The firm’s ProEarth fall collection debuted at Première Vision Paris.
Swiss textile solution provider Schoeller launched its new ProEarth collection of sustainable, biodegradable textiles, which is comprised of Bluesign-approved fabrics made of biodegradable polyester. ProEarth is part of its Schoeller FTC line, which is a joint venture with Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta Co.
Its new collection launched this week at Première Vision Paris. The firm added that the collection will also be shown at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 22 to 23.
Ascend Performance Materials today announced plans to launch several new specialty polyamides at K 2019 to meet the growing needs of its customers. Among the new products are Vydyne XHT, long-chain polyamides and high-temperature polyamides.
Vydyne XHT, a new portfolio of heat-stabilized polyamide (PA) 66 and copolymers, is capable of withstanding prolonged exposure to temperatures up to 230°C.
Using a combination of unique polymer chemistries and a multi-stage heat stabilization technology, XHT products push the boundaries of temperature resistance without sacrificing the processability, durability and mechanical properties PA 66 is known for.
New Dehi, Sep 18 (IANSlife) Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed has collaborated with athleisure brand Alcis Sports to launch a new range of sustainable sportswear called “ALCIS X NARI”. Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
“One of the biggest concerns of our times is the environment, and the situation is worsening by the minute. Only that it is being more acutely felt in the West, than it is in India. My “ALCIS X NARI” collection is trying to contribute to the sustainability movement by recycling a waste product and creating something affordable out of it, Ahmed told IANSlife.
One week to go until the live Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony at FachPack! Join us to discover the worthy winners of the most prestigious sustainability competition for packaging innovation.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
In anticipation, we explore the 25 standout solutions that made it to the finals, handpicked by our independent, expert judging panel. Laurent Chantraine, business development manager, flexible packaging, Jindal Films Europe talks about their collaboration with Unilever and Mondi. Their all-PP mono-material pouch solution for dry foods was selected in the ‘Recyclable packaging’ category.
Spot prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and polyethylene (PE) have spiked in Asia, following news of the drone attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. These two commodities are the two main chemical exports of the region.
Commenting, Salmon Lee, Wood Mackenzie Head of Polyesters, said: “As of 1900 hours Beijing time on Monday 16th September, spot MEG prices in the key Chinese domestic market have surged to RMB 5,200 and above – a jump of more than RMB 400 compared to last week’s closing numbers.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
The LYCRA Company, owner of LYCRA® brand family of fibers, has launched a global co-branded marketing program to promote denim jeans made with LYCRA® dualFX® technology. Patented LYCRA® dualFX® technology combines two LYCRA® brand stretch fibers to add extra flexibility and bounce back recovery to denim enabling jeans to hold their shape all day, every day.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
The program has been developed with Refinery29, a leading global media and entertainment company millennial and Gen Z women.
California’s legislature has adopted what may become the world’s toughest plastic bottle recycled content law, exceeding the European Union’s standards, with bottles sold in the state required to have 50 percent recycled plastic by 2030.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
But to win passage of the new law — which ramps up with 10 percent recycled content in 2021 and 25 percent in 2025 — legislators included what some described as potentially significant “off ramps” for companies to seek waivers that could limit the law’s impact.
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co Ltd (TAF) from Aditya Birla Group and Reliance Spinning Mills Ltd, Nepal, have joined hands to develop sustainable and eco-friendly yarns with Radianza fibre. The two companies will display these products in the upcoming Yarn Expo in Intertextile Shanghai from September 25-27, 2019. Radianza is a trademark of Thai Acrylic Fibre.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Packaging
Reliance Spinning Mills, Nepal is a joint venture of Golyan and Maliram Shivkumar (MS) Group, a high-tech spinning plant producing polyester/viscose blended yarn, 100 per cent acrylic yarn, polyester/acrylic blended yarn, 100 per cent polyester spun yarn, specialty yarn, slub yarns and industrial yarns.
Market watchers said Sunday that South Korea’s main chemical companies are bulking up by incorporating their sophisticated material-producing subsidiaries in a bid to improve their profitability in the worldwide financial slowdown. Reliance Spinning to show yarns with Radianza
Three chemical companies have announced in recent months that they will absorb their wholly-owned subsidiaries to streamline their chemical companies.
Each year approximately 100 billion USD of plastic packaging material value is lost from the economy. It is not only essential to consider used plastic as resource rather than waste from a sustainability perspective, but also from an economic viewpoint.
Kiefel’s Design for Recycling programme systematically bundles the company’s expertise to rethink the customers’ products. Every detail of the product is re-assessed and rethought together with the customers. The customers are supported in all steps of their product development cycle: From material and product composition, up to the optimal requirements for their tools and thermoforming process.
German packaging and bottling machine manufacturer Krones on Wednesday inaugurated a HUF 15 billion factory, its first European plant outside Germany, in Hungaryʼs second city of Debrecen, in the east of the country.
The launch ceremony last summer, attended by Debrecen Mayor László Papp (far left), Pascal Männche, MD of Krones Hungary (second left), and Ralf Goldbrunner (far right), member of the Krones AG Executive Board (photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade).
The investment, which is creating 500 jobs, was supported with a HUF 5.5 bln grant from the Hungarian government, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó noted at the ceremony.
Facilities producing around10% of global ethylene capacity are threatenedby feedstock disruption after the weekend’sattack on Saudi Arabia’s oil distributioninfrastructure and the subsequent closure of5.7m bbl/day of refinery capacity.
The attack on 14September damaged the Abqaiq and Khurais crudeoil processing installations which supply oilto Saudi Arabia’s three main petrochemicalsites.
In partnership with Fulgar, Tessiltex-Squinabol is presenting an exclusive green fabric made using Amni Soul Eco 6.6 nylon biodegradable yarn at Premiere Vision Paris fair.
Produced by Sendyi–China, the product combines a refined, elegant aesthetic with unique functional and eco-sustainable properties, and is set to revolutionise the coat and jacket sector.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
The new product features a matt look, soft, technical feel, gentle touch and down proof performance in a product that biodegrades in much less time than fabrics manufactured using traditional nylons, said Tessiltex – Squinabol in a press release.
The “Common Market of the South” (MERCOSUR), consisting of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, has now published on its website the much anticipated new Resolution on the Positive List of Additives for Use in Plastic Food-Contact Materials and Polymeric Coatings for Food-Contact Materials.
This Resolution, designated as GMC Resolution No 39/19, repeals and replaces GMC Resolution No 32/07. It was formally sanctioned by the Common Market Group (GMC), which is the executive body of MERCOSUR, on July 15, 2019. It has been 12 years since this Resolution was last updated in 2007.
Over the past years, there has been greater focus on developing sustainable packaging products that leave little or no footprint on the environment.
One solution is the development of biodegradable containers made with rice straw which is considered the most abundant residue of rice in the world.
During TAPPI’s International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference (IBBC), Elizabeth Palomino Nolasco will share results of a feasibility study conducted on the implementation of an industrial plant in the Lima region of Peru for biodegradable food containers using rice straw.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
Her presentation, “Feasibility Study for the Implementation of an Industrial Plant for Biodegradable Food,” will address the impact an accumulation of agricultural organic waste could have on the environment, and how the study led to the development of rice straw containers.
NEW AVENUE: Its Joint venture pitches for PLA as an alternative to plastics
Compounded poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics solutions could be the answer to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for eradicating single-use plastics in India.
Bringing this solution to India, Total Corbion PLA, an equal joint venture (JV) between Total and Corbion, has set up a technical collaboration with Konspec to study various plastic applications across industries.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
The firms are in discussions with several airports, fast moving consumer goods companies, hospitality chains, footwear companies and food aggregators among others for setting-up industry-specific light-house projects.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
European chemicals stocks fell on Monday in line with wider markets as fears of sharp oil supply drops weighed on economic sentiment, following the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s core oil production infrastructure and potential military intervention.
The country’s energy major Saudi Aramco on Saturday confirmed drone attacks on its Abqaiq processing facility and at the Khurais oilfield, which halved the Kingdom’s oil production capacity and reduced global supply by 5%.Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
The most dramatic attack on the country since former Iraqi premier Saddam Hussein fired a missile into the Kingdom in 1991, the attacks cut Saudi oil production by 5.7m bbl/day.
This IBM model is specifically designed to produce small PET containers.
Jomar, a manufacturer of injection blow molding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and household products industries, will soon launch the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine. The IBM machine is specifically made to run PET resins but is designed to still switch back to more typical materials for injection blow molding such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE). Petrochemicals Automotive PET Recycling
Fixing the damage done by the attack on the Saudi oil processing plant may be the easy part. The hard part will be calming energy markets, where oil prices have jumped faster than at any time in over a decade.
The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant, which accounts for 5 percent of global oil supplies, and a nearby facility took 5.7 million barrels a day of production off line for at least a few days. It also highlighted the vulnerability of the sprawling processing plants, pipelines and refineries of the Persian Gulf.
With several lakhs of tourists flocking to this tourist town in Tamil Nadu that is regarded as the Queen of the Hill stations in the state, plastic waste in the form of PET bottles generated here is of a huge scale, though single-use plastic had been banned long ago.
To ensure the collection and recycling of every last bottle consumed in Udhagamandalam, also known as Ooty, be it a water/juice/oil/personal care/home care product, the town on Monday received five reverse vending machines (RVM).
The OS-6, NCF-6 and CR-6 series use in-situ polymerization technology for enhanced properties in lightweight structural applications. Petrochemicals Automotive Crude Oil
Johns Manville (JM, Denver, Colo., U.S.), manufacturer of continuous filament glass fiber and a Berkshire Hathaway company, has launched three nylon thermoplastic composite product series for lightweight applications: OS-6, NCF-6 and CR-6 series.
The OS-6 series is a nylon composites sheet reinforced with continuous woven fabric and impregnated with the company’s proprietary technology to enhance impact resistance, strength and stiffness in thermoplastic composites.
Consumers in both North East Asia and India hold adequate reserves to cover any shortages. Petrochemicals Automotive Crude Oil
Brent crude opened for trading this week, exploding 20 per cent higher, its biggest jump in 28 years after attacks on Saudi Aramco’s facilities. This led to the disruption of 5.7 MMbbl/d, which is close to 60 per cent of the gulf nation’s production, putting dent to global supply. Petrochemicals Automotive Crude Oil
For now it is uncertain how long this disruption will last, but what is clear is that the longer this outage lasts the more bullish it will be for oil prices.
St. Charles, Ill.-based contract manufacturer Microplastics Inc. has purchased IVP Plastics LLC, diversifying its end markets beyond automotive, boosting sales to more than $45 million, and doubling the number of employees to more than 300.
IVP, also a contract manufacturer, injection molds custom parts for the large construction, farming and foodservice sectors with about 150 employees. With estimated molding sales of $19 million, IVP ranks No. 261 among North American injection molders, according to Plastics News’ latest ranking. Petrochemicals Automotive Crude Oil
Monoethylene Glycol Market is set achieve lucrative growth during the forecast period; according to a new research report.
Asia Pacific monoethylene glycol industry has been projected to register a rather commendable growth rate of 7% over 2017-2024, driven by the extensive contribution of countries such as India and China and the robust demand for polyester fiber in the region.
The fact that more than 90% of the global polyester fiber production of 2014 took place in Asia Pacific affirms the aforementioned analysis.Petrochemicals Automotive Crude Oil
Oil prices spiked the most on record Monday after a weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities wiped out more than 5% of the global oil supply.
Crude oil prices initially surged as much as 18%, but retreated after President Trump said he authorized the use of oil from the United States’ emergency oil supply, called the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, “if needed.” Brent crude (BZ=F) reached a session high of $71.95 a barrel at the opening, while U.S. crude futures (CL=F) surged to a session high of $63.34 a barrel.
This polyamide resins market analysis considers sales from reactive polyamide resins and non-reactive polyamide resins.
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Facilities producing around 10% of global ethylene capacity are threatened by feedstock disruption after the weekend’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil distribution infrastructure and the subsequent closure of 5.7m bbl/day of refinery capacity.
The attack on 14 September damaged the Abqaiq and Khurais crude oil processing installations which supply oil to Saudi Arabia’s three main petrochemical sites.
Half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production has gone offline following a surprise drone strike.
Drones attacked Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia and the Khurais oil field run by Saudi Aramco early Saturday morning, the kingdom’s interior ministry said, sparking a massive fire at a crude processing plant essential to global oil supplies.
The closure will impact nearly 5 million barrels of crude processing per day, affecting 5 percent of the world’s daily oil production.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Adipic acid, also called as hexanedioic acid, is a white crystalline solid that melts at 152°C. It is one of the most important monomers used in the polymer industry. Adipic acid is an organic acid that contains six carbon atoms. It also has two carboxylate groups (–COOH) attached to the terminal carbons in the chain. Since adipic acid contains two carboxylate groups, it is sometimes referred to as a di-acid. All other carbon atoms in adipic acid contain two hydrogen atoms each.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
The global quest for greener, renewable alternatives to biofuels has generated a groundswell of interest in third-generation biofuels.
Algae biofuel have emerged as unique promising in this direction as they overcome the drawbacks of crop-based biofuels of the second generation.
Algae biofuels are derived from species such as Botryococcus braunii, Chlorella species, Crypthecodinium cohnii, and Nitzschia species. In recent years, stakeholders and interested investors have poured in tens of thousands of dollars in realizing this potential.
Application of modern biochemical engineering processes has further created a robust technological framework for the same.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
US-Iran tensions endanger shipments of aluminum and chemicals
Tensions between Iran and the U.S. in the Strait of Hormuz are threatening to spill over beyond energy fields to materials segments such as aluminum and chemicals, with broad implications for countries reliant on the region.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Since the turn of the century, Middle Eastern countries have been striving to develop non-energy industries to reduce their dependence on crude oil.
The region’s share of global exports of petrochemicals, including ether, has risen to 30%, and the share of aluminum at 16%. Many Japanese companies, in particular, have become more dependent on Middle East-produced materials, and a wide range of non-energy industries could be adversely affected if the antagonism between the U.S. and Iran intensifies.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Indonesian polymer producers are to tighten their grip on the domestic market next year as they face increasing competition from overseas.
Indonesian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) supplies will increase in this year’s final quarter, when domestic producers Chandra Asri and Polytama Propindo debut new capacity.Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Chandra Asri is expected to start up soon its 400,000 t/yr linear low-density polyethylene/high density polyethylene plant at Cilegon. It is on track to expand its current PP production from 480,000 t/yr to 590,000 t/yr in the fourth quarter. Chandra Asri operates Indonesia’s sole petrochemical cracker, which uses naphtha feedstock.
Grassroots leaders call for a decisive stance to stay in EU and deliver a radical new manifesto
Jeremy Corbyn has come under growing internal pressure to commit Labour to a unequivocal policy of remaining in the European Union as more than 100 councillors issued a joint warning to the party’s ruling body that any form of Brexit would threaten jobs, public services, workers’ rights and the environment.
In a letter to the national executive committee (NEC), which meets this week, the Labour councillors, including several leaders of county and borough councils, called on the party “to campaign unambiguously and energetically for a public vote on Brexit and to endorse a ‘remain and transform’ position in all circumstances”. Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Saudi Arabia’s stock market fell by 2.3% at Sunday’s open as the country grappled with weekend attacks on the heart of its oil production facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.
Abqaiq is the world’s largest oil processing facility and crude oil stabilization plant with a processing capacity of more than 7 million barrels per day.
Saturday’s attack is the biggest on oil infrastructure anywhere since Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Saudi Arabia’s stock market fell by 2.3% at Sunday’s open as the country grappled with weekend drone attacks on the heart of its oil production facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
Reports that the country may take weeks to return to full oil supply capacity is set to send crude futures up by as much as $10 per barrel, analysts say, depending on the scale of the damage. Half the country’s oil production was halted due to fire damage but is due to restart on Monday, Saudi energy ministry officials said in a statement.
Honeywell UOP process technology scores second win in North Africa
Honeywell(NYSE: HON) announced today that Sonatrach Total Entreprise Polymères (STEP) has selected Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ technology to produce 565,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene for a proposed plant in Arzew, Algeria.
In addition to technology licensing, Honeywell is providing the basic engineering design as well as services, equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the plant. When completed, it will represent UOP’s second C3 Oleflex unit in North Africa, following an earlier award in Egypt.
This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image provided by NASA Worldview shows fires following Yemen’s Houthi rebels claiming a drone attack on two major oil installations in eastern Saudi Arabia. The drones attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early Saturday, sparking a huge fire at a processor crucial to global energy supplies. The island shown in the image is Bahrain, while the peninsula in the image is Qatar. (NASA Worldview via AP)
Over the years, I have often been asked about scenarios that could rapidly drive oil prices higher. My response is always that the worst case scenario is an incident that takes a large amount of oil production offline in Saudi Arabia.
Why Saudi Arabia? After all, the U.S., Russia, and Saudi Arabia are the world’s leading oil producers, with each topping 10 million barrels per day (BPD) in 2018.
German speciality manufacturers, Markische Faser and Kelheim Fibres, have joined hands. Under the name ‘Clean Color Concept’, the two renowned fibre producers will offer spun dyed fibres in polyester and in viscose in a coordinated range of colours. Kelheim is a producer of viscose speciality fibres. Markische Faser is a leading plastic company.
Spun dyed fibres have always been an important part of the range of products both of Märkische Faser and of Kelheim. Here, colour pigments are incorporated in the spinning mass before the spinning process and are therefore homogenously distributed in the whole fibre. These fibres, and the final product, offer a particularly high colour and light fastness. The colours do not bleed during washing and they keep their brilliance even after many washing cycles, according to Kelheim. Petrochemicals Automotive General news
Transparent polycarbonate sheets reinforced with biomass-derived building blocks outperform traditional BPA-reinforced polycarbonate plastic in strength tests, new research shows. The scientists behind the work envision their composite could replace BPA-based polycarbonates in a variety of common applications. Petrochemicals Automotive UV Stabilizers
Jomar Corp., a leading global manufacturer of injection blow molding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and household products industries, will launch the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine at the K 2019 exhibition (Hall 14/A32) which runs Oct. 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany.Petrochemicals Automotive UV Stabilizers
The newly designed IBM machine is specifically designed to run PET resins but can easily switch back to more typical materials for injection blow molding such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE). The TechnoDrive 65 PET machine evolved from Jomar’s TechnoDrive 65, a high-speed IBM production machine first unveiled in 2017.
A global polyethylene (PE)price war is developing as multiple newcapacities come onstream just as demand growthstalls on the back of the US China trade war,Brexit, regulatory pressure on single useplastics, and other uncertainties which aredampening consumer and industrial confidence.
Prices have plummeted to multi-year lows as USproducers seek to gain market share byundercutting local producers in other regions.
Competition from Middle East exporters hashelped to depress prices further.
Almost all of the new US capacity is scheduledfor export, with China by far the biggestpotential destination.Petrochemicals Automotive UV Stabilizers
However, since the trade war intensified, withsome PE tariffs scheduled to rise to30%, US product has been diverted to othermarkets principally in Asia and Europe.
Made of recycled PET bottles, &+ brand fibers are a result of Toray’s fiber production technology and a proprietary contaminant-filtering system.
Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced a new commercial fiber brand, called &+, which the company says will underpin the start of its efforts to use fibers made by recycling used PET bottles.Petrochemicals Automotive UV Stabilizers
Toray is aiming to leverage this brand to foster PET bottle recycling and to help materialize a closed loop economy by offering high-value-added fiber derived from PET bottles.
The LYCRA Company, a leader in innovative fiber and technology solutions, has announced global launch of new LYCRA® FitSense™ technology – a patented water-based dispersion that features the same molecule as LYCRA® fiber but in liquid form. The technology can transform apparel by adding lightweight power, soft shaping and lift, and targeted support.
