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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive 20-10-2018

-Unveiling Exciting New Legwear Innovations at LYCRA® FIBER MOVES 5  Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA®, THERMOLITE® and COOLMAX® brands, and an industry leader and innovation driver in the legwear segment, has announced it is hosting the 5 th edition of LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference today in Lake Como, Italy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Held every two years, this exclusive, invitation-only event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands, retailers and trade media excited to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as INVISTA’s latest innovations for socks and hosiery

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-EPCA 2018: Sources say European paraxylene supply to be short, reliant on imports

Indorama Artlant PTA plant main demand center

Middle East well placed to benefit

The European paraxylene market is likely to become structurally short of product as Indorama’s recently restarted Artlant purified terephthalic acid plant in Sines, Portugal, theoretically could absorb all available European production and still require imports, according to market sources.

Register Now  “The Artlant plant will be short,” a source said. Indorama will have to “import from the Middle East or the US because [available] production in Europe is not enough,” the source added.

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-Arburg drops in at Fakuma on ‘road to digitalisation’

Fakuma is an incredibly important show for Arburg, especially as a company that is investing so much in its Black Forest home of Lossburg, as it continues on the ‘road to digitisation’ from the birthplace of Industry 4.0

The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the “Road to Digitalisation”.

Managing Partner Michael Hehl told the assembled media on the opening day of Fakuma 2018 that the Friedrichshafen meeting place for the industry is a crucial one as it continues to evolve to reflect the fast-changing marketplace, and to emphasise the importance of the digitalisation of not just machines, but production in general.

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The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the “Road to Digitalisation”.

-Wittmann Battenfeld premieres new vertical injection moulding machine

Wittmann Battenfeld has unveiled its new vertical moulding machine to the public for the first time at a trade show during this year’s Fakuma.

The company is using its presence at the show to demonstrate the ‘Vpower’ to visitors, following the first showing of a prototype at an invitation-only anniversary event in June 2018.

With this model, General Manager, Georg Tinschert, said the company is “taking the first step” in redesigning its vertical machines to fit with its ‘PowerSeries’ portfolio.

It has been converting all of its machines to the specifications of the PowerSeries since it acquired Battenfeld 10 years ago.

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-RPT-Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy’s dirty diapers

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing.

More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year – a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s.

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-New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Polyester Textured Yarn from China and India

Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America (petitioners), filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India.

The U.S. AD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States at less than “normal value.”

The U.S. CVD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States with the benefit of foreign government subsidies.

For AD/CVD duties to be imposed, the U.S. government must determine not only that dumping and/or subsidies are occurring, but also that there is “material injury” (or threat thereof) by reason of the dumped and/or subsidized imports.

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-Mastercard partners with card manufacturers to develop eco-friendly cards

Mastercard has collaborated with card manufacturers Gemalto, Giesecke+Devrient and IDEMIA, to develop environmentally friendly cards.

The partners together launched Greener Payments Partnership to establish environmental best practices and reduce first-use PVC plastic in card manufacturing.

The alliance partners will also come up with best practices around how materials are evaluated. This includes environmental impact benefits and the ability to meet increasing consumer concerns around the impact of plastic globally.

Mastercard president, cyber and intelligence solutions Ajay Bhal said: “Consumers are increasingly moving from cash to card as they look for greater security and sustainability.

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-‘60m barrels of crude oil stolen from Nigeria’

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday said about 60.2 million barrels of crude oil were stolen from the country between 2011 and 2014.

Speaking at the 40th anniversary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Falana noted that the stolen product passed through the Philadelphia Port in the United States of America (U.S.A.).

Also, National President of PENGASSAN, Olabode Jonshon, said the union would engage the Federal Government and legislature on how to evolve a new beginning for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

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-US trade commission rules against antidumping duties for PET imports from Taiwan USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Taiwan joins Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan in the list cleared from antidumping allegations

The United States International Trade Commission (USITS) has determined that the U.S. industry was not “materially injured” by imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan, the organization said in a statement Oct. 18.

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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive 19-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices of its chain continue to be weak,with the exception of MEG.

PET Bottle grade export 1,220/1,260 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,650/9,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,500/9,650 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,500/9,650 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 970/980 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,150/7,300 yuan/ton – MEG $ 855/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,200/7,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,235/1,250 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,900/11,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,450/12,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,500/10,650  yuan/ton

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-Victrex at Fakuma: Pioneering Polymer Solutions and Successes  Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

At the Fakuma show in Germany, Victrex, a world leading PAEK expert, is providing further proof points that the company is more than “just” a high- performance polymer (HPP) producer.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

A new broad food grade portfolio, a novel solution for e-motors and gears in automotiv

e, impellers in electronic home appliances, investments in building a supply chain for the use of thermoplastic composite parts for aerospace as well as partnerships in Additive Manufacturing (AM), with new AM PAEK products in development, are all representative indicators that the global company is progressing solutions based on VICTREX™ PAEK polymers

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-ASCEND – New PA 6.6 for automotive applications / BTP compounding business highlighted at “Fakuma” / Force majeure in Florida continues  ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

Polyamide 6.6 producer Ascend Performance Materials (Houston, Texas / USA; www.ascendmaterials.com) has developed a material called “Vydyne R433H” for reinforcing down-gauged steel and aluminium used in used in vehicle body in white (BIW) structures.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

The BIW accounts for nearly half the weight of a vehicle, noted Vikram Gopal, Ascend’s senior VP of technology, and the new PA 6.6 grade helps reduce weight without compromising safety or comfort

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Threat of sanctions against Saudi Arabia hang in the air over Khashoggi disappearance

The apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be truly unbelievable if it wasn’t 2018RELATED STORY: Trump asks Turkey for Khashoggi audio-video evidence ‘if it exists’RELATED STORY: Pathologist suspected of killing Saudi journalist studied medicine in Australia

As evidence mounts that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the potential for sanctions against the middle-eastern kingdom mounts.

Saudi Arabia recently shut down new trade and investment with Canada over a diplomatic spat

Investors are said to be worried any cutback on oil production by the kingdom could cause a global energy crisis

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-Regulatory approval process for the intended acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business moves forward Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

BASF offered commitments to meet concerns of the EU Commission

Transaction to complement BASF’s engineering plastics portfolio and ensure backward integration into key raw materials Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

In September 2017, BASF and Solvay agreed that BASF would acquire Solvay’s polyamide business subject to approval of the relevant merger control authorities.

The approval process of the EU Commission is ongoing.

To meet the concerns of the EU Commission, BASF has offered to refrain from acquiring certain parts of Solvay’s European polyamide business including innovation capabilities and manufacturing assets of Solvay’s intermediate and engineering plastics business.

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-C.L.A.S.S. supports Textile Exchange’s sustainability conference

This year’s Textile Exchange’s Sustainability Conference will be held in Milan later this month. The conference offers an opportunity to connect with industry pioneers and learn about cutting edge solutions and innovations in textile and apparel sustainability. The theme of the 2018 conference is United by Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion.

C.L.A.S.S., headquartered in Milan, the global resource for smart material innovation, education, marketing and communication, will be on hand to support this year’s theme.

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-Fibematics is ahead of the curve on nonwovens

After 50 years, Fibematics’ focus on repurposing nonwovens is paying dividends while keeping millions of pounds of textiles out of landfill

A s a niche market in the textile recycling industry, nonwovens quietly continue to keep hundreds of millions of pounds of materials out of landfills. One company has grown over the past five decades to become one of the largest in the industry in purchasing nonwoven “seconds” from major U.S. mills. Established in 1968, Fibematics Inc. began manufacturing Scrim Reinforced Material (SRM) and converting nonwoven wiping products in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has since expanded its business to include wiping product conversion in southern California. The company is celebrating its fifty-year anniversary in 2018.

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-What Killed The Oil Price Rally?

Oil prices fell to a one-month low on Wednesday, pushed down by a rather bearish report from the EIA that showed a large increase in crude inventories.

Brent briefly dipped below $80 per barrel and WTI was back below $70 per barrel as of Wednesday afternoon.

The EIA said that crude oil inventories rose by 6.5 million barrels in the week ending on October 12. Crude stocks have actually been rising since mid-September, and are now back up to 416.4 million barrels. The four consecutive weeks of inventory gains is the longest streak since early 2017.

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-Is Amcor’s LiquiForm® the next notable disruptor?

A Diamond Finalist in Dow’s 2018 Awards for Packaging Innovation, and a 2018 Sustainability Awards Finalist in Machinery at Packaging Europe (winner announced 10/23/18), LiquiForm replaces the conventional blow molding and filling 2-step operation by forming and filling in one-step.

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-Coexpan to Increase Recycled Content of its Pet Products to 70% by 2025

COEXPAN endorses the commitment announced by PET Sheet Europe, the association that brings together Europe’s leading PET sheet producers, to guarantee that their products will have a mean recycled content of 70% by the year 2025.

This ambitious undertaking aims to meet the goals laid down in the EU Plastics Strategy while also calling upon the relevant authorities to take specific actions in terms of legislation to guarantee market stability and the sustainable growth of the industry.

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-Brittpac Launch New Range of Pet Paint Cans Using Rpet

After a number of customer trials, Brittpac have launched a comprehensive range of PET paint cans with and without handles using rPET aimed at the £2.3 billion UK Paint and DIY Market.

The market for Paint, Wallcoverings and Woodcare has seen considerable improvement over the past five years. New housing initiatives, government commitment to increasing housing supply and property transactions have been the key drivers. The paint and effects market have seen significant growth of 12% in recent years. The woodcare market has done even better with a 17% increase over the same period.

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-Adient Aerospace officially begins operations

Boeing and Adient have announced that their aircraft seating joint venture, Adient Aerospace, has secured regulatory approvals and is now officially operational. The venture is developing a portfolio of seats for line-fit and retrofit, beginning with lie-flat business class seating for wide-body aircraft.

Adient is a major player in automotive seating and is keen to get involved in the commercial aircraft seating sector, forecast by industry analysts to grow from approximately US$4.5 billion in 2017 to US$6 billion by 2026. Entering the aerospace sector is intended to help Adient achieve its goal of achieving US$1 billion in annual revenues from non-automotive markets over the next five years, while Adient Aerospace intends to offer the aircraft seating sector greater capacity and quality.

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-P&G venture working to create sustainable recycling loop

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing.

More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year – a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s.

Part of the problem is that collecting, cleaning and breaking diapers into their component parts – plastic, cellulose and superabsorbent polymer – is tricky and expensive.

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-First Commercial Bioplastics Plant Based on Thyssenkrupp’s Pla Process is Commissioned in China

The COFCO bioplastics plant with the PLA (polylactide) technology from thyssenkrupp’s polymer specialists Uhde Inventa-Fischer Source: thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com)  announced that the world’s first commercial plant based on the company’s patented manufacturing process for the bioplastic polylactide (PLA) — the PLAneo technology — recently started production in Changchun, China.

It is operated by the Jilin COFCO Biomaterial Corporation, a subsidiary of COFCO, China’s largest food and beverage group. The new plant produces all standard PLA types, among other things for the production of eco-friendly packaging, fibers, textiles and engineering plastics.

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-IACMI consortium aims to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg scrap

Carbon fiber recycling start up Vartega leads a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, TN, US), a 160+ member, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN, US) and US Department of Energy (Washington, DC, US) driven consortium committed to increasing domestic production capacity and manufacturing jobs across the US composites industry, announced on Oct. 16 a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications.

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-Quality From Fiber To Fabric: USTER Completes Integration Of EVS

USTER, Switzerland —Quality solutions across the full range of primary textile production – from fiber to finished fabric – are now offered by Uster Technologies, following the successful integration of automated inspection systems from EVS. This expansion of capability means USTER is unique as the world’s only supplier of high-tech instruments for quality monitoring and management in spinning, weaving, knitting, finishing and nonwovens. The three EVS systems for vision-based fabric inspection are now presented under USTER branding.

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-Loop Industries Seeks To Bring New Era In Sustainable Plastics

The company recently entered into a multi-year supply agreement with PepsiCo and a joint venture with Indorama Ventures.

Loop Industries is seeking to bring to market what they call the ‘upcycled’ plastics economy. Loop has emerged with truly transformational technology that allows no and low value plastics to be diverted, recovered and recycled endlessly into new, virgin-quality Loop PET plastic.

Loop announced a joint venture with petrochemical company Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited to manufacture and commercialize sustainable polyester resin to meet the growing global demand from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies. This partnership brings together Indorama Venture’s manufacturing footprint and Loop’s proprietary science and technology.

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-Reviewed European Bioeconomy Strategy strengthens defossilisation of plastics sector

The European Commission recently delivered its review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy. The strategy is a step forward towards ensuring that fossil resources are replaced by sustainable natural alternatives for the production of bio-based products such as bio-based plastics and energy. ‘Only by driving the transition in relevant markets, it will be possible to reach Europe’s climate change mitigation goals’, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director at European Bioplastics (EUBP). ‘Implementation of the key actions of the updated Bioeconomy Strategy is paramount to making this happen’.

The strategy focuses on the importance of a stable regulatory framework as well as on research and innovation to accelerate the growth of the bioeconomy, which is already worth around 2,1 trillion euros in annual turnover in Europe. Specifically, the bioplastics industry not only helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also contributes to employment growth in Europe and to the development of rural areas. ‘The bioplastics industry is a main driver of the bioeconomy,’ says Mr von Pogrell. ‘According to a study of EuropaBio, it accounts for about 23,000 jobs in Europe. With suitable investment and regulatory frameworks, this number could increase by 2030 with up to 300,000 high skilled jobs’.

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-A glimpse at the technology inside rPlanet Earth

A huge PET recycling plant has begun operations in the Los Angeles area, and details have been released about equipment working in the vertically integrated facility.

The Vernon, Calif. rPlanet Earth facility has come on-line, one year after Plastics Recycling Update first wrote about the 302,000-square-foot facility a year ago.

The plant, which had its official grand opening on Oct. 11, takes in bales of post-consumer PET and processes them into bottle preforms, sheet and thermoform packaging.

The final products can contain a range of recycled content, up to 100 percent RPET.

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Tecumseh Releases an Intelligent System Controller, Enhanced for Use With its Variable Speed Compressors (VTC), for Self-Contained Refrigerated Case Applications

In addition to its variable speed compressors, Tecumseh has added Tecumseh IntelliSC to its Tecumseh IntelliCOOL technology platform. Developed to work together, these components enable design engineers to turn their next generation variable-capacity refrigeration ideas into reality.

Tecumseh Products Company, LLC. added Tecumseh IntelliSC, an intelligent system controller, to its Tecumseh IntelliCOOL technology platform offerings. Tecumseh IntelliSC is a full-featured intelligent system controller with a remote user interface and display. Out of the box, Tecumseh IntelliSC is enhanced for use with Tecumseh’s variable speed compressors and IntelliCI inverters. These features include both an isolated frequency compressor-speed interface and a highly configurable algorithm to reduce overall energy consumption.

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-Tight seals protect quality and aroma

Coffee bags and capsules rely on ultrasonic sealing.

Show Daily Exclusive – Whether packaged in capsules or bags, ultrasonic sealing protects whole bean or ground coffee. The tools do not heat up, making this technology gentle on both packaging material and product.

CAPSULE LINERS, LIDS

One of the main indicators of a quality coffee is the crema. When using a coffee capsule, filter material ultrasonically welded onto the bottom of the capsule produces the crema. This process is called embedding.

The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) filter liner has a higher melting point than the polypropylene (PP) material of the capsules. As a result, the PP reacts more quickly to the ultrasonic vibrations, becomes viscous and flows into the PET. The resulting strong connection keeps the filter in position and ensures a high-quality crema even at high brewing pressure.

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-Hyosung Chairman Hyun Joon Cho Turns Global Spandex Plants into SmartFactories to Prepare for the Industry 4.0 Era

SEOUL, South Korea – Hyosung TNC, the textile and trading unit arm of Hyosung (KRX:004800) is turning its global spandex production bases into smartfactories in preparation for the era of Industry 4.0.

Recently, it established smart factory systems in the spandex plants inQuzhou, Jiaxing, Guangdong and Zhuhai in China and Dong Nai in Vietnam.

The systems are for process monitoring, quality control and smartInternet of Things (IoT).

They were installed under instructions from Hyosung Group Chairman HyunJoon Cho, who has pushed innovation in production and management eversince he was inaugurated as chairman last year.

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-Solvay introduces PPS grades, recycled nylon 6/6

Three new grades of Ryton-brand PPS are aimed at extrusion applications for the automotive market, Europe automotive area development manager Andreas Lutz said at the event. The new materials “can provide some properties that are highly required in automotive,” he added.

The flexibility of the new grades allow them to be used in pipes and tubing. Products made with the new grades can be bent to allow them to adjust to underhood designs, Lutz said.

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-US will not implement antidumping duties on PET resins after ITC ruling

The US will not implement antidumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imports from five countries, following a negative final determination from the International Trade Commission (ITC).

The US industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury due to resin imports from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan, the ITC ruled in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

The ITC’s ruling follows a Department of Commerce final determination in September that PET resin imports from the countries were sold in the US at less than fair value rates.

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-S Korea September exports of most petrochemicals slump year on year

South Korea’s export volumes of most petrochemicals in September posted double-digit declines, industry data showed.

Its exports of ethylene fell by 27.8% year on year to 70,299 tonnes, while those of propylene declined by 27.0% year on year to 128,298 tonnes, according to data from the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

September shipments of paraxylene (PX) fell by 27% year on year to 577,543 tonnes, while those of purified terephthalate acid (PTA) were down by 24.8% at 144,116 tonnes.

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-Asia benzene/toluene price spread narrows to 2-year low amid benzene glut

The price spread between benzene and its feedstock toluene in Asia narrowed to more than a two-year low of $3.83/mt on Tuesday amid a benzene glut and firmer toluene prices due to tight inventory in East China after the National Day holidays early October, S&P Global Platts data showed.

Healthy benzene/toluene spreads are typically in the $80-$110/mt range, making it very unattractive currently to produce benzene via toluene disproportionation units.

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-New method developed to 3D print lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from smartphones and tablets to e-cigarettes and electric cars. Until now, manufacturers have had to design their devices around standard battery sizes, and it limits the design options and capacities of consumer devices. But researchers, led by Christopher Reyes and Benjamin Wiley have developed a new method to 3D print lithium-ion batteries in virtually any shape. They report their results in ACS Applied Energy Materials.

Most lithium-ion batteries on the market are either rectangular or cylindrical. Theoretically, 3D printing technologies can print an entire device, including the battery and structural and electronic components, in almost any shape. However, the problem that has stood in the way of fully 3D printed lithium-ion batteries is that the the polymers used for 3D printing, such as poly(lactic acid) (PLA), are not ionic conductors. Researchers wanted to find a way to print complete lithium-ion batteries using low cost and widely available fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers.

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Polymers Polyester Yarn PET Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers Polyester Yarn PET Petrochemicals Prices 

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ITEM15/10/201822/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,900 yuan/ton9,700 yuan/ton-200
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,280 $/ton1,260 $/ton-20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,825 yuan/ton9,575 yuan/ton-250
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,775 yuan/ton9,575 yuan/ton-200
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,790 yuan/ton7,220 yuan/ton-570
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,035 $/ton 980 $/ton-55
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,290 yuan/ton7,255 yuan/ton-35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

875 $/ton859 $/ton-16
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,295 $/ton 1,242 $/ton-53
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

11,225 yuan/ton10,970 yuan/ton-255
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market10,050 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,750 yuan/ton 12,500 yuan/ton-250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

12,350 yuan/ton12,100 yuan/ton-250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,325 yuan/ton11,075 yuan/ton-250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,630 yuan/ton10,580 yuan/ton-50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

17,600 yuan/ton17,000 yuan/ton-600
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,200 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,510 $/ton2,510 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

18,300 yuan/ton17,500 yuan/ton-800
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,300 yuan/ton18,900 yuan/ton-400
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

38,800 yuan/ton37,800 yuan/ton-1,000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,350 yuan/ton22,050 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,200 yuan/ton24,800 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,100 yuan/ton23,800 yuan/ton-300
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,600 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton-200
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,850 yuan/ton-100
Benzene overseas  market

 

829 $/ton815 $/ton-14
Ethylene South East market

 

1,020 $/ton1,010 $/ton-10
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,106 $/ton1,059 $/ton-47
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

18,600 yuan/ton18,000 yuan/ton-600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,180 $/ton-50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,200 yuan/ton15,200 yuan/ton 
PP Powder domestic market

 

11,000 yuan/ton10,850 yuan/ton-150
Naphtha overseas market         

 

688 $/ton675 $/ton-13
Phenol domestic market 12,025 yuan/ton

 

12,175 yuan/ton

 

+150
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,485 $/ton

 

1,470 $/ton

 

-15
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,580 $/ton

 

 1,565 $/ton

 

-15
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,120 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,114 $/ton1,102 $/ton-12
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,100 $/ton 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,090 $/ton1,080 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,260 $/ton 1,250 $/ton-10
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,253 $/ton 1,253 $/ton 
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,261 €/ton 1,261 €/ton 

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Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Unveiling Exciting New Legwear Innovations at LYCRA® FIBER MOVES 5  Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA®, THERMOLITE® and COOLMAX® brands, and an industry leader and innovation driver in the legwear segment, has announced it is hosting the 5 th edition of LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference today in Lake Como, Italy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Held every two years, this exclusive, invitation-only event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands, retailers and trade media excited to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as INVISTA’s latest innovations for socks and hosiery.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

LYCRA® FIBER MOVES is a not-to-be-missed seminar where global legwear industry insiders gather for networking, inspiration and ideas.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

INVISTA representatives are introducing three new hosiery innovations designed to meet consumer needs, add value to any collection, and create new opportunities for business growth:

LYCRA® FUSION® TRUE TO YOU technology is a patent-pending innovation allowing the creation of transparent 3D hosiery that delivers a natural-looking luster or shine to the legs.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

The innovation is a combination of a new LYCRA® FUSION® yarn with new knitting construction, therefore combining the ‘no ladder / no run’ benefits to the premium fit and uniformity of a 3D construction, all in a natural shine sheer hose.
THERMOLITE® FIR technology is a spun dyed black fiber embedded with special ceramic pigments that absorbs the wearer’s infrared radiation and reflects it back to them as heat energy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
This improves the body’s heat retention and keeps legs warmer, longer. Knitted with LYCRA® BLACK technology, it fulfills consumers’ expectation for true black leggings that won’t fade or wash out after wearing or washing.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
LYCRA® MADE TO FIT YOU technology, originally created for knee-highs, is being expanded to offer the same benefits to stay-ups (thigh-highs).
The key to delivering enhanced comfort and fit is the top band’s construction, which is engineered to fit a variety of thigh shapes.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
The hosiery stays in place all day without roll over and dig in, so the wearer experiences a “second skin” effect that will appeal to new consumers and revitalize the category.The LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference opens with an exploration of Financial Macro Trends by author and columnist Alan Friedman, followed by a look at Consumer Mega Trends for Millennials by Euromonitor’s Alison Angus.

Professor Ada Ferri discusses Garments for Cold Climates, Anna Borkowicz of WTiN examines Digitalization in Apparel, and Euromonitor’s Miles Agbanrin explores The Millennial Consumer and How They Shape Retail.

Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam presents 2019/2020 Fashion Trends for hosiery and socks that are powered by LYCRA® fiber and THERMOLITE® technology innovations.

Following cocktails and dinner Thursday evening, a highly anticipated fashion show brings forecasted 2019/2020 legwear trends to life and showcases the latest INVISTA innovations for hosiery and socks.

The event ends with a networking breakfast Friday morning.

During the evening’s festivities, key LYCRA® fiber customers will be honored for their contributions to the legwear industry and their loyalty to the LYCRA® brand.

This year’s award winners are Patrizia Giangrossi, owner of PIERRE MANTOUX, and Cathleen Moxham and Dr. Tina Fehling of HanesBrands Inc.

“The LYCRA® brand name has been associated with game-changing, market-driven innovations that have redefined what’s possible for 60 years,” said Sybille Bald, global segment leader – legwear.

“Whether we’re introducing new fibers, developing new construction techniques, or improving on leading technologies in our portfolio, LYCRA® FIBER MOVES demonstrates how innovation is still at the heart of everything we do today.”

For a complete list of speakers, topics and more, visit LYCRAfibermoves.com.

LYCRA® is a trademark of INVISTA.

About INVISTA

INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers.

The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products.

Headquartered in the U.S., INVISTA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. For more information, visit .

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Kristin Altimari, +1-316-828-1057

Kristin.Altimari@lycra.com

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USA trade commission antidumping duties PET

US trade commission rules against antidumping duties for PET imports from Taiwan USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Taiwan joins Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan in the list cleared from antidumping allegations

USA trade commission antidumping duties PET

PET bottles (Photo/Pixabay)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The United States International Trade Commission (USITS) has determined that the U.S. industry was not “materially injured” by imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan, the organization said in a statement Oct. 18.USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

As a result, no anti-dumping duty orders will be imposed on the countries in question for selling PET products in the U.S. market at less than fair value, a claim asserted by the U.S. Department of Commerce in its final investigation report released Sept. 18.

In 2017, imports of PET resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Korea, Pakistan, and Indonesia were valued at $154 million, $152.5 million, $127.3 million, $82.6 million, and $44.9 million, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Trump administration has exerted every effort to counteract what it called unfair trade practices, by waging a trade war with China, imposing tariffs on a host of goods from its trade partners, renegotiating the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and initiating anti-dumping probes, among other actions.USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Since the start of Trump’s administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce has opened 122 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, the department said.

Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

 

Victrex at Fakuma: Pioneering Polymer Solutions and Successes  Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

At the Fakuma show in Germany, Victrex, a world leading PAEK expert, is providing further proof points that the company is more than “just” a high- performance polymer (HPP) producer.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

A new broad food grade portfolio, a novel solution for e-motors and gears in automotiv

e, impellers in electronic home appliances, investments in building a supply chain for the use of thermoplastic composite parts for aerospace as well as partnerships in Additive Manufacturing (AM), with new AM PAEK products in development, are all representative indicators that the global company is progressing solutions based on VICTREX™ PAEK polymers.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

In selected areas this also includes forms and parts, such as composite brackets for aerospace.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

The invention and development of PEEK 40 years ago and Victrex’s dedication to focusing on PAEK/PEEK thermoplastics are the foundation of this impressive catalogue of success.

Today, thermoplastics of this family, and in particular VICTREX™ PEEK, are used in countless applications, spanning aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, manufacturing & engineering and medical.“Innovator” and “solutions provider” may seem overused these days. However, they exactly describe Victrex’s portfolio and services based on the high-performing Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers on which the company has focused ever since it was established.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Food & Beverage: Advancing applications based on new VICTREX FG food grade portfolio
To help OEMS to meet the stringent regulatory and quality demands affecting the food equipment industry, Victrex is introducing a dedicated PEEK food grade portfolio at the Fakuma show.

Compared to metals, the new “VICTREX FG™” family of high-performing thermoplastics offers additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, productivity and performance for OEMs – and the neutral taste expected by consumers.

Applications range from cookware and beverage dispensers for commercial and domestic use to industrial applications involving food-contact components in conveyor systems, aseptic processing, sensors, gears and nozzles.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

A “Forum” presentation during Fakuma on “3 Things to Consider for Reliable, Regulatory-Compliant Food Applications” will provide further insights.

Electronic appliances: lighter vacuum cleaner components with enhanced durability enabling lower noise and increased energy efficiency

In home appliances, the high-performance polymer has allowed designers to explore new approaches to the design of smaller, yet powerful, vacuum cleaner components.

The ability to injection mould VICTREX PEEK to produce high engineering tolerance parts that are able to cope with high speeds, in some cases faster than 100,000 rpm (noting that jet engines only rotate at 15,000 rpm), while noise can be reduced by up to 50%, is impressive.

The material’s high stiffness-to-weight ratio also allows the impeller to maintain its shape at these high speeds, potentially resulting in stronger suction compared to more ductile materials.

In addition, when replacing machined metal parts it can enable reductions in the weight of parts, thus reducing the size of motors and the components needed, and is resistant to a wide range of household chemicals, and heat and moisture.

Injection molding contributes to potential cost savings for manufacturers compared to the machining parts from metals, and it also enables the rapid scaling up of new designs, shortening time to product launch and allowing faster, less capitally intensive, scaling up of manufacture.

Automotive E-motors: Will APTIV™ film end the quest for the ideal slot liner material?
With the automotive industry transitioning to electric vehicles, the quest for more efficient high-density e-motors and lower cost is still on.

Most motor manufacturers have opted to use the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM) since this type of motor has a higher efficiency and occupies less volume compared to other types of e-motors.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

As the PMSM is designed to cut off at temperatures that threaten to damage its internal insulation, thermal management is a crucial performance factor for e-motors for electric vehicles – the design of the insulating system is, clearly, instrumental.

In search of the “dream” slot liner insulator, Victrex engineers undertook a simulation of replacing a 250-micron meta-aramid-PET-laminate slot liner material with 150-micron PEEK polymer based APTIV™ film.

This simulation used a 40% thinner and more thermally conductive thermoplastic slot liner film which was shown to enable improved heat flow from the wire windings to the stator iron and outer-water-jacket cooling system.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Additional simulations have shown the excellent thermal conductivity of APTIV™ film which enables improved thermal management and reduction of peak winding temperatures by 2-3°C compared to traditional laminates and helps the e-motor stay cool.

With improved thermal management and thinner slot liners the simulations observed a potential increase in copper density (i.e. the slot-fill factor) of 2%.

Last but not least, the simulations found a 5% increase in continuous torque output – this could translate into higher power output for a same-size machine.

Gearing up with PEEK polymers in powertrain applications
In automotive, VICTREX PEEK is already frequently used in powertrain components such as seal rings, thrust washers, bushings and bearings, whereas gears in demanding powertrain applications sound a rather unlikely candidate for metal-replacement by the polymer.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

However, with smaller and downsized engines, NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is, today, one of the biggest challenges for OEMs and Tier1s, and Victrex’s polymer gear solutions have shown a reduction in rattle and noise issues in engine applications by up to 50% (3dB).

Compared to powdered metal gears, the weight and moment of inertia is also considerably lower with VICTREX HPG™ gears, contributing to higher system efficiency.

Game-changing composite solutions for aerospace
At the Fakuma show Victrex will also display a variety of VICTREX™ PAEK-based composite and hybrid overmolded composite parts for use in Aerospace.

The company is currently partnering with customers to meet their engineering challenges through the use of innovative solutions that offer continuous manufacturing processes and cycle times measured in minutes versus hours for thermoset alternatives.

Compared to their thermoset counterparts, which are in frequent use today, thermoplastic composites are vital to drive Aerospace build rates.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

To build the necessary supply chain, Victrex is also investing in a joint venture, TxV Aero Composites, with long-standing development partner Tri-Mack Manufacturing.

PEEK turns 40: reasons behind the success of a relatively young HPP
The inert properties of the versatile PAEK polymers are one of the main reasons for its success.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

This family of polymers is ideally suited to extreme and demanding environments. While alternative materials can meet specific needs, PAEKs/PEEKs are located at the top of the polymer pyramid and can support multiple requirements.

Their properties include light weight, high strength, and high resistance to wear, temperature, fatigue and aggressive fluids/chemicals.

Together, they can contribute to enhanced fuel efficiency, extended part life, greater comfort (smooth operation, less noise), more design freedom and greater cost efficiency.

The second important reason is that Victrex decided to strategically focus on this particular family of PAEK HPPs.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

As a result, over the last four decades, pioneering material developments, strategic decisions and close cooperation with customers set a course that arrived at, and then moved beyond, many milestones.

Having achieved that progress, today Victrex continues “to shape future performance” with its PAEK/PEEK solutions, and that unwavering commitment to innovation and success is the focus and overarching motif at the company’s Fakuma booth.

It will also cast a first glow on PEEK’s 40th anniversary in November.

ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

ASCEND – New PA 6.6 for automotive applications / BTP compounding business highlighted at “Fakuma” / Force majeure in Florida continues  ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
 ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
Polyamide 6.6 producer Ascend Performance Materials (Houston, Texas / USA; www.ascendmaterials.com) has developed a material called “Vydyne R433H” for reinforcing down-gauged steel and aluminium used in used in vehicle body in white (BIW) structures.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
The BIW accounts for nearly half the weight of a vehicle, noted Vikram Gopal, Ascend’s senior VP of technology, and the new PA 6.6 grade helps reduce weight without compromising safety or comfort.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

Vydyne R433H offers improved energy absorption than conventional glass-reinforced PA 6.6, which dampens noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) as well as absorbs impact energy from crashes. According to Ascend, the new material helps carmakers save weight and increase efficiency.

