Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 02-12-2020

Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2

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-Total Corbion outlines most favourable end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics

Total Corbion PLA has released its whitepaper outlining its position on the preferred end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics. The whitepaper also clarifies where PLA products and applications can significantly contribute towards the circular economy.

Total Corbion outlines most favourable end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics

Total Corbion PLA

François de Bie, Senior Marketing & Supply Chain Director at Total Corbion PLA, said: “While the benefits of bioplastics have been known for a while, there are still questions throughout the supply chain on how best to dispose of them after use. This position paper is intended for all interested parties throughout the value chain in order inform not only on the best disposal routes for PLA bioplastics, but also to guide how best to design new products for optimal end-of-life solutions.”

Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2

-New recycling capacity in France and Poland to recycle 10 billion PET bottles in Europe by 2023

Indorama Ventures expands facilities Soft Drinks Industry driving value chain investment in recycling – 10 billion post-consumer PET plastic bottles from across Europe will be recycled per year by 2023 in Indorama Ventures’ new and expanded facilities in France and Poland. Thai-based Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) is investing USD1.5 billion globally to expand its recycling facilities. The new investment, that will see over 1.7 billion additional post-consumer PET plastic bottles recycled, was welcomed today by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, whose members have committed to use recycled PET (rPET) in their bottles. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

“Today we are announcing a new recycling facility in Verdun France and expansion of two recently acquired facilities in Bielsko-Biala and Leczyca Poland. Combined with our existing European facilities, IVL will recycle almost 10 billion post-consumer PET plastic bottles in Europe per year, by 2023. François LAGRUE, Head of Operations – Europe, Indorama Ventures Recycling Group said, This new expanded capacity will mean that, in our facilities alone, an extra 1.7 billion more bottles will be recycled in 2023, compared with 2020. This will lend significant support in realising the EU’s plastic collection and recycling targets.

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-China to force firms to submit formal recycling plans and report plastic use

In proposals announced yesterday (30 Nov), China’s Ministry of Commerce said a nationwide system for retailers was to be established to report their plastic consumption.

This will be part of a trial to encourage recycling, which will also mean firms will have to submit formal plans for recycling.

Plastic pollution has become one of China’s biggest challenges, with vast amounts buried or dumped. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

China produced 63 million tonnes of plastic in 2019, with a recycling rate of around 30%.

It produces around 20 million tonnes of single-use non-biodegradable material annually, including 3 million tonnes of shopping bags.

Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2

-Sangaria tackles green tea and sparkling water boom with Sidel’s flexible, aseptic PET packaging solution

Leading Japanese beverage player Sangaria has been counting on Sidel as a strong partner for more than nine years.

To increase its production flexibility, the company once again turned to its reliable supplier by acquiring the Versatile Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™ to handle aseptic carbonated and still drinks in PET bottles on the same line. This investment will also support Sangaria to widen its production portfolio in the future. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

In Japan, the local, fast-ageing consumer base is becoming increasingly health-conscious. For food and beverage producers, this puts an increasing focus on the introduction of new, added-value products and demands a careful tailoring of the existing ones to tackle specific needs and expectations around health and packaging functionalities. Alongside, premiumisation is also projected to show strong development in this market.

According to Global Data 2020, enhanced and flavoured water, as well as tea and energy drinks, are the best performing beverages in Japan with substantial forecasted growth in the upcoming years.

Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2

-December contract price of ethylene in Europe increased by EUR20 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December supplies was agreed at EUR795 per tonne, which is EUR20 per tonne higher than the previous month, ICIS reported.

The contract price was approved on FD NWE terms (delivery to Northwest Europe).

This contract price has been directly confirmed by three producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum configuration required for the ethylene contract price to be approved. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

According to ICIS, the cost of the raw material – crude naphtha – remained slightly lower in November than in the previous month, but towards the end of last month it began to rise amid optimism associated with the release of vaccines against coronavirus.

Ethylene supply declined in November compared to October after a series of mostly short-term unplanned breakdowns of cracking units due to technical problems. Another factor that influenced the balance of supply and demand in Europe was the longer shutdowns of the cracking units against the background of higher than expected demand.

December contract price of ethylene in Europe increased by EUR20 per ton

-Closing the plastic loop

German nova-Institute recently published a comprehensive overview of the present status of chemical plastic recycling technologies

Plastic recycling has become a hot topic. The seriousness of plastic pollution has forced itself upon us. Industry, indeed the world, needs to close the plastic loop. But we don’t know how yet. Industry and policy makers will have to mount a concerted effort that includes taxation of fossil carbon in chemicals and materials. In order to ensure an income to the recycling industry, while simultaneously cleaning up the environment.

This is the second article in a series on plastic recycling. We published the first article on November 17.  Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

Plastic recycling and CO2 emission reduction should not be confused

It is important not to confuse plastic waste policy and climate policy. On this website, we have argued again and again that in comparison to fuel consumption, the amount of carbon stored in materials is small. Plastic recycling will therefore not save us from climate change. Conversely, plastic incineration will not add significantly to global carbon dioxide emissions. Whereas incineration may well be preferable to littering the environment. On the other hand, CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) from such plants will still be a good idea.

Closing the plastic loop

-DSM and SABIC co-develop meat packaging material made from mixed post-consumer plastics

With the aim of meeting the demand for more sustainable multi-layer barrier casing solutions, DSM, SABIC, Cepsa, Fibrant, and Viscofan have together created a multi-barrier casing for meat products made via advanced recycling of post-consumer plastics.

Produced by Viscofan, the newly developed casing consists of several layers of different polymers. DSM Engineering Materials supplies the high-performance “certified circular” polyamide (PA) Akulon CRC-MB, and SABIC supplies the high-performance “certified circular” polyethylene (PE) from its TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions.

Both products are based on used and post-consumer plastics which would otherwise be discarded as landfill or lost to incineration. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2

Using advanced recycling, the used plastic is converted into new feedstock, which then enters the production chain to deliver what the companies say are new “virgin-quality” materials.

DSM and SABIC co-develop meat packaging material made from mixed post-consumer plastics

-Groupe Renault creating first European factory dedicated to the circular economy of mobility in Flins

Groupe Renault is creating the REFACTORY in Flins, the first European circular economy site dedicated to mobility. By 2030, it will employ more than 3,000 people in dedicated professions. The implementation of this industrial and commercial ecosystem will take place gradually between 2021 and 2024, replacing the production of new vehicles.

It will be based on a wide network of partners from all sectors and will revolve around 4 poles of activity, putting into practice the principles of the circular economy at each stage of the vehicle life cycle and mobility. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

The circular economy model implemented in Flins will be based on a set of complementary and convergent loops, aimed at encouraging the use of a vehicle instead of its ownership; extending its life through maintenance; and reusing it or reusing its components for other uses, when other solutions are no longer possible.

Groupe Renault creating first European factory dedicated to the circular economy of mobility in Flins

-Clariter’s Unique Plastic Recycling Solution Achieves a Net Negative Carbon Footprint

Clariter, an international clean-tech company, has announced that its unique plastic recycling solution has achieved a net negative carbon footprint according to the results of a new study, meaning it does not add to, but rather depletes carbon from the planet.

The results stem from an independent initial Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) carried out by CE Delft, the renowned research and consultancy firm. The LCA determined that Clariter’s carbon footprint is below zero indicating a net environmental benefit, with the solution actually reducing carbon emissions. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

The purpose of the study was to better understand Clariter’s sustainability offering to its customers and other stakeholders and to further inform them of its engineering design activities.

Clariter's Unique Plastic Recycling Solution Achieves a Net Negative Carbon Footprint

-Reasons about caprolactam imports to China fall greatly in October

Despite of the impact of world COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, China’s caprolactam imports had created three historical record high in July, August and September 2020. Actually the volume had recovered gradually since May 2020, when China imported 16.97kt caprolactam, down 9.07% from last month but up 16% from the same period of last year. The volume soared up greatly in the following four months, and almost surpassed our pre-estimation each time. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2 

However in October 2020, China imported 21.42kt caprolactam, down 40% month-on-month , but up 45% from the same period of last year. The significant fall in CPL imports in Oct is in line with our expectation, since the market hardly hears any firm conclusion over the past month. But why is such abrupt decrease in October?

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Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 01-12-2020

Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 01-12-2020

Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2

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-Michelin and Pyrowave join forces to industrialize an innovative plastic waste recycling technology

Pyrowave, a pioneer in the electrification of chemical processes and plastics recycling, and Michelin agree to industrialize an innovative plastic waste recycling technology

  • Michelin Group and the Canadian firm Pyrowave join forces to accelerate time-to-market for an innovative plastic waste recycling technology.
  • They agree to fast‑track the process industrialization.
  • The purpose of the technology is to increase the rate of sustainable materials not only in Michelin tires, but also in other industries.

The Canadian firm Pyrowave proudly announces a joint development agreement with the Michelin Group. Through the Pyrowave‑developed technology, it is possible to generate recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging, insulation panels and/or household appliances. This recycled styrene is an important monomer*: it is used in the production of polystyrene and synthetic rubber for tires and a large number of consumer products.

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-Germany’s BASF completes plant for plastic additives business in Italy

BASF on Monday announced the technical completion of a newly constructed plant for its plastic additives business in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy.

The state-of-the-art facility will deliver a wider range of BASF’s NOR solutions to support BASF’s position in the growing agriculture industry, it said in a statement.

BASF NOR technology platform consists of a range of light and thermal stabilizers that are especially effective in plasticulture applications such as greenhouse covers, macro and small tunnels, nettings and substrate bags.Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

The BASF Pontecchio site has already been a major production unit for hindered amine light stabilizers.

Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2

-New sustainability standards for man-made cellulosic fibres establishes

Man-made fibres made from wood pulp and natural plant materials may hold the key to a truly circular fashion industry development, but the sustainable quality of the field can be further enhanced.

According to a report out last week from Forum for the Future and the Textile Exchange, man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) sector could revolutionize the wasteful textile and apparel sectors. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

MMCF includes materials such as lyocell, viscose, and modal that comprise roughly 7% of global fibre production which offers ‘unique prospects’ for achieving a circular fashion industry, the report said.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, without the quality loss, MCCF waste fibres can be turned into new fibres typically associated with recycling natural fibres. As a result, this fibre is apart from other materials coveted by the fashion industry, which wastes disposal is roughly $500bn in value every year due to the that is barely worn and rarely recycled.

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-What is the real cost of green hydrogen?

What is the real cost of green hydrogen? Is there a reliable and straightforward way to obtain this cost? What information is needed? Is it valid to compare green hydrogen prices with grey or blue hydrogen prices? Mike Parr and Simon Minett attempt to answer these questions.Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

Mike Parr is director of PWR, a UK-based company providing market research and technical support in the field of renewables and energy efficiency. Simon Minett is founder of Challoch-Energy, a consulting firm.

Green hydrogen is much in the news. In October Cap Gemini published a report called “Net Zero 2020”. Page 36 had a section on green hydrogen with the declaration “At around €6 per kg, green hydrogen is not competitive today with fossil energies (parity at €1/kg equivalent to €25/MWh)”.

Last week another hydrogen organisation announced itself “the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition” accompanied by (yet another) report on green hydrogen which contained (yet another) price estimate for green hydrogen – €6/kg.

Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2

-Europe plasticizers spot prices at 13-month high, no sign of year-end slowdown

As sources embark on December talks for European  plasticizers, spot prices have reached 13-month highs and there is no sign of the traditional year-end slowdown.

– Limited supply and good demand

– Consumers build stock

The supply/demand balanced has pushed prices higher and spot numbers reached levels last seen in October 2019. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

“It is not a price issue – it is an availability issue today,” one seller said.

Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2

-Plastic Recycling Market (COVID-19 Impact Analysis) Size, Share, Demand, and Growth Opportunities in Future

In 2018, the global plastic recycling market reached a value of $41,238.8 million and is expected to generate a value of $64,139.7 million in 2024, advancing at an 8.6% CAGR during the forecast period (2019–2024). The market is growing due to the rising focus on reducing the plastic waste volume and government policies and initiatives for increasing the adoption of recycled products. On the basis of type, the market is classified into polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and others.

In terms of source, the plastic recycling market is divided into sheets, wires & cables, packaging, pipes, molded products, and others (which include plastic waste generated from disposables, fabrics, and tarpaulins). The packaging division dominated the market during the historical period (2014–2018), holding a volume share of more than 78.0% in 2018. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

Plastic Recycling Market (COVID-19 Impact Analysis) Size, Share, Demand, and Growth Opportunities in Future

-A circular economy for plastics: the time is now

This year’s Society for Plastic Engineers‘ Plastics and the Circular Economy virtual conference saw Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal outline his plan for creating the right environment to drive closed-loop plastic recycling in Australia.

“Set against the backdrop of the recent National Waste Policy Action Plan, defined timings for the Waste Export Ban and Container Deposit Schemes having opened or imminent in every Australian state, the time is now for companies to look at the waste value chain and take action,” Bansal said.  Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

A circular economy for plastics: the time is now

-Monolith Materials wins investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to support clean hydrogen production

Clean energy company Monolith Materials on Sunday said it has received an investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Americas to support its commercial-scale, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology.

Monolith Materials is the first US manufacturer to produce turquoise hydrogen on a commercial scale, with the announcement the latest in a series of recent investments by MHI in support of achieving a decarbonised world.

“Successfully scaling Monolith’s technology to serve a global marketplace will benefit from the kind of investment that we have from MHI,” stated Rob Hanson, co-founder and CEO of Monolith Materials.  Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

Monolith Materials wins investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to support clean hydrogen production

-Tosaf optimises carrier material for low-emission POM masterbatches

Tosaf Color Service’s colour, functional and combination masterbatches for POM are now based on particularly low-emission carrier materials.

In addition, the pigments have been optimally selected with regard to their effectiveness. As a result, the low emission data of the starting material – depending on the POM type – are almost fully retained, even after colouring and compounding. The new masterbatches thus help ensure compliance with the strict specifications of the automotive industry for moulded parts, and also with the requirements regarding personnel safety.

The emission-optimised masterbatches are suitable for all POM grades. At the customer’s request, ongoing applications can also be switched to the new technology.

Tests carried out at an independent institute show the efficiency of the adopted measures, based on the example of a conventional, low-emission POM grade, to which a combination masterbatch was added. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

Tosaf optimises carrier material for low-emission POM masterbatches

-End-of-life automotive speakers to provide source of rare earths

Mkango Resources, a specialist in rare earth material extraction, has announced that HyProMag and partners European Metal Recycling (EMR) and the University of Birmingham have been awarded a grant from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for a new project entitled Rare-Earth Extraction from Audio Products (REAP). Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2 

REAP will investigate ways of recycling rare earth magnets from speakers used in automotive and consumer electronics applications, which account for approximately 20% of the current market for rare earth magnets.

Nick Mann, operations general manager of HyProMag, said, “With demand for rare earth magnets accelerating, it is imperative that we find viable economic solutions to reclaim end-of-life magnets that are currently lost. Current estimates suggest that the recycling rate of rare earth magnets from end-of-life products stands at below 5%.

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Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2 30-11-2020

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-Amcor Designs Lightest 900-ml PET Bottle for Brazilian Market

The custom container for agribusiness and food producer Bunge is 22% lighter than competitive bottles while providing greater productivity and increased sustainability benefits. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

Lightweighting of packaging continues apace, as companies seek higher efficiencies in plastics processing and greater sustainability. Amcor in Ann Arbor, MI, a global developer and producer of packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, and other products, has developed the lightest 900-ml PET bottle for a customer in Brazil.

The custom-designed container for agribusiness and food producer Bunge, based in Sao Paulo, is 22% lighter than competitive bottles while providing greater productivity and increased sustainability benefits. The new bottle for Bunge’s oleo de soja Soya brand represents Amcor’s entry into the edible oil market in Brazil. The new PET container is resealable, reusable, and “infinitely recyclable” with existing technologies, including chemical recycling.

Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

-Raw material shortage led robustness in BoPET prices: Uflex

Packaging materials and solution company Uflex on Friday said raw material shortage led robustness in BoPET (biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate) prices.

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Rajesh Bhatia, group president (Finance & Accounts) and chief financial officer, said, “October was better than September in terms of overall spread for us.”  Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

BoPET spreads have seen a sequential correction starting in October. BoPET is basically a polyester film used for its high tensile strength among other features.

Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

-Europe struggling with second wave lockdowns, EU needs recovery plan

Chemicals trade group Cefic is downbeat on European chemical industry performance running into the year end, highlighting the seriousness of the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak and its expected impact.

Other agencies had been more upbeat through the autumn months with the regular data charting the upturn since May. And in their most recent quarterly financial reports, most chemical companies operating in the region were trying to be positive too, pointing to the fact that October had been better than September.

Forward visibility was limited, however, although there was a sense that, for petrochemicals at least, a typical fourth-quarter lull might not be seen this year because of reduced inventories and more ‘just in time’ buying. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

These reports, however, were made as second wave lockdowns began to bite.

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-Germany’s Audi, tech institute launch project to recycle automotive plastics

German car maker Audi and the country’s Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have teamed up on a pilot project for the chemical recycling of automotive plastics.

Under the project, the partners will take used auto plastic components – such as fuel tanks, wheel trim parts and radiator grills – from Audi models, and use chemical recycling to process them into pyrolysis oil. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

This oil can then be used to make new plastics materials.

“If plastic components can be produced from pyrolysis oil instead of petroleum, it would be possible to significantly increase the proportion of sustainably manufactured components in automobiles,” said Marco Philippi, senior director for procurement strategy at Audi.

“In the long run, this method can also play a role in end-of-life vehicle recycling.”

Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

-Chemical recycling boost could see global plastic packaging recycling hit 50% by 2040

If the plastics value chain becomes more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible

Approximately 220 million tonnes (MT) of plastic waste is generated globally each year. Of this, around 90MT is mismanaged and leaking into the natural environment, 70MT is landfilled, 30MT is incinerated and another 30MT is recycled.

If the plastics value chain is to become more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible. To do this, more investment must be allocated to chemical recycling technologies, according to Wood Mackenzie. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

“Mechanical recycling has, to date, been the best way of capturing the value of plastic waste by turning it into other useful applications. However, the approach has its limitations.

Chemical recycling boost could see global plastic packaging recycling hit 50% by 2040

-Accelerating a Revolution in Plastics Recycling Through Impact Investing

One goal: A pure planet – The mission: Solving the massive environmental problem created by plastic waste in landfills and oceans, enabling partners to meet sustainability goals

A revolutionary and proprietary cost-effective method to recycle waste polypropylene to virgin-like resin built on patented technology invented by Procter & Gamble, to be globally commercialized by PureCycle Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

Supported by global commercial partners: Procter & Gamble, Milliken & Company, Total, L’Oréal, Aptar, Ravago and BMW I Ventures

Transaction includes $90 million in equit private placements and a $250 million fully-committed pipe anchored by Sylebra Capital and leading endowment & Pension funds and global family offices

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-Plastic Material: A Molder’s Perspective

Every material has its own unique set of physical attributes, and we must use the appropriate information and procedures to assure that our processes are sound and repeatable. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

As processors, we are required to mold parts using a large assortment of engineered resins. Each has its own unique characteristics—polypropylene does not perform the same as nylon; amorphous materials do not possess the same processing characteristics as crystalline resins. The material topic is broad, and experts such as Mike Sepe have made careers out of their understanding of this complex subject matter.

There are many common factors that if known and practiced will make a molder’s job easier. Although tensile strength and density are important elements of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) data to the engineer choosing a material for a specific application, the process engineer does not need this information to develop a process.

Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling Hydrogen

-America’s Plastic Makers Call on Congress to Support EPA’s First-Ever National Recycling Goal

The American Chemistry Council and its members applaud EPA’s National Recycling Goal to increase the US recycling rate to 50% by 2030. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

As part of its recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 17, America’s plastic makers called on Congress to work with industry to prioritize recycling legislation in 2021.

“The plastics industry has set an ambitious goal of reusing, recycling, or recovering 100% of plastic packaging in the US by 2025,” said Joshua Baca, Vice President, Plastics, for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). “All of us have an interest in ensuring that plastics are collected and recycled into new and valuable products instead of ending up in our environment, and success will require many forms of collaboration.

America’s Plastic Makers Call on Congress to Support EPA’s First-Ever National Recycling Goal

-Low-Cost Sorting of Plastic Waste

A staggering 50% of worldwide plastic production is used once and then disposed of, leading to pollution and depletion of natural resources.1 While recycling can help tackle this problem, accurate identification of plastic type is a crucial step to make it viable. Any mistake in identification can degrade the quality of the final product—with both commercial and scientific implications.2 Recently, we enlisted laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and machine learning to create an approach for rapidly sorting plastic waste—at very low cost.3  Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2

Various laser-based methods for sorting plastics have been reported, but the color and thickness of the plastic greatly affect their performance.4 LIBS can help overcome many of the difficulties faced by conventional spectroscopic techniques, requires minimal sample preparation, and is capable of use in standoff scenarios.

Low-Cost Sorting of Plastic Waste

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Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling Hydrogen 28-11-2020

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-South Korean carbon fiber recycling start-up scales up

With plans for growth, CATACK-H claims its solvolysis-based recycling process can reclaim high-quality fibers and resins from materials and finished parts.

Founded in 2017 by CEO Jin-Ho Jeong, CATACK-H (HwaSeong, South Korea) is a chemical treatment-based, carbon fiber composite recycling start-up that currently serves the Korean region, but plans to expand as early as January 2021.

According to Hendrik Neuhaus, international operations manager, the company’s process involves the use of chemical solvents to break down epoxy-based resins in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts to recover fibers to reuse as a chopped or milled fiber product.

Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling Hydrogen

-Asian paraxylene producers announce December price at USD650-660 / tonne

Several Asian paraxylene producers have announced their December contract price in Asia (ACP) at USD650-660 per tonne, market sources told ICIS .

ENEOS Corporation offered paraxylene at USD660 per tonne CFR for Asia.

SK Global Chemical (SKGC) and Idemitsu Kosan have put forward their bids at USD650 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR510 per tonne, which is EUR5 per tonne lower than the level of October this year.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , Russian market participants note a slight shortage of PET from some domestic manufacturers, but there is no need to talk about a shortage of material so far.

Spot prices of Russian producers last week were at the level of 74,000-77,000 rubles. per tonne CPT Moscow, VAT included. The contract prices of Russian plants in the current month are in the range of 68,300-71,100 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, VAT included.

Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling Hydrogen

-Petkim raised November prices for PE and PP in Turkey

Turkish polymer producer Petkim, whose controlling stake is Azerbaijani SOCAR, raised selling prices for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) on November 24, market sources told ICIS .

Thus, the prices of PP and high-density polyethylene (LDPE) of the company on the terms of delivery of FCA Aliaga (Aliaga, Turkey) increased by USD40 per ton, and the prices of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) – by USD30 per ton.

The company lists actual prices on a gross basis, and Petkim may offer large discounts on shipments.

Petkim has raised LDPE prices for the third time this month, while PP and HDPE prices were increased last week.

LDPE supply continues to be limited in Turkey. Earlier consignments of material from Europe provided support to the Turkish market, but their number decreased as LDPE prices rose in the European market.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , buying activity in the Russian market is low, but the demand for PE is still at a good level. A growing number of sellers report that they have sold all their November PE volumes. In the LDPE segment, this factor led to an increase in prices last week. The HDPE market also has a limited supply, but there is no excitement in this regard. In addition, many large converters closed all their deals at the beginning of the month.

Buying activity on the Russian PP market dropped significantly last week, and some small sellers reported that they had already sold all their November quotas of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo). At the end of the week, there were slight price changes on the spot.

Petkim Petrokimya Holding AS is a Turkish chemical company. The controlling stake in the company (51.39%) is owned by the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The rest of the shares are held by TURCAS. The company produces polymers (PE, PP, PVC, PA), detergents, packaging, etc.

Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling Hydrogen

-Baerlocher strengthens recycling foothold at PRSE Virtual

At K-2019, plastics recyclers arrived at the Baerlocher booth to learn how to improve margins and gain market share by using additives in their processes. Baerlocher is eager to follow up on this success at the PRSE Virtual conference from 9-11 December 2020, sharing its experiences with its Baeropol T-Blend range.

A recycled HDPE compounded with Baerlocher’s chain extender shows a significant improvement in surface appearance (above), relative to a reference without the additive, when applied in profile extrusion (below).

Baerlocher is a long-established provider of additives for PP, PE and other thermoplastics. The portfolio includes the unique Baeropol RST stabiliser, which has formed the basis for a set of additive blends that have been found to be useful in polyolefin recycling applications.

Baerlocher offers fully formulated antioxidant packages under the Baeropol T-Blend range of products. The stabilisers from Baerlocher are available in a dust-free pastille form, much appreciated by recyclers.

Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling Hydrogen

-Green Materials: Perstorp to produce sustainable methanol in Sweden

Chemicals firm Perstorp says it has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis. Calling it Project AIR, the firm will build a large-scale, commercial carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) unit in Stenungsund, Sweden, to produce sustainable methanol by 2025. It adds that the methanol plant will be unique at it is a combined CCU and gasification process where CO2, residue streams, renewable hydrogen and biomethane will be converted to methanol.

Perstorp plans to do this in cooperation with Fortum, Uniper and Nature Energy.

Green Materials: Perstorp to produce sustainable methanol in Sweden; Covestro’s sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore industry

-Covestro’s sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore industry

German materials firm Covestro has developed polyurethane elastomers based on so-called cardyon brand polyols, which contain CO2 and offer the same good performance as corresponding petrochemical-based elastomers.

A new technology from Covestro makes it possible to produce these precursors from carbon dioxide in a proportion of up to 20% by weight, thereby replacing some of the fossil raw materials used up to now.

The development contributes to recycling carbon and underlines Covestro’s intention to focus all its activities on the Circular Economy.

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-How downstream reacts when nylon feedstock market soars

Suddenly surged nylon raw materials

In the first half of November, prices of caprolactam and nylon 6 bright conventional-spinning chip had jumped up by 300-400yuan/mt, which was widely considered the stimulation of CPL intensive turnaround and tight supply. However, actual end user’s demand has cooled since October, and nylon prices are believed to reach the highest point in the second half of 2020 already. Based on nylon industry fundamentals, the price has been at its ceiling.

*Sinopec has raised the Nov contract by two times, and Shenyuan and Nanjing Fibrant have raised by four times. The contract price for Dec is still going up.

However, since Nov 10th, Sinopec had raised up benzene and caprolactam contract listing price continuously and significantly, which shouldered up CPL spot and nylon 6 CS chip price by 900-1200yuan/mt across the board, with some part of chip sources jumped over 2,000yuan/mt. CS chip buyers chased after the increase, and the transaction volume elevated.

How downstream reacts when nylon feedstock market soars

-Impact of China to completely ban all imports of solid waste

Imports of all solid waste into China will be completely banned effective 1 January 2021, according to announcement released by Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Commerce, National Development and Reform Commission and General Administration of Customs on Nov 24, 2020.

About the impact of this policy on the import of recycled PET, market concerns are mainly on two points:

First, the import of recycled PET chips. What we can be clear is that recycled PET chips are industrialized products processed from recycled PET solid waste. They are not solid waste and can be imported as long as they meet the relevant standards required by the Customs in terms of color, packaging, shape and other indicators. Due to price reasons, the import volumes of recycled PET chips have declined sharply since 2019. Most of the foreign factories that were put into production have been quit the market, and only a few are still in production. The import volumes are very small. Therefore, this policy has basically no impact on the import of recycled PET chips.

Impact of China to completely ban all imports of solid waste

-SABIC introduces new LEXAN anti-fog film for clear safety visors, lenses and goggles in high-humidity front-line work environments

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the successful commercialization of LEXAN HP92AF Anti-Fog film, targeted especially at demanding COVID-19 protection equipment such as safety face shields and goggles in front-line work environments, as per the company’s press release.

The film product features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog even at very high ambient humidity, ensuring long-lasting optical clarity.

LEXAN HP92AF has confirmed its superior anti-fog performance in extensive testing under harshest conditions (see video) and does not exhibit any hazing at saturation as could be observed with competitive materials.

Moreover, the anti-fog coating technology has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate (PC) film.

SABIC introduces new LEXAN anti-fog film for clear safety visors, lenses and goggles in high-humidity front-line work environments

-Alstom to supply Italy’s first hydrogen trains

Alstom will supply six hydrogen fuel cell trains, with the option for eight more, to FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), the main transport and mobility group in the Italian region of Lombardy, for a total amount of approximately €160 million. The first train delivery is expected within 36 months of the date of the order.

The new hydrogen trains will be based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream regional train platform, which is dedicated to the European market and already being produced for Italy by Alstom’s main Italian sites.

The hydrogen powered Coradia Stream for FNM, will be equipped with the same fuel cell propulsion technology that was introduced to the world by the Coradia iLint. The hydrogen Coradia Stream will maintain the high standards of comfort already appreciated by passengers of its electric version. The hydrogen version will match the operational performance of diesel trains, including their range.

Alstom to supply Italy’s first hydrogen trains

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-Asian PP prices hit 13-18 month high amid strong fundamentals, limited containers

HIGHLIGHTS

Supply tight with limited offers, low stocks

Buyers turn to local supply amid shipment delay

Cautious sentiment seen with mixed outlook

Singapore — Polypropylene prices hit a 13 to 18-month high across Asia on Nov. 25 amid bullish fundamentals, few offers for international trades, and limited container availability.

The PP raffia CFR Fareast Asia marker soared $70/mt on the week to $1,125/mt on Nov. 25, the highest since May. 14, 2019, when the marker was assessed at $1,150/mt.

Similarly, the PP raffia prices rose $55/mt be assessed at $1,115/mt CFR Southeast Asia, hitting an 18-month high as well since May 2019. Meanwhile, the PP raffia CFR South Asia marker was up $50/mt on the week to $1,120/mt on Nov. 25, the highest since October 2019.

Asian PP prices hit 13-18 month high amid strong fundamentals, limited containers

-Momentum for hydrogen transit grows

In conjunction with European Hydrogen Week, global power leader Cummins Inc. shared new research revealing that more than half of the United Kingdom (UK) commuters would be willing to travel to work on a train or bus powered by hydrogen to lower their carbon footprint and reduce emissions and nearly half of commuters in Belgium and Germany expressed the same view, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This new data was obtained through a survey of 6,000 respondents in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in October 2020. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

“It is encouraging to see that citizens and governments across Europe are prioritizing the climate and understand that investment in hydrogen technologies is a path to improve the environment and fuel economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19,” said Amy Adams, vice president of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins. “With both the EU and the UK pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2050, there is, in short, real appetite from policymakers and citizens to make a collective difference. Hydrogen is a key part of Cummins’ portfolio of solutions to help our customers succeed and as a path toward zero emissions.”

The survey results demonstrate positive attitudes towards clean technology alternatives for public transport, with about 40% consumers in Belgium, Germany and the UK willing to pay GBP1 or EUR1 more for their daily commute in order to lower their carbon footprint.

