Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY 06-03-2021

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-US firm promises compostables at low-cost

US-based Novomer is to begin the design and engineering of a commercial facility after demonstrating a low-cost polymerisation process for the manufacture of compostable polymers.

Called Rinnovo, the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer will use Novomer’s COEth catalyst technology, which is designed to convert ethylene oxide and carbon monoxide to produce lactones. The facility is slated to have a capacity of 80,000 tonnes when completed in 2022.

The compostable material is being manufactured in sample quantities at Novomer’s Innovation Centre in Rochester, New York.

“As a company focused on scalable materials for the circular economy, Novomer has committed significant resources towards its mission to cost effectively address the plastics waste challenge,” said Novomer’s chief executive Jeff Uhrig. “We are beyond excited that our technology can lower the cost barrier to implement changes needed in the plastics waste management infrastructure.”

US firm promises compostables at low-cost

-Russia’s SIBUR boosts European exports

Integrated petrochemicals company SIBUR has increased its European exports of PE produced at the newly launched ZapSib complex in Tobolsk, Russia.

Since 2020, when ZapSib was launched, 24 PE grades have been successfully homologated, serving more than 1,400 customers in over 60 countries.

This year, SIBUR began exporting a wide range of PE to European processors through its sales office in Vienna, Austria, and the company operates a wide network of warehouses in Europe.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Russia’s SIBUR boosts European exports

-EXXONMOBIL – Initial phase of proprietary recycling process for difficult-to-recycle plastics waste complete / JV with Agilyx subsidiary

ExxonMobil (Baytown, Texas / USA; www.exxonmobil.com) has completed an initial plant trial test of a proprietary advanced recycling process that converts difficult-to-recycle plastics waste into feedstock to produce virgin-quality polymers.

Results from the trial, held at the company’s Baytown, Texas facility, will be used to scale-up advanced recycling capabilities at other global facilities, according to Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

EXXONMOBIl - Initial phase of proprietary recycling process for difficult-to-recycle plastics waste complete / JV with Agilyx subsidiary

-CORBION ANNOUNCES GLOBAL EXPANSION OF LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION

Corbion (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is launching a multi-faceted initiative to substantially increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic-acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced major expansion in Thailand scheduled for 2023. The global initiative, involving capital expenditures at four existing Corbion facilities to maximize efficiencies and leverage synergies, is expected to produce a combined additional output roughly equivalent to a new production site without actually having to build one. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain), come on the heels of other recently announced capacity expansion efforts in Blair (Nebraska), but in advance of the construction of an entirely new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).

CORBION ANNOUNCES GLOBAL EXPANSION OF LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION

-Teijin Team Develops Polycarbonate Solar Roof for Future Mobility

Teijin Ltd. and partner Applied Electric Vehicles (Applied EV) have developed a polycarbonate (PC) solar roof for future mobility applications. The green solution marks another major step toward the companies’ shared vision of zero-emission mobility.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

The new solar roof uses Teijin’s Panlite PC resin glazing for its surface. Teijin used its proprietary know how in PC glazing and technologies to integrally mold the roof’s curved surface into an ideal shape, an extremely challenging process when using glass. Not only is the Panlite glazing roof ideally shaped, it achieves the strength and rigidity required for the application.

Conventional PC offers excellent impact resistance, but it must be specially processed to realize the level of weather resistance needed for long-term outdoor use. Teijin’s Panlite glazing, however, can easily be given a proprietary hard coating to achieve the 10-year weather durability required for automobiles.

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-Europe R-PET prices bullish on tight supply, high demand – Video

Matt Tudball, senior editor for Recycling, discusses the ongoing March price talks in the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, and gives us his take on:

Securing of supply becomes a priority  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Limited availability and higher March offers

Bullish outlook for April and beyond

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-Snips chooses Tritan™ Renew for a new sustainable line of housewares

New food storage containers and hydration bottles will contain 50% certified recycled content.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

In line with its eco-friendly principles, Italian-based Snips has partnered with Eastman to launch a line of water bottles and food storage containers made with Eastman Tritan™ Renew copolyester, a durable, BPA-free material that contains 50% ISCC-certified recycled content* made possible through innovative molecular recycling.

Snips sustainable water bottles and food storage containers are available today and support the company’s eco-friendly initiatives.

“Sustainability is at the core of our business,” says Snips owner Raffaele Piacenza. “Reusable housewares are a practical way to eliminate single-use plastic waste.

We need to start thinking about new solutions to enjoy the advantages that plastic offers while reducing waste.

Eastman shares our commitment to sustainability and recycling. Now and in the future, Snips will be a steadfast participant in the circular economy.”

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-SIKA ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH IN CONCRETE RECYCLING BY DEVELOPING A GROUND-BREAKING NEW PROCESS

Sika has developed a new, ground-breaking recycling process for old concrete. The old concrete is broken down into the individual parts gravel, sand and limestone in a simple and efficient process, which also binds about 60 kg of CO2 per ton of crushed concrete demolition waste. This innovation – with the brand name «reCO2ver» – will make a significant contribution to reduce the ecological footprint of the construction industry.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

According to the European Commission, 25–30% of all waste generated in the EU consists of construction demolition waste materials, many of which could be recycled. Recycling these materials is particularly crucial in dense urban areas, as this is where most old concrete accumulates.

Sika has succeeded in developing a highly efficient process that will allow to separate and reuse the components of old concrete as well as increase the recycled aggregates’ quality.

SIKA ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH IN CONCRETE RECYCLING BY DEVELOPING A GROUND-BREAKING NEW PROCESS

-Novomer Develops ‘Industry’s Lowest-Cost’ Process to Produce Compostable Plastics

Compostable polymers raise a set of issues, which have been noted in various articles in PlasticsToday, but research into the technology steams ahead nonetheless. Today, Novomer announced that it has successfully demonstrated what it calls “industry’s lowest-cost polymerization process to make compostable polymers that satisfy brand owner requirements for circular economy solutions.” The compostable polymer, tradenamed Rinnovo, will use Novomer’s catalyst technology to manufacture world-scale production quantities, said the company, which is focused on the development of sustainable materials from renewable feedstocks.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Now proven at demonstration scale, Rinnovo is being manufactured in sample quantities at Novomer’s Innovation Center in Rochester, NY. The company plans to begin the design and engineering of an 80,000-tonne commercial facility. Construction is slated to commence in 2022.

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-Pivot for Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas

Beyond 2022 Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt and the North American editions will undergo cycle changes.  Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterFDY

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will change their event cycle and shift permanently to odd years after the 2022 editions.

Last year, the two co-located shows postponed their 2020 editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The largest co-located event for technical textiles, nonwovens, machinery, sewn products, technology and equipment in the Americas will next be held May 17-19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Beyond 2022, however, due to a shift of parent shows Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt to an even-year cycle, the North American editions will also undergo a cycle change, with the subsequent events scheduled for May 10-13, 2023 in Atlanta, and remaining in the odd year thereafter

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Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterDTY 05-03-2021

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-Nylon 6 filament yarn: searching a direction in anxiety

Since the first working day after the Chinese New Year holiday (CNY holiday), caprolactam spot had jumped up by around 2,400yuan/mt and nylon 6 high-speed spinning chip spot rose by 2,000yuan/mt in the first 10 trading days after holiday, boosted by the sharp rise in crude oil and bulk commodities, the opening of the year’s rising market started ahead of schedule.

The excessive increase in nylon raw materials has quickly flooded the industrial, and nylon textile filament plants hurried to raise up their offers. By the end of Feb, offers for nylon 6 filament had risen by around 2,000yuan/mt, and offers had jumped by 2,500-3,000yuan/mt. As the March outlook is still bullish, NFY plants have stick their offering rates closely to Sinopec or Shenyuan’s contract nomination for CPL.

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-bp and SABIC embark on new cooperation for products from advanced plastics recycling

bp and SABIC have signed a new cooperation to drive a circular economy at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany production site

The new collaboration will help to increase production of certified circular products that use used mixed plastics as feedstock, thus reducing the amount of fossil resources needed in the petrochemical process.

bp and SABIC have just signed a new agreement to work together to drive circular economy in the petrochemical activities at the Gelsenkirchen (Germany) chemical complex. Building on a long established relationship between the two companies at the production site, the new collaboration will help to increase production of certified circular products that take used mixed plastics to make feedstock, thereby reducing the amount of fossil resources needed in the petrochemical plants at the site.

bp and SABIC embark on new cooperation for products from advanced plastics recycling

-Trinseo raises March PC prices in Europe

rinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe have announced a price increase for all polycarbonate (PC) grades in Europe, as per the company’s press release.

Effective March 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot PC prices for the products listed below increased as follows:

– CALIBRE PC resins – by EUR600 per metric ton.

As MRC informed earlier, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PC grades in Europe on 1 February 2021 by EUR200 per metric ton.

Trinseo raises March PC prices in Europe

-Placon obtains SCS Global certification for 75% rPET content

As a sustainable packaging leader, Placon has been using post-consumer recycled PET in their PET packaging for more than thirty (30) years. To ensure sustainable packaging quality and transparency, Placon was recently certified by SCS Global Services for their RPET-F75 PET material, Fresh n’ Clear® Bowls & Trays, GoCubes®, CrystalSeal® reFresh® product lines as recycled content certified. Each of these materials or products have been certified by SCS Global Services as using 75% post-consumer recycled PET content.

SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation retail, and more.

Placon obtains SCS Global certification for 75% rPET content

-Oben Group expands to Europe with Poligal purchase

Spain’s Grup Peralada has sold its Poligal Group subsidiaries to the Peruvian Oben Group, citing the global consolidation of the packaging film sector as the driver behind the sale.

The operation includes the biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and cast polypropylene (CPP) production plants in Portugal and Poland, as well as the sales offices in Germany. With the acquisition of the Poligal Group, the Oben Group expands to Europe, consolidating its global position in the plastics film industry.

Javier Carrasco, chief executive of Grup Peralada, added that the high investment needs of the packaging film sector led the company to reflect on its strategy, and conclude that the sale of Poligal was the best way to preserve its value.

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-XENIA® MATERIALS AND JIEJIAYOU (SHENZHEN) MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD TOGETHER FOR THE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA OF THE PRODUCTS OF THE ITALIAN COMPANY

Xenia® Materials, Italian company specialized in the development and engineering of high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced fibres and additives, announces a new partnership agreement with Jiejiayou (Shenzhen) Material Technology Co., Ltd.

Thanks to this dedicated partnership, Jiejiayou (Shenzhen) Material Technology Co., Ltd will distribute Xenia® Materials thermoplastic composites families, XECARB®, XEBRID™ and XEGLASS™, within the whole Chinese territory.

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-How long will polyester yarn soar underpinned by the costs?

Polyester yarn moved up firmly boosted by the quick rise of raw materials after Spring Festival. It increased nearly 2,000yuan/mt in just a week, hitting new high since Aug 2019. What’s the logic behind the increase and how long will the increase sustain?

In fact, not only polyester yarn and its upstream market, but also most chemical products moved all the way up, mainly driven by the rise of crude oil and the improvement of the pandemic. For current polyester yarn, the increase stemmed from higher cost brought by crude oil.

Since this year, Brent and WTI crude oil futures soared by 27.2% and 30.4% respectively, pushing up downstream products. Especially after Spring Festival holiday (Feb 11-17), PTA and MEG futures hit limit up several times.

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-A Review: Research Progress in Modification of Poly (Lactic Acid) by Lignin and Cellulose

With the depletion of petroleum energy, the possibility of prices of petroleum-based materials increasing, and increased environmental awareness, biodegradable materials as a kind of green alternative have attracted more and more research attention.

In this context, poly (lactic acid) has shown a unique combination of properties such as nontoxicity, biodegradability, biocompatibility, and good workability.

However, examples of its known drawbacks include poor tensile strength, low elongation at break, poor thermal properties, and low crystallization rate.

Lignocellulosic materials such as lignin and cellulose have excellent biodegradability and mechanical properties.

Compounding such biomass components with poly (lactic acid) is expected to prepare green composite materials with improved properties of poly (lactic acid).

This paper is aimed at summarizing the research progress of modification of poly (lactic acid) with lignin and cellulose made in in recent years,with emphasis on effects of lignin and cellulose on mechanical properties, thermal stability and crystallinity on poly (lactic acid) composite materials.

Development of poly (lactic acid) composite materials in this respect is forecasted.

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-Supply Shortages and Soaring Prices Put Processors on Edge

Prices continued to climb, sometimes twice per day, and by the end of the week, average spot polyethylene prices had tacked on $0.10/lb, while polypropylene shot up another $0.12/lb.

The resin market’s wild ride got even hairier last week. Supply shortages intensified, prices rose, and processors flocked to the spot market, scooping up every reasonable offer. After those were gone, they proceeded to grab the unreasonably priced offers, too. Not surprisingly, market prices continued to climb, sometimes twice per day, and by the close of business on Feb. 26, average spot polyethylene (PE) prices had tacked on $0.10/lb, while polypropylene (PP) shot up another $0.12/lb, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Though some processors fell off, not willing to chase material in this seemingly ever-rising market, a steady stream of demand persisted along with sometimes strong surges. Some buyers became more liberal with requirements, as crises demand creativity — many have expanded their typical technical specifications and packaging requirements to accommodate available material until better market conditions eventually return.

Supply Shortages and Soaring Prices Put Processors on Edge

-Systemic weakness: the thing about plastic

Science, environmental advocates and industry all agree on one thing: plastic needs a circular economy so that less plastic waste ends up in the eco-systems. The actual measures to be taken are in dispute.

At a time not exactly lacking in global challenges, the plastic crisis had temporarily receded into the background. On the one hand, there is the overriding problem of excessive global warming from the unbridled release of CO2; on the other, the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on people’s lives. This has made it easy to forget that there is another environmental problem badgering the planet and its inhabitants. Just back in August 2020, the National Oceanography Centre in the UK pointed out the extent of microplastic pollution in the oceans in the most comprehensive study on this subject to date. According to this study, there are 12 to 21 million tonnes of waste floating in the upper water layers of the oceans, with a single cubic metre of ocean water containing up to 7,000 microplastic particles.

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-$43m boost for US circular economy projects

The REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute has announced $43 million in new technology research, selecting 24 new projects as part of the institute’s latest round of funding aimed at accelerating the US’ transition to a circular economy.

REMADE, which is a public-private partnership established by the US Department of Energy, believes that the results of the projects will move the country closer to its energy conservation and emissions reduction targets.

The 24 research projects are expected to result in numerous positive impacts, including increasing the recycling of materials by as much as 20 million tonnes per year (a nearly 15 per cent increase per year in all recycled materials in the US), saving up to 640 petajoules of embodied energy per year (the equivalent of conserving 100 million barrels of oil per year), and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 30 million tonnes per year.

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-HOLLAND COLOURS -Additive for high-speed PET bottle production with light barrier properties 

The additive is said to have improved opacity

Holland Colours (Apeldoorn / The Netherlands; www.hollandcolours.com) has launched “Holcomer Thermostretch”, an additive whose properties are said to allow PET packaging manufacturers to accelerate bottle production while maintaining a high level of light barrier protection for the product.

The additive delivers significantly higher opacity and improved heat absorbance at a dosing level 40% less than that of traditional alternatives, according to the supplier. It noted that the product also meets new regulations that limit the use of inorganic pigments, thereby improving recyclability. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

Holland Colours said revenues in the first half to 30 September 2020 dropped 7.1% year-on-year to EUR 48.5m. Thanks to cost cuts, operating result was almost stable at EUR 6.1m. Net profit rose to EUR 4.5m from EUR 4.46m.

HOLLAND COLOURS -Additive for high-speed PET bottle production with light barrier properties / H1 earnings improve despite revenue decline

-Trinseo raises March PS and ABS prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in Europe, according to the company’s press release. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

Effective March 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR520 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR520 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR430 per metric ton.

As MRC informed before, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS and ABS on February 1 2021, as stated below:

– STYRON GPPS — by EUR40 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR40 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR200 per metric ton.

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-New circular packaging solutions for the Spanish dairy sector

Spanish multinational Repsol has reached an agreement with rigid plastic packaging manufacturer Jokey Group, and Spanish organic dairy company Cantero de Letur.

New circular packaging solutions for the Spanish dairy sector

The Cantero de Letur Group will pioneer the use of recycled plastic packing in the organic dairy industry in Spain for its cheese products. The packaging will use ISCC Plus certified Repsol Reciclex circular polypropylene. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The technologies used by Repsol to manufacture these circular resins make it possible to take advantage of non-recyclable plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Thus, waste becomes a new raw material for Repsol’s processes, to produce new circular materials with the same quality and functionality as virgin resins. Therefore, they are suitable for the food industry with its high quality and hygiene requirements.

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-Petrobras CEO calls bio jet fuel key for de-carbonizing

The chief executive of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco, said biofuels, especially those for the aviation industry, will be key for “de-carbonizing” transportation in coming years, a goal for energy transition.

Brazil, a major corn and sugarcane producer and a country with a more diversified energy matrix than its neighbors, is also a large consumer of domestic ethanol, with pure gasoline supplies a rarity. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

“For the future, we are evolving to bio jet fuel, which will be very important for de-carbonizing transportation, so we are focusing on ships and aircraft,” he said at the CERAWeek energy conference on Tuesday.

Aviation biofuels are biomass-derived fuels from plants or waste used to power aircrafts. They produce lower CO2 emissions than conventional jet fuel.

Petrobras CEO calls bio jet fuel key for de-carbonizing

-Fresh milk in Amcor’s clear PCR/PET bottles is a first in Argentina

Amcor has broken new ground in the Argentine dairy market developing the first fresh milk bottle made of transparent post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The custom-designed 1-L container for leading dairy maker Mastellone Hnos, Buenos Aires, supports the positioning of the La Serenísima Original milk brand as a natural product while also delivering optimum shelf life and increased sustainability benefits.

Latin American dairy companies are increasingly using clear PET bottles to showcase freshness and premium quality. The cold-fill bottle contains 20 per cent PCR content.

Martin Darmandrail, Amcor’s Specialty Containers Director (Argentina), said: “In a market that has remained stagnant for several years, we’ve broken the rules by developing an entirely new format offering for fresh milk. We’ve shaken things up with a unique fresh milk package with the durability, freshness, performance, and sustainability benefits of PET.”

Fresh milk in Amcor's clear PCR/PET bottles is a first in Argentina

-A block system for the future – Tempo Beverages invests in new PET line from KHS

A trust lasting more than 35 years: KHS recently commissioned a new non-returnable PET line for Israeli beverage producer Tempo Beverages under very special circumstances – and in doing so combined its latest-generation stretch blow molding technology with a filler for the very first time. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

In Israel Tempo is literally on everyone’s lips: as the biggest producer of alcoholic beverages and the third-largest supplier of soft drinks the brand is known to almost the entire population of 9.1 million. There’s hardly a household in the country without a bottle of beer, water, juice or cola from Netanya in the refrigerator.

In 1952 a unique story of growth and success began in the city on the Mediterranean between Tel Aviv and Haifa. At the start of the 1990s Tempo Beverages became PepsiCo’s sole bottler in Israel and Heineken’s exclusive sales partner.

In 2005 40% of the company, which is also the biggest brewery in Israel, came under the ownership of the Heineken Group. And nine years ago the beverage producer was made a licensee of the French spirits group Pernod Ricard. Tempo now clocks up sales of about €375 million, 45% of this with non-alcoholic beverages.

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-Higher cost, demand to boost China TiO2 dioxide prices

Market participants expect Chinese titanium dioxide prices to extend their gains in the short term in view of higher concentrate feedstock costs and firm demand from international consumers.

Prices of 46pc grade titanium concentrate feedstock yesterday rose to 2,060-2,150 yuan/t ($319-333/t) ex-works with 13pc value-added tax unpaid, the highest level compared with Yn1,550-1,700/t ex-works on 6 September 2012 when Argus launched this assessment.

Domestic offer prices from over 12 major dioxide producers on 1 March moved up by Yn800-1,000/t, with export offer prices rising by $150-240/t fob after major global dioxide producers Chemours, Tronox and Venator on 24 February raised their offer prices for supplies to the Asia-Pacific region by $200/t, effective from 1 April.

Higher cost, demand to boost China TiO2 dioxide prices

-Swedish PE film supplier changes name to Trioworld / Reorganisation underway

Swedish polyethylene films maker Trioplast said it is now trading under the name Trioworld (Smålandsstenar / Sweden; www.trioworld.com), and the company is reorganising into five business areas – stretch film, industrial film, healthcare film, carrier bags and consumer packaging. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

The group, with sales of EUR 550m, said it also wants to increase the recyclability of its plastics. “We have to optimise the use of plastics and reduce our customers’ carbon footprint,” said CEO Andreas Malmberg, “The most important factor on this path is the use of recycled plastics. We want to achieve a share of over 30% recycled plastics by 2025 and are striving for a long-term goal of more than 50%.”

At the end of 2019, the company acquired Dutch film manufacturer Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging (AFP, Apeldoorn; www.afpholland.com) from the previous owner Jindal (New Delhi / India; www.jindalfilms.com) (see Plasteurope.com of 28.11.2019). With production sites in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and France and around 1,200 employees, Trioworld is a leading European PE film manufacturer. In 2018, the group was taken over by Swedish investment company Altor .

Swedish PE film supplier changes name to Trioworld / Reorganisation underway

-Honeywell UOP to provide technologies, licensing for aromatics complex

Honeywell announced that Hengyi Industries will use advanced reforming and aromatics technologies from Honeywell UOP at its integrated petrochemical complex in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The facility will process 200,000 barrels per day. UOP will provide a range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, operator training, and technical services for start-up and continuing operations. Chemicals Biotechnology PolyesterPSF

“The increased demand for paraxylene in Asia has led companies to invest in technologies for the conversion of crude oil to petrochemicals on a larger scale,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of the UOP Process Technologies business. “Hengyi Industries selected UOP process technology to further expand its aromatics plant and meet the growing demand for paraxylene in the region.”

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-Nylon 6 CS chip into intensive profit-taking sales

Following the strong increase in caprolactam market, nylon 6 conventional spinning chip market has risen rapidly since China market reopened on Feb 18, 2021. In the week starting from Feb 22 and ending Feb 26, the quotation of medium-viscosity bright CS chips from mainstream factories has further elevated to 15,100yuan/mt, 6 months payment, delivered. The market seems have stabilized after hitting this height. The temporary stabilized CS chip is mainly due to the following factors.

First, the commodity market, including crude oil and international copper, has seen short-term adjustments, and there are divided point of views on market outlooks.

Nylon 6 conventional spinning chip plants had sold stocks intensively before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. As CS chip plants mostly replenish CPL from term contract, their cost line is decided by Sinopec’s monthly contract settlement.

And Sinopec had raised the Feb contract nomination dramatically to 13,100yuan/mt by Feb 23, a rate much higher than the expectation before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday (Reasons for post-holiday CPL price hike are explained in insight report “Caprolactam finds some solid supports after a bullish start”. ) There comes the problem, chips sold before the CNY holiday was based on a lower cost of CPL, while actual monthly cost of CPL has been elevated significantly afterwards. Thus CS chip plants are suffering great losses.

Nylon 6 CS chip into intensive profit-taking sales

-NOVA Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with PCR

NOVA Chemicals Corporation (NOVA Chemicals) has developed a series of customizable film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin (PCR). The film structures, which incorporate post-consumer low-density and linear low-density polyethylene (rLDPE/LLDPE), can be tailored to meet the demands of film applications including heavy-duty sack, collation shrink, stretch film, agricultural film, trash bags and liners, food packaging and protective packaging for e-commerce, such as bubble wrap and air pillows

Greg DeKunder, vice president, polyethylene marketing, NOVA Chemicals, said the new film structure designs further advance the company’s commitment to supporting industry-wide adoption of PCR. “The introduction of these film structure designs is one of several initiatives we are pursuing to make it easier and more practical for the industry and our customers to incorporate PCR into new packaging and products,” he explained. “The addition of our portfolio of PCR will allow NOVA Chemicals to be a one-stop supplier for our customers’ virgin and recycled polyethylene needs.”

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-Asia petchem markets bullishness set to continue amid tightening supply, high oil prices

Across the board bullishness seen in Asia’s petrochemical markets is likely to continue in the near term on tight supply in key China market ahead of its peak turnaround season, along with robust downstream demand and crude oil prices.

Recent petrochemical production outages in the US as a result of a polar storm earlier this month are also impacting Asia’s trade as players seek to fill in the shortfall in global supply, as seen in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and  bisphenol A (BPA) markets.

“Swing producers” are diverting cargoes from China in search of much better netbacks in Europe, Latin America and the US – the three regions most directly affected by the US outages. Swing producers include those in the Middle East and South Korea, according to John Richardson, ICIS senior consultant.

Chemical plants and refineries in the US are beginning to restart their operations following the recent polar storm in the Gulf Coast, a process that could last for days or even weeks.

The shortages in the US are supporting Asia’s vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) markets with discussions at record highs last week.

China’s refineries and downstream units typically enter the peak maintenance season from April each year.

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-Over 540MW of green hydrogen capacity announced in Spain during February

Over 540MW* of electrolyser capacity is expected to be developed based on different renewable hydrogen project announcements in Spain during February, the latest in a series that will likely accelerate and expand in the coming months.

The announcements of new renewable and electrolysis capacity are likely to lower the cost of renewable hydrogen production in the following years.

The Iberian Peninsula has proven attractive not only for domestic but also for international initiatives like the Hydeal Ambition project.

ENDESA TO DEVELOP 23 PROJECTS

On 1 February, Spanish utility Endesa announced it had submitted a letter of interest to the Ecological Transition ministry to develop 23 renewable hydrogen projects in Spain, involving 340MW of electrolyser capacity fed with an additional 2GW renewable power capacity.

Over 540MW of green hydrogen capacity announced in Spain during February

-The Opportunity of Chemical Recycling

Audi is present in more than 100 markets and produces automobiles at 13 locations. Our supplier network comprises 14,000 direct suppliers from more than 60 countries. Changes that we initiate have a major impact on all those who are part of our network. We can achieve a great deal together.

With its suppliers, Audi is placing an emphasis on the efficient and economical use of the resources we need for manufacturing our products.

Our ambition is to be a pioneer with regard to handling these recyclable materials. Our goal is to establish closed-loop systems and obtain new recyclable materials from waste. I firmly believe that our industry must put sustainability at the core of its philosophy in order to be successful in the future.

The pilot project for chemical recycling is a prime example of this goal.

It is designed to demonstrate that technology and innovation can lead to greater sustainability in Germany as a business location.

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-Milliken & Company announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make it possible to incorporate up to 100% recycled content into these new plastics.

Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make it possible to incorporate up to 100% recycled content into these new plastics.

Milliken & Company announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

-Lanxess to acquire French biocide manufacturer

Lanxess says it has acquired Intace SAS (Paris, France), a biocide manufacturer that makes specialty fungicides for the packaging industry, according to Chemweek.

The companies signed an agreement yesterday and the transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, Lanxess says. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

“With the acquisition of Intace, we are strengthening our biocide technology platform for packaging and labels in the consumer goods industry. We are also following a trend: plastics are more and more being replaced by paper in packaging,” says Nicolas Gallacier, head/marketing industrial reservation & coatings at Lanxess material protection products.

Intace’s products are used in paper, paperboard, soap packaging, labels, and bank notes, with the company generating sales in the mid-single-digit million euro range in 2020, Lanxess says.

As MRC informed before, in January, 2021, Lanxess completed the sale of its membrane business to French resource management firm SUEZ. The deal was previously announced in July, 2020, as Lanxess realigned its water treatment technologies segment, resulting in the sale of its reverse osmosis membrane business.

Lanxess to acquire French biocide manufacturer

-Environment: Shifting from small to medium plastic bottles could reduce PET waste

A 20% shift in beverage sales from small to medium-sized plastic bottles could reduce the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste in the USA by over 9,000 tonnes annually, a study in Scientific Reports suggests.

PET is the dominant material used in plastic bottles containing non-alcoholic beverages. Rafael Becerril-Arreola and Randolph Bucklin weighed 187 differently sized PET bottles sold by the best-selling beverage brands in Minnesota, USA, to identify which bottles sizes were the most efficient at delivering the highest volume of beverage for the lowest packaging weight.

To validate their findings, the researchers combined data on sales of different sized PET bottles and the weight of PET waste in Minnesota from 2009 to 2013.

These data were used to estimate the effect that changes in the sales of certain PET bottle sizes could have on PET waste.

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-Consortium campaigns benefits of EPS

A group of 18 European companies active in expanded polystyrene (EPS) raw materials, packaging manufacturing and recycling, have launched a campaign to highlight the environmental, economic and social benefits of EPS packaging.

The campaign – called Smart Packaging Europe – launches as European policymakers and industry alike are striving for more resource-efficient and circular packaging and to reduce the amount of litter in the environment. Smart Packaging Europe aims to demonstrate that EPS has an important role to play in the future European packaging market. “We fully support efforts to reduce pollution and are doing our part by investing in waste collection, recycling and increasing the use of recycled materials,” said Sven Heppes, spokesman of the campaign. “A variety of recycling options, combined with the fact that EPS packaging generally consists of a single polymer, make EPS one of the most recyclable packaging materials available.”

Consortium campaigns benefits of EPS

-UFlex adds capacity in packaging films

The company has witnessed a surge in demand for multiple lines of businesses while also adding newer clients.

UFlex Ltd, a large, multi-national flexible packaging company based in India, has declared its financial results for the quarter ending December 2020. With packaging becoming a lifeline in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, the company has successfully supported customers and consumers with packaging products in the past quarters.

The company witnessed a surge in demand for multiple lines of businesses while also adding newer clients. The company posted strong growth numbers with Consolidated Net Profit surged by 89% YoY to INR 159.9 crore.

UFlex announced domestic and international expansion for its packaging films business in the results. Speaking of the capacity expansion, Rajesh Bhatia, Group CFO at UFlex Limited, says, “The highlights of this quarter are commissioning of the brownfield BOPET film line in Poland with a capacity of 45,000 TPA. The trial run for our BOPP plant in Hungary and BOPET plant in Nigeria have already commenced, and both the plants are expected to be commissioned soon.

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-New price increases for polyamides and PMMA Due to higher raw material costs, DSM raised Akulon compound prices in March and Röhm is preparing to do so for acrylics.

DSM has announced an increase in the prices of polyamide 6 and 66 based compounds in Europe, the Middle East and Africa starting from 1 March 2021.

The price increase has been set at 150 euros per ton for Akulon PA6 resins and at 200 euros tonnes for the Akulon PA66 grades, a decision motivated by the increase in the price of raw materials.

The Dutch chemical group confirms its commitment to implement cost containment measures, but believes the increases are necessary to support long-term profitability in the supply of engineering plastics.

New price increases for polyamides and PMMA Due to higher raw material costs, DSM raised Akulon compound prices in March and Röhm is preparing to do so for acrylics.

-Técnicas Reunidas: New PTA plant for SASA to be built in Turkey

Técnicas Reunidas officially signed with SASA POLYESTER the contract for the execution of a new petrochemical project for the production of PTA in Adana, Turkey. The new plant will have a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year. The project was announced at the end of 2020. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

Total project investment was estimated by the client at 935 M$. This amount includes the value of the contract of Técnicas Reunidas. The scope of the contract includes engineering, procurement and construction supervision and management. The contract has already been launched and will be executed under a fast track scheme.

The project has a high compromise regarding environmental and social compliance, compiled in the ESIA Report (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) approved in November 2020, that Técnicas Reunidas will observe during the project development.

Técnicas Reunidas: New PTA plant for SASA to be built in Turkey

-Coal-based MEG regains profits on price hike

MEG futures EG2105 contract broke 5,900yuan/mt and spot price stood around 6,400yuan/mt, leaving spot/futures spread at quite high level. With the rapid increase in MEG price, coal-based MEG cash flow also improved.

After the China market returned from Chinese New Year holidays on February 18, coal chemical producers were active to run at high rate. Coal-based MEG cash flow improved despite rising coal prices. For a 200kt/year unit, the cash flow would reach around 1,700-1,750yuan/mt recently. (The cost here includes freight rate and discount, excludes depreciation and financial expenses.)

Inner Mongolia Tongliao GEM Chemical shut its 300kt/year coal-based MEG unit on February 26 for around one week maintenance. Xinhang Energy has restarted its 100kt/year line of its 400kt/year coal-based unit days earlier than original plan. Operating rate of coal-based MEG units was around 64.9% on Feb 25, up 6.1% from the pre-holiday level of 58.8%. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

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-Fabricating the Future with a New Environment Friendly Method of Polymerization

The current use of metal catalysts to develop polymers leads to suboptimal quality polymers that contain metallic impurities and involves a reaction process that is not environment friendly. Recent research by scientists from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, has been in this vein, adding a new twist to a polymerization technique that has been around and successful since the 1980s: living cationic polymerization, where the polymer chain growth does not have the ability to terminate until the monomer is consumed. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated metal free organocatalysis for this reaction at room temperature for vinyl and styrene polymers, two of the most common polymers used in plastics. Their method is not only more efficient than current metal-based methods, but also environment friendly. Their findings are published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Polymer Chemistry.

In their study, they first tested the applicability of non-ionic and multidentate (or several electron-pair accepting) halogen bonding organocatalysts, specifically two iodine-carrying polyfluoro-substituted oligoarenes, to the living cationic polymerization of isobutyl vinyl ether.

Fabricating the Future with a New Environment Friendly Method of Polymerization

-ITMA 2023 stand space application opens March 3

The organisers of textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA have announced that stand space application for ITMA 2023 will open on March 3, 2021. The exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, from June 8-14, 2023. According to show owner Cematex, and organiser ITMA Services, many enquiries have been received from participants since last year. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

“The pandemic has changed the world in many unprecedented ways. We are now moving into a new world where the digital space has become more commonplace. At the same time, it has underscored the importance of face-to-face meetings, which all of us will appreciate more than ever once it becomes possible again,” Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services, said in a press release.

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-PET Bottle Recycling Campaign Spreads, Spurring Trend of ESG Management

The amount of single-use plastic waste is increasing at a remarkable pace as the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to exponential growth in food deliveries and online shopping. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The more plastics are used, the more important it is to dispose of them separately.

In particular, the separate disposal of transparent PET bottles, a recyclable item with high added value, is attracting attention.

The Ministry of Environment announced that the launch of a campaign to promote the separate disposal of transparent PET bottles at all of the nation’s multi-family unit dwellings, including apartments, from December 25, 2020.

Transparent PET bottles can be recycled into various items, including clothes, bags and cosmetics bottles. Transparent PET bottles disposed of separately could lead to the generation of 100,000 tons of high-quality raw material per year.

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-Don’t Believe the U.S. Energy Independence Hype

Simply producing more than you consume might qualify as self-sufficiency, but not true independence. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The U.S. is energy independent, right? Well, that’s what some politicians would have you believe, but it’s not really true in any meaningful sense of the word “independent.”

In its broadest sense, energy independence can be taken to mean that the country produces more energy than the country consumes. That is the basis on which politicians make the claim, but it conceals a whole host of mutual dependencies with foreign states that cannot be ignored. I would argue that the situation is more accurately described as self-sufficiency rather than true independence.

In 2019, the U.S. produced more primary energy (principally oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels and some electricity) than it consumed. It was the first time the country had done so since the 1950s, and it’s on that fact that claims of energy independence hang.

Don’t Believe the U.S. Energy Independence Hype

-Insights into the circularity potential of polystyrene – mechanical recycling

highly attended online event with a total of 877 registrants together with Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers. The event gave insights into the circularity capacity of polystyrene, and the great strides forwards that have been made both in the areas of food contact mechanical recycling and depolymerisation and their favourable environmental footprint. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

Today, we take a look back at some key takeaways of the event, explore recent developments in closed loop food contact mechanical recycling of polystyrene and take a sneak peek on what to expect in 2021.

Jens Kathmann, Secretary-General at SCS, highlights the fact that polystyrene has everything it takes for a truly circular food contact material. Big steps forward have been made when it comes to achieving this via mechanical recycling.

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-PRECISION SORTING THANKS TO THE WESTERIA AIRLIFT

Westeria’s AirLift is notably precise as far as sorting fractions made up of components that differ in specific weight present in waste streams.

Regulations governing plastics products are requiring the use of larger proportions of recycled materials. Germany’s Packaging Act specifies a material recycling rate of 58.5% for plastics packaging, a rate which is set to rise to 63% from 2022.

These regulations disregard economic factors such as the oversupply of plastic scrap and the reduced prices for virgin plastics.

This means the requirements on the quality and purity of the input for recycling are increasing. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

If greater quantities of recycled material are to be obtained from post-consumer waste, greater attention has to be paid to the processing step upstream of recycling, particularly sorting.

PRECISION SORTING THANKS TO THE WESTERIA AIRLIFT

-Mondelez unveils strategy to collect 40 million tons of wastes

Mondelez Philippines joined hands with The Plastic Flamingo (The Plaf), a global social enterprise that seeks to reduce oceanic waste and marine pollutants, in the retrieval of plastic wastes to transform them into useful pieces that will benefit people and communities. Chemicals Biotechnology CircularEconomy

The collaboration involves the collection of an initial 40 million tons of plastic wastes that will be cut-up into pieces and molded to form “eco-logs” or “eco-bricks”.

While the company strives to carve noteworthy innovations in making production processes responsive to the environment, it also took the tall task of co-creating a circular plastics economy, which is also the main agenda of The Plam.

“We have this new initiative with The Plastic Flamingo that started last year, where we had an agreement to collect just 1 metric ton of post-consumer plastic wastes. But we eventually decided to expand this in 2021 to 40 metric tons,” said Mondelez Philippines country manager for corporate and government affairs Joseph Fabul.

“You see, the company is committed to make a substantial investment in collection, segregation, and recycling of wastes. And part of that substantial investment will go to plan for this project,” said Fabul.

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-Investing in Better – Klöckner Pentaplast launches its new sustainability strategy

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp or the company), a leading global manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions with industry-leading use of recycled content, announced the launch of its new sustainability strategy, ‘Investing in Better’. This follows on from the recent announcement of the successful completion of kp’s entire capital structure refinancing, which is the first of its kind to incorporate an ESG-Ratchet Linked Term Loan marketed to U.S. investors. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

With the new ‘Investing in Better’ sustainability strategy, the company has set itself ten clear targets for long-term improvement grouped into three key objectives: Close the Loop, which commits kp to using more recycled material, closing the packaging loop and taking every opportunity to make packaging recyclable. Work Smarter encompasses targets that focus on using less energy, cutting carbon emissions and ending landfill. And Act Responsibly, builds on the cornerstone of kp culture of continuous improvement in the areas of employee engagement, safety, and will enable kp to become a more diverse and inclusive company.

Klöckner Pentaplast launches its new sustainability strategy

-New Ultramid® Advanced grades with carbon-fiber reinforcement for low-weight and high-performance parts

Carbon-fiber reinforced polyphthalamides (PPA) with outstanding mechanical properties for the replacement of aluminum and magnesium

For structural automotive applications, consumer electronics and loaded industrial equipment Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

BASF is now expanding its polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio of Ultramid® Advanced with carbon-fiber reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30 and 40 percent. The benefits of these new materials: They make for extremely lightweight parts, can safely replace aluminum and magnesium without loss in stiffness and strength and are electrically conductive. The new grades combine these properties with the advantages of Ultramid® Advanced N (PA9T) which makes them unique among carbon-fiber reinforced PPAs already available in the market: high dimensional stability due to low water uptake, excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance, high strength and modulus. The new carbon-fiber (CF) reinforced grades can be used to manufacture automotive structural parts for body, chassis and powertrain, for pumps, fans, gears and compressors in industrial applications as well as for stable and ultra-lightweight components in consumer electronics. With this offering, BASF complements its PPA portfolio of more than 50 grades already available on the market.

