Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling 28-07-2021

Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

-Nylon 6 CS chip: the worst time is passing

Coming to the end of July 2021, the price gap between nylon 6 conventional spinning (CS) chip and caprolactam has been narrowed to as low as 200yuan/mt. And consider cost difference between the payment (around 250yuan/mt), CPL RMB spot and nylon 6 CS chip spot price spread still lingers low around 450yuan/mt, the same low and profit-losing rate seen in early July. Nylon 6 CS chip plants have been through a difficult time, but they are about to go out of the worst time.

The demand for the conventional spinning chip in July has been obviously weak. Of its major downstream sectors, only cord fabric market has maintained a healthy status, but cord fabric plants only uses high-viscosity CS chip, which is independent from the majority, medium-viscosity CS chip.

Medium-viscosity CS chip market has three major downstream sectors: modified plastics, staple fiber and film.

Film: Prices of BOPA film 15μhas been falling since June and continued through July. Its related end user’s market, food packaging was not as good as the previous year. However, film plants are still certain about returning orders in the third quarter of 2021, and they maintain optimistic look toward August.

Nylon 6 CS chip: the worst time is passing

-Kao developes technology that incorporates rPET into asphalt

A newly developed technology that will “pave” the way to sustainability has been adopted by Iwata City, a growing city in Japan. Kao Specialties Americas, a US subsidiary of Tokyo-based Kao Corporation, announced this year the revolutionary technology that incorporates recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic and makes asphalt nearly 5 times more durable than traditional asphalt in the paving industry.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

NEWTLAC 5000 quickly grabbed the attention of city officials that have now used the new additive made from discarded PET plastic, like clear single use water bottles, to repair roads. A popular Japan-based pharmacy chain, Welcia, also used NEWTLAC 5000 to pave their parking lot.

Finding a new use for PET plastic can divert millions of tons of plastic from landfills globally. For instance, a 1000 m2 surface area with NEWTLAC reuses approximately 15,000 discarded PET bottles. This unique way of thinking drives Kao’s goal to support sustainable lifestyles throughout the world with “positive recycling”—creating a new market for recycled materials.

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-Enzyme-based plastic recycling can be better for environment, study finds

a team of international researchers, through their recent study found that enzymes-based recycling is a more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic in single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and food packaging and suggested that its becoming increasingly relevant in addressing the environmental challenge of plastic pollution.

A team of international researchers, through their recent study found that enzymes-based recycling is a more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic in single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and food packaging and suggested that its becoming increasingly relevant in addressing the environmental challenge of plastic pollution. The study by researchers in the BOTTLE Consortium, including from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth, was published in the journal Joule.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

The analysis shows enzyme-recycled PET has potential improvement over conventional, fossil-based methods of PET production across a broad spectrum of energy, carbon, and socioeconomic impacts. The concept, if further developed and implemented at scale, could lead to new opportunities for PET recycling and create a mechanism for recycling textiles and other materials also made from PET that is traditionally not recycled today.

Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

-What to know about PHA biodegradable plastic and how it could help Southeast Asia

PHA may provide a solution for the plastic pollution problem.

South Korean conglomerate CJ Cheiljedang is jumping into the global market to begin mass production of PHA biodegradable plastic, or polyhydroxyalkanoates.

PHA is considered a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastic because the new technology allows its plastic waste to decompose completely in the ocean and soil in a significantly shorter period of time.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

“Plastics made from crude oil are said to take over 500 years to completely decompose, while biodegradable plastics take decades at most,” SungYeon Hwang, Head of Bio-based Chemistry Research Center at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, told ABC News. “Biodegradable plastic does not pollute the sea even if it accidentally flows into the shore.”

This next generation of plastic, PHA — made from microorganism fermentation — is currently manufactured by U.S. company Danimer, based in Bainbridge Georgia, and Japanese company, Kaneka.

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-Ecoblue’s second recycling facility for PET, HDPE and PP

Last year, EcoBlue had committed to set up a world-class second recycling facility for PET, HDPE, and PP in Thailand, which will be completed later this year. The progress at the site is going well. Equipment from the best technology suppliers like Starlinger and Tomra is now on its way. The upcoming facility will help brands achieve their 2025 sustainability targets.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

Some of the key features to look out for at the facility are as follows:

EcoBlue’s food-grade rPET

High-quality food-grade rPET made from 100% PCR waste. Thailand’s first recycling company to receive the Letter of No Objection by the US FDA for its 3D Pure rPET for Bottle and PET Film manufacturing.

Compliance to regulations such as Regulation (EU)

3D Pure Filtration Technology for high-end applications like PET film and filament yarn.

HDPE and PP recycling with de-odoring process

Sustainable alternative to virgin resin

Diverting ocean-bound plastics with the new facility.

Ecoblue is a recycling company that has developed capabilities to produce high-quality rPET and rPP from post-consumer and industrial waste, providing a sustainable substitute to virgin resin. It is a pioneer in offering high-quality rPET with FDA approval for the PET film application, which has been proven to work well for films with 90% rPET content. EcoBlue’s High IV Bottle grade rPET can be used up to 100% for clear bottles suitable for food contact.

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-Magna acquiring Swedish driver technology firm Veoneer for $3.8 billion

The deal aims to strengthen and broaden Magna’s ADAS portfolio and industry position.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

In a deal that aims to strengthen its offerings in advanced driver assistance technology, Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. is acquiring Swedish automotive safety technology firm Veoneer for US$3.8 billion including debt.

In a July 22 news release, Aurora, Ont.-based Magna said the deal “builds on [its] strengths and positions the company’s advanced driver assistance systems (“ADAS”) business as a global leader with comprehensive capabilities.”

“The acquisition also expands Magna’s ADAS business with major customers and provides access to new customers and regions, including in Asia,” it said.

Magna said it plans to operate Veoneer’s Arriver sensor perception and drive policy software platform as an independent business unit, consistent with Veoneer’s current practice.

Magna acquiring Swedish driver technology firm Veoneer for $3.8 billion

-New Standard to Help Prevent Plastic Pellet Loss

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, has today published a new standard to help organizations achieve and maintain zero plastic pellet loss across their pellet handling operations (See the press release on BSI website here).

The new standard, named PAS 510: Plastic pellets, flakes and powders – Handling and management throughout the supply chain to prevent their leakage to the environment – Specification, sets out requirements for the handling and management of plastic pellets, flakes and powders throughout the supply chain to prevent spills, leaks and loss to the environment. It covers topics such as organizational responsibilities, leadership and commitment, competence and training, risk assessment and operational controls.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

Read a Factsheet on the PAS 510 Here

Plastic pellets, flakes and powders are the raw materials used to make plastic products, including mouldings, pipes and packaging. As a result of handling and management practices, pellets can be lost to the environment at every stage of the plastic supply chain from production and manufacturing to transport and storage1. Once in the environment, pellets and other types of microplastics, are known to be eaten by a range of animals and are known be harmful2.

New Standard to Help Prevent Plastic Pellet Loss

-ExxonMobil and SABIC reach mechanical completion of MEG and two PE plants in Texas

ExxonMobil and SABIC hasve announced that their joint venture, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures located near Corpus Christi, Texas, has reached mechanical completion of a monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit and two polyethylene (PE) units, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Project startup is expected to begin ahead of schedule, likely in the fourth quarter of 2021.  Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

“Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is a key  development of our plan to serve growing demand for our high value performance products,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “This is truly a best-in-class project, as demonstrated in schedule acceleration and cost competitiveness, despite the many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We are very proud to bring GCGV one step closer to operations,” said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president of petrochemicals. “Not only are we ahead of schedule, but we have executed this project with the highest commitment and emphasis on safety with nearly 18 million safe person-hours worked, all while acting on the promises we made to the community when we started this journey four years ago.”

The project, which includes a 1.8 million metric ton ethane steam cracker, is expected to be delivered under budget and approximately 25% less than the average cost of similar projects along the US Gulf Coast. When completed, GCGV will produce 1,100 kilotons of MEG and 1,300 kilotons of PE per year.

ExxonMobil and SABIC reach mechanical completion of MEG and two PE plants in Texas

-Piovan to build new automation/hq facility in Suzhou

Italian auxiliary equipment group Piovan, which has been in the Chinese market for over 20 years, is building a 10,000 sq m facility in Suzhou, China, to produce automation systems for the plastics, food powders and refrigeration markets. The new site in Suzhou will also be the regional headquarters for all the group’s branches in the Asian region including Piovan Thailand in Bangkok, Piovan Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Piovan Japan in Kobe, and ToBa PNC in Seoul, South Korea.

The signing ceremony of the agreement with the local government that will lead to the construction of the new Piovan plant in China took place recently.

Piovan opened its first commercial office in Hong Kong in 2000, while the opening of the first production plant was in 2005 in Zhuhai, in the Guangdong province, and then in 2008 in Suzhou, in the Jiangsu province. Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

Piovan to build new automation/hq facility in Suzhou

-Eni will use biofuels from Kenya for plants in Italy

Eni and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of Kenya signed an MoU to promote the decarbonization process to tackle climate change through new industrial models of fully-integrated circular economy along the whole bio-fuel production value chain, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The parties will jointly conduct feasibility studies to develop waste and residue collection as well as agricultural projects, with the purpose of establishing a wide range of feedstock sources that do not compete with food cycles, to be transformed into bio-fuels and bio-products that might contribute to feed Eni’s bio-refineries in Gela and Venice, Italy. The parties will also assess the opportunity of converting Mombasa refinery into a bio-refinery, as well as the construction of a new plant for second-generation bio-ethanol from waste biomass, leveraging on Eni technologies Ecofining™ e Proesa. Petrochemicals Enzyme Recycling

The agricultural development project focuses on the development of sustainable oil crop cultivations – namely, low ILUC (indirect land use change) feedstock such as cover crops, castor in degraded lands, croton trees in agro-forestry systems and other agro-industrial co-products. The waste and residue collection would be focused to promote and implement a collection system for used cooked oil (UCO) and of other agro-processing residues.

Eni will use biofuels from Kenya for plants in Italy

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Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars 27-07-2021

Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars 27-07-2021

Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

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-Intermediates & polyesters prices increased YoY in Q1 FY22: RIL

Prices of intermediates and polyester like paraxylene (PX), purified terephthalic acid (PTA), monoethylene glycol (MEG), polyester filament yarn (PFY), polyester staple fibre (PSF), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) increased on a year-on-year (YoY) basis in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2022, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) said in its Q1 report.

During April-June 2021, PX prices increased by 75 per cent YoY with higher crude price. PX-Naphtha delta increased to $244/MT, up 14 per cent YoY and 25 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) with firm demand and supply constraints.

PTA price increased by 74 per cent YoY in-line with firm PX prices. PTA delta increased to $214/MT, up 72 per cent YoY with firm polyester demand, however marginally lower by 5 per cent on QoQ basis.

MEG prices increased by 56 per cent in line with higher feedstock prices and margins improved by 4 per cent YoY to $241/MT. Margins were, however, 17 per cent lower on QoQ basis with improved supply from US post arctic freeze.

Intermediates & polyesters prices increased YoY in Q1 FY22: RIL

-New type of bioplastic based on plant cellulose

The University of Göttingen has developed a bio-based, highly reusable plastic that can be molded into any shape in water. Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

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A research team from Göttingen University in Germany has developed a new type of bioplastic or hydroplastic that is based on cellulose, which makes up the main component of a plant’s cell wall.

A small modification of the cellulose structure through process known as hydrosetting creates a new material that the researchers have dubbed cellulose cinnamate. This organic plastic has a number of unique characteristics. For instance, it is easy to recycle, inexpensive to produce, and malleable and moldable when it comes into contact with water.

The disadvantage is that it cannot be used for storing any wet products, such as juice for example, as it will lose its shape again.

New type of bioplastic based on plant cellulose

-SmartFactory – Developement of Smart Factories in textile industry with Industrie 4.0 approaches

Aim of the project SmartFactory is to frame the special demands of Product and Process Quality Management of Indusrtie 4.0 in Textile Industry and derive concrete approaches and possible potentials. To do this the current status in Production of Home Textiles with Jacquard Weaving is analyzed by Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University. As result the typical processes and structures for a Smart Textile Fabric of Future are expected. Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

As shown in the picture the project is divided into two main parallel branches on the mend to Smart Textile Fabric. The first goal is to develop the Smart Weaving Factory. In the smart weaving factory the weaving machines are upgraded to so-called Cyber-physical systems and are able to intelligently interact with their environment. The project is focused on automatic Process and Product Quality Control. The second goal is to develop a consistent Communication Strategy to link the Production Chain as a basis for the Smart Textile Fabric. To do this an existing strategy from other industrial branches is picked and concretized for a weaving company with an implementation recommendation. It is used as a guideline for further developments and includes vertical and horizontal communication.

-SeaHelp asks not to be careless with plastic waste

With many local textile-garment makers unable to confirm when they can resume operations, many of their foreign business partners are switching orders from Vietnam to other countries.

Beach walks were one of the exciting experiences of summer vacations by the sea in my childhood. The object was to find treasures such as mussel shells, snail shells, sea urchin spines, remains of crab shells and other mysterious remains of sea creatures. All of this can still be found on seashores today, and it has been joined by another fraction of flotsam and jetsam. Garbage of every size class, consisting of a wide variety of materials. Dominant: plastic.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

The 200 or so different types of plastic are based on petroleum and consist of long chains of giant molecules called polymers. Depending on the desired use, the plastic in question can be solid to featherweight, rigid to flexible, and extremely diverse in design due to chemical additives. Since plastic does not rust, it is also ideally suited for use in marine environments. At home, we encounter bottles and plastic bags made of polyethylene of different densities (PET and LDPE), packaging made of bubble wrap (PVC) and polystyrene (PS and EPS), toys and furniture made of polypropylene (PP). All this is practical, has many advantages and one major disadvantage: if the material is not properly disposed of in the environment, it causes enormous damage there because of its durability. Especially in the sea.

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-National hydrogen strategy: how do hydrogen cars work?

Hydrogen should be the savior in the energy transition. What cannot be electrified directly or with sufficient comfort should be powered by hydrogen. Accordingly, the German federal government assigns hydrogen an important role in the decarbonization of the German economy. Our series of articles wants to take a closer look at the plans of the federal government and shed light on specific areas of application – especially in the automotive sector. Whatever is technically possible should also be checked for efficiency and scalability.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

With a delay, the goal of one million registered electric vehicles in Germany could soon be achieved. Originally, this mark should have been cracked in 2020. Due to the rapid growth that is currently being observed in the sale of electric cars, the delay is now likely to be less than originally expected. However, in addition to the purely battery-electric cars, hybrid vehicles are also counted – and fuel cell cars, which are hardly noticed. But why do hydrogen vehicles currently have such a bad lobby? And how do they differ from battery-powered vehicles?

Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

-Fulgar’s biodegradable yarn for women’s cycling brand

Sher chooses Amni Soul Eco biodegradable yarn produced and distributed by Fulgar for its green collection.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

Sher, the innovative high-performance cycling apparel brand dedicated to women that does not sacrifice style, relies on Fulgar’s green portfolio for its latest collection. Founded in 2019 by Sara Canali, an expert in the fashion and sports industry, Cher is confirming its constant commitment to researching fabrics, materials and processes that improve performance and reduce the impact on the environment.

The brand has in fact chosen Fulgar and other textile companies as leading partners in the sector of research and sustainable development, to accompany it on its ethical and innovative path – always with the intention to reducing the waste of raw materials and keep the environmental impact as low as possible.

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-US Celanese sees auto improvement beginning in Q3

US auto production should begin to pick up in the back half of this year as supply of resin and microchips improves, US Celanese CEO Lori Ryerkerk said Friday.

Vehicle production has been hampered this year particularly because of a shortage of microchips, as the coronavirus pandemic caused a spike in demand for computers and other products that rely on the chips.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

Both the US and Germany saw a large drop-off in auto production, and those are two of the company’s largest markets for engineered materials, Ryerkerk said during the company’s Q2 earnings call.

The amount of material that Celanese sells to the auto sector fell by 8% quarter on quarter but Ryerkerk said that the decline was smaller than the mid-teen drop in automobile build rates in North America and Germany.

During the quarter, there were also industry-wide shortages of several resins, including polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and nylon.

Because of the chip shortage, automakers have focused on producing higher-end models, a segment in which Celanese specialises.

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-New Standard to Help Prevent Plastic Pellet Loss

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, has today published a new standard to help organizations achieve and maintain zero plastic pellet loss across their pellet handling operations (See the press release on BSI website here).

The new standard, named PAS 510: Plastic pellets, flakes and powders – Handling and management throughout the supply chain to prevent their leakage to the environment – Specification, sets out requirements for the handling and management of plastic pellets, flakes and powders throughout the supply chain to prevent spills, leaks and loss to the environment. It covers topics such as organizational responsibilities, leadership and commitment, competence and training, risk assessment and operational controls.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

Read a Factsheet on the PAS 510 Here

Plastic pellets, flakes and powders are the raw materials used to make plastic products, including mouldings, pipes and packaging. As a result of handling and management practices, pellets can be lost to the environment at every stage of the plastic supply chain from production and manufacturing to transport and storage1. Once in the environment, pellets and other types of microplastics, are known to be eaten by a range of animals and are known be harmful2.

New Standard to Help Prevent Plastic Pellet Loss

-Vietnam sees decline in textile orders

With many local textile-garment makers unable to confirm when they can resume operations, many of their foreign business partners are switching orders from Vietnam to other countries.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

In April this year, Italian fast-fashion group Teddy began signing contracts to place orders with the HCMC-based MyOne Fashion Company, with their cooperation extending until the end of September 2021. However, while MyOne is ramping up efforts to complete orders that have already been signed, it has not made headway with several orders due to Covid-19 related complications in Vietnam.

Le Van Tam, director of MyOne Company, said, “It is impossible for the firm to complete orders signed this year in a timely manner, let alone securing new orders.”

Other businesses in the textile-garment industry are also facing similar problems.

Pham Van Viet, board chairman of the Viet Thang Jean Company in HCMC, said that the stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directive 16 has significantly affected the firm’s operations.

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-UAE-based company bags rights to provide oxo-biodegradable carriers

A new UAE-based company has gained exclusive distribution rights to provide oxo-biodegradable bags to retailers throughout the country.

Eco-polymers, recently established in both Dubai and Sharjah, has signed a contract with British company Symphony Environmental to distribute its range of d2w plastic additives. It will also build a factory to produce large amounts of the product to meet growing demand in the Middle East.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen cars

The venture was officially launched yesterday in the presence of Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, alongside other dignitaries and under the sponsorship of Dubai Municipality, Al Safeer Group, Aswaaq, Emirates Environmental Group, Marks and Spencer and Fujairah Plastics.

Bin Fahad said: “The government is very keen to protect the environment of the UAE and Dubai Municipality is doing its best to implement its strategic goals. I encourage the usage of this new technology as it will spirit a new culture [of responsibility] and help preserve the UAE’s environment for future generations.”

UAE-based company bags rights to provide oxo-biodegradable carriers

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Petrochemicals PET bottle 26-07-2021

Petrochemicals PET bottle 26-07-2021

Petrochemicals PET bottle

Petrochemicals Naphtha Bottles Trend

Petrochemicals PET bottle

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-China crackdown could knock crude oil import growth to 20-year low

Beijing’s crackdown on the misuse of import quotas combined with the impact of high crude prices could see China’s growth in oil imports sink to the lowest in two decades in 2021, despite an expected rise in refining rates in the second half.

Shipments into the world’s top crude importer and No. 2 refiner could be steady, or increase by up to 2% to just over 11 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, consultancies Energy Aspects, Rystad Energy and Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS) found. Petrochemicals PET bottle

That compares to an average annual import growth rate of 9.7% since 2015, and would be the slowest growth since 2001, China customs data showed.

The flat forecasts coincide with plans by OPEC+ to raise oil output by 400,000 barrels per day between August and December. News of the decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers sparked a sell-off in benchmark prices LCOc1 this week.

China crackdown could knock crude oil import growth to 20-year low

-Making Polypropylene the Next Big Thing in Recycling

PureCycle Technologies’ solvent-based recycling process returns polypropylene to a pristine state.  Petrochemicals PET bottle

Polypropylene (PP) is a popular material of choice for many different kinds of applications. However, its recycling story is still very much a work in progress. Only about 1% of the 170 billion lb of PP consumed last year was recycled, compared with almost 20% for PET, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report says there may be as much as 1.6 billion lb of PP available per year from single-family homes that could be recycled into new products ranging from automotive parts to personal-care and food packaging.

“The thing about polypropylene that makes it a beauty and a curse is that it’s so diverse,” says Dustin Olson, chief manufacturing officer for PureCycle Technologies, based in Orlando, Fla.

Petrochemicals PET bottle

-Thies collaboration with Navis TubeTex

Yarn and fabric dyeing equipment now complements an established range of tubular and open-width textile finishing machines. Petrochemicals PET bottle

Navis TubeTex is to act as the agency for Thies dyeing machines, chemical dispensing units and heat recovery systems in Canada, Honduras, and the USA.

Based in Lexington, North Carolina and founded in 1929, Navis TubeTex already offers a diverse range of machines for tubular and open-width textile finishing. The addition of Thies machines broadens its offering to include yarn and fabric dyeing.

“Having the ability to sell the Thies range of machinery will enhance our customers’ abilities to add value, save money through automation and reduce environmental impacts from manufacturing,” said Will Motchar, Navis TubeTex president and CEO. “We’re being asked routinely how our technologies can help meet financial and environmental goals, and Thies helps strengthen our ability to respond.”

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-Europe PET torn between logistics mayhem and lockdowns easing

Gone are the days of predictable trends in the European  polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market as it rides the choppy waters of momentous global events.

The second half of 2021 will be characterised by higher costs for shipping, and industry which increasingly fails to offer reliability in delivery times.

Global warming is set to cause extreme weather events, like those just seen in northwest Europe or Chian, also set to hit logistics or production on occasion.

Finally, while the pandemic’s long-term effect on end users behaviour remains to be seen, it is probably safe to say PET’s old tranquil days are history.

SHIPPING

Logistics will remain problematic.

Even if delays to shipments subside, costs are unlikely to fall significantly, according to sources. Petrochemicals PET bottle

“The view in Asia is it won’t get better until next Chinese New Year, and there is no guarantee it will get better after that,” a buyer said.

The market was thrown into disarray in late 2020 when it became clear that shipping was an issue that clashed with the damage caused by hurricanes in the US.

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-Erema joins Chemical Recycling Europe

The equipment manufacturer considers chemical recycling a useful addition to recycle as much plastic waste as possible.

Erema announced that the Austrian group has joined the Brussels-based Chemical Recycling Europe association in July 2021. Petrochemicals PET bottle

The machine manufacturer and provider of recycling services says it is doing so to intensify networking and cooperation in the plastics industry and joined Chemical Recycling Europe because it sees chemical recycling as a complement to mechanical recycling as a way to recycle the maximum amount of plastic waste overall. Erema believes that in order to achieve the European Union’s targets for plastics recycling and the use of recyclates, the technical possibilities of mechanical recycling would first have to be fully exploited by expanding the collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure and by further developing technologies and end-use applications.

For material streams where this recycling route reaches its limits, however, it were important to establish and use additional processes such as chemical recycling.

Erema joins Chemical Recycling Europe

-Biodegradable packaging; novel plastic material

DRDO launches biodegradable packaging products

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Acharya Nagarjuna University and Ecolastic, has launched environmentally safe packaging products made from natural and plant-based food-grade materials. The soluble and insoluble bags can be biologically degraded in three months and cause no harm to the environment whatsoever. Petrochemicals PET bottle

Unlike the conventional polyethylene bags made from petrochemicals, which are highly unsafe to the environment and takes years to degrade, these bags are sustainable, cost-effective, and ocean-safe alternatives to single-use plastics. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has approved the distribution of these products, while DRDO will campaign for further distribution of such products.

Plastic that 100% breaks down in sunlight within a week

The novel plastic material has been developed by researchers from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology. And it came into existence while working on an advanced type of chemical sensor. This happened due to the material’s unique molecular structure, and the chains of monomers offered the film a deep red colour and disappeared as soon as the bonds broke.

Biodegradable packaging; novel plastic material

-Consumer demand for sustainable packaging leading to premium pricing, redesigns – Dow CEO

Growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging is leading to premiums for recycled plastics, along with packaging redesigns to enable recycling, said the CEO of Dow.  Petrochemicals PET bottle

“We are seeing a real demand pull from consumers and brand owners that want more post-consumer recycled material in there or they want more material that’s made from either a bio-source to ethylene or something that is made from advanced (chemical) recycling to get back to feedstock and back to a product,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow, on the company’s Q2 earnings conference call.

“When it comes to post-consumer recycled materials into packaging… we are starting to see premiums. You’ve got brand owners who are announcing that they’re allocating premiums for recycled materials to address circularity [and] I think that’s a sign that their customers want it,” he added.

The additional cost on a per package basis would be very small, where it might add $0.01 to the retail cost of the product. However, there is a significant cost through the value chain to produce the materials, the CEO noted.

Consumer demand for sustainable packaging leading to premium pricing, redesigns – Dow CEO

-European Bioplastics talks about Chemical Recycling

Some might say the surging investments in chemical recycling is taking away the attention on the development and commercialization of bio-based plastics but according to the European Bioplastics Association, chemical recycling is an important option for bio-based plastics to the same extent as for fossil-based plastics.  Chemical Recycling of bio-based plastics contributes to a circular bioeconomy by keeping renewable content in the loop even longer, requiring not only fewer fossil resources but also less renewable feedstock to produce virgin bio-based plastics.

The trade association recently released a white paper reporting an overview of the various chemical recycling technologies being developed which has gained increased attention as a promising recovery technology especially for post-consumer plastic waste that is hard to mechanically recycle. Petrochemicals PET bottle

Commercial availability of these processes are still limited and a legislative framework still needs to be established.

European Bioplastics talks about Chemical Recycling

-North American resin prices on the move in June

Volatility continued in North American resin markets in June, with average selling prices for polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC all up over their May levels.

Prices for polystyrene were down for the month, with PET bottle resin prices flat. Prices for polycarbonate and nylons 6 and 6/6 also have increased since May 1.

Regional prices for all grades of PE were up an average of 5 cents per pound for the month, according to buyers and market watchers contacted by Plastics News. Makers of high density PE were attempting to add another 2 cents to that total, but that increase had not gone through to most buyers as of June 24.

Although PE supplies have been improving since a February ice storm hit Texas and disrupted much PE output, some supply chain challenges remain. Most recently, LyondellBasell Industries declared force majeure on linear low density PE made in La Porte, Texas.

Most regional PE prices had increased 5 cents in May and now are up 38 cents so far in 2021 and 58 cents since January 2020. HDPE prices are up 2 cents less than low and linear low density PE. The June price hike is the seventh consecutive for the PE market. Petrochemicals PET bottle

Market analyst Mike Burns said in an email that without additional disruptions, June PE inventory “should help aid the 90-day recovery.” Burns is with Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

“There’s still some tightness in the market,” added David Barry, a market analyst with PetroChem Wire in Houston. “Buyers can’t find everything they need, so they’re paying what they have to pay.”

A PE buyer in the Midwestern U.S. said the string of price increases “is getting pretty ridiculous,” especially in light of recent lower prices for ethylene feedstock.

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-ALPLA backing biodegradable materials

ALPLA has acquired a stake in the Slovakian company Panara, which is focusing on the development of fully bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Packaging converter ALPLA Group is stepping up its activity in field of sustainable raw materials with the acquisition of a “significant minority share” in Slovak company Panara, a producer of fully bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

ALPLA chairman Günther Lehner, who is responsible for sustainability, circular economy, technology development and innovation, said: “Panara has a lot of experience in the area of bio-based plastics. In acquiring a stake in the company and partnering with Panara, we want to leverage this expertise and make the transfer of knowledge possible for our applications and customers.”

Panara has been conducting research in the area of biopolymers since 2006. This involves partnering with the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and the Centre for Applied Research of Environmentally Friendly Polymeric Materials in Nitra. Just recently, the company introduced a bioplastics to the market under the brand name Nonoilen, which the company says is made entirely using renewable resources, is recyclable and can be completely industrially composted at the end of its life cycle. The material is also temperature-resistant and stable.

ALPLA backing biodegradable materials

-Lukoil begins construction of a polypropylene plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region

Lukoil, the second largest oil company in Russia, has begun construction of a polypropylene (PP) production complex at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery in the city of Kstovo, the company said.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

It is noted that the complex will become the largest polypropylene production facility in Russia integrated into an oil refinery. The raw material for polypropylene production at Lukoil’s Nizhny Novgorod site will be propylene from two modernized catalytic cracking units with a capacity of 4 million tons per year. After putting the complex into operation, the enterprise will be able to produce about 500 thousand tons of polypropylene grades.

In May, it was reported that Lukoil is still studying the prospects for the construction of a polypropylene production complex at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery and may make a final decision in 2022.

Earlier it was reported that Lukoil selected Lummus Technology’s Novolen polypropylene (PP) technology for its previously announced new petrochemical plant in Kstovo, Russia. Lummus received a contract from a Russian oil company for the supply of a technological license for a polypropylene plant with a capacity of 500 thousand tons per year, as well as for basic engineering, training, services and the supply of catalysts.

Lukoil begins construction of a polypropylene plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region

-DOMO’s ECONAMID® sustainable polyamide – now even more eco-friendly

  • Cabot Corporation’s black masterbatch TECHBLAK™ based on recycled polymers now used in all ECONAMID® formulations
  • DOMO is a leader in sustainable polyamide solutions
  • New products help the push towards a plastic’s circular economy

DOMO Chemicals, a leader in sustainable polyamide solutions, has begun using a new sustainable black masterbatch based on recycled material to complement the recycled base polymer in its ECONAMID® brand of sustainable polyamides. ECONAMID®, based on recycled industrial waste, is a benchmark in the industry when it comes to performance level and quality consistency, lot after lot.

The new ingredient is Cabot Corporation’s TECHBLAK™ PE1003 black masterbatch. This uses a post-industrial recycled PE carrier as an alternative to virgin polymer, with similar mechanical processing characteristics. TECHBLAK™ PE1003 black masterbatch has been developed for standard compounding and is specifically designed to help the industry lower its carbon footprint, as well as increase the amount of recycled content in end products.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

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-Surge in demand for spunlace nonwovens

The elevated consumption of disinfecting wipes due to COVID-19, and plastics-free demand from governments and consumers and growth in industrial wipes are creating high demand for spunlace nonwoven materials through 2026, according to new research from Smithers.

The report by veteran Smithers author Phil Mango, The Future of Spunlace Nonwovens through 2026, sees increasing global demand for sustainable nonwovens, of which spunlace is a major contributor.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The largest end use for spunlace nonwovens by far is wipes; the pandemic-related surge in disinfecting wipes even increased this. In 2021, wipes account for 64.7% of all spunlace consumption in tonnes. The global consumption of spunlace nonwovens in 2021 is 1.6 million tonnes or 39.6 billion m2, valued at US$7.8 billion. Growth rates for 2021–26 are forecast at 9.1% (tonnes), 8.1% (m2), and 9.1% ($), the Smithers’ study reports. The most common type of spunlace is the standard card-card spunlace, which is 2021 accounts for about 76.0% of all spunlace volume consumed.

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-Government debt up to 100.5% of GDP in euro area

Up to 92.9% of GDP in EU

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, still largely impacted by policy measures to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and recovery measures, which continued to materialise in increased financing needs, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area exceeded 100% for the first time – the ratio stood at 100.5%, compared with 97.8% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

In the EU, the ratio increased from 90.5% to 92.9%. Compared with the first quarter of 2020, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 86.1% to 100.5%) and the EU (from 79.2% to 92.9%).

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, debt securities accounted for 82.6% of euro area and for 82.2% of EU general government debt. Loans made up 14.2% and 14.7% respectively and currency and deposits represented 3.2% of euro area and 3.1% of EU government debt. Due to the involvement of EU Member States’ governments in financial assistance to certain Member States, quarterly data on intergovernmental lending (IGL) are also published.

The share of IGL as percentage of GDP at the end of the first quarter of 2021 accounted for 2.0% in the euro area and to 1.7% in the EU

Government debt up to 100.5% of GDP in euro area

-Danish project aims to strengthen household plastic waste recycling

Denmark-based Schela Plast, which was recently acquired by Robinson, is working on a new project to improve recycling technology with the aim of recycling more plastic waste.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Working alongside the Danish Technological Institute, Project Manager Sofie Kastbjerg confirmed that Denmark is well-known for its ability to collect plastic packaging from households, but conceded that only a small amount is turned back into products of the same quality. “The Et MUDP project,” Kastbjerg said, “supported by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, must now pave the way for more plastic recycling to be made circular. Too much plastic waste is downcycled into products of lower quality than the original, and this will not work if we are to achieve the ambition of a circular economy for household plastic. Therefore, we must become good at maintaining the original quality of the plastic when it is reprocessed for subsequent recycling.”

In this project, the partners want to optimise the current reprocessing technology so that it becomes possible to reduce the number of undesirable substances in the waste stream. This will pave the way for an up-cycling of the mixed plastic to create new applications. Plasticwaste Circulareconomy PETbottle

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-Sorema-Previero Installs Several Recycling Lines Remotely During the Pandemic

The PET bottle-to-bottle washing and recycling lines experienced a smooth start-up.

Plastics recycling machinery supplier Sorema-Previero has recently sold several turnkey lines to increase PET flakes production capacity in Latin America. These lines have an output range between 2,000 kg/h and 9,000kg/h of PET washed and re-granulated flakes, starting from post-consumer bottles collection.

The line for PET bottles includes the following sections: automatic feeding, prewashing, de-labeling, wet grinding, hot washing, rinsing with flotation and drying. Bottles and flakes detectors’ for material and for colors are also incorporated in the lines, all under a single Sorema supervisor system SCADA, for an efficient local and remote control. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Sorema-Previero also offers the possibility to integrate in the line a wastewater treatment plant.

The company delivered the equipment to customers in early 2020, but due to the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the following travel restrictions, it became impossible for Sorema to send its engineers to customers’ facility for the installation and the commissioning of the line.

Sorema reacted quickly, promptly allocating a specific team of skilled and experienced personnel, who developed a dedicated working program to remotely control all the installation activities of machineries and utilities connections at client sites.

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-New MSW and organics recycling facility in Santa Barbara to boost diversion rate by 60 percent

County officials, staff, engineers and contractors gathered at the Tajiguas landfill in Santa Barbara, CA for the grand opening of the County’s new recycling and waste management facility. The ReSource Center will allow the county to truck in and process its own waste, turning it into recyclables and renewable energy rather than sending it to landfill.

The facility will boost the county’s diversion rate by 60 percent, to a total diversion rate of 85 percent. Drastically reducing the amount of material buried will help extend the life of the landfill by a decade (the landfill was previously projected to reach capacity in the next few years). Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The ReSource Center will accept solid waste from the South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley areas of Santa Barbara County, including the unincorporated communities of these areas as well as the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, and Buellton.

The ReSource Center brings in 600-700 tons of waste per day and around 150-180 tons of recyclables. Its massive state-of-the-art sorting facility sorts through the waste and separates it by size, weight, density, and composition.

The MRF equipment was supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions of Norwalk, CT and includes size reducers for liberating bags, 3D trommels, anti-wrapping screens, air density separators, elliptical separators, 11 optical sorters to identify recyclables by composition, and a high-capacity baler from Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions.

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-San Miguel Industrias PET SA Commences Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for any and all of the 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes Due 2022

San Miguel Industrias PET SA announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Company’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated July 20, 2021, for any and all of the outstanding 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2022 in respect of which SMI and NG Packaging & Recycling Corporation Holdings S.A. are co-obligors. Capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein have the meaning given to them in the Statement. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The Company is also soliciting consents (the “Solicitation”) to certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Notes to, among other things, eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default, as well as to reduce the minimum notice period required for optional redemptions of the Notes to three days on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Statement.

San Miguel Industrias PET SA Commences Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for any and all of the 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes Due 2022

-Procter & Gamble Announces First Paper Bottle Pilot

P&G has unveiled its first paper bottle for Lenor in partnership with paper bottle company Paboco, announcing a pilot for Western Europe in 2022. The trial rollout will form the basis of a test-and-learn strategy to scale up paper packaging and incorporate it more widely across P&G’s portfolio.

P&G Fabric & Home Care with its brands including Ariel, Lenor, Tide, Downy, Fairy, and Cascade is committed to reducing plastics in its packaging. As part of its 2030 Ambition, P&G aims to reduce its use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030. Fabric Care Europe has additionally committed to a 30% absolute plastics reduction by 2025 and to design for 100% recyclability by 2022. Home Care is committed to use no virgin plastics by 2025. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Procter & Gamble Announces First Paper Bottle Pilot

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-MEGlobal nominates ACP for August 2021 at USD840 per tonne

MEGlobal has announced its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) to be shipped in August 2021, according to the company’s press release.

Thus, on 12 July, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD840/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in August 2021, up by USD10/tonne from the previous month.

The August 2021 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its July ACP for MEG at USD830/MT CFR Asian main ports, as in June and May, when the company’s MEG prices went down by USD100/tonne from April 2021.

MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

MEGlobal nominates ACP for August 2021 at USD840 per tonne

-Ineos Styrolution factory in Illinois sees development delays

The company says it plans to open a plant in Channahon, Illinois, in the next three years but has encountered pandemic-related delays.

Ineos Styrolution America LLC, a polystyrene (PS) manufacturer based in Aurora, Illinois, has experienced some delays in the development of its PS recycling plant in Channahon, Illinois, says Cassie Bradley, the company’s sustainability manager. The facility is expected to open in about three years. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

Bradley says the plant is still in the development and engineering stages. This is because Ineos was not able to get people out for engineering surveys in light of the pandemic. Bradley says the company wanted to make sure it follows COVID-19 protocols and kept its workers safe last year.

The plant is part of a partnership between Ineos and Agilyx. The 100-ton-per-day facility will use Agilyx chemical recycling technology to convert discarded PS into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer through depolymerization, Bradley says.

Ineos Styrolution factory in Illinois sees development delays

-World’s largest PA 12 complex by Evonik to start soon

Evonik has crossed a milestone with the near completion of a new and the world’s largest polyamide (PA) 12 complex at Marl Chemical Park in Germany. Operation at the €500-million ($594 million) facility will start in Q4 this year.

Seen as its largest investment in Germany to date, the new complex increases Evonik’s production capacity for the high-performance polymer by more than 50 per cent. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

Construction for the modern PA 12 complex buttressed by Evonik’s sites in Asia.

Commenting on the milestone, Armin Laschet, Minister President of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said: “This complex stands for the future viability of our state. Investing in this state-of-the-art complex creates new, highly skilled jobs. Policymakers need to do everything they can in the future to ensure such investments are made here in Germany and not in other countries.”

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-Lotte Chemical to invest 4.4 tln won in hydrogen business by 2030

Lotte Chemical Co., a major South Korean petrochemical company, said Tuesday it will invest 4.4 trillion won (US$3.8 billion) in the hydrogen business by 2030 to cut its carbon emissions and foster the new growth driver.

The petrochemical unit of Lotte Group said it aims to generate 3 trillion won in annual sales and achieve 10 percent of its operating profits from the hydrogen business over the next decade. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

Lotte Chemical said it will pump out about 600,000 tons of clean hydrogen using its eco-friendly production technology, setting a goal of taking up 30 percent of the domestic hydrogen market by 2030.

The company plans to supply hydrogen to Lotte’s logistics and retail affiliates, as well as fuel cell electric vehicles, to expand its presence in the domestic market.

-ACC calls for 30% recycled plastic by 2030, scaling of chemical recycling

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) on Tuesday announced its comprehensive five-point plan to accelerate the growth of recycling to reduce plastic waste.

The plan includes what the ACC calls “bold steps” to bolster a regulatory system and enable the rapid scaling of chemical recycling in order to reach a target of 30% recycled plastic in packaging by 2030. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

“It’s time to accelerate the circular economy for plastic packaging,” said the ACC’s Joshua Baca, vice president, plastics. “We need Congress to act on a comprehensive national strategy that will capture the value of used plastic by engaging the entire plastics value chain, from plastic makers to brand companies to all Americans,”

The proposals for congressional action centre around a national strategy that aims to encourage a circular economy to divert plastic waste from landfills and help drive down greenhouse gas emissions.

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-Chinese scientists develop fabric they say can cool the body

Ziyu Zhang and Maryann Xue, South China Morning Post

Chinese researchers have designed a fabric they say can cool the body by nearly 5 degrees Celsius and could help people cope with rising temperatures.

The “metafabric” – designed by a team of scientists from across the country – looks like ordinary T-shirt material and uses technology that causes it to emit mid-infrared radiation (MIR) to reduce the temperature of the wearer, according to their paper published in the journal Science on Thursday.