LYCRA® FitSense™ technology is screen printed onto fabric containing LYCRA® fiber to deliver targeted lightweight support that can be combined with visual effects like patterns or color blocks. As a result, sewn-in panels or extra seams that may restrict movement and cause discomfort could be eliminated and the consumer’s need for great-fitting, ultra-comfortable garments is satisfied, giving support just where it is needed.
Alarming new research suggests that, contrary to what scientists have long believed, tiny plastic particles consumed by fish and other seafood do not stay in the animals’ digestive tracts but rather seep into their flesh, as Liza Gross reports in FERN’s latest story, published with Mother Jones. And that means those plastic particles also seep into the diet of people who eat seafood.
Now, according to a study published in June in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, “seafood is the third largest contributor of chemical-laden “microplastics” of sources analyzed so far for the average American consumer, behind bottled water and air,” Gross writes. “‘Plastic is now part of our food system,’ says Kieran Cox, a marine ecologist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, who led the study.”
UK report says complacency leads to carelessness Compostable alternatives to plastic could worsen marine pollution and have other serious environmental impacts, a report from a committee of UK MPs has warned.
The world has a plastic problem — millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans every year, polluting our seas, littering our beaches and endangering wildlife.
Strong US supply will be driven, in part, by a large inventory of wells still to be developed across several prolific shale plays
US shale supply will peak at approximately 14.5mn barrels per day (bpd) around 2030, according to Rystad Energy.
In the past decade, crude oil coming from shale patches such as the Permian in the US has grown from a negligible contributor to an upstream behemoth, reshaping the industry and the oil market.
US Light Tight Oil (LTO) represented less than 1% of global oil supply just nine years ago. Today, US LTO represents close to 10% of total global oil supply, a percentage which is expected to continue its ascent going forward.Petrochemicals Automotive UV Stabilizers
Earlier this year, DuPont Teijin Films announced the launch of its LuxCR™ depolymerisation process which upcycles post consumer waste into a variety of technically advanced BOPET films serving a wide range of applications and markets.Petrochemicals Automotive Bottle Flakes
The use of recycled content is a critical part of DuPont Teijin Films’ circular economy strategy, and the upcycling of PET through the LuxCR™ process also marks an important step forward in the chemical recycling technology for the wider polyester industry.
Worms increase soil nutrients and inhibiting their work would seriously damage overall biodiversity
The damaging effect of plastic waste in the ocean is well-documented but new research shows this polluting material could also make soils significantly less fertile.
Scientists have found microplastics stunt the growth of worms, which could have serious impacts on entire ecosystems and inhibit the growth of crops that feed humans.
Exposure to plastic commonly used in the production of bottles and carrier bags caused earthworms to lose 3.1 per cent of their weight over a 30-day period, according to a new study.Petrochemicals Automotive Bottle Flakes
During the same period, earthworms in soil without plastic in increased their weight by 5.1 per cent.
Suntory Beverage and Food Europe (SBFE) today sets out its plan to move to 100 per cent sustainable plastic bottles within a decade, fully moving away from virgin plastic derived from fossil fuels.
By 2030, the company that makes some of Europe’s best-known drinks will aim to use plastic that has been previously used or bio-sourced (plant-based) to reach its sustainable plastic packaging target.
Embracing existing mechanical recycling processes – and investment in new, innovative technologies like enzymatic recycling and Japanese Flake to Preform processing – will be crucial for helping the company to make the change. Petrochemicals Automotive Bottle Flakes
A world of new trends, perspectives, and opportunities awaits. Making its 2019 return, the FachPack trade show will extend across 12 exhibition halls to bring together around 45,000 visitors and more than 1,600 exhibitors specialising in all stages of the packaging process.
Greiner Packaging will also be in attendance, showcasing its wide range of products in Nuremberg, Germany, from September 24 to 26. This year’s clear focus will be on sustainable packaging solutions that can help in various ways to deliver a circular economy.
Indian state-controlled refiner IOC and private-sector Haldia Petrochemicals (HPL) have hit delays in planned refining and petrochemical projects because of problems with land acquisition.Petrochemicals Automotive Bottle Flakes
The projects, both in Odisha, need a combined 6,000 acres (60km²) of land, but the state government has only made a small amount of this available. It typically takes at least five years after land allocation and clearances before a project can be commissioned, IOC said.
IOC is planning to expand its 300,000 b/d Paradip refinery to 500,000 b/d to feed a proposed petrochemical complex, including a naphtha-based cracker, 1.2mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant, 108,000t/yr polyester staple fibre plant, dual-feed cracker and petroleum coke gasification plant. The company has sought about 4,000 acres of land for the expansion, but the state government can only provide 800 acres.
Colorado-based, Gevo, has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Australian company, Leaf Resources to explore the potential use of cellulosic derived sugars and glycerol from Leaf and the ability to convert these to hydrocarbon molecules useful as fuels.
Gevo and Leaf Resources Sign a Joint Development Agreement
The JDA is structured around three phases of joint work designed to establish a bankable project. Phase 1 will develop the feasibility of a potential facility, followed by phases investigating the commercial development and commercialization of the project.
Thies GmbH will be introducing latest products at Shanghaitex 2019 to be held from November 25-28. It will concentrate on sustainable product solutions and development of innovative and integrated concepts for fibre, yarn and fabric dyeing. Thies is into fabrication of high quality machines for yarn and piece dyeing, bleaching and drying equipment. Petrochemicals Automotive Bottle Flakes
At the fair, Thies will introduce iCone, a yarn dyeing machine ideal for bleaching and dyeing fibre in different forms like packages, warp beams, combed tops or flock. With the help of modern flow analysis tools, the pipe systems, pumps and their impellers have been optimised, reducing pressure losses and power consumption. It offers the ability to dye in a traditional manner by using reciprocating liquor circulation.
Suntory Beverage Food Europe (SBFE) has sets out a roadmap to use fully recycled or plant-based materials across the entire portfolio of products by 2030.
The plan, unveiled Sept. 12, will see the beverage maker fully moving away from fossil fuel-based virgin plastic, through using existing mechanical recycling processes as well as new technologies.
The producer of Lucozade, Orangina, Ribena and TriNa drink brands said it would invest in innovative technologies like enzymatic recycling and Japanese “flake to preform” processing as part of its journey to 100 percent sustainable products.
I LEARNED from the news that the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will ban plastics. It will be the first plastic-free airport in the country, as their management claim. I am not exactly pleased by this move. Why? Because the MCIA will still allow the use of biodegradable plastic.
Biodegradable plastic is not the solution to the plastic waste problem. In fact, it may even cause another problem. Only recently, a committee of British lawmakers said that the biodegradable and compostable alternatives that are often touted as a great replacement, are in fact a problem in themselves. They said that most require an industrial composting facility to break down, and most people do not have access to this. This was confirmed by a United Nations report.
Drone attacks against the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields on Sept. 14 in Saudi Arabia have roiled oil markets and, by extension, the global economy. But no country is feeling the strain as much as the kingdom itself.Petrochemicals Automotive PBT Compounds
The attacks, which Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for, immediately led to the disruption of 5.7 million barrels of crude production per day. That’s more than half the kingdom’s overall output, and a higher rate than most countries—aside from the US and Russia—produce in total.
Whether it was Houthi drones or Iranian cruise missiles, the recent attacks highlight the need to end Yemen’s civil war.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to blame Iran for an airstrike that crippled two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, attacked by either drones or a cruise missile, even though Yemen’s Houthis have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Any evidence produced by the US or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be politicised and seek to implicate Iran, and the public will have to treat such “intelligence” with scepticism. Yet at the same time, the question remains as to whether the Houthis have the technological means to strike targets at such a far distance, a good 1,300 kilometres away? Petrochemicals Automotive PBT Compounds
Through a ‘Symphony of Collaboration’ with partners along the full plastics value chain, Clariant is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem of plastic pollution with new solutions for diverse industry sectors. Petrochemicals Automotive PBT Compounds
Complementing its “fit for reuse” solutions announced August 21 where Clariant demonstrated how its additives are recyclable, it now showcases the next level, turning the spotlight on how its additives can make it easier to recycle post-production and post-consumer plastic waste while keeping the material’s performance properties.
Soft chemicals sector demand growth at the start of 2019 continued to weaken into the summer as economic uncertainty weighed on customer appetite, but fears of a prolonged, global recession are receding, according to the CFO of Netherlands-based producer Nouryon.
“What we saw happening in Q2, a little bit in May and in a pretty significant way in June,” said Renier Vree, pictured. Petrochemicals Automotive PBT Compounds
“[Demand] was a lot lower than forecast and we have had customers that have put in orders saying: ‘Keep the order but please don’t ship it to me until Q3’. So we saw destocking happening across many of our businesses and multiple regions, but more in Europe.”
Nouryon is a key seller to players in the middle of the value chain, which then sell to consumer end markets, giving the company a view of current demand levels within the chemicals sector itself.
Key Asian petrochemicals are facing pressure from lingering uncertainty from Saudi supply amid geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
Prices of these plastics have mostly risen since the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on 14 September, along with global crude futures which edged higher on Thursday following days of volatile trade.
Asia’s benzene prices has gained cumulatively over $30/tonne, on a free-on-board (FOB) South Korea basis, in the initial trading days following the attacks, tracking crude futures in the same period.
Greenfield efforts, M&A activity will boost recycling efforts
Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures is investing $1.5 billion in recycling efforts as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for more recycling. Indorama’s main business is the production of PET resin, a polymer used to make plastic bottles and fibers used in products such as seat belts and tyres.
In the 12 months to June 30 the company produced nearly 5,000 kilotons of PET.
An economic recession in the US in the next year and a half is unlikely, the chief economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Wednesday.
“Of course a lot can happen, including shocks to the system as we saw over the weekend. But the consumer economy is doing very well with strong job creation, rising wages and the lowest unemployment since 1969 – two generations ago,” said ACC chief economist Kevin Swift.
“The pace of job growth has moderated but that’s primarily a supply issue with the retirement of baby boomers. When you ask CEOs their number one, two and three concerns of what keeps them up at night, one of them is always recruiting and talent retention,” he added.
MOSCOW – Export prices for bottled PET in Asia last week generally remained at the previous week amid minimal fluctuations in the cost of raw materials, the ICIS-MRC Price Review says.
Overall, PET prices were in the range of USD840-870 per tonne, FOB China.
Most spot deals were for deliveries in October, but there were also September and November. MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
According to market players, the supply of bottle brands of PET granulate in the spot market was sufficient, and consumer interest was consistently high.
The increase in spot purchases may be due to an increase in the contract price of paraxylene in Asia and a slowdown in the decline in PET prices. However, some manufacturers still report limited spot deals and refuse to cut prices due to lower production margins.
The contract prices of Russian plants in the current month fell to 78,000-81,000 rubles. per tonne, CPT Moscow, including VAT, the lowest level since the beginning of 2018. At the same time last year, formula prices were an average of 30 thousand rubles. per tonne higher. MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
Author: Anna Larionova
MEG spot prices in Asia up 7.2% amid rising oil prices
MOSCOW – Spot prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Asia rose by 7.2% on September 16 to USD 596-611 per tonne, CFR CMP amid sharply rising oil prices and limited supplies, ICIS reports citing market participants .MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
Whereas the spot prices of MEG on September 12 were at the level of USD560-566 per tonne, after which the Chinese market closed for a three-day Mid-Autumn Festival, which is widely celebrated in China and Vietnam.
The increase in crude oil prices caused by drone attacks on Saudi Aramco factories put upward pressure on the MEG market and raised concerns about a possible reduction in MEG supplies. Sellers withdrew the bids and took a wait and see attitude, which led to limited discussions of deals throughout the day.
According to ICIS, Saudi Arabia has a total production capacity of MEG capacity of 6.3 million tons per year, which is about 70% of the total MEG capacity in the Middle East.
Earlier it was reported that the total reserves of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China decreased last week by 9.3% compared with a week ago amid a decrease in the number of arriving consignments of imported material to the country’s ports and an increase in its level of discharge. Thus, this indicator amounted to approximately 782 thousand tons this week against 862 thousand tons a week earlier.
MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
According to ScanPlast of Market Report, in Russia the total estimated consumption of PET in July of this year decreased by 4% compared to the figure a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the seven months of 2019, 428.79 thousand tons of PET were processed in the Russian Federation.
Author: Anna Larionova
MEGlobal in the first half of October will begin commercial production at the new MEG factory in Freeport
MOSCOW -MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), plans in the second week of October to launch commercial production at the new world-wide plant for the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Freeport (Freeport, Texas, USA), reported the publication Chemweek , citing a statement by a company representative. MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
This enterprise, with a capacity of 700 thousand tons of MEG per year and located at the Dow site in Oyster Creek in Freeport, was commissioned on September 10 this year, and is currently undergoing final debugging work. production process.
The project cost is estimated at USD2 billion.
It was previously noted that in March 2018, the Kuwaiti Equate Petrochemical Co., one of the world’s largest companies producing polymers and other petrochemical products, announced the start of the construction of a new MEG plant in Freeport, which will be managed by its 100% subsidiary, MEGlobal . MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
The new plant will use Dow Chemical technology, and a contract for the detailed design of the plant, the purchase of basic equipment and construction management was signed with the American company Jacobs in November 2016. In addition, at the end of March last year, American Flour received a contract for the construction of a new MEG plant in Freeport.
This location of the new MEG plant is beneficial for the company, as the company will receive ethylene from the new Dow cracking unit under a long-term agreement. Thus, MEGlobal will take advantage of the cheap shale gas, which will be supplied to the new Dow cracking unit as a raw material.
It was previously noted that with the launch of a new plant in the USA, the total MEGlobal MEG production capacity will increase to 2 million tons per year.
MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
According to ScanPlast of Market Report, in Russia the total estimated consumption of PET in July of this year decreased by 4% compared to the figure a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the seven months of 2019, 428.79 thousand tons of PET were processed in the Russian Federation.
Headquartered in Dubai (UAE), MEGlobal is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG). Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide.
DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textile products), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products. MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company.
In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed a deal to sell its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity stake in Kuwaiti joint ventures. MEG Polyethylene Terephthalate MEGlobal
Aquafil has announced that Econyl Regenerated nylon contributes to LEED v4 points in four main categories. LEED v4 is the most current version of the LEED green building rating system established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
The four main LEED v4 categories that Econyl contributes to are:
* Integrative Process-Aquafil shares its knowledge and experience creating sustainable materials with project teams to collectively enhance human comfort and environmental benefits. Aquafil Econyl Polyamide Regenerated
* Indoor Environmental Quality-Econyl is a low emitting material. General Emissions Evaluation results ensure low VOC levels in Econyl products.
* Materials and Resources-In terms of Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction, Econyl has an 80% reduction on global warming potential compared to virgin nylon. And regarding Sourcing of Raw Materials, Econyl comes from 100% waste material of which a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste is certified.
* Innovation-Econyl fosters advancement of the Circular Economy through nylon regeneration, going beyond recycling.Aquafil Econyl Polyamide Regenerated
Made from waste, like fishing nets and old carpets, Econyl is infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities for designers and architects. Designers and specifiers can create new products and buy new products without having to use new resources.
For every 10,000 tons of Econyl raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved, and 57,100 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions are avoided. Econyl is also UL and Cradle-to-Cradle certified.
“Digitalization will significantly change today’s circular economy,” according to Naemi Denz, the Managing Director of the Waste Treatment and Recycling Association in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). Denz says that digitally transmitted information, for example, will ensure that secondary raw materials can be designed with even greater precision. This topic will be among many at IFAT 2020, set for Germany in May, 2020.
“In the future, the composition of the input material will be analyzed in real time and the treatment process will be controlled by the output,” says Denz. “For mechanical and plant engineering this means that the trend moves away from pure mechanical treatment. Measuring and analysis devices will be used more commonly, as are automation components.” Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
Advances in additive manufacturing technology have not always led to bigger and bigger builds, as Tel Aviv, Israel-based Nanofabrica demonstrates.
The company has developed an AM platform that can produce miniaturized products and components with micron resolution features at volume.
Earlier this year, Israeli additive manufacturing innovator Nanofabrica commercially launched its micro 3D printing technology that reaches micron-level accuracy over a build envelope of 5 by 5 by 10 centimeters.
Amid the general euphoria about the opportunities presented by additive manufacturing, there are those who take a more level-headed view of the disruptiveness of the technology. Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
According to Nigel Flowers, United Kingdom managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, for example, injection molding and additive manufacturing are more complementary to one another than competitors.
Bhubaneswar: ‘Sustainable fashion’ is becoming a buzz word in the fashion industry as large corporates, textile manufactures, fashion designers and renowned fashion houses are aggressively putting their act together to meet the burgeoning demand for sustainable fashion apparels.
Today, the youth is aware and conscious about the environment and they are demanding sustainable products, having lowest carbon footprints and one that can be disposed of with least harm to the environment. Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the world’s largest integrated polyester yarn and fibre producer, has taken a big stride to make ‘sustainable clothing’ affordable and accessible, taking a leaf from the success story of the group’s telecom venture Jio in getting volumes with competitive pricing, a top RIL official said.
Meeting current US recycled plastics content goals by 2030 would significantly alter the region’s PET resin and upstream aromatics markets, according to a recent analysis from Wood Mackenzie. Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
Wood Mackenzie’s analysis estimates the amount of PET bottles required to meet the 25 per cent rPET content goal for carbonated soft drink and PET water bottles is equivalent to 1.5 million tonnes in 2025 and 2.2 million tonnes in 2030.
The Equate Group has inaugurated its new MEGlobal Oyster Creek site in Texas, US. A part of Equate’s wholly owned subsidiary, MEGlobal Americas Inc (MEGlobal), the world-scale manufacturing facility will capitalise on US shale gas. It has annual capacity to produce 750,000 metric tons of ethylene glycol (EG), including monoethylene and diethylene glycol.
“This is a major achievement for the Equate Group and will benefit both Kuwait and the US,” said Equate president and CEO Ramesh Ramachandran. “With a growing global market for EG products, it will provide us with greater flexibility to satisfy our customers’ needs while capitalising on the US shale gas opportunity. This site builds on our global footprint and is part of our strategy to grow our value-added business as a leading ethylene glycol producer and supplier.” Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
China will exclude 16 products from a 25% additional tariff on US goods for a year starting from 17 September 2019 to 16 September 2020, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said in a statement on Wednesday.
They make the first list of such exemptions and more are expected to come in future, the Commission said.
The listed products are mostly covered in China’s tariffs on $16bn of US goods enacted on 24 August last year.Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
Under the arrangement, importers can get paid tariffs refunded for 12 products (see table 1) while the remaining 4 products (table 2) will not enjoy repayment.
ITMACoolStuffOpenerTechnology highlights from the industry’s largest textile machinery show focused on innovation, Industry 4.0 and sustainability.
If one hasn’t yet been to or experienced an actual ITMA show, one needs to go because it is incredibly difficult to accurately describe in words the sheer magnitude of the event.
ITMA — a quadrennial textile trade show owned by the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) and organized by Brussels-based ITMA Services — can be truly awe-inspiring to grizzled veterans and new comers alike.
Commission to adopt delegated act after Caracal meeting on 18 September
The European Commission is set to adopt its controversial proposal to classify titanium dioxide as a carcinogen just weeks after a final consultation with the competent authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal) on 18 September.Petrochemicals Automotive Carbon fibre
The category 2 classification proposal for inhalable powder forms of the substance has been plagued by fierce and consistent opposition from industry and several EU member states, as well as a tide of protests from international trading partners, such as the United States.
Coca-Cola European Partners commits to 100% recycled plastic bottles for Honest teas, Glacéau Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands—and to trialing refillable glass bottles.
Different continents, different tactics.
In August, Packaging Digest reported Coca-Cola Co.’s new broad-based sustainable packaging plan for Dasani packaged water that includes major moves into hybrid bottles and aluminum cans (see Dasani’s next 5 steps to greater packaging sustainability).
The company’s counterpart in Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), is taking a different, more concentrated path to greater sustainability.