New Ultramid® Advanced grades with carbon-fiber reinforcement for low-weight and high-performance parts

-Itochu, Air Liquide eye hydrogen supply chain in Japan

Japanese trading house Itochu and its energy trading subsidiary Itochu Enex have agreed with French industrial gas supplier Air Liquide to develop a hydrogen supply chain near major Japanese cities and tap potential growth in demand to supply fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The three firms are planning to jointly discuss the possibility of a project located in major Japanese cities to produce cost-competitive hydrogen for consumption in nearby areas and supply local hydrogen fuelling stations. They are also targeting to expand hydrogen supplies to the manufacturing sector and for industrial mobility use, such as trucks and buses.

Japan has pledged to ban sales of new gasoline-only cars and only sell electric vehicles by 2035 under its roadmap to achieve a decarbonised society by 2050. The policy is expected to increase demand for FCEVs, as well as fuel cell transport trucks for commercial use. Japan is projected to require 3mn t/yr of hydrogen in 2030.

 Itochu, Air Liquide eye hydrogen supply chain in Japan

-Optimism returns to European plastics industry

The European plastics industry remains largely optimistic about the months ahead, but a full return to pre-pandemic business levels anytime soon seems unlikely, a survey has found. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

Although initial vaccine rollouts have yet to have led to an easing of lockdowns in most European countries, just around half (47 per cent) of European plastics industry companies across all sectors expected their business performance in the first half of 2021 to outpace results from the previous six months, according to the survey by Plastics Information Europe (PIE).

Another 42 per cent foresaw a stable business situation in the coming months compared with H2 2020, while the remaining 11 per cent were anticipating declines.

Optimism is highest in German-speaking Europe and Scandinavia, where more than 58 per cent and 56 per cent of firms respectively forecasted business improvement. Southeastern European and French respondents were more pessimistic – probably a consequence of being hit harder by Covid-19, PIE suggested. Nearly 26 per cent of companies in Ireland and the UK projected declines.

Optimism returns to European plastics industry

-Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay launch TECHSYN to give tyres unrivalled strength and environmental performance

  • TECHSYN combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailor-made silica to create tyres with up to 30% better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to 6%.1
  • As a result, TECHSYN reduces overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions2, enhances tread mileage3 to extend a tyre’s designed life and cuts raw material consumption in the long term.
  • TECHSYN went from concept to reality in just 24 months, thanks to the unique expertise and close collaboration between partners Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay.  Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

Unlocking a new era of sustainable mobility

TECHSYN combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailormade silica, interacting at a molecular level, to deliver outstanding performance with no trade-offs.

Each material found in TECHSYN was developed in parallel by the three companies to create a tyre technology platform that provides unrivalled performance. TECHSYN enables tyres to achieve up to 30 per cent better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to six per cent, compared to other conventional Bridgestone EMIA4 summer products, without compromising any other performance areas. With the goal of ensuring less tyre wear material loss, extra focus was placed on performance improvements in tyre wear throughout the development of TECHSYN.  Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

As a result of these improvements, TECHSYN augments the sustainable performance of the tyres it’s applied to by reducing overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and enhancing tread mileage.2 TECHSYN’s durability extends the designed lifespan of tyres made with it by approximately 30 per cent3, to ultimately result in a tyre that needs to be changed less frequently and reduces the consumption of raw materials in the long-term.

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-LG Chem Developing Pilot Production Line For Tesla’s 4680 Batteries: Report

It’s the third player after Tesla itself and Panasonic to work on 4680-type batteries.

LG Chem’s LG Energy Solution is busy at work building its pilot manufacturing line for the 4680 cylindrical battery cells (announced by Tesla during Battery Day), according to unofficial media reports from South Korea. The shift to a 4680 form factor has been expected since October 2020, when we first heard about it and wondered whether Tesla is licensing its 4680 cell technology to the Korean company?

The Elec (via Teslarati) reports that the company already installed some equipment at its Ochang plant in South Korea and intends to start pilot production as soon as possible, maybe even beating Panasonic. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The Japanese competitor is also working on its pilot production line – at the Osaka plant in Japan – with a target for production as early as 2021.

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-Mideast chemicals supply tight amid US outages, strong China demand

Supply tightness prevails in the Middle East chemicals markets and it remains a challenge to scour the region for cargoes amid winter storm-related outages in the US and strong demand coming from China. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The ramifications are felt keenly in the polymer markets.

For both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), selling sentiment is strong on expectations that demand from the US and Latin American buyers will surge, which would affect the Middle East’s allocations to other regions.

Market sentiment has firmed on expectations of tighter supply conditions emerging in March as strong deep-sea demand on account of US outages coincides with pre-Ramadan restocking taking place within the Middle East.

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins on 12 April.

Sellers in the Middle East are also optimistic on improved uptake from China after the country’s week-long Lunar New Year holiday on 11-17 February.

“I see prices continue to skyrocket and in China, things are more bullish than expected,” said ICIS senior consultant Fabrizio Galie.

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-Recycled polyester staple fibre reports regular price rise

From the beginning of December 2020, the prices of recycled polyester staple fibre (PSF) have been increasing with growing PSF futures and downstream yarn demand, supported by the polyester feedstock market. The PSF price rose 9.22 per cent to 5,450.00 CNY/mt in February 2021 (2nd week) compared to 4,990.00 CNY/mt in the last week of November 2020. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

In October 2020, the recycled PSF prices improved 7.36 per cent to 5,250.00 CNY/mt (end of month) from 4,890.00 CNY/mt (beginning of month). However, in November the prices declined 4.95 per cent to 4,990.00 CNY/mt.

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-TreeToTextile Builds Demonstration Plant For Upscaling New Sustainable Textile Fiber

TreeToTextile, owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest, now invests €35 million in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden. It is a critical next step towards commercializing a new sustainable textile fiber, with scalable technology and low manufacturing cost. The aim is to make sustainable textile fibers available to all. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

All over the world, sustainable textile fibers are in growing demand. TreeToTextile is committed to enabling brands, companies, and others with a progressive agenda, to have access to sustainable textile fibers. TreeToTextile offers a new technology to produce biobased textile fibers with a low environmental footprint at an attractive cost level. The new fiber is a regenerated cellulosic fiber, produced from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials from the forest.

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-The Mars parachute rover is woven on the Picanol machine – KW.be

Ypres played a role that should not be underestimated in the safe landing of NASA’s persevering rover on Mars. A heat-resistant canopy, designed to slow the supersonic rover, is woven into a Picanol.

The parachute was tested extensively in a wind tunnel. © T. Wayne. NASA

NASA shared the first images of the successful landing of the persistent rover on Mars Monday evening. Chemicals Biotechnology Recycling Hydrogen

The photos spread around the world and were studied in detail at the Ypres headquarters of the Picanol Group, where the parachute was woven before landing.

“We sell thousands of textile machinery annually to clients in more than 100 countries, but this is the first: Picanol’s first space project,” says company spokesman Frederick Dreiwell.

Heathcoat Fabrics Limited, a UK-based Picanol Group customer, was selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to design and manufacture the canopy.

To weave the parachute, Heathcoat turned into Picanol. “We have the most advanced machines in the world for such technical tasks,” says Dryhoel. “We have a long client relationship with Heathcoat, as Picanol is also looking for the best textile job solution.” Braking: The canopy is woven by OptiMax-i. The “New Standard in Sword Weaving” can be read in a brochure from Picanol. “The fabric of the canopy is woven with such a machine, but also the fabric of the airbags, sails, and bulletproof vests.

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-ExxonMobil tests advanced recycling of plastic waste at Baytown

ExxonMobil has completed the initial phase of a plant trial of an advanced recycling process for converting plastic waste into raw materials for production of polymers, said Chemweek.

ExxonMobil intends to use results from the trial, at existing facilities in Baytown, Texas, to scale-up advanced recycling capabilities at other global facilities, targeting a circular solution for converting difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into feedstock for virgin-quality plastic.

ExxonMobil also announced today that it has formed a joint venture with Agilyx’s Cyclyx International business to develop solutions for aggregating and pre-processing large volumes of plastic waste that can be converted into feedstocks. ExxonMobil holds a 25% equity interest in Cyclyx with Agilyx owning the remaining 75%. Advanced recycling involves breaking down plastic waste to its molecular building blocks which are then used as raw material in the process of making virgin-quality plastic.

“This advanced recycling initiative brings together the strength of ExxonMobil’s integrated petrochemical facilities and our deep technology expertise in chemical processing to capture value from plastic waste and meet our customers’ growing demand for high-performance, certified circular polymers,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical.

ExxonMobil tests advanced recycling of plastic waste at Baytown

-New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

BOPET Films Europe and Searious Business have launched Vita Nova – a new consortium of industry players promoting the use of mono-PET flexible packaging in the circular economy. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

The consortium hopes to deliver valuable results which will enable the European flexible packaging market to respond to growing pressures from both the public and governments to improve the recyclability of flexible packaging.

BOPET Films Europe vice chair Michael Kreuter comments: “We cannot achieve these goals in isolation, and through this Vita Nova initiative we hope to pull together knowledge from across the value chain to improve the circularity of flexible packaging.”

New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

-Braskem invests US$61 million to increase biopolymer production

Braskem is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol which is used in the production of renewable resins. These materials can therefore claim to capture CO2, a greenhouse gas. This raw material is produced at the company’s plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, whose capacity will be increased from the current 200 kton/year to 260 kton/year. The expansion project, budgeted at US$61 million, will be rolled out in 2021 and should be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2022. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

“The increase in biopolymer capacity and production reflects healthy growth in demand from society and our partners for sustainable products, which has increased significantly in recent years. It’s also a strong signal of Braskem’s commitment towards sustainable development which reflects the values of our supply chain partners and our customers. Our business expansion aims to consolidate Braskem’s leadership of the biopolymers market,” said Marco Jansen, global biopolymers leader at Braskem.

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-ELIX POLYMERS – Circular economy operations consolidated under new brand

Spanish ABS manufacturer Elix Polymers (Tarragona; www.elix-polymers.com) said it will centralise all its circular-economy activities under the new “E-Loop” brand name. The supplier said it made the transition towards a circular economy a pillar of its business strategy several years ago, and going forward E-Loop is to represent all circular innovations and solutions for a more sustainable business.

“E-Loop includes two strategic programmes of Elix Sustainable Portfolio Solutions: Circular Plastics and Responsible Innovation,” said Toni Prunera, the company’s head of business development and R&D. Elix said it is a member of several industry sustainability initiatives, including Styrenics Circular Solutions and Plast2bCleaned .

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ELIX POLYMERS - Circular economy operations consolidated under new brand

-RepescaPlas achieves new high value-added products from marine litter

The RepescaPlas project has ended its third year with a total of 4,218kg of marine litter recovered from three Spanish ports by fishermen’s guilds and associations.

As in previous years, the items recovered were classified by marine litter type using the MARNOBA platform at the ports of Marín, Galicia; La Restinga, Canary Islands; and Gandia, Valencia. Samples of the most abundant type, i.e. plastics, were sent to AIMPLAS to be categorised by the nature of the materials and to gain more knowledge about the plastics found, and to the Universidade de Vigo for toxicological analysis. The routes taken by the boats that delivered most marine litter to the port were monitored to allow the Asociación Vertidos Cero (Zero Waste Association) to draw up a map of the areas where this litter is being recovered and to establish the litter density (items/km2). Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

The samples received by AIMPLAS, most of which consisted of PET and LDPE, have helped the institute make progress towards the development of technologies to recover these materials and convert them into new resources, despite their extreme damage from exposure to the marine environment and the difficulty of reintroducing them into the value chain through mechanical recycling.

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-Will direct-spun PSF fall back after surging?

Direct-spun PSF fluctuated upward to high level since 2021. Especially before and after Spring Festival holiday (Feb 11-17), it rose from 6,000yuan/mt to 7,800yuan/mt with an increase of 30%. Polyester yarn was pushed up by the rise of raw materials with an increase of 1,500-2,000yuan/mt. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Alongside the surge of prices, the cash flows of different products have changed.

The cash flow of direct-spun PSF expanded obviously compared with that before the holiday and stayed at about 1,000yuan/mt at present. Polyester yarn had seen cash flow compressed due to stable price before the holiday. With quick increase in price after the holiday, its cash flow enlarged gradually and averaged at 700-800yuan/mt now.

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-Biomaterial production using Coperion’s ZSK technology

Swedish innovation company RenCom has started production of its Renol thermoplastic biomaterial that can be used to replace fossil-based plastics, utilising German firm Coperion’s twin-screw extruder. Following comprehensive studies in Coperion’s extrusion test lab in Stuttgart, Germany, RenCom and Coperion have developed the innovative extrusion process for Renol, a lignin-based material. Using Coperion’s ZSK twin-screw extruder technology lignin can be transformed into durable, reusable biomaterial. Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Coperion has delivered a ZSK twin-screw extruder, gravimetric feeders, a strand pelletising system, a lignin bag dump station and a big bag station to RenCom. The system has now been successfully commissioned and production has already started, according to schedule. RenCom will be able to produce more than 1,000 tonnes/year of biomaterial.

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-drinktec postponed until September 2022

New dates: September 12 to 16, 2022

Industry representatives and Messe München make timely decision in view of the extensive planning trade fairs for industrial goods require and drinktec’s 4-yearly cycle    Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Global reach is key to success: Intercontinental travel for fall 2021 still too uncertain

The drinktec advisory board and Messe München have taken a joint decision today to postpone the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry until the fall of 2022. The new dates are September 12 to 16, 2022. This action was prompted by the international nature of the drinktec event. The decision could not be delayed given that industrial goods trade fairs involve extensive planning and complex high-tech construction work.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, drinktec is registering high demand for floorspace from customers both in Germany and abroad. Three quarters of the available exhibition floorspace has already been booked. “This confidence in the brand and drinktec’s reputation as the world’s leading trade fair in its field are precisely why we need to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München. “Until recently, we assumed that the pandemic situation would improve, making international travel possible. The latest developments have quashed these expectations. Two thirds of all drinktec visitors come from abroad. Of these, half come from other continents.

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-Europe R-PET March outlook bullish on high demand, tight supply

Senior Editor for Recycling, Matt Tudball, looks at March monthly price discussions in the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, and discusses:

Bullish outlook for flake and post-consumer bottle prices

High demand levels from sheet and bottle sectors

Limited availability a growing concern  Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

Europe R-PET March outlook bullish on high demand, tight supply

-There is also a lack of technopolymers ( Italian Language only)

Low supply and rising prices from the third quarter of 2020. New alarm from the French association Polyvia on the short market for plastics.

Those who transform technopolymers in Europe have already taken into account, starting from the third quarter of last year, significant price increases, a trend that continued in the first months of 2021 accompanied by a scarcity of supply, which is compressing the margins of companies of the sector.

ABS, polycarbonate and polyamides are the polymers most affected by this phenomenon.  Chemicals SmartTetiles Recycling Hydrogen

According to Polyvia, Union of French polymer converters, various elements play against, in part already found in the commodities market: interruptions in the production of some polymers or their precursors, growth in exports to Asia, global shortage of containers (with consequent increase in shipping costs) and a marked slowdown in imports to the old continent.

In a period, above all, of decisive recovery in industrial activity, after the slowdowns due to Covid-19, now close to returning to pre-crisis levels.

In fact, the French association notes that, while polyolefins could return to flow into Europe, the short market for engineering plastics could last for many months, also because planned shutdowns of plants, especially in the case of monomers, are expected between spring and the summer.

Increases and low availability would have already been recorded by converters of polycarbonate and polyamide 66, which in some cases had to temporarily suspend supplies or look for alternatives (for example PMMA for transparent parts or PA6 instead of PA66).

However, this scenario is partly mitigated by the slowdown in demand for plastics by the automotive industry, struggling with difficulties in procuring microchips for vehicle electronics.

There is also a lack of technopolymers

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-PET bottle chip price soars above 7000yuanmt, why and how will it trend later on

In merely 3 working days, PET bottle chip price has breached above previous high, rising more than 12%. If compared with 2020 low of 4650yuan/mt and $645/mt, PET bottle chip RMB and USD price has hiked 44% and 48.8% as of Feb 22, which both surpassed 2020 high point. On Feb 23, quote has moved up to 7200-7400yuan/mt by cash EXW, and some large plant even raised offer for 3 times, traders generally stopped quoting or continuously revising up offer.

How long could PET resin sustain its uptrend?

From feedstock side, WTI and Brent oil futures both hiked above previous high, driving up polyester feedstock cost. Some international evaluation institutions have also raised their high estimates. Such rising trend stimulated by the inflation may not end within short term. From industry side, average operating rate of the polyester plants is around 85.9%, which is still in the recovery, and O/R of PTA plants is also near this level. Hence, PTA stock level still inched higher. Hence after the holiday, despite expanding PTA turnover, PTA futures price rise is less than that of PX. PTA-PX spread squeezed significantly. Later, PTA may move in line with PX trend. MEG plant in US delayed restart due to the cold wave, hence fundamental was a bit strong. Market may substantially destock in Mar.

PET bottle chip price soars above 7000yuanmt, why and how will it trend later on

-Textile Sector May Lose 50% Of Its Employment In 2021

Covid-19 is sinking the Spanish textile sector, one of the most dynamic sectors of the national economy until the pandemic, which threatens to destroy 50% of employment this year (100,000 jobs) and 50% of companies in some weeks. This is stated by both the president of the Acotex employer, Eduardo Zamácola, and the business consultancy Dipcom Corporate. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

Specifically, according to the president of Acotex, half of the textile and accessories trade that was registered before the pandemic will close before mid-March, which would mean an additional 25% to the bankruptcies already consummated in 2020.

Sales fell 53% in January due to Covid and Filomena

The Business Association of Textile, Accessories and Leather Trade (Acotex) reported that sales of textile, home and accessories garments fell by 53.2% in January compared to the same month in 2020. The restrictions due to the third wave of the coronavirus and the storm Filomena left the sales without effect, which is the period when commerce makes cash.

A person advances on the snow this Saturday in Madrid.A person walks on the snow in Madrid.EFE

Destruction of 100,000 jobs

According to data from Dipcom Corporate, the sector could end 2021 with just 100,000 textile jobs, compared to 200,000 at the beginning of 2020.

Textile Sector May Lose 50% Of Its Employment In 2021

-Sumitomo Chemical licenses high-pressure PE technology to Russian petchem firm

Sumitomo Chemical has concluded an agreement with Kazanorgsintez (KOS), in the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation, to license out its high-pressure production process for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) to boost KOS’s polyethylene production, said the company.

KOS started manufacturing polyethylene in 1965. Among the leading Russian petrochemical companies, it is now one of the largest domestic producers of polyethylene. With the goal of increasing production capacity and further diversifying the product mix at its manufacturing site in Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan, KOS is removing part of its existing manufacturing facilities and installing a state-of-the-art facility. For this facility, KOS has adopted Sumitomo Chemical’s high-pressure production process. The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 100KTA. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

Sumitomo Chemical’s high pressure polyethylene technology is a proprietary autoclaving polyethylene production process, which is switchable between LDPE and EVA in one manufacturing facility. For EVA, a wide range of product grades can be accommodated by adjusting the spike level of vinyl acetate. The technology is also energy efficient because of its high monomer reaction efficiency, and offers excellent operational stability. These points were highly regarded and led to the conclusion of this license agreement.

Sumitomo Chemical licenses high-pressure PE technology to Russian petchem firm

-Light-diffusing masterbatch for evenly backlit surfaces

Many LED light sources have a problem with creating uniform diffused light, resulting in brightness concentrations, or ‘hot spots’, on backlit surfaces. Light-diffusing (LD) masterbatches  from Tosaf Color Service effectively prevent this.

In extensive laboratory trials, the micro-fillers it contains were optimised with regard to material, refractive index, transparency, geometry and dimensions.

As a result, only very small amounts of masterbatch (1-2%) are needed to effectively scatter the light in originally transparent material, predominantly polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC). Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

At the same time, the light transmission and mechanical properties of the base material are largely retained. In addition to color-neutral grades, combinations with specific colorings and other functional properties such as UV stabilisers are available.

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-Neopac develops plastic tube with reduced wall thickness

Hoffmann Neopac has introduced the latest addition to its EcoDesign tube portfolio – a new lightweight plastic tube with reduced wall thickness comprising up to 30% less virgin material.

According to the company, the use of such lighter-weight packaging reduces both shipping costs and extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees.

The new solution is available in plastic tube diameters ranging from 30-50mm, and in four substrate varieties: polyethylene and recycled tubes, each with or without EVOH barrier. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

The reduction of material usage is most apparent in the tube’s wall thickness, which has been reduced from 0.5 mm to 0.35 mm without, Neopac says, sacrificing “exemplary” haptics. Low profile closures are already in the pipeline with the aim of achieving maximum weight reduction in plastic tubes.

Neopac develops plastic tube with reduced wall thickness

-What do we know about the Plastic Packaging Tax?

With just more than a year to go until the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, Martin Hyde, policy leader at environmental consultancy Comply Direct, looks at what we do and don’t know.

We are just over a year away from the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

With significant financial and administrative implications for producers, it is imperative that businesses are able to identify their requirements and responsibilities under the tax so they can properly prepare for its implementation next year.

We know the tax will come into force in April 2022. How much it will cost is an area of little discussion; the treasury position is that the cost of £200 per tonne will apply to any ‘tax liable’ plastic packaging where 30% recycled content cannot be demonstrated.

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-In 2050, Michelin tires will be 100% sustainable

By 2050, MICHELIN tires will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, biosourced or otherwise sustainable materials

Inspired by the VISION concept tire introduced in 2017, an airless, connected, rechargeable and entirely sustainable solution, the Michelin Group is committed to making its tires 100% sustainable by 2050.

Today, nearly 30%* of the components used in the manufacture of tires produced by the Michelin Group are already made from natural, recycled or otherwise sustainable raw materials. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

A Michelin tire is a high-tech product comprising more than 200 ingredients. The main one is natural rubber, but the many ingredients also include synthetic rubber, metal, fibers and components that strengthen a tire’s structure, like carbon black, silica and plasticizers (resins, etc.). Incorporated in perfect proportions, these materials interact to deliver an optimal balance of performance, driveability and safety, while steadily reducing the tire’s environmental impact.

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-China PTA futures hit one-year high

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) futures on China’s Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) closed at a one-year high today on the back of rising feedstock paraxylene (PX) costs and possible maintenance shutdowns in March.

The main May-delivery (TA2105) contract has risen for three straight sessions to close at 4,718 yuan/t ($608/t) today, the highest since 21 February 2020.

Gains in feedstock PX prices are the main factor behind this week’s rise in PTA futures. PX prices on a cfr China basis have increased by more than $100/t – from $750/t to $860/t – since trading resumed after the lunar new year holidays on 18 February. This has helped squeeze PTA production margins in the Chinese domestic market to Yn300/t, down from Yn400/t in January to an uncomfortable level for most PTA producers. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

The narrowing production margins have prompted some producers to consider shutting down for maintenance. Hengli Petrochemical and Xinfengming have indicated they may carry out turnarounds at their PTA production lines next month.

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-OPRL extends partnerships for innovative, sustainable packaging

OPRL, the recycling labelling and recyclable packaging design not-for-profit, has opened a new membership category for organisations sharing its goals.

The inaugural members are the Bio-based & Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA), the Forest Stewardship Council(c) UK (FSC(c) UK), IOM3 and the Packaging Federation.

The aim of OPRL’s new Associate Membership scheme is to provide a framework for closer collaboration with other organisations, often with widely overlapping memberships, to provide mutual support, expertise and to promote each other’s activities in order to provide greater benefits to members. Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

OPRL extends partnerships for innovative, sustainable packaging

-HDPE & PP MARKET IN EUROPE STATE OF PLAY – PRODUCTION, COLLECTION AND RECYCLING DATA

INTRODUCTION

This report, delivered by PRE, provides the latest data and trends regarding:

• The current state of the HDPE & PP market in Europe;

• Key changes impacting the market and the challenges faced by the supply chain; and

• What the future HDPE & PP recycling chain might look like.

PRE intends to update and re-publish this ‘State of the Market’ report every second year.  Chemicals Polyamide Recycling Hydrogen

This report uses best available data sources to present data estimates, alongside results from a survey of market experts from the industry of HDPE and PP recyclers. PRE has also launched an internal survey of its members to check and improve on data estimates with figures collected directly from facilities, but in this case statistical representativeness will only be achieved in future updates to the report. The first year’s data presented here will provide a benchmark from which to analyse future developments and trends, including outlining remaining gaps in data to support full supply chain analysis. All data sources references in this report are listed in the Annex.

PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

Net demand for HDPE was reported by Eurostat at 6.2 Mt, and net demand for PP at 10.5 Mt.1 Together, HDPE and PP account for almost a third of all converter demand in the EU28 for polymer resins.2

Europe produces almost enough to meet internal demand – 92% of net EU28 demand for HDPE can be met by EU28 production and

supply; for PP, the figure is 98%. Recyclate from post-consumer rigid product applications within the EU28 meets approximately 8% of demand for HDPE and 3% of demand for PP (12% of demand for HDPEand 5% of demand for PP when pre-consumer recyclate is included).

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Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +600
Bottle grade PET chips export market 960 $/ton 1,050 $/ton- +9
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,975 yuan/ton 6,600 yuan/ton +625
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton +650
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,260 yuan/ton 4,735 yuan/ton +475
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
585 $/ton 680 $/ton +95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton +600
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 770 $/ton 853 $/ton- +83
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 802 $/ton 882 $/ton +80
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 878 $/ton 864  $/ton +86
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester

770 $/ton 850 $/ton +80
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,075 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton
+845
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,600 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +800
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8.600 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +750
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +1,000
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester
7,150 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton +900
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton +400
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
+1,350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,670 $/ton 1,830 $/ton +160
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,950 $/ton +170
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton +550
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 13,800 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton +1,450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 33,500 yuan/ton 38,000 yuan/ton +4,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester

16,000 yuan/ton 17,100 yuan/ton +1,100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,650 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton +1,350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +1,300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 62,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +12,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,000 yuan/ton 70,000 yuan/ton +10,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,000 yuan/ton 60,000 yuan/ton +9,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,150 yuan/ton 10,750 yuan/ton +1,650
Benzene domestic market 6,400 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +250
Benzene overseas  market 801 $/ton 898 $/ton
+97
Ethylene South East market 865 $/ton 1,000 $/ton +135
Ethylene NWE  market 1,173 $/ton 1,164 $/ton -9
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 15,500 yuan/ton +2,500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,900 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +300
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,000 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,700 yuan/ton +700
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling Polyester 8,470 yuan/ton 8,420 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  578 $/ton 600 $/ton
+22
Phenol domestic market 7,720 yuan/ton 8,640 yuan/ton -80

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-Colors and sustainability in contract and automotive carpeting

RadiciGroup and Avient team up to create carpet samples based on the new ColorForward 2022 Palette

Despite added challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Avient ColorWorks™ and RadiciGroup once again worked together to create carpet samples that are part of Avient’s ColorForward 2022 trend-analysis and color-forecasting guide for the polymer industry. The 16th edition of the annual kit, announced in December, includes four societal trends and twenty related colors that can be expected to resonate with consumers consciously or unconsciously in the next few years.

The colors are rendered in several different forms, including traditional color chips, sample cards, various molded forms and fiber pom poms. RadiciGroup produced carpet samples aimed at contract and automotive applications.

For the first time, RadiciGroup used its proprietary Renycle® BCF yarn for the creation of the samples. Made from recycled nylon 6, Renycle® is a highly valued material because of its excellent resistance and versatility.

“This is the 5th year of collaboration between our companies,” says Heike Schmidt, Marketing & Carpet Application Manager at RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions. “Avient ColorWorks is synonymous with reliability and innovation in the color sector. By working with them on the creation of the Renycle® carpets included in ColorForward 2022, RadiciGroup can create and propose new, inspirational and sustainable samples and yarns to its customers.”

Colors and sustainability in contract and automotive carpeting

-BOOSTING OUR TRANSFORMATION Eni strategic plan 2021-2024: towards zero emissions

“Eni is strongly committed to continue to play a key role in sustainability and innovation, supporting social and economic development in all our activities.

Today we are taking another step forward in boosting our transformation. We commit to the full decarbonization of all our products and processes by 2050. Our plan is concrete, detailed, economically sustainable and technologically proven.

Today we are also announcing the merge of our renewable and retail businesses. With this new entity, our large customer base will continue to grow in synergy with our renewable business.

Additionally, the combination of our bio-refining and marketing businesses will play an important role in delivering sustainable mobility. These initiatives will greatly contribute to the decarbonization of our products, impacting positively on our customers.

Finally, thanks to a strong financial discipline and a resilient cash generation, we can upgrade our distribution policy reflecting the strategic progress of our plan.”

BOOSTING OUR TRANSFORMATION Eni strategic plan 2021-2024: towards zero emissions

-Fiber prices extend higher: chemical fibers catching up with cotton and VSF

Overall fiber market witnessed an uptrend start after the Lunar Chinese New Year holiday, apparently earlier than past years.

On Feb 22, prices of many products moved up compared with Feb 19, the first trading day after Spring Festival, and the increment of VSF, PFY, PSF, spandex, polyester yarn and rayon yarn outpaced others. In fact, this round of increase could be described as the continuity and fermentation of the pre-holiday market. Prices of PSF soared by 20% compared with 1 month ago and those of spandex 40D surged by as high as 8,000yuan/mt.

Increment of PSF and PFY seemed to be too strong, while recent uptrend of chemical fibers such as polyester fiber was more like a catch-up.

From the angle of tempo, cotton prices touched bottom in Apr 2020 and started an upward trend since the National Day holiday. VSF prices bottomed out in Q3 2020 and rapidly extended gains at the end of 2020. Polyester fibers performed relatively milder, which rallied in end-2020 and gradually chased up afterward.

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-ELIX Polymers launches E-LOOP brand for Circular Economy activities

E-LOOP covers all initiatives in sustainable products, design, and services

Tarragona, February 23, 2021 – ELIX Polymers, a global leader in specialised styrenic-based thermoplastics, has put all of its Circular Economy activities under a new brand name, E-LOOP.

The company made the transition towards a circular economy a pillar of its business strategy several years ago. The E-LOOP brand will in future represent all of its circular innovations and solutions for more sustainable business.

“E-LOOP includes two strategic programmes of ELIX Sustainable Portfolio Solutions – Circular Plastics and Responsible Innovation,” said Toni Prunera, Head of Business Development and R&D /IP at ELIX Polymers, at the unveiling of the new brand.

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-The next step for fully circular plastic packaging

Traceability and transparent recycled content certification could help Europe achieve a fully circular economy, writes RecyClass Chairman Paolo Glerean.

As public concern over climate change has entered the mainstream in recent years, consumers are increasingly opting for products with lower environmental impact.Meanwhile, companies are striving to make the transition from a linear to a circular economy,which requires reliable certification of their environmental impact to prove the sustainability of their businesses.

The plastic waste crisis has shown that these claims, which are based on guiding principles like clarity and straightforwardness, are of particular importance for plastic products. Transparency plays a key role here in recyclability and recycled content reporting.

The next step for fully circular plastic packaging

-Werner & Mertz increases rPET share in its bottles to 50% from Yellow Bag

Werner & Mertz, the Mainz-based manufacturer of detergents and cleaning products, together with its cooperation partner ALPLA in the Recyclate Initiative, has increased the share of recyclates from the Yellow Bag in its product bottles to 50 percent.

The PET Recycling Team Wolfen GmbH has achieved what many considered impossible. The first 200,000 bottles for the Frosch brand will be in use as of March 2021.

By the end of the year, all PET bottles will be converted to the new composition.

Advanced mechanical recycling with fully automated system

Werner & Mertz increases rPET share in its bottles to 50% from Yellow Bag

-OQ’s New Luban High-speed Raffia Grade Performs “Exceptionally Well” in Commercial-Scale Trials

Luban Homopolymer PP added to the most coveted ‘Recommended’ Starlinger list after successful trials

OQ – the global integrated energy company has completed trials of its homopolymer PP grade, Luban HP 1102LC, for the production of high-speed raffia tapes, demonstrating significantly improved line speed and lower processing temperatures.

Sergej Stryuk, Product Development & Application Manager for Lummus Novolen Technology explains, “The newly developed 1102LC enables raffia producers to operate high-speed lines at maximized output”, while maintaining excellent physical properties of the produced raffia tapes. This includes higher tenacity and elongation combined with reduced residual shrinkage compared to standard grades. The successful development of new grade for raffia application is the result of a close collaboration between Lummus Novolen Technology and OQ (Oman), and is an impressive example of the strong partnership between Lummus Novolen Technology and its licensees.

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-Agthia and Veolia reinforce their commitment for a more circular economy in the UAE

Initiatives of the cooperation include enhancing recycling of PET bottles and assessing the opportunity to include recycled PET (rPET) in Agthia’s water bottling industry

2 tons of recyclables from over 1,000 users were collected using the Recapp app within the first 3 months of its soft launch.

Abu Dhabi: Agthia Group PJSC, a leading regional food and beverages company announced that it continues to propel its partnership with Veolia, a global leader in optimized resource management, via successful sustainability initiatives launched over the past year. The MoU between Agthia and Veolia was first signed during the 2020 edition of Gulfood and underscores the shared commitment of the two companies to drive sustainability efforts by working together with the community.

One such initiative was the launch of the Recapp mobile application, an innovative digital service developed by Veolia to provide a free of charge door to door collection for recyclables in Abu Dhabi. Agthia and Veolia worked hand in hand to promote the service and to provide a generous rewarding scheme that has been implemented since the launch of the project in November 2020. In just 3 months, the app has garnered more than 1,000 users and has helped collect more than 2 tons of recyclables.

Agthia and Veolia reinforce their commitment for a more circular economy in the UAE

-BOREALIS TO INVEST IN NEW RTO TO REDUCE CO2 EMISSIONS AT PORVOO POLYOLEFINS PLANT

Borealis Group AG (Vienna, Austria) announced that it is investing EUR 17.6 million in a new Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) for its polyolefins plants in Porvoo, Finland. This equipment will significantly lower the site’s CO2 emissions, reduce flaring and save around 60 gigawatt hours (GWh) energy each year. Project kick-off is in February 2021, with completion planned for 2023.

Using the year 2015 as the baseline, Borealis aims for a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The installation of a new RTO – a piece of air pollution control equipment designed to treat exhaust air – along with the requisite piping for the polyolefins plants, will generate approximately 16 bar steam. This newly-won steam will replace around 50% of the heat energy currently required for Porvoo Polyolefins operations in a cleaner and more efficient way. Projected annual energy savings are approximately 60 GWh.

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-China’s PE, PP futures rise on Texas plant shutdowns

Linear-low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and polypropylene (PP) futures on China’s Dalian commodity exchange rose by another 4pc and 6pc, respectively, today — increasing for a third consecutive day after the 11-17 February lunar new year holiday — on the back of market talk that large-scale unplanned shutdowns of US petrochemical plants will lead to a severe shortage of PE and PP supplies.

May LLDPE futures rose by the maximum daily limit of 8pc on 18 February, the first trading day after the holiday, and by another 4.3pc on 19 February. PP futures moved up by 7pc on 18 February and by another 2.9pc the next day.

Physical prices soared along with the higher futures and crude values. LLDPE in east China is trading at 8,850-9,100 yuan/t ($1,370-1,410/t) today, up by Yn850-950/t from 10 February. PP prices in east China increased by Yn900/t to Yn9,300-9,400/t over the same period.

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-Nova Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin

The film structures can be tailored to meet customer-specific application demands.

Calgary-based Nova Chemicals Corp. has developed a series of customizable film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin (PCR).

The film structures, which incorporate post-consumer low-density and linear low-density polyethylene (rLDPE/LLDPE), can be tailored to meet the demands of film applications including heavy-duty sack, collation shrink, stretch film, agricultural film, trash bags and liners, food packaging and protective packaging for e-commerce, such as bubble wrap and air pillows.

Nova Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin

-Aliplast film waste recycling initiative yields success

A plastics film waste recycling initiative between Aliplast and ceramics maker Panariagroup has resulted in an almost 95 per cent recovery rate.

The initiative – where Aliplast collects LDPE shrink film used to wrap pallets at Panariagroup before recycling it into packaging film – saves more than 450 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the companies claimed.  Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Aliplast said that when compared with the production of virgin plastics, the saving per kg of film produced using Aliplast technology is 2.03kg. Under the closed-loop system, approximately 230,000kg of PE waste is collected each year.

The partnership between the two Italian firms has also given Panariagroup excellent savings in the purchase of virgin material, Aliplast added.

A further advantage is that project falls under Aliplast’s PARI (Plan for the Autonomous Management of Packaging Waste) system. In Italy, PARI companies quality for a reduced environmental contribution to the Government, resulting in economic savings for Aliplast customers.

Aliplast film waste recycling initiative yields success

-Can PX remain strong with plants restarting?

PX price has been rising since Feb, as China PX inventory started to decline in Nov 2020 and some unplanned plant hiccups interrupted PX supply. Meanwhile, crude oil price soared during Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, further driving up PX prices. As a result, PX-naphtha spread widened obviously to 9-month high of $210/mt on Feb 17, and Feb’s average spread was $197/mt as of Feb 19, up 15% from Jan.

In terms of downstream PTA, though the price tracked the rise in crude oil, PTA-PX spread narrowed rapidly to 309yuan/mt on Feb 19, new low since Oct 2018. Meanwhile, acetic acid price has spiked to above 5,400yuan/mt in East China, which means acetic acid constitutes 160~190yuan/mt. In addition, other costs including water, electricity power, steam, labor, etc. amount to more than 150yuan/mt. It testifies to the losses for PTA producers. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

However, Feb Asian PX Contract Price was settled at $705/mt CFR, compared to spot price at $750/mt on Feb 19. Based on 50% PX spot price and 50% ACP, Feb PTA-PX average spread was around 457yuan/mt as of Feb 19, above break-even level and providing some relief to PTA producers.

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-Lexus creates a bespoke interior concept for online gamers

Lexus has unveiled what it is calling the Gamers’ IS, which it says is the first vehicle designed by and for the Twitch online game streaming community. In a livestream last month, more than 554,000 unique viewers watched and weighed in on their favorite features, and voted to decide the car’s final form. Lexus then worked with fabrication specialist SCPS in Los Angeles to realize the design.

More than half (55%) of Twitch voters selected a ‘Neon Tokyo’ style for the interior, featuring an electrified, Japanese pop art aesthetic. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

The ceiling of the cabin is fitted out with a clear layer of acrylic embedded with resin ‘raindrops’, backlit with programmable RGB LED lights, which give the effect of driving under the lights of downtown Tokyo at night in a light rain. Behind the rear seats, LED panels project programmable content onto the rear window, creating an animated backdrop.

Lexus creates a bespoke interior concept for online gamers

-Sustainability drives innovation in packaging

When it comes to sustainable packaging, the idea of “reduce, reuse, recycle” is something that all manufacturers should think about

For almost everything we buy (the exceptions might be cars and houses), packaging is essential. It protects items when they are being transported and preserves them when they are stored or on shop shelves. And it acts as a platform for important messages to be communicated to consumers. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

We need packaging. But we also need packaging that is sustainable. On average, packaging accounts for about 5 per cent of the energy used in the life cycle of a food product, making it a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also a major source of pollution on land and in oceans. Consumers around the world are increasingly concerned about the problems that packaging causes. And that’s why retailers and manufacturers are addressing the issue.