“Tests showed that a person wearing our metafabric could be cooled down 4.8 degrees [40.6 degrees Fahrenheit] lower than when wearing commercial cotton,” the researchers said. “The cost-effectiveness and high-performance of our metafabrics present great advantages for intelligent garments, smart textiles, and passive radiative cooling applications.”  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

Human skin naturally emits MIR, which – like other infrared radiation – is invisible to the eye but can be felt as heat. While normal skin temperature is around 37 degrees, the scientists said wearing the metafabric could cool the skin to 31-32 degrees.

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-Asian High Density Polyethylene Prices May Rise Moderately: TexPro

CFR Far East (FE) Asia, the price of high density polyethylene (HDPE), is reasonable in the coming months as countries immunize their citizens and deregulate the growing demand for products around the world. Is expected to rise. Crude oil prices are also rising as demand rises, helping to maintain prices for their derivatives.

HDPE prices could also rise by the end of this year as China managed a very high COVID case in April 2021. HDPE is a popular choice for non-woven fabrics.

HDPE, CFR (Cost and Freight) FE Asia prices were $ 931.43 per ton in January 2021 and rose 24.63% to $ 1,160.87 per ton in March 2021. However, it fell in the second quarter due to the sudden rise in COVID. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

Incident and blockade imposition in China. Prices fell to $ 1,020.45 per metric ton in June 2021, according to the report.

Asian High Density Polyethylene Prices May Rise Moderately: TexPro

-Mass balance approach serves Aptar in Germany

Aptar Food + Beverage’s Freyung site in Germany has achieved ISCC PLUS Certification, a chain of custody certifications based on the mass balance model. It enables the use of resin from recycled mixed plastics feedstock or bio-based renewable feedstock.

Consumer Product Goods companies are increasingly searching for recycled polypropylene (rPP) materials for food products, but currently, rPP is not approved for food-grade products in Europe by the European Food Safety Authority and Food Standards Agency in the UK.  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

However, for companies in Europe that want access to recycled content polyolefins for food packaging, there is a solution that involves the ISCC PLUS ‘mass balance approach’. Aptar’s approach verifies, along the entire supply chain, the flow of materials.

ISCC is a certification system that ensures traceability, feedstock identity, and can help to validate sustainability claims around recycled content. Aptar’s Freyung site is the first Aptar Food + Beverage plant to achieve this distinction in Europe.

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-IMA DAIRY & FOOD launches tools to facilitate shift to mono-material packaging

IMA Dairy & Food USA, whose equipment solutions comprise the brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, Fillshape, Corazza, Erca and Intecma, has introduced a set of tools aimed at food brands that are utilizing mono-material packages.

The company’s patented ZERO Technology tools are designed for manufacturers hoping to transition their packaging to materials such as PET, PP and PLA.

Working on form-fill-seal (FFS) machines, ZERO Technology utilizes a patented punch process that provides cutting and precutting of PET, PP and PLA. This reportedly facilitates the easy breaking of multipacks into individual units – a process that the company says has previously limited the use of mono-material packaging materials in many applications.  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

ZERO Technology uses independent sleeves, which allows cup design changes without the need to manufacture an entirely new thermoforming mold. The solution can apparently be easily dismantled for hassle-free maintenance, which IMA says can significantly extend the mold’s lifespan while maintaining peak performance.

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-New swimwear and lingerie collection from Italian knitter

Brugnoli Giovanni S.p.A., introduces new swimwear and lingerie collection – Extrasize extrajacquard.

Leading Italian circular knitted fabrics manufacturer Brugnoli Giovanni S.p.A., is further developing its well-known ExtraJacquard technology dedicated to swimwear fabrics. ExtraJacquard is a Brugnoli technology engineered to create extra flat the fabric.  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12

It is said to be the best solution for unparalleled colour definition, flexibility in creativity, creating logos or any other design, as well as also being visible on the back of the fabric.

During this season Brugnoli says it is going even further with the creation of ‘extralarge’ design.

New swimwear and lingerie collection from Italian knitter

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 970 $/ton 990 $/ton- +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,550 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,550 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,135 yuan/ton 5,385 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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710 $/ton 735 $/ton +25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,430 yuan/ton 5,430yuan/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 695 $/ton 692 $/ton- -3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 922 $/ton 941 $/ton +19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 903 $/ton 922 $/ton +19
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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875 $/ton 894 $/ton +19
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,825 yuan/ton 7,925yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,050yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,450yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8.800yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,100 yuan/ton 8,125yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,330yuan/ton +180
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,650 yuan/ton 14,500yuan/ton
-150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,300 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,950 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,700 yuan/ton 15,600yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,200 yuan/ton 38,000yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,950 yuan/ton 17,850yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,500 yuan/ton 20,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,200 yuan/ton 19,100yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 98,000 yuan/ton 99,000yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 87,000 yuan/ton 88,000yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 76,000 yuan/ton 77,000yuan/ton +1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 10,800yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton -100
Benzene overseas  market 1,043 $/ton 1,060 $/ton +17
Ethylene South 970 $/ton860 970 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,067 $/ton 1,081 $/ton +14
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,700yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,100 $/ton -100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,700 yuan/ton 18,700yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,800 yuan/ton 12,800yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha Bottles
8,180 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +20
Naphtha overseas market  679 $/ton 682 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,680 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -280

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-China PET bottle chip market outlook not as bad as expected after cutting down massive output ?

Recently, PET bottle chip factories begin to announce output cut plans, and operating rate of many plants has declined. So far, output of China Resources, Wankai, Indorama Guangdong, Dragon Special Resin, Sinopec and Baosheng has declined in varying degrees, involving a total capacity of about 1.64 million tons (excluding long-term shut Chengxing line). If add the 1.2 million tons long term shut line, the total capacity involved reaches 2.84 million tons. Average operating rate of China PET bottle chip plants has dropped to slightly below 75%. (82.8% based on designed capacity of 12.46 million tons)

In fact, this round of intensive output cutback and shutdown comes from two factors: first, the processing range of PET bottle chips has been compressed within 600yuan/mt for a long time, resulting in reduced profit space; second, new order intake both in and abroad are not good. The continuously rising sea freight due to tight supply of containers and delay of shipping dates makes it even more difficult for PET bottle chip factories.

First of all, the compression of the processing spread is caused by two sides, factories promotion and the rising raw materials cost. On the one hand, PET bottle chip industry is now highly concentrated, capacity of TOP4 PET bottle chip factories occupies more than 70% of the total. If one of the factories reduces production, the market share is bound to be divided by other factories. Recently, selling price of one large PET bottle chip manufacturer is relatively low, as its processing spread is basically reduced to around 500yuan/mt. This way, many other bottle chip factories with poor cost advantage are difficult to get new order.

China PET bottle chip market outlook not as bad as expected after cutting down massive output ?

-McDermott selected for licensed modular unit for largest PE integration project

McDermott International, Ltd announced it has been awarded an engineering and procurement contract for a spent caustic treatment solution on the Gas Chemical Complex (GCC) project from Heat Transfer Technologies DMCC (HTT), as per the company’s press release. Circular Economy PET Bottle

The GCC project is owned by Baltic Chemical Plant LLC, a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha. It is the largest polyethylene (PE) integration project in the world and is located near Russia’s shores in the Gulf of Finland.

“This award is a testament to our ability to leverage our suite of capabilities to provide integrated solutions throughout the lifecycle of a project,” said Tareq Kawash, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa. “Our proven experience delivering world-class polyethylene projects make us the ideal partner to continue supporting the GCC project.”

McDermott’s scope includes license technology rights, basic design engineering package (BDEP), module detailed engineering design and full procurement of main equipment. The modularized solution for the spent caustic treatment solution will be an integral part of the GCC project and enable the project’s annual production of up to 3 million tons of PE.

As MRC informed previously, McDermott International, Ltd has been also selected by LACC, LLC, a joint venture between Westlake Chemical Corporation and Lotte Chemical Corporation, to provide engineering, procurement and construction for a seventh heater addition to its LACC Ethane Cracker Facility in Westlake, La, USA. Schematic image for seventh heater addition to LACC Ethane Cracker Facility in Westlake, La.

McDermott selected for licensed modular unit for largest PE integration project

-Ravago Acquires Equity Interest in Leading Advanced Recycling Company Alterra Energy

Ravago and Alterra Energy to Vertically Integrate to Supply Waste Plastic, Liquefaction Technology and Recycled Polymer Solutions Globally

Alterra Energy, an innovative advanced recycling technology company, and Ravago, a global leader in polymer recycling and distribution, announced today that Ravago has acquired an equity interest in Alterra Energy. Circular Economy PET Bottle

Ravago will be a strategic partner in supplying pre-processed waste plastic to Alterra Energy’s Akron, Ohio, facility — which currently has the capacity to liquefy up to 60 tons per day of waste plastic for use as a feedstock for the manufacturing of plastics and chemicals — as well as for future commercial installations.

Alterra Energy and Ravago plan to combine forces to provide integrated recycling solutions that support the transition toward decarbonization, decreasing virgin fossil resource dependency and increasing circularity for its petrochemical and chemical partners.

-Ravago Acquires Equity Interest in Leading Advanced Recycling Company Alterra Energy

-Sulzer Chemtech and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research announce development partnership for bio-based foamed materials

Sulzer Chemtech has announced a strategic partnership with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The global process technology specialist and research institute are combining their capabilities to develop new methods to produce competitive bio-based foamed polymers. These will provide material properties equivalent to their fossil-based counterparts while featuring extremely low environmental footprints.

Polymer foams have been in the market for more than 80 years and play a central role in products used in our everyday lives, from sofas and beds to food packaging for takeaways. Their light weight and good thermal insulation properties can support a broad range of applications. Nevertheless, their limited recyclability and sustainability are significant challenges that companies and research institutes need to overcome to support a circular economy of plastic. Circular Economy PET Bottle

Foaming process and foaming technology to market

With a focus on the development of scalable processing methods for bio-based foamed materials, the partnership between Sulzer Chemtech and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research aims to increase the market share of cost-competitive bio-based polymers in different sectors. The development of key manufacturing processes and technologies will help Sulzer Chemtech’s customers and end users benefit from solutions that anticipate the needs of tomorrow.

Sulzer Chemtech and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research announce development partnership for bio-based foamed materials

-KABRA Extrusiontechnik has developed economical tubular film blowing lines

KABRA Extrusiontechnik has developed economical tubular film blowing lines, said the company. Circular Economy PET Bottle

In Russia, the Kabra Extrusiontechnik company is officially represented by the Scientific Company (St. Petersburg), whose engineers will help to select the equipment and recommend a technical solution to the buyer exactly his task.

KABRA Extrusiontechnik (KET, India) is one of the largest manufacturers of extrusion equipment for the production of plastic pipes and films from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) with more than 50 years of experience. Possessing high engineering qualifications and relying on the wishes of customers, the company successfully develops new technical and technological solutions.

One of the latest developments of the company is a cluster blowing line for the production of a single layer film, which consists of several extruders, blowing systems and from 2 to 10 winders combined into a single mechanism, fully synchronized and controlled from a single control panel.

It is noted that due to such a layout, it became possible to significantly save space for the location of production, make management easier and cheaper, and also produce a larger amount of finished products in a minimum time.

KABRA Extrusiontechnik has developed economical tubular film blowing lines

-India’s BPCL plans ethanol plant in Telangana state

India’s Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) plans to set up an ethanol plant at a cost of Indian Rupees (Rs) 10bn ($134m) in south eastern Telangana state, a state government official said on Wednesday. Circular Economy PET Bottle

The proposed plant will have a capacity of 500,000 litres/day and will use grain as feedstock, the Telangana state government official said.

BPCL has not finalized the location of the ethanol plant as the state government is yet to allocate the land required for the company.

“BPCL has decided to set up this plant in Telangana as the state is currently ethanol deficient and would need a large ethanol plant to meet the government’s blending targets for fuel,” he said.

Once operational, the BPCL plant would help Telangana achieve India’s target of blending 20% ethanol in auto fuel by 2025.

The company is currently in the process of setting up three second generation (2G) ethanol plants with a capacity of 100 kilolitres/day in the three states of Odisha, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh as per the BPCL website.

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-1,000th recycling machine from EREMA for North America – PreZero US expands capacity for post consumer recycling

Founded in 1992, EREMA North America (ENA), based in Ipswich, MA, distributes recycling systems from the Austrian machine manufacturer in North America and offers equipment trials at the customer center, on-site service, machine components and technical support. In December 2020, the 1,000th machine for ENA was shipped to South Carolina, from EREMA headquarters in Austria. It is now in operation at the facility of recycling service provider PreZero to recycle post consumer plastic waste.

PreZero US is a subsidiary of PreZero International and started operation in the USA in 2018 following the acquisition of a recycling services provider. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company collects and processes washed LDPE and LLDPE film, containers and lids on the east and west coasts of the US.

The recycling facilities in Southern California and South Carolina process these post consumer material streams to produce high quality resins (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and PE), which is used as a substitute for virgin material in many applications. “This way we prevent this waste material from ending up in landfills. With our recycling facilities on both the east and west coasts, we can significantly shorten transport distances, which in turn also reduces CO2 emissions,” says Hendrik Dullinger, Vice President of Business Development.Circular Economy PET Bottle

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-Europe textile chemicals market for technical textiles expected to cross value of us$ 857 million by 2027

Europe Textile Chemicals Market for Technical Textiles: Highlights

The Europe textile chemicals Market for technical textiles is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than2%between 2019 and 2027. Growing demand for hometech will drive the textile chemicals market in Europe. Further, rising demand for mobiltech and clothtech chemicals will propel the market during the forecast horizon. However, growing environmental concerns regarding the usage of textile chemicals will restrain the overall market. Some textile chemicals are also known to be carcinogenic. This has led to the emergence of biobased alternatives that will hinder the growth of the market. Circular Economy PET Bottle

Technical textiles are manufactured for technical and functional purposes rather than decorative and esthetic purposes. They are primarily manufactured from synthetic fibers. They are employed in several end-user industries such as automotive, sports equipment, agriculture, and health care.

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-India’s SRF commissions 45,000 tonne/year BOPP unit in Thailand

India’s SRF Ltd has commissioned its new 45,000 tonne/year biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) unit in Thailand.

The new plant is located at the company’s manufacturing site in Rayong province, the company said in a statement on 20 July.

There is a strong market in Thailand for BOPP films as the country is currently a net importer of the material, the company said. Circular Economy PET Bottle

Currently, SRF operates two biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) lines – a 30,000 tonne/year unit and a 40,000 tonnes/year unit – at the Rayong complex.

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-How green is your plastic?

Economical synthesis of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates from biobased materials

Despite the best efforts of industry to work towards sustainability, most plastics (or polymers) are still made using non-renewable fossil fuels. However, researchers have now found an economical method for producing biobased acrylate resins. The study, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, shows how all the synthesis steps, from initial building blocks right up to polymerization, can be carried out in a single reactor (one pot), minimizing environmental impact.

Most varnishes, adhesives and paints are made from acrylate resins, which are polymers of acrylic acid esters and methacrylic acid esters. The raw materials that form these esters are acrylic or methacrylic acid, and alcohols. The alcohols give the plastics properties, such as softness or hardness, and water absorption or repulsion.

To make these polyacrylates and polymethacrylates more sustainable, Christophe Thomas and his team from the Institut de Recherche de Chimie in Paris, France, used alcohols from biobased or natural sources, rather than fossil sources. These included plant-based lauryl alcohol, menthol, tetrahydrogeraniol (a pheromone-like substance), vanillin, and ethyl lactate. Circular Economy PET Bottle

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-Safe in PET: COVAP’s first complete aseptic PET line from Sidel

Thanks to Sidel’s end-to-end complete aseptic PET line, UHT liquid dairy products (LDPs) from Spanish milk producer COVAP are now also available in PET bottles for the very first time. This new PET bottle opens the door to meet changing market demand and ensures product integrity and safety.

COVAP, a Spanish cooperative, is one of the major milk producers in Spain. The company has one of the most technically advanced dairy plants in the whole of Europe and has been a family of farmers for over 60 years. With a large operating area of 22,650 m2, COVAP can produce 400 million liters of milk per year. Traceability is their key to sustaining high-quality products. By implementing strict control from animal feed to the production process, they are able to keep their commitment of bringing a range of high-quality LDPs to consumers.

COVAP also produces ready-to-drink dairy products for other retailer brands in Spain.

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-Eastman announces project with USAMP and PADNOS for fully circular recycling study in automotive market

New closed-loop technology will provide cost-effective solution to create new sustainable materials from automotive plastic waste

Eastman (NYSE: EMN) today announced a collaboration with the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP) and automotive recycler PADNOS for a concept feasibility study to demonstrate a closed-loop project to recycle automotive-industry mixed plastic waste in the automotive supply chain. USAMP is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR).

When automobiles are at the end of their life, metals, tires, and glass account for 80%–90% of the materials that can be recycled through traditional mechanical recycling streams. The other 10%–20%, referred to as automotive shedder residue (ASR), consists of mixed plastic and other non-recycled materials that currently end up in landfills or are recovered through waste-to-energy technologies. Under this initiative PADNOS will use ASR as a sustainable feedstock for Eastman’s molecular recycling process, creating a truly circular solution. BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

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-Carbon fibre manufacturing in Vietnam / Initial focus on goods for sports and outdoor activities

Teijin Carbon Vietnam (TCV), part of Japan’s Teijin (Tokyo; www.teijin.com) has started manufacturing carbon fibre products, including prepeg – a fibre sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin as an intermediate material for composites. The Vietnamese business was set up on 4 May 2019 to capitalise on the expanding demand for carbon fibre, while also strengthening Teijin’s global business capabilities.

Initially, TCV will produce carbon fibre materials for sports and outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, bicycle and ice hockey goods for markets in South and Southeast Asia as well as Asia-Pacific. Demand is growing in the region, partly boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has stimulated interest in activities that are compatible with social-distancing protocols. BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

Carbon fibre manufacturing in Vietnam / Initial focus on goods for sports and outdoor activities

-Blow Moulding Technologies Deploy Simulation on 3DEXPERIENCE Cloud with TECHNIA

TECHNIA, the #1 knowledge leaders in PLM and Engineering, announced today a new agreement in their strategic partnership with Blow Moulding Technologies (BMT) – a manufacturer of, and service provider for, injection stretch blow moulding machinery.

BMT is a technology spin-out company from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, founded in September 2011. Their vision is to provide a scientific approach to stretch blow moulding. Through advanced software and hardware solutions, they aim to reduce energy consumption, optimise setup, and increase productivity.

BMT aims to expand their current Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) capabilities and deliver an automated Finite Element Analysis (FEA) optimisation workflow to satisfy their expanding project requirements by employing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, provided by TECHNIA. BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

Following a series of tests and discussions, TECHNIA were able to recommend a simulation solution within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform which satisfied BMT’s workflow requirements, whilst also using the latest simulation technology on the cloud.

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-Trinseo to Acquire Aristech Surfaces LLC as Part of Its Transformation to a Specialty Materials and Sustainable Solutions Provider

Strengthens Trinseo’s strong position in acrylic solutions and drives expansion into wellness, niche leisure and architectural end markets in key geographies, including Asia

Purchase price of $445 million; implied purchase multiple of 7.0x enterprise value / 2021 estimated Adjusted EBITDA including $50 million tax benefit from basis step-up and $10 million annual run-rate cost synergies  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

Transaction is expected to be growth, margin and cash flow accretive

Trinseo a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, today announced its entry into an agreement with SK AA Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Falcon Private Holdings, LLC (“Falcon”), to acquire Aristech Surfaces LLC (“Aristech”), a leading North America manufacturer and global provider of polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) continuous cast and solid surface sheets, serving the wellness, architectural, transportation and industrial markets.

Trinseo to Acquire Aristech Surfaces LLC as Part of Its Transformation to a Specialty Materials and Sustainable Solutions Provider

-BHS-Sonthofen introduces new universal pre-shredder for waste processing applications

BHS-Sonthofen’s new RAPAX pre-shredder is suited for processing various metal fractions, commercial waste, industrial waste and construction waste. The flexible, smart control system also ensures efficient pre-shredding in every running direction.

Functional design elements make the RAPAX sturdier and easier to maintain, such as the intersecting struts on the funnel, which ensure greater stability. The surface, wall thickness and shape of the funnel are also sturdy and feature precise edges to avoid signs of wear and material build-up. The two planetary gears with belt drive are positioned side by side, as opposed to diagonally opposite, to save space.

Equipped for different applications  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

BHS offers the RAPAX pre-shredder in a number of different designs and sizes to ensure that it can optimally process a wide range of input materials, ranging from light scrap metal, electrical and electronic waste, industrial and commercial waste, to worn-out drywall and asphalt tiles.

BHS-Sonthofen introduces new universal pre-shredder for waste processing applications

-Clariant pigments certified for use in compostable plastic

Clariant’s Pigments unit has received OK compost Industrial certification by TÜV Austria for its range of pigments in response to the increasing use of compostable polymers in plastic products to meet sustainability targets and fulfill commitments to the plastics circular economy.  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

Clariant certified pigments can be used to color plastic products, including packaging, intended to be compostable.

Nine selected products in Clariant’s PV Fast and Graphtol ranges now feature the label OK compost Industrial, that fully meets the requirements of the European Union EN 13432: 2000 standard when not used above the maximum concentration in the final application.

‘We are proud of this development that is part of our strategy to offer solutions for more sustainable packaging and to strengthen our product portfolio,’ said Andreas Buder, technical marketing manager, Plastics at Clariant. ‘This certification allows our customers to use bright colors in their biodegradable products since they are suitable for industrial composting.’  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

The PV Fast and Graphtol range of pigment powders are organic pigments. Both product ranges are used in several applications in the consumer goods sector such as sensitive food contact packaging, plastics tableware/dishware or toys. Label opens new color opportunities to masterbatch and packaging producers and helps the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry fulfill its sustainability commitments.

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-Lion Alternative Energy files patent for nano-carbon coating to support the hydrogen economy

Lion Alternative Energy has filed a provisional patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its nano-carbon coating technology which supports the safe transportation of hydrogen.  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

The clean technologies company on Monday (July 19) confirmed the news, stating that its nano-carbon coating technology deposits layered nano-hydrocarbon structures with concentrations of up to 90% or more in the diamond phase without depressurisation of the working chamber.

By efficiently and reliably apply the coatings customers are able to the emerging hydrogen economy as well as for medical implants and devices, whilst reducing the risks of corrosion that could cause fires and explosions.

Once converted into a US non-provisional application, the patent application will provide protection for Lion Alternative’s nano-carbon coating technology, effective upon a grant of a US patent.

Lion Alternative also plans to pursue an international (PCT) patent application, from which national stage patent applications can be submitted in both industrial jurisdictions and developing countries around the world.

-German waste management giants announce joint venture

Germany-based EEW Energy from Waste GmbH (EEW) and DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG have announced plans to jointly develop a a procedure for processing mixed plastics and other residues from consumer packaging waste. The aim is to obtain large quantities of plastic waste for chemical recycling that currently cannot be recycled for technical or economic reasons.  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

The two companies have agreed to establish a joint venture. By the end of 2021, the aim is to develop a technically and economically viable procedure for processing 200,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year in a plant to be built and operated jointly. The input materials are to be obtained from DSD and EEW’s waste streams.

Michael Wiener, CEO Der Grüne Punkt, explains: “With this joint venture, we are creating a solution for plastic waste which cannot be recycled but which generally end up being incinerated in cement or waste incineration plants.

German waste management giants announce joint venture

-DSD enters chemical recycling

Together with EEW Energy from Waste, DSD plans to develop a new process for processing mixed plastics and sorting residues.  BlowMoulding Circulareconomy BioFiber

Plastic waste that cannot yet be recycled for technical or economic reasons will reportedly be processed for chemical recycling. According to system operator DSD and plant operator EEW, they have agreed to establish a joint venture for this purpose and announced that they will develop a process by the end of this year to process up to 200,000 tons of plastic waste annually in a jointly built and operated plant. Input materials are to be sourced from DSD and EEW waste streams. “With this joint venture, we are creating a convincing solution for plastic waste for which recycling is still out of the question today,” commented Michael Wiener (photo), CEO of Der Grüne Punkt. According to Bernard M. Kemper, CEO of EEW GmbH, their cooperation is the first time companies in the field of material and energy recycling have joined forces “to strengthen chemical recycling and thus further close the raw material cycle.”

DSD enters chemical recycling

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-Compostable plastics: solution or just more plastic?

Why bioplastics won’t solve our plastic problem

Plastic pollution is a major environmental concern. We produce approximately 300 million tons of plastic waste per year, and at least 8 million tons of that end up in our oceans. While there are numerous efforts in place to find better ways to replace plastic, one of the trendier options are biodegradable plastics, also known as bioplastics.

TYPES OF BIOPLASTICS

Bioplastics differ from normal plastics in two main aspects: they are biobased, biodegradable, or a combination of the two. Biobased means that the material is partly derived from renewable resources, whereas biodegradable means that they break down in the presence of certain microorganisms. While many multinational companies market bioplastics as being the solution to the plastics crisis, they may actually cause more harm than good.

BIOPLASTIC USE

Globally, bioplastics are mostly used in packaging, single-use tableware, and agriculture. Even though it accounts for only 1% of all annually produced plastics in the world, bioplastic production is expected to drastically increase in the future with rising demand, increased versatility, and pressure on multinational companies to be ‘greener.’ Bioplastic production is estimated to grow from 2.11 million tons in 2020 to 2.87 million tons by 2025.

Compostable plastics: solution or just more plastic?

-Clariant’s MegaMax® 800 catalyst achieved an outstanding performance at CNOOC’s Davy methanol plant in Hainan, China

MegaMax 800 methanol synthesis catalyst’s excellent performance in the first installation has led to a repeat order

CNOOC benefitted from 38,000 MT higher methanol yield, leading to around USD 10 Mio. in additional profit  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

The catalyst has proven higher activity, higher single-pass CO2 conversion, lower feed gas consumption, and reduced wax formation

Clariant has been awarded another major contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for its high-performance methanol synthesis catalyst, MegaMax 800. The Chinese oil and gas producer first used the catalyst at their Fudao plant in 2018, achieving record accumulative methanol production and plant reliability. The catalyst’s excellent performance has now resulted in its reorder which completed refilling and start-up in June 2021.

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-Indonesia to establish 2 percent materials contamination threshold

Following two years of advocating on behalf of the recycling industry with the Indonesian Government, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauds the Ministry of Trade in Indonesia on their affirmation that pre-export inspected recycled commodities, specifically metals and paper, may be imported into Indonesia with an up to 2 percent impurities threshold.  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

“ISRI is grateful to the Government of Indonesia for working with us to establish a technical regulation that addresses their interests to import only specification-grade raw materials,” said ISRI Vice President of Advocacy Adina Renee Adler. “Our members also received tremendous support from the U.S. embassy throughout the process, and we thank them for their hard work and support.”

In 2019, the Indonesian government told ISRI the impurities threshold would be 2 percent at the outset and transition to 0.5 percent in two years. ISRI and members participated in a variety of advocacy efforts to solidify the regulation, including trips to Indonesia to brief the government and conduct training on the ISRI specifications with testing, inspection, and certification provider Cotecna.

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-Braskem’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene for 3D Printing Launches in the Ultimaker Marketplace

Braskem’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Filament is Strong, Lightweight and Exceptionally Rigid making it Ideal for Automotive, Aerospace, Nautical, and Sporting Goods Applications

Braskem  (“Company”), the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announces today its carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) filament  for 3D printing and additive manufacturing is now available in the Ultimaker Marketplace.  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

“We are pleased to welcome Braskem to the Ultimaker Material Alliance! The addition of Braskem’s carbon fiber reinforced PP filament print profile in the Ultimaker Marketplace brings an engineering grade composite (100% recycled carbon fiber is used) with a truly compelling slate of product attributes that is also very easy to print. By having Braskem’s FL900PP-CF on our marketplace platform we unlock applications such as functional prototypes, tooling and end-use parts that require heightened dimensional stability under operating conditions, while maintaining the inherent chemical resistance, low density, toughness and watertight ability of PP.  Braskem’s carbon fiber reinforced PP filament is a unique and a genuinely valuable addition to our impressive material partner program,” says Andrea Gasperini, Partner & Ecosystem Development Manager at Ultimaker.

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-Delta-Pak received a loan for the production of recyclable film

The Delta-Pak company (Rossosh, Voronezh region) plans to organize the production of fully recyclable polymeric combined polyethylene film (Full-PE), which is used for a wide range of food and non-food products, Interfax reports.

The project meets the objectives of the national project “Ecology” and the achievement of national development goals to create a comfortable and safe environment for life. During the implementation of the project, eight highly productive jobs will be created.

It is noted that the implementation of the project will increase labor productivity by 40%, including thanks to the IDF loan in the amount of 300 mln rubles. under the program “Labor productivity”.  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

In total, the expert council of the Industrial Development Fund (VEB.RF Group) approved six loans for the implementation of projects in the Arkhangelsk, Pskov, Samara, Lipetsk, Voronezh and Sverdlovsk regions. The amount of loans from the IDF will be about 1.2 bn rubles, and the total budget for the implementation of projects – 1.9 bn rubles.

Delta-Pak received a loan for the production of recyclable film

-Just How Bad is Polyester?

Polyester is everywhere. Walk into any fast fashion brand and more likely than not, most garments will be at least part polyester. It is the United States’ fastest-growing fiber and is incredibly versatile. But polyester is also made from coal and petroleum, which basically just means plastic – which is one reason why it’s so cheap. But just cheap isn’t good enough anymore. In a world desperate to heal itself from climate change, how bad is polyester?  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

Spoiler alert: it’s pretty bad.

Carbon Footprint

Polyester’s carbon footprint is significant. The combination of the petroleum and energy needed to make the fiber is terribly bad for the environment. In 2015, polyester and similar synthetic fibers used 21,000 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of oil. That is incomprehensible! When it comes to greenhouse gases, global polyester production emits three times as many gases as cotton does.

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-Pregis Builds $80-Million Film Extrusion Facility in South Carolina

Protective packaging provider Pregis has announced an $80 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art blown film extrusion facility in Anderson, SC.

The 168,000-square-foot facility will feature multiple newly installed lines for the production of engineered films for downstream use in manufacturing performance-oriented packaging for food, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and medical device applications. The plant also will include a world-class film laboratory to develop and test materials, said Pregis.  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

“We believe that this new facility will be the most technologically advanced extrusion facility in North America. The facility has been staffed with technology and market leaders who are focused on developing extruded films that have been engineered to meet market-driven performance requirements,” said Kevin Baudhuin, President and CEO.

In keeping with Pregis’ previously announced 2K30 environmental goals, the Anderson facility will be equipped with the latest energy-efficient features for manufacturing and other plant functions. Pregis’ objective is to run its businesses in the most sustainable manner possible, so that it improves its carbon footprint and reduces environmental impact while making significant, positive contributions to people and society, said Pregis.

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-Klöckner Pentaplast launches its 2020 sustainability report

Klöckner Pentaplast, a global leader in high barrier protective packaging solutions, announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report, detailing its progress and commitment to key sustainability initiatives. The report provides details of performance relating to topics that are material to its business and has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.

Sustainability has been a focus at kp for many years. Recently the company has doubled down on its efforts with the launch of a new sustainability strategy, Investing in Better, consisting of ten ambitious goals.

Those efforts are already beginning to show results, with a 14% year-on-year reduction of CO2 emissions and the incorporation of more than 120,000 tonnes of rPET into  products. Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

“We’ve worked hard to ensure that sustainability is firmly embedded in how we do business and in our commercial strategy.” said Scott Tracey, CEO. “We’ve integrated our goals into our refinancing, which was the first of its kind in the US to incorporate an ESG-Ratchet Linked Term Loan. We know that kp will be much more effective in reaching and succeeding our goals as we collectively engage across our organisation, with our suppliers and with our customers in driving the sustainability agenda.”

This year, the company was also gratified to be recognised by EcoVadis – the independent provider of global sustainability ratings for environmental, social, and ethical performance – with a Gold award, putting them in the top 3% of plastic product manufacturers assessed.

Klöckner Pentaplast launches its 2020 sustainability report

-Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the offshore production of green hydrogen and the conversion of oil & gas facilities

SUISO combines floating wind, floating solar and marine energy and it will be applied for the first time to the Agnes project in the Adriatic Sea

Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the production of green hydrogen thus confirming its commitment to support its clients in the energy transition. The trademark has been registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

SUISO combines various renewable energy sources such as floating wind, floating solar and marine energy in a single system. The aim is to power, together or individually, electrolyzes installed on existing offshore platforms for the production of green hydrogen. The technology responds to the growing demand for green hydrogen production and, at the same time, it allows the conversion of oil & gas offshore facilities which have now reached the end of their life cycle. The oxygen resulting from this process can be used in various areas such as aquaculture or seaweed production.

Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the offshore production of green hydrogen and the conversion of oil & gas facilities

-4 Technologies that are Accelerating the Green Hydrogen Revolution

Green hydrogen is produced through electrolysis, a process that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen, using electricity generated from renewable sources. Today it accounts for just 0.1% of global hydrogen production. However, the declining costs of both renewable electricity (accounting for ~70% of the cost of producing hydrogen) and electrolysis technology indicate that green hydrogen could be the next best investment in the world of clean energy.  Degradableplastic Circulareconomy BioFiber

For many – including oil and gas players, large utilities, industries from steel to fertilizers, and more – green hydrogen is regarded as the best bet for harmonizing the intermittency of renewables whilst decarbonizing the energy-hungry industrial, chemical and transportation sectors.

Although green hydrogen is gaining traction across industries, it still faces numerous challenges.:

  1. Reduced knowledge on optimum design and return on investment, thus limiting bankability. To meet market demand, organizations will need to scale up and improve their green hydrogen plant designs. However, based on limited market data and low maturity in the space, optimizing plant designs and end-to-end green hydrogen systems can be costly and incredibly complex. Furthermore, many of these large green hydrogen facilities are built within existing industrial clusters, which adds another dimension of designing to ensure limited impact on existing operations during the transition to green hydrogen.
  2. Limited specialized workforce and high operational costs. While the rise of green hydrogen will create countless new job opportunities, many individuals still lack the necessary training and skills to support the hydrogen economy. As the industry matures, a shortage of specialized workers will hinder its progress. Green hydrogen is also incredibly challenging and expensive to store and transport. It is a highly flammable gas with a low volumetric density, requiring investment in specialized pipelines and carriers.

4 Technologies that are Accelerating the Green Hydrogen Revolution

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-BMW i Ventures invests in Natural Fiber Welding; plant-based leathers, yarns and foams

BMW i Ventures has invested in Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW), a creator of all-natural, plastic-free alternatives to animal- or petrochemical-based materials such as leathers, foams, and textiles. The financing round will enable the company to scale from the batch processing of materials to commercial roll-to-roll production.

NFW has developed novel technologies to replace incumbent petrochemical-based materials (e.g. synthetic leathers) and enable natural inputs to be shaped and molded into a durable, all-natural and fully recyclable leather alternative called MIRUM.

MIRUM is made with natural, biodegradable polymers. The finished materials are never coated in polyurethane and use no synthetic binders.

MIRUM is far less resource-intensive to produce than animal leather and synthetic leather. Research suggests that animal leather requires the emission of between 2-12 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per kg of animal leather produced and can vary greatly depending on where animals are raised, how tanning is achieved, etc. Synthetic polyurethane-based leathers require around 5 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per kg of synthetic polymer produced.

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-LG Chem aims for bigger presence in eco-friendly material market

LG Chem is pushing to expand its share in the eco-friendly materials market to meet growing demand for products that are environmentally sound and sustainable.

The chemicals, batteries and biotech arm of LG Group announced Monday the launch of LETZero, a new brand for its eco-friendly products including recyclable and biodegradable materials, and perishable plastics.

“The LETZero brand is a compound word of let and zero, meaning zero harm to the environment and zero increase in carbon emissions,” a company official said.

With the new brand, LG Chem is seeking to strengthen its image as an eco-friendly company and improve its presence in such markets, which are expanding rapidly due to the increasing number of so-called “greensumers,” who purchase products that help protect the environment, the company said. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

The move is in line with LG Chem Shin Hak-cheol’s plan to shift to sustainable businesses. On July 14, the CEO said the company will invest 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in bio, recyclable and renewable energy industry materials by 2025.

LG Chem aims for bigger presence in eco-friendly material market

-New degradable plastic breaks down in sunlight and air within a week

Plastic pollution is one of the threats with the greatest impact and is now starting to become a huge problem. Plastic waste chokes shorelines and oceans, in part because plastic polymers do not easily decompose. This would not be the case if every plastic, like the new one, would break down in about a week in sunlight and air.

The novel degradable plastic material has been developed by researchers from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and it came into existence while working on an advanced type of chemical sensor. The researchers were developing a polymer film that changes color depending on pH levels. But then they noticed that the plastic’s natural deep red color faded quickly, and the plastic film broke apart over several days in sunlight. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

“In conjugated polymers such as this, which have a long backbone chain of alternating double and single bonds, the material’s color comes from its molecular structure – long chains of monomers – rather than a dye. Loss of that color means the chains have broken down into their monomer units,” explain researchers.

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-The Chemical Recycling Posse: The Good, the Bad, and the Lucky

Chemical recycling (aka advanced recycling) of waste plastics continues to struggle, and few of the 35 or so companies involved in this technology are actually making and selling the products they promised. Considering the number of patents — and there are hundreds of them that date back some 30 years — for processes such as pyrolysis and converting polymers back to monomers to use as feedstock for new plastics, it amazes me that many of these companies don’t have much to show in the way of actual products. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

I have discovered a couple of chemical recycling success stories, however. New Hope Energy’s Trinity Oaks plant in Tyler, TX, is operating 24/7 as it sells its products to customers that include Chevron Phillips, which is hooking up with many of the waste-to-fuel companies to bolster its sustainability goals. As PlasticsToday reported a few months ago, New Hope’s biggest problem is meeting demand. The demand for solutions to the plastic waste problem is creating a shortage of technology to deal with it.

As a side note, New Hope’s founder and CEO, Johnny Doyle Combs, passed away on May 3 of this year. He and his wife, Karen, founded New Hope Energy in 2013 to fulfill a “personal mission” to pioneer a technology that “keeps plastic out of the ocean and puts it back to work in the economy,” said Combs’ obituary.

The Chemical Recycling Posse: The Good, the Bad, and the Lucky

-Bioplastics: What they are and why they aren’t a solution to plastic pollution

Bioplastics, including so-called compostable plastics, are showing up in grocery aisles, restaurants and even office supply stores. But are these products actually a solution to the plastic pollution crisis? The short answer is no.

The term bioplastics is a broad term to describe bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics. But these terms don’t all mean the same thing.

For example, biodegradability isn’t exclusive to bio-based plastics, and not all biodegradable plastics are compostable. And very few compostable plastics are compostable in the environment, or in your backyard composter.

Huh? Don’t worry, by the end of this blog you’ll understand the distinctions and limitations of these categories of bioplastics and, most importantly, why none of them are solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

Bio-based plastics

Bio-based plastics can be made entirely from renewable biomass — like sugarcane and corn — or from a combination of renewable biomass and fossil fuel (oil and gas) sources. However, even if they are made entirely from corn, bio-based plastics don’t always biodegrade quickly into organic materials at their end-of-life.

-Bioplastics: What they are and why they aren't a solution to plastic pollution

-Market review on spandex market in H1 2021 and H2 outlook

Spandex market performed well in the first half of 2021 benefitted from hot demand from elastic fabrics for sportswear, casual wear and yoga clothes and pandemic prevention field. Price of spandex continued rising rapidly and the increment was the highest among major raw materials of textiles and apparels. Attracted by apparently improving profit, the launch of some new units has accelerated since the second half of last year. How will spandex fare in the second half of year?

Price: extends higher  Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

Prices of spandex rose substa The growth rate of new spandex capacity was only at 6.5% in 2020-2021 while that of demand was above 10% when the application of spandex has become wider. In the first quarter of 2021, price of spandex hiked by around 40-50% compared with the last quarter of 2020 and doubled on annual basis with support from macro market and improving downstream demand. In the second quarter, price of conventional spandex rose by around 30% compared with Q1 and surged by 132%-148% year on year. Supply of spandex remained tight, including 10D-30D and 40D, which was mainly bolstered by demand from dralon fabrics, thermal fabrics, fabrics for underwear and sportswear and warp knitted velvet fabrics. The delivery of spandex needed to queue. Some downstream buyers were even willing to pay with premium when the profit was high.ntially in the first half of 2021 and the increment of spandex 20D-40D was at 80.2%-97.8%. Supply was short amid hot demand.

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-Why the UAE is ‘ahead of the curve’ in sustainability

The country is leading the region when it comes to food security but its recycling industry is still emerging, said PepsiCo regional executive

Sustainability has shifted from a buzz word to a priority for corporations as climate change and global warming related challenges are becoming increasingly common and damaging.  Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

The UAE has met these obstacles head on, envisioning a food security strategy which would make it the top country on the Global Food Security Index by 2051, explained Aamer Sheikh, general manager and president – MENA & Pakistan, PepsiCo.

The country is still in nascent development stages when it comes to recycling, which is a pillar of sustainability, said Sheikh.