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-Neste RE enables a future where all plastic products can be made of renewable and recycled materials

Neste is launching a new product, Neste RE, a 100% renewable and recycled raw material for plastics and chemicals production. It is a product for tackling climate change through reducing the need to use virgin fossil resources, while it also provides a new solution to the end-of-life related challenges the polymers and chemicals industries are facing today. Neste RE can be used in a wide range of plastics applications, from sports gear to toys, even in sensitive applications such as high-performing medical equipment. Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

World’s economy is only 8.6% circular today (source: Circular bioeconomy study, 2020, WBCSD & BCG). The urgency to move towards a truly circular economy is high (source: IPCC Global warming report) and will deserve a variety of different technologies.

Neste RE enables a future where all plastic products can be made of renewable and recycled materials

-Audi and KIT working on recycling for automotive plastics via pyrolysis oil

A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics; these have to meet exacting safety, heat-resistance and quality requirements.

That is why, so far, only petroleum-based materials have been suitable for manufacturing plastic components in automobiles that are subjected to particularly intensive wear.

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Whereas plastics of the same type can often be mechanically recycled, recycling of mixed plastic waste poses a major challenge. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil

Audi and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) are therefore launching a pilot project for chemical recycling as part of the “Industrial Resource Strategies” THINKTANK in order to feed such mixed plastic fractions back into a resource-conserving circular system.

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-Croda completes acquisition of Iberchem

Croda says it has completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo, said Chemweek. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

It follows an announcement by Croda last week. Croda says it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo for EUR820 million (USD975 million) on a debt-free, cash-free basis. The sum will be funded via a combination of Croda’s existing debt facilities and the proceeds of a ?600-million (USD798 million) equity placing representing 8% of Croda’s issued share capital, the company says. Acquiring Iberchem marks Croda’s entry into the flavors and fragrances market. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2020, Croda says.

The acquisition price represents a multiple of 20.5 times Iberchem’s estimated 2020 EBITDA, according to Croda.  “We have known Iberchem’s team for many years and their business is highly compatible with Croda’s. Iberchem stands out with its significant exposure to emerging markets, extensive product portfolio well placed to adapt to sustainability trends, strong customer focus and R&D capability, and 10-year track record of consistent year-on-year growth. By bringing our businesses together, we are creating a new, full-service offering to our customers in consumer-care markets and a compelling platform from which to grow the combined business in the years ahead,” says Steve Foots, CEO of Croda.

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-VIDEO: Europe PE, PP market sentiment shifts

Sentiment in Europe’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets has shifted after a long period of low prices, according to Linda Naylor, senior editor.

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Monomer contracts expected imminently

December spot prices already firm

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-First naturally biodegradable plastic packaging alternative containing graphene

UK-based biotech company Toraphene is preparing to unveil the world’s first truly biodegradable, compostable and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging.

The company has developed a new material, also called Toraphene, that uses biopolymers that compost naturally and biodegrade without human intervention, even in the ocean.

The biopolymers are combined with Nobel Prize-winning graphene, which is derived from carbon and is stronger than diamond at an atomic level. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

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-GreenTech Romania enters the voluntary market for carbon certificates (VER) issuing 453,000 certificates resulting from PET waste recycling

Romanian company Green Tech, part of Green Group, is the first company in Europe validated by Gold Standard to issue CO2 certificates (VERs) resulting from PET waste recycling activity. Thus, Green Tech becomes the first company in Europe to issue 453.000 CO2 certificates, the equivalent of the tons of emissions saved by recycling PET waste over a period of 10 years. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

The validation of the project, named „Reducing CO emissions through PET recycling”, took 4 years, while rigurous measurements regarding emissions, energy and fuel consumptions were made throughout the entire PET recycling chain of operations performed  by GreenTech.

„GreenTech collects and recycles PET bottles, resulting new products made of 100% recycled content such as: PET strap, foodgrade rPET and recycled polyesteric staple fibers. Gold Standard validation is a recognition that obtaining new products at GreenTech from PET waste rather than using virgin input (petroleum based), 48% CO2 emission savings are achieved. The estimated annual average GHG emissions reduction is 45,380 tons of emissions per year, given as carbon credits that can be used for offsetting a company’s carbon footprint”, said Alina Genes, CEO of GreenTech.

GreenTech Romania enters the voluntary market for carbon certificates (VER) issuing 453,000 certificates resulting from PET waste recycling

-Edible oil bottling lines à la SIPA

SIPA provides equipment for the production of a huge range of edible oil bottle sizes: from single serve up to 30 liters.

Some big names in the edible oil business around the world have turned to SIPA for complete filling lines for PET bottles. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

SIPA has strength in depth in plant engineering. Customers can consult with its experts to obtain optimum solutions that save them money and space while delivering the quality they need to be strong in the market. The evidence speaks for itself: SIPA has installed hundreds of lines for edible oil all around the world.

Fast and flexible choices in blow molding

On the blowowmolding process, SIPA can provide fast and super-flexible solutions. For fast production and sizes up to 3 liters the revolutionary rotary blowmolding system XTRA can do the job while for asymmetrical, handled, large and extra large size containers SFL Linear Blowmolding platform is the best.

Edible oil bottling lines à la SIPA

-New Stadler sorting plant in Mexico

Mexico is one of the world’s ten biggest producers of Municipal Solid Waste on account of its vast size and large population. The country generates around 120,000 tonnes of waste a day, which add up to 44 million tonnes a year. This situation has been further aggravated by an increase in waste (estimated at between 3.3 and 16.5% according to a study conducted by the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático de México – the National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change) due to the country’s lockdown period, which has affected patterns in consumption and medical treatment. In this situation, the new sorting plants based on the automation of waste management, take on even greater importance for their potential to improve the environmental situation in Mexico and boost the circular economy. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil

“STADLER aims to be a driver in the change that Mexico needs to achieve a green economy standard shaped by technological innovations and business models . Both will undoubtedly bring environmental, social and economic benefits,” explains Natalya Duarte, Sales Manager for Mexico at STADLER.

New Stadler sorting plant in Mexico

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-IFC’s US$300 mn loan to Indorama for recycling 50 bn PET bottles

The first-ever blue loan to a global plastic resin manufacturer will lead to the recycling of 50 billion PET bottles/year globally by 2025, including four countries in Asia and one in Latin America, says Thailand-headquartered integrated PET maker Indorama Ventures. The landmark US$300 million financing package has been arranged by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, for Indorama Ventures Global Services Limited (IVGS), a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global manufacturer and recycler of PET resin.

The funding will help IVL increase its recycling capacity in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, and Brazil—countries which are grappling with mismanaged waste and serious plastic waste in the environment—and invest in renewable energy and resource efficiency projects.

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-Coexpan develops 100 per cent rPS for FFS yogurt packaging applications

COEXPAN, one of the world’s leaders in Form Fill Seal (FFS) food packaging systems, has successfully tested mechanically recycled polystyrene in its FFS facilities at Innotech, (Innovation and Technology Centre of COEXPAN and EMSUR, the rigid and flexible packaging divisions of Grupo Lantero). Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

The company says this project is an integral part of one of the strategic aims of the value chain initiative SCS, of which Coexpan is a member.

SCS innovates together with various partners across the value chain to advance the circularity of styrenic polymers.

The ‘r-PS (r-PET alike’) project involves validating post-consumer PS mechanical recycling as well as using processes and technologies similar to those currently used on PET recycling lines: sorting, washing, flake sorting, super cleaning and melt-filtration.

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-RadiciGroup relaunches on sustainable development ( Italian Language Only)
The Italian manufacturing company closes the 2019 sustainability report by scoring numerous goals in the direction of the green economy. Among recycled materials, renewable energy and territorial protection, the group focuses on the circular economy
2019 was a year of sustainability for RadiciGroup. The Italian company specialized in the production of polyamides, synthetic fibers and technopolymers for applications in various fields, from textiles to furniture, has factories in over 20 countries.
Consistent with its mission, the group confirms and relaunches its commitment to sustainable development, in an attempt to combine business objectives with the optimization and protection of environmental and human resources.
The 2019 sustainability report reflects this commitment, which has translated into concrete initiatives and actions such as the launch of new eco-friendly products, waste management, water and electricity consumption and the enhancement of communities and territories.
“The commitment to more sustainable development from an economic, environmental and social point of view is a topical issue even and above all in a delicate moment like the one we are experiencing. In fact, it plays a strategic role in the process of economic and social revitalization and is fundamental to guaranteeing a better future for the generations to come ”, commented Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup. «In a profoundly changed context, the sharing of objectives, efforts and experiences is central to continuing to grow. Also in 2019 we gave substance to our mission, creating lasting value through initiatives shared with all our stakeholders.

RadiciGroup relaunches on sustainable development

-Europe capro prices face upward pressure from feedstocks, tighter availability

The European caprolactam (capro) markets continue to face upward pressure in November from the double-digit increase in the price of feedstock benzene, good demand and tighter supply due to an outage at a capro facility in Belgium.

Capro contract price negotiations for November are ongoing in the European market, with some settlements finalised with an upward movement already and others expected to close later this week. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

Following severe demand destruction during the first coronavirus lockdowns and a three-digit fall in the capro contract price in April, capro values have been gradually picking-up, albeit at a slower pace than the upstream benzene, as supply continued to outstrip demand. The market has become more balanced in September and October.

Europe capro prices face upward pressure from feedstocks, tighter availability

-Toppan launches full-scale sales of PE and BOPP high barrier films for mono-material packaging

Toppan USA, Inc. has completed preparations for the production and supply of PE and BOPP based additions to its market-leading series of GL BARRIER transparent vapour-deposited barrier films. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

Full-scale sales of PE-based ‘GL-LE-G’ and BOPP-based ‘GL-LP-G’ will be launched in November, initially for the US and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL BARRIER films with PET, PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-material packaging.

Numerous global companies are taking measures towards targets for better circulation of containers and packaging, and efforts to drive recycling by adopting mono-material structures are gaining pace around the world. Toppan has responded to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging.

Samples of GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G have been made available to selected customers around the world since late 2019 under the provisional names GL-X-LE and GL-X-LP-G, and extensive assessments have been conducted to confirm their performance and market viability.

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-Turkey reinstates Saudi Arabia in customs scheme

Turkey today reinstated Saudi Arabia in a key customs scheme designed to aid Turkish exporters who import raw materials, polymer market participants said.

The move will ease concerns that the exclusion, which was initiated in October, would increase the cost and reduce the flow of polymer imports into Turkey from Saudi Arabia, a key supplier. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

The so-called Inward Processing Regime allows customs-exempt imports and/or domestic purchases for export purposes, avoiding 6.5pc import duties for polymers.

Turkey reinstates Saudi Arabia in customs scheme

-SABIC expands post-consumer recycled engineering thermoplastics for consumer electronics and E&E applications

Responding to calls from major brands in the consumer electronics business and electrics and electronics (E&E) industry as a whole for more sustainable materials, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced that its engineering thermoplastics business is expanding its portfolio of CYCOLOY and LEXAN resins containing high levels of post-consumer recycled material (PCR), as per the company’s press release.

Typical applications for the portfolio will include consumer electronics and accessories such as chargers and adapters, printers, copiers and laptop housing.

The new PCR material is blended with the virgin material to create compounds with PCR levels of initially up to 30%. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

According to an internal SABIC LCA Study, these compounds offer potentially significant reductions in carbon footprint of up to 25% and in energy consumption of up to 30% compared to virgin material.

-Chemical recycling boost could see global plastic packaging recycling rate hit 50%

Approximately 220 million tonnes (MT) of plastic waste is generated globally each year. Of this, around 90MT is mismanaged and leaking into the natural environment, 70MT is landfilled, 30MT is incinerated and another 30MT is recycled.

If the plastics value chain is to become more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible. To do this, more investment must be allocated to chemical recycling technologies, according to Wood Mackenzie.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

“Mechanical recycling has, to date, been the best way of capturing the value of plastic waste by turning it into other useful applications. However, the approach has its limitations.

Chemical recycling boost could see global plastic packaging recycling rate hit 50%

-Hyundai Motor Company and INEOS to Cooperate on Driving Hydrogen Economy Forward

INEOS and Hyundai have signed a memorandum of understating (MoU) to explore potential joint hydrogen businesses, the European chemicals major said on 22 November, said the company.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

Hyundai and INEOS will jointly investigate opportunities for the production and supply of hydrogen as well as the worldwide deployment of hydrogen applications and technologies. Both companies will initially seek to facilitate public and private sector projects focused on the development of a hydrogen value chain in Europe.

The agreement also includes the evaluation of Hyundai’s proprietary fuel cell system for the recently announced INEOS Grenadier 4×4 vehicle. This cooperation represents an important step in INEOS’ efforts to diversify its powertrain options at an early stage.

Hyundai’s proprietary modular fuel cell system, which evaluation vehicles will use, has already proven reliable and effective in the Hyundai NEXO SUV. The world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV has the longest driving range among hydrogen-powered vehicles in the market. Hyundai is one of leading company in the field of fuel cell technology having started the world’s first mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles in 2013.

Hyundai Motor Company and INEOS to Cooperate on Driving Hydrogen Economy Forward

-Bioo launches biological battery that feeds on soil and uses plants to produce electricity

In Spain, Bioo, a biotech startup that generates electricity from nature, has developed Bioo Panel, which collects the electrons liberated in soil from the breakdown of organic substances by its natural microorganisms.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil 

Installed underground, Bioo Panel visually fits into the landscape of any yard, garden or park and constantly produces electricity during day and night, regardless of weather conditions.

How it Works:

  1. A) Rainwater and irrigation leach nutrients and microorganism from the soil to the biological battery.
  2. B) The biological battery is formed by the anode and the cathode separated by the soil, which provides the organic matter and microorganisms needed to produce a current.

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-Nylon fibers hold promise for electricity-generating clothing

The research could result in garments that can power mobile phones and more

Scientists have found a way to produce nylon fibers that can produce electricity through simple body movements, giving rise to the idea of clothing that could power a phone or health-monitoring device.

The findings by researchers from the University of Bath, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany and the University of Coimbra in Portugal explores the use of solution-processed piezoelectric nylon.

“There’s a growing demand for smart, electronic textiles, but finding cheap and readily available fibers of electronic materials that are suitable for modern-day garments is a challenge for the textile industry,” said Kamal Asadi, professor from the University of Bath department of physics.

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-Altium Packaging buys blow molder SFB Plastics

Founded in 1970 as a provider of thermoformed plastic freezer spacers, SFB Plastics company expanded into rigid packaging in 1976 and has specialized in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers for over 40 years. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

U.S.-based blow molder Altium Packaging LP has acquired the assets of SFB Plastics Inc., in Wichita, Kansas, a privately-held material handling and packaging manufacturer, specializing in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers.

Atlanta-based Altium is a unit of publicly traded Loews Corp.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 1970 as a provider of thermoformed plastic freezer spacers, SFB Plastics company expanded into rigid packaging in 1976 and has specialized in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers for over 40 years.

Altium Packaging buys blow molder SFB Plastics

-Lenzing rolls out traceability platform for Tencel, Ecovero fibers

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Lenzing, Austria – Following several successful pilot programs, Lenzing has launched a blockchain-enabled traceability platform for its Tencel and Lenzing Ecovero branded fibers.

The platform is powered by Hong Kong-based start-up TextileGenesis and ensures the traceability of textiles from fiber to production to distribution. The global roll-out will be conducted in phases, with the first phase, expected to be completed within the fourth quarter, encompassing Lenzing’s supply chain partners in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. An estimated 300-plus supply chain partners from China and Turkey will join the program in the first quarter of 2021, with the expectation that most eligible Lenzing partners will be onboarded by the second quarter.

Lenzing rolls out traceability platform for Tencel, Ecovero fibers

-IIT Guwahati develops method to turn industrial waste into chemicals

The findings of the time have also been featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals–Chemical Communications and Catalysis Science and Technology

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have formulated efficient “pincer” catalytic systems that transform industrial or biomass wastes into valuable chemicals. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

According to the team, tiny amounts of these “pincer catalysts” repeatedly convert large amounts of industrial waste such as glycerol into lactic acid and hydrogen. Such catalysts also efficiently convert bioethanol, a low-energy density fuel, into high-energy density butanol.

“Pincer catalysts are complex molecules in which, an organic moiety holds on tightly to a metal core, much like the claws of a crab. Such an arrangement not only confers stability to the catalyst, but also selectivity to bring about the intended transformations,” said IIT Guwahati professor Akshai Kumar Alape Seetharam.

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-Kelheim Fibres Partner of ETP in „Bio-Based Fibres“ and “Circular Economy” programs

The goal is to bring key players from industry and science together to develop a long-term strategy to shape the sustainable realignment of the European textile industry

The Bavarian viscose speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has partnered with the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in two strategic programs: “Bio-Based Fibres” and “Circular Economy”.

Against the backdrop of the increasingly important sustainability debate, fundamental changes inside the textile supply chain are taking place. The two three-year ETP programmes “Bio-Based Fibres” and “Circular Economy” are a clear response to this. The goal is to bring key players from industry and science together to develop a long-term strategy to actively shape the sustainable realignment of the European textile industry.

“We have been manufacturing bio-based fibres for almost 85 years – these fibres are made from the renewable material wood and they are fully biodegradable at the end of their product lifecycle. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

As an alternative to crude-oil based materials, these fibres are becoming increasingly popular in various applications.

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-India halts MEG anti-dumping investigation

India’s ministry of commerce and industry has halted its anti-dumping investigation into ethylene glycol (MEG) after receiving a withdrawal request from the applicants.

Indian private-sector refiner and petrochemical producer Reliance Industries (RIL), the key applicant, had requested on 18 November to withdraw the probe for unspecified reasons. But it still has the option to resubmit an application to relaunch the investigation.

The Indian government had started an anti-dumping investigation into imports of MEG under HS code 29053100 from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Singapore in December 2019. RIL then in late February made a request to the authorities to exclude Saudi Arabia from the investigation. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

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-BTB PET Recycling further increases capacities

During the Corona Lockdown in spring 2020 German PET recycler BTB PET-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG installed a new preheating unit and another SSP reactor supplied by Starlinger recycling technology. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

The PET bottle-to-bottle recycling company based in Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine- Westphalia, is now operating 9 SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactors from Starlinger recycling technology. BTB has been using the food-grade technology developed by the Austrian specialist for plastics recycling since 2007.

Each year, BTB processes approximately 20,000 tons of PET input material from the German bottle return system on a Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 iV+ recycling line installed prior to the SSP reactors. Andrzej Zajontz, one of BTB’s General Managers and in charge of all technical matters, explains why this is not as easy as it used to be: “Unfortunately, the beverage containers collected through the German container deposit system are not as well separated as before – in the reverse vending machines both clear and coloured bottles are collected together, and that is how they are delivered.

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-German industry expectations fall as second wave stalls recovery

German manufacturing business conditions remained positive in November but expectations for the coming months “turned notably less optimistic”, according to the Ifo Institute on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by Ifo among German companies’ managers showed expectations for the coming months are equally pessimistic in other sectors like services or construction. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

Germany’s strong industrial base accounts for around 20% of the country’s economic output; its chemicals industry is the largest in Europe, with €193bn in sales in 2019 employing around 450,000 people.

“This month’s [November] bright spot is manufacturing. The business climate improved here, with companies assessing their current situation as markedly better. Incoming orders rose, albeit more slowly than last month,” said Ifo.

“However, expectations for the coming months turned notably less optimistic.”

German industry expectations fall as second wave stalls recovery

-Braskem and Haldor Topsoe achieve first production of bio-based MEG from sugar

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe, a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries, have announced that they achieved their first-ever demo-scale production of bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG), reported CISION.

As a result of the collaboration between the two companies, the MOSAIK technology development has been progressing according to schedule at the demonstration unit located in Lyngby, Denmark. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

The demonstration unit was started up in 2019 with the primary goal to demonstrate all key design features of the pioneering technology that transforms sugar into renewable MEG. Since then, the remaining process units of the plant have been built and put into operation, and the production process has been optimized.

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe achieve first production of bio-based MEG from sugar

-Gerresheimer: More space for the Small Batch Production of plastics

Gerresheimer is expanding the production area for Small Batch Production of plastics in Wackersdorf – Gerresheimer Regensburg is increasing the capacity of its Small Batch Production in the Technical Competence Center (TCC) Wackersdorf. To this purpose, already existing production area has been converted into clean room space, and a new building with additional clean room and office space has been completed. The company is reacting with the expansion of production space in keeping with the growing number of projects that require smaller numbers of units or for which a smaller number of complete products are already required prior to large batch production for development, approval, and industrialization. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

Gerresheimer had already invested a double-digit sum in the millions in the expansion of Small Batch Production in Wackersdorf in 2018. In the context of the plastic and glass competence of the company, 900 square meters of additional area was at that time created for the development and industrialization of glass products like syringes and carpules.

Gerresheimer: More space for the Small Batch Production of plastics

-New Upstream Innovation guide offers practical solutions to the plastic pollution crisis

The company published Upstream Innovation: A guide to packaging solutions, a practical guide to eliminating plastic pollution through circular economy solutions.

Packed with practical guidance and real-world examples, this handbook has been designed for anyone directly or indirectly influencing the packaging that is put around a product.

By focusing more of their efforts on upstream innovation – at the design stage of a product rather than just downstream efforts such as recycling – businesses can prevent waste from ever being created in the first place. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil

New Upstream Innovation guide offers practical solutions to the plastic pollution crisis

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-Expansions: Covestro expands capacity for Vulkollan in Thailand

Covestro expands capacity for Vulkollan in Thailand

German polymer firm Covestro has started construction of a new production plant for Vulkollan raw materials in the Map Ta Phut industrial zone in Thailand. The investment is in the high mid double-digit million euro range. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start at the end of 2022. It will employ a staff of more than 25 people. The product is mainly used where highest mechanical strength and abrasion resistance is required. Examples are wheels for forklift trucks as well as couplings and seals for the engineering industry.  Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

“With this strategic investment, Covestro wants to further improve its infrastructure and customer proximity and strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Covestro. “After expanding our capacities for polycarbonate films, we are now broadening the production spectrum at our Map Ta Phut site with a new investment project.”

Expansions: Covestro expands capacity for Vulkollan in Thailand

-Invista completes PA6.6 capacity expansion in China

Polymer firm Invista has completed a 40,000-tonne/year nylon 6,6 polymer capacity expansion at its polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). This addition brings the plant’s capacity to 190,000-tonne/year.

This expansion is Invista’s fourth continuous polymerisation line at SCIP where the company now has 30,000-tonne/year autoclaves and 160,000-tonne/year continuous process nylon 6,6 polymer capacity. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

Pete Brown, Invista’s executive vice president, nylon polymer, added, “The additional polymer capacity is another key element of Invista’s integrated nylon 6,6 value chain at SCIP where we also have a 215,000-tonne/year hexamethylenediamine (HMD) plant and a 400,000-tonne/year adiponitrile (ADN) plant currently under construction.”

Invista completes PA6.6 capacity expansion in China

-High-quality tufted carpets made of recycled PET

With Relive-1, Autoneum is launching an innovative tufted carpet that meets the highest requirements of sustainable mobility. The tufting technology for the compact to premium class, which has been awarded the “Autoneum Pure.” label for outstanding environmental friendliness, is also more durable than the carpet standards common in these vehicle segments and convinces with excellent cleanability.Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

Global demand for innovative cars of the future and sustainable forms of mobility is rising. Accordingly, automobile manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly focusing their vehicle development activities on resource-saving lightweight components and production processes. In addition, the look and feel of the passenger cabin is a decisive factor in the purchasing decision, as in the future the car will be used increasingly for work and recreation. Here, carpet systems play a key role in terms of quality perception because of their size. With Relive-1, Autoneum now offers a premium technology for automotive carpets that not only scores with its aesthetic appearance, but also has an exceptional environmental performance. Among other things, carpets made of Relive-1 feature a particularly sustainable use of raw materials: For example, only recycled PET bottles are used to manufacture the carpet yarns.

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-Petronas steps up investments in hydrogen as part of carbon-free energy goals

Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas said it is stepping up investments in hydrogen as part of a global push to produce carbon-free energy, even as the firm expands its portfolio in LNG and renewable energy. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

“The trajectory for moving towards hydrogen is really picking up space,” chief executive Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz said during the APEC CEO Dialogues.

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-Thailand’s Indorama makes $1.5bn green bet on plastics recycling

Group plans to triple annual capacity to 750,000 tons in five years

Thailand’s Indorama Ventures, the world’s top producer of PET, will spend $1.5 billion to triple its plastics recycling operations, an ambitious goal backed by growing demand among green-minded beverage producers. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

Indorama has been aggressively acquiring companies that recycle polyethylene terephthalate, a material used in plastic bottles, in recent years. It aims to expand its recycling capacity to 750,000 tons a year by 2025 from the current roughly 250,000 tons.

The goal is to have “recycled materials account for about 20% of the 4 million tons of PET Indorama supplies to the beverage industry a year,” Chief Sustainability Officer Yashovardhan Lohia told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview.

One in five PET bottles in the world is said to be made of Indorama’s materials. The company’s rapid ascent to the world’s top PET manufacturer was achieved through a series of acquisitions.

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-UK WEEE waste recycling market to hit $200m: report

The WEEE waste recycling market in the UK is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 8% until 2030, reaching a valuation of $200 million, said Transparency Market Research, a next-generation market intelligence provider, in a new report.

The WEEE waste recycling market in the UK is broadly affected by several factors. These include increase in consumption of electrical & electronics equipment, rise in concern about disposal of e-waste, and growth in the number of e-waste management laws.

Furthermore, ongoing investment in development of material recycling facility with the aim to reduce the generation of e-waste stream is a key factor expected to boost the WEEE waste recycling market in the UK in the near future. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

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-Europe PET buyers mull higher purchases as logistics costs surge, traders’ woes increase

The European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market has firmed on the back of surging logistics costs, with higher import offers as the ongong shutdown season has reduced domestic production. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

Higher import prices would give European sellers an opportunity to firm prices; on the other hand, buyers remain cautious due to underlying demand patterns.

Turnarounds began earlier than expected, and is now expected to end later than planned due to coronavirus restrictions.

ALL ABOUT ASIA

“It [the European market] is short because all the Asian countries are producing and exporting, and not importing, because of Covid-19,” a trader said.

“Containers are not coming back empty. There are fewer than usual,” it added.

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-Tariff changes of nylon related products under RCEP trade pact

On November 15, 2020, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement has been signed among its 15 participating countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), launching the world’s biggest free trade bloc, after 31 rounds of negotiations over eight years.

Below three tables shows the changes in the tariff of major nylon relevant products between China and highly relevant regions or countries in the trade pact.

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Tariff changes of nylon related products under RCEP trade pact

-Indian government imposed anti-dumping duties on PS imports from six countries

The Indian government has introduced anti-dumping duties (ADDs) on imported polystyrene (PS) shipments from six countries: Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, ICIS reported.

In late June, the Indian government released the results of a year-long anti-dumping investigation into imported polystyrene. The investigation concluded that the dumping was in progress and imposed duties ranging from USD35 to USD474 on aircraft shipments from six countries of origin – Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

Once the tariffs take effect, most buyers expect PS imports to drop sharply, especially from Iranian producers who have offered goods at attractive prices, often in cash.

According to MRC ‘s ScanPlast , the estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in Russia for the first nine months of this year amounted to 362.82 thousand tons. The decrease relative to the consumption indicator for the same period last year amounted to 1%. In September, the total estimated consumption in the country was 48.69 thousand tons, which is 13% more than in September 2019.

Indian government imposed anti-dumping duties on PS imports from six countries

-November eurozone manufacturing growth undercut by service sector crunch

The eurozone private sector slid back into contraction in November with subdued growth in the manufacturing sector unable to stem the decline on the back of an accelerating decline in the service sector, according to analysts from IHS Markit on Monday.

Rising coronavirus infection rates and aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the virus weighed on purchasing manager index (PMI) levels.

Accounting for pandemic-driven crashes in quarters one and two this year, the average PMI reading of 47.6 in the fourth quarter so far is the lowest since the region’s debt crisis in the closing quarter of 2012. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil

This could point to a steep decline in GDP for the year, which Markit anticipates will track a decline of 7.4% which could rise to a 3.7% expansion in 2021.

November eurozone manufacturing growth undercut by service sector crunch

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-Genomatica & Aquafil Form Partnership to Produce Renewable Nylon-6

San Diego, CA, November 20, 2020-Genomatica signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce the largest quantity of 100% renewable nylon-6 ever available. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers. The deal is a 50-fold expansion over previous production levels and represents significant acceleration toward commercializing renewably-sourced nylon-6, a material that is poised to reshape a $960 billion textile industry.

This multi-year agreement provides the foundation for a more sustainable nylon value chain by expanding a longstanding Genomatica partnership with major European nylon producer Aquafil. The two companies teamed up in January 2020 to produce the world’s first ton of bio-nylon-6 precursor at pilot scale. Relying on their expertise in scaling up renewably-sourced chemicals, Genomatica and Aquafil are moving directly to a larger-than-typical demonstration scale to support initial commercial applications by committed brand partners. The first production runs are slated to create 50 tons of bio-nylon for pre-commercial use by Genomatica’s brand partners, with the demonstration plant to continue supporting product needs until commercial scale plants are in operation.

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-Neste and LG Chem building a strategic partnership to drive the polymers and chemicals industry transformation towards a circular bioeconomy

Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as a provider of renewable and circular solutions for the petrochemical industry, and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals company and a world’s leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for energy solutions, have today announced their aim to build a strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in the LG Chem’s home market Korea.

Thanks to the partnership, LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. This helps LG Chem to produce renewable polymers and chemicals to meet the increasing sustainability requirements and expectations of its customers – such as those producing polyolefin-based containers, packaging, hygiene products, and electronic materials – without compromising on quality, performance or recyclability of its products.

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-Ultradur RX provides more clarity for radar sensors

The development of new technologies for the automotive industry focuses on comfort and the safety of passengers. Chemistry has already made a decisive contribution to this and will also play an important role in future mobility challenges. In addition to electromobility, automated driving is a crucial building block for the mobility of tomorrow. Closely linked to this development is the increased use of sensors.

With Ultradur RX, BASF has now developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. Due to its good resistance against media such as splash water, oils or salt, Ultradur offers an exceptional protection for sensor housings. In addition, the new material shields the sensitive electronics in the housings against disturbing electromagnetic waves from other vehicles

Dr Erik Gubbels, R&D Ultradur expert in the Performance Materials division at BASF, said: “The different grades of the new Ultradur RX series are products designed for absorption and reduction of interference radiation in the range of 76 to 81 GHz. They offer a high level of protection of the sensitive electronics. This dielectrically optimized material fulfills the high standards for sensor components and is suitable for the use as a rear housing cover or behind the printed circuit board of a radar sensor, for example.”

