineral water made from bottles made from 100% recycled plastics.

At the beginning of this year, the company launched the mineral water bottle on the shelves of retailers dm and REWE. According to studies, Germans produce 37 kilograms of plastic waste per person per year, a figure that is set to grow even further. Even in a country with a strong recycling culture as Germany, half of plastics waste is burnt rather than being transformed into a new raw material, which makes using recycled plastics even more crucial.

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-Sinopec reduced November contracting MEG prices in East China for CNY1 290 per tonne 

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered the November contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 1,290 yuan (CNY) or USD186 per tonne compared with the previous month, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, from November 23, contract prices of MEG companies in the region are set at CNY6 280 or USD906 per tonne, following the downward trend in the spot market, a source said.

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-GPCA ’18: Circular economy could shape future of chems industry – Dow CEO

The circular economy is a key part of the sustainability discussion, and has the potential to shape the future of the chemicals industry as much as any other trend,the CEO of US chemical major Dow Chemical said on Tuesday.

“The fourth industrial revolution, digitalisation,continued merger and acquisition activity, are all converging at the same time as one of the big trends – a trend that is so big and has a lot of potential in creating a lot of winners and possibly a few losers,” said Jim Fitterling.

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-Oil falls below $60/bbl after 10th straight U.S. crude build

Oil fell below $60 per barrel on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories rose for the 10th straight week amid concerns about excess global supply.

Prices, however, rose from the day’s lows in tandem with a rally in stocks after a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who said risks to the U.S. economy are relatively balanced, suggesting the pace of interest-rate hikes may slow in coming months.

In the last three days, oil investors have been more willing to buy on declines after a rout that took crude futures down by 30 percent since the beginning of October.

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-Odlo & HeiQ want everyone to smell fresh like Swiss mountain air

The two Swiss innovators for functional performance clothing, Odlo and HeiQ, are co-launching HeiQ Pure SPQR, a triple-action sustainable odor control technology, another breakthrough in the HeiQ Fresh Tech product family.

Smelling fresh allows us to do what we like without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel. That insight brought these two companies together already 13 years ago, as HeiQ developed for Odlo an odor control textile finish that would last 100 washes – known as Effect by Odlo.

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-GPCA ’18: SABIC plans demo plant to convert plastics waste into cracker feedstock

SABIC is planning to build a demonstration plant in Europe to transform waste plastic into feedstock for its crackers as part of the company’s strategy to further advance its circular economy model for the business, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.

The new demonstration plant is intended to be built at its Geleen manufacturing site in The Netherlands, according to AbdulrahmanAl-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president,petrochemicals.

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-Era to open US manufacturing facility

Stanley, North Carolina – Era Polymers is to open a manufacturing facility in North Carolina to serve the US market.

The Australian-headquartered company already manufactures polyurethane systems in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The new facility will support it’s growing US sales. It will also make products for the Canadian, South American and European markets.

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-eurolaser to present laser system at Heimtextil

eurolaser, one of the leading suppliers of cutting solutions, offering processing tables up to 3.20 meters in width and length, as well as additional modules for multicolour direct printing, labelling and engraving for parallel use, will demonstrate its eurolaser L-1200 Conveyor laser system at this year’s Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt.

“By processing the textiles with the laser tool, the cutting edges are sealed and thus prevents fraying. Compared to knife processing, there is no tool wear and the material can be cut without distortion in all directions. The precise roll feed via the feeding unit and the tension-free transport via the conveyor table, which was specially developed for textile processing, ensure maximum result reliability,” the company explains.

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-Leading U.S. Herb Producer Transitions to good natured(R) Plant-based Packaging

Newsfile Corp) Leading U.S. Herb Producer Transitions to good natured(R) Plant-based Packaging

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – November 27, 2018) – good natured Products Inc. (“good natured “) is pleased to announce that one of the largest herb growers in the Midwest U.S., Mariposa Farms, has made the switch away from petroleum-based PET packaging to good natured plant-based materials.

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-An answer to pet recycling challenges

At the PETnology conference in Paris, EREMA presented its newly developed VACUNITE technology. The Austrian producer of plastics recycling machines brings together its VACUREMA® bottle-to-bottle process with newly patented, vacuum-supported solid state polycondensation (SSP) from Polymetrix in this innovation.

All thermal process steps take place in nitrogen atmosphere. The result is rPET pellets which offer high quality and far exceed all food-contact requirements.