In a wide-ranging interview with Arabian Business, Sheikh further discussed sustainability in the region and highlights the initiatives PepsiCo has undertaken in this area.

Sheikh also outlines Pepsi’s participation as beverages partner in Expo 2020, stressing how the global exhibition’s themes are outlined with the company’s vision for a greener world.

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-Guidance for Industry: Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging (Chemistry Considerations)

The purpose of this document is to highlight the chemistry issues that FDA recommends that a manufacturer of recycled plastic consider during the manufacturer’s evaluation of a recycling process for producing material suitable for food-contact applications.

This document supersedes the December 1992 “Points to Consider for the Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging:  Chemistry Considerations” (1992 “Points to Consider”).  Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

The possibility that chemical contaminants in plastic materials intended for recycling may remain in the recycled material and could migrate into the food the material contacts is one of the major considerations for the safe use of recycled plastics for food-contact applications.

Other aspects of plastics recycling, such as microbial contamination and structural integrity of the recycled plastic, are also important, but are not discussed in this document.

Guidance for Industry: Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging (Chemistry Considerations)

-AMUT and BIFFA reiterate their successful cooperation for a greener world

Subsequent to the project accomplished by Biffa and AMUT for the Seaham  state-of-the-art recycling facility, one of the most modern and technically advanced in the world, the two players join forces again for Biffa’s new investment in its facility in Washington, Sunderland, UK. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

During the prior collaboration, AMUT provided the UK waste material management organization with a custom-engineered 4,000 kg/h PET bottle recycling line, integrated with its ‘MINI-PRF’ frontend, for their plant capable of recycling 1.3bn plastic bottles, each year. A typical example of AMUT’s sorting and washing integration process in which the customer entrusts the AMUT technology with the bale at the entrance of the plant, obtaining a flake of very high purity at the end.

Following the first successful installation, Biffa has confirmed its confidence in the Italian recycling technology provider, for their high-density polyethene (HDPE) new expansion project, to recycle 1.6bn milk bottles a year. AMUT contributed to the leading UK recycler and waste management manufacturer’s infrastructure, with its 2,000 kg/h recycling solution.

“Biffa is committed to enabling the circular economy in the UK and increasing plastic recycling is a key part of our strategy – by 2030 we hope to quadruple our currently plastic recycling capacity. Following a successful partnership with AMUT at our state-of-the-art Seaham facility we’re pleased to be working with them again at our Washington facility where we are adding a further 14,000 tonnes of capacity to recycle HDPE plastic,” said Biffa Regional Engineering and Projects Manager Martin Brass.

AMUT and BIFFA reiterate their successful cooperation for a greener world

-Driving Sustainability Through RFID Technology

A growing number of brands are helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber

For years, sustainability served as one small facet of broader business plans and goals, falling to the wayside of other initiatives like growth strategies and digital transformation. Lately, however, it has quickly become one of the most important priorities for industry leaders, executives and customers across the globe—especially coming out of such a disruptive and impactful year as 2020. The fashion industry, in particular, is one in which consumers are calling for widespread change in terms of how products are made, as well as what make up products and how they are managed. More and more brands are pledging their commitment to fulfilling these demands and are paving the way toward a more sustainable future.

The fashion industry overall accounts for around  32 million of the 57 million tons of polyester used annually, only 14 percent of which is made from recycled material. In addition, according to the  UN Environment Programme, the industry produces an estimated 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. At this pace, these numbers could surge more than 50 percent by 2030 without proper intervention.

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-OPEC, allies raise limits for 5 countries to end oil dispute

OPEC and allied nations agreed Sunday to raise the production limits imposed on five countries next year and boost their production by 2 million barrels per day by the end of this year, ending a dispute that roiled oil markets.

The disagreement, sparked by a demand by the United Arab Emirates to increase its own production, temporarily upended an earlier meeting of the cartel. In a statement Sunday, the cartel announced that Iraq, Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would see their limits rise.

“What bonds us together is way much beyond what you may imagine,” Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said. “We differ here and there but we bond.”

Prince Abdulaziz declined to elaborate on how they came to that consensus, saying it would see the cartel “lose our advantage of being mysterious and clever.” But he clearly bristled at earlier reports on the dispute between Saudi Arabia, long the heavyweight of the Vienna-based cartel, and the UAE.

Prince Abdulaziz deferred at the beginning of a news conference afterward to UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei in a sign of respect.

“The UAE is committed to this group and will always work with it and within this group to do our best to achieve the market balance and help everyone,” al-Mazrouei said. He praised the deal as a “full agreement” among all the parties.

OPEC, allies raise limits for 5 countries to end oil dispute

-Mega ethylene plant reaches performance guarantees

Technip Energies announced that the Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical Co. Ltd.’s (Bora)(1) 1,000 kta(2) ethylene plant reached performance guarantees. Technip Energies provided the proprietary technology and process design for the liquid ethylene plant in Panjin, Liaoning Province, China.

The Bora facility utilizes Technip Energies’ Ultra Selective Conversion (USC®) U-coil and Wcoil ethylene technology, which combined produce high energy efficiency and high yields, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions. It ranks in the first quartile of comparable crackers for having the lowest CO2 production per relative amount of high value chemical production.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

The plant successfully started up in the middle of 2020 to reach its designed capacity shortly after the start-up and performance guarantee were met. By passing all performance guarantees, it is meeting the feed and raw material consumption, production rate and product specifications and the specific energy consumption intended. Known as one of the larger liquid ethylene crackers in China, the plant was completed and started up in 39 months from commencement of the process design package, and produced on-spec product within 42 hours after the feed-in. The plant was accepted in June.

Mega ethylene plant reaches performance guarantees

-Recycling more packaging –potential for PE and PP

In 2020, policymakers launched, among other things, the Packaging Act, another milestone on the way to a circular economy. According to this act, all products must be designed and produced in such a way that the packaging is either reusable or recyclable after use. The goal is to create high-quality plastic products from plastic packaging waste – supposed plastic waste. But in terms of recyclability, there are major differences between the various types of plastic. Plastics that can be sorted by type, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), and polypropylene (PP), are particularly suitable.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

Types of plastic and their identification with recycling codes

Hardly any other material is more present in everyday use than plastic. Over 400 billion tons of plastic with different properties – flexible or stiff, transparent or cloudy, soft or hard – are produced worldwide every year.

In order to distinguish between the different types, there are standardized abbreviations called recycling codes. These codes provide information about the material and its proper use and recycling.

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-Collaboration Between The LYCRA Company and HeiQ Promises an Exciting Future for Textiles With a Focus on Stretch, Comfort, Freshness and Sustainability

Textile technology innovation leaders, The LYCRA Company and HeiQ, have entered into a broad-based collaboration across multiple technology and brand platforms that promises to bring more innovative, quality-enhancing and sustainable textile technologies to consumers around the world.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

Building on exploratory discussions that started in early 2019, HeiQ and The LYCRA Company have elected to leverage their shared philosophies and strengths in textile science, commercial networks, and global marketing to drive innovation platforms into broad textile markets. The companies envision consumer-branded innovations in the stretch, thermoregulation, freshness and sustainability market spaces.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of this collaboration, the culmination of conversations that began two years ago,” commented Steve Stewart, chief brand and innovation officer at The LYCRA Company. “By combining the strength of both companies, we will continue to drive meaningful innovation within the textile industry, delivering new solutions at a quicker pace to a broader audience.”

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-Durak Tekstil Aramid Threads Show Successful Performance Against High Temperature

Durak Tekstil responds to the increasing demand in the hotel and accommodation sector and in the field of protective clothing with its flame retardant aramid thread types included in its portfolio. High performance Durak Fire Safe P-Aramid® and Durak Fire Safe M-Aramid® sewing threads with 28 different colours provide confidence to textile manufacturers with successful results obtained from international fireproof tests.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

In addition to common fibres such as cotton, wool, polyester that we use in our clothing and home textile products, special fibres are also needed for more technical applications. Textile fibres can now offer successful solutions for demanding and vital jobs. Demand for aramid fibres and threads has been increasing rapidly in recent years for use in heat resistant, flame retardant textiles. According to a market research, the global aramid fibre market in 2019 reached a value of 3.6 billion dollars with an annual growth of 8.2%. Developed countries, especially the USA, are using aramid threads as a preventative solution in the fight against fires, especially in hotels and accommodation facilities. Predicting that the US aramid fibre market will reach 1.4 billion dollars by 2027 with a serious increase the research reveals the potential.

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-Ethylene prices firm up in Asia

This week, ethylene prices marched higher in Asia. The price rise was supported by high upstream naphtha values and improved regional buying sentiments.

Limited product avails and stronger downstream PE pricing trends further pushed prices higher in Asia.

On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 1000-1005/mt levels, a gain of USD (+20/mt) from last week.

CFR South East Asia prices were assessed at the USD 960-965/mt levels, a sharp week on week rise of USD (+30/mt).  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

In plant news, Yansab has undertaken an unplanned shutdown at its cracker, on July 11, 2021. The cracker is expected to remain shut for around 10-12 days. Located in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.38 million mt/year and a propylene capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

In other plant news, Lotte Chemical has shut its cracker partially on July 1, 2021 owing to a technical glitch. Further details on the duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located at Yeosu, South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene capacity of 665,000 mt/year.

Ethylene prices firm up in Asia

-Geon Expands, Diversifies Compounding Capabilities

The polymers supplier and manufacturer is making a series of investments to expand capacity, bolster innovation, and diversify its customer base.

Geon Performance Solutions announced this week that it is making significant investments in its North American capacity and innovation capabilities. The expansion is already underway at the company’s facility in Dyersburg, TN, with a new wire and cable flexible line slated for operation at full capacity by the end of this month.

The company is also converting one of its existing compounding lines in Dyersburg to PVC compounding, which is expected to be operational by year-end. These expansions represent a significant diversification of compounding capabilities, said Geon in the announcement. Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

The Dyersburg facility manages contract-tolling services for many Fortune 50 companies and polypropylene production for the automotive industry. During the pandemic, it was idled for an extended period because of its dependency on automotive production. This expansion should diversify the markets served and help to mitigate future impacts of market slowdowns, said Geon.

These two lines represent an additional 120 million pounds in capacity investment and will further strengthen the company’s PVC compounding capabilities.

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-European textile firm Nextil to open fabric plant in Guatemala in 2023

Spanish textile firm Nextil Group will open a new fabric production plant in Guatemala, a country with a long tradition in textiles. The plant, with an area of 25,000 square metres, is expected to come on stream in Q1 2023. It will be located 30 minutes away from the city of Guatemala, with easy access to Atlantic and Pacific and the Pan-American road.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

The plant’s geographical location will give Nextil Group access to the mass production market in competition with Asian suppliers, enabling it to obtain a return on items that are currently deficit, securing maximum efficiency in logistics and distribution, with preferential tariff arrangements, the company said in a media release.

With an overall investment of €40 million, the new production plant will have 350 local employees on its payroll and this number will grow as the pace of production steps up. The plant will also train Guatemala university students who wish to go into the textile sector. The Spanish group will keep welfare and social responsibility benefits on a par with production plants in the EU or US, including a health clinic, company store with credits, monthly grocery bag and a fund for loans to employees.

European textile firm Nextil to open fabric plant in Guatemala in 2023

-Agilyx Announces First Ever Recycled Monomer Food Contact Packaging on Store Shelves

Agilyx Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS (Euronext Growth (Oslo): AGLX) and a pioneer in the chemical recycling of post-use plastics, announced today that recycled styrene monomer produced in its ISCC PLUS certified chemical recycling facility in Tigard, USA, has been successfully used for the manufacture of yogurt pots which are now on shelves in Europe.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

Agilyx chemical recycling technology converts post-use polystyrene waste to its chemical building blocks, enabling new, virgin-quality plastics to be manufactured again and again. This recycled styrene monomer is now being used in the production of recycled polystyrene (rPS) for food contact applications, resulting in a global food manufacturer producing the first rPS yogurt pot in Europe.

A significant milestone for food contact packaging, the recycled styrene monomer in these new pots is made with 50 percent recycled polystyrene, demonstrating that depolymerization technology can provide the building blocks needed to create new, virgin-quality plastics, without the need for harvesting new fossil fuels.

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-Erema Group joins Chemical Recycling Europe

Erema Group is a member of the Chemical Recycling Europe association as of July 2021. The Austrian plastics recycling machine manufacturer and provider of services related to the recycling process has been committed to improving networking and intensive cooperation within the plastics industry for many years. Erema’s aim is to integrate recycling know-how into the value chain in such a way that benefits the environment, the industry, and society.  Benzene Petrochemicals Spandex

The company states that in order to achieve the European Union’s targets for plastics recycling and the use of recyclates, the technical capabilities of mechanical recycling need to be exploited to the full by expanding collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure and by further developing the technologies and end applications. For material flows where this recycling route is approaching its limits, it is important to regulate and apply additional processes. Chemical recycling presents a viable option to recycle the maximum volume of plastic waste, and is the shared interest of the companies in the association, says Erema.

Erema Group joins Chemical Recycling Europe

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Petrochemicals Naphtha Polypropylene Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,600 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 970 $/ton 970 $/ton-
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,425 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,550 yuan/ton 6,550 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,045 yuan/ton 5,135 yuan/ton +90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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710 $/ton 710 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,070 yuan/ton 5,430yuan/ton +360
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 658 $/ton 695 $/ton- +37
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 935 $/ton 922 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 916 $/ton 903 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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893 $/ton 875 $/ton -18
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,825yuan/ton
+75
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 7,050yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,300yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8.700yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,000 yuan/ton 8,100yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,150yuan/ton +50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,650yuan/ton
-150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,150 yuan/ton 14,950 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,700 yuan/ton 15,700yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,200yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,950 yuan/ton 17,950yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,550 yuan/ton 20,500yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,150 yuan/ton 19,200yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 96,000 yuan/ton 98,000yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 85,500 yuan/ton 87,000yuan/ton +1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 76,000yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton 11,000yuan/ton -400
Benzene domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton -100
Benzene overseas  market 1,025 $/ton 1,043 $/ton +18
Ethylene South 930 $/ton860 970 $/ton +40
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,053 $/ton 1,067 $/ton +14
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,800yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,700yuan/ton +200
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,800 yuan/ton 12,800yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha Polypropylene
8,250 yuan/ton 8,180 yuan/ton -70
Naphtha overseas market  682 $/ton 679 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 10,020 yuan/ton 9,680 yuan/ton -340

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-Chemical recycling subsidies harm the circular economy

According to the National Association of Plastics Recyclers and Regenerators (ASSORIMAP/CONFIMI Industria) sustainability is promoted by mechanical recycling of plastics and not by chemical recycling.

To support the development of the circular economy a strong focus on mechanical recycling of plastics is needed. We cannot agree with regulatory incentives for chemical recycling, which is a waste recovery activity that is certainly not good for the environment. In fact, these facilities would lead to unequal treatment and therefore competition between the two sectors. This is the warning issued by the National Association of Plastics Recyclers and Regenerators (ASSORIMAP/CONFIMI Industria). It is indeed necessary to pursue recycling objectives by facilitating the eco-sustainable production of goods and packaging. On the contrary, creating simplified routes for chemical recovery is anachronistic and, above all, out of step with the policies outlined by the European Union, which link sustainability to plastic recycling, identified as the true heart of the circular economy.

Chemical recycling subsidies harm the circular economy

-Ethylene prices firm up in Asia

This week, ethylene prices marched higher in Asia. The price rise was supported by high upstream naphtha values and improved regional buying sentiments.

Limited product avails and stronger downstream PE pricing trends further pushed prices higher in Asia.

On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 1000-1005/mt levels, a gain of USD (+20/mt) from last week.

CFR South East Asia prices were assessed at the USD 960-965/mt levels, a sharp week on week rise of USD (+30/mt).

In plant news, Yansab has undertaken an unplanned shutdown at its cracker, on July 11, 2021. The cracker is expected to remain shut for around 10-12 days. Located in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.38 million mt/year and a propylene capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

In other plant news, Lotte Chemical has shut its cracker partially on July 1, 2021 owing to a technical glitch. Further details on the duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located at Yeosu, South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene capacity of 665,000 mt/year.

Ethylene prices firm up in Asia

-New PE-based high-barrier food pouch designed for recyclability

Recyclability: Dow, Syntegon, Comexi, Plastchim-T & Ticinoplast collaborate

Together with a value chain team, on 15 July 2021 Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow announced the successful development of an innovative, polyethylene or PE-based, high-barrier food pouch, which is not only functional, but designed to enable recyclability in PE-streams. The pouches have been created together with Syntegon, Comexi, Ticinoplast and Plastchim-T.

The flexible pouches are made predominantly from a single material – PE. Mono-material pouches are easier to recycle than packaging structures available on the market today, which are made up of multiple materials, each performing a different function.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The solution that the team has been able to create enables customers to achieve the necessary functionality provided by those multiple materials – for example, oxygen and water vapor barrier, printability, toughness, stiffness, excellent gloss and clarity – without compromising recyclability.

The new PE-based material has the gloss, stiffness and machinability for printing by offset and EB curing on a Comexi press and for filling and sealing on a Syntegon VFFS machine. Image from short video Dow, Syntegon, Comexi et al

Pierre Hamelink, global account management and sustainability, vertical segment, at Syntegon, commented, “Syntegon is embracing the sustainability challenge towards a circular economy and therefore wants to collaborate with leading brands in the marketplace to offer the best solutions possible to its customers. It’s a big step forward: through this joint solution brands who need a recyclable packaging material with appropriate barrier performance for a range of dry goods, and who do not want to compromise on bag quality and machine speed, now have a tune-able option at hand.”

New PE-based high-barrier food pouch designed for recyclability

-Borouge links up with Jinhui and Plaspulp to expand recycled materials portfolio in Asia

Petrochemical firm Borouge says that it has tied up with Suzhou Jinhui Technology Materials Co., Ltd (Suzhou Jinhui) in China, as well as with Plaspulp Union Pte Ltd (Plaspulp Union) in Singapore, to advance its ambitions to become an end-to-end solutions provider of both virgin and recycled polyolefins.

With Plaspulp it is Borouge’s first foray into the recycling marketplace in Southeast Asia, and Borouge is expected to establish more partnerships with other recycling companies in the coming months.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Borouge says that with the access to Plaspulp Union’s mechanical recycling capabilities and products as well as by leveraging Suzhou Jinhui’s mechanical recycling capabilities, will enable it to access recyclates and further develop and commercialise new packaging applications that incorporate recyclates, drive sustainability and meet the rising market demand for circular packaging.

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-Autoneum launches eco-friendly rPET carpets

Autoneum carpet systems already meet the highest standards of sustainable mobility due to their high content of recycled fibers. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Thanks to an alternative backcoating (ABC) process, Autoneum carpets are now becoming even more environmentally friendly: By replacing the latex commonly used in standard backcoatings with thermoplastic material, the recyclability of carpets at the end of product life is further improved. In addition, the innovative manufacturing process greatly reduces water and energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions in production.

Lightweight, textile-based carpet technologies such as Di-Light or Relive-1 significantly improve the environmental performance of carpets. For example, Di-Light-based carpets consist of up to 97% recycled PET; aside from that, they are around 20% lighter than conventional needlepunch carpets, thus contributing to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from vehicles. In addition, Autoneum needlepunch carpets are now even more sustainable thanks to the innovative ABC process, which uses a thermoplastic adhesive instead of latex in the backcoating: Unlike latex, thermoplastic adhesives can be heated and melted down together with the carpet components made of pure PET at the end of the product life cycle, which facilitates recycling considerably. Furthermore, since the fibers of the thermoplastic mono-material are easier to open, carpet cut-outs can be reclaimed more easily, thereby reducing the consumption of natural resources as well as waste volumes and thus CO2 emissions. The environmental performance of Autoneum’s needlepunch carpets, which already contain a high proportion of recycled PET, is thus further improved.

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-Weaving Solution: Uster Q-Bar 2 Formation Monitoring System

What do weavers need? In a word, it’s security – for both fabric quality and profit margins. And for this double security, there’s only one solution: the Uster Q-Bar 2 formation monitoring system. It’s like having an extra operator dedicated to a single weaving machine…    Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Operators should be everywhere at the same time – checking, fixing, keeping the machines continuously running – no matter in which weaving mill, all around the globe. Operators should be as fast as world record sprinter Usain Bolt, see as good as an eagle and with the knowhow of an engineer and service technician for different kinds of weaving machines. As operators with this skill set are really rare it’s a matter of fact that most of them are stressed.

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-Renewing today’s recycling system

At Eastman, we are committed to using sustainable innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The 3R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle — aren’t working the way they should for plastic. To create a resilient, sustainable future, it’s essential that we solve the plastic waste crisis. And the current recycling practices do not adequately address plastic, a ubiquitous material in our modern world.

The good news is that the problem can be solved. With innovation in technologies and policies, and collaborations between the value chain and policymakers, plastic can become circular.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The current recycling problem

Currently, only 12 percent of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is successfully recycled, according to a McKinsey study. Understanding that plastic waste is a big source of pollution, more than 500 brands, governments and other organizations have committed to significantly increase their use of recycled materials. But traditional recycling, also called mechanical, alone can’t meet that kind of demand.

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-New ColorMatrix™ Lactra™ dairy protection additives from Avient feature low TiO₂ and inorganic content

Avient announced the launch of ColorMatrix™ Lactra™ Four, One, and Zero additives. This new product range offers low total inorganic and TiO2 content light-blocking solutions for PET dairy and dairy-alternative packaging.

Food and beverage brand owners are aware of current French tariffs and potential future tariffs that may limit TiO2 content in packaging. As a result, brand owners in the EU, Asia, and LATAM are proactively reducing TiO2 and total inorganic content in their packaging to less than 4 percent, with an eye toward an expected future reduction to less than 1 percent.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The new range of Lactra additives helps to streamline this process, as they process well at similar conditions to virgin PET. These next-generation light blocking solutions also include:

  • REACH compliance
  • EU food contact approval
  • Full light blocking (>99.8% up to 700nm) performance even in thin wall sections

To help packaging customers further their recyclability and lightweighting goals, Avient developed this technology for mono-layer PET, one of the most widely recycled packaging materials. Lactra Four, One, and Zero offer light blocking up to 99.9 percent with total inorganic content of less than 4 percent and TiO2 content between 4 and zero percent. Additional benefits include improved performance in thin wall sections, superior whiteness, and better processability with virgin PET grades and rPET.

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-This is the new issue of WMW

Our industry is facing an almost insoluble problem, pun intended: the complexity of the raw materials we’re handling. This holds especially true for plastic waste management

Even simple wrapping solutions to protect a product have developed into an elaborate melange of different laminations, coatings and additives in recent decades. And no other material on this planet is more difficult to differentiate – even for experts. Transparent wrapping can be polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or even general-purpose polystyrene (PS). But separating these plastics is key, because processing them together makes the recyclate contaminated beyond reusability.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

No wonder that, given this complexity, only 2 to 5% of flexible plastic (depending on the statistics you want to believe) is currently recycled – and even this is reverse engineered only once. While flexible plastic makes up only 35% of all plastic produced, it accounts for 50% of plastic waste, according to UN statistics. Things don’t look any better on the other side of the value chain: when you talk to professionals in the packaging industry, they will tell you that prices for food-grade, high-quality recycled plastics are significantly above those of virgin materials. “There is simply no business case for recycled materials in the packaging industry,” one CEO told me at an industry meeting a couple of weeks ago. “Yet,” he added with some optimism.

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-LyondellBasell’s licenses tech to Jiangsu Fenghai complex in China

Meanwhile in other news, LyondellBasell, the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, says that Jiangsu Fenghai High-tech Materials Co., will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol and Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) technology for its new facility.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The process technology will be used for a 400 kilotonnes/year Spheripol and 300 kilotonnes/year Hostalen ACP plant, to be built in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, P.R. China.

“We are delighted that Jiangsu Fenghai has awarded LyondellBasell these substantial licenses for their first polyolefin project,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “Jiangsu Fenghai’s technology selection will enable them to produce benchmark polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products using LyondellBasell’s Spheripol and Hostalen ACP low pressure processes. These products continue to be in high demand in China today.”

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-Expansion of filters for anti-coronavirus agents

Asahi Kasei Medical is to expand production capacity for its hydrophilic PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) hollow-fibre membranes for Planova BioEX filters at its spinning plant in Oita, Japan.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has increased the urgent demand for Planova filters which are indispensable in developing and mass-producing anti-coronavirus agents.

Asahi Kasei Medical will now double spinning production capacity at the Oita site with the capacity increase expected to commence at the beginning of 2022.

All six existing spinning plants for Planova N, including that completed in 2019 in Miyazaki, Japan, have been operating efficiently and without any disruption to meet the increasing demand worldwide.  Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen

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-Versatile sorter targets bottle-to-bottle PET recyclers

With increasing demand for bottle-to-bottle and food packaging applications, Bühler has launched what it is calling a ‘game-changing’ 4-in-1 optical sorter for PET recyclers.

The Sortex A GlowVision is a one-machine solution that includes a custom-built inspection system, double-sided cameras, and a flexible chute configuration.

Lawrence Kuhn, Bühler’s new head of segment for Plastics

“The solution can be used for simultaneous colour, polymer, foreign material and loose-label sorting,” explained Lawrence Kuhn, Bühler’s new head of segment for Plastics. “It’s the first Bühler optical sorter to feature integrated digital solutions from day one.”

The system also offers a simultaneous re-sort function, which delivers up to 40 per cent reject concentration, and is available in three to five chute models on a five-module frame.

“The Sortex A GlowVision will be of great interest to PET processors looking to reduce contamination levels on key colour and polymer defects, providing one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market today,” added Kuhn. “It deals effectively with opaque, white, and transparent coloured flakes, as well as on polymer defects including PVC, PC, PS, and PA, not to mention a superior performance on metals and significant reduction of loose labels.”

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-EcoBlue tackling plastic waste problem in Thailand with Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line

EcoBlue Ltd., Thailand’s first bottle-to-bottle recycler, has invested 25 million US Dollars to set up a new recycling facility for PET and polyolefins. A new Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line is going to be part of the expansion.

“Our aim is to turn post-consumer and post-industrial waste materials into a sustainable substitute of virgin resin”, explains Pranay Jain, founder and Managing Director of EcoBlue Ltd. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

“In anticipation of the increased commitment of organisations towards sustainability, EcoBlue has invested in setting up a new world-class recycling facility with the very best technologies for PET and polyolefins recycling. By having Starlinger as a technology partner, we will ensure that we are able to provide consistent and high-quality bottle-grade rPET to our customers.”

EcoBlue tackling plastic waste problem in Thailand with Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line

-LanzaTech and lululemon partner to create the first fabric using recycled carbon emissions

Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century

Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution. LanzaTech uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol from waste carbon sources and is working with partners India Glycols Limited (IGL) and Far Eastern New Century (FENC, TWSE: 1402) to convert ethanol to polyester.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

Recycling carbon is a fundamental element of the circular economy, which will keep fossil carbon in the ground, reducing pollution and fossil fuel usage when used to make polyester. With a lower carbon footprint, this innovation could transform lululemon’s products and the apparel industry.

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech said, “We must radically change how we source, utilize and dispose of carbon. Carbon recycling enables companies like lululemon to continue to move away from virgin fossil resources, bring circularity to their products, and achieve their climate change goals around carbon reduction. We call this being ‘CarbonSmart.’”

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-Rising oil price may speed shift to electric vehicles, says energy watchdog

IEA analysis offers hope for climate action but says inflated oil price may slow global economic recovery from Covid-19

Rising oil prices could help speed climate action by accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, but would come at the expense of the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the global energy watchdog.

The world’s demand for crude surged by an average of 3.2m barrels a day (b/d) in June compared with the previous month but the return of oil production has failed to keep pace, triggering a steady rise in market prices.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that oil prices, which climbed by two-thirds this year to highs of $77 a barrel earlier this month, could climb higher and lead to market volatility unless big oil producers pump more barrels.

“While prices at these levels could increase the pace of electrification of the transport sector and help accelerate energy transitions, they could also put a drag on the economic recovery, particularly in emerging and developing countries,” the IEA said.

Rising oil price may speed shift to electric vehicles, says energy watchdog

-Fluff Feeder Offers Higher Film-Scrap Capacity, Better Reclaim Efficiency

Feeds granulated film scrap into a stream of virgin material and delivers the mix to extruder.

Conair  has redesigned its ScrapSaver fluff feeder to reportedly make high-volume film-scrap reclaim easier by feeding granulated film fluff into a stream of virgin material and delivering the mix to an extruder. Designed for use with in-line granulation systems, the feeder features an enlarged and strengthened main hopper and top plate for greater fluff surge capacity. The unit also has a beefed-up auger to deliver higher fluff-to-virgin ratios to the extruder, an integral control panel, and mounting adapters for varied extruder feed throats from 2 to 8 in. diam.

The special twin-chamber hopper of the redesigned ScrapSaver feeder holds granulated fluff in a large main chamber and virgin material in a smaller side chamber, keeping both separate until just before they are introduced into the screw flights. To prevent fluff from bridging and keep it flowing smoothly downward, the new unit employs a longer, stronger, one-piece auger, capable of driving higher fluff refeed ratios to the extruder throat. Virgin pellets feed in by gravity on one side at the base of the auger, maintaining a smoother infeed and a steady fluff-to-virgin ratio.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

Fluff Feeder Offers Higher Film-Scrap Capacity, Better Reclaim Efficiency

-S Korea’s LG Chem to invest $8.7bn in new growth areas

LG Chem is investing won (W) 10 trillion ($8.7bn) through to 2025 in new business growth areas such as eco-friendly petrochemical products and battery materials, the South Korean producer said on ednesday.

The company will invest W3 trillion in “sustainability businesses” such as bio materials, recycling, and renewable energy materials, the company said in a statement.

LG Chem plans to start full-scale production of a “bio-balanced” superabsorbent polymer (SAP) this month with ISCC Plus certification and supply it to global customers such as those in the US and Europe, the company said.

Bio-balanced SAP is produced using a combination of bio-renewable raw materials, such as waste cooking oil, and fossil fuels.

ISCC Plus is an international certification for eco-friendly bio products.

LG Chem earlier in September 2019 said that it was reviewing the construction of a bio-SAP plant in North America after it agreed to work with US agribusiness firm Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to develop bio-based acrylic acid (AA).

AA is used in the manufacture of SAP.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

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-Brüggeman & Grafe Develop Color-Stable eOrange Masterbatches for Molded & Extruded E-Mobility Nylon Compounds

What are said to be color-stable and cost-effectively processed eOrange nylon masterbatches for molded and extruded nylon components uses in E-mobility, have been jointly developed by Germany’s additives supplier Brüggeman and compounder Grafe.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

The striking pastel orange RAL2003 is increasingly being used to identify plastic-sheathed, high-voltage, current-carrying components in E-mobility to warn of the dangers associated with this new technology. eOrange is a color masterbatch for nylons, which even after 1,000 hours’ service at 130 C/266 F, reportedly still retain their warning effect without darkening. In comparison with preformulated compounds, eOrange offers processors considerable flexibility in meeting specific requirements and at the same time optimizes material consumption.

Brüggeman & Grafe Develop Color-Stable eOrange Masterbatches for Molded & Extruded E-Mobility Nylon Compounds

-Antimicrobial treatment for knits

Textile developer Livinguard has launched a new line of knitted garments, which integrate its patented antimicrobial treatment.

It comes after the company concluded third-party tests which demonstrated that the technology can kill bacteria at a >7 log10 rate (99.99999%).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of hygiene technology in protecting the health of people across the world, and we continue to adapt our Livinguard technology to new consumer products, including shirts with permanent antiviral and bacteria-fighting properties,” said Sanjeev Swamy, Livinguard’s founder and CEO.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

Livinguard’s patented non-leaching formula captures and kills odour-causing bacteria, and has proven its efficacy in face masks applications.

The principle underlying the Livinguard Technology is the deactivation of microbes including bacteria and viruses. The technology applies a positive charge at the molecular level to textile surfaces, making them more powerful than the negative charge of microbes. Therefore, microbes are deactivated when they encounter textiles treated with Livinguard technology.

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-Oceana Canada calls out plastic industry for deflecting blame onto consumers for plastic pollution

97 percent of Canadians say it is important that the government take responsibility for reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean

During Plastic-Free July, Oceana Canada is calling on the federal government to put in place a strong ban on harmful single-use plastics that goes beyond the proposed six items.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

Ashley Wallis, plastics campaigner for Oceana Canada, says, “For more than half a century, the plastics industry has blamed individual consumers or “litter bugs” for plastic pollution, rather than investing in reuse systems or alternative plastic-free choices. Now is the time to demand that our government stand up to Big Plastic and cut this harmful pollutant off at the source. We need a strong ban on harmful single-use plastics in Canada that goes beyond the proposed six items, which represent only a fraction of one percent of the plastics we use.”

Recent Abacus Data polling commissioned by Oceana Canada reveals that 97 percent of Canadians believe that the government must take responsibility to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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-norda™ launches flagship product with DSM’s bio-based Dyneema® fiber

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today confirmed the introduction of the first seamless trail running shoe made with bio-based Dyneema® fiber by norda™, a Canadian shoe brand.

Designed for runners by runners, norda™ was founded under the mission to empower athletes to unlock their peak potential through innovation and cutting-edge technology.  PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric

The brand’s flagship product, norda™001, utilizes bio-based Dyneema® fiber to enhance performance and sustainability in a lightweight construction.

The shoe upper is seamlessly constructed with Dyneema® fabric, which benefits from the intrinsic properties of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® fiber is engineered at the molecular level to provide high strength, low weight, waterproof and breathable properties – fusing the technical performance of ultra-light materials with aesthetic design that does not sacrifice strength or durability.

norda™ launches flagship product with DSM’s bio-based Dyneema® fiber

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-Teijin starts commercial production of carbon fiber products in Vietnam

Company initially will produce carbon fiber materials for sports and outdoor activities

Teijin Limited announced today that Teijin Carbon Vietnam Co., Ltd. (TCV) in Ha Nam, Vietnam, has started operating commercially to manufacture carbon fiber products including prepreg, a fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin as an intermediate material for composites. TCV initially will produce carbon fiber materials for sports and outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, bicycle and ice hockey goods, for markets in Southeast and South Asia and Asia-Pacific. Sales will be handled by TCV as well as carbon fiber sales affiliates of Teijin operating in these markets.

TCV, Teijin’s carbon fiber business base in Vietnam, was established in May 2019 to manufacture carbon fiber products, aiming to capitalize on the expanding demand for carbon fiber while strengthening Teijin’s global business capabilities. Teijin’s sales affiliates in Singapore, Shanghai and Taipei work to identify demand opportunities as well as provide customer services in Asia. Internal collaborations between these companies and TCV will strengthen Teijin’s presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of Asia’s fast-growing markets.

Teijin starts commercial production of carbon fiber products in Vietnam

-TOMRA study highlights potential for holistic resource management to save over 2.5 billion tonnes of C02 annually

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2016 have been released by the European Commission.

The new EU climate law increases the emission reduction target from 40 percent to at least 55 percent by 2030 to meet the expectations of the November World Climate Summit in Glasgow.  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

TOMRA aims to help achieve the goals and take waste management to another level. A new study commissioned by TOMRA and conducted by EUNOMIA demonstrates the potential for an optimized waste management system regarding climate change. Overall, a reduction of 2.76 billion tonnes of CO2 per year is possible.

This reduction can be achieved using Holistic Resource Systems – the optimized combination of key waste management practices for collection, sorting and recycling to facilitate the transition toward a circular economy, which prevents resource depletion, reduces littering and contributes to a carbon neutral world.

TOMRA study highlights potential for holistic resource management to save over 2.5 billion tonnes of C02 annually

-RECOUP receives funding for plastics recycling communications research

Innovate UK grant to help fund recycling education project in Kent.

RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics Ltd.,) Peterborough, U.K., has received a grant from Innovate UK to co-fund an industry-led communications and behavior change research project in Kent that brings together Kent Resource Partnership, Veolia, Viridor, Ocado, Ecosurety, British Plastics Federation, Plastics Europe and PPS Recovery Systems. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

RECOUP’s Pledge2Recycle Plastics will connect with the 673,00 households across Kent over a 12-month period to gain citizen insights, deliver plastics recycling messages and evaluate the resulting tonnage and contamination data, the organization says.

The project will deliver and measure over time the impact recycling communications campaigns have on behavior change.

The nonprofit says it expects the insights collected will provide evidence to support future plastics recycling engagement strategies.

RECOUP receives funding for plastics recycling communications research

-Coperion: from PET flakes to granules without pre-drying

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a high-value material that is on course to take over a key function in the plastics industry’s path toward a circular economy. PET flakes can now be processed without pre-drying into pellets using Coperion ZSK twin screw extruders. Next they are condensed in the SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactor, and reprocessed back into bottles again with the quality of virgin material.

PET recyclate manufactured using this innovative process has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food-contact uses. Thanks to the highly efficient plastification within the ZSK extruder, Coperion systems for this bottle-to-bottle recycling process achieve throughput rates between 2 and 8 tons per hour, therefore recycling companies profit from very high product quality, reduced operating and logistic expenses as well as from energy cost savings up to 30% in comparison to conventional PET recycling methods. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

Bottle-to-Bottle Recycling Now Clearly More Efficient

PET plays an ever more important role in recycling, due to the large volume of packaging materials in use today. PET is a very high-value material, possessing extremely good properties for reprocessing. Its continuously expanding use in single- and reusable bottles, as well as its recovery via deposit systems, add to its value. Correspondingly, it can be lucrative for companies to focus on PET recycling.

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-POLYPLASTIC increases supplies of polymer compounds to Poland

R&P POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, has begun regular deliveries of Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E compound under the Export Fast and Furious progra, the company said.

The first batch of 10 tons was shipped in April, and in July the delivery volume was doubled and amounted to 20.5 tons. It is noted that the processing of the first batch of materials by SPE “POLYPLASTIC”, received in the spring, confirmed the high quality of the products, so the end client doubled the request. Parts of industrial equipment are produced from the Russian compound in Poland. Impact-resistant glass-filled Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E allows to manufacture products by injection molding. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

The material is distinguished by increased values of mechanical properties, resistant to the action of hydrocarbons – for example, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc., as well as mineral and synthetic oils, concentrated and weak alkalis, weak acids.

“Having established regular deliveries of Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E to Poland, we are not satisfied with what has already been achieved. Today the company is negotiating with partners to bring another material based on polyamide-6 to the Polish market, and they are moving forward quite successfully. that Russian compounds are quite competitive on the European market, “notes Pavel Kruglov, General Director of Trading House Polyplastic, an authorized commission agent of R&P POLYPLASTIC.

POLYPLASTIC increases supplies of polymer compounds to Poland

-Paper Bottle Market Driven by Sustainability

Valued at $25.2 million in 2020, the market for paper bottle packaging is forecast by a new report to expand at a CAGR of more than 6% over the next 10 years.

The standard grocery-store checkout question “plastic or paper?” is now spilling over into the bottle packaging market, according to a new report focused on an upstart format that’s gaining traction with brands: paper bottles. Brand owners’ commitment to improved sustainable practices through packaging choices is leading to increased adoption for this emerging option, according to the Paper Bottles Market, a just-published market study from Fact.MR. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

Valued at $25.2 million in 2020, the increasing use of paper bottles in food and supplements, wine and spirits, personal care products, home-care products, and other categories is forecast to expand at a steady CAGR of more than 6% over the next 10 years.

Market giants such as L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, PepsiCo, and others have collaborated with leading paper bottle manufacturers to provide them with innovative solutions in order to cut down on plastic consumption for bottle manufacturing. Such constructive collaborations have led to a surge in production and supply of paper bottles, driving global demand.

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-New resin offers increased moisture barrier resin technology

Nova Chemcial’s next-generation Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE is designed for blown-film applications. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

Nova Chemicals Corp. has introduced a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that it says offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films.

Nova’s next-generation Surpass HPs267-AB resin offers stiffness and heat resistance that enable the acceleration of the plastics circular economy by allowing packaging engineers to design more recyclable PE film structures.

Designed for blown-film applications using Nova’s Advanced Sclairtech technology, HPs267-AB delivers up to a 20 per cent increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded film structures compared to the company’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin, officials with Calgary-based Nova said.

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-PET bottle chip processing spread low, will plants massively shut down ?

PET bottle chip processing spread has been squeezed to near 600yuan/mt for a long while. Some plants begin to announce output cutback or shutdown plans.

According to CCFGroup statistics, so far, a total of 900kt/year PET resin capacity has been shut (excluding long-term shut plants previously and not fully run capacity). If future turnaround plans are implemented, like Sanfame to cut production by 30%, Wankai 250kt/year unit to turnaround mid-late Jul(though mainly producing PET fiber chip), Sinopec 150kt/year line to chop output in Jul-Aug, 900kt more output may be reduced in Q3. But since turnaround and output cut doesn’t concentrate in the same period of time, impact over industry operating rate is limited.