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-SABIC aims to be world’s largest petchem company by 2030, set up plants in NEOM: Al-Benyan

The ambition is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which is considered a compass for SABIC to achieve its goal

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Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) is seeking to become the largest petrochemical company in the world in 2030 after moving to the third place this year, said company Vice Chairman and CEO, Yousef Al-Benyan.

The ambition is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which is considered a compass for SABIC to achieve its goal, while offering excellent growth opportunities for the petrochemical industry.

The company’s expertise on the global level, employees’ determination and the recent discoveries of oil and gas will help achieve the goal, the CEO said in an interview with Rotana Khalejia TV channel.

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-Bally Ribbon Mills to bring smart textiles to commercialization

Pennsylvania based company is incorporating E-Webbings e-textile product base into new designs. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry leader in the design, development, and manufacture of highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, announces it is bringing to commercialization a variety of smart textile products – those that incorporate electronics or other actuation mechanisms into traditional fibre technology.

Working with developers or fabricators making products for OEMs, BRM is using its proprietary E-Webbings e-textile product base as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunicative technology is integrated directly.

BRM’s recent work includes using LED lights to provide illumination embedded within a textile; embedding fibre optics technology that measures mechanical/thermal stress applied to a fibre optic monofilament; and adding metallic coatings on standard textile fibres, especially for applications requiring more than electrical conductivity.

Bally Ribbon Mills to bring smart textiles to commercialization

 

-Iran plans petrochemical BOOM despite US sanctions

Iran’s petchems sector now accounts for over 30 percent of all its non-oil exports and Tehran is planning to boost this further through the build-out of a number of dedicated hubs. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Given the extreme unlikelihood of the US returning to the currently structured Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and Iran’s unwillingness to renegotiate the deal any time soon, the Islamic Republic remains focused on three key areas where it can make money despite ongoing sanctions form Washington.

Alongside the continued development of its huge West Karoun oil fields, the completion of the supergiant South Pars non-associated gas offshore sector (including the implementation of Phase 11 operations), and the finalisation of the crude oil transfer pipeline from Guriyeh to Jask, Iran’s core focus in the current sanctions environment is to optimise the output and revenues from its already world-scale petrochemicals sector.

This has always played a key role in Iran’s ‘resistance economy’ model, the concept of generating value-added returns by leveraging intellectual capital into business development wherever possible.

Iran’s petchems sector now accounts for over 30 percent of all its non-oil exports and Tehran is planning to boost this further through the build-out of a number of dedicated petchems hubs.

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-EU-China trade has significant growth potential, says EUCCC head

According to Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union (EU) Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), the opening up of the services sector and more pro-trade measures could help EU businesses as well as Chinese enterprises further expand their growth.  Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, Wuttke reacted to the EU statistical office Eurostat’s Monday announcement that China overtook the U.S. as the EU’s top trading partner for the first time last year. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU and China have both seen an increase in exports to each other’s markets.

Wuttke said he saw opportunities for both sides to further boost bilateral trade ties.

“We need to keep in mind that the U.S. remains the EU’s number one trading partner when you include services,” he said, adding that this really highlights the untapped potentials of EU-China trade.

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-Baerlocher to feature additive solutions at SPE International Polyolefins Conference

Baerlocher will highlight the contributions of its advanced resin stabilisation technology (RST) to the circular economy at the virtual 2021 SPE International Polyolefins Conference, from 23-24 February through the company’s virtual exhibit and presentation. Chemicals BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

As a Gold event sponsor, Baerlocher will exhibit detailed information on Baeropol T-Blend stabilisers, based on Baerlocher’s RST platform, which can help increase the percentage of recycled content that can be successfully incorporated in extrusion blow moulded HDPE bottles and PE film.

Baerlocher USA’s presentation, titled ‘Advances in Extrusion Blow Molding of Post-consumer Resin’, will focus on the use of stabilisation to prevent thermal and oxidative degradation of polyolefins during both the mechanical recycling and molding processes.

Baerlocher to feature additive solutions at SPE International Polyolefins Conference

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-EU beverage packaging aims to be fully circular by 2030

Launching its Circular Packaging Vision 2030, the industry commits that by 2025 its packaging will be 100% recyclable and its PET bottles using 50% recycled content. It ambitions that by 2030, its PET bottles will be made from 100% recycled and/or renewable PET, where technically and economically feasible. It also pledges that more than 90% of its packaging will be collected and that it will use more refillable packaging. These actions, says UNESDA, are directly contributing to the EU circular economy transition and surpassing EU targets set out in legislation.

“Our goal is that beverage packaging achieves full circularity and is recognised as a resource in a circular economy: it has value, is recyclable, is collected and used as recycled content,” said Ian Ellington, UNESDA president and SVP and Chief Category Officer, PepsiCo Europe. “We believe that packaging is a resource that should never be wasted and are taking numerous actions to achieve full circularity and support the European Commission’s agenda of accelerating the transition towards a green economy.”

EU beverage packaging aims to be fully circular by 2030

-Toppan’s PET-based mono-material flexible packaging adopted for Unilever’s new Lux Luminique sachet set

Packaging for limited-edition design offers enhanced recyclability and contributes to reduction of plastic waste. Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has successfully collaborated with Unilever Japan on quality tests resulting in the adoption of mono-material flexible packaging for “Lux Luminique Sachet Set Limited Design,” which is due to go on sale in Japan from April this year.  Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

With the problem of plastic waste receiving significant attention, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase, and companies around the world are taking various measures focused on targets for better circulation of plastic resources used for packaging and containers. Unilever has announced global commitments for a waste-free world, aiming to halve its use of virgin plastic; help collect and process more plastic than it sells; and ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever is transforming its approach to plastic packing through its ‘Less plastic. Better plastic. No plastic.’ framework and making progress around the world.

Toppan’s PET-based mono-material flexible packaging adopted for Unilever’s new Lux Luminique sachet set

-PreZero opens light packaging sorting plant in Belgium

The ne Germany-based PreZero International has announced that it has started operations at its new sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium, following a one-year construction period. The new automated plant is expected to separate about 80,000 metric tons of material collected from around Brussels and in Belgium’s Flanders’ region. Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

PreZero invested about 46 million euros (or about $56 million) into the site, which will create about 100 jobs. According to a news release from Fost Plus, a nonprofit organization responsible for sorting and collecting household packaging in Belgium, the plant’s separation procedures combine new technology to ensure it can meet the country’s “stringent sorting quotas.” In addition to wind sifters, overbelt magnets and ballistic separators, the Belgium-based plant will feature 26 near-infrared (NIR) devices to sort lightweight packaging into 14 fractions, including plastics polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Fost Plus reports that special robots in the plant will ensure that drink cartons, PET trays and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) packaging can also be separated in subsequent sorting of material.w plant features 26 NIR devices to sort lightweight packaging into 14 fractions.

PreZero opens light packaging sorting plant in Belgium

-PET bottle chip price soars 5% in a single day

The first working day after the Spring Festival holiday, PET bottle chip price hiked to 6500-6600yuan/mt by cash EXW and $900-950/mt FOB Shanghai, respectively up 200-300yuan/mt and $40-50/mt, or 5% from pre-holiday level. If PET has futures market, price fluctuation of the day may have already exceeded the up limit. In terms of trading volume, production and sales of most bottle chip producers is flat. Trading volume of few large plant has surpassed 40kt.

This round of rise is mainly driven by the soaring polyester feedstock, particularly surging MEG, whose price index has risen 8.8% in a single day. Due to the temporary shutdown of refining and chemical units in extremely cold weather in North America, MEG futures hikes to the up limit on the first working day after the holiday, and the spot/EG2105 spread enlarged significantly. Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

PTA rise is less than MEG, and PTA processing spread obviously narrowed, despite the expanding turnover. Later, if some units do undergo maintenance, PTA price may rise.

Export market is another key factor driving up the market. According to CCFGroup statistics, PET bottle chip export value began to rise since end Jan, basically one price a day. According to feedback from some factories, in merely one week to Spring Festival holiday, export order intake has reached more than 20kt. Till Feb 18 afternoon, PET resin export price index had risen 10.4% from $815/mt at end Jan to $900/mt FOB Shanghai.

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-CTK Bio Canada develops bioplastic resins designed to decompose in soil and seawater

We are currently conducting in-depth experimental testing with academic partners to further enhance and validate the technology prior to its planned commercial deployment in 2022. Meanwhile, a provisional patent has been filed.

Currently, more than 360 million tons of plastic waste is generated annually, of which only 9% is recycled. Current estimates are that the mass of marine plastic will be equal to the mass of all fish species by 2050. This ecological disaster is an urgent concern and CTK Bio Canada aims to replace the traditional plastics used in packaging with safer and more sustainable alternatives.

Bioplastics currently account for only 1% of the world’s plastic production, many of which require specialized composting facilities to break them down. High costs, mechanical property issues, and poor long-term stability also limit the broader commercial uptake of bioplastics.  Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Currently, CTK Bio Canada believes it has found a solution. Founded by JK Park and Daniel Siam, the company is a new Canadian subsidiary of South Korean cosmetics giant CTK Cosmetics (“CTK”). CTK has invested heavily in research conducted by a Canadian team to reduce its environmental footprint.

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-U.S. winter storm impacting the polyester value chain, analyst says

The storm currently raging in Texas could have an impact on the global polyester chain, according to market analyst Wood Mackenzie.

As the U.S. deals with this week’s winter storm, refining and petrochemicals outages could have an impact on the global polyester chain, according to market analyst Wood Mackenzie.  Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Power and water outages have affected much of Texas since Feb. 15, and although they’re gradually being restored, access to feedstock remains an issue as wellhead production freezes off.

“The most affected products are paraxylene and monoethylene glycol,” said Salmon Lee, Wood Mackenzie head of polyesters. “In the affected states, capacities of these two important building blocks for polyester production total 3.4 Mt and 4.99 Mt respectively. PTA plants in the U.S. are located outside the disaster zone and are still running. However, this may change if paraxylene supply dries up amid the outages.”

For now, Lee said, U.S. polyester production is reported to be business-as-usual, but uncertainty prevails in the raw material sector if either paraxylene/PTA and/or monoethylene glycol (MEG) supply runs dry – the status of polyester plants could change very quickly.

U.S. winter storm impacting the polyester value chain, analyst says

-Versalis: new certified product range for sustainability

Eni’s chemical company has obtained ISCC Plus certification for production from bionaphtha and chemical recycling  Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 16 February 2021 – Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, has obtained ISCC Plus certification for monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers produced with sustainable raw materials, from bionaphtha and chemical recycling, at the Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna plants. This represents an important step towards the goal of putting decarbonised and circular products on the market with a new “bio attributed” and “bio-circular attributed” range made from bionaphtha, and “circular attributed” in the case where the raw material is a “recycled oil”, a pyrolysis oil obtained from the chemical recycling process of mixed plastic waste.

Bionaphtha will be made available through Versalis’ integration with Eni, which has transformed two refineries into biorefineries, in Venice Porto Marghera and in Gela, guaranteeing the supply of sustainable raw materials from vegetable oils, exhausted food oils or other types of organic waste.

ISCC Plus is part of the ISCC certification scheme (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification, approved by the European Union), which is voluntary and allows companies throughout the supply chain to monitor and be able to demonstrate the sustainability of their products based on the sustainability, traceability and mass balance requirements.

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-New Plant-Based Plastics Can Lead To Near-Perfect Recycling Efficiency

A team of scientists from the University of Konstanz in Germany has recently managed to develop a new method of recycling for plant-based plastics that is near-perfect in efficiency. Stefan Mecking and his colleagues have reported their findings in this week’s issue of the scientific journal Nature where they describe a new type of polyethylene (PE), the most widely used type of single-use plastic.

THIS METHOD RECOVERS AN IMPRESSIVE 96% OF THE STARTING MATERIALS.

Until now, the main obstacle in recycling plastic was finding a sustainable method in which to break the chemical bonds in order to recover valuable materials that can then be used to produce other high-quality plastic. Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

“Key for our method are polymers with a low density of predetermined breaking-points in the polyethylene chain so that the crystalline structure and material properties are not compromised”, Stefan Mecking explained.

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-Polyester market embraces a good start after holiday

Some polyester companies restarted work after holiday on Feb 18. Price of polyester fibers largely climbed up on the first day of trading after the Spring Festival holiday, with increment of POY, FDY, DTY, PSF, water bottle chip and PET fiber chip at 300yuan/mt, 300yuan/mt, 200yuan/mt, 330yuan/mt, 275yuan/mt and 265yuan/mt respectively. However, cash flow of polyester products did not enlarge, basically flatting with pre-holiday level, as this round of increase was mainly propelled by upstream feedstock market. Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

Currently, the recovery of downstream plants is expected to be smooth, better than the estimate made before the Spring Festival holiday. Some downstream companies restarted production rapidly as some non-local workers decided to stay put for holiday. In addition, the COVID-19 is controlled well during the Lunar Chinese New Year, so the return of non-local workers to their job will be faster. Workers from low-risk areas do not need to have COVID-19 nucleic acid testing. Thus, downstream market may see faster post-holiday recovery this year. Polyester companies do not witness big inventory burden. Although the stocks of PFY are high in downstream participants, downstream buyers are still willing to purchase amid rising price. Sales of PFY and PSF remained sound on the first day of trading after holiday even though price largely increased by 300yuan/mt. Sales ratio of polyester fibers deserves anticipation in short run.

Polyester market embraces a good start after holiday

-Versalis loss narrows on recovering PE margins, strengthening Asian recovery

Versalis, the chemicals subsidiary of Eni (Rome, Italy), has reported an adjusted operating loss of €45 million ($54.5 million) for the fourth quarter, narrowing from a loss of €124 million a year earlier. Polymers BioPolymer Recycling Hydrogen

The improvement was driven by stable sales volumes and recovering margins, “particularly in the polyethylene [PE] business,” it says. The loss also improves sequentially from €53 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Strengthening economic recovery in Asia in the final part of the year, softening competitive pressures, and improved margins “supported the segment’s recovery in the fourth quarter, which also benefited from higher product availability,” it says. The recovery in PE margins in the quarter was driven by higher demand and lower imports into Europe, it adds.

Petrochemical product sales volumes totaled 1.33 million metric tons in the fourth quarter, up 27% year on year (YOY), driven by higher volumes of intermediates due to better product availability and higher demand for PE, elastomers, and styrenics, particularly in the appliance and packaging sector, Versalis says. Sales were also higher sequentially than the third-quarter total of 1.1 million metric tons. The average chemicals plant utilization rate also improved substantially, rising to 75%, up 9% both YOY and sequentially.

Margins improved mainly in the PE segment, with widening spreads versus ethylene, and also in styrenics/elastomers due to lower feedstock prices. “In the fourth quarter and in the full year, the cracker margin reported an increase as a result of the reduction of the feedstock prices and positive exchange rate effects,” it says.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,200 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +500
Bottle grade PET chips export market 855 $/ton 960 $/ton- +105
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,450 yuan/ton 5,975 yuan/ton +525
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.575 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton +525
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,965 yuan/ton 4,260 yuan/ton +295
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
565 $/ton 585 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,795 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton +1,105
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 630 $/ton 770 $/ton- +140
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 746 $/ton 802 $/ton +56
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 728 $/ton 784 $/ton +56
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling PETBottle

712 $/ton 770 $/ton +58
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,330 yuan/ton 7,075 yuan/ton
+745
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,600 yuan/ton +450
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8.050 yuan/ton 8.600 yuan/ton +550
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +650
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling PETBottle
6,500 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +650
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +650
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
+1,200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,550 $/ton 1,670 $/ton +120
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,780 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 12,700 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton +1,400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,850 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton +950
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,400 yuan/ton 33,500 yuan/ton +2,100
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling PETBottle

14,550 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton +1,450
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 18,650 yuan/ton +1,450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,700 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton +1,300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 56,000 yuan/ton 62,000 yuan/ton +6,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 54,000 yuan/ton 60,000 yuan/ton +6,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 46,000 yuan/ton 51,000 yuan/ton +5,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +950
Benzene domestic market 5,400 yuan/ton 6,400 yuan/ton +1,000
Benzene overseas  market 710 $/ton 801 $/ton
+91
Ethylene South East market 830 $/ton 865 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market 1,112 $/ton 1,173 $/ton +61
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,700 $/ton 1,900 $/ton +200
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 18,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +1,200
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical Naphtha PETRecycling PETBottle 7,570 yuan/ton 8,470 yuan/ton +900
Naphtha overseas market  563 $/ton 578 $/ton
+15
Phenol domestic market 6,790 yuan/ton 7,720 yuan/ton +930

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-Groupe Renault and Faurecia to collaborate on hydrogen storage systems for light commercial vehicles

Groupe Renault and Faurecia will collaborate on hydrogen storage systems for hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles.

Starting at the end of 2021, Faurecia will supply hydrogen storage systems for a first fleet of light commercial vehicles. These systems will be developed and produced at its global center of expertise in Bavans, France. Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

As volumes, increase production will be extended to a new plant dedicated to hydrogen storage systems that Faurecia is building in Allenjoie, France.

This collaboration on hydrogen storage systems is embedded in our strategy to offer market-ready H2 solutions for light commercial vehicles and target over 30% share of this fast-growing market in Europe. It supports the ambition shared with our partner Plug Power to build a unique end-to-end green hydrogen and fuel cell value chain and new value-generating activities in France.

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-Plastic scrap prices on the rise

Gains in pricing have been reported for a variety of plastic scrap.

Pricing for natural and mixed-color high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has been increasing to the point where it could test the limits of some buyers, sources say.

Ajit Perera, vice president of postconsumer operations at Talco Plastics Inc., a reprocessor and compounder based in Corona, California, says the rising price of mixed-color HDPE could test demand from some consumers that tend to buy recycled material because of the cost advantage it offers to virgin. “The haggling will happen next month,” he says in mid-February, referring to manufacturers of nursery pots and similar items that are not as committed to using recycled content as other companies are.

Perera says natural HDPE bottle bales are selling for 60 to 65 cents per pound in California, while the material is priced closer to 75 cents per pound on the East Coast where the competition is fiercer.  Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

Mixed-color HDPE bottle bales are selling for 12 to 14 cents in California as of mid-February, a modest increase from the 11 to 13 cents they sold for the previous month, he adds. Prices for mixed-color HDPE bales on the East Coast are higher, Perera says, having reached the mid-20 cent range in mid-February. East Coast mixed-color HDPE bale prices had been in the low 20 cent range since December.

Plastic scrap prices on the rise

-Shawbrook lends £9m to recycled PET producer, which is tackling single-use plastics

Shawbrook Bank has provided asset finance facilities totalling £9m to Esterform Packaging Ltd and its new food grade recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) production business Esterpet Ltd. Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

The funding was used to purchase two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ production lines in order to manufacture over 13,000 tonnes of rPET each.

It will also provide funds to build out its non-beverage tooling library as they look to diversify into non-beverage sectors.

This is part of Esterform Packaging’s project to tackle single-use plastics.

A portion of Esterform’s Sherburn in Elmet site in Leeds has also been redeveloped, with a new 18m-high building to house up to three identical rPET convertor lines.

The rPET resulted from those new lines will be supplied to Esterform clients against contracts with customers for use in preform/container production.

The decision to tackle single-use plastics follows the government’s tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic.

Shawbrook lends £9m to recycled PET producer, which is tackling single-use plastics

-Newly developed sustainable aviation fuel to reduce emissions by 75 per cent

The certified jet fuel will enable a minimum reduction in carbon emissions of 75 per cent compared to fossil fuel equivalents and remove thousands of tonnes of waste-plastics from the environment every year. Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

Sustainable and green-energy company, Clean Planet Energy, have announced a breakthrough product in their mission to significantly reduce carbon emissions in fossil-fuel led transport.

Branded as ‘Clean Planet Air’, the certified kerosene/ jet fuel can be used as a direct replacement for the fossil fuel equivalent, yet it reduces CO2 emissions by a minimum of 75 per cent in comparison, whilst removing thousands of tonnes of waste-plastics from the environment every year.

“On an average day across the world (pre-COVID-19), you would expect 75,000 planes to take-off. The aviation industry is making great strides to be greener and cleaner, but, still, it is calculated by the European EEA that a domestic flight, for every 1,000km travelled (the average distance between the UK and Spain) will release 250kg of new CO2 emissions for every economy passenger onboard.

Newly developed sustainable aviation fuel to reduce emissions by 75 per cent

-Hyosung’s 100% Recycled creora® regen Spandex Grabs Denim Industry Attention

With sustainability, traceability and transparency at the top of the denim industry’s agenda, mills and brands are seeking fiber technology solutions to help them create the most responsibly made, eco-friendly denim products.

While still unable to gather in person at trade shows for the time being, Hyosung will present its latest sustainable fiber developments to the tightknit denim community during Kingpins24 FLASH virtual event taking place February 23-24, 2021.

Among its sustainable fiber solutions, Hyosung will highlight its GRS-certified, 100% recycled creora® regen spandex made from reclaimed waste, which has been in demand since its launch in 2020. Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

Hyosung’s 100% Recycled creora® regen Spandex Grabs Denim Industry Attention

-Australia’s largest PET recycling plant ahead of schedule

Australia’s largest PET recycling plant is now under construction in Albury-Wodonga, after joint venture partners Pact Group HoldingsAsahi Beverages and Cleanaway Waste Management broke ground on the A$45 million (US$32m) site.

Located in New South Wales, the plant is expected to be fully operational by October, two months ahead of schedule, and just  14 months after the three firms entered the joint venture. The facility will trade as Circular Plastics Australia PET.

The raw plastics material that the new plant will recycle each year is equivalent to one billion 600ml PET bottles and will be used to produce more than 20,000 tonnes per annum of new recycled PET bottles and food packaging, making it the largest end-to-end rPET plant in Australia.

It will increase the amount of locally sourced and recycled PET produced in Australia by two thirds – from around 30,000tpa currently to more than 50,000tpa according to Pact Group.

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-INDEVCO Plastics Announces Sustainable Heavy Duty Films & Bags with Up to 50% Recycled Content

INDEVCO Plastics’ industrial bags and films with PIR or PCR content include form-fill-seal (FFS) film, heavy-duty open mouth bags, and centerfold (C-Fold) sheeting.

INDEVCO Plastics continues expanding its range of sustainable plastic films, today announcing the launch of recyclable industrial films and bags that use up to 50% recycled resin content. Last month, INDEVCO Plastics announced its recyclable Shrink Bundling Film comprised of 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin for the beverage and processed food industries. Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

Wayne Mashe, Divisional General Manager of INDEVCO North America Plastics Division, explains, “We’ve been using post-industrial recycled (PIR) resins in our blends since we opened in 2015. Every film we produce is 100% recyclable, and today we’re optimizing how the films with PIR and PCR recycled materials perform, especially for industrial customers.”

INDEVCO Plastics utilizes up to 50% PIR or PCR resins, as well as eco-friendly water-based inks, in its heavy duty FFS Film, Centerfold PE Film, and pre-formed Open Mouth Polybags. These films and bags are commonly used by industrial manufacturers to pack agricultural minerals, building materials, industrial and pool salt, lawn and garden products, pet food and litter products, and petrochemical products.

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-Consortium Drives Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste in Asia

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-Head of Sustainability in Sanpellegrino (Italian Language Only)

Fabiana Marchini will lead a task force created to accelerate Sanpellegrino’s transition towards a more sustainable future.

Fabiana Marchini, has been appointed Head of Sustainability of Sanpellegrino, a company active in the mineral water and non-alcoholic drinks sector, part of the Nestlé Group. She will be responsible for a task force created to accelerate Sanpellegrino’s transition to a more sustainable future, with a specific focus on water, manufacturing, packaging and transportation.  Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen
Graduated in Economics and Commerce from Bocconi in Milan, who joined the Group in September 2001 as Brand Manager, Marchini has held roles of increasing responsibility up to becoming National Account Manager. In this role she followed the Take Home channel managing negotiations with the major players in the large-scale retail trade until 2014 when she was appointed Head of CCSD department, a cross-channel function dedicated to the development of category strategies and market & shopper intelligence.

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-€150 mn in Portugal’s recovery plan for textile, footwear, resin

Portugal recently released for public consultation its Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), which provides for €150 million to promote incorporation of bio-based materials in the textile and clothing, footwear and resins sectors. The planned investment aims to support 30 research, development and innovation projects and 40 industrial property registration applications.  Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

In the textile and clothing sector, the aim is to develop new production processes for textile articles, “from bio-based raw materials, incorporating forest biomass (cellulose and lignin) and alternative natural fibres from the agri-food sector (fibres from pineapple and banana leaves, hemp, rice cane, among others)”.

The plan plans to contribute to 55 members per year joining the resin tappers programme and providing financial support for the improvement of 8,000 hectares of maritime pine woods with potential for resin tappers.

€150 mn in Portugal's recovery plan for textile, footwear, resin

-European Caprolactam Market

ICIS market analyst Valentina Cherubin discusses the evolution of European Caprolactam market  Polymers Biodegradability Recycling Hydrogen

    • European caprolactam supply struggled during throughout 2020
    • Caprolactam supply outlook for Europe looks optimistic for Q1 2021
    • Strong European caprolactam demand expected in Q1 2021

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-ALPLA Group to invest €50m per year in recycling

The ALPLA Group is to invest up to €50m a year on average between now and 2025 in further expanding its recycling activities.

The group plans to globalise its activities in the area of high-quality recyclates in order to close the materials cycle in as many regions as possible.

In 2018, ALPLA Group signed the Global Commitment of the New Plastics Economy and committed to spending a total of €50m to expand its recycling activities up to 2025. ALPLA is now significantly increasing this investment target. From 2021, an average of €50m a year will be ring-fenced specifically for recycling.

Georg Lässer, Head of Corporate Recycling at ALPLA, said: “We have been very active in the past two years. We succeeded in initiating bottle-to-bottle projects around the world, including in Asia, Europe and Central America. We nevertheless continue to see increasing demand on the part of our customers all over the world.”

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-Snetor becomes Ascend official Europe-wide distributor

The Snetor Group has become Ascend Performance Materials’ official distributor for the PA range in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, North Africa and South Africa.

The Snetor Group, considered a leader in the distribution of the plastic raw materials in several regions of the world (Europe, Africa, Latin America), continues its development in the European market and reinforces its expertise in engineering plastics.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

Ascend Performance Materials is a major and recognised player in the production of engineering plastics and has entrusted the Snetor Group with the distribution of Polyamides range in a number of territories in Europe and Africa a range of polyamide products. Including Vydyne (PA66) and Hidura (PA610 and PA612), amongst others.

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-Encina, Flint Hills consider renewable aromatics facility in Corpus Christi

Encina Development Group (Encina; The Woodlands, Texas) and Flint Hills Resources say they are exploring a collaboration to produce renewable chemicals and fuels from plastic waste, reported Chemweek.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

The two have signed a non-binding term sheet that proposes construction of a facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. Flint Hills would market the aromatic products produced at the Encina Corpus Christi facility and work with its affiliates to market renewable aromatic products from other Encina plants in the US.

“Our work with Encina is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio of renewable product and technology investments,” says Francis Murphy, senior vice president/chemicals at Flint Hills. “Renewable aromatics and bioplastics are playing an increasingly import role in the product value chain and reducing environmental impacts while still delivering on all the various products that make modern life possible.”

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-Novolex boosts recycling potential of plastics bags

Novolex has added easy-to-understand recycling instructions to more of its plastics bags and packaging as part of wider plans to increase its recycling capacity.

The US-based company said it will also include the How2Recycle store drop-off label on more of its products across its business units.

Products from its Shields division to have the label added include poly mailers for shipping applications and security bags used in banking.

Hilex products that will benefit include its ‘Thank You’ plastics T-shirt bags, produce bags for conventional and organic items, and its Load & Seal tamper-evident delivery bags, which are said to be growing in demand as ‘to-go’ orders increase at restaurants.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

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-BASF’s heat-stabilised Ultramid material a rising star in automotive applications

Legal requirements for pollutant emissions, downsizing of internal combustion engines, alternative powertrains such as electric, hybrid or fuel cell have accelerated further development of the vehicle rapidly. Fiberglass-reinforced plastics, such as BASF’s Ultramid®, make a significant contribution to further development. With the new development of the heat-stabilized Ultramid® B3PG6 BK23238, BASF is expanding its product portfolio of polyamides for the high-temperature range. A new type of stabilization enables heat resistance of up to 190 °C and protects sensitive electronic components from galvanic corrosion. Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

Heat-resistance, good long-term use properties and weld-resistance are the basic prerequisites for components in current and future powertrains. Whether in the internal combustion engine as well as in the hybrid or electric vehicle, reliable and technically flawless materials are indispensable in a demanding environment. With the new development of the heat-stabilized Ultramid B3PG6 BK23238, BASF is expanding its product portfolio of polyamides for the high-temperature range.

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Esterpet is tackling single use plastics thanks to £9m funding from Shawbrook Bank

The management team of Esterform Packaging Ltd is behind Esterpet Ltd which was created to satisfy growing demand for recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Esterpet has purchased two Starlinger recoSTAR PET production lines to produce more than 13,000 tonnes of recycled PET each

Shawbrook Bank has provided asset finance facilities totalling £9m to both Esterpet Ltd and Esterform Packaging Ltd for the project

The management behind the UK’s largest independent producer of PET bottles and containers is taking a leading position in the fight against single use plastics thanks to a £9m funding boost.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

Leeds-based Esterpet Ltd, set up by the management of Esterform Packaging Ltd, was launched to satisfy a growing demand for recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) products in the UK.

Following a government tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled raw material, demand for recycled PET – or rPET – is now outstripping supply.

An estimated 100,000 tonnes of rPET is needed across the UK PET container sector as organisations look to conform to the Government requirements.

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-China petrochemicals lead Asia gains on strong crude, US supply disruptions

China’s petrochemical trades were brisk upon re-opening on Thursday after a week-long hiatus, leading gains in key Asian markets amid surging crude prices and US supply disruptions.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

Prices in the Chinese commodities futures markets surged on the first trading day after the Lunar New Year holiday, with styrene monomer (SM) logging an 11% spike at the close of trade, largely on concerns over tight post-holiday supply.

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Product Closing price vs 10 Feb

Methanol           3.38%

PTA                  4.17%

Styrene            10.99%

MEG                8.98%

Polyester fibre  9.02%

Plastics            8.06%

PP                  7.18%

Source: Dalian and Zhengzhou commodity exchanges

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-Vopak to expand capacity for waste feedstocks at Rotterdam

Vopak is to expand its capacity in Rotterdam for the storage of waste-based feedstocks for production of biofuels, the Dutch chemicals storage and logistics provider said on Wednesday

Vopak will build 16 tanks with a combined capacity of 64,000 cubic metres at Vopak Terminal Vlaardingen.  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

The renewable feedstocks that will be stored in the new tanks will come from waste materials such as used cooking oil and tallow.

The Dutch logistics major also published its financial results for 2020; as expected, the effects of the logistics woes caused by the pandemic hit the company.

Sales fell around 5%, but earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT, or operating profit) and net profit collapsed compared with 2019 on the back of provisions caused by the global downturn.

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-PRE and SCS launch reciprocal membership

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the organisation representing the voice of the European plastics recyclers, and Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, have deepened their collaboration by introducing reciprocal membership.

This collaboration adds to the network of the already existing 11 SCS members, from across the value chain and to the extensive network of more than 140 PRE members.

Jens Kathmann, secretary-general of SCS, commented: “This is a crucial new membership for SCS. Joining forces together with PRE, which represents the individual recyclers across Europe, will further accelerate the momentum that SCS has been building to create a strong market pull away from incineration and landfill towards significantly increased plastics-to-plastics recycling of polystyrene.

Building on the excellent sortability and unique circularity of polystyrene, our joint efforts will extend the closed loop food contact recycling beyond bottles to new applications.”  Polymers Biodegradability CrudeOil PETBottle

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-Loop Industries receives Reach registration for its chemically recycled MEG and DMT

Loop Industries’ chemically recycled monoethylene glycol (MEG) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) has been given Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) approval by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), said Plasticstoday.

ECHA issued confirmation of Reach registration for MEG on 17 November, and DMT on 7 December. The two feedstocks are produced via the company’s depolymerisation technology, which uses recycled plastic to produce monomer material with virgin-like quality.

By achieving Reach certification, the company said its monomers are of a purity equal to what is currently recognised within Europe and entitles Loop to manufacture/import the monomers into Europe.

As part of the 14 December announcement, Loop said: “It should be noted that MEG and DMT are on the positive list for plastic materials, which means that the two monomers can be used as food-contact materials.” EU regulation states that all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage bottles must contain 25% recycled content by 2025, and all plastic bottles must contain 30% recycled content by 2030.

However, under the current legislation, these targets can only be met by using mechanically recycled material. Earlier this month, a European Commission spokesperson said EU approval of chemical recycling practices will be contingent on cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis (LCA).

Loop Industries receives Reach registration for its chemically recycled MEG and DMT

-BASF raises bioplastic product prices in Europe

BASF has hiked its prices in Europe for its range of biodegradable bioplastics with immediate effect or as contracts allow, according to Chemweek.

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Prices for several grades of the company’s bioplastic compound ecovio have been increased by EUR350/metric ton (USD422/metric ton), it says.

The bioplastic products are used mainly in bag applications for organic waste, fruit and vegetables, cling films, and agricultural mulch films, as well as for packaging solutions for paper coating, shrink films, and thermoformed and injection-molded applications.

As MRC wrote before, late last week, BASF said it was restarting one of its steam crackers at its Ludwigshafen complex in Germany after operations were halted last Wednesday due to a technical issue. The naphtha cracker produces ethylene and propylene, and is one of two crackers on the site. One has a production capacity of 420,000 metric tons/year, with the other’s capacity at 240,000 metric tons/year, according to IHS Markit data.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

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-Tecnicas Reunidas S A : Técnicas Reunidas signs a contract for a PTA plant to be built in Turkey

Técnicas Reunidas signs a contract for a PTA plant to be built in Turkey

Técnicas Reunidas officially signed last week with SASA POLYESTER the contract for the execution of a new petrochemical project for the production of PTA (Purified Terephtalic Acid) in Adana, Turkey.

The new plant will have a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year. The project was announced at the end of 2020.  Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

Total project investment was estimated by the client at 935 M$. This amount includes the value of the contract of Técnicas Reunidas. The scope of the contract includes engineering, procurement and construction supervision and management. The contract has already been launched and will be executed under a fast track scheme.

The project has a high compromise regarding environmental and social compliance, compiled in the ESIA Report (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) approved in November 2020, that Técnicas Reunidas will observe during the project development.

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-TOMRA AND STADLER DELIVER THE WORLD’S FIRST FULLY AUTOMATED TEXTILE SORTING PLANT IN MALMÖ, SWEDEN

TOMRA and STADLER delivered the fully automated sorting plant for Sysav Industri AB, which sorts pre- and post-consumer mixed textile waste in southern Skåne, in Sweden. Four of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT® units are an integral part of the plant built and designed by STADLER. The plant is part of the Swedish Innovation Platform for Textile Sorting (SIPTex) government-funded project, which aims to develop a sorting solution tailored to the needs of textile recyclers and the garment industry.

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It is currently done manually, but the result doesn’t meet the requirements of recycling companies and the fashion industry. As a result, only a small quantity of discarded textiles is recycled and the potential for increasing it is enormous. The SIPTex project is exploring how to achieve the required quality through automation.

The plant in Malmö is the third phase in the SIPTex project, and follows an initial theoretical study and, in phase two, the construction of a small pilot plant in Avesta, also designed and supplied by TOMRA and STADLER in 2017. In this second phase, the project collected 700 tonnes of used textiles from recycling centers. Following a manual pre-sorting of reusable textiles, the waste material was fed into the Avesta pilot plant.

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-SUMIKA POLYMER COMPOUNDS EUROPE CONTINUES ITS GROWTH AND ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF A NEW SUBSIDIARY.

The board gives its green light to this new company to be set up this year in Poland: “Sumika Polymer Compounds Poland Sp.z o.o.”(SPCP). With historical locations in France and UK, as well as the recent acquisitions in Turkey and this creation in Poland, SPC is able to cover the whole of Europe and reduce carbon emissions from transport by delivering locally. Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

SPC EU proudly announces creation of a new branch in Poznan. The city located in the west of the country has easy access to the motorway network. One particular strength of the location is its proximity to their customers in Poland as well as in Germany and Czech Republic: a highly industrialized geographical area containing many manufacturers of automobiles and white goods appliances. SPC EU’s overall expansion strategy is to promote adequate-sized units as close as possible to their business partners.

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-Origin Materials to go public via $1.8 bln SPAC merger

Carbon-negative products maker Origin Materials said on Wednesday it has agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check firm Artius Acquisition Inc, in a deal that values the equity of the combined entity at $1.8 billion.

The deal will provide Origin with gross proceeds of $925 million, including a private investment of $200 million from Danone SA, Nestlé SA, PepsiCo Inc and affiliates of Apollo Global Management among others.  Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

Sacramento, California-based Origin helps turn carbon found in biomass into useful products, its website showed, capturing carbon in the process.

The company formed an alliance with Nestle and Danone in 2016 to produce and commercialize plant-based PET plastic, which has a low carbon footprint. PepsiCo joined two years later.

Origin Materials to go public via $1.8 bln SPAC merger

-PET to PET increases capacity for food-grade rPET with new Starlinger line

PET to PET, the Austrian recycling company recently announced the installation of another Starlinger bottle-to-bottle recycling system, including solid-state polycondensation (SSP) reactor at their production site in Müllendorf, Austria.

Having a throughput of 1,800 kg/h, the recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling system is the second line from Starlinger in operation at PET to PET. The recycling system is known to achieve excellent decontamination results. The regranulate produced could replace virgin PET at a rate of 100 percent.

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It restores the mechanical characteristics of the recycled PET and increases the intrinsic viscosity to the level of virgin material.

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-Economic meltdown threatens Europe’s war on plastic waste

  • Lower oil prices mean lower virgin plastic prices — and that spells trouble for the recycling industry

OUREM, Portugal: Giving a new life to plastic trash gets Carlos Bento out of bed every morning. But the coronavirus pandemic has seen revenues drop up to 40 percent at Micronipol, the large recycling facility he runs in central Portugal, and it faces an uncertain future.

Micronipol produces recycled polyethylene, the base for plastic bags and bottles. The product is piling up at its warehouses as clients, facing their own economic struggles, shelve their recycling goals. They are opting for cheaper alternatives: non-recycled plastics made from hydrocarbons.  Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

As lockdowns were put in place worldwide, a drop in demand for oil pushed prices to historic lows, making virgin plastics — already becoming cheaper than the recycled equivalent — even more affordable.

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-BCF S8 Tricolor meets need for trend towards multiple colours

Solution for the carpets industry is once again in the spotlight at this year’s Domotex Asia / Chinafloor from 24-26 March 2021 in Shanghai.

Oerlikon Neumag says it has found the right approach for its customers with the efficient BCF S8 carpet yarn system in Monocolor and Tricolor versions.

Their solution is once again in the spotlight at this year’s Domotex Asia / Chinafloor from 24-26 March 2021 in Shanghai. The audience of professionals can see the advantages for themselves at Oerlikon Neumag exhibition stand W3 D26, the company says.  Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

Whether Monocolor or Tricolor, the performance data and technological details of the BCF S8 versions have already made a huge impression at numerous exhibitions and road shows, says Oerlikon. With up to 700 filaments per thread, the BCF S8 significantly outperforms its sister, the BCF S+ (400 filaments), also guaranteeing finer titres of up to 2.5 dpf, the Neumuenster based company explains.

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-Carrington Textiles Secures Joint Venture in Asia and Announces Growth in Europe

This new venture with Sapphire Textile Mills will increase the company’s capacity to 130 million square metres a year and it’s the start of a series of investments that Carrington Textiles’ parent company, the RTS Group, are implementing across the rest of its production facilities in Europe. Polymers Bioplastic CrudeOil PETBottle

Adlington, United Kingdom: Carrington Textiles and Sapphire Textile Mills have announced a joint venture in Pakistan under the name of Carrington Textiles International, with new textile dyeing and finishing operations that will provide up to 20 million metres a year of dyed and white fabric to its global customer base.