Lightweighting and NVH reduction are important in e-cars, and Vydyne R433H is also suitable for battery frame and housing applications.

The new PA material will be presented for the first time at the “Fakuma” trade fair taking place in Friedrichshafen / Germany from 16-20 October 2018 (www.fakuma-messe.de) – see Plasteurope.com of 16.10.2018ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
Integration of Britannia Techno Polymer’s compounding activities
Ascend will also highlight its recently acquired manufacturing facility in Tilburg / The Netherlands.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
With the takeover of compounder Britannia Techno Polymer (BTP, Tilburg; www.btpolymer.com) completed on 31 July 2018, the Texas-based manufacturer has gained its first European production base – see Plasteurope.com of 06.08.2018.
“By establishing dedicated manufacturing capabilities in Europe, we ensure greater reliability of supply to our customers in the region,” said Scott Rook, Ascend’s senior VP of nylon.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
FM on PA 6.6 products from Pensacola continues
In a statement before Fakuma, Ascend CEO Phil McDivitt said because of “conflicting reports on long-term PA 6.6 availability,” the company reaffirms its commitment to meeting rising demand, supporting customers and maintaining reliable operations.
As announced, Ascend’s planned 40,000 t/y capacity expansion for PA 6.6 precursor adiponitrile (ADN) in Decatur, Alabama / USA for the end of 2018 is nearly complete – see Plasteurope.com of 07.06.2018.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
The additional 180,000 t/y ADN expansion by 2022 is “underway to begin.” The company plans to keep adding capacity to relieve the “bulk of constraints” in the market.

The supply shortage on the global PA 6.6 market continues in the meantime. No easing is in sight from Pensacola, Florida, where Ascend declared force majeure on all PA 6.6 base polymers, compounds and fibres after a fire there on 10 July 2018 – see Plasteurope.com of 13.07.2018.

The FM remains in effect, although McDivitt noted that production is running at around 90% of capacity. The duration of the FM is still not known.

Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

Regulatory approval process for the intended acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business moves forward Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

  • BASF offered commitments to meet concerns of the EU Commission
  • Transaction to complement BASF’s engineering plastics portfolio and ensure backward integration into key raw materials

In September 2017, BASF and Solvay agreed that BASF would acquire Solvay’s polyamide business subject to approval of the relevant merger control authorities.

The approval process of the EU Commission is ongoing.

To meet the concerns of the EU Commission, BASF has offered to refrain from acquiring certain parts of Solvay’s European polyamide business including innovation capabilities and manufacturing assets of Solvay’s intermediate and engineering plastics business.

The EU Commission is now examining this offer and submitting it for market testing before completing its review procedure.Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

By complementing the engineering plastics portfolio, enhancing the access to key growth markets in Asia and South America as well as strengthening the value chain through backward integration into key raw materials such as ADN (adipodinitrile), BASF would still achieve its key strategic objectives. Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

BASF will continue to work closely with the EU Commission which is expected to make a decision in early 2019.Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

As of now, the transaction has obtained merger clearance from eight of ten jurisdictions globally.Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.

The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.

BASF generated sales of €64.5 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at  www.basf.com.

Forward-looking statements and forecasts
This release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current estimates and projections of the Board of Executive Directors and currently available information.Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the future developments and results outlined therein.Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

These are dependent on a number of factors; they involve various risks and uncertainties; and they are based on assumptions that may not prove to be accurate.

BASF does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this release above and beyond the legal requirements.

Kazakhstan production titanium dioxide

Kazakhstan will start production of titanium dioxide by 2021  Kazakhstan production titanium dioxide

Kazakhstan production titanium dioxide

MOSCOW  – Tenir-Logistic intends to create a chemical-technological complex for the production of special steels and titanium dioxide in the special economic zone Pavlodar, reports Lkmportal . Kazakhstan production titanium dioxide

The construction and equipment of the site will require USD2.3 billion.

Work on the project has been going on for more than 10 years, and by 2018 the company set up pilot production at sites in Tomsk and Novosibirsk, and also developed technologies for obtaining final products – steel, ferroalloys, titanium dioxide , vanadium pentoxide and silicon dioxide.

The main development and research work was completed in 2015.

The creation of titanium dioxide production is supposed to be carried out in three stages. At the first stage, the complex will produce about 60 thousand tons of pure product – a semi-finished pigment, at the second – 300 thousand tons of titanium dioxide, at the third – 600 thousand tons.

To implement the three stages, USD2.3 billion is required. It is planned to spend about USD400 million for the first stage.

The concentrate deposit is located 1300 km from the Pavlodar zone. Equipment was purchased for the plant, 80% of which was purchased in China.

Information about the appearance of titanium dioxide production in Kazakhstan appeared in 2012 – Tenir-Logistic at that time was looking for investors to create a plant based on the ores of the Zhambyl titanium-magnesium ore deposit Tymlai.

Four years later, Kazinform news agency reported on the upcoming construction of a mining and processing plant at the site of the Tymlay titanium-magnetite deposit in the Kordai district of the Zhambyl region.

At the beginning of April 2017, the details of the project being implemented in the Pavlodar zone appeared . It was planned that the complex will produce 250 thousand tons of titanium dioxide and 900 thousand tons of special steels.

The volume of investment in the project should reach 782 billion tenge (almost 140 billion rubles, USD2.13 billion). The first products will enter the market in 2020. Design work is carried out by a company from Hong Kong.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Anellotech announces commercial plant engineering plans Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Sustainable technology company Anellotech confirms significant progress in its Bio-TCatTM technology development program Anellotech commercial plant engineering

 Anellotech commercial plant engin

The company has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech is pioneering an innovative manufacturing process to produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass.Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Its patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used to make important polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock.

Jacobs, a globally respected engineering firm, recently confirmed that the Bio-TCat process enables a CO2 emission reduction potential of 70-90% when compared to petroleum-derived equivalents.Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third-party technologies.

Commercially-viable process yields and catalyst performance has now been achieved at economic design conditions at Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas.

TCat-8 has demonstrated consistently stable operation of major process steps and recycle loops, with highly-accurate analytic confirmation.Anellotech commercial plant engineering

These attractive results have been achieved with real-world commercial feedstock, loblolly pine recently harvested from Georgia forests.Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Anellotech’s MinFree pretreatment process, operational at multi-ton scale, has been used to ensure low mineral content in the TCat-8 feedstock which is critical for catalyst performance.Anellotech commercial plant engineering

TCat-8 has operated for over 2,000 hours with continuous catalyst circulation including a fluid bed reactor, catalyst stripper, catalyst regenerator, quench tower, and recycle compressor. The pilot plant is operating mass balance closures of 100% +/-2%, and regularly completes uninterrupted 24/7 runs. The TCat-8 unit operates inside a commercial chemical facility that is OSHA PSM compliant.

David Sudolsky, President & CEO of Anellotech, said, “Our TCat-8 unit consistently demonstrates stable, economic performance as we continue to further optimize process conditions.

These advancements come from the dedicated and coordinated efforts of Anellotech, IFPEN and Johnson Matthey engineers and scientists.

We are excited to begin commercial plant engineering activities with our partner Axens and open up engagement with potential partners for investments and locations for the first commercial plant.”Anellotech commercial plant engineering

http://www.anellotech.com

Avantium BASF dispute Synvina FDCA PEF

Avantium and BASF in dispute over Synvina Avantium BASF dispute Synvina FDCA PEF

Avantium BASF dispute Synvina FDCA PEF

AMSTERDAM – Avantium and BASF are in a dispute about the future of their Synvina joint venture. The companies disagree on the timing for the fulfilment of the criteria to invest in the commercial-scale plant for FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid).

After an internal strategic review, BASF has served a notice to Avantium that if the investment criteria are not fulfilled by 5 December 2018, it is entitled under the joint venture agreement to exit from Synvina. BASF asserts that fulfilment of the investment criteria for the reference plant must be assessed in the fourth quarter of 2018, as originally envisaged in the joint venture agreement.Avantium BASF dispute Synvina FDCA PEF

Avantium disagrees with this interpretation of the joint venture agreement. Avantium is convinced that the 2-3 year extension of the PEF pilot phase announced in January 2018 logically necessitates a postponed final assessment.

Press Release

Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Global Bioenergies reaches 87% of yield target in Isobutene process Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Yield and productivity have reached a threshold meeting the expectations for profitable exploitation of the process at commercial scale

Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) announces today that a new milestone has been met in the development of its Isobutene process.

The company announces a yield exceeding 87% of the final target during the complete production phase, at laboratory scale.

The productivity is also progressing quickly. Yield and productivity have reached a threshold meeting the expectations for profitable exploitation of the process at commercial scale for high value applications such as cosmetics.

Isobutene has a very broad range of applications, ranging from fuels and commodity chemicals to cosmetics.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Global Bioenergies’ goal is to provide a bio-based isobutene process meeting the requirements for all the applications, i.e. able to compete pricewise with fuels and materials derived from oil.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

The higher the performances, the lower the production costs, and thus the broader the range of applications that can be exploited profitably.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Since more than 70% of the costs at commercial scale will be represented by the feedstock (the industrial grade sugar that is converted into isobutene), the most important parameter is yield.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

In order to reach this milestone, Global Bioenergies has built new bacterial strains, with an entirely redesigned carbon metabolism.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

When provided with a powerful isobutene route, the improved strains have shown their capability, at lab scale, of achieving more than 87% of the final target yield over the whole production phase, meaning that 87% of the sugar consumed by the strains is directly contributing to produce isobutene.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

In addition, the new strains show a markedly better productivity. Productivity speaks about the speed at which strains convert sugars into isobutene, and translates into OPEX and CAPEX cost, which will represent the remaining 30% of the costs at commercial scale.

Reproduced at commercial plant scale, these performances would sustain profitable exploitation for the high-value applications of isobutene, such as cosmetics.

The process based on the new strains is presently moving down the scale-up chain, with first industrial pilot testing showing very promising results.

Frédéric Pâques, COO of Global Bioenergies declares: “The increase in performances we are observing over 2018 has contributed to considerably de-risk the project.

We will continue to work at improving yield and productivity, but we have passed a threshold that allows us to balance the priorities.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Our major objective is now to obtain a perfect stability in industrial conditions at demo scale. Given the current state of the art and the steep progression observed this last year, we should now reach new summits within months.”.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies, adds: « These outstanding progresses bode well for IBN-One, the first commercial plant project we co-own together with Cristal Union, one of the leaders in the European sugar industry.Global Bioenergies Isobutene process

Our process will count in the technological arsenal our civilization now needs to win the battles against global warming, air pollution in cities, and oil depletion. »

About GLOBAL BIOENERGIES

Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation.

The Company initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers.

Global Bioenergies continues to improve the performance of its process, to operate its demo plant in Germany, and to prepare the first full-scale plant through a joint venture with Cristal Union, named IBN-One. Global Bioenergies is listed on Euronext Growth Paris (FR0011052257 – ALGBE).

Contact

GLOBAL BIOENERGIES
Frédéric Pâques, COO
Phone : +33 1 64 98 20 50
E-Mail: invest@global-bioenergies

Source: Global Bioenergies, press release, 2018-10-08.

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Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions

Sidel Group acquires PET Engineering to strengthen and diversify packaging solutions portfolio Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions

On October 11, the Sidel Group concluded the acquisition of PET Engineering Srl, further expanding the company’s portfolio of packaging solutions.

“With packaging increasingly playing a key role in any marketing mix, we are confident that Sidel and PET Engineering’s complementary strengths in packaging design, qualification and blowing process will bring the Sidel Group more business opportunities while offering customers a diversified choice of partners to materialise their creative requirements,” comments Pavel Shevchuk, Executive Vice President Services, Sidel GroupSidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

Founded in 1999 and based in San Vendemiano, Italy, PET Engineering has 40 employees. An agile, flexible company with a strong name in creative packaging design, PET Engineering has solid blowing process knowledge and expertise and enjoys a loyal global customer base.Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

Their integrated approach between design, engineering and industrialisation and the capacity to create a delicate balance between technical feasibility and creativity helped PET Engineering win prestigious packaging awards: to name but a few, last year the company has received the WorldStar Award in the Beverage category and, in 2018, the Golden A’ Design Award in Packaging Design. Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

Two strong players, more capabilities 

“PET Engineering is perfectly established to help Sidel expand its packaging offering – especially regarding the design of containers for water, soft drinks, liquid dairy products and beer,” says PET Engineering CEO Moreno BarelSidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

“Through this acquisition, we are also diversifying our packaging services portfolio to better meet our customers’ needs,” Pavel continues.

“Packaging design has a critical impact on the whole supply chain efficiency and therefore is a key enabler of our brand promise – Performance through Understanding – and of the strategy behind it. This move will ultimately translate into solid value for the Sidel Group.”

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable 18-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices its chain continue to be weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,220/1,260 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,700/9,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,600/9,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,550/9,700 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 980/990 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,200/7,300 yuan/ton – MEG $ 845/855 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,000/7,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,265/1,275 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,950/11,100  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,550/12,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Kazakhstan will start production of titanium dioxide by 2021  

Tenir-Logistic intends to create a chemical-technological complex for the production of special steels and titanium dioxide in the special economic zone Pavlodar, reports Lkmportal .

The construction and equipment of the site will require USD2.3 billion.

Work on the project has been going on for more than 10 years, and by 2018 the company set up pilot production at sites in Tomsk and Novosibirsk, and also developed technologies for obtaining final products – steel, ferroalloys, titanium dioxide , vanadium pentoxide and silicon dioxide.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Sidel Group acquires PET Engineering to strengthen and diversify packaging solutions portfolio Sidel Group PET Engineering packaging solutions 

On October 11, the Sidel Group concluded the acquisition of PET Engineering Srl, further expanding the company’s portfolio of packaging solutions.

“With packaging increasingly playing a key role in any marketing mix, we are confident that Sidel and PET Engineering’s complementary strengths in packaging design, qualification and blowing process will bring the Sidel Group more business opportunities while offering customers a diversified choice of partners to materialise their creative requirements,” comments Pavel Shevchuk, Executive Vice President Services, Sidel Group

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-Anellotech announces commercial plant engineering plans Anellotech commercial plant engineering

Sustainable technology company Anellotech confirms significant progress in its Bio-TCatTM technology development program Anellotech commercial plant engineering

The company has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech is pioneering an innovative manufacturing process to produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass.

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-Global Bioenergies reaches 87% of yield target in Isobutene process 

Yield and productivity have reached a threshold meeting the expectations for profitable exploitation of the process at commercial scale

Global Bioenergies announces today that a new milestone has been met in the development of its Isobutene process.

The company announces a yield exceeding 87% of the final target during the complete production phase, at laboratory scale.

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-Avantium and BASF in dispute over Synvina

A disagreement over the timing of investment in a commercial-scale plant for furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) has led to a potentially damaging dispute between Avantium and BASF.

The two companies operate the Synvina joint venture, which is using plant-based materials to produce FDCA and PEF, a potential replacement for the terephthalic acid (TA) used to produce PET.

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-US-China trade dispute to disrupt polyolefins trade

New polyethylene investment volume will find markets in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asian countries

Following the escalation of trade tariff disputes between China and the US, analytical firm Wood Mackenzie Chemicals expects that US polyolefins exports to the Asian country will be negatively impacted by 50 per cent in 2019.

Instead, China will continue to import from the Middle East, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore for its supply. The new polyethylene investment volume will find markets in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asian countries.

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-A Trillion Reasons why Recycling is Getting Easier

There are some staggering facts that highlight the challenge the world is facing in terms of the waste we produce.

The World Bank estimated that in 2012, on average globally, each person generated 1.2kg of waste per day.

Of that waste, only 18 per cent is being recycled, with almost half going to landfill, and the rest litter.

In the developed world we generate twice as much waste per person, and although some countries do significantly better than others at recycling: 60 per cent in the Netherlands and Germany, 45 per cent in the UK.

There is plenty of room for improvement – writes Gillian Ewers, VP marketing at PragmatIC.

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-Brazil’s Bolsonaro: ‘China Is Buying Brazil’

“China isn’t buying in Brazil. China is buying Brazil,” Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing frontrunner in Brazil’s presidential election, said in an Oct. 9 interview with Band TV, referring to the Latin American nation’s top foreign investor and trade partner.

In the interview, Bolsonaro talked about his privatization pledge, promising that he wouldn’t extend privatization to the core business of oil company Petrobras or the power industry.

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-RUDN chemist tested a new nanocatalyst for obtaining hydrogen

A chemist from RUDN was the first to use catalysts with ruthenium nanoparticles to obtain hydrogen under the influence of visible light and UV radiation. In the future, such catalysts may be used for large-scale production of hydrogen fuel under the influence of sunlight. The results of the study were published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

Photochemical reactions are one of the most eco-friendly ways of producing “green fuel”. They don’t consume a lot of energy for heating the raw materials or supporting high pressure levels. To maintain the speed of the reaction one needs only light and photocatalysts. Photocatalysts based on platinum, gold, and palladium are highly efficient in such photochemical reactions as hydrogen extraction from biomass derivatives, such as alcohols. However, these metals are expensive, therefore the scientists are in search of cheaper photocatalysts.

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-Constantia introduces packaging with greater sustainability

Ecolutions reduces carbon footprint, focuses on recycle-ready solutions and decreases environmental impact while protecting products.

In its quest to create environmentally friendly yet cost-effective and functional packaging solutions, Constantia Flexibles developed a new, more sustainable packaging line called Ecolutions that made its debut at PACK EXPO 2018.

Ecolutions meets sustainable requirements, reduces the carbon footprint of packaging, focuses on recyclable solutions and decreases the impact on the environment. In addition to the sustainable characteristics, the packaging solutions have all the properties required to protect the packaged products.

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-Coveris launches fully recyclable PE film for Co-op

In partnership with the Co-op and Freshtime, Coveris has launched a fully recyclable PE film that delivers the same protective, functional and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions.

This marks a major step forward in supporting the packaging manufacturer’s pledge to deliver 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

Having recently been awarded for “leading the sector” in recyclable plastics through their Project Closed Loop strategy to make 100% of its own-brand packaging recyclable, the Co-op is now even closer to achieving its 2023 target with the launch of a new recyclable PE film across prepared vegetable lines.

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-ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and Ineos Styrolution partner to launch closed-loop polystyrene recycling consortium

Three companies involved with post-consumer packaging recovery have initiated a strategic partnership to recycle polystyrene (PS) packaging collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources.

ReVital Polymers (Sarnia, ON, Canada), a member of the Circular Polymers Group and processor of post-consumer plastics; styrenics manufacturer Ineos Styrolution (Frankfurt, Germany); and Pyrowave (Oakville, ON, Canada), a company that has developed a process for making PS recyclable even if it has color additives and food residue, have committed to reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills and contaminates the world’s waterways and oceans.

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-First closed-loop recycler converts post-consumer PET into food-grade finished packaging

The first vertically integrated plant for converting PET packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those made from virgin PET has opened in Vernon, CA, and more such facilities could be on the way.

The Vernon plant, run by rPlanet Earth, converts bottles, clamshell containers and other packaging waste into food-grade sheet, thermoformed containers and injection-molded preforms for bottles.

The 302,000-sqare-foot facility, which cost more than $100 million, has an annual capacity of 80,000,00 lbs. (36,290 metric tons), and rPlanet Earth plans to add a second bales-to-end product production line to the site within the next two years.

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-Milacron’s Mold-Masters Product Brand to Launch NEW Advanced Thinwall Packaging Hot Runner System – ThinPAK, and Will Have NEW Hot Runner Technologies Featured in the Milacron/iMFLUX Machine Cell at Fakuma 2018

Milacron Holdings Corp. a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry is pleased to announce their upcoming participation at Fakuma 2018. Fakuma will take place October 16-20th in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Milacron will be in hall B3 – Booth 3203, displaying its industry-leading technologies including Mold-Masters hot runners and control systems, Milacron injection molding machines, DME mold technology solutions, and industrial supplies as well as TIRAD high precision mold bases.

This year’s Fakuma will see the launch of the Mold-Masters ThinPAK-Series hot runner for thinwall applications and a Mold-Masters hot runner running on the Milacron iMFLUX machine cell, a first for Mold-Masters.

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MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia

MEGlobal lowered the November contract price of MEG in Asia by USD20 per ton  MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia

MOSCOW – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the November MEG contract price for Asia at USD1,100 per tonne, which is USD20 per tonne lower than in October, an ICIS source said in company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

MEG prices were under downward pressure from the downstream market for polyester, as factories in this market reduced output in October after sales fell.

It was noted earlier that MEGlobal raised the October contract price of MEG for Asia compared to September level by USD20 per ton – to USD1 120 per ton, CFR Asia.

And for September deliveries, MEGlobal lowered the contract price of MEG to supply material to the Asian market by USD30 per ton – to USD1,100 per ton, CFR Asia, from a level of USD1,130 per ton, CFR Asia, in August.MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TFA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , demand for the Russian PET market in October has traditionally continued to decline. MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

Despite this, there is still a shortage of spot volumes at the producers of SIBUR-PET, Polief and Senezh due to the sale of the main volumes of granulate to contract customers.

The indicative spot price from the manufacturer SIBUR at the SIBUR-PETF and Polief plants was still at the level of 125 thousand rubles last week.  per tonne, FCA plant, VAT included.  Spot volumes are not freely available.MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

MEGlobal, headquartered in Dubai (UAE) is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG).

Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide.

DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textiles), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products.

MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company.  In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed the sale of its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity participation in Kuwaiti joint ventures.

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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioeconomy 17-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices its chain are decreasing.

PET Bottle grade export 1,230/1,270 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,750/9,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,600/9,750 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 990/1,000 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,400/7,550 yuan/ton – MEG $ 845/855 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,000/7,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,275/1,285 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,050/11,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,650/12,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-Communication from the Commission to the European

Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social

Committee and the Committee of the Regions

A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

1. INTRODUCTION
Plastic is an important and ubiquitous material in our economy and daily lives.

It has multiple functions that help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. Light and innovative materials in cars or planes save fuel and cut CO2 emissions.

High-performance insulation materials help us save on energy bills.

In packaging, plastics help ensure food safety and reduce food waste. Combined with 3D printing, bio-compatible plastic materials can save human lives by enabling medical innovation.
However, too often the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded fails to capture the economic benefits of a more ‘circular’ approach and harms the environment.

There is an urgent need to tackle the environmental problems that today cast a long shadow over the production, use and consumption of plastics.

The million tonnes of plastic litter that end up in the oceans every year are one of their most visible and alarming signs of these problems, causing growing public concern.

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-Mexico and Brazil’s Crude Politics

A potential return to resource nationalism could set both countries back.

Until this year, resource nationalism—when a government asserts its control over a country’s natural resources—seemed to be on the wane in Latin America. With oil prices low, state oil companies were struggling, and market-friendly governments had started opening their energy industries to private investment.

In the coming months, though, the region’s two largest economies may both have new leaders who came to power on promises of a return to the old days. In Mexico, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s vow to restore Mexico’s state energy companies to their glory days and his emphasis on energy independence from the United States were central to his campaign. Similarly, Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad (who is polling well behind his rival, Jair Bolsonaro, but could still eke out a win later this month) wants to reassert state oil and power companies’ dominant positions in Brazilian energy markets. Both López Obrador and Haddad have argued that the current Mexican and Brazilian governments, in trying to open energy sectors to private investment, have effectively handed over state assets to foreign companies.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-MEGlobal lowered the November contract price of MEG in Asia by USD20 per ton  MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia 

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the November MEG contract price for Asia at USD1,100 per tonne, which is USD20 per tonne lower than in October, an ICIS source said in company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.MEGlobal November contract price MEG Asia

MEG prices were under downward pressure from the downstream market for polyester, as factories in this market reduced output in October after sales fell.

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-PET, PE central to packaging industry growth

The packaging industry in North America is set for robust growth over the next decade, with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene (PE) among the materials expected to drive that growth, according to participants at PACK EXPO International.

The beverage industry is projected to grow by 4.5% to $45.5bn through 2028, according to the 2018 Beverage Trends report presented by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which is the host of the trade show.

Plastic accounts for 45% of material used in beverage packaging in 2018—a figure that is expected to grow to 55% in 2028, according to PMMI’s report respondents.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 15

Singapore — A weakening yuan against the US dollar is expected to result in thin demand from China in some petrochemical markets this week, although propylene and methanol prices are expected to remain firm amid tight supply.

OLEFINS

The Asian butadiene market is expected to soften further this week as Asian buyers remain sufficiently stocked for November laycan spot cargoes. Keen interest in spot procurement was seen last week from buyers in China as an arbitrage window opened that made imports cheaper than domestic material.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 15

US OLEFINS

US market participants will continue to monitor feedstock ethane and propane market this week, which have given direction to the downstream ethylene and propylene markets.

US ethylene prices continued to move lower last week, staying below the 20 cents/gal level. Ethylene followed direction from ethane, which fell below the 40 cents/gal level last week for the first time since August 24 before rebounding on Friday.

However, sources have said they expect ethylene to remain long. Chevron Phillips’s Port Arthur, Texas, facility, is still on a 60-day turnaround, while Dow’s LHC No. 8 unit remains at reduced rates.

Meanwhile, US propylene spot levels remain under downward pressure against weaker feedstock propane markets and an expected improvement in production.

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-SGL Carbon presents solutions for automotive applications

In the coming days, SGL Carbon will be presenting material solutions and latest trends in the field of composite materials, as well as graphite-based components for different applications in the automotive industry, at a trade fair tour.

The fair programme includes Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, in Friedrichshafen, the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg and the HärtereiKongress (Heat Treatment Congress) in Cologne. All three events will take place this week.

Lightweight construction

In the field of lightweight construction with composite materials, SGL Carbon demonstrates reinforced thermoplastic profiles from a mixture of Sigrafil 50k carbon fibres and Polyamid matrix, which are suited for use in the automotive industry. One example are structural components in skeleton construction consisting of continuous, local fibre reinforcement and injection moulding.

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-The UK’s green discoveries: plastic-eating enzymes and seawater biofuels

Researchers across the UK are working hard to prevent further climate breakdown. Here are their latest findings

An international team is working on an enzyme that can digest polyethylene terephthalate, a common plastic often found in bottles.

An international team is working on an enzyme that can digest polyethylene terephthalate, a common plastic often found in bottles. Photograph: David Jones/University of Portsmouth

We don’t have long to get our act together on climate change, according to a UN report released earlier this month. In the next 12 years, we need to reverse the trend of Earth’s increasing temperature or face drought, floods and extreme heat – and devastating knock-on effects felt by all life on the planet.

But what can we do? And can we do it quickly enough? Researchers in universities across the UK are working on answers to these huge questions. Here are some of their most exciting recent sustainability findings.

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-Kordsa joins EU-funded sustainability project

The mGlobal tire, construction reinforcement and composite technology company, Kordsa (Istanbul, Turkey) has joined a new project known as PolynSPIRE under the European Union’s R&D and Innovation Program Horizon 2020.

The main objective of PolynSPIRE is to demonstrate a set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions for efficient recycling of plastics and thermoset resins.ain objective of the program is to demonstrate a set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions for efficient recycling of plastics and thermoset resins.

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-Focus on flexible packaging and sustainability

ProAmpac premiers its ProActive Sustainability brand mark at PACK EXPO International to reinforce its commitment to environmental stewardship.

The PepsiCo Mexico Foods for Doritos Icognita E-Z SnackPak™ pouch was on display at

ProAmpac’s S-3386 booth at PACK EXPO International. The novel four-sided, tetrahedron-shaped pouch won a Gold Award from The Dow Chemical Co., and a 2018 Star Pack and Packaging Award from The Mexican Assn. of Packaging.

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-FET declares Cinte Techtextil China success

FET, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art process technology and equipment for the man-made yarns and fibre extrusion industry, enjoyed a successful attendance at last month’s Cinte Techtextil China exhibition in Shanghai.

Sharing an extended stand with its agent and partner Chemtax Industrial, FET cemented its place as a leader in the field of melt spinning technology, securing new fibre extrusion systems, as well as upgrades for existing clients with a combined potential value of more than US$ 2 million, the company reports.

Once again, the focal point of the stand was the FET-100 Series multi-functional laboratory and pilot melt spinning system. © FET

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-Petrochemicals unit pushes Mexico’s Alfa to profit

Mexican conglomerate Alfa on Monday reported a third-quarter net profit compared to a loss in the year-earlier quarter, helped by stronger margins in its Alpek petrochemicals unit.

Alfa, which also has food packaging and car parts businesses, posted net profit of 1.36 billion pesos ($73 million).

Alpek helped boost overall results due to higher polyester margins, oil prices, and the acquisition of Brazil’s Petroquimica Suape and Citepe.

Revenue for the quarter rose 23 percent to 93.94 billion pesos.

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-Technology Days on trends in automotive

Full house in Bensheim: The Technology Days organised by Synventive brought tool and mould makers together with experts in surface technology.

Full house in Bensheim: The Technology Days organised by Synventive brought tool and mould makers together with experts in surface technology. (Source: Stahl/ETMM)

On 7 September 2018, hot runner specialist Synventive invited injections moulders and mould makers to Bensheim, Germany, for the 20th Bensheim Technology Days. This year’s edition of the annual event was held under the motto of “Trends in Automotive – Increased requirements in injection moulding with regard to surface finish and functionality of new part concepts”.

Seven presentations were held by experts on different aspects related to automotive design and functionality.

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-Are U.S. Oil Exports Really Unstoppable?

Earlier this year, when U.S. crude oil exports hit a record 2.2 million bpd, the figure was hailed as the beginning of a new era that could eventually see the world’s top consumer—and top producer for this year so far— export up to 4 million bpd.

Some believe that nothing short of a sharp price spike can interfere with the bright future of U.S. light crude. Indeed, if fundamentals were the only factor at play, that would be the case. Alas, there are more factors that can affect the future of the United States as a major oil exporter.

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-Unpacking The Plastic Dilemma

Plastic is ubiquitous. Due to its low cost, versatility, durability and high strength-weight ratio, plastic is most commonly used in packaging – currently 26% of the total volume of all plastics used.

Plastic protects vulnerable products and preserves our food, but packaging is largely single-use, and after its intended useful life of typically less than a year, is discarded. Around 95% of the value of plastic (worth $80 to $120 billion annually) is lost into the environment, with 8 million tonnes leaking into oceans every year – the equivalent of dumping the contents of one rubbish truck every minute. Here, it can persist for decades, slowly breaking down into smaller and smaller fragments known as microplastics. The harmful impacts of plastics on natural systems – and even our health – are increasingly being understood and documented by scientists.

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-Leading rubber master batches provider bullish on growth in China

Elastomix takes pride in its research accomplishments to provide one-stop solutions for automotive, construction, electronics, engineering, architecture and printing businesses

The principal manufacturer of rubber master batches from Japan for more than 50 years, Elastomix is poised to expand its local customer bases in the Asia-Pacific, while serving its Japanese clients across the region.

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-Flexible staple fibre production made simple

Economical, flexible and compact – this is the motto with which Oerlikon Neumag will showcase the Staple FORCE S 1100 at the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, which opened its doors to the international audience in Shanghai earlier today.

“The staple fibre system excels at two things in particular,” the company says. “It produces small batches (up to 15 tons per day) and can be swiftly reconfigured for various requirements, including polymer, dye and titer changes.

Its process control system for easy operation is absolutely unique. And all this for a modest initial investment.”

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-GreenMantra builds recycled content in composite lumber

GreenMantra Technologies GreenMantra Technologies’ manufacturing facilities in Brantford, Ontario.

Recycling technology firm GreenMantra Technologies recently launched new grades of polymer additives made from recycled plastic for wood composite (WPC) lumber.

Brantford, Ontario-based GreenMantra debuted new grades of its Ceranovus-brand additives at the Deck Expo 2018 trade show on Baltimore. Ceranovus A-Series polymer additives can provide WPC makers with formulation and operational cost savings, GreenMantra officials said in a news release.

They added that since the materials are made from 100 percent recycled plastics, they increase the sustainability of a finished product.