By then, PET bottle chip industry run may average down to slightly above 70% (80% based on designed capacity). In fact, compared with previous years, such a reduction in output is not too big. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

Judging from the raw material market this year, polyester raw material prices are still on the low side most of the time, and the duration of the recent sharp rise is not too long, during which there are downward adjustments, so the pressure from the cost side is not very large. Even if some bottle chip factories have the idea of reducing production, not many have actually put it into action.

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-VFSE: Continuous raw materials shortage affecting converters

Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe (VFSE) has expressed its concern at the continuation of force majeure declarations from European raw material suppliers.

VFSE: Continuous raw materials shortage affecting converters

The difficult situation in Europe is now also joined by similar problems in the US and other countries. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

A press statement read: ‘This situation has led to a serious shortage of raw materials that puts the production of VFSE members at risk. The difficult situation in Europe is now also joined by similar problems in the US and other countries that make import operations of raw materials very difficult.’

The plastics converting sector is yet to fully recover from the ongoing pandemic. Furthermore, since the beginning of the year, converters are also struggling with the challenge of raw material shortages and price increase.

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-Meeting the limits – reliable coloration of bioplastics

Thanks to the Colortherm-brand iron oxide pigments from LANXESS, which are proven to be almost completely free from heavy metals, the limits for biodegradable plastics can be reliably maintained, even with a high pigment content

Iron oxide pigments from LANXESS are not affecting biodegradation and compostability of bioplastics

Pigment analysis makes it easier to ensure compliance with heavy metal limits in formulations  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET

LANXESS supports masterbatch producers in the process of formulating colored biodegradable plastics by offering pigment analyses. As a result, the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit offers a unique service by providing its customers with recommendations regarding the maximum pigment concentration of iron oxide pigments of the Colortherm brand in so-called bioplastic formulations with a low heavy-metal content.

“Our Colortherm iron oxide pigments are ideally suited to the task of coloring compostable plastics. The decomposition of the polymer is not affected,” says Stefano Bartolucci, Global Market Segment Manager for Plastics at IPG. “Based on the recommended pigment dosing, masterbatch producers can instantly develop individual formulations for colored biodegradable plastics – no expensive pigment screening is required,” says Bartolucci. Thanks to the Colortherm-brand iron oxide pigments from LANXESS, which, unlike alternative products on the market, are proven to be almost completely free from heavy metals, the limits for biodegradable plastics can be reliably maintained, even with a high pigment content.

Meeting the limits – reliable coloration of bioplastics

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-India petrochemical demand may soon return to pre-pandemic levels – CPMA

India’s petrochemical demand should be able to return to pre-pandemic levels in the current fiscal year ending March 2022, an industry group executive said, citing moderate impact of the previous year’s sharp economic slowdown to the sector.

“Owing to end-market diversity and exposure to more resilient sectors, the impact of an economic recession on petrochemicals was moderate in the last one year as compared with other industries,” said Mahinder Singh, secretary general of India’s Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers’ Association (CPMA) told ICIS on Monday.

In the previous fiscal year ending March 2021, major commodity polymers – polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) – have performed well, he said.

“Demand (for PP and PE) remained at the same level as that in 2019-20,” Singh said.

“However, the demand for fibre intermediates got affected by around 20%, which has been rebounding to 2019 levels in the current financial year,” he said.

In late April and early May, at the height of the second wave of COVID-19 infections in India, run rates across most Indian polyester producers had dropped by nearly 30% to around 50%, according to media reports.

At the time, various forms of lockdowns had been in place across different states to stem the deadly contagion.

India petrochemical demand may soon return to pre-pandemic levels - CPMA

-China unveils new circular economy plan

China outlines next steps of its circular economy model within the remits of a new national five year plan to that effect.

China released its newest five-year plan (2021-2025) outlining goals for the adoption of a circular economy system on July 7PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

The National Development and Reform Council (NDRC) intends to promote green design and clean production as well as establish a recycling system that extends to Chinese society as a whole. Major objectives are the gradual phasing out of fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy sources as well as the reduction of consumption and water use per unit GDP by 13,5 and 16 percent respectively by 2025.

In the agricultural sector, China is set to promote cleaner cultivation methods for livestock and aquatic products. Waste management is also a major concern, recycling being key here-China intends to improve the recycling proportion of electronic waste as well as that of energy saving lamps.

China unveils new circular economy plan

-New Bio-Gran Technology Processing Biodegradable Plastics

The new Bio-Gran technology by CMG Granulators was designed to handle small to large quantities of biodegradable polymer effectively and dependably, reportedly preserving all physical and mechanical characteristics of the polymer itself.

According to the company, conventional granulation equipment is not able handle biodegradable production rejects adequately.

As a result, those are not reintroduced in the production process and are given away for random recycling attempts. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

The Bio-Gran technology was designed to accomplish the objective of allowing recycling and reintroduction of biodegradable production rejects at the production site, by performing adequate size reduction and consequential storage/handling/processing so not to compromise the integrity of the polymer. The reject rate, predominantly deriving by post production finishing phases of the product, can be of a few percentage points up to tens of percentage points.

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-Lightweight, Low-Cost Battery System Developed for E-Mobility Applications

A glass-fiber-reinforced epoxy SMC for the battery housing contributes to an overall 10% weight reduction without adversely affecting mechanical performance or safety.

Carmakers continue to make strides in extending the range of electric vehicles, a key factor in enticing consumers to make the switch from their gas guzzlers. This can be achieved through improved battery storage capacity and energy recovery technologies. Another means to that end is by lightweighting components and, thus, reducing the amount of energy the car consumes. That is the mission of a German consortium formed in 2019 that has developed a housing and battery concept for electric vehicles that meets all requirements for mechanical performance, manufacturability, and safety while reducing unit weight by about 10%.

Consortium members Lorenz Kunstofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, Lion Smart, Vestaro, and recent recruit Minth, a Chinese carmaker that joined this year, have developed a series-suitable battery concept in three energy configurations that, they claim, equals or surpasses batteries currently on the market in terms of energy density, safety, and cost. Proper material selection, as is often the case, was crucial to the success of the project. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

Lightweight, Low-Cost Battery System Developed for E-Mobility Applications

-Pinnacle Polymers Announces August US PP Price Increase

American Pinnacle Polymers, one of the main producers of polypropylene (PP) in the US, announced an increase in August prices for all grades of polypropylene (PP) in the US market, the company said in a letter to its customers.

Thus, an increase in PP prices in the amount of 5 cents per pound or USD110 per ton will come into effect on August 1, 2021 or under the terms of current contracts.

PP demand remains strong on the back of strong US GDP growth, mainly driven by increased demand for manufactured goods. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

On the supply side, declining supply of raw materials and some ongoing manufacturing problems are limiting the availability of PP in the market.

Earlier it was reported that Pinnacle Polymers in June raisedprices for all grades of polypropylene (PP) in the American market. Thus, an increase in PP prices of 3 cents per pound or USD66 per tonne will come into effect on June 1, 2021 or under the terms of current contracts.

Pinnacle Polymers Announces August US PP Price Increase

-Fortum’s feasibility study on chemical recycling of plastics receives funds from the Swedish Energy Agency

Fortum Recycling and Waste have been granted 6 million SEK from the Swedish Energy Agency to carry out a feasibility study on chemical recycling of plastics. The study would define the technical requirements for the pre-treatment of plastics, quality control, and the sourcing of suitable materials. The feasibility study will test and evaluate which plastic waste streams and sorting methods are suitable for cost-effectively producing a CO2-neutral recycled raw material for the plastics industry.

– Waste will increasingly become new raw materials in all sectors. Significant proportions of plastics are today difficult to recycle. With the help of chemical recycling, the goal is to increase that proportion sharply and the feasibility study we now have been granted support to from the Swedish Energy Agency aims to produce CO2-neutral raw material for Boreali’s plastics recycling refinery, says Johanna d´Annibale, Manager Strategy Portfolio & Projects Fortum Recycling & Waste.

The feasibility study’s total budget is 12 million SEK, which means that the Swedish Energy Agency finances fifty percent. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

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-Transforming the Science and Technology of Plastics Recycling

Finding solutions to the plastic waste problem will require public-private partnerships, innovation in deconstruction and upcycling technologies, and the invention of new recyclable-by-design materials. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

Plastics have revolutionized modern life, but our reliance on these inherently nondegradable materials is causing a global pollution crisis (1). Plastics manufacturing is predicted to account for 20% of global petroleum consumption in 2050, contributing substantially to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon pollution (2). Of the nearly 5 billion m.t. of plastics that have been discarded across the globe in the past decades, only 600 million m.t. have been recycled. Research and development (R&D) into new technologies is required to mitigate this problem and protect the environment from further harm.

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-IK interview: The insider perspective on plastic packaging

In the context of the ongoing debate about plastics packaging and sustainability, Elisabeth Skoda discusses recycling and recyclate goals and challenges, bioplastics, consumer behaviour and much more with Dr Isabell Schmidt, the managing director at IK, the German plastic packaging industry association.

ES: The European strategy for plastics has set a target to use 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics in the EU by 2025. This includes all plastic, not just packaging. In this context, IK has set the target to use 1 million tonnes of recyclate in plastic packaging by 2025. How far along is IK in this goal?

IS: Yes, 1 million tonnes of recyclates by 2025 is an ambitious target, starting from 400,000 tonnes in 2017. This is pretty much in line with the European Commission’s goal to use 10 million tonnes of recyclates in plastic products so it comes to approximately 22 per cent of the production volume. This year we have monitored our progress and the amount of recycled materials used has increased by 75,000 tonnes. At the same time, the use of virgin plastic material has decreased by about 2% so that’s a remarkable reversal of trends. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

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-CEFLEX calls for amendments to EU’s Packaging Directive

CEFLEX argues that the EU’s Packaging Directive needs to define ‘recyclability’ with the flexible packaging industry in mind.

CEFLEX, the organisation dedicated towards establishing a circular economy model for flexible packaging, states that the EU Commission’s Packaging Directive has room for improvement. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

Officially known as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), said piece of legislation sets the universal recycling target for packaging at 95%. This means that for material to be recycled into high quality packaging, one needs to demonstrate that 95% of the source material already derives from packaging.

But plastic, especially in the food packaging industry, is not ‘one-size-fits-all’.

Manufacturers typically approach packaging with different needs in mind, ranging from airtightness to light-proofing, properties which to achieve require an amalgamation of different plastics within one package-for a mental picture, just consider the outside and inside of a regular chocolate bar wrapper. With the PPWD as it stands, most flexible packaging, which is prone to be made of hybrid plastics, do not stand a chance of being recycled and would have to be removed from the market over a three to five year period.

CEFLEX calls for amendments to EU’s Packaging Directive

-Coveris unveils state-of-the-art-film science lab to support no waste strategy

Leading sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris has unveiled a new Film Science Lab at its Winsford films facility in Cheshire, UK. Providing state-of-the-art technology and market leading expertise, the new scientific hub will support the accelerated R&D of innovative solutions across the manufacturer’s extensive product range and global customer base.  PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Supporting the Group’s vision of NO WASTE across its operations, packaging and the products it protects, the new Film Science Lab is a forward thinking initiative that sets out to minimise waste in all three areas, as well as offsetting this through inclusion in its own materials

Located at Europe’s largest co-extrusion facility, the lab supports the development, formulation and analysis of new and improved recyclable polyethylene (PE) films for food and non-food applications. Responsible for developing the sustainable films of the future, the lab targets material reduction through the delivery of best-in-class, downgauged films alongside the development of recyclable barrier and laminate replacement films with advanced functional performance up to 9-layers.

Meeting increased demand for recycled content, driven by the 2022 legislative UK Plastics Packaging Tax requirements, the lab supports food-safe recycled content application via mechanical sources, including its own reprocessing operations and closed-loop partnerships, as well as chemical recyclate options supported by its recent ISCC+ accreditation. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy

Coveris unveils state-of-the-art-film science lab to support no waste strategy

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-Portugal’s Repsol Invests €657 Million in New PP, PE Plants

The largest industrial investment made in Portugal in the last decade, the two plants each will have capacity to produce 300,000 tons of the polymers annually.

Portugal’s petrochemicals giant Repsol has announced that it will invest €657 million ($777 million) to build two new plants for the production of 100% recyclable polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) at the Sines Industrial Complex. The largest industrial investment in Portugal in the last decade, the plants are scheduled to be operational by 2025.

The facilities employ market-leading technologies for linear PE and PP production and are the first of their kind on the Iberian peninsula, said Repsol. Each plant will have the capacity to produce 300,000 tons per year for applications aligned with energy transition in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and food industries.

Energy efficiency underpins the project, which has been designed to contribute to Repsol’s objective of being a net zero emissions company by 2050 and is aligned with the Paris Agreement. The Portuguese government considers the investment to be of national scope and has granted tax incentives worth up to €63 million ($74.5 million). Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Repsol’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan calls for a total investment of €18.3 billion ($21.6 billion) between 2021 and 2025 and includes numerous projects to evolve its industrial area, which is already highly competitive and holds a leading position in Europe, said the company.

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-Samyang produces the world’s first biodegradable corn-based plastic

Samyang has discovered a way to produce plant-based plastics. It was reported that the South Korean company developed biodegradable plastic that is strong, durable, and environmentally friendly. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

The plant-based plastic

As per The Korea Economic Daily, as environmental regulations today are being tightened by governments around the world, Samyang took the initiative to find a more sustainable way to make plastics that are important to most manufacturing companies.

The good news is that the company succeeded, and it was able to produce the material using plants. To be more specific, Samyang was able to make biodegradable plastics using corn.

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-China unveils 5-year circular economy plan for environmental goals

China plans to undertake a number of steps for improving recycling, resource utilisation, enhancing efficiency and bringing clean production in key industries including petrochemicals, by 2025 to help establish circular economy in the country.

China’s top economic planner, The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), released the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for Circular Economy Development on 7 July, outlining a blueprint for circular economy development in the country.

By 2025, a mode of recycling production will be fully implemented, green design and clean production will be widely promoted, and a resource recycling industry system will be established and a resource recycling system covering the entire society will be completed. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

By then, resource utilisation efficiency will be substantially improved, and the replacement rate of primary resources by renewable resources will be further increased, said the plan.

Under the plan, by 2025, the productivity of major resource is set to increase by about 20% compared with 2020.

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-RecyClass tests functional barriers in PP containers

RecyClass commissioned an independent laboratory to test the compatibility of vinyl alcohol (EVOH) barrier in polypropylene (PP) rigid packaging with the state-of-art recycling process.

EVOH which is combined with a polypropylene-grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH, with MAH > 0.1%) tie layer does not jeopardize the recyclability of a package, the findings demonstrated.

Testing was performed on a PP bottle consisting of 6% of EVOH with 3% of PP-grafted-MAH tie layers (by weight), as well as on a PP sheet with the same levels of the EVOH and PP-g-MAH. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

The German lab Institut für Kunststofftechnologie und -recycling (IKTR) was tasked with carrying out the analysis following the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PP containers.

The results show that concentration of up to 6% of EVOH (with respect to overall packaging weight) tied with PP grafted maleic anhydride will not have a negative impact on the PP rigids and, therefore, is fully compatible with the respective stream. Additionally, same structure with concentrations higher than 6% of EVOH were found to have limited recycling compatibility. Both conclusions are applicable to all types of PP rigid packaging, that includes not only bottles and sheets that were tested but also tubes, pots and trays.

The recycled material coming from this packaging can be used in high-end applications including bottles and sheets.

RecyClass tests functional barriers in PP containers

-Plastics live to showcase polymer manufacturing’s potential from 2022

Starting next year, a new exhibition is set to showcase the potential of advanced technologies in helping firms ramp-up their polymer-based production.

Named Plastics Live, the now-annual B2B event will be dedicated to all those who manufacture polymeric products, and co-host an ‘AMPLAS’ exhibit devoted to exploring 3D printing’s latest trends. As well as featuring workshops, conferences and exhibitions, the new conference also aims to tackle thorny issues such as plastic sustainability, when it launches in Coventry, UK, from July 5-6 2022.

“We now feel that it’s time to move forward and to put the best of the plastics sector on show,” said Scott Colman, Director of Plastics Live. “We want to properly illustrate all of the positive things that the industry is capable of, and — above all — to communicate how plastics can be a unique and indispensable benefit both for our environment and for our global society.” Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

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-For a sustainable future, it’s time to get behind the US Plastics Pact

We know changes are coming to the U.S. plastics packaging market. That’s obvious to packaging sector experts. And that’s the biggest reason for the U.S. plastics industry to support the U.S. Plastics Pact.

On June 15, the U.S. Plastics Pact unveiled its “Roadmap to 2025,” a national strategy to ensure all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The plan aligns with pledges that have been made by big brands and retailers including Coca-Cola Co., Target and Walmart. The plan is supported by nearly 100 corporations, startups, research entities, NGOs, universities, and state and local governments across the plastics packaging value chain, although it can still use some key supporters. More on that in a minute.

But if we take brand owners and retailers at their word, that this time they’re really serious about making plastics packaging a sustainable part of their business, then the plastics industry has to get on board. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

The U.S. Plastics Pact needs industry support because we can all see what’s coming. It’s a bit of an oversimplification to say that packaging trends start in Europe and move to North America a few months later. But just a bit.

In 2019, the European Parliament agreed to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers by 2021. Canada followed suit, and now it seems likely the United States is headed in the same direction.

For a sustainable future, it's time to get behind the US Plastics Pact

-Greenpeace calls for government to ban plastic bottles

Greenpeace is calling for a ban on plastic drink bottles, in response to dangerous levels of microplastics being found around Bay of Plenty moana.

Waikato University Master of Science student Anita Lewis found the particles in every sediment sample she took across the region. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Greenpeace Aotearoa said particularly high levels were found inside shellfish, including tuatua, cockles and wedge shells.

The environmental group said the government’s plan to phase out what it calls “difficult to recycle single-use plastic items” does not go far enough.

Greenpeace plastics campaigner Juressa Lee said single-use plastic drink bottles from the likes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, which are recyclable, should also be banned.

“Plastic bottles are one of the most commonly found items on our beaches.

Greenpeace calls for government to ban plastic bottles

-Paper-based bottle; enzymatically recycled plastic; sustainable alternative to Styrofoam

Unilever to launch paper-based laundry detergent bottle: Unilever is set to launch what it says is the first-ever paper-based laundry detergent bottle. A prototype for the paper bottle has been developed for leading laundry brand OMO (also known as Persil, Skip & Breeze) and is set to debut in Brazil by early 2022, with an ambition for roll-out in Europe and other countries soon after.

Bottles made of ‘transformational’ recycling technology: A consortium of global brands, including L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, in cooperation with green biotech company Carbios have carried out the successful production of the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic.  Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Paper-based bottle; enzymatically recycled plastic; sustainable alternative to Styrofoam

-Polyester prices to inch down after feedstock futures collapsed

Price of PTA and MEG futures rapidly ascended since end-Jun stimulated by rising crude oil price. Stronger cost and in expectation of recovering demand was the logic behind it, while such fast increase hit expectation. Price of PFY was pushed up after feedstock cost advanced. Taking POY as an example, price of it surged by 800-1,000yuan/mt within 2 weeks. However, price of PTA futures hit daily limit down today and that of MEG futures also plunged. Under such circumstance, overall market became quiet.  Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Price of polyester feedstock rapidly climbed up recently with increasing crude oil price and in anticipation of better demand. Actually, recent demand improvement mainly came from better speculative procurement as downstream orders only improved limitedly, mainly referring to the growth of knitted fabrics. Orders for some velvet fabrics for home textiles were placed in Nantong, and some orders for autumn and winter fabrics also appeared. Demand from warp knitting market in Changshu and Haining and circular knitting market in Xiaoshan and Shaoxing turned better. However, demand for woven fabrics remained plain during traditional off-season.

Polyester prices to inch down after feedstock futures collapsed

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,600 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 970 $/ton 970 $/ton-
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,425 yuan/ton -75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,575 yuan/ton 6,550 yuan/ton -25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,250 yuan/ton 5,045 yuan/ton -205
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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710 $/ton 710 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,145 yuan/ton 5,070yuan/ton -75
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 663 $/ton 658 $/ton- -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 922 $/ton 935 $/ton +13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 903 $/ton 916 $/ton +13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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900 $/ton 893 $/ton -7
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,580 yuan/ton 7,750yuan/ton
+170
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,900yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,200yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8.650yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,850 yuan/ton 8,000yuan/ton +150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,270 yuan/ton 7,100yuan/ton -170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,800yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,150 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,700yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,850 yuan/ton 17,950yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,450 yuan/ton 20,550yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,150 yuan/ton 19,150yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 95,500 yuan/ton 96,000yuan/ton +500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 85,000 yuan/ton 85,500yuan/ton +500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 73,500 yuan/ton 74,000yuan/ton +500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,400yuan/ton +400
Benzene domestic market 8,620 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton -120
Benzene overseas  market 1,056$/ton 1,025 $/ton -31
Ethylene South 925 $/ton860 930 $/ton +50
Ethylene NWE  market

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925 $/ton 1,053 $/ton +128
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,500yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,800 yuan/ton 12,800yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha Ethylene
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Naphtha overseas market  681 $/ton 682 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,660 yuan/ton 10,020 yuan/ton +360

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-DSM and Fibrant significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions for Akulon® PA6 with EcoLactam®

In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021. The GHG emission saved is estimated to be around 800 million kg CO2 on annual basis. This significant reduction has been achieved by implementing several technology improvements amongst which an advanced N2O abatement program in Fibrant’s Caprolactam production process.

From July onwards, Fibrant will market its Caprolactam with reduced carbon footprint under the tradename EcoLactam®.

Paul Habets, Marketing and Sales Director Fibrant: “I am proud to announce that Fibrant changes over to 100% EcoLactam®, a new generation Caprolactam with a very low carbon footprint (CFP). This has all been achieved by continuous process improvement and a clear focus on sustainability. With a new and extraordinary generation of products we will reduce our CFP by over 50% through significant N2O reduction and by applying our proprietary HPO® and Hydranone® technology, while keeping the excellent performance and quality at the same high level.”

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-Evonik to start up its new PA 12 complex in Germany in Q4 2021

Construction work on Evonik’s new polyamide (PA) 12 complex at Marl Chemical Park is virtually complete and it will be taken into operation this year, as per the company’s press release.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Construction of the new complex has been virtually completed in just under two years. The individual process units will now be taken into regular operation step-by-step. Full start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter.

The complex creates 120 new highly skilled jobs. At the same time, it increases Evonik’s production capacity for this high-performance polymer by more than 50% and gives it the world’s largest PA 12 production complex in Marl (Germany).

Evonik has invested around half a billion euros in this future-oriented project. That is the largest investment in the company’s history in Germany.

The high-performance polymer polyamide 12 is used in attractive growth markets such as 3D printing, medical technology, automotive engineering, and as substitute for steel. Evonik’s sites in Asia also offered attractive conditions for the construction of the world’s most modern PA 12 complex.

Evonik to start up its new PA 12 complex in Germany in Q4 2021

-New HDPE Resin Offers Better Moisture Barrier for Packaging Films

Resin producer Nova Chemicals boosts water-vapor transmission performance and improves food packaging recyclability.

A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films has been introduced.

From Nova Chemicals,  the new resin — named Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE — is designed for blown-film applications. Nova reports that it delivers up to 20% an increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded films vs. Nova’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Thanks to the moisture barrier improvement, packaging made from the new resin offers increased shelf life for packaged foods.

“Because of its exceptional barrier performance, this product is ideal for meat and cheese, baking staples, cereals and crackers, pet food, and high fat-content products,” Eric Vignola, Food Packaging Market Manager, tells PlasticsToday.

The resin also provides a more recyclable option for converters that supply packaging to food companies. Converters can use HPs267-AB HDPE to replace nonrecyclable metallized or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) laminate layers without sacrificing a film’s stiffness and while assuring maximum heNew HDPE Resin Offers Better Moisture Barrier for Packaging Films

-L’Oréal pushes on with sustainable packaging goals using ‘disruptive’ enzymatic technology

Beauty giant will implement technology first for one of its brands in the Luxury Products division

L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty brand, is paving the way for other cosmetics giants to up their environmental credentials with a new recycled cosmetics bottle made using enzymatic technology.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

Developed by biotech solutions provider Carbios, the new bottles will first be adopted by the company’s Luxury Products brand Biotherm.

While still a few years away from entering production, with a launch date of 2025, the technology is compatible with all types of PET plastics including clear, coloured, opaque and multilayer materials, making them infinitely recyclable.

L’Oréal first joined forces with the fellow French firm in 2017 to co-found a consortium that brought Carbios’ biotech capabilities to the beauty market on an industrial scale.

Since then, the centenarian beauty business is said to have been working with the team to develop the PET-derived enzymatic recycling technology.

“This is a promising innovation for the years to come that demonstrates our commitment to bring to market more environmentally friendly packaging and which is part of a circularity initiative begun more than 15 years ago,” said Jacques Playe, L’Oréal’s Packaging and Development Director.

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-Eni signs deal for hydrogen production in Egypt as part of its transition into renewables

Eni, state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a deal to asses the feasibility of producing hydrogen in Egypt, reported Reuters with reference to the Italian energy group’s statement on Thursday.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

The move is part of Eni’s major overhaul launched last year to transition into renewables and taper off its oil and gas output.

This agreement builds on Eni’s target of eliminating Scopes 1, 2 and 3 net emissions by 2050, cancelling out relative emission intensity and referring to the entire life cycle of energy products sold. The projects also fits with Egypt’s national strategy for energy transition, diversifying energy mix and developing hydrogen projects in cooperation with major international companies.

The groups will conduct a study into joint projects to produce both green hydrogen, using electricity generated from renewables, and blue hydrogen, through the storage of carbon dioxide. The review will also analyse potential local consumption of hydrogen and opportunities for exports.

Eni signs deal for hydrogen production in Egypt as part of its transition into renewables

-EU labelling laws a real disadvantage to natural fibres

A pending European Union labelling legislation which intends to provide information on a product’s environmental credentials will significantly disadvantage all natural fibres, including wool, if released in its current state.

And according to newly elected Australian Wool Innovation chair Jock Laurie, the proposed labelling laws are a critical threat to Australia’s wool industry

“We need to make sure we are all on a level playing field, particularly at a time when you have everyone talking about environmental issues and sustainability,” Mr Laurie said.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

“A sustainable fibre like wool struggling because of labelling laws to compete with synthetics……that’s quite extraordinary.

“If it plays through in Europe, that model could be utilised by any of the other major wool destined markets around the world.”

EU labelling laws a real disadvantage to natural fibres

-CPL and nylon 6 price almost same high, how do polymer makers survive?

In the past three week, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip market have been rising continuously, but CPL price increase was apparently faster than its downstream polymer. By July 5, CPL RMB spot stood up to the platform 15,000yuan/mt (6 months payment), a highest rate in the past 32 months (the last highest price in CPL RMB spot was seen on November 16, 2018, at 15,000yuan/mt). This rate was almost same high with nylon 6 conventional spinning (CS) chip spot (15,200yuan/mt, T/T cash). To consider the price spread between the different payment (around 250yuan/mt), CPL RMB spot and nylon 6 CS chip spot price spread was around 450yuan/mt, which was apparently lower than the mainstream break-even line from CPL to PA6 CS chip, 850yuan/mt.

The firmness in CPL market came mainly from the strong performance of benzene and tightening CPL supply.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

First, despite the seemingly high price, CPL makers were not in lucrative profit, as it was just chasing up benzene. CPL-benzene price spread had dropped to a lowest point in early June, when CPL plants were under deficits already, and the profit was only recovered by the end of June when the price hike in CPL surpassed its feedstock.

Second, intensive turnarounds had injected much force to CPL plants. Since mid-June, 2021, increasing number of CPL plants had cut or shut production for turnarounds, as CPL plants operating rate was falling from 92% on June 11 to 59% by July 5, down 33 percentage points in just 24 days. The supply was already tight since end-June, and situation became more extreme in July. It provided a solid base for CPL suppliers to raise offers.

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-Converting non-recyclable contaminated plastics into new resources

A European project aimed at increasing the recycling rates of plastics waste containing hazardous substances promises to change the way waste from the automotive, construction, electrical and electronic industries is handled and disposed of at the end of life. Currently, this waste is landfilled or incinerated under controlled conditions, to contain the hazardous additives it contains.

The NONTOX project is exploring technologies that will make it possible to produce safe, high quality secondary plastic materials from this waste stream. These include both recycling processes and routes to optimise the overall process economics via integration.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

The project is being implemented within the context of Europe’s ambitions to transition to a circular economy for plastics, as set down in the EU Plastic Strategy adopted in 2018.

The project is being coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Other members of the multidisciplinary consortium including internationally renowned RTOs, universities, key industrial partners and recyclers as well as product design experts.are AIMPLAS, Fraunhofer, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Treee, Fundación IMDEA Energía, Stena Recycling International AB, Galea Polymers, ECODOM – Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e Riciclaggio Elettrodomestici, Norner Research AS, Aalto University and Coolrec.

The project partners are focussing on the recovery of plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment, end-of-life vehicles, and construction and demolition waste, all of which contain hazardous additives and undesirable compounds such as flame retardants, stabilisers and filler materials. The project is yielding important additional knowledge about and experience with the pre-treatment and sorting of plastic waste containing hazardous substances.

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-Dutch recycler doubles capacity

Dutch converter Cedo is to more than double its recycling capacity for flexible films by 2024 as it seeks to advance its circular economy credentials.

“We hope that this move will stronghold our position as the biggest recycler of flexible plastics films in Europe,” said chief executive Rik De Vos. “The second stage of the expansion project has now been approved by our shareholder, Straco, with negotiations well under way with technology providers and architects.”

In Europe it is estimated that only one third of PE flexible film waste is sent for recycling. Increasing the recycling capacity, together with establishment of well-functioning extended producer responsibility schemes, would help reap the benefits and opportunities of this market, claims Cedo. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

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-PET shrink label products meet recyclability guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has recognized three shrink label innovations for their compatibility with PET recycling processes.

In recent months, APR awarded critical guidance letters acknowledging that Siegwerk’s washable inks, CCL Label’s floating polyolefin label, and Garware Polyester’s crystallizable co-polyester film with washable inks meet the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide

All three technologies are designed for shrink sleeve labels applied to PET bottles.

PET shrink label products meet recyclability guidelines

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-What is the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive?

We are in the middle of a plastics crisis, and action is required to curb the damage our handling of this resource is having on our environment. In Europe alone, more than 25 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year, yet less than 30 percent of such waste is collected or recycled, and 85 percent of marine pollution is said to be plastic waste. Plastic waste exports to Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia from EU countries continued at high levels in 2020.

The 2018 EU Plastics Strategy outlined the need for a legislative proposal on single-use plastics, to target reductions in plastic leakage to reduce its impact on the environment and on human health. The European Union focused on the 10 most commonly found plastic items littered in European coastal areas. After evaluating the potential pathways towards reduction, the EU passed in 2019 what has become known as the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD). Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

What is the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive?

-ZenRobotics to retrofit Masotina’s plastics sorting facilities with AI-powered robotic sorting station

Masotina has partnered with ZenRobotics to retrofit their plastics sorting facility (PRF) with an AI-powered robotic sorting station for the recovery of clear PET at a high purity rate.

The Masotina plant in Milan, Italy, is a household waste plastic recovery and sorting facility with a total capacity of 355,000 tons per year. The facility has been retrofitted in recent years to include sophisticated recycling automation technologies to separate out recyclable waste plastics. Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Masotina’s facility is one of the largest material recovery facilities (MRF) in Europe that receives, sorts, separates and prepares recyclable household waste plastics. By partnering with ZenRobotics, Masotina expands its technology leadership to include AI-based waste sorting robotics at its flagship facility.

The facility separates household waste plastics coming mostly from municipal collection. Plastic waste is first sorted from other valuable recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, aluminum, tinfoil, polylaminates and inert. It is then separated by polymer and colour to maximize the recycle-reuse value of plastic.

ZenRobotics to retrofit Masotina's plastics sorting facilities with AI-powered robotic sorting station

-Coca-Cola to manufacture 100pc rPET bottles in UK

Global beverage company Coca-Cola will use 100pc recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to manufacture all plastic bottles of 500ml or less from September 2021 in the UK.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The company estimates the move — which will affect all Coca-Cola beverages and other brands in its portfolio such as Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper — will reduce virgin plastic use by 29,000 t/yr.

The need for more sustainable solutions has been rising in recent years. More companies have been stepping up plastics sustainability efforts given increasing environmental pressure to reduce plastic waste. Coca-Cola recently signed the Anzpac Plastics Pact that aims to eliminate plastic waste in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands by 2025.

Global beverage company Coca-Cola will use 100pc recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to manufacture all plastic bottles of 500ml or less from September 2021 in the UK.

The company estimates the move — which will affect all Coca-Cola beverages and other brands in its portfolio such as Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper — will reduce virgin plastic use by 29,000 t/yr.

The need for more sustainable solutions has been rising in recent years. More companies have been stepping up plastics sustainability efforts given increasing environmental pressure to reduce plastic waste. Coca-Cola recently signed the Anzpac Plastics Pact that aims to eliminate plastic waste in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands by 2025.

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-Transforming challenges into new opportunities: Sidel installs a complete water line for Durrat AI Khaleej in Iraq

As one of the leading bottled water producers in Iraq, Durrat Al Khaleej aims to provide the best experience to consumers. Sidel’s packaging solutions successfully fulfilled its goal by delivering a complete water line with a lightweighted and simultaneously stable PET bottle design, weighing only 10.5 grams for the 500 ml bottle format, at a time of very high travel restrictions in Iraq.

Durrat Al Khaleej, established in 2007, has become familiar to consumers as a symbol of good-quality water in Iraq. Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The company is adapting advanced production technology not only to adhere to national and international regulations and standards, but also to stay at the forefront of innovation and sustainability. Ensuring the highest levels of quality and safety throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to the point of consumption, Durrat Al Khaleej has a laboratory that systematically checks the water produced to ensure it meets stringent standards to achieve its ambition for progress and development in Iraq.

Lightweight and stable PET bottle design and cost-effective line solution

To optimise bottle design as well as line performance, Durrat Al Khaleej chose Sidel for its expertise in packaging solutions. The collaboration between Sidel and the customer was crucial to develop a new PET bottle design and to manage the installation and commissioning of the equipment, as the site for the line was a greenfield project. After the meeting in Dubai, Sidel’s packaging experts met the customer’s expectations by proposing the lightweight solution, while also incorporating the original premium look. The lightweight PET bottle in the 500 ml bottle format, weighing only 10.5 grams, has high stability and has proved to be very successful on the market. In light of its sustainability and low total cost of ownership (TCO), Sidel’s complete water line has become the perfect solution, with a speed of 24,000 bottles per hour (bph) for 500 ml. It has not only helped the customer save water on bottle cleaning, but also no air conveyer is needed.

Transforming challenges into new opportunities: Sidel installs a complete water line for Durrat AI Khaleej in Iraq

-The EU’s new directive on single-use plastics could stifle innovation

There has been plenty of discussion about how legislation – or lack thereof – can hinder the emergence and widespread use of solutions that can solve some of the most difficult challenges of our times. With enough resources, technology and innovation can be developed fast, but legislation often falls behind and it can take years for lawmakers to catch up. Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

By this July 3, the member states of the EU should have implemented the new Directive on Single-Use Plastics that bans nine plastic products, such as single-use straws and cutlery, often found littering the beaches of Europe. The aim is certainly noble: to prevent and reduce the impact of these plastic products on the environment and on human health.

The directive is also meant to serve as a step towards a circular economy with innovative and sustainable business models, products and materials – all geared towards more efficient use of our planet’s limited resources, so that we can protect and maintain our world for future generations.

Sadly, due to the way the Directive defines plastics, it can prove to be a difficult obstacle to innovative, sustainable solutions aimed at saving the world from plastic waste.

The directive defines all synthetic polymers (e.g. fossil-based polymers) and all chemically modified natural polymers as plastics, so that this definition now also includes bio-based biodegradable and compostable plastics products – even though many of those products could help us fight plastic pollution by offering effective solutions.

The EU’s new directive on single-use plastics could stifle innovation

-‘Interest and opportunity’ for an automotive circular economy

ACC has met with more than 30 congressional offices and is “advocating strongly … for R&D and federal funding that is going to help enable sustainable automotive solutions,” Gina Oliver said, adding that it is seeing broad support from Congress.

Automotive suppliers can reach out to their members of Congress and research and development groups to engage on sustainability goals as the industry moves toward a circular economy.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

“With the infrastructure package … and the goals of the [Joe Biden] presidential administration in this space, there’s a lot of interest and opportunity in automotive, I think more than ever,” Gina Oliver, senior director of the American Chemistry Council’s automotive plastics division, said during Plastics News’ Plastics in Automotive virtual conference on May 27.

ACC has met with more than 30 congressional offices and is “advocating strongly … for R&D and federal funding that is going to help enable sustainable automotive solutions,” Oliver said, adding that it is seeing broad support from Congress.

“They’re really interested in knowing what we’re doing in this space and how they can help us,” she said. “They want the low carbon future to be more circular. … They’re very eager, on both sides of the aisle … [in] supporting solutions that are sustainable,” like nationwide charging infrastructure, pushing the industry toward electric battery manufacturing.

While ACC can help suppliers find direction in where to look for collaborations and R&D funding for circularity efforts, it also encourages suppliers to reach out to other groups and start conversations.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s REMADE program has provided about $43 million for U.S. manufacturers to increase the recovery, reuse and remaking of manufacturing of plastics and other materials.

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-TOMRA study – Holistic resource systems could save 2.76 billion tonnes of CO2

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2016 have been concretised by the European Commission: The new EU climate law increases the emission reduction target from 40% to at least 55% by 2030 to meet the expectations of the November World Climate Summit in Glasgow. As an innovation leader, TOMRA aims to help achieve the goals and take waste management to another level. A new study commissioned by TOMRA and conducted by EUNOMIA demonstrates the potential for an optimized waste management system as regards to climate change. Overall, a reduction of 2.76 billion tonnes of CO2/year is possible.

This reduction can be achieved using Holistic Resource Systems – the optimized combination of key waste management practices for collection, sorting and recycling to facilitate the transition toward a circular economy, which is preventing resource depletion, reducing littering and contributing to a carbon neutral world.

Holistic resource systems are an ideal combination of political framework regulations, such as extended producer responsibility, deposit return schemes, and technical processes for waste handling. London-based consultancy for sustainability Eunomia, has examined various models to identify the most efficient, cost-effective scenario for a holistic system.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

TOMRA study – Holistic resource systems could save 2.76 billion tonnes of CO2

-Chemical Recycling: Can University Labs Succeed Where Privately Held Startups Continue to Struggle?

Many good technologies come out of university labs, but it’s questionable that research into chemical recycling, which has been ongoing in the private sector for up to three decades, will bear fruit.

Since the start of the year, I’ve gotten several announcements from various universities about advances in new technology. An article that was published in PlasticsToday on Feb. 10 reported on a development at the Chirik Lab at Princeton University. Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, called the newly discovered recycling process “the most important thing ever to come out of my lab.”  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Other universities are also working on chemical recycling technologies to help solve the problem of difficult-to-recycle plastics, including the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with Case Western Reserve.

In March, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded UMass Lowell researchers $1.8 million to develop recyclable plastics and manufacturing technologies to help the country reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve environmental sustainability. The grant is funded through the REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership created by the DOE to help the United States move toward a circular economy. The UMass Lowell project will seek ways to improve the recycling of plastics from industrial and consumer goods that typically end up in landfills.

Industry partners working with UMass Lowell on the project include SER North America LLC, a material supplier that focuses on sustainable plastics, along with iMLFUX Inc., a Procter & Gamble company that develops injection molding innovations in support of sustainable manufacturing. The collaboration will provide UMass Lowell engineering students opportunities to work closely with engineers at the partner companies.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

On April 21, Science Daily ran an article about research at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Massachusetts Amherst, funded by the US Army Research Laboratory, that involves embedding polyester-eating enzymes in plastic as it’s made, a process that promises to eliminate microplastics.

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-SK Global Chemical to acquire 10 percent equity stake in loop industries, companies announce strategic partnership to bring sustainable and circular plastics to asian market

Memorandum of Understanding outlining terms of Joint Venture to build Infinite Loop™ facilities in Asia  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Equity investment of $56.5 million will be used by Loop towards funding its planned Canadian Infinite Loop™ facility in Bécancour, Québec

SK global chemical to become second largest shareholder

Loop Industries to hold corporate update call at 11:30am Eastern Time today

Loop Industries ) (“Loop” or “The Company”), a leading innovator in clean technology whose mission is o accelerate a sustainable plastics economy, today announced that it intends to form a strategic partnership with SK global chemical Co. Ltd. (“SKGC”), a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, one of Asia’s largest conglomerates, to accelerate the commercialization of Loop’s sustainable polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing technology throughout Asia.