With VACUNITE EREMA expands its portfolio for PET recycling solutions. This technology is the answer to the challenges which PET recycling will have to face in the future. Christoph Wöss, EREMA Business Development Manager for the bottle sector, sums up these challenges as follows: “The growing commitment in society to handling plastics in a responsible way means that both political requirements and voluntary pledges of major beverage brands call for a significant increase in the amount of recyclate in end products.

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MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG spot prices in Europe continue to decline  MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MOSCOW – The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe continue to decline, following a downward trend in Asia, ICIS reported, citing market participants.

The MEG market in Europe is currently considered to be a shopper market, after prices have been on a downtrend for some time. MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

The downward trend is in line with the continued downtrend in the Asian market.

Last week, MEG spot prices in Europe fell by EUR25 per tonne to EUR720-735 per tonne to CIF,NWE (North-West Europe). MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

In addition, low water levels on the Rhine River continued to bring problems in the delivery of material in the region, depending on location. MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it.

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MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

MEG prices in Asia fell amid falling oil prices  MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

MEG  Monoethylene glycol  prices Asia oil prices

MOSCOW  – Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia continued to show a downward trend on Monday following the recent drop in crude oil prices, which resulted in weak trading activity in the market, ICIS reported. MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

In the second half of yesterday, November 26, negotiations on the sale of MEG in the region were in the range of USD670-675 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), with some lower price values ​​of approximately USD660 per ton, CFR CMP.

According to ICIS, on November 23 MEG prices were at the level of USD678-685 per tonne, CFR CMP.MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

Downward quotations of crude oil also influenced the drop in prices of polyester on the downstream market, which subsequently led to a decrease in MEG procurement.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

The fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline. The cost of PET in China is constantly falling.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Sinopec November phenol prices

Sinopec lowered November phenol prices in East China for CNY1000 per tonne  Sinopec November phenol prices

Sinopec November phenol prices

 

MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on November 24 lowered its domestic price proposals for phenol in eastern China by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD144 per ton following quotes in the spot market going down, a company source told ICIS . Sinopec November phenol prices

Thus, according to him, the November prices of phenol Sinopec are now at the level of CNY10,000 or USD1,439 per ton, ex-works (ex-works).

Quotations of phenol in the spot Chinese market are falling amid falling demand, a source said. Sinopec November phenol prices

So, on the spot market in China, the price offers of phenol on November 25 were about CNY10,000 per tonne, ex-tank (free tank), compared to the range in CNY10 100-10 300 per tonne, ex-tank, November 23.

The Sinopec enterprise in Caojing (Caojing, China), which can produce 135 thousand tons of phenol and 85 thousand tons of acetone per year, was closed for 40-day prevention on October 8, a source said.Sinopec November phenol prices

Phenol is the main raw material component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in turn, is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , trends in global markets that were observed in the third quarter affected the state of the Russian PC market at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

At the end of October – beginning of November, the influence of foreign markets increased even more: the fall in the cost of PCs accelerated and the price competition between vendors of PCs from different manufacturers intensified to the maximum.

Sinopec is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November phenol prices

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

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Polymer production complex Orpic

New polymer production complex Orpic in Oman will be launched in 2020  Polymer production complex Orpic

Polymer production complex Orpic

MOSCOW – Oman Petrochemical Company Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) plans to begin commissioning at the end of 2019 at the new petrochemical complex for the production of polymers in Liwa (Liwa, Sokhar, Oman), and in 2020 year – put it into operation, ICIS sources told the market.

According to them, at present the construction of a new complex has been completed by 95%. Polymer production complex Orpic

With the launch of the complex in Livevo, Orpic will produce 800 thousand tons of linear polyethylene (LDL) / low pressure polyethylene (HDPE) on this site using Univation technology and 300 thousand tons of polypropylene (PP) using Spheripol technology.

Orpic intends to produce both propylene block copolymers (PP block) and propylene stat copolymers (PP rand) at the new PP plant in Liva, sources added.

As Market Report reported earlier, in May 2014, Orpic announced the start of construction of a polymer production complex worth USD3.6 billion. Polymer production complex Orpic

Since then, investment in the project has grown to USD9 billion.

It is planned that the new complex, which will also include ethylene cracking – an installation with a capacity of 859 thousand tons per year, will be built in the northern part of the industrial city of Oman – Sohar, near the oil refinery and Orpic petrochemical plants.

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in the first nine months of 2018, PE output in Russia grew by 3% compared with the same indicator in 2017 and amounted to about 1 346.2 thousand tons.

Production volumes of low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL) increased. Polymer production complex Orpic

The total volume of production of PP in Russia increased in January-September of the current year by 2.2% compared with the same period last year and amounted to about 1,073 thousand tons.

