Anellotech unit produced p-xylene used by Suntory to make a 100% bioPET bottle
Anellotech and South Hampton Resources, Inc. (SHR), a subsidiary of Trecora Resources, (NYSE: TREC), announced today the renewal of their agreement for SHR to serve as site host and provide operations services for Anellotech’s TCat-8™ process development pilot plant, which is located inside of SHR’s Silsbee, Texas production plant. Anellotech-bio-p-Xylene – EcoMade-Fiber
SHR owns and operates a 128-acre specialty petrochemicals facility at the Silsbee site, specializing in high purity hydrocarbons. SHR originally began its site hosting relationship with Anellotech in 2016 with Anellotech’s development of its Bio-TCat process for producing petrochemicals from wood.
The original services agreement between Anellotech and SHR allowed Anellotech to install and then operate the TCat-8 unit inside the SHR plant. SHR also provides a range of site services, including provision of fully-trained plant and control room operators to assist in routine operations of the highly instrumented and automated plant, as well as maintenance services. This has allowed Anellotech’s engineers to focus on the Bio-TCat research program, which featured more than 5,000 hours of successful TCat-8® pilot plant operation, produce tonne quantities of BTX aromatic product from pine wood feedstock, and obtain the data necessary for process design and commercialization. Anellotech-bio-p-Xylene – EcoMade-Fiber
The TCat-8 unit produced the bio-p-Xylene that was used by Suntory, a global consumer beverage company, to make 100% bio-PET resin and successfully produce prototype PET beverage bottles, as they announced on Dec. 3rd 2021.
Innovation Adds a New Dimension to Sustainable Lightweight Warmth for Cold Weather Apparel and Gear Anellotech-bio-p-Xylene – EcoMade-Fiber
-The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative fiber and technology solutions for the textile and apparel industry, announced today it has launched THERMOLITE® EcoMade fiber made from 100% textile waste, now for insulation applications. The new fiber for battings is the latest sustainable offering from one of the most recognized warming technology brands among consumers worldwide.
This new warming technology involves recycling textile waste from cutting room floors that would have been sent to a landfill or incinerated, and transforming it into high performance fibers for insulation. Once fabric scraps are collected from garment makers, they go through a four-step process before becoming a finished product: 1) depolymerization and refining 2) chip manufacture 3) fiber formation and 4) batting and insulation production.
“Our new textile waste fiber can be used in unique batting constructions to deliver outstanding warming performance infused with unparalleled sustainable attributes,” said Arnaud Ruffin, vice president, brands and retail at The LYCRA Company. “We are initially promoting the fiber in two versions of insulation—both thin-loft and mid-loft battings, each made with ≥ 85% of recycled fibers, including ≥ 50% THERMOLITE® fiber made from recycled PET bottles and ≥ 35% made from the new textile waste product. Both batting offerings deliver durability and outstanding levels of performance combined with unmatched sustainability credentials for the outdoor industry, while warmth per unit weight and other insulation characteristics meet the industry’s highest expectations.” Anellotech-bio-p-Xylene – EcoMade-Fiber
At this year’s IDEA show in Miami, FL/USA, from March 28-31, 2022, nonwovens producer Sandler will highlight innovations that combine function and conservation of resources. Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
In hygiene applications, new nonwovens for acquisition and distribution layers (ADL) put sustainability concepts into practice. The next generation ADL from Sandler AG, Schwarzenbach/Germany, brings together the functionalities of the ADL and the core cover in a single-layer material. The new fluid handling concept gets rid of any gaps between functional layers and the absorbent core, meaning optimum fluid management is ensured. Owing to an exclusively mechanical production process these nonwovens can do entirely without thermoplastic polymers in raw material selection. Material composition and properties can be adapted to the respective features of the end product.
An innovative manufacturing process for wipes lowers energy consumption and use of resources by up to 50% compared with common production methods. The nonwovens feature similar or even improved softness as well as higher thickness at similar basis weights and bonding levels. For this new development, a wide variety of natural fibers or fibers based on renewable sources can be used and tailored to customer wishes and requirements of the end application.
In the field of nonwovens in technical applications is a sustainable new development for the automotive industry. In this sector, single-material solutions are currently also expanded to so-called molded exterior parts, e.g. underside panels, engine compartment shielding, and damping trays. Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
Innovative nonwovens made from 100% PET offers a sustainable alternative for these applications. No binders are used, nor additional fibers often used to reinforce this type of components, thereby significantly reducing the weight of the material. Their porous structure makes these nonwovens very good sound absorbers, increasing the driving comfort of the vehicle. By customizing the fiber structure and the 3D shape of the component, performance can be further optimized to specific applications.
The textile materials are also not susceptible to mold and fungi, and are extremely resistant to all common engine compartment fluids. Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
International technology group Andritz has received an order from the Uzbek cotton spinning specialist Texygen Textile LLC to supply a complete neXline spunlace line. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
This will be the first spunlace line ever installed in Uzbekistan. The equipment will process high-quality cotton fibers in a fully integrated production line, from bleaching to winding. With this new line, Texygen Textile says it will be able to produce high-quality spunlace wipes made of 100 per cent cotton, therefore opening up new market opportunities. Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
Rasulov Ikrom, owner of Texygen Textile, said that the Andritz equipment will minimize fibre loss and enable the company to produce a high-end spunlace fabric that will allow the company to serve the international medical industry with premium-quality spunlace wipes. “We are very proud to be a pioneer in the spunlace industry in our country. We have commissioned Andritz to supply our first spunlace line, and their know-how relating to the carding machine, among other units, will enable us to produce premium-quality, nonwoven cotton roll goods.” Flexible-packaging-sorting – Spunlace
Plastic is a functional, long-lasting, adaptable, and versatile material, and so far, even cheap. In its little more than a century of history since it was first synthesized in 1907 by the Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland, it has played a role in the rapid social, industrial, and technological development that has brought us to the present day. However, its meteoric expansion as a material in this period, which has come to be baptized as ‘the age of plastic’, has made it necessary to establish strategies for its management as waste, especially when it comes to single-use plastic objects or packaging.Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
The figures shared by the European Commission confirm this need. Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tons of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. 80-85% of marine litter on European beaches is plastic and, of this, 50% is single-use plastic (it is worth recalling that there is a mass of 80,000 tons of plastic three times the size of France floating in the Pacific). This results in massive collateral losses for European sectors as diverse as tourism and fishing.
For this reason, legislation is being adopted throughout Europe to face this great challenge. In Spain, the regulations governing single-use plastic objects are already in place, and at the beginning of next year the new Royal Decree on Packaging and Packaging Waste, which is currently being processed, will come into force, while research centers are working hard to develop alternatives to replace the material.
“In this sense, legislation is moving faster than the technical side,” says Luis Gil, packaging specialist at AINIA. “Laws set a pyramid of priorities for the management of packaging waste. The number one priority is to prevent the waste from being produced, but once we cannot prevent it, we have to opt for reuse, recycling, and, finally, recovery. The fruit and vegetable sector has been working for a long time on sustainability in packaging and leads by example when it comes to reusing, with the use of wooden or high-density polyethylene crates for transport and even for the distribution of fruit and vegetables.” Automotive-non-woven-recycling – Packaging
Lightweight soft packaging such as crisp packets or wrapping for chocolate bars is giving headaches to European recyclers who currently have little incentive to buy the collected material. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
The European Commission will seek to address this in July with its planned revision of the EU’s packaging and packaging waste directive.
One of the key objectives of the Commission’s new circular economy action plan (CEAP), tabled in March 2020, is to ensure that “all packaging on the EU market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030”.
This means even complex-to-recycle packaging, such as crisp packets and wrapping for snacks or candy bars, will need to be recycled or replaced by greener options.
But making this type of “flexible packaging” recyclable is a momentous challenge for the industry because of the cumulated costs involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of these products. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
At the end of the day, buying virgin material is often still the cheapest option for the food industry.
“The reason why flexible packaging is not recycled at the moment is because of the cost. Economically it has very little value,” said Justine Maillot from the Rethink Plastic Alliance, an environmental pressure group.
“It’s also because of insufficient volumes – flexible packaging is not collected separately in most European countries,” Maillot explains, meaning it’s usually not recycled and ends up being dumped in landfill or sent for incineration.
France and Belgium recently started collecting flexible packaging, following in the footsteps of Germany, Spain, and Italy, which started 20-30 years ago. However, improving collection does not mean the packaging will be recycled at the end of the day. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
The slow crystallization of PET polyester made it a poor option for processes like injection molding. This led to the development of more molder-friendly options such as PBT. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
While market opportunities for PET polyester in fibers for fabric (the semi-crystalline form) and in beverage bottles (the amorphous form) created substantial growth during the period from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, the slow crystallization of the polymer made it a poor option for processes like injection molding. Early attempts to create materials for this type of conversion process resulted in poor impact resistance and the need for mold temperatures exceeding 150 C (302 F) to achieve full crystallization.
The first successful attempt to make the material more user-friendly for injection molders came from DuPont in 1978. However, almost a decade earlier, a variation on the PET chemistry was commercialized that circumvented the issues that PET exhibited. This was polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). Celanese was the first company to introduce PBT in 1969, followed closely by GE Plastics in 1972. The initial applications were in electrical and electronic markets, where it was recognized that the material properties as well as dimensions of the molded parts were more stable than those produced in nylon once the materials became equilibrated with atmospheric moisture. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
The chemistry of PBT is very similar to that of PET, but there is a subtle difference that brings with it a mixture of advantages and disadvantages. The accompanying figure shows the chemical structure of the repeating unit in PBT. The polymer is produced by essentially the same chemical reaction used to make PET, but with the substitution of butylene glycol for ethylene glycol.
Because butylene glycol is a four-carbon alcohol and ethylene glycol is a two-carbon alcohol, the resulting polymer structure contains a longer segment of the straight carbon chain in each repeating unit. These segments move with greater freedom at a molecular level and thus dilute the strengthening and stiffening effect of the aromatic ring. Polymeric-Materials – Flexible-packaging
This enhanced molecular mobility promotes a faster rate of crystallization in PBT. Consequently, PBT is always semi-crystalline in both its filled and unfilled forms.
Ecodear N510 is made by polymerizing sebacic acid from castor-oil plants and pentamethylenediamine from corn and spinning waste.
Toray Industries, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has developed a nylon 510 fibre that incorporates 100% biobased synthetic polymer content as defined under ISO 16620-1: 2015, the international standard for the biobased content of plastics.
Ecodear N510, will be the first 100% plant-based nylon fibre in Toray’s Ecodear lineup. Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches-Plant-based-nylon
The company has created diverse potential applications for Ecodear N510 as a sustainable offering for high-end markets. While primarily for sports and outdoor fabrics, they extend to lightweights, cut-and-sew fabrics amd innerwear lace materials.
Toray plans to begin Ecodear N510 textile sales for Autumn/Winter 2023 with an initial production volume to be 200,000 metres by the end of March 2023 growing to 600,000 metres in March 2026. Ecodear N510 fibre sales are targeted for Autumn/Winter 2023 2024, with an expectation of a monthly supply of three metric tons monthly in the year ending March 2024. Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches-Plant-based-nylon
In the early 1950s, Toray became the first Japanese company to manufacture nylon. Apparel and other wide-ranging applications over the years have reflected the fibre’s excellent flexibility, durability, wrinkle resistance and washability.
Toray already offers partially plant-based polyester, nylon and other polymers. It developed Ecodear N510 by polymerizing sebacic acid from castor-oil plants and pentamethylenediamine from corn and spinning waste.
Unlike other wholly plant-based nylons, Ecodear N510 has a high melting point and outstanding dimensional stability. It is as strong and heat-resistant as nylon 6, the company says. Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches-Plant-based-nylon
Recent demand has been particularly robust in applications for carbon fibre.
Tongsuh Petrochemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei based in Ulsan, South Korea, has acquired ISCC Plus certification for its acrylonitrile (AN) as a sustainable product, and production of AN using biomass propylene is scheduled to begin in February 2022. Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches-Plant-based-nylon
The certification system enables TSPC to produce and sell AN using biomass raw material allocated by the mass-balance method.
AN is used as a raw material to make acrylic fibre, ABS resin, acrylamide and various other chemical products. Recent demand has been particularly robust in applications for carbon fibre for composites and nitrile rubber for medical gloves.
In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, measures to reduce CO₂ emissions throughout the product chain of fossil fuel-derivatives are gaining momentum, and AN customers are increasingly seeking to manufacture products using AN with low CO₂ emissions in order to contribute to GHG reduction.
According to ICIS, the prices of both colourless bottles and post-consumer flakes reached a “record high” for the European market this month due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and supply chain tensions.
ICIS says that the northwest European prices for post-consumer bottle prices has risen over €200 per tonne in January, with flake prices rising €150 per tonne compared to December 2021. Currently, colourless flake prices are between €1,600 and €1,700 per tonne, with some higher price requests reported – although these can be considered exceptions, ICIS adds, as there is a lack of clarity on whether the flakes were actually purchased at this price. PET-Bottle-Grade – Non-biodegradable-plastics
The escalation in prices brings northwest European prices in line with southern, central, and eastern Europe. These are the reportedly the highest prices observed by ICIS since it first began reported on the figures in 2006.
There are several challenges complicating the supply, demand, and price of recycled PET.
The European Union (EU) will require PET bottles to contain at least 25% recycled plastic from 2025 and at least 30% from 2030, while companies including PepsiCo and Britvic have pledged to eliminating all virgin plastic from bottles sold on European markets by 2022. This means that demand for post-consumer flakes is high, but the supply is somewhat more unstable.
The global supply chain crisis has been compounded by COVID-19 bringing production to a halt, as well as extreme weather events, shipping delays, a shortage of shipping containers, and a number of Force Majeures statements.
Speaking to Packaging Europe last year, Renato Zelcher, president of EuPC, suggested that “more than 90% of the players in all [EU] member states have been negative affected by this situation”, adding that while there were signs of improvement, supply remained uncertain enough that some companies have had to halt production because of a lack of materials or to avoid passing price rises along the value chain. PET-Bottle-Grade – Non-biodegradable-plastics
What to do with the non-biodegradable plastics used in food packaging and agriculture? Researchers are turning their attention to microorganisms, enzymes, earthworms and insects to break down plastics.
Plastics are everywhere, and farms are no exception. Plastic sheets are spread on the ground as mulch to suppress weeds. Plastic is also used to cover greenhouses and plastic packaging helps protect and transport fresh produce.
But there’s a downside. While most plastic waste from agricultural applications and packaging can be collected separately, it can’t be easily recycled using today’s standard procedures. That’s because it’s a mixture of plastics with different compositions or mixed with other materials such as food leftovers that are difficult to extract. PET-Bottle-Grade – Non-biodegradable-plastics
Plastics are a big pain to recycle, and waste either ends up in landfills or is burned. This is why reducing the plastic footprint of food packaging and agriculture is high on the environmental agenda.
Short of cutting down on the number of plastics used in food packaging and the agricultural cycle, researchers are looking into a more natural solution – one that involves creepy crawlies and microscopic bacteria.
‘The secret lies in the combination of different organisms – insects, earthworms and microbes – to convert non-recyclable plastic waste into bioproducts, or to remove them from the soil or compost,’ said María José López, a microbiology professor at the University of Almería, Spain, and BBI JU-funded RECOVER project coordinator.
Prof. López and the RECOVER team are investigating the use of these tiny creatures to not only degrade conventional food packaging, and agricultural plastic waste, but also produce bioplastics and biofertilisers for industries.
Their goal is to convert plastic made from fossil fuels into biodegradable equivalents in a single step. PET-Bottle-Grade – Non-biodegradable-plastics
Projected trajectory is downward for polyolefins, flat to upward for PVC, PS, and PET
Going into January, prices of polyolefins had dropped, most significantly for PP. Despite an announced PE price increase, the trajectory generally projected for both PP and PE was further decline, at least for the first quarter. Contributing factors include rising supplier resin inventories, lower feedstock prices, slowed domestic and exports demand, and new PE capacity scheduled to come on stream. Meanwhile, prices for PVC were expected to stabilize through at least part of the first quarter, while prices of PS and PET were likely to head higher, driven by higher feedstock costs and a tight market in the case of PET. Polyolefins-and-PET – Sugar-based-plastics
These were the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors from PetroChemWire (PCW), and Michael Greenberg, CEO of The Plastics Exchange.
PE Prices Down to Flat
Polyethylene prices were expected to drop by another 5¢/lb by the end of December. Meanwhile, suppliers issued price hikes of 4¢/lb for January, a move intended largely to stem further price decline, according to Mike Burns, RTi’s v.p. of PE markets, as well as PCW senior editor David Barry, and The Plastic Exchange’s Michael Greenberg. In 2021, PE prices increased by 41-43¢/lb through August, followed by decreases of about 15-17¢/lb in the fourth quarter.
RTi’s Burns ventured that PE prices would be flat to lower for January and February, with more downward pressure within the first half of the year. “While demand is still strong, buying habits have returned to buy-as-needed.” He ventured that PE prices could settle as much as 30¢/lb below the 2021 July peak by the end of the second quarter. “Expectations include steady-to-lower demand, high production rates, potential strong exports, and aggressive 2022 contract negotiations to retain market share.” He noted that the Chinese New Year and The Winter Olympic Games starting this month could impact PE suppliers’ ability to export. Moreover, major new PE capacity is slated to come on stream from Shell and the SABIC/Exxon/Mobil joint venture in the first half. Polyolefins-and-PET – Sugar-based-plastics
The conference has been moved to June due to health and safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Polyolefins-and-PET – Sugar-based-plastics
PetCore Europe has announced its annual conference will be postponed to June 14-15. The organization has cited the coronavirus pandemic as the primary reason the conference, originally scheduled for Feb. 2-3, was moved.
“PetCore Europe Management sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause to all stakeholders, speakers, sponsors, media partners and attendees,” the company said in a statement. “The uncertainty surrounding COVID, considering the health and safety of attendees the delay has been chosen as the best alternative.”
According to the news release from PetCore, the venue and facilities remain as planned at the Doubletree Hilton in Brussels.
The organization also is working with the speakers and sponsors to ensure the in-person meeting moves forward. Polyolefins-and-PET – Sugar-based-plastics
Pact Group, Cleanaway, Asahi Beverages and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) have formed a new joint venture to build a new PET plastic recycling facility in Altona North.
Construction of the plant, which is set to be the largest of its kind in Victoria, will start in early 2002 and finish in 2023, with more than 100 local jobs to be created while it is being built and 45 permanent roles once the plant opens.
Robert Iervasi, Asahi Beverages Group CEO, said: “We are constructing this facility to help create a truly circular economy in Victoria and beyond. Our consumers can now have increased confidence that when they dispose of their plastic water or soft drink bottle, it will be recycled instead of going to landfill. It’s not every day that drinks companies announce they’re building a new recycling plant but we want to help create meaningful change.”Chemical recycling – BioPlastics technology
Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley and Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced $6 million dollars towards the project from a total pool of $36.5 million in joint funding for projects under the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) and the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund.
Online monitoring helps reduce corrective and preventive maintenance
Solvay, a global leader in materials, chemicals, and solutions, hired Radix to develop a system to monitor online the performance of its equipment at the Paulínia unit, São Paulo (Brazil) chemical production unit. The new system will help reduce corrective and preventive maintenance orders, increase productivity, and improve plant reliability.Chemical recycling – BioPlastics technology
Radix built the system using the AVEVA OSIsoft PI System and hybrid AI models to calculate performance indicators in real-time, and identify possible failures in 145 pieces of equipment. The project evaluated all equipment, revealing the best efficiency points, and how to avoid failures related to operational deviation or possible anomalies. Chemical recycling – BioPlastics technology
User-friendly dashboards were built to allow a visual understanding of the problem, what action should be taken, and the execute virtual maintenance rounds.
“With the system, it is possible to assess the health of equipment 24 hours, from anywhere with access to Solvay’s network and the PI System. In addition to the dashboards, there is also support for automatic emails, with notifications sent if a device enters a condition outside its normal operating range. Before the project, these kind of problems could not be foreseen,” said the project coordinator, Diego Paes from RadixChemical recycling – BioPlastics technology
By implementing the solution, Solvay’s goal is to reduce emergency work from 16% (based on the 2018 report) to 5% by 2022. The project also reduced preventive maintenance and increased efficiency on some equipment by optimizing best process conditions.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Eastman Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa will jointly announce Eastman’s plan to invest up to $1 billion in a material-to-material molecular recycling facility in France. This facility would use Eastman’s polyester renewal technology to recycle more than 176,000 tons annually of hard-to-recycle plastic waste that is currently being incinerated. The investment would create virgin-quality material with a significantly lower carbon footprint.
Eastman’s project has garnered support from global brands who share its commitment to solving the world’s plastic waste problem and view molecular recycling as a pivotal tool for achieving circularity. LVMH Beauty, The Estée Lauder Companies, Clarins, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Danone are signing letters of intent for multiyear supply agreements from this facility.
This multi-phase project includes units that would prepare mixed plastic waste for processing, a methanolysis unit to depolymerize the waste, and polymer lines to create a variety of first-quality materials for specialty, packaging, and textile applications. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
Eastman also plans to establish an innovation center for molecular recycling that would enable France to sustain a leadership role in the circular economy. This innovation center would advance alternative recycling methods and applications to curb plastic waste incineration and leave fossil feedstock in the ground. The plant and innovation center would be expected to be operational by 2025, creating employment for approximately 350 people and leading to an additional 1,500 indirect jobs in recycling, energy and infrastructure.
A circular economy is key to addressing the global plastic waste crisis and the climate crisis, which have both been at the center of attention in France and throughout Europe. This long-term partnership between France and Eastman will contribute to the EU achieving its sustainability goals, by reducing carbon emissions and enabling a circular economy. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
France has demonstrated tremendous leadership by recognizing the vital role of molecular recycling and supporting investments in innovation.
Eastman says its proven polyester renewal technology provides true circularity for hard-to-recycle plastic waste that remains in a linear economy today. This material is typically incinerated because it either cannot be mechanically recycled or must be downcycled with existing technology. This hard-to-recycle waste is broken down into its molecular building blocks and then reassembled to become first-quality material without any compromise in performance. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
Loop Industries Announces Selection of Port-Jérôme, in Normandy, France, as Site for First European Infinite Loop Manufacturing Facility
Facility to support sustainability objectives of european consumer packaged goods companies
Breaking ground of new facility targeted for 2023 with facility startup and commissioning approximately 18 months later
Infinite Loop(tm) manufacturing model designed to produce 70,000 tonnes of virgin-quality PET resin made from 100% recycled content annually
Projected 255,000 tonnes of CO2 savings annually compared to virgin PET resin made from fossil fuels
Loop Industries, Inc. , a clean technology company, whose mission is to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber, today announced the selection of the site for its first European Infinite Loop(TM) manufacturing facility. As previously disclosed, Loop and leading French environmental services group Suez, have announced their intent to form a joint venture to build the first Infinite Loop(TM) manufacturing facility in Europe. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
The two companies have secured exclusive rights until June 2022 to purchase a 130,000 m² parcel of land in Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine, in the region of Normandy in Northern France. The purchase price for the land is approximately €1.3 M.
The site is strategically located for waste plastic feedstock transportation via the Seine River from the Paris region and is well located to service the large French CPG brand companies. The capital investment required for the project is expected to be €250 M and the project is expected to create 180 full-time manufacturing and engineering jobs. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
The next major steps for the project include permitting, finalizing customer offtake agreements and financing, including support from the French government. Following the completion of permitting, construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2023, with commissioning approximately 18 months later.
The Infinite Loop(TM) manufacturing model is designed to produce 70,000 tonnes of PET resin made from 100% recycled content per year. The facility will provide an opportunity for global CPG brands based in France to accelerate the achievement of their sustainability objectives by gaining access to locally produced virgin-quality PET plastic and polyester fiber made entirely from waste material. At full capacity, the facility is projected to save over 255,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, when compared to virgin PET resin made from fossil fuels. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
This CO2 reduction is comparable to the emissions from over 108 million liters of gasoline or over 1 billion kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle. The majority of the incoming waste plastic feedstock for the facility is currently not recycled and contributes to the waste plastic pollution problem. The facility is aligned with European plastic regulation and objectives, such as the EU’s plastic levy, which charges €800 per tonne of non-recyclable plastic waste, as well as France’s ambition to transition to 100% recyclable plastic by 2025.
Port-Jérôme was selected after an extensive review of several dozen potential sites across Europe. The Normandy region offers a skilled labor pool, favorable logistics and a supportive regional government which has articulated a clear vision of a more sustainable future focused on the circular economy.
The Infinite Loop(TM) France manufacturing facility will create circularity in plastic packaging for leading global consumer brands based in France, including Danone, L’Oréal and L’Occitane, and help them meet their commitments for a high level of recycled plastic content. Plastics Recycling Loop Industries
Davis-Standard will begin its 2022 tradeshow season in Moscow at Interplastica on January 25 – 28. In Hall 2.2 at booth D07 in the Swiss Pavillion, representatives from Maillefer and from ER-WE-PA, Davis-Standard’s subsidiary in Germany, will be available to discuss technology for blown film, cast film, extrusion coating, foam, profile, tube, and sheet applications. High barrier cast film
A specific focus will be Davis-Standard’s dsX product line for packaging applications. Examples of this technology include the dsX 400 aseptic packaging line and dsX flex-pack 300S flexible packaging line.
The dsX 400 aseptic packaging line is a pre-engineered triplex extrusion coating and laminating line for paper, aluminum foils and/or films used in aseptic packaging applications. It is designed for a working width range of 700 to 1,350mm, a mechanical design speed up to 450 metres per minute, and processing speeds up to 400 metres per minute. In addition, the line is equipped with automatic unwind and rewind splicers for speed and processing efficiency. This is a single-source system with Davis-Standard supply of extruders, feedscrews, and extrusion dies to support customer requirements High barrier cast film
For lower-speed flexible packaging applications, Davis-Standard offers the dsX flex-pack 300S, with proven components and a pre-configured, adaptable machine configuration. It can support web widths from 650 to 1,350mm and process line speeds up to 300 metres per minute for paper, film, and aluminum foils with direct gravure primer coating and co-extrusion coating lamination stations. Hallmarks of this line include consistent end-product quality, greater uptime, and productivity, reduced waste, and application versatility. High barrier cast film
To support diverse barrier structures, Davis-Standard offers high barrier cast film capabilities for seven, nine, eleven, or more layers. Extruders are mounted on a platform above the casting unit and are engineered to support a range of resins, including PA, PE, mPE, PP, PET, EVOH, and tie structures.
Processors can attain finished web widths from 2000mm to 3600mm, and line speeds up to 150 metres per minute, web thickness from 75 to 300 microns, and a max roll diameter of 1200mm. High barrier cast film
SIG today announces the launch of SIGNATURE EVO, the world’s first aluminium-free full barrier packaging materials for aseptic carton packs. SIGNATURE EVO extends SIG’s lower-carbon aluminium-free packaging materials – already available for plain white milk – for wider use with oxygen-sensitive products such as fruit juices, nectars, flavoured milk or plant-based beverages. High barrier cast film
“By extending our SIGNATURE portfolio with SIGNATURE EVO – the world’s first aluminium-free packaging materials for aseptic cartons with full barrier protection – we are taking the next step in our aluminium-free journey and underlining our position as an industry leader in sustainable innovations,” said Ali Kaylan, SVP Innovation at SIG. “We are delighted to give our customers additional opportunities to bring low-impact packaging solutions to more categories and more consumers around the world. Sustainable innovations like this are central to SIG’s commitment to partner with customers and go Way Beyond Good for people and the planet.”
Industry-leading sustainable innovation
SIGNATURE EVO is the latest evolution in the SIGNATURE portfolio – SIG’s innovative offering of the most sustainable packaging materials available for aseptic carton packs. High barrier cast film
SIG led the industry with the first ever aluminium-free solutions for aseptic cartons. By eliminating the need for an aluminium foil barrier layer, combibloc ECOPLUS cut the carbon footprint of SIG’s standard packaging material by 27% when launched in 2010. SIGNATURE 100 cut this further in 2017, offering a 58% lower carbon footprint than SIG’s standard packaging material by linking the polymers to 100% renewable forest-based materials via a certified mass-balance system1.
CEOs and investors didn’t need to read beyond the headline – they were ‘off to the races’ with their wallets bulging, ready to go all-in on the growth story of the century.
Pity the poor people who actually made the mistake of reading the Report. They discovered that the definition of “middle class” was “$2 – $20 per capita daily income”. Or in other words, just $7300/year at the top of the range. And even that was in ‘purchasing power parity‘– an artificial way of boosting actual incomes to make them seem higher. China Bottle-to-bottle recycling
Pollution caused by the irresponsible disposal of plastics is a significant issue, particularly in developing countries such as Sri Lanka.
According to Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society, it is estimated that only 9% of all plastics ever produced globally has been recycled.
This is particularly concerning since according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all nations collectively produce about 300 million metric tonnes of plastic every year – nearly equivalent in weight to that of the entire global human population. China Bottle-to-bottle recycling
However, not all plastics are equal in this equation. Polyethene terephthalate (PET) plastics, in particular, stand out, given that they are 100% recyclable.
PET is considered the most promising food-packaging plastic for recycling and is used extensively for this purpose, particularly for the production of bottles containing drinks, hand sanitisers, dishwashing liquid etc.
In addition, PET is more suitable for the recycling process, given its ability to minimise the possibility of contamination following consumption.
Hence, in sharp contrast with the overall recycling rate of plastics, PET bottle recycling rates in some countries exceed 80%. Sri Lanka also aspires to increase its PET bottle collection and recycling rate from 27% to 100% by 2025 to ‘ensure safe, high-quality and durable products,’ as per the National Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management in Sri Lanka (NAPPWM). China Bottle-to-bottle recycling
The University of Michigan Chemical Sciences and Engineering team, led by Professor Nicholas Kotov, has developed a “new biologically inspired battery membrane” with recycled Kevlar fibers that could quintuple electric vehicle ranges and have a lifespan of 1,000 cycles. Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber
The Ann Arbor, Michigan research facility is one of the best in the world, and Kotov, whose research focuses on the development of biomimetic nanocomposites, the self-assembly of nanoparticles, and chiral nanostructures, has worked to change the narrative on lithium-sulfur cells. “There are a number of reports claiming several hundred cycles for lithium-sulfur batteries, but it is achieved at the expense of other parameters—capacity, charging rate, resilience, and safety,” Kotov said in a press release from the University.
“The challenge nowadays is to make a battery that increases the cycling rate from the former 10 cycles to hundreds of cycles and satisfies multiple other requirements including cost.” Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber
Lithium-sulfur batteries can enable five times the capacity of standard lithium-ion cells, which are used in electric vehicles. However, as Professor Kotov mentioned in his quote, the lifespan is significantly decreased due to chemical reactions between molecules. The most common reason for reduced life cycles in lithium-sulfur batteries is dendrites, which are appendages that are designed to receive communications from other cells. These can pierce the membrane of cells, reducing the life span and thus the life cycle of a battery cell.
Another problem is polysulfides, or small molecules of lithium and sulfur, can form and flow to the lithium. They bond and cause blockages, reducing the effectiveness of the membrane. “The membrane is needed to allow lithium ions to flow from the lithium to the sulfur and back—and to block the lithium and sulfur particles, known as lithium polysulfides.”
The FDA has issued a letter of no objection for the company’s LLDPE recycling process.
Little Rock, Arkansas-based Revolution has received a letter of no objection (LNO) from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s proprietary recycling method for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), allowing the postconsumer resin (PCR) to be used in food-contact applications. Revolution’s PCR can be used at content levels up to 100 percent in manufacturing food-contact packaging for all food types under nearly all Conditions of Use as defined by the FDA, according to the company, marking first for the recycling and consumer packaging industries.Food contact PCR Recycling
Revolution has recycling and manufacturing operations throughout the United States, diverting more than 300 million pounds of plastic from landfills annually to process into recycled resin that it uses to manufacture can liners, carryout bags and construction films.
Increased demand for recycled content, driven in part by rising consumer awareness and organizations such as the U.S. Plastics Pact, which has targeted using 30 percent recycled content in plastic packaging by 2025, has created the need for recyclers to meet the quality standards and food-contact requirements set by consumer packaging applications. Revolution says its advancements in flexible film recycling should help bridge this gap by providing the widest possible applications to date for the use of LLDPE PCR in flexible films.
The company says developing a method to produce food-contact quality PCR has been a long-term project through which Revolution leveraged its more than 25 years of flexible film recycling experience. The company has developed new proprietary processes, testing methods and quality control measures to meet the stringent requirements specified by the FDA. Food contact PCR Recycling
The strategic partnership will combine the complementary strengths and capabilities of both players in the plastics recycling value-chain, starting with Germany Food contact PCR Recycling
The agreement secures plastic waste from Reclay for Borealis to convert and revalorise in high-quality recyclate materials
EverMinds™ in Practice: providing circular solutions to meet customer expectations and market demand
Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals and fertilizers, and the Reclay Group, international experts in environmental and material recovery management, announce that they have joined forces to satisfy increasing market demand for the supply of recyclate material for use in high-end plastic applications. This unique partnership will optimise the recycling value chain starting with Germany, one of the largest European recycling markets. The partnership further accelerates the transition to plastics circularity by enabling customers and other value chain partners to meet their own sustainability targets.
New partnership capitalises on strengths of downstream and upstream recycling expertise
The new agreement provides Borealis with access to a secure and steady supply of feedstock in the form of lightweight packaging (LWP) waste collected by Reclay’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme in Germany. The plastic packaging waste is then processed at Borealis’ own state-of-the-art recycling plants, thus extending the range of applications for which recycled plastics can be used. This in turn enables value chain partners, customers, and brand owners to meet recycling quotas and increase the volume of plastic recyclate used in products and applications. Food contact PCR Recycling
Performance textile manufacturer Ventile has reported record sales for 2021, driven by an increase in consumer interest for ecological fashion and textiles.
Hailed as a “year of unprecedented sales,” total Ventile brand sales for the calendar year January to December 2021 increased by 75 percent, compared to 2020.
As well as overall growth, Ventile reports that demand for its sustainably sourced fabric, which includes Ventile Organic and Ventile Recycled, had a record year, with sales for its eco range up 230 percent on the previous year.
Its eco range now accounts for 51 percent of total sales, and out of its top-selling lines, five now come from this range. Sustainable fabrics Nylon CPL
One of the core fabrics, Ventile L24 Organic, a 100 percent cotton fabric made from sustainably grown organic global organic textile standard (GOTS) certified cotton, accounted for 22 percent of all meters sold by the brand, while Ventile L19 Organic had its best year since it launched.
Ventile notes that consumer desire to shop more sustainably, alongside the interest from brands to produce ethically considered garments, have been key factors in the growth in 2021 and has helped the brand launch five new fabric types in the past 12 months.
Daniel Odermatt, Ventile marketing manager, said in a statement: “Last year proved a pivotal year for the success of Ventile. Not only are we able to announce record sales for Ventile as a whole, but we are also pleased to say that it was also a bumper year for sales of our Eco range too. Sustainable fabrics Nylon CPL
“As a brand founded on its sustainable credentials and true advocates of the slow fashion movement, we are beyond thrilled to be able to see that consumers, as well as brands across the globe, are recognising the importance of this practice in the textile industry.”
This round of rising in nylon 6 industrial chain had lasted for a month. Different from previous waves of uptrend in 2021, there were divergences in the process, so the rhythm of increase was relatively slow. In fact, the time given to the downstream for replenishment was also sufficient, but since there was no consensus on the bullishness, the transaction was in a gradual manner instead of explosive rise this time. Sustainable fabrics Nylon CPL
Entering the second week in January 2022, the bullish performance has extended after Sinopec raised contract nomination further. However, trading of nylon 6 chip was obviously under pressure, and chip plants have different thought and strategies as well. Some of them insisted on bullish outlook toward the market after 2022 Spring Festival, as supply was still tight. But the others focused on a steady sales and have given some discounts to customers. As the price trend comes to consolidation and slight softness, buy mood is not as high as the previous time.
In terms of supply-demand pattern, both CPL and nylon 6 chip market have kept a healthy balance so far. Since the second half of December 2021, there have been several unstable operations in CPL industry, as some plants have restarted while some had shut or cut production. Sustainable fabrics Nylon CPL
The result of these issues is almost neutral, and there is no evident skew in the supply-demand balance.
Chart 2. CPL and nylon 6 chip plant operating rate
The above chart shows that the core lines of the average operating rate of CPL and nylon 6 chip plants basically keep a same pace. And in the below chart we could see that CPL inventory has been relatively stable over the past two weeks.
Delivers on commitment to bring fully certified circular polyethylene product to market in the United States, said CPChem.
Calling it a milestone in its circular economy initiatives, Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) today announced the first commercial sales of its Marlex Anew Circular Polyethylene. Circular Polyethylene Crude oil
CPChem uses advanced recycling technology, also referred to as chemical recycling, to process pyrolysis oil, a feedstock made from difficult-to-recycle waste plastics, which can then be used to manufacture new products.
CPChem has already begun delivering Marlex Anew Circular Polyethylene and said that it is working to further expand production volumes.
Since announcing the launch of its advanced recycling program in October 2020, CPChem has been certified by International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS. The company also has scaled production volumes and signed long-term feedstock supply agreements. Circular Polyethylene Crude oil
CPChem worked with Chevron to successfully process pyrolysis oil at Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery in a certified commercial-scale trial.
his enables CPChem to source feedstock derived from plastic waste to produce Marlex Anew Circular Polyethylene.
The company said that it is evaluating future collaborative opportunities with Chevron to reinforce both companies’ sustainability-related efforts and to support CPChem’s annual production target of 1 billion pounds of Marlex Anew Circular Polyethylene by 2030. Circular Polyethylene Crude oil
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that US oil production will average 12.4 million bpd during 2023, surpassing the record high for domestic crude oil production set in 2019. Circular Polyethylene Crude oil
In its January Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts US crude oil production will increase for nine consecutive quarters, from the 4Q21 to 2023.
