Film recycling and Thermoplastic 23-09-2021

Film recycling and Thermoplastic

-Next generation zinc oxide masterbatches

Odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance and UV blocking properties with Tenray.

The Sweet Living Group (SLG), based in St Louis, Missouri, has teamed up with EverCare, a manufacturer of high quality zinc oxides, to launch next generation zinc oxide (ZnO) masterbatch technology.

SLG’s extensive intellectual property enhances textiles by controlling odour, providing anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, incorporating ultraviolet protection, increasing resistance to degradation and enhancing flame resistance. Currently, it has 16 issued US patents, five pending patent applications, and three trademarks covering ZnO and ultrafine ZnO for textiles.

EverCare and Sweet Living Group developed a range of new masterbatches which provide an unprecedented level of dispersion of zinc oxides, based on the EcoZinc and Tenray technologies. They provide guaranteed batch-to-batch performance and can be used to produce compounds and yarns (PETG, PP, PE, PA), ensuring excellent odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, and UV blocking properties.

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-Volkswagen Finds Plastics Are Doggone Good for Auto Parts

Plastics are so commonplace as to seem like wallpaper in the background, easily overlooked but ubiquitous. As the auto industry continues its drive to reduce vehicles’ carbon emissions, polymers are even more crucial through their weight-reduction advantages compared to other materials. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Indeed, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that reducing a vehicle’s weight by 10 percent can produce a 6-8 percent improvement in overall fuel economy, with a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions.

This is one reason why the auto industry is the third-largest user of polymers, after the packaging industry and the building and construction industries. According to Volkswagen, there are 39 different types of basic plastics used in the average car, and more than 70 percent of the plastic is derived from four main polymers: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamides, and PVC.

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-Checking the Pulse of PVC, PET, and PE Markets

Production costs for plastic polymers are at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand.

For the first time in more than year, it’s live conference time again, and that alone feels great even if we are all still trying to muddle through the pandemic. PackExpo 2021 takes place in Las Vegas next week and, judging by the expected attendance numbers, there is substantial desire among packaging supply-chain participants to get together to discuss business and innovation.

There is much to talk about, especially from the markets that supply the chain with resins that have been difficult to produce and difficult to ship at various times during the last year and a half. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Over that period, Murphy’s Law of what could go wrong most certainly has dominated the Ten Commandments tablets’ list of “thou shall nots” for the plastics supply chain. If there were such tablets, I’m sure they’d be made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Of course, the production costs would be at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand — not unlike these three critical markets of interest heading into Pack Expo.

Checking the Pulse of PVC, PET, and PE Markets

-New Company to Infinitely Recycle Plastic to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis

Samsara, a new Australian enviro-tech start-up supported by The Australian National University (ANU), looks to “infinitely” recycle plastic to overcome the global plastic pollution crisis. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

The start-up is supported by Woolworths Group and venture fund Main Sequence. It employs new technology to disintegrate plastic into its core elements and make new plastic. The technology involves using “plastic-eating” enzymes and has been created by scientists at ANU. Someday, this technology could put an end to plastic pollution.

Samsara’s innovative recycling process is not just eco-friendly and carbon-neutral but also avoids the need to depend on fossil fuels to make plastics. Australians produce over 2.5 million tons of plastic waster annually.

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-How far will global population rise? Researchers can’t agree

The United Nations forecasts that nearly 11 billion people will be living on Earth at the end of the century, but other demographic research groups project that population will peak earlier and at a much lower level.

The 1980s were a puzzling time for would-be parents in Singapore. The government initially told them to “Stop-at-Two” and backed up the policy with a series of measures to deter couples from having three or more children. It increased hospital fees for the delivery of third babies and withdrew maternity pay.

In March 1987, officials performed a demographic U-turn. Under the awkward slogan “Have Three or More (if you can afford it)”, the scales tipped abruptly towards those with larger families, who were now given priority for schools and housing.

Singapore is a dramatic example, but far from unique. Across the world, to secure a stable financial future, governments are desperate to keep national population numbers in a Goldilocks zone: not too many, not too few. And many of these policies are based on computer simulations of how future population numbers will rise and fall. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

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-Flexible film recycling capacity grows by almost 10 per cent

The European plastic recycling industry registered a nearly 10 per cent increase in installed plastic recycling capacity for flexible film in 2020, demonstrating a solid growth despite the COVID pandemic.

The new estimate points to a 2.7Mt capacity for PE film recycling with 30 new film recycling facilities, totalling 218. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Representing a demand of more than nine million tonnes, LLDPE/LDPE is the second largest plastic fraction in the EU market and therefore shows a major recycling potential. Just 17 per cent of recycled flexible polyethylene finds a way into film-to-film applications, with non-food packaging and building and construction being its largest markets, according to Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), while the forecasts show that PE film products could incorporate as much as 38 per cent of recycled content by 2030.

Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe and PRE LDPE-Working Group Chairman, said: “Once deemed difficult to recycle, flexible household polyethylene waste recycling is a successful business case model of today. Fast-paced technological developments in collection, sorting and recycling, made it possible to recycle film back to film.

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-Researchers take a closer look at a mysterious graphene oxide phenomenon

A team of researchers at UNSW has observed a unique phenomenon in graphene oxide (GO). The oxygen atoms in GO are normally attached in a rather chaotic way. At elevated temperatures, however, the oxygen atoms form more organized structures – by themselves. This process of ‘self-organization’ was found to drastically improve various properties of GO – for example, its electrical conductivity.

For years, researchers have been aware that this phenomenon existed, but they could only demonstrate it using computational simulations. The new research, led by Dr. Rakesh Joshi at UNSW, successfully observed it for the first time in real life, using cutting-edge electron microscopy. While common microscopes use light to create a magnified image, electron microscopes use electrons. With this type of microscope, it is possible to observe single atoms, by magnifying what you’re looking at by a factor of 1,000,000. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

First author Tobias Foller, a PhD student in Dr. Joshi’s group, says he first read about the temperature method that enhances the properties of GO without changing the chemical structure in a paper by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Researchers take a closer look at a mysterious graphene oxide phenomenon

-Xi proposes Global Development Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday proposed a Global Development Initiative in steering global development toward a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth in face of the severe shocks of COVID-19.

“We must revitalize the economy and pursue more robust, greener and more balanced global development,” Xi said in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

To promote global development, Xi called for staying committed to development as a priority. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

He proposed that the world should put development high on the global macro policy agenda, strengthen policy coordination among major economies, and ensure policy continuity, consistency and sustainability.

“We need to foster global development partnerships that are more equal and balanced, forge greater synergy among multilateral development cooperation processes, and speed up the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Xi said.

Xi proposes Global Development Initiative

-Weekly Resin Report: Spot Resin Prices Ease as Supply Ramps Up

Most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week, according to the PlasticsExchange. Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Despite Hurricane Ida and Nicholas, affecting Louisiana and Texas, respectively, over the past few weeks, spot resin trading remained well off the active pace of the first half of 2021, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Producers have been rebuilding resin stocks ever since the February freeze, and while some producers of both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) remain on force majeure or have sales allocations in place, resin supplies have become more available, which has dampened spot buying activity. Spot resin prices have been easing and most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week. Huge spot premiums have been eroding, as supply/demand fundamentals become more balanced. Historically, it is more typical for spot resin to transact around parity or at a discount to contracts.

PE contracts increased $0.41 to 0.43/lb since the beginning of 2021, and a total of $0.65 to 0.67/lb since the market bottomed in May 2020, including the last successful $0.05/lb increase implemented for July contracts. Producers were unable to push through another nickel in August; even though some limited production disruptions occurred because of recent gulf storms, it seems unlikely that the nickel increase will be secured in September, according to the PlasticsExchange.

Spot Resin Prices Ease as Supply Ramps Up

-Honeywell launches battery energy storage system platform to help users forecast and optimize energy costs

Battery storage will play a crucial role in grid stability as organizations transition to clean power generation  Film recycling and Thermoplastic 

Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) has announced its Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Platform, which integrates Honeywell asset monitoring, distributed energy resource management, supervisory control and analytics functionality to enable organizations to accurately forecast and optimize their overall energy use.

Honeywell’s BESS Platform leverages best practices for energy management such as energy arbitrage and demand management to deliver flexibility and control of when energy is purchased and used. The platform is ideal for a wide range of commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers and utilities. The BESS Platform is backed by Honeywell performance-based guarantees, which include predictable and consistent costs along with improved uptime.

Honeywell launches battery energy storage system platform to help users forecast and optimize energy costs

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Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material 22-09-2021

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material 22-09-2021

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

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-The biodegradable polymer PBAT is hitting the big time

Polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate is succeeding by straddling the peterochemical and biopolymer worlds

The perfect polymer—one that balances physical properties and environmental performance—doesn’t exist, but polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate (PBAT) comes closer than many.

Producers of synthetic polymers have for decades failed to stop their products from ending up in landfills and oceans, and they are now under pressure to take responsibility. Many are redoubling efforts to boost recycling to fend off critics. Other firms are trying to tackle the waste problem by investing in biodegradable biobased plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), hoping natural degradation will mitigate at least some of the waste.

But both recycling and biopolymers face obstacles. Despite years of effort, the plastics recycling rate in the US, for instance, is still less than 10%. And biopolymers—often the products of fermentation—struggle to achieve the same performance and manufacturing scale of the established synthetic polymers they are meant to replace.

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-Starlinger Producing New White rPET Material

Trays, cups, and food containers manufactured from the white rPET are alternatives to single-use cups made from materials like polypropylene (PP) or polystyrene (PS).

Starlinger viscotec, a division of the Austrian machinery supplier Starlinger & Co GmbH, has developed a new material to make packaging for dairy and hot-fill products fully recyclable. rPET100 is said to combine the environmental advantages of recycled PET with easy material processability.

Food packaging for applications like dairy, hot drinks, instant soups, and ready-meals must withstand higher temperatures during the production process.

Additionally, dairy products require packaging with optimal light and gas barrier for longer shelf life. The new rPET100 sheet combines these benefits and adds new ones: it is heat resistant, made from mono-material, and its white color protects the product from UV light. Once used, the packaging can be 100% recycled because it contains no other polymer additives. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Starlinger Producing New White rPET Material

-Evian unveils 100% rPET bottles created by Loop Industries’ innovative recycling technology

This Recycle Week, Evian has launched a new recycled plastic (rPET, or recycled polyethylene terephthalate) prototype bottle using revolutionary technology from clean technology company Loop Industries.

This marks a significant milestone in Evian’s 2025 circularity journey, which will see it accelerate the transition to 100% recycled plastic (excluding the cap and label) in all of its plastic bottles. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Committed to accelerating the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions, Evian achieves a new milestone in circularity journey with launch of prototype bottle using revolutionary technology from Loop Industries that allows no and low value plastics (that otherwise go to waste) to be recycled endlessly into new, virgin quality plastic.

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-The Finnish textile industry will be the most responsible and functional in the world in 2035 – investment opportunities of more than billion euros

In collaboration with other textile industry operators, VTT and Finnish Textile & Fashion have prepared a roadmap for the Finnish textile and fashion industry extending up to 2035  Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

The textile industry is undergoing a major transformation globally. New ecological textile fibres are entering the market and digitalisation is boosting the global reorganisation of production. Finland can seize the opportunities created by the transformation and win investments amounting to more than billion euros. The textile cluster wants to create the world’s most responsible and functional textile cycle and production in Finland. In collaboration with other textile industry operators, VTT and Finnish Textile & Fashion have prepared  a roadmap for the Finnish textile and fashion industry extending up to 2035.

The ongoing industrial transformation will enable the creation of new business and jobs in Finland. Finland’s strengths in production are related to sustainable raw material base, know-how and innovation platforms. In the fields of bio-based raw materials and smart technologies, Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in terms of expertise.

“For Finland, the reorganised textile industry would mean an estimated EUR 1.2 billion in investments, some 17,000 new jobs and a global reputation boost as a leading country in sustainable development,” says Research Professor Ali Harlin from VTT.

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-Largest sorting plant in Latin America is up and running in Mexico City

The Azcapotzalco Transfer Station and Sorting Plant, the largest and most modern in Latin America, has opened its doors in Mexico City (CDMX). With this facility, the city government is the first in the country to move towards establishing effective, proper treatment of urban waste based on a circular economy concept – one of the priority objectives of the current administration. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

The new Azcapotzalco facility is the country’s first government-owned automated plant for the separation and treatment of municipal solid waste. The 11,000 m2 facility sorts paper, cardboard, multilayer packaging, PET and HDPE, plastic bags and film, aluminum cans, metallized bags, textiles, glass and other metals. The plant was commissioned in May 2021. It operates in conjunction with a transfer station to process around 1,000 tons per day of waste from the municipalities of Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero, Miguel Hidalgo and Azcapotzalco, and will be able to receive up to 1,400 tonnes of waste per day. Its operation will generate 404 jobs.

Largest sorting plant in Latin America is up and running in Mexico City

-Milliken colorant, additive and sustainability solutions on full display at Fakuma 2021

Ghent, Belgium – Milliken & Company, a globally recognized leader in polymer additives and colorants, offers many ways to improve your resin formulations, compounds, end products and sustainability. As an exhibitor in Booth B2-2105 at Fakuma 2021, Milliken will be showcasing its portfolio, and offering access to the vast technical knowledge of its various experts.Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

At the show — taking place Oct. 12-16 in Friedrichshafen, Germany — learn more from Milliken about the following products:

  • Millad® NX® 8000 ECO clarifier for polypropylene (PP);
  • KeyPlast® and KeyPlast RESIST™ colorants for plastics;
  • Hyperform® HPN® high-performance additives for PP, polypropylene homopolymers and impact copolymers (ICP); and
  • DeltaMax® performance modifiers for PP used by converters processing impact copolymers or recycled polypropylene (rPP) resins.

Milliken colorant, additive and sustainability solutions on full display at Fakuma 2021

-SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A inactivated by zinc-embedded nylon fabric

A paper published in ACS Applied Materials Interfaces details effectiveness, describes protocol for future testing

An international team of scientists and engineers from the University of Cambridge, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, ResInnova Labs and Ascend Performance Materials has found that a nylon fabric embedded with zinc ions successfully inactivated 99% of the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common flu. Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Face masks, protective clothing and filters are used to slow the spread of viruses. But poor-quality masks can harbor active viruses from infected wearers, posing a transmission risk.

“A major challenge is absorption and inactivation,” said Vikram Gopal, Ph.D., co-senior author and chief technology officer at Ascend Performance Materials. “Respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, and the flu, are transmitted through droplets and aerosols. Polypropylene, the material in commonly used disposable masks, is a hydrophobic plastic and does not absorb moisture. Instead, the viruses can sit on the surface of the mask, posing a transmission risk when the mask is handled.”

Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

-Cosmo Films announces expansion of Aurangabad plant

Cosmo Films has announced the expansion of its BOPP film production line at Aurangabad with an annual rated capacity of 67,000-MT. Once it becomes operational, it would be one of the world’s largest BOPP lines. The BOPP line will require an investment of about Rs 350-crores to be funded through internal accruals and debts and is expected to be commencing commercial production within FY 2024-25.

Backed by strong financial performance, the company has also declared its first interim dividend of Rs 25 per share for FY2021-22.

Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films, said, “With current capacity expected to produce primarily speciality films (80%+) in next two years and projected BOPP film demand growth in India, the company planned capacity expansion which will be world’s largest production line with annual rated capacity of 67,000-MT with lowest cost of production.”

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-Regenerating plant for PP and HDPE

Clean-tech start-up Healix is building a circular fibre regeneration plant in the Netherlands, having secured funding totalling over €10 million in its seed financing round completed this month.

The Maastricht plant will shred, wash and reprocess used twine, ropes, nets and other plastic fibre waste from farming and fishing into pristine circular new polymers for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries. It is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022 and will have an annual capacity of 6,000 metric tons of polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), saving almost 10,000 metrics tons of CO2 emissions per year.

One of the most pressing issues the technical textile industry is facing, is the damaging effect of plastic fibre waste on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Healix aims to combat this by transforming existing linear economies in the technical textile industry into sustainable circular economies.

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-Free online Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilization (eCO2nference)

Join the free eCO2nference hosted by PKN Orlen and the BioRECO2VER project, 7 October (9:40 am – 2:15 pm)  Biodegradable Polymer rPET Material

Within the framework of our H2020 project BioRECO2VER (www.bioreco2ver.eu) and on the occasion of the opening of PKN Orlen’s R&D Centre, we invite you to a free conference (eCO2nference) on “The future of CCU technology from a technical, political and social point of view in the world and Poland” on 7 October 2021 PKN Orlen’s R&D Centre in Płock, Poland (hybrid event).

In addition to the current market developments of CCU technologies and the political framework in Poland, Europe and the world, we would also like to present CCU innovations from laboratory-scale to semi-commercial scale as well as the latest findings on Life-cycle assessment and social acceptance from our BioRECO2VER project.

Free online Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilization (eCO2nference)

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Plastics recycling via pyrolysis 21-09-2021

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis 21-09-2021

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

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-Plastics recycling via pyrolysis: small-scale vs large-scale?

Commercialization of pyrolysis technology for large-scale plastic chemical recycling is on the rise.

So, Jonny Goyal, Research and Analysis Associate Director with IHS Markit’s Circular Plastics Service, has a comprehensive rundown on a ramping up of the degradation of plastics at high temperatures for Net-Zero Business Daily readers.

Pyrolysis, as Goyal notes in a recent whitepaper, is one of the main methods for chemical recycling of plastics. While plastic recycling is gaining momentum, many companies are still struggling in scaling up pyrolysis technology

Pyrolysis plants of 500 mt/day to 3,000 mt/day are being discussed by industry players and are needed to accelerate momentum in plastic recycling across all different industries around the globe so that significant progress toward a circular plastics model can be achieved, according to Goyal.

At present, waste plastic chemical recycling via pyrolysis is available only at a small scale (10-50 mt/day).

Many plants with a capacity of 50-300 mt/day are still in the planning and construction stage, and firms are increasingly exploring the huge potential of chemical recycling via pyrolysis so that a large volume of plastic waste can be handled.lysis: small-scale vs large-scale?

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-New standards in plastics recycling

Processing up to eight metric tons of PP waste carpet per hour

Stock market listed PureCycle Technologies launches a multi-million dollar recycling project in the USA. PureCycle uses a highly innovative process to convert carpet scraps based on polypropylene (PP) composite material into high-purity pellets that are equivalent to virgin material.

The company’s flagship plant is underway in Ohio and is scheduled to begin operating at scale in 2022. The plant will be equipped with several extruders delivered by Hannover-based KraussMaffei Extrusion, based primarily on its unparalleled expertise and uncompromising customer support.”We are extremely pleased about this order and the trust PureCycle has placed in us. Acting as a full-line provider of various extrusion technologies, we are in a position to deliver an outstanding high-performance package solution that enables efficient and resource-conserving plastics recycling and offers substantial added value.”Carl Philip Pöpel, Director Product Management at KraussMaffei

New standards in plastics recycling

-AIMPLAS to hold first edition of International Seminar on Plastics Recycling

Categories: Developments and trends in plastics recycling, Plastics industry training and events

The future of the plastics industry involves adapting to the circular economy. In this production model, the aim is to reduce the amount of resources used as much as possible. In the specific case of plastics, which are highly recyclable, plastic waste can be recovered and reused as a resource.

Plastics recycling has therefore gained importance in recent years and become a key part of the plastics industry, which has made continuous improvements through R&D and the use of new technologies.

This is an excellent reason for AIMPLAS to launch the first edition of its International Seminar on Plastics Recycling, which will be held on 1-2 December in hybrid format (face to face and via live streaming). Sponsored by Tomra, Coperion, Alser, Leistritz, Sogapol, Bravender, Gravipes, Eversia, Picvisa, Raorsa and Altero, the event will focus on the challenges and opportunities of managing and recycling plastic waste. The implementation of international initiatives in the industry will also be discussed.

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-Multimac sees rise in seat orders for electric vehicles

Child car seat manufacturer Multimac has announced that over the past year the company has experienced a rise in demand for seat orders for electric vehicles, as the EV market continues to grow.

Based in Birmingham, UK, the company produces a car-seat system that can safely accommodate three or four children in the back seat of most cars, eliminating the need for customers to buy larger cars or a people carriers. The seats come in seven different sizes to accommodate children up to 12 years old and have been fitted to a range of Nissan Leafs, Porsche Taycans, and a multitude of Teslas.

The Multimac seat is built around an aluminum structure to absorb maximum energy and to provide children with what the manufacturer claims to be the best possible performance and protection in the event of a crash.

“The topic of climate change has been bubbling away in the background for decades, but it seems as though we are finally entering that phase where the majority of people do want to make serious changes to their daily lives in order to help reduce their impact on the environment,” commented Kevin Macliver, founder and CEO, Multimac.

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-SABIC, ExxonMobil starts commissioning PE, MEG units at US site

Saudi Arabia chemicals major SABIC on Sunday said that its joint venture project with ExxonMobil near Corpus Christi, Texas, has started commissioning activities and is preparing for initial start-up.

The complex features two polyethylene (PE) units with a combined capacity of 1.3m tonnes/year as well as an monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit with a capacity of 1.1m tonnes/year.

The complex will also include a 1.8m tonne/year ethane cracker.

The site will be operated by ExxonMobil.

SABIC, ExxonMobil starts commissioning PE, MEG units at US site

-Gerresheimer to use hybrid technology for glass melting at Lohr plant

Significant CO2 savings for sustainable glass tube and container production

At its Lohr plant, Gerresheimer produces more than one billion glass containers for the pharma and food industries every year. By using sustainable tank technology and green energy for the glass melt, the company aims to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions Photo Gerresheimer

With the use of hybrid technology, the Gerresheimer plant in Lohr plans to build a glass melting furnace for white glass in 2022, saving significantly more CO2 than conventional technology. The company has submitted a funding application to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment for this pioneering innovative project according to the press release datelined Düsseldorf/Lohr, 13 September 2021.

With modern and sustainable glass production technology, Gerresheimer’s plants in Germany set exemplary standards for all of the company’s plants in Europe, America, and Asia, particularly in innovations for greater sustainability. “This pioneering technology project serves to strengthen Germany as an industrial and glass location. With this innovative technology, we will set new standards in terms of sustainability and avoidance of emissions,” said Andreas Kohl. As Global senior vice president of Operations, Kohl is responsible for worldwide container glass production and its technical development in the Gerresheimer Group.

Gerresheimer to use hybrid technology for glass melting at Lohr plant

-SRUC research into bio-mass derived foam from hemp offers new commercial opportunities

With an increase in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, the development of alternative sustainable packaging has never been more important.

However currently more than 95 per cent of the foams, including polyurethane (PU) and polystyrene (PS), are made from petrochemicals – which release up to five times their mass in atmospheric CO2 during manufacturing.

Now, for the first time, researchers at SRUC and Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia, have found that waste materials from wood and hemp biomass can be processed into sustainable foams for use in packaging, cushions and insulation.

Unlike foams sourced from petrochemicals, biomass-derived foams can significantly capture and sequester atmospheric CO2.

In addition, the biorenewable and biodegradable foams promise both high performance and sustainability.

The researchers used an economic process of microfluidic processing and freeze-drying to create nanocellulose (NC) foams from wood and hemp fibres.

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-Indian Srichakra Polyplast commissions food-grade plastic recycling facility

Srichakra Polyplast has commissioned a food-grade quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellet facility and a new polyolefins recycling facility to produce deodorised bottle-to-bottle grade quality polyolefin pellets, according to The Hindu BusinessLine.

The Hyderabad-based plastic recycling and waste management company has invested USD10 million to strengthen its recycling capabilities for high grade recycled plastic to customers in India and global markets such as Europe and the United States.

The company’s new facility features US Food and Drug Administration-approved technology provided by Starlinger.

The company produces food-grade quality PET pellets, which can be used to produce food and beverage packaging such as water, carbonated soft drink and juice bottles as well as takeaway containers, and high quality deodorised polyolefin pellets, which can be used in home and personal care product packaging such as lotion, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Ravindra Venkata, CEO and Co-founder of Srichakra, said, “The new facility enables us to produce food-grade quality recycled plastic for customers and also gives locally-sourced plastic a new life, preventing it from entering the environment.”

Plastics recycling via pyrolysis

-BP and Brightmark to explore developing plastics renewal plants in Europe

The companies are examining possible plants in Germany, the Netherlands or Belgium.

London-headquartered BP and Brightmark, a global waste solutions company based in San Francisco, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate opportunities for the development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

According to a joint news release, the MOU combines BP’s knowledge and trading experience in refining and petrochemical markets with Brightmark’s proprietary advanced recycling technology. The companies will evaluate opportunities for projects that convert end-of-life plastics into petrochemical feedstocks for plastics and other industrial applications.

Brightmark and BP say they intend to work together to develop plans that could lead to the construction of an initial European plant.

“Bringing our plastics renewal solution to Europe is a key next step in delivering on our mission to reimagine waste and create a circular economy globally,” says Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark.

BP and Brightmark to explore developing plastics renewal plants in Europe

-Is Brics becoming a fading giant?

IT was 13 years ago when the world, mainly developing countries, celebrated the birth of what would be known as Brics — a group of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Its annual summits have always attracted global attention because the rise of Brics was expected to be a global game-changer in the field of international and diplomatic relations.

However, no one would have guessed that its 13th summit, held virtually on September 9 this year, would slide unnoticed for such a promising giant.

At its inception, there were four countries before South Africa was inducted in the group.

Part of the Brics objectives was to improve the global economic situation and reform financial institutions, and how the five countries could better co-operate for their benefit and those of emerging and developing countries.

Is Brics becoming a fading giant?

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Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle 20-09-2021

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle 20-09-2021

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

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-Honeywell and Preem conduct commercial co-processing trial to produce renewable fuel

Honeywell announced the completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB (both Stockholm, Sweden) for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP’s proprietary bioliquid feed system with Optimix GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was successfully co-processed in the FCC at Preem’s Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation fuel.

This test marks the 6th commercial co-processing trial conducted by UOP worldwide of this technology in an FCC and the first pyrolysis oil co-processing trial in Scandinavia using UOP’s Optimix GF Feed Distributor technology.

“Preem’s production of renewable petrol is an important piece of the puzzle that Sweden must solve to achieve the climate goals,” said Peter Abrahamsson, Head of Sustainable Development at Preem AB. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

“Residual products from our Swedish forests have a unique potential and this is an exciting step in our work to develop the fuel of the future.”

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

-Impact of “dual controls” on benzene market

Recently, the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning body, rarely and directly pointed out that the energy consumption intensity of 9 provinces and autonomous regions increased instead of decreasing in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year.

In addition, the reduction rate of energy consumption intensity of 10 provinces did not meet the progress requirements. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

It meant that more than half of the provinces failed to achieve the goal of controlling energy consumption and intensity in the first half of the year.

The actions in various localities against the goal of controlling energy consumption and intensity, so-called “dual controls”, has begun to arouse general concern in society.

Currently, SP Chemicals has closed styrene unit due to the policy; Donghao may close its styrene unit due to poor margins but the plan has not finally decided.

Impact of "dual controls" on benzene market

-California’s carpet recycling program sees improved rates

The California Carpet Stewardship Program achieved an all-time program high recycling rate of 23.2 percent in Q4 2020, according to an annual report.

Carpet recycling saw significant progress in 2020 in California, according to Carpet America Recovery Effort’s (CARE’s) recently released California Carpet Stewardship Program 2020 Annual Report. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

The California Program achieved an all-time program high recycling rate of 23.2 percent in Q4 2020, with an overall annual recycling rate of 21 percent in 2020. While it did not meet the target 24 percent goal, the recycling rate for this fossil-fuel-based material is up 107 percent in the past five years.

California’s carpet recycling program sees improved rates

-New crosslinking possibilities and more with BondLynx

CHUMPOWER offer smarter PET blow molding machines

The leading PET stretch blow molding machinery manufacturer in Taiwan co-operated with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) in the joint development of the new generation of CPSB-LSS8 linear machine, which improved the single-cavity output from 2250bph to 2500bph. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Thus the final output is increased from 18,000bph to 20,000bph (ten percent boost in output rate). Its high output capacity and reliability are perfect for our global clients in the bottled-water or beverage industry.

CHUMPOWER not only constantly makes improvements on the machine output but also integrates the Industrial 4.0 elements into their products. Using infrared thermo sensors to gather the preform temperature data and applying the ANN (artificial neural network) principle to automatically compensate the oven’s heating temperature (optional), all preforms are heated uniformly and are not affected by the environment change. Each cavity’s pressure is monitored to ensure bottle quality consistency of the CPSB-LSS8 stretch blow molding machine.

New crosslinking possibilities and more with BondLynx

-Selenis supports waste reduction pact

Materials firm Selenis is supporting the Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

The Business Call is a report co-authored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Boston Consulting Group. In a news release, officials with Portugal-based Selenis said that the call outlines why a global treaty is needed to help stop 11 million metric tons of plastic flowing into the ocean each year.

They added that Selenis operates in different areas to decrease plastic pollution, developing products with high recycled content and recyclability, as well as promoting recycling and circularity through different associations they are part of, including the Association of Plastics Recyclers.

The firm is currently focusing innovation on developing solutions that are fully recyclable in the PET stream. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Selenis also is in the final development stage of WEEZEN CE-brand resins, which will supply the heat-shrink sleeves market with a solution that can be recycled together with the standard PET stream classified as 1 in terms of recyclability.

Officials added that Selenis contributes to solving the world’s problem of plastic waste, by taking what would otherwise be discarded and turning it into the building-blocks of their products for applications such as packaging, cosmetics, personal care and durable goods.

Selenis supports waste reduction pact

-PE CFR China market keeps firm on account of the high cost and low supply

Since 2021, although the overall trend of PE CFR China market has fluctuated with the RMB market, PE CFR China market price keeps firm. From the perspective of the market outlook, PE CFR China market is still expected to continue to rise, mainly due to the high cost and low supply.  Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Taking LLDPE as an example, by comparing the prices of the Far East (which can replace Chinese prices), the Middle East, Northwest Europe and Houston, it can be clearly found that the prices in the Far East are much lower than those in Northwest Europe and Houston. It can be said that the prices in overseas regions (especially in Europe and the United States), the price is much higher than those in China, so most of the sources of goods from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and America are given priority to Europe and the United States, and then supply to China would be considered. In addition, more and more new plants in China have started up and the production capacity increased, squeezing out part of the imported goods.

PE CFR China market keeps firm on account of the high cost and low supply

-New halogen-free flame-retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN features superior surface quality and laser printability

Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability.

Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability.

Tightening safety and environmental regulations in the European Union are increasing the demands placed on materials used for electrical appliances and systems.

Halogen- and red phosphorous free solutions are the key to ensure the safety of a wide range of applications while at the same time taking a more sustainable approach compared to conventional materials. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

-EURATEX Announces New EU Strategy Vision for Textiles and Clothing

The European Union of Apparel and Textiles (EURATEX) has announced a vision for a new EU strategy on textiles and garments.

EU policy makers are focusing on the textile sector, and the EU’s Sustainable Textile Strategy will be announced by the European Commission this year, developing a transition path for this sector. Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

The current situation provides an opportunity to form a new European framework for the crossroads T & C industry. EURATEX hopes to actively contribute to this process, develop a positive business model and lay the foundation for a competitive and sustainable European textile industry, the alliance said in a media release.

In line with the EURATEX Charter, EURATEX strives to recognize the textile and garment (T & C) sector as an integral and strategic part of the European economy. We strongly believe in innovation, quality and sustainability as a source of competitiveness. Incorporate new green and digital skills to emphasize the value of a skilled workforce. And we maintain support for open markets based on free but fair competition.

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

-Pentamerous first for India

Patent pending technology will allow the Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates.

Rope and netting manufacturer Tufropes is installing a new nonwovens manufacturing line from Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith to target the growing Indian market for wipes.

The lines is based on patent pending ‘pentamerous technology’ which will allow the  Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates and is based on Truetzschler/Voith core components for wet-laying, carding and hydroentangling.

Truetzschler/Voith’s carded/pulp (CP) technology combines a cost-effective, wet-laid pulp layer and a carded web layer from cellulosic fibres.

Proprietary refinements will allow Tufropes to produce any possible hydroentangled nonwoven material, including biodegradable, natural fibre, eco-friendly high-performance nonwovens.  Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

Petrochemicals Polyamide66 PET Bottle

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-Alpla, Ecohelp and UPT launch joint PET recycling operations in Romania

The Alpla Group, the global packaging solutions and recycling specialist, is investing in the construction of a recycling plant in Targu Mures, Romania as part of a joint venture with its partners. The plastic granulate recycled there in the future will come from PET bottles collected from household waste and will be used to manufacture new PET bottles.

By creating the planned PET Recycling Team Targu Mures joint venture, Alpla and companies Ecohelp SRL (Romania) and United Polymer Trading AG (Switzerland) are each investing equally in the installation of an extrusion line to recycle post-consumer PET bottles at the Romanian partner’s site. They aim to produce 15,000 tonnes of food-grade post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) each year. The rPET granulate will then be used to manufacture new preforms and bottles, with an intention to strengthen the local materials cycle within the Central and South-Eastern Europe region.

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-Solvay Expands Thermoplastic Composite Capacity

Solvay’s new TPC line will produce unidirectional composite tape from a range of high-performance resins including PVDF, PPS and PEEK.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has completed the installation of a new thermoplastic composites (TPC) manufacturing facility at its Greenville, S.C. site. A key driver for the world-class facility is growing demand from energy companies, supported by increasing aerospace and automotive demand. The project represents a major milestone in Solvay’s efforts to industrialize its TPC capacity.

The new product line will have the ability to manufacture unidirectional composite tape from a range of high-performance polymers including PVDF, PPS and PEEK. Upon full commercialization of the Greenville facility, the new line will add more than 30 positions at the 27,000-sq.ft. facility. Solvay will be uniquely positioned with proprietary technologies enabling the company to position the right product for the right application. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Solvay’s TPC portfolio includes Evolite carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics, which offer reliability and lower total cost of ownership in markets such as energy and automotive, and APC tapes, which offer significant weight and cost advantages in aerospace and urban air mobility applications.

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-S.Korea considering extending tariffs on PET film from Taiwan, Thailand, UAE

South Korea’s trade watchdog said Thursday it has decided to recommend the government extend anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film imported from Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, citing substantial damage to the local industry. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

The Korea Trade Commission said it has advised the finance ministry to set duties of 3.19 percent to 60.95 percent on PET film coming from the countries for the next five years.

The country already had been applying tariffs of around 3.67 percent to 60.95 percent since 2018, which expired in April this year.

The announcement came after South Korea carried out investigations into the imported PET film upon the request from local businesses, including Kolon Industries Inc., SKC Ltd. and Hyosung Chemical Corp.

S.Korea considering extending tariffs on PET film from Taiwan, Thailand, UAE

-Korteks breaks new ground for Turkey

The line has a production capacity of 7,200 tons per year and currently processes clean in-house polyester fibres and post-consumer PET flakes.

Korteks, one of the world’s biggest yarn producers based in Bursa, Turkey, has started the production of recycled polyester filament yarn in using a Starlinger recycling line.

The Starlinger recoSTAR universal 165 H-VAC iV+, which is part of a $10 million investment by Koreks in a new polymer recycling facility, became operational in May. It has a production capacity of 7,200 tons per year and currently processes clean in-house polyester fibres from production scrap together with washed post-consumer PET flakes at a ratio of 50/50. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Korteks uses the polyester regranulate at a share of 100% for its new polyester filament yarn line it is will market under the name TAÇ Reborn.

“We have been in extensive cooperation with Starlinger for a long time” said Barış Mert, Korteks general manager.

Korteks breaks new ground for Turkey

-Titanium demand drivers are in whitening

Roughly 90% of lightweight mineral is used in paints, pigments Critical Minerals Alliances – September 2021

Lightweight, strong, and resistant to corrosion, titanium is best known for the properties it lends to rockets, aircraft, and high-performance sports equipment. Only about 3% of the more than 8 million metric tons of titanium minerals mined each year globally, however, go into high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistant alloys. What does drive the mass majority of the demand for this critical mineral is “enwhitening.” Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

According to the United States Geological Survey, more than 90% of the titanium mined each year is used to impart a stark whiteness to a surprisingly wide variety of consumer goods we use every day.

“Titanium is different than most other metallic elements in that it is mined primarily to satisfy demands for a chemical product – titanium dioxide for pigment – rather than for the metal itself,” the U.S. Geological Survey penned in a 2018 report on the durable mineral.

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-Sumitomo Chemical to Launch MeguriTM, a New Brand for Recycled Plastic Products

Sumitomo Chemical has launched MeguriTM, a new brand for plastic products obtained through recycling technology. The Company will work to spread MeguriTM products to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

The brand name MeguriTM means “circularity” in Japanese and was created by young employees, who will lead the next generation of Sumitomo Chemical, to express their commitment to connecting three “circularities” to the future. Meguri TM represents “a circular economy for resources,” “circle of people,” and “circling back to the origin”—to Sumitomo Chemical’s founding spirit of solving social issues through its business activities. This spirit has been upheld in the Sumitomo Chemical Group for over a century since the Company got its start to produce fertilizer from harmful sulfur dioxide to overcome smoke pollution caused by copper smelting. The tagline “CIRCULARITY FOR ALLTM” demonstrates the Company’s firm determination to contribute to creating a circular economy.

MeguriTM covers a variety of recycled plastic products, such as acrylic resin (PMMA, poly-methyl-methacrylate), polyethylene and polypropylene produced by chemical or material recycling technologies.

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-China to tackle plastic pollution

China has issued a five-year plan for controlling plastic pollution, aiming to tackle by 2025 the “white pollution” resulting from over-packaging and overuse of plastic products. Implementation of the plan is likely to reduce overall demand for polymers, affecting some downstream sectors of polyethylene (PE) in the long term.

The plan calls for reducing the amount of plastics produced and used, while promoting alternatives for plastics and standardizing disposals and recycling of plastic waste. It was jointly issued on 15 September by China’s main economic planning agency the NDRC and the ecology and environment ministry.

Packaging and overuse  Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Disposable plastic products in retail, express deliveries, food packaging and other key sectors will be reduced in the next five years.

Secondary packaging of express deliveries will be halted, with recyclable express packaging increasing to around 10mn units. Reduced packaging will lead to diminished demand for PE and polypropylene (PP). Packaging for express deliveries are mainly high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and PP raffia. Food packaging is made from PP, polyethylene terephthalate and polycarbonate.

China to tackle plastic pollution

-SDIS21: Fairer Economies – What are the challenges in making economies more sustainable?

  • Despite significant progress in recent decades, we’re off track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet many other targets.
  • COVID-19 set back progress on reducing poverty, hunger and inequality.
  • The climate crisis threatens to deepen divides.
  • The Forum’s annual Sustainable Development Impact Summit on 20-23 September will take stock of progress on the UN’s SDGs.

After decades of progress towards addressing  povertylife expectancy  income inequality, COVID-19 set us back – bringing the first rise in extreme poverty in a generation, At the same time, the pandemic increased hunger, food insecurity and unemployment, while  life expectancy dropped, including in some of the world’s wealthiest countries.  Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

COVID-19 has led to the first rise in extreme poverty in a generation.

However, these trends started even before the pandemic, with 650 million people going hungry, 2 billion suffering from food insecurity and the rate of reduction in poverty slowing.

Both permanent and temporary social protection programs helped to fill the gaps, but they weren’t enough: only 46.9% of the global population was effectively covered by at least one social protection cash benefit in 2020, “leaving as many as 4 billion people without a social safety net,” says the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Report 2021..

Amid this context, the Forum is convening its virtual  Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2021 on 20-23 September.

SDIS21: Fairer Economies - What are the challenges in making economies more sustainable?

-Chevron and Gevo partner to produce sustainable aviation fuel

Oil giant Chevron USA and Gevo, a Douglas County, Colorado-headquartered renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today announced a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that will process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

On September 9, as Electrek reported, major US airlines pledged to voluntarily make 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to US aircraft operators to reduce aviation emissions by 20% by 2030.