At the same time, only three manufacturers of seven showed an increase in output.

Orpic is one of the leading petrochemical companies in Oman.

Orpic supplies PP to the markets of the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries in the Middle East.

And the company supplies only a small part of its products to the domestic market.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Formosa Plastics intends to increase December prices of PP in the US by USD66 per ton Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Formosa Plastics December prices PP

MOSCOW – Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, intends to increase December polypropylene (PP) prices in the US by 3 cents per pound (USD66 per ton), ICIS reports, citing a letter to the company to customers.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Prices will be increased from December 1, or as terms of contracts allow.

Other producers also separately announced a price increase of 2-3 cents per pound (USD44-66 per ton) for deliveries in November and December.

The November contracts for injection molding PP homopolymer in the United States were agreed at 69-73 cents per pound (USD1,518–1,606 per ton), while contracts for block copolymers PP were at 70-74 cents per pound (USD1,540 – 1,628 per ton).

The largest manufacturers of US PP are Braskem, ExxonMobil, Formosa, INEOS, LyondellBasell, Phillips 66 and Total Petrochemicals.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , some sellers this week attempted to raise PP-Homo prices again, but in some cases, buyers refused to accept further price increases.

Formosa Plastics Corporation (FCP) is a major global chemical manufacturer headquartered in Taiwan.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

The company mainly produces polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and other petrochemical products.

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Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer 28-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,050/6,200 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 975/985 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,250/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,900  yuan/ton

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-MEG spot prices in Europe continue to decline  

The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe continue to decline, following a downward trend in Asia.

The MEG market in Europe is currently considered to be a shopper market, after prices have been on a downtrend for some time.

The downward trend is in line with the continued downtrend in the Asian market.

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-MEG prices in Asia fell amid falling oil prices  MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia continued to show a downward trend on Monday following the recent drop in crude oil prices, which resulted in weak trading activity in the market, ICIS reported.

In the second half of yesterday, November 26, negotiations on the sale of MEG in the region were in the range of USD670-675 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), with some lower price values ​​of approximately USD660 per ton, CFR CMP.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Sinopec lowered November phenol prices in East China for CNY1000 per tonne  

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on November 24 lowered its domestic price proposals for phenol in eastern China by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD144 per ton following quotes in the spot market going down, a company source told ICIS .

Thus, according to him, the November prices of phenol Sinopec are now at the level of CNY10,000 or USD1,439 per ton, ex-works (ex-works)

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-New polymer production complex Orpic in Oman will be launched in 2020  

Oman Petrochemical Company Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) plans to begin commissioning at the end of 2019 at the new petrochemical complex for the production of polymers in Liwa (Liwa, Sokhar, Oman), and in 2020 year – put it into operation, ICIS sources told the market.

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-GPCA ’18: Trade war to hit global demand for chemicals

Trade protectionist barriers recently built up will hit global demand for chemicals as they trigger changes in the flows of goods, industry executives said on Monday.

Amid the escalating US-China trade war, the chemical industry’s demand pattern will change in the near term, said Ahmad Al Saleh, business director for ethylene glycol at Kuwaiti producer EQUATE.

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-Formosa Plastics intends to increase December prices of PP in the US by USD66 per ton 

Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, intends to increase December polypropylene (PP) prices in the US by 3 cents per pound (USD66 per ton), ICIS reports, citing a letter to the company to customers

Prices will be increased from December 1, or as terms of contracts allow.

Other producers also separately announced a price increase of 2-3 cents per pound (USD44-66 per ton) for deliveries in November and December.

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-Saudi Arabia pumps record amount of oil as Trump piles on pressure

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, as U.S. President Donald Trump piled pressure on the kingdom to refrain from production cuts at an OPEC meeting next week.

The meeting, at which OPEC members will consider how to arrest a decline in oil prices, comes days after leaders of top global oil producers – Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Trump – travel to Argentina for a G20 summit this week.deliveries in November and December.

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-GPCA ’18: Mideast chemical industry transformation, consolidation a must

The Chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) called upon the region’s chemical industry to transform and consolidate to compete with new players, namely North America due to shale gas development and China because of coal to chemicals.

“We are trying to energise the industry to transform, and also benefit from the growth that the industry is going to experience in the coming years. We are very clear that the industry is going through rapid transformation,” Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, Chairman of GPCA said on the sidelines of 13th Annual GPCA Forum.