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-Ford said its European car lineup would be all-electric by 2030, in a bid to lower CO2 emissions and avoid fossil fuel bans

  • Ford said on Wednesday its new cars in Europe would be all-electric by 2030.
  • The carmaker said it’s investing $1 billion to transform its Cologne plant into an electric vehicle facility.
  • Ford said two-thirds of its commercial vehicle sales in Europe would be fully electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030.

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday said its car lineup in Europe will be all-electric by 2030 as the US automaker races to get ahead of CO2 emissions targets and looming bans in some countries on fossil fuel vehicles.

The carmaker said it would invest $1 billion over the next 30 months to convert its vehicle assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, to become the US automaker’s first electric vehicle facility in Europe.

“This reinforces our commitment to the European region,” Stuart Rowley, head of Ford’s European operations, said during a news conference.

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-LyondellBasell will raise PE prices in North America by USD154 per ton in March

LyondellBasell will increase March polyethylene (PE) prices in North America by 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) amid rising ethylene feedstock, according to the company’s letter to customers.

The price increase will take effect on March 1, in addition to any previously announced price changes. The letter also said the company was confirming a previously announced 7 cents / pound increase in February.

Polyethylene demand in the United States has been strong throughout the pandemic due to increased consumption of polyethylene for fast-use consumer goods such as food packaging.

On the supply side, availability has been limited in recent months due to some production issues at polyethylene plants in the US and Mexico.

Earlier it was reported that LyondellBasell raised the price of polyethylene (PE) in North America by 6 cents / lb (USD132 / t) in January.

LyondellBasell will raise PE prices in North America by USD154 per ton in March

-Avery Dennison launches label-liner recycling program in Europe

Easy, cost-effective liner recycling program is part of longtime labelling leader’s sustainability vision

part of its ongoing efforts to help establish a circular economy, Avery Dennison today announced the launch of AD Circular, a comprehensive program providing recycling of used paper and filmic label liners in countries across Europe.

Through the program, companies can simply use an online web application to schedule a pickup of used label liners by Avery Dennison to one of its recycling partners. The web app also provides useful data in the form of regularly updated analytics and certificates on the amount of recycled liner material, the amount of CO2 emissions they’ve avoided as a result, and more.

Collection and transport of used liners through AD Circular will comply with EU regulations, and the costs will be comparable to existing waste disposal services.

Avery Dennison launches label-liner recycling program in Europe

-CEFLEX shows new market potential for recyclates from flexible packaging

A new Quality Recycling Process (QRP) for flexible packaging, from CEFLEX and its stakeholders, shows high-value applications for recycled polymers from a mechanical recycling process is viable.

Dana Mosora, workstream lead, said: “We have reached a milestone through the power of value chain collaboration and expertise in waste management of flexible packaging. Our trials have shown good yields and delivered recyclate quality suitable to replace virgin polymer grades in a number of demanding film and flexible packaging applications.”

The CEFLEX stakeholder team set out to deliver commercial quantities of PE and PP film quality recyclates for a range of non-food flexible packaging markets not currently open to household collected post-consumer flexible recyclates. With this milestone reached, the CEFLEX workstream is planning industrial trials to underpin the business case for investment in infrastructure which can leverage the QRP into a mainstream solution.

CEFLEX shows new market potential for recyclates from flexible packaging

-Film manufacturer takes over Saxa Packaging / Capacity of 12,000 t/y to be doubled

Film specialist Polifilm Extrusion (Weißandt-Gölzau / Germany; www.polifilm.de) has acquired packaging manufacturer Saxa Packaging (Neukirchen/Pleiße / Germany; www.saxa-packaging.com). Saxa will be integrated into Polifilm’s packaging and performance films division. Division head Jens Kölble and Polifilm Extrusion’s MD Eckehard Betz will jointly assume the management of the packaging manufacturer, which will trade under the name of “Polifilm Neukirchen” in the future. All 37 jobs are to be retained; the purchase price, however, has not been disclosed.

According to Polifilm, the takeover will enable the company to expand its product portfolio of food and industrial packaging solutions – including polyethylene and polypropylene-based barrier films in widths of up to 3.3 m.

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-Plants: UFlex expands packaging films capacity in India

UFlex Ltd, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging company, has scored in the packaging sector since it has become a lifeline in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic. The company witnessed a surge in demand for multiple lines of businesses while also adding newer clients. With this, UFlex also announced domestic and international expansion for its packaging films business in the results.

Speaking of the capacity expansion, Rajesh Bhatia, Group CFO at UFlex Limited said, “The highlights of this quarter are commissioning of the brownfield BOPET film line in Poland with a capacity of 45,000 tonnes/year.

The trial run for our BOPP plant in Hungary and BOPET plant in Nigeria have already commenced and both the plants are expected to be commissioned soon.

In India, we have not expanded the capacity of packaging films since the last 16 years and are now setting up greenfield BOPET and CPP lines in Karnataka to meet the growing demand.

We are also expanding outside India with plans to set up brownfield CPP film line at our UAE plant that will add a production capacity of 18,000 tonnes/year.”

Plants: UFlex expands packaging films capacity in India

-INNOVATE UK INVESTS £1.2 MILLION IN CHEMICAL RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has announced its support of a £1.2 million project between Recycling Technologies, University of Birmingham, University of Surrey and Cranfield University to enhance and improve the efficiency of chemical recycling technology in the UK.

black plastic packagingThe funding has been made available as part of Innovate UK’s Smart ‘open grant funding programme’, which looks to support commercially viable and innovative business ideas.

The research project will aim to further develop and enhance the RT7000, a machine manufactured by Recycling Technologies which converts waste plastics into Plaxx®, a recycled feedstock that can be used to manufacture new plastic.

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-British universities to further develop chemical recycling

Innovate UK backs a 1.2 million GBP project with Recycling Technologies, the University of Birmingham, the University of Surrey, and the Cranfield University to further develop chemical recycling technology in the UK.

Recycling Technologies, a specialist plastic recycling technology provider, the University of Birmingham, the University of Surrey, and Cranfield University announce they have received backing from Innovate UK’s Smart ‘open grant funding programme’ for a £1.2m project to enhance and improve the efficiency of chemical recycling technology in the UK.

The research project aims to further develop and enhance the RT7000, a machine manufactured by Recycling Technologies which converts waste plastics into Plaxx, a recycled feedstock which can be used to manufacture new plastic. The parties will work together on developing an online monitoring system which will predict and control Plaxx quality based on input composition and process conditions.

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-Hyundai reveals interior of first EV-platform car Ioniq 5

Hyundai Motor has released teaser images of the interior of the Ioniq 5, the first car to be released under its new all-electric Ioniq brand.

The first car to utilize Hyundai’s EV-dedicated E-GMP modular system, the Ioniq 5’s interior has been designed under the theme “living space,” the company said, and will be equipped with a flat battery to increase the interior space.

The biggest feature that sets the Ioniq 5 aside from combustible vehicles is its “flat floor,” meaning the cockpit structure doesn’t have the raised section between the driver and passenger seat. This raised structure that extended to the backseat houses the driving axle on most cars.

According to a five-second video shared by Hyundai, the center console can slide back and forth in line with the front passenger seat, hence allowing the driver to enter the vehicle from both the left and right doors. A button-based electric gear shift will be placed near the steering wheel — a feature Hyundai calls Shift by Wire (SBW) that has already been included in a lot of the company’s latest releases.

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-The expensive plastic does not spare the ‘bio’ ( Italian Language Only)

In the coming weeks, generalized increases in the prices of bioplastics are expected on the European market due to imports of PBAT.
The storm in prices has so far affected almost exclusively ‘fossil’ plastics, but its effects will soon be felt in the compostable sector as well, with increases also sustained during the year.

The transmission hinge is polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), a biodegradable polyester that provides elasticity and weldability to most of the biopolymer-based compounds used in the filming processes.
PBAT is mainly composed of monomers usually of petrochemical origin – 1,4 butanediol, adipic acid and terephthalic acid – commodities largely produced in Asia (but capacities are also present in Europe).

There are also biobased alternatives: such as sebacic acid (obtained from castor seeds) in place of adipic acid, from which partially renewable PBST (polybutylene adipate sebacate) is obtained.
In Europe, the PBAT or variants of it are produced by BASF (PBAT and PBST) and by the Italian Novamont; the latter can further increase renewability by using 1.4 biobased butanediol supplied by the sister company Mater-Biotec, as well as azelaic acid, produced by Matrìca in Sardinia, instead of adipic acid.
The most significant and sudden increase in prices recently concerned the 1-4 butanediol, whose prices have more than doubled due to the strong demand linked to the Chinese industrial recovery; bullish wave that some traders believe will lead to new hikes in the coming months.
The increase in prices has for now affected bioplastics from China and other Far East countries, with variations in the last few weeks of around + 7-8%, but will soon be applied by European suppliers as well.

Alessandro Ferlito, Sales Director of Novamont, the main Italian supplier of bioplastics, believes that it is no longer possible to internalize the higher costs of raw materials and that, therefore, by the end of the month the first increases, initially contained (around + 5%), will be applied. , without however ruling out further upward realignments in the course of the year. Another major European player has already announced substantial increases.

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-Japan GDP beats forecasts with 12.7% annualized rise for Q4

COVID-19 results in 4.8% full-year fall but activity approaching pre-crisis level

Japan’s economy grew 12.7% on the quarter in the October-December period in annualized real terms, continuing its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, preliminary data showed on Monday.

The country’s real gross domestic product shrank 4.8% for the full 2020, according to the Cabinet Office — the first contraction since a 5.7% plunge seen in the global financial crisis days of 2009. But the 2020 result was significantly better than the International Monetary Fund’s prediction in October of a 5.3% drop.

The fourth quarter growth rate followed the record 22.9% expansion in the July-September quarter, when the government’s Go To Travel campaign helped fuel the swift recovery. But while a resurgence of COVID-19 infections late in the year was a hindrance, the economy was nearly back to levels seen before the crisis in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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-Molecule from nature provides fully recyclable polymers

UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN

Plastics are among the most successful materials of modern times. However, they also create a huge waste problem. Scientists from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai produced different polymers from lipoic acid, a natural molecule. These polymers are easily depolymerized under mild conditions. Some 87 per cent of the monomers can be recovered in their pure form and re-used to make new polymers of virgin quality. The process is described in an article that was published in the journal Matter on 4 February.

A problem with recycling plastics is that it usually results in a lower-quality product. The best results are obtained by chemical recycling, in which the polymers are broken down into monomers. However, this depolymerization is often very difficult to achieve. At the Feringa Nobel Prize Scientist Joint Research Center, a collaboration between the University of Groningen and ECUST, scientists developed a polymer that can be created and fully depolymerized under mild conditions.

Molecule from nature provides fully recyclable polymers

-Bioplastics in the sustainability dilemma

Scientists at the University of Bonn investigate the factors affecting the global land use impacts and CO2 emissions of plant-based plastics

Plastics made from crops such as maize or sugarcane instead of fossil fuels are generally considered sustainable. One reason is that plants bind CO2, which compensates for the carbon released into the atmosphere when plastics are disposed. Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

However, there is a catch: With increasing demand for raw materials for bioplastic production, the areas under cultivation may not be sufficient. As a result, natural vegetation is often converted to agricultural land and forests are cut down. This in turn releases large amounts of CO2.

The assumption that more bioplastics does not necessarily lead to more climate protection has now been confirmed by researchers at the University of Bonn in a new study. They found that the sustainability of plant-based bioplastics depends largely on the country of origin, its trade relationships and the raw material processed. The study has been published in the journal “Resources, Conservation & Recycling“.

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-Chemicals Executive Daniele Ferrari to Join SK Capital Partners

SK Capital Partners, LP, a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, today announced it will be expanding its team with the addition of Daniele Ferrari as Senior Director.

Mr. Ferrari brings over 35 years of direct operating and executive experience in the chemicals industry, most recently serving as the CEO of Versalis S.p.A., one of Europe’s largest chemicals companies, and as Chairman of Matrìca S.p.A., a joint-venture with Novamont, a leader in the bio-plastics industry at the forefront of the renewable chemistry sector. At Versalis S.p.A., Mr. Ferrari led the company’s efforts to reposition downstream and grow the company’s portfolio of higher margin, specialty and renewable chemical products, including creating the company’s BioTech global business unit. Mr. Ferrari started his career at Agip Petroli, a subsidiary of Eni S.p.A., and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), before joining Huntsman in 1997, where he held numerous roles and international assignments spanning his 14 year tenure, during which he ultimately became the global President of Huntsman’s Performance Products division.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

Mr. Ferrari also brings significant leadership in the area of sustainability, promoting processes that support a more circular economy and the development and usage of renewable chemical solutions. He was the immediate past President of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), which is the largest trade association for the chemical industry in Europe. He previously served as President of PlasticsEurope Bruxelles, the association of European plastics manufacturers, and as a board member of Alliance to End Plastics Waste.

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-PP supply remains tight in North America

North American polypropylene (PP) supply has been extremely tight since the summer of 2020, when the industry saw a number of plant outages, followed by Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, which damaged LyondellBasell’s massive PP facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, reported Chemweek with reference to market participants.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

Just this week, LyondellBasell lifted its PP force majeure declaration from those events.

Three other US suppliers – Ineos, Formosa, and Total – still have PP force majeure (FM) declarations. In addition to plant issues and scheduled maintenance, the PP industry is facing a monomer shortage that shows no sign of easing in the near term.

Tight monomer supply has played a role in limiting PP operating rates. North American PP capacity utilization was at 90%-91% in November and December as average producer inventory days dropped into the high 20s, according to data from the ACC Plastics Industry Producers’ Statistics Group.

PP supply remains tight in North America

-OMV : and Kommunalkredit invest in green hydrogen production

OMV and Kommunalkredit invest in green hydrogen production

Austria’s largest electrolysis plant to be built in the OMV Schwechat Refinery

Annual production of up to 1,500 metric tons of green hydrogen – for potential savings of 15,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions

Part of strategy to reduce OMV’s carbon footprint  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

OMV, the integrated, international oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna, and Kommunalkredit Austria AG (Kommunalkredit) have announced a joint investment in the construction of Austria’s largest electrolysis plant in the OMV Schwechat Refinery. Total investment will be around EUR 25 mn, with OMV and Kommunalkredit each bearing half the cost. The plant is expected to go live in the second half of 2023.

From this point, the 10 MW PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) electrolysis will produce up to 1,500 metric tons of green hydrogen a year. The green hydrogen will be used to hydrogenate bio-based and fossil fuels, substituting grey hydrogen in the refinery. This would reduce OMV’s carbon footprint by up to 15,000 metric tons of fossil CO2 annually, and enables by using green hydrogen more than 17 million CO2 emission free bus or truck kilometers each year.

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-Eastman’s ‘Acetate Renew’ to be Used By Luxury Eyewear Manufacturer

Thélios to use Mazzucchelli new acetate sheet made from Eastman’s  chemically recycled acetate.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

As reported one year ago, Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, Tenn., has been providing its Acetate Renew, a cellulose diacetate composed of 60% biobased and 40% certified recycled content to Italy’s Mazzucchelli 1849, a global leading cellulose acetate sheet manufacturer and distributor for premium eyewear.

Made through Eastman’s carbon renewal chemical recycling technology, Acetate Renew reportedly offers virgin-material performance, incorporates significant amounts of certified recycled content from eyewear production scrap, and results in a significant reduction in greenhouse gases when compared to the traditional manufacturing process.

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-Crude Oil -Article of “Le Monde” from the press review of “Epr comunicazione” ( Italian Language Only)

2020 was a black year for the oil giants. The five largest international companies have accumulated more than 77.1 billion dollars in losses, or 63.7 billion euros. An unprecedented collapse in the recent history of the sector, due to exceptional circumstances in a particularly troubled period.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle
The contrast with 2019 is striking. These five mastodons – BP, Chevron, Exxon, Shell and Total – had made $ 48.8 billion in profits at the time. Then the incredible financial defeat, which began in March 2020. As the first shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt on the markets, the alliance between the cartel of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – led by Arabia Saudi – and Russia has been shattered. And the two giants have launched into a violent price war.
This battle also had to deal with the reality of the health crisis. Containment measures taken in many countries have had a dramatic impact on oil consumption: in April 2020, global demand fell by 30%. For the full year, the decline was 9%.
This double shock caused prices to collapse to the point of absurdity: at the end of April, American values ​​even turned negative for a short time. The price of a barrel of North Sea Brent, which is the world benchmark, has dropped to an all-time low of $ 16.
With the return of activity in China and severe production cuts by OPEC and Russia – since reconciled – the price per barrel returned to around $ 50 at the end of last year, and even surpassed the threshold of $ 60 at the start of 2021.

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-Enzyme additives break down plastic and improve recycling

Spain-based Innovative Film Solutions has created a new cocktail of complex enzymes that not only speeds up plastic biodegradation, but the leftover material is good enough to be reprocessed into high-quality new plastic.

We often come up with different products, such as grocery bags, packaging materials and water bottles, that are labelled as biodegradable or compostable, meaning they will eventually decompose naturally. Composting is a powerful way to recycle waste products that might otherwise be thrown into a landfill. The result is very beneficial – decomposed materials can be used to improve soil fertility. Compost is rich in nutrients that crops, garden plants and trees can readily devour.

To claim that a product is fully compostable, the product has to comply with the European standard EN 13432. The specifications require the material to fully biodegrade in a specific time frame, leaving no harmful residues behind. The standard also sets out clear requirements for the surroundings in which this process takes place. The standard constantly evolves, leaving plenty of room for the development of new technologies that ensure biodegradable and compostable products.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

Biodegradable and compostable plastics are supposed to reduce the pollution problem posed by plastics if they are correctly disposed of. Poor management or bad waste practices can cause a large percentage of waste plastic to reach the ecosystem in an uncontrolled way.

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-Chemours sees double-digit growth potential for TiO2 volumes in 2021 – execs

US-based Chemours sees double-digit volume growth potential for its titanium dioxide (TiO2) business in 2021, senior executives said on Friday.

“We see an opportunity in a tighter market dynamic which we’re experiencing today to regain share, and therefore to take a disproportionate share of the high-grade pigment growth as we go into this year,” said Mark Newman, chief operating officer of Chemours, on the company’s Q4 earnings conference call.

“That could translate to even low double-digit growth potentially as we look to the full year,” he added.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

The executive expects the overall TiO2 market to grow in the mid-to-high single digits in 2021.

“Don’t forget that we have capacity… to meet the needs. And the way our AVA (Assured Value Agreement) contracts are structured, if the market grows… we grow with them,” said Chemours CEO Marke Vergnano on the call.

“We have the capacity and ability to grow beyond market growth,” he added.

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-Coca-Cola to launch trial of paper bottles this summer

Coca-Cola will be testing a prototype paper bottle in Hungary this summer as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. A total of 2,000 paper bottles of Coca-Cola’s fruit drink Adez will be distributed online.

The Paper Bottle Company, or Paboco, is the Danish firm behind the development of the paper-based container. Paboco was formed in 2019 as a result of a collaboration between the Danish company EcoXpac, the Carlsberg Group, and the Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil PETBottle

The group of companies initially started working together in 2015 with the goal of developing a fully sustainable paper bottle that can hold liquids such as carbonated beverages and beauty products. In 2019, Paboco was a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturer Alpla.

Michael Michelsen, the firm’s commercial manager, says the bottles are formed out of a single piece of paper-fiber-based material to give them strength, reports the BBC. “That’s part of the secret really,” he explained, adding that molding a single object – rather than relying on joins – ensured the bonds between the fibers stayed robust.

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-HeiQ : Girbau and HeiQ join forces to “viroblock” clothes and textiles by a new laundering process

Functional materials innovation leader HeiQ partners with Girbau touse HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 in the laundry process to add antiviral and antimicrobial effects to clothes and textiles.

Girbau, a world leader in comprehensive professional laundry solutions for the industrial, commercial and vended sectors, announcesto offer HeiQ ViroblockNPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobialtextile technology, as apost-treatment for Girbau’sindustrial laundry servicesfor its clientsacross the healthcare, hospitality and food manufacturing sectors,where hygiene and safety are paramount.ConsorciHospitalaride Vic (Barcelona)has been on boarded and already started treating their laundry using HeiQ ViroblockNPJ03. HeiQ and Gibraualso plan to offer solutions to public launderettes, bringing branded HeiQ Viroblockdispensers to consumers.

HeiQ : Girbau and HeiQ join forces to “viroblock” clothes and textiles by a new laundering process

-Chemical Recycling Is No Silver Bullet for Eliminating Plastic Waste

Chemical recycling projects are attracting massive investments but, so far, the ROI is negligible.

A paper published last fall in Chemical & Engineering News (CEN) by the American Chemical Society (ACS), “Companies are placing big bets on plastics recycling.

Are the odds in their favor?” noted that “chemical recycling is attracting billions in capital spending, but environmentalists don’t think it will solve the plastic waste problem.”  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

This isn’t news. Consumers and especially anti-plastics activists have lost faith in the plastic industry’s ability to help solve a problem it has been accused of creating, and the slow pace of advanced recycling technologies, aka chemical recycling, hasn’t helped renew confidence that this will be the silver bullet that will rid the world of plastic waste. But attempts continue unabated and the cost of trying is proving to be extremely high.

Chemical Recycling Is No Silver Bullet for Eliminating Plastic Waste

-The Alliance to End Plastic Waste Calls for Submissions for Recycling Technologies

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), an international non-profit organisation, has launched a request for proposals (RFP) calling for projects related to Chemical Recycling Technologies and Business Models.

The Alliance’s goal is to minimise the volume of plastic waste disposed to landfill or incineration and to maximise the value recovered from recycled plastics in order to contribute to the cost of collection and investment in waste management infrastructure. One of a number of contributions to achieve this is through Advanced Recycling.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

This refers to new emerging technologies that enable capturing the value of post-use plastics – recycling used plastic back to high value products. It includes recent advancements in the available technology for sorting waste, and for recycling through mechanical or chemical transformation processes.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste will build on all these new technologies, starting with a focus on emerging technologies for chemical recycling.

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-INEOS Styrolution develops energy saving styrenics-based polymer for SLS 3D printing

INEOS Styrolutionis working to develop energy saving styrenics-based materials for powder bed fusion 3D printing technology. Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

Funded by the  German Ministry for Economic Affairs, the styrenics supplier worked on its PolySLS project between August 2017 and November 2020 to develop and test a styrene-based polymer compound for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

The resulting material is said to enable a 67% energy saving throughout the entire life cycle of the polymer compound when compared to the ‘energy intense’ PA12. A direct energy saving of 25% can be attributed to the printing of the styrene-based polymer because of the lower process temperatures required. Lowering the build chamber temperature to between 140-145°C, energy can be saved in the heating of the build environment, while also shortening the overall cycle because less time is needed to heat up and cool down the machine.

INEOS believes the material, which also exhibits ‘very little curling and warpage’, would be suitable for prototyping applications, but has not yet decided on whether or how it will proceed in terms of commercialisation. The company is, however, encouraged by the findings of the PolySLS project, both in the capabilities of the material, which it could see being applied in product design processes, and its sustainability, in which the company thinks there’s room for improvement for 3D printing technology.

INEOS Styrolution develops energy saving styrenics-based polymer for SLS 3D printing

-Sumitomo to build a PP compounds plant in Poland

Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical will set up a subsidiary Sumika Polymer Compounds Poland (SPCP) to build and operate a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Poznan, Poland, the company said in a statement.Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

It is planned that the new enterprise will produce about 30 thousand tons of PP compounds per year.  PP compounds are materials obtained by mixing PP with synthetic rubber, fiberglass or inorganic fillers to improve its functionality, stiffness and other properties, for use in automotive bumpers, interiors and household appliances.

“With the widespread adoption of electric vehicles driven by stricter environmental regulations, demand for PP compounds is expected to be strong,” the company said in a statement.

It was previously noted that Sumitomo Chemical began construction of a new PP compounding plant in Jiangsu province in September last year , its fifth facility in China. This plant, owned by Zhuhai Sumika Polymer Compounds Co, will be launched in early 2021. Sumitomo Chemical will own 55% of the plant and Toyo Ink Manufacturing 45%.

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-Eco-Spindles launches recycled polyester yarn facility

Pioneering Sri Lankan plastic bottle recycler and manufacturer of polyester yarn and monofilaments, Eco-Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd commenced Phase 2 of its expansion to add 20,000 sq. ft of production space at its state-of-the-art facility in Horana. When completed, the expanded facility will double polyester yarn production capacity at Eco-Spindles.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

“All over the world, people are waking up to the urgent need to create and enter a circular economy. The expansion of our Horana facility is another vital step in this direction,” BPPL Holdings Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Anush Amarasinghe said. Eco-Spindles is a value-added exporter of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste bottles in Sri Lanka, and is on a mission to reverse the island’s environmental degradation by converting PET bottle waste, that would otherwise end up polluting sensitive eco-systems, into export quality products that have since captured extensive market share across the globe.

“As the only other entity in the world that is capable of directly manufacturing polyester yarn out of recycled PET flakes, we are extremely well-positioned to capture the rapidly increasing demand for such products. In this manner we are able to generate vital foreign exchange for the national economy, while at the same time, helping to reverse one of the most serious environmental threats of our time using a raw material that we had all considered to have only one use.

Eco-Spindles launches recycled polyester yarn facility

-Plastic trash can now be recycled into ultra-strong graphene

Plastic decomposition is sped up by the flash Joule heating method

Packaging from the grocery store, lint from our clothing, plastic shopping bags – plastics and microplastics are everywhere, and they’re not going anywhere. In fact, it will take them hundreds of years to decompose in landfills . In order to speed up this decomposition process, scientists from Rice University are transforming these discarded plastics into non-toxic, naturally occurring materials. They’re doing this by using a newly developed technique called “flash Joule heating,” to rapidly heat plastic materials to very high temperatures .  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

Currently, there are a few plastic recycling techniques that are widely used, with differing results. For example, plastic bags are a huge contributor to the plastic waste stream – Waste Management, a trash collection company, estimates that over one billion plastic bags are used each year in the US alone. Even more shockingly, each plastic bag is used for, on average, less than one hour. Currently, the most common way to recycle plastic bags is by compressing them into composite lumber or small pellets, which can be used for building materials . While this is an excellent way to reuse single-use plastic, this plastic still is not biodegradable.

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-Dow adds bio-based option to elastomers range

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has added a bio-based option to its Affinity GA range of polyolefin elastomers.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

Affinity RE consists of three grades with 100 per cent bio-based content on a mass balance basis to optimise the carbon footprint of hot melt adhesives.

Henkel has confirmed that it will be used as part of its Technomelt Supra Eco hot melt adhesives range.

Affinity RE is made using bio-based feedstock such as tall oil – a by-product created by the paper-milling industry and sourced from sustainably managed forests. Its mass balance is certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.

Dow said Affinity RE offers an alternative to fossil fuel-based products and can help to reduce carbon footprint while delivering the same well-known performance as the entire Affinity GA range.

Consumers expect more sustainability from the products they use, and packaging is no exception, explained Imran Munshi, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics consumer marketing manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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-CCL closes the loop on stretch sleeves

CCL Label is planning to offer a closed loop recycling solution for stretch sleeves, which are often used for returnable PET bottles in, for example, the German mineral water market.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

The recycling facility will be located at CCL’s Voelkermarkt site in Austria, which is a hub for the production of stretch and shrink sleeves mainly produced for the dairy, beverage and home care industries.

CCL Label is pioneering a new technology that enables the post-consumer deinking of the printed sleeves. The sleeves are removed from the PET bottle after it has been returned to the bottler. The sleeves are then shipped to the CCL Voelkermarkt site, where – after the deinking and cleaning – they are molten and shaped into pellets, which feed back into the manufacturing process, thus creating a new sleeve in a closed loop.

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-MEGlobal increases March contract price of MEG in Asia by USD50 per ton

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the March contract price of MEG for Asia at USD790 per tonne on February 10, which is USD50 per tonne higher than the February level, the press reported. – company service.

The price was quoted on terms of delivery CFR Asia.

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal raised the February contract price of MEG for Asia by USD70 per tonne versus the level of the previous month – to USD740 per tonne, CFR Asia.  Plastic GeneralNews Oil Polyolefins 

According to market sources, MEG supply in the Asian market is expected to remain limited in March due to the shutdown of two plants.companies Saudi Kayan and MEGlobal in the Middle East, which may support the price sentiment of market participants.

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

MEGlobal increases March contract price of MEG in Asia by USD50 per ton

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,200 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 855 $/ton 855 $/ton-
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,400 yuan/ton 5,450 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.550 yuan/ton 5.575 yuan/ton +25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,995 yuan/ton 3,965 yuan/ton -30
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
565 $/ton 565 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,885 yuan/ton 4,795 yuan/ton -90
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 640 $/ton 630 $/ton- -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 735 $/ton 746 $/ton +11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 717 $/ton 728 $/ton +11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha PET PARecycling

699 $/ton 712 $/ton +13
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,330 yuan/ton 6,330 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,150 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8.050 yuan/ton 8.050 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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6,500 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,550 $/ton 1,550 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,780 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 12,700 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,850 yuan/ton 12,850 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,400 yuan/ton 31,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha PET PARecycling

14,550 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,700 yuan/ton 15,700 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 56,000 yuan/ton 56,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 54,000 yuan/ton 54,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 46,000 yuan/ton 46,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 5,400 yuan/ton 5,400 yuan/ton
Benzene overseas  market 710 $/ton 710 $/ton
Ethylene South East market 830 $/ton 830 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,100 $/ton 1,112 $/ton +12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,000 yuan/ton 12,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical Naphtha PET PARecycling 7,600 yuan/ton 7,570 yuan/ton -30
Naphtha overseas market  550 $/ton 563 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 6,790 yuan/ton 6,790 yuan/ton

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-Itochu and Aquafil join forces to sell recycled nylon

The Japanese trading company Itochu and the Italian chemical firm Aquafil have entered a partnership to promote and expand the businesses of circular nylon production.

In 2011, Aquafil created the Econyl Regeneration System that turns recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and post-industrial waste back to caprolactam (CPL), a crude raw material. Through its proprietary recycling technology, Aquafil claims to eliminate impurities completely and produce regenerated nylon having the same features as virgin quality materials.

Econyl is made completely from waste, which enables an up to 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional nylon made from petroleum. Focusing on the fashion and carpeting industries, Econyl has been adopted by more than 2,000 brands around the world. In the fashion industry, it received “strong support” from major fashion brands including Burberry, Gucci and Prada.

Last year, Safilo announced the use of Econyl, being the first to introduce it in the eyewear industry. At the time, it said that the recycled nylon would be used for models in the Tommy Jeans collection, that had been recently launched by Tommy Hilfiger, one of the eyewear company’s licensed brands. Safilo planned to gradually use Econyl in other collections to reduce its carbon footprint.

Itochu and Aquafil join forces to sell recycled nylon

-Toray well positioned for future growth in China

The Chinese market is one of Toray’s largest and most promising markets for future growth, said Kazuhiko Shuto, chairman and president of Toray Industries (China) Co.

From Uniqlo’s ultralight down jackets, home water purifiers and new-energy vehicles to Boeing 787 aircraft, Toray’s advanced materials and innovations are widely used.

Despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Toray’s investment will continue in China thanks to the potential of the Chinese market and the country’s improving business and investment environment.

“Investment in China is developing toward high-end segments to meet people’s demands for comfortable lifestyle and safe environment,” Shuto said.

Toray’s success is rooted in its rich portfolio, covering fibers and textiles, resins and chemicals, films, carbon fiber composite materials, electronic and information materials, pharmaceuticals and medical products, water treatment and environmental sectors.

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-US-China trade war continues to impact textile industry

The Joe Biden-led new US government is continuing with the Section 301 tariffs on finished apparel and textile imports from China. Tariffs were first imposed by the US in May 2019 to address intellectual property theft and other predatory trade practices by China. Since then, a number of tariffs and counter tariffs were imposed on import of goods.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US government gave exclusions on some Chinese products, including textiles and apparel, which have now been extended till March 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has reduced sliding tariffs on cotton cargoes imported under additional quotas. It has increased the number of products with lower than MFN tariffs and imported under temporary import tariffs from 859 earlier to 883 from January 1, 2021. The lower sliding tariffs would reduce the cost of importing cotton fibre into China, according to Fibre2Fashion’s market analysis tool TexPro.

US-China trade war continues to impact textile industry

-Sukano PLA masterbatches confirmed effective against SARS-Cov-2

The demand for a safe environment where surfaces do not play a possible role in transmitting a virus has significantly increased. Sukano high-performance Antiviral Masterbatch is designed to protect surfaces from acting as a transmitter.

Sukano PLA masterbatches confirmed effective against SARS-Cov-2

This is especially important in the healthcare area where disposables are increasingly sought to replace reusables due to their increased safety and reduced risk of contamination, while still aiming to reduce the environmental impact.

Biopolymers have become more and more relevant and today play a decisive role not only in packaging applications but also in medical uses. To further support safety and hygiene, Sukano has introduced an Antiviral Masterbatch for PLA applications to the market. This masterbatch helps to eliminate viruses and other microorganisms from surfaces.

Sukano PLA masterbatches confirmed effective against SARS-Cov-2

-Endlessly Refreshing: Coca-Cola North America Rolls Out Bottles Made from 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Big news sometimes comes in smaller packages.

Coca-Cola Trademark brands (Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Coca-Cola Flavors) will debut a 13.2-oz. bottle made from 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic this month in California, Florida and select states in the Northeast, with other sparkling beverage brands following this summer.

“Challenges around plastic packaging waste and recycling continue to be top of mind for our consumers, customers and our system,” said Alpa Sutaria, vice president and general manager, sustainability, North America Operating Unit. “Introducing 100% recycled PET bottles is a big proof point of how recycling can help create a circular economy.”

The new 13.2-oz. bottle – the first-ever Coca-Cola package made from 100% rPET in the United States – uses less plastic and offers a convenient, sippable portion size. “On-the-go consumers have been telling us they want an option like this, because it’s just the right amount for the ‘snacking’ occasion,” said Tammy Lee, brand manager, Coca-Cola Trademark. “We believe this innovation delivers the double benefit of convenience and sustainability.”

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-Biorizon is working on a business plan for an application center for bio-aromatics

Biorizon Shared Research Center, located at the Green Chemistry Campus, is working on a business plan for an application center for bio-aromatics.

Aromatics are important building blocks for the chemical industry: as many as 40% of all chemicals are aromatic in nature. They add essential functionality to products such as plastics, resins and coatings, including scratch resistance and UV stability. Currently, these aromatics are petrochemical-based and this has a negative impact on the climate. Biorizon is developing bio-aromatics based on biomass waste streams.

Biorizon founders TNO and VITO together with the Green Chemistry Campus are now investigating how a Biorizon Application Center can best meet the needs of the industry and how Biorizon can optimally unlock and further develop the already present knowledge, experience and equipment in the field of bio-aromatics.

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-Supply issues and virgin competition jostle resin prices

Recycled plastic sellers are facing cost pressures from cheap virgin material, and an expert says reclamation costs will not come down to close that pricing gap.

Tonya Randell, a program manager at plastics recycling research firm More Recycling, delved into how the virgin plastic market is impacting recycled plastic markets, and she offered insights on the market realities for key recovered resins.

Randell spoke during the recovered plastic portion of Recycling Markets 2021, a virtual presentation put on by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

Markets vary by resin

Randell highlighted the differences in markets for each resin. “What we see is that not all plastics are recycled equally, and we don’t see the same challenges for every sector,” she said.

HDPE natural has been “a significant kind of workhorse within the last couple of years,” Randell said. The resin last month notched another record price. That growth, she added, is “tied really directly to the fact that there is a lessening supply of this material.” Milk jugs and dairy containers, which have been a large source of natural HDPE, are increasingly being replaced by  other packaging types, Randell said.

Supply issues and virgin competition jostle resin prices

-Researchers Unveil ‘Transformative’ Discovery for Chemical Recycling

Princeton researchers have found a new way to polymerize butadiene that, they say, has vast implications for fulfilling the promise of closed-loop recycling through depolymerization.

Finding viable, cost-effective solutions to chemical recycling of plastics is an ongoing effort not just among companies, but in academia, as well. Researchers at Princeton University have found a chemical recycling method that they described as “transformative” in an announcement on Jan. 25, 2021. Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry at Princeton, and researchers in the Chirik Lab have discovered a potentially “game-changing new molecule” from a material known for over a century and used to make common products that has “vast implications for fulfilling” the promise of closed-loop recycling through depolymerization.

The Chirik Lab reported in Nature Chemistry that, during depolymerization, the molecule named (1,n’-divinyl)oligocyclobutane enchains in a repeating sequence of squares, a previously unrealized microstructure that enables the process to go backward, or depolymerize, under certain conditions. In other words, said the announcement, it can be “zipped up” to make a new polymer and the polymer can then be unzipped back to a pristine monomer for repeated use. “I honestly think this work is one of the most important things to ever come out of my lab,” Chirik commented in the announcement.

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-Milliken Joins GO!PHA to Drive Adoption of Bio-based, Biodegradable PHA Polymers in Single-use Packaging Applications

Milliken & Company’s Chemical Division has joined the Global Organization for PHA (GO!PHA) to help address the technical and market development challenges related to polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biodegradable biopolymers. Milliken will bring to GO!PHA its expertise in polymer chemistry to help improve the processing, performance, aesthetics and other important attributes of PHA. The goal is to expand the application range of this family of materials into more packaging applications.

GO!PHA is a coalition of industry and academic stakeholders dedicated to advancing the development, commercialization and adoption of PHA polymers through advocacy and knowledge sharing. Milliken will collaborate with other GO!PHA members to prioritize technical issues and explore ways to solve them by adapting existing high-performance Milliken additives or developing new technologies.

Milliken Joins GO!PHA to Drive Adoption of Bio-based, Biodegradable PHA Polymers in Single-use Packaging Applications

-Technology to Eliminate Bacteria and Viruses on Fabric Used in Masks

Israeli start-up Sonovia has developed a technology to impregnate the fabric used in masks and other applications in order to protect the wearer from Covid-19 and other viruses.

This technology employs ultrasonic soundwaves to offer 98% particle filtration efficiency, 99.99% antibacterial efficacy—including antibiotic-resistant bacteria—and 99,89% virucidal efficacy. The process also has excellent durability against industrial laundries, according to Yuli Nofar, a Sonovia’s representative. She explained:

“Our technology was initially developed to fight hospital-acquired infections. This technology, which has been tested on Covid-19, eliminates all bacteria that land on the mask. The SonoMasks are reusable and can be worn for one year and have up to 55 washes.”

Antimicrobial Activities

Sonovia was founded in 2013 following over 10 years of research by Bar Ilan University Israel and a four-year, EU-funded research project looking into fighting hospital-acquired infections. Its patented technology uses ultrasonic soundwaves to physically infuse zinc oxide nanoparticles on to the fabric.

Technology to Eliminate Bacteria and Viruses on Fabric Used in Masks

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-Prices surge amid tightness and pandemic-driven buying

Western European standard thermoplastic prices have risen at a much faster rate than feedstock costs during the last two months. Price hikes are being driven by tight material availability, higher freight rates due to shipping container shortages and pandemic-driven stockpiling. The upward price trend is set to continue at least during the first quarter of the year.