Aviation fuel demand by 2050 is currently projected to be around 35 billion gallons per year, so there’s certainly going to be a huge demand for a lot of SAF.

Using its existing technology, Gevo will produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its life cycle carbon intensity. Chevron will co-invest with Gevo in one or more projects, and it will have the right to sell around 150 million gallons of the SAF annually to market to customers.  Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

The companies’ announcement does not yet detail where the SAF will be produced, or how much they will produce.

Chevron and Gevo partner to produce sustainable aviation fuel

-China PP arbitrage to US goes through the roof despite surging freight costs

The arbitrage window for moving northeast Asian polypropylene (PP) to the US in August was at $1,152/tonne compared with just $73/tonne a year ago. This was based on the China CFR benchmark price versus the US contract price minus freight costs.  Thermoplastic Composite for Automotive

Arbitrage for moving northeast Asia PP to Europe in September is also a lot stronger than a year ago.

This demonstrates that despite further surges in freight costs, the opportunities for PP and polyethylene buyers in the West to save money remain big, provided they can accept longer lead times.

And for Asian and Middle East producers, this is a great opportunity to relieve persistent oversupply.

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Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic 17-09-2021

Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic 17-09-2021

Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

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-Agilyx and Kumho Petrochemical Assess a Chemical Recycling Facility to produce raw material for tires out of post-use plastic

Both companies to produce pure styrene from post-use polystyrene to be used as a virgin equivalent raw material to produce solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) for tires

Agilyx Corporation (AGLX), a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS (Euronext Growth (Oslo): “AGLX”) and a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics and Kumho Petrochemical, a global leader in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, have announced a collaboration to explore the development and construction of a chemical recycling project in South Korea.

“We’re very interested in recycling of post-use plastics, while focusing on utilizing post-use polystyrene into the pure styrene,” stated Jong-Hoon Baek, CEO of Kumho Petrochemical. “Collaboration with Agilyx will give Kumho Petrochemical an opportunity of proposing new line of eco-SSBR products to most of our customers who prefer sustainable products.”

“We are pleased to partner with Kumho Petrochemical to explore this project and expand the market for post-use recycled polystyrene into new, high growth and technically demanding applications such as this,” stated Tim Stedman, CEO of Agilyx. “The potential to use waste plastic to create high performance SSBR for the manufacture of tires is a very exciting example of our technology’s ability to create a new life for plastic.”

Agilyx and Kumho Petrochemical Assess a Chemical Recycling Facility to produce raw material for tires out of post-use plastic

-LG Chem, ADM to build JV in US to produce bioplastics made from corn

The deal is part of LG’s $8.7 billion plan to foster the battery material, renewable and bio businesses through 2025 Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. said on Tuesday it is jointly building a corn-based bioplastic plant in the US with Archer Daniels Midland Co., a global grain processing company, as part of its efforts to pursue sustainable growth.

LG Chem, the chemical unit of LG Group, has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with ADM, one of the world’s four major agricultural processing firms, to establish the joint venture by 2025 with an annual production capacity of 75,000 tons.

The JV, which will produce polylactic acid (PLA), a raw material used to make 100% biodegradable plastics, marks the first time for a Korean chemical company to build a PLA plant in America.

LG Chem said it expects to sign the definitive agreement with ADM in the first quarter of next year. The site of the factory hasn’t been decided yet.

LG Chem, ADM to build JV in US to produce bioplastics made from corn

-Finalist Interview: Inspecta BE from Piovan

In the most recent of our Sustainability Awards 2021 finalist interviews, Davide Cappellini, CTO at Piovan Group explains the company’s entry Inspecta Be, a finalist in the Machinery category, which helps to simplify the control of Benzene values in PET.

Congratulations on being selected by the international judging panel as a Sustainability Awards 2021 finalist! Would you please introduce your successful entry and what’s innovative about it?  Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

Inspecta is a family of analysers that takes the gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) close to the production line of PET, thanks to its compactness, with testing times of 60 minutes maximum.

Inspecta Be (Benzene) was commercialised in 2020 for PET preforms only and in January 2021 extended the testable shapes to granules, sheet and bottles. It allows the complete tracking of production: from raw material acceptance to final product for Consumers and all its measurements can be saved into the database of Winfactory 4.0, the supervision software by Piovan, allowing traceability over time.

Finalist Interview: Inspecta BE from Piovan

-Coca-Cola Germany is now selling drinks from its core brands in bottles made from 100% rPET

All non-returnable PET packaging up to and including 0.5 liters from Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, mezzo mix and all non-returnable PET bottles from ViO, Fuze Tea and Powerade are now made from 100% recycled material

Start of campaign for consumers with OOH posters, digital content and influencer cooperations    Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

After Coca-Cola in Germany switched the non-returnable PET bottles of its brands ViO, Fuze Tea and Powerade to recycled material in the spring, the core brands Coca-Cola, Coca- Cola Zero, Coke light, Fanta, Sprite and mezzo mix their “On the Go” packaging (up to and including 0.5 liters) is now also being sold in bottles made from 100 percent recycled PET. With this measure, Coca-Cola in Germany is already exceeding its self-set goal of using at least 50 percent recycled material for the production of non-refillable PET bottles by 2023. In 2021 the company will save around 28,000 tons of new material by converting the above-mentioned packs to 100% rPET. This results in a CO2 saving of approx. 48,700 tons.

Coca-Cola Germany is now selling drinks from its core brands in bottles made from 100% rPET

-Spain plans to tax plastics production

The Spanish Cabinet approved a draft law that introduces a new tax on plastic waste, among other environmental measures, said EsPlasticos.

The indirect levy will tax the manufacture, import or acquisition of non-reusable plastic packaging from other European Union countries for use in the Spanish market, according to the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition.

The ministry said that the proposed tax is similar to what other countries such as the United Kingdom and Italy are planning to introduce. It would require payment of EUR0.45 for every kilogram of plastic packaging, and is expected to bring in annual revenue of close to EUR724 million, based on 2017 figures.

The European Commission and international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been urging Spain for years to increase its green taxes and introduce greater penalties for the most contaminating activities.

On Tuesday, the ministry said that based on 2017 figures, revenue from green taxes represented 1.83% of Spain’s gross domestic product (GDP), compared with the EU average of 2.40%. Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

“Spain has the fifth-lowest ratio of environmental revenue-to-GDP of the entire EU,” said the ministry in a release.

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-Orca: World’s largest plant for direct CO₂ extraction from the atmosphere in operation

In Iceland, a plant now extracts 4000 tons of CO₂ from the atmosphere every year and stores it underground. How sustainable this is is controversial.

In Iceland, the world’slargestplant for climate-neutral CO 2 capture and storage directly from the air (DACCS) has gone into operation and is now to remove 4000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.

The power plant called Orca comes from the Swiss company Climeworks and is powered entirely by renewable electricity. Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

The captured carbon dioxide is mixed with water and discharged into underground reservoirs where it mineralizes.

According to Climeworks, the technology used can easily be used at other locations to expand industrial CO2removal.

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-SMI: Recycle – Regenerate – Reuse: This is the packaging of the future

The growing consumers’ awareness towards the problems of the ecosystem in which people live influence the activity of the companies that prefer the use of sustainable packaging, such as rPET and cutting-edge technical solutions, like those supplied by SMI, in order to save energy and reduce the production environmental impact.

Design of sustainable containers

Today all the main food and beverage manufacturers aim at promoting sustainable lifestyles in compliance with circular economy and support the importance of the responsible use of resources and recycle. Their commitment starts from the use of PET plastics: a 100% recyclable and regenerable material.

Thanks to an advanced CAD center for 3D design, SMI supports companies in the design and graphic realization of a wide range of 100% recyclable PET containers, featuring high quality and lightweight in order to save energy and material.

Green solutions for the primary packaging  Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

The wide range of SMI rotary stretch-blow moulders from EBS ERGON range is the ideal solution for manufacturing PET or rPET containers of different shapes and capacities from 0.10 L up to 10 L. The advantages of these machines are further enhanced in terms of space, energy and cost saving, when the blower is combined with a filler and a capper, which allows companies, actively involved in the environmental protection, to bottle their products in 100% recyclable, sustainable, light, unbreakable and safe containers with a high level of hygiene and suitable for the food and beverage storage.

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-YES RECYCLING -New recycling plant to open in Scotland / Facility to turn waste plastic into  plywood alternative

UK recycling company Yes Recycling (Ashley Green; www.yesrecycling.org) said it is preparing to begin operations at a new facility in Glenrothes, Scotland that is to recycle 15,000 t/y of post-consumer hard-to-recycle plastic in a project supported with GBP 520,000 (EUR 609,000) of Scottish government funding. Scheduled to open in October 2021, the facility is designed to turn a range of low-grade plastic waste into pellets and flake, with the end result being a new generation of “Ecosheet”, an alternative to plywood being developed by the owners of Yes Recycling.

The plant has been backed by a range of business groups, including the Scottish government’s business agency Scottish Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, InvestFife and Ecosurety. Omer Kutluoglu, co-founder and director of Yes Recycling, said the new plant would create up to 60 jobs.  Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

YES RECYCLING -New recycling plant to open in Scotland / Facility to turn waste plastic into  plywood alternative

-Publication in Nature Communications of a paper describing the mechanism of enzymes yielding renewable isobutene

First time that a member of a widespread enzyme family has been repurposed to yield isobutene

A paper describing the results of collaborative work between Global Bioenergies and the team of Dr. David Leys at the University of Manchester has been published today in Nature Communications. Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

This paper describes the evolution and mechanism of isobutene forming enzymes far superior to previously used catalysts. Isobutene, a gaseous hydrocarbon, is one of the major building blocks of the petrochemical industry: 15 million tons are produced every year and are turned into fuels, plastics, elastomers and cosmetic ingredients.

This is the first time a member of a widespread enzyme family that depends on an unusual vitamin B2 derivative has been repurposed to yield isobutene. This has been made possible through the extensive work performed on both sides of the Channel, with laboratory guided evolution carried out at Global Bioenergies, and detailed structure analysis of the the evolved enzymes at the University of Manchester.

Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

-German market leader Wieland Electric switches to DOMAMID® 6LVGT85 for installation connectors

DOMAMID® a solution to all mechanical and flammability specifications

From February 2020, with the acquisition of the TECHNYL® brand, DOMO offers a complete and complementary range of solutions based both on PA6 and PA66

Domo Chemicals, a leading integrated solution provider, and PA6 and PA66 supplier, to the plastics processing industry, is driving materials development to meet evolving market needs and is working with customers to select the best base materials for specific applications.  Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

Recently, the German company, Wieland Electric, selected DOMAMID® 6LVGT85 for its installation connectors GST18i3 (3-pole) & GST18i5. These make up part of the gesis® pluggable electrical installation system for buildings, a flexible, future-oriented, and economic product range that meets all the requirements of modern energy distribution.

Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

Polylactic Acid Corn Bioplastic

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology 16-09-2021

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology 16-09-2021

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

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-MEGlobal nominates ACP for October 2021 at USD880 per tonne

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

Thus, on 13 September, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD880/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in October 2021, up by USD10/tonne from the previous month.

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

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its September ACP for MEG at USD870/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD30/tonne from August.

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

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-China to ramp up recycling, incineration in new plastic pollution push

China will boost its plastic recycling and incineration capabilities, promote “green” plastic products and take action against the overuse of plastic in packaging and agriculture, it said in a 2021-2025 “five-year plan” published on Wednesday.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top state planning agency, said in a notice that China needed to improve “the entire chain of plastic pollution control”, which it described as a “worldwide problem”.

“The essence of plastic pollution is that plastic waste leaks into natural environments like soil and water and is hard to degrade, causing visual pollution, soil damage, microplastics and other environmental hazards,” an NDRC spokesman said.

The new five-year plan will encourage retailers and delivery firms to cut “unreasonable” plastic packaging and raise waste urban incineration rates to around 800,000 tonnes per day by 2025, up from 580,000 tonnes last year.

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

China to ramp up recycling, incineration in new plastic pollution push

-circular biobased delta : Chemical Recycling Technology

Chemical recycling is an innovative processing technology for plastic packaging waste. Depolymerization, pyrolysis and gasification are important technologies for the realization of the climate objectives, both from the point of view of circular raw material use and CO2 reduction. In the Plastics Transition Agenda, the ambition is defined to realize 250 kt of output from chemical recycling annually by 2030. Several great initiatives have already been started in the Netherlands in recent years. But there are still bumps to take. With the Chemical Recycling Network we want to support entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities that this new industry offers. The network was launched just before the summer and already has more than fifteen members, so there is strong momentum. Who wants to join these frontrunners is welcome, see bottom of this article. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

Members of the Network can participate in network and knowledge events to inform themselves about the latest developments, to exchange experiences and to suggest issues that should be addressed jointly. Examples include permits, financing, insurance, product standardization, value chain optimization, consortium formation and market analyses. Our business development managers coordinate and initiate these activities and add their expertise. The initiation of subsidy projects and lobbying is also part of the membership offerings of the Network Chemical Recycling.

Marcel van Berkel: “In this way, the network wants to promote and accelerate the development of pyrolysis technology and other forms of chemical recycling in the region. After all, it is very important for circular economy. It is an end-of-life solution for problematic plastics that can otherwise only be incinerated or landfilled. The technology is therefore in the spotlight and is developing strongly.”

circular biobased delta : Chemcal Recycling Technology

-Nylon/Modified PPE Resin for Demanding Automotive Applications in Hot and Humid Conditions

SABIC’s new Noryl GTX 9500 resin boasts superior dimensional stability, retaining improved balance of mechanical properties when exposed to heat and humidity in underhood and other applications. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

The newest addition to the range of unfilled Noryl GTX family of nylon and modified PPE resins from SABIC is said to deliver superior dimensional stability under hot and humid conditions in highly demanding automotive applications. Noryl GTX 9500 has been shown to retain a better balance of mechanical properties when exposed to heat and humidity typical of automotive underhood environments, than nylons 6 and 66 resins, along with comparable high-flow and high-temperature performance.

Its dimensional stability and mechanical property retention under a wider range of temperatures and humidity – together with high flow performance – can open opportunities for thin-wall designs that reduce weight.

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

-Recyclable PVC to remain polymer of choice for medical devices

PVC is the most used polymer for single use medical devices and will retain its position in the years to come, according to a new market study conducted by Global Market Insights Inc. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

Recyclable PVC to remain polymer of choice for medical devices

PVC is the most used polymer for single medical devices.

The high volume and PVC’s recyclability indicate that hospitals should start with PVC in recycling schemes for plastics-based medical devices.

Almost 30 per cent of plastics-based medical devices are manufactured using PVC, which makes the material the most used polymer for bags, tubing, masks and other disposable medical devices. The remaining share is divided between ten different polymers. The study also forecasts that PVC will retain its number one position until at least 2027.

PVCMed Alliance Project Manager Ole Grøndahl Hansen said: “COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by single-use plastic medical devices in the prevention and control of infection in hospitals. The negative side-effect of this success has been growing amounts of hospital plastic waste. We believe recycling is part of the solution. Fortunately, the most used plastic in healthcare is also the most recyclable plastic, and we therefore urge hospitals to start their recycling activities with PVC.

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

-The LYCRA Co. Introduces LYCRA® ADAPTIV Fiber — Allowing Garments To Adjust To Each Person’s Needs, Movements, Lifestyle And Body Fluctuations

The LYCRA Co. has introduced LYCRA® ADAPTIV fiber. This fiber allows garments to have a better fit for various lifestyles, movements and different body types. The accompanying new brand identity — LYCRA ADAPTIV — was created to communicate these new and beneficial motion attributes. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

Made from a revolutionary polymer, this patent-pending, adaptive fiber has a unique chemistry that allows it to adjust to a wearer’s functional needs in a hybrid manner. This means that when the wearer is at rest, the polymer adapts its compressive holding force to deliver the right fit, shape and control. And when the wearer is in motion, the polymer adapts its elasticity to deliver improved comfort in motion and a second-skin effect allowing the garment to stay in place better. Garments made with fabrics containing LYCRA ADAPTIV fiber are durable and are also easier to put on and take off.

The LYCRA Co. Introduces LYCRA® ADAPTIV Fiber — Allowing Garments To Adjust To Each Person’s Needs, Movements, Lifestyle And Body Fluctuations

-ExxonMobil Presents High-Loft, Ultra-Soft Nonwovens at Index 20

The petrochemicals giant worked with Reifenhäuser Reicofil to develop the nonwovens and address demand for differentiated hygiene product components.

In collaboration with Reifenhäuser Reicofil, a global supplier of nonwoven, meltblown, and composite production lines, ExxonMobil has developed high-loft, ultra-soft nonwoven fabrics that can be tailored to specific applications. The “breakthrough solution” will be presented at the Index 20 nonwovens trade show on Oct. 19 to 22 in Geneva. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

“Working collaboratively with Reifenhäuser Reicofil has resulted in a new benchmark for high-loft, soft nonwovens to meet growing market demand globally, and particularly in Asia Pacific,” said ExxonMobil’s Olivier Lorge, Global Market Manager, Polypropylene, Vistamaxx and Adhesions Business. “Addressing the hygiene market’s desire for innovative, differentiated soft nonwovens, this solution will unlock business opportunities for ExxonMobil customers across the value chain.”

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

-Swiss firm Bluesign introduces new concept for critical solvents

Bluesign, a Switzerland-based solution provider for a sustainable textile production, has introduced management and phase-out concept for critical solvents. A significant reduction in the use and emissions of carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) solvents is expected when the concept is fully implemented before the end of 2024. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

The concept is being launched as part of Bluesign’s strong commitment to reducing impact on people and planet, improving occupational health and safety and providing the highest level of consumer safety.

Swiss firm Bluesign introduces new concept for critical solvents

-Ceresana Research: Bioplastics Market Report

Analysts expect revenues from bioplastics to rise to approx. USD 8.1 billion by 2030

Compostable disposable tableware, mulch films that rot on the field, or fishing nets that simply disintegrate over time: are bioplastics the solution to waste problems? High hopes are being placed in plastics made from sugar cane, potato starch or other renewable raw materials. Biopolymers are conquering an increasing number of application areas and achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics. Ceresana has analyzed the dynamically growing global market for “green” polymers for the sixth time: Analysts expect revenues from bioplastics to rise to approx. USD 8.1 billion by 2030. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics

In this study, two groups of materials are considered to be “bioplastics”. These two groups can overlap but don’t have to be identical:

biodegradable plastics, which decompose in the wild or can at least be composted in industrial facilities,

biobased plastics, which are produced from renewable raw materials.

Some bioplastics meet both conditions: for instance, PLA made from polylactic acid, PHA from sugar and TPS from starch are biobased and biodegradable. However, there are also plastic made from biogenic raw materials that are not compostable (e.g. PEF from fructose or bio-PE based on sugar cane). In contrast, some petrochemical plastics, i.e. plastics produced from crude oil or natural gas, may well be biodegradable (e.g. PCL, PBAT, PBS). As long as biobased plastics have the same chemical structure as their fossil counterparts, they can be recycled.

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

-SABIC accredited for providing range of LEXAN film and sheet products based on certified renewable feedstock

As the industry’s first supplier of polycarbonate structured forms and shapes, SABIC Functional Forms is offering a range of LEXAN film and sheet products based on polycarbonate resin partially sourced from certified renewable feedstock.

SABIC’s Functional Forms plant in the Netherlands has been accredited under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS scheme for providing a new range of LEXAN film and sheet products based on certified renewable feedstock. Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

The new film and sheet product offering connects with the company’s existing TRUCIRCLE initiative and responds to a globally growing demand for further sustainable material solutions in an increasingly more circular plastics economy.

SABIC accredited for providing range of LEXAN film and sheet products based on certified renewable feedstock

Plastic Chemical Recycling Technology

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-Oil prices climb after drawdown in stocks, positive demand outlook

Oil prices climbed on Wednesday after industry data showed a larger than expected drawdown in crude oil stocks in the United States, the world’s largest oil consumer, and on expectations that demand will recover as vaccine roll-outs widen.

Brent crude oil rose 39 cents, or 0.5%, to $73.99 a barrel by 0133 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude climbed 44 cents, or 0.5%, to $70.90 a barrel.

U.S. crude oil, gasoline and distillate stocks all fell last week, according to two market sources, citing American Petroleum Institute figures on Tuesday, after Hurricane Ida shut numerous refineries and offshore drilling production.

Crude stocks fell by 5.4 million barrels for the week ended on Sept. 10. Analysts on average had been expecting a drop of 3.5 million barrels.

“The impact of Hurricane Ida was a lot greater than many anticipated and production in the Gulf of Mexico region might struggle to return until Tropical Storm Nicholas is done punishing the region with torrential rain,” said Edward Moya, senior analyst at OANDA.

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-BASF : introduces IrgaCycle™, new additive solutions for mechanical recycling of plastics

  • IrgaCycle™ improves the properties of mechanically recycled plastics for different target industries
  • Novel plastic additive combinations for recyclers, compounders and converters
  • Tailored to enhance the quality of post-consumer and post-industrial polyolefin material for re-use in rigid, flexible and molding applications
  • Newest addition to VALERAS™, BASF’s brand for its plastic additives portfolio that enables customers to achieve their sustainability goals

BASF has launched IrgaCycle™, a new range of additive solutions to address the imminent needs in plastics recycling.

The plastics industry is seeking ways to incorporate higher content of recycled polymeric material in all major applications to meet sustainability goals, while facing growing consumer concerns and stricter regulatory requirements to reduce plastic waste. Hereby a major challenge is to mitigate quality deficiencies of polymers arising from thermal and mechanical stress during the recycling process.

Recycled plastics often contain impurities and polymer contaminants that accelerate polymer degradation, which change the material properties. Consequently, recyclers and plastic converters are facing quality and performance issues while processing recycled polymeric material. Formulated additive packages improving the properties of these recycled plastics can be a solution for this challenge.

‟The production of plastics from mechanical recycling is expected to almost triple by 2030, driven by improved technologies and regulation.

BASF : introduces IrgaCycle™, new additive solutions for mechanical recycling of plastics

-Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) Market Exceptional Business Performance | Bonset America Corporation, SK Chemicals, Jiangyin Film-Maker Plastic Co., Ltd.

Report Ocean releases a new report about Global Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) Market analysis and insights, which aims to provide deep insight into numerous factors that are vital to the growth of this industry.   Crude Oil Prices Climb

The information presented in this report will chart trends in the market, analyst opinions and views, competitive landscapes, and key regions from a systematic perspective.

A report on the Global Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) Market provides an analysis of the key trends in business and forecasts the future directions of the market. The SWOT analysis is used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of market participants, which includes strong players. The report discusses several factors, including key market drivers and challenges. It identifies significant market players, provides split analyses, and forecasts, among other features.

Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) Market Exceptional Business Performance | Bonset America Corporation, SK Chemicals, Jiangyin Film-Maker Plastic Co., Ltd.

-Degradation of biobased plastics in the soil

The idea of biodegradable plastics sounds good at first. However, very little is known about how they are degraded in the soil and how this is influenced by climate change. In two recent studies, soil ecologists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have shown which microbial community is responsible for degradation, what role the climate plays in this process, and why biodegradable plastics could still be problematic.

Plastic that ends up in soils, oceans, or inland waters can harm the organisms living there and lead to serious and long-term disruptions in the ecosystems. The development and increased use of biodegradable plastics is therefore the focus of a more ecological economy. “But despite the positive image of biodegradable plastics, we still know very little about how they act in the soil or how they are degraded”, says Prof. François Buscot, soil ecologist at the UFZ. Crude Oil Prices Climb

Degradation of biobased plastics in the soil

-Biobased and Biodegradable PLA-Based Compounds for Extrusion and Thermoforming

Bio-Fed’s new M-Vera PLA compounds are targeted to cosmetics and food/non-food packaging

PLA-based biodegradable compounds for extrusion and thermoforming of cosmetics, food and non-food packaging have been added to the M-Vera line of compounds from German compounder Bio-Fed, a branch of Akro-Plastic GmbH. The three new M-Vera PLA compounds are certified OK compost Industrial (according to EN 13432), The renewable content in the polymer is from 50% up to nearly 100%, depending the M-Vera grade. Some grades are transparent.Crude Oil Prices Climb

With new grades GP4001, GP4003 and GP4005, the company says it has developed materials for rigid packaging solutions that are reportedly easy to extrude. The extruded sheets have been shown to be easily process by thermoforming due to their homogeneous wall thickness profile and they exhibit mechanical properties comparable to those of conventional plastics. If required, the bio-compounds from the M-Vera line can be processed in a multilayer structure in order to improve their mechanical, optical or barrier properties. Initial tests show that grade GP4001 is suitable for thermoformed coffee capsules.

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-Nylon 12 Compound Boasts Highest Fire Protection for Busbars in High-Voltage Batteries of Electric Vehicles

Evonik’s new Vestamid LX9050 OR made with a halogen-fress flame retardant meets the requirements for classification V-0 of its flammability according to UL94.

A new nylon 12 compound has been added to the Vestamid line of nylon 12 compounds for insulating electrical conductors from Evonik. Crude Oil Prices Climb

By using halogen-free flame retardants in accordance with IEC 60754, Vestamid LX9050 OR meets the requirements for classification V-0 of its flammability according to UL94.

Busbars insulated with the new RAL 2003 signal orange colored material can be used at elevated operating temperatures up to 125 C/248 F.

In the future, busbars made of copper or aluminum in high-voltage batteries of electric or partially electric vehicles will require even safer protection against electrical breakdowns up to 1000 V voltage and above, and the associated risk of fire.

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-Braskem Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Commercial Production at its Newest World Class Polypropylene Production Line in La Porte, Texas

Braskem’s newest world class polypropylene (PP) production line in La Porte, Texas.

Philadelphia, Pa. – September 10, 2021 – Braskem (B3: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK) (“Company”), the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, announces the celebration of the successful one-year anniversary of commercial production at its newest world class polypropylene (PP) production line in La Porte, Texas.

Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO, commented, “Braskem’s first full year of commercial operations at our newest world class polypropylene line in La Porte, Texas, exceeded our expectations for quality and performance at a time in the industry when our clients needed us most. Crude Oil Prices Climb

Our decision to invest in North America’s largest polypropylene production facility reflects our commitment to our leadership position in the U.S. market and more importantly, enhancing our ability to meet the current and future needs of our clients. The enhanced production capabilities from this new facility proved critically important as the larger industry supply was negatively impacted by Winter Storm Uri.”

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-LG Chem teams up with TK Chemical to produce biodegradable plastics

LG Chem Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) announced that it entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) related to the production of Eco-friendly Biodegradable Materials and business cooperation with TK Chemical, a subsidiary of the Samla Midas (SM) Group.

The MOU specifically deals with the production of biodegradable Poly Butylene Adipate-co-Terephthalate (PBAT). PBAT is a petroleum-based synthetic plastic that degrades quickly through the reaction with oxygen, heat, light, and enzymes in nature.

As an eco-friendly material that can decompose naturally within six months when buried underground, PBAT is applied in various materials such as agricultural vinyl, disposable envelopes and more. Crude Oil Prices Climb

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-Sustainable packaging company to open Eindhoven location

The American company Footprint is opening an Eindhoven branch at the Brainport Industries Campus. This innovative company makes sustainable packaging as an alternative to disposable plastic.

Footprint operates worldwide and is starting up a research branch in Eindhoven, with an innovation centre and laboratory. Sustainable packaging is expected to be developed further there. The packaging materials are based on vegetable and degradable fibres as raw materials. Crude Oil Prices Climb

The European Union wants to ban many single-use plastics. They want to implement this to prevent unnecessarily large waste mountains and to ensure that fewer environmentally polluting plastics end up in nature. Going green is more essential in today’s world. A sustainable alternative is therefore desirable.

Polylactic Acid and BioPolyolefins

-Buyout firm Apollo makes $4.3 billion offer to buy Tronox

Tronox makes titanium dioxide pigment and other chemicals used to add brightness and durability to paints, plastics and paper

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management Inc has approached Tronox Holdings Plc, one of the world’s largest pigment manufacturers, with a $4.3 billion all-cash offer, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Apollo has offered $27 per share to buy Stamford, Connecticut-based Tronox, according to the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity. Tronox has hired advisers to consider the bid and has yet to decide on its next steps, the sources added.Crude Oil Prices Climb

Tronox shares were hovering around $20 on Monday morning, prior to Apollo’s offering being reported. The sources cautioned that there is no certainty that Tronox will agree to any deal. Apollo declined to comment.

Buyout firm Apollo makes $4.3 billion offer to buy Tronox

-Germany’s BASF to show sustainable footwear solutions at Simac 2021

Germany’s BASF is set to display sustainable PU systems, TPU, and E-TPU, and 3D printed moulds, functional coatings for the footwear industry at Simac 2021, from September 22-24, 2021, in hall 14, booth G 40, in Milan. Visitors will be given insights into sustainable footwear solutions, high performance materials and coating solutions for shoe soles. Crude Oil Prices Climb

Future-oriented footwear materials are inconceivable without sustainability. Sustainability is a main pillar of BASF’s strategy and an integral part of all business decisions. That is why BASF invests around two billion a year in research and development and drives the development of new products that make a significant contribution to sustainability. BASF’s approach to a circular economy in footwear consists of three fields of action; Reduce, Recycle, Rethink. At the show, BASF experts will give a deep insight into this approach and present sustainable material solutions for polyurethane systems and thermoplastic polyurethanes, the company said in a media statement.

Germany's BASF to show sustainable footwear solutions at Simac 2021

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-Braskem and SCG Chemicals to study joint investment into bio-based ethylene production for bio-based polyethylene in Thailand

Braskem the largest biopolymer producer in the world has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the SCG Chemicals, one of the largest integrated petrochemical companies in Thailand and an industry leader in Asia, to perform studies to jointly invest in a new bio-ethanol dehydration plant in Thailand to produce bio-ethylene and I’m I’m green TM bio-based Polyethylene. If implemented, this cooperation could double the existing capacity of I’m green TM bio-based PE.

“Amidst the ever increasing demand for circular economy and sustainable solutions worldwide, we keep looking for opportunities to expand I’m green TM bio-based PE availability. Besides meeting customers’ expectations and contributing to carbon neutrality commitment by 2050, this project may be a landmark for Braskem’s footprint in Asia. We are fortunate to develop this potential partnership with SCG Chemicals that shares the same view in sustainability and has a successful track record in the chemical industry in Asia.” says Roger Marchioni, Braskem’s Director for Asia.

Braskem and SCG Chemicals to study joint investment into bio-based ethylene production for bio-based polyethylene in Thailand

-Techtextil North America exceeds expectations

RALEIGH – The 2021 edition of Techtextil North America took place last month in Raleigh, North Carolina with organisers hailing the success of the event, which, exceeding expectations, served as the ideal platform to reunite the industry.

After nearly a year and a half of virtual business dealings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US textile industry gathered together in-person for this highly anticipated reunion. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

Despite several obstacles including the re-emergence of COVID-19 via the Delta variant and Tropical Storm Henri that battered the Northeast in the days leading up to the show, Techtextil North America 2021 saw strong attendance, with many exhibitors noting the high quality of visitors throughout the three days. Decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles and nonwovens attended the event to conduct business, reunite with industry pals, and discover the latest technological developments and trends shaping the industry as we approach a post-pandemic world.

Techtextil North America exceeds expectations

-Carbiolice announces the “OK Compost HOME” certification of PLA* (plant-based plastic) rigid packaging containing Evanesto®

After flexible plastic packaging (food films, lids, …), it is now the time for rigid plastic packaging (up to 450 μm) containing 70% PLA and the Evanesto® additive to obtain the “OK compost HOME” certification

Carbiolice has developed an enzymatic additive, called Evanesto®, which makes PLA (polylactic acid) compostable under domestic conditions.

By integrating 5% of the Evanesto® enzymatic additive, yoghurt pots, trays, cups, horticultural pots, etc. can now biodegrade completely in a domestic composter in 255 days, without residue or toxicity, even at room temperature.

Evanesto®, the first additive to enable PLA-rich plastics to achieve “OK compost HOME” certification. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

Carbiolice has developed an enzymatic additive which, when added during traditional transformation processes, makes PLA compostable under domestic conditions. PLA is a bioplastic that has the advantage of being both biosourced and biodegradable, however its compostability was previously limited to industrial conditions (high and constant temperatures).

BioBased Polymers and Recycling

-PET bottle chip inventory to pile up with downstream O/R slipping lower

PET bottle chip factory delivery has been a bit tight near end Aug to early Sep, and some time traders and downstream customers said that they need to queue up to pick up the goods, hence PET processing spread once rebounds to 900yuan/mt. However, with weather cooling down in Sep, beverage and water plants operating rate gradually slips down, the delivery tightness is easing. In the fourth quarter, PET bottle chip factory stock and total inventory may both accumulate.

At the end of August and the beginning of September, due to the frequent force majeure of overseas plants, many orders were transferred to Chinese mainland, especially the fourth week of August, when China PET resin export orders exploded. Therefore, PET bottle chip factory delivery both in and abroad were relatively intensive. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

At the meantime, as a spate of PET resin plants underwent maintenance previously, which is also one of the main reasons to see periodical tightness.

According to CCFGroup statistics, at present, a total of 1.25 million tons PET bottle chip capacity are shut down in overseas market. Due to the serious epidemic situation, most workers are reluctant to go back to work. Billion Vietnam plant shut down near late July, and has not restarted yet. Indorama 550kt/year PET resin line declared force majeure mid-August due to a fire. The unit may turnaround for at least two months. US DAK 450kt/year line also announced force majeure as the local hurricane has affected the supply of raw materials.

PET bottle chip inventory to pile up with downstream O/R slipping lower

-Recycling with irradiation

The IAEA highlights that plastic pollution is one of today’s most pressing global environmental challenges and a direct threat to sustainable development. According to projections, by 2025 the ocean will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish, and by 2050, there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Landfills are often brimming with plastic waste and pose an environmental threat to downstream ecosystems such as rivers, groundwater, and the ocean. Furthermore, incineration of plastic refuse may also release toxic gases.

The IAEA article highlights the benefits of recycling with irradiation. Using gamma and electron beam radiation technologies as a complement to traditional mechanical and chemical recycling methods, certain types of plastic waste can be modified and therefore reused or recycled. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

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-Global plastic compounding market will reach $93.1 billion by 2028: report

Rapidly developing construction and automobile sectors are anticipated to drive the demand for interiors, exteriors, and under-the-hood components, the report from Research & Markets said. Petrochemicals and Polymers

The global plastic compounding market size is anticipated to reach US$93.1 billion by 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% over the forecast period, a new report from Research & Markets says. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

Rapidly developing construction and automobile sectors are anticipated to drive the demand for interiors, exteriors, and under-the-hood components, the research firm said, with the rising scope of application of plastic compounding in under-the-hood components in the automotive industry; in building interiors and exteriors in the construction and infrastructure industries; and in the electronics, durables, and wires and cables industries anticipated to fuel the market growth.

But the COVID-19 outbreak has affected the raw material prices of plastic compounding, the report also noted. “Recently, crude oil prices slumped due to the global pandemic,” it said. “A decline in demand, halts or slowdowns in the manufacturing industry, and restrictions in supply and travel are resulting in the reduction of crude oil prices. Thus, the raw material providers who can procure or store crude oil in the current situation can generate a significant profit margin.” The pandemic has affected the revenue generation of the companies operating in the global market, the report continued. “For instance, SABIC, one of the prominent players, witnessed a decline in revenue in the first quarter of 2020 by 18% as compared to the first quarter of 2019 due to decreased product demand as a result of challenges in supply/demand balance caused by the pandemic,” it said.

BioBased Polymers and Recycling

-Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen With Waste Carbon Dioxide To Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

Wind, solar, and battery storage appear to be a winning combination for clean electricity systems, but to make the leap to a sustainable energy system, another ingredient is necessary: low-carbon fuels

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been collaborating with utilities and startups at the frontlines of high-renewable systems to make the technical and economic case for renewable fuels as we transition to a clean energy economy. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

With continued cost reductions for renewably generated electricity from sources like wind and solar systems, NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products.

New IP To Simplify Renewable Hydrogen Reactions

Renewable hydrogen could fit into future low-carbon energy systems like a missing puzzle piece: It can be produced by wind and solar power when there is excess supply, it could be moved in pipelines to achieve longer-term energy storage, and it is a useful fuel on its own.

But an NREL duo known for pushing the limits of power-to-gas is innovating another direction for renewable hydrogen, focused on upcycling carbon waste streams into key energy products. The NREL team is focused on tightly integrating two processes—renewable hydrogen production and downstream chemical reactions—to cut the capital costs and improve the efficiency of the overall process. Along the way, they are demonstrating novel approaches that will aid in decarbonizing our energy system.

Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen With Waste Carbon Dioxide To Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

-Global Plastic Compounding Market

Trelleborg’s Soteria FRV can be shaped to fit areas of any size.

An ultra-lightweight, fire-resistant material has been introduced by Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation for use in electric vehicle (EV) battery protection and increased fire-risk applications.

Soteria FRV is the second material in the company’s Soteria range of protection materials. Weighing just 1.2 kg/m2 and extremely flexible, Soteria FRV can be shaped to fit areas of any size; it can also be draped or wrapped around difficult profiles. When combined with Soteria FR1500 panels, it creates lightweight protection for EV battery boxes and enclosures. It can also serve as a stand-alone option for increased fire-risk applications. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

Soteria FRV is flame-resistant to 1100°C for up to 90 minutes, with no burn through or expansion during a fire, according to Trelleborg. No ongoing maintenance is required once it has been installed and it is easy to transport.

BioBased Polymers and Recycling

-Pran-RFL recycles 30,000 tonnes plastic a year

Collecting about 30,000 metric tonnes of waste plastic, the company is producing 26,000 metric tonnes of raw material every year

Various used household items including broken plastic chairs, wrappers, buckets, and bowls are being placed on a machine plate. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

The products are crushed into plastic powder on the other side of the machine. Resin, the raw material for making plastic, is being made in several steps automatically by another machine in the factory from these plastic powder.

From the plastic resin, 100 types of products including plastic buckets, chairs, shovels, and flower tubs are being made anew.

During a visit to PRAN-RFL Industrial Park in Habiganj, this correspondent saw new plastic products being made by recycling waste plastic items.

BioBased Polymers and Recycling

-Climate benefits vs. burdens: Which products are best suited for emerging carbon capture technologies?

Pulling heat-trapping carbon dioxide out of the air and turning it into useful products, a concept called carbon capture and utilization, has the potential to offer both environmental and economic benefits

By some optimistic estimates, CCU could generate annual revenues of more than $800 billion by 2030 while reducing climate-altering carbon dioxide emissions by up to 15%. Captured CO2 could potentially be used to make concrete and other building materials, fuels, plastics, and various chemicals and minerals used in industry, agriculture, medicine and elsewhere. BioBased Polymers and Recycling

But which of these products would be most helpful to the climate? Until now, there has been no comprehensive study comparing the climate benefits of a full range of potential CCU-derived products.

A new University of Michigan study fills that critical gap by analyzing 20 potential uses of captured carbon dioxide in three categories—concrete, chemicals and minerals—and ranking them by climate benefit. Previous studies showed that using CCU to make products in those three categories has the potential to consume up to 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide annually by 2050.

The U-M researchers found that only four of the 20 “CCU pathways” they analyzed—two that use CO2 to make concrete and two that use it to manufacture chemicals—have a greater than 50% likelihood of generating a net climate benefit. A net climate benefit means the emissions avoided by using CCU technology outweigh the emissions generated while capturing the CO2 and making the final product.

Climate benefits vs. burdens: Which products are best suited for emerging carbon capture technologies?