EIA also expects OPEC to increase its crude oil production to 28.9 million bpd in 2023, up from an average of 26.3 million bpd in 2021.
“We expect global demand for petroleum products to return to and surpass pre-pandemic levels this year, but crude oil production grows at a faster rate in our forecasts,” said EIA Acting Administrator Steve Nalley.
“We expect that as crude oil production increases, inventories will begin to replenish and help push prices lower for gasoline, jet fuel, and other products in the short term.” Circular Polyethylene Crude oil
EIA forecasts that US commercial crude oil inventories will reach 465 million bbls at the end of 2023, which is about 11% more than inventories at the end of 2021.
Other key takeaways from the latest STEO include:
EIA estimates that the US produced 1.5 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of solar power in 2021, a 23.7% increase from 2020. EIA forecasts US consumption of solar-generated electricity to increase a further 27.3% in 2022 and 25.2% in 2023.
By September 2023, EIA expects US natural gas production to reach an average of 98 billion ft3/d for the first time and then to average 98.2 billion ft3/d the second half of 2023.
US coal consumption increased by 14% in 2021 in response to growing demand for coal-fired electricity. EIA expects US coal consumption to decrease by 2% in 2022 and remain relatively unchanged in 2023. Despite the decrease in consumption, EIA forecasts that coal production will increase 6% in 2022.
Hydropolis United has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a Polish regional municipal waste management operator to develop a waste-to-hydrogen system, said the company.
The agreement between the Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) subsidiary and Regionalny Zaklad Zagospodarowania Odpadow (RZZO) will convert end of life plastics into hydrogen. A plant can be constructed on as little as 1.5 hectares and easily bolted onto existing waste facilities, using scalable and adaptable technology.
HUI has exclusive rights in Hungary, Poland and Greece to use Powerhouse Energy Group (PHE) technology, which converts plastic into hydrogen, and non-exclusive rights in the rest of the world. RZZO will provide a plot of land for the plant and will provide the waste plastic feedstock needed to produce hydrogen, subject to the final contract. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
The site is expected to have capacity to process 40 tonnes of plastic waste per day to produce up to 2-3 tonnes/day of hydrogen as well as electricity and heat, with the latter likely to be fed into a district heating system.
RZZO, which was established to deal with new legislation on waste management, will also assist in procuring funding from the EU, national or local grants, and/or private funding, as well as assisting in offtake partners for the energy and hydrogen produced at the plant.
HUI’s flagship project is set to be in Konin, Poland, following an agreement between the firm and the City of Konin signed in February 2021. It is likely to come online in the next year.
As per MRC, BP announced that it has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a series of new potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east England.
In March, Bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to produce up to 1GW of ‘blue’ hydrogen – 20% of the UK’s hydrogen target – by 2030. At the same time, it announced it had signed initial MoUs to scope the supply of hydrogen to chemicals manufacturer Venator and gas distributor Northern Gas Networks.Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have announced a new agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy plans to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, in addition to their existing operational plant, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
The plant will process and convert 33,000 tonnes of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste yearly, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025, with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units, following a successful processing experimentation in TotalEnergies’ petrochemical platform in Antwerp. With identical properties to virgin ones, the recycled polymers will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers
Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies are both firmly committed to develop plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste, and to build a circular economy in Europe and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy have announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in 2023. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
Additionally, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A. This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024. Under the agreement, TACOIL will be converted by TotalEnergies in its Texas-based production units.
“I am pleased to announce another new Plastic Energy plant in Spain, and a new collaboration agreement with our partner, TotalEnergies” said Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. “This new large-scale recycling plant will be an impactful addition to our existing portfolio of operational plants in Spain and will allow for an increase in the amount of end-of-life plastics that we can recycle in Europe.”
APK AG says it has been able to obtain high-quality, pure plastic LDPE recyclate from mixed consumer waste using its Newcycling technology, which it adds is successful on an industrial scale. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
Over the course of 2021, APK implemented an industrial-scale production campaign in several phases of its Merseburg recycling plant. The input material used with the Newcycling technology was post-consumer film waste from household collections.
According to the company, the first phase generated “excellent” results in terms of problem-free processing, yield, and mechanical values of the recyclate.
During a subsequent intermediate laboratory phase, the process parameters were refined with decolourisation in mind. The new parameters were implemented successfully in November 2021 as part of the second phase of the campaign, with the analysis of materials obtained reportedly revealing high colour and transparency values.
Klaus Wohnig, CEO of APK AG, comments: “We were able to prove that our Newcycling-technology can successfully recycle household plastic waste, and do so on an industrial scale.
“We were able to fully achieve the ambitious goals we had set for scaling and decolourisation.” Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging
Dr Jürgen Flesch, APK board member who oversees production and technology, adds: “We were able to obtain a light-coloured LDPE-recyclate from mixed, flexible household waste, which was then processed into a film.
“The L value of our ‘campaign film’ is close to that of films produced from virgin plastics.”
APK is aiming to meet the demand for high-quality recycled plastics, which it says is in “greater demand than ever”, especially in the packaging segment. The Newcycling campaign is part of its wider expansion and, alongside partners from the plastics value chain, the company has plans to establish new plants over the coming years.
Rapid expansion plans focused on production of high-quality recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE) Plastics Recycling Crude Oil
Repeats Group B.V. (which stands for Recycled PE AT Scale) (“Repeats”) today announced its launch and plan to build a pan-European plastics recycling platform focused on producing high-quality recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE) with a €100 million equity commitment from Ara Partners. Ara Partners (“Ara”) is a global private equity firm that specializes in industrial decarbonization investments.
Repeats utilizes a best-in-class mechanical process to transform post-commercial plastic waste into high-quality resin suitable for commercial and industrial applications.
The company is scaling LDPE recycling capacity throughout Europe to address the shortage of supply compared to the growing demand required to meet industry sustainability and net zero targets, increasing consumer preferences for low-carbon products and stricter regulatory requirements around decarbonization.
Operations will be focused on core European markets characterized by dense population and underserved LDPE recycling capacity.
Through a combination of greenfield development, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, Repeats and Ara are committed to building a leading LDPE recycling platform in Europe. Plastics Recycling Crude Oil
Repeats is led by Greg Rung and a team of LDPE recycling executives who collectively have over 80 years of experience in the plastics recycling industry. Mr. Rung was a Partner at Oliver Wyman, where he developed growth strategies and implemented integration programs for clients across Europe and emerging markets. The Repeats executive team has successfully built, scaled, and monetized plastic recycling businesses across Western Europe. The team is well versed in the different mechanical and chemical technologies at the forefront of LDPE recycling, and they have strong relationships with European plastic collection agencies, converters and consumer product companies driving growth in the recycled LDPE resin market.
“The need for an effective, circular solution to the growing plastic waste problem is tremendous, and European businesses, consumers and governments are aligned in working towards higher utilization of recycled plastic,” said Greg Rung, Repeats’ CEO. “We seek to partner with leading CPG (consumer packaged goods), petrochemical and plastic packaging manufacturing companies to create a high-quality supply source that is widely available throughout Europe. We are proud to partner with Ara, which shares this ambition and has expertise and resources to help achieve our objectives.”
“The Repeats management team has the operational experience, strategic relationships, and drive to transform the European LDPE recycling market,” said Tuan Tran, a Partner at Ara Partners. “They have an outstanding reputation in Europe and we are thrilled to partner with the Repeats team to build a pan-European recycling leader.”
The 2021 annual progress report highlights how the organization’s projects are beginning to deliver impact, after two years of foundation-laying work.
Since 2019, the Alliance has developed a portfolio of more than 35 projects, currently in various stages of implementation, across 80 cities. The third edition of the report ‘Alliance in action’ showcased a year of actions and outlined its strategy to deliver ambition of greater impact, inspired by the collective action of partners around the world. Plastics Recycling Crude Oil
SABIC is a founding member of the Alliance since its inception in 2018 and in his members message Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, reflected: “At SABIC, we believe plastic can be part of a sustainable future and we are taking action, working towards the collective aim of a circular plastics economy. We are collaborating with partners to find innovative solutions and new ways to design, produce, use, and recycle plastic and close the loop on plastic waste.
He added: “This year has also seen SABIC working with customers and partners to find new ways to recover and recycle ocean and ocean-bound plastic waste, which have found their way into our environment and waterways to create new valuable plastic materials. In doing so, we are not only helping to address the issue of end-of-life plastics, but these programmes also contribute to the social and economic growth in those local communities.”
During the year, the Alliance grew its portfolio of projects by about 80% and now covers Europe and the Americas as well. It now also includes investments and partnerships to develop and test-bed technologies that will help improve waste sorting—through the HolyGrail 2.0 Digital Watermarks Initiative—or improve the value of difficult-to-recycle plastics. Plastics Recycling Crude Oil
“Despite the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we set in motion efforts to scale for impact and we are beginning to see early results,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance. “The Alliance remains fully committed to our ambition of diverting millions of tons of plastic waste from the environment.”
ŠKODA AUTO consistently focuses on sustainability along the entire value chain – Car manufacturer works with suppliers and the scientific community on innovative materials which are then used in series production – Video reveals how the seat c
– ŠKODA AUTO consistently focuses on sustainability along the entire value chain
– Car manufacturer works with suppliers and the scientific community on innovative materials which are then used in series production. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
ŠKODA AUTO has replaced its classic equipment lines with Design Selections for the interior of the all-electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV. The Czech car manufacturer combines wool with recycled polyester from disposable PET-bottles for the seat covers of the Design Selection LODGE.
In collaboration with suppliers and the scientific community, the company is working on sustainably produced, recyclable and durable materials for use in series production. In the future, ŠKODA AUTO’s procurement processes will place even more emphasis on sustainability and the circular economy along the entire value chain.
Markéta Truhelková, Coordinator of Purchasing – Interior at ŠKODA AUTO, emphasises, “The consistent use of sustainably produced materials in our current vehicles is changing the requirements in the Purchasing division and therefore also the demands on our suppliers.
That’s why – true to our Simply Clever ethos – we are working together to develop innovative sustainable materials that stand up to everyday use, are easy to work with and create attractive design accents.” Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-party coalition government has voiced its objections to a European Union draft plan to label nuclear power plants as a sustainable energy source in a formal letter to Brussels, ministers said on Saturday.
The EU taxonomy aims to set a gold standard for green investments, helping climate-friendly projects to pull in private capital and stamping out “greenwashing”, where investors and companies overstate their eco-credentials.
“As the federal government, we have once again clearly expressed our rejection of the inclusion of nuclear energy. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
It is risky and expensive,” Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in a joint statement with Environment Minister Steffi Lemke, both senior members of the Greens party.
In its letter to Brussels, published by the Economy Ministry on its web page, the German government also pointed to the lack of any safety requirements regarding nuclear power plants.
“Serious accidents with large, cross-border and long-term hazards to humans and the environment cannot be excluded,” Berlin said in its letter, adding that the question of where to store radioactive waste in the long term was still unanswered.
Habeck and Lemke said that, if the European Commission disregarded Germany’s objections and left the draft plan unchanged, Berlin should reject the plan in their opinion. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
However, German government sources told Reuters earlier this month that coalition parties wanted to avoid an escalation in the EU dispute and agreed in coalition talks behind closed doors to abstain in any upcoming vote.
Hyundai Oilbank, a refining unit of South Korea’s Hyundai shipbuilding group, tied up with Danimer Scientific, a biopolymer manufacturer in the United States, to develop degradable plastic products using polyhydroxyalkanoates.
They would cooperate in research, marketing, and manufacturing as well as joint investments. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are produced by bacteria during the fermentation process of sugar or lipids including fats, oils and waxes to store carbon and energy, and can be used with other monomers to create different types of bioplastics that break down over time. PHAs are 100 percent biodegradable even in seawater.
Danimer Scientific uses PHA and other biopolymers to create a range of applications. The company’s Nodax PHA is a class of bioplastics produced from bacterial microorganisms that store PHA polyesters for energy in their cell walls.
Hyundai Oilbank and Danimer Scientific would cooperate in PHA research, marketing, and manufacturing while developing new high value-added applications with PHA and considering joint investment in production facilities in response to Asian demand.
“Plastic use continues to increase despite the serious destruction of an ecosystem caused by the incineration and reclamation of waste plastics that are difficult to recycle. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
We can reduce environmental pollution by replacing existing plastics with bioplastics,” Choi Jin-woo, a Hyundai Oilbank official in charge of new businesses, said in a statement on January 26.
Cypet introduces a one-stage ISBM system to provide a clear alternative to HDPE bulk containers. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
Cypet Technologies, a Cyprus-based producer of PET injection stretch-blow molding (ISBM) machines, has come out with its largest model yet, capable of making 1000-liter (264-gal) intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). Cypet is looking for a strategic partner to cooperate in commercializing PET IBCs globally.
Up to now, the largest of Cypet’s single-stage ISBM machines could make up to 120 L PET containers with up to 400-mm necks. These machines are based on a horizontal injection molding machine platform with special tooling and automation. Servohydralic and all-electric models are available. Preform injection and stretch-blowing are accomplished in the same clamp with a special tooling package, in which the preform cavities are located below the blowing cavities. Preforms are molded in a horizontal orientation, while containers are blown in a vertical position. In a typical cycle, when the clamp opens, the preform cavities rotate from horizontal to vertical position, allowing an integrated top-entry linear robot to extract the preforms and transfer them to the blow molds while retaining their vertical orientation. The robot arm also extracts finished containers in the same operation. The clamp closes, and the containers are stretch-blown in the upper molds, while a new set of preforms are injection molded in the lower tooling. See a video of a Cypet machine in action at short.ptonline.com/cypet.
Cypet currently has two of its machines installed in the U.S., and two more are coming to plants in the U.S. and Mexico this year.
PET offers substantial weight savings, glass-clear product visibility, and recycling advantages over incumbent HDPE. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
Evonik’s new material is suited for demanding exterior and interior applications.
A new plasticizer developed by Evonik is characterized by low-temperature flexibility and UV resistance, imparting weather resistance and durability to end-use products. ELATUR DINCD is easy to process because of its low viscosity and is suited for demanding exterior and interior applications, such as textile fabrics, roofing membranes, floor coverings, adhesives and sealants, as well as paints and coatings.
“In developing the new isononanol-based plasticizer, we were able to draw on many years of experience in research, production, and marketing,” said Dr. Michael Graß, Head of Application Technology for plasticizers. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
“This has enabled us to develop a product based on our technologies that offers customers new opportunities in product optimization through a combination of good processability and high durability.”
Evonik has offered ELATUR CH, another new-generation plasticizer, in addition to VESTINOL 9 since 2013. As a fast fuser for special PVC applications, ELATUR DPT completes the portfolio and is particularly effective in combination with ELATUR CH, said Evonik. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
NPP POLYPLASTIC has commissioned the Saratov Plant of Polymer Materials (SZPM) for compounding engineering plastics, the company said.
After reaching full production capacity, SZPM will produce about 20,000 tons of polymer composite materials per year based on polypropylene (PP) and polyamide (PA) to replace imports of engineering plastics in the domestic market.
Two energy-efficient high-tech compounding lines based on Blue Power extruders, which were supplied to SZPM by KraussMaffei (Germany).
It is noted that these are the first extruders of this class in Russia. The lines are equipped with modern equipment from leading world and domestic manufacturers: Brabender Technologie, MAAG, Moretto. The installation was carried out by the Russian company Politekhnika. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
The total volume of investments in fixed assets during the implementation of the Saratov Plant of Polymeric Materials project amounted to more than 420 million rubles. The enterprise has created 30 high-tech jobs.
The investment project for the creation of the SZPM was implemented with the support of the regional government. Construction work began in March 2021, and the first equipment arrived at the plant in May-June. The project entered the commissioning stage on December 10, 2021. Recycled-PET-bottles – Energy – Bioplastics
The US has rejected Russia’s demand to bar Ukraine from Nato, amid warnings Russia might invade its neighbour.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken was giving Russia a formal response to its demands to resolve the Ukraine crisis. Russia-Ukraine-crisis
Mr Blinken gave no concessions but said that he was offering Russia “a serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it”.
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said President Vladimir Putin would now assess Mr Blinken’s response.
While the document – delivered by the US in coordination with the Nato military alliance – does not address Russia’s “main concern” about the alliance’s expansion, Mr Lavrov said it “gives hope for the start of a serious conversation” on secondary questions. Russia-Ukraine-crisis
The president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov meanwhile told reporters Russia would not “rush into assessments”, saying it would take “time to analyse” the response.
Russia had issued a written list of its concerns about the expansion of Nato and related security issues. Among them was a demand for Nato to rule out the possibility of Ukraine and others ever joining the alliance.
In recent weeks, Russia has been amassing large numbers of troops on the Ukraine border – something which Western countries have seen as preparation for a possible invasion. Russia denies this.
Mr Blinken said the US response made its “core principles” clear, including Ukraine’s sovereignty and its right to choose to be part of security alliances such as Nato.
“There should be no doubt about our seriousness of purpose when it comes to diplomacy, and we’re acting with equal focus and force to bolster Ukraine’s defences and prepare a swift united response to further Russian aggression,” he said.
“It remains up to Russia to decide how to respond,” he added. “We’re ready either way.” Russia-Ukraine-crisis
The secretary of state said the US had sent three shipments of military “assistance” this week – including Javelin missiles and anti-armour weaponry, along with hundreds of tonnes of ammunition and equipment.
-Украинский кризис: США отвергают требование России исключить Украину из НАТО
США отклонили требование России исключить Украину из НАТО на фоне предупреждений о том, что Россия может вторгнуться в соседнюю страну.
Госсекретарь Энтони Блинкен давал России официальный ответ на ее требования разрешить украинский кризис. Г-н Блинкен не пошел на уступки, но сказал, что предлагает России «серьезный дипломатический путь вперед, если Россия его выберет». Russia-Ukraine-crisis
Министр иностранных дел России Сергей Лавров сказал, что президент Владимир Путин теперь оценит ответ г-на Блинкена.
Хотя документ, представленный США в координации с военным альянсом НАТО, не затрагивает «главную озабоченность» России по поводу расширения альянса, г-н Лавров сказал, что он «дает надежду на начало серьезного разговора» по второстепенным вопросам.
Тем временем пресс-секретарь президента Дмитрий Песков заявил журналистам, что Россия не будет «спешить с оценками», заявив, что потребуется «время для анализа» ответа.
Россия опубликовала письменный список своих опасений по поводу расширения НАТО и связанных с этим вопросов безопасности. Среди них было требование к НАТО исключить возможность вступления Украины и других стран в альянс.
В последние недели Россия сосредоточила большое количество войск на границе с Украиной, что западные страны расценили как подготовку к возможному вторжению. Россия это отрицает. Russia-Ukraine-crisis
Г-н Блинкен сказал, что реакция США четко прояснила их «основные принципы», включая суверенитет Украины и ее право выбирать членство в альянсах безопасности, таких как НАТО.
«Не должно быть никаких сомнений в серьезности наших намерений, когда речь идет о дипломатии, и мы действуем с одинаковым вниманием и силой, чтобы укрепить обороноспособность Украины и подготовить быстрый совместный ответ на дальнейшую российскую агрессию», — сказал он.
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«Решение о том, как реагировать, остается за Россией», — добавил он. «Мы готовы в любом случае».
Госсекретарь заявил, что на этой неделе США отправили три партии военной «помощи», в том числе ракеты «Джавелин» и противотанковое вооружение, а также сотни тонн боеприпасов и оборудования. Russia-Ukraine-crisis
The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and RecyClass have joined efforts to further support value chain actors in making the right design decisions in PET bottle production.
Following the numerous commitments of the industry players to increase uptake of recycled plastics, including the new mandatory target of 25% in PET bottles by 2025, EPBP and RecyClass want to ensure that the recyclability, and therefore, circularity, of PET bottles is guaranteed. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
“If we are to make plastics circular the industry players need to speak with one voice”, said Paolo Glerean, RecyClass chairman, “we need also a clear and long-term objective which requires the collaboration, know-how and endorsement of all the partners.”
“Working together to safeguard food contact rPET with the highest quality in a bottle-to-bottle closed loop will be a key enabler for the industry towards its commitments”, says Philippe Diercxsens, EPBP board member representing Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE). Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
“We believe that this partnership will be very beneficial to support a sustainable PET business and to foster solutions that help create a truly circular economy,” said Antoon Spiessens, EPBP board member representing UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe.
Within this partnership, EPBP will be responsible for the governance development and update of the testing protocols while RecyClass will be responsible for the execution and validation of the analysis of the standard package based on EPBP guidelines and protocols. This will include among others, running standard testing, ensuring impartiality and the highest quality of tests.
Focused efforts are advancing innovative and sustainable solutions for customers
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), makers of REPREVE and one of the world’s leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns, is launching an enhanced supply chain certification and two new products at Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market taking place Jan. 26-28, 2022, in Denver. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
These additional innovations—U TRUST® Product Certification, REPREVE SmartDye™ technology and Berry Compliant Knit Cord—enhance and support Unifi’s commitment to sustainability, transparency and customer service.
“This certification’s credibility can be validated by external parties. The U TRUST Product Certification validator tool also introduces new functionality for corporate brands and retailers into their brands’ certifications.”
The U TRUST Product Certification allows brands to obtain an additional level of transparency for their products made with REPREVE recycled fibers and builds on other Unifi certifications: U TRUST Fabric Certification, Scientific Certification Systems, Oeko-Tex certification and the Global Recycle Standard certification. As a complement to these existing safeguards, the U TRUST Product Certification allows brands to aggregate multiple REPREVE certified fabric components in a product and leverages a physical tracer (Unifi’s FiberPrint® technology) that can be audited, proven and found in the product throughout its life.
“Our newest certification gives brands additional peace of mind that goes beyond what a purely transaction-based certification can provide,” explained Jay Hertwig, Unifi’s senior vice president of commercialization. “This certification’s credibility can be validated by external parties. The U TRUST Product Certification validator tool also introduces new functionality for corporate brands and retailers into their brands’ certifications.” Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
Unifi is also launching REPREVE SmartDye lower-temperature dyeable recycled polyester. The product yields substantial energy savings and reduces cycle time when compared to standard polyester. Available in REPREVE Polyester Staple Fiber and REPREVE Filament Fiber, REPREVE SmartDye improves dye cycle efficiency and achieves up to 30%1 energy savings without compromising a fabric’s performance.
In addition, the company is launching Berry Compliant Knit Cord, a high-quality synthetic cord that’s perfect for comfortable ear loops for standard, surgical, KN95 and N95 respirator masks. It’s soft, durable and strong, and the product is packaged on yarn bobbins – not loose in boxes. Customizability is key for this product, as it’s available in nylon and polyester, multiple colors and patterns, and in a variety of sizes. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
-Trinseo downgrades 2021 full-year guidance on energy pricing, production halt
Trinseo has downgraded its expectations for full-year 2021 earnings and profits on the back of the sharp rise in natural gas pricing late last year and lost styrene production at its Terneuzen site in the Netherlands, the US-headquartered plastics and rubber specialist said on Monday. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
The company projects that full-year net income for 2021 will stand at $279m-281m, compared to earlier guidance of $336m-376m, while fourth-quarter net income is expected to be as little as $1m.
Citing an “unprecedented” rise in European natural gas costs that outpaced the company’s capacity to pass on price increases and production losses at Terneuzen due to an upstream force majeure, Trinseo expects fourth-quarter net income from operations to be $1-3m, compared with $67m during the same period in 2020.
Full-year 2021 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation are expected to be $726m-732m, compared with earlier forecasts of $750m-800m.
Since the previous financial guidance was issued, the company has absorbed a hit of around $30m to net income from the sharp increases in natural gas pricing and $20m from Terneuzen. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
The company halted styrene production at Terneuzen in December 2021 due to feedstock supply constraints arising from a Dow cracker outage, returning to normal output for styrene derivatives before the end of the year. Monomer production remains offline.
“While we implemented pricing actions in the fourth quarter, these were unable to keep pace with the unprecedented rise in natural gas prices that occurred late in the quarter,” said Trinseo CEO Frank Bozich. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
“Despite this and the Terneuzen outage, we were still able to generate significant cash and returns to shareholders during the fourth quarter, while continuing on our path of transformation via the completion of our sale of the synthetic rubber business and the acquisition of plastics recycler Heathland,” he added.
The pressure to address film and flexible packaging waste has been building up. Awareness about plastic waste and how to reuse materials has grown, and consumers are increasingly vocal in their requests for a more environmentally friendly approach to packaging. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
Legislation is also tightening up to encourage manufacturers to use post-consumer resin (PCR) in addition to virgin resin. For example, in the United States, New Jersey’s legislature will send to the governor a bill requiring 20 percent PCR in plastic shopping bags and 40 percent three years later. A California Assembly Bill makes brands solely responsible for achieving 50 percent PCR in beverage containers by 2030, with the aim of “making manufacturers partners in ensuring they have sufficient material to meet this requirement.”
The big international brands are setting self-imposed mandates about the content of PCR in their packaging in the expectation that legislation around the world will become increasingly stringent. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
As a result of the pressure for the creation of a plastics circular economy, the recycling sector is attracting public and private investment. Closed Loop Partners is participating in the acquisition of a majority stake in Sims Municipal Recycling and plans to expand the business into additional municipalities and post-consumer recyclable streams.
The challenges surrounding the recycling of film and flexible packaging waste
“The first challenge is the low bulk density of these materials, which are very light and fluffy,” explained Enrico Siewert, Director of Product and Market Development at STADLER. “They tend to move around on a sorting plant’s conveyors and wrap themselves around the bearings of the shafts, affecting the equipment’s performance and maintenance. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
Also, these materials are susceptible to trapping moisture, they tend to crumple locking in the moisture, and it takes a lot of energy to clean them.”
“However, the biggest issue is that many of these materials are multi-layers, where different polymers – EVOH, PE, PP or PET – are sandwiched together to achieve the desired performance properties. The layers are fused together, so they are very difficult to separate mechanically. Also, they have different melt temperatures, so extrusion is difficult when using this material during the remanufacturing of new products,” said Siewert.
CEO Silviu Popovici now wants “an appropriate regulatory landscape” to support circular economy Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
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epsiCo Europe plans to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in all of its chip bags by 2030. The food and beverage giant proposes using 100% recycled or renewable plastic instead, reducing greenhouse gasses (GHGs) from film packaging by up to 40%.
The transition will apply to brands including Walkers, Doritos, and Lay’s, with consumer trials rolling out in European markets in 2022, starting with renewable plastic in a Lay’s range in France in the first half of the year. The renewable content will come from the by-products of plants, such as used cooking oil or waste from paper pulp.
Later in the year, a Walkers range using recycled packs will be trialed in the UK. The recycled content will be derived from previously used plastic.
“We are hoping to use these trials to understand how the packaging performs at scale in the market and also the reaction from our consumers and customers,” Archana Jagannathan, PepsiCo Europe’s senior director for sustainable packaging, tells PackagingInsights. “This will be critical as we build the roadmap to deliver on our 2030 ambition.” Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
PepsiCo says it will help build a circular economy for flexible packaging in Europe through design, infrastructure and by giving packaging materials a new life, as part of its wider pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) ambition.
“Flexible packaging recycling should be the norm across Europe,” argues Silviu Popovici, PepsiCo Europe’s CEO. “We see a future where our bags will be free of virgin fossil-based plastic. They will be part of a thriving circular economy where flexible packaging is valued and can be recycled as a new packet.”
“We’re investing with our partners to build technological capacity to do that. We now need an appropriate regulatory landscape in place so that packaging never becomes waste,” he adds.
Reducing climate impact
PepsiCo uses flexible plastic for its snack packaging – the soft wrapping used to make its chip bags – because it is lightweight compared to alternative packaging and therefore has a lower carbon footprint. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
Huntsman Textile Effects has brought a complete suite of solutions for performance apparel, technical textiles and casual wear to the ongoing Colombiatex de las Américas 2022. Huntsman Textile is also showcasing the latest addition to the third generation of its revolutionary AVITERA SE polyreactive dye range at the three-day international exhibition. Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
AVITERA ROSE SE delivers brilliant bluish-red shades while reducing the water and energy required for production by up to 50 per cent and increasing mill output by up to 25 per cent or more. It also significantly outperforms the best available dyeing technologies for cellulosic fibres and blends in terms of value by reducing recipe costs, minimising processing costs and eliminating reprocessing, Huntsman said in a press release.
ERIOPON E3-SAVE is another next-generation water-saving innovation. An all-in-one textile auxiliary for polyester processing, it allows pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing to be combined in a single bath and eliminates the need for anti-foaming products. This shortens processing time and saves water and energy.
“Sustainability is becoming a priority for regulators in South America and around the world, and consumers are increasingly keen to make a difference by choosing green brands,” said Ben Powell, commercial director Americas, Huntsman Textile Effects. “Huntsman is redefining what’s possible to help textile and apparel companies make the shift to more environmentally sustainable operations while enhancing their competitiveness at the same time. Our innovations make it possible to benefit from efficiency gains and resource savings in the factory as you deliver products that stand out in the market.” Textile-Effects – rPET-bottle-to-bottle
УКРАИНСКИЙ ПОРОХОВОЙ САММИТ МАКРОНА И ПУТИНА, ЧТОБЫ ИЗБЕЖАТЬ ВОЙНЫ
«Требовательный и четкий диалог» — вот что обещает Эммануэль Макрон Владимиру Путину. Эти двое поговорят друг с другом по телефону в пятницу утром, Елисейский дворец хотел этого, и Кремль согласился. Вчера вечером Макрон уточнил из Берлина и вместе с канцлером Олафом Шольцем цель звонка: «Вместе проанализировать ситуацию, начать требовательный диалог, получить разъяснения». Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Но по ту сторону Атлантики тон украинского кризиса совсем другой: «В ближайшее время мы сможем перебросить войска», — заявил президент США Джо Байден, даже если исключил «использование американских войск НАТО в Украине». С другой стороны, Байден заявил, что рассматривает «персональные санкции» против Путина, тогда как в Белом доме продолжают считать, что «опасность неизбежна».
ЭСКАЛАЦИЯ В конце сотого дня эскалации также на местах, с учениями российских бронетанковых войск в Крыму и маневрами на восточных границах Украины, Макрон хочет обеспечить, чтобы Европа, которая председательствовала с 1 января, роль великого посредника, субъекта, способного говорить с «твердостью», но и вернуть дело на рельсы дипломатии и переговоров и избежать не только вооруженного противостояния, но и санкционного камня преткновения. Наряду с ним Шольц не мог не согласиться: «деэскалация» — это лозунг. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Также потому, что санкции в случае нападения России могут иметь неприятные последствия в реальном времени против большинства европейских стран, с Союзом, который более чем на 40% зависит от российского газа для своих энергетических потребностей, и с Германией, которая прибыла во второй половине 2021, целых 75 процентов. Энергетические соображения неизбежно не тяготят стол “требовательного диалога”. «Диалог с Путиным имеет много форматов, — сказал Макрон, — есть прямой между США и Россией, который должен продолжаться, затем один между Россией и НАТО, еще один в рамках ОБСЕ (Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европа, ред.), которая предлагает рамки рамок и ценностей, которые мы все приняли, включая россиян, и, наконец, диалог в нормандском формате, между Европейским союзом и Россией». Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Сегодня вечером в Париже состоится встреча в нормандском формате (в котором участвуют Россия, Украина, Франция и Германия) на уровне дипломатических советников. И здесь, по словам источников из Елисейского дворца, цель — «разрядить» напряженность и получить «разъяснения» из Москвы. «В случае агрессии будет ответ, и цена будет высокой», — подтвердил Макрон, назвав Россию державой, которая «в данный момент приносит нестабильность к границам Европы». Из Брюсселя европейские лидеры, кажется, готовы присоединиться к жесткой линии Байдена: «Мы не знаем, принял ли Путин уже решение о вторжении, но мы находимся в максимальной готовности, — сказал представитель Комиссии. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Если Россия в будущем пойдет на нарушения территориального суверенитета или агрессию, мы отреагируем очень решительно». Тем временем Вашингтон и его союзники разрабатывают планы действий на случай вторжения в Украину. Очень жесткие планы, предусматривающие полную изоляцию путинской страны от остальных финансов и мировой торговли. Идея, выдвинутая администрацией Байдена, заключается в полной блокировке российского экспорта сырья, в том числе нефти и газа, основного ресурса местной экономики.
Чтобы сбалансировать топливный вакуум, который может возникнуть, союзники оценивают расширение резервов и наличие новых запасов на случай чрезвычайной ситуации. Экономические санкции будут действовать и в обратном направлении: блокада коснется экспорта в Россию основных материалов для индустриализации экономики страны, которую проводит Путин.
Искусственный интеллект, квантовые вычисления, оборона, авиационно-космическая промышленность и другие ключевые отрасли для конкурентоспособности России на международной арене. Тем временем Атлантический альянс вчера провел встречу в Брюсселе, чтобы привлечь внимание к вопросу энергетической безопасности, а в ближайшие дни комиссар ЕС Кадри Симсон посетит Баку и Вашингтон, чтобы обсудить план обеспечения альтернативных поставок. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
УКРАИНА-РОССИЯ, КРИЗИС В 10 ВОПРОСАХ (И 10 ОТВЕТАХ): БЛЕФУЕТ ПУТИН?
В течение нескольких месяцев Россия разместила около 100 000 военнослужащих вдоль восточной границы Украины, где расположен пророссийский регион Донбасс, на юге, в аннексированном в 2014 году Крыму, а в последние недели направила дополнительные войска в Беларусь, на граница на севере страны, официально для совместных учений с минской армией.
Это военное развертывание — Украина фактически окружена с трех сторон — вызывает опасения неминуемого вторжения, которое, однако, Москва отрицает: Украина все равно развернула армию, а президент США Джо Байден предупредил об отправке около 8500 солдат в Прибалтику. и Восточная Европа. Соединенные Штаты пригрозили санкциями в случае вторжения Москвы в Украину, а Киев требует превентивных мер: существуют также разногласия по поводу степени санкций с европейскими союзниками НАТО, которые повлекут за собой самые серьезные последствия в случае их введения.
В последние дни госсекретарь США Энтони Блинкен встречался с министром иностранных дел России Сергеем Лавровым в Женеве, чтобы разрядить обстановку, но разговор не разрешил ситуацию: Москва поставила условия — в том числе гарантии того, что Украина не будет принята в НАТО, и что Атлантический альянс не расширяется на восток — но Вашингтон их не принял. Однако госсекретарь США Энтони Блинкен направит письменный ответ в течение нескольких дней. Однако переговоры остаются открытыми, и не исключена новая встреча Джо Байдена и Владимира Путина: тем временем США, Великобритания и Австралия репатриировали в Украину дипломатов и их семьи, а президент Байден провел видеозвонок в понедельник вечером консультации с европейскими лидерами. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Россия готовится вторгнуться в Украину или это путинский блеф?
Мы не знаем. Москва развернула достаточно сил для проведения операции на Украине: возможно, недостаточно для вторжения в страну, но достаточно для завоевания сепаратистского и пророссийского региона Донбасс. Существует также большой геополитический разрыв в определении рисков фактического вторжения России в Украину, пишет Адам Тейлор в Washington Post.
Соединенные Штаты и Великобритания считают, что присутствие войск на границе свидетельствует о конфликте на европейской земле, а премьер-министр Великобритании Борис Джонсон говорит о возможности «молниеносной войны», которую русские проводят с целью захвата столицы Киева. Многие, пишет Тейлор, вместо этого считают, что Владимир Путин блефует, чтобы добиться уступок: Германия, например, не видит неминуемой опасности настолько, что противотанковые истребители, отправленные из Лондона в Украину, вынуждены избегать воздушного пространства Германии. Сам глава дипломатии ЕС Жозеп Боррель не считает риск неизбежным. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Ведь русский народ не хочет войны и победа на Украине все равно приведет к значительному количеству жертв среди солдат. Путин тоже особо не собирается лезть в конфликт, но он привлек внимание Запада и имеет длинный список запросов, выходящих далеко за пределы Украины и НАТО: по этой причине, говорит представитель Би-би-си Пол Адамс, он продолжает держать пистолет направленным в голову Украины. И, как учат фильмы, если на столе лежит пистолет, рано или поздно им кто-нибудь воспользуется.
Каково происхождение конфликта между Россией и Украиной?
В феврале 2014 года украинский народ сверг пророссийского президента Виктора Януковича, создав непризнанное временное проевропейское правительство.
Может ли Украина вступить в НАТО?
Украина работала над вступлением в НАТО с 2008 года, после саммита в Бухаресте, но Атлантический альянс не может принять новых членов, уже вовлеченных в конфликты. Кроме того, для признания Киеву необходимо бороться с царящей в стране коррупцией и встать на путь политических и военных реформ. Поэтому на данный момент вступление в НАТО маловероятно, в том числе из-за вето, наложенного Россией со своими условиями: для Путина это будет точкой невозврата. Однако для НАТО у России нет права вето.
Украина, с другой стороны, запрашивает точные сроки присоединения к Атлантическому альянсу. Джо Байден также косвенно ответил на этот вопрос: «Возможность вступления Украины в НАТО в краткосрочной перспективе очень отдалена», — сказал американский президент.
Между тем, вмешательство России также возродило амбиции таких стран, как Финляндия и Швеция, которые Москва хотела бы не допустить к участию в Североатлантическом договоре. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Почему Россия боится расширения НАТО?
По данным Госдепартамента США, в настоящее время только 6% границ России соприкасаются со странами НАТО. Кремль хочет прежде всего сохранить свою сферу влияния в этом районе, и хочет, чтобы НАТО отказалась от своей деятельности в Восточной Европе, вернувшись к ситуации 1997 года: с тех пор членами Атлантического альянса стали Чехия, Венгрия, Польша, Болгария, Эстония, Латвия, Литва, Румыния, Словакия, Словения, Албания, Хорватия, Черногория и Северная Македония. Это означало бы, что НАТО придется вывести свои войска из Польши и трех прибалтийских республик, а также свои ракеты из Польши и Румынии. Москва обвиняет НАТО в снабжении Украины оружием, а США — в разжигании напряженности. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Путин говорит, что не будет вторгаться в Украину: почему тогда США посылают предупреждения в Москву?