Traditionally, September marks a buoyant period for the European petrochemicals industry as buyers and sellers return in earnest from summer breaks, prompting a flurry of activity before Christmas shutdowns.
This year, however, the outlook for many is more pessimistic, with expectations that a prolonged slump in trading will stretch beyond the longer days and good weather.
The automotive industry continues to flounder in the wake of more stringent emissions regulations, while demand for consumer goods remains weak in response to the ongoing US-China trade war.
Reliance Industries is scouting for waste segregation, recycling, and waste-to-energy technologies, and has reviewed applications from a few hundred startups. The company is looking for a model that can be replicated.
Reliance Industries (RIL), India’s largest private company by revenues, has gone on record and said it wants to support waste treatment and management startups, both domestic and global.
“We are looking to fund and are scouting around for all the technology available for waste segregation, recycling, and waste-to-energy. We are thinking about the bets we should be making in this regard,” said Vipul Shah, Chief Operating Officer, Petrochemicals, RIL, as reported by Mint. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
Society, the apex non-profit industry body from India, organised a press conference at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to promote its international event ITME Africa 2020 scheduled from February 14-16. The event was attended by officials from Embassy of Indonesia, Embassy of Rewanda, European Council of Industry Association, Exim Bank India and many Indian industries. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
Anurag Srivastava, ambassador of India to Ethiopia, Embassy of India, Ethiopia spoke about the long history of bi-lateral trade between India & Ethiopia and ongoing activities to further strengthen this historic participation.
South Africa needs to move towards a more circular economy and away from the traditional focus on diversion from water and soil resources.
Moving towards a more circular economy – which is based on the principle of using, recycling, and reusing in an (almost) closed loop – could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the environment; enhanced security of supply of raw materials; increased competitiveness; innovation; growth and jobs. However, the shift also poses challenges such as financing; skills; consumer behaviour and business models; and multi-level governance. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
At K 2019, Starlinger & Co. GmbH is presenting a closed loop system for big bags made from woven polypropylene. The sustainable concept ‘circular packaging’ will be Starlinger’s main theme at K 2019 as well as at the Starlinger Open House in Weissenbach, Austria.
Worldwide, more than 380 million four-loop big bags are sold every year, which equates to an annual recycling potential of around 800,000 tonnes of material.
Shuman Farms, a leading year-round producer and shipper of Vidalia and Peruvian sweet onions, announced big changes to the look, feel and sustainability of its organic packaging. Through the use of a different netting and thinner film and plastic in the new consumer bags will be reduced by 38 percent while maintaining the structural integrity of packaging.SweetBagLabel Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
“The revamp of our organic packaging is just the beginning of an overall initiative to increase sustainability across all of our RealSweet brand products,” said John Shuman, president Shuman Farms. “Innovative marketing is a part of our core values, and we believe that innovation should lead to more sustainable offerings at retail following trends of consumer and retailer demand.”
Braskem announces new partnership with Natural Farm Pet Food to provide Braskem’s I’m green™ Polyethylene (PE) bioplastic for its recyclable dog food packaging
Braskem , the largest thermoplastics polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, and Natural Farm, a leading provider of 100% natural pet food based in Atlanta, today announced the adoption of Braskem’s I’m greenTM Polyethylene (PE) bioplastic for the consumer packaging of its Natural Farm’sTM line of high-quality pet food products.
New product innovations focus on meeting demand for environmentally-conscious packaging.
Sonoco announced the creation of its new EnviroSense sustainable packaging initiative. Crossing a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100% recycled paper-board, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fi-bers, EnviroSense products are designed to incorporate a number of elements associated with more sustainable packaging. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
Nexant, a leading advisor in the energy and chemicals sector, has announced a new workshop that gives attendees a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the plastics industry and how we can take action to achieve a more sustainable model for the future.
Plastic professionals (supply chain, purchasing, manufacturing, material and application design, recycling/recovery), material sustainability professionals, and other stakeholders (policy makers, NGOs, educators) are invited to attend.
This course will be led by Nexant’s Senior Trainer, Ron Horton, and Professor/Consultant Ken Miller, who have a combined 79 years of experience in chemicals and plastics.
From color-coded bins to bottle-eating machines, this is how we dispose of our waste
Last Thursday I finally managed to dip my toes in the sand. Better late than never, some of you might think.
I woke up around four in the morning and waited on the shore for sunrise. When the sun peaked over the horizon, I was in awe.
The view was terrific, as the dawn was painted with thousands of shades of pink. But, despite the dreamy atmosphere, my eyes caught a shocking view: the coastline was studded with plastic. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
Empty bottles, remains of toys, cups and many more objects were just laying there, scattered between the waves and the wet dunes.
Honeywell has announced that Sonatrach Total Entreprise Polymères (STEP) has selected Honeywell UOP’s C3 OleflexTM technology to produce 565 000 tpy of polymer-grade propylene for a proposed plant in Arzew, Algeria.
In addition to technology licensing, Honeywell is providing the basic engineering design, services, equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the plant. When completed, it will represent UOP’s second C3 Oleflex unit in North Africa, following an earlier award in Egypt.
The launch of the Smartbatch Frost Collection from PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) gives marketers a distinctive look on-shelf: the translucent color series for PET and recycled PET (rPET) bottles mimics frosted and etched glass to enhance the bottles’ perceived value.
The Collection was developed in response to increasing demand from regional brands in China for greater product differentiation, especially in health, beauty and personal care packaging for greater product differentiation, shelf appeal and environmental responsibility. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
The UK’s chemicals industry suffered a fall in output of 4.8% in the three months to July amid “widespread weakness” in 11 of the 13 manufacturing sectors measured by the country Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Industrial production fell by 0.5% for the three months to July, compared to the previous three months. Petrochemicals Automotive Recycled Fibers
Manufacturing (-1.1%) and mining and quarrying (-1.2%) posted declines, which were partially offset by rises in electricity and gas (2.8%) and water and waste (1.7%).
September contract price of MEG in Europe fell by EUR29 per ton
MOSCOW – The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for September in Europe was finally agreed at EUR606 per tonne, which is EUR29 per tonne lower than the level of the previous month, ICIS reported.
A minimum configuration of two manufacturers and consumers is required to consider the agreement fully confirmed.P
The MEG contract price for September shipments was agreed on the terms of delivery of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).
MEG along with terephthalic acid (PTA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to ScanPlast of Market Report, in Russia the total estimated consumption of PET in July of this year decreased by 4% compared to the figure a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the seven months of 2019, 428.79 thousand tons of PET were processed in the Russian Federation. Price Monoethylene Glycol Europe
“Spearheading the premium stretch market, Roica partners’ materials elevate new standards for high-tech performance that can enhance cycling products to compete responsibly. Roica partners excite you as they show a fantastic range of stretch essentials for cycling clothing, gear, and apparel that offer solid performance perks,” the company reports. Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
At Première Vision (PV) Paris to be held from September 17-19, Italian Converter, a manufacturer of fabrics for footwear, leather goods, clothing, etc, will celebrate its 25th anniversary and present ECO Kosmos, a cross-collection, a brand-new ‘green line range’ shining a light on the company’s responsible path and unique ‘blend’ for fashion of tomorrow.
‘The soul of sustainable fashion is an alchemy, a combined commitment and an act of responsibility’ –will be the motto embossed in the collections and the values of Italian Converter, according to a press release by the company. The acronym ECO stands for Ecologic, Conversion, Optimisation; three unique concepts and values that truly embody Italian Converter DNA namely sustainability, transformative process and quality improvement. Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
TIPA Corp, a developer of biodegradable packages for the food, drink, and fashion industries, announced the closure of a $25 million funding round by investors including Blue Horizon Ventures, Triodos Organic Growth Fund and existing investors Chestnut and GreenSoil Investments.
TIPA said in a statement that the funding will enable the company to continue its growth, expand its sales in new territories, and further develop its portfolio of unique packaging solutions. Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
In a far-reaching program, plastics and chemicals giant Dow Inc. will work with industrial firm SCG of Thailand on a range of sustainable products.
Products made by the partnership will include recycled resin, recycled products made from plastic waste, petrochemical feedstocks from plastic waste and renewable plastic resins. The agreement was signed Sept. 6 in Bangkok.
FKuR will be showcasing its expanded portfolio of biobased thermoplastics for a growing range applications including packaging, consumer products, sporting goods, and technical parts at K 2019.
Current additions to the portfolio include two glass-reinforced grades with the Bio-Flex and Terralene product family, both with high rigidity, and three Terraprene TPE grades, one of which is characterised by its high bio-content, while the other two are oil-free.
Export polypropylene (PP) prices for September shipments to the CIS markets have fallen, according to the ICIS-MRC Price report.
The reduction follows a decrease in the September propylene contract price which settled down by €50/tonne from the previous month.
All market participants said European producers reduced their export prices of propylene polymers for this month’s shipments, but in some cases, the decrease was less than the cut in European propylene. Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
Deals for September shipments of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) were discussed in the range of €1,005-1,055/tonne FCA (free carrier), down by €30-50/tonne from August.
Deals for block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) were negotiated in the range of €1,090-1,130/tonne FCA, also down by an average of €30-50/tonne.
HTF MI released a new market study on Global PET Resin Market with 100+ market data Tables, Pie Chat, Graphs & Figures spread through Pages and easy to understand in depth analysis. “Global PET Resin Market by Type (, Saturated Polyester & Unsaturated Polyester), by End-Users/Application (Packaging, Electronic & Applicance, Medical Device, Construction & Automotive), Industry Size, Organizations, and Region – Forecast and outlook to 2025”. At present, the market is developing its presence. The Research report presents a complete assessment of the Market and contains a future trend, current growth factors, focused opinions, details, and industry certified market data. The research study provides estimates for Global PET Resin Forecast till 2025*. Some of the key players profiled are DuPont, Eastman, SK Chemicals, Indorama Ventures, DAK, M&G Chemicals, Far Eastern New Century Corporation, JBF, OCTAL, TEIJIN, Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea, Lotte Chemical, SABIC, Nan Ya Plastics, Petroquimica Suape, KoKsan, EIPET, Selenis, NEO GROUP, Zhejiang Hengyi, Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre, Sanfangxiang Group, Since CR Chemicals, Rongsheng petrochemical, Wankai New Materials, Far Eastern Industry, Zhenbang Fibre & Thai PET Resin Co., Ltd. etc.
It’s not a secret: OPEC has painted itself into a corner by relying exclusively on supply control to be able to manipulate international oil prices in a way that is favorable for its members. Right now, prices are depressed and that has nothing to do with supply. Could OPEC’s grip on oil prices be slipping irreparably? Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
When OPEC first announced that its members had agreed to put a cap on their production to reverse a steep drop in prices, it worked. Prices had been pushed to lows last seen more than a decade ago by the U.S. shale boom and OPEC’s own attempt to halt it by turning the taps on to maximum flow. When OPEC said it would reduce this flow, prices rebounded, providing much-needed relief to oil-reliant economies in the Gulf—it also provided relief to oil producers around the world, including the U.S. shale patch.
“Organic cotton is a fundamental first step, but for us it wasn’t enough,” said Argirios Sarridis, Managing Director of Varvaressos. “As a true master in smart cotton science, the company has raised the bar by augmenting the skills and heritage of local farmers and businesses.” Petrochemicals Automotive Chemicals Fibers
While suggesting a permanent solution to environmental degradation caused by the use of plastics, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that plastic should be banned and replaced and recycling is not a permanent solution to the problem.
Ram Vilas Paswan holds the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the Narendra Modi cabinet.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan met key stakeholders from Plastic bottle industry and senior government officials from various ministries on Monday to find suitable alternatives for single-use plastic.
During the meeting, various alternatives to plastics were discussed including Glass, Metal, Paper and Natural Polymers.
The proposed 50,000-square-foot facility will add about 30 million pounds of production capacity to the Montreal-based packaging supplier’s product lines.
Polykar, a Montreal-based manufacturer of flexible packaging, is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alta.
The company – which makes polyethylene film, certified compostable bags, garbage bags as well as food and industrial grade liners – announced on Sept. 9 that it has acquired a site to construct a new state-of-the-art plant in Edmonton. This second facility will add approximately 30 million pounds of production capacity to all of Polykar’s product lines and expand the company’s reach and expertise to serve the retail, commercial, and institutional sectors.
When leaving a keynote address at a consumer tech show of any shape or size, some of the typical feelings or emotions that one might experience are genuinely wowed (at the product launch), relieved (that it’s over), and perhaps sleepy (having sat through another boring product pitch).
Rarely—if ever—would I say that I’ve gotten up from my chair or cardboard box seat and felt inspired.
But that’s exactly the type of emotion that Hagan Bulgurlu, the CEO of Arçelik, inspired in a fair majority of those in attendance for the final IFA 2019 keynote.
Turkey asked the United States to lift trade barriers between the two countries during talks on Saturday aimed at sharply increasing bilateral commerce, Turkey’s trade minister said.
Washington and Ankara have set an ambitious goal of quadrupling their trade to $100 billion a year, despite the prospect of U.S. sanctions over Turkey’s recent purchase of Russian missile defense systems.
Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled “Textile Chemicals Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018–2026”. According to the report, the global textile chemicals market is projected to be worth US$ 31,860 Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 3.7% from 2018 to 2026. Textile chemicals are employed as a part of textile manufacturing processes. They are utilized in spinning, pretreatment, dyeing, finishing, and other textile processes.
Today we produce almost 400 million tonnes of plastics every year. Global population growth and a growing middle class means that, in just a few decades, the demand for goods and packaging made from plastics is set to rise three-fold.
Plastics are everywhere and yet we take them for granted. They keep us safe through medical devices, they keep food fresh and hygienic through packaging, and they are an essential part of making aeroplanes fly.
The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran’s oil or conducts business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.
“We will continue to put pressure on Iran and as President (Trump) said there will be no waivers of any kind for Iran’s oil,” said Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Amid the growing plastic waste crisis, producers of polyhydroxyalkanoate think the world is ready for their biodegradable polymers
At Silicon Valley Clean Water in Redwood City, California, an installation assembled from a shipping container, plastic piping, brackets, and a small steel reactor is testing technology that could lead to a more sustainable plastic.
Mango Materials has run this pilot facility since 2015. Raw biogas—which contains methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide—from the water treatment plant bubbles through the reactor. Bacteria in the vessel metabolize the methane into the biopolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), or PHB.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday that the European Union will not grant the U.K. an extension to its Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if the current situation doesn’t change, Bloomberg reports.
“We won’t start over again every three months. Let the British Parliament, let the British authorities tell us what’s the path.”
Why it matters: Parliament passed a law last week that will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension from the EU if a last-minute deal isn’t struck at the European Council meeting on Oct. 17 and 18. Johnson has repeatedly said that he will not seek an extension under any circumstances and that Brexit must be delivered on Oct. 31, even if it means crashing out of the EU without a deal.
DiloGroup, consisting of DiloSpinnbau, DiloTemafa, DiloMachines and DiloSystems, offers production machinery for complete processes to make needled staple fibre nonwovens, from fibre preparation, to carding, crosslapping or aerodynamic webforming, needlepunching or other consolidation technologies for any fibre material.
In its 117 year history, the company has always set new standards in regard to machine performance and efficiency. Innovative technologies like DI-LOUR, DI-LOOP and Hyperpunch have created new markets for the nonwovens industry and have contributed to continuous growth. Petrochemicals PET Sorting Recycling
ABOMINABLE AUGUST:Formosa Plastics Group’s four major companies saw revenue decline mainly due to weak product prices, sluggish demand and plant maintenance
Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG, 台塑集團) four major units reported disappointing sales for last month, as product prices dropped further amid languid demand.
Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (FCFC, 台灣化學纖維), which manufactures integrated plastic and nylon products, saw sales decline 28.62 percent annually and 5.36 percent monthly to NT$25.99 billion (US$831.5 million), as its major products’ prices declined by more than US$200 per tonne compared with a year earlier, company vice chairman Hong Fu-yuan (洪福源) told a media briefing in Taipei.
Plastics Recycling Update iconDow is recognized for a polyurethane foam chemical recycling technology, and a project testing invisible packaging markers to improve optical sorting wraps up. Petrochemicals PET Sorting Recycling
Mattress foam recovery: Dow won an award for its technology to break down polyurethane foam from end-of-life mattresses into polyols. Optimized over the past year, the process creates what Dow is branding “RENUVA” polyols. They can be tailored for applications such as flexible foam or rigid foam for construction application. “Replacement of up to 25 percent of the virgin polyol in conventional flexible foam recipes was achieved without deterioration of the foam physical properties,” according to a press release. The technology received a sustainability award from Business Intelligence Group.
According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) fell by 0.9 percent in July following revised declines of 0.8 percent in June and 0.6 percent in May. During July, chemical output was lower in all regions, with the largest declines in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and West Coast regions.
Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains in the production three-month moving average (3MMA) output trend in chlor-alkali and other inorganic chemicals. These gains were offset by declines in the output of pesticides, synthetic rubber, coatings, fertilizers, consumer products, plastic resins, organic chemicals, synthetic dyes & pigments, adhesives, manufactured fibers, and other specialty chemicals.
Challenges remain to scaling up TPO bumper collection to a national scale. | Kaentian Street/Shutterstock
TPO bumper covers can be processed into a high-quality recycled pellet that’s cheaper than virgin plastic, but challenges remain in feedstock collection and preparation.
That’s a conclusion from a Plastics Industry Association report recapping the multi-year End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling project, which examined recycling potential for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper covers. Petrochemicals PET Sorting Recycling
Biodegradable packaging is often pitched as the environmentally-friendly solution the world has been waiting for.
However, so-called greener plastics don’t necessarily break down as easily as marketers would have us believe.
To make matters worse, biodegradable plastic can’t be recycled. So if it doesn’t readily disappear into nature and can’t be reused, should we consider the “biodegradable” label a well-intentioned but misleading promise? The Down to Earth team investigates.
German industrial output fellagain in July, slumping 0.6% month on month,according to data agency Destatis, leaving theodds of the country falling into recession “allbut confirmed”, according to an analyst.
The July fall was largely driven by a 1.3%month on month drop in energy production, aswell as contractions in intermediate andcapital goods output, offsetting increases inconsumer goods and construction.
Output also fell 1.1% in June, fuelling concernthat one of the key engines of the eurozonewill be shown to have fallen into recessionduring the quarter.
Sabic will participate in the Technology Showcase at Automotive LIDAR 2019, to be held in Dearborn, MI, from Sept. 25-26.
Aurélie Schoemann, Sabic business manager, Mobility, will give a technical presentation on high-performance optical resins for mobility on Sept. 25, beginning at 4:20p.m, at the Henry Hotel.
Schoemann will explore key challenges affecting the design, manufacture and performance of LiDAR sensors and explain how optical thermoplastic resins such as Sabic’s Ultem amorphous polyetherimide (PEI) can provide solutions.
In particular, she will focus on infrared (IR)-transparent resins for optical LiDAR components.
Drug integrated polymer fibers market is expected to cross US$88.8 million by 2025 as per GMI Insights. Drug integrated polymer fibers are also called as pharmaceutical fibers and are generally made up of biocompatible and biodegradable materials such as polylactic acid and its different derivatives like polydioxanone, polyglycolic acid, polycaprolactone, poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid), PLLA and other copolymers. For medical textile device these fibers are generally available in braided, knitted and woven form. Drug integrated polymer fibers are extensively used in drug delivery, orthopaedics, healing of skin wound, vascular grafts, etc. Increase in research and development for innovative materials used in orthopedics and wound healing is expected to boost the global drug integrated polymer fibers market owing to increase in old age population across world. Developments in fiber based wound healing systems, biologics, pharmaceutical products along with significant growth in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are driving the orthopedic medical products market which is expected to witness a rapid growth in drug integrated polymer fiber market during the forecast period. Petrochemicals Polyethylene Terephthalate
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The development in Heimtextil exhibitors over the past few years shows one thing clearly: while the German market is currently going through a challenging period and the number of producers and retailers is declining, Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main is positioned as a world-leading platform with a strong international appeal. This trend is set to continue at the upcoming trade fair for home and contract textiles (7-10 January 2020). Petrochemicals Polyethylene Terephthalate
“The future of plastics is very bright as its consumption is expected to continue to grow,” Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director of Uflex said at the 8th Speciality Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit 2019 held in Mumbai on 22-23 August.