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-NPP “POLYPLASTIC” invests in the expansion of the production of compounds

NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, in 2021 will commission two high-performance compounding lines for plastics based on twin-screw extruders of the BluePower series, the company said in a press release.

NPP “POLYPLASTIC” in 2021 will commission two high-performance plastic compounding lines based on twin-screw extruders of the BluePower series. KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH (Germany) will supply under the contract. The planned capacity of the new lines, which have no analogues in Russia today, will be more than 20 thousand tons of finished products per year.

High-tech lines will be installed within the framework of the investment project of NPP “POLYPLASTIC” for the creation of the “Saratov plant of polymer materials” (SZMP) on the territory of the region of the same name and increasing the production capacity of the enterprise. Investments in equipment alone will amount to over EUR3.3 million.

“The dynamics of growth in demand for compounds has not dropped below 6% per year in recent years, markets for thermoplastic elastomers, heat and electrical conductive compounds, and the cable business are actively developing in our country. These are the very niches that Russian manufacturers can and should occupy, displacing imports.” , – believes the managing partner of NPP POLYPLASTIC Andrey Menshov.

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-Sinopec Raises PP Prices in South China

Large Chinese manufacturer Sinopec significantly increased its PP price offer in southern China on November, a source close to the company told ICIS .

The South China branch of the petrochemical giant increased its offers by CNY100-350 per tonne to CNY8 650-9 100 per tonne for PP for filaments and fibers, by CNY200-350 per ton to CNY8 800-9,500 per ton for injection molded PP and CNY100 –250 per tonne to CNY9,000–9,600 per tonne for some PP copolymers.

Meanwhile, PP prices for filaments / fibers and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) are increased by CNY150 per tonne to CNY8,900 per tonne and CNY8,750 per tonne, respectively.

The sharp rise in polypropylene futures and limited supply were the main reasons for the rise in prices.

The January 2021 contract, the most actively traded polypropylene futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), was up 2.06% on Nov.16, compared to the previous settlement.

According to market sources, Sinopec and PetroChina’s combined stocks of polyolefins were 630 thousand tonnes as of November 17, down 50 thousand tonnes from November 16 and 12% year-on-year.

Sinopec Raises PP Prices in South China

-Plastic industry under pressure from import competition

THE plastics industry is under pressure from import competition at a time of global surpluses for the segment, as well as reduced activity during the lockdown, the industry association said.

Philippine Plastics Industry Association, Inc. President Danny Ngo said lockdown measures have reduced production by constraining the movement of personnel and supplies, especially during the initial months of the public health emergency.

The plastics industry produces mostly pipes and packaging, supplying the food, agriculture, and electronics industries.

The pandemic has increased the global use of plastics as demand for medical goods and take-out containers surged, while the collapse of the oil market made virgin plastic manufacturing cheaper than recycling, alarming environmental advocates.

In the Philippines, importers have the upper hand.

-Plastic industry under pressure from import competition

-Passenger car registrations: -26.8% 10 months into 2020; -7.8% in October

Brussels, 18 November 2020 – In October 2020, the EU passenger car market slipped back into negative territory, after posting the first increase of the year in September. Registrations of new cars declined by 7.8% to 953,615 units last month, as several European governments reimposed restrictions to battle a second wave of the coronavirus.

In October 2020, the EU passenger car market slipped back into negative territory, after posting the first increase of the year in September. Registrations of new cars declined by 7.8% to 953,615 units last month, as several European governments reimposed restrictions to battle a second wave of the coronavirus. With the exception of Ireland and Romania, losses were posted in all EU markets, including the four major ones. Demand fell markedly in Spain (-21%) while more moderate decreases were observed in France (-9.5%) and Germany (-3.6%). In Italy, on the other hand, demand remained almost unchanged (-0.2%) compared to October 2019 levels.

Passenger car registrations: -26.8% 10 months into 2020; -7.8% in October

-Mini Vision Urbanaut concept starts with the interior

Mini has released its Vision Urbanaut concept, which the company claims has been designed from the inside out.

The designers completed the interior concept before developing the exterior, using floor plans, pieces of furniture plus wooden scale models to provide an indication of size. Over the course of the project, augmented reality was employed to create a digital model, which was then systematically optimized.

At 4.46m in length, the concept provides an interior space that can be used in different ways and offers ease of movement inside the car, Mini says. For example, it can transform into a living room and occupants enter the cabin through a single, large sliding door in the side of the car; there are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.

Mini Vision Urbanaut concept starts with the interior

-UKRI invests £20m to tackle plastic waste in developing countries

Plastic pollution is one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. This investment by UKRI aims to reduce its impact on communities and the environment by supporting interdisciplinary research teams to investigate ways to combat or mitigate the effects of plastic waste in developing countries.

An investment of £20 million will support interdisciplinary research that aims to improve understanding of the impacts of plastic pollution in developing countries.

The research projects will draw upon arts and humanities, economic and social, engineering, physical, environmental and life sciences to explore ways to mitigate the impacts of plastic pollution, to enable cleaner and more resilient and productive environments and support economic growth and societal wellbeing.

UKRI invests £20m to tackle plastic waste in developing countries

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-Carbios produces first clear plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled textile waste

CARBIOS has announced the successful production of the first bottles containing 100 per cent recycled Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA) from textile waste that contains a high PET content.

Carbios produces first clear plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled textile waste

This result confirms the capacity of Carbios’ technology to recycle textile waste and opens up access to an additional waste stream of up to 42 million tonnes per year.

CSO Professor Alain Marty said: “I am very proud that we successfully transformed polyester textile waste into clear bottles, which have identical properties as those made from virgin PET. This major innovation allows us to expand our sources of supply which, until now, consisted primarily of PET plastic waste.”

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-UKRI invests £8m in plastic packaging waste

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced ten university-led research projects that will receive £8m (~€8.8m) in funding as part of its Enabling Research competition in the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge.

The research awarded funding as part of the SSPP programme aims to find solutions to existing issues with plastic packaging, reduce plastic pollution and unlock barriers to create fundamental changes in the industry. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

The winners have designed innovative research projects, including increasing the use of compostable plastic, utilising smart-technology to change the way food-to-go is packaged and creating new circular approaches to plastic waste management.

Winning projects are from universities across the UK and are working with industry partners to ensure solutions are responding directly to industry needs.

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-Beverage industry invests $800K to revive Ann Arbor recycling facility

Recycle Ann Arbor was selected by the American Beverage Association to receive an $800,000 investment under its Every Bottle Back initiative to rebuild and reopen the city’s shuttered recycling facility. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

The closure of the city’s Materials Recovery Facility in 2016 subsequently diverted the processing of recyclable materials — including the industry’s 100% recyclable polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles –across state lines.

“Our investment in Ann Arbor will help restore the region’s critical recycling infrastructure, create jobs and showcase effective strategies to build a more circular economy,” Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association said in a statement.

“This exciting new project is one in a series of investments the beverage industry is making alongside our environmental partners and community leaders under the Every Bottle Back initiative to boost the collection of our 100% recyclable bottles and cans so they can be remade, as intended.”

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-HDPE bale prices increase

Pricing for natural and colored HDPE bottle bales increase, while S&P Global Platts expands its PET price assessments in Los Angeles.

Pricing for natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle bales has been on the upswing since August. Colored HDPE bottle bales also have ticked upward in price in recent months, more than doubling. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

A reprocessor based on the West Coast that produces nonfood-grade pellets says postconsumer generation of HDPE bottles still seems softer than normal. “We are having trouble getting natural [bales],” says Ajit Perera, vice president of postconsumer operations at Talco Plastics Inc., Corona, California. “There is high demand for color [bales] as well.”

He says colored HDPE bottle bales have doubled in price in the last 30 days, mirroring the increase in virgin HDPE pricing.

Pricing for natural bottle bales has increased substantially since September, though only modestly from October. At roughly 60 cents per pound, the price of natural HDPE bottles is rivaling that of aluminum used beverage cans, Perera adds.

He says he expects prices for natural and colored HDPE bottle bales to remain high through the end of the year. “The question is whether it will move further up.”

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-New Fire-Retardant Additive Formulated for Thermoplastics

GrafGuard 280-50N has the highest on-set temperature on the market, according to NeoGraf Solutions.

NeoGraf Solutions LLC announces the addition of GrafGuard 280-50N to its lineup of expandable graphite flake, non-halogenated, non-flammable, fire-retardant additives. The Lakewood, OH–based company specializes in the development and manufacture of natural and synthetic graphite sheets and powders used in consumer electronics, building and construction materials, transportation equipment, and sealing and gasketing.

Designed for plastics, roofing, and other construction and building materials, GrafGuard 280-50N specifically targets the thermoplastics industry. The additive performs optimally in specialty polymers with high processing temperatures, including composites and multi-functional systems with high melting points for both injection molded and thermoformed applications.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

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-Ultradur RX provides more clarity for radar sensors

The development of new technologies for the automotive industry focuses on comfort and the safety of passengers. Chemistry has already made a decisive contribution to this and will also play an important role in future mobility challenges. In addition to electromobility, automated driving is a crucial building block for the mobility of tomorrow. Closely linked to this development is the increased use of sensors.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

With Ultradur RX, BASF has now developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. Due to its good resistance against media such as splash water, oils or salt, Ultradur offers an exceptional protection for sensor housings. In addition, the new material shields the sensitive electronics in the housings against disturbing electromagnetic waves from other vehicles.

Ultradur RX provides more clarity for radar sensors

-Green tie-ups: Neste and LG Chem partner for biobased resins; Repsol and Elix Polymers to collaborate on circular economy

Finland’s Neste, a producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as a provider of renewable and circular solutions for the petrochemical industry, and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals company and a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for energy solutions, have tied up in a long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in LG Chem’s home market Korea.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

Thanks to the partnership, LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. This helps LG Chem to produce renewable polymers and chemicals for polyolefin-based containers, packaging, hygiene products, and electronic materials.

Green tie-ups: Neste and LG Chem partner for biobased resins; Repsol and Elix Polymers to collaborate on circular economy

-Tariff changes of nylon related products under RCEP trade pact

On November 15, 2020, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement has been signed among its 15 participating countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), launching the world’s biggest free trade bloc, after 31 rounds of negotiations over eight years.

Below three tables shows the changes in the tariff of major nylon relevant products between China and highly relevant regions or countries in the trade pact.

There are several obvious points we could tell from the above figures.

  1. China’s attitude towards importing products in the nylon industrial chain from South Korea, Japan, and ASEAN remains basically unchanged. In fact, the current ASEAN countries enjoy preferential tariff policies. For example, the actual import tariff for nylon 6 chips is 0, and the actual import tariff for caprolactam is 6% (lower than 9% MFN rate). Therefore, the RCEP trade pact will not exert great impact of this part of the commodity trade.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

Tariff changes of nylon related products under RCEP trade pact

-Europe delays launch of next year carbon market auctions

Auctions of carbon permits in the European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) next year will not start until late January or early February, reported Reuters with reference to the European Commission’s announcement.

For “technical reasons”, auctions of permits on behalf of most EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, will kick off later than usual, the Commission said. This year’s EU ETS auctions began on Jan. 7. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

Poland auctions its permits separately.

The ETS is the EU’s flagship climate policy, forcing power plants, industry and airlines running intra-EU flights to buy permits when they emit planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Europe delays launch of next year carbon market auctions

-Indorama Ventures reports lower profit on higher volume

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has announced its third quarter 2020 financial results, said the company.

Reported net profit is THB 380 million in 3Q20 and THB 1,104 million for 9M20. Our performance this year provided us significant insights into the growth of the future market, while the company remains on a path towards enhanced incremental performance progress, from 4% ROCE towards our target ROCE of 15% by 2023.

In 3Q20 we delivered record sales volume of 3.6 million tonnes, registering growth of 18% year-on-year (YoY). Sales volume grew to 3.2 million tonnes, or 4% YoY on a comparable basis. This continuous volume growth is a clear indication of the resilient nature of the company’s products and the global access we have to our customers.

IVL achieved an operating cash flow of USD 354 million in 3Q2020 while operating cash flow for 9M20 was USD994 million, thus providing us ample liquidity of USD 2.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents as well as unused credit lines.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased

Indorama Ventures reports lower profit on higher volume

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-The potential of recycled packaging for food contact in Asia

Is Asia seeing the acceptance of recycled materials into food contact plastics (FCMs)?

With no previous country-specific regulation to explicitly allow or prohibit the use of recycled plastics in food applications in Asia (except Japan), recent updates by Korea, China and Thailand indicate that the region may soon see food packaging applications using recycled materials.

“The use of recycled materials in FCM is becoming a ‘very hot topic’ in China,” China’s National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) Deputy Director, Zhu Lei, said last month at a Chemical Watch Key Regulatory Updates conference, The agency is now conducting an industry survey and initiating a risk assessment method for recycled FCM.

The potential of recycled packaging for food contact in Asia

-High-Performance Black Masterbatch for Styrenics

Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.

What is said to be a unique black masterbatch based on styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) was developed by Boston-based Cabot Corp. to meet the needs of the styrenics market without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

According to the company, customers using Plasblak XP6801D carbon black masterbatch can expect to achieve higher color without sacrificing impact properties and to lower masterbatch loading in the final compound offering formulation flexibility to meet stricter customer performance requirements. This colorant is also said to deliver the same performance with up to 50% less material, reducing handling, transport logistics and associated transportation-related GHG (green house gas) emissions.

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-BMW chooses INEOS Styrolution’s StyLight

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced today that BMW M has selected the aesthetic composite StyLight as the material of choice for a new generation of ergonomically optimised carbon shift paddles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

The selected material for the shift paddle application is INEOS Styrolution’s carbon composite StyLight Aesthetic S C245-1-060, back-moulded with PC/SAN GF30. It was specifically developed for automotive interior and exterior applications and a range of applications in the electronics as well as the sports and leisure industries.

BMW chooses INEOS Styrolution’s StyLight

-Continuous Fiber Reinforced Inserts for Large Flat PP Parts

Selective PP reinforcements from Integrated Composite Products (ICP) offer significant improvements in strength, stiffness and impact properties.

Continuous fiber reinforced inserts for large flat PP parts that are said to offer mechanical engineers lightweight options with significant improvements in strength, stiffness and impact properties while only adding pennies to the overall part cost have been developed by Integrated Composite Products (ICP), Winona, Minn.

Founded in 2013, ICP is an innovative developer of low-cost, lightweight long and/or short fiber composite materials with several patents under its belt.

Among the newest developments are the company’s new thermoplastic Tension Members (TM), which are essentially continuous glass reinforced PP rods or inserts for PP application in injection molding and/or compression molding. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

Typical applications targeted include boards, scaffolding, bins, shelving, pallets, bumper beams, seatbacks, tailgates, and other similar large structures.

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-UK chemicals decarbonisation only possible with large private, public effort

Continued successful large-scale chemicals production in the UK relies on further significant decarbonising of the sector.

In theory, the investments planned by energy and chemicals companies to help reduce carbon output from specific industrial clusters across the country should help secure production. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined on Wednesday ambitions to become a technology leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS), aiming to remove 10m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Industry and government will have to work much more closely together than they have in the recent past, however, if the so-called ‘Green Industrial revolution’ is to be realised.

And that means not simply investing wisely but also creating an operating and cost environment in which a cleaner or greener industry can thrive.

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-IKV Digital event series on plastic optics production

Since 2014 the IKV has been organising the two-day conference Aachen Polymer Optics Days together with the Fraunhofer Institutes IPT and ILT. This year, the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of cancelling this year’s conference without replacement, the organisers are now focusing on an online series of events.

From December 2020 to November 2021, the online sessions will be held quarterly on various topics.The online session ‘Injection moulded optics’ is the first of the online series of events. The online sessions offer numerous specialist lectures aimed at an audience from science and industry. Following the presentation part, a networking and discussion session will be moderated by the photonics consortium EPIC, which offers participants the opportunity to address interdisciplinary questions and interests. The language of presentation and discussion will be English. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

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-Euratex unveils plan to scale textile waste handling

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has unveiled a new initiative to upcycle textile waste and circular materials across the continent.

The group aims to establish five recycling hubs, known as ReHubs, serving the whole of Europe for upcycling waste and circular materials by collecting, sorting, processing, and recycling industrial, pre and post-consumer textile wastes.

It says the increase of collected textile waste from 2.8m tonnes to between 4.2m and 5.5m tonnes will become a major environmental and economic challenge unless a large-scale and coordinated system for collecting, sorting, and recycling all textile waste streams is developed by 2024. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

Implementing the ReHubs will pool together major efforts and investments for circular textiles from over 100 businesses from across the European Union, with guidance from technology/business-neutral organisations.

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-Electric vehicle demand to spur global lithium recovery

The pace of recovery in the global lithium market, which has been in the doldrums for two years, is set to accelerate as the electric vehicle (EV) sector transitions from one driven by government policy to one that is driven by consumer demand.

The main catalyst for the recovery is the mandatory vehicle emission regulations imposed in Europe and China. European new EV sales rose by 99pc year-on-year in September while Chinese sales increased by 113pc year-on-year in October, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

The UK government has joined others in tightening policies, announcing a ban on the sale of new petrol- and diesel-only cars from 2030 as part of its goal to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050. It had targeted 2040 and 2035 for the end of fuel-only new vehicle sales.

Electric vehicle demand to spur global lithium recovery

-Glass bottles amongst most environmentally impactful says Southampton study

Research by environmental experts at the University of Southampton has determined that glass bottles are likely to be more environmentally impactful containers for pre-packaged drinks than plastic bottles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

Also, Tetra Pak-style fruit juice cartons, current milk cartons and 100% aluminium cans are actually amongst the most environmentally-friendly.

The life-cycle assessment of drinks containers, conducted by Southampton postgraduate researcher Alice Brock, together with Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, found many, more suitable alternatives to plastic bottles for pre-packaged drinks. The findings are published in Detritus, the Journal for Waste Resources and Residues.

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-Klöckner Pentaplast commits to PET capacity expansion for the heat shrink label market in North America

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, announces its commitment to expand its PET extrusion with in-line stretching capacity by 10,000 metric tonnes.

The expansion will take place at the company’s Rural Retreat location in Virginia, to address demand growth for heat shrink sleeve labels, enabling them to better serve their customers in North America. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased

“The North American heat shrink sleeve market is a high growth business for kp. Against the backdrop of growing demand, this multi-million dollar investment will also support our customers’ need to fulfil the market demand for more sustainable options.” said Tracey Peacock, kp’s President of the Pharma, Health and Specialties (PHS) Division. “For kp, the capacity expansion strengthens our local footprint in the US and reinforces our position as a long-term sustainable partner for our customers, offering them full-service, best in class product capabilities and technical support right at their front door.”

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-SNAM – PURCHASES 33% OF DE NORA FROM BLACKSTONE TO STRENGTHEN IN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGIES

Market Insight

The company led by Marco Alverà has signed an agreement with the funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (Blackstone) for the purchase of approximately 33% of Industrie De Nora, based on an enterprise value of 100% of approximately 1.2 billion .
The acquisition, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 a downstream of the competent antitrust authorizations, it will take place with own funds.
The partnership with De Nora allows Snam to increase its exposure to the mega-trends of the energy transition, in particular technologies for the production of green hydrogen and for water treatment.
De Nora, in fact, is one of the major producers of electrodes, essential components for the production of alkaline electrolysers, and collaborates with fuel cell operators.
The company also holds a 34% stake in ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers (TKUCE), a joint venture with ThyssenKrupp among the world leaders in water electrolysis, involved in several large projects for the production of green hydrogen.
De Nora is also a global leader in water treatment technologies
(disinfection and filtration) and for cathodic protection, both business subject of potential synergies with Snam for the activities of the subsidiary Snam4Environment, active in biomethane and in environmental and water services, and for gas transport.
De Nora generates revenues of over 500 million a year (60% in electrodes, 40% in water treatment), with EBITDA expected to be around 90 million in 2020 and growing average (CAGR) of 8% over the past three years.
The acquisition anticipates the launch of a new possible investment platform in the energy transition, with a focus also on hydrogen, of which Snam would be an anchor investor to increase its exposure to projects and technologies for the energy transition in a balanced and disciplined way. De Nora potentially represents the first asset of this platform.

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-Gruppo Maip, Eastman join forces on sustainable automotive materials

Eastman and Gruppo Maip, a leading international plastics formulator and compound producer based in Turin, Italy, have announced a partnership to formulate new sustainable polymer solutions for automotive interior applications.

This will enable an exclusive portfolio of formulations based on Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technology, offering a range of both biobased and molecular-recycled content solutions with Eastman Tritan Renew copolyester and Trēva Renew engineering bioplastic.al manager of specialty plastics.

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-Coca-Cola unveils paper bottle prototype

Coca-Cola is partnering with Danish startup Paboco to develop a 100% paper bottle.

“Our vision is to create a paper bottle than can be recycled like any other type of paper, and this prototype is the first step on the way to achieving this,” says Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager, Coca-Cola EMEA. “A paper bottle opens up a whole new world of packaging possibilities, and we are convinced that paper packaging has a role to play in the future.”

The first-generation prototype consists of a paper shell with a 100% recycled plastic closure and liner inside. The next step, Franssen, says, is to create a paper bottle without the plastic liner. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

Franssen’s team is conducting extensive lab testing at The Coca-Cola Company’s Brussels-based R&D center to assess how the paper bottle performs, holds up and protects its contents while refrigerated and in other scenarios.

“We also reflect on how our consumers will react to this paper bottle,” Franssen adds. “Topics like when and where it could be sold and how it can be recycled are all considered. This is all part of our journey to find the most sustainable packaging solutions for people to enjoy our drinks in a way that is right for them, and that is right for our planet.”

Coca-Cola unveils paper bottle prototype

-Braskem Affirms Commitment to Circular Economy and to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

Company has invested in the development of I’m greenTM products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 percent

Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, today announces its latest sustainability ambitions to significantly expand its efforts to eliminate plastic waste in the environment by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

In 2009, Braskem launched the company’s long-term sustainability goals for 2020, which emphasized Braskem’s commitment to providing solutions that address climate change. Braskem has invested in the development of I’m green TM  products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 percent. In 2018, Braskem further committed to 100% of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. As part of its evolving sustainable development strategy, Braskem today announces additional commitments to mitigate climate change, eliminate plastic waste and provide solutions for recycled products in its markets.

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-Croda forms additives partnership with US asset management, software company

Croda International (Goole, UK) says it has entered a partnership with Sentient Science (Buffalo, New York), an asset management and software services company, for the recommended use of Croda’s Rewitec additives for wind turbine gearboxes and main bearings, said Chremweek. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

Croda says that Sentient will calculate and demonstrate durability improvements imparted through using Croda’s Rewitec technology, to extend the lifetime of wind-turbine assets instead of costly part replacements.

“The competitive energy market is forcing energy producers to optimize maintenance practices and reduce operational expenses,” says Scott Gardiner, business development specialist/energy technologies at Croda. “Major correctives are the largest cost drivers in the wind energy market, specifically gearbox or main shaft replacement. The cost of this replacement can completely change the asset’s profitability during its lifetime.”

As MRC informed earlier, Nexam Chemical has received an order from an existing customer in the area of PET additives for deliveries to the USA. The customer is a market-leading manufacturer of PET foam.

Croda forms additives partnership with US asset management, software company

-Maire Tecnimont and Hera Group collaborate on upcycling

Maire Tecnimont S.P.A. and Hera Group signed of a strategic agreement between Aliplast, Hera Group’s subsidiary, for the collection, recycling and conversion of plastics, and NextChem, Maire Tecnimont Group’s company, for the development of projects and technologies for the energy transition, said the company.

NextChem will provide technology and engineering, procurement and construction services to build a plant which will use proprietary innovative technology MyReplastTM for upcycling of plastic waste into high value-added polymers. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

These partners are each leader in their respective sectors. Hera Group’s Herambiente unit – Italy’s pioneer in the treatment of all types of waste – has 90 plants with an important know-how in the management of the entire environmental chain, in which Aliplast contributes with a circular and integrated stronghold in plastic sector. Maire Tecnimont Group is a global leader in process engineering and strongly committed – through its subsidiary NextChem – to developing projects and technologies for the energy transition and circular economy.

Maire Tecnimont and Hera Group collaborate on upcycling

-Ascend introduces HiDura™ long-chain polyamides

Ascend Performance Materials has launched several new grades of its HiDura™ long-chain polyamides for engineered plastics, monofilaments and cable ties.

HiDura polyamide 610 and 612 are designed to provide exceptional dimensional stability and long life with enhanced resistance to chemicals, impact and abrasion.

Ascend, the largest fully integrated producer of PA66 resin, has developed multiple new grades of HiDura PA610 and 612 for use in automotive fuel system and brake line applications, cable ties for solar power systems, battery seals and monofilaments for brush bristles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

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-Video :Asia PX market frets over capacity expansions

Senior Editor Samuel Wong discusses the challenges being faced by the paraxylene (PX) market in Asia as capacity continues to grow. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

Producers struggle with squeezed margins

Heavy capacity expansions weigh on PX, PTA markets

Downstream polyester demand a major concern

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-Vietnam economy to expand by 2.4% in 2020 – IMF

Vietnam’s economy will grow by 2.4% in 2020 due to its swift fiscal and monetary actions to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

“A strong recovery is expected in 2021. Growth is projected to strengthen further to 6.5% as normalisation of domestic and foreign economic activity continues,” said Era Dabla-Norris, mission chief to Vietnam and division chief in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific department. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

“Fiscal and monetary policies are expected to remain supportive, although to a lesser extent than in 2020,” she said in a statement.

Vietnam’s fiscal response has largely been geared towards supporting vulnerable households and firms, Dabla-Norris said.

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-EU and Japan’s apparel retail sales continued murky in September

Japan and EU released textile and apparel retail sales data in September. Japan’s apparel retail sales have declined month-on-month since June, and the decline continued to expand in September, down 23.5% year-on-year. After a slight recovery in August, EU’s apparel retail sales moved down in September, down 12.6% compared with that in same period of last year. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

  1. EU’s apparel retail sales dropped by 12.6% year-on-year and 6.3% month-on-month in September.

According to Eurostat retail data, EU retail sales fell 1.7% month-on-month but up 2.1% year-on-year in September. Among them, the retail sales of textile, clothing and footwear decreased by 6.3% month-on-month and 12.6% year-on-year.

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-Closed Loop Partners Releases Data Visualization Tool That Shows Significant Opportunity to Recapture Valuable Plastic Waste in the U.S. and Canada

With only 18% of plastic packaging recycled in the U.S. and Canada, this tool guides investors, brands, entrepreneurs and policymakers to make data-driven decisions and collaborate toward a circular future  Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive

Today, Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy released their U.S. and Canada Recycling Infrastructure and Plastic Waste Map, as part of their broader Advancing Circular Systems for Plastics and Packaging Initiative. The comprehensive visual tool brings to light the diversity of plastic waste and the volumes and flows by country and state, highlighting critical opportunities to recapture valuable plastics and re-incorporate them into manufacturing supply chains.

The analysis shows that the U.S. and Canada are sending 11.5 million metric tons of plastic packaging to landfill every year, with the recycling system currently only capturing 18% of packaging.

Closed Loop Partners Releases Data Visualization Tool That Shows Significant Opportunity to Recapture Valuable Plastic Waste in the U.S. and Canada

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-Spandex price increases by 10,000yuan/mt, how will it fare later?

Spandex market is during traditional peak season now. In addition, stimulated by the expectation of cold winter, sound domestic orders for the online shopping spree on Nov 11, the order transfer from Southeast Asian nations such as India and some foreign orders for the Christmas Day, fabric mills saw good orders. Hot sales of elastic fibers drove run rate of spandex downstream mills to historic high. Price of spandex surged, up by around 10,000yuan/mt or above 32% within 3 months. How will spandex market fare in later period?

In view of demand, demand for spandex has marginally weakened in mid-Nov after earlier orders gradually completed. Production of thermal fabrics such as thick fabrics and fabrics for dralon and sweater gradually came to an end. Some plants saw sampling orders for the light fabrics for clothes in spring and summer. Exporters, fabric plants and textile and apparel companies had price game. However, later market still deserves anticipation as the pandemic is relatively better controlled in China. Sequent orders should be concerned.

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-The project also aims to ensure the use of sustainable materials in Porsche cars can be proven.

By digitising materials Circularise was able to create a digital thread through the whole supply chain, enabling material traceability and other sustainability metrics.

Getting information from supply chains has always been a challenge due their complexity and number of suppliers, amongst other issues. Blockchain is therefore a fitting solution to transparency challenges. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

Antoon Versteeg, Project Lead Innovation Research at Porsche, said: “We need to know more details on the parts and materials being used in our products, that means information on production processes deep down the supply chain,statements of recycled content and more.

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-Altium Packaging Acquires SFB Plastics

Altium Packaging announced that it has acquired the assets of SFB Plastics, Inc., in Wichita, Kansas, a privately-held material handling and packaging manufacturer, specializing in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers. SFB Plastics has served its customers with quality products for nearly 50 years. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

Patrick Keese, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Altium’s Consumer-Industrial Group, stated, “We are excited to welcome the employees of SFB Plastics into the Altium family. The company has established an outstanding reputation for high-quality packaging solutions with exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing to build upon the foundation of excellence that they have created.”

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-How about acrylic fiber market under the upward trend of ACN?

In foreign market, the units in the table are currently undergoing maintenance or planned maintenance. The main cause to push up China’s ACN prices is the shutdown of South Korean Tongsuh Petrochemical. China Petrochemical Development Corporation’s ACN unit will restart in mid or late Nov, then the supply may increase slightly in short. But looking from the table, the most critical unit, Tunghsu has no confirmed restart date, and Taekwang Industrial is about to implement the maintenance plan in Dec, plus Petkim’s long-time shutdown, if the three units have not restarted in Dec, the loss is estimated to be about 48,000 tons. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

From a domestic point of view, as Sailboat’s MTO unit will be shut down for maintenance in Dec, its supply to downstream propylene will be affected. Nevertheless, viewed from the current price level of 6,850yuan/mt of propylene, the ACN profits are still seen. Shanghai Secco’s 260kta ACN unit will shut down for one month of maintenance from Nov 18.

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-Tie-ups: PureCycle bought by Roth, to go public; RTP Company acquires patents for anti-scratch additives

US’s PureCycle Technologies, a polypropylene (PP) recycling company with technology from Procter & Gamble Company, has been bought by Roth CH Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by investment firms Roth Capital Partners and Craig-Hallum Capital Group. The merger deal values PureCycle’s post-transaction equity at about US$1.2 billion. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. Under the deal, a new holding company named PureCycle Technologies Inc. will be created and listed on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol ‘PCT.’

PureCycle has a proprietary method to recycle waste polypropylene to virgin-like resin. The company said it has the only patented, solvent-based purification recycling technology for this process.