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-INVISTA to Launch New LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology Combining Soft Stretch with Lasting Shape Retention

INVISTA, owners of the LYCRA® brand and portfolio of products, will launch its new patented LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology in North America at the Kingpins NYC show on November 28-29. LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology provides denim and woven fabrics with soft, easy stretch and excellent recovery.

The LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology was born out of consumer research* which showed that while more than 65% of female respondents across five countries desire jeans that are easy to move in, only 25% of respondents indicated the last pair of jeans they purchased allowed them to move comfortably. Further, only 22% of respondents said the last pair they purchased held their shape, despite 56% of respondents wanting jeans that would do so.

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-GPCA ’18: China’s environmental issues to weigh on polymer consumption – consultant

China’s booming urban clusters are driving wealth growth and demand, but this might lead to lower-than-expected per capita polymer consumption because of growing environmental concerns, an industry consultant said on Monday.

“The rich in China, apart from sustainability concerns, don’t want to waste time in traffic jams,” John Richardson, senior consultant for Asia at ICIS told delegates at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) annual forum.

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-ZF reinvents airbags for autonomous cars

Even self-driving cars can’t be completely safe while human error remains a factor on the road

Iconic transmission supplier ZF has revealed an airbag-based strategy for autonomous vehicles.

At ‘Airbag 2018’, a German symposium in Mannheim this week, ZF presented an ‘external pre-crash airbag’, ‘dual-contour airbags’ that protect the occupant no matter what the seat position, ‘far-side airbags’ and a new, lightweight knee airbag module.

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-Uzbekistan, Poland expand cooperation in textile industry

Uztextileprom is exploring the possibility of exporting textile products from Uzbekistan to EU countries, in particular to the Polish market.

The delegation of the Association “Uztextileprom” and representatives of the textile and garment-knitwear enterprises visit the Republic of Poland on November 19-25, 2018, press service of the Association “Uztextile” reports.

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-New technology cuts denim water needs

Consumption of water to wash denim fabric has reduced drastically over a last couple of years due to the adoption of modern technologies in the production process by denim producers, say denim-makers and machine suppliers.

At present, it is possible to wash a kilogramme of denim fabrics with only 180 litres of water. Earlier, it needed at least 270 litres or more of water for washing the same quantity, Sayeed Ahmad Chowdhury, general manager (operations) of Square Denims Limited, told The Independent.

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PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

PET prices in China fell less than the fall in commodity prices  PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

MOSCOW – Domestic price offers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in China fell at the end of last week to USD1070-1,130 per ton, FOB China, ICIS reported.

According to market participants, the decline in prices recorded last week was not so large compared with the fall in commodity prices, as well as compared with an earlier decline in PET prices. PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

Thus, spot PET prices for FOB China delivery terms were in the range of USD1 070-1 110 per tonne in the week ending November 16, which reflects the price level of most transactions. PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

Then the quotes fell by USD35-40 per ton, while price proposals were USD1 085-1 150 per ton, FOB China.

Some sellers could sell fairly large volumes of material amid lower prices, while other sellers faced limited interest from buyers in the market due to a sharp drop in international oil futures in the middle of last week.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

The fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline.

The cost of PET in China is constantly falling.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable 27-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,100/6,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/675 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,700/5,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 985/1,000 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,250/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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-PET prices in China fell less than the fall in commodity prices  

Domestic price offers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in China fell at the end of last week to USD1070-1,130 per ton, FOB China, ICIS reported.

According to market participants, the decline in prices recorded last week was not so large compared with the fall in commodity prices, as well as compared with an earlier decline in PET prices.

Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable

-No-deal Brexit risks remain high despite EU Council backing – Germany’s VCI

The EU Council’s backing of the UK to exit the 28-country bloc is only the first step to reaching an accord, with the fate of the chemicals sector still hanging in the balance, according to Germany-based industry trade body VCI.

EU heads of state and government on Sunday endorsed the text of the proposed route for the UK to leave the bloc but significant obstacles remain, including a vote in the country’s House of Commons, expected before the Christmas break, and in the European Parliament at the beginning of 2019.

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-Fully recyclable: glass-coated PET bottles resolve juice production challenge

Priority for fully recyclable PET bottles: when the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas.

  • Classic non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials currently difficult to recycle
  • FreshSafe PET® from KHS provides sustainable solution
  • With it beverage producers contribute to effective recycling process

Dortmund/Hamburg, November 13, 2018 – Priority for fully recyclable PET bottles: when the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas.

The amendment will levy higher fees for packaging which is difficult to recycle. This includes non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials for juice and nectar, among other products.