Потому что факты говорят о другом: в частности, о размещении солдат вдоль границы, о поддержке донбасских сепаратистов, которым выдали полмиллиона российских паспортов, и об угрозе серьезных последствий в случае провокационных действий Украины. Кроме того, Путин уже нападал на Чечню в 1999 году, Грузию в 2008 году, саму Украину в 2014 году и Сирию в 2015 году.
Однако, как отмечает Генри Фой в Financial Times, имеет место и довольно необычный подход к современной дипломатии: Белый дом, НАТО и Евросоюз распространяют большое количество брифингов, разведывательной информации, угроз и обвинений разного рода – материал обычно зарезервирован для переговоров – во избежание войны. Все это, как поясняет брюссельский корреспондент британской газеты, обнажило перед мировой общественностью разногласия Западного фронта по поводу того, как вести себя с Россией.
Как Путин оправдывает размещение солдат на границе?
Россия считает, что может перемещать войска по своей территории, как ей заблагорассудится, объясняет корреспондент Би-би-си Стив Розенберг из Москвы. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Почему США и Россия интересуются Украиной?
Россия хочет восстановить то, что она потеряла с падением Берлинской стены в 1989 году: свою сферу влияния. Распад Советского Союза также оставил глубокие шрамы у некоторых россиян: сам Владимир Путин назвал это «величайшей геополитической катастрофой», а Украина стала самой болезненной потерей. США же хотят ограничить влияние Владимира Путина — опасаются российской экспансии в Восточной Европе — и отстаивают принцип, что каждая страна имеет право выбирать свою судьбу и союзы: не только для Украины, но и для всех страны, входившие в Варшавский договор «Есть фундаментальная причина, по которой Соединенные Штаты и остальной демократический мир должны поддерживать Украину в ее битве против путинской России», — пишет Фрэнсис Фукуяма в «Американской цели». «Украина — настоящая либеральная демократия, хотя и в трудном положении. Население свободное, в отличие от русских. Они могут протестовать, критиковать, мобилизовать и голосовать. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Вот почему Путин хочет вторгнуться в Украину: он видит в ней неотъемлемую часть России, но больше всего он боится ее демократии, которая может предложить альтернативную идеологическую модель для российского народа». Таким образом, по мнению Фукуямы, Украина сегодня является государством, находящимся в авангарде глобальной геополитической битвы между демократией и авторитаризмом. Кроме того, украинский кризис выходит за европейские границы: Китай также внимательно наблюдает за реакцией Запада, пишет историк, одновременно оценивая риски повторного включения Тайваня, которые прошли с НАТО в 1990-х годах. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Что может произойти в Европе?
Во-первых, проблема с газом: Москва хочет зарекомендовать себя как надежный поставщик, но если НАТО введет санкции
Наконец, и это вопрос, который больше всего касается Европы, есть газопровод «Северный поток — 2» российского гиганта «Газпром», который через Балтику будет транспортировать газ из России в Германию: канцлер Олаф Шольц заявил, что готов приостановить проект , который еще не утвержден, но против которого выступают Соединенные Штаты, опасаясь, что Европа станет слишком зависимой от Москвы в плане энергоресурсов. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Если бы Россия вторглась в Украину, могли бы быть жертвы среди гражданского населения?
Россия может начать «гибридную» атаку, сосредоточившись на взломе или дезинформации, говорит Пол Адамс из Би-би-си, или приступить к настоящему вторжению, чего в Европе не было со времен Второй мировой войны. В любом случае мирные жители останутся посередине: они могут остаться холодными и без электричества в своих домах или оказаться в тылу врага, если российские танки продвинутся на украинскую территорию. В этом конфликте, начавшемся в 2014 году, уже погибло 14 тысяч украинцев, и трудно поверить, что больше не прибавится, если Москва решит аннексировать часть территории или установить дружественный режим. Russia-Ukraine – Россия-Украина
Dynamic trading company World Textile Sourcing (WTS) has been sourcing beautiful premium fabrics from Peru for decades, and now it has teamed up with Fuze™ Biotech to enhance their functionality, longevity and sustainability.
Taking technology developed for the medical field to inhibit growth of certain bacteria and pathogens, Fuze™ has applied this permanent, chemical-free treatment to the fashion industry—literally—to inhibit odor-causing bacteria and mold.
his goes beyond the expected sweaty sport or performance garments, and works for anything from fashionable leisurewear and workwear to bedding and footwear.
Fuze™ also inhibits chemicals in detergents that are destructive to susceptible fibers during the washing process. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
The result? Fewer microfibers eroding into the ecosystem and longer-lasting garments.
“We took that technology and adapted it from the medical world into a need for the textile world,” said Andrew Peterson, chief technical officer, Fuze™ Biotech. “And we do this on a chemical-free and highly sustainable basis.”
Of course, no matter how efficient a textile treatment is, it’s worthless if it just washes out after a few launderings. This is where Fuze™ has a competitive advantage.
“Most of the anti-bacterials on the market use toxic ion activity to kill bacteria. And the standard procedure is to use a lot of chemicals to bind the product to the fabric and keep it there after numerous washings,” says Raul Perales, technical director, WTS. That comes at the cost of extra chemicals to overcompensate for those that wash out, all which affects the hand feel and the color of a garment.
The permanent-adhering Fuze™, in contrast, uses “thousands of times less product to achieve a 99.9 percent efficiency in killing bacteria, all while maintaining performing even 100 washes after,” said Perales. “So, it’s superior to the lifecycle of a garment.” Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
Fuze™ achieves such fabric bonding with a unique system boasting 12 patents, one of which utilizes pure gold. It’s also applied with just a light misting process, so there is no water waste stream during application.
Writing in ACS Energy Letters, a team of researchers has investigated the current status of lithium-ion battery recycling regulations across the world and their implications. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly being implemented in devices across a wide range of industries. The recycling of lithium-ion battery elements due to resource scarcity and the growth in demand for these devices is likely to play an increasing role in the future.
Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are a key technology that is helping decarbonize industries and move the world toward net-zero emissions. Batteries are commonly used in consumer products such as laptops, smartphones, and media centers. The growth in recent demand for lithium-ion batteries has been down to their use in electric and hybrid vehicles, which are increasingly replacing internal combustion engine vehicles.
The valorization of waste lithium-ion batteries and their materials through recycling has gained significant attention in recent years. The recycling rate of lithium-ion batteries is still low at under 5%, however. The main reasons for this are cost and the complexity of recycling methods. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
Three major methods are used to recycle lithium-ion batteries. Direct recycling, pyrometallurgy, and hydrometallurgy. Each method has advantages and disadvantages in terms of labor, cost, and the use of reagents and energy.
The cost of battery recycling strongly depends on its scale. Studies have indicated that hydrometallurgy is the most economical method (at a capacity of >20,000 mT) for vehicle battery recycling. Pyrometallurgy and direct recycling have similar costs for lithium-ion battery recovery. Additional cost factors include the development of local capacity and new technologies. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
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WHEN POLYETHYLENE (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets become truly global again remains anyone’s guess. But what’s clear in my view is that rebalancing must take place at some point. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
The chart below, using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) margins as an example, illustrates the extent of the disconnect between different regions.
The chart shows the historically high divergence between Northeast Asian (NEA), Northwest Europe (NWE) and US Gulf HDPE margins from January 2021 until the end of last week.
NEA margins reached a record low last week of -198/tonne while NWE and US Gulf Coast margins have fallen from record highs. As I shall discuss later on, US HDPE supply is normalising following las year’s major outages.
There are reports of more availability of US material in Europe because US supply is normalising, as, of course, the highest oil prices since 2014 put pressure on the naphtha-based European producers. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
But margins in the West remain historically much higher than those in NEA, as has been the case for the last year, because of the limited ability due to container freight shortages and costs, as I shall discuss in detail later, to move Asian oversupply West.
Demand fundamentals are also stronger in the West than in Asia.
Consumption is also being dented by China’s Zero Covid policy (Zero Covid is one of the reasons why global supply chain disruptions may not end anytime soon, which I shall discuss later). Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
U.S.-based Ring Container Technology has developed customisable PET bottles that keeps the fizz in carbonated beverages and energy drinks. This new packaging features the BarrierGuard® Enhance™ technology.
It’s hard to keep carbonation in smaller, traditional PET packaging because of the volume and surface area. This is where the Enhance™ technology comes in, which preserves the quality of the carbonated drinks throughout the product’s shelf life. These bottles are designed to be resealable, shatter-proof and dent-resistant, great when transporting products. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
“Enhance is break-through bottle technology allowing beverage and energy drink manufacturers to re-imagine their carbonated drink space and brands,” said Tim Ferrel, Vice President of Business Development at Ring.
“After a successful launch of BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart™ and other technology solutions, we look forward to expanding this market and continuing to exceed our clients’ expectations.” Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
The Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) acquisition of RHI Magnesita’s (RHIM) 50% ownership stake in the 50/50 joint venture, MAGNIFIN Magnesiaprodukte GmbH & Co. KG (“MAGNIFIN”), signed on May 4, 2021, closed effective December 31.
MAGNIFIN products are sold globally by Martinswerk GmbH as part of the HEM Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) strategic business unit, which produces a wide range of halogen-free fire retardants, smoke suppressants and specialty aluminum oxides.
Based in Breitenau, Austria, MAGNIFIN has been producing premium magnesium hydroxide (MDH) products since 1990. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
MAGNIFIN® coated and uncoated magnesium hydroxides are environment friendly, halogen-free fire retardants used in a wide range of polymer applications, especially thermoplastic materials and elastomers requiring high processing temperatures in excess of 300 °C. Typical fire retardant applications include energy and local area network (LAN) data cables, automotive wire and cable, engineering thermoplastics (e.g. connectors) and construction membranes.
“This transition is a strong strategic fit with HEM’s mission to own and operate specialty chemical and mineral companies with market leading positions,” says Dan Krawczyk, President of Huber Engineered Materials. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) announced a $35 million investment with Closed Loop Partners that will create the “Closed Loop Local Recycling Fund,” an innovative circular economy initiative to advance new small-scale, modular recycling systems in communities across the U.S.
The fund aims to increase recycling in areas with no or limited access to recycling, reducing waste and unlocking a new supply of recycled plastic (rPET), among other valuable materials, to support PepsiCo’s pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) sustainable packaging goals. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
“As companies – including PepsiCo – set ambitious goals to use more recycled content in their packaging, there is more need than ever for partnerships and investments to increase recycling in the U.S. We need to develop the infrastructure that makes recycling available to more Americans so we can recover the high-quality material that can be used in our packaging,” said Jason Blake, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP at PepsiCo Beverages North America. “Through pep+, our end-to-end strategic transformation, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. As the exclusive investor in the Closed Loop Local Recycling Fund, we are actively driving the changes needed to transform the US recycling system and move towards a circular economy.” Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
Closed Loop Partners will use the investment to deploy small-scale modular Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in underserved communities that currently lack access to larger municipal MRFs. This gap in access is typically due to a lack of funding or geographic proximity to facilities that process the materials. The smaller, local MRFs lay the groundwork for the future of recycling, introducing a new way to meet and adapt to the various needs of communities across the U.S. These modular recycling systems are smaller and less capital intensive than traditional large-scale recycling facilities, reducing the need for the costly transportation of recycled materials to larger MRFs outside of the area. The small-scale MRFs will help recapture valuable recyclables––paper, plastic, glass, and metals––reducing waste sent to landfill and unlocking a new supply of recycled materials. Each individual system creates the capacity to recycle at least 8,000 tons per year of materials, including keeping 400 tons of rPET in circulation every year. They are also expected to yield higher quality plastic while also reducing the costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the longer distance transportation of the materials.
This investment reinforces PepsiCo’s desire to create a world where packaging never becomes waste and to increase recycling rates in the United States. It aims to support PepsiCo’s goal to cut virgin plastic from non-renewable sources across our food and beverage portfolios by 50% by 2030. Antimicrobia-Odor – PET-Battery-Recycling
Logoplaste is proud to announce that Ecoibéria and WorldPET, two leading companies in the production of recycled PET flakes and rPET, are now part of the Logoplaste Group.
Both companies, located in the North of Portugal, have extensive experience in recycling PET, focusing on the transformation of post-consumer plastic bales into food grade recycled flakes and pellets. The transaction is still subject to customary regulatory approvals. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
Currently, Ecoibéria manages 47.500 tons of plastic a year – sorting, grinding, washing and transforming it into usable raw material for the plastics industry. On the other hand, WorldPET recently installed a new Erema VACUNITE® 2 system that is able to supply 12.000 tons of food grade rPET per year.
Jorge Lemos will remain as CEO of both businesses, helping to drive growth as well as ramp up the recently added capacity. For him this new partnership means: “The possibility to continue to evolve and develop an activity that is vital for the green economy. The partnership with Logoplaste aims to ensure that the company I founded in 2005, under the name Ecoibéria, plays an increasingly important role in the evolution of the PET recycling industry globally. Together, we will help society reach a balance in its consumption habits reducing the consumption of finite natural resources and increasing the usage of recycled materials. Above all, we want to contribute to a sustainable planet today and enabling a safe environment for future generations.” PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
This acquisition is a strategic step for Logoplaste towards a circular economy for plastic packaging. The combination of Logoplaste, a recognized innovation leader, with the extensive recycling knowledge of Ecoibéria and WorldPET, will allow the Group to provide its customers with truly circular packaging solutions that drastically reduce carbon footprint and the impact on the environment.
What is the impact of the recent epidemic on the delivery of PET bottle chip?
Recently, due to the spread of epidemic nationwide, PET bottle chip delivery in some regions were affected to some extent. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
First of all, for low-risk areas, pickup of PET bottle chip only requires the health code and itinerary code. If the travel code has a star or comes from a medium-to-high-risk area, nucleic acid reports within 48 hours are required.
Secondly, some areas are restricted to internal circulation. People cannot go out of the province or out of the city, and these cities mainly concentrated in the north. People once been to Tianjin and Henan are not allowed to pick up goods at Dalian factories; all logistics vehicles in Tianjin are only allowed to circulate in the city and are not allowed to leave Tianjin; Anyang (Henan) is faced with traffic control, and many logistics drivers are reluctant to go to the factory to pick up goods, in case there is a need for isolation due to changes in health codes and itinerary codes. Most other regions currently maintain normal operation, and there are no other additional regulations.
Downstream beverage, edible oil and PET sheet plants operation condition enhances
According to CCFGroup statistics, operating rate of major downstream plants in January is higher than that in December. Several large beverage factories have raised their running rate to more than 70%, some 80%. Edible oil factories are mostly operating at full capacity. Sheet factories have been on the rise recently due to the rush of orders pre-holiday. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
CAI’s new HALS additives in concentrate form are concentrate form for compounders do not generate VOC or unintended odors.
Two new proprietary ‘premium’ light stabilizing additive concentrates targeted to the production of polyolefin-based compounds for automotive components and other applications are newly available from Massachusetts-based CAI Performance CAI Performance Additives, the sole North American distributor of China’s Starbetter Chemical Materials. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
Both additives deliver hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS)) in a masterbatch format. Product ST-LST350 contains a single HALS while ST-LST850 contains two HALS in equal proportions. Both feature an additional active ingredient which can enhance polymer compatibility. According to CEO Richard Marshall, the key to these additives is they are not made by compounding methods, but produced through a proprietary reactive process, so no heat-history is present when used by compounders. No dust or liquids need be handled and they do not generate VOC or unintended odors.
These additives have been shown to be particularly useful in durable applications like automotive parts that need to withstand long periods of light exposure, and have been shown to be highly effective in PP, PE and TPO. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
OpenText announced that Faurecia, a global leader in automotive interiors and emission control technology, implemented OpenText Vendor Invoice Management (VIM) for SAP Solutions to manage and access high volumes of information and drive efficiency of procurement operations. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
Headquartered in France, Faurecia operates more than 300 sites in 35 countries, with close to 115,000 employees worldwide. The company develops automotive technology to advance safe, personalized transportation that is environmentally responsible. Faurecia needed a solution to enhance and standardize key points of its financial process and implemented OpenText Vendor Invoice Management for SAP Solutions.
“The pandemic was a challenge for everybody, and we could not imagine maintaining our accounts payable without implementing OpenText Vendor Invoice Management. For us, this solution was key to our business continuity,” said Salomé Silva, Accounts Payable Team Leader and SAP Business Analyst at Faurecia. “We streamlined our document-centric processes, increased cash visibility, strengthened cross-collaboration, and we’re now well equipped to respond efficiently during the pandemic and beyond.”
OpenText Vendor Invoice Management for SAP Solutions streamlines procure-to-pay and order-to-cash operations for SAP customers. By optimizing the process of receiving, managing, monitoring, and routing all invoices, quotations, order confirmations, delivery notes, sales orders, remittance advices and related documentation, Faurecia has successfully digitized 80% of its 2 million annual pieces of financial operations information. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
“Many companies were forced to examine their business processes when the pandemic struck,” said Muhi Majzoub, Chief Product Officer at OpenText. “With the implementation of OpenText Vendor Invoice Management, Faurecia is now able to take advantage of a solution that helps them ensure consistent, accurate, timely and compliant financial payments to all their vendors worldwide.
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation Euratex has looked at the latest trade data from January to September 2021 and found a “dramatic drop” of imports and exports of textile goods between the EU and UK, with exports falling by 44 percent to almost 2 billion euros and exports by 22 percent, corresponding to 1.6 billion euros. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
This means significant losses for companies on both sides.
“The situation is likely to get worse, as the full customs regime between UK and EU has entered into force on 1 January 2022,” warns the Confederation. Thus, Euratex calls on the European Union and the United Kingdom to effectively cooperate to remove the issues in the EU-UK trade agreement that prevent smooth trade flows.
Billion euro losses on UK and EU side
The most impacted EU countries on the export side are Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany according to the data, while on the import side, the most impacted countries are Germany, Ireland and France.
Among the textile and clothing sectors, clothing articles are facing the most severe drop in both imports and exports, corresponding to a total trade loss of more than 3.4 billion euros over the nine months period. “Despite these alarming figures, the UK continues to be the most important export market for EU textiles and clothing,” states Euratex. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
Radical reduction in the conventional heat supply required for drying processes.
Albarrie – a major player in North America’s industrial nonwovens industry – is now benefiting from one of the first Monforts Montex stenter installations equipped with the full range of MonforClean heat recovery and exhaust air purification technologies.
With the new three-chamber Montex stenter at its plant in Barrie, Ontario, the Canadian company is treating specialised needlepunched nonwovens up to 4mm thick. These have applications in a wide range of filter media and performance fabrics. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
The new Montex is enabling Albarrie to heat set and dry its materials to produce denser, higher quality fabrics which can also be finished and delivered to customers more rapidly.
It took a crew of skilled millwrights, electricians and product specialists to build the line which was delivered in 11 shipping containers to Albarrie’s production facility. The line was originally scheduled to be fully operational in the Spring of 2020, but the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic inevitably led to several delays during the start-up and commissioning process. PET-recycling – Light-Stabilizing-Masterbatches
Rocketing prices for recycled plastics may undermine the plastic packaging tax, industry figures have warned.
The tax is due to be imposed in April at a rate of £200 per tonne on plastic goods that fail to have at least 30% recycled content.
But the high prices now seen could mean that virgin plastics would still be cheaper than recycled ones even after the tax had been paid. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
Helen McGeough, senior analyst and global analyst team lead for plastics recycling at commodity intelligence firm ICIS, said: “Many recyclers and packaging producers have mentioned the possibility of substituting away from recycled content and back to virgin PET – particularly in the sheet and thermoforming sectors which are not under the same regulatory pressure as the beverage bottle sector – but only if PET prices remain around current levels, and availability improves.
“For the majority of end users manufacturing food contact products it will dissuade them from increasing recycled content levels due to the cost, effectively thwarting their progress to higher recycle content ambitions this year.”
McGeough said though that large scale substitution of virgin plastic for recycled was unlikely before the second quarter of this year, when virgin availability could potentially improve with the arrival of delayed imports from Asia.
She said although the UK market was not facing the shortage of rPET flake and pellets seen in other parts of Europe, it was dealing with higher contamination levels with bale yields around 50% for mixed bales according to one recycler she had contacted. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
SABIC and joint venture partner ExxonMobil have started commercial operation of the large-scale cracker and petrochemicals complex the two firms have been developing on the US Gulf Coast, they said on Thursday.
SABIC announced that the project, based in Corpus Christi, Texas, had started commercial operation in a stock exchange filing, with revenues from the project expected to contribute to the firm’s first-quarter results this year.
The complex comprises a 1.8m tonne/year cracker, along with two polyethylene production units with a combined capacity of 1.3m tonnes/year, and a 1.1.m tonne/year ethylene glycols unit. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
Speaking at an American Chemistry Council event in November 2021, ExxonMobil president Karen McKee projected that the complex would enter the start-up phase before the end of the year, and that the project was under budget.
The polymers and glycols units had reached mechanical completion as of mid-2021.
“The project supports SABIC’s global growth strategy, diversifying its feedstock sources and strengthening its petrochemical manufacturing presence in North America,” SABIC said in the filing. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
If Russia invades Ukraine, inflation-weary Americans will likely pay even higher prices at the pump. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
Oil prices have already shot up to seven-year highs in recent days. A conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which the White House has warned could be imminent, would have the potential to drive them much higher.
That’s because Russia is the No. 2 oil producer on the planet, behind only the United States. And Ukraine is a key energy transit hub, where a large amount of Russian natural gas exports to Europe flow through.
An invasion of Ukraine would trigger immediate fears of sanctions from Washington on Russia’s vast energy resources, damage to the region’s energy infrastructure and raise the specter of Vladimir Putin weaponizing exports of natural gas and crude oil.
Investors would buy first and ask questions later.
“There is a very good chance we would reach $100. That’s going to be inflationary with an exclamation point,” said Robert Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho Securities. “We don’t need that at all. We can’t afford that at all.”
A conflict between Russia and Ukraine would boost gas prices, the head of the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.
“Such a huge geopolitical event would [have] major implications on the gas prices, if not leading to turmoil,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol told CNNI’s Julia Chatterley on First Move. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
‘All bets are off’
It’s impossible to say how high prices would go — and how long they would stay high. But $100 oil would surely lift prices at the pump. And that means a Russia-Ukraine conflict has the potential to impact most Americans.
Company will use nonwovens to pursue fiber-based separator applications
Neenah, a global manufacturer of specialty materials, has joined the Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), a consortium of 100+ companies representing different developers and users across the lithium-ion battery ecosystem. The consortium is committed to using new technology to bring safer batteries to the market, which aligns directly with Neenah’s passion for innovation and the company’s emphasis on safety. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
Lithium-ion batteries continue to dominate the battery market, with projected growth from $41 billion in sales in 2021 to over $110 billion by 2030. Neenah will utilize its significant expertise in nonwovens to pursue fiber-based separator applications that can meet users’ short and long-term needs.
“This partnership brings significant opportunities to leverage our existing technologies, and we continue to be excited to work with organizations that complement our capabilities and help drive value in our growth markets,” says Bret Haldin, vice president of Innovation for Neenah. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
PepsiCo Beverages North American invested $35 million in the fund, which will finance small-scale, modular MRFs in underserved communities.
Closed Loop Partners has created the Closed Loop Local Recycling Fund with an initial investment of $35 million from PepsiCo Beverages North America, Purchase, New York. Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
The fund will establish small, modular recycling systems in communities across the U.S., reducing the need for the costly transportation of recycled materials to larger material recovery facilities (MRFs), increasing recycling in areas with no or limited access to these services. The material processed at these sites will be used to support PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging goals, the companies say.
“This first-of-a-kind investment from PepsiCo ushers in a new future for local recycling, empowering communities across rural America and small cities to reduce waste and harness the value of their recycled commodities,” says Ron Gonen, founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, which is based in New York City. “By closing the loop on these commodities, which can then re-enter local manufacturing supply chains, we are better equipping communities with the tools needed for resilience against a globally changing climate, while also creating new revenue opportunities and jobs. We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with PepsiCo to build and strengthen circular supply chains.”
“As companies—including PepsiCo—set ambitious goals to use more recycled content in their packaging, there is more need than ever for partnerships and investments to increase recycling in the U.S.,” Jason Blake, chief sustainability officer and senior vice president at PepsiCo Beverages North America, says. “We need to develop the infrastructure that makes recycling available to more Americans so we can recover the high-quality material that can be used in our packaging. Through pep+, our end-to-end strategic transformation, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. As the exclusive investor in the Closed Loop Local Recycling Fund, we are actively driving the changes needed to transform the US recycling system and move towards a circular economy.” Plastics-tax – Petrochemical – Plastic-recycling
Invista (China) Investment Co, Ltd and China Pingmei Shenma Group, held a ceremony recently to commemorate the signature of a suite of agreements that establish a strategic relationship creating multiple opportunities for synergies. Agreements were reached for the five-year purchase and sale of adiponitrile (ADN) and adipic acid (AA), and for the license of key technologies.
As part of the collaboration, Invista Textiles (UK) Limited will license two technologies to Pingmei Shenma: its nylon 6,6 polymerisation technology for two new production lines and its world-leading nitrous oxide (N2O) abatement technology for Pingmei Shema’s adipic acid production. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Once implemented, the abatement technology is expected to significantly reduce N2O emissions, which is aligned with China’s goals for carbon reduction. The potential for CO2-equivalent emissions reduction at Pingmei Shenma’s facility as a result of Invista’s control technology is an estimated 13 to 14 million metric tons per year. This highly efficient N2O abatement in adipic acid production is an important step in continuing to improve the environmental profile of nylon 6,6, the two entities said in a joint media release.
“Pingmei Shenma is our strategic partner, and we are looking forward to these commitments continuing to strengthen our decades-long collaboration,” said Kyle Redinger, chairman of Invista (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and vice president, Invista Nylon Intermediates Asia Pacific.
“As a leader in the integrated, responsible development of the nylon 6,6 value chain, Invista is greatly encouraged by the upcoming emission reductions that will be made possible by their implementation of our emissions control technology for adipic acid production.” Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Attending the ceremony were Kyle Redinger, Angela Dou, director of Invista Intermediates Asia, Du Bo, general manager of China Pingmei Shenma Group and Wang Liang, vice general manager of China Pingmei Shenma Group.
Bill Greenfield, president, Invista Nylon, and other Invista business leaders also participated online. Both parties expressed their enthusiasm for the partnership.
The agency has no objection to food packaging made from the company’s post-consumer recycled LLDPE film with up to 100% PCR content.
Revolution has received an FDA Letter of No Objection (LNO) for its proprietary recycling method for producing post-consumer recycled, linear low-density polyethylene (PCR-LLDPE) for food-contact applications. The LNO marks a sustainability milestone for the recycling and consumer packaging industries.
The FDA indicated that packaging and other food-contact articles for all food types can contain Revolution’s PCR-LLDPE, with few use limitations — provided the PCR-LLDPE comes from food-grade material and complies with all applicable authorizations.Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
The food-contact articles may contain up to 100% PCR-LLDPE.
Revolution, headquartered in Little Rock, AR, is a closed-loop plastic production and recycling company that collects, cleans, and processes post-consumer and post-industrial plastic film into polyethylene resin used to manufacture film products.
Tammy Rucker, VP of sustainable materials at Revolution, answers our questions about the sustainable-loop PCR-LLDPE technology in this exclusive Q&A.
What’s the nature of Revolution’s proprietary recycling method?
Rucker: Revolution’s recycling method is mechanical. The certified chain of custody and wash processes are unique, having been developed and refined over 20 years.
Former Viridor Crayford MRF recyclate sorting plant
As part of its larger efforts to expand its strategic footprint in the UK, the Dutch
alternative fuels specialist N+P has purchased the Crayford Material Recycling Facility (MRF) from Viridor for an undisclosed sum. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
According to N+P, the acquisition of the sorting plant located near London is the first of a series of investments totalling around £75m, equivalent to around €90m, that the company plans for the UK this year, after expenditures on a similar scale made last year. Across its businesses, N+P said it planned overall investment of £200m in 2021-2022.
“N+P’s rationale for acquiring the London location is driven by the company’s desire to expand production in locations throughout the UK and diversify its activities,” said Stijn Jennissen, N+P’s chief commercial officer.
According to Viridor, the Crayford plant processes municipal and commercial dry mixed materials including paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass. N+P anticipates “significant synergies due to existing site infrastructure and the expertise of the onsite management teams”. The MRF’s new owner expects to increase the volume of waste material processed at the site from 330,000 tonnes per year to over 500,000 tonnes.
As it increases its waste intake and processing capacity across its business, N+P also plans to grow its alternative fuel production capacity. The company aims to add 13 production plants to its operations in Europe by 2026, producing over 5 million tonnes of alternative fuels a year. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), a leading petrochemical company providing innovative, value-creating polyolefin solutions, has entered into an agreement with the Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS), to support the UAE’s ambitions of adopting a circular economy. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
AGS is led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and facilitates partnerships between corporate entities, to generate innovative business models which enable environmental sustainability and circularity in all forms.
The agreement deepens collaboration between both parties to combat sustainability challenges and untap the positive potential of polymer products. Under the terms of the agreement, Borouge will leverage the innovation, research, and development expertise of its world-class Borouge Innovation Centre, to promote and explore opportunities for the adoption of a circular economy in the UAE.
The new partnership will also identify opportunities for targeted initiatives and campaigns which enhance community awareness about environmental best practices in waste management and recycling.
In her remarks on the MoU signing, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Founder and CEO of AGS, said, “Partnerships and collaboration between all stakeholders are crucial in addressing global sustainability challenges. Our work with Borouge has the potential to drive greater energy and water efficiency, as well as targeting carbon emissions and progressing the transition to a circular economy.”
Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, CEO of Borouge, commented, “It gives us great pleasure to partner with the Alliances for Global Sustainability, to address global issues such as climate change, barriers to the adoption of circular economies, and spur positive behaviours within the community. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
We share a common goal of actively overcoming challenges facing the UAE, which is home to millions of people from all walks of life.”
Scientists estimate that the ocean floor alone is now home to over 14 million tons of “microplastics.” Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Together, Samsung and Patagonia are collaborating on a practical, effective, and expandable way to reduce the microplastics that are released into the environment from textiles and laundry.
Leveraging Patagonia’s extensive research, Samsung is designing a sophisticated new washing machine that lets consumers safely wash their favorite garments while minimizing the impact of microplastics.
We’ve all seen the heartbreaking images of once beautiful oceans and beaches that are now covered in plastic waste. This problem means that fish, turtles, birds, and other forms of sea life are now required to share their habitats with endless mounds of bottles, straws, and other discarded plastics.
So far, most ocean clean-up efforts have focused on single-use plastic products. But the plastics we see are actually only a small part of the problem. Below the ocean’s surface lurks an invisible threat that grows more serious by the day and makes the development of eco-conscious products and solutions more important than ever.
Microplastics Found in Our Oceans
According to CSIRO research, scientists estimate that the ocean floor alone is now home to over 14 million tons of what are called “microplastics.” These tiny pieces of plastic are microscopic fragments that measure less than 5mm and are often too small to see with the naked eye. Despite their size, microplastics can make up significant amounts of ocean plastic pollution.
Without immediate changes, data from a recent Pew Charitable Trusts report shows the annual flow of ocean microplastic pollution will nearly triple by 2040, to 29 million metric tons per year. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Microplastics have been identified to affect wildlife, habitats, and ecosystem function, as well as having human health impacts. A study by OrbMedia analyzed both tap water and bottled water in 14 countries and found that over 80% of all samples contained microplastics. And a report from the World Wide Fund For Nature estimates that humans ingest the equivalent of one credit card of plastic per week through the water they drink and the air they breathe.
Researchers were able to create plastics that are stiff or rubbery, and that performed as well, or even better, than commonly available plastics
Starting with sugars, researchers have made sustainable plastics that perform as well, or even better, than commonly available plastics, and also degradable and easy to recycle. Plus, unlike other recyclable plastics, their mechanical properties don’t worsen after being reprocessed. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
The researchers made two types of materials: one that is stretchy like rubber, and another that is tough but pliable like many plastics used in everyday life. Their work appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
As the problem of plastic pollution worsens, researchers are doubling down on efforts to make sustainable plastics from non-petroleum sources. Biodegradable plastics made from renewable plant sources like corn or sugarcane starch are already on the market and becoming a popular alternative to petroleum plastics. But their biodegradability can be questionable—they typically biodegrade only in industrial compost facilities—and they need to be recycled separately from other plastics.
The mechanical properties of known sustainable plastics also don’t match those of commercially available plastics, says Matthew Becker, a chemistry professor at Duke University, who led the new work with University of Birmingham, UK chemistry professor Andrew Dove. “Many others have used sugar and sustainably sourced feedstocks to synthesize materials,” he says. “However, the properties are often poor and therefore not useful in commercial application.”
Becker, Dove, and their colleagues made two different organic compounds from sugar alcohols, and used them as the building blocks for their plastics. The two compounds contain ring-like structures made of the same atoms, but their properties differ based on how the atoms are arranged relative to each other in three-dimensional space.
Plastic made from one of the compounds is as stiff yet malleable as common plastics, and about as strong as high-tech plastics such as Nylon-6. The other compound gives plastics that are just as strong but also has elastic properties that are better than known rubbers. Adiponitrile-ADN – Adipic-acid -AA – LLDPE
Both materials maintained these properties after they were heated and reformed using the typical commercial recycling process for plastics. Preliminary tests in the lab also showed that the new plastics should be able to degrade, albeit slowly, if they were released into the environment.
LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB Quick QuoteLYB – Free Report) recently announced that PT Polytama Propindo will utilize its Spheripol technology to expand its existing facility.
The process technology will be used for an additional 300 KTA polypropylene plant to be constructed in Balongan, West Java, Indonesia. The construction of the plant is projected to be completed in 2024.Recycled packaging – PVC price
Spheripol is the leading polypropylene process technology with more than 30 million tons of licensed capacity. It has been operating reliably at the Balongan site since the mid-90s, making high value polypropylene resins. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements which further boosts operational efficiency. The plant would begin operations utilizing Avant ZN catalyst.
New licensees can leverage LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, sustainable product development and catalyst knowhow by optionally joining its Technical Service program.
PT Polytama, a long-time customer of LyondellBasell, stated that the teams showed tremendous efforts to develop a site and a specific solution to produce a number of polypropylene products based on the Spheripol technology. The selection of the technology helps the company to focus on implementing the project in a safe and timely manner. Recycled packaging – PVC price
Shares of LyondellBasell have gained 9.6% in the past year compared with a 9.1% rise of the industry.
Soft drinks firms Pepsi Lipton International and Roxane UK have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which banned adverts that attracted complaints for making ‘misleading’ eco-friendly packaging claims.
Lipton Ice Tea
A poster at a bus shelter for Lipton Ice Tea bearing a recycling logo and the text ‘Deliciously refreshing, 100% recycled’ attracted a complaint for misleadingly implying all the Lipton bottle was made from 100% recycled plastic.
Pepsi Lipton International said the ‘100% recycled’ headline claim had a clear asterisk linking it to text clarifying ‘Bottle made from recycled plastic, excludes cap and label’.Recycled packaging – PVC price
The company accepted that the size of the text in the qualification was small and could have been overlooked, but maintained it was sufficient to clarify the claim.
The ASA considered consumers would understand the claim ‘100% recycled*’ alongside images of the bottle with the label and cap to mean all Lipton Ice Tea bottle components were made entirely from recycled materials. It said the linked footnote flagged by the asterisk appeared in very small text in the left-hand bottom corner of the ad and therefore could be overlooked.
‘100% recycled’ misleading
It considered that the qualification was insufficient to counter the overall impression that all parts of the bottle were made entirely from recycled materials. As a result, it concluded the ‘100% recycled*’ claim was misleading and the ad had breached the CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising), 3.7 (Substantiation), 3.9 (Qualification) and 11.3 (Environmental claims). The ad in question was banned.
Elsewhere, a TV ad for Aqua Pura water aired in August 2021 claiming it was ‘nature friendly’ and ending with the text ‘Hydration for the Nation’ and ‘100% recycled & recyclable bottle with eco-friendly cap*’. The asterisk linked to text on screen that read ‘*relates to 500ml bottles only.Recycled packaging – PVC price
Three complainants challenged the ‘100% recycled … bottle’; ‘100% … recyclable bottle’; ‘eco-friendly cap’ and ‘it’s nature friendly’ claims.
LG Chem will extract oil from plastic waste and reuse it for plastic production starting in 2024. Recycled packaging – PVC price
According to South Korea’s leading chemical company Tuesday, it will establish a facility in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province, where the plastic waste will be chemically recycled with extremely hot and pressurized steam. Once completed in the first quarter of 2024, the facility, with an annual capacity of 20,000 tons, will utilize the extracted oil to produce raw materials for plastic production.
“With 10 tons of waste vinyl and plastic, 8 tons of oil can be extracted. The idea is to retrieve naphtha, the basic ingredient of plastics, from the oil and use it as a feedstock to make new plastic,” a company official said.
LG Chem will work with UK-based Mura Technology, which has source technologies to chemically recycle plastic waste. Last October, LG Chem made an equity investment in the company. Recycled packaging – PVC price
While 700,000 tons of oil was extracted from plastic waste in 2020, about 3.3 million tons is expected in 2030, according to the company.
The global economy is on a recovery path, although persisting supply bottlenecks, rising commodity prices and the emergence of the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus continue to weigh in on near-term growth prospects, according to the European Central Bank (ECB). Recycled packaging – PVC price
Recent surveys of economic activity suggest that growth momentum remained weak at the start of the fourth quarter, particularly in the manufacturing sector owing to the above-mentioned supply bottlenecks, whereas the services sector benefited from the reopening of large economies.
Compared with the previous projections, the growth outlook for the global economy in the December 2021 Eurosystem staff macroeconomic projections has been revised downwards for 2021, remained unchanged for 2022 and been revised upwards for 2023.