“Plastics have a very bright future. They are something that you cannot live without. If you look at India, about 26,000 metric tons of plastic is consumed every day. And the way the growth is being projected, in a decade or so the consumption will double to 50-55,000 metric tons a day. Plastics are not only used in flexible packaging but in various other industries as well,” Chaturvedi said.
He asserted that all kinds of flexible packaging, mono and multilayer, are recyclable, re-processable and then reusable.
LATI has announced that it has set up LATI3Dlab, an R&D laboratory with the objective of developing specific borderline technical products for the additive manufacturing market. Petrochemicals Polyethylene Terephthalate
LATI3Dlab will develop high-performance polymers with advanced functional properties developed ad hoc to the specification of customers, whether filament manufacturers or users in technical and industrial fields.
Starlinger will present a closed loop system for big bags made from woven polypropylene at K 2019.
The sustainable concept “circular packaging” will be Starlinger’s main theme. Worldwide, more than 380 million 4-loop big bags (called FIBCs– Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers) are sold every year; this equals an annual recycling potential of approx. 800,000 tons of material.
The well-known FIBC expert Dr. Amir Samadijavan acted as consultant for this project. The sustainable concept will be presented at K 2019 in Düsseldorf/Germany.
With “circular packaging”, Starlinger introduces K show visitors to an elaborate concept for a closed loop for big bags that begins with polypropylene granulate and leads back to polypropylene regranulate (rPP) through the process steps production, usage, recovery, and recycling. Petrochemicals Polyethylene Terephthalate
All set for massive revenue in the final quarter of 2019 and confident of achieving full-year revenue target
TCM Corporation (TCMC) is continuing to install carpets for large projects while preparing to receive large revenues through year-end.
The company recently expanded its production of carpet sheets backed with used plastic bottle material to help conserve the environment and noted that the response from customers has been outstanding.Petrochemicals Polyethylene Terephthalate
US August contracts for polyethylene (PE) were assessed 1 cent/lb ($22/tonne) lower from July on persistent supply length and weaker global demand.
The US PE market remains well supplied as the country is in the midst of a massive investment wave that has already resulted in the addition of over 4.7m tonnes/year of new capacity since 2017.
Domestic demand for PE has been steady, although disappointing demand growth from overseas markets created logistics problems for US producers, who export a significant percentage of their overall PE production.
Overseas demand has been blunted by ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, as well as signals of a possible economic recession around the world, which have resulted in lower raw material consumption in a number of major industrial segments.
Asahi Kasei develops ‘first’ nylon 66 bead and modified PPE foams for challenging automotive applications.
Two new novel engineering thermoplastic foams have been recently unveiled by Asahi Kasei (U.S. office in Fowlerville, Mich.), both aimed at challenging automotive applications:
▪ Nylon 66 Bead Foam: Said to be a ‘first’, the company has been developing a foam based on nylon 66 beads. (Asahi Kasei is one of only four fully-integrated global nylon manufacturers that can produce nylon 66 completely from monomer to compound). Dubbed PA Foam, the new foam features the typical heat, chemical and oil resistant properties of nylon, mixed with an outstanding rigidity or noise reducing quality – depending on the shape of the beads. Consisting of round-shaped beads, this foam features a strong rigidity, which makes it a promising alternative for aluminum and metal in structural applications, as well as for use for insulators, ducts, spacers or other lightweight parts of the battery case of electrified vehicles.
PA Foam with a C- or macaroni-shape version, on the other hand, reportedly provides noise insulation in addition to the typical nylon properties. Possible applications can be found everywhere around the car, especially in the engine compartment, where the material can unfold its unique qualities. Used for engine covers, it does not only contribute to light weight, but also significantly reduces the radiating engine noise, making the car quieter in total.
▪ SunForce particle foam based on a modified PPE. Compared to standard foams made of PS or polyolefins, the use of m-PPE is said to equip this foamed material with unique properties, opening up new possibilities for applications in thermal management and fire protection. The material is UL 94 V-0 certified (Standard for Safety of Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances) and thus contributes to an overall product safety.
This French company founded in 1797 recently installed a new Combi system for blowing and filling of PET bottles at speeds to 23,000/hr.
The rising demand for white vinegar has led Charbonneaux-Brabant, a key player in the packaging of condiments and seasonings, to install a complete PET line in its new production plant in Vauvert, in the South of France. There, they now bottle white vinegar in 1- and 1.5-L formats, managing a high level of flexibility requested by their supply chain and distribution network. The new line was supplied by Sidel.
Turkey may lose trade with Britain worth up to $3 billion in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday, adding that many Turkish companies lacked information on the consequences of such a scenario.
Pekcan, speaking at a Turkey-UK Business Forum in Istanbul, said the losses would stem from Britain hiking import tariffs after Brexit in sectors including steel, automotive and textiles.
Turf Cushion™ raises the bar for industry leading turf field safety with sustainably-produced and 100% recyclable sugar cane based bioplastic
PHILADELPHIA and DALTON, Ga., Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Braskem (B3: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; LATIBEX: XBRK; OTC: BRKMY), the largest thermoplastics polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, and ProdTek, a product development and manufacturing company serving the artificial turf, flooring and textile industries with innovative solutions, today announced the integration of Braskem’s I’m greenTM Polyethylene (PE) bioplastic in ProdTek’s new Turf CushionTM line of turf underlay products. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade Tensions
In 2019, Polystar Plastics has made a significant series of investments in new equipment and it is set to continue.
These are geared towards replacement of old extrusion units, and the addition of new capacity.
The object is the reduction of energy usage per kg of film produced, and the installation of extrusion equipment designed to maximise the usage of recycled polymer, and the efficient production of fully compostable films. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade Tensions
“I’m delighted to work with a company that enjoys a high reputation in the textiles industry,” said Mr Lehmann. “There’s still so much potential for the entire industry. It’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute my market experience and knowledge and propel Hohenstein even further within the textile testing industry.”
Recycling of plastic is broadly defined as collecting waste plastic scraps that are recyclable, processing it with various technologies, and finally treating it with chemicals and additives to produce a newer plastic. The improved quality of recycled plastic products over their virgin counterparts, the push from different companies, and strict governmental regulations are the main drivers of the recycled plastic market. Persistence Market Research in its upcoming report titled ‘Recycled Plastic Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Forecast 2017 – 2025’, projects the recycled plastic market to be worth just over US$ 30 billion by 2025. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade Tensions
BASF, Solvay, and Domo Chemicals have reached an agreement for the acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business for €1.6bn (US$1.7bn) overall.
In September 2017, BASF signed an agreement with advanced materials and specialty chemicals company Solvay to acquire its integrated polyamide business for €1.6bn. The agreement received conditional approval from the EU Commission in January this year. The conditions included divesture of Solvay’s European polyamide 6.6 facilities (PA6.6) to a third party. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade Tensions
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announces the three finalists that will present unique and innovative material science solutions as they compete for the prestigious RISE® Innovation Award during the ninth edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, (RISE®) Sept. 24-25, 2019 at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
One of Turkey’s largest regional producers of fruit and vegetable drinks is suing German bottling and packaging machinery maker KHS over claims that the latter failed to manufacture and commission production lines according to a contract.
Doğanay Gida claims that bottle-filling production lines supplied by KHS were inoperable and the German firm failed to fix several errors later discovered to be the result of design faults and manufacturing errors by KHS. Doğanay claims that the resulting loss of capacity and quality control issues cost it more than €70 million ($76m).
The US administration today announced additional restrictions on Iran’s ability to export oil, just as the French government is undertaking a diplomatic effort to loosen Washington’s economic embargo against Tehran.Petrochemicals Preforms Trade Tensions
The US actions placed additional oil tankers carrying Iranian crude on its sanctions list and offered a $15mn reward to help disrupt Iran’s oil exports.
“We are intensifying our maximum pressure campaign,” the US State Department’s Iran envoy Brian Hook said. The action aims to disrupt an “oil for terror” network run by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hook said.
The Teijin Group announces that it will support the exhibition Colorful Japan opening at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on 7 September 2019.
The exhibition will present 226 posters created by Japanese designers, including those to publicise sports festivals and expositions dating from the 1930s to the present, which were selected from among some 800 Japanese posters in the museum’s collection. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
ELIX Polymers has published its 2018 Sustainability Report, expressing its corporate commitment to sustainability and focus on transparency through the publication.
This report sets out all the advances and challenges accomplished by ELIX last year, describing the company’s annual progress in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations, as a member of the Global Compact. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
DIC Corporation, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BASF’s global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).
The acquisition will broaden DIC’s portfolio as a global manufacturer of pigments, including those for electronic displays, cosmetics, coatings, plastics, inks and specialty applications, by creating a world-class pigments supplier that offers customers an even wider range of versatile solutions. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
“Our acquisition of BCE brings together complementary resources and expertise of two recognized leaders in innovation, product stewardship, regulatory leadership, application support and manufacturing,” said Kaoru Ino, President and Chief Executive Officer of DIC. “We have outlined a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase our sales to 1 trillion yen (approximately €8 billion) by 2025.
European butanediol (BDO) demand remains low in early September while expectations of a post-summer uptick in activity are diminishing.
Lengthy supply continues to dominate market fundamentals with ample availability from both domestic and overseas suppliers.
“[The market is] extremely long and everyone is begging me to take material,” claimed one European buyer.
In Europe, production is running smoothly. There were no reported outages planned for September.
Poor demand from the key derivative market polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) has especially depressed BDO buying appetite and contributed to surplus BDO volumes being available this quarter. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
Conductive textiles are widely utilised by industries such as military and defence, healthcare, and sports and fitness. The global conductive textiles market accounted for US$ 1.07 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach US$ 4.65 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 17.7% during the forecast period, according to a recent report Conductive Textiles – Global Market Outlook (2017-2026), published by Research and Markets.
According to this research, factors such as growing awareness of the advantages of conductive textiles, high demand from the military and defence sector and increased health awareness among consumers are fuelling the market growth. However, high cost of finished products can affect adoption is hampering the market.
Leading Italian fabrics specialist Piave Maitex will present Again, a smart and technically advanced line that balances performances, functionality and sustainable features, formed of highly performing jerseys, at Eurobike, the world’s leading trade fair for the cycling industry that takes place in Friedrichshafen this week.
Two premium Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified sustainable ingredients have been involved in the production of Again: the premium stretch fibre Roica EF – part of Roica Eco-Smart Family – constructed with more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content and perPETual high-quality polyester.
Truetzschler has developed a new intelligent card – TC 19i – that performs important settings completely independently and with a precision not achievable by humans. The company demonstrated the new card at ITMA 2019. Truetzschler is a specialist in manufacturing textile machinery and a solution provider from bale to sliver in textile spinning process.
“The possibility to increase quality and productivity as well as solving personnel issues through features like T-GO or Wastecontrol fascinated our customers,” said sales manager Ralf Müller at Truetzschler. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
This glass filled nylon market analysis considers sales from automotive, industrial, electrical and electronics, and others. Our analysis also considers the sales of glass filled nylon in APAC, Europe, North America, South America, and MEA. In 2018, the automotive segment had a significant market share, and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Factors such as superior properties of glass filled nylon such as high creep resistance and high tensile strength will play a significant role in the automotive segment to maintain its market position.
Japanese automotive supplier Sekisui Chemical will display its concept car for the first time in Europe during this year’s IAA Frankfurt motor show to be held Sept. 12-22.
The futuristic vehicle incorporates all the core technologies in high performance plastics developed by Sekisui, including the company’s new HUD interlayer film technology for windshields. Petrochemicals Preforms Trade War
The success of China’s economy over the past decade has sent wages soaring and made it difficult for the country’s textiles manufacturers to find and retain trained machine operators, while operating in a highly competitive market where optimised production and full resource efficiency are of paramount importance.
In direct response to this situation, Monforts has introduced a range of new Industry 4.0 technologies aimed at simplifying machine operation while providing easy access to all data and instant or remote assistance.
Korea’s Hyosung plans to invest around $825 million by 2028 in its carbon fibers business by 2028 to expand its production capacity from the current 2,000 tonnes/yr (one line) to 24,000 tonnes/yr (10 lines). The investment will become world’s single-largest carbon fiber factory.
Work for the first round of expansion is underway that will add 2,000 tonnes/yr of capacity by January 2020. The new line will be onstream in February 2020.
If 10 more lines are installed by 2028, Hyosung’s ranking in terms of global market share will rise from 11th (2 percent) as of 2019 to third (10 percent).
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that five subsidiaries will take part in Composite Europe 2019 , the 14th European Trade Fair & Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications. This event will be at Messe Stuttgart in Germany from Tuesday, September 10, through Thursday, September 12. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Plastic
The Toray Group booth location will be 7C35. Carbon fiber and composite materials subsidiaries Toray Carbon Fibers Europe , Zoltek , Composite Materials (Italy) , Delta-Preg , and Toray Advanced Composites will for the first time collectively showcase integrated solutions from diverse product lineups leveraging the Group’s comprehensive materials and process technology capabilities.
Global demand for PET bottles is on the rise according to a report by analyst Wood Mackenzie. The report also predicts a six-fold increase in demand for recycled PET (rPET) in Europe by 2030. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Plastic
“PET bottle consumption is increasing,” said Pieterjan Van Uytvanck, principal analyst at Wood Mackenzie. “As shown in our report on the EU’s single use plastics directive, in Europe it’s now around 140 units per person, per year. In the US it’s 290 units… Healthy living is one important driver. Put simply, people are choosing a bottle of water over a can of fizzy drink.”
The report’s findings come despite the global demonisation of plastics. Wood Mackenzie acknowledges that plastics pollution is an important problem and that the single-use plastics water bottle has become ‘a powerful symbol at the heart of the sustainability debate’.
Plastic processing giant ILIP has committed to reducing the use of plastic materials, and limiting food waste and protecting food all along the supply chain.
It is aiming to recover post-consumer plastic raw materials and transforming them into new packaging in r-PET, producing packaging that is 100% recycled PET and managing the entire supply chain to create a virtuous system of circular economy.
The company has closed its r-PET production cycle, for total control over the supply chain and the origin of the materials used.
It also uses a variety of materials from PLA to bioplastics, such as Mater-Bi by Novamont. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Plastic
China is looking to increase its natural gas production, especially shale gas output, to reduce its import dependence while demand continues to grow in the foreseeable future, a government research report says, as carried by Reuters.
Increasing conventional and unconventional natural gas production would be crucial for China to meet soaring demand while trying to cut the share of gas imports at the same time, according to the report prepared by the oil and gas department at the National Energy Administration (NEA) and a research arm of the State Council of China.
Japanese group Teijin has acquired the Czech automotive composite and component supplier Benet.
Teijin will benefit from Benet’s automotive composite technologies that will serve as a solid foundation on which to further strengthen Teijin’s solution development capabilities as a component supply partner of automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers in Europe. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Plastic
“We are growing our automotive composites business with our proprietary lightweight, high-performance materials, and superior multi-material design capabilities served by our hubs in Europe, North America and Asia,” said Akio Nakaishi, general manager of Teijin’s composites business unit.
WWF has established water stewardship projects in several countries, including India, China, Vietnam and Turkey, with the support of international brands and local partners. The initiative on water stewardship in the textile sector has been on since 2011. The aim is to improve freshwater ecosystems and water governance in key basins for healthy living.
WWF’s work in India’s Noyyal-Bhavani basin was launched in 2018. The Noyyal and Bhavani sub-basins are critical for the water security of the region and home to unique wildlife. As the rivers continue downstream, they plan important role in the agricultural and industrial economy of the region. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Plastic
Silafrica to solidify its position as a top-tier solutions provider
Silafrica, one of the leading packaging suppliers to East Africa and surrounding regions claims to solidify its position as a top-tier solutions provider with the addition of new, state-of-the-art Injection Compression Molding (ICM) manufacturing capabilities. Silafrica is said to be the first and only packaging solutions company to offer ICM across the entire African continent.
The company is said to be a trusted partner and valued supplier to some of the largest food and beverage brands like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Heineken, Unilever, SAB Miller, AB InBev, Daima, and many more. Manufactured by Swiss leader in plastics manufacturing, Nestal, this equipment represents the next generation of efficiency, productivity, speed, and savings.
The plastics industry is a responsible partner to policymakers and other stakeholders, working together to find solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy and resource efficiency, consumer protection, and the circular economy. Miguel Santos, CEO of Green and Circular Economy Investments, writes about going head-to-head with the issue of plastic recycling. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Fabric
It was in pre-Columbian Mexico that polymers were used for the first time, evolving to the present day. Initially the industry developed synthetic polymers with cellulose and later with the use of petroleum. This evolution allowed polymers to be easier to produce, making it an essential and indispensable material for all forms of use.
The State’s monolingualism is problematic in cultural, social and economic terms.
n his speech The Necessity for De-Anglicising Ireland, delivered in 1892, Douglas Hyde warned that the failure to revive the Irish language would leave Ireland vulnerable to excessive cultural influence from Britain: “We will become what, I fear, we are largely at present, a nation of imitators . . . lost to the power of native initiative and alive only to second-hand assimilation.” Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Fabric
One hundred and twenty five years later, while no language can in itself protect from rampant globalisation, there is more of a grain of truth in the idea proposed by Hyde and others that Ireland’s status as a predominantly English-speaking country is not entirely unproblematic in cultural, social and economic terms.
Spartanburg-based Milliken & Company, recognized as a worldwide leader of plastic additives and colorants, announced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art chemical manufacturing plant and knowledge center in Asia.
Expected to begin operations in Q1 2021, the facility expands Milliken’s chemical manufacturing footprint to support increasing demand across Asia, including rapidly growing markets in India and China. The company currently operates an applications lab and technical service and sales office in Singapore, and recently celebrated its 20-year presence in the region. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Fabric
The Trump administration’s latest tariffs in the tit-for-tat US-China trade war came into effect on Sunday (Sept 1), for the first time targeting Chinese consumer goods, including televisions, books, nappies, and sports shoes.
The previously announced additional 15 per cent tariffs on US$112 billion (S$155 billion) worth of goods imported from China are, according to experts, likely to raise prices for US consumers in the medium term.
At the same time, Chinese tariffs targeting around US$75 billion of US goods also came into force. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Fabric
Ample resin supplies outstripping demand are likely to keep commodity resin prices flat to lower.
Barring any major production disruptions or a spike in crude oil prices, the third quarter is likely to end with softer prices for the top five volume commodity thermoplastics. Depending on the resin, key factors include supplies outstripping demand both domestically and globally, lower feedstock costs, and lower resin prices abroad. Even in the case of PS and PVC, where prices appeared to have moved up, the trajectory was more on the downslide. Petrochemicals Preforms Smart Fabric
These are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW), and CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange in Chicago.
Dow Chemical has reached an agreement with the Fuenix Ecogy Group, based in Weert, The Netherlands, for the supply of pyrolysis oil feedstock, which is made from recycled plastic waste. The feedstock will be used to produce new polymers at Dow’s production facilities at Terneuzen, The Netherlands.
This agreement marks an important step forward to increase feedstock recycling – the process of breaking downmixed waste plastics into their original form to manufacture new virgin polymers.
The first cross-license registered intellectual property exchange between Nippon Closures Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) and AptarGroup, Inc. (Crystal Lake, IL) is for tethered beverage closures, an arrangement that the companies intend to expand into other areas as well.Aptar Tethered Closures Combo
This first partnership proposes to continuously improve the consumer drinking experience while also creating solutions for beverage closures that are better for the environment starting with these two:
Flip Lid (green closure) by Aptar is a consumer-friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post-use recycling as the closure remains together with the bottle throughout its lifecycle, making it more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC) Plant Manager Paul Heurtevant jointly announced the company will invest $332 million to expand its production of PVC resin. Formosa Plastics also will add production equipment in two other units of the company’s Baton Rouge manufacturing facility, which FPC has operated since 1981. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
The project will create 15 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $77,667, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) estimates the project will result in 66 new indirect jobs, for a total of 81 new jobs in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Capital region.