Tie-ups: PureCycle bought by Roth, to go public; RTP Company acquires patents for anti-scratch additives

-OQ Chemicals hikes price globally for neopentyl glycol

OQ Chemicals (Monheim am Rhein, Germany) says it is raising its prices globally for neopentyl glycol due to strong demand and increasing raw material costs, effective 1 December 2020 or as contracts otherwise allow, according to Chemweek.

The price of the oxo intermediate product in North America and Mexico is being increased by 8 cents per pound, while in South America it will rise by USD180/metric ton.

In Europe the product price is being hiked to EUR150/metric ton (USD178), while in all other regions of the world the price will increase to USD180/metric ton, it says.

OQ Chemicals (formerly Oxea) last raised the price of neopentyl glycol, along with several other oxo intermediate products, in September when it increased prices in the Americas.

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-Nolato completes acquisition of U.S.-based GW Plastics

First announced in August 2020, the deal sees medical parts maker GW Plastics’ seven global manufacturing facilities joining Nolato’s 25-plus facilities around the world.

Swedish polymer product and component maker Nolato Group has completed its acquisition of U.S. medical technology company GW Plastics.

First announced in August 2020, the deal sees GW Plastics’ seven global manufacturing facilities joining Nolato’s 25-plus facilities around the world. Bethel, Vermont-based GW Plastics has also subsequently rebranded to Nolato GW Inc.

Just over four-fifths of GW Plastics’ business will be reported under the Medical Solutions business area, with the remainder reported under Industrial Solutions. The transaction is expected to have a marginal positive effect on Nolato’s earnings per share for the current year. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

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-Nanomaterials labelling has to improve to gain public’s trust – ECHA

Public trust in nanomaterials could increase if labelling was more detailed on products including food, drugs, and cosmetics, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Monday.

The Helsinki-based EU chemicals regulator concluded that nearly 90% of citizens in the 27-country bloc demand clearer labelling that details whether a product contained nanomaterials. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

The study – conducted by ECHA’s EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) – measured and analysed perceptions of the risks nanomaterials pose to human health and the environment in EU countries Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, and Poland.

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-Veolia, AGS partner to build PET recycling facility in Abu Dhabi

The new recycling facility holds the capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of food-grade quality recycled raw material known as rPET

Abu Dhabi-based Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) has collaborated with resource management company Veolia to develop a plastic recycling plant in the UAE.

The new food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility being built in Abu Dhabi is claimed to be the most advanced facility of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

Veolia Middle East to construct the new PET recycling facility

Veolia Middle East, the local subsidiary of Veolia, will construct the new recycling facility that can produce 14,000 tonnes of food-grade quality recycled raw material called rPET.

Veolia, AGS partner to build PET recycling facility in Abu Dhabi

-EREMA: RCS Group is expanding plastics recycling division using VACUNITE® bottle-to-bottle system

One of the first VACUNITE® bottle-to-bottle systems recently started operation in Werne/Germany. Using this system, the RCS Group, who already produce PET flakes for the non-food sector, is expanding their plastics recycling division to include the production of food-grade PET recyclate for food and beverage packaging, films and blisters.

For the further processing of PET flakes, the waste disposal and recycling group has built a new location on a 10,000 square metre site, creating 20 additional jobs. Here, the EREMA VACUNITE® recycling system will process up to 15,000 tonnes per year of PET flakes from the German deposit bottle collection system and other European sources to make high-quality recyclate, vacuum-assisted and in a nitrogen atmosphere. Due to the strict travel restrictions during the Corona pandemic lockdown in spring, commissioning the plant became an unexpected challenge for everybody involved. The plant components had already been delivered, but since the installation team was not permitted to travel to Germany, RCS started to assemble the recycling plant themselves. An EREMA team was then able to be on site for commissioning. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer

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-How a Circular Economy for plastics can help the GCC realize its sustainability potential

Enhancing the sustainability of plastic products and applications throughout their life-cycle and further integrating the GCC plastic value chain to create and economically sustain a market for recycled material would be another key step forward in fulfilling the circular economy vision in the region.

The overarching vision of the circular economy for plastics is the reduction in leakage of these valuable materials into natural systems and retaining their value in the economy for as long as possible. The circular economy will be realized by a combination of product design and business model innovation, efficient resource management, collaboration and integration of the plastics value chain, as well as enhanced education and awareness among key stakeholders in the value network.

How a Circular Economy for plastics can help the GCC realize its sustainability potential

-Integrated Draw Frame (IDF) Direct Spinning – Process Shortening With Technological Advantages

High yarn quality is becoming less and less dependent on the presence and experience of employees in a spinning mill. Nowadays, it is significantly influenced by futuristic plant solutions and intelligent machine systems. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

In the world of spinning, options for shortening processes, and thus reducing outlay in production, are becoming more and more relevant.

One example is the IDF integrated draw frame from Truetzschler which so far is superior to all competitor solutions.

It can be used to combine two important aspects which currently heavily occupy the minds of our customers.

For one, the shortening of processes means lower staff numbers are possible, whilst the IDF also provides a solution for tackling the increasing demand for spinning high-grade yarns from inferior raw material.

Integrated Draw Frame (IDF) Direct Spinning – Process Shortening With Technological Advantages

-Increase in burning of plastic ‘driving up emissions from waste disposal’

Expansion of energy-from-waste incineration could stop UK hitting its net zero carbon target, campaigners warn  Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

Carbon emissions from waste disposal are increasing because of the expansion of energy-from-waste incineration plants, a coalition of campaigners has warned.

By 2030 the government’s push to increase incineration of waste will increase CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes a year, mostly from the burning of plastics, the groups said. They argue that the growth in energy-from-waste incineration means the UK will not be able to meet its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Increase in burning of plastic 'driving up emissions from waste disposal'

-SINTX Technologies And Iwatani Group Announce Agreement To Develop Antipathogenic Surfaces To Help Prevent Spread Of The Common Flu, COVID-19, And Other Viral Diseases

SINTX Technologies, Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of silicon nitride ceramic for medical and non-medical applications, and Iwatani Corporation of America (ICA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation, announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement.

The goal of this agreement is to incorporate SINTX AP2 silicon nitride powder into polymer materials. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

These materials will become safe and effective surfaces for IT devices such as cases for cell phones and tablets that are touched frequently.

SINTX and Iwatani aim to create surfaces that resist bacteria and viruses.

The successful development of these products may help prevent and reduce the spread of respiratory diseases like SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A, and H1N1 by inactivating viruses and bacteria on the polymer surfaces.

SINTX Technologies And Iwatani Group Announce Agreement To Develop Antipathogenic Surfaces

-Herbold introduces another UK washing line

Herbold Meckesheim has supplied a UK plant with an input capacity of approximately 10,000 tonnes per annum for film recycling.

It is designed for 100 percent post-industrial stretch film. A demanding application for wash lines, as it represents an extremely high surface area and low bulk density.

The plant is another step to cover the growing demands for high quality plastic recycling in the UK. According to the UK Government, an additional tax on plastic packaging is very likely to be introduced in 2022. The initial amount accounts to £200 (~€219) per tonne on packaging which does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material.

One of the highlights of the latest project is the HERBOLD EWS 45/200 shredder, which is used as a pre-shredder prior to the wet granulator. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

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-Introducing isosorbide: a sustainable, safe, high-performance, plant-based feedstock for packaging

Jiae Kim, Global Market Manager, Performance Materials, Roquette, introduces Isosorbide, a plant starch-derived bicyclic diol with rich functionality for a range of applications in packaging, coating, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.

Though often labelled as ‘the problem’ plastic packaging has the potential to become the solution with estimates suggesting that switching plastic out for alternatives, such as aluminium and glass, could result in a 2.7 fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions.1 Establishing a circular economy, in which plastics are efficiently recycled and reused, is essential but so too is the development of new, sustainable feedstocks and high performance materials. Step forward isosorbide. Perfectly safe and produced from an annually renewable feedstock isosorbide has exciting potential for a range of packaging applications. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

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-LG Chem develops biodegradable new material

LG Chem successfully developed a new biodegradable material that could realize mechanical properties equivalent to synthetic resins, according to GV.

Thus, LG Chem has recently developed a new material that significantly improved flexibility (elongation) and transparency compared to existing biodegradable materials through proprietary technologies and production processes.

The new material developed by LG Chem is said to be the only single biodegradable material with 100 % bio contents using corn-based glucose and crude glycerol and it is the only material in the world that manifested mechanical properties and transparency equivalent to synthetic resins such as PP (polypropylene).Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

LG Chem develops biodegradable new material

-Footprint launches sustainable takeaway food container

Footprint, a sustainable technology firm specializing in materials science engineering, today announced the launch of its new, plant-based clam-shell food container available for order now.

As takeout orders and disposable food container use rises during the pandemic, this plastic and PFAS-free alternative meets the expectations of food providers and customers without sacrificing quality or convenience. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

Continuing its mission to create a healthier planet and healthier people, Footprint’s new, molded fiber, plant-based clamshell container will not only reduce unnecessary waste from entering the environment, but also reduce exposure to toxic chemicals found in plastic.

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-Molecular Management and the Circular Economy of Plastics

Demand and desire for more recycled content in useable goods continues to rise. An idealized circular economy of plastics implies that plastic molecules are recycled back into plastic goods directly: For example, mixed plastics are collected, processed in a recycling facility, fed to a cracker and polyethylene (PE) unit, turned into plastic pellets again, used to produce goods, then collected and the goods are recycled to start the process over. A similar cycle could be shown for polystyrene, PET or other recyclables.

The reality, including tracking molecules and accounting for recycled content, is actually more complex and difficult to manage. But with an ultimate goal of increased sustainability in the industry, molecular management is needed. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

Let’s utilize mixed plastics recycling as the basis of our discussion. Currently, the amount of pyrolysis oil being produced from recycled plastic chemical processing is relatively small in comparison to the amount of feedstock needed to supply a typical cracker and PE unit.

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-Commodity Resin Prices End the Year Mixed

Overall, processors will have more leverage in 2021 contract negotiations.

Prices of the five large-volume commodity resins were generally on an upward trajectory through at least the end of the third quarter, owing to a combination of factors including planned and unplanned capacity interruptions that limited feedstock and/or resin inventories, spikes in feedstock costs and, in some cases, strong demand.

Approaching the end of the year, the trajectory appears to be flat with potential for downward movement for PP, PS, and PET that could result from improved supplier inventories, lower feedstock costs and slowed demand.

Overall, plastics processors were expected to have greater leverage in negotiating 2021 contracts. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles

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PLA FIBER – Video
It is biodegradable feature, and it has Flame retardant feature, a good choose for baby product.

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Petrochemical PETBottle Nylon66 Polymers Trend

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Petrochemical PETBottle Nylon66 Polymers

Polyestertime
ITEM23/11/202030/11/2020+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market5,000 yuan/ton5,100 yuan/ton+100
Bottle grade PET chips export market665 $/ton690 $/ton+125
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

4,375 yuan/ton4,475 yuan/ton+100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market4,400 yuan/ton4,500 yuan/ton+100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market3,245 yuan/ton3,285 yuan/ton+40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
435 $/ton445 $/ton+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market3,785 yuan/ton3,810 yuan/ton+25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market473 $/ton491 $/ton-+18
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market550 $/ton563 $/ton+13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market532 $/ton545 $/ton+13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

476 $/ton500 $/ton+24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market4,950 yuan/ton5,050 yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market5,350 yuan/ton5,300 yuan/ton-50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market6,800 yuan/ton6,850 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,200 yuan/ton6,300 yuan/ton+100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers
5,250 yuan/ton5,350 yuan/ton+100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market5,560 yuan/ton5,580 yuan/ton+20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market10,800 yuan/ton10,900 yuan/ton
+100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,330 $/ton1,390 $/ton+60
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,510 $/ton1,580 $/ton+70
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market12,150 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton-350
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market11,800 yuan/ton11,750 yuan/ton-50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market29,800 yuan/ton29,800 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

13,750 yuan/ton13,750 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market16,300 yuan/ton16,400 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market14,500 yuan/ton14,700 yuan/ton+200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market47,500 yuan/ton48,500 yuan/ton+1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market46,000 yuan/ton46,500 yuan/ton+500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,070 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton-70
Benzene domestic market3,975 yuan/ton4,350 yuan/ton+375
Benzene overseas  market529 $/ton590 $/ton
+61
Ethylene South East market860 $/ton910 $/ton+50
Ethylene NWE  market709 $/ton821 $/ton+112
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market10,700 yuan/ton12,500 yuan/ton+1,800
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,300 $/ton1,300 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market12,800 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton 

 

Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market8,250 yuan/ton8,300 yuan/ton+50
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

385 $/ton401 $/ton
+16
Phenol domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton6,900 yuan/ton+16

Petrochemical PETBottle Nylon66 Polymers

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers Trend

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

Polyestertime
ITEM16/11/202023/11/2020+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market4,800 yuan/ton5,000 yuan/ton+200
Bottle grade PET chips export market655 $/ton665 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

4,375 yuan/ton4,375 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market4,375 yuan/ton4,400 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market3,175 yuan/ton3,245 yuan/ton+70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
415 $/ton435 $/ton+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market3,630 yuan/ton3,785 yuan/ton+155
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market473 $/ton492 $/ton-+19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market528 $/ton550 $/ton+22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market510 $/ton532 $/ton+22
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

469 $/ton476 $/ton+7
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market5,160 yuan/ton4,950 yuan/ton
-210
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market5,350 yuan/ton5,350 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market6,825 yuan/ton6,800 yuan/ton-25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton6,200 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers
5,350 yuan/ton5,250 yuan/ton-100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market5,580 yuan/ton5,560 yuan/ton-20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market10,550 yuan/ton10,800 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,260 $/ton1,330 $/ton+70
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,480 $/ton1,510 $/ton+30
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market11,750 yuan/ton12,150 yuan/ton+400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market11,450 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton+350
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market29,000 yuan/ton29,800 yuan/ton+800
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

13,450 yuan/ton13,750 yuan/ton+300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market16,150 yuan/ton16,300 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market14,300 yuan/ton14,500 yuan/ton+200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market46,000 yuan/ton47,500 yuan/ton+1,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market45,000 yuan/ton46,000 yuan/ton+1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market37,500 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton+1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market8,200 yuan/ton8,070 yuan/ton-130
Benzene domestic market4,500 yuan/ton3,975 yuan/ton-525
Benzene overseas  market553 $/ton529 $/ton
-24
Ethylene South East market775 $/ton860 $/ton+85
Ethylene NWE  market717 $/ton709 $/ton-8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market9,900 yuan/ton10,700 yuan/ton+800
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,300 $/ton1,300 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market12,800 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton 

 

Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market7,850 yuan/ton8,250 yuan/ton+400
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

375 $/ton385 $/ton
+10
Phenol domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton+500

Petrochemical PETBottle PSF Polymers

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers Trend

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

Polyestertime
ITEM09/11/202016/11/2020+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market4,700 yuan/ton4,800 yuan/ton+100
Bottle grade PET chips export market645 $/ton655 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

4,350 yuan/ton4,375 yuan/ton+25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market4,350 yuan/ton4,375 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market3,070 yuan/ton3,175 yuan/ton+105
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
410 $/ton415 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market3,670 yuan/ton3,630 yuan/ton-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market473 $/ton473 $/ton-
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market516 $/ton528 $/ton+12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market498 $/ton510 $/ton+12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

454 $/ton469 $/ton+15
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market5,070 yuan/ton5,160 yuan/ton
+90
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market5,250 yuan/ton5,350 yuan/ton+100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market6,750 yuan/ton6,825 yuan/ton+75
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton6,350 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers
5,300 yuan/ton5,350 yuan/ton+50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market5,550 yuan/ton5,580 yuan/ton+30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market9,750 yuan/ton10,550 yuan/ton
+800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,230 $/ton1,260 $/ton+30
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,380 $/ton1,480 $/ton+100
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market11,000 yuan/ton11,750 yuan/ton+750
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market10,900 yuan/ton11,450 yuan/ton+550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market26,300 yuan/ton29,000 yuan/ton+2,700
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

12,950 yuan/ton13,450 yuan/ton+500
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market15,600 yuan/ton16,150 yuan/ton+550
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market13,850 yuan/ton14,300 yuan/ton+450
Spandex 20D  domestic  market45,500 yuan/ton46,000 yuan/ton+500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market44,500 yuan/ton45,000 yuan/ton+500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market37,500 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,200 yuan/ton8,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market3,840 yuan/ton4,500 yuan/ton+660
Benzene overseas  market480 $/ton553 $/ton
+73
Ethylene South East market735 $/ton775 $/ton+40
Ethylene NWE  market711 $/ton717 $/ton+6
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market9,600 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton+300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,300 $/ton1,300 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market12,800 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton 

 

Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market7,650 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers

367 $/ton375 $/ton
+8
Phenol domestic market 5,575 yuan/ton6,450 yuan/ton+875
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,630 $/ton 1,630 $/ton
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,730 $/ton 1,730 $/ton
LDPE CFR Far East 1,182 $/ton1,205 $/ton+23
LLDPE CFR Far East932 $/ton945 $/ton+13
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,174 $/ton1,197 $/ton+23
LLDPE FOB Middle East924 $/ton937 $/ton+13
HDPE CFR Far East944 $/ton947 $/ton+3
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 903 €/ton913 €/ton+10
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 863 €/ton875 €/ton+132
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,000 $/ton1,010 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE921 €/ton941 €/ton+20

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Petrochemical PETBottle PX Polymers Trend

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Why is Asia-Pacific (APAC) the Largest Bio-Based Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Market?

Since the 1950s, over 9.1 million tons of plastic has been manufactured, of which 6.9 million tons has become waste. Still, almost 6.3 million tons of it has never been through the recycling process, as per the National Geographic Society. The waste is now clogging up the earth’s soil as well as waterbodies. To tackle the problem, not only are recycling activities being promoted and mandated, but biodegradable plastic is also being manufactured, from organic sources. One such bio-based plastic is polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.  Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

Therefore, with the surging concerns over plastic pollution, the global bio-based PET market is projected to witness a considerable increase in its value, from $3,917.4 million in 2017 to $8,682.6 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 14.7% during 2018–2023 (forecast period). This material is essentially 30% ethanol derived from plants and 70% terephthalic acid (TPA) made from fossil (petroleum) sources. It is being increasingly preferred over conventional plastic owing to its renewable, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable nature.

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-BIOPLASTICS IN THE NEW PLASTICS ECONOMY

AS public awareness of plastic pollution and climate change increases, the global plastic industry today is seeking out alternatives.

Hence, as a plant-based alternative made from renewable materials such as starch from palm, corn, potato, cellulose and lactic acid, bioplastics are poised to play a significant role in the New Plastics Economy. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

It breaks down faster, with a minimum amount of harmful carbon dioxide emissions, making it a more environmental-friendly alternative.

According to Plastics Europe’s Market Research and Statistics Group, the current annual production of plastic amounted to 359 million tonnes in 2018, of which bioplastics represented only 1%.

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-Flash graphene rocks strategy for plastic waste

Rice University lab detours potential environmental hazard into useful material

Plastic waste comes back in black as pristine graphene, thanks to ACDC

That’s what Rice University scientists call the process they employed to make efficient use of waste plastic that would otherwise add to the planet’s environmental woes. In this instance, the lab of Rice chemist James Tour modified its method to make flash graphene to enhance it for recycling plastic into graphene.Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

The lab’s study appears in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano.

Simply, instead of raising the temperature of a carbon source with direct current, as in the original process, the lab first exposes plastic waste to around eight seconds of high-intensity alternating current, followed by the DC jolt.

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-High-barrier mono-polyethylene solutions for 100% recyclable flexible packaging

Frankenthal, Germany/Roncello, Italy, November 12, 2020 – RKW, a leading manufacturer of excellent film solutions, and SAES Coated Films, designer and producer of advanced coatings, have jointly developed premium performance films for sustainable food packaging that offer high protection throughout the product lifecycle.

Full recyclability is becoming one of the most important prerequisites for food packaging. While many current products adopt multi-material solutions and are thus not recyclable, monomaterial PE-based packaging meets the requirements for circularity and thus contributes to global sustainability goals.Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

RKW Group and SAES Coated Films have developed a new high barrier PE film that aims for performance and recyclability at the highest levels. The first customers have already successfully produced recyclable mono-material pouches, also with zip, demonstrating the production efficiency and reliability of the film.

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-Europe PET, PTA supply strained on BP’s Geel power outage amid mixed demand

The power failure at Geel, Belgium, on 6 November briefly brought BP Chemicals’ purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and JBF’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plants to a standstill, causing a strain on supplies despite mixed demand.

Although the issue was resolved quickly, an unexpected outage at a 1.37m tonne/year PTA plant such as the BP Chemicals’ one has repercussions that the market has felt through the week. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

“Both lines are running for JBF and will be ramped up gradually to full capacity in the next week,” a source at JBF said.

BP Chemicals had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Europe PET, PTA

-Sinking US ethanol price turns crush margin negative

The ethanol crush margin fell below zero on Nov. 13 for the first time in nearly six months as plunging ethanol prices outpaced a small gain in feedstock corn futures.

The ethanol crush margin fell 5.50 points on Nov. 13 to minus 4.41 cents/gal, falling into the red for the first time since May 20, and reaching the lowest since May 6.

The margin has declined 13.32 cents in the last four trading days.

Falling ethanol prices have cut into the margin. Since Nov. 9, benchmark Chicago Argo ethanol prices have fallen 12.25 cents. S&P Global Platts assessed Chicago Argo ethanol at $1.4220/gal on Nov. 13. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

Ethanol prices have been pushed lower by rising production of the biofuel in recent weeks. The US Energy Information Administration’s most recent data showed domestic ethanol production reaching 977,000 b/d, the highest level since March.

Sinking US ethanol price turns crush margin negative

-Strong demand prompts expansion for Röchling’s Sustaplast PET

Lahnstein, Germany-based Röchling Sustaplast, a division of Röchling Industrial,  has now completed the Sustadur expansion project with the successful start-up of new extrusion lines installed for the production of its Sustadur PET material. The added capacity will improve the availability and shorten delivery times for this engineering resin.

In 2019, Röchling added more than 3,000 square meters of floor space to its existing production hall in Lahnstein. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

The 2 million euro ($2.3 million) investment in capacity expansion is a response to the continued strong demand for its Sustadur PET, which is available from the company as sheets and round rods in various sizes.

Strong demand prompts expansion for Röchling’s Sustaplast PET

-UK Cabinet heavyweights urge Brexit compromise

Key figures in the UK government are split over how much to move in order to secure a Brexit deal.

As the Brexit game of chicken nears the end game, some of Boris Johnson’s top team think it’s time to strike a deal. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove are among a group of senior government figures now urging caution over a looming no-deal scenario which many observers say could be disastrous for the U.K. economy, according to government officials.

And while officials say that the resignation of two senior advisers in recent days — including the prime minister’s closest aide Dominic Cummings — had nothing to do with Brexit, it may have given Johnson more room for maneuver. Both Cummings and communications chief Lee Cain were part of the Vote Leave team that won the referendum and propelled Johnson’s rise to power. They have also been key figures in a powerful Downing Street faction that has often urged an uncompromising response to demands from Brussels for more movement in the talks from the U.K. government.

UK Cabinet heavyweights urge Brexit compromise

-What a Biden presidency means for oil and gas

Joe Biden has pledged to put climate change driven policies at the centre of the US energy industry

During the US presidential elections, president-elect Joe Biden made many far-reaching promises regarding the future of US energy, and in particular a pledge to spend $2trillion, spread over four years, to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035. This is also aimed to help lift the US economy post-Covid-19 by creating “stable, well-paying jobs that drive clean energy here at home and abroad”. These commitments have created massive expectations, but will also have far-reaching impacts on energy worldwide.

But as his long political career shows, Biden is not an idealist – he is a realist and a consensus-builder. He is likely to pursue his clean energy plan in a pragmatic way.

Impact on climate change

Biden promised to completely revamp the US energy industry, putting climate change driven policies at the centre of it, something that also has wider appeal within the Democratic party. Petrochemical SustainableSources Aromatics 

What a Biden presidency means for oil and gas

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-Total to use Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels

Honeywell UOP has announced that French energy company Total will utilize Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in north central France. Once completed, the bio-refinery will process 400,000 tons of feed per year, producing up to 170,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tons of renewable diesel and 50,000 tons of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.

UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project.

Total to use Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels

-ADNOC and Total sign agreement to jointly explore CO2 emissions reductions

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a strategic framework agreement with Total to explore joint research, development and deployment partnership opportunities in the areas of CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), where ADNOC is an industry leader. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

The agreement brings together the best-in-class in low carbon technologies from ADNOC and Total and expands on the long-standing partnership and collaboration between the two leading energy producers across the full value chain.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group CEO, and Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total.

ADNOC and Total sign agreement to jointly explore CO2 emissions reductions

-Possibilities and limitations of biotechnological plastic degradation and recycling

Researchers group found six principles to get plastics into circulation – progressions in microbial recycling you may just find with PET

Considerable research achievements were made to address the plastic crisis using biotechnology, but this is still limited to polyesters. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

This Comment aims to clarify important aspects related to myths and realities about plastic biodegradation and suggests distinct strategies for a bio-based circular plastic economy in the future.

Numerous types of plastics have been made, with a further doubling of the plastic industry size to a staggering 800 million tons per year predicted by 2040 (ref. 1).

With landfills being no longer a viable option for their end-of-life treatment in a circular economy, plastic recycling aiming at material recovery is a necessity and of high importance for resource saving, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by stepwise replacement of other less eco-friendly processes, such as incineration2.

While mechanical and to some extent chemical recycling, such as solvolysis of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and pyrolysis of mixed plastics containing polyolefins, are being applied in industry3, the possibilities of biotechnological plastic degradation and recycling are often overlooked.Indeed, as reported by Yoshida etal. in Science, even a wild-type bacterium (Ideonella sakaiensis) was identified as being able to grow on and assimilate PET, albeit very slowly4.

This has been a major discovery, especially in light of natural evolution, as commented on in Science5. Recently, scientists have identified and engineered enzymes to meet requirements for efficient depolymerization and recycling of PET on an industry-relevant scale and processing time, as described by Tournier et al. in Nature6.

Considering that biotechnological degradation and recycling of plastics is still at the very early stage of the learning curve, these results are very promising.In this context, we wish to clarify certain aspects as motivated by numerous stakeholder engagements with journalists in all media types — as well as university students to primary school pupils — to enable well-founded public debates among all end-users of plastics.

Chemical bonds determine the bio-recyclability of plastics

Only few plastic materials — containing hydrolysable bonds like esters or amides — can be, in principle, enzymatically converted into well-defined oligomers or monomers that can be reused to make virgin plastics or upcycled to higher-value products.

This includes PET (which yields terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol) and synthetic polyamide (PA; yields diamine/diacids or ω-amino carboxylic acids). For selected types of polyurethane (PUR) only parts can be eventually recycled due to a more complex chemical composition. To date, enzymes with significant PA and PUR depolymerizing activities are, however, not yet scientifically described.

Possibilities and limitations of biotechnological plastic degradation and recycling

-OPINION: Oxo-biodegradable plastic and bans

OPINION: Michael Stephen is a barrister, former MP, and director of Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc, a company which develops additives for biodegradable plastics. In this article he discusses the proposed ban on what is termed ‘oxo-degradable’ plastic. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

I write this opinion in light of the article WRAP caught up in degradable plastics row and previous reports.

Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc would support a ban on oxo-degradable plastic – which is essentially ordinary or photo-degradable or bio-based plastic that creates microplastics but does not biodegrade in the open environment – but oxo-BIOdegradable plastic is an entirely different technology.

On 29 October, Symphony received a letter from the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP, who said: “I am writing to say that as a former UK Secretary of State for the Environment I see no justification for banning oxo-BIOdegradable plastic.  In fact I consider it highly desirable that everyday plastics should be made so that they will biodegrade much more quickly if they get into the open environment and will not lie or float around for decades.”

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-M&As: Nova Chemicals to sell EPS business to Alpek; Clariant re-launches sale of pigments unit

In a bid to refocus on its core olefin and PE business, Canada-based Nova Chemicals Corporation is selling its expandable styrenics (EPS) business to a subsidiary of Mexican chemical firm Alpek S.A.B. The parties expect to close the transaction in the fourth quarter. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of UAE, Nova says it will use the funds as additional investments to advance a global circular economy for plastic. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

Alpek subsidiary Styropek will acquire two US facilities producing 168,000 tonnes/year of EPS. The business consists of two product lines: EPS and Arcel resin, with manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, along with commercial operations in Asia.

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-INEOS Styrolution and Ferrero explore advanced recycling for future packaging solutions

INEOS Styrolution has announced an agreement with Ferrero to explore the feasibility of using its advanced recycling concepts such as depolymerisation for future packaging solutions. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

The aim of INEOS Styrolution is to develop a process to convert complex plastic waste back to fully recyclable materials that comply with food contact regulations.

The INEOS Styrolution recycling concept aims at contributing to a circular economy, based on the depolymerisation process that converts post-consumer complex plastic waste back to its monomers. The new material created through this process would also comply with food contact regulations.

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-Final stretch of 2021 to remain bumpy, industry sentiment slightly improved – Newsletter Editorial November 2020

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for the world, and the remaining weeks will not change that picture. The fall-out from the US elections, the cliff-edge scenario posed by a no-deal Brexit, the second wave of COVID infections and the related restrictions to economic activity to help contain the spread, and renewed incidents of fundamentalist attacks on human and democratic values: all of these ask for leadership and clear directions to strengthen the resilience of our society. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

Relations between Europe and the USA are expected to improve with President-elect Joe Biden taking office in 2021, but Donald Trump still has some 70 days to cause tension on the international scene, whether by his own actions or by others misusing the void in direction and diplomacy for their own interests. This may contribute to further uncertainty in the global economic outlook.

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-IOM3 welcomes UK plastic packaging tax

UK HMRC has published the draft legislation for the introduction of a new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30 per cent recycled content. This is to take effect from April 2022. IOM3 welcomes the announcement. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

IOM3 CEO Dr Colin Church said: “It is good to see progress being made on this important issue. Creating strong demand for recycled plastic is a key element of moving to a more circular economy, which in turn will both help tackle the marine plastic pollution problem and support the world’s efforts to avoid harmful climate change.”

However, IOM3 was disappointed that the government has chosen to retain the proposed position for transport packaging to exclude packaging used for transporting imported goods but include packaging used for transporting exports. The different tax treatment for imports and exports risks disadvantaging UK manufacturers, according to an IOM3 press release.

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-Vynova pioneers production of circular-attributed PVC

Vynova has launched the world’s first range of certified circular-attributed PVC resins. The innovative PVC portfolio is manufactured using circular ethylene which is produced from mixed plastic waste, helping close the loop on plastics recycling.

The new circular-attributed PVC is produced using ethylene which is made from pyrolysis oil as feedstock. This feedstock is produced from mixed plastic waste streams via pyrolysis – a chemical recycling process in which plastic waste is heated without oxygen.