Polyethylene prices have risen €190-195/tonne through December and January compared to an €85/tonne rise in ethylene costs. Polypropylene prices have increased €180-190/tonne during the same period against an €80/tonne rise in propylene. PVC prices also registered gains higher than the proportionate impact of higher ethylene costs. In December, polystyrene prices surged well ahead of styrene monomer costs then tracked the feedstock cost rise in January.

PET prices nudged higher in both December and January because of rising costs, low material availability and rising import costs due to limited vessel availability and surging freight rates.

Polymer producers justified the margin increases on tight availability and higher prices in other world regions.

Prices surge amid tightness and pandemic-driven buying

-TWO LEG SOLUTION PROPOSAL OF PAGEV FOR THE ASTRONOMIC PRICE INCREASE IN PLASTICS RAW MATERIALS IN TURKEY

Drawing attention to the 100 percent increase in prices, PAGEV President Mr. Yavuz Eroğlu: “First of all, the domestic petrochemical company should sell the raw material that is already scarce to the domestic market instead of exporting it and the extra taxes on imported raw materials should be temporarily suspended”

The rise in raw material prices continues to be the primary agenda item of industrialists. Worldwide, after the reduction of production for various reasons, there have been more than a hundred percent astronomical price increases in plastic raw materials in the last 6 months. The increase in the prices of plastic raw materials used in the bottle of water we drink, the toothbrush we use, the water pipe, the refrigerator, the car, the food packaging, the mobile phone, the yarn that our clothes touch, in short, in every product from head to toe, is on the way to becoming the main actor that will trigger inflation. Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The industrialist, who must buy the raw material he uses in production at high prices, is experiencing difficult processes with his customers and is rapidly melting his capital due to increasing prices. PAGEV continues to offer solutions to both the public and the economy management regarding the astronomical price increases in raw material prices. In this context, we present our suggestion and press reflections below to your attention.

TWO LEG SOLUTION PROPOSAL OF PAGEV FOR THE ASTRONOMIC PRICE INCREASE IN PLASTICS RAW MATERIALS IN TURKEY

-Rigid polyolefins: increased quality collection & sorting a must to reach the EU recycling targets

New study[1] identifies key measures to advance recycling

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) account for almost a third of European converters’ demand and are predominantly used in packaging applications. Out of the 16.7Mt[2] placed on the market, an estimated 6.6Mt is rigid polyolefin packaging.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

With the current EU recycling capacity for HDPE and PP at 1.2Mt for post-consumer and additional 0.5Mt for pre-consumer waste, the recycling facilities can treat roughly 18% of rigid polyolefin waste. The scaling up of the EU plastics recycling capacity hinges on ensuring that the maximum of plastic waste is captured for recycling. Advancing collection and sorting were identified as key to unlock the much-needed investments in the recycling of rigid polyolefins.

‘Capturing additional tonnages and sorting out pots tubs and trays, is just one of the examples of making the change,’ said Werner Kruschitz, PRE PP/PO Working Group Chairman.

Rigid polyolefins: increased quality collection & sorting a must to reach the EU recycling targets

-Platilon® XM – extra matte TPU medical-grade film with low reflection and low friction properties

Very few medical films provide an extra matte surface. Since we created a production solution for blown thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film with a low-friction, low-reflection and skin-friendly surface, healthcare providers have put Platilon® XM films to use in a range of medical applications.

Many medical applications require a comfortable, low-friction extra matte surface

There is a high demand for medical films that combine design, comfort and extended wear in one cost-effective product.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Covestro produces a blown film made of TPU with an extra matte surface; a second-skin-type material thanks to its soft haptics. The market response to this production process was swift and strong, as customers from many fields preferred our cost-effective Platilon® XM blown film to solvent-cast films.

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-Comprehensive, antimicrobial protection for thermoplastic processed polymers:

Innovative Sanitized® BroadTect product durably protects polymers against a wide range of microorganisms

Polymers can be protected against all relevant microorganisms with just a single antimicrobial product: Protection against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold and mildew, yeasts, and even algae. This newly developed product by SANITIZED AG has high temperature resistance and is suitable for thermoplastic processing methods such as extrusion processes or injection molding. The new Sanitized® product from the BroadTect portfolio features durable antimicrobial protection that is effective even after weathering. In addition, good antiviral efficacy on surfaces has been demonstrated.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Normally, each antimicrobial active ingredient has a specific and limited spectrum of efficacy. In a comprehensive series of tests, the developers of SANITIZED have managed to combine specially selected active substances in a way that synergically complements their spectra of efficacy. The result is a product that delivers comprehensive, durable antimicrobial protection from bacteria, mildew and mold, yeast, and algae.

Temperature-resistant and versatile

This temperature-resistant, antimicrobial product is suitable for most thermoplastic polymers such as PE, PP, TPU, EVA, PVC, rubber (EPDM, NBR, SBR) that are used in the extrusion process or in injection molding. It is compatible with commonly used additives, making it usable for an abundance of applications.

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-Hengyi plans polymer, petchem units in Brunei expansion

China’s private-sector Hengyi Petrochemical is planning to add a 1.65mn t/yr naphtha cracker, 1.05mn t/yr polyethylene (PE) plant and 1mn t/yr polypropylene (PP) plant as part of a second phase at its refinery and integrated petrochemicals project in Brunei, with completion targeted for 2023.

Zhejiang province-based Hengyi has a 70pc stake in the project at Pulau Muara Besar, with the Brunei state owning the remaining 30pc.

The expansion will give Brunei its first polymers plant. Hengyi will use Univation’s Unipol technology for the PE plant, which will be able to produce a broad range of high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene grades. It will use Lummus’ Novolen technology for the new PP plant.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Hengyi is also planning to expand upstream refining capacity by 280,000 b/d and add more downstream petrochemicals units at Pulau Muara Besar. It plans to construct a 1.65mn t/yr ethylene cracker as well as 1.2mn t/yr mono-ethylene glycol, 800,000 t/yr benzene, 2mn t/yr paraxylene (PX), 2.5mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and 1mn t/yr polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plants in the second phase.

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-Toppan develops fire extinguishing film for lithium-ion batteries

Toppan Printing has developed a fire extinguishing film that responds to heat by emitting aerosol particles. This new film is an addition to Toppan’s ‘SMART LIFE-VALUE Packaging’ line-up, which is part of the recently launched ‘TOPPAN S-VALUE Packaging’ range.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The fire extinguishing film is on sale from February and targeted at manufacturers of batteries and electrical appliances.

With applications for rechargeable batteries expanding to such fields as mobile devices and mobility, lithium-ion batteries are becoming more widely used and offering higher power levels. However, this increases the risk of fire-related accidents, not only during use but also after disposal. Toppan has combined its advanced coating technologies and transparent vapor-deposited GL BARRIER film with a highly effective fire extinguishing agent from Yamato Protec Corporation to produce an adhesive film with outstanding long-term durability and workability.

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-How the EU wants to achieve a circular economy by 2050

Find out about the EU’s circular economy action plan and what additional measures MEPs want to reduce waste and make products more sustainable

f we keep on exploiting resources as we do now, by 2050 we would need the resources of three Earths. Finite resources and climate issues require moving from a ‘take-make-dispose’ society to a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The current crisis highlighted weaknesses in resource and value chains, hitting SMEs and industry. A circular economy will cut CO2-emissions, whilst stimulating economic growth and creating job opportunities.

Read more about the definition and benefits of the circular economy

The EU circular economy action plan

In line with EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal under the Green Deal, the European Commission proposed a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020, focusing on waste prevention and management and aimed at boosting growth, competitiveness and EU global leadership in the field.

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-Carbon levy on EU imports needed to raise global climate ambition

  • The mechanism must not be misused to further protectionism
  • All imported products under the EU Emissions Trading System should be covered
  • It should constitute an alternative to existing measures on carbon leakage

To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say Environment MEPs.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

On Friday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted a resolution on a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) with 58 votes for, 8 against and 10 abstentions.

The resolution underlines that the EU’s increased ambition on climate change must not lead to ‘carbon leakage’ as global climate efforts will not benefit if EU production is just moved to non-EU countries that have less ambitious emissions rules.

MEPs therefore support the introduction of a WTO-compatible CBAM to place a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside the EU, if these countries are not ambitious enough about climate change. This would create an incentive for EU and non-EU trade industries to decarbonize in line with the Paris Agreement objectives

Carbon levy on EU imports needed to raise global climate ambition

-New recycling plant will recycle 1 billion PET bottles a year

Construction has begun on the new recycling facility that will see the equivalent of around 1 billion PET plastic bottles recycled each year.

The $45 million plant, located in Albury–Wodonga region near the border of Victoria and New South Wales, is set to be fully operational by October — two months earlier than expected.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The facility, developed by a joint venture between Asahi Beverages, Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway Waste Management, will trade as Circular Plastics Australia PET.

Excavation of the site has already started, sheds to house more than a dozen diggers have been erected and dozens of jobs will be created as construction ramps up in coming weeks.

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-Lotte’s single-use plastic exposure raises risk

The company is exploring collaborations, particularly in areas such as bio-polymers and other high-value chemicals and polymers

LOTTE Chemical Titan Holding Bhd (LCT) is subject to considerable downside risk given its sizeable exposure to single-use plastics.

Maybank Investment Bank Bhd analyst Lee Yen Ling, in a recent note, described the company’s 10% single-use plastics capacity as its “biggest challenge” as more investors turn to sustainable products and services.

Lee, however, noted that LCT can tap onto its parent Lotte Chemical Corp’s technologies to develop eco-friendly products.

The investment bank said the company is also exploring collaborations, as well as mergers and acquisitions, particularly in areas such as bio-polymers and other high-value chemicals and polymers. The research house maintained its ‘Sell’ recommendation for LCT with a lower target price of RM2.10.

Key upside risks to the bank’s call and earnings forecast include slower than expected capacity expansion in the event some players opt to defer expansion plans in view of the weak market dynamics.

“There is also a persistent shortage of containers and occasional hurricanes in the US which disrupt petrochemicals supply.

“This is followed by faster than expected global economic growth and its 40%-owned associate Lotte Chemical USA Corp delivers stronger than expected operating earnings on better product spreads,” Lee said.

The forecast takes into account the company’s five-year corporate strategy, which embeds sustainability into its business. LCT currently complies with all environmental regulations and requirements in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“It also adopts the Environment Management System and has developed various operational initiatives to reduce its environmental impacts, such as sludge reduction programme and fixed volatile organic compound monitoring system among others,” Lee noted.

The company is exploring new breakthroughs such as converting polyolefin into biodegradable polymer consumers. It is also collaborating with reputable suppliers and consumers to create energy-efficient products.

Lotte’s single-use plastic exposure raises risk

-Radici declares force majeure on adipic acid in Germany

Radici Chimica (Bergamo, Italy) has declared force majeure on the production of adipic acid at its 80,000-metric tons/year plant in Zeitz, Germany, due to extreme cold weather conditions in central Germany, according to Chemweek.

With road and rail transport of hazardous materials suspended due to the extraordinary conditions, adipic acid production “has been seriously affected, and this has forced us to declare force majeure,” said Radici CEO Maurizio Radici in a letter to customers issued on 10 February. The company is currently assessing the amounts of adipic acid it will be able to supply to customers, he said.

Radici started production of adipic acid and nitric acid at its nylon intermediates complex at Zeitz in 2001.

As MRC informed earlier, RadiciGroup is investing EUR15m to purchase a production line for meltblown nonwoven, a material used in protective face masks. The move follows a shortage of the material in Italy. The synthetic fibre producer will manufacture meltblown nonwoven polymer filaments, the key component in personal protective equipment (PPE), saying that current supply in Europe is insufficient to keep up with the heightened demand brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

We remind that Russia’s output of chemical products rose in November 2020 by 9.5% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased in the first eleven months of 2020 by 6.6% year on year, according to Rosstat’s data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-November 2020 output. November production of polymers in primary form rose to 896,000 tonnes from 852,000 tonnes in October. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 9,240,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 17.1%  year on year.

Radici declares force majeure on adipic acid in Germany

-NGR expands liquid state polycondensation plant

To meet the growing need for post-consumer PET, Next Recyclingmaschinen (NGR) is to make a further liquid state polycondensation (LSP) plant available for demonstration and testing purposes from March 2021.

In the NGR process, all impurities are removed from the PET melt already in the liquid phase to such an extent that the necessary requirements for food packaging, including water bottle grade, are achieved. The process is said to produce EFSA- and FDA-compliant products.  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

Compared to conventional systems, the NGR process offers an energy-efficient and, in terms of melt quality, better physical cleaning process, according to the company. The intrinsic viscosity (IV) is constantly measured and adjusted to the customer’s target value via automated control of the vacuum unit. This makes it possible to finely tune the material quality to the customer’s product specifications, including ultra-tight IV control, which is essential for downstream production.

NGR expands liquid state polycondensation plant

-ExxonMobil introduces Paxon SP5504 HDPE for blow moulded bottles and containers

ExxonMobil has developed a new Paxon HDPE grade, SP5504, which offers a paradigm shift in the properties normally associated with the currently available unimodal HDPE resins.

ExxonMobil introduces Paxon SP5504 HDPE for blow moulded bottles and containers

Offering a step-change in ESCR (Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance) performance without compromising stiffness, impact, top load performance, or processability, Paxon SP5504 is suitable for household and industrial chemical (HIC) bottles and containers. Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

Dr James Stern, HDPE Business Development Manager, North America and EMEAF, ExxonMobil, said: “Until now, converters have often had to compromise to get the right ESCR performance of blow moulded HDPE bottles and containers, but, because there is no compromise in density or melt index, Paxon SP5504 enables converters to create cost-effective, innovative packaging solutions for household and industrial chemicals.”

ExxonMobil introduces Paxon SP5504 HDPE for blow moulded bottles and containers

-Sidel presents NUUK, the new rPET water bottle concept inspired by Greenland

Sidel’s art designers have created the NUUK bottle concept, drawing inspiration from the purity of ice and its formations. The NUUK brand takes its name from Greenland’s capital and the fjords that make it famous. The “Frozen, Authentic, Unique” slogan highlights the brand’s attributes, which are closely linked to water and its features. Produced from clear, 100% recycled PET (rPET), NUUK is a container designed for high-quality, fjord-sourced premium water brands.

With its pure, sophisticated and distinctive design, the 500 ml bottle showcases the water it contains and reflects the brand’s essence. Thanks to its asymmetric shape, NUUK stands out on the shelves, putting traditional water bottle designs in the shade.  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

An authentic frozen bottle arising from the ice

“The specific ice shape on the lower part of the bottle constitutes a great asset and reinforces its structure. It gives the impression that the bottle is surging up from the ice,” explains Laurent Lepoitevin, Packaging Design Engineer at Sidel. In line with its origins, the deep bottle base resembles a rock glacier and is produced by Sidel’s patented Base Over Stroke System (BOSS).

Sidel presents NUUK, the new rPET water bottle concept inspired by Greenland

-French extrusion specialist forms recycling division / Acquisition of GeboPlast

Extrusion blow moulder and injection moulder Corplex (Kaysersberg / France; www.corplex.com) wants to drive forward the development of an in-house recycling division and pave the way for entering a plastics recycling economy with the takeover of PET recycler GeboPlast (Muhlbach sur Bruche / France; www.schroll.fr/en/plastics-processing).  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

The globally active plastic experts from Alsace took over GeboPlast on 1 January 2021. The acquisition is ideal, writes Corplex in a press release, because it fulfils two important requirements for the investor: The recycling company, founded in 1977, is also based in Alsace and has two branches there. In addition, GeboPlast, with its activities in shredding, compounding, pellet production and disinfection, brings exactly the expertise that was hoped for in the new Corplex recycling division.

French extrusion specialist forms recycling division / Acquisition of GeboPlast

-Recon Polymers and Tetra Pak innovate

New technology recycles all components of beverage cartons

With the active support of Tetra Pak, Recon Polymers BV, a Dutch environmentally-aware start-up located in Roosendaal, has developed an innovative solution to recycle all components from beverage cartons. This innovative process secure the recycling of the plastic and aluminum mix coming from the recycling of used beverage cartons in Europe.

Recycling of plastic and aluminum

The average beverage carton comprises around 75% paperboard, 20% plastic and 5% aluminum foil. While the recovery of fibres during the recycling process is already well established and has a healthy market to convert into high-quality paper pulp for use in both industrial and consumer products, the same is not true yet for the plastic and aluminum mix.  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

With this new, innovative technology, Recon Polymers is converting the extracted plastic and aluminum mix into raw materials for applications within the plastic industry. Through this new process, Recon Polymers separates the caps, mainly made of HDPE plastic, and the layers, mainly LDPE plastic. The recovered plastics from the caps enter into existing end-markets for recycled HDPE, such as non-food bottles, pipes, recycling bins, etc.

Recon Polymers and Tetra Pak innovate

-Milestone: feedstock recycling collaboration demonstrates feasibility Carboliq process

The collaboration announced last year between film and packaging producer Südpack and Recenso, the developer of the Carboliq chemical recycling process has yielded its first tangible results: a truckload of oil.

The goal of the collaboration was to recycle reusable ‘unrecyclable’ materials on an industrial scale using the Carboliq process, in a bid to establish further closed loops in the packaging industry. As a leading manufacturer of these high-tech films, Südpack is particularly committed to sustainability. At the same time, investing in a strategic collaboration of this kind would contribute importantly to optimising Südpack’s material management.  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

Next to Recenso and Südpack, a third partner has been added to the collaboration. To better reach and respond to the fast-growing market for recycled materials, Rotterdam-based Count Energy Trading has been named the exclusive sales partner for the products generated through the technology. Count is experienced in handling and trading commodities in the energy and renewables industries and can offer a full pallet of services including logistics, storage, arbitrage, financials, and sustainability guidance in the market.

Carboliq technology is based on a process of Catalytic Tribochemical Conversion (CTC) – a one-stage direct liquefaction process, that involves the combined application of thermal, catalytic and mechanochemical mechanisms. CTC is applied at atmospheric pressure and at process temperatures below 400 °C. The process, during which almost no gasses are formed, produces a high ratio of oil, which is collected in a condensing system. Briquets, suitable for roast firing applications, are made from the residues.

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-First phase of Shintech’s US PVC chain expansion slated to be finished by mid-2021

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  • COVID-related work slowdowns delayed construction
  • PVC demand expected to grow steadily: Shin-Etsu

Shintech expects to finish the first phase of an expansion across the polyvinyl chloride chain at its Louisiana complex by mid-2021, later than expected, company parent Shin-Etsu said.  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

Shin-Etsu originally expected to finish construction on the first phase by the end of 2020, put pushed it to Q1 2021 after coronavirus pandemic-related work slowdowns. Executives told investors in late January that construction should be complete by mid-2021, according to a transcript posted on Shin-Etsu’s website Feb. 8.

The expansion’s $1.49 billion first phase will increase output at the company’s PVC plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, by 48% to 890,000 mt/year. Shintech also will increase vinyl chloride monomer capacity by 34% to 2.37 million mt/year, and increase caustic soda output by 21% to 1.55 million mt/year.

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-Toray’s Eco Textile Offers Hand Of Traditional Japanese Paper

Toray Industries has launched a new poly filament fabric called Camifu that “combines the softness, smoothness and comfort of synthetic fibers with the natural feel and random unevenness of traditional Japanese paper,” said the brand.

Camfu can be used for various apparel applications for men’s and women’s clothing, including outerwear. Toray will commercialize Camfu beginning with the SS22 season.

Unlike conventional fabrics, Camifu “can match the Japanese paper features that inspired it” because it uses Nanodesign, Toray’s conjugate spinning technology, to develop a “flat C cross-sectional shape that delivers a precise arrangement of three different polymers.”  Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

Toray has “arranged polymers with different heat shrinkage properties in special shapes on the left and right of a flat cross-section, with a soluble polymer in the fiber’s center.” The heat-treated polymers on the left and right side of the fiber bend along with it. And with a flat shape, it offers a “unique twist and stretch.”

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-Vietnamese apparel made with S. Korean fabric to enjoy lower tariffs in Europe

Apparel and clothing items produced in Vietnam with South Korea-made fabrics will be allowed to enjoy lower tariffs in the European Union, the trade ministry said Monday.

Previously, clothes needed to be made with locally produced fabrics in order to enjoy the benefits of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

“With South Korea being the second-largest supplier of fabric in Vietnam, the latest policy will lead to stronger demand for South Korean products, compared with other rivals such as China and Taiwan,” the ministry said in a statement.

Vietnam relies on imports for 80 percent of its demand for textiles.

In 2019, China accounted for 55 percent of Vietnam’s imports of fabrics, trailed by South Korea and Taiwan with 16 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Japan accounted for 6 percent.

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-Anti-dumping duties on polypropylene: Govt may challenge WTO verdict

The government is considering to file an appeal against the ruling of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel that ruled in favour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month in a case that sought cancellation of anti-dumping duties imposed on the import of polypropylene.

According to a senior official of National Tariff Commission (NTC), Pakistan imposed duties on the import of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) in 2013 at the rate of 29.70 percent on one UAE company, Taghleef Industries, and 57.09 percent on the rest of the UAE exporters. Plastic BioPolymers Oil Polyolefins

“The government could decide to go for a review within the next couple of months,” the NTC official said on condition of anonymity.

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Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins 11-02-2021

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-February contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR40 per ton

The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for February in Europe has been finally agreed at EUR730 per tonne, up EUR40 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported .

The contract price for the material for the February shipments has been approved on FD NWE delivery terms (with delivery to Northwest Europe).

The contract price of MEG for the current month was finally agreed, as the necessary configuration was achieved to approve the contract price – at least 2 producers / suppliers and 2 buyers / consumers at the beginning of February.

Commodity quotes rose in February after ethylene contract price  roseby EUR70 per ton. Upstream market participants expected prices to rise in February, at least on the back of higher naphtha quotes compared to the previous month. The balance of supply and demand for ethylene was also tense.

The January contract price of MEG in Europe  increased by EUR100 per tonne from December level to EUR690 per tonne, FD NWE.

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main components for PET production.

February contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR40 per ton

-Avantium acquires the right to use Eastman’s FDCA-related patent portfolio

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its subsidiary, Avantium Renewable Polymers, has signed a patent licence agreement with Eastman Chemical Company for the right to operate under Eastman’s FDCA-related patent portfolio. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

The Company believes that this patent licence agreement further paves the way for the commercial production of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) from Avantium’s FDCA flagship plant, which, dependent on a positive final investment decision, is planned to start up in 2023. The licence will also be available for any subsequent industrial scale facility built on the basis of Avantium’s FDCA and PEF technology. Under the agreement, Avantium will pay Eastman a licensing fee and ongoing royalty payments related to manufactured volumes. Payments will be partly made in Avantium shares.

Avantium acquires the right to use Eastman’s FDCA-related patent portfolio

-Two PET lines of Spanish Novapet operate at reduced capacity utilization due to bad weather conditions

The Spanish company Novapet, a large European producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), continues to keep the capacity utilization of two lines of the PET plant in Barbastro (Barbastro, Spain) at a reduced level as a precaution due to adverse weather conditions. reported by Polymerupdate .

So, on January 9 this year, the company had to reduce the load on two lines of this enterprise with a capacity of 230 thousand tons of PET per year due to severe weather, as well as due to the delay in the arrival of consignments of raw materials due to logistical difficulties caused by snowfall. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

In total, Novapet operates three lines at this plant with a capacity of 130 thousand tons, 100 thousand tons and 30 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was noted that last year Novapet closed the PET line in Barbastro with a capacity of 100 thousand tons per year for a scheduled 40-50-day repair in October – November.

According to MRC ‘s ScanPlast , in Russia the total estimated PET consumption in December amounted to 71.83 thousand tons, which is 8% higher than the consumption indicator for the same month in 2019. In total, in 2020, the volume of PET consumption in all sectors (casting, threads / fibers, films) decreased by 17% compared to the level of 2019 and amounted to 717.31 thousand tons.

Two PET lines of Spanish Novapet operate at reduced capacity utilization due to bad weather conditions

-WORLD’S ‘MOST SUSTAINABLE’ GLASS BOTTLE HAS JUST BEEN INVENTED

A company in Derrylin, Northern Ireland has set out on a mission to create “the world’s most sustainable glass bottle”.

Compared to its packaging counterparts, glass is one of the more sustainable solutions. Unlike plastic, glass can be recycled indefinitely in a closed-loop cycle, and is predominantly made of abundant, natural raw material like sand and cullets (waste glass).  Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

However, the production process behind the creation of glass has been criticised for its energy usage. One manufacturer in Northern Ireland has levelled up minimising carbon emissions in the glass-making process.

A BIOFUEL FUTURE FOR GLASS?

Encirc has successfully managed to make bottles using renewable biofuels which the manufacturer says have ultra-low carbon emissions.

The trial paints a “very bright and sustainable future” for the industry, says Fiacre O’Donnell, head of sustainability at Encirc’s parent company, Vidrala.

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-AmSty raises February PS prices

Americas Styrenics (AmSty; Woodlands, Texas), a 50/50 joint venture of CPChem and Trinseo, says it increased prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) by US0.03 per pound, effective 1 February 2021. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

The price rise supersedes all other previously announced price increases, it says.

No reason for the increase was given by the PS and styrene producer.

As MRC reported earlier, with an end goal of keeping polystyrene products out of landfills through an innovative circular recycling process, AmSty has recently announced its commitment that all products designed for foodservice and food packaging applications will contain 25 percent recycled content by 2030.

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-EMEA: The week ahead in petrochemicals

Converters face difficulties amid surging polyethylene spot and contract prices, demand for virgin PET starts to ease, and tightness persists in some polymer markets. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

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European ethylene spot price differentials against the industry-settled contract price over the contract price are expected to widen further into discount territory in February on further import arrivals from the US. Ethylene inland and coastal cargo, prices which were seen at an unusual premium over the contract flipped back into discount territory this week to be assessed at a 2% discount.

MEG Supply remains tight despite the restart of Ineos’s Dormagen cracker — a key ethylene oxide supplier. Spot prices going into March were expected to reflect this despite the arrival of Asian imports at the end of February and beginning of March.

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The recent surge in European polyethylene spot and contract prices, which is expected to intensify further in February, could see some converters struggle to pass costs through to the final customer, placing their finances under severe pressure. Producers announced their intention to lift LDPE prices in February by Eur200-250/mt ($241-$301) as a minimum. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

European PVC participants will continue to follow the developments around the supply tightness caused by outages and recent force majeure announced by KemOne. The market will continue to watch developments in the Turkish PVC market and product spot availability in NWE.

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-A solution to plastic pollution: circular economy

The dire state of the world’s oceans can no longer be ignored. Discarded plastic waste — particularly single-use plastic — is putting marine life at risk.

It’s not only big chunks of plastic and bags that pose a danger: plastic exposed to salt water and ultraviolet solar rays can fragment into minuscule microplastics that are easily ingested by birds, fish and simple marine life forms, eventually leaching chemicals into the food chain. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

Businesses, consumers and investors are starting to pay attention — and it’s about time. Without a practical and expedient approach for tackling discarded plastic, waste management systems will become overwhelmed.

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-Wolf PVG trusts in Oerlikon Nonwoven’s meltblown technology

Oerlikon Nonwoven has successfully commissioned a double beam meltblown plant with ecuTEC+ electro charging unit at Wolf PVG GmbH & Co. KG. With this plant, the East Westphalian company can now provide nonwovens for the production of surgical and FFP2 masks. In addition to the filter material, which is in great demand, high-quality meltblown nonwovens can also be produced for medical and industrial filter applications. The plant has now been running for several weeks under stable production conditions with optimal nonwoven fabric quality of the highest standards, Oerlikon reports.  Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

At the beginning of the corona pandemic and the shortage of protective masks that ensued, Wolf PVG GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Melitta Group, switched part of its production capacities to nonwoven mask fabric production. As a highly specialised system supplier for everything to do with vacuum cleaners and industrial filter technology, the company can fall back on its extensive know-how and many years of experience, says Oerlikon.The plant has now been running for several weeks under stable production conditions with optimal nonwoven fabric quality.

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-Vitalis 100% recycled plastic bottle

The new 1.5 litre bottle is made of material comprised of more than three recycled 33 cl plastic bottles . Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

The new Vitalis water bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic, is the latest offering from the Super Bock Group’s smooth water brand for 2021, which reinforces its commitment in the area of sustainability. With this innovation, the company estimates it will avoid using more than 6.3 tonnes of new plastic per year.

The new 1.5-litre Vitalis bottle will reach the market in the coming weeks and will be available in cardboard boxes, thus contributing to the reduction of the plastic normally involved in the sale of these types of product.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook

Volatility in Asian petrochemical upstream markets likely a key for price direction in downstream markets, especially as trade activity begins to taper down ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in China. Plastic BioPolymers PET Polyolefins

Propylene:

** China propylene is expected to stay stable in the week after restocking is mostly completed ahead of Lunar New Year holidays.

** The South Korea market is poised to receive support from demand for spot materials, with Hanwha Total’s new downstream polypropylene unit expected to start in second-half February.

** Taiwan’s state-run CPC is aiming to start its residual fluid catalytic cracker Feb. 8. The steam cracker has the capacity to produce 450,000 mt/year of propylene.

Polypropylene (PP):

** Asian polypropylene is likely to slow down ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in China from Feb. 11-17.

** Offers from international sellers to China stayed firm, in view of currently more attractive spot markets like Turkey, Latin America, the US and Africa.

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-PBT market to keep buoyant around LNY bolstered by cost

Prices of PBT industrial chain greatly climbed up ahead of Spring Festival holiday. Price of PBT chip, POY50D and DTY50D has rose by 3,350yuan/mt, 4,000yuan/mt and 4,200yuan/mt to 13,000yuan/mt, 15,000yuan/mt and 18,000yuan/mt respectively since Jan, with increment at 34.7%, 36.4% and 30.4% respectively.

Hiking PBT price was mainly attributed to the following major 2 reasons:

The route was soaring BDO price amid short supply. Price of BDO increased by 3,200yuan/mt or 25% to 15,950yuan/mt since Jan. As a result, polymer feeding cost ascended by 1,779yuan/mt or 20% to 10,478yuan/mt. Increment of another feedstock, PTA, was relatively smaller, up by 365yuan/mt or 10% to 3,960yuan/mt.

Supply of BDO was short in Jan-Feb. Spandex market ran at around 95% of capacity. As a result, demand for BDO was strong from PTMEG market. Operating rate of PTMEG plants was above 96%. PBAT, which is a downstream product of BDO, ran at high capacity amid tight supply benefited by policy. Overall demand for BDO was sound in Jan-Feb, while supply of BDO reduced as some units such as Blue Ridge Tunhe and Xinjiang Xinye had turnaround.

PBT market to keep buoyant around LNY bolstered by cost

-SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

INVISTA’s technology and licensing group, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd. (“Sinopec Yizheng”) have reached an agreement for licensing of INVISTA’s industry leading PTA P8++ technology for Sinopec Yizheng’s third PTA line. This plant will be installed in Jiangsu province, China, with an annual name-plate capacity of 3 million tonnes.

Sinopec Yizheng previously utilised IPT’s P6 PTA technology for its 450,000 te/annum second PTA line. Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Sinopec Yizheng and INVISTA are pleased to once more leverage this technology to create long-term value for both parties.

This is a further confirmation of INVISTA’s strategy of relentlessly improving its PTA technology offering, through a combination of increased scale, reduced capital and variable cost per tonne of PTA, and greater sustainability.

SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

-Polyester and downstream market performance before and after LNY

Polyester companies witnessed moderate market fundamental before the Lunar Chinese New Year and price climbed up amid mounting cost.

Polyester enterprises did not have inventory burden before holiday. Many plants saw pre-orders. Comprehensive stocks of PFY were flat with the corresponding period of last year and those of PSF were far lower than last year.

Most polyester products were priced marginally above the cost. By Friday, cash flow of PET fiber chip, PET bottle chip, PSF and POY150D was at 42yuan/mt, 337yuan/mt, 507yuan/mt and 217yuan/mt respectively. Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Turnaround size of polyester fiber market apparently reduced this year before the Lunar Chinese New Year with easing pandemic and in expectation of better demand. Therefore, polyester polymerization rate was high, which is estimated to be 88%, 85% and 92% respectively in Jan-Mar.

Polyester and downstream market performance before and after LNY

-Australia’s largest PET recycling plant now under construction in Albury-Wodonga

Construction is now underway on a world-class recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga that will see the equivalent of around 1 billion PET plastic bottles recycled each year.

Environment Minister and Federal Member for Farrer, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, marked the official start of construction by turning the first sod on-site at the project, which is being delivered in a joint venture between Asahi Beverages, Pact Group Holdings Ltd and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd.

The $45 million plant – in the Nexus Precinct 10km outside the Albury CBD in NSW – is set to be fully operational by October, two months earlier than expected owing to Albury Council approving the project ahead of schedule. The facility will trade as Circular Plastics Australia PET.  Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Excavation of the site has already started, sheds to house more than a dozen diggers have been erected and dozens of jobs will be created as construction ramps up in coming weeks.

Australia’s largest PET recycling plant now under construction in Albury-Wodonga

-Faurecia signs partnership with haptics developer to improve HMIs 0

Automotive technology company Faurecia and a developer and provider of technologies for haptics, Immersion Corporation, have signed a multi-year license agreement that will provide Faurecia with access to Immersion’s haptic technologies and solutions.  Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Faurecia says the agreement will enable it to develop advanced, interactive haptic user interfaces featuring the latest innovations from Immersion.

Edouard Da Silva, display global product line director at Faurecia, commented, “Cars in the near future will be built with smart technology, which allows intuitive, touch-based interactions. This agreement with Immersion expands our technology ecosystem and illustrates our forward-thinking approach to meeting the technology needs of occupants for a connected and personalized experience.”

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-Auf Wiedersehen PET! EU wants Spain to outlaw un-recyclable plastics in packaging

WHEN it comes to plastic bottles the EU is saying auf wiedersehen to PET and guten tag to r-PET.  Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

The Union’s European Circular Economy Strategy for Plastics has set a target for all plastic packaging to be recyclable by 2030.

This means that manufacturers will have to switch away from – to use the cumbersome jargon – polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and use instead recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (r-PET)

In recent years the problem of plastic pollution – particularly in the oceans – has never been far from the headlines. Various big name brands are already using packaging with a proportion of recyclable material, but the EU wants to make 100% recyclable – and preferably recycled – plastic mandatory.

Pressure has been mounting from consumers and environmentalists following extensive media coverage of plastic pollution, such as David Attenbrough’s Blue Planet 2.

But making packaging 100% recyclable is easier said than done, according to one Spanish company.

Carlos Enguix is head of Packaging Technologies at Valencia company, AINIA. He explained that a big problem with recycling is that there is often a degradation in the quality of the material in the process.

He added: “By using certain percentages of recycled material with virgin product, we can meet the requirements for packaging foods.”

This is a solution that is being used today , with companies using similar techniques to make r-PET around the world, with some announcing r-PET percentages from 20% to 100% already.

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-Public calling for increased plastics recycling in the UK

New research shows that 91% of UK adults believe the importance of increasing the amount we recycle will grow over the next five years and that the key area to focus our efforts on is plastics recycling.

Currently only 9% of the plastics worldwide are recycled but if all plastic was recycled then we could save 30-150 millions tonnes of carbon annually.

This means that if we recycle plastics we avoid the 61% contribution of plastics emissions. The public is calling for more sustainable solutions and to focus on plastics recycling.  Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

The research also showed that 56% of people believe that there is ‘too little’ information on recycling.

Although different councils have different waste rules, Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy will set out to simplify this through the harmonisation of waste collection associated with a clear labelling system which is a much needed step for creating a fully functioning circular and sustainable system.

When asked, the survey also found 40% of people said their plastic consumption has decreased in the last year; only 44% of people tend to recycle textiles; 48% tend to recycle food waste; and only 41% tend to recycle e-waste.

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-Improved AA scavenger

During PET preform production, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a byproduct of PET. Although AA is a naturally occurring substance, it has a sweet taste and can cause an “off” flavor in applications such as bottled water. To prevent this from happening, an AA scavenger like Holland Colours’ TasteGuard can be used to prevent migration of AA into the bottle content.  Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

For 20 years, there were strict patents in place around the globe concerning this type of packaging additive and who could supply and produce it. In February 2021, these restrictions will no longer be valid per legal reviews of rules provided by the European Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Therefore, Holland Colours’ TasteGuard will be available freely across all regions.

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-Plastic waste: Europe is not recycling enough

As a result of more stringent standards, recycling of plastic packaging is set to fall in the EU. Without better industrial capacity, the EU will not reach its 50% target in five years’ time. And illegal exports are likely to increase

The EU is facing a growing problem in managing its plastic waste, warns a report  by the European Court of Auditors. The main issue is the biggest component of the waste – packaging. Its production is growing steadily and last year was around 18 million tonnes. Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Packaging accounts for just over 60 percent of total plastic waste in Europe. And while the lifespan of plastic stretches over centuries, 40 percent of the EU’s plastic production is destined for packaging that will be thrown away.

But from 1 January 2021 the management of this waste will be seriously complicated for European operators. An amendment to the Basel Convention on the export of hazardous waste, adopted in May 2019, comes into force on that date. Most plastics have hitherto been included on the list of non-hazardous waste, known as the “Green List”. From now on, only recyclable materials that are uncontaminated, pre-sorted, free of any non-recyclable material and prepared for immediate recycling in an environmentally sound manner will be eligible for inclusion on the Green List.

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-Foundation for Plastic Recycling launches Buy Recycled initiative – Recycling Today

Initiative seeks to stimulate demand for recycled plastics by encouraging consumers to buy products with recycled content.

The Foundation for Plastic Recycling, established by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, has launched the Buy Recycled campaign, an initiative designed to stimulate market demand for recycled plastics.

The campaign seeks to educate consumers about plastics recycling and encourage them to purchase products made with postconsumer resin (PCR).

According to a news release about the initiative, “When consumers rethink their everyday purchases and buy products made with recycled content, they help boost market demand, benefit the environment and support U.S. jobs.”

Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the APR and board chair of the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, says, “Recycling helps the planet and empowers our communities. Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand what happens to their recyclables after they are put in the bin. Plastic BioPolymers PP Polyolefins

Even fewer understand the need to purchase recycled products to complete the circle of recycling and support the Circular Economy.”

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-LyondellBasell plans to raise March PP prices in US by USD132 per tonne

LyondellBasell intends to increase March polypropylene (PP) prices in North America by 6 cents / lb (USD132 / t) on the back of higher propylene feedstock prices, according to the company’s letter to customers.

According to the letter, the increase is in addition to any previously announced price increases, including the 6 cents per pound increase that the company previously announced in February.

PP demand has been strong in recent months on the back of continued growth in US manufacturing activity. Demand for non-durable goods such as packaging and PP for filaments and fibers has been strong since the start of the pandemic, while demand for durable goods such as automotive parts and home appliances has grown in recent months.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the first week of February, the growth of PP spot prices continued on the Russian market, and in many positions it reached record levels. Demand has dropped significantly, for the most part converters are unable to respond quickly to new price levels.

The main driver of PP price growth on the Russian market has recently been external markets. Producers are pushing domestic prices up to export parity.

Major polypropylene producers in the US include Braskem, ExxonMobil, Formosa, INEOS, LyondellBasell, Pinnacle Polymers, Phillips 66, and Total Petrochemicals.