Global real gross domestic product (GDP) growth (excluding the euro area) is estimated to increase to 6 per cent in 2021, before slowing to 4.5 per cent in 2022, 3.9 per cent in 2023 and 3.7 per cent in 2024.Recycled packaging – PVC price
Euro area foreign demand is projected to expand by 8.9 per cent in 2021, 4 per cent in 2022, 4.3 per cent in 2023 and 3.9 per cent in 2024. However, foreign demand has been revised downwards for 2021 and 2022 compared with the previous projections.
This reflects the adverse impact of the ongoing supply bottlenecks on global imports. Supply bottlenecks are expected to start easing from the second quarter of 2022 and to fully unwind by 2023.
The export prices of euro area competitors have been revised upwards for 2021 and 2022 amid the confluence of higher commodity prices, supply bottlenecks and recovering demand.
The future course of the pandemic remains the key risk affecting the baseline projections for the global economy, ECB said in a release. Other risks to the growth outlook are judged to be tilted to the downside, whereas the balance of risks to global inflation is more uncertain. Recycled packaging – PVC price
The business dynamics of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and its derivatives have changed dramatically in India in the past three months, as consumers and stockists have abstained from fresh bookings amid expectations of price declines on account of a possible cut in import duties.Recycled packaging – PVC price
With the Union Budget for the financial year 2022-23 (April – March) just a few days away (scheduled to be announced on February 1, 2022), Indian stockists of PVC have decided to totally exhaust their existing inventories before placing new orders. Consumers, on the other hand, are placing only need-based buying orders to take advantage of the possible duty cut. Normally, duty benefits in polymers are immediately passed on to consumers.
In a joint meeting organized by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry last month, India’s PVC resin users had highlighted inverse duty structure on the plastic raw material and finished products. Import of PVC resin attracts a customs duty of 10 percent from non-RTA (Regional Trade Agreement) countries. Its import from RTA countries, however, ranges between zero and five percent. By contrast, imports and exports of plastic finished products attract a uniform customs duty of 10 percent. Recycled packaging – PVC price
“Till 2018, the import duty on PVC resin was levied to the tune of 7.5 percent and that on finished products was hovering at 10 percent. So, the difference between the finished products and the raw materials i.e. PVC resin was working at 2.5 percent in favour of domestic processors.
Goldman Sachs is now calling for oil prices to hit $100 a barrel later this year and continue rising in 2023, signaling higher prices at the pump are on the way.
In a Monday evening report to clients, the Wall Street bank backed up its bullish call by citing “robust fundamentals” in the oil market, a “surprisingly large” supply deficit and diminishing firepower from OPEC and its allies. Goldman Sachs (GS) also pointed to diminished appetite to invest in oil due to the energy transition.
By summer, the bank expects oil inventories in advanced economies will sink to their lowest level since 2000. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
That’s why Goldman now expects Brent crude, the world benchmark, will hit $100 a barrel in the third quarter of this year, up from the bank’s prior call for $80. Goldman sees Brent hitting $105 a barrel next year, up from a previous forecast of $85.
Brent climbed another 0.7% on Tuesday to $87.23 a barrel. That’s up 27% from the December 1 low of $68.87 a barrel as Omicron fears initially sent energy prices plunging.
“Importantly, we are not forecasting Brent trading above $100/bbl on an argument of running out of oil as the shale resources is still large and elastic,” Goldman Sachs strategists wrote.
However, Goldman Sachs said shale oil will “likely require ever rising oil prices given the reluctance to invest in oil during the energy transition” and the gradual depletion of shale capacity over time. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
The call from Goldman Sachs stands in stark contrast with the US Energy Information Administration, which recently said Brent will average $75 a barrel this year and $68 in 2023. Citigroup recently predicted a “radical drop” in energy prices that drives Brent to $54 a barrel by the end of 2023.
Startup of new world-scale HMD plant in Chalampé, France in 2024
Expansion of polyamide 6.6 production in Freiburg, Germany
Important step to expand polyamide 6.6 business
BASF decided to build a new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant in Chalampé, France. The new plant is set to increase BASF’s annual HMD production capacity to 260,000 metric tons. Production is expected to start in 2024.
Furthermore, BASF will expand its polyamide 6.6 production in Freiburg, Germany starting 2022. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
The planned investments will further expand the polyamide 6.6 business that BASF acquired from Solvay in 2020. “With this new HMD plant in Chalampé and the expansion of the polymerization in Freiburg, BASF ensures that customers can be reliably supplied with HMD and PA6.6, while also addressing increasing demand in the market,” said Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, President of BASF’s Monomers division.
HMD is a precursor used in the production of high-quality polyamide 6.6 plastics and coating raw materials.
Among other things, these products are used in the automotive industry as well as in the production of special fibers. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Trinseo’s flagship Styron polystyrene, Magnum ABS, and Tyril SAN resins are now available with renewable content. These materials combine fossil-based polymers with renewable raw materials according to a mass balance process, resulting in a bio-attributed composition of 80 to 95%. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Styron CO2RE BIO Polystyrene, Magnum CO2RE BIO ABS, and Tyril CO2RE BIO SAN offer drop-in solutions to converters seeking to further their sustainability efforts. The materials offer identical performance and processability to their fossil-based counterparts. The CO2RE designation indicates a measurable product carbon footprint (PCF) reduction when compared with Trinseo’s fossil-based products.
“As customers increasingly focus on sustainable products, Trinseo continues to invest in technologies that offer an alternative to traditional petrochemicals,” said Julien Renvoise, Sustainability Commercial Manager. “Using renewable raw materials as an ingredient is an important solution as we strive to preserve our fossil resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and achieve circularity.”
A bio-waste conversion process called feedstock cracking is used to produce the BIO materials. Bio-feedstock is combined with fossil-based material resulting in material with a prescribed percentage of renewable content.
ISCC Mass Balance processes and certification are involved at several points along the value chain — after raw material refining, bio-feedstock processing, and biomaterial production. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Trinseo compared the PCF of its new BIO materials with fossil-based equivalents to determine the impact:
Styron CO2RE BIO General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS) — replacing fossil- with bio-attributed styrene results in an 84% reduction in CO2 footprint.
Styron CO2RE BIO High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) — replacing fossil- with bio-attributed styrene results in a 71% reduction in CO2 footprint.
Magnum CO2RE BIO ABS — replacing fossil- with bio-attributed styrene results in a 57% reduction in CO2 footprint; replacing fossil- with bio-attributed ACN results in a 14% reduction. Replacing both results in a 71% CO2 footprint reduction.
Tyril CO2RE BIO SAN — replacing fossil- with bio-attributed styrene results in a 74% reduction in CO2 footprint; replacing fossil- with bio-attributed ACN results in a 19% reduction. Replacing both results in a 93% CO2 footprint reduction.
The experts revealed that the starting materials are compounds made from sugar derived from alcohol instead of usual petrochemical derivatives.
Marking a sustainable achievement, a team of scientists from two renowned universities has created a new family of plastic polymers using sugar-based starting materials. This invention resulted from the collaboration of scientists from the UK’s University of Birmingham and the Duke University in the US who have developed the two new polymers. According to the experts, their invention will ensure sustainability and will offer an advantage in recycling. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Plastic that does not contain plastic-making materials
In their report explaining the constituents of the new polymers, scientists revealed that the starting materials are compounds made from sugar derived from alcohol instead of usual petrochemical derivatives. To be specific, the scientists used isoidide and isomannide as building blocks that are derived from alcohol and have impressive qualities. Among the new polymers developed, one is stretchable like rubber whereas the other, like most commercial plastics is tough but ductile.
The reason for using these two compounds as building blocks is the stiffness and malleability shown by isoidide-based polymer, which is also similar to high-grade engineering plastics such as Nylon-6 in terms of strength. Besides, the isomannide-based material exhibited strength and toughness along with high elasticity. It also was able to recover its shape even after deformation. Dr Josh Worch, from Birmingham’s School of Chemistry, and a co-author in the research said as per Birmingham University’s statement,
“The ability to blend these polymers together to create useful materials, offers a distinct advantage in recycling, which often has to deal with mixed feeds.”
Another researcher Dr Connor Stubbs added that although catching up with petrol-based plastics is a huge challenge, an alternative for the same must be developed for better plastics with the properties of the commercial ones. In addition to this, scientists believe that sustainable plastics have the potential to promote sustainability. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Project brings together brands, leading mills and technology innovators.
The D(R)YE Factory of the Future is a new consortium project bringing together several innovations in textile pre-treatment and colouration that are set to accelerate the shift from wet to mostly dry processing. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
It is being coordinated by Amsterdam-headquartered Fashion for Good with partners adidas, Arvind, Kering, PVH Corp. and Welspun India, who will work closely with eight innovators – Alchemie Technologies, Deven Supercriticals, eCO2Dye, GRINP, Indigo Mill Designs, imogo, MTIX and Stony Creek Colors,
Textile processing is responsible for the highest greenhouse gas emissions and significant water and chemical use in the fashion value chain. The selected innovations have the potential to reduce emissions by up to 89% and to cut water consumption by between 83% and 95%.
“Textile processing is the largest contributor to carbon emissions in the supply chain and a shift to mostly dry processing is crucial for the path to net-zero,” said Katrin Ley, Fashion for Good’s managing director. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
“Given the interdependencies in the processing stages, a stand-alone assessment of solutions is not sufficient. By validating a combination of technologies, we can unlock the full potential of those solutions. This is why this project is so pivotal.”
TotalEnergies Polymer plant in Feluy, Belgium, announced the startup of a new production of high-performance polymers with the commissioning of a new reactor in its polypropylene unit. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
Through this investment, TotalEnergies strengthens its leading position on the high value-added polymers market. The Company is therefore increasing its production of grades that meet the highest quality standards and technical requirements of specialty markets, including medical and automotive.
Thanks to their many properties, such as lightweight, impermeability or resistance, plastics have become an integral part of our daily lives. In the automotive sector for example, the use of polymers as replacement for metal contributes to reducing the overall weight of vehicles, thereby allowing reductions in CO2 emissions by as much as 10%. Polyamide 6.6 Degradable Plastic
In the medical sector, polymers also play a crucial role in the supply of medicines, particularly by ensuring their protection and packaging.
Global company says a planned European facility will be able to recycle some 160,000 metric tons of plastic scrap annually.
United States-based Eastman says it plans to invest up to $1 billion to build what it calls the world’s largest molecular plastics recycling facility in France. An announcement is being jointly made by French President Emmanuel Macron and Eastman Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa.
Calling the new facility a “material-to-material molecular recycling,” Eastman says it will use its “polyester renewal technology” to recycle up to 160,000 metric tons annually of plastic scrap it characterizes as hard to recycle material “that is currently being incinerated.” Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
The project will involve the installation of units that would prepare mixed plastic scrap for processing, a methanolysis unit to depolymerize the scrap and polymer lines to create “a variety of first-quality materials for specialty, packaging and textile applications,” according to Eastman.
Tennessee-based Eastman, which is building a similar but smaller scale such plant in that state, says it also plans to establish “an innovation center for molecular recycling that would enable France to sustain a leadership role in the circular economy.”
The plant and innovation center are expected to be operational by 2025, says the company. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Eastman says the project has “garnered support from an impressive roster of global brands who share its commitment to solving the world’s plastic waste problem and view molecular recycling as a pivotal tool for achieving circularity.”
The firm cites LVMH Beauty, the Estée Lauder Companies, Clarins, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Danone as having signed letters of intent for multiyear supply agreements from the planned facility in France.
Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit (AOU) and its bottling partners have announced the launch of JAMII, a new Africa-focused sustainability platform.
The platform houses the company’s existing and new sustainability initiatives. Through this signature platform, Coca-Cola hopes to attract like-minded partners to help accelerate on-the-ground impact of its initiatives.
The new platform will build and expand on the past accomplishments in three areas: water stewardship, the economic empowerment of women and youth and waste management. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
This will be delivered together with bottling partners, system employees, and several NGO partners.
“We recognize the responsibility we have as market leaders to make a meaningful difference – to empower and protect the communities and the environment in which we operate. Whether it is giving people access to safe drinking water, creating economic opportunities for people in dire need of it, or reducing the impact of our operations on the environment- we are committed to making that difference,” said Bruno Pietracci, Africa president at The Coca-Cola Company.
Patricia Obozuwa, AOU vice-president for public affairs, communications and sustainability added, “We chose the name JAMII, a Swahili word that means community, society, people, because it represents who we are as Africans and aligns with our values as an organization- our resilience, our commitment, and our spirit of community. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Consolidating our sustainability efforts under this umbrella will allow us to strengthen our value proposition and make good on our promise to continue to be a trusted partner for sustainable growth in Africa.”
In the area of women and youth economic empowerment, JAMII will promote and stimulate entrepreneurship opportunities through the provision of improved access to skills training, networks, finance & markets. To date, over two million women across Africa have been economically enabled as part of the 5by20 programme.
Global ”Natural Polymers market” report contains a detailed analysis of the current state and future scope along with the sales patterns, market size, share, price structure, and market progressions. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
The study discusses the underlying trends and impact of various factors that drive the market, along with their influence on the evolution of the Natural Polymers market. This report briefly deals with the product life cycle, comparing it to the relevant products from across industries and then evaluates the snapshot given by Porter’s five forces analysis for identifying new opportunities in this industry. A thorough evaluation of the restrain included in this report portrays contrast to drivers which helps make strategic planning easier.
Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period owing to the increasing focus on the research, development, and manufacturing of Natural Polymers in countries including China, Japan, India, and South Korea.
The report also comprises the study of current issues with end users and opportunities for the Natural Polymers market. It also contains value chain analysis along with key market participants. To provide users of this report with a comprehensive view of the Natural Polymers market, we have included a detailed competitive analysis of market key players. Furthermore, the report also comprehends business opportunities and scope for expansion.
The qualitative data gathered by extensive primary and secondary research presented in the report aims to provide crucial information regarding market dynamics, market trends, key developments and innovations, and product developments in the market. It also provides data about vendors, including their profile details which include product specifications, applications and industry performance, annual sales, revenue, relevant mergers, financial timelines, investments, growth strategies and future developments.
The biggest highlight of the report is to provide companies in the industry with a strategic analysis of the impact of COVID-19 which will help market players in this field to evaluate their business approaches. At the same time, this report analyzed the market of leading 20 countries and introduce the market potential of these countries. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
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As a student in the public health field, I have been disappointed by the concept of plastic “chemical recycling” (also called advanced recycling, chemical conversion, molecular conversion or conversion technologies). At first, I was thrilled to hear about a possible solution to the plastic waste crisis in the form of this seemingly miraculous technique that could give new life to hard-to-recycle plastics while also contributing to a circular economy.
It all sounded too good to be true, and after a few weeks of research, I discovered it was. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
I learned that the main form of “chemical recycling” that takes place in the United States is not recycling at all. Actual recycling recovers materials after use and returns them to the manufacturing cycle, where they are used to make new products, giving those materials another life as part of a circular economy.
These technologies usually turn plastic into fuel that will be burned, releasing greenhouse gases and toxic pollution.
Processes such as “chemical recycling” typically use plastic materials to generate a limited amount of energy in a one-time process, destroying them rather than giving them another material use. Pyrolysis and gasification of plastic are two processes that illustrate the fallacy of the phrase “chemical recycling” because rather than recycling plastic waste back into plastic products, these technologies usually turn plastic into fuel that will be burned, releasing greenhouse gases and toxic pollution. EPA is considering regulations on pyrolysis and gasification units under the Clean Air Act, which according to my research are sorely needed.
Other forms of “chemical recycling” include solvent-based processes and chemical depolymerization. While some of these processes may result in actual recycling of materials (plastic back to plastic), these processes are far less common than the practice of using plastics as fuel. Solvent-based processes and depolymerization are not free of their own dangers.
These processes attempt to separate main plastic components from contaminants and additives. This is necessary because plastics contain a mix of chemical additives that enhance the material properties of plastic, including the texture, UV resistance and lifespan. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Recent research discovered thousands of previously unknown chemical additives in plastic, many of which are classified as substances of concern.
Heimtextil will take place as a one-time summer special in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from June 21-24, 2022, parallel to the trade fair duo Techtextil and Texprocess. The decision to hold a summer edition this year is the result of a positive vote from the home and contract textile industry, which is longing for a re-start of personal business meetings.
Exhibitors and buyers will also benefit from valuable synergy effects between the three international trade fair formats, organiser Messe Frankfurt said in a press release. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
“It is great to see the high level of trust that our exhibitors have in us, even after more than two years of the pandemic. The results of the vote and the first confirmations of participation show: The need to finally return to personal business meetings and new global contacts in face-to-face exchanges before the end of this year is as strong as ever – even if the reunion this year will take place in a different setting than usual,” said Olaf Schmidt, vice president, Textiles & Textile Technologies, said.
“From our point of view, it is a good decision to reschedule Heimtextil to summer this year. We need a platform to present our new products to the market. The industry needs to see each other again, a personal relationship is important. We hope that the situation this summer will allow exhibitors and visitors to travel freely and that the fair will mark the beginning of a return to normality,” said Francisco Jover Pastor, CEO of Jover Group.
“It means a lot to us that Heimtextil 2022 will be held as part of the Summer Special. In June, we will finally be able to connect personally with the global trade again at a central location and show live what is possible with Tencel lyocell and modal fibres for the interior sector. Especially for home textiles, it is very important to see and touch the products. We are looking forward to many new contacts and to seeing long-time customers and companions again at Heimtextil 2022 this summer,” said Ebru Bayramoglu, head of global business development at the Lenzing Group.
“We are positive about the summer date and will participate with the same booth planning for June that was planned for the January event,” said Martin Buchta, CEO of Hohmann Weberei. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Due to the parallelism of the three trade fairs, national and international buyers will be able for the first time to experience global trends and innovations along large parts of the textile value chain bundled in one place – starting with fibres and yarns, through functional textiles, textile technologies and production and finishing processes, to the end product for textile interiors and recycling.
“The close proximity to Techtextil and Texprocess provides Heimtextil buyers with exciting new perspectives on innovative functionalities of technical textiles or also nonwovens as well as processing technologies for the home textiles industry. Through these synergies, we create additional incentives to attract national and international buyers for the re-launch of Heimtextil in summer,” explained Schmidt.
Versalis-owned Italian compounder Finproject has obtained ISCC Plus certification at its industrial sites in the Marche and Abruzzo regions of Italy for the manufacture of compounds and products from sustainable raw materials.
The sites were recognised for the production of bio, bio-circular and circular compounds and bio, bio-circular and circular plastic products, made by using sustainable raw materials, Versalis announced 13 Jan.
Versalis, the chemicals arm of Italian energy giant Eni, acquired the full ownership of Finproject in September last year, after purchasing a 40% share in the compounder a year earlier. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Versalis operates two ISCC Plus certified plants in Dunkirk, France and Oberhausen, Germany, from which Finproject is supplied with its raw material.
ISCC Plus is part of the ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) voluntary scheme which allows companies along the supply chain to monitor and demonstrate the sustainability of their products.
In 2022, Finproject aims to extend ISCC Plus certification to its Italian Padanaplast site and overseas manufacturing sites. Plastics recycling Natural Polymers Heimtextil High barrier cast film
Founded 57 years ago in Morrovalle, in the Marche region of Italy, Finproject industrial group, is a vertically integrated into Versalis and its core business is focused on the production of compounds and foam injection moulding products.
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Sulzer is delivering customised production technology for NatureWorks’ latest biopolymer manufacturing facility which will be located in Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex, Thailand. Developed to support the increasing global demand for polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics, the fully integrated plant will utilise Sulzer Chemtech’s advanced lactide purification and polymer production technology to produce 75 000 tpy of Ingeo PLA, which is used in applications such as compostable food packaging.
Selected to design and supply lactide purification, polymerisation and devolatilisation units at NatureWorks’ newest facility, Sulzer Chemtech will provide technology, engineering services and key equipment to design and supply fully customised production solutions meeting NatureWorks’ specific requirements.
The use of the company’s crystallisation technology will deliver high-purity lactides suitable for Ingeo PLA grades, while the polymerisation and post-reaction train will convert lactide into the full portfolio of Ingeo grades. Extensive support during the project execution phases will also be provided to help NatureWorks begin its operations quickly and smoothly. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
As part of the company’s global manufacturing expansion plan, the new facility will increase NatureWorks’ overall production capacity of lactic acid, lactides and advanced Ingeo PLA biopolymers.
Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, a Reliance Industries subsidiary, has acquired 100% shareholding in UK-based firm Faradion Limited for GBP 100 million, reporte Business Standard.
Reliance will spend an additional GBP 25 million to accelerate its roll out, Reliance Industries said in a press release. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
Faradion Limited is a leading global battery technology firm that has patents of sodium-ion battery technology. The Sheffield and Oxford-based firm has a wide range of IP portfolios covering several aspects of the sodium-ion technology.
The technology provides next generation, high density, safe, sustainable and low cost energy storage technology solution, the company said.
Reliance will use Faradion’s state-of-the-art technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage giga-factory as part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project in Jamnagar, the Mukesh Ambani-led firm said.
On the acquisition, Ambani said, “We welcome Faradion and its experienced team to Reliance family. This will further strengthen and build upon our ambition to create one of the most advanced and integrated New Energy ecosystem and put India at the forefront of leading battery technologies.” Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
Ambani also said that Faradion’s technology will help secure India’s energy storage requirements for its fast-growing renewable energy and EV charging market.
Food packaging specialist PFF Group is investing £200,000 in new transformer technology which will significantly reduce carbon emissions at its Keighley site.
Family owned PFF Group is one of the UK’s largest independent food packaging manufacturers, supplying supermarkets, multi-national food manufacturers, food service and fresh produce companies across the country.
In the first stage of the phased installation, the new voltage management technology will reduce PFF’s energy costs and increase efficiency at the site, resulting in a 5% reduction in the firm’s carbon footprint.
Supplied by Sheffield-based smart energy solutions manufacturer Powerstar, the transformer enables electricity to be transferred from one circuit to another at changing voltage levels, to improve the safety and efficiency of power systems and reduce carbon emissions. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
PFF General Manager Lee Brydon said: “As a producer of sustainable packaging, PFF places great importance on using resources efficiently and this latest investment demonstrates that we take our carbon reduction commitments very seriously.
“Transformers become less efficient as they age and upgrading our existing equipment will increase power resilience and enable greater energy efficiency, thereby lowering our carbon footprint.
“Plastics continue to have a vital role to play in food production and our objective is to produce packaging that delivers the most sustainable solution when accounting for whole life costs – from production to transportation emissions, food waste and recyclability. Carbon footprinting offers the most accurate assessment of the way our products impact on our planet. Therefore, reducing our carbon footprint is the biggest thing we can do to protect the environment.”
Sustainability is a core value for PFF, which is a member of two environmental global initiatives, NEXTLOOPP and Operation Clean Sweep. NEXTLOOPP aims to produce the first commercially available high quality food grade polypropylene (FGrPP), while Operation Clean Sweep seeks to ensure plastic does not end up in waterways.
Giving up a gasoline-powered vehicle in favour of an electric car can be a big step toward reducing one’s personal carbon footprint. But for environmentally conscious drivers, a holistic approach to sustainability goes well beyond what’s happening under the hood.
As consumers increasingly prioritize their spending on greener products, one major purchase that’s getting a sustainable makeover is the car. In an industry-wide shift, automakers of all types are making big investments in sustainable innovations for their designs, including where drivers engage with their vehicles the most – the interior.
“When most people think about sustainability in the auto industry, they usually think about emissions,” says Debbie Mielewski, the head of the technical sustainable materials group at Ford Motor Co. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
And with the federal government aiming to have combustion-engine cars phased out in Canada by 2035, electric-vehicle technology is crucial for companies such as Ford. The automaker will continue to develop the category with a $30-billion investment through 2025, according to Ford chief futurist Sheryl Connelly, who is in charge of long-term thinking, planning and strategy at the company,
But in tandem with advancements in electric vehicles is work Mielewski’s team does researching, identifying and implementing recycled content and plant-based materials. The goal is to use such materials to produce parts that maintain or exceed the performance and quality of parts traditionally made primarily from virgin plastics. “We look at waste streams to turn literal trash into treasure for our products,” Mielewski says. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
The Danone company, together with its Water business, presented the first Villavicencio bottle made from 100% recycled plastic, known by its acronym RPET. East It is a milestone for the history of the company in Argentina and reinforces its commitment to the triple impact, a novel business concept that is based on three pillars: the social perspective, environmental care and economic benefit.
In this way, the company consolidates the path it has been traveling through its inclusive recycling program, within the framework of which established the commitment for 2023 to recover 100% of the plastic (PET) equivalent to its entire portfolio. “Villavicencio is a brand whose purpose is to preserve and conserve the environment. For this reason, for more than 10 years we have promoted environmental and social initiatives that guarantee this purpose, and the circularity of our packaging is one of them,” said Diego Páramos, Marketing Director of Aguas Danone Argentina. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
The recovery of plastic containers, known by its acronym PET, which gave rise to this production of RPET containers is carried out by the company in alliance with an NGO. “We work hard on the development of sustainable packaging and, thanks to the recovery of PET plastic that we carry out together with the AVINA Foundation, today we have our bottle made of 100% recycled plastic. This launch is a milestone for the Aguas Danone business that marks our commitment to 2023″, says Páramos.
Danone developed in Argentina the first bottle produced only from recycled plastic
As a company of essential products for food, nutrition and hydration, Danone works on these actions to supply increasingly healthy products to communities while also taking care of the planet. In this way, together with the Water business, it assumes the objective of make its packaging 100% circular, eliminating those that are not necessary and innovating so that those that are needed can be safely reused, recycled or composted. Likewise, the material it produces remains in the economy and does not become waste. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens
Company upgrades ultrasonic lab calendar at its Bartlett, IL, headquarters
The Herrmann Ultrasonics Nonwovens business unit, a specialist and technology leader in the field of continuous welding of web materials including nonwovens, films, foils and tissue since 1994, has made significant investment into expanding the Nonwovens laboratory and upgrading the most modern and fastest ultrasonic lab calendar, the ULC 600+, located in the Bartlett, IL, headquarters.
The investment will allow the company to strengthen its global presence and give support to the growing markets and demands of North America with increased application testing, customer support, and Herrmann Engineering.
One hundred percent biobased, polymer-grade p-Xylene produced in Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant has been used by Suntory, a global consumer beverage company, to make 100 percent bio-PET resin and successfully produce prototype PET beverage bottles, as announced by the company on Dec. 3, 2021.
Production of bio-PET, starting with bio p-Xylene from the Bio-TCat technology of Anellotech through the subsequent downstream separation, purification, intermediate PTA (purified terephthalic acid) and final PET steps, was the last milestone to completely validate the Bio-TCat technology for the production of prototype 100 percent biobased bottles. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
This follows more than 5,000 hours of successful TCat-8 pilot plant operation using pine wood feedstock to produce metric tons of BTX aromatics. To date, enough of the produced bio paraxylene was separated to allow potential production of more than 5,000 100 percent biobased Plastic 500 ml bottles, while fully meeting polymer grade specifications.
This achievement by Anellotech and its joint process development alliance partners, IFPEN and Axens, affirms their commitment to innovative production of cost-competitive renewable chemicals. Anellotech also partnered with Johnson -Matthey for the Bio-TCat catalyst development. Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant, built to develop the Bio-TCat technology, demonstrates the performance of this efficient thermal-catalytic process which converts non-food renewable biomass feedstocks into aromatics. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
The Bio-TCat process will enable aromatic chemical producers and brand owners to meet environmental, sustainability product goals, due to its low carbon footprint and its non-food renewable biomass feedstock. Bio-TCat benzene can be used to make a range of bio-styrenics, nylon, and polycarbonate, while Bio-TCat toluene can be used for production of polyurethanes.
Discussions are underway by Anellotech and its exclusive licensing partner Axens to commercialize the Bio-TCat Process, by identifying potential partners (including off-take) and a plant location for a first 500 tonne/day feed rate commercial plant. A “white paper” process design package has already been completed by Axens for adaptation to the actual plant site, once selected.
“The competitive advantage of Anellotech’s Bio-TCat generated paraxylene is its process efficiency (it uses a single-step thermal catalytic process by going directly from biomass to aromatics (benzene, toluene and xylene)), as well as the opportunity it creates for a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to its identical fossil-derived paraxylene in the manufacture of PET, especially as it generates required process energy from the biomass feedstock itself,” said David Sudolsky, president and CEO of Anellotech
The Thin Wall Integra collaborative project offers a fully automated solution for the high-volume processing of recycled material into thin-walled containers with a material saving of up to 35% and HolyGrail 2.0 compatible labels.
Arburg’s subsidiary in France has collaborated with Collomb, a mould maker specialising in thin-walled containers, Pagès Group, a robotics expert for packaging, Verstraete, an IML label manufacturer, Koch-Technik, a material flow specialist, and Borealis, a raw materials supplier on the Thin Wall Integra project.
According to the group, the collaboration offers a new one-stop shop concept for the production of thin-walled five-litre buckets. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
The jointly-developed concept is based on a fully automated injection moulding cell around a hybrid Allrounder 720 H in packaging version with a 1-cavity mould, with a complete cycle reportedly taking approximately five seconds.
The concept also features a handling system with a telescopic arm that engages from the rear side of the machine, where it first loads the mould with the IML labels. The sequentially operating robotic system then removes the labelled buckets and stacks them on a deposit mat, which are automatically picked up by a robot for palletising.
The group says that the combined robot technologies make the system particularly compact, while the recyclate is continuously fed into the machine via an automatic conveyor system.
In addition, the group claims that the product has a proportion of 55% recycled material, with its design enabling material savings of up to 35%. The buckets also offer simplified stackability for savings on space.
The group notes that the buckets also use HolyGrail 2.0 labels, which makes it easier recycle the materials used by type. The HolyGrail 2.0 digital watermarking project began semi-industrial trials in 2021, while its first prototype detection sorting unit was also successfully validated last year. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
As Europe navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the focus on regionalisation has become a trend for a segment of acrylonitrile (ACN) buyers, but increasing costs are a growing concern. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
Sources are trying to figure out what this will mean for their businesses and margins.
The soaring freight rates from Asia and supply chain disruptions have led many buyers over the past 18 months to challenge the status quo of business agreements.
While freights have come off their peak seen in December, they are still much higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The likelihood of this focus on regional business being a longer-term strategy is slim for some sources at least, but it could be the trend for a proportion of the market for the first half, and possibly all, of 2022.
Not just high freight rates have hampered movement of product from Asia to Europe, but some reduced output in Asia has too in Q4, some of which was a direct response to the ‘dual control’ policy in China.
The Lunar New Year celebrations in February, the ‘dual control’ policy and the winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing next month all continue to impact the flow of product. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
No real improvement is expected on logistic woes until at least H2 this year and some say 2023.
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) buyers continue to struggle to secure material in Europe and stocks in the region remain low. There is one example of a backlog of ABS orders and that player is not expecting to see balance before mid-2022.
Sources would still prefer to spread the exposure across the regions, but the lack of ABS imports and more recently acrylamide and acrylic fibre (AF) has seen stronger-than-usual order books of these ACN buyers.
The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery in industry. “Order books are full, but production is not keeping pace with demand. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
Pandemic-related restrictions and supply bottlenecks are affecting large parts of the economy,” BDI president Siegfried Russwurm said recently. The economy could face another stop-and-go year.
With the right framework conditions, however, there is also a chance that 2022 will be the year with the strongest economic momentum since 2010.
The BDI expects Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the order of 3.5 per cent this year–after 2.5 percent last year. German exports would probably increase by four per cent this year compared to last year—and thus by just half as much as last year.
According to the BDI, the German industry is facing massive disruptions to its global supply chains. Many companies in the automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering industries are suffering from supply bottlenecks.
“These bottlenecks will slow down industrial value creation by more than 50 billion euros in each of 2021 and 2022,” Russwurm said in a press release. “Despite full order books, a lack of microchips, components and raw materials will continue to affect production for some time.” Anellotech BioPET China Trade
In view of the risks, he said, the economy is all the more dependent on reliability and predictability – also in the SME sector: “The top political priority this year must be to strengthen industry, exports and innovation. After all, industry will continue to be the engine that drives our country’s economy and prosperity in 2022,” emphasised the BDI president.
China facing multiple outbreaks of delta and omicron variants
Two cities are now locked down, more are facing restrictions
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An omicron outbreak in China is sending jitters through supply chains as manufacturers and shippers brace for disruption inside the world’s-biggest trading nation if it can’t contain the fast-spreading variant.
In 2020 and 2021, China’s ‘covid-zero’ strategy meant factories could stay open throughout the pandemic to produce everything from health equipment to laptops that global consumers hoovered up at a record pace. But there’s been confirmed cases of local infection everyday since mid-October and it’s likely even tougher restrictions will be needed to curb omicron’s spread, with knock-on consequences for ports and factories as more cities lock down.
So far China’s not facing the problems seen elsewhere like shortages of some foods in Australia or Japan, or an estimated 5 million workers staying home sick in the U.S. last week. But with an end to ‘covid-zero’ unlikely as China prepares to host the Winter Olympics next month and a series of political events later in the year, policy makers have to decide how much to increase restrictions, and consider how that will hit an already slowing economy and global trade. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
“The reality is that China remains the center of global manufacturing,”said Thomas O’Connor, a supply chain expert at Gartner Inc. in Sydney. “If there was significant manufacturing or logistic shutdowns in China associated with covid-related challenges, that would have a massive impact on the global economic environment.”
China’s State Council recently called for efforts to ensure domestic supplies of commodities as part of guidelines to stabilise exports and imports as a counter-cyclical buffer against uncertainty clouding the trade landscape. The cabinet released measures to prop up micro, small and medium enterprises and revised the list of retail imports via e-commerce. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
The guidelines proposed an acceleration of export tax rebates and the improvement of export credit insurance services to better protect smaller trade firms against the cancellation of orders before shipments.
Presently, the country’s exports and imports are facing increased uncertainty, instability and imbalance, and the fundamentals of its trade operations remain unsound, the State Council said in an announcement.
Among the measures that are intended to secure orders, stabilise expectations and foster stable trade are efforts to coordinate and ensure stable commodity imports and broaden the import categories to better meet diversified consumption needs, state-controlled media outlets reported.
International consumption promotional activities are also being eyed to boost imports of consumer goods. In addition, overseas storage facilities got a mention in the guidelines, with financial institutions that offer cross-border financial services being encouraged to beef up financial support for traditional trade firms, cross-border e-commerce businesses and logistics firms so that they can build and utilise overseas warehouses. Anellotech BioPET China Trade
As many as 19 Italian textile machinery manufacturers will exhibit in the exhibition area organised by the Italian Trade Agency and the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Textile Machinery (ACIMIT), at Colombiatex 2022 from January 25-27. The Italian textile machinery sector will once again play a leading role in Colombia with a large presence.
Bonino, Btsr, Color Service, Crosta, Fadis, Flainox, Kairos, Mactec, Mcs, Nexia, Ratti, Reggiani, Santoni, Savio, Smit, Sperotto Rimar and Tonello will be the exhibiting ACIMIT member companies at the three-day event, ACIMIT said in a press release.
“For years, the Colombian market has been one of the main South American destinations for Italian textile machinery exports. The development of a national fashion sector makes the demand for advanced textile technologies by Colombian companies even more dynamic,” said Alessandro Zucchi, president of ACIMIT.
Italian exports to the important South American market in the first nine months of 2021 reached a value of €9.3 million, in strong growth (over 130 per cent), not only compared to the value recorded last year, but also to that of 2019.
More than half of the demand for Italian machinery in Colombia refers to finishing machines. Smart textiles Circular economy
“The presence at Colombiatex of Italian companies with their own personnel is a further sign of confidence for the beginning of 2022. Compared to previous editions of the event, we note a greater number of Italian exhibitors, although the health emergency is far from over and there is great uncertainty characterizing the world economic scenario (due to the considerable increase in the cost of raw materials and shipping, the scarcity of electronic components, etc.).
The Ministry of Industry (MOI) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan are working closely on strategies to revitalize both countries’ remarkable potentials for economic and industrial development. This is to provide opportunities from the ASIA-Japan Investing for the Future Initiative (AJIF) under Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG Model) by jointly developing innovation and technology, human capital capacity, digital technology in SMEs, and supply chain, as well as coping with economic and social changes. Additionally, continues to push its economic expansion in Thailand, investing about 70 billion baht in various projects. Smart textiles Circular economy
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to affect economic activities and industrial sectors in many countries, according to Mr. Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Minister of Industry. As a result, to reinforce a constantly changing setting, a method of rejuvenation is critical. During his visit to Thailand, the MOI discussed ways to restore the economy and industry with Mr. Hagiuda Koichi, Minister of METI, Japan, to find ways to alleviate existing changes and volatility, as well as developing the BCG Model in collaboration with the AJIF by defining a Framework Document on Co-Creation for Innovative and Sustainable Growth. Smart textiles Circular economy
The framework focuses on innovation and technology, human capital capacity, digital technology in SMEs, and supply chain development with the goal of fostering Japanese investment in Thailand, building a regional connection, and exchanging outstanding potential of both countries to jointly create opportunities in various dimensions.
Hygiene products manufacturer commits to achieving carbon-neutral operations
Ontex , a leading provider of personal hygiene products and services in more than 110 countries, has formally submitted its climate targets to the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI), an initiative supported by the Belgian Alliance of Climate Action (BACA). BACA is a community of Belgium-based organizations that choose the path of science-based targets. These targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Smart textiles Circular economy
Ontex commits to achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2030. The company will reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions (also called scope 1 & 2 emissions) by 50% by 2030, compared to the base year 2018. Ontex aims to achieve these goals through energy savings, on-site renewable energy production, purchasing energy from renewable sources, and carbon offsets via reforestation projects.
The Belgium-based personal hygiene group also wants to cut the emissions of its global supply chain (scope 3 emissions) by 25% by 2030, compared to the base year 2020. Ontex wants to reduce the carbon emissions in its supply chain by cooperating with its suppliers and by focusing on sustainable product design and more efficient transport. For example, suppliers are asked to report how they reduce emissions to Ontex on an annual basis. Ontex will report this combined supply chain progress as part of its annual report.