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,775 yuan/ton +125
Bottle grade PET chips export market 945 $/ton 960 $/ton- +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,795 yuan/ton 4,870 yuan/ton +75
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695 $/ton 700 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,425 yuan/ton 5,515 yuan/ton +90
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 704 $/ton 710 $/ton- +6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 887 $/ton 913 $/ton +26
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 868 $/ton 894 $/ton +26
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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886 $/ton 917 $/ton +31
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,285 yuan/ton 7,350yuan/ton
+65
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,575 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,080 yuan/ton 7,180 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,700 yuan/ton 16,250 yuan/ton
+550
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,200 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +600
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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18,200 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,600 yuan/ton 21,350 yuan/ton +750
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,100 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton +700
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 102,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 90,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 78,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 11,400 yuan/ton +1,000
Benzene domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton -500
Benzene overseas  market 995 $/ton 975 $/ton -20
Ethylene South 1,045 $/ton860 1,052 $/ton +7
Ethylene NWE  market 1,172 $/ton 1,152 $/ton -20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,650 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton -850
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Prices
8,300 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +400
Naphtha overseas market  673 $/ton 697$/ton
+24
Phenol domestic market 9,420 yuan/ton 9,960 yuan/ton +540

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 950 $/ton 945 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,805 yuan/ton 4,795 yuan/ton -10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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700 $/ton 695 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,280 yuan/ton 5,425 yuan/ton +145
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 689 $/ton 704 $/ton- +15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 898 $/ton 887 $/ton -11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 875 $/ton 868 $/ton -7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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898 $/ton 886 $/ton -12
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,325 yuan/ton 7,285 yuan/ton
-40
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,725 yuan/ton 8,650 yuan/ton -75
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8.350 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,625 yuan/ton 7,575 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,080 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,050 yuan/ton 15,700 yuan/ton
+650
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton +1100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,650 yuan/ton 16,200 yuan/ton +550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,800 yuan/ton 18,200 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,300 yuan/ton 20,600 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,700 yuan/ton 19,100 yuan/ton +400
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 103,000 yuan/ton 102,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 90,500 yuan/ton 90,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 79,000 yuan/ton 78,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,250 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton +150
Benzene domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +800
Benzene overseas  market 972 $/ton 995 $/ton +23
Ethylene South 1,010 $/ton860 1,045 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,141 $/ton 1,172 $/ton +31
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,700 yuan/ton 12,650 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals and Polymer Prices
8,230 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton +70
Naphtha overseas market  671 $/ton 673 $/ton
+2
Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,420 yuan/ton +120

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-PET hates: rethinking the demonisation of plastics

By now, we are all familiar with the controversy and challenges surrounding the usage of hydrocarbon-based plastics, which have fallen from wonder materials to world-polluting menaces in the span of 100 years. One particular plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has borne the brunt of this global scrutiny. Here, Ben Smye, head of growth at Matmatch, the leading platform for researching and sourcing sustainable materials, explains why there is still a place for PET in the modern world.

It may seem unusual, but one of the best snapshots of modern society’s changing relationship with plastics can be seen in the fashion shows of New York. Several models graced the catwalk with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bottles of Evian water in the 1980s, silently endorsing single-use plastics to onlookers.

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-Proposed Plastic Excise Tax Would Hurt Consumers Without Fundamentally Reducing Plastic Waste

Levying a 20-cent-per-pound excise tax on virgin plastics will neither solve nor begin to address the plastic waste issue, according to the American Chemistry Council.

Would an excise tax on virgin plastics used to manufacture single-use products achieve the stated goal of incentivizing the market to source more recycled plastic and reduce the amount of plastic waste? Perhaps to a limited extent, but it comes at a considerable cost. Petrochemicals and Polymers

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who sits on the Senate Finance and Environment and Public Works committees, has introduced legislation that ultimately would impose a 20-cent-per-pound fee on virgin plastics. Under his proposal, manufacturers, producers, and importers of virgin plastic resins would pay a tax of 10 cents per pound in 2022, with incremental increases reaching 20 cents per pound in 2024. “This fee would apply to virgin plastic used to make single-use products, including plastic packaging, beverage containers, bags, and food service products. Exported virgin plastic resin and post-consumer recycled resin would be exempt,” said a statement on Whitehouse’s website. Other exemptions, mostly in the form of rebates, include medical products, containers or packaging for medicines, personal hygiene products, any packaging used for the shipment of hazardous materials, and virgin plastic used to make non-single-use products.

The revenue generated by the excise tax would go into what Whitehouse calls a Plastic Waste Reduction Fund. That money would fund a number of projects designed to reduce plastic waste and promote recycling.

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-PX and PTA profits get squeezed

The decline in China PTA market slowed down in Sep, with prices of spots hovering at around 4,800yuan/mt. However, PTA futures slumped on Sep 8, and spot market moved down in tandem with spot price down to 4,710yuan/mt, hitting new low in two and a half month. Petrochemicals and Polymers

PTA margin was squeezed with price dropping. As of Sep 9, the spread of PTA to PX narrowed to around only 400yuan/mt. Considering the cost of acetic acid, the spread was further lower at around 195yuan/mt.

Currently, polyester plant operating rate hovered low and the sales ratio was bleak with participants in the lack of confidence. Scheduled maintenance on PTA plants is limited in Sep, while Yisheng New Materials’ fresh 3.6 million mt/yr PTA units have been running stably. PTA inventory is expected to rise by about 300kt in Sep, bringing pressure on PTA market.

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-Taghleef adds Davis-Standard liquid coating line for OPP films

Taghleef Industries has installed a custom Davis-Standard liquid coating line at its facility in Terre Haute, Indiana, US, to support new markets in coated OPP films.

Taghleef specialises in high-performance films for packaging, labels, industrial, and graphic arts applications. The Davis-Standard line enables added value and enhanced performance to OPP films to support customers throughout North America and beyond. Petrochemicals and Polymers

Craig Ligda, Taghleef’s Director of Operations, North America, said: “Davis-Standard collaborated with us to build a highly customised liquid coating line, making it possible to achieve unique film attributes and proprietary coating methods for new applications. We have improved film printability while validating differential coating methods that are essential to our customers.”

Critical to the success of the line’s engineering and design was the collaborative efforts that took place at Davis-Standard’s Technical Center in Fulton, New York. Taghleef ran trials on Davis-Standard’s pilot line to prove and test equipment technology prior to purchase.

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-SK Global Chemical rebrands to SK Geo Centric in line with its strategy to be focused on recycling and eco-friendly materials

Korea’s SK Global Chemical has changed its name to SK Geo Centric with effect from Sep. 1 as it adopts a strategy centered on recycling and eco-friendly materials, according to CHEManager.

“The plastic waste problem could turn into an opportunity. We will grow into the world’s largest urban oilfield company that converts plastic waste back into oil,” said SK Geo Centric CEO Na Kyung-soo.

The company’s primary goal is to establish facilities to process 900,000 t/y of plastic waste, which is equal to its annual domestic plastic production, by 2025, ramping up to 2.5 million t/y by 2027. It plans to invest about 5 trillion Korean won by 2025, both in South Korea and internationally, which will also include expanding capacity for green materials. Petrochemicals and Polymers

In addition, the Seoul-based group proposes to recycle 2.5 million t/y of plastic waste. It has signed Memoranda of Understanding with undisclosed domestic and international partners while it develops its own pyrolysis post-processing technology. Based on collaborations with overseas partners that own chemical recycling technologies such as solvent extraction, depolymerization and pyrolysis, SK Geo Centric intends to invest in plants both within and outside South Korea.

-Establishment of the Resource Recycling Policy and Status of Progress of the Environmental Medium-Term Plan

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (President: Keita Kato; hereinafter “SEKISUI CHEMICAL”) is promoting the SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group’s vision statement, “Innovation for the Earth: In order to realize sustainable society, we support the basis of LIFE and will continue to create ‘peace of mind for the future,’” which is incorporated in “Vision 2030,” the Group’s long-term vision looking ahead to fiscal 2030, and is focusing on into ESG management with the aim of improving the sustainability of society and achieving profitable growth for the Group. With regards to environmental issues, which are key ESG management issues, SEKISUI CHEMICAL formulated a resource recycling policy and related strategies to the policy that contribute to the resolution of climate change issues. SEKISUI CHEMICAL is aiming to realize a circular economy in 2050. In addition, we are promoting “SEKISUI Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate II,” an Environmental Medium-Term Plan which contains targets the company aims to achieve in fiscal 2022. We look to create “peace of mind for the future” through the steady execution of these initiatives going forward.  Petrochemicals and Polymers

1.Establishing a Resource Recycling Policy and Strategies

Solutions need to be deployed over the long term to solve issues pertaining to resource recycling. SEKISUI CHEMICAL established a resource recycling policy to “realize a circular economy” in 2050. Moreover, back-casting from long-term targets, we established strategies and a roadmap based on this policy.

As a manufacturer, SEKISUI CHEMICAL believes it is crucial to promote resource recycling along the product lifecycle. In collaboration with our supply chain, we aim to minimize the use of virgin raw materials derived from fossil fuels, promote recycling of resources through material circulation, and aim for a circular economy through our business.

The Group policy consists of the following three points.

-Plastic revolution: Advances in recycling promise a cleaner future

New uses such as in motorway barriers and railway sleepers could be part of the solution

Many plastics are used once but last for decades, and more. However, entrepreneur Billy Costello is now developing a series of products that could see today’s casually discarded waste finding a new use that could last 100 years.

Costello, who owns Green Generation in Co Kildare, has developed a patented reprocessing technique, perfected with polymer experts, with the input of sister company Paltec, based in Loughgeorge, Co Galway. Petrochemicals and Polymers

Using it, plastic waste can be turned into barriers to be used to divide motorways and dual carriageways, and could also replace existing steel-cable crash barriers, which can result in serious injuries for motorcyclists, he says.

And they are cheaper than cement versions, costing €400,000 a kilometre less, by his calculation – with a much lower carbon footprint. The barriers are currently undergoing CE standard tests in Italy and showing remarkable durability, he adds.

-China’s chemical fiber industry sees surge in profit in Jan-July

China’s chemical fiber industry recorded a surge in its profit in the first seven months of 2021, according to official data. Petrochemicals and Polymers

From January to July, the total profit of major chemical fiber companies in China was 38.24 billion yuan (about 5.92 billion U.S. dollars), up 384.5 percent year on year, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed.

The combined operating revenue of these companies increased by 36.6 percent from a year earlier to 568.9 billion yuan, according to data.

-Investing in Better – kp’s emissions goals validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in high barrier protective packaging solutions, announced its greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target has been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Through its “Investing in Better” sustainability strategy, kp commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50% by 2025 and absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services, processing of sold products, and end of life treatment of sold products 20.4% per tonne of raw materials by the end of 2029 from a 2019 base year.  Petrochemicals and Polymers

“We understand our responsibility to take a science-based approach to combating climate change. That’s why we are focused on reducing our emissions and championing a circular economy that incorporates plastic waste as a valuable raw material.” said Scott Tracey, kp CEO. “Our efforts are already beginning to show results, with a 14% year-on-year reduction in operational CO2 emissions and the incorporation of more than 120,000 tonnes of rPET into our products.”

-Making Methane from CO2: Carbon Capture Grows More Affordable

Methane made from CO2 and renewable hydrogen offers a new path toward cheaper carbon capture  Petrochemicals and Polymers

In their ongoing effort to make carbon capture more affordable, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a method to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane, the primary component of natural gas.

By streamlining a longstanding process in which CO2 is converted to methane, the researchers’ new method reduces the materials needed to run the reaction, the energy needed to fuel it and, ultimately, the selling price of the gas.

A key chemical player known as EEMPA makes the process possible. EEMPA is a PNNL-developed solvent that snatches CO2 from power plant flue gas, binding the greenhouse gas so it can be converted into useful chemicals.

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-Shell invests in plastic waste-to-chemicals technology company BlueAlp

The investment will help deliver Shell’s ambition to recycle 1 million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemicals plants by 2025

BlueAlp technology will support early use of pyrolysis oil in Shell’s European and Asian facilities

Shell to deploy its proprietary technology to upgrade pyrolysis oil purity

The Hague − Shell Ventures BV and BlueAlp Holding BV today announced a strategic partnership to develop, scale and deploy BlueAlp’s plastic waste to chemical feedstock technology. The technology transforms plastic waste which is tough to recycle into a recycled feedstock (i.e. pyrolysis oil) that can be used to make sustainable chemicals. Shell has taken a 21.25% equity stake in BlueAlp as part of the agreement.

“With BlueAlp’s innovative technology and Shell’s size and experience we can advance the plastic waste recycling technology needed to meet growing customer demand for sustainable chemicals. This partnership is one of the important steps Shell is taking to reach our ambition of recycling one million tonnes of plastics waste a year in our global chemicals plants by 2025,’’ said Robin Mooldijk, Executive Vice President of Shell Chemicals and Products.

“We are also working across the value chain to provide our customers with a secure supply of high-quality circular products including collaborating with industry partners to drive the development of the infrastructure needed to collect and sort plastic waste.”

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-Hydrogen megatrend: green hydrogen the fuel of the future?

Great hopes are being placed in hydrogen as an energy carrier. Hydrogen seems to be the solution, especially for economic and industrial sectors that are difficult to decarbonize today and are burdened with high greenhouse gas emissions. As an all-rounder, hydrogen can be used in many different ways. It is not only an energy carrier, but is also used as a raw material for industrial purposes. However, its current production is very energy-intensive and associated with high emissions.

In the future, hydrogen could be produced in large quantities through the use of renewable energies. Technical processes that make this possible have been tested and are already in use. Thus, climate-neutral hydrogen could become the driving force behind a burgeoning hydrogen economy. We are taking a closer look at its many uses and applications and are inviting experts to contribute to an objective dialog on the subject of hydrogen. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

The topic of hydrogen is not new. Research into hydrogen technologies has been going on for a long time. Since its discovery in the 18th century there have been various applications. But where does hydrogen technology stand today and what applications are currently being pursued? These are the questions we address in this special topic. One focus is on the contribution that climate-neutral hydrogen makes to the energy transition.

Hydrogen megatrend: green hydrogen the fuel of the future?

-Michelin to roll out tires with recycled plastics by 2024

Michelin is aiming to incorporate waste plastic into its tires by as early as 2024 as part of a drive to solve the “society’s plastic problem.”

MUNICH, Germany — Group Michelin is aiming to incorporate waste plastic into its tires by as early as 2024 as part of a drive to solve the “society’s plastic problem.”

Michelin claims “high-tech” recycling processes it is developing will have the potential to recycle 4 billion PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles into raw materials that can be used in reinforcing fibers for tires.

“In one tire, we can process up to 143 yogurt cups and around 12.5 PET bottles with the high-tech recycling processes,” Anish Taneja, CEO of Michelin’s Northern Europe region, said ahead of the German transportation mobility show IAA, which runs through Sept. 21 in Munich. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

In a symbolic gesture, Michelin is conducting a plastic-collection campaign in Munich, with the participation of its top management and employees.

“Together, the company wants to create awareness that today’s garbage will become a valuable resource for tomorrow’s tires,” the tire maker said.

As part of its sustainability commitment, Michelin has set itself a target of incorporating 40% sustainable materials such as natural rubber or sunflower oil into its tires by 2030.

By 2050,, Michelin tires should be completely sustainable, using raw materials such  recycled PET.

At the IAA, the French tire maker has set up a “REGEN’Lab,” where visitors can see recycling processes and how raw materials for new tires are obtained from wood, PET plastic or packaging waste.

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-European plastics producers call for mandatory EU recycled content target

PlasticsEurope endorses the objective of preventing and reducing excessive packaging and packaging waste and welcomes the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). Plastic Waste to Chemicals

European plastics producers also support the European Commission’s proposal for a mandatory EU recycled content target for plastics packaging. The industry is now calling for a target of 30 per cent for plastics packaging by 2030.

PlasticsEurope members are already working towards this target by investing in increased high-quality supply of recycled plastics and leading-edge technology solutions. Ramping up chemical recycling is essential to achieve such a mandatory target. For example, our members’ planned investments in this vital technology and infrastructure range from €2.6bn by 2025 to €7.2bn by 2030 in Europe.

Dr Markus Steilemann, President of PlasticsEurope and CEO of Covestro, said: “The world must embrace the circular economy concept as the key to climate neutrality, resource conservation and environmental protection. The call for a regulated recycled content target for plastics packaging in the EU demonstrates our commitment to accelerate the transformation to a circular economy, helping implement the EU Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan.”

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-Kazakhstan building $2.6-bn plant to produce polypropylene

Kazakhstan is building a $2.6-billion plant to produce polypropylene with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year, according to the ministry of energy, which said projects for the production of polyethylene terephthalate, methanol, polyethylene, butadiene and base oils are at various stages of development. The total cost of these projects is about $12 billion.

Russia-Kazakh cooperation in the petrochemical sector is also on the rise, the Kazakh energy ministry said in a press release. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

Kazakh energy minister Nurlan Nogayev, who recently participated in the opening of the petrochemical forum in Russia’s Tatarstan republic, said that earlier this year, Kazmunaigaz and Tatneft, the largest oil and gas companies of Kazakhstan and Russia respectively, signed an agreement on the basic terms of interaction on the production of butadiene and its derivatives, a Russian news agency reported.

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-BRICS Summit: Afghanistan likely to dominate discussions

The COVID-19 pandemic, security and Afghanistan are likely to dominate conversations at this year’s virtual BRICS Summit.

While the alliterative theme of this year’s BRICS Summit is “cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus”, conversations are likely to be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, security and Afghanistan.

For the second year running, Thursday’s annual gathering of the world’s leading emerging economies – including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (comprising the acronym BRICS) – will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

The summit will be chaired by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is slated to attend, along with President Xi Jinping of China, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The attendance of Xi, who is selective about his appearances, is especially significant.

“China is sending a signal that it is still pursuing a multi-polar world,” Ian Johnson, senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Al Jazeera. “It’s also part of China’s continuing foreign policy to water down US influence in the world by pursuing other groupings of countries, such as BRICS.”

BRICS Summit: Afghanistan likely to dominate discussions

-LG Electronics increases goal to use recycled plastic by 2030

The company aims to use 600,000 metric tons of recycled plastic in its products by 2030.

LG Electronics, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, has set a goal to use about 600,000 metric tons of recycled plastic by 2030. The company says the goal is part of LG’s larger initiative to create a takeback ecosystem for electronic scrap and increase the use of postconsumer recycled materials in its consumer electronics and home appliance products. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

In 2020, LG used about 20,000 metric tons of recycled plastic in its products, according to a news release from the company. While recycled plastic is currently used in LG TVs, monitors, speakers, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners, LG will expand the use of recycled plastic to the exterior of its products as well.

The company reports that it also wants to reduce the use of virgin plastic throughout its operations. This year, 18 LG OLED TV models will be produced using less virgin plastic, reducing as much as 10,000 metric tons of virgin plastic use.

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-Continental presents sustainable vehicle interior of the future

Continental has shown off its Ambienc3 concept at IAA Mobility (Munich), a vehicle with an interior that the company says revolves around driving, working and relaxing. The manufacturer predicts that these three activities will merge in vehicles of the future, leading it to try and design the ‘perfect’ interior. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

The concept makes use of a range of new materials and sustainable vehicle solutions, and the very vehicle that the interior sits within, a classic VW T2 microvan, is in keeping with the upcycling and environmentally friendly theme of the concept.

“With the Ambienc3 we are connecting a globally renowned icon of the automotive world with new, intriguing surfaces and future-focused technologies, whose attributes assist driving, working and relaxing as effectively as possible and distinguish them through color, design and material,” commented Ralf Imbery, global director innovation, transformation and design, Continental’s surface experts.

Continental presents sustainable vehicle interior of the future

-European industry backs 30% plastics target

European plastics producers have called call for a mandatory EU-wide recycled content target for plastics packaging of 30% by 2030.

Trade body PlasticsEurope said the revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive was key to the transition to a circular economy for plastics.

It has supported the European Commission’s proposal for a mandatory target and has now said this should be set at 30%. Plastic Waste to Chemicals

Ramping up chemical recycling would be essential to achieving this and members companies  planned investments in this in Europe ranged from €2.6bn by 2025 to €7.2bn by 2030.

Markus Steilemann, president of PlasticsEurope said: “The call for a regulated recycled content target for plastics packaging in the EU demonstrates our commitment to accelerate the transformation to a circular economy, helping implement the EU Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan.”

European industry backs 30% plastics target

-Engie, Scatec To Produce Green Hydrogen In South Africa

France’s Engie has signed a contract with Release by Scatec, a subsidiary of Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec, to produce green hydrogen for the Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo Province of South Africa.

The two partners aim to be the first to begin commercial production of green hydrogen in Africa.

Engie has already signed an agreement with UK miner Anglo American to produce green hydrogen at the Mogalakwena mine.

Release by Scatec is to provide modular solar power generation solutions for the project for an initial two years. The containerised technology installed at the Mogalakwena mine will offer 616 kW of solar capacity.

“We are proud to support Engie and Anglo American in this important project. This is Scatec’s first involvement in powering hydrogen production, and further demonstrates the potential of pre-assembled and containerised solar PV in the mining industry,” says Hans Olav Kvalvaag, senior vice-president Release at Scatec. The electricity generated will be converted via electrification into green hydrogen to power Anglo American’s facilities.

Research and development of green hydrogen production is gaining momentum in South Africa, and elsewhere in Africa, with projects brought in by major groups such as Siemens, Man and Eni in Egypt.

In South Africa, green hydrogen is also being developed by Sasol. The chemical giant wants to set up green hydrogen transport solutions.

A recent study from IHS Markit found that South Africa was well-placed to pursue a national strategy based on low-carbon hydrogen.

Engie, Scatec To Produce Green Hydrogen In South Africa

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-Eni, with a clean fusion of energy from the Sun in the next decade – Energy

Eni announced that the CFS company, held by the Italian group as the largest shareholder and by MIT of Boston, has successfully conducted the first test of a supermagnet that should contain and manage a nuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium. CFS plans to build the first experimental reactor by 2025 and to generate energy for the grid earlier in the next decade.

“Magnetic confinement fusion, a technology that has never been tested and applied at the industrial level until now, is a safe, sustainable and inexhaustible source of energy, emitting the principles that make up the Sun of its own energy, which guarantees an enormous amount of zero emissions and represents a turning point on the path of decarbonization ”. Thus Eni in a statement announced the success of the first test of a supermagnet containing and managing nuclear fusion. CFS, the note added, plans to “inject fusion energy into the power grid over the next decade”.

The test included the use of new generation electromagnets to manage and confine plasma, that is the mixture of deuterium and tritium carried at very high temperatures by electromagnetic wave beams, and showed the possibility of ensuring ignition and process control. of casting, showing the high stability of all basic parameters.

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-Viridor food-grade PET gets the green light from European Food Safety Authority

Viridor is celebrating a significant achievement at the company’s new Avonmouth Polymers Reprocessing Facility (PRF), near Bristol, after the plant’s food-grade PET received a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority.

Commissioning of the new plant – which puts polymers recycling and reprocessing under one roof – has begun. Once fully operational, Avonmouth will become the UK’s largest multi-polymer facility. It will produce 18,000 tonnes of food-grade PET annually. In total, Avonmouth will put 60,000 tonnes of recycled plastic from bottles, pots, tubs and trays (PET, HDPE and PP) back in the economy every year as a viable and quality alternative to virgin plastic.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

European Food Safety Authority opinion is based on a thorough assessment of plant processes with an emphasis on the suitability of the finished polymer product for packaging applications

Viridor food-grade PET gets the green light from European Food Safety Authority

-European plastics producers call for mandatory EU recycled content target

Plastic industry representative PlasticsEurope says it endorses revisions to the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), while calling for a new recycled content target of 30% by 2030.

Drawing on the 2018 European Strategy for Plastics, the EU Green Deal, and the Circular Economy Action Plan, the revisions to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) aim to establish an economically viable way of reusing or recycling all packaging on the EU market by 2030. PlasticsEurope says that the revisions made to the PPWD are “a key piece of legislation for the transition to a circular economy for plastics”. Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

The organisation adds that its members support the European Commission’s proposal for a mandatory EU recycled content target for plastics packaging. It is today calling for a specific mandatory target of recycled content in packaging to be 30% by 2030.

European plastics producers call for mandatory EU recycled content target

-Kelheim Fibres to raise viscose fibre prices

Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is to increase viscose fibre prices from 1 October 2021.

Kelheim reports that 2021 has brought extraordinary challenges for society and for the industry. Alongside the Covid-19 pandemic, recovering demand, disruption in the global freight systems and dramatically increased energy costs due to reduced supply and emissions trading schemes and their consequences are driving significant cost increases for raw materials and negatively influencing supply chains. Prices for energy and freight currently lie well outside their historical ranges, the company says. Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

Kelheim Fibres says it has been successful in limiting the impact of the pandemic on fibre production. However, as a company operating its own cogeneration energy plant and with a high level of export business outside Europe, these cost factors have had a severe negative impact on margins during the second and third quarters of 2021.

Kelheim Fibres to raise viscose fibre prices

-Plastic Makers Call for Global Agreement to Eliminate Plastic Waste

The plastics industry supports establishing a targeted goal to ensure access to proper waste management and eliminate leakage of plastic into the ocean

The leaders of two of the world’s largest plastic makers today called for a global agreement among nations to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, urging governments and stakeholders worldwide to press for a treaty resolution at upcoming United Nations meetings. Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

Dow Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling and LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel participated in today’s Wall Street Journal special event “Getting There: A Global Agreement to End Plastic Waste.” They spoke on behalf of the American Chemistry Council and the International Council of Chemical Associations, which represent leading chemical and plastic makers globally.

The two told the Journal’s Phillipa Leighton-Jones that plastic makers are committed and eager to increase constructive engagement with governments and other stakeholders to advance a circular economy, in which plastics are reused instead of discarded. “Simply put,” said Fitterling, “Our vision is to prevent plastics from entering our environment by achieving universal access to waste collection and reusing instead of discarding plastics.”

Plastic Makers Call for Global Agreement to Eliminate Plastic Waste

-INEOS Styrolution introduces PCR Novodur ECO specialty ABS solution

INEOS Styrolution has announced the introduction of the first Novodur ECO specialty ABS and Novodur ECO High Heat grades being the result of mechanically recycled post-consumer waste.

The new Novodur ECO solutions will contain up to 70 per cent recycled material. The new Novodur ECO HH solutions will contain up to 40 per cent recycled material. The new materials offer identical mechanical properties as their virgin equivalents making them drop-in solutions for application developers.

The new Novodur ECO HH solutions offer a balanced property profile, making them sustainable options for automotive applications including centre consoles, radiator grills or mirror housings.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

These novel Novodur grades will be available in standard colours, e.g. pure white, cream or traffic blue as well as customer specific colours. An option for self-colouring will also be offered.

Marcela Villegas, Director Commercial Product Management Specialties EMEA, said: “We invite automotive and household application developers to explore the new grades. They tick all the boxes: High-quality material for high-quality applications, drop-in solution for easy processing and contribution to our customers’ sustainability goals.”

-INEOS Styrolution introduces PCR Novodur ECO specialty ABS solution

-Granulation technology supports recycling efforts of plastics processors

After a Corona-related trade fair hiatus, German machine builder Getecha will be back at this year’s Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany. By means of selected exhibits, the company will provide an insight into its portfolio of granulation and recycling systems for use in injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding technology.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

Eye-catcher at Fakuma 2021: The sound-proof RS 45090 on the Getecha stand (Hall A3/ Stand 3210) is designed for throughputs of up to 900 kg/h and is primarily used as a central granulation station in plastics processing.

Eye-catcher at Fakuma 2021: The sound-proof RS 45090 on the Getecha stand (Hall A3/ Stand 3210) is designed for throughputs of up to 900 kg/h and is primarily used as a central granulation station in plastics processing.

As an eye-catcher, a mighty RS 45090 funnel granulator will form the visual centrepiece of Getecha’s Fakuma stand (3210) in Hall A3 this year. With its drive power of 45 kW, its 3-knife rotor and its throughput capacity of up to 900 kg/h, it is one of those medium-sized systems of the Roto Schneider generation that are suitable for central use in plastics and recycling technology. Two stator knives and three or five rows of rotor knives operate in the cutting chamber. The granulator housing has effective sound insulation and, thanks to a drive that is moved upwards and integrated into the housing, the granulator is compact and requires little floor space. At the same time, the version exhibited at Fakuma is an example of customer-specific customisation.

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-Safety assessment of the process Viridor Waste Management, based on Starlinger iV+ technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of the recycling process Viridor Waste Management (EU register number RECYC184), which uses the Starlinger iV+ technology.

The input is hot caustic washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes mainly originating from collected post‐consumer PET containers, with no more than 5% PET from non‐food consumer applications. The flakes are dried and crystallised in a first reactor, then extruded into pellets. These pellets are crystallised, preheated and treated in a solid‐state polycondensation (SSP) reactor. Having examined the challenge test provided, the Panel concluded that the drying and crystallisation (step 2), extrusion and crystallisation (step 3) and SSP (step 4) are critical in determining the decontamination efficiency of the process.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

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-MEG rises on better fundamentals and firmer costs

China domestic MEG stood above 5,370yuan/mt on September 7, tracking the surge in methanol boosted by strong performance in thermal coal futures. Meanwhile, MEG spot-futures spread remained firm. In short term, the tightness in coal supply is likely to sustain due to active purchases from coal chemical plants, despite weakening consumption in power plant. In addition, coal demand would remain strong with rising heating demand.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

Last week, Xinjiang Tianye lowered operating rate of its 50+600kta syngas-based MEG plants due to thermal coal shortage, and may further lower the operating rate. The heating season starting from October in northern China will intensify the coal supply tightness. More coal-to-MEG units will be affected by coal supply tightness.

Meanwhile, startups of new capacities are slower than expected. The operation of Gulei Petrochemical is unstable; Guangxi Huayi has been closed without clear restart timing; Xinjiang Guanghui and Anhui Haoyuan will test at the end of September and the actual output would be limited within September. The supply-demand structure would be broadly balanced in September.

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-Top 100 respond in year like no other

Many chemicals companies, especially those focused on commodities, saw double digit sales declines in 2020. Meanwhile, operating profits plunged 34%

A year like no other, 2020 challenged chemi[1]cal companies in ways that were, and still are, difficult to comprehend.  Petrochemicals Nuclear Fusion

News of the spread of the novel coronavi[1]rus, COVID-19, emerged in January, but most firms would not be forced to react to the

spread of the deadly virus until weeks or months later.

As COVID-19 impacted nations world[1]wide, the focus was on the health and safety of employees – individuals, families and friends.

As lockdowns took place, economic activity stalled. The activities of major cus[1]tomers were curtailed.

Seen by most nations as essential, chemi[1]cal companies were able to operate through the year when and how they could. However, the rising rate of infection and the increasing

death toll led to severe restrictions on operat[1]ing, back office and logistics activities.

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Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters 09-09-2021

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-Artificially intelligent robotic sorters are the future of data-driven recycling

Artificially intelligent robotic sorting technology is the future of centralized, data-driven recycling models. Generally paired with optical sorting technology for the best results, the latest robotic sorters are achieving (and starting to exceed) 70 picks per minute for mixed plastics and paper. They are also being used very effectively for C&D sorting, and they have great potential for other materials including metals, electronics, organics and glass. With contamination of end product being a number one concern for MRF operators due to rapidly changing, highly contaminated incoming streams on the one side, and shrunken global end markets such as China, coupled with underdeveloped domestic markets for many recovered materials, getting to the high purity levels required by today’s end markets is among the most significant challenges recyclers face.

The use of artificially intelligent (AI) robotic sorting technology increases yield and recovery rates and improves quality of materials recovered – increasing its ability to compete with virgin product on the market.

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-Portugal: approved ban on some single-use plastic from November

Portugal’s government has approved legislation banning from 1 November the sale of certain single-use plastic products, such as cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws and sticks for balloons, said Macaubusiness.  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

In a news released, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action said that the law, which was approved at Thursday’s weekly cabinet meeting, represents “the partial transposition” of a European Union directive approved on 5 June 2019 on “reducing the impact of single-use plastic products [and] products made of oxodegradable plastic.”

According to the notice, as of 1 November “the placing on the market of certain single-use plastic products such as cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, balloon sticks, as well as cups and food containers made of expanded polystyrene is prohibited.”

In line with the EU directive, the government legislation sets two targets for the reduction of consumption of cups for drinks and packages for ready-to-eat food: an 80% decrease in consumption from the 2022 level by the end of 2026, and a 90% decrease by 2030.

Portugal: approved ban on some single-use plastic from November

-Societal cost of plastic produced just in 2019 revealed at US$3.7 trillion: more than the GDP of India

These costs for plastic produced in 2040 will rise to US$7.1 trillion unless urgent action is taken  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

The lifetime cost to society, the environment and the economy of plastic produced in 2019 alone has been revealed at US$3.7 trillion,¹ more than the GDP of India according to a new report by Dalberg commissioned by WWF. Unless action is taken, these costs are set to double for the plastics produced in 2040 at US$7.1 trillion², equivalent to 85% of global spending on health in 2018 and greater than the GDP of Germany, Canada, and Australia in 2019 combined. The report demonstrates that governments and citizens are unknowingly subsidizing a plastic system that is imposing countless negative impacts on people and the environment.

The report “Plastics: The cost to society, environment and the economy” highlights how fragmented regulatory approaches,misplaced incentives as well as lack of coordinated technical resources, financial support and consistent data on plastic leakage are currently costing us the Earth. Failure to understand and remediate the real costs of plastic will cost even more in the future, as under a business as usual scenario it is estimated that by 2040 there will be a doubling of plastic production and a tripling of plastic pollution entering the ocean to 29 million tonnes, increasing the total stock of plastic in the ocean to 600 million tonnes. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the plastic lifecycle will account for up to 20% of the entire global carbon budget, accelerating the climate crisis.

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-What does science say about fracking?

Researchers question why Australia is still pursuing fracking despite risks to human health and the environment.

The federal government recently awarded $50 million in grants to private energy companies to fund the exploratory drilling of the Beetaloo Basin, as part of its heavily criticised “gas-led recovery”.  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

The 28,000 square kilometre Beetaloo region begins about 500 kilometres southeast of Darwin in the NT. The region, which includes Aboriginal lands and pastoral leases, is estimated to contain significant fossil fuel resources, including shale gas and shale oil.

Man standing in front of a gate with a sign saying “NO FRACKING, NO NEGOTIATION”

Rod Dunbar, Nutwood Downs Station, NT. Credit: Lock the Gate Alliance.

But traditional owners have not given permission for fracking on their land and staunchly oppose it. Community members and pastoralists also continue to raise concerns about the health and environmental effects, and researchers question the decision to pursue new fossil fuel resources in the face of the climate emergency.

What does science say about fracking?

-SABIC introduces unique new pipe technology in collaboration with major players in the pipe industry

SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS, September 7, 2021 – SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, today has announced the development of a new technology and range of dedicated polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) resins that mark a significant leap forward in the performance profile of polyolefin pressure pipes.

Together with Tecnomatic and aquatherm, two major specialists in pipe manufacturing, the technology is being advanced from concept to reality.

As ‘Golden Sponsor’ of the International Plastic Pipes XX (PPXX) Conference and Exhibition (6-8 September 2021) in Amsterdam, SABIC introduced the new concept during the conference and presented the technology in the PPXX Technical Sessions.

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-Lenzing signs up to UK environmental initiative

Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing Group has joined WRAP’s Textiles 2030 voluntary agreement, the ten-year environmental programme for clothing and textiles.

The initiative has set itself a number of goals including halving carbon emissions by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement, achieving net zero by 2050, and reducing the aggregate water footprint of new products sold by 30 per cent.

“As leaders in innovation, Lenzing are a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drive many new technological developments. Having launched the pioneering Refibra technology in 2017 to contribute to the circular economy within the textile industry and proudly manufacturing in the United Kingdom, the Lenzing Group is honoured to take part in this initiative to accelerate circularity,” the firm said.  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

Since its launch in April, Textiles 2030 has welcomed major brands and retailers, academic institutes, re-use and recycling organisations and 20 other affiliates.

Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

-Total Corbion PLA marks 100kT Luminy PLA production milestone

Total Corbion PLA

Total Corbion PLA’s plant in Rayong Thailand has, since its grand opening in 2019, earlier this summer reached a cumulative production volume of 100kT of Luminy® PLA. The plant is now running at name plate capacity of 75kT annually in order to meet the evergrowing demand for PLA bioplastics. Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

Luminy® PLA resins are biobased and made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. At the end of their useful life, PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled. The biodegradable and compostable functionalities of PLA make it the material of choice for a wide range of markets and applications, including fresh fruit packaging, food serviceware, durable consumer goods, toys and 3D printing. Luminy® PLA can be a more sustainable alternative to established oil-based plastics that might not have as many end-of-life avenues available to them and many producers are making the switch to bioplastics for this reason.

-Polyplastics Co., decided to construct the new polymerization plant in Taiwan

Polyplastics Co., Ltd. has decided to construct the new polymerization plant with the production capacity of 5,000 tonnes per year at Polyplastics Taiwan Co., Ltd., said the company.

As a highly heat-resistant super engineering plastic, LCP is used in a wide range of industrial fields, mainly electronic components used in information and communication equipment such as personal computers and smartphones, and its market has continued to expand at a high growth rate. In recent years, the market demand has increased along with the increase in investment for 5G equipment, and it is expected that the applications of LCP will continue to expand with the full-scale support for 5G millimeter waves.  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

We have the LCP polymerization plant with the production capacity of 15,000 tons/y at the Fuji Plant (Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture), and PTW has been responsible for the compounding process in the manufacturing of LCP products. This new polymerization plant enables PTW to have the integrated production of LCP products from polymerization to compounding and LCP polymerization. In the future, by expanding PTW’s LCP polymerization plant, the Polyplastics Group as a whole will achieve the production capacity of 25,000 tons/y of LCP polymerization.

Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

-New partnership aims to precisely identify and sort plastic packaging waste through digital watermarks

AIM, the European Brands Association and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste have entered a partnership to drive the next stage of development for intelligent waste sorting under the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0. They will work with the City of Copenhagen to conduct the semi-industrial test phase of the pilot.

With this milestone, developers move one step closer to precision identification and sorting of plastic packaging waste through digital watermarks, with the potential to revolutionize the sorting and recycling process of plastic packaging.

Over the next four months, a prototype sorting detection unit will be installed at the Amager Resource Centre (ARC) in Copenhagen, where the trials and demonstrations with around 125.000 pieces of packaging representing up to 260 different stock-keeping units (SKUs) will be held.  Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

Engineers will test for several parameters including the speed and accuracy of the system, to ensure its ability to withstand the pressures of full-scale industrial operations. If successful, digitally watermarked products could be introduced to store shelves in Denmark, France and Germany by the first half of 2022 for in-market demonstrations and industrial-scale trials.

New partnership aims to precisely identify and sort plastic packaging waste through digital watermarks

-PetroChina Liaoyang to start up new HDPE plant in China

PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical, part of the Chinese petrochemical major – PetroChina, in which CNPC owns 80% of shares, is in plans to start up new high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Liaoyang, China, in September, 2021, according to CommoPlast with referemce to  market sources. Petrochemicals Plastic Sorters

The new plant will have a capacity of 400,000 mt/year of HDPE.

As MRC reported earlier, PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical successfully started up its new polypropylene (PP) plant in late August. Based in Liaoning City, Liaoyang Province, China, the new PP plant has a production capacity of 300,000 tons/year. Tthe construction of a new PP plant in Liaoning began in September, 2019, and was completed in early June, 2021.

PetroChina Liaoyang to start up new HDPE plant in China

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-60.Dornbirn-GFC 2021, 15. – 17. September, Online event

96 Lectures from Industry, Universities and Research Institutes, 20 Exhibitors and Break Out Sessions – guided by top class Keynotes

For 60 years the interest of the fiber industry in internationl exchange on future oriented innovations and their implementation has still been unbroken. Specialists of the fiber- and filament producers, the textile and nonwovens industry, the processing chain and the academic research support Dornbirn GFC with its technical and scientic presentations.