Loop’s patented technology allows for waste PET plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into virgin-quality PET using low heat and no added pressure. This low energy process allows Loop to eliminate contaminants, such as dyes, additives, and other impurities, preventing otherwise unrecyclable materials like colored and contaminated plastics or textiles from ending up in landfills and natural areas.

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-Dolphyn hydrogen project accelerates to next phase

The ERM Deepwater Offshore Local Production of Hydrogen (Dolphyn) project is progressing to its next phase of development, supporting up to 100-300MW of offshore-wind-powered electrolysis within the 2020s, project developers ERM confirmed to ICIS on 2 July.  Hydrogen Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The ERM Dolphyn project aims to produce hydrogen from floating offshore wind, using electrolysers located on the turbine platforms, therefore avoiding power connections and transporting hydrogen molecules to shore.

Over the last 12 months ERM has been developing the design of a 2MW Dolphyn prototype unit. However, the project is now accelerating as a result of sufficient de-risking, with ERM now moving to develop a 10MW commercial demonstrator project offshore of Aberdeen, Scotland, ERM told ICIS.

“We are wrapping up PRE-FEED [front-end engineering design] on that [the 10MW demonstrator] at the moment and hope to move to FEED in September 2021, completing this in autumn 2022 when a final investment decision on this 10MW project will be made,” ERM said.

Initially the project’s 2MW prototype unit was expected to move into operation by 2024 with the planned 10MW unit installed by 2027.

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-Japanese firm Mitsubishi licenses bio polyester patent to Kuraray

Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) has signed a licensing agreement with Japanese manufacturer of chemicals and fibres Kuraray for the related patent including MCC-owned basic patent on a biomass-based polyester. The products covered under the agreement include polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which uses renewable biomass resources.

PET has a variety of industrial applications including the manufacture of fibres. In contrast to conventional, petroleum-derived products, this biomass-based polyester can be expected to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, MCC and Kuraray said in a joint statement.

The patent owned by MCC is a substance patent for a biomass-based, high-quality polyester and is the basic patent required for business operations engaged in the manufacture or sale of this material. MCC has registered the patent in Japan, US, EU and China.

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-Reducing Plastic Waste Will Require Fundamental Change in Culture

Plastic waste is considered one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. IASS researchers surveyed consumers in Germany about their use of plastic packaging. Their research reveals that fundamental changes in infrastructures and lifestyles, as well as cultural and economic transformation processes, are needed to make zero-waste shopping the norm.

96 percent of the German population consider it important to reduce packaging waste. Nevertheless, the private end consumption of packaging in Germany has increased continuously since 2009. At 3.2 million tons in 2018, the amount of plastic packaging waste generated by end consumers in Germany has more than doubled since 1997. At 228 kilograms per capita, packaging consumption in Germany was significantly higher than the European average of 174 kilos per capita.

“Recycling only treats the symptoms of the plastic crisis and does not address the root cause, waste generation itself. We wanted to learn more about the barriers that prevent individuals in Germany from reducing their everyday consumption of plastic packaging for food and beverages. For our research project, a total of 40 participants contributed to discussions in four focus groups,” explains Jasmin Wiefek, lead author of the study. In their analysis of the discussions, the researchers identified twelve barriers to reducing plastic packaging consumption:

Habits: The focus group participants mainly shop at supermarkets or discounters rather than markets or zero-waste shops. The discussion also revealed that most participants do not take their own bags or containers when they go grocery shopping. Processed and packaged foods are popular.

Lack of knowledge: The researchers observed that participants were often uncertain which types of packaging are more sustainable than others.

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-UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe joins three other leading PET value chain trade associations to call on the European Commission to speed up the authorisation recycling processes for PET food contact applications

Leading PET value chain Trade Associations, namely Committee of PET Manufacturers Europe (CPME), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), PETCORE Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, recently addressed Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans expressing concerns for the slow procedure on the authorisation of recycling processes for PET in food contact applications.

Regulation 282/2008 requires these authorizations, provided a positive evaluation was first issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). To date, at least 150 recycling processes for food-grade PET have already received EFSA positive opinions but are long awaiting the European Commission’s approval.

Considering the upcoming mandatory targets for recycled content in PET beverage bottles, under the Single Use Plastics and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directives, the current delays in authorizations represent a serious bottleneck for the industry. This would impede the EU Green Deal ambitions, and thereby delay the shift from a policy proposal to a real Circular Economy for plastics.

Presently, more than 600,000 tonnes of installed capacity remain idle, which puts 35 European recycling plants in a perilous financial situation. Moreover, the Commission’s vision on the circularity of plastics and the pledged target of 10 Mt of recycled plastics to be used annually in final products in the EU is put in jeopardy with this delay. The food contact PET industry, a major contributor to the pledge, must be supported by a fully functional regulatory environment that provides legal certainty and fosters investments.

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe joins three other leading PET value chain trade associations to call on the European Commission to speed up the authorisation recycling processes for PET food contact applications

-Turkish Textile Company Elif Iplik Selects BRÜCKNER Stenter In Machine Comparison

The Turkish textile company Elif Iplik was founded in 1999. In the beginning, the focus was on the yarn production and the trade of textile raw material, later they added their own knitting mill. The Elif Iplik Group has continued to grow and develop and is now one of the pioneers of the Turkish textile industry.

In 2017, the company expanded by building its own dyeing and finishing facility. With daily production of about 40 tons of fabric required investment in many new machines from the start up. The German textile machinery manufacturer BRÜCKNER was in strong competition with local manufacturers from the very beginning. Due to the considerable investment volume, Elif Iplik decided for only two stenters by BRÜCKNER and for two further stenters by a local manufacturer.

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-Europe polyolefins prices to remain ‘very healthy’ despite predicted falls – Borealis CEO

Record high prices for polyolefins in Europe year to date are likely to start decreasing, following the lead of Asia, but they will remain “very healthy” for producers’ margins, according to the CEO at Austrian polyolefins and fertilizers major Borealis.

Thomas Gangl added that the divestment of the fertilizers division, which make up 20% of Borealis’ sales, is ongoing, hinting that conversations with potential buyers are happening.

The new CEO was appointed in April after the Austrian energy and petrochemicals major OMV upped its stake in Borealis to 75%, with the remaining 25% still owned by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investment fund Mubadala. Gangl’spredecessor, Alfred Stern, was appointed OMV’s CEO in June.

The interview took place on 1 July after Borealis announced it had acquired a 10% stake in Belgium recycler Renasci; financial details were not disclosed.

Gangl said, however, the further announcements in this sphere will be made in due course to show how Borealis plans to achieve its target of producing 350,000 tonnes/year of recycled polyolefins by 2025, more than tripling its current output.

PETCHEMS MARGINS PARTY OVER?

Not quite. Manufacturing PMI indices for June in both the eurozone and the UK showed again multi-year highs, and optimistic sentiment on the back of healthy order books is also propping up industrial employment.

The whole economic picture, however, would need to consider the dominant services sectors, which make up around 80-85% of the European economy. Many of these are consumer-facing and have been battered by restrictions to mobility to contain the pandemic.

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-BEWI invests in advanced recycling technology

BEWI, a leading provider of packaging, components, and insulation solutions, has invested in Polystyvert Inc., for development and commercialisation of dissolution technology for recycling of expanded polystyrene (EPS).

Polystyvert Inc. is an innovative company focusing on circular economy for styrenic plastics through a dissolution recycling process. The company is based in Montreal in Canada, where it has a demo-site at which proof of concept studies for the technology has been successfully completed. Now, the company is planning to set up a full-scale project, also in Montreal.

The dissolution technology allows for more contaminated feedstock to be used in the recycling process, compared to the more traditional mechanical recycling used by BEWI today. The technology could therefore be complementary to the current, resulting in increased volumes of recycled materials.

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-Swimwear brands attracted to Hyosung’s fibre solutions

Sustainable and performance solutions provide inspiration for new opportunities.

With the future of our planet top of mind, consumers are increasingly more eco-conscious, and swim brands are taking notice, and action, by adding more sustainable options to their swimwear collections.

Two sustainable fibre solutions swimwear brands have recently adopted Hyosung’s 100% recycled Mipan regen nylon and regen polyester made from reclaimed waste. Both fibres are recognized and certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) of the Control Union in the Netherlands for their energy saving benefits, which include saving valuable resources from being removed from the earth.

We are experiencing tremendous interest in our 100% recycled, GRS-certified Mipan regen nylon and regen polyester

O’Neill swimwear recently developed a line of women’s swimwear made with Hyosung’s Mipan regen nylon as part of its new O’Neill Blue sustainable collection, honouring its founder, Jack O’Neill’s, commitment to protect our oceans.

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-Tondgooyan Petrochem Company to Raise Output

The production of different grades of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products at Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in Khuzestan Province exceeded 106,000 tons in the third month of the current Iranian year (May 22-June 21), bringing the cumulative production of the first three months of the year to 290,000 tons.

The raise in production is the result of the development programs at the company, which are aimed at diversifying the products and setting a new record in the company’s output, the Oil Ministry’s news agency Shana reported.

With the completion of several projects, the company set an annual record of 1.1 million tons of products in the last fiscal year (March 2020-21), which was unprecedented in the company’s history.

Tondgouyan Petrochem Company to Raise Output

-Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins Cyclyx as Founding Member

International, a consortium-based feedstock management company with a mission to help increase the recycling rates of post-use plastic from 10% to 90%, announced today that Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has joined Cyclyx as a founding member.

CPChem is a leading chemical company and at the forefront of cultivating a circular economy for plastics. The company has announced plans for an annual production volume of 1 billion pounds of its ISCC PLUS certified Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene by 2030.

CPChem will actively contribute to Cyclyx’s ongoing efforts to build and enhance its programs by having Dr. Ron Abbott, CPChem’s sustainability technology manager, serve on the Cyclyx executive advisory board.

“I am impressed with the approach Cyclyx has initiated to increase recycling rates of plastic, and I look forward to collaborating with this expert executive advisory board,” said Abbott. “CPChem is working to create sustainable solutions, and we believe joining Cyclyx as a founding member will expand our capacity to produce and deliver certified circular products for years to come.”

As a founding member of the consortium, CPChem joins a growing list of of companies helping to foster a more sustainable future for plastics. Cyclyx provides third-party audited, circular, end-of-life pathways for post-use plastic throughout the value-chain and combines technical expertise with leading-edge technology and data analytics to help to increase plastic recycling rates. Members of Cyclyx enjoy access to innovative tools like chemical characterization of plastics and predictive modelling of feedstock sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized supply chains, which are designed to elevate a more circular economy for plastics.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins Cyclyx as Founding Member

-Could Iran Raise Its Oil Production To 6 Million Bpd?

The unsuccessful attempts by OPEC+ to reach a deal on output cuts increase the risk of creating a supply squeeze in an already tight market , which could potentially send oil prices sharply higher. Consumers are beginning to keenly feel the effects of higher oil prices, with 4th of July gasoline prices in the U.S. set to be  the highest for the holiday weekend in seven years while prices are forecast to rise even higher later in the summer.

The latest OPEC+ spat has shifted focus from yet another oil price wildcard: Iran official return to the oil markets.

After a three-year layoff, Iran could be poised to officially rejoin the ranks of oil exporters–maybe as early as 2021–if Tehran and Washington are able to strike a new nuclear deal and Iran returns to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

How much could a new nuclear deal boost Iran’s oil production? More importantly, will investors start flocking to a post-sanctions Iran?

After all, Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh is on record saying that his biggest dream has always been to increase Iran’s oil output to six million barrels per day; earn $2 trillion through oil exports over the next two decades and use the income to invest in the country’s development.

Could Iran Raise Its Oil Production To 6 Million Bpd?

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-Manufacturer Of Recycled Material Econyl Launches Online Fashion Store

Aquafil, the synthetic fabric manufacturer behind regenerated nylon fabric Econyl, has launched a consumer-facing e-commerce shop on its website.

The online marketplace stocks womenswear, menswear, swimwear and accessories from 15 brands who make products using Econyl. More brands are expected to join the site in the coming months.

The Italian company said it has created the store to respond to market trends of sustainability and online sales. “2020 was a very peculiar year but, because of it, we had time to slow down and think about what Aquafil’s future looks like. After a lot of brainstorming, we came to the idea that we needed to step out of our comfort zone and move forward in our supply chain to reach the end consumer. Hence, we came up with the idea to transform our site into a digital market, to give consumers the opportunity to find products made in Econyl offered by brands that share our values and our commitment to a better world. It is a long-term project which we strongly believe in but we are also aware that we have a lot to learn when navigating the B2C world,” a spokesperson said.

Econyl is made from recycled waste, including fishing nets, carpet and industrial plastics, and is regenerable an infinite number of times. It has become a popular new fabric in recent years as brands switch to more environmentally-friendly fabrics. It has been used by Burberry, Prada, Adidas and Speedo, though these brands are not currently available on the new shop.

Manufacturer Of Recycled Material Econyl Launches Online Fashion Store

-Thailand’s IVL to build PET recycling plant in Indonesia

Indorama Ventures Ltd (IVL) is building a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle recycling plant at Karawang in west Java, Indonesia, the Thailand-listed producer said on Tuesday.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The facility is expected to start up in 2023 and will recycle 1.92bn PET plastic bottles annually in support of the Indonesian government’s plan to reduce ocean debris, the company said in a statement.

Investment details in the new recycling plant were not disclosed.

The recycling plant will provide the washed and shredded post-consumer bottles as PET flake feedstock to produce recycled resin suitable for food applications, IVL said.

Indonesia is aiming to reduce 70% of its 2017 plastic debris by the end 2025.

PET plastic, commonly used in bottles, is 100% recyclable and the most collected and recycled plastic packaging in the world, IVL said.

“Giving waste an economic value as feedstock for new bottles, also drives improvements in waste collection systems,” said D K Agarwal, CEO of IVL’s combined PET, integrated oxides and derivatives (IOD) and fibres business.

As announced in 2019, IVL aims to recycle a minimum of 750,000 tonnes of PET globally by 2025, with a planned investment of up to $1.5bn.

Thailand's IVL to build PET recycling plant in Indonesia

-VSF: rising price like an arrow on the bowstring

VSF companies at the beginning of this year were complacent and ready to regain lost ground by pushing up prices significantly. VSF price in the first two months rose by around 4,000yuan/mt, with the higher hitting 16,000yuan/mt. However, further spread of the COVID-19 in the second quarter like a basin of cold water extinguished the small flame that was just ignited by VSF.

VSF started to keep falling subsequently by around 3,000yuan/mt from 15,300-15,800yuan/mt to 12,300-12,800yuan/mt and sales continued to increase, while inventory kept going up. The price tool did not seem to work properly. Even if VSF plants signed a considerable number of orders by slashing offers, the slow implementation can hardly reduce VSF inventory.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The performance of other fibers is remarkable in the meantime. Cotton products driven by the new national trend are vibrant on the market, and the profit is relatively satisfactory. Polyester products whose price declined fast in Mar were favored by customers by virtue of low price and the market recently climbed up underpinned by crude oil.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The embarrassment of VSF has become more prominent recently as the price gap with cotton has widened to almost 4,000yuan/mt and yarn mills gradually start to suffer losses. The lower price of vortex-spun R30S had touched 15,600yuan/mt, while processing cost is just above 3,000yuan/mt, leading to losses and fast reduction of pure spun rayon yarn machines. The supply of vortex-spun rayon yarn supply starts to decrease accordingly and yarn mills whose pressure has been alleviated began to raise offers last week.

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-Next generation smart shirt powered by 5G

A combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors is enabled.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

ZTE and its Italian partners introduced the 5G-enabled YouCare smart shirt at the Mobile World Congress 2021 held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 28th to July 1st.

As a Chinese provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions, ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries and is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

According to a recent report, Challenges and Prospects for China’s Telecommunications Industry and Intellectual Property Market by investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), it is among the largest developers of global 5G standards with a patented technology value of around $7 billion.

As a new remote health monitoring technology, the YouCare smart shirt is said to enable the detection of a combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors, such as a “real” electrocardiogram, a respiratory act analysis, the components of sweat, muscle effort and body temperature.

Next generation smart shirt powered by 5G

-New ECOSENSOR collection pairs comfort and performance

The vision that lies behind ECOSENSOR™ is bold and ambitious: to keep nature, body and mind in perfect harmony. This ideal concept turns real in a versatile collection of eco – high-tech fabrics that embody new generation values of design, innovation and responsibility.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

For its new S/S 2022 collection, ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei has concentrated all its key values into a nature-driven and high-tech fabric collection that has versatility is at the core. A diversified range of technologies from circular knits to woven fabrics in different textures and finishing created to meet the different needs of the contemporary consumer who is looking for performance, durability, wellbeing together with responsible values.

In this sense, ECOSENSOR™ gathers many dimensions: sustainability, active climate control, exquisite touch, lightness, comfort and extreme performance that together co-habit the textiles. The commitment in building a totally sustainable offer is tangible and solid, as ECOSENSOR™ has set out to use only certified high-quality recycled materials in order to optimize and value at best the use of NEW resources for all its collection.

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-Agilyx plant ‘proof-positive’ of circularity

Chemical recycling pioneer Agilyx has surpassed 16,000 hours of commercial operating hours at its operation in Oregon, USA, marking 4,400 tonnes of converted plastics waste.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

This has been achieved both using mixed waste plastics and with polystyrene, which is the current mode of operation in Tigard, Oregon with the unit now forming part of the Regenyx joint venture with AmSty. Both the mixed waste plastic and the polystyrene waste has been sourced directly by Agilyx utilising the feedstock management programme that has since been incorporated into the Cyclyx Joint Venture.

This significant operating milestone equates to the weight of around 20 Statues of Liberty being diverted from landfills and oceans, claims Agilyx.

Agilyx plant ‘proof-positive’ of circularity

-How does polyester fabric impact the environment

Polyester has a generally negative impact on the environment. From its production to its use to its disposal, this fabric has unfortunate environmental impacts at every stage of its use cycle.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

To derive the basic materials used in the production of polyester, it’s necessary to obtain fossil fuels, which are limited resources that are also used for vital energy and plastics production applications. The process of refining crude oil into petroleum introduces various toxins into the environment, which can harm living things both in the water and on land.

Once refineries have produced petroleum, further refinement processes are required to produce the ethylene that is used to make polyester. These extraction processes are wasteful, and they introduce more toxins into the environment.

The process of transforming ethylene into polyethylene terephthalate fibers produces more harmful synthetic byproducts, and the dyes and treatment processes used by polyester fabric manufacturers may also make their way into the surrounding environment and poison the area’s ecosystems.

Furthermore, the manufacture of polyester often has significant social and cultural costs. The vast majority of polyester producers worldwide essentially engage in slave labor, and polyester workers are exposed to toxic chemicals that may cause neurological damage, cancer, or other potentially fatal conditions. Major polyester manufacturing companies are almost always owned by major international corporations, which enrich themselves while exploiting uneducated people in impoverished countries.

The environmentally harmful impacts of polyester continue as this fabric makes its way into the consumer market. According to a groundbreaking 2014 study, washing polyester fabrics by hand or in washing machines releases tiny synthetic microfibers into the water supply.

While acrylic fabric was found to be the worst offender in terms of microfiber pollution, polyester came in as a close second. Microfiber pollution in the water supply harms the health of marine life, and it also contaminates drinking water in locations all over the world.

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-Bacteria In Cow’s Stomach Can Break Down Plastic, Claims Study

  • Bacteria in the cow’s stomach produces enzymes that break apart the chemical bonds in this polyester and, scientists have discovered, can break apart the bonds in synthetic polyesters too.
  • Since the 1950s, more than 8bn tonnes of plastic have been produced – equivalent in weight to 1 billion elephants – driven predominantly by packaging, single-use containers, wrapping and bottles.
  • Given that cow diets contain these natural polyesters, scientists suspected the bovine stomach would contain a cornucopia of microbes to degrade all the plant material.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Bacteria found in one of the compartments of a cow’s stomach can break down plastic, research suggests. Approximately 25.8 million tons of plastic waste has accumulated on the land and in the sea, about 15% of which is made of polyesters, a kind of plastic commonly used in soft drink bottles and synthetic fabrics.

The discovery of bacteria which are capable of breaking down natural polyesters offers hope for novel methods to tackle plastic pollution and enable plastics to be recycled. As part of their normal herbivore diet, cows eat something called cutin, a natural polyester produced by plants to protect the walls of the plant cells.

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-Special issue: Our plastics dilemma

Although plastics have become an essential material, permeating almost all aspects of modern living, many of the inherent properties that make them useful in such a wide variety of applications also make them a serious environmental threat. In a special issue of Science, “Our Plastics Dilemma,” four Reviews, two Perspectives, a Policy Forum, an associated Report and two News features examine a wide range of topics related to plastics and the problems they present. “As for much new technology, their development and proliferation occurred with little consideration for their impacts, but now it’s impossible to deny their dark side as we confront a rapidly growing plastic pollution problem,” writes Science Senior Editor, Jesse Smith. “The time for preventing plastic pollution is long past – the time for changing the future of plastics in our world, however, is now.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Estimates of the amount of plastic ”

floating at the ocean surface (measured in the hundreds to thousands of metric tons) only represent a small fraction of what is suspected to be annually discharged by rivers worldwide (several million metric tons). This has led some to speculate a large, yet-unidentified plastic sink that could help explain the rapid removal of river-sourced plastics from the ocean’s surface. In the associated Report in this special issue, Lisa Weiss and colleagues show that this missing sink may not even exist.

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-Toray Opens Resins Technical Center in Europe

The center in Munich will enable Toray to formulate solutions for its customers in Europe and accelerate global expansion of its plastics business, particularly in automotive applications.  Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Japan’s Toray is opening the doors of its Resins Technical Center at its Automotive Center Europe (AMCEU) near Munich. The new facility will support Toray Resins Europe GmbH, which markets and sells high-performance resin compounds.

The main mission is to support customer application development by swiftly providing technical data, assisting with part design optimization through CAE simulation and innovative material and defect analyses and evaluations. With this facility, Toray will address the fast-expanding adoption of digital design for resin products by bolstering long-term durability data and accurate mechanical property data that materials require. It will increase capabilities for advanced simulation of fiber-reinforced parts, notably to factor in their unique anisotropy, said the company.

The Resins Technical Center will offer materials with high tracking performance and heat cycle resistance and provide support analysis on crack prevention. This is to address such issues as cracking from heat cycling during cooling and heating of molded resin products for insulating high-voltage parts with metal inserts. That problem has increased in line with the emergence of electric vehicles.

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-July contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR208 per tonne

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe has been finalized for July deliveries at EUR1,341 per tonne, down EUR208 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported.

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

Thus, in the European market, agreement was reached on the July contract price for the material by three buyers and two sellers, which is a sufficient configuration for the approval of the contract price for the material.

The decrease in the contract price of styrene compared to June was caused by lower quotations of raw materials – benzene – over the last month and further stabilization of the supply of the material on the market, including due to imports, after prices reached a historical maximum in May.

Consumer interest has also declined in recent weeks ahead of the summer break in Europe.

Earlier it was noted that the June contract price of styrene on the European market fell by EUR401 per tonne or 21% compared to May – to EUR1,549 per tonne, FOB ARA.

Styrene is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

July contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR208 per tonne

-Shell starts operations at Europe’s biggest green hydrogen PEM

-Shell has started operations at Europe’s largest green hydrogen electrolyser at its energy and chemicals park in Rheinland, Germany, the company announced on Friday.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The Refhyne project polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser will use renewable electricity to produce up to 1,300 tonnes/year of green hydrogen.

Initially, the hydrogen will be used to produce fuels with lower carbon intensity, and will be used to help decarbonise other industries.

This is the first fully operational plant to use the technology at this scale in a refinery, as part of the Refhyne European consortium and with funding from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

The European consortium backing the project includes Shell, British PEM electrolyser producer ITM Power, research organisation Norway-headquartered research group SINTEF and consultants Sphera and Element Energy.

The electrolyser was made by ITM Power in Sheffield, UK and includes parts made in Italy, Sweden, Spain and Germany.

PEM electrolysers are more compact than conventional alkaline electrolysers and are suited to working with renewable energy because they can use varying loads of electricity, allowing them to operate when wind and solar energy generation are cheapest.

-Shell starts operations at Europe's biggest green hydrogen PEM

-Avient acquires UK-based Magna Colours

Avient, formerly PolyOne, expands its sustainable solutions portfolio with the acquisition of Magna Colours, according to Seeking Alpha.

Founded in 1978 and based in Barnsley, U.K., Magna is a developer of next-gen water-based ink technology that provides innovative and high-performance solutions.

The MagnaColours materials will join Avient’s existing specialty inks portfolio, besides prominent brands such as Wilflex and Rutland.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

“Magna represents an important investment in sustainable solutions, as brand owners seek alternatives to legacy technologies,” said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and CEO, Avient Corporation.

Avient expects its inks portfolio to grow as the coronavirus crisis is becoming less of a threat to economic and social activities, it added.

Avient acquires UK-based Magna Colours

-PE prices fell in Brazil

Polyethylene (PE) prices have declined in Brazil and production has slowed due to improved supply and full procurement of materials, while demand remains strong in most regional markets, ICIS reported.

In Mexico, the market is more tense due to factory problems faced by manufacturers and limited availability for imports from the United States. High naphtha prices remain under pressure from high crude oil prices and affect raw material prices in Brazil.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The July rise in PE prices in the US amounted to about 3-5 cents per pound (USD66-110 per ton). Insufficient supply of polymers in some markets and high demand may persist until 2022.

Earlier it was reported that Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene Co (SEPC), a Saudi petrochemical company, resumed production on June 15-19 at two polyethylene (PE) plants in Jubail (Jubail, Saudi Arabia) after carrying out planned preventive measures. Maintenance at these enterprises, which can produce 450 thousand tons of high-density polyethylene (LDPE) and 400 thousand tons of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) per year, was started on May 23 of this year.

PE prices fell in Brazil

-Ethylene prices bolster higher in Asia

This week, ethylene prices leapt higher in Asia. The price rise was triggered by firmer upstream energy values and stronger regional demand trends.

Reports of tight product avails, owing to planned and unplanned cracker shutdowns further pushed prices higher.

On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 970-975/mt levels, a surge of USD (+70/mt) from last week.

CFR South East Asia prices were assessed at the USD 915-920/mt levels, a steep week on week increase of USD (+50/mt).  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

In plant news, Lotte Chemical has shut its cracker partially on July 1, 2021 owing to technical glitch. Further details on the duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located at Yeosu, South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene capacity of 665,000 mt/year.

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-Don’t believe the hype about ’advanced recycling’

Former EPA Regional Administrator says advanced recycling ‘will not solve our plastic pollution crisis or slow climate change’  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Plastic pollution is a threat to our planet and our health. Every year, at least 15 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans. Plastic is also polluting our air, soil, drinking water, and food. Recent studies found that adults are consuming roughly a credit card’s worth of plastic every week and documented microplastics in the human placenta. Few are aware that plastic is also hastening the climate crisis at every step of its life cycle from extraction to production to usage to disposal. In fact, if plastic was a country, it would be the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Yet rather than reducing plastic production — the only true solution to our plastic waste crisis — the Chemistry Council of New Jersey is pushing “advanced recycling,” a deeply flawed approach that would allow the industry to continue to expand the overproduction of plastics while paying lip service to solving the problem. The U.S. is already littered with expensive, high-profile advanced recycling failures. We do not need another one of these polluting and ineffectual facilities sited in New Jersey.

-Recycling Myth of the Month: That plastic bottle you thought you recycled may have been ‘downcycled’ instead

Picture this: After tossing a single-use plastic bottle into your curbside recycling bin, it gets picked up and trucked to a material recovery facility, or MRF (pronounced “murf”). Once there, it’s separated from the paper, glass, and metal and sorted into groups of similar plastics.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Your bottle – and countless others – are then packed into a rectangular bale, sold as a commodity, and sent to another facility to be sorted by color, shredded, sanitized, melted down, and molded into smaller, smoother bits of plastic called “nurdles.”

Finally, the rice-sized remains of your bottle are purchased again, melted again, and fashioned into another bottle, ready to be filled with a fruity or fizzy drink.

This example is the best-case scenario for plastic bottles, but unfortunately it is not the norm. Plastic recycling is cumbersome and expensive, and in many cases, new “virgin plastics” are cheaper than recycled plastics.

Less than 30% of plastic bottles are recycled in the U.S., but technically speaking, most are “downcycled.” Also known as cascaded recycling or open-loop recycling, downcycling occurs when a material is remade into an item of lower quality. These items typically can’t be recycled again, which cuts an item’s overall life cycle short.

While recycling closes the loop and keeps an item in circulation – just like the chasing arrows on the recycling symbol would suggest – downcycling turns that loop into a one-way arrow. From there, a material can only go downhill: After outliving its usefulness as a carpet or a bench, the next stop is the landfill or incinerator.

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-Predictions Of $100 Oil

West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices jumped above $100 in 2008 and again in 2014. In May 2008, they briefly rose above $150. Circumstances are such that more and more analysts expect a spike in oil prices in the next several months. WTI crude currently trades at just above $75. In June of last year, that figure was only about $40.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

CNBC recently reported: “Analysts at Bank of America are even more bullish. They argue Brent prices could see $100 in the summer of next year.”

Both OPEC and the IEA expect a rise in demand this year which probably means higher prices by the end of 2021.

Part of the reason for the price increase is that demand has picked up as the shuttering of the global economy due to COVID-19 has ended in many large countries. OPEC has resisted an increase in production, led most recently by the United Arab Emirates. Oil fracking in America was hurt by the drop in oil prices late last year. Some frackers went out of business, which has constrained supply even further.

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-Kandui launches thermochromic masterbatch

Kandui Industries has introduced a thermochromic masterbatch – an additive masterbatch that enables reversible colour changing properties.

These masterbatches have an activation temperature, which helps toggle the end product’s colour. This property is often utilised in the coding of fabrics, adding a security feature to the original branding.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

Ashwin Agarwal, managing director, Kandui Industries, explained, “When a top textile customer asked our R&D team for a counterfeiting solution, after substantial deliberation, we came with the idea of producing the selvedge of the fabric in such a manner that on the application of heat (ironing), its colour would change. The original colour would reappear at room temperature.”

The company took about a year to create the masterbatch. It faced a twofold challenge in the product’s creation – tackling the heat sensitivity of pigments and achieving a smaller pigment particle size.

“As the thermochromic pigments available in the market are extremely heat-sensitive, the molecules get destroyed in the extrusion process. Hence, we thought of applying a heat-resistant coating on the pigments. This enables the preservation of the pigment properties up to a temperature of 260-degree Celcius. The pigment supplier helped us tackle the second challenge, making the particle size small enough to run in low denier applications,” said Agarwal.

Kandui launches thermochromic masterbatch

-Report deplores Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels and biomes

A new report published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has deplored the fact that Africa countries rely mainly on fossil fuels and biomes and haven’t diversified to renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Currently, 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity and 900 million have no access to clean cooking fuel. Meanwhile, electricity access rates in 24 countries are below 50 per cent.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution

The report titled “Energy Prices in Africa: Transition Towards Clean Energy for Africa’s Industrialization,” deplores the fact that Africa relies mainly on fossil fuels and biomes instead of diversifying its primary energy supply, given its plethora of resources (renewable and non-renewable).

Speaking at the launch June 22, 2021, ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe said, “There’s no way Africa can build forward better if we do not make adequate investments in energy and ensure affordable access for all.”. She therefore, urged countries to ensure that there’s cost reflective pricing in the energy sector.

The report cites countries like Liberia, Malawi, Central African Republic, Burundi, and South Sudan as having stagnated or reversed in electricity access, while countries like Nigeria, DRC and Ethiopia reportedly have the biggest electricity access deficits.

Report deplores Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels and biomes

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,660 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +40
Bottle grade PET chips export market 965 $/ton 970 $/ton- +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton +200
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,375 yuan/ton 6,575 yuan/ton +200
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,150 yuan/ton 5,250 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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710 $/ton 710 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,995 yuan/ton 5,145yuan/ton +150
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 645 $/ton 663 $/ton- +18
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 936 $/ton 922 $/ton -14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 918 $/ton 903 $/ton -15
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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925 $/ton 900 $/ton -25
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,580yuan/ton
+230
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,900yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 9,050yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8.550yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,700 yuan/ton 7,850yuan/ton +150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,270yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,000 yuan/ton 14,800yuan/ton
+800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,250 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton +950
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 15,600yuan/ton +1,000
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,950 yuan/ton 17,850yuan/ton +900
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,750 yuan/ton 20,450yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,250 yuan/ton 19,150yuan/ton +900
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 93,000 yuan/ton 95,500yuan/ton +2,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 83,000 yuan/ton 85,000yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 71,500 yuan/ton 73,500yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 11,000yuan/ton +1,000
Benzene domestic market 8,300 yuan/ton 8,620 yuan/ton +320
Benzene overseas  market 1,021 $/ton 1,056 $/ton +35
Ethylene South East market 865 $/ton860 925 $/ton +60
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,074 $/ton 925 $/ton -149
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,700 yuan/ton 14,400yuan/ton -300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,300 $/ton 2,200 $/ton -100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,300 yuan/ton 12,800yuan/ton +500
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Caprolactam Ethylene
8,200 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  666 $/ton 681 $/ton
+15
Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,660 yuan/ton +360

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-RadiciGroup participating in Milano Unica

Product sustainability: the the relaunch of the fashion textiles sector

The return of RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions to the trade fair circuit after months of lockdown starts with Milano Unica taking place on 6 and 7 July at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibitions district.

The Group has decided to focus on fashion textiles – one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic – and to exhibit its portfolio of low environmental impact yarn. Without a doubt, the fashion textiles market has to place its stakes on sustainability to become a leading player in the revival and change under the banner of the circular economy.

The RadiciGroup stand is located in the Innovation Area of TexClubTec, the technical and performance textiles section of Sistema Moda Italia, and is showcasing all the Group’s most innovative and sustainable yarn solutions for the textiles world: from Renycle®, yarn made from recycled nylon 6, to Repetable®, polyester yarn originating from the recovery of PET bottles, and the Biofeel® range, including all the products from renewable sources (PET, PA and PLA).

RadiciGroup participating in Milano Unica

-Promateris targets growth with $3m compostable packaging line

Promateris has invested €2.5 million ($2.97m) in a new compostable packaging line as part of a plan to grow its turnover by more than 50 per cent between 2019 and 2021.

As a result of the investment, 39 new jobs have been created at the Romanian bioplastics producer’s factory in Buftea, Ilfov County.

It means Promateris has now invested more than €10m ($11.88m) in bio-based packaging since 2018.

The company intends to spend an additional €15m ($17.82m) over the next five years in projects that “respect the principles” of the European Commission’s (EC’s) Green Deal.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Its ultimate aim is to become the largest producer of bio-based and compostable bags in Europe, according to chief executive Tudor Georgescu.

Promateris targets growth with $3m compostable packaging line

-Datacolor and Archroma partner to make the Archroma ‘Color Atlas’ library system available for color searching within ‘Datacolor TOOLS’ color quality control application

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that the soon-to-be 5’760 color references of its Color Atlas library are made available within its ‘Datacolor TOOLS’ platform, an easy-to-use color quality control application for industries where color accuracy is a critical component of overall product quality. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Datacolor® provides color management solutions that empower customers to make objective, cost-effective and smart color decisions, in applications such as textile & apparel, paint & coatings, plastics, photography, design and many others. The perfect integration of its instruments and software help formulate, measure, control and communicate color, and its state-of-the-art algorithms reproduce color on materials and displays.

That is where the Color Atlas by Archroma® will considerably benefit to the users of Datacolor solutions.

The Color Atlas was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.

The Color Atlas continues to evolve in line with Archroma’s commitment to sustainability through innovation. The company describes it as “The Archroma Way to a sustainable world: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. All color references available in the Color Atlas have been formulated with products that comply with leading international eco-standards, and can be selected based on the desired sustainability profile.

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-Going circular: Spain’s automotive suppliers have seized the initiative

Among the lessons learned during the pandemic of the past year, there is one in particular that stands out. Moving forward, it is imperative that steps are taken towards the implementation of green measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world. It is a lesson the Spanish automotive component sector has taken to heart.

Yet even before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, this sector was actively seeking ways to make mobility cleaner, combat climate change, decrease its impact on the environment and support a low-carbon economy. These efforts led to the insight that what was needed was a new economic system; one that optimised raw material, energy and other resource use; a model built around waste reduction, recycling and re-use that would lead to enhanced profitability, lower prices and more sustainable products. A model, in short, today known as the circular economy – and seen for many years now by the Spanish automotive components industry as the road to a sustainable and future economy. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The Spanish automotive industry dates back to the early twentieth century with leading brands of the era such as Hispano Suiza. In the 1950s, the emergence of SEAT marked the beginning of a solid industry of equipment and component manufacturers as suppliers. The branch is represented worldwide by a digital platform called Autoparts from Spain, whose database contains information on each member company, including descriptions, images and videos of their products.

One of these member companies is Lizarte, who has been involved with the circular economy model from the very beginning in 1973.

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-ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MARKET TO REACH USD 70.92 MIL BY 2026.

The Global Additive Manufacturing and Materials Market was valued at USD 16.6 million in 2020 and expected to reach USD 70.92 million by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 27.5% over the forecast period (2021 – 2026).

Market overview

Within the past few years, additive manufacturing has experienced the rapid rise of needed technologies. New advancement in used materials and machines, software solutions and other, made additive manufacturing accessible to a broader range of industries. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The prices of additive manufacturing machines had decreased and the overall availability of these technologies has risen.

The use of new materials over the recent years has enabled the adaption of this technology among various industries.

Materials are advancing every day, and costs per part are decreasing every day which opens new opportunities for different applications. Leading manufacturers are leveraging additive manufacturing to save money, shorten the lead times, solve complex problems, and improve processes from prototyping to production.

According to Essentium’s survey in March 2019, the number of manufacturers using additive manufacturing for full-scale production doubled in 2019, as compared to 2018. Wider adoption of this technology was observed across multiple sectors, as an increased number of industrial solutions were brought to market by manufacturers.

Multiple industries, including healthcare, automotive, and aerospace and defense, are experiencing impactful production and business transformations in the critical areas of their businesses, owing to the maturity of additive technologies and material supply chains. Moreover, additive manufacturing provides design freedom to experiment with more effective and efficient part shapes, with fewer potential points of failure.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MARKET TO REACH USD 70.92 MIL BY 2026.

-Swedish firm Sodra to boost pulp mill production capacity tenfold

Swedish company Sodra has decided to invest in new machinery at its pulp mill at Mörrum to increase the production capacity of OnceMore pulp by tenfold, bringing it to a full 6,000 tonnes. It will be commissioned in the first half of 2022. OnceMore initiative is a process for industrial-scale recycling of textile waste of blended fibres.

The new machinery will also help increase the proportion of recycled textile in the pulp, Sodra said in a media release.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The investment is a step towards the target of processing 25,000 tonnes of textile waste and offering OnceMore pulp based on Sodra’s forest raw material and 50 per cent recycled fabrics. This target has been set for 2025.

OnceMore makes it possible to convert large volumes of used cotton textiles and cotton-polyester blends into new clothing and textiles.

“The new investment in OnceMore is a major step towards our long-term ambition of creating a circular textile industry. The initiative has been highly successful since the start in 2019 and is a key element of Sodra’s innovation agenda. We think now is a good time to scale up production. Our investment will further improve textile recycling and maximise the value of the raw material from our members’ forests,” said Catrin Gustavsson, president of Sodra innovation business area.

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-TECHNOLOGY PROFILE: PRODUCTION OF CAPROLACTAM FROM BENZENE

Caprolactam (Figure 1) is a cyclic amide widely used as a chemical intermediate. The main forms of caprolactam are molten (liquid) and flakes. At ambient temperatures, it is a white, hygroscopic, crystalline solid.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Almost all caprolactam is used as monomer in the production of polycaprolactam, also known as nylon 6. Fibers, sheets, filaments and bristles made from nylon 6 can be used, in turn, in a broad range of products, including apparel and home furnishings; carpets; and industrial uses (tires, reinforced rubber products).

The uses and applications of caprolactam may vary according to the product grade. Commercial caprolactam is produced with high purity, where water is usually the main contaminant with concentrations around 0.1 wt.%. Caprolactam can be used in the manufacture of other products, including 6-aminocaproic acid; caprolactam disulfide; hexamethyleneimine; polyamide 6 terpolymers; poly(ether-amide) elastomers; n-vinyl caprolactam and lysine.

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-Lenzing’s VEOCEL™ Brand Launches Hydrophobic Lyocell Fibers With Dry Technology

In its quest to drive greater sustainability in the personal care and hygiene industry, the VEOCEL™ brand has launched a new offering: VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers with Dry technology which are naturally smooth and gentle on skin, ensuring comfort for sensitive skin.

Absorbent hygiene products are an indispensable part of many consumers’ lives and are relied upon daily.

As these are essential items, it is important that they should offer maximum comfort and relief to the user.  Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

This is demonstrated by the new VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers which have the capacity to provide a high level of comfort, softness and dryness, when applied in these types of products.