Ontex’s 19 factories on five continents currently run on more than 70% renewable energy. This includes own energy production with rooftop solar power installations in Spain, Belgium, Mexico and a new solar power installation in Italy, which is the country’s largest solar installation for on-site power consumption.
Researchers at the Leibniz Photonic Technology Institute (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, are developing a self-sufficient energy supply based on fibers. In this way, even in the absence of an external power source, it will be easier to supply energy to mobile electronic devices mounted near the body in the future.
Smart textiles use the warmth of the human body to convert it into electricity. The Leibniz Institute said in a press release that its cooling properties make the new material interesting for safety-related applications while improving comfort and comfort in wearing. Smart textiles Circular economy
Smaller electronic devices that are worn on the body, so-called wearables, check important functions, count steps, and provide traffic and weather information. To continually power these technology companions, researchers at the Leibniz Photonic Technology Institute (Leibniz IPHT), along with the ITP team in Weimar, Germany, and E.CIMA, a Spanish textile manufacturer. The latest intelligent textiles use thermoelectric effects to convert the warmth of the body into electricity. The thermoelectric effect can be stored in the battery.
Researchers at the Leibniz Photonic Technology Institute (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, are developing a self-sufficient energy supply based on fibers. In this way, even in the absence of an external power source, it will be easier to supply energy to mobile electronic devices mounted near the body in the future.
“Our vision is to use textile materials to generate energy. Flexible, demand-focused and environmentally friendly, these smart fabrics are energy-sufficient mobile devices for consumer electronics and health applications.
Smart watches and fitness bracelets are worn directly on the body and can be powered at any time. Vital parameters can be continuously measured and monitored, for example. ” Dr. Jonathan Plentz, Head of Photonic Thin Film Systems Research Group at Leibniz IPHT. Smart textiles Circular economy
The investment is intended to address waste management gaps and further expand recycling efforts across the continent. Smart textiles Circular economy
Dow, based in Midland, Michigan, has announced an investment into Mr. Green Africa as part of their Series B fundraising round to enable further diversion of plastic waste from informal dumpsites and the environment.
The investment is the first of its kind in Africa for Dow, which operates 106 manufacturing sites across 31 countries, and according to the company, will drive a positive change in local communities, address inadequacies in existing waste management systems and close the loop on plastics waste across Africa.
“The challenge of plastic waste in Africa is a significant and growing problem, and as a leading materials science company, Dow is in the driver’s seat to have a measurable impact and help to close the loop on plastic waste,” says Adwoa Coleman, sustainability and advocacy manager for packaging and specialty plastics at Dow. “Across Africa, many livelihoods depend on recovering waste materials like plastic, but the benefit of this activity is only supported if there is end-value for the material.” Smart textiles Circular economy
Mr. Green Africa says it plans to expand its operations in Kenya, where it is headquartered, as well as other countries in Africa, further expanding recycling efforts across the continent. With Dow’s investment, the companies expect to recover approximately 90 kilotons of plastic waste over four years and recycle it into new packaging applications.
The companies also aim to co-develop more traceable, fair, high-quality postconsumer resin (PCR) that can be used in the production of new flexible plastic packaging, with a goal of helping brand owners and manufacturers achieve sustainable packaging solutions.
New components can be integrated over time as need arises.
Movacolor has developed a unique modular system that allows processors to put together a full gravimetric continuous blending system. Up to 15 components can be controlled from just one controller on the MCContinuos Blender. These systems can be installed on one extruder or on coextruders, creating a control platform for multiple continuous blenders in one system. Smart textiles Circular economy
The system grows with future needs. New components can easily be integrated without changes to the controller. The MCContinuous Blender covers most of the available materials like granulates, powders, liquids and even regrinds.
New agreement with Trillium Renewable Chemicals will enable Solvay’s development of sustainable, bio-carbon fiber for use in various applications.
Solvay and Trillium Renewable Chemicals have signed a letter of intent to develop the supply chain for bio-based acrylonitrile (bio-ACN). Trillium will supply Solvay with bio-ACN from Trillium’s planned commercial asset, and Solvay will evaluate bio-ACN for carbon fiber manufacturing as part of its long-term commitment to developing sustainable solutions from bio-based or recycled sources. The aim of this partnership is to produce carbon fiber for use in various applications such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and consumer goods.
Acrylonitrile is a chemical intermediate typically made from petroleum-based feedstocks like propylene and is the primary raw material used in the production of carbon fiber. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
Trillium’s Bio-ACNTM process delivers acrylonitrile from plant-based feedstocks like glycerol with a lower carbon footprint.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Trillium which aligns well with our Solvay One Planet commitment to more than double our revenue based on renewable or recycled materials by 2030,” comments Stephen Heinz, head of composite research & innovation, Solvay.
Innovation partnerships such as this are driven by a desire to make a real-world sustainability impact. Bio-based feedstocks are a key part of Solvay’s sustainability strategy, and we look forward to being a consumer of bio-ACN from Trillium’s first bio-based acrylonitrile plant. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
Stephen Heinz, head of composite research & innovation, Solvay-
This article was previously published March 18, 2020, and has been updated with new information.
As plastic pollution has become a more well-recognized problem, public awareness about the need for recycling has grown as well.
The question is whether or not recycling is a viable answer. Growing evidence suggests plastic recycling efforts can have only a minor impact even under the best of circumstances. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
“Consumers are led to believe that the Earth would be healthy, if only they recycled properly, when, in reality, there is no market for most plastics to be recycled …
Past studies have shown only about 10% of plastic gets recycled, but … once those numbers are updated to reflect the recent collapse of the recycling market, it will probably show that only about 5% is getting recycled.”
Increasing recycling may sound like the answer, but as Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network, tells Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone magazine,2 “When you drill down into plastics recycling, you realize it’s a myth.”
“Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once, according to a landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances.
Unlike aluminum, which can be recycled again and again, plastic degrades in reprocessing, and is almost never recycled more than once,” Dickinson writes.3
“Modern technology has hardly improved things: Of the 78 billion kilograms of plastic packaging materials produced in 2013, only 14 percent were even collected for recycling, and just 2 percent were effectively recycled to compete with virgin plastic. ‘Recycling delays, rather than avoids, final disposal,’ the Science authors write. And most plastics persist for centuries.”
Companies Sued for Creating Plastic Pollution
As reported by The Guardian,4 Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit5,6 against 10 major companies at the end of February 2020, in an effort to force them to take responsibility and pay for the environmental and ecological destruction their products are causing. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
According to Environmental Health News,7 “Two-thirds of all plastic ever produced remains in the environment,” which helps explain why tap water, bottled water,8 sea salt9 and a variety of seafood10 all come with a “side order” of microplastic.
At the rate we’re going, plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050.11,12 By 2009, plastics already outweighed marine plankton 6-to-1,13 and more than half of the plastic currently inundating every corner of the globe was created in the last 18 years alone.14 With plastic pollution estimated to double in the next decade,15 it’s quite clear we’re traveling full speed ahead on an unsustainable path.
The companies named in the suit — Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestlé, Clorox, Crystal Geyser, Mars, Danone, Mondelēz International, Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble — were identified as the top producers of the plastic debris collected during a worldwide audit in 2019, in which 72,000 Break Free From Plastic volunteers picked up beach trash.
Novelis Inc. has announced it will invest $365 million to build a highly advanced recycling centre for automotive in North America. With an annual casting capacity of 240 kt of sheet ingot, the facility is expected to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than one million tons each year. The new recycling facility will be built adjacent to Novelis’ existing automotive finishing plant in Guthrie, Kentucky.
The centre will enable Novelis to grow its closed-loop-recycling programs with more automotive customers in North America. Through closed-loop recycling, the company takes back the aluminium remaining after automotive parts are stamped from sheets and remakes it into the same product for new vehicle production. The centre will also have the capability to process aluminium from vehicles at the end of their lifecycle. Using recycled aluminium as input material requires only 5% of the energy used to make primary aluminium, thus avoiding 95% of the carbon emissions associated with production. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
“Novelis aims to be the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions that advance our business, industry and society toward the benefits of a circular economy,” said Steve Fisher, President and CEO of Novelis, Inc. “Through this investment, we will continue to increase the amount of recycled content in our products, reducing our CO2 emissions and moving us closer to carbon neutrality.”
The new recycling centre will be equipped with industry-leading processes and capabilities, including advanced shredding and sorting technology, as well as energy-efficient innovations to support the company’s sustainability goal to reduce energy intensity by 10 % by 2026. Ground-breaking is scheduled for early 2022, with commissioning expected in 2024. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
When fully operational, the expansion will add approximately 140 new jobs in Guthrie. This announcement is on the heels of Novelis’ October grand opening of the automotive finishing plant in Guthrie, which currently employs 150 people and will grow to 190 over the next two years.
Since 1970, Gabriel-Chemie has been producing its well-known high quality masterbatch under the brand name „Maxithen“. These mainly include products, that are based on fossile polyoefines as carrier polymers. The company is now introducing its new product range as an addition to the „Maxithen“.
The new product line MaxiBlue consists mainly of renewable or biogenic polymers or those of chemical recycling. This also includes plant based colour additives (natural colours). Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
The new product line MaxiLoop is all about recycling and the circular ecomony. Included are products based on regenerated material as well as products, which support the circular economy.
„With these new product lines, we respond to the wishes of our customers and brand manufacturers, who are paying more and more focus on their CO2 footprint of their products and packaging. With MaxiBlue and MaxiLoop, we offer numerous, serious alternatives without having to compromise on functionality and look and feel“, mentions Stefanie Sommer, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer.
The introduction of the new product range underlines and extends Gabriel-Chemie’s sustainabiliyy strategy even further and offers customers a climate-friendly alternative to fossile products. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
US inflation rose by 7pc in December, the fastest annual rate since 1982, as surging consumer demand outpaced overburdened supply chains.
The consumer price index topped the previous month’s annualized 6.8pc rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Prices rose from the prior month by 0.5pc in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, easing from a 0.8pc gain in November.
Prices excluding food and energy — so called core inflation — rose by 5.5pc from a year earlier, the biggest increase since 1991. The energy index rose by 29pc and the food index rose by 6.3pc. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
The Federal Reserve has signaled three possible hikes to its benchmark interest rate beginning as early as March, after it completely winds down its enhanced bond buying program. Asset manager Emles Advisors said today’s report had “little chance of derailing” the Fed’s likely course.
On a month-over-month basis, the energy index fell by 0.4pc in December, the first drop since April, as indexes for gasoline and natural gas both declined. The energy index had risen by 3.5pc in November following a monthly gain of 4.8pc in October.
Core inflation rose by 0.6pc on the month, following a 0.5pc gain in November.
PVCMed Alliance urges policymakers and healthcare establishments to reject conclusions of error-prone paper.
The medical PVC industry is warning European policymakers and hospitals that a paper published in 2021 by an influential non-governmental organization (NGO) that encourages phasing out the use of PVCs is rife with misinformation and should not be used as a source for crafting policy. Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
PVCMed Alliance, aligned with the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers to raise awareness and promote informed decisions about the use of PVC in healthcare, said the NGO published a paper falsely stating that PVC cannot be recycled; that it is easily replaced by other materials; and that it contains chemicals that are detrimental to human health and the environment.
“The paper contains so many errors that we must urge European policymakers and hospitals to disregard it,” said Ole Grøndahl Hansen, PVCMed Alliance Project Manager. “Many hospitals around Europe are currently investigating how to implement circular initiatives for their plastic waste. Paradoxically, if they decide to follow the recommendations from NGOs, hospitals will do more harm than good for the environment.” Biobased acrylonitrile Plastic Recycling
PVCMed Alliance has released a 24-page document, “Why PVC Should Remain the Preferred Material in Healthcare and Elsewhere.” Some of its key points include:
PVC is the most-used plastic for medical devices in Europe with a market share of approximately 30%. PVC is safe to use, versatile, recyclable, and economical.
INEOS Olefins & Polymers has joined the NEXTLOOPP project, a UK collaboration to create circular food-grade recycled polypropylene from post-consumer recycled packaging.
INEOS will be at the centre of an important two-year project that will inform the building of a demonstration plant in the UK to produce 10,000 tonnes per year of food-grade recycled polypropylene. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
From its manufacturing base in Grangemouth, Scotland, and extensive product and technical expertise across its European operations, INEOS will help tailor food-grade recycled polypropylene to the precise specification of converters by blending it with virgin polypropylene to modify its mechanical and processing properties. It will also introduce processing aids to help converters to meet the exacting requirements of brand owners. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
The project aims to validate the food-grade recycled polypropylene manufacturing process and its commercial viability, with the aim of receiving acceptance from the UK’s Food Standard Agency (FSA) and European equivalent (EFSA).
Graham MacLennan, Polymer Business Manager INEOS O&P UK, said: “Polypropylene is one of the most versatile plastics in the world – it is also missing from our recycling streams in food contact applications. In the UK alone we use over 210,000 tonnes of PP in our food packaging every year. It is found in pots, tubs and trays. However, the absence of food-grade recycled polypropylene means that all PP food packaging is currently made from virgin plastics. This isn’t unique to the UK but a large global issue that INEOS and its partners are determined to change.”
Professor Edward Kosior, founder and CEO of Nextek Ltd and NEXTLOOPP, added: “We are delighted to welcome the participation of INEOS in helping recycle PP food packaging. INEOS’ commitment to reducing the world’s reliance on virgin plastics and closing the loop on such a prolific polymer as food-grade PP will help create a more circular economy, reduce CO2 emissions and create new materials for brand owners.
-Sophisticated system controls and rotary electric vibrators designed for recycling applications
Maximizing productivity is a continuous concern for recycling operations, and the right control system can reduce headaches and streamline processes. The panel-building department at Best Process Solutions delivers quality controls with seamless integration into an existing system, or custom-designed for a complete recycling line from beginning to end. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
According to BPS, recycling controls need to be as durable as the equipment they operate, so these systems are designed to run with some of the most advanced networking technologies, from suppliers including Rockwell Automation, Siemens and ABB. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
BPS container control systems are a unique offering, specifically relevant for recycling operations, with panel systems built to withstand outdoor conditions. Also available, recycling control panels for existing pieces of OEM equipment or systems.
Rotary electric vibrators designed to deliver long life and performance
A full line of heavy-duty rotary-electric vibrators and drives are also available from BPS, designed for bins, hoppers, chutes, screeners, vibratory feeders, conveyors, tables and other vibratory applications. All units provide continuous maximum-force operation—from 30 lbs. to more than 40,000 lbs.
These dust-tight, splash-proof motors provide excellent field performance in harsh environments including dirt, rain and snow, with heavy-duty construction—including ductile-iron castings, steel end covers and high-alloy fasteners—assuring long life.
The site will use Agilyx technology to chemically recycle polystyrene scrap.
Agilyx, Tigard, Oregon, and Toyo Styrene Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Denka Co. Ltd., Nippon Steel Chemical & Material Co. Ltd. and Daicel Co. Ltd., have announced that the construction phase has begun on a 10-ton-per-day chemical recycling facility in Japan that uses depolymerization technology from Agilyx.
The recycling plant will convert postuse polystyrene (PS) into a styrene monomer that will be purified using Toyo Styrene’s proprietary purification process. Styrene monomer produced from this process can then be converted into PS products with a significantly lower carbon footprint than similar products made with virgin monomer, according to a news release from Agilyx. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
“As the first step toward the circular economy, we will construct a chemical recycling plant for this project, collect postindustrial materials for the time being and start a chemical recycling business,” Sanshiro Matsushita, president of Toyo Styrene, says. “Furthermore, in order to build a carbon-free society through chemical recycling in Japan, we are also planning to participate in a platform that integrates citizens, businesses and local government, which is being undertaken by Ichihara City, Chiba prefecture.” MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
“The decision to move into the final stages of this project is a big accomplishment for the members of Agilyx and Toyo Styrene, who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point,” says Tim Stedman, CEO of Agilyx.
“We are very proud of their efforts and excited for the opportunity to bring our proven advanced recycling technology into the Asian markets to help improve the availability of recycled plastic content and increase global plastic recycling through circular pathways.”
London January 2022: Petainer has announced that it has furthered its commitment to environmental transparency by disclosing its environmental impact through CDP, a global non-profit organisation that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform. Petainer has disclosed through CDP for the first time this year having completed CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire.
Disclosing data around environmental impact is now a business norm; in 2021, over 13,000 companies worth over 64% of global market capitalization disclosed their environmental data through CDP, an increase of 37% since 2020. More than 590 investors with US$110 trillion in assets and 200 purchasing organizations representing US$4 trillion spend have requested environmental data from companies through CDP.MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
By disclosing, Petainer is prepared to handle the increasing demand for environmental transparency from investors, customers and policymakers.
In its disclosure, Petainer shared the results of the first 3 years of its carbon emissions reduction program, with data reported from as far back as 2018. Petainer are delighted to report a 40% gross reduction in total CO2 emissions in 2022 vs 2018 and a 25% reduction of total emissions in CO2 per kg of resin purchased.
This was achieved by strategies to reduce emissions across scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. Petainer has been on the front foot, decarbonising its operations from 2018 by moving to renewable energy in its major plants, reducing scope 2 emissions by 92% since 2018. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
Ahead of the EU directive legislating for 25% recycled material in plastic products, Petainer has been supporting customers to reach up to 100% recycled PET (rPET). Incorporating rPET is an effective way of reducing carbon emissions, delivering a reduction of up to 79% in carbon footprint compared to virgin PET. By helping customers incorporate rPET, it also has a positive impact on Petainer’s carbon footprint, reducing the indirect emissions from purchased goods. 19% of all PET resin used across Petainer sites in 2020 was recycled PET, rising to 36% in 2021, a very encouraging sign that customers are seeing the benefits for themselves and for sustainability.
Novolex division introduces a new tray for meat, fish and poultry products that doesn’t require a polyethylene layer or adhesive coating
Leading European thermoforming packaging specialist Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has introduced an innovative recyclable tray for meat, fish and poultry products.
Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex, has unveiled an innovative recyclable tray for meat, fish and poultry products. Called Piranha, the container is sealed using a series of raised teeth that run around the sealing flange. These raised teeth maintain the seal’s integrity even if the flange becomes contaminated by animal fat, which can interfere with closure on traditional packaging. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
As a mono-material package, the new Piranha tray is capable of being fully recycled. The container can also be made with up to 100% recycled PET (rPET) and is Plastic Tax compliant in the U.K. To learn more about Waddington Europe and its packaging solutions, visit www.waddingtoneurope.com.
The container, called Piranha™, is sealed using a series of raised teeth that run around the sealing flange instead of applying a layer of polyethylene or adhesive, which are typically used to seal the lid of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The raised teeth maintain the seal’s integrity even if the flange becomes contaminated by animal fat, which can interfere with closure on traditional packaging for meat, fish and poultry (MFP) products.
With Piranha, greasy contaminants are forced into the channels between the raised teeth, leaving the peaks clear and clean to contact the PET top web. Under the same sealing temperatures and dwell time, the top web adheres to the peaks, creating the seal despite the presence of contaminants. During filling-line trials of Piranha, the problem of burst seals due to grease contamination on mono-rPET sealing was cut to almost zero. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
As a mono-material package, the tray is capable of being fully recycled. Piranha can also be made with up to 100% recycled PET (rPET) and is Plastic Tax compliant in the U.K.
Recycling technology company Nexus Circular received an investment from Printpack, a manufacturer of flexible and specialty rigid packaging, as part of a larger round of private funding. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
Atlanta-based Nexus diverts and economically converts landfill-bound plastic into hydrocarbon feedstocks, which are used by partners to produce virgin resins. Printpack plans to produce sustainable packaging solutions from these recycled resins once the supply chain is fully implemented. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
The investment underscores the importance of advanced recycling in preventing plastic pollution, said Jimmy Love, chairman and chief executive officer of Printpack, which works with consumer packaged goods companies to develop and commercialize more sustainable packaging materials.
“This is an important opportunity for Printpack to deliver on our commitment to sustainability in packaging and accelerate the commercialization of a truly circular process for plastics waste,” he said. “Nexus Circular has developed and proven a technology capable of being scaled up, and we are committed to helping them do so.”
Nexus’ proprietary process can handle a broad array of hard-to-recycle films, expanding the scope of used plastics that can economically be converted back into virgin materials. It already has diverted more than 4.5 million lbs of used plastic from landfills, according to the company. MonoMaterial Recyclable Chemical recycling
Purchase of Ngoc Nghia Industry will strength company’s packaging business in Asia-Pacific
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, announces that it is in the process of acquiring shares in Ngoc Nghia Industry – Service – Trading Joint Stock Company (NN).
NN is a leading PET converter in Vietnam with long-standing relationships with major brands. It has four manufacturing sites in both the North and South of Vietnam. It has a total production capacity of approximately 5.5 billion units of PET preforms, bottles and closures, or equivalent to a PET conversion of 76,000 tons per annum.
Operating with high quality standards, NN is a trusted provider of PET packaging products to major multinational and Vietnamese brands in the beverage and non-beverage industries.Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
Its business operations are run by an experienced management team with strong industry knowledge as well as local market exposure and understanding. These competitive advantages are strategic fits for IVL and would complement the company’s long-term growth after integration. This proposed acquisition will strengthen IVL’s market position in the packaging business in high growth markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. D K Agarwal, CEO of Combined PET, IOD and Fibers Business at Indorama Ventures, says, “This investment opportunity is in line with IVL’s business strategy of expanding our footprint in rising economies like Vietnam. The country is positioned to be the ASEAN production hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, Vietnam’s PET packaging market is expected to grow continuously due to strong growth in consumption and improving living standards.
The proposed acquisition would foster sustainable growth in our largest business segment, Combined PET, which has been growing constantly to serve increasing demands globally.” Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said on Friday it expects to sell 100% of its preferred stake in petrochemical producer Braskem SA by February. The detailed timeframe came after Petrobras announced earlier in the day that the move was planned for the first quarter of 2022. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, also reiterated in a securities filing that the move will be conducted through a joint follow-on share offering with conglomerate Novonor.
The oil giant has hired JPMorgan to manage the offer. Petrobras had repeatedly expressed its intention to sell its 36.1% stake in the petrochemical company. Novonor, formerly known as Odebrecht, holds a 38.3% stake in Braskem.
Created in August 2002 by the merger of six companies from the Odebrecht Group and the Mariani Group, today Braskem is the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and the world’s leading biopolymer producer. Braskem produces polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, as well as basic petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, chlorine, benzene, toluene, etc. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
Braskem operates in the chemical and petrochemical industry and plays a significant role in other production chains that are essential to economic development.
The mobility and transport sector is currently responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Strongly encouraged by legislation and market demand, this industry has now started to make the shift towards vehicle electrification, which is expected to contribute significantly to reducing GHG emissions. But it also involves a number of challenges, including battery autonomy.
Thermoplastic composites to replace metal components of batteriesAIMPLAS
In this context, AIMPLAS is developing the VETERIA21 Project as part of a collaboration agreement between the Valencian Regional Government’s Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society and AIMPLAS to provide funding through grants for technology centres to carry out innovation projects in 2021 in collaboration with companies within the framework of smart specialization.
The aim of the project is to optimise the transformation processes of thermoplastic composites in order to improve their properties so they can replace metals in electric vehicle battery casings. This will reduce battery weight and, therefore, battery consumption while providing a sustainable new solution based on circular economy criteria. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
Currently made of stainless steel and aluminium, li-ion battery modules account for from 20-30% of vehicle weight.
A collaboration between University of Toronto researchers and Ford Canada, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Professor Mohini Sain, has produced a new, sustainably-sourced, production-ready engine component for high-performance vehicles. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
The Carbon Fibre-Composite 5.0L Engine Timing Cover reduces emissions by displacing fossil fuel-derived plastics with renewable alternatives that can be recycled and by decreasing vehicle weight, leading to improved fuel efficiency.
Five years in the making, the new part was developed through a partnership between Sain’s lab group and Ford Canada’s Powertrain Research and Development Centre (PERDC), led by Dr. Jimi Tjong, the technical lead at its Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ont., which is equipped with more than 20 design and process engineers.
The partnership was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence.
“My goal is to not only do research; I want to be involved in the process from research to commercialization,” says Sain, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “Our research group starts with the fundamental research and then we translate it into practice, going from concept to production-ready products.
“We constantly consult with our industry experts to bring synergy in our design engineering to develop optimal cost/performance balance. Pricing is a key factor in driving our innovation.” Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
The director of U of T Engineering’s Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, Sain is a leading researcher in advanced low-carbon materials and sustainable bio-manufacturing.
Oil prices rose sharply on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session, on escalating unrest in OPEC+ oil producer Kazakhstan and supply outages in Libya, reported Reuters.
Global benchmark Brent crude futures rose USD1.78, or 2.2%, to USD82.58 a bbl by 1445 GMT, the highest since late November. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained USD2.18, or 2.8%, to USD80.03, the highest since mid-November.
Brent’s six-month backwardation stood at about USD4 a bbl, its widest since late November. Backwardation is a market structure where current prices trade at a premium to future prices and is usually a sign of a bullish market.
Russia sent paratroopers into Kazakhstan on Thursday to help quell a countrywide uprising after deadly violence spread across the tightly controlled former Soviet state. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
“The political situation in Kazakhstan is becoming increasingly tense,” Commerzbank said. “And this is a country that is currently producing 1.6 MM bbl of oil per day.”
There were no indications that oil production has been affected so far.
Libyan oil output is at 729,000 bpd, the National Oil Corp said on Thursday, down from a high of more than 1.3 MMbpd last year, owing to maintenance and oilfield shutdowns.
Prices rallied despite a surge in US fuel stocks a week earlier. US crude oil stockpiles fell lin early January while gasoline inventories surged by more than 10 MM bbl, the biggest weekly build since April 2020, as supplies backed up at refineries because of reduced fuel demand. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites
OPEC+, a group that includes members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers, agreed on Tuesday to add another 400,000 bpd of supply in February, as it has done each month since August.
According to CCFGroup statistics, China PET bottle chip export order intake hit historical high in Q4 2021, at 1.08 million tons, hiking 56.5% compared with a year earlier. This is the highest quarterly figure ever since PET bottle chip started export sales. If you calculate this round of rise from the end of August and the beginning of September, the total export order intake from September to December reached a staggering 1.49 million tons, equivalent to nearly 60% of annual exports in 2020.
In fact, after intensive transaction in Sep-Oct, overseas customers have been “silent” for a while near the end of the year, hence around early Dec, some industry customers thought the export boom had finished this round.
However, driven by expectations of rising sea freight charges in 2022 and persistent shortages in overseas supply, orders from Europe and the United States before Christmas were unexpectedly good, mostly to be delivered in Q1, to ensure stable production. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
As a result, PET bottle chip export order intake reached 380000 tons again in December, historical high for the same period in December.
In terms of 2021 delivery, it is necessary to look at the delivery condition in 2-3 months, as the export data of a single month cannot fully reflect the sales situation of that month. Since export delivery volume in Oct-Nov totaled around 710000 tons, while export order intake from Sep-Dec was 1.49 million tons, hence there is still 780kt to be delivered. It means that export proportion of total output in Q1 2022 is expected to maintain or slightly surpass 40%, forming a strong support for domestic sales.
So far as we know, shipping schedule of mainstream PET bottle chip factories mostly tends to April–May, and only few factories still offer Q1 goods. Besides, large downstream factories have purchased 800,000 tons PET resin for the first half of 2022 in advance. At present, the bottle chip factories have at least sold 1.6 million tons materials apart from the annual contract volume, and spot goods may be difficult to obtain for a period of time in the future. We’ve mentioned it before, that the extra sales is expected to sustain at 200,000-300,000 tons per month in the first quarter of 2022. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
Governments should be extremely concerned about the toxicity of chemicals in plastic. Two IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network) studies examined pellets or nurdles, the raw materials used to manufacture all plastic products, for the presence of hazardous substances. One of the studies analysed nurdles that washed up on beaches across the world. The other study analysed the composition of nurdles that were produced from collected discarded plastic to serve as a raw material for recycled plastic. Both studies show that plastic is an important source of toxic chemical pollution. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
IPEN’s research comes in the run up to the second part of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly – called UNEA 5.2 – at the end of February this year. The member states of the United Nations will meet next month to discuss an international plastic treaty with binding clauses. IPEN argues that the treaty should set standards on the use of chemicals in plastic and that these standards must apply to the whole plastic chain. In other words, from production through use to recycling.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 chemicals are added to plastics. Half of these are additives that give plastic the desired properties. Despite many of them being toxic, only a limited number are regulated by law. For example, it is not required to state the additives used on products. So beside the manufacturer, nobody actually knows what chemicals are used. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
It may look like a good thing to put effort into recycling in the battle against plastic pollution, but as long as we do not know which hazardous chemicals are present in recycled plastic, using recycled plastic to produce other products is a dangerous strategy.
FLOATING TOXIC PLASTIC NURDLES
The first IPEN study, Plastic pellets found all over the world contain toxic chemicals, was carried out in collaboration with International Pellet Watch (IWP) in Tokyo. Nurdles were collected from 22 beaches around the world. These are manufacturing granules that are spilled in various ways, such as during transport, and end up in the sea. They were analysed for two groups of chemical substances: 10 benzotriazole UV (BUV) stabilisers and 13 types of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These were found in all the samples. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
The nurdles can spread the chemicals across large distances and the researchers believe they pose a health risk to humans and the environment.
The contract price of ethylene in Europe for January shipments has been agreed at EUR1,272.5 per tonne, in line with the previous month’s level, ICISsaid.
The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).
This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
Upstream markets experienced volatility in quotations, but the average values of naphtha prices in December were still lower compared to November.
The supply of material in December decreased due to some unexpected stops of cracking installations in the region, and discounts on spot quotes disappeared for fast deliveries.
Earlier it was noted that the December contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR10 per ton compared to November – to EUR1,272.5 per ton, FD NWE.
In a bold move fighting environmental pollution, Bahrain, starting today, will not allow the usage of plastic water bottles offering less than 200 millilitres of liquid holding capacity.
According to the Testing and Metrology Directorate, the ban is on the production, distribution and import of pre-packed plastic water bottles with a volume of fewer than 200 millilitres.
The move aims at reducing the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
It also follows the November decision by UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, to ban some of the most environmentally damaging items by June this year. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
The decision, first published in July, had said the ban becomes effective six months after notifying it in the official gazette.
At that time, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, said the ban doesn’t affect the production of small water bottles meant for export.
An AlAyam report quoting the Assistant Undersecretary for Domestic and Foreign Trade, Shaikh Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa, had said the ban covers all plastic containers used to fill the water of various types, natural, gaseous, treated and sweetened. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
Shaikh Hamad said the ministry would not also allow entry to shipments that are not free of bottles having fewer than 200 millilitres of capacity.
The new decision, he said, is also valid for local factories, which will not be allowed to supply bottles with less than 200 millilitres into markets here.
Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Petrochemical Co. has registered its highest-ever estimated annual profit since its incorporation in 2021, amid higher polypropylene (PP) sales, according to ARAB NEWS. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
The Jubail-based company’s net profit rose by 37% to SR815 million (USD217 million), compared to SR596 million a year earlier, it said in a bourse filing.
This was mainly driven by a 51% increase in sales of PP – used to make packaging as well as a wide array of consumer products.
Total comprehensive income surged to SR985 million, up 56% year-on-year, due to unrealized gains on equity investment during the period.
The hike came despite some drawbacks including a decline in its stake in South Korean affiliate SK Advanced Co. and higher prices of propane and outsourced propylene, among other factors that led to an increase in expenses.
As MRC wrote previously, in April, 2021, Advanced Petrochemical Co. announced that it had resumed operations at two plants in Jubail, Saudi Arabia after the completion of a scheduled turnaround. Thus, operations at the company’s polypropylene (PP) plant began on 28 March, 2021, whereas operations at its propane degydranation (PDH) unit restarted on 11 April, 202. Both plants were shut for repairs on 11 March, 2021. PET resin Ethylene petrochemical
The maintenance works were implemented in line with the occupational safety and health standards, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
We remind that SK Advanced started up a new PP plant in Ulsan, South Korea on 23 March, 2021, and managed to produce on-specification PP at this plant in the week ending 9 April, 2021.The PP unit is a joint venture between PolyMirae and SK Advanced, using the “Spheripol” process of LyondellBasell, and have an annual output of 400,000 tons/year.
Digital solutions will enable ReNew ELP to safely operate first-of-its-kind plastics recycling process
ReNew ELP, a UK-based advanced recycling company, has selected Emerson as its digital automation partner for its new plastics recycling plant in Teesside, North East England. Emerson’s advanced automation technology and software will help achieve safe, efficient operation of an innovative hydrothermal process to convert end-of-life plastics back into their original feedstock to produce new plastic products, reducing waste and pollution.Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
Currently, many post-consumer plastics, including flexible and multi-layer plastic packaging items, such as films, pots, tubs and trays, are considered ‘unrecyclable’ via traditional mechanical recycling methods and are instead sent to landfill or incinerated. After a short first-use cycle, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or $80–120 billion annually, is lost to the economy, according to the World Economic Forum(pdf download).
“By converting end-of-life plastics into fossil-replacement feedstocks, ReNew ELP has the potential to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic and make the raw ingredients for a circular plastics economy, creating value instead of waste,” said Richard Daley, managing director, ReNew ELP. “Pivotal to achieving these goals is the construction of this first commercial-scale plant using a unique hydrothermal platform and in Emerson, we have found a valuable, long-term partner to create an advanced automation model for further plants planned across Europe.”
The ReNew ELP plant will utilize a ground-breaking advanced recycling process called HydroPRS™ (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling System), that uses supercritical steam (high pressure and temperature) to convert waste plastics into the valuable chemicals and oils from which they were originally made. These products can then be used to manufacture new plastics and other materials.
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The added capacity is designed for use in lightweight PP automotive, home appliances, and consumer goods applications.
Chemical maker Sabic has started up its new polypropylene (PP) compounding line in Genk, Belgium.Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
The new line is an addition to the company’s existing production capacity for Sabic PP compounds at the Genk site, and will use raw materials from Sabic’s PP plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Geleen, The Netherlands.
According to Sabic officials, the plant has been equipped with large-scale extrusion technology “to meet the market’s growing demand for high-quality, high-performance PP compounds with reliable and consistent supply.”
“This investment is part of our business strategy for growth through advanced PP compound solutions designed to help customers develop next-generation lightweight applications in industries such as automotive, home appliances, and consumer goods,” said Lada Kurelec, Sabic’s general manager for PP and E4P business.
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Often used to wrap sushi and flavor soups, seaweed has much greater potential — both as a food and for use in a wide range of products from cosmetics and textiles to biodegradable packaging and even biofuel.
Usually, seaweed is grown on ropes or nets suspended in the ocean, but current techniques make large-scale cultivation near impossible. Ocean farming is in the “stone ages,” according to Shrikumar Suryanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Bangalore-based Sea6 Energy and former head of research and development at Biocon, an Indian pharmaceutical company specializing in biologically-sourced medicines. “It’s like using a trowel and a pick to farm land.”
Founded in 2010, Sea6 Energy wants to mechanize ocean farming, just as tractors did for agriculture, with its “Sea Combine,” an automated catamaran that simultaneously harvests and replants seaweed in the ocean.
The machine travels back and forth between lines of seaweed, harvesting the fully-grown plants and replacing them with freshly-seeded lines.
A prototype is currently deployed at the company’s seaweed farm off the coast of Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation has a tradition of seaweed farming that involves villagers tying pieces of seaweed to ropes and hauling them out to sea, before manually harvesting the lines, and there is a strong appetite for the crop there, according to Suryanarayan. As the technology develops and the market widens, the company intends to deploy more Sea Combines, including in its home country, India.
While the global seaweed industry doubled in size between 2005 and 2015, and produced 33 million metric tons in 2018, labor-intensive and costly production is expected to impede market growth, according to market research firm Fortune Business Insights.Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
TOMRA, the international market leader for reverse vending machines, expects a significant boost to Germany’s circular economy in the new year.
From January 2022, Germany’s deposit return system will expand to include alcoholic and milk-based mixed drinks and juices sold in one-way plastic packaging and cans. This will result in greater transparency for consumers, since up until recently, the system (set up in 2003) has included a special provision which exempts these beverages from the mandatory deposit. The expansion is expected to result in the collection of approximately 85 000 tonnes of additional plastic and aluminium, with the total volume of packaging returned to reverse vending machines increasing to some 500 000 tonnes. Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
According to Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH (DPG), the system’s operator, the overall return rate for disposable packaging in Germany is 98 percent. This not only means that there is much less refuse on roads and in forests but, more importantly, has made it possible to create a circular economy. Over 40 percent of the one-way bottles which are returned are now made from recyclate. This processed plastic can undergo the production process many times, replacing crude oil as a raw material. In its directive on single-use plastics (SUP), the EU has specified incorporation of only 25 percent of recycled plastic in PET bottles by 2025, with the objective of promoting closed material cycles to the greatest extent possible. Latvia, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Ireland, and Scotland have responded to this legislation by passing regulations to create deposit systems for plastic packaging either next year or the year after (see map).
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Humanity itself has created some of its greatest challenges. This is the plastic case. Latest assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) About this waste warns that its presence on land is greater than the presence of seas. According to FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo, “Soils are one of the main acceptors of agroplastics and are known to contain higher amounts of microplastics than oceans.” Faced with this challenge, Maria José Lopez, a microbiologist at the University of Almería, is coordinating the European project RecoveryIt is a plan to reduce waste from cocktails of insects, worms and microbes capable of converting non-recyclable plastics into bio-products or removing them from the earth.Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
the Evaluation and sustainability of agricultural plastics The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that agricultural and livestock production, as well as food packaging, produces 60 million tons of plastic products annually compared to 2 million tons from fishing and aquaculture. Half of the global total comes from Asia.
Since the beginning of the conquest of plastics, since 1950, 6,300 million tons of this waste has been generated, of which nearly 80% has not been disposed of properly. Microplastics, less than five millimeters in size, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, are found even in human feces and the placenta.