LyondellBasell plans to raise March PP prices in US by USD132 per tonne

-Cyanobacteria could revolutionize the plastic industry

Microbiologists at the University of Tübingen modify bacteria to produce climate-neutral and rapidly degradable bioplastics

Cyanobacteria produce plastic naturally as a by-product of photosynthesis – and they do it in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Researchers at the University of Tübingen have now succeeded for the first time in modifying the bacteria’s metabolism to produce this natural plastic in quantities enabling it to be used industrially. This new plastic could come to compete with environmentally harmful petroleum-based plastics. The researchers, headed by Professor Karl Forchhammer of the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, recently presented their findings in several studies that appeared in the journals Microbial Cell Factories and PNAS.  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

“The industrial relevance of this form of bioplastic can hardly be overestimated,” says Forchhammer. Around 370 million tons of plastics are currently produced each year. According to forecasts, global plastic production is set to increase by another 40 percent in the next decade. On the one hand, plastic can be used in a variety of ways and is inexpensive, for example as packaging for food. On the other hand, it is the cause of increasing environmental problems. More and more plastic waste ends up in the natural environment, where it pollutes the oceans or enters the food chain in the form of microplastics. Furthermore, plastic is mainly made from petroleum, which releases additional CO2 into the atmosphere when it is burned.

Cyanobacteria could revolutionize the plastic industry

-February styrene contracts in the US are up

US styrene contracts in February were up from January due to continued supply shortages, higher production costs and strong demand, ICIS reported .

The increase in the contract price is due to higher spot prices and more expensive raw material costs. Spot prices continued to rise in January and February due to lack of supply. US shipments declined in the fourth quarter due to business disruptions and strong demand in Asia, which boosted US exports. In addition, the two factories will stop production for repairs in February.

Raw material costs have also increased. The January US ethylene contract rose to a six-year high amid high spot prices, supply constraints and strong demand. Also, the February contract prices for benzene in the United States fell 2% from the previous month on the back of a decline in spot prices.  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed at the level of EUR1 050 per tonne for February deliveries, which is EUR24 per tonne higher compared to the level of the previous month.

Styrene is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

February styrene contracts in the US are up

-SCG Looks to Commercialize Chemical Recycling

Tagged With: chemical recycling, Circular Plas, recycling, SCG, SCG Chemicals, Siam Cement, strategy, thailand  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

Thailand’s Siam Cement Group (SCG) is aiming to commercialize chemical recycling, in which used plastics are decomposed by heat and turned back into monomers to be reused as feedstock for chemicals. The group is currently investing management resources in chemical recycling as a core project for achieving a circular economy – and in the near future, it aims to expand its efforts here up to a commercial scale.

SCG has already completed a demonstration facility in Thailand’s Rayong Province. Boasting a capacity of 4,000 tons of renewable feedstock per year, this facility is operated by Circular Plas Co. Ltd., a joint venture between SCG and a Thai startup focused on developing recycling technology.

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-SONGWON announces global price increases for its polymer stabilizers

Ulsan, South Korea – February 08, 2021 – SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. announced today that prices for all its polymer stabilizers products will be raised by up to 10%, depending on the product line and region.  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

This additional upward price adjustments are necessary due to higher raw material, energy and logistics costs and follows the price increases related to freight rates surge already announced in December 2020.

The price increase is effective immediately or as contracts allow.

SONGWON announces global price increases for its polymer stabilizers

US Fund takes control of AMB ( Italian Language Only)

Peak Rock Capital joins the Marin family and the management in the shareholding structure of the Friulian packaging manufacturer.
AMB The Friulian manufacturer of flexible food packaging AMB has passed under the control of a private fund managed by the US investment company Peak Rock Capital, which joins the Marin family and management. The move will not lead to changes in the Board of the company, consisting of Bruno Marin as CEO, Giles Peacock as COO, Paolo Cescutti (CPO) and Rolf Liebfried (CFO).  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 
“This agreement represents a further step forward in our growth plans, probably the most important in our history – underlines Bruno Marin, CEO of AMB -. In over 50 years, AMB has achieved this milestone, thanks to talented people and without ever losing sight of our goals. Peak Rock Capital is a historically active investor in our market, he knows both our business and the growth potential of our company. ”
“AMB represents a stimulating investment opportunity for us – adds Alex Dabbous, CEO of Peak Rock Capital Europe -. We are thrilled to support the Marin family and the management of the company, which has shown great talent, in their strategic objectives of geographical expansion, acquisition of new customers, product innovation and further achievements. ”

US Fund takes control of AMB

-DuPont Launches SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection of New High-Performance Yeasts for U.S. Ethanol Market

SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE and SYNERXIA® RUBY, best-in-class yeasts, deliver combination of both yield and robustness to ethanol producers

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences today announced the launch of the SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection, the next advancement in high-performance yeasts. The new collection from the XCELIS® platform includes SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE and SYNERXIA® RUBY – two innovative, high-yield yeasts designed for the unique needs of ethanol producers. Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

This marks the first time that DuPont has co-launched two high-yield yeasts. SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE brings the most powerful combination of yield, robustness and enzyme expression in a yeast. It offers enhanced ethanol yield increase paired with revolutionary thermotolerance and infection robustness in fermentation and has been genetically engineered to withstand harsh stressors, while still finishing fermentation with ultra-low DP1.

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-Injection molding process offers cost savings for interior soft skins

Kraton Corporation, a US producer of specialty polymers and bio-based products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, has announced the first use of its IMSS (Injection Molded Soft Skin) technology in an automotive application. The interior of the Buick GL6, a joint project between Chinese firm SAIC and GM, features the material for its interior trims. Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

IMSS utilizes the company’s ultra-high flow thermoplastic elastomers, belonging to the hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (HSBC) family. Unlike traditional PVC soft skins, HSBC-based soft skins allow injection molding of large, thin-walled parts, such as instrument panel skins, Kraton explains. It notes that they provide lower odor, fogging and VOCs coupled with better aging, subsequently improved safety performance, and lower specific gravity. Furthermore, they contain no added plasticizer, phthalates, or cross-linking agents.

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-Breakthrough Innovations Enhancing Plastics Degradation

The omnipresent influence of plastics in modern lifestyle has led to the production of about 300 million tons of fossil fuel-based plastics annually, according to the UN. About half of the total plastics produced till date are thrown away after a single use, and about 60% of the waste ends up in landfills or accumulates in the environment.

Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Breakthrough Innovations Enhancing Plastics Degradation” –  Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

It is predicted that by 2050, the amount of plastic waste generated will be more than 1,200MMT per year.This makes plastics a major contributor to land and marine pollution and poses a big threat to the biodiversity.

Although plastic recycling technologies are introduced 2 decades ago, they still haven’t witnessed the wide-scale adoption.Plastic recycling technologies often face challenges to efficiently and economically convert plastic waste into a valuable resource and the plastic waste invariably ends up in the landfills or washes away to the nearby water resource and resides as micro-plastic.

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-Eastman offers details on $250M depolymerization plant

Eastman’s plastics sorting capabilities and complementary chemical recycling technologies will help it cost-effectively secure the ample feedstock supply needed for a huge methanolysis plant, the company’s CEO said.

Eastman Chemical Co. announced it will invest $250 million over two years to build a methanolysis plant at its Kingsport, Tenn. facility. The company described the plant, which will have an annual capacity of over 100,000 metric tons at full build-out, as “one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities.”

Methanolysis is a process through which scrap PET is heated and treated with methanol. The process breaks down the plastic into its component monomers, dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and ethylene glycol (EG), which are purified and used to make new plastic. Eastman calls its technology “polyester renewal technology.”

The company expects construction of the new plant to start in March 2021 and finish by the end of 2022. Plastic BioPolymers PE Polyolefins 

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Petrochemical Naphtha PET PETRecycling Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton +300
Bottle grade PET chips export market 830 $/ton 855 $/ton +25
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,250 yuan/ton 5,400 yuan/ton +150
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.400 yuan/ton 5.550 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,940 yuan/ton 3,995 yuan/ton +55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
555 $/ton 565 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,830 yuan/ton 4,885 yuan/ton +55
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 628 $/ton 640 $/ton- +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 704 $/ton 735 $/ton +31
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 686 $/ton 717 $/ton +31
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha PET PETRecycling

653 $/ton 699 $/ton +46
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,000 yuan/ton 6,330 yuan/ton
+330
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,150 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 8.050 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha PET PETRecycling
6,050 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton +450
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,400 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton +450
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,050 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton
+750
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,500 $/ton 1,550 $/ton +50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,780 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,700 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton +1,000
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 11,950 yuan/ton 12,850 yuan/ton +900
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,400 yuan/ton 31,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha PET PETRecycling

14,000 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,350 yuan/ton 15,700 yuan/ton +350
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 52,500 yuan/ton 56,000 yuan/ton +3,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 51,500 yuan/ton 54,000 yuan/ton +2,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 43,500 yuan/ton 46,000 yuan/ton +2,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 4,800 yuan/ton 5,400 yuan/ton +600
Benzene overseas  market 659 $/ton 710 $/ton
+51
Ethylene South East market 895 $/ton 830 $/ton -65
Ethylene NWE  market 1,129 $/ton 1,100 $/ton -29
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 12,000 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical Naphtha PET PETRecycling 7,620 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton -20
Naphtha overseas market  512 $/ton 550 $/ton
+38
Phenol domestic market 6,620 yuan/ton 6,790 yuan/ton +70

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-Krones joins pan-EU circular economy platform

Germany’s Krones has signed up to the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, which seeks to bring together companies and initiatives proactively engaged in creating a circular European economy.

Set up by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, the platform has the declared goal of closing material cycles.

Krones has committed to the following eight targets: all new PET bottling lines to be rPET compatible by 2025; alternative secondary-packaging solutions containing no single-use plastics by 2022; design forms of packaging suited for recycling; support clients changing from linear production to circular economy; enable the use of tethered caps on equipment; sustainable (and removable) labelling solutions; upgrade Krones’ solutions for material recycling of packaging plastics (solid/flexible, PET, polyolefins and PS); and proactively pursue development projects connected with disruptive technologies that take beverages to the consumer in innovative ways.

Krones joins pan-EU circular economy platform

-ETHYLENE PRICES PLUNGE IN ASIA

This week, despite firmer upstream energy values, ethylene prices witnessed a sharp fall in Asia. Prices tumbled, on the back of plentiful product availability in the region, weaker demand trends and deals concluded at lower levels in the region.

CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed lower at the USD 840-845/mt levels, a week on week plunge of USD 75/mt.

CFR South East Asia prices were assessed down at the USD 820-825/mt levels, a tumble of USD 65/mt from the previous week.

In plant news, Eneos Corporation, has restarted its cracker on February 1, 2021. The cracker was shut for maintenance on December 4, 2020, and continued to remain off-line owing to technical issues. Located at Kawasaki in Japan, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 540,000 mt/year and a propylene capacity of 308,000 mt/year.

ETHYLENE PRICES PLUNGE IN ASIA

-European Flexible Packaging manufacturers concerned about polymer shortage and price development

The members of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) are very concerned about the recent developments of the polymer markets in Europe. In very short period the manufacturers of flexible packaging were confronted with an increased number of ‘force majeure’ declarations or ‘maintenance’ announcements by the leading polymer manufacturers in Europe creating sudden and significant shortages along with price increases in the supply chain. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

The effect on converters means they may have difficulties in supplying finished products to meet their customers order requirements, particularly in the food and beverage sectors. Those have an increased demand to serve the European population during the pandemic with its many lockdowns. During times when canteens and restaurants are mostly closed, and more adults and children are working and studying from home European consumers depend on a safe and stable supply of food and beverage products. Almost half of the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) excluding beverages in the European Union are packed with flexible packaging. Examples are all kind of packaged foods, pet food, personal and household care products.

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-DSM partners with Sympatex Technologies to launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, today announces that its DSM Engineering Materials business will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, a thermoplastic elastomer, together with Sympatex Technologies. In this way, DSM Engineering Materials is taking the next step on its sustainability journey and enabling its customers to transition to a more circular and bio-based economy.

To address growing consumer and legislative demand for lower carbon footprint and more sustainable feedstock, the sports and apparel value chain is increasingly integrating bio-based materials into its designs. By offering a new range of mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, DSM Engineering Materials is enabling membrane manufacturer, Sympatex Technologies to meet these demands and make more sustainable choices.

DSM partners with Sympatex Technologies to launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials

-Over half of the total EU plastics recycling capacity certified with EuCertPlast

With the release of the record number of 4.6 million tonnes, the EuCertPlast certification was granted to more than half of the total EU recycling capacity covering both pre- and post-consumer streams.

The scheme grew by 27 per cent in comparison to 2019, and with 45 new recycling facilities. There are now 214 companies certified by EuCertPlast, demonstrating its wide recognition in the plastics industry. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

The leader, with a share of 30 per cent of the EuCertPlast certified facilities, is Germany. Italy with the 12 per cent share is in second place, followed closely by the Netherlands and France, having respectively 11 per cent and 10 per cent share of the certified capacity.

Additionally, LDPE and PET are the most widely certified polymers representing almost half of the total capacity.

Despite the pandemic, which affected the ability of the auditors to travel to recyclers’ facilities, EuCertPlast certified companies grew substantially in the course of 2020.

Over half of the total EU plastics recycling capacity certified with EuCertPlast

-Nestlé: 96% of packaging produced in Italy is just recyclable

Published the “Sustainable Packaging Commitment: road to 2025” report

96% of the packaging used by Nestlé for products made in Italy is already recyclable. This is one of the main points that emerged from the “Nestlé Sustainable Packaging Commitment: road to 2025” report, published today by the Group to take stock of projects and strategies developed to support the sustainability of packaging, with particular focus on Italy.

But Nestlè initiatives extend further national borders: in September 2019, the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first of its kind in the food industry, was inaugurated. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

The center develops research projects on the sustainability of packaging and on the experimentation of new bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.

In addition, the company is also working to reduce, reuse and recycle existing packaging: Nestlé has achieved 100% recyclability in Italy for corrugated cardboard and glass, 98% for paper, 87% for aluminum, 90% for rigid plastics and 80% for flexible plastics.

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-PET bottle chip value back to 6000 yuan/mt, how will it move later on

Early Feb, propped up by hiking crude oil and polyester feedstock futures, PET bottle chip price soared to above 6000yuan/mt, MOM rising 600-700yuan/mt, and up 1500yuan/mt from a year earlier. Price surges more than 300yuan/mt in merely two days. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

Major reason lies in cost hike. Polymerization cost was around 4600-4650yuan/mt in Jan, while it climbed up to 5050-5100yuan/mt after one month, up 10-11%. The trigger is from PX plants cutting back output or shutdown, and settlement of ACP also helped boosted market sentiment, supporting PTA prices to hike. Besides, as PTA-PX spread stood constantly low, and turnaround plans may increase later on, more traders feel unwilling to sell low. MEG side, MEG fundamental fares better than PTA in H2 2020. MEG spot supply in China is a bit tight since H2 2020, as MEG imports are low, making spot liquidity a bit tight. Hence MEG market trend is stable-to-strong. Cost side has rendered some support to polyester products.

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-Cellulose foam by Stora Enso wins “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year”

Stora Enso’s cellulose foam wins “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021” in an award ceremony organised during the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (2-3 February 2021). Cellulose foam was among six nominees up for the award, all recognised for the development of new technologies and applications in the cellulose fibre industry. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

Cellulose foam by Stora Enso is a lightweight wood fiber-based foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material has been designed to be fully natural and the technology offers a biodegradable alternative to a wide range of products.

The lightweight and shock absorbing properties make it an especially attractive alternative for protective packaging applications. In this space, environmental concerns are currently driving regulatory efforts towards limiting, or banning, the use of traditional fossil-based foam materials, such as polyethylene (PE) foam and expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly known as Styrofoam. The environmentally friendly production process of cellulose foam results in a material that is renewable and that can be fully recycled with regular paper and board. Our cellulose foam is a game changing cutting-edge material created for a circular bioeconomy.

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-Sportswear giant to use 60% sustainable material in all products / Collaboration with Finnish start-up

The fashion and sportwear brand’s commitment to sustainability resurfaces every year. For 2021, Adidas plans to use more than 60% sustainable material in all products worldwide. The move basically translates to recycled polyester and sustainable cotton, which is something the company says it has been using since 2018. To this end, Adidas notes that it is currently trying to develop a process to turn used clothes into cotton-like material in cooperation with Finnish start-up Infinited Fiber . Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

With Adidas’ 60%-sustainable-material range under brand names “Primeblue” and “Primegreen”, the German firm is inching closer to its goal of using only recycled polyester for all products from 2024 onward.

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-TOMRA: High-performing bottle and can recycling programs have four success factors in common, new white paper finds

The world’s highest-performing deposit return systems (DRS) for can and bottle recycling have four success factors in common, explains a new white paper unveiled today by the global leader in beverage container collections for recycling, TOMRA.

With growing awareness of plastic waste and more countries adopting deposit policies, “Rewarding Recycling: Learnings from the World’s Highest-Performing Deposit Return Systems”  reflects on what makes a high-performing system – so stakeholders can better understand why some deposit systems are succeeding, while others fail. Petrochemicals BioPlastic PEPolyolefins

TOMRA: High-performing bottle and can recycling programs have four success factors in common, new white paper finds

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-Corbion to expand lactic acid production at Blair, Nebraska site

Corbion (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced on Thursday that it will expand lactic acid production at its Blair, Nebraska, facility by 40% to meet growing demand for natural ingredients, said Chemweek.

The use of lactic acid and its derivatives as ingredients in foods and beverages for safe preservation and in home and personal care products for disinfection and hygiene has increased steadily in the Americas over the past five years, Corbion says. “Manufacturers of food, home, and personal care products worldwide are finding the efficacy, consumer-friendliness, and sustainability advantages offered by lactic acid-based solutions to be highly valuable in responding to multifaceted market pressures,” it adds.

Corbion also operates lactic acid production facilities in the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, and Thailand, and early last year announced plans to build a new lactic acid plant at its existing site in Rayong Province, Thailand, to help meet global demand.

As per MRC, Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announced the start-up of its 75,000 tonnes per year PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy® PLA resins. This bioplastic provides a valuable contribution towards the circular economy being 100% renewable and biodegradable and offering multiple environmentally-friendly waste solutions.

Corbion to expand lactic acid production at Blair, Nebraska site

-Bioplastics, Biodegradable Plastics, & Compostable Plastics: What’s the Difference?

The global bioplastic market is growing rapidly. Bioplastics, biodegradable plastics, and compostable plastics divert our demand for plastic and help lighten the load on our planet by, theoretically, breaking down in weeks rather than centuries. It’s an important step forward for single-use packaging, but we still encourage you to look for plastic-free options.

Let’s dig into the realities of biodegradable plastics. Despite high hopes for these alternatives to help build a circular economy, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding how to dispose of them properly at their end of life. Do you know the difference between these bioplastics?  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

Bioplastics Cover a Wide Ground

A wide range of materials falls under the umbrella of bioplastics, which are commonly defined as “biobased, biodegradable, or both.”

It might surprise you to know that a bioplastic can be non-biodegradable or contain no bio-based materials. It can even be 100% fossil-based. To complicate matters, a bioplastic “can be any combination of being partially bio-based, fully bio-based, non-bio-based, biodegradable, compostable or non-biodegradable, so long as it is not both non-bio-based and non-biodegradable.”

Bioplastics, Biodegradable Plastics, & Compostable Plastics: What’s the Difference?

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-RECITURF: turning fake lawn green

Artificial turf lawns have many advantages: for instance, they will be good for many hours of mud-free sporting activities and do not need to be watered.

However, when artificial turf reaches its end of life, which can come just five to ten years after it is laid, it is very difficult to recycle.

This is because it is made of different kinds of plastic that melt at different temperatures and have different viscosities. Therefore, an increasing amount of artificial turf waste is being sent to landfills, except for rubber which is used as a filler in these kinds of installations.  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

The RECITURF Project, led by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, and with the participation of the ACTECO and REALTURF companies, aims to give a boost to the circular economy in this sector. They want to use innovative waste processing methods to increase recycling and recovery rates. The project is funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI) and will focus on developing new recycling processes, including biological/enzymatic degradation and chemical recycling of the polyurethane backing. The different materials will be separated for subsequent mechanical recycling.

RECITURF: turning fake lawn green

-Clariant signs catalysis research partnership with prestigious ETH Zurich university

  • Research agreement to advance catalysis innovation and sustainable chemistry
  • Clariant will provide a significant financial contribution for an initial period of 10 years
  • ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities, currently ranked sixth place globally  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

Muttenz, February 4, 2021 – Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, has signed a cooperation agreement with ETH Zurich to support research in catalysis and sustainable chemistry with a significant financial contribution over an initial period of ten years. The goal of the partnership is, firstly, to advance the understanding of catalyst properties – from nano- to macroscale – and their performance. Secondly, together with the ETH Foundation, Clariant will sponsor and collaborate in fundamental chemical research projects, promoting talented ETH scientists and students.

Hans Bohnen, member of Clariant’s Executive Committee, commented, “We are honored to announce our research agreement with the prestigious ETH Zurich. The partnership, like those with other academic institutions, underscores our commitment to fostering innovation and R&D to develop groundbreaking products and solutions that add value to people, industries, and the environment.”

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-New compostable packaging doubles shelf life

Tipa and PerfoTec create compostable packaging proven to extend shelf life of fresh produce by up to two times

Israel-based compostable packaging producer Tipa and shelf-life extension specialist from the Netherlands, PerfoTec, have partnered to offer fully compostable packaging that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce.

The partnership comes as consumer demand for low-waste packaging continues to grow, and suppliers seek sustainable packaging solutions that don’t compromise produce quality.  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

The laser microperforated compostable film provides retailers and suppliers with packaging qualities that Tipa said will help reduce food waste, combat plastic pollution and cut carbon emissions.

Tipa and PerfoTec’s combined technologies have been found to double the expected shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Tipa’s compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants. Its packaging solutions can also fit with industry machinery and manufacturing practices.

PerfoTec’s said its patented high precision laser technology facilitates longer shelf-life by adapting the permeability of food packaging.

New compostable packaging doubles shelf life

-ExxonMobil creates unit to commercialize carbon-reduction technology

ExxonMobil Corp has created a division to commercialize its technology that helps reduce carbon emissions, as the US oil major looks to step up efforts against climate change amid rising pressure from investors and activists, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The move comes as Exxon looks to burnish its environmental credentials as it engages in a proxy fight with hedge fund Engine No. 1, which is attempting to appoint candidates on the oil company’s board and push toward a more renewables-focused future.  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

Exxon said its Low Carbon Solutions would initially focus on carbon capture and storage and directly compete with Occidental Petroleum Corp’s Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, which is looking to develop the largest ever facility to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

The oil major said it would invest USD3 billion on lower emission solutions through 2025, by which time it plans to reduce the intensity of its oilfield greenhouse gas emissions by 15%-20% from 2016 levels.

ExxonMobil creates unit to commercialize carbon-reduction technology

-February contract price for phenol in Europe fell by EUR84 per tonne

The February contract price for phenol in Europe fell by EUR84 per tonne at both ends of the range following a decline in the contract price for benzene feedstock, which fell 12% this month, ICIS reported .

The February contract prices were agreed at EUR1 361-1 391 per tonne, FD NWE (North West Europe).  Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

Numerous manufacturing problems at US phenol plants are expected to continue to restrict imports to Europe in the coming weeks.

Phenol demand is high as there has been an improvement in demand from the auto industry since the end of 2020, coupled with higher than usual demand from the construction sector during the winter.

Growth was also seen in the electronics and healthcare markets, supported by declining imports of Asian derivatives in recent months.

Phenol is the main raw material for bisphenol A (BPA) production, which in turn is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

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-Greenhouse gas emissions studies for four plastics recycling methods important first step

A report by sustainability consultancy Quantis, commissioned by the European Chemical Industry Council examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of chemical recycling and the potential of the process to close the plastics loop. The study, entitled “Chemical Recycling: Greenhouse gas emission reduction potential of an emerging waste management route”, uses both life cycle assessment (LCA) and systemic material flow analysis to assess the environmental benefits of chemical recycling, providing some insights into the potential reduction of GHG emissions compared with current end-of-life options such as incineration and landfilling.

Quantis’ analysis summarises and compares the findings on chemical recycling technologies from four recent and separate studies by Material Economics , Agora Energiewende in cooperation with Wuppertal Institut , CE Delft, and BASF.

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-Karpatneftekhim raised HDPE prices by USD90 per ton

The largest petrochemical plant in Ukraine – Karpatneftekhim (Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region) – has raised the prices of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) by USD90 per tonne from February 3 for supplies to the domestic market, according to the ICIS Price Review. MRC .

According to the company’s clients, the Ukrainian producer on Wednesday raised the prices of HDPE for supplies to the domestic market by USD90 per tonne compared to the previous week. For the end consumer, the price starts at USD1 270-1,280 per ton, excluding VAT, FCA. The increase in prices is primarily due to the growth of raw materials. Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

Also, high prices on foreign markets exert serious pressure on prices within the country. Thus, European producers raised their export prices in February by EUR 150-220 per tonne in comparison with January.

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-February paraxylene contract price in Asia set at USD705 / t

Negotiators to agree on February contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have reached an agreement for the current month at USD705 per tonne after they failed to do so for 16 consecutive months, market sources told ICIS .

The contract price for paraxylene has been approved on CFR Asia terms.

Approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers. Plastic BioPolymers DisposablePlastic 

The Asian market for paraxylene contract prices was last reached in September 2019.

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Nampak Plastics targets return to profitability

The Plastics division of rigid packaging converter Nampak is to continue consolidating sites this year as it attempts to improve the competitiveness of its business.

The South African company posted an impairment of R424 million ($28.4m) for the division in 2020 on the back of the global pandemic. After a strong start to last year, Nampak Plastics was on track to return to profitability when Covid-19 lockdown regulations led to an abrupt decline in demand for the smaller bottles in which its customers pack water, juice and carbonated soft drinks.

In April alone, sales declined by a third. For the year as a whole, revenue decreased and Nampak Plastics reported a small trading loss. However, this was a significant improvement from 2019’s loss as various restructuring initiatives – including reduced employee costs — bore fruit. The company also closed its Petpak Epping factory as well as its George and East London warehouses.

Nampak Plastics targets return to profitability

-Avantium publishes its Sustainability Plan ‘Chain Reaction 2030’ – a pioneering roadmap for a fossil-free chemical industry

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, publishes its Sustainability Plan ‘Chain Reaction 2030’, highlighting the company’s ambitious vision to achieve a fossil-free chemical industry by 2050.

In 2020, Avantium published its Sustainability Manifesto outlining a pathway for the company to take to tackle the global climate emergency. Chain Reaction 2030 is the evolution of this manifesto, a ten-year action plan the company can be measured against in this decade.

Chain Reaction 2030 commits Avantium to a series of goals and targets where it has the greatest impact on social and environmental issues. This includes accelerating its own technologies and operations to support the circular economy and driving responsible and sustainable business practice across the industry. The plan also includes the company’s actions to empower its own employees and to excite the next generation to accelerate the transition to a fossil-free world.

Avantium publishes its Sustainability Plan ‘Chain Reaction 2030’ - a pioneering roadmap for a fossil-free chemical industry

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-Finnish UPM considers building biorefinery in Rotterdam

UPM moves forward with biofuels growth plans and starts the basic engineering phase of a next generation biorefinery. The potential biorefinery would have an annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes of high-quality renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel. The products would significantly reduce carbon footprint in the road transport and aviation, as well as replace fossil raw materials with renewable alternatives in chemicals and bioplastics.

“The planned biorefinery would scale up UPM’s successful biofuels business to a new level. At the same time, it would further improve long term competitiveness and sustainability performance of UPM Biofuels by introducing several sustainable feedstocks and achieving uniquely high CO2 emission reduction compared to biofuels currently in the market,” says Jyrki Ovaska, Chief Technology Officer of UPM.

UPM’s solid wood biomass-based residues and side streams would play a substantial role in the feedstock pool. In addition, it would consist of sustainable liquid waste and residue raw materials. “UPM has an excellent position and expertise acquired over the decades in biomass sourcing both in Finland and Central Europe thanks to our large-scale operations in the pulp, paper, timber and plywood businesses. We are also developing and testing innovative carbon farming concepts.”

Finnish UPM considers building biorefinery in Rotterdam

-German car sales drop 30% in January – source

New passenger car registrations in Germany fell more than 30% in January to around 170,000 vehicles, an industry source told Reuters on Wednesday.

Car dealerships have been hit by a second lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic in Germany, with non-essential stores closed since mid-December, and by tax breaks for consumers running out at the end of 2020.

New car registrations in December had been up by almost 10%.

German car sales drop 30% in January

-Compact packaging line from GEA expands capacity for Irish brewery

For Carlow Brewing Company, GEA VIPOLL will install Ireland’s first Visitron ALL-IN-ONE line. Looking for a multifunctional filling system, the craft brewer chose GEA’s combined rinser-filler-seamer block, which offers brewers maximum production flexibility and reliability.

The ALL-IN-ONE rinses, fills, seals and seams cans, glass and even PET bottles with just one machine in the smallest possible space. Manufacturers can switch between bottle and can formats without tools in just 20 to 30 minutes.

The family-owned brewery produces the O’Hara’s craft beer brand range, Falling Apple cider plus a range of canned and bottled private labels for international customers.

To meet growing customer demand and interest in canned beer, Carlow Brewing decided to invest in a fundamentally new facility. Canning is a first for the brewery. However, no Irish contract packer could provide the required capacity.

Compact packaging line from GEA expands capacity for Irish brewery

-Worlds first Nr.1 resin code recyclable PET barrier material

Placon continues to be a leader in sustainable, thermoform packaging innovation with their new patent pending recyclable oxygen barrier material called OxyStar™. When creating our custom food packaging, our number one challenge is figuring out how to help the food last longer. Direct oxygen contact with perishable foods has been a problem for food manufacturers since the beginning of time, but not anymore.

Introducing the world’s first recyclable PET barrier material, OxyStar. Most barrier solutions today are classified as a #7 recycle symbol that cannot be recycled. OxyStar PET barrier material has a #1 recycle symbol, allowing the package to be put back into the PET recycling stream to be used over again. Creating a package that gives your products a better way to stay fresher for longer and increases product shelf life while making a sustainable impact is how we make simply better packaging.

Placon’s OxyStar barrier material utilizes an active oxygen barrier that stops oxygen ingress through a free radical chain reaction within the packaging sidewalls. Throughout the shelf life of the OxyStar active agent, the oxygen ingress will be near zero. OxyStar is made using PET material, which allows it to be the first barrier material with the #1 recycle symbol. This is key to ensuring that we continue to support a close-loop recycling stream for PET plastics.

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-RJ Corp in India implements Sidel’s aseptic PET technology to combine dairy and juice filling on the same bottling line

Varun Beverages Ltd, part of RJ Corp group, one of the largest franchises for PepsiCo Inc. globally, has installed Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis™ in its newly established plant in Punjab, India. This pivotal project aims to expand PET bottling capacity and provide production flexibility for the private label milk brand Cream Bell as well as Pepsi’s Tropicana juice range. By choosing the new aseptic dry preform sterilisation technology, RJ Corp is commercialising its liquid dairy products (LDP) in PET for the first time in India.

Since the early nineties, the privately owned Indian company RJ Corp has made itself a multinational powerhouse with thriving businesses in beverages, fast food restaurants, retail, ice cream, dairy products, healthcare and education. Through its operating company Varun Beverages Ltd., the group is one of the largest bottling partners for PepsiCo in the world, currently holding 36 plants on the Indian subcontinent and in Africa, and producing carbonated soft drinks, water and hot-fill juices as well as LDP.

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-On the spot: Big Bottling Company invests in a powerful PET line from KHS

A young company in Nigeria with plans for growth has opted for KHS for its new PET line.

The Dortmund systems supplier has proved especially convincing with its local team that installed the system with practically no outside help.

With over 200 million inhabitants Nigeria is already by far the most heavily populated country in Africa.

In the next 30 years the United Nations reckon on this number doubling, meaning that by 2050 around 410 million people will live here.

After India and China, the country of Nigeria will then have the world’s third-largest population.

The supply of drinking water is inadequate: until a few years ago only one in two people had access to clean water.

The country’s infrastructure is also still in its infancy, so that Nigerians are continuing to have to resort to buying water in bottles – about 45 billion liters of it in 2019.

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-Upax-Unity has launched the largest PET deep processing line in Russia

Upax-Unity (Perm, Upax-Unity) has launched Russia’s largest line for deep processing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and production of rigid packaging for food products, which has no analogues in Russia, according to a press release Administration of the Governor of the Perm Territory.

The new line allows the production of more than 50 types of food PET containers, packaging for the dairy and meat industries. It is noted that the created line covers the full production cycle: from sorting and deep processing of secondary raw materials to the production of finished products from recovered polymer. As a result, the company will be able to produce containers of various sizes and rigidity, shakers, disposable cups and other food containers. This plant allows you to process up to one thousand tons of recycled polyethylene terephthalate per month.

In December 2018, the Industrial Development Fund (IDF) and the Regional Industrial Development Fund of the Perm Territory provided the enterprise has a preferential loan under the Development Projects program in the amount of 520 million rubles. to launch a new production. At the same time, the total project budget amounted to RUB 1.5 billion. In the same month, Upax-Unity installed three thermoforming machines to release packaging.

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-SIBUR plans to increase export of polymers this year

The largest Russian petrochemical company SIBUR plans to increase its export of polymers this year by commissioning new production facilities and expanding its product portfolio, Expert reports .

Sibur aims to become the world’s largest producer of base polymers, offering a wide range of advanced products. The company recently launched the country’s largest polymer plant, ZapSibNeftekhim. The production capacity of the new enterprise is a record 1.5 million tons of polyethylene and 0.5 million tons of polypropylene per year for the Russian market, a significant part of which will be exported.

SIBUR began to actively develop international trading about ten years ago in parallel with the development of a project for the construction of a new enterprise. Today, SIBUR’s export division, Sibur International, has four offices in China, an office in Vienna covering all European countries, and a renewed office in Istanbul, which works not only for Turkey, but also for the African Mediterranean, India, Latin America and other countries.

According to Andrey Frolov, Executive Director of Sibur International GmbH, in 2020 the company received about half of its revenue from export sales.

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-Leonardo and Solvay launch joint research lab for thermoplastic composites

The broader adoption of thermoplastic composites in aerospace – namely for primary structures – is requiring the development of new materials and new manufacturing processes so as to reach the needed higher performance and manufacturing efficiency

By creating the “Joint Research Virtual Lab”, Leonardo and Solvay decided to tackle this challenge by joining efforts and bringing to the table the complementary skills and expertise of the two Companies

The bulk of the activities will be carried out in Leonardo’s plant in Grottaglie (Taranto, Italy), and in Solvay’s Material Science and Application Center (MSAC) in Brussels

According to Roberto Cingolani, Leonardo’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer: “This collaboration with Solvay is a significant step in research on advanced materials, which are part of the R&D programs to be developed by the Leonardo Labs. The research on advanced materials will enable improved performance and products’ security to boost a circular and efficient production system”

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Solvay Chief Technology & Innovation Officer highlighted the importance of addressing the material development and its processing technologies with an holistic approach because “increasing the manufacturing speed is as important as achieving the required performance”. Solvay is committed to developing high performance lightweight materials key to a more sustainable aviation industry

Leonardo and Solvay announced the launch of a joint research lab dedicated to the development of novel composite materials and production processes critical for the future of the aerospace industry. This collaboration represents an important milestone in enabling a step-change in composite part manufacture and in reducing environmental impacts. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

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-INEOS Styrolution and Polystyvert establish joint development agreement

INEOS Styrolution and Polystyvert are collaborating to convert post-consumer polystyrene plastic into a new, high quality, polystyrene raw material resin.

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Polystyvert uses a patented dissolution technology to process polystyrene waste into high quality recycled polystyrene.

The dissolution method of advanced recycling takes plastic waste in its solid form and dissolves it in a solvent. Once dissolved, the process can mechanically and chemically separate contaminants and additives, before finally separating the original polymer from the solvent. The end-product is then a cleaned polymer that may be used as new raw material resin again.Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

Polystyvert’s in-depth purification technology offers the ability to treat all types of feedstock, from industrial waste to post-consumer streams. The technology can eliminate a wide range of hard-to-remove contaminants such as pigments and brominated flame-retardants. Recycled polystyrene pellets can then be used to manufacture various categories of polystyrene products, including food-grade applications.

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-Growth rate for biobased polymers exceeds overall polymer market growth

The year 2020 was a promising year for bio-based polymers: the demand for PLA in 2019 has led to the installation of increased capacities, PE and PP made from bio-based naphtha are breaking ground and there are future expansions on the horizon for bio-based polyamides as well as for PBAT, PHAs and casein polymers. A lower production is only observed for bio-based PET. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

In 2020, the total production volume of bio-based polymers was 4.2 million tonnes, which is 1% of the total production volume of fossil-based polymers. For the first time in many years, the CAGR is, with 8%, significantly higher than the overall growth of polymers (3-4 %) – this is expected to continue until 2025.

Several global brands are already expanding their feedstock portfolio to include, next to fossil-based, sources of renewable carbon, CO2, recycling and especially biomass, increasing the demand for bio-based as well as biodegradable polymers. Nevertheless, at the same time, there is a lack of support from politics, which still only promotes biofuels and bioenergy.

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-Asian chemical demand sentiment mixed post-Lunar New Year

Unlike previous years, post-Lunar New Year chemical markets in 2021 will be uniquely different in China – the world’s number-two economy – as well as in other parts of Asia where the holiday is celebrated.

This year will be adopting the playbook of the unprecedented 2020 as the pandemic continues to rage on, with the visceral difference of having vaccines in place and global inoculation is being rolled out at different pace and rate.

While China will soon celebrate the Lunar New Year (11-17 February), businesses and factories will resume operations earlier than expected after the period, as millions of Chinese migrant laborers in the cities were told to stay put given growing coronavirus cases in northern China that prompted lockdowns of selected cities and areas in January. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

At issue, the extent of plastics demand recovery in Asia remains to be seen on prospects of businesses resuming earlier than past years, when factories shut for two to four weeks during the holiday in China.

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-Major European project supporting hydrogen technologies about to launch

Call for expressions of interest issued for IPCEI on hydrogen

Today, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure started a call for expressions of interest in funding for hydrogen technologies and systems. The call was published in the Federal Gazette. The two federal ministries, alongside the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Länder, are planning to provide funding for integrated green hydrogen projects along the entire value chain, starting from its production, to hydrogen infrastructure, and to its use in the industrial and mobility sectors. All in all, several billion euros is to be made available from the Federal Government’s 2020 stimulus package and by the Länder. Companies are invited to upload their project abstracts by 19 February 2021.

Said Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier: “In Germany and Europe, we want to be world leaders on hydrogen technologies and launch a shared European project to give investments in this area the momentum required to achieve this. I’d like to call upon companies to decide to invest boldly in the future. Innovative hydrogen technologies will allow us to demonstrate that climate action and industrial policy are not mutually exclusive, but can be combined in a shared success story.”  Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

Major European project supporting hydrogen technologies about to launch

-HEIQ AND NYLSTAR LAUNCH HEIQ VIROBLOCK PERMANENT ON MERYL ZERO MICROFIBER POLLUTION HIGH PERFORMANCE FABRIC

A decade long collaboration between Swiss textile innovator HeiQ and Spanish premium synthetic fiber manufacturer Nylstar, has resulted in the innovation of a revolutionary new premium antiviral and antimicrobial textile with zero pollution sustainable benefits, Meryl® Skinlife Force powered by HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, winner of ISPO Textrends Award for the Best Product.

With the commencement of the pandemic, two leading textile innovators HeiQ and Nylstar pooled resources developed over a decade long collaboration to create a premium synthetic fiber that was sustainable, antimicrobial and durable, in short, the optimal fusion of innovative ingredient into sustainably made materials.

A record-breaking development speed of just six months resulted in the launch of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, a new technology under the immensely successful HeiQ Viroblock technology platform. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

The new technology is used exclusively on Meryl® Skinlife Force, an innovative hi-tech fabric that combines the silver-ion active principle antimicrobial properties developed by HeiQ and Nylstar’s hydrogen-based technology which allows the creation of yarns with a very strong molecular cohesion structure.