This year the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress celebrates its 60th anniversary on one of the most modern interactive online platforms. Our partner ENRA offers outstanding networking tools and generates a virtual live experience (www.enra.app).

From 15. – 17. September the visitors have the possibility to select from 96 lectures.

2 virtual lecture halls form the platform for the presentation of the lectures in its usual high quality.

„See and be seen“ is the motto for the visitors in the meeting room “wonder.me“. With one click congress participants get into a conversation. As in Dornbirn itself, networking and the exchange of informations is the focus of the congress.

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-RecyClass endorses films for HDPE recycling

In what Avery Dennison claims is a market first, RecyClass has approved products from the former’s film portfolio for complying with HDPE recycling guidelines. Label producers and brand owners across the home and personal care and food sectors will benefit from this, as Avery Dennison states that it can help them increase recycling rates.

Currently, RecyClass guidelines state that for packaging to be fully recyclable, the PE, machine direction oriented (MDO) or PP label must be removable through the ‘cold wash’ process, which uses water heated to 40 deg C. This is the most common method of recycling HDPE packaging in Europe, but labels that can be removed at this temperature can also come off during normal use, like when a shampoo bottle is taken in the shower.Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

RecyClass approved Avery Dennison’s PE White, MDO White and PP Clear labels, which feature a permanent acrylic adhesive and remain in place during a cold wash, after extensive independent testing.

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-The Story behind the Development of CELLIANT® Viscose presented at Dornbirn Global Conference

» World’s first in-fiber sustainable infrared viscose

Kelheim Fibres, the leading manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers, and Hologenix®, creators of CELLIANT®, a responsive textile using infrared technology, partnered to create CELLIANT® viscose, a unique  combination of nature and performance.  Dominik Mayer, Kelheim’s Project Manager for Fibre & Application Development, and Courtney OKeefe, Hologenix’s Chief Supply Officer, will share the story of how this first in-fiber sustainable solution on the market was developed.  They will present at a webinar during the Dornbirn Global Fiber Conference Thursday, September 16, at 5:50 pm CEST.Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

CELLIANT viscose in blends with cotton, regular viscose, MicroModal®, lyocell and wool offers a range of varieties. Among the many applications, it is ideal for performance wear, luxury loungewear, casual wear, bedding, towels and beauty.

CELLIANT viscose features natural, ethically sourced minerals embedded into plant-based fibers to create infrared products that capture and convert body heat into infrared, improving cellular oxygenation.

Kelheim’s flexible technology permits targeted interventions in the viscose fiber process and delivers this unique fiber that provides full functionality without the need for any additional processing steps, while impressing with a softer feel and cost and time savings compared to coated fabrics.

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-Aramco opens new glass fiber facility in carbon-neutral move

Saudi Aramco has officially launched a new facility which will see a reduction in the use of steel rebar in its construction projects as part of a drive towards carbon neutrality in the Kingdom.

A new fibreglass production centre has been opened, with the material a non-corrosive alternative to steel, as well as offering twice the strength at a quarter of the weight. Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

The non-metallic glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) rebar, will be produced at IKK Mateenbar’s 10,000 m2 facility, and is expected to reduce steel rebar consumption by approximately 50,000 tons per year.

Saudi Aramco has officially launched a new facility which will see a reduction in the use of steel rebar in its construction projects as part of a drive towards carbon neutrality in the Kingdom.

A new fibreglass production centre has been opened, with the material a non-corrosive alternative to steel, as well as offering twice the strength at a quarter of the weight.

The non-metallic glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) rebar, will be produced at IKK Mateenbar’s 10,000 m2 facility, and is expected to reduce steel rebar consumption by approximately 50,000 tons per year.

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-LanzaTech and Twelve partnered to produce world’s first polypropylene from CO2

Twelve’s carbon transformation technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from fossil fuels Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

Carbon transformation company Twelve and biotechnology company LanzaTech partnered to transform CO2 emissions into polypropylene, a key polymer used for medical devices including syringes and IV bags, as well as for large-scale applications in automotive, furniture, textiles and other everyday products.

Twelve’s carbon transformation technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from fossil fuels. The company helps brands eliminate emissions by replacing the petrochemicals in their products and supply chains with CO2Made® carbon negative chemicals and materials, as well as carbon neutral fuels.

LanzaTech’s carbon recycling Pollution To Products™ technology uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol and other materials from waste carbon sources. The partnership will bring together the two platform technologies to enable additional product development from CO2 streams, representing just one of many pathways to scale carbon transformation solutions.

LanzaTech and Twelve partnered to produce world’s first polypropylene from CO2

-Oerlikon at INDEX 2020

Oerlikon Nonwoven will showcase its wide range of nonwoven technologies at the INDEX 2020 exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 19-22.

Unique and highly-sophisticated nonwovens for filtration, insulation and sorption applications can be simply and efficiently manufactured with the company’s meltblown technology. Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

The polymers used to produce the filter media and membranes are as diverse as their applications, ranging from classical polyolefins (PP, PE) as well as PET, PLA, PBT and PA, through to special plastics such as PPS and TPU.

The ecuTEC+ electro-charging unit electrostatically charges media in order to further increase filter efficiency. It distinguishes itself from other concepts with its extreme flexibility. Users can choose from numerous possible variations to set the optimum charge intensity for their respective filter applications.

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-Next Horizons: Heimtextil presents the 2022/23 trends

International trade fair for home and contract textiles, 11 – 14 January 2022 to take place in Frankfurt/Main Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

Three international design agencies form the Heimtextil Trend Council. Together, they develop a well-founded global vision of the coming interior trends. Alongside the Heimtextil Trend Council, Heimtextil management has established a trend forecast for the coming season and presented it live via an online conference on 1 September 2021 from Frankfurt am Main. Trend Council members Anja Bisgaard Gaede from SPOTT trends & business from Denmark who is directing all trend activities this season, Anne Marie Commandeur from Stiljinstituut Amsterdam and Kate Franklin and Caroline Till from London studio FranklinTill shared their insights into the future of the industry. Designers, interior architects and decorators get inspired by the design forecast for the new season.

Next Horizons: long-term and circular mindset

The Next Horizons are not a fixed goal or a finish line – they are mindsets. These are made up of long-term thinking, accepting that the best way to impact the world is simply not to. Paradoxically, we have begun our transition to sustainability by addressing the problems within our manufactured system instead of transforming our approach to not create waste or imbalance. Transforming our nexus begins with accepting our economies are embedded within nature.

Next Horizons: Heimtextil presents the 2022/23 trends

-India to become first Asian country to launch a Plastics Pact

September 06, 2021 | Global themes | UKRI | Swindon, Wiltshire | United Kingdom

India has become the first Asian country to develop a plastics pact, launching a ground-breaking new initiative to bring together leading businesses at a national level to make commitments for building a circular system for plastics.

The India Plastics Pact (IPP) has launched as a collaboration between:

  • WWF India
  • the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The pact is supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and WRAP, and endorsed by the British High Commission in India.

In Autumn 2020, UKRI committed £250,000 of funding to:

  • enable WRAP to establish the India Plastics Pact
  • initiate start-up
  • engage the Indian government
  • develop the appropriate targets and priority work streams for India.

Launching the pact

The pact was formally announced on 3 September, at the CII 16th Sustainability Summit. Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of NERC spoke at the event alongside Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India who was the keynote speaker.Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

India to become first Asian country to launch a Plastics Pact

-Towards a circularity in recycling of mattresses

After an average of ten years most mattresses today are thrown away, thus squandering resources and creating high quantities of waste. At the same time, valuable raw materials are needed to manufacture new soft foam mattresses – above all crude oil. A circular economy solution for mattresses can therefore both reduce waste and save fossil resources. Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

At BASF, we are continuously looking at ways to reuse and re-enter waste into product lifecycles and to foster circular economy solutions. With the circular economy concept BASF aims to decouple economic growth from the use of finite resources and is accelerating the adoption of these principles into our day-to-day operations. BASF offers a solution to finally closing the loop for polyurethane soft foam with the chemical recycling of mattresses.

Towards a circularity in recycling of mattresses

-Social cost of plastic pollution more than GDP of India

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report released Monday (6 September) by wildlife charity WWF, warning of the environmental and economic burden of this “seemingly cheap” material. Petrochemicals Packaging Pollution

There is increasing international alarm over the sheer volumes of fossil-fuel based plastics entering the environment, as microplastics have infiltrated even the most remote and otherwise pristine regions of the planet.

In its report, WWF said societies were “unknowingly subsiding” plastic, with their estimates for the lifetime costs of 2019 production equivalent to more than the gross domestic product of India.

Social cost of plastic pollution more than GDP of India

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Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon 07-09-2021

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-Microfilament textiles made from post-consumer recycled PET

With Evolon RE, Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) is offering its customers a more sustainable version of its high-performance microfilament textiles. Evolon RE is manufactured from an average of 70% recycled polyester, which the company makes by recycling post-consumer PET bottles in-house. The material is available for various applications, including high-tech wiping and technical packaging, in weights currently ranging from 80g/sqm to 300g/sqm. It is claimed to offer the same quality as all other Evolon textiles. This applies to mechanical and textile properties as well as to filtration, cleaning and protection properties.

Freudenberg says that Evolon fabrics are very durable in most applications. The products are washable and re-usable and a very good substitute for disposable solutions. For example, high-tech Evolon cleaning cloths offer an unrivalled cleaning performance even after hundreds of washings. Technical packaging materials can be reused throughout the entire production program of a car model.

Microfilament textiles made from post-consumer recycled PET

-Analysis Shows Enzyme-Based Plastics Recycling Is More Energy Efficient, Better for Environment

BOTTLE consortium effort develops model that finds sizeable energy and carbon-saving benefits for recycling PET, a common plastic used in bottles, clothing, carpet

Researchers in the BOTTLE Consortium, including from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth, have identified using enzymes as a more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic in single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and food packaging that are becoming increasingly relevant in addressing the environmental challenge of plastic pollution. An analysis shows enzyme-recycled PET has potential improvement over conventional, fossil-based methods of PET production across a broad spectrum of energy, carbon, and socioeconomic impacts. Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

The concept, if further developed and implemented at scale, could lead to new opportunities for PET recycling and create a mechanism for recycling textiles and other materials also made from PET that are traditionally not recycled today. PET ranks among the most abundantly produced synthetic polymers in the world, with 82 million metric tons produced annually; roughly 54% of PET is used in the manufacture of textiles for clothing and fibers for carpet.

“From all the plastics that were produced since the 1950s, less than 10% of it has ever been recycled,” said Avantika Singh, a chemical engineer at NREL and first author of a new paper outlining the path toward enzyme-based recycling. “Most waste plastics end up in landfills.”

Analysis Shows Enzyme-Based Plastics Recycling Is More Energy Efficient, Better for Environment

-RITTEC  – Efficient for an efficient circular economy

RITTEC Umwelttechnik is your partner for managing recycling in the world of plastics. With our patented revolPET® technology, we develop methods that enable PET to be completely recycled and given new life, again and again.

Our motivation is to find solutions to conserve finite resources. Our research-intensive developments meet the highest standards in terms of innovation, economic efficiency and environmental protection. Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

The result is smart solutions for the many diverse forms of PET plastic. We specialise in coloured bottles, multi-layer packaging and polyester textiles.

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-Aquafil returns to NeoCon in Chicago October 4-6 celebrating 10 years of innovation with ECONYL® regenerated nylon

Aquafil will focus on sustainability in design during the conference at its showroom at the Mart  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

Aquafil USA, makers of ECONYL® regenerated nylon, announced today that the company will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the innovative, sustainable material during NeoCon in Chicago, which takes place October 4-6, 2021.

Nylon waste that would otherwise pollute the Earth, including fishing nets and old carpet, is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon, boasting the same qualities as fossil fuels-based nylon. However, unlike traditional nylon, ECONYL® can be recycled, recreated, and remoulded again and again.

ECONYL® regenerated nylon was launched by Aquafil in 2011 after four years of research and development, which started in 2007. Today, ECONYL® is specified by more than 2,000 brands in the fashion industry from Gucci and Prada to Adidas and Speedo and in the interiors world by Interface, Delos, Tarkett, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

ECONYL® regenerated nylon is an important solution for the planet as for every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved, and 65,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions are avoided.

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-Toray starts production of ABS in Malaysia

Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has boosted Toray Group’s worldwide production and distribution capacities of its TOYOLAC Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) resin transparent grade, through its latest facilities set up at Prai Industrial Park, Penang, Malaysia, said Chemengonline.  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

The plant set up at Toray’s new facilities at Prai has boosted Toray Plastics (Malaysia) Sdn. Berhad, TPM’s ABS resin production and distribution capacities by 75,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), to 425,000 m.t/yr. Taking into accounts the ABS production output at the Chiba Plant in Japan, Toray Group is now capable of churning out some 497,000 m.t./yr of ABS to the worldwide markets annually.

The diverse TOYOLAC range produced by Toray includes transparent grades ABS, offerings improved anti-static, scratch and chemical resistance properties. To boost sales in its key Chinese and Southeast Asian markets and in anticipation of the rising demands from Europe, the United States of America and India, Toray look forward to increasing its worldwide production further, including the facilities at TPM.

Toray starts production of ABS in Malaysia

-SK’s chemical arm renames, embraces plastic recycling

SK Global Chemical, the petrochemical arm of the South Korean conglomerate SK Innovation, has changed its name to SK Geo Centric as part of an effort to transform from “carbon to green.”  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

The firm says it aims to become the “world’s largest urban oilfield company,” sourcing its raw materials from plastic waste rather than petroleum.

SK plans to spend about $4.2 billion on recycling projects by 2025, when it hopes to be recycling 900,000 metric tons (t) of postconsumer plastic annually. It hopes to process 2.5 million t by 2027.

“The plastic waste problem should turn into an opportunity,” SK Geo Centric CEO Na Kyung-soo says in the firm’s rebranding announcement.

SK intends to achieve its goals largely through partnerships with recycling companies, many of which it has already lined up.

In August, SK said it will build a polypropylene recycling plant in South Korea that uses PureCycle Technologies’ purification process.

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-Indorama Ventures Mobility group announces price increase for 2021

Information related to latest development in manufacturing cost for industrial fibers and fabrics

After the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the global economy has gradually recovered in 2021, but is still experiencing very volatile market conditions. The pandemic is unfortunately not yet fully controlled, global freight remains unreliable and expensive, cost for energy and global commodities is increasing, and the increasing focus on sustainability and environmental impact is driving compliance cost upward in most part of the world.

Like many companies, the Indorama Mobility Group, manufacturing industrial fibers, cords and fabrics, is confronted with such significant inflation since the beginning of the year. In particular, the inflation has been notable for the following cost items:

Utilities: gas price has tripled in the past few months in Europe (from a level of 15 EUR/MWh in Q4’20 to 45 EUR/MWh recently), while increasing by 50% in USA

CO2 emissions and compliance cost: prices for CO2 certificates in Europe have almost doubled, approaching 60 EUR/ton from 30 EUR/ton at the end of last year, while regulations continue to expand the need for CO2 compensation

Chemicals and additives (spinfinish, dip chemicals, coating & laminating chemicals): cost have increased by 5%  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

Packaging: prices for standard packaging materials have increased by more than 30%

Logistic: despite our local manufacturing footprint which is not fully affected by global freight issues, the regional logistic costs are also increasing up to 20% (road transport)

Despite continuous efforts to optimize our cost structure, through extensive operational excellence initiatives, such cost inflations have now reached a level we can no longer offset and must pass on to the market, with a general price increase effective October 1st 2021.

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-Clean blown film dies quickly and without leaving residues

German Polycine GmbH is an expert in pharmaceutical packaging solutions and relies on green cleaning technology and 24/7 cleaning service from Schwing Technologies

The demand for specialty medical films is high worldwide – especially in these times when the current corona pandemic is keeping the world on pause.

Many plastics processing companies are manufacturing product around the clock, including the German company Polycine.  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

The specialist for pharmaceutical packaging solutions is a global leader in the production of PP-based, flexible non-PVC packaging of the highest quality.

To guarantee this, Polycine’s 24/7 production operation relies above all on flawless and clean machine parts, which must be regularly cleaned without leaving any residues. This is where Schwing Technologies comes into play.

The expert for thermal cleaning solutions offers reliable and environmentally friendly processes, specifically for cleaning the blown film dies and tubing die heads used by Polycine.

Schwing sells its green cleaning technology worldwide and maintains a 24/7 cleaning and delivery service at its German site in Neukirchen-Vluyn in the Lower Rhine region.

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-Chemical recycling of plastics by fluidized bed pyrolysis

The chemical recycling of different kinds of mixed, dirty, or filled plastic waste is carried out in a fluidized bed process.

The high heat transfer is one of the advantages for using a fluidized bed reaktor. The cracking process is fast and less side reactions happen. Olefins and oil are produced by pyrolysis of polyolefin.  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

If the pyrolysis gas is cycled as fluidizing gas aromatics are formed. Up to 98 % of methylmethacrylate can be obtained by pyrolysis of poly(methylmethacrylate) and 77 % styrene from polystyrene.

The hydrolysis and pyrolysis of polyester produced terephthalic acid and only smal amounts of soot.

The pyrolysis of plastics in a fluidized bed has the potential for an up-scale to recycle great amouns of plastic waste.

Chemical recycling of plastics by fluidized bed pyrolysis

-Hardeep Puri meets SIBUR Holding chairman to discuss petrochem possibilities

  • Petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri meeting with SIBUR Holding chairman Dmitry Konov comes against the backdrop of state run Indian Oil Corporation being in talks with the Russian petrochemical giant for a partnership to set up a large facility in India

India’s petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri met Dmitry Konov, chairman of management board of Russia’s largest integrated petrochemicals firm PJSC SIBUR Holding during his visit to Russia.

This comes against the backdrop of state run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) being in talks with PJSC SIBUR Holding for a partnership to set up a large petrochemical facility in India as reported by Mint earlier. IOC is focussing on the expansion of its petrochemical business against the backdrop of a growing demand for petrochemicals in the country.  Petrochemicals Regenerated Nylon

“Strengthening cooperation in petrochemical sector,” Puri said in a tweet on Friday.

“Met Dmitry Konov, chairman of management board of Sibur (Holding) to discuss investments into India,” he added in another tweet.

IOC, the country’s largest fuel retailer and refiner plans to invest ₹1 trillion over the next four to five years as it plans to add another 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to its current capacity of 80.2 mtpa.

Hardeep Puri meets SIBUR Holding chairman to discuss petrochem possibilities

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-China PET bottle chip export situation brief in Jan-Jul 2021

According to the Customs, China PET chip export volume totals 293kt in Jul 2021, y-o-y growing 56%, including 48kt for HS code 39076910, y-o-y up 164%, and 245kt for HS code 39076110, y-o-y rising 44%. China PET chip export volume totals 2.15 million tons in Jan-Jul 2021, including 420kt for HS code 39076910, y-o-y up 110%, and 1.73 million tons for HS code 39076110, y-o-y rising 20%. Combing two HS codes, PET bottle chip trading volume totals 1.92 million tons in Jan-Jul 2021.

In terms of actual delivery, PET bottle chip exports in 2021 is not bad. So why do people have the impression that PET bottle chip export has performed poorly this year? As PET bottle chip price surged crazily in 2018, and exports in 2019 hit historical high of 3.15 million tons, many new comers thus thought this is a norm for PET resin export, hence when Jan-Jul export volume declined 8.5% compared with 2019, market players, it’s natural that some market participants feel disappointed.

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-Lower-than-expected nylon filament demand in Aug

NFY transaction in Aug hit year-to-date lowest

August used to be the transitional month from traditional slack to peak season. Actually, downstream has already begun to warm up early in Aug. However, the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Nanjing, Yangzhou, Zhangjiajie and Zhengzhou, etc., and outside China, had put downstream interest down. Facing the uncertain consumption and high cost pressure of the other raw material spandex, weaving and spinning mills held strong risk-prevent attitude, and focused on digesting previous stocks and only restock at need-to basis. Under this circumstance, purchasing volume of nylon 6 textile filament had evidently dropped.

Reasons for the apparently declining procurement of NYF

  1. Poor order taking in weaving and knitting mills

For weaving and spinning mills, the primary reason for reducing purchases and output in August was that their orders did not gradually increase as they did in the same period in previous years. And in the off-season from June to July, the weaving and spinning mills were producing at a significantly higher rate than the same period in previous years. This was mainly due to the strong growth in end user’s exports in the first half of the year, which injected the market confidence toward the peak season in the second half of the year.

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-Aquafil: strong growth results in the first half
The Board of Directors of Aquafil S.p.A.  approved the financial results as at 30 June 2021.
• Revenues: Euro 274.7 million, + 23.3% compared to Euro 222.7 million in the first half of 2020
• EBITDA: Euro 39.3 million, + 46.4% compared to Euro 26.9 million in the first half of 2020 and with a margin that goes from 12.1% to 14.3%
• Net Result: Euro 8.9 million compared to the loss of Euro 1.9 million in the first half of 2020
• Net Financial Position: Euro 184.7 million at June 30, 2021, an improvement of 15.6% compared to Euro 218.7 million at December 31, 2020
Comment by dr. Giulio Bonazzi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
“The first half of 2021 fully confirmed our forecasts both in terms of continuation of the critical issues following the pandemic, but also and above all of satisfaction with the results obtained thanks to the improvement path started already in 2019. Furthermore, the data of the II quarter shows one of the best percentage margins from the 2017 listing onwards and this thanks to the constant improvement of all product lines and above all of the Polymers that are once again central to our development strategy. These results are particularly encouraging for the future because they were achieved despite the exceptional context of the evolution of raw material costs and accessory costs of services, first of all transport. This trend was also confirmed in the months of July and August which continued to show an improvement in demand in the more traditional sectors for Aquafil also in the European and American market in the operational and strategic initiatives and projects to be implemented, we are proud to have officially entered the Japanese market, one of the most advanced from the point of view of attention to sustainability and circularity.

Aquafil: strong growth results in the first half

-Waddington Europe agrees rPET supply deal in Ireland

Thermoformer Waddington Europe is to manufacture new food packaging products from rPET after agreeing a supply deal with Northern Ireland-based recycler and reprocesser Shabra.

The food-grade rPET is sourced from bottles, pots, tubs and trays processed at Shabra’s wash plant near Castleblayney in County Monaghan, which has an output of 1.4 tonnes of rPET per hour.

The long-term deal will enable Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex, to expand its line of Eco Blend products made with post-consumer recycled content at its Arklow production site in the Republic of Ireland.

Managing director Eduardo Gomes said he hoped such agreements would advance Waddington Europe’s stake in localised plastics circularity in the Irish market.

Waddington Europe agrees rPET supply deal in Ireland

-BASF’s Ultradur PBT Replaces Steel in Structural Bracket of Sunroof Headliner

Automotive sunroof frame made with BASF’s Ultradur High Speed is 60% lighter than traditional solutions.

A new automotive panorama roof has been developed by BASF and Spain’s Tier I automotive supplier Grupo Antolin that meet both the increasing demand for panoramic roofs and the need to reduce the weight of all automotive components to minimize CO2 emissions.

The newly developed panorama roof is integrated into the ceiling trim (called the headliner) of the car which is made from the very light BASF’s light polyurethane Elastoflex E 3943/134. The actual sunroof opening in the headliner is supported by a structural bracket. Traditionally this is made of heavy steel. With BASF’s new rheologically modified Ultradur High Speed PBT, a metal replacement solution is now used.

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-South Africa leading the African circular plastics industry

Plastic Recycling Analyst at ICIS Carolina Perujo Holland discusses the reasons for South Africa’s circular economy leadership.

Waste management is currently one of the main challenges faced by the African recycled polymer supply chain. Population growth rates are over 2% per year and the consequent increase in consumption of plastic packaging makes this the largest fraction of waste after organic, which brings more urgency to the waste management challenges.

Most of Africa’s population has no access to kerbside collection nor a formal waste collection system and relies heavily on waste pickers in the informal sector for waste collection and sorting. According to industry estimates 90% of waste still ends up in landfill or illegal dumping sites, some even burned in the open.

Thirty-four African governments have implemented or are planning to implement different types of plastic bans, many of these targeting plastic bags, to tackle the rise in plastic waste generation.

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-Trinseo reduces September PS 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 reduction for all polystyrene (PS) grades in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of September 2.

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

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR65 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR55 per metric ton

Trinseo reduces September PS prices in Europe

-German Ericon non-woven fabric exhibited at Swiss index

Oerlikon Nonwoven will be exhibiting in one of the broadest portfolios on the market at the Index (October 19-22, 2021) in Geneva, Switzerland, the world’s leading non-woven trade fair. Neumünster-based system constructors focus on market-oriented and customer-oriented system solutions for filtration, hygiene, medical, geotextile and other industrial applications. Petrochemicals Nylon6 Bioplastic

Trade fair visitors can dig deeper into the company’s comprehensive product and process know-how at the trade fair stand number. Through 2314 and the Index Online Platform, the company said in a media release.

Thanks to the melt blow technology of Elycon non-woven fabrics, it is easy and efficient to produce unique and highly sophisticated non-woven fabrics for filtration, insulation and sorption applications. The polymers used to make filter media and membranes are as diverse as their applications. The spectrum extends from classical polyolefins (PP, PE), PET, PLA, PBT, PA to specialty plastics such as PPS and TPU. These and all other raw materials can be reliably processed using the Ericon non-woven melt blow procedure.

German Ericon non-woven fabric exhibited at Swiss index

-Fuel cell automation from Optima

The Optima Group has developed an automated machine process to increase the production capacity of fuel cells.

The new process, which covers the coating, cutting, assembling of the individual layers, and the stacking, is the company’s response to the growing global demand for fuel cells.

“Greater use increases the need to produce fuel cells and drives demand for faster production. At the same time, extensive automation of the manufacturing process is essential to reduce production costs,” the company said.

At the heart of the fuel cell is the membrane electrode assembly, or MEA for short. This is permeated by hydrogen and oxygen, which react with each other within the MEA. This electrochemically generates the electric current required for propulsion of the vehicle.

Fuel cell automation from Optima

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Petrochemicals CPL Polyethyleneterephthalate Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 955 $/ton 950 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,325 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton -75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,425 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,935 yuan/ton 4,805 yuan/ton -130
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals CPL Polyethyleneterephthalate
710 $/ton 700 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,130 yuan/ton 5,280 yuan/ton +150
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 665 $/ton 689 $/ton- +24
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 914 $/ton 898 $/ton -16
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 895 $/ton 879 $/ton -16
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals CPL Polyethyleneterephthalate

902 $/ton 898 $/ton -4
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,325 yuan/ton
+175
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,725 yuan/ton +125
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,300 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,400 yuan/ton 7,625 yuan/ton +225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,550 yuan/ton 15,050 yuan/ton
+500
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,650 yuan/ton +350
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 39,500 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,550 yuan/ton 17,800 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,150 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,650 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 103,500 yuan/ton 103,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 91,000 yuan/ton 90,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 79,500 yuan/ton 79,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,350 yuan/ton 10,250 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +400
Benzene overseas  market 966 $/ton 972 $/ton +6
Ethylene South 960 $/ton860 1,010 $/ton +50
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals CPL Polyethyleneterephthalate

1,133 $/ton 1,141 $/ton +8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,700 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton- +300
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,750 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals CPL Polyethyleneterephthalate
8,220 yuan/ton 8,230 yuan/ton +10
Naphtha overseas market  661 $/ton 671 $/ton
ì10
Phenol domestic market 9,220 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton +80

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-Disco Road facility demonstrates the benefits of anaerobic digestion

Anaerobic digestion (AD), the process by which bacteria breaks down organic matter without oxygen, and which is currently used worldwide to manage food waste, wastewater biosolids and animal manure, is also increasingly being recognized as a solution to help address the climate crisis. In a growing number of locations around the world, anaerobic digestion facilities divert food waste from landfills; lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as methane; and produce both green energy and valuable soil amendments.

According to the USDA, between 30 and 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is lost as food waste, with almost 31 percent of all food waste being produced at the retail and consumer levels. In 2010, this amounted to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food. Most of it ended up in landfills. With food waste in landfills being one of the largest contributors to methane emissions in the U.S., companies and government officials alike continue to search for methods to improve its diversion.

Disco Road facility demonstrates the benefits of anaerobic digestion

-ITA Group becomes ITA Group International Centre for Sustainable Textiles

Goal is the holistic biotransformation of textile technology and thus the use of biological principles for cycle-oriented value creation processes

The current assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has highlighted the urgency by which we must transform value creation processes in order to secure the future of the earth as a healthy biosphere. Approximately 8 – 10% (about 4 to 5 billion tonnes) of global CO2 emissions are generated during the production of textiles. The textile industry is responsible for about 92 million tons of textile waste per year, most of which is landfilled or incinerated. Less than 1% of the 100 billion textiles manufactured annually worldwide are recycled and regenerated into high-quality products. Thus, the textile industry is still far away from a circular economy. Technologies for recycling and reprocessing for textile products, which are characterised by a complex mix of materials, are scarce. The logistics for collecting, sorting and separating textile waste leave many questions unanswered. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

Textile-based lightweight construction is a basis for a resource-efficient transport sector. But how do we recycle the expensive and complex material mixes, once cars, planes and other vehicles have reached the end of their service life? Incineration is not a solution for the future!

ITA Group becomes ITA Group International Centre for Sustainable Textiles

-Swedish recycling facility to double in capacity

A world-leading plastics recycling facility in Sweden is to double in capacity as part of a planned SEK 1 billion ($116 million) investment.

Site Zero, located in Motala, will be able to recycle 12 types of plastics packaging once the upgrade is completed in 2023, according to its operator Swedish Plastic Recycling (SPR). Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

Described by SPR as already the most efficient plastics recycling facility in Europe, it can currently process four types of plastics.

Doubling its capacity to handle 200,000 tonnes of plastics packaging per year will create the conditions needed for receiving and eventually recycling all types plastics packaging from Swedish households, said SPR chief executive Mattias Philipsson.

Currently, any small parts of plastics that remain after the sorting process are separated to be sent to chemical recycling, or to become new composite products. No packaging is incinerated.

“There is today no other facility in the world that has that capability,” Philipsson said. “We are also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastics in phase two, which is planned for 2025. Then, our entire plastics flow in Sweden can become circular.”

Swedish recycling facility to double in capacity

-SABIC inks $6bn China petrochemical deal

Aramco’s chemical arm, SABIC, has signed a joint venture contract with China’s Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group (FJPEC) to build a mega petrochemical complex in China, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The complex will be built at the Gulei Industrial Park in Zhangzhou city, east of China’s Fujian Province, at a total investment of 40 billion yuan ($6.18 billion).

It will consist of a mixed feed steam cracker that holds an annual ethylene capacity of 1.5 million tons, as well as a series of downstream facilities including a mono ethylene glycol (MEG) unit, two polyethylene (PE) units, two polypropylene (PP) units, one polycarbonate (PC) unit and several by-product units.

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-Just out: new report on bio-based chemicals, polymers and materials

Developing bio-based chemicals, polymers and products in a sustainable manner allows for substantial new business opportunities

The “The Global Market for Bio-based Chemicals, Polymers and Materials” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com‘s offering

Building new value chains through the utilisation of biobased and biomass components for the development of innovative products will accelerate the transition from traditional production technologies to the concept of biorefineries. Developing bio-based chemicals, polymers and products in a sustainable manner allows for substantial new business opportunities. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

Bio-based chemicals are obtained through biological, chemical or physical transformation of plant or animal based feedstocks, which include sugar, starch, oils and fats, and lignocellulose from forestry, agricultural crops and organic waste.

Just out: new report on bio-based chemicals, polymers and materials

-Chemical Recycling Poised to Take Off

Investments in chemical-recycling facilities abound as the industry moves closer to the Circular Economy model, accompanied by plenty of new rollouts of packaging made from chemical recycling. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

The spotlight is shining brightly on chemical recycling. Over the last couple of years there were dribs and drabs of news about pilot projects and consortiums being set up, but of late the focus has shifted to new targets for technology scale-up as well as real-world examples of new products rapidly being commercialized (see Table 1).

A prominent example is Magnum Ice Cream Tubs. In 2019, 600,000 of these tubs were made from chemically recycled PP supplied by SABIC. That grew to more than 7 million in 2020 across Europe. In 2021, this recycled packaging is being rolled out globally.

Recent years have seen prototypes tested and other commercial products brought onto the market. With the greatest number of commercial product examples, SABIC and Eastman have forged partnerships across the value chain to boost the use of chemically recycled plastics in the fast-moving consumer-products sector.

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-LG Chem invests 2.6 trillion Korean won in 10 plants for eco-friendly materials

PBAT and POE for solar film, at its Daesan Complex in Chungnam Province.

Starting with the construction of PBAT (polybutylene adipate-co-terephthalate) and POE polyolefin elastomer) plants this year, LG Chem plans to develop the Daesan Complex as a mecca for ESG-based businesses, from bio-based raw material production to eco-friendly materials, waste plastic recycling, and greenhouse gas reduction by 2028. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

Starting construction within this year, the PBAT plant will be built with an annual capacity of 50,000 tons and the POE plant with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons.

Both plants aim for commercial production in 2024. The resulting increase in sales is expected to exceed 470 billion Korean won per year.

According to the industry, PBAT and POE are expected to continue to grow at an average annual rate of 30% until 2025 due to increase in demand for perishable plastics and the expansion of new and renewable energy following the ESG trend.

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-A startup, Sabic and IBM all push chemical recycling

Three different chemistry-based processes for recovering plastics have recently grabbed attention, illustrating the wide range of stakeholders working to find solutions beyond mechanical recycling.

Global resin manufacturing giant Sabic has rolled out a line of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounded resins made from depolymerized PET. The resin product, called LNP Elcrin iQ, is being marketed as a drop-in replacement for virgin PBT. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

“This technology overcomes some of the limitations of mechanical recycling by using chemical processes to depolymerize PET bottles and other PET waste into their precursor chemicals, purify them and then use them to create new PBT resin,” Sabic noted in a release.

Sabic, based in Saudi Arabia, stated a life-cycle assessment determined use of the LNP product over a virgin resin reduces overall energy usage by 61 percent.

While the Saudi behemoth works to put its new resin into the marketplace, another chemical recycling development is taking place on a significantly smaller scale.

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-Repsol selects LyondellBasell spherizone technology for Sines PP project

The 300 kiloton (KTA) Spherizone plant will be built in Repsol’s existing industrial complex in Sines, Portugal

LyondellBasell announced that Repsol has selected LyondellBasell’s leading polypropylene (PP) technology for the expansion of their existing facility. The 300 kiloton (KTA) Spherizone plant will be built in Repsol’s existing industrial complex in Sines, Portugal. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

“Being able to produce added-value polymer grades on a benchmark cost basis is of increasing importance to our licensees, and our Spherizone technology is widely recognized as meeting those industry needs.” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “We are very excited to announce that Repsol has again chosen LyondellBasell as licensor for their polypropylene expansion in Europe. Repsol’s choice of the Spherizone process for their Sines integrated petrochemicals site shows confidence in the technology to make superior polypropylene products serving a demanding and evolving polymer market.”

According to José Luis Bernal, Repsol Química Executive Director, “With this new PP plant in our Sines industrial complex, we will significantly increase our polypropylene production capacity for highly differentiated applications. Furthermore, thanks to its privileged location and new logistics facilities, its connection with the European market will be enhanced while reducing the carbon footprint during distribution.” The Spherizone multi-zone circulating reactor (MZCR) provides a unique and innovative platform to manufacture polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced product properties. With this plant, more than 25 Spherizone plants have been licensed worldwide.

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-Sustainable rPET cups for school milk

Recycled PET in a closed recycling loop

School milk in Upper Austria is now packaged in 100% sustainable cups made of recycled PET (r-PET). The joint project of Austrian school milk producers and the three Upper Austrian companies Pet-Man, Starlinger viscotec, and Greiner Packaging is revolutionizing the food packaging market and proves that a sustainable circular economy is possible. Petrochemicals Ecofriendly Bioplastic

When the bell announces the break, children in Upper Austria look forward to enjoying their school milk. Every day, around 36,000 children in Upper Austria are supplied with fresh school milk products such as fruit milk, drinking yogurts, or school milk cocoa. “To carry through the original idea of the regional and sustainable product to the packaging, we thought about how to make it so that the cups are 100% recyclable and reusable,” explains Markus Neudorfer, Managing partner of the sheet manufacturer Pet-Man. The solution is a white cup made from 100% r-PET.

r-PET – the sustainable plastic

The benefits of this material are obvious – it is lightweight, unbreakable, and plasticizer-free, making it ideal for school kids. However, r-PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) is far more than conventional plastics. “The new r-PET cups consist of 100% recycled, unprinted r-PET mono-material and can be recycled over and over again into 100% food-grade cups,” says Alisa Schröer, responsible for Circular Economy projects at Greiner Packaging.

Sustainable rPET cups for school milk

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Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling 03-09-2021

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-SABIC launches recycled automotive grades under TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions

SABIC introduced the company’s first automotive grades containing mechanically recycled content within the company’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions and services. The new resins are SABIC T2E-3320EH PP compound, a high-flow, low-emission, talc-filled polypropylene (PP); XENOY T2NX2500UV resin, an unfilled, UV-stabilized blend of polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET); and XENOY T2NX5230 resin, a mineral-filled PC/PET blend.

All three materials contain up to 29% recycled content and offer excellent performance similar to that of the incumbent virgin resins, giving automotive customers new options that can help them address their sustainability goals.

The new TRUCIRCLE materials support the automotive industry’s sustainability initiatives by providing an opportunity to extend the life of plastic waste and helping to increase value from post-consumer products. These new products are the first of many SABIC resins to be introduced with mechanically recycled content for potential use in interior and exterior automotive applications. They also may complement other types of sustainable materials, such as certified renewable products from bio-based content, which we are also developing. It’s all part of SABIC’s strategy to accelerate towards a true circular economy.

SABIC launches recycled automotive grades under TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions

-BMW announces sustainability strategy and CO2 targets

The group is focusing its research and development efforts on environmentally-compatible raw materials and boosting the creation of a secondary materials market.

BMW Group chairman Oliver Zipse announced a sustainability strategy and CO2 targets at a media event in Munich.

The main focus is to “drastically” reduce CO2 per vehicle by 2030.

The group will be promoting the use of secondary material and the circular (recycling) economy.

The group is focusing its research and development efforts on environmentally-compatible raw materials and boosting the creation of a secondary materials market by working with startups and experienced material suppliers to develop pioneering materials. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

“We are setting new standards for sustainable premium quality by rethinking materials and focusing on resource-efficient alternatives and renewable materials with strong dismantling capability,” said BMW executive Stefan Floeck.

The group has defined material groups with sustainable properties which span all four dimensions of the circular economy: RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.

BMW announces sustainability strategy and CO2 targets

-Indorama Ventures delayed R-PET project in Philippines due to the pandemic

Indorama Ventures (IVL’s) joint venture with Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines (CCBPI) to start a recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) plant in the Philippines has been delayed primarily due to the pandemic, said the company.

IVL and CCBPI entered into a joint venture agreement in March 2020 to launch an R-PET facility in Cavite, Philippines with target opening date by end 2021. The plant will have the capacity to process 30,000 tonnes/year of PET bottles and produce around 16,000 tonnes/year of R-PET pellet. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

However, due to the logistical challenges posted by COVID-19, the plant’s launch has been delayed to March 2022.

IVL entered into the agreement with CCBPI through its indirect subsidiary Indorama Ventures Packaging (Philippines) Corp (IVPPC) which will give the company a 70% ownership, with the remaining 30% owned by CCBPI.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated PET consumption totalled 411,200 tonnes in the first six month of 2021, up by 12% year on year. Russian companies processed 62,910 tonnes in June, compared to 85,890 tonnes a month earlier.