The United Nations proposes a Six-Party Plan, an urgent line of action that includes “reject, redesign, reduce, reuse, recycle and take back”. Maria José Lopez in this regard: “Despite the implementation of many measures to reduce it, the production of plastic that eventually ends up in the environment and in our homes continues.”
To deal with this artificial plague, the Recover project, funded by the European Union, coordinated by researcher Almeria, has brought together 17 partners from seven European countries since 2020, within four years, to find possible solutions to the problem of soil pollution by turning plastic into bio-fertilizers or Similar but biodegradable products.
The researcher in Almeria explains: “We will do this thanks to a mixture of different microorganisms, insects and worms as tools for biotechnology. Insects and worms, with the microorganisms in their digestive systems and the enzymes they produce, work collaboratively, converting a large part of these plastics into components from which we will extract Chitin, a component of biodegradable plastic.
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With a new start-up and a consortium in the Netherlands, German automotive supplier Schaeffler wants to significantly reduce the costs of green hydrogen.
Researchers are working on reducing the cost of generating green hydrogen from offshore wind turbines in the North Sea.
German automotive supplier Schaeffler is currently working with partners from the Netherlands to extract hydrogen from seawater in a pilot project.
With demand for car components expected to decrease as a result of the transition to electromobility, the supplier is planning to expand its activities in the field of hydrogen which, according to Schaeffler, should also be supplied to the automotive industry.Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
The idea of producing green hydrogen at sea, from large amounts of offshore wind energy is widespread.
However, this type of hydrogen production faces the major challenge electrolyzers require ultrapure water.
That means seawater must first be desalinated and then painstakingly cleaned and filtered before it can flow to the sensitive membranes, and is a process that is driving up the cost of green hydrogen.
Schaeffler has set up start-up Hydron B.V. in the Netherlands to develop polymer electrolysis membrane (PEM) systems.
To clean seawater before it reaches the membranes, the engineers have implemented a solution in which waste heat from the electrolysis process can be used to distill the salt water. Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
The consortium says it has proven the functionality of its membrane distillation technology and the system was able to generate a kilogram of hydrogen per hour, with the membrane distillation making 10kg of ultra-pure water (UPW) available for electrolysis.
“The generation of green hydrogen from wind energy is an important growth area for Schaeffler,” said Bernd Hetterscheidt, head of the hydrogen strategic business area for the company. “In cooperation with our partners in the wind power industry, we want to become one of the leading providers of system components in this area. To do this, we combine the innovative technology of Hydron with the strengths of Schaeffler, such as our system understanding and our knowhow in the rapid scaling of products and projects in order to bring them onto the market as quickly as possible.”Plastics recycling PP compounding Seaweed harvester Eat plastic Green hydrogen
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nrest in OPEC+ member Kazakhstan has led to an increase in oil prices as investors fear supply interruptions; however, the uranium market appears less affected despite the Central Asian country being the world’s second-largest producer.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus (OPEC+) are the 10 non-OPEC countries that export crude oil, including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
“Riots obviously can stop production and exports,” said Bjarne Schieldrop, an analyst at Swedish bank SEB. Kazakhstan unrest Petrochemicals PET
Over the week, crude prices gained about 5% and on Friday Brent exceeded $83 per barrel, “putting it at its highest level since the price slide triggered by the first appearance of the omicron variant in late November,” said Carsten Fritsch, commodities analyst at Commerzbank.
Protests spread across the country of 19 million this week in outrage over New Year’s increase in prices for liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which many use to fuel cars.
Thousands took to the streets in Almaty and in the western province of Mangystau in protests that broadened to include anti-government slogans.
Violence erupted when police fired tear gas and stun grenades at thousands protesting in Almaty on Tuesday. Kazakhstan unrest Petrochemicals PET
The next day protesters stormed government buildings, setting them ablaze and a nationwide state of emergency was declared.
Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday rejected calls for talks with protesters after days of unprecedented unrest, authorizing his forces to shoot-to-kill without warning.
Meanwhile, the presidential office later said on Sunday that many “strategic facilities” in the country are under the guard of a Russia-led military alliance invited to restore order.4 Kazakhstan unrest Petrochemicals PET
North American prices for polyethylene and polypropylene resins continued to drop as 2021 came to a close.
Average selling prices for PE slid 5 cents per pound in December, while PP prices tumbled 15 cents, according to buyers and sellers contacted by Plastics News. It’s the third consecutive 5-cent drop seen in the PE market. The October drop was the first seen in 17 months, as prices had jumped starting in early 2020 when pandemic-related demand couldn’t be met because of weather-related production outages.
“Demand is still strong [for PE], but some of it is a backlog from buyers who were holding off while waiting for lower prices,” one resin distribution executive told Plastics News. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Mike Burns, a PE market analyst with Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, said that “warehouses are full [of PE], and exports can’t get out because of a lack of containers or other supply chain problems.”
Market sources don’t expect PE or PP supplies to be affected by a Dec. 23 fire at ExxonMobil Chemical’s major refinery and petrochemicals site in Baytown, Texas. ExxonMobil makes PP and the feedstocks ethylene and propylene in Baytown, as well as PE at nearby Mont Belvieu. Four workers were injured in the fire, which according to media reports involved naphtha, an ethylene feedstock.
Although PE prices dropped 15 cents in late 2021, the market finished the year up a net of 28 cents, according to the Plastics News resin pricing chart.
More PE capacity for the region will be available this year when Shell Polymers opens a major unit near Pittsburgh. That location will have annual production capacity of more than 3 billion pounds and is expected to come online during the first quarter. Shell officials have said they expect most of that material to be sold within North America. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
As anti-plastic legislation sweeps into effect in countries around the globe, industry is looking for new ways to package F&B products without sacrificing quality, shelf life and hygiene. Biodegradable materials are an increasingly popular option, highlighted by mass investments and R&D exploration into bioplastics that break down naturally after use without harming human or environmental health.
PackagingInsights explores the latest trends, research and business developments in biodegradable packaging innovation in conversation with some of industry’s top experts. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Together with Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO & co-founder of compostable packaging giant Tipa, Gaute Juliussen, CEO of graphene bioplastic specialist Toraphene, and the European Bioplastics (EUBP) association, we examine the definition of biodegradability, its uses and misuses, policy changes, cost competition and the latest in scientific discovery.
What does biodegradable mean?
While many packaging products purport to be biodegradable, there is confusion over what the term means. Robbie Staniforth, head of innovation and policy for British recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety, has called for clarity, emphasizing that misunderstanding and industry manipulation can often lead to environmental damage.
While companies use the term to boost their environmental sustainability credentials, all too often, the reality of a material’s ability to biodegrade naturally is overstated and can result in pollution.
The UK government defines biodegradable plastics as those that can break down into water, biomass, and gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Biodegradability depends on environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, microorganisms present, and oxygen.
According to a consultation last year, these materials have a “limited but valid role” in applications where conventional plastic is typically too contaminated to be reused or recycled. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
However, repeated concerns were raised regarding the extent to which plastics marketed as “biodegradable” actually biodegrade in the open environment. Other respondents raised concerns that biodegradable plastics could encourage littering if people consider them in some way environmentally friendly.
A spokesperson for EUBP explains that despite these issues, biodegradable and compostable plastics (for which there are more stringently defined characteristics) are an important answer to the world’s need to shift away from traditional, fossil fuel-based plastics.
Microplastics are an emergent yet critical issue for the environment because of high degradation resistance and bioaccumulation.
Unfortunately, the current technologies to remove, recycle, or degrade microplastics are insufficient for complete elimination. In addition, the fragmentation and degradation of mismanaged plastic wastes in environment have recently been identified as a significant source of microplastics.
Thus, the developments of effective microplastics removal methods, as well as, plastics recycling strategies are crucial to build a microplastics-free environment. Herein, this review comprehensively summarizes the current technologies for eliminating microplastics from the environment and highlights two key aspects to achieve this goal: 1) Catalytic degradation of microplastics into environmentally friendly organics (carbon dioxide and water); 2) catalytic recycling and upcycling plastic wastes into monomers, fuels, and valorized chemicals. The mechanisms, catalysts, feasibility, and challenges of these methods are also discussed.
Novel catalytic methods such as, photocatalysis, advanced oxidation process, and biotechnology are promising and eco-friendly candidates to transform microplastics and plastic wastes into environmentally benign and valuable products.
In the future, more effort is encouraged to develop eco-friendly methods for the catalytic conversion of plastics into valuable products with high efficiency, high product selectivity, and low cost under mild conditions.
Microplastics (MPs), defined as plastic debris with diameters smaller than 5 mm,[1, 2] are regarded as an emerging environmental contaminant and have received enormous amounts of attention due to their potential adverse impacts on living things. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Depending on their sources, MPs are classified as primary and secondary MPs. As shown in Figure 1, primary MPs are plastic particles designed and produced intentionally for a given application, such as, micro-sized plastic microspheres, fragments, and microfibers pervasively applied in personal care products or synthetic textiles. In contrast, secondary MPs are unintentionally formed from the gradual fragmentation of mismanaged plastic wastes by photolysis, abrasion, and/or microbial decomposition. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Whether intentionally or unintentionally produced, MPs with varied shapes, including beads, foams, fibers, and films,[3-5] have been detected in air, aquatic systems,[7-10] river and ocean sediments, and soil.[3, 12] The fast release of MPs with their combined high resistance against degradation results in a rapid accumulation of these particles in the natural environment.[13, 14] It is predicted that the total mass of plastic debris cumulated in ocean could increase to ≈250 million metric tons (Mt) by 2025, which is an order of magnitude higher than in 2010. The light and small nature of MPs lead to their easy transportation with wind and water flow in environment. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
As a consequence, MPs have been found worldwide both close to human habitation and in remote areas far away from human activities. After long-term exposure to MPs, the chronic toxicity including impaired reproduction and malnutrition can be caused, posing a threat to biota and humans. Further, due to the relatively large specific surface area of MPs, heavy metals, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs)[17, 18] are prone to adhere and accumulate on the surface of MPs and then migrate in environment.PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
It has been reported that the concentrations of POPs adsorbed onto the MPs can be 10 higher than that in the ambient environment. Thus, further transfer and accumulation of these hazardous POPs carried MPs in the food chain lead to serious potential threats to human health. The level of concern around MPs is so great, governments globally are legislating against the production of primary MPs.
Busting greenwashing myths pushed by corporate polluters
During my recent stint on parental leave, I tried to disconnect from my Zero Waste work. No public hearings on high-heat waste burners. No work on bottle bills, single-use plastic bans, or composting. No campaigning to shut down incinerators or landfills. Just quality time with my partner, our newborn, and our toddler. But I quickly realized that there’s no off-switch for the corporate greenwashing that makes this work difficult – it’s ever-present in our lives.
While I was out, I picked up a magazine and came face-to-face with an American Beverage Association ad campaign claiming to have the answer to plastic pollution. I visited YouTube and got recommendations for industry puff pieces on so-called “chemical recycling.” I opened a package of baby supplies and saw dubious claims of recyclability and sustainability. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Other than raising my blood pressure, what did each of these have in common? They all misappropriated the term “circular economy” – a term that is supposed to represent a shift from our toxic, throwaway society toward reusable and refillable solutions. The companies that profit off single-use plastics, waste, and climate damage are somehow claiming to be a part of the solution by promising to “close the loop.”
So, now that I’m back at work, I’d like to set the record straight. What does circular economy really mean? And why will single-use plastics and waste-burning technologies never have a place in it? Here are the answers.
What Is the Circular Economy?
“Circular economy,” much like “Zero Waste,” has become a buzzword. There are many, many interpretations of the term. But unlike Zero Waste, there’s no official definition. Still, the best interpretations revolve around a few key tenets. A circular economy:
reuses products and materials, rather than extracting new materials (like the fossil fuels required to make plastic) for single-use, disposable products and packaging;
generates zero waste;
has little environmental impact (meaning the circular systems do not spew toxic pollutants). PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Resin suppliers learned a valuable lesson in 2021: The market can tolerate substantially higher resin prices before demand destruction sets in.
The spot resin market ended the year on a quiet note, writes the PlasticsExchange in its first Market Update of 2022.
Spot prime polyethylene (PE) pricing was flat while polypropylene (PP) dropped by as much as $0.04/lb, continuing an overall decline from record highs established earlier in the year. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
The type of high volume and steeply discounted prices for mostly off-grade PE and PP railcars made available both to the Houston export market and for domestic delivery had not been seen during the December holiday period for several years. Still, many buyers opted to stay on the sidelines and watch the sustained price erosion rather than secure material. While PE producers reported heavy export sales during December, they also faced difficulty moving desired volumes to help clear excess supplies, as a lack of containers, personnel, and ship space continued to hamper export efforts.
Resin producers may attempt another bull run
Unless PE producers have slowed production rates, as PP producers did, it is likely that spot material will be available again in early January, according to the PlasticsExchange. However, resin producers learned a very valuable lesson during 2021 — the market can tolerate substantially higher resin prices before seeing demand destruction. All markets cycle, and the sharp resin price decrease seen in Q4 is a fairly natural back-end result to the massive rally of the first two quarters of 2021. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
Unless there is significant disruption to the global economic recovery, resin producers eventually will manage to tip the supply/demand balance back in their favor and begin another bull run, knowing that processors could accept higher resin prices. Indeed, PE producers have mostly nominated a $0.04/lb January price increase, but the timing may be premature, notes the PlasticsExchange.
PE trading volumes were limited in the final week of 2021: Some processors secured material for early January needs, but many market participants had already concluded their business for the year.
Spot levels were mostly flat across PE commodity grades after coming off sharply in previous weeks. Supplies improved substantially during December, including less liquid grades like low-density (LD) and linear-low-density (LLD) PE injection, which had been scarce. PP PE prices Europe R-PET Bioplastic Microplastics Degradation Circular Economy
High-density (HD) PE for Blow Mold and Injection as well as LDPE Film grades became quite loose, while LLDPE for Film became uncharacteristically tight across all butene, hexene and octene grades.
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The European mixed plastics waste market is expected to further tighten in 2022 amid growing use of mixed-polyolefins grades by mechanical recyclers and increased use of refuse derived fuel (RDF)-suitable reject bales by pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers. Europe mixed plastics waste
Mechanical recyclers are increasingly exploring the use of mixed-polyolefins waste as a feedstock, amid record high recycled polyethylene (rPE) and recycled polypropylene (rPP) pellet prices and structural shortages of mono-sorted rPE and rPP waste.
New sorting capacity from waste managers and recyclers targeting the use of mixed-polyolefins waste, is due to come on stream in 2022.
This is not the first time that mechanical recyclers have explored mixed plastics waste as a feedstock, with previous attempts unsuccessful because low yields and the complexity of sorting material made the process economically unviable.
Nevertheless, ongoing tight supply of mono-material bales and growing demand for recycled material have shifted the economic feasibility of using mixed plastics waste significantly. Europe mixed plastics waste
Single-material bale prices surge
With sharp increases in single-material bale prices across 2021, ongoing structural shortages, developments in sorting technologies, and firm recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE) and rPP pellet values (currently at record highs in Europe), using mixed polyolefins waste as an input has become economically viable.
Northwest Europe (NWE) post-consumer mixed coloured HDPE bale prices increased by 393 per cent on average in 2021. NWE PP post-consumer mixed-coloured bale increased by 182 per cent on average in 2021. NWE colourless post-consumer PET bottle bale values increased by 131 per cent on average in 2021.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has today unveiled a demonstration tire made using with 70 percent sustainable-material content, including soy bean oil, rice husks and plastic recycled from old bottles. Europe mixed plastics waste
The innovation saw the new tires produced using 13 ingredients that all boast significant sustainability benefits compared to conventional tires, such as carbon black captured from industrial processes and silica produced from rice husk ash, a byproduct of rice processing that is often discarded and put into landfills.
Chris Helsel, senior vice president for global operations and chief technology officer at Goodyear, said the new demonstration tire represented a major step forward for the company’s efforts to slash its environmental footprint.
“We set an ambitious goal in 2020 to create a tire made 100 percent from sustainable materials in 10 years, and our scientists and engineers have made great progress toward that goal,” he said. “This is an exciting achievement that demonstrates our commitment to increasing the use of sustainable materials in our tires.” Europe mixed plastics waste
The tire industry has traditionally relied on a range of high impact raw materials and energy intensive production processes, while resulting in hard to recycle end-products. But leading companies are racing to develop lower impact tires and boost recycling rates across the sector.
The use of recycled plastic fibers and silica produced from rice husk ash is expected to result reduced waste and lower environmental impacts.
Goodyear — which had planned to unveil its new tire at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week before COVID concerns forced the launch online — said the new tire should result in a significantly lower environmental footprint.
Renewcell has signed multi-year purchasing agreements with three different European textile sorters — Soex in Germany, Texaid in Switzerland and Sysav in Sweden – to supply thousands of tons of textile waste each to its new recycling facility in Sundsvall in Sweden. Crude Oil European waste
The deliveries to Renewcell will consist of clothing and other textiles collected from consumers that it is not possible to sell second-hand.
According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), more than five million tons of textile waste are generated in Europe each year. About one-fifth of this amount is collected for some form of re-use, recycling for upholstery, insulation or rags or for export to other countries. The rest is lost in ordinary household waste and ends up either in landfill or incinerated. Crude Oil European waste
The issue of textile waste management is a priority within the EU, and from 2025 onwards, new mandatory requirements for separate collection and preparation for textile waste recycling will apply to all member states,” said Martin Stenfors, COO at Renewcell. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
“We continue to build a strong regional supplier network for textile waste fractions that are suitable for recycling with us.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer our partners a profitable and circular alternative to downcycling, incineration or landfill of textile products that can not be sold second hand. With our patented recycling process, we make it possible to create new high-quality textile raw materials made entirely from recycled textile waste for the very first time.
Researchers from Aarhus University have demonstrated for the first time computer vision technology that can be used to differentiate between a wide range of plastics according to their chemical composition. Applied on an industrial scale, this could enormously increase the rate of plastic recycling.
The plastics that pervade the world today are combinations of many materials (polymers) with varying chemical compounds and additives, such as pigments or fibres, depending on its application. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
This makes it extremely difficult to tell the difference between types of plastic, making it hard to separate and recycle them. Consequently, the vast majority of plastics (more than 90 per cent) have not been recycled.
The new technology – developed by researchers from the department of biological and chemical engineering at Aarhus University, in collaboration with Vestforbænding, Dansk Affaldsminimering ApS, and Plastix – allows for differentiation between 12 different types of plastic which constitute the vast majority of household plastic types. The plastics are: PE, PP, PET, PS, PVC, PVDF, POM, PEEK, ABS, PMMA, PC and PA12.
The camera separates plastics based on a purer chemical composition than is possible today, opening up new opportunities for plastic recycling. It has already been piloted and will be implemented at Plastix and Dansk Affaldsminimering ApS early this year.
“With this technology, we can now see the difference between all types of consumer plastics and several high-performance plastics,” said Professor Mogens Hinge, who is heading the study. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
“We can even see the difference between plastics that consist of the same chemical building blocks, but which are structured slightly differently.
“We use a hyperspectral camera in the infrared area, and machine leaning to analyse and categorise the type of plastic directly on the conveyer belt. The plastic can then be separated into different types. It’s a breakthrough that will have a huge impact on all plastics separation.”
This week, LLDPE prices dropped in Asia. Prices fell, as buying sentiments continued to remain soft in the region, coupled with ample product availability.
Reports of lower import offers from overseas suppliers further pressured prices of LLDPE lower. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
In Far East Asia, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1090-1140/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-10/mt).
In China, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1090-1140/mt CFR levels, for shipment in January 2022.
In South East Asia, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels, a week on week drop of USD (-10/mt).
In Vietnam, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grade in the range of USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels, for shipment in January 2022.
In India, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1170-1210/mt CFR levels, a week on week decline of USD (-10/mt).
In India, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1170-1230/mt CFR levels, for shipment in January 2022.
In India, domestic producers have rolled over their LLDPE prices, with effect from January 1, 2022. In the open markets of India, buying trends were reported to be soft amid sufficient product availability.
In Sri Lanka, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1290/mt CFR levels, a week on week drop of USD (-10/mt).
In Sri Lanka, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1250-1290/mt CFR levels, for shipment in January 2022.
In Bangladesh, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1300/mt levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.
In Bangladesh, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1250-1300/mt CFR levels, for shipment in January 2022.
In Pakistan, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1260-1300/mt CFR levels, a decrease of USD (-10/mt) from last week.
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As efforts continue in using PET bottle recycled content (rPET) for next-generation sustainable packaging, obstacles remain.
Recycling has become an inseparable part of the circular economy. Brand owners are committed to aggressive recycled-content goals as well as the desire for their packages to be post-consumer use recyclable. It is undeniable that recycling reduces carbon footprint and eliminates the need for landfill disposal.
With respect to PET, there are significant challenges in obtaining good, clean material to meet those goals. Here are some of the challenges:
Recycling rates in the US continue to be low, significantly under pacing efforts in Europe. Less recycling means lower amounts of materials available to produce next-generation materials. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
Consumers do not always comply with local recycling rules.
Brands are working toward making their packaging recyclable, but efforts need to increase, and additional technology inroads need to be made. These challenges can lead to compromised recycled resin quality at a time when the reclaimers are searching more material.
Another part of this equation is how bottles are collected, whether curbside or bottle deposit. The latter requires a bottle to be sold with a refundable deposit. The deposits are redeemable upon return of the bottle to participating retailers. The deposit approach is used in several states and has two benefits for recycling:
Recycling utilization is significantly higher compared to non-deposit states.
Quality of the recycled PET from deposit states is superior to curbside or municipal recycling programs as there are lower levels of contamination as the PET bottles are not mixed with other packaging materials.
In the non-deposit states, single-stream recycling has been gaining favor with the MRFs and consumers. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
Because it is easy to do, this approach has been shown to increase the likelihood of consumer participation in recycling programs. The downside is the contamination that comes with combining all the packaging materials together. Here are some of the challenges with that approach:
Non-PET packaging materials such as corrugate, HDPE, glass, PP and PVC;
Labels, inks and residual glue and adhesives;
Metals: both ferrous (magnetic) and non-ferrous (aluminum);
Product residues, dirt, and assorted debris;
Coatings (both chemical & plasma deposited);
Non-adhering barrier layers such as ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and nylon;
The company also revamped its product packaging to eliminate all single-use and nonrecyclable materials from the packaging process.
Schneider Electric, a Rueil-Malmaison, France-based company focused on the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has unveiled the first home energy solutions made from ocean plastics and has updated its product packaging to enhance its commitments to sustainability.
The products debuted at CES 2022, which is taking place through Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.
Schneider’s Merten range of sockets and switches now features models made from polyamide fishing nets recovered from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. The company partnered with DSM Engineering Materials, Troy, Michigan, in transforming discarded fishing nets into high-grade technical plastic that can be used in electrical devices.
According to a news release, DSM collaborates with local communities in India to recover and collect the fishing nets, which are then cut up, cleaned, extruded and inspected before being sent to DSM for processing into Akulon Repurposed compound.
“Tackling the global challenge of ocean plastics will require our entire industry to step up and find innovative solutions to drive a circular transformation,” says Helen Mets, executive vice president of materials at DSM. “Through our collaboration with Schneider Electric, we aspire to take small steps toward maintaining healthier marine life, litter-free beaches and cleaner oceans and the initiative also supporting local livelihoods and create jobs.” European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
DSM was recognized last year for its partnership with Ford Motor Co. in the use of Akulon Repurposed plastic in the Ford Bronco Sport, making Ford the first automaker to use 100 percent recycled ocean plastic to produce car parts.
The World Wildlife Federation estimates abandoned fishing nets account for as much as 46 percent of the waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which covers an area twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France. Schneider says the new Merten product line contribute to reducing the approximately 640,000 tons of fishing nets discarded in the ocean each year and is the first step in making its range of products more sustainable. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
On Jan 1, Indonesia announced a ban on coal exports from Jan 1 to Jan 31. Under the influence of the ban and the epidemic in Beilun, Ningbo, PP May futures contract opened high and then fluctuated on the first working day after the holiday, driving spot prices higher. Then, the market gradually returned to normal range, and PP spot prices also fell slightly. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
On the whole, the ban on the export of Indonesian coal has more impact on market sentiment, while the Beilun epidemic in Ningbo has a more direct impact on the supply of PP. The PP plant in Beilun District involves a production capacity of 1.65 million tons/year, accounting for 5.24% of the national production capacity. At present, the PP plants of Ningbo Fortune and Oriental Energy II are operating normally, but a pass permit is required for delivery. FCFC Ningbo said that if there is any problem on the logistic transportation in the later stage, its PP plant may shutdown. In addition to the above-mentioned plants, Shaoxing Sanyuan has also been affected to a certain extent, as the propane needed for production comes from Beilun Port, so the 200kt/year the PP plant is possible to shut.
Then, after talking about the temporary situation, let’s talk about the maintenance arrangements in the plan.
Judging from the current situation, there are not many plants plan to shut for maintenance, but temporary shutdown is not ruled out. On the whole, the amount of maintenance losses in January is currently less than that in December, and several large plants, such as Sinochem Quanzhou, Sinochem Quanzhou II, and Grand Resource (Juzhenyuan) I, all have plans to restart in the second half of Jan, which also means that the overall operating rate of PP before the Spring Festival is expected to reach more than 90%. European waste Plastic recycling Polyethylene LLDPE PP market
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Together with Prada we are returning to introduce a new chapter of our ongoing collaborative partnership – blending Prada’s expert craftsmanship with our lineage of sportswear innovation. Today, both brands are pursuing shared commitments to crucial sustainability goals while celebrating two timeless icons: the adidas Originals Forum and Prada’s Re-Nylon fabric. Crude Oil Recycled nylon
Demonstrating this partnership’s commitment to innovation, the adidas for Prada Re-Nylon collection reimagines luxury sportswear through a more sustainable lens. For the first time in the collaboration’s history, this collection includes ready-to-wear, accessories, and bags, as well as elevated takes on the adidas Forum High and Low silhouettes. Each piece has been made in Italy by Prada, composed of the brand’s signature, infinitely recyclable Re-Nylon fabric.
First launched in 2019, Prada Re-Nylon is a groundbreaking textile created through the recycling of plastic waste collected from oceans and textile fiber waste – it can be purified and recycled indefinitely, with no loss of quality. Prada Re-Nylon is a fundamental reflection of Prada’s environmentally conscious ideology and commitment to sustainable practices – woven into the very fiber of its signature fabric.
This celebration of Prada Re-Nylon through the adidas for Prada collection underscores a landmark: the shift of the entire Prada production from virgin nylon to Re-Nylon, achieved by the end of 2021. Crude Oil Recycled nylon
Pioneer CEO expects oil to be in range of $75 to $100
Diamondback says oil higher than $100 may signal growth again
Bosses for some of the biggest oil explorers in the Permian Basin say their industry could be hurt if crude climbs above $100 a barrel.
With an expectation that oil demand exceeds supply by later in the year or in early 2023, Scott Sheffield, chief executive officer at Pioneer Natural Resources Co., said he sees oil prices to be in the range of $75 to as much as $100.
“I hope it stays there,” he said Wednesday in a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. energy conference webcast. Sheffield added that “$110, $120 oil or higher, like what Europe is seeing, is not going to help our industry.” Crude Oil Recycled nylon Crude Oil European waste
While activity in the U.S. showed no sign of slowing down at the end of last year, public explorers in the world’s biggest shale patch are continuing to preach the new mantra of restricting production growth so they can send more profits back to investors. Diamondback Energy Inc. and Devon Energy Corp. executives said on the same webcast panel that they’d need to see shareholder sentiment change to increase output again.
The global oil industry has yet to fully climb back from the boom era of $100 oil since tumbling more than seven years ago. Ed Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup Inc., said Wednesday in a Bloomberg Television interview that even if crude climbs back to those levels, it wouldn’t stay there long.
Faerch has announced the acquisition of PACCOR, supplier of protective packaging for the dairy sector, for an undisclosed fee.
The rigid food packaging firm claims to be the world’s first integrated recycler of PET food packaging, and said the acquisition underlines its strategy for creating circularity in food packaging and will accelerate the required material conversion towards sustainable packaging.
Headquartered in Germany, PACCOR specialises in yoghurt, spreads and ice cream packaging, and is present in 18 countries.
The acquisition comprises 16 production sites in Europe, Asia and the US and more than 3,400 employees.
Andreas Schütte, chiefe executive of PACCOR, said: “Faerch’s unique integrated recycling capabilities offer fully new opportunities to accelerate the transition towards circular packaging solutions, while combining the two companies’ dedication to innovation and investments in R&D.”
Lars Gade Hansen, chief executive of Faerch Group, said: “With PACCOR becoming part of Faerch, the industry’s transition towards circularity will gain additional momentum for food packaging being recycled back into new food packaging of the same quality again and again.
“With PACCOR’s leading position in the dairy sector, Faerch will be present in all major food packaging segments, allowing the much needed standardisation away from non-recyclable legacy materials towards truly circular packaging solutions.
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Company receives a CES 2022 Innovation Award for nonwoven fiber technology that can replace polyurethane foam
Piana Technology, a 439-year-old textile company known for innovation within the fiber and nonwoven textiles markets, announced that it has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree. The Innovation Award honors the outstanding design and engineering of E/SMART – a high-performance nonwoven fiber technology that surpasses the qualities of polyurethane foam while reducing its negative impacts. Piana will debut this technology at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, its first year in attendance, through their virtual activation experience.
E/SMART offers uncommon integration of digital wellness and product sustainability. Its recyclable and nontoxic fibers are vertically-lapped to provide even pressure point distribution, unprecedented airflow, and antiviral capabilities that outperform those of conventional materials.Dairy packaging Nonwoven Carbon fibers Cellulose based closures Chemical recycling Textile
Even at its reduced weight, it boasts superior compressional and thermal resistance for extensive applications. Flexible integrated pressure sensors within E/SMART can enable healthy posture and sleep quality through personalization of the products. Piana is developing this technology to act as a diagnostic tool in hospital settings. Combined with digitally-printed molecules, it can adapt to wide consumer requests for a user-friendly experience. At its end of life, it can be 100% reclaimed and molded for endless customer possibilities.
Replacing the 1.3 million metric tons of annually landfilled PU foam with E/SMART would eliminate over 4 million metric tons of CO2 each year, leading to reduced impact on quality of life, health, productivity and slowed environmental decline. CEO Andrea Piana sees E/SMART as an opportunity to change the way we approach sustainability. Dairy packaging Nonwoven Carbon fibers Cellulose based closures Chemical recycling Textile
“The modern world is reliant on materials of the past. If we want to maximize our human potential, we must develop new technologies that adapt alongside us,” says Piana. ” With E/SMART, we’ve built a tech platform for the circular economy with renewable materials that can be upgraded as technology improves—without waste—for endless applications. Along the way, we can make foam obsolete.”
Teijin Limited has started to carry out a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of its carbon fibers to calculate their total carbon emissions—an industry first.
Teijin previously calculated the carbon footprint of its carbon fibers used in sports, recreational and industrial applications and more recently its carbon fiber filaments used in aircraft applications, which will make it possible to now calculate emissions for all of its carbon fiber filament applications.
Teijin’s LCA methodology has been certified by an independent third-party organization in accordance with the ISO14040 and ISO14044 standards and will provide customers with reliable emission data on Teijin’s carbon fiber filaments to help them evaluate their own footprints.
Teijin’s LCA is useful in identifying carbon hotspots in manufacturing processes and evaluating options for emissions reduction.
Looking ahead, Teijin expects to expand its LCA scope beyond carbon fiber filaments to also include intermediate products such as short fibers and prepregs.
Furthermore, in cooperation with customers such as final product manufacturers, Teijin eventually plans to evaluate the entire life cycle of its carbon fiber products.
The Teijin Group has set climate change mitigation and adaptation as one of the five materialities that it prioritizes as important societal issues.
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The ALPLA Group has announced a joint venture partnership with Glatfelter Corporation, with both companies working with Blue Ocean Closures (BOC) to develop natural fibre-based closures and other moulded packaging products using dry forming technology. Dairy packaging Nonwoven Carbon fibers Cellulose based closures Chemical recycling Textile
ALPLA, a global packaging solutions and recycling specialist, says it is joining forces with the supplier of engineered materials, Glatfelter, to invest in the development of high-quality, cellulose-based products, which will reportedly be fully bio-based and potentially ocean biodegradable. This includes products such as screw caps.
The partnership will apparently support Swedish start-up, BOC, in its product development and shorten time to market.
According to Chris Astley, senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Glatfelter: “This partnership brings together like-minded companies that share similar sustainable objectives and goals.
“We are excited to partner with ALPLA and BOC to make more innovative and eco-friendly products that will have a lasting effect on our world.”
Lars Sandberg, CEO of BOC, comments: “In addition to a common vision for a sustainable future, they also bring enormous competencies in the field of production technology and materials science into our company.”
ALPLA adds that the partnership is part of its increased investment in the circular economy, with a particular focus on the ‘Replace’ research field for developing alternative, bio-based, and recyclable materials.
There is more innovation in plastics recycling currently than for any other material. One of the key trends in this sector is the growing use of pyrolysis and other forms of chemical recycling to reduce materials to their basic elements, and acceptance that this is more than just a flash in the pan as part of the big picture for building a viable, sustainable circular economy. Other recent developments include the use of supercritical steam to convert plastics, a redesign of 50ml PET bottles for increased recyclability and the first plastic credit exchange program is now on the ground in the U.S.
Honeywell UpCycle Process Technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled
Honeywell recently announced the commercialization of its UpCycle Process Technology that utilizes molecular conversion, pyrolysis and contaminants management to convert waste plastic into Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock, which is then used to create new plastics. The company says its UpCycle Process technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including coloured, flexible, multi-layered packaging and polystyrene. When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes – along with improvements to collection and sorting – it has the potential to increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90 percent.Dairy packaging Nonwoven Carbon fibers Cellulose based closures Chemical recycling Textile
The textile division of ARISE Integrated Industrial Platform (IIP), based in the UAE, has joined the ITMF as a corporate member. ARISE IIP identifies industrial gaps in African countries to unlock value and create new industries.
The aim is to industrialise key sectors by creating transformation, maximising production, efficiency, and cost, which in turn generates local value addition.
Arise IIP seeks to boost exports, enable local transformation of raw materials and promote trade by tailor-made special economic zones in Gabon, Benin and Togo.
In Benin and Togo Arise IIP will focus at creating value chains for the textile industry – from raw material sourcing to resource transformation through manufacturing, to exporting final products, ITMF said in a press release.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) founded in 1904 is the international forum of the global textile value chain.
Its members are from textile and apparel producing countries representing 90 per cent of global production.
“By becoming a corporate member of the ITMF, Arise IIP will benefit from a unique international network, the expertise of ITMF, and an international platform for the global textile value chain where international trends and are discussed. Likewise, ITMF and ITMF’s members will benefit from Arise’s activities in West Africa,” said Dr Christian Schindler, director general of ITMF.
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In a recent study published in the journal Materials, researchers from Brazil analyzed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sand as a replacement of quartz sand at different compositions and measured their compressive strength, flexural strength, density, capillarity, and water absorption.
Researchers found that PET sand is viable up to a content of 10%, which improves the mechanical properties of the mortar and without compromising its workability and incorporated air properties. However, above that the loss of properties is very excessive, especially at 24% it affects its hardenability.
Substitute Sands for Mortars and Portland Cement
Currently, quartz sand from rivers or dunes is used as fine aggregate in concrete and mortar, which is highly harmful to the environment owing to the lack of natural recovery of mineral resources, which are extracted at a much faster rate than they are formed. Also, the calcination of clinks at high-temperature releases harmful gases. PET Replacing Quartz Sand
Many studies have tried to replace natural sand with reinforced concrete demolition (RCD) wastes, vermiculite in geo-polymeric mortars, rock residue in gypsum mortars for the restoration of historic structures, rock residue in cement mortars for block laying and wall cladding, and spherical glass waste particles.
All previous researches indicate that the replacement sand should have adequate granulometry, packing, porosity, and inertness. Adequate particle size reduces porosity, contributing to the packing and mechanical strength, whereas inertness means, it must not interfere with the hydration of the cement and the reaction of other binders.
These factors contribute to mechanical strength, thermal conductivity, hardenability, workability of cementitious materials. PET has shown favorable packing order, ductility, and inertness when used in soil-cement blocks and reinforced polymer composites. PET Replacing Quartz Sand
Pioneered process successfully upcycles Endumax composite material, particularly fishing nets, ropes and air cargo containers, into carbon-neutral feedstock for application reuse. PET Replacing Quartz Sand
For more than twenty years, Teijin Aramid (Arnhem, Netherlands), a subsidiary of the Teijin Group, has been recycling Twaron fibers in its own recycling facilities (“Teijin Aramid program produces bio-based, high-performance aramid fibers” details one such initiative). In the quest to zero emissions, Teijin Aramid has joined forces with recycler Clariter (Siyakha, South Africa) and pioneered a sustainable solution in chemical advanced recycling for Endumax, an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) material. Together, the companies are said to be developing a sustainable, disposal method for high-value, post-production and end-of-life (EOL) material that is difficult to recycle mechanically.
Initial tests performed on Teijin Aramid’s Endumax feedstock were carried out at Clariter’s operational pilot plant in Gliwice, Poland. The results determined that samples of fishing nets, ropes and air cargo containers are suitable materials for chemical recycling. High-resistance UHMW-PE, which Teijin Aramid says was once problematic to recycle, has been now successfully upcycled into feedstock using this recycling process into pure, crude-free industrial products with thousands of applications such as cleaning agents, degreasers, paints and specialty wax.
“Working with a partner like Teijin Aramid and proving that chemical recycling is the solution for the plastic waste epidemic, brought us again a bit closer to the cleaner and more sustainable future,” says Jasper Munier, Clariter business development manager for northwest Europe. PET Replacing Quartz Sand
“As a next step, we want to process samples of much larger quantities and types at our 15,000-square-meter industrial-scale plant in East London, South Africa. We look forward to working with Teijin Aramid’s team of experts and positioning chemical recycling as an irreplaceable recycling solution.”