This approach contributes to sustainable management of difficult to recycle plastic waste streams, advancing the journey towards a circular economy. Furthermore, the pyrolysis oil replaces conventional fossil feedstock, resulting in a CO2 emission reduction of 50 per cent. The circular ethylene is supplied to Vynova by SABIC from the company’s production facilities in Geleen (the Netherlands). Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

ynova pioneers production of circular-attributed PVC

-Evonik, Linde develop membrane-based technology to extract hydrogen from natural gas

Evonik Industries and Linde say that their joint membrane-based technology for natural-gas processing can efficiently separate hydrogen from natural gas blend at the point of extraction, according to Chemweek.

The companies say that a demo plant at Linde’s Dormagen, Germany, site will act as a showcase for the efficiency and cost effectiveness of their joint technology. Further details have not been disclosed. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPET

“The economic viability of extracting hydrogen from the current natural gas infrastructure depends largely on the efficiency of the gas separation technology. Membrane selectivity is a key success factor,” says Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of Evonik.

Evonik, Linde develop membrane-based technology to extract hydrogen from natural gas

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-MEGlobal announces ACP for December 2020

MEGlobal has nominated its December monoethylene glycol (MEG) Asian Contract Price (ACP) at USD660/tonne, up by USD10/tonne from November ACP, said the company.

Before that MEGlobal announced that its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) was USD650/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival November 2020. The November 2020 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.

The price is on a CFR (cost and freight) Asia basis. Spot MEG supply remained limited as most producers were running their units at reduced rates to cope with poor margins.

As it was written earlier, MEGlobal announced that its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) was USD640/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival October 2020.

MEG is mainly used in the production of polyester fibres, resins and films (around 80% of global consumption), followed by use in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. It is also used as automotive antifreeze.

MEGlobal announces ACP for December 2020

-BP, Orsted to develop green hydrogen in Germany

UK-based major BP and Danish utility Orsted will work together on bringing green hydrogen to BP’s Lingen refinery by developing a 50MW electrolyser, the companies announced on 10 November. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

The electrolyser is earmarked to come online for 2024, when the European Commission targets 6GW of electrolyser capacity as suggested in its European hydrogen strategy.

According to BP, the running capacity of the electrolyser has the potential to generate one tonne of hydrogen per hour, roughly 8.8 thousand tonnes per year. Given maximum production output based on this rate, the unit would generate around 289GWh/year of hydrogen.

Current demand for hydrogen in Germany is around 55TWh/year, according to the German national hydrogen strategy.

The hydrogen from the project will be generated using offshore wind supplied by Orsted, which has 1.4GW of installed capacity in the German North Sea and an additional 1.2GW planned.

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-VIDEO: R-PET market seeing more stability in November

Senior editor for recycling Matt Tudball discusses the ongoing monthly price discussions in the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, as well as:

Market sources think prices may bottom out in November

No major changes expected in demand levels for rest of 2020

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-Europe styrene spot reaches pre-pandemic levels on Asia demand, short US supply

Europe styrene daily spot prices have surged by nearly 30% in the past two weeks, reaching pre-pandemic levels and 2020 highs as fundamentals remain firm.

At the beginning of October, spot prices were at $600/tonne, but less than six weeks later prices averaged $900/tonne on Tuesday as bids stood at $850/tonne and offers spiked to $950/tonne. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

There is a lack of styrene spot in Europe due to healthy export demand to Asia and reduced imports from the US because of hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

Also, there is a delayed restart at a producer undergoing planned maintenance, while another is still in a turnaround as planned.

Firmer crude oil prices and a more positive demand outlook following news of a highly effective Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer are also reasons contributing to the upswing in recent days.

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-Textile exports increased by 14.7% in October, growth continues

The industry increased its exports by 14.7% in October and reached a value of 1 billion USD.  Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

After completing his high school education in College St.Vincent in Belgium, Emre Yoleri returned to Turkey and has begun his university education at Gazi University, Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations. He left this department and completed Eskişehir Anadolu University Faculty of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Bahçeşehir University. Emre began his career in 2005 working in customer relationship, strategy planning and reporting departments in public and private sector companies and managed several projects. Yoleri has been working in international relations, project development, organization and writing at NEFA PR agency since 2015.

Textile exports increased by 14.7% in October, growth continues. The Turkish textile and raw materials industry managed to maintain the increase in exports as of October after the new pandemic. In October 2020, the textile industry’s exports increased by 14.7% compared to the same month of the previous year and by 9% compared to September 2020, reaching a value of 1 billion USD. Based on the January-October period of 2020, it is seen that the exports of the sector decreased by 6.9% and reached a value of 7.7 billion USD. Turkey’s overall exports increased by 5.6% in October, and was valued at 17.3 billion USD. Accordingly, the share of the textile industry in overall exports was 5.9% in October.

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-Save the date: Automotive Interiors Virtual ‘Live’ launches in December!

This December will see the first ever staging of Automotive Interiors Virtual ‘Live’, a brand new, free-to-attend online conference featuring two full days of lively debate and creative thinking, with speakers drawn from leading organisations such as Continental, Ford and Toyota Boshuku, among others.  Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

Taking place December 1 & 2, 2020, Automotive Interiors Virtual ‘Live’ will provide a much-needed platform for discussions on the future of automotive interiors. From ADAS and AV implications for design through to sustainability and new materials, the latest developments in smart surfaces, and the best user experiences and HMI developments, the event will bring together the auto interiors community at a key moment, following a highly disruptive and challenging year.

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-EMMTEC services releases new White Paper: “How recycled PET product quality can be controlled”

EMMTEC services releases this White Paper that provides insightful data how to control the product quality of recycled PET polymer and packaging. In addition, the right set of chemical analyses techniques to detect relevant substances and PET properties are discussed. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

During PET production, product use and PET recycling, the PET product quality can deteriorate significantly by:

  • Thermal degradation
  • The presence of solid contaminants.
  • The presence of taste & hazardous substances (such as resp. limonene & benzene)
  • Discolouration that affects the PET product appearance in visibility applications.

Therefore, cost-effective processing and obtaining the right and safe recycled PET quality is essential for both PET recyclers, PET packaging manufacturers and brand owners. Chemical analyses techniques are vital to monitor and control the quality of the PET polymers and packaging. It contributes to improve product safety risks and saving costs.

EMMTEC services releases new White Paper: “How recycled PET product quality can be controlled”

-Recycling, that’s why the Antitrust Authority fined the plastics consortium (Italian Language Only)

The battle of plastic recycling. The premise: there is a used plastic that is easy to recycle, highly sought after, of high value, and this plastic is the Pet of water bottles and soft drinks. Then there is a used plastic that is impossible to recycle properly, nobody wants it, it’s just a cost to burn it or worse, send it to landfill, and this is the mixture of small fragments of different, incompatible plastics.

With the battle between recycling consortia to secure the number one plastic in the background, the other day the Antitrust Authority imposed a 27 million fine on the historic Corepla consortium, accused of dominating position by a young and combative Coripet consortium.  Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

The names of the two consortia already imply what lies behind them: the Corepla (consortium for the recovery of plastics) must collect and recycle all plastics, even those uncomfortable and unfortunate, and does not like the activity of Coripet (the Pet recycling group) especially interested in the more valuable ones.

-Biodegradable plastic PBAT develops rapidly

In 2008, the Old “Plastic Limit Orders” stipulated that non-degradable plastic bags were charged. The Upgraded “Plastic Limit Orders” are coming fiercely and involves a variety of plastic products. Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

The Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes (2020 Amendment) has been revised and adopted at the 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China on April 29, 2020, and came into effect on September 1, 2020. In a notification published on August 28, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce outlined a set of upcoming restrictions on the use of plastics within the country. According to the documents issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in January, 2020, non-degradable disposable plastic straws are prohibited in the catering industry nationwide by the end of 2020.

Biodegradable plastic PBAT develops rapidly

Amcor’s responsible packaging strategy unlocks industry-leading sustainability progress

Amcor continues to achieve significant progress in its efforts to enhance sustainability and reduce plastic waste. In this year’s sustainability report, Amcor reveals its delivery against key target areas and re-establishes the central role that sustainability plays.

The report details efforts Amcor has taken across its rigids, flexibles and specialty cartons businesses.  Petrochemical SustainableSources BOPP

Highlights include progress in bringing product offerings in line with sustainability commitments; an increased use of post-consumer recycled materials; continued efforts to run operations efficiently and in line with environmental standards; and increased partnership activity. Amcor joined WWF ReSource: Plastic initiative, a global consortium of companies and organisations collaborating to keep waste out of the environment.

David Clark, Vice President for Sustainability at Amcor, said: “At Amcor we believe that winning for the environment means that we are winning as a business.

Amcor’s responsible packaging strategy unlocks industry-leading sustainability progress

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-Circular Plastics Alliance: A step closer to 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics

The Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), which gathers 245 public and private actors covering the whole plastics value chains, has delivered its first actions.

Those delivered actions pursue the Alliance’s objective: to reach the target of 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics used in products by 2025. They include a work plan on design-for-recycling of plastic products, which lists 19 plastic products that the Alliance will make more recyclable; a report on collected and sorted plastic waste in the EU, presenting the current state of play; and an R&D agenda for circular plastics.

As a next step, in January 2021, the CPA will deliver three more actions, including a monitoring system to track the plastics materials flows in Europe; a report on the untapped potential for more collection, sorting and recycling of plastic waste and the necessary improvements to reach the 10 million tonnes target; and a mapping of the related investment needs.

-Circular Plastics Alliance: A step closer to 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics

-Repsol lets contract for Spain’s first advanced biofuels plant

Repsol has selected Axens Vegan® technology for its first production plant for advanced biofuels in Spain at its Cartagena refinery. This new plant will be capable of producing 250,000 tpy of biodiesel, biojet, bionaphtha, and biopropane. Repsol’s project outlines Axens’ expertise in hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO) and its commitment to power sustainability in transport. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Vegan® technology is able to hydrotreat a wide range of lipids and to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel as well as renewable sulfur-free jet fuel. This renewable fuels technology allows producers to effectively address today’s environmental regulations and secure energy diversification with drop-in premium quality products.

The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of process books, catalysts & adsorbents, proprietary equipment, trainings and technical services.

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-First plant of Evonik’s new polyamide 12 complex completed

  • First plant of Evonik’s new polyamide 12 complex completed
  • Construction work on the new plant complex is progressing well.
  • Further plants will be completed in early 2021.

Evonik is investing more than €400 million and consolidating its position as a market leader in polyamide 12.Essen/Marl. Construction work on the largest investment to date by the specialty chemicals company Evonik in Germany, at more than €400 million, is progressing well. The first plant was completed on schedule in mid-October and is currently being commissioned. Further plants will follow by the first quarter of 2021, with full completion expected in the first half of 2021. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Marcus von Twistern, who is in charge of the entire project, states: “The project team has done an excellent job over the past months under the conditions of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. ” Challenges such as interrupted supply chains or entry restrictions for assembly personnel had to be overcome. Von Twistern emphasizes: “We have always found solutions, so we do not currently expect any major delays for the complete completion of the polyamide 12 plant complex”. Work on the concrete and steel structures has been completed, most of the units have already been delivered and installed, and the piping and electrical installations are in full swing. The future operating team has also already started training the new work processes.

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-Packaging Recyclability and Flexible Packaging

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) wants to ensure the health and economic success of the plastics recycling industry by providing critical guidance. The challenges of flexible packaging are pushing new innovations. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Sandi Childs, Director of Film and Flexible Programs at APR, spoke at today’s Innovation Stage presentation and said, “The entire supply chain has to work together to increase the supply of plastics available to be recycled, enhance the quality of the material that’s expected to go back into the marketplace, and ensure that there’s adequate demand for products made from recycled plastics.”

Childs also said that “a package doesn’t have to be ugly or brown in order to be ‘green.’ It can still be sexy and functional and lots of fun.” To that end the APR has created the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability.

Packaging Recyclability and Flexible Packaging

-German economic sentiment dips on weakening growth hopes amid pandemic resurgence

Economic sentiment in Germany fell sharply in November, with growth expectations weakening for the country and the eurozone as growing coronavirus infection numbers across Europe slowed growth and forced more countries back into lockdown.

German financial market sentiment cooled by a total of 38.4 points to 39 points between September and November in Zew’s monthly survey of financial market sentiment.

The outlook for the eurozone weakened to 32.8 points over the same period.

Financial markets are increasingly concerned about the slowdown in Germany’s economic recovery, compounded by the lockdown measures adopted domestically and across a growing swathe of EU countries. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

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-Citibank Forecasts $49 WTI For 2021

Citi revised down on Monday its outlook for the WTI Crude price for next year by $5 to $49 a barrel, citing the global spike in coronavirus cases that is set to impact oil demand.

Citi Research also cut its estimate for Brent Crude by $5 a barrel to $54 per barrel, Reuters quoted the bank as saying in a note on Monday.

Two months ago, Citi was expecting oil prices to recover to $60 a barrel by the end of next year as the oversupply will have been drawn down by then, as major investment banks and analysts were fairly bullish on oil. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

However, the surge in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks and the renewed lockdowns and curfews in major European economies—including France, the UK, Italy, and Germany—are pressuring oil prices downwards as the rebalancing of the oil market is once again slipping to a later than initially expected time.

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-Exploring plastic waste and the circular economy at the Sustainable Packaging Summit

Two Sustainable Packaging Summit sessions are taking place this week, where leading names from across the value chain will be taking a deep dive into key questions surrounding plastic waste and the circular economy.

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-Eni and HitecVision launch Vårgrønn

The new joint venture will focus on renewable energy projects

The global energy company Eni and the Norwegian energy entrepreneur and investor HitecVision have announced today the establishment of a new joint venture company, Vårgrønn, with the aim of developing new green energy projects in Norway and the Nordic market. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

The Vårgrønn JV, which marks the start of a broader strategic cooperation between Eni and Hitecvision, is built on the long-term partnership that has already developed Vår Energi, a leader in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Norway.

Vårgrønn intends to play a major role in the development, construction, operation and financing of renewable energy projects in the country.  As a first step, the company will pursue opportunities in the offshore wind sector by participating in the upcoming Norwegian tender processes for offshore licences, also supporting Vår Energi’s ambition to reduce climate emissions through the electrification of its upstream assets.

Eni and HitecVision launch Vårgrønn

-Avient launches Artisan high-gloss, pre-coloured thermoplastics for paint replacement

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialised and sustainable material solutions and services, today introduced its newest sustainable material family: Artisan thermoplastics.

Targeted at products for the consumer market, Artisan nylon (PA6) is the first material in a series of high-gloss, scratch-resistant, pre-coloured thermoplastics formulated to replace paint. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Parts moulded from Artisan pre-coloured thermoplastics offer excellent scratch resistance compared to painted plastic and minimise the appearance of scratches. Replacing painted metal parts with Artisan materials also improves corrosion resistance. These thermoplastics bring two added benefits: because there is no painting process required, energy use is reduced and VOCs are eliminated. Outdoor consumer applications where superior aesthetics, UV resistance, and high performance are critical, such as powersports, lawn and garden, and marine body panels and housings, are suitable candidates for customised Artisan formulations.

Avient launches Artisan high-gloss, pre-coloured thermoplastics for paint replacement

-Momentive invests in Italy’s PU foam industry

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. has announced it will invest $13m (~€11m) for the expansion of its existing plant in Termoli, Italy, to create a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub for its Niax polyurethane additives.

The site, which currently produces high performance additives for rigid foam applications among other silicone-based products, will undergo a comprehensive technology upgrade to expand services to the EU slabstock foam industry.

The facility will supply customers in Europe, Russia and Turkey with full production ramp-up expected by the middle of 2022. Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Momentive invests in Italy’s PU foam industry

-European Parliament and Council agree on €1.8 trillion package to help build greener, more digital and more resilient Europe

On 10 November 2020, the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council reached an agreement on the next long-term budget and NextGenerationEU, the temporary recovery instrument.Petrochemical SustainableSources Film 

Once adopted, the package of a total of €1.8 trillion will be the largest package ever financed through the EU budget. It will help rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe, which will be greener, more digital, more resilient and better fit for the current and forthcoming challenges.

Main elements of the compromise include:

More than 50% of the amount will support modernisation through policies that include research and innovation, via Horizon Europe; fair climate and digital transitions, via the Just Transition Fund and the Digital Europe Programme; preparedness, recovery and resilience, via the Recovery and Resilience Facility, rescEU and a new health programme, EU4Health.

European Parliament and Council agree on €1.8 trillion package to help build greener, more digital and more resilient Europe

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-TC Transcontinental Packaging offering new packaging made of 30 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic

In collaboration with AHA Sparkling Water, a brand of The Coca-Cola Co., the Montreal-based packaging supplier is incorporating recycled content into its IntegrititeTM collation shrink film.

Montreal-based TC Transcontinental Packaging, a sector of Transcontinental Inc., has introduced IntegrititeTM 30 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) collation shrink film. For now, the new packaging can be found in the AHA Sparkling Water printed case wrap appearing on select Sam’s and BJ’s Club Store shelves this fall in the U.S. states of Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Delaware.

In a statement, officials with TC Transcontinental Packaging said the IntegrititeTM PCR collation shrink film includes 30 per cent PCR transformed into a recyclable resource.

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-Demand from packaging and healthcare segments to help polyolefins market stay afloat amid COVID-19, report says

The global polyolefins market is expected to decline in 2020 due to weaker end-market demand, analytics firm GlobalData says, but there will be strong gains in these other sectors. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

The global polyolefins market is expected to decline in 2020 due to weaker end-market demand from applications such as construction, automotive and industrial, a new report from market research and analytics firm GlobalData says – but the pandemic-driven feeble demand is partially offset by strong and increased demand from sectors such as packaging, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and healthcare.

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-Magna receives two supplier awards from Ford

The automotive parts maker has been recognized as a top-performing global supplier at Ford’s 22nd annual supplier awards ceremony.

Automotive parts maker Magna International Inc. recently won two World Excellence Awards from Ford Motor Company at the automaker’s 22nd annual supplier awards ceremony. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

Aurora, Ont.-based Magna won an award in the Winning Portfolio category and one for Gold Quality.

“Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer. “Congratulations to Magna for being a recipient of these coveted awards.”

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-Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics – a roadmap to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics

November 09, 2020 | Global themes | The Government of Western Australian | Perth | Australia  Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

A range of single-use plastics to be phased-out in Western Australia

Education programs to support transition to a cleaner environment

WWF-Australia hails WA as a plastic-free national leader

98 per cent of people surveyed want further action on plastics

The McGowan Government has announced a plan for a more sustainable future with a new strategy to reduce single-use plastics.

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-NAPCOR: Updated PET resin life cycle analysis and calculator

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) announced the release of an updated Cradle-To-Resin Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin.

This study, along with the Association of Plastic Recyclers’ 2018 analysis of recycled resins (both conducted by Franklin Associates, a division of ERG) provides the data to compare energy requirements, solid waste generation, and environmental emissions for the processes involved in manufacturing virgin PET material and those required to collect, sort, and reprocess postconsumer PET packaging into clean recycled resin.

Using the comparative findings from these recent LCAs, an infographic and calculator tool were created by NAPCOR to illustrate the comparative impacts of virgin PET (VPET) and RPET. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

A reduction of 60% in greenhouse gas emissions may be achieved by replacing a unit of VPET with RPET. When using RPET in place of VPET, a 75% lower total energy demand may be achieved, and 40% less process and transportation energy is expended.

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-Orkla and IRPLAST join SABIC TRUCIRCLE initiative for consumer goods packaging using certified renewable plastics

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry today announced that Orkla, a diversified Nordic brand owner in business-to-consumer (B2C) commerce with foods, snacks, food care for sport and food ingredients, has launched its first chips packaging using certified renewable polypropylene (PP) polymer from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio, as per the company’s press release. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

The sustainable material is derived from tall oil, a residual product from the Nordic forestry industry, and is converted into a Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) by IRPLAST, a major Italian vertically integrated manufacturer of specialty S-BOPP films and converter of printed shrinkable BOPP roll-fed labels and PSA tapes. In Orkla’s chips bags, the material solution helps lower the carbon footprint of the three partners’ value chain in half compared to the use of traditional non-renewable plastics.

Orkla and IRPLAST join SABIC TRUCIRCLE initiative for consumer goods packaging using certified renewable plastics

-Sasol in final stages of new LDPE plant startup, resumes Lake Charles operations

Sasol is continuing in the final stages for the startup of its new 420,000 mt/year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant after previously announcing a startup for October, the company’s spokesperson, Kim Cusimano, said in an email to S&P Global Nov. 3.

The company resumed operations for all its Lake Charles, Louisiana, chemical complex units that were operating before Hurricane Laura, Cusimano said.

Sasol is among the Lake Charles chemical producers that shut operations ahead of Hurricane Laura’s Aug. 27 landfall, and again before Hurricane Delta came ashore Oct. 9, which was the same path as Laura. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

The LDPE plant was delayed to a startup in November due to Hurricane Delta interrupting its planned October startup date.

Sasol in final stages of new LDPE plant startup, resumes Lake Charles operations

-Ribena rolls out major packaging redesign

Ribena is unveiling an eye-catching new design that will make it the largest soft drinks brand with bottles that are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic and are 100 per cent bottle-to-bottle recyclable. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

Every Ribena bottle – once recycled – will now have the optimum chance of being recycled into another drinks bottle. Rolling out from November, the new design features a reduction in the plastic sleeve, making the bottles more easily detected as clear plastic. This packaging change has been made possible following a two-year development programme and investment of £1.6m (~€1.8m) in new manufacturing equipment.

Every new Ribena bottle will feature a number of recycling messages embossed on its bottle, as well as featuring on the bottle label, to encourage consumers to recycle.

Ribena rolls out major packaging redesign

-SACMI BIB: 100% sustainable Bag-in-Box from production to shelf

Bags and boxes made of recycled material. Flexibility, accuracy and filling hygiene. Versatility with all types of packaging – With the integrated monobloc for the production of Bag-In-Box type packaging, SACMI launches the challenge of 100% sustainability along the entire value chain, from production to shelf. Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

Compact and integrated, the SACMI solution has long been recognised and rewarded by the market for its versatility and efficiency in the handling of different products, thanks to a high-performance process that makes it possible to switch directly from the materials that make up the packaging to the finished product, filled and packaged, available for distribution in a confined space.

From the pack point of view, SACMI BIB’s latest generation solutions are characterised by the possibility of using bags in 100% recycled polyethylene (PE) or PET and carbon-free caps. Sustainable by definition – the storage of potentially large quantities of product limits the packaging required to the essential – BIB packaging is redesigned by SACMI taking into account the entire shelf-life of the product, from filling to logistics, up to consumption and subsequent disposal of the container.

SACMI BIB: 100% sustainable Bag-in-Box from production to shelf

-Kelheim Fibres scores a leading position in Canopy’s 2020 Hot Button Report

Company is proud to have invested significantly in “Next Generation Fibre Solutions,” and hopes to reach commercial scale by 2025  Petrochemical SustainableSources PLA

The Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has achieved a leading score in Canopy’s 2020 Hot Button Report. Kelheim Fibres ranks overall among the top 5 producers and was even able to improve their good previous year’s result.

While the company – as in 2019 – is assessed as “low risk” of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered Forests, Kelheim is proud to have invested significantly in “Next Generation Fibre Solutions,” and hopes to reach commercial scale by 2025. Also, highlighted in the report is Kelheim’s increase of the proportion of FSC® certified fibre.

Kelheim has accepted the recommendation to develop an action plan for continuous improvement of their sustainability: With a certification according to ISO 50001 (energy management), certification according to EMAS (expected at the end of 2020), the application to join ZDHC (Roadmap to Zero) and the newly created position of a sustainability manager, the viscose fibre experts have accomplished a considerable success in a short space of time.

Kelheim Fibres scores a leading position in Canopy’s 2020 Hot Button Report

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-Agilyx has big plans for chemical recycling of acrylic scrap

US firm Agilyx Corporation is collaborating with Lucite International to establish a commercial-scale trial for the recycling of PMMA, commonly known as acrylic.

The proposed site is to be built in Europe, with commercial production scheduled to start in 2023. This move follows the success of an initial smaller-scale trial using Agilyx’s molecular recycling technology with the support of parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Partner Lucite International specialises in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic-based products and is also part of the Mitsubishi group.

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-Israeli researchers find bacteria that could revolutionize plastic recycling

The team from the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology and Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will work with Portugals ECOIBÉRIA to further research in plastic recycling by bacteria. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

A group of Israeli scientists has discovered bacteria species that may revolutionize the way certain plastics can be biodegraded and recycled.

Following the discovery, the team from the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology and Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will work with Portugals ECOIBÉRIA to further research in plastic recycling by bacteria.

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Circular Economy: reshaping Europe’s textile industry

Business Planet heads to Italy to see how an innovative project is attempting to boost Europe’s Circular Economy.Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

Founded almost a century ago near Monza, Parà specialises in textiles – the firm makes acrylic awnings and outdoor furniture. The company is proud of its heritage and the quality of its products, some of which adorned the White House during the Obama presidency.

But it is also fully aware of the environmental impact that textile manufacturing has on the planet and wants to help find a solution. The company’s CEO Matteo Parravicini says the company has been aware of these environmental issues for a long time:

“Parà has always pursued a policy of respect for natural resources. In fact, Parà has invested in a water and a wastewater treatment plant, a cogeneration plant to obtain hot water and steam for its sites, and a photovoltaic plant to obtain clean solar energy. This is Parà.”

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-Different development of nylon 6 DTY and FDY

In October, it is the second time in the year of 2020 when nylon filament factories have intensively reduced their inventory burden. The last time happened in April when the demand for mask ear straps broke out. But there is a fundamental difference between the two waves of price increase and destock.Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

When the demand for mask ear straps burst out in April, the demand for DTY coarse denier yarns surged, which incidentally benefited its upstream product POY. However, the traditional demand areas did recover in April 2020 due to the severe pandemic situation around the world. So that other markets such as FDY and HOY were almost stagnated. In October, the market has been mainly driven up by actual demand along with external news. The transaction situation of various products has improved, but the market preference is different, and the degree of increase in price and sales also varies.

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-Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) Selects Univation’s UNIPOL™ PE Technology for New Polyethylene Project in Oman

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) Selects Univation’s UNIPOL™ PE Technology for New Polyethylene Project in Oman

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) has selected Univation Technologies’ UNIPOL™ PE Process for a 480,000 TPY line to be built at the strategically located DRPIC Petrochemical Complex at Duqm on the Arabian Sea coast of Oman, approximately 600km south of Muscat. DRPIC is a joint venture between OQ S.A.O.C. and Kuwait Petroleum Europe B.V. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

DRPIC will benefit from Univation’s conventional and advanced catalyst technology platforms which include Univation’s ACCLAIM™ HDPE Technology for the manufacture of high-performance unimodal HDPE resins.

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-Ascend ups intermediates prices for third month running

Ascend Performance Materials (Houston) has announced a price rise for adiponitrile (ADN), acrylonitrile, adipic acid, and hexamethylenediamine (HMDA), effective immediately or as contracts allow. The company has hiked its prices for the same products in each of the last two months, said Chemweek. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

The prices of adiponitrile and HMDA have each been hiked by $600/metric ton, while acrylonitrile and adipic acid have both been increased by USD200/metric ton.

As MRC informed earlier, Ascend Performance Materials has made their new mask technology available to the public for purchase. In July, NorthEscambia.com first reported that Ascend developed a new mask technology that protect against  SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, and the material to make it is manufactured at the company’s North Escambia facility on Old Chemstrand Road.

Ascend ups intermediates prices for third month running

-Chinese Zhongmei Yulin to start up new LDPE/EVA plant by mid-November

Shaanxi Yanchang Zhongmei Yulin phase II new low density polyethylene (LDPE)/ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) plant is slated to startup by the middle of November 2020, reported CommoPlast with reference to market sources. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

Initially the company intened to begin the trial runs at this plant by November, 2020.

Based in Shaanxi, China, the LDPE/EVA swing plant has a production capacity of 300,000 tons/year. It is expected to startup with production of LDPE and then following by EVA.

A source closed to the company informed that EVA will be the core production focus for this plant, hence shall not be impacting much on PE market in China.

Chinese Zhongmei Yulin to start up new LDPE/EVA plant by mid-November

-ELIX Polymers certified with ISCC PLUS for production of circular ABS

First producer of ABS and ABS blends that is certified with ISCC PLUS

ELIX Polymers, a leading manufacturer of ABS resins and derivatives in Europe, has obtained the ISCC PLUS certification for their production facility in Tarragona. This achievement is an important milestone in their sustainability strategy and for promoting the transformation of the value chain towards a circular economy model and reducing their ecological footprint. The circular monomer styrene certified under ISCC PLUS, comes from suppliers that use sustainable sources (e.g. thermal cracking of decomposed waste plastic oil) for its production.Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

ELIX is the first producer of ABS and ABS blends that is certified with the ISCC PLUS, the certified mass balance approach. The product portfolio certified by ISCC PLUS is identical to ELIX regular high-quality products and their properties.

-ELIX Polymers certified with ISCC PLUS for production of circular ABS

-Biden win to ease US-China trade tensions – a boon for petrochemicals

A changing of the guard in the US early next year could diffuse heightened trade tensions with China which have been disrupting petrochemical markets for two-and-a-half years.

Barring any untoward incident, Democrat Joe Biden will take over the helm of the world’s biggest economy from Republican Donald Trump on 20 January 2021.

Heavily criticised over his administration’s handling of the pandemic, Trump failed to secure a second four-year term as US president. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

-Biden win to ease US-China trade tensions - a boon for petrochemicals

-Greiner Packaging extends range of recycled materials

Tests are currently under way for the dairy industry to see how PET can tolerate temperatures of up to 120C during HTS. Pic: Greiner Packaging

While polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) are the most commonly used materials in the dairy packaging industry, some of the recyclates from both materials still lack approval for use in food packaging and have only limited availability.

However, r-PET (recycled polyethylene) is readily available through existing bottle recycling streams, but has so far been largely unsuitable for dairy packaging due to its material properties. Petrochemical SustainableSources PHA

Where high temperature sterilization (HTS) is required, PET has to withstand temperatures of up to 120°C. With initial tests for the use of r-PET HTS in packaging for dairy products, Greiner Packaging is expanding its material competence and adding another component.

At the moment, r-PET is the only food-approved recycled material, while r-PS and r-PP are still in the test and approval phase. It is therefore important to provide dairies with a recycled material that can withstand the necessary production processes.

Greiner Packaging extends range of recycled materials

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-Trump was a symptom of American decline that Biden is unlikely to reverse

When it comes to foreign policy, will Joe Biden kick American interventionism and aggressive geopolitics back into gear after four years of Trump? Unlikely – but not because he wouldn’t want to.