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-US October propylene contracts roll over

US October propylene contracts settled at a rollover for the majority of the market, sources confirmed, amid supply and demand fundamentals that remained balanced despite some production issues.

The October settlement keeps contract prices for polymer-grade propylene (PGP) at 60.0 cents/lb ($1,323/tonne) and for chemical-grade propylene (CGP) at 58.5 cents/lb, flat from September values.

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-EU chemicals bodies call for UK to stay in Reach after Brexit talks stall

EU chemicals trade group Cefic and other chemicals industry bodies have made the most public call yet for the UK to remain within the Reach chemicals regulatory system post-Brexit in a series of text and train advertisements across Brussels and the European financial press this week.

Source: CIAComing after UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab returned early from a meeting with EU policymakers as talks stalled yet again over the issue of an Irish border, Cefic warned on the disruption that no deal on the country’s exit from the 28-country union would bring.

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RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

Friedrichshafen (Germany), 16 – 20 October 2018

RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

Quality and punctuality: must-haves for the German market RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

On the rise, RadiciGroup Performance Plastics production capacity in Germany. At Fakuma 2018, Group global innovation showcased.

Three years of accelerating growth and all the makings of a further increase in sales volume in the German market. At Fakuma 2018 (Stand A1 – 1106), RadiciGroup Performance Plastics stresses once again how Germany is central to the development of innovative projects, thanks to the collaboration with its German partners.

Performance Plastics also confirms its desire to continue investing to enhance its competitiveness in Germany and the rest of Europe.RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

“In the past months, RadiciGroup and our employees celebrated the twenty-year anniversary of our business activities in Germany,” recalled Davide Preti, regional sales area manager DACH, Nordic and Eastern European Countries of RadiciGroup Performance Plastics. RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

“From 1998 to today, we have witnessed constant growth and the strengthening of our presence in the German market.

In particular, during the last three years, our industrial site in Lüneburg has doubled its production capacity.

The plants in Lüneburg and in Born, Holland, are our main production units providing high quality and service in central and northern Europe.”
“Today, we can affirm that we are one the most highly regarded players in the engineering plastics sector,” Mr. Preti continued.

RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma

Mr. Erico Spini,global marketing manager of RadiciGroup Performance Plastics.

“In spite of the uncertainty clouding this entire sector at present, RadiciGroup is able to honour its commitments to its customers.RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma 2018

The Group’s vertically integrated polyamide production, including its polymerization plants, its know-how acquired in over 35 years of experience in the plastics sector, and 8 compounding plants on 3 continents are the features the market recognizes as pluses.”

RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma

Mr. Maurizio Radici Vice-Chairman of RadiciGroup

Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced

Lanxess invests in composites and compounds Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced
Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced
In Germany, new capacities for Tepex fiber-reinforced and Durethan and Pocan engineering polymers are under construction in Brilon and Krefeld-Uerdingen.
The German group Lanxess has announced investments to increase in Germany the production capacity of both thermoplastic composites reinforced with continuous Tepex fibers, and polyamide-based technopolymers (PA6 and 66) and PBTs marketed under the Durethan and Pocan brands respectively. Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced
With regard to composites for structural lightening, work is underway in Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, at the subsidiary Bond-Laminates, for the fourth, which will host two new lines in the middle of next year. with 30 employees for the production of advanced materials for applications in the automotive, electrical engineering and sporting sectors.
The new area, equal to 1,500 m2. it will be added to the existing one (5,000 m2). With the Tepex brand, Lanxess markets composite leaves in continuous carbon, glass or aramid fiber impregnated with thermoplastic resin.Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced
The intervention in Krefeld-Uerdingen, already announced in September (read article), will start by the end of this year to be completed in mid-2019: a new line for compounds, a silos and a deposit will be built on the German site, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
The common thread that binds the two investments is the strengthening of production capacities in materials intended for metal-replacement for structural lightening, especially of vehicles, in line with the requests from car manufacturers that must meet increasingly stinging requirements on consumption and emissions.

Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Material innovations for sustainable mobility Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

LANXESS at Fakuma, October 16 – 20, 2018, Messe Friedrichshafen, hall B4, booth 4209

  • Economical alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds
  • New polyamides with high cyclic fatigue strength
  • New compounds for laser transmission welding
  • New developments in halogen-free flame-retardant polyesters and polyamides

Cologne – At Fakuma 2018, specialty chemicals company LANXESS will focus on materials for new forms of mobility. “We want to show which advantages our polyamide and polyester compounds and our endless fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites offer, especially for components for the electric power train, but also for the infrastructure of electric mobility,” explains Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

LANXESS expects the number of electric and electronic components in the automobile of the future to rise sharply. Bender explains, “We already have a wide range of materials for these applications, which meet the most important norms and standards of the international electrical and electronics industry in terms of fire resistance, electrical behavior, and ecology – for example – and are already proving successful in vehicles.” The specialty chemicals company also focuses on the possibility of replacing the currently expensive polyamide 66 with polyamide 6 and PBT compounds (polybutylene terephthalate).Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Polyamide 6 compounds instead of polyamide 66 compounds

LANXESS will be presenting its new Durethan Performance product range for the first time at Fakuma. The polyamide 6 material grades are several times more resistant to fatigue under pulsating loads than standard products with the same glass fiber content.

“Among other things, they meet the increasing requirements for dynamic long-term durability of plastic engine compartment parts,” Bender explains. In addition, it was possible to improve their static mechanical properties, such as tensile strength at higher temperatures.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Potential applications include air-intake systems and oil-filter modules and parking brakes, but also furniture-locking systems and housings for power tools. Due to their improved mechanical properties, the new products are suitable in many cases when it comes to substituting expensive polyamide 66 compounds with the same glass fiber content.

High transparency in the near-infrared wavelength range

LANXESS has developed new polyamide 6, polyamide 66, and PBT compounds especially for complex formed components that are manufactured in series by laser transmission welding. They have a high level of transparency with laser light from the near-infrared range, which is used in this joining process.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

“With these products, we are responding to the growing demand for housings for sensors, control units, and display systems, which are needed for applications ranging from driver assistance systems to autonomous driving,” explains Bender.

One new product is the halogen-free flame-retardant Durethan AKV30FN04LT. The laser-light-transparent polyamide 66 achieves the best classification of V-0 (0.4 millimeters) in flammability testing pursuant to the United States’ UL 94 (Underwriter Laboratories Inc.) standard. Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Flame-retardant compounds make electric vehicles safer

The numerous electric and electronic components as well as the high battery voltages in electrified vehicles increase the risk of fire in the event of technical defects.

Plastics with a V-0 classification in the UL 94 test are increasingly in demand for such applications.

LANXESS has developed a broad range of halogen-free flame-retardant polyamides and polyesters that meet this requirement and offer further advantages, such as high long-term thermal resistance, tracking resistance, or low corrosion tendency in contact with live components.

At Fakuma, for example, the company will be presenting a glass fiber reinforced PBT compound that achieves excellent results in glow wire tests on finished components (GWEPT, glow wire flammability test for end products, IEC 60695-2-11). It is also suitable for applications in unattended household appliances according to IEC 60335-1 (“no flame”). Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Substituting polyamide 66 compounds with PBT compounds

Another product highlight in halogen-free flame-retardant PBT is the unreinforced Pocan BFN2502.

It exhibits a high elongation at break of more than seven percent, and is particularly suitable for components that must be dimensionally stable and permanently electrically insulating.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

It is suitable for substituting unreinforced polyamide 66 compounds with halogen-containing flame-retardant packages – not only for economic reasons, but also, for example, if the water absorption of polyamide in the component causes problems with dimensional stability.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

Polyamides for air ducts of supercharged engines

Another focus of LANXESS’s work is on newer material developments for blow-moldable polyamides for air ducts in supercharged engines. The latter have become a trend because of their higher efficiency. “We have a wide range of products that meet common requirements for charge air pipes and clean air lines, and are easy to process in large series with high surface qualities,” says Bender. This applies, for example, to polyamide 66
Durethan AKV320ZH2.0 and polyamide 6 Durethan BKV320ZH2.0, which are primarily designed for 3D suction blow molding, for example, of air ducts. The range also includes very soft, super-tough polyamide 6 materials with an e-modulus of only 210 megapascals (conditioned). They can be used to produce charge air pipes with integrated flexible bellows as a single-material solution by extrusion blow molding.

Forward-Looking Statements
This company release contains certain forward-looking statements, including assumptions, opinions, expectations and views of the company or cited from third party sources. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the actual results, financial position, development or performance of LANXESS AG to differ materially from the estimations expressed or implied herein.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

LANXESS AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this presentation or the actual occurrence of the forecast developments.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

No representation or warranty (expressed or implied) is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, any information, estimates, targets and opinions, contained herein, and no liability whatsoever is accepted as to any errors, omissions or misstatements contained herein, and accordingly, no representative of LANXESS AG or any of its affiliated companies or any of such person’s officers, directors or employees accept any liability whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide.Sustainable polyamide 66 Ny6 PBT compounds

The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

European PE cut production stagnant market

European PE sellers plan to cut production due to stagnant market

European PE cut production stagnant market

MOSCOW – The margin of polyethylene (PE) production in Europe is low at the moment, and some manufacturers are considering the option of reducing production, ICIS told several sources of the market.European PE cut production stagnant market

Demand remains sluggish in the European market, and spot prices for material in many cases have fallen below basic ethylene contract prices.European PE cut production stagnant market

The margin of the cracking units is still positive, but the difference between the quotes of ethylene and PE is small.European PE cut production stagnant market

One of the manufacturers said that the current situation is reminiscent of 2011-2012, when several PE plants in Europe were finally closed.

At the present time, the margin of the cracking units is still higher than at that time, but the difference between the prices of ethylene and PE is still very low.

According to the ICI-MRC price review , in Russia the demand for PE in the first two weeks of October is not high.

Many processors are sure that PE prices are at their peak due to production shutdowns and they expect prices to decline after the end of the preventive period, and, as a result, carry out purchases exclusively from current needs.

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Biodegradable coffee capsule Home Compostable

First Coffee Capsule Compostable at Home  Biodegradable coffee capsule Home Compostable

Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

“Ural textiles” launched the production of polyester fabrics Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

MOSCOW – The Ural Textiles company launched the production of polyester fabrics at the site of the Sverdlovsk worsted combine, the press service of the regional administration said.Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

Fleece is a synthetic fabric for the manufacture of which polyester and other artificial threads are used. The volume of investments in the new project amounted to 63 million rubles. Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

“We are at the leading Russian enterprise for the production of woolen and half-woolen fabrics, the assortment of which has about a million positions. The main task of the plant is to produce high-quality and competitive products using new types of raw materials. Alexey Orlov. He stressed that this production has become important not only for the region, but also for the whole country, since in Russia there are only three enterprises for the manufacture of fleece fabric.Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

Also, as part of the modernization program, taking into account the subsidies of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the company installed new equipment, including circular knitting and finishing machines, worth about 100 million rubles.Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

In Russia there are only three enterprises for the production of fleece fabric, one of them is now located in the Sverdlovsk region. As part of the modernization program, taking into account the subsidies of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, equipment worth about 100 million rubles was purchased.Ural textiles production polyester fabrics

Sverdlovsk Worsted Mill is a manufacturer of wool blend and pure wool suit fabrics for men’s, women’s clothing, school uniforms, coats of coats, fabrics for uniforms of law enforcement agencies, knitted yarn, viscose fiber fabrics, and fleece. Concern “Ural textiles” – the founder of the plant.

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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers 16-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and its chain are always weak,only PX try to bounce

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,800/9,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,700/9,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,010/1,020 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/860 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,100/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,310 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,100/11,250  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,650/12,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-RadiciGroup at Fakuma 2018 – On the rise, RadiciGroup Performance Plastics production capacity in Germany. At Fakuma 2018, Group global innovation showcased.

Three years of accelerating growth and all the makings of a further increase in sales volume in the German market. At Fakuma 2018 (Stand A1 – 1106), RadiciGroup Performance Plastics stresses once again how Germany is central to the development of innovative projects, thanks to the collaboration with its German partners.

RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Fakuma

Mr. Maurizio Radici Vice-Chairman of RadiciGroup

-Lanxess invests in composites and compounds Lanxess composites compounds Tepex fiber reinforced

In Germany, new capacities for Tepex fiber-reinforced and Durethan and Pocan engineering polymers are under construction in Brilon and Krefeld-Uerdingen.

The German group Lanxess has announced investments to increase in Germany the production capacity of both thermoplastic composites reinforced with continuous Tepex fibers, and polyamide-based technopolymers (PA6 and 66) and PBTs marketed under the Durethan and Pocan brands respectively.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Material innovations for sustainable mobility 

Economical alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds

New polyamides with high cyclic fatigue strength

New compounds for laser transmission welding

New developments in halogen-free flame-retardant polyesters and polyamides

At Fakuma 2018, specialty chemicals company LANXESS will focus on materials for new forms of mobility. “We want to show which advantages our polyamide and polyester compounds and our endless fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites offer, especially for components for the electric power train, but also for the infrastructure of electric mobility,” explains Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-“Ural textiles” launched the production of polyester fabrics 

The Ural Textiles company launched the production of polyester fabrics at the site of the Sverdlovsk worsted combine, the press service of the regional administration said.

Fleece is a synthetic fabric for the manufacture of which polyester and other artificial threads are used. The volume of investments in the new project amounted to 63 million rubles.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-China unlikely to sustain strong Sept exports growth – analysts

China’s exceptionally high export growth in September is unlikely to be sustainable in the near term as US’ tariffs on its goods will soon start to bite, according to analysts.

Its September exports in US dollar terms jumped by 14.5% year on year, the fastest pace since February and represents an acceleration from the 9.8% growth in August.

China’s trade surplus with the US widened to $34.1bn in September from $31.1bn in August, with imports growth at 14.3%, lower than the 20.0% recorded in the preceding month, official data showed.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

First Coffee Capsule Compostable at Home  

In Zusammenarbeit mit Golden Compound bringt der international tätige Verpackungshersteller ALPLA eine Weltneuheit auf den Markt: die erste heimkompostierbare Kaffeekapsel.

In cooperation with Golden Compound, the internationally active packaging manufacturer ALPLA is bringing a world first onto the market: the first coffee capsule compostable at home.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Any US sanctions against Saudis likely to target individuals, not oil

Any US sanctions against Saudi Arabia springing from the Jamal Khashoggi investigation would likely target individuals, not crude oil or other trade flows, and the White House might have to warn Riyadh to temper its reaction to this limited action to avoid inviting economic blowback on itself, according to US sanctions experts.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Oil steadies as traders weigh U.S.-Saudi tensions versus demand worries

Oil futures pared early gains fueled by tensions over Saudi Arabia’s role in the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, in part as President Donald Trump appeared to soften his tone.

Concerns about underlying demand had also put a lid on prices, analysts said.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Lenzing Introduces New VEOCEL™ Lyocell Fibers Designed For Eco-Responsible Flushable Wipes

The Lenzing Group (Lenzing) has announced the launch of a new VEOCEL™ Lyocell fiber with Eco Disperse technology which is designed for use in flushable wipes. This new fiber demonstrates enhanced biological disintegration performance. The inclusion of this new fiber enables more diverse design opportunities while providing exemplary wet strength and disintegration performance. Versatile and tailor-made for daily care routines, the new VEOCEL™ Lyocell fiber with Lenzing’s Eco Disperse technology offers optimized flushability and represents the most advanced fiber under the VEOCEL™ brand portfolio.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-INSIGHTS into the WORLD / Is the world regressing to protectionism?

All signs are that the months-long war over trade between the United States and China will increasingly worsen. The trade war was initiated by Washington in violation of the rules set by the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. President Donald Trump nevertheless has repeatedly expressed his disdain for the WTO, in both words and actions. He is so disgruntled with the organization that he may eventually decide to withdraw the United States from it.

Threatening to impose tariffs on cars imported into the U.S. market, Trump has successfully compelled Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and replace it with a new pact, named the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-BOPP films feature sealant and barrier in one web

PMMI research indicates the snack food market is gaining steam. This white pigmented BOPP film caught our eye at PACK EXPO given it’s ability to cater to that market with a metallized, standard two-ply lamination.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., located in booth N-6275, is fearturingadvancements in three families of packaging films-Torayfan® clear barrier BOPP, Torayfan white BOPP, and Lumirror® high barrier PET. These portfolios are manufactured with Toray’s proprietary technologyandprovide CPG companiesandconverters with creative solutions that deliver robust performance with a lower total cost. Desirable film features include; thinandultra-thin offerings, transparent high-barrier, metallized to replace foil, a white pigmented appearance, bio-based materials, integrated sealant technology with improved hermeticityandseal strength, easy-open packagingandlidding, ‘premium feel’ outer webs,andsolutions for digital printingande-commerce applications.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Korean Oil Refiners May Suffer from Drop in Paraxylene Price Next Year

Korean refineries have benefited from a rise in Paraxylene (PX) prices amid a supply shortage this year.

Paraxylene (PX), which has been a cash cow for Korean refiners so far this year, is expected to become an “ugly duckling” next year. Korean refining companies benefited from a rise in its price due to a supply shortage this year. But industry experts say that it will be difficult for Korean companies to enjoy a prosperous business next year as large-scale PX production facilities in China will resume or begin operations from the end of this year.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Original German technology at ITMA Asia + CITME

ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, Asia’s foremost trade fair dedicated to textile machinery, which opened its doors today in Shanghai, is once again marked by a significant presence of German companies both in their number and in the quality of their technology.

Visitors to the fair will have an opportunity to appreciate the high level of technology being proposed by more than 100 exhibitors from Germany, including more than 80 VDMA member companies, which cover nearly all different machinery chapters with a focus on spinning, nonwoven, weaving, knitting, warp knitting and finishing.

During VDMA press conference, 18 spokespersons of VDMA member companies discussed how original technology can play a major role in China’s efforts to increase the resource efficiency. © VDMA

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-Breathe By Milliken™ Earns New Placements At Upcoming High Point Market

The Specialty Interiors business of Milliken & Company, a leading global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical and floor covering manufacturing expertise, has secured several new key placements for its popular eco-elegant performance upholstery fabric, Breathe by Milliken™.  Furniture manufacturers and retailers can now offer the ultimate in the sustainability and performance, which appeals to today’s savvy and environmentally-conscious consumers.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

-European PE sellers plan to cut production due to stagnant market

The margin of polyethylene (PE) production in Europe is low at the moment, and some manufacturers are considering the option of reducing production, ICIS told several sources of the market

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biopolymers

September contract price MEG Europe

The September contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR13 per ton September contract price MEG Europe

September contract price MEG Europe

MOSCOW  – The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for September in Europe was agreed at EUR1,012 per ton, which is EUR13 per ton higher than the previous month, ICIS reported on Friday citing confirmation from the second buyer and the second seller .

The contract price of the MEG for September shipments was approved on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-Western Europe).September contract price MEG Europe

Previously, the initial contract price for the material was agreed between one seller and one buyer also by EUR13 per ton above the level of August, but then, after being agreed, other market participants did not support it.September contract price MEG Europe

The contract price is considered fully agreed upon after confirmation from at least two manufacturers (suppliers) and from two consumers.September contract price MEG Europe

The negotiations on the September contract price of MEG in Europe were very long, and the market had to wait for the final price negotiation.September contract price MEG Europe

Earlier it was noted that the contract price of MEG in Europe for the August deliveries was approved at the level of EUR999 per ton, which is EUR11 per ton below the July level.

MEG is the main raw material component for the production of PET.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the Russian market, the cost of PET for contract customers in October rose sharply. Spot prices have not changed.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

MEG prices Asia demand imports China

MEG prices in Asia went down due to weak demand for imports in China MEG prices Asia demand imports China

MEG prices Asia demand imports ChinaMOSCOW Monoethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia fell on Thursday morning amid a low supply of imported volumes of material to China due to a collapse in China’s domestic futures market, ICIS reported.

Thus, the price offers for October deliveries of MEG amounted to USD875-880 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), against counter-claims in the range of USD865-870 per ton, CFR CMP. MEG prices Asia demand imports China

According to ICIS, on October 10, spot quotes were at the level of USD889-898 per tonne, CFR CMP. MEG prices Asia demand imports China

The fall in crude oil prices has also aggravated activity in the downstream polyester production market.MEG prices Asia demand imports China

The difference between price and counter offers in the Asian market of MEG has increased, which complicates trading activities. MEG prices Asia demand imports China

There were requests, but in general they were at lower levels.

In China’s domestic market, buying activity was high, as some buyers seized the opportunity to close their debts amid falling prices.

MEG is the main raw material component for the production of PET.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the Russian market, the cost of PET for contract customers in October rose sharply.

Spot prices have not changed.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

Graphene shows unique potential to exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications

Graphene enables ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption, with potential to surpass the needs of 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0.

Graphene Flagship

Graphene unique potential future telecommunications
IMAGE: Graphene-integrated devices could be the key ingredient in the evolution of 5G, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0. The findings were published in Nature Reviews Materials and highlighted on the… view more 

Credit: Lauren V. Robinson / © Springer Nature Ltd

Researchers within the Graphene Flagship project, one of the biggest research initiatives of the European Commission, showed that integrated graphene-based photonic devices offer a unique solution for the next generation of optical communications.

Researchers in the initiative have demonstrated how properties of graphene enable ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption to radically change the way data is transmitted across the optical communications systems.

This could make graphene-integrated devices the key ingredient in the evolution of 5G, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0. The findings were published in Nature Reviews Materials and highlighted on the cover.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“As conventional semiconductor technologies are approaching their physical limitations we need to explore entirely new technologies to realise our most ambitious visions of a future networked global society,” explains Wolfgang Templ, Department Head of Transceiver Research at Nokia Bell Labs in Germany, which is a Graphene Flagship partner.

“Graphene promises a significant step in performance of key components for optical and radio communications beyond the performance limits of today’s conventional semiconductor-based component technologies.”Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

Paola Galli, Nokia IP and Optical networks Member of Technical Staff, agrees: “Graphene photonics offer a combination of advantages to become the game changer. We need to explore new materials to go beyond the limits of current technologies and meet the capacity needs of future networks.”Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

The Graphene Flagship presents a vision for the future of graphene-based integrated photonics, and provides strategies for improving power consumption, manufacturability and wafer-scale integration.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

With this new publication, the Graphene Flagship partners also provide a roadmap for graphene-based photonics devices surpassing the technological requirement for the evolution of datacom and telecom markets driven by 5G, IoT, and the Industry 4.0.

“Graphene integrated in a photonic circuit is a low cost, scalable technology that can operate fibre links at a very high data rates,” said Marco Romagnoli, from Graphene Flagship partner CNIT, the National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications in Italy.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

Antonio D’Errico from Graphene Flagship partner Ericsson Research explains how “graphene for photonics has the potential to change the perspective of information and communications technology in a disruptive way.”

“This paper published on Nature Reviews Materials explains how to enable new feature rich optical networks. I am pleased to say that this fundamental information is now available to anyone interested around the globe,” he adds.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

This industrial and academic partnership, comprising companies and research centres in five different European countries, has developed a compelling vision for the future of graphene photonic integration.

The team involves researchers from CNIT, Ericsson, IMEC, Nokia, Nokia Bell Labs, AMO, ICFO and the University of Cambridge.

These collaborations are at the heart of the Graphene Flagship, set up by the European Commission to support the commercialisation of graphene and related materials until 2023.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“The Graphene Flagship is a unique ecosystem in which industrial and academic partners work together for a longer period than a normal EU project.

This synergy over an enduring term produces unprecedented results both in science and innovation,” comments Romagnoli.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“Collaboration between industry and academia is key for explorative work towards entirely new component technology.

Research in this phase bears significant risks, so it is important that academic research and industry research labs join the brightest minds to solve the fundamental problems. Industry can give perspective on the relevant research questions for potential in future systems,” adds Templ of Nokia Bell Labs.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“Thanks to a mutual exchange of information we can then mature the technology and consider all the requirements for a future industrialization and mass production of graphene-based components.”Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“This case exemplifies the power of graphene technologies to transform cutting edge applications in telecommunications.

We already start to see the fruits of the Graphene Flagship investments when moving from materials development towards components and system level integration,” explains Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation for the Graphene Flagship.

Graphene photonics offers advantages in both performance and manufacturing over the state of the art. Graphene can ensure modulation, detection and switching performances meeting all the requirements for the next evolution in photonic device manufacturing.

“We aim for highly integrated optical transceivers which will enable ultra-high bitrates well beyond one terabit per second per optical channel.

These targeted systems will differentiate from their semiconductor-based forerunners by substantially lower complexity, energy dissipation and form factor going along with a higher flexibility and tunability,” explains Templ.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

Daniel Neumaier from Graphene Flagship partner AMO GmbH, also leader of the Graphene Flagship Division on Electronics and Photonics Integration, adds: “Optical communication links will become more and more important in 5G for supporting the required high data rates at all nodes.

Graphene-based optical components integrated on a silicon platform will be able to deliver both increased performance and a low-cost production process, thus are expected to become key components in the 5G era.”

“This paper makes a clear case of why an integrated approach of graphene and silicon-based photonics can meet and surpass the foreseeable requirements of the ever-increasing data rates in future telecom systems,” says Andrea C. Ferrari, professor at the University of Cambridge, Science and Technology Officer of the Graphene Flagship and Chair of its Management Panel.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

“The advent of the Internet of Things and the 5G era represent unique opportunities for graphene to demonstrate its ultimate potential,” he concludes.

The Graphene Flagship is one of the largest research initiatives of the European Union. With a budget of €1 billion, it represents a new form of joint, coordinated research initiative on an unprecedented scale.Graphene unique potential future telecommunications

The overall goal of the Graphene Flagship is to take graphene and related materials from the realm of academic laboratories into European society, facilitating economic growth and creating new jobs, in the space of ten years.

Through a consortium that combines nearly 150 partners, both academic and industrial, the research effort covers the entire value chain, from materials production to components and system integration, and targets several specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene and related materials.

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Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Mr.Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil

Italian-based carpet recycling firm opening 2nd US plant in Woodland Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Aquafil, a carpet recycling facility, is opening a new plant in Woodland that will bring about 50 jobs. JIM SMITH-DAILY DEMOCRAT

A company based in Trento, Italy, has chosen Woodland as its second location in the United States for a multi-million dollar carpet recycling facility.

Aquafil opened its first recycling operation in Phoenix, Arizona, offering a long-awaited solution to a persistent source of waste.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Aquafil Carpet Recycling — known as ACR No. 1 — has been recycling the Nylon 6 waste from carpets back into raw material, further enhancing its pioneering ECONYL Regeneration System.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

The company says it’s the only technology in the world capable of regenerating Nylon 6 from carpets and other waste, including fishing nets.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

The Woodland plant — known as ACR No. 2 — will perform the same function, according to Kathy Long, brand communications manager of an Aquafil facility in Cartersville, Georgia.

She said the decision to put a plant in Woodland was made in April. Members of the Woodland City Council toured the facility in the 500 block of Pioneer Avenue several weeks ago.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

When completed by spring 2019, the $12 million facility will employ 50 people full time with three shifts of eight hours each. Workers needed include those with mechanical, electrical and technical skills.

Long said the building in Woodland is actually twice the size of what’s needed and that the firm intends to sublease a portion of it. “We already have a subtenant, Cutting Edge, they make mobile homes, and we are looking for a second.”

Woodland Mayor, Enrique Fernandez, called it “a huge investment on their part and the city of Woodland welcomes them with open arms.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

“I’m thrilled to have them here,” he said at a council meeting two weeks past.

Long said since it was founded in 1969, Aquafil has been one of the leading players — both in Italy and globally — in the production of polyamide, or Nylon 6. The Aquafil Group has a presence in eight countries on three continents, employing more than 2,700 staff at 14 plants located in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, the U.S., Thailand and China.

Right now, the plant in Phoenix is on track to recycle 16,000 tons of used carpets a year that would otherwise end up in landfills. The recycled material is used for filler in concrete and asphalt. The fibers reclaimed can also be sued for new fabrics, clothing other things.

Each year in the U.S., about 4 billion pounds of carpet is discarded in landfills.

“We’re not comfortable with the status quo – in this case that less than five percent of carpet waste is recycled,” said Aquafil CEO Giulio Bonazzi. “We know Nylon 6 waste can be powerful with the proper technology …”Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Carpet recycling has historically been a challenge due to the many different materials used, along with designs that do not allow for easy separation. At both the Phoenix and Woodland plants, Aquafil is seeking to avoid the use of petroleum, reduce carbon emissions and give waste “an infinite number of lives without sacrificing quality.”

“We want to recycle as much carpet as possible by establishing a number of these facilities throughout the U.S.,” said Bonazzi.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

“This activity will be closely connected to our fishing nets recycling efforts, which diverts millions of pounds of waste from our oceans.”

ECONYL yarn is in demand with carpet and textile manufacturers, as well as apparel brands.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

To date, Aquafil has partnered with more than 160 brands including Adidas, Volcom and Stella McCartney, along with carpet manufacturers such as Interface, Milliken, Mannington and Tarkett Group.Aquafil carpet recycling USA plant Woodland

Polymers Polyester PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers Polyester PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM08/10/201815/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,950 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton-50
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,280 $/ton1,280 $/ton 
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,800 yuan/ton9,825 yuan/ton+25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,750 yuan/ton9,775 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,845 yuan/ton7,790 yuan/ton-55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,035 $/ton 1,035 $/ton 
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,445 yuan/ton7,290 yuan/ton-155
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

895 $/ton875 $/ton-20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,303 $/ton 1,295 $/ton-8
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 11,050 yuan/ton11,225 yuan/ton+175
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,900 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,600 yuan/ton 12,750 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

12,300 yuan/ton12,350 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,225 yuan/ton11,325 yuan/ton+100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,620 yuan/ton10,630 yuan/ton+10
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,200 yuan/ton17,600 yuan/ton-600
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,190 $/ton2,200 $/ton+10
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,490 $/ton2,510 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,800 yuan/ton18,300 yuan/ton-1,500
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,600 yuan/ton19,30 yuan/ton-300
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

39,000 yuan/ton38,800 yuan/ton-200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,350 yuan/ton22,350 yuan/ton 
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,200 yuan/ton25,200 yuan/ton 
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,100 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton 
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,600 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton 
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton 
Benzene overseas  market

 

857 $/ton829 $/ton-28
Ethylene South East market

 

1,080 $/ton1,020 $/ton-60
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,096 $/ton1,100 $/ton+4
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

18,800 yuan/ton18,600 yuan/ton-200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,120 yuan/ton15,200 yuan/ton+80
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,900 yuan/ton11,000 yuan/ton+100
Naphtha overseas market         

 

729 $/ton688 $/ton-41
Phenol domestic market 11,575 yuan/ton

 

12,025 yuan/ton

 

+450
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,495 $/ton

 

1,485 $/ton

 

-10 
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,575 $/ton

 

 1,580 $/ton

 

+5
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,120 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,114 $/ton1,114 $/ton 
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,100 $/ton 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,090 $/ton1,090 $/ton 
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,260 $/ton 1,260 $/ton 
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,248 $/ton 1,253 $/ton+5
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,261 €/ton 1,261 €/ton 

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-Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) – The Rising Star Amongst Today’s Bioplastics

Today, bioplastics are recognized  as one of the key sustainable elements of 21st century. They offer an improved balance between the environmental benefits and the environmental impact of plastics.

Among them, one bio-based polymer which has gained immense popularity in the past few years is: PEF – Polyethylene Furanoate!

This next-gen polymer offers a great potential to replace oil-based polymers. It is renewable, non-toxic and a recyclable alternate with similar properties. However, there are still several aspects that need consideration for efficient production of PEF at commercial scale.

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-The September contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR13 per ton September contract price MEG Europe

The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for September in Europe was agreed at EUR1,012 per ton, which is EUR13 per ton higher than the previous month, ICIS reported on Friday citing confirmation from the second buyer and the second seller .

The contract price of the MEG for September shipments was approved on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-Western Europe).

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-MEG prices in Asia went down due to weak demand for imports in China 

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia fell on Thursday morning amid a low supply of imported volumes of material to China due to a collapse in China’s domestic futures market, ICIS reported.

Thus, the price offers for October deliveries of MEG amounted to USD875-880 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), against counter-claims in the range of USD865-870 per ton, CFR CMP.