In our latest Innovation Spotlight, Bjarne Nielsen, Global Industry Manager at Palsgaard A/S, introduces the company’s food-grade bio-based anti-static agents that deliver optimum migration performance in polypropylenes for long-lasting dust-free surfaces and clarity of thin-wall packaging.
As brand owners and manufacturers are seeking to minimise their carbon footprint and reduce the consumption of raw materials, there is an increasing demand for plastics that will enable durable thin-wall packaging designs without compromising the protection of the packaged products. Polypropylene Sustainable antistatic additive
However, a ‘minor’ detail that is often still overlooked in the quest for more sustainable packaging is the additives used in the material to maximise processability, handling and shelf-life.
This is where plant-based additives come into play, providing major performance and sustainability benefits over synthetic alternatives from efficient mould release to long-term consumer appeal and end-of-life recycling. A major property to these ends is the effective dissipation of static charges on the surface of the packaging material.
Static build-up is the single-most frequent source for the accumulation of dust and other fine particles which can severely impair the attractive look of packaged products, ultimately even leading to food waste due to poor consumer acceptance. While static energy is often not an issue during summer when humidity is normally higher and makes the air more conductive, it can be a huge problem during winter or more generally in colder climates. Polypropylene Sustainable antistatic additive
Thin-wall challenges for packaging additives
The market of injection moulded food and non-food packaging is dominated by random polypropylene (PP) copolymers, and PP block or impact PP copolymers. As highly versatile materials, these PP polymers are used in a wide range of different markets, including medical, food and consumer goods packaging – all of which require anti-static properties in some form. Notably, impact PP copolymers are by far the most important materials, especially for food containers, since they offer outstanding low temperature impact resistance.
Singapore’s economy expanded by 5.9% year on year in the fourth quarter, supported by strong growth in the manufacturing sector, official preliminary data showed on Monday. Polypropylene Sustainable antistatic additive
Manufacturing expanded by 14% year on year in October-December 2021, faster than the 7.9% growth posted in the third quarter, as output across all industrial segments grew, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a statement.
The construction sector grew by 2.0% on a year-on-year basis in the fourth quarter of 2021, much slower than the 66.3% growth recorded in the preceding quarter.
For the whole of 2021, Singapore’s economy posted a 7.2% growth, reversing the 5.4% contraction in 2020.
Manufacturing expanded by 12.8% year on year in 2021, while construction was up by 18.7%.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said that he expects the Singapore economy to expand by 3-5% in 2022.
In collaboration with Kolon Industries, SK Geo Centric (SKGC), a subsidiary of SK Innovation (all Seoul, South Korea), announced that it is going to commercialize and launch the manufacture of polybuthylene Adipate-co-Terephthalate (PBAT), an eco-friendly biodegradable plastic material.
PBAT is an environmentally friendly plastic that degrades swiftly in nature due to oxygen, heat, light and enzyme reactions. SK Geo Centric has been working with Kolon Industries on joint research and development since last year, and was able to launch a commercialized product in just eight months after signing a strategic partnership agreement in April, which was followed by the development of prototype products and the acquisition of an eco-label certificate
SK Geo Centric is expanding its client base through supplying PBAT raw materials and its marketing expertise and network. SK Geo Centric is South Korea’s only producer of 1,4-Butanediol, a key ingredient in PBAT as well as a variety of fabrics, plastics, and electro-chemical substances.Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
Kolon Industries has a high level of technological prowess in producing polyester products and will produce high-quality PBAT at its Gumi Plant site by combining both companies’ technological skills in terms of optimum temperature, ideal material mixing ratios, and other factors, based on a reliable supply of PBAT raw material.
While regular plastic takes over a century to disintegrate in the natural environment, PBAT decomposes by more than 90% in just six months after being buried. Consequently, it makes it a highly eco-friendly plastic substance. It can be used in a variety of disposable bags and agricultural plastic mulching films*, to name a few, due to its quick decomposition speed and flexibility.
In particular, it can have a similar strength to existing plastic films such as LD and LLDPE when it is coupled with other components such as harder PLA ((Poly Lactic Acid) starch. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
It also has excellent printability and workability, allowing it to be used for a variety of packaging purposes. Because PBAT is biodegradable in natural soil, it is expected to be utilized in place of existing PE agricultural films, which are problematic due to their collecting issues.
The Gumi plant has a PBAT production capability of 3,000 tons per year. According to the industry, the global PBAT market will expand from 220,000 tons in 2020 to 800,000 tons in 2025, as demand for biodegradable products grows exponentially in response to increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Working with Kolon Industries, SK Geo Centric intends to boost its manufacturing scale to 60,000 tons to meet rising demand in the global biodegradable plastic market.
“We believe PBAT will have a broad application in the future since, due to its flexibility and rapid decomposition rate, it is harmless to the environment when buried to the ground,” said Kang Dong-hoon, Vice President of SK Geo Centric’s Green Biz Group. “We will accelerate our ‘Carbon to Green’ strategy by churning out more eco-friendly chemical products.” Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
A significant step forward in achieving the Company’s goals of advancing a circular economy
Trinseo , a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders, announced today the completion of the acquisition of Heathland B.V. (“Heathland”), a leading collector and recycler of post-consumer (PCR, EoL) and post-industrial (PIR) plastic wastes in Europe.
As a plastic waste collector and recycler based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Heathland is focused on converting PCR and PIR polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polystyrene (PS) and other thermoplastic waste. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
The company collects, pre-treats and processes plastic waste materials using mechanical and chemical recycling processes, and captures the materials’ maximum value by transforming them into high quality recycled raw materials for a wide range of high-end applications. Heathland is well established in Europe with several notable projects, including MMAtwo and REVOLUTION, which are funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission.
“Today is another exciting milestone in Trinseo’s transformation journey in becoming a global specialty materials and sustainable solutions provider. The addition of Heathland to the Trinseo family enables the group to have access to comprehensive recycling technologies and plastic wastes as feedstock,” Francesca Reverberi, SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer of Trinseo commented. “The shared sustainability vision of both companies has now become one. We will continue to invest in the movement toward a circular economy.”
The acquisition is aligned with Trinseo’s 2030 Sustainability Goals, which outline the Company’s focus on tackling climate change, embedding sustainability in its product portfolio, promoting supplier and operational stewardship, and embodying responsibility as an employer. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
Obtaining pure recyclates from mixed household waste remains the ultimate discipline for any reclaim company. German plastics recycler APK (Merseburg; www.apk-ag.de) reports that it reached a milestone in 2021 by recycling waste on an industrial scale using its own solvent-based process, “Newcycling”.
The scaling and decolourisation targets have been fully achieved, says Klaus Wohnig, APK’s CEO. The starting material for the Newcycling production campaign at the Merseburg site was mixed film waste from household collection. The result: a light-coloured LDPE recyclate that was subsequently reprocessed into a film and, according to the company, has good colour and transparency values, similar to films made from virgin material. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
“The proof of concept represents an important step on our way to building new Newcycling plants,” said Maik Pusch, director of corporate development at APK. Over the next few years, several new plants are expected to be built together with partners in the plastics value chain. Currently, the recycling company employs about 150 people, and the production plant has a reclaim capacity of up to 20,000 t/y.
OPEC+ nations are unlikely to divert from their current script of increasing crude oil output by 400,000 barrels a day in the near future when members gather Tuesday for their monthly meeting in Vienna.
While analysts and traders keep a watchful eye for any pre-meeting signs from the cartel, Wall Street continued to have faith in the commodity as February deliveries of West Texas Intermediate went up 0.77% to $75.79 at 11:30 (UTC-5) on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
“I expect that OPEC+ will continue with their already agreed upon programme to restore another 400,000 barrels per day of production in February,” Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates, told Capital.com.
Reaction to possible actions by OPEC+ nations is rather muted and oil prices are rising after a big sell-off going into the New Year’s Day holiday where prices fell on very light volume.
“The market seems to be rising on a risk-on mode and on reports of threats to global supply,” Phil Flynn, senior analyst with Price Futures Group, told Capital.com.
Manufacturer of pigment Heubach Group and SK Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, have completed the acquisition of Clariant’s Global Colorants Business (Clariant Pigments). Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
The combined business will operate under the Heubach brand.
The newly combined Heubach Group will provide comprehensive colors, supplying a broad portfolio of organic, inorganic, and anti-corrosive pigments, pigment preparations, dyes, colorants and specialty materials.
The company operates its global business from 19 manufacturing facilities across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa, employing approximately 3,000 people. The headquarters of the Heubach Group will be established in Vienna, Austria.
Johann Heubach of the Heubach Group, stated: ‘The new Heubach is a world-class organization with great talent, technology and assets. For us, product excellence and sustainability are core. We are well-positioned to create significant value for our customers and business partners across the many industries we serve.’
Aaron Davenport, a managing director of SK Capital, noted: ‘The combination of Heubach and Clariant Pigments creates an industry leader committed to the highest standards in manufacturing, quality and service. We look forward to supporting management in the growth and improvement of the company by investing into talent, innovation and market expansion.’
The Heubach Group has also appointed Stefan Doboczky as CEO of the Heubach Group, effective January 10, 2022. Doboczky joins the Heubach Group having most recently served as CEO of Lenzing AG, a global leader of cellulosic fibers and biochemicals. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
Prior to Lenzing, Doboczky was member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM, the Dutch life science and material science group, where he spent almost two decades in several general management roles.
Doboczky holds a PhD in Natural Science from the Technical University of Vienna (A), as well as an MBA from IMD in Lausanne (CH).
‘I am very excited to join the new Heubach Group.
I am convinced that by combining these successful businesses we will create a powerful offering for our customers in the pigment and colorant space,’ Doboczky noted. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
The international plastics and rubber exhibition expects to welcome more than 4,000 exhibitors to the event in April. Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
As manufacturers wrestle with rising raw material prices, soaring freight costs, and supply chain challenges, all while preparing for a greener, low-carbon future, more than 4,000 exhibitors will gather at Chinaplas 2022, offering innovations and technologies to address these and other challenges.
The international plastics and rubber exhibition will occupy 360,000 square meters of show space at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao, Shanghai, from April 25 to 28, 2022.
New opportunities in low-carbon technologies
Two documents — the “State Council’s Opinions on the Complete and Accurate Implementation of the New Development Concept to Peak Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Achieve Carbon Neutrality” and the “Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking before 2030” — issued in October 2021, represent the official promulgation of the top-level scheme to achieve the “dual carbon targets,” according to Chinaplas 2022 organizer Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. These initiatives aim to reshape the economic and energy structures, upgrade production technology, improve quality of life, and accelerate high-quality economic development and green industrial transformation over the next four decades.
Low-carbon technological innovations are the key to such an extensive and profound transformation and reform. To cope with tighter controls on energy consumption, enterprises are seeking solutions that combine reduced energy consumption with high-efficiency production.Biodegradable PBAT plastic wastes Crude oil Clariant Pigments Chinaplas
Ecological management has evolved from “end-of-pipe” control to “source” control, process optimization, end-of-pipe treatment, and waste recycling, noted Adsale Exhibition Services.
With the approval by Parliament of the 2022 Budget Law, the application of the tax on Macsi is officially postponed to 1 January 2023.
The 2022 Budget Law was approved by the Chamber of Deputies with a vote of confidence (355 in favor and 45 against), after having obtained the go-ahead from the Senate on Christmas Eve. Plastics tax PreZero Cepsa
The completion of the parliamentary procedure brings with it the postponement to 2023 – already announced by the Government – of the plastics tax and sugar tax, measures strongly criticized by the plastics industry. For this purpose, € 650 million have been allocated to compensate for the lack of income.
Established with the 2020 Budget Law and formally entered into force on 1 January last year and then postponed for the first time to 1 July 2021 and a second time to 1 January 2022, the Italian plastics tax affects the Macsi, single-use plastic products, with a tax of 450 euros per ton. Plastics tax PreZero Cepsa
The environmental service provider of the Schwarz Group takes over employees and locations of Cespa S. A.
Neckarsulm, 01 December 2021. PreZero has successfully completed the acquisition of the disposal and recycling business of Cespa S. A. (formerly Ferrovial Environmental Service) in Spain and Portugal.
In accordance with merger control proceedings and following approval by the EU Commission, around 16,000 new employees at around 140 locations will be officially taken on. Plastics tax PreZero Cepsa
“As the environmental division of the Schwarz Group, we are further expanding our role as a major driver of the circular economy in Europe. With the acquisitions in Spain and Portugal, we are successfully continuing on this path and want to contribute with innovative solutions to closing further material cycles in the future,” explains Thomas Kyriakis, CEO of PreZero. Plastics tax PreZero Cepsa
Cespa recycles around eight million tons of recyclable materials annually for private and public customers and is a leader in the reuse of biowaste, plastic and compost and invests in pioneering projects in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence and data analysis. In addition, the company operates the only plant in Spain that produces biogas from organic waste.
With this acquisition, PreZero is now also active on the Iberian Peninsula for the first time. “Cespa fits perfectly into our existing portfolio. We are particularly looking forward to the valuable expertise and innovative spirit of the new employees, with whom we want to jointly advance the vision of a clean and livable environment,” says Gerald Weiss, Managing Director of PreZero International.
PreZero now employs a total of around 30,000 people at 430 locations in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the USA. Plastics tax PreZero Cepsa
Further information about PreZero can be found in our press portal.
A new collaborative program aims to helping the Finnish nonwoven and textile industry become a forerunner in the field of innovative, sustainable nonwovens.
The Future of Nonwovens (FoN) project, which supports the ExpandFibre mission, includes the establishment of a Center of Excellence to enhance collaboration between partners within the nonwovens value chain. Those partners include raw material producers (Fortum, Metsä Spring, Infinited Fiber Company and UPM), a producer of biobased and sustainable bonding chemicals for airlaids and composites (CH-Polymers), a nonwoven fabric producer (Suominen), an airlaid machinery manufacturer (Anpap), and a measurement and automation system supplier for high quality nonwovens production (Valmet).
The particular tasks for the FoN project include develop airlaid material prototypes from novel fibres and binders; developing bio-based and thermoformable airlaid-reinforced composites; comparing airlaid webs with other nonwoven types and define property-space; developing spectroscopic methods for on-line characterization; and creating a roadmap for identifying business opportunities for sustainable nonwovens.
Suominen’s target, for example, is to increase sales of sustainable products by 50% by 2025, compared to the base year 2019, and to launch at least ten sustainable products per year. Sustainable nonwovens Compostable packaging Polymer Oil price Ban Plastic Chinese businesses
Suominen has two strong capabilities that, together with our advanced production technologies, support the innovations needed to reach our target; it has a long-standing history of sustainable nonwovens production and its R&D team has high levels of experience in sustainable fibres. In addition, Suominen has adopted ways of working that enable and encourage innovation; the New Fiber Center approach is one example of this. Suominen’s current sustainable product portfolio consists of products made of renewable, recycled, and/or plastic-free raw materials as well as compostable and dispersible nonwovens.
TIPA has developed a wide range of patent-protected packaging solutions for applications such as fresh produce, fresh bakery, dry food and clothing.
Israeli flexible compostable packaging solutions company TIPA Corp. has announced the completion of a $70 million Series C financing round led by Millennium Food-Tech and Meitav Dash Investments), which invested $30 million together. Other unnamed investors participated in the round. Since TIPA was founded in 2010, the company has raised $130 million, including the latest investment.
Plastic packaging is a growing worldwide problem, with plastic pollution weighing on the environment and the sea and harming the health of mankind and animals. It takes 300 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate, 500 years for a plastic bottle to disintegrate and 1,000 years for a plastic box to disintegrate.
Foreseeing the massive growth in the market-demand for compostable packaging, to replace hard-to-recycle plastics, a global market worth $103 billion annually, TIPA has developed a wide range of patent-protected packaging solutions for applications such as fresh produce, fresh bakery, dry food and clothing. Multiple brands and retailers in food and fashion industries have already adopted TIPA’s solutions including Waitrose, Woolworth, Riverford Organic Farmers, Pangaia, and Scotch & Soda. Sustainable nonwovens Compostable packaging Polymer Oil price Ban Plastic Chinese businesses
TIPA is also engaged in multiple strategic partnerships with industry leaders in its supply chain. It recently signed a partnership agreement with AMCOR, the world’s largest plastic packaging manufacturer (NYSE: AMCOR). The partnerships aim to provide compostable packaging solutions for the packaging market in Australia and New Zealand.
The capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will triple, investments in the expansion project will amount to USD1.8 billion, Oilcapital reports.
Uzbekneftegaz has launched a project to expand the Shurtan gas chemical complex in the Kashkadarya region in the south of the country. “The capacities of the Shurtan gas chemical complex, the firstborn of our gas chemical region, will triple,” said President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the expansion project.
The commissioning of additional capacities provides for the construction of polymer production units, as a result of which the production of polyethylene will increase from 125,000 tonnes to 280,000 tonnes, and the production of 100,000 tonnes of polypropylene will also begin. The expansion of capacities is planned due to the involvement of synthetic naphtha from the synthetic fuel plant. The cost of the new stage of modernization of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex is estimated at USD1.8 bn. Sustainable nonwovens Compostable packaging Polymer Oil price Ban Plastic Chinese businesses
Enter Engineering Pte Ltd, controlled by Gazprombank, signed an EPC contract to expand the capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex. The commissioning of new facilities is expected in 2024.
The annual capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex for processing raw gas, according to the company’s website, is up to 4 bn cubic meters, natural gas for consumers – up to 3.5 bn cubic meters, polyethylene granules – 125,000 tonnes, liquefied gas – more than 110,000 tonnes, gas condensate – 90,000 tonnes, granular sulfur – 1,000 tonnes.
Earlier it was reported that the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will invest USD1.8 bn in expanding the capacity for the production of PE and PP. The project provides for the creation of production up to 430,000 tonnes of polyethylene and up to 280,000 tonnes of polypropylene per year. Chevron Pilliphs Chemical and McDermott have been selected as licensors of the project.
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The rampant spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, a slowdown in the world’s largest chemical market China, continued supply chain disruption and elevated energy prices add risks to economic growth and demand for chemicals in 2022.
Global crude oil markets face the new coronavirus variant and increasing output, while geopolitics could take centre stage next year.
With coronavirus cases hitting record highs and hospitals again under severe pressure due to Omicron, governments around the world are imposing new waves of restrictions on the movement of people which are likely to stifle what was hoped would be a year of strong economic rebound in 2022.
Softer propylene will continue to exert downward pressure on US isopropanol (IPA) early in 2022, but the solvent is expected to see typical demand patterns next year, albeit with Omicron remaining a significant caveat.
With regards to US glycol ethers, demand remains strong among end users, but the sudden rise of Omicron could test market fundamentals if cases continue to rapidly increase. Sustainable nonwovens Compostable packaging Polymer Oil price Ban Plastic Chinese businesses
The outlook for the Asian adipic acid (ADA) market is mixed in the first quarter of 2022 as producers in north China will be forced to cut operations in January and February, but slowing demand may mitigate the supply cuts.
Don’t miss the ICIS podcast as ICIS analyst Jady Ma and Sam Liang discuss the current state and outlook of China’s benzene market.
The European oxo-alcohols chain is largely quiet due to seasonal low demand, although Arkema and INEOS declared force majeures during December.
Listen in to this week’s podcast, as butyl acetate (butac) report editor Nick Cleeve examines the impact of these limitations with oxo-alcohols editor Nicole Simpson and acrylate esters editor Mat Jolin-Beech.
A ban on the use of plastic to package a range of fruit and vegetables came into force in France on Saturday, to the dismay of the sector’s packaging industry.
Environmentalists have long campaigned against single-use plastics as pollution worsens globally while President Emmanuel Macron has backed the move defending a “pragmatic” approach.
The October decree covers for example the sale of under 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) of apples.
However, the full legislation will not be applied until 2026, allowing firms to adapt, including on the sale of red fruits considered fragile.
Six months has also been granted to use up existing plastic packaging stocks.
“We were never consulted,” complained Laurent Grandin, head of the fruit and vegetable sector’s Interfel association.
He told AFP the costs were “insurmountable” for small companies who would have to keep using plastic to protect exports, notably to Britain, a major client for apples.
Pomanjou produces up to 40,000 tonnes of apples annually in the Loire valley and has over the last three years introduced 100 percent cardboard packing.
However packing costs have as a result soared 20 to30 percent, said company representative Arnaud de Puineuf.
Big supermarket group Casino said it will now sell tomatoes in cardboard packaging and provide customers with paper or cellulose bags.
The packaging companies say the October 8 decree caught them by surprise, particularly the ban on recycled plastics.
“We have client firms … who will have to stop their fruit and vegetable packing activity, even though they have been working on alternatives using less plastic or recycled plastic for several years,” said a statement from the Elipso association that represents manufacturers.
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China will introduce a guideline to help businesses tap opportunities from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which is likely to expand trade and inject growth impetus into the regional and global economies. The country is expected to play an increasingly important role in both regional and global value chains, say analysts.
“The ministry will roll out a guideline for high-quality implementation of the agreement together with other departments, aiming to help enterprises and local governments to make better use of RCEP rules and seize opportunities from markets opening up wider,” Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng told an online media briefing recently.
Such efforts will propel regional trade and investment growth and strengthen deep integration of industrial and supply chains among the agreement members. This will accelerate high-quality and in-depth regional economic integration, he was quoted as saying by state-controlled media reports.
A recent State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang called for efforts to support enterprises to increase competitiveness in international markets, improve the quality of trade and investment, and push for industrial upgrades in light of the RCEP coming into force in 2022.
The State Council executive meeting urged enterprises to expand exports and imports and leverage RCEP provisions on tariff reductions and the rules of origin.
The meeting also called for better utilisation of the RCEP on opening-up commitments and rules, and strengthening regional cooperation on high-end and green industrial chains and manufacturing projects. The agreement should also shore up the opening-up of the services sector and take investment to a higher level.
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Sims sold its majority stake in Sims Municipal Recycling for $45.4 million.
Australia-based Sims Ltd. has agreed to sell a majority stake in Sims Municipal Recycling of New York LLC (SMR) to a group of investors, including investment funds managed by New York-based Closed Loop Partners. Under terms of the transaction, Sims will sell 50.46 percent of Sims Municipal Recycling for $45.4 million and will hold two of the five Sims Municipal Recycling board seats.
According to a news release from Sims Ltd., this transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
Sims Municipal Recycling was formed in 2003 and offers curbside recycling, processing and marketing services in New York City. It operates four recycling facilities, three of which are in the New York-New Jersey metro area and one in Florida. This past year, Sims Municipal Recycling processed 660,000 metric tons of municipal curbside materials.
Closed Loop Partners manages venture capital, growth equity, private equity and project-based finance funds all focused on building the circular economy. Investors in Closed Loop Partners include pension funds, foundations, consumer goods companies and family offices focused on environmental, social and governance investing and the circular economy.
According to a statement from Closed Loop Partners to Recycling Today, Closed Loop Partners expects the acquisition to accelerate its focus on its investments in modernizing recycling facilities across the U.S. and closing the loop on materials.
“This transaction demonstrates Sims’ leadership and commitment to innovate quickly—and at scale—and to maximize opportunities within the circular economy,” says Alistair Field, CEO and managing director of Sims Ltd. “I am delighted that we have been able to secure a high-quality, like-minded joint venture partner who will work alongside us to create a world without waste to preserver our planet. Closed Loop Partners has the strategic management focus and expertise to help more rapidly take [Sims Municipal Recycling] to the next level in expanding recycling beyond New York City. Together, we look to expand materials accepted by SMR, optimize recycling accessibility across New York City and significantly grow SMR’s service areas across the United States.”
Several states have flagged higher tax rate on textile products from January 1.
Ahead of the GST Council meeting, several states on Thursday flagged higher tax rate on textile products from January 1 and demanded that the rate hike be put on hold. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
In the pre-budget meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, states like Gujarat, West Bengal, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu said that they are not in favour of a hike in Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on textiles to 12 per cent, from 5 per cent currently, with effect from January 1, 2022.
The 46th meeting of the GST Council, chaired by Sitharaman and comprising state FMs, is scheduled on December 31, with a single agenda to consider Gujarat’s demand of putting the rate hike “decision on hold”, as also representations received from trade in this regard.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the move to raise GST on textiles from 5 per cent to 12 per cent is not people friendly and this should be withdrawn. If a common man buy clothes of Rs 1,000, he has to pay GST of Rs 120. “Delhi is not in favour of this,” said Sisodia, who is also the Delhi Finance Minister.
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister P Thiaga Rajan said, “It is one point agenda (for tomorrow’s Council meet).
It is an agenda that many states have raised. In the agenda item it says that it was raised by Gujarat but I know that many states raised it. .. It should be stalled (move to raise GST rate on textile)”. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
What comes around goes around: Your discarded plastic water bottle may soon become part of your next car.
Automakers are racing to make their vehicles more sustainable — the industry’s favorite buzzword — by turning environmentally unfriendly materials into seat cushions, floors, door panels and dashboard trims. First it was reclaimed wood. Then “vegan” leather. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
Now, plastic waste from the ocean, rice hulls, flaxseeds and agave are transforming the manufacturing process.
“Everyone is awakening to the problems of plastic and waste,” Deborah Mielewski, a technical fellow of sustainability at Ford, told ABC News.
Ford in particular has been championing the use of renewable materials in its vehicles. In 2008 it replaced the petroleum-based polyol foam in its Mustang sports car with seat cushions made from soy, an industry first. More recently Mielewski and her team started examining how to transform some of the 13 million metric tons of ocean plastic, which threaten marine life and pollute shorelines, into parts for future Ford vehicles. The result? Wiring harness clips in the new Ford Bronco Sport that were once nylon fishing nets.
“Two years ago there was a lot of publicity around ocean pollution and we felt an obligation to do something,” Mielewski said.
Ford acquires the recycled plastic from its supplier DSM, which collects the nets from fishermen who are paid to return them. The nets are harvested, sorted, washed and dried before they’re cut into small pellets and injection-molded into harness clips, which weigh about 5 grams and guide wires that power side-curtain airbags in the Bronco Sport.
Mielewski said Ford is currently testing the recycled plastic’s durability for the Bronco Sport’s wire shields, floor side rails and transmission brackets.
“My hope is we can replace many parts with this material,” she said, adding that more than half of Ford customers “care deeply about the environment and want to understand what companies are trying to minimize their footprint.”
Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader, said automakers like Ford have been attempting to produce environmentally responsible vehicles for years. He recalled Ford’s Model U concept which premiered on Jan. 5, 2003, at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.
It had a hybrid engine and its door panels were built with a natural fiber-filled composite material.Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
“This is not just a passing trend. Sustainability is here to stay,” Moody told ABC News. “Environmental regulations are likely to become more strict in the years to come [and it’s] another incentive for automakers to start looking for a solution right now.”
Automakers deliberately added plastics to reduce the weight and cost of vehicles and increase performance and fuel economy, according to Gregory Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan.
Portfolio optimisation, private equity interest, and the intensifying pressure of sustainability targets are likely to continue to drive the chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market, despite the battering that investor confidence took in late 2021 when the Omicron COVID-19 variant emerged.
Despite the chronic and intense issues seen in global supply chains and inflation rising to the highest levels since the 2008 financial crisis in Europe, market confidence had been growing steadily since late 2020.
The demand resurgence seen by chemicals producers in the second half of last year continued through much of 2021, buoyed by industrial output growth rising at the fastest pace in decades in the wake of easing lockdown measures.
With vaccination campaigns – at least in the western world – progressing at a brisk pace through the year, a perception was gradually coalescing for investors and policymakers that a corner had been turned in the pandemic, and that the kind of radically disruptive measures like lockdowns and travel bans would no longer be necessary. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
The discovery of the Omicron variant and the wildfire pace that it has spread through even thoroughly vaccinated populations had a massive impact on the global economy by the end of 2021.
Players are gingerly dusting themselves off, with economists and central bankers already moving to characterise the impact as transitory, while warning of a bleak early 2022.
“Returning to our crystal ball in early December 2021, I have a strong deja vu feeling from last year when we were looking at a still fairly bleak future,” said Carsten Brzeski, analyst at ING Germany.
The unpredictability of coronavirus waves and the frighteningly brief time it takes a new surge to dominate a population make gauging the future difficult, but this has proven far less of a dampener on acquisitions and divestments than initially feared.
Acquisitions are based on extremely granular analyses of likely future earnings, with an over-generous purchase price potentially making it impossible for an asset to recoup the cost of buying it in the first place.
With the pandemic reducing some key chemicals end markets such as the automotive sector to demand levels last seen in the 1940s and the direction of travel for future purchasing difficult to map, valuing businesses has never been more difficult.
This led to some early freezes to sales processes earlier in the pandemic, with Clariant putting the divestment of its pigments business on hold in April 2020, but the hit to dealflow in general proved not to be as dire as players had feared.
Plastic – it’s a material that can help shape a brighter future. But all too often, plastic products become waste at the end of their lives. This needs to change because plastic is far too valuable to be thrown away. Used plastics are a resource-efficient source of raw materials. That’s why Covestro is developing innovative recycling technologies to keep plastic inside the value cycle.
Plastics are the materials of our time. They help us cope with global challenges, such as aligning economy and society with climate-neutrality, developing new mobility concepts, or addressing the growth of the world’s population and making our cities more livable. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
However, in order to achieve a truly sustainable future and protect our environment in the long run, our attitude towards consumption and understanding of plastic waste – and waste as a whole – must change. Since 1970, global resource consumption has more than tripled. The natural resources for the whole of 2020 were already exhausted after eight months. At the same time, humanity does not utilize products in a sustainable way. According to a scientific study, only around 9 percent of all plastics manufactured between 1950 and 2015 have been recycled.
This must change. Produce, consume, dispose – this pattern has had its day, particularly in regard to plastics. They must be used more and for longer periods of time. And at their end of lives, they should be systematically and effectively reused and recycled in large quantities.
However, much remains to be done to achieve an effective and resource-efficient circular economy. For example, waste recycling systems and solutions must be improved or even set up across the world. Currently, about two billion people – one quarter of the world’s population – do not have access to regular waste disposal.
Change can only succeed if all market players work closely together. The plastics industry can and wants to play a decisive role in this – for example in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
This chapter presents an overview of current trends in plastic recycling and focuses on specific topics of interest. Firstly, there are presented all methods used for plastic recycling, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Extra attention is paid to chemical recycling and especially, pyrolysis (thermal and catalytic), which is an environmentally friendly method that results in the formation of value-added products. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
Emphasis is given on three case studies where there are difficulties as regards the recycling of the plastic part: polymeric blends, since the existence of mixed plastic wastes may be challenging for their recycling; plastics originating in multilayer packaging, since the multilayer packaging consists of various materials, including plastics, paper, and metals that may be an obstacle for the recycling of the plastic part; and brominated flame-retarded plastics from waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), since in this case safe handling is required in order to avoid environmental contamination and a pretreatment step before recycling may be of paramount importance. These three case studies along with the mentioned difficulties and suggestions in order to overcome them are presented here, with the aim of offering insights for future studies on the management of plastic materials.
Undoubtedly, plastics play a major role in our everyday life, since plastic parts are used in numerous applications, such as packaging (for instance, food containers), automotive industry, electric and electronic equipment (EEE), etc., due to their unique properties .Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
Some of their most important characteristics that necessitate their use in these applications are lightness, ease of processing, resistance to corrosion, transparency, and others. Nevertheless, their wide use in various applications in combination with the short life span of many plastic products leads to large amounts of end-of-life plastics. Taking all these into account, along with plastic nonbiodegradability, research has focused on exploring environmentally friendly approaches for their safe disposal . Plastic handling involves collection, treatment, and afterward recycling. Unfortunately, finding environmentally friendly approaches for their disposal is no mean feat (Figure 1); due to the variation in types of plastics, which are often of unknown composition, the existence of polymer blends, or composites, multilayer structures with other materials apart from polymers, as well as the wide range of additives (such as UV and thermal stabilizers, antistatic agents, (brominated) flame retardants, colorants, plasticizers, etc.) they may contain [3, 4].
The disposal of post-consumer plastics occurs via landfilling, primary recycling, energy recovery, mechanical recycling, and chemical recycling . Although landfilling is an undesirable, non-recycling method, since it results in serious environmental problems, such as soil and groundwater contamination, until now large amounts of end-of-life plastics still end up in landfilling [5, 6]. With a view to eliminating plastic landfilling, research has focused on recycling methods (Figure 2) that can be applied, which are primary recycling, recycling without quality losses, energy recovery-quaternary, mechanical or secondary recycling-downcycling into lower qualities and chemical or tertiary recycling-recovery of chemical constituents : Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
In primary recycling (re-extrusion), the plastic scrap is reinserted in the heating cycle of the processing line in order to increase the production . It remains a very popular method, because of its simplicity and low cost. However, it can be applied only in case of clean, uncontaminated single-type waste .
Mechanical recycling involves reprocessing and modification of plastic waste using mechanical-physical means with the aim of forming similar, plastic products, at nearly the same or lower performance level when compared with the original products . Since mechanical recycling can be used only in case of homogeneous plastics, heterogeneous plastics require sorting and separation before their recycling. In mechanical recycling, the presence of brominated flame retardant (BFR) incorporated in plastics must be identified before its application, in order to avoid the possible formation of toxic substances, such as polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins/furans (PBDD/Fs) [9, 10]. Petrochemicals Closed Loop textiles recycled plastic Omicron
Its main drawback is the fact that product’s properties are deteriorated during every cycle ; and it should be underlined that each polymer can endure only a limited number of reprocessing cycles . An additional challenge is the existence of mixed plastic waste (polymer blends), since different polymer types have different melting points and processing temperatures. In such cases, the processing temperature is usually set to the highest melting component. Nevertheless, this may result in overheating and possible degradation of the lower melting components and so, in reduced final properties .
The bell of the New Year is about to ring. Looking back at in 2021, repeated pandemic causes, soaring raw material costs, and China’s dual control policy on energy consumption, nylon industry chain has been impacted in turn.
The pressure on business operations is not negligible, and the competitive pressure in the chemical and textile and chemical fiber industries is inevitable. The game between upstream and downstream, peer competitors has always been very fierce.
But what is pleasantly surprised is that at the end of the year, CPL and chip plants have been running smoothly with a relatively high operating rate and relatively ideal profit margin, which may continue until after the Spring Festival.
CPL and chip plants maintain low stock, high run rate and high profit by end-2021 CPL nylon6 PET Petrochemicals
We have mentioned in the insight report “CPL & PA6 enter rebalance toward end-2021”published in end-November that CPL and nylon 6 chip plants would continue raising their operating rate and the supply-demand pattern will enter into a rebalancing period. Over one month, the actual operation of CPL and nylon 6 chip plants have proven this trend, and surprisingly, both CPL and chip inventory are kept low, and the profit margin in CPL and nylon 6 chip links are still good.
There are two reasons underpinning the above result.
First, chip downstream mills had been holding a minimum of polymer stocks in November, and they were restocking more actively in December, when the market hit a bottom low and rebounded and chip plants ramped up operating rate.
Second, CPL plant operation was not smooth in December. Major suppliers including Luxi Chemical, Hualu Hengsheng, Hubei Sanning and Sinopec Baling Hengyi took turns to shut or cut production in the month and caused a tight balance in CPL market. CPL nylon6 PET Petrochemicals
In the experiment, strawberries in a package developed by NTU-Harvard remained fresh for 7 days before mold developed, while strawberries in mainstream fruit plastic boxes remained fresh for 4 days. was.Credit: Nanyang Technological University
A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Harvard TH Chang School of Public Health in the United States have developed a “smart” food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and kills harmful microorganisms to the human body. .. You can also extend the shelf life of fresh fruits by 2-3 days.
Water resistant food packaging is made from a type of corn protein called zein, starch, and other naturally occurring biopolymers, infused with a cocktail of natural antibacterial compounds (see video). These include oil from thyme, a common herb used in cooking, and citric acid commonly found in citrus fruits.
In laboratory experiments, when exposed to increased humidity or enzymes Harmful bacteriaThe fiber in the package has been shown to release natural antibacterial compounds and kill common dangerous bacteria and fungi that contaminate foods such as E. coli and Listeria. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
The package is designed to release the required trace amounts of antibacterial compounds only in response to additional humidity or the presence of bacteria. This allows the package to withstand several exposures and is guaranteed to last for months.
The compound is not only on the surface of the package, but also on the surface of the package. Food As such, it has the potential to be used in a variety of products, including ready-to-eat foods, raw meat, fruits and vegetables.
In the experiment, the strawberries wrapped in the package remained fresh for 7 days before the mold developed, while the strawberries in the mainstream fruit plastic boxes were only fresh for 4 days.
The invention is the result of collaboration by scientists at the NTU-Harvard TH Chan School (NTU-Harvard Sus Nano), a public health initiative for sustainable nanotechnology, bringing together researchers from NTU and Harvard Chan School. Foods focused on agriculture and the development of non-toxic and environmentally safe nanomaterials.
The development of this advanced food packaging material is a sustainable food technology solution in line with the NTU 2025 Strategic Plan aimed at developing sustainable solutions to address some of the pressing challenges of mankind. Is part of the university’s efforts to promote.
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Luke Havelhals wants Change how to make yoga pants. Most performance fabrics used in athletic clothing such as spandex are made from synthetic fibers, which are essentially plastic. These plastics are problematic for humans and the environment. Natural Fiber Welding, a company of Haverhals, offers alternatives to synthetic fibers.
NFW manufactures a performance cotton textile called Clarus that can be used on clothing. The fabric is made of cotton that has been treated to partially decompose organic material to make it stronger and denser. The result is a cotton thread that behaves like a synthetic fiber.