With former Vice President Joe Biden now having been confirmed as the winner of the 2020 election, many are wondering what comes next. Not much is likely to happen for probably the next four years in terms of major legislation. But there are some changes that could happen, especially in terms of foreign policy, where the American president has the most unchecked power. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

Some have postulated that “nothing will change” in terms of policy between Biden and current President Donald Trump and others actually believe it could be worse. According to those in the latter camp, Biden, or at least those who will be in his administration, will be more dangerous because they actually know what they’re doing. I disagree.

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-Canada CKPC evaluates PDH/PP project amid pandemic uncertainties

Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corp’s (CKPC) propane dehydrogenation/polypropylene (PDH/PP) project in Canada’s oil and gas-rich Alberta province remains on hold, subject to further evaluation.

The conditions under which work on the project may be restarted continue to be evaluated “within the context of our customers’ future plans and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resulting global economic outlook”, project partner Pembina Pipeline said in filing on Thursday. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

CKPC is a joint venture between Canadian midstream energy firm Pembina Pipeline and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC).

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-ALPLA Group: Philipp Lehner new CEO from 1 January 2021

Günther Lehner preparing the handover and to stay with the company as chairman – The Management Board of the ALPLA Group, the global plastic packaging and recycling specialist based in Hard, Austria, is being restructured – Philipp Lehner will succeed Günther Lehner as CEO on 1 January 2021, making him the third generation of the family to run the company. Günther Lehner will assume the position of Chairman.

The company has been preparing for this generational change for years, and it will now be effected with Günther Lehner handing over the agendas of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to his son Philipp Lehner on 1 January 2021. They will visit customers together in the course of 2021 in order to introduce Philipp Lehner as the new CEO of the ALPLA Group. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

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-Futerro starts up PLA unit in China

Futerro, a subsidiary of the Belgian Galactic Group, has started operating the first integrated PLA production unit in China in collaboration with its partner BBCA Biochemical. Located in the city of Bengbu (Anhui), the PLA unit has a capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year and is supplied by a lactic acid unit with a capacity of 80,000 tonnes, that also supplies a company belonging to Galactic producing food ingredients based on lactic acid for the Asian market. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

The three factories were built in record time of 24 months by a mixed Belgian-Chinese team.

PLA is a bioplastic made of lactic acid, which is itself produced by the fermentation of corn sugar or any other form of carbohydrate from biomass. For Futerro and the Galactic Group, it is the result of 30 years of work dedicated to the development of cutting-edge technology for the production, use and recycling of PLA.

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-RWE eyes green hydrogen supply deals in the Netherlands

To supply chemical companies OCI and Evonik

Hydrogen supply volumes yet to be agreed

Step towards developing 50 MW electrolysis

 

RWE has signed a letter of intent with chemical company OCI to supply green hydrogen to its methanol production facility in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, the German power company said Nov 6.

The agreement feeds into RWE’s Eemshydrogen green hydrogen project in Eemshaven where, in a first phase, RWE is to develop a 50 MW electrolyzer fed by its 162 MW Westereems onshore wind farm. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

The electrolyzer capacity could be scaled up depending on market developments and regulations, the company said.

A final investment decision on the project was expected in 2021, with hydrogen production from 2024. RWE said the letter of intent with OCI contributed to the economic viability of the project.

RWE also intended to supply green hydrogen to Evonik’s chemical plant in Delfzijl. The volume of green hydrogen to be supplied to the two companies was under evaluation.

RWE eyes green hydrogen supply deals in the Netherlands

-From PET to rPET: Intermarché and Saint-Père Dairy launch the first 100% opaque opaque grey bottle ( French Language Only)

Choosing the circular economy with opaque rPET

The opaque rPET is recycled opaque PET. As for the opaque PET, it is a classic PET (transparent) to which, during the manufacture, an opacifier is added. For several years now, Saint-Père Dairy has been using opaque PET to bottle its milk. This plastic offers many advantages: lightness or waterproofing without operculum. Currently, these opaque PET bottles are recycled to become textile fibres and insulators.

By imagining a 100% opaque bottle, Intermarché and Saint-Père Dairy choose the circular

economy. Indeed, grey in color, this new bottle is recycled, recyclable and its life cycle works in a closed loop: it is sorted by the consumer, oriented towards a recycler who reduces it to sequins. This material is then used to make a preform that becomes a new bottle again. This technique has the advantage of using only plastic already existing on the market. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

From PET to rPET: Intermarché and Saint-Père Dairy launch the first 100% opaque opaque grey bottle

-FET strengthens its position in textile sustainability

FET has strengthened its reputation in the field of sustainable textiles and processes. Its range of laboratory and pilot melt spinning extrusion lines is suited for both process and end product development of sustainable materials. FET is a supplier of state-of-the-art process technology and equipment for the man-made yarns and fibre extrusion industry.

With over 50 such pilot and laboratory extrusion lines already out and operating successfully in the field, FET currently has orders for eight further systems and is currently engaged at the development stage with numerous other clients all seeking innovative solutions for sustainable projects. Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

The term sustainability can be interpreted in various ways, ranging from partial recyclability through to ensuring that every stage and process minimises environmental impact.

-FET strengthens its position in textile sustainability

-Indonesia slips into recession

Indonesia slipped into an economic recession in the July-September quarter, for the first time since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continued to take its toll on southeast Asia’s largest economy.

The country’s economy contracted by 3.49pc from a year earlier for the third quarter, following a contraction of 5.32pc in the April-June quarter, according to Indonesia’s statistics agency BPS.Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

Indonesia’s most populous region of Java saw its economy contract by 4pc during July-September. Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, which is in Java, started a second Covid-19 lockdown in the middle of September. Bali-Nusa Tenggara, which relies heavily on the tourism sector that has been decimated by Covid-19, saw the deepest contraction at 6.8pc.

Indonesia slips into recession

-Sprite migrates from iconic green bottles to clear plastic bottles

In a bid to promote greater recyclability of its bottles, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has announced that its Sprite bottles will be moving from the iconic green plastic packaging to clear plastic packaging, effective November 2, 2020.Petrochemical SustainableSources Plastic

Since its launch in 1958, Sprite has always sported a signature green bottle. Now the brand is evolving from its iconic green colour packaging to a clear, new look, in line with its mission to reduce its carbon footprint not only in Nigeria but also across the world.

Speaking on the new look, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Abiodun Ajiborode explained, “For us at Coca-Cola, clear is better and we’re working to slowly phase out our colored packaging for the all new clear bottles as they are easier to recycle. By 2030, for every bottle or can the Coca-Cola System sells, we aim to help take one back so that our bottles have more than one life. To achieve this ambitious goal, the Coca-Cola System is actively working with all stakeholders to ensure we meet this”.

The transition of Sprite’s plastic bottles from green to transparent bottles is part of the company’s “World Without Waste” vision which ensures that more of its bottles are collected and recycled into other products.

Sprite migrates from iconic green bottles to clear plastic bottles

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market4,700 yuan/ton4,700 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market650 $/ton645 $/ton-5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

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4,450 yuan/ton4,350 yuan/ton-100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market4,450 yuan/ton4,350 yuan/ton-100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market3,140 yuan/ton3,070 yuan/ton-70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
410 $/ton410 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market3,720 yuan/ton3,670 yuan/ton-50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market470 $/ton473 $/ton-+3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market517 $/ton516 $/ton-1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market499 $/ton498 $/ton-1
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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450 $/ton454 $/ton+4
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market5,150 yuan/ton5,070 yuan/ton
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Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market5,350 yuan/ton5,250 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market6,900 yuan/ton6,750 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton6,300 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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5,400 yuan/ton5,300 yuan/ton-100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market5,700 yuan/ton5,550 yuan/ton-150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market9,600 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton
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Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,200 $/ton1,230 $/ton+30
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,380 $/ton1,380 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market10,600 yuan/ton11,000 yuan/ton+400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market10,750 yuan/ton10,900 yuan/ton+150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market24,000 yuan/ton26,300 yuan/ton+2,300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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12,850 yuan/ton12,950 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market15,600 yuan/ton15,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market13,850 yuan/ton13,850 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market43,000 yuan/ton45,500 yuan/ton+2,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market42,000 yuan/ton44,500 yuan/ton+2,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market35,500 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton+2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market7,000 yuan/ton8,200 yuan/ton+1,200
Benzene domestic market3,630 yuan/ton3,840 yuan/ton+210
Benzene overseas  market450 $/ton480 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market745 $/ton735 $/ton-10
Ethylene NWE  market678 $/ton711 $/ton+33
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market9,400 yuan/ton9,600 yuan/ton+200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,300 $/ton1,300 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market12,000 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton 

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Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market7,680 yuan/ton7,650 yuan/ton-30
Naphtha overseas market 

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356 $/ton367 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 5,588 yuan/ton5,575yuan/ton-13
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,380 $/ton 1,630 $/ton+250
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,580 $/ton 1,730 $/ton+150
LDPE CFR Far East 1,172 $/ton1,182 $/ton+10
LLDPE CFR Far East932 $/ton932 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,164 $/ton1,174 $/ton+10
LLDPE FOB Middle East924 $/ton924 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East934 $/ton944 $/ton+10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 903 €/ton903 €/ton
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 863 €/ton863 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,000 $/ton1,000 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE901 €/ton921 €/ton+20

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-Gneuss launches new MRSjump for unique PET Tray-to-Tray recycling

Gneuss has developed the innovative MRSjump Extruder, for the process of tray-to-tray recycling,

The new MRSjump Extruder combines the high decontamination performance of the MRS degassing extruder, which has been well established over the past decades, with a viscosity boost.

The MRSjump extrusion process does not necessitate any pre- or post-treatment of the input material, such as crystallisation or pre-drying of the recycled material or an IV boost in a solid state polycondensation (SSP).

The high degassing efficiency of the MRSjump Extruder makes it possible to comply with EFSA and FDA limits without time- and cost-intensive upstream or downstream material treatment.

Gneuss launches new MRSjump for unique PET Tray-to-Tray recycling

-Tie-ups: Hengli to use Invista tech for two PTA lines in China; Lubrizol and Grasim Industries partner for India’s largest CPVC resin plant

Hengli to use Invista tech for two PTA lines in China

Invista’s technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and Hengli Petrochemical (Huizhou) Co, a subsidiary of Hengli Group (Hengli), have reached agreement to license Invista’s P8 purified terephathalic acid (PTA) technology for two PTA lines. These two lines will be installed at Xiachong, Daya Bay, Huizhou City, Guangdong province, China. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Hengli is also operating another five PTA lines on Changxing Island (Dalian), all of which utilise Invista’s PTA technology, with a total capacity of 12 million tonnes/year.

Tie-ups: Hengli to use Invista tech for two PTA lines in China; Lubrizol and Grasim Industries partner for India’s largest CPVC resin plant

-Are new food and biomass technologies more sustainable? A Review

The new nova paper #14 gives an overview on the status and sustainability assessments of new food and biomass technologies such as organic farming, insect protein, artificial meat, precision agriculture, vertical urban farming and improved plant varieties

20-11-04-nova-paper-14_Thumbnail_NLThe results of the review are summarised in „key facts“ for each technology. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Most modern food and biomass production technologies have both positive and negative aspects that are, to a certain degree, interdependent. The apparent incommensurateness of animal welfare and low environmental impacts in (organic) livestock production is a good example for the challenges of sustainable food production.

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-PVC recycling reaches a new high in UK and Ireland

According to Recovinyl the UK and Ireland collected and recycled a total of 143,428 tonnes of waste PVC across all PVC recycling formats in 2019. Within this total, PVC window profiles accounted for 86,057 tonnes, according to latest industry figures.

The UK’s achievement represents 18.6% of the 771,313 tonnes of waste PVC recycled throughout Europe in 2019 – a new record high and 4.3% up on the previous year, second only to Germany. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Recovinyl, the PVC industry’s recycling scheme, was the largest contributor to this total and registered a total of 769,233 tonnes of PVC waste entirely recycled in Europe in 2019.

PVC recycling reaches a new high in UK and Ireland

-Asia Chemical Conference 2020: COVID-19 a windfall for ABS producers

Consumption of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) has surged as a result of home quarantines imposed by the spread of COVID-19, with producers’ cash margin in excess of USD500/metric ton in 2020 and expected to rise above $600/metric ton in 2021, said Daniel Siow, IHS Markit director/styrenics on Thursday at the eighth Asia Chemical Conference, being held by IHS Markit in a virtual format, as per Chemweek.

The global economy was plunged into despair when COVID-19 first hit in early 2020 and a second wave is now recurring in major European countries and the US.

This has meant that cities have to be locked down and working or schooling from home has become the norm until an effective vaccine can be discovered and large populations inoculated. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

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-Upcycling used mixed plastic back to the original polymer

In the summer, Unilever’s ice cream brand Magnum  announced the rollout of  recyclable ice cream tubs made with recycled polypropylene (rPP), following a successful pilot launch in Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands last year. The rPP was developed in cooperation with Sabic. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Packaging Europe spoke to Mark Vester, Circular Economy Leader at SABIC, to find out more about food-grade rPP and the company’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio.

What challenges had to be overcome to make rPP  suitable for food contact?

Consumers rightly expect packaging to become more sustainable and more recyclable. By using more sustainable materials to manufacture new products and transforming previously unrecyclable plastic into a valuable material, we can help protect our planet’s natural resources. SABIC was the first petrochemical company to scale-up processes to recycle used mixed plastic back to the original polymer for commercial application.

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-Double Planetary Mixers Granulate and Dry

High-precision mixing, granulation and vacuum drying in a single vessel.

The Ross Double Planetary Mixer is billed as an ideal machine for high-precision mixing, granulation and vacuum drying—all in a single vessel. Powders and granules are gently blended by two rectangular planetary blades that rotate on their own axes while orbiting the mixing zone on a common axis.

Atomizing spray nozzles enable controlled and spill-free addition of liquid raw materials as the mixing blades continuously ensure uniform composition and temperature throughout the batch. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

As a result, granulation and drying procedures can reportedly be completed in significantly shorter times compared to conventional, non-vacuum granulators and dryers.

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-Germany’s BASF puts India joint chemical complex plan on hold due to pandemic

BASF has placed a plan for a chemical complex in Mundra, India on hold due to uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the German chemicals major said in a joint statement on Thursday. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

BASF on 4 October last year signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Indian conglomerate Adani Group and Austria’s Borealis to evaluate collaborating on the chemical complex in Gujarat state.

The joint feasibility study for the complex has been completed, BASF said in a statement.

“The global economic uncertainties caused by the pandemic have led the Partners to review the timing for undertaking this investment,” it said.

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-Braskem launches portfolio for 3D printing in South America

Polypropylene filaments, pellets and powder can be used in industrial and desktop printers to make processes more versatile and to make more resistant and stable pieces

Braskem, taking another important step in its innovation strategy, launches this month a portfolio of exclusive products for the additive manufacturing segment, popularly known as 3D printing, which is experiencing robust growth in Brasil. The market, whose main characteristics are decentralization of production and customization of solutions, also has helped to combat the novel coronavirus with the production of face shields and components for mechanical respirators, for example. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Braskem’s solutions made from polypropylene (PP) have proved attractive and ideal for additive manufacturing, given the recyclability, impact strength and dimensional stability of the raw material, which features the capacity to make durable hinges and lower density than other types of plastics. PP for 3D printing can be found in the form of pellets and filaments, both of which are produced in Brazil, and powder, which is imported from the United States. The products also can be used in both industrial and desktop 3D printers.

Braskem launches portfolio for 3D printing in South America

-Indian plants: SRF to set up 2nd BOPP film line in Indore; Supreme Petrochem plans new PS project in Maharashtra

SRF to set up 2nd BOPP film line in Indore

Indian film packaging maker SRF is to set up a second BOPP film line with a metalliser at its Indore plant, either directly or through a wholly owned subsidiary.

The existing capacity is 45,000 tonnes/year and will be upped to 60,000 tonnes/year of additional capacity. The new capacity should go on stream within 20 months.

The rationale for expansion is the growth of BOPP market both in India and overseas, and the need for ability to service the customer for the entire spectrum of BOPP products, says the firm. Petrochemical SustainableSources Packaging

Indian plants: SRF to set up 2nd BOPP film line in Indore; Supreme Petrochem plans new PS project in Maharashtra

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-Husky launches NexPET™ – New System Offering Infinite Possibilities

Flexible mid-volume system purpose-built to quickly and easily produce just the right output for multiple preform designs

Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading technology provider to the plastics processing community, has launched its new NexPET™ system – a game-changing mid-volume PET preform molding solution purpose-built to help producers introduce multiple new applications into the market more quickly and cost-effectively than ever before.

Built upon Husky’s industry-leading technology, the NexPET™ system is engineered to enable both established and emerging producers be more competitive by better responding to evolving consumer preferences – while achieving the highest levels of value, flexibility, reliability and sustainability. For established producers, NexPET™ delivers an agile, reliable solution to accommodate niche brands or smaller run SKUs. For emerging producers, it is a proven, cost-effective solution that enables fast, low-risk entry into markets.

Husky launches NexPET™ – New System Offering Infinite Possibilities

-LyondellBasell, REHAU, TU Chemnitz and Eschmann Textures join forces to advance sustainable mobility

LyondellBasellREHAU, and Eschmann Textures  have announced the successful creation of a physically foamed rear lower trim with an excellent surface appearance.

With growing concerns about climate change and environmental degradation, sustainability has become a strategic priority for automotive manufacturers. When the BMW Group was looking for a bumper design for a new car model, which had to meet the companies’ sustainability goals, engineers from LyondellBasell, REHAU and Eschmann Textures took up the challenge. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging

The partners opted for a foamed part to achieve the necessary weight reduction. Due to the combination of the expertise, the foamed part achieved the highest surface/quality ranking and passed a certificated test series with good results.

LyondellBasell, REHAU, TU Chemnitz and Eschmann Textures join forces to advance sustainable mobility

-BGN Technologies and ECOIBÉRIA collaborate for Biodegradation of Plastic

BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), announced today that it had signed a research collaboration agreement with ECOIBÉRIA in the field of plastic recycling by bacteria, based on research from the team of Prof. Ariel Kushmaro and Prof. Alex Sivan, both from the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology and Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering at BGU. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the most abundantly used polymer in the world, with multiple applications in the textile industry as well as in food and beverage packaging. It is estimated that about 56 million tons of PET are produced yearly worldwide, mostly as single use packaging material. Therefore, intense efforts are directed towards recycling and reuse of the PET plastic materials.

Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging

-Look but don’t touch: The SICK SPEETEC speed and length sensor

With the SPEETEC non-contact sensor for speed and length measurement, SICK has added a compact, affordable, eye-safe laser surface motion sensor to its portfolio, able to measure a wide range of continuous, web-fed or cut-to-length plastic products down to a resolution of 4µm. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

The SPEETEC combines unprecedented affordability with precision surface measurement for process control and quality inspection tasks used in the manufacture of plastic products, including processes such as extrusion of plastic pipes or UPVC profiles, and cut to length of sheet materials. The Class 1 eye-safe infra-red laser light eliminates the need for special guarding or safety measures required by many conventional velocimeters.

Look but don’t touch: The SICK SPEETEC speed and length sensor

-Mitsubishi Chemical reports loss on weak demand in automotive sector, forecasts full-year net loss

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings reports a net loss of Yen 49.68 billion (USD474.7 million) for the company’s fiscal first half ended 30 September, swinging from net income of Yen 81.3 billion a year earlier, according to Chemweek. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

Mitsubishi registered a third-quarter operating loss of Yen 28.1 billion, compared with an operating profit of ?130.5 billion a year earlier. Revenue decreased 17.6% year on year (YOY) to Yen 1.5 trillion. The company says that during the first half of the fiscal year, demand was slower YOY, particularly for automotive applications, owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding a recent pickup in demand, business conditions remain challenging, says Mitsubishi.

Sales decreased by 16% YOY to ?473.6 billion at Mitsubishi’s performance products business. Operating income plunged 46% YOY to Yen 21.4 billion. Functional products’ revenue declined because of reduced demand principally in automotive applications, despite the recent pickup in demand. Sales volumes fell for high-performance engineering plastics and other offerings for advanced moldings and composites.

Mitsubishi Chemical reports loss on weak demand in automotive sector, forecasts full-year net loss

-BASF increases investment in Pudong site

BASF SE has increased investment in its Pudong site, its Asian headquarters, by opening its first Asian UL laboratory there and upgrading another product development lab.

A UL lab is one recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety certification company headquartered in Illinois and an authority in testing the safety and quality of plastic products. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

Such lab can cut down the time needed to launch new products.

BASF’s UL lab was part of an acquisition from Solvay, a Belgian chemical company earlier this year.

BASF paid Solvay 13 billion euro to acquire its polyamide (PA) business. Synthetic polyamides are commonly used in the automotive industry, construction, electric appliances, furniture, shoes and clothing.

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-Trinseo raises November PS, ABS, and SAN prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of 3 November.

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

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR110 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR110 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR110 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR80 per metric ton.  Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging

Trinseo raises November PS, ABS, and SAN prices in Europe

-Sulzer completes PLA plant for B&F PLA

Sulzer Chemtech has supported B&F PLA in the development of China’s first fully-integrated sugar-to-PLA (polylactic acid) plant located in Bengbu, Anhui Province.

The facility utilises Sulzer’s distillation, crystallisation and polymerisation technologies to produce 30 000 tpy of PLA.

The new facility uses glucose from locally sourced corn to produce lactic acid and PLA of different grades, allowing B&F PLA to support the growing bioplastic market. More precisely, the manufacturer is now able to deliver plant-based polymers with different molecular weights and L(+)/D(-) ratios to provide suitable materials for a wide variety of applications. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

Sulzer played a crucial role in the construction of the plant, which was completed in record time. The company designed, engineered and supplied customised mass transfer equipment for the purification of lactide and polymerisation processes. Extensive remote assistance during pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up was also provided to help B&F PLA begin its operations quickly and smoothly.

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-Eco-friendly hangers made by Israeli trash-redeemer UBQ to hit fashion industry

UBQ, which converts household scraps into a bio-based plastic substitute, joins forces with US Mainetti Group to make garment hangers for retail chains globally

Mainetti Group, a maker of clothes hangers for retail chains globally, will join forces with Israeli startup UBQ Materials to use its bio-based products to make eco-friendly hangers.

The joining of forces will “revolutionize sustainability in the fashion industry,” the two firms said in a statement.  Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

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-Diamond Green Diesel to more than double renewable fuel capacity using second Honeywell Ecofining unit; 675M gallons renewable diesel per year (corrected)

Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., will more than double its annual production of renewable diesel with the completion of a second Honeywell Ecofining process unit with a capacity of 30,000 barrels per day (bpd). Diamond Green Diesel is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., and is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the United States. Petrochemical PET Recycling Packaging 

The Diamond Green Diesel facility converts inedible oils and other waste fats into a high-quality renewable diesel fuel. When the second unit is completed in 2021, the Diamond Green Diesel facility will have capacity to produce 675 million gallons of renewable diesel fuel per year.

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-Aliplast and NextChem team up for plastics recycling

Hera Group’s and Maire Tecnimont Group’s subsidiaries sign strategic agreement to build plant with NextChem’s proprietary MyReplastTM technology

Through upcycling process, the plant can produce up to 30,000 tons of recycled high-quality polymers from plastic waste

Maire Tecnimont S.P.A. and Hera Group announce the signing of a strategic agreement between Aliplast, Hera Group’s subsidiary for the collection, recycling and conversion of plastics, and NextChem, Maire Tecnimont Group’s company for the development of projects and technologies for the energy transition. NextChem will provide technology and engineering, procurement and construction services to build a plant which will use proprietary innovative technology MyReplastTM for upcycling of plastic waste into high value- added polymers.

These partners are each leader in their respective sectors. Hera Group’s Herambiente unit – Italy’s pioneer in the treatment of all types of waste – has 90 plants with an important know-how in the management of the entire environmental chain, in which Aliplast contributes with a circular and integrated stronghold in plastic sector. Maire Tecnimont Group is a global leader in process engineering and strongly committed – through its subsidiary NextChem – to developing projects and technologies for the energy transition and circular economy.

Aliplast and NextChem team up for plastics recycling

-Eastman furthers sustainable offer with Naia Renew fibre

Naia Renew fibre is said to be traceable with certified biodegradability that captures the value of hard-to-recycle materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

Eastman, the producer of sustainably sourced Naiaä cellulosic fibre, has introduced its new Naia Renew portfolio, sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics. Naia Renew cellulosic fibre is said to be traceable with certified biodegradability that captures the value of hard-to-recycle materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It can be produced at scale to deliver sustainability without compromise to the fashion world, Eastman reports. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

“Naia Renew enables a circular economy for the fashion industry and helps brands meet their eco-conscious goals,” said Ruth Farrell, global marketing director of textiles for Eastman.

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-Rosneft develops synthetic crude oil unit

The Rosneft United Research and Development Centre, the institute of the corporate R&D complex of Rosneft Oil Company, has developed a laboratory unit for synthetic crude oil, said the company. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

The unit, which completed a synthetic oil production run, is capable of converting methane to synthetic liquid hydrocarbons. Rosneft said its technology for obtaining synthetic oil from associated petroleum gas has undergone a series of expert reviews, including international ones, and has been assessed as advanced process solution.

In a press statement, Rosneft said: “Synthetic crude oil is more environmentally friendly than natural crude oil, and when blended with natural crude oil it improves its quality. “The Company’s specialists are currently preparing to create a pilot plant at the field to test it under real operating conditions.

Rosneft develops synthetic crude oil unit

-Major Innovation Brings A New Level Of Sustainability To PET Bottle Recycling

Around the world, there is now general agreement that the only possible development model capable of delivering a “zero waste” future to the world is the Circular Economy. Today, however, there are only a few cases of closed-circuit systems that can take a material that has reached the end of its originally-intended useful life, and make it new again, without generating more waste. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

The race is on to develop more such systems. Nowhere is the pressure greater than in the plastics packaging sector. That pressure is particularly strong in Europe. Not surprisingly then, some of the most important responses to that pressure are coming from European organisations.

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-Nuova Erreplast and BOBST partnership

Nuova Erreplast has installed a 10-colour BOBST EXPERT CI flexo press as the Italian flexible packaging specialist looks to expand production capacity and increase productivity.

Nuova Erreplast is one the fastest growing converters of flexible packaging in southern Italy, with a more than ten-fold increase in turnover over the past decade. To continue this growth and enable further innovation, the company has now chosen to work with BOBST and invest in the EXPERT CI flexo press.  Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

Nuova Erreplast CEO Domenico Raccioppoli said: “BOBST is well-known for its market-leading flexo technology and for reliability, and the EXPERT CI press has all the features in terms of productivity and process innovation that we need to meet upcoming challenges and enable us to expand.”The 10-color BOBST EXPERT CI press at Nuova Erreplast can process 1,300mm wide webs and offers a top production speed of 600m/min.

Nuova Erreplast and BOBST partnership

-Keurig Dr Pepper Begins Transition to 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles for Snapple and Core Brands

The initiative will eliminate approximately 46.3 million pounds of virgin plastic that Keurig Dr Pepper uses annually. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) announced that its Snapple and Core brands are transitioning to bottles made of 100% recycled (rPET) plastic, eliminating approximately 46.3 million pounds of virgin plastic used by KDP annually. Snapple is available now in 100% recycled-plastic, 16-oz. bottles in West Coast markets; it will continue to roll out in phases across the country through early next year. In addition, with production underway, Core bottles made from 100% recycled plastic will be on shelves beginning in early 2021.

“Transitioning to recycled plastic bottles for two of our key brands is a critical next step in Keurig Dr Pepper’s commitment to a circular economy,” said Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer. “This important portfolio evolution enables us to offer consumers their favorite beverages, while meeting their desire for more sustainable packaging.”

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-CCL aims for bottle recycling boost with investment in film project

CCL Industries Inc. today announced plans for a strategic new capacity investment at its Innovia Films extrusion site in Plock, Poland. A new six-metre multi-layer co-extrusion line will be installed to produce EcoFloat shrink sleeve material. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

This hybrid polyolefin film facilitates easy separation of labels from PET bottles and other types of plastic containers in the recycling process with the aim of enabling bottle-to-bottle circularity, an important goal for global food and beverage brand owners. The capacity will come online in early 2022 with most of the capital deployed in 2021.

“CCL developed a floatable polyolefin shrink film to meet the new market demands and to help brand owners reach their sustainability and recycling targets set by the EU. We see this as the sustainable decoration solution of the future – for a whole range of packaging in the beverage, dairy, home care and other industries,” says Guenther Birkner, president of Innovia and CCL’s food and beverage business.

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-Nova sees progress from Indonesian recycling effort

Nova Chemicals is seeing results from its plastics recycling efforts in Indonesia.

Project STOP — a recycling program started in 2017 by materials firm Borealis AG and sustainable land use and energy firm SYSTEMIQ — has to date diverted 5,500 tons of waste from the environment in Muncar, Indonesia, Todd Becker, Nova polyethylene vice president, said during the recent 2020 Global Plastics Summit.

The Muncar program started in 2018 and includes distribution of 5-gallon buckets to individual homes. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

The buckets are then picked up and their contents are sorted and bundled to recover value from post-user materials, Becker added.

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-Collaboration aims to enable automotive plastics traceability

Circularise recently launched a project with Porsche and its material suppliers, Borealis, Covestro and Domo Chemicals, to enable the traceability of plastics on blockchain.

The project also aims to ensure the use of sustainable materials in Porsche cars can be proven. By digitising materials Circularise was able to create a digital thread through the whole supply chain, enabling material traceability and other sustainability metrics.

Getting information from supply chains has always been a challenge due their complexity and number of suppliers, amongst other issues. Blockchain is therefore a fitting solution to transparency challenges. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

Antoon Versteeg, Project Lead Innovation Research at Porsche, said: “We need to know more details on the parts and materials being used in our products, that means information on production processes deep down the supply chain, statements of recycled content and more.

Collaboration aims to enable automotive plastics traceability

-TÜV SÜD certifies 3D printing of LEHVOSS high-temp polyamide-based filament on Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle

The certification was commissioned by LEHVOSS and Ultimaker and covers both the mechanical properties of the high-temperature polyamide-based material and the test specimen production, which is made up of dimensional tolerances, filament production, pressure process and emissions during the building of parts.

TÜV SÜD carried out an extensive testing process, which included an on-site inspection of both Ultimaker’s and LEHVOSS’ production facilities as well as a quality audit of the S5 machine, the parallel printing of test specimens and tests around geometric accuracy. TÜV SÜD also considered mechanical properties, material feedstock and emissions in its evaluations. Petrochemical PET Recycling Biofuel 

The inspection and certification organisation considers the certification of processes like this to be a ‘decisive milestone’ on the way to competitive production using 3D printers, helping industry to see the difference between the technology as a prototyping tool and a manufacturing one.

TÜV SÜD certifies 3D printing of LEHVOSS high-temp polyamide-based filament on Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle

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-PE market remain in consolidation

October comes to an end, PE market remains in consolidation, petrochemical plants and traders offer accordingly. Downstream demand is healthy, and trading is relatively good.