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-Weekly Resin Report: The Calm Before the Storm

Prices for most commodity-grade polyethylene and polypropylene continued a slow slide last week. Then came Hurricane Ida.

The spot resin markets stayed in the slow lane as the end of August approached, but with Hurricane Ida barreling through the gulf this weekend, the situation could quickly change, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Prices for the vast majority of commodity-grade polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) materials continued to slowly slide, peeling off pennies of the previously large premiums held to contracts, which rose again his month.

Overall resin supplies, including prompt availability for most PE and PP materials, continued to improve. Spot demand became lackluster, well off the pace seen during the first two quarters of the year. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

While some producers continued to operate under force majeure conditions, most contract buyers have been receiving the full allocation of their forecasted orders. Some processors who had over forecasted, thinking only 75% might be supplied, had extra resin to sell when producers shipped their complete orders.

August PE contracts probably will settle flat after securing a $0.05/lb increase in July — high-density (HD) PE for blow molding and injection, which remained relatively tightly supplied, were reasonably justified, said the PlasticsExchange, while low-density (LD) PE and linear-low-density (LLD) PE film grades, which have become generally accessible, seemed to just come along for the ride.

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-Joint research project of Krones and Alpla delivers surprising results

Despite attractive environmental credentials, returnable PET containers remain a niche product.

Krones and Alpla are cooperating on a research project aimed at better realizing this packaging type’s potential.

The result is a returnable PET container specially designed for chilled juices and dairy products. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

Objective tests provide informati n about microbiological safety.

Rising out of the niche: In the beverage packaging market, returnable PET containers currently play a rather small role. Wrongly so, say the results of a joint research project of Krones and Alpla. In the project’s first phase, the material and process parameters underwent a comprehensive scientific evaluation. Based on these findings, Krones and Alpla developed a returnable PET container that provides an optimal environment for sensitive ESL (Extended Shelf Life) products such as juice and milk in the cold chain.

Be it due to regulations, voluntary climate targets, or growing environmental awareness among consumers, sustainability issues are becoming an increasingly important factor in packaging choice. “Which type of packaging performs best from an ecological perspective depends on a number of factors and must be evaluated individually for each use case,” explains Martina Birk, who is responsible for the enviro sustainability programme at Krones.

Joint research project of Krones and Alpla delivers surprising results

-Green alternatives to single-use plastic

Consumers are demanding more sustainable solutions, and some are even willing to pay a premium for products delivering on sustainability claims.

In 2021, the E.U., several U.S. states, and other countries including Canada pledged to ban single-use plastics and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or ‘forever chemicals’ that are added to food packaging, and for good reason. An alarming 380 million tons of plastic are produced every year and the COVID-19 pandemic only made things worse. It’s estimated that the use of single-use plastics soared by 250 to 300 per cent worldwide during COVID-19. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

The food packaging industry is at a crossroads. Nearly 40 per cent of plastic used across the world comes from packaging, and often this waste is not recyclable. In fact, it’s estimated that less than 10 per cent of plastic has been recycled since 1950. In the near future, eco-friendly packaging will be a necessity.

Green packaging alternatives

Moulded fibre or pulp is a green alternative that is made from 100 per cent recycled paper or natural fibres. This alternative is a cost effective and eco-friendly packaging solution. It can be compostable unless it gets lined with plastic.

Green alternatives to single-use plastic

-Soteria acquires nano-aramid tech

Soteria Battery Innovation Group, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, has acquired intellectual property from Elegus Technologies to improve the battery cycle life and safety of electric vehicles.

Soteria’s Dreamweaver nonwoven battery separators use aramid fibres for increased thermal and chemical stability, preventing the separator from melting or shrinking in the presence of a defect or damage. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

With the growing adoption of electric powertrains in both vehicles and aircraft comes a desire for longer cycle life from the expensive battery pack.

Lithium-ion cells generate both moisture and hydrofluoric acid as they age, which degrade the cells over time.

Elegus Technologies, formed as a spinout of the University of Michigan, has developed technology utilising nano-aramid fibres that enables the separator to immobilise these harmful elements in the cell, reducing the rate of degradation and extending the life of the cell.

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-Asian recyclers of film grade HDPE operate at low rates due to COVID-19

Recyclers in Southeast Asia were heard operating with low capacity utilisation in the film grade high density polyethylene (HDPE) market due to COVID-19-led lockdown measures, reported S&P Global.

Market sources also said persistent bottlenecks at ports in Asia and some maintenance-related plant closures are likely to hurt the supply of petrochemicals during the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

As MRC informed earlier, Southeast Asian polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling companies will continue facing challenges with the availability of raw materials, due to the low collecting and processing rate, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

-Legislative Proposals Could Destroy US Plastics Industry, Cautions Paper

The first of a four-part series of papers from libertarian think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute explains how plastics, in fact, benefit wildlife and the environment.

Several proposals before Congress that nominally want to end America’s “addiction” to plastics in reality are so extreme they could destroy the US plastics industry.

That is the position of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington, DC–based non-profit libertarian think tank, and it aims to set the record straight with a series of four in-depth, science-based papers. The first of those is published today, a 14-page piece detailing how plastics benefit wildlife and the environment. The other three papers will address the value that plastics bring to humanity, environmental facts and fallacies, and why legislation before Congress will not solve real problems related to litter. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

The paper published today and authored by Angela Logomasini, PhD, a senior fellow at CEI, covers terrain familiar to most plastics professionals but it can serve as an eye-opening educational resource for the general public. It begins with a very readable description of how plastics are made before delving into why they were made in the first place, which may be a revelation to some.

Legislative Proposals Could Destroy US Plastics Industry, Cautions Paper

-German site EuCertPlast certified for recycling film waste

The recycling plant of German plastics recycler APK (Merseburg; www.apk-ag.de) in Merseburg has been certified according to the “EuCertPlast” standard since the end of July 2021, the company has announced. Carried out by certifier Cyclos-HTP (Aachen / Germany; www.cyclos-htp.de), the focus of the audit was the suitability of the facilities for recycling post-consumer waste from plastic films and production waste from PE/PA multilayer films. Petrochemicals Film HDPE Recycling

APK uses a solvent-based process called “newcycling”, which makes it possible to recycle multilayer plastic packaging with different polymers, said Florian Riedl, the director for business development. The plant is said to have conventional recycling process’ input capacity of 12,000 t/y and 8,000 t/y for the newcycling process. LDPE recyclates produced at the plant are sold under the brand name “Mersalen” and PA recyclates under “Mersamid”.

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Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen 02-09-2021

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-Defining plastic – What is it and how should we change the way we conceive it?

To efficiently tackle the plastic crisis, it’s time to shed light on some of the problematic definitions and myths around it

As plastic production is estimated to triple by 2050, consumer awareness around plastic pollution has seen a positive rise in recent years. But what are we actually dealing with when we talk about plastic?

Plastic production is estimated to triple by 2050.

Defining plastic is complex but vital

You are at your favorite cosmetics store and the salesperson recommends a bio-based product that you absolutely love. You then meet your friend for brunch and the restaurant is proud to tell you that their straws won’t end up in the ocean as microplastic because they are biodegradable.

Bio-based and biodegradable are powerful but somewhat problematic marketing terms. In fact, they can even be misleading or outright inaccurate. That’s why it’s important that the customer understands what they are buying and the sellers know what they are selling.

At first, plastic seemed like a fantastic lightweight but durable packaging material. However, we soon came to realize its unintended environmental impact, and new alternatives started emerging. Consequently, there was a need to clearly differentiate the environmentally friendly and conventional options.

These days you have to follow both new innovations and legislation to truly understand the definitions for plastic. Let’s go through some of the basics.

Defining plastic – What is it and how should we change the way we conceive it?

-LG Chem joins hands with Veolia R&E to apply recycled materials to produce transparent ABS

South Korea’s leading petrochemical company LG Chem Ltd. will use recycled material to produce transparent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) polymer, a highly functional plastic, as it strives to expand its green portfolio.

LG Chem said on Monday that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Veolia R&E, the country’s largest producer of recycled methyl methacrylate (MMA), for production of transparent ABS polymer, at its headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul.

Under strategic partnership for “stabilizing the supply of recycled MMA and upgrading its quality” with Veolia R&E, LG Chem has secured the opportunity to commercialize low-carbon transparent ABS based on chemically recycled MMA. The two companies will join efforts to enhance processing to improve recycled MMA quality and carry out joint research and development. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

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-Caprolactam supply still tight in Sep

CPL prices have been keep firm through Aug

At the beginning of this month, this website has stated in the insight “Caprolactam price underpinned by low operating rate in short” that the support from tight supply was quite obvious. Since the first week of August, CPL contract was nominated and kept unchanged at 14,700yuan/mt, and settled at 14,600yuan/mt, 6 months payment, ex-works. After that, the weekly guidance price rose to 14,900yuan/mt at the last trading day of the month. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Looking back at the situation in the first half of Aug, it can be seen that both supply and demand have reduced. When upstream crude oil and benzene prices slumped, the price in nylon industrial chain followed down, but the decrease was very limited for CPL and downstream nylon. The factor that has hindered demand in Aug include seasonal effect and expected supply increase in late market.

Caprolactam supply still tight in Sep

-Unique Manta processing ship collects, treats and repurposes floating plastic debris

The Manta processing ship is designed to collect, treat and repurpose large volumes of floating plastic debris.

The SeaCleaners develop a range of solutions to combat plastic pollution, one of which is the Manta, a first-of-a-kind processing ship designed to collect, treat and repurpose large volumes of floating plastic debris.

The Manta extracts both floating macro-waste and smaller debris from 10 millimetres upwards and up to one metre deep, from highly polluted waters, along coasts, in estuaries and in the mouths of large rivers. Depending on the density and closeness of the layers of waste, the Manta can collect between 1 to 3 tonnes of waste per hour, with the objective of collecting 5 to 10,000 tonnes per year. It can operate for up to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Unique Manta processing ship collects, treats and repurposes floating plastic debris

-China’s Sinopec sets out hydrogen, renewables plans

Chinese largest oil refiner state-controlled Sinopec has set out plans to invest in low-carbon businesses over the next five years, focusing on hydrogen.

Sinopec sees hydrogen as its top priority and the major growth driver in the renewables sector, together with wind and solar power installations integrated with its traditional carbon-intensive operations, company president Ma Yongsheng said today. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

The firm is also planning to expand its downstream petrochemical value chain to products used in the renewable energy sector, as well as biodegradable materials and high-value polyolefins, Ma said.

Sinopec has already set a goal to become the largest hydrogen producer in China, with initial planned investment of about 30bn yuan ($4.6bn) in the hydrogen sector in the coming five years. The investment will cover injection sites and purification, storage, transmissions and materials, Ma said.

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-Can VFY price increase sustain?

VFY market has witnessed big changes this year. The price rose by around 1,000yuan/mt in the first quarter when the market was driven by stronger textiles owing to bullish news of vaccines as well as the expectation of improving economy and better demand. However, the resurgence of the COVID-19 cases in major consumption markets abroad in the second quarter caused sharp decline of VFY price. VFY price kept falling, while pulp and chemicals were relatively stronger, so VFY companies were under the pressure of suffering losses. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

VFY companies started to raise offers since Jul. The operating rate dropped to around 70% as the production and transportation of Henan was affected by the heavy rain. Orders warmed up both at home and abroad and market expectation was triggered by rising prices of other textile raw materials, so VFY plants gradually raised offers by 1,000yuan/mt. Later, the offers were further adjusted up by 2,000yuan/mt since the producers were eager to get rid of the losses.

Can VFY price increase sustain?

-DuPont’s 100% Biofeedstock Based Acetal Selected by Conveyor Component Manufacturer

Regina is first-to-market with conveyor chain and modular belts based on new Delrin acetal produced from 100% biofeedstock from waste.

The newest addition to the Delrin acetal portfolio fromDuPont Mobility & Materials (M&M), comprised of 100% bio-feedstock from waste and manufactured using 100% renewable energy, has been adopted by Regina, a pioneer of the conveyor industry and global provider of top-tier chains, belts and components for industrial and motorcycle applications.  Delrin Renewable Attributed polyoxymethylene (POM) was the first acetal certified by the ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), according to mass balance principles. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Delrin Renewable Attributed has been shown to exhibit excellent mechanical properties and to enable the design of functional parts with an improved carbon footprint, and can be up to 100% recycled via regrind. It is globally on the market for applications in the automotive, industrial, consumer, and electronics industries.

DuPont’s 100% Biofeedstock Based Acetal Selected by Conveyor Component Manufacturer

-IK sees potential for more recyclates in plastic packaging

Next to recyclability, a major issue in the discussion on sustainable plastic packaging is whether, and if so, how much recycled material can be used in packaging applications. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Now, IK, the German association for plastics packaging and films has the results of a study it commissioned to find that out. Conducted by GVM, a market research institute in Germany specialised in packaging, the study concluded that use of recycled plastic in packaging could be increased from 475 to around 960 thousand tons per year, which corresponds to around 22 percent of the production volume.

Previously, Germany’s association for the plastics processing industry GKV had already committed to using 1 million tons of recycled plastic material by 2025.

The race to meet this target has already begun: between 2017 and 2019, demand for recyclates rose by over 18 percent, while at the same time the consumption of new plastic goods declined, according to IK.

”This decoupling shows the enormous interest of the packaging industry in the use of recyclates,” said IK managing director Dr. Isabell Schmidt.

That is not to say that recyclate should be used at any price. Currently, food packaging accounts for 44 percent of the packaging in the market; a sector that at the same time has stringent requirements in place regarding the raw materials that are permitted to be used. Right now, the volume of recycled material available on the market that is suitable for food-contact applications is limited.

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-Microban International reduces plastic packaging waste via built-in microbials

Reusing plastic food containers may be sustainable but not necessarily hygienic, as they may be contaminated by microorganisms.

Bacteria, mould and yeast are likely to grow on the surface of single-use plastic items. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Microbial contamination often occurs in food packaging, as food residue sticking to the likes of plastic carrier bags or unfinished drinks in plastic bottles are a veritable hot spot for microbes. Most plastic materials are not intended for easy cleaning, with many containing phthalate plasticizers-these are a special brand of additive that render plastics more flexible. Said additives threaten to leach into food when it is microwaved, washed in the dishwasher or just left out in the sun for too long. They also contaminate soil, sea water, living organisms and even human breast milk.

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-EUROSTAT Statitics Explained – Municipal waste statistics

– 502 kg of municipal waste per capita were generated in the EU in 2019

-48 % of municipal waste in the EU was recycled (material recycling and composting) in 2019

This article shows trends in municipal waste generation and treatment in the European Union (EU) from 1995 to 2019. Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

There is a very distinct trend towards less landfilling as countries move steadily towards alternative ways of treating waste.

Municipal waste accounts for only about 10 % of total waste generated when compared with the data reported according to the Waste Statistics Regulation (tab env_wasgen). However, it has a very high political profile because of its complex character, due to its composition, its distribution among many sources of waste, and its link to consumption patterns.

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Petrochemicals Plastic Packaging Hydrogen

Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling 01-09-2021

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-Starlinger visotec: Heat resistant and fully recyclable: white rPET100 packaging for diary, hot drinks and ready meals

Made from recycled material and designed for recycling: Starlinger viscotec, a division of the Austrian machinery supplier Starlinger & Co GmbH, has developed a new material to make packaging for dairy and hot-fill products fully recyclable. rPET100 combines the environmental advantages of recycled PET with easy material processability and opens opportunities for new circular packaging solutions.

Food packaging for applications like dairy, hot drinks, instant soups, and ready-meals must withstand higher temperatures during the production process and consumption. Additionally, dairy products require packaging with optimal light and gas barrier for longer shelf life. The new rPET100 sheet combines these benefits and adds new ones: it is heat resistant, made from monomaterial, and its white colour protects the product from UV light. Once used, the packaging can be 100% recycled because it contains no other polymer additives.

Trays, cups, and food containers made from rPET100 are the fully recyclable alternative to singleuse cups made from materials like polypropylene (PP) or polystyrene (PS). Post-consumer recycled PET fulfils all requirements of the European Food Safety Agency (efsa) when it has been supercleaned with Starlinger viscotec technology. PET/rPET has outstanding material properties that can be restored in the recycling process, which makes PET a truly circular packaging material.

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-Circular economy at Kelheim Fibres

Examples of innovation from raw material, product design and all the way to “end of life”

A sustainable product is a mosaic of many individual building blocks – Kelheim Fibres, the world’s first viscose fibre producer with an EMAS-certified environmental management system, is constantly working to further improve every single one of these building blocks. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

The innovative viscose special fibres from Kelheim can be functionalised as required – this often saves further processing steps (such as dyeing or coating) and thus also energy, water and chemicals. At the end of their product life, fibres from Kelheim are completely biodegradable in a short time (according to OECD Test 301 B) and thus contribute to the preservation of valuable habitats.

Now Kelheim Fibres is taking a step further: the fibre specialists are working on the development of alternative raw materials, such as recycled cellulose as well as other cellulosic feedstocks for the production of their viscose fibres. One approach to closing the product loop in the textile sector is the use of pulp produced from recycled post-consumer waste materials.

Kelheim Fibres offers its customers innovative viscose fibres made exclusively from certified wood from sustainably managed forests for the production of plastic-free and biodegradable end products.

Circular economy at Kelheim Fibres

-Klöckner Pentaplast breaks new ground with recyclable PET blister film

Klöckner Pentaplast (KP) has launched kpNext – a recyclable PET blister film that the company says is the only PET recyclable blister that is “completely compatible” on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill and seal equipment.

According to KP, pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilise kpNext on their existing form, fill and seal lines with no loss of line speed or a need to retool.

In terms of end-of-life, the solution is produced from a globally recyclable material and is designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.

Daniel Stagnaro, head of technology stated: “Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multi material structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated.

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Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

-Kolon Industries partners with Switzerland’s Gr3n to produce recycled PET chips for various applications

Kolon Industries, a chemical and textile manufacturing company in South Korea, will produce recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chips for various applications with eco-friendly and high-quality raw materials from Gr3n, a Swiss company that invented an innovative process to chemically PET bottles and food containers.

Gr3n’s technology is based on the application of microwave technology to alkaline hydrolysis, which provides an economically viable recycling process of PET.

Kolon Industries said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swiss company to establish a business partnership for chemical recycling technology.

The two companies would mass-produce eco-friendly plastics from 2025 and expand cooperation in various forms in eco-friendly materials. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with a global partner who has core capabilities and competitiveness needed for eco-friendly renewable plastic businesses,” Kolong Industries CEO Jang Hui-goo said in a statement on August 30.

Kolon Industries partners with Switzerland's Gr3n to produce recycled PET chips for various applications

-Thin-wall injection compression moulding for stack mould technology

ENGEL’s stand at Fakuma 2021 from 12-16 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will put the spotlight on sustainability. The production of decorated monomaterial food packaging and the processing of regrind from labelling waste is supporting circular economy by creating a process chain.

At the same time, the company is celebrating the world première of the 4,200 kN version of the ENGEL e-speed injection moulding machine. The sophisticated packaging application combines extreme thin-wall injection compression moulding with stack mould technology. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

Over the five days of the trade event, an e-speed 420/90 injection moulding machine with integrated in-mould labelling (IML) will be used to produce ready-to-use margarine tubs from polypropylene in a fully automated injection compression process. The containers, which have a wall thickness of 0.4 mm (including the label), will be removed from the 4+4-cavity stack mould via high-speed, side-entry automation and stacked on a discharge conveyor following camera-based quality control. Corporate partners at the trade show will be MCC Verstraete, Plastisud, Campetella, Mevisco and Borealis.

Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

-Flexible Packaging, the One to Dethrone Plastics and Glass

We’re all very aware of the negative impact that plastics, specifically plastic packaging, have in our life, but let’s look at the numbers again, shall we? Around 91 percent of plastic packaging ends up in landfills, oceans, or elsewhere in our environment, secreting harmful chemicals each day. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),  an estimated eight million tons of plastic ends up in oceans each year, wreaking havoc on ecosystems, the food chain, and human health. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

“Let’s migrate to glass bottles, then” is a common conclusion in the thought process after acknowledging the harm of plastic.

The thing is, making glass –and shipping it– has a very high carbon footprint. Let’s take the case of wine making, for example. The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) estimates that glass bottle production and shipping makes up for 51 percent to 68 percent of wine’s total carbon footprint. Yes, glass is a pretty good material, especially for beverages because of how well it preserves them, but it needs incredibly high heat to be made, and tons of fuel and plastic packaging to be shipped in order to prevent any cracks.

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-Sateri sets the benchmark in China

All of the five viscose mills of Sateri in China are now fully compliant with the emission limits set out in the European Union EU-BAT BREF (best available techniques reference document) on polymers, following recent verification of Sateri Jiangsu and Sateri China mills.

Verified by independent consultant Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS), a division of BluWin in the UK, the parameters assessed included resource utility efficiency, wastewater discharge and air emissions. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

“Sateri Jiangsu was established in 2019 following an acquisition, while Sateri China was built in the same year,” said company president Allen Zhang. “We had aimed to have both mills meet EU-BAT’s recommended emission levels by 2023. To achieve this two years ahead of schedule underscores our continuous efforts in process improvement and the control of pollutant emissions, along with resource utilisation efficiency. We will continue to pursue manufacturing excellence and invest in best-in-class technologies for all our mills – existing, acquired, and newly constructed ones – as part of our commitment towards closed-loop and cleaner production.”

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-Incredible Fibers Produced by Engineered Bacteria: Stronger Than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar

Artificially designed, amyloid-silk hybrid protein developed in Zhang lab even outperforms some spider silks.

Spider silk is said to be one of the strongest, toughest materials on the Earth. Now engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have designed amyloid silk hybrid proteins and produced them in engineered bacteria. The resulting fibers are stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

Their research was published in the journal ACS Nano.

Spun Polymeric Amyloid Fiber

The 128-repeat proteins resulted in a fiber with gigapascal strength which is stronger than common steel. The fibers’ toughness is higher than Kevlar and all previous recombinant silk fibers. Its strength and toughness are even higher than some reported natural spider silk fibers. Credit: Washington University in St. Louis/Jingyao Li

To be precise, the artificial silk — dubbed “polymeric amyloid” fiber — was not technically produced by researchers, but by bacteria that were genetically engineered in the lab of Fuzhong Zhang, a professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Incredible Fibers Produced by Engineered Bacteria: Stronger Than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar

-SenseTime sees its smart-driving technology in 20 million vehicles via tie-ups with Honda, Great Wall, Chery and others

SenseTime, which has applied to arrange an estimated US$2 billion stock sale in Hong Kong, said its artificial intelligence (AI) platform may be used to power the smart-driving, intelligent cockpit and autonomous driving features in as many as 20 million cars in the next several years. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

The Hong Kong-based AI company, founded by a group of professors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has formed partnerships with 30 carmakers, including Japan’s Honda Motors, and China’s Great Wall Motors and Chery Automobile, said SenseTime’s co-founder and managing director of its research laboratory Wang Xiaogang.

“There is a huge business potential for us to tap in this area,” Wang said in an interview with South China Morning Post before filing their application to list in Hong Kong, citing the combined production of the customers who have signed up for SenseTime’s technology. “The vehicle will become the third major space where people spend the most amount of time, after their homes and their offices.”

SenseTime sees its smart-driving technology in 20 million vehicles via tie-ups with Honda, Great Wall, Chery and others

-Recyclers pursue PV module scheme in Brazil

Recycling firm SunR has processed 30 tonnes of discarded solar panels since launching its recycling services in Brazil at the start of the year. The company expects to receive another 125 tonnes by the end of the year. Petrochemicals PET Film Recycling

SunR has recently received more than 100 disposal requests from all over Brazil, representing a demand of approximately 300 tonnes. The recycler has told PV Magazine that although most of these solar panels have been installed in the last five years, there is already considerable demand for recycling. This is mainly due to damage occurring during transport or maintenance. Solar farm operators are wary of strict rules and want to ensure their PV modules pass the necessary quality tests.

Leonardo Gasparini, ceo of SunR, estimates that the 9 GW of installed capacity in Brazil (which translates to roughly 500 000 tonnes of panels) have thus far generated around 40 000 tonnes of end-of-life materials. The entrepreneur puts the market value of the material at some US$ 20 million (EUR 17 million).

‘One of the main problems in Brazil is inadequate disposal, not the options for recycling,’ Gasparini explains. He observes that recycling is a more adequate and cheaper solution than landfilling or incineration. ‘The biggest challenge, however, is the logistics,’ he insists.

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-Invista doubles nylon capacity in China – again

Company anticipates that the country will account for more than half of the total production and consumption of nylon in the Asia-Pacific region.

Invista Nylon Chemicals (China) is to double its current nylon 6.6 polymer production at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP).

Following a 40,000-ton per year capacity increase in 2020, this new increased production, with an investment of 1.5 billion RMB (US$230 million US), will double the plant capacity to an annual 400,000 tons and strengthen Invista’s integrated nylon 6.6 value chain in China.

The new capacity will also enable Invista to more quickly respond to the growing demand for engineering plastics in automotive, electrical and electronics and other application fields.

The need for nylon 6.6 polymer has risen dramatically in recent years. The estimated compound annual growth rate for nylon 6.6 through 2029 is approximately 2% globally and 4% for China.

Invista anticipates that the country will account for more than half of the total production and consumption of nylon in the Asia-Pacific region and is shortly expected to become the world’s largest nylon consumer.

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-Explainer: Why Singapore’s plastic recycling rate is so low and what can be done to raise it

  • At 4 per cent, Singapore’s plastic recycling rate is the lowest compared to other waste streams
  • A study is underway on whether Singapore should have a recycling facility for plastic bottles  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive
  • Aside from infrastructure, experts said public education is still lacking on how to recycle plastic and what plastic can be recycled
  • However, they said reducing plastic consumption is still the best answer to tackling plastic waste

A week ago, the National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a study looking at whether Singapore should have its first recycling facility dedicated to only plastic bottles in an effort to boost plastic recycling rates here.

Right now, the recycling rate for plastic bottles is at 4 per cent — the lowest here among other waste streams such as metal and paper.

The idea to have a dedicated recycling facility for plastic bottles was mooted by the Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore, a new organisation that was launched last Tuesday (Aug 17). Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

The association aims to raise the recycling rate of plastic waste to 30 per cent in the next five years, and then up to 70 per cent in the next 10 years.

Along with building the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle-to-bottle recycling plant, it seeks to do so by setting up a Plastics Recycling Centre of Excellence, which will develop recycling solutions for the region.

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-LANXESS to acquire IFF’s microbial control business

LANXESS to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of microbial control products

Strengthening the specialty chemicals portfolio: expansion of the growth areas disinfection, personal care and material protection

Acquisition with approximately USD 450 million* in sales and around USD 100 million* in EBITDA  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

Attractive synergies: additional EBITDA contribution of around USD 35 million within four years

Purchase price of around USD 1.3 billion

Closing of transaction expected in Q2 2022

Consumer Protection to become the Group’s strongest segment

LANXESS intends to take over the microbial control business of the U.S. group International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) which will make the specialty chemicals company one of the world’s largest suppliers of microbial control products.

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-Japan’s Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion & Nippon to merge textile businesses

Japan-based Mitsui & Co Ltd has announced that its core business company in the fashion and textiles business Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd (MIF) and Nippon Steel Trading Corporation (NST) will conclude an agreement regarding the merger between MIF and NST’s textile businesses, a shareholders’ agreement and conclude an absorption-type split agreement.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

The absorption-type split will be implemented with NST as the splitting company and MIF as the succeeding company. The merger will be effective from January 1, 2022 (tentative), the two companies said in a joint media release.

MIF will issue and allocate 4,133 new shares of MIF to NST as compensation for the split. As a result, Mitsui and NST will each hold a 50 per cent stake in the succeeding company as of the effective date of the split after the completion of the Split. MIF will no longer be Mitsui’s consolidated subsidiary but Mitsui’s equity method affiliate.

Mitsui and NST have been exploring opportunities to strengthen their respective textiles business platforms and pursuing sustainable growth and development. On February 3, 2021, the two companies concluded a basic agreement regarding the commencement of discussions on the merger.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

MIF and NST aim to improve competitiveness and build a robust business base by maximising the synergy benefits resulting from the combination and complementation of marketing capabilities, customer networks, and their respective areas of strength in terms of products and services.

Japan's Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion & Nippon to merge textile businesses

-Production of polymer auto components in Russia is localised by almost 50% – NPP POLYPLASTIC

In the near future, the total volume of use of local compounds will approach 50% and about 70% of the total Russian volume will fall on NPP POLYPLASTIC, the company said in a statement.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

Today, almost every car that is manufactured in Russia has parts made from domestic polymer composite materials.

“Russian raw materials are used in the production of models of the Renault-Nissan-Avtovaz, Volkswagen, Skoda, Peugeot-Citroen, Hyundai, Kia, Kamaz, GAZ, UAZ alliance. 70% of the total Russian volume is made by NPP “POLYPLASTIC”, – noted Ekaterina Smirnova, deputy director for sales of the trading house “Polyplastic”.

Today, Russian manufacturers of raw materials for auto components in industrial volumes are producing a new brand assortment for these brands. For example, “Polyplastic” produces materials for the manufacture of parts for the bumper group and engine compartment of the new Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Rapid, the company is a strategic partner of Peugeot-Citroen in Russia, nominations for new projects of the Renault-Nissan-Avtovaz Alliance have been received.

Production of polymer auto components in Russia is localised by almost 50% - NPP POLYPLASTIC

-Synergistic Enzyme Mixtures to Realize Near-Complete Depolymerization in  Biodegradable Polymer/Additive Blends

Embedding catalysts inside of plastics affords accelerated chemical modification with programmable latency and pathways. Nanoscopically embedded enzymes can lead to near

complete degradation of polyesters via chain-end mediated processive depolymerization.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

The overall degradation rate and pathways have a strong dependence on the morphology of semi[1]crystalline polyesters.

Yet, most studies to date focus on pristine polymers instead of mixtures with additives and other components despite their nearly universal uses in plastic production.

Here, additives are introduced to purposely change the morphology of polycaprolactone (PCL) by increasing the bending and twisting of crystalline lamellae.

These morphological changes immobilize chain-ends preferentially at the crystalline/amorphous interfaces and limit chain-end accessibility by the embedded processive enzyme.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

This chain end redistribution reduces the polymer-to-monomer conversion from >95% to less than 50%, causing formation of highly crystalline plastic pieces including microplastics.

By synergizing both random chain scission and processive depolymerization, it is feasible to navigate morphological changes in polymer/additive blends and to achieve near complete depolymerization.

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After 7 years, FACT all set to restart caprolactam production

Petrochemical is used as raw material for host of products

The public sector Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) is slated to restart caprolactam production later this week after a gap of more than seven years, making the event a landmark in the history of the company.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

Restarting caprolactam production promises to add about ₹600 crore to ₹700 crore to the turnover of the company. Caprolactam, a petrochemical product, basically goes into production of Nylon-6, which is a raw material for tyre cords, fishing nets, filament yarn, engineering plastics, and a host of other products.

With Gujarat State Fertilizer Company and FACT being the only producers of caprolactam in the country, demand for the product is high, said FACT sources on Wednesday. They added that the company expected to sell most of its products in the domestic market, considering its reputation as a quality producer.

Caprolactam production came to a halt at FACT in October 2012 with the cost of benzene and liquid fuel naphtha going up significantly, making caprolactam production unviable. FACT then shifted to natural gas in 2013. However, the cost of the new feedstock continued to rule high, preventing restarting of caprolactam production.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

After 7 years, FACT all set to restart caprolactam production

-Borouge to triple polyolefin output

Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical maker Borouge Pte Ltd. will more than triple the production of polyolefins, used for making plastics, to almost two million tonnes per year (tpy) in five years, the company said yesterday.

Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical maker Borouge Pte Ltd. will more than triple the production of polyolefins, used for making plastics, to almost two million tonnes per year (tpy) in five years, the company said yesterday.

Borouge a joint-venture between Denmark-based petrochemicals group Borealis and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co will add 540,000-tpy of polyethylene and 800,000-tpy of polypropylene to the current complex, Chief Executive Hubert Puchner said.

The $1.2 billion petrochemical complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, now has a capacity of 600,000-tpy of the feedstock ethylene and 600,000-tpy of polyethylene, after the company already expanded its polyethylene capacity in March this year from 450,000 tpy.

“We think polypropylene growth is quite robust, quite sustainable. Feedstock propylene may be a bit shorter than ethylene,” Puchner told a news conference in Singapore.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

HSBC is the financial adviser for the expansion project, Puchner said, but declined to elaborate on the size of investment.

Borouge to triple polyolefin output

-UK set to ban single-use plastic permanently soon

The UK is set to ban all single-use plastic in a bid to reduce the pollution being spread by these cutlery items.  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

As per orders, all single-use plastic plates, cups, cutlery items and the polystyrene cups will now be completely banned in the UK.

The decision was taken after experts stated that an average person uses 18 throwaway plastic plates and 37 single-use knives, forks and spoons annually, as per ministers. However, the plastic products are made with better durability. Due to this, millions of birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year.

UK set to ban single-use plastic permanently soon

—SEPTEMBER 2021—

 

Decorative Surfaces

1–3 September 2021; Munich, Germany

Tim Phillips, Managing Director, IMI Europe Ltd; Tel: +44 (1223) 236920; tim@imieurope.comhttps://imieurope.com/decorativesurfaces2021-introduction

Emergency Services Show

7–8 September 2021; Birmingham, UK

David Brown, Event Director, Broden Media Ltd; Tel: +44 (20) 8947-9177; davidbrown@brodenmedia.comhttp://www.emergencyuk.com

International Composites Summit: Reinventing the Global Supply Chain to Enable a Sustainable Future

8–9 September 2021; London, UK

Composites UK; Tel: +44 (1442) 817502; info@compositesuk.co.ukhttps://www.internationalcompositessummit.com

Istanbul Textile Machinery Fair

8–11 September 2021; Istanbul, Turkey

Yusuf Akbolat, ECR Fuarcılık Ltd Sti; Tel: +90 (212) 573-0662; Fax: +90 (212) 573-0682; yusuf@ecrfuar.com.trhttps://www.tmeexhibition.com/en/homepage

Nonwovens Introduction

14 September 2021; Online  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

Anaëlle Schütz, EDANA; Tel: +32 (2) 740-1811; anaelle.schutz@edana.orghttps://www.edana.org/trainings/nonwovens-learning-cycle/nonwovens-intro…

Advanced Materials & Technology for the Space Sector (SpaceAM)

14–15 September 2021; Leicester, UK

Sue Keighley, Director, Fluency Marketing; Tel: +44 (1246) 792003; sue.keighley@fluency.marketinghttps://advancedmaterials.events/advanced-materials-events/space-am

Elementary Nonwovens Training

14–15 September 2021; Cary, North Carolina, USA

Tracie Leatham, INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry); Tel: +1 (919) 459-3726; tleatham@inda.orghttps://www.inda.org/education/elementary-training.php

Aircraft Interiors Expo

14–16 September 2021; Online

Polly Magraw, Event Director, Reed Exhibitions; Tel: +44 (20) 8439-5138; aixoperations@reedexpo.co.ukhttps://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com

Heimtextil Russia

14–16 September 2021; Moscow, Russia

Ekaterina Tydykova, Show Director, Messe Frankfurt RUS; Tel: +7 (495) 649-8775, x. 116; ekaterina.tydykova@russia.messefrankfurt.comhttps://heimtextil-russia.ru.messefrankfurt.com

Techtextil Russia

14–16 September 2021; Moscow, Russia  Petrochemicals Microbial Control Automotive

Oksana Anikeeva, Director Techtextil Russia, Messe Frankfurt RUS; Tel: +7 (495) 649-8775, x. 125; Fax: +7 (495)649-8785; Oksana.Anikeeva@russia.messefrankfurt.comhttps://techtextil-russia.ru.messefrankfurt.com

Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI)

14–17 September 2021; London, UK

Clarion Events; Tel: +44 (20) 7384-7770; Fax: +44 (20) 7384-7773; DSEI@cmsstrategic.comhttps://www.dsei.co.uk

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-Dilo to exhibit at INDEX

Nonwovens technology supplier Dilo Group will demonstrate a range of its latest, tailor-made machinery solutions at October’s INDEX exhibition.

Located at booth No. 2010, Dilo’s portfolio will include the latest equipment developments from fibre opening to the finished felt.

With its Hyperpunch technology the company has developed a simplified, elliptical needle beam drive which allows a more uniform stitch distribution in the pre-needling process, particularly when used in combination with the new needle pattern 6000X.

In a complete needling line, this felt homogenization process can be improved further by using the new needle pattern 8000X which is a milestone in the needle pattern development process and results in end-product surfaces with low markings over a wide range of advances/stroke. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

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-Covestro and partners develop cost-effective smart surface production process

Automotive interior technology developer Covestro says it has been investigating the development of seamless surfaces suitable for the integration of intelligent cockpit features, to create greater design freedom for engineers while still allowing cost-effective production. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

Together with materials developer Votteler Lackfabrik, laser texture specialist Reichle, and Merck, a manufacturer of pearl-effect pigments, Covestro says it has developed a concept for the manufacture of interior components that can incorporate smart functionality yet have a seamless surface.

The company notes that car manufacturers and their suppliers face the challenge of integrating smart functions such as display and ambient lighting and touch control, in addition to a wide range of visual and haptic surface properties. The resulting parts must be durable and able to be manufactured as cost-effectively as possible to achieve broad acceptance in the industry.

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-Indonesia faces new delay in plans to raise the mandatory bio-content

Indonesia’s plans to raise the mandatory bio-content in its palm oil-based biodiesel to 40% may face further delays, after the high price of the vegetable oil has made the programme too costly, a senior government official told Reuters.

Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer and exporter, has a mandatory biodiesel programme with 30% palm oil content, known as B30, but intends to expand the use of the oil for energy to save on fuel imports. Authorities had planned to increase the mix to 40% in July this year, but the timetable for the B40 programme is now unclear. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

“We don’t have a timeline yet for B40, although from the technical side, we’re ready,” Dadan Kusdiana, a director general at the energy ministry, said in an interview. He said implementing B40 in 2022 will be “challenging”. Indonesia funds its biodiesel programme with proceeds from palm export levies.

However, authorities have revised levy rules three times since last year as they sought to support the biodiesel programme after prices soared, but without hurting exports. Malaysian palm oil futures hit a record of 4,560 ringgit (USD1,089.35) a tonne on Aug. 12 and have been trading around 4,300 ringgit recently, about 60% higher than a year earlier.

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-Shell Catalysts & Technologies commercializes latest generation catalyst at Ningbo Zhongjin PetroChemical

Shell Catalysts & Technologies (SC&T) has successfully commercialized OparisNext, their latest generation catalyst, at Ningbo Zhongjin PetroChemical Co, Ltd. Ningbo Zhongjin is one of the leading paraxylene (PX) producers in China, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

Over the past decades, the Oparis series has offered proven catalytic benefits for key PX producers, resulting in more efficient operations and significant financial benefits. With the latest patented zeolite innovation in the OparisNext catalyst, it serves as the bedrock of attaining high ethylbenzene conversion while achieving excellent PX-ate at high space velocity (refer to charts shown below). These performance indicators are crucial in maximizing margins and strengthening the competitive position of Ningbo Zhongjin PetroChemical in the PX industry.

“We are very glad to be the first user of OparisNext, very happy to see that all the performance data can meet the guarantees. The excellent EthyleneBenzene (EB) conversion, low C8 ring loss are helping Ningbo Zhongjin to maximize operating margin. We believe the new catalyst will help us be more competitive in the PX market in China,” said Mr Li Libo, Operating Vice-President of Ningbo Zhongjin. Having total PX capacity of 1600 KTA, the EthyleneBenzene Reformer (EBR) unit has undergone a catalyst changeout to OparisNext and successfully commissioned in 2021 with stellar performance results exceeding guarantee requirements.