According to ICIS, on October 10, spot quotes were at the level of USD889-898 per tonne, CFR CMP

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Italian-based carpet recycling firm opening 2nd US plant in WoodlandPlastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

A company based in Trento, Italy, has chosen Woodland as its second location in the United States for a multi-million dollar carpet recycling facility.

Aquafil opened its first recycling operation in Phoenix, Arizona, offering a long-awaited solution to a persistent source of waste. Aquafil Carpet Recycling — known as ACR No. 1 — has been recycling the Nylon 6 waste from carpets back into raw material, further enhancing its pioneering ECONYL Regeneration System. The company says it’s the only technology in the world capable of regenerating Nylon 6 from carpets and other waste, including fishing nets.

The Woodland plant — known as ACR No. 2 — will perform the same function, according to Kathy Long, brand communications manager of an Aquafil facility in Cartersville, Georgia.

She said the decision to put a plant in Woodland was made in April. Members of the Woodland City Council toured the facility in the 500 block of Pioneer Avenue several weeks ago.

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Mr.Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil

-Closed Loop Fund Invests $1.5 Million in rPlanet Earth 

ClosedLoop Fund announced today a $1.5M investment in rPlanet Earth’s first plant located in Vernon, Calif. rPlanet Earth is the world’s first completely vertically integrated manufacturer of post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) and multiple high rPET content packaging products under a single roof, creating a much needed market for PET packaging collected from curbside recycling programs across the state.

In addition to the Closed Loop Fund investment, rPlanet Earth also received a $3 million grant and $4 million in loans from California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

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-Nigeria’s daily oil production rises to 2.16 million barrels

The nation’s production of crude oil, including condensate, rose to 2.16 million barrels per day last month, the highest level so far this year, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has said.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer with a maximum production capacity of 2.5 million bpd, had before now suffered declines in output largely on the back of security concerns in the Niger Delta.

The latest data obtained by our correspondent from the petroleum ministry showed that oil production in the country stood at 2.145 million bpd in August, up from 1.968 million bpd in July; 1.896 million bpd in June and 1.826 million in May.

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-Japan eyes reducing amount of plastic waste by as much as 25% by 2030

The government will announce an ambitious plan aimed at cutting disposable plastic waste by 25 percent over the next decade while promoting environmentally friendly bioplastics made from plants, sources said Saturday.

By setting the goal, Tokyo aims to display its commitment to tackling environmental issues ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka next June.

Japan produces the largest amount of plastic waste per capita after the United States and has lagged behind other countries in curbing the use of plastics.

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-India engages with allies over U.S. threats on Iranian oil imports

A report in India Today magazine said India is engaging its allies and partners across the globe to seek a solution to the impending crisis.

It stated that India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had met representatives of many countries including the EU representative in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

“The conversations revolved around alternate payment options for continuance of oil imports from Iran,” it said.

The European Union is in discussion with all the stakeholders to find a legal instrument to allow transfer of payments. While they are still in the process of setting up that mechanism, it would be an option that their partners such as India could avail, the report added.

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-Analysis: New purified terephthalic acid plants may shoulder China’s paraxylene imports amid wave of new PX plants

Singapore — Although several new refineries with massive paraxylene capacities are expected to start up in China over the next few years and potentially shatter China’s PX import demand, there are also several new downstream purified terephthalic acid plants expected to start over the same period, which could support the import market, sources pointed out this week.

Register Now  A whopping 14-15 million mt/year of new PX production capacity could potentially start up over 2018 and 2019 in Asia — and the bulk of that in China. However, other estimates are lower, and many sources are doubtful whether so much capacity can be brought onstream within the previously announced timelines as there can be delays affecting new plants.

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-Uncaged bears see oil prices make fast retreat

Oil prices and stock markets went into a steep decline over the past week, as international organizations warned of growing signs of weakness in the global economy.

Midweek, the bears were uncaged, and Brent crude fell $5 per barrel. But stability prevailed by the end of the week. Brent started the week at $84.16 per barrel and settled at $80.43 on Friday, while WTI fell from $74.34 to $71.51.

Oil prices fell despite renewed dips in Libya’s crude oil output. A major factor in the oil price tumble was an Oct. 8 report from the IMF, in which it downgraded global economic growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 to 3.7 percent per annum, from 3.9 percent, which would consequently lower oil demand.

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-New £1.4 million circular plastics flagship projects competition has been launched

A new £1.4 million flagship projects competition was launched at the inaugural annual meeting for members of The UK Plastics Pact in London yesterday.

The competition, which is managed by WRAP and in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), was one of several announcements made at the Summit, and forms part of the £20 million Plastic Research and Innovation fund (PRIF).

It will bring together Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.

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Plastic waste and the recycling myth

Germany is hailed worldwide as a recycling champion. But like many European countries, it actually recycles a lot less plastic packaging waste than commonly understood — with dire consequences for the environment.

Recycling is nearly a national pastime in Germany. There’s a blue bin for paper, a brown or green bin for biodegradables, a yellow one for plastic and a black one for the rest.

Additionally, Germans return their deposit bottles to the supermarket, and drop glass bottles at public collecting points.

Germans are proud of their recycling system. Even children’s books spin the tale of the colored bins.

Indeed, the nation is celebrated as a recycling role model around the world. When Germany introduced its recycling system with the “green dot” as a symbol in 1991, it was unparalleled.

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-Trump Commits US to Expanding Efforts to Clean Up Ocean Litter

President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday committing the United States to expand efforts to clean up nearly 8 million metric tons of litter polluting the world’s oceans.

Known as the Save Our Seas Act, the bill received unanimous bipartisan support as it passed through the House and Senate this July before landing on Trump’s desk for a signature Thursday morning.

During the signing in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said “many countries of the world, [including] China, Japan; many, many countries” have contribute to the spread of waste in the oceans.

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-Sika opens new automotive factory in Mexico

Sika is adding strength and capacity to its Mexican product supply chain in the Automotive sector with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico.

The new factory, which includes an integrated logistics center, will manufacture and locally supply Sika’s full range of acoustic treatments and body structural products for the growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) assembly and component makers located in the country.

The Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika at the start of 2018, will also be integrated into the new facility.

The Mexican automotive market has grown by 25% in the last four years, and an estimated four million vehicles will be produced in the country in 2018.

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-Belarusian petrochemical companies to deliver some RUB12bn worth of merchandise to Russia

Nearly RUB12 billion worth of contracts for the delivery of Belarusian petrochemical products to Russia were signed during the fifth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Mogilev on 12 October, BelTA has learned. Apart from that, a number of export contracts worth RUB1.3 billion were signed with Russian companies in the run-up to the forum. The top distributor of Belarusian petrochemical products in Russia – Belneftekhim-ROS – signed over RUB6 billion worth of contracts, RUB80 million up from the previous forum of regions of Belarus and Russia.

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-US Recyclers Begin Road to Recovery After China Bans Recyclables

In 2017 recycling facilities across the United States received some unwelcome news: China, the world’s largest importer of scrap material, will stop accepting their waste.

GDB International, a New Jersey-based recycling company, was among numerous operators faced with the problem of deciding what to do with piles, and piles of plastic that used to go to China.

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-India, EU launch platform to promote start-ups, innovation partnerships 

The European Union has launched an initiative between India and Europe that seeks to bring together innovators, start-ups and incubators from both sides from both sides for interaction. The aim is to foster innovation cooperation between India and Europe. As part of this initiative, an EU platform was launched in Delhi that brought together European innovation actors active in India.

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-EU set to speed up switch to bioeconomy by new action plan

Six years after the European Commission created the world’s first bioeconomy strategy and action plan, it presented a new action plan aimed at moving faster towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, biobased industry.

Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said in Brussels that much has been achieved in the past six years since the EC established the bioeconomy strategy and action plan, notably at mobilising research and innovation, boosting private investment, developing new value chains, promoting the uptake of bioeconomy strategies and involving stakeholders. Today 18 million people would work in fields related to the bioeconomy and would create an added value of €621bn annually.

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-China Swoops in on Canadian Oil That’s $50 Below U.S. Crude

Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific.

With Canadian oil over 60 percent cheaper than U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because — apart from being a source of fuel — it’s rich in bitumen, a black residue used to build everything from roads to runways and roofs.

China’s demand for the material is expected to increase as President Xi Jinping’s government focuses on infrastructure construction in a bid to reform the world’s second-biggest economy. With the availability of other bitumen-yielding oil varieties such as Venezuela’s Merey shrinking, the Asian nation’s refiners are turning to alternative supplies to feed the building boom at home.

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-What is fracking and why is it so controversial?

Efforts by energy companies and the Government to get fracking off the ground in the UK have been fought every step of the way by protesters.

Here is the low-down on the process.

– What is fracking?

More properly known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a process in which liquid is pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release gas or oil trapped within it.

– How much potential is there for developing shale gas and oil in the UK?

Assessment by the British Geological Survey suggests there are an estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas resources in the Bowland Shale across northern England.

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-Oil Edges Further Above $80 But Weaker Demand View Weighs

Oil edged further above $80/bbl on Oct. 12 as a rally in equities lent support, though prices pared most of their gain after a closely watched forecaster deemed supply adequate and the outlook for demand weakening.

Crude was still heading for its first weekly drop in five weeks, pressured by a big rise in U.S. inventories and fading concerns for now that looming U.S. sanctions on Iran will cut supplies significantly.

Oil found support on Oct. 12 from a gain in world stocks. A drop in equities amid wider risk-off investor sentiment had pressured crude on Oct. 11.

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-Graphene shows unique potential to exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications

Graphene enables ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption, with potential to surpass the needs of 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0.

Researchers within the Graphene Flagship project, one of the biggest research initiatives of the European Commission, showed that integrated graphene-based photonic devices offer a unique solution for the next generation of optical communications.

Researchers in the initiative have demonstrated how properties of graphene enable ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption to radically change the way data is transmitted across the optical communications systems.

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-Vericool Inc to Unveil Revolutionary Reusable Sustainable Consumer Cooler at 2018 Pack Expo in Chicago

Vericool Inc., creators of Vericoolers ®, the premier recyclable and compostable coolers on the market, will unveil new sustainable product lines at the 2018 Pack Expo in Chicago from October 14-17.

The company will showcase the new Ohana Cooler TM, a reusable and recyclable cooler for consumers, and the new Vericooler Plus ®, a cooler with compostable thermal insulation.

The Ohana Cooler TM is a breakthrough in consumer coolers because it is affordable, durable, 100% reusable and is easily placed in curbside recycling.

Offered as a 32-quart cooler, the Ohana meets the needs of environmentally-conscious consumers who want an affordable and sustainable alternative to EPS (commonly referred to as Styrofoam ® ) coolers for outings, boating, camping, and sporting events.

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-Austria’s Borealis and UK’s Bockatech Collaborate to Create a Sustainable Packaging Solution

With the increasing emphasis on single use, sustainable and recyclable packaging materials for food, Borealis, the leading market player for innovative base chemical, polyolefins, and fertilizers solutions, has declared to entering a partnership with a UK green technology research and development start up, Bockatech, to utilized its patented EcoCore technology to conceptualize and design a sustainable packaging technology through a new and innovative plastic molding process.

This new technology and its resultant material are anticipated to boost the development of high performance, recyclable, reusable and affordable packaging made from a foam injection molding process.

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-Will China’s “Debt Diplomacy” Backfire?

Angola, Africa’s second largest oil producer, has ramped up its financial ties with Beijing, but perhaps to its own detriment, The country’s state newspaper Jornal de Angola said on Wednesday that the country had secured $2 billion in Chinese funding from the China Development Bank for infrastructure projects.

Angolan President João Lourenco secured the financing during his first visit to Beijing, the report added.

Details of the deal were not released, according to various media outlets.

A Reuters report said on Wednesday that Angola is in the process of trying to diversify its economy since a fall in the price of crude in 2014 plunged it into recession.

Inflation is running at more than 20 percent per year and at least one in five of workers in the country are unemployed.

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-Mauser Group and its partners have joined forces to form a company called Mauser Packaging Solutions to deliver sustainable packaging services.

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, US, the new entity combines the innovation and history of BWAY and Mauser with the global recollection and reconditioning packaging solutions of ICS and NCG to deliver metal, plastic, fibre, and hybrid packaging products for various applications, including food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, personal care, chemicals, and paints.

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-Splash partners with Natur-Tec for sustainable packaging solution

The biobased and compostable plastic will reduce 298 Tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year

Splash, a prominent fashion retailer in India and Middle East, and a brand owned by the Landmark Group, has partnered with Natur-Tec, a business unit of Northern Technologies International Corporation (“NTIC”), to pioneer a new sustainable biopolymer-based packaging solution in India, South Asia and Middle East.

The brand’s 80 million polybags a year have been replaced with “bioplastics” – a biobased and compostable plastic alternative to conventional plastics. The biobased carbon is helping to reduce 298 Tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. At the end of useful life, these eco-friendly bags are safely and completely digested (biodegraded) by macro- and micro-organisms in natural composting and soil disposal.

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-Why the world still needs OPEC

September 2016 was a historical month for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It was in Algeria that the group decided to cut production in the hope of lifting oil prices from their worst slump since the financial meltdown of 2007-2008.

I still remember the moment Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih emerged from the meeting, giving a thumbs up to journalists to signal the success of the extraordinary OPEC meeting.

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-Kordsa joins EU’s Horizon 2020 R&D project

Kordsa, global player in tire, construction reinforcement, and composite technologies headquartered in Turkey, has joined a new project under the European Union’s R&D and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

The Project called PolynSPIRE 1 aims at improving the overall performance of plastics recycling looking for a more sustainable plastic value chain.

Kordsa is among the 22 project partners participating in the PolynSPIRE project under the Horizon 2020 programme to strengthen the research and technology development capacity of Europe, promote university-industry cooperation and develop cooperation in various fields.

The main objective of PolynSPIRE is to demonstrate a set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions for efficient plastic recycling.

KoWi, the European liaison office of German research companies, hosted the kick off meeting of the project on September 25, 2018, in Brussels.

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-QNB expects average annual oil price of around $72 this year

The global oil market is expected to reach a “broad balance” by the end of this year; QNB has said and noted that it expects an average annual oil price of around $72/barrel this year.

While oil prices are reaching a four-year high, continued US output growth and the new Russia-Saudi Arabia oil deal are posing a question to whether the market is entering a new era.

QNB analysis delves into the demand and supply factors of the oil market, concluding with an outlook for next year.

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-New technique for turning sunshine and water into hydrogen fuel  Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

A research team led by DGIST Professor Jong-Sung Yu’s team at the Department of Energy Science and Engineering has successfully developed a new catalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light.

It is expected that this method will facilitate hydrogen mass production due to higher efficiency than the existing photocatalyst method

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-US ethane spot prices plunge amid market sell-off

US ethane spot prices plunged below 40 cents/gal on Thursday, down over 7 cents from Wednesday as the market sell-off hit the natural gas liquids (NGL) sector.

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Ethane for October delivery was heard trading down to 35.00 cents/gal FOB (free on board) Mont Belvieu, Texas, in the morning before recovering to around 37.50 cents/gal by the afternoon, sources said.

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-Global textile company Aquafil transforms Italian fishing nets into catwalk collections

Italy – Volunteer divers have collected more than 4 tonnes (4000 kg) of fishing nets and other objects from the waters off the coast of the Aeolian Islands, Italy, which will be sent to a recycling factory in Slovenia and transformed into sustainable textiles for fashion houses across the globe.

Sustainable textile manufacturer Aquafil will clean and process the nets, before combining them with other nylon waste materials and turning them into Econyl regenerated nylon, a recyclable material that has been used by labels such as Gucci, Richard Malone and Adidas.

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-GC and MCI sign JV agreement for petrochemicals production in Thailand

PTT Global Chemical PLC (GC), together with TOC Glycol Co. Ltd (TOCGC), a subsidiary of GC Group, has signed joint venture (JV) agreements with Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) to cooperate in managing Siam Mitsui PTA Co. Ltd (SMPC), a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) producer, and Thai PET Resin Co. Ltd (TPRC), a polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET) producer.

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Petainer returns to Brau at a time when the world is reviewing its relationship with plastic, ready to lead by providing sustainable plastic solutions built on its core strengths of sustainability, safety and environmentally responsible global expansion.

At the event, Petainer will be launching new petainerKeg products which have been specifically developed using circular economy designs, focused on recycling and reuse. 

They provide a more cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional stainless-steel kegs, and a low-cost way of entering new domestic and international markets. 

As customers have come to expect, Petainer continues to set the standards for safety with its new products providing improved features like puncture and drop resistance.

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-ALBIS PLASTIC receives sustainability standard certification by EcoVadis

ALBIS PLASTIC has been certified in line with current Europe-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards.

EcoVadis, the specialist assessors, use a set of criteria in the assessment including environmental, social and ethical factors and sustainable procurement, based on international CSR standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000.

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-Japan’s Toray Industries to build R&D center in Seoul

The South Korean unit of Toray Industries Inc., a Japanese conglomerate specializing in industrial products, will build a research and development center in Seoul to identify new growth engines in its efforts to solidify its presence in the Korean market.

Korean subsidiaries of Toray Group including Toray Advanced Materials and Toray Chemical held a groundbreaking ceremony for the R&D center on Thursday in Magok industrial complex, west of Seoul.

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-EASTERN AFRICA: Coca-Cola embarks on recycling to escape the law.

Several multinationals operating in the soft drinks sector are targeted by authorities in several countries in East Africa.

It is the case of the American firm Coca-Cola, today forced to recycle in order to avoid legislation on plastic waste management.

In East Africa, much effort has been made in the management of plastic waste.

If thanks to its legislation and the rigour of the authorities, the city of Kigali in Rwanda has become the cleanest on the African continent, it is not uncommon to still see plastic bottles littering the streets of several cities in East Africa.

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-European Textile Machinery Roadshow For Apparel, Carpeting And Technical (Automotive) Textiles To Mexico City And Puebla In November

Europe is a leader for textile machinery. Before the flagship ITMA 2019, four Machinery Manufacturers Associations, AMEC of Spain, SYMATEX of Belgium, BTMA of Great Britain and UCMTF of France, have taken the initiative to organize a roadshow in Mexico. More than 18 manufacturers have joined. On the Mexican side, the initiative has also received a strong support from CANAINTEX and CITEX.

Then, a two day program has been set up. The European textile machinery manufacturers will welcome the Mexican textile and carpet manufacturers and present them their latest technical innovations and services in Mexico City (November 20) and Puebla (November 21).

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-European textile machinery roadshow in Mexico

The machines cover nearly all the textiles industry.Before the flagship ITMA 2019, four machinery manufacturers associations, AMEC of Spain, SYMATEX of Belgium, BTMA of Great Britain and UCMTF of France, have taken the initiative to organise a roadshow in Mexico. More than 18 manufacturers have joined. On the Mexican side, the initiative has also received a strong support from CANAINTEX and CITEX.

A two-day programme has been set up. The European textile machinery manufacturers will welcome the Mexican textile and carpet manufacturers and present them their latest technical innovations and services in Mexico City on 20 November and Puebla on 21 November.

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-Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will demonstrate its newest IntElect – the S series all-electric machine at Fakuma

The company believes with its upgraded motor design and a package of added features, the machine fills an important gap for the thin-wall packaging segment, described by the company’s UK MD Nigel Flowers as the twilight zone.

Available with clamping forces between 500 kN and 1,800 kN and with injection speeds between 350 and 500 mm/s, the machine has been specially built for extremely narrow tolerance applications requiring fast cycle times between 3 and 10 seconds. 

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-Celanese to Acquire India-Based Next Polymers Ltd.

Acquisition of one of country’s leading ETP compounders to support Celanese’s growing India customer base and capabilities

Celanese Corporation , a global specialty materials company, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire India-based Next Polymers Ltd., one of the country’s largest domestic engineering thermoplastics (ETP) compounders.

“This is a landmark moment for the JP Group of companies and I believe it’s an excellent move by Celanese in acquiring our compounding company, Next Polymers, considering the rapidly growing engineering thermoplastics market demand in India”

Next Polymers specializes in custom compounding of various ETP materials and is headquartered in Mumbai, India, with an approximate 20 kilo tons per annum compounding production facility in Silvassa, located in the union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 

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-Waitrose trials bio-based alternative to black plastic

Waitrose & Partners is set to trial innovative, fibre-based packaging across its range of Italian ready meals as part of the supermarket group’s commitment to eliminate black plastics from its own-brand products by 2019.

The new packaging carries a label encouraging customers to recycle it along with their paper waste

The firm, which operates more than 350 stores across the UK, will replace the black plastic trays currently used for three of its Italian ready meal products with the alternative material, which it claims is 100% FSC-certified and widely recyclable.

The cream-coloured trays will be used to house Waitrose & Partners’ macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese and tuna pasta bake lines during the two-month trial, with consumers encouraged to rinse them and place them in their paper recycling bin after use.

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-PepsiCo to launch range of 100% recycled plastic packaging by 2020

PepsiCo has this week unveiled plans to purchase 100% recycled plastic for some of its packaging lines by 2020, after the company was named by Greenpeace as one of the largest corporate plastic polluters in the world.

The US-based food and drink business has partnered with plastic innovation firm Loop to purchase a supply of recycled PET (rPET), which it claims it will incorporate into its packaging for the first time in early 2020.

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-China Replaces Venezuelan Oil With Canadian Imports

Chinese refiners are buying more and more very cheap heavy Canadian crude oil to make up for the dwindling supply of Venezuela’s heavy grades as China’s road construction sector—a key consumer of the heavy oil’s bitumen yield—is booming.

China purchased 1.58 million barrels of heavy Canadian crude oil for loading in September, up by nearly 50 percent compared to the 1.05 million barrels it imported from Canada in April, Bloomberg quoted data by cargo-tracking and intelligence company Kpler on Thursday.

Analysts expect the Chinese purchases of heavy Canadian oil to continue to be high in October amid the typically peak construction season.

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-Barclays: $70 More Likely Than $100

Oil industry titans are still not in agreement over what to expect from oil prices in the near future, with a wide array of guesses calling for both a spike in prices and a renewed downturn.

At the Oil & Money Conference in London, this disagreement was on display. Ian Taylor of Vitol, an energy trader, said that he expects oil prices to fall to $65 per barrel, while his counterpart at Trafigura said that triple-digit oil prices were likely before all was said and done.

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-Engel and Summit Systems commit to machine spectacular in Interplas’ newest hall

Engel and Summit Systems have announced they will collaborate on a technology spectacular when they exhibit at Interplas in 2020.

The two companies have secured prime positions at the front of Hall 3 of the NEC in Birmingham, to maximise the opportunities offered by the show’s new, increased size.

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-Brexit: Barnier says May’s Chequers plan would give UK ‘huge competitive edge’ over EU – as it happened

Here are the main points from Michel Barnier’s speech.

Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, said that there would have be to new checks on goods going between Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the plans being drawn up for an Irish backstop.

The backstop is the plan designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland, if the final Brexit outcome does not achieve that. Barnier said that when the UK left the EU, there would have to be new checks on goods going between the two areas.

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Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

New technique for turning sunshine and water into hydrogen fuel  Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

DGIST (DAEGU GYEONGBUK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel
IMAGE: DGIST PROFESSOR JONG-SUNG YU AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. view more 

CREDIT: DAEGU GYEONGBUK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DGIST)

A research team led by DGIST Professor Jong-Sung Yu’s team at the Department of Energy Science and Engineering has successfully developed a new catalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light.

It is expected that this method will facilitate hydrogen mass production due to higher efficiency than the existing photocatalyst method.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

Due to the intensifying environmental problems such as air pollution and global warming caused by the increased use of fossil energy, hydrogen is recently drawing attention as an ecofriendly energy source of next generation.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

Accordingly, research is being conducted globally on how to produce hydrogen using solar light and photocatalyst by decomposing water.

To overcome the limitations of photocatalyst that only reacts to light in ultraviolet rays, researchers have doped dual atom such as Nitrogen (N), Sulfur (S), and Phosphorus (P) on photocatalyst or synthesized new photocatalysts, developing a photocatalyst that reacts efficiently to visible light.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

With Professor Samuel Mao’s team at UC Berkeley in the U.S., Professor Yu’s research team developed a new H-doped photocatalyst by removing oxygen from the photocatalyst surface made of titanium dioxide and filling hydrogen into it through the decomposition of MgH2.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

Energy of long wavelength including visible light could not be used for the existing white Titanium dioxide because it has a wide band gap energy.

However, the development of MgH2reduction could overcome this through oxygen flaw induction and H-doping while enabling the use of solar light with 570nm-wavelength.

MgH2 reduction can synthesize new matters by applying to Titanium oxide used in this research as well as the oxides composed of other atoms such as Zr, Zn, and Fe. This method is applicable to various other fields such as photocatalyst and secondary battery. The photocatalyst synthesized in this research has four times higher photoactivity than the existing white titanium dioxide and is not difficult to manufacture, thus being very advantageous for hydrogen mass production.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

Another characteristic of the photocatalyst developed by the research team is that it reduces band gap more than the existing Titanium dioxide photocatalyst used for hydrogen generation and can maintain four times higher activity with stability for over 70 days.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

The new method can also react to visible light unlike existing photosynthesis, overcoming the limitation of hydrogen production.

With the new photocatalyst development, the efficiency and stability of hydrogen production can both dramatically improved, which will help popularize hydrogen energy in the near future.Technique turning sunshine water hydrogen fuel

Professor Yu said “The photocatalyst developed this time is a synthesis method with much better performance than the existing photocatalyst method used to produce hydrogen. It is a very simple method that will greatly help commercialize hydrogen energy.

With a follow-up research on improving the efficiency and economic feasibility of photocatalyst, we will take the lead in creating an environment stable hydrogen energy production that can replace fossil energy.”

This study has been published on August 10 on the online edition of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, a top 1% international journal in the chemical engineering catalyst field.

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For more information, please contact:

Professor, Jong-Sung Yu
Department of Energy Science and Engineering
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
E-mail: jsyu@dgist.ac.krAssociated Links

Research Paper on Journal of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.06.030

Laboratory Hompage : Light, Salts and Water Research Group
http://jsyulab.dgist.ac.kr/

Journal Reference

Apurba Sinhamahapatra, Ha-Young Lee, Shaohua Shen, Samuel S. Mao, Jong-Sung Yu, “H-doped TiO2-x prepared with MgH2 for highly efficient solar-driven hydrogen production,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, August 2018.

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Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

Paraxylene prices fell in Asia amid falling oil prices Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil pricesMOSCOW- Prices on the Asian market for para-xylene fell on Thursday, October 11, following a decline in oil prices, as well as a downward price trend in downstream markets, ICIS reported.Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

According to ICIS, paraxylene prices are now at USD1 339-1 341 per ton, CFR China and / or Taiwan, against quotes in the range of USD1 355-1 357 per ton, CFR China and / or Taiwan, on October 10.Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

Thus, the paraxylene spot prices fell against the background of lower quotations registered in the downstream market for the production of purified terephthalic acid (TPA).

In addition, the reduced prices on the crude oil market, combined with the unfavorable macroeconomic situation on the market, exerted even greater downward pressure on the paraxylene quotes in the region.Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the Russian market, the cost of PET for contract customers in October increased sharply, while spot prices did not change.

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Covestro thermoplastic polyurethane CO2 technology

Covestro develop first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology Covestro thermoplastic polyurethane CO2 technology

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Scientists investigate plastics recycled

Scientists investigate how plastics can be recycled together Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

Scientists investigate plastics recycled

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Disposable drinking cups at a plastic recycling centre (Ben Birchall/PA)

Different plastics could soon be thrown in the same recycling bin without needing to be separated, scientists say. Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

Plastic milk bottles are made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) whereas margarine tubs are made from polypropylene.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

These two plastics cannot currently be recycled together so have to be separated by households or at the recycling centre.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

This process can mean that plastic ends up in landfill because the batch becomes accidentally contaminated with several types of the material.

Scientists and engineers at the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Manchester University are investigating ways of chemically breaking down mixtures of plastic into their constituent molecules.

These can then be used to manufacture new plastics or other high-value products.

Professor Matthew Davidson, director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at Bath, said: “Currently only about one third of plastic food packaging in the UK is recycled.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

“The UK Government aims to increase that to 75% by 2035.

“Part of this problem is that plastics have to be separated into different types as each type has different properties and they can’t be recycled together.

“Our colleagues in Manchester have already demonstrated a process to recover the chemical value from waste plastics and, together, we aim to develop this further in order to develop new technology for mixed plastics waste.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

“This means in the not-too-distant future people will be able to throw all their plastics in the same recycling bin without worrying about separating them.

“This could make a big difference to recycling rates and help us solve the urgent problem of plastic waste.”Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

This project is one of seven being tackled by a consortium of UK universities and industrial partners, led by the University of Bath.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

These aim to develop new catalysts to enable more sustainable manufacturing and promote a circular economy, where waste materials are reused or recycled instead of being thrown away.Scientists investigate plastics recycled 

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and its chain continue to be weak

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,850/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,800/9,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,750/9,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,030/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 860/870 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,200/7,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,315 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-Oil Experts Divided As Iran Sanctions Loom

The heads of the world’s top oil trading houses are unanimous that Iranian sanctions will remove a large chunk of oil from the market, more than initially expected, but they have very diverging opinions on where oil prices are headed for the rest of the year and in 2019.

At the Oil & Money conference in London this week, the top executives of Vitol, Trafigura, Gunvor, and Glencore predicted the price of oil next year at between $65 and $100 a barrel due to a combination of many other factors apart from the U.S. sanctions on Iran—highlighting the uncertainty in the oil market about where prices are heading.

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-Paraxylene prices fell in Asia amid falling oil prices Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

Prices on the Asian market for para-xylene fell on Thursday, October 11, following a decline in oil prices, as well as a downward price trend in downstream markets, ICIS reported.Paraxylene prices Asia falling oil prices

According to ICIS, paraxylene prices are now at USD1 339-1 341 per ton, CFR China and / or Taiwan, against quotes in the range of USD1 355-1 357 per ton, CFR China and / or Taiwan, on October 10.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Scientists investigate how plastics can be recycled together 

Different plastics could soon be thrown in the same recycling bin without needing to be separated, scientists say.  Plastic milk bottles are made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) whereas margarine tubs are made from polypropylene. These two plastics cannot currently be recycled together so have to be separated by households or at the recycling centre.Scientists investigate plastics recycled

This process can mean that plastic ends up in landfill because the batch becomes accidentally contaminated with several types of the material.

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-Avgol To Showcase beneFIT™ Antimicrobial Solutions At Hygienix 2018

Avgol, a global leader in the manufacture of high-performance nonwoven fabric solutions, is to showcase its range of beneFIT™ technologies at Hygienix 2018.

The beneFIT range has been developed through Avgol’s Forward Innovative Thinking (FIT) strategy, which harnesses the company’s expertise in creating high-performance technologies for the baby diaper, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene markets with the needs of the consumer at the forefront.

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-New OffColor detection solution put to the test

The utilisation of the new OffColor detection for polyester yarns by Loepfe has been extensively tested in the PT.

Superbtex spinning mill in Indonesia. Thanks to the new OffColor detection feature of Loepfe´s YarnMaster ZENIT+, the labour-intensive and therefore expensive visual inspection of the bobbins is no longer necessary, according to the manufacturer.

The raw material for spinning synthetic fibres originates from well-controlled processes in chemical plants.

This is why contamination with foreign matter occur very rarely.

However, synthetic yarns like polyester can have different fibre qualities with different glossiness. Mixed-up yarns can lead to defects in the following processes along the production chain.

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-Analysis: Crude oil traders in Asia remain uncertain after Saudi official selling price hikes

Traders of Middle Eastern sour crude barrels in Asia have yet to agree on their reaction to Saudi Aramco’s latest set of official selling prices, according to a survey of market participants by S&P Global Platts on Thursday.

Opinions from trading houses, oil majors, refiners and term lifters ranged from finding the OSPs acceptable all the way to expensive.

“Saudis didn’t push up as much as they could have,” a North Asian refiner said.

Middle Eastern crude oil traders are typically unanimous on OSP expectations, estimates, and reactions to actual prices in the context of the wider market sentiment. Platts conducts such surveys on a monthly basis.

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-Covestro develop first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology Covestro thermoplastic polyurethane CO2 technology

Covestro is developing and marketing new polyether carbonate polyols, under the name cardyon, that are produced with the aid of carbon dioxide (CO2).