Juice and nectar producers are thus currently looking for solutions which will help them to avoid the ensuing increase in costs.

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-India PE, PP demand struggles amid cash crunch, Asia markets slump

India’s demand for polymers spot cargoes stayed weak, blighted by a domestic liquidity crunch and amid slumping markets across Asia.

Domestic availability is ample while expectations are bleak of a demand improvement in December.

On 23 November, high density polyethylene (HDPE) film prices were assessed at an average of $1,110/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India, down $45/tonne week on week; while polypropylene (PP) raffia/injection prices fell $60/tonne over the same period to $1,130/tonne CFR India, ICIS data showed.

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-Kafrit Industries Acquires Polyfil

Acquisition expands Israeli company’s global reach into the U.S. market.

Additives Materials Packaging Polyolefins

Israel’s Kafrit Industries Ltd. (“Kafrit Group”), a global supplier of plastic additive masterbatches and compounds has further expanded into North America through the acquisition of Polyfil Corp., Rockaway, N.J., one of the largest independent producers of functional additive masterbatches for polyolefins for 35 years, with a specialty in film extrusion.

Kafrit is a custom additive masterbatch producer specializing in PC sheet, film and agricultural film and flame-retardant PC injection molding. (The company has operations in Canada, Europe and China.)

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-Lecture Today on Block Copolymer-based Porous Carbon Fibers and Plasmonic Nanoparticles

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences presents professor Guoliang “Greg” Liu from Virginia Tech.

His lecture on “Block Copolymer-based Porous Carbon Fibers and Plasmonic Nanoparticles” will be at 3:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 26, in the Chemistry Building, room 144.

Liu’s lecture will describe a new method for synthesizing nanoporous carbon fibers. Nanoporous carbon fibers possess high surface areas and rich surface functionalities for interacting with guest ions, molecules, and particulates.

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-GPCA ’18: Nobody wins from closed market policies – GPCA chief

Trade protectionism will have serious ramifications on downstream industries as it makes countries that adopt such measures less competitive in the international markets, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) secretary general Abdulwahab Al Sadoun said.

“We believe that nobody wins from closed market policies. On the contrary, more often than not, countries find themselves on the losing side,” he told ICIS ahead of the 13th annual forum in Dubai on 26-28 November with the theme “Executing Transformation and Investing in Growth”.

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-New report highlights successful circular business models in Taiwan

The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) launched a report supported by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) to analyze the next wave of circular economy business models in Taiwan.

From recycling fishing nets to reclaiming banana waste, Taiwanese companies are innovating new ways to use waste as a resource.

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-Community Matters: Recycling’s benefits significant and widespread

Every year in November, our nation renews its commitment to reduce waste and preserve our limited resources on “America Recycles Day.”

The day of recognition serves as a timely reminder as we approach the holiday season — a period when used envelopes, wrapping paper, shipping material and gift boxes quickly pile up — that we all have a role to play in reducing our landfill input.

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-RPC BPI PROTEC launch new recyclable shrink film

Governments and consumers are now demanding packaging that minimises its impact on the environment by ensuring the use of recycled content and delivering full recyclability.

Manufacturers are therefore looking to maximise the sustainability of their chosen packaging solutions, whilst still providing effective protection and brand enhancement to their goods.

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-Indian textiles firm SV Pittie to train 1,000 Omanis for jobs at Sohar plant

Muscat: SV Pittie Sohar Textiles and National Training Fund signed a Capability Building Agreement (CBA) under which 1,000 Omanis will be trained at SV Pittie Training Centre in Sohar, to enable them with the right foundational and technical skill-set to be employed in the Company’s Textile project.

The agreement was signed on the occasion of Oman’s 49th National Day.

The Yarn Manufacturing Facility of The Textile Project is an entirely new enterprise in Oman and the initiative of training its workforce is as per Tanfeedh’s national development program.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 26

Amid further weakness in the upstream crude oil prices, Asian petrochemical prices may continue to see downward pressure this week. Monday saw ICE Brent crude oil futures dipping below $60/b and in some petrochemical markets, the prices already started to fall Monday morning.

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Asian ethylene would likely remain bearish this week, pressured by further weakness in demand amid plunging western crude oil futures. January ethylene supplies are seen to be ample as the healthy ethylene-naphtha spread would likely keep the steam cracker operation rates in Asia high. The Asian ethylene-naphtha spread hit a 2-month high of $552/mt last Friday.

Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable

-Deposit-Return Schemes for single-use packaging: an unnecessary evolution?