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-Robinsons ready-to-drink Lipton ice tea and drench move to 100 percent recycled plastic bottles

This summer, Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench 500ml bottles are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET). Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

The 500ml on-the-go bottles are the first to use recycled plastic from a new rPET manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire.

The facility, built by Esterform Packaging Limited following Britvic’s £5m investment support in 2019, is powered by 100% renewable energy and provides Britvic with a secure supply of quality food-grade rPET in the UK.

Mark Tyne, Esterform’s Managing Director, said: “Our £20 million project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade PET could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”

By switching Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench 500ml bottles to rPET, Britvic will save 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic every year. This is in addition to the 1,900 tonnes already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to rPET bottles.

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-New strategy for promoting the reuse of carbon fiber reinforced plastics

Epoxy resin is a type of thermoset resin commonly used in glue, paint and composite materials. NIMS and ISMA have developed a new thermoset plastic recycling system capable of easily decomposing epoxy resins in an aqueous solution of a naturally derived peptide. The use of this system may promote the reuse and recycling of plastics, including carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP)—carbon fibers combined with an epoxy resin matrix—by a wide range of industries.

Environmental pollution caused by plastics—particularly in the marine environment—has raised global concern about urgent need to promote plastic waste recycling. Some recycling methods have already been developed to decompose thermoplastic resins used in containers and packaging through thermal and chemical processes, and efforts are underway to put recycling plants into practical use. On the other hand, a method for recycling thermoset resins, including epoxy resins, has yet to be developed due to their poor thermal degradability and low solubility in available solvents. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

New strategy for promoting the reuse of carbon fiber reinforced plastics

-Indian petchem demand to rise tenfold by 2050: CPMA

The Indian petrochemical industry would have to increase its production capacity tenfold in order to meet higher demand by 2050, according to Kamal Nanavaty, president of India’s Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers’ Association (CPMA). Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

Nanavaty spoke at the CPMA – Argus Petrochemical Online Forum on 25 August.

It is estimated that India’s consumption will double every nine years, at the current 8 pc/yr growth rate. Nanavaty highlighted that Indian polymer demand growth has historically been higher than India’s GDP growth and the trend is expected to hold this year.

To meet this demand the industry would have to be more forward looking and decide if it should continue expanding its capacities in the current scattered manner or take on a clustered approach, which is something that the Indian government has been pushing for.

Indian petchem demand to rise tenfold by 2050: CPMA

-Kumho Petrochemical seeking recycled SBR source material

Synthetic rubber supplier Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd. is joining forces with a U.S. company to explore the use of post-consumer plastics waste in the production of synthetic rubber. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

The project, with chemical recycling specialist Agilyx Corp. of Tigard, will focus particularly on producing styrene — a fundamental building-block for synthetic rubber — from post-use polystyrene, Jong-Hoon Baek, CEO of Kumho Petrochemical, said.

A key component of the agreement calls for the companies to study the development and construction of a chemical recycling project in South Korea, using Agilyx’s chemical depolymerization technology to produce styrene monomers from post-use polystyrene.

The styrene monomers would then be used as a virgin equivalent raw material to produce solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR), a key component for the manufacture of tires.

“The collaboration with Agilyx will give Kumho Petrochemical an opportunity to propose a new line of eco-SSBR products to most of our customers who prefer sustainable products,” Mr. Baek added.

The project will expand the market for post-use recycled polystyrene into “new, high growth and technically demanding applications,” Agilyx CEO Tim Stedman said.

“The potential to use waste plastic to create high performance SSBR for the manufacture of tires is a very exciting example of our technology’s ability to create a new life for plastic.”

Kumho Petrochemical seeking recycled SBR source material

-India to shortly call green hydrogen bids for 4 GW electrolyser capacity

Premium Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyzer powered by electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar New Delhi: As a part of its energy security strategy, India plans to shortly kick-start its green hydrogen pathway by calling bids for 4 gigawatt (GW) electrolyser capacity. Petrochemicals Nonwovens PET Automotive

According to a statement from the union power ministry on Friday, this was conveyed by union power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh to US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry via a telephone call on Thursday.

This comes in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech announcing a National Hydrogen Mission.

“He (Singh) added that India would be conducting competitive bids for green hydrogen in next 3-4 months to pave the road for viable usage of hydrogen as a fuel. India is looking at bids for 4000 MW of electrolysers capacity,” according to the statement.

With the current cost of green hydrogen produced by electrolysis estimated at around ₹350 per kg, the plan is to more than halve it to ₹160 per kg by 2029-30

New Delhi: As a part of its energy security strategy, India plans to shortly kick-start its green hydrogen pathway by calling bids for 4 gigawatt (GW) electrolyser capacity.

India to shortly call green hydrogen bids for 4 GW electrolyser capacity

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 950 $/ton 955 $/ton- +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,325 yuan/ton -225
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,425 yuan/ton -25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,915 yuan/ton 4,935 yuan/ton +20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate
710 $/ton 710 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,065 yuan/ton 5,130 yuan/ton +65
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 648 $/ton 665 $/ton- +17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 876 $/ton 914 $/ton +38
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 857 $/ton 895 $/ton +38
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate

871 $/ton 902 $/ton +31
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton
-250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton -350
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8.300 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate
7,500 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 39,500 yuan/ton 39,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate

17,650 yuan/ton 17,550 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,200 yuan/ton 20,150 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,650 yuan/ton -150
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 104.000 yuan/ton 103,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 91,500 yuan/ton 91,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 80,000 yuan/ton 79,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 10,350 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +200
Benzene overseas  market 935 $/ton 966 $/ton +31
Ethylene South 960 $/ton860 960 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate

1,133 $/ton 1,133 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,100 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,700 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,750 yuan/ton 12,750 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate
8,170 yuan/ton 8,220 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  607 $/ton 661 $/ton
+54
Phenol domestic market 9,220 yuan/ton 9,220 yuan/ton

Petrochemicals Nylon6 Polyethyleneterephthalate

 

Petrochemicals Recycled Styrenics Automotive 28-08-2021

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-lululemon Partners with Leading Sustainable Materials Innovator Genomatica to Bring Bio-Nylon to Products

Renewably Sourced Materials to Help Replace Petrochemicals in Apparel for a Healthier Planet

lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced a multi-year collaboration with sustainable materials leader Genomatica to bring renewably-sourced, bio-based materials into lululemon’s products. This represents lululemon’s first-ever equity investment in a sustainable materials company and Genomatica’s largest partnership within the retail industry. Together, the two companies will create a lower-impact, plant-based nylon to replace conventional nylon, which is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.

Genomatica uses biotechnology and fermentation to convert plant-based ingredients into widely used chemical building blocks, like those used to make nylon. These building blocks are converted to pellets and yarns, and the companies will be working closely with lululemon’s fabric supply chain to incorporate .this material into future products Through this collaboration, the companies seek to create positive change within the $22B global nylon market by building more sustainable supply chains.

lululemon Partners with Leading Sustainable Materials Innovator Genomatica to Bring Bio-Nylon to Products

-TPE with Recycled Content for Automotive Interiors

Hexpol TPE’s has expanded its portfolio of Dryflex Circular TPE grades with recycled content.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

An expanded portfolio of TPEs with recycled content is now being offered by Hexpol TPE (U.S. office in Sandusky, Ohio). The new Dryflex Circular TPE grades have been tested for odor emissions performance in automotive interior applications such as inlay mats, cup holders, sealing lips and HVAC parts.

First launched in 2019, Dryflex Circular TPEs were developed to support the shift from finite fossil-based virgin materials. Recycled polymers from various sources, including PCR (post-consumer recyclate) and PIR (post-industrial recyclate), are incorporated into the Dryflex Circular TPEs. They can also be recycled in closed-loop systems at the end of life.  An key aspect of automotive interior parts is their emission behaviour regarding odor and volatile substances.

TPE with Recycled Content for Automotive Interiors

-INEOS Styrolution presents first post-consumer recycled styrenics solutions for the automotive industry at PIAE in Mannheim, Germany

Exhibits include first applications based on post-consumer recycled specialty styrenics materials  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

INEOS Styrolution to exhibit in booth 16 at PIAE

Frankfurt, August 26, 2021 – INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, will present the latest styrenics based automotive applications at the “Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference” in Mannheim, Germany, on September 8 and 9. Exhibits will include automotive interior and exterior applications – as well as the first tests with recycled specialty styrenics materials.

Over the past years, INEOS Styrolution’s portfolio of specialty styrenics materials for the automotive industry has constantly grown. Today, the styrenics portfolio for the automotive industry includes specialty grades from the Novodur®, Novodur® High Heat, Luran® S and Terblend® product families.

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

-PKN Orlen plans with KBR to look at waste plastics to petchems recycling potential

Poland’s PKN Orlen has signed a letter of intent and a feasibility study contract with KBR with a view to processing waste plastics into liquid and gaseous products that can be used in the production of chemicals, monomers and polymers, said Biznespolska.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

State-controlled Orlen and technology and engineering services provider KBR would analyse the possibility of using KBR-licensed Hydro-PRT SM technology in the recycling and “circular economy” project, it added. The project would help Orlen achieve its target of becoming emissions neutral by 2050, the company said.

Orlen said that in Europe, 24.5mn tonnes of plastic waste are generated annually, with more than one-third recycled, 42% incinerated, and 24% landfilled.

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

-An interview. European Commission: “The bioeconomy can generate significant carbon savings to reduce EU’s GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030”

The European Commission’s latest Green Deal proposals strengthen the importance of the bioeconomy  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

The Bioeconomy is an important economic concept, relevant for the European Green Deal. How could the bioeconomy support the green transition? And what are the next steps in Brussels to make the circular and sustainable bioeconomy happen?

Already now, the circular and sustainable bioeconomy is contributing to all dimensions and objectives of the European Green Deal. Through the substitution of fossil-based products and materials and through carbon sequestration in soil and forests, together with its storage in harvested wood products, the bioeconomy can generate significant carbon savings to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. At the same time, Europe has to make sure that the measures under the European Green Deal will be socially fair; no place and no person should be left behind. Again, the bioeconomy with its potential to create green jobs and growth in rural and coastal areas will mitigate this risk.

The European Commission’s latest Green Deal proposals strengthen the importance of the bioeconomy. The new Forest Strategy acknowledges and aims to boost the entire sustainable forest bioeconomy that works in synergy with the EU’s increased climate and biodiversity ambition.

An interview. European Commission: “The bioeconomy can generate significant carbon savings to reduce EU’s GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030”

-How to treat low price of VSF?

Cotton price has been increasing since the end of Jun as ZCE cotton futures has soared from 15,000yuan/mt to 18,500yuan/mt, gaining ground by 3,500yuan/mt in less than two months and the uptrend seems to sustain.

As for VSF, the performance is not eye-catching despite rising price amid minor increase of sales in early Jul. However, the market fails to keep strong after Zhengzhou was hit by heavy rain and the COVID-19 was spreading in Nanjing at the end of Jul. Sales seemed to slow down since then and the price failed to exceed 13,200yuan/mt.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

As cellulose staple fiber, VSF is indeed lower than cotton that has been hiking. The price gap has reached the peak without policy intervention and seems to widen further.

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

-Merlin Plastics is primed to collaborate on a closed loop for packaging

Founder Tony Moucachen is ready to work with the entire plastics supply chain to develop a sustainable circular economy  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

The The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), established this past spring, is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network – the most ambitious action that has ever been taken by the global plastics industry to solve our worldwide plastic waste problem. For the first time, the CPP brings together the entire plastics industry supply chain in Canada – from producers to goods and packaging manufacturers and retailers, to collectors and recyclers – all with a shared vision of a circular economy for plastics in which all varieties stay in the economy and out of the environment.
Because the packaging stream accounts for nearly 50 percent of all plastic waste produced in Canada, it is the immediate focus of the CPP’s collective efforts. Initial goals, aiming for 2025, are to not only have significantly less plastic packaging in the system overall, but also to make it more sustainable for recyclers to recover the packaging that does remain in our system. (CPP), established this past spring, is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network – the most ambitious action that has ever been taken by the global plastics industry to solve our worldwide plastic waste problem. For the first time, the CPP brings together the entire plastics industry supply chain in Canada – from producers to goods and packaging manufacturers and retailers, to collectors and recyclers – all with a shared vision of a circular economy for plastics in which all varieties stay in the economy and out of the environment.

Because the packaging stream accounts for nearly 50 percent of all plastic waste produced in Canada, it is the immediate focus of the CPP’s collective efforts. Initial goals, aiming for 2025, are to not only have significantly less plastic packaging in the system overall, but also to make it more sustainable for recyclers to recover the packaging that does remain in our system.

Merlin Plastics is primed to collaborate on a closed loop for packaging

-Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2022 – Call for Papers and Posters

Take the chance and submit your abstract for a presentation or poster now!

More than 200 leading international experts in Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilisation (Power-to-X) together with 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the hybrid event on 23–24 March 2022, in Cologne, Germany (www.co2-chemistry.eu). Main topics of the conference are strategy & policy in CCU, renewable energy and green hydrogen production, carbon capture technologies, CO2-based fuels for transport and aviation, CO2-based building blocks, bulk and fine chemicals as well as advanced CCU technologies.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

Visuals and PDF file in English available at: www.nova-institute.eu/press/?id=284

Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) is one essential pillar for the supply of renewable carbon besides biomass utilisation and recycling. The transition to the direct use of CO2 as one alternative carbon source is needed as a key element to substitute fossil sources, to fight climate change and to shift towards sustainable and climate-friendly production and consumption. For providing the full benefits of CCU technologies the use of renewable energy is indispensable. Especially the supply of green hydrogen is crucial for the production of CO2-based fuels for transportation and aviation as well as for bulk and fine chemicals.

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

-Lanxess’ FR, Glass-Reinforced Nylon 6 Selected for Lower Weight EV Battery Housings

A Durethan nylon 6 grade from Lanxess applied to a series production of Korean carmaker

New battery module housing for electric vehicles (EVs) featuring a halogen-free, flame-retardant and glass-fiber-reinforced nylon 6 from Lanxess has been adopted to series production of EV models launched this year by Korean auto parts specialist Infac.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

The battery housing uses Durethan BKV30FN04 to satisfy stringent mechanical and chemical property requirements for today’s EV components. The material is characterized by its excellent flame-retardant and electrical properties, excellent processability, and its enabling of integration of complex functions required for housing components, resulting in a smaller number of parts and a simplified assembly process as well as lighter weight.

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

-Kelheim to outline its circular approach at Dornbirn

Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will outline how it approaches the circular economy, from raw material to product design and ‘end of life’, at the upcoming Dornbirn GFC Webinar Week.

Kelheim, the world’s first viscose fibre producer with an EMAS-certified environmental management system, says it is constantly working to further improve every single one of these key sustainably aspects. Its speciality viscose fibres can be functionalized as required, which often saves further processing steps (such as dyeing or coating) as well as reducing the consumption of energy, water and chemicals.  Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

At the end of their product life, fibres from Kelheim are also completely biodegradable in a short time (according to OECD Test 301 B) and therefore contribute to the preservation of valuable habitats.

Kelheim to outline its circular approach at Dornbirn

Petrochemicals recycled styrenicss Automotive

Petrochemicals H2 BioPolymers Polyester 27-08-2021

 

Petrochemicals H2 BioPolymers Polyester 27-08-2021

 

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-Sumitomo Builds Pilot Plant for Chemical Recycling of Acrylic Resin

Pyrolyzing acrylic resin and regenerating it as MMA monomer will reduce greenhouse gas emissions over a product’s entire product life cycle by more than 60% compared with conventional virgin resins.

Sumitomo Chemical plans to construct a pilot facility for chemical recycling of acrylic resin (PMMA; poly-methyl-methacrylate) at its Ehime Works in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The new facility is scheduled to begin pilot tests in the fall of 2022 and to start providing samples in 2023.

In parallel with this project, the company will work to develop a recycling system for PMMA, from collection of scrap acrylic resin to recycling and reprocessing into products, aiming for early commercialization of chemically recycled PMMA.

Transparent, weatherable, easy-processing acrylic resins are used in a range of applications, such as automotive tail lamp covers, electrical appliances, aquariums, outdoor signboards, liquid crystal displays, building materials, and protective partition panels to reduce the spread of droplets. Global demand for acrylic resins exceeded 1.3 million tonnes in 2020, and is expected to continue to grow steadily in the future.

-Revenue up at biopolymers firm Avantium

Biopolymers firm Avantium increased its revenue for the first half of 2021 as it works towards the construction of a furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) plant in the Netherlands.

Revenue for the period increased by 11 per cent to €4.7 million ($5.5m), compared with the first six months of 2020.

Other income decreased by 26 per cent to €3.3m ($3.88m) due to lower grant recognition in the first of half of 2021. Total revenues and other income were €8m ($9.4m).

Operating expenses decreased to €15.1m ($17.75m) from €15.7m ($18.45m) for the first six months of 2020. The company’s cash position improved to €43.4m ($51m) on 30 June 2021, from €26.6m ($31.25m) at 31 December 2020.

-Kautex Textron Invests in Lightweight Battery Technology in China

The long-glass-fiber-based Pentatonic battery system weighs up to 50% less than its steel and aluminum counterparts.

Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG plans to expand production capabilities at its plant in Pinghu, China, with the recent purchase of a direct-long-fiber thermoplastic molding line including a 5,500-tonne press. The line will produce Kautex’s latest automotive innovation, the Pentatonic battery system.

Pentatonic is a lightweight, customizable battery system for hybrid and full-electric vehicles. Manufactured from thermoplastic composites or composite-metal hybrid materials, it weighs up to 50% less than its steel and aluminum counterparts.

-Britvic moves to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench 500ml bottles are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET).

The 500ml on-the-go bottles are the first to use recycled plastic from a new rPET manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire.

The facility, built by Esterform Packaging Limited following Britvic’s £5m investment support in 2019, is powered by 100% renewable energy and provides Britvic with a secure supply of quality food-grade rPET in the UK.

Mark Tyne, Esterform’s Managing Director, said: “Our £20 million project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade PET could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”

Britvic moves to 100% recycled plastic bottles

-BIO-Fed’s bioplastic grade – suitable for medium stiffness applications, e.g. closures

As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, BIO-FED is the specialist for innovative and application-oriented biocompounds. The product portfolio of biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the trade name M·VERA® is constantly being expanded with new products. Depending on the requirements profile, these compounds are either biodegradable in various environments or suitable for long-term use – and completely or partially made from renewable raw materials.

BIO-FED supplies a wide range of M∙VERA® compounds for injection moulding. This broadly diversified portfolio contains high shares of renewable content range from 50 to almost 100 %. These materials are PLA-, PBAT- or PHA-based and certified according to standards provided by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium.

The new M·VERA® GP1045 has been specially designed for injection moulding applications. It consists primarily of renewable resources and is home compostable. It is particularly suitable for applications requiring medium stiffness (tensile modulus 2,000 MPa) and can therefore be used for a wide range of household articles, toys, packaging, coffee capsules, etc.

-Closing the loop in fashion

Circularity, when clothes are returned to the earth after use, is fashion’s latest sustainability bid. But the path is paved with hurdles

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Talk of a circular fashion economy is everywhere, from the runways of fashion week to the hallways of the United Nations. The concept that has everyone buzzing is simple: instead of extracting natural resources, turning them into clothes, and then throwing them away when we’re done, a circular model involves not only minimising the resources used in making those clothes but also creating them in such a way that at the end of their lives they can be either reused or rejoin the natural environment seamlessly.

Céline Semaan, a co-founder of climate and culture non-profit Slow Factory, articulates the stakes well. “Everything you make returns to the earth as food or as poison,” she says. Circularity is rooted in trying to embrace the former.

Closing the loop in fashion

-Knowde Launches Sourcing Platform for Plastic Packaging Materials

Users can search, filter, request samples and quotes, and purchase everything from raw materials to compounds on a single platform.

Knowde, an online marketplace for ingredients, polymers, and chemistry, announced the launch of the plastics for packaging segment of its global platform. Specifiers, converters, compounders, and buyers can search, filter, collaborate, request samples and quotes, and purchase everything from raw materials to compounded products in one place.

Knowde’s plastics for packaging segment compiles an array of vinyl polymers, polyolefins, polyamides, styrenics, polyesters and copolyesters, and pigments and colorants from hundreds of companies, including DuPont, Mitsubishi Chemical, AdvanSix, Sasol, Invista, and Vynova.

“From protecting the food that we eat to creating tamper-proof safeguards for medical and pharmaceutical applications, plastic packaging materials play a vital role in the production of the bottles, bags, shrink wrap, stretch film, blister packs, and clamshells that consumers use every day,” said Dan Haas, Chief Commercial Officer at San Jose, CA–based Knowde. “Plastic is often considered to be the most recyclable, sustainable alternative among packaging material options.”

-Berlin Packaging acquires the Juvasa Group

Hybrid packaging supplier Berlin Packaging has acquired the Juvasa Group, a group of companies focused on the supply of glass, plastic, and metal packaging for the food and beverage industry.

Founded in 1987, the family-owned business began when the founder, Juan Valle Santos, needed to source glass jars to market his honey. Today, the Juvasa Group is led by Jesús Valle Sánchez, the founder’s son, and is a leading supplier of bottles and jars for olive oil, wine, spirits, sauces, vegetable preserves, honey, and more.

Based in Sevilla, Spain, and with locations throughout Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands, the Juvasa Group has an extensive commercial presence and logistical capabilities. The Juvasa Group also offers custom packaging design services through Avanza Packaging, its in-house design studio, and has a robust online store at juvasa.com.

-What Naukatek did next…

Norway’s Naukatek is currently planning to launch an entirely new product range of high performance materials based on meltblown nonwovens, according to the latest INDEX 2020 exhibition newsletter.

One of the most intriguing companies to emerge during the era of Covid-19, Naukatek AS was founded by nanotechnologist Liudmila Ilyukhina, polymer production specialist Ilya Gorelkin and serial entrepreneur Stein Inge Haaland in March 2020, in direct response to the pandemic.

Its goal was to make Norway self-sufficient in the critical meltblown filter material it needed for facemasks for the country’s healthcare workers and the new company moved fast – if a little too fast for the country’s government.

-Automation of packaging – to spread its magic

The balancing act – customization and profitability

Customers and OEMs can design and test their machines and workflows virtually using B&R hardware and software modules and by creating Digital Twins.

The packaging industry has seen a revolutionary transformation that was unimaginable a decade ago. Over the years, the industry has seen packaging goods in immeasurable sizes and varied shapes. There is no doubt that good packaging attracts customers. However, packaging should spread its magic by being interactive. It should tell something precise about the product inside and about the brand that manufactured it. The personalized

the connection between brand and consumer has been driving packing design for years.

Customization and individualization have always had an enormous share of the packaging industry. Traditional packaging companies have maintained profitability by generating products on a massive scale. The equation has long been a simple one – keep costs low by accepting only large volume orders.

Automation and robotics over the years have been instrumental in providing cutting-edge technology to packaging solutions. With the latest industrial revolution, packaging is expected to receive a fillip by building its networked value.

Mass customization and personalized packaging

Today, with ever-changing consumer demands, there is a clear need for sustainability and cost-effective packaging machines. The major challenge for machine builders is to manufacture batch sizes of one economically, improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and reduce unplanned downtime.

Automation of packaging – to spread its magic

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester 26-08-2021

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester 26-08-2021

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

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-MEG demand weakens but overseas supply tightness continues

MEG buying sentiment remains weak in China recently due to polyester output reduction. MEG prices have seen rebound this week on the back of rising oil prices, but the durability of persistent buying is hard to sustain. Spot-futures spread is only around 35-45yuan/mt.

Downstream mills are facing increasing inventory pressure as export orders have been put forward and export loadings are stagnated. In terms of domestic sales, most mills have not received new orders.

Polyester sales ratio remains weak on cautious buying and polyester product inventories stand high.

MEG demand weakens but overseas supply tightness continues

-‘Very disruptive’ direct solar-to-hydrogen commercially viable by 2030, says oil group Repsol

Spanish fossil player plans demo plant for converting PV power directly into green H2 without need for electrolysis as intermediate step

Oil & gas firm Repsol by 2024 plans to build a demonstrator plant at its Puertollano industrial complex in Spain for the production of renewable hydrogen by directly tapping solar energy, a process it claims could be commercially viable by the end of the decade.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

The Spanish group said it is aiming for the novel technology – which doesn’t need the intermediate step of electrolysis crucial to other green H2 production methods – to reach “commercial maturity” by 2030. Repsol is developing the process, called photoelectrocatalysis, together with Spanish gas grid operator Enagas.

The demo plant is slated to occupy close to half a hectare and have a production of 100 kilogrammes of renewable H2 per day. It is planned to be followed by 2028 by the installation of an industrial-scale plant of about 60ha and with a production capacity of up to 10 tonnes of the green gas per day.

'Very disruptive' direct solar-to-hydrogen commercially viable by 2030, says oil group Repsol

-Polyester with advanced biodegradation

ADVAterra, a biodegradable polyester fibre made from 100% recycled feedstock which can be degraded by microorganisms in biologically active environments, is being launched by Advansa.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

The ADVAterra fibres originating from 100% post-consumer PET bottles are engineered via proprietary modifications to provide biodegradation capabilities without sacrificing the favourable mechanical properties of PET.

The new fibre is available as water dispersible short cut fibre for the paper and wetlaid nonwovens industies as well as staple fibre for drylaid nonwovens and tow for the flock industry in various finenesses and cut length combinations. It can be used in production across diverse end-use applications, even for applications with food contact.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

Products made from ADVAterra have the same properties as conventional non-biodegradable standard fibres and can be processed just as easily, minimising environmental consequences without sacrificing quality and performance.

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

-Recycled PET flakes to remain firm in short

Recently, oil prices go weakening, and polyester feedstock prices have been constantly decreasing. PET fiber chip prices also fall down evidently, with semi-dull chips down from 6,700-6,800yuan/mt to 6,250-6,350yuan/mt, ex-works or short-distance delivered.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

For PET flake market, prices of hot washed blue and white flakes in Zhejiang and Jiangsu are little altered, with the mainstream trading prices still at 5,000-5,200yuan/mt delivered, higher at 5,300yuan/mt. Market supply is not large, and orders for suppliers are moderate, with small selling pressure.

Compared with the PET fiber chip, the price spread remains at above 1,000yuan/mt. The decline of PET fiber chip prices has little impact on PET flake prices. For the major consumer, HC re-PSF plants, the prices of HC re-PSF are mainly at 6,400-6,500yuan/mt, and the price spread with PET flakes is about 1,100-1,500yuan/mt based on hot washed blue and white flakes. Currently, some re-PSF plants purchase cold washed blue and white flakes, with the prices at 4,200-4,300yuan/mt, then the actual profitability can improve. Besides, some plants directly purchase bottle bales and then process, so the profitability will be better.

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

-A scalable process for the chemical recycling of PET using ionic organocatalysts

Professor Joe Wood of the School of Chemical Engineering has teamed up with Professor Andrew Dove of the School of Chemistry to study the chemical recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), with the award of a new grant of £1.17 million from EPSRC.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

There is an urgent need to devise processes for recycling plastics, with an estimated total of 8,300 million metric tonnes of plastics produced to date, of which less than 10% have been recycled overall.

The end fate of polymers can include landfill, burning which contributes to CO2 production, global warming, and discarding into the environment, including rivers and oceans.

Of the materials which are recycled, mechanical or thermal recycling techniques typically produce a lower grade of polymer which can be used in applications such as clothing, insulation, garden and road furniture for example, and also has inferior properties (e.g. colour and mechanical specification) and value compared with virgin polymers. Chemical recycling has the advantage of breaking down the polymer to produce virgin monomer, which can be recycled to new products as part of the Circular Economy.

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

-Carpet America Recovery Effort conference to go ahead virtually

CARE event takes place online August 31 to September 1

In recognition of the current pandemic situation and to ensure the health of stakeholders, the 19th Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Annual Conference on August 31-September 1, formerly set to be held in Minneapolis, will be a completely virtual event.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

According to CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples, the theme of the Conference, Carpet Recycling: Forward Together, reflects an industry that has come through the financial and social pain caused by the pandemic, but which is ready to collaborate and grow the carpet recycling ecosystem.

“We had such high hopes for the18th Conference in 2020; it had the theme “Carpet Recycling Comes of Age,” notes Peoples. “We have lost more than a year due to Covid-19. However, we are pleased that our California COVID Action Plan supported recyclers in their time of need. Now our stakeholders are focused on tackling the challenges of a recovering industry with innovation and creativity.”

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

-New materials, new opportunities

As a technology partner in various areas of the plastics and packaging industry, KIEFEL GmbH now supports its customers in the development of biodegradable materials and products.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

With Fiber Thermoforming, KIEFEL has opened a complementary field of technology utilising natural fibres, incorporating decades of knowhow from plastics processing into the development of the Fiber Thermoforming machines.

In addition to classic recyclable plastics, the company can now process fibre-based, recycled and bio-based materials. Virgin fibres (unprocessed cellulose) can be used to comply with food industry regulations for packaging solutions, meaning KIEFEL can provide the optimal product development and production technology, regardless of the material.

The raw material for fibre products is pulp or paper dissolved in water. This is shaped, pressed, dried and converted into dimensionally stable packaging that can be recycled or composted. Depending on the application, they offer an alternative made from renewable raw materials, with a low CO2 footprint. The Fiber Thermoforming process enables high-quality products with perfect rims and geometry tolerances similar to plastics.

Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

-Berry’s bpi opens UK’s first wash plant & recycling site for flexibles & rigid plastics

Berry bpi has recently installed the first wash plant and recycling facility in the UK that is able to recycle both flexible and rigid plastics.

The new operation at Berry’s Heanor, Derbyshire factory, co-funded by WRAP, will increase the company’s recycling capacity by approximately 1,200 tonnes per year.

Sourcing material from both household and industrial waste and utilising an advanced purification process, the plant produces high quality and consistent recyclate that can be used in a variety of industrial and consumer rigid and flexible applications such as storage boxes and collation shrink films.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

Additionally, all water used during the recycling process is recirculated and reused, reducing overall water consumption. In addition, waste from the process is sent to a waste to energy plant in nearby Nottingham.

Berry’s bpi opens UK’s first wash plant & recycling site for flexibles & rigid plastics

-kpNext™ – Klöckner Pentaplast launches its new recylable PET blister film

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a leading global manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions with industry-leading use of recycled content material, has launched kpNext, its first-to-market innovation in recyclable PET blister films. kpNext is the only PET recyclable blister that is completely compatible on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill and seal equipment.

kp has a rich history of innovative pharmaceutical blister packaging solutions and kpNextׄ is the next step of that evolution. Not only is kpNext the only PET film designed to be a recyclable blister package, but it does not come at the expense of the manufacturing process. Pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilise kpNext on their existing form, fill and seal lines with no loss of line speed or a need to retool. It truly is the best of both worlds, a sustainable yet functional solution.

From consumers to global brands to governments, the demand for recyclable packaging has never been higher. kpNext answers those calls. It is produced from a globally recyclable material and is designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

kpNext™ - Klöckner Pentaplast launches its new recylable PET blister film

-Compostable plastics are getting more sustainable but are still no cure-all

Certified compostable bioplastics are doing their share to alleviate plastic pollution, but they can’t be depended upon to reverse the plastic crisis on their own.

Companies have been increasingly investing in compostable plastics in a bid to curb global plastic pollution.

Some 125 brands and corporations (including L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Mars and The Coca Cola Company) have pledged to work towards ‘100% reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025’ according to goals set out by the Ellen McArthur Foundation.  Petrochemicals H2 Biodegradable Polyester

Compostable plastics refer to a subset of biodegradable plastics that break down into their natural components without leaving behind toxic residue. Technically, all plastics can break down-the only difference is the time frame and the conditions needed. Both biodegradable and compostable plastics break down under natural biological processes, but compostable plastics also produce carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass that can be directly beneficial to the environment.

On this account, there has been some confusion over brands using the terms ‘compostable’ and ‘biodegradable’ interchangeably.

Compostable plastics are getting more sustainable but are still no cure-all

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-Carbon fiber nonwovens as an innovative and sustainable reinforcement textile

In the last few years the use of carbon fibers has already proven many times that its unique properties revolutionize entire industries and set new impulses. These fibers are not only attractive due to their special look, but also because of their functional properties. As a result, they can be used to target different problems and needs across a wide range of technologies, such as lightweight construction, corrosion resistance and also sustainability of materials.

We at TENOWO produce nonwovens from ” virgin carbon fibers” as well as from waste and cut fibers from the carbon fiber processing industries, in other words from recycled carbon fibers (rCF).

The possible applications of our carbon fiber nonwovens are enormously diverse due to their outstanding properties. Potential applications for rCF nonwovens are fiber reinforced components (applications for example in automotive/ construction/ transportation/ aerospace/ sports) and heat or electromagnetic shielding. Other applications: Sporting goods, mechanical engineering, boat construction, mold manufacturing, commercial vehicles, consumer electronics, medical devices and construction renovation.

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-Promix exhibiting environmental solutions at FAKUMA

Promix Solutions will be presenting solutions from its core competencies of mixing, foaming and cooling in plastics processing at FAKUMA. In addition to classic static mixing technology, visitors can learn how Promix physical foam systems can save on raw material costs in extrusion processes, improve foam quality and reduce carbon emissions.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

For manufacturers of light foams such as XPS, XPP, XPE, XPET, Promix will exhibit how the P1 cooling mixer technology can be used to achieve a better cell structure and thus improve mechanical properties or reduce foam density.

The company will emphasise a mixing nozzle specially developed for PET preform production – the use of which prevents local acetaldehyde concentrations exceeding the legal limit value and AA blockers can be saved. Furthermore, an improved colour distribution and better mixing of rPET can be achieved. This favours a higher rPET content and thus contributes to the circular economy. The PET mixing nozzle is supplied ready for connection and installed in place of the existing injection moulding nozzle.

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-Electric Vehicles Ease into Fast Lane as Internal Combustion Engine Enters ‘Permanent Decline’

Internal combustion-based passenger vehicle sales “almost certainly passed their peak in 2017,” according to the Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook report from BloombergNEF.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

Make no mistake: The future of mobility is electric. Yes, there are still some pockets of resistance, waxing nostalgic for the “chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected” rides of yore, but that is best experienced through the rear-view mirror.

As the cost of batteries and electric vehicles as a whole declines and the driving range per charge expands, electric vehicles (EVs) will displace the internal combustion-powered beast at a dizzying pace.

In fact, the process has already begun, according to BloombergNEF’s sixth annual Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO). Internal combustion-based passenger vehicle sales “almost certainly passed their peak in 2017 and are now in permanent decline,” states the report.

The current EVO marks the “first major increase” in BloombergNEF’s EV adoption outlook in the last five years. It was commissioned by the non-profit European Federation for Transport and Environment, which lobbies for sustainable mobility options in Europe.

The full report is available for download to BNEF clients, but anyone willing to register can access a fairly comprehensive summary here. In the meantime, here are some highlights from the summary.

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-NILIT – Making Nylon Sustainable

NILIT, the global leader in high-quality Nylon 6.6 for apparel, and owner of the SENSIL® sustainable brand, is proud to announce the publication of its sustainability report covering the period 2017-2020. The document, entitled “Making Nylon Sustainable,” details the company’s significant achievements to improve its environmental footprint as well as its plans to positively influence the textile and apparel industry to choose more sustainable products and use them in more responsible ways.  Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

“Sustainability is a core value at NILIT,” says Ilan Melamed, General Manager. “We are dedicated to providing the most consumer-relevant, highest quality, and most sustainable premium Nylon 6.6 products to the apparel market. To attain this goal, we continually invest in operations and product development, leveraging our partnerships throughout the supply chain. ‘Making Nylon Sustainable’ captures our vision and our commitment to environmental and social responsibility, and we are very pleased to make this public statement.”

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-Spandex prices stop rising due to weaker downstream market

The operating rate of spandex downstream plants started falling from mid-Aug, resulting into slower sales of spandex. Some spandex companies saw slightly mounting inventory. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

Price of spandex turned to shiver at high level after continued surging in Jan-Jul. Some market players began to doubt whether price of spandex will start falling? How will supply and demand change on spandex market?

After some units in Zhuji Huahai started operation, the spandex capacity rose by 20kt/year to 871.5kt. Huafong Chongqing’s 50kt/year unit is expected to gradually commission operation from late-Aug. New spandex units are expected to start production intensively. The existing units may continue running at high capacity. Spandex production is expected to have upward space in end-Q3 and Q4.

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-SSM Launches NEO-YW for More Efficiency and Sustainability

SSM is introducing the new winder, NEO-YW which leverages all of the company’s latest winding improvements to create a precision winding machine that is easy to use while delivering greater winding performance.

It only takes a simple click of the button on the touch screen terminal to adjust all winding parameters. The elimination of the mechanical adjustments improves winding performance while also saving time and manpower.

The direct package drive ensures a precise package build-up and the best unwinding performance. The NEO-YW can process a wide range of yarn counts, from 10 up to 3 000 dtex. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

In addition, the new automatic, regulated electro-mechanical back pressure system enables density regulation for high and low densities with an accuracy of up to ±3 g/l, depending on yarn and winding parameters.

SSM Launches NEO-YW for More Efficiency and Sustainability

-GAIL India selects Grace UNIPOL technology for its new PP plant in Pata

  1. R. Grace & Co. a leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to GAIL (India) Limited, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The UNIPOL PP process technology will be used for a 60 KTA PP plant located at their existing petrochemical complex in Pata, India. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

Mr. Shri M. V. Iyer, Director of Business Development, said, “We are excited to partner with Grace and their UNIPOL® PP Process Technology at our existing gas cracker complex in Pata, India. The total project economics, which included a catalyst supply agreement, made this an easy choice for us. We plan to produce a variety of homo-, random, and impact- copolymer resins using our existing propylene supply.”

GAIL India selects Grace UNIPOL technology for its new PP plant in Pata

-Agilyx and Kumho Petrochemical Assess a Chemical Recycling Facility to produce raw material for tires out of post-use plastic

Agilyx Corporation (AGLX), a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx ASand a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics and Kumho Petrochemical, a global leader in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, have announced a collaboration to explore the development and construction of a chemical recycling project in South Korea.

“We’re very interested in recycling of post-use plastics, while focusing on utilizing post-use polystyrene into the pure styrene,” stated Jong-Hoon Baek, CEO of Kumho Petrochemical. “Collaboration with Agilyx will give Kumho Petrochemical an opportunity of proposing new line of eco-SSBR products to most of our customers who prefer sustainable products.”  Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

“We are pleased to partner with Kumho Petrochemical to explore this project and expand the market for post-use recycled polystyrene into new, high growth and technically demanding applications such as this,” stated Tim Stedman, CEO of Agilyx. “The potential to use waste plastic to create high performance SSBR for the manufacture of tires is a very exciting example of our technology’s ability to create a new life for plastic.”

Agilyx and Kumho Petrochemical Assess a Chemical Recycling Facility to produce raw material for tires out of post-use plastic

-Intertek Approved to Certify to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS)

(Lowell, MA.) Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce that it has been accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board as an approved certification body for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

GOTS is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental and social criteria along the processing and manufacturing of the organic textiles supply chain. GOTS aims to harmonise organic cotton standards to achieve international recognition.

GOTS sets worldwide requirements for environmentally friendly production systems and social accountability in the organic textile sector. GOTS, along with Textile Exchange’s OCS (Organic Content Standard), provide an impetus for increasing global organic cotton production and is a trusted tool to for companies to verify and communicate organically grown content claims to the industry. The GOTS requirements draws on the advice of, and input from, other relevant international stakeholder organisations and experts for regular standard updates.

Intertek Approved to Certify to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS)

-Batteries made from trees could help transform the future of electric travel

Finnish sustainable material developers have opened a mill that turns powdered tree macromolecules into energy

A material found in the wood of our plants is being trialled as a way to produce sustainable battery power. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Carbon Fiber

Finnish designers Stora Enso have built a new production facility costing €10 million that will create renewable bio-based carbon by turning trees into batteries. This will be achieved by the use of a wood-based material called lignin.