Eastman Chemical Company EMN is slated to introduce its new sustainable fabric collection at the international fashion and textile exposition, Premiere Vision-Paris, which will be held from Sep 17-19.
Eastman Chemical is the maker of sustainably sourced Naia cellulosic yarn. The company offers feasible eco-conscious materials with Naia for sustainable fashion. The move is in alignment with the industry’s shift toward the circular economy.
The company launched Naia at Premiere Vision in 2018. Since then, it has continued to innovate by establishing two partnerships and creating a new collection of sustainable fabrics.
Prada responds to the sustainability challenge with Re-Nylon, its new capsule line of accessories made from recycled materials.
Prada is taking up the challenge to reduce its environmental impact by using ECONYL® regenerated nylon to create luxury goods through its Prada Re-Nylon sustainability initiative. Proposing a renewable, cyclical supply chain that maintains environmental awareness with transparency and accountability, the project crosses five continents, connecting with five upcycling initiatives that turn harmful waste into Prada accessories.
For the third episode in its five-part series, Prada traveled to Mahana Bay, off the coast of New Zealand with Australian actor Alex Fitzalan and Sri Lankan National Geographic explorer and marine biologist Asha de Vos to investigate ghost nets—fishing nets that are abandoned or lost in the ocean—and how they damage the ocean and the wildlife that inhabits it. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
Karl Mayer launched the new HKS 3-M-ON at ITMA 2019, the first three-bar HKS machine with electronic guide bar control, which is linked to the digital world of KM.ON. The HKS 3-M-ON impressed the visitors in Barcelona with its new flexibility and exceptional ease of handling when changing the pattern, and also by its high production rate. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
The new machine can reach a maximum speed of 2,900 per min, depending on the working width. This makes it the fastest, high-speed tricot machine with electronic pattern drive that has ever been built. It is also just as fast as the current HKS 3-M model with n-drive, but it is also much more flexible, said Karl Mayer in a press release.
India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 40 per cent remains uncollected and 43 per cent is used for packaging, most of which is single-use, a new study has revealed. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
The study has been conducted by Un-Plastic Collective (UPC), a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in nature and move towards a circular economy.
A study from Fact.MR has found that momentum in the masterbatch industry has been shifting towards special effect masterbatches over the past few years, thanks to their aiding of the overall aesthetics of the products.
With this, the global market for Special Effect Masterbatches is expected to attain a CAGR of over five per cent between 2019 and 2029.
DASANI has announced it will roll out a next-generation lineup of recyclable, reusable and package-free options.
The range will be anchored by the first-ever HybridBottle in the US made with a mix of up to 50 per cent plant-based, renewable material (PlantBottle) and recycled PET (rPET).
These 20-oz. bottles will launch nationwide in mid-2020 and will include on-pack messaging educating people about HybridBottle technology and encouraging them to recycle. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
The Lenzing Group has received confirmation of the full biodegradability of its fibres in fresh water by the independent research laboratory Organic Waste Systems (OWS).
The new and existing international certifications conducted by OWS and issued by TÜV Austria also verify that Lenzing Viscose fibres, Lenzing Modal fibres and Lenzing Lyocell fibres are biodegradable in all natural and industrial environments: in the soil, compost as well as in fresh and in marine water
China’s demand for monoethylene glycol (MEG) is expected to pick up in the next two months, with little near-term boost on supply as most domestic plants are running at reduced capacity while 2019 start-ups have lagged behind schedule.
Workers at a garment factory in Huaibei City, Anhui province, east China. (Source: Imagine China/Shutterstock)
The escalating China-US trade war and the slumping Chinese yuan against the US dollar remain as major concerns, particularly for exports of textiles – the key downstream industry of MEG. Petrochemicals Preforms Polyester Filament
September and October are typically the peak consumption months for downstream polyester sector, which is also due to welcome additional capacities in the months ahead.
RMIT University had just developed a new, easy-to-scale, and cost-efficient way to manufacture smart fabrics, specifically textiles that can be directly embedded with energy storage media for use with current mobile devices.
The smart fabrics industry, though relatively new in terms of widescale application, has been growing significantly over the past few decades. E-textiles, as they are officially categorized, range from simple fashionable accessories with added technological flair, to practical ones that can be integrated with the user’s set of electronic gadgets and devices. Health-monitoring sensors, for example, are of particular importance in the e-textile industry, as prevention is often the better option in medical care, especially if the medium is easy to put on the body in a non-invasive, almost natural way.
Renmatix is a Pennsylvania-based company that has developed the Plantrose Process, which converts plant materials into valuable, multifunctional, clean ingredients for a wide range of applications, including food and personal care.
Winner of the 20th anniversary Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the proprietary process challenges conventional production economics by using only water in converting plant-based feedstocks into high performing, cost-effective ingredients.
The two companies signed a deal to jointly build the base
China’s Tsingshan Holding Group, a major stainless steel and nickel producer, and chemicals firm Huafon Group plan to set up a $3 billion metallurgy and chemical production base in Indonesia, Huafon said in a statement
The two companies, both based in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, on Tuesday signed a deal to jointly build the base, which will include a 12 million tonnes per year capacity coke plant, on the island of Sulawesi
BASF has agreed the sale of itspigments business for €1.15bn to Japanese firmDIC, the German major said on Thursday.
The announcementfollows financial services company Moody’s reviewing BASF’scredit rating as the producer slashed its2019 earnings forecast in the wake of a weakfirst half.
The company’s pigments segment generated €1bnin sales in 2018 and has 2,600 employeesglobally. The deal, which is pending approvalof competition authorities, is expected to befinalised in the fourth quarter of 2020.Petrochemicals Preforms Crude Oil
Any budget pressures get translated into reduced economic activity
Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil trading partner of China, India and Japan
DUBAI: The battlegrounds of the US-China trade war range from soya beans to Harley- Davidson motor cycles, with Apple iPhones and aluminium in between.
But for the Middle East, it is all about oil. While American President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping swap tariff salvos across billions of dollars worth of commodities and manufactured goods, for economic policymakers in the oil-exporting countries of the Arabian Gulf the main concern is what effect the confrontation between Washington and Beijing will have on their most important product — crude oil.
Aligned with the updated strategy, the changes will make resources available to investment in new growth opportunities, industries and markets.
Today, Novozymes announces organizational changes to drive stronger growth and deliver on its updated corporate strategy, Better business with biology. The strategy, as announced on June 16, will drive higher sales and earnings growth over the three-year period 2020-2022, and beyond. Petrochemicals Preforms Crude Oil
Changes will free up resources which will be made available for reinvestments where they have higher impact. This also means that 280 – 330 employees will be laid off globally, of which 123 are in Denmark. Layoffs will happen across divisions, functions and regions and in accordance with local processes and requirements. In addition, a number of employees will be transferred to new roles inside the company.
As construction continues on a $2-billion expansion of Nova Chemicals’ polyethylene-manufacturing capacity in the Sarnia area, the corporation has named its first director of sustainability to help boost plastic recycling and recovery.
Sarah Marshall’s appointment to the post was announced by the company, which is building a new polyethylene manufacturing plant in St. Clair Township next to its Corunna site to double the capacity of its ethylene production.
Roica, the premium stretch fibre for modern wardrobe by material innovator Asahi Kasei, will stand out at the Smart Creation Area, Première Vision’s (PV) epicentre of sustainability this year. Petrochemicals Preforms Crude Oil
On show in Paris, will be the company’s hyper-performative yarns such as the certified Roica Eco-Smart Family in hall 3, booth s20, from September 17-19.
“The Roica Eco-Smart Family is the result of the innovation process marrying the company’s inquiring mind of innovativeness and sustainability with brands and designers’ growing demand for responsible materials,” said Shinichiro Haga, senior executive manager – Roica division in press release by the company.
Middle East producers are expressing concerns about narrowing premiums between polypropylene (PP) raffia and block co-polymer premiums in Asia.
PP co-polymer prices typically command a $50-80/t premium over raffia in Asia but this has narrowed significantly. Middle East producers have maintained export premiums of $30/t in recent weeks but have struggled to find willing buyers.
Mideast Gulf producers are regular sellers of PP co-polymer to southeast Asia and China.
This week, polypropylene prices across the Asian regions dropped. The price fall, was triggered by persistent bearish demand trends and a sharp fall in PP futures, on the Dalian Commodity Exchange in China.
A PP trader while in conversation with a Polymerupdate team member said, “buyers in key markets like China, continued to remain on the side line, owing to the persistent weakening of Yuan against the U.S. dollar and the onging trade war against the United States. This in turn, has impacted the demand trends across the other Asian regions.”
The future of the textile industry will be more and more determined by Industry 4.0—also called Industrial Internet of Things for intelligent and integrated manufacturing—including smart services, according to Nicolai Strauch, head of public relations of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen -und Anlagenbau (VDMA), or the German Engineering Federation.
A sweet syrupy liquid, which is colorless, odorless in its purest form is known as Monoethylene glycol (MEG). Mono-ethylene Glycol (MEG) is find its usage in chemical intermediates for humectants, chemical intermediates, freezing point depression, solvents, resins, and solvent couplers. Petrochemicals Preforms Crude Oil
These applications are considered crucial in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products, such as coolants and automotive antifreeze, deicing fluids, asphalt emulsions and latex paints, heat transfer fluids, resins, leather and paper, electrolytic capacitors, textile fibers, and water-based adhesives.
Pelletron Corp., a global leader in providing custom solutions for pneumatic conveying and material handling systems to the plastics industry, was selected to supply the PET bottle flake and pellet handling systems for CarbonLITE’s newest post-consumer recycled PET plant in PA.
Pelletron is responsible for design, supply, and installation of the pneumatic transfer systems from and to multiple flake storage silos. The pneumatic conveying method applied for the pneumatic flake transfer system is the Strandphase technology in combination with the Pellbow, which assures the most gentle and economical handling of the flakes, even over distances as long as 400 ft.
North American polyethylene resin prices continued a confusing summer in August, while regional prices for PVC and PET bottle resin were down for the month as well.
PE resin pricing has been the cause of much debate for most of the summer. Some PE buyers saw a 3-cent price drop in June. That 3-cent drop later spread through the rest of the market, reaching most buyers by the end of July.
Experts have managed to mimic the colour of the Cyphochilus beetle’s scales one of the brightest whites in nature
Findings show the colour is created by the structure of the beetles’ scales, not by pigments and dyes
By managing to replicate this structure in the lab using plastic, researchers hope to pave the way for sustainable, ultra-white paints made from recycled plastic waste
New paints would have a much lower carbon footprint and help tackle the challenge of recycling single-use plastics
The structure of ultra-white beetle scales could hold the key to making bright-white sustainable paint using recycled plastic waste, scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered. Petrochemicals Preforms Crude Oil
The UK is pressing ahead with its ban on single-use plastics, to take effect in April 2020. Yet eight million tonnes of single-use plastics are still produced each year. So, how can the ban overcome this growing reliance? Dr Ashlee Jahnke, director of research at plastic substitute specialist Teysha Technologies, explains why a breakthrough in biopolymers might hold the key.
The shortcomings of alternative biodegradable or compostable plastics are becoming ever more apparent. This is generally because they require certain environmental conditions to biodegrade within a reasonable time.
As the discussion around plastic packaging and climate change continues, Susan Brownlow takes a look at some innovative alternatives and the state of our current recycling processes. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biobased PET
With Tesco recently pledging to intensify its determination to drastically reduce single-use plastic, including measures that de-list brands using excessive or too much non-recyclable packaging, the discussion around plastic packaging alternatives continues to escalate.
Tesco gave suppliers a list of preferred packaging materials last year which included, not surprisingly, sustainably sourced wood, board and paper, glass and aluminium – but also plastics such as polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP).
As governments around the world are increasingly allowing the Cannabis argument onto the agenda, the conversation has become about more than just medical or recreational. The uses of Hemp – the Cannabis plant that doesn’t get you high – have long been neglected.
However, this versatile plant is finally beginning to get the credit it deserves. With uses ranging from construction materials and fuel to biodegradable plastics, Hemp could be a significant player in reducing the world’s carbon emissions.
With an astonishing amount of petroleum-derived plastics being spilled into the oceans and landfills every year, people are increasingly questioning if there could be a better way. Plant bioplastics could offer a more sustainable alternative, and Hemp plastics could be a frontrunner. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biobased PET
A reusable magnetic catalyst can break down microplastics in water…
A team from the University of Adelaide have created a catalyst that can break down the long polymer chains that make up microplastics. The result is small, harmless molecules that can dissolve in water, and the entire process happens within just a few hours. This is in stark contrast to the thousands of years that would normally be needed for plastic to break down.
The key to the new catalyst, developed by Shaobin Wang and his colleagues, is carbon nanotubes. These are very thin sheets of carbon atoms, rolled up into tubes and laced with nitrogen compounds. “When we think about degrading, this is not just cleaving it into smaller pieces, but really degrading the chemical structure,” says Ljiljana Fruk, a chemical engineer from the University of Cambridge, commenting on the results of this paper. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biobased PET
India generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, making it the 15th biggest plastic polluter globally.
Discarded plastic waste litter the country’s roads, rivers and also form huge mounds in garbage dumps across the country. “The rubbish dump I frequent is filled mostly with plastic,” Ram Kumar, a ragpicker in Noida, near New Delhi, told Quartz. “Bottles, containers, and polythene bags are some of the items I routinely gather from here (to sell to recyclers).”
During the monsoon, plastic bottles at the dump accumulate water and are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Besides the stench, the site poses a major health hazard for the area’s residents, exposing them to the mosquito-borne diseases.
US exporters of polypropylene (PP) are experiencing some logistics delays as bagging facilities along the US Gulf are operating at close to full capacity.
Material sold domestically is shipped in bulk railcars, which also service export buyers in the Mexican and Canadian markets.
For exports outside the North American region, material must be sent to the US Gulf Coast to be packaged and bagged. Export cargoes are typically sold in 25kg bags packed onto container ships. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biobased PET
-Fashion and environment, here are the alternative models between listed and unlisted companies ( Italian Language Only) Every year we spend 500 billion dollars (something like 450 billion euros) for clothes rarely worn and recycled. In recent years, the preference for frequent purchases of inexpensive garments in an attempt to keep up with the latest fashion trends has established itself, even with the spread of online shopping. However, this behavior causes enormous environmental damage. Synthetic materials, which lose millions of microfibres during washing, contaminating water flows like 50 billion plastic bottles. Not to mention 8% of greenhouse gas emissions and the 92 million tons of waste that the clothing and footwear industry generates globally each year. This is what emerges from the study conducted by Decalia in an editorial entitled “Fashion Victims”. However, alternative business models are being developed, which are gaining interest along the entire fashion chain. Among the protagonists of this change, also some listed companies.
Polyethylene (PE) markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region are being weighed down by continued weakness in Asia amid recent escalation in the US-China trade tensions.
Khor Fakkan port in Dubai, UAE (Photo by Deedee Degelia Brent Winebrenner Degelia/Mood Board/Shutterstock)
Despite initial expectations of a seasonal uptick to emerge after the summer lull in July and August, resin importers in the GCC remain bearish on demand improving in the near-term even as they await offers for September shipments.
Have you ever stood in front of a supermarket shelf and wondered if you should buy that product made from bioplastics rather than the conventional kind? Many people assume all bioplastics are made from plants and can break down completely in the environment. But that’s not the case.
The term “bioplastics” is actually used for two things: bio-based plastics (plastics made at least partly from biological matter) and biodegradable plastics (plastics that can be completely broken down by microbes in a reasonable timeframe, given specific conditions). Not all bio-based plastics are biodegradable, and not all biodegradable plastics are bio-based. And even biodegradable plastics might not biodegrade in every environment. Sounds confusing? It certainly is.
Recycled Nylon and Polyester Clean the Oceans of Excessive Waste
Plastic waste is one of the big problems of this time. By 2050, the oceans could contain more waste than fish. Consumer demand for recycled fashion is on the rise, and more and more sports and fashion companies work with it – in different ways.
It’s an unsightly plight and causing damage to marine life globally, as plastic from our lifestyles ends up in the oceans. According to data UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) eight million tons of waste ends up in our seas every single year, 640 thousand tons of fishing nets abandoned at the bottom of the ocean.
Prices of some standard recyclate grades on the Western European market declined somewhat in July 2019. Declining virgin material contract prices thwarted recyclers’ moves to hike sales prices for recycled polyethylene and recycled polypropylene on the grounds of increased costs.
With rPE, rPP homo and rPET flakes, suppliers even had to grant slight discounts. There were also reductions for both coloured and dark rLDPE, as some recyclers pushed lower-specified grades onto the European markets after losing important export markets in Asia.Petrochemicals Biodegradable green plastic
Oxo-bio plastic technology developed by Symphony Environmental can produce plastic which converts into biodegradable materials in the open environment.
The LA Tribune reported in June 2019 that 600,000 tonnes of plastic are being dumped by 22 countries in the Mediterranean Sea alone every year; and this plastic will rapidly fragment into microplastics. For the foreseeable future, a substantial amount of plastic will continue to get into the open environment – from which it cannot realistically be collected – and it is this fraction of plastic waste for which most countries have no answer. Exceptions include the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other countries which have legislated to make it mandatory to use oxo-biodegradable technology for everyday plastic items. By contrast, the EU has terminated the European Chemicals Agency’s study and therefore has no dossier from its own scientific experts to support any policy on oxo-bio plastic technology.
Producers’ initial attempts to avoid passing on all of their cost relief from the lower propylene contract fizzled out as the European market was flooded with special offers.
Most suppliers offered a rebate of at least €80/t ($90), and even more for copolymers. Here, contract prices bounced back to the February level.
In many contracts, compound prices moved in tandem with the indexed material. Demand slowly livened up, but only gained noticeable momentum after producers made concessions. Petrochemicals Biodegradable green plastic
Plastic pollution: Plastic didn’t exist 100 years ago yet is today choking the air and our planet with its toxicity
Plastic pollution: Plastic didn’t exist 100 years ago yet is today choking the air and our planet with its toxicity
Given the intense heat of the last couple of weeks I have been spending quite a bit of time hiding indoors watching YouTube videos on various aspects of minimalism, downsizing, upcycling, tidying, sustainability and veganism.
The biggest refiner in China and in Asia, Sinopec, plans to apply for a tariff exemption with the Chinese government for its imports of U.S. crude oil, Reuters reported on Monday, citing sources familiar with the issue.
On Friday, China and the United States traded tariff and counter-tariff announcements, with Beijing saying first that China would place tariffs on a range of U.S. products worth US$75 billion, including crude oil, in two batches starting on September 1 and on December 15. U.S. President Donald Trump retaliated with announcements of higher tariffs on Chinese products.
Bigger and better than ever before, Gartex Texprocess India witnessed intense networking as it brought together 180 exhibitors from four countries and 10,390 trade professionals from 290 cities and six countries under one roof. Multiple zones and focused business segments on the show floor ensured that the fourth edition brought together stakeholders of textiles and garment industry for cross-sector, creative and collaborative interactions. Petrochemicals Biodegradable green plastic
India is among the world’s largest producers of textiles and garments and garment and apparel manufacturers, while embracing the change, are focusing on product innovation.
BASF will showcase the new Ultradur PBT portfolio extensions at K 2019.
We have devoted a significant portion of the September issue of Plastics Technology to what themes, equipment and materials innovations you can expect to see at K 2019 this October in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In my K 2019 preview of resins and additives, I included news from BASF, which along with several other new materials and additives, will be highlighting its newly extended Ultradur PBT portfolio to include what is said to be the ‘first’ performance PBT extrusion grades for profiles and thermoforming.