With Desmopan 37385A the company now offers the first representative of a new series of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) containing polyether carbonate polyols based on CO2 technology.Covestro thermoplastic polyurethane CO2 technology

The new TPU products leave a lower carbon footprint, conserve fossil resources and, unlike many bio-based materials, do not compete with food production.

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-TAF to offer 7Radianza shades in customised quantities

Thai Acrylic Fibre (TAF), is set to offer seven new shades of its eco-friendly gel-dyed Radianza in small lots, ranging from 2-3 tons per shade. TAF produces more than 14 different types of speciality fibres including technical fibres for high-end applications. Incorporated in 1987, TAF ranks among the top five quality acrylic fibre producers globally.

The decision has been taken based on feedback from customers and growing demand of sustainable products from global brands and retailers who want to try out the product in their upcoming ranges, TAF said in a press release.

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-European Soft Drinks Industry’s Comes up with New Plastic Packaging Plan for 2025

European soft drinks industry’s introduces new plastic packaging plan for 2025, according to a report published on September 14, 2018.

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe pledged that 100 percent of plastic packaging from soft drinks will be recyclable with PET bottles containing a minimum of 25 percent recycled content on average by 2025. They also announced a package of EU-wide ambitions with the intention of making plastic packaging in this sector more sustainable. The aim of the ambition is to contribute towards building a circular model for plastic packaging by improving its recyclability, recycled content, collection, and reuse.

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-French single-use plastics ban violates EU law on free circulation of goods, says Petcore Europe

EU flagsIt seems that too many laws are creating conflict and confusion among countries in the European Union.

Petcore Europe and PET Sheet Europe, both based in Brussels, released information on a modification to French agricultural law, which was approved on Sept. 14, 2018, by the Assemblée Nationale and Senate that prohibits the availability of plastic containers and disposables for catering to schools, universities and nurseries.

It appears that move has resulted in France jumping ahead of European law, a non-non according to the associations.

Despite current discussions in Europe affecting the end-of-life disposal of some of the same items targeted in France, the European Union has not yet adopted any restrictive measures against single-use plastic packaging and food containers.

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-Alan courts Turkish manufacturing giants to Ghana

Barring any unforeseeable challenge, Ghana will soon see some Turkish manufacturing giants, especially, those in the garment and textiles industry; establish their presence in the West African country complement those already in business.

This follows a series of successful sideline meetings of the Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum between a Ghanaian delegation of some government officials and businessmen and women led by the Minister of Trade & Industry, Hon. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and investors from Turkey including the Executives of Turkish Garment and Textiles Chamber.

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-Specialty Polyamides Market to Surpass USD 3.60 Billion by 2026 Top Manufacturers Are Asahi Kasei Corporation, Ascend Performance Materials LLC, Arkema S.A., DuPont, BASF

Specialty Polyamides Market will be witnessing significant growth rate of approximately 5.9% over the projected timespan.

The Global Specialty Polyamides Market is expected to grow from USD 2.15 billion in 2017 to USD 3.60 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period according to a study published by Polaris Market Research.

Increasing demand for specialty polyamides from its end-use industries has resulted in increasing production and it is expected to increase further in the near future.

In the near future, more and more specialty polyamide resins based on several polyamides are anticipated to form an integrated part of several individual technological solutions.

These are tough, hard and rigid materials that have high impact abrasion and resistance to wear and tear makes it suitable for its application in the manufacturing of construction materials.

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-EQUIPOLYMERS Presents Viridis 25, an EQUATE Group Initiative to Meet the Guidelines of the European Plastics Strategy

A new solution that makes brands and products more sustainable

Equipolymers (EQP) is proud to announce the launch of Viridis 25, a new food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using up to 25 per cent chemically recycled PET as feedstock, reducing the need for virgin PET with benefits for business, the environment and the community.

This advancement from EQP takes the world closer to closing the loop in the circular economy, helping brand owners to meet the guidelines of the European Plastic Strategy while driving an increase in plastics recycling.

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-Pepsico, Loop Industries sign multiyear supply agreement 

Loop to supply its branded 100 recycled plastic.

Montreal-based Loop Industries Inc. and Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo Inc. have entered into a multiyear supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the United States and incorporate Loop PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic into its product packaging by early 2020. Loop PET is made completely from recycled material.

According to Loop Industries, its technology allows no- and low-value plastics to be diverted, recovered and recycled into new, virgin-quality Loop PET plastic.

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-Novares opens a new production plant in Kenitra, Morocco

Novares opened its first production plant in North Africa, in Kenitra, Morocco.

The move is part of Novares’ global expansion, coming just one year after Mecaplast-Key Plastics rebranded as Novares and following the opening of new plants in Mioveni, Romania and Chihuahua, Mexico. First Novares plant in North Africa, the new factory is in Kenitra, Morocco only 15 km from the newly-opened PSA facility and close to the Renault facility in Tangier, confirming Novares’ commitment to offer global proximity to its customers.

Novares could rely on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) who granted a loan for the construction of the building, new equipment and machinery. This is in line with the EBRD strategy to support actively the automotive sector in Morocco.

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-Leaving EU could help UK make more advancements in genetically modified crops, report says

A report by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council has claimed that leaving the EU could help the UK make advancements in genetically modified crops away from “overly prescriptive” EU regulations.

The ‘Cultivating the Future’ report calls for a more science-based approach to crop biotechnology, claiming that the UK could get a chance to “embrace” this method post-Brexit.

The report also warns that Europe could become a “museum of world agriculture” if it continues to “indulge in the same prolonged and shallow debate”.

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-Asia petrochemical shares crash after heavy losses in US equities

Asia’s petrochemical shares slumped on Thursday, tracking steep losses in regional bourses following a heavy sell-off in US equities overnight amid fresh concerns over slower global growth.

At 10:20 Singapore time (08:20 GMT), Japan’s Asahi Kasei Corp was down 3.69%, Mitsui Chemicals declined 3.03% and JXTG Holdings fell by 5.27%, as the Japanese benchmark Nikkei 225 index slumped by 3.93% to 22,581.37.

In South Korea, SK Innovation fell by 3.24% and LG Chem was down by 2.69% as the KOSPI Index declined by 2.66% at 2.169.44.

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-Borealis, R&D Startup Collaborate on Low-Cost, High-Performance, Sustainable Single-Use Polyolefin Foam Packaging

Bocatech’s EcoCore molding technology combined with two key Borealis PP grades produces eco-friendly molded products that require less material.

It is always exciting to report on new technology, particularly when it both offers high performance and also is “kind” to the environment. Naturally, single-use food and beverage packaging advances are at the top of the heap of interest as so much of it is consumed on a daily basis and then wasted, and market demand for reusable and more easily recyclable replacement solutions is rising.

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-New US tariffs on China would include many petrochemicals

The Trump administration’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods includes a long string of petrochemicals, both raw materials and items made from plastic resins.

The list of $200 billion in Chinese goods disclosed this week would be subject to a 10% tariff if implemented amid growing trade tensions between the US and China.

Last Friday, the US implemented $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and China retaliated with the same value of taxes on US imports, largely agricultural crops and automobiles.

The US is slated to impose another $16 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods late next week, and China has said it will retaliate in kind — a second list of the same value that includes crude oil and gasoline as well as two plastic resins, polyvinyl chloride and low-density polyethylene, used to make items like vinyl flooring and plastic tubs, respectively.

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-Truetzschler launches Magnotop flat tops for carding

Truetzschler, a textile machinery company that specialises in installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens, and man-made fibre industry, has launched the new Magnotop flat tops for card clothing. Flat tops have the task to retain the fibres so that the cylinder wire can fully develop its carding effect in textile production.

Frequent and quick lot-changes present the same challenges as in the case of changes in raw material varieties as far as card settings go – both calls for frequent changes of flat tops. This was a major challenge involving a colossal waste of time, manpower, and cost, until Truetzschler together with Trützschler Card Clothing, released the Magnotop flat tops, Truetzschler said.

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– All the benefits of breathability in a water repellent fabric

Bugis has developed a new knit fabric 100% cotton super water repellent, which dries faster and preserves all the natural comfort of the cotton, while keeping all the benefits of breathability of untreated natural fibers.

The exclusivity “Bugis 100% cotton repellent” prevents water from penetrating the fabric, protecting from wet conditions (water, snow).

It is nice to wear because it does not trap the moisture and heat from the body.

It forms a durable shield against wet weather even after thirty home launderings. This BUGIS exclusivity is suitable for all outdoor but also indoor garments.

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Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

Petrochina and Sinopec raise October PE and PP prices in East China  Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

MOSCOW – China’s largest producers of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – PetroChina and Sinopec – on October 9 raised their prices for polymers in China’s eastern region for October shipments, ICIS reported. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

Thus, the selling prices of various brands of PP were increased by 150-200 yuan (CNY), respectively, due to the growth of domestic quotations in the Chinese market at the beginning of this week. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

And quotes for some brands of low and high pressure polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) of PetroChina and Sinopec companies increased by CNY100-300 per ton, respectively.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia last week the prices of Russian PE for deliveries in October were finally agreed on the contract market.

Rising prices amounted to 1,000-5,000 rubles. per ton depending on the type. In the segments of LDPE and HDPE, limited supply remains, but there is no rush.

And in the Russian market of PP last week the contract prices of PP for the October deliveries were finally agreed. Local processors could not avoid price increases of 1 000-4 350 rub. per ton in comparison with the level of September.

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp. ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

PetroChina was established in 1999 by allocating CNPC assets.

The company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas, as well as the processing, transportation and distribution of oil and oil products, petrochemical products and the sale of natural gas.

CNPC owns 86% of the company’s shares. The headquarters is located in Beijing, the staff of more than 500 thousand people. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

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Plastic chemicals recycling biodegradable 11-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and its chain decrease with the resizing of crude oil price 

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,900/10,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,800/9,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,750/9,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,030/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,850/7,950 yuan/ton – MEG $ 860/870 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,200/7,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,325/1,335 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-Petrochina and Sinopec raise October PE and PP prices in East China  Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

China’s largest producers of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – PetroChina and Sinopec – on October 9 raised their prices for polymers in China’s eastern region for October shipments, ICIS reported. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

Thus, the selling prices of various brands of PP were increased by 150-200 yuan (CNY), respectively, due to the growth of domestic quotations in the Chinese market at the beginning of this week. Petrochina Sinopec October PE PP prices East China

And quotes for some brands of low and high pressure polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) of PetroChina and Sinopec companies increased by CNY100-300 per ton, respectively.

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-Crude oil price at $100 ‘within reach’

If oil prices head above $100 a barrel, it could shave 0.2 percentage points from global economic growth next year -but this hinges crucially on the dollar, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Sanctions on Iran, shale bottlenecks, Venezuelan turmoil, and increased demand pose an upside risk to prices, the bank said in a research note.

Higher prices would slow growth in the eurozone, UK, and Japan though rampedup energy production in the US, Australia, and Brazil would likely cushion the blow to the world’s economy, it said. The dollar is the swing factor, according to economists Ethan Harris and Aditya Bhave.

A stronger US currency would “polarise outcomes further”, with oil importers suffering more and producers benefiting, while a weaker US currency would “play the role of equaliser”, they said.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Oil Prices Decline on Stocks, U.S. Inventories

Oil prices fell sharply Wednesday, in line with a big drop in stocks on Wall Street and as investors awaited a report expected to show a third-straight weekly rise in U.S. oil inventories.

Light, sweet crude for November delivery ended 2.4% lower at $73.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest settle value in nearly two weeks. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was 2.2% lower at $83.09 a barrel.

The Energy Information Administration is due to release its weekly report on U.S. oil inventories Thursday morning. Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect, on average, a 1.5-million-barrel increase in crude-oil stockpiles for the week ended Oct. 5, which would follow increases each of the previous two weeks.

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-The Gneuss MRS Recycling Process approved worldwide for food packaging

The Gneuss MRS Recycling Process has been approved worldwide for food packaging, including in Europe where it has passed the EFSA challenge test for the processing of 100 per cent post-consumer PET.

This approval is for the Gneuss PET process for recycling PET post-consumer and post-industrial waste to sheet for thermoforming to food contact containers, a significant contribution toward increasing polymer recycling.

A study by the British charity for promoting recycling, “Waste and Resources Action Programme” (WRAP) in 2016 showed that with the help of the Gneuss Recycling Process, it was possible to take post–consumer thermoformed PET pots, tubs and trays from household waste and recycle them back into the same products, for food contact.

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-West Europe PET bottle recovery grows, but challenges remain for rPET supply chain

PET bottle recycling rates in Europe are improving but collection remains a key challenge according to a report published by Wood Mackenzie Chemicals earlier this month.

The collection rate for PET bottles during 2017 rose to nearly 2 million tonnes in Europe, 6.3% higher than 1.88 million tonnes collected the previous year, according to “rPET study – West Europe 2017”.

Total production of PET bottles rose 3% year-on-year to 3.2 million tonnes in 2017, making it a “rollercoaster year” of high demand and capacity shortages.

“With exceptionally good weather in Europe boosting demand and capacity outages impacting output, the European virgin PET resin market environment rapidly shifted from one of excess supply to supply challenges,” said Helen McGeough, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals senior consultant, commenting on the findings of the study.

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-inject 4.0 goes flat out

ENGEL’s inject 4.0 is as much about technology as it is about philosophy. After the inject 4.0 conference in Linz, Austria, in June this year, we caught up with Paul Kapeller, Product Manager of Digital Solutions, about where next for the inject 4.0 mission and how much further the injection moulding giant believes it can be taken.

For ENGEL, inject 4.0 means opening up the possibilities of injection moulding for its customers to improve their production. This is achieved through applying technologies that enable integration with the entire factory floor, making a smart factory, utilising automation and control technologies to optimise systems and enable data gathering.

Now, the Schwertberg-headquartered industry goliath is taking the concept of inject 4.0 even further, by making the system horizontal, so it applies to more than just the injection moulding machine, enabling cross-system communication to empower users to maximise the potential of their production.

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-Yarn Expo Autumn to host over 500 exhibitors

More than 500 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions will showcase an extensive range of yarn and fibre products at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center next week. These exhibitors, as the largest gathering ever seen at the fair, are set to welcome a wide variety of visitors throughout the textiles supply chain from 15-17 October, solidifying the status of Yarn Expo as the leading first stop of every textile sourcing season. The fair will take place this edition alongside ITMA Asia + CITME.

“For those looking for the industry’s latest innovations, Yarn Expo Autumn is the place to be.

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-INVISTA Launches LYCRA® Insiders Campaign with Refinery29

Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Campaign Promotes Advanced LYCRA® Fiber Innovations

The “LYCRA® Insiders” program and its tagline, “It’s what’s inside that matters most,” advise consumers to look for advanced LYCRA® fiber technologies inside their clothes if they want to experience lasting comfort, fit and performance.

INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA® brand portfolio of spandex fibers, today announced the launch of its global consumer marketing campaign, “LYCRA® Insiders,” developed with Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for young women.

“Comfort and performance matter most, so our influencers will demonstrate how leggings made with LYCRA® SPORT technology have it all.”

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-VietnamPlas: Vietnam’s polyethyelene prices seen set to weaken in early 2019 as imports outpace demand

Vietnam’s polyethylene prices are expected to weaken in early 2019 as surging resin imports outpace single-digit demand growth, industry sources said on the sidelines of VietnamPlas 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Register Now  “In the short term, because of the US-China trade war, we forecast that the local polyethylene market price will be on a downward trend because of supply [outpacing] demand,” a source from Mitsubishi Corporation Vietnam said.

Vietnam’s imports of US-origin PE were estimated to have surged to 10,000-20,000 mt/month in August and September as US cargoes were increasingly diverted to Vietnam to avoid China’s newly-imposed tariffs, industry sources said.

This is up from imports of 6,300 mt in July, and from 3,500 mt/month over the first half of 2018, the sources said.

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-Weekly resin report: Spot markets are off to the races

As the calendar flipped to October, the spot resin markets were off to the races! It was a surprisingly busy start to the fourth quarter, which had every right to be quiet given the lack of fresh offers and a $0.02 to 0.04/lb polyethylene (PE) price increase on the table, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update.

Demand remained robust, however, particularly among the reseller community, as sentiment has turned moderately bullish, and the buying continued. Processors were also back in the market and not afraid to pay a penny higher than in the previous week.

Polypropylene (PP) activity was a bit sporadic, both on the supply and demand side, and transactions were conducted amid a huge range of prices—anywhere from the mid-$0.60s per pound for off-grade homopolymer (HoPP0 in Houston to the mid- to high-$0.80s per pound for domestic Prime copolymer (CoPP). Exports continued to flow, helped along by ever-rising oil prices, which are supportive of international PE and PP levels.

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-China key petrochemical markets gain after week-long holiday

China’s key domestic petrochemical markets opened strong in the week on firm demand following the country’s long holiday.

On 8 October, polypropylene (PP) prices were bolstered by gains in the futures markets, while polyethylene (PE) values increased amid lower-than-expected inventory levels.

At the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), the January 2019 PP surged 4.11% to yuan (CNY) 10,386/tonne; while linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) futures rose 2.7% to CNY9,715/tonne.

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-Alpla to Develop Centre of Excellence in Greece

In July of this year, ALPLA announced its intention to purchase all the shares in the Greek company Argo S.A. Following verification and approval of the transaction by the competition authorities, the purchase was completed on 1 October.

Both locations in Greece and Romania are now 100% owned by ALPLA, and form part of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. ALPLA had already acquired the Egyptian production site of Argo S.A. at the end of 2015.

The Koropi location near Athens is ALPLA’s first production facility in Greece. With the addition of the Berceni factory near Bucharest, the packaging specialist now has a total of four factories in Romania.

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-Tekni-Films Introduces Sbc Film for Pharma Products

With pharmaceutical companies constantly looking for ways to improve their product packaging with performance-driven, cost-effective solutions, there is an alternative to traditional structures that is making its way into the main stream. Super barrier coated films are now being considered for pharma and other healthcare applications.

Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex business, has introduced SBC 240 as a performance and improved-cost alternative for 4- and 6-mil PCTFE laminations and cold formed foil for blister applications. This thermoformable film has exceptional moisture and oxygen barrier properties and is designed to meet the needs of pharmaceutical and other healthcare applications. The triplex structure is ideal for applications such as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, probiotics and other related products.

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-Japan Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene market

Only the Japan Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene Research Report can provide you the necessary insights to understand the industry.

It makes valuable and crucial projections for the market in upcoming years too.

The Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene industry status can be accurately analyzed thanks to the report that brings the most accurate calculations of the market based on past and present data.

With the help of this report, you get reliable Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene principals, participants, Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene geological areas, product type, and Thermal Insulation Expanded Polystyrene end-user’s applications.

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-Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé produce most of the world’s plastic waste

Coke-branded plastic trash found in 40 of the 42 countries according to a Greenpeace audit

London — Drink companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé were found to be the world’s biggest producers of plastic trash, a report by environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, Greenpeace said it orchestrated 239 plastic clean-ups in 42 countries around the world, which resulted in the audit of 187,000 pieces of plastic trash. The aim was to get a picture of how large corporations contribute to the problem of pollution.

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-Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on polluting throwaway plastics by 2021

Plastic carrier bags and other garbage pollution in ocean

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee.

Single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved on Wednesday by the Environment and Public Health Committee.

In the report drafted by Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), adopted with 51 votes to 10, with 3 abstentions, MEPs added to this list: very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

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-Spectra supplies Firmdale Hotels with sugarcane-based PET biopolymer packs

Spectra has supplied Firmdale Hotels with its new sugarcane-based PET biopolymer packs.

Spectra worked with Firmdale to help them switch to more environmentally friendly packaging for their RIKRAK range of bath products.

Produced using ethanol from the waste of sugarcane as opposed to conventional polymers that contain fossil-based raw materials, Spectra’s sugarcane-based biopolymer captures CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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-Textiles Recyclers: Reuse lies at heart of industry’s values

Research and development projects are under way in several countries aimed mainly at recovering natural/synthetic fibres to provide the garment industry with new raw materials or transforming/agglomerating textile materials essentially for insulation purposes.

Some other projects, meanwhile, are focused on automation of material sorting. “These works – essential for the future of our profession – must be carried out while preserving the share of tonnages sorted for reuse,” insists Mehdi Zerroug of Framimex in France. “The essential economic and ecological value of our industry lies in reuse.”

In his opening address to the BIR Textiles Division meeting in London on October 6, the body’s President also underlined the need to educate members of the public that they can deposit all used clothes – “even those of good quality”.

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-Wine Bottle Wins Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

The unique slimline wine bottle in 100 per cent recycled PET for the mail-order market, made by RPC M&H Plastics, has been named Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year at the recent Plastic Industry Awards.

Created by Garçon Wines, the bottle design conforms to the traditional Bordeaux wine bottle shape, but its flat profile means it is able to fit securely and conveniently through a standard sized letterbox. The bottle is 87 per cent lighter and 40 per cent spatially smaller than a normal wine bottle which, together with the fact that its letterbox size ensures no missed deliveries, hugely reduces carbon emissions from the wine supply chain.

The bottle is also fully recyclable, enabling further bottles to be produced and providing a closed loop solution in line with circular economy principles.

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EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH: Delivering new bio-based products & processes to meet the UN SDGs

 

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EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem develops new additives for fibre applications Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, has developed new additives for the fibres industry.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem will exhibit the three key innovations at the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 trade show in Shanghai, China, next week.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

“Americhem has always been on the cutting edge of technologies in the plastics industry, but as the company’s years of experience in the fibres/textiles segments grew, so did Americhem’s niche in this market,” said Stanley Teoh, Vice President/ Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Sales & Marketing.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

“Now, Americhem’s R&D team is constantly testing and developing new innovations in the fibres industry on a global scale.”

The first technology exhibited will be Americhem’s masterbatch of Deep Dyeing for PET synthetic fibres, which uses dispersed dyes.

According to the manufacturer, this additive has significant advantages specifically for fine denier yarn such as PET/PA6 bicomponent fibre.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

These advantages include dyeing time reduced by 40%, enabling darker dyeing, dosing flexibility, and reduction in effluent treatment costs.

Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

The second product is a masterbatch of Catonic dye for PET synthetic fibres, which replaces ECDP. This product is said to provide significant benefits to RPET applications. It can be blended in bright, semi-dull, and full-dull PET, it enables deeper and darker dyeing, it is environmentally friendly with complete dye bath exhaustion, and is supplied in crystalline form.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

The third development is a masterbatch of Stain Resistance for PA6 synthetic fibres that has been developed to provide superior stain fighting performance, which is widely used in carpeting and apparel.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem will also be featuring its technologies for antimicrobials and UV stabilisation, which are pillar additives in synthetic turf, automotive seating fabric, carpet, and textile industries.

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Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total will open a new PE plant in South Korea at the end of 2019  Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

MOSCOW ( MRC ) – Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a joint venture of Hanwha Chemical and Total Petrochemical for the production of petrochemical products in South Korea, plans to commission a new polyethylene (PE) plant in Daesan (Daesan, Sosan, South) by the end of 2019 Korea), ICIS reported.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

The capacity of the new enterprise will be 400 thousand tons of PE per year.  After its launch, the total capacity of the company producing PE will be 1.12 million tons per year.

The new plant will be able to produce both low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL).Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Earlier it was noted that in April 2018, the South Korean plant Hanwha Total Petrochemicals and Ecoplastics expanded the range of ethylene-vinyl acetate film (EVA) supplied to Russia.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia in the first eight months of this year, PE output grew by 3% compared with the same period in 2017 and amounted to 1,215.5 thousand tons.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Production volumes of HDPE and LDL have increased.

Hanwha Total Petrochemical Co., Ltd., a South Korean company, established in 2003 with headquarters in Seoul (Seoul, South Korea), is a joint venture of Hanwha Corporation and Total SA, each of which owns a 50% stake in the JV.

Hanwha Total manufactures petrochemical products such as polyethylene, polypropylene (PP), PP compounds, ethylene, propylene, benzene, butadiene, etc.

The company was previously called Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd.  and changed its name in April 2015.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Plastic chemicals recycling bioplastic 10-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate inches up 

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,950/10,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,850/9,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,035/1,045 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – MEG $ 905/915 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,400/7,500 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,320/1,330 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-EFIB 2018 The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

Tom van Aken CEO Avantium

-Americhem develops new additives for fibre applications 

Americhem, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, has developed new additives for the fibres industry.

Americhem will exhibit the three key innovations at the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 trade show in Shanghai, China, next week.

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-Hanwha Total will open a new PE plant in South Korea at the end of 2019  Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a joint venture of Hanwha Chemical and Total Petrochemical for the production of petrochemical products in South Korea, plans to commission a new polyethylene (PE) plant in Daesan (Daesan, Sosan, South) by the end of 2019 Korea), ICIS reported.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

The capacity of the new enterprise will be 400 thousand tons of PE per year.  After its launch, the total capacity of the company producing PE will be 1.12 million tons per year.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Heimtextil to grow its offerings for January show

Major fabric trends to be on display

With more than 400 vendors of decorative fabrics and upholstery slated to show their wares, the January Heimtextil trade fair is expected to present the show’s widest offering of new products yet, according to Messe Frankfurt, the show’s organizer.

 Heimtextil 

“In 2019, all the relevant European suppliers of upholstery and decorative fabrics, upholstery and artificial leather will be presenting themselves across the three levels of hall 4 for the first time,” said Olaf Schmidt, VP of textiles and textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt. Manufacturers of upholstery fabrics from Asia will exhibit in halls 1 and 5.

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-India’s Reliance to start negotiating Asian paraxylene contract price in January

India’s Reliance Industries, will officially start negotiating and reporting the Asian Contract Price for paraxylene from January 2019, the company said Saturday.

Register Now  Reliance has entered into PX contracts with most ACP negotiators in Asia since launching trial ACP negotiations in early 2017, Reliance said in an official statement to S&P Global Platts dated October 6.

New participants to the ACP negotiations typically undergo a year of trial negotiations before officially moving to become a full negotiator, market sources said.

Reliance is currently the second largest PX producer globally with a total nameplate capacity of 4.2 million mt/year. Its largest PX unit at Jamnagar, with a capacity of 2.2 million mt/year, started commercial production in January 2017.

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-PET sheet producers want support for circularity

The PET value chain is urging European policymakers to support the industry’s circularity rather than focus on the reduction of PET tray consumption.

In a press statement, PET Sheet Europe argued that the EU Single Use Plastics Directive Proposal – currently under assessment by the European Parliament – contradicts the work that industry has done in recent years to increase levels of recycled content in PET trays.

Today, PET sheet is highly recyclable and there is a growing trend in collection across Europe. In addition, PET sheet manufacturers use an average of 45 per cent of recycled material, says PET Sheet Europe, which is part of the EuPC sector group.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 8

With US September ethylene contracts settled last week at a 5-cent increase, market participants are already looking ahead to October.

Ethylene spot prices had dropped below the 20 cents/lb level in the first week of October, alongside weaker feedstock ethane prices.

Should ethane continue to fall this week, it would put additional downward pressure on the market. Meanwhile, participants are also monitoring production activity.

Sources said they expect both crackers to be operating at Chevron Phillips’ Cedar Bayou facility in Texas this week.

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-New Monforts Eco Applicator for Schoeller

Swiss fabric innovator Schoeller Textil, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has taken the finishing of two-layer laminates for protective clothing and outdoor and active sportswear to a new level of production efficiency with the installation of a Monforts Eco Applicator unit.

The installation is part of an on-going programme that has seen over 25 million Swiss francs invested in new technology at the Schoeller plant over the past decade and has led to further new product developments, such as the introduction of upcycled Econyl yarns by Aquafil and the PFC-free ecorepel Bio technology, based on renewable raw materials, as new components for the company’s industry-leading membranes.

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-Brand owners, consumers surveyed on sustainable packaging

A new study uncovers how brand owners and consumers approach sustainable packaging and looks at the opportunities for brand owners to position flexible packaging as sustainable.

When it comes to sustainability, brand owners using flexible packaging face both challenges and opportunities in communicating to consumers the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging throughout its life cycle. That was one of the key takeaways from a presentation given by Brian Hall, Managing Director, Client Services for G&S Business Communications, at the 2018 Flexible Packaging Association Fall Executive Conference, Oct. 4, 2018, in Chicago.

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-Textile recycling for sustainable fashion in HK — now on a bigger scale

H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel have just opened two first-of-its-kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong, in the name of clothing the world in a sustainable fashion.

We are all culpable of the same shopping crime several times a year. Come sale season, stores turn into carnivals of disarray — elbows jostling, handbags slinging and dresses slipping from their hangers and onto the floor. The pursuit of scoring a bargain is absorbing because it provides a neurological pleasure that bolsters our mood and sagging self-confidence. Now, imagine the same scenario being played out in stores around the world. How many of these garments will end up in the landfill?

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-EPCA ’18: Weighing the impact of increased recycling and circularity on petrochemicals

This graphic (below) helps put the plastics recycling debate into context. Most ethylene, globally, is used to make polyethylene, most polyethylene goes into packaging of some sort, most the reusable type.

As the pace of recycling increases, driven by legislation and probably by stronger anti-plastics public opinion, greater efforts will be made to recycle more. There will be a material impact on virgin polymer demand.

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-Mondi Styria introduces two films for multilayer BIB products

Mondi Styria, a division of Austrian packaging firm Mondi Group, has unveiled two films developed for multilayer BIB products used to package liquid food products.

The new films – Styria Form Bar 50 and Styria Form Bar 90 DW – are ideal for both hot-fill and cold-fill applications.

Mondi Styria managing director Günter Leitner noted that the Styria Form Bar 50 is undergoing trials by an existing customer, while adding that no equipment changes were needed to run the film.

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-In South Korea, a lesson to be learned from a plastic waste crisis

With trash piling up on the streets and recycling businesses losing money, the country was left scrambling for better solutions after China stopped buying its plastic waste, as Coming Clean About Green investigates.

SOUTH KOREA: When China – for years the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials – banned the import of plastic waste from this year, South Korea was left in a bind.

The latter had one of the world’s highest rates of recycling municipal waste – at more than 50 per cent – but following the loss of its biggest buyer of plastic scrap, the country found itself with excess amounts of plastics.

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-Biome Grow to begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “BIO”

Biome Grow (“Biome” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) at market open today under the trading symbol “BIO”.

Listing on the CSE represents a significant milestone in the growth and expansion of Biome as we continue to build a Canadian cannabis conglomerate.

We believe public listing will provide Biome increased visibility with prospective global investors, improved liquidity, and a more diversified shareholder base as we continue to grow through agreements, partnerships, and acquisitions across Canada and globally.

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-“There are many new monomers that have novel structural elements”

If the coatings industry wants to become more sustainable, it must reduce its dependence on oil. But that is easier said than done. We spoke to Dr Tobias Robert from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research about challenges and chances of bio-based raw materials.

Which bio-based raw materials do you believe are currently important for the paints and coatings industry?

Dr. Tobias Robert: The coatings industry has traditionally used a large number of bio-based raw materials. These include cellulose, starch and vegetable oils. But the goal, of course, is to extend the variety of the bio-based raw materials in use. This is why many new (partially) bio-based raw materials, such as polyols and isocyanates, have recently been launched onto the market. These are mainly fatty acids serving as starting materials, as well as new monomers that can now be produced biotechnologically from renewable raw materials.

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-EPCA ’18: US MDI project follows Covestro’s strategy of producing close to main markets – CEO

Covestro’s decision to locate its new methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) plant in the US follows its long-term strategy of having production within its main regional markets, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

Markus Steilemann said MDI capacity has been increased in Europe and China over the last few years, making the decision to locate the new facility in the US the logical choice.

Covestro announced today that it will invest around €1.5bn to build a new world-scale MDI plant in Baytown, Texas, with start-up scheduled for 2024.

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Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

 

“Titan-Polymer” has signed a contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Titan Polymer equipment BOPET filmsMOSCOW -Titan-Polymer signed a new contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films, the press service of the Titan Group of Companies reported.

The supplier of machines for cutting rolls of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films will be the German company Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik GmbH.

The contract involves the supply of 5 pieces of equipment intended for the slitting of coils of BOPET film for a given width and diameter, as well as cutting the masking edges of the rolls obtained in the metallization process. Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Kampf equipment will be an addition to two production lines for the production of BOPET films.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The main supplier of equipment is the company Dornier (Germany).