-Lenzing’s VEOCEL™ Brand Launches Hydrophobic Lyocell Fibers With Dry Technology

-Ioniqa scores ‘Strong Positive’ Lux Research score

Lux Research Inc. has assessed Ioniqa Technologies at its highest score: ‘Strong Positive’.

Charles Willard, Analyst at Lux Research, clarified: “Ioniqa’s differentiated technology has made it a leading contender and any clients interested in licensing a PET depolymerisation technology should engage.”

Ioniqa is the first of numerous new chemical recyclers to reach an industrial scale. Their production at a new facility in the Netherlands is being optimised and ramped up to the full 10,000 tpa capacity over the next year.

Brand owners including like Coca-Cola and Unilever have acknowledged that Ioniqa’s industrial plant is a step toward long-term sustainability goals. Willard added: “Ioniqa’s catalyst selectivity gives it an advantage in the race toward also valorizing polyester textile waste streams for foodsafe materials.”  Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Ioniqa has developed a catalytically accelerated process to produce virgin quality raw materials for food-grade PET packaging. The key component of Ioniqa’s process is an in-house formulated catalyst which overcomes several common process issues. Ioniqa’s process allows for the upcycling of low-end feedstock currently not being recycled, like coloured bottles, multi-layer food and non-food materials.

Ioniqa scores ‘Strong Positive’ Lux Research score

-New Screen Changer Lets Film Processor Ramp Up Scrap Usage

Retrofitting RSFgenius melt filter enables the German PE film processor Oldenburg to reprocess—rather than resell—production waste.

A blown film processor looking to use more production scrap in its process has achieved that objective by switching to a new type of screen changer.

Operating out of three plants in Germany, Oldenburg Kunststoff-Technik GmbH makes a range of PE-based extrusions—air-pillow bubble, stretch and foamed films—on production lines built in-house. Scrap generated during start up, shut down, product changes, etc. is collected and repelletized on a central recycling extruder.

This central recycling extruder was equipped with a conventional screen changer. Over time, Oldenburg realized the screen changer was not filtering the material finely enough. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

When deployed on its film-extrusion equipment, the repelletized scrap would block the discontinuous screen changer on the line and disrupt production, particularly when Oldenburg was running at thinner gauges. As a result, Oldenburg would typically sell its pelletized scrap rather than reuse it in production.

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-Consumer goods giant joins scheme to turn post-consumer packaging waste into food-grade rPP

Unilever (London / UK; www.unilever.com) has signed up to Nextloopp, an ambitious scheme developed by environmental consultancy Nextek (London, UK; www.nextek.org) to create food-grade recycled polypropylene from post-consumer packaging waste.

Nextloopp said its vision is to use this circular rPP in consumer products and cosmetics. Around 210,000 t/y of PP used in the UK is food-grade packaging, according to Nextloopp, “and yet no food-grade recycled PP is currently available for re-use into new packaging. To date, one of the main barriers to unlocking PP’s huge potential has been a lack of technology and a reduced infrastructure to produce food-grade recycled PP”.

Sanjeev Das, global packaging director at Unilever’s foods and refreshment division, said his firm supported the advancement of mechanical recycling infrastructure to produce food-grade rPP to complement other technology routes. “Unlocking the mechanical recycling route to produce food-grade rPP will help boost our efforts to keep plastics in a loop and out of the environment.”

Consumer goods giant joins scheme to turn post-consumer packaging waste into food-grade rPP

-Nylon demand healthy in the off-season of 2021

Coming to the end of June, The traditional off-season is about to pass halfway, but some sectors of the nylon filament market have never been like in off-season. The average operating rate of nylon 6 textile filament plants has been kept as high as 87%, close to 90%, and there are so far no any scaled-plants have turnaround plans. But of course, the off-season characteristics of some nylon filaments are quite obvious, as their inventory has been accumulated high still. In a word, nylon 6 filament plants have maintained a high inventory and high operating rate still. What is this situation compared to other fibers? Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The inventory of nylon filament was still growing in June, but slower than the previous month. Inventory accumulated was controlled mainly by two facts. First, some semi-dull nylon 6 high-speed-spinning chip plants had switched their production to dull chips, and thus expanded the supply of previously tight supply. Some filament plants had adjusted their production accordingly, to meet the robust demand for dull filament. Second, some filament plants altered product to fine-denier filament, and thus lubricated the general sales condition of NFY market. These methods helped NFY producers to roughly balance their high production and sales in the traditional off-season.

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-Coca-Cola ends use of non-recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles sold in Great Britain

Coca-Cola Great Britain (GB), in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), has today (30 June) announced that it is set to reach a significant milestone by using 100% recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles across its entire range, as it continues its progress towards fully sustainable packaging.

The move means that all plastic bottles of 500ml or less in GB are to be made with 100% recycled plastic and will continue to be fully recyclable. The rollout commences in September, when the first 100% recycled 500ml bottles will start appearing on shelves.

It means Coca-Cola Great Britain will increase the amount of recycled plastic material in smaller bottles from 50% to 100%. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Coca-Cola’s use of recycled plastics in Great Britain now saves 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year – the equivalent of 2,292 double decker buses, the company says.

The move part of Coca-Cola’s target towards 100% recycled or renewable plastic in all its bottles, and the creation of a circular economy for its PET packaging.

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-Driving The Circular Economy

ChemistryCan influence our future / ChemistryCan deliver

ChemistryCan Driving the Circular Economy  Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

From the ‘take, make, dispose’ model to ‘make, use, return’. A circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, and to minimise the generation of waste.

Chemistry is central to the ideal of the circular economy. Whether one’s talking about paper, battery or plastics recycling, the process is fundamentally chemical.

Driving The Circular Economy

-New Method to Reuse Previously Non-Recyclable Plastic

Biodegradable plastics are meant to be environmentally friendly. However, they cannot be recycled as they are specifically made to degrade rapidly.

In the journal Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, scientists from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have designed a technique to convert biodegradable plastic forks, spoons and knives into foam that can be utilized as insulation in flotation devices or walls.  Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The cutlery was positioned by the investigators, which was earlier believed to be a “nonfoamable” plastic, into a chamber loaded with carbon dioxide. With the increase in pressure, the gas dissolved into the plastic.

When the pressure in the chamber was suddenly discharged, the carbon dioxide expanded inside the plastic, thereby creating foaming. According to author Heon Park, this process is similar to opening a can of soda and discharging the carbonation.

New Method to Reuse Previously Non-Recyclable Plastic

-BASF Introduces VALERAS™ – A New Brand for its Plastic Additives Portfolio that Enables Customers to Achieve their Sustainability Goals

  • VALERAS™ represents BASF’s plastic additives’ offerings with a high sustainability value;
  • It includes the new range of products that help close the loop in plastics’ circularity;
  • New website with emphasis on sustainable solutions.

VALERAS bundles the company’s longtime experience, innovative solutions, and regulatory support with the aim to increase the sustainability of plastics along the entire polymer value chain. Later this year, the portfolio will expand to include the company’s additive packages for mechanically recycled plastics and their applications.

“The trend towards sustainability has been accelerating, driven by consumer demand and more stringent legislation. Our customers are facing increasing pressure regarding sustainable innovations and challenges of plastics recyclability,” says Dr. Thomas Kloster, President, Performance Chemicals, BASF. “With VALERAS, we create new value for plastics by supporting our customers on their sustainability journey with novel solutions and services. VALERAS shows our broader ambition: to establish a platform that covers all our additive solutions that contribute to the sustainability goals of our customers.”  Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

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-NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bioprocessing, Bioengineering, Biofuels and Biobased Products Research

NIFA invests over $5.4 million in bioprocessing and bioengineering to fund projects aiming to stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today an investment of $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research. NIFA recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants(link is external) under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants(link is external) under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

“NIFA’s Bioprocessing and Bioengineering awards fund projects that will stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy,” said NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille. “Additionally, these Small Business Innovation Research projects focused on biofuels and biobased products strengthen America’s entrepreneurial spirit and support a robust economy by guiding research and development needs across agriculture.”

NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bioprocessing, Bioengineering, Biofuels and Biobased Products Research

-Aimplas assists in creation of mobile chemical recycling plant / Project extracts methylal from previously untreatable waste

Spanish plastics technology centre Aimplas (Valencia; www.aimplas.net) has helped develop a mobile chemical recycling plant capable of producing viable plastics feedstock from currently non-recyclable waste from the automotive, electrical and electronic, and packaging sectors.

Aimplas said it worked with the European “Life Ecomethylal” project on the pilot plant, which is capable of extracting up to half a kilo of methylal from every kilo of non-recyclable waste. Methylal can be used as a solvent and as a raw material to produce new polymers.

Aimplas assists in creation of mobile chemical recycling plant / Project extracts methylal from previously untreatable waste

-Sun Chemical and DIC Corporation Finalizes Acquisition of BASF’s Global Pigments Business

DIC Corporation  has closed on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).

The acquisition brings together the complementary portfolio of technologies, products, manufacturing assets, supply chain and customer service of the two companies to serve customers globally. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

“We’re excited to close our acquisition of BCE and expand our product offering as one of the leading pigment suppliers globally” said Kaoru Ino, President and Chief Executive Officer of DIC. “BASF’s pigments portfolio is an important strategic addition in expeditiously meeting the goals we’ve outlined, which provide a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase our sales to 1 trillion yen (approximately €8 billion) by 2025.”

The purchase will broaden Sun Chemical’s portfolio as a global manufacturer of pigments, including those for electronic displays, cosmetics, coatings, inks, plastics and specialty applications, by creating a world-class pigments supplier that offers customers an even wider range of versatile solutions.

“We’re pleased to welcome the valued and trusted expertise and engagement of BASF’s employees in the pigments business,” said Myron Petruch, DIC Executive Officer and President and CEO of Sun Chemical, a subsidiary of DIC Corporation. “This deal allows us to compete in the global marketplace more effectively going forward, while strengthening our pigment footprint in Europe. It underscores our commitment to delivering solutions tailored to meet the needs of our customers.”

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-China Miracle to build Li2CO3, ternary precursor plant

Chinese automation engineering firm Miracle is on track to build a production facility for battery grade lithium carbonate and lithium-ion battery ternary precursors in Ganzhou city in south China’s Jiangxi province. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The 5bn yuan ($774mn) project will have designed capacity of 12,000 t/yr for battery grade lithium carbonate and 30,000 t/yr for ternary precursors. The firm’s subsidiary Jiangxi Miracle Jintaige Cobalt will be responsible for developing this project in the Longnan economic and technological development zone of the city.

The facility will be built in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2021 and launch production by the fourth quarter of 2023. The second phase is projected to begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2022 and start production by the fourth quarter of 2024.

China Miracle to build Li2CO3, ternary precursor plant

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-July paraxylene contract prices in Asia are nominated at USD1,010-1,030 per tonne

Several major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for July shipments at USD1,010-1,030 per tonne, which is USD60-70 per tonne higher than the June contract price quotes, market sources told ICIS .

Prices were nominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Paraxylene contract prices for July were raised following the recent rise in spot prices for the material.

Thus, spot prices for paraxylene on June 28 were in Asia in the range of USD929-931 per tonne, CFR Taiwan / main ports of China (CMP) versus USD82-854 per tonne, CFR Taiwan / CMP, as of June 1, according to ICIS data.

The final result of the June agreement on paraxylene contract prices in Asia will be determined by the end of business day on June 30th.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the June contract prices for paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Bids were in June at USD950-960 per tonne CFR Asia.

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

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-Plastipak’s Clean Tech and BioteCH4 form unique partnership to power recycling operation

Plastipak has teamed up with anaerobic digestion (AD) operator BioteCH4 to deliver a low carbon solution to power its Clean Tech PET recycling plant.

Based in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, BioteCH4 operates an anaerobic digestion plant, recycling over 90,000 tonnes of food waste per year. Anaerobic digestion is a complex biological process involving the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of air in large, sealed and insulated vessels with controlled heating and mixing.

Food waste enters a sealed building where it is processed into a liquid slurry and pumped into the anaerobic digestion plant. It is here that bacteria feed on the food waste and produce biogas. This biogas is captured and used as fuel in CHP (combined heat and power) engines to produce electricity or is sent through a gas filter and sent directly to the gas grid. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

-Plastipak’s Clean Tech and BioteCH4 form unique partnership to power recycling operation

-OPEC forecasts point to oil supply deficit from August to 2022 as economies recover from the pandemic

OPEC’s forecasts point to an oil supply deficit in August and in the rest of 2021 as economies recover from the pandemic, suggesting the group and its allies have room to raise output at a meeting this week, reported Reuters.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, is returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd), about 2% of world output, to the market from May through July as part of a plan to ease last year’s record output curbs.Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

OPEC+ meets on Thursday to discuss supply for later months. With oil at its highest since 2018, sources say a further boost in August will be discussed, but some producers are wary about new demand setbacks and higher Iranian supply.

OPEC’s latest forecast of the demand for its crude suggests, if output levels stay the same, OPEC supply will fall short of expected demand by 1.5 million bpd in August. The shortfall widens to 2.2 million bpd in the fourth quarter.

Iran and world powers have been talking since April on reviving Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, which would allow Iran to boost output, so far without agreement.

OPEC forecasts point to oil supply deficit from August to 2022 as economies recover from the pandemic

-Freudenberg presents Evolon® made from post-consumer recycled PET

June 30, 2021 | Recycling technology | Freudenberg | Weinheim | Germany

With Evolon® RE, Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) is now offering its customers an even more sustainable version of its high-performance microfilament textiles. Evolon® RE is manufactured from an average of 70% recycled polyester, which the company makes by recycling post-consumer PET bottles in-house. Evolon® RE is available for various applications, including high-tech wiping and technical packaging, in weights currently ranging from 80g/sqm to 300g/sqm. Evolon® RE offers the same high and constant quality as all other Evolon® textiles. This applies to mechanical and textile properties as well as to filtration, cleaning and protection properties. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The use of recycled materials in the demanding production of Evolon® textiles without sacrificing product performance underlines Freudenberg´s technological know-how, as Jean-Francois Kerhault, Business Segment Manager Evolon, explains: “We have more than 20 years of experience with Evolon® technology. Our technical teams are real experts in this demanding process, and it is thanks to their knowledge that we were able to overcome the challenge of integrating recycled PET from post-consumer bottles into our products.”

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-Covestro works on sustainable material solutions and recycling technologies

Covestro is working towards innovative and more sustainable material solutions and recycling technologies to meet these requirements and build a Circular Economy, and will be showcasing them at the VDI PIAE 2021 international trade congress on September 8 and 9, said the company. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

“Our aim is to introduce the world’s first climate-neutral polycarbonate plastics this year,” Jochen Hardt, Marketing Mobility Covestro, told media representatives. “This is an important step in achieving our vision of becoming fully circular. At the same time, we offer products and solutions that combine outstanding performance, cost efficiency and sustainability designed to help our customers in the mobility industry succeed in achieving their sustainability goals.”

The polycarbonates are climate neutral “from the cradle to the factory gate1” thanks to the introduction of raw materials sourced from mass-balanced biowaste and residues2, as well as renewable energy accumulated during the production process. Covestro is already offering ISCC Plus-certified polycarbonates, which are attributed to renewable raw materials using the mass balance approach and enable a considerable reduction in the carbon footprint.

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-ALPLA: New reusable PET bottle for Vöslauer

ALPLA is developing and producing a new reusable PET bottle for Vöslauer, Austria’s leading company in the mineral water market. The bottle is not only sustainable, but also light, stable and visually appealing. The new bottle will enter the market in early 2022. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The two family-owned businesses Vöslauer and ALPLA have been jointly championing sustainable solutions for years. The aim is for Vöslauer’s natural mineral water to come in packaging which is resource-conserving, light and suitable for everyday use. What’s needed are bottles with a modern design that combines innovation with aesthetics. Following the introduction of the 100 per cent rPET bottle (rPET = recycled PET) in 2018, the next step into the future will follow in 2022 with the new reusable PET bottle. As an expert partner, ALPLA is heavily involved in the development and production of Austria’s first modern reusable PET bottle.

ALPLA: New reusable PET bottle for Vöslauer

-Zinc-embedded polyamides inactivate SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and influenza A viruses (IAVs) can spread via liquid droplets and aerosols. These viruses can be prevented from spreading by wearing face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE). However, IAV and SARS-CoV-2 are stable for hours on various materials. Thus, the frequent and correct disposal of these PPE becomes crucial and also requires decontamination processes for reuse.

Many studies report the use of silver nanoparticles, copper nanoparticles, cuprous oxide (Cu2O) or cupric oxide (CuO) spays, and copper or zinc surfaces or fibers to inactivate the virus; however, many confounding factors such as adsorption of viruses make it difficult to measure and optimize the inactivation characteristics.

In a recent study, interdisciplinary researchers demonstrated how they removed the IAV H1N1 and the SARS-CoV-2 from woven PA66 fabric to measure the number of remaining active viruses. Using this advancement, they found that a zinc-containing polyamide 6.6 (PA66)-based fabric decreased the IAV H1N1 and pandemic SARS-CoV-2 titer by approximately 2-logs (100-fold). Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Zinc-embedded polyamides inactivate SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A

-“Polymer Group-Kaluga” plans to build a plant for the production of polyethylene film

The Polymer Group-Kaluga company will build a plant for the production of polyethylene agro-stretch films, covering films and bags at the Lyudinovo site of the Kaluga SEZ, the company said.

The investment in the project will amount to 180 million rubles. 111 new jobs will be created. The commissioning of the facility is scheduled for the end of 2022, the Agency for Regional Development of the Kaluga Region reported.

According to the company, the volume of the created production will cover up to 3% of the market for agricultural film produced in Russia. The project takes into account the requests of partner companies, and its implementation will fully cover their needs in this segment of products. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

The approval of the application for obtaining the status of residents of the special economic zone “Kaluga” was adopted on June 22 at a meeting of the expert council chaired by the Deputy Governor of the Kaluga Region Vladimir Popov. The total investment in the two projects will amount to more than 570 million rubles.

Earlier it was reported that BASF and the Fabbri group of companies have developedbiodegradable film for food packaging. Based on ecovio, a certified biodegradable material from BASF, the Fabbri Group produces Nature Fresh, a highly transparent stretch film. This product is the first certified biodegradable film for foodstuffs, combining optimal breathability, long shelf life, high transparency and excellent mechanical properties for automatic packaging.

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-GreenMantra Technologies expands recycling agreement with Crayola

Canadian recycling technology developer GreenMantra Technologies is expanding its relationship with art tools and toy supplier Crayola by now using Crayola’s discarded plastic feedstock for recycling into specialty polymers, said Canpastics.

“Mixed plastic marker streams present challenges for traditional mechanical recycling, but they are a natural fit for [our] advanced recycling technology,” officials with Brantford, Ont.-based GreenMantra said in a news release. “[We] will now recycle both pre- and post-consumer plastic markers from across all of North America, expanding our feedstock stream for producing our specialty polymer additives.”

The discarded plastic markers can be turned into high-value polymers that can then be used in the production of industrial products to enhance critical infrastructure applications (things like asphalt roads, roofing products, and plastic drainage pipes), while also enabling increased use of recycled content in those applications, the company said. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Easton, Pa.-based Crayola recently implemented 100 per cent renewable energy for its U.S. manufacturing operations, and has partnered with GreenMantra since 2014 through its ColorCycle Program, which enhances product circularity for Crayola’s line of markers.

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-Commercial-Scale Chemical Recycling at Work

Nexus founder and CEO Jeff Gold discusses the company’s chemical recycling technology and process.

Converting partners of Nexus includes Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Phillips among others. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling

Nexus, located in Atlanta, Ga., is an operational, commercially scaled converter of waste plastics to feedstocks, which in turn are converted back to virgin plastics.

The company recently announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with Wood, the global consulting and engineering company, to globally expand its advanced molecular plastics recycling business to meet significant market demand from global plastics producers. Wood will first assist Nexus with the expansion of its plant in Atlanta to better position the company for future phases of its global development.

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-RadiciGroup overcomes the pandemic

In the 2020 fiscal year, a contained drop in turnover to -6.7% and growing margins for the Bergamo chemical group. 2021 started with growing results.

RadiciGroup, an important Bergamo-based company in chemistry, technopolymers, fibers and nonwovens, presented the financial results for the year 2020, considered satisfactory by the management considering the difficulties and challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

If the consolidated turnover showed a drop of -6.7% to 1,019 million euros, the gross operating margin (Ebitda) increased last year by + 4.4% to 173 million euros and the operating profit , net of amortization, depreciation and write-downs, it stood at 87 million euros, or + 8.1% compared to 2019. This is also due to the stability of volumes against an improvement in margins, thanks to higher prices starting from second half of the year.

Investments have also been confirmed, amounting to 50 million euros for the year, for technological upgrading and plant flexibility, as well as for the sustainability of processes and products.

In 2020 – reads a note from the Bergamo group – the financial trend followed the developments of the spread of the pandemic, recording a sharp drop in demand during the first part of the year, after the introduction of lockdown measures, followed by a moderate recovery between September and November, partially slowed down by the resumption of infections in December.

2021 began with positive results: in the first quarter turnover and EBITDA grew in almost all business sectors, despite the sharp increase in raw material costs recorded in the period.

“2020 was certainly a complex year from various points of view – comments Angelo Radici, President of RadiciGroup -, but we were able to limit the negative impact of the pandemic and achieve satisfactory results that confirm our competitiveness on the market. The new year opens with the challenge of being able to fully grasp the potential of the recovery of economic activities and, despite a still uncertain global scenario, we are confident that, by leveraging our solidity and efficiency and focusing on productions with greater added value, on better flexibility production and investments in research and development, we will be able to continue to offer our customers highly performing solutions, working together on increasingly innovative and sustainable projects “.

RadiciGroup reports good FY2020 results despite the pandemic

-Plastics Industry Must Speak with United Voice to Counter Anti-Plastics Messaging

At Virtual Engineering Days, Plastics Industry Association President and CEO Tony Radoszewski urged industry to “push back” against those who want to “put us out of business.” Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO Tony Radoszewski didn’t mince words during a presentation at Virtual Engineering Days this week. The plastics industry has a “target on its back,” he told attendees. “Some people are trying to put us out of business,” and industry has to push back with a “united voice,” he stressed. Radoszewski showed how on day one of the three-day virtual event. He was joined by PLASTICS Chief Economist Perc Pineda, who delivered an upbeat economic assessment of the industry in a post-pandemic landscape.

Preaching to the choir to some extent, Radoszewski highlighted the many ways that plastics benefit society. The litany is familiar to those of us who cover the industry, but it bears repeating that polymers enable medical breakthroughs and improve patient safety, increase fuel efficiency in automobiles through lightweighting, reduce food waste and make food last longer thanks to innovations in packaging, and help build a more durable, sustainable infrastructure. None of that seems to drown out the clarion call of NGOs and parts of the media to abolish plastics. Radoszewski acknowledged the dissonance — “We are part of the problem because there is so much plastic” — but, importantly, “we’re also part of the solution.”

Plastics Industry Must Speak with United Voice to Counter Anti-Plastics Messaging

-SIBUR launches Vivilen brand of products containing recycled waste

SIBUR, Russia’s largest integrated petrochemicals company and a leader in sustainable development, is introducing the Vivilen brand that will see recycled materials incorporated into its production process, said the company on its site.

The brand manufactures polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) utilising partners’ capacities. In the future, the product line will be expanded with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and other products. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

New polymer grades were developed by SIBUR’s R&D Polylab facility and tested by processing companies. SIBUR has already started to supply new solutions on an industrial scale and is going to ramp up its output going forward into 2H 2021.

Promoting circular economy and developing polymer recycling are essential focus areas of SIBUR’s Sustainable Development Strategy.

Secondary polymers have a great recycling potential and can be reused up to ten times or more. When used to manufacture end products, they help reduce the environmental footprint: by 2050, recycling of the world’s polymer waste will cut down GHG emissions by 1.6 bt.

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-Schur Flexibles acquires Italian film manufacturer Termoplast

Schur Flexibles Group has acquired film producer Termoplast in a move to accelerate its expansion in the Italian market.

Based in Tuscany, Italy, Termoplast is a manufacturer of films for industrial, food, medical and pharmaceutical applications, and specialises in recyclable products. The company’s portfolio includes sealable, barrier and high-barrier films, as well as peelable and reclosable offerings. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

With a manufacturing facility in Gambassi Terme, Florence, the family business reported annual revenue of approximately €50 million in 2020.

The company is said to pursue a holistic resource efficiency approach. All waste from Termoplast’s production operations is recycled, while plastic waste from the region is also prepared for further processing by Termoplast’s own recycling company.

Schur Flexibles CEO, Michael Schernthaner, said: “Termoplast is a perfect fit for Schur Flexibles Group. Its entire production process is geared towards sustainability. It is truly a best practice example of the circular economy, whether with respect to innovations, its product portfolio, the recycling of post-industrial waste.

Schur Flexibles acquires Italian film manufacturer Termoplast

-International Recycling Week: Informal census finds consensus

Collectors and reprocessors of plastic scrap and end users of the material all see intense activity in the sector.

A panel gathered for the online International Recycling Week event represented several links in the plastic recycling supply chain, and each one of them is involved in and/or witnessing big-ticket investments in new plastic recycling activity.

Mass media headlines surrounding plastic packaging have been consistently negative for several years, as improperly discarded plastic has accumulated in the ocean and other ecosystems. The activism has spurred (belatedly, activists would likely contend) new regulations and substantial investments by brand owners, plastics producers, waste and recycling companies and entrepreneurs all seeking to raise the global packaging recycling rate. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

Syed Shahzad Alam, a procurement manager in the Middle East region for Unilever, pointed to that company’s aggressive  plastic recycling targets when commenting, “We are not the only one doing this, but we are certainly the pioneer and we are helping to create an industrywide drive, [and] this is actually happening.”

France-based waste and recycling firm Veolia has “heavily investing in plastic recycling,” said Ronald Richa, who works for the firm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Richa says his work involves “structuring the plastics recycling business here with a new project we intend to build [focused on] polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling.”

International Recycling Week: Informal census finds consensus

-Brief analysis over the trade barriers China PET bottle chip industry faces

We are to update the latest overseas trade barriers condition Chinese PET bottle chip plants face.

US and Japan anti-dumping duty on Chinese PET resin is to due in 2021-2022. US began to levy 126-162% extra tariff on Chinese PET resin since May 2016. Apr 2021, US International Trade Commission (ITC) launched the first anti-dumping and countervailing sunset review, and the preliminary results of this investigation may come out at the end of 2021.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

PET bottle chip exports to US reached its highest in 2014, which was around 150kt. However, in view of the current relationship between China and US, we believe that the chance of directly abolishing anti-dumping countervailing duties is small, but it may also be good if we can get the result of tariff reduction year by year.

Japan began to collect 39.8%—53% anti-dumping duties since Dec 28 2017, duration 5 years. So around the end of 2022, Japan’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET bottle chip will expire.

Japan’s imports of PET bottle chip from Chinese mainland peaked at 440kt in 2016.As a net importer, Japan has small capacity which cannot meet domestic consumption demand. Its annual import volume is basically around 900-1000kt. After levying ADD on Chinese materials, the local downstream factories in Japan directly bear the consequences of high pricing.

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-TAIF plans to increase polypropylene production capacity at meringue NKNKh

TAIF plans to increase its polypropylene production capacity, Realnoe Vremya reports.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim (part of TAIF Group) plans to build a new polypropylene plant with a design capacity of 400,000 tonnes of products per year in the near future. A tender has already been announced, and companies-applicants for the contract from Europe, Korea, Japan and China are competing in whose offer will be the best in terms of the combination of price and quality of performance. Business negotiations with the management of the Chinese corporation China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and its business partner China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC) took place the other day.

The management of TAIF PSC and Nizhnekamskneftekhim met with the top managers of CMEC Corporation and HQC Company, applying for a contract for the construction of PP-400. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

It is noted that Nizhnekamskneftekhim is already one of the leaders in the Russian Federation in this segment with a design capacity of the existing polypropylene production of 180,000 tonnes and a real production of 215,000 tonnes  per year. Taking into account the existing plant and the one that is planned to be built – with a design capacity of 400,000 tonnes  – Nizhnekamskneftekhim will almost triple the production of polypropylene and become one of the largest and most powerful producers of polypropylene in Europe.

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-Vietnam GDP growth accelerates in Q2 on strong industry output

Vietnam’s economic expansion accelerated in the second quarter on an annualized basis, backed by strong performance from the manufacturing sector.

June-quarter GDP growth at 6.61% represents a sharp improvement from the 0.39% pace recorded in the same period last year, and higher than the 4.65% rate registered in the first three months of 2021, official data showed on Tuesday.

Analysts were expecting a higher growth of 7.20% in the June quarter, Singapore-based UOB Global Economics and Markets Research said in a note on 29 June.

In the first half of 2021, GDP growth was 5.64% compared with a 1.82% growth recorded in the previous corresponding period, according to data from the Government Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

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-Trendy new colouring for home-compostable biopolymers

The Lifocolor group has announced that it has expanded its range of Lifocolor BIO masterbatches for biopolymers, with what the company calls bio-C colour concentrates. These concentrates are based on a selection of particularly environmentally compatible colourants and are suitable for colouring bio-based home compostable polymers. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

Under home composting conditions, they degrade to water, carbon dioxide and minerals.

Now, for the first time, Lifocolor has designed its trending colour series 2022 according to the standards of bio-C masterbatches, demonstrating that bio-based and biodegradable bioplastics can be both trendy and colorful as well as highly sustainable.

“Combined with suitable biopolymers, our Lifocolor Bio-C Masterbatches can decompose under home composting conditions. They decompose during the decomposition process to water, carbon dioxide and minerals. All the colourants used are therefore selected so that they do not pollute the environment during degradation,” said Dr. Martin Fabian, Managing Director of the Lifocolor corporate group.

This year, the Lifocolor group has gone a step further with its interpretation of the trending plastic colours for 2022.

Trendy new colouring for home-compostable biopolymers

-Circular economy in textile industry- the new way forward

Today, we will be talking about an industry that is currently resulting to be very beneficial for any economy. It generates foreign direct investments as well as absorbs a large share of the labor force in any country. Yes, the textile industry. The global textile market is very vast. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste

It sums up to nearly $1.4 trillion and its major share is in the developing countries, like China, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, and Turkey. The textile industry employs a large number of people, nearly over 300 million people, therefore, contributing to reducing unemployment in the country.

Being a huge industry, the production levels are very high. However, so are its implications on the environment. Often the people involved in the production process do not realize the harm they are causing to the environment. From non-environment-friendly methods of production to improper disposal of waste, the list is a long one. To meet the rising demand for textiles, these environmental and social values are often neglected and this continued negligence has been very dangerous for the world, harming the people and over-filling the landfills. The world has started to realize the damage it is doing to the environment through its non-eco-friendly measures. A point to keep in mind is that this not only creates environmental problems but also leads to losing many economic opportunities.

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Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen 30-06-2021

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-Audi Gives Automotive Plastics New Lease on Life

A pilot project in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology shows that chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising.

As part of Thinktank Industrial Resource Strategies, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been working with Audi for six months on a pilot project devoted to chemical recycling of plastics from automotive manufacturing. Now that the project has been completed, it is clear that chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising, they said.

The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. The material cycles closed in this way save valuable resources and energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As such, chemical recycling represents a viable alternative to energy recovery and complements mechanical processing. Audi could use fossil resources for longer and scale back the procurement of additional fossil resources. Together with partners from the chemical industry and KIT, Audi now plans to take the next step and research industrialization.

From fuel tanks and airbag covers to radiator grilles, numerous components in cars are made of plastics. They need to meet stringent safety, heat resistance, and quality requirements. This is why plastic automotive components that are subject to particularly high levels of stress, to date, can only be manufactured from virgin-quality materials. Additionally, mixed plastic waste is often not available for mechanical recycling. For this reason, the KIT thinktank launched a pilot project for chemical recycling with Audi at the end of 2020. Within the scope of the project, tests were carried out to determine the extent to which mixed automotive plastic fractions can be fed back into a resource-friendly cycle via chemical recycling.

-Audi Gives Automotive Plastics New Lease on Life

-Avgol Invests In New Capabilities At Russian Facility

Avgol, a manufacturer of high performance non-woven fabric solutions, has announced it is investing in a new high-speed, high-capacity flexible multiple beam production line at its facility in Uzlovaya, Russia.

“The addition of this new line enables us to have greater production capacity for growing regional markets and support the release of new Avgol technologies,” said Tommi Bjornman, CEO of Avgol.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

“Serving the growing baby diaper, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene markets along with satisfying sustained demand for meltblown filtration and medical materials, this investment enables Avgol to deliver an improved degree of service across the entire area while consolidating and strengthening our existing position,” he said.

Avgol, an Indorama Ventures Limited company, leads the global hygiene market with the most comprehensive range of ultra-lightweight spun-melt nonwoven fabrics. This new line at the company’s Uzlovaya facility, in the Tula Oblast region of Russia, will see Avgol investing in new Reicofil 5 (RF5) technology. The third line for this location will include biocomponent and corresponding high-loft capabilities thus producing materials for applications that meet the needs of upper tier products for Hygiene customers.

Avgol Invests In New Capabilities At Russian Facility

-International Recycling Week: Informal census finds consensus

Collectors and reprocessors of plastic scrap and end users of the material all see intense activity in the sector.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

A panel gathered for the online International Recycling Week event represented several links in the plastic recycling supply chain, and each one of them is involved in and/or witnessing big-ticket investments in new plastic recycling activity.

Mass media headlines surrounding plastic packaging have been consistently negative for several years, as improperly discarded plastic has accumulated in the ocean and other ecosystems. The activism has spurred (belatedly, activists would likely contend) new regulations and substantial investments by brand owners, plastics producers, waste and recycling companies and entrepreneurs all seeking to raise the global packaging recycling rate.

Syed Shahzad Alam, a procurement manager in the Middle East region for Unilever, pointed to that company’s aggressive plastic recycling targets when commenting, “We are not the only one doing this, but we are certainly the pioneer and we are helping to create an industrywide drive, [and] this is actually happening.”

International Recycling Week: Informal census finds consensus

-China’s Yisheng permanently shuts oldest PTA unit

Chinese producer Yisheng Petrochemical announced today that it has permanently shut its oldest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line, the 650,000 t/yr No.1 unit, at its Ningbo site in east China’s Zhejiang province.

The main reason for the closure is weak production margins. A massive expansion of PTA capacity in China over the past two years has squeezed margins, and Yisheng — China’s largest PTA producer — does not expect significant improvements in the coming years. The typical breakeven cost for a PTA unit of this scale is around or above 700 yuan/t ($108/t), much higher than Yn400-500/t for larger and newer plants.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

A new round of shutdowns of older producers began in China in March. State-controlled Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical dismantled its 300,000 t/yr No.1 PTA unit in Nanjing in April, while producers Zhejiang Reignwood and Ningbo Liwan have kept their production lines idle since March.

China’s Yisheng permanently shuts oldest PTA unit

Chemical recycling – snapshot of a technology everybody talks about

Chemical recycling has gained increased attention as a promising recovery technology, especially for post-consumer plastic waste. It is seen as a complementary solution to mechanical recycling, being better suited for difficult to recycle plastics like multi-layer solutions or heavily contaminated plastics. Yet, its availability at commercial scale is currently still limited, and a legislative framework at European level still needs to be established.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The term chemical recycling, also known as feedstock or tertiary recycling, comprises different varying technologies that convert plastic waste into an upstream feedstock resulting in secondary raw materials that have the same quality as virgin materials. This recovery technologies provide an opportunity for plastic waste streams that generally are not mechanically (or otherwise) recycled. In this way, waste is directed away from landfill or energy recovery towards higher quality recycling. However, chemical recycling is still facing economic and technical challenges, which have an effect on their potential for commercial development in Europe.

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-How biopolymers can be processed in hot runners

Germany — Never before has the plastics industry been as driven by sustainability as it is today. The increasing pressure from society and legislation demanding more sustainable alternatives is also driving Guenther hot runner technology. Therefore, the 1st Virtual Technology Day on 16 June 2021 was dedicated to the processing of biopolymers in the hot runner.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Biopolymers are an attractive alternative to polymers and are increasingly becoming the focus of the plastics processing industry. However, their crystallisation behaviour makes processing these new materials difficult. This prompted Guenther Hotrunner to put together a programme of lectures on this topic for a virtual technology day. More than 160 registrations from a wide range of companies proved the interest in the possibilities in biopolymer processing.

Manuel Schmellenkamp from Sigmasoft opened the lecture programme of the online event with the topic “Processing biopolymers — How does simulation work?” Using the example of polylactide (PLA), which can be injection moulded as a blend and filled with natural fibres (for example, wood imitation), he demonstrated the benefits of simulation in all areas of the plastics processing value chain. PLA basically behaves like a thermoplastic during injection moulding, but the residual moisture has a greater effect on the mechanical and rheological behaviour.

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-New vegan spider silk could be the solution to plastic pollution

A new plant-based material has been created – and it could put an end to single-use plastic.

A team at the University of Cambridge has created a polymer film by imitating the properties of spider silk, one of the strongest materials in nature. The product is as strong as many common plastics in use today and could replace the material completely in many common household products.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The ‘vegan spider silk’ was created using a method which assembles plant proteins into materials that mimic silk on a molecular level, resulting in a plastic-like free-standing film, which can be made at industrial scale.

From Alzheimer’s disease to dishwasher tablets

Professor Tuomas Knowles has spent years at Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, researching the behaviour of proteins. Much of this has been focused on what happens when proteins ‘misbehave’, primarily in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

“We normally investigate how functional protein interactions allow us to stay healthy and how irregular interactions are implicated in Alzheimer’s,” says Knowles, who led the research. “It was a surprise to find our research could also address a big problem in sustainability: that of plastic pollution.”

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-DEFRA plans for more UK plastic processing infrastructure

DEFRA is working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) on plans to build more plastic processing infrastructure in the UK to reduce exports, according to the government.

Last week Feryal Clark, Labour MP for Enfield put a question to the Secretary of State for DEFRA asking if he will hold discussions with the DIT on the findings of a Greenpeace report that plastic packaging and bags from seven of the top 10 UK supermarkets have been found at multiple sites across Turkey.

Minister for the environment Rebecca Pow has responded to the question, confirming that DEFRA  is working with DIT on “supporting the development of more plastic processing infrastructure within the UK to reduce the need to export these materials to other countries, such as Turkey”.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

She continued saying the government is also committed to bringing forward a ban on plastic exports to non-OECD countries.

Regarding the Greenpeace report, Pow added: “The Environment Agency (EA)  has liaised with Greenpeace […] in order to seek information which could assist them with their compliance monitoring and enforcement of waste exports to Turkey.

She also said that the EA has been proactively engaging with the authorities in Turkey on the issue of illegal plastic waste exports over the past year.

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-Report Blasts ‘False’ Corporate Solutions to Plastic Pollution

A new report from Break Free From Plastic claims that fast-moving consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, and Coca-Cola are investing in costly projects that do little to solve the plastic waste problem.

While top fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies are seeking ways to reduce plastic waste through a variety of programs that range from the probable to the impossible, Break Free From Plastic has issued a new report that categorizes 265 recent and current projects. Out of these projects, a total of 226 were designated “false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis,” as defined by experts from the Break Free From Plastic movement.  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

“Missing the Mark: Unveiling corporate false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis” analyzed the initiatives of Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Mars Inc., Mondelez International, Nestlé, Unilever, and the Coca-Cola Co., which are considered to be “top polluters” according to a global brand audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic. While these FMCG companies claim to be tackling the issues surrounding the use of plastic packaging for their products, the report says that they “are pursuing false solutions that range from potentially damaging at worst, and simple wishful thinking, at best.” The findings reveal that “only 15% of the projects are proven solutions like reuse, refill, and alternative delivery systems. Instead, these companies are investing in projects that do little to eliminate single-use plastics,” said Emma Priestland, Break Free From Plastic Corporate Campaigns Coordinator.

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-WOX Brings AI to Ozone Bleaching and Denim Finishing

Wiser Tech is an innovation and technology company that has set out to change the current textile industry. Based in Turkey, the world-class R&D center has been working on advanced technologies that will revolutionize denim finishing processes. “WOX, the first product of these technologies, physically consists of an ozone drum and generator, but in spirit, it was designed as a network object that provides data to artificial intelligence algorithms,” said Fuat Gozacan, founder of Wiser Tech. “With this feature, it is a first in the industry.”

Here, Gozacan spoke with Sourcing Journal about its AI-based WOX system and what makes it unique in the denim finishing technologies industry.

You introduced a new ozone finishing technology last month. How did WOX’s journey begin?  Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The starting point of WOX is based on Wiser Wash, a patented and award-winning ozone bleaching process introduced to the denim industry in 2017. It eliminates the standard pumice stone and toxic chemicals, and bleaches with only 200 ml of water and ozone. Yet the outcome is always gorgeous, with brighter contrasts. Wiser Tech, our innovation and technology company, has been working on advanced technologies that will take the potential of Wiser Wash one step further.