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-Compostable vs. Biodegradable: What’s the Difference?

When considering whether something is likely to wind up spending years in a landfill, the terms compostable and biodegradable come up.

On the surface, the two seem interchangeable. Both imply materials—typically those used in packaging or in products like soap, bags, or cups—can be returned to the earth. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

But there are actually a few key differences to keep in mind.

If something is biodegradable, it means it will eventually break down in the presence of bacteria, fungi, or other naturally occurring conditions in soil.

Typically, this means things derived from plants, animals, or natural minerals.

Even plastic, widely believed to be outside of this definition, is biodegradable, though biodegradable-resistant might be a better term.

It can take hundreds of years for plastic to succumb to the elements.

-Compostable vs. Biodegradable: What's the Difference?

-Stepan announces the acquisition of the aromatic polyester polyol business of INVISTA

Stepan Company today announced that it has acquired the aromatic polyester polyol business of INVISTA and associated assets. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

The transaction includes two manufacturers sites, one in Wilmington, NC (US) and the other in Vlissingen (The Netherlands), and intellectual property, customer relationships, inventory and working capital.

The acquired company has worldwide sales of approximately $ 100 million. This acquisition was financed with available cash and is expected to be accretive to Stepan’s EBITDA margins.

“We are excited to add the polyester polyol capabilities of INVISTA to Stepan.

This acquisition expands our manufacturing capacity in the United States and Europe, improves our business continuity capabilities for the market and supports the growth of our global rigid polyols business.

Stepan announces the acquisition of the aromatic polyester polyol business of INVISTA

-Toyobo Film Solutions’ Teonex film used in new Mirai

Toyobo Film Solutions’ sealant based on its Teonex™ for fuel cells has been adopted for use in the latest model of the Toyota Mirai eco-car.

Teonex™ is a high-durability and heat-resistant polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) film and is increasingly being adopted for vehicle parts.

The new sealant is made by coating a unique adhesive to TeonexTM, along with precision processing. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

Toyobo Film Solutions’ Teonex film used in new Mirai

-Microban & Manchester Mills to make antimicrobial textiles

Microban and Manchester Mills have joined hands to make antimicrobial-treated textiles, Protect360, for the healthcare and hospitality industries.

Microban is a global specialist in antimicrobial technologies and odour control solutions. Manchester Mills is a leading textile manufacturer, with a powerful blend of manufacturing flexibility and expertise.

The Protect360 collection of products will be sold directly to customers, and through Manchester Mills and its distributor network in the US, Canada, the UK, and European Union. Plastic Recycling BioPolymers

Key offerings of the Protect360 product line include mattress encasements and pillow protectors that are treated with Microban antimicrobial product protection and inhibit the growth of product damaging bacteria.

-Microban & Manchester Mills to make antimicrobial textiles

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-Archroma and CleanKore join forces to promote sustainable, cost-effective indigo dyeing process

Reinach, Switzerland, and Westlake, 2 February 2021 – Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore, aiming to advance sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.

The agreement will allow Archroma and CleanKore to promote the benefits of each other’s technologies.

This includes Archroma’s robust catalog of dyes and specialty chemicals along with CleanKore’s patented process of dyeing yarns at the denim mill that completely eliminates the need for potassium permanganate (PP) spray and laser booster to achieve the bright white abrasion effect in the garment finishing process.

-Archroma and CleanKore join forces to promote sustainable, cost-effective indigo dyeing process

-Increasing complexity of automotive LED lighting designs creates demand for novel and easy to mold thermoplastics

Increasing complexity of automotive LED lighting designs creates demand for novel and easy to mold thermoplastics  Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

The trend toward developing complex, intricate automotive lighting designs using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has created a need for high-performance thermoplastics with exceptional flow and easy mold release. Design elements such as part and function integration, wider, larger and thinner forward and rear lighting components, and critical aesthetics call for materials that can enable thin walls, aggressive styling with sharp draft angles and an impeccable appearance. SABIC’s portfolio of super high-flow LEXAN™ polycarbonate (PC) resins for automotive lighting bezels enables the industry to create complex geometries and integrate more features never before possible with ease of manufacturing.

LEDs Illuminate New Designs

As LEDs’ performance have improved and their power consumption and cost have dropped, they have become practical for use in multiple vehicle categories. In turn, broader adoption of LEDs has helped expand freedom in lighting design. Another outcome of increased LED use can be seen in expanded material options.

Increasing complexity of automotive LED lighting designs creates demand for novel and easy to mold thermoplastics

-Plants: Hengyi to use Unipol technology for PE plant in Brunei; SK Chemical/Brightmark to build plastics renewal plant in South Korea

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd has selected Univation Technologies’ Unipol PE Process for its world-scale 600,000-tonne/year PE plant to be located in Palau Muara Besar, Brunei. The new PE plant will be integrated into a larger refinery and petrochemicals project centred on a 14-million-tonne/year (280,000 b/d) crude oil refinery that will include 11.2 million tonnes/year of downstream capacity producing ethylene, benzene, para-xylene, ethylene glycol (EG), purified terephthalic acid (PTA), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET, polyester). The project will also include capacity to produce 6.33 million tonnes/year of fuels. Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

Hengyi Industries says it elected to take advantage of the flexible product capability of the Unipol PE Technology with a full-density plant design to produce a broad range of HDPE and LLDPE products to satisfy large-volume product demand for flexible packaging films and various PE moulded articles.

Plants: Hengyi to use Unipol technology for PE plant in Brunei; SK Chemical/Brightmark to build plastics renewal plant in South Korea

-Chemical recycling must not hinder mechanical recycling progress

Increasingly, chemical recycling appears to be the area of most interest in the world of recycling and sustainability.

Chemical recycling was a major topic at October’s EPCA (European Petrochemical Association) virtual event.

It was given its own virtual event through the PET Monomer Recycling Forum by Petcore Europe – the association representing the complete polyethylene terephthalate (PET) value chain across the continent.

Chemical recycling generates headlines in the world’s major business papers and can be seen featured in global brands’ and fast moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) sustainability strategies.  Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

Both ICIS and industry players believe commercial-scale chemical recycling (or ‘advanced’ or ‘molecular’ recycling depending on who you are talking to) is at least five to ten years away, but interest in recycling processes is growing at a rapid rate.

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-Palsgaard’s pellet line expansion supports growing demand for food-grade plant-based polymer additives

Palsgaard A/S is driving the trend towards more natural ingredients and additives as industries strive for enhanced sustainability by increasing the use of renewables in their materials sourcing. The Danish pioneer in food emulsifiers has opened a new 10,000 tonnes pellet line that also expands the manufacturer’s production capacity for Einar® brand plant-based polymer additives. Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

“We are seeing a fast-growing demand among consumers, brand owners, packaging designers and plastics manufacturers for more natural materials to reduce fossil depletion and waste,” says Ulrik Aunskjær, Global Industry Director Non-Food Business Development, Polymer Additives for Palsgaard. “Our expanded production capacity meets these requirements by boosting the availability of food-grade plant-based surfactants and modifiers for polymer manufacturers and compounders.”

Palsgaard’s pellet line expansion supports growing demand for food-grade plant-based polymer additives

-JVs, stronger polymers drive up LyondellBasell Q4 profits

Stronger polyolefins margins and contributions from new joint venture stakes drove LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings to the highest level in years, despite the impact of refining sector losses, the producer said on Friday.

The company reported its strongest fourth-quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) since 2017 on the back of firmer polyethylene (PE) margins, contributions from joint ventures with Sasol and Liaoning Bora Enterprise drove profits. Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

LyondellBasell invested $2bn for a 50% stake in the commodity chemical production assets at Sasol’s Beleaguered Lake Charles, Louisiana, project, and entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Bora for a polyolefins complex in China.

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-Increasing demand for recycled plastics in Medical Industry after Pandemic outbreak

Polymers have always been an immense portion of health care sector. The pandemic is motivating plastics to new application heights.

Since the outset of the COVID‐19 pandemic, medical industries have been on the stride to develop useful and supple products that meet the demands of health care networks in uncertain times across the world.

Health care providers want flexible, effective and cost‐efficient solutions to patients’ needs.  Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

A big part of these developments includes advances in how plastics are manufactured, processed and selected for applications.

Technologies as far‐ranging as 3D and increasingly 4D printing are giving part makers and end‐users the flexibility they need for low‐run, economical custom device applications.

The growing use of properties‐rich thermoplastics like polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is leading to the substitution of high‐performance polymers for titanium and other conventional materials in implantables.

And chemical recycling is not only creating a stream of custom polymers from waste medical plastics but meeting the concerns of hospitals and patients for sustainable device manufacturing.

hortages of everything from hospital beds to surgical masks are seen in this Pandemic situation.

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-Growth Rate of Bioplastics Higher than Overall Plastics Market Growth

nova-Institute reports that the for the first time, the growth rate of biobased polymers exceeds that of the overall plastics market growth.

A new market and trend report from German-based researcher nova-Institute characterizes the year 2020 as very promising for biobased polymers. Sold-out PLA in 2019 led to the installation of increased capacities, PE and PP made from biobased naphtha are breaking ground, and future expansion for biobased polyamides/nylons as well as for PBAT, PHAs and casein polymers is on the horizon. A lower production was only observed for biobased PET. Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

“Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2020–2025” from the international nova biopolymer expert group shows capacities and production data for all biobased polymers in the year 2020 and a forecast for 2025.

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-Hyosung Introduces Its Expanded regen Sustainability Offering Featuring 100% Recycled, Multi-Function Fibers At ISPO Munich Online

As we begin to dream of and conceive a post COVID -19 world, we realize that several trends developed during the pandemic will continue – namely clothing that provides comfort and reassurance, and that’s made with sustainable sources. Additionally, this clothing needs to be multi-functional in that it can cross the boundaries between home wear, activewear and outdoor wear. And, it must last overtime. Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

As a solutions provider across the value chain from mill to brand to consumer, Hyosung consistently forecasts market trends to develop a comprehensive fiber offering to help its customers envision products that suit these trends. The company will present many its new sustainable and multi-function regen fibers at ISPO Munich Online February 1-5, 2021.

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-Versatile ball tester developed for automotive interior applications

Testing service supplier Bertrandt says it has developed a standardized and validated testing system, incorporating mobile ball impact testing device, which enables customers to carry out independent testing of interior components.

The company notes that a trend toward lightweight vehicle construction is leading to the increased use of hybrid plastic technologies in the development of interior components. These require thorough testing and functional validation in a real vehicle environment.Petrochemical BioPolymers BioFilm 

The ball impact test is used to test a component’s impact resistance. In conventional tests, a steel ball with a defined mass is dropped from a set height through a drop pipe onto a horizontal surface of the component being tested. In practice, however, some components are installed vertically or diagonally and it is therefore not possible to test them directly in the vehicle using a free-falling ball.

Versatile ball tester developed for automotive interior applications

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-Austria-based recycling specialist significantly increases capacities for food-grade rPET

Austrian recycling company PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH has installed another Starlinger bottle-to-bottle recycling system including SSP (solid state polycondensation) reactor at the PET to PET recycled around 1.13 billion PET bottles in 2020, and was able to increase throughput by 7.3% despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Manager Christian Strasser said: “It is also thanks to the new Starlinger pelletising line that PET to PET is one of the most modern facilities in PET recycling worldwide. Since the foundation of the company, we ensure that PET bottles in Austria are continuously recycled in a resource-saving way.”

The recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling system is the second line from Starlinger in operation at PET to PET. The produced regranulate can replace virgin PET at a rate of 100 per cent, according to Strasser: ir production site in Müllendorf.

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-DSM partners to assess recyclability of its UHMWPE fiber

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and Clariter, an international clean-tech company, today announced a strategic partnership to pursue a next-generation chemical recycling solution for products based on DSM’s Dyneema, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, said the company.   Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

As a first step, sample products – including ropes, nets and ballistic materials made with Dyneema® – were successfully converted at Clariter’s pilot plant in Poland, demonstrating the recyclability potential of Dyneema® and underlining the active commitment of DSM Protective Materials to shape a more sustainable world.

In line with its ambitious sustainability targets, and following the successful launch of bio-based Dyneema® (mass balance), DSM Protective Materials is actively pursuing reuse and recycling solutions for end-of-life Dyneema®-based products. To drive technical recycling solutions, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter partnered to test the feasibility of using Dyneema® as a feedstock in Clariter’s chemical recycling process. Sample products made with Dyneema® were used in Clariter’s tests at its pilot plant in Poland. The positive results confirm the technical viability of transforming Dyneema®-based end-products into high-value, industrial grade, product families: oils, waxes, and solvents via Clariter’s patented 3-step chemical recycling process. These can be further used as ingredients to manufacture new end- and consumer products.

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-January contract prices of PE in the USA increased

January contract prices for polyethylene (PE) in the US rose on strong domestic demand, ICIS reported . Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

US January contract prices for polyethylene rose 5 cents per pound (USD110 per tonne) at the top of the range due to consistently strong demand from both domestic and foreign markets. Prices also rose 3 cents a pound at the bottom of the range.

Domestic demand continues to be strong, supported by growth in demand for non-durable consumer goods such as food packaging. Supply levels remain limited due to some ongoing production problems as well as some ethylene shortages in some regions.

Ethylene spot prices eased slightly after spot prices hit a six-year high earlier in the month.

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-Bausano Introduces Its Next Generation Lines of Twin-screw Extruders Powered by Exclusive Multidrive Technology in the U.S. and Canada

New features of Bausano’s MD Plus and MD Nextmover lines include Digital Extruder Control 4.0 for real-time analytics and Smart Energy System that offers significant energy savings Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

Bausano, an international leader in the design and production of customized extrusion lines for the transformation of plastic materials, today announced the introduction of its next generation lines of twin-screw plastic extruders in the U.S. and Canadian markets. With world-renowned “Made in Italy” quality and unrivaled technological innovation, Bausano’s two renewed product lines – MD Plus and MD Nextmover – are best suited for several types of extrusion, pipes, granules, wood plastic composites (WPC), profiles and materials used in the medical industry.

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-Caprolactone Thermoplastics Boost Flexibility, Biodegradability of PLA and PHA

Ingevity’s Capa has been shown to enhance PLA and PHA end-use products.

Caprolactone (Capa) based thermoplastics from Ingevity Bioplastics, North Charleston, S.C., have been shown to increase the flexibility of PLA and PHA bioplastics. Ingevity acquired the Capa caprolactone division of Sweden’s Perstorp in the spring of 2019. As previously reported, in 2015, Perstorp developed  the world’s first renewable Capa for bioplastics. The concept built on the company’s Capa Lactide technology, with a focus on developing copolymers for thermoplastics that can be used to make new bioplastic compounds. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

The Perstorp Capa acquisition gave Ingevity access to the production and commercialization of caprolactone and high-value downstream derivatives, including caprolactone polyols, thermoplastics, lactides, and hexanediol (HDO).

-Baumann Vertriebs GmbH & Co. invests in SEALPAC A6 double lane traysealer for top sealing of resource-saving rPET trays

Fresh berries are a real power snack: light and tasty, with few calories and lots of valuable vitamins, well suited for use in muesli, smoothies or yoghurt, as well as for baked goods and many more. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

They can be obtained, for example, through the company Baumann Vertriebs GmbH & Co. from Geiselhöring in southern Germany.

This family company, which has existed for several generations, has been active in the berry business since 1995. With a team of 64 employees and around 780 directly employed seasonal workers, Baumann cultivates around 960 hectares of land and supplies food retailers throughout Germany, as well as Austria and Switzerland.

The company is clearly feeling the growing berry trend. Starting this season, Baumann has been delivering its fresh fruit in trays made from resource-saving rPET. Instead of using a snap-on lid, these trays are now sealed with a thin, peelable top film.

For this purpose, a SEALPAC A6 traysealer was purchased. In the process, Baumann benefited from the comprehensive advice and support of Sealpac GmbH, which even allowed the company to open up a new business area.

We spoke with Annika Baumann, CEO at Baumann Vertriebs GmbH & Co, about the company’s move towards tray sealing.

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-Expanded Line of Structural Thermoplastics With New Resin Formulations

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials has expanded its portfolio of KyronMax structural short carbon fiber thermoplastic compounds.

An expanded line of structural thermoplastic materials with new resin formulations to meet the requirements of applications in the medical, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, and recreation market segments, is newly available from Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM), Mesa, Az. Formed two years ago, MCAM is an operating unit of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (MCHC) which combined two previous companies purchased by MCHC: Switzerland’s Quadrant AG–which produces glass-mat thermoplastic composites and thermoplastic shapes, and Piper Plastics Inc., Chandler, Az., an injection molder turned compounder that produces injection-moldable, carbon-fiber thermoplastics called KyronMax. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

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-Eastman to Build World-Scale Plastic-to-Plastic Molecular Recycling Facility

With this significant investment, Eastman will use its methanolysis process to convert more than 250 million lb/yr of polyester-based waste into high-performance copolyesters. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

Eastman has announced that it is investing approximately $250 million over the next two years to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facility at its site in Kingsport, Tenn. Announced jointly by Eastman’s board chair and CEO Mark Costa and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in a January 29 press event, the planned facility will utilize the methanolysis polyester renewal process, first developed by Kodak 30 years ago to recycle polyester photographic film.  Eastman’s experience with methanolysis makes it uniquely qualified to be a leader in delivering this solution at commercial scale, according to Costa.

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-More than half of world’s plastic has ended up in landfills or nature

Hafa adai, Guam! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to focus on plastics, from their initial creation, the variety of plastic resins that are now in use, the Resin Identification Codes, the incredible growth of the plastics industry and plastic’s ubiquitous presence in our lives, their environmental impact, and finally the movement toward addressing the glut of plastics through recycling and the development of bioplastics. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

The word plastic comes from the Greek plastikos, meaning capable of being shaped and molded, which accounts for the wide variety of applications, from the common, single-use products such as packaging, bottles and straws, to long-lasting products such as furniture, building materials and automotive components.

-More than half of world's plastic has ended up in landfills or nature

-EU focuses on a sustainable and circular plastics system

“The challenges posed by plastics are to a large extent due to the fact that our production and consumption systems are not sustainable.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have amplified public attention for the plastic waste crisis we face.

“It is clear that the best way is to shift to a fundamentally sustainable and circular plastics economy, where we use plastics much more wisely and better reuse and recycle them. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETFilm

“Moreover, producing plastics from renewable raw materials should be the starting point.”

These are not the words of a climate activist, but from Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, introducing their new Report last week.

EU focuses on a sustainable and circular plastics system

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,650 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton +250
Bottle grade PET chips export market 820 $/ton 830 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,050 yuan/ton 5,250 yuan/ton +200
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.225 yuan/ton 5.400 yuan/ton +175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,710 yuan/ton 3,940 yuan/ton +230
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
550 $/ton 555 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,445 yuan/ton 4,830 yuan/ton +385
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 578 $/ton 628 $/ton- +50
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 680 $/ton 704 $/ton +24
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 662 $/ton 686 $/ton +24
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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622 $/ton 653 $/ton +31
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,000 yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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6,050 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,400 yuan/ton 150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,050 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,500 $/ton 1,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,780 $/ton 1,780 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,550 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,950 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,200 yuan/ton 31,400 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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14,000 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,350 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 52,500 yuan/ton 53,500 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 50,500 yuan/ton 51,500 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 42,500 yuan/ton 43,500 yuan/ton +1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton +350
Benzene domestic market 4,600 yuan/ton 4,800 yuan/ton +200
Benzene overseas  market 656 $/ton 659 $/ton
+3
Ethylene South East market 905 $/ton 895 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,137 $/ton 1,129 $/ton -28
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,700 $/ton +100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton +600
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical FDYPolyester PETRecycling 7,620 yuan/ton 7,620 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  509 $/ton 512 $/ton
+3
Phenol domestic market 6,160 yuan/ton 6,620 yuan/ton +460

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-Cellulose-based film moves to industrial testing phase

Advances in cellulose-based food packaging material have moved to the testing phase of industrial production in a joint development between VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Arla Foods, Paulig and Wipak.

VTT is testing Thermocell plastics film made of cellulose and fatty acids as a potential replacement for fossil-derived plastics. Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

The structural ingredient in plants, cellulose is composed of large polymer molecules. When extracted from wood, it does not compete with food production, as many other biomaterials do. Until now, cellulose has lacked one important feature of plastics: thermoplasticity.

Cellulose-based film moves to industrial testing phase

-Eneos nominates February contract price for benzene in Asia at USD685 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major Japanese petrochemical producer, nominated the February contract price of benzene in Asia at USD685 per tonne, up USD50 per tonne compared to the January contract price, a company source told ICIS . Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

The price was nominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.

The January contract price for benzene in Asia was set at USD635 per tonne, which is USD60 per tonne higher than the contract price in December.

Eneos is expected to finalize the February material contract price on January 29th.

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

-Eneos nominates February contract price for benzene in Asia at USD685 per tonne

-Dow sees momentum in PE, PU driving earnings gains in Q1, 2021

US-based Dow expects continued momentum in polyethylene (PE) and polyurethanes (PU) driving further earnings growth in Q1 and 2021 following a strong Q4 that soundly beat Wall Street consensus estimates. Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

“Demand still continues to look good into the first quarter, inventory levels are still low [and] operating rates are good. In the US Gulf Coast, our operating rates were in the mid-90s% in the fourth quarter. So we’re going to see… good margins in the PE business,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow, on the company’s Q4 earnings conference call.

PE margins in Q4 were up about 7 cents/lb in the US, 13 cents/lb in Europe and 10 cents/lb in Asia, he noted.

The upswing in China coal prices of about $200/tonne in Q4 from a cold winter and less imports from Australia amid a dispute, along with low PE inventories, helped underpin rising PE prices, he said.

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-Asahi Kasei introduces LEONA SG series to Europe

Asahi Kasei is introducing the semi-aromatic polyamide LEONA SG series to the European market. In addition to high stiffness, it features an improved flowability and a superior surface appearance without any additional surface treatment or coating.

The automotive interior is becoming a major element influencing buying decisions. Surface materials determine how the vehicle interior and the driving experience are perceived. Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

The LEONA SG series is a new semi-aromatic polyamide available in grades reinforced with 40, 50 and 60 per cent glass fibre. Even with a high glass fibre content, it features a superior surface quality and gloss at shorter cycle times. This can be achieved without additional surface treatment or additional coating. The material offers an excellent inherent mechanical strength even under moisture.

In a conditioned state the 50 per cent glass fibre-filled SG105 shows a clear superiority compared to standard and other semi-aromatic polyamides: While standard PA 66 shows a deterioration of 30 per cent in tensile modulus compared to its dry state, SG105 maintains its performance. SG105 also shows an eight per cemnt better flexural strength than comparable semi-aromatic polyamides.

Asahi Kasei introduces LEONA SG series to Europe

-Sidel’s 5,000th labeller delivered for Ting Hsin

Sidel has reached a new performance and quality milestone in the company’s history by delivering its 5,000th labeller for Ting Hsin International Group (Ting Hsin) in China. Having one of the largest installed bases of Sidel labellers in the world, Ting Hsin once again chose Sidel, and its latest generation labelling solution EvoDECO, to meet today’s market demands with an innovative labelling solution that is designed for greater flexibility, modularity and cost efficiency.

The long-term cooperation between Sidel and Ting Hsin dates back to 2005, when the first 20 labellers for water lines were installed. As one of the leading beverage players in the world, the famous beverage brand Master Kong is part of Ting Hsin, leading the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea segment in China with a 46% market share and being one of the top two carbonated soft drink (CSD) manufacturers in China with around 30% market share. Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

Ting Hsin’s emphasis on food and product safety is reflected in the insistence on installing reliable equipment.

The long-term cooperation between Sidel and Ting Hsin dates back to 2005, when the first 20 labellers for water lines were installed. As one of the leading beverage players in the world, the famous beverage brand Master Kong is part of Ting Hsin, leading the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea segment in China with a 46% market share and being one of the top two carbonated soft drink (CSD) manufacturers in China with around 30% market share.

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-Europe R-PET spot prices rise due to limited availability and firmer PET

Senior editor for recycling Matt Tudball discusses developments in the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market this week, including:

Regional flake spot prices in southern, eastern Europe rise

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Limited availability for flakes and bottles in February

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-Holland Colours: Colorants for PET with built-in TasteGuard

Taste consistency can be an issue with PET packaging, which is why Holland Colours offers PET colorants that include TasteGuard.  Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

During PET preform production, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a byproduct of PET. Although AA is a naturally occurring substance, it has a sweet taste and can cause an “off” flavor in applications such as bottled water. To prevent this from happening, an AA scavenger like Holland Colours’ TasteGuard can be used to prevent migration of AA into the bottle content.

For 20 years, there were strict patents in place around the globe concerning this type of packaging additive and who could supply and produce it. In February 2021, these restrictions will no longer be valid per legal reviews of rules provided by the European Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Therefore, Holland Colours’ TasteGuard will be available freely across all regions.

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-Amcor lays out sustainability roadmap

Converter Amcor has laid out a three-pronged approach to sustainability ahead of its target of making all of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025.

Under what it describes as a new roadmap, the company has pledged to continue innovating products to be recycled or reused, to collaborate with industry to make recycling widely available, and to inform consumers about how to help keep waste out of the environment. Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

Amcor said it invests $100 million every year in R&D to ensure a “world-beating” pipeline of innovations that tackle the biggest technical and practical barriers to packaging.

Amcor lays out sustainability roadmap

-PX under strains from weaker PTA profit

Several PX plants either cut operating rate or shut down recently, hence the market got bolstered though some of them have restarted.

PX margins clawed back some losses recently, as a result of production disruption. In addition, the reduction could affect the contract supplies to downstream PTA plant. Hence, the market got propped up and bids for PX were firm.

The improvement in PX margin was also due to expectation of reducing inventory in China in Jan-Feb. It is estimated that PX inventory could drop by 250kt in Jan-Feb, therefore, it can be seen from the trades of Feb materials concluded earlier that Feb PX price was firmer.  Petrochemical BioPolymers PEFPackaging

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-Veolia expands plastic recycling operations to process 100 grades of plastic

Veolia has expanded its plastic recycling operations to process over 100 different grades of plastic from consumer, commercial and industrial sources.

By increasing the scale of recycling by 8,000 tonnes per year, and extending the scope of the recycling operations the company is supporting the target of reducing plastic leakage into the environment, promoting the UK to UK plastic circular economy, and passing these materials back into the supply chain for reuse.

Working from three dedicated sites in London, Essex and the Midlands the company can now provide a complete range of services from collection of raw feedstock direct from people’s homes or businesses, through all the recycling steps, and back to plastic pellets ready to be used to manufacture new plastic items.

Backing the operations is the support team that can ensure compliance with the complex legislation involved in the reprocessing of these materials, and Veolia’s own Sustainable Packaging Academy which was established last year.

Veolia expands plastic recycling operations to process 100 grades of plastic

-Japan’s Inpex mulls hydrogen business expansion

Japanese upstream firm Inpex plans to enhance its hydrogen business to achieve a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions goal by utilising carbon dioxide capture, utilisation and storage technology in its upstream projects.

Inpex targets to break down natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) to supply hydrogen as carbon-free energy. The company also aims to explore the use of CO2, including production of methane. Inpex considers shifting its core business to hydrogen from upstream development when its use becomes more common. The company is also considering providing LNG as a raw material of hydrogen instead as a fuel in the future. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

It plans to examine the feasibility of carbon capture and storage at its Ichthys LNG terminal in Australia. The firm has been trialling a methanation plant manufacturing methane from hydrogen and CO2 at Japan’s northern prefecture Niigata since October 2019.

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-Carbon dioxide on the rise in feedstock evolution

Nearly one million tonnes of production capacity is already installed for carbon dioxide-based polymers, illustrating how the plastics industry is responding to a growing trend for chemical feedstock.

According to nova-Institute, the potential and the actual production capacity for carbon dioxide-based polymers is much larger than commonly assumed and discussed. Production capacity already amounts to more than 850,000 tonnes a year, albeit focused on polycarbonates and polyols for polyurethanes, with an average weighted carbon dioxide-based carbon content of only 5.4 per cent.

400 million tonnes of polymers are produced globally each year, with 90 per cent of them created from fossil carbon. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

-Carbon dioxide on the rise in feedstock evolution

-DIC/Jindal tie-up to target functional CPP films market in India

Japan’s DIC Corporation has for some time been exploring the possibility of an alliance with India’s Jindal Poly Films Limited, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, with the aim of helping to foster a market for functional cast polypropylene (CPP) film in India. Now, the two companies have reached a consensus to collaborate in this area.

India, like other countries, is experiencing a greater need for products with performance features that respond better to environmental concerns and sanitation issues. In the food packaging field, demand is increasing for films with performance features that meet such needs. Of particular note, demand for functional CPP film, which contributes to the realisation of reducing plastics, mono-material packaging, is expected to expand in the future. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

DIC/Jindal tie-up to target functional CPP films market in India

-Südpack buys high-barrier film manufacturer LPF

Südpack is to acquire a high-barrier film manufacturer from the Clondalkin Group, as part of its long-term growth strategy.

Located in Grootegast, the Netherlands, LPF Flexible Packaging has been converting films for sensitive products since 1907. It has been part of Clondalkin since 2005, which is owned by private equity investor Egeria.

LPF produces printed and unprinted duplex and tri-plex packaging laminates, which provide product protection and prolonged shelf life for applications in the food, pharmaceutical and technical sectors. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

“We value LPF’s high level of development and market competence and plan to establish the site in Grootegast as a Competence Centre for High Performance Laminates over the long term within the Südpack Group,” explained chief executive Erik Bouts.

Südpack buys high-barrier film manufacturer LPF

-Dutch demonstration plant for chemical recycling

UK technology company Itero (London; www.itero-tech.com) has announced plans build a “commercial-scale” plant for chemical recycling with its own pyrolysis process in the Dutch chemical park Brightlands Chemelot Campus (Sittard-Geleen; www.brightlands.com).

The company said its patented technology is sustainable and converts polyolefins into oils, waxes and gases that can be used to make resins and petrochemical products while reducing emissions associated with the disposal of plastics through landfill and incineration.

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-FDCA, Avantium takes time

Due to the pandemic emergency, the final decision on the Delfzijl plant will take longer than expected. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

Avantium takes some time to announce the final decision regarding the construction of the first plant for the production of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, an intermediate for the synthesis of polyethylene furanoate (PEF) , biobased polymer alternative to PET.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiations with financial, commercial and technical partners have been delayed and the company will therefore take longer than expected to determine if all the conditions required to kick off the project will be met. A further update will be provided on March 24th on the occasion of the presentation of the 2020 results.

The project involves the launch of a demonstration plant with patented YXY technology for the synthesis of FDCA from sugars, capable of producing up to 5,000 tons per year, for an estimated cost of 150 million euros, largely (85 million) already covered from financing.

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-Paraxylene producers in Asia set February contract prices at USD760-790 per tonne

Major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for February shipments at USD760-790 per tonne, market sources told ICIS .

Thus, South Korean SK Global Chemicals announced its contract price for paraxylene for February at USD770 per ton, CFR Asia, and Japan’s Idemistsu Kosan announced its price for material supplies next month at USD760 per ton, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Eneos Corporation has nominated its February contract price for paraxylene at USD790 per tonne, CFR Asia, while India’s Reliance Industries has posted it at USD780 per tonne, CFR Asia. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

Previously notedthat Asia failed to reach agreement on December contract prices for paraxylene. This is the twelfth time last year that agreement on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia has not been reached.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Paraxylene producers in Asia set February contract prices at USD760-790 per tonne

-Interior trim supplier and plastics manufacturer form global alliance

Japanese automotive interior trim supplier Hayashi Telempu and Italian industrial plastics producer Adler Plastic are to create a Global Automotive Interior Alliance (GAIA), with the aim of further strengthening the existing partnership between the two groups. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

The companies had already signed a technical cooperation agreement covering automotive interior and exterior business in 2017 and formed a JV focusing on development of interior parts specific to NEVs (New Energy Vehicles).

The new collaboration, they state, will push this cooperation further and create an alliance in the automotive interior trim, exterior and acoustic parts market, with a global network enabling seamless service and supply to automotive OEMs.

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-Shintech Invests $1.3B to Increase Capacity at Plastics Plants

Plastics firm Shintech Louisiana LLC is planning to launch a $1.3 billion expansion project at its manufacturing and packaging facilities in Plaquemine and Addis in Louisiana, according to a release issued Tuesday by the office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. The investment will be used to add capacity for PVC, chlor-alkali and vinyl chloride monomer at its Plaquemine plant and expand its PVC packaging and warehouse facility in Addis. Petrochemical BioPolymers HDPEPackaging

“Shintech continues to invest and increase its manufacturing presence in the North American market,” said Danny Cedotal, vice president of manufacturing for Shintech, in a statement. “We appreciate the company’s confidence in our local manufacturing team. The jobs and infrastructure the company has built in Plaquemine and Addis continue to create much-needed economic development in our communities.”

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-Ingevity polymer aids bioplastics breakdown

Speciality chemical maker Ingevity has developed  a  thermoplastics caprolactone polymer that enables the “complete degradation” of bioplastics when formulated with polylactic acid (PLA).

The US firm said  its Capa polycaprolactone (PCL) thermoplastics technology helps bioplastics  break down into carbon dioxide and water within 40 days, with no toxic chemicals produced.

Capa thermoplastics can be formulated as a base resin or as an additive for compounded bioplastics. Ingevity said it offers at least 500 per cent more stretch before breaking and 300 per cent increased impact resistance in biopolymers, such as PLA.

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-Holland Colours’ TasteGuard to made available worldwide

During PET preform production, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a byproduct of PET. Although AA is a naturally occurring substance, it has a sweet taste and can cause an ‘off’ flavour in applications such as bottled water. To prevent this from happening, an AA scavenger like Holland Colours’ TasteGuard can be used to prevent migration of AA into the bottle content. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

For 20 years, there were strict patents in place around the globe concerning this type of packaging additive and who could supply and produce it. In February 2021, these restrictions will no longer be valid per legal reviews of rules provided by the European Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Therefore, Holland Colours’ TasteGuard will be available freely across all regions.TasteGuard is currently available in a solid 50 per cent loaded format while a liquid format prototype is nearing launch.

Holland Colours’ TasteGuard to made available worldwide

-€2.9 billion to the European battery ecosystem

The European Commission has approved up to EUR 2.9 billion of public investments in an important project for batteries.

12 member states – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden – will join forces to support research and innovation in this strategic value chain. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

The project, called the “European Battery Innovation” project, will cover the whole batteries ecosystem from extraction of raw materials, design and manufacturing of battery cells and packs, and finally the recycling and disposal in a circular economy, a press release from the EU Commission reads.

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-19th Edition of ITMA to Highlight Industry Transformation Through Innovation

The world’s largest textile and garment technology showcase, ITMA will continue to present and share innovative manufacturing technology and materials with the industry at its 19th edition in Milan. ITMA 2023 will feature the theme, ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’. It is supported by four sub-themes: advanced materials, automation and digital future, innovative technologies, and sustainability and circularity. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Mr. Ernesto Maurer, president of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, which owns the ITMA exhibition, elaborated: “ITMA 2023 will highlight innovations and new approaches that serve as catalysts to inspire and help textile and garment manufacturers grow their business, scale and sustain their transformation journey.”

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-New high viscosity PEEK ( Italian Language Only)

Evonik expands the Vestakeep polyetheretherketones series with the 4500 G grade with fast crystallization and high flowability.

Evonik PEEK Vestakeep 4500 G Evonik has expanded the range of polyetheretherketones (PEEK) by introducing the new high viscosity Vestakeep 4500 G grade for injection molding and extrusion. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

This technopolymer is characterized by rapid crystallization, high strength and stability of the melt (with benefits in extrusion), improved elongation breaking. Features that allow to shorten the cycle times in molding, inducing a higher dimensional stability in the finished products.

Evonik produces and sells a wide range of PEEK technopolymers, with low or high viscosity, in the form of granules and powders, as they are or reinforced with glass or carbon fibers.

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-PCPPI opens new Batangas line to augment production of carbonated drinks

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) – the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country – recently opened its newest line in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The line will boost PCPPI’s production of carbonated soft drinks in highly-recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

“After six months of preparation, the newest Southern Tagalog Regional Office (STRO) line is proudly PCPPI’s most advanced bottle production facility yet. This addition will address the growing needs for refreshing drinks of the public who are already recovering from the effects of the pandemic,” PCPPI President and CEO Frederick D. Ong said. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

According to the company, the new line increases its overall PET production by 30%.

“PCPPI’s investment in this new line is a testament to our commitment to helping stimulate the economy by generating more jobs, especially in Sto. Tomas area. We believe that our country is on its way to recovery and, by investing and expanding our business, we can support the economic upswing,” Ong mentioned.

PCPPI opens new Batangas line to augment production of carbonated drinks

-Microorganism breaks down phenol under extreme conditions

New pathways found for biotechnological degradation of industrial waste

Scientists led by Dr Meina Neumann-Schaal of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, have characterised the breakdown of phenol by Saccharolobus solfataricus. Using methods from the fields of metabolomics and transcriptomics, the researchers demonstrated that the microorganism is capable of using phenol as sole carbon source for its growth. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

The group was also the first to identify the complete degradation pathway of this toxic compound. Their findings were recently published in the internationally renowned journal ‘Frontiers in Microbiology’ (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.587032).

Phenol degradation by Saccharolobus solfataricus

S.solfataricus is classified as archaea, a group of microorganisms that together with the better known group of bacteria constitute the so-called prokaryotes. Saccharolobus solfataricus prefers extreme environmental conditions with temperatures of 80°C and acidic surroundings with a pH of 3.5. The researchers’ experiments showed that S. solfataricus is able to survive on phenol as sole carbon source. To this end, the microorganism breaks down the toxic organic compound and uses the now available carbon to build up biomass.

Microorganism breaks down phenol under extreme conditions

-Kickstart: Recycling is complicated, even when you want to do it

Recycling is complicated, even when you want to do it

This week’s print issue of Plastics News has a story from Steve Toloken about how groups are pushing for more use of secondary material recovery facilities (MRFs) to capture more plastics for recycling. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Expanded polystyrene, ubiquitous in packaging, shipping and food service, is one of those items that most MRFs won’t accept. Since I had a few boxes of EPS in my basement that needed to be cleared out, I volunteered to take them to my local city MRF and get some photos to go with Steve’s story.

I live in a very environmentally friendly community with a strong curbside recycling program, but EPS isn’t accepted in the blue bins. To recycle EPS, you have to take it yourself to the city drop-off center, pay $3 per carload and unload it yourself.

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-Johns Manville launches €10 million waste glass fiber recycling line

Johns Manville (JM) has launched a thermal recycling unit for waste glass fibers in its Engineered Products plant in Trnava, Slovakia.

The Trnava unit has a projected recycling capacity of more than 3 tons per hour and consists of a warehousing area, feeding and transportation equipment, shredder, burning chamber and milling. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

After processing, the recycled glass powder is free of organic particles and re-fed as raw material into the glass production process on-site, thus achieving a closed production loop.

The project will keep more than ten thousand tons of waste out of landfill each year, the equivalent of one large truck every day.

“We have invested nearly €10 million into the technology and made sure the recycling capacity will allow further glass fiber production capacity growth in Trnava,” said Martin Nywlt, Director of Global Operations for JM’s Engineered Products business.

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-Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

Too much of today’s plastic is impossible to recycle

It feels good to recycle. There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from dutifully sorting soda bottles, plastic bags and yogurt cups from the rest of the garbage. The more plastic you put in that blue bin, the more you’re keeping out of landfills and the oceans, right?  Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Wrong. No matter how meticulous you are in cleaning and separating your plastics, most end up in the trash heap anyway.