The plant is based beside the company’s Sunila Mill in Kotka, southern Finland, which employs over 150 people and specialises in producing softwood pulp, and biofuels like tall oil and turpentine.

Batteries made from trees could help transform the future of electric travel

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-Aquapak innovation maximizes fibre recovery rates critical to meeting circular economy

New research conducted by Aquapak Polymers highlights that recycle-ready adhesives and fully soluble barriers can replace plastics in fibre-based packaging, making it fully recyclable in high volume recycling mills. Based on the research, Aquapak has developed a novel biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble polymer called Hydropol which is three times stronger than alternatives and is designed to be used in existing thermo-processing equipment, giving it a wider range of applications.

According to the company, Hydropol enables up to 100 percent paper/board recovery whatever the percentage packaging makeup.The new technology is non-toxic, marine safe, dissolve and subsequently biodegrades, but still provides the much-needed functionality required for food, drink and household product packaging.

Aquapak innovation maximizes fibre recovery rates critical to meeting circular economy

-NPP POLYPLASTIC plans to launch two compounding lines in Engels

NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, plans to commission two compounding lines in Engels this year, the company said.

Investments in equipment amounted to EUR3.3 mn euros (Rb286 mn). After reaching the design capacity by 2022, these lines will produce 20,000 tonnes of material per year in addition to the volume that is already being produced today, and in 2023 it is planned to build a plant in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the Volga region.

The report notes that in August 2021, NPP POLYPLASTIC celebrates its 30th anniversary. The company has produced 2 mn tonnes of thermoplastic compounds in three decades.

Earlier it was reported that RPC “POLYPLASTIC” plans to increase the volume of exports several times in the near future.

NPP “POLYPLASTIC” plans to modernize 50% of production lines by 2025 in terms of automation of the control system and traceability of production process data.

NPP POLYPLASTIC plans to launch two compounding lines in Engels

-Chevron invests in waste-to-hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuel startup in northen California

Chevron and other partners said they are investing in a startup to build modular waste-to-green hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuel facilities in northern California with tentative plans to eventually grow worldwide, reported S&P Global.

The USD20 million investment in Wyoming-based Raven SR is focused on technology to develop combustion-free, green hydrogen for transportation that is cleaner than so-called blue hydrogen derived from natural gas.

Unlike alternative approaches to waste disposal, such as incineration or gasification, Raven touts a steam and carbon dioxide reformation process that does not involve any combustion, purportedly reducing emissions and producing more green hydrogen per ton of waste than competing processes.

The goal also is to utilize the technology to produce more synthetic liquid fuels, including diesel and jet fuel, as well as other additives and solvents, such as naphtha, and even some electricity via microturbines. Further decarbonizing the production of jet fuel is a key goal, Raven said, to help combat climate change.

Other project partners include New York-based Hyzon Motors, Japan’s Itochu Corp. and the Ascent Hydrogen Fund. Hyzon, which focuses on hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, and Raven plan to build up to 250 hydrogen production facilities worldwide.

But the first facilities with Chevron and the partners will be in the San Francisco area.

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-PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical receives commercial production at its new PP plant in Liaoyang Province

PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical Co Ltd , part of the Chinese petrochemical major – PetroChina, has successfully started up its new polypropylene (PP) plant this week, according to CommoPlast with reference to market sources.

Based in Liaoning City, Liaoyang Province, China, the new PP plant has a production capacity of 300,000 tons/year. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Cotton Yarn

A source closed to the company informed that they has achieved prime grade production since 5 pm, 18 August, 2021, hence the commercial run was officially started up.

As MRC reported previously, the construction of a new PP plant in Liaoning began in September, 2019, and was completed in early June, 2021.

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-PolyOne rebrands as Avient following Clariant Masterbatch acquisition

PolyOne has rebranded to ‘Avient’ following the acquisition of the colour masterbatch businesses of Clariant and Clariant Chemicals India Ltd.

The entry into the agreement to acquire the Clariant Masterbatch business was originally announced in December 2019. The Clariant Masterbatch business includes 46 manufacturing operations and technology centres in 29 countries and approximately 3,500 employees, who will join Avient’s Colour, Additives and Inks segment.

Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avient, commented: “We proudly welcome our newest associates and valued customers from Clariant Masterbatch.

PolyOne rebrands as Avient following Clariant Masterbatch acquisition

-A novel green technology to transform the single-use plastic market

The CSIR has developed a bioplastic technology for producing 100% biodegradable and compostable plastic. The technology enables single-use plastic products that, when they end up in landfills, bio-degrade within 180 days. The bioplastic products, when combined with organic waste, can turn into compost within 90 days, leaving no toxic residues.

The CSIR has developed a bioplastic technology for producing 100% biodegradable and compostable plastic. The technology enables single-use plastic products that, when they end up in landfills, bio-degrade within 180 days. The bioplastic products, when combined with organic waste, can turn into compost within 90 days, leaving no toxic residues.

Bioplastics are a relatively new field within the South African plastics industry. As a result, landfills overflow with plastic bags and products from the household waste removal process. The CSIR’s bioplastic is made from plant-based materials to ensure that the disposed plastic waste in landfills is transformed from the biobased polymer into organic fertiliser. The development is a significant milestone for the CSIR in working towards environmental sustainability and a green economy for South Africa.

“Our bioplastic technology is based on the use of biopolymers and agricultural waste by-products such as starch, cellulose and glycerol.

A novel green technology to transform the single-use plastic market

-Circulatory Management of Polymer Waste: Recycling into Fine Fibers and Their Applications

In modern society, it is impossible to imagine life without polymeric materials. However, managing the waste composed of these materials is one of the most significant environmental issues confronting us in the present day.

Recycling polymeric waste is the most important action currently available to reduce environmental impacts worldwide and is one of the most dynamic areas in indus[1]try today. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Cotton Yarn

Utilizing this waste could not only benefit the environment but also promote sustainable development and circular economy management.

In its program statement, the European Unionhas committed to support the use of sorted polymeric waste.

This study reviews recent attempts to recycle this waste and convert it by alternative technologies into fine, nano-, and microscale fibers using electrospinning, blowing, melt, or centrifugal spinning.

This review provides information regarding applying reprocessed fine fibers in various areas and a concrete approach to mitigate the threat of pollution caused by polymeric materials.

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-How long will the rise of cotton yarn last?

ZCE cotton futures climbed up and broke through prior high after falling back in the end of Jul. Jan contracts once moved up to 18,500yuan/mt at the highest, nearly 1000yuan/mt higher from the low in early Aug. Cotton yarn paled facing the hot cotton. The offers of cotton yarn mills have increased by 500-1000yuan/mt, but they are hardly accepted by downstream buyers. The reason lies in the inconsistent anticipations of upstream and downstream in a sign that big differences exist in the fundamentals between cotton and cotton fabric which embarrasses the intermediate link cotton yarn. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Cotton Yarn

From the perspective of cotton, production reduction of new cotton and rush procurement of seed cotton seem to be inevitable and this anticipation generally recognized on the market boosts cotton price. Most players expect the price of new seed cotton over 8yuan/kg, even 10yuan/mt, about 24,000yuan/mt conversed into lint cotton price. Even if the specific price level is hard to tell, the ginners are highly possible to procure seed cotton in a rush and push up cotton price. CCFGroup also holds the bullish attitude to cotton price before Oct.

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-Oxo-biodegradable Technology

Oxo-biodegradable technology is an environmentally responsible solution for your plastic product, film, or packaging needs.

Products made with d2w biodegradable technology look and feel like conventional plastic. The difference is that if a bag or packaging made with d2w escapes collection and ends up as litter in the open environment, it will degrade and  biodegrade in a continuous, irreversible and unstoppable process until there is nothing left. it biodegrades in the same way as nature’s wastes, without leaving toxic residues or microplastics behind. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Cotton Yarn

The d2w accelerates the natural process of oxidation until the product is no longer a plastic and has become a material which can be bio-assimilated (i.e. used as a food source) by bacteria and fungi on land or sea.

This has recently been confirmed beyond doubt by a 5-year study sponsored by the French government, called the Oxomar Project.

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-Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

Widespread shortages in range of materials used to make cars are impacting production but OEMs and suppliers are responding by accelerating the development of alternative closed-loop supply chains

Shortages in electronic components and semiconductors are costing OEMs dear in production and logistics. Losses in output are likely to impact overall new vehicle sales volumes as well. However, headlines around semiconductors and computer chips can miss the fact that many other commodities are currently in short supply, from leather and fabrics, to steel and rubber. Petrochemicals Hydrogen Cotton Yarn

These supply chain issues may not be shutting down production lines but they are likely to hit the bottom line of many manufacturers with significant price increases. That is leading to a serious rethinking of many current supply chains. OEMs are already making more use of control towers, asset tracking and other data, as well as digital tools to improve visibility of the supply chain. However, manufactures are also looking at changes in sourcing, including having additional supply options, or new alternatives altogether.

Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

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-Commentary: Addressing plastics in the circular economy

Manufacturers and recyclers can move closer to achieving a circular economy for plastic scrap in several ways. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

The circular economy can be defined as an ideal, zero-waste economy where the materials we use every day follow a closed-loop, circular journey that starts with manufacturing and utilization and then moves into reuse, repair, redistribute, refurbish, remanufacture and sometimes compost. With a circular economy, everything comes back and is used again in one form or another, minimizing or completely eliminating landfills and incineration.

The circular economy differs from the existing linear economy, where things are produced, used and then some things can be reused or recycled, but some things end up in the landfill, oceans or other places they don’t belong. Some types of plastics are especially problematic in terms of recycling, but increasingly, manufacturers are becoming more conscious of the materials they’re producing and using to ensure that they can either be recycled, reused or composted.

Addressing plastics in the circular economy

-Magna introduces new electric vehicle front end panel

The Mezzo panel integrates ADAS sensors and lighting and features hidden-until-lit functionality. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. has introduced its new Mezzo panel technology, designed for electric vehicle front ends.

In a news release, Magna officials say the fully integrated Mezzo panel offers “a fresh canvas” for designers and an opportunity for engineers to integrate advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) capabilities like radar, cameras and lighting.

“We can essentially hand designers and engineers a paint brush to create adaptations of current vehicle designs or start fresh on a blank, customizable surface to redefine brands for future electric and autonomous vehicles,” said Brian Krull, global director of innovation for Magna’s Exteriors group.

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-New needlepunch plant for Precision

Precision Textiles, a supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations for the bedding, automotive and healthcare industries, is expanding its capacity with the opening of a new needlepunch plant in North Carolina.

The new 160,000-square-foot facility, once a textiles production plant that serviced the automobile industry, will help the company serve its customer base in the high-growth mattress industry. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

Represents Precision’s first domestic manufacturing facility outside its New Jersey headquarters, the plant will double its needlepunch nonwovens production and boost its high-loft quilting fibre output by 50%.

In addition to its production capacity, the facility includes warehousing space with the 100-person workforce including new employees as well as some experienced staff from the textiles company that previously operated the plant.

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-Plants: Toyo awarded contract for Prime’s PP plant

Faurecia to buy 60% of lighting firm Hella; deal worth EUR6.8 bn

Japanese engineering firm Toyo Engineering Corporation has been awarded a contract for a project to construct a polypropylene (PP) plant for Prime Polymer Co. As part of the deal, Toyo will carry out the EPC contract on a full turn-key basis that includes engineering, procurement, and construction. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

Toyo will build the 200,000 tonnes/year capacity PP unit at Ichihara-shi site at Chiba. The unit is scheduled for start up in 2024.

Plants: Toyo awarded contract for Prime’s PP plant

-DGTR recommends anti-dumping duty on polyester yarn from China, Indonesia and Vietnam

The directorate is an investigative arm of the commerce ministry, which probes dumping of goods, a significant increase in imports and subsidised imports from India’s trade partners. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

The commerce ministry’s investigative arm DGTR has recommended the imposition of anti-dumping duty on polyester yarn – used in making fabric for garments and home furnishing – from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam for five years, according to a notification.

The move is aimed at protecting domestic players in the sector against cheap imports from these countries.

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended the duty after concluding its probe that imports of the yarn from these countries have been exported at dumped prices in India, which has impacted the domestic industry.

DGTR recommends anti-dumping duty on polyester yarn from China, Indonesia and Vietnam

-Inauguration of Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore (PRAS)

PRAS in partnership with HTP GmbH & Co and Aachen Germany is commencing the feasibility study of PET recycling plant in Singapore. PET is a large volume component of plastic waste in Singapore. Innovation is key to successful recycling of plastics. PRCOE (a subcommittee of PRAS) is envisioned to be a scientific knowledge and technology skills committee of PRAS and to be launched later as a R&D centre, for a range of plastics recycling strategies with desired sustainability credentials. PRCOE will co-learn from the leading centres around the world, and fast track and customise leading edge solutions to Singapore first and then to ASEAN as the companies foray into the region. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

PRCOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CHASE, Austria in the areas of digital twin technology, process intensification and circular process streams.

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-Alpla acquires packaging manufacturer Wolf Plastics

The deal will expand packaging supplier Alpla’s product portfolio in Central and Southeastern Europe.

In a move that expands its product portfolio in Central and Southeastern Europe, packaging supplier Alpla Group is purchasing the Wolf Plastics Group for an undisclosed amount.  Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

Headquartered in Kammern, Austria, Wolf also has production facilities in Hungary and Romania.

The Austrian and Romanian competition authorities are currently examining the proposal, Alpla officials said in a news release. Closure of the deal is subject to regulatory approval.

Alpla acquires packaging manufacturer Wolf Plastics

-FAKUMA 2021: Spotlight on high quality output and reliability for recycling specialist Lindner’s new PET hot-wash system and micromat premium shredder

Besides digitalisation and automation, the circular economy is a key topic in the plastics processing industry. Changing from a linear to a circular economy, the quality of the recycled material plays an increasingly important role. Lindner, one of the leading manufacturers of shredders, system solutions and industrial washing systems for plastics recycling, is taking on this challenge and will be presenting a new hot-wash system for recovering PET (polyethylene terephthalate) at Fakuma 2021, booth A6-6108. Equipped with the new hot-wash tower and the also new Lindner step dryer, the company is setting new standards in PET recycling. When shredding the plastic to be recovered, the focus of Lindner’s Micromat series is firmly on quality, reliability, robustness and experience. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

The circular economy remains a hot topic. Sustainability, resource conservation and the reduction of the ecological footprint take centre stage and underline the necessity of recycling all kinds of plastics. In addition to efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the main challenge is to use a reliably functioning system that allows for a high degree of flake purity and therefore high-quality recyclate.

FAKUMA 2021: Spotlight on high quality output and reliability for recycling specialist Lindner’s new PET hot-wash system and micromat premium shredder

-Lanxess Develops Concept for Automotive Radar Sensors with Integrated Thermal Management

The combination of thermally conductive plastics with metallic cooling elements will benefit radar sensors that enable driver-assistance systems.

Thermoplastic high-performance polymer supplier Lanxess has developed a new concept for radar sensors with integrated thermal management that will benefit autonomous driving. Petrochemicals RPET Circular Economy

Though there is still some distance to go, driver-assistance systems are increasingly set to become a key feature of future generations of cars, and 360° monitoring of the vehicle’s surroundings is enabled by — among other things — radar waves. The radar sensors are an essential component for distance control, lane change monitoring, collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitoring systems.

The sensors must be dust- and water-proof and consequently are designed as fully enclosed systems. However, this makes it difficult for heat to be effectively dissipated from the inside, which, in turn, can impair the performance of the electronics and durability of the sensors. “This is why we developed a concept that allows heat to be dissipated by means of thermally conductive plastics in combination with metallic cooling elements,” says Gregor Jaschkewitz, application developer in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit at Lanxess. “The individual sensor components are assembled using integrated snap fits and hot rivets, a process that is much less costly and time-consuming than using screws.”

Lanxess Develops Concept for Automotive Radar Sensors with Integrated Thermal Management

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 980 $/ton 950 $/ton- -30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,550 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton -200
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton -200
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,190 yuan/ton 4,915 yuan/ton -275
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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750 $/ton 710 $/ton -40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,155 yuan/ton 5,065 yuan/ton -90
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 675 $/ton 648 $/ton- -27
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 935 $/ton 876 $/ton -59
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 916 $/ton 857 $/ton -59
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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898 $/ton 871 $/ton -27
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
-150
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton -150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals ACN Polyethyleneterephthalate
7,550 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,250 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,000 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,450 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,300 yuan/ton 39,500 yuan/ton -1,200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals ACN Polyethyleneterephthalate

17,700 yuan/ton 17,650 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,300 yuan/ton 20,200 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,900 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 104.000 yuan/ton 104,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 91,500 yuan/ton 91,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 80,000 yuan/ton 80,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,500 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 7,510 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton -10
Benzene overseas  market 979 $/ton 935 $/ton -44
Ethylene South 965 $/ton860 960 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals ACN Polyethyleneterephthalate

1,265 $/ton 1,133 $/ton -132
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,100 $/ton 2,100 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,700 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,850 yuan/ton 12,750 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals ACN Polyethyleneterephthalate
8,220 yuan/ton 8,170 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  663 $/ton 607 $/ton
-56
Phenol domestic market 8,840 yuan/ton 9,220 yuan/ton +380

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Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE 21-08-2021

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-LDPE gains momentum due to the tight fundamentals

Since mid-August, LDPE rebounds after consolidates for nearly two months, and its price rising form 10,300-10,500yuan/mt to around 11,000-11,500yuan/mt. A similar situation also occurred at the beginning of 2021, but then as traders stocked up too much cargoes, the advancing momentum of LDPE was not enough and market price slumped. So how will the market develop this time? Regardless of external factors, the current supply and demand is tight, and LDPE still has substantial upside space.

The above is the current China domestic LDPE plants, with a total production capacity of 3.48 million tons, of which 500kt/year plant of Jiangsu Sailboat and Shaanxi Yanchang ChinaCoal II are basically fixed in production of EVA, basically no possibility of switching to LDPE. In addition, the 200kt/year LDPE plant of Sinopec Yanshan PC is currently in production of EVA, which produces LDPE for an average of only half of the month. The 140kt/year LDPE plant of Sinopec Qilu PC has shut for maintenance and may restart in late Sep, the 300kt/year LDPE plant of Shenhua Yulin plans to shut on Aug 19 for around 25days and the 250kt/year LDPE of CSPC is scheduled to shut in late Oct. Regardless of the temporary short-term shutdown of some plants, the overall supply of LDPE is stable at around 2/3 of the full-open period.

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-Brands invest in Evergreen’s RPET expansion project

Beverage giants and an investment firm have decided to put millions of dollars behind a Midwest PET reclaimer’s expansion project.

Evergreen (formerly Evergreen Plastics) is in the midst of a $22 million expansion at its Clyde, Ohio PET recycling facility. The company is owned by The Sterling Group, an investment firm that also owns Greenbridge, a plastic strapping producer that used to be called Polychem Corporation. Evergreen supplies recycled PET for use by Greenbridge. Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

On Aug. 12, the American Beverage Association (ABA), Ohio Beverage Association and investment firm Closed Loop Partners announced their combined $5 million investment. Half of the money comes from the Every Bottle Back initiative, which is a collaboration between Closed Loop Partners and the ABA, and the other half is from Closed Loop Partners’ Infrastructure Fund.

The Every Bottle Back initiative is funded by The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo, all of which are ABA members.

“This investment helps Evergreen evolve its business model, expanding its services to process recycled PET plastic into food-grade recycled rPET pellets used to manufacture new bottles, while creating a strong local market for recycled plastics,” the press release states.

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-Hyosung Continues To Innovate With Eco-Friendly Partnerships And Products

With increasing numbers of brands and consumers becoming more proactive in seeking out eco-friendly products, Hyosung continues to further is sustainable programs and product offerings.  Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

When it comes to developing sustainable technologies and programs, partnerships can provide many benefits for the companies and brands involved, as well as for the local communities being served. Four such recent examples are Hyosung’s regen Jeju, regen Seoul, regen Ocean and Mipan regen Ocean, all of which are based in South Korea.

To establish a new resource circulation system, Hyosung partnered with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Jeju Provincial Government, and startup Korean-based fashion brand, Pleatsmama, to produce and launch a recycled polyester made from discarded PET bottles from South Korea’s Jeju Island. The result was regen Jeju, which was adopted by The North Face Korea earlier this year.

Hyosung Continues To Innovate With Eco-Friendly Partnerships And Products

-Canada Plastics Pact welcomes 12 new partners as it moves towards 2025 targets

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) has welcomed 12 new partners including leading consumer goods organizations, industry associations, governments, converters and recycling stewardship organizations from across Canada.

The CPP now has over 65 partners that bring an eclectic set of perspectives to address collective challenges on the way towards ambitious 2025 targets to create a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada where it stays in the economy and out of the environment.  Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

Since the CPP launched earlier this year, partners have started work on a number of key initiatives to progress towards the 2025 targets. Significantly, last month the CPP announced it would lead the consultation and implementation of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Golden Design Rules for Plastic Packaging Design within Canada which provide a framework that will result in less plastics overall and better plastics to the recycling system. In addition, the CPP is currently working to develop a roadmap to achieve the 2025 targets along with a longer term vision for a circular economy for plastics in Canada that will be released this fall.

Canada Plastics Pact welcomes 12 new partners as it moves towards 2025 targets

 

-Zume and Solenis partner on PFA-free molded fiber packaging and manufacturing playbook

Zume, the sustainability solutions company creating economically viable substitutes for single-use plastics, today announced a partnership with Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, they are open sourcing a PFAS-replacement for food packaging manufacturing to food manufacturers and CPG brands across the global market.  EIn conjunction, Zume is announcing it will no longer manufacture any products that contain PFAS from its California packaging facility effective immediately and the company is collaborating with its global partners to ensure that all production globally is PFA-free by the end of 2021.Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDP

“Open sourcing our PFA-free solution creates a path for brands across the world to remove plastics and harmful chemicals from their consumer packaging and single-use goods,” said Zume CEO and Chairman Alex Garden. “Brands have made pledges to remove PFAS and this new launch will enable them to deliver on their promises.”

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-SABIC launches NORYL™ polyol for cast polyurethanes, simultaneously increasing hardness and elasticity to help extend the life of industrial applications

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, today introduced NORYL™ AP2001G polyol for cast polyurethane (PU) applications. By partially replacing polypropylene glycol (PPG) or polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMG), this oligomer of polyphenylene ether (PPE) improves the performance of cast PU systems by increasing both hardness and elasticity – properties that have been difficult to improve simultaneously until now. Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

In addition, NORYL AP2001G polyol provides resistance to oils, moisture, abrasion, tearing and heat, helping cast PU parts withstand extreme conditions and potentially lengthen their useful life. Potential applications include mining drill bits, screens and protective pipe liners for slurry transport; components for hydraulic, robotic and conveying equipment; and wheels, casters and rollers.

“The development of NORYL AP2001G polyol in cast polyurethanes illustrates SABIC’s ongoing commitment to advancing material science to fill unmet needs across the value chain,” said Dr. Antonello Cerullo, senior business development manager, SABIC. “This technology provides multiple benefits for stakeholders.

SABIC launches NORYL™ polyol for cast polyurethanes, simultaneously increasing hardness and elasticity to help extend the life of industrial applications

-Avery Dennison’s WB0030 wash-off adhesive has been approved by Returpack and Infinitum for PET bottle recycling

The adhesive enables PET bottle to bottle recycling in Sweden and Norway

In Scandinavia, demand for labels that enable PET recycling is growing and new regulations are prioritizing this type of packaging over glass. However, labeling technology for PET beverage bottles must follow guidelines established by the bottle deposit systems Returpack in Sweden and Infinitum in Norway.

Washes off without leaving any adhesive behind

Avery Dennison’s WB0030 wash-off adhesive has been approved by both organizations for recycling PET bottles, creating new opportunities for sustainable packaging. Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

The adhesive washes off in a 65°C caustic bath and leaves no residue behind, making it fully compatible with the current recycling process. Any adhesive that remains on the label does not reactivate at lower temperatures.

Avery Dennison’s WB0030 wash-off adhesive has been approved by Returpack and Infinitum for PET bottle recycling

-Inline Dust Remover Eliminates Contamination from the Material Line

Matsui America says its new ARV Aero-Remover inline dust remover extends dedusting beyond vacuum transport to the material line itself.

Matsui America Inc. has introduced the new ARV Aero-Remover inline dust remover for eliminating powder and fines contamination from plastic pellets. The ARV Aero-Remover can be installed into any material line to remove resin powder and fines, leading to more consistent plasticizing and helping reduce product defects caused by incomplete melting. Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

In most traditional dedusting, powder and fines removal occurs during vacuum-transport of the resin with dust essentially shook off of the pellets. With ARV Aero-Remover, contamination removal occurs from the material line itself, not just the vacuum line. Due to its unique filtering design, the material flow blends both material and vacuum pathways to heighten contamination and dust removal.

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-New Survey Shows Consumers Want Products Made from Recycled Materials

The survey commissioned by Core Hydration, a producer of bottled water, reveals that many consumers would be willing to pay a surcharge for products made from recycled materials.  Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

Most people really do want to reuse their plastic containers, and 62% of Americans confess to being “plastic hoarders.” That’s one of the findings from a recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Core Hydration, a producer of bottled water sold in many retail outlets.

The study asked 2,000 nationally representative Americans about their plastic habits and what they want to improve on — notably getting rid of plastic after holding on to it for too long. Some of these items plaguing US homes include the “classic” bag of plastic bags (49%).

Count me in on that one! I have a huge plastic bag from a major clothing retailer that I’ve saved to fill with smaller retail bags, bread bags, and myriad other LDPE bags. When the bag “bag” is full, I take it to my local grocery store where they have a bin, which is usually overflowing, for recycling LDPE bags.

Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

-Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Polyurethane Production

Major polyurethane (PU) suppliers and multiple startups are developing bio-based or recycled alternatives for PU feedstock, a trend that will strengthen in the years ahead.  Petrochemicals RPET Expansion LDPE

There are more than 1,000 commercially available polymers. However, only a handful of materials, such as polyolefins, PVC, polystyrenes, and polyesters, command a major market share by volume. Among those materials, polyurethane (PU) has been a target of sustainability research. There are many drivers behind the research into sustainable PU and its subsequent commercialization. Based on ChemBizR’s deep experience in the polymer industry, end user markets, and sustainable products, the critical factors can be identified, as follows.

Massive presence in end markets

Through its various forms — rigid; flexible; coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE); and others — PU is deeply entrenched in end markets, and it is well known that interest in sustainability gains traction the closer a material is to end consumer markets. Environmental awareness among consumers affects their consumption patterns, which has accelerated the pace of manufacturers’ migration toward raw materials and processes that are perceived to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than alternatives.

Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Polyurethane Production

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Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop 20-08-2021

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop 20-08-2021

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

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-Indorama Recycling : Critical to growth

Yashovardhan Lohia of Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. says recycling is critical to the virgin PET producer’s growth.

In recent years, Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), the global polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer with headquarters in Bangkok, has been vocal about its desire to expand its production of recycled PET, or rPET. The company is working to achieve that mission in part by acquiring established PET reclaimers throughout the world as well as by exploring chemical recycling technologies.

A GROWTH ENGINE

“As the world’s largest manufacturer of PET for packaging, IVL has a responsibility to drive the sustainability of our sector,” Yashovardhan Lohia, IVL chief sustainability officer, says. “We take this responsibility seriously,” he adds, noting that IVL is also the world’s largest producer of rPET resins. “We see recycling as a critical growth engine for IVL and the PET industry.”

Lohia points to market studies that foresee a 15 percent annual growth rate for rPET compared with a 2 percent growth rate for virgin PET.

He says consumer demand for sustainable and recyclable packaging, government plans to mandate the collection of PET bottles for recycling and global brand owners’ targets to increase the use of rPET in their packaging are factors contributing to rPET’s growth.

“Recycling is critical to our sustainable future as it delivers fewer greenhouse gases and less waste,” Lohia says. “IVL believes that the recyclable properties of PET will drive growth in our sector.”

In 2019, the global chemical producer signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which calls on companies and governments to develop solutions to make their plastic packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. But IVL’s production of rPET began earlier than this decade.

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

-East China port congestion threatens polymer exports

Congestion at the major east coast China ports of Ningbo Zhoushan and Shanghai is threatening to delay exports of finished polymer products as the peak year-end demand season nears.

The Meishan terminal at Ningbo-Zhoushan suspended all container uploading services after a worker tested positive for Covid-19 on 11 August. The terminal will be closed for two weeks until 25 August. Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

Ningbo Zhoushan, the world’s third-busiest container port, handled 16mn standard containers in the first half of 2021, up by 21pc from the same period last year. The Meishan terminal accounts for about 20pc of its total volumes.

The worsening congestion at Ningbo and neighboring Shanghai, the main container ports in China, is likely to hamper export trades for container cargoes. The peak demand season for finished polymer products — toys, packages, electronics, appliances, Christmas gifts and decorations — is about to get under way in the run-up to the year-end festival season.

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

-European project to recover contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

Increasing plastic recycling rates is key to creating the circular economy of plastics promoted by the European Union. It is therefore essential for research to continue developing new recycling processes, including procedures to recover plastic wastecontaining hazardous substances and then use it to produce safe, high-quality plastic products. The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources. AIMPLAS is participating in the project.

The research developed by the different project partners will focus on the recovery of plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELV), and construction and demolition waste (CDW), all of which contain hazardous additives and unpleasant compounds such as flame retardants, stabilizers and filling materials. Two different technologies will be used (Extruclean and CreaSolv®) to eliminate these hazardous substances from waste plastics such as ABS, EPS, PS, HIPS, PE and PP, which jointly account for about half of EU demand for plastics, hence the importance of recycling plastics rather than continuing the current practice of landfilling or incinerating a significant part of this waste.

European project to recover contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

-MEG finds support from buying with price lower than MTD average

Due to high inventory of grey fabric, production losses and scarce new orders, more water-jet looms in northern Jiangsu were closed and some large-scaled home textile fabric producers closed their machines. Up to August 13, Loom operating rate in Zhejiang and Jiangsu fell to around 74%, and the rate may likely decrease further.

With the continuous weakness in end-user market, some polyester plants cut output. Polyester polymerization rate was estimated at around 89% Monday and may further decrease to around 87.5%. Looking ahead, eyes could rest on the reduction implementation of Hengyi and Xinfengming. Forecast for August polyester polymerization rate has been revised down, and the supports to MEG market weakens.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

In supply side, Hengli Petrochemical and PetroChina Sichuan Petrochemical closed their plants shortly and ECO Coal Chemical cut operating rate for days. Restart of Weihe Binzhou Chemical was postponed. Recovery in MEG plant operating rate was less than expected. China domestic output was estimated at around 1.1 million tons in August, broadly flat with in July.

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

-Circle of plastics : first boon, now bane

A completely circular plastic, thanks to Versalis’ Hoop project which applies innovative chemical recycling techniques to waste.

Plastic’s durability that was once considered a boon is now viewed as a bane. When we hear the word plastics today, one of the lasting images in our minds is that of a plastic bag floating in the ocean. This is largely because of the unprecedented rise in single-use applications and a mindset as consumers to just use and throw.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of plastics?

It is critical to not lose sight of the value plastics bring and the various industries that depend on this important material. Plastics have proven their merit in terms of mechanical properties, performance, versatility, cost, etc. For example, plastics are a key material of choice in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. The health risk, especially for the medical professionals and frontline workers, would be higher without plastics in PPE kits, masks and gloves.

The way plastics are currently produced, consumed and managed at the end-of-life, however, is not completely sustainable. Talks of replacing plastics with other recyclable materials, such as paper, especially in packaging applications, have gathered pace due to the negative environmental impacts of linear plastics production, the high volume of single-use applications, and the mismanagement of waste over the years. Plastics circularity and waste valorization are the need of the hour and chemical recycling technologies can play a vital role in achieving the same

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

-Plastics Recycling World Expo to feature Amcor’s David Clark

The company’s vice president of sustainability will participate in a session on collaboration.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

David Clark, vice president of sustainability at Amcor, who works out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will speak at this year’s Plastics Recycling World Expo in North America.

Clark’s key focus areas and responsibilities include reducing the footprint of Amcor’s operations and products; using more sustainable materials including more postconsumer recycled plastics; working with the organization’s innovation teams, customers and others to develop Amcor’s packaging to be recyclable or reusable and working with industry coalitions to deliver solutions to plastic waste.

He will contribute to the industry debate, “Confronting the plastics packing challenge head-on: can solutions be found through industry-wide collaboration,” on the first day of the Plastics Recycling World Expo conference, hosted by AMI Nov. 3-4 in Cleveland. The program is available at https://na.plasticsrecyclingworldexpo.com/conference/program.

Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

-What does closed-loop recycling mean?

Depending on who you ask, the common phrase “close the loop” might refer to anything from achieving daily fitness goals on your smartwatch to finishing a crocheting project.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

But in sustainability, it’s referencing a gold-standard. An upper echelon. A system designed to repeat itself infinitely. Although, unless the right ingredients and inputs are involved, closing the loop can be very difficult to achieve.

By many accounts, “closed-loop recycling” is the key to a truly circular economy. As companies in manufacturing, shipping, and retail prepare their supply chains for the next big challenge, it’s helpful to learn the difference between systems, who’s succeeding with closed-loop, and how your business can bring it full circle.

What does closed-loop recycling mean?

-Polyester production cut-offs may get restrained due to diverging profits ?

Polyester factories are cutting back production recently, and polymerization rate averaged at 88% Tuesday, down 6.3% from Q3 high of 94.3%, and dropping 6.7% from intra-year high of 94.7%. In Aug, polyester capacity is revised up to 65.54 million tons, up 5.2%, or about 3.41 million tons.

Taking into account long-term shut plants, the theoretical loss of polyester production is about 7.14 million tons (the actual output reduction will be higher than this figure because the actual maximum O/R is higher than theoretical figure).

Among them, PET bottle chip accounts for the largest proportion, followed by PSF. PFY plants operating rate has been rising all the way after the Spring Festival, and output cut back progress is slow.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

So far, about less than 3% the capacity is shut down.

Polyester production cut-offs may get restrained due to diverging profits ?

-Coke, Asahi lead joint venture to recycle 1 billion PET bottles annually

Pact Group, Cleanaway, Asahi Beverages and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) have announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture that will build and operate a new PET recycling facility. Under the MOU, the parties intend to come together to provide an industry model for recycling solutions in Australia. This will include the new facility as well as the PET recycling facility currently being built by Pact Group, Cleanaway and Asahi Beverages through Circular Plastics Australia (PET) in Albury-Wodonga, which is expected to be completed later this year.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

The proposed facility will provide a massive boost to Australian recycling by processing raw plastic material collected via Container Deposit Schemes and kerbside recycling. It is expected to process the equivalent of around 1 billion bottles each year to produce over 20,000 tonnes of new recycled PET bottles and food packaging. The facility will use state-of-the-art sorting, washing, decontamination and extrusion technology.

The cross-industry solution combines the complementary expertise of each participant to enhance their individual sustainability goals. Cleanaway will provide available PET through its collection and sorting network, Pact will provide technical and packaging expertise and CCEP, Asahi Beverages and Pact will buy the recycled PET from the facility to use in their respective products. The plant, when fully operational, will be run by Pact.

Coke, Asahi lead joint venture to recycle 1 billion PET bottles annually

-UK government launches hydrogen strategy

On 17 August the UK government outlined plans for a potential 20% blend of hydrogen in the gas network by the end of the decade through a strategy paper, despite maintaining a low production target.

ICIS analysis indicated this could amount to 51TWh in 2030, based expectations from system operator National Grid that gas demand will be 72 billion cubic metres (bcm) by this point. This would displace 14.4bcm of gas.

However if all blended hydrogen were produced using autothermal reforming, gas demand in 2030 would rise to 74.6bcm due to conversion efficiencies, ICIS analysis showed.  Petrochemicals Plastic Closed Loop

Total hydrogen demand by 2050 was expected to reach between 250-460TWh, accounting for 20-35% of final UK energy consumption, the strategy stated.

MARKET DEVELOPMENT

A key component for the strategy is to help bring the cost of low-carbon hydrogen in line with fossil fuels.

A consultation for a hydrogen business model that aims to reduce costs was launched alongside the strategy.

UK government launches hydrogen strategy

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Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF 19-08-2021

Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF 19-08-2021

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Change is good

A collaboration between Husky and Chem-Trend led to the development of the new controller functionality that focuses on automation to optimise colour change processes. EPPM spoke to Matthew Cummings, Product Manager, Mold Controllers, at Husky to learn more.

How will the development of Altanium benefit the operator, and what effect does it have on the final product?

Every machine, every application has different or unique colour change parameters. We’re enabling customers to find a process that works best in their moulding operation. The operator can then be prompted during a colour change so that it’s followed exactly, and they can get much more consistent results with the materials they’re using.

It’s just such an important performance metric and requirement for a lot of our customers. More and more we see customers requiring very high performance with respect to colour change processes. Changing colour within this same given production cell is just so common that if you can shave different elements of time from their changeover process, it can represent significant cost savings.

Change is good

-Great potential for biological residues

Huge amounts of waste are produced both during food production and by consumers. The Conversion Technologies of Biobased Resources group at the University of Hohenheim’s Institute of Agricultural Engineering has developed a process to convert this biomass into hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), the highly potent basic chemical that is used to produce plastics.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

Every year, around 12 million tonnes of food are thrown away in Germany.1 Most of the waste (52%) is generated in private households because the food is old, ugly or spoiled. However, considerable quantities of waste are also generated before they even reach the consumer: fruit and vegetables are often sorted and discarded in the field if they do not meet the standard expectations in terms of size, shape or colour and therefore cannot be sold (12%).

Leftovers from industrial food processing end up in the bin (18%), as do leftovers from restaurants and canteens (14%). As much as four percent of the waste is generated in the retail sector due to damage during transport or storage.

Although energy is still obtained from the discarded material through incineration or conversion in biogas plants, it is not particularly sustainable, as significantly more resources (energy, water, nutrients) are used to produce the food.

Great potential for biological residues

-Avantium Announces First Half 2021 Results

Company Makes Commercial Progress while Financing Discussions for the FDCA Flagship Plant Continue

Avantium N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels: AVTX), a leading innovative chemical technology company dedicated to developing and commercialising proprietary technologies for the production of chemicals from renewable sources, today reports its 2021 half year results.

Key Business Developments in the First Half of 2021:

  • Avantium Renewable Polymers continues to work towards making a Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the potential construction of the planned FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) flagship plant:
    • Negotiations with banks and other parties continue around FDCA flagship plant funding.
    • Avantium and a European feedstock provider have reached agreement on the terms of a strategic supply contract of high fructose syrup feedstock.
    • Bas Blom is appointed Managing Director of Avantium Renewable Polymers, effective 15 August 2021.
  • Avantium Renewable Chemistries made continued progress towards commercialisation with its Ray Technology™:
    • Avantium and Cosun Beet Company announced the ambition to jointly construct and operate the first commercial plant for the production of plantMEG™ (mono-ethylene glycol) and plantMPG™ (mono-propylene glycol).
    • Successful production of PEF (polyethylene furanoate) and PET polyesters with plantMEG™ from the Ray Technology™ demonstration plant.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF
  • Avantium Catalysis recorded revenues of €4.3 million in the first half of 2021 (HY 2020: €4.0 million), with continued impact from COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • Today, Avantium announced that Mr. Nils Björkman has been nominated for appointment to its Supervisory Board for a term of four years.

Avantium Announces First Half 2021 Results

-Resin Markets Nearing Inflection Point

The plastics market should reach the apex of the resin-ridden rollercoaster and into a period of more balanced supply and demand fundamentals.

For resin producers in North America, 2021 has truly been a banner year, although those at LyondellBasell, Dow Chemical, and other major producers in charge of resin shipping logistics might have a few words to the contrary.