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH has announced Siegfried Köhler as the Company’s new Group Chief Sales Officer.
Effective 1 October 2019, Köhler joins the management team, taking on the responsibility of further strengthening Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s focus of aligning international sales with automation and business development.
Given his expertise in both injection moulding and peripheral manufacturing
equipment, engaging the expertise of Köhler is regarded by the company as a real customer advantage given its rapidly expanding presence in all key international injection moulding markets.
Asia’s naphtha prices tumbledon Monday on losses in global crude oilbenchmarks, with muted demand and ample supplyalso weighing on the market.
Container ships atTokyo port. (Photo by KojiSasahara/AP/Shutterstock)
In early hours session, open-specificationnaphtha prices for first-half October deliverystood at $454.50/tonne CFR (cost and freight)Japan basis, falling by $15.25/tonne from theprevious Asia close on 23 August.
Spot CFR Japan naphtha prices have slumped totheir lowest in more than two weeks against a slippery slope backdrop, according to ICISdata, undermined by volatility in global oilprices. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Paraxylene
Sabanci Holding, Turkey’s second largest conglomerate by sales, has mandated its CEO Cenk Alper and Cement Group head Tamer Saka to sell its entire 57.9% stake in woollen textiles producer Yunsa, the conglomerate said on August 26 in a stock exchange filing.
Yunsa makes up 4.6% of Sabanci’s net asset value. Yunsa shares were trading with an EV/Ebitda of 4.7, Is Invest said in its daily bulletin.
Sabanci shares (SAHOL) were down 2.04% d/d to TRY8.65 and up 24.85% y/y as of 13:00 Istanbul time, while Yunsa shares (YUNSA) jumped 19.8% d/d to TRY4.84, meaning they were down 21% y/y.
Asia’s petrochemical sharesand prices of key feedstocks is set to beweighed in the near term by the latesttit-for-tat escalation in the trade war betweenthe US and China.
A currencydealer works in front of a display screen at thetrading room of KEB Hana Bank’s headquarters inSeoul, South Korea (YONHAP/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Fresh worries over the trade war resulted inChina’s yuan (CNY) falling to a record low on Monday at CNY7.14 to thedollar.
In the energy market, Brent crude was down by0.49 cents at $58.85/bbl after earlier havingtouched $58.24/bbl, the lowest since 15 August.US crude was trading 56 cents lower at $53.61. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Paraxylene
Lotte Chemical Corp., a petrochemical company under South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group that has been seeking to bolster its advanced material business, has joined a race to win Hitachi Chemical Co., the chemical unit of Japan’s Hitachi Ltd., against leading global private equity firms.
According to multiple sources from the investment banking industry on Friday, Lotte Chemical has submitted a preliminary bid earlier this month to buy Hitachi Chemical from its largest shareholder Hitachi with 51.2 percent stake ownership. Foreign media have reported that Hitachi has received preliminary bids for the majority stake in Hitachi Chemical by August 9
In April announced that Ems-Chemie-Boss: “We are the Swiss company, which reduces the most CO2!”.
Further down in the article it is clear why: energy is a major cost factor. “Every saving also means less costs,” explains Magdalena Martullo-Blocher.
Or money: Because, as the “Sunday newspaper” has, of all things, washed down the CO2-reduction of Ems-Chemie between 2013 and 2018, to around 7 million in the Fund. There is a large incentive to reduce emissions. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Paraxylene
Customized compounds based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) can be a cost-effective alternative to high-performance thermoplastics in the production of fuel filler flaps. This can be seen in the new Skoda Scala, for example, whose fuel filler flap is made from Pocan B5221XF from materials supplier Lanxess.
PBT fuel filler cap is a lower-cost, yet high-performance alternative to resins such as PPE+PA.
The PBT compound was given preference over a blend of polyphenylene ether and polyamide (PPE+PA). “Our material is less expensive and exhibits comparable performance when it comes to surface quality, paintability, and mechanical properties.
Everyone knows that our raw material resources, such as oil, are limited. Reason enough to think about alternatives for a wide variety of applications.
The annual production of around 400 million metric tons of polymers, for example, is still extracted for the most part from crude oil.
This may soon change in this market, which is considered one of the most significant in the chemical industry.
Researchers from the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences have developed a process for using linoleic acid – which can be obtained from vegetable oils by hydrolysis and distillation – as a new source for bio-based polymer intermediates. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Paraxylene
Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures is investing 33 billion Baht (EUR 1.35 billion) into the recycling of its PET resin, Reuters has reported.
Indorama creates polymers and fibres used to manufacture plastic bottles, seat belts and tyres. It produced almost five million tonnes of PET in the 12 months to July. The investment will support recycling efforts over the next five years, says chief executive Aloke Lohia.
The funds are meant to cover greenfield and brownfield mergers and acquisitions focusing on bottle-to-bottle recycling. Indorama currently has 11 recycling sites around the world, including plants in Thailand, Mexico and France.
ntertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, which is celebrating 25 years as Asia’s leading trade fair for the interior textiles industry, is all set to open on August 28. The four-day mega show will have around 1,150 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions who will display their latest products and technologies for the home and contract textiles sectors.
The 2018 edition had welcomed 39,730 trade buyers from 104 countries and regions.
“We are very optimistic about the business opportunities that will present themselves at the fair next week,” Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) explained.
Coca-Cola Australia has launched a campaign, from Ogilvy, to promote its new commitment to reduce plastic waste and packaging by making its bottles out of recycled plastic.
The ad shows a lady bird finding a Coca-Cola bottle lying on the ground just feet away from a recycling bin. After trying to shift the bottle alone, she enlists an army of ants to carry the bottle up a tree, and drop it into the bin.
PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Company will adopt advanced heavy oil processing technology from Honeywell UOP for its integrated petrochemical complex in China. The new facility will have an annual crude processing capacity of 20 million tons, helping to meet a national energy security strategy while transforming PetroChina Guangdong into a more fully integrated petrochemicals supplier. Honeywell UOP will provide a range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation.
China said on Friday it would impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports for the first time, sending prices down nearly 4% to two-week lows as the escalating bilateral trade war fed worries over a slowdown in global oil demand.
Beijing said crude would be among the U.S. products hit by tariffs of 5% as of Sept. 1. U.S. President Donald Trump responded later in the day saying starting on Oct. 1, the 25-percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods will rise to 30%. Tariffs on remaining $300 billion due to begin on Sept. 1 will now be set at 15%, versus 10%.
The U.S. could “drown the world in oil” over the next decade, which, according to Global Witness, would “spell disaster” for the world’s attempts to address climate change.
The U.S. is set to account for 61 percent of all new oil and gas production over the next decade. A recent report from this organization says that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, “we can’t afford to drill up any oil and gas from new fields anywhere in the world.” This, of course, would quickly cause a global deficit, as the world continues to consume around 100 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil.
An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the United States amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it.
The crew of the oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, on Aug. 24 updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal.
HTF MI recently Announced Global Bio based PET study with 100+ market data Tables and Figures spread through Pages and easy to understand detailed TOC on “Bio based PET.
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The research study provides estimates for Global Bio based PET Forecast till 2025*. Some of the Leading key Company’s Covered for this Research are H.J. Heinz, Ford Motor, Coca-Cola, Toyota Tsusho, Toray Industries, M& G Chemicals, Braskem, Novamont & Avantium Technologies.
The conflict over trade and technology is threatening to tip a weakening global economy into recession.
China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and technology that threatens to tip a weakening global economy into recession.
China also will increase import duties on U.S.-made autos and auto parts, the Finance Ministry announced. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Smart Fabric
WWF has been driving the adoption and implementation of Water Stewardship in the textile sector since 2011. With the support of international brands and local partners, WWF has established water stewardship projects in several countries, including China, India, Vietnam and Turkey. The brochures on this page will help other companies and countries to learn from these flagship projects. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Smart Fabric
China – Taihu Lake Basin:
The textile sector is key to China’s economy with a total economic volume of about US$1 trillion. China’s textile exports comprise 25 percent of the country’s total exports and are valued at US$29 billion. Today, the country’s textile industry withdraws over 3 trillion liters of water, accounting for 8 percent of the total industrial water withdrawal and making textiles the fourth largest industrial water user.
Report calls for more research and warns against complacency over the issue
Microplastics are increasingly found in drinking water, but there is no evidence so far that this poses a risk to humans, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization.
However, the United Nations body warned against complacency because more research is needed to fully understand how plastic spreads into the environment and works its way through human bodies. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Smart Fabric
Advance Market Analytics released a comprehensive study of 200+ pages on ‘Nylon Fiber’ market with detailed insights on growth factors and strategies. The study segments key regions that includes North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific with country level break-up and provide volume* and value related cross segmented information by each country.
Polyethylene (PE) players arelooking toward September, with expectations ofmore material arriving from the US and demandremaining uncertain.
Low-priced US PE offered
Asia prices down
Cautious buying to continue
A series of planned and unplanned crackeroutages has not had much impact on the Europeanethylene or PE markets. Spot ethylene hastraded at contract minus 13.5-14% this week Petrochemicals Biodegradable Smart Fabric
Low end PE spot prices remain below the currentethylene contract price in most cases, andoffers of US material are keeping pressure onthe market, particularly in the high densitypolyethylene (HDPE) sector.
Another new month, another new experimental garment from the inimitable creative apparel powerhouse that is VolleBak… except this time they haven’t made a hoodie that glows, or can be worn on Mars, or is made from graphene or carbon fiber.
This time they’ve created a garment that doesn’t consciously last thousands of years, but rather, turns into worm-food when you’re done wearing it. VolleBak’s bizzarely eco-friendly shirt uses a never-seen-before, one-of-a-kind yarn made from pulped eucalyptus, spruce, and beech, along with a print that’s created using the world’s most abundant flora… algae!
“The only thing different about this T-shirt is that it grew in soil and water, and that’s where it’s designed to end up too. All you need to do is remember to compost it at the end of its life. Here it will biodegrade with them, turn into soil, and help new plants to grow,” explains Vollebak co-founder, Steve Tidball.
Entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector face a problem – extracting all the valuable molecules from seaweed and algal cells is still really difficult. But marine enzymes and magnets are now making it easier to remove precious molecules and can even turn microalgae into magnetically-guided ‘vehicles’ for targeted drug delivery.
Algal cells contain all kinds of useful substances, such as omegas which are used in food supplements, proteins, anti-oxidants for beauty products, and organic chemicals that are used to make biodegradable alternatives to plastic.
Unfortunately, more than half of the substances found in seaweed cannot be harvested.
‘The problem with the industrial process of extracting alginate (a type of acid found in seaweed used in pharmaceuticals) is that 60% of the biomass will not be useable for anything else,’ said Dr Kévin Cascella, a molecular marine biologist and project manager for a project called GENIALG. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Smart Fabric
BASF and Toray will produce long-fiber thermoplastic ribbons
MOSCOW – Toray Advanced Composites and BASF have signed an agreement to manufacture and supply thermoplastic-based long-fiber tapes (CFRT) for the automotive and industrial sectors, the company said.
Under the terms of the agreement announced on August 14, Toray Advanced Composites will produce high-quality composite tapes using BASF polyamide-6.
Thermoplast PA-6 BASF Ultramid will be reinforced with glass or carbon fiber.
Earlier it was reported that in 2004 Basf AG and Toray Industries founded an equal-share joint venture for the production of polybutylene terephthalate. The investment in the project is USD40 million. BASF Toray longfiber thermoplastic
Production will be based on the polymerization technology developed by Toray, and the main raw material, butanediol, will be produced at the nearby BASF plant.BASF
Toray Plastics is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc, a leading global manufacturer of synthetic fibers and textiles, high-quality polypropylene (PP) and polyester films and engineering plastics. BASF Toray longfiber thermoplastic
Toray Plastics is the largest ABS plastic manufacturer in Southeast Asia, which it launches under the TOYOLAC trademark.
BASF is the largest producer of chemicals. The product portfolio consists of five segments: chemicals, special products, functional materials and solutions, solutions for agriculture, as well as oil and gas.
In 2018, BASF sales amounted to about 63 billion euros. BASF shares are traded on the Stock Exchange in Frankfurt (BAS), as well as in the United States as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY). BASF Toray longfiber thermoplastic
Aquafil, a leading Italy-based specialist in the production of Polyamide 6 (nylon 6), has released its latest Sustainability Report. For over a decade, Aquafil has used the Sustainability Report to showcase the company’s commitment to doing business responsibly. The report discloses the Group’s commitment to sustainability and the results that Aquafil has achieved in helping to support and protect employees, local communities, and the environment. Aquafil Environment Sustainability Report
According to Aquafil’s 2018 Sustainability Report, greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 30% since 2016, and operations run on 100% renewable energy.
For more than 30 years Aquafil has placed the circular economy as a core value of the company’s business strategy. To save resources, give new life to otherwise lost materials, increase efficiency along the value chain. Through its goals, step by step the company is positioning the Group as a leader, both nationally and internationally.
Last year saw a start of the European project Effective, aimed at the development of nylon and other textile fibre from biomaterials. The company opened the US Aquafil Carpet Recycling plant, aimed at the recycling of old carpets. The recovered materials find different uses: the nylon fraction is regenerated in the Econyl process, while the others are used in other industrial sectors. Aquafil Environment Sustainability Report
Thanks to the Econyl Regeneration System it is possible to obtain new nylon yarn from discarded resources, such as end of life fishnets and other waste materials that would otherwise go to landfill. “Our system also allows us to reduce GHG emissions from the caprolactam, the raw material used to produce nylon yarn.”
Aquafil is committed to protecting the environment throughout the entire supply chain. “We have specific initiatives in place designed to reduce the environmental impacts of our processes, through energy recovery,” the company continues. “For example, AquafilSLO transfers our excess thermal energy to Atlantis water park, where it is used to heat their water, thus minimising energy wastage for both companies.”
The company also endorses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and uses them as a guide to determine our sustainability goals and objectives. “This provides us with a framework to measure and track our progress, and globally communicate about a model for sustainable development,” the manufacturer says. In 2018, Aquafil contributed to the achievement of eight SDGs through its sustainability improvements.
Aquafil and sustainability
“Aquafil and Sustainability is the story of what we do every day to contribute to sustainable development. We have chosen to report here only the most relevant information: the pillars on which we base our sustainability path, which we called Eco Pledge, and some of the main results achieved in 2018. At the end of each paragraph you will find the link to the more detailed information in the non-financial disclosure,” said Giulio Bonazzi, President of Aquafil. Aquafil Environment Sustainability Report
From this year on, the sustainability report forms an integral part of the non-financial disclosure included in the annual consolidated financial statements as established by the Italian Legislative Decree n. 254/2016, and summarises all the commitments Aquafil has made to support and safeguard its employees, local communities, the environment in which it operates and the planet as a whole.
Aquafil, a leading Italy-based specialist in the production of Polyamide 6 (nylon 6), has released its latest Sustainability Report.
For over a decade, Aquafil has used the Sustainability Report to showcase the company’s commitment to doing business responsibly.
The report discloses the Group’s commitment to sustainability and the results that Aquafil has achieved in helping to support and protect employees, local communities, and the environment. Aquafil Environment Sustainability Report
According to Aquafil’s 2018 Sustainability Report, greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 30% since 2016, and operations run on 100% renewable energy.
China’s polyethylene (PE) market will continue to face pressure from incremental supply in the second half of 2019, amid overseas capacity additions as well as fewer domestic plant turnarounds.
The total domestic supply in the first half of 2019 increased by around 14% year on year, with domestic output up by 12% and imports up by 17%, ICIS data showed.
The increase in domestic output in the first half of 2019 was mainly attributed to fewer plant turnarounds compared with the year before.
Only Jiutai Energy started up its 250,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE)/liner low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in May throughout the first six months. Petrochemicals Biodegradable smart plastic
Only 10% of Japan’s plastic drink bottles are recycled into new containers for products in the same industry. With more countries refusing to accept plastic waste, Japanese authorities and businesses are rethinking how to handle the growing mountains of trash.
Nowhere to Send Plastic Trash
Japan, like many industrialized nations, faces a garbage crisis. For years it shipped countless used plastic to China, the main global destination for recyclable materials. However, these exports included a substantial quantity of plastic contaminated by food and other waste that heavily impacted the local environment and health of workers charged with sorting the trash. Petrochemicals Biodegradable smart plastic
The second edition of TMT Expo will be held from September 25-27, at the International Exhibition Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. The forum will form an ecosystem for presentation of trends in materials, machinery and technology in the textile industry, building up professional contacts and sustainable business in the direction of East and South-Eastern Europe.
TMT Expo will unite the entire process of creating textile products – design, engineering, cutting, software, CAD/CAM systems, and preparation for production up to technological production.
Fears of an upcoming recession are weighing heavily on chemical stock prices, sending price/earnings (P/E) ratios for commodity names down to single digits based on Wall Street’s estimated 2020 earnings.
The escalation of the US-China trade war, with the US ready to slap on a new round of tariffs on Chinese imports starting on 1 September, have sent US bond yields sharply lower.
The brief inversion of 10-year and 2-year US Treasury yields on 13 August , where the yield on the longer dated government debt dipped lower than the short-term yield – a historical harbinger of recessions – stoked fear and triggered a rout in global equity markets.
President Moon Jae-in, second from left, talks to Hyosung Group Chairman, left, and employees during his visit to the carbon fiber plant in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, Tuesday. Yonhap
Hyosung Group will invest 1 trillion won ($828 million) over the next 10 years to expand its carbon fiber business, the company said Tuesday.
Hyosung plans to build nine additional carbon fiber production lines at its plant in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, to meet the rapidly growing demand for carbon fiber materials. Petrochemicals Biodegradable smart plastic
The additional lines will increase the plant’s annual capacity to 24,000 tons from the current 2,000 tons, according to the company. Currently, the factory has only one production line. The investment will create about 2,300 jobs by 2028, it said.
Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures has committed $1.5 billion of investment in recycling as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for more recycling, it said on Wednesday.
Indorama’s main business is the production of PET resin, a polymer used to make plastic bottles and fibers used in products such as seat belts and tyres.
In the 12 months to June 30 the company produced nearly 5,000 kilotons of PET.
“We are investing $1 billion in recycling over the next five years,” Chief Executive Aloke Lohia told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that investment would include greenfield and brownfield mergers and acquisitions focusing on bottle-to-bottle recycling.
Thailand has been seen as a potential partner in transforming the production base for bioplastics and other converted products.
Based on a report produced by Plastics Institute of Thailand, its Executive Director Dr. Kriengsak Wongpromrat, recorded in a statement that Thailand produced around 17 million tonnes of sugar in 2018 and exported around 11 million tonnes.
“Taking 100,000 tonnes for the production of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer is not going to affect the supply of sugar for food applications, especially since consumption of sugar may be adversely affected by a ‘sweet tax’ that Thailand plans to introduce,” Wongpromrat commented. Petrochemicals Biodegradable smart plastic
Sustainable packaging and paper solutions leader Mondi is exhibiting at FachPack 2019 in Nuremburg, Germany, where it will showcase its collaborative approach with customers that creates tailor-made packaging solutions that are sustainable by design.
Mondi to feature sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack
Mondi’s vision is to contribute to a better world through more sustainable packaging. Taking a pro-active approach to sustainable development is key to helping customers meet their own sustainability targets and vital for addressing the environmental challenges facing the planet.
Russia’s slow embrace of recycled plastics Russia is slowly embracing the idea of recycled plastics.
Russian companies have begun to embrace the environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics because exchanges (where companies are presented), their investors and customers are demanding it. That’s because the public are demanding it and in the increasingly competitive asset management business fund managers can’t afford to ignore the voices of activists like Stockholm’s 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. Her voice, and the voices of like-minded retail investors are now reaching into the snowy wilds of Siberia and changing the way businesses around the world are being run. Investors no long just demand a decent return on their money, they are demanding sustainable investments too. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPP
European benzene spot prices have reached a fresh 2019-high as bids rose to $840/tonne on Wednesday around midday, in a market that is almost devoid of offers.