The line will include 10 main sectional components, including storage and transportation of raw materials, dosing, extrusion, forming and cooling of the casting, longitudinal and transverse orientation, production and processing of BOPET films, automatic winding and others.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The technological waste of the films which are formed when winding and cutting are subject to secondary processing in regranuliyat.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

In the future, it will be used both in our own production according to the recycling scheme for the production of BOPET films, and for the production of technical products, building materials, packaging tape, in the production of compounds, etc.

Dornier has implemented over 160 similar integrated projects for the manufacture, supply, installation and launch of lines for the production of biaxially oriented films.

Currently, work is also underway to conclude contracts with manufacturers of systems for automated transportation, sorting and packaging of rolls.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

In August, a meeting of the Expert Council of the Moglino industrial-economic zone was held, the members of which approved the Pskov Plant Titan-Polymer project.

At the same time, Mikhail Vedernikov, the Head of the Pskov Region, handed over to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Titan Group of Companies Mikhail Sutyaginsky territory of a special economic zone.

Pskov Plant Titan-Polymer was registered on February 14, 2018 to implement a project for import-substituting production of polymers.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Technological installations for the production of polyesters (PET granules, polyester) and products from them (BOPET films) will form the basis of the production capacity.

CJSC “GC” Titan “is a Russian corporation, one of the largest companies in the CIS engaged in the production and marketing of synthetic rubber, phenol, as well as developments in the field of biotechnology.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The petrochemical cluster of GC” Titan “includes OJSC” Omsk Rubber “, one of leading Russian producers of synthetic rubber, and Omsk polypropylene plant LLC “Polyom”.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic 09-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is assessed mixed

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,850/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,800/9,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,035/1,045 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – MEG $ 905/915 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,450/7,550 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,310 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,100/11,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,600/12,700  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-“Titan-Polymer” has signed a contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Titan-Polymer signed a new contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films, the press service of the Titan Group of Companies reported.

The supplier of machines for cutting rolls of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films will be the German company Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik GmbH.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-VietnamPlas: More US polyethylene to hit Vietnam’s shores in Q4 as US-China trade war intensifies

Ho Chi Minh City —  More US polyethylene is expected to land in Vietnam during the fourth quarter, as the intensifying US-China trade war will see traders divert cargoes to avoid China’s retaliatory import tariffs on US PE, industry sources said on the sidelines of VietnamPlas 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Over the last two months, we’ve seen about 20,000 mt per month of US PE fixed, and will begin arriving from October onwards,” a trader from Mitsubishi Corporation Vietnam said Friday, adding that the exact figures will be seen only after Vietnam’s customs data is released.

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-OMNOVA Acquires Leading Supplier in European Coating Resins

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. announced today that it has acquired Resiquímica, S.A., a Portugal-based producer of resins and binders for the coatings and building and construction industries. Resiquímica’s aqueous polymer emulsions and solvent-borne alkyd and acrylic resins are key elements used in a wide variety of residential and industrial coatings.  Additionally, unsaturated polyester resins from Resiquímica are targeted at demanding applications in marine, food storage tanks, and more.  Geographic markets served by Resiquímica include Portugal, Spain, France, and North Africa.

“This is another important milestone in OMNOVA’s path to becoming a premier global specialty solutions company. The acquisition of Resiquímica expands our technology and product offerings in the coatings and construction industries, strengthens our position in the EMEA region and enhances production flexibility and capabilities for our specialty business,” said Anne P. Noonan, President and CEO of OMNOVA Solutions. “We welcome the Resiquímica team to the OMNOVA family. The combined businesses are synergistic and will help accelerate growth.”

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Plasma To Enhance Nano and Microfibers through Electrospinning

In recent years, the chemical processes induced in liquids by non‐thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas have been extensively investigated due to the high potential of plasma in a wide variety of applications including synthetic chemistry. A very novel application of this promising research field is the use of non‐thermal plasma technology for the treatment of pre‐electrospinning polymer solutions. Electrospinning is well known as a cost‐effective and versatile technique for the fabrication of polymer‐based nano/micro fibers. Such synthetic and natural polymeric nanofibrous mats are of great interest for biomedicine, biotechnology, and industry: the nanofibers can be used for biological and/or chemical sensors, wound healing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

Saudi crude shows record low carbon intensity

Among the countries producing more than 0.1 per cent of global oil production, Saudi Arabia ranks the lowest in carbon intensity (CI) of any major producer to extract, process, and transport its crude oil to the refinery gate, a study said.

In one of the most comprehensive oil field CI) studies ever published, a global team led by Stanford University has calculated the CI of the world’s active oil fields — with significant results for Saudi Arabia.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Kaufland Romania Implements Reduced-Plastic Strategy

Kaufland has implemented a reduced-plastic strategy at a store in Bucharest, as part of the group’s willingness to tackle plastic waste.

The project, implemented in the Barbu Văcărescu store in the Romanian capital, sees more than 90% of disposable plastic materials removed and replaced with 100% biodegradable or compostable, environmentally friendly materials.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-BPA safety confirmed, once again, by final report from National Toxicology Program

BPAIf I told you that the final report on bisphenol A (BPA) has been issued, would you believe me?  After nearly two decades of studies from various groups attempting to prove that BPA either causes—or does not cause—problems in humans, the results released last week once again confirm that BPA is safe in the minute levels found in plastic consumer products.

The results of the landmark CLARITY Core Study from the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is the final part of a multi-year, in-depth research program strongly supporting “recent statements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that BPA is safe at the very low levels to which people are typically exposed,” commented Steven G. Hentges, PhD, Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, DC).

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-ASA/PC specialty compounds make their mark in weatherable automotive applications

The constantly growing demands in the automotive market with regard to design, economic and increasingly more important ecological aspects are challenging compounders to continuously optimize specific properties and develop new materials. Application-ready and affordable polymer blends play a significant role here.

ASA/PC compounds can be used in  vehicle exteriors without the need for painting.

One requirement of automobile manufacturers, for example, is to create particular effects on a part after injection molding without complex and expensive subsequent operations. This is possible with polymer blends that satisfy a multitude of requirements due to their wide range of properties.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-EPCA ’18: Pessimism descends upon Europe petchems as challenges mount – EPCA president

European petrochemicals face several challenges amid an increasingly uncertain geopolitical outlook but the real, long-term test for the industry will be sustainability and how to become participants of a true circular economy, the president of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) said on Monday.

Marc Schuller, who is also a board member at French chemical major Arkema, added that the paramount feeling among petrochemical players in Europe is how a number of problems which could greatly impact the industry remain unresolved.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-EPCA ’18: Economic uncertainty, upward pressure on oil colour Europe petchems outlook

Nervousness about Europe’s manufacturing economy and the rising crude oil price colour the petrochemicals outlook at the start of the fourth quarter.

Petrochemical prices have struggled to keep pace with rising oil-based feedstock costs and margins are under pressure.

Economic sentiment has ratcheted down on the US-China trade war and the collapse of the Turkish lira.

And, while the eurozone appears to be performing relatively strongly, there are concerns about the outlook in Germany which relies so heavily on its export-driven manufacturing sector.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Frost & Sullivan gives award for best innovation in the cosmetics sector to Bio-on

Minerv Bio Cosmetics, the 100% natural bioplastic microspheres biodegradable in soil and water, are named the year’s most innovative biobased product in the cosmetics sector.

Frost & Sullivan finds that “Bio-On is properly positioned to serve as a leader in the bio-polymeric ingredient revolution for the cosmetics industry”.

For Frost & Sullivan, the bioplastic microspheres patented by Bio-on are “incredibly versatile” and are “a sustainable alternative to synthetic polymers for use in not only cosmetics, but also in the food, healthcare, packaging, and FMCG industries. Looking ahead, the PHAs could provide a potential solution for cancer treatment within the next few years”.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-EPCA 2018: Asia Pacific Fibres considers restarting Indonesia PTA plant

Asia Pacific Fibres is considering restarting its purified terephthalic acid production plant in Indonesia, which has laid dormant since late 2015, a source close to the company said Monday on the sidelines of the 52nd annual EPCA conference in Vienna.

Since late 2015, Asia Pacific Fibres’ integrated PTA production plant has been closed and the company has been purchasing PTA in the open market to service its downstream polyester fiber production.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Producers’ responsibility and plastic pollution crisis

The threat of plastic wastes is becoming alarming in Nigeria

Although, the federal and state authorities, even manufacturing firms are increasingly aware of the scale of plastic pollution, actions to curb the menace are taking a snail pace, write Chinedum Uwaegbulam, Bertram Nwannekanma and Victor Gbonegun.

With the production outpacing almost every other material population, plastic waste is now one of the biggest environmental scourges of the time. The scale of the challenge is daunting.

According to the State of Plastics report, only nine per cent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic in the world ever produced has been recycled. Most ends up in landfills, dumps or in the environment.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Nasa Tests New Antibacterial 3d Printing Filament

NASA is testing the suitability of an antibacterial 3D printer filament for use in future space missions. The filament is made by Copper3D, a Chilean company with a base in the USA. The study, conducted in association with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, aims to overcome the health challenges faced by NASA astronauts in space.

3D printed antibacterial prostheses

A new research paper ‘3D printed antibacterial prostheses’ published in Applied Sciences journal investigates, “the development of 3D printed prostheses using antibacterial filaments” and the resulting “antibacterial properties of the 3D printed prostheses.” It is hoped that the research will lead to applications including postoperative prostheses, wound dressings, and surgical equipment.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Sorting the Plastic Recycling Problem

As Smurfit Kappa’s Arco Berkenbosch has observed, a key to the success of paper recycling is the fact that everything from corrugated board to newspapers can go into the same stream. Simplicity for the consumer is crucial to a high collection rate. Given the multiplicity of polymers used in packaging, raising recycling rates based on a single collection stream depends on solving the challenge of efficiently identifying and sorting different plastics. Having explored a number of approaches to this challenge, a number of value chain stakeholders are now investing in research around two technologies that could make an important contribution: tracers and digital watermarking. Tim Sykes reports.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

In Europe, anti-subsidy rates for PET of Indian companies Reliance and Dhunser are reduced Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

MOSCOW – Anti-subsidy duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Indian manufacturers Reliance and Dhunser are reduced in Europe, ICIS reports, citing sources in the market. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Thus, the duties on PET from Dhunseri were reduced to EUR18.73 euros per ton, compared with EUR35.69 euros per ton earlier, while duties levied on PET from Reliance Industries decreased to EUR29.21 against EUR69.39 per a ton.

Earlier it was reported that India has stopped an anti-dumping investigation in relation to Naftan OJSC. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Several Indian fiber manufacturing companies initiated an anti-dumping trial in 2017, the goal of which was to eliminate the Belarusian competitor.

The list of marketable products “Naftan” includes acrylic fiber, which is produced at the plant “Polymir”. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

The company exports about 80% of nitron for export to 25 countries of the world.  In 2017, deliveries continued to the Asian markets: to India, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan.Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in September, the import of PET granulate from Russia to non -CIS countries remained at the level of August and will be about 10 thousand tons. PET accounted for 65%.

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Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

 

Source : IL BIOECONOMISTA

Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

Marcel Lubben

“We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling)”. Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, the JV between Royal DSM and Roquette which is producing bio-based succinic acid, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview he talks about Reverdia and his expectations related to the new EU bioeconomy strategy that will be presented next October 22 in Brussels.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

What is the state of the art of your plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid in Piedmont, Italy?

Reverdia operates a 10 kt commercial plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy, since 2012. Our plant in Cassano features a fully integrated biorefinery and specialised workforce. Thanks to our world-class yeast technology, our production process is simple and extremely energy-efficient. Through it, we generate less waste and impurities than bacteria-based alternatives. Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

With DSM and Roquette, leaders in fermentation and biomass processing, we can produce a best-in-class succinic acid. Our plant is based on their knowledge of large-scale fermentation and purification experience. Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

What kind of raw material do you use?

The biorefinery in which our plant is integrated processes European industrial corn into starch but also into some high-value products such as proteins and oils. Biosuccinium® uses a small fraction of the starch coming from that biorefinery. Thanks to privileged access to our parent company Roquette’s renewable raw materials, our Biosuccinium® is based on high-quality feedstock. Our patented technology is also flexible on feedstock. For example, sucrose or cellulosic sugars can be an alternative in the future.

Reverdia is the result of a joint venture between two big companies, DSM and Roquette. How important is collaboration to develop the bioeconomy?

It is necessary to work together as we are typically replacing complete value chains instead of merely introducing new products. In most occasions, biomass suppliers, bio-based chemical producers, polymer producers, and even compounders and brand owners need to collaborate to introduce bio-based products.

Building a bioeconomy delivering on performance and competitiveness is a significant challenge, it requires a range of expertise to come together. In our case, DSM and Roquette have combined their expertise in biotechnology, feedstock processing and large-scale production. These combined skills formed the basis for our success.

The bioeconomy is a long-term commitment. Some investors can be impatient, but Roquette and DSM have been ideal investors. Like Reverdia, they are in there for the long run. It is a pleasure to collaborate with companies that are committed to this industry and are ready to do what it takes to bring biomaterials to the front of our economy.

Your Biosuccinum® is 99% bio-based certified according to the US Biopreferred program. How important is a program like the Biopreferred to promote the marketing of bioproducts?

We think it is very important to have certifications in place that are clear to market players and consumers. We can see that consumers ask more and more questions about how their products are made, what they are made of and how to dispose of them, etc. This type of trusted certifications will make consumers’ lives easier. We hope that more trust will lead to more demand in the future. We truly support and appreciate the US Biopreferred program. Having said that, we feel that the best time for the program is yet to come.

By the end of October the European Union will present the new bioeconomy strategy. What are your expectations?

We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling).Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

We were already very happy to see the Plastics Strategy being put into place to take action on plastic waste. Littering should never be an option when it comes to plastics.

But let’s not forget that plastics have an important role to play in our economy’s decarbonisation. For example, plastics can extend food’s shelf life and make vehicles lighter. We hope that the new bioeconomy strategy will address this important side of plastics and its role into the bio-based economy.Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

What are your next steps in the bioeconomy?

Grow, grow, grow. We have established our manufacturing capability and developed our technology to meet targets of economic production. Now we need to further boost our commercial pipeline.Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

We are positive, we believe that consumers’ mindsets are changing and that this will translate into demand for the biomaterials industries in the years to come. Today at Reverdia, we are looking at concrete examples where bio-based offerings meet the circular economy.

 

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Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Impending crisis – PA 6.6: the GPA fears the chain break  Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

by Fabian Tubiana

Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain breakThe Automotive Plastics Group is sounding the alarm about the PA 6.6 shortages and is calling on chemists and manufacturers to jointly search for solutions.

The situation was so far worrying, as reported by the Federation of Plastics and Composites in July. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

She becomes serious. In any case in the eyes of the Automobile Plastics Group (GPA) which, in the middle of the Motor Show, fears the crash and consequently draws the alarm: the shortages of PA 6.6 material today put in great difficulty its 19 members.

Involved: the structurally insufficient production of adipronitrile (or DNA), essential component to the synthesis of PA 6.6, increasingly used in the automobile (under-bonnet, door handles …) for its high resistance to high temperatures. Only five plants in the world produce this DNA: one in France, one in Japan and three in the United States.

Zero visibility

“In 2018, 300,000 tonnes of DNA are missing to meet the needs of the sector. And we have no visibility on 2019. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Some of our Tier 2 adherent companies have already received letters from major chemistry groups informing them of the shutdown of supplies next year. Some orders have also not been honored, “moves Armelle Dumont, general delegate of the GPA.

The production of DNA is so fragile today, that the smallest grain of sand affects the whole chain (major forces, fire, low level of the Rhine …). In addition, producers seem to favor the textile and packaging markets. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Open the dialogue

The GPA therefore asks them to open new production lines in the short term and to secure their supply chain. Especially since maintenance operations are planned in some sites in 2019 and prices are up: + 40% since 2017, or an additional 1500 euros per tonne in 18 months. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

With a raw material share in the final product of between 30 and 50%, the economic impact is considerable. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

The GPA therefore wishes to open the dialogue.

Both with chemists to gain short-term visibility, and with automakers to help them find alternative solutions, including lightening the validation process, and carrying some of the financial effort. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis to build new, world-scale 750,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Belgium  Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Photo: Borealis Kallo, Belgium

Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, has taken the final investment decision for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after successfully concluding the FEED study in June 2018. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

The facility will be located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo (Antwerp), Belgium. The plant is scheduled to start up in the first half of 2022.

The PDH plant will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 tonne per year, making it one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the world.

The Borealis Kallo location was selected due to its excellent logistical position, its experience in propylene production and handling and the synergies with the existing PDH unit. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis will use Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex™ technology for the new plant, which is a widely used, reliable and sustainable choice for on-purpose propylene production.

Propylene is one of the most important building blocks for the entire chemical industry, in which the plastic polypropylene has strong growth figures worldwide.

Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal will be the long-term logistics partner for the handling of propylene and the raw material propane and will construct a new 135,000 m³ propane storage tank. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

The hydrogen that is a by-product of the dehydrogenation process will be sold to Air Liquide under a long-term agreement.

The approved investment also provides for the possibility to include efficient cogeneration as part of the project. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Such energy efficiency technology could contribute substantially to the Flemish climate and energy objectives, as well as to the energy efficiency plan of the Flemish Region.

The support of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) will also be decisive in the final technical concept. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

“The continuing close cooperation during last years with our customers, suppliers, business partners and the various Flemish and Belgian authorities, including the Port of Antwerp, has been a crucial contributor to our positive investment decision,” says Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Vice President of Hydrocarbons & Energy business.

“This important investment in our European assets fully supports our strategy to be a leading supplier of innovative polypropylene solutions and propylene to our customers in Europe. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

We are showing our commitment to support the growth of our customers in Europe and strengthen our position as the leading supplier whilst increasing our integration economics and supply reliability. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

In addition, we are currently studying the feasibility of various capacity increases for polypropylene based on this additional propylene capability,” says Alfred Stern, Borealis Chief Executive. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

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Patrick Laureys
Senior External Communications Manager
tel.: +43 1 22 400 726 (Vienna, Austria)
e-mail: patrick.laureys@borealisgroup.com

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers.

With its head office in Vienna, Austria, the company currently has around 6,600 employees and operates in over 120 countries. Borealis generated EUR 7.5 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of EUR 1,095 million in 2017.

Mubadala, through its holding company, owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% belonging to Austria-based OMV, an integrated, international oil and gas company.

Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). http://www.borealisgroup.com/

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9,900 yuan/ton9,950 yuan/ton+50 
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9,725 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton+75 
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7,890 yuan/ton7,845 yuan/ton-45 
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Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,420 yuan/ton7,445 yuan/ton+25 
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Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

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11,175 yuan/ton11,225 yuan/ton+50 
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18,200 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton 
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10,600 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton 
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1,107 $/ton1,096 $/ton-11
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19,100 yuan/ton18,800 yuan/ton-300
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2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
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20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
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15,120 yuan/ton15,120 yuan/ton+10
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1,117 $/ton1,120 $/ton+3
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1,114 $/ton1,114 $/ton 
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1,102 $/ton1,100 $/ton-2
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1,092 $/ton1,090 $/ton-2
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Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Ergomec joined the group Plastic Systems  Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

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Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Technical reality productive in Verona, Italy specializes in the design of industrial plants, Ergomec crown revenue growth in recent years with the entrance in the group Plastic Systems.  Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Founded as long ago as 1994, Plastic Systems, which now has 400 employees, specializes in products that relate to automation of various processes of transformation of plastic materials, with the distinction of being able to range from processing bulk materials up to the integration of its solutions in the production departments of customers where there are to work is both injection molding machines that extrusion lines.

In 2015 is then founded the company Blauwer. “Now operationally integrated in our production site in Borgoricco, Blauwer provides refrigeration systems, heat pumps for industrial applications and temperature control units; all mainly for large systems, “explains promptly Mr.Cattapan.Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems
In the wake of the increase of competitive advantage connected to complementarity of the offer already well experienced with the launch of Blauwer, is these days the completion of the first acquisition of group: that of company Ergomec, based in San Bonifacio ( Verona), so not too far from Borgoricco (Padova, Italy).Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

“Ergomec mainly realized the installations for the storage, the pneumatic transport and the dosage of granules and powders (compound, PVC, mineral fillers, rubber etc.).

In addition to the plastics industry, the company has a lot of experience both in the chemicals sector that food: intended as treatment plants for sugar, flour, cocoa, starch and cereal.Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

In all these contexts-and for over 15 years-Ergomec is equipped with a high-profile engineering able to realize turnkey systems with high level of customization.

Not bad as a further paper played in matters of complementarity of offer!”, concludes Cattapan, then adding that the first international showcase choice to formally communicate to the market this acquisition will be the fair Fakuma, scheduled in Friedrischshafen, Germany from 16 to 20 October next, where Plastic Systems will be present together with the trademarks Blauwer and Ergomec.

SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

SOCAR Polymer starts exporting first batch of polypropylene SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

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The volume of the first batch is 170 tons.

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR Polymer LLC began exporting the first batch of polypropylene to Turkey on Oct.5, the Director General of the company Farid Jafarov told reporters on Oct. 5. SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

The volume of the first batch is 170 tons.

Presently, the plant has already produced 6,000 tons of polypropylene, Jafarov said.

“I would like to note that the successful implementation of this project, in the first place, was made possible thanks to the state support.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

It is not only about infrastructure, but also tax benefits and other forms of support for residents of industrial parks. In general, the project managed to save about 200 million manats,” Jafarov said.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

“SOCAR Trading, which is a part of the Azerbaijan state oil company, since its inception, has increased the price difference between Azerbaijani oil and Brent oil and drew approximately $1.5 billion to the state budget. Today we can see what it is like to be part of a large, centralized trading system. New producers, in particular of polymers, are forced to sell products at a discount of 10-15 percent during the first stages in order to gain a foothold in the market. We sell the very first batch at average market prices,” he added.

The SOCAR Polymer project is being implemented at the Sumgayit Chemical Industrial Park. The production capacity of SOCAR Polymer factory at the first stage will amount to 120,000 tons of polyethylene and 180,000 tons of polypropylene. The total capacity of the factory can reach 570,000 tons of products by 2021.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

The factory will produce 19 types of products made of polypropylene and 12 types of products made of high-density polyethylene. The products will be used, in particular, in the food and medical industry, as well as in agriculture and automobile production.

The total investment costs of the project are estimated at $816 million. The credit in the amount of $489 million has been allocated to SOCAR Polymer by Russian Gazprombank for a period of 10 years.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

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Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Eastman’s Naia™ Cellulosic Yarn, a Choice for Sustainability in the Womenswear Market  Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA —At the Première Vision show in France, Eastman will launch Naia™, a versatile, cellulosic yarn, into the womenswear market. A filament yarn that transforms into luxurious, soft, and easy-to-care-for fabrics, Naia™ is also a sustainable option for fabric manufacturers. Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

To make Naia™, the process starts with renewable pine and eucalyptus wood, sourced exclusively from sustainably managed and certified plantations in North America, Western Europe and Brazil.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

In April, Eastman received chain of custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) for its sustainable sourcing of wood-pulp. FSC® and PEFC™ chain of custody certifications verify the traceability of Eastman’s wood-based raw materials through the entire supply chain and required Eastman to meet rigorous standards and undergo an on-site audit completed by SCS Global Services.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

All suppliers of raw materials for Naia™ hold either FSC® or PEFC™ chain of custody certification.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Naia™ is produced in a safe, closed-loop process where non-hazardous chemical solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse. This optimized, low-impact manufacturing process with a low cradle-to-yarn carbon and water footprint has a third party verified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certification compliant with ISO14044. Naia™ is also listed on the HIGG Materials Sustainability Index and has lower impact than other fibers such as generic modal, viscose, and triacetate.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Naia™ is OEKO-TEX 100 Product Class I certified and is made with no hazardous solvents listed on the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List. Naia™ has an optimized, low-impact manufacturing process with a low tree-to-yarn carbon and water footprint. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and impact on the ecosystem compared to natural fibers like cotton and silk, Naia™ has significantly lower environmental impact.

“At Eastman, we are committed to improving sustainability in the textiles industry and providing choices to designers seeking out sustainable yarns,” says Ruth Farrell, Eastman global marketing director of Textiles. “With Naia™, sustainability does not mean compromising on design.”Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.

With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.

Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders.

As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion.

The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

 Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

Beyond Plastics: the Novamont case study at the UK Embassy in Rome   Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

On October 2, at the Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rome the event “Beyond Plastics” was held. The initiative aimed at stimulating dialogue between representatives of the Italian and British governments, engaged in the elimination of single-use plastics, together with business and civil society.Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

In April the United Kingdom, announced its intention to ban microbeads from cosmetics and to ban the sale of single-use plastics, starting from 2019,  underlining the significant role that biodegradable and compostable plastics can play in addressing the challenges of plastic pollution on land and climate change. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

In the first part of the day, the Italian Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture, Education and Research, and the United Kingdom Departments for Enterprises, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), International Trade (DIT) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),  discussed the current policies and the future perspectives for plastics.

Alberto Castellanza, Novamont’s International Sales Manager, opened the second section dedicated to the industrial case studies and to civil society campaigns aimed at the reduction of plastic pollution. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

Castellanza illustrated how the Novamont bioplastics are able to regenerate territories, in environmental, economic and social terms, as they are the result of a virtuous process, based on the regeneration of deindustrialised sites, on the integrated agricultural value chain and on products intended to solve specific problems.

Indeed biodegradable and compostable bioplastics are not designed to replace all plastic applications, but only where there are serious risks for soil pollution, as in the agricultural sector, and in the management of organic waste and in cosmetics.

On 3 October, the delegation of the British government visiting Rome, had the opportunity to learn about Mater-Biopolymer, Novamont’s new plant based in Patrica (FR), which is the result of the conversion of an old plant dedicated to the production of PET.

Today, the plant produces the ORIGO-BI. ORIGO-BI is a family of biopoliester obtained from raw materials of renewable origin, aimed at improving the technical and environmental performance of our compostable bioplastics called MATER-BI.

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-Beyond Plastics: the Novamont case study at the UK Embassy in Rome   

On October 2, at the Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rome the event “Beyond Plastics” was held. The initiative aimed at stimulating dialogue between representatives of the Italian and British governments, engaged in the elimination of single-use plastics, together with business and civil society.

In April the United Kingdom, announced its intention to ban microbeads from cosmetics and to ban the sale of single-use plastics, starting from 2019,  underlining the significant role that biodegradable and compostable plastics can play in addressing the challenges of plastic pollution on land and climate change.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Organic Basics with Fulgar for sustainable fashion Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion   Plastic chemicals textile crude oil 

The Danish brand Organic Basics will present three everyday garment collections, made using organic and recycled materials.

Two of these collections, SilverTech and Invisible, are both made with Q-Nova by Fulgar, Italy’s leading man-made fibre manufacturer.Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Q-Nova is the innovative Made in Italy fibre in Nylon 6.6, produced with 99% recycled raw materials and developed entirely by Fulgar using a mechanical rather than chemical process

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-SPE recognizes first injection molded thermoplastic energy absorber

The award-winning energy absorber is made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC.

The first injection molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system, used on the 2003 Honda Element compact crossover SUV from Honda Motor Company, has been named the 2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Bethel, CT, US).

The energy absorber, made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), replaced expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam energy absorbers in less package space at lower cost with better damageability performance.

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-Holiday Sales Expected To Grow In A Strong Economy

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion as shoppers continue to be in a spending mood in a stronger economy.

The sales growth marks a drop from last year’s 5.3 percent, which was the largest gain since 2010 when it was 5.2 percent. But the figure is still healthy and is the latest indication that the retail industry is far from an apocalypse that some feared only a year ago.

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-SABIC completes $2bn bond issuance after Clariant’s stake acquisition

SABIC has completed the issuance of $2bn worth of international bonds, the Saudi petrochemicals major said on Wednesday, after it became the owner of 24.99% of Switzerland’s Clariant.

The bonds issued by Netherlands-based SABIC Capital II BV are senior notes unsecured by assets, SABIC said in a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange or Tadawul.

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-Asia benzene up on firm crude; ample supply to cap further gains

Asia’s spot benzene prices were firmer despite the week-long holidays in the key Chinese market, riding on strong crude ahead of the US sanctions on Iran.

But ample supply across the region could cap further gains in the near term.

– Benzene breaches $880/tonne on crude gains

– China inventories may rise post-holiday

– China domestic benzene at parity with import prices

Spot benzene prices breached $880/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea this week as Brent crude futures rose to around the mid-$80/bbl levels, their highest in nearly four years.

On 28 September, spot benzene prices closed at $862.5/tonne FOB Korea, ICIS data showed.

China is currently on a week-long National Day holiday on 1-7 October.

“After the holidays, Chinese buyers might not be back into the market immediately,” a Singapore-based trader said.

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-Global confidence erased as trade war bites

The US-China trade war and emerging markets’ exchange rate volatility are, not surprisingly, weighing on economic confidence. And, facing rising costs, petrochemical producers look set for a challenging fourth quarter.

An economic conditions snapshot from consultants at McKinsey pictures sharply declining confidence now and a more cautious outlook. Respondents to a survey from the firm were less positive for the third quarter in a row.

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-Pragma and Saudi Aramco Collaborate to Develop Extreme Expansion Technology

Pragma and Saudi Aramco Collaborate to Develop Extreme Expansion Technology

Pragma Well Technology Ltd, a FrontRow Energy Technology Group company focused on advanced production technologies, has secured a contract with Saudi Aramco worth over $700,000.

Saudi Aramco Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Centre – Advanced Research Centre (EXPEC ARC) will sponsor a three-year contract to develop an Extreme Expandable Packer for its Thru-tubing Water Shut-off challenge.

“Pragma shall develop a Thru-tubing Expandable Patch (TEP), employing additive manufacturing,” said Dan Purkis, Technical Director and inventor.

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-EU Commission begins evaluation of FCM regulation

Calls for harmonisation at first major stakeholder workshop

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) has officially started the evaluation process for the EU’s food contact materials legislation.

Member states, trade associations, NGOs, consultants and other specialists shared views at an inaugural workshop, hosted by DG Sante on 24 September in Brussels.

Since basic provisions set out 42 years ago, the EU legislation has never been evaluated. The FCM Regulation of 2004 describes the general principles of chemical safety and provides further powers to enact specific EU measures for specified materials and articles.

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-PE, solid PS, PET bottle resin prices rise while PP prices slide

Supply and feedstock issues sent North American prices for polyethylene, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resins up in September, while regional prices for polypropylene saw a slight decline.

All grades of PE moved up by an average of 3 cents per pound, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. Market analyst David Barry with PetroChem Wire in Houston said that ethane feedstock “was the big driver” in the September PE price hike.

Ethane-based ethylene cash costs averaged over 21 cents per pound in September, which Barry said was the highest level since January 2012. Those costs were running 10-11 cents for the first five months of the year.

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-Trade War ‘Totally Stopped’ U.S. Crude Oil Shipments To China

The U.S.-China trade war is battering what was a fast-growing business for U.S. oil producers until a few months ago—U.S. crude oil shipments to China have “totally stopped” in recent weeks, the president of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES) told Reuters on Wednesday.

Since the middle of this year, the U.S. and China have been imposing tariffs on each other’s goods, escalating the row with tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of U.S. dollars worth of goods.

The latest escalation included China slapping a 10-percent tariff on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) last month.

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-Features confirmed for FESPA Eurasia 2018

FESPA has confirmed its features programme for FESPA Eurasia 2018, the region’s leading event for screen, textile and digital wide format printing, which returns to Istanbul, Turkey, from 6-9 December 2018. Visitors to FESPA Eurasia will be able to experience, for the first time in the region, Print Make Wear Istanbul, as well as returning features, the World Wrap Masters Eurasia and signage demo workshop.

Following its successful launch at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 and a popular response at FESPA Mexico, Print Make Wear will make its debut at FESPA Eurasia comprising live demonstrations of the latest in fast fashion production and garment decoration.

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-Compostable diapers are the aim of new sustainability startup

A new company with an eye to making disposable diapers that aren’t immortalized in landfills has just closed its second round of seed funding—including $500,000 from the University of Michigan’s program to invest in its own startups.

The U-M graduate and faculty startup Ecovia Renewables grows thickeners and superabsorbent biomolecules with teams of microbes, resulting in materials that are safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional synthetic materials. This round of seed funding brings its total to $1.6 million.