WOX Brings AI to Ozone Bleaching and Denim Finishing

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Polyamide6 Petrochemicals Hydrogen 29-06-2021

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-SK Chemicals partners with Huvis to produce polyester yarn using chemical recycling technology

Huvis, a manufacturer of chemicals and fiber materials in South Korea, teamed up with SK Chemicals to produce a high-quality polyester yarn using chemical recycling technology. The new product called “Ecoever CR” will be produced within the third quarter of 2021.

Unlike physical recycling that uses post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials by grinding collected polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and other materials into little pieces, chemical recycling breaks down and returns plastic to its pure, raw material form. It is an attractive way to address the explosive growth of plastic waste and disposal problems.

Using SK Chemicals’ chemical cycle PET (CR PET), Huvis will make yarn products. Huvis has produced Ecoever, an eco-friendly fiber made from used PET bottles. In August 2020, the company opened a plant to produce a sheet-type PET foam material called “ECOPET,” which has excellent thermal insulation and heat-resisting properties. ECOPET can be used as food containers because it is free of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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-The world has a plastics shortage, and PC-makers may be responding with a little greenwashing

Manufacturers’ marketing reflects good intentions and the realities of challenged supply chains and tightening laws

The world has a shortage of plastics, and the ensuing challenges — rather than a desire to protect the planet — may well be the reason you’ve recently heard about recycled plastic working its way into laptops and other gadgetry.

The Reg’s interest in recycled materials was piqued by a series of announcements that emerged around April 2021’s Earth Day. Acer, for example, touted the first of a new range of greener products that featured post-consumer recycled plastic. Lenovo reminded us that it uses millions of kilograms of recycled plastic each year.

Dell has a 2030 goal of reusing or recycling an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, while using 100 per cent recycled or renewable packaging materials and having more than half of product content made from recycled or renewable materials.

That news got us wondering if recycled material makes a difference that readers might notice in a product. We also wondered if the burst of enthusiasm for recycled materials was mere virtue signaling, or a signal of real change.

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-Tosaf launches a line of BOPE additives

Tosaf, Alon Tavor, Israel has developed new additive masterbatches that are specially tailored to the orientation process of PE films, said the company.

This portfolio currently includes slip, antiblock, antistatic and antifog additives. The option of using them individually or in combination gives manufacturers a high degree of flexibility in meeting specific product requirements.

In close cooperation with Bruckner Maschinenbau, a manufacturer of film stretching systems based in Siegsdorf, Tosaf has validated the good processing properties of the BOPE masterbatches. As these pilot tests have shown, films made with them meet high optical and functional requirements without compromising mechanical properties.

In addition, the masterbatch manufacturer has demonstrated the good processing properties that result from using the new additives on a production line. The results also show the suitability of the BOPE additives for the production of inline monoaxially stretched films (Machine Direction Orientated, MDO), which are emerging as a further production trend.

As per MRC, Biaxplen company (part of SIBUR Holding) developed a metallized film of the HBV.M brand, which has high barrier properties. There are only a few companies all over the world capable of producing films with such characteristics. The new brand will be produced at the Kursk plant Biaksplena. The production capacity will be 500 tons per year. The launch of the film is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

Tosaf launches a line of BOPE additives

-Versalis and Saipem to produce sustainable bioethanol

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, and Saipem, an engineering and technological platform for sustainability, have signed an agreement to internationally promote PROESA, Versalis’ proprietary technology used to produce sustainable bioethanol and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass, said the company.

Versalis and Saipem will provide integrated and technologically advanced solutions for the sustainable production of bioethanol. The PROESA process does not use crops intended for human consumption as a raw material, but rather produces second generation bioethanol (referred to as advanced biofuel by EU) through a process of hydrolysis and subsequent fermentation of agricultural biomasses available in abundance, such as agricultural waste, wood chips and energy crops.

Versalis will manage the commercial aspects relating to the granting of licence rights of the PROESA technology and will provide engineering, assistance, and training services. Saipem will be responsible for all the stages of production plants development, from design to construction. Furthermore, the two companies will collaborate with a dedicated joint team to further developments in the industrial process. The Versalis plant in Crescentino (Vercelli), where the PROESA technology was developed, will be the reference plant for international marketing by the two companies.

Versalis and Saipem to produce sustainable bioethanol

-Iran starts construction of mega petrochemical complex

According to Shana, Iran’s Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC) initiated the construction of a mega petrochemical complex in the Mahshahr district, southwestern Iran.

Senior petrochemical officials including the PGPIC Managing Director Jafar Rabiei, and the project’s managing director Mehdi Gharouni were present at the ceremony.

Rabiei further declared that this complex is the biggest petrochemical complex in Mahshahr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone and when it implemented it is going to create job opportunities for 5,000 people.

The project’s managing director stated that the mentioned petrochemical complex, is included of one olefin unit with a production capacity of 1.26 tons of ethylene and 420,000 tons of propylene, in addition to five polymer units including two units of high-density polyethylene (HDP), one unit of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), one unit of polypropylene, one monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit and a butadiene unit.

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-Andritz to demonstrate latest developments at ANEX

International technology Group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens production and textile solutions at ANEX/SINCE 2021 in Shanghai, China, from July 22 to 24, 2021.

Located at booth 1L10, the broad Andritz product portfolio covers a wide range of nonwovens and textile production technologies such as air-through bonding, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid/Wetlace, converting, textile finishing, airlay, recycling, and bast fibre processing.

The company’s presence in China is strengthened by its Andritz (China) Ltd.’s Wuxi Branch, which has an experienced platform for production and service specially geared to the Asian nonwovens industry. It designs and manufactures cutting-edge lines for the Andritz aXcess product range, which includes complete lines and individual machines for air-through bonding, needlepunch and spunlace processes. Through this expertise, nonwovens producers have access to a full range of technologies for the production of high-quality nonwoven roll goods.

Andritz to demonstrate latest developments at ANEX

-Far East sea freight rates to increase again shortly

Ocean freight rates on the Far East-Middle East sector will increase again by the end of the month in anticipation of a surge in year-end cargo volumes.

Ocean freight rates on the Far East-Middle East sector will increase again by the end of the month in anticipation of a surge in year-end cargo volumes.

Industry sources said the main shipping lines, which are members of the informal rate agreement (IRA) governing the Far East-Middle East trade, are expected to meet shortly to discuss the general rate increase.

The increase will follow the August peak season surcharge of $150 per 20-foot unit (TEU) and $300 per 40-foot container levied by the IRA and the increase in the fuel adjustment factor in July (from $82 per TEU to $117).

These rates are applied over and above the prevailing freight rates, which are $1,000 to $1,200 a TEU from Chinese ports.

The IRA also attempted to implement a general rate increase of up to $300 per TEU in July but implementation was less than 100 per cent due to lower than expected cargo volumes, said sources.

-Far East sea freight rates to increase again shortly

-Vinmar unit Axia to sell polyamides, PBT in German-speaking countries / Expansion of compounding capacity

A distribution agreement with Germany-based Axia Plastics (Cologne; www.axiaplastics.com) seeks to increase sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for Turkish compounder Epsan (Bursa; www.epsan.com.tr).

Axia, a subsidiary of US chemical and plastics supplier Vinmar International (Houston, Texas; www.vinmar.com), was founded in 2019 to sell polymers by ExxonMobil Chemical (see Plasteurope.com of 28.05.2019) and plans to offer the entire Epsan portfolio of compounds, which are based on numerous engineering thermoplastics.

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-Teknor Apex adds warehousing in Japan for auto compounds

Teknor Apex Company has established a warehouse and distribution facility in Kyoto for its PVC automotive compounds and has appointed a sales agent responsible for serving auto-industry companies in Japan.

The new sales agent is Nishinihon Shoko Co., Ltd., an Osaka-based company specialising in supplying the automotive industry. Kozo Okamoto is President/CEO. The manager of automotive accounts will be Hirofumi Okamoto, and Kazuo Yamada will provide technical support.

“We already supply PVC compounds to Japanese OEMs in other regions of the world, and now we have strengthened our capability to serve OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in Japan directly,” said Steve McCormack, automotive industry manager for the Vinyl Division. “This is critical for meeting the just-in-time requirements of our customers in Japan.”

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-HYDROGEN: BOOMING INTEREST (THANKS TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE) AND MANY UNCERTAINTIES

Hydrogen is the object of renewed and momentous interest around the world as a way to contribute to the decarbonisation of the global economy. Indeed, while hydrogen has multiple applications across (heavily polluting) industrial sectors and potential for new uses in transport, heating and power generation, it does not emit any CO2 and it leads to almost no air pollution when used. It enters in industrial processes as a feedstock, can be burned as a fuel, serve as an energy carrier, or for energy storage. However, today, its share in the global energy mix stays very limited, mainly because of cost considerations. While it is used in many public initiatives around the world, technological, financial and regulation risks (among others) will remain.

DIVERSE PRODUCTION SOURCES AND (FUTURE) USES

Hydrogen can be produced through multiple technologies classified by colour. There are three main types of hydrogen. ‘Grey’ hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, typically with natural gas reforming or coal gasification. ‘Blue’ (or low-carbon) hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, like the ‘grey’ one, but during the reforming process, carbon emissions are captured by a Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) plant, and stored in underground sites. ‘Green’ (or renewable or clean) hydrogen is produced from renewable power by electrolysis (i.e. the process of separating water molecules into their constituents, hydrogen and oxygen) or from biomass with limited emissions.

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-Standard Textile And Küçükçalık Announce Joint Venture To Accelerate Growth In Markets

Standard Textile Co., Inc. and Küçükçalık today announce they have entered into a joint venture agreement. The joint venture agreement brings together the specialized expertise and knowledge of two leading textile manufacturing companies to expand their product portfolio and accelerate growth in the healthcare, hospitality, and consumer markets.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Küçükçalık is a premier global textile manufacturing company with key operations in Turkey and Egypt.  From fiber production to weaving to finishing, the company produces apparel, bedding, drapery, and other decorative products for the consumer market. The company opened its first weaving mill in 1990 and added dyeing and printing factories in 1992. In 2019, Küçükçalık created a new sustainable yarn from discarded PET bottles using advanced spinning technology. The company is listed among the top 500 companies in the Turkish industrial sector.

Standard Textile And Küçükçalık Announce Joint Venture To Accelerate Growth In Markets

-Loop forms joint venture with South Korean conglomerate

The two companies plan to commercialize Loop’s PET, plastic fiber manufacturing technology in Asia.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Loop Industries, a company based in Montréal that is focused on finding solutions for a sustainable plastics economy, has announced that it is forming a strategic partnership with SK Global Chemical Co. Ltd. (SKGC), a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, which is a large conglomerate, to accelerate the commercialization of Loop’s sustainable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing technology throughout Asia.

According to a news release from Loop, the company’s technology allows for PET plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into virgin-quality PET using low heat and no added pressure. The process allows Loop to eliminate contaminants, such as dyes, additives and other impurities, preventing unrecyclable materials like colored and contaminated plastics or textiles from ending up in landfills.

Loop forms joint venture with South Korean conglomerate

-EU, Asia Plastics Supplier Sees Chemical Recycling Progress

Sibur, the Moscow-based supplier of plastics to Europe, Russia and Asia, sees research in next-stage recycling techniques yielding results in the next three to five years.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Chemical recycling is “definitely an R&D priority for us, which should provide some real options, but only within three to five years” Peter O’Brien, Managing Director for Economics and Finance at Sibur said during an annual investment conference hosted by Renaissance Capital. “When we do have those options, they should be more efficient than mechanical recycling and they will help to reduce CO2 emissions.”

Governments, investors and corporates are seeking to manage waste and pollution stemming from rising plastics use worldwide, and Russia is no exception. Increasing amounts of plastics, which do not decompose within a human’s lifetime, are appearing in the world’s oceans and waterways as waste collection and management processes leak the material.

Plastics are omnipresent, and in some ways a victim of their own success as a cheap, strong and flexible material. Chemical properties in plastics make re-use and recycling possible as an answer to return value while stemming the rising tide of trash.

Mechanical recycling is a simpler and more common practice currently. It preserves the molecular structure of the plastic. It crushes (properly sorted) plastics and remelts them into granules. Meanwhile, the focus for the future is on chemical recycling. This technique is able to split the polymer chains and theoretically gain higher or complete yields of recyclable material.

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-Recycling is only one part of solution to plastic waste, experts say

Product design and life-cycle assessment are also needed

More plastic recycling and innovative approaches to it are a key part of, but not a complete solution to, solving plastic waste problems, experts told a US congressional panel June 24.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

A sole focus on recycling could increase the proliferation of plastic and waste problems, Gregory Keoleian, a professor of sustainable systems at the University of Michigan, told the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

Better product design with careful selection of materials that can be recycled must be integrated into efforts to reduce plastic waste, Keoleian said.

As an example of a waste conundrum that stems from the lack of systematic consideration, Keoleian noted that the manufacturing of automobiles involves dozens of types of plastic. These plastics wind up mixed—and hard to clean, separate, and recycle—when old cars get shredded to reclaim their steel, he said.

Life-cycle assessments of products can help producers avoid or limit the use of materials that can’t be reused, remanufactured, or recycled, he said. Such assessments also consider the greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics production and disposal, Keoleian said, adding: “Plastics are carbon-intensive.”

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-CPL & PA6: destock still the main topic before Aug

Cautious trade and high inventory

The current nylon 6 chip and filament market are in a very representative state: prices keep range-bound, downstream go bargain hunting when prices wave to a relatively low rate, and sales/production ratio is temporarily stimulated but in most of the time not ideal. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

And compared with polyester filament, the periodical sales boom in nylon market is less frequently, with shorter cycles and less regularity.

This has pointed out to the fact that caution is the current state of mind in the downstream, and it is closely related to the recent general environment. There are indeed some macro risks that need to be guarded against.

For example, when will the US Fed tightening signal, which is the most concerned, appear? And the U.S. employment data in the near term is better than expected, the inflation has risen significantly, so the exit from Quantity Easing seems to be just around the corner.

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-German car industry sees strong impact of Chinese design in new car interiors

While last year saw the cancellation of events ranging from anniversary celebrations to major trade shows, it looks as if this year, as countries starting reopening and restrictions are relaxed, might be different. One of the first industry in-person events planned in Europe is the VDI PIAE 2021 international trade congress in Mannheim on September 8 and 9; although, as the organisers said, there will be a digital programme as well, to ensure that those unable to attend can also participate.

At a virtual media event 24 June held in advance of the congress, the main theme was the interior of the cars of the future and the tensions arising between the factors design, functionality and sustainability. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Key issues playing a role, according to the various speakers, are the need for better quality and a consistent supply of recycled materials, intelligent tools and technologies that make it possible to produce the smart surfaces that consumers will be looking for in the new cars of the future and a new ‘design language’ that is aligned with the new mobility developments. One of the speakers at the event, Jörg Friedrich, the managing director at Car Men GmbH emphasised the emerging design potential of the Chinese industry, which, he said, is having an increasingly stronger impact on car interior design worldwide – “ a trend that was clearly evident at the Shanghai / Beijing Auto Shows.”

One important need is for materials with a lower carbon footprint. The automotive industry, too, must do its share to meet the European Union’s stricter climate targets, preserve natural resources and increase the lifespan of vehicles. Jochen Hardt, Marketing Mobility Covestro, said that Covestro was working to fulfil these needs with new sustainable material solutions that the company will be showcasing in Mannheim in September.

German car industry sees strong impact of Chinese design in new car interiors

-Film Supplier Launches Recyclable 100% Polyethylene Cereal Liners

Breakfast cereals packaged in the multilayer, co-extruded box-in-box liners are on store shelves now in the United Kingdom.

Coveris, a flexible-packaging developer based in Austria, has developed a recyclable, mono-material film liner for bag-in-box cereal packaging. The company’s new Cereal+ liner is made from 100% polyethylene co-extruded film that contains up to nine layers. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

“Cereal+ has launched w ith three cereal brands in the UK, with more launches anticipated in the next month,” Sujoy Bose, Sales Director, Coveris, told PlasticsToday.

The liner provides shelf life comparable to that of conventional cereal box liners, ensuring product protection and freshness for cereals and other dry foods. Cereal+ offers high mechanical strength and puncture resistance, excellent sealing properties, and easy-peel opening for consumers.

Multiple Cereal+ liner structures are available to meet the requirements of different applications. The Coveris Film Science Laboratory performs analytical testing, including moisture vapor transition rate (MVTR) tests, to help customers choose the liner best suited to their product.

“Our Cereal+ liners for bag-in-box and catering applications are five-layer co-extruded films. For products requiring barrier properties, Coveris has the capabilities to manufacture seven- and nine-layer Cereal+ films for performance and shelf life,” Bose explained.

Film Supplier Launches Recyclable 100% Polyethylene Cereal Liners

-PET mixing nozzle

During the production of PET preforms, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a by-product of PET. AA can also be found in nature, e.g. in citrus fruits. Because if its intense taste an excessively high AA content in PET preforms is undesirable. In addition to the recipe, the main influencing factors for the formation of AA when processing PET are the residence time and the processing temperature. Since the residence time in the laminar PET melt flow is uneven, local AA concentrations occur in individual cavities of the mould.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

This means that in one injection cycle, within a large number of high quality preforms, some with too high AA concentration may occur. This can be counteracted conservatively by using AA blockers. The problem is that AA blockers may also migrate and therefore, corresponding legal limits must be observed. Moreover, AA blockers represent an additional cost factor.

By using the Promix PET mixing nozzle specially developed for this application, local AA concentrations are evenly distributed in the melt flow. This prevents individual outliers. Since the peaks are reduced by an average of 20-30 %, all cavities are then below the permissible AA limit. If AA blockers are used, their effect is optimised thanks to the better distribution in the melt. This leads to significant savings in AA blockers. Not infrequently, it is even possible to eliminate AA blockers entirely, which permanently lowers production costs.

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-Conversation on the textile of the future with Giulio Bonazzi of Aquafil (Italian Language Only)

The CEO of Aquafil, world leader in the production of nylon components for furniture and fashion, is an entrepreneur from Vicenza who has been involved in sustainability and the circular economy for more than 20 years. In one sector, textiles, which has only recently begun to question the harmfulness of fast fashion
First of all, raise your hand if you think that the vanguard of recycling in textiles passes through the carpet sector: probably no one (except those directly involved).
And now raise your hand if you know that Roy C. Anderson, the putative father of the regenerative company, was a worldwide carpet manufacturer: lovers of the genre certainly did, as well as the Ted’s, of which Anderson was a great protagonist. Finally raise your hand who was in 1998 on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, in one of the most exclusive resorts in the world in the company of Bruce Willis and Michael Jordan (among others), in an atmosphere full of expectations and flavor of the “appointment with history”.  BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Here the hand can raise it very few, very few lucky ones. Giulio Bonazzi, entrepreneur from Vicenza, CEO of Aquafil, world leader in the production of nylon components for furniture and fashion, is one of these.

Anderson’s 20-20 mission
Aquafil, which is based in Trento, in 1998 was a small, very small supplier of Interface, Anderson’s company. Yet Bonazzi was also called upon to contribute to the great event. “The first day, Anderson gathered us in a small room, which looked like a high school classroom, and made a very clear speech: he said he would set up the ‘mission 20-20’ – Bonazzi tells EconomiaCircolare.com – and that is that by 2020 he would have been at the head of a company with zero impact on the planet: totally based on recycled raw materials, zero emissions, zero waste of water and rational use of this precious asset, energy only from renewable sources, etc. … T we all thought: he’s crazy. But from there, for each of us, the way of seeing our work changed and a journey began that continues today ”.

Conversation on the textile of the future with Giulio Bonazzi of Aquafil

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,660 yuan/ton +360
Bottle grade PET chips export market 925 $/ton 965 $/ton- +40
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,000 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton +300
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,375 yuan/ton +275
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,705 yuan/ton 5,150 yuan/ton +445
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PXKorea Ethylene
700 $/ton 710 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,795 yuan/ton 4,995yuan/ton +200
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 625 $/ton 645 $/ton- +20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 865 $/ton 936 $/ton +71
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 847 $/ton 918 $/ton +71
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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875 $/ton 925 $/ton +50
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,175 yuan/ton 7,350yuan/ton
+175
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,550 yuan/ton 6,650yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8,800yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,300 yuan/ton 8.400yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PXKorea Ethylene
7,575yuan/ton 7,700yuan/ton +125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 7,100yuan/ton +300
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,650 yuan/ton 14,000yuan/ton
+350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,650 yuan/ton 14,600yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,000 yuan/ton 16,950yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,750yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,250 yuan/ton 18,250yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 91,000 yuan/ton 93,000yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 81,000 yuan/ton 83,000yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 69,500 yuan/ton 71,500yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 10,000yuan/ton +300
Benzene domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton +500
Benzene overseas  market 935 $/ton 1,021 $/ton +86
Ethylene South East market 835 $/ton860 865 $/ton +30
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,126 $/ton 1,074$/ton -52
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,700yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,300 $/ton -100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,300 yuan/ton 18,500yuan/ton +200
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,300 yuan/ton 12,300yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PXKorea Ethylene
8,100 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  632 $/ton 666 $/ton
+34
Phenol domestic market 9,180 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton +120

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-Recycling Capabilities for Flexible Packaging in a Circular Economy

All recycling technologies are required to ensure material is retained in the economy to be used by end markets and applications says new position statement from CEFLEX.

The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) initiative is a collaboration of over 170 European companies, associations and organisations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. Together, we work to make all flexible packaging in Europe circular by 2025.

To support CEFLEX’s vision and help the entire value chain move forward as one, a facilitated alignment process tackles key issues. Captured in a position statement, the latest addresses Recycling Capabilities for Flexible Packaging in a Circular Economy – and the need for:

  • Fit for purpose recyclate in sufficient quantity, quality and value to be preferred over new virgin fossil-based materials by the market
  • An essential need for high quality mechanical and physical recycling; but also, chemical recycling technologies to realise the required capacity and expanded end markets
  • Coherent and complementary choices in packaging design using the CEFLEX Designing for a Circular Economy guidelines and improved sorting processes
  • EPR schemes designed to support full material circularity together with the principle of covering the full net costs associated with this

Recycling Capabilities for Flexible Packaging in a Circular Economy

-How to Get Plastic Packaging Back in a Circular Economy

Mechanical recycling can only take us so far, so we must look at advanced recycling methods to meet environmental objectives. However, the road is rocky.

We want packaging to protect, keep consumers safe, and make good use of material resources. We want to use barriers that reduce permeation of gases (carbon dioxide and oxygen) and moisture for products that are sensitive. We want to use colors and UV inhibitors the protect against the loss of vitamins and flavor. We might even want to brighten our package a bit.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Then we want our packaging back. Recycling efforts cannot be considered successful until we get the containers, bottles, pouches, etc., returned — and that continues to be a challenge, particularly in the United States.

But what do we do with it once we get it back?

The existing mode of attack is mechanical recycling. The process separates materials based on type: glass, metal, paper, and plastics. Today, it is relatively easy to set up a mechanical recycling plant and reclaim many materials for next generation use.

However, with plastics, mechanical recycling can only take us so far. The feedstocks cannot deviate far from the original polymer. Those materials we add to enhance package performance — such as nylon, color, oxygen scavengers — can negatively impact processing and appearance of mechanically-recycled polymers.

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-SABIC, BASF discuss plastics circular economy in Riyadh

  • SABIC is working with UK-based company Plastic Energy to build its first commercial unit in Geleen
  • Chemicals giant focuses on recycling plastics

RIYADH: SABIC and BASF, two of the world’s largest chemical producers, met in Riyadh to share insights into their respective programs to develop circular economy solutions for the plastics industry.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

SABIC shared progress it has made with TRUCIRCLE, a collection of processes that allow for the certification of polymers created through recycling of used and mixed plastic, certified bio-based renewable polymers, certified renewable polycarbonate (PC), and mechanically recycled polymers.

BASF discussed ChemCycling, a project to develop a pyrolysis technology that turns plastic waste into a secondary raw material called pyrolysis oil. The German multinational also explained how its plastic additives facilitate mechanical recycling of plastics.

SABIC is working with UK-based company Plastic Energy to build its first commercial unit in Geleen, The Netherlands, which will produce TRUCIRCLE certified circular polymers from recycled plastic.

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-Oerlikon to exhibit at ANEX

Oerlikon Nonwoven will be showcasing its range of technology at next month’s ANEX-SINCE exhibition with a particular focus on solutions for the hygiene and medical, filtration and other industrial sectors.

Taking place in Shanghai between July 22 and 24, 2021, Oerlikon can be found at Stand 1H20.

Oerlikon Nonwoven offers a broad range of spunbond technology products and services. The process for manufacturing geotextiles from polyester or polypropylene in particular, has been optimized, and is now characterized by high production quality and the high production capacities and yields for manufacturing the latest, future-oriented nonwoven products.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

For the manufacture of hygiene and medical nonwovens, Oerlikon Nonwoven is offering its new QSR (Quality Sized Right) systems, which can be combined with a range of other features that enable differentiation within the market.

For the meltblown sector, Oerlikon supplies equipment for the manufacture of highly sophisticated filter media and numerous other high-end nonwoven applications.

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-Consortium blows bottles from enzymatically-recycled plastics

A consortium of companies formed in April 2019 has produced food-grade PET bottles from enzymatically-recycled plastics.

Green chemistry company Carbios, and brand owners L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, have manufactured sample bottles for products including Pepsi Max, Orangina and Perrier.

The announcement is the culmination of nearly 10 years’ research and development by Carbios to create a new process and supercharge an enzyme naturally occurring in compost heaps that normally breaks down leaf membranes of dead plants. By adapting this enzyme, Carbios has fine-tuned the technology and optimised this enzyme to break down any kind of PET (regardless of colour or complexity) into its building blocks, which can then be turned back into like-new, virgin-quality plastics.

According to a peer-reviewed article in Nature, PET can be broken down enzymatically by 97 per cent in 16 hours, which is said to be 10,000 times more efficient than any biological plastics recycling trial to date.

Consortium blows bottles from enzymatically-recycled plastics

-Lucozade producer reveals world’s first endlessly recyclable plastic bottle

The promise of endlessly recycled PET plastic is one step closer today, as an industry consortium announced the successful production of the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic.

Each consortium member – which includes Coleford-based Suntory Beverage and Food Europe, Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo – has successfully manufactured sample bottles – based on Carbios’ enzymatic PET recycling technology.

Orangina is one of the iconic brands modelling the technology which could see brands like Ribena and Lucozade follow suite.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Suntory said this ground-breaking milestone is a key building block in its roadmap to full circularity for its drinks packaging, and its transition to removing fossil-fuel-based plastic from its packaging by 2030. The firm’s roadmap to 100 per cent sustainable plastic packing includes: investing in enzymatic recycling, creating bottles fit for circularity, using more recycled material and removing unnecessary plastic.

The news follows the Gloucestershire based company’s recent £7.8m investment to make its existing packaging more sustainable too. This includes new designs for its Ribena and Lucozade bottles that aid bottle-to-bottle recycling, the switch to 100 per cent recycled plastic for Lucozade Sport by the end of this year, and the switch to recyclable paper straws on its Ribena cartons.

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-Born digital’ facilities set to transform PP recycling

Software and technology firm Emerson has signed a multi-year agreement with PureCycle Technologies to provide advanced digital technologies and automation for a network of global facilities enabling large-scale recycling of ‘a common – but rarely recycled – plastics’.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem was chosen for its breadth of digital solutions, including intelligent sensors and control valves, advanced operations software and systems, cloud data management and analytics.

“Unlike traditional manufacturing facilities coping with transforming legacy platforms to digital, PureCycle’s approach will enable all future facilities to be born digital,” said Dustin Olson, chief manufacturing officer of PureCycle Technologies. “With Emerson’s help, each PureCycle facility is expected to start up with the most advanced digital automation technologies available, allowing for faster project completion and fully integrated systems.

“PureCycle’s first-of-its-kind technology purifies waste plastics to remove colour, odour and other contaminants to create a near-virgin Ultra-Pure Recycled PP suitable for nearly any application. This provides a pathway to reverse low rates of global PP recycling and opens new opportunities for the plastics supply into all PP applications.”

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-TOMRA to showcase latest sensor-based sorting updates at WasteExpo

At WasteExpo 2021, June 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, TOMRA Recycling will exhibit and highlight the latest sorting innovations from the company’s new generation AUTOSORT sensor-based sorting system. As a sponsoring partner of the Sustainability Talks event co-located with WasteExpo, TOMRA will also deliver a presentation on June 30, focusing on recycling’s role in offering ideas and solutions to advance the circular economy.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

On exhibit in TOMRA WasteExpo booth #2123, the ultracompact and highly versatile AUTOSORT excels across a vast range of material sorting applications, including municipal solid waste (MSW). AUTOSORT features multiple technologies, including SHARP EYE and FLYING BEAM, to deliver high-performance sorting accuracy across all target fractions, including the most complex to sort.

Team members, including TOMRA’s new Regional Director Americas, Ty Rhoad, will also have the latest details on the highly customizable AUTOSORT® SPEEDAIR. This additional component in the TOMRA AUTOSORT® range incorporates speed-controlled, fan-driven air inlets that generate a constant air stream over the conveyor belt to prevent light materials like paper and plastic film from moving, even at belt speeds reaching 19.7 ft/sec (6 m/sec).

-TOMRA to showcase latest sensor-based sorting updates at WasteExpo

-Domestic Prime Resin in Scarce Supply

There are still no signs indicating that resin prices have peaked. Indeed, producers are poised to raise prices in July on the heels of a June increase.

Most spot polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices held steady for a second consecutive week.  Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Although buyers were wishing and hoping to talk the market down, there was still no real sign that US commodity resin prices were headed for a reversal, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

Some market participants pointed to the return to healthy reactor rates and corresponding build in some upstream resin inventories, but domestically produced prime resin was still very difficult to source in the spot market, as force majeure conditions and sales allocations remain in place for many producers. There was some resistance to market pricing early in the week of June 14, but buyers that truly needed material were unable to find a better deal and came back later in the week to pay suppliers’ asking prices. Producers showed their intent on maintaining the firm undertone that has been the prevailing theme throughout this year by announcing another round of PE price increases for July. The July nominations came as June contracts have yet to be finalized but lean heavily toward implementation.

-Domestic Prime Resin in Scarce Supply

-PolyStyreneLoop opens EPS recycling plant: Correction

The PolyStyreneLoop co-operative has opened its polystyrene recycling plant in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, which is designed to facilitate closed-loop recycling of expandable polystyrene (EPS) waste. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The facility was officially opened and fully operational on 16 June, with a capacity to recycle 3,300 t/yr of EPS demolition waste from buildings. The project will use a physical recycling process based on the Creasolv Technology as a dissolution technique, allowing the removal of additives and impurities such as cement and other chemical residues to deliver high-quality polystyrene recyclates.

PolyStyreneLoop is a co-operative taskforce represented by more than 70 companies operating in the polystyrene foam value chain. Members include producer Synthos, the EUMEPS (European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene) and a number of foam manufacturers, additives suppliers, converters and recyclers.

-PolyStyreneLoop opens EPS recycling plant: Correction

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-Indorama Ventures Adds New Production To Its Naphthalates Business To Become The World’s Largest Merchant Producer Of PNDA

Indorama Ventures Xylenes & PTA, LLC (IVXP), a subsidiary of global chemical producer Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), announces new PNDA (Purified 2,6-Naphthalene Dicarboxylic Acid) production unit, making IVXP the world’s largest PNDA producer. The unit is located at IVXP’s integrated manufacturing site in Decatur, Alabama, U.S.

The company used in-house technology to design and develop the new unit, which was built with equipment mostly made in the U.S. IVXP’s PNDA maintains the highest 99.8% purity level, with extremely low levels of metals and other organics. The unit can produce enough PNDA to fulfil current and forecast global demand for the next 10 years.

IVL is the only large-scale commercial producer of NDC (Dimethyl 2,6-Naphthalene Dicarboxylate) monomers. In addition to PNDA and NDC production, it offers a wide range of naphthalate polymers such as PEN (Polyethylene Naphthalate), PEN-Copolymers, PBN (Polybutylene Naphthalate), and other specialty naphthalates.

Indorama Ventures Adds New Production To Its Naphthalates Business To Become The World’s Largest Merchant Producer Of PNDA

-Rewind Mix process pushes pyrolysis agenda

Repsol, Axens and the French research and training centre Ifpen, have joined forces to develop a pioneering process to enhance the chemical recycling of plastics waste and boost circular materials production.

The Rewind Mix process removes impurities such as silicon, chlorine, diolefins, and metals from the plastics pyrolysis oils produced, allowing the direct and undiluted feed to petrochemical units.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Pyrolysis is one of the most promising pathways for the chemical recycling of plastics waste, which otherwise would end up incinerated or in landfills, and the production of food-grade, low-carbon footprint, recycled plastics. This new pyrolysis oil upgrading process will expand its deployment and allow the massive introduction of recycled pyrolysis oil in existing steam cracking assets.

Polyolefins from petrochemistry represent about half of the 400 million tonnes a year of world plastics production and a major target in terms of plastic recycling. Today, mechanical recycling faces limitations due to feedstock quality (mix of polymers and impurities content) that directly impact product quality and potential applications, in particular for food-grade use.

The Rewind Mix process has been developed at the Repsol Technology Lab and Ifpen facilities, with extensive pilot plant testing of representative pyrolysis oils, reproducing the exact conditions of the future industrial plant. It can be integrated within existing petrochemical units.

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-BRIGHT GREEN PLASTICS INVESTS SEVEN-FIGURE SUM INTO NEW RECYCLING FACILITIES

Bright Green Plastics has invested a seven-figure sum into upgrading its facility with new innovative washing and extruding machinery, allowing for the increased recovery of post-consumer plastic waste.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The Yorkshire-based recycling firm recovers and repurposes discarded plastic, processing more than 40,000 tonnes of the UK’s plastic waste every year.

Recycled polymerThe firm’s new wash plant is designed to shred, wash, purify and granulate post-consumer waste into ready-to-recycle flake product.

Processing up-to five tonnes per hour, the machine recycles all its own water and will produce the firm’s purest ever polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) flake.

The upgraded extruder is designed to melt the disused plastic and transform it into recycled pellets, ready to be put back into the manufacturing cycle. It will process up to three tonnes of PP and PE plastic per hour, and allow the firm to work with material previously too difficult to handle, such as flexible plastics.

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-Processing plastic flakes directly

With a new process, ENGEL makes it possible to process plastic waste as flakes in injection moulding directly after grinding. Since a complete process step, pelletising, is eliminated, the innovation significantly improves cost efficiency in plastics recycling.

At its live e-symposium 2021 from 22 to 24 June, ENGEL is presenting the new two-stage process to a trade audience for the first time and demonstrating its great potential. The new process also offers benefits in the production of very large and thick-walled components with high shot weights. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The key to shortening the recycling process is breaking down plasticising and injection into two independent process steps that are very well tuned with each other. In the first stage, the raw material, for example plastic flakes originating from post-consumer collection, is melted in a conventional plasticising screw. In the second stage of the process the melt is transferred to a second screw for injection into the cavity. The two-stage process makes it possible to integrate a melt filter and a degassing unit on the injection unit side of the injection moulding machine, so that products with a consistently high quality are obtained even from contaminated plastic flakes.

This innovation sees ENGEL make a further contribution to the establishment of a circular economy for plastics. Pelletising the recycled material is an energy-intensive process which typically also involves logistics overhead. If this step can be eliminated, the CO2 footprint is improved and recycling costs are also significantly reduced.

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-Research Continues into Cost-Effective Production of PHA

A technology developed by Yield10 Bioscience that produces camelina seed containing high levels of PHA bioplastic marks a “significant step toward commercial production of PHA in plants,” said the compan  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Yield10 Bioscience, an agriculture bioscience company based in Woburn, MA, recently featured a presentation by Chief Science Officer Dr. Kristi Snell at the 2021 Synthetic Biology Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference on June 18. Snell described how Yield10 researchers programmed prototype plants with microbial genes based on a patent filed for new technology that produces camelina seed containing high levels of PHA bioplastic suitable for field production.

Yield10 Bioscience (formerly Metabolix) has a long history of developing PHA. Metabolix was founded in 1992, and a partnership with Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) held high hopes for success, when Metabolix promised 50,000 tons per year of PHA from its Iowa-based bioplastics facility in 2007. That collaboration fell through, and Metabolix changed its name to Yield10 and began work on developing PHA using camelina seed.

Proof-of-concept for field production of PHA in Camelina sativa.

In 2020, several camelina lines were grown in small plots at field test sites in the United States and Canada. Compared with control plants, the engineering PHA camelina lines emerged and matured later, but once established, they exhibited good vigor, branching, flowering, and seed set, explained Yield10. Levels of PHA produced in seed measured up to 6% PHA of mature seed weight depending on the plant line tested, demonstrating proof-of-concept for field production of PHA in Camelina sativa using the new technology.

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-Infrared fibres for pure white fabrics

Pacific Palisades – The Hologenix R&D team has found a way to embed its flagship product, Celliant, into fibres that allow for fabrics and nonwovens based on them to be pure white.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

This expands the potential applications of Celliant to crisp white bed sheets and towels, athletic uniforms and jerseys, baby clothes, medical scrubs and more, while maintaining the product’s well-known wellness benefits. Pure white possible Celliant also allows delicate pastel shades to be achieved

Pure white Celliant still captures and converts body heat into infrared energy, increasing local circulation, helping regulate body temperature and promote stronger performance, faster recovery, and better sleep. It is also still made from ethically sourced minerals from the earth and is available in nylon, polyester and recycled polyester fibres.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve and bring new possibilities to Celliant’s infrared wellness benefits,” said Seth Casden, co-founder and CEO of Hologenix, headquartered in Pacific Palisades, California. “Pure white Celliant delivers, and we are very satisfied.

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-Trinseo and BASF to expand their business with SM production based on circular feedstock

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and BASF, the world’s petrochemical major, have announced the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene monomer (SM) based on circular feedstock, according to GV.

Trinseo has procured first supplies of SM based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene (PS) products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tyre manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material, said the company.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

“By creating synergy across the value chain, the Trinseo-BASF collaboration is an important move towards helping our customers reach their sustainability goals as well as the development of a truly circular economy,” said Nicolas Joly, Vice President, Plastics & Feedstocks of Trinseo. “The initiative is also in line with Trinseo’s 2030 Sustainability Goals announced earlier this year.”

“CO2 emission reduction and a circular economy are BASF’s paramount targets. Using circular feedstocks instead of virgin fossil resources contributes directly or indirectly to an improved CO2 footprint of subsequent products,” said Klaus Ries, Vice President for BASF’s Styrenics Business Europe. “While our customer Trinseo procures biomass balanced (BMB) styrene for their downstream business already, styrene Ccycled will be available in the near future”.

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-Product Innovations and Advancements in Technology to Boost Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market Growth

A complete research offering of comprehensive analysis of the market share, size, recent developments, and trends can be availed in this latest report by Big Market Research.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

As per the report, the Global Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period from 2020 to 2025.

The report provides brief summary and detailed insights of the market by collecting data from the industry experts and several prevalent in the market. Besides this, the report offers a detailed analysis of geographical areas and describes the competitive scenario to assist investor, prominent players, and new entrants to obtain a major share of the global Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) market.

Our analysis involves the study of the market taking into consideration the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please get in touch with us to get your hands on an exhaustive coverage of the impact of the current situation on the market.

The report presents a summary of each market segment such as type, end-user, applications, and region. With the help of pie charts, graphs, comparison tables, and progress charts a complete overview of the market share, size, and revenue, and growth patterns areaccessible in the report.

-Product Innovations and Advancements in Technology to Boost Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market Growth

-China PET bottle chip export continues to face freight pressure, while EU and US supply gradually recovers

Export freight skyrocketed recently, which has become a new norm. Some freight charges to the Americas and Europe have already exceeded $10,000 per 20-foot container. So what is happening in the European and American markets on the other side of the ocean?  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Firstly, contract price of PET bottle chip in North America has risen to more than $2000/mt, and the spot price is even higher. DAK’s bottle chip plants in Brazil and Argentina still have some problems, and will now and then shut down for short term, hence operating rate is not stable. Local market supply will remain tight for some time. In addition, neighboring countries have also changed the trade pattern that used to be dominated by domestic markets or imports. For example, affected by the epidemic this year, Brazil imported only a few thousand tons of PET in the past few months, while its exports reached tens of thousands of tons, basically going to the major local markets in South America.

Product Innovations and Advancements in Technology to Boost Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market Growth

-BDO: coming turnaround season drives price to touch bottom

Price of BDO curved a deep “∧-shape” tendency in the first half of 2021: BDO price surged after the Lunar Chinese New Year holiday with strong demand, supply crunch outside China due to unit issue and speculative mindset on the market, soared by 143% by early-Mar, touching periodical peak, but kept falling thereafter, especially rapidly in Apr with decrement at around 47%, which was close to the level at the beginning of 2021.  InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Supply is expected to decrease: after price plunged, the news that some large BDO plants are scheduled to have turnaround in Q3 inject confidence into the market. Blue Ridge Tunhe, Xinjiang Xinye, Xinjiang Markor, Sinopec Great Wall all intend to have yearly maintenance in Q3, which will cover 0.56 million tons/year of capacity and account for near 26% of total capacity nationally.