Still, the recent earnings calls hosted by resin producers have been buoyant to effervescent in tone amid high earnings and robust margins. As is typical of these situations, the presentations were awash with sentiment that resilient consumer demand and disrupted logistics will continue to keep resin supply tight and margins strong.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

And that may well be the case — no one really thought we would be having six consecutive months of US polyethylene (PE) contract price increases through July, but here we are. However, absent a major market-moving weather event such as a US Gulf Coast hurricane knocking a hefty amount of polymer production offline, we should be at the apex of the rollercoaster ride that has been PE, polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pricing over the last several months and headed into a period of more balanced supply/demand fundamentals.

Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

-LyondellBasell joins Cyclyx as founding member

Cyclyx International, a consortium-based feedstock management company with a mission to increase the recycling rate of plastic from 10% to 90%, has announced that LyondellBasell has joined Cyclyx as a founding member. LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest producers of plastics and chemicals, is a leader in the effort to help advance the circular economy and has pledged to produce and market two million metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030.

As a founding member of the consortium, LyondellBasell will join the collaborative efforts of a growing list of companies that are working to foster a more sustainable future for plastics.Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

The company has consistently demonstrated their commitment in this area, leveraging their scale and reach to make a positive impact across the value chain. With multiple investments in recycling technologies and collaborations focused on advancing recycling infrastructure and end markets for recycled products, LyondellBasell’s membership brings valuable knowledge and experience to Cyclyx. In addition, Ganesh Nagarajan, associate director, polymers business development and projects at LyondellBasell will bring his expertise to the executive advisory board.

“As a founding member of Cyclyx, increasing the recycling rate of plastic waste is incredibly important to our sustainability journey,”said Ken Lane, LyondellBasell executive vice president Global Olefins and Polyolefins. “LyondellBasell recognizes the challenges plastic waste brings, and we aim to be a part of the solution through our involvement with Cyclyx, which can help us and our industry achieve our recycling ambitions.”

LyondellBasell joins Cyclyx as founding member

-This makes injection moulding for small batches economical

In medical, diagnostic and analytical devices, in industrial automation as well as in development processes, precise plastic parts are needed in small series. Injection moulding is usually out of the question due to the high tooling costs. With a new technology from Bürkert, this manufacturing process is now economical from as little as 250 units produced.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

The quality of the material and the flushability of the channels have high priority in analytical equipment for in-vitro diagnostics, but also in other procedures in which gases or liquids are precisely distributed; after all, the accuracy of the systems depends on this. At the same time, however, economical solutions are also required. Especially with small series, it is a challenge to keep production costs low. Bürkert Fluid Control Systems in the Criesbach system house proves that quality and economy are not mutually exclusive with a standardised, modular plastic injection moulding technology that is suitable for small series with quantities between approx. 250 and 2,500 units.

Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

-DS Smith studies viability of using seaweed as alternative fibre source for packaging

DS Smith is determining if seaweed fibres can be used as a raw material in paper and packaging products amid increasing demand for recyclable goods from business customers and consumers.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

In what the company says is an industry first, DS Smith could use seaweed across its packaging network as an alternative fibre source to wood. After initial testing, the company also is researching seaweed’s potential role as a barrier coating, replacing problem plastics and petroleum-based packaging used to protect food.

DS Smith is talking to several biotechnology companies to explore the potential use of eco-friendly seaweed fibres in a range of packaging products, such as cartons, paper wraps and cardboard trays.

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-Huhtamaki acquires Turkish plastic packaging manufacturer Elif Holding

Huhtamaki (Finland) has signed an agreement to acquire Turkey’s Elif Holding A.S., a major supplier of environmentally friendly flexible packaging, for EUR412 mn (USD483 mn), the company said in a statement.

In a press release, the company notes that the acquisition is in line with the Finnish packaging manufacturer’s growth strategy to 2030 in terms of geographic reach, technological capabilities and product mix. This allows Huhtamaki to expand its flexible packaging production capacity in Turkey, which the company considers to be one of the countries with the greatest growth in the future.

The Elif business will become part of the company’s Flexible Packaging business segment. Bridging financing for the USD500 mn acquisition of Elif is supported by Citibank, which also acted as a consultant on the transaction.

In addition, the two companies share similar commitments in three areas: environmental, social and corporate, and in supporting their clients to achieve their sustainability goals.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

The deal is subject to Turkish antitrust approval and is expected to close after regulatory approval. Both companies will continue to operate as usual until the closure.

Earlier it was reported that Finnish Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe received approval from the European industry group RecyClass (Belgium) for its three new laminated polyethylene tube technologies, developed in collaboration with Czech company Zalesi and toolmaker Plastuni Lisses, part of the Somater Group. Tubes made with this technology from HDPE with easy to apply direct printing have been tested in an independent laboratory.

Huhtamaki acquires Turkish plastic packaging manufacturer Elif Holding

-Dow Accelerates Collaboration with Auto Industry

Dow has launched its MobilityScience Studios to support the development of innovative transportation technologies. The first two studios, located in Midland, MI, and Lake Jackson, TX, offer a collaborative workspace that features a world-class suite of testing capabilities focused on acoustic and powertrain solutions for automotive applications. These enable Dow to create tailor-made noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system solutions unique to any specifications.

Through an integrated approach, MobilityScience Studios foster collaboration to provide customers with solutions ranging from custom product formulations to factory line implementation.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

“Our MobilityScience platform was created to improve our service, accelerate innovation, reduce complexity, and better connect customers with our products and capabilities,” said Tim Boven, MobilityScience Growth Director. “MobilityScience Studios offer a comprehensive development network that combines collaboration spaces and access to experts with formulation, fabrication, and testing capabilities to deliver better, more innovative, and more sustainable mobility solutions to market faster.”

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-Polimekh launched a PET bottle recycling line in Kazakhstan

The Polimech company (Moscow, Polimech) has launched a line for the processing of used PET bottles, as well as a line for the production of polymer-sand products in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan, the company said.

The line includes equipment for pretreatment of PET bottles, several stages of washing (including the hot stage), drying and separation, which makes it possible to obtain pure PET-flex.  Petrochemicals Biobased Resources PEF

The combination of the use of two lines at once makes the production waste-free, which allows you to get the maximum profit, the company notes.

Earlier it was reported that in December last year Polimekh launched a line for the processing of highly contaminated film materials with a capacity of 500-600 kg / h in the Moscow region. The line includes a washing and drying complex of the latest generation with automatic removal of dirt and a highly efficient press-pressing for drying film materials, as well as a fully automatic granulation line with a thermal compactor, a non-stop melt filter with self-cleaning, and automatic filling into big bags.

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-Asahi Beverages, Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) plan to build a new PET recycling facility in Australia.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture that will build and operate the new plant.

Pact, Cleanaway and Asahi Beverages are already collaborating to build a PET recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga – expected to be completed later this year.

The newly announced proposal for an additional facility aims to increase the production and availability of recycled PET resin in Australia.

The proposed facility is expected to process the equivalent of around 1 billion bottles each year to produce more than 20,000 tonnes of recycled PET bottles and food packaging.

The partnership will see waste management company Cleanaway provide PET through its collection and sorting network, and Pact provide technical and packaging expertise, while CCEP, Asahi Beverages and Pact will all buy the recycled material from the plant.

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-INEOS Styrolution Joins Cyclyx as Founding Member

Cyclyx International, a consortium-based feedstock management company with a mission to increase the recycling rate of plastic from 10% to 90%, announced that  INEOS Styrolution, a global leader in styrenics, has joined the Cyclyx consortium as a founding member. Ricardo Cuetos, vice president, INEOS Styrolution America, will join the  Cyclyx executive advisory boardPetrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

INEOS Styrolution recently announced its global plastic pledge to move toward a more circular economy for plastic packaging. The company has developed a family of products made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste as well as materials based on renewable feedstock in an effort to fulfil its vision to be recognized as the global leader in sustainable styrenics solutions. These products, marketed under the name  INEOS Styrolution ECO, match the performance of the company’s existing producing portfolio while reducing its greenhouse gas footprint and reducing the amount of post-consumer waste going to landfill.

INEOS Styrolution has a strong vision for sustainability aimed at improving and increasing the recovery of post-consumer plastic waste and strengthening innovation for circularity. In his role on the Cyclyx executive advisory board, Mr. Cuetos will actively contribute to innovative advancements in the sustainability and circular economy of plastics.

As a member of the Cyclyx consortium, INEOS Styrolution will have access to the Cyclyx platform which includes an integrated set of innovations including chemical characterization of plastics and predictive modelling of feedstock sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized supply chains, offering INEOS Styrolution essential tools to accelerate progress on its sustainability goals.

INEOS Styrolution Joins Cyclyx

-Bioplastic grade M∙VERA® GP1045 – Suitable for medium stiffness applications

The new M·VERA® GP1045 consists primarily of renewable resources, is home compostable and has been specially designed for injection moulding applications

As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, BIO-FED is the specialist for innovative and application-oriented biocompounds. The product portfolio of biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the trade name M·VERA® is constantly being expanded with new products.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

Depending on the requirements profile, these compounds are either biodegradable in various environments or suitable for long-term use – and completely or partially made from renewable raw materials.

BIO-FED supplies a wide range of M∙VERA® compounds for injection moulding. This broadly diversified portfolio contains high shares of renewable content range from 50 to almost 100 %. These materials are PLA-, PBAT- or PHA-based and certified according to standards provided by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium.

Bioplastic grade M∙VERA® GP1045 – Suitable for medium stiffness applications

-New CEO for TOMRA

Tove Andersen has TOMRA as president and CEO effective today. She takes over from Stefan Ranstrand, who held the position for the past 12 years, and becomes the first female President and CEO of the company.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

Andersen joins TOMRA from global fertilizer company YARA International, which is also headquartered in Norway, where she was EVP for Europe.

Chairman of the TOMRA Board of directors, Jan Svensson, said: “The Board is delighted that, after a search process and her appointment as communicated before, Tove Andersen is now joining TOMRA as the company’s president and CEO.

“Tove Andersen is a proven leader with a distinguished track record, broad expertise and a passion for sustainability. Tove is a people- and customer-centred person which we believe ideally suits TOMRA in its present development stage. I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone of her caliber, track record and potential.”

Andersen added: “TOMRA is a company I have known for many years. I have always been impressed by the business’s continued evolution and the position it has created for itself today globally under Stefan’s leadership.

“With the increased focus worldwide on sustainability and, in particular, the circular economy, TOMRA is more relevant than ever before and is perfectly placed to continue being a very successful company.

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-Carbon-Fiber Prepreg Boasts World’s Fastest Curing Time

The carbon-fiber-reinforced prepreg sheet cures in as little as 30 seconds and can be stored at room temperature.

Japan’s DIC Corp. and its local partners have developed a fast-curing carbon-fiber-reinforced prepreg sheet that reportedly boasts the world’s fastest curing time and can be stored at room temperature. Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

DIC Seiren Co. Ltd. and the Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture recently completed a research project aimed at commercializing fast-curing prepreg made with carbon-fiber composites for automotive applications. It was chosen as a major research project by the New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and subsidized for three years from July 2018 to June 2021. The three entities also developed a mass-production process and began providing samples in July using a demonstration plant operated by Seiren.

Carbon-fiber-reinforced prepreg sheet is an intermediate material made by processing bundles of carbon fibers into flat sheets and impregnating the sheets with resin. Thanks to its light weight and exceptional strength, carbon-fiber-reinforced prepreg sheet is finding increasing applications in aircraft, spacecraft, and automobiles to improve fuel economy and reduce body weight, underscoring positive expectations for further demand growth in the years ahead. Molding and processing carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite materials, including prepreg sheets, typically have been time-consuming, and technologies that shorten molding times are seen as crucial to their wider use.

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-Extrusion Basics: Mastering Material Changes and Shutdowns

Purge compounds can speed up material changes and reduce the amount of scrap. They are especially useful between runs of incompatible materials on large extruders.

Around the year 1900, cars and trucks began to share the road with horses and people. They usually kept to the right (or left in the British Empire, Japan, and Sweden), but there were no lights at intersections to stop the flow in one direction and allow flow in the other. That led to towers with traffic cops to keep order, more or less.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

The first stoplights in the US — some say the world — went up in Cleveland in 1912, but I remember the unique ones on New York’s 5th Avenue crowned by a likeness of Mercury, designed by Joseph H. Freedlander in 1929 and in use until 1964.

Mercury is the Roman god of speed with winged feet — Hermes in Greek mythology. Mercury and bromine are the only elements that are liquid at room temperature. (Water is a compound, not an element.

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-New generation of Biobased polyesters for durable products

Starch-based molecule called ISOIDIDE allows researchers to develop a new generation of polymer that can be used not only in BPA(Bisphenol A)-free packaging but also in engineering applications

Biobased products are gradually claiming their share in everyday products like packaging already, and now we want to develop polymers for the high-performance market as well.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

Using Archer Daniels Midland’s rigid starch-based molecule called ISOIDIDE, we are developing a new generation of polymer materials that can be used not only in BPA(Bisphenol A)-free packaging but also in engineering applications such as automotive and electronics.

Researching together with industrial partners

These Biobased, yet strong and thermally resistant materials, show great versatility, which will be demonstrated by project partners of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research: Refresco is interested to explore the potential of HIPPSTAR materials for bottles, Beckers will use them as metal coatings, while HollandColours will use them in their colorants formulations. Working together with important industrial partners is the best way to develop polymers that meet the requirements and standards of the market.

New generation of Biobased polyesters for durable products

-Pact Group and partners plan to build PET recycling facility in Australia

Pact Group, Cleanaway, Asahi Beverages and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) have partnered to develop a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Australia.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

The industry partners have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a joint venture to build the proposed plant.

The recycling facility will process raw plastic materials collected through Container Deposit Schemes and kerbside recycling.

It will feature advanced sorting, washing, decontamination and extrusion technology and have the capacity to process around one billion bottles a year.

The plant will manufacture more than 20,000t of new recycled PET bottles and food packaging.

Pact will run the facility once it is operational and provide technical and packaging expertise, while Cleanaway will provide available PET through its collection and sorting network.

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-Clyde plant to expanded production of recycled plastic

A new expansion project will allow a Clyde manufacturing plant to more than double its ability to recycle plastic for food and beverage containers.

The expansion at Evergreen, a plastics reclaimer and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) manufacturing facility, is being aided by a $5 million loan. Half is from the American Beverage Association in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and the other half from Closed Loop Partners’ Infrastructure Fund.

The expansion project will cost between $22 million and $24 million and will expand the plant’s ability to produce food-grade recycled plastic for containers from about 40 million pounds a year to a little more than 80 million pounds, said Gregory Johnson, vice president of operations for Greenbridge, the plant’s parent company.

Johnson said the Evergreen plant, located in east Clyde just east of downtown, currently employs 120 people. Nine new jobs are expected to be added as a result of the expansion, he said.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

The current facility has 240,000 square feet and 54,000 square feet will be added, Johnson said.

Clyde plant to expanded production of recycled plastic

-The Chemical Content of Recycled Products

Recycled materials are found in an increasing number of consumer products. What substances are contained in recycled products is generally not known. Therefore, Kristin K. Isaacs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, and colleagues studied 210 household items made from either recycled or virgin materials. They used a suspect screening analysis with two-dimensional gas chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC × GC-TOFMS). Chemicals present in the products were tentatively identified using a standard spectral library or confirmed using chemical standards.  Petrochemicals Carbon Fiber Prepreg

A total of 918 probable chemical structures (of which 112 were confirmed) were identified in recycled materials, and 587 (110 confirmed) in new materials. The identified chemicals were grouped based on their chemical structure classes, known or predicted functional role, and reported use in commerce. Hierarchical cluster analysis was then used to identify unique groups of chemicals that co-occur in subgroups of products. In addition, the commercial uses of the chemicals within the clusters were examined to provide evidence of the source and thus the potential exposure pathway. Screening-level risk metrics (useful for prioritizing chemicals for further investigation) were calculated for each identified chemical using abundance and detection frequency results along with available high-throughput exposure and bioactivity information.

The Chemical Content of Recycled Products

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Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax 17-08-2021

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-Eco-friendly plastic from cellulose and water

Göttingen University researchers create new kind of environmentally friendly bioplastic with hydroplastic polymers

Bioplastics like this could be useful in many different situations, such as biology, electronics and medicine

Bioplastics like this could be useful in many different situations, such as biology, electronics and medicine. Photo: K Zhang

Plastics offer many benefits to society and are widely used in our daily life: they are lightweight, cheap and adaptable. However, the production, processing and disposal of plastics are simply not sustainable, and pose a major global threat to the environment and human health. Eco-friendly processing of reusable and recyclable plastics derived from plant-based raw materials would be an ideal solution. So far, the technological challenges have proved too great. However, researchers at the University of Göttingen have now found a sustainable method – “hydrosetting”, which uses water at normal conditions – to process and reshape a new type of hydroplastic polymer called cellulose cinnamate (CCi). The research was published in Nature Sustainability.

Plastics are polymers, meaning that their molecular structure is built up from a large number of similar units bonded together. Currently, most plastics are manufactured using petrochemicals as raw materials, which is damaging to our environment to both extract and dispose of. In contrast, cellulose, which is the main constituent of plant cell walls, is the most abundant natural polymer on earth, constituting an almost inexhaustible source of raw material.

Eco-friendly plastic from cellulose and water

-BP signs MOUs with potential customers for its clean hydrogen production facility in UK

BP has announced that it has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a series of new potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east England, as per the company’s press release.

In March, Bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to produce up to 1GW of ‘blue’ hydrogen – 20% of the UK’s hydrogen target – by 2030. At the same time, it announced it had signed initial MoUs to scope the supply of hydrogen to chemicals manufacturer Venator and gas distributor Northern Gas Networks. Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

“Teesside has all the attributes of a world-class clean hydrogen hub – the right natural resources, concentrated demand, potential for hydrogen storage and pipelines, ample access to CCUS and the right skills base,” said Louise Jacobsen Plutt, bp’s senior vice president of hydrogen and CCUS.

Bp has now signed MoUs with four further potential customers – with existing or planned new Teesside operations – for hydrogen produced by the project. These can support and accelerate the development of the Teesside hydrogen cluster and decarbonization of industrial users in the area.

BP signs MOUs with potential customers for its clean hydrogen production facility in UK

-Chemical companies get serious about plastic recycling

To synthesize plastic, small monomer molecules need to be strung together like beads in a necklace, creating long polymer chains.

However, not all plastics – or their polymers – are created equal. The longer and stronger the polymer, the more durable the material.

Cornell researchers took a middling monomer and, by using a special catalyst, they created a tougher polymer that can form long chains. The polymer can then be easily depolymerized back to the monomer state with an acid catalyst, resulting in a chemically recyclable thermoplastic that competes with the most popular plastics, polyethylene and polypropylene.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

“Ideally, the perfect polymer is one that has really high initial stresses and then it undergoes really good elongation,” said Geoffrey Coates, the Tisch University Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the paper’s senior author.

“The polymers you’ve probably heard of, polyethylene and polypropylene, they just have great properties. A lot of new polymers don’t compare well with these tried-and-true ones. Our polymer is right in the middle of the pack. It has been around for 60 or 70 years, but no one’s been able to make really long chains of it and get really good properties.”

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-Researchers add plastic to asphalt for pavement experiment

Joined by researchers and engineers from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the University of Missouri, he was there to talk about the ground. This might be the next big thing in pavement, after all.

“It feels like it. There’s a lot of buzz nationally,” Buttlar said at the Monday night gathering.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

A new asphalt mixture was making its debut on the stretch of street — just west of U.S. Highway 63 on Stadium Boulevard. A product of a collaboration between MoDOT, Dow and MU’s Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab, the asphalt is different from traditional pavement: it contains recycled plastic.

“Plastic was developed to be durable and has a shelf life of hundreds of years,” Buttlar said. “Asphalt and plastics are also chemically similar because they both come from crude oil, so they can be mixed together. They aren’t perfectly compatible, but it’s close enough that engineers and chemists can work together to find a workable solution.”

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-ANDRITZ to supply textile recycling system to Renewcell, Sweden

Commissioning is planned for the first half of 2022

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Renewcell to supply textile recycling equipment for its new recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The core elements of the new recycling system will be ADuro shredders, which shred used textiles in just one step. With their unique technology, the shredders can cut the incoming material evenly and cleanly, enabling a very high throughput. In the subsequent separation stages, contaminants such as buttons and zippers are removed from the shredded textiles. Renewcell uses this pre-treated material to produce a pure, natural pulp from 100% recycled textiles.

In addition, the scope of delivery includes other key equipment. With the state-of-the-art equipment from ANDRITZ, up to 60,000 tons of used textiles can be processed per year in the new recycling plant.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

Renewcell has been working closely with ANDRITZ since 2016 to further develop the processes at its test facility in Kristinehamn, Sweden. This also convinced the company of the performance and quality of ANDRITZ technology in the processing of demanding materials such as textiles.

ANDRITZ to supply textile recycling system to Renewcell, Sweden

-An apPETite for disruption

n a recently published profile, Lux Research Inc. assessed Netherlands-based chemical recycling company Ioniqa Technologies at its highest score of ‘Strong Positive’. EPPM spoke with Ioniqa CEO and Founder Tonnis Hooghoudt to find out just how disruptive its technology is.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

Congratulations on the positive accreditation from Lux Research. What does it mean to Ioniqa to have its achievements recognised in such a way?

Obviously, we are very proud of the outcome of Lux Research’s assessment and their strong endorsement. Having an independent company like Lux Research value our company as such is a big compliment to the entire team that has been working on getting Ioniqa to where it is today. Bringing a disruptive technology to the market is challenging and requires perseverance. This accreditation is a sign that we are more than on the right track, and will motivate Ioniqa to work even harder to establish our ambition of providing a closed loop for PET.

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-Faurecia wins bidding tussle over auto lights maker Hella

French supplier will buy 60% of German company in $8B deal

French supplier Faurecia will acquire a majority stake in German automotive lighting group Hella, trumping rival bidders and creating the world’s seventh-largest player.

Faurecia will buy a 60 percent stake in Hella from the founding Hueck family through a mixture of cash and stock, Hella said in a statement on Saturday. The Hueck family will take up to 9 percent of the combined company.

Faurecia said in a separate statement that the transaction represented an estimated total enterprise value of 6.7 billion euros ($7.90 billion) for 100 percent of Hella.

People familiar with the matter previously told Reuters that Plastic Omnium and Mahle had submitted bids at around 60 euros per share, valuing the target at roughly 7 billion euros. German brakes maker Knorr-Bremse dropped out of the bidding last month.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

The deal, expected to close early 2022, is one of the biggest in the European auto parts industry in the past three years.

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-US Senator introduces bill with 10-cent tax on virgin plastic

A US Senate bill to put a 10 cent/lb tax on virgin plastic resin in 2022 is currently in committee, after it was introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, under the REDUCE Act.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

The Rewarding Efforts to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems (REDUCE) Act, also known as S.2645, will apply to virgin plastic used to make single-use products, including plastic packaging, beverage containers, bags and food service products. Exported virgin plastic and post-consumer recycled resin would be exempt.

The fee would apply to plastic makers, producers, or importers of more than 10 tons.

The following table shows the proposed tax on virgin plastic per pound from 2022-2024.

Year       Tax per lb

2022      10 cents

2023      15 cents

2024      20 cents

The bill also provides rebates for certain products such as companies that make medical products, containers or packaging for medicines and personal hygiene products.

Virgin plastic used to make non-single-use products would also qualify for this rebate.

The revenue from these fees will go into the creation of a Plastic Waste Reduction Fund, according to the bill’s text.

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-Phillips 66 weighs broader move into developing electric vehicle batteries components

Phillips 66, the fourth largest US oil refiner, is weighing a broader move into developing battery components for electric vehicles and storage systems, according to top executives, leveraging its own and others’ research as it accelerates a shift from fossil fuels, reported Reuters.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

Phillips 66, which gets the bulk of its profits from processing oil into gasoline, diesel and petrochemicals, has become one of the largest supplies of graphite used to make a key component in electric vehicles. It recently formed an “emerging energy” unit to explore new markets for hydrogen and low-carbon fuels.

“The US refining business in the future is going to be smaller, not bigger,” Chief Executive Greg Garland told reporters at its headquarters on Monday.

Battery research and partnerships would pivot beyond its small but lucrative materials business. Phillips 66’s existing business – supplying materials for companies building graphite anodes for EV batteries – has been valued at more than USD1 billion. The anode is about 10% to 15% of a lithium-ion battery’s cost.

Phillips 66 weighs broader move into developing electric vehicle batteries components

-Blue hydrogen could emit more than natural gas

An academic paper has found that blue hydrogen could emit more than gas, although other experts have argued it is based on a worst-case scenario.

The paper finds blue hydrogen CO2 emissions are only 9-12pc less than for grey hydrogen. And when including methane, the greenhouse gas footprint is 20pc higher than burning natural gas or coal for heat and 60pc higher than burning diesel oil, it said.  Petrochemicals Virgin Plastic Tax

The paper assumes a 3.5pc emission rate of methane from natural gas, and uses the 20-year global warming potential. It also assumes blue hydrogen is made using steam methane reforming (SMR) with a carbon capture rate of 85pc for the SMR process, and just 65pc of CO2 in the flue gas.

Only two facilities that produce blue hydrogen are in commercial operation, meaning data is limited. Data from Shell’s Alberta facility show a mean efficiency of 79pc from the SMR process, with daily rates varying from 53pc to 90pc, the paper said. It did not provide data from the Air Products facility in Texas.

The existing blue hydrogen facilities only capture CO2 from the SMR process itself, the paper said. But natural gas must be combusted to create high heat and pressure to drive the SMR process, and they are not capturing CO2 from the resulting flue gas.

The CO2 is more dilute in this stage, and the paper assumes just 65pc of this flue gas can be captured.

Blue hydrogen could emit more than natural gas

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Petrochemicals Textile Polymers 16-08-2021

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 995 $/ton 980 $/ton- -15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,550 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,260 yuan/ton 5,190 yuan/ton -70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals Spandex Polyethyleneterephthalate
760 $/ton 750 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,500 yuan/ton 5,155 yuan/ton -345
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 705 $/ton 675 $/ton- -27
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 956 $/ton 935 $/ton -21
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 937 $/ton 916 $/ton -21
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals Spandex Polyethyleneterephthalate

908 $/ton 898 $/ton -10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,815 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
-265
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,375 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton -175
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 8.550 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals Spandex Polyethyleneterephthalate
7,950 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton -400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,220 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -120
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton
-350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,450 yuan/ton 15,450 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,300 yuan/ton 38,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,700 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,300 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,000 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 103.000 yuan/ton 104,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 91,500 yuan/ton 91,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 80,000 yuan/ton 80,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton -500
Benzene domestic market 7,480 yuan/ton 7,510 yuan/ton +30
Benzene overseas  market 979 $/ton 979 $/ton
Ethylene South 1,005 $/ton860 965 $/ton -40
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals Spandex Polyethyleneterephthalate

1,259 $/ton 1,265 $/ton +6
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,100 $/ton 2,100 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,700 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,850 yuan/ton 12,850 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Spandex Polyethyleneterephthalate
8,150 yuan/ton 8,220 yuan/ton +70
Naphtha overseas market  675 $/ton 663 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 8,920 yuan/ton 8,840 yuan/ton -80

Petrochemicals MEG Polyethyleneterephthalate

 

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-North American resin prices all over the map in July

July brought a little of everything for North American resin markets — higher prices, lower prices and flat prices. Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

Higher prices were seen for polyethylene, polypropylene and PET bottle resin. A 5-cent PE increase was delayed by negotiations between suppliers and buyers and by differences reported by widely followed price indexes. Most buyers contacted by Plastics News indicated that the 5 cents had taken hold by late July or early August.

PE demand has remained very strong, with some grades of high density PE for injection molding in especially short supply, according to market sources. PE supplies also were tightened when LyondellBasell Industries lost several days of production in La Porte, Texas, after a July 27 acetic acid leak killed two workers and injured 30.

But supplies of other grades of PE were improving, and sources said a number of buyers were “burned out and frustrated” after absorbing multiple rounds of price hikes in the last 18 months.

Regional prices for all grades of PE were up 5 cents in June. Most PE prices are up 43 cents so far in 2021 and 63 cents since January 2020. HDPE prices are up 2 cents less than low and linear low density PE. The July price hike was the eighth consecutive for the PE market.

The 2-cent PP move followed a similar increase in prices for polymer-grade propylene (PGP). The increase is far less than June’s 12-cent hike and the 13-cent increase in May. Factoring in previous increases and decreases, PP prices are up a net of 68.5 cents since December.

Regional PP makers had attempted to add 5 cents of margin improvement to the 2 cents in monomer movement but were unsuccessful. Market sources said producers now will try to win that 5 cents in August.

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-KraussMaffei High Performance becomes NETSTAL again

KraussMaffei transfers NETSTAL into an independent unit

Renzo Davatz will head NETSTAL as CEO

KraussMaffei expects strong growth in the medical and PET sectors

The KraussMaffei Group will transfer all activities of the former KraussMaffei High Performance AG into an independent unit effective October 1, 2021. This will operate under the traditional name NETSTAL.  Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

The new subgroup will manage the NETSTAL New Machines and Service business worldwide from its subsidiaries. KraussMaffei CEO Dr. Michael Ruf: “With this step, we are taking into account the wishes of our customers and reuniting the NETSTAL brand and the NETSTAL organization under a common name.

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-Every Bottle Back, Closed Loop Partners invest in Evergreen

The funds will help the Clyde, Ohio, company expand bottle-to-bottle PET recycling.

The American Beverage Association and the Ohio Beverage Association, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, are investing $5 million toward Evergreen’s $22 million expansion of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant in Clyde, Ohio.  Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

Half of the $5 million investment is from the American Beverage Association in partnership with Closed Loop Partners through the beverage industry’s Every Bottle Back initiative, and the other half from Closed Loop Partners’ Infrastructure Fund.

Earlier this year, Evergreen announced its plans to double production capacity at its plant to 80 million pounds of recycled PET (rPET) annually by 2022.

Greg Johnson, Evergreen corporate vice president, told Recycling Today at the time of the announcement that the investment will include upgrading four of the six optical flake sorters on its wash line with equipment from Germany-based Tomra Sorting Recycling as well as the addition of 54,000 square feet to its existing 240,000-square-foot building in Clyde to accommodate a third pelletizing line to be supplied by Vienna-based Starlinger. Evergreen also will install two solid-state polycondensation (SSP) reactors from Starlinger,  on two of its pelletizing lines. The SSP reactors decontaminate the flakes and increase the intrinsic viscosity of the rPET pellets the company produces, according to Starlinger.

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-Where China PET resin industry be heading to under massive cutback and high shipping cost

Since Aug, PET bottle chip capacity shut down is around 3.6million tons. Till Aug 10, China PET bottle chip operating rate averaged down to 70.7%. (78% based on designed capacity of 12.46 million tons/year).

The reason of O/R decline mainly comes from two points: 1. the large high/low spread and slack new order intake. PET bottle chip processing spread has been hovering around 400-500yuan/mt for a long while. 2. Export shipping fee remains expensive and supply of container is tight. Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

Recently, due to the spread of the epidemic, logistics and transportation in some areas have been affected, hence delivery of polyester raw material and products are both restrained. Some PET bottle chip plants are forced to cut down production. Overall, delivery is still sustainable, though slower.

Looking from end-user perspective of view, procurement by beverage and edible oil plants is rigid, particularly some factories that haven’t built enough stock previously. PET sheet sector, operating rate in S. China is merely 40-50% while basically stands at 70-80% in E. China. For most PET sheet producers, 7000yuan/mt is the top cost line they can accept, and contract violation was heard before as PET resin value moved to higher than 7000yuan/mt.

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-Fashion boom in recycled plastic comes with a price tag

The repurposing of synthetic materials in everything from swimwear to sneakers is growing but carries a financial and environmental cost

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If you have browsed the internet for a new swimsuit this summer, you might have come across the latest sustainable fashion trend — bikinis and trunks made from plastic bottles, ostensibly diverted from the ocean.

Across US and UK online retailers, swim-and activewear described as containing recycled synthetics more than doubled in volume in the year to June compared to 2020, according to retail intelligence platform Edited.

Plastic waste has infiltrated virtually every sector. Sneaker brands, from Nike and Adidas to ‘sustainable’ labels such as Veja and Greats, rely on it for their green credentials.  Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

Couture designers have created outlandish plastic looks to make a statement on the runway. Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi this year showed voluminous recycled plastic organza dresses in bubblegum pink, yellow and blue. In 2019, Prada re-released its iconic 90s nylon bag as a recycled version.

Fashion boom in recycled plastic comes with a price tag

-MEGlobal nominates ACP for September 2021 at USD870 per tonne

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

Thus, on 11 August, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD870/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in September 2021, up by USD30/tonne from the previous month.  Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

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

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its August ACP for MEG at USD840/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD10/tonne from July.

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

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Russian producers raised their July contract PET prices to the range of  Rb102,000-114,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. In the absence of sharp fluctuations in the rouble exchange rate in August, contract prices are likely to continue rising in September.

MEGlobal is a fully integrated supplier of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), collectively known as ethylene glycol (EG).

MEGlobal nominates ACP for September 2021 at USD870 per tonne

-Turning plastic waste back into oil – is this the future of recycling?

Introducing the infinite recycling system of the future: Pyrolysis.

Try not to be put off by the technical name. Pyrolysis is the term used when a material is heated without the use of oxygen. As no oxygen is used, the material does not burn. Instead, the chemical compounds which make up the material break down into oils and gases. Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

When plastics are heated using pyrolysis they are, in simple terms, broken down into the oils from which they were created.

Plastic which is currently in circulation could be treated using pyrolysis, turned into oil, then re-moulded to create new or ‘virgin’ plastics and then, new products. The term pyrolysis is also known as ‘chemical recycling’. All types of plastics – including ones which are currently deemed unrecyclable – can be treated with pyrolysis. This type of plastic recycling is so useful due to the durability of plastics.

Turning plastic waste back into oil – is this the future of recycling?

-Toyo Engineering gets contract from Prime Polymer for construction of new PP plant in Chiba

Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO) has been awarded a contract for a project to construct a polypropylene (PP) plant in Ichihara-shi, Chiba, Japan from Prime Polymer, as per the company’s press release.

TOYO will carry out the EPC contract on a full turn-key basis that includes engineering, procurement, and construction.

The new plant’s production capacity will be 200,000/mt year. The completion of construction worls is scheduled for 2024. Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

Responding to the social needs aspire all business entities to contribute on sustainability, the client awarded the contract to TOYO because of evaluation as an active partner from early stage for several years along with the company’s rich experiences of petrochemical projects, execution ability of large-scale EPC projects and our proposal from the viewpoint of safety, cost, quality, delivery and environment.

Toyo Engineering gets contract from Prime Polymer for construction of new PP plant in Chiba

-‘Sustainability Action Plan’ move by the Turkish textile industry

With the ‘Turkish Textile Industry Sustainability Action Plan’, steps will be taken on issues such as recycling.

Under the leadership of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM), the ‘Turkish Textile Industry Sustainability Action Plan’ was announced by the Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters’ Association (İTHİB). The Turkish textile industry aims to increase its market share in global exports even more by providing a permanent transformation with the action plan prepared to spread the ‘sustainable textile’ vision to the entire sector. They also aim at high-level compliance with the European Green Deal norms. Petrochemicals Textile Polymers

In the opening speech at the ‘Textile Industry Sustainability Action Plan’ meeting, TİM Chair İsmail Gülle invited all industrialists, manufacturers, suppliers and exporters to a production approach that prioritizes nature and the environment and called for the following; “Let us renew the old infrastructure of our factories, separate the infrastructure of washing and dyeing water, recycle the washing water, expand the technologies that use less water in washing and dyeing, reduce the share of fossil fuels in production as much as possible. The greatest legacy we will leave to our children and future generations is a clean world and a clean atmosphere. This is a duty we all share”.

Textile will be the leading sector within the scope of the Sustainability Action Plan

İsmail Gülle reminded that they had announced the message “We produce for the world without consuming the world” within the context of the Sustainability Action Plan, which consists of 12 main articles, and that they attracted great attention. Gülle; “Creating sectoral action plans is one of the goals we have announced. I am very happy to see the first response of this step in textile, our leading industry today, and I congratulate our industry on this visionary move. Hopefully, this move led by the textile industry will encourage all our exporting sectors and our sectoral roadmaps will be completed as soon as possible”.

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-TotalEnergies, Circulor, Innovate UK and Recycling Technologies partner to develop blockchain-enabled traceability solution for recycled plastic waste

August 12, 2021 | Global themes | Recycling Technologies | Swindon | United Kingdom

Circulor, the leading provider of sustainable supply chain and dynamic CO2 traceability, announces a partnership with the broad energy company, TotalEnergies, and Recycling Technologies, a chemical recycler of plastic, to develop a blockchain-enabled traceability solution for Hard-to-Recycle Plastics (HTRP).  The project is being assisted with financing from Innovate UK.

Project TRACKCYCLE will embed blockchain technology into the advanced recycling value chain, with the aim of providing a fully traceable and accurately labelled record of recycled materials, from the waste sourcing up to the use of recycled polymers in new production streams.  This will provide all the stakeholders in the polymers industry with visibility of the provenance and quality of the materials entering and exiting their facilities.

As part of the TRACKCYCLE project, TotalEnergies and Recycling Technologies teams will leverage their industrial and R&D expertise to improve the traceability of feedstock from post-consumer plastic wastes used in the production of recycled polymers. The consortium will work closely with several plastic waste suppliers, including a multinational FMCG company that provides post-industrial waste.

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-Stora Enso and Tetra Pak join forces to triple the recycling capacity of beverage cartons in Poland

The two companies will partner to provide circular solutions to the market. The investment in a complete recycling solution is set to significantly improve recycling throughout Central and Eastern Europe  Petrochemicals Renewable Polymers

The partnership, that follows a comprehensive feasibility study, sees the introduction of a large-scale carton repulping line at Stora Enso’s Ostrołęka production unit in Poland. The line will triple the annual recycling capacity of used beverage cartons in Poland from 25 000 to 75 000 tonnes. This will allow recycling of the entire volume of beverage cartons sold in the country and the ones coming from neighbouring countries, including Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The total investment is EUR 29.1 million. Stora Enso will invest EUR 17 million into a new repulping line that will recover the carton fibers. Tetra Pak along with Plastigram will invest a total of EUR 12.1 million to build an additional line. It will recover and separately recycle the polymers and the aluminium, using a patented separation technology. Both lines will be operational in the beginning of 2023.

The separated materials will be used as raw materials for various end applications. Recycled fibers will be integrated into Stora Enso’s recycled board. The separated polymers and aluminium will be given new life in the form of different kinds of products, such as pellets and foils.

Stora Enso and Tetra Pak join forces to triple the recycling capacity of beverage cartons in Poland

-Dialog plans venture into plastic recycling business

Dialog Group Bhd is planning to produce food grade recycled plastic packaging products together with a local partner, the company’s first venture into downstream petrochemical business.

Dialog, in a filing today, said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Diyou Fibre (M) Sdn Bhd to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the venture with a total investment outlay of approximately US$25mil (RM106mil).

Dialog will own a majority 51% equity interest in the SPV while its partner will take up the remaining 49%.  Petrochemicals Renewable Polymers

The proposed SPV will build, own and operate a food grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (recycled PET) pellets production facility using recycled PET flakes as raw material.

“The SPV will sell food grade recycled PET to food & beverages customers,” Dialog said.

This proposed venture into the post-consumer plastics recycling industry would be Dialog’s first investment into the downstream petrochemicals business.

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-Bioplastics production offers opportunities for pharmaceutical applications

The search for the ultimate alternative for traditional plastics has been going on for many years. The BERN partnership is one of the initiatives focusing on the development of bioplastics.

The BERNN project follows the concept of the New Plastics Economy. According to this thinking, pla