A notional offer level at $850/tonne brings the midpoint to $845/tonne, the highest price in 10 months, in line with levels in October 2018.
Forward-month pricing is bullish, but remains backwardated with a premium on volume for the first 10 days of September versus the first half of the month; and firmer values in H1 September compared with any September.
China’s polyester output is expected to be lower in August from the previous month, with plant operating rates in September likely to remain capped by increased uncertainty over the US-China trade spat. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPP
August average operating rate of domestic polyester plants to date stands at 84.4%, down from July’s full-month average of 86.4%, according to ICIS data.
Polyester production in the country began to slow down in July amid lacklustre downstream sales and growing concerns over possible US tariffs on downstream products such as garments, apparels and shoes.
SK Innovation Co., a major electric vehicle (EV) battery maker in South Korea, said Tuesday it plans complete the development of a battery recycling technology by the end of this year to beef up its competitiveness in the industry.
SK Innovation said it is working to find solutions to recover lithium hydroxide, a key cathode material, from used lithium-ion batteries, with related technology probably available for commercial use next year.
“It’ll be the world’s first to recover highly concentrated lithium hydroxide from the used batteries,” a company spokesman said.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPP
Bio-Techne’s chief Executive officer and president Chuck Kummeth will present at the Baird 2019 Global Healthcare Conference in New York.
Bio Techne is a developer and manufacturer of high quality purified proteins and reagent solutions. It also develops and manufactures diagnostic products including calibrators, blood gas and clinical chemistry controls as well as FAD regulated controls for OEM and clinical customers. All of Bio-Techne’s products are integral components of scientific investigation into biological processes and molecular diagnostics, and they also aid the drug discovery efforts and provide accurate clinical tests and diagnoses.
The latest market evaluation report on Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) market explores how the Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) market will continue to expand for the forecast period 2019 – 2026. The study further serves as a unique research for stakeholders, product owners, and field marketing executives looking for actionable data and unique resource on market size, share, and growth. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPP
The Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) market revenue was xx.xx Million USD in 2013, grew to xx.xx Million USD in 2017, and will reach xx.xx Million USD in 2026, with a CAGR of x.x% during 2019-2026.
Aug. 1 kicked off public demonstrations of an effort to sort a variety of resins from loads of material otherwise bound for disposal. The goal is to develop a pool of data that can help guide future industry investments.
The Pacific Northwest Secondary Sorting Demonstration Project is in the middle of its 60-day run, operating in a shuttered recycling center in Portland, Ore. Equipment from Titus MRF Services was transported up from Los Angeles, and the project is currently working through loads of material provided by several materials recovery facilities (MRFs). Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPET
Led by the Plastics Industry Association, the project is also sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Americas Styrenics (AmSty), Berry Global, the Carton Council, LyondellBasell, the Metro regional government that covers the Portland metropolitan area, and industrial products manufacturer Milliken.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Tuesday morning Henkel announced a partnership with ALPLA, Inc. to invest over $130 million towards enhancing laundry detergent production at its Bowling Green, KY facility. The investment will be used to build infrastructure, including a new bottle production area onto the Henkel campus, and will increase efficiency, create capacity for growth and drive energy savings. Additionally, ALPLA will hire 60 employees once construction is complete.
Henkel, a global leader in laundry & home care, beauty care and adhesives, is the largest operation in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park and the largest laundry plant within the company at more than 2 million square feet.
Spot resin trading continued to transact at a very swift pace last week: Buyers and sellers came to do business and both sides were willing to bend a bit to complete deals, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Prices for nearly all polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) grades slid a cent, with very sharp pricing again seen for off-grade materials.
Spot domestic demand remained strong and, despite trade wars and geopolitical uncertainty, July PE exports scored a new all-time record high.
In the run-up to K 2019, the European plastics industry faces challenges on several fronts. Overall, the economy is just bumping along; the prolonged exit of the UK from the European Union is creating disquiet; major traditional export markets are wobbling; and hardening attitudes of consumers towards plastics packaging are leading to hasty – some say ill-judged — moves among law makers setting out a path to the Circular Economy. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPET
The German economy, traditionally the powerhouse of Europe, is in a tense situation, with exports from and imports to the country both falling in recent months. One survey of industry executives indicated that factory activity fell beyond already poor expectations in March. Analysts at consultant IHS Markit concluded that the German manufacturing sector “was clearly in deep recession.”
A federal agency in Brazil hasfiled a petition against Braskem, seeking billions of dollars in reparations involving damage that the company’s salt mine had caused in the northeastern state of Alagoas. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPET
Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF), similar to a department of justice, fileda public civil action, requesting that Braskem should be responsible for societal and environmental damage worth at least real (R)20.5bn ($5.07bn), it said.
The MPF wants the liability to be extended to Braskem’s two major shareholders, construction company Odebrecht and state-energy producer Petrobras.
AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is leading the MICROPLAST project, with the participation of Aguas de Valencia and the Universitat de València.
Funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI), this project aims to remove microplastics from both urban and industrial wastewater. It will also develop a standardised methodology to obtain homogeneous data on the presence of these particles in different wastewater sources. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Film BOPET
DOMO Chemicals plans to acquire the Europe-based Performance Polyamides Business of Solvay
Source : India Blooms
DOMO Chemicals (Ghent) recently signed an agreement to acquire the Europe-based Performance Polyamides Business of Solvay (Brussels).
DOMO Chemicals is a producer of engineering materials for a diverse range of markets, including the automotive, food, medical, pharmaceutical, chemicals and electronics industries.
The company offers a complete portfolio of integrated nylon 6 products, including intermediates, resins, engineering plastics and packaging film and distribution of petrochemical products. DOMO Chemicals Polyamides Solvay
The agreement includes Solvay’s Engineering Plastics operations in France and Poland, High Performance Fibers in France, and Polymer and Intermediates operations in France, Spain and Poland.
The agreement also involves a joint venture between BASF and DOMO in France for the production of Adipic Acid. DOMO Chemicals Polyamides Solvay
The business comprises Production, Sales, Technical Support, R&D and Innovation services, which currently have a combined headcount of approximately 1100 employees.
The acquisition, which is subject to approval by the competent competition authorities, is expected to close by the end of fourth quarter of 2019.
The purchase price to be paid by DOMO on a cash and debt-free basis would amount to €300 million.
The acquisition of this PA 6.6 business will significantly strengthen Domo Chemicals’ downstream nylon based engineering plastics business – and create a European leader with scale, entering the market with a top position in PA6/6.6 in Europe.
The result: a backward integrated business with unique technology capabilities and a secured supply of key raw materials.
There will be a strong focus on driving combined innovation, whilst accelerating future growth.
Through the acquisition Domo Chemicals’ turn over will grow from 900 million € to 1,600 million €.
Alex Segers, CEO, DOMO Chemicals, called the acquisition “a major step forward.”
“By integrating the complementary strengths of the diverse teams and talents of both companies, we will enhance our excellence towards our customers by building a unique and competitive integrated Nylon solution provider (6 and 6.6) driven by a strong innovation platform to push future sustainable growth,” he said.
Said Segers, “The strong reputation of the Technyl brand will perfectly complement DOMO’s wide DOMAMID range of engineered and virgin polyamide resin grades and ECONAMID range of recycled polyamides.
We are looking forward to offering employees from both companies great opportunities for personal and career development.”
Asia naphtha markets have struggled through some challenging times and continue to embrace the unexpected.
Spot forward open-specification naphtha CFR (cost and freight) Japan prices for second-half September delivery slumped to around $450.00/tonne in early August, marking the third time in 2019 levels have tumbled to this low. Naphtha prices averaged $455.00/tonne CFR Japan in early-June.
Volatile crude prices have impacted naphtha with demand for September delivery cargoes from downstream end-users in northeast Asia slowed to a trickle.
Stora Enso is investing EUR 10 million in the making of bio-based carbon materials for energy storage at Sunila Mill in Finland. We talked with Lauri Lehtonen, Head of Innovation, Biomaterials, about this exciting innovation to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials with renewable solutions.
Lauri Lehtonen, can you tell us more about the investment in Sunila Mill?
“We at Stora Enso believe that everything that is made out of fossil-based materials, can be made of wood tomorrow. This pilot facility for producing bio-based carbon materials is yet another proof point of our innovation work – we are building on our long-term work in extracting lignin from biomass and creating more value out of it. By converting lignin into so-called hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, we can offer a product that can replace fossil-based anodes, mainly synthetic graphite, currently used in batteries.”
RadiciGroup has expanded its Operation Clean Sweep project – started up over one year ago in its engineering polymers business – to its Synthetic Fibres Business Area. Noyfil SA (Stabio – CH), a company specializing in the manufacture of polyester continuous yarn, has joined Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), an international programme promoted by Plastics Europe with the goal of “Zero Pellet Loss”.
HNY Research projects that the PET Preforms market size will grow from USD 18.5 Billion in 2017 to USD 25.95 Billion by 2023, at an estimated CAGR of 5.8%. The base year considered for the study is 2017, and the market size is projected from 2018 to 2023.
PET preforms are unfinished PET bottles with varied neck sizes. They are made of PET resins, which are linear thermoplastic, white but bluish resin made from terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol through a process of polycondensation. PET preforms are either produced using the one-step hot preform method or the two-step cold preform method.
Thailand has massive potential to transform itself into a key global production base for bioplastics and converted products thereof. Speaking to PlasticsToday, Plastics Institute of Thailand Executive Director Dr. Kriengsak Wongpromrat said that Thailand produced around 17 million tonnes of sugar in 2018 and exported around 11 million tonnes. “Taking 100,000 tonnes for the production of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer is not going to affect the supply of sugar for food applications, especially since consumption of sugar may be adversely affected by a ‘sweet tax’ that Thailand plans to introduce.”
Only 10% of Japan’s plastic drink bottles are recycled into new containers for products in the same industry. With more countries refusing to accept plastic waste, Japanese authorities and businesses are rethinking how to handle the growing mountains of trash.
Nowhere to Send Plastic Trash
Japan, like many industrialized nations, faces a garbage crisis. For years it shipped countless used plastic to China, the main global destination for recyclable materials. However, these exports included a substantial quantity of plastic contaminated by food and other waste that heavily impacted the local environment and health of workers charged with sorting the trash.
Materials supplier PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, OH) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Performance Products and Solutions (PP&S) business to SK Capital Partners for $775 million in cash. PolyOne said that it expects to record a pre-tax gain of approximately $600 million at the time the sale is completed, which is expected to be in the third quarter of 2019.
M&APP&S is a global provider of formulated PVC and polypropylene-based solutions, as well as contract manufacturing services, primarily serving the North American construction and automotive end markets. The business reports annual sales of approximately $700 million.
Scientists have solved a four decade long challenge of producing very thin nylon films that can be used for instance in electronic memory components. The thin nylon films are several 100 times thinner than human hair and could thus be attractive for applications in bendable electronic devices or for electronics in clothing.
As the microelectronic industry is now shifting toward wearable electronic gadgets and electronic (e-)textiles, the comprising electronic materials, such as ferroelectrics, should be integrated with our clothes. Nylons, a family of synthetic polymers, were first introduced in the 1920s’ for women’s stockings and are nowadays among the most widely used synthetic fibers in textiles. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biochemicals
Company says it will further increase use of sustainable materials amid pollution fears
Coca-Cola product line at one of its bottling plants. Tens of millions of plastic bottles are manufactured in its Irish operation every year across the Coke range and brands such as Fanta and Sprite
Coca-Cola product line at one of its bottling plants. Tens of millions of plastic bottles are manufactured in its Irish operation every year across the Coke range and brands such as Fanta and Sprite
All Coca-Cola Ireland plastic bottles that are 500ml or smaller in size are now being produced with 50 per cent recycled plastic, the soft drinks company has said, while larger bottles have moved to 25 per cent recycled plastic.
The move, made with local bottling partner Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, comes as consumer goods companies are coming under increasing pressure from customers and environmental groups to lessen plastic pollution.
Months after the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) banned single-use plastic carry bags, doma wrappers and ice cream pouches, the market is flooded with various plastic bags.
The NECS secretary and officials of the waste management division conducted a press conference yesterday to reiterate the enforcement and implementation of the plastic ban. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biochemicals
According to the secretary, Sonam P Wangdi, the current ban was focused on single-use plastic carry bags, doma wrappers, and ice cream pouches but people started using non-woven carry bags and biodegradable plastic bags.
A Lucozade Ribena Suntory-backed edible, plastic-free packaging innovation is taking a step closer to being rolled out on the high-street – thanks to newly secured Government funding.
The capsules, called Oohos, are made entirely from seaweed extract, a material called Notpla™ and offer a way to deliver drinks under 100ml in a plastic-free form. They are not only completely edible but also claim to be naturally biodegrade in four to six weeks – just as quickly as a piece of fruit. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biochemicals
Automated Blowmolder Control systems help this Mexican converter meet quality, scheduling, and performance targets for its through-the-wall customer.
The PET bottles produced at the Coca-Cola FEMSA plant in Villahermosa, Mexico, in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, never touch a carton. Instead, they are filled immediately after blowing, then labeled, capped, palletized, and shrink-wrapped for shipment to big box and convenience stores throughout a sprawling four-state distribution area. This kind of integrated operation is a model of efficiency. But it leaves little margin for error. Production must be robust and nimble to meet the demands of schedules that change weekly. An on-premises agreement with converter ALPLA and the installation of Agr International’s Process Pilot® Automated Blowmolder Control systems in the blowing machines combine to optimize bottle output and quality, making sure Coca-Cola FEMSA’s stringent schedule and performance targets are met. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biochemicals
A study claims that conventional oil and gas production methods can have a greater impact on groundwater than fracking.
High-volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, injects water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into petroleum-bearing rock formations to recover previously inaccessible oil and natural gas. This method led to the current shale gas boom that started around 15 years ago.
Conventional methods of oil and natural gas production, which have been in use since the late 1800s, also inject water underground to aid in the recovery of oil and natural gas.
Singapore-based RGE Pte Ltd has joined a group of investors including H&M Group, Virala and Fortum to help Infinited Fiber Company Oy (IFC) scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres. A strategic co-operation agreement was also signed between RGE and IFC to commercialise the startup’s technology.
Since early 2018, IFC has been operating a 50-ton per annum pilot plant in Espoo, Finland, that produces Infinited Fiber for testing purposes with global brand owners such as H&M, VF Corporation and their manufacturers.
OPEC has revised down its non-OPEC crude oil supply growth estimates for 2019 and 2020 on the back of lower-than-expected output in the US, Brazil, Norway, and Thailand, the cartel said on Friday.
Non-OPEC supply growth expectations fell 72,000 bbl/day for 2019 and 50,000 bbl/day since the group’s last monthly oil report, while OPEC production last month fell 246,000 bbl/day as the global economy continued its decline.
Despite weaker-than-expected US output, the country’s total supply growth for the year is expected to stand at 1.87m bbl/day, representing the bulk of all non-OPEC output hikes.
Cemvita Factory, a carbon-negative company, today announced that it has received equity investment from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to support the commercialization of new bio-engineered pathways that use CO2 as the feedstock for sustainable production of intermediate chemicals and polymers.
Cemvita Factory is a Houston-based biotech startup that’s on a mission to create economical solutions for a sustainable future. Cemvita Factory’s technology includes a CO2 utilization platform that mimics photosynthesis and other natural processes to produce industrial chemicals and polymers for energy sustainability, resulting in a carbon-negative impact.
OPEC’s crude oil production fell by another 246,000 bpd in July compared to June, as Saudi Arabia deepened its cuts, as U.S. sanctions further trimmed output in Iran and Venezuela, and as an outage restricted production in Libya.
According to secondary sources in OPEC’s closely watched Monthly Oil Market Report published on Friday, total OPEC crude oil production averaged 29.61 million bpd in July, down by nearly 250,000 bpd from June, and driven by lower output in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, and Nigeria. Iraq and Algeria recorded the largest production increases, OPEC’s secondary sources estimates showed.
The polyethylene (PE) market is quietly active in Europe as the holiday period is in full swing, but visibility is low, as those players that are still working speculate on the short-term future.
– Market uncertain
– Planned cracker outages begin
– More US HDPE imports
“It’s very difficult to read at the moment,” said a trader.
Spot business has been very quiet, which is what most players would expect in a market with no supply issues, but demand in the contracted arena has been stronger than expected for some grades.
Low density polyethylene (LDPE) demand in particular has been good for contracted volumes, while high density polyethylene (HDPE) moves along steadily in the contract market but is nervous in the spot sector as talk of US volumes at low prices is widespread. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Antidumping
The US administration’s decision to delay the 10% tariffs on large parts of the final $300bn of Chinese exports not already targeted may signal that it fears an economic slowdown or even recession is on its way, just as the President gears up for the 2020 presidential elections.
The tariffs had been scheduled to go into place on 1 September but many products – including laptops, mobile phones, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, some footwear, clothing and chemicals – will now activate on 15 December. Click here to see a full list of tariffs for Round 4.
The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) representing the textile industry in South India organised ‘Texfair 2019’ for all textile machineries, accessories and spares manufacturer at Codissia Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore recently. Bale to sliver specialist, Truetzschler, also participated in this prestigious event with a magnificent booth.
The aim of Truetzschler was to get in touch with the important customers in south India and also to appraise them of the new products launched by Truetzschler. The company received overwhelming response from all the visitors for its array of innovative offerings. Decision makers as well as the technicians had interesting interactions with the sales team, said Truetzschler in a media statement. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Antidumping
Cambridge, UK – Biobased polymers are gaining increased prominence in the minds of consumers, as increased awareness of climate change and plastic pollution continues to grow.
However, the range of biobased alternatives to the main plastics we encounter in our daily lives continues to limit its potential adoption.
Key to accelerating the switch from petrochemical to biobased plastics is going to be a larger diversity of materials, including commodity polyolefins such as polypropylene and polyethylene.
IDTechEx looks at the key manufacturers of biobased polymers and production methods and capacities, in their report, “Biobased Polymers 2018-2023: A Technology and Market Perspective”. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Antidumping
NOVA Chemicals Raises September PE Prices In US By USD88 Per Ton
MOSCOW – NOVA Chemicals, one of the world’s largest producers of polyolefins, announced an increase in the price of polyethylene (PE) by 4 cents per pound (USD88 per tonne) from September 1 of this year or as contracts permit, ICIS reports with reference to a company letter to customers.
According to the letter, 4 cents per pound set for September is in addition to the NOVA announced earlier increase of 3 cents per pound (USD66 per tonne) in August.
Contracted PE prices in the US have been declining for the past two months in a row. Lower contract prices and higher export volumes led to lower margins for polyethylene producers. Buyers may resist the resumption of rising prices, as raw material costs declined for most of the year, while stocks remain in abundance.
PE supplies are growing as the US is in the process of massively increasing PE production, due to cheaper gas-based raw materials.
The industry added about 3.5 million tons per year of new capacity in 2017 and plans to add a similar volume in 2019.
Further capacity expansion is planned for the 2020s.
In July, the contract prices for butene-based LDL film were 49-55 cents per pound (USD 1,078-1,210 per tonne), HDPE for blow molding was 52-56 cents per pound (USD1 144-1,232 per tonne), LDPE 56 -60 cents per pound (USD1,232 – 1,320 per ton).
According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia, purchasing activity in the local market is low, but demand is stable. NOVA Chemicals polyethylene Prices
The excess supply on the LDPE market is not so serious due to the long downtime of the two manufacturers. In the IPA segment, excess supply remains, but it no longer puts pressure on prices. Last week, both price increases and declines were recorded. Most significantly cheaper LDL C4.
The main producers of polyethylene in the United States are Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem), DowDuPont, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, Formosa, INEOS, Total Petrochemicals and Westlake. NOVA Chemicals polyethylene Prices
Nova Chemical is the largest global company producing polyethylene, styrene polymers, monomers, and many other related products.