In the late market, the market is basically caught in the game of “continuous startup of new capacity” and “the support from rigid demand”, and the fluctuating pattern is more difficult to change.

First, let’s talk about the new start-ups.

2.7 million tons of new production capacity has been released in the first 10 months of this year. Among them, the products of Sinochem Quanzhou and Zhongke (Guangdong) Refining & Chemical Co., Ltd. are officially put on the market in mid-October.

n fact, looking back at the market price in 2020, each round of new start-ups has affected the market to some extent, causing spot prices to drop slightly.

In November and December, 1.5 million tons of new plants are planned to be put into operation, including 800kt/year plant of Wanhua Chemical Group Co.,Ltd. and 400kt/year plant of Haiguolongyou(Daqing Lianyi), as well as 300kt/year plant of Shaanxi Yanchang ChinaCoal II. Wanhua Chemical Group Co.,Ltd. has started up its PE plant in late-Sep, and may start up its upstream cracker recently.

PE market remain in consolidation

-ACN price trend forecast in Nov

Since Sep, ACN market maintained steady all the time. Prices moved up somewhat in end Sep stimulated by the maintenance of PetroChina Fushun, and later, prices stabilized again in Oct. The main reason was the balance between bulls and bears. In end Sep, this balance was broken affected by the maintenance plan of PetroChina Fushun, and bulls began to pull up prices. But some traders considered that the prices were dull to rise in Oct, and low offers continued to see, restraining the high prices. Therefore, the market returned to stabilize in Oct.Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

In Nov, from the view of feedstock market, propylene prices in Shandong has declined by 400yuan/mt to 7,100yuan/mt. Based on this, ACN costs are assessed at around 9,100uiam/mt, then some prices already see profits. Currently, propylene supply is relatively sufficient, and the upward space is limited, prices are supposed to be in weak consolidation in Nov.

ACN price trend forecast in Nov

-PACCOR gives plastic packaging a digital identity

As part of an environmentally friendly recycling system, PACCOR, the leading international player in the packaging industry, has introduced plastic packaging solutions with digital identity provided by Digimarc Corporation. This innovation enables the correct identification of each package throughout the value chain. This is a big step into the recycling economy, because for the first time it is now possible to differentiate between food and non-food packaging and to achieve high-quality sorting.

Visually imperceptible barcode helps sort all kinds of plastics

“As one of the leading manufacturers of packaging, we want to close the material loop by enabling full recyclability of our products.

Therefore we have set ourselves the goal of minimizing packaging waste, conserving resources and saving energy wherever possible,“ says Andreas Schuette, Chief Executive Officer at PACCOR. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

PACCOR gives plastic packaging a digital identity

-Europe chemicals unfazed by lockdowns but second wave’s virulence dents confidence

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is touching all corners of Europe, with the east hit hard and lockdown measures implemented across the board as the only way to protect health systems from collapse.Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

The renewed rapid spread of the virus even threatens now the health system in Germany, a country widely praised so far for its test-and-trace system which had kept cases well under those elsewhere in the eurozone.

Germany, with a population of 80m, has a one-month partial lockdown. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of a “dramatic situation” in hospitals if the curve of infection is not brought under control.

Europe chemicals unfazed by lockdowns but second wave's virulence dents confidence

-Enhanced support for in-car multimedia for Japanese market

Connected media and multiscreen developer Access Europe has added enhancement to its NetFront Browser BML Edition for cars, which extends support from embedded operating systems such as Linux and QNX to Android. The company notes that Broadcast Markup Language (BML) is essential for delivering interactive and TV services to cars in Japan.

Access says that according to a recent market analysis of Japanese automotive sales figures for 2019, approximately 5.2 million cars were sold, with European premium brands among the most successful. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

The Japanese market has high expectations for interactive services and in-car TV applications in premium vehicles, and a key component is the need for BML. This will continue even as some automotive manufacturers move to Android as their next-generation in-car platform.

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-Avery Dennison joins industry leaders to form new consortium to drive matrix and liner recycling solutions

Avery Dennison Corporation has joined with other leaders in the pressure sensitive label (PSL) industry to form the Circular Economy for Labels (CELAB) consortium. The consortium aims to offer solutions and provide education throughout the industry to enable matrix and release liner recycling. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

Currently only 52 percent of matrix and liner waste is recycled globally. CELAB is catalyzing a unified effort to accelerate matrix and liner recycling industry-wide to create greater circularity for labeling products. This aligns to Avery Dennison’s sustainability commitments to address waste, including 2025 targets to ensure its operations will be 95% landfill-free, 75% of the company’s waste is repurposed, and that the company helps customers reduce the waste from Avery Dennison products by 70%.

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-Geofabrics partners with Visy to drive a no waste circular economy for PET

Two Australian manufacturing companies partnering to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill

Recycled PET that would otherwise end up in landfill will be re-used in Australia’s infrastructure  Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

Every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled helps our economy by creating 9.2 Australian jobs

Geofabrics has signed a multi-year partnership with Visy to reduce the number of plastic bottles going into landfill. With 1 billion plastic water bottles purchased every year, Australians are creating 660,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually . And whilst PET has its place in food packaging, the two companies are working together to ensure that the material ends up in a circular economy, where PET is either recycled or reused.

Visy uses food grade Recycled PET (rPET) in the manufacture of its plastic bottles. In this partnership, the rPET that is not fit for Visy’s bottle-to-bottle recycling will be purchased by Geofabrics to make sustainable geotextiles for use in Australia’s road, rail, and mining industries.

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-ALPLA: In-house production drastically reduces CO2 emissions

Around the world, ALPLA operates 71 of 181 production facilities as in-house plants, right next door to the customers. These plants avoided around 43,000 tonnes of CO2e in 2019, which is the equivalent of 13,000 flights from Vienna to Rio de Janeiro.

It is currently being traded as the ‘new currency’ because its significance – or better said, its impact – is so vastly important in our times: CO2. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. This warming has to be – and for experts, this is a certainty – curbed as swiftly as possible. Otherwise it will end in a climatic catastrophe with a devastating impact on our planet, such as droughts or rising sea levels. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

Transport and energy and heating supplies produce the most greenhouse gases. Whoever reduces the production of these gases is making a significant contribution to counter climate change. ‘From this perspective, we have looked at our in-house plants and come to a staggering conclusion,’ reports Linda Staib, Sustainability Manager at ALPLA. ‘Our 71 in-house plants avoided 43,000 tonnes of CO2 or carbon equivalent in 2019.’

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-Biased interpretation of EEA study on biodegradable and compostable plastics draws wrong image of immature consumer

The European Environment Agency (EEA) recently published its new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities”. The report highlights many positive aspects of biodegradable and compostable plastics. Unfortunately, its interpretation in several media outlets focused exclusively on the few critical assumptions the report makes regarding consumer perception.Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

This resulted in a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics that doesn’t reflect the general statement of the report. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

Therefore, in a press release, European Bioplastics (EUBP) underlined the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers.

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-PET bottles becoming more environmentally friendly

Closed material cycles are the key to an environmentally friendly and responsible use of plastic products, according to a new study by the Society for Packaging Market Research (GVM).

The recycling of PET beverage bottles, in particular, has emerged as a role model in recent years. Petrochemical Waste Recycling Biofuel

According to the study, 94 per cent of all PET beverage bottles are recycled, and the recycling rate is almost 100 per cent. There is also a clear trend towards the use of recycled material. A PET bottle today consists of an average of 30 per cent recycled material.

Dr Isabell Schmidt, Managing Director at IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen eV, said: “High recycling rates and the use of recycled material in PET beverage bottles have been standard in Germany for years. This means that the German cycle system is a prime example of efficient recycling structures in an international comparison.”

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-Biden or Trump? What US election could mean for Europe’s foreign policy

After four years of Donald Trump, the EU’s foreign policy finds itself in choppy waters. Here is an overview of some of the major areas where Trump and Joe Biden have different approaches and how they could affect Europe

If Trump wins another term in office, there’s little reason to expect a new approach to US foreign policy, analysts say. At the same time, the tone could change with Biden, a convinced transatlanticist who believes the US can only play this role in dialogue with its partners.

After four years of Donald Trump, the EU’s foreign policy finds itself in choppy waters. Here is an overview of some of the major areas where Trump and Joe Biden have different approaches and how they could affect Europe.

EU’s foreign policymakers have long voiced the desire for more “strategic autonomy”, with more vocal ones arguing that no matter who wins the US presidential race, they will need to realise that Europe is serious about no longer being Washington’s junior partner.

If Trump wins another term in office, there’s little reason to expect a new approach to US foreign policy, analysts say. At the same time, the tone could change with Biden, a convinced transatlanticist who believes the US can only play this role in dialogue with its partners.

Multilateralism

Trump’s prioritization of US interests has led to a move away from several international accords, including his decisions to leave the Paris Climate Agreement and withdrawing support from the World Health Organization.

His budget proposals have sought to slash foreign aid and make it more conditional on support for US policies.

Biden, on the other hand, emphasizes that the US cannot deal with the new challenges it faces without close relationships with its allies and the cooperation of international institutions.

Biden or Trump? What US election could mean for Europe’s foreign policy

-‘PVC Upcycling’ project: from a linear to a circular economy model

‘PVC Upcycling’ is a pilot project aimed at recovering the PVC component of electrical cables coming from the decommissioning of energy plants (de-manufacturing) and at recycling it into products with a low environmental impact (re-manufacturing).

Funded under the European Regional Development Fund, the ‘PVC Upcycling’ project is led by R.ED.EL. SRL in collaboration with the University of Calabria and ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).

The project focuses on electrical cables consisting mainly of copper, aluminium and PVC, with the objective of recycling the plastic component in potential secondary raw materials, PVC powder and granules, and in new civil engineering applications.

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-Univation PE technology selected by Sibur for Amur gas-chemicals complex in Russia

Sibur (Moscow, Russia) has awarded Univation Technologies a contract to supply its Unipol polyethylene (PE) process technology for Sibur’s USD10-billion Amur gas-chemicals complex (AGCC) being built in Russia’s Far East, said Univation.

Sibur, Russia’s largest integrated petrochemical company, says it has selected Univation’s licensed process for three 600,000-metric tons/year PE lines at Amur.

The lines will be part of the integrated project, located near Svobodny in the Amur region close to Russia’s border with China, which will have a total polyolefin design capacity of 2.7 million metric tons/year. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

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-AdvanSix swings to loss on lower prices, but nylon volume rebounds

AdvanSix today reported a third-quarter net loss of about USD700,000, compared with a net profit of USD7.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Net sales fell 9% year on year (YOY), to USD281.9 million, reported Chemweek.

Adjusted earnings amounted to a 2 cents/share loss, ahead of analysts’ consensus estimate of a 5 cents/share loss, as reported by Refinitiv (New York, New York). Volumes increased 5% YOY, but this was more than offset by a 13% decline in volumes.

“Our diverse product portfolio and global low-cost position continue to serve us well as we navigate through the current environment,” says Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix. “We have seen nylon volume returning to pre-COVID(-19) levels and we continue to optimize our mix across end uses, applications and geographies through the recovery. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The performance of the remainder of our portfolio, including ammonium sulfate, acetone and other high-value intermediates, remains resilient complementing ongoing benefits from our focused cost management and high-return capital investments.”

AdvanSix swings to loss on lower prices, but nylon volume rebounds

-SEAT targets sustainable interior materials development

SEAT says that it is in the process of trialing a number of materials innovations that it hopes will improve the sustainability credentials of its interiors.

The first, called Ku-Fizz, is a physical foam technology that reduces the weight of plastic parts, through the introduction of gas into the component as it is injection molded, generating a foamy structure in the component’s interior.

According to the company, this means that not only is less plastic and injection material is used, but the weight of the parts is reduced, benefiting overall vehicle efficiency and saving production costs and time. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The company is also experimenting with Oryzite, a material that uses rice husks to replace plastic products. SEAT notes that more than 635 million metric tons of rice are harvested worldwide each year.

SEAT targets sustainable interior materials development

-Toppan launches full-scale sales of PE and BOPP high barrier films for mono-material packaging

Toppan USA, Inc. has completed preparations for the production and supply of PE and BOPP based additions to its market-leading series of GL BARRIER transparent vapour-deposited barrier films.

Full-scale sales of PE-based ‘GL-LE-G’ and BOPP-based ‘GL-LP-G’ will be launched in November, initially for the US and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL BARRIER films with PET, PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-material packaging. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Numerous global companies are taking measures towards targets for better circulation of containers and packaging, and efforts to drive recycling by adopting mono-material structures are gaining pace around the world. Toppan has responded to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging.

-Toppan launches full-scale sales of PE and BOPP high barrier films for mono-material packaging

-Why ‘The World’s Largest Recycling Plant’ Won’t Solve The Plastics Crisis

Big brands are betting on a silver bullet solution to the world’s plastics pollution mess.

In September, Loop Industries, a startup with backing from several giant consumer brands, announced it was partnering with French waste management giant Suez to open the world’s largest recycling facility, somewhere in Europe, by 2023. The company said it would be capable of turning otherwise unrecyclable, low-quality plastic waste into 4.2 billion soda bottles’ worth of like-new recycled plastic every year.

It was touted as the world’s first Infinite Loop recycling facility, using Loop Industries’ proprietary, “game-changing” chemical process to break down PET, the most widely used plastic, into its molecular building blocks and reassemble it into plastic that’s as good as new. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Loop billed its “infinitely” recyclable plastic as a way to help companies meet ambitious goals to use more recycled plastic in their products and packaging without sacrificing performance.

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-Russia Readies to Host XII BRICS Summit

Under Russia’s BRICS Chairmanship 2020, President Vladimir Putin will host Heads of State of Brazil, China, India and South Africa via videoconference on 17 November. Initially planned to take place in St. Petersburg in July, it was cancelled due to current coronavirus pandemic. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The leaders will discuss the strengthening and further development of cooperation within the framework of BRICS, including in the context of the global political and socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the leaders will focus on significant and complicated issues or questions relating to geopolitical to socioeconomic spheres, transformations on the global landscapes in the 21st century. The meeting will adopt a working document that will further reinforce the position and development of the group.

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-True circularity. Food contact. Powered by styrenics.

Event Overview

How can circular polystyrene best meet the growing demand for high quality recyclates suitable for food contact applications? What are the achievements so far in fulfilling the intrinsic circularity of styrenics and what are the milestones? Which environmental footprint of the different polystyrene recycling technologies can be expected? How does recycled polystyrene compare with virgin polystyrene in the production process of food packaging? Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, together with Packaging Europe, will address these issues in an online event at 10.30am CET on Thursday 26 November.

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-First wave of ships explore green hydrogen as route to net zero

Developers across the world are for the first time testing the use of hydrogen to power ships as the maritime industry races to find technologies to cut emissions and confidence grows the fuel is safe to use commercially.

To reach goals for the shipping industry set by the United Nations, industry leaders say the first net-zero ships must enter the global fleet by 2030. Ships powered by green hydrogen could help meet the target. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Made from electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from renewable energy, green hydrogen is emissions free.

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L last month reiterated its commitment to hydrogen, which it saw as “advantaged over other potential zero-emissions fuels for shipping”.

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-Spanish partnership targets 20% of green hydrogen goal

Spanish utility Iberdrola and chemical manufacturer Fertiberia have formed a new partnership that, with a €1.8 billion investment, aims to install 800MW of green hydrogen production capacity in Spain by 2027. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The announcement from Iberdrola on 28 October is a positive step for Spain in achieving its recent renewable hydrogen target of 4GW by 2030.

IBERDROLA LEADS THE WAY

This builds on a current project announced by the partners which is expected to come online in 2021. The project aims to be Europe’s largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use and is based in Puertollano. The green hydrogen produced will be used in the Fertiberia ammonia plant.

The complex will comprise of a 100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a 20MWh storage capacity and one of the largest systems for producing hydrogen by electrolysis (20MW). Once built, this will be Europe’s largest electrolyser.

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Petrochemical PETBottle PTA Polymers Trend

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market4,850 yuan/ton4,700 yuan/ton-150
Bottle grade PET chips export market660 $/ton650 $/ton-10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

Petrochemical PETBottle PTA Polymers

4,575 yuan/ton4,450 yuan/ton-125
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market4,600 yuan/ton4,450 yuan/ton-150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market3,305 yuan/ton3,140 yuan/ton-175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
430 $/ton410 $/ton-20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market3,820 yuan/ton3,720 yuan/ton-30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market478 $/ton470 $/ton--8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market551 $/ton517 $/ton-34
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market533 $/ton499 $/ton-34
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical PETBottle PTA Polymers

485 $/ton450 $/ton-35
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market5,425 yuan/ton5,150 yuan/ton
-275
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market5,400 yuan/ton5,350 yuan/ton-50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market7,000 yuan/ton6,900 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton6,300 yuan/ton-200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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5,700 yuan/ton5,400 yuan/ton-300
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market5,830 yuan/ton5,700 yuan/ton-130
Caprolactam CPL domestic market9,650 yuan/ton9,600 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,200 $/ton1,200 $/ton-50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,380 $/ton1,380 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market11,000 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market10,900 yuan/ton10,750 yuan/ton-150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market22,500 yuan/ton24,000 yuan/ton+1,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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12,950 yuan/ton12,850 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market15,600 yuan/ton15,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market13,800 yuan/ton13,850 yuan/ton+50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market40,500 yuan/ton43,000 yuan/ton+2,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market39,500 yuan/ton42,000 yuan/ton+2,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton35,500 yuan/ton+2,500
Adipic Acid domestic market6,500 yuan/ton7,000 yuan/ton+500
Benzene domestic market3,550 yuan/ton3,630 yuan/ton+80
Benzene overseas  market443 $/ton450 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market775 $/ton745 $/ton-30
Ethylene NWE  market701 $/ton678 $/ton-23
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market9,300 yuan/ton9,400 yuan/ton+100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,300 $/ton1,300 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market12,000 yuan/ton12,000 yuan/ton 

 

Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market7,700 yuan/ton7,680 yuan/ton-20
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical PETBottle PTA Polymers

386 $/ton356 $/ton
-30
Phenol domestic market 5,850 yuan/ton5,588 yuan/ton-262
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,330 $/ton 1,380 $/ton+50
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,540 $/ton 1,580 $/ton+40
LDPE CFR Far East 1,172 $/ton1,172 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East942 $/ton932 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,164 $/ton1,164 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East934 $/ton924 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East944 $/ton934 $/ton-10
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 903 €/ton903 €/ton-20
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 823 €/ton863 €/ton+40
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East995 $/ton1,000 $/ton+5
Homopolymer PP FD NWE881 €/ton901 €/ton

 

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-Coperion-APK makes high-quality plastic compounds out of packaging waste

APK AG is relying on the high-performance ZSK extruder technology and technical process expertise from Coperion for its Newcycling process, wherein multi-polymer and multi-layer plastic packaging can be separated and processed into homogeneous regrind using ZSK twin screw extruders. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

The polymer in this process remains unchanged. Newcycling is therefore efficient from both a cost and environmental perspective, and the quality of the recyclates is close to that of virgin product.

The amount of plastic waste produced daily is one of the greatest problems of modern times. With its Newcycling process, APK is laying an important cornerstone for achieving the goal of greater sustainability and higher recycling rates.

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-Asia MEG prices weaken on falling polyester sales; demand may slow down

Asia import monoethylene glycol (MEG) prices weakened this week amid falling polyester sales, and the market will be likely under pressure as downstream demand may slow gradually amid a second wave of coronavirus infections in overseas markets.

Spot discussions were heard at $470-475/tonne CFR China Main Ports (CMP) on 29 October and most buyers just watched the market due to price declines starting from late last week. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

Spot MEG prices rebounded from 9 October amid the post-holiday restocking, according to ICIS.

The polyester sales-to-output ratio fell to 30-50% this week from 75-100% seen last week as downstream converters took a break amid higher inventories after replenishing actively in earlier weeks.

“Downstream textile converters are sitting at higher stocks, so they need some time to absorb,” a major downstream polyester producer said.

Buying interest for import MEG dwindled as most polyester producers expected the demand to slow down from November onwards as the year-end period is usually the lull season for textile industry, especially this year.

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-European Commission accused of ‘mixed messaging’ over sustainability of continent’s biofuels

A new report from the European Commission underlined the importance and sustainability of renewable ethanol, but also revealed its contradictory stance wanting to minimise the role of biofuels in achieving the EU Green Deal. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

This was the view of ePURE after the Commission’s Renewable Energy Progress Report was published on 14 October that included an assessment of progress on decarbonisation and examined the sustainability aspects of biofuels consumed in the EU.

While significant progress has been made, the report showed that more was needed, as overall transport emissions had continuously increased over the last five years.

Even though the average GHG intensity of fuels supplied in the EU had decreased since 2010, the Commission said further action was needed to ensure the 6% reduction target set in the Fuel Quality Directive was met by 2020 – which makes the case for promoting the uptake of E10 ethanol blend in Member States to help reduce the carbon intensity of fuels.

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-Europe chems cautious on automotive as recovery may be short-lived

European chemical markets remain cautious over the recent recovery from the key automotive sector, a result mainly of industry restocking, while the pandemic’s second wave hits the region hard.

The automotive sector has been the main area of concern from the end-user markets throughout the pandemic, and was the last to show any signs of life at the end of the first wave. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

There has been higher demand from automotive across petrochemicals since September, particularly from polymers that are used for parts production like polycarbonate (PC), polymethyl methacrylate, (PMMA), polypropylene (PP), nylon, and other engineering plastics.

Stronger automotive demand is providing upward pressure in a number of monthly and quarterly contracts talks that are currently taking place.

Europe chems cautious on automotive as recovery may be short-lived

-Eurozone Q3 GDP up nearly 13%, still far from pre-pandemic levels

The eurozone’s GDP rose strongly in the third quarter, up 12.7% quarter on quarter, but the 19-country currency union’s output remains well below year on year, the EU’s statistical agency said on Friday. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

The increase was larger than the fall in the second quarter, but GDP had already decreased in the first quarter as the pandemic hit Europe in March and lockdowns started to be implemented.

The pandemic’s second wave, hitting Europe hard again, has prompted new restrictions to mobility to slow the spread of coronavirus. These measures could cause a fall in GDP in the fourth quarter, analysts said this week.

-Eurozone Q3 GDP up nearly 13%, still far from pre-pandemic levels

-Collaboration produces renewably sourced phenol for interior plastics

As part of a strategic collaboration, automotive polymer supplier Covestro has received its first delivery of 1,000 tons of renewable phenol from manufacturer Borealis, which has been produced with renewable hydrocarbons from petroleum company Neste.

Neste produces the ISCC Plus-certified hydrocarbons (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) entirely from renewable raw materials, such as waste and residual oils and fats. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

The hydrocarbons are then converted into ISCC Plus mass balance certified phenol by Borealis and finally used by Covestro to produce the high-performance plastic polycarbonate – as a replacement for part of the phenol previously manufactured from fossil resources.

Polycarbonate is then used in automotive lighting, glazing, LED lights, electronic devices and other applications.

Collaboration produces renewably sourced phenol for interior plastics

-Magna to launch augmented mirror system

The augmentation of automotive mirror systems with camera-based technology is increasingly commonplace. For example, Tier 1 supplier Magna is set to introduce its Clearview system to market in 2022, which harnesses a combination of camera and mirror technology to provide drivers with an enhanced field of view.

The system’s interior mirror features a frameless design with the ability to electronically switch between a traditional rearview mirror and a video display that has a customizable field of view and can display up to three camera views at the same time.

Magna notes that this is particularly helpful when passengers, cargo and/or a trailer restrict the driver’s view when using the traditional rearview mirror. The system is also available with a capacitive-touch interface that enables an auto maker or vehicle logo to be included.Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

-Magna to launch augmented mirror system

-Catalysts for isotactic polar polypropylenes — ScienceDaily

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. By controlling the spatial orientation of the propylene building blocks and additional polar components, it should be possible to create a new generation of attractive, engineered, specialty plastics, with improved wettability or enhanced degradability, based on PP. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Japanese scientists have introduced the basis for a new class of palladium catalysts for such polymerizations. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

The properties of PP depend largely on the spatial orientation of the individual monomers as they are added to the growing chain (tacticity). In atactic PP (aPP) the orientation is random. In syndiotactic PP (sPP) the CH(3)-side groups on the monomer alternately point toward the two sides of the polymer backbone. The most sought-after version — isotactic PP (iPP) in which all of the side groups point the same way — has particularly advantageous mechanical properties. Incorporation of additional functional, polar monomers into iPP is an important step toward the development of novel plastics.

Catalysts for isotactic polar polypropylenes — ScienceDaily

-Coca-Cola reveals first paper bottle prototype

In partnership with Paboco and the three other companies in the Paboco Pioneer Community, Coca-Cola has revealed a first-generation prototype of its paper bottle.

The company has not yet realised its ultimate goal of creating a 100% paper-based bottle, as the structure of the prototype consists of a paper shell with a plastic closure and a plastic liner inside.Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastic

While the plastic used is 100% recycled and can be recycled again after use, the company aims to eventually create a paper bottle that can be recycled like any paper. Coca-Cola says that the next step is to find a solution to create a bottle without the plastic liner.

Coca-Cola reveals first paper bottle prototype

-VIDEO: Coronavirus a growing concern for Europe R-PET

Senior editor for recycling, Matt Tudball, discusses the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) outlook for November, including:

Post-consumer bottle availability

Growing concern around coronavirus impacts amid tightening restrictions

Hopes for 2021 improvement

VIDEO: Coronavirus a growing concern for Europe R-PET

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-Nylon fishnet filament and cord fabric tough supports that ignored

The wave of price rising in October was mainly due to the rise of the textile industry, which drove up downstream purchasing power and caused prices to rise. However, according to nylon 6 chip factories, fishnet filament factories were not as active as other sectors. There are two main reasons possibly causing the situation:

First, fishnet filament factory completed a certain degree of stocking in September.

Compared with other areas in the downstream of nylon, fishnet filament has been a relatively stable industry. Generally speaking, it is unlikely to pop up rapidly as modified plastic and film industries, while it is either not be particularly affected by the pandemic like other textiles. Therefore, it has been playing a stable role this year, which has also affected the company’s procurement strategy to a certain extent. The main guiding ideology is to proceed step by step and follow long-term laws. Therefore, in the early September of “the Golden September and the Silver October”, the fish net filament factories already carried out relatively sufficient stocking, and stayed calm when unexpected rise happened in October.

Nylon fishnet filament and cord fabric tough supports that ignored

-Could the recovery of PX-naphtha spread last long?

PX-naphtha spread rebounded in Oct, widening from $122/mt on Oct 9 to $165.5/mt as of Oct 28.

  1. Decline in naphtha   Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

Naphtha price had been firm, but weakened recently. Demand for refined oil products ebbed due to the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, while deep-sea supply to Asia increased. In addition, some naphtha-based steam crackers in South Korea underwent maintenance, leading to lower demand for naphtha. The spread of naphtha to Brent crude oil futures narrowed from the high point of $91.5/mt on Oct 9 to $68/mt as of Oct 27.

Could the recovery of PX-naphtha spread last long?

-Trinseo Forms Commercial Partnership with Tyre Recycling Solutions

Trinseo , a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, has reached definitive agreements with Tyre Recycling Solutions (TRS) on a commercial collaboration and an equity investment in TRS.

The transaction is expected to close later this quarter, subject to ordinary closing conditions.Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

The new collaboration agreement will see the two companies collaborate on research and development, pooling their combined technology expertise to help global tire manufacturers develop more sustainable tire formulations. Trinseo and TRS share the long-term goal of developing new value-creating systems for the manufacture of tires that reduce environmental footprint and create a sustainable outlet for end of life tires.

Trinseo Forms Commercial Partnership with Tyre Recycling Solutions

-Sun Chemical Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical released its 11th annual Corporate Sustainability Report for the year ending 2019. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

The report describes Sun Chemical’s emphasis on sustainability in the way it develops, manufactures and distributes its products while also showing how it works with customers and suppliers to improve their sustainability goals.

The 2019 report shares key research and development highlights and Sun Chemical’s contributions to a more sustainable future, such as:

a long-term strategic target to reduce manufacturing CO₂ levels by at least 30 percent by 2030

waste reduction programs focused on improving the utilization of incoming materials, promoting recycling and optimizing the end of life of a product or material

a silver corporate social responsibility rating by EcoVadis, a 3rd party organization that measures a variety of categories, including environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement  Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

partnerships with various industry associations and consortia focused on large-scale sustainability objectives

products that are developed with bio-renewable raw materials

solutions designed to improve PET bottle recycling and composting

Sun Chemical Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

-Is Carbon Neutrality the Next Big Sustainable Packaging Thing?

You may have read recently about carbon-neutral rPET or about new forms of carbon-negative deodorant packaging. Here’s what you should know about carbon offsets.

You’ve probably recently read about carbon neutral rPET or about new forms of carbon negative deodorant packaging. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

Are these types of carbon claims becoming a trend? In my opinion, the answer is “Yes”.

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-Spain chem firms increase employment year to date despite fall in output

The Spanish chemicals industry increased employment levels by 2% in January-September, year on year, despite a fall in output of 2.6% in January-August, the country’s trade group FEIQUE said on Tuesday.

The group said employment in the sector in September stood at 209,100 employees, up from 205,200 at the end of 2019. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

The data was compiled by Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE) in its quarterly employment survey, published on Tuesday.

“The data reaffirms the commitment of the chemicals sector with employment, not only maintaining it but also generating new jobs,” said FEIQUE.

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-PBT plants to start intensive turnaround in November

Price of BDO rapidly increased since Aug, up to current 10,350yuan/mt from 7,400yuana/mt, with increment at 2,950yuan/mt or 37%.

Price of PTA was in range bound relatively, with spot price fluctuating around 3,200-3,600yuan/mt.  Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

Comprehensive PBT polymerization cost ascended on increasing BDO market, up to current 7,350yuan/mt from 6,250yuan/mt, with increment at 1,100yuan/mt or 17.5%.

Sep and Oct are traditional consumption season for PBT. Operating rate of twisting units PBT section was high in Taicang. With ascending cost, price of PBT chip and fiber also climbed up. Price of PBT chip, POY50D and DTY50D increased to 8,800yuan/mt, 10,200yuan/mt and 13,000yuan/mt respectively from 6,350yuan/mt, 8,400yuan/mt and 11,500yuan/mt, with increment at 2,450yuan/mt or 39%, 1,800yuan/mt or 21% and 1,500yuan/mt or 10% respectively.

PBT plants to start intensive turnaround in November

-SA to sell 7% of Faurecia outstanding share capital

PSA and FCA have agreed to allow the French automaker to sell 7% of Faurecia’s outstanding share capital prior to the completion of its merger with FCA and will ensure the new Stellantis entity will not acquire control of the supplier.