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Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics with Fulgar for sustainable fashion Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

The Danish brand Organic Basics will present three everyday garment collections, made using organic and recycled materials.

Two of these collections, SilverTech and Invisible, are both made with Q-Nova by Fulgar, Italy’s leading man-made fibre manufacturer.Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Q-Nova is the innovative Made in Italy fibre in Nylon 6.6, produced with 99% recycled raw materials and developed entirely by Fulgar using a mechanical rather than chemical process. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“Organic Basics has chosen to emphasise quality and innovation for its collections – from eco-friendly materials to exceptionally high production standards, creating a model for sustainable business,” says Fulgar. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

The Danish company promotes sustainable fashion for simple, eco-friendly clothing. This October it begins shipment of its latest SilverTech 2.0 range of underwear that is durable, comfortable, odour-killing and made from 100% sustainable materials, according to the company. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“We started off as an underwear subscription service that launched on Kickstarter. But things really took off when we came out with our first line of SilverTech odorless underwear. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Now we’re back with an improved line of SilverTech underwear. We enhanced our design for more comfort, heat regulation, durability, and breathability.

We partnered up with Polygiene, one of the most advanced and sustainable silver fabric treatments in the world, to give you an even better anti-microbial, odourless experience,” it explains. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“All our underwear and tees are made with 100% recycled nylon, making them more comfortable, more breathable, and more durable, while reducing our environmental footprint.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“Italian manufactured nylon is the best in the industry. They are well known for making super light, super soft, extremely breathable nylon with 100% recycled raw materials and zero chemical processing. Nylon is more durable and stronger than typical fabrics. It also wicks away moisture – keeping you as dry as possible.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

During the crowdfunding campaign for the new men’s collection that consists of boxer briefs, socks, a classic tee, a long-sleeve tee, and a towel the brand managed to raise US$ 155,589 of the original US$ 30,000 goal. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

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Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese raises October LDPE prices in the US and Canada Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada  MOSCOW – American Celanese, the world leader in the production of products based on vinyl acetate and technical polymers, announced an increase in the October prices of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) for the United States and Canada, the press service of the company reported. Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

So, the price increase came into force on October 1, 2018 and is consistent with the terms of current contracts.

Thus, LDPE prices for these regions were raised by 3 cents per pound or USD66 per ton.

According to the report, the present price increase is added to the previously announced increase in LDPE quotes.  However, the company does not specify the reason for the price increase.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

As Market Report Company reported, for the last time, Celanese was raising LDPE prices for the USA and Canada from March 1, 2018 by 4 cents per pound or USD88 per ton.

The main manufacturers of LDPE in the United States are such companies as DowDuPont, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil and Westlake.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia last week, some manufacturers agreed to contract LDP prices for deliveries in October.

Contrary to consumer expectations, prices rose by 1,000–2,000 rubles.  per ton in comparison with the level of September.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese Corporation is an international chemical company, a world leader in the production of acetate-based products, technical polymers, high-performance products and other chemical products.

Headquartered in Dallas (Texas, USA), Celanese has about 7 thousand employees worldwide.

The company’s sales in 2015 amounted to USD5.7 billion.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

September contract price paraxylene Europe

The September contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR210 per ton  September contract price paraxylene Europe

September contract price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at EUR1,160 per ton, which is EUR210 per ton higher than the August contract price for material, ICIS reported on Wednesday, citing confirmation from both buyers and and by the sellers in the market.

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

Thus, the September contract price for material in the region increased by such a large amount after market participants reached its agreement at different levels: the first was EUR1,170 per ton, and the second was EUR1,150 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at an average mark between the values ​​of these agreed levels.September contract price paraxylene Europe

Quite a lot of time passed between the two above transactions, since the second transaction was confirmed only in early October.

The supply of para-xylene remains limited in all world markets against the background of production problems at enterprises and the growth in demand in downstream markets, which led to an increase in contract prices in September in Europe compared with the previous month.September contract price paraxylene Europe

Earlier it was noted that the August contract price of paraxylene in Europe rose by EUR60 per tonne compared with July to EUR950 per tonne.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue. September contract price paraxylene Europe

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles.  per ton. September contract price paraxylene Europe

A rise in spot prices is not expected.  According to one of the manufacturers, the market is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

Fulgar & Tiziano Guardini show green fibres at MFW 2018 Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

 

 Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018
Fulgar, a producer of man-made fibres, along with eco-designer, Tiziano Guardini, presented its green EVO and Q-NOVA products, at the Milan Fashion Week (MFW) 2018. Guardini’s new ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection, a refined, totally green offer where fashion and nature forge a new harmony and balance, was seen at the expo from September 18-24, 2018, in Italy. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

The ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection presented a range of garments made using Fulgar’s innovative green fibres like unisex polo made with EVO, dress polo made with Q-NOVA, women’s swimwear made with Q-NOVA, men’s swimwear made with EVO, lace beach robe in Iluna fabric with Q-NOVA, and shoes with futuristic appeal and seamless uppers made entirely with EVO, Fulgar said. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

The collaboration between Fulgar and Guardini goes from strength to strength. After the inclusion of key accessories made using bio-based EVO fibre by Fulgar in the collections displayed at MFW 2018 and Pitti Uomo 94, the collaboration has now widened its scope to include entire outfits created using Fulgar’s cutting-edge green fibres.

“We’re pleased that Guardini has once again chosen to work with us by choosing our Q-NOVA and EVO fibres for some of the items in his collection. We hope this partnership endures and continues to work towards our shared objective of increasingly sustainable fashion,” Fulgar’s marketing manager Alan Garosi said. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

“Succeeding in creating an entire collection of totally sustainable designs is an extremely important objective for the fashion industry. I’m very grateful to companies like Fulgar for their constant investment this initiative. It’s crucial that we all, individuals and companies alike, play our part,” Guardini said. (GK) Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

Source : Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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Westlake French Compounder Nakan

 

Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan  Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan

US petrochemicals and plastics producer Westlake has made an exclusive binding offer of about $265 million in cash to buy Nakan, a French compounding business that is owned by private equity group OpenGate Capital.

The offer, which is subject to adjustment, was made so that Nakan can start consulting with French works councils prior to entering into a negotiated, mutually binding purchase agreement. Westlake French Compounder Nakan

“The combination of Nakan with Westlake’s existing compounding business will present an excellent strategic fit. It will allow us to expand our compounding business globally and add important specialty products and technology to our existing portfolio,” said Albert Chao, Westlake’s president and CEO. Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Headquartered in Reims, Nakan has eight production plants in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, China, Japan and Vietnam, along with a research facility in France and an application laboratory in the US. The company had sales of around $300 million in the most recent twelve-month period.

The transaction is expected to close by early 2019, subject to regulatory approvals, completion of required employee consultation procedures and other customary closing conditions.

 

Authors

Elaine Burridge, freelance journalist

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-The September contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR210 per ton  

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at EUR1,160 per ton, which is EUR210 per ton higher than the August contract price for material, ICIS reported on Wednesday, citing confirmation from both buyers and and by the sellers in the market.

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

Thus, the September contract price for material in the region increased by such a large amount after market participants reached its agreement at different levels: the first was EUR1,170 per ton, and the second was EUR1,150 per ton.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Fulgar & Tiziano Guardini show green fibres at MFW 2018 

Fulgar, a producer of man-made fibres, along with eco-designer, Tiziano Guardini, presented its green EVO and Q-NOVA products, at the Milan Fashion Week (MFW) 2018. Guardini’s new ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection, a refined, totally green offer where fashion and nature forge a new harmony and balance, was seen at the expo from September 18-24, 2018, in Italy.

The ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection presented a range of garments made using Fulgar’s innovative green fibres like unisex polo made with EVO, dress polo made with Q-NOVA, women’s swimwear made with Q-NOVA, men’s swimwear made with EVO, lace beach robe in Iluna fabric with Q-NOVA, and shoes with futuristic appeal and seamless uppers made entirely with EVO, Fulgar said

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-Krones Inc. Acquires W.M. Sprinkman, Broadening Process Technology and Manufacturing Footprint in the US

Krones Inc., a technology and service provider for the beverage and liquid-food industry, has completed the acquisition of W.M. Sprinkman Corporation of Waukesha, Wis. Founded in 1929, Sprinkman provides exceptionally engineered food and beverage processing equipment, specializing in the dairy and brewing industries. Employing over 125 employees at its Waukesha and Elroy, Wis. locations, the company serves customers ranging from start-up microbreweries to large multi-national food and beverage producers.

‘We are proud to join forces with a global leader like Krones,’ said Brian Sprinkman, president of W.M. Sprinkman. ‘This partnership will allow us to exponentially widen our product and service offerings to our customers.’

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-Invista planning investments for increased demand

Invista has been monitoring and forecasting increased demand for the nylon 6,6 value chain and has been planning its capacity investments accordingly. The company is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring new, highly advanced capacity online. It is deploying new ADN technology in its existing facilities and setting up an ADN plant in China.

“But in my opinion, the current tightness in the nylon 6,6 value chain isn’t one dimensional. This dynamic is resulting from the combination of increased demand and a few unforeseeable disruptions, such as Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast of the United States,” Bill Greenfield, president, Invista Intermediates, said.

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-Export potential of recycled poly-chips

Amid the fast increase in the use of environment-hostile polythene and plastic products in the country’s urban areas, their economic potential largely remains untapped. Their recycling carries great prospects. That the tonnes of waste produced by these items, bottles in particular, can open new frontiers in the export sector has begun dawning on the entrepreneurs only lately. The episode began with the moderate-scale recycling of the discarded plastic items.

In popular context, the recycling of plastic remains confined to manufacture of mainly household items. Local manufacturers have, thus, been making fruitful use of the plastic wastes. Produced on a limited scale, these recycled products did not show much prospect for export.  With the start of the export of relatively large volumes of recycled PET (polythene terephthalate) chips from discarded plastic products, a new generation of exporters has emerged in the country. Not long ago, the large-scale production of recycled plastic granules and their export was literally an alien idea. Given the rapid expansion of the sector, it can now deserve to be defined as a fledgling industry, and rightfully at that.

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-Increased plastic waste collection is the cornerstone for higher recycling rates

Today far too much plastic waste still escapes the European collection system. Of the 60m tonnes of plastics produced annually in the EU, only around 25.5m tonnes are collected and a mere 6.6m tonnes makes its way to recycling. This has a myriad of environmental and economic consequences.

Increasing the circularity of plastics in light of the EU Plastics Strategy hinges on ramping up plastics waste collection. A strong secondary materials market can only be secured through increased collection along with other fundamental measures.

Failing to collect plastic waste leads to a loss of valuable resources, leaving European recyclers of certain product streams in a vulnerable position, unable to meet demand without sufficient flows of input materials.

This is the case for recyclers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) drinking bottles in Europe, whose recycling capacity exceeds the amount of waste processed. Around 200,000 tonnes of PET recycling capacity in Europe remains unexploited.

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-Scrap plastic sampling and sorting guidelines released

Mixed plastics baled for recycling.Public and private entities regularly sample waste streams to glean data on the plastics that could be captured for recycling. Now, guidelines have been developed to standardize the process so results can be compared.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) this week unveiled the best management practices for sorting plastics during waste characterization studies. A Sept. 26 webinar introduced the standards to the industry.

Plastic waste characterization studies involve scooping samples of garbage or recyclables, sorting out the plastics and weighing them. The data helps reclaimers, materials recovery facility (MRF) operators, public recycling programs, state governments and others understand what’s in the plastic stream and how it’s changing over time.

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-Sumitomo (SHI) Demag gets a dose of TSM in Ireland

Injection moulding machinery maker Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has teamed up with handling and dosing specialist TSM Control Systems, with the latter becoming its Northern and Southern Ireland agent.

In addition to benefiting from TSM’s large installation base and experience in plastics blending, the partnership will provide customers with the assurance of working with a single supplier rather than numerous stakeholders. TSM’s sales manager John Ross MacMahon will oversee all future turnkey plastics moulding and system integrations, providing on-the-ground customer support.

Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK, describes this as a real opportunity for the company to further strengthen its presence throughout Ireland.

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-Pti Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Dromo Pet Bottle System

Dromo™, a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle system designed specifically for liquid or semi-viscous products sold through e-commerce channels is being launched by PTI at Pack Expo, October 14-17, McCormick Place, Chicago, Booth E-7256.

The first-of-its-kind system is ideal for personal care, household chemicals and a wide range of other products.

The objective was to create a bottle/dispensing system that would support growing e-commerce product demands, survive the distribution channel with limited secondary packaging and reduce dependence on raw materials. PTI’s Dromo™ system does exactly that.

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-Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate Market Expected To Witness Double Digit Growth During The Forecast Period – Credence Research

According to the latest report published by Credence Research, Inc. “Global Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2018-2026,” the global bio-based polyethylene terephthalate market expected to grow at the CAGR of 20.8% from 2018 to 2026.

Due to eco-friendly nature and superior properties than PET, bio-PET is witnessing huge demand from various end-use industries such as food & beverages, cosmetics & pharmaceuticals, automotive, textile and so on. Traditionally, bio-PET comprises 30% bio-based MEG and 70% petroleum-based resins however, many companies are investing to increase the production of bio-based MEG to eradicate the problem of inconsistent supply of raw material for the development of 100% bio-based PET. For instance, Avantium invested in the construction of bio-MEG demonstration plant in the Netherlands, to ramp up the bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) production made directly from renewable sugars.

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-Registration open for Techtextil North America 2019

Raleigh – Registration for Techtextil North America 2019, scheduled for February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina has officially opened.

The three-day event is expected to draw decision makers from all of the major industries across the technical textiles and nonwovens sector keen to discover the latest product developments and industry trends.

Events at the show will include the Premier Symposium which provides attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from industry leaders and subject matter experts as they discuss some of the most pivotal advancements in research and technology and shed light on the current global economic state and its effects across industries.

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-4 times Theresa May whacked Brexiteers

In conference speech, UK prime minister attacks fellow Tories who have opposed her Brexit plan.

Theresa May did not pull her punches as the curtain fell on the U.K. Conservative Party’s annual conference Wednesday, an event at which high-profile Brexiteers were frequently the main draw on the fringes.

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-Mogilevkhimvolokno to sign $100m worth of contracts at Belarus-Russia forum

Mogilevkhimvolokno is expected to sign three contracts worth $100 million during a session of the Business Cooperation Council that will take place on the sidelines of the 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 12 October, Chairman of the Standing Committee for Economy, Budget and Finances of Belarus’ Council of the Republic Vladimir Pantyukhov told reporters on 3 October, BelTA has learned.

All in all, contracts worth at least $500 million are to be signed this year. Contracts will be concluded by Mogilevliftmash, Mogotex and other enterprises. “Mutual search for partners is underway. The contracts to be signed suggest that we can be confident about the future,” Vladimir Pantyukhov said.

Alexander Popkov, the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Council of the Republic, recalled that Belarus is facing an ambitious task to increase its GDP twofold up to $100 billion by 2025. Russia wants to do the same. According to the senator, the countries need to join efforts to achieve these goals. Contracts and cooperation agreements to be signed at the forum are to play their part in these efforts.

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-Risk of hard Brexit has these Asian companies on edge

[TOKYO] With only six months left before the UK pulls out of the European Union (EU), the chance of a chaotic exit is spooking Asian companies invested in Britain as they face higher tariffs and costs.

The virtual stalemate in the negotiations since March has left many firms on edge. The talks have stalled on the question of how to avoid police and customs checks on the border between the UK and Ireland.

“If there’s a no deal Brexit, there will be very serious impact on Japanese corporations and we’d like them to avoid that situation,” said Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the country’s largest business lobby, Keidanren. “It’s natural to assume that Japanese companies may start leaving the UK.”

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-Asia benzene up on firm crude; ample supply to cap further gains

Asia’s spot benzene prices were firmer despite the week-long holidays in the key Chinese market, riding on strong crude ahead of the US sanctions on Iran.

But ample supply across the region could cap further gains in the near term.

– Benzene breaches $880/tonne on crude gains

– China inventories may rise post-holiday

– China domestic benzene at parity with import prices

Spot benzene prices breached $880/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea this week as Brent crude futures rose to around the mid-$80/bbl levels, their highest in nearly four years.

On 28 September, spot benzene prices closed at $862.5/tonne FOB Korea, ICIS data showed.

China is currently on a week-long National Day holiday on 1-7 October.

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-Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan  Westlake French Compounder Nakan

US petrochemicals and plastics producer Westlake has made an exclusive binding offer of about $265 million in cash to buy Nakan, a French compounding business that is owned by private equity group OpenGate Capital.

The offer, which is subject to adjustment, was made so that Nakan can start consulting with French works councils prior to entering into a negotiated, mutually binding purchase agreement

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-Asia petrochemical markets gain as crude at near four-year high

Spot prices of some petrochemicals in Asia spiked on Tuesday with crude prices trading at near four-year highs ahead of the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran next month.

Market reaction, however, was partly muted by the absence of buyers in the key China market amid a week-long holiday in the country.

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-Synthetic solutions grow alongside project demands

Rigging gear that utilizes synthetic materials will play a huge role in the future of rigging gear, according to Samson Market Strategy Manager Justin Smoak.

“As today’s construction payloads continue to push the limits of engineered lifting, traditional rigging has become heavier – and therefore more difficult to handle – and potentially more dangerous,” he said. “As lifting complexity increases, so does the possibility of costly delays, safety risks and increased operating expenses for construction contractors and lift planners.”

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Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Shell raised October MEG prices in the US Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

 

Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USAMOSCOW  – Shell Chemicals, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, announced an increase in the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for supplies to the US market at 1 cent per pound or USD22 per tonne in October, ICIS reported, citing a letter to their customers. Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Thus, the price increase came into force on October 1 and is consistent with the terms of current contracts.

Meanwhile, the company did not mention in its letter about the reason for the rise in MEG prices.Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Earlier, it was noted that Shell had last raised MEG prices in the region since May 1 of the current year by 4 cents per pound (USD88 per ton).

The main manufacturers of MEG in the USA are Eastman Chemical, Huntsman, Indorama Ventures, LyondellBasell, Nan Ya Plastics, Shell Chemical and MEGlobal.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue.

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles. per ton. A rise in spot prices is not expected.

According to one of the manufacturers, the market is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material.

Royal Dutch Shell is an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague (Netherlands). Shell conducts geological exploration and production of oil and gas in more than 80 countries around the world.Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

The company fully or partially owns more than 30 refineries. In addition, Shell owns a significant number of chemical enterprises, as well as the production of solar panels and other alternative energy sources.

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October contract price styrene Europe

The October contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR70 per ton  October contract price styrene Europe 

October contract price styrene Europe MOSCOW – The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 310 per ton for October deliveries, which is EUR70 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported on Monday citing confirmation from two sellers and two buyers in the market. October contract price styrene Europe 

 The contract price was negotiated on delivery terms free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA). October contract price styrene Europe 

Earlier it was reported that the September contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 380 per ton, which is EUR65 per ton higher than the level of August. October contract price styrene Europe 

Styrene is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the Nizhnekamskneftekhim plant on the Russian market last week informed buyers about an increase in PS sales prices this month.

It is expected that general purpose polystyrene (PSS / M) will cost 3 thousand rubles.  per ton, and impact-resistant material (UPS / M) – 4 thousand rubles.  per ton.

The decision to increase the cost of the Nizhnekamsk material in October was unexpected for most market participants.

The cost of the PS produced by Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat (STS) did not change last week.  Salavat PSS / M was offered for 109,000-112,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT, and UPS / M – at 113 000-115 000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

The producer Penoplex in October raises the selling prices of PSS / M to the level of 116,000-119,000 rubles.  per tonne, FCA plant, excluding VAT.

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-Shell raised October MEG prices in the US 

Shell Chemicals, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, announced an increase in the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for supplies to the US market at 1 cent per pound or USD22 per tonne in October, ICIS reported, citing a letter to their customers

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-BMW would up Dutch production in hard Brexit scenario – CEO

German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) sees a 50:50 chance of Britain leaving the European Union without a trade agreement, which would force it to shift more production of Mini vehicles to the Netherlands, Chief Executive Harald Krueger said on Tuesday.

Members of the board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krueger, Pieter Nota and Andreas Wendt pose for a photograph during the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“I told (UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union that if there is a hard Brexit, both sides are losers. We will no longer fulfil trade agreements and then we are forced to build the car in the Netherlands,” Krueger told journalists at the Paris Motor Show.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Process ‘Upcycles’ Waste Plastics To Virgin-Quality PET

Depolymerization technology developed by Loop Industries aims to repurpose scrap PET of all types.

Like so many technology start-ups, it began with a vision and in a garage. Three years later, Loop Industries’ vision of turning post-consumer PET into virgin-quality material as a result of technology developed in that garage has become reality. The firm’s proprietary “upcycling” process breaks waste PET down to its chemical building blocks, separating out any impurities such as dyes, additives, and foodstuffs. These building blocks are then combined to create virgin-quality PET that can be used in food-grade plastic packaging.

Daniel Solomita, founder and CEO of Loop, was working on a landfill reclamation project in South Carolina, recovering tens of thousands of tons of waste plastic that had been abandoned years before. While taking steps to market the recovered material for recycling, he met a chemist in Quebec who was in the early stages of developing a chemical technology to upcycle waste plastic into virgin-quality PET.

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-APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

Goals include facilitating consistent data collection across multiple programs

In an effort to facilitate greater consistency in plastic sorting, the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently  announced the development of The APR Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices Guide to standardize how data is collected in studies that seek to identify the composition of plastics in the waste and recycling stream. The goal of the guide is part of an overall effort by APR, the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, to optimize plastics recycling across North America and beyond.

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Developed in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council and More Recycling, the tool was unveiled during an APR Web Seminar last week.

-Fakuma firsts: We look at Milacron’s injection moulding debuts in detail

Milacron, one of the world’s most recognisable plastics processing giants, has announced a number of injection moulding firsts to be on show at its historically gargantuan stand at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen.

In addition to its M-Powered suite of connected services, aftermarket service and support, and DME technologies, the company will be presenting its injection moulding machines, Mold-Masters hot runner technology and control systems, and TIRAD high-precision mould bases.

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-October ethylene contract price in Europe increased by EUR10 per tonne  

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,145 per ton, which is EUR10 per ton higher than the level of September, participants in the contract market told ICIS on Friday.

The contract price was approved on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

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-Johns Manville Introduces Formaldehyde-free™ Cavity-SHIELD™ Insulation

New product for passive fire protection between floors in multifamily projects

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company and leading building products manufacturer, announced today the launch of JM Formaldehyde-free™ Cavity-SHIELD™, a NFPA 13 compliant1, fiberglass batt insulation for use in the concealed spaces of multifamily buildings. Cavity-SHIELD provides an alternative solution to sprinklers in the interstitial space and further increases the breadth of JM’s full line of insulation products. Cavity-SHIELD fiberglass batts are a noncombustible insulation product made up of long, resilient glass fibers bonded with thermosetting resin. The batts are designed for use in concealed spaces between floors, serving as a passive fire solution for limiting potential flame spread between and through floors.

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-STC Spinnzwirn: a new company of the Starlinger Group

Already in May 2018, the Austrian Starlinger Group announced the successful acquisition of the Chemnitz-based business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon. With the closing (final transfer of ownership) effected on October 1, Oerlikon Barmag Spinnzwirn now turns into the independent company STC Spinnzwirn GmbH (Starlinger Textile machinery Chemnitz).

“With STC Spinnzwirn, we welcome a new member to our group of companies that ideally complements our portfolio. This means that we can offer our worldwide customers even more individual solutions from a single source,” says Starlinger Managing Partner Angelika Huemer. “With this strategic step, we strengthen our position as world market leader in plastic fabrics and expand it with related product areas.”

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-ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Exhibitor Preview: Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment

SHANGHAI, China -“From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens – Bring it to Life” – is the motto under which the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment will transform itself into a digital machinery and plant manufacturing company showcasing its power as one of the innovation leaders for the production of chemical fibers. ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, taking place in Shanghai from October 15th to 19th, is the world’s biggest textile machinery exhibition this year and with over 750 square meter exhibition space will be a virtual show for trendsetting digital products and services “From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens”. En route to the digital yarn factory, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning or innovative HMI (Human Machine Interface) solutions promise the bridging between material and data flow – for customer value. These topics are also the central point of the “Oerlikon Innovation Forum” at which presentations in English and Chinese will be held several times a day for visitors of the exhibition booth.

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-Meet the New Force in Color Concentrate Production

The new Chroma Color Corp. unites the production and technical expertise of four different firms to better serve the needs of a consolidating processor market.

A lot has changed since Plastics Technology toured the Salisbury, N.C., plant of Carolina Color in mid-August. Since our visit, Carolina Color and three sister color companies—all owned by New York-based private-equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners—combined into one business entity called Chroma Color Corp., based in McHenry, Ill. The new Chroma Color is a $150 million+ color-concentrate force comprised of Chroma, Carolina, Breen Color and Hudson Color.

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-Eastman showcases a green alternative to ABS at Luxe Pack Monaco

Eastman is launching at Luxe Pack Monaco (October 01-03, 2018), a new cellulose-based plastic designed as an eco-friendly alternative to ABS. This new polymer served as a basis for the development of an eco-designed powder compact in partnership with Groupe Rocher.

Trēva is a new BPA-free plastic containing 45% of cellulose-based plastic sourced from sustainably managed North American forests. Furthermore, because of its aesthetic, mechanical and chemical qualities it is an alternative that performs as well as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

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-Almost quarter of plastic bottles washed up on Hong Kong beaches come from Coca-Cola Company

Study finds 23.4 per cent of containers picked up in clean-up operations this summer belonged to Coca-Cola brands, followed closely by Vita at 21 per cent

The Green Earth organised 14 beach cleaning campaigns across the city this summer and found 328 of the 1,404 bottles it collected belonged to Coca-Cola brands.

At 23.4 per cent, the share was the highest of all producers.

“We do beach cleaning every year and the amount of ocean waste keeps growing,” said Hahn Chu Hon-keung, the group’s director of environmental advocacy. “People dropping the bottles are of course lacking in civic virtue, but do producers have a responsibility?”

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-Brazil: A Giant in Crisis Rocked by Corruption

Brazil is Latin America’s biggest country, spanning 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) to cover nearly half the continent.

Brazil  Michel Temer  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva  Brazil court

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil, which holds presidential elections on 7 October, is a giant in size and economy, but has been struck by a string of corruption scandals that have rocked its political core.

Brazil is Latin America’s biggest country, spanning 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) to cover nearly half the continent.

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-Compostable plastics part of UK Parliament’s sustainability initiative

Berlin, 27 September 2018. As part of its 2018 initiative to cut down on the use of single-use items where feasible, or to substitute them with more sustainable alternatives, the Parliament of the United Kingdom has rolled out a new range of bio-based, certified compostable catering items, such as coffee cups, soup containers and salad boxes in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

New waste bins will be installed to capture used compostable items. The waste will be sent to an organic recycling facility, which will create high quality compost from it.

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-Flat to Lower Pricing for Volume Resins— Except Nylons

Improved supply/demand balance in key feedstocks and resins is steering prices flat to lower, but not for nylons.

Heading into the fourth quarter, a combination of lower prices for some key feedstocks and improvements in both feedstock and resin availability heralded a flat-to-lower pricing trend for PE, PP, PS, PVC, PET, ABS and PC. In contrast, tight feedstock and resin availability has been pushing prices upward for nylons 6 and 66.

Those were the views last month of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago; and Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW).

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-The October contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR70 per ton  

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 310 per ton for October deliveries, which is EUR70 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported on Monday citing confirmation from two sellers and two buyers in the market.

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October contract ethylene price Europe

October ethylene contract price in Europe increased by EUR10 per tonne  October contract ethylene price Europe

October contract ethylene price Europe MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,145 per ton, which is EUR10 per ton higher than the level of September, participants in the contract market told ICIS on Friday. October contract ethylene price Europe

The contract price was approved on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).October contract ethylene price Europe

This contract price was directly confirmed by two manufacturers and two buyers of the material, which is the minimum necessary configuration for the approval of the contract price of propylene.  Confirmation from another manufacturer is pending.

Higher prices for naphtha in September were offset by lower than expected demand, which led to discounts on spot volumes, despite the increase in contract prices.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1 135 per ton, remaining unchanged at the level of August.October contract ethylene price Europe

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia for the first eight months of the year, the estimated consumption of PE was 1,305.45 thousand tons, which is 8% more than a year earlier.  Deliveries on all types of polyethylene increased.

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Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

Sinopec reduced October MEG prices in East China for CNY600 per tonne Sinopec October MEG prices EastChinahina  

Sinopec October MEG prices East China MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered October selling prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 600 yuan (CNY) or USD87 per ton, a company source told ICIS on Friday.

 Thus, from September 28, MEG company prices in the region are set at CNY7,500 or USD1,088.5 per tonne, the source said.Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

Spot quotes on material in China declined last month.  So, on September 27, they were in the range of CNY7 190-7 280 per ton against the level of CNY8 140-8 220 per ton on September 3.Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue.

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles.  per ton.  A rise in spot prices is not expected.

According to one of the manufacturers, the market in Russia is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material. Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina 

Sinopec Corp.  is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.  Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products.

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

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RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

Transparent sustainability.

RadiciGroup presents its 2017 Sustainability Report. Energy consumption and emissions down, training and added value up: the hallmarks of a Group that looks ahead by operating transparently and inclusively.

RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The RadiciGroup 2017 Sustainability Report has been released.

Prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the Report synthesizes numbers into graphics and tables that clearly and transparently show how the Group is committed to social and environmental sustainability “in the field” on a daily basis. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The reference to “the field” is not by chance. As a matter of fact, the site of the Sustainability Report presentation was the Bortolotti Sports Centre in Zingonia, Bergamo, training headquarters of Atalanta B.C. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

Last year, the RadiciGroup logo appeared on the team jersey to confirm the ties of both organizations to their territory of origin and to demonstrate that great objectives can be reached through team play, in both sport and the work world.

“Following our excellent environmental performance in recent years – also thanks to sizeable investments at all our sites,” Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup, pointed out, “our trends in emissions, energy and the use of resources stayed positive.

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Mr. Angelo Radici : RadiciGroup’s Chairman

Even on the social front, the figures on Group workers were very good. RadiciGroup is growing in terms of human resources, not only from a numerical point of view but also – and more importantly – from a professional perspective.” RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

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-Sinopec reduced October MEG prices in East China for CNY600 per tonne

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered October selling prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 600 yuan (CNY) or USD87 per ton, a company source told ICIS on Friday.

Thus, from September 28, MEG company prices in the region are set at CNY7,500 or USD1,088.5 per tonne, the source said

Spot quotes on material in China declined last month.  So, on September 27, they were in the range of CNY7 190-7 280 per ton against the level of CNY8 140-8 220 per ton on September 3.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-RadiciGroup : Transparent sustainability.

RadiciGroup presents its 2017 Sustainability Report. Energy consumption and emissions down, training and added value up: the hallmarks of a Group that looks ahead by operating transparently and inclusively.

Prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the Report synthesizes numbers into graphics and tables that clearly and transparently show how the Group is committed to social and environmental sustainability “in the field” on a daily basis. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The reference to “the field” is not by chance. As a matter of fact, the site of the Sustainability Report presentation was the Bortolotti Sports Centre in Zingonia, Bergamo, training headquarters of Atalanta B.C.

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Mr. Angelo Radici : RadiciGroup’s Chairman

-Furandicarboxylic Acid Market Top Players Present In The Industry Space With Growth Rate & Forecast To 2022

Furandicarboxylic Acid Market is analyzed by product types, applications and key market players for market size, share, sales (consumption), gross margin and revenue. The Furandicarboxylic Acid Market data from year 2013 to 2017 is primary basis of this research & the forecast period being 2018-2022. Market experts in the industry are the prime contributors of the accurate and reliable data present in this Furandicarboxylic Acid Market market report. The report gives review of Furandicarboxylic Acid Market Industry, including characterization, application, fabricating innovation, industry chain investigation and most recent market progression.

About Furandicarboxylic Acid Market

Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is a furan derivative. It is a renewable organic compound that can be used as a substitute for many organic chemicals such as terephthalic acid, adipic acid, phthalic anhydride, and bisphenol A.