Take flexible food packages. Those films contain several layers of different plastics. Because each plastic has to be recycled separately, those films are not recyclable. Grocery bags and shrink wrap are too flimsy, prone to getting tangled up with other materials on a conveyor belt. The polypropylene in yogurt cups and other items doesn’t usually get recycled either; recycling a hodgepodge of polypropylene produces a dark, smelly plastic that few manufacturers will use.

Only two kinds of plastic are commonly recycled in the United States: the kind in plastic soda bottles, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET; and the plastic found in milk jugs and detergent containers — high-density polyethylene, or HDPE.

Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

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-PET to PET: Over 28,000 t of PET material processed in 2020

PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH reports a new recycling record for 2020: last year, more than 28,200 t of PET material went through the recycling cycle, and around 1.13 billion used PET bottles became valuable secondary raw material for new PET containers won. This corresponds to a renewed increase in throughput of 7.3% compared to the previous year. In addition, the Burgenland model company continues to invest in the Austrian circular economy: In addition to the expansion of manipulation areas and silo capacities, a new granulation system ensures production increases.

2020 was a difficult economic year – especially for the recycling industry. The pandemic and associated lockdowns were particularly demanding as a critical infrastructure. And heavily reduced sales, due to an extremely low oil price or the very low price level for new goods, are still causing problems for the industry. “Despite these major challenges, PET to PET managed to keep production operations going almost continuously and even achieved a new record result. We are very proud of that “, explains PET to PET managing director Christian Strasser and explains the reasons:” There are primarily three points responsible for this: Firstly, thanks to a detailed pandemic plan that is precisely tailored to production – incl.extremely strict hygiene measures and COVID-19 rapid tests – enable employees to work safely according to the circumstances.

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-PrimaLoft increases recycled content in Cross Core Series

Initial series of Cross Core insulations leverage temperature-blocking aerogel used by NASA, providing enhanced warmth while reducing weight.

PrimaLoft, Inc., a leader in advanced material technology, is increasing the use of post-consumer recycled content in its high-performance PrimaLoft Cross Core Series, which now includes a stretch version for freedom of movement. The Cross Core platform fuses existing PrimaLoft fibres with next-generation materials, the New York state based company reports. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The initial line of products utilize aerogel, a highly porous, lightweight structure originally developed by NASA scientists, that acts as a high-performance insulator. Commencing in autumn 2021, products in the Cross Core Series will contain up to 90% PCR content, while maintaining their industry-leading performance attributes.

PrimaLoft increases recycled content in Cross Core Series

-Huafon Chemical to construct plans spandex plant in China

Huafon Chemical plans to invest CNY4.36bn (USD674m) to construct a 300,000 tonne/year spandex project at Chongqing, said the company.

The project will be implemented in three phases, with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, 150,000 tonnes/year and 100,000 tonnes/year, respectively. Each phase is expected to take two years to complete construction.

Currently in early stage without a detail timeline, the project will focus on high-end products to improve the company’s competitiveness, it said.

As MRC informed earlier, BASF and Huafon Group Co., Ltd. have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to extend their partnership with initiatives to develop the polyurethane, bio-fiber and spandex markets in China. The two companies will work together in the areas of technical exchange, market development, and quality raw material supply. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

Huafon Chemical to construct plans spandex plant in China

-Biopolymer Producer Aquapak Gets Major Investment from Private Equity Firm

ADM Capital’s Cibus Enterprise Fund is investing in Aquapak’s Hyrdopol bioplastic technology. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

U.K.’s biopolymer manufacturer Aquapak Polymers is getting major investment for its novel biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble bioplastic Hydropol from the Cibus Enterprise Fund (“Cibus”) of London-based private equity advisory firm ADM Capital Europe LLP.

As PT has reported previously, Aquapak’s Hydropol is based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH),  is said to be three times stronger than alternatives, and can be easily processed into films, laminates and injection moldings, giving it a wider range of applications. The base plastic is currently used for dishwasher tablets, ingestible pill casings and soluble stitches. Hydropol’s resistance to low temperature solubility and high barrier to elements adds functionality, providing a wider range of uses. It can be recycled, re-pulped, composted and is distinctively compatible with anaerobic digestion.

Biopolyme Producer Aquapak Gets Major Investment from Private Equity Firm

-SACMI, Rigid Packaging Technologies B.U. established

All of SACMI’s closure, preform, container, computer vision system and post-processing operations to come under the ‘roof’ of the newly formed Business Unit. This operation is part of a wider SACMI strategy of developing technologies and solutions for every stage of the production process, with applications ranging from every stage of post-processing to research into new materials.

A further milestone for the long-standing SACMI business that provides first-class technology for the manufacture of caps, preforms, containers, quality control and assembly.Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The SACMI RigidPackagingTechnologies Business Unit brings all SACMI solutions concerning rigid packaging under one roof. The aim? To enhance the company’s numerous market-leading technological plus-points and keep pace with the industry’s accelerating focus on sustainability, versatility and performance.

“SACMI has always stood out” highlights the General Manager of the B.U., Vezio Bernardi, “on account of its ability to develop specific technologies for every single stage of rigid container manufacture, closure, assembly and quality control. We have the advantage of working alongside key international brand owners on a daily basis, a fact that sets us apart from companies that operate in just one product-area”.

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-BHS-Sonthofen consolidates process technology expertise within company

BHS-Sonthofen is bringing together its collective process expertise in filtration, mixing, drying, granulation, sterilisation and reaction in the newly created Process Technology division.Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

As of 1 January 2021, AVA GmbH & Co. KG and the Filtration Technology division have been operating jointly under the BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG name with headquarters in Sonthofen, Germany, and a site in Herrsching. Their activities are targeted primarily at the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

With its acquisition of AVA GmbH & Co. KG in 2018, BHS-Sonthofen expanded its range of solutions and consulting services in and around mixing, drying, granulation, sterilization and reaction. BHS is consolidating its process expertise and portfolio of filtration technology and related products in the newly established BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG. This marks the final step in the process of integrating AVA into the group.

-BHS-Sonthofen consolidates process technology expertise within company

-South Korea economy contracts 1.0% in 2020; shrinks 1.4% in Q4

South Korea’s economy contracted by 1.0% year on year in 2020, its worst performance in 23 years, as exports and manufacturing faltered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the fourth quarter, its GDP shrank by a steeper annualized rate of 1.4% compared with a 1.1% decline in the third quarter, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said on Tuesday.

Full-year 2020 manufacturing output fell by 1.0%, while exports dropped by 2.5%. Exports account for about 50% of South Korea’s economy.

Private consumption fell by 5.0% year on year in 2020.

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-China’s December PVC exports fall on month amid higher freight rates

  • China’s Q4 PVC exports more than double
  • Global PVC market hits record-high in Dec

China’s PVC exports in December dropped 28.9% on the month to 76,343 mt, as higher freight rates limited export opportunities, latest data by Chinese Customs showed Jan. 25. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

From a year earlier, however, exports marked a steep 199.9% increase.

Asia’s PVC demand remained firm due to limited spot availabilities, notably from the US. US supplies to Asia have been slashed due to multiple plant shutdowns.

As a result, Chinese PVC started to export their cargoes in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, China’s PVC exports amounted at 280,218 mt, more than double compared to 102,229 mt registered in the third quarter.

For the fourth quarter, China’s PVC exports to India stood at 31,252 mt, more than five times from 5,996 mt in the third quarter, the data showed.

But in December, China’s PVC exports slowed down as limited container space availabilities made it difficult to do so. China’s exports to India in December stood at 9,389 mt, down 7% from a month earlier.

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-Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant

The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.

Shell Canada is investing in what’s being called Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant in the greater Montreal area.

The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.

Shell Canada has taken a 40 per cent stake in the facility, which will use technology developed by Enerkem. Other strategic partners in the project include Suncor Energy, Proman, and Hydro-Quebec. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The VCR project will be constructed in Varennes, where it will produce low-carbon fuels and renewable chemicals products from non-recyclable waste using Enerkem’s proprietary technology. Commissioning of the first phase of the facility is scheduled for 2023.

Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant

-IDTechEx Explores Sustainability as a Potential Key Driver for Emerging Graphene Markets

The market for graphene is at a tipping point, with long periods of R&D now starting to translate into significant purchase orders. For a long time, the graphene market was overwhelmingly driven by a ‘materials push’ whereby graphene firms worked hard to persuade markets of the properties and benefits of their product. Now, that has transitioned into ‘market pull’, with key drivers coming to the fore.

IDTechEx continues to provide the most comprehensive independent market research on the field of graphene and other nanocarbons. In the latest update to their report, “Graphene Market and 2D Materials Assessment 2021–2031”, IDTechEx provides a granular outlook for the industry, including forecasts, manufacturer analysis, material benchmarking, price and applications. The tipping point for graphene is here but with so many manufacturers not all will become successful and some consolidation is inevitable. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

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-Market review of nylon industrial chain in 2020

  1. The price shows a W trend, hitting a record low.

In 2020, the price trends of nylon industrial chain have shown a “W” shape. The prices were falling in the first and third quarters and rising in the second and fourth quarters, showing sharp distinctions between seasons.

In the first quarter of 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic became a black swan event and triggered a flash crash in oil prices and aggravated panic in the market. Multiplied negative factors led to a deep fall in nylon prices, to a record low in history.

The outbreak of the pandemic also brought a significant increase in the demand for pandemic prevention materials. Entering April 2020, demand for nylon filament relating to mask ear straps surged greatly, and the market bottomed out significantly. The strong bullish trend in nylon raw material market, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip lasted nearly two months and then ended in June, as end user’s demand was not sufficiently supportive. Since end-June, nylon market started the second round of decline in the year.

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-Biocatalysis in Green and Blue: Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria use photosynthesis to harvest the Sun’s energy to bind atmospheric CO 2 and accumulate biomass. This ability renders cyanobacteria interesting hosts for sustainable industrial processes.

The photoautotrophic metabolism allows a constant supply with oxygen and NADPH, and so overcoming limitations, often faced in biotransformation with heterotrophic hosts. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Compared to established biocatalysis hosts, cyanobacteria lag several years of development. Exploitation of their metabolism, especially of the photosynthesis apparatus, still shows room for improvement.

Many aspects for whole-cell catalysis have not been investigated carefully enough, including mass transfer of substrate and product or tolerance towards stressors, such as solvents or ROS.

Biocatalysis in Green and Blue: Cyanobacteria

-Green materials: Wheat straw converted to PU foam; Audia Elastomers’s new family of sustainable TPEs

Wheat straw converted to PU foam

Every year around 734 million tonnes of wheat straw is produced worldwide, creating a large amount of waste that has had no well-defined use until now. Recently, the Chemical Engineering and Organic Chemistry research groups at Spain’s University of Córdoba have been able to give a new use to this agricultural excess material, by using it to manufacture polyurethane (PU) foam.

Also known as foam rubber, this plastic material, often manufactured from petroleum by-products, is extremely versatile within the industry and has multiple uses in the construction and automobile sectors as a sealant as well as a thermal and acoustic insulator. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Green materials: Wheat straw converted to PU foam; Audia Elastomers’s new family of sustainable TPEs

-Biome Bioplastics successfully completes feasibility phase of biodegradable tree shelter project

Biome’s Bioplastics announces the successful completion of its three-month feasibility project to develop and test a new generation of biodegradable tree shelters to be manufactured from our bioplastics.

Tree shelters protect young trees and bushes from predation by animals. They are a well-proven and economic route to limiting losses in the first five years of a tree’s life. Traditionally made from oil-based and non-biodegradable plastics, the majority of such shelters are never collected and eventually litter the environment with microplastics. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

In the UK, around 45 million trees are planted each year, most of those using non-biodegradable tree shelters for protection, with an estimated 2,500 tons of persistent plastics ending up annually in the natural environment after use. Plans to significantly increase tree planting as part of the UK’s drive to mitigate climate change will exacerbate these problems.

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-Conference on cellulose fibres focuses on applications

The 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres to be held online from February 2 to 3 will focus on the wide range of applications of cellulose fibres that are increasingly expanding.Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

“Cellulose fibres are virtually miracle materials – almost endless possibilities and high market growth due to great demand,” remarked nova-Institute, a private and independent research institute and the organizer of the online event.

“Cellulose fibres have a wide range of applications that are increasingly expanding. The markets are driven by technological developments and political framework conditions, especially bans and restrictions on plastics and increasing sustainability requirements,” it said in a statement.

The environmental need for an industry based on renewable carbon puts natural materials in the spotlight. Cellulose fibres meet many demands: The demands of new policies, the demands of consumers with increasing awareness and a new sense of appreciation for natural materials, the market demands for diversely applicable strong and soft materials and the demands of our planet, which is already burdened far too heavy by microplastics and greenhouse gases.

-Conference on cellulose fibres focuses on applications

-Spandex: price soars by 50%, how about cash flow?

Price of spandex increased apparently since Aug 2020 and the increment of conventional varieties such as 20-40D was around 50%. Price of spandex 20D rose by 16,700yuan/mt or 50.2% to 50,000yuan/mt and that of spandex 40D ascended by 12,700yuan/mt or 45.7% to 40,500yuan/mt. Spandex became “noble fiber” again, and how about the cash flow? Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Let’s review the cash flow of 40D in 2016-2019 at first. Based on the statistics of CCFGroup, cash flow of 40D improved driven by supply-side reform in 2016-2017. The growth rate of supply was hard to match with that of demand from 2018 to the first half of 2020, and price kept falling amid oversupply. Average cash flow of spandex 40D was at 548yuan/mt in 2018 and turned to during negative territory in 2019, at -1,102yuan/mt. Except for some leading companies, foreign enterprises and medium-to-high brands, most spandex plants suffered obvious losses in 2019.

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Jwell – Spinning Spandex Yarn

-Novel Flexible and Toughened Engineering Resin

Toray leverages proprietary nanoalloy technology to create a unique flexible and toughened type of nylon.

Japan’s Toray (U.S. office in New York City) has leveraged its proprietary nanoalloy technology to create a novel flexible and toughened engineering resin.

The new polymer is said to retain the outstanding thermal resistance, rigidity, and strength of nylon 6 while delivering a bending fatigue limit that is 15-fold that of conventional polymers. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Prospective applications for such exceptional durability include automobiles, home appliances, and sporting goods.

Toray is looking to initiate full-fledged sample work through this year while cultivating applications in diverse industrial materials fields.

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-Scientists Develop Biodegradable Plastic From Marine Seaweed

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has developed a bio-plastic film using marine seaweed and PEG-3000 which could have a huge impact on limiting the usage of non-biodegradable plastics and a game-changer in the plastic industry. Bio-plastic films safely breakdown in the environment without leaving any toxicity. The physical and mechanical properties of bio-plastic film meet the properties of conventional plastics. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Conventional plastics are posing a grave threat due to their interaction with water resulting in the formation of hazardous chemicals that ultimately leach into the environment. Again, other bio-plastics such as those made from plant materials like corn starch and sugarcane, though sold as eco-friendly and renewable, are found to be equivalent to seaweed based bio-plastic. Conventional plastic takes hundreds of years to break down. In their bid to find viable alternatives without hampering the land-based edible plants used for human consumption, scientists have now directed their research to find marine biomass as an alternative to producing biodegradable plastics more sustainably so that biomass used for feedstocks are not disturbed.

Scientists Develop Biodegradable Plastic From Marine Seaweed

-If it’s up to MacRebur, the US may soon be travelling on plastic roads

Scotland-based plastic road manufacturer MacRebur is on a mission. The company says it has developed a solution that can metaphorically kill two birds with one stone, by helping to solve the waste plastic epidemic and to improve the poor quality of roads around the world today. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Tired of the potholes in the road in from of his house, MacRebur CEO Toby McCartney remembered something he’d seen people in Southern India do to fix potholes. They plugged the hole with waste plastic and rubbish from landfills, poured it over with diesel and set it alight, so that the plastic melted and sealed the hole, he said. He wondered whether they might be on to something.

Together with two partners, he started to explore whether the waste plastics in the UK could somehow be used to strengthen the roads in the UK. After 18 months of testing and trials, they came up with a product meeting British and European standards that used non-reyclable plastic waste – from the oceans, from landfills – mixed with asphalt for road repairs and construction.

If it’s up to MacRebur, the US may soon be travelling on plastic roads

-European car market in 2020 showed a drop of almost a quarter

Sales of passenger cars in Europe at the end of 2020 decreased by 24.3% and amounted to 11,961,182 cars, Avtostat reported .

As noted in the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), this is the largest drop in the history of the European car market, which is due to the closure of dealerships and other quarantine restrictions in European countries throughout the year due to the outbreak of coronavirus infection. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

As noted in the review of the European car market for 2020, among automakers, Volkswagen sold the largest number of cars in the European Union – 1 million 346 thousand 999 cars (-24.5%). Renault holds the second place with 819,009 cars (-22.9%). The third line is occupied by Peugeot, which sold 741,498 cars (-23.2%). The top five leaders are closed by Mercedes-Benz (738,236 units, -17.3%) and BMW (674,654 units, -18.8%).

Earlier it was noted that the Russian car market amounted to 1 million 598 thousand 825 cars at the end of last year, which is 9.13% less than in 2019, according to the Association of European Businesses (AEB). At the same time, sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia in December decreased by 2.1% to 166,666 vehicles.

European car market in 2020 showed a drop of almost a quarter

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-SK Advanced to startup new PP plant in South Korea in March

SK Advanced is planning to start up the new PP plant in Ulsan, South Korea this March 2021 as construction works are nearly completed, reported CommoPlast with reference to market sources.

The PP unit is a joint venture between PolyMirae and SK Advanced, using the “Spheripol” process of LyondellBasell, and have an annual output of 400,000 tons/year.

The unit will be utilizing the propylene output from SK’s 600,000 tons/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the same complex. It is expected that SK Advanced would have a smaller propylene allocation for export once the new PP line comes online.

As MRC wrote previously, in October, 2020, Advanced Petrochemical signed an amendment to the partnership agreement between its subsidiary, Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC), and SK Gas Petrochemical Pte. Ltd. (SKGP), a unit of SK Gas Co. Ltd.. Under the amendment, an isopropanol (IPA) plant with a capacity of 70,000 tons per annum will be added, along with the Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) and Polypropylene (PP) plants that were already announced earlier. The company said in a bourse statement that by adding the IPA plant with an estimated cost of SAR 300 million (USD80 million), the total cost of the project for the three factories is currently estimated to be approximately SAR 7.05 billion (USD1.88 billion).

SK Advanced to startup new PP plant in South Korea in March

-Corbion to Expand Lactic Acid Capacity in North America

Investment to increase production capacity demonstrates company’s commitment to regional customers and to meeting their growing needs.

Corbion will increase its capacity for producing lactic acid in North America by around 40% to meet the growing demand for natural ingredients in multiple industries.

The investment reinforces the company’s leadership position as a supplier of lactic acid and its derivatives worldwide. Corbion also operates lactic acid production facilities in the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and Thailand, and early last year announced plans to build a new lactic acid plant at its existing site in Rayong Province, Thailand, to help meet global demand. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

“At Corbion, we enable brand owners to commercialize safe, high-performing products using our lactic acid-based products and technology,” said Marco Bootz, President-Lactic Acid & Specialties at Corbion. “Given the growth our customers in North America are experiencing, and the increased demand for our products, we believe this expansion is the right thing to do for our customers and for Corbion. We’re committed to further strengthening those relationships by enabling more growth.”

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-January contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR100 per ton

The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for January in Europe has been finally agreed at EUR690 per tonne, which is EUR100 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month, ICIS reported .

The contract price for the material for January shipments has been approved on FD NWE delivery terms (with delivery to Northwest Europe).

The contract price of MEG for the current month was finally agreed upon, as the necessary configuration was achieved to approve the contract price – at least 2 producers / suppliers and 2 buyers / consumers. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

The December contract price for MEG on the European market was finally set with a delay in agreement in the first week of January at EUR590 per tonne, which corresponds to the level of the previous month.

Negotiations on the December contract price were lengthy and full confirmation was not reached until the end of 2020 due to changes in market conditions, rising commodity prices and supply restrictions.

The November contract price for MEG in Europe  decreased by EUR40 per tonne from October level to EUR590 per tonne, FD NWE, while the October contract price for material increased by EUR65 per tonne in relation to the previous month and was at the level of EUR630 per tonne. FD NWE. EUR65

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main components for PET production.

January contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR100 per ton

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-ALPLA EXPEDITING A BOTTLE CYCLE IN ITALY

CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTRUSION SYSTEM IN ANAGNI FOR 15,000 TONNES OF RPET A YEAR

The global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist, the ALPLA Group, is investing more than five million euros in an extrusion system for food-grade recycled PET (rPET) made of used PET bottles (so-called post-consumer material) at its site in Anagni. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Anagni in central Italy is home to one of the ALPLA Group’s most important preform production plants. The plant, which currently has a workforce of 91, processes around 50,000 tonnes of PET a year, of which only a very small proportion is recycled material as of today. But in future a substantial portion of the volume required is henceforth to be supplied in the form of recycled material, giving customers the option of sourcing preforms made partly or even entirely of rPET.

To this end, ALPLA is installing an extrusion system for 15,000 tonnes of rPET a year at the existing business premises. The investment sum for construction of the building needed and for the system totals more than five million euros. It is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2021. Ten new jobs will be created.

ALPLA EXPEDITING A BOTTLE CYCLE IN ITALY

-“Technyl” name to go global when non-compete clause with BASF ends in 2022 / New customer support platform

The new platform will help customers select materials while supporting innovation (Photo: Domo Chemicals)  Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Domo Chemicals (Leuna / Germany; www.domochemicals.com) is looking ahead to February 2022, when it will be able to use produce and commercialise all of the PA 6 and PA 6.6 polymers it picked up in the acquisition of Solvay’s (Brussels / Belgium; www.solvay.com) performance polyamides business globally under the “Technyl” brand (see Plasteurope.com of 02.12.2019). The company already claims to be the leading back-integrated supplier of the engineering plastics in the European Economic Area and Switzerland. At present, however, it is not able to use the well-known brand name in other markets due to a two-year non-compete clause with BASF (Ludwigshafen / Germany; www.basf.com).

The Ludwigshafen chemicals and plastics giant acquired the bulk of Solvay’s polyamide assets for EUR 1.3 bn, but due to concerns about market dominance, the European Commission obliged Solvay to divest its European PA assets separately (see Plasteurope.com of 14.08.2019). The EUR 300m deal with Domo, which included production, sales, technical support, R&D and innovation services in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain, along with 100 employees, was completed on 31 January 2020.

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-Royal DSM Selects MAAG Group for Expansion in Strand Pelletizing Business

MAAG Group, part of Dover, announced that it has been selected by Royal DSM to supply them with several automatic strand pelletizing lines (Jet Stream Granulation System – JSG) for the extensive modernization and expansion of their high-performance materials compounding plant in Evansville, IN.

The automatic JSG strand pelletizing systems from MAAG Group are designed to achieve the highest throughput rates in plastics compounding.

MAAG Group’s JSG systems can be used across various pelletizing applications and are typically chosen by customers when a high level of automation and machine availability at the best possible pellet quality is required.

The process handling is fully machine automated, and once the pelletizing process is set up, manual interaction is nearly eliminated. This makes the JSG systems particularly attractive for the pelletizing of highly filled compounding products, as well as high-quality recycling applications. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

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-‘Unique’ Polymeric Melt Flow Additive for PLA

CAI Additives is now offering ST-PA210 flow agent for PLA and other biobased polyesters. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Boston-based CAI Performance Additives is now marketing here what is said to be a unique flow improver for use with biodegradable PLA and other biobased polyester resins. Flow Improver ST-PA210 has been shown to increase melt flow index, enhance dispersion, and improve compatibility.

Produced by China’s Starbetter Chemical Materials, for which CAI Additives is the sole distributor in North America, this flow agent is based on a unique polymeric chemistry, versus traditional wax or ‘oily’ lubricants, and has been shown to be highly compatible with PLA, according to CAI Additives CEO Richard Marshall.

Unique' Polymeric Melt Flow Additive for PLA

-Plastigaur puts Dow’s PCR resin to use

Spanish converter Plastigaur has become the first large-scale commercial user of a resin made with 70 per cent recycled plastics.

The flexible packaging and film manufacturer has turned to Dow’s Agility CE resin, initially launched in 2019, to develop a range of collation shrink films.

Agility CE resin is based on LDPE, into which post-consumer recycled (PCR) material from shrink film is incorporated. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Dow said the addition of the PCR material had been achieved “without sacrificing material quality and functionality in the final application”.

The PCR content in the final shrink film developed by Plastigaur is 50 per cent, which equates to an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 25 per cent.

Dow has also worked with Plastigaur to reduce the thickness of the shrink film from 45 to 40 microns.

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-Expressed Juice’s Landfill-Biodegradable Bottles Withstand HPP Pressure

Florida-based premium juice distributor finds the perfect mix of technology and shelf appeal with its biodegradable bottles. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

When Paul van Hamond arrived in the U.S. in 2012, he didn’t expect he would end up staying nine years. A native of Queensland, Australia, van Hamond was taking what he thought would be a six-month sabbatical from running the five restaurants he owned in Australia to pursue another business venture.

“That venture didn’t get legs,” says van Hamond, also a chef who trained in Monaco and London. “But when life gives you lemons, you make lemon juice, and that’s literally what I did.”After discovering how the technology renders pathogens in food inert without compromising taste, it was a no-brainer for The Drinks Co. to use HPP to launch Expressed Juice, its first brand.

After discovering how the technology renders pathogens in food inert without compromising taste, it was a no-brainer for The Drinks Co. to use HPP to launch Expressed Juice, its first brand.

The Drinks Company, the premium juice distributor he founded by squeezing those lemons, has grown to be a dominant player in South Florida, he says. “Today, we distribute about 22 brands throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, focused mainly on our main sector in hospitality and cruise lines.”

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-Funding for plastic recycling tech

Greenback Recycling Technologies, a company striving to develop circular solutions for packaging waste, has closed an approximately £8m series A financing round.

The firm says it is building a globally distributed, decentralised network of advanced recycling plants near the sources of plastic waste. It buys this waste from local collectors and sorters to provide feedstock for the production of food-grade packaging. To evidence the recycled content in the new packaging, it uses its ecoVeritas certification system, which is based on blockchain and AI technologies.

The funding will support the further development of these packaging certification, data and compliance systems. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Founder and CEO Philippe von Stauffenberg said: “In the recycling industry, we are beginning to see how impactful advanced plastics recycling can be for food contact packaging.”

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Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling Trend

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ITEM 18/01/2021 25/01/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,650 yuan/ton 5,650 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 805 $/ton 820 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,150 yuan/ton 5,050 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.300 yuan/ton 5.225 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,770 yuan/ton 3,710 yuan/ton -60
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
555 $/ton 550 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,595 yuan/ton 4,445 yuan/ton -150
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 595 $/ton 578 $/ton- -17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 689 $/ton 680 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 671 $/ton 662 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling

623 $/ton 622 $/ton -1
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,225 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton
-325
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling
6,300 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton -250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 10,750 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,490 $/ton 1,500 $/ton +10
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,820 $/ton 1,780 $/ton -40
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,450 yuan/ton 11,550 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,200 yuan/ton 31,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling

14,000 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,350 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 50,500 yuan/ton 52,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 50,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 40,500 yuan/ton 42,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +150
Benzene domestic market 4,590 yuan/ton 4,600 yuan/ton +10
Benzene overseas  market 649 $/ton 656 $/ton
+7
Ethylene South East market 985 $/ton 905 $/ton +10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,108 $/ton 1,137 $/ton +29
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling 7,770 yuan/ton 7,620 yuan/ton -150
Naphtha overseas market  529 $/ton 509 $/ton
-20
Phenol domestic market 6,040 yuan/ton 6,160 yuan/ton +120

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-Celanese globally raises February prices for engineered materials

Celanese (Irving, Texas) says it will raise prices globally for its portfolio of engineered materials due to strengthening product demand and increased transportation, energy, and raw material costs, as per the company’s press release.

The price hike will be effective for orders shipped on or after 1 February 2021 or as contracts otherwise allow.

Nylon-6,6, polyphenylene, long-fiber thermoplastics, and amorphous products will be increased in price by USD0.30/kilogram (kg), while GUR – the trade name for its ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) product – will rise by USD0.25/kg. Nylon-6, polybutylene terephthalate, and polyoxymethylene products will each be increased by USD0.20/kg, with its technical thermoplastic elastomer product to rise by USD0.15/kg.

Individual grades may be subject to higher increases than the rises specified, the company said.

As MRC informed previously, in October, 2020, Celanese (Dallas, Texas) announced plans to add a 15,000-metric tons/year line for the production of GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at its facility in Bishop, Texas. Startup is expected by the beginning of 2022.

Celanese globally raises February prices for engineered materials

-Researchers develop recyclable composites

A WSU research team has created a recyclable carbon-fiber reinforced composite that could eventually replace the non-recyclable version used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.

Led by Jinwen Zhang, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, researchers developed a recyclable material that is as strong as commonly used carbon-fiber composites and can also be broken down in very hot water within a pressure vessel.

The new material could be easily substituted into current manufacturing processes. The research team, including scientists from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, report on their work in the journal, Macromolecular Rapid Communications.

Researchers develop recyclable composites

-Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment

Biodegradable plastics are not a ‘silver bullet’ to solve the problem of plastic pollution – it would be better to reduce the amount of plastic we use, or to promote reuse and recycling

bop-coverPlastic pollution is a worldwide problem, and it is still growing. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.

Biodegradable plastics have a specific role to play in reducing the accumulation of plastics in the environment.

Replacing conventional plastic with biodegradable plastic can help with applications in the open environment — such as agriculture and fisheries, or plastics in fireworks — and where it is difficult or expensive to remove it from the environment. Biodegradable plastics that are designed for industrial composting can also bring benefits in a waste system that is well-managed to ensure this happens.

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-ITMA 2023 to highlight innovative shift of industry

ITMA, the world’s largest textile and garment technology showcase, has announced that it will continue to present and share innovative manufacturing technology and materials with the industry at its 19th edition in Milan. ITMA 2023 will feature the theme, ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’ and will be held from June 8-14, 2023 at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan.

The exhibition will be supported by four sub-themes: advanced materials, automation and digital future, innovative technologies, and sustainability and circularity.

“ITMA 2023 will highlight innovations and new approaches that serve as catalysts to inspire and help textile and garment manufacturers grow their business, scale and sustain their transformation journey,” Ernesto Maurer, president of Cematex, the European Committee of textile machinery manufacturers, which owns the ITMA exhibition, said in a press release.

-ITMA 2023 to highlight innovative shift of industry

-China’s Fujian Billion starts up Quanzhou PTA unit

Chinese polyester producer Fujian Billion is starting up its new 2.5mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at Quanzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province.

Feedstock paraxylene was fed into one of the unit’s two production trains today, while the second train will start up in early February. Fujian Billion targets to have on-specification production within a few days.

The PTA unit is located in the Quangang district of Quanzhou city, 50km northeast of Fujian Billion’s existing polyester production base in Fujian. Construction started in March 2019 with an initial completion target of August 2020. But disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the completion by two to three months.

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-Optimism and caution prevail, entering into 2021 

The automotive and mobility technology suppliers have started the year 2021 with mixed feelings of optimism and caution. Optimism, because demand for vehicles and components is picking up more rapidly than expected and the appetite for new, innovative technologies is accelerating. Caution, because the scars from 2020 are deep and the level of uncertainty remains high.

What are the threats and opportunities for the automotive and mobility technology sector in 2021? We’ve listed five themes that will play a key role in shaping the recovery:

Thorsten Muschal, member of the management of Faurecia and CLEPA President comments on the supply industry’s outlook on the new year: “COVID-19 has hit the automotive supply industry particularly hard and the impact of the crisis will remain a major factor in the new year.

Optimism and caution prevail, entering into 2021 

-Dow to collaborate on closing plastics packaging loop in China

Dow is to work with laundry brand Liby and environmental tech company Lovere on addressing plastics packaging waste and promoting a circular plastics economy in China.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the three companies is to focus on keeping plastics out of the environment, increasing collective impact through partnerships, and delivering circular economy solutions.

The companies plan to collaborate on achieving these aims in three areas – designing for recyclability, collection of waste, and reusing or recycling plastics waste.

They have also committed to implementing content marketing as a tool in getting more end-consumers to understand the value of recyclable packaging and the concept of a circular economy.

Under the terms of the MoU, Dow’s Innate tenter frame, biaxially oriented PE (BOPE) based and all-PE packaging will be applied to a number of Liby product lines – expanding its fully recyclable packaging applications.

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-EuPC warns of ‘alarming increase’ in Force Majeure declarations

The EU market for polymers is under pressure

A repeat of the Force Majeure crisis of 2015 is concerning the polymer industry after what the European Plastics Converters association (EuPC) called “an alarming increase in issued declarations by numerous polymer producers towards the end of 2020”.

EuPC formed the Polymers for Europe Alliance in 2015 due to the shortage of polymers for converters in Europe. Its objective is to build and maintain good communications between suppliers and customers of polymers and additives in Europe.

The Alliance’s monitoring of Force Majeure declarations globally has shown a significant rise in recent months, with the supply situation for polyolefins and PVC worsening significantly. This is making it difficult for converting companies to get the necessary material to keep their production running.

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-Keg producer OneCircle in recycling firm deal

Plastics keg producer OneCircle is building on its commitment to the circular economy after announcing a tie-up with fellow Dutch company Kwaliflex Food Recycling.

Under the terms of the deal, Kwaliflex – which converts residual waste streams from the food and beverage industry – will recycle used KeyKegs, OneCircle’s PET keg range.

Alongside its food and beverage processing, Kwaliflex has invested in the recycling of the associated food and beverage packaging by designing dedicated machinery and building up a network of material recyclers for further material processing. Today, almost 100 per cent of all of its incoming goods are captured for reuse.

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-NOVA Chemicals will raise polyethylene prices in February

NOVA is targeting a 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) increase in polyethylene (PE) prices from February 1, according to the company’s letter to customers.

The letter said the increase complements the  company ‘s earlier announced price hike of 6 cents per pound in January.

Polyethylene demand in the United States remained strong throughout the pandemic, driven by heavy use of non-durable consumer goods such as food packaging.

In recent weeks, supply has faced constraints amid stronger demand from Mexico and some other key overseas regions, as well as some manufacturing difficulties in North America.

Previously reportedthat LyondellBasell will raise polyethylene (PE) prices in North America by 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) on the back of higher ethylene feedstock. The price increase will take effect on February 1, in addition to any previously announced price changes. The letter also said the company is confirming a previously announced 6 cents / pound increase in January.

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INEOS Styrolution plans to build a demonstration polymerisation plant for production of ABS plastic from recycled feedstock

  • Plans are part of the “ABSolutely Circular” project
  • Project is supported by the EU LIFE programme
  • Technology partners welcome to join

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced today plans to build a demonstration plant at its Antwerp, Belgium, site to test production of ABS[1] plastic from recycled feedstock.

The plans for the new plant are part of the project “ABSolutely Circular”, which is supported by the EU LIFE programme. INEOS Styrolution’s plant is intended to complement a demonstration unit planned by project partner Indaver, making Antwerp the leading European center for the recycling of styrenics. Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

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Canada is set to have one the world’s biggest green hydrogen plants

  • Canada could eventually be home to a number of large-scale green hydrogen facilities.
  • At the moment, so-called “green hydrogen” is expensive to produce, with the majority of hydrogen production based on fossil fuels.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

A major green hydrogen project in Canada took another step forward with an engineering contract awarded to a subsidiary of German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp.

The agreement, announced on Monday, will see the green hydrogen product division of Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers carry out the installation of an 88 megawatt water electrolysis plant for Hydro-Québec, an energy firm backed by the provincial government.

Electrolysis splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and if the electricity used in the process is from a renewable source — like wind — then it’s termed “green hydrogen.”

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-Sumitomo enters ‘green hydrogen’ business in Australia

Japanese trading house to use solar power in tie-up with plant engineer JGC

Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp. will begin producing “green hydrogen,” which is made without emitting carbon dioxide, Nikkei has learned.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Sumitomo will set up a production facility in Australia with Japanese engineering company JGC Holdings and produce hydrogen using small solar-powered electrolyzers.

The project is estimated to cost less than 1 billion yen ($9.6 million). Each device produces 300 tons of hydrogen annually, which can power about 3,000 fuel cell vehicles. The gas will be supplied to local factories and fuel cell buses.

Hydrogen is seen as a green energy source during use, but its production results in the emission of greenhouse gases.

Hydrogen does not generate these gases even when burned, but CO2 is emitted in the process of extracting it from fossil fuels and producing it in large quantities. Making it by electrolyzing water using renewable energy does not produce CO2 but has been prohibitively expensive.

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-From Trash to Your Dash: JLR Plans to Use Recycled Nylon for Its Cars’ Interiors

Recycling should be a huge part of our lives by now but for certain manufacturers, using plastic is a cheaper and faster solution. Luckily, some of them chose to set an example, spending time and money on clean, renewable solutions.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has recently revealed plans to use ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from the ocean and landfill waste.

The company’s next-generation vehicles will feature floor mats, and interior trims made from this fabric, which is sourced from recycled industrial plastic, offcuts from clothing manufacturers, or fishing nets abandoned in the ocean.

Created by Aquafil, a global leader in the synthetic fibers industry, this regenerated nylon has already been used by fashion designers, sportswear, and luxury watch brands to manufacture items like handbags, backpacks, or watch straps.

The company claims that it recycles around 40,000 tons of waste from all over the world every year and that this process reduces the global warming impact of nylon by 90%.

ECONYL is produced in Aquafil’s state-of-the-art treatment centers, where the waste is analyzed, treated, and prepared. It’s then transported to a chemical plant, where it is broken down into raw material using depolymerization.

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-SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

INVISTA’s technology and licensing group, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd. (“Sinopec Yizheng”) have reached an agreement for licensing of INVISTA’s industry leading PTA P8++ technology for Sinopec Yizheng’s third PTA line. This plant will be installed in Jiangsu province, China, with an annual name-plate capacity of 3 million tonnes.

Sinopec Yizheng previously utilised IPT’s P6 PTA technology for its 450,000 te/annum second PTA line. Sinopec Yizheng and INVISTA are pleased to once more leverage this technology to create long-term value for both parties.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

-US economic stimulus may squeeze already tight chem markets

The economic stimulus packages being proposed in the US could further tighten in markets for several plastics and chemicals.

Prices for many of these materials were already rising amid a boom in US residential construction and a change in consumer buying habits.

US President Joe Biden intends to propose a two-part stimulus package. The first, worth $1.9tr, is made up mostly of direct payments, such as the $1,400 the government would give to many consumers.

If approved, this $1.9tr proposal would come on top of the $900bn package that the US adopted in December. This package includes checks worth up to $600.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

US economic stimulus may squeeze already tight chem markets

-VIDEO: Upwards pressure growing on Europe R-PET prices

Senior Editor for Recycling Matt Tudball discusses the increasing upwards pressure on European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) prices, including:

Stronger-than-expected demand

Falling stock levels of R-PET flake  Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Some higher numbers already being heard for February

Upwards pressure growing on Europe R-PET prices

-Blow Molder Bets on New Options in Large PET & HDPE Containers

Priority Plastics is thinking big—large, wide-mouth containers and drums, that is—to offer new concepts to the U.S. market. The company is launching lines of industrial and consumer packaging made on machinery said to offer capabilities not seen before in the U.S.

How does a company whose business is primarily in stock blow molded containers create excitement in the market? For Priority Plastics, the answer today is t