Both PSA and FCA boards signed cross-border merger terms that will apply to the combination, with the parties expecting the fusion to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021, subject to the customary conditions set forth in their Combination Agreement. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

Both boards also agreed to permit Groupe PSA to sell up to around 7% of Faurecia’s outstanding share capital prior to the completion of the merger and to take such other steps (excluding additional disposals of shares) as may be necessary to ensure Stellantis will not acquire control of Faurecia, consistent with the terms of the original Combination Agreement.

This is expected to facilitate the securing of the necessary regulatory approvals in relation to the merger.

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-NGOs call on Cape Town beachgoers to help clean up debris from massive nurdle spill

Over the past week, nurdles, the raw material used to make plastic, have been spotted along beaches from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. While it is not yet confirmed how they got there, NGOs and the City of Cape Town have urged beachgoers to help clean up the mess. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

On Monday afternoon, under a warm Cape Town sun, families flocked to Muizenberg beach. While children played in the sand and swam in the ocean, some people picked up nurdles that had been washed up on the beach.

Nurdles are the raw material used by manufacturers to make plastic. Last Wednesday 21 October, Shark Spotters received reports that nurdles had been sighted on beaches along the southern coast.

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-DyeCoo, DuPont Biomaterials To Launch Sustainable Dyeing Process For Fabrics Empowered By Sorona® Technology

DuPont Biomaterials and the Dutch company DyeCoo, specializing in the development of cleaner dyeing technologies, recently announced a patented, sustainable dyeing process for fabrics made from polyester or recycled polyester and Sorona®. This dyeing solution enables fashion designers and brands to deliver high performance clothing and a lesser environmental footprint. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biodegradability

Fabrics made from a combination of Sorona with polyester or recycled polyester can be sustainably dyed on an industrial scale with the carbon dioxide (CO₂)-based process, developed and patented by DyeCoo. This process uses no chemicals and no water, thus does not cause any wastewater and requires no wastewater treatment. The CO₂ used for the process is reclaimed from existing industrial processes, recycling 95 percent of it in a closed loop system.

DyeCoo, DuPont Biomaterials To Launch Sustainable Dyeing Process For Fabrics Empowered By Sorona® Technology

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-LG Chem Develops World’s First Biodegradable New Material

Expected to be used broadly in areas such as eco-friendly packaging materials, mask felt, etc.

Transparent biodegradable new material with mechanical properties equivalent to PP(polypropylene), etc.

Improved flexibility by more than 20 times compared to existing biodegradable materials

Biodegradable materials market is expected to grow at an annual average of 15% and be worth about 10 trillion KRW in 2025

Successfully developed new materials with proprietary platform technologies for core biodegradable materials

– Possesses a total of 25 domestic and international patents

– Confirmed results of over 90% biodegradation within 120 days through an international certification agency

LG Chem Develops World’s First Biodegradable New Material

-Rayon yarn: demand warms up but profit not easy

In “crazy” October, after VSF rose by 5,000yuan/mt at the end of September, it then picked up further by 1,500yuan/mt. PSF increased by about 1,000yuan/mt and cotton rose by 2,000yuan/mt from that in early this year. In the first half of the month, strong trading sentiment shrouded in the market, while it rapidly cooled down in the second half. Cotton and polyester also fell by 500-1,000yuan/mt, and viscose was also affected but relatively kept strong.Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

It has been mentioned many times before that VSF experiences a longer period of price volatility without futures. Despite the recent slowdown in fresh orders, under the support of a large number of pre-sales, if VSF plants intended to quote firmly, orders can maintain production through end-2020. Instead, there will be fewer high-priced deals.

The bounce of the market was inseparable from the change of supply and demand. On the one hand, VSF operating rate cannot rapidly increase due to the limitation of feedstock and other factors. On the other hand, as downstream yarn operating rate recovered basically and optimistic mood spread in intermediate links, the whole market gradually crawled out of the shadow of relative surplus and deep loss.

Rayon yarn: demand warms up but profit not easy

-Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

Air-ring upgrade results in output gains up to 23% for leading film processor in Indonesia. Gauge uniformity also improved.

One of Indonesia’s leading processors of high-end flexible packaging films has experiencing significant gains in productivity as a result of upgrading lines with new air rings furnished by Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H). Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

Based in Jakarta, PT Plasindo Lestari  was founded in 1986, and currently employs more than 1400 from a 1-million-ft2 plant, making films for food, beverage, home-care and personal-care packaging. The company’s product portfolio includes LLDPE-based barrier films, cast PP and metalized PP and PE in a range of thicknesses. Its operation is integrated to include printing in up to eight colors and inline dry lamination. The company serves both local and multinational brands.

Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

-Dow Launches its First Recycled Resin for Shrink Film Applications

The recycled plastic resin is designed specifically for retail and logistic shrink film applications.

Dow is expanding its circular technology portfolio by introducing its first post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin for collation shrink film in North America.

The recycled plastic resin, which is designed specifically for retail and logistic shrink film applications, offers customers and brands the ability to create shrink film with up to 40% PCR content. In June 2020, Dow announced new sustainability targets focused on eliminating plastic waste by increasing global recycling and designing products for recyclability. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

Earlier this year, Dow announced a partnership with Houston-based waste-optimization specialist Avangard Innovative on producing Dow’s first post-consumer resin PCR-based products in North America.

Dow Launches its First Recycled Resin for Shrink Film Applications

-Additives: Special Stabilizer Boosts Rate of Scrap Reused in Polyolefin Films

Clariant’s latest addition to the AddWorks family of stabilizers allows for the addition of more post-manufacturing waste to virgin polyolefin resins for food-contact film applications. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

A special stabilizer intended for use with polyolefin film packaging of such fresh products as cookies and pasta is said to substantially boost the rate of scrap reused in the polyolefin film. Developed by Clariant’s Business Unit Additives (U.S. office in Charlotte, N.C.),   PKG 906 Circle is the latest addition to the company’s proprietary AddWorks additives.

The company notes that most plastic films are made by melting down pellets of PE or PP resin and casting or blowing them into large sheets and tubes, or using a special process to make biaxially oriented PP or PE (BOPP and BOPE, respectively). But some of the machines used, which actually resemble huge pasta rollers, collect manufacturing waste when films are slit and trimmed, or when production startups, shutdowns and changeovers create leftovers and off-spec material.

Additives: Special Stabilizer Boosts Rate of Scrap Reused in Polyolefin Films

-WRAP clarifies stance on degradable plastics PAS

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says its presence on the steering committee of a new specification (PAS) for measuring the biodegradability of polyolefins should not be taken as an endorsement of the standard.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) specification, PAS9017, was sponsored by a company which produces biodegradable and compostable plastics and was published earlier this month. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

Last week, more than 40 organisations called for a ban on plastics containing additives to make them degrade in response to the standard’s publication (see letsrecycle.com story).

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-Padanaplast offers new advanced HFFR compounds for high-performance wires and cables for electric vehicles

Padanaplast specialises in cross-linkable, polyolefin, halogen-free, flame-retardant (XLPO-HFFR) compounds for wires and cables and offers a range of products developed to meet the stringent needs of electric mobility in the automotive industry.

Antonello Casale R&I & Technical Service Chief Manager at Padanaplast, said: “The surging development of complex hybrid, all-electric and fuel cell vehicles demand advanced automotive wires and cables to meet a range of voltages and performance criteria.

We are complementing our successful range of HFFR insulation and sheathing for wire and cabling for e-mobility with the introduction of experimental T4 150°C grade of Cogegum GFR.”  Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

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-Hemp in high-performance composites?

What potential do hemp fibres have to be used in fibre-reinforced composites – researchers of the Biomimetic Innovation Centre at HSB publish a comprehensive review with colleagues from France, Italy and England Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

In recent years, the increasing demand for renewable and sustainable materials has generated a new interest in plant fibres. The growing importance of sustainable – social, ecological and economic – development of materials and products also contributes to the growing importance of composites made of natural fibres. Significant research and development work has been carried out and implemented in the field of natural fibre-reinforced composites. In the field of natural fibre-reinforced composites, various processing techniques for the production of a wide range of materials are available or under development. The applications range from injection moulded toys for children to high-performance composites in the sports sector or in yacht construction.

Hemp in high-performance composites?

-Idealpak’s new biodegradable packaging with d2w

PACKAGING

D2w is an oxo-biodegradable additive that can turn the conventional plastic into a biodegradable material  Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

D2w is an oxo-biodegradable additive that can turn the conventional plastic into a biodegradable material with a different molecular structure. Only 1% of d2w can make the difference and it works with both virgin and recycled plastic. Adding d2w into a packaging product requires no change to the manufacturing process.

D2w technology can be applied to HDPE bottles and jars, LDPE bottles and jars, HDPE closures, LDPE closures, PP bottles and jars, as well as PP closures.

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-Auxiliary Equipment: The most efficient way to process regrind

Plastics producers are always looking for the most sustainable and cost-effective way to produce their products. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

We also notice this in the growing demand for regrind systems from the market.

Having regrind in your process can be very time consuming when it comes to emptying and cleaning inbetween two production runs.

Also it disturbs your production process when it is not added in the right way.

You can make it easy on yourself by using the right equipment.

Auxiliary equipment maker Movacolor has dedicated dosing systems for specific regrind applications.

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-Lotte Chemical works with college medical center to develop anti-bacterial plastic materials

Lotte Chemical, a petrochemical unit of Lotte Group, will work with a college medical center to develop anti-bacterial plastic materials. Antibacterial films and materials are widely used in South Korea for elevator cabins, door handles and other vulnerable places to prevent the invasion of viruses. Petrochemical Hydrogen Bioplastics 

Lotte Chemical signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea University Medical Center to jointly research and develop plastic materials of antibacterial properties and evaluate their performance.

Although various anti-bacterial materials are used, there is a lack of research on safe plastic materials, Lotte Chemical said, vowing to develop new plastic materials that have a wide range of antibacterial performance through joint research.

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-Nylon: demand is the decisive factor this time

Since October 6, nylon market demand has suddenly warmed up and prices of CPL and nylon 6 high-speed spinning chips have risen by 500-700yuan/mt, nylon 6 conventional spinning chip by 1,000yuan/mt, and NFY by 500yuan/mt by Oct 22. As prices pushed up, two kinds of voices:

a) “An increase of 1,000-1,500yuan/mt is no problem this time, maybe it can go up by 2,000yuan/mt.”

b) “It has risen by about 500yuan/mt, and downstream procurement is not as active as the previous days.   The enthusiasm of downstream procurement may be almost ended at the end of the month. It is difficult for prices to continue to rise.”

The major difference between these two expectations is mainly due to the bias in the prediction of the duration of downstream demand. There are many factors in the prediction bias, such as their own order taking conditions, raw material supply and demand and trend expectations, and the impact of other fibers’ price trends. Finally, there is a time deviation in the expectations of downstream procurement and production.

Nylon: demand is the decisive factor this time

-China welcomes Japan’s 2050 goal for carbon neutrality

China appreciates and welcomes Japan’s announcement that it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and is willing to strengthen discussions with Japan on green recovery in the post-pandemic era, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday.

Earlier on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sets a 2050 deadline for the world’s third-largest economy to become carbon neutral in his first policy address since taking office last month, significantly firming up the country’s climate change commitments. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

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-Teijin and Safran sign master contract for composite materials

Teijin has signed a long term master agreement with Safran, the tier 1 supplier of systems and equipment in the aerospace and defence market.

The high performance materials supplier has worked with Safran for the last 25 years. The contract establishes the frame for the supply of Teijin’s high-performance materials dedicated to the manufacturing of equipment parts for new generation aircrafts.

The two companies intend to reinforce their collaboration to meet the challenges of the aviation market, creating advanced technologies that lower production costs and environmental impact. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Teijin and Safran sign master contract for composite materials

-Extrusion Technology

Die plate line with reduced lead time

Nordson Corporation says it has built a dedicated production line for BKG die plates used in underwater pelletising, enabling the company to deliver a new electrically heated die plate in only three weeks after order placement, including order entry, engineering, and production. This is less than half of competitors’ delivery times, it adds.

While most common die plates are on stock and can be delivered within a couple of days, building a new plate requires a range of engineering and manufacturing steps. By creating a database of standard designs, Nordson claims it has eliminated upstream engineering processes that had contributed to longer lead times. To reduce manufacturing time, it has dedicated a complete production line to die plates.

The line is part of a new facility for BKG pelletising and melt delivery products completed in Münster, Germany, last year. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Extrusion Technology

-Lucite International and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Advance Collaboration with Agilyx

Progressing development of circular solutions for PMMA

Lucite International (LI) and Agilyx Corporation , a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, announced today plans to pursue a commercial-scale trial for the recycling of PMMA, commonly known as acrylic, at Agilyx’s Tigard, Oregon facility. Following the success of an initial smaller-scale trial using Agilyx’s molecular recycling technology, LI, with the support of parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), will further advance its collaboration with Agilyx to deliver fully circular PMMA.

Lucite International (LI) aims for commercial realisation of recycled PMMA production by 2023. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

In the interim, LI is working with all key stakeholders – including MMA (the building block of all acrylic-based products) customers, PMMA customers, manufacturers, distributors, fabricators and recyclers – to develop a robust value chain for all.

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-Countries across Asia plan cost-reduction strategies to advance hydrogen fuel use

HIGHLIGHTS

Australia targets becoming top 3 hydrogen exporter by 2030

Japan eyes importing 300,000 mt/year of hydrogen by 2030

Ammonia imports make inroads in Asia for power generation

As energy transition gains momentum in Asia, especially in the field of hydrogen, policy makers and industry professionals remained focused on finding low-cost production methods to reduce carbon footprints and create a transparent price discovery mechanism, leaders at the Singapore International Energy Week’s LNG and Hydrogen Gas Asia virtual conference said Oct. 28. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Register Now Countries across the Asia-Pacific, notably Australia and Japan, have set up projects and devised policies to include hydrogen as part of their energy mix with lower costs.

Australia has crafted a national strategy for hydrogen with the aim of becoming a major global player by 2030, a key element of which is to create clusters of large-scale demand and use hydrogen in transport, industry and gas distribution networks.

“The emerging hydrogen industry requires an economic license as the industry needs to scale up, a social license for trusted customer and community relationships, and a regulatory license to establish stable, meaningful and efficient regulatory settings,” Australian Hydrogen Council CEO Fiona Simon said.

Countries across Asia plan cost-reduction strategies to advance hydrogen fuel use

-L’Oréal x LanzaTech x Total Debut Carbon-capture Plastic Bottle

LanzaTech, Total and L’Oréal have debuted a cosmetic plastic bottle made from captured and recycled carbon emissions. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Previously: Envisioning Climate-positive Beauty

Together, the companies have taken a proactive approach to develop a sustainable circular economy for plastics. Each company has a specific role in bringing the packaging to life.

LanzaTech, a carbon recycling company, is capturing industrial carbon emissions and converting them into ethanol using a biological process.

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-Recycling Technologies, Neste and Unilever combine expertise to test and validate systems to chemically recycle waste plastics

The alliance will demonstrate new added-value applications for hard-to-recycle waste plastic materials, such as films, sachets and pouches

Recycling Technologies, a specialist plastic recycling technology provider; Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and a forerunner in drop-in renewable and circular chemical solutions; and Unilever, the consumer goods manufacturer of leading global brands, will collaborate to further develop and harness chemical recycling to recover and reuse plastic packaging that is currently either incinerated, buried in landfill or exported from the UK.

A joint project involving these three companies has been awarded a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to develop chemical recycling by combining the expertise of these global leaders in their respective business areas to make hard-to-recycle plastic packaging recyclable.Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Recycling Technologies, Neste and Unilever combine expertise to test and validate systems to chemically recycle waste plastics

-Stay focused: Algae-inspired polymers light the way for enhanced night vision

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba synthesize an elastic polymer from low-cost, sustainable materials, that can be used it to fabricate lenses that help keep infrared cameras focused in the dark  Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

Tsukuba, Japan – In a study recently published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials, researchers from the University of Tsukaba synthesized an infrared-transmitting polymer–based on low-cost, widely available materials–that retains its shape after stretching. The properties of this polymer are highly applicable to the preparation of cheaper night-vision lenses that retain focus while imaging at variable distances.

Cameras that function in the dark are common in many fields, including the military, security, firefighting, and wildlife tracking. However, infrared night-vision lenses are typically expensive, and the camera images tend to appear flat. Consequently, there is a need for lenses based on commonly available, cheap materials that are useful for more realistic vision in three dimensions.

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-AIMPLAS relies on Leistritz to expand its capabilities

Since August, a ZSE 18 HP-PH has been in operation inside a cleanroom ISO7/GMP at AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Center. Petrochemical Hydrogen LLDPE Automotive

With the versatile small extruder from German extrusion expert Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH, the research and development facility is now taking the step towards pharmaceutical applications.

Raquel Llorens, Health Senior Researcher at AIMPLAS, said: “We have more than 30 pilot lines we develop or test various plastics applications with. We want to expand our field of activity in the pharmaceutical (HME) and cosmetics industry, materials for bone and tissue regeneration and medical device developments among others.”

AIMPLAS already has a Leistritz ZSE 27 MAXX pilot line, on which research and development in the field of reactive extrusion, recycling and other compounding applications are carried out.

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-Grace Licenses UNIPOL® PP Process Technology to Dongguan Grand Resource for Two Additional Lines

  1. R. Grace & Co. the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology to Dongguan Grand Resource Science & Technology Co. Ltd. (DGR). The UNIPOL® PP facility, located in Guangdong Province, China, is designed to produce 600 KTA of polypropylene. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

This is part of the continued investment in UNIPOL® PP Process Technology lines by DGR. The first license was signed in 2016. Building additional capacity at the same site will help DGR further optimize costs, shorten construction time, and broaden their product portfolio.

In addition to the process technology license, the collaboration includes a long-term catalyst supply agreement between Grace and DGR, giving DGR the ability to produce a wide variety of resin grades and provide more polypropylene options to their customers.

Grace Licenses UNIPOL® PP Process Technology to Dongguan Grand Resource for Two Additional Lines

-Inoplast with new ips strand pelletiser

Inoplast Kunststoff GmbH has put an automated underwater strand pelletiser from ips Intelligent Pelletizing Solutions GmbH & Co. KG into operation. The plant of the type ips SGU 120/2 is used to produce high-quality recycled materials from PET and PA waste.

Inoplast with new ips strand pelletiser

Inoplast, founded in 2010, specialises in recycling plastics of all kinds. The main focus is on the contract treatment of production wastes, where the expanding company recycles its customers’ plastic scrap and makes it available again as high-quality recycled material.

Inoplast MD Alexander Müller said: “In this market characterised by growth, it is important for us to work not only economically but also ecologically, and to conserve resources. We were more than convinced by the fact that the plant is more in line with our requirements, the outstanding expertise of the ips team in the recycling branch, and the ‘Made in Germany’ quality.”

Inoplast with new ips strand pelletiser

-Brexit: Cost of everyday goods ‘could rise’ without a deal, hauliers warn

The cost of moving goods could also rise due to tariffs, and inflation could be driven up, Logistics UK added.

In a letter to the Sunday Times, David Wells, the group’s chief executive, urged the PM to work towards a deal.   Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

A government spokesperson said a negotiated outcome by 31 December “remains our preference”.

Ministers have warned firms to “get ready” for change at the end of the transition period.

What does ‘no-deal’ Australia-style Brexit mean?

Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal

Trade talks continue as negotiators meet in London

In the letter, Mr Wells said everyday household items imported will get more expensive under World Trade Organisation tariffs – some by 30% or more.

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-The Russian authorities will allocate 9% of GDP to support the economy in 2020-2021

The volume of anti-crisis support for the Russian economy in 2020-2021 will amount to 9% of GDP, Kommersant reports, citing Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

However, he hopes that unscheduled measures will not be needed next year. “Generally speaking, how much money the state will spend this year and next, it is about 9% of GDP, because we have switched from a budget surplus to a deficit budget, budget revenues have been sharply reduced, and all this will require additional financial opportunities.” said Siluanov. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

He also hopes that no additional funds will be required in 2021. “I would like to hope that we will be able to get by with those planned decisions and will not take any additional unplanned measures,” the Minister of Finance said.

According to Anton Siluanov, the funds of the National Welfare Fund (NWF) will be enough to finance budget expenditures for three years at an oil price of about USD20 per barrel. According to him, now the volume of the fund is just over 7% of GDP. “We believe that this is the safe limit that allows us to finance expenses within three years when oil prices fall to around USD20 per barrel,” he said.

The volume of the NWF as of October 1 amounted to 13.733 trillion rubles, or 12.1% of GDP, the volume of the fund’s liquid assets (funds in bank accounts with the Central Bank) amounted to 9.346 trillion rubles, or 8.2% of GDP.

Earlier, the government approved a nationwide economic recovery plan. The cost of anti-crisis measures was estimated at 6.4 trillion rubles. The main idea of ​​the plan is to achieve growth of 3% of GDP through digitalization of the public administration environment and interaction with business, mass deregulation, road investments and targeted subsidies.

(Source :mrcplast.ru)

-U.S. Chemical Production Expanded In September

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose 0.8 percent in September following a 0.8 percent gain in August and a 1.0 percent increase in July. During September, chemical output expanded in all regions, with the largest gains occurring in the Northeast. The U.S. CPRI is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

In September, chemical production continued to improve in many segments, including, chlor-alkali, organic chemicals, industrial gases, synthetic dyes and pigments, consumer products, synthetic rubber, manufactured fibers, other specialty chemicals, and fertilizers. Production eased in plastic resins, coatings, adhesives, and crop protection chemicals.

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-German renewables on track to reach 50pc this year

The share of German renewables output in the country’s generation mix could be at around 50pc this year, supported by higher capacity, favourable weather conditions and lower demand owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

The share of the country’s renewable output in the country’s total power generation currently stands at 52.4pc, data from German institute Fraunhofer ISE show. This is already 6.3 percentage points higher than the levels seen in 2019.

A number of factors have supported this. German wind power capacity has increased by 870MW between January and August this year to be at around 55GW as of the end of August. The sector forecasts cumulative onshore wind additions of 1.5GW this year. Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations have totalled 52.39GW as of the end of August, up by 2.46GW since December last year.

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-Electrolux presents a vacuum cleaner 100% made from recycled and reused materials

Today, more than 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced every day around the world, but only less than 12% is turned into recycled material. Manufacturers have serious difficulty finding recycled materials of reliability, quality and consistency. For this reason, in 2010, the Electrolux Group was a pioneer in alerting to this problem through the “Vac Rom The Sea” project, feeling a repercussion of its action, but on a small scale.

To accelerate this process of change, the Electrolux Group is now joining Stena Recycling, in collaboration with the Circular Initiative, with the aim of learning how to operate the recycled plastic market as well as the virgin materials market. Thus, the first result of this survey is a visionary vacuum cleaner built 100% from recycled materials and electronic components from reused plastics. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

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-This is how scientists potentially could turn discarded plastic into consumer goods

Chemicals from waste plastic could be used in detergent, paint or medicine.

A novel technique can simultaneously break down the most commonly used form of plastic and synthesize valuable, widely used molecules, potentially making some plastic waste recycling more attractive and practical, a new study finds. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

Roughly 300 million metric tons of plastic waste is created every year, with nearly 12 billion metric tons of such garbage expected to pollute the planet by 2050. The molecule polyethylene, often used in packaging and grocery bags, is the largest component of plastic waste, and may take many centuries to decompose, said study senior author Susannah Scott, a chemical engineer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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-Arburg’s next-generation rotary table machine

Machinery maker Arburg says it is significantly expanding its range of vertical rotary table machines to include a 1,300-mm table diameter option Allrounder 1300 T. Compared to its predecessor, the 1200 T, this new machine offers more space for heavier moulds – and with a significantly reduced installation area. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

The German company already offers a wide range of vertical V and T-series Allrounders for manual and automated loading and unloading tasks. The rotary table machines can be automated all the way through to complete turnkey systems. The new Allrounder 1300 T has been further developed on the basis of the proven Allrounder 1200 T.

Arburg’s next-generation rotary table machine

-Scientists have developed a textile that can recognize objects by touch

Researchers from Microsoft and several universities have developed Capacitivo, an intelligent tissue system that recognizes food, drinks and other objects solely by touch. The fabric uses a combination of capacitive electrode mesh and machine learning to measure the material and shape of a given item. It also works with some containers, including glasses and bowls. Petrochemical Hydrogen HDPE Automotive

Initially, researchers turned this technology into a tablecloth and found it especially useful for cooking. Smart Cloth can suggest food based on what is on the table, and a dedicated diet control app will know what you ate.

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-Toyobo and Indorama forms JV to produce automobile airbag yarns in Thailand

Toyobo Co., Ltd. has agreed to set up a joint venture firm to produce yarns for automobile airbags with Bangkok-based Indorama Polyester Industries PCL (IPI), which is under the umbrella of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer, Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL), as per Toyobo’s press release.

The joint company plans to build a new plant on the IPI factory site in Rayong Province, Thailand, and start operations in 1st Quarter of 2022.

The airbag market is expected to continue growing at three-four percent annually thanks to an increase in the number of airbags installed per vehicle and growth in the proportion of vehicles equipped with airbags in emerging economies. In 2014, Toyobo and IVL jointly acquired PHP Fibers GmbH (PHP), a German airbag yarn maker that held the second-largest share in the world at that time. Since then the relationship has grown stronger with many joint activities carried out between Toyobo and PHP.

-Toyobo and Indorama forms JV to produce automobile airbag yarns in Thailand

-Weakening German business outlook in October marks ‘end of rebound’ – analyst

A dip in business expectations in Germany during October after five consecutive months of improvement marks the end of Europe’s economic rebound and increases the risk that the region will fall back into recession, according to analysts on Monday.

The Ifo business climate index, derived from a survey of German businesses of future expectations, fell to 92.7 points in October from 93.2 in September despite widespread perception that conditions had improved month on month, indicating growing unease about rising coronavirus infection numbers.

“In view of rising infection numbers, German business is becoming increasingly worried,” said Ifo president Clemens Fuest.

Weakening German business outlook in October marks ‘end of rebound’ - analyst

-US PX demand poised to increase with MEG restarts

US paraxylene (PX) demand is poised to increase, as plants for monoethylene glycol (MEG) – which along with PX derivative terephthalic acid (PTA) is used in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production – return from hurricane-related outages and planned maintenance.

Demand for US PX has been muted, due to lower PET production rates as a result of MEG shortages. Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

MEG supply is expected to rebalance in November, as idled plants resume production.

MEG RETURNING ONLINE

Sasol and Lotte have restarted their plants in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after being shut down for two hurricanes since late August.

Two more US MEG plants are scheduled to return from maintenance by the end of October.

Up to two-thirds of US MEG production was idled in September and most of October, following hurricanes Laura and Delta, and planned maintenance at other MEG plants.

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Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions – Method by analysis of evolved carbon dioxide.

ISO 14855 / ASTM D5338  – BIOPLASTIC DEGRADATION

With the increasing use of plastics, their recovery and disposal have become a major issue. As a priority, recovery should be promoted. Complete recovery of plastics, however, is difficult. For example, plastic litter, which comes mainly from consumers, is difficult to recover completely. Biodegradable plastics are now emerging as one of the options available to solve such environmental problems.

Plastic materials, such as products or packaging, which are sent to composting facilities should be potentially biodegradable. Therefore, it is very important to determine the potential biodegradability of such materials and to obtain an indication of their biodegradability in natural environments.Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

ISO 14855-1:2005 specifies a method for the determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of plastics, based on organic compounds, under controlled composting conditions by measurement of the amount of carbon dioxide evolved and the degree of disintegration of the plastic at the end of the test. This method is designed to simulate typical aerobic composting conditions for the organic fraction of solid mixed municipal waste.

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-New US Fuel Cell Alliance Blows Dark Green Hydrogen Cloud Over Natural Gas

A new manufacturing alliance has popped up in the US and it’s on a mission to replace diesel engines with fuel cells in trucks — and buses, aircraft, watercraft, off-road equipment, and locomotives, too. Since the main source of hydrogen is natural gas, that should send shivers of delight up the spines of fossil fuel fans, right? Maybe not! The stage is already set for renewable green hydrogen to take over. The main obstacle is cost, and an expanding fuel cell market would help build economies of scale and supply chain efficiencies into the green hydrogen field.Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

The Western State Hydrogen Alliance

The market for fuel cell vehicles in the US is mainly limited to California, where auto manufacturers are scrambling to meet emissions standards, so it’s only natural that the newly launched Western State Hydrogen Alliance has its sights set on the Golden State.

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-Huge $50bn Pilbara green hydrogen hub granted major project status

A plan to build a massive renewable energy hydrogen project of up to 26GW of wind and solar capacity in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is set to enjoy a fast-tracked approvals process, after securing ‘major project status’ from the federal government.

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub proposes to invest more than $50 billion in establishing a massive renewable energy export hub in the Pilbara region, which would include the export of wind and solar energy to Asia, through the production of renewable hydrogen fuels and ammonia.Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

The federal government has granted the massive renewable energy project ‘major project status’, which recognises the national significance of the project and will ensure the project developers are provided additional support to see the project fast-tracked through the approvals process.

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-Both Biden and Trump victories present implications for Canada’s economy, new report says

The report from RSM Canada concludes that no matter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, Canada’s recovery from wave two of the coronavirus pandemic and its longer-term outlook will be impacted.Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

A new report from consulting firm RMS Canada says that, no matter the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, Canada’s recovery from wave two of the coronavirus pandemic and its longer-term outlook will be impacted.

In its third 2020 issue of “The Real Economy: Canada,” quarterly report, the audit, tax, and consulting services firm describes how Canada’s reliance on the U.S. economy shapes the country’s path to recovery.

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-Organisations call for UK ban on controversial degradable plastics

More than 40 major organisations have called on the government to stop plastic materials which require additives to degrade to be sold on the UK market.

The call follows news that the British Standards Institution (BSI) enacted a new specification (PAS9017) this month supporting the sale of such plastics.

An open letter published in The Daily Telegraph calls on the Government to follow the lead of the EU, which is banning similar oxo-degradable plastics from next year.

The letter highlights how such degradable materials do not solve the global problem of plastic pollution, stating it instead encourages members of the public to litter under the misconception that the material is biodegradable. It has been signed by representatives from a host of major supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi and Co-op. The letter has also been signed by environmentalists .Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive

-Organisations call for UK ban on controversial degradable plastics

-Holland Colours teams up with The Ocean Cleanup to create recycled sunglasses

Holland Colours has revealed its role in the development of The Ocean Cleanup’s first product to be made with certified ocean plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Ocean Cleanup sunglasses with case and pouch – both made with recycled materials

As a supplier of colour concentrates to the plastics industry, sustainability and social responsibility are topics that Holland Colours takes extremely seriously.

For this reason, the Netherlands-based colour concentrate manufacturer joined The Ocean Cleanup, the plastic clean-up organisation founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, seeks long-term partnerships with companies that want to help solve one of the biggest environmental  Petrochemical Hydrogen Film Automotive