To prevent littering and foster more recycling, some member states are considering setting mandatory deposit-return schemes (DRS) on single-use beverage packaging. For plastic packaging, there are reasons to believe this could happen:

Availability of recyclates: gaps in current collection and recycling systems may drive the development of DRS to reach the proposed 90% collection target by 2025 for single-use plastic beverage containers put forward in the Single-Use Plastics Directive.

Food Contact Recycling: most plastic recycling processes for food contact are based on DRS-type collection schemes that separate single-use food contact plastics from other plastics packaging.

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-Four European academies honoured ahead of Heimtextil26

Four European design academies have won the ‘New & Next University Contest’ ahead of Heimtextil to be held during January 8-11, 2019.

The academies, from the UK, Switzerland, Slovakia and Hungary, will be given a trade fair stand at Heimtextil where they will present their design works to an international audience.

The contest is meant to promote newcomers.

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Circular economy sustainable development

How circular is the circular economy – resilience Circular economy sustainable development

Circular economy sustainable development

The circular economy – the newest magical word in the sustainable development vocabulary – promises economic growth without destruction or waste.

However, the concept only focuses on a small part of total resource use and does not take into account the laws of thermodynamics. Circular economy sustainable development

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organisations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. Circular economy sustainable development

In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or waste production.

The stress is on recycling, made possible by designing products so that they can easily be taken apart.Circular economy sustainable development

Attention is also paid to developing an “alternative consumer culture”.

In the circular economy, we would no longer own products, but would loan them.

For example, a customer could pay not for lighting devices but for light, while the company remains the owner of the lighting devices and pays the electricity bill.

A product thus becomes a service, which is believed to encourage businesses to improve the lifespan and recyclability of their products.

The circular economy is presented as an alternative to the “linear economy” – a term that was coined by the proponents of circularity, and which refers to the fact that industrial societies turn valuable resources into waste.

However, while there’s no doubt that the current industrial model is unsustainable, the question is how different the so-called circular economy would be.

Several scientific studies (see references) describe the concept as an “idealised vision”, a “mix of various ideas from different domains”, or a “vague idea based on pseudo-scientific concepts”.

There’s three main points of criticism, which we discuss below. Too Complex to Recycle

The first dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the fact that the recycling process of modern products is far from 100% efficient.

A circular economy is nothing new. In the middle ages, old clothes were turned into paper, food waste was fed to chickens or pigs, and new buildings were made from the remains of old buildings.

The difference between then and now is the resources used.

Before industrialisation, almost everything was made from materials that were either decomposable – like wood, reeds, or hemp – or easy to recycle or re-use – like iron and bricks. Circular economy sustainable development

Modern products are composed of a much wider diversity of (new) materials, which are mostly not decomposable and are also not easily recycled.

For example, a recent study of the modular Fairphone 2 – a smartphone designed to be recyclable and have a longer lifespan – shows that the use of synthetic materials, microchips, and batteries makes closing the circle impossible.

Only 30% of the materials used in the Fairphone 2 can be recuperated. A study of LED lights had a similar result. Circular economy sustainable development

The more complex a product, the more steps and processes it takes to recycle. In each step of this process, resources and energy are lost.

Furthermore, in the case of electronic products, the production process itself is much more resource-intensive than the extraction of the raw materials, meaning that recycling the end product can only recuperate a fraction of the input.

And while some plastics are indeed being recycled, this process only produces inferior materials (“downcycling”) that enter the waste stream soon afterwards.

The low efficiency of the recycling process is, on its own, enough to take the ground from under the concept of the circular economy: the loss of resources during the recycling process always needs to be compensated with more over-extraction of the planet’s resources. Circular economy sustainable development

Recycling processes will improve, but recycling is always a trade-off between maximum material recovery and minimum energy use.

And that brings us to the next point. How to Recycle Energy Sources?

The second dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the fact that 20% of total resources used worldwide are fossil fuels. Circular economy sustainable development

More than 98% of that is burnt as a source of energy and can’t be re-used or recycled. At best, the excess heat from, for example, the generation of electricity, can be used to replace other heat sources. Circular economy sustainable development

As energy is transferred or transformed, its quality diminishes (second law of thermodynamics). For example, it’s impossible to operate one car or one power plant with the excess heat from another. Consequently, there will always be a need to mine new fossil fuels. Besides, recycling materials also requires energy, both through the recycling process and the transportation of recycled and to-be-recycled materials.