Oerlikon Barmag recently signed contracts for two orders with a total of 120 spinning positions for manufacturing polyamide POY yarn with Chinese yarn manufacturers. What makes this so special is the fact that all positions will be equipped with the EvoQuench radial quenching system for polyamide.
Further EvoQuench PA POY systems destined for China
Polyamide (PA) microfiber yarns
With this, two well-known yarn manufacturers are now committing to the EvoQuench concept to produce polyamide yarn, equipping themselves for the efficient manufacture of microfiber yarns in the process. The benefits of radial quenching vis-à-vis conventional cross-flow quenching when manufacturing microfibers are well-known from polyester processing: manufacturing outstanding quality in a more production-reliable manner, i.e. with fewer yarn breaks, is a convincing argument and makes producing polyamide microfibers considerably more efficient.
China’s recent slew of negative macroeconomic data for July points to further weakness in its growth outlook for this year despite the delay in the US’s implementation of the 10% additional tariffs on some of the $200bn of Chinese goods.
The country’s vehicle sales also fell by 4.3% year on year in July.
“China’s economy still faces strong headwinds amid weakening domestic demand and re-escalating US/China trade tensions. Beijing cannot afford to stop policy easing yet,” Japanese brokerage Nomura said in a note.
On the petrochemicals front, shares of most major Asian producers have weakened this week, tracking global equity markets, while spot prices of base chemical feedstocks have been weighed by falling crude oil futures amid persistent fears over a global recession.
NOVA Chemicals, one of the world’s largest producers of polyolefins, announced an increase in the price of polyethylene (PE) by 4 cents per pound (USD88 per tonne) from September 1 of this year or as contracts permit, ICIS reports with reference to a company letter to customers.
According to the letter, 4 cents per pound set for September is in addition to the NOVA announced earlier increase of 3 cents per pound (USD66 per tonne) in August.
Contracted PE prices in the US have been declining for the past two months in a row. Lower contract prices and higher export volumes led to lower margins for polyethylene producers. Buyers may resist the resumption of rising prices, as raw material costs declined for most of the year, while stocks remain in abundance.
The European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and upstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA) markets will continue to be challenged by supply and demand, which in turn is heavily impacted by the bigger, unpredictable, global picture.
– Upstream volatility, particularly in Asia
– Unusual weather patterns affect demand
– Virgin PET and the road to sustainability
ASIA The most recent moving goal posts in influential Asian markets saw prices up the PET value chain plummet in early August, before soaring again overnight.
The global market volume for adipic acid should grow from nearly 3,920.6 kilotons in 2018 to 4,535.9 kilotons by 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.0% for the period of 2018-2023.
The scope of the report covers the overview of the global market for adipic acid and analyses of global market trends, with data from 2016, a base year of 2017 and estimates for 2018 and 2023, with projections of CAGR in the forecast duration. Sales values are presented in U.S. dollars, while volumes are presented in kilotons units. Estimated values used are based on manufacturers’ total revenues.
US-listed chemical stocks fell sharply on Wednesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 3.05%.
The index closed at 25,479.42, down 800.49 points.
The S&P 500 closed at 2,840.60, down by 85.72 points or 2.93%.
The stock markets fell after the yield on a 10-year Treasury note fell below that for a two-year note. Normally, the yields on longer term notes are higher than those for shorter term ones. Such inversions have preceded recessions.
The yield on a 30-year Treasury bond also reached its lowest return ever.
The low yields on Treasury bonds and notes followed bad news in other parts of the world.
Researchers in Singapore have invented ‘smart’ clothing they say can boost signals and save battery life on wireless devices such as headphones and smart watches.
The invention called “metamaterial” allows radio waves like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to glide across clothing between wearable devices instead of radiating outwards in all directions.
This means sensors and wearable technology such as Apple Watches and AirPods can establish stronger connections faster and save energy, the scientists at National University of Singapore said.
“This T-shirt increases the wireless connectivity of devices around my body by 1,000 times,” said assistant professor John Ho, donning a sports shirt laced with comb-shaped strips of the metamaterial textile.
Polyester fiber and plastics maker Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp (新光合成纖維) yesterday said that it expects its main product prices to remain sluggish for the remainder of this year, after it caused its revenue in the first seven months to decrease 4.53 percent annually to NT$23.51 billion (US$748.6 million).
“Prices of plastic and PET [polyethylene terephthalate] products have been on a decline due to increasing supplies in China,” company president Samson Luo (羅時銓) told an investors’ meeting in Taipei.
Sibur has completed the reconstruction of a terephthalic acid (TPA) production facility at its Blagoveshchensk site. It is currently the only TPA (a precursor to PET) site in Russia.
In Russia, annual consumption of TPA amounts to around 500,000 tonnes. An increase in output from 272,000 to 350,000 tonnes driven by the upgrade of the existing capacities in Blagoveshchensk will help largely phase out reliance on imports, claims Sibur.
Honeywell says that Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical Co., Ltd. is using Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce 450,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of polymer-grade propylene for a new petrochemicals complex in China. This is the second C3 Oleflex unit now operating with Satellite. Honeywell UOP (Des Plaines, Ill; www.uop.com) delivered Satellite’s first Oleflex unit in 2014.
Oleflex technology is helping to meet the growing demand in China for propylene, a key ingredient in plastics. Oleflex technology has been selected for a majority of dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011, including applications for propane, isobutane, and mixed propane and isobutane feeds.
Bag-in-Box Example Rapak´s View on Trends, Challenges, Solutions and Open Questions
Sustainability is one of the most discussed topics these days, especially in terms of packaging. For both packaging companies and food producers, new regulations and laws present challenges. On July 4th Alexander Kayser, General Manager Europe for Rapak, a global leader in flexible packaging for liquids, shared the company’s outlook on sustainability trends in a food industry event in Heidelberg, Germany.
While the attention on plastic waste is growing from the public, government and lobbyists, the world is starting to realize that not all plastic is equal. The core function of packaging is to protect products, keep food and drink fresher for longer and reduce product waste.
Toray Advanced Composites (U.S. office in Morgan Hill, Calif.) and BASF, Florham Park, N.J., signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets.
Toray Advanced Composites (U.S. office in Morgan Hill, Calif.) and BASF, Florham Park, N.J., signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets. Toray Advanced Composites will produce high quality and affordable CFRT tapes using BASF’s range of Ultramid nylon engineering thermoplastics. The fiber manufacturer will reinforce BASF’s Ultramid nylon 6 resins with either glass fiber or with carbon fiber. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
RTP Company, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include new CCX Conductive Masterbatches, setting a new standard for safe, productive, and reliable solutions for environments that are prone to electrostatic discharge (ESD).
CCX Conductive Masterbatches from RTP Company are available in a variety of resin systems, and can be formulated with four distinct additive technologies: stainless steel fibre, carbon nanotubes, carbon black, and permastat dissipative polymer technology.
Plastics Recycling Markets PET and HDPE bales are fetching lower prices than they were a month ago, but PP and high-grade film have shown stability.
The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars has dropped from 15.03 cents per pound this time last month to the current average trading price of 13.91 cents per pound. This time last year, PET was trading at an average of 16.71 cents per pound. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
The price of post-consumer natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from curbside collection programs dropped slightly this month. The national average price is now 20.34 cents per pound, compared to 20.47 cents this time last month. One year ago, the national average for this grade was 38.81 cents per pound.
Coca-Cola will use recycled PET and plant-derived plastic in a Dasani water bottle, creating a package known as the “HybridBottle.” The move is one of several recycling-related changes being rolled out.
The beverage giant on Aug. 13 announced the packaging shifts for the Dasani brand, which is among the largest water brands in the U.S.
PlantBottle, which incorporates up to 30% plant-derived PET, has been used in a number of Coca-Cola beverages since its introduction in 2009. The company describes PlantBottle as the “first-ever fully recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made partially from plants.” Petroc hemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
A packaging giant has notched upward the amount of RPET it uses in its food containers.
Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco’s plastic packaging incorporated 26% recycled content in 2018 (23% was post-consumer material), according to the latest sustainability report. The year before, its plastic products had 19% post-consumer content.
Last year, Sonoco pledged to boost the post-consumer content in its plastics packaging to 25% by 2025.
Sonoco is an integrated recyclables collector, sorter and manufacturer. The company handles about 2.8 million tons of recyclables per year, using recovered paper in its packaging and industrial products. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
The Benin (West Africa)-based blown film manufacturer, Asahel Benin Sarl recently announced that it will produce sustainable, bio-based plastic films in the future. Asahel Benin will achieve this with help from Stuttgart, Germany headquartered Coperion GmbH, which will be delivering a complete compounding system and sharing the corresponding process engineering expertise.
The system includes a ZSK 26 Mc18twin screw extruder, four highly accurate feeders from Coperion K-Tron and a water bath, an air wipe and a strand pelletizer from Coperion Pelletizing Technology.
Coffee and vending machine supplier Selecta UK has partnered with French transnational waste, water and energy management company Veolia to launch SelectaGreen Cup Recycling Service for the workplace and on-the-go.
SelectaGreen will see millions of cups collected for processing each week. They will be made into high-end fibre goods, such as packaging for perfumes and colognes, shopping bags and luxury notepads. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
Canadian film and sheet extrusion systems manufacturer Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. is focusing its K 2019 efforts on sustainability and introducing its latest developed technologies in extrusion systems.
Macro’s newly advanced technology for sustainable packaging features the new MacroPack FP die; faster transition times and less waste; lower film thickness; more uniform layer thickness, enabling reduced usage of expensive resins and total gauge; new designs for screws and barrels to allow for a higher recycling content; and the control system with ‘ReadyRun’ technology, enabling the operator to bring back frequently used recipes with the push of a button.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Sustainability
Microplastics, referring to plastic fragments less than 5mm in diameter, have become commonplace in the world’s oceans and food supply as they pollute water sources and find their indirect way into human and animal bodies.
Widely used in the cosmetics industry as exfoliants in products like scrubs and shampoo, microplastics in the ‘rinse-off’ category were banned in the United Kingdom in 2017, with the European Union proposing to ban 90 per cent of microplastic sources in the coming future.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Bioresin
A state-of-the-art MRF, a recyclables sorting robot, resumed glass collections – these are a few projects that recently received grants from the state of Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in late July announced grants to support recycling in the state. The department has a larger pot of cash to work with this year because lawmakers in December passed a bill boosting recycling grant funding from $2 million last year to $15 million this year.
The grants announced in late July total over $2.8 million.
The SMC dual wall dash shroud, developed for the 2020 Ford Explorer, is said to reduce powertrain noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) compared to metal.
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP; Auburn Hills, Mich., U.S.) has announced that it is supplying Ford Motor Co. (Detroit, Mich., U.S.) with a composite, dual wall dash engine shroud for use in the 2020 Ford Explorer. This sheet molded compound (SMC) advanced composite shroud will reportedly reduce powertrain noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) experienced in the vehicle cabin.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Bioresin
Developed in collaboration with Ford using the tools in Ford’s new NVH lab, the composite engine shroud is said to create an air gap between the engine compartment and the steel front bulkhead by wrapping around the back of the engine and meeting the strut towers on each side of the engine bay.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Bioresin
The Karl Mayer stand at this summer’s ITMA exhibition represented the entire textile value-added chain with presentations covering production, through to the fabric and its final applications across the warp knitting sector.
With around 1500 visitors attending over the course of the show, the stand included innovative machines for warp knitting, warp preparation and technical textiles, solutions for networking machines and the digital world, as well as exciting fabrics and examples of new applications with a high market potential.
India’s nine-month long demand slump in automobile industry – July sales dipping to its lowest level in 20 years – has affected the auto components and ancillary industries including petrochemicals triggering job cuts and production slowdown.
The automobile industry constitutes 7.1% of the country’s GDP, and 49% of the manufacturing GDP.
Inclusive of its value chain, the industry supports over 30m jobs, as per data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).Petrochemicals Biodegradable Bioresin
Experts from some of the world’s biggest brands, including Carlsberg, LUSH Cosmetics, and Just Eat, will come together at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 to debate in ‘The Big Plastics Debate’.
The show’s headline feature will welcome an array of industry experts to discuss the alternatives to traditional plastic and take a critical view of their green credentials.
Proviz – a specialist in light-emitting and reflective cycling, running and outdoor products – has announced its continued commitment to the environment by announcing all its jackets will be made from recycled plastic bottles.
The brand will also encourage its customers to recycle their old products by offering discounts when traded-in.
From summer 2019, all inner linings of Proviz jackets will be manufactured from REPREVE. This is a recycled polyester, made from recycled plastic bottles in the USA. REPREVE transforms recycled bottles into a fibre. The manufacturing process also embeds properties such as wicking, adaptive warming, cooling and water repellency.
Indorama Ventures Announces Acquisition of Sinterama
Enhances IVL’s capability and competitive position to serve increasing demand for Automotive Interiors.
Further strengthens and consolidates IVL’s Automotive interior market
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sinterama S.p.A, a leading Global polyester automotive interiors and high performance colored yarns manufacturer. The acquisition comprises five production sites in four countries in Italy, Brazil, China and Bulgaria, the last being a new market for IVL. It has a combined capacity of around 30,000 tonnes/ annum. Europe imports over 275 KT of yarns annually and Sinterama can grow and strengthen its position as local supplier. The company currently employs 889 people.
The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter 2019, subject to regulatory approvals. Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
Sinterama holds leading positions in the highly specialized applications in Europe, with an excellent reputation and proven technology. The company is vertically integrated from chips to yarns and offers a vast range of colored polyester yarns for the automotive, furnishing, apparel and technical applications. Since its inception in 1968, Sinterama has offered the most innovative solutions and invested in cutting-edge product research. It has substantial accumulated knowledge developed over a long period of time. This will provide IVL comprehensive and innovative solutions for automotive and home applications to better serve customers and meet customers’ needs in the future.
This acquisition is a perfect fit for IVL. Sinterama has a strong production base, providing an excellent platform to integrate IVL’s existing specialties business. The highly complementary portfolio, customer base and geographical footprint of the two companies will open up new market opportunities and enhance value to our customer by further enabling them to leverage IVL’s existing manufacturing capabilities and supply chain.
Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures said:“This acquisition marks an important milestone in our strategic alliance with Sinterama, which has been a partner in Trevira since 2011 and is the industry partner of choice for high-value filament yarns. While we have achieved significant growth in this space over the past years, we believe Sinterama will be the catalyst for us to consolidate and advance our position in this highly demanding and exclusive market.Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
Sinterama brings along a very experienced team of highly respected professionals who together with IVL management make a formidable combination of managerial excellence.
Bringing Sinterama’s experience and network of strategically located facilities into IVL will enable us to provide best-in-class offerings for customers. We are now better positioned than ever to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of customers on a truly global scale.” Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
Mr. Paolo Piana, Chairman of Sinterama, said“It’s a great opportunity for Sinterama to become part of such a strong group like Indorama Ventures, global leader in the polyester business.
The perfect combination seals twenty years of collaboration and leads to the establishment of a global player leader in high added value polyester yarns and applications.” Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
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About Indorama Ventures Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas. The company’s portfolio comprises Integrated PET, Fibers, Packaging, Specialty Chemicals and Olefins. Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and Automotive sectors, i.e. Beverages, Hygiene, Personal Care, Tire and Safety segments. Indorama Ventures has approx. 19,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of US$ 10.7 billion in 2018. The Company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
Indorama Ventures is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand with global operating sites in
The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, Nigeria, Ghana, Portugal, Israel, Egypt, Russia, Slovakia, Austria
USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil
Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, Myanmar
Note: This document contains “forward-looking statements” about the financial condition and results of operations of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (the “Company”), which are based on management’s current beliefs, assumptions, expectations and projections about future economic performance and events, considering the information currently available to the management. Indorama Ventures Acquisition Sinterama
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Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sinterama S.p.A, a leading Global polyester automotive interiors and high performance colored yarns manufacturer. The acquisition comprises five production sites in four countries in Italy, Brazil, China and Bulgaria, the last being a new market for IVL. It has a combined capacity of around 30,000 tonnes/ annum. Europe imports over 275 KT of yarns annually and Sinterama can grow and strengthen its position as local supplier.
The report provides deep insights into Paraxylene (PX) Market related to industry size, share, types, applications, and forecast details. The report covers all the essential information of top key players and relevant regions.
Paraxylene (PX) market report analyzed the market present condition, profit, loss, capacity, productions, consumption and growth rate of the market.
In the end, the report introduced SWOT analysis, investment feasibility, and return analysis of the market. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Automotive
Borealis produces automotive polypropylene, which is more feasible to use in the cooler temperatures of electrified vehicles.
An emerging auto industry interest in a new formula for plastics has resulted in a $15 million plant in Taylorsville, N.C., that will supply BMW and other automakers in the Southeast.
The investment will allow Borealis, of Vienna, one of the world’s largest producers of polyolefins, with 2018 sales of $9.3 billion, to make a play for the U.S. auto market. The plant will produce two new materials for auto parts that traditionally have been made of steel and aluminum, said Roland Janssen, general sales manager for the Americas at Borealis Compounds Inc.
What happens when designers of KIEFEL GmbH, Freilassing, unite essential customer requirements with regard to steel rule machines? The Speedformer KMD 78.2 Speed is born! Let us take your breath away at the K 2019 in Düsseldorf at the Kiefel booth in hall 3, stand E90. Experience the Speedformer KMD 78.2 Speed performing live. The new generation of Kiefel steel rule machines offers the usual quality with even greater productivity and energy efficiency. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Automotive
Erwin Wabnig, Director Packaging Division at Kiefel, explains: “The new generation of machines is fast and reliable. Operators, even without specific training, can operate them intuitively. Ergonomics and data transparency are a matter of course. And of course, in addition to common materials and products, our new system can also process novel film materials and produce even complex products whilst consuming a minimal amount of energy.”
The ‘Synthetic Fibers market’ analytical summative by Persistence Market Research is a thorough study on the latest market trends prevailing in the global business sphere. The report also offers important details pertaining to market share, market size, profit estimations, applications and statistics of this industry. The report further presents a detailed competitive analysis including growth strategies adopted by key players of the industry
Generally produced from petrochemicals, synthetic fibers are man-made fibers which possess superior physical and chemical properties, such as durability, elasticity, strength, etc. Synthetic fibers are also cost effective compared to their natural counterpart and are more stain and water resistant as compared with natural fibers such as cotton or silk. Synthetic fibers play a key role in day to day human life. Along with apparels, synthetic fibers are used in numerous industrial, outdoor, indoor, and commercial applications. Some of the common synthetic fibers include nylon, acrylic, polyester, carbon fiber, etc.; whereas rayon, spandex, etc. are specialty synthetic fibers. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Automotive
Wittmann Battenfeld will exhibit its products and applications under the motto “Enjoy Innovation” for the first time in Hall 15 at Booth C06.
Innovation has always been a top priority at WITTMANN BATTENFELD. The company’s product developments are designed to offer customers maximum benefit and simultaneously to protect the environment and preserve it for future generations in a sustainable way. Apart from further development and optimisation of machinery and equipment, which are setting benchmarks in the market in terms of energy efficiency, this is achieved primarily through the development and continuous improvement of the adaptive HiQ application and process technologies and use of ultra-modern software systems and technologies to enable the integration of machines, robots, auxiliary appliances and MES systems via WITTMANN 4.0, plus sensor systems for machine condition monitoring, abbreviated CMS. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Automotive
Recyclable packaging is a prerequisite for a functioning circular economy and while you want to consider sustainable options for packaging, where do you start? You might consider software that Henkel (Dusseldorf, Germany) is making available for free that has been third-party evaluated for accuracy.Henkel Easyd4r sustainable recycling software tool
In order to quickly and reliably determine the recyclability of new packaging, Henkel uses its specially developed software tool EasyD4R, an assessment tool that the company has made publicly available on its website. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Automotive