When asked if his company was a tech company or a textile company, Havelhals replied without hesitation. “We are a technology company … but our first focus is on textiles.” Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
Haverhals received his PhD in Chemistry and took up a teaching position at the Navy School in 2008. So he worked with a team of chemists and materials scientists to study ionic liquids, which are essentially molten salts. These salts usually remain liquid at room temperature and can be used as a solvent to break down biomass such as cotton and cellulose. In 2009, funded by the Air Force’s Office of Scientific Research and Development, the team made great strides in using ionic liquids to fortify natural fibers.
The team asked what would happen if the natural fibers were partially decomposed and then welded or fused together. The result is a kind of monofilament cotton. The length of the original fiber may be only a few centimeters, but the partially melted and fused fibers can be much longer. This creates a stronger yarn that mimics the performance characteristics of synthetic fibers.
In 2016, Havelhals left the Navy School and founded NFW with a grant from the Department of Defense and a license from the Air Force, using a process that became known as “textile welding” for yarn and textiles. Manufactured. The company has eight patents worldwide and is applying for 90 patents.
Haverhals and NFW win praise from plastic critics, as well as marketing campaign critics who claim to have eliminated them. There is growing concern that plastic microfiber synthetic materials such as polyester will fall off each time the washing machine is turned. “I think he (Luke) is real. I don’t think there are many real people,” says Sian Sutherland, founder of APlastic Planet, a nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate the use of plastic. “This is not only about eradicating fossil fuels in the textile industry, but more than about toxins.”
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Global Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Market 2021-2025 Technavio has been monitoring the amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market and it is poised to grow by $ 6. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
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21 bn during 2021-2025, progressing at a CAGR of 5.96% during the forecast period. Our report on the amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors.
The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by the increasing demand from carbonated soft drink (CSD) market and the growing demand of amorphous PET owing to its wide range of applications. In addition, increasing demand from carbonated soft drink (CSD) market is anticipated to boost the growth of the market as well.
The amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market analysis includes the application segment and geographic landscape.
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This study identifies the increase in consumption of packaging materialas one of the prime reasons driving the amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market growth during the next few years.
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This robust vendor analysis is designed to help clients improve their market position, and in line with this, this report provides a detailed analysis of several leading amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market vendors that include Alpek SAB de CV, Covestro AG, Dow Inc., Far Eastern New Century Corp., Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd., JBF Industries Ltd., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., NEo GROUP UAB, Plastiverd Pet Reciclado SA, and Polisan Hellas SA. Also, the amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market analysis report includes information on upcoming trends and challenges that will influence market growth. This is to help companies strategize and leverage all forthcoming growth opportunities.
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Large-scale VSF plants lowered prices for the second time in Dec on Friday, falling from 13,000yuan/mt to 12,200yuan/mt, which was as high as 14,200yuan/mt at the beginning of month.
New prices have attracted much attention and some downstream companies are considering about the necessity of procurement and the volume of building up stocks. According to the contacts with limited downstream buyers, the viewpoints are divided into two groups, with participant faction in the majority.
Viewpoint of participant faction:
VSF is underpinned by cost. Pulp price declines slowly and chemicals rebound this week. According to CCFGroup’s data, the theoretical loss of VSF exceeds 1,000yuan/mt again.
VSF has been traded in bulk in Fujian-based large-scale plant, which is almost true according to CCFGroup’s investigation and major producers will rarely publish lower prices before Chinese Lunar New Year at the end of Jan.
Due to losses of VSF industry, other plants are less likely to announce much lower prices than the one released by major company on Friday and the cost of VSF plants in North China is hard to be lower than that of South China in winter. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
At present, VSF plants do not have high inventory and spinners are running well, so the influence will occur after Feb even if the Spring Festival is taken into account.
Cobra International, a manufacturer of advanced composite components for the watersports, automotive, industrial, marine and luxury accessories sectors, will present some of the company’s most recent composite application collaborations and process technology developments at the upcoming JEC Connect 2021 online event.
Covering a broad spectrum of composite markets, Cobra will showcase new automotive and watersport developments including the latest in electric surfboard technology, a recently commissioned prepreg compression moulding production expansion and the latest collaboration with BMW seeing carbon fibre parts supplied as factory options on the S 1000 RR superbike.
Large-Scale manufacturing platform for Radinn jetboards
Cobra recently announced its collaboration with Radinn to mass produce its new range of electric powered surfboards.
As some of the fastest jetboards on the market, each with market leading battery technology and high-performance water jets, the new Radinn boards provide a truly exhilarating experience. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
Using Radinn’s existing board technology, Cobra led the technical development of a new construction process using a lower density EPS foam core and moulded glassfibre skins, as well as providing a large-scale manufacturing platform. The new lighter weight construction, perfected by Cobra over many years, provided weight savings of around 25% whilst maintaining the durability required by riders.
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Growth in the three largest economies in Latin America will slow markedly in the upcoming months – if they grow at all – as the countries struggle with high inflation and the prospects of a stronger dollar and slower growth in China.
Brazil is already in a technical recession after posting its second consecutive decline in GDP earlier in 2021.
Argentina will likely default on its loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if it cannot negotiate new terms. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
In South America, slower growth could become a reinforcing trend. Brazil and Argentina are members of the Mercosur trading bloc, and they rank among each other’s largest export markets. Slower growth in Argentina could drag down GDP in Brazil, and the same in Brazil could slow the economy in Argentina.
Mexico should resume its years-long trend of growth below 3%, a rate slower than that of the US, with which it has close economic ties.
The following table shows the forecasts for economic growth and inflation based on surveys conducted by the countries’ central banks. The central banks published the forecasts before the 15 December meeting by the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the US.
Brazil Mexico Argentina
2021 GDP 4.65% 5.70% 9.7%
2022 GDP 0.50% 2.80% 2.5%
2023 GDP 1.90% 2.10% 2.1%
2021 Inflation 10.05% 7.22% 51.1%
2022 Inflation 5.02% 4.03% 52.1%
2023 Inflation 3.46% 3.60% 40.8%
Source: central banks
The US dollar is expected to strengthen further in 2022 because the Federal Reserve is tightening monetary policy to control inflation, which has consistently exceeded the central bank’s target of 2%.
The tightening campaign will take place in two stages. The central bank has already started the first phase, under which it is tapering its monthly purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities. On 15 December, it voted to speed up the pace of those reductions, advancing the timeline when it could start raising interest rates.
Federal Reserve board members and bank presidents expect the central bank will raise rates three times in 2022, raising it to nearly 1% from close to zero.
The federal-funds rate acts as a benchmark, so other interest rates will also rise.
The rise in rates will have a cascading effect on the global economy. Higher US interest rates will attract money into the country, increasing the value of the dollar against other currencies. Sustainable packaging Plastic clothing PET VSF composite LatAm GDP
The currencies of the Brazil real and Mexican peso and the Argentine peso have all weakened against the dollar during 2021, as shown in the following table. The Argentine figures represent the official exchange rate.
Exchange Rates Brazil reis (R) Mexico peso (Ps) Argentina peso (PS)
1-Jan-21 5.19 19.92 84.08
15-Dec-21 5.68 21.04 101.8
% Change 9.44% 5.62% 21.08%
Economists expect exchange rates to continue weakening in 2022 with the exception of Brazil, as shown in the following table. The forecasts were made before the 15 December meeting by the US Federal Reserve.
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Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced two significant corporate initiatives: a review of strategic options for its Textile Effects Division and a multi-year compensation plan designed to align the incentives of the Company’s management team with the targets presented at the Company’s Investor Day in November.
Review of Strategic Alternatives for Textile Effects
The Huntsman Board of Directors has authorized management to conduct a strategic review of the Textile Effects Division, which is headquartered in Singapore, including a possible sale of the Division. The review will begin early in the first quarter of 2022.
“We have been transparent about our continued evaluation of divestment opportunities that are both in line with our strategic goals and in the best interests of our shareholders,” said Peter R. Huntsman, Chairman, President and CEO. “We believe now is the right time to explore options for Textile Effects. We expect that the division will generate close to $100 million of Adjusted EBITDA in 2021, recovering much of what was lost due to COVID-19. While its value-added portfolio of sustainable products is consistent with Huntsman’s strategic direction, there may well be an external party that recognizes the value of these extremely attractive assets and will be a better owner for them.”
Huntsman has not set a timetable or a deadline for the conclusion of its evaluation of strategic alternatives for the Textile Effects Division but plans to move expeditiously, and it does not intend to comment further unless and until the Board has approved a specific course of action or the Company has otherwise determined that further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.
Compensation Plan Aligned with Investor Day Targets
The Board of Directors also authorized management of the Company to implement a multi-year compensation plan for all Officers and Vice Presidents designed to align with the interests of all shareholders and with the targets presented at the Company’s Investor Day in November.
A significant majority of the plan participants’ equity incentives will be performance-based and tied to relative Total Shareholder Return and Free Cash Flow measures. In addition, the entirety of the Company’s incentive cash bonus program will be linked to the achievement of the Adjusted EBITDA margin, Optimization Program and Free Cash Flow targets set out at the Investor Day. Each of these targets builds on a multi-year effort to improve upon the Company’s 2021 performance.
Mr. Huntsman continued, “Consistent with the guidance we gave on Investor Day, we are committed to improving upon the strongest profit and margin performance for our current portfolio of businesses. We believe these changes to our compensation plan will enhance our culture of accountability and effectively incentivize our management team to deliver on our Investor Day commitments and generate enhanced shareholder value.”
Engaged traffic at TechNova’s stand at PackPlus 21
Mumbai-headquartered TechNova Imaging Systems, recognized as one of the leading providers of digital and analog imaging consumables, has in recent years also sold hardware such as computer to plate (CtP) devices and sample making tables. The company has always had an eye on the relevance of digital and sustainable solutions as a leading supplier of integrated solutions, hardware, consumables, and services. It has kept expanding its reach further in imaging – to the print, publishing, packaging, textile, engineering, signage, and photo industries.
This year, TechNova known for its technology and knowledge sharing on the shop floor with its customers completed its 50 years in the graphic industry. Packaging South Asia met with Ekta P Mhatre, the company’s manager-product marketing at its stand at the recent PackPlus exhibition in the Delhi NCR. The company’s digital print finishing devices and a digital cutting table from Jingwei were shown on its stand there. Textile Effects Polyethylene Terephthalate
Speaking with Mhatre about the trade show, we realized that it was the company’s first participation in any event after the Covid-19 pandemic almost 22 months ago. Speaking about the positive response from customers, she explained to us how the printing and packaging industries have grown and constructively utilized their time during the Covid-19 period. “The Indian market is opening up as hoped, and things are getting back to normal. We’re pleased to be a part of PackPlus 2021, as it is our first public appearance since Covid-19,” she said.
TechNova’s Go Green Mission
TechNova is committed to helping the printing and packaging industry adopt eco-friendly solutions, reduce its carbon footprint, and to eliminate waste while facilitating sustainable growth. In the conversation on sustainability, Mhatre mentioned, “We are taking further footsteps in our green initiative and trying to be greener. In drupa also, there was a big hype about sustainability and industry 4.0, so, I think this is the right way to go ahead for a better future. In packaging, any growing company should develop and work towards sustainable applications, and then only will it be easier to survive in the future. So, everyone should work on the sustainability part.”
Mhatre concluded our conversation by speaking about the company’s expansion, “Right now, we are working on our current portfolio and trying to tie up with many companies for digital postpress. Textile Effects Polyethylene Terephthalate
We were always there for the last 50 years in the conventional offset and packaging setup. Currently, we are working with Konica Minolta, Duplo, and Jingwei devices to cover the entire area of digital graphics. I think this is a good time to move ahead, and very soon, you will get big news from TechNova regarding its innovation.”
In 2021, the overall China domestic PP granule market shows an “M” trend, with two price peaks throughout the whole year, the first peak in early March and the second in mid-October, which is the highest since 2019.
In mid-to-late February, PP prices rose sharply. On the one hand, it was related to the rising futures, on the other hand, many foreign plants shut due to the extreme weather. The short-term mismatch of supply and demand caused imported PP market to rise sharply. China domestic export arbitrage window opened, and RMB spot prices rose accordingly
In September, PP price surged, mainly due to the rapid transmission of the dual control policy in the market at the end of August, the price driving factor transferred from supply and demand to cost, and the cash flow of each production process was in full loss, especially in coal-based PP and methanol-based PP.
From the perspective of new start-ups, it’s still a year of rapid expansion of production capacity in 2021. Although the new production capacity is not as good as the 3.8 million tons/year in 2020, the new capacity still exceeds 3 million tons/year, reaching 3.15 million tons/year and the total production capacity reaches 31.405 million tons/year. It is reported that the 450kt/year PP plant #1 of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical II has been trial-run in the near future, and it is expected to start commercial production at the end of December/early January.
In terms of distribution area, the production of the new PP plant is mainly concentrated in Northeast China (850kt/year), North China (850kt/year) and East China (800kt/year)., and there is no new production capacity in Northwest and Southwest regions. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
The global plastic recycling market stood at 162.5 million tons in 2020 and is forecast to reach 263.08 million tons by 2030, growing at a healthy CAGR of 4.49 % until 2030, according to a report by Research and Markets. Chemical recycling is definitely one of the most popular processes in recent times which will aid the plastic recycling industry to transform into a greener and more sustainable circular economy. In this background, PROCESS Worldwide shares with you the top 5 chemical recycling solutions which have been in the news this year.
More than 400 million tons of plastic is produced every year and about 25 % of plastic waste is incinerated and 56 % is disposed of in landfills leading to rising environmental concerns. The solution to this problem: chemical recycling of plastics which will help to reduce CO2 emissions and lead to the creation of a circular economy.PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Europe is one such region that is actively working towards this goal and has also set up a Circular Plastics Alliance with an aim to recycle about 10 million tons of plastic by 2025. “Chemical Recycling is essential to make the circular economy work,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer, Covestro at this year’s virtual Achema Pulse session. There is a huge potential for chemical recycling solutions across the globe and hence, companies are racing towards developing these technologies/solutions to ensure a circular economy.
Microwave Chemical’sPlaWave microwave-based plastic degradation technology directly breaks down plastics that have conventionally been tricky to recycle such as automotive shredder residue (ASR) and sheet molding compound (SMC) products into raw monomers.PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Mitsui Chemicals and Microwave Chemical have launched a new initiative aimed at commercializing the use of this microwave technology in the chemical recycling of plastic waste. As the technology eliminates an intermediate step, direct monomerization is a more efficient means of recycling plastic waste into plastic than the conventional approach, which involves turning the waste into oil before monomerization. The technique also promises to reduce CO2 emissions through the use of electricity generated from renewable energy to power the decomposition process.
The tide may turn in early January with a possible uptick in spot pricing, according to the PlasticsExchange. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
The spot resin market was somewhat quiet in the holiday-shortened week heading into Christmas, and overall spot prime pricing was flat to as much as $0.05/lb lower, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
Just one week earlier, very active trading was prompted by several waves of railcar offers canvasing most commodity polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) grades. The material was aggressively priced at steeply discounted levels and made available to the Houston export market as well as for domestic delivery. The likes of these well-discounted holiday-type specials had not been seen for several years. Mid-month buyers mostly stayed on the sidelines watching prices erode with pleasure. While some did pick away with orders, the offerings seemed to accumulate as December wore on. Most low-mid melt homo- and co-polymer PP grades were amply available and priced to move. The heaviest PE offerings were for high-density (HD) PE Blow Mold and Injection; low-density (LD) PE Film grades were also well represented, and some LDPE Injection high flow, which had been scarce, also began to appear. Linear-low-density (LLD) PE Film grades were only lightly available and were snatched up quickly by both processors and traders.
As January PE price increases began to issue, market chatter was that producers would purge material, as needed, and some would likely begin to close out their annual books, so buyers swooped in to procure many of these relativity well-priced railcars. There were no fresh producer PE export offers the past few days, as many took an early holiday leave, though some Houston exporters and traders had some material to sell. Prime PE offers were scarcely available, and a dwindling number of off-grade PE railcars were still unsold. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Resin contracts decrease again in December
Resin contracts are taking another large decrease in December: PE is declining $0.05 to 0.07/lb and PP by as much as $0.15/lb. Producers intended to liquidate much of their burdensome supplies into the export market during December and, indeed, priced their material to sell. However, an unprecedented number of containers were sent back to Asia empty in September and November, as ocean freight carriers sought to get additional material to Europe by year end. Consequently, producers, exporters, and traders alike all reported frustration in their ability to physically move material for lack of containers, personnel, and ship space. Large exporters also report that most upcoming sailings are already full, with the next significant capacity not available until late January. Even though a good surge of buying materialized mid-month, unless producers slow production rates or somehow exported more material than it appears, spot material probably will be available after the first week in January as much of the recent purge was ultimately sold to domestic buyers, writes the PlasticsExchange.PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Still, producers could enter the new year with more comfortable inventory positions and be less aggressive with their offerings, but it remains to be seen if it has been enough to turn the market for January. Some stellar resin buying opportunities were available in December and those that grabbed them should be pleased with their purchases several weeks from now, according to the PlasticsExchange.
Colombia is expected to continue to lead the west coast of South America’s (WCSA) plastics market recovery in 2022, as the country looks ahead to new investments in sustainability initiatives as well as new plastics recycling capacity.
The Colombian polymers industry is making significant investments in moving towards a more circular economy — where recycled materials become feedstocks for future products — which is creating optimism for the future, according to Daniel Mitchell, head of the country’s petrochemical and plastics manufacturers association Acoplásticos. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
“Investments to increase the installed capacity in the recycling of plastics have been growing at a strong rate,” Mitchell said.
Plastics-related machinery purchases grew by about 10pc in 2020, despite the pandemic, and by more than 40pc in 2021, he said. In the last few months alone, the industry has announced plans to invest in nearly 50,000 tonnes (t) of capacity to recycle polyethylene terephtalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and polystyrene (PS).
The investments in new capacity and sustainability in 2022 are a continuation of the Colombian plastics and petrochemical industries’ strong recovery from the blow suffered in 2020-21 from the global pandemic and political turmoil across the country.
“This rebound in economic data represents the thrust of petrochemical-plastic industries users, such as food and beverages, textiles and clothing, cleaning products, health and cosmetics, automotive and construction, among others,” Mitchell said. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Colombia, together with Chile, Peru, and Ecuador, make up WCSA, a region hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with most of the region under strict lockdowns during 2020 and 2021. The region was also impacted by social unrest, including June blockades of the Colombian Pacific Ocean port of Buenaventura that cost the country’s polymers industry an estimated Ps350bn ($100mn).
The entire regions’ petrochemical industry, including polymers output and trade flows, were hurt by the blockades, especially during a period when global freight prices, port congestion and the lack of vessel space disturbed the world’s supply chain.
But for Colombia, WCSA’s strongest economy, a sharp rebound occurred in the past year. Colombia’s basic chemical industry, which includes the manufacturing of plastics in primary forms, grew in the third quarter by about 29pc from a year earlier. The same sector posted a 1.3pc output decline in 2020, when compared to the previous year, according to Acoplásticos.
In plastic products alone, Colombia’s third quarter output increased by 24pc from a year earlier, after a 6.8pc drop in 2020.
Scientists have created biodegradable batteries that can actually be safely buried in the ground after use. The paper-thin batteries could one day become an environmentally sustainable option for powering smartphones and flexible wearable electronic devices. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
Researchers from The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) developed zinc batteries made up of electrodes (through which the electrical current leaves or enters the battery) screen-printed onto both sides of a piece of cellulose paper that has been reinforced with hydrogel. Once the battery has been expended, it can be buried in soil, where it breaks down completely within a month.
In a proof-of-concept experiment described in scientific journal Advanced Science, the NTU team demonstrated how a 4cm x 4cm square of printed paper battery could power a small electric fan for at least 45 minutes. Bending or twisting the battery did not interrupt the power supply.
In another experiment using a 4cm x 4cm battery to power an LED, the scientists showed that despite cutting away parts of the paper battery, the LED remained lit. This indicates that cutting does not affect the functionality of the battery.
The scientists think their biodegradable battery could be integrated into flexible electronics such as foldable smartphones that are already on the market, or biomedical sensors for health monitoring.
“Traditional batteries come in a variety of models and sizes, and choosing the right type for your device could be a cumbersome process. Through our study, we showed a simpler, cheaper way of manufacturing batteries, by developing a single large piece of battery that can be cut to desired shapes and sizes without loss of efficiency,” explains co-lead author Fan Hongjin, a professor from the NTU School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, in a statement. “These features make our paper batteries ideal for integration in the sorts of flexible electronics that are gradually being developed.” PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
China’s oil consumption is expected to keep growing for a decade on robust chemical demand, reaching a peak of about 780 MMtpy by 2030, reported Reuters with reference to a statement of a research institute affiliated with China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) on Sunday.
Last year, the research group, called the CNPC Economics & Technology Research Institute (ETRI), said that China’s oil demand would peak at 730 MMtpy by around 2025. PP Market Chemical Recycling biodegradable batteries China oil
In its latest report, the ETRI said diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene consumption are forecast to peak sometime around 2025 at about 390 MMtpy. The strong petrochemical demand will support rising consumption through to 2030.
Overall oil demand will fall after 2030 as transportation consumption declines amid the electrification of vehicles while chemical demand remains stable during the period, the ETRI said.
The ETRI also revised the peak of China’s total primary energy consumption to 6.01 Btpy of standard coal by around 2030, from 5.6 Btpy by around 2035 previously.
“Coal consumption in China would enter a plateau at around 3.6-4 B tons in 2021-2030,” the ETRI said, adding that the use of the dirty fossil fuel would decrease steadily in 2031-2050 as coal-fired power plants become a back-up energy source.
This follows plans from the government to reduce coal consumption in China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, in an “orderly” manner as part of its drive to reach a peak in carbon emissions.
China’s top leaders said at an agenda-setting meeting this month that the “gradual withdrawal of traditional energy sources should be based on the establishment of safe and reliable of new energy sources.”
As MRC wrote previously, China’s crude throughput rose 0.8% to 13.81 million b/d in October from a 17-month low in September.
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The Canadian government has released draft regulations to ban six kinds of “harmful” single-use plastic items in Canada: straws and stir sticks, six-pack rings, grocery bags, cutlery, and difficult-to-recycle takeout containers, said Canplastics.
But the draft rules – available at this link – also include an exemption that would allow Canadian manufacturers to continue making these items, so long as they’re intended for export. Plastic waste Single-use plastics
Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the draft regulations in a Dec. 21 joint statement.
According to the statement, the regulations would prevent an estimate of more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic pollution from entering the environment over a ten-year period, which is the equivalent of one million garbage bags of litter.
The statement said the new rules could come into effect sometime at the end of 2022. There may also be a transition period to allow restaurants and other businesses to get used to the new rules, which could push the date back even further. A final decision on when the rules will come into force will be made after the government has considered the comments received during the consultation period, which is open until March 5, 2022. “The Government of Canada will soon publish draft guidance to help businesses adapt to the requirements of the proposed regulations,” the statement said. Plastic waste Single-use plastics
For most of the 20th Century, Eastman Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film – back in 1976 it had an 89% market share of all U.S. photographic film sales. Plastic waste Single-use plastics
The company began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of film and also its slowness in shifting to digital – despite having invented the core technology used in current digital cameras, as well as having amassed a vast portfolio of some 10,000 patents.
By that time, however, Eastman Chemical – the Kodak subsidiary founded by George Eastman in 1920 to supply Kodak’s chemical needs – had already been spun off as a separate corporation and now stands as a leading Fortune 500 company in its own right, with 14,500 employees globally and annual sales of around $8.5 billion.
In January this year, Eastman announced plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities at its huge complex in Kingsport, Tennessee, with completion expected in 2022.
Through methanolysis, this world-scale facility will convert over 100,000 metric tons of plastic waste that cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods annually into new specialty plastics.Plastic waste Single-use plastics
At INDA’s RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) conference, which took place from September 28-30, Jon Woods, Eastman’s general manager for textiles and nonwovens, outlined the extent of the waste plastic problem and his company’s development of a number of solutions in response to it.
Federal trade regulators are weighing whether to lift duties on a popular form of plastic resin from China and other foreign manufacturers amid protests over surging prices in the United States.
Put in place to protect petrochemical companies along the Gulf Coast from the cheap plastic resin sold by foreign manufacturers, the duties on a type of plastic known as polyethylene terephthalate or PET are opposed by beverage manufacturers, who argue they are struggling to turn a profit due to the high cost of producing their bottles. Plastic duties Chemical Recycling
Plastic prices have risen steadily over the past year as the global pandemic upended supply chains and caused steep price increases on everything from coffee to computer chips. PET resin, which is used in beverage containers and other packaging and targeted by the tariffs, is selling for close to 50 percent more than it was a year ago.
“Everybody’s struggling,” said Joe Doss, president of the International Bottled Water Association. “It’s a very low margin business and the costs are not necessarily passed fully on.”
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There’s debate over the degree to which the U.S. duties, which apply to imports from China, India, Oman and Canada, are contributing to the price hike.
Toxic chemical additives and pollutants that pose multiple health threats to humans and the environment have been found to be present in plastic pellets collected on a Malaysian beach. Plastic duties Chemical Recycling
Saying this, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) pointed out that plastic pellets are known to leak out during production and transportation.
Plastic pellets are the materials that are used to produce plastics. They are found on beaches all over the world including Malaysia, its president Mohideen Abdul Kader said today.
The health effects associated with these chemicals include causing cancer or changing hormone activity known as endocrine disruption, which can lead to reproductive, growth, and cognitive impairment.
Many of the toxic chemical additives have several other known health impacts, persist in the environment, and bio-accumulate in exposed organisms.
“In order to get a global picture of the role plastic pellets play in spreading toxic chemicals around the world, CAP participated in a study with the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and International Pellet Watch (IPW),” Mohideen said in a statement. Plastic duties Chemical Recycling
“Twenty-three NGOs including CAP participated in the sampling of plastic pellets found on the beach, which contributed greatly to increasing the available data on chemicals in this type of plastic pollution.
“In the study, plastic pellets were collected from a beach on Penang Island and analysed for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and benzotriazole UV-stabilizers (BUVs).”
Mohideen said the pellets from Penang contained total PCB concentrations of 7.8-34.7 ng/g (nano gram per gram). PCBs are listed as POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) under the Stockholm Convention.
“It is reported that the common sources include legacy contamination in the environment, unintentional production, leaking from old electric transformers and disposal and recycling. PCBs have several negative effects on human health and the environment and since 2015 they are classified as carcinogens.
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Stora Enso lUltraThinPE Tec is a new innovation from Stora Enso that significantly reduces the share of plastic coating in the foodservice Board (FSB) and applications such as single-use paper cups. With the help of UltraThinPE Tec, Stora Enso has developed the thinnest polymer coating for FSB products on the market. This achievement allows for paper cup designs with less than 5% plastic – an important step in helping packaging converters, brand-owners, and retailers meet their plastics reduction targets. The technology is presently used to produce UltraThinPE coatings for Stora Enso’s Cupforma product range for paper cups.
Paperboard material used for producing paper cups requires a barrier, commonly made from plastic, that offers both protection against liquid and functionality in converting. UltraThinPE Tec greatly improves the sustainability of paper cups by yielding the lowest plastic coating weight available on the market and reducing the overall carbon footprint of the finished product.
Stora Enso’s UltraThinPE Tec coatings are recyclable
UltraThinPE Tec reduces plastic coating weight by up to 40% when compared to Cupforma Natura products with 15 gram square meter PE (polyethylene) or renewable PE Green coatings (bio-based polyethylene), therefore enabling a share of greater than 95% paperboard. Achieving a plastic share of less than 5% helps brand-owners meet the composite threshold for packaging in some European countries. As a result, UltraThinPE Tec coatings can significantly reduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees by 75% in countries such as Germany.
FSB products with UltraThinPE Tec coatings can be recycled with paper or board depending on local regulations, collection, and sorting infrastructure. As one-sided, minimal-plastic coatings, they can also ease FSB recycling in standard recycling mills when combined with other paper and board packaging.
“By knowing the intended end-use of the product, like paper cups that will hold liquid for a short time, we can design coatings that use the absolute minimum material necessary. We do this by testing and verifying the exact amount needed for the end-user. Stora Enso Chemical Recycling WTO Rules Plastic waste
UltraThinPE Tec enables brand-owners to meet their sustainability targets further, especially concerning plastics reduction, while maintaining the highest product hygiene and safety standards as in the case of paper cups,” said Tuomas Puonti, vice-president, head of Business Line LPB Fresh & FSB.
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Croda has agreed to sell most of its Performance Technologies & Industrial Chemicals (PTIC) business to Cargill Velocity Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill in a €915 million deal should close in the summer of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and consultation with employee representatives. The company had stated its intention to reviewing ownership options for PTIC in May 2021.
Cargill said that this would “dramatically expand” its bioindustrial footprint, a priority exemplified by the recent expansions of its QORE and NatureWorks joint ventures and the acquisitions of Floratech and Arkema’s epoxides business. “Aligning with Cargill’s commitment to sustainability, more than two-thirds of the raw materials used to manufacture these solutions are bio-based and renewable,” the company added. Stora Enso Chemical Recycling WTO Rules Plastic waste
The sale will bring Cargill nearly 1,000 employees and five production facilities at Gouda, Netherlands, Hull, UK and the Croda Sipo JV in China, in which Croda has a 65% stake. These mainly go into the circular plastic economy, electric vehicles and other renewable technologies.
The transaction also brings laboratory facilities supporting activities in smart materials, energy technologies, and industrial chemicals. If the full sale of the JV cannot be realised, Croda added, Sipo will be excluded and the value of the sale will fall by €140 million. Together, the divested activities accounted for 77% of PTIC’s revenues of £470 million in 2020.
Staff Correspondent (RMG Times) The growth rate of RMG exports of Bangladesh to United States of America has surpassed that of China, Vietnam and Indonesia in the first 10 months of 2021. Stora Enso Chemical Recycling WTO Rules Plastic waste
According to US Department of Commerce, Bangladesh’s export earnings from the US increased by 27 percent during Jan-Oct period compared to last year’s corresponding period while the China’s export growth was 25 percent, Vietnam’s 14 percent and Indonesia’s 10 percent.
In fact, the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the Department of Commerce shows Bangladesh, the third largest exporter of garments to the United States, earned 5.7 billion dollars from apparel export to the US market in the Jan-Oct period.
According to textile industry insiders, the Covid-19 pandemic led to a sharp decline in China’s production of readymade garments. Besides, the production has also been disrupted in Vietnam and Indonesia. As a result, garment manufacturers in Bangladesh have received additional work orders.
BGMEA First Vice-President Syed Nazrul Islam said, “After struggling for a long time since the pandemic began, the readymade garment sector started to recover. We were getting good response from buyers. However, Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19, has posed a new threat to the sector.”
As a public health student, I have been disappointed with the concept of plastic “chemical recycling” (also called advanced recycling, chemical conversion, molecular conversion, or conversion technologies). At first I was excited to hear about a possible solution to the plastic waste crisis in the form of this seemingly miraculous technique that could give new life to difficult-to-recycle plastics and at the same time contribute to a circular economy. It all sounded too good to be true, and after a few weeks of research, I discovered that it was.
I learned that the most important form of “chemical recycling” that takes place in the United States is not recycling at all. Actual recycling recycles materials after use and returns them to the manufacturing cycle, where they are used to manufacture new products, giving these materials a new life as part of a circular economy. Processes like “chemical recycling” typically use plastic materials to generate a limited amount of energy in a one-time process that destroys them instead of giving them another material use. Pyrolysis and gasification of plastics are two processes that illustrate the fallacy of the term “chemical recycling” because instead of recycling plastic waste back into plastic products, these technologies turn plastic into fuel that will be burned, releasing greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants. The EPA is currently considering rules on pyrolysis and gasification units under the Clean Air Act, which according to my research are badly needed.
Other forms of “chemical recycling” include solvent-based processes and chemical depolymerization. While some of these processes can result in the actual recycling of materials (plastic back to plastic), these processes are far less common than the practice of using plastic as a fuel. Solvent-based processes and depolymerization are not free from their own dangers. These processes try to separate the main plastic components from pollutants and additives. This is necessary because plastic contains a mixture of chemical additives that improve the material properties of the plastic, including texture, UV resistance, longevity and many others. Recent research has discovered thousands of novel chemical additives in plastics, many of which are classified as worrying substances.
Toxic emissions from “chemical recycling” of plastics
Given the number of chemicals of concern in plastic products, I suppose I should not have been surprised to find that “chemical recycling plants” emit toxic chemicals and dangerous air pollutants. The sources of these emissions are unknown, but may be from chemicals in plastics, chemical processing aids, chemicals produced during processing and / or combinations of all of these. I found permits for existing “chemical recycling plants” in the United States along with facility-specific data from the EPA that paint a very different picture than the industry’s claims of “few toxic emissions.” In fact, “chemical recycling facilities” are authorized to release or have registered the release of a mixture of highly toxic chemicals, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, dioxins and more. These data were of concern to me due to the association of the chemicals with cancer, nervous system damage, effects on reproduction and development, among other dangerous properties (Table). Knowing this worries me about the communities adjacent to “chemical recycling” facilities. Stora Enso Chemical Recycling WTO Rules Plastic waste
Moscow began rolling out a comprehensive import substitution programme in 2014, after Western nations slapped sanctions on Russia and restricted the sale of certain high tech goods and industrial equipment to Russian companies over the crisis in Ukraine. Stora Enso Chemical Recycling WTO Rules Plastic waste
The World Trade Organization has agreed to review a European Union dispute complaint against Russia accusing Moscow of “illegally discriminating” against hundreds of billions of euros in European goods. The global trade watchdog has established a dispute panel to discuss the claims.
Brussels wants the panel to investigate and rule on the Russian state’s import substitution programmes and efforts to replace imported goods and services with Russian analogues, claiming such measures are a violation of commitments Russia made when it joined the WTO in 2012.
The EU accuses Russia of using methods which “seriously disadvantage EU companies when selling goods and services to Russian state-related enterprises and other entities through commercial procurement,” and estimates that in 2019 alone, the value of tenders by Russian state-controlled enterprises amounted to 23.5 trillion rubles, equivalent to about €290 billion, or 20 percent of Russia’s GDP.
The EU claims Russian companies submit bids 15-30 percent below their actual cost, and complains about the need to obtain special permits to purchase engineering equipment abroad, while such paperwork is said not to be required when buying their Russian-made substitutes. Brussels also disagrees with a directive under which 90% of goods purchased by the state, including vehicles, equipment, medical devices and textiles must be Russian-made.
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Environmental organisations across Latin America have called on the US to reduce plastic waste exports to the region, after a report found the US had doubled exports to some countries in the region during the first seven months of 2020.
The US is the world’s largest plastic waste exporter, although it has dramatically reduced the overall amount it exports since 2015, when China – previously the top importer – said it “no longer wanted to be the world’s rubbish dump” and began imposing restrictions. Elsewhere around the world imports are rising, and not least in Latin America, with its cheap labour and close proximity to the US.
More than 75% of imports to the region arrive in Mexico, which received more than 32,650 tons (29,620 metric tonnes) of plastic waste from the US between January and August 2020. El Salvador was second, with 4,054 tons, and Ecuador third, with 3,665 tons, according to research carried out by the Last Beach Cleanup, an environmental advocacy group based in California.
While hazardous waste imports are subject to tariffs and restrictions, they are seldom enforced and plastic waste intended for recycling – which until January this year was not considered hazardous under international law – that enters importing countries can often end up as landfill, according to a researchers with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (Gaia).
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Growth rate will flatten compared with the robust results of 2021, according to some analysts. Others predict, however, that positive Q4 momentum will carry over into a solid start for 2022. Polyamide Biogas flame retardants
While some US plastics manufacturers are optimistic about continued reshoring, the global industry picture understandably remains a moving target given regional tensions, potential responses to the Omicron variant, and other factors.
With year-to-date data ending in September showing a $1.4 billion US plastics industry trade deficit, “it is likely that the US will have another year of a trade deficit in plastics, albeit less than last year,” wrote Perc Pineda, Chief Economist for the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), in a Dec. 15 press release.
While some US plastics manufacturers are optimistic about continued reshoring, the global industry picture understandably remains a moving target given regional tensions, potential responses to the Omicron variant, and other factors.
With year-to-date data ending in September showing a $1.4 billion US plastics industry trade deficit, “it is likely that the US will have another year of a trade deficit in plastics, albeit less than last year,” wrote Perc Pineda, Chief Economist for the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), in a Dec. 15 press release.Polyamide Biogas flame retardants
While full-year industry performance figures for 2021 are due in January, Pineda noted in a Dec. 10 interview with PlasticsToday that forecasts based on third-quarter reporting indicate:
US machinery production is forecast to grow 15.1% year on year in 2021, but increase only 1.9% in 2022. “In the US, we had very strong shipments of auxiliary machinery.” Nylon6 biomethane China Textile Plastic prices PX flame retardants
It will take until at least the second quarter of 2022 to get “a better reading on how far we have to go until we see supply chain kinks actually ironed out.”
Materials and resin production will continue at a higher rate in 2022.
Product output is likely to have increased 3.3% in 2021 and will increase 1.8% next year. Polyamide Biogas flame retardants
Mold production is expected to have risen 3.8% this year and could rise 3.4% in 2022.
Robust growth against the odds
“We really had robust growth in 2021 despite the odds,” Pineda said, “but as the economy reverts to its long-run growth rate, so will the plastic industry’s production.”
In terms of securing more control of and visibility into supply chains, evidence of increased merger and acquisition activity to that end remains anecdotal at present, he added. Nylon6 biomethane China Textile Plastic prices PX flame retardants
As for accelerating Industry 4.0 in the face of worker shortages, the movement of auxiliary machinery “tells you (manufacturers) are looking for ways to increase automation and factory efficiency.” The labor shortage is likely to spill over into the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in plastics production, potentially hindering its uptake as manufacturers struggle to implement connectivity and data solutions.
Ultimately, said Pineda, the trend is toward lower growth next year compared to this year. Much like the US economy on the macro scale, plastics is a mature industry facing hard-and-fast constraints on growth — namely, limited human capital.