To this, the supporters of the circular economy have a response: we will shift to 100% renewable energy. Circular economy sustainable development

But this doesn’t make the circle round: to build and maintain renewable energy plants and accompanied infrastructures, we also need resources (both energy and materials).

What’s more, technology to harvest and store renewable energy relies on difficult-to-recycle materials. Circular economy sustainable development

That’s why solar panels, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries are not recycled, but landfilled or incinerated. Input Exceeds Output

The third dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the biggest: the global resource use – both energetic and material – keeps increasing year by year.

The use of resources grew by 1400% in the last century: from 7 gigatonnes (Gt) in 1900 to 62 Gt in 2005 and 78 Gt in 2010. That’s an average growth of about 3% per year – more than double the rate of population growth.

Growth makes a circular economy impossible, even if all raw materials were recycled and all recycling was 100% efficient.

The amount of used material that can be recycled will always be smaller than the material needed for growth. To compensate for that, we have to continuously extract more resources. Circular economy sustainable development

The difference between demand and supply is bigger than you might think.

If we look at the whole life cycle of resources, then it becomes clear that proponents for a circular economy only focus on a very small part of the whole system, and thereby misunderstand the way it operates. Accumulation of Resources

A considerable segment of all resources – about a third of the total – are neither recycled, nor incinerated or dumped: they are accumulated in buildings, infrastructure, and consumer goods. In 2005, 62 Gt of resources were used globally.

After subtracting energy sources (fossil fuels and biomass) and waste from the mining sector, the remaining 30 Gt were used to make material goods.

Of these, 4 Gt was used to make products that last for less than one year (disposable products).

The other 26 Gt was accumulated in buildings, infrastructure, and consumer goods that last for more than a year. In the same year, 9 Gt of all surplus resources were disposed of, meaning that the “stocks” of material capital grew by 17 Gt in 2005.

In comparison: the total waste that could be recycled in 2005 was only 13 Gt (4 Gt disposable products and 9 Gt surplus resources), of which only a third (4 Gt) can be effectively recycled. Circular economy sustainable development

Only 9 Gt is then put in a landfill, incinerated, or dumped – and it is this 9 Gt that the circular economy focuses on.

But even if that was all recycled, and if the recycling processes were 100% efficient, the circle would still not be closed: 63 Gt in raw materials and 30 Gt in material products would still be needed. Circular economy sustainable development

As long as we keep accumulating raw materials, the closing of the material life cycle remains an illusion, even for materials that are, in principle, recyclable.

For example, recycled metals can only supply 36% of the yearly demand for new metal, even if metal has relatively high recycling capacity, at about 70%.

We still use more raw materials in the system than can be made available through recycling – and so there are simply not enough recyclable raw materials to put a stop to the continuously expanding extractive economy.

The True Face of the Circular Economy

A more responsible use of resources is of course an excellent idea.

But to achieve that, recycling and re-use alone aren’t enough. Since 71% of all resources cannot be recycled or re-used (44% of which are energy sources and 27% of which are added to existing stocks), you can only really get better numbers by reducing total use.

A circular economy would therefore demand that we use less fossil fuels (which isn’t the same as using more renewable energy), and that we accumulate less raw materials in commodities. Most importantly, we need to make less stuff: fewer cars, fewer microchips, fewer buildings. Circular economy sustainable development

This would result in a double profit: we would need less resources, while the supply of discarded materials available for re-use and recycling would keep growing for many years to come.

It seems unlikely that the proponents of the circular economy would accept these additional conditions.

The concept of the circular economy is intended to align sustainability with economic growth – in other words, more cars, more microchips, more buildings. For example, the European Union states that the circular economy will “foster sustainable economic growth”.

Even the limited goals of the circular economy – total recycling of a fraction of resources – demands an extra condition that proponents probably won’t agree with: that everything is once again made with wood and simple metals, without using synthetic materials, semi-conductors, lithium-ion batteries or composite materials.

Reuter, Markus A., Antoinette van Schaik, and Johannes Gediga. “ Simulation-based design for resource efficiency of metal production and recycling systems: Cases-copper production and recycling, e-waste (LED lamps) and nickel pig iron.” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20.5 (2015): 671-693.

Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive  Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

It doesn’t disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

It’s also choking lakes. Plastic waste in the Great Lakes has been found in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as high as 6.7 million pieces per square kilometre. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

One of the worst culprits is the bugbear of environmentalists: singleuse plastic bottles. In Ontario, not even half make it to a blue box for taxpayer-subsidized collection and recycling. The rest — about a billion bottles a year — end up in landfills or littering the environment. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Luckily, there’s a proven strategy to reduce plastic waste: Put a price on it.