Demand grows: demand improved stably. Operating rate of PBT plants has increased to near 70% now, up by around 40 percentage points compared with Apr, and PTMEG plants almost ran at full capacity. That meant support from the major 2 sectors strengthened. In addition, demand from TPU and GBL market also grew.

BDO: coming turnaround season drives price to touch bottom

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-Report estimates drop in plastic recycled in 2019

Slightly less scrap plastic from the U.S. was recycled in 2019, even as brand owners have signaled a greater need for recycled resins.

Nearly 5.1 billion pounds of post-consumer bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics, film and other plastics were recovered for recycling in 2019, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, which is part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). That number was down by 27 million pounds, or about 0.5%, from 2018.

In terms of specific categories of bottles, the weight of PET bottles recovered fell 2.2% from the prior year, and the weight of recovered HDPE bottles declined by 0.8%, the report showed.

“Flat or declining recycling rates are a sign that the system needs support,” Steve Alexander, APR’s president and CEO, stated in a press release. “Declines in mature recycling streams, such as PET and HDPE bottles, make brand company commitments to increased recycled content even more challenging. There are many opportunities to support continued growth in film and non-bottle rigid recycling as well as turn the course for bottles by focusing on what recyclers need to succeed as they are the engines of the circular economy.”

Report estimates drop in plastic recycled in 2019

-Ineos Styrolution markets mechanically recycled PS

Global petrochemical firm Ineos’ polystyrene (PS) subsidiary, Ineos Styrolution, has announced plans to begin commercialising mechanically recycled PS in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The new product range, which will be marketed as “Styrolution PS ECO 440”, will be based on Norwegian technology firm Tomra’s near-infrared sorting process and will deliver a PS purity greater than 99.9pc. The final recycled polymer will have a post-consumer recycled content of 100pc and is also fully recyclable.

“We will start production in EMEA with up to 1,000t in 2021, working very hard to grow volumes in line with our pledges to use on average 30pc recycled content in products destined for polystyrene packaging in Europe by 2025,” said Ineos Styrolutions’ product director for PS EMEA Frank Eisentraeger.

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-Chemical recycling bill sets stage for industry’s battle with environmentalists

New technology employs a thermal process to convert industrial, commercial, agricultural or domestic plastic waste into additives for other products

South Korea is backing the benefits of pyrolysis and is looking to achieve 10% of the nation’s plastic waste converted into oil by 2030. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The Ministry of Environment has established a task force with participants from research institutes, private companies and academics. According to reports, only about 0.1% of scrap plastic is currently processed using pyrolysis techniques to be used as fuel or raw material for new petrochemical products.

To boost the wider use of this chemical recycling, the government plans to revise regulations to offer certified emission reductions, also known as carbon credits, to companies that use oil made from waste plastic. Officials are also looking to use pyrolysis to create synthetic gas (syngas) to be used as the main ingredient for the production of methanol and ammonia.

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-Advanced Recycling is Propelling the U.S. Economy toward a Sustainable Future by Curbing Plastic Waste

Earlier this year a colleague predicted that “2021 will mark a significant turning point for advanced plastics recycling,” citing multiple announcements from some of the biggest names in plastics.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

  • LyondellBasell announced availability of polymers made from plastic waste using advanced recycling.
  • Amsty and Agylix announced plans to explore development of a jointly owned advanced recycling facility at AmSty’s styrene facility in St. James, LA, adding to the companies’ existing joint ventures.
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) signed a long-term agreement with New Hope Energy for its certified renewable chemical feedstocks produced through pyrolysis.
  • And Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) and Braven have reached a long-term supply agreement, whereby Braven will convert mixed, difficult-to-recycle plastics into a feedstock for making new, circular plastics.
  • ExxonMobil is partnering with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling facility in France – expected to be one of Europe’s largest – to convert plastic waste into feedstocks for virgin-quality polymers.
  • Eastman Chemical Company announced plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic “molecular” advanced recycling facilities at its site in Kingsport, TN.

Advanced Recycling is Propelling the U.S. Economy toward a Sustainable Future by Curbing Plastic Waste

-AMP Robotics Launches Material Characterization Solution to Improve Recycling

COMPANY INTRODUCES NEXT-GEN DATA APPLICATION TO TRACK FLOW OF RECYCLABLE MIXED PLASTICS, PAPER, METALS, AND OTHER SCRAP THROUGH THE RECYCLING VALUE CHAIN

AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has introduced an AI-powered material characterization software solution that enables the recognition and classification of recyclables that flow through different recovery stages of the recycling process. This latest industry innovation serves as a breakthrough in the effort toward providing measurable transparency on the recyclables captured and missed during different recycling processes, as well as confirming the composition of recovered material bales destined for resale to end markets in the supply chain.

“Data transparency in the recycling industry has been a longstanding challenge due to the complexity of mixed material streams, compounded by ongoing changes in consumer packaging. These obstacles often create impediments to accurate data collection and prevent a clear understanding of what goes into and comes out of the different infrastructure stages that support recycling,” said Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

AMP Robotics Launches Material Characterization Solution to Improve Recycling

-Mechanical recycling moves the circular economy

Mechanical recycling is an essential component of the circular economy. It can be applied to various material classes like plastics, lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, or metals. End-of-life materials can be processed via collecting, sorting, shredding, melting and transforming it into secondary raw materials for a new application. Manufactured from recycled material, the article enters its new use-phase before the next end-of-life management.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Mechanical recycling of plastic waste has priority over chemical recycling in the waste hierarchy if ecologically beneficial, technologically possible, and economically feasible.

BASF has developed tailor-made materials and processes for mechanical recycling solutions. Some examples:

  • Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) enable the design of one-material shoes which can be completely mechanically recycled.
  • Our plastic additives improve the quality and subsequent performance of mechanically recycled plastics.
  • Adhesives and cleaning solutions support mechanical recycling processes of used PET, improving both the process and the quality of the recyclate.
  • Solutions for sorting and tracing, such as BASF’s subsidiary trinamiX’ mobile Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy Solution to identify plastics for easier sorting

But there is more than plastics: BASF also engages in the recycling of precious metals and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Find out more below.

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-Decade Of Chaos Could Send Oil To $130 Per Barrel

From $35 per barrel to $130 per barrel—this is the range for oil prices in the next few years that we could see, according to a commodity trading group. And it will all depend on what peaks first: demand or investment in new production. “You could see spikes to even higher than $100 a barrel, even $130, and you could also see it go down to $35 a barrel for periods of time going forward,” William Reed II, chief executive of Castleton Commodities International, said at the FT Global Commodities Summit this week, as quoted by Reuters. “The question is what happens first. Peak demand or peak investment?”  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

This is a fascinating question that will likely remain open for quite some time; it seems as if forecasts are even more unreliable than usual in the post-pandemic world. For instance, last year, energy authorities and the industry itself predicted oil demand growth was over thanks to the pandemic that encouraged a doubling down on an energy shift away from fossil fuels. Now, these same forecasters, including the International Energy Agency and BP (0.78%), are talking about growing oil demand.

One thing that can hardly be disputed is that lower spending on exploration would inevitably lead to lower production. This is what we have seen: the pandemic forced virtually everyone in the oil industry to slash their spending plans. This is what normally happens during the trough phase of an industry cycle.

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-Help Fuel US Packaging Circularity by July 4th

Help determine which approved food packaging chemicals remain in use by participating in a focused, anonymous survey to support packaging circularity.

“Any discussion on the circular economy needs to focus on additives we use in converting raw materials into packaging.” — Say many packaging professionals

Dear packaging manufacturers and suppliers,You can help determine which approved food packaging chemicals remain in use by participating in a focused, anonymous survey. Here’s a four-point guide before we inform you what you can do to help the packaging industry tighten and improve a circular economy in the US.

  1. We need chemicals to convert all raw materials into packaging.

Chemicals assist in converting raw materials (these include bauxite, iron, fossil fuels, bio-mass, trees, sand, etc.) via blow molding, blown and cast extruding, laminating, and printing into consumer customer-ready food packaging materials.

  1. Chemicals are approved for use based on their intended use.

More than 10,000 chemicals are approved for direct food contact worldwide.  Some of these chemicals were approved for use in the US as far back as 63 years ago when the Food Additive Amendment of 1958 stated that packaging was considered an indirect additive!  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The approval of food contact chemicals by various governments and entities varies based on the intended use. For example:

PET water bottles are approved for use with water;

Metal soup can coatings are approved for heat processing in the soup can.

Help Fuel US Packaging Circularity by July 4th

-Understanding textile export growth

Budget FY22 that has been proclaimed a pro-growth budget is largely positive for the textile sector and textile exports. In an attempt to enhance export competitiveness of local players and reduce manufacturing cost especially in the value-added segment, the government announced reduction in RD, CD, and ACD on import of raw materials like synthetic filament yarn, man- made filament yarn, woven fabrics, and artificial staple fibres. It also announced removal of 5 percent custom duty and regulatory on import of polyester yarn, which is again a reduction in the raw material cost for textile players – though it could adversely impact the spinners’ cost.

However, a key demand by the textile sector continues to be the restoration of zero-rated sales tax regime for the sector, which holds little relevance today as the government has made attempts like bringing a faster refund system, paying off pending refunds to exporters and abolishing duty and taxes on industrial raw materials to address the issues of the sector.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Amid the hue and cry by the textile sector over the ‘insufficient’ relief measures in the latest budget, textile exports continue to post growth. At $13.75 billion, 11MFY21 textile exports increased by 19 percent, while May 2021 textile exports are up by 41 percent year-on-year. The key drivers for growth are the value-added segments particularly knitwear, bedwear, towels and readymade garments that contribute to around 70 percent of total textile exports.

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-Strong Growth Potential of China’s Smart Auto Parts Sector Bodes Well for AR-HUD Maker Raythink

– Raythink is the only company in the world that has successfully applied the OpticalCore technology to products and put it into vehicles for testing.

Chinese technology startup and the maker of augmented-reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs) Raythink received a lot of attention lately when it reduced the impact of the rising prices for raw materials in the upstream sector by providing a lineup of solutions that made use of its innovative technology OpticalCore. A large contributing factor was the ability to avoid many of the restrictions often imposed on the technology as a result of the chips that are used. In April 2021, the company signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Aptiv PLC, a globally renowned auto parts company, whereby both companies will work together to promote AR-HUD solutions for intelligent vehicle cockpits.  ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The Chinese auto parts industry has recently been through a period characterized by some notable successes amid challenges and setbacks. Most notably, during the first quarter of 2021, the sector experienced a boom driven by substantial year-on-year growth in the sales of automobiles while facing increasing pressure as a result of the rise in prices for raw materials. The strength of the sector overall bodes well for Raythink’s prospects, as it is the only company in the world that has successfully applied the OpticalCore technology to products and put it into vehicles for testing. In addition, the optical core component of its OpticalCore technology – the optical core engine imaging module – has been developed independently by the company, which greatly reduces the impact of chip shortage.

Strong Growth Potential of China's Smart Auto Parts Sector Bodes Well for AR-HUD Maker Raythink

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-Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tonnes are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles – including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied.

A team of researchers led by Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Professor of Ecological Systems Design, has for a first time compiled a comprehensive database of plastic monomers, additives and processing aids for use in the production and processing of plastics on the world market, and systematically categorized them on the basis of usage patterns and hazard potential. The study, just published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, provides an enlightening but worrying insight into the world of chemicals that are intentionally added to plastics.

A high level of chemical diversity

The team identified around 10,500 chemicals in plastic. Many are used in packaging (2,489), textiles (2,429) and food-contact applications (2,109); some are for toys (522) and medical devices, including masks (247). Of the 10,500 substances identified, the researchers categorized 2,480 substances (24 percent) as substances of potential concern.

-Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

-Institute cyclos-HTP certifies the recyclability of multilayer films  with polyamide 6

  • Multilayer films based on Polyethylene/Polyamide 6 (PE/PA6) are certified to be recyclable for the PE film stream
  • Basis for a review of the classification of PA 6 in the minimum standard of the German Central Packaging Registry

Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH has completed the series of tests commissioned by BASF SE to reassess the recyclability of polyamide 6 (PA6) in coextruded

polyethylene (PE) / PA6-multilayer film structures in post-consumer packaging

waste. The main result: Multilayer films based on PE/PA6 are certified to be recycling compatible for the PE film stream. This was analyzed for PA6

concentrations of up to 30 percent in original packaging films. This result is intended to form the basis for a review of the classification of PA6 in the “Minimum standard

for determining the recyclability of packaging subject to system participation pursuant to section 21 (3) VerpackG (Verpackungsgesetz – German Packaging

Act)” of the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register). In the Annex 3 to this standard, PA6 is to date listed as an

“incompatible” component, for example, in the waste stream of the packaging group “film and PE-LD.” “We are pleased that cyclos-HTP has been able to develop a

scientifically sound basis for reassessment.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

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-Future of Australia’s flagship green hydrogen project in doubt after ruling

The Australian government has rejected plans for the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility amid grave concerns about the impact of the showcase project on protected wetlands and wildlife.

In a surprise move, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on precious flora and fauna in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Despite being awarded “Major Project Status” by the federal government in late 2020, the future of the multi-billion dollar scheme is now in doubt, with the various international companies involved in the proposals yet to respond.

The AREH includes 26GW of wind and solar generation, at least 3GW of generation capacity for Pilbara energy users and up to 23GW of generation for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Future of Australia's flagship green hydrogen project in doubt after ruling

-Clariant contributes to China’s carbon neutrality goal with innovative MegaMax® catalyst for CO2-based methanol synthesis

MegaMax series catalysts enable CO2-based methanol synthesis with high selectivity, activity, and longevity

The catalysts formulation can be readily applied to a wide range of plant types and technologies

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Munich, June 21, 2021 – Clariant’s MegaMax catalyst series for CO2-based methanol production helps China reach its carbon neutrality target. Capturing and converting CO2 emissions is a cornerstone of the technology roadmap for addressing climate change. Synthesizing methanol from CO2 is a particularly valuable approach because methanol forms a building block for thousands of chemical products such as plastics, paints, cosmetics, and fuels — including providing an energy storage carrier for hydrogen.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Clariant Catalysts, commented, “At Clariant, we are firmly committed to continuously improving our own sustainability performance, as well as that of our customers. Our continuous innovations – like CO2-based methanol production enabled by our MegaMax catalyst – will play a key role in helping customers in China and around the world considerably reduce carbon emissions, and achieve critical climate targets.”

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-The challenges of strong rPET demand

One PET reclaimer says high bale prices and Among difficulty hiring and retaining employees are among the challenges facing the industry.

Demand and pricing for a number of plastic scrap grades and recycled plastics have been increasing, fueled in part by reduced virgin supply arising from production issues. While a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reprocessor based in the Midwest says the current situation is challenging, “it’s better than where we were three to four years ago,” when demand was uneven. She adds, “I welcome the challenges we have now.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Among those challenges are rising bale prices and difficulty hiring and retaining employees.

The PET reprocessor says bottle bale prices have increased significantly in part because of insufficient supply of and growing demand for recycled PET (rPET) from brand owners. “I agree it needed to come up some,” she says of PET bottle bale pricing, “but not this quickly.”

Bill Keegan, president of material recovery facility (MRF) operator Dem-Con Cos., Shakopee, Minnesota, says PET bale pricing more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, as did pricing for polypropylene (PP) bales.

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-Ecolomondo turnkey tire recycling facility in Hawkesbury a showcase for company’s technology

The new Ecolomondo Thermal Decomposition (TDP) in Hawkesbury will be the first of its kind in the world when it begins operations scheduled for later this summer.

The new plant, located just east of Tupper Street, is equipped with the latest technology and will be the first automotive tire recycling facility which will be able to completely recycle all materials from end of-life tires. The plant will produce marketable end-products: oil, steel, fiber, recycled carbon black and syngas, and will be equipped to secondary process them to improve their quality.

“(The plant) is the first of its kind that will be able to not only decompose the waste, but process it as well,” said Eliot Sorella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolomondo Corporation, in an interview with The Review. “It will be the first tire recycling plant in the world that decomposes, processes and resells all of the products from the waste for re-use by industry.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The term ‘turnkey’ comes from the fact the facility is delivered from conception to commissioning, with four departments – tire shredding, thermal decomposition, recycled carbon black and oil refining – that process and recycle tires down to their core raw materials. When in full operation – expected to be in late August or September – the plant will employ approximately 40 workers. All of the processes are contained within the facility, which is designed to be both green and operate in a safe environment for employees.

Ecolomondo turnkey tire recycling facility in Hawkesbury a showcase for company’s technology

-Dilo to equip new Huafon Microfiber plant

Nonwovens machinery manufacturer Dilo has received an order from Huafon Microfiber Co. for three complete, high capacity needling lines with for its new plant in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China.

All three lines consist of DiloTemafa high capacity blending systems, DiloSpinnbau special card feeding systems and high capacity carding machines. The order also includes DiloMachines’ high speed crosslappers with special air-guide system for the best layering performance, as well as numerous DiloMachines needlelooms with Hyperpunch technology.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

According to Dilo, the Twinflow-system provides a homogeneous flock mat while the Webguide and 3-apron-layering system results in an excellent web quality with precise web edges. All lines are equipped with CV1 system for the best end product uniformity.

The lines will be shipped to Huafon in 2021.

Huafon Microfiber Co. Ltd was established in 2002 and is now one of the biggest producers of artificial leather made from sea-island fibre worldwide. The main applications of these high quality artificial leathers are shoe, automotive, glove, bags and sofas.

Dilo to equip new Huafon Microfiber plant

-BKG FlexDisc innovation to significantly enhance melt filtration for post-consumer PET recyclers

The BKG FlexDisc, an innovation that significantly enhances melt filtration in the recycling of post-consumer PET, has been selected to be a finalist in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe competition. The category in which it is shortlisted is “Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Two to four FlexDiscs can be combined in a filter stack, providing filtration area far greater than is available with standard flat screens without increasing machine size or weight. It yields finer filtration, prolongs filter life, and reduces backflush volume.

Recommended for Bottle-2-Bottle recycling and rPET fibre production, the FlexDisc is designed for use with piston-driven backflush screen changers, such as Nordson’s HiCon V-Type 3G system.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2021 winners will be announced on November 5th during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

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-Baystar to start up its new HDPE plant in Texas in Q1 2022

Bayport Polymers LLC (Baystar) plans to start up its new polyethylene (PE) plant in Pasadena, Texas in the first quarter of 2020, reported S&P Global.

The new plant with a production capacity of 625,000 mt/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE) is now under construction, which began in 2019. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new unit had been awarded to McDermott, said the company on its site

It will use Borstar technology and more than double the company’s site’s PE capacity to 1.1 mt/year after the start-up.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The HDPE plant in Pasadena will receive feedstock from Baystar’s cracker in Port Arthur, a joint venture of France’s Total and Austria’s Borealis, with a capacity of 1 million mt/year, which is in the progress of start-up at the moment.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s overall HDPE production totalled 653,500 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 9% year on year. At the same time, only one Russian producer increased its HDPE output.

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-ETTLINGER ECO melt filters designed for higher throughputs in PET recycling

ETTLINGER has unveiled a new generation of tried-and-tested ECO products for use in PET recycling. Their new features take into account the need for systems with a higher product throughput and are initially available in sizes suitable for medium-sized recycling lines.

The new ECO 350 replaces the former ECO 250, while the new ECO 500, capable of achieving capacities of up to 4,000 kg/h, replaces the former ECO 250 Twin. The ECO 200 completes this range.

Ettlinger’s melt filter technology is based on the principle of self-cleaning with a continuous flow of melt from the outside to the inside of a rotating, perforated drum. A scraper removes the contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to the discharge system.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Just like the ERF filters, which are designed for higher contamination, the new ECO filters also have a modular structure, thereby providing a wide range of options for adjusting the filter properties to the respective task.

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-Is Nestlé Launching a 100% Sustainable Water Bottle?

Jabil Packaging Solutions unveiled a new sustainable hybrid bottle for the bottled water brand Vittel in an effort to massively reduce plastic and instead use elements like 100% recyclable components along with a snap-apart design that will help in recycling sorting.

U.S.-based manufacturing services company Jabil Packaging Solutions launched its latest packaging prototype—an Eco bottle product platform for Nestlé’s French mineral water brand Vittel.

Along with Jabil-acquired Ecologic Brands, which designs bottles from recycled cardboard and newspaper, the bottle’s design can be easily scalable and uses 80% recycled paper and 20% recycled plastic (cap included) collected from high-volume waste sources, thus reducing over 50% plastic compared to Vittel’s original 1-liter bottle.

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-Origin Materials launches Net Zero Automotive Program with Ford; carbon-negative PET

Origin Materials launched its Net Zero Automotive Program with Ford Motor Company. The Net Zero Automotive Program is a sustainable automotive supply chain initiative focused on industrializing new materials to drive decarbonization in the automotive industry.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Origin Materials has developed technology which turns sustainable wood residues into cost-advantaged, carbon-negative materials that reduce the need for fossil resources.

The Origin platform converts C-6 cellulose into four isolated building-block chemicals in one chemo-catalytic step in liquid-phase reactors with almost zero carbon loss. The catalyst is 100% recovered; Origin does not rely on expensive sugars or fermentation. The majority of the output is the versatile furan CMF (chloromethyl furfural), plus HTC (hydrothermal carbon), an equally versatile resin. The process also creates levulinic acid and furfural—all carbon-negative.

Origin Materials launches Net Zero Automotive Program with Ford; carbon-negative PET

-Days of higher prices in May for resin buyers

April showers didn’t bring much relief for North American resin buyers in May, as prices increased for most commodity resins.

Suppliers of most commodity materials remain challenged by demand trying to catch up with supply disruptions that began early last year. Some materials also still remain on force majeure sales allocation.

Regional prices for all grades of PE rose by an average of 5 cents per pound for May, according to buyers and market watchers contacted by Plastics News. Prices for high density PE had been up 7 cents in April, with prices for low and linear low density PE up 9 cents.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Supplies of the material remain tight as producers look to recover from outages caused by Winter Storm Uri in February. LDPE and LLDPE prices now are up a total of 33 cents so far in 2021 and are up 53 cents since January 2020. HDPE prices are up 31 cents and 51 cents in the same comparisons. The May price hike marked the sixth consecutive month that prices in the region were up.

PE production in May was affected by operating issues at plants operated by Dow Inc., Braskem America and Nova Chemicals, according to industry sources. In a recent interview with Plastics News, market veteran Robert Bauman said that the PE market essentially lost 30-40 days of production after the ice storm and that buyers “are still scrambling for resin.”

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-As Recycling Declines, Brand Commitments to Increase Recycled Content Are Tough to Meet

The recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined by 27 million pounds in 2019 or 0.5% — and though North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered, declines in mature recycling streams make brand company commitments to increase recycled content more challenging, according to a new report.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

In order for brands to be able to procure quality feedstock at lower environmental and economic costs, collection of quality material is essential for recyclers, says Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).

The report, based on the results of a 2019 survey sponsored by the APR, the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), found that recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017, though recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined.

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-S Korea’s Hanwha, SPC to develop biodegradable plastic material

South Korean firms Hanwha Compound and SPC Pack plan to jointly develop eco-friendly biodegradable plastic materials based on poly lactic acid (PLA).

The end-product should easily decompose in soil and will be used as packaging material for SPC’s products, Hanwha Compound said on Friday.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

SPC Pack is a packaging material manufacturing subsidiary of SPC Group – a Korean conglomerate engaged in food and confectionery business, owning some 40 brands, including Paris Baguette and Baskin Robbins Korea.

Since the start of the year, Hanwha Compound and SPC have been conducting research based on PLA, a biodgradable plastic made by fermenting starch extracted from corn and sugar cane, it said.

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-Braven Environmental to supply feedstock to Chevron Phillips Chemical

The chemical recycling firm is supplying its Braven PyChem to the large olefin and polyolefin producer.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Braven Environmental, a Yonkers, New York-based company that derives fuel from plastic, has entered into a long-term agreement with Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) to supply its pyrolysis-derived feedstock, Braven PyChem. By deploying its patented pyrolysis-based technology, Braven converts mixed plastics into Braven PyChem, a feedstock and input for the production of new plastics and as a replacement to traditional fuel products.

According to a news release from Braven, the company’s proprietary pyrolysis process, which has undergone more than 10 years of testing and development, can break down mixed, difficult-to-recycle plastic scrap into a substance the company calls Braven PyChem. The output can be used to manufacture new plastics.

“We are excited to work with CPChem and play a role in their industry-leading sustainability efforts,” says Nicholas Canosa, president and CEO of Braven Environmental.

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-RECYCLED PLASTIC TURNED INTO TEXTILES

The concept TEXSTYLE Recycle provides good quality and a clear conscience.

We support GRS (Global Recycle Standard) Intending to increase the importance of recyclable materials in products.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

At Texstyle we believe that we have a responsibility for supporting sustainable processes and the development of the textile industry’s production into a more environmentally friendly and proper utilization of materials.

For that reason, now we roduce textiles that are composed of recycled plastic. Our concept is called Texstyle Recycle and is a guarantee for high quality and sustainable eco-friendly production.

There is a variety of products that is created with sustainability in mind because the technology gives the opportunity to produce anything from cotton, nylon and wool to PP from recycled plastic bottles (PET).

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-Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) Market Future Trends and Company Overview

The Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) market is expected to register a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025. This report presents market Size, Share, COVID Impact Analysis and Forecast to 2025.  It is comprehensive research with in-depth data and contemporary analysis of Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) Market at a global, regional and key country level, split by different sub-segments of the industry.

Major factors driving the market studied are increasing demand of polyethylene furanoate for bottles manufacturing and rising demand from fibers segment. On the flipside, presence of other bioplastics such as bio-PET, bio-PE, bio-PP, etc. and unfavourable conditions arising due to COVID-19 outbreak are the major restraints, which are expected to hinder the growth of market. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

– Growing demand for bio-based polymers in medical sector is expected to offer various lucrative opportunities for the growth of market.

– By application, bottles segment is expected to dominate the market owing to the increase in the usage in packaging and bottling applications in food & beverage industry.

– Asia-Pacific region dominated the polyethylene furanoate market across the globe with the largest consumption from countries such as China and India.

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-US needs rapid recycling growth to meet industry pledges

-The US will need to expand its recycling capacity at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 40% if it is to meet goals to produce plastic packaging containing 25% post-consumer resins (PCR) by 2025, an analyst with ICIS said.

The 25% content goal has been adopted voluntarily by several brand-owners as well as by the state of California, said Paula Leardini, senior analyst, plastics recycling, the Americas for ICIS. She made her comments during an ICIS webinar.

California was the first state to impose a mandate that required beverage containers to be composed of increasing amounts of recycled plastics. Since then, the number of proposed and adopted recycling regulations has been growing on a state and national level, Leardini said.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The resulting pledges will increase demand for post-consumer resins, which will require more recycling capacity.

One way to meet expected demand is to make packaging easier to recycle, said Jon Stephens, president of Natura PCR, part of Avangard Innovative. He was another speaker at the ICIS webinar. His company runs a plastic recycling plant.

US needs rapid recycling growth to meet industry pledges

-Tax on fossil carbon is more effective than tax on CO2 emissions

Experts from the German nova-Institute present a tool for elegantly pricing the true cause of global warming.  Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

In light of increased efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Union (EU) is working on the implementation of a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which would put a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside the EU. In our most recent publication, nova-Paper #15 „A Tax on Fossil Carbon is More Effective Than a Tax on CO2 Emissions“, the nova-Institute introduces and discusses the realisation of the CBAM as a tax on fossil carbon. The proposed fossil carbon tax is a simple, effective and elegant tool to achieve the goals of the carbon border adjustment mechanism. It is in line with the ambitious climate goals of the EU and supports both the decarbonisation of the energy sector as well as the transformation of the chemicals and derived materials sector from fossil to renewable carbon.

With the introduction of the European Green Deal in 2019, the European Union committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. As a step towards this goal, the first European Climate Law – agreed upon in April 2021 – strengthened the emission reduction targets. In 2030, emissions are to be at least 55 % lower than in 1990.

Tax on fossil carbon is more effective than tax on CO2 emissions

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 920 $/ton 925 $/ton- +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,000 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,050 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,605 yuan/ton 4,705 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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680 $/ton 700 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,865 yuan/ton 4,795yuan/ton -70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 635 $/ton 625 $/ton- -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 859 $/ton 865 $/ton +6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 841 $/ton 847 $/ton +6
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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869 $/ton 875 $/ton +6
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,175 yuan/ton 7,175yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,550 yuan/ton 6,550yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,550yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 8.300yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,500 yuan/ton 7,575yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,800yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,650yuan/ton
+300
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,650yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,000 yuan/ton 17,000yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,800yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,250 yuan/ton 18,250yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 91,000yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 79,000 yuan/ton 81,000yuan/ton +2,000
+1,000Spandex 40D  domestic  market 67,500 yuan/ton 69,500yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,700yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton +150
Benzene overseas  market 946 $/ton 935 $/ton -11
Ethylene South East market 915 $/ton860 835 $/ton -80
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,227 $/ton 1,126$/ton -101
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,400yuan/ton -500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,300 yuan/ton 18,300yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,500 yuan/ton 12,300yuan/ton -200
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PXEurope Ethylene
8,050 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  637 $/ton 632 $/ton
-5
Phenol domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,180 yuan/ton -20

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-Hyundai Engineering Signs MOU with 6 Partners to Produce Green Hydrogen

Kim Chang-hak (left), CEO of Hyundai Engineering, and POSCO vice president Yoo Byung-ok (right) pose for a commemorative photo after signing an MOU at the POSCO Center in Seoul on June 16. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

Hyundai Engineering announced on June 16 that it has signed an MOU on the development of green hydrogen production technologies with six partners, including POSCO, the North Gyeongsang Province government, the Uljin County Office, the Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST) in Pohang and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Green hydrogen refers to hydrogen produced using renewable and nuclear energy without generating carbon dioxide.

The MOU signing ceremony was held through a video conferencing system among the seven entities. They will work on seven sectors — the development of high temperature hydrogen production technology; the development of high temperature water electrolysis technology; the development of high temperature water electrolysis line design, analysis and production technology; the development of technology for heat exchangers for small reactors; the development and commercialization of nuclear power-based high temperature water electrolysis; verification of the production of hydrogen through the use of nuclear; and the promotion of the local hydrogen economy and the creation of jobs.

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-NanoXplore enters agreement to Supply Techmer PM with GrapheneBlack™

NanoXplore has announced that it has entered into a multiyear agreement to supply GrapheneBlack™ grade of products to Techmer PM, a large U.S-based plastic compounder specializing in modifying and fine-tuning the properties of technical polymers. Techmer PM will market its graphene-enhanced plastic compounds to a variety of industries in a number of diverse end uses and applications.

Techmer PM’s aim is to provide the highest performance properties possible across a wide spectrum of compounds and end products. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

Michael A. McHenry, Chief Executive Officer of Techmer PM, commented: “We are a materials design company using leading-edge technologies to design customer and market-focused solutions. The long-term agreement with NanoXplore complements our approach, which is to customize solutions to maximize performance through collaborations and the leveraging of leading-edge technology.”

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-UL researchers find way to create car parts from paper waste

Researchers at UL’s Bernal Institute have produced carbon fibre from waste bio-resources, paving the way in sustainable material production.

Carbon fibre, a common material in cars, aircraft and sports equipment, has been made from recycled forestry by principal investigator Dr Maurice N Collins and colleagues at the Bernal Institute in University of Limerick (UL).

“Our technology drastically reduces energy usage and carbon emissions during production, as well as the cost of carbon fibres. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen

This is particularly significant as carbon fibres are known for their high performance and their high cost. In the future we can expect higher performance goods at lower cost to the consumer,” he said.

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-North American plastic recycling rates highlight need for investment in collection and infrastructure

North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling.Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8 percent since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Most of the material recovered for recycling in the United States in 2019 was purchased by reclaimers in the United States or Canada (87.9 percent combined) with just 12.1 percent exported overseas. Within the 12.1 percent of exports, bottle exports rose slightly by 26 million pounds; non-bottle rigid exports stayed flat; and post-consumer film exports dipped by 28.5 million pounds.

The 2019 U.S. Post-Consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report presents the findings of the major plastic categories recovered for recycling, by destination, with changes over time. In 2019, a total of 5,094 million pounds of post-consumer plastic sourced in the United States was recovered for recycling.

North American plastic recycling rates highlight need for investment in collection and infrastructure

-Dutch/Swedish consortium gets go ahead to continue study into SAF production

The Swedish Energy Agency announced it will grant funds to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Södra, Växjö Energi, SkyNRG, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 2030-sekretariatet to continue research into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Växjö region in Småland, Sweden.

The funding will support the consortium to continue their study on an integrated Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility using forestry residues.

The envisioned facility has the potential to be an important step forward in making aviation more sustainable. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

The Swedish Energy Agency awarded the consortium a grant of 5.1 million SEK (€502,000) to fund the project.

This first-of-its-kind Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility integrated with existing bio-based energy production has the potential to produce high quality sustainable fuels and reduce GHG emissions in the aviation sector.

The realisation of the plant could serve as a proof of concept for many future plants.

By 2026, the plant could be operational with a production volume of 16 kilo tonnes SAF annually.

The consortium, which represents the whole value chain of the production, joins forces in order to increase the availability of SAF in Sweden and North Europe.

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-Nylon Fiber Market Next Big Thing : Major Giants AdvanSix, Toray Industries, Aquafil S.p.A

The nylon fiber is a general term for a family of synthetic polymers, based on semi-aromatic polyamides or aliphatic. The nylon fiber is semi-crystalline thermoplastics with high performance and attractive mechanical & physical properties, which offer a wide range of end-use performances important in many industrial applications. In addition, nylon fiber is exceptionally strong elastic, abrasion resistant, lustrous, and easy to wash.

If you are a Nylon Fiber manufacturer and would like to check or understand policy and regulatory proposal, designing clear explanations of the stakes, potential winners and losers, and options for improvement then this article will help you understand the pattern with Impacting Trends. Click To get SAMPLE PDF (Including Full TOC, Table & Figures) Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

The Latest Released Nylon Fiber market study has evaluated the future growth potential of Global Nylon Fiber market and provides information and useful stats on market structure and size. The report is intended to provide market intelligence and strategic insights to help decision makers take sound investment decisions and identify potential gaps and growth opportunities.

Nylon Fiber Market Next Big Thing : Major Giants AdvanSix, Toray Industries, Aquafil S.p.A

-Coca-Cola Europacific Partners recognised for its transition to 100% rPET in Australia

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners takes Gold at the WorldStar Global Packaging Awards for its work in producing Australia’s first 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottle for carbonated beverages.

CCEP in Australia has been awarded  Gold in the Beverage category, as well as receiving a Special Award in the Sustainability category at The WorldStar Global Packaging Awards. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

The awards are an international packaging design competition that continues to evolve and shape the packaging design community by highlighting the global trends and challenges within the packaging industry. Each year, WorldStar receives more than 300 entries from more than 34 countries around the world.

In 2019, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia was the first beverage manufacturer and Coca-Cola bottler in the world to have all single serve packs produced from 100% rPET. This includes plastic packaging for water, soft drinks, aseptic dairy and warm-fill sensitive beverages, and equates to 7 out of 10 bottles sold in Australia.

By converting all plastic single serve packs to 100% rPET packaging, CCEP in Australia reduced the amount of virgin fossil-based plastic used in our PET bottles by an estimated 10,000 tonnes per year.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners recognised for its transition to 100% rPET in Australia

-SABIC and Local Motors study recycling scrap thermoplastics

Both parts and scraps deriving from LFAM of composite THERMOCOMP materials

With the desire to improve the circularity of large format additive manufacturing (LFAM), SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and Local Motors, a next-generation vehicle manufacturer, completed a joint study on the feasibility of recycling scrap thermoplastics, both parts and shavings, from the LFAM 3D printing process. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

The study explored more sustainable alternatives to landfilling large, printed parts in anticipation of wider adoption of LFAM. It included analyzing the printability and mechanical properties of SABIC’s LNP THERMOCOMP AM reinforced compound, used by Local Motors, after being printed, reclaimed, ground and reprocessed into pellet form. The study determined that material from post-production parts and scrap can potentially be reused in LFAM or other processes, such as injection molding or extrusion, at amounts up to 100 percent. These insights can help identify a feasible path to circularity and an extended lifecycle for materials used by the LFAM industry.

SABIC and Local Motors study recycling scrap thermoplastics

-New project aims to turn urban waste into graphene and other useful materials

Graphenea will be taking part in a flagship project called CIRCULAR BIOCARBON, which was kicked off this week and has been awarded over €23 Million, to develop a first-of-its kind flagship biorefinery designed to turn the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and sewage sludge (SS) into added-value products, from mechanical moving parts, to night vision cameras and devices for 5G telecommunications. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene

The project, which received full marks from the European Commission, involves 11 partners from five European countries (including Spain, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany) and is a milestone for the whole Europe owing to its implementation scale (industrial level) as well as to its replicability potential.

The biorefinery is a unique and integrated model with the process lines for the OFSMW and SS to be implemented in two locations, namely Zaragoza (Spain) and Sesto San Giovanni (Italy).

Construction of the site in Spain will start in 2022 in the facilities of “Alfonso Maíllo” R&D+i center, and in the Center for Urban Waste Treatment of Zaragoza (CTRUZ), owned by the Municipality of Zaragoza and located in the Technological Park for Recycling (PTR). At the end of the project, a commercial scale biorefinery will be in full operation designed in order to treat all the biowaste produced by a medium-size city.

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-Solvay launches bio-based nylon fibre

Solvay is globally launching Bio Amni, the first partially bio-based polyamide textile yarn developed by the company, said the company.

It is a polyamide 5.6, which is produced entirely at the company’s textile industrial unit in Brazil. The development of Bio Amni® follows the growing global trend in demand for more sustainable textile products, especially bio-based materials. Solvay’s research and innovation teams worked on the creation of the product for two years.

“Sustainability is one of the main drivers of the global textile market,” says Antonio Leite, global vice president of polyamides and fibers at Solvay. “Solutions and products must add value to the entire consumer chain – from its base to end consumers of textiles – and have less of an impact on the environment. Solvay’s Bio Amni® is part of a portfolio evolution to offer customers the most innovative products on the market.”

The textile sector currently faces three main challenges in relation to the environment and sustainability: resources, the production process, and disposal. Solvay already has developed sustainable alternatives in the production process, using cleaner energy sources, closed water circuits, and zero effluent emissions at its industrial unit in Brazil, as well as more biodegradable products to support more sustainable disposal.

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-MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL ENTERS INTO A LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH MURA TECHNOLOGY FOR CHEMICAL RECYCLING PROCESS

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) has entered into a license agreement with Mura Technology, Ltd. pertaining to a process (HydroPRS) for manufacturing raw materials (regenerated oils) for chemical products from plastic wastes.

MCC is continuing to consider the conversion of raw materials to non-fossil-based materials and the development of technologies for chemical recycling of plastic waste in order to realize a circular economy.

Based on this license agreement with Mura, MCC is planning to introduce HydroPRS to accelerate detailed studies toward the commercialization of chemical recycling of plastic wastes. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

HydroPRS is an innovative process for converting plastics into regenerated chemicals and oils utilizing high-temperature and high-pressure supercritical water. Compared with the conventional direct pyrolysis technology, it is possible to obtain regenerated oils with a high yield and of the same quality as petroleum-derived raw materials (which can be put into existing facilities without pretreatment). With this process, we believe that plastic wastes that were previously incinerated or landfilled can be chemically recycled and enable significant reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel consumption throughout the plastic life cycle, which will greatly contribute to the realization of a circular economy.

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-VinylPlus unveils next 10-Year commitment

At the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) 2021 #TOWARDS2030 today, VinylPlus officially launched VinylPlus 2030, the next 10-year Commitment of the European PVC industry to sustainable development.

Through VinylPlus, the entire PVC value chain worked together with its stakeholders to build bottom-up the next Commitment, that will expand on 20 years of experience as a frontrunner in the circular economy. The VSF2021 was held as a hybrid event, live from Brussels with an online audience, and brought together more than 530 participants from 44 countries. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

Along with the launch of the next Commitment, VSF2021 celebrated the completion of the second 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the Europe PVC industry and its main achievements of the last two decades in PVC recycling, product stewardship, research and innovation and improvement in the environmental footprint of PVC. The VinylPlus® Product Label Awards Ceremony celebrated four companies, Epwin, Finstral, Internorm and profine, all partners of VinylPlus, who were awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label in 2020. The Product Label is granted to companies who offer PVC products with the highest sustainability performance. The VinylPlus® Product Label is the very first certification scheme that has been recognised as Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme within BREEAM®, the world’s best-known green building standard, for plastic building and construction products.