Industry analysts forecast the Global Furandicarboxylic Acid Market to grow at a CAGR of 28.05% during the period 2017-2022.

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-US October benzene contracts settle lower, tracking weaker spot prices

US October benzene contracts settled 13 cents/gal ($39/tonne) lower month on month at $2.85/gal free on board (FOB) US Gulf.

The market had anticipated a lower settlement as spot prices traded below the September settlement for most of the past month.

US benzene contract prices typically settle on the last working day of the prior month and are heavily influenced by movements in spot pricing.

Benzene spot prices were weighed down over the past several weeks by sufficient supply and slower demand.

Refinery operating rates remained high throughout September. Margins for selective toluene disproportionation (STDP) units, which convert toluene into benzene and a paraxylene (PX)-rich stream of xylenes, have been healthy. Both trends suggest higher benzene production.

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-Chinese autos gain ground in Argentina

Chinese-made automobiles are more frequently seen running on the streets of Argentina now, as more car makers come to the South American market.

This week, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd., better known as JAC Motors, became the latest Chinese manufacturer to present its line of passenger and commercial vehicles for Argentine consumers.

Argentine importer Sideco showcased JAC-brand SUVs and pickups at Arenas Studios, the expansive movie-making venue in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires, capital of the country.

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-Asia Faces a Devil’s Bargain over Us Sanctions on Iran’s Oil

Donald Trump’s re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran leaves oil importers with a stark choice: pay punishing prices on the open market, or buy cheaply from Iran and face the wrath of the United States

In just over a month, on November 5, the US government is due to re-impose sanctions on Iran’s exports of oil. As Iran’s biggest customer – buying roughly a third of its 2 million barrels a day of exports last year – China will be heavily affected by the US action. How Chinese oil buyers respond will have deep implications, not just for China itself, but for other economies across Asia and around the world.

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-GPCA: Sustainable Economy in Chemicals and Petrochemicals In this feature, GPCA will elaborate the organization’s vision to make Petroleum’s Move Towards Sustainability and Circular Economy

In this feature, GPCA will elaborate the organization’s vision to make Petroleum’s Move Towards Sustainability and Circular Economy

Isn’t it amazing how an incubator can give a chance to a premature baby to become part of the family his parents have been dreaming of? Isn’t it encouraging to see how a dialysis machine can grant a grandfather with kidney failure the opportunity to meet his grandson?

If not for the people who exerted efforts to produce valuable materials out of mere petrochemicals, those miracles would have never materialized. Many discoveries have triumphed particularly in the field of medicine because of the world’s dependent on products that are consisted mainly of plastics. Without this, engineers and scientists could not possibly think of any alternative that would match the caliber of these products in the manufacturing industry.

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-Wrangler adopts water-eliminating dyeing process

Wrangler has reached an agreement to manufacture a line of jeans launching in 2019 that will be dyed using new water-eliminating technology.

The VF Corp.-owned brand said it is the first brand to adopt the foam-dyeing process, which eliminates 99 percent of the water used in indigo dyeing.

“While we have been able to reduce 3 billion liters of water in product finishing during the past 10 years, we know that more needs to be done across the entire supply chain,” said Tom Waldron, Wrangler president. “Foam technology reduces water consumption and pollution further upstream, helping our fabric suppliers to dramatically minimize the impacts of making denim fabric blue.”

The foam-dyeing process was developed at Texas Tech University. Wrangler and the Walmart Foundation contributed seed money to the university to develop the technology.

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-Eurozone manufacturing hits two-year low as confidence plummets on trade war

Manufacturing sector growth in the eurozone was at its slowest rate in two years in September as global trade concerns push confidence down to a near three-year low, according to IHS Markit on Monday.

The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rate for the eurozone dipped to 53.2 points during the month, the weakest since September 2016 and below August’s 54.6 points.

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-DSM strengthens its market-leading position in the development and commercialization of sustainable, innovative resins and circular economy solutions

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has announced the strengthening of its leadership in sustainable, innovative resins & circular economy solutions with the successful expansion of its production capacity of its sustainable liquid polyester technology and other specialty resins, through the operational launch of a new state-of-the-art polyester production facility in Meppen, Germany.

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-New NAFTA draws cautious early praise from manufacturers

Washington — Manufacturing and business groups welcomed the Sept. 30 announcement that Canada will join Mexico and the United States in a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, although they cautioned they wanted to assess the full details.

Manufacturing groups, including plastics and chemicals trade associations, had been pushing for Canada to be included, after the U.S. and Mexico reached a tentative deal Aug. 27 but it had been unclear if Canada would join.

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-India PE, PP markets on a seasonal lull ahead of Diwali

India’s polyolefin demand has been largely weak, with upside limited amid a seasonal market lull ahead of Diwali in November.

On 28 September, spot linear low density PE (LLDPE) film prices were assessed at $,1,060-1,070/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India, down $10-20/tonne from the previous week; while PP raffia were unchanged at $1,225-1,240/tonne CFR India, ICIS data showed.

Businesses are expected to slow down in parts of India from 9 October due to  Navratri – a nine-night Hindu post-monsoon autumn festival; while on 6 November, India will celebrate Diwali or Festival of Lights, a major Hindu holiday.

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-Brent crude oil hits four-year high ahead of US sanctions against Iran

With oil prices soaring, there are concerns over their inflationary effect on demand growth, especially in Asia’s emerging markets where weakening currencies are further adding to high fuel import costs.

Brent crude oil prices hit their highest level since November 2014 on Monday ahead of U.S. sanctions against Iran that kick in next month. Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $83.24 per barrel at 0228 GMT, up 51 cents, or 0.3 percent, their highest level since November 2014. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were up 37 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $73.62 a barrel.

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-Soaking Flowback With Surfactant Improves Oil Recovery in Unconventional Reservoirs

This paper evaluates the ability of different groups of surfactants to improve oil recovery in unconventional liquid reservoirs (ULRs) by experimentally simulating the fracture treatment to represent surfactant imbibition in a ULR core fracture during a soaking flowback. The effect of wettability and interfacial tension (IFT) alteration on the process also is analyzed.

The results show that the addition of surfactants to completion fluids and the use of a soaking-flowback production scheme could improve oil recovery by wettability alteration and IFT reduction, maximizing well performance after stimulation.

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-Faurecia Completes Purchase of Parrot Faurecia

Faurecia today announced that it had completed the acquisition of 100% of Parrot Faurecia Automotive.

The deal follows the announcement of an agreement between Parrot and Faurecia on July 5 this year regarding Faurecia’s proposal to acquire 100% of Parrot Faurecia Automotive.

The transaction is based on an enterprise value of € 100 million, identical to that used when Faurecia entered into the capital of Parrot Automotive in 2017.

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-The Difficult Truth About Sustainability and Bio-Plastics

As more cities and countries enact bans on single-use plastics such as straws and bags, the world is rushing to embrace bio-plastics.

Seattle is a standout example. The city’s ban on petroleum-based plastics came into force in July, prompting local firms to seek “bio-degradable” plastics, usually created out of polylactic acid (PLA), as an alternative.

But while these seemingly natural plastics do have benefits over conventional ones, they can create complex long-term problems if improperly utilized and cause more damage than their petrochemical counterparts.

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Polymers Polyester Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM25/09/201801/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

10,000 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton-100
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,310 $/ton1,280 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,875 yuan/ton9,725 yuan/ton-150
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

9,850 yuan/ton9,675 yuan/ton-175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,850 yuan/ton7,890 yuan/ton+40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,040 $/ton 1,040 $/ton 
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7.140 yuan/ton7,420 yuan/ton+280
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

 870 $/ton902 $/ton+32
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,268 $/ton 1,309 $/ton+41
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 11,200 yuan/ton 10,970 yuan/ton-230
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,650 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,650 yuan/ton 12,500 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 12,600 yuan/ton12,300 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,400 yuan/ton11,175 yuan/ton-225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,820 yuan/ton10,620 yuan/ton-200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,250 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,170 $/ton2,190 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,470 $/ton2,490 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,150 yuan/ton19,800 yuan/ton+650
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,600 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton 
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

40,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton-1000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,200 yuan/ton22,350 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,100 yuan/ton25,200 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,100 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton 
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton+100
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton 
Benzene overseas  market

 

843 $/ton862 $/ton+19
Ethylene South East market

 

1,160 $/ton1,130 $/ton-30
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,160 $/ton1,107 $/ton-53
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,100 yuan/ton19,100 yuan/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,100 yuan/ton15,120 yuan/ton+20
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,450 yuan/ton10,650 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market         

 

699 $/ton715 $/ton+16
Phenol domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton

 

11,575 yuan/ton

 

+175
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,495 $/ton

 

1,490 $/ton

 

-5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,560 $/ton

 

 1,565 $/ton

 

+5
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,117 $/ton1,117 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,114 $/ton1,114 $/ton 
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,102 $/ton1,102 $/ton 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,092 $/ton1,092 $/ton 
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,262 $/ton 1,262 $/ton 
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,232 $/ton 1,242 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,259 €/ton 1,259 €/ton 

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Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

All about bioplastics Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The issue with plastics is their disposal.

By Pavitra Sriprakash

Bioplastics renewable sustainable sourcesCHENNAI : The ongoing innovations and developments in the space of bioplastics seems glacial in comparison to the frenzy with which plastics are being banned across cities and countries around the world. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

By 2019 Chennai will join the list of cities that have banned single use plastic products. Meanwhile there is much to be said about finding alternatives to the material — and quickly so.Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The issue with plastics is their disposal. Bioplastics are derived from renewable and sustainable sources and said to ‘Biodegrade’ easily. Arguments have been made that only 9% of all plastic manufactured are recycled, and their wastes are only increasing with continued use.Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Since bioplastics are made from natural sources such as vegetable fats, oils, corn starch, straw, wood chips, and food waste, the hope is that it will be absorbed more easily back into earth and not rot in a landfill over the next 1,000 years.

There is apprehension that bioplastics may not be the silver bullet and there will be limitations. There are arguments that biodegradation may not happen with any more ease and safety, and problems with their disposal may not be any different from those faced with conventional fossil-fuel derived plastics. Still it is important to understand some technological aspects of biodegradability to build on the positives. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The word to watch out for is ‘Oxo-fragmentable’. Products that are oxo-fragmentable are made from conventional plastics and only supplemented partly with additives that help fragment the materials. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

These do not break the polymers fully to a biodegradable level. In fact, they increase the problems by disintegrating into microplastics, which more often than not wind up in our water sources and enter our food chain. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Biodegradability is an inherent characteristic and in contrast to oxo-fragmentation, biodegradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms.

The process produces water, carbon dioxide, and biomass as end products. TED talks and videos of plastic bags being dissolved in water are trending on social media.

The most popular is the one where these bags made primarily from vegetable starch, have been allowed to completely biodegrade in 3-4 months.

“It is non toxic to humans and other animals,” declares the TED speaker as he ends the lecture dramatically drinking the glass of murky fluid!

These starch-based bioplastics are strikingly similar to common plastics used daily and promise to replace regular single use plastic carry bags once and for all.

Apart from the obvious facts of being from a natural source and not containing petroleum based raw materials, biodegradable bioplastics could be totally compostable. They dissolve in high temperature water; and are endowed with the look, feel and durability of conventional plastics. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Most importantly biodegradable plastics even when laminated are recyclable. It’s a really good feeling to know that soon shopping bags, laundry bags, garbage lining bags and other places that have films and sheets of plastic will start using this material over conventional plastic. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

But until then carry your canvas ‘catch-all’ bag always, and remember to check if the plastic is OXOfragmentable or BIOdegradable. Your awareness will make a huge difference!

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Chinese holidays October 1st to 7th, 2018: National Day / Golden Week

中国节日2018年10月1日至7日:国庆/黄金周

-Polymers Polyester Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Axion Polymers invests in product development laboratory facilities

Axion Polymers has invested in more laboratory test equipment at its Salford-based plastics recycling facility, including a new injection moulder, that will enable a greater range of polymer testing and further development of recycled polymer grades.

Axion’s in-house test capability now includes a Fourier Transform mid -infrared spectrometer for analysing the composition of black and dark-coloured polymer chips, a near-infrared multi-chip spectrometer for rapid analysis of large quantities of polymer chips and an X-Ray fluorescence analyser for heavy metals and bromine.

According to Axion the laboratory also has a notched Izod impact tester, a tensile tester and a lab-scale injection moulder to produce test pieces and evaluate moulding performance.

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-New green polymer technologies will benefit the environment, manufacturers and consumers

LETHBRIDGE -Our government is supporting research that will result in innovative technologies and processes that improve biodegradable plastics and their production.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $1,000,000 for the University of Lethbridge. Funding is being provided through the Western Diversification Program.

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-Asia petrochemical trades slow down ahead of China’s Golden Week

Asia’s petrochemical trades have slowed down as China – a key market in the region – will go on a week-long holiday in October.

Trading activity is expected to pick up in mid-October when Chinese players are back in the market.

China is a major importer of petrochemicals in Asia, and also a key supplier of some of those products in the region.

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-Going Green: The dark side of biodegradable packaging

Efforts to cut down on items which contribute to pollution have been at the forefront of many government agendas worldwide.

In Trinidad and Tobago, government recently announced a ban on Styrofoam products from January 2019, and many have called for a ban on single-use plastic bags and straws.

However, Barry Fakoory, Sales Manager at VF Packaging, a local company which produces plastic containers, says there are other factors involved in the move from disposable plastic to compostable packaging.

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-$100 Crude Oil? Trump And OPEC On A Collision Course

WTI $75.00 May Be The New Benchmark For WTI Crude For The Fall And Winter Months.

It appears that U.S. President Donald Trump and OPEC are headed for a showdown over growing energy prices. On Friday, November WTI crude oil futures closed at $73.25, the highest level since the boom years of 2010-13. The late-week rally followed a positive EIA Crude oil stocks report on Wednesday and strong verbiage from Trump at the U.N.

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-PepsiCo to set up PET bottles recycling plant in DelhiBusiness

PepsiCo is working on Performance with Purpose 2025 goal to design recoverable or recyclable packaging, and support increased recycling of plastic waste.

New Delhi: PepsiCo India on Saturday said it plans to establish a facility in Delhi to recycle used PET plastic bottles to reduce its impact on environment. “The company has partnered with Gem Enviro Management to set up infrastructure for collection and recycling of used PET plastic bottles in Delhi, in line with the plastic waste management rules,” PepsiCo said in a statement

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-Oil Price Increase: Blessing or Curse for Nigeria?

Chineme Okafor weighs the implications of rising oil prices on Nigeria, which relies on imported petroleum products to run its economy

Oil prices have continued to rise to new levels and underpinning the higher oil prices is the spectre of far-reaching sanctions the United States has placed on the Iranian regime and which is intended to isolate it from economic interactions.

As at Tuesday, reports indicated crude oil prices jumped more than two per cent to a four-year high after Saudi Arabia and Russia ruled out any immediate increase in production despite calls by United States President, Donald Trump for action to raise global supply.

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-Saudi Arabia quietly plans to increase oil output by 500,000 barrels per day

Saudi Arabia is poised to steadily increase production to compensate for the Iranian oil that will be subject to U.S. sanctions starting Nov. 5.

Saudi Arabia hasn’t said anything publicly, and seemed to tow the OPEC line following Sunday’s meeting with other major oil producers. But Commerzbank said Friday that Saudi Arabia could pump another 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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-Hengli to use Invista’s P8 technology for fifth PTA line29

Invista’s technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and Hengli Petrochemical (Hengli) have reached agreement for the licensing of Invista’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology for Hengli’s fifth PTA line. Invista’s latest industry-leading PTA technology is available as a licence package from IPT.

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-Fakuma 2018: Japan’s Polyplastics to highlight latest material and technology innovations

Japan’s Polyplastics will showcase its material solutions, technology innovations, and the latest applications at the upcoming Fakuma 2018 exhibition Oct. 16–20 in Friedrichshafen, Germany (Hall B1, Booth B1-1213). The trade show is expected to attract more than 1,800 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors.

Polyplastics homes in on automotive and electrical/electronics applications with its range of engineering plastics. Pictured here is a hybrid electric vehicle motor insulator.

Polyplastics will also focus on e-mobility, along with its efforts in research and development. The company’s newly established technical center in Frankfurt offers expanded customer support, delivering design and product development expertise for a range of applications.

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-Oil price could remain high for some time

The market is anxious over a supply shortage as sanctions on Iran could potentially see 1.5 million barrels a day removed

Oil prices rose last week to more than $80 per barrel for the first time since November 2014. Rather than rising on the back of strong demand growth and a positive outlook for the global economy, the recent move in prices has been catalysed by growing market anxiety over supply.

In a reversal of the glut the market endured from 2015 to 2017, there is a real risk we could enter 2019 with not enough oil to go around, setting the stage for oil prices to remain high for some time.

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-What oil at $100 a barrel would mean for SA and the world economy

Oil could rise to $100 by 2019 as global markets tighten

Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent to a four-year high on Monday after OPEC declined to announce an immediate increase in production despite calls by U.S. President Donald Trump for action to raise global supply. Sonia Legg reports

Rising oil prices are prompting forecasts of a return to $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014, creating both winners and losers in the world economy.

Exporters of the fuel would enjoy bumper returns, giving a fillip to companies and government coffers. By contrast, consuming nations would bear the cost at the pump, potentially fanning inflation and hurting demand.

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-Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb For Oil Markets

Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to a new crisis after this weekend.

At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening the country’s stability.

On Sunday, Kurdistan is voting for a new KRG parliament, a vote that may result in new power brokers in Erbil.

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-China to Sell U.S. Oil Assets as Trade Wars Mount

Although this will be challenging in the short term, it may be an opportunity for large American companies to acquire assets.

China’s largest oil and gas publicly-traded company, CNOOC (CEO) , is considering selling parts of its U.S.-based oil assets in the Gulf of Mexico amid escalating trade wars with the U.S. Although, according to a Reuters article, it does not intend to fully exit the U.S. market, where it holds significant stakes in two deepwater projects. To us, this is a signal that even U.S. energy assets have become less of a priority for China as they seek to reallocate capital elsewhere, like recent discoveries in Guyana.

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-From seaweed to sugarcane, companies race to find the next great plastic replacement

Craig Graffius began selling his handmade glass straws at farmers markets. Now, Eco-Glass Straws, founded in the small town of Hood River, Oregon, has upgraded to a high-tech machine that pumps out 2,000 straws an hour, 16 times faster than the handmade process.

Even with the advanced technology, he still has to turn away international orders for millions of straws.

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-Novamont’s Biodegradable Answer to Plastic Pollution from Microbeads

To tackle the problems created by microplastics, both in the waste stream and the environment, Italian bioplastic firm has developed a range of readily biodegradable ingredients.

The company explained that its new materials are suitable for cosmetic applications, use renewable raw materials, and offer performance comparable to traditional microplastics

The new line of bio-based and readily biodegradable ingredients for cosmetic applications, Dubbed CELUS-BI®, the company said that the new line of bio-based and readily biodegradable ingredients is fighting marine plastic pollution and preserving natural resources through research.

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-All about bioplastics 

The issue with plastics is their disposal.

CHENNAI : The ongoing innovations and developments in the space of bioplastics seems glacial in comparison to the frenzy with which plastics are being banned across cities and countries around the world.

By 2019 Chennai will join the list of cities that have banned single use plastic products. Meanwhile there is much to be said about finding alternatives to the material — and quickly so.

The issue with plastics is their disposal. Bioplastics are derived from renewable and sustainable sources and said to ‘Biodegrade’ easily. Arguments have been made that only 9% of all plastic manufactured are recycled, and their wastes are only increasing with continued use.

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-Oil rises as U.S. sanctions on Iran tighten supply

Oil prices rose on Friday as U.S. sanctions on Tehran squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening supply even as other key exporters increased production.

Global crude oil benchmark Brent LCOc1 was up 60 cents at $82.32 a barrel by 1340 GMT. The contract hit a four-year high of $82.55 this week but has been fairly stable during the third quarter, gaining around 3 percent since the end of June.

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-Weak US demand pushes Mexican naphtha to Northwest Europe

London —  Weak demand for naphtha in the US in recent weeks has drawn rare flows of naphtha from Mexico to Northwest Europe, according to market sources and data from cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software.

The 51,246-dwt Hellas Explorer left Coatzacoalcos on the east coast of Mexico on September 16, expected to arrive in Amsterdam around October 2, according to market sources and cFlow. The 51,510-dwt Aegean Wave is still docked in Coatzacoalcos as of Friday, but is also expected to be bound for Europe, according to two market sources.

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Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Sustainable, inline recycling of carbon fiber  Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites and R&M International are developing a supply chain for recycled CF with zero knockdown vs. virgin fiber, lower cost and, eventually, lengths delivering structural properties close to continuous fiber. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Currently, the most common recycling process used to recover carbon fiber from composite waste is pyrolysis, where high heat basically burns off the resin. Solvolysis, which uses a solvent to dissolve the resin, has long been claimed to offer superior properties. So far, commercialization of both pyrolysis and solvolysis has been through batch processes. But inline processing is finally in the works.  Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites (Wichita, KS, US) is a start-up out of Wichita State University (Wichita, KS, US) founded by Ph.D. student Vamsidhar Patlolla. He developed a method to recycle and reuse carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) test coupons during a research project on self-healing composites. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“He came to us about 18 months ago, looking for sales channels for his recycled Aerospace grade fibers,” explains Stephen Rawson, a partner at R&M International (Fort Washington, PA, US), which specializes in the international import, export and trade of textiles, plastics and recycling materials. “The process uses solvolysis to dissolve the resin and then to completely remove it from the fiber. We were very interested because the recycled carbon fibers are not only very high quality, with the same properties as virgin aerospace grade fibers, but the process is profitable cost-wise.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Sustainable recycling carbon fiber   Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Scanning electron micrographs of virgin carbon fiber (left) and carbon fiber recycled using Shocker Composites’ solvolysis process (right). SOURCE: R&M International

Rawson explains that R&M had already seen opportunity in recycling carbon fiber. “We were looking for a sustainable, competitive advantage vs. what is already out there. Shocker Composites’ process offers this advantage because it is an inline process, not a batch process.” He notes that batch processes are expensive and difficult to scale. “You must copy process modules over and over to add capacity.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites had already demonstrated taking uncured prepreg waste, removing the resin and producing recycled fiber that shows no damage when compared with virgin carbon fiber (vCF). “They performed microscopic analysis on the recycled fiber and found it to be almost identical to virgin fiber, except there is no sizing,” says Rawson. The fiber structure was seen to be essentially the same as vCF. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

However, it now had to be demonstrated that the fiber could be reused with high performance. “We had difficulty because the recycled fiber was so fluffy, that it was hard to get it into a resin for reuse,” says Rawson. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

He concedes that it could be readily converted into a nonwoven material, “but that product is already out there via pyrolysis and we are seeing that the market is still being developed to take up these materials. We did see an opportunity, however, if we could process the fiber into pellets for thermoplastic composite molding and overmolding.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Shocker Composites and R&M International have developed means for densifying the recycled carbon fiber (left) and compounding into pellets (right) for thermoplastic injection molding or overmolding. SOURCE: R&M International.

So, Shocker then had to solve the problem of densifying the material so that it could be compounded with thermoplastic into pellets for injection molding and extrusion/3D printing.  “This is what has been accomplished over the last few months,” Rawson explains. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“We have worked with a customer to compound the recycled carbon fiber with ABS into pellets and then extrude for large-scale 3D printing. The results were the same as for virgin fiber and the cost is less than current market price for pellets made with virgin fiber.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Recycling process flow for Shocker Composites and R&M International rCF via inline solvolysis. SOURCE: R&M International

3D printing with rCF

“We are now performing trials, using the recycled carbon fiber to make 3D printing filament — both 1.75mm and 2.85mm diameter — using ABS and nylon,” says Rawson. “We’ve done a test part on the Cincinnati Inc. BAAM equipment (see the blog “Additive manufacturing: Can you print a car?”) using  ABS reinforced with the recycled carbon fiber, from 20% up to 40% reinforcement. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

It prints beautifully.” He notes that the 3D printing market for BAAM and Thermwood’s LAAM process is growing (see my report from CAMX 2017, scroll down to the 4thitem, in fact the whole last part is about rCF and 3D printing).

Shocker Composites and R&M International have compounded the recycled carbon fiber into 20-40% reinforced ABS filament and demonstrated its successful use in the BAAM 3D printing process. SOURCE: R&M International.

Shocker Composites and R&M International have also sent the ABS compound to a 3D printing filament manufacturer, who converted it into 1.75mm filament and then trialed it into a commercial 3D printer to make a cube, a vase and other objects. “The hexagon-patterned vase shows how well that filament prints,” says Rawson. “The filament producer said it was excellent, that it flowed well and printed well.”

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Trials of 20% rCF ABS compound converted into 1.75mm 3D printing filament show very high quality and process capability. SOURCE: R&M International.

3D printing to injection molding to unidirectional tape

“The unique thing about Shocker is that the recycled carbon fiber produced with this inline solvolysis process is very high quality with no apparent damage to the fibers,” says Rawson.

“Unlike other recycling methods such as pyrolysis, there is no 10-20% knockdown vs. virgin fiber, and we can produce it at a lower cost than virgin fiber. We’ve looked for where there is a good market that is sustainable long-term, and we think thermoplastic composites is the best market niche for our fiber, with 3D printing as an accelerator.”

What about injection molding and overmolding? “That market tends to be very allied with virgin carbon fiber producers and not very amenable to switching to rCF,” says Rawson. “Of course, that is for the big compounders. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

There is opportunity in small, niche molders of high-value components.” Rawson shows a biomedical device from MTD Micro Molding. R&M International has successfully trialed the Shocker Composites rCF in a variety of injection molded components.

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R&M International does see opportunity for injection molding with rCF in high-value, niche applications like this biomedical device.  SOURCE: MTD Micro Molding

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R&M International has trialed the Shocker Composites rCF in a variety of compression molded parts with good results. SOURCE: R&M International.

It is also working on new densification and pelletization technologies that enable longer fiber compounds. “If you can get up to 1.0 inch in length for aligned discontinuous carbon fiber, you get almost the same structural properties as for continuous fiber,” Rawson explains. “If that’s the case, you can see recycled carbon fiber as becoming much more valuable.

The idea of using aligned discontinuous fibers to achieve greater moldability and high mechanical properties was demonstrated a decade ago with stretch-broken carbon fiber. Read “Aligned discontinuous fibers come of age”. Another interesting article on this is “Aligned Discontinuous Fibre Composites: A Short History” published in 2014 by Matthew Such, Carwyn Ward and Kevin Potter.

 Sustainable recycling carbon fiber
Shocker Composites and R&M International are working with the University of South Dakota’s CNAM center to convert longer recycled carbon fiber into reinforced thermoplastic sheet though the DiFTs process. Rolls of reinforced PP tape are shown here.
SOURCE: R&M International.

R&M International is pursuing this further, working with the Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) Laboratory and Composite and Nanocomposite Advanced Manufacturing Center (CNAM) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines, Rapid City, SD, US). CNAM has developed a Discontinuous Fiber-reinforced Thermoplastic sheet (DiFTs) process that produces sheets containing discontinuous fibers with significant retention of fiber length and fiber alignment. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

The patent-pending process is compatible with a variety of fibers, including rCF. Material supplied to Steelcase (Caledonia, MI, US) and PolyOne for molding trials have shown that CF/PP sheets made with DiFTs can be thermoformed and compression molded with good results. An automotive differential cover made from 30% rCF/PP was molded by the University of Maine’s Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Structural Thermoplastics and presented by David Erb at the 2017 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE): “Development of a Thermoformed Rear Differential Cover Made From Recycled Carbon Fiber”. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

  Sustainable recycling carbon fiber
This curved prototype part for a military application, roughly the size of safety goggles (center photo), has been compression molded from 30% CF/PP sheet made using the CNAM DiFTs process. SOURCE: R&M International and CNAM.

He notes that the industry-university consortium advancing this technology is also refining the tape making progress, achieving 5-10% improvement in alignment and strength properties without even pushing the fiber to longer length. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“CNAM has produced these using nylon, ABS, and PP, but it could be any Thermoplastic,” says Rawson. The DiFTs pilot line currently produces 8-inch wide tapes up to a 2.0 mil thickness from extruded pellets, and it creates approximately 80% alignment in the fibers. This now allows you to design structural parts. Through a simple laminator, we can splice these tapes together to make sheets over 1 m in width, only limited by the size of the laminator.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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These graphs show mechanical properties of the pellets manufactured using Shocker Composites rCF. The pellets were extruded into coupons and tested for tensile and flexural properties. The different colors show properties from different vendors SOURCE: Shocker Composites.Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Path forward

The short-term path forward for Shocker Composites and R&M International is to produce and sell high-quality recycled carbon fiber to 3D printer filament manufacturers, molding material compounders and higher-value, niche market injection molders.

The companies will continue development toward longer-term goals, including use of their rCF products in discontinuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes and extension of the rCF length to 1 inch and perhaps even beyond. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Shocker Composites and R&M International inline solvolysis process chain for recycling composite prepreg waste into new composite parts. SOURCE: R&M International

“Right now, we are recycling prepreg waste using the inline solvolysis process, and there is no degradation of the fiber,” says Rawson. “This is going to make carbon fiber more and more accessible as you recycle in a way that it can be reused many times. The customer that buys our thermoplastic composite pellets will use that material and include that cost as part of their parts production. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

They’re not expecting to recover anything from it, but that part at the end of its life can now be recycled multiple times and therefore can once again be monetized. As more and more fiber gets into this closed loop, more increasingly cheaper fiber will become available. This is so tremendous for our industry because we’re reusing the material over and over.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

For more information, visit R&M International in booth T59 at CAMX 2018 (Oct. 16-18, Dallas, TX, US).

Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 29-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is stable on the eve of the “National Day Golden Week holiday”, PTA and MEG prices are slightly rising

PET Bottle grade export 1,250/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,800/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 885/900 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,300/7,400 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,310 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,900/11,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,450/12,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/ton

-First trade war casualties in chemicals and beyond   

With $250bn in US trade tariffs now in place and $110bn from China, we are starting to see some early casualties in this trade war. Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 

Owners of US chemical projects which are export oriented, and were planned with the colossal China market in mind, are now reconsidering these plans. And on 27 September one – Austria’s Lenzing – went public with the news that it has shelved plans for construction of a specialty fibre plant at Mobile, Alabama.

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-Sustainable, inline recycling of carbon fiber  

Shocker Composites and R&M International are developing a supply chain for recycled CF with zero knockdown vs. virgin fiber, lower cost and, eventually, lengths delivering structural properties close to continuous fiber. Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 

Currently, the most common recycling process used to recover carbon fiber from composite waste is pyrolysis, where high heat basically burns off the resin. Solvolysis, which uses a solvent to dissolve the resin, has long been claimed to offer superior properties. So far, commercialization of both pyrolysis and solvolysis has been through batch processes. But inline processing is finally in the works.

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-Asia PVC tumbles amid US-China trade war

Spot polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices in northeast Asia fell to their lowest in more than nine months, weighed down by competitively priced US cargoes and uncertainty amid the ongoing US-China trade war.

On 21 September 2018, spot prices fell $92.50/tonne or 9% week on week to an average of $835/tonne FOB (free on board) NE (northeast) Asia, according to ICIS data. The last time FOB NE Asia spot prices were lower was on 08 December 2017, the data showed. Spot prices were stable in late July to end-August, with limited upside due to depreciating Asian currencies against the US dollar.

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-Danimer Scientific to takeover Fermentation Facility in Winchester, KY to produce PHA

Altech Fermentation FacilityDanimer Scientific, a pioneer in creating more sustainable, more natural ways to make plastic products, plans to take over fermentation plant built on the 88,000-square-foot and housed in former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester to produce its proprietary Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material.

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-Mitsubishi Chemical to start the sales of Paper Cups made from biodegradable plastic

Mitsubishi Chemical Biodegradable Paper CupsMitsubishi Chemical Corporation, headquartered at Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; under the leadership of Masayuki Waga, the president, stated that Japan Paper and Pulp Co., Ltd. will start selling paper cups made with MCC’s BioPBS in October. Japan Paper and Pulp Co. headquartered at Chuo-ku, Tokyo is head by President: Akihiko Watanabe. BioPBS, developed and patented by MCC, is plant-derived and biodegradable plastic.