Ontario is one of just two provinces without a plastic bottle deposit. It’s time for that to change, says Keith Brooks, programs director with Environmental Defence Canada, speaking from Toronto.

Deposit programs work extremely well, and not just at the Beer Store. Provinces and territories with deposit programs recover between 72 and 95 per cent of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Manitoba and Ontario, without deposit incentives, lag far behind at 51 and 50 per cent. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

The market for post-consumer PET is surprisingly strong. Ice River Springs, which employs bottle-to-bottle recycling — making bottles of bottles — proudly states it collects 85 per cent of the PET available from Ontario blue boxes.

“It suggests that there’s a shortage, in fact,” Brooks notes.

Collections could be handled through a combination of retail returns and reverse vending machines, which exchange empty bottles for cash or vouchers for store credit. Vouchers are attractive to retailers, as people tend to spend their credit on site. In an elegant turn, the cost of recycling shifts from municipal taxpayers to producers.

A deposit system for single-use beverage containers also reduces contamination, Brooks notes. “Those bottles end up in their own stream … you get more bottles back and you can actually recycle them at a higher rate because you have a lower contamination rate.”

He explains Environmental Defence has focused on deposit programs rather than a ban on bottled water because “we didn’t think it was that realistic right now.”

Europe is moving in that direction. Last month, the EU voted for an ban on single-use plastics, including straws and cutlery, but the ban does not include plastic bottles, which it aims to collect separately, targeting a 90 per cent recycling rate by 2025.

Canada has made the goal of zero plastic waste a key theme of its G7 presidency. But our actions lag our rhetoric. We currently recycle less than 11 per cent of plastics overall.

“Canada has the worst recycling rate in developed countries in the G7,” Brooks states flatly. But he commends the government for using its platform to put a spotlight on plastics.

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment has produced a draft framework for zero plastic waste as a first step toward developing a national strategy.

“We’re waiting to see what this plastics commitment is going to look like, and whether it will be sufficient to actually deal with the problem,” Brooks notes. “When it comes to single-use plastic bottles, if we set the target high enough, it’s almost certain we’ll end up with plastic bottle deposits because this is a best practice internationally.”

Domestic Polyethylene prices China

Domestic PE prices in China dropped sharply amid excess supply and low demand Domestic Polyethylene prices China

Domestic Polyethylene prices China

MOSCOW  – Spot domestic prices of polyethylene (PE) in China this week fell from the level of October of this year and may continue the downward trend against the background of oversupply of material on the market and sluggish demand, ICIS reported.

Thus, on November 20, prices for high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) in East China dropped to their lowest level in more than the last two years – to the level of 9,250 yuan (CNY) or USD1,333 per ton, EXWH (ex-warehouse). Domestic Polyethylene prices China

These levels were last reported on May 31, 2016, according to ICIS.

Prices for blown low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) in East China were at the level of CNY9 900 per tonne, EXWH, reaching a minimum since July 31, 2017.

At the same time, spot quotes for linear polyethylene (LDL) dropped by 7.5% from October 10, and PND decreased by 13.2% from October 16.

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , prices for a number of types of polyethylene continued to decline in Russia this week.

Purchasing activity on the market is low, there is no shortage of PE offer on the market.  In some segments, on the contrary, due to the seasonal factor there is an excess of supply.a

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only.

Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM19/11/201826/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

8,550 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton-450
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,115 $/ton1,050 $/ton-65
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

8,050 yuan/ton7,775yuan/ton-275
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

8,050 yuan/ton7,825 yuan/ton-225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

6,825 yuan/ton6,130 yuan/ton-695
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

895 $/ton845 $/ton-50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,120 yuan/ton5,660 yuan/ton-460
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

725 $/ton670 $/ton-55
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,094 $/ton1,016 $/ton-78
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

8,905 yuan/ton8,390 yuan/ton-615
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,500 yuan/ton8,200 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

10,700 yuan/ton10,250 yuan/ton-450
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 10,000 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton-400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

9,350 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

9,100 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,350 yuan/ton15,000 yuan/ton-1,350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,100 $/ton2,000 $/ton-100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,430 $/ton2,380 $/ton-50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

16,900 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/to-600
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

17,700 yuan/ton17,000 yuan/ton-700
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,000 yuan/ton36,300 yuan/ton-700
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

20,900 yuan/ton20,300 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

23,800 yuan/ton23,500 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

22,300 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton-300
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

8,300 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton-200
Benzene domestic market

 

5,900